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TV Broadcast #1178

No Fuel for the Devil
Part One

May 3, 2015

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Transcript of message from TV Broadcast 1178 -- taken from Closed Captioning Text

— Brother Phil Enlow: I don’t know…I had a few simple thoughts that are not new, but I think they’re pretty relevant, at least to me, but I believe to all of us, because I believe the Lord wants to bring us to a place of greater victory.

You know, we sang, “He is My Victory” and that’s great, but we need some practical…we need to have the practical side of that. And, it’s wonderful to come and sing about it, but then if we go out and we’re not so free as we ought to be, that’s not so good, is it? And I believe the Lord has better for us.

But I thought of a scripture, just as a jumping off point, in Revelation chapter 12. And of course, this is the picture of…in symbolic form, of Christ coming into the world, of the Devil trying to destroy Him, but ultimately there was the Battle of the Ages that was fought, wasn’t it? Praise God!

( congregational amens ).

All the hosts of heaven and all the hosts of hell were arrayed at the cross. And the Devil was deceived. He thought he was winning, and he actually engineered his own defeat, because he lost the battle.

You know, you see the picture in verse 7: “And there was war in heaven. Michael and his angels fought against the dragon, and the dragon and his angels fought back. But he was not strong enough, and they lost their place in heaven. The great dragon was hurled down”that ancient serpent called the devil, or Satan, who leads the whole world astray. He was hurled to the earth, and his angels with him.” (NIV).

So there was a place, there was something that happened there in the spirit that men were not aware of, and even the disciples were not aware of at the time, but it quickly became evident. And, “Then I heard a loud voice in heaven say: Now have come the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God….” Now praise God, I know there’s gonna be an eternal expression of the, but this doesn’t say that sometime out there there’s gonna be this kingdom…now the Kingdom has come!

( congregational amens ).

Jesus told those listening to Him in one place. He said, the Kingdom of God does not come with observation, with outward show…it’s not a political kingdom. You’re not gonna see Jesus one day giving an interview to CNN because they’re asking Him what His government is up to. He’s never gonna reign over the nations of this world in that physical sense. But there was a Kingdom that was started and it’s real. It’s more real than what we see.

( congregational amens ).

And ever since the Gospel has been going out, it has been revealing that Kingdom to people. They’ve been born into it. And of course, as they’re born into it they’re able to see the Kingdom of God, are they not? That’s what Jesus said in John chapter 3. So it’s very, very real.

But here’s this voice coming from heaven. And now it’s come. “…And the authority of his Christ. For the accuser of our brothers, who accuses them before our God day and night, has been hurled down.”

Now I was wondering who this was that was saying this. I’m wondering if this wasn’t the voice, in a sense, of the Old Testament saints who had gone on. Does not the Word say that they, “…died in faith, not having received the promises.” (KJV). But, because there was something better that was going to happen, and it was gonna bring us all together from every age. So here’s a company of God’s people that are in heaven saying now the power has come and, “…The accuser of our brothers, who accuses them before our God day and night…” (NIV).

Thank God, we have a great cloud of witnesses who are witness to the reality of this Kingdom to which we have been called. But now it comes down to…the victory is won, but where does that leave us and how do we enter into that victory? How does that victory become ours in a practical sense? And of course, this has been ministered many times. “They overcame him by the blood of the Lamb….” That’s the absolute foundation. Because if I’ve got to do something about my sins, I’m in trouble.

( congregational amens ).

Praise God! I can’t get out of my mind that video we watched last week. And if any of you haven’t seen it, you need to. We’ve got copies back there. We sent them to the other churches. But it depicts the suffering of Christ and the end of His ministry and particularly focuses on Peter, and that wonderful scene where Peter is sitting there with the risen Christ and he’s saying Lord, I’m so sorry I let you down. What can I do? And the Lord looked at him and said, acceptance with God is not about you or what you must do. It’s about what I have done.

( congregational amens ).

