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STAND STILL!

by David Wilkerson | October 2, 2012

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The three most common words heard among Christians in times of crisis are: "Lord, do something!" It is against our nature to stand still and do nothing when we face perplexing trials. In fact, waiting patiently for God to act is probably the most difficult thing about the Christian walk. Even devoted believers panic when the Lord does not move according to their timetable.

We constantly give God deadlines and time limits. We cry, "Lord, when are You going to do something about this? If You don't act now, it will be too late!" But God is never too late. He always acts according to His schedule, not ours.

Our God is always searching the earth for those who will trust Him in every crisis, trial and hopeless situation. Indeed, He often leads us into situations that are critical and difficult in order to test us. He wants to see if we are willing to stand still and wait for Him to bring supernatural deliverance.

The Bible states very clearly: "The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord: and he delighteth in his way" (Psalm 37:23). The Hebrew word for ordered here means "prearranged, step by step, fixed, ordained by God."

This means it is God, not the devil, who leads us into difficult places. We may cry, "Lord, why are You allowing my crisis to continue?" But the truth is, not only does He allow our trial, but He does so deliberately — for a purpose. And that is hard for us to accept.

God allows these hard things in our lives in order to produce faith in us. He is shaping us into godly examples of faith, to be His testimony to a faithless, ungodly age.

I firmly believe every step I take is ordained by our heavenly Father and He would never lead me to the brink of a difficult situation only to abandon me. He would not say, "Okay, David, I've directed you up to this point. Now you're on your own."

No! God is absolutely faithful to His children, in every crisis. He is always asking us, "Will you be one I've been searching for, one who will not panic, who will not charge Me with forsaking, abandoning and hurting My children? Will you stand still in your crisis and trust Me to see you through?"
 

THE HARDEST PART OF FAITH

by Gary Wilkerson | October 1, 2012

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When I was a boy my father taught me one of the best faith-lessons I have ever learned. “Son, the hardest part of faith is always the last half hour. When you feel like giving up; when you feel that your life is off track; when you don’t hear from God anymore, just hold on — because the last half hour is the hardest part of faith.”

Have you ever driven on a long journey? You go hundreds of miles and the trip is going just fine. Finally you see a sign that says your destination is just 30 miles down the road. That last 30 miles can seem almost as long as the 500 miles you have just traveled. The last half hour of a journey is sometimes the hardest because you’re almost there and you have to hold on just a little longer.

“For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God you may receive what is promised” (Hebrews 10:36, ESV).

I know some of you feel like giving up but I want to encourage you to hold on just a little longer. You feel like the dream is not going to come to reality but God is saying to you, “Just hold on, child. Hold on, church. Hold on a few more minutes. Hold on a few more weeks — because your victory is just around the corner!”

I cannot tell you how many people I have met who had a word from God but the answer was slow in coming, they abandoned hope and now are living a life of mediocrity. If they had held on just a little longer, all the things God had spoken would have come true. But they have withdrawn from faith; withdrawn from valor; withdrawn from vision and purpose. They are living a life of quiet desperation because they no longer trust God or believe Him for great things. They are moving in their own strength without the power of God.

Do not give up hope. God is saving the best for last!
 

IDOLATRY BRINGS DECEPTION

by David Wilkerson | September 28, 2012

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Idolaters live in deception, believing a lie to be the truth!

"For every one of the house of Israel, or of the stranger that sojourneth in Israel, which separateth himself from me, and setteth up his idols in his heart, and putteth the stumblingblock of his iniquity before his face, and cometh to a prophet to inquire of him concerning me; I the Lord will answer him by myself” (Ezekiel 14:7).

This passage means: "Because you are hardened in your sin, with no desire to turn and repent, every word you hear from now on will confirm you in your deception. Even the preaching you hear will speak to your idols."

We see a picture of this with King Ahab in 1 Kings 22. This man was probably the most wicked king in the history of Israel. At this time he had aligned himself with King Jehoshaphat to go into battle against Ramoth-gilead.

