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TV Broadcast #1314

Walking With God

December 10, 2017

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Transcript of message from TV Broadcast 1314 -- taken from Closed Captioning Text

— Brother Phil Enlow: I’ll tell you, when God comes and confronts a human life, there is something that is supernatural that happens. And, you know, if we really allow that to take deep root in our hearts and our lives, it does something that you can’t get over!

But the very nature of the Kingdom of God is we’re going to have to stand when the feelings aren’t there, when the circumstances seem utterly contrary…when you’re like David, you say, how long oh Lord? I’m in a bad place, I keep calling and I don’t hear any answers.

But I’ll tell you, that never means that God’s Word has gone unfulfilled. His being with us does not depend on how we feel and how things look. It depends upon His promise. I’ll tell you, if we’d learn to walk with God, we could have a…there’s just a whole different way of thinking and living that I sense God wanting to bring me into in a deeper way.

Here’s an illustration that’s a simple one. You know, life is full of storms, isn’t it? Where is the safest place in a hurricane…other than somewhere on the ground? But I mean, assuming you don’t have that…where’s the safest place in a hurricane? Right in the middle of it! Yeah! All the winds spin in such a sharp, tight turn. But right in the middle it’s absolutely quiet.

You know, we sing the place…there is a place in God, where rest is complete. Folks, I want to stay in that place where I’m at rest in the center of His will. I’m not, why is it this way and not that way. How long, oh Lord? You know, and I want to do this, I want to do that. There are so many things that will pull us out of that and get us into that…suck us into that wind and that turbulence and all that the enemy wants to destroy us with. I want to have that spirit of rest and faith, don’t you?

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Do you believe God has given us that?

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Didn’t He say, “Take my yoke…and learn from me.” (NIV). You know, you look at some of these…you’ll find rest for your souls. But look, some of these people really had a time, didn’t they? I talked about Jacob and all the hard times that he went through, and it was his own…it was that nature that just kept driving him to try to scheme and get through life by his wits and try to take hold of stuff by human engineering.

And I’ll tell you, it takes a while…some of us are really natured that way, aren’t we? Man, we’re gonna do it. We’re going to make things happen our way. And God has got to bring us to a place where we recognize He has created us for a reason. You’re not an accident. God made you. He thought about you before the world was formed. He has a plan. He has a place. He has a vision for you.

This world will supply us with all kinds of reasons to live. And every single one of them that the world offers will lead you to destruction if you follow it. But God has a purpose for you. Like I say, He thought about you before the world was formed. And there’s nothing that would give Him greater joy and pleasure than to lead you step-by-step through all the trials and troubles of this life…to keep you in a place of peace, and me, where we yield our wills and our hearts to Him and we desire His will above our own. And we say, Lord, lead me in the path. Help me to be content with my place.

If I’m like Isaac and I just have to receive the faith and transmit it to the next generation and just be faithful, help me to do that, and realize that matters! That matters to You. If You want me to go out and slay the giant, Lord, I know you’re gonna be with me. But that’s Your purpose. If you want me to march around Jericho with your people, then I’m gonna do that. But Lord, whatever Your purpose, if You want me to lay down my life and say, Lord…like Ken says, I win either way.

That’s the ultimate way to win is to say, Lord, I’m going to stand for You regardless. Do you realize the time is going to come when Jesus’ words will be fulfilled? There’ll be family members betraying others to death. It’s happening in other parts of the world now. Do you realize those things are gonna be fulfilled? Folks, we need something that is real.

( congregational amens ).

We need a heart that’s so focused. That’s why chapter 12 begins with, ‘looking to Jesus!’ You know, run the race that’s set before you. Lay aside the things that hinder. But look to Jesus because you’re going to have to have Him! Not just as an example but as a resource! Everything we need to run the race God has set before us, He’s given to us. Praise God! But oh, it’s all built on His promise, isn’t it?

And I thought of this other thing. Now how in the world does somebody reach this point where they have that kind of conviction? Now, you go back to the beginning of chapter 11, it says, “…faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.” How in the world is this certainty possible?

