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TV Broadcast #1284

Confidence Before the Throne

May 14, 2017

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Transcript of message from TV Broadcast 1284 -- taken from Closed Captioning Text

— Brother Phil Enlow: Every need we confront in our lives is meant to be a time where we go to Him. We go to Him with an expectant heart, knowing that the provision is there! It’s already been bought and paid for. It belongs to God’s children! It is ours! Because of His love and His grace, He’s provided everything we need!

“See to it…” Paul wrote, “…that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy…” man’s reasoning, inspired by the Devil, “…which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ.” (NIV). Is that plain? Oh, we need our minds changed, don’t we?

“For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form, and you have been given fullness in Christ…” You are complete in Him, the King James says. You know, I can just hear Brother Thomas saying, what can you add to ‘complete’?

( congregational amens ).

I think the first message I ever heard him preach in person was on this verse…complete in Him. Praise God! What an awesome thing! But oh, how we need to wrap our minds! Here I am all these years later, still needing this verse, still needing to lay hold of it, still needing to say, hey, that means me, now, here…what I’m going through, what I’m feeling. Everything I need is there already provided in Him!

I have but to come down off of my pride, my place of pride, and just come to Him, the same way I came when I was a broken sinner and I needed Him to save me. He doesn’t despise. It’s not that I have to grovel. It’s not groveling that He’s looking for. That’s kind of a prideful way to pretend that you’re humble. It doesn’t mean anything. God just wants an honesty.

( congregational amens ).

Lord, I’m what you say I am. I’m needy. I’m not what I try to make other people think I am. I’m a needy sinner here. I need a measure of Your salvation, right here with what I’m experiencing, what I’m going through right now. I need that. I need You to come.

And so, instead of trying hard, I just simply come, and I say, Lord, thank you. You’ve promised. You’re my priest. You represent me before the Father. I have the right to come into the very holiest place in the universe.

I mean, you think about what the Lord taught the people through the tabernacle, and the temple later. There was a place there that was the holiest place. That was the only place that God dwelled. His presence was so real in that place that if you went in there uninvited…you talk about going into the throne…if you went in there uninvited, what happened?

( congregational response ).

You were dead. And even when they went in there, boy, there was ritual, there were just external things they did just to remind them of the awesome power and the holiness of God. And here we are, with all our destitution, all of our need, everything that’s wrong with us, and a way has been made where we can walk into His presence and be accepted.

( congregational praise ).

That’s amazing! That’s incredible! But, that’s the Gospel, folks. All that is needed is in Him. And how many times have we looked at scriptures like 2nd Peter, and we acknowledge it and we rejoice in it mentally, where it says, “His divine power…” chapter 1, verse 3, “…has given us everything we need…” Has given us everything we need! “…For life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.”

That’s the foundation of it. Because He’s good, not because we are. It’s because He is good! And He longs to share all that He is with us…with needy sinners! “Through these…” through His glory and goodness, “…he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature and escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.” Does it sound like He’s left anything out?

( congregational inaudible ).

Does He look at Carl and say, golly, look at him, I didn’t figure on that!

( laughter ).

They’re having an emergency meeting in heaven…figure out what we’re gonna do. No, it’d more likely be me, not Carl.

( laughter ).

No, He has anticipated every single thing that I need. And He wants me to know that when I feel that need, I can go to Him in confidence. I don’t have to…you know…oh, God, do we do penance?

( congregational response ).

We may condemn the doctrine, but we do it. What’s the difference? I’ve got to stew around for a couple of days until I feel, okay, now I can go. I’ve sort of paid for my sin a little bit. Jesus paid it all.

( congregational amens ).

Certainly, He wants us to feel a sorrow and a shame…there’s nothing wrong with that. That’s part of conviction…when we have an honesty about our own hearts and we can come to Him! But that does not drive Him away, that draws Him to a heart that’s willing to come. Any other reaction is one of pride. It’s rooted in pride, I don’t care what it is. It’s all pride. What does the Lord do, how does He relate to proud people?

( congregational response ).

He resists the proud. But He does what to the humble?

( congregational response ).

Gives them grace! That’s what I need! I need grace! I need Him to come down and meet me at that point of need and give me exactly what I need. Praise God!

But I mean, is this plain? Is there anything that He’s left out? What about Romans 8, right after the scripture we read last week? We talked about in all things God working. But you come down and the conclusion of all this…in verse 31, “What, then, shall we say in response to this?” To God’s eternal purpose, revealed in Christ, to justify us, to call us, justify us, glorify us and the whole thing…all the way through He’s made eternal provision in His purpose for His people! What shall we say in response to this? This is the message. “If God is for us, who can be against us?” Sounds pretty reasonable to me.

( laughing ).

If God has already declared His love and His mercy and His provision for a people, who is gonna say different? If I come to Him at my worst and He has blotted out my sins and even taken away the sense of guilt that I had, that’s awesome. If God has done that for me, and He has…who’s gonna come along and say, now, wait a minute, he’s guilty. I can prove it. He’s guilty.

