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TV Broadcast #1281

The Power of His Resurrection

April 23, 2017

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Transcript of message from TV Broadcast 1281 -- taken from Closed Captioning Text

— Brother Phil Enlow: We’re going to have to choose to go against our flesh when it wants to rise up and say, you can’t, you won’t, I won’t let you, I’m gonna get in the way. We have the privilege of going to Him and saying, God, by Your strength, I’m gonna do what I need to do, I’m gonna say, no!

But you know, it does come down to that in our lives. Every day your flesh is gonna rise up. It’s gonna want to be jealous. It’s gonna want to be lustful. It’s gonna want to think thoughts it shouldn’t think. It’s gonna be angry, gonna be upset. It’s gonna be jealous. It’s gonna…all the fruits that come out of this ugly nature are there, and they’re gonna want to rule. So what do we do about it? Try harder? Does that work for anybody, ever?

( congregational response ).

No. I’m so glad that Paul begins with, “I want to know Christ and the power of His resurrection.” (NIV). Because folks, what I need and what you need comes out of the life by which He rose from the dead. Everything about sin, everything about the power of Satan, everything about this world would have kept Him in that tomb if it had been able to.

But when God’s command came…oh, I’m just thinking about what the devils must have gone through. Oh, they were having a party. We got Him now! We got Him down here where He was weak, and we were able to bring the religious people and the secular authorities together and engineer His death! Praise God, we’re rid of Him now! Now we’ve got a free and clear deal.

And then, Easter morning happened. In one second, no rock, no tomb, no stone, no guard could even begin to think about keeping Him in that tomb. He didn’t bother with the grave clothes. He just went right through them, right through the stone. Angels came to open up the tomb…not to let Jesus out but to let everybody else in. Praise God!

Do you think maybe, just maybe it took a little bit of power for that to happen? You think of all hell arrayed against what was happening that day! All hell united could not stop what God did, because it was God’s power that brought Him out of that tomb!

( congregational amens ).

And it didn’t stop there! It set Him on a throne far above all power and principality and every name that’s named. Praise God! And Paul looking inside and realizing what was going on and how hard his old wanted to rise up to control him and to hinder him…. Oh what a glorious revelation it was to him to say, I’m not in this alone. The power that it took to bring Jesus out of that tomb is mine! I want to know about that! I want to experience that power!

Oh, we would love to be able to find some experience that would just take care of it all in one stroke. But you know the picture he paints here is not like that is it? It’s an everyday thing. When I got up this morning, there was stuff that was trying to…and I have to stop and say, I’m not going there. I don’t have to listen to that line of thinking. I don’t have to respond like that. I don’t have to see the situation that way. That’s the old nature.

There are two natures in here competing for control. My will can tip it one way or the other from a practical standpoint. I can go through a day and just be listening to the wrong thing and going down the wrong road in so many ways, and so can you. But Jesus has opened up a wellspring of strength that we have the right to. We have the right to, not because we have earned that right but because He paid that price!

( congregational amens ).

If we ever get off of that dead-center…where we somehow think that I’ve got to qualify, if we can ever get off of that, we’ll be on solid ground. We’ll be actually moving. Praise God!

Oh, but Paul realized every single day, I need this. I’m encountering things in me that I know God has delivered me from, but I need the experience of having victory, actually exercising victory in the presence of that thing…where I see it’s there, but I have the power through Christ to say, no, I will not live out that life!

You listen to what he writes or you read what he writes about his own ministry…all the things that he had to…the perplexities, the difficulties, the things that he had to experience in his life, and yet reach into God and find the strength to say, I’m gonna serve Him anyway. He has won it all. He has given me the victory over this enemy that I’m facing right now!

( congregational amens ).

He’s given it me! I have the power to say, no! I have the power to rise up and say, I will serve You anyway! And so he writes and says, death works in me, but life in you. Is that not what Jesus did? He let death work in Him all the way to the Cross until He said, it was finished. And what’s the result? Life—life works in you and in me this day. It’s the power of what came forth from His resurrection is ours.

Paul says, I want to know that. I want to know it! I want to know Him personally so that I can walk with Him and realize He loves me, He understands, He’s with me in the journey! But I also want to start from the point…I want to start from the resurrection and work back. I want to start with the reality that His power is enough to help me to live for Him, and then, in that strength, I can join Him in the fellowship of His sufferings where I say, no to what this old nature wants.

And I’m able to say it to the point where I become conformable, I become like Him in His death. He didn’t just die because of sin, He died to it. It was a personal rejection of everything humanity, in its lost state, stands for. It was a conscious choice to say, I am done with that! I don’t want any part of it! I want what He wants, because His kingdom is gonna last forever, and it’s going to be energized and filled with His life and His nature. Praise God, and that’s what I want! There’s nothing here that can hold me.