Is that the Gospel? Is that simple?

( congregational response ).

Praise God! That gives me a foundation for hope!

( congregational response ).

Because I’m a work in process like you, and as such I certainly don’t measure up to the glory of God, do you? I mean, we come short. It’s not just that we have come short, we continue to even though we’re on the trail, even though God has called us to His Kingdom and He’s working in us, we are far from there.

( congregational amens ).

But I’ll tell you, I’ve got a Savior who already bore that sin! Now that’s not for people who want to continue to live that way. They’ve never seen it. They’ve never really understood the weight of their sins, never felt the weight of their sins and guilt before God. There still thinking about everybody else and what all has been done to them. But I’ll tell you what, there comes a point in time when we face the reality of what we are!

( congregational response ).

And, then there’s an answer that comes from heaven itself! God has made a way that we could never make and that foundation has been laid. And so we have the right to stand there in our imperfect state, commit our case into God’s hands and say, Devil, He has forgiven me!

( congregational amens ).

The evidence is not me and my performance and the perfection of my performance. The evidence is that blood, and you saw it and you instituted that! You’re the one that killed Him! But you’re the very one that engineered my deliverance, because all that I deserve, He got, and He did it willingly for me. Praise God! Praise the Lord!

And of course, we’ve emphasized many times, the word of our testimony and that’s when the revelation of God becomes real enough to us that we are going to confess what God says instead of what the Devil says or instead of what we feel and all those things. We’re gonna have to learn to, basically say, God, You’re not lying to me. I believe You!

( congregational amens ).

Because if we believe something else and we confess something else, or we act as if something else is true, what are we doing? We’re saying God, You’re lying. And I’ll tell you what, there’s a point where we’re gonna have to stand there and say, God’s Word is true. I don’t feel it. It doesn’t look like it! But just like Abraham, he, “…believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness.” (KJV). But there’s a place where we have the right to stand and absolutely confess the Word of God. God’s gonna put you and me in situations where we have nothing else to go on but the Word!

( congregational amens ).

Everything will be against it! Don’t be dismayed when that happens! God is wanting to strengthen our faith muscles! They need strengthening! Anybody here need more faith and more…

( congregational response ).

…Yeah! More ability to believe God…well, look out!

( laughter ).

But that’s not a threat, that’s a promise of God, that He’s going to absolutely do for us what we would never…He’s gonna send us in paths that we wouldn’t choose. But He’s gonna do it because He loves us enough to say, I’m gonna have to put you here because I want you to learn more about Me. I want you to understand what your true foundation is, and you’re gonna have to learn to believe My Word and stand upon it.

But I feel like the real issue with virtually every one of us, and this is something that has been coming out a lot lately, hasn’t it? “…They did not love their lives so much as to shrink from death.” (NIV). This is where we all fall down. Because we live in varying degrees with the illusion that we can somehow continue to be what we are, as natural people…we can cling to the characteristics of our lives that constitute our life and somehow beat the Devil off by proof-texting him away. Anybody ever tried to do that?

( congregational response ).

Yeah…it didn’t work too good, did it?

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And we can sit there and quote the Scripture to the Devil all we want to, but if we’re not walking in this part of it, if we’re clinging to something that God’s trying to say, ‘let go,’ then we’re absolutely prey to the Devil to that degree. We’re yielding to him. We’re giving him something to hold on to.

And you know, there are parallel passages to this that I believe shed light on it, back in John 12 is one of them. It sheds light on this whole passage. It’s kind of a parallel thought in a way. This was Jesus, very shortly before He passed away. And He said in John chapter 12, verse 23, “Jesus replied, ‘The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified.’”

Now it certainly didn’t look like it for a while, did it? “I tell you the truth, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds.”

Now, it’s pretty plain, I think, looking at this that He is, first of all, referring to Himself, isn’t He? And the fact that the only way He could populate the Kingdom of God, the only way He could redeem us, the only way that God would have a Kingdom would be for Him to lay down His life and take our sins upon Himself and open Heaven’s door for us. And so, the single seed that had to go into the ground was Himself, wasn’t it?

