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TV Broadcast #1351

Seeing the Lord’s Glory

August 26, 2018

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— Brother Phil Enlow: You better have something beyond the life you were born with. There is a life in here that even when your body dies, it doesn’t. It will go on, because it’s God’s own life that He’s willing to share. And that’s what – that’s the picture that God wanted to give to His followers. He wanted them to understand something about a life that doesn’t die, a life that’s stronger than death itself. Praise God!

And all of it focused in the person of Jesus. God has put something in me that He’s going to bring me to the place where I have the power to share that with you. And boy, you put your faith in Me, there’s a life that’s gonna be born into you, and you will never die regardless of ever else happens. There’s something in you that will triumph against everything, so then, it won’t matter what happens in this world anymore, because we know how it turns out. Praise God!

“I am the resurrection and the life.” (NIV). Stood there right before them, before her and told her that. And so, she’s expressing a faith, and that’s what God was doing in this circumstance. He caused people to have to express and to put faith into words.

You know, that’s a powerful thing. There are so many times when what comes out of our mouth is doubt and fear. Do you realize your words have power? We need to be confessing – how do we overcome the Devil? The blood of the Lamb, by the word of our testimony. There’s something that – where the conviction that God has put in our hearts then becomes the confession of our mouths.

This is where I’m standing. I had to tell the devil this morning. Last night, it was almost comical. I was praying, and I had this voice in my head say, you’re delusional.

( laughter ).

So I just said, you’re defeated!

( laughter ).

Praise God!

( congregational amens ).

Well, I could have listened to that, I guess. But you know, we need to be able to come back and use the Word of God, because it’s the truth! God has put this in our hearts and in our mouths, and there’s power when we confess it! It makes a difference! And the Lord was trying to build faith that would actually confess. And so, He did that for Martha.

“Yes, Lord, she told him, I believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God, who was to come into the world.” That’s a pretty powerful confession. “And after she had said this, she went back and called her sister Mary aside. The Teacher is here, she said, and is asking for you. When Mary heard this, she got up quickly and went to him. Now Jesus had not yet entered the village, but was still at the place where Martha had met him.

When the Jews who had been with Mary in the house, comforting her, noticed how quickly she got up and went out, they followed her ….” Do you see the overshadowing of God’s plan here? He had in mind more than just the family. There was a company of people that He wanted to do something powerful, to bear witness to who He was. He was reaching out.

I’ll tell you what, I sense – I know we’ve said things like this before. You’d have to be blind not to see where the world’s going. Every day, it just seems like the headlines get worse and worse and worse in terms of the spirit behind what’s happening. There is a spirit that is relentlessly seeking to bring the world and all of its people under the dominion of Lucifer in a world-wide system. Do you suppose this is gonna defeat God’s plan?

( congregational response ).

Or do you believe that God has a people in whom He lives, and He is going to give light in the face of this kind of darkness?

( congregational amens ).

That’s what was going on here on a much lesser scale. But I believe with all my heart, God is gonna do that, and He’s looking for people here to respond to Him in the circumstances of life to where we believe Him and we trust Him and we see His purpose on His schedule worked out. Praise God!

Getting ahead of myself, but that’s all right. So anyway, so now, God has arranged the circumstances so that there are more people to witness what’s gonna happen than just simply the family showing up. Mary hung back, and now she’s coming, and oh, now we’ve got follow her. She’s going to the tomb.

So anyway, “When Mary reached the place where Jesus was and saw him, she fell at his feet and said …” the same thing Martha said: “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died. When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who had come along with her also weeping, he was deeply moved in spirit and troubled. Where have you laid him? he asked. Come and see, Lord, they replied. Jesus wept.

“Then the Jews said, See how he loved him! But some of them said, Could not he who opened the eyes of the blind man have kept this man from dying?” Oh, do you see the two kinds of people that were there? Do you wonder why some of them went and told the authorities hey, we know where He’s at? Do you know what happened? Still that spirit of unbelief.

I tell you, unbelief – I mean, this kind of unbelief is not simple ignorance. This is a hard-hearted refusal to believe. This is, I don’t care what you do, I will be the lord of my life. I will do as I please. It’s the same spirit that caused Lucifer to do what he did in the beginning. Anyway, so they’re expressing that kind of doubt.

