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TV Broadcast #1318

Don’t Follow Your Heart
Part One

January 7, 2018

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Transcript of message from TV Broadcast 1318 -- taken from Closed Captioning Text

— Brother Phil Enlow: Well, I’ve had, as often is the case, I’ve had thoughts that are not as organized as I would like in the natural. But I think, sometimes, that’s a good thing because it just causes us to realize…how many of you run into things in your lives where the Lord puts you in a situation where you don’t have the answer and all you can do is just trust the Lord?

( congregational response ).

Yeah. How many of you think that’s a bad thing?

( congregational response ).

No, it’s a good thing. The Lord reminds us how much we need Him. And so, we do and I appreciate His faithfulness. You know, I walked into the bedroom the other night and Sue had the radio on and I just happened to catch a snippet of a scripture and it kind of got my attention and it had to do with the heart. And, I felt like the Lord began to quicken some thoughts to me along that line. You know, the Bible has an awful lot to say about the heart, and it’s kind of…not to make a joke of it, it’s kind of at the heart of things, isn’t it?

( laughter ).

It’s really at the center. But, what do we mean by the heart? Obviously we’re not talking about the organ that pumps blood. The Bible is talking about the center of our being. And, I have looked up things in the past…I didn’t this time. But I remember people would sort of describe the heart as having a mind and having a will and having feelings and all of that, but that’s not really the essence of the heart, is it?

The heart is really the very center of our being. It’s what defines us. It’s what drives us. It’s what…when stuff comes out, that’s where it comes from. It’s where we hold our deepest beliefs. What do really believe as opposed to what we pretend and try to act out? What’s really there? What are our real motivations? What are our real desires, our deepest dreams and feelings and all of that?

And of course, we know the world loves to tell us to follow your heart. And I think the truth of the matter is just about the opposite. Don’t follow your heart, because we need to understand the condition of the human heart and how that affects every single one of us.

And, how many of you remember the occasion when Saul had been anointed king of Israel, and he had come on, as I said recently, I believe, as a very humble man. He hid when they came to anoint him as king.

( laughing ).

Later on he became very proud and powerful and he started asserting his own will and his own way and he started second-guessing God and feeling like he had a better solution to things than God. And the Lord finally took the kingdom from him.

First He anointed David, didn’t He? But when Saul…when Samuel, the prophet, went to the house of David’s family, Jesse, and then was gonna anoint a king, all of Jesse’s sons were brought before him, weren’t they? And they apparently were a very impressive bunch. And Samuel walked up to them and there was the oldest and he was a handsome brute. He was a…he looked like a natural-born leader. He was just, by all appearances, this was the guy. And so, he’s going like this and says, no, this is not the one. I haven’t chosen him.

But what the Lord says there is interesting because He said, “Man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.” (NIV). And so, we need to realize that while we tend to trust in our hearts, we tend to follow our hearts, we tend to believe in what’s in here as the center of things, the Lord sees the reality. The Lord sees what’s really going on.

In fact, there’s a Scripture in Hebrews that we’ll probably look at later where it says, “All things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do.” (KJV). He is One who sees every single motive, every single thing for what it is.

And, we know the problems that we have go back to the beginning, don’t they? And we’ve said many times, this is where Satan tricked Eve and then Adam willingly followed her. So his action was deliberate, wasn’t it? It was worse. But they chose to say, I’m gonna to trust me more than I trust God. I’m gonna trust what I want, what I think, what appeals to me…that’s going to be thing that determines my course.

And, we see what happened as a result of that. Though there was a remnant over the next few hundred years that served God and were faithful to Him — we mentioned Enoch recently, and Noah and a few others — the trend was downhill, wasn’t it?

It was a God who was continually reaching out and witnessing to all people through the creation, through whatever means were going on, circumstances in their lives, there was this constant reaching of God after men’s hearts, trying to appeal to them and show them that the course that they were on was leading to destruction.

It was not the meanness of a tyrant simply wanting to bully His way and get His way and dominate us, but Someone who wanted to rescue us, rescue the human race from basically going merrily towards the cliff, not realizing what they were doing…thinking they were doing the right thing and thinking they were doing what was best. And, then the world reached the point where God’s testimony of man was that every thought—every thought of the intents of his heart was, what?

( congregational response ).

“…Only evil continually.” Everything about…there was simply such a persistent rejection of every effort of God to intervene in their will and their way, and to put a roadblock and stop them, and convict them…and every time, they went like this. They resisted. They hardened their hearts.

And how many know what happens when you hear God’s voice in some fashion and you resist it and you say, no? Yeah, your heart gets very, very hard and there reaches a point where you can’t hear it anymore. It doesn’t matter what God says, you will not hear it. You will just…it would mean nothing to you. It’s just sound, it’s noise, it’s foolishness, and you go forward in total confidence that your way is right.

And so, we had the terrible judgment of the flood, when God says, I’m gonna start over, there’s nothing to save here, except Noah and his family. I mean, there’s no point in going on and trying to help mankind. They’ve absolutely made their choice, basically!