( congregational response ).

But He was willing to give up what was earthly in order to gain what was heavenly. He literally gave up His life, but He didn’t stay there, did He? Because the life of God was stronger, more powerful, more real! He came forth with that and as a result of that, that life has been able to multiply through the ages and across the world, wherever people have opened their hearts to His Word and to His Spirit. And so what He said was going to happen there has happened.

But there’s more to it, I believe, than just what happened with Him because He immediately begins to relate this to us. This isn’t just about me, this is about those to whom He was speaking. He said, “The man who loves his life will lose it.”

Now He said this in more than one place in His ministry. “The man who loves his life will lose it.” Now what did we say in Revelation? We overcome him by not loving our lives unto death. So here He’s saying, “The man who loves his life will lose it.” Well, that surely is true of someone who will not surrender to Christ. By God, they’re gonna cling to their life. It’s theirs! They’re gonna cling to what is temporary to give up what is eternal.

It makes no sense, but that’s how we’re natured. But that’s the reality, that’s the choice that faces everyone who comes in contact with the Gospel of Christ. You can’t have your own life and just live your life and your will and what you want, and have eternal life.

“…While the man who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life.” Now, listen to how He connects the two. He says, “Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, my servant also will be. My Father will honor the one who serves me.” So now it’s not just Jesus laying down His life, now it’s everyone else following. Meaning what? That Jesus does it all and we get off scot-free? No! We lay down our lives!

What was it that He laid down? It was His earthly life. I mean, you think about the Son of God, surely intelligent, surely gifted. And he could have made something of Himself in the eyes of the world. He was wise. He could’ve become a great teacher. He probably could’ve gone into business and made a lot of money, gotten married, done whatever and just live His life in this world and just sort of take advantage of everything, grab whatever there was to grab and just live His life! But He saw the futility of that! The utter temporariness of this world! Do you understand that this world is temporary?

( congregational response ).

It’s got an expiration date, folks. And even if it went on a while, you have an expiration date.

( congregational amens ).

You and I are not gonna be here very long. Our life is on loan! And those who cling to what is on loan will lose what they have. It’s that simple. But oh there’s a path out of that. Praise God! And He opened it and He showed us the way! He gave up His life, but what did He get for that? What did He say as He introduced this thought here? He said, it’s time, “…for the Son of Man to be glorified.” It didn’t look like the pathway to glorification, did it?

( congregational response ).

To go down into a tomb and suffer and die, and all that! But that was the path that God had laid out! You give up this life, I’ll give you something so much better! It’s eternal! It’s wonderful! It’s free from death and sin and all these things! I’m giving it to you! This is what He has laid out for every one of us to follow.

( congregational amens ).

Oh how we miss the simplicity of the fact that God wants us to come to Him in the first place! But I mean, once we’re His, how easy is it to just simply cling to what is familiar, what seems to be so central to our lives and our affections, and all these things that really, when you think about it, they pertain to this life, not the one to come. They revolve around me, what I want, what I like, what I think is right. But there is a way that seems right”seems right, “…unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.” (KJV).

But how much ground do we give the Devil by this simple principle? And we wonder why we’re not free. There’s not one of us here that doesn’t have areas of our lives that we’re just clinging to, we’re loving…we don’t realize what it means to follow Jesus, that it’s not just, ‘He did it all and praise God, we’re just gonna glide into heaven!’ We’re gonna have to let go of this world and serve Him.

And I’ll tell you, when there’s a people who do that, they’re gonna be able to look the Devil in the eye and say, Devil, get out of here! I don’t have to listen to you. I’m not your servant anymore. Just like Romans 6, where we’re brought into a relationship where God has already crucified us and we have the right to stand upon what He’s already done! We don’t have to yield to what we use to yield to! We have the power to say…’through Christ, I can yield, rather, to the new nature that He’s put within me. I have the power to say no and to say yes to Him!’