You know, the world has its own ideas about how knowledge happens. And you get somebody…we preached recently on a foolish message, and how foolish all this is to somebody from the world. Why? Because we acquire what we call knowledge by certain natural processes, we reason things out. We think about them. We try to understand, or we see. You know, seeing is believing. We accumulate knowledge in certain ways.

But I’ll tell you, there’s a reality about the Kingdom of God that doesn’t work that way! Paul said, “…Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard…the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.” (KJV). Now, a lot of times…that’s in 1st Corinthians, chapter 2 if you want to look it up.

A lot of times, most of the time, I’ve heard that used about heaven. Oh, it’s going to be wonderful. We haven’t imagined it. Well, that’s true enough. But if you read what Paul is saying in the context, he’s talking about the knowledge of the Kingdom of God. He’s talking about a foundation for faith. And he’s saying, nobody has figured this out! The philosophers have tried to figure out life and they didn’t come up with this. Nobody’s seen it! “But God has revealed it to us by his Spirit.” (NIV).

You see, people acquire their knowledge by these natural means. But there’s a source of knowledge that comes directly from a living God to the heart of a person. And that knowledge can be so…when it’s really received, it is so powerful, there is such an abiding conviction that it is strong enough to carry us against the wind, against the storms of this life, to help us to be able to have a conviction that enables us to lay down our lives if necessary. Because heaven becomes…and the Kingdom of God becomes more real than what we see here. Think about what was said in chapter 11 about Moses. How did he endure?

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“…Seeing him who is invisible.” (KJV). That sounds like a contradiction, because nobody’s ever seen God…the Word tells us that. We know what He’s like because of Jesus, but God in His essence, He’s invisible. No one’s ever seen Him. But oh, that doesn’t mean we can’t know that He’s real! I’ll tell you, what has to happen…there has to be a meeting with God, there has to a confrontation. There has to be a penetration of our hearts and our spirits with the reality that God is real.

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That His kingdom is real…that man in his own state is on a course for hell…that God has provided a different path and a different way and a way to be rescued from all of that. And, Praise God!

I’ll tell you, I pray that there will be…that everybody here has that. I don’t know. I can’t see your hearts. But I’ll tell you, what is going to make all the difference in this world, is you having that personal confrontation and a relationship with God where God hems you up.

( congregational amens ).

You think of Paul. Boy, he thought he knew…Saul. He had it all down. He knew what life was about. His life was full of purpose and conviction, to the point where he was killing Christians, thinking he was serving God. What happened? God confronted him! He met the risen Christ on the road to Damascus. And his life was flipped upside down! He had a source of knowledge that none of his Pharisee friends had. It changed his life. Folks, you’ve got to have that.

( congregational amens ).

Everybody in chapter 11 had that. Somewhere along the line there was a meeting, there was a confrontation with God where God convicted them of the reality of His Kingdom and His purpose, and that became the governing principle of their life. It wasn’t, I’m gonna live my life and go to church and believe in Jesus in some vague way, and I’m going to heaven someday. This becomes their life!

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This is what my life is about! It’s about serving His Kingdom! Folks…it would amaze us if we had a vision, if God gave us a vision and a roadmap of what our purpose is. You have no idea the potential that’s here. Even if your life is just a mundane life to live out your life and manifest Christ in your world, you have no idea how important that is.

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But there could be people here who carry the Gospel to foreign lands, who do preach to the thousands. I’ll tell you, we cannot afford to just live our lives and just imagine that that’s all there is to it. Praise God! I just pray the Lord will take this. I feel weak this morning, but I thank God for His promise…when we’re weak, we’re strong.

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I must be Samson this morning.

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But I’ll tell you, God is so worthy to be served and worthy to be praised. But how do you know what you know? That’s a good question. How do you know what you know? Do you know it because you’ve figured it out? There are a lot of people that approach the Bible that way. They’re under the illusion that you can study it and figure it out. You can’t do that. If you don’t know the Author, you don’t have a clue what this is really about!

