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TV Broadcast #1197

What’s Your Foundation?

September 13, 2015

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Transcript of message from TV Broadcast 1197 -- taken from Closed Captioning Text

— Brother Phil Enlow: Every person on the planet has a philosophy, if you will. They have certain ideas and values by which they live! There is a wisdom that guides the choices that they make. And 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. I mean, most everybody here has gone beyond school, but you kind of remember. Man, was there pressure to conform! 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. He’s after bringing them to a place where they are in utter captivity. And the thing is, they believe that they’re walking in wisdom. What does 2nd Thessalonians 2 talk about? Strong…

( congregational response ).

…Delusion. Well, what is strong delusion? I mean, delusion is something where you are actually believing something that isn’t so. But ‘strong’? This is talking about a final state of those who he’s describing in that passage, where they reach a place where they are completely convinced! You could argue with them ‘til you’re blue in the face and they’re completely convinced that they have the truth, that what they’re walking in makes more sense to them than what you could possibly say.

Oh my! Part of the burden I’ve had this morning…I mean, it’s certainly multifaceted…this is a multifaceted passage. But part of the burden is for young people. Because you’re on the cusp of life! And the world is telling you how they think it is! And the question becomes, what do you go by? What do you build your life upon? What kind of a foundation is there for your life? Is it built on truth or is it built on you feeling like you’re, in your own pride, that you’re smart enough to figure out what’s best for you?

It’s quiet, isn’t it? But that’s where…and I’ll tell you, people who grow up in the church…whether they do or not, this is a reality. Because, there has to come a time where people make a choice. And they say, either I’m gonna believe what the world is telling me, which coincidentally feeds my pride, gives me a permission to do the things that I want to do to fulfill, to gratify these lusts and these desires, or I’m gonna believe the Word of God which tells me the truth. Praise God! That’s the choice.

Oh, I pray that God will open hearts and open eyes so that when He comes knocking on the door, there will be a surrender because there is no middle ground to this question. You know, one of the saddest things is when people, somehow in the vanity of their own thinking, they come to a place where they can live a life that is fundamentally self-driven, self-will. Self is really still on the throne. And yet, they can come in among the people of God and believe that they are okay because they give the proper assent to what they hear and say, yes, that’s true, yes, that’s true. But you look at their life and it doesn’t match at all.

You know, from time to time we use the scripture in Hebrews that talks about a root of bitterness. And usually we’re thinking in terms of somebody who acquires a bitter spirit because they’ve been hurt, something’s happened and they harbor that bitterness. And of course, that’s the truth. People do that and it’s terribly destructive.

But you know, when you go back into the Old Testament and you get back to the reference from which that came…let’s look at it for a minute, so you really get the picture. ‘Cause that’s in Deuteronomy 29, I believe. Moses is here speaking to the people and there is a renewal of the Covenant with God happening. This is the younger generation. They’ve endured forty years in the wilderness because of the unbelief and the rebellion of one generation.

Now they’re standing there and Moses is recounting the Covenant and bringing the people into this Covenant. And they’re being asked to stand there and promise God…God, we’re gonna serve You. God, we believe in You and we’re walking in this covenant. And He warns them about going and serving other gods.

But then in verse…last part of verse 18, he says, “Make sure there is no root among you that produces such bitter poison.” (NIV). Well, he’s talking about his heart turning away from God. “When such a person hears the words of this oath, he invokes a blessing on himself and therefore thinks, I will be safe, even though I persist in going my own way.”

See, you get the picture there? There is a self-delusion. You’ve still got a person who is fundamentally driven by pride and by self-will. And that self-will is rooted in gratifying their own desires and lusts. It’s just as simple as that. But yet, they are under the influence of the Gospel to the point where they’re going to be asserting that. They’re gonna be sort of agreeing with, sort of going along with it, and somehow think they can balance the two, somehow they can mix the two.

There’s no mixing—there is no mixing. Because is you are not…if you’re still on the world’s foundation, you’re not on the One that we started reading about. Thank God, there is a foundation that’s been laid for you and for me. See that’s the other side of this. This is God constantly reaching out to the people.

What amazing grace and love it took for the Lord, century after century after century, to come to these people and to endure what they were doing! I mean, you think…just go back to that simple example, because it should be horrifying to us to think of taking babies and literally some of them taking them and tossing them into a fire to honor and placate a heathen god, and you’re supposed to be God’s people. You think of the delusion. You think of the condition.

