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THE SWORD OF THE LORD

by Carter Conlon | December 6, 2014

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“So Gideon, and the hundred men that were with him, came unto the outside of the camp in the beginning of the middle watch; and they had but newly set the watch: and they blew the trumpets, and brake the pitchers that were in their hands. And the three companies blew the trumpets, and brake the pitchers, and held the lamps in their left hands, and the trumpets in their right hands to blow withal: and they cried, The sword of the Lord, and of Gideon. And they stood every man in his place round about the camp: and all the host ran, and cried, and fled” (Judges 7:19-21).

The whole host of the enemy fled before Gideon and his three hundred! At the sound of the trumpets, the Israelites broke the pitchers in their hands—representing the breaking off of all human reasoning, all human frailty, all sense of self-loathing and unworthiness. They smashed it all and held up the torch that was inside the clay vessel, which was a symbol of the power of God.

“The sword of the Lord, and of Gideon” they shouted. That refers to the power of God through the people who believe Him. You see, when you decide to stand in a public place, refusing to let the testimony of God be hidden, God will do for you what He did for Gideon and his army—He will send confusion into the ranks of the enemy! The Bible tells us that the Midianites started turning and fighting with each other. Confusion ensued because a visible testimony of God had arisen in the earth again—through people who simply believed God in spite of their weakness and frailty.

And so the same incredible victory is available to you and me today. All that has ever been necessary is for someone—or perhaps ten or twenty or fifty or a hundred—to rise to their feet and declare, “I believe God! I believe that God can take my life and make a difference. I believe He can put compassion in my heart and make me a voice in this generation. I believe Him even in my insufficiency. I know that I do not have much to bring but I believe God will provide everything that I need.”

Even now I imagine that all hell is trembling, for the enemy knows what happens when you and I dare to believe like this!

 

 

Carter Conlon joined the pastoral staff of Times Square Church in 1994 at the invitation of the founding pastor, David Wilkerson, and was appointed Senior Pastor in 2001. A strong, compassionate leader, he is a frequent speaker at the Expect Church Leadership Conferences conducted by World Challenge throughout the world.
 

THE SHARP KNIFE

by David Wilkerson | December 5, 2014

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John was shepherd over the seven churches in Asia, and by revelation Jesus appeared to him and showed him the hidden sins in the people. John addressed these beloved ones as children of God, “loved . . . and washed . . . from . . . sins in his own blood” (Revelation 1:5). They were “kings and priests unto God” (verse 6). But on a particular Lord’s day, the Spirit of God came upon John and he heard God’s Word sounding as a trumpet: “I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day, and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet” (verse 10). Jesus appeared to him and “out of his mouth went a sharp two-edged sword” (verse 16).

To a beloved, blood-washed Church, a sharp knife appeared! And in spite of their goodness, hard work or love, God found them wanting.

In Revelation 2, John described a wonderful congregation at Ephesus. They were patient and hardworking; they hated evil works but they were growing cold. They had lost their white-hot love for Jesus and had fallen into lethargy. Jesus cried, “Repent! Come back quickly or I will remove your candlestick [You will not be anointed]” (verse 5). At Pergamos, a congregation was “holding fast to His name, not denying the faith, some willing to die” (see verse 13). But one thing was terribly wrong: false teaching was creeping in and doctrines of devils were taking hold. Jesus said, “Repent or I will fight against you with the sword of My mouth.”

A Jezebel spirit had infiltrated the congregation at Thyatira, even though the people there were charitable servants, full of faith, patience and good works. To that church, Jesus said, “I will cast . . . them . . . into great tribulation, except they repent of their deeds” (verse 22).

The congregation at Sardis had a reputation for being a church alive. But Jesus said, “Thou hast a name that thou livest, and art dead” (Revelation 3:1). They did not have much spirituality left because their hearts were not perfect toward the Lord. Yet, like so many churches today, they saw themselves as being full of life. Only those who walked in the Spirit knew that, in reality, they were dead.

Jesus came forth with a sharp knife and placed all those under His cutting Word. This is true love!

REMOVING THE REPROACH OF EGYPT

by David Wilkerson | December 4, 2014

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“Make thee sharp knives, and circumcise . . . the children of Israel . . . and Joshua made him sharp knives, and circumcised the children of Israel at the hill of the foreskins” (Joshua 5:2-3).

