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TV Broadcast #1288

Are You Stuck?

June 11, 2017

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Transcript of message from TV Broadcast 1288 -- taken from Closed Captioning Text

— Brother Phil Enlow: The most fundamental characteristic of human is self-preservation! I must hang to what I am and what I value at all costs! I cannot let it go! It’s all I’ve got! And the truth is, it’s exactly what we need to be willing to completely let go and let God replace it with all that He is. But oh, we don’t do that without divine power.

“For surely it is not angels He helps, but Abraham’s descendants.” (NIV). Now he’s not limiting that to the physical descendants, you understand that. “For this reason he had to be made like his brothers….” This is the reason he came! “He had to be made like his brothers in every way, in order that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in service to God, and that he might make atonement for the sins of the people. Because he himself suffered when he was tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted.” Anybody here need help?

( congregational response ).

Well, I’ve got somebody who’s able! Thank God! And of course, we know the scriptures that follow. He takes us through the fact that we need to enter into something that He’s done. He’s promised it. All that’s necessary is for us to stop trying and start trusting God, and then surrender our lives into His hands.

But then we come down to verse 14 of chapter 4. “Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has gone through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses….” Thank God, He’s able to sympathize! Whatever you and I face, whatever power tries to rise up and rule these bodies that we live in, He knows about it! He knows about it because He had to face it and He had to overcome it.

So, He knows. “…Every way, just as we are…” -- now here’s the one difference -- “yet was without sin.” Yet was without sin! “Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.”

Now, a lot of times we just cut that off because that’s the end of a chapter in our verse divisions here in our Bibles. But he goes on to describe God’s reasoning in doing that. And He looks back to the Old Testament and he says, you know, back in the Old Testament days we had priests who represented men to God. They were responsible to encourage the people, take their sacrifices and offer them to God, and God heard them, and He received them.

Listen to what he says about that. He says, “Every high priest is selected from among men and is appointed to represent them in matters related to God, to offer gifts of sacrifices for sins.” Now, this is the key. “He is able to deal gently with those who are ignorant and are going astray…” Why is that? Why is this human being able to deal that way with people? “…Since he himself is subject to weakness.”

You see God’s wisdom in that? “This is why he has…” the priest, “…has to offer sacrifices for his own sins, as well as for the sins of the people. No one takes this honor upon himself; he must be called by God, just as Aaron was. So Christ also did not take upon himself the glory of becoming a high priest. But God said to Him, you are my Son; today I have become your Father.” And so on. It goes on to paint the picture of Somebody who has been here and overcome.

Now, here’s a point that’s sort of dropped in, Chapter 9, I believe it is. You might wonder, ‘how did He do that?’ If He was just a man like we are, how in the world did He manage to get through life without messing up?

He talks about how…he’s comparing with the Old Testament sacrifices. I’m gonna jump into the middle of a thought. But it says, “How much more, then…” verse 14, “…will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself unblemished to God, cleanse our consciences….”

Did you notice that little phrase? It doesn’t just say, He did that, it tells us how He did it. It was through the eternal Spirit. In other words, it was God’s power enabling Jesus to live the kind of life that He lived on earth. The only reason Jesus was able to offer Himself without spot was because He completely relied upon God’s power to help Him as the only source of strength that He had to serve God! That’s a scary thought. If He had not had that help…but He did. God gave Him everything. Do you think God wants to give us what we need?

( congregational response ).

Yeah, He does! There are so many scriptures. But, I was just thinking of one. Well, let’s go back to Jesus. Here’s the point that I really wanted to make was this. We often use the wilderness temptation as an example of how to defeat the Devil, and it is.

You remember how Jesus went out into the wilderness, led by the Spirit. He fasted 40 days and 40 nights and was hungry, and it says the Devil, “…came to him and said, if you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.” And He said, “… It is written…” And the summary of that story is such that I think we miss a key. Because it almost conveys the picture, if you don’t put it in the general context of His life, that Jesus could just proof-text the Devil away!

( snapping fingers ).

It’s almost like, there was no real battle here, no real challenge. The Devil just said something, He said something back, and that was all. The Devil heard that and he just fled the scene…nothing he could do! I guarantee there was a pitched battle going on. We’re seeing a little summary of how Jesus stood.

But I mean, the willingness of Jesus to stand upon what God said…you don’t think His nature was crying out to agree with the Devil and then He had to really cry out to God and find strength to take that stand that He took, and hold it against the Devil, saying, Devil, this is where I stand?

I don’t know what the time element was in this. Like I say, the account makes it sound like it was just simple. And in one sense it’s simple, but it’s not easy. There’s a difference. How many of you have run into things in your life where you were facing some kind of a pressure, a temptation, something was coming against your mind and you recognized, hey, this is the Devil?