Yeah, but my sins were laid on another. Man, when I think about that, it’s not that I want to go out and be careless, but I need to be reconciled to that reality. He died for me. When He died it wasn’t for anything He did. It was for what I did. It was for what you did. But there He was, willing to do that.

If He’s willing to do that, do you think He’s gonna come to a point and say, well, that’s it? I’ve just about had enough of you. You’ve screwed up the last time. You’re out of here. Oh my! I know there are people here who could testify to being in a low place at some point in your life and you just felt like, surely God is done with me now. This is just evidence that I’m not even His. I’m so bad, I’m so bad, I’m so bad.

You know, that’s pride—that’s a form of pride. Isn’t that kind of why He sent a Savior…because you were bad? Yeah, I’m right there with you. Boy, when I see the things that want to rise up and take control of me, from Adam’s life…it’s like Paul said. I know…Paul had to learn this the hard way. “For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,)…” my human nature, dwells…

( congregational response ).

“...No good thing.” (KJV). Not one. No goodness. All of my goodness is Him. It’s a ‘replacement life’ that I need and a ‘replacement heart.’ And that’s what He offers in Christ. But you think about what He, what he says here. “…How will he not also, along with Him, graciously give us all things?” (NIV). Graciously, that’s a wonderful word again, isn’t it? Because grace is right at the heart of what the Lord is about.

And boy, you have, back in Hebrews chapter 4, you’ve got the perfect scripture, to clue us into the fact that grace is not simply a kindly attitude that He shows toward us. This is real help! This is bringing to bear the influence of His power and His nature and His life, His spirit, all different ways of saying the same thing. Literally, He infuses that into us in some way or He overshadows us in such a way that we’re not doing this in our own strength. We’ve got a divine strength that begins to operate to help us in that time of need.

That’s what we’re going to heaven for! That’s what we go to Him for! We come to a place where we say, oh God, I see my need, I cannot fix this, I can’t do it! And the Lord is just sitting there saying, yeah, been waiting for this. You thought you could, but I had to show you. But I didn’t do it because I despise you. I did it because I love you and I want to share My life with you! Praise God!

And the connection between us is so real…if my foot had a need, does it have to bow and scrape to get help from my head? It’s part of me! He doesn’t see you as something separate from Himself! He sees you as having been joined to Him because we share the same life. We share the same spirit! That’s what binds us! It’s not flesh and blood! But it’s the presence of God’s Spirit in a people. That’s what makes us the Body of Christ. It’s not just some theological concept, it’s a reality! And that’s how He sees us.

And oh, how He longs for us to be able to come. And it’s to come in the time of our need. You know, we need to come other times, too. We can come and offer Him praise. But here’s the place where we break down. It’s when we need Him most is the time He invites us to come…not some other time. It’s when we need Him. And what we’re coming for is grace to help us—to help us! I need help, Lord! But I don’t deserve it! Oh, God, help us to get over some of the barriers that are in our thinking about coming to God. You know, we need to come, obviously, on the ground of His Word, don’t we?

( congregational response ).

Because His Word reveals His heart and His purpose and where He’s going with everything. But, so much of His Word…it’s like, this is what I want you to be, and so here we are trying to be what He wants us to be and that’s a losing proposition. So my need to be what I am not can only be met by His strength and His Spirit which is where He was going with us in the first place! Longing to teach us that there’s a different way to live, to live by His life and not by our own.

I pray that God will help us. You know, there’s nothing new that I’ve said. There is one thing…I don’t recall whether I’ve said this or not before. But this is something that comes back to me from time to time, and it was written by a man of God who learned some of the secrets of really living out Christ’s life, Andrew Murray. And, I don’t know if I’ve ever read this whole book or not, but there’s a book he wrote on absolute surrender…I think that’s where it comes from. Some of you have read it.

And, one thing that jumps out at me from, I think, again, it’s from that book, was a statement about the need to surrender. How does that come about? It is so utterly contrary to our nature. You ever run into some of these things where you feel like, I see it, but I just can’t get there. I can’t do it! I can’t…and, somehow the Lord revealed to him this simple truth. He will accomplish my surrender in me.

That’s a profound thought. Because I have…I guess most of my life, I’ve tended to run into this barrier. There’s always something that’s required of me that just isn’t in me to do. Anybody ever felt that way?

( congregational response ).

Yeah, I know where I’m supposed to be. But, the weak link is always me, my ability, my willingness. But I believe with all my heart that that’s one of the needs that the Lord longs for us to bring to Him, because where I’m not willing, He is. Where I’m not able, He is.

And so, it’s just like when I come to Him for salvation. I come and I stop trying. I completely trust in His provision. But when it comes to my ability to surrender and to let go and to find strength, and all those things…all the things that seemingly are my part, I have the right to bring that to Him and say, Father, I can’t do this. But I am trusting in You to do in me what You declare that I need to do.

That’s kind of profound, isn’t it? Think about that one. But I believe He’s exactly right. If we’re called to live by His life, isn’t that part of it?

( congregational response ).

