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TV Broadcast #1264

God, Creating a New Life
Conclusion

December 25, 2016

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Transcript of message from TV Broadcast 1264 -- taken from Closed Captioning Text

— Brother Phil Endow: Oh, I’ll tell you what, you and I do not have the power to believe. We are dependent upon a God to draw near, to speak by His Spirit to our hearts to convict us of our need. And when He does, and when He’s near, we can come. There is the ability to respond, because He will give you His faith.

What does the Word say in Romans…praise God, it’s chapter 10, I think. Let me look over there, because I want to read it. Romans chapter 10. I just thought of this scripture. I want to get it right. Because Paul is talking there about the Gospel and about who hears it.

He says, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” (NIV). In verse 13, he talks about the need for preachers that are sent of God to be able to convey that. But down in verse 17, he says, “Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word of Christ.”

Now, let’s relate that to what we’ve been talking about. God is in the business of creating a new creation. He longs for you to participate in that. And so He speaks into your heart a Word that has creative power in it. And for a heart that will surrender and just yield to that Word, faith will be created where there was no faith before.

Do you see the creative side of it? God is creating something in you that did not exist before that. Just let that sink in, because there are hearts that God longs to share His life with and His peace. But oh, you’re gonna have to hear His voice when He speaks. You’re gonna have to hear it—you’re gonna have to hear it.

I tell you what, we’re talking about the Word being living and powerful. How about Hebrews chapter 4, again later on in the chapter? He’s talking about, “For the word of God is living and active.” Again, you’ve got ‘Word’ that has energy in it.

( congregational amens ).

You’ve got ‘Word’ that is not just concepts, not just theology to educate your heads. This is ‘Word’ that has living power! And what does that power do? It penetrates! It goes where nothing else can go. It’s, “Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account.”

But oh, it takes His Word penetrating deep into our hearts. There’s power there. It’s God absolutely reaching into our hearts. And the thing is, we are not inanimate objects that He just simply makes something out of, or creates and then, fashions. We are created in His image. We likewise have a mind. We have emotions. We have a will.

We have creative intelligence. You look at what scientists and others have been able to create and be able to dream up things that never were, and bring them into reality. There’s a reflection. Even in a broken world, there’s a reflection of our Creator in that.

( congregational amens ).

But when God is bringing us in, He is not simply creating a race of robots. He is creating a race of sons, and that’s the non-gender son, where every one, we will be in His image. We will be like Him. But for us to participate in that, there is a yielding of our will so that we will participate. There is a choice to be made in all of us.

Oh, praise God, for the power that’s released when we do it. It’s creative power! It’s God changing us! It’s God penetrating! And I’ll tell you, when God speaks, there is something that is unleashed.

You think of the call of Abraham. You think about how God told him to leave his country, leave his family. Go to a land I will show you. So there was a command. There was something that faith had to actually put legs to. And he couldn’t sit there and say, yes, Lord, I believe You, and not go. There was an obedience that that Word was meant to provoke in his heart.

But there was a promise, wasn’t there? And it was not a promise like, if you be really good, I’ll do something. This is, I’m going to do this. This is something that was totally separate from Abraham’s natural ability, and it was certainly illustrated in the birth of Isaac, wasn’t it? Because it became totally impossible with any human consideration, any human resource…what God had promised became impossible. Only God could do it. Does that not illustrate everything about salvation?

( congregational response ).

What needs do you face in your life today? The ones that you’re aware of, let’s put it that way. We’re not aware of half of what we need. But I’ll tell you, there’s enough that God makes us aware of. Do you know that what you’re thinking about and what you’re concerned about is absolutely impossible with us?

Everything that God is doing in you and me is an act of creation. It is doing something, creating something that did not exist. And all you have to do is look at the stars to see and to gain a confidence in this God who is at work in us. That’s why he says that He, “…is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us,” Well, that power is expressed into us, as it were. It’s introduced into us by Him speaking. Man, that’s why we need to have a hunger to hear His voice.

( congregational amens ).

That’s why we need to cry out as we did this morning. Lord, I need You! Lord, I need Your wisdom! I need everything! I just need You to speak to me, Lord! Because it isn’t just a general broadcast message…God wants to speak to every individual believer according to their need. Just as He was able to construct the delicacies of the butterfly’s wing, you and I have unique needs in our lives. Every one of us is a product of God’s workmanship, but what He has purposed to do in you and in me is something that He has already planned and set into motion in eternity.

And we’re trying to figure it all out. And we’re trying to make it happen, and we’re struggling. And we’re giving up, and believing that it never will happen, and all the things to which we fall so easily prey. Oh God, open our eyes to see the stream of creative power that has brought you and me! If we’re in the kingdom, God has done that!

( congregational amens ).

