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TV Broadcast #974

The Bond of the Covenant
Part One

June 5, 2011

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Transcript of message from TV Broadcast 974 -- taken from Closed Captioning Text

-- Brother Robert Dyer: I don’t really have a scripture. I don’t know why I brought my Bible up. I was just thinking last night and over the evening about the course that we’re on. We’re going through a lot of unchartered waters, and if we stop to count the fish, to kind of look at every molecule of water, we’ve got our eyes on the wrong thing. And I think, and the Lord’s showing us that there’s a bigger picture. There’s a place that the Lord’s taking us as a people that to us is unchartered, but He’s got the map--He knows where He’s taking us and He’s got it laid out just the way He wants it.

And I’m encouraged to know that the Lord is doing a thing…we’ve got a song that we sing that I think the Lord gave Sister Alice…it’s a strange work and it’s a new, but it’s a work that cuts right down to the chase of each and every one of us. And it’s bringing us to a place we just haven’t been, and we’re learning we’ve got to lean on the Lord. We lean on each other in the Lord. But we are totally and utterly dependent on the Lord to lead us through unchartered waters. We don’t have the ways and the means to know all that He’s leading us to. We just know that we have to go in the direction that He’s working in us.

And I think this morning that we can really be thankful, more than ever before that we’ve got a Potter and that we can be the clay. I’m just encouraged to know that…that we don’t have to worry about what we’re gonna be, how we’re gonna be molded, what we’re gonna be when we’re finished. All we have to be is vessels in the Potter’s hands.

-- Brother Carl Johnson: As Brother Robert was speaking, I couldn’t help but think of the chorus, God is moving us on, He is leading the way. He’s taking us a way we’ve never gone before. There are mountains to climb and there are valleys to cross, but before us we see an open door. I was just thinking…I don’t know, and we don’t any of us know what the future holds, but by faith we know who holds it.

And though there are valleys to cross, and there’s mountains to climb, this way that we’ve never gone before…we have before us the door and He has opened the way when He gave Himself for us, even as we sang here this morning. Living He loved us, dying He saved us, buried He carried our sins far away. Rising He justified us, freely forever, one day He’s coming, oh glorious day. He’s before us--He goes before us. He’s our rear guard. He overshadows us, He undergirds us. He’s on our left hand and on our right. Before us, we have an open door.

We can always and forever encourage ourselves in Him, and know, that though we don’t know the way, He does. He’s already got it chartered and He’s gonna carry us through. I thank Him for that this morning. I thank Him for His unfailing love and the fact that He’s gonna see us through. And He sees every heart. There’s nothing that’s hidden from Him and He sees every need. I’m thankful He sees every need right here. I know there’s great need. I don’t know the extent of it, but I know He’s more than able. And I praise Him and thank Him for his unfailing love this morning. Praise God! He’s gonna see us through.

-- Brother Phil Enlow: As the brethren were speaking, I thought of a scripture that we have heard many times in the past, but it may well be especially relevant right now. And that’s in Ezekiel chapter 20. I believe it’s prophetic way beyond the day in which it was uttered.

It was uttered by the prophet Ezekiel who was one of those taken to Babylon along with the captives when, you remember, the nation of Israel and Judah were separated at this time. And they had become so rebellious and so full of sin that God finally just judged them. I mean, they had a revival or two along the way, but they just…every impulse of the nation as a whole was to go against God and to rebel against Him, and so He allowed them to be judged and carried away captive into Babylon.

Well, Ezekiel was one who was carried along with the captives, but God used him to utter prophetic words, to give a message from God to those who were among the captives there. But I believe he was looking way beyond their day to our day in what he uttered here.

And let’s just say…let’s pick it up in verse 30 because he’s looking back at the sins of Israel and he says, “Therefore say to the house of Israel: This is what the Sovereign LORD says: Will you defile yourselves the way your fathers did and lust after their vile images? When you offer your gifts--the sacrifice of your sons in the fire--you continue to defile yourselves with all your idols to this day.”

I mean, it’s hard to believe and the conditions were such, but they actually…the Israelites had fallen into the heathen practices of actually sacrificing their children to heathen idols in the fire. Think about how depraved that is and how far from what God has intended. I’ll tell you, sin will, like Jimmy says…sin will take you farther than you want to go, and keep you longer than you want to stay.

