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UNDER HIS CONTROL

by David Wilkerson | June 13, 2013

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Men's hearts are failing them for fear over the things happening on this earth (see Luke 21:26). Even devout Christians are getting caught up in this wave of fear and anxiety about the future. People are afraid the ship is sinking. Mankind is yearning for security.

Does it all sound scary? Certainly everything appears to be falling apart, as far as the natural eye can discern. In his honest moments, even the skeptic must admit that something apocalyptic is taking place in the world.

Along with a vision of calamities, God has given me a very special message of hope for all true believers. I desperately questioned God about all the things I saw coming. I asked Him to show me how Christians can do all they have to do in a limited time when so many are going into hiding. How can Christians keep fear out of their hearts? How can they face all the news reports and anticipate all the calamities and disasters without being afraid for their homes and children? Do they abdicate and turn this old world over to the devil and let him have his way? Do they pay off all their bills, salt away some reserves in the bank, then just try to ride it out while hoping that a better day will come? Do they buy a farm or a piece of land and flee to the country, hoping they can escape the coming tragedies? Do they let their motivation die and surrender to fear? Do they abandon all their dreams and ambitions and become as hermits?

Dear friend, hear what the Holy Spirit spoke to me. Just five little words, but so powerful that they awakened in me a glorious new hope and faith. Those five little words are: God has everything under control.

That is right, everything is under control! You and I, and everything that touches us, are under His control. No matter how things look in this drunken world, all things are still working together for good to everyone who loves God and are the called according to His purpose (see Romans 8:28).

The future looks evil and foreboding, but David said, "Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me” Psalms 23:4). The message for believers today is that the future is under His control, so we need not fear.
 

EMERGENCY PLANS FOR CRISIS!

by David Wilkerson | June 12, 2013

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No matter how unsettled the world becomes, God's people can relax and keep their joy flowing, because our Lord has promised special protection when it is most needed.

Didn't God have an emergency plan for the children of Israel during the worldwide famine? He sent Joseph ahead to Egypt and promoted him to prime minister. He filled the warehouses with enough grain to last out the raging famine and then transported his people within walking distance of those storehouses and fed them to the full.

Didn't God have emergency plans for Elijah? While his nation reeled under the impact of an economic collapse and food was scarce because of severe famine—and a wicked king had a ransom on his head—God put His emergency plan for Elijah into effect. He hid him by a quiet brook and fed him by having a bird deliver his food. The survival plan also included a mysterious barrel of grain that never ran out.

What about Noah? What a detailed survival plan God had for him and his family—an ark that floated him and his family safely above all the death and destruction of a worldwide flood!

And Lot? God actually sent angels to personally pull him and his children out of the doomed city of Sodom. God's hands were tied until Lot was safely out of the suburbs. It was more than a loss of his job, more than a collapse of the economy, more than a downfall of the government. It was total annihilation of his society—but Lot was delivered safely.

Paul proved God's emergency contingencies over and again. This apostle was shipwrecked, chased by thieves, imprisoned, accused of treason, plotted against by assassins and yet, in every crisis, God had a contingency plan for deliverance.

We, too, have an emergency plan for survival—designed specifically for each believer.

Let there be no question about it. God will see us through every crisis. No crisis Satan can throw against the children of God can bring them down. Not depression, not famine, not a job loss, not sickness or suffering of any kind. God will deliver His children and there is not one single reason to fear. “Take therefore no thought [do not be anxious] for the morrow” (Matthew 6:34).
 

ABSOLUTE ACCESS

by David Wilkerson | June 11, 2013

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Every four years, America inaugurates a president to what is called "the most powerful office on earth." His signature is law. He commands the world's most powerful army. But the power he holds is nothing compared to the power Jesus has given to you and me.

We have absolute access to the very presence of the Creator, the living God! "Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way . . . let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith" (Hebrews 10:19-22).

The word boldness in this verse means "to act openly with confidence or to secure publicity." Beloved, that "publicity" is for the devil's sake. It means we can say to every demon in hell, "I have a right by the blood of Jesus Christ to walk into the presence of God and talk to Him—and He to me!"

Do you believe you have this right, that God is willing to come out and meet you? Let us draw near to Him with a heart full of the assurance of faith! We do not come by the blood of a bird or goat or bull but by the blood of our Lord Jesus.

"Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us. For if the blood of bulls and goats, and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh; how much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?" (Hebrews 9:12-14).

Nothing thrills the heart of God more than having His children come to Him in boldness, without timidity. He wants us to come, saying, "I have a right to be here. And even if my heart condemns me, God is greater than my heart" (see 1 John 3:20).

TRULY THE LORD IS IN THIS PLACE

by Gary Wilkerson | June 10, 2013

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“And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another” (2 Corinthians 3:18, ESV).

What an amazing God we serve. He says, “When you come to My house on Sunday to be filled with My glory, it won’t start fading on Monday. It won’t be weakened by Tuesday so that you have to yearn for next Sunday. My glory resides in you at all times, and it isn’t fading—it’s growing!”

This message is not for just a small portion of the body of Christ. It is truth to all who follow Jesus, from the weakest to the strongest, from the youngest to the oldest. The promise of God to fill us with His glory is “yes and amen” to every believer.

As Paul declares, His manifest glory brings freedom from bondage to sin, from despair and defeat, from lukewarmness and apathy (see 2 Corinthians 3:17). We are being transformed by His glory into His own image. That is the kind of glory that causes people to rush to God with unashamed hunger.

It is time for us to put aside everything that veils God’s glory in our lives. Does anything in your heart hinder God’s glory from drawing others to you? Are you burdened by habitual patterns of sin? Does slander, bitterness or unforgiveness reside in your heart?

It does not have to continue. The veil of fear that Satan has placed over you will not work anymore. His lie that you are too weak will not hold power over you. God says His glory rests on weak, earthen vessels. It shines through people who are brokenhearted, whose lives are in turmoil. When our Lord manifests His glory, He transforms defeat into victory, fleshly weakness into heavenly strength.

Believe His word to you: “You don’t have to lead a defeated life. You don’t have to live without a testimony. I will manifest in ways that will astound you. Lost people are going to be drawn to Me through your life. And when this happens, they will say, ‘Truly the Lord is in this place.’”
 

A REMNANT PEOPLE

by David Wilkerson | June 7, 2013

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In every generation there is a remnant that runs after Jesus with passion and thanksgiving. I believe the Samaritan leper ran back to Jesus because he was not bound by forms and rituals (see Luke 17:11-19). He did not have to "unlearn" it all. You see, the other nine had been raised orthodox, their minds trained from childhood in ritual and ceremony, and they were still bound by their tradition. But once the Samaritan saw the whole religious system, he cried, "No way!"

He witnessed the phoniness of the religious leaders and churchgoers. He saw Pharisees robbing widows and taking away their homes. He saw priests bribing and being bribed. He saw the temples filled with money changers, turning God's house into a den of thieves. He saw scribes making rules for others that they never lifted a finger to observe themselves.

He saw all the whitewashed fronts, the false faces and double standards, and said to himself, "This is the blind leading the blind and it's not for me. I want the real thing."

As he headed toward the village with the other nine—back to the priest, to church, society, and the good life—he stopped and thought: "Wait a minute! I remember what it was like when I had it all—money, prestige, security. I was miserable! My so-called friends all rejected me at the first sign that I might have leprosy. I was empty—bound by sinful habits, full of hate and bitterness. It was a living hell. Why should I go back to that?"

Then something in his heart began to burn: "Look at me. I'm clean. Jesus healed me. The church can wait; my family and career can wait. I'm going to Jesus! I want to get to know the One who healed me!" He came to the same conclusion all remnant people come to: "There is nothing out there that I want. It's all vanity! I'm going to Jesus and He will be my reality!"
 

MORE OF CHRIST

by David Wilkerson | June 6, 2013

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"Go . . . to the priest . . . for a testimony unto them" (Luke 5:14). For years to come, the ten lepers who were healed could have had a powerful testimony, spending their lives talking about how Jesus merely spoke a word and healed them: "I was once a leper! I was all alone with no hope—filthy, lost, dying. Then Jesus came along and cleansed me. I've been healed now for twenty-five years and I praise His name!"

That all sounds wonderful. But the problem was, they were talking about a Man they did not know, witnessing to the power of a Savior they knew nothing of. They only saw Him afar off. They could tell you what He looked like, what He talked like, how He walked, but they never got near to Him and His heart.

