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TV Broadcast #1227

Peace in His Will

April 10, 2016

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Transcript of message from TV Broadcast 1227 -- taken from Closed Captioning Text

— Brother Phil Enlow: The Gospel is an ultimatum! The Gospel is God commanding people to repent, to turn from their own will and their own way, because that’s what stands in the way! As long as my will is here and what I want is paramount, I will always have an unrest in here! It will never, ever be solved.

( congregational amens ).

And you will go through life angry at this, angry at that, when the problem is right here. Your will has never been conquered. You have never, in your own eyes, become a lost, hopeless sinner who needs repentance! And yet, God commands men everywhere to repent, to turn from their own sins and find hope and peace in Him.

I know there are people here—I know there are people in a crowd this size, and there are people who will hear this who need what I’m talking about. God has knocked on your heart’s door, and you’ve found a way to side-step it. And you’ve been so busy working out your own righteousness!

And what that accomplishes is you can cobble together something that causes you in your mind to feel that, “I’m a Christian, I’m righteous,” but you’ve done it as a way of turning or deflecting attention from this. And this has never been surrendered to Him…to come to the end and say, I am a lost, helpless, hopeless sinner. I need a Savior. Oh God, I come to You on that ground alone! I’m willing to turn from my sins! I’m willing to put all of my trust in Jesus to save me for time and eternity…no longer my life. It’s actually what Joel was saying, it’s not my life anymore. I’m gonna surrender.

I’ll tell you, the minute God’s grace brings your heart to that place, and you really surrender and say yes, that’s what life is about. It’s God’s plan! It’s not my plan! We have to give up our lives and give them to Him and come into His plan, or our plan will destroy us!

( congregational amens ).

And bring a lot of misery along the way and conflict. I’ll tell you, you get a world full of people where self rules, how could it be otherwise? How could there be otherwise? How could there be anything else except strife and unrest and misery? Oh, God help us. God’s heart is so yearning to touch those who’ve never let go!

( congregational amens ).

I don’t know who this is for. That’s God’s business. He’s the only One that can save. He’s the only One that can enlighten. He’s the only One who can open eyes to see what the real need is. How many testimonies we’ve heard over the years of people who went along…I mentioned the one testimony about that man who was actually an evangelist, preached the Gospel until God brought ‘him’ under conviction. And he realized ‘he’ had never really surrendered.

Oh folks, we are something else. This is nature of ours is so relentless in believing that I just cannot let go. I’ve got to hold it together. I’ve got to be in charge. I’ve got to be this and do that. But oh, it’s got to be me doing it. I cannot let go. My whole hope is in just hanging on…and our hope is in letting go.

( congregational amens ).

And letting Him come in and give us a brand new heart and a new life. I have no hope outside of Him.

( congregational amens ).

I tell you, the minute that happens, there’s gonna be a peace. There’s gonna be a peace that will settle in. We’re gonna have a reservoir. We’re gonna have something on the inside that we can draw from. We’re not gonna be locked into a world of misery and unrest and strife. We’re not gonna be like the waves of the sea that just never…they react to every little thing. Oh God, I don’t want to be that way. Do you?

So, that’s the first kind of person. You know the scripture describes us as enemies in our minds, doesn’t it? And I’ll tell you, what Jesus came to do, what the shedding of His blood was about, was about a reconciliation. You know, I’ve made this point before. The blood of Jesus doesn’t save us.

It sounds like heresy until you understand what I’m saying. The blood that was shed absolutely represents my death. It’s the death of this old life, this old way of thinking, this old way choosing where it’s me against God. I am still in a state of rebellion against Him. Yeah, I’d like to negotiate a little truce here. I’ll give Him this if He’ll let me in. No! There’s no negotiation in the Gospel. It’s a gospel of surrender. Praise God!

But I’ll tell you, the blood of Jesus Christ blots out the sin that has separated me from a Holy God. It opens the door for Him to be able to give me a new life. And that life is what begins to save me and change me and make fit for that new heaven and the new earth. ‘Cause I’m not fit for it…not what I am naturally. And neither are you. I don’t care how good you think you are. One glance at that and you’ll say oh, yeah. Now I get it. I don’t fit in here. But I tell you, we serve One who can fit us.

