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TV Broadcast #1245

Participating in His Purpose

August 14, 2016

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Transcript of message from TV Broadcast 1245 -- taken from Closed Captioning Text

— Brother Phil Enlow: The church in America, what there is of it that’s real, has gone to sleep! And there’s a cry going out. The bridegroom is coming! Wake up! I’m not done with what I’m doing in the earth, but My purpose and My plan is not for you to sit there, slumber through life while I magically do everything! I want to involve you! You are participants in My plan!

( congregational amens ).

So you see, you follow this Book through and you will see how Paul develops this. There’s so much to this, I have to skate over the surface, in a sense. He talks about how we came out of being dead in sins and completely engulfed in a world ruled by devils, but how God, because of Christ, lifted us up. Not just up, but all the way to a throne, a place of blessing, a place of power, a place of authority!

Do you see yourselves as in a place of authority, today? That takes a revelation, because we don’t feel like it. It doesn’t look like it. But I’ll tell you, you get in a situation like Michael experienced last night and you realize, yeah, it’s a battle. It’s a real battle. But we do, in Christ, have the upper hand! We operate from a position of power and strength and ability that comes from heaven! So long as we don’t put our faith in that, we just react with fear and all of those things, we’ll sit there and be ‘oh, poor me,’ when Jesus has won it all. So, Paul continues to encourage. He talks about all the awesome provision of Christ that we talk about so many times in chapter 3.

“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.” (NIV).

Then he begins to unfold our participation. That’s where he goes into the operation of the Body of Christ, the fact that we do share a life. We are inter-related…that the growing up into Him in all things has everything to do with life coming from you, to him, to her, to everybody else. There’s Life that I have because I’m connected with Him! He has empowered me with the means of helping somebody else, Life flowing through! Every member of the body of Christ participates in that process—every single one!

So we grow up and, of course, he gets into a personal part, because we can’t just sort of live in sin and expect to participate in this. God means for that transformation to begin in us, and so he exhorts people to put their trust in Him, to rise up and to take hold of the new Life! That’s part of the process, obviously, that we are children of light because He’s made us that way, and we need to learn to live that way. So he has a whole section that he gets into on that truth.

Chapter 5, verse 8, “For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light.” I’ll tell you, there’s a…if we could ever wrap our brains around the fact that we really can do this, it would make a difference. It takes God opening the heart to say, wait a minute. Devil, I don’t have to listen to you. Flesh, I do not have to listen to you. I can trust God, and there are gonna be battles, yes, but I am the one with the upper hand—I have the upper hand here. Devil, I have power that comes from heaven that has the power to make you leave, to make you give up, and to make your hold disappear! Praise God!

I’m not gonna try to go through all of these things, but you see how he’s unfolding this. You start with the plan and the purpose of how God has brought us in, and what He’s brought us out of, and what He’s brought us to in the Body of Christ, and then we learn, how do I participate? I learn to yield to Him. I learn to live like I’m part of this.

Is your life lived in the light of God’s purpose? You see, there’s a wisdom in this world, but the wisdom of this world is geared to the lusts, the blindness of this world. This world is what it’s all about. Get all you can get. Live to please yourself. Be all you can be…all of those kinds of things.

I’ll tell you what, we need God to wash out our minds, renew them and teach us how to think, teach us how to see what this world is really about, what God is doing, so we can be part of it. God has not called anybody here to be a spectator—not the first person! I get it that you come and you listen to somebody talk! But God has not called you to be a spectator! He wants you and me and every one of us to be a participant in His purpose!

( congregational amens ).

He’s made every provision for that…the purpose, the provision and our participation. So he gets into our relationships and how we live out this life that we’ve been given. Of course, then you get down to the chapter 6, and you realize this is not lived out in a vacuum, is it? We have enemies. The enemies are real.

Verse 10 of chapter 6, “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.” Now, how can we stand?

( congregational response ).

Yeah, His power, not ours! His provision, so that we can take our stand, you see? The “…full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.”

You know, I appreciate so much the emphasis in this movie about what the real battle is, because, it presents a couple that are battling. One of them had to come to a realization that her battle was not against her husband. She had to be wakened up to the reality that she had to fight her real enemy and you don’t fight him by fighting him, fighting her husband. You get in the closet and you do battle with him! And you let God do what only God can do! Boy, just about every couple that gets married goes to work on one another in some way or other. I was expecting this and you’re not that, you know. God, deliver us!

God, help us to realize the supernatural characteristic of the Kingdom of God! Jesus said, “I will build my church.” That gets right down to the nitty-gritty of your life and mine. It’s His job to do it, but He does call for our participation! We participate by praying, by cooperating in our own spirits!

