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MICAH’S PROPHECY

by David Wilkerson | August 23, 2013

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Micah was a prophet who saw the church through God's eyes, and it caused his soul to wail and lament! He was seeing in the Spirit what God saw—the deep, hideous sins of the people, of shepherds and leaders. He saw idolatry! A harlot church making a harlot's wages.

"Therefore I will wail and howl, I will go stripped and naked. . . . For her wound is incurable; for it is come unto Judah; he is come unto the gate of my people, even to Jerusalem" (Micah 1:8-9).

Listen to Micah's lament: "Evil came down from the Lord unto the gate of Jerusalem. . . . For the transgressions of Israel were found in thee" (Micah 1:12-13).

Micah saw an incurable disease among God's people and an inescapable judgment. Look at what God calls rebellion and see the cause of His controversy with them:

  1. A new scheme of covetousness concocted by mercenary servants of God, having to do with money, property, success.
  2. An emphasis on self: "Woe to those that devise iniquity . . . because it is in the power of their hand. They covet fields . . . and houses, and take them away: so they oppress [my people]" (Micah 2:1-2).
  3. Rejection of the prophet's warnings and telling the people that judgment preaching is not of God, that it is contrary to His character! "Prophesy ye not . . . Is the Spirit of the Lord [impatient]?” (Micah 2:6-7).

The false prophets and robbing shepherds told Micah to shut up! "Don't preach so much judgment! We are God's people; He loves us. There will be no judgment on us." The literal interpretation means, "Drop it! Drop this message of judgment on God's people! Stop reproaching good people! This is not of God."

But listen to Micah's answer! "Say they to them that prophesy: they shall not prophesy to them, that they shall not take shame” (Micah 2:6). In other words, if this message is not preached, the reproach of this place will never be turned back. "Do not my words do good to him that walketh uprightly?" (Micah 2:7).
 

FROM GLORY TO GLORY

by David Wilkerson | August 22, 2013

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Paul speaks of a ministry that every Christian is called to, one that does not require particular gifts or talents. It is to be undertaken by all who have been born again, both recognized ministers and laypersons. In fact, this ministry is every believer's first calling and all other endeavors must flow out of it.

No ministry can be pleasing to God unless it is birthed out of this calling. I am talking about the ministry of beholding the face of Christ. Paul says, "We all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord" (2 Corinthians 3:18).

What does it mean to behold the Lord's glory? Paul is speaking of devoted, focused worship. It is time that is given to God simply to behold Him. And the apostle quickly adds, "Therefore seeing we have this ministry" (4:1). Paul makes it clear that beholding the face of Christ is a ministry we all must devote ourselves to.

The Greek word for beholding in this verse is a very strong expression. It indicates not just taking a look, but "fixing the gaze." It means deciding, "I won't move from this position. Before I do anything else, before I try to accomplish a single thing, I must be in God's presence."

Many Christians misinterpret the phrase "beholding as in a glass" (3:18). They think of a mirror, with Jesus' face being reflected back to them. But that is not Paul's meaning here. He is speaking of an intensely focused gaze, as if peering at something earnestly through a glass, trying to see it more clearly. We are to "fix our eyes" this way, determined to see God's glory in the face of Christ. We are to shut ourselves in the holy of holies, with but one obsession: to gaze so intently, and to commune with such devotion, that we are changed.

Paul says the person who is shut in with Christ, beholding Him, is being transfigured. What happens as a believer beholds the face of Christ? Paul writes, "We all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord" (2 Corinthians 3:18).
 

THE CALL OF CHRIST TO THE LAODICEAN CHURCH

by David Wilkerson | August 21, 2013

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To the last church, the Laodicean church, the Lord cries, "Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me" (Revelation 3:20).

That is the last call of Christ to the church. There will come a spirit of lukewarmness and multitudes will grow cold. But He is saying to His people, "I'm asking to be heard. Open up. Let Me into your secret closet. Let Me talk with you and you with Me. Let's commune. That's how I will keep you from the hour of temptation that is coming on all the world."

John, in his revelation, talks about a day when our Lord's heart shall be lonely no more. “And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. . . . And God himself shall be with them . . . and [God] said . . . I will give him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely” (Revelation 21:2-6).