And so Paul wanted to experience that and somehow to attain to the resurrection of the dead. He’s not talking about…I’ve got to do all this stuff, and then maybe one day He’ll raise me. He’s talking about an experiential…I want to know what resurrection life looks like here. I want to know what it’s like to be able to live in a body that wants to do the wrong thing, but I’m able, by His strength, to do the right thing. I want to experience that. And tomorrow when I get up, I need the same thing. I need God to help me. I need God’s strength.

“Not that I have already obtained all this…” There’s the key right there that we have alluded to many, many times. “…Or have already been made perfect….” Paul expresses this sense of a journey. “…But I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me.”

Paul had his own reason for living, didn’t he? He had his own purpose. This is what my life is about. I know God’s happy with me. And then Jesus reached down and took hold of him and opened his eyes and said, no, that’s not what you’re about, Paul. I’m calling you to something that’s gonna end with you standing with me in glory one day.

And in the process of you getting there, I’m gonna take you through a path of fruitfulness, on the one hand, but suffering on the other. I’m gonna show you all the things that you’re gonna be suffering for My sake! But at the end of it, there is such glory as you cannot imagine.

And Paul just…he caught the vision. He understood. He’s taken hold of my life for a reason! I’ve got a purpose! It doesn’t stop with this world! It’s not what I can accomplish, or be, here. It’s all about that. Oh, praise God!

And so it was in that spirit that he realized that I’ve got a part to play in this. I make choices every single day, and so do you, and so do I. Which am I gonna listen to? Am I going to listen to the voice of the enemy, or am I gonna rise up and say, I have power through Christ to say, no, and it’s because He came out of that tomb, not because I’ve earned that right? It’s because He gave it to me.

So I press on. I’ve got to take hold of something. “…Of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind….” Oh, praise God! How many times have we pointed that out? But you know, we need to point it out, because there’s not a person here who does not struggle with stuff that’s from behind!

( congregational response ).

Every one of us carries baggage of personal experiences, things that have happened to you that you have not let go, gotten over, failures on your part that cause you to feel like God could never accept me as I am. Paul realized that part of the Gospel, the heart of the Gospel is that I can leave that in the past and walk away as if it never happened. I can forget it.

Obviously, we learn lessons from the past that are positive. You understand what I’m saying. It wasn’t that he was forgetting lessons that he learned, but he was forgetting everything that would have hindered him to move forward.

“Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. All of us who are mature should take such a view of things.”

You want to know how the Cross and the resurrection is meant to influence you and me today? Folks, which crowd are you a part of, the one that crucified Him and mocked Him, or the one who said, I’m with Him? He’s there because I deserve to be there. I share the same values that He shares. I want to see my life the way God sees it.

I mean, I’m talking about the old life that needs to be put to death. I want to see beyond. I want to see His promise. But even though He’s there in His suffering, I see something beyond that. I see an empty grave. I see a throne. I see a kingdom. I see a people that have been brought out of darkness into light. They’ve had their eyes opened, their sins blotted away. They’ve been changed into His image, and they’re standing there in glory. That’s my destiny.

I want to be like Moses who reached the point where he had to make a choice. Am I gonna live the life of a privileged, Egyptian royal, or am I gonna identify myself with God’s people? He chose to suffer with God’s people rather, “…than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season.” (KJV). Oh, I’ll tell you what. I just pray that God will open eyes, starting with mine, to see this in a clearer, deeper way. I want what happened 2,000 years ago to make a difference in my life today.

( congregational response ).

I want the blood applied where it’s needed. I want the strength that comes from the resurrection in me energizing me to be able just to live for Him, to make the choices that I need to be able to make. I know I can’t. That’s why I can’t take any pride in it. Neither can you, because the energy doesn’t come from me. It comes from renouncing what I am and saying, God, I need You.

And oh, I tell you what, doesn’t God use the things that want to rise up and take control, if we allow it, doesn’t He use them to drive us to Him? The devil wants to use such things to drive us from Him in condemnation and fear and failure, and I’m so bad and all that kind of junk. I was gonna use a different word, but I won’t.

But I’ll tell you, God will show you what is needful in your life by allowing that thing to rise up, but at the same time, if we will look to Him, God will come to the rescue. He will bring His Word. He will bring a faith, not in ourselves and our efforts, but in His power. And we’re gonna learn as we walk that we can say, no. The power that is at work in us is stronger than this old man. Thank God!

But it is a process, isn’t it? It’s something we learn every single day. But that’s what…the real significance of the cross and the resurrection is what we’re talking about this morning. It’s an open door for us to know Him, to experience Him, to gain victory over this, to be able to serve Him in spite of the fact that we live in bodies that want to go the wrong way, and then to stand there one day together, redeemed. Praise God!

So anyway, “All of us who are mature should take such a view of things. And if on some point you think differently, that too God will make clear to you.” (NIV). Anybody can testify to that? “Only let us live up to what we have already attained. Join with others in following my example, brothers, and take note of those who live according to the pattern we gave you.” Obviously, he’s not talking about a formula there, but he is talking about the principles that he has enumerated of really knowing Him and drawing upon His resources to live for God.

