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TV Broadcast #1251

Have Faith in God

September 25, 2016

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Transcript of message from TV Broadcast 1251 -- taken from Closed Captioning Text

— Brother Phil Enlow: If we are not…if we’re not choosing to believe, folks, that’s something we need to repent of!

( congregational response ).

That’s not just an ‘oopsie.’ That is sin! “…Whatsoever is not of faith is sin.” (KJV). Folks, we can’t just come and say, oh God, I’m just weak, You’ve just got to accept me like…we need to say, God, forgive me!

( congregational amens ).

God, the problem is not out there, the problem is my heart. If I’m not trusting You and reaching out to You based on everything that I know, Lord, You’ve…we’ve got all this history of Your dealing with Your people. We’ve got all these promises and yet we linger back in unbelief because it just couldn’t apply to me! I’m just too bad. I’ve got too much wrong. My circumstances are different.

No, they’re not! If God could save Paul, or Saul the Jew, and God could save the kind of people that He saved in the scriptures, my God, He has got everything that…every reason…He’s given us every reason to trust Him, to love Him, to draw near!

And you know, sometimes you almost think, oh yeah, Jesus now, I can hang with Him. He’s…I see the kindness, I see the gentleness, I see the mercy, I see the love in Him. But God, I don’t know about Him. He’s just too big, too great, too ‘somewhere’. He’s off somewhere. You know where God was during the life of Jesus? He was everywhere, true. But, “…God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself.”

( congregational amens ).

You remember how the disciples, when Jesus was getting ready to…I guess it was shortly before the cross, wasn’t it? They were in the garden there, heading toward it. And one of them says, Lord, show us the Father. You’ve been talking about the Father all this time, show us the Father and we’ll be satisfied. I think it was Philip, as a matter of fact.

And the Lord said to Philip, Philip, have you been so long with me and you haven’t seen me? “He that hath seen me hath seen the Father.” The words that I speak, I speak not of Myself. It’s the Father that dwells in me that’s doing the work. See, they were already…they had been living with the Father! All those years! They didn’t know it! They didn’t understand! They already knew Him, because Jesus is the exact representation of His being. Do you want to know what the Father is like? Look at Jesus. That’s exactly what He’s like.

( congregational amens ).

It’s not a sentimental love now, that just…you can do as you please, you can have your own life and your own will, and I’ll just indulgently love you and that’s all right. I’ll tell you, there’s a God who’s gonna do what’s needed to deliver us from sin!

( congregational amens ).

I’ll tell you, you think about the God of wrath and the God of love? How could a God be supremely good, supremely pure, without hating what is evil and dark and destructive? How could He? We live in a world that is so murky and so full of rottenness, so full of rebellion and sin, we don’t see its effects. But He knows! He knows the destruction of the soul! And His heart…I mean, He sent His Son to the Cross to die so that people could be rescued from that horrible end! Oh, my God! I don’t want to cling to that, do you?

I’ll tell you…I thought of a scripture that’s familiar to us but there’s a certain emphasis I want to bring from Ephesians chapter 3. And Paul is exulting about the ‘eternal purpose of God,’ the ‘unsearchable riches of Christ.’ Those are phrases that come from that passage. And you know, wanting, yearning for the people to whom he was writing to really tap into that.

Anybody here need some of that this morning? Yeah! I do! There’s everything that we need in Christ! He’s given us everything! But tapping into that is the process! And a lot of times, like I say, we are trying to tap into something and yet we’ve still got a God we feel a little bit estranged from, a little bit uncomfortable in some areas of our hearts and some areas of our life.

But listen to what Paul prays. He says, verse 14, “For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom his whole family in heaven and on earth derives its name.” (NIV). Now right there you’ve got this Father, don’t you? Do you remember what David said? “Like as a father pitieth his children, so the LORD pitieth them that fear him. For he knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we are dust.” (KJV). There’s this sense of compassion for His children, not this judge that’s looking to bring down the rod on them.

