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TV Broadcast #1155

Truth, Lord

November 23, 2014

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Transcript of message from TV Broadcast 1155 -- taken from Closed Captioning Text

—Brother Phil Enlow: What happens when His light shines on certain areas of your life and mine? How do we react to that? You know, I was thinking of a couple of examples that are obvious that pop to mind. When Jesus went to, in fact it was the area near Tyre, and we call her the Syrophenician or Syrophenician woman.

She wasn’t a Jew. And at that time Jesus had been sent to Israel to fulfill the promises, and the Gospel certainly was going to go to the ends of the earth, but at that time He’d been sent to Israel. And she came and wanted healing for her daughter.

And, I’m sure the Lord, the Father, was leading Him and helping Him to bring something out…not to put her down, but to bring something awesome out as a lesson for all the rest of us. And so, He said, “…I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel.” (KJV). And, at one point He says, it’s not fit, it’s not proper, not the right thing to do, “…to take the children’s bread, and to cast it to dogs.” Okay. How many people would pass that test?

( laughter ).

Wait a minute! You called me a dog! What kind of a prophet are you, who do you think you are? That’s human nature…99.44 per cent of the people on the planet would have reacted that way. They would have been highly offended.

If you are offended at anything, it’s not because of that thing. It’s because of you. It has touched your pride. Don’t you get all righteous, and talk about how evil ‘that thing’ is, when you have that evil in you! That’s what God is concerned about with every single one of us! If you and I react some other way than with just humility and trust, the problem is here. ‘Cause God’s gonna let things like that happen. That’s the world we live in. But oh, He longs for us to be free.

But here’s this lady. What was she gonna say to this? “…Truth, Lord.” Truth, Lord. Is that what we say when the truth comes, and it shines its light on the area where we don’t want to hear it? That’s an area that we just don’t want to let go. We don’t want to give up. We don’t want to admit that there’s anything possibly wrong. My way is just as good as anybody else’s. I’m no different.

Oh, my word! I want to be in a place where I can just say, that’s true, Lord. Lord, I want Your light. Let Your light shine down in here, because I know without Your light, I’m gonna be walking in self-delusion. I’m gonna be the captive in some fashion. And I want to be free, Lord, and the only way I can possibly be free is to receive that light and to humble myself before it.

Oh God, it’s painful. It takes time, sometimes. How patient the Lord is to keep shining, and to keep shining, and to keep shining. But oh, what a glorious freedom it is when we finally say, yes, Lord. But in this case, it’s not fit to take the children’s bread and give it to dogs. “Truth, Lord: yet the dogs eat of the crumbs which fall from their masters’ table.” (KJV).

What did He say? I haven’t found faith like this in Israel. Your request is granted. I want to be like that woman. God, give me the grace, because here’s the thing. Again, I can’t do this! I need grace. I need His help. I need His mercy. But oh, His help is there, isn’t it? Praise God! Doesn’t this kind of set in context, or give some context to the scriptures that we know so well? God does what to the proud?

( congregational response ).

He resists. You want God to kind of be resisting you, and throwing road blocks in your pathway and making life hard? Just be stubborn. You just be as stubborn as you want and that’s the way it’ll go. “…God resisteth the proud…” But what’s the rest of that?

( congregational response ).

He gives grace to the humble. Do you want grace? Do you want His help? That’s the equation. When God sees somebody who faces truth, however painful it might seem at the time, when He sees you humble yourself and say, oh God, help me, there’s something in His heart that just runs to you.

( congregational amens ).

His grace comes and reaches down! He doesn’t despise, His heart is filled with joy not contempt! He loves to run to the lowly to help them, to lift them up. Oh, His heart is so full of joy because He knows where this is all gonna end! He sees the end from the beginning and He knows that one day you’re gonna stand there in glory.

My God, you think about this! Here we are part of the human race that is absolutely ruled by a spirit of pride. And yet God’s purpose, from the foundation of the world, is to gather and to bring a company of sons and daughters to glory. That’s a big job. That’s a job where the only thing I can possibly do is say, Lord, You have to do it. But doesn’t that scripture in Ephesians go on to say, “For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus…” (NIV)? Well, I guess I could read it here, couldn’t I? “…Created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”

Oh my, we were made to be animated and filled with God’s life. And it’s only in that we that you and I can be all that we can be. But it will not be for pride. It will not be to stroke our ego and lift ourselves up and think that we’re something. It will be for God’s glory. It will be for the benefit of everyone around.

Folks, we are called, therefore, to humble ourselves under God’s mighty hand, and He will lift us up at the proper time. Oh my, I’m looking forward to that. I don’t want to be lifted up. It’s not like…you know, we have this carnal picture of something like that. Well, I’m gonna grovel. I’m gonna act humble. I’m just gonna be poor little old me. I’m gonna poor mouth.

