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TV Broadcast #1286

Hope for the Weary

May 28, 2017

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Transcript of message from TV Broadcast 1286 -- taken from Closed Captioning Text

— Brother Phil Enlow: Good Lord! He fills it all! He’s aware every moment of every, not just atom, but every subatomic particle that they’ll ever discover. He’s aware of it fully, all the time, instantly! I mean, that’s an amazing God!

( congregational amens ).

“He brings princes to naught…” to nothing, “…reduces the rulers of this world to nothing. No sooner are they planted, no sooner are they sown, no sooner do they take root in the ground, than he blows on them and they wither, and a whirlwind sweeps them away like chaff.”

Well, one thing that tells me is, if you’ve got somebody who’s really puffed up and ruling and just making a lot of proud noise in this world, it’s because God is allowing it! It’s not because God is sitting there having an emergency counsel in heaven, trying to figure out what to do! He knows exactly and He is allowing Satan to hang himself! He is allowing what is happening in our world! And He simply wants His people to be aware and not to be hindered by it, not to be shut down because of what is happening. Praise the Lord! None of this is a problem to Him.

“To whom will you compare me? Or who is my equal? says the Holy One. Lift your eyes and look to the heavens: Who created all these?” And where did it come from? Not a big bang, I’ll tell you. It’s a big God! He didn’t need a big bang.

“He who brings out the starry host one by one, and calls them each by name….” You know, we talked about this before. It’s one thing to think about a few thousand visible stars, but when you start thinking in the order of trillions, that’s a pretty good language to have that many words. Wow! For Him to know every single one, know its orbit, know where it’s at, keep it orderly, and yet to be able to come down to the end and say, time shall be no more, and boom! He can just dissolve it that quick. I’ll tell you what, I want to live for His purpose. I want to be His. Praise God.

“Because of his great power and mighty strength, not one of them is missing.” So now He’s addressing the people, of course, who tended to look, as we all do, at their circumstances and at the world that they had to live in every single day. And it wasn’t just that there were heathen emperors out there doing bad stuff, they had one on the throne in Jerusalem! And he was a wicked man, an idolater, thumbed his nose at God throughout almost his whole life! He sort of humbled himself a little bit at the end. But I mean, he was the one that just…the die was cast by his reign. And it just…you know, it was just horrible.

“Why do you say, O Jacob, and complain, O Israel…?” Of course, none of us would ever complain, would we, actually? We’ve certainly matured beyond having anything negative to say or to think or self-pity. I mean, of course, we’ve all grown beyond that, haven’t we?!

Self-indulgence, all the little things that kind of go along with feeling the weight of stuff, feeling our weakness, feeling…looking around and feeling a sense of futility and all the things that we tend to feel as living as a part of this world…none of us would every experience that, right?

But you know, we have a Heavenly Father who understands, and that’s why He sent a word. It wasn’t a word of condemnation. It sure was a word of waking up and realizing how things really are. But it wasn’t like coming down with a mailed fist. This is coming down with…I’m a Shepherd, I want to carry you in my arms if that’s what’s needed. I love you.

“Why do you say, O Jacob, and complain, O Israel, My way is hidden from the Lord; My cause is disregarded by my God?” There’s something about the way God’s purpose is being worked out in our lives where we have to go through things where it looks like God doesn’t care and He’s not involved. It’s an amazing balance that only the wisdom of God could pull off, where God comes and He helps me and I’m aware of it…but if He goes that direction to long, I’m gonna become complacent, am I not? I’m gonna become careless, presumptuous. Hey, I can do what I want. God’s always gonna pick up the pieces.

How would I ever grow up if God did not let me feel what this world is really like, what life is really like, if He didn’t let me sow and reap some of the things, some of the bad decisions I’ve made, if He didn’t let me feel me weakness? What would I do? I would lean on it in a heartbeat. We’d do it without thinking. We think we can do stuff…but not when it comes to things that matter, things that are eternal. We need God! We need Him like we need our next breath.

( congregational amens ).

Oh, how wise He is. He can ride to our rescue when it’s the right thing to do, but He can let us experience the full weight of our weakness and sometimes our failures and all those things. We need to know why we need Him! And there’s no way that we’ll ever know that without being some place that’s…where we feel those things.

I mean, you think about the prodigal son. What did it take? And we say Lord, do whatever it takes. Well, in his case, what it took is getting in a hog pen. But are we different? No! In our Christian lives, there’s stuff that I know by theory, but I’ll tell you what, God has to do stuff. He has to let things happen. He has to let me feel my weakness and my infirmity. Didn’t He do that for Paul?

( congregational response ).

Sure He did. Because Paul wanted to serve God, but God saw something in his zeal and zeal brings with it a self-confidence. We tend to run in our strength. Think what He told Peter. You know, when you were young, you girded yourself. You went where you wanted to go. Your zeal fired and powered what you did! And you thought you were serving Me, and it wasn’t. It was just you.

When you’re old, you’re gonna stretch forth your hand and another will gird you. Another’s gonna give you what it takes. It’s a way of saying that. And carry you to places you don’t want to go, I mean it’s going to be against our human nature, but it’s gonna be right. It’s the only way that leads home, and that’s the way I want to go. But I tell you, God has to allow these things. Has He allowed any of that in your life?

