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TV Broadcast #970

One Way Out
Part One

May 8, 2011

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Transcript of message from TV Broadcast 970 -- taken from Closed Captioning Text

-- Brother Ron Peters: You know when I came into the service this morning, or came to church this morning, as happens sometimes, the devil was on me like white on rice and though you try to shake him off…you take the Word and you try to fight him off and fend him off, sometimes he sticks tighter than a stick-tight and he’s hard to get off. Some of you don’t know what a stick-tight is…go hiking sometime in tall grass…

( laughing ).

…And you’ll find out. But, I started thinking about the Word of God and the Truth and basically the enemy was telling me you’re not God’s, you’re just like somebody said in one of our youth camp meetings. He said, you ain’t saved, you’re just doing the devil’s dirty work.

( laughing ).

You thought you was saved, but you ain’t. Has the devil ever told you that?

( laughing ).

He’s gonna tell you that. But, I started thinking about the Word of God and started quoting scriptures. You know, he attacks us because we’re not perfect. That’s why the devil comes after us. Most of the time with me anyway, that’s where he comes. He focuses in on my failures, and my inabilities, my lack of strength, my lack of everything.

But if you take the Word of God and you begin to quote it to the devil…you know there’s a scripture in 1st John that says, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (KJV). That’s the Word of God. That’s a promise to us. And we can also go to God’s throne with boldness and receive grace and mercy to help in time of need. We’ve got a Savior that’s an advocate for us who makes intercession for us continually.

But I thought of something Paul said this morning. It just came to me. I’m just gonna read this and then I’ll be done. I don’t know if this is the Lord or not for the service this morning. But you know, I felt like anything this morning than to come in here and say I’m chosen of God is what I’m trying to get to. But I believe I am chosen of God, and I don’t base that on any feeling, any experience, anything that has happened to me over the years. I base that on the Word of God and the promises that are in here to me.

And I’m gonna tell you if we try to base it on anything other than this Word, we’re not gonna stand. Heaven and earth is gonna pass away but the Word of God will never pass away. If you’ve got the Word of God in you, and that’s that incorruptible seed, if that’s been sown in your heart, then there’s nothing that can destroy that or take it away. There’s absolutely nothing that can come and take away what God has done for you. It’s real. It’s living and it’s active.

But I thought of this this morning, something Paul said down here. He was talking about, in Romans chapter 10…he was talking about the Jews. Of course, he wanted to…he wanted to, he said his, “…Heart’s desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they might be saved.” That was his real…I mean he loved his people and he would have done anything.

But he says, “…I bear them record that they have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge. For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness…” See there’s a righteousness that’s of God. But these people here, they were, “…Going about to establish their own righteousness.” They were trying to keep the law. They were trying to keep what they thought God liked and what God would honor and bless. They went around trying to do that and thought that was gonna merit some kind of righteousness to them.

And that’s worthless, because in the first place, you can’t do it. You’re totally helpless. I mean if you fail…James said, if you fail in just one point, you’re guilty of everything. If you’ve ever failed in your life, and the fact is, it doesn’t matter if you’ve never broken any law of God from the time you’re born until the time you die, you are dead in trespasses and sin because of Adam, because you are in Adam. Adam fell, you’re guilty. And it’s not based on your works in any way.

But anyway it says, “…God’s righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God.” He says, “For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth.” He is the end. The law, it ends there. When you come to Christ, the handwriting of ordinances that was against you, it says in Colossians, is nailed to His cross. It’s done away with. It’s destroyed. You’re free. You’ve been freed from the law. The law has no more power over you. Because you no longer live to try to live up to some standard, even if it’s God’s standard. That’s not what it’s about. It’s about believing in the one who did it all for you. And then honoring and laying down your life for Him.

But he says, “For Moses describeth the righteousness which is of the law, That the man which doeth those things shall live by them. But the righteousness which is of faith speaketh on this wise, Say not in thine heart, Who shall ascend into heaven? (that is, to bring Christ down from above:).” It’s not a matter of doing something. Faith…that’s completely opposite of faith is when you think you have to do something instead of just believing. “Who shall ascend into heaven? (that is, to bring Christ down from above:) Or, Who shall descend into the deep? (that is, to bring up Christ again from the dead.)” But what does it say? What does the Word say? “The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach.”

First off, it’s got to be in here. If it’s in here, it’s nigh you. It’s nigh you. It’s right there. But what does he say? “…If thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.” That is the Word of God. End of story. It’s finished. It’s all encapsulated right there. If you believe in your heart, but it doesn’t end at just believing, there has to be confession made unto salvation.