That was another emphasis that I really appreciated that the main character, one of the main characters in this movie had to first realize her own need. She had to repent from trying to fix the situation, saying Lord, I give up. Lord, I’m yours. I surrender. I’m gonna do it your way. Lord, I know that this is something you only can do. Oh, if we understood what salvation is about, we’d know that it is a supernatural work of God!

( congregational amens ).

I realize people have been saved by all kinds of soul winning efforts that have employed formulas, and they have been saved in spite of it, because God was at work with the heart! But you cannot produce a formula that will produce a Christian! It is a work of God from somebody, concerning somebody that God has foreseen from the beginning of the world.

( congregational amens ).

He institutes the means to confront their hearts and turn their hearts to faith, and it takes a supernatural work of God in the heart. The things that you and I see, the needs that we experience in ourselves, the needs we see in others, God is the only one that can fix them! And He can!

( congregational amens ).

But He wants us to learn how to be participants in what He is doing in the world. So, first of all, of course, it says, “Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness…” Man, I need the righteousness that I didn’t provide. God provided one. I could never do it. I need to believe in it and trust in it with all of my heart. Praise God!

“…The breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace.” I have taken my stand in a place and I have peace with God. “In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.” I’ll tell you sometimes we…I’m not so sure…we listen and we reason with the devil, and he talks and he presses, and our faith kind of just…

( gasping ).

God says, wait a minute. My truth does not change because of the devil’s reasonings and his lies. My truth is the truth! You take your stand upon it whether you feel it, whether you see it! God honors faith in His promises and His Word. Praise God!

“…The shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.” Now isn’t it interesting that he brings this in. “And pray in the Spirit…” Now where does the energy come from?

( congregational response ).

This isn’t saying prayers. This is a real spiritual activity. This is something that heaven energizes so that it goes out and accomplishes something eternal. Anybody here need to learn a little bit about that?

( congregational response ).

Yeah. I sure do. But I sense God is longing to teach us how to participate in things that are eternal that He longs to do. There are things that we can’t even believe He can do, that He can do if people will, if we will just rise up and step into what He’s talking about.

“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.” Do you see the place of prayer in all of this? Yeah, I cooperate. I learn. I do all these things, but when it comes to accomplishing something, I’m gonna pray. I remember listening to…praise God, my brain went dead, as well as I know him, a well known minister on TV.

( congregation inaudible ).

Thank you. Charles Stanley. Don’t get old.

( laughter ).

I’ve had the pleasure of meeting him several times. But he spoke at the convention that we went to several years ago, and the theme of his message, I need to go back to. There was something he learned throughout his life that whenever there was a spiritual battle going on, what he needed to do was not to go confront the situation, it was to go into his closet and fight the battle in the closet. Many times there were things going on in the church, there were controversies, there was something going on and he would just go in and prostrate himself before the Lord and pray and pray, and he’d come out and God had worked.

That’s too simple. I want to fix it. But there’s a truth in that. I’ll tell you, it’s something that I wish I had learned better when I preached it, but I remember, years ago, that the Lord gave me a message called “God’s Firemen.” Anybody remember that? You know, the illustration of a fireman, when you break it down what a fireman does…it’s kind of a simple thing. He’s got a fire over there and he’s got a source of water over here. His job is to connect the two.

Now he can wave his hose around and it won’t do a bit of good. It might look real impressive, but unless he is connected to a source of water under pressure, it isn’t going to accomplish anything. But even if he’s connected to that, and he’s just waving it around, that isn’t going to do anything either. You see, what needs to happen is to be connected to that source and then to take that hose and put it where it needs to be.

This is, I believe, as much as anything the Lord wants to emphasize today. This is how we participate. Yes, I believe God needs to give us a deeper revelation of His purpose and His provision so that we will understand our place in the scheme of things. We will know that we are up here, not down there.

But also, that we have the privilege of getting to know Him in a way where He can show us a need and we can learn, instead of trying to fix it, to go into the closet and be specific and say, God, I am standing in faith. God, You are the only one that can deal with this situation. You are the only one that can deal with the heart! And God, I am bringing this to the Throne, in faith that, because I know that this has got to be Your work!

That’s my place! That’s how I participate! There are needs that need to be met. There are devils that need to be driven off! You know, Jesus talked about…when He said He was gonna build His Church, what else did He say? “…The gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” (KJV). The gates of hell represent Satan’s attempts, whatever he erects to keep his prisoners in. I don’t have the power to breach that! But Jesus Christ is Head over everything to the church!

( congregational amens ).

We have the privilege of going to the very throne room of heaven and seeing God take divine life and divine influence! This is how He has ordained to do it! He’s ordained that we participate in this. He’s not gonna do this without us. He’s gonna raise up those through whom he can dispense His Life. We become channels just like the hose, or the fireman. We become channels of life that comes from heaven and goes to a situation that only God can fix. Do you see what God is trying to say through all of this? Where is he going with this?

