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TV Broadcast #1313

Walking With God
Part One

December 3, 2017

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Transcript of message from TV Broadcast 1313 -- taken from Closed Captioning Text

— Brother Phil Enlow: I’ve had thoughts going through my mind for the last few days really and they’ve kind of centered around a familiar chapter in Hebrews 11. But…we hear things many times, but I believe the Lord can make them fresh and can put a particular emphasis on a scripture that is relevant to where we’re living and that’s what I pray for.

You know, the writer throughout this book has been dealing with people that have heard the Gospel. They were Jews and that was their background, and the writer was concerned — we don’t know who it was for sure — but the writer was concerned that they stop short of really embracing the eternal covenant that was meant to replace the temporary one.

And, so he goes over and over again enumerating the promises, the hope of eternal life, the rest that we can come into in something that God has done that’s modeled for us in the Garden of Eden. You know, God finished the work and then He basically He turned it over to them.

Isn’t that an awesome model for us? That God has finished a work and now He places it in our hands and if we draw upon the resources of that, we have everything we need. We have every reason to rejoice.

And anyway, he goes forward and he goes over and over again the hope and the promise of something that God is doing. Christ has already done everything that’s necessary. He’s waiting until all His enemies be made His footstool.

And so he comes into chapter 10 in the familiar part where he talks about, “…Do not throw away your confidence…” (NIV). Don’t give up meeting together. Don’t throw all this away. This is eternal. This is worth everything. And that’s at the point where he goes into chapter 11.

And chapter 11 really…we typically think of it as the faith chapter, but I also see it in another light and that is the promise chapter, because the faith is not just a vague feeling. There is an object of that faith and it’s the hope and the promise of God. And so, you see that theme carried through.

And it really goes into the thought that carries forward into what we call chapter 12 where we’re told, like they did in the Old Testament, like all these examples of men who lived and died by faith, we have our Savior and we need to run our race and we need to look to Him and consider Him and then He becomes the ultimate example of One who has run an earthly race trusting in God.

And the thought there is not only did He do it, He did it with joy, in spite of what He had to face to do it. So, we have lessons and examples of really what it means to serve God in this world.

And one lesson that just kept coming back to me over and over again is the absolute individuality, the uniqueness of the race that God has called each of us to run. We’re not like each other. And you cannot just have a cookie-cutter Christian. This is the way…this is how your life is supposed to…everyone has a different calling.

You look back and you see in the lives of these people how different they were. Abel offering a better sacrifice than Cain…he didn’t have a lot to go on and I don’t know why…we’re not told exactly why God respected him and not the other one. There’s a clue there in that he didn’t just bring a bunch of vegetables and say, here, God. He brought the best of his flock. So there is kind of a clue there that God saw something in his heart. God looks at the inside, doesn’t He? You can come here and go through a form and God sees that your heart is not there. So that’s a lesson in itself, isn’t it?

But think about Enoch. I mean, we don’t have any real record that he ever did anything heroic. He lived a long life, a lot longer than any of us…several hundred years…didn’t live as long as most of the patriarchs, but there were several hundred years. But the one characteristic of his life was a very simple one. He walked with God. That’s all God required of him. I mean, you think about a God who wants to come down and spend time with a human being! That’s mind boggling!

( congregational response ).

But in the particular era that he lived in, there was no other purpose that God had, other than him just walking, fellowshipping with God and living his life, but living his life with that as the dominating principle. He didn’t allow himself to say, I’m tired of this. I want to go do something else. There was that constant in his life.

My life is not just about living for the lust of my flesh. That’s where the world is going. You know, it was on a downhill track at the time. But out of all those people, there was a simple testimony, Enoch walked with God.

I mean, what a lesson that is for every one of us. Regardless of what your lot in life is, whatever your place is, whatever God has called you…the race that He’s called you to run, that’s a constant. God doesn’t want us to live lives that are just disconnected from Him or connected in sort of a loose, I’m gonna visit God on Sunday kind of way. But rather, every single day…this is something that certainly has been said many times lately, and I believe it’s an emphasis that God is…it’s really from His heart.

( congregational amens ).

It isn’t some kind of law that you’ve got to be religious all the time. That’s not what it is. But there’s that sense that, I’m walking with You, Lord. You care about my life. You care about the details of the life that You called me to live! They may seem mundane to me. I may look at somebody else and say, why am I not like them? Aren’t we good at that?

( congregational response ).

You know, I thought about a prime example in the life of…right at the end of the story of Jesus. He was…didn’t we sing that song about the table spread…by the seashore? Well, how many of you remember what happened right after that, at the end of that incident? When the Lord talks to Peter and said, do you love Me, three times, and then feed My sheep.

And then He tells Peter that verse, that saying that has gathered so much more meaning because of what Brother Thomas went through that one time. When you were young you girded yourself and you went where you wanted to go, you did what you wanted to do…that’s the emphasis on it. “But when you are old you will stretch out your hands, and someone else will dress you and lead you where you do not want to go.”

