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TV Broadcast #1273

A Call to Come Higher

February 26, 2017

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Transcript of message from TV Broadcast 1273 -- taken from Closed Captioning Text

— Brother Phil Enlow: I’ll tell you what, God’s gift to us is not rules to live by, not a religion to practice, it’s a Person to take up residence in the heart of one who humbles themselves before their need of Him and opens it up and calls upon, “…the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow…” (NIV).

( congregational amens ).

Oh, I don’t need a religion, I need Him!

( congregational amens ).

He fills every need in which I come short. It’s not an effort of rules to try to make myself different and better, and somehow improve myself. It’s Him! It’s not trying harder, it’s believing and resting more! It’s the exact opposite of what worldly wisdom would teach us. That’s why the first thing that He says there is He’s become, “…wisdom from God.”

You want to know what truth is? He has a name. His name is Jesus! I pray that God will help me and every one of us to begin to see our lives, our circumstances, our world, at every level…to begin to see it through His eyes.

You know, the first thing a sinner needs to see is themselves through God’s eyes. Because, when you really see what you are before a Holy God, then you will have nothing you can do. You will have either the choice of just blindly going on as you are, or surrendering, and saying, God, there’s nothing that I can provide for myself. I have no hope of standing before you and somehow qualifying myself to be part of your kingdom. You’re gonna have to do it!

That’s when He says, I’ve already given you a Savior. The sins that separate you from Me, He took them. The justice of God was completely satisfied! Justice says sin must be punished! There’s a law! That law was satisfied when Jesus went to the cross and took my sins upon Himself.

( congregational amens ).

That sets God free to show that mercy that’s been talked about this morning. That’s how He can be just and merciful at the same time, because Jesus stepped in and took my sin! But oh, He didn’t just take my sin, He took me! He took me!

( congregational amens ).

All that stuff, Ron, you’re looking at in the mirror, and I, oh, praise God, that died. That died back there. How do I become someone…He’s my righteousness! Because of Him, I can stand before a holy God as if I had never sinned. He, who knew no sin became sin for us, that, “…we might become the righteousness of God.”

I’ll tell you, we become a part of Him. We share everything that He has and that He is! Praise God! My hands and my feet are part of me. How ridiculous would it be for me to say that I’m a good guy and my hand is a sinner?

( laughter ).

See, that doesn’t make any sense if we understand the relationship! He has put away my sins and made me a living part of Him. That’s what the body of Christ means!

( congregational amens ).

He lives in a people by the Spirit. Praise God! It’s real, folks!

( congregational praise ).

This is His kingdom! This is His promise to us!

( congregational amens ).

Praise God! He is our righteousness, but He is our holiness! You know, one of the things that drew me to this…I was just thinking about how shallow the Gospel is preached and understood in so many places in our day. And I don’t exempt us from missing some of this. Oh, the gospel is, I need my sins forgiven so I can go to Heaven, I believe in what Jesus did for me, and I accept it. It’s kind of almost…and then, I practice a religious life-style, and then I go to Heaven one day. And that’s about all their concept of salvation is.

Oh, my God! That is so shallow. Jesus Christ is made everything to me! The whole point is He is to become my life! It’s in my place not to sort of prop up and fill in the gaps in my life. Folks, we’re nothing but gaps! There ain’t nothing to fill in…I mean, but the whole thing, you know.

( laughter ).

We’re nothing but gaps. Get real. If we see ourselves, we need Him, don’t we?

( congregational amens ).

But oh, He is my holiness! He is my redemption! We talk about receiving Him as our Savior. Now, I realize in a lot of places, that’s just become a form. God’s not even involved in it. You’ve got people making these religious decisions. And I thank God that in spite of that, He reaches those that He’s gonna reach.

But I need to receive Him as more than my righteousness. I need to receive Him as my holiness. Most translations say sanctification. It describes it more of a process than just an event. I need to receive Him as my redeemer. I mean, He is in me. He’s greater than my enemy, greater than the enemy that’s out there. But He’s greater than the enemy in here. This is the one I need to be delivered from. If I have victory over this guy, that guy can’t hurt me. Praise God!