And you just sort of popped off the scripture you know you’re supposed to say, and the Devil didn’t go. And you realize it’s not meant to be some little push-button deal. Serving God is not a push-button experience where we just simply…we float through life, when the Devil comes we just bat him off and go on without any warfare!

I’ll tell you, there is a warfare that we are engaged in, personally, for our own lives and for the lives of the church, for the lives of people, the lives of individuals. There is a warfare against a real enemy! And one of the things that you will notice in Jesus’ life was that every juncture He prayed!

We see the power come forth when He goes forth to minister. But you look back and you see Him going out and spending long periods of time praying in a lonely place. Do you think He did that just to sort of say, well, I know they need to do that so, I don’t really have to, but I’m gonna do it anyway to make an example?

( congregation inaudible ).

You understand the connection between spending time with God and seeking Him and desiring to come into a relationship, opening channels of life and powers so that God can begin to move in and through us? Do you see the connection between what happened and the fact that He was able to go out and do what He did and withstand all the temptations of the enemy?

( congregational response ).

He had to go somewhere to get strength! It wasn’t just setting there in a pool waiting to happen. He had to have strength that He had to go out and spend time with God, and it was a wrestling. How many times do we read in the apostles, I was wrestling for you in prayer? There is real warfare going on.

But here’s Jesus seeking God with all of His heart, having to go out and to pray. I mean, He’s the ultimate example for us! Don’t think He was some kind of a…I don’t want this to come across wrong…a divine being that just didn’t feel our weaknesses and could just float through life. Yeah, He was the divine Son of God all right. Obviously, I’m not denying that at all. But He lived His earthly life experiencing our weaknesses, our needs, having to do things the same way we do.

( congregational response ).

Having to go to God…needing strength He didn’t have. And I’ll tell you, when He went out and when He prayed, He prayed until God answered! You remember what it says at the end of the His prayer in the garden? What happened? He prayed--He prayed. He poured out His heart. It says that angels came and strengthened Him. There was a divine response to the heart of Someone who was willing to lay down His life.

He had to fight against everything on the inside that just didn’t want to go this way, crying out, oh God, I want Your will and not Mine! Lord, if there’s any other way, go for it. But, I need…I want to do your will. There’s an exercise of His faith and His spirit that says, ‘I want what You want, Lord, and I can’t do this! I need Your help! Oh, God!’

I don’t know what the words were, but it’s the heart. It’s not magic words. It’s the heart that was reaching out, knowing that He needed God, He wanted God. He knew He needed help. And God sent the help that He needed.

You know, you have that picture in one other place. We talk about the Mount of Transfiguration as just the manifestation of His glory. But, I’ve noticed, and I don’t remember which one it is, I didn’t write down the scripture. But there’s one of the accounts of the transfiguration where it says, Jesus took Peter, James and John and went up to a mountain to pray. He wasn’t just taking a walk. He went up there to pray, and it was while He was praying…all of a sudden His appearance began to change. He began to glow and His clothes looked like lightening and suddenly Moses and Aaron appeared with Him.

And of course, the disciples are blown away by all that. But the reason He went there was to pray! And it was while He was praying you see God coming on the scene! There’s something that we need that is in heaven, that’s laid up for us, that God longs to release in our lives, and this is the key! This is the missing ingredient…in our lives, is the willingness to fight through in prayer the battles that we need to win. And, I stand here as one who really, really needs this. I’m not going to tell you, but there are areas of my life where I’ve been stuck. Anybody here?

( congregational response ).

Yeah! It’s like, that’s the way it is…this thing just has the upper hand, I can’t seem to get the upper hand. Maybe I’ll have it for a little bit and then all of a sudden, there it is again. I believe with all my heart, God longs to bring us to a place where we are willing to rise up and connect the dots and really believe what we say we believe…that Jesus paid it all, that there’s untapped riches in heaven that are ours.

How many of you think it’s a matter of convincing a reluctant God? Or somehow performing a religious duty and then once we perform it well enough, then we have earned the blessing? You see, I believe there’s something in the very exercise of coming to God that is just a matter of how it works. I don’t want to put it into mechanical terms. But it’s almost like this is the way God’s Kingdom works.

We’re told that Christ is like a vine, we’re like branches, the Life is in Him and that’s what we need if we’re gonna produce fruit. But how does the life that’s in there get in me? There is a way that God has prescribed that’s called prayer, where we come to God and we come to Him in such a relationship where the life that’s in Him…there’s a channel opened in our spirits. And that life that’s in Him can begin to flow in us and begin to give us strength that we simply don’t have in ourselves.

