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TV Broadcast #1236

Let Him in Your Secret Place
Conclusion

June 12, 2016

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Transcript of message from TV Broadcast 1236 -- taken from Closed Captioning Text

— Brother Phil Enlow: I’ll tell you, we’ve got a Savior who longs to walk with us in our weakest, neediest, dirtiest times, not to leave us there, but just to give us his…all that He has done for us is meant to be brought to bear on those things and to help us in those times!

You know, David…Ben referred to a lot of these Scriptures, a lot of Psalm 139, but you read the whole thing, and I’m not gonna turn there, but I’ll just remind us of the words that there are there. Lord, You have searched me, it begins. It ends with him saying, Lord, search me. But Lord, You have searched me. You know everything about me.

There’s something about us that wants to pretend things are better than they are. Not just with each other, but with ourselves! We don’t want…we don’t like being totally honest with ourselves. It’s somehow, like I say, it’s not only the mask we put on for others, we try to believe that. We try to believe, Lord, I’m not all that You say I am. God, I’m better than that. And if something happens…you know, I want to suppress that, and deny it, and go through all of that.

You know, I was thinking of a song that we have sung. I pulled up the words this morning. The ensemble has sung it and it’s about ‘the secret place.’ It compares our hearts to a house with lots of rooms and, you know, one day, the writer of the song says, let the Savior in. So now He’s come in to live.

But then, there’s an issue. There is a secret room in there that stays locked. And it stays locked because I’ve got some stuff in there that I don’t want anybody to know. I’m ashamed of what’s in there. Just stay away from that room. Lord, we’re good. You can go anywhere else in the house, but I want You to stay out of that room.

Then, of course, in the song, one day He goes to that door and He wants in and…but then, the songwriter discovered, hey, it wasn’t like I thought it was gonna be. I was in such bondage about that room and all the secrets that it held. And when He came and He took the key and He went in there, oh, I was so ashamed. But He went in there with love and mercy and He was able to help clean up that mess. He wasn’t put off by it. He loved me, and now I don’t have to worry anymore. I’m free. My God, doesn’t the Lord want us to be free?

( congregational response ).

Anybody here where the Lord’s kind of digging deep and kind of getting close to your secret rooms, and mine? We’ve got a God who longs for us to be authentic all the way through, where we’re not hiding from Him. We’re not pretending to ourselves or to anyone else. We can just be, we can be His. I’ll tell you, the things that we sing about, the joy, the peace that there is in Christ, that’s real!

But how many times do we fail to enter in and enjoy it because we’re kind of living this bound, oh God, I’ve got to suppress and deny this part of my life. Boy that could be all kinds of things. It could be sin. It could be stuff that we’ve hung on to. It could just be fear. It could be guilt. It could be self-will.

Of course, if you’ve got somebody where self-will is just a dominating factor in their life, you come to a point…there are some people that fall into that category that come in and they’re religious, and they’ve just never really surrendered to begin with.

An example of that would be the rich young ruler. The rich young ruler genuinely wanted eternal life. He genuinely wanted to obey God’s laws. There was a part of him that wanted that, but he also wanted to make a deal with God. He did not want to give up his money and in the end that became the most important thing in his life. There was a stronghold of self-will that just would not yield.

But I mean, even when someone genuinely comes to Christ, that’s when salvation really begins as a process of God changing me, and it can get messy. How many know it can get messy at times? When He brings us face to face with things…I’m so glad He doesn’t bring everything to my attention at once. There’s stuff that goes on for years and we wonder, why am I this way? Why do I feel this way? Why am I not freer than I ought to be…or freer than I am, I guess? Whatever. Then He begins to shine the light.

But the thing is, what do we do when He begins to do that? Do we close up and deny, or do we take that position that David did? Lord, You know everything about me. Your thoughts are more than the sand by the sea. You know my down-sitting, my uprising. You know my thoughts before I say…the words before I say them.

All of my days are written in a book before one of them comes to be. David didn’t see God’s infinite knowledge, complete knowledge of him as a threat, something to be uncomfortable about. He saw that as something from which he drew great strength and comfort. I want to come to that place. Do you?

( congregational response ).

I mean, is this connecting with anybody?

( congregational response ).

Is this where we are? In so many ways, God longs to just fill every room of our hearts and every area of our lives and to help us with the things that are besetting sins…the things that we just can’t overcome and we think, I’ve got to fix it and then he’ll receive me. Instead of saying God, I’m gonna let you in just like it is…God, I am a mess. You know all about me. But, Jesus, let’s just, hand in hand, let’s go and look at that mess and we find out when we do that, that he’s not sitting there like we would. What’s the matter with you?