“For, as I have often told you before and now say again even with tears, many live as enemies of the cross of Christ.” That sounds terrible. Get them! No, go look in the mirror, sometimes. “Their destiny is destruction, their god is their stomach….” And what he’s basically talking about is natural appetites. That’s what rules. It’s what I want, what pleases me, is the determining factor in what they do in their lives.

“…Their glory is in their shame.” My God, is that truth in our day. Their mind…here’s the sum of it. “Their mind is on earthly things.” Like John said, “Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world…For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.” (KJV). Praise God!

But here’s somebody going down a different road. Which road are you on? “Their mind is on earthly things. But our citizenship is in heaven.” (NIV). We have changed sides. Coming to Christ means saying, no, to the world, no, to what it stands for, and turning our heart toward heaven and saying, that’s my home.

And you know there’s gonna come a day…remember how we pointed out how Noah, what faith meant to Noah? Ultimately, it was that he joined God in God’s condemnation of the world of his day. He said, I see where they’re at. They’ve made their choice. But God, I’m with you. I tell you what, there’s no middle ground. There’s no mushy, I can have Jesus and my life, too. This means giving up our lives and serving Him.

“Their mind is on earthly things. But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control….” Boy, that’s an awesome mouthful, isn’t it? You think He has the power bring everything under His control? Yes, He does! He told the disciples, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go….” See, there’s a foundation for everything. But He has the power to bring everything under His control.

What’s He gonna do? “…Will transform our lowly bodies…” Praise God, I’m looking forward to that. The older I get and the more I see that’s not only physically wrong, but the nature that wants to rise up, I need it transformed.

You want to know what the hope is? You look at what happened to Jesus. The Word tells us that what He came…the body with which He exited that tomb is exactly like the one we’re gonna have. In fact, it says it here. “…So that they will be like his glorious body.”

One day, I’m gonna have one that stones won’t get in my way. Gravity won’t hold me. It’ll just be exactly what’s it’s supposed to be within that beautiful new creation of His. There won’t be any pains, any aches or pains, anything wrong with it. There won’t be any impulses that are wrong. Nothing will be wrong there. It will be impossible to want anything wrong there. Oh, praise God! Only God can do that!

( congregational amens ).

But your life has got to be given to Him to do that! He has the power to change every one of us and make us fit for a brand new kingdom and a brand new world! We live here now with this inner tension, but with the strength to say, yes, Lord. I will serve You, if we will. But oh, as we commit ourselves into His hands, He has the power to blot out everything that’s wrong and to make everything that’s right. And one day, I’ll tell you, when He comes, if you’re still here and you’re one of His…

( snapping fingers ).

It’ll be that quick. In the twinkling of an eye, we’re gonna be changed, and the dead are gonna be raised incorruptible. That means death can’t touch them anymore. Oh, praise God. Folks, it’s worth everything to serve Him.

( congregational amens ).

To know Him, to love Him…because of what happened 2,000 years ago on the Cross and the resurrection, we have a reason to have hope today! Whose side are you on? If you’re not on His, I implore you to seek Him with all your heart until He opens your heart and your mind to see what we’ve been talking about this morning. It’s real. It’s as real as the fact that He came out of that tomb. That’s what authenticated everything He ever said and everything He ever did and stood for.

But if you know Him, let your heart be filled with hope today. I don’t care what’s going on in your mind and your emotions, all the patterns that the devil wants to stir up to try to bring you down and hinder you. You and I have the power to go to God, tap into the strength that brought Him out of that tomb, and we can say, no, to all of that and say, yes, to God.

And if we don’t do it perfectly today, we can bring it to Him and say, Lord, help me. The blood of Jesus Christ cleanses us from all sin, and we can go forward the next day, leave that in the past and get up and go on, and go on in our journey and learn to know Him a little better, and a little better, and a little better. And I’ll tell you, as long as we’re here, there’s always gonna be ground to take, isn’t there?

But we have, all the way home…nothing can, “…separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus.” Absolutely. Praise God! I’m so thankful for what we celebrate today, the power of His resurrection.

But I pray that God will birth in every one of us, or reignite or whatever, will encourage in every single one of us the same thing that Paul expressed. Lord, I want to know You. I don’t know You right now like I want to, but I want to. And the first thing I want to know is that power—that power that was expressed in Your resurrection, because that’s the only source of power that’s gonna help me. I need that.

And in that strength, I’m gonna rise up, and I’m gonna say, no, to this old nature. I’m gonna join you in saying no. And one day we’re gonna stand there, because that’s what you’ve called me to. You called me to it. I didn’t choose this. You called me. You invited me. You reached out and took hold of me when I was your enemy, and now you’ve given me a hope. Praise God! Praise God!

( congregational amens ).

One day, because of Him, because of what happened 2,000 years ago, we’re gonna stand there. Everyone who’s put their trust in Him is gonna stand there in glory, and we’re gonna give Him the praise. Praise the Lord!