Oh Lord, that’s not humility. That’s pretense! God hates that! But we that picture, okay, I’m gonna the low place. I’m gonna humble myself, and there’s no humility at all on the inside. That pride is just seething waiting to get out, saying, you just wait. One day I’m gonna be exalted.

( laughter ).

( laughing ).

I’m gonna be exalted! He promised!

( rapping podium for emphasis ).

I’m gonna humble myself. No, He’s not gonna exalt that! He’s gonna exalt the end product of true humbling, because humbling is not groveling. You know, we can be free and joyful, and humble at the same time. We’ve got such false pictures. The devil loves to paint them. It makes everything sound so negative, but it’s so wonderful.

It’s so liberating to just come to that place where I don’t have to pretend. My God, I bet you everybody here, by nature, it’s our nature to come here and put on a happy face. And you might be dying on the inside, but by God, you’re gonna look like you’re the most spiritual person here.

( laughter ).

Get that makeup just right or whatever it is you do…

( laughter ).

…To fix your persona so we can all…what we see is…but what we see is not what we really get, is it? Oh, what a glorious, liberating thing it is just to be able to be what we are. That’s not to say we just give vent to that. But I’m just saying I don’t have to pretend that I’m somebody. I don’t have to pretend that I’m some great spiritual giant. I’m not. I’m like you. But I’ve got a great God.

( congregational amens ).

I’ve got a God who’s able, or a Savior who’s able to save completely those who come to God by Him—by Him, not through any virtue of me. Come to God through Him, because He’s forever able to make intersession. He is a Priest whose Priesthood never, never wavers. He doesn’t die and pass it off to somebody else. He’s always there. Thank God!

Oh, I want to take my place among those who just say, Lord, it isn’t my life. And if I try to live it, it’s gonna be my ego trying to carve out a place for myself in the world. And that’s just gonna lead to more trouble and strife, and I’m gonna completely get in the way of everything I touch. Nothing I touch is gonna work out, because You’re just waiting for me to surrender, and let go and be the sinner that I am, but also be made the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus. Because He takes all of that when we give it up. He takes it and makes something awesome out of it. Thank God.

Let’s look at another scripture that I know is familiar to us, and that’s in Philippians chapter 2.

( laughing ).

I just noticed the subhead that the editors put in here, and I don’t think it’s exactly what the Lord had in mind. It says, “Imitating Christ’s Humility.” We don’t need any imitations. We need the real thing. The real thing is, ‘truth, Lord.’ But in my taking that place of utter, utter need, I’m also coming based upon Your promise that You are going to meet me here, right here where I’m at with help.

And so that my response to be anything different than I am is going to be fueled, it’s going to be energized, not by any virtue in me. It’s gonna be energized by Your Spirit! That’s what I need! None of this today is intended by the Lord to make people feel hopeless, helpless, worthless, to see the problem of your pride as some great mountain you somehow have to overcome.

This is a road map of living for God where He is going to be dealing with things day, by day, by day, by day, patiently bringing us along, bringing us face to face with this thing and that thing and the other thing. And this is how we deal with it. ‘Truth, Lord.’ But I’m looking to You for the answer. I have no answer for this. I cannot fix myself. I cannot become what You want me to become. I can’t even truly humble myself.

( congregational amens ).

If I try to manufacture humility, that’s ugly. It’s foolish. Everybody else sees it but you. Who are we kidding? So this is a genuine attitude that God will form in the heart of one who trusts in Him. It’s genuine because it’s fueled, like I say, by the Spirit of God. “If you have any encouragement….”

But nonetheless, Paul understands that he needs to specifically tell the believers what it is that they need. He doesn’t tell them to try to manufacture it, but he does tell them so that they can cooperate with God. It helps me to be an intelligent cooperator. If I know what God is after, then I can respond appropriately. But it’s not a response of self-effort, it’s a response of surrender and trust. Do you get that?

“If you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any fellowship with the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit.”

Now, conceit is when we think something of ourselves that really isn’t so from God’s point of view. But by God, we’re gonna cling to it! We’re gonna cling to what we think we are, and we’re gonna act accordingly. Paul says, get rid of that. Let’s just don’t do anything that’s energized by vain conceit.

“…But in humility consider others better than yourselves.” Lord, I can’t do that. All I can bring to You is my helplessness. But what happens when people take that place? God gives grace to the humble. That very posture is what God is looking for. The thing that you and I find impossible to do, God will make possible. God can put the love for somebody that you don’t particularly care for. He can give you His love. Here’s the question. Does He love them? Then why don’t you? Does your ego and pride maybe have something to do with it? Yeah, maybe just like 100 per cent.