“Jesus, once more deeply moved …” – and again, there’s this anger, the power of death here that was causing so much grief – “… Came to the tomb. It was a cave with a stone laid across the entrance.” Typical of graves in that area. “Take away the stone, he said. But, Lord ….” How many of you have ever said, but, Lord?

( laughing ).

Do this. Do that. But, Lord! That doesn’t – it doesn’t quite compute. It doesn’t make any sense to us. But, Lord. Oh, God, take away all those buts. I’ll tell you what, we need to say, yes, Lord. And anyway, a lot of times, we have to go through our, but, Lords to get to, yes, Lord.

( congregational amens ).

But anyway, that was where they were at. Isn’t it wonderful that the Lord didn’t say, oh well, you just aren’t there yet? I’m sorry, I’m not gonna do anything for you. He is so merciful to reach down to right where we’re at, and to teach us and to lift us up. All of these things helped to teach them. But God did not sit there and say, you’ve got to measure up to my standard before I’ll do something. Oh, what a gracious Lord He is to reach down. Praise God!

“But, Lord, said Martha, the sister of the dead man, by this time, there is a bad odor, for he has been there four days.” So, you see how God has deliberately allowed a circumstance. His Son didn’t come. Of course, I guess He wouldn’t get there anyway, but still, we see this sense of, I’ve got a purpose in this. I am going to allow the situation to develop until it looks hopeless, completely hopeless! You know there’s no possible explanation for anything happening except God did it.

I mean, how many times have we seen that? How about the children of Israel in Egypt? Moses comes back. We’re getting ready to leave. God’s gonna deliver us, and it got worse. And then finally, after great judgements were poured out, now, they’re going out, and they’re rich, and they’ve got all the stuff that’s been given to them, and everything’s great and grand, and all of a sudden, wait a minute. How are we gonna get across this water? And oh, by the way, there’s an army coming after us. What? Did you bring us out here to die?

God brought them deliberately a certain way, because He wanted, not only those people to have a witness as to who He was, He sent word of that to the ends of the earth. Everybody heard about what God did to Egypt and how He rescued His people. Do you think there just might be a larger purpose in your circumstance and mine? I believe it with all my heart. God is faithful.

So anyway, God had allowed a circumstance to reach a place where there was no possible answer except God stepping in and doing something. But anyway, this is what Jesus said, “Did I not tell you that if you believed, you would see the glory of God?” You know, I read that, and I said, where did He say that?

But I guess it’s implied in what He had said. He said it to His disciples. This will not end in death, but it’s for the glory of God. And it’s a sense that He said about Him being the resurrection and the life. Do you believe this? Do you believe? Do you believe? There’s this implicit message in all of it.

And so again, He calls on those who know Him to put their faith – and you know what? I have to come back to this that I’ve said so many times lately. Faith is not a feeling. God was not waiting for them to feel a certain way. He was waiting for them to make a choice. Am I going to believe God, or am I gonna just sit here and ain’t nothing gonna happen, nothing’s possible here?

But I’ll tell you, God is calling us to make the same choice today. Everyone here is facing something in your life that doesn’t feel like there’s any real answer to, everyone of us. It might be something in here. It might be something out there. It might be a circumstance. It might be somebody you’re concerned for, and there’s no possible solution that you can see.

How about the fact that we serve a God who is able to do, “… more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us.” See, Jesus was introducing that power in a very, very graphical way. I mean, they saw it just a week or so later in the resurrection. I mean, you talk about the ultimate power, the ultimate demonstration of God’s power against Satan’s kingdom, and that was the physical resurrection of Jesus Christ.

But they had an advanced look at what God could do if we would just make the choice to say, God, I believe You. I am trusting You in this circumstance. I believe that nothing is beyond Your power to fix if it’s Your purpose to fix it. Praise God!

So anyway, the question is do we want to see the glory of God? Are we willing? Are we willing to trust God and ask Him to do what is needed in our lives? You know, that question was posed. I didn’t take time to look this up, but when Joshua was talking about crossing the Red Sea – not crossing the Red Sea, crossing the Jordan River. Believe only and you will see the glory of God! It’s the same message. Praise God.

