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STEADFAST IN THE FAITH

by David Wilkerson | January 10, 2014

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The gospel of Luke tells us of a father who brought his demon-possessed son to Jesus. Christ told the father, “Bring thy son hither. And as he was yet a-coming, the devil threw him down, and tare him” (Luke 9:41-42). The word tare means to violently convulse, to terribly shake.

This young man came to Christ and was about to be set free, translated out of the kingdom of darkness and into the kingdom of light. The devil saw he was about to lose another victim, so in a rage, he threw the young man to the ground in one last, violent attack. He wanted to kill him and take his soul before Jesus could deliver him.

Satan will try to do the same thing to you today. The moment you move toward Christ, he will attempt one last devouring attack. He will put before your eyes the most alluring temptations. He will try to cast you down with lies, telling you that you will never be free from sin and lust. He will try to convince you you’ll always be his, not God’s!

But let me remind you: The instant you move toward Jesus, the devil is rendered helpless. He cannot stop anyone who is headed to Christ! He could not keep the demon-possessed young man from reaching Jesus. All Christ had to do was say a word: “And Jesus rebuked the unclean spirit, and healed the child, and delivered him again to his father” (verse 42).

James tells us, “Resist the devil, and he will flee from you” (James 4:7). So, how do you resist the enemy? You do it by faith alone! Simply come to Jesus, trusting that He will rescue you from Satan’s clutches. “Whom resist steadfast in the faith” (1 Peter 5:9).

You can be free today. You can say to Satan, “When I finish reading this message, I’m going to be a free person. Jesus is going to deliver me from every lust and ungodly passion. It’s all going to go because He said so.”

The times ahead may get hard for you. But the Father’s glorious, blazing sun will shine ever brighter for you!

 

 

JESUS IS KNOCKING AT THE DOOR

by David Wilkerson | January 9, 2014

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“Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do” (John 8:44).

Christ spoke these words to a religious crowd who thought they were good in God’s eyes. They were outwardly clean and religious but inwardly they were full of lust, sensuality, fornication, covetousness.

There is a sickness called sin-sickness that strikes the children of the devil. The deeper in sin a person falls, the more critical this sickness becomes. It reaches its peak when sin suddenly loses its pleasure, becoming boring and unfulfilling.

Sin-sickness drove a famous young TV star to suicide. The actor was starring in a hit series and making a fortune. He had just signed contracts to star in movies and was dating a beautiful actress. He had fame, fortune and good health.

But then his lifeless body was found in a cheap porno hotel. Apparently, none of the world’s pleasures had satisfied him. His life had become empty, meaningless, and suicide finally ended it all. He died as a result of sin-sickness!

If you have never given your life to Jesus, then up to now the devil has had complete control over you. He has ruled and reigned over your life. But perhaps now Satan sees a change coming over you and he knows he is losing his hold on you.

Sin has suddenly lost its sweet taste to you. You do not go to the evil places you once frequented and you are not as anxious to party anymore. Money no longer satisfies you, and neither do sex or possessions. You feel a growing emptiness inside you.

And now here you are, reading this message. Perhaps you have become willing to read the Bible. Nobody is making you do it; something inside is urging you to pick it up.

Dear one, right now Jesus is knocking at the door of your heart, and the devil knows it. And the one thing Satan fears most is that you will open the door to Christ!
 

FACING DOWN THE DEVIL’S LIES

by David Wilkerson | January 8, 2014

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The devil comes at us with intense trials but we are not to fear him. John Knox, one of Britain’s most powerful preachers, is a great example of how we can face down the devil’s lies. His awesome preaching caused kings and queens to tremble and he lived a righteous life that backed up the gospel he preached, uncompromising to the end.

In Knox’s later years, when he became terminally ill, Satan faced another deadline. This man had angered hell probably as much as the apostle Paul had. So in the short time he had left, the devil set out to send Knox into eternity in fear and unbelief.

Knox wrote, “All my life I have been tested and assaulted of Satan. But my present test has assailed me most fearfully. He has set to devour me, and make an end of me. Before, he often would place all my sins before my eyes. He tried to ensnare me with the allurements of this world. But the Spirit broke those attacks. Now he has attacked me another way. This cunning devil has labored to persuade me that I have earned heaven by my faithfulness to my ministry!”

Knox knew that salvation came by faith alone. He had preached this all his life, stating clearly that no one could be saved by his own righteousness, no matter how many good works he had done. But now Satan tried to damn the preacher by tripping him up over his own faithfulness!