( congregational amens ).

That’s the hope of the Gospel! Praise God! What a glorious thing. But you know, you go back to James chapter 4 that we read, and you see what our problem is as believers, because we are not exempt from this. There are areas of self-will. Money was just one of them. That’s just one simple example. But oh God…that’s mine! That’s mine! I get to do what I want to do with…you know. Is that not an issue, to one degree or another, with all of us?

( congregational response ).

My possessions, my choices, what I want to do is just so much in evidence in our hearts and our lives. And God is going to put His loving finger, shine the light of His truth to show us what’s really going on! Folks, if I’m gonna have any peace, my will has got to be surrendered. And I tell you, it’s hard fighting against that.

You know, Saul found that out, didn’t he? You think about…here was a man who was relentlessly, restlessly, every part of his being was focused on fighting against this awful thing called Christianity. They didn’t call it that then, but the followers of Jesus…until he met Jesus.

One of the things Jesus said to him on that road to Damascus was, “It’s hard for you to kick against the pricks.” See, you had two wills going on there. God had a plan for that man’s life. Saul was relentlessly following his own will, and he was suffering for it. Here God was working and, no, no, no. I want my way. But I tell you, he found peace, didn’t he, when he came into alignment with God’s heart and God’s will!

Now that can get into areas where we don’t even necessarily have any interaction with other people. I tell you, if you get a new heart and a new life, you’re gonna have a conscience about things that other people don’t even know about. I mean, a lot of people have a religion where they’re interested in their appearances to other people. That’s the real issue. And if there’s anything somebody knows about…oh, I’ve got to be a good Christian. But if it’s secret and just between me and whatever, just me, I’m sort of free to be me, what I really am.

I tell you, you get a new heart, you’re gonna have a new conscience that’s gonna be sensitized to things that displease the Lord. And there’s gonna be times when you will have something going on between you and Him, and you will be brought to a place of humbleness and repentance and loving reception.

It’s not just all the…we have the negative connotation to all of that. We think of that in a negative way. But it’s an awesome thing when God can bring us to that place of humbling ourselves, and honestly repenting and turning from our way and receiving His love and His peace once again. There are gonna be times when it’s just you and Him, and nobody else is gonna know about it.

( congregational amens ).

Many of you know what I’m talking about. But I will tell you where this is really exposed, what our true condition is exposed and where this is exposed. And it’s exposed in our relationships one with another. Folks, if self is on the throne in your heart to the extent that it is, there is going to be conflict between you and somebody else. If your will is just stubbornly clinging to a certain thing and that is brought into conflict with somebody else, you’re gonna have a fight. You’re gonna have a fight.

And this is one of the main tools that God uses to help us and deliver us, to expose what’s in us. Because you can go along, and it’s sort of like a snake in a basket. He may lie there real quietly. You start poking him with a stick, and he’ll rear up, and you’ve got a problem.

And I think I’ve said this before. But if there is an issue, and it causes you to rise up and become adamant, angry, whatever it is that causes you to be on one side of a fight, the problem is not the other person! The problem is you! And oh, we are good at justifying our anger just to put it plainly. Because I’m right, and so I’m standing for something that’s right, and they just won’t yield! Oh God, help our blind self-righteousness.

( congregational amens ).

God is interested in the quality of our spirits! How many times did Jesus, just like a lamb, go to the slaughter? He didn’t rail against the people that were in the condition they were in. He prayed for them. Father, forgive them. They don’t know what they’re doing. But there was a deep settled peace in the heart of Jesus. Even when He had to speak strong words, it did not come from the human spirit getting riled up. It came from being 100 percent aligned with God in Him. And there was a peace that could not be disturbed, no matter what happened.

Wouldn’t that be an awesome thing to come to that place where nothing upsets us? It sounds like a pipe dream, doesn’t it?

( laughter ).

But you know, I believe God can bring us closer and closer to that. And what is it that enables us to do that? You go back to our original text, and you’ll find out that it has to do with trust. Because you know, our problem is…God, I know what Your Word says. I know that You’re in charge, but I don’t feel it. It doesn’t look like it, and I’ve got to fix it.