God planned for you! God planned for me! God knew my needs just as He knew all that was ever gonna unfold! He knew everything that was wrong with me, and He’s not counting, as I’ve said many times, on anything that belongs to this old creation! He’s replacing me with a brand-new me, and all of it is coming out of that glorious creative power that He has.

And it comes to me in little bits and pieces, doesn’t it? There’s no one experience where I can say, boom, now I’ve got it all! This is hearing His voice. This is Him speaking in a way that shines light into my heart. I can’t be one that just hides, and doesn’t want Him to look, and doesn’t want to face what I am. I have to let Him show me, because everything He shows me, He’s already planned for. He’s already created in His heart and His mind the new me, and all He’s waiting for me to do is believe His Word.

And when I believe His Word, and I yield to His Word, creative power is unleashed in me. See, we can talk about the power that is at work in me, but how? It’s as I hear and as I believe His Word, something changes down here.

I know this is a lot to take in. I can see some of the blank looks out there, but I pray that God will somehow plant something. It will give us a different way of looking at God’s Word. You know, sometimes it certainly can be from the pulpit. If there’s an anointing on words that come from here, then God has the power to take that and penetrate something that is a present need in your heart, and your heart, and your heart.

And if you will listen and you will put your trust in that Word, God will do something that will change you. It will empower you. I mean, it covers the gamut of human needs. God gave Abraham a promise to believe, didn’t He? And it was a promise that…he was tried, was he not in the unfolding of that promise? Because, to God, the time element was no issue at all. But to Abraham, 25 years of waiting!

See, when God calls us, and He gives you a promise of what you’re gonna be and what we’re gonna be, there is a faith that we have to put in the God who’s able to carry out what He said. And many times, it doesn’t look like it.

You know, we used the example, last week, I think, of Joseph. I mean, you talk about a guy that looked like it was, everything was going exactly the opposite of the way he thought it should. He had a promise that his whole family was going to bow down to him and everything went downhill from that point.

And you know, Sue reminded me of this scripture yesterday, in Psalm 105, I think it is, where he had a promise from God! But until the time came for that promise to be fulfilled, that Word tried him. Don’t you…I mean, you think about what he had to go through, and how impossible it looked. And yet, there was something in him that said, God, I’m still trusting in You. I am going to serve You!

God was preparing him! God was working in him through the very fact that he had to endure through faith and wait for God’s time and God’s way to do it. By that very process, God made him ready to step out of a prison cell, onto a throne and not screw it up.

God took Moses out into the wilderness for 40 years, stripped every natural ability out of him and brought him to a place where all he could do was stretch forth his hands and let another gird him, carry him where he did not want to go. Isn’t that what Jesus said to Peter?

( congregational response ).

Yeah. God, help us to be that kind of a people who will receive His Words of promise and find in Him the strength to endure, and to believe, and to stand fast, and to set our face like a flint, to turn away from this world and to put our confidence in the power of the same God who spoke the universe into existence! He is speaking something into existence that did not exist before!

And, I tell you, like I said with Abraham, God gave him a promise, but He gave him instruction too, didn’t He? And many times His Word will tell us things to do. And it’s not like, okay, here’s the way you earn it. No, that’s not what it is. It’s, here’s what I long to do in and through you, but I want you to exercise faith.

And again, it’s like the illustration I gave of Corrie Ten Boom’s experience of trying to find forgiveness for someone who had abused terribly the prisoners that she’d seen. But there was…it’s like, God, I can’t. Well, that was an honest confession. She watched that brutal, brutal prison guard just mercilessly abuse and kill, in some cases, poor helpless women prisoners. Oh, this wicked man. God, get him! That’s human reaction.

But she knew that wasn’t right. There was enough knowledge of God in her to know that wasn’t right. And so the only thing she could do was, God, I’m gonna stretch out my hand. You’re gonna have to do it. You’re gonna have to take over. So there was an act of faith, an act of obedience. And as soon as she did, the power of God flowed through her hands, flowed into her heart, and gave her a sense of love and forgiveness for that man.

That’s what God is looking for from us, that if we will obey what He tells us, we’re gonna find creative power unleashed in us to do things that we have not been able to imagine. We can’t stand back and say, oh God, if You’ll give me love for that person, I’ll love them. We have to respond to what He says.

I’ll tell you, God is gonna speak to every one of us. As I started to say, He speaks from here. But there’s a God who can speak to us individually, as well. I’m not talking about some spooky thing outside of the Bible or contrary to it. I’m talking about a God who said in one place in the Old Testament, He said, “…your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, This is the way; walk in it.”

If we will become hungry and sensitive and longing to hear what He wants to say, God will speak to our present needs. He will encourage you in that dark place. He will minister to you the faith that you need to do things that you cannot do in yourself! And I cannot! That’s the kind of a God that we serve! But when we do that, we are stepping into the stream of what God prepared before the world started. Phew! Does that take the pressure off of me?

( congregational response ).

