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Rainbow Divider
MCM Broadcast

TV Broadcast #1324

The Solid Rock
Part One

February 18, 2018

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— Brother Phil Enlow: Turn to Isaiah Chapter 28, and I’m just going to pick up a little of this. As is so often the case, the Lord was reaching out to a rebellious nation that was trying to walk in their own ways, and at this particular point there’s obviously a very misplaced self-confidence in the people. And I’ll just pick it up at verse 14.

The prophet says this, the Lord through the prophet, “Therefore hear the word of the LORD, you scoffers who rule this people in Jerusalem. You boast, We have entered into a covenant with death, with the grave we have made an agreement. When an overwhelming scourge sweeps by, it cannot touch us, for we have made a lie our refuge and falsehood our hiding place.” (NIV).

And so, what you see, of course, is the spirit of man at its strongest. We got this handled. We know what life is about. Whatever comes we’re good with it. We’re able to handle it. Life…there’s nothing life can throw at us that we can’t handle. We’ve got a way of thinking and a way of looking at life and we’re strong. We’re wise. We’re all the things that are necessary to feel…in a place of security.

And so, the Lord, obviously, knows that’s not right and so he says, immediately, “So this is what the Sovereign LORD says: See, I lay a stone in Zion, a tested stone, a precious cornerstone for a sure foundation; the one who trusts will never be dismayed.” Praise God!

You know, one of the things that’s really necessary, I believe, many times is to shine the light on the foundation, because what’s been shared this morning is exactly right. We are facing challenges. We’re facing the enemy who is not gonna give up and who’s going to throw everything he can at us. And sometimes, we find ourselves fighting in our own strength, in our own wisdom and…anybody agree with me on that?

( congregational amens ).

Yeah! That’s kind of where we’re at, and it doesn’t work very well, does it?

( congregational response ).

And we wind up getting, as he says in this…he says, we won’t be dismayed. We wind up getting dismayed in the face of what we’re facing. We’re looking at it and, all of a sudden, we feel defeated, we feel discouraged, we feel self-pity, we feel all of those kinds of things.

But God wants us to know, number one, that there is a foundation in this world. And it’s…thank God, it’s not a foundation where He gives me the instructions and I’ve got to go build it! Because I have no ability! I have nothing to bring to this situation. Just like the song that was sung this morning. How appropriate that is! It’s ‘just as I am’ that God wants me to come!

( congregational amens ).

The job of making me what He wants me to be is His job and He’s the only one that can do it!

( congregational amens ).

And so, He’s not looking for my performance to win His approval and to build myself a place where I can stand. Praise God! I’m righteous, I’m smart, I’ve got it together, I’m a part of a certain people, I’m with this group and not that group. There’s all these things in which men trust.

But I have no trust in any of that. I realize that, God, I don’t know! How many of you pick up your Bible and the first thing you say…I’ve been learning to do this more and more. I read this, I say, God, I can’t understand this.

( congregational amens ).

Lord, I…unless you help me, unless you open my eyes, I’m just reading words. I’m not smart enough to figure any of this out. Lord, I need you!

( congregational amens ).

That’s the place we occupy. But that’s not a place that’s bad, that’s a place that’s awesome! When you consider who God is and how He has revealed Himself, the kind of a God He is, the power…He has everything that we don’t! And His whole heart is motivated by a love for us that we cannot even begin to imagine.

And oh, how we need to shine the light on those truths, because they give us a solid place to stand when we face the things that we’re facing in this life, ‘cause they will come! There’s nothing in this Word that ever promises that we’re gonna have an easy life! It just isn’t there. But oh, we need a foundation!

And so, He uses language that human beings can understand. He uses a stone. And a stone is, obviously to us, something very, very solid. It certainly contrasts with sand and something that’s weak and loose…kind of brings to the mind what Jesus said, when He talked about those who own Him as Lord, who listen to what He says, and they build their lives on that, what’s that like? I mean, you know, the kids learn this when they’re young. What did the wise man build his house on?

( congregational response ).