You know, Carl mentioned the other day…I shared a message of Carter Conlon that I hope we hear. And people that have heard it are probably gonna think that I listened to it, and this came from that. But, I’ll tell you what, I believe God is speaking to His people. And I believe the message…the substance of the message is the same, that we learn how to possess our possessions.

That’s an expression from the King James, from Obadiah. It talks about the time when God’s people are gonna possess their possessions. It sounds like a contradiction! But again, it’s like the guy who has the billion dollars in the bank and eats out of the garbage can. He’s not really benefiting from what has been given, what is his! I don’t want to rejoice in a theoretical salvation. I want a real one.

( congregational amens ).

And that’s what God wants us to take, to learn how to live and to take on a daily basis. And I’m gonna share something…let’s see, I think I can get this out in a short period of time. But there’s a thought that blessed me the other day, and it’s gonna sound like scary when I talk about it in a minute or the way I talk about it, because it’s a grammar lesson. Don’t get scared.

( laughter ).

But you know, we’ve often used the scripture in Romans 6 that talks about having been baptized. We’re baptized into His death, into His resurrection. It’s all become ours. And it talks about how we need to reckon on that. So the foundation of the fact that I can lay hold of more than I have is that God has given it to me. And it’s not an ‘it.’ It’s a Person. I already have Him living in me.

The question is now I need to gain, I need to take hold of more of what I already have. So how do I do that? And over here, he uses this in one particular place about ‘counting myself dead.’

( congregational amens ).

Isn’t that our problem, Ron? We look in the mirror, and we say, hey, you’re pretty much alive there.

( laughter ).

But what are we believing? God wants to bring us to a place where we exercise faith in His Word, in His promises! And we say it’s not about what I feel! It’s not about what I think! I believe the promise of God that when Jesus died, I died. When He rose, I rose. It doesn’t mean it isn’t gonna be a fight! But it’s a fight that we have solid ground to stand upon in order to fight!

( congregational amens ).

Now here’s the grammar lesson. A verb, in grammar, is an action, isn’t it? Verbs have subjects. That’s the guide, that’s the person who does the action. There are different kinds of action. And let’s see, one of them is a continuous one. This is more like something that happens all the time. I live and breathe. I mean, those would be verbs that don’t just happen and stop, hopefully.

( laughter ).

But you understand what I’m saying. This is an ongoing condition, whereas, if I take a bat and hit a baseball, that’s an event, isn’t it? The present tense in the Greek is a continuous kind of action. It’s not something that’s just an event. It just is the way it is, ongoing.

When he says ‘reckon yourselves,’ he’s talking about a way of living. This is not, okay I’ve reckoned myself, now it’s done. Did that…been there, done that. This is a way of living, a way of thinking that he’s talking about. This is how I see myself.

And I’ll guarantee there are very few of us here, if any, who don’t have a lot of room to grow in this area because we don’t feel very dead a lot of the time. And here’s part of the secret of that. It’s not that our flesh stops wanting to have its way. But it’s more like, I become dead to that.

And if you’re waiting for your flesh to stop wanting to do wrong, you’re gonna have, you might as well just…you know, wait until you’re in a box here, because that’s when your flesh is gonna stop wanting what it wants. But I’ll tell you, because of what Jesus did, my flesh can holler all it wants, but it is no longer my master. I do not have to listen to it.

But on what ground do I do that? On the ground of trying hard and self-effort? I’ve got to look back to something that God did. I’ve got to rest my hope…but let me go ahead and quickly get this, because I want you to see this. There’s another kind of thing that we have this attribute of a verb called voice. One is active, simple sentence. I hit Ron. I’ll just pick on Ron.

( laughter ).