( laughter ).

And I’m justified! God’s saying you’ve got a snake in your heart, and I want to deliver you from it. You don’t have any peace right now because you’re just fighting. And what’s driving your fighting is you, your ego, your self, your desires, your stubbornness, your will is just set! You may be against somebody, but you’re really against Me.

It’s not a small issue, is it? I mean, you could unpack this from…God’s gonna be unpacking it as long as we’re here. We’re gonna be facing an issue as simple as this. But this is the thing. God is trying to humble and deliver us from us, and our minds, and our delusion. It’s them!

And it’s not! It’s you, and it’s me! If you are upset and fighting, and angry, you’re the problem. Yeah, there may be a problem on the other side, but that’s not your problem to fix. God hasn’t given you a commission to rise up in your human wrath and fix it. It doesn’t work that way.

You know, look back right before that James 4 passage. There are chapter divisions in our Bibles, but they weren’t there in the original. Verse 13 of chapter 3, “Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show it by his good life, by deeds done in the humility…” (NIV). Oh! “…The humility that comes from wisdom.

“But if you harbor bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast about it or deny the truth.” If you’ve got self on the throne in any area of your life and you’re just gonna cling to your way and your will and what you want, and that’s gonna be paramount, you’ve got a problem. That’s what he’s describing right here.

“Such wisdom…” There is a wisdom behind it. This, “…wisdom 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.” Does that describe our world?

( congregational response ).

It’s a pretty good description. Thank God, here’s one of those glorious ‘buts.’ “But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive….” Oh, we love that—oh, we love that. Did you ever realize in some situation where there was something that really was wrong, but you just wanted to be upset and fix it? And what God really wanted you to do is just submit and just not fight. It’s hard to do, isn’t it?

( congregational response ).

We need’s God’s grace. We need God’s help. But I’ll tell you, there’s a wisdom that God will give us, if our hearts are such that we listen to something like what we’re talking about this morning and we say, God, I realize that in many areas of my life, my will is not lined up with Yours, and I need help. First of all, I need you to show me where that’s true, because I’m not smart enough.

Not only that, my will is engaged here in covering up what I really am, pretending. I need You to show me, unmistakably, what’s going on. And then I need You to give me grace to humble myself, be honest about it, lay it at the cross, and put in at Your feet and ‘trust.’

Why are we kept in perfect peace? Because he ‘trusts’ in…see, if we come to the place where I trust His will more than I trust mine, there’s peace, because I’m aligned to the very God of peace.

And I’ll tell you, He is a lot more trustworthy than I am. He knows more than I do. He knows…I mean, it’s silly to say, but, we act like we do! We act like we’ve got a better handle on our life than He does. Yeah, maybe here, but I’ve got this area where I ain’t letting go. You’ll never have any peace either if you don’t. It’s a simple fact.

“…First of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. Peacemakers who sow in peace raise a harvest of righteousness.” You know, there’s a lot of wisdom in the Proverbs, and it seems like there was one…I’d have to paraphrase it. Basically, it was a hot-tempered man stirs up strife, but the opposite of that is one who can calm a strife. Which one do you expect God wants us to be?

( congregational inaudible ).

Yeah, I need help to, don’t you?

( congregational response ).

Because there are issues that push my buttons. I’ve still got my old ways…too much of them are clinging to me, and I need to learn how to take hold of what He has given me. Because this matter of salvation, there is a submission. God has to do it, but He wants me to be an active participant, and I participate by being the clay, by being willing to be changed.

And I’ll tell you, you see the will is right there at the forefront of all of this? If I’m not really willing to be changed, then I’m gonna be at war with Him, and there’s going to be unrest and strife in here that just ain’t gonna go away any other way. We’re either gonna surrender to the God of peace, or we’re gonna live in war, and it ain’t gonna be good.

But I’ll tell you what…God’s purpose for us is to live at peace with one another. I mean, over and over in Paul’s writings, live at peace among yourselves. Let love, let God’s love, or let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts. Praise God! Let the peace of God rule in your hearts!