Just before he died, Knox testified, “Blessed be God who has enabled me to beat down and quench this fiery dart by passages from the Scripture. By the grace of God, I am what I am, not I, but the grace of God in me. Through Jesus Christ I have gained the victory. The tempter shall not touch me again in this short time. I will soon exchange this mortal life for blessed immortality through Jesus Christ!”

Thank God for the testimony of John Knox! He used Scripture to stand against Satan, and the Lord delivered him. He went home to glory singing God’s praises!
 

NEW STRENGTH

by David Wilkerson | January 7, 2014

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Ask anyone who has been called by God to step out into some new work of the Kingdom and that person will tell you that Satan has come at him in a rage, hurling one affliction after another.

So it was in the life of Christ. As soon as Jesus had been baptized, with the dove appearing and the voice from heaven declaring Him the Lamb of God, Satan went to work. He knew he had only forty days and nights to try to devour Jesus and stop His ministry (see Matthew 4).

No sooner did Jesus declare Peter a rock of faith than Satan moved in to sift the disciple, driving him to unbelief and betrayal (see Luke 22:21). Satan knew he had to act quickly in Peter’s life, before Jesus’ words about the disciple could come to pass—but the temptation ultimately failed!

I know what this kind of hellish attack is all about because it happened to me when God gave me a fresh call to ministry! After spending much time in prayer, I sensed God’s call to expand my ministry by speaking to pastors around the world. (I was not leaving the ministry of Times Square Church, or the ministry of these written messages. I was only adding this occasional aspect of ministry, by the direction of the Holy Spirit.)

I was planning to speak to gatherings of pastors in France, Romania, Poland and the Balkans. No sooner had I scheduled this trip than Satan moved in. Up to that point I had been at the peak of health but suddenly I was struck down physically. Within a matter of hours I became so weak I could hardly walk. I felt sharp, agonizing internal pains and soon blotches appeared on my stomach.

A doctor friend told me I had shingles, a disease that comes from the remains of childhood chickenpox. The devil seemed to be laughing, saying, “So you’re taking on this new ministry, are you? You won’t if I can help it!”

Yet, within weeks of my trip, all the sores disappeared. The Lord raised me up and gave me new strength. It all was warfare from hell! It has always been this way throughout my years in ministry. Every new acceptance of a call from the Lord has been followed by demonic attacks.

 

IN THE PITS!

by Gary Wilkerson | January 6, 2014

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Starting in Genesis 37, we see Joseph’s story, which reads like an episode of the television program “Cops.” One of his brothers was a rapist and the others tried to kill Joseph and eventually sold him into slavery. Even Jacob, his own father, neglected to step in when Joseph was tormented by his brothers. Joseph paid a penalty for his family’s dysfunction.

Does this describe you? You have been away from home for years but you still bear mental scars from your family’s chaos. Or perhaps your chaos is in the workplace, where others’ willful sins affect you directly. That happened to Joseph when his boss’s wife tried to seduce him. When Joseph turned her down, she lied about him vengefully and he was tossed into yet another pit, a death-row prison.

Scripture makes it clear that with every pit Joseph fell into, God was at work speeding up the process of achieving His kingdom purposes. I hear God saying of him: “I want someone who’s willing to endure every test faithfully, so that I can strategically position him to save My people. I choose Joseph for this job.”

Think about the incredible trajectory of Joseph’s life. Here was a teenaged shepherd who within a few years became second in command of the world’s greatest empire. It makes me want to pray, “God, take me out of my comfort zone. I want to see You work Your purposes in my life.”

Are you willing to say, “Lord, I’ll gladly go wherever You want me to go”? I know many Christians who hunger for this kind of faith. They cry out, “Lord, there has to be more to this walk. I don’t want to just occupy space on the earth. I want You to work in me so that I can impact Your Kingdom.”

The bigger our dreams for God’s work, the larger our pit will be. Do you believe God for a marriage that reflects His glory? Then be prepared to have your marriage tested almost beyond your limits. The truth is, faith throws us into a pit almost every time. If we want God to use our lives, then we had better prepare ourselves for a pit.

“You meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive, as they are today” (Genesis 50:20, ESV).
 

WITHOUT FAITH IT IS IMPOSSIBLE TO POSSESS

by Claude Houde | January 4, 2014

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“For faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things that are not seen. For by it the men of old received divine approval” (Hebrews 11:1-2, RSV).

One of the greatest privileges of my Christian life has been the joy of being around and knowing great patriarchs of the faith. Some of these giants are extremely well-known, with international ministries reaching millions, but there are others who, although much less known, have had a life-lasting impact on my faith and ministry.

