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Rainbow Divider
MCM Broadcast

TV Broadcast #1353

Sanctify Yourselves
Conclusion

September 9, 2018

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— Brother Phil Enlow: How many times have we pointed out Isaiah’s experience? Oh, the message he was given in chapter 5. Half a dozen times or so, he was pointing out sins in this group of people and that group of people. He says, woe to you who do this, woe to you who do this—woe, woe, woe!

You know, you can get in a position as a human being where you deliver a message like that and you begin to lift yourself up and look down, as though — those terrible people. And I’m up here and I’m righteous.

And so, the Lord intervened, didn’t He? The very next chapter, he was in the Spirit and God lifted him up and showed him a place that was so pure and so holy, and showed him the Lord, showed him these angelic beings flying, and saying holy, holy is the Lord — holy. And he felt — he didn’t have to have this explained to his intellect. He knew the moment his eyes beheld that scene, I don’t belong here. That’s all we need, folks. We need the presence of God in such a way that people will not be able to live with the illusion that, I’m okay.

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You see, if that can happen, something’s missing. We may have a measure of God’s presence, but we need God’s presence to the point where there will be a conviction that will first fall upon us!

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Look at the scripture in Joel chapter 2. Now this scripture was actually central to one of the first visions the Lord gave about 50, almost 50 years ago. It was a warning about the judgment that was coming.

And I’ll say this about God’s character being one of love, but also being one of wrath and judgment. You cannot be completely holy, completely pure, completely perfect without hating what is evil! We have this idea down here about what we call tolerance and everything is relative. I have my values, you have yours. Everything’s cool.

But I’ll tell you what, you cannot be as pure and holy as God is and not hate the opposite. And so many people have this idea that God is simply a tyrant who makes rules, and there’s no real reason for those rules other than He prefers this and not that, and He just wants to govern people.

These rules are the very law of being, something I’ve said before. The moral fabric of the universe is defined by the very character of God. Everything not like Him destroys. Everything not like Him corrupts. Everything not like Him produces what we see in the world today, where everybody is out for himself and there’s nothing but conflict and struggle, and hatred and bondage, slavery, you name it, and it ends in death.

And I’ll tell you, we serve a God whose love is such that He hates it! He longs to pull men out of it and when His wrath is poured out, it is poured out upon those who ‘will not,’ no matter how much He reaches, no matter how much He comes and tries to reason with them and call them out of that, and call them to repent and to turn back, they will not! And there comes a point where the only answer is judgment.

You know, the same God who declares His love for us, destroyed the world of Noah’s day. What did it mean for Noah to sanctify himself and be identified with God in that? It means Noah had to be completely on board with what God was about to do.

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He was one hundred percent on God’s side. He didn’t sit there and say, well, I hate that You’re doing this, it’s not really right. How many of you think that when the Judgement Day has come and gone, there will be one single individual who will be able to look at God and say, You’re not doing right. Every question will be answered!

Everything God will have done will be seen to be an expression of His purity and His holiness and His justice. Oh, man! I’m so thankful that we’re not — our relationship with Him is not defined by justice.

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How many of you here want to face God based on justice? Yeah, that was emphasized this morning. I have no ground to stand upon, not a single thing! The justice that I deserve, the wrath that I deserve, as we said, was poured out entirely upon Jesus Christ, who willingly stepped into my place. He became the guilty one. Oh, God, I just pray that God will bring conviction of people’s needs so all of a sudden you will see why you need Him!

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This world will allow you to bop along and think you’re okay and it’s not all that serious. It’s that serious!

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What we’re talking about is so serious that the day was going to come when fire will destroy this planet.

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And there will be a people who will be brought out of this planet and rescued. Not because we deserve it. But only because we have declared bankruptcy spiritualty before God and just fallen on our faces and realized our only hope was the mercy that He offered us through Jesus Christ.

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Oh, praise God! Praise God!

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Folks, I just, somehow, I sense God’s heart. This stuff He wants to do! There are lives He wants to touch. There are people that He wants to come to this meeting and go away and never be the same! Never, ever be the same afterwards!

I don’t know what He intends to do in the meeting, but I know that this is a principle! God wants His people to be in the place where we can be instruments and workers together with Him, instead of just blindly blundering through something, and having a good time, and going home and feeling better.

I started to read this, and there’s a warning about judgment that’s coming. And I’ll just sort of pick it up in the last part of verse 11, “The day of the Lord…” Joel 2. “The day of the Lord is great; it is dreadful. Who can endure it? Even now, declares the Lord, return to me with all your heart, with fasting and weeping and mourning. Rend your heart and not your garments. Return to the Lord your God, for He is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love, and he relents from sending calamity.” (NIV).