On the rock, didn’t he? He didn’t just…he just didn’t go down a little ways and say, hey, this is good, let’s start building. He went all the way, dug down deep, got rid of all the earth. You know, that represents part of me that I want to continue to lean on, I want to hang onto. Like, yeah, I need to build a good house, but this is good enough. Folks, it isn’t. If you stop short of building on Christ, you stop short of everything that matters. Oh, my God! It needs to be on Him. And the foolish man…what did he do?

( congregational response ).

Built his house on the sand, didn’t he? And both of the houses looked great! You couldn’t look at them and say, hey, you got a bad looking house there. In fact, the one on the sand, it might have been more impressive, ‘cause he was more concerned with the house than he was what it was built on. He was more concerned with what it looked like. But the problem is, if the weather’s great and everything is fine, I mean, there’s no problem, is there? But the problem comes when that changes, and it will change!

We are definitely sailing into difficult waters on planet Earth! And, even if society continues as it is, and we basically have a more or less free society, even if that continues, life is full of challenges and trouble, just like we’ve heard this morning. It’s very real and you know it’s real!

But, thank God, there is a stone that represents something that God did! You know, we need to let that sink in because the Devil has so many ways of attacking our thinking and giving us the impression that I’ve got to do this. I’ve got to figure this out. I’ve got to find a way to handle this. I’ve got…I’ve got to. I’ve got to.

How many of you’ve got that voice in your head? All the time! Yeah! That’s a voice that we need to stop listening to! We need to recognize where that wisdom is coming from because God has put a rock and He has planted it and it’s real! And God wants us to reckon on that and to learn how to stand. He put that in Zion.

And there’s a significance to Him saying that. You remember where Zion came from? You know, we think of Israel and we think of its history and we think of Jerusalem as like the center. This is God’s city, almost. And I guess there is a heavenly Jerusalem that is God’s city.

But where did Jerusalem come from? When they conquered the land, they lived there for hundreds of years. Jerusalem was not in the picture because where Jerusalem exists, there was a tribe of people called the Jebusites. And it was so situated, with hills and all of that, that they had a fortress built. And when David went there to…he had his eye on it. God put it in his heart to conquer that, to finish the job of conquering the land, as it was, hundreds of years after they were there. And the Jebusites…you’re not gonna get in here. And I love the way the scripture puts it! One verse later it says, nevertheless, David got in there.

( laughter ).

Didn’t even tell us all the details, it’s just like, no big deal! David conquered it and he went in there because he had the Lord with him. And the Lord turned a Satanic stronghold into His capital! It became the center of worship, the center of God’s presence, the Temple, all of those things became part of the picture!

And we’re told, in Hebrews, that we, Christian believers, are, “…come to Mount Zion…the city of the living God.” It became a symbol, you see. God’s using symbolic language here to teach us something that’s real. God has absolutely established a rock, a foundation, in this world, upon which we may stand and involved in that is a victory where God went in, He sent His Son into a Satanic stronghold and the Devil said, you’re not getting in there. Nevertheless, He got in there, didn’t He?

( congregational amens ).

And we need to reckon on the fact, every single day, that we have a Master, we have a Lord, who sits on a throne and every enemy you and I have was defeated at the Cross! I mean, totally defeated!

( congregational amens ).

Because of Him, we have been made victors instead of victims! And yet, we live…how much of the time do we live as victims? Oh God, this is happening to me, I’m just a victim. God, why are You doing this to me? Every one of us goes through that.

( congregational amens ).

If you’re feeling that and you’re going through things that cause you to think that way, you’re not alone. Every single believer feels that. So, He lays a stone in Zion.

But He says it’s a tested stone, isn’t it? This is not somebody who just waltzed in here and never faced anything. There is not a thing that you and I have ever faced that He has not faced—our Lord Jesus Christ has not faced far greater than you and I will ever think about facing it!

( congregational amens ).

All of Satan’s guns were trained on Him and there He was, in flesh, totally dependent upon His Father’s strength, and He knew that! He knew better than to trust in Himself and say, I can handle this. Look who I am. Always there was this sense, Father, I need You. Does not Hebrews tell us that many times He cried to God, “…with strong crying and tears…” and he, “…was heard…” (KJV).

Talk about your prayers being heard…I’ll tell you, when we come to Him with that kind of a heart, God hears! And even when it emotionally feels like it doesn’t reach the ceiling…we all go through that, too, there is a God who hears! And yes, He’s way off in Heaven, in one sense, but He’s right here.