The Scripture says: "And the Lord said, Who shall persuade Ahab, that he may go up and fall [be defeated] at Ramoth-gilead? And one said on this manner, and another said on that manner. And there came forth a spirit, and stood before the Lord, and said, I will persuade him. And the Lord said unto him, Wherewith? And he said, I will go forth, and I will be a lying spirit in the mouth of all his prophets. And he said, Thou shalt persuade him, and prevail also: go forth, and do so" (1 Kings 22:20-22).

We see one of the worst idolaters of all time, a man whose heart was captivated by covetousness and lust, inquiring of the Lord. So, what did God give to Ahab? He provided him with four hundred prophets who would lie to him and echo the desire in his heart: “Go into battle! Everything looks great. There is peace and prosperity ahead.”

What a horrible tragedy! Ahab could not hear God's voice because of the idols rooted in his heart. God answered him by sending him a strong delusion — one that would destroy him.

"Because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause [reason] God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie" (2 Thessalonians 2:10-11).
 

GOD’S ANSWER FOR IDOLATERS

by David Wilkerson | September 27, 2012

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"And they shall bear the punishment of their iniquity: the punishment of the prophet shall be even as the punishment of him that seeketh unto him; that the house of Israel may go no more astray from me, neither be polluted any more with all their transgressions; but that they may be my people, and I may be their God, saith the Lord God" (Ezekiel 14:10-11).

God is telling us in tender terms: "I am going to do whatever it takes to get you away from your polluted idols. I will not let you fall into deception and destruction. I am going to woo you back to Myself — but if that doesn't work, I will have to bring punishment.”

"When ye see their ways and their doings . . . ye shall know that I have not done without cause all that I have done in it, saith the Lord God" (verse 23). The Lord is saying: "You will know that My strong dealings with you are for a reason. I simply will not let you go."

Do you have a stumbling block of iniquity in your heart? Are you deceived by a bondage that could destroy you? If so, and if you find yourself under conviction from this message, there is hope for you.

It does not matter what your idol is — covetousness, sexual sin, pornography, alcohol, drugs, bitterness or unforgiveness. Ask God to open your eyes to your sin and seek Him for a revelation about it. Ask the Holy Spirit to instill the fear of God in you, to soften your heart to His convicting voice. You must hate your sin and determine to make no peace with it.

Cry out to Him now: "Lord, don't leave me blind. If there is any delusion or deception in me, expose it. I don't want to believe any more lies. I only want to hear Your voice and have Your power and authority rule my life."

There is deliverance for you if you truly want it. One day soon you will realize you are no longer a slave, but a child of God set free by truth.

WE WILL GIVE OURSELVES TO PRAYER

by David Wilkerson | September 26, 2012

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In the first-century church at Jerusalem, the Greek widows were being neglected in the daily distribution of food. Naturally, they sought the help of the leaders in the church.

The apostles did not feel right about giving up their study of God's Word and time in prayer just to oversee this administrative task, so they called together the church body and said, "It is not reason [good] that we should leave the word of God, and serve tables" (Acts 6:2). As a result, seven men of "good report" were appointed to handle all the church's business affairs. In the meantime, the apostles pledged, "We will give ourselves continually to prayer, and to the ministry of the word" (Acts 6:4).

The result of this arrangement was: "The word of God increased; and the number of the disciples multiplied" (Acts 6:7). The church grew because these men refused to neglect their primary task.

Very few pastors today will make this kind of sacrifice. One minister looked me in the eye and said, "I simply don't have time to pray. I'm too busy. There are too many demands on my time." Another pastor confessed to me, "I haven't prayed in months. I meditate and have quick devotions occasionally, but I can't bring myself into the discipline of prayer."

I don't want to condemn any hardworking, devoted minister of God. But the fact is, every servant rises and falls to his own master, and many preachers of the gospel today are not aware that they have become victims of a satanic conspiracy of interruptions. They are constantly on the run, bogged down under an avalanche of duties and details.

