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TV Broadcast #1207

Don’t Be Afraid, Just Believe

November 22, 2015

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Transcript of message from TV Broadcast 1207 -- taken from Closed Captioning Text

— Brother Phil Enlow: Oh I’ll tell you, it’s a good thing to go back and look at these truths. These are real. This is not just a bunch of religious doctrine. This is the Word of the Living God, who cannot lie. That’s His desire. That’s God’s heart.

And it’s part of what I’ve sensed in the last few days. Different conversations that have come up, different thoughts in my own mind. There’s something on God’s heart right now that He wants to convey to us, that He wants to deliver us from the fears that have bound us. And He wants us to be able to serve Him without fear!

Now that’s not talking about reverential fear, the kind where we respect Him. But this is the kind where we’re not just under this, ‘Oh, my God, if I just look cross-eyed He’s gonna get me’ kind of thing. It’s not that kind of a relationship. Thank God it isn’t! Oh, He loves His children!

You know, I was thinking about scriptures where He said, “Do not be afraid. I am the First and the Last.” (NIV). John saw this incredible figure, supernatural vision of Jesus, and he was terrified, just like you and I would have been! First words, don’t be afraid.

“Do not be afraid, you worm Jacob,” through the prophet Isaiah. Here you are! I know you’re just like a worm! You’re as helpless as a worm, but don’t be afraid! Don’t be afraid! Constantly that message.

Do you think Jesus is…I’ve asked this many times, do you think Jesus is worried? Do you think when He looks at the world, He says, oh my God, what am I gonna do? No! There’s this sense of I have been given all authority in Heaven and earth. I know what I’m doing. Yeah, there’s a lot of evil. I’m allowing that to come to the surface. I want people to see what sin is really about, but I’ve got a people, and I don’t want my people to be afraid.

I want them to enjoy the same peace that I have in my heart. It’s not just hey, I want you to peaceful. I’m giving you My peace, the same peace that I enjoy there in Heaven, I want you to experience that in your heart and in your life! I’m giving it to you! You think God has given us everything that we need?

( congregational response ).

Yeah, I know. We all know that. We say it, and I think to a degree, we believe it. But what God is wanting us to do is to experience that in everyday life so that we don’t go through, and we’re just thrown by every little thing, and discouraged by every little thing. Oh, praise God!

You know, I talked about the things that are characteristics, the symptoms, if you will, of fear, the sense of powerlessness. Do we have any right to feel…to be paralyzed by our sense of powerlessness? You know, when we’re weak, we’re strong. Ron quoted that. But we serve One who, as I said, who has all power in Heaven and earth. He gave His life for us.

The scripture says, “…shall he not with him also freely give us all things?” (KJV). What can separate us? I mean, you think about the sense of somebody who is absolutely in control. Yes, bad things will happen, but they’re not bad from the point of view of eternity! It takes some real maturity and understanding to get that, to understand that something that I would not choose, that seems to attack my sense of well-being could nonetheless have eternal value, because what’s being attacked is something temporary, isn’t it? But what He’s doing on the inside, there’s something in here that He put there. I tell you, the new creation has invaded the old!

Think about that. If Christ is living in your heart, if He has begotten, supernaturally, that new life in you, there is something in you that does not belong to this world. It’s not part of this creation. It’s new creation life. There is no power in hell that can destroy that life. It’s God’s life! If you can kill God, you can kill that. Praise God! You ought to be shouting!

( congregational amens ).

Praise God! I ought to be shouting.

( laughter ).

Praise God! God has absolutely dealt a death blow…if we will believe His promises and believe His Word, He has dealt a death blow to this sense that I’m just a poor, powerless person. Bad things are gonna happen, and I can’t stop it, and I’m just afraid. I have to live in a sense of fear. I can live with a sense of trust in putting my trust in God, because I serve a God who is in control. And I can rest in the knowledge that if something happens to me that I might not choose, that He is gonna take that and use it, because, “…All things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” Praise God!

You know, these convictions need to be so real in our hearts that they govern the way we see our lives every day! Not just…this is back to every day faith. It’s just a focus on this one issue. But it’s real! My peace I give you. Praise God! But has He not dealt with the fear of death?

( congregation inaudible ).

Yeah, how?

( congregation inaudible ).

Yeah! I mean, this is somebody who did not count His own life as something to be clung to as though, this is all there is…my God, if I lose this, I lose everything. He was able to see past everything to do with this world. And He didn’t hold back anything. He went to the cross and willingly laid it down. And it wasn’t the end. It was the beginning. It was a doorway out of here!

( congregational amens ).

This fear of death, we have no foundation for it as believers! It doesn’t matter whether I live or whether I die! I’m the Lord’s. So far as this world is concerned, my future is eternal! It doesn’t depend upon my ability or who I am! It depends upon what He has done for me and His promise. Praise God! I can lift up my head and not be afraid of stuff. Praise God!