It doesn’t mean we always do it. That’s what learning and growing is all about. And the Lord understands that. This isn’t some high standard where He’s always looking down His nose at us until we get there. Do you do that with your little children? Or do you rejoice every time they make some little stride, or they learn to say this, they learn to add up numbers…they just learn things that are appropriate to their age. God deals with us that way. Thank God!

( congregational response ).

He understands. He’s sympathetic. We’ve got a Savior who has been here. He called us to follow, so that means He’s been here. And He’s able to be a sympathetic High Priest, somebody who has been tempted in every way, just like you and me.

Do you feel pressed? Do you feel the pull of your old nature and all these things that are part of this world wanting to grab your attention, wanting to control you? Do you feel that? Do you feel the pressure of that? Sure! So did He. You’ve got somebody who knows first-hand. I mean, you think if there was anybody that the Devil was gonna really pour all his energy into bringing down, it was the Son of God.

( congregational amens ).

Oh my! Doesn’t the Scripture talk about Him crying out with loud “…crying and tears unto him that was able to save him from death”? And He was heard. I’ll tell you what, it was appropriate for Him to go through all of this in bringing, what? “…Many sons to glory.” (NIV). What wonderful Scriptures! What wonderful truth we have unfolding in this Word and what He’s done.

But this is it! We’re called to follow Him! We’re called to a life of laying down things! But what do we gain? We gain life! We gain freedom! We gain liberty from not having to obey the impulses of this life! My God, it seems like we’re giving up ourselves! Oh my God! That’s just me! I won’t have anything left if I let that go.

And how many of you have been in places where God has put His finger on something and you fought and you resisted and you…oh my God, I just can’t, I can’t, I can’t! And then finally the Lord wears you down and you let go and the result is…misery? No! It’s peace! Thank God! Oh!

And somehow the next lesson comes along and we’re right back through the same process. We have a nature that is relentless, that we have to overcome! And the key to overcoming the Devil is this! Praise the Lord!

And so, of course, Jesus said, “Now my soul is troubled, and what shall I say? ‘Father, save me from this hour’? No, it was for this very reason I came to this hour. Father, glorify your name!” What a picture of what the Lord is looking for from us!

If we’re gonna follow Him, we’re gonna have to come to the place where we say, not what I want, Father, You’ve got the plan. You’re right! It’s Your will, Your plan that I desire! It’s my highest good that You have in mind! You love me! You loved me enough to reach out to me when I was utterly unworthy, no reason that I could account for in myself.

You know, the song that Jackie sang…was it this or was it that? Why did He reach out to me? No. It wasn’t any of those things. Praise God! And so there’s the voice that came from heaven, the Father glorified Himself. And Jesus said in verse 30, “This voice was for your benefit, not mine.” Jesus didn’t need that.

“Now is the time for judgment on this world; now the prince of this world will be driven out. But I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all men to myself.” Do you see the connection with Revelation 12 there?

( congregational response ).

There was a war in heaven. Satan lost his place. Jesus said, now is the time for that to happen. You see, that’s the cross. That’s where that battle for you and for me was won! Praise God!

( congregational amens ).

All right? So now He’s facing all of that and you know how He had to go into the garden and just cry out to God, and look to God for strength. But I thought about something that He said before that. Let’s see if I can…there it is. And it’s a familiar scripture to us at the end of chapter 14. Jesus is comforting and explaining what’s gonna happen.

And in verse 30, He says, “I will not speak with you much longer…” Why? “…For the prince of this world is coming.” But then a glorious statement! “He has no hold on me….” Now why? What is it that causes the Devil to find no hold, no weakness, nothing to grab hold of? Because at every point, He had already been tested! Every single aspect of His nature had been put to the test to where He had to make a choice. Am I going to seek for what I as an individual want, in a human sense, or am I going to do the will of God?