I thank God we are never at the mercy of Satan or any of his devices. We can expose his tactics, speak the word of faith, and in Christ’s name stop every single interruption. By the power of God’s Spirit within us, we can clear our path to the Lord’s gates and come boldly to His throne of grace to receive help in our time of need. That is what the Lord desires for all of us.

SOMEONE TO WATCH OVER ME

by David Wilkerson | September 25, 2012

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"Verily I have cleansed my heart in vain, and washed my hands in innocency" (Psalm 73:13).

Asaph, the writer of this psalm, was so confused by his sufferings in comparison to the easy life of the wicked that he nearly slipped into a pit of absolute unbelief. He was ready to accuse God of abandoning him, of not being concerned, and for a moment he was ready to quit the battle and give up completely.

This godly man must have thought, "I've been doing right and enduring hardships all this time but it was for nothing. All my diligence, my praising and worshiping, my study of God's Word has been useless, in vain. I have done only right; yet I continue to suffer and it makes no sense. What's the use of going on?"

Beloved, you must be careful. When calamity falls, when a trial comes upon you, when you are grieving, you need to guard your heart against slipping.

You may not be in Asaph's condition, suffering and being tested, but you may know someone who is going through something similar. Sudden calamity may have come upon a godly relative, friend or church member, someone you know who is doing right, and you have asked, "Why, God? How could You allow this? That person is so righteous!"

Asaph went to the temple and prayed. Beloved, when your time of grief or suffering comes, you must go to the secret closet. Get alone with God and cry out to Him. If you will get alone with the Father, He will give you understanding. That is when the Holy Spirit spoke to Asaph: “Surely thou didst set them in slippery places: thou castedst them down into destruction” (verse 18). Asaph realized, “I’m not the one slipping, the wicked are slipping. They’re going straight into destruction.”

Asaph began to see the whole picture and he rejoiced: “God is the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever” (verse 26). He could say, “Yes, my strength is failing. Yes, I’m enduring a great battle — but I’m not alone in my struggles. I have a loving Father in heaven and He watches over me!”

SUCCESS AND OBEDIENCE

by Gary Wilkerson | September 24, 2012

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“Now the donkeys of Kish, Saul’s father, were lost. So Kish said to Saul his son, ‘Take one of the young men with you, and arise, go and look for the donkeys’” (1 Samuel 9:3, ESV).

Whenever Scripture tells us about something being lost, as in this story or the parable that Jesus told of the lost sheep, we are being taught about God’s heart for the lost. God wants His people to be willing to go and rescue the lost — exactly as was happening here in the account regarding Saul.

“And he passed through the hill country of Ephraim” (verse 4). Going up and down the hills of Ephraim was a hard way to start, but Saul’s father had given him a mission and he was going to see it through.

Then verse 4 continues: “[They] passed through the land of Shalishah, but they did not find them.” Saul had gone through the hill country and now a second territory without finding the donkeys. He must have felt kind of hopeless, wondering, “Am I ever going to find these donkeys?”

In his heart Saul was committed to the search because, “My father asked me to do this and I want to be obedient to that call. These lost donkeys matter to my father and I’m going after them with my whole heart.”

“They passed through the land of Shaalim, but they were not there. Then they passed through the land of Benjamin, but did not find them” (verse 4, continued).

Finally Saul said to his servant, “Come, let us go back, lest my father cease to care about the donkeys and become anxious for us” (verse 5).

Saul was saying, “We gave this a good try. We had a vision and I really thought we could do this but we can’t.”

For some people their apprehension about stepping out in faith is really a fear of failure. They do not do what God has called them to because they are afraid they may not succeed.

Listen carefully. When God calls you to something, He is not always calling you to succeed, He’s calling you to obey! The success of the calling is up to Him; the obedience is up to you.
 

Prayer Request

by World Challenge Staff | September 22, 2012

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Once again, we are in need of prayer for the upcoming pastors/ministers' conference in Colorado Springs on September 25-27, 2012

In this season of unrest and uncertainty in world, Pastors are needing sound guidance from the Lord as never before.

