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TV Broadcast #1262

His Power at Work Within Us
Conclusion

December 11, 2016

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Transcript of message from TV Broadcast 1262 -- taken from Closed Captioning Text

— Brother Phil Enlow: This is a commitment of my whole being to this! This is stepping off of one foundation onto another and leaving that one behind. I have made an irrevocable choice! There is no going back. I have crossed a bridge into the Kingdom of God. God has taken me over that bridge! And I am burning that bridge behind me! My face is set towards Heaven.

And my hope of getting there is 100 percent in His power that is at work within me. See, this is the thing, you can come and you can sort of participate in a sense. But, I’m gonna challenge everyone here to search your own heart. Has this happened to you? Has God ever confronted you to the point where you have surrendered?

And you have not only done that…He has borne witness? Because the Word says, “The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God.” (KJV). There has got to be something that is real, that happens to change your heart, your motivation, everything from the inside out! If that has not happened, then all you have is religion. I don’t want to be guilty of soft-pedaling this and causing people to have a false hope. You have but one hope! And this hope is Jesus!

( congregational amens ).

And what He did! God has done everything! Oh, think of the love! Think of the power, that is so carefully managed, that is so perfectly expressed to deal with our hearts without crushing us!

( congregational amens ).

You think of the mercy of a God who can look at human wickedness and not just react with wrath and anger! That’s coming! But you know why it’s coming? It’s coming because people hate Him and don’t want the truth!

( congregational amens ).

It’s because they’re confronted and then they say, no, get out of here! I want my own life…I’m gonna live the way I please! I’m gonna do it my way! And there’s going to come a time when wrath will fall!

( congregational amens ).

Oh, I’ll tell you, I just pray that God will just take these words…let them not be my words. Let them be His! God, it’s Your job—it’s Your job! You do your job, Lord!

( congregational amens ).

Break peoples’ hearts with their sins and cause them to fall before the Savior!

( congregational amens ).

And realize, I have no hope if He does not use His power to help me, ‘cause one day that same power will crush me, if I don’t! That’s the simplicity of it! God doesn’t give people a pretty-please invitation. He commands people everywhere to repent, Paul said.

( congregational amens ).

He commands it! But He does it because He loves you, because He wants you to be a part of this! So I pray for anyone who hears this. That’s the first way God uses His power…is to break through the darkness of your heart, bring you to the end of yourself and to a place where all you can do is trust Him!

But I’ll tell you, we are so good at trying to think, okay, I’m in now. And I’ve just got to somehow muddle through and not really understand that this is something…this is a power that is deposited in our hearts and it’s that power that will continue to work! That power…go back to where we started…His power that is at work within.

Does that not remove all of the burden from you? Does that mean we sit around and do nothing? No! But, I don’t even know how to express this. God help me! God’s power is at work in me! That’s an incredible thought! The moment I confront something in my heart that I see that arouses in me that sense of futility…nobody here understands that, right?

( laughter ).

Oh, could such a thing be? Oh, I know what He says, but between here and there, you know…I have no idea. Lord, I’m such a hopeless mess. I can’t do anything right. Nobody has ever experienced that, right?

( laughter ).

God’s answer to you is that, I am the One that is doing the saving! How did you come to Me in the first place? Did you not come to a place where you stopped trying? You might have gone through a period where you felt your need. But for many people, there’s a period where, I feel my need, therefore, I will try whatever I think is necessary to somehow gain acceptance with Him, like that preacher.

But how do we ever get to the place where we have that acceptance? Where we are accepted in the Beloved? We stop trying! And we realize what He’s done for us! And we simply put our faith in that and we rest upon what He’s done on the cross!

But is the Christian life different? Ok, now we got to try hard. No, it’s to come to the point where we recognize, every moment of every day…it’s not conjuring up a feeling. It’s not, I got to feel something. There has to come something that is deeper than simply my thoughts, deeper than emotions, feelings in my body, and all that stuff that people look to. It has got to come to a place where deep down, in the center of my being, I know, that I know, that I know!

( congregational amens ).

I know who He is! I know what He’s done! I know what He’s doing! Oh, I’ll tell you what, there are so many issues related to this. But, one of them, is that we are fairly patient people, aren’t we?

( laughter ).

Lord, I want patience and I want it now! And so, sometimes, we will get up a head of steam. Spiritually we’ll get excited about what God is wanting out of us. And we will just race on down the trail, in our own energy. And that doesn’t generally work very well, does it?

But you know, part of God working in us is letting Him be the One who takes the lead. God is not in a hurry! He’s not anxious! Now I mean, if He’s dealing with something…yeah, I need to respond to that. But I don’t need to say, come on, Lord, hurry up! I need to learn to rest in Him, and trust that He knows what I need. He knows when I need it. I don’t have to figure all that out! My job is to walk with Him and look to Him and submit to Him, and thank Him and rest!