That’s our attitude, sometimes. Instead, he says, yes, I know. I know all about it. I know what it means to be human. I’ve been here. I’ve tasted your sorrows. I’ve tasted your temptations. I know what it’s like. I’ve been here. Oh God, help us to understand his compassion and his mercy.

You know, I was thinking about this and I believe with all my heart, God longs for us to come into a relationship in which there is a balance. Because you can imagine…if you’re aware particularly of something that really is a big deal down in here and it’s hidden, it’s a scary prospect to say, I’m gonna just be authentic with Him. I’m gonna open my heart and say, Lord, this is what it is. Come and let’s just look at it and let’s deal with it. It’s so easy to think that, oh, I’m gonna be so obsessed with how bad I am and how much is terribly wrong with me…my whole life is gonna be about…oh God.

But I’m just picturing this, that what needs to be in the background of every, everything like this, is the cross. That needs to loom so big as the backdrop of every encounter we have with the Lord, that it will just triumph over everything that is wrong.

( congregational amens ).

Because, it doesn’t matter how dirty, how ugly the thing that is lurking down somewhere in my heart and in my life that He longs to root out and clean, the cross is greater. The cross reveals how He feels about me, even then! The cross is not about Him giving me laws and me failing to live up to them and reaping His justice and His judgment! It’s about the judgment that I deserve being poured out upon Him! It’s about His love! There’s nothing that should assure us of His love in our darkest moment than the cross!

( congregational amens ).

He did that knowing what we are! He went there. He took my sorrows…the worst thing about me He took it upon Himself, knowing what He was getting into, because He loves me. What am I hiding for? What am I afraid of? You don’t have to be afraid of His love.

Nor, do we have to be afraid that His provision is not enough. I’ll tell you, when He said, it’s finished, thank God! Thank God! The provision for everything that’s wrong with me was taken care of and He longs to share His forgiveness, His life, the grace that is greater than sin, to help me, to teach me!

Yes, Lord, I fell into the mud again. Help me with this issue. Oh God, it’s a besetting issue. He doesn’t sit there and say, oh, when are you gonna get it, dummy? That’s kind of how we react sometimes. In fact, we react that way with ourselves. I mean, who do we think we are? Isn’t that why we need a Savior to begin with?

( congregational response ).

Yeah. Oh, my God. When are we gonna let Him do the saving and be willing to just open up and say, Lord, let my life be as transparent before you as anything could be? I want to walk with You every moment of every single day, and have You teach me and work with me. So, in those moments, right when I have a need, I can turn to You as though you’re right there.

I’m not trying to have people have some sort of imaginary thing. This is just some sort of mental trick…or try to have an experience, or try to feel something. I’m just talking about the sense that He’s there, whether we feel it or not and whatever else is going on. Is He there or not?

( congregational response ).

He’s promised He was—promised He would be. He wants us to be able in those moments to be able to come to him and say, Lord, you see what’s going on. You see what my nature is trying to cry out for. You see how I reacted and I know that’s not how You’d handle it. Lord, show me what’s going on. Help me to understand what I need to understand.

But help me, also, to believe that Your grace is able to help me to react differently to this situation or to that one, or to have different motivations, or whatever the need is. I mean, this covers the gamut of all that is wrong with us. Lord, that situation that hurt me so bad back there. It’s just festered in my heart and my life. I’m bitter because you didn’t do things the way I wanted you to…still mad at you. Oh, my God. Do we need to humble ourselves and surrender?

( congregational response ).

He longs to be at peace. He longs to come in and pour in the oil of His grace and His mercy to our hearts. We don’t have to carry the burdens of living in this world. We can be free. And where there’s forgiveness that’s needed, He can give us the power to see people through His eyes. I often have to pray that. Lord, here’s how I tend to react to such and such a person. I know it isn’t right. I know it isn’t what you want.

But oh God, help me to see that person through Your eyes. Help me to be patient and loving. Help me to trust You knowing that You are able to work out the things that I see in their lives. I don’t have to fix it. I don’t have to pound it into them. I don’t have to do all the things that we think we have to do.

Boy, are we something else with other people. We treat other people the way we certainly wouldn’t want to be treated. We’re impatient with them and expect them to be patient with us in our faults and failings. I’m so glad that He’s not a demanding Savior in the sense that He demands it from us. What He longs for us is just to come with an honest open heart, as broken as we are and say, Lord, I am trusting wholly in the cross and what You have done for me. You can go on and on with this.

