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TV Broadcast #1219

Finding Our Purpose

February 14, 2016

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Transcript of message from TV Broadcast 1219 -- taken from Closed Captioning Text

— Brother Phil Enlow: My God, if you don’t see yourself as a needy sinner, you’re on the wrong track to begin with. There’s no way you’re ever gonna find your purpose in life! But oh, if you can come to the place where Paul said, I give you something…how did he put it to Timothy? I tell you a faithful saying, worthy of all acceptance. “…Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners—of whom I am the worst.” (NIV).

See there was no sense of, hey, I’m way up here. I’m the Apostle Paul. You’d better…you know, there was none of that. This was somebody who came in among God’s people as a servant who laid down his life! He had been changed from that old Pharisee that he was. Something had happened to Paul and his whole thinking had been transformed because he’d met the Lord! And in the light of the One who is Truth, he opened his heart and said, Lord change me. I need to be changed. Do you get that?

( congregational response ).

Do you understand how desperately you need to be changed? Do I? All of us! You know, that’s one of the awesome things, that when God does begin to express himself through the body of Christ in each of its members, he’s not looking for perfection. If He were, we’d all leave, starting with me. Boy, he uses weak, broken vessels that don’t have it all together ourselves, who can’t do it!

This is a supernatural deal here, folks! This is where everything comes from Him, remember? But, if you want to find your purpose, you give Him yourself. You present yourself as a student and say, Lord, change my thinking. Help me to get off my high horse and realize I don’t know all the stuff I think I know. Change me. Help me, Lord! Oh God, open my heart to receive the things that you have for me.

But listen to what he says on the heels of that. “Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.” (NLT) See, this is the door. This is the pathway. You want to find your purpose? You present yourself as a living sacrifice. You let God change you into the person He wants you to be. You’re gonna start discovering your place and your purpose. And so everything that follows this is enlarging upon this subject. What does that look like? How does that play out in our lives?

This translation has it instead of just grace it says, “Because of the privilege and authority God has given me….” In other words, Paul is saying, what I’ve got has come from Him. God’s given me something, but it isn’t for me, it’s for you. So, “Because of the privilege and authority God has given me, I give each of you this warning.” Well, in view of human nature, this is a very needful warning. “Don’t think you are better than you really are.” Now nearly every one of us suffers from that.

( congregational response ).

Yeah, there are a few people who think oh, I’m just dirt. But most of us, in one way or another, we think we are better than we are. So the starting point is for God to change how we see ourselves. Do you see how that plays out? Lord, help us to just be honest.

That’s the next word, the next expression. “Be honest in your evaluation of yourselves, measuring yourselves by the faith God has given us.” I mean, you know, that’s the measure of your value. It’s not, hey, I’m talented. I’m good looking. I’m privileged. I’m this…all the measurements that the world uses. God has a different measuring stick and when He invests in a life, it’s going to be manifested as grace that’s going to produce a faith in you to do something that you could not do in yourselves.

That’s really the essence of what we are talking about here today. I don’t know if I could put that sentence together again, but that’s the essence of it. God is going to pour into you something of His life. That life is going to produce in you a faith and an ability to do and be something you could never be in yourselves. And probably, you wouldn’t want to be if it’s just up to your own nature. Praise God! All right, so there’s the measurement. There’s the measuring stick.

“Just as our bodies have many parts and each part has a special function, so it is with Christ’s body. We are many parts of one body, and we all belong to each other.” But now he goes into some specific, and there are people whose gifts God has so worked in them that they seem to manifest themselves in certain ways, and maybe that’s what some people are thinking about. But it says, “In his grace, God has given us different gifts for doing certain things well.” Now, here’s the thing. How do they do the things well? How do these things happen?

( congregation inaudible ).

Yeah, God gives them gifts. This is not again about ability, it’s about availability. Now I’ll just point out something that Paul said about his own ministry, because you would think, hey now, there’s a guy who’s got it together. He is competent to do what he does. Paul, himself, said, I’m not competent to do what I’m doing. You get that? I don’t have the qualifications to do what I’m doing. This is not me. My competence…2nd Corinthians chapter 3, I believe…my competence comes from the Lord. Paul was with the people in, what?