I am inspired, provoked to good works, motivated and moved by the testimonies of these men and women of faith. One such man with character of tempered steel was Pastor Bernard Sigouin. Oh, I know, you most likely have never heard of him, but hell feared him and heaven celebrates his faith.

Pastor Bernard was among those believers who became a Christian in the fifties as severe persecutions were raging in the French province of Quebec, which at that time was engulfed in spiritual darkness. He became a believer in one of the first waves of Quebecers who responded with faith to God’s call for ministry in our nation. He was a heroic and precious pastor, as well as founder and builder of many churches in this part of Canada, which is still considered one of the most unevangelized fields in the world. I was honored to serve with this precious pastor as he entered the autumn of his ministry and his life.

Pastor Bernard and I became friends and one year before his death I was sitting with him in a restaurant having breakfast. As a young pastor I loved spending time with this precious man. Our church was taking care of him and I wanted to do something special—I wanted to bless him. I said, “Pastor Bernard, we would like to do something for you and your wife. Would you like to go on a trip and see the ocean or something?” I knew he had lived his entire life consumed by God’s work and had not done much in the way of leisure activities.

He grabbed my hand, and looking me straight in the eye, he said, “If you want to do something for me, pray that God would give me one more year to serve Him.” That’s all he wanted.

“By faith they pleased Him and by faith they possessed a testimony!”

 

Claude Houde, lead pastor of Eglise Nouvelle Vie (New Life Church) in Montreal, Canada, is a frequent speaker at the Expect Church Leadership Conferences conducted by World Challenge throughout the world. Under his leadership New Life Church has grown from a handful of people to more than 3500 in a part of Canada with few successful Protestant churches.

HIS TIME IS SHORT

by David Wilkerson | January 3, 2014

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Perhaps you have recently renewed your commitment to pray with all diligence. Or, perhaps you have consecrated your mind and body to God as a living sacrifice. You have cried out, “I’m not going halfway anymore. I’m giving everything I have to Jesus!”

These kinds of commitments stir up the devil’s wrath as nothing else does. He knows that anyone whose life is wholly given to God is a great threat to His kingdom. The devil knows all too well that everyone who seeks God with all his heart will find Him and that praying saints will eventually prevail.

But Satan also knows there is a period between the time the prayer is spoken and when it is answered. Beloved, that is the devil’s short time to work! He knows the importunate widow cried for a season before she was heard. And, likewise, our answer will come in due season. In the meantime, the devil tries to devour us, as we wait on the Lord!

The fact is, God doesn’t jump every time we cry, “Lord, I give it all to you!” God knows that consecration, surrender and hunger for Christ do not always accompany a one-time, emotional cry. Therefore, His Spirit does not respond until He sees in us a sustained determination, some kind of evidence that we will not turn back from our hunger.

Satan recognizes this also. He knows from having observed our lives when we are not serious about our commitment to the Lord. If we are not serious about following through, he does not waste his time on us. He leaves us alone in our weakness and sin.

But the moment he sees true devotion in us, a desire to be set free from sin, a determination to put off all foolishness and put on Christ, then he knows his time is short. He knows there will be only a brief period before we are out of his clutches and walking in glory, operating by faith, living in victory. That’s when he starts throwing everything in hell at us!

Revelation 12 is telling us: Go ahead, Christian, step out of your lethargy. Yield your body to Jesus as a living sacrifice. Seek God with all that is in you but be prepared to face the trial of your life because Satan will come at you with all his might!

Satan knows your weak spots and he will try to carry you away in a flood of trials and temptations. He is frantic because he sees you on the brink of victory, and he knows his time is short.
 

A SHORT TIME

by David Wilkerson | January 2, 2014

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“Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! For the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time” (Revelation 12:12).

The above passage from Revelation tells us Satan has declared all-out war on God's saints. It also mentions that the devil has a deadline to complete his work: “Because he knoweth that he hath but a short time.”

As followers of Jesus Christ, we are to constantly be aware that the devil is out to destroy us. Therefore, Paul says, we need to know as much as we can about the enemy’s tactics and plans: “Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices” (2 Corinthians 2:11).

Peter gives us this warning: “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour” (1 Peter 5:8). This does not mean the devil is hovering in the cosmos somewhere, giving orders to his demonic hosts. We know that Satan was cast down to earth when Christ defeated him at the cross. Thus, the devil’s kingdom is limited to the here and now (see Revelation 12:9).

Contrary to the thinking of some Christians, Satan does not possess omnipotent power. He has been defeated by Jesus and stripped of all authority. Nor is Satan omniscient, meaning that he cannot read minds. And he is not omnipresent—he cannot be everywhere at one time. He is limited to being in one place at any time.