And God is calling out a people who are gonna be His people from a world that is headed for the fire. I mean, this is not just fantasy. This is something that…God has already pronounced judgment on this world. It’s simply a matter of the time, of the day coming. And you and I don’t know that day, do we? And it’s a very serious matter that I believe God is…God is calling out, and He’s serious.

But anyway he says, “Am I to let you inquire of me, O house of Israel?” I mean, here they were living like this and saying, oh God, give us a word. You know, get real. “As surely as I live, declares the Sovereign LORD, I will not let you inquire of me. You say, We want to be like the nations, like the peoples of the world, who serve wood and stone.”

And that’s always what happens in this world. There is a pull of this world to be like the world. And if God is taking us anywhere, He is taking us to a place where we have been separated from what the world lives for, from what it stands for, from everything about it. It’s not to be ‘holier than thou’ as though we’re anything, because we’re nothing. We’re sinners, at best, saved by the grace of God. We’re no better than anybody else.

But I’ll tell you, God has a wonderful, awesome plan and a covenant for a people who will listen to His voice, who will submit to Him, who will be the clay, who will put their hope and their trust in His provision, because there’s nothing we can do about our circumstances and our situation. I’ll tell you, His plan and His purpose is an awesome one if we can have our eyes opened to it and just really commit our way and commit our entire heart to Him. That’s what He’s looking for.

But he says, you say you want to be like the nations, he says, “But what you have in mind will never happen. As surely as I live, declares the Sovereign LORD, I will rule over you with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm and with outpoured wrath.” That sounds like He’s serious, doesn’t it to you? I’ll tell you, it is an absolute divine commitment to His plan. It’s not a compromise. It’s not…here’s My plan, pretty please, will you just accept Jesus. Oh no!

This is what Paul declared when he was talking to the Athenians. He said, God has set a day when He is going to judge the world in righteousness by that man that He’s ordained. And so He commands men everywhere to repent. It’s not a suggestion. It’s a commandment to turn from the way this world is going…our whole human family has absolutely set itself against God. There’s nothing about us that naturally loves Him or wants to go His way. There has to be a conquest and a surrender to His purpose if we’re ever to be what He created us to be in the beginning.

So here’s God declaring that something is coming, I’ve got something in mind, I’m not just gonna let you completely perish, I’ve got a people and I’m going to bring together a people. I’m gonna do whatever I have to do to do it. You know, it kind of makes me want to say, okay Lord. I’m not gonna fight here. I’m gonna let You, I’m gonna surrender to Your purpose, because I know it’s a loving one.

I mean, to a natural man, you’d read this and you’d say, boy, you’ve got a bully here who just wants to be tyrant, make our lives miserable and rule us and just…we have this human picture of what despotism in our world when dictators get control and they ruin the lives of their people and they serve them for their own ego and their own ends.

But oh, God is not like that. Every purpose of His heart toward us is one of mercy. It’s one of love. It’s one of endless compassion. It’s one that understands our condition and where we’re at. And you only have to look at the cross to see that. How much did we sing this morning about the glory of the cross? The world doesn’t understand, doesn’t have a clue what the cross was about. But oh, it’s the measure of God’s love toward us that He would send His Son to take upon Himself the punishment you and I deserve and to offer to us a hope that goes beyond everything else.

Oh I’ll tell you what, I want to be part of that, don’t you? Praise God! But we see that in order for this to happen, God has to take the initiative. It’s not something that He can sit back and say, okay I’ve laid My deal on the table, it’s up to you now. God has to take the initiative with you and me. We would never, ever turn our hearts to Him if He didn’t mold us and draw us and deal with our stubborn wills, and put His finger on the things in our lives that are running against Him and are rebelling against Him.

I thank God that He’s willing to do that for me, because I need it. I’m not standing up here like I’m some righteous somebody! I’m a sinner in need of a Savior today! The further I go, the more I look in the mirror and I see a sinner there! I see someone who doesn’t begin to deserve the mercy that God shows me every day. Oh, what an awesome Lord He is! Praise God! I love Him. I appreciate Him this morning. He’s worthy of our praise, worthy of all that we could give Him!

( congregational praise ).

Praise His name! That He would actually reach out in love to us…why would He love us so? That’s an old song we used to sing when I was growing up. “Why Should He Love Me So?” And so here is God saying, I will--I will bring you, I’m going to set measures in motion where you’re not gonna just go on like you are. I’m going to bring you out from the nations. I’m gonna do a work that somehow separates you, that causes you to feel a need others don’t feel.