And, isn’t it interesting that Jesus declared that at the time of His coming it would be, “…as it was in the days of Noah…” (NIV). And what He meant to tell us was the same thing you see in the book of Revelation at the end when there comes a time on this planet when everyone will have made their choice—every single human being will have made their choice.

Now the world will have no clue as to what’s coming. Their blindness will be complete and it will be a blindness that has been the result of saying, no, to God and yes to man and yes to what he wants. Basically, it’s a result of a choice to follow their heart, only their heart was full of self and every principle, everything that is totally against what God’s purpose is in creating us in the beginning.

And so, this is where we’re headed, folks. And people are making choices every single day that don’t just affect, what am I gonna do, where am I gonna go in life, what am I gonna have, am I gonna be happy, sad? You know, all of those kind of things, we tend to get buried in the moment, but people are making choices every single day that affect eternity, that affect destiny, because I don’t care what men try to do and how they join forces in the world, it’s not gonna go the way they think. They’re gonna come to an end.

And this world itself…it’s not by flood this time, is it? It’s by fire. And, you remember after the flood, when the Lord came to Noah and He gave him the sign of the rainbow, which has now been co-opted by others. But the original meaning of the rainbow was a covenant between God and men that…as long as the world goes on, harvest time, all the natural things are gonna go on and I’m not ever going to destroy the world by a flood again.

And the Lord, obviously, has kept that promise, but what we have now is a situation where, no, He’s not gonna destroy it by a flood, but now fire is what’s gonna come. And it won’t be…it will be a true end to everything. And, we’re told in the Scriptures that when the world is going to not know what’s coming and all of a sudden, “…destruction will come on them suddenly, as labor pains on a pregnant woman…” They will have no clue!

It’s just as it was in the days of Noah. They knew not! They had no idea! Even though Noah had warned them, the blindness of their heart, the certainty that Noah was a crazy guy and they were right was so real to them that it didn’t matter what happened, what God did, whether He judged or blessed or spoke or warned, or whatever, it was absolutely like water off a duck’s back. It meant nothing to them. And so, when the flood came, they were totally unprepared, and it was just destruction.

But we’re living in a world right now that is being readied for what is coming and there is a God who is at work to reach men’s hearts. And somehow I believe that God has a…there’s a burning desire on God’s heart…you know, He has a heart, too. And His heart is to reach out. His heart is to share His love. His heart is to turn men from the course on which they’re running, to wake them up and to cause them to realize what’s about to happen.

And I don’t know times and dates, that’s not the issue, because if the Lord’s coming is 500 years from now, which I don’t believe, but if it is, we still…these principles still apply to us today. Everything is determined by what we do and what we say when God speaks.

And, we’ve said the condition of man’s heart is only evil continually…I started to talk about what the Lord told Noah. He said, I’m gonna make this covenant with you even though, the thoughts and the intents of men’s heart are only evil from birth. So God was not a bit fooled. God knows the condition of the human heart. He knows what’s wrong!

But the Scripture that I heard is a good one to remind ourselves of and it’s a familiar one in Jeremiah chapter 17—Jeremiah chapter 17. And this is the Scripture that Brother Thomas…that was used with Brother Thomas years ago when he wondered why he had been sort of bounced out of the group he was a part of, and, what’s wrong, and, Lord, we had all these plans…what did I do wrong?

And He said, “Cursed is the one who trusts in man, who depends on flesh for his strength and whose heart turns away from the LORD. He will be like a bush in the wastelands; he will not see prosperity when it comes. He will dwell in the parched places of the desert, in a salt land…” and so forth, and talks about the blessing of trusting in the Lord and having confidence in Him.

But down here in verse 9 is the key verse. And this is God’s testimony to every single one of us. “The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it?” I mean, that puts you and me in a pretty weak position. I mean, you think of the folly of trusting yourself.

But yet…the heart is the most deceitful thing in the universe apparently. It beats Satan. As big a liar as he is, there is nothing more that will lie to us more convincingly than our own heart, our own desires. This is where everything comes from in our world and somehow we a way of…we have many ways of saying, basically, that’s not about me. Yes, I see the evil in men’s hearts. I see that there’s a lot of bad stuff, but there’s good, too. My heart…there’s good in my heart. My intentions are right. My intentions are pure. My desires are good.

And you’ll have preachers that want to tell you to come, God wants to fulfill your dreams. Well, if God gives you a dream and a vision that’s from Him, that’s one thing. But if it’s ‘your’ life and ‘your’ dreams, God has something for you and for me than what we think we want. And that’s what God would call us to seek after.

But I’ll tell you what, if you’re one that listens to your heart, you’re in a world of hurt, and what concerns the Lord, what concerns me as I watch young people grow up in the church…it isn’t just young people. But I’ll tell you, there is a world that will appeal to you. There are things that the world will tell you, there are values that they will try to pitch you on, and the thing is, those values that the world seeks after, they are exactly in concert with what your heart naturally wants, because your heart is all about you and your best interest, and your best desires and all of that, and whatever you think is right for you.

And there is such a lie that is being sold to you through the world, through the opinions of your friends, the values that they hold, what they think is right, and it’s awfully easy to grow up and to hear the Word of God and then to listen to what the world is telling you, whether it’s through entertainment or whether it’s through friends in school, and you take in a little of this and little of this, and sooner or later it’s gonna be you deciding what’s right and what’s right for you.