( congregational response ).

Has He allowed your way to get hard and get difficult and maybe even discouraging and just suddenly, you’re weak and the pressures of life, the pressures of this world. We need to realize…part of waking up to what’s going on in the world is feeling the pressure that just kind of hangs in the air sometime, I mean, all the time. It hangs there all the time.

We need to know the kind of a world we’re up against so that we won’t bop along and think, hey, we’ve got it nailed. We know what to do. We just come and practice our little religion and everything’s cool, and we need Him. We need a relationship with Him! We need to come to places where we feel all of that so we will turn to Him and say oh, God, I need You. Help me.

( congregational amens ).

“Do you not know? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary….” That’s amazing. You know, we get all kinds of physical laws, but you can’t invent energy. You can’t create energy. But here He is…do you think that when He gives us strength, it somehow diminishes Him, like He’s gonna run out and you’ve got to go plug in somewhere? No. He is the source of all energy, all strength, all of everything. We never are without a source of what we need. Praise God! Praise God!

( congregational amens ).

He doesn’t get tired. I can’t imagine that. Lord, have mercy. “…His understanding no one can fathom. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.” Oh, praise God! You know, I was just thinking about this. It goes on. He says, “Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall.”

Why is it that we get weary? I mean, I understand that we can get physically tired under the best of circumstances. But I’m talking about more than just a physical weariness. I’m talking when it begins to weigh on our hearts and minds and our spirits, and we begin to kind of coast, give in, just kind of float along and we’re not really engaged much. We’re just feeling…oh, we’re just…and then, of course the devil comes, and he begins to tempt us with this and push us in that direction. And we go the way of least resistance. Why do you do that? I mean, why does that happen?

( congregational response ).

Exactly. We’re running in our own strength. And I tell you, the Lord can explain it until He’s blue in the face, but the only way we ever get that is when we have to face it and look in the mirror and say, Lord, I did it again. Lord, I’m running in my own strength. Once again, You’re showing me that I’m not up to this. The Christian life is totally impossible for me.

But Your plan is not for me to try to live for You and earn acceptance. It’s to come at the Cross and lay down my burden and give You my heart and lay it down and just open up my heart and have You give me a new heart and a new strength.

But even then, I’ve got to learn how to live in that, because I’m like Peter. Lord, I’ll never deny You. Seriously? Though everybody denies You, I won’t. I’ll lay down my life for You. What did Jesus say? Of course, He told him to pray. He says, “The spirit is willing, but the body is weak.” Of course, the flesh is strong to do its thing in the world, but it’s weak when it comes to the things of God.

It’s awful easy for us to say the right thing and then, we’re standing there and we’re trying to draw on the resources of self. We throw up our hands. We have no strength against this world. You know, it’s one thing to live among men and be a person of accomplishment and feel like hey, I can, I’m stronger. I’m better. I’m wiser. I’ve got the will power. I’ve got all the human attributes that enable me to be a success in the world. All of that is worthless.

( congregational amens ).

I tell you, when God calls somebody into His kingdom, He doesn’t call many of those kinds of people. And when He does, He’s got a big job on His hands to get them to unlearn all that and to realize, I have one thing! He wants to live in me! He will use attributes that He has put into my character, but they will not be fueled by me! Because I tell you, anything we fuel, that we inject our energy into it, and it’s really from us, it tends to be for us, doesn’t it?

( congregational response ).

It’s not really for Him. It’s really for us. Who deserves the glory?

( congregational response ).

And I’ll tell you, think about what He said to Peter about being old. And Brother Thomas used to say what he means is mature. But a lot of times, old in years tends to go along with that, doesn’t it? I can see some gray heads going.

( laughing ).

( laughter ).

Because we thought we were pretty cool stuff when we were young, didn’t we? Man, we’d lay hold of the new revelation, and we’re gonna run with it. We’re gonna changed the world. God needs to change us. But isn’t He faithful to do it?

( congregational amens ).

And I’m so thankful He doesn’t do it with this angry fist. He does it like that shepherd. Oh, praise God! So if you’re one whose feeling a lot of that tiredness and weariness, not necessarily just in body but it’s begun to affect your spirit, you’re not alone. This is a common condition among men. And oh, how the Lord’s heart would reach out to lift our eyes so we don’t get bogged down and held up and defeated and just stay in this state of depression, or whatever it is, that it tends to lead to. We can rise up in our hearts and look to Him who never runs out of strength.

( congregational amens ).

And He promises it. “…Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” I’ve seen at least three different ways that word hope is translated. Obviously, in the King James, those who ‘wait’ on the Lord. This says, those who ‘hope’ in the Lord. I think the NLT has those who ‘trust’ in the Lord.

There’s a richness to the meaning of the original. It’s not simply wait in the sense of time, though sometimes time may be involved. It is an expectation. Hope is more than, boy, I hope He helps me here. It’s not this wish, baseless wish. This is a hope that is based upon His revealed character and His promises! And even when time is involved, we’re talking about a God who has given us a certainty!

