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SWAMPED BY A STORM

by David Wilkerson | March 2, 2012

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Are you facing trouble in your business or career? As you read the following verses, be reminded that career people and businessmen here are likened to seamen in ships. The great waters signify the big world of competition, an ocean of activity.

"They that go down to the sea in ships, that do business in great waters; these see the works of the Lord, and his wonders in the deep. For he commandeth, and raiseth the stormy wind, which lifteth up the waves thereof. . . . They reel to and fro, and stagger like a drunken man, and are at their wit's end" (Psalm 107:23-27).

These people are God's beloved saints. They are in awe of His greatness and power, but a storm breaks out that is beyond their control. It is not judgment for sin, yet suddenly waves are swamping them, swallowing up their boat. They are staggered by problems on all sides, and it looks as if their ship is going down. Suddenly they are confused and perplexed: "Their soul is melted because of trouble" (verse 26).

Many career people have told me, "It looks bad. I don't know what happened, but suddenly I'm in a mess." They were able to solve their own problems in the past, and to escape one crisis after another. With this trial, however, there seems to be no way of escape. They are mentally and physically exhausted.

How easily we forget that our loving heavenly Father is our partner in our work, regardless of our career or calling. Indeed, nothing happens to us without His involvement. He has power over all our difficulties and He has a reason and purpose behind them all.

What can you do when your business partner has no advice and consultants cannot help you? Where do you turn when your spouse, your pastor, your best friend has nothing to say to you? I am not a businessman but I can point you to the seamen in