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TV Broadcast #1157

No Guest Room for the Devil
Part One

December 7, 2014

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Transcript of message from TV Broadcast 1157 -- taken from Closed Captioning Text

— Brother Phil Enlow: I had a scripture come to me the other day, and I will just give it out and see what the Lord might want out of this. But it’s in Ephesians chapter 4. And, I will try to set this in its context as we go. But, Paul has been exhorting, been telling about all the great things that God has done, the great purpose that He’s unfolding, and the fact that we as individual believers need to live life worthy of that calling, and the fact that we are members one of another, and how God’s purpose involves every single one of us being a vessel through whom God can give life to the whole.

We every one have a “…measure of the gift of Christ.” (KJV). We don’t have it all, but everyone has a part. And so obviously, logically that leads to the place where, how do we live as individual Christians? Does it matter? And obviously it does. We’re not to live like the Gentiles do. We’re to live for God.

And one of his admonitions—Paul’s admonitions to the believers—is a simple one and it’s in verse 27. And he says this, of chapter 4, did I say that? Ephesians 4:27, “And do not give the devil a foothold.” (NIV). And I daresay that applies to every one of us in more ways than we might care to admit, starting with me. Because the Devil will take everything that we give him. He never gives up.

And that’s the first thing I believe that ought to be focused on in this passage. It’s the Devil. I mean, don’t give the Devil — I’ve often realized, I think and I think many of you do, that we tend to project what we know of mankind onto God many times. And we imagine that He’s a little bit like us, but we do the same thing with the Devil.

We almost imagine that, yeah, he’s a bad fellow, but somewhere in there there’s some good in him, somewhere there’s some reasonableness in him. There is none. We need to realize with absolute clarity that the Devil is absolutely, wholly evil. There is no good in him, not one smidgen of good, not one smidgen of mercy! You plead with the Devil for mercy and he’ll laugh at you. But the point basically comes back to this. The Devil is absolutely, wholly evil. He is out to destroy. There is nothing good about him.

You know, we are warned in Ephesians 6 about his strategies. Now if you are in the military, what’s a strategy about? What are you trying to accomplish? You’re trying to deal with an enemy, right? And you realize you can’t just march up and say, hi, I’m gonna beat you. You’ve got to come up with some kind of a strategy to look for weaknesses, to probe for weaknesses, and try to find a way that you can overcome and use your strengths against his weaknesses. Well, that’s the battle you and I are in. The Devil will never, ever, ever give up until he is forced to! This is a power game. You and I don’t have the power!

( congregational amens ).

We need Him! He has all of the power! He has already won a complete victory, but the truth of the matter is we live in a world where the Devil is free to attack God’s people, within God’s permission, obviously. He can’t just do whatever he wants. But we have to learn how to stand and how to recognize.

You know, Paul was speaking in one place, I think in 2nd Corinthians 2, about, “…we are not ignorant of his devices.” (KJV). He realized that if something was not set right that Satan was gonna have an entrance, Satan was gonna have a way in to hinder and to bring bondage.

You know Donald was talking this morning about bondage in our lives. There’s not one of us here that is 100 percent free. And, I was thinking about this subject and the phrase or possible title came to me…it was something like “A Guest Room for the Devil.” It’s kind of quiet.

( congregation inaudible ).

But Lord have mercy, do we not, more easily than we realize, give the Devil a guest room in our lives. You know, I like that little saying that Naomi quoted the other night in prayer meeting. I thought that was very appropriate. She said, don’t give the Devil a ride, he’ll want to drive.

( congregational amens ).

And that’s exactly right. The Devil has no…he is not your friend! He is absolutely out to use you, use your evil human desires, misdirected human desires, I should put it. And he is going to use them to gratify all the evil of his nature and when he’s done with you, he will discard you like garbage, and taunt you, and do everything in his power to just get everything evil out of it that he can. I mean, he will absolutely torment people after he’s seduced them to do what is wrong. Folks, we are in a very real battle and there are demons that are out find a home in your life, in the home of believers!

( congregational amens ).

And boy, if we don’t recognize that in this world that we live in, we’re going to be compromised in more ways than we realize. God, help me! God, help every one of us to begin to look to God and say, God, I don’t want to fall into this category of somebody who ‘gives place,’ I think it is in the King James, to the Devil, gives the Devil a foot-hold…allow him to have any part in my life where I’m just not really…I’m compromised in that area.

You know, we’re warned in 1st Peter in a scripture that we’re very familiar with. It says, “Be self-controlled and alert.” (NIV). 1st Peter chapter 5, verse 8, if you want to know where it’s it. “Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.”

