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TV Broadcast #994

Choose You This Day
Part One

October 23, 2011

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Transcript of message from TV Broadcast 994 -- taken from Closed Captioning Text

— Brother Phil Enlow: We’ve had a wonderful meeting. I believe God has been here. I know you know that. I believe He’s done some convicting. I believe He’s worked with hearts. And I just want to say a couple of things about that. You know there’s such a false gospel out there today that just kind of presents the Gospel as a collection of facts. And it’s almost like you come to the bottom of it, you sign on the dotted line, they tell you, well, you’ve done all…you’ve filled in all the blanks, you’re saved.

And, it’s not that way at all. There is a supernatural transaction that happens between a soul and God, and none of us can control that, or make it happen, or do anything except facilitate it at best…be workers together with Him. That’s all we can do. So, I don’t know where people are at in this meeting. I know the Lord has touched and worked with a number of hearts. If you’re one of those, my word to you is you keep seeking God.

And I want to just issue a word of caution, because it’s so easy when you see a soul in distress to try to give them comfort. And that’s God’s job. You know, we can encourage, we can give the Word of God, we can read the promises of God, but the thing is, there’s no one that can tell anybody they’re saved except God.

( congregational amens ).

And we don’t need to short-circuit the process. I believe God is bringing people to the birth. And you know, we’ve heard many testimonies that make it plain that God will save people in His time and His place. It doesn’t have to be here--it doesn’t have to be here. It doesn’t have to even be in this building. There’s a time when God will minister the grace and the faith to just lay down arms, and I’ll tell you, God knows when that is. And no two people have the same experience. It’s just between you and God. So, you keep on seeking God.

You know, my mind goes back to…one thing I heard Paul Washer say one time…and I have referred to this before. There was a girl who came up to him after a meeting and she was in distress. She just wanted somehow to find peace. And she said, I’ve come to the altar several times. And he said, well, that didn’t work, let’s not repeat that mistake. Here are your choices. And he said, you can either stop seeking God and go to hell, or you can seek Him until He gives you peace.

Now that sounds hard, but that’s the reality of it. There’s no way we can short-circuit that process. God has got to…God knows when a heart is truly conquered and ready. And I’ll tell you, coming to the Kingdom of God is not something where you just sign on the dotted line and then you just blow on past it and then you’re a Christian--you’re headed to heaven. Jesus said, “…The kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and the violent take it by force.” (NKJV). I believe that there’s many cases where God is wanting to know how serious you are. Jesus told us that the kingdom of heaven was like a merchant who found a pearl of great price. Now what did…what was the upshot of that--what happened as a result of his finding this pearl? How much did he sell--what did it cost?

( congregational response ).

Everything--he sold everything he had to possess that. And that is a wonderful picture of the Kingdom of God, and the thing is if we don’t come to the place where we value knowing God and having His peace within our hearts above everything else, why should God give it to us? We haven’t sold all…our will, our way, our family, the opinion of others around us. God’s gonna have to get your heart to the point where you want Him…you don’t care what anybody else does.

( congregational amens ).

It’s over--you’ve laid down your shotgun…God, I am Yours for time and for eternity. So to everyone here, I would just encourage you, if you’re not to that place where God has really witnessed to your heart that you’re His, you keep seeking God until that happens and don’t you quit. And we need to be praying that God will finish the work, because there are labor pains involved, and that’s our place. We can actually minister God’s Spirit to people who are in that place, in that valley of decision.

But I know that as we go away from this place, the odds are people are going to be going in different directions, not just geographically, but spiritually. And I’ll tell you, we need to understand…I appreciate what Jimmy said about the devil and the world we live in. We need to live soberly.

I don’t know, I’ve had a scripture come to me and it’s sort of been percolating for several weeks, and I kept wondering is this…is it ever gonna be time? Well, I’m gonna give it out. It’s in Daniel 11, and just trust God that maybe this is the time, I don’t know. It seems like I kept thinking about it, kept thinking about it, then I’d come to a service and no, it wasn’t the thing. But praise God, there’s a time for everything.

I don’t want to get into all the details and particulars here, but God was giving Daniel wisdom. Daniel was a prophet who lived in the Babylonian empire and then actually he outlived the Babylonian empire when the Persians came in and took over. But he was a high official, a counselor to the kings that he served, but he was a man of God. He stood against…he stood faithful to God against many kinds of things that came and went--emperors came and went. He served God.

And of course you know how he stood up when they plotted against him. And they concocted this scheme where if he prayed…anybody that prayed to anybody but the emperor was gonna get thrown into the lion’s den. All the children know the story. And he stood faithful to God and God delivered him.

