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TV Broadcast #1275

Saving Faith
Conclusion

March 12, 2017

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Transcript of message from TV Broadcast 1275 -- taken from Closed Captioning Text

— Brother Phil Enlow: I’ll tell you, the Word of God, when it comes to the human heart, it will impart to you the sense that you need Him, that without Him you are lost! But that same Word will impart to you the ability that you do not have in yourself to say, ‘Yes,’ if you will. You see, that’s why the scripture says, “…call upon Him…” (NIV).

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“…While he is near.” Because there’s a time when He’s not. And we cannot do it unless He is there convicting! Oh, praise God! But you look at the people that, like Abraham certainly.

But I thought about Noah. There’s one thing that you could almost pass right over. “By faith Noah, when warned about things not yet seen, in holy fear built an ark to save his family.” But listen to what it says here. “By his faith he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness that comes by faith.”

You see the choice. We’ve got such a murky society here, where it’s so easy…everybody’s a Christian. I believe some of them are. And I want to have a heart that’s open to everyone that is! Let God make those things manifest.

But at the same time, I know that if things changed, and they will…if the things that are happening overseas started happening here, which side would you be on? Which side would a lot of them be on? Do you have this kind of a divine conviction? An ability called faith that resides in you, that no matter what happens, you just can’t go any other way!

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What was it that caused Peter to say, “… to whom shall we go?” When Jesus said, are you gonna leave, too? Where are we gonna go? What was it that held him? God had revealed Himself! There’s knowledge you can’t get out of a book, not even this book! You better have the Author!

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He’ll use this book, but if you don’t have a meeting with the Author that imparts something real and living to your heart, you don’t have what you need! But when He comes, oh, you need to listen, you need to understand the issues that are at stake! Your soul is at stake when He speaks! It’s not just when the preacher speaks! It’s when He speaks to your heart and brings that kind of conviction to your heart!

But listen to what He says about that…His attitude toward the world. I mean, in one sense we love people, we want to see people saved. But at the same time, I am not on the world’s side! And when the fire falls, I’m not gonna be dancing. But I’m gonna be saying, Lord, you’re doing what’s right, this is how it should be.

This is a world that has set itself against You, that has refused Your love, has spat on the sacrifice that You made on the cross that could have saved them! They spat on it! They said, ‘no, we’re gonna do our own thing!’ And now, the time of reckoning has come! And I am unequivocally on the Lord’s side! I don’t have any sympathy for that kind of reaction to God! It’s not that I’m gonna be angry, and ‘hell, fire and brimstone.’

You know what I’m talking about. There’s a religious kind of reaction. I believe the heart of God is sorrowful. In fact, I know it is, because look at what He said in Noah’s day. His heart was deeply pained! He wept over Jerusalem, is another perfect example! It’s not a kind of religious thing we need to work up to act like we’re angry and hope everybody goes to hell! I hope they hear the Gospel and are saved!

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But I’ll tell you, there’s a world that isn’t gonna receive that! And the kind of faith that God wants to birth in every person is a faith that will cause us to stand unequivocally on His side. End of story! Lord, what You said, what You say, what You do, when You do it, how You do it…that’s right, because it’s You doing it! My confidence is not in me and my opinion! My confidence is not in what I see or feel. My confidence is in You! And You’re a whole lot bigger than I am! Like He told J.P., ‘You’re not God!’

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And you don’t have the Plan. Well, I’ve had to reckon on that and recognize that many times in my life and I know many of you have as well. But, it’s worth everything. Praise God! There’s a peace that comes when we just let go and say, all right, Lord, I don’t understand this and it even hurts, but I know it hurts good…it hurts in a way that it’s gonna bring peace.

And you see, Moses is just one other example. I don’t want to drag this out needlessly. But here’s Moses, miraculously preserved by a believing mother at a time when all the male children of the Jews were being slaughtered by Pharaoh in Egypt. Something in her…she had faith, didn’t she? God put a conviction in her to find a way to preserve her son.