“Did I not tell you that if you believed, you would see the glory of God? So they took away the stone.” That took some faith right there. I don’t know if they were holding their nose or whatever, but they did it. And you know, many times, that’s all God’s looking for, is a bottom line. Something that says, yeah, I believe. I’m willing to obey. I’m willing to put what I say I believe into action. I’m willing to do what You say even though I may be struggling with it a little bit on the inside, yet my actions are gonna go with faith.

“So they took away the stone. Then Jesus looked up and said, Father, I thank you that you have heard me. I knew that you always hear me, but I said this for the benefit of the people standing here ….” You see how Jesus is doing stuff always for the benefit of the people, how He’s arranged a scene that is totally impossible, and He’s gotten a group of people that’s a lot more than just the family? This has not become a private thing. There’s a confrontation, as I say, that is about to take place, that is really going to help to precipitate all the events that led to His death, that ultimately led to His victory! Thank God!

All right. “… I said this for the benefit of the people standing here …” Why? “… That they may believe that you sent me.” I’ll tell you, God is gonna do what it takes to minister faith to those that He is calling in this hour. It doesn’t necessarily have to be a great miracle. It may just be a strong conviction that comes to your heart. It may be a gentle word that comes deep in the heart, and you know something that no one can tell you, because God’s talking. God is speaking to your heart, and you know it’s not something that just – you didn’t conjure it up. You know God is talking. But I’ll tell you, God is gonna minister faith.

You know, faith is a gift God, isn’t it? We know that. It’s not something you can conjure up. You weren’t born with it. God has to give it. But He will give it to the open heart! The folks that wind up in unbelief are the ones that resist Him when He speaks. But if there is a willingness to listen and to hear His voice, I’ll tell you, faith is gonna happen, because it’s just part of His character. It’s part of His life that He imparts to us. Thank God!

So, Jesus has arranged – God has arranged, through His Son, a scene that is utterly impossible by every human measure. I don’t know, is there any other example in the scripture that’s more dramatic than this in terms of death? Jesus was only in the grave three days. He was in there four. Praise God!

“When he had said this, Jesus called in a loud voice, Lazarus, come out!” Boy, there wasn’t any hesitation there, was there? “The dead man came out, his hands and feet wrapped with strips of linen, and a cloth around his face. Jesus said to them, Take off the grave clothes and let him go.”

You know, Brother Thomas used to use this a lot to talk about the fact that when we come to the Lord, it doesn’t fix up everything. There is stuff from the old life that still has to be kind of, we have to be delivered from, and it’s a process in time, and we help each other doing that. And that is a truth. There’s no question about it.

But I’ll tell you, “Therefore many of the Jews who had come to visit Mary, and had seen what Jesus did, put their faith in him.” Do you see the love and the mercy of God who was reaching out to the remnant of His people in the midst of an unbelieving nation? He did what it took to let His voice be heard by the sheep.

And remember He said earlier, “My sheep hear my voice.” (KJV). There were some sheep here that God was concerned about. There are sheep in our area that God’s concerned about. There are sheep in Chicago that God is concerned about. And I’ll tell you, He’s gonna have a way to get to His voice to where they will hear it and know that there’s something more than what they are seeing in this world. Thank God! My hope is certainly not here or in anything that’s going on.

So anyway they, “… put their faith in him. But …” this is where it says, “… some of them went to the Pharisees and told them what Jesus had done.” Of course, that precipitated the meeting where they said, man, if we don’t stop this guy – He was a minor annoyance to us, now, He’s become a major threat. We’ve got to do something.

Do you see the larger picture where God is actually precipitating this? God arranged for the circumstances that brought them together, that absolutely sealed the course that they were going to take. And then, he turned around and let the devil hang himself. Praise God!

The devil just absolutely thought that that was the answer to his dream of world domination. If I could just kill the Son of God. I’ve got Him in a body, in a human body. If I could just do away with Him, I will have won the battle. And Jesus rose from the grave. Praise God!

( congregational amens ).

Praise God! He conquered the devil and conquered death. And He demonstrated in this instance with Lazarus and in the resurrection to follow a week or more later, His power over everything else that could ever affect us. You see so much of us in the reaction of the people. Lord, if it had been this way, if it had been that.

Oh, God – all we can see is death. All we can see is sorrow and missing our brother and missing our friend and all those kinds of things. We’re so buried in our worldly way of looking at things, and the Lord is wanting to lift up their eyes and say, wait a minute. There’s a life in Me that’s more powerful than all of that. That’s not the end of the story. You put your faith in Me. I want to show you that there’s more.