( congregational amens ).

But I’ll tell you, you take the Author and you take this together, and you’ve got a source of knowledge this world does not possess.

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That’s the kind of knowledge I want. I want to learn to walk with Him and just hear His heart and hear His voice, and be able to move forward in Him. But I’ll tell you…this is what has got to be the foundation of every one of our lives. We’re not just a church…a religious organization. If that’s all we are, we’re nothing! There’s no future.

But if we are a people who have been called to a particular course in our lives, just as Paul ran his race and finished his course, so are we called to do the same thing, even though it’s not so glamorous in the eyes of the world. If we had any idea how important we are to the Lord…how much He values us. You want to know how much you’re worth to the Lord? Look at the cross—look at the cross!

( congregational amens ).

That’s the value He’s set upon your life and mine. And He did it when we were His enemies. I want to serve somebody like that!

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Praise God! Praise God! And for Him to provide everything that I stand in need of, to be able to step into the life that He’s made for me. Oh God, help us and bring us out of…just eliminate everything that would turn us aside! You know, at one point in this passage it talks about the fact that if the people that had been called to leave their country had thought about the country they left, if their hearts had been thinking about that, they might have had opportunity to return. But they professed that they were strangers and pilgrims, that they we seeking something other than just going back to the life they knew. They wanted to go forward. That promise was so real that it trumped every other consideration.

You know, where’s your heart and mind? Does it long for something out there that’s a part of the world and you’re trying to figure out what am I about, what’s my life about? Oh, I pray that God will turn you and me every which way but loose, because He loves us enough to keep us from the road to destruction that this world is on. Praise God!

I alluded to this earlier…and what it says of Jesus, “Let us fix our eyes…” down in chapter 12, “…let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” (NIV). What jumped out at me is what we’ve alluded to many times, is the fact that what enabled Him to run the race God set before Him was his eye was fixed on the goal and not the process. There’s a lot be said for that, isn’t there? And so, there was a joy! Do you realize we can do the dishes with joy?

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We can change diapers with joy! Well, some of you can.

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I’ve never had that opportunity…but anyway. Praise God! But you understand what I’m saying. The things that you do on a daily basis, we can do with a sense, I’m walking with Jesus in what I’m doing. I’m fixing a windshield. I’m repairing an air conditioner. I’m building a house. I’m laying bricks. I’m teaching kids. I’m trying to discipline unruly kids that don’t get it and they’ll get it when they get kids of their own.

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And it’s ‘payback time’ and they understand what I had to go through. You know, we get so bogged down in the process that we lose sight of what it’s about and where it’s going and what God is doing in us through having to stand up to those things, and having to maintain a spirit of joy. Lord, thank You. Thank You that You love me. Thank You for the joy You’ve set before me. Lord, I’m gonna submit to the process that gets me there, because I know that these things, they’re temporary. Didn’t Paul say the same thing?

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“While we look not at the things which are seen…” (KJV). The things that are seen are temporary, the things that are unseen are eternal. You see that theme in so many that…they had much more difficult lives than you and I will probably ever have. And yet, there was that sense of joy! How many times did it say, they rejoiced that they were counted worthy to serve God? I mean, boy, most of us, if we got hauled off to jail, we’d be calling for Steve Talbert, ‘get me out of here!’

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Bail me out of here! Get me a lawyer who can straighten out this mess. It’s not fair. I mean, we’d have all kinds of things going on, instead of saying, Lord, I’m in Your hands. You fight my battles if there’s something to be fought here, particularly if I’m there because I’m serving You, when it gets to that. Oh, praise God, that the Lord…thinks enough of me that He allows me to suffer for Him. Praise God! What a different way of looking at life!

But the Lord wants us to begin right now, to look at the mundane stuff of our life and begin to see it beyond the moment! And to say, Lord, you have allowed me to walk this particular way because You have a purpose, You love me, and You long for me to rejoice in You and be able to be so happy and so glad because of where I’m going, that I can take this and say, thank You, Lord. I know that not only is it necessary, it’s getting me there! It’s doing what’s needed in my life. Not only am I experiencing it, but it’s needed.