Okay, but then he goes on down here he says, “For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” If we never speak it, if we never begin to confess that, then we haven’t gone anywhere. We’re just sitting here and nothing is happening. But if we begin to confess that then something happens. The spoken Word of God begins to do something. And you go out and you confess it and, like I say, it’s not because of the way you feel. It’s not because you have some feeling. And even when you confess it, you may not have a feeling. But I’m gonna tell you, it’s the truth because it’s in the Word of God. “For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.”

And then he goes on down here in verse 14 and he says, “How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed?” Okay, you’re not gonna do that. You don’t believe in somebody you’re not gonna call on them. You’re not gonna call them up and ask for any help. “And how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!”

When he says here, up here “And how shall they preach except they be sent?” That’s not sent by any man or any potentate or any organization down here, but that’s somebody that God has a hold of, that God sends to a people to give them the gospel of Jesus Christ, the good news that Christ is come, that now you can be free. Now you can become a child of God. Now you can become one of His family, an heir and a joint heir with Jesus Christ. Isn’t that wonderful?

( congregational amens ).

He’s done that for us! And I don’t, you know like I say, I’m so guilty of continually lapsing back into this…when I fail or when I come short. And it does grieve us. And the Scripture even speaks of when we do that, it grieves the Holy Spirit that’s within you. But, I’m guilty of just saying…getting negative. We need to stop doing that. We’ve got nothing to be negative about. There is absolutely no negative in this Bible, in this Word of God toward one of God’s children. I’m gonna tell it it’s true--it’s true. We are God’s and all we have to do is begin to confess that with our mouths.

“So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” Praise God! I’m just…I just appreciate what Christ has done for me this morning. I appreciate the righteousness that has been placed to my account, because I didn’t deserve it. But I’m gonna tell you, he did it and I’m gonna confess that. I’m gonna confess that until my toes turn up. I don’t care what it looks like or what the devil throws our way, it’s the Truth. It’s the Word of God. As long as God gives us the faith and the grace to claim this Word, we need to honor and we need to praise Him and we need to thank Him every day. In the face of adversity, in the face of trial, in the face of test, we can have this joy within us…this great…I don’t want to say feeling. But we’ve got the love of God that abides within us. I mean that’s just wonderful! And He’s making us perfect in love. And I just praise Him this morning for that. I just praise Him for this service!

-- Brother Phil Enlow: Praise God! It’s good to see everybody today. You know that passage in Romans 10 certainly conveys to us two different kinds of people, doesn’t it? And, those two different kinds of people are with us today. I mean, in a general sense, but I’ll tell you, this is a line of demarcation, if you will, in what is called Christendom today.

I’m persuaded with all my heart that the overwhelming majority of people who name the name of Christ in the world are simply religious, and don’t actually know God, and have never understood what Paul was talking about here. Because here were the Jews, he was talking about in particular, and they had a history of divine revelation. God sent great prophets to them with the Word of God. I mean anointed men of God. They weren’t just talking about any and everything, they were focusing on who God was and His holiness and they were given laws, but they were not just laws that left them without hope. They were laws for which there was also provisions to be forgiven, to be able to actually have a relationship with God.

We know it was a temporary thing. We know it wasn’t God’s end product, if you will, with respect to salvation. It was something God did to teach His people about Himself. But the overwhelming majority of these people were, at best, religious. Some of them were just absolutely out and out heathen. They turned to the gods of the heathen people around them over the centuries.

But, at the time Paul was speaking here, he was talking about people like the Pharisees. And we run into them constantly in the life of Jesus, and Paul himself had been a Pharisee. Pharisees were a particular religious sect among the Jews who were very devoted to the law, but of course it was their own concept of the law. They had an idea about what it meant to be God’s people and to be in right relationship with Him. So they had…their scholars had pored through the Scriptures and had studied and come up with a nice little religion they could practice. And, it was, do this, do this, don’t do that, don’t do the other, and it was a long list of do’s and do not’s. They measured their righteousness by that list. So in their minds they were a very righteous people. They were entitled, in their own thinking, to look down upon others.

You know, we see that about as clearly as anything in the story Jesus told of the two people who went into the temple, don’t we? I mean, here’s two people, each of them coming to a place where they hope to encounter God. They hope to be accepted in some way. They hope to be able to pray in such a way that the God of the universe will actually recognize them and hear them. So these are not people who are just running and ignoring God, these are people who are actually coming…God I believe that You are and I want to be in proper relationship with You.