And is not peace one of the fruits of the Spirit? It’s not something we have to work up or try to imagine or conjure up. This is something that just comes from surrendering and trusting in Him. I tell you, there’s an end of a war. I need to lay my arms down about every little thing that God puts His finger on and say, God, I’m not gonna fight You about that anymore. I’m sorry. I’m the one who’s wrong. Help me.

Do you suppose that if everyone here learned to do that, do you suppose there would be a whole lot more peace and freedom in our lives than we’re enjoying right now? Do you think that’s what God wants?

( congregational response ).

Because His Word about this is not one to condemn, it’s one to entreat, to reach out, out of a heart of love that longs to share what He is, and we’re the problem! We’re the ones standing, saying, don’t touch that! That’s me! That’s mine! I want it, and it’s more important. Not only that, I’ve got way to justify it and make it seem okay. God help us to get to that place of just honesty and surrender. Praise God!

So just some simple things…the time has moved along. I just jotted down a couple of thoughts that are simple. Strife in the heart is a symptom of self will and rebellion. If you’ve got it, don’t you look at others. It’s a symptom of your own condition. Repentance is in order, because this is not just an ‘oopsie.’ This is a direct sin. This is a direct act of rebellion against God that we need to come with an attitude of, oh God, forgive me and help me. This has been wrong. This has been an act of rebellion.

I’m so thankful for the blood at the cross that was shed, that I can come, I can receive forgiveness. Lord, You don’t invite me to look, to lecture me and tell me how bad I am, but to receive me and to cleanse me and to help me as your child, to fill me with that peace.

We need grace, don’t we? You know, God’s promise…I mentioned earlier how Jesus said, My, “…peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you; not as the world….” (KJV). But do you remember what He follows up that with? “In this world, you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (NIV).

We sang about that this morning. I’ll tell you, the peace that you and I need is absolutely independent of everything that happens in our lives. The place God longs to bring us to, is a place where His peace becomes such a dominant principle in our lives, we are at rest, because God’s in control. We are at rest because our wills are aligned with His. We’re not trying to fix everybody.

We’re trusting in God, and we realize that no matter how things ebb and flow, no matter how we feel, God’s in control, and He’s gonna bring it. He’s gonna bring His will to pass. But if we could ever step back and see the greatness of God’s heart and God’s plan and just be part of that, there’s gonna peace that we’ve never experienced before. But we need grace, don’t we? We need His help.

( congregational amens ).

And I just thought of one scripture. I’m just gonna go ahead and read it. I won’t even turn to it, because I printed it out for myself. Romans 15:13, but it expresses God’s heart in this. This is New Testament. It confirms what he said where we started. “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”

Boy, it’s all in there, isn’t it? You’ve got peace. You’ve got trust. You’ve got the power of God’s Spirit that we need in order for this to happen. This is a road map, folks. This is gonna explain a lot of what’s going on in your life.

Are you discovering things in you that are rising up to fight? God’s shining a light, and His prescription is not to rise up and fight harder. It’s to lay that battle at His feet and say, Lord, I surrender this condition in me that causes me to act that way. This is not You prompting that in me. This is me. And this is what I need saving from, and I’m trusting You in this circumstance to help me.

And we just simply grow, and we grow. And we don’t try to be anxious about, oh, well I’m not out there. Well, praise God! No, God knows that. He loves us. He receives us where we’re at, but He longs to share His heart and His peace. We’re the ones who stand in the way with our wills.

I’ll tell you what, if you don’t have peace today, this may well be the place where you need to start looking. Don’t say, if I could fix my circumstances more to my liking, if somebody would stop acting the way they’re doing, if this, if that. No. God wants to give you something that where what they do doesn’t matter. You can find a rest and peace in the center of His will and know that He can take care of what needs taking care of. Does that sound like a good road map?

( congregational amens ).

I believe that’s His heart. I just want to praise Him for His love and His mercy to me.

( congregational amens ).

Thank God He doesn’t dump a bunch of laws. I can’t keep them. But I can surrender this stubborn heart and say, Lord, just change me according to Your heart and Your will, and He’s faithful to do it. Praise God!