So many lessons in this. God’s purpose. Do you think there might be a larger purpose in your circumstance? Do you think there might be people that He wants to do something a little more unusual in dealing with it, in a way that’s gonna speak to somebody that you might not speak to if He just sort of fixed it quietly?

Do you see God’s purpose in allowing something to get to such a place where it really, really, really looks impossible? The impact of God doing the impossible is so much greater than God doing something that we regard as simple. You could almost say, well, that was coincidence, or somebody looking on could say that. Nobody could say that about this. This was a divine intervention.

I pray that God will intervene in this place. How many agree? We don’t need a traditional religion. We need God. We need a living presence of Christ. And I’ll tell you, when we have it, there are gonna be people who will come in here, and they’ll either fall down on their faces and worship Him, or they’ll run out screaming.

( congregational amens ).

We’ve seen that in the past. I’ve got to get out of here. This scares me. Well, it scares the devils in them. I’ll tell you, there is a Christ, though, that absolutely is gonna do His job. He’s gonna finish His work in the earth, and all the darkness that’s coming is not gonna stop Him. You see the power that He demonstrated in such a simple way here.

That same power is here today. He rules over everything! His name is above every name! He rules over every demon in hell! And I’ll tell you, He is our God, and that’s the One to whom I look. I see my weakness, but God, lift my eyes beyond my weaknesses to His power and His glory, because He is Lord! He is on a throne, and He is finishing His job.

And I’ll tell you, night is coming, but so is the morning. Praise God! “Weeping may endure for a night ….” (KJV). But morning is coming. And that morning will begin a day that will never end. Thank God!

You want to know how I know that? Because Jesus came out of that tomb. The same life that brought Lazarus out of the tomb brought Jesus out with a brand-new body. Thank God!

So, the purpose – the other lesson that we need to realize, though, is God’s timing. And how many times have we said that? But God has His own schedule. We get so time-bound. We’re so worried about when, and if it doesn’t happen now, will it ever happen? Maybe it won’t. Maybe – we’ve got all these kinds of doubtful, fearful things that go through our heads.

We need to learn to say, wait a minute, God. You have a time table. If we don’t see that, we’re gonna try to jump in and fix it. We’re gonna try in our own wisdom and energy to do something, and it won’t be God. But I’ll tell you, God is gonna teach us to learn how to walk with Him the way Jesus did, and go by His schedule and trust Him and know that He has everything under control.

So, I don’t know where you’re at today with your life and with circumstances. I’ve seen a lot of heads nodding when I talk about things in your life. I kind of have a feeling that we’re all in the same boat. God’s the One who’s put us in that boat. God is the One who is bringing us through, who’s promised us we’re going to the other side.

I don’t care what the storm says. The storm is a liar. God is on His throne, and He has a purpose. He has a time table, and however it plays out – that’s another thing. We make formulas out of things that happen in the Bible. We don’t need to do that. God has a unique purpose in every circumstance. And some things, He means to work out over time. Other things are very quick.

But I don’t care how it is, you can’t look and say, oh, it didn’t happen this way, therefore – we need to be willing to look to God and say, God, Your purpose, Your time. I surrender. I trust. I believe. That’s all God’s looking for from any one of us. If He finds that in our hearts, don’t worry, you’re gonna be okay, and the burdens you’re carrying are gonna be okay. God knows all about them. So, praise God!

What an awesome lesson there is in all of this. So, I don’t know, I pray that God will encourage us and help us to see a bigger picture. I’ve got to come back to this – to see a bigger picture than just your circumstance, realize His purpose may well be to bear witness to a lot of people, to let something get to a point where He’s gonna bear witness to some folks. And He’s gonna build your faith in a way that it wouldn’t if He’d done something real simple. But I’ll tell you, God knows what He’s doing, doesn’t He?

( congregational response ).

All things ‘do’ work together for good to those who love him, to those who are the called according to his purpose. And His purpose is to make us like His Son. And there’s nothing the devil can throw at us that can change that. Everything that is needed to make that happen – He who gave His own Son for us, how will he not, with him, also give us …

( congregational response ).

“… Freely give us all things?” Thank God. He’s not even asking for payment. Jesus paid it all. Praise God!