I’ll just pick on Ron today. I’m the subject. There’s an action called hit. Ron is the recipient of that action. That’s active voice. If I said the passive voice, then I would say I was hit by Ron, which would probably be the result, you see.

( laughter ).

Now it’s passive. I’m still the subject, but the action is coming back at me from somebody else. But in ancient Greek, there’s a middle voice. It’s not active or passive. And what that basically means is, I am the one who acts, but I am also the beneficiary of the action. Think about that.

So what is he saying? He’s saying reckon yourselves to be dead unto sin. In other words, this is an action that I am able to take, is to lay hold of something that God has already given to me, but I have to actually reach out and take it and thereby, it becomes mine. I’m the beneficiary. I’m not doing something to somebody. I’m reckoning this as mine.

These are things to chew on. But that is a…I’ve seen where people have called this the lifestyle construction in the Greek. And the New Testament is full of it.

And what God is wanting to tell me and to tell every one of us is I have laid up for you a complete salvation. I have given you My Son. He’s yours. He lives in you. He is there to be your life. He is there to ‘be’ your holiness that you could never possibly muster up. He’s there to be your victory against everything that would assault you. He’s there to be your righteousness when you come short, and you will.

Ron started quoting the verse, “…If we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ…” (KJV).

( congregational response ).

Cleanses us...by the way, that’s the present tense. That’s that continuous, that’s a relationship in which the blood of Christ is constantly cleansing. See, He’s my righteousness. He is everything that I need.

But oh, listen to the words of Paul that have been quoted so often. I don’t count myself to have apprehended. I haven’t really taken hold of everything. But I reach forth! I want to lay hold of what He has laid hold of me for. God laid hold of Paul! But the reason He did it was so that Paul could reach out and take hold of something!

And…the way he talked about it, it was a daily kind of thing. It’s not something that you come down to the altar, and you get it all. This is, becomes a lifestyle where we learn how to meet the challenges that we run into individually in our lives by looking, not to our resources, but looking to Him in confidence, not listening to the devil that says this isn’t about you! You don’t qualify for this! Look what you what you did, a thousand and one reasons that he comes up with why you can’t do this.

I have the right, because my righteousness is in Him. I have the right, because He gave it to me. I did not qualify for this. This is God’s idea, not mine. I thank God. I have the right to this.

A simple illustration that we’ve used many times is the children of Israel. God gave them the land, didn’t He? It was theirs. A whole generation didn’t believe Him. They believed in the giants more that they believed in God’s promise. And then a generation went in, and under God’s leadership, they began to possess their possessions.

Didn’t do it all at once, did they? Neither do we. But He said every place you put your foot is yours. I have given it to you. This is a past tense. I’ve already done this. But there is a part that you play. You must step out in faith, believing in My promise more than you believe in the giants and the opposition, all the natural reasons that the world would say this is why you can’t do this. Putting all that aside and saying I believe what You have promised more than I believe all of this and in stepping out upon that kind of faith, God jumps in, doesn’t He? God steps in. There’s a power that’s greater than all the giants. And every battle was different.

Sometimes…you know, I had this thought the other day. Some of our battles are not just boom, are they? They’re just…sometimes we have to lay siege. There are strongholds that God will bring us up to. I’ve come to this city, as it were, in your life. This is the land. This is the land God has given to us, that He wants us to take possession of. Sometimes there are walled cities in there, and we’re gonna have to be willing to take a stand and not be dismayed, not be unbelieving, not go so far and then draw back and say, oh, I guess He didn’t mean it. I guess this is not for me. But to stand fast until the walls come down.

Sometimes, it’s just a matter of praising God until the walls fall. Sometimes, we have to take up the sword of the Spirit and fight the battle. Every one is different. But I’ll tell you, I want to be like Caleb. Caleb had a promise from God of a certain place in the land, and there came a day when he said…he went to Joshua and said, give me my mountain.

Well, that was fine, but there were giants living there. They didn’t want to leave. But he went in there by the strength of God’s promise to him, and those giants were no more. He took the land. He had something to share with others.