Folks, we do not have what it takes to defeat the enemy! We need to be going to God in faith, based upon His promises, but with a spirit of looking to Him. I’m gonna go to one scripture that’s real familiar. Interesting, I was already thinking about this…Dave Burns quoted this the other night in the prayer meeting…James 4, very familiar.

And James is talking about needs. But he comes down to the familiar words, “You do not have, because you do not ask God….” That’s pretty good key, isn’t it, to what the disconnect is? If God has everything we need, if God is willing to give us everything we need, why do we not have everything we need? That’s scary, simple logic, isn’t it? It’s because we do not ask. Asking sounds so simple. But there is a lot involved in coming to a place where I’m really asking for what God wants.

Because, doesn’t he deal, right here…it says, “When you ask, you don’t receive because you ask…” amiss. You ask with wrong motives. You see, we’re gonna have to spend time with God to the point where, like Jesus, we’re able to come…we’re enabled with God’s help, to say, Lord, I don’t want what I want, I want what You want.

We can’t just muster these things up. We need God’s help! In every point we’re told in the scriptures, we need to pray with the Spirit, we need God’s help! We don’t know how to pray as we ought. But God’s Spirit helps us! Even, “…with groanings which cannot be uttered…” (KJV). There are things that can well up in our hearts as we go to God that you can’t even put into words! But God understands that language!

And I’ll tell you, as we come to God based upon His promises, based upon His Word, and we reach out to Him, there is something, there are channels that are opened in our spirits where God can begin to come in! God can begin to strengthen! He can give us the wisdom! There are things about me that I don’t know how to beat! I need God to teach me. I need Him to show me…how did this get that kind of a hold? How did I get here? Lord, give me wisdom to know how to move in the right direction that I need to move.

And Lord, help me to be able to take a stand! Energize my prayer so that it’s not just me flapping my gums and thinking I can accomplish something by saying the right words! Lord, I want my spirit so aligned with You that Your life can flow into me and give me the power that I don’t have in myself.

And then, give me the courage to stand in that and not to give up because it doesn’t happen the way I think it’s supposed to happen, or when I think it’s supposed to happen. But to be willing to say, Lord, I’m pressing on the upward way! I believe there’s a God who longs to pour out blessings and longs to give us victories we have come to assume are impossible! But with God nothing is impossible. Praise God! I need this as much as anybody in this room. But we all do.

( congregational amens ).

Because we have not arrived! We could have the perfect set of doctrines. I’m certainly not gonna claim that we do. But I mean, we could have all of that. We could distill our religion down into how to do church, what to believe, how to do, what to stand for, and expect God to show up and it would be dead!

We need the same kind of a spirit that built this church, to cause us to experience God’s power in our lives so that we begin to walk out the things we profess to believe. I have no power in myself to do that. I don’t care how many good things I believe. I need God!

( congregational amens ).

But we have a God who is willing, a God who is able, a God who longs to reach out to His people. But He has given us a way by which this happens. We’re going to have to go to God in believing, humbling, submitting prayer, expectant…expecting God to do what He has promised to do in His Word! And just be willing to walk it out through the nitty-gritty of life.

It’s going to deal with things that are in here that want to rule us, that we need the mastery over. It’s gonna deal with situations and people that we’re concerned about. I don’t care what it is, we need God’s power. It’s got to be power-on-power because that’s what we’re up against.

If we don’t understand, if we don’t take seriously what is against us, we’re gonna just muddle through in human strength, and we’re gonna not accomplish much, if anything. But I’ll tell you, we have a God who is real. We have a Savior whose power is available to us. The life that brought Him out of the tomb is ours. Praise God! Anybody here need to tap into more of that?

( congregational response ).

Yeah! Well, I believe God’s heart is to encourage us. If God has provided everything, and we don’t have it, or we’re not taking hold of it, where is the disconnect? Is it on God’s part? Is He unwilling? Or, do we need to rise up and say, Lord, I need you. Help me to pray.

( congregational amens ).

It’s not a matter of mouthing lots of words, it’s a matter of coming to Him with our spirits and waiting upon Him. He’s the only one that can give us that desire! He’s the only one that can give us the strength to pray! Everything comes from Him!

( congregational amens ).

It’s not a matter of working up some kind of emotion! It’s a matter of just coming to Him and saying, oh God, I need You.

( congregational amens ).

But I’m trusting in what You have provided for me at the cross! I come, based upon Your promise, not based on anything that I could do. I could never deserve this. I come because I’m in need! But there’s a throne, there’s One who sits there who knows where I’m at. He’s felt what I feel, and He overcame it. And I need what’s in Him, in me.

There’s a God who will answer that kind of prayer. And I believe He can lead us to take ground that we have never had the faith to take. What about you?

( congregational response ).

Praise God!