I know some of you have probably read “Pilgrim’s Progress,” maybe some version of it. And you remember how it starts with a man named a Christian who lives in the City of Destruction and he’s just sighing and moaning, and he has this terrible burden on his back. And he’s just realizing, I’m in a terrible place. I’m in a city that’s bound for destruction. I have this awful burden. Oh what shall I do--what shall I do?

And what’s the reaction of everybody else? You’re crazy! You’re an idiot. You don’t know what you’re talking about. We’re having a party tonight. Come on over, let’s have a big time. But he was conscious of something that nobody else was conscious of. Do you know if you feel your need of God, that is God’s mercy! God has singled you out because He knows your name, He knows your need, He loves you! That should cause you to shout and say, oh God, why should you show me such mercy that I should even know I have a need? You love me. Praise God!

But here is again, God pulling us out and again the picture for the Israelites was looking back into their own history and seeing their life as slaves in Egypt, serving the Pharaohs, hard bondage, miserable life! Didn’t have any freedom to do what they wanted to do, and God heard the groanings of His people and He came and He sent a man with a power, with an anointing, and with great powers and signs and judgments against that nation, He brought them out.

Miracle, after miracle, after miracle, after miracle! Backed up against a sea they couldn’t possibly pass, with Pharaoh’s army closing in. And God says to Moses, speak to my people that they go forward. I mean, talk about an act of faith! All right folks, we’re going forward! Where? But I’ll tell you, when the time came, God opened the sea and they went through on dry land. Praise God!

You know, they’ve got all kinds of stories about how that happened. They’ve come out with another one recently. But I don’t care how they figure it happened or didn’t happen. See, man’s just gonna look for a natural explanation for everything, because he doesn’t want to understand that there’s a God who acts, to whom we’re responsible. But I love the story my dad used to tell about the skeptic who looked back and he said, well we figured it out. The water was only two inches deep. That’s why they could cross.

And so, apparently in the story this was a skeptic telling some believer. And the believer began to shout and praise God, and the skeptic said, what in the world are you doing that for? He said that’s an even better miracle than I thought! What do you mean? God drowned Pharaoh’s army in two inches of water.

( laughter ).

Well, I’ll tell you what, we serve a great God, don’t we?

( congregational response ).

He can do what it takes. You know, that’s what…this is the battle that I’m fighting, but I’m not the only one. Has Satan come to you and just beat your mind with futility of what is happening in your life and how it just can’t happen, it can’t be…it’s good for somebody else, but not for you? Anybody fight that battle ever? Yeah. We serve a God, and we need to put our hope in Him and stop looking at us.

( congregational amens ).

God is able to save completely those who put their trust in Him, because He ever lives to pray. We’ve got somebody praying for us who’s been where we’re at! He’s felt everything you ever feel…have ever felt, and He prevailed. Oh, He went to the cross in our place, but He didn’t stay there, did He? He didn’t stay in the tomb where they put His broken body. He came forth with a perfect body, one that could never be touched by death again, or suffering. Praise God!

That’s the hope. I mean, you think about what it did for the people that saw that. It turned these cowards, hiding in fear into bold servants who proclaimed the message of the Gospel! They had met the One who had conquered death, they knew it was real. And they went forth in that generation and they proclaimed a message they were willing to die for because they knew it was real. They knew even if they died, that wasn’t the end. They had seen death conquered in the person of Jesus Christ. That’s part of the covenant God is calling us to…to walk in.

So here’s a God again who’s calling us out! If God is dealing with your life, He’s not gonna let you sit there in your comfort zone. He is gonna stir your nest, just like the mama eagle stirs the nest so her young will not sit there and just eat from what mama brings for the rest of their lives. They’re gonna have to grow up and they’re gonna have to be what they were created to be. God is going to do things in our lives and we need to see His hand, not as a hand of…God, why are You making me so miserable, or why are You doing this, why are You doing that? But God, thank You!

( congregational amens ).

Because You’re not leaving me like I am, You’re bringing me to a place where I’m willing to let go and let You have Your way in my life. Out “…from the nations and gather you from the countries where you have been scattered…” In a million years, the Israelites would not have chosen to go out and live in the wilderness without a supply train, without any plan on their part. Talk about God leading His people by a way they don’t know…God led them out into a place where there was no natural sustenance.