I’ll tell you, there’s a God whose heart is to help, is to bless, is to deliver! Do you really think God is looking forward to judging? Do you really think that’s what He wants? Everywhere in the Word it’s, why do you want to die? Why would you not listen? I want to bless you! I want to give you everything! Why are you so headstrong in going your own way? Don’t you know what’s coming?

And then He waits! And He reaches again, and He waits! And He reaches again, and finally, it comes to a point where there is no more capacity to turn around. That’s when this world is gonna end. I mean, that’s the Word of God. Do you not see where we’re headed? Do you not see the spirit that is engulfing the minds and the hearts of men in this hour?

We’re gonna need — Praise God. I forgot to turn my phone off! We’re gonna need the Lord, as never before in this hour. One of these days, God is gonna to send a wake-up call in terms of outward experiences and outward circumstances. And we’re gonna say, oh, wait a minute, I better get serious here. God wants us to get serious now.

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And realize we need Him! We need to unite our hearts. But the first thing we need to do is sanctify ourselves!

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We can’t come in and say, oh God, sanctify them, I see that need, I see that need! God, fix them. Every one of us is gonna have to come into this and say, God, fix me!

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God, I need you!

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I need You to do something that I cannot do for myself! Oh God, I want to take the spirit that was in David. I want to take his heart and his attitude. You know, the idea that God knows everything, that there’s no secret. That’s a scary thing if you’re not living for God. There is absolutely nothing you can hide from Him.

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But here’s David who sees that, and says, that’s not a bad thing, that’s an awesome thing because I know how He feels about me. I know how He wants to help me. And so, I’m gonna come to Him and I’m gonna invite Him to come and search my heart. Oh God, search me, search my heart. If there’s something in there You want to deal with, show me! Don’t leave me like I am.

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God, help me! If every one of God’s people would come in with that kind of an attitude, God I need you, I’m not satisfied, I know there’s more, I know if You came in power I would be on my face! Lord, help me to seek You, so that You can come.

You think about when the temple was built by Solomon. Oh, they spent years and years and years doing it just right. It was an amazing, beautiful, gold-covered, I mean, just everything was exactly right. He had a heart — God had given him a heart to really do it right, in honor to the Lord.

And they just had this amazing gathering of the people, and they sanctified everything, they set it apart and said, God, this is for You! We have given everything. We want You to live among us, we want You to be here, we want You to be our God, we want to be Your people. Lord, we’re gonna do everything we know. We’re gonna sacrifice the animals, which, of course, we know was a looking forward to what Jesus did, no value in the animal in itself. But oh, we want You to come.

And you remember what happened when they prayed and dedicated that and just gave it to the Lord? What happened? The presence of God came down like a cloud and it filled the temple and nobody could even go in there. It was just too awesome, too powerful.

We’ve got a God who wants to make Himself real. And part of my fear in talking about this, because I don’t want to be a sign-seeker. I don’t want to seek experiences and say, wow, we had God’s presence here in a powerful way, and that’s awesome, and aren’t we wonderful? I want to come and have God come the way He wants, when He wants, but real!

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Something that will leave me ‘never the same,’something that will leave you ‘never the same.’

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Something that will cause people who don’t know Him to come to know Him and to realize, this is real! This is serious! I can’t just choose among a religious lifestyle or a worldly lifestyle. Or you know, this is not a cafeteria where I get to pick what I want. This is deadly serious! We are either with God or we’re not! We are willing to submit and humble ourselves before Him or we’re not.

But I’m so thankful this is not a life of religious drudgery, where I’ve got to act like a Pharisee and think I’m something. I’m nothing! But I can rejoice, I can smile, I can enjoy Him and praise Him! That’s what He’s longing for.

Oh, what an awesome balance it is! To have a God who fills His people with joy. And yet, there’s this holy reverence, this fear, that knows that, man, this is serious! I don’t mess around!

I can’t see anybody’s heart. But I know that in a crowd like this, there are people here who — you are compromised.

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You’ve compromised. There’s stuff in your life, you know about it. It’s not like God has to come and show you, you know! There are things that aren’t right. What are you doing about it? Are you just sort of settled in, and said, well, Jesus paid it all. That is a misapplication of that truth! Jesus did not come to save you in your sins and simply tolerate whatever you please to do and have you make excuses and say, well, that’s just the way I am. That’s why you need a Savior! That’s way I need one!

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He didn’t come to leave us like we are. He does love us, even when we’re in sin! But He loves us enough to tell us the truth, and He loves us enough to give us the means of escaping that! Jesus paid the penalty! His life comes in and begins to enable us to be different.