( congregational response ).

Weakness, fear and trembling. But what happened? There was a ministry that flowed through him because he was looking to God and trusting Him. There was life that flowed through him that made a difference down through the centuries. God was able to work.

That’s what He longs for every one of us! It’s not just about people who stand up here. This is meant to flow into every single life, in what we do! “In his grace, God has given us different gifts for doing certain things well. So if God has given you the ability to prophesy…” — and he does to some — “…Speak out with as much faith as God has given you.

“If your gift is serving others, serve them well. If you are a teacher, teach well. If your gift is to encourage others, be encouraging. If it is giving, give generously. If God has given you leadership ability, take the responsibility seriously. And if you have a gift for showing kindness to others, do it gladly.”

Now these are things we can sort of put a label on in a way, but, you see what’s going on here. This covers all of life! But it covers it with a sense that, I am not living for me, I’m living so God can flow through me and help other people. There’s a life that God wants to share and it’s not just coming out of the ether, it’s coming through me. I’m a pipeline to you. But you’re a pipeline to me, too. I need you just as much as you may need me, because what we need is really the Lord.

And so what this is doing is coming down, as I say, to every aspect of your life. If you are a student, that’s not disconnected, that’s not just, oh, that’s my secular life. There’s no such thing. God is wanting every aspect of our lives to be connected to Him! So God wants to take you out of what you have…how you think and change your way of thinking, so that now you’re doing it as to the Lord.

You’re gonna be a good student, but you’re not just gonna be a good student to brag. You’re gonna be a good student to have a right attitude, to express the life of God in what you’re doing in your sphere of influence.

If you’re on a job, are you supposed to just grumble and complain? Or are you supposed to do it as unto the Lord? I mean, in their day, they had slavery, and Paul’s instructions to slaves were to give their masters real good service, and to do it as unto the Lord, not to the man.

I mean, this isn’t…if we could see how God sees our lives, we would understand what he’s talking about. Your purpose in life is being fulfilled one way or another, right now! It’s not a matter of waiting for someone to prophesy and say, ‘thou art so-and-so.’ Now you’re gonna start doing something for God. We’re doing it or not doing it, right now.

( congregational response ).

You know, Brother Thomas…some of you may remember him telling the story about how he visited a lady one time. I don’t remember all of the details, but he took note that the house was…I think they lived in a trailer, as a matter of fact. He took note that the trailer was filthy and there were four or five kids running around. It didn’t look like they were well tended.

And this lady was so burdened. Oh, God had called her to a ministry and she just couldn’t seem to get…oh, I need to be out there doing this ministry, God has called me. And Brother Thomas, I think, put his finger on it and said, yeah, God has called you to something, to clean your trailer and wipe your kid’s noses, and take care of them.

Now, that’s not just a joke. You don’t realize what a monumental place that is in the scheme of things, because we talk about...you know, what I said in terms of trying to prepare the next generation. What do you think you’re doing, parents? I don’t stand here as anybody who could point to me. I’d like to go back and do some things different. I can’t turn the clock back! But, folks, you are preparing the next generation!

( congregational response ).

And if all you’re doing is telling them what to do, but without modeling what they are supposed to do, you are preparing a bunch of rebels that are going to go their own way, because they see you as a hypocrite. God is looking for us to be an example of what he is seeking to do in lives!

You think about, just one example that pops into my mind from history, John Wesley…John and Charles Wesley. But John Wesley, principally, was a great man of God in the 1700s. But, you trace back his history and you find a godly, praying mother. Do you think that God values Wesley above that praying mother? I don’t. He came from a heritage that poured something into him that he knew God…that caused him to know that God is real! This God that my mother serves is real and when the time came, it was birthed in him and he went on to do mighty things for God.

I’ll tell you what, if you’re a mom, if you’re a dad, your purpose? Oh my God, what could be more important? Are you outsourcing your kids to the school and to the church and expecting something to happen? God has given you that place!