Let me just bring in a Scripture that will relate this. In 1st Corinthians 15, one we’ve heard before. Paul talks about the end, the consummation, when He’s gonna bring everything under the headship of Christ. So, Paul talks about…there’s a lot in there, I’m gonna cherry pick right in the middle. But he talks about the consummation when everybody is gonna be raised in Him.

It says, “Then the end will come….” (NIV). When He comes, those who belong to Him, that’s the transformation, that’s when our bodies will be redeemed, that’s when everything will be transformed in a moment. It says that later in this passage. “Then the end will come, when he hands over the kingdom to God the Father after he has destroyed all dominion, authority and power. For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet.”

Now do you see what the picture is between the cross, when he declared it was finished, and the resurrection, and this consummation that he talks about? He’s reigning—He’s reigning. There is authority being dispensed from heaven to accomplish this eternal purpose. But yet, God wants to dispense that power through people who will join with His purpose and become so united with it that He can dispense what happens through them.

It’s a lot to wrap our mind around, but there’s a simplicity that I pray God will make real. Only God can make this real to our hearts. “For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet.” Obviously, he’s talking about now. This is the world we live in! He’s got enemies! But, remember the things that Brother Thomas used to preach. This is a reality.

What does it mean for the enemies to be put under His feet? Are they not already there? In one sense they are. But since he has become connected to a Body, of which we are a part, until all those enemies are under our feet. Do you see what’s happening? God is longing for the victory that was won on behalf of the Head — it’s in Him — the life is in Him — to begin to flow, more fully, down into the Body so that we can step into, in a practical sense, the victories that He has won.

Not only that, we can become channels of life to see victories in other people. God longs for us to understand the power, and that we have the privilege of exercising…receiving it, benefiting from it and exercising it. Only God can make this real. I just pray that He will. He has put everything under His feet.

See, that’s…well, let me back up. I’m in verse 26, for anyone trying to follow, chapter 15. “The last enemy to be destroyed is death.” When is death destroyed? When he comes. Boy, that makes your eschatology about the way this world ends really simple. He reigns from the cross until He comes. When he comes, it’s over! The last enemy is destroyed. There’s nothing after that.

Now when he says, “For he has put everything under his feet. Now when it says that everything has been put under him, it is clear that this does not include God himself, who put everything under Christ. When he has done this, then the Son himself will be made subject to him who put everything under him, so that God may be all in all.”

( congregational amens ).

So, do you see kind of where we’re at? History is winding down to a close. God is longing to wake up His people to realize what is happening, to realize that His purpose is still being unfolded in our lives, in the lives of others, and He longs for us to understand His purpose in a greater measure, to understand His provision for you and for me and for people we’re concerned about in a greater way. But not just to sit there and say, oh God, somehow, someway. Lord, help me to be a participant in absolutely dispensing the power of heaven to change lives. Do you believe we have that power, that place in Him? Do you believe He can teach us?

( congregational response ).

I mean…yeah , I’m not there either. But, I believe with all my heart, God can take people just like us and teach us how to be participants in the eternal purpose of God. I’ll tell you, we’re gonna stand there on that day and we’re gonna know that all the power, all the virtue came from heaven. All that qualified us to be part of that came from heaven. We just surrendered and trusted in His provision.

But oh, what a privilege it is! Not just to sit there and say, oh God, I admire You, look at what You’re doing, but to say, I have the privilege of being a part of it. God wants to minister to the situation. He wants me to become a channel to make a difference in that. I can go into a closet or wherever, and I can bring that request to Him in faith and I can stand in faith and I can see God work, to do things I could never begin to do.

As I say, I feel, in one sense, my weakness and my inability to even begin to wrap my own mind around this, but I know it’s real. I sense what God is trying to say. I just pray that God will help us. To the extent you and I don’t understand, let’s cry out and say, God, I want the revelation. I want You to open my understanding.

Paul prayed that for those people. I can pray that for me, too, but I can pray that for every one I sit around, everyone I’m part of the Body of Christ with. I can pray, God, open our eyes to see what God is doing, what He’s given us and what our place is. And I’ll tell you, we can be an active participant in the Kingdom of God in ways that we have not dreamed. Do you think this is real?

( congregational response ).

You think we need Him to help us to get there? Yeah. No question about it. We need Him. But I’ll tell you, He is, “…the author and finisher of our faith.” (KJV). This didn’t start…God is not Indiana Jones trying to make it up as He goes along. This plan was conceived, provided for and made certain before He ever created the world. He just allows us to be a part of it because, that’s the thing that gives Him the most pleasure. To take people like us and make sons and daughters of His to enjoy eternity with Him. Praise God!

( congregational amens ).

Do you want to live for something else? Go for it. You’re not gonna like the end. But I’ll tell you, you give your heart to Him, you’re going to have battles here, but it’ll be worth it all when we see Jesus. Praise God!