God wants us to rest in His power to save us. If you’re here today, and you just can’t get rid of guilt, God’s provision is for you! If you will open your heart and cry out to Him, God can create in you a heart that is free from condemnation and guilt. Do you believe it?

( congregational amens ).

David said, and he said it right after a terrible sin of murder and adultery with Bathsheba…sometime after. But he said, “Create in me a clean, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.” (KJV).

I’ve heard many testimonies of people that have just been terrible sinners, and they came to Christ, and when they really and truly just laid it all at His feet and put their trust in Him, His peace came in. One moment they had felt the weight of their sins and their guilt, and the next moment, it was gone! It was gone! His power erased that! Because of what Jesus did, they stepped into His creative power to make them a new person, and He did!

Is there bitterness in your heart, unforgiveness? You’re struggling with sins that overcome you. I’ll tell you, we have a God whose power can be unleashed to create love where there was no love, to create forgiveness where there was no forgiveness, to create peace where there was war, to create everything that we need to be like Him! It’s His power at work in us!

It will do more than we can ask or imagine, but He does it by speaking! That’s why we need to hear His voice and just realize what’s going on. God, You’re not giving me rules to live by. You’re teaching me how to cooperate with you so the plan that You conceived back before the world was, begins to happen in me.

( congregational amens ).

Oh, praise God! I don’t know how else to put it, but I just pray that God will just somehow, somehow convey what it is that He’s doing. Because it’s not a religion, not rules to live by, it’s a new creation. You know, we sing a song, and it would be…it really fits in, at least the words. I’m not necessarily saying we sing it, but, “I see a new heaven. I see a new earth. God’s glory is filling the whole universe. Gone are the old ways. All things are new.” Then what’s the last line?

( congregational response ).

“God is creating a new life in you.” And that’s what the Christian life is all about. It’s God creating a new life. What we lack, which is everything, God has the power to impart. Abraham served a God who, “…calleth those things which be not as though they were.”

Well, they are in His power and His mind. I tell you, the universe existed in God’s mind before it existed. But when He spoke it, the power went forth, and it happened. When God speaks to us, and we open our hearts, and we receive it, it begins to happen.

And so, that’s what the Christian life is about, listening to His Word, believing it, drinking it in, realizing that He is creating in us something that could not be if He did not do it. And we become His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to enter into works that He has planned from the foundation of the world.

I know this is a lot to chew on, but I don’t know. I pray that God will make this real, because if you feel like you’re stuck…we all feel that way, don’t we sometimes? God, it’s not working. God, I can’t get it right. God, what’s going on? Lord, I just reach out to You. Your promises are real. You have given me the power to stand.

That’s one thing I mentioned to Sue last week after the service. I said you know, I never got to one area in that…talking about the power that’s working in us. What about Ephesians 6…about standing in His power, being strong in His power, “…and in the power of His might.” See, that’s where now you’re getting into the warfare and the ability to have power against the enemy. God will give us the power that we need to stand.

And I thought about one other illustration. And I think I’ve used this before, but from the life of John Bunyan who wrote Pilgrim’s Progress. He came to faith at a time when there wasn’t a lot of truth out there, and he came from a background where he struggled and struggled and struggled with condemnation. The devil would just zero in on something in his life that wasn’t right and would just condemn him to high heaven, just beating him, beating him, beating him sometimes for a week or two at a time.

And he would just struggle and try to fight it, and just didn’t have the means to fight it off. And then, one little phrase would come with a different voice to his heart and his spirit, and that one little phrase would dispel all of that. It was a Word from God.

You know, God’s not a chatter box. He doesn’t need a lot of words. He just needs words that are appropriate, that are full of life and power and that go right to the need, and if we will open our hearts and embrace them, they will change us forever!

That’s what God is looking to do in every single one of us. Oh, if we can understand it and learn to rest in it, learn to believe in His Word, learn to believe in Him, learn to see that what He’s doing, He’s creating a new life in me.

It’s going to happen, not because of me. It’s gonna happen in spite of everything that I am naturally. But it’s His purpose, and He has called to me into it. And so I rest in Him. I praise Him. One day, I’ll stand before Him, give Him all the praise and the glory for what He has done!

( congregational amens ).

He chose me before the foundation of the world, and I stand here because of His love and His mercy. Oh, I praise Him! What a God we serve who can create what didn’t exist before. What is it in you that doesn’t exist now? God has the power to build it into you and to change you and me. And He’s doing it.

And I just want to praise Him. I want to trust Him and look to Him this day, and believe His Word, believe His promises, obey His commands! Not in the energy of the flesh, but obey what He says so that the power that comes with that, just like with Corrie Ten Boom. The power comes when I obey. It flows into me. It changes me, and I’m able to be what I could not be in myself. All the praise goes to Him, doesn’t it?

( congregational response ).

Praise the Lord!