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Rainbow Divider
MCM Broadcast

TV Broadcast #1360

By Invitation Only
Conclusion

October 28, 2018

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— Brother Phil Enlow: “All that the Father gives me…” (NIV). What? “…Will come to me….” He’s describing an absolute process of God reaching down to a human heart, convicting of their need, drawing them to a place of surrender, and on that ground alone, they come, and they cast themselves upon His mercy and put their faith in Him. That’s the process of God reaching, but everyone that God does that for, they will come. Thank God!

Now, for the last part of it. Everyone will come, “…and whoever comes to me I will never drive away. For I have come down from heaven not to do my will but to do the will of him who sent me. And this is the will of him who sent me, that I shall lose none of all that he has given me, but raise them up at the last day.”

Praise God! See, that’s where even death doesn’t win. Death has absolutely lost the battle. Praise God! “For my Father’s will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day.”

Well, the Jews were grumbling about that. And so, Jesus said in verse 43, “Stop grumbling among yourselves. No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him, and I will raise him up at the last day.”

Now, He’s gonna explain that just a little bit, because you’ve got some folks out there that just make all, have God make all the decisions. You know, you’re going to Heaven, you’re going to hell. You know, like we don’t have any responsibility at all, and it’s not that way.

It says, “It is written in the Prophets: They will all be taught by God. Everyone who listens to the Father and learns from him comes to me.” Has God ever spoken to you? I mean, personally. You know it down in here. Has God ever spoken to you? What happened when He did? What happened? How did you react?

See, this is where the rubber hits the road. This is the crux of the matter. God speaks to a human heart. What does that heart do? Everyone who listens — you see, that’s what He’s looking at. “Everyone who listens to the Father and learns from him comes to me.”

You see the work, the preparation work that happens in the human heart? Oh, I pray for everyone here that’s ever heard the voice of God. I pray for the kids that are growing up, that this will become real to you. You know, until that happens, all you can do is just listen, and learn, and grow, and ask God to help you.

But I’ll tell you, there’s got to come a point where God will absolutely reveal Himself to your heart and say, you, come. You, surrender. You, give me your heart and give Me your life. Put your trust in Me. You’ll never be a part of what Jesus is talking about until that day.

And I’ll tell you — praise God! Look at John chapter 5. Let’s see, the scripture I was looking at, I don’t want to spend a lot of time on all of this, but I want to get some things across that the Lord just…I don’t know, they just seem so real. Verse 24, “I tell you the truth, whoever hears my word….” Now, again, this is not just with ears. This is not just an intellectual process. Whoever hears my word! There’s something that’s beyond just one mind to another, because His words are spirit, and they’re life. There’s supernatural power when God speaks.

( congregational amens ).

So, when He’s talking about hearing that Word, He’s not just simply talking about hearing the concept, He’s talking about hearing it…to where it makes an impact upon the heart, and you’re receiving it.

“…Whoever hears my word and believes…” There’s the response to that hearing. “…Believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be condemned; he has crossed over from death to life.” Have you ever crossed over from death to life?

Now, I don’t want to over-emphasize the event in the sense that, oh, well, I had this tremendous crisis. Lights flashed. Angels sang. Not necessarily. But I’ll tell you, there is a moment in time in God’s economy when somebody really…God seals the deal. And you have crossed a bridge from which there is no return. You are His for time and eternity. It’s a response to His Word that is faith.

It’s not just believing concepts. This is, I rest the hope of my eternal destiny on Your promise of what You have done for me through Jesus Christ. That’s it. It’s a sealed, settled deal in my heart. I am Yours lock, stock and barrel.

If God has enabled you to — and it takes God to do that. You won’t find that ability in any human being. You won’t find that inclination in any human being. God has to work with a heart. But when He brings the heart to that point, I’ll tell you, there is a God who hears and answers that prayer! You are in His hands, and you are in the hands of One who will never fail you, never leave you, never forsake you. Thank God!

But listen to how He describes this. “I tell you the truth, a time is coming and has now come when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God and those who hear will live.” That’s some strange sounding language. What’s He talking about?

( congregation inaudible ).

Yeah, because He goes on to talk about there’s a day way down there at the end of the world where the dead are gonna come out of the graves and all that. This is different! This is an apt description of what it is before you really come to faith! You are dead to the Kingdom of God! If all you have is Adam’s life, and you were just born into this world, you’re dead as far as God’s concerned. You have no more capacity to react than someone laying here in a casket, and Donald walks up and blows his trumpet in their ear. Do you think that would make any difference?

( congregation inaudible ).