That means free and full communication with no middle wall of partition; no dark glasses; no partial knowledge, but face-to-face conversation! We think of how glorious it will be to spend an eternity praising our Lord, bowing at His knee. But have you ever tried to realize what that great homecoming will mean to our Savior? All His children home, free to share His very being. He will make us all sit down, and out of His innermost being will flow rivers of glorious truth. As He did on the road to Emmaus, our Redeemer will begin at Moses and take us all through the prophets. He will share the secrets of the universe; He will unfold every plan. Every cloud of darkness will be dispelled. Christ will share for an eternity!

I see that the real joy of heaven is not just ours, but His. Our greatest joy in heaven will be to see His joy as He talks to us freely, face to face. We will see Christ fulfilled, His needs fully met.
 

THEY LAID DOWN THEIR ARMOR

by David Wilkerson | August 20, 2013

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"And when Moses saw that the people were naked; (for Aaron had made them naked unto their shame among their enemies:) then Moses stood in the gate of the camp, and said, Who is on the Lord's side? Let him come unto me" (Exodus 32:25-26).

The Hebrew word used here for naked is para, meaning “to loosen, expose, dismiss.” It also implies "a new beginning."

A modern beer commercial admonishes this generation to "turn it loose tonight." It simply means to throw off past moral inhibitions, shake free of all law, begin pleasing yourself. Do your own thing, whatever makes you happy.

Merely taking off their clothes was not corruption; it was the signal, the message they were sending to the heathen looking on. Can you see the Amalakites on the surrounding mountains, far off, looking on this peculiar scene? These enemies, who had trembled when they saw God at work among them, now laughed and mocked, "Look at them. They are just like us! Their God has no power. They don't even trust in Him! They want to lust and party and play just like all the rest of us. What hypocrisy!"

In that one act of nakedness they belittled their God in the eyes of the ungodly! They made God seem heartless, cruel, uncaring and helpless. They besmirched the honor and majesty of an omnipotent God. They were no longer an example, no longer admired or feared or respected.

They had laid their armor down to party! They put in jeopardy God's plans for their salvation. They were saying to the world, “We don’t want to fight any more enemies! We don’t want to resist! We have had enough of rejection, of sacrifice, of future hopes and far-off blessings. We want to live now! We want to enjoy ourselves! We want the good times to roll."

The corruption was this: This was to be their new beginning. No more combat! If they were going to have to exist in a hard, cruel wilderness, then they would quit the struggle and make do the best they could—on their own.
 

THE GATE OF GRACE

by Gary Wilkerson | August 19, 2013

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Isaiah prophesied, “They shall build up the ancient ruins; they shall raise up the former devastations; they shall repair the ruined cities, the devastations of many generations” (Isaiah 61:4, ESV). Isaiah’s listeners could not fathom the kind of freedom and exploits he was describing here. For generations God’s people had been crushed under the Law, devastated by its burden.

The same was true for the people of Jesus’ day. They were hard on themselves, accepting the legalistic burdens placed on them by religious leaders. That is why Christ’s words were so revolutionary when He quoted directly from Isaiah to announce His ministry: “The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me to bring good news to the poor; he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound” (Isaiah 61:1, ESV).

Jesus knew that the gift of grace would set us free completely. And His message was not just for the unsaved. When He spoke of setting captives free, He was speaking to believers: “If the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed” (John 8:36, ESV).

Today we are just as hard on ourselves as the people of Jesus’ day were. We think of grace as being soft, easy, getting a pass. But grace is the mightiest power you will ever see at work in your life. It is also the only power that brings real fruit to your walk with God—your prayer life, your witness, your good deeds in His name. Only as we enter fully into God’s grace will His church be stirred and empowered to walk in the glorious works He has set before us.

After reading this, are you still striving to be perfect? There is only one entrance to the path of perfection: the gate of grace. You are already perfect in God’s eyes through the righteousness of His Son, Jesus Christ. Now, here is your responsibility: Stop striving.

Your efforts only send you backward, not forward. They cause you to miss God’s grace completely—grace that brings freedom, joy and power to do all that God has called you to do. The fact is, you are going to need grace upon grace as you go forward with Jesus. So now is not the time to redouble your efforts. It is time to trust that Christ has provided all the grace you need—at every step—to walk in the unique calling He has for you.
 