Oh, I’ll tell you what, there’s a place where we can stand in this world and not have to be afraid, not have to be worried about what’s coming, what’s going to happen and how is it all going to turn out, and oh, will I have the strength to climb that great mountain that’s ahead of me? Oh, God! Thank God for what He has done! Oh, thank God, it isn’t dependent upon me in some way!

“I lay a stone in Zion, a tested stone…” (NIV). He was tempted in all points, every point, “…just as we are—yet was without sin.” Oh my, we’ve got Somebody we can go to in our darkest hour.

“…A precious cornerstone…” (NIV). There’s a sense of value. You remember what Jesus talked about the Kingdom of God. He likened it to a man who found a pearl of great price. And you have this sense of value. He saw a value in this pearl. And it was so priceless, in a sense, the value of that was so high to him, what did he do?

( congregational response ).

He sold everything he had so he could have that pearl! Do you know that’s what it’s like when we come to Christ?

( congregational amens ).
You know, we’ve got some brothers and sisters in the Lord who love to talk about how salvation is free and in one sense it absolutely is. It’s free in the sense that I can’t earn it. I can’t pay for it. I can’t qualify myself through some goodness in me to receive this and say, God, I’ve done what you asked, now give me my salvation. It doesn’t come that way.

God gives it to those…but I’ll tell you, there is a cost to that free gift! There is a cost! It costs us our lives! It costs everything! And I’ll tell you, if you’re gonna have this…if you’re gonna stand on this foundation, you can’t stand on something else. There is a leaving of something to stand and build upon this foundation. It’s not like I can have a little of each.

This is not something where I have a cafeteria. You know, in a cafeteria you take a little of what you want. But I’ll tell you, there is a leaving of the Devil’s cafeteria and there is a going to what God has…the table that God has spread. And boy has He spread a table! Everything you and I could ever possibly need to enable us to stand in this world and serve Him in this world and triumph over the Devil, it’s all there! God has not left anything out that you and I need. Have we not…has He not given us everything in Christ? Praise God!

You know, we need to lift this up, we need to shine the light on what God has done, because that’s what gives us the confidence to stand! This is a foundation upon which we can talk about dealing with issues and dealing with problems. Praise God! There is a foundation and it’s, “…a tested stone, a precious cornerstone….”

And then He says it’s, “…a sure foundation.” I mean, over and over again the language is meant to give us a sense that regardless of what happens in this world, and bad stuff happens, doesn’t it? Regardless of what happens, there is a place where you and I can have absolute confidence.

You know, I think about the song that Damaris made famous, “He Has Forgiven Me.” Praise God! There’s a confidence that enables someone to stand there, and though we know that we are sinners, though we know that at our best we cannot live up to what He wants, we need Him, we need His strength, we need His forgiveness, we need all those things. Yet, there is a place where we can stand and look the Devil himself in the eye and say, He has forgiven me!

( congregational amens ).

I don’t have to listen to you! You want to blow yourself up and make me feel small and intimidated by your great presence, but Devil you’re nothing but a little leach, coming to suck the life out of me! You were defeated at the Cross and I refuse to listen to you anymore!

( congregational amens ).

I refuse to listen to all that junk that you’re trying to put in my head…that record that keeps playing there and telling me I’m nothing. Thank God! How many of you know what I’m talking about?

( congregational amens ).

I’ll tell you…the Devil is very real but the only thing that he’s got to work with is a lie! Because he knows better than anybody that what the Word of God says here is true, that God has laid a foundation in this world that is sure, that we can depend upon!

Oh, I’ll tell you what, this affects two different kinds of people who may hear this. One is the one that’s never really gotten on this foundation. You don’t really…I mean, you’re living your life, you’ve got this philosophy of life, if you will. Everybody has one. I mean, it may not be something you can write a book about, but everybody has got a way of living their life and a way of thinking.

This is the way I get through. This is what’s important. This is what my life is meant to live for, whether it’s pleasure, whether it’s self-confidence in me and my ability to figure things out, and my dreams and my ideas, and my family, my country, my ability, you name it. There’s something of just human life upon which they depend and they cobble together this world view, like these people that the prophet was talking about.