“I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you…” (NIV). Now this is where I want to go with this. Listen to the theme of what He’s talking about in the next little bit. “And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.” Do you see the connection between being grounded in love?

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You know, occasionally we have sung the song, over the years, ‘I believe You really love me, I believe You really care.’ And again, this is one of these truths we affirm that we don’t always feel. And how easy is it to go by our feelings and what we see and what we…all the outward stuff. We live in this ‘sense’ realm. How easy is it for those things to intrude into this reality that God loves ‘me’! It’s easy to say, yes, God loves the world, God loves people! But God loves me…that’s a bridge too far for a lot of people.

But I believe that God longs to convince me, to reveal to me in a deeper and deeper way that He really, really does! It’s not just something I have to whistle like you’re going through the graveyard, trying to pretend you’re not scared. God wants us to be so rooted and grounded in His love for us now, in spite of what we are and what we aren’t, that we have a foundation in our lives and out of that foundation now we are free! We feel freer to begin to believe God and to tap into the things that are ours in Him!

( congregational amens ).

If we don’t have this, it’s awfully hard to do that! Does that make sense?

( congregational response ).

Oh God, help us to understand the love that drove Him to send His Son to the Cross! Only He can reveal that. It’s not something where you can just say the words and it somehow becomes real. God has to reveal to us that He really loves us! And the only way He can do it is because it’s His character and His choice.

Somehow, part of our fallen nature demands that love be deserved, earned…that we’re gonna love somebody as long as they’re what we want them to be, as long as they measure up. We’re gonna withhold that affection otherwise. And we feel like other people are gonna treat us that way and there’s this constant tension, constant uncertainty!

But oh, how easily is that translated into our spiritual lives! And God wants us to have that one relationship that we know is real and sure and steadfast, that we can trust with our souls! And I’ll tell you, when we get rooted in that, when the nourishment of our soul digs deep into that soil, we have something to stand upon! You think about other truths the Lord has made real. “…The people who know their God….” God wants a people who know Him!

(congregational amens ).

They just don’t know ‘about’ Him. They haven’t got just correct theology. They’ve got a personal, one-on-one relationship. I’m not talking about a private God. I’m talking about a personal God, because we do share among ourselves. Boy, the sharing this morning was wonderful! Praise God! I was just sitting there with my mouth open, almost, just listening to all the thoughts that I’d had just come from every source and some that I really hadn’t. It was wonderful!

And I’ll tell you, we’ve got a God who longs for you and you and you to know Him, to have a relationship where you feel like you can go to Him…you can go to Him when you’re at your worst, when you’re tired, when you feel like you’ve really failed. You’re dirty, you’re just…oh God, how do we get it backwards? We get it so backwards! I’ve got to clean myself up so I can go into His presence!

We go into His presence with a proper attitude. Oh God, I repent! I turn to You! I cry out to You for deliverance! You’re the only one who can fix what’s wrong in here! Lord, I open up to You and ask You to come in, and to just take possession of my heart!

You know, that’s a key right there. If you’ve got one of those rooms in your heart that we sometimes have sung about, ‘there’s a place in my heart where even I don’t go.’ I’ll tell you what, if we’re gonna know Him, that’s part of what keeps us from coming, ‘cause we know there are little areas of self-will, there are areas that just don’t quite want to feel comfortable, little things that we want to hang onto.

I’ll tell you what God is looking for. He’s looking for a people that will just throw open their hearts and say, God, I know it’s not pretty in here. You know it. We both know it, but oh, God, just come! I can’t even muster up the faith to pray everything I know I ought to pray! You’re gonna have to help me, Lord! Just come in. But Lord, I come as I am. I’m gonna come just as I am, Lord, into Your presence and know that You love me, that You welcome me.

( congregational amens ).

Didn’t He reveal Himself through the prophet Isaiah as a high…He dwells in a high and a lofty place? Sometimes we stop there. But I also dwell with him that’s humble and contrite. I’ll tell you, a sinner who knows they are, there’s an honesty, there’s just an, oh God, this is what it is. I come to You because I need You…. We just sang this morning. ‘I need You.’ Can you really do that and know, in the depths of your soul that you will be welcomed into His presence because He has the answer to your need? Do you see how the Devil cuts us off from the very source of our help?