I am not going to raise a theological discussion of circumcision but this ancient process has great significance for the Church today. What a painful experience it must have been for the Israelites to remove the foreskin with a sharp knife as a sign to the world that they were joined in a faithful covenant with God! These people had been born in the wilderness and had never been circumcised. And after the event took place, they were helpless and weak for days.

Coming under the knife today means submitting to the sharp, cutting Word of God! “For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword” (Hebrews 4:12). The Word truly cuts: “When they heard that, they were cut to the heart” (Acts 5:33). When Stephen preached, “they were cut to the heart, and they gnashed on him with their teeth” (Acts 7:54).

The Bible says the Word of God circumcised our hearts. “Circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God” (Romans 2:29). There is a “circumcision made without hands, in putting off . . . the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ” (Colossians 2:11).

Each of us has within us the “reproach of Egypt” that must be rolled away—all that is of our flesh. And there is an operation in which God’s Spirit cuts away all those lusts and dominions of evil: When the Word of God is preached by God’s anointed in the power and demonstration of the Holy Ghost, it becomes that sharp knife! God has His Joshua’s today and He has commanded them to take this blood-secured, delivered, redeemed and resurrected people and place them under the knife of His Word to remove all traces of idolatry and compromise.

END-TIME SOWERS

by David Wilkerson | December 3, 2014

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The Lord is going to have a great host of willing sowers in the last days!

“And so he that had received five talents came and brought other five talents, saying, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me five talents: behold, I have gained beside them five talents more. His lord said unto him. Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou has been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord. He also that had received two talents came and said, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me two talents: behold, I have gained two other talents beside them. His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things; enter thou into the joy of thy lord” (Matthew 25:20-23).

I am going to prove to you that the true Church of Jesus Christ will not go out with a whimper! It will not be crushed or crippled by the tide of wickedness. It will not be weak, confused, or beaten down by demonic powers. Never! This parable proves that God will have a fruitful, glorious harvest at the end. Two out of three of the Lord’s servants will come to the Judgment loaded with fruit and full joy—happy in a great harvest. They will not be losing ground or barely making it. Instead, they will say, “I have gained! What God gave me has doubled.” They will be “good and faithful,” not backslidden or dead. They will not be cast down, depressed, or dejected, but rather, they will have the joy of the Lord.

Jesus is “the man traveling into a far country” (see Matthew 25:14) who will “after a long time” (see Matthew 25:19) return and call into account His servants. We are those servants, “His own,” and the talents represent our measure of grace and revelation of Jesus. We are commanded to go out and sow this revelation. Some have a greater revelation of Jesus than others—but all must sow.
 

LIVING THE CHRIST-LIFE

by David Wilkerson | December 2, 2014

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“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. . . . And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father)” (John 1:1, 14).

How much of the Word became flesh? All of it! “For in Him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily” (Colossians 2:9). So, how do we live by every word that proceeds out of His mouth? Do we get pad and pencil, mark down every commandment of Jesus, then discipline ourselves to tackle each one until we master them all? Beloved, even after all these years of preaching, I still don’t know all the Lord’s many precious commandments!

As I see it, there is only one way to please the Lord: Present your body to Him—get self out of the way—and let Jesus live His life in you. Paul said, “Nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me” (Galatians 2:20). This was not a mystical spirit-life, lived within the confines of the mind. No! Paul continues in the same verse, “The life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God.”

God is leading us to that great, good land full of milk, honey, oil and wine—the spiritual blessings in Christ for which God has been preparing us. When we have a body so dead, crucified, humiliated and dependent, Christ possesses it and lives His life in and through us. God does not work through flesh, not even “good” flesh! He works only through His Son Jesus!

Paul was a “good” man—holy, spotless, keeping God’s commandments. But that “good” Paul had to die daily so Christ could do His work and live His life in him. For Paul, the key was: “Yet not I, but Christ”—a daily putting off of Paul and putting on of Christ. Yet so many of us don’t want to live Jesus, we only want to wear Him when it’s convenient, to put Him off and on like a suit of clothes!

Living Christ is not complicated. First, you must want His life with all that is within you. Then you must get out of the way and turn everything over to Him, trusting Him to possess you completely. Finally, you must believe that as much of yourself as you will empty, He will fill with Himself!
 

TRUE FAITH

by Gary Wilkerson | December 1, 2014

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In the Old Testament, David was never supposed to enter the holy of holies in the temple. But he did, and his experience resulted in a powerful psalm that God’s people recite to this day: “Those who live in the shelter of the Most High will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty” (Psalm 91:1, NLT).