If that makes you feel overwhelmed, praise God! Everything about this is impossible for people! If we’re gonna really do this in a sense of what God is looking for, it is impossible! But it’s like one of the things that I’ve said this morning, all that does is drive us to Him. All that does is drive us to say, oh God, what you have given me to do, I cannot do. It’s beyond my ability. But Lord, I stretch forth my hands. You’re going to have to enable me. On the job training, folks. We have a God who can help His people to be what they ought to be.

But do you have any idea the value of what we’re talking about? This is not a small thing! What kind of a person do they see you in your business dealings, in your job, and your work, and your contact with other people? Do they see Christ or do they just see you?

See how this affects everything! What is your purpose? I’ll tell you what, we need to start where we’re at! This is not to say, oh my God I ought to be that. This is to say, right now, I can start today. I can leave the past behind. I can say, oh God, do something in my life. Help me to let go, because I can’t even do that on my own. How many of you know what I’m talking about?

( congregational response ).

Yeah. Bu, His promise is that He’ll work in us, “…to will and to do of his good pleasure.” (KJV). I need Him to do that. I need Him to change me, because there’s stuff that I just…well, the things that matter, I can’t change. That’s why we need a Savior! I need Him to do a real heart surgery here, and to change the way I think and look at things.

But boy, if I begin to do it and just simply wait on God, God’s gonna give me something that’s gonna help somebody else, but so is He gonna to do that for you. You have the power to pray and make a difference in people’s lives. Don’t just say, oh, praying, that’s just something I’m supposed to do.

Do you have any idea the power that God releases through prayer? Is there anybody here who can’t do that, who can’t come to a place and say, Lord, teach me how to pray? Teach me to actually make a difference in somebody’s life because I’m bringing them before your throne. Teach me what this is about, Lord, so that I can make a difference.

My God, I don’t know anything more important. You want to elevate something to the top, it’s not preaching, its prayer! And every one of us can do it! Yes, I know there are people who have special gifts in this area. Well, praise God! God will pour more in, and they will have a special anointing in that area. That’s fine! But every one of us can learn these things.

But here is one principle that just seems to stand out to me. It’s starting where you’re at. If you will do what comes to hand, God knows how to mark your steps out, how to set your course. God will bring things across your path that will cause you to feel challenged, that you’re going to have to go to God about if you’re gonna handle them in a godly way.

But you concentrate on what He brings across your path. You say, Lord, help me to live out what Paul is talking about here. Help me, Lord, to be the kind of a person You want me to be. And I’ll tell you, you will find your life will evolve into whatever God wants you to be.

God wants you to be His person right where you are at. You matter. The life of this church, the life of His Kingdom is affected by you and how you live and how I live. You have the privilege of speaking life into your brothers and sisters or speaking death.

My God, you know, you think about the self-righteous who live by rules and principles and they get angry because somebody doesn’t live up to them. My God, that just comes right out of the pit! And we think, oh, that’s righteous anger! They did wrong! Hogwash! Anger…the wrath of man doesn’t work the righteousness of God. God takes care of those kinds of things.

Oh, we need to have the heart of Christ. That’s why he goes on. I’ll just read through this. I think I’ve got the gist of it. But you see how it plays out. “Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them. Hate what is wrong. Hold tightly to what is good.”

Now when you hate what’s wrong, it doesn’t mean hate the person, does it? “Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other. Never be lazy, but work hard and serve the Lord enthusiastically. Rejoice in our confident hope. Be patient in trouble, and keep on praying. When God’s people are in need, be ready to help them. Always be eager to practice hospitality.”

You see where so many of the things we’ve talked about this morning just play right into this? Because we were talking about several practical things, but this is a part of being a Christian in the world. This is a part of our lives belonging to Him and His life being lived out in us. Our minds being changed so that we become like Him. So we learn that what I do, I’ve got to do with divine energy, or it’s not gonna work.

But look what he goes on to say. “Bless those who persecute you.” Boy, I need him to help me do that. “Don’t curse them; pray that God will bless them. Be happy with those who are happy, and weep with those who weep. Live in harmony with each other. Don’t be too proud to enjoy the company of ordinary people. And don’t think you know it all!” Boy, that’s a great translation, isn’t it?

( laughing ).

