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TV Broadcast #1221

Stand
Conclusion

February 28, 2016

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Transcript of message from TV Broadcast 1221 -- taken from Closed Captioning Text

— Brother Phil Enlow: You know, we can sit here and sing all the glorious songs and profess that we’ve got the victory, we’ve got the victory, and we go around and it’s not quite like it ought to be, is it? May God help us! But this is a reality.

And so, this was the first part of Watchman Nee’s message. Because he understood, before you can get to the stand part, you better find out who you are and where you’re at. If you’re down here “under the circumstances,” that’s not where we’re meant to be. There are circumstances, to be sure, but we don’t have to be under them in the sense that they’ve defeated us. We are in a position of authority that we need to step up and believe.

And, I know there’s people that run amuck with this. There are people that convene conferences and try to cast the Devil out of cities. Well, that’s just fantasy land. But I mean, within the will and the purpose of God, we can be laborers together with Him and we can take authority where He commands. Jesus didn’t drive the Devil out of cities. One place he took a man out of a city and healed him and told him not to go back. You know, we’re getting to that place.

But I believe God has purposes. He has things that He has given us power to do. He’s not gonna just magically go out and do stuff. He does it through us. And there are ways that He does it. And you know, I see my own deficiencies in this area and it just kind of...it makes me angry at myself. But yet, all we can do is walk where we’re at on the journey. We just have to grow, we have to learn.

But I believe God’s heart is ready to say, hey, wait a minute, there’s stuff I want to do, but I want to do it through a people. That’s the way it works in My kingdom. I’ve given you everything! I put you on a throne! What are you doing with it? Are we just sitting back and doing whatever? God help us!

And so, this is the starting point. I mean, you think about some of the pictures in the scriptures of people who came to such a conviction of the reality of what Christ…of what they had in God, that they had a heart that was willing to stand up no matter what. Folks, we’re gonna need that kind of a heart in the hour, at any hour of history, but in this hour particularly.

You think of Noah. You think of how he had to stand against a whole world…that God had basically reached the point where He was taking his hands off. He said, I’m not gonna strive with you anymore. I’ve told you, I’ve told you, I’ve told you, I’ve told you. I’ve reached out in love, and you just decided you’re gonna walk in darkness. Judgment is coming.

And Noah had to stand upon his convictions. He had to join God’s side and say, I’m on His side. I don’t care what anybody says, what anybody does. The conviction of my heart is so strong that I’m not changing. This is it. My course is set. You know, David, in one place, says my heart is fixed.

( congregational amens ).

God is wanting us to be a people of unshakable conviction that God’s kingdom is real! Do you know you can’t see God’s kingdom without being born again?

( congregational response ).

You can hear about it. You can hear people talk about it, but I mean the kingdom of God is something that is real. It can’t be seen right now, but it’s going to be. But it exists. It’s in the spiritual realm, but it’s real. And I’ll tell you, you be born of God’s spirit, and you will see it. It will become real to you. And it’s something that gives us a conviction.

You think of Moses when he grew up in Pharaoh’s household, just the adopted son of Pharaoh’s daughter. And he had all the advantages of Egypt, but he came to the point where he made a choice. He was gonna identify himself with the people of God. He said, I see that you guys are having lots of pleasure. You’re giving yourselves to pleasures, but I see where that’s going. It’s just for a little while. I’m with God. I’m with His people.

I tell you, we need that kind of a conviction. We need to see. And over and over again, he was put in a place where the only answer to the situation was for God to act. And over and over and over again, God acted, didn’t He? Red Sea couldn’t stand. Red sea had to flee. You know, some of the language of one of David’s psalms is almost comical in a way. He’s just talking about how the Red Sea just had to flee before the people of God, like he was scared to death. That was the imagery.

But I’ll tell you what, we have an awesome God. We just sang about how great is our God. Do we really believe that He’s a great God? Do we really believe that He can do anything, that there’s nothing that’s impossible for Him to do?

Well, folks, I don’t know. I just can’t shake this conviction of where we’re at, and the place that we have in God’s economy. God, do we just sit here and drink in His truth, or do we actually go to war? Because that’s what He’s looking for…is a people who will actually accomplish something for Him.