Yeah! I mean, if we need to muster up the will to do something to cooperate with Him, then, it really is dependent on me, isn’t it? But the Lord wants us to draw even the inclination and the strength to surrender and to believe and to trust…all of that has got to come from Him! Whose faith is it?

( congregational response ).

Yeah! “…I live by the faith…” (KJV).

( congregational response ).

“…Of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave Himself for me.” It’s not I, but Christ. Galatians 2:20. There are some secrets in this that I believe God is longing to teach every one of us. What about Philippians, later in Chapter 2, is it 12 or 13? I’m not going to go over there. But, work out your salvation…work it out. It’s in. Now it needs to be expressed, in other words. Work it out, “…with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you…” What?

( congregational response ).

“…Both to will and to do…” (KJV). Both, to will and to do…you see that? You see where the will comes from? It comes from my acknowledging, my honesty to say, Lord, it’s just not in me! I’m in a place where I do not have what it takes, even to let go and let God have His way! And so, I just give You the problem, Lord. You’re gonna have to do it in me.

But I believe that Your life that You gave me, when You came to live in my heart, You gave me a life. It’s not a problem for Christ. That’s His nature! He doesn’t have to try! He just does…He is! Oh, do you see why we’ve got to have Him on the inside?

( congregational amens ).

Christianity is not coming to church and adopting a way of life. It’s a life. It’s Christ coming into the heart and possessing that heart and imparting something that’s eternal. But oh, He’s teaching us to live by that life and so much of that is coming to Him, and coming to Him certain that we will be accepted of Him.

( congregational amens ).

Not because we come pridefully and saying, I’m doing the best I can, I need a little help here. But coming as broken, needy…He doesn’t despise that. That’s what He longs for! Because that’s a heart that’s not going by pride, not just giving vent to human pride, but willing to come in honesty and the way it really is and just say, Lord, here I am. I need some of that salvation that’s been provided.

And I’m coming confident, not because I deserve it, because I sure don’t, but because I realize that everything that I need, what I need right now, today, it’s in there. It’s provided. It’s in my inheritance. You’re the one who qualified me to be part of this!

( congregational amens ).

Doesn’t it say that in Colossians 1? He has qualified us!

( congregational amens ).

“…To the inheritance of the saints…of light.” (NIV). What’s my qualification? He is! That’s a pretty good qualification. That’s all I need. Praise God!

You know, I thought about one other thing that I’ll just throw in here. Because so much of the time we are coming because we feel a need…and that’s certainly all the time. But I’ll tell you, as we grow up in Him, I believe He’s going to lead us to a place where it’s easier for us to lay hold of what we need in a personal sense and we’re not gonna be so self-absorbed that that’s all we think about. It’s easy to do that. It’s our nature.

But wouldn’t it be great if we could learn more and more to come to Him and say, thank You, Lord for meeting my need. I feel it right now but I rest in what you’ve provided. But oh Lord, my brother, my sister, they’re in need too. And so I want to come and ask for them. Lord, if I have any part in meeting that need…yet, not I, but Christ…Lord, I want to do that, too.

But I’m not gonna jump in and be Miss Fix-it or Mr. Fix-it. I’m not gonna try to move in my own zeal. I just want to be in harmony with You. But Lord, I’m coming to the greatest authority in the universe. My brother, my sister has a need right now and I long for You to help them. Isn’t that His nature? Isn’t that what He’s reproducing in us?

( congregational amens ).

Praise God! What a hope, what a Gospel we have! Everything you need today is here! If you don’t know Him, He longs for you to know Him. The way is open—it’s been opened. You can come right in to the throne room of the universe and know that you’ll be accepted because He paid it all. If you’re just willing to get off your high horse and say, Lord, I come, just like I am, no plea except what You did for me.

But oh, as you go through your Christian life and your Christian journey, you’re gonna have needs. You’re gonna come down to places where you feel…it’s a struggle for you to feel like you can come like He invites. But His Word to you this morning is, you’re not coming because you qualify or you deserve to be here. You’re coming because I love you, I have provided everything for you, and I invite you to come, freely, boldly!

( congregational amens ).

You don’t have to come like a scalded dog! You just come as you are and say, Lord, I’m in need. And He says, I have everything that you need. Trust me. Take what I have provided and glorify Me in your life. I’m here to help. I’m here to live in you and to help you. I know you can’t. That’s why I did what I did. I know you don’t have any power to serve Me in yourself, but I have provided it all in Christ. Praise God! Praise God for the Gospel!

( congregational response ).

Either we have everything in Him or we don’t! And, we do! You know, Paul closes out Romans 8…who shall separate us from the love of God in Christ? Nothing can possibly do it because it’s all dependent on Him. And so when I let go and put all my trust in Him, there’s no weak link. It’s not like He builds a bridge so far and I’ve got to come up with the last little inch. If I have to come up with an inch of that bridge, it’s going to fall. He built the whole thing.

And all I have to do is get off of my high horse and realize what I am and how much I need Him, and just put my trust in Him. And that’s more than enough. It’s more than enough for you, right now, this day. Praise God!