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TV Broadcast #1214

Breaking Chains
Conclusion

January 10, 2016

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Transcript of message from TV Broadcast 1214 -- taken from Closed Captioning Text

— Brother Phil Enlow: Everybody here has got chains that are composed of threads that have just been wrapped and wrapped and wrapped and wrapped and wrapped and wrapped. We have lived with it. We’ve accepted it. We’ve just said that’s how it is. We need a power greater than ourselves. We need divine power to come into the picture.

Now, this is as good a place as any, I’m gonna interject an illustration. I hope it’s plain. I hope it helps me to understand and all of us. You know, Brother Thomas used to talk about if we had a body in a casket here and we were at a funeral, and he used to say something like you could have a band play, you could shoot off a firecracker, it wouldn’t bother him at all.

But, think about that. You know, let’s say we’re in a funeral home and we’re visiting with the family, and we’re going…there’s a certain amount of noise, there’s a video or slide show playing, and you know, if you sit there and listen there’s a whole lot of stuff…hubbub going on. Do you think that body in the casket hears any of that or reacts to any of it? Does it affect them at all?

( congregational response ).

Why?

(congregational response ).

They’ve died to it. They’ve entered another realm. They’ve left that arena of life where now it doesn’t affect them anymore. I believe that’s kind of the dynamic that the Lord wants us to understand, because here’s one of the things that gets people. If God doesn’t want me to do that, why do I still have the desire to do it? Why doesn’t He just take it away and maybe you’ve heard a testimony from somebody where the Lord did just instantly take away some bondage and some desire just left them.

And, suddenly that becomes an excuse. If God wanted me not to do this, why do I still feel the desire? Well, let me ask a question. Does that corpse’s inability to hear that noise mean that the noise is gone? Does that do away with the noise existing? No. He’s just not reacting to it anymore. Something has changed.

That’s what God desires to bring us to…to where this thing may still cry out, but because we are more in tune with heaven, more in tune with the new life, we don’t react anymore. It can holler all it wants to, we realize, I don’t have to listen to that. And the voice gets weaker, the more we’re filled with Him, the more we’re like Him, the more we exercise ourselves in the right way…that thing, it can just holler and whoop, but it doesn’t affect us anymore, because, we’re like that body in the casket. Understand?

Think about that. Just meditate on that some. God is not…as long as we’re in this world, God is not going to shut off the noise. Your old master may hop up in your face and say, come on, we’re going to work. But it doesn’t mean we have to listen to him. We can become dead to that voice! The voice doesn’t go away, but because of the new life we have the power now to not respond to that. Think about that. Just meditate on that. Ask the Lord to make that real.

That’s why he’s able to say in verse 12, “Do not let sin control the way you live.” (NLT). Because, that’s what we do. “Do not let sin control the way you live; do not give in to sinful desires.”(NLT). Now, does it say that sinful desires will no longer happen? No, it doesn’t. But it does say, because of what Christ has done, we have the power not to give in.

It’s not willpower God’s looking for. It’s trust. It’s believing in the power of His life to empower us to say, no, I don’t have to live as your slave anymore. He has set me free and I’m gonna walk in that freedom.

“Do not let any part of your body become an instrument of evil to serve sin.” So you see, we’re kind of in the middle here. There are choices we make from a practical point of view, we can continue to give in to this thing or that thing! What’s going on? Now we’ve got something…we’re trying to run a race and we’ve got some that is tangling up our feet, and keeps tripping us up, keeps hindering us. We’ve got choices.

But the Lord is looking to help us to understand. He’s not looking with condemnation. Thank God! But He’s looking down with mercy on His children trying to teach us and help us to learn how to lay hold of what He’s given to us through Christ.

“Do not let any part of your body become an instrument of evil to serve sin. Instead, give yourselves completely to God…” Once again he says, “…for you were dead, but now you have new life.” So he’s always going back to the root. He’s always going back to the basis by which we can do any of this. It’s never because we are able in ourselves to do it.