But Satan does have principalities and powers stationed throughout the earth and his host of demons feed him intelligence at his beck and call. They hear you when you pray, and they see your obedience to God. And that is what stirs up Satan’s wrath against you!

The reference in Revelation 12:12 that says the devil knows he has only a short time is not about the time Satan has left before the return of Christ. Rather, it is about continual deadlines, a series of short times the devil has in which to accomplish his work. It is all about the brief times he has to make war against God’s saints!
 

WHOM DO WE BELIEVE?

by David Wilkerson | January 1, 2014

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A sincere Christian man asked me the following question: “Whom do we believe? Over the years I’ve read the works of many ministers who were convinced the end was near. Yet over and over they’ve missed it. I realize now that some were just trying to sell their book. But others truly thought God was telling them the end was upon us. So, whom do we believe?”

At times I have been utterly broken before God about these things, crying out to Him at the top of my voice: “Oh, Lord, I’ve been preaching for years that judgment is at the door. I’ve been writing books and delivering warnings about a coming economic crisis and yet I only see the opposite happening. I see America prospering and going merrily along its path. Our nation is killing over five thousand babies a week. We’re sliding down into pits of unbelievable filth and pushing you out of every institution. How long, Lord?”

I feel I’m uttering the same cry of frustration that Jeremiah raised to God. He spent years faithfully prophesying events that had not yet been fulfilled. He cried out, “O Lord, thou hast deceived me, and I was deceived: thou art stronger than I, and hast prevailed: I am in derision daily, every one mocketh me. For since I spake, I cried out, I cried violence and spoil; because the word of the Lord was made a reproach unto me, and a derision, daily” (Jeremiah 20:7-8).

Jeremiah could not stop warning God’s people. Even though his prophecies seemed to be unfounded, he kept prophesying. I feel the same fire burning in my soul that Jeremiah felt. And I am more convinced than ever that our nation is about to be cast into a devastating depression. No matter how high the stock market may swing, no matter how incredibly it might rebound, America is still on the brink of a mighty crash. God has “set His face” against this nation for its bloodshed and arrogance against His name, and His judgment is due!

Yet I thank God for the many promises He has given us in His Word to protect and bless His people in and through all storms.

God’s praying people do not need to fear. Nor should we worry or fret. Our heavenly Father has everything under control. Although I see His judgments coming on our nation, I rejoice because I know what our Lord has promised in His Word.

“He shall judge the world in righteousness, he shall minister judgment to the people in uprightness. The Lord also will be a refuge for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble. And they that know thy name will put their trust in thee: for thou, Lord, hast not forsaken them that seek thee” (Psalm 9:8-10).
 

THE BLESSED PROVISION OF THE NEW COVENANT

by David Wilkerson | December 31, 2013

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After God’s Spirit left King Saul, his halfhearted obedience had opened him up to Satan’s influence. Soon an evil spirit troubled Saul and he ended up seeking counsel from a witch (see 1 Samuel 28).

Perhaps as you read the account of Saul’s life, you wonder, “But Saul tried his best and he didn’t do that bad of a job. Why was God so severe with him?”

God is telling us through this passage that He means what He says! He is saying, “I’m showing you how I feel about your obedience to Me. I want all your heart, all your love—not just a halfhearted obedience!”

If the Lord’s message to Saul had been foggy or unclear, we would be justified in saying He should have made an allowance. But His direction to Saul was clear and there was no doubting what He commanded. Likewise today, we have no doubt about what God has spoken to us. We know what His commandments are, because He has revealed them to us by His word and by His Spirit within our hearts.

You may answer, “But what God did to Saul happened under the Old Covenant, under the Law. We live in a day of grace now. Surely the Lord won’t be as severe with us when we disobey as He was with Saul.”

Here is God’s word on the matter under the New Covenant, a covenant of grace:

“[God] will render to every man according to his deeds: to them who by patient continuance in well-doing seek for glory and honour and immortality, eternal life: but unto them that are contentious, and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, indignation and wrath, tribulation and anguish, upon every soul of man that doeth evil, of the Jew first, and also of the Gentile; but glory, honour, and peace, to every man that worketh good, to the Jew first, and also to the Gentile: for there is no respect of persons with God” (Romans 2:6-11).

Let me spell out the difference for you between Saul in the Old Testament and all believers under the New Covenant: Whenever a person truly has a desire to obey God’s commands—when that person loves and respects God’s Word—the Holy Ghost supplies him with all power and ability to fulfill those commands. That is the blessed provision of the New Covenant.
 

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