But in this chapter, the Lord is telling him some things that are gonna be happening to the people of Israel in the future--in Daniel’s future. And here he talks about some kings that were neighbors of Israel, and he goes into a lot of things, and I’m not interested in connecting this with history so much as I am drawing out of it what…the spiritual principles that are involved. But in any case here, you have two kings here who were kind of at war with each other and…one will go fight and then the other one will go fight, and then they’ll sit down and talk and lie to each other, and one thing and another…typical human stuff.

But it mentions in particular the northern king as one whose heart was really set against God and against His covenant and against His people. He just had it in for them. And so one day, one of his campaigns against the other king didn’t go so well, so he came and decided, I’m gonna take it out on God’s people. And let’s see where we pick it up…okay verse 30.

I’m really picking up in the middle of this. He’s fighting against this other king, and it says, “Ships of the western coastlands will oppose him, and he will lose heart.” (NIV). So now his battle’s not going so good. “Then he will turn back and vent his fury against the holy covenant. He will return and show favor to those who forsake the holy covenant. His armed forces will rise up to desecrate the temple fortress and will abolish the daily sacrifice. Then they will set up the abomination that causes desolation.

“With flattery he will corrupt those who have violated the covenant, but the people who know their God will firmly resist him. Those who are wise will instruct many, though for a time they will fall by the sword or be burned or captured or plundered. When they fall, they will receive a little help, and many who are not sincere will join them. Some of the wise will stumble, so that they may be refined, purified and made spotless until the time of the end, for it will still come at the appointed time.”

Now, obviously the Lord was talking about something in history that was to happen, but I’ll tell you the principles involved here happen throughout history. There are many times when God allows evil men to rise up and rule. He allows evil to seemingly triumph in the affairs of men…God does. God raised up Pharaoh. God knew that Pharaoh was a wicked man, allowed him to oppress His people, allowed him to do what he did. And we need to always remember that because we are living in the end of the age…I am certainly not suggesting any dates, but I know that we can see if we have any eyes at all--we see the trend, we see where history is going, we see evil growing. We see the movers and shakers of our time and where they’re thoughts and ideas are headed.

And folks, we’re gonna have to have the goods to stand in such a time. And I find a warning on one hand and a great comfort in this scripture on the other. And the warning is this, that when this evil man came, he was able to corrupt a whole lot of people. Now before he came…think about this. Before this evil man came, here were the people of God going through their worship. They went to the temple. They offered their sacrifices. They sang, they did whatever it was that they did, and supposedly God’s people, but all of a sudden a heathen emperor comes in and suddenly he’s able to just sweep some of them away. It says, he’s able to corrupt them with flattery. I tell you, we’re gonna have to be whole-hearted because there is no room for compromise.

( congregational amens ).

You know, I appreciated the young people in our recent trip. They call themselves “New Breed.” But they have sort of a tag line after “New Breed.” It’s, “No Compromise.” That’s a good attitude, folks. There is no such thing as being “sort of” in the Kingdom of God. We are either all the way aligned and surrendered and submitted to the King they sang about, or we’re not, and we’re just kind of going through the motions and pretending.

But you see, here are some people that looked [like] they were among the people of God, yet when evil got to a certain point, Satan had a way to get a hold of their lives and pull them away. They were not really faithful in their hearts to the covenant. Their real loyalty was not to God because it was so easy just to pull them away in another direction.

You know, Hebrews 2, or 3 it is, warns about having an evil heart of unbelief. Now the writer is talking to people there that were serving God as far as anyone could tell, but yet down inside there was an unbelief there. There was…they didn’t really quite believe all that they were being told, all that the Word said. Their heart was more…their heart was vulnerable, their heart could be compromised easily by something else that would come in.

And I’ll tell you, anybody that stops short of entering all the way and cutting the bridge behind you into the Kingdom of God is subject to this happening when evil rises. Jesus spoke of a time when evil would…when darkness would grow and evil would reign, and He said the love of many would do what?

( congregational response ).

Wax cold. In fact, my translation says the love of most will wax cold. God is going to allow conditions to arise that will make manifest what we really are on the inside because you can’t tell when the sun is shining and it’s easy to come and be a Christian. God is going to allow that. And that’s what He did here.

You think, why would God allow an evil man to rise up and come in and desecrate His temple? There was one occasion that sounds like some of this, at least. And it happened in between Malachi and Matthew. There was an evil emperor called Antiochus Epiphanes and he did pretty much what this says here. He actually came in and he was so angry with the covenant, he wanted to just absolutely destroy everything that it stood for. He actually brought in a hog and sacrificed it on the altar and dedicated the temple to a heathen god. And there were some people who stood up to him. I’ll tell you what, there were a whole lot of people that didn’t. And I’ll tell you, when we find out who’s on the Lord’s side is when something like this happens. I want to be on the Lord’s side, don’t you?

( congregational amens ).