Yeah, we need a supernatural God to do something supernatural to even cause somebody to be able to hear the voice. Oh, how dependent we are on the mercy and the grace of God. Isn’t that what He describes in Ephesians 3? You were dead, and you were made alive in Christ. Praise God! You were part of a world that was under the dominion of the power of darkness, but God raised you from the dead.

That’s what salvation is about. That’s what happens when the human heart hears the voice of the Son of God and puts their faith in it, believes it, receives it! God imparts His life! I’ll tell you, we need to be born. This is a birth, isn’t it? This is something that’s a whole lot more radical.

But I want to add, just bring in this one little dimension here, lest anybody would listen to the enemy and say, okay, God’s in charge. Nobody can come unless God calls them. He decides who’s coming. It’s all up to Him. I have no responsibility in this matter.

I tell you, it’s not that way at all, because not everybody who is called answers the call. God’s call goes out to so many. You think of Noah’s day when God said what? “My spirit shall not always strive with man.” (KJV). Well, what does that tell you? God’s Spirit had been striving with men. He’d been striving with people who would not listen!

So, God wasn’t just saying, oh, I didn’t choose you, go on to hell. This was God reaching out. This is the heart of God. This is still His heart. If there’s someone who doesn’t hear His voice and refuses to humble themselves and put their faith in Him, it’s not God’s fault! No one’s gonna be able to stand there on the Day of Judgment and say, God, You’re at fault! You didn’t give me a chance! You’re responsible for my condition! You have no right to judge me. Trust me, that ain’t gonna happen.

Oh, if we could see the heart of God! God, open our eyes to see the mercy and the love that would reach down to sinners who have absolutely no qualifications for His Kingdom. Folks, this isn’t about being some special somebody. This isn’t about being strong. This isn’t about being anything.

This is not just a rule-based religion He’s called us to. This is a new life! This is one where the weakest of the weak just says, Lord, I’m Yours. Come and change my heart and make me what You want me to be. Praise God!

But think about the parable Jesus told of the great supper. What a picture that is. Jesus said, a rich man made a great supper, and he called — who did he call? He’s called a whole bunch of people that had been invited. The invitation, the general invitation had gone out, and he said now, it’s time. Everything’s ready. Come! So, there was an invitation, wasn’t there? There was a calling to come and partake of a feast that had been completely prepared.

But what happened? One after another, they made excuses. Something was more important than responding to that call. That’s a picture of the Gospel. Folks, if there’s anything in anybody’s life that takes precedence over what He’s talking about, oh, God. I don’t even want to think about it.

What do you think about the rich young ruler? What do you think he thinks now? What an utter fool I was. I had a little bit of money for a short time, and then the grave claimed me, and now what? And He was offering me eternal life if I’d just turn loose of that! And eternal life is forever, and I get to be with Him and be set free.

There is nothing in this world worth putting up your hands and saying I don’t want it. I won’t come. I choose my way over Yours, Lord. I thank God!

Isn’t it interesting that, no doubt, Jesus drew on a custom of the time where people didn’t even have to provide their own clothes to come. How would you like that kind of an invitation? Of course, some of you ladies would say I want to wear what I want to wear. I got this great new dress, and I want to go show it off. I’m sorry. I had to throw that in there!

( laughter ).

But what a picture it is of the Gospel when the ones who were invited were even provided the garment that they wore. Is that not a picture of the Gospel?

( congregational amens ).

You think you’re too bad. You think you’re too this or too that, or some obstacle in your mind about what you are and what you’ve done. Forget it. It’s enough what He did, the song that was sung. It’s enough! It’s all that we need. It’s all that any of us needs, to be able to say, Lord, I just surrender. You cover me with Your righteousness. You give me everything that I stand in need of. I rest my hope, my case in Your hands. I just come.

And so, what did the master of the feast do? He sent his servants out, and he started gathering people off the streets. And then they bring them all in, and there’s plenty of room still. Go out and get some more. Go into the highways and the hedges, I mean, just everywhere you can, anybody that’s willing to come.

Folks, is that not a picture of how — God’s not looking for the strong and great and all those kinds of things, He’s looking for people who will just simply humble themselves to His eternal purpose. He provides everything. Oh, praise God!

What a Gospel we have! This isn’t for the strong who are able to keep rules. This is for people who say, I am desperately in need of a Savior. I have no hope. I have a record of sins that reaches to Heaven. How could He love somebody like me? But He does, He does.

But you think about what Jesus said in one of the accounts of this great supper. He made the comment. He said, many are called, but what? Few are chosen. But do you suppose that that means God is just playing games with calling people, because He’s just calling them and saying I don’t really choose you, but I’m gonna make a show of calling you?

