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TV Broadcast #1196

What’s Your Foundation?
Part One

September 6, 2015

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Transcript of message from TV Broadcast 1196 -- taken from Closed Captioning Text

— Brother Phil Enlow: I had a scripture that came to me over the last few days and I just thought about it and it’s in Isaiah chapter 28. I’d like to just use that as a starting point and ask the Lord to guide me, because you can go in so many directions with this. It’s a very familiar scripture in Isaiah 28 and verse 16. So I’m just gonna go ahead and read the verse to begin with.

And it says this, “So this is what the Sovereign LORD says: See, I lay a stone in Zion, a tested stone, a precious cornerstone for a sure foundation; the one who trusts will never be dismayed.” (NIV). Praise God! What a hope the Lord has given to us!

And, I want to just, for a moment, I want to show this in its context. Because, this passage, not only gives us this glorious hope that the Lord has given to His people but, it’s a prophecy of warning, as well. The prophecy itself was addressed to Ephraim. Now Ephraim was one of the tribes that rebelled against the son of Solomon and ten of the tribes went and formed their own nation. They called their nation Israel and then the rest were called Judah.

And, when they rebelled and began to try to be a nation separate, they, of course, lost their connection with Jerusalem. Jerusalem was in Judah. And so, they had to establish, or felt that they had to establish, their own center of worship and so they established one in Samaria.

And it’s amazing, if you go back and read their history, but there was never ever, never a king in the northern kingdom that ever served God. It was just downhill from the get-go. One of the first things they did, I didn’t take time to look this up, but it seems like I remember that one of the first things they did was to make golden calves. Can you believe that, considering their history?

And, they immediately began to integrate the heathen religions around them and began to practice all their wickedness, including child sacrifice, by the way. That came into the picture as they went along. Can you believe that? People who are supposed to be the people of God would literally sacrifice their babies in a fire to the god Molech. I mean, it’s just astounding what had happened and how quickly they turned away from what they had known.

Isn’t that always, throughout their history, isn’t that the trend that you see in these people? What you see is human nature exerting its influence. You know, if you follow human nature, it is absolutely at war with God. There is no way to mix the two. People try to do it all the time. People do it in the name of Christ, sometimes. They’re really appealing to human nature.

But what we have here is a total contrast, two different—entirely different ways of looking at life and of living. The first thing the Lord says is, “Woe to that wreath….” Now a wreath, I guess, is something that’s made to wear on the headband out of leaves, and it’s meant to be kind of a garland, an honor, a seat of pride. You know, they gave them away as prizes in athletic contests. Instead of a trophy they gave them a garland. And so, this was meant to be…the Lord was addressing what He was about to address as though this was a symbol of what they were really glorying in, what they were really proud about.

Of course, He says, “Woe to that wreath, the pride of Ephraim’s drunkards.” Now what interesting language the Lord chooses to use. Doesn’t He go right straight to the root of the issue? You go back to the root of pride in the beginning, and Lucifer…what was it that motivated him? It was pride. To rise up and say, hey, I don’t have to live under Him, I’ve got all these gifts and abilities. I can be my own god. I can run the…I’m gonna be like Him. I’m gonna take charge, do what I want with my life. And so, that inspiration entered the human race when our first parents made that choice, that fatal choice that they made.

And so, here you see it coming to flower in a people, and he’s addressing particularly people that lived in Ephraim, but it’s interesting that he doesn’t just talk about their pride. He talks about their drunkenness. Now he’s not talking about alcohol, here. It’s very evident that what he’s looking at is that they have, motivated by their pride, they have embraced something in the way of spirit, in the way of knowledge, in the way of belief, in the way of worldview, if you will, that absolutely props up their pride and makes it seem like what they’re doing is correct, is right!

Because, if someone is drunk, they’re not in their right mind, they do things that they wouldn’t ordinarily do. You get the imagery. They were all familiar with the effects of that. But here you’ve got the effect of doctrines and ideas that have taken such root in the thinking of these people that it has made them drunk. They are unable to see truth and it gets to a point — are they unable because they’re unwilling, or are they unwilling because they’re unable? You know, it’s six of one and a half dozen of the other, in a sense.

But this is a picture, not only of what was going on at that time, I believe, surely, it’s a picture of our world today. Because, we live in a world that is rooted in the pride of man and who he is and what he is. This world is full of ideas and philosophies that men think are right. They are the guide of how they think and how they live. You know, they are confident.