Are we just gonna simply say, oh, well, I can do as I please, I can just let my flesh be pleased in this area. I can go places on the computer I shouldn’t. I can do a thousand and one things. Young people can sort of go way over the line in their relationships with one another, and it’s okay, God understands. Oh no! His standard has never changed.

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His standards have never changed! And you will never ever find peace. You will never ever find what God made you for going down that road.

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It will lead you to a place you do not want to go and keep you longer than you want to stay!

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I’ll tell you what, there’s a longing in God’s heart to be real! He’s looking for a home! His home is not a building! His home is people.

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And He’s looking for people who want Him to come! And to say, God, come live in my heart! Cleanse my heart so that I am fit for You to live in! Think what they did with the temple. They didn’t just say, hey here’s a building, oh, forgot to sweep that, just come on.

Don’t we sometimes treat Him that way? God, help us to realize how deadly serious this is on the one hand and yet how awesomely glorious it is on the other. There’s stuff that God — He wants to light a fire in this place that’s fresh. He wants this to be a place where people can come and they’ll be convicted but they’ll also be delivered, and filled with the joy and the peace that He came to give!

I don’t want people just to come and say, well, that was good, that was fun, it’s a wonderful group of people. I’m glad I came. That’s not enough! You know, so much of religion competes on that ground. We’ve got better choir, we got better music, better this, better programs. We just need Jesus!

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He can lead us about the details. We don’t have to be stuck in a form. He can lead us in all of those details. But we need Him! We need His presence!

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I don’t know what else needs to be said, other than just we need the Lord. We need His presence. We need Him to convict. We need Him to convict us first. We need to be willing to fall on our faces.

And I’m so thankful, as I say, that this is not something that leads to misery. God does not convict us of sin and a need in our lives to discourage, to defeat us. It’s always to lift us up. It’s always to show us that He has the answer to every issue.

You think about the Israelites when they came back from captivity and they had that one occasion where they were reading the Law. And as the people heard the Law of God being read, its promises, its curses, all the aspects of what God was looking for from them, and then they’re looking back at their history and said, my God! And they were weeping!

That’s a good thing. They were weeping with a sense of their, oh my God, how have we — but you can see how the devil could take that and twist it. And all of a sudden it becomes a source of, oh my God, there’s no hope. Look at us. And yet, what was the word of the Lord to those people that day? It was, this isn’t a day to weep, this is a day to rejoice!

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The joy of the Lord is your strength, because God is teaching you these things so you will come to Him on a proper ground, because He is the answer! He loves you! He just wants you to come with an honest heart that wants to escape the world and to escape sin! He’ll provide the means to anybody that has that kind of a heart.

You think of what God says in Isaiah 15, 57:15, I think it is. “… I dwell in a high and holy place …” Oh, it’s a high place. It’s a holy place. But also, “… with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble.” (KJV). That’s the ground I want to stand on today.

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I don’t want to come thinking, hey, I’m somebody, I’m this, I’m that. But I don’t want to come with this attitude of, I’m just gonna grovel. God’s not looking for people to grovel. He’s looking for people simply to be honest, and say, oh God, You’re a holy God. There is so much that needs to happen in my heart. I can’t look for any resource within. I have to just cast myself upon You. And I know that on that ground, everything is going to be okay!

Folks, let’s — I don’t know what the Lord wants to do in a meeting. and I don’t want to just look for something spectacular and outward, necessarily, or deny that it could happen. But I just pray that God will help us to approach this time together as more than just a good time, a get-together, when we enjoy one another’s fellowship and enjoy the religious expression to which we’re accustomed. I want God to come and make a difference. I want Him to be as real as we have seen Him be in times past. I want Him to be here now, and change hearts and change lives. What do you want?

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Then let’s cry out to God and let’s say first, God work in me! Do what’s needed in me so that Your presence can be here in convicting power and saving power. And I believe He’s gonna answer that kind of a cry. What do you think He wants? Do you think He wants just to be somewhere else and leave us alone? He longs to be here!

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He knows what He has the power to do if He only finds hearts that are open and willing. God, keep us from going to sleep and just becoming part of the world. We need Him.

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But I’ll tell you, we have His promise, don’t we?

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He is a God who saves. He is God who, “… is able to save completely those who come to God…” by Jesus Christ. (NIV). The cross is a reality the devil cannot countermand. The resurrection is a reality! The devil knows he’s defeated! He’s gonna do everything in his power to stand in our way.

What are we gonna choose? Because that’s what faith really is. Are we gonna choose to say, God, I need you, I want you? Lord, I set myself apart. I sanctify myself. I set myself apart, Lord, to want You in this meeting and beyond. And I’m looking to You, Lord, because I know that You’re the only One that can do whatever it is needs doing. This is supernatural. I can’t do it. But You can. Praise God!