And you know, anyway…Praise God! My mind is going around in circles here. But anyway, so that was the ‘sit’ part. And you go on through chapter 3, and he talks about the greatness of what we have in Christ, the unsearchable riches. It’s like we’ve got a bank account you can’t ever drain. No matter what your need is today, no matter what my need is, the answer is not in our efforts! The answer is what God has given to us! We didn’t earn it! We don’t deserve it, but it’s given to us for His purpose! We need to believe it. We need to act like it’s so, and not be intimidated by the enemy.

Another thing that I was thinking of also…I guess my mind went back to the Old Testament…Joshua. You know, Joshua stepped into some mighty big shoes, didn’t he? Moses, My servant, is dead. Now get up and lead this people. But over and over again, what did the Lord say? Don’t be afraid! I’m with you! Every place you put your foot on is yours! Oh, by the way, don’t be afraid! Don’t be intimidated! Don’t be afraid. You know, over and over again.

You think God understands our condition and our proneness to being that way? Yeah, sure He does. I mean, it’s easy to say, out in the wilderness, yeah, we’re number one. We’re gonna beat everybody. And then you start looking at the walls and the giants. You know, every one of us has got walls and giants in our lives that we know about. One way or another, we do. And I tell you, we need a confidence in a God that’s bigger than our walls, bigger than those walls and those giants.

And so that’s the same…that is, in a natural sense, a picture of where we’re at in the spirit that I just…I don’t know. I just pray that God will somehow make this real, because I can’t breathe life into this. He’s got to do it. Lord, just take these words, because this is the truth. How many of you are in battles right now?

( congregational response ).

Yeah. How many of you believe God wants us to be able to take a stand and realize our position of superiority over the devils that are at work?

( congregational response ).

We have the right to tell them what to do, and not to back down and not to listen. And yes, if we fall in the mud, praise God, we get up! We’ve got an answer for that! God’s got an answer for that! If any man sins, praise God, we’ve got an advocate with the Father. We’ve got a place we can go and take that, and say, Lord, help me. You’re, “…faithful and just to forgive us our sins…” as John says, “…to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (KJV).

We don’t have to wallow in what we aren’t and all of our deficiencies. We can stand in the person of Christ. He is in us. And it’s like Tim said in that incident. It’s not in me, nothing in me. You ask Steve Lynn about some of the experiences that he’s had. I tell you, he’s seen the Lord step in and do things that were obviously supernatural, when devils were at work. You get into the law enforcement field, you’re gonna run into some devils. You don’t have to be in that field, but that’s a good place to find them.

But I tell you what, he comes to the end of the ‘sit’ part, and he’s talking about, in verse 20, the wonderful scripture, “Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever!” (NIV).

So once you get this part of the book established…who are we, where are we, what has God given to us, why has He given it to us, for what purpose? And you realize it’s all coming from Him. And our position is to avail ourselves of that, believe in it, rest in it, give ourselves to Him, trust in Him…all those things in order to occupy that place. Now what?

Now you come from the ‘sit’ part to the ‘walk’ part. Because all this wonderful truth doesn’t mean anything, if we don’t walk it out. It’s meant to have a practical application to our lives so that we absolutely benefit from the truth. And of course, Paul goes into many things. He talks about the unity of the spirit. He talks about the spiritual abilities that God gives in the church, and the fact that they are given to every one of us to be servants to the body of Christ, so that His life can flow through me to you and you to me, and so we can grow up together.

But walking out that life becomes a process of saying no to the old one and yes to the new one in all the issues of life. Now it’s interesting how he talks about some of the things that you’d think, oh my God, that’s a no-brainer. Like, him that stole, don’t you steal anymore. Like you’ve got to tell people don’t you steal anymore when they come to Christ. I’ll tell you, people, particularly from a heathen background like that, they have ways of life, and you just don’t automatically say, oh…there needs to be some instruction and some encouragement, some direction. And so, Paul was giving that about real practical things.