Why did He say earlier that men and all that they do, I can blow them away like this, but the Word of the Lord stands forever? Why would we trust in what we see rather than what He says? But learning that is another story, and that’s what life is about. It’s learning how to repose our trust in what He has said.

But His promise here is those who hope, those who come to Him…Lord, You are the one I am depending on. You have brought me, yet again, to a place where I feel my need. Lord, I do not have what it takes. But of course, You know that. And that’s why Jesus died, and that’s why He rose. That’s why the life that was in Him is [in] me, because I’ve put my trust in You! Oh, I’m looking to You right now. I need a fresh touch. I need You to come and help me. I need You to lift my spirits, to help me, not to reckon on what I feel and what I am and what I see, but to reckon on Your faithfulness.

“Those who hope…” There’s an expectation. How many of you find that when you think about finding hope in the Lord and situations where you feel kind of down, find that a challenge? You find the devil tries to undermine that sense of hope like, look at you, look what you did, look what you are. He’s disgusted with you. Why should you have any reason to put your trust in Him? Why should He help you? Well, what are you looking at? You’re looking at you. God looked at you, too, and He sent His Son to the cross to take care of that.

( congregational amens ).

Praise God! Praise God!

( congregational praise ).

He has given us every reason to push through all of the lies, all the weakness, to run to Him not because we deserve it, but because we need Him and because His promise is real. And that’s what I want to lean on with all my heart. Praise God!

And you know, a lot of our being able to be really used of Him has everything to do with learning that we cannot do in ourselves, learning how to let go and to humble ourselves to the reality that without Him we can do nothing. And more than just a resignation to that fact, you could sort of resign yourself to that and it be almost with an air of resentment. Yeah, I know it’s true, but I don’t like it!

But you know, there’s a place that God wants to bring us to where we can rejoice that it’s that way. And because we see with different eyes than the world sees, we see where this is all going. And we know that He’s not crushing us to destroy us. He’s separating us. He’s delivering us from what we are in ourselves so that we can have Him, and it’s so much better.

You know, I picked up on something…we listened to that Jim Cymbala message the other night, and he was talking about unusual thanks, I think it was, something like that. And at one point, he went to the Cross, and he went to the last supper and Jesus giving thanks for…and said, “…this is my body, which is broken for you.” (KJV). And He kind of hinted at what jumped out at me. But he went on to our being thankful for what He did.

Well, praise God, that’s right, obviously. But I never really noticed the implications of what Jesus did. Here He is holding up bread, holding up wine, and He’s telling them what that represented. This is my flesh. This is my body. This is my blood. And what does He do? He says thank You, Father. Thank You. Thank You, that I get to go to the Cross. Thank You. I see what this world is. I see where this is going. Thank You that I have the privilege of giving up all of this so that I can accomplish that for them. Thank You.

God, are we selfish! We don’t want to die. But when the Lord is looking to bring us to that place that He has for us, where we look to Him and we see with His eyes, more than we do now…I’ll tell you, one of the marks of really getting that is when we can say, thank You.

( congregational amens ).

Paul gloried in his weakness, didn’t he? He didn’t tolerate it and resent it. He gloried in it. Why? Because God had given him a heart to say, my calling is to help them. It’s not for me, it’s for them. Oh, they were warning Him. Don’t go to Jerusalem. He said, why are you trying to break my heart? I’m ready to die. “For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.”

I tell you, that’s takes some experience with God. But here is the heart of God saying, look how great I am, but look how tender I am. Look how ready I am to lift you up and to help you and to encourage you. But I don’t want you to do it resentfully. I want you to come to me with a thankful heart.

And I don’t want you just to know about this. I want you to experience Me. The only way I can experience the greatness of what he’s talking about here is to be in a place where I feel what he’s describing, where I have run out of gas, and the devil is pouring it on and saying, it’s no use. Just go indulge yourself. Go…just go into a funk. None of you would ever do that.

( laughter ).

And instead, we learn to lift up our eyes and say, oh God, now is the time for me to experience what You’ve promised. This needs to become personal. Does that mean He’s gonna come, and we’re gonna feel exhilarated? No. I’ll tell you what, we can still have a peace and a strength and a steadiness on the inside even when we continue to feel outward weakness.

Sometimes, yeah, He could make us like Arnold Schwarzenegger if wants to, but the strength that I need is the strength to simply put one foot in front of another and say, God’s Word is real. God is true, He’s with me, He loves me. It’s worth everything to serve Him. And I tell you, when we do that, there’s a peace that we sung about earlier. And it’s not just a peace that keeps us now. It’s one that’s gonna take us all the way through, because it’s not us that’s doing it, it’s Him, from front to finish.

( congregational amens ).

Praise God! What an awesome Savior, what an awesome God we serve! So if you’re in that place today where you feel, oh God, I’m tired, I’m weak, I’m weary. The battle just seems endless, and I’m so tired, and my spirit is flagging. God has the answer for you. He hasn’t called you to run in your own strength. He’s called you to lean upon Him and to spend time with Him and to look to Him. And He’s promised to be there and to give you what you need. Praise Him. Praise the Lord!