“In humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others. Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped….”

Now, here is the contrast with what we read about, this angelic being in the beginning. He had a glorious position, but it wasn’t enough. He rebelled and said, I will be something that God didn’t make me. Now here is the very Son of God who already enjoyed the glories of Heaven, was already Someone that every angel bowed down to, but God had a purpose well beyond, way beyond His personal well-being! He saw a whole company of sons, and a kingdom that he could live in and inhabit and just infuse His life into forever for the joy of every participant!

( congregational amens ).

But it was a fallen world, and they were helpless and hopeless down there! And the only way was for His Son to go down there and die as a sacrifice for their sins, satisfy the justice of God so those who repent and believe could go free. What a price! Did Jesus just think about Himself? No. That was the ultimate example of living for someone else’s welfare.

He, “…Made himself nothing…” emptied Himself, “…taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death—even death on a cross! Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name…” the very thing that was being sung this morning, “…that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”

Do you see what the exaltation is about? It’s not that I’m going to be somebody, and you’re gonna say wow. You’re gonna say, Jesus is wow! He’s the One that we need to be lifting up.

( congregational amens ).

It’s because I see Jesus in You that I’m just thrilled. I draw from that. I see the larger purpose of our lives being fulfilled. God is changing us, and that’s what He longs to do. Folks, that’s what the Christian life is about!

As I say, this is a road map. This is how you get from point A to point B. God is going to be shining His light in the dark places of your life and mine! And He is going to be showing us what our true motivation is that we will not admit! We will call it everything but what it is! We will look at somebody else and put them down because they make us feel bad, instead of saying, if I were where I ought to be, it wouldn’t matter. I don’t get my significance from what they think of me. My significance comes from the fact that God loves me!

( congregational amens ).

He has accepted me as His child! This world can say what it wants! They’re grappling like animals for significance in this world, and it’s all gonna be for nothing! But to abandon all that, to walk away and say, Lord, I’m Yours. I’m a part of Your kingdom. Change me. Fit me for Heaven. Oh my, and there’ll be a day when we will stand there, and we won’t be looking down our nose and saying, look what I did. We’ll be saying, look what He did.

( congregational amens ).

Look what He did. And now, this that I have, I have forever. Oh, but the joy that lies before those who go this road. “Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed—not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence—continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling….”

Not ‘work for’ as we’ve said so many times. This is an ongoing change of our lives, conforming to the image, being conformed—being conformed. That means something is happening that’s coming from the outside. Being conformed to the image of His Son, that’s a step-by-step thing. There isn’t a person here who has arrived in that department. Every one of us has that old pride and that old ego that rises up in different areas of our lives. God’s gonna put His finger on those things, but He’s gonna do it lovingly, gently, patiently, progressively so we don’t have to hit it all at once.

“Continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose.” It all comes from Him. Even when I…He’ll put something in my heart I know is right, and ‘I don’t want to—I just don’t want to.’ Would anybody admit you’ve ever felt that way? Yeah. Well, I see the snickers anyway. I know it’s true. You don’t have to raise your hands, I know it’s true.

But I’ve got a God who knows how to work with my will and just keep coming back, and keep coming back, and helping me to let go and to surrender to His hand, and then to act accordingly. And the result is peace. It’s effectiveness. It’s all that God longs to do for every one of us. “Do everything without complaining or arguing….”

( laughing ).

It gets right back to the problem.

( laughter ).

We argue because we’re proud. I’m right and you’re wrong! “…So that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe as you hold out the word of life.”

See what God has called us to in this hour? You see the road map that God has laid out before us? Humble yourselves under His mighty hand. Is there anybody here who has just a little bit of pride to contend with in your life?

( congregational response ).

Yeah, we all do. But I think it’s something we need to be more conscious of. I know I do. It’s so easy to kind of get sucked in. Well, I’ve reached a certain level, and I’m beyond all that, and I’m just kind of living my Christian life. Oh my, first thing you know you’ll be a Pharisee looking down at everybody else. We need to forever take that same place that our Savior took before us, and look where it got Him. It got Him to glory.

And He who is sitting there in glory today has promised to bring every single one of His children to that same glory. And He who has promised that is able, and willing, and committed, and He’s committed as certain as God Himself is committed.

But in the process I want to be like that little woman. ‘Truth, Lord.’ Help me just to humble myself and take it as it comes and not try to make myself into something that I’m not, but to realize what I am and how much You’ve done for me, and to let You save me. Praise God!