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TV Broadcast #1261

His Power at Work Within Us
Part One

December 4, 2016

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Transcript of message from TV Broadcast 1261 -- taken from Closed Captioning Text

— Brother Phil Enlow: Praise God for the hope that He’s called us to! You know, I have not been able to get off of my mind some of the things, or at least truth related to the things we talked about on Wednesday evening. And, it comes from the book of Ephesians principally, and it’s a very familiar scripture in verse 20. So this would be a good way to sort of summarize what I believe the Lord wants to tell me and to tell all of us.

“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….” (NIV). And the phrase, I guess, is just a little bit of condensation of that…’his power at work within us’ is something that I believe that God wants to make real. I’ll tell you, it’s just continually come to me. I’ll be sitting in my office and thinking about it, and then I’ll suddenly realize, His power is at work in me.

( congregational amens ).

I’m not on my own here. I don’t have to muddle through. I don’t have to strive and struggle. I can rest in something that He has set in motion, that He is doing. Praise God!

And so, it’s worthwhile just stopping to consider something about that power, because you think about the almightiness of God. It’s like a doctrine of the church. He’s omnipotent. Well, okay, what does that mean? Again, do we just sit back and say, wow, isn’t that great? But His omnipotence is absolutely engaged in us becoming a part.

But you look at the power that there is in God. And you look at Someone, as we’ve said many times, who can “sneeze” and produce a galaxy, just to put it in kind of a crude way. I mean, you think of the immensity of the universe that the scientists…they amaze us with the dimensions of it. I mean, this is an awesome God!

( congregational amens ).

This is a God who has all power, is all power! But you think about how He has dealt with His people over the generations. Sometimes it’s a matter of really displaying great power against heathen rulers like Egypt. I mean, He just brought Egypt to utter ruin. And for Him…you think about Someone who can create the universe…what’s the big deal about stirring up a little bit of trouble in Egypt?

Or, when they’re getting ready to cross the Red Sea, to open it up. I mean, it describes it poetically as the blast of His nostrils. But however He did it, He made the water stand up in heaps so they could walk in between. And then when the time was right, He let it go. And everybody in the world knew about Israel’s God. God demonstrated His power. But remember that every time God demonstrates His power, the message to us is not, ‘wow.’ The message to us is, ‘that is the power that is at work in us.’

( congregational amens ).

That changes everything! That changes everything! Praise God! It’s the same power that took them through the wilderness. It’s the same power that shook Mt. Sinai to where the people were just terrified at the sight. I mean, for God to shake a mountain, big deal.

But oh, it’s the same God that took Moses and took a man who was the meekest man in all the world at the time God called him. He had lost all of whatever he had in Egypt. All he wanted to do was hang out with the sheep, and didn’t even want to be the one to speak. And God finally sent Aaron to be his spokesman…but took him and made him the mightiest prophet of the Old Testament.

And you know, God is not looking for us and our qualifications, He’s looking for people who will simply be His! It’s not about us! Oh, what a rest that begins to bring when it begins to dawn on us, the reality of what He’s given us in His Son, and the power that He’s put within us.

But you go on and you see that power demonstrated in the scriptures. You know, the heathen emperor Nebuchadnezzar tried so many different ways to persecute God’s people. He threw some guys in the fiery furnace. Did that bother God? Did He have an emergency session in heaven and say, what are we gonna do about this? No!

( laughing ).

He sent His Son down to walk around with them and made them immune to it…the same fire that killed a bunch of the people that threw them in. And oh, that emperor had to sing a different tune, didn’t he? And boy, when God got through with him, what was His testimony to the whole world, by the way?

( congregational response ).

God rules in heaven…rules on earth and among the armies of heaven and no one can tell Him what to do or stop Him from doing it, to paraphrase. Nobody can mess with Him. He’s gonna do what He’s gonna do. Everybody heard about that God.

And you go all the way through and you see the amazing power of God that enabled His people, amazing things…David to kill Goliath, and on and on, the victories that were won through Gideon earlier, with 300 people. I mean, over and over again, you see God’s power demonstrated in saving Jonah and all that.

But you know, the thing that amazes me is when you start looking at the demonstrations of power in the life of Jesus. And it’s not just that He performed miracles and raised the dead. You know, the emphases in the scripture are not upon those things, is it?

( congregational response ).

That’s not the heart. What God was doing by doing things that we would count as miracles, they were meant to be a witness to His saving power…His power to save people, not just from the problems of this life, which He certainly can do, but also to fix something that is unfixable by us and call a people out and be able make us ready for Him.

( congregational amens ).

That’s what it’s about. That’s what the Gospel is about. Praise God! But you know, I had this picture in my mind and I don’t even know how to picture this. But the gentleness, the ability of God to deal with creatures as fragile, as small, as weak as we are, and to do it with such patience, such tenderness, such…what other adjectives are there? It’s just amazing.