Although David went where he was not supposed to go, it caused him to reflect on the amazing revelation of God’s presence on the earth. My point is this: Many saints in the Bible and throughout history have circumvented their bad situations through sheer faith, advancing God’s calendar by their passionate cries to Him.

One of those people was a non-Israelite who sought out Jesus to heal her afflicted daughter. “A Gentile woman . . . came to him, pleading, ‘Have mercy on me, O Lord, Son of David! For my daughter is possessed by a demon that torments her severely’” (Matthew 15:22, NLT). This woman had approached Jesus with a big need—her daughter was tormented by a demonic spirit. Yet Christ wasn’t stirred to act: “Jesus gave her no reply, not even a word. Then his disciples urged him to send her away . . . ‘She is bothering us with all her begging’” (15:23).

But the woman stayed and kept bothering them, pressing in with her request, refusing to go away. If you are familiar with Scripture, you know that Jesus told several parables applauding that kind of persistence: “Keep knocking. Keep seeking. Keep asking. God will reward your faith.”

It would have been easy for this woman to give up. But she kept persisting, and finally Jesus told her, “It isn’t right to take food from the children and throw it to the dogs” (15:26), referring to Israel’s priority over Gentiles. I find her response amazing: “That’s true, Lord, but even dogs are allowed to eat the scraps that fall beneath their masters’ table” (15:27). She was saying, “Jesus, if we’re talking about the power of heaven, then even a scrap is sufficient.”

She was right: The scraps that fall from God’s table are sufficient to meet any need on this earth. And she had faith that even the smallest measure would deliver her daughter completely. Friend, that is true faith! This woman didn’t ask timidly. She asked believing in God’s goodness, knowing that even the smallest scrap of His glory was enough to perform a miraculous deliverance.

GIVE ME YOUR WORD

by David Wilkerson | November 28, 2014

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Multitudes of Christians today are what I call “bread” believers—they live on bread alone, always asking God to prove His faithfulness. They have a hunger inside and they think they know what will satisfy it.

For most of my early years in ministry, I was a “bread” Christian. I had a deep hunger, driven by unexplainable need. When I thought I needed a new church, I got it! When I believed I needed a TV program, I got it! When I needed turn-away crowds, I got them! These were all good things in themselves, but I spent years praying, “God, prove Your power! I’m in debt, so send me money! Bless me, Lord! Bless my ministry! Answer my prayers! Let me prove to the world You have all power. Heal the sick to prove You are still the same today!”

So seldom does God find a Christian whose only goal in life is to know and to do His will—as Jesus did—and who never says, “God, where are You?” but instead prays, “God, where am I in this matter of obedience and dependence?”

When we stand before the judgment seat, we will not be judged by how many healings we’ve performed, or how many demons we’ve cast out, or how many prayers we’ve seen answered, or how many great works we’ve accomplished. We will be judged on our dependence on and obedience to His Word and to His will.

In our day and age, we have become very good at “commanding” God. We command the devil and demons; we command strongholds to fall. That is all good—but think about how often we cry out, “Oh, God! Command me! Tell me what to do. Show me how to do Your will, how to obey every word out of Your mouth.”

Through everything, God is saying to us, “I want to be your only supply, your only hope. I want to be your only object of trust.” My cry is, “Oh, God, You take care of the money. Just give me Your mind. You take care of my health, my family, my needs—just give me Your Word.”
 

DOING HIS WORD

by David Wilkerson | November 27, 2014

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“Man doth not live by bread only, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of the Lord” (Deuteronomy 8:3).

This text from Deuteronomy is so powerful that Jesus Himself used it against the devil during His great temptation in the wilderness. “And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward an hungred. And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread. But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God” (Matthew 4:2-4).

Like the children of Israel in the wilderness, Jesus was also hungry. What greater humiliation could there be than to be the Son of God and be brought to a place of total dependence?

As a man, Jesus learned obedience and dependence by the things He suffered, such as this crisis of hunger. What Jesus actually was saying is: “I am not here to please Myself or to pamper My flesh. I am here to do the perfect will of My Father.” Jesus relinquished every single human care into His Father’s hand. In other words, He said, “I will spend all My life and all My time obeying My Father, doing His perfect will—and He will take care of me His way.”