And, yes, I can pray…and all those interactions are right! But I have got to come to a place where I am resting. I know that whatever I see in me now, He’s able to deal with that. He’s able to help me! It’s not keeping Him up at night…trying to figure out how He’s going to save me! The same power that created the universe and brought Jesus out of the tomb is here! I can believe in that! I can put my hope in that! Isn’t that what Paul said, our hope is Christ in me, the hope of, what?

( congregational response ).

Glory, yeah! Glory is that brightness we were talking about. I’ve got a hope of that, not because of anything I see in me…but, it’s Christ in me! What an awesome thing! What an awesome truth to be able to stand upon! Oh, my! I just pray that God will make this real! Praise God!

“…To Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to…” based upon, “…His power that is at work within us.” (NIV). There is this sense of, not just power that sits there, this is power that is at work! It’s doing something!

Now the Greek word, ‘power,’ most often in the scriptures, in the New Testament anyway…the Old Testament is Hebrew…is a word that’s related to the English words ‘dynamo’ or ‘dynamite.’ They’re taken straight from that Greek word. The one that he uses here about work, is the word from which we get our English word ‘energy.’ So, do you see the connection? You see, you’ve got a dynamo that produces actual energy, that does something. It changes things! I need changing!

( congregational amens ).

Where is that gonna come from? What source of energy will I depend upon to make those changes in my life? There is only one! There’s a dynamo God has put in here that is at work! And if I will simply ask God to help me to tune in and just walk with Him, He’s going to show me the needs in my life. He’s gonna give me the ability, and that’s where this is going, because there is a participation that we do. There is an obedience.

But where…what dynamo do I plug myself into to get the energy to obey? It better be Him! It better be His energy! And, I’ll just give you an example of a scripture, where Paul was talking about the fact that he had to deal with different kinds of circumstances, sometimes he didn’t have much, sometimes he had a lot. Sometimes having a lot is a bigger challenge spiritually. But either way, he said, I can do…

( congregational response ).

…All things through Christ who strengths me. So, now you’ve got Paul doing, but based upon, what? He doesn’t say, ‘oh, I can’t!’ How many of you say that on the inside? I just can’t! This is just the way I am!

( laughter ).

But Paul learned to say, ‘I can.’ But he was smart enough to understand, it’s not me. I’ve been there, done that. I wrote Romans 7 to tell you all about that. I tried to serve God by really gearing up my will and trying to serve Him and obey His laws. It didn’t work! I batted zero!

And then He showed me a better way! He put His life in here. And as I learned to yield to that, then there’s an energy that begins to make it possible for me to do what He wants me to do instead of what I want. So, he found the ability. I can…that’s ability! I can do…now there’s action following that ability. I can do all things! Don’t look at me that way.

( laughter ).

All things—all things! What is it that’s sitting there in your face screaming ‘this is impossible’? All things but this! What are you looking at? Are you looking back to this dynamo that He’s put here? “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheth me.” (KJV).

Now, you’ve got the dynamo in action, and now that is imparting strength to me. And I need to learn, all of us need to learn just to rest in that, to believe it, to put it into action. And I believe God is gonna do some amazing things!

You know, Paul had this ministry. And over and over again, he talks about that it was a gift of God’s grace! In fact, look back earlier in Chapter 3. He said, “I became a servant…” verse 7, “…of this gospel.” (NIV). How…because God found something in me? No! “…By the gift of God’s grace given me.” God equipped me by supernatural power, “…through the working of His power. Although I am the least of all of God’s people, this grace was given me: to preach to the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ.”

In another place he said, he talked about his ministry, and said, who is sufficient for this—who can do this? But he found His strength in the gift of God that enabled him to do it.

Look over in Colossians, chapter 2. There’s a scripture that comes back to my mind many times, because you see this played out. And I believe that what he’s talking about is ministry. But this is meant to inform every Christian about every issue that we face in our lives! It doesn’t have to be just somebody standing up here flapping their gums. That’s just one minor little aspect. This is every aspect of what the Christian life is meant to be, according to this principle.

And this is where he talks about, “…the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.” In verse 28, “We proclaim…” ‘correct doctrine’? Well, he did that. But, I’ll tell you what he proclaimed. It was Him! We just don’t want to talk about good principles and good doctrines, we want to talk about a Person. Because the answer to your need and to mine, is not just stuff, it’s a person! Praise God!

If He’s outside of you, you’ve got a major need! Because, He needs to be in here! That’s the hope of the Gospel! You’ve never entered in if He’s not in here! Christ in you, the hope of glory!

“We proclaim him, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom…” Why? “…So that we may present everyone perfect…” or complete, “…in Christ.” That’s the only completeness we’re ever gonna have.

Now, it says, “To this end I labor…” Now, here’s Paul putting forth an effort to do what he did, right? “…I labor, struggling…” How? “…With all his energy….”

