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TV Broadcast #1212

Where God Lives

December 27, 2015

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Transcript of message from TV Broadcast 1212 -- taken from Closed Captioning Text

 Brother Phil Enlow: The Lord said on one occasion, “All day long I have stretched forth my hands…” To what? “…A disobedient and gainsaying people.” (KJV). You know what gainsaying is, don’t you?

( congregation inaudible ).

Yeah, it’s when someone says you’re wrong, and they say you don’t understand. They’ve got an answer. They are wrong, but they’re more concerned with self-justification and excuse, and every sort of thing that would deflect what’s been said to some other reason, somebody else. It’s somebody else’s fault. You’re wrong about me. You just don’t understand. That wasn’t my intention. You know, the thousand and one answers…resistance—there’s a stubborn resistance down in the heart—buried in the heart.

I’ll tell you, if there’s that kind of an area where the devil has a hold in somebody’s life, man, it’s gonna come out. Sometimes it’s been a glorious deliverance. But other times, you think of Judas. My Lord, this man was one of the disciples. He went out when Jesus sent them out to heal the sick, cast out devils, raise the dead. There’s no indication that everybody but Judas was successful at that. He was right with them. God was with him, used him.

But there was a problem. Deep down in his heart, he had a love of money, and when Jesus talked about those kinds of things, he said, yes. And down here, he said, no—he said, no. I’m gonna harbor that. And I’ll tell you, when it came time, the devil was able to grab hold of that and use it.

Who was it that traveled with Paul for so long? Demas? There’s one letter where he gives greetings from Demas. Another letter, he says, “Demas hath forsaken me, having loved this present world.” I’ll tell you what, we’re at a time where judgement’s beginning at the house of God.

But, I started where I did deliberately because you start with this, and all of a sudden, it’s like this angry God who’s gonna come down on me if I’m not perfect. That’s not the spirit of it. It’s God longing to set us free from the tyranny of self so that we can enjoy all that He is and all that He’s set before us. That’s where He’s going with it. I praise Him tonight, today, whatever it is. I just praise God for His heart toward us and how He’s revealed it. He revealed His heart at the cross.

( congregational amens ).

I mean, there’s no better place that God would come, would send His Son to save rebels, to save sinners who hated Him. By our very nature, we were absolutely, utterly opposed to His life and His nature. And yet He came. He didn’t just talk about, hey, I love you. This is action, painful, difficult, sacrificial action that gives us a clue what God’s love is. Oh, He longs to bring people out of the tyranny of this selfish way we live and to bring us to a place of great peace and joy. And I’ll tell you, that affects where we are now, doesn’t it? And so, what is our attitude toward all these things? Praise God!

There’s a scripture I had looked up. Well, it says almost the same thing, if you want another one, Psalm 138, because this brings the other side of it into it. Verse 6. David wrote these words. “Though the Lord is on high, he looks upon the lowly, but the proud he knows from afar.” (NIV).

So in a practical sense, what the Lord is saying is that, yes, God longs to dwell with us, but boy, how near and how much of His presence we get to enjoy depends a good deal on us. To the extent that you and I are stubborn, and resist Him when He tries to deal with us and help us in a certain area, to the extent that our will is crossed by His truth and His love that comes searching in our hearts, to the extent that we resist that, and declare, no, I am not what You say I am, then you’re pushing God away. I’ll tell you, your life is gonna be one where He’s gonna have to stand back and watch you and me, many times, suffer the consequences of our own choices in these areas.

But I tell you, if we can come to a place where we say, yes, Lord. We welcome…we see that the biggest problem that I have in my life is not ‘somebody.’ It’s not circumstances. It’s not this or that or any external thing. The biggest problem that I have is the one I see when I look in the mirror. And oh God, do I need to be delivered from that one!

If God can deliver me from the tyranny of that person, then I’m gonna enter into a realm where He’s gonna come. He’s gonna dwell with me. I’m gonna be able to live with Him in the middle of a broken world! And where everybody else is chasing selfish happiness, I’m gonna have joy and a peace that will settle in my heart and settle in my being! I’m gonna be able to enjoy God the way David did.