But there came a time when she couldn’t hide him anymore. You know, even then, you think about the level of faith for a mother under those conditions, to say, God, I just put him in Your hands. I’m gonna build this little ark out of the rushes, little basket, whatever it is…something that will float…put him in it…crocodiles out there…I don’t know what’s gonna happen. But God, I commit him into Your hands! Oh, you talk about a faith that is willing to let go.

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How many of you’ve got that kind of faith, that you can let go of something that your heart just naturally wants to hang onto. But real faith will find the grace to let go, and she did. And God arranged for Pharaoh’s daughter to find the baby and have this maternal sense, the connection, to raise him as her own, raise him in the palace, raise him to be a mighty man in Egypt, because the scripture says he was! Mighty in word and deed! Oh, he had all the privileges of living in Pharaoh’s palace.

But there was something that was in his heart, something only God could put there. And it was a conviction that his destiny lay with his brothers and sisters who were laboring to build Pharaoh’s cities, living and dying as brutally treated slaves! You think about the faith that it would take, you think about the human spirit that would reason…’think of all the good that I could do here in the palace. I could do all kinds of things to kind of help them. I could make life better. I could keep my place and God’s put me here so I could help them!’

But somehow, there was such a conviction that he...the Lord arranged for him to get in trouble and have to run for his life. I mean, he was willing to kill for his conviction! But God had another plan. God had to get all of that Egyptian confidence and education out of him. And so, he went to the back side of the desert and lived there as a shepherd for 40 years until all he could say was, ‘baaah.’

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But then there was a confrontation, there was an encounter, I guess is a better word, with God. And all of a sudden, there was something…that faith was fanned into life. He knew who God was! And even though he argued and reasoned, he knew who He was and he knew the only thing he could do was humble himself and go.

And so this man, who is now considered to be the meekest man on the face of the earth, meekest man, wouldn’t stand up for himself for nothing. But yet, he became the mightiest prophet in the Old Testament!

But you think of the conviction that he had to have to cast his lot with a slave people, slaves of the mightiest empire of that day! You’ve got to see something beyond this life! You’ve got to see something beyond the circumstances of your life to be able to make that kind of a choice! And that’s what faith, that’s what God can implant within those who hear and receive the Word with their whole hearts! Don’t fight back and don’t argue back and say, ‘yes, but.’ But say, ‘yes, Lord, I embrace what You say!’

And look at what enabled him to do it. You go on through and you’ll see people who are just generally referred to, some of them did great things. You know, God’s gonna call us as His people to do things that we can’t do! Well, the fact is, we can’t do anything, really. But you understand what I’m saying.

We think of sometimes these great things. I was thinking about Saeed Abedini’s wife, is it Naghmeh Adedini? All she wanted to do was live as a housewife…had a fear of people and crowds and all those kinds of things. And she’s on the world stage…talked to the United Nations, to Congress, you name it. She has been all over the world, or many places in the world, boldly speaking out. God has lifted her into a place. I’ll tell you what, we can do anything, if it’s faith, because it’s God doing it in us!

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If we can reach the place where our confidence is not in us, God can destroy that kind of self-will, self-confidence, and then we just yield ourselves unto His hands…He can do anything!

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You know, that’s another part of this, the other side of it. You’ve got people who don’t have it and you’ve got people who have it and it needs to grow! We need to be listening to the Word of God and exercising it where we’re at, because we’re gonna need it! We’re gonna need to have a confidence that will enable us to stand in the things that are coming upon this planet!

But I’ll point out that it wasn’t just the folks that did all the great stuff, because it says later on in the chapter, part of verse 35, “…Others were tortured and refused to be released, so that they might gain a better resurrection.” You better have something on the inside to be able to do that! I get that there are people that are deluded and give their lives for a lie. But that isn’t what this is talking about. This is talking about somebody who has such a reality in here.