You know, they took a little of their Jewish heritage, didn’t they? It wasn’t all idolatry. They were still doing some of the stuff that they got from Moses, but they had taken some of that and they’d taken some from the heathen religions. They looked at their own abilities. They’d taken the blessings of God and taken credit for it. And all of that together…now we’ve got our way of life, bless God, we’re good! We’re good to go.

But they weren’t, were they? All the Lord had to do was pull His protection back and man, they were gonna find out in a heartbeat that what they had was worthless. I’ll tell you, that’s…when you think of the position of people in this world! Didn’t Jesus talk about the time of His coming and said men’s hearts would be “…failing them for fear…” (KJV)?

You see some of that right now. There’s an anxiety, there’s a fearfulness that’s coming into the hearts of people that realize that what I have, maybe it’s not enough. Maybe I don’t have what I need! Maybe…I don’t know what’s gonna happen in the world!

You got the super rich and they’re building these bunkers and these…they’re stocking…they’re buying land in New Zealand. They’re doing whatever they think they need to do to survive, because they see the world is gonna fall apart and I need a place where I can go and be safe and carry on with my life. That’s the world we live in, folks. There is nothing here of permanence!

And my God, if you’ve never seen your need of Christ and the foundation that God has laid, my prayer is God will break down your world and He will talk to your mind or He’ll bring you the circumstances where you wake up and say, I don’t have what I need! I’ve been walking in my own understanding! I’ve been trusting in myself! I’ve listened to the voices of the world and I’ve let them shape my thinking! Oh, what I’m living for, what I’m trusting in is not enough!

And you know, even if you were fortunate enough, if you want to call it that, to have a prosperous life, healthy, long, full of accomplishment, full of wealth and all of that, suppose you had that all the way till the end of your life…like Jesus said, if you, “…gain the whole world…”, then what? Then what?

If that’s all you’ve got, you have lost everything because death is gonna win! There is one enemy that stands against the human race! I don’t care what the scientists do, they will never conquer death! But I’ll tell you, I serve One, He is my master, He is my Lord! He conquered death!

( congregational amens ).

He went to the Cross and He died. And Satan and Hell had a party for three days! And that party turned into shrieks of terror when He came out of that tomb. Boy, the angels came down and rolled back the door, but they didn’t roll back…the stone that covered it. They didn’t roll the stone away to let Jesus out. They rolled the stone away to let the disciples in to see what had happened!

You know, they wrapped His body in one cloth and His head in another. And they went in there and the cloths were exactly where they had been. It’s just that they had sunk down and there’s nothing in them anymore. Oh, I’ll tell you what, He came out, didn’t He?

You know, God has demonstrated the reality of the foundation that He laid! It’s not built on fantasy! It’s not built on religious philosophy! It’s not built on a system of self-righteousness! It’s built on a Savior who carried my sins to a Cross!

( congregational amens ).

All the judgment that I deserve fell upon Him in my place! He stood there and He took it and He went to the Cross! Oh, my! And He went into that grave and I went there with Him. That’s what the foundation is about. I don’t care what you do as a human being. There is no deliverance from sin outside of Jesus Christ.

( congregational amens ).

And if there’s no deliverance from sin, there’s no deliverance from death and judgment. Because God has declared, “…it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment.” And I’ll tell you, if the foundation you’re living upon, that you’re building your life upon does not include, or it isn’t trusting fully in what Jesus accomplished for you at the Cross, then you are not ready to face Him.

( congregational amens ).

Oh, you need to call upon His name to open your heart and open your eyes and show you your need ‘cause you need what He’s talking about here. These people didn’t know it! They were so stubborn in their hearts, it didn’t matter what God said to them! They said, no, we’re good to go. And they didn’t find out until it was too late.

But there is a foundation. God…you think about what we face as human beings. There’s not a one of us who hasn’t sinned. Not one of us! If God were going to judge us by our record, every single one of us…if we looked at our lives in the light of God’s truth and God’s character, God’s standard, every one of us would have a record that would be…would put us away for eternity. I mean, there is no, there’s no escaping it!

But suppose, just somehow, I could figure out a way to get rid of all that. Okay, I’m good to go, right? No, the problem that created that is still here. It’s not just what I’ve done, it’s what I am!