“So use your whole body as an instrument to do what is right for the glory of God. Sin is no longer your master, for you no longer live under the requirements of the law. Instead, you live under the freedom of God’s grace.” Praise God! You’re no longer a branch trying to do it, you’re a branch plugged into the vine. You have access. You have the right to the life that’s in that vine!

Now, how many of you…oh, there are so many tricks the devil has to try to talk us out of all of this. One of the biggest is, I don’t deserve that. Well, duh.

( laughing ).

Isn’t that kind of what salvation is about? Of course you don’t. Neither do I. That’s not what it’s about! He’s taken care of the ‘I’m not worthy’ part. We’re part of Him! We have the same right that He has to the life that God has given! It flows through His whole kingdom. God help us to wrap our minds around this.

I know this is a lot to, in a way, it’s a lot to take in. It’s just so foreign to our thinking. But, there’s some powerful, powerful truth here that can break chains in lives, that can change things that have been part of your makeup for your whole life, break habits, break ways of thinking, ways of living. “Well then…” I like the way this translations puts it.

( laughing ).

“…Well, then, since God’s grace has set us free from the law, does that mean we can go on sinning?” He goes back to that question. “Of course not! Don’t you realize that you become the slave of whatever you choose to obey?” Hum, that kind of dumps it back into our lap, in a sense. Not our ability, but our willingness to make choices. Yeah, you keep on saying, yes, when your sin-master comes along. You just keep right on saying, okay, okay, okay. I’m helpless, I’m poor…you know. Whatever excuse the devil has built up in our minds to let us just accept the way things are.

You see where the problem is? God wants to change the way we look at our situations to where we can say, hey, wait a minute. The devil’s been lying to me. There are many of us, maybe all of us, I don’t know…I guess all of us in one way or another, where God needs to shine the light and untangle things that have just woven themselves into our thinking. He needs to shine the light and say, wait a minute, here’s a thread. Now where does that lead?

I’m not saying you’ve got to go to a psychologist and unpack it all, but you understand what I’m saying…there’s a depth to it, where we don’t realize why we do what we do. Why do I act that way? Well, I believe God can shine the light and can take us back to roots. There may be somebody in your past that you have never forgiven. Sorry, I’m treading on some toes here, but that’s all right. You’ve got…there are behaviors that have developed that have brought you into great bondage because you’ve never been able to go back and forgive that person for what they did and how they were. You’re in a prison today because of it. God wants to take us to the roots of things and pull them up and give us freedom!

( congregational amens ).

He paid a high price to give it to us! Praise God! “Don’t you realize that you become the slave of whatever you choose to obey? You can be a slave to sin, which leads to death, or you can choose to obey God, which leads to righteous living. Thank God! Once you were slaves of sin, but now you wholeheartedly obey this teaching we have give you.

“Now you are free from your slavery to sin, and you have become slaves to righteous living. Because of the weakness of your human nature, I am using the illustration of slavery to help you understand all this. Previously, you let yourselves be slaves to impurity and lawlessness, which led ever deeper into sin. Now you must give yourselves to be slaves to righteous living so that you will become holy.”

He goes on to talk about…well, let’s go ahead. “When you were slaves to sin, you were free from the obligation to do right. And what was the result? You are now ashamed of the things you used to do, things that end in eternal doom. But now you are free from the power of sin and have become slaves of God. Now you do those things that lead to holiness and result in eternal life.”

And this is where the oft quoted verse comes. “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.” Folks, when the Word of God tells us about God’s will that we be sanctified, when he encourages us to throw off the sin that so easily entangles, He’s not just dumping a bunch of laws on us. He’s opening a door where we need to realize His provision for that.

( congregational amens ).

He has opened a door where you and I can actually do what he says we need to do. He’s done everything. He’s given me promises! And it’s by those that I have the right to lay hold of something that I don’t have at the moment, but, it’s there and it’s mine, if I will believe His promises!