THE UNGODLY ALLIANCE

by David Wilkerson | August 16, 2013

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King Jehoshaphat was a righteous man who ruled over Judah when the kingdom of Israel was divided. This man's heart was fully set on God, and he was blessed and honored above all others in his generation: "And the Lord was with Jehoshaphat, because he walked in the first ways of his father David" (2 Chronicles 17:3).

Yet, Scripture says, Jehoshaphat made an alliance with evil King Ahab, who ruled the northern kingdom of Israel: "Now Jehoshaphat had riches and honour in abundance, and joined affinity with Ahab" (18:1). The Bible says of Ahab, "[He] did more to provoke the Lord God of Israel to anger than all the kings of Israel that were before him" (1 Kings 16:33).

You may wonder how a righteous king like Jehoshaphat ended up joined in alliance with such an ungodly man. I believe there is only one reason: It was part of a satanic plot to destroy the righteous Jehoshaphat!

You see, Jehoshaphat had purged the land, driving out all the idols of Baal and slaying the idolatrous prophets. Yet Ahab's wicked wife, Jezebel, worshiped Baal and she knew what Jehoshaphat had done to her idols. So she set her sights to bring down this godly man!

Jezebel devised a plot with her wicked daughter, Athaliah, to infiltrate Jehoshaphat's godly court. Athaliah met Jehoshaphat's son, Jehoram, and she used all her charms to win his heart. The plan worked and Jehoram chose to marry Athaliah. He asked his father for his blessing and foolishly, Jehoshaphat granted it.

Because of this marriage, evil had entered Jehoshaphat's inner circle and the devil must have danced with glee! Jehoshaphat could have warned his son that Athaliah was a rebellious woman who would lead him away from God, but he didn’t. He could have counseled him to drop the relationship right away but, instead, Jehoshaphat said nothing.

Jehoshaphat had the Scriptures available to him; David had stated very clearly: "Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful" (Psalm 1:1). Jehoshaphat knew this yet still he would not take a stand!
 

CLOSEST FRIENDS

by David Wilkerson | August 15, 2013

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Who do you name as your closest friends? Believe it or not, this question is a matter of great concern to the Lord because your friendships speak loudly, both to God and to the world, about the condition of your heart.

"Lord, what do You think of my friendships? Are they pleasing to You?" Have you ever thought to ask Him these questions? The fact is, a righteous friend can provide a link to the blessing and favor of God, because he encourages you toward a godly lifestyle. On the other hand, an unrighteous friend can be a chain to every kind of evil, leading you into terrible bondages.

As I use the word friend throughout this message, I am not referring to immediate family members. My definition of a friend here is someone with whom you are closely associated, one in whom you naturally confide. In short, a friend is someone with whom you walk and talk and to whom you bare your soul.

You probably have various circles of friends: a "business" circle, which includes your coworkers, partners or clients; a "social" circle, which includes those with whom you associate on a surface level. You also may have contact with ungodly acquaintances. The apostle Paul says it's impossible for us to avoid these kinds of contacts; otherwise, we would have to leave the world altogether!

Yet the circle God cares about most is your intimate circle, your bosom pals. These are the people you love most, and who most influence your life. You are naturally attracted to one another, and you agree on most things so you feel safe opening your heart to each other.

The Bible tells us we are not to be ignorant concerning Satan's seductions. And one of the devil's most common attacks against us is to bring into our inner circle of friends someone who is walking in deception, an agent of hell who is on a mission to destroy us. Satan especially uses this ploy with lonely or compassionate Christians. He tries to turn an undiscerning person's kindness into an affinity with an evil spirit!

“Do not be deceived: evil communications [companions] corrupt good manners [people]” (1 Corinthians 15:33).
 

PAY IN PRAISE

by David Wilkerson | August 14, 2013

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God never complains about the power of His enemies, but rather the impatience of His own people. God wants us to rely on His love because love is the principle He constantly acts from and from which He never swerves. When He frowns with His brow, rebukes with His lips, or strikes with His hand, even in all this, His heart burns with love and all His thoughts toward us are of peace and goodness.

All hypocrisy lies in distrust, and the soul that cannot rely on God cannot long be true to Him. Once we start to question His faithfulness, we begin to live by our own wits and care for ourselves. Like the backslidden children of Israel, we are saying, "Come, make us gods . . . we do know not what has become of [Moses]" (Exodus 32:1, NKJV).