I believe we’ve got a lot of folks here that want to be on the Lord’s side, but I warn people that go out of this meeting, we need to seek God. We need to know Him, because if you don’t, I guarantee you, you’re gonna be in over your head pretty soon, and you’re gonna be so compromised on the inside, you’re not gonna have the strength to stand against the darkness that will arise on this planet. We need God. This is an absolute line of division, the Lordship of Jesus Christ. He’s either Lord, or He is not.

( congregational amens ).

And what has been preached in this meeting is the truth, and it’s not God’s anger that’s preaching it. It’s His love…

( congregational amens ).

…To warn while there’s time, because His hand is reaching out, but His hand will not compromise – His hand will not compromise. And we need to preach it the way it is. But oh, listen to this. “With flattery he will corrupt those who have violated the covenant.” In their hearts, they’re not…they’re going through the motions, but they don’t really have the goods on the inside. I’ll tell you what, you know the…there’s one occasion where the disciples asked Jesus, “Are there few that be saved?” I guessed was the question that was asked. You remember what Jesus answered?

( congregational response ).

He said, “Strive to enter in at the strait gate…” or the narrow gate. (KJV). Why? For “…Many…will try…and will not be able to.” Well what in the world is that about? You mean, God’s gonna keep them out. God’s gonna…God’s not really interested in having them come in?

( congregational response ).

Yeah, they can’t come in because they won’t meet the conditions, they won’t let go. They’re trying to bring their sins in, bring their own life, bring their own self-will in. They want to bring something else in. You’ve got to leave that at the door…

( congregational amens ).

…To get into this kingdom. So this is a word of warning. This is not just a bunch of religious doctrine. I believe God has spoken in this place during this meeting, in spite of all the vessels. God has spoken! If He’s spoken to you, I challenge to reach out to Him. And if He is pricking your heart, that ought to give you courage. Now I’ll comfort you in that! I will say God is showing His love to you if you feel your need…that is God’s love and mercy and you need to take hold of that.

( congregational amens ).

And say, thank You Lord for loving me enough to deal with my heart.

( congregational amens ).

If you’d gone too far, He wouldn’t be messing with you. If He’s working with your heart, you say, thank You Lord for Your mercy.

(congregational amens ).

Praise God! You take hold of that with all your heart. But you know, this event of this evil man coming in and doing what he did, it did serve to divide. Yes there were some that he was able to corrupt, but there was another class, wasn’t there? And he couldn’t mess with them. He couldn’t get to them. It says, “But the people who know their God will firmly resist him.”

Now the Hebrew behind that…I don’t know Hebrew particularly, but I know the Hebrew behind that is very…there’s not much to it. In other words, there’s a word there and people have to translate it different ways. It doesn’t really express it fully. But one translation, the King James, for example says, “…The people that do know their God shall be strong, and do exploits.” This one says, ‘firmly resist him’. I think the New American Standard says something like, ‘they will take action…they’ll be strong and they’ll take action’. But the same thought is there.

You don’t just have someone who’s strong and they’re hunkered down. You’ve got somebody who’s strong and is able to take action. They’re able to actually act in the face of evil. If God has called us to live in such an hour, He has not called us to hide in a cave. He’s called on us to rise up and stand in the face of the darkness and do whatever it is that God wants His people to do in this hour. But oh, what a glorious promise it is. He says, but the people who know their God will firmly resist him, or be strong and take action. I tell you what, it doesn’t say, the people who are strong will get to know God. It isn’t our strength.

( congregational amens ).

Thank God! I don’t have it! I don’t have what it takes, the more I see what’s going on in the world, the more I know that if God doesn’t help me, I’m a goner. But what is the key? It’s the people who know their God.

( congregational amens ).

You see it’s not a matter of practicing a religion. It’s not a matter of getting your doctrine perfect. It’s not a matter of a whole lot of those technical, external things, it’s not activity. It’s coming to know Him personally!

( congregational amens ).

In fact that’s the real covenant that God said He was going to establish. It’s a new covenant. It’s better than the one they had here. This was the new covenant where they will all know Me from the least to the greatest. To be one of these people, you don’t have to be somebody great and mighty in the eyes of men. You can be the weakest of the weak.

( congregational amens ).

But our strength does not come from who we are or what we are, it comes from out God.

( congregational amens ).

Boy, you’ve got examples all through the scriptures. There was a big giant who came out one time and defied the armies of Israel, defied their God, was just dishing on Him day after day, just defying Him. And they were all…what are we gonna do--what are we gonna do--what can we do? And the a little old boy comes out there--young man, and looks the situation over and says, what’s the problem? What’s the difference? That young man, David knew His God!

( congregational amens ).

He didn’t just learn about Him in Sunday School. This was somebody who walked with Him daily, saw Him in action in his life, understood…he understood the reality of God, that God was real! He’d been in situations where he was over his head and God had proven Himself faithful! He knew his God! More than that, he understood the battle. This was not just a military conflict. This was a spiritual battle. Satan had raised up this champion to defy Jehovah! He knew it wasn’t against him or against the people, it was against God!