I just sense the Lord’s heart reaching out to all of us, to help us to learn the simple secrets of just walking with God. You know, Noah was called to do something pretty amazing. He lived in a time when everybody else was going the wrong way. But the same thing that was said of Enoch was said of him. “Noah walked with God.” Simple! The guy was 600 years old. You think of time going by. You think 5, 10 years or 2 weeks feel like a long time sometimes? This guy going 600 years!

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And he’s just walking with God! In all that 600 years, other than the boys being born, there’s nothing all that particular going on! He’s just serving God! Walking with God! Enjoying His presence! And God didn’t have any other purpose for him up to that. But he walked with God, didn’t he?

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When the time came to do something…now, there’s a guy I can deal with. Then the Lord speaks to him. And that same faith that enabled him to walk with God, enabled him to build a boat, build a ship! Huge! Huge ship…I think I made the point one time that it’s like more than four and a half times the size of this church. That’s a big boat! But he was able to do it with God’s help and God’s wisdom.

I want to be one of those that walks with God when it’s mundane and it just seems like, is this ever gonna change? Nothing’s happening. You ever get bogged down with that?

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Yeah. God wants us to have…to enjoy Him every single day, walk with Him. He doesn’t require tomorrow. He doesn’t worry about yesterday. He just wants people who will walk with Him, find rest in the center of His will, so we’re not constantly, ‘what’s wrong? Why isn’t it this way?’ Fighting our battles. But just resting in Him.

And I’ll tell you, this is a God who can lead us and empower us when the time comes and there’s something to be done. I want to be one of those that He can say, there’s somebody who’s walking with me. That’s the one…now it’s time. I’ve been preparing him all this time…all this time, through what they’ve had to just endure, and they just learned to walk with me. Now, it’s time for their purpose to be fulfilled.

God has a reason He has brought this people together. It’s not just so we’ll wind up there one day. God wants to interweave our journeys to a point where we can help each other. We can be an encouragement. Don’t you want to walk with the Lord so you can be a blessing to everybody else? You see somebody who is struggling and…you can encourage them and say, look to the Lord. He’s brought us this far. His promises are true. We’re gonna go through. We’re going to make it to the other side. We have an awesome God.

And what a picture of what God requires. Like I say, you cannot go through and find two people alike in chapter 11, when it comes to the details in their lives. You go through our world right here, our congregation right here, you won’t find two people that are exactly alike. Your personalities are different. Your circumstances are different. But God has a purpose for you, and you, and you. And all He’s looking for is a humble heart that walks with Him and believes His promise. And if there’s something else that He’s wanting from you, He will show you. Praise
God. Isn’t that pretty simple?

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Do you believe His promise?

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Do you believe that He loves you? That He’s concerned about you? That you can leave yesterday behind, lay it at His feet, come just as you are? We just sang that a while ago. Praise God, I believe it, too! You know, I don’t think there’s anything here we haven’t heard before. But I don’t know, somehow, I just sense that this is what the Lord wants me to get…the individuality of it, the uniqueness of it, the fact that there’s a waiting that often happens.

Where does the real knowledge come from? It comes from a reality of a confrontation with God that imparts to us a faith that trumps human knowledge. He gives us a knowledge you cannot gain from the greatest philosophers of this world, because it comes from God.

And I’ll tell you, the God who is behind all of that, is going to bring His people through. And so that’s why He says, “Do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded.” (NIV). For he that comes…he that…let me go back and read it…end of chapter 10. “For in just a very little while, He who is coming will come and will not delay. But my righteous one will live by faith. And if he shrinks back, I will not be pleased with him. But we are not of those who shrink back and are destroyed, but of those who believe and are saved.”

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That last category is the one I want to be in, because He is faithful. And we have all these examples, and we have the example of our Savior Himself. Praise God!