We live in a world where there is no absolute anymore. How many of you have run into that in our society, our culture? There’s no more any absolute. You know, when this country was founded, for all its faults, there still was a fundamental belief that there is a God, there is right and there is wrong. He has laws of being and we will submit and subject ourselves to His laws so that what we do and what we decide will be in accordance with those laws.

And, as I say, for all of our warts and all the things that weren’t right, there still was that underlying acknowledgment that there is such a thing as absolute truth! Something that is true, all the time, everywhere…and all of sudden, we have gotten into a world where that principle has absolutely been done away with, and truth is relative to you! And it’s perfectly legitimate for you to have your truth and me to have mine. And by God, I have no right to tell you any different! I have no right to impose my ideas on you!

Well, if they’re my ideas alone, then you’re right. But I’ll tell you, there is a God, there is a standard of Truth and His name is Jesus! It’s not just a bunch of rules, it’s a Person! And that Person fully and completely expresses the heart and the nature of God! Everything that is not according to Him, every value, every thought, every supposed truth that is not in harmony with the Person of Jesus Christ is a lie!

( congregational amens ).

And it is a damnable lie because it will lead you to the Judgment Seat and you will be on the wrong side of things on that day. There is a God whose heart drives Him to warn people, because if He simply took His hands off, every single human being would die in their sins! We simply are not fit to live in the Kingdom that He has designed! Man, we need a miracle!

( congregational amens ).

Praise God for a God who comes seeking after us and the cost by which He has done that! I’ll tell you what…I don’t know, I just sense this burden on the Lord’s heart because, young people, you’re gonna grow up and things are gonna seem very real to you. I know we’ve got people here and you grew up and you thought you knew and you went out and you started doing your own thing and you ran into reality. You ran into a God who was merciful enough to run you down and to tell you the truth and to bring you up short and to cause you to face the way that you were going!

And every single human being is sooner or later going to come to a fork in the road. This way leads to the Kingdom. This way leads to destruction. And it’s possible for a long time to go along and to sort of have a foot in both kingdoms. On the outside, there is a going along with, there is a singing of songs, and asserting things that you’ve heard and the things that are true, and they’re sort of like a garment or piece of clothing that you try on and you’re sort of wearing it on Sunday.

And then you go out and then you kind of put on your worldly clothes. Then your spirit is much more in harmony with that. And there’s still a kind of agreement with the philosophies of the world.

I’ll tell you, none of us gets to pick and choose. God is not offering us a cafeteria where we can take a little bit of His stuff and mix it in with our desires and our ideas of things and kind of come up with a way to live our lives that’ll be successful. It’s gonna be one or the other. It’s truth or error. It’s absolutely a black and white world in that sense! It is right or it is wrong. And God wants to bring every one of us, believers or unbelievers, to that place.

But you look at people in the Scriptures. You look at somebody like Judas. Now Judas succeeded in fooling everybody except Jesus! You know, it says that Jesus knew who was gonna betray Him. He understood from the beginning that there was an unbelief lurking in his heart, but somehow Judas was allowed to be among the disciples. Everybody thought well of him. He was the guy that was the treasurer.

But there was something in his heart that was more important than…that dominated his thinking, that drove his behavior. It drove his affections and when the time was right, he saw an opportunity to cash in on this relationship that he had with Jesus and basically sell Him for 30 pieces of silver.

I’ll tell you what, if there are harbored areas of rebellion, of darkness, of unbelief, we’re gonna have to come to the place where we let go. You remember how Jesus testified before His crucifixion, before His arrest and all of that. He said, “The prince of this world is coming.” Now, who’s He talking about?

( congregational response ).

Satan. The Devil. I mean, this is the one, the archenemy of God. This is the one who rebelled against Him in the beginning. Satan was coming…but what was His testimony? “He has no hold on me.” Now why did he not have a hold? What was it that caused Jesus to be able to say, he has no hold on me? Because He was tempted in every way just as you and I are, and He never sinned. At every point, God’s grace was with Him and enabled Him to say, no to the Devil and yes to God. And so, He came and no matter what approach, not matter what weakness the Devil tried to find in the Lord, there was nothing there to get a hold of.

Now the Lord, God, in His perfect plan allowed the Devil to put Him to death, but that turned out to be the Devil’s defeat! That turned out to be our victory, because when he took Jesus down, He took all of the old life that we have down with Him! When He came out of the tomb, He came out with a new life that He’s able to share with us! Praise God!

That’s what gives me hope this morning. Praise God! The Devil, as I’ve said many times, can’t win for losing. But back to this point, if there is an area that you cling to, and you won’t let it go, and no matter how many times the Lord comes searching and probing, that’s one area you’re not letting go. It’s strong. It’s got a hold. It doesn’t matter what it is, whether it’s ambition or lust or just stubborn self-will…I’m gonna choose my own way. I’m gonna do what I think is right. I know! If that’s never conquered, sooner or later, the Devil is gonna get a hold of that and he’s gonna take you right off to destruction.