Jesus knew that God only had to speak a creative word: “Hunger, be gone!” But He also knew that the Father could give Him meat that no man knows about so He gave no thought to food or drink or clothes or houses. Rather, He would seek God’s will first and let Him take care of the needs.

Jesus was saying something very profound, to the effect of: “I have not come to ask the Father to keep His word to Me; I have come that I may keep all His words!” Jesus didn’t need a miracle to prove His Father’s love for Him. He rested in the Father’s words. His cry was not, “God, keep your Word to me!” but, instead, “Let me do Thy Word in all things.”
 

TOTAL DEPENDENCE

by David Wilkerson | November 26, 2014

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“For the Lord thy God bringeth thee into a good land, a land of brooks of water, of fountains and depths that spring out of valleys and hills . . . a land wherein thou shalt eat bread without scarceness, thou shalt not lack any thing in it. . . . Beware that thou forget not the Lord thy God . . . lest when thou hast eaten and art full, and hast built goodly houses . . . and when thy herds and thy flocks multiply, and thy silver and thy gold is multiplied . . . then thine heart be lifted up, and thou forget the Lord thy God, which brought thee forth out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage . . . and thou say in thine heart, My power and the might of mine hand hath gotten me this wealth” (Deuteronomy 8:7-14, 17)).

The Lord is speaking here not only to Israel but to us today. The purpose of their test in the wilderness was never in doubt: it was “that he might humble thee, and that he might prove thee, to do thee good at thy latter end” (Deuteronomy 8:16). He had to teach Israel how to handle all the goodness He was about to pour out upon them. And God will test us the same way He did them.

You see, although the children of Israel were blood-secured and delivered, supernaturally guided and the object of God’s love and miracle-working power, they lacked one thing: They were not dependent upon God!

The blood can cover your sins, but it does not make you dependent on Him. Miracles can deliver you from Satan’s power, but they can’t make you dependent. You can be led by God and still not lean wholly upon the Lord.

God has to strip us of all self-assurance and destroy all that remains of self-righteousness, spiritual pride and boasting. He must (and He does) humiliate all who are destined to inherit His great spiritual blessings.

He will take a Saul of Tarsus—self-assured, self-righteous, consumed with a knowledge of the Scriptures, full of God’s zeal, ready to die for Jehovah—and strike him blind! Saul had to be humiliated before the world, led around like a child and waiting helplessly for days, until God moved. He was humiliated to a point of total dependence!
 

THE TEST

by David Wilkerson | November 25, 2014

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The children of Israel were absolutely helpless—fathers, mothers, princes, leaders—all with no place to turn. There were no pack camels loaded with supplies. No dried fruits, dried fish, bread, figs, dates, raisins or nuts. No doubt they had seen Pharaoh’s supply train swept away: huge canvases loaded with food, floating along on the Red Sea! Their logic must have been: “God knew the very day and hour we would leave Egypt. Moses talks with God, so why didn’t he tell us to bring a six-months supply of food? Even the gods of Egypt treat their soldiers better. Why were we told to borrow all this gold, silver and jewelry? We can’t eat this stuff; it's worthless out here!”

There was not a blade of grass in sight—no animals to hunt, no fruit trees, no foreigners to trade with. They could not have gone back to Egypt even if they had wanted to because the Red Sea was blocking their retreat! And if they could have gotten around the sea, the Egyptians would have blocked their return with every stick and stone in Egypt, having had their fill of plagues.

So now there was nothing but a howling, foreboding desert ahead. The children were crying and wives were wringing their hands. Every father and husband was helpless and humiliated. They all gathered around Moses and complained: “Ye have brought us forth into this wilderness, to kill this whole assembly with hunger” (Exodus 16:3).

This was a humiliation for Israel and it is a lesson for us today. “These things were our examples, to the intent we should not lust after evil things, as they also lusted. . . . They are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come” (1 Corinthians 10:6, 11).

God brought Israel to a place of total humiliation.

The Israelites’ test was not about having courage to face powerful enemies, because God had already pledged to fight their battles for them. It was about the blessings for which they were unprepared: good houses, vats full of wine, rivers of milk, an abundance of honey, wheat and cattle—not to mention all kinds of spiritual blessings.

“He humbled thee, and suffered thee to hunger, and fed thee with manna . . . that he might make thee know that man doth not live by bread only, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of the Lord doth man live” (Deuteronomy 8:3).
 

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