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by David Wilkerson | February 13, 2014

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God told the prophet Jeremiah, “As the host of heaven cannot be numbered, neither the sand of the sea measured: so will I multiply the seed of David my servant, and the Levites that minister unto me” (Jeremiah 33:22). He was saying, “I give you this covenant promise that I’m going to increase the holy priesthood that will shepherd My multiplying flocks.”

You may wonder, “Where are all the godly shepherds the Lord promised us? Where are they pastoring? Are you saying we can find their righteous churches in any city, town or village? There aren’t enough Bible schools and seminaries in the world to even begin to fulfill this incredible prophecy. I know the Lord is raising up a host of godly young ministers but surely they are few and far between.”

How will God do this? We find the answer in the book of Revelation: “Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood, and hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father” (Revelation 1:5-6). God has made us all His priests! Everyone who has been washed in the blood of Jesus is a member of His royal priesthood.

The apostle Peter echoes this in 1 Peter 2:5: “Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ” (1 Peter 2:5). God has called us to be priests who minister to Him.

You see, the Lord’s concept of “church” is much different from ours. We think of church as being a ministry to people. It is a place where all the needs of God’s people—spiritual, physical and emotional—are met. Of course, that is all part of what makes up a church. But the true Church, according to Scripture, begins with ministry to Jesus Christ. His concept of the Church is anyplace there is ministry to Him.


by David Wilkerson | February 12, 2014

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“In those days, and at that time, will I cause the Branch of righteousness to grow up unto David; and he shall execute judgment and righteousness in the land” (Jeremiah 33:15). What are the “days” God is talking about here? He’s speaking of the time when the vision would be fulfilled—and the “righteous branch” is none other than the Lord Jesus Christ!

Beloved, God has fulfilled this vision through the death and resurrection of His Son, Jesus Christ. He has established His Church, and its name is not Baptist or Pentecostal or any other name but simply “The Lord our righteousness” (verse 16).

Yet here is the most wonderful news of all. God said this Church “shall be to me a name of joy, a praise and an honor before all the nations of the earth, which shall hear all the good that I do unto them: and they shall fear and tremble for all the goodness and for all the prosperity that I procure unto it [make for them]” (verse 9).

The literal meaning of this last phrase is, “They shall quiver and be startled, full of the awe and fear of God.” God was saying, “I’m going to do something so amazing, so clearly full of My abundant peace and truth, that people will tremble with fear!”

Yet, what would cause this fear and trembling? Would it be a harsh message of judgment? The preaching of the law? An expression of God’s wrath? No! All fear and trembling would come through a revelation of God’s goodness, and an expression of His unmerited blessing, providing His people with an abundance of peace and rest.

When the Lord promised to be His people’s righteousness through faith, did the Israelites suddenly begin to walk carelessly, lowering His standard of holiness? No, not at all. Rather, His promise of peace and rest would cause them to tremble in fear.

We see a picture of this holy trembling in Mark 4. When a storm threatened the disciples’ very lives, Jesus rebuked the wind and sea, saying, “Peace, be still” (Mark 4:39). How did the disciples react to this? Scripture says, “They feared exceedingly, and said one to another, What manner of man is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?” (verse 41).

Why did these men “fear exceedingly”? It was because He settled the storm and brought peace and calm. In short, they trembled at the goodness that Christ showed His faithless, undeserving followers.



by David Wilkerson | February 11, 2014

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There is one complaint I hear consistently from Christians all over the world: “I can't find a good church anywhere! I need a place where my family can be ministered to—where we can hear a true word from heaven, and where my children can grow up knowing true righteousness. But I just can’t find that kind of church!”

If you are having trouble finding a good church, I have both good news and bad news for you. First, the bad news: You’ll never find the right church—the righteous, God-blessed church—until you start looking for it in the right place.

Now, here’s the good news: God clearly shows us in His Word where to find this holy, blessed church. In fact, I hope to show you specifically where you can go to find it.

The prophet Jeremiah found the right church “while he was yet shut up in the court of the prison” (Jeremiah 33:1). While the godly prophet Jeremiah sat in prison, Jerusalem, which represented the center of worship for the Old Testament Church, lay in ruin. At one time it was a hallowed place—filled with the glory of God—and was served by holy prophets and sanctified priests.

But Jerusalem became full of sickness and death, peopled by false prophets and the spiritually dead. Had you been one of the holy remnant at that time, you would not have been able to find a single righteous house of worship or even a godly shepherd. Everything once holy and blessed had been brought to devastation.