Now what does believing His promises entail? Is that just a mental thing entirely? Is that all there is to it? Does some magic happen because I accept a doctrine? No. This is where I…this is where the rubber meets the road. I need to be able to lay hold of some promise of God and I need to believe that it means me and it means now…that God’s power gives me the right and the ability to say no. That’s the only way the Christian life can be lived. It’s faith in God’s promises. I don’t have this ability. Where am I gonna get it? I’ve got to get it from Him.

Now think about what the Lord said to Timothy in one place where he said, “Fight the good fight of the faith.” (NIV). Remember what he followed that up with? “Lay hold on eternal life.” (KJV). Now, we would every one, love to be able to “lay hold” of, but we don’t quite get the “fight” part. If there were spiritual buttons we could push that suddenly would magically change everything, oh my, it would be great. Just come down and get Brother Tremendous to lay his hands on you and it would all be taken care of.

It doesn’t work that way. There’s a battle that, many times, has to be fought. Yes, sometimes God…somebody will cry out to God and God will just remove the bondage, whatever it is! Most of the time, though, we’re gonna have a battle! We’re gonna have to be willing to fight through the battle! Some of you know what I’m talking about. There’s things that use to have a strong hold in your life and they don’t anymore. The Lord’s helped you. The Lord’s taken it away. Did it, in every case, just magically go away one day?

( congregational response ).

No. There were battles. I remember a brother that passed on a number of years ago. Best I remember his testimony…in his particular case, it was tobacco. It could have been anything, but that’s what it was. And, he just came to a point one weekend where he felt like, we need to settle this. This is not part of my…this is not meant to be part of my life. I need to be delivered.

And it was a battle that took place, at least over a weekend, best I remember his testimony. He had to just stand his ground, and stand his ground, and stand his ground and stand his ground. That thing finally had to give up. I mean, which is stronger? That’s the whole point. Is God’s grace strong enough to do the job? So, if the job doesn’t get done, why is that? Is it because the grace of God has failed?

( congregational response ).

No. It’s because we have given up. We have let go. We have believed more in the lie of Satan than we have in the power of God. These are battles. Every…there’s no formula here. Every one is a unique—we are a unique people. Whatever the issue is, God is wanting us to look those things in the eye and say, God help me.

Many times, it’s just a little here and a little there. Battles may be drawn out, they may be quick. Like I say, there’s no simple way to just say it’s gonna be this way. Many times, as we fight these battles we stumble, don’t we? So, what do you do? You get up and bring it to the cross. You trust in the power of the blood of Christ to cleanse and you go on.

But I’ll tell you, I see, even in that, I see the wisdom of God. It may sound crazy, but, if I’m going along and I’m battling in a particular area and one day I just stumble — is that a tragedy or is that perhaps…there’s an opportunity built into that? Because, now I can say…I can come to the Lord and say, Lord, why did that happen? Help me to understand why I didn’t follow through, why I didn’t take my stand.

And I’ll tell you, the Lord can shine His light on situations, people. He can show us our triggers. Do you know what I’m talking about? There are triggers that…well, buttons is another way to put it. Satan knows how to push the button. I’ll tell you, sometimes there are patterns of acting and thinking that are just so ingrained in us, the devil doesn’t even have to hang around. All he has to do is push the right button and he can go off and bother somebody else. And the record will play! Now for you young folks, the MP3 will loop.

( laughter ).

But you understand what I’m talking about. It just plays, and plays, and plays, and plays and plays until we’re worn down by it and we don’t recognize what is going on. God want us, not just to have some magical deliverance, he wants us to be…to have some experience under our belt where we have attacked something and we’ve understood it. We’ve gained wisdom about how this things works!

And we’ve been able to stand and see victory happen because we stood on the grace of God and we worked through the thing! And we won the victory! There’s a strength, in our faith, there’s a growth, there’s a maturity that comes from that.