You know, I’ve told you this story before. It comes back to me. But, that one little tribe in India that we met. Brother Kumar took us around…and it seemed like every tribe has their own occupation. Some of them were farmers, some were fishermen, different things. The trade, if you will, of this particular tribe was murder for hire. If somebody from another tribe wanted somebody done in, they would contract with somebody from the tribe, and they’d take care of it. It was just their culture. I mean, that’s just the way they lived. They didn’t know any better. That’s the blindness of what sin does.

And God reached in in mercy and began save those people, and they were talking about building a church, and somebody said, now let me see, how many contracts is that gonna take to…

( laughing ).

( laughter ).

And it had to be gently pointed out, I’m sorry, that’s part of the old life. We don’t do that. But you know, we laugh at things like that and look at something like this. But the truth of the matter is, we are more conformed to the world and its ways than we might think. We’re not any better.

( congregational amens ).

Our ways, that we cling to and that cling to us, are just as real. They may be a little more sophisticated and a little more…a little less coarse than just going out and robbing somebody. But I tell you, we need deliverance. We live by the old life far more than we think. And so the ‘walk’ part of this is that God wants us to learn how to ‘walk’ out His life.

And so He traces it through personal behavior, our interactions with each other, our family relations, husbands and wives, fathers, children, children, fathers, parents, and even slaves and their masters. He didn’t try to straighten out the institution of slavery, he told them how to be good slaves, but to do it with Christ in the heart. I’ll tell you what, God’s gonna straighten out all that stuff. There won’t be any of these bad things in His kingdom.

So you’ve got the ‘sit’ part. Where is our position in God and in His plan? How do we ‘walk’ that out? And it’s obvious that you and I have a part to play. This doesn’t just happen. We are His workmanship, but I tell you, there is a working out like Paul says in Ephesians. It’s not that we work for our salvation, but we do work it out. God puts something in here. We are to put it into practice. And that’s what our fellowship together is all about. But there’s the ‘walking out’ part.

But you know, that’s where you get down to chapter 6. Because he’s come through the ‘sit’ part, the ‘walk part,’ now the ‘stand’ part. And all the pieces of armor, basically, look back at what he’s already talked about, if you think about it. The helmet of salvation…well, praise God, let me read it.

“Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist…” We’ve got to know something. We’ve got to be able to stand on what He’s already said. We’ve got to have our hands around that. We’ve got to have a conviction that it’s really true, and true for us. The breastplate of righteousness!

Ron, you and I need that don’t we? Because we’re so prone to look at our unrighteousness and all our deficiencies. But I’ll tell you, we need to always reckon on, not our limitations, but the righteousness of Christ, because that’s what He sees, and my hope is in that! And I’m on board with that, and that’s where my heart is directed.

( congregational amens ).

God can clean up the things where I fall short on the way. It’s not that I want to fall short, but I do. I’m not there yet. But that’s not how we need to face the devil. We can’t say, oh devil, I’ve prayed, and I’ve fasted, and I’m just in this high spiritual state, so I now I’ve got authority over you. We’re gonna have to take a stand when we’re at our weakest and say, devil, I am not trusting in who I am. I’m not trusting in what I am. I’ve given myself to Him. I’m trusting in Him, and He that’s in me is greater than you.

( congregational amens ).

And it’s in His name that we take a stand! Praise God! And so, “…the breastplate of righteousness…your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace.” I need a place to stand where I know I have peace with God. There’s a peace in my heart. I know that there’s not this constant doubt. Where do I stand? You know, look at me. Look at…you’ve got to stop looking at you. Start looking at Christ. Start looking at who He is. Praise God!

The shield of faith and all that we’ve talked about so many times, “…with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit….” And it’s like we’ve said many times. The only offensive weapon there is the sword.

But here’s what’s coming to me. We can quote the Word at the devil, and that’s right in a personal sense, but what Paul is talking about here is going beyond all of this. All we’ve talked about so far is the equipment to do the work, but the work doesn’t really start until you get to the next verse. “And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.

“Pray also for me, that whenever I open my mouth, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains.” Now, he was in prison at this time. “Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should.”