One of the great sorrows in all my years of ministry has been to witness the burnout of former addicts and alcoholics who had been miraculously delivered from lives of terrible sin and crime. Many of them were called of God to preach but churches and pastors kept asking them to come and give their spectacular testimonies. They were cajoled and encouraged to give the gory details of their past.

Now, years later, many of these former addicts are telling the same story: "Fifteen years ago I was a pimp. I lived with prostitutes and went to jail twenty times. One day somebody told me about Jesus—and I was cleansed and made whole!"

Beloved, hundreds of such precious converts are now burned out, backslidden and shipwrecked! They have none of the character of Christ, no relationship with God, because they are living on a past, one-time experience. They never returned to Jesus, never got to know Him or go near to His heart!

Many people have asked why Times Square Church does not have converts from our outreaches come and testify each week. Indeed, these men and women have some of the most incredible testimonies you have ever heard. But we want more for them than to end up with an old, worn testimony. We want them to go on with Jesus, to be able to stand and tell about a fresh, daily walk with Him, about what He is doing for them today!

We want them to have more of Christ!
 

GET TO KNOW JESUS

by David Wilkerson | June 5, 2013

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After meeting the ten lepers (see Luke 17:11-19), Jesus and the apostles probably had something to eat and were far up the road beyond the village.

Suddenly they heard a racket behind them and when they looked back, they saw a man running toward them, shouting and waving his arms! One of the disciples said, "It's one of those ten lepers from the village." As he neared, they heard him shouting, "Glory to Jesus! Praise You!"

It was the Samaritan leper! When he came up to Jesus, he fell prostrate at His feet and broke out in praise and thanksgiving! Out of his innermost being poured adoration for the Son of the living God: "You're the Son of God! Glory!"

Jesus looked down at him and said, "Were there not ten cleansed? But where are the nine?" (Luke 17:17). He was asking, "Why only you? Where are your friends, the others I healed?"

Beloved, that is the question Jesus is still asking today! Of the many multitudes He has cleansed and made whole, only a remnant are drawn back to Him! So where are all the others? They are in the same place the nine healed lepers ended up: lost in the church, swallowed up by religion.

I believe in the Bible's statistics. And if the statistic from this story in Luke's gospel is accurate, ninety percent of those who are touched by Jesus end up going back to some dead, dry church. They never get into Jesus—because they get lost in religion.

The nine lepers were anxious to get on with their lives, back to their families. They said, "I want my self-respect back. I want to go to the synagogue again and study about the coming Messiah!"

You may say, "What's wrong with all that? Isn't a man commanded to provide for his household? And doesn't David speak of meditating on the deep things of God? Aren't Christians supposed to be motivated to work diligently, to do exactly what the nine lepers did? And didn't Jesus tell them to go directly to the priest?"

Yes, that is all true—but it all becomes meaningless if you do not first get to know Jesus!
 

SHOUTS OF JOY

by David Wilkerson | June 4, 2013

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As Jesus passed between Samaria and Galilee on His way to Jerusalem, He approached an unnamed village. Outside that village, ten lepers were encamped in terrible squalor and shame. Evidently, nine of these lepers were Jews, and one was a Samaritan. The Jews of that day did not even touch Samaritans, let alone live with them, but the common distress of these ten had brought them together in a shared misery. Homeless outcasts, they were forced to live in an isolated camp outside the village.

Lepers were required by law to stay at least 200-300 feet away from others. When people walked by them, they had to cry out, "Unclean, unclean!" These men begged, scrounged, and ate food that others would not even look at. They probably lived out of the garbage dumps.

Scripture presents the leper as a type of sinner living in shame—debilitated and wasted by sin's terrible effects.

I do not know how these ten lepers ever heard about Jesus. Perhaps a vagabond leper had passed through and told them of the miraculous healings Jesus had performed for lepers in other towns or villages. In any case, they somehow knew Jesus would be passing by and they were waiting anxiously to see Him!

I have often wondered if, when they saw Jesus and the apostles coming down the road, they started waving their stump arms. Did they point to missing limbs? Did they wave their dirty rags of clothing? We do not know how they got His attention, but when Jesus came within earshot, they cried aloud, "Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!"

They were not asking for money or for heaven when they died. They were crying for mercy! It was as if they were pleading, "Jesus, how can You look upon such a pitiful sight and not have mercy?" I am sure Jesus did not wince or turn away for even a moment. He looked them right in the face and with great compassion said, "Go shew yourselves unto the priests" (Luke17:14).