Not only that, it’s gonna put you in a position to help somebody else. You’re gonna be able to say, I’ve been there and I’ve done that. I know how this works. You can win the victory, too. That’s what chapter 11 of Hebrews is all about. These are people that faced worse things than you and I, perhaps, will ever face. Well, I don’t know, the way the world is going. But that’s all right. Faith still is the victory, isn’t it?

( congregational response ).

So there are battles that are gonna be fought. And, all of the means by which we connect with God come into play. Prayer, worship, ruling over our minds, learning how to recognize the source of thoughts that you just sort of…it’s just sort of, that’s the way it is.

No. There’s an intelligence behind thoughts that enter our minds many times. It’s a diabolical intelligence, and we have every right to cast those thoughts down and to say, wait a minute! God says this, this thought is saying this. I’m gonna choose to believe what God says. And sometimes, just hanging around feeling sorry for ourselves…that really does a lot of good, doesn’t it? A lot of good fruit comes out of that. Not.

( laughter ).

But how many of you have been in a battle where you’re just being oppressed in a certain area, tempted in a certain area, and all of a sudden, in your circumstances you suddenly get busy. Something demands your time and your attention and you get up and you get busy and you do it. And all of a sudden, hey, what happened to that thing that was going around in my head? I was occupied and it just suddenly lost its power over me.

See that’s a factor, too. If you sit there and chew on something long enough, it’ll win the battle if you don’t do something, if you don’t recognize what’s going on and do something about it. Take some positive action. God has given us the means of victory through the life of Christ! Either His grace is greater than sin or sin is gonna win! It really comes down to that.

But you and I have the means in Him of gaining the upper hand, of learning and growing, and yes, there will come a day…I mean, we’re gonna have a battle as long as we’re in these bodies. This is not about sinless perfection. It’s about direction. It’s about saying I can make progress. I can lose some of these things that trip me up. I don’t have to live under the dominion of this thing that’s had its hold, had its hooks in me for so long. He has paid for my victory. He has given me His life.

I’m not just somebody out here that’s a screw-up that he’s trying to tell me, He’s disgusted with me, He’s trying to make me straighten up and fly right. I’m part of Him. He’s committed to finishing the job that He has started in me. He’s looking for my faith and my participation in what He’s done, because that’s part of my growing up to be what He wants me to be.

Lot to chew on here, isn’t there? But this applies to every one of us, right now where we live. There’s not a one of us that doesn’t have areas of bondage, areas of life-long habits, whether they be outward or whether they be inward…you know, whatever they are. This isn’t just about one thing. This is about everything that is not of God that trips us up and hinders us in our spiritual lives. Grace is greater than sin. May God help us to lay hold of that and begin to take steps. You stumble, get up. Learn. Fail forward. The thing is, we’ve got a throne we can go to!

( congregational response ).

And the One sitting on that throne is not Somebody who is high and mighty and looking down at us with disgust. He’s Somebody who has been here! Whatever you’re feeling, he has felt! When He was here, the Word tells us that many times He came to a point where there was strong crying and tears in His prayers!

That sounds like a battle to me. Doesn’t it you? Yeah. He had some war to fight when he was here. He knows what it’s like to have to fight. So His heart is toward every one of His children. You’re part of Him. He cares. I don’t know, I just had this sense that God wants us to be…wants us to have some greater victory, wants us to quit accepting chains, to begin to move forward, begin to lay hold of what He’s given to us.

We’re gonna need…the more we go…I mean, we can’t be compromised Christians, who just accept things. We’re gonna need to have a victory on the inside, because we’re gonna have so much to contend with out here. We don’t need to be ineffective here. God’s gonna use a people in the last hour. I want to be one of those people. Do you?

( congregational response ).

Has He made provision that we can be?

( congregational response ).

Well, praise God. Let’s lay hold of it, and He’s gonna get the glory, isn’t He? Because, it won’t be anything where we can say look at me, I overcame. We’re gonna say, thank God! He overcame. He shared His victory with me and He showed me how to lay hold of it! To Him be the glory! Praise God!