And the whole thing about this is we need to come to a deeper appreciation of what God has given to us and learn to, day by day, grow in learning how to live it out. He is our life. Christ is our life.

What does that mean? You know, I think a lot of times our eyes glaze over. We say these things because we know they’re in the Bible, but we don’t know how to translate that into our lives. But God is wanting us to take the truths, take His promises and really begin to walk in them and live them out.

And God is going to back up His Word. There are gonna be real battles in our lives, but God is gonna give victories! And I tell you, sometimes the hardest, oftentimes, the hardest battles are the ones that mean the most when God gives the victory!

God is longing to give us victories over things that have beset us our entire lives, for us to grow and to say, wait a minute, I don’t have to be stuck! I don’t have to be stuck being like I’ve been! God has given me His Son! He’s not expecting me to live this life in my own strength! He’s in here to do it! And I believe every day He can teach me and strengthen me and help me to be more what He wants me to be, but it’s gonna be Him doing it.

( congregational amens ).

You know, the price of this is coming to terms with what we are. That’s where the wisdom of God comes in. I tell you what, we…our default is to live by our own strength. We just don’t have a clue. If God showed us our hearts all at once, phew, that’d be rough. But He has a way of bringing us step by step, just as he did the Israelites through the land. They didn’t go conquer it all at once. But they came to this city and He gave them instructions, and they did what they needed to do and so forth.

And they went through the land and God gave them the land, didn’t He? Because it was theirs. He’s given us, He’s given us these bodies that we can yield to Him, through which He can live in the world. There are some giants living there, but we have a Christ. If He lives inside of us, if He is resident, if He is Lord, if we have come to Him and given Him our hearts and our lives, He’s there!

( congregational amens ).

All that we need is there! Peter said, God has, “…given us everything we need for life and Godliness through…” those great and precious promises. (NIV). See, that’s where what we have gets translated into to what we enjoy in a very real sense.

And I just, I believe going forward into this year, God wants us to begin to lay hold of some promises that we have…about problems that have beset us. I sense great needs. Sometimes I get so discouraged by it, I just want to kind of crawl in a hole and…but thank God! I praise God for showing me the need!

( congregational amens ).

That’s not a curse, that’s a blessing to feel our weakness! You know, Paul goes on in 1st Corinthians chapter 2. He talks about I was there in weakness! I didn’t come with great sermons! I was there in weakness and fear! All I wanted to preach was Jesus and Him crucified!

Why? Because that’s the only message! You have Him, you have everything you need. Now, it’s a matter of learning how to, how to live out that by laying hold one-by-one to the promises of God, standing our ground saying, Devil, I believe what God says. I don’t believe what I feel, what I see. I believe what God says. And here I stand!

God’s gonna back up a people who do that. God is doing things in our midst, and He’s gonna do much more, because it isn’t about us and who we are and what kind of talents we have. We’re nothing. But the King of the universe lives in us. He is all that we are not. I don’t know anything.

My sins, if they were held against me, would send me to hell in a heartbeat. I have no ability in myself to live this kind of a life. And naturally speaking, I’m a slave under Satan, under sin, under death, everything. What other answer is there except a person who has conquered every bit of that and did it not for Himself, but for us.

Oh, praise God! Trust Him. Believe in Him. If you don’t know Him, give Him your heart when He calls! When He knocks on the heart’s door, put your faith in Him! Call upon His Name!

( congregational amens ).

Give Him your heart and your life! Don’t stop until He takes it, until there’s a witness in your heart. But oh, believer, don’t get stuck! Don’t get stuck! God wants to ‘unstuck’ us.

( laughter ).

‘Unstick’ us, whatever it is.

( laughter ).

And I believe He’s doing it, don’t you?

( congregational response ).

Because He’s gonna turn our eyes away from what we’re not to what He is. And the more we look at Him, the more we realize that have what we need. We just need to lay hold of it in faith, and God will back up His Word. Praise God!

( congregational amens ).