How can love for God be preserved in the heart that grumbles? The Word calls it “contending with God.” Only a foolish person dares find fault with Him. He will challenge such a person to lay his hand upon his mouth or else be consumed with bitterness.

The Holy Spirit within us groans with that unutterable language of heaven that prays according to the perfect will of God. But the fleshly grumble that proceeds out of the heart of the disenchanted believer is poison. Grumbling kept an entire nation out of the Promised Land, and today it is keeping multitudes from the blessings of the Lord. Groan if you must, but God forbid that you should grumble.

God's promises, which He says will hold us, are like the ice on a frozen lake. The believer ventures out on it with boldness but the unbeliever with fear, lest it should break under him and leave him floundering.

If God is delaying, it simply means your request is gaining interest in His bank of blessings. The saints of God were so assured of His faithfulness to His promises that they rejoiced even before seeing any conclusions. They went on joyfully, as if they had already received. God wants us to pay in praises before we receive the promises!

The Holy Ghost assists us in prayer, and is He not welcome at the throne? Will the Father deny the Spirit? Never! That groaning in your soul is no less than God Himself—and God will not deny Himself.
 

FAITH SHOULD HAVE A GOOD MEMORY

by David Wilkerson | August 13, 2013

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The believing soul, after he has unburdened his heart in prayer to the Lord, resigns himself to the faithfulness, goodness, and wisdom of God. The true believer will leave the shaping of the answer to God's mercy. Whatever way God chooses to answer, the believer will welcome it.

David prayed diligently for his household, and then committed all to God's covenant: "Although my house be not so with God; yet he hath made with me an everlasting covenant" (2 Samuel 23:5).

Those who prescribe to God how and when to answer actually limit the Holy One of Israel. Since God will not bring the answer in the front door, they are not aware of His coming in the back. They trust only in conclusions and not promises. But God will not be bound up to time, manner, or means of answering. He will forever do exceedingly, abundantly more than we ask or think of asking. He will answer with health, or grace that is better than health. He will send love, or something beyond it. He will deliver, or do something even greater.

He desires that we simply leave our requests lodged in His powerful arms, cast all our care upon Him, and go forth with peace and serenity to wait His answer. How tragic to have so great a God and so little faith in Him.

When you are down, and Satan whispers in your ear that God has forgotten you, stop his mouth with this: "Devil, it is not God who has forgotten, but it is me. I've forgotten all His past blessings, or else I could not now be questioning His faithfulness."

Faith should have a good memory. Our rash and hasty words are results of our forgetting His past benefits. With David, we should pray, "This is my infirmity: but I will remember the years of the right hand of the most High. I will remember the works of the Lord: surely I will remember thy wonders of old" (Psalm 77:10-11).
 

EMPOWERED BY HIS GRACE

by Gary Wilkerson | August 12, 2013

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God’s grace has to cover whatever He calls us to do. See if these words describe your walk with the Lord: burdened, stressed, heavyhearted, mentally drained, fatigued. These are the outcomes whenever we double our fleshly efforts to please God. They are clear signs that the law, not God’s grace, is in operation.

The freedom Christ won for us on the cross is not just good news for the lost, it is good news for every believer. Yet many continue to live under a cloud thinking they are not a quality son or daughter to God. They think He loves them because He has to. The gospels tell us differently. Jesus called all twelve of the sinful, flawed, imperfect disciples to Him because He wanted their friendship: “No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you” (John 15:15, ESV).

Jesus chose to share the deep desires of the Father’s heart with these friends. He has also done that with you when you chose to follow Him. So when you go to Him in prayer or walk into church, His attitude isn’t, “Not you again.” The opposite is true! He wants to be with you, to sit beside you, to be your friend, because He is actually pleased with you.

You may think, “How could that be? Nothing I see in my life could possibly be pleasing to the Lord.” That’s why Scripture tells us, “Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes” (Romans 10:4, ESV). It is impossible for anyone to live according to the law for very long. We may keep telling ourselves, “I’ll get it right tomorrow. I just have to reenergize myself ,” but we cannot maintain it. Eventually we are overcome by an impossible burden, and we come to the end of ourselves. Jesus is the one waiting for us at the end of all our self-efforts. Only in Him do we find true freedom.

 

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