I don’t have to be afraid of losing this life even. Somebody walks up with a gun. Yeah, we would experience the emotion of fear, but, we would have every reason in the world to say, praise God. Lord, I’m in Your hands. Whether the bullet does its job or doesn’t, it doesn’t matter. I’m in Your hands, and I’m safe…all of this.

But you think about another issue, and this is one that bedevils Christians, and the devil loves to do anything he can to cause us to doubt God’s love and acceptance, because we think in a performance-based way.

And you think about the scripture in 1st John chapter 4. I’ll just pick a quick scripture from that. But it deals directly with this issue. It talks about love. “God is love.” (NIV). We’re to love one another. He loves us and all of that. And thank God that’s true.

But here he comes down in verse 18, and he says, “There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear…” Why? “…Because fear has to do with punishment.” And you look at most translations, that’s the thought that’s conveyed. In other words, if my relationship with God is one where He’s a law giver, and I’m expected to live up to His laws, and therefore, on that ground, He either likes me or doesn’t, or blesses me or curses me, I’ve got plenty of reason to fear.

Man, I could just do everything perfect and then screw up one time, and I’m right back in the dog house, and I’m constantly having to walk on eggs. What does He think of me? Will He receive me? But oh God, if we could get past what Jesus…and understand what Jesus did at the cross, and how He forever removed the law as a basis for our relationship with God, we would be free to do what was prophesied, to serve Him without fear.

It’s not that we would then be free to do as we please, but we would be free to do as He pleases! There’s no way that we can be free to do as He pleases unless we get help from Him! But if we’re always afraid that we’re breaking the rules, therefore He doesn’t love us, and we’re just feel like we can’t come to Him…there’s that constant fear! May God help us!

Every one of us is affected by this more than we realize. I certainly confess that that’s a battle I have to fight every day. God, I messed up. What do you think of me? Oh, God! It’s gotten quiet again. Yeah! But I’ll tell you, Jesus paid it all. He didn’t leave anything that I have to pay. He paid it all. All to Him I owe.

( congregational amens ).

He opened a door where I could have a different kind of a different kind of relationship with Him. And suddenly, He becomes my Father. Yes, He works in me. Yes, He changes me. He sometimes has to allow things that are disciplinary. But they’re always because He loves me, and because He has already accepted me, and because He’s training me and He’s helping me to grow up to be like Him.

But I don’t have to have this relationship where I’m constantly afraid and constantly walking on eggs. And so even when I do mess up, I can come to Him and say Lord, I’m trusting in what Jesus did. Help me. I can be like David. I’m this poor man crying, and the Lord heard him. We have every right to go to Him.

At the very point when you and I are afraid, that’s when we need to step up and say, wait a minute. Where’s this coming from? You know, that would take to 2nd Timothy 1:7, a very familiar scripture, where Paul was encouraging Timothy, knowing that Paul himself was getting ready to leave the scene and wasn’t gonna be there.

And I have all ideas that Timothy felt the fear, didn’t he? He was worried about that. You know, as long as Paul’s here, I’ve always got somebody. I know he’s praying for me. I know I can write to him and get a word of encouragement. He’ll know what to do in this situation. Now, he’s gonna be gone, and I’m afraid.

And Paul said, “For God did not give us a spirit of timidity…” The spirit that would cause me to back down when the devil rears in my face, cause me to be paralyzed when the devil roars. But that brings up the real issue, doesn’t it? That fear is just not this thing; there is a spirit behind fear. It is one of the devil’s chief weapons against all people, but especially Christians…it’s to constantly oppose us by making us afraid, afraid for our own welfare, afraid of displeasing God. I’m out with him, something…whatever it is. What’s gonna happen? I don’t know what’s gonna happen. Oh, my God!

Every one of us is oppressed with a…and we’ve got to learn to recognize, that doesn’t come from God. God didn’t give us that. That is a tactic of Satan to paralyze and destroy and intimidate every single one of us. And every one of us has the same rights as the people of God from all ages to stand up and say, no, I don’t have to listen to that. God didn’t give me that. He gave me something else. He gave me the spirit of power. I have it! And of love…I can love! And of self-control, where I don’t have to just be the victim…I can rise up and say, wait a minute. I can do something about this.

Oh, you think about David. Whom shall I fear? You know, He’s the strength of my life. Whom shall I fear? These are convictions that God wants to birth in us, where we actually understand what the covenant is that we have with God so we know we can stand on solid ground!

But now the question becomes, okay, what do we do with that? See, that’s where Ron was talking about. That’s where when the rubber meets the road, we start making choices. Okay, just a couple of scriptures here. There’s so many. I’ve got a long list, and I’m not gonna use them all.

( laughing ).

But I’m just gonna pick the ones that…but look at one of them is Psalm 56. It’s a pretty good testimony of David—very good testimony. I didn’t notice this, but Psalm 55 is one of those scriptures. Look at David’s experience here, verse 4 and 5. “My heart is in anguish within me; the terrors of death assail me. Fear and trembling have beset me; horror has overwhelmed me.”