You know, I was just reading the other day, there was just a little news article…I can’t remember the man’s name, but anyway, he was a world famous scientist, considered one of the brains of our planet. And of course, people lift up somebody like that. Oh, they’re smart, they should know. Here he is saying he is an atheist. He’s an atheist because atheism makes more sense out of the world than God does. I mean, you think about the state of blindness that comes to very smart people.

And you know, if you have your eyes opened and you can see and you’re not drunk on what the world is drunk on, you’re saying, huh? That doesn’t make any sense to me. For heaven’s sake, look at the design. Look at the world.

Some of you have seen that movie, “God’s Not Dead.” Anyway, you’ve got this freshman student who’s challenging his atheist professor who insists that the first thing they do in his philosophy class is to write the words, “God is dead,” and sign their name and hand it in. That’s their first assignment before he’ll do anything. It’s like, you’ll flunk if you don’t do that.

This guy said I’m not doing that. I’m a Christian. And so, there’s a challenge for him to prove it. Through most of it you see this atheist professor with arrogance talking about this puny little freshman who thinks he can go up against these brains, these smart philosophers and men from around the world who have come up with all these ideas. Do you think you’re smarter than they are? And of course, that has nothing to do with it, does it? It’s the source of knowledge and what you consider to be knowledge.

But you know what has happened to the human race is they have lost their ability to know what’s true. They have absolutely lost the ability. You look into Romans 1, you find out why. The reason is that they are so addicted to what their nature, their flesh wants in this life, this is what’s real to them. They are so addicted to that that they absolutely resist any source of knowledge that would confront what it is that they want to do.

You know, from time to time there have been atheists who have been honest enough to admit that the reason that they don’t believe in God is because they want to live for their own lusts. After all, if there is no God, there is no real consequence. It’s just whatever I can get out of this life, and if I can extract some pleasure from it, and do as I please, and feel proud, and in charge of my life, well, why not? Why shouldn’t I? I’m just gonna die and that’s the end of it anyway. So they have got themselves a philosophy that enables them to feel secure in spite of the fact that we who look on from the point of view of seeing what God says and knowing what he says, it’s utter foolishness.

I hadn’t really…let me go ahead and just turn to a passage that we’re familiar with in 1st Corinthians chapter 1, I believe. It starts right out at the beginning. Verse 18, “For the message of the cross is foolishness…” Now, if you stop there it wouldn’t make much sense. But he qualifies that. To whom is it foolish? It’s “…foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. For it is written: I will destroy the wisdom of the wise; the intelligence of the intelligent I will frustrate.”

This is God saying…if the men are going to harden their heart to the truth that I would give them to lead them into my loving and eternal purpose, then I’m just gonna leave them in a state of blindness. I’m gonna step back and allow them to be deceived, allow them to believe something that is not true, and yet they are going to have, out of what they believe, a sense of security and purpose in their lives. They’ll look you in the eye and call you the fool, because you believe in God. You think of the state of deception that is engulfing our world today, and that’s a pretty good picture of it.

So the…Paul asked, “Where is the wise man? Where is the scholar? Where is the philosopher of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not know him, God was pleased through the foolishness of what was preached to save those who believe.” Now you think about what he is saying there. God has fixed it so that I don’t care how smart you are, how diligent you are as a philosopher, if you are simply trying to dig into your own mental powers and your own resources, you will never discover truth. It is absolutely not within your reach! Men have not the power to know what is true. The only way anybody can know what is true is for God to intervene.

( congregational amens ).

Man, if you know something about the way things really are, and you have a confidence toward God, and there’s a revelation of God, it came because God sought you out and He sought me out! Praise God!

( congregational amens ).

He could have left every one of us in utter darkness and we would never ever have discovered the Truth. We would have walked in utter futility, living our lives to no purpose, and yet believing with confidence that we had the answers! How many people out there consider themselves to be smart and gurus in terms of how to live, and how to conduct your life, and what life is really about, and what’s really important? Lord have mercy, it’s just a cacophony of confusion! One says this, and another says another.

But all of it goes back to one thing! It is the pride of the human heart that will not bow to God! And so, when He does come, when there’s that voice that reaches down into the depths of the heart and begins to confront that pride and they say, no, I resist You and they continue in that way, that’s the end result.

I think we read a scripture in Ephesians 4, was it last week, about why the world is in the condition it’s in, absolutely enslaved by their lusts. It was that sense of…there was a choice that was made. There were choices that were made along the way to serve this instead of Him! Ultimately, if you go down that road, it’s not good.