( congregational response).

You see why we struggle to believe for some of these other things, because this is still not quite what it ought to be. God longs for us to make that strong! And I’ll tell you, as that becomes strong, we’re gonna be in a place where we can begin to be channels. We can begin to participate in His purpose. We’re gonna be close enough to Him to where He’s gonna be able to lay something on our heart, and minister a faith and a confidence to lay hold of that, lay claim for that, and believe it!

That’s what Jesus did! He lived a human life! He showed us how it’s done. But oh, I’ll tell you, this business of, ‘does God really love me?’ If you doubt that, I would just call upon you, in the name of…in His name, to reach out to Him and say, God, I need You to reveal this to me. I need You to help me in this area. I need You to…I just open myself up, I know, as I say, it’s not pretty in here, but I know that You have told me to come as I am so I come, just like I am.

I’m trusting in Your Word, I am having faith in You! I am putting my faith in You! I’m gonna stop putting my trust in all the negative junk that comes into my head. I’m gonna stop blaming! I’m gonna stop all this other stuff and have one voice in my head! Have faith in You. Lord, I’m putting my trust in You. Come and show me. Demonstrate to me that You love me.

And it’s not seeking a feeling now. I’m not talking about seeking an experience. A lot of times, if you do that, you’re gonna find…you’re gonna be through one of those dry places that brother was talking about. The very time…sometimes you set yourself out to do that, God’s gonna withdraw the feelings to see if you’re really are gonna walk by faith, you’re gonna really believe His Word and not depend upon how you feel or some immediate feedback to say, oh yeah, you’re on the right track.

That’s not faith. Faith is having such a confidence in the Person. And I’ll tell you, He is more than willing to come and to make Himself known to us, if we will simply respond to all that He has already done! Has He not reached out to people, to everyone here? Has He not reached out to your life?

( congregational response ).

Why would we hold back? Do we suppose that His reaching out is simply, measure up and I’ll receive you? No! It’s just, you need a Savior! Everything about you is wrong and unfit for My Kingdom, but I have done everything that’s necessary! All things that pertain, like we said the other night, to life and godliness, have been given to us through His precious promises.

Oh, I’ll tell you what, I want to be in that place that so many have testified to, where they push through all of these hurdles that the Devil throws up through our nature and our life experiences. We push through all of that and say, no, I am gonna believe God…that He is who He says He is and He’ll do what He says He’ll do.

And I’m gonna persist in that, and I’ll tell you, God makes Himself real, and the more real He becomes, the more joy there is, the more rest, the more peace! Praise God! Oh, the Devil throws so many roadblocks in there. I’ll have to give up this and that. Like ‘this or that’ is somehow more wonderful than He is. Oh God, help us! God, help me! I’ll tell you what, it’s all about God’s character, isn’t it? That’s what it really comes down to. Is He a God of love? Is He a God of faithfulness?

( congregational response ).

Yeah! Great is Thy faithfulness! This is somebody, when He declares something, ain’t no stopping! He is completely faithful! In fact, there’s one place in Timothy where it talks about our…he’s exhorted to be faithful, and it said, “If we believe not, yet he abideth faithful: he cannot deny himself.” (KJV). It’s His nature to be faithful!

He knows that we struggle in these areas. He knows that even with our best intentions, we do not have this utter consistency in our lives. That’s why He’s bringing us down the road He’s bringing us. Oh, we need the relationship in order to enter into these things. But once we have it, there is a heavenly resource that enables us to lay hold of the promises of God, and begin to partake of the very Divine nature that He’s promised.

But oh, the faithfulness that He has to stand fast on His Word! Even the guy…was it Jeremiah who wrote the Lamentations? He saw the terrible judgment that had befallen Jerusalem. And oh, it’s over and over again, this dark picture of all the terrible things that happened. In the middle of that he says, “…great is your faithfulness.” (NIV). Your mercies, “…are new every morning.”