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It’s not a feeling, not something that just makes shivers go up and down your spine all the time, but there’s a conviction, even like I did that one time, even when you just give up and there it is. And I stewed around two or three days. And I finally said, oh well, what am I gonna do? It’s there. I know it’s right. I know He’s right. I really don’t have any other thing I can do, because this is here!

We’ve got to have that! You see, that’s what imparts what this writer calls, the hope that is an anchor for the soul. And that anchor lays hold of that which is far beyond what you see and feel in this world. It’s real, folks!

And I’ll tell you, if you ever are born of that kind of faith and that kind of Spirit, when you open your heart to Him and believe Him—believe ‘Him,’ not just stuff, but believe Him! When He confronts, when He says, now, you…I’ll tell you, there’s something that happens in here that imparts something to you that will hold you no matter what.

And here are people who suffered torture, “…refused to be released, so that they might gain a better resurrection.” They saw something beyond where they were. “Some faced jeers and flogging, while still others were chained and put in prison. They were stoned; they were sawed in two…” probably a reference to Isaiah.

“They were put to death by the sword. They went about in sheepskins and goatskins, destitute, persecuted and mistreated.” You see, that’s part of the faith, too. We don’t know much about that in this country, but I wouldn’t bet it’s gonna stay that way! God is allowing this world to be taken over, because men are making choices. But I believe men are making choices right here.

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There are choices being made. There are young people who will grow up and they’ll hear and they’ll know. But something from the world will just keep pulling on them and they’ll just go that way! Oh, God! There’s something in His heart that reaches out! If you don’t have this assurance, this peace in here, you better cry out when He calls!

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And if you feel the need, you better cry out that He’ll help you! I can’t give you a formula! I don’t know how it’s going to work…but, if there’s anything in you that’s concerned about this, you better cry out to Him to help you to take an absolute stance! This is the way I’m going! I am His, from now on, period! There is no going back! Because anything else is stopping short!

There are terrible warnings in this book about those who taste the powers of the world to come. They actually can experience things that can come from God, but then they turn and they go and they deliberately turn away from it! I’ll tell you what…I understand there are people who can go out and come back, thank God that’s true!

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If you have a concern in your heart, it’s not too late! It’s not too late! It doesn’t matter what you’ve done! Doesn’t matter what you’ve got in your past…the sacrifice that Jesus paid takes cares of all of that!

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Paul said, He, “…came into the world to save sinners…”

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But he didn’t even stop there! He said, “…of whom I am the worst.” God saved Saul, who became Paul, to give every one of us a demonstration that He saves the worst of the worst so that nobody could use that as an excuse and say, I’m too bad! No, you’re not!

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That’s pride! It’s a form of pride. Oh, I’ll tell you, we need Him! But you listen to how some of these people lived and what they were willing to pay…and it’s right on the heels of that…you see, He encourages us. “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great crowd of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance…” where you have to keep pushing against opposition! But we do it with His strength, don’t we? “…The race marked out for us.”

There it is, J.P.! That’s His plan, isn’t it? He’s the one that marks out the race. I don’t get to do that! Lord, I want to run in this beautiful place, this nice forest, by this pleasant stream, babbling brooks and all that kind of stuff…blue skies. He marks the path out. Sometimes it goes through the valley of the shadow of death, too.

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Because that’s what I need. But oh, He’s so faithful! But, listen. “Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith.” So, you want to know where faith comes from? Faith has an Author. His name is Jesus! And faith happens in a human heart when Jesus, from the throne, sends His Word and accompanies His Word with His Spirit to confront the human heart and cause that heart to know that His Word is true!

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Then it’s a matter of, what are you gonna do with it? Are you gonna humble yourself and say, yes, oh God, I need You! Because His Word is going to tell you things about yourself that you don’t want to hear!

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We all have opinions about ourselves that we’re not all that bad…most of us! Oh, yes you are!

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Compared to who? Compared to God? Oh, my! We’d get down on our faces if He showed up with any great power! We would every one instantly know how desperately we need Him! But another thing, He wouldn’t just overwhelm us with His power. He would then overwhelm us with His mercy and His love!