Now this wasn’t written to unbelievers. But my God, if someone’s just a part of the world, what is their condition? There’s nobody that has a hope of being able to stand against this Devil! All you have to do is follow your own natural inclinations because they have been corrupted by sin! And the Devil will absolutely latch on to that and he will get a hold!

You know, we’re told about yielding our vessel, yielding our members, as instruments for unrighteousness and warns that if you yield yourself to somebody, you become slave to that somebody. Folks, if there’s somebody who hears this who is here or who hears this later, I’ll tell you, you don’t have a snowball’s chance in hell against this Devil without Jesus Christ!

( congregational amens ).

The starting point is to hear the voice of the Son of God, and God’s promise to you is that those who hear shall live! God has the power to give you life eternal, to blot out your sins as if they’d never happened, to give you a new heart, a new spirit! That’s the only answer to the problem of sin! Oh, if you hear His voice, humble yourself! Say, yes, Lord. I need a Savior! And I open my heart for you to change!

( congregational praise ).

Praise God! Oh, open your heart! And understand the love that has driven Him. Oh my God, you think of the Devil, who all he wants to do is destroy, and all God wants to do is give life and shed His love upon us! And how readily do we cling to our earthly ways and our earthly desires as though that’s the only thing that matters, the only thing that can make us happy, and it’s a lie! God has come to give us life more abundantly through His Son! Praise God!

Oh my Lord, help us to get the vision of what God has called us to, because we were dead! It was grace, it was God’s Spirit coming looking for us, dealing with our hearts, awakening us to a sense of our need, showing us a Savior when we could do nothing to help ourselves! Giving us the faith to believe! Giving us the heart to repent! Oh, if you’ll open your heart, He’ll give you everything you need.

But oh, even chapter 2 looks all the way into eternity. It’s not just this life! We live as though this is all there is! Oh my God, you’ve got people running around with their bucket-list. Do you know what a bucket-list is? It’s all the stuff I want to do before I die, as though, my God, if I don’t do it, I’m gonna miss out. I’ll tell you, I have one bucket-list and that’s just to follow Jesus.

( congregational amens ).

Take what He gives me and look forward…I mean, everything is in eternity! Oh, if your heart ever gets open to that, it becomes real! It’s not just a doctrine you hear in church. God can make that real…that hope! Because it’s a hope that is based upon something that He did, not something I must do! My hope is in Jesus and what He did for me at the cross. Praise God! Praise God!

But there are ages to come! How long is that? It’s forever! But in the ages to come, He’s gonna show His kindness toward us through Jesus Christ. But meanwhile, here we are and God is at work in His people. And you know, we sense sometimes, almost the sense of futility…do you fight that off sometimes? All the time? Yeah. You see what God is after and you look at yourself and your own weakness and you say, oh my God! I just don’t see how this is gonna happen.

But then we come to a promise like the end of chapter 3. “Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever!” Boy, doesn’t that change the picture just a bit? It’s not what I can do, it’s what He has the power to do.

Oh my God, I…starting with me, but every one of us needs to just start bringing…every time that sense of impossibility and futility begins to rise in your mind, that’s from the Devil. We have every right to bring that to Him honestly and say, Lord, here it is, and I can’t. But my hope is not in my ability. My hope is in You.

But as I said…Paul is unfolding the calling that we have and as I said, he begins chapter 4, “… Live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another…” putting up with one another, “…in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit….” And he goes on and describes the oneness of the Body of Christ, the inter-connectedness of the Body of Christ! We are not simply individuals travelling all these separate paths to glory! God is building a home for Himself! We are that home!

( congregational amens ).

And you don’t build a home by scattering materials across the countryside…do you, Ron? You actually get them together and you start nailing them together, and you put them in their proper place, and before long, you’ve got a home. That’s what God’s design is here. He wants a home where God feels at home!

Does God feel at home among us? That’s a sobering question, isn’t it? See, that’s where this is going. That’s why all this stuff matters. And so, he enumerates the order, and how God has given certain gifts to help the Body to develop their own abilities and their gifts, and then everything that God does has to do with the effectiveness in every single member of the Body of Christ.

You matter today. You matter. You’re important. God wants to minister a measure of the gift of Christ through you. Do you realize you have the power, if you’re really connected to God and moving in Him, to speak a word that can change someone’s life?

( congregational amens ).

When God created the world, what did He do?

( congregational response ).

He spoke, didn’t He? There is no greater power than the Word of God. And God gives us the ability just to become vessels, to speak a word in due season to him that is weary, to speak a word in prayer. We have the privilege of being His children, not just coming here and being little spectators on Sunday. God wants participants. So that’s who Paul is talking to.