You think of Goliath trying to help a butterfly. I mean, that would be a pretty poor illustration…talk about God trying to help us. That butterfly is kind of fragile. And you know, for God to actually take all of that into account and deal with our hearts with such gentleness…you see Him reaching out to fallen sinners.

And He didn’t have to rail on them about their sins. All they had to do was come into His presence and they knew—they knew. The life…the scripture tells us, the life that was in Him was the Light of men. When you’ve got that life, you don’t have to rail on sin. There’s a time to talk about it, but you understand what I’m saying?

It’s like Isaiah went into God’s presence, and that’s all it took. He didn’t have to get a lecture on sin and the human condition. All he had to do was have an encounter with God! And he knew! I’m not like Him! Oh, the light that’s shining in here that’s showing me things I don’t want to see! What’s He gonna do with me?

And you can imagine the feelings people had when they encountered Him. And yet, the incredible miracle is that whenever they encountered Him, they encountered His mercy, His love.

( congregational amens ).

Not His, ‘what’s the matter with you? Why don’t you straighten up and fly right?’ Oh, He just reached down. He knew that they were sinners caught by the power of sin and had no power to help themselves! And He reached down with such tenderness that they were drawn to Him. Little children were drawn to His love. See, God mixes His power with His grace and His love. And He gives it to us freely. Oh, praise God!

( congregational amens ).

And then He demonstrated His power, certainly with Lazarus. I mean, you think about how God set up all the events leading to His crucifixion. This was right before that. The authorities were already trying to figure out, what are we gonna do with this guy? He’s messing with our religion here. And so, they’re already plotting and planning.

And then He goes out and He deliberately waits until His good friend is dead and buried for four days! Now nobody can argue that he simply swooned and then revived. This guy’s dead. This is a totally ridiculous situation. Only God could fix this! And He did, didn’t He?

( congregational response ).

He demonstrated that in Him was Life, that those who put their trust in Him, He was the resurrection—He was the resurrection and the life! Those who put their trust in Him would live forever. Praise God! And so, He had a way of performing a miracle to demonstrate something else!

You remember how He did that with the one who was lowered through the roof? What was the logic going on there? He says, your sins be forgiven you. And they’re sitting there saying, what’s the deal here? Who in the world has authority to forgive sins? But God only! And so Jesus took this opportunity and said, which is harder…to forgive sins or to say, rise up and walk? Silence. They knew that both took a divine miracle. He said, I’m gonna prove to you that I have the power to forgive sins, by telling him he can walk. Praise God!

( congregational praise ).

I’ll prove it to you! Jesus demonstrated…God demonstrated through His Son, and everything that His Son did, the Father was the One doing it in Him! It wasn’t Jesus, the man, doing it! It was the Father who lived in Him who was doing His work!

Doesn’t that put a whole new dimension on ‘body life’? He’s not calling us to pool our talents and build Him a church. That’s His job! He’s looking for vessels who will simply empty themselves out and be filled with Him, through whom He can work!

I want to be one of those! And I’m utterly unfit in myself—utterly unfit! But I’ll tell you, His power that works in us is able to do what needs to be done in His church and among His people! And I cannot get away from that thought. I thank God because it’s His thought. I don’t believe it’s mine! Praise God!

But you think about what that power…of course, you go on and that’s what Paul was dealing with in chapter 1 that we talked about Wednesday night, was the fact of the resurrection demonstrating the power that’s at work in us. Here He is, the Son of God, the Devil has seemingly won! He thought he did! He got Him on that cross and tortured Him while he was in the process, not realizing he was engineering his own defeat, because our sins went with Him into that grave! Praise God!

( congregational praise ).

They’re gone! They’re gone forever because He took them upon Himself! Praise God! But then He went in the grave and even His followers thought it was all over…didn’t know what was going on.

But then we see the greatest demonstration of God’s power, much greater than the first creation, was the bringing forth of His Son. Don’t you know that every devil in hell…they had their arms linked, as it were, to stop that. And when He came…He didn’t need the angel to roll the stone away to get Him out of there. The life He had was something that could go right through all that. It wasn’t subject to any of that limitation. And yet, He could eat fish! I mean this was a real…this is something that’s coming for God’s people. He’s just the firstfruits. But God demonstrated what He had in mind with what He did with His Son! He brought Him forth!

And He didn’t stop there! He set Him on a throne, gave Him a position above every name! Paul says later that every knee’s gonna bow, exactly what we were singing…some of the songs we sang this morning were just right in line with what God is doing! God wants you, Christian, today, and me, to understand the power that is at work in us! That’s it!

How many times do you feel weak? And in the process of growing up, we’ve got to see…many times, we’ve got to come face to face with what we are. And the further you go, the more you know, it’s not pretty. It’s really ugly in here. And oh, we shy away from it. But for Him to be able to shine a light deep in here, and at the same time reassure us that He loves us, that He knows about it, that He is not looking for us to fix it.