But the condition of the people of Ephraim, in spite of the way, from God’s point of view, the way God saw it, in spite of the way it was, how was it really? In their minds they thought they were great. But here’s God saying to…He refers to them as a “…fading flower, his glorious beauty, set on the head of a fertile valley.”

In other words, they were in a place where everything looked good. They were prosperous. They felt like they were on the right track in their lives. They had good crops. They realized that, yes, there are dangers, there are other nations that would love to come in and give us trouble, but boy, we have got it made. We are on the right track. We’re living for the right things and ain’t nobody gonna touch us. That’s the spirit that you see exhibited in this. And, he refers to it as, “…to that city, the pride of those laid low by wine!”

Then he talks about, “See, the Lord has one who is powerful and strong. Like a hailstorm and a destructive wind, like a driving rain and a flooding downpour, he will throw it forcefully to the ground. That wreath, the pride of Ephraim’s drunkards, will be trampled underfoot.”And all of that, he just goes on and on. They don’t have any idea of what’s coming.

This world does not have any idea of what’s coming! Now I’ll grant you, there’s a whole lot of uncertainty and fear right now because of the things that are going on in the world. But do you think, for the most part, that’s gonna drive people to say, oh Jesus, I need You? No. They’re gonna be running to the United Nations. They’re gonna be running to somebody to say, fix it, help us.

Or they’re gonna be running to God, basically, and saying, I’m gonna do my own thing but, God I need You to help me. You know it’s anything in the world but surrendering! That’s it. Anything in the world but really surrendering and coming to Him on His terms!

You go on in this passage and you see. I’m not gonna try to go through all of it, but you see the Lord’s intent is to give people a place of rest! It’s to give them a place of blessing! It’s to bring people into a glorious relationship with Him where they have a certainty, not only about this life, but also one that reaches all the way into eternity! That’s what I want! That’s what I need!

So anyway, let’s see, let’s pick it up down in verse 14. And going in to that, you see the sense of these people who are doing what they’re doing, believing what they’re believing, and they’re listening to prophets. These are men who supposedly know. They’ve got wisdom from beyond this realm and they are going to tell them what to do. And they’re actually listening to the prophets.

Where do you think the inspiration is coming for that? Where do you think that’s coming from? It’s coming from the kingdom of darkness, isn’t it? You don’t think there’s an inspiration behind philosophies, behind things that we hear in our world? Do you think it’s just people saying, I think it’s this way? No. There is a demonic power that has seized the minds of men who do not want God, and it’s given them a wisdom that comes with a sense of conviction and force.

I’ll tell you, we need to be rooted in something. There is a flood that has gone forth from the mouth of the serpent, to use the language and the imagery of…what is it, Revelation 12? There is a flood that has come forth from his mouth. What do you think that is talking about?

( congregational response ).

It’s words, it’s doctrines, it’s ideas, but it’s more than just words and the doctrines and the ideas. It’s the spirit that comes with it! Because words are not just concepts and ideas, are they? They convey the spirit of the speaker. So, if you’ve got something that is coming from Satan’s mouth, don’t you worry, it’s not just a bunch of convincing ideas. If you drink that in, you will drink in his spirit with it. It will blind and lead to destruction. So that’s what’s coming in this instance here.

Verse 14, “Therefore hear the word of the Lord, you scoffers who rule this people in Jerusalem.” So now he’s come right down to Jerusalem, too. “You boast….” See, they don’t lack confidence! They’re not serving God, but they’re confident in their rebellion! What a deception.

“You boast, We have entered into a covenant with death, with the grave we have made an agreement.” Man, there ain’t nothing we’re afraid of. “When an overwhelming scourge sweeps by, it cannot touch us, for we have made a lie our refuge and falsehood our hiding place.”

Folks, this world has no idea of what’s coming. It’s not just what’s coming at the end, but I mean, what’s coming throughout. You know, we’ve got…everybody, every person on the planet has a philosophy, if you will. They have certain ideas and values by which they live. There’s a wisdom that guides the choices that they make.

The question has to be asked, where does that wisdom come from? Do we get our wisdom from the television? From the pop stars? From our friends? From our worldly friends, our peers? That’s the pressure in school, just to use one example. Do you want to be different? You’re really just gonna be on the outs. There’s a tremendous pressure from the very beginning that the devil exerts to try to capture the minds of people. What do you think he’s after? He’s after their destruction.