As Jeremiah looked upon this awful scene, his heart was crushed. He became so focused on the ruin around him that he lost sight of God’s covenant promises to His people. He could have continued in despair, wasting his days brooding and sinking further into hopelessness. He might have thought, “It’s no use; God has hidden His face from us. There is no true house of worship left!”

But suddenly, the Lord spoke to the prophet, saying, “Get on your knees, Jeremiah! Set your heart to pray to Me. You believe there is nothing left of My Church but I’m going to show you the mighty things I have planned for My people” (see 33:3).

If Christians today want to find the right church, they must begin with prayer! No one is ever going to find God’s true Church by jumping on a bus, train or plane and racing around the world in search of it. We simply can’t get to His Church by any modern conveyance. The only reliable map is our secret closet of prayer!


by Gary Wilkerson | February 10, 2014

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Christ delivered the beatitudes to a fractured, hopeless body of believers: “Blessed are you who are broken, who mourn, who are poor in spirit. You are blessed right now, not because you’ve done anything to earn it but because I am with you” (see Matthew 5:2-11).

What a revelation! We are blessed simply because Jesus is with us. The blessing of Immanuel—“God with us” (Matthew 1:23)—takes on a whole new meaning in light of Isaiah’s prophecy: “I will . . . give you as a covenant to the people . . . to apportion the desolate heritages” (Isaiah 49:8, ESV). The blessing of Christ’s presence was going to silence all our accusing voices.

This silencing happened literally in the woman caught in adultery (John 8:1-11). The religious leaders brought her to Jesus and demanded that He also accuse her but secretly they had another reason for bringing her before Jesus. They wanted to accuse Him!

Have you ever heard Christians accuse God of something? I hear it from people all the time in my pastoral counseling: “God isn’t working in my life. I pray faithfully but He doesn’t answer. I’ve done everything I can, but He still hasn’t set me free.” This is exactly what Satan wants us to do: accuse God in our hearts. It creates an endless cycle of bondage.

Jesus answered the adulterous woman’s— and His own—accusers: “He stood up and said to them, ‘Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her’” (John 8:7, ESV). God was no longer the One being accused. Jesus had turned the spotlight where it belonged: on their own sin. They responded by “[going] away one by one” (8:9).

Note what Jesus then said to the woman: “Where are they? Has no one condemned you?” (8:10). The King James Version translates this verse, “Where are those thine accusers?” This is exactly what Jesus says to us today: “Where are your accusers? Where are the voices that say, ‘You’re sinful, hopeless, a failure’? They’re gone! I am your righteousness now and I have silenced them all.”

When these voices continue to scream and shout in our ears, we will hear another voice above them all: “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me” (John 10:27, ESV). Christ’s voice will speak to us, “I have silenced your accusers.” His truth cuts through all clamor and din with His peace, which passes all understanding.


by Jim Cymbala | February 8, 2014

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David Jeremiah, my longtime friend from Shadow Mountain Community Church near San Diego, has preached several times at the Brooklyn Tabernacle. Immediately after being diagnosed with cancer, he called to ask us to pray. Several months later he returned to visit us during an outreach meeting we held at Madison Square Garden arena. Later he preached at one of our Sunday services. The whole congregation was delighted to see this wonderful Christian brother for whom we had all interceded.

Moved by the love and thanksgiving his appearance produced, David later remarked about it from our pulpit: “I called here as soon as I learned of my sickness because I knew of your emphasis on prayer. In fact, someone just greeted me in the lobby and remarked, ‘Pastor Jeremiah, we really cried out to God on your behalf.’ That is why I called you. I knew your praying wouldn’t be just some mechanical exercise but a real calling out to God with passion for my need. And God brought me through the ordeal.”

That is the literal meaning of the Hebrew word used countless times in the Old Testament when people called upon God. It means to cry out, to implore aid. This is the essence of true prayer that touches God.

Charles Spurgeon once remarked that “the best style of prayer is that which cannot be called anything but a cry.”

Isn’t that what God invites us to do all through the Bible? “Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know” (Jeremiah 33:3). God is not aloof and He is not disconnected. He says continually through the centuries, “I’ll help you, I really will. When you don’t know where to turn, then turn to Me. When you’re ready to throw up your hands—throw them up to Me. Put your voice behind them, too, and I’ll come and help you.”


Jim Cymbala began Brooklyn Tabernacle with less than twenty members in a small, rundown building in a difficult part of the city. A native of Brooklyn, he is a longtime friend of both David and Gary Wilkerson and a frequent speaker at the Expect Church Leadership Conferences sponsored by World Challenge throughout the world.



by David Wilkerson | February 7, 2014

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Once we receive the revelation of God’s glory, we cannot continue in our old ways of treating others. That must all change.

“Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: and be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you” (Ephesians 4:31-32).

God is telling us through Paul, “You have seen My glory, and you know My nature and character—that I am gracious, ready to forgive. Now, I want you to express to others who I am!”

Even though Moses had this revelation of God’s glory, at one point he misrepresented it to the people. He grew impatient with Israel over their disobedience and he angrily struck a rock with his staff, as if to say, “You stiff-necked bunch of rebels!”

God didn’t take kindly to that at all. Once He reveals to you His glory—His kindness, goodness, grace and mercy—His patience will not endure your misrepresenting His glory to others. Now Moses had misrepresented that glory to Israel and as a result, Moses—one of the meekest, godliest figures in the Old Testament—was kept out of God’s fullness. He wasn’t allowed to enter the Promised Land!

We find another illustration of this in one of Jesus’ parables. He speaks of a servant who was forgiven a great debt by his master. The master showed this man incredible kindness, grace and forgiveness. Yet, no sooner was this servant forgiven than he found a man who owed him a small debt and he began choking the debtor until he paid up. The very one who had experienced great love and forgiveness showed no mercy in return.

Jesus is saying in this parable, “You’re misrepresenting the love of the Father! He has given you a touch of His incredible glory through His kindness and the forgiveness of your sins. Yet, now that you’ve seen His glory, you are misrepresenting it to the world.”

This is summed up in Paul's command, “Be merciful to others, even as he has been merciful to you.”


by David Wilkerson | February 6, 2014

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The radiance that emanated from Moses’ face and heart was the result of his having seen only a little of the fullness of God’s nature (Exodus 34:29). Even so, when the Israelites saw the change in Moses’ countenance, they knew he had had a supernatural experience. His sister, brother and the others exclaimed, “This man has been face to face with God. He has gone beyond” (see Exodus 34:29-35).

Today, we have something far more glorious than even Moses had. We actually touch and handle God’s glory. “That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life” (1 John 1:1).

John is saying here, “God revealed the fullness of His glory to us in Christ. We saw His glory embodied in a person and we talked with Him. We even touched Him!”

Today we not only see the fullness of the glory of God but it now abides in us. His glory shines forth in our hearts: “For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ” (2 Corinthians 4:6).

Paul is saying here, “Jesus Christ, God in flesh, embodies all that God is. And since we know God is goodness, love, mercy, grace and long-suffering, we also can be assured that this is the nature of Christ. Since Jesus lives in our hearts, we know that the glory of God isn’t merely out in the cosmos somewhere. No, the fullness of His glory is in us, through the presence of Christ!”

“For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men” (Titus 2:11). Who is this grace? It is Jesus Christ—full of mercy, kindness, love!

“Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world” (verse 12). Paul is telling us, “This grace that abides in you is the revelation of the goodness of Christ. And if you will abide in Him, His revelation will instruct you in holy living!”


by David Wilkerson | February 5, 2014

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“The children of Israel saw the face of Moses, that the skin of Moses’ face shone: and Moses put the veil upon his face again, until he went in to speak with him” (Exodus 34:35). A person’s countenance is the outward expression of what is in his heart. When the revelation of God’s glory was made real to Moses, it changed his very look!

Paul testified, “It pleased God, who separated me from my mother’s womb, and called me by his grace, to reveal his Son in me, that I might preach him” (Galatians 1:15-16).

Paul was saying, “I have within me much more than some doctrine somebody thought up, more than just a head knowledge of Christ. I have a revelation of who Christ is—a revelation of His grace, mercy and love. And this revelation has become the very source of all I am and do. It’s the very essence of my life!”

The revelation of God’s glory is indeed wondrous. Yet many have turned that very revelation into a license to sin. Jude describes people “turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ” (Jude 4).

According to Paul, such people sin “that grace may abound” (Romans 6:1). They are saying, in essence, “If God loves to express Himself through mercy and forgiveness, then I’m going to give Him every opportunity. I’m going to sin and let Him keep loving me, so that grace will flow. What a testimony to the world that will be. I’ll be an object of all that love coming down from heaven.”

Such people are easy to spot. Their countenance gives them away. Isaiah spoke of Israelites who “provoke the eyes of his glory. The [look] of their countenance doth witness against them” (Isaiah 3:8-9). The prophet was saying, “Your sin witnesses against you in your very look. Whatever is in your heart is going to reveal itself in your countenance.”