What He’s longing for is for us to stretch forth our hand and say, oh God, I trust in You. I believe, I believe in You! It’s not just that the power is an ‘it.’ He expresses it that way, but it’s really ‘God’ in us, Christ in us, he says in another place, he puts it that way.

Oh, I’ll tell you what, I don’t know…I want to…I sense it in a deeper way than I have and I don’t even know how to put it into words. I just pray that God will take this and reveal it, because you’ve got to see it! It’s not something I can explain to your mind. God’s got to penetrate our hearts to the point where we understand what we have going for us! God has put within you a power that no devil in hell can stop, that is at work! Praise God!

You know, I was thinking about this in relation to different aspects of people that may hear this. And there are people who will hear this and it will be foolishness to them. They won’t get it. They won’t understand. It may sound like wonderful, pie-in-the-sky stuff. But you know, when you think about God’s power that’s necessary for our salvation, it’s needful for us to look at what He’s dealing with.

And you look at some of the passages right in the middle of all this context. You look at the beginning of chapter 2. How many times have we looked at this…but see it! “As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins….” That’s a pretty hopeless situation. He just doesn’t say, you were guilty of this and guilty of that. You were dead!

Your relationship with me was such that I could be sitting right next to you and you would be completely insensitive to it! Your entire life-consciousness would be tuned in to your earthly lusts and desires! That’s all you would be thinking about or concerned about! You were not concerned about Me! If I had never invaded you life, you would never have thought about me, never have come to me! You would be without hope!

( congregational amens ).

Nothing! There’s not a person here who could stand before God and say, I’m here because God saw something in me!

( congregational response ).

Yeah! We are all cut from the same cloth. We have nothing, zero, to bring to the table! Salvation has got to be a miracle that God performs! It’s got to be something where He breathes some kind of a God-consciousness into us! He invades that! He has got to challenge you!

I’m gonna say this! There are people here who need this! And my prayer is that God will break down your defenses and cause you to realize that this is not just doctrine, this is eternal stuff here we’re talking about. God is real! You were dead in your transgressions and sins! Your very nature is bent against the nature of God!

“…In which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient.” It’s not just people who are sort of ignorantly walking around. There is a kingdom! That kingdom is in rebellion against the God of Heaven! It is devoted to blinding the minds of men so that they are unable to see the glory of God. It takes a divine miracle to penetrate that darkness. Praise God! Folks, if you are here today and Christ is in you…praise God!

( congregational praise ).

God reached out, God imparted to you everything you needed to come to Him and to lay down at His feet and to give Him your life! But oh, if there’s one here who doesn’t know this Savior, God help you to humble yourself and cry out until you know Him—until you know Him!

Because if this is what defines your life, you and your earthly desires…I know what I want, I want that…I’ll take a little of Jesus, as long as I can follow that. No! When Jesus comes into a heart and into a life, He turns your life in another direction! You’ve still got the old nature to contend with, but there is a transformation! There is a new life! It’s not God on the outside telling you what to do! He comes in!

( congregational amens ).

And He comes in to stay and to live and to rule. He is resident Lord, or He is not Lord at all. Someone quoted that today as a saying. He’s Lord ‘of’ all or not Lord ‘at’ all. And, when I was growing up, we sang a chorus. That was exactly the chorus. “Lord of all, Lord of all, Christ must be Lord of all. Lord of all or not Lord at all, Christ must be Lord of all.” Praise God! It brings back memories…way, way back.

( laughter ).

But praise God! This is the truth! And he goes on, and he says, “…Following its desires and thoughts.” All of us! Now this is what’s interesting to me, when I stop and consider who’s writing this, because Paul was, again, we’ve said many times, probably the most religious guy on the planet, completely devoted to his own sense of righteousness, through his own efforts, and goodness, and through the law and all of that…the religion of the Pharisees. This is Paul writing.

And he includes himself by saying, all of us. “All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our sinful nature.” Well, Paul gratified the cravings of his sinful nature by being self-righteous.

( congregational amens ).

There is no higher form of sin than self-righteousness, because it exalts itself against God and says, God, You’re wrong! I can be right without You! You can’t!

( congregational amens ).

We need Him—100 percent Him! There’s no other answer but Christ! “…Following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature objects of wrath.” Listen to what he says over in chapter 1. We’ve referred to some of this. Because Paul is talking now to believers, and he’s going back. He’s already laid out the big picture, but now he’s saying, here’s how you became a part of this.

‘Cause there has to come a time when we as individuals enter in. It just doesn’t sort of happen! There has to come a time when you and I are literally brought into the Kingdom of God, into His purpose! We’re delivered, as Paul said in Colossians, “…from the power of darkness…into the kingdom of his dear Son.” (KJV).

Has that happened? Has that happened in your life, or are you just coming and practicing ‘Bible Tabernacle religion’? You need Him.

( congregational amens ).

There’s got to come a time when you surrender your heart and He literally comes in and you’re born of His Life!