Won’t you please pray for…
· Pastors and ministers to be encouraged in their commitment to Christ in these perilous times
· A prevailing presence of the Holy Spirit throughout the conference
· A time of rest and refuge in Christ for those who labor on the front lines
· A powerful anointing on all of the speakers (Pastors Gary Wilkerson, Jim Cymbala, Carter Conlon, Teresa Conlon, Tim Dilena and Claude Houde)

“Continue earnestly in prayer, being vigilant in it with thanksgiving; meanwhile praying also for us, that God would open to us a door for the word, to speak the mystery of Christ…” (Col 4:2-3a)

Thank you

http://expectconferences.org/conference/2012-colorado-springs-pastors-conference/

IDOLS OF PRIDE AND JEALOUSY

by David Wilkerson | September 21, 2012

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Anyone who holds fast to a sin will never accept truth when he hears it. Why? Because every sin carries with it a lie that will be accepted as truth.

When the Holy Spirit convicts a believer of a particular sin or habit, He comes again and again with loving warnings. God's Spirit is tender, patient, loving — and He will wait for a believer to respond before He brings discipline. He will continually hammer that person's compromise with His loving conviction.

When all the wooings and warnings of the Spirit are ignored and sin takes root, the penalty is chastisement and, finally, judgment. God will allow blinding of the eyes and hardness of the heart until it becomes impossible for the habitual sinner to see his own depravity. Eventually, the hardness of his heart becomes impenetrable.

Saul's heart was under the dominion of the idols of pride and jealousy. Pride continually rose up in this man, making him jealous of David and anyone else who walked in holiness, and his heart was overcome with idolatry.

Here is the sad testimony of this idolatrous king: "And Saul answered, I am sore distressed . . . God is departed from me, and answereth me no more, neither by prophets, nor by dreams" (1 Samuel 28:15). Saul could weep, seek out prophets, and pray for dreams, but the Lord answered, "No, Saul. I'm not talking to you anymore, because your heart is captivated by an idol."

The book of Jeremiah tells us that Ephraim fell under the Lord's severe chastisements because of sin. But Ephraim repented, turning away from his idols and smashing them. Here is that man's testimony: "Surely after that I was turned, I repented; and after that I was instructed" (Jeremiah 31:19).

Do you understand what Ephraim is saying here? In essence, it is: "When I had idols [sin] in my heart, I went to the Lord for instructions. But I couldn't get a word from heaven. I didn't hear anything from God until I repented and smashed my idols to bits. Then I got clear instructions!"
 

BECOMING A GIANT WITH GOD

by David Wilkerson | September 20, 2012

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“Trust in Him at all times; ye people, pour out your heart before Him: God is a refuge for us” (Psalm 62:8).

You must consider your daily appointments with God more sacred and important than appointments with any other people — no matter who they are.

How embarrassing it must be for heaven to see the way we Christians fail to highly regard the majesty of our God, the King of Glory. We are often flippant in the way we keep Him waiting. And at the drop of a hat, we will suddenly cancel plans to meet with Him in His courts, all for the most trifling thing!

Can you imagine someone keeping the Creator of the universe waiting while he lingers to view his favorite TV program? Yet that is what many of us do! Even worse, we often do not bother to show up in God's presence at all. It is not that we forget our appointment with Him but we willfully refuse to appear before Him!

Isaiah lamented, "He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not" (Isaiah 53:3). When I allow interruptions to come between me and my appointments with the Lord, I am hiding my face from Him and not appreciating Him as I should.

The truth is, it is impossible to waste time when you are seeking God in prayer. Furthermore, outside the secret closet, the praying man or woman accomplishes more in less time, with less hurry and less effort and sweat.

The most effective work for God we will ever do is on our knees. While the prayerless run helter skelter, to and fro, attempting great things, the praying Christian is hard at work moving kingdoms, shattering strongholds, doing great things and, in the process, becoming a giant with God.
 

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