But the one man comes and he says, I thank You Lord. I’m not like other men. Well, that was his first mistake, because he was exactly like other men, he just didn’t know it. And that’s a terrible condition to be in…to not know what you are. I mean, I can’t think of a worse place to be than to actually think that you’re something and not be. Because you begin to bank….you begin to bet your soul on something that is a lie.

And I’m persuaded that part of the strong delusion Paul refers to in 2nd Thessalonians 2, in many cases it involves religion. It involves religion where people have embraced ideas, have embraced a concept, a way to get to God and be accepted by Him that is not the truth, that is built upon them and what they are able to do or not do.

But here’s this man, I thank You I’m not like other men. I do this. I don’t do that. I do the other and I’m especially not like that guy. He points over to a man who is a tax collector, someone very despised in their society. But you know, in the way Jesus tells the story the tax collector had a different outlook, didn’t he? There was a deep honesty. Do you know before anybody can come to God, we’ve got to get honest? Do you know we need God’s help to be honest?

( congregational response ).

Yeah, because without His help we absolutely walk in self delusion. We suppose things about ourselves, but those things are not true, And yet we base eternal decisions upon things that are not so. If there’s one thing I think we ought to be praying for, it’s that where people don’t actually know Him, have never really come to the reality Ron was reading about this morning, that God would open their eyes to see themselves and be willing to say, yes Lord. I am what You say I am.

You know, how often have we used the example of what happened to Isaiah? But it’s an illustration of something, because here was a prophet of God. This was a man who was, certainly among the people of the earth, he would have been one of the more righteous guys. He would have been somebody who was God-fearing, a mouthpiece of God in a dark time, bearing the Word of God to his people. But one day the Lord allowed him to experience something that changed everything.

He would…I don’t know whether it was a vision of the temple or a temple in the vision, but whatever it was, he went into the realm of the Spirit. God showed him the Lord. I don’t know what, exactly all this was, but it was a vision of God’s holiness, God’s purity, God’s…what God is like, the realm that God lives in, what it’s like. And he saw Him high and lifted up. And there was some kind of a train, some kind of a whatever it was, part of the garment that was involved that actually just filled the temple. There was just a sense of power, of awe, of purity.

And if there was one thing that Isaiah knew in a moment of time, it was simply this. I don’t belong here. Whatever I thought about myself before this moment, I understand now. It’s not about being good and bad as we measure things down here. God has a standard and the only people that are ever going to be in right relationship to Him now and in eternity, are gonna have to be like that.

How many of you would be at home in a place like that right now? We need help, don’t we? I mean, it’s one thing to say, hey, I need to be a little bit better, I need to straighten up here, I need to do this, and do that, and do the other. Now I’ve got my life in order, God likes me now. Oh my, you have no clue! You don’t know.

And we are sinners because we’re born into Adam’s family. Our guilt is not Adam’s guilt, it is ours. Because he said, we died in Adam, but he also said…it’s because we sin. We just do like him. We follow our father. The spiritual nature that we inherit from him just expresses itself in ways that are totally at odds with God and His nature.

And until we ever come to see the utter hopelessness of what we are in our righteousness, anything you can do, I don’t care what it is…you can read your Bible 24 hours a day. You can pray in between every other sentence. You can do good deeds or whatever you think are good deeds, it ain’t gonna do you a bit of good. God has laid out in this passage two different ways to get to Him.

I’m persuaded there’s people right here, there’s certainly people who would hear this, if it goes out at all, who don’t know. They’re going to church every Sunday. They think, I’m a Christian. I’ll tell you, unless the Word of God does enter into…I mean, comes out of your mouth but enters into your heart first.

You know that kind of struck me. I noticed that the connection with the word ‘heart.’ In other places in that passage, because it’s there…believing in your heart. But I don’t know that I’ve ever really focused on it and I underlined it when Ron read it. Because, where is this Word? Well, it is in your mouth, but it’s in your heart, because God does have a message. God has Good News in the face of the impossible bad news that we all face apart from Him. My God, we all by nature look for a way to be right with God without ever giving up the throne of our hearts! And there’s no such thing!

( congregational amens ).

Until we come to that point, we’re not serving God at all. We’re serving self. We’re supposing that we can gain heaven and still serve self too, and there is no way to do it. You know, Doug read the Scripture about “choose you this day.” The Gospel, if it is anything, is a line in the sand. We are either citizens of this world serving self or we are citizens of the Kingdom of God serving Him!