And so, of course, he says, you don’t live like you used to live. The Gentiles are totally controlled by their lusts. That’s their life! They’re headed for destruction! You know, a lot of folks think if I was born this way, and I feel all these desires, God must have meant…it doesn’t make any sense for me to say no to desires that I have.

But they don’t understand what’s happened to the human race and what God’s plan is. You know, everybody is tempted and pulled on. But James 1 says, no man…God doesn’t tempt anybody. When we’re tempted we can’t say, God is tempting me. God doesn’t tempt anyone. “Every man is tempted…” (KJV). How?

( congregational response ).

“…He is drawn away…” What…based on what?

( congregational response ).

“…His own lust.” There’s an appeal made to some desire that arises within us and what happens when you yield to that outside of the will and the purpose of God…what happens?

( congregational response ).

Lust conceived, “…It bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.”

You know, there was one scripture I’d meant to use and I think this would be as good a time as any. It’s in 1st Corinthians chapter 6, because it really highlights our position in Christ. And it begins in verse 12. And Paul begins by saying, “Everything is permissible for me…” Now that sounds on the surface like, hey, I can do anything, it’s okay. “…But not everything is beneficial.”

See, we’re not under a law that says, ‘thou shalt not’, and all that kind of stuff, but we are…as sons of God, we are called to live intelligently for the right reason. And the end result is gonna be the same thing as keeping God’s laws, but with a different engine. The Spirit of God, the grace of God will cause us to live for Him and to say ‘no’ to things that don’t fit. And there’s a whole lot of stuff in our lives that doesn’t fit the Kingdom of God, it doesn’t add to it…it pulls back from it, it hinders.

“Everything is permissible for me—but I will not be mastered by anything.” Now does that sound like it fits the subject? Because that’s the problem. You start yielding to the wrong thing and it takes over, it gets a hold, it doesn’t want to let go. You may think you’re playing, you’re free—you’re doing something because you’re free. You’re not free! You’re yielding yourself to a cruel master who has no other intention but destroying you and me.

“Food for the stomach and the stomach for food—but God will destroy them both. The body is not meant for sexual immorality, but for the Lord…” So he’s dealing with a particular issue here. “…And the Lord for the body.” That’s a good one. See, the Lord is concerned about our bodies, but they are His. They don’t belong to us to do with as we please.

“By his power God raised the Lord from the dead, and he will raise us also. Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ himself?” Think about that. “Shall I then take the members of Christ and unite them with a prostitute?” This was the particular example. “Never! Do you not know that he who unites himself with a prostitute is one with her in body? For it is said, the two will become one flesh. But he who unites himself with the Lord is one with him in spirit. Flee from sexual immorality.

“All other sins a man commits are outside his body, but he who sins sexually sins against his own body. Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price.” Praise God!

You know, we need to understand we don’t belong to ourselves. If we’ve come to Christ and we’ve got the vision of what He’s called us to, we don’t belong to ourselves. And what a price He paid.

( congregational response ).

Oh my God, do we want to despise the price of someone who allowed them to humiliate Him, and inflict the incredible pain and humiliation of the cross, nail His hands there because of you and me. You say, well, it doesn’t matter how I live. It’s my life. It’s my body. Oh no. He bought it—He bought us for Himself! And He bought us so that He could shower us with kindness throughout all eternity. “Therefore honor God with your body.”

There are a lot of folks who would say, well, I don’t do that so I’m okay. Well, what do you think about? Is there anybody here that would like for all of your thoughts to be displayed for all the world to see your own private little twitter—every one of your thoughts out there? I think we would all crawl into a hole and pull it in after us.

But I’ll tell you, there are a lot of ways that the Devil has of compromising Christians because of their thought life. The Devil will stick a thought in there and instead of just recognizing and saying, wait a minute, I’m not going there, we invite the Devil in. ‘Let’s talk about that. I’ve got a nice guest room here for you, Devil.’

Of course, we don’t realize that’s what’s going on, but that’s what’s happening. And it’s awful easy to start falling into thought patterns where you just yield yourself in your imagination. You might use the internet in ways that aren’t good. I thank God for the communication tool that it is. It lets the Gospel go out, but, there are a lot of ways the Devil has of using that. Where do you go, what do you look at, what do you think about?

When you look at other people, do you see them through Christ’s eyes, or through the eyes of wrong desires sometimes? See how easy it is for us to get…for the Devil to get in and begin to establish a guest room. And we invite him in. We don’t think about it. We think, oh, I’m fine, I live a clean life. But is it clean in here? Oh God, help us to rule over our minds and over our thoughts, and recognize what’s going on, recognize the tactics of the enemy that are there to subvert us and to use us in ways to dishonor God, to dishonor everybody, and to hinder us from being the kind of people that God wants us to be.