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Where we would know that He loves us and He accepts those who humble themselves and trust in Him! Praise God! He can lift up the lowest of the low!

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He can take the rocks out of your heart, the hurts, the sins! He can blot them out as if they’d never happened! That’s the promise and the hope of the Gospel!

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But it has to come not to a point of just…hey, the preacher said it and it sounds good, and I think I’m gonna try that. This has got to come down to you and God!

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Person to person! It doesn’t even have to happen here. How many testimonies do we have where people in the middle of the night, they suddenly come face-to-face with Him! And I’ve heard testimonies of more than one who came to a point where God let that person know, this is it! It is now or it is never! You either surrender now, or I will just leave you and let you go your way that you have chosen.

Oh, God! If that kind of voice comes to your heart, you better run to the cross! You better lay down your heart and your life and give it to Him, warts and all! All the sins, everything that’s wrong with it, you better put it in His hands!

“…Fix our eyes on Jesus, the author…” That’s where it comes from. And the perfecter, the one who has promised to finish the job! But why are we looking to Him? Partly for that, but partly for the example of One who Himself had to go the way of the cross.

“…Who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” You see the pattern of Someone who was willing to lay down this earthly life, but He did it in the firm and the solid hope based upon the faith that was in His heart! He saw something beyond! He said, that’s more important!

Which is more important to you…this life and the things of your life here, or that? God can give us grace to live here, but that’s what matters! And I’ll tell you, if you’ve got the faith that this writer is talking about, that God longs to impart to your heart, if you’ve got this, it’ll make all the difference in your life, and you’ll know it!

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And if you aren’t there, God’s heart reaches out to you! When He speaks, listen! When He commands you to repent, repent! When He calls upon you to let go of your life and give it to Him, let it go and give it to Him! You will never be sorry!

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You will be tried! The world will hate you! They might shoot you before it’s over! But that would be a one-way trip to glory! Oh, we talk about the terrible things that are going on in some parts of the world, and they are. But you think of Christians that are being slaughtered…some of them had their heads cut off and different things…do you think they’re sorry? Do you think one of them, after that’s over, will look back and are upset about that?

Wow! My God! Eyes are opened to the reality of what’s beyond this. They saw it! But they saw it because God had put faith in their hearts! But now the eyes are just open, the flesh is gone and we could see.

Oh, I’ll tell you, there’s something…that song we sang about heaven tonight. I mean, it’s a beautiful song, but there’s something about that that just touches me every time. I remember hearing a story about some believer who was basically at the point of death, and his family was gathered around him. And as he lay dying…they began to sing this song. “There’s a peace I’ve come to know…” Oh, praise God! And they went on, and then they sang about the reality of what was going on, and while they were singing he passed into eternity with peace! What a hope we have tonight!

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What a hope! Praise God!

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If you have that hope, we need to just listen. We need to wake up and realize we need Him! But we need to grow in that faith. We need to pray! We need to do the things that cause it to exercise in us. We need to practice believing Him, in things that He sets before us! It will grow. We need to grow in our faith!

But I’ll tell you, you need the faith before you have something that can grow. Don’t you be one that comes up to the door and tastes and tries but something always pulls you back! You don’t want to go back! But I believe God is interested in somebody here!

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God wants you to know what this is about! This is not about joining a church and just being religious! This is heaven or hell! This is God or the Devil! This is the world or heaven!

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As to what you do when Jesus Christ confronts your soul with your need, what do you do? If you say, yes, you will never be sorry!

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Praise God! One day we’ll see Him face-to-face! I can’t even imagine! I can’t even imagine. But I believe He’ll welcome those home that have put their trust in Him! He’s not gonna look at your past and say, well, you can come in but, boy, you sure did screw up down there! We’ve got somebody whose gonna give every one of us the same robe!

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It’s His righteousness, not mine!

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His goodness, not mine! His ability, not mine! I stopped trying to save myself. It’s His job! My job is to cooperate with Him and believe Him. Praise God! Praise the Lord!