On the other hand, even the rankest of sinners can tell when you have “been with Jesus.” How can they tell? You look like no one else to them! They say, “You’re different. You carry yourself with a humble assurance and nothing about you seems hidden. You’ve got no secretiveness and you don’t seem to carry any grudges or bitterness. If you did, I’d know it. Your life is an open book!”

Sin, however, wears a certain look. No smile can cover it up and its voice has the sound of emptiness—the echo of a sounding brass, a tinkling cymbal.

Those who have appropriated the glory of God are being changed every day. Their countenance is becoming more and more like that of Jesus!


by David Wilkerson | February 4, 2014

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At times during my years in ministry, I have been overwhelmed by enemies who have risen up against me. In those times, I felt the discipline of the Lord like a rod on my back. I remember one period in particular, when I was being slandered on all sides. Other ministers asked me, “David, I’m hearing questionable things about you. Are they true? Is all this stuff about you coming from the devil, or is God trying to speak to you?”

Even that question offended me and I became totally overwhelmed by the emotional pain of it all. I grew physically exhausted from the ongoing battle and could barely face going to church to preach. One morning my wife literally had to lift me up from my chair in my study. About halfway to church, I told her I couldn’t go on. I could no longer face another person in our services wondering if I was a phony.

Finally I cried out, “Lord, what have I done to deserve this? Where is my sin?” Then God directed me to this prayer of Jeremiah: “O Lord, correct me, but with judgment; not in thine anger, lest thou bring me to nothing” (Jeremiah 10:24).

These words from Jeremiah became my daily prayer throughout that severe time of testing: “Lord, chasten me and judge me if you must. But, please, don’t do it in anger! If I hear one more wrathful word, it’ll destroy me. Please don’t reduce me to dust, Lord. I’m low enough!”

Whenever I uttered this prayer, the Lord answered me, “David, if I choose to correct you, it’s because I love you. This test is not about My judgment at all. I am merciful and loving toward you, so stand still and see My glory!” This knowledge of His glory carried me through to a place of total rest—and God vindicated me on all sides.

Beloved, once you have this revelation of God’s glory, you need never again fear that He will correct you in anger. He carries His rod in a tender, loving hand. He will discipline you, but only in gracious compassion. He will never hurt you or cast you aside. Should this not cause our hearts to melt before Him in worship?

“For whom the Lord loveth he correcteth; even as a father the son in whom he delighteth” (Proverbs 3:12).


by Gary Wilkerson | February 3, 2014

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Isaiah was speaking of Jesus when he prophesied these words: “Thus says the Lord: In a time of favor I have answered you; in a day of salvation I have helped you; I will keep you and give you AS A COVENANT TO THE PEOPLE, to establish the land, to apportion the desolate heritages” (Isaiah 49:8, ESV, emphasis mine).

As the church of Jesus Christ, we celebrate Isaiah’s prophetic announcement every Christmas. The prophet declares that God is about to send His Son as the answer to every cry and prayer. Yet there is more embedded in this verse than we usually associate with the story of the baby in a manger. We are told that Jesus was being sent in human form to unveil God’s covenant with man: “I will . . . give you as a covenant to the people.”

When God gave us His New Covenant, He did not set up a new system with a new set of rules. Instead, He sent us a person, Jesus, as the covenant.

The Old Covenant was a set of rules based on conditions. It stated, “If you do this or that, then God will give you life. But if you don’t, you will miss God’s blessing.” Of course, the people constantly fell short of God’s standard. They were unable to keep His law, which was holy and pure, and as a result, their lives were dogged by guilt, shame and despair.

Somewhere along the line we decided that God’s Old Covenant needed to be tweaked. But Jesus didn’t come to modify a Covenant; He came as the Covenant. He didn’t come to show us the blessings of grace; He is the blessing of grace.

Throughout church history, men like Luther and Wesley have emphasized how important it is for God’s people to understand the New Covenant. They saw it as a matter of rightly dividing God’s Word—grasping what is law and what is grace. If we fail to comprehend this one matter, they said, we are doomed to a lifetime of despair. Luther and Wesley knew this to be true because they had experienced that despair for themselves.

Here is the difference: Under the New Covenant, God’s law was no longer an external standard to strive for. Instead, His law would be written on our hearts through the Holy Spirit: “God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us” (Romans 5:5, ESV). We are filled with the Holy Spirit—the very life of God Himself—to help us obey His Holy Word. Christ loved us and gave Himself for us that we might have this newness of life.

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