There’s a pretty good picture of what David felt sometimes. But then you come over, and look in chapter 56, and look at verse 3, “When I am afraid, I will trust in you.” I mean, doesn’t that just kind of sum it up? He doesn’t say I’m never afraid. He just says when I am. Everybody’s going to be assaulted with that emotion! Everybody’s gonna experience that in some degree, but it’s what we do when that happens that makes all the difference, because then we have a choice! Do I just simply…

( gasping ).

You know, fall under that? And how vulnerable, as Ron said, we are, when we get tired, and we get old and weak and 1,001 things. We get in these weak places. We’re sick. But I tell you, God has never put us in something where we do not have the answer by trusting in Him.

And so David in these very times, he says, “When I am afraid…” Now I’m gonna do something. “…I will trust in you.” You see his will beginning to make a choice there? That is such a…that is the key to everything, folks. It’s what we do when these things happen that determines.

There’s a fork in the road we’ve come to! Fear has come! What about this? What about that? You’re facing danger. What about it? All right, I’m here, and I can take that road if I just let myself go. But I have another road. God has given me another road! I don’t have to yield to that! God is my help!

“In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I will not be afraid. What can mortal man do to me?” See the conviction now that’s been formed in his heart? Now it’s coming into action. This is what you and I need tomorrow morning in those things that make us afraid!

Now, so many of us put on a happy face, but underneath, we’re wrestling with a lot of this. It’s real! But we have a choice, and God wants you to know you have a choice! He wants you to know He cares about you, that He sees the burden of fear and guilt and all these things that people carry, and He longs for us to bring that and to lay it at His feet and say, Jesus, I put my trust in You! I believe in what You did for me, and I’m gonna stand upon that. I’m not here because I feel it, because most of the time, you won’t. See, this is not a waiting for the feeling, waiting for the feeling. You’ll be waiting.

( laughing ).

And you’ll just be waiting right on.

( laughter ).

That’s not faith. Faith is acting on a conviction that God has formed in you because His Word has become real. And you’re gonna stand upon that. When I am afraid! Psalm 118, write it down. “The Lord is with me; I will not be afraid.” Once again, it’s the same thing. ‘I will not!’ Why? Just because…is this bravado? Is this false? No! This is, “The Lord is with me; I will not be afraid.” There’s a conviction, there’s a sense…I don’t feel Him, but I know He’s faithful!

I thought of this scripture at the end of the service Wednesday, and I didn’t feel like it was time to share it, but Isaiah 12:2. I’m just gonna go ahead and real quickly turn over to that one. I want you to know some of these scriptures so you can go to them. Isaiah 12:2, “Surely…” Surely! That sounds like a real conviction there! “Surely God is my salvation….” Notice the present tense there, not just some vague general sense. God ‘is’ right now, right here, He’s here. He’s my salvation. “…I will trust and not be afraid. The Lord, the Lord, is my strength and my song; he has become my salvation.”

But I think I’ll just refer to one little incident that comes to mind from Jesus’ ministry on earth. I believe this came from an experience where a ruler of the synagogue came to Him, because he had a daughter who he felt like was about to die. And there was some distance involved. He said, come to my house. I have a daughter that’s about to die. And he started out, and a while before they got there, somebody came and said, it’s too late, she’s dead.

Do you remember what Jesus said at that point to the ruler? He said, don’t be afraid, just believe. That’s a pretty good summary of what I believe the Lord wants to say today in every area of our lives where you’re feeling fear. It’s genuine. The devil’s attacking. It’s a real battle.

But are we giving into that, or are we believing God’s promises and pressing through that and saying, God, I refuse to observe that. I don’t want to observe the wind. You know, those that observe the wind, won’t sow, it says in Ecclesiastes. I’m not gonna go by that. I’m not gonna observe the winds and the waves. Yeah, I see them, I feel them. But I have a choice here, because that’s not the only power at work here. God’s here!

God’s Word will stand when this world is gone. Heaven and earth will pass away, but My Word will not. And that’s what God is wanting to build and then plant in us so deep that we will be able to face life on a day to day basis and learn to rise above fear.

And that doesn’t mean there’s some magic experience where you’re never gonna feel fear again. Paul did all through his life. But the question is, are we going to begin where we’re at, to just change the way we react. I mean, we don’t have to make great leaps, but we can certainly change our approach to the issues and say, wait a minute. I have yielded to this thing for years. I don’t have to do it. I can start to make other choices.

And where we struggle, waiver, and we just keep on hewing to the mark that God has set before us and say, God’s Word is true. And I’m gonna draw upon His strength. Lord, I’m not able to do this. I need Your strength to help me to begin to make the right choices, and to begin to put Your faith into action.

And I know as I do that, I’m gonna experience the peace that You have in Heaven. And these things are not gonna defeat me. They’re not gonna paralyze me. They’re not gonna cause me to just throw up my hands and suppose that I’m doomed to be a second class Christian at best. I can actually experience what God has promised here, now, because I’m not really any different from all these people we read about in here. I have the same Word.

So, praise God! That’s a pretty good way to just leave it. That’s good enough. Don’t be afraid, just believe.