And this He said, “…to indicate the kind of death by which Peter…” was to die. And there’s a whole lot more to that than the fact that he was eventually gonna be crucified. It was a daily kind of…you’re gonna live in such a way that it’s not what your flesh and your nature wants, you’re gonna stretch forth your hand, I’m gonna make you able to do what I want you to do, and I’m gonna carry you places your flesh may not want to go. But it’s gonna be a meaningful life. And there’s going to have to be death in order to accomplish that. Well, Peter was like a lot of us. He turns around and looks at John and said, what about him?

( laughter ).

And, basically Jesus said, mind your own business.

( laughter ).

But what he says, “If I want him to remain alive until I return, what is that to you? You must follow me.” But isn’t there a lesson in that, folks? That we need to have the sense that we are unique in God’s eyes. He has called us. There will never be another like us. He has called us to run our race.

Your race may be just to be a faithful…someone who walks with God, someone who exhibits the life of Christ in your home, in your family, in your particular sphere of influence! He may never call you to go to a foreign mission field. He may never call you to stand before 10,000 people and preach the Gospel. He may never call you to raise the dead! It doesn’t make you worth any less to Him! It doesn’t make your life any less significant, because God has laid a race before every single one of us.

And you go through this again and you see Abraham, of course, as an example of somebody who…God spoke to him and gave him an instruction and a promise. And Abraham believe God and God considered him a righteous man because he believed Him.

But that faith was not simply a mental thing, was it? I mean, think about how ridiculous it would have been for God to say, leave your family, leave your country, go to a land I’ll show you and I’ll make you to be a great nation. Okay, Lord, I believe You. And then sit there. In other words, the action, the faith precipitated an obedience to what God said. There was a particular instruction to Abraham, Abram at the time, to do and he carried out. And he demonstrated that kind of a commitment of faith throughout his whole life. That was the life that God laid out for him! And, he carried it out.

But then you think about Isaac. I mean, there weren’t even hardly all that many events in Isaac’s life that I recall. Abraham got a wife for him and what was his job in the Kingdom of God? What was his place in the Kingdom of God? To live, to believe, to remain faithful! There weren’t any major events that were gonna happen in his life. Just…I’ve brought you here…you, yourself, are a miracle. You weren’t supposed to be here, but I intervened and you’re here. And what I want you to do is continue to hold fast to faith in Me and trust Me and live for Me and walk with Me and transmit that to the following generation. That’s a kind of a pretty big part of everything, isn’t it? That’s a message to fathers.

( congregational amens ).

We are never more than one generation away from catastrophe…spiritually, nationally, you name it. So that’s a pretty big one. But he was faithful, wasn’t he?

And then along came Jacob. Boy, he had a time, didn’t he? He was gonna do it his own way. He was a schemer and God allowed him to run and do and just kept meeting with him, kept kind of steering him in the right direction until there came that night when he just wrestled with the angel. God sent an angel to oppose him and he wrestled and said, I won’t let you go until you bless me. And God used all the circumstances to get a hold of his life and to bring him to a place where he understood his place in the plan of God.

And he settled there and he raised his sons. They were kind of a mess, weren’t they? Boy, I mean, they were just people like us. We think of all these great patriarchs and we don’t realize that we’re just exactly like they are. We need the same God who worked with them and did what He had to do in their lives to get them on track. He’s with us today.

I want to be…I don’t want to be like the horse and the mule that David wrote about…where He’s got to whop me upside the head to get me to do what he wants, to clue me in as to what He’s doing. I want to be one that walks with Him and says, Lord, I love You. I want to walk with You. Help me to walk this day, not a life of anxiety, and oh my God, where am I going, why am I not like them…but just a rest and a trust that takes me through today and keeps me in such contact with Him that He can steer me where He wants to steer me.

If it’s something He wants me to do, He can let me know! I don’t have to strive or worry about it. I can walk with Him. And if He gives me something to do, I know He’s gonna empower me to do it and it’s gonna be a blessing.

So, anyway, he raises up Joseph and Joseph’s life was certainly a different one, wasn’t it? In the plan of God, he was sold as a slave and he winds up in Egypt. And what a different life that was! And yet, he was exactly in the center of God’s will! As much as his grandfather, who sat there…or his father…whoever it was…I guess Isaac was his grandfather, whose job was just to remain in the Promised Land and serve God!

But here Joseph’s job was to go and to be faithful in slavery, and then in prison, and then God raised him up to a high place and completely prepared him for what his particular race was! And then, God used all of that to kind of bring his brothers in line and humble them, and bring them all down to Egypt and get them where He wanted them at the time…over and over again.

And then you see Moses. I mean, what an unusual race God put him in. He was…in order to preserve his life, God arranged for him to be raised in the palace in Egypt! And there came a time in his life when he had to make choices. There’s kind of a lesson in that, isn’t there? How many…Brother Thomas used this so many times. How many times do we see young people grow up and they come to a point and they look like they’re just part of us and they get it, but they reach a point where they’ve got to decide, am I gonna live for this world or am I gonna live for God?