And yet God came to them century after century pleading with them, ‘turn from your way!’ If you just turn, I’ll hear you, I’ll bless you. I’ve got so much for you. I want to bring you to a place of blessing and rest, but you’re gonna have to turn from your wickedness and you’re gonna have to follow Me.

That cry is the same. It’s never changed. It is not God plus the world. It’s God…or it’s Christ, or you and the world. The message is absolutely uncompromising. You can’t build a house on two foundations.

( congregational amens ).

You’re gonna have to pick one. And it’s gonna have to be His. But I thank God for what he says in verse 16. And of course, he talks about the foundation He’s gonna establish, but he talks about the destiny of those who have rejected that foundation. It’s gonna sweep…the, “...hail will sweep away your refuge, the lie, and water will overflow your hiding place. Your covenant with death will be annulled; your agreement with the grave will not stand. When the overwhelming scourge sweeps by, you will be beaten down by it. As often as it comes it will carry you away; morning after morning, by day and by night, it will sweep through.”

That’s part of the delusion of this world, because, God allows it to appear as though people are succeeding in their blindness. There are a whole lot of people right now that you look at them and they appear to be successful. Now I’ll grant you, you look at some of them and you really go into their lives and what’s going on in their lives, and it’s not so pretty.

But you’ve got a lot of people who are influential, who will stand there and tell you how it is, and give you the impression they’re living happy, successful lives, and they are confident in that, to the point where they would laugh you to scorn if you try to tell them about Jesus.

And I’ll tell you, there’s gonna come a day when there won’t be any more laughing. And I’ll tell you, they come to the end of the way and there won’t be any laughing either, because individuals reach the end of this life and they think…some of them think, when I die, that’s it, or they think, I went to church, I’m going to heaven. There’s gonna be some shocked people. Instead of angels waiting for them, there’s gonna be demons.

I’ll tell you what, I need help. I need an anchor. I need something beyond me, because the answer to all this does not lie in me. I’m not smart enough. I share the same corruption, in the life that was born into me naturally, as the worst sinner on the planet. My nature is to be proud. My nature is to be self-sufficient, self-driven, self-pleasing…self, self, self! I’ll tell you, if there weren’t a God who reached out in mercy, I would be swept away with the worst of the worst! Praise God! I didn’t go looking for Him. He came looking for me!

( congregational response ).

He planned for me! He planned for you! Praise God! And He knew that we needed something to build our lives upon that was not just to get us through so we could muddle through this life, but a foundation that we could stand upon that would stand against everything, death and the end of the age included! I mean, you think about…what is it that’s going to stand when this world ends, when fire falls? What will stand? What will survive that? Is there anything that men have ever done that will survive that?

( congregational response ).

No. We need God to do something, don’t we?

( congregational response ).

Praise God! So that’s the first thing that jumped out at me, as I was thinking about this scripture. “See, I lay a stone in Zion….” This is God intervening to act! This is something that is founded upon something God has done! That’s what I need.

You think about the movie we saw a while back. I keep going back to that scene where Peter, still crushed under the sense of his own failure…denied the Lord, after promising he wouldn’t! And he goes to Jesus and says, Jesus, I’m so sorry for what I did. What can I do? And you remember what Jesus said in that scene? He said, “Acceptance with God is not about you and what you must do. It is about what I have done?

( congregational amens ).

Praise God! What are you building your life on? What’s your foundation? You know, virtually every philosophy, every religion, including a lot that bears the name of Christ, is built upon a single premise. There’s something I must do, to remedy my situation, to generate success, whatever the goal is of the particular philosophy.

You know, many of you remember Brother Thomas often telling about that incident of evangelist D. L. Moody traveling on a train and being subjected to the earnest endeavors of some practitioner of some religion, to convince him that his religion was true and he ought to believe it. And Moody just quietly listened and at the end of the conversation when they were parting, he said, you know, there’s just two letters difference between your religion and mine. Yours is spelled ‘d-o.’ Mine is spelled ‘d-o-n-e.’ Praise God!

( congregational amens ).

If my life cannot be built upon something that is secure, that is sure, that God has done, what is it gonna be built upon? Something that I must do? You know, one of the things that really came to me, and boy, this affects me, it affects everybody. Because even when we come to the point where we recognize that I need to be on a foundation like this, it’s awfully easy to carry forward our old kind of thinking and still think that we’ve got to ‘do it’ in some fashion.