No! He’s calling, but He’s looking for a response, isn’t He? And where there’s a willingness to just say, yes, Lord, I surrender…. I’ll tell you, there is a choice. There’s an eternal hand that reaches down and takes care of the rest. Oh, praise God!

What a place of rest He’s called us to. “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” That’s the hope of the Gospel. You think of what Jesus said through the prophets. I think of a couple of places in the end of Isaiah. He said, “…When I called….” When I called--when I called, what? “…Ye did not answer…and did choose that wherein I delighted not.”

I’ll tell you, we have an awesome God who is building something that is supernatural. And He is going to reach every single one of His. But I’ll tell you, the heart of God is not looking to keep people out. The heart of God is looking to reach the weakest of the weak, the most hopeless of the hopeless. His heart is gonna reach out until there’s no more capacity for someone to say, yes.

Think of the reaction of Jesus having to watch from Heaven as He would send prophets to the nation of Israel, century after century. He would send someone, and they would murder them. They’d say, I don’t want you. I don’t want what you’re saying. I reject it! We’re gonna go on and practice our idolatry. Get out of here. Stop rebuking us! We’re gonna kill you, and they did.

And here’s Jesus looking down at His people that were supposedly His people. And now, He comes on the scene, and He realizes what’s about to happen. He’s just about to be crucified, totally rejected. What does He do? He’s out there on a hill looking over Jerusalem. What does He do? Does He…

( blowing angrily ).

…Man, I can’t wait until I can get you for all this stuff you’ve done. He weeps. Is that not a divine response? Jesus breaks down and weeps. “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered…as a hen gathereth her chickens…” What was the problem? “…Ye would not!”

That’s what’s happening in the earth today. I want to be part of the voice of God calling forth. It’s not about eloquence. If it is, I’m not gonna qualify. But it’s about having His heart, His Spirit. It’s about calling people to surrender their lives and put their faith in the Lord Jesus Christ with the promise and the hope of something that goes beyond anything any of us could imagine.

Look at Hebrews chapter 3. I think this’ll probably take care of what we need today. Just think of some of this, and I’ll try not to read it all, but think of some of this in terms of what the Lord has shared with us recently.

“Therefore, holy brothers, who share in the heavenly calling…” (NIV). So, now, he’s talking — and I could say this: Brothers and sisters who share in the heavenly calling, somebody here who has heard the voice of God, you said, yes, and God has put His Spirit in your heart, and you’ve been born of that Spirit and that life. What’s God’s word to you?

“…Fix your thoughts on Jesus….” That tells me it’s not just some zap old thing where you suddenly become mature. You know, we’re born into this thing. We hear the calling. “…The apostle and high priest whom we confess. He was faithful to the one who appointed him, just as Moses was faithful in all God’s house. Jesus has been found worthy of greater honor than Moses, just as the builder of a house has greater honor than the house itself. For every house is built by someone, but God is the builder of everything.” Praise God!

I’ll come down to this where it says in verse 6, “And we are his house, if we hold on to our courage and the hope of which we boast.” Here’s the verse that Brother Thomas used so many times over the years, and I think I want to end with this. “Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts….”

Now, is that an angry threat, or is that a yearning heart that knows what the consequences of hardening one’s heart are? It’s the latter, isn’t it? Don’t you see the heart and spirit of God in the way He reaches out to people? Why would Jesus weep if He didn’t have that heart? Oh, if there’s anything I could do, but yet, He was part of an eternal process where God is working with hearts and speaking to people and calling them out of this present world into something that’s eternal.

And I’ll just return to this. Has God spoken to you? Have you ever heard His call to come and truly belong to Jesus Christ, lock, stock and barrel? And if you’ve heard it, what did you do? And if you hear it today, what are you going to do?

Oh, in the name of Jesus Christ, I beseech you to humble yourself and call upon His name. Don’t let anything the devil tells you stand in your way. You run to Him, and you fall at His feet, and you give Him your heart and your life. He will hear your cry. He will respond. God is not looking to keep people out. He’s looking to bring them in.

But folks, this is a divine process. Jesus is the one building this church, I mean, the one I’m describing. I pray that, I hope everyone here becomes a part of that. But I’m not fool enough to think that everybody is, necessarily. But I’ll tell you, we serve a God who’s able to seek and save those that are lost.

So I just put this in your hands today. You’re a part of this world: are you going to perish with it, or are you going to call out to Him and surrender and become a part of something that will never pass away? That’s His promise, and He will answer the cries of those who call upon Him. Praise God!