And, Moses reached that point, didn’t he? He had to make a radical choice. You know, part of the problem that we have in this country is it doesn’t seem all that radical. It almost seems like you can have God and the world, too. I’m gonna say what I’ve said many times. It is not going to stay that way. God is going to arrange it to where we are going to have to make a radical choice. Am I going to become a part of the people of God that this world hates, persecutes, or am I gonna just go and throw it all away and live for the world? You cannot have it both ways.

And anybody who clings to the world, that’s where you’re gonna wind up, I’ll guarantee it, if that’s in your heart. So anyway, I’m kind of mixing up some of these lessons, but the uniqueness of their calling…and so Moses has to make that choice and he does and God takes him way off in the wilderness!

There’s not a single person here where you could take the map of their life and say, this is how I serve God. That was how they served God, but the same God that led them is your God! Your life may not seem to be something exciting and wonderful and all of that. It may seem very, very mundane. But I’ll tell you, if it’s the life that God has called you to, He values it. He values you. And all He is looking for from you is to say, Lord, I surrender. I’m trusting in You. I’m looking beyond what I see here. And that’s what enabled Moses.

And so, he led the people and God performed one miracle after another, and led him in a way that was…well, even Hollywood likes the kind of stuff that happened in his life. Very few of us have Hollywood lives or lives that they could make movies about and anybody would come to see.

( laughter ).

But that’s okay! You know, God has so many…what a God of variety He is!

( congregational amens ).

He’s never made another one exactly like you, or me…thank God.

( laughing ).

But oh, what a glorious thing it is for a God who can take all of our individual lives and map something out that works together, that fulfills a place in His purpose. Oh, what a…the simplicity of what He’s called us to!

And then you get on to…he just lists a bunch, where he says, I don’t have time to talk about Gideon and Barak and Samson. Samson! The Lord did some amazing things through him, but Samson was kind of a mess, wasn’t he? And yet, God was able to take that mess and accomplish what His purpose was.

I don’t want to be like Samson. We can learn lessons of what not to do and how to avoid the problem of not cooperating with God. I don’t know if that all came together right, but anyway, you know what I’m talking about. His old lust got in the way of what God had called him to do, but yet in the end there was something still in his heart that enabled him to rise up in a time of utter weakness and all of that.

Well, you remember how he was…he had been rendered blind, the strong man who’d been an enemy to the people there. And they tied him up and made him grind stuff like an animal, brought him out for sport in this great big place that had columns. And he got by the columns and the Lord gave him the strength once more and he still accomplished God’s will.

I’ll tell you, I don’t want to be like him. I want to learn from him, but God is not looking for perfection. He’s looking for this quality of faith that says, God, my life is yours. Lead me in the path that You have chosen for me and help me to be joyful and content. Praise God!

And of course, you’ve got Jephthah and others that had great…you can go back and read some of their things in the…the Judges. “…David, Samuel and the prophets, who through faith conquered kingdoms…” I’m down in verse 33 now. “…Administered justice, and gained what was promised….”

You see that word? Over and over again you see the underlying thing is God giving a promise and people believing it to the point where that defined their life. At every point in their life there would be something that would rise up against that promise and declare that this is what you ought to be doing. God doesn’t mean…if God’s promise were true, this would be the case, that would be the case…there’s this constant assault of the enemy against the truthfulness of God and the promises that He has given.

But the defining characteristic was people who never let go of that promise, even if they wobbled on the way, even if they didn’t walk the way perfectly, there was something there that was so real, that the bottom line was, I’m gonna serve God. I believe Him in the face of whatever comes.

That’s what God wants from every one of us…nothing more than that! I’ll tell you, if we walk with God and we simply cling to the promise and we don’t throw it away, because time goes by or whatever, I’ll tell you, there’s a God who will stand by His Word. That’s the whole message of this thing. Don’t throw away your confidence because there’s a great reward that’s coming.

But think about this, —and we’ve pointed out this before — the great things, the heroic things they were able to do…they, “...Conquered kingdoms, administered justice, and gained what was promised; who shut their mouths of lions…” You have Daniel in there. “…Quenched the fury of the flames…” the three Hebrew children in the furnace, “…and escaped the edge of the sword; whose weakness was turned to strength; and who became powerful in battle and routed foreign armies. Women received back their dead, raised to life again.”

Boy, sign me up! That’s the kind of life I want to live! I want to be…I don’t know, some heroic character…Indiana Jones. I want to be Indiana Jones of God’s Kingdom.

( laughter ).

Lord, give me something heroic to do. I don’t want to just sit here and do my job and clean my dishes or all the mundane things of life. But there’s one thing that struck me as I was reading these. And of course, it goes on to talk about people who had the other side of the coin. They were persecuted and killed, and all kinds of things.

But one thing that really struck me, not just the individuality, the uniqueness of everybody’s calling…no two were the same. What was the time element? There is always a time element when God makes a promise. There’s always a waiting. There is always an enduring. There’s always a standing that’s necessary. In fact, it was so much of a factor in these people’s lives that, it comes to the end of chapter 11 and it says, these all died in faith not having received the promise. There were promises that were made in the interim, but the ultimate promise was something that was yet to come when they died. And yet, what they did, what they believed was so real.