And so our lives become one of…it’s a form of legalism. That is, God gives me something to do, I do it and then He rewards me. That’s what legalism fundamentally is. And I’m looking for approval from God. I’m looking for acceptance and I’m striving. I don’t feel it and I’ve got to do something to generate that feeling.

Oh God, help us to come to the point where we recognize what God has done, that we don’t have to strive for a feeling! It’s not a place of striving, it’s a place of rest! It’s a place where I can bring those questions and those struggles and lay them at His feet and know that Jesus paid it all! I didn’t do that! I didn’t achieve that. I didn’t earn that blessing from God. God gave it because that’s the only answer. There’s nothing I could ever do.

You know, one glimpse inside heaven would convince every one of us that apart from a miracle, we don’t belong there. Oh, the sentimental ideas people have about heaven. Everybody who dies, oh they’re going to heaven. They’re gonna play their jazz up there, they’re gonna do this, they’re gonna do that. You know, it’s just this sentimental, human…it’s like, God’s so good, He’s just gonna blot it all out and accept me there.

You and I aren’t fit for heaven! Do you think we’re gonna take all of our human nature and all of our sinfulness and bring it up there? It would ruin it! I need a miracle and I need something that only God can do. Thank God, He has laid a foundation in Christ! Thank God, He addressed every issue! Everything that could possibly threaten you and me has been dealt with completely by Christ!

You know, this verse is quoted many times in the New Testament, several times, at least. And every single time it’s quoted, it’s applied to whom? What’s the stone?

( congregational response ).

It’s Christ! You get this imagery of Christ as a stone that’s a foundation for a building. And a stone, of course, by its very construction, or what it’s made of, gives you the sense of solidity, doesn’t it? At least, within our frame of reference, it gives you the image that there is something that is solid, something that will not give, something that will not just collapse.

And, Jesus Himself is known to us as the Word of God, isn’t He? He said, “I am the way and the truth and the life.” And do you want to know what real truth is? You know something…if you really think about it, all truth is in Him. Whatever is not in Him is not truth. I’m not talking about facts like this is hard, and that’s…something else is soft. Those are facts…but what do they mean?

You know, Ben was referring to the fact that science, secular science, in particular, looks at the universe and looks at the world and they’re trying to figure it out. But in their figuring, they are assuming, they are starting from a belief, many of them, that there is no God. Therefore, I must account for this thing in some fashion without any God being involved. And so, they come up with the story of big bang and evolution and all that kind of stuff.

But, you see what’s going on. It’s really a belief that’s driving that. So even though, if they can pick up a fossil and they can describe it accurately from a physical point of view, but what does it mean?

And so, you try to bring meaning to this life, and you get your ‘meaning’ from some other source of wisdom other than Christ, it’s a lie—it’s a lie. It’s that simple. All truth comes from Him! And so you go to, what was it, Matthew 7? And you see this concept of a foundation being laid out so well.

You know, after Jesus warned and said not everybody who says Lord, Lord, is gonna enter. Only those who do His will. But listen to what He says about the importance of the truth that God has revealed through Jesus. He says, verse 24, “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock.”

Do you see where God has given us something solid we can build upon? Praise God! Individually and corporately, we have a solid foundation. We don’t have to look at the world and be afraid. We don’t have to think about death and the future and be afraid because there’s a rock that’s under us! Praise God!

“The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand.”

So the question is not whether they heard. The question is what they did. Do you see that? This is the question. What are we building our lives on? “The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.”

So here we have a foundation that God Himself has laid. He’s laid something where you and I can put our trust upon that foundation, live our lives accordingly, trust Him in all the storms of life, and know that we’re safe! Praise God! I need that, don’t you?

( congregational response ).

I have no hope outside of what God has done! Praise God! So I guess the real question to ask, coming back to the subject, to the foundation. What’s your foundation? Believer, if you’ve got a foundation, if you’ve given your heart to Christ, you’re on a solid foundation. Don’t be afraid. When the problems of life come, don’t be afraid. The One who put you on that foundation is able to keep you and you will never be dismayed. You will never come to the end and say, what a fool I was to trust in Christ, because that’s a foundation that will stand at the end of the age.

But oh my God, if you’re on any other foundation, you better flee to Christ. You’re building on sand. You’re building on something and you have no idea what’s coming. When the Lord takes His hands back and lets the Devil have his way, you think your little foundation is gonna stand against all of that? It will not.

But God’s voice goes forth, not with condemnation but with love, with a sense of mercy. Will you not hear His voice? Build on the rock and I’ll tell you, it’s gonna be okay in the end. Praise God!