“Never pay back evil with more evil. Do things in such a way that everyone can see you are honorable.” Boy, that gets down into business dealings, doesn’t it? “Do things in such a way that everyone can see you are honorable.” I mean, people should look upon us and say, now that’s somebody you can depend on. That’s somebody you can trust. If they tell you something, they have no agenda here, that’s gold. We need the Lord.

( congregational amens ).

Because, left to ourselves we are slippery creatures. We will seek for self, some advantage for self, in a thousand and one subtle ways. But I’ll tell you, we have a God who can change us. I need it, don’t you?

“Do all that you can to live in peace with everyone.” Now obviously, you can’t control what other people do. But you can control what you do, by looking to the Lord. “Dear friends, never take revenge. Leave that to the righteous anger of God.” We just pointed out, there is no such thing as righteous anger for us. Not in ourselves.

“For the Scriptures say, I will take revenge; I will pay them back, says the Lord. Instead, if your enemies are hungry, feed them. If they are thirsty, give them something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals of shame on their heads.”

Now shame is not in the Greek, it’s probably a reasonable…I think it reasonably conveys what the idea is. Because this is not a vengeful kind of thing you’re trying to do. You’re trying to do it in order to express the spirit of Christ, and hope that it will make a difference. In one way, it’s for someone to feel ashamed of themselves for doing you evil and you’re doing them good.

So…but you see the spirit of this. God wants to make different people out of you and me. He wants you to find your purpose. It starts with understanding who God is, really recognizing…I mean, really having a heart revelation. This is what life is about. He is God. Everything comes from Him. Everything is for His glory. My purpose is going to only be realized in harmony with Him.

And so Lord, I realize my body…I could take it, and live it and I would die. No matter what I did, I’d die. It would be the end of it. But I can give that body to you and say, Lord, come and live in me. And in the process of learning how to live that life, change the way I think.

But change me in a way where I realize I’m a part of something bigger than myself. My purpose is not just to drink in Your goodness and sit here like a private little something. My purpose is to be a pipeline. I want to be a pipeline so that you can flow through me to meet the needs of others and together we will experience, we’ll drink, we’ll partake of Christ, we’ll grow in Him. We’ll grow up to be Him.

What does Ephesians 4 say? It’s from Him that everything comes—it’s from Him! We all take from what He gives us and we express it one to another, and we grow up to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ. That’s His purpose for you.

You want to find your purpose? Stop thinking about labels. Just ask God to help you. Put something in front of you and then say, God, help me to do this for Your glory. And one step will lead to another.

You think about a lady named Dorcas. She was immortalized in the book of Acts because she died and was raised from the dead. I mean, that was part of the story. But, her life…this was just a simple woman in a village, but she had given herself. God had given her an ability to sew, evidently, and she had a heart from God for people’s needs. And so she would use that ability to make clothes for the needy.

She just…God’s love just poured through her and she was a blessing, not only to the body of Christ, but to people around the village to the point that when she died, they were all in mourning, coming and showing Peter the stuff that she’d made. Oh, we just loved her. You think that lady’s life mattered?

She probably never ever preached a sermon. She was never…I don’t know that they ever gave her a label and say, hey, this is so-and-so…this was just a common woman who simply trusted God, let Him have her heart and her life, and used her talents to glorify God, and she made a difference.

Everyone in this place can do that. You make a difference in the lives of the people that you associate with. What kind of a difference is it? So what is your purpose? This is about finding your purpose. I’ll tell you what, how many want to get on this road and say, Lord, help me.

( congregational response ).

Lord, help me to find my purpose in a deeper way. All I know to do is just to start where we’re at. Look to God. He will absolutely lead. If he sees your heart is wanting to find your purpose in Him…not for your own glory, not so I can stick my chest out and say, look what I did. But Lord, for Your glory, I’m gonna take the grace that You give to me and I’m gonna serve You, and I’m gonna live for an eternal purpose.

I’ll tell you, there’s a God who will lead us into things and if it comes to the point where God is gonna do miracles through you, praise God, He can do that. That’s not what matters. It’s not the ‘what.’ It’s the fact that we are willing to say, Lord, I’m Yours. Use me. Praise God! To Him be the glory, forever and ever. Praise God!