I just wanted to read something that is a familiar scripture from Psalm 51, because David really screwed up, didn’t he? Here was this man after God’s own heart. Somehow, there was a period of his life when he drifted and he got spiritually insensitive and he fell into a pretty gross sin, didn’t he? He committed adultery with a woman, basically arranged for the husband’s death, married her and they had a child. And all of this period of time he had no clue what he had really done and how God saw it. I’ll tell you, that’s the fruit of not living in His presence, not really walking with Him, becoming careless.

But when the Lord shined the light, this is where you see a man after God’s own heart. It wasn’t somebody who made excuses. It wasn’t somebody who tried to point the finger at somebody else and say it’s their fault. He just opened his heart. He bared his heart to the Lord, and he said, “Have mercy on me, oh God, according your unfailing love.” (NIV).

Isn’t that an awesome thing to be able to look to that as a source of our hope? Lord, I know You can’t look at me and have mercy because of some great thing You see in me. It’s because it’s Your character. It’s Your nature to love.

“According to your great compassion blot out my transgressions. Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin. For I know my transgressions, and my sin is always before me.” You sense the heart of someone whose is just open to God. He’s not trying to hide, not trying to cover up, not trying to do anything except, Lord, this is the way it is. This is it.

“Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight, so that you are proved right when you speak and justified when you judge. Surely I was sinful at birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me. Surely you desire truth in the inner parts; you teach me wisdom in the inmost place.”

I mean think of the…think of this man who had walked with God. This was not just some sort of something he learned in a lecture or in a sermon. This was something that he had walked out for years! He knew that he had a relationship with God where God could talk to him!

Does God ever talk to you? Does He ever speak in a way where you know there’s wisdom that’s come into your mind in a situation where you’re really looking to Him? It might be just a scripture. But God actually breathes something of His heart into you and there’s knowledge, there’s wisdom, there’s understanding that comes into you about something that you’re going through.

David had experienced this. And he expresses, Lord, You want truth in the inner parts. Part of that is not just a knowledge of what’s truth in that sense. This is, You want me to be authentic. You want me to be real down here where I’m not pretending to be something that I’m not really down in my heart. You want me to be a server of You all the way through my being. Praise God!

“Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.” He saw the power of God to forgive. Thank God. “Let me hear joy and gladness; let the bones you have crushed rejoice. Hide your face from my sins and blot out all my iniquity. Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.”

That’s an awesome prayer that we have the right to pray every single day. But, isn’t it predicated on all that’s gone before? Where there’s just an utter honesty about ourselves and the real need? We are not pretending. We’re just saying, Lord, I’m exactly what you say I am, but I understand, even in that moment where I see the worst that there is about me, I know You love me. All I have to do is look at the cross and I understand that You love me and that You’ve loved me from the foundation of the world. I can bring…I ‘can’ come just as I am.

“Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me. Then I will teach transgressors your ways, and sinners will turn back to you. Save me from bloodguilt, O God, the God who saves me, and my tongue will sing of your righteousness. O Lord, open my lips, and my mouth will declare your praise.”

Interesting how he expresses that. Lord, You open my lips. Here there’s a sense that everything I need has to come from Him! Do you see that in that expression? Lord, You act and I’m going to be in the position of one who responds to Your acting. You open my lips and I will declare Your praise.

“You do not delight in sacrifice, or I would bring it; you do not take pleasure in burnt offerings. The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.”

You can go on and read all…I mean David walked with God. When he was upset he could talk to God about it and God didn’t get mad at him. But even in those times when he expressed his emotions honestly before God, there was still a sense of, God, I’m not mad at You. God, I love You. I trust You. The overriding condition of his heart was one of trust. Lord, I know who You are. I know You love me. I know You’re for me, even though I have all these needs. Lord, I am trusting in You. Lord, You see me. You see everything about me. Search me. Help me.

I don’t know how else to express it. I just sense God’s heart toward His people and I know He sees how much everyone of us has hidden struggles, things that He’s trying to set us free from. He longs for us to walk with Him and learn from Him. And He longs for us to hand the key to our secret place to Him and say, God, I’m not gonna hide. I’m not gonna pretend. I need You to look inside the darkest corners of my heart and help me.

Help me to be honest. Help me to repent where I need to repent. Help me to trust where I need to trust. Strengthen my will to want to do Your will. Help me with every area because, all of it has got to come from the power of your salvation. Lord, it’s Your life that’s gonna transform me. It’s not me. It’s not my efforts.

But, God, I don’t want to hide anymore. I want to go through my life and I want to say, Lord, teach me Your ways. I want to feel Your heart and I want to see through Your eyes. Help me, Lord. Help me, Lord.