Think about this. Wrap your mind around this. Put yourself in Paul’s shoes with respect to your life, whether it has to do with service in the church, or gifts that God has given you as a member of the Body of Christ, whether it’s just overcoming things in your own personal life. Whatever it is, there’s an effort we can put forth that is geared, that is tuned into the energy that comes from Him. I’m, “…struggling with all His energy, which so powerfully works in me.”

You see how that ties in with our scripture that we began with. And what is it that you face in your life that you can’t even imagine…you can’t imagine how God can fix this! You can’t even imagine that God Himself…yeah, He can create stars but He’s got too big of a job here! This need in me is just too great.

And I’ll tell you, God wants every believer here today, to know that His power, the same power that did all these other things…when we come to Christ, He puts that within us! And He wants us to learn how to reckon upon that and to live out that in our lives by just trusting in Him and surrendering! It’s gonna be a lot of surrendering because that power is gonna go to work in areas you don’t want Him messing with.

( congregational amens ).

But, God, You just go ahead and mess. I need you to mess with whatever stands in the way of Your purpose!

( congregational amens ).

I’ll tell you, God has not put His power in here, by the way, so that we can go out and conquer the world…so we can amass to ourselves earthly blessings and power and money and success. And it’s not just giving us so that we can take it and run with it and build Him a kingdom. His power is put within us so that we can be instruments of His purpose! I’ll go back to what Jesus said, it’s the Father who lives in me. Who is doing what?

( congregational response ).

He is doing His work! Is that not a prescription for Christian life? For body life? Every single member that has Christ in them, He is in you to change you, to empower you, to help you…basically, the Father wants to live through you! He wants to live through you! How else is He gonna live upon earth? He wants to so change us.

All I can do is just put this out there. I believe it’s the burden of His heart. He wants you to know that you’re not alone. He wants you to know that the things that you don’t even know how to ask…you can’t imagine, you’re discouraged, everything about it just seems like it’s going the wrong way! He wants you to know, if you’re His, His power is at work in you!

( congregational amens ).

The same power that did all that other stuff. That He is able to do things you cannot imagine. And He’s just going to keep right on working.

( congregational response ).

You know, I thought about an old Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir song, “God’s Still Working.” I’ll tell you, He’s working when I’m sitting there discouraged sometimes.

( congregational amens ).

Because, He doesn’t stop! He doesn’t give up! In fact, the scripture that we’ve quoted so many times, that kind of ties in with this just a bit, is Paul’s persuasion that He who has begun, what?

(congregational response ).

A good work! In where?

( congregational response ).

In you. What?

( congregational response ).

Will perform it! And there’s a continuance sense in the Greek that will continue to perform it, how long? Till the day of Jesus Christ! Until that day Paul was talking about, when we’re going to stand there in glory with Him. Only God can do this!

( congregational amens ).

I just want to rest in Him! I just want to agree with Him! I want to turn Him loose and say, Lord, do what’s needed in my heart. But Lord, teach us how to live out Your life! It’s not a matter of acquiring power so we can be somebody!

It’s a matter of saying, Lord, just do what You want to do. You’re all these things and I’m nothing! But you have brought me into a relationship with You. You’ve opened my eyes to see things that man cannot see with natural eyes. If you don’t see this today, cry out to God! Believers, cry out to God for people who don’t see it!

( congregational amens ).

You can explain it until you’re blue in the face and it won’t do a bit of good if God doesn’t penetrate their hearts. But I believe that God is gonna penetrate some hearts!

(congregational amens ).

Because, it’s His job! That’s what He said He’s going to do. I mean, this is His eternal purpose! God is calling out a people! Some of those people are here! Some of them will hear this later! Listen for God’s voice! Today, if you hear His voice, don’t harden your hearts! Open it! Say, Lord, come in! Take my life! Take this worthless life that’s headed for judgment! Change it! Deliver me from this, Lord! Deliver me from me, oh God! When you can pray like that, He will answer that prayer!

( congregational amens ).

His heart of love longs to hear that kind of a cry! He will hear the cry of your heart! He will change your heart, your life, your direction and you’ll never be the same!

But oh, believer, be encouraged! “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….” If that doesn’t give you rest, you need a revelation! That lifts all the burden of saving me, off of me and puts it on Him. Now, I can just rest in His hands and respond and listen and grow.

And, He knows what I need. I don’t have to worry about ‘God, when are You going to fix this?’ I can just say, Lord, here I am. You know my need. I’ll tell you, don’t we serve an awesome God?

(congregational response ).

Is His power limited? Is His ability to do any of these things limited? I want to be one that says, oh God, just do what You need to do. And do it for Your glory! Do it Your way! Do it on Your schedule. But, I believe Your promise. And I am living with the expectation, as Paul said, what I have committed to Him, He is able to keep until that day.

( congregational amens ).

All of my hope is staked upon Jesus Christ, none in me! That’s a good, safe place to be, isn’t it? Praise God!