( congregational amens ).

He knew it wasn’t because God had changed, somehow. God just got tired of them and just…no, it was an utter faithfulness to the things that He had said. And He warned them, if they were gonna be stubborn, they’re gonna be judged. And He was faithful to His Word.

But how many centuries did He put up with incredible wickedness in that nation before He judged it? Sent prophets…why do you want to die? Why won’t you listen? If you’ll just listen, I’ll bless you. This is the heart of God! This is the heart of God that reaches out to His people today, yet we draw back in fear and timidity and our little psyches here that are so fragile and so damaged and so twisted by our fallen nature that we hold back and we say, oh, that’s good but it’s not for me. It’s for you!

( congregational amens ).

It’s for everyone that can hear His voice. Oh, you think about His character, you think about His truthfulness, as part of His faithfulness. You know, you look at Hebrews chapter 6 and you will see how…the utter truthfulness of His promises. It says, we have…well, let’s go over there and look. A scripture we’ve used but, this is part of it. If we don’t really enter into this and believe it, or if we just affirm it as a doctrine, it doesn’t do us any good. Verse 13, “When God made his promise to Abraham, since there was no one greater for him to swear by, he swore by himself, saying, I will surely bless you and give you many descendants. And so after waiting…” How?

( congregational response ).

Yeah, that’s one we stumble on, isn’t it? You think, I’m believing God and nothing is happening so, must not be…how we reason. But he absolutely waited patiently. “…Abraham received what was promised. Men swear by someone greater than themselves, and the oath confirms what is said and puts an end to all argument.

Because God wanted…” God wanted! This is all coming from His heart, remember. “…God wanted to make the unchanging nature of his purpose very clear to the heirs of what was promised, he confirmed it with an oath. God did this so that, by two unchangeable things in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled to take hold of the hope offered to us may be greatly encouraged. We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure.”

Praise God! God wants His people to come to a place of trust and rest in His Person. And we’re gonna find, if we do, that a lot of the battles that we fight, we’re gonna find God fighting those battles with us. We’re gonna find a confidence. We’re gonna find Him imparting faith and strength and hope and all these things. You know, one of the other things that was said this morning, and it really is implied here is we have a God who’s not just started this thing but He’s promised to finish it, hasn’t He?

( congregational response).

“…He which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ.” (KJV). I’ll tell you, I’m so thankful that I can commit my soul, just like Paul said. “I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him…” I’ve given it to Him, given Him my life. He’s able to keep that! “…Against that day.” I’ll tell you what, we have a God who’s already told us how it’s gonna come out.

( congregational amens ).

But He wants us to experience the rest that comes from that knowledge right now. Not just to sit back and say…

( snoring ).

...He’s gonna do it all. But to say, on the ground of my relationship—my growing relationship with You, where I’m experiencing this communion. I talk to You. You impart to me wisdom. You draw my mind to scriptures. You help me to know that I’m loved in a deeper and deeper way. I learn more about Your purpose and Your Person, Your character. I’m becoming like You because I’m being around You. It’s not just somebody I’ve heard about! I’ve spent time with You and so I’m beginning to learn to know You, and now my confidence is growing and I can be…I’m more fit to be somebody You can actually use to help somebody else.

I’ll tell you, there’s something in me that hungers for this and I know it’s coming from God. I know it’s Him drawing out His people’s hearts. Let’s listen. You talk about the War Room? First thing is, we better get to know the General! We better get to know the One who’s in charge of the whole war, and come to a place of such unity with Him and such peace in His presence. I’ll tell you, you think we’re gonna be stronger? It’s not our strength. It’s not our wills, not our purpose, but we’re gonna know more about Him. We’re gonna know something that’s gonna enable us to stand in an evil day, and to be able to be used of Him. I believe with all my heart, I believe it’s His heart.

( congregational amens ).

Praise God! Praise God!

( congregational amens ).