So you’ve got people that have learned how to sit. They’ve learned how to walk out the faith. Now, they’re having to contend with the devil, but it’s not just me and my survival. God wants us to get…wants us to come to the point where we can be soldiers who can go on the offensive, who can begin to take territory for God, who can begin to drive out devils.

And here’s a point that relates to what I’m talking about here. We have this tendency to put all our eggs in one basket as it were. Everything is about preaching. If you proclaim the Word, and there’s life in it, that’s about it. That’s what we need. Well, that’s pretty important. You can’t do without that. There’s got to be Living words put out. But the picture is a simple one. If you’re a farmer, suppose you just said all I need is good seed! How many of you’ve done some farming, some gardening?

( congregational response ).

Suppose you just went out on your lawn and said praise God, I’ve got good seed! And just throw it out on the lawn. That isn’t gonna work, is it? Something else has got to happen. There’s got to be a preparation of some soil. I appreciate what Ben said in his prayer. It’s exactly right. God has…it’s one thing to have His Word, it’s another thing for it to fall on ground that has been prepared!

( congregational amens ).

And the reality is, this world has been blinded by the god of this world. Now why has he done that? It’s so that the light of the gospel of the glory of God, in the face of Jesus Christ, would not be able to shine in that heart. Folks, the battles that we see that need to be fought are being fought against devils who have people blinded! Over and over again, that’s the case. When people come in here and they don’t know what this is about, they haven’t really been born of God’s Spirit. They’ve never seen His kingdom. What’s the need? Do we just say preach the Word. Is that enough?

( congregational response ).

Is it?

( congregational response ).

No, it’s not! There needs to be some warfare going on, that God would penetrate the darkness, give people an ability to hear His Word. Because if you combine good soil that God’s prepared, and He’s the only One that can prepare it, He’s the only One that can penetrate the defenses and cause someone’s heart to feel their need of God! And then, He pours in! Then He pours in the Word, and it has a way to take root.

( congregational amens ).

That’s what we need. Situations we’re praying about, God is the only One that can work! And He has the power to penetrate that darkness! There’s just something that’s been in my spirit. I pray it’s not just enthusiasm and psychology, because that’s not what we need…but just a conviction, just almost an anger. Devil, how dare you! How dare you sit there and camp, and tell us we can’t do this, or that nothing’s gonna happen. You’re the one who lost at Calvary!

( congregational amens ).

You’re the one who lost! God, give us the faith to penetrate the darkness with His power. He’s given us the weapon that we need to pray and to see God do things that we can’t do. You know, when we come in here, we need to pray that God will take the words, but that God will prepare hearts. God’s gonna begin to save people!

( congregational amens ).

God’s gonna begin to deliver people! We can say oh, what’s the matter with you? I gave you the Word—I gave you the Word. God’s got to do something in the heart.

( congregational amens ).

God’s got to break down the walls. And I believe with all my heart that’s what He’s longing to do in this place in a greater way. Where do I go from here? Let me think about this. Some of you remember, perhaps, we came back from the NRB convention one year and played an audio of Charles Stanley. How many of you remember that? Some of you do.

And he was sharing with us a principle related to this throughout his ministry. Somewhere, way back there, he learned to fight all of his battles in the closet. If there was a controversy, if there was a trouble, he just didn’t try to get in there and straighten people out. He went to his closet and prayed.

And over and over again, he testified how he saw God work. There was a controversy in the church…I mean, people are people. Look at the New Testament. This wonderful New Testament church we talk about, they had their problems. But he’d go into the closet and just pray, and God would soften hearts. God would open eyes.

God, help me. This is a weakness. I confess it. But I believe God wants to awaken us to the power that we have to be able to move Heaven and to be able to channel the Spirit of God to people who are in chains that don’t know it! They don’t know it!

We can’t just give them words and figure that’s gonna do it. We’ve got to see God break down walls in hearts, break down wills and bring people to a sense of their need and the danger that they’re in! They don’t know it! They don’t know it. They don’t understand what’s going on. They think it’s this way, and this is the problem, and that’s the problem. I tell you, this is it. God’s got to open hearts to just surrender to Him and be filled with Him.