I believe life, health and strength immediately flowed into all ten of these men. One after another, they looked at their hands, at each other's faces, and saw their scaly, ashen skin beginning to change. Healthy-looking flesh was being restored to their limbs, their faces. They were being healed!

Do you remember the hour Jesus had mercy on you, how clean and alive you felt? Did you shout because you felt His cleansing power? Did you feel new life in you? These men had to feel that life! You can be sure that some kind of thrill went through that group, and they let out shouts of joy!
 

FILLED WITH GOD’S GLORY

by Gary Wilkerson | June 3, 2013

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“How do I get filled with God’s glory?” Many in the Old Testament asked that question and Moses uttered this very cry. The King James Version renders Moses’ anguish most clearly: “I beseech thee, shew me thy glory” (Exodus 33:18). This “beseeching” implies a pleading, a groaning in the soul, an expression of a need that simply had to be filled.

God must have been pleased by Moses’ request, because He agreed to reveal His glory. He instructed Moses to hide behind a rock and peek out briefly as He passed by, because He knew even Moses could not behold the brilliance of His glory. So Moses beheld God’s glory in small part—yet that ray of glory affected him powerfully.

Most of us have been taught that after Moses descended, he had to place a veil over his face because it shone so brightly. Yet Scripture actually says, “When Moses had finished speaking with them, he put a veil over his face” (Exodus 34:33, ESV). It was after Moses spoke to the people that he covered his face. What was that about?

Paul explains this in Second Corinthians: “Moses . . . put a veil over his face so that the Israelites might not gaze at the outcome of what was being brought to an end” (2 Corinthians 3:13, ESV). Paul’s bold statement that a form of God’s glory actually comes to an end was referring to the glory on Moses’ face. Even the brilliant glory of God’s presence would eventually fade.

Yet, Paul says, there is a type of God’s glory that does not fade away. “If what was being brought to an end came with glory, much more will what is permanent have glory” (3:11). Paul is speaking here of God’s glory as embodied in Jesus Christ alone. “Since we have such a hope, we are very bold, not like Moses, who would put a veil over his face” (3:12-13). Because of Christ’s glory, we are emboldened in a way that even Moses wasn’t! Paul explains: “When one turns to the Lord, the veil is removed. Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit” (3:16-18).

In Christ, we have within us a glory that does not fade. Our boldness exceeds even that of Moses because it is empowered by Christ’s own Spirit. The glory of the Lord was on Moses from his time in the Lord’s presence but it is different for us. Because of Jesus, God’s glory in us never stops working. It continually transforms us “from one degree of glory to another.” We have a permanent, unchanging, unfading glory!
 

THE MARK OF A MATURE BELIEVER

by David Wilkerson | May 31, 2013

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The mark of a mature believer is a refusal to be "tossed to and fro . . . with every wind of doctrine" (Ephesians 4:14). Such believers cannot be manipulated by any teacher. They do not need to run around, because they are feasting in green pastures, growing up in Christ. They have learned Christ. They will not be captivated by music, friends, personalities or miracles, but by a hunger for the pure Word.

Paul said, "That they may adorn the doctrine of God our Savior in all things" (Titus 2:10). What is Christ's doctrine? The grace of God teaches us that “denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world (Titus 2:11-12). The doctrine of Christ will conform you to the image of Christ. It will expose every hidden sin and every evil longing.

Is your teacher rebuking with authority, speaking and exhorting you to forsake sin and lay down all idols as instructed in Titus 2? Are you learning to hate sin passionately? Or do you leave church, still not deeply convicted? The message of the doctrine of Christ is, "Let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God" (2 Corinthians 7:1).

Many write to us saying that their pastors tell them, “I'm not here to preach against sin; I'm here to lift up Jesus.” Or, “You’ll hear none of that condemnation preaching from this pulpit! I'm here to lift the fear and depression off my people.” Even Pentecostal preachers have two extremes. Some scream a hard, legalistic gospel without love, merely of works; others preach against sin like cowards, taking it all back in the same message.

The doctrine of Christ is a doctrine of godliness and holiness. "If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness; he is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions and strifes of words, whereof cometh envy, strife, railings, evil surmisings" (1 Timothy 6:3-4).

The preaching of Christ's doctrine will bless, strengthen and encourage you, but it will also convict you so deeply you cannot sit under it and still cling to a secret sin.

 

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