But the biggest enemy to all of this is self. And God…what I sense from God is a longing to be nearer to us. I thank God for the degree of His presence that we experience. What mercy! You think about all that we are and all that we aren’t, and yet God sought us out, brought us out of every sort of background you can imagine, loved us, gave His Son for us, longs to come and live in our midst right here and now, not just pie-in-the-sky, by-and-by! But right now! He wants to be more real in our midst! What’s the problem? The only limitation is us, isn’t it, and a willingness to let go and just have Him…let Him have His way.

But you think about what He demonstrated after Pentecost. All those people from so many places, so many personalities! They were people like us. And yet the power and the presence of God so transformed their lives and their hearts, that they were just living in a river of joy! You think…you know, if somebody had come along and said. hey, let’s go have a party. Duh!

( laughing ).

You want me to leave this for that? There’s no substitute for the joy and the presence of God that they were experiencing in their midst! They loved one another! They saw to one another’s needs! It was a practical reality of excitement and joy in the Lord. And it’s not just the excitement you’re looking for, but it’s the reality of His presence, because His presence is real even in days of pain and difficulty.

( congregational amens ).

You know, when we cast our cares upon Him, what happens?

( congregational response ).

He cares, but the peace of God…yeah, when we pray…it’s two different scriptures. But when we pray and give Him our anxieties, what happens? The peace of God…

( congregational response ).

…Guards our hearts!

( congregational amens ).

Man, I want that. I need a guard in my heart, because there are so many things that attack it to try to upset that peace.

But here’s the thought that came to me as I was thinking about this scripture. You know, we, particularly in American culture, we are a nation of individuals…me and what I want. And life is about me. How can I get what I want? But you know, sometimes we bring that thinking, without thinking about it, into our relationship with God, and so, it’s like I’ve got this private relationship with God, and things between me and God are great. Now people, that’s another story.

But you know, the truth of the matter is, the state of our relationship with God is very much measured by our relationship with other people. There’s no way you can say, I love God and not love your brother. Because like John says in 1st John 4, how can a man love God and hate his brother? How can he…if he doesn’t love his brother whom he has seen, how can he love God whom he hasn’t seen?

You’ve got this equation going on. If the love of God really has come in and possessed our hearts, it will be expressed outwardly. It’s not just this vertical relationship. You know, as I was thinking about needs that we are praying for, I just had this picture, and it certainly affects me as much as it does anybody…that God is longing to fill our hearts and our lives with His peace!

But we have so many things that rise out of self that create conflict one with another! I’m not even thinking about any particular thing. This is a principle. If you’re a human being, this affects you. If you have a perfect harmony in your home and your life and your work, great! Come and explain how you do it, I mean…

( laughing ).

( laughter ).

It just doesn’t happen, folks. This world, like I say, everybody wants what they want, and it just creates nothing but strife. And I’ll tell you…we have a scripture that says that in so many words, in James chapter 4. If I can find James, there we go. “What causes fights and quarrels among you? Don’t they come from your desires that battle within you? You want something but don’t get it. You kill and covet, but you cannot have what you want. You quarrel and fight.

“You do not have, because you do not ask God. When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures. You adulterous people, don’t you know that friendship with the world is hatred toward God? Anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God. Or do you think Scripture says without reason that the spirit he caused to live in us envies intensely?

“But he gives us more grace. That is why scripture says: God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.”

How many scriptures are there? “Humble yourselves…under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time.” (KJV). I mean, the scriptures are just full of how God values that kind of a spirit, that kind of a heart, because it means that we’re beginning to get it.

It’s not that we’re groveling. You can grovel in front of somebody that’s in a position of power because you’re hoping to get something. That’s not what it’s about. This is, Lord, I am exactly what You say I am. I need You. Not only that, You’re the only one that can fix it. Lord, I’m coming to You. I don’t want to be this way, but I can’t do anything else but lift my hands to You.

Isn’t it awesome that when God talks and gives us these promises, He doesn’t imply by them that it’s all up to us. We’ve somehow got to muster all these qualities. I’ll tell you, if we let Him transform this heart, they will happen.

You know, I want to drop this in, because…it’s not totally possible for us to live in a world without conflict, is it? And Paul recognized that. And I think it’s in Romans chapter 12. You can look at it somewhere in the end of it. But he gives this principle. He says, to the extent…I’ll sort of paraphrase it. To the extent it depends upon you, live peaceably with all men.

See, God doesn’t put the responsibility of fixing somebody else and straightening them out, on me. And we are very, very good—we are experts when somebody else does something that is wrong or that we think is wrong, of justifying our own attitudes that come back at them because they’re wrong.

We’re just like kids, aren’t we? We’re not a bit better. We just dress it up and make it seem a little more adult, but the principles are the same. But I’ll tell you, all the things they did to Jesus, did He rail back at them? Did He fight for self? He laid down His life like a sheep for the slaughter. He saw something beyond all of this. Guess what? He’s on a throne. They’re dead.

Every one of us is gonna be in situations where there are people who are wrong, do wrong. And what God is looking for from us is that we have the right spirit, that we don’t continue our pattern, if it exists, to the extent it exists, of fighting fire with gasoline. And I’ll guarantee there’s not a person in this room today who has not fought fire with gasoline. How did that work out for you?

( laughter ).

That’s a little thing from Dr. Phil.

( laughter ).

Folks, God has better for us. You see, yes, He longs to live with us there. But He longs to live with us here and now, and we can have more of Him than we do. And a lot of the things we’re praying about would begin to change if we would simply learn to be a committee of one and say, Lord, I put everybody around me in Your hands.

Help me to be the kind of a person You want me to be. I’m gonna trust the issues that bother me, I’m gonna entrust them into Your hands. You know what’s best. No good thing will you withhold from those who walk uprightly. But Lord, help me to be the kind of person You want me to be, to learn to hold my tongue, to learn not to get angry at every little thing and self-righteous, and try to straighten out. Help me to see that I’m the issue.

Folks, if we get angry at somebody else, the problem is not them. The problem is the anger. Who are you…who am I to get angry because somebody else is a sinner? Good Lord! That’s the kind of judgment the Lord says you don’t do. It’s a self-righteous kind of judgement. I’m better than you. I’m in a position to tell you how bad you are.

You go right back, right before this verse, this passage in James, and he’s talking about the tongue. It goes back to verse 13. “Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show it by his good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom. But if you harbor bitter envy and selfish ambition…” (NIV) (I think the King James says strife) “…In your hearts, do not boast about it or deny the truth.” Be honest.

“Such wisdom…” in quotes, “…does not come down from heaven but is earthly, unspiritual, of the devil. For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice. But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive…” (Oh, we love that.) “…Full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. Peacemakers who sow in peace raise a harvest of righteousness.”

I’ll tell you, we have a heavenly Father who longs to fill this place with His presence, longs to bring us out of all of these kinds of things to the extent that they exist in our lives, to just so fill us with His presence that we can experience the love, the joy, the peace that comes from His heart.

I’ll tell you, to the extent that we ever experience that, we will wonder what we ever saw in the things of this world. I mean, do you think you’re gonna miss stuff down here? God, get me out of here. When’s the next bus? Well, the Lord has all of that in His hands, and He’s gonna do it exactly His way.

But I just sense the Lord’s heart here, how much He longs to come near. But He’s looking for something from us. He’s looking for the same spirit that David had. David came to this deep knowledge of God in which he understood that God knew everything about him. Nothing was hidden. In fact, every day of his life was already written in a book before it ever happened.

God was thinking about him like the grains of sand on the seashore. I mean…whoa, he just had this incredible sense of who God was and what He was about, and it just blew him away. But did he say, oh my God, I’ve got to run, I’ve got to hide, I’ve got to…I can’t stand to be around that. No, he said, oh God, search me. Search me. Lord, I want to be near You. Search me for things that are just not the way they should be.

Is that our heart? Do we say, Lord, I need You. I know that there are things that You’re still working on. You want to be closer to me, but I’m the issue here. Help me. Help me to humble myself. And when I see something, help me not to bow up and try to answer back, but help me to humble myself and say, Lord, I don’t want to be that way, but You’re the only one that can fix me. I just surrender to You.

I’ll tell you, if you had a bunch of people who really did that from their hearts, you would see God just flood in. You would see God invade homes and lives and work places and all kinds of things in ways that would just blow our minds. God is not looking to be a bully in your life, to steal your joy. He’s looking to bring you to a place where you can experience His joy. He’s all about love and joy peace.

So God does dwell, indeed, in a high and a holy place, but He also dwells with the humble and the contrite to lift them up and to bring them into that place of freedom and joy that He has. That’s where God lives. How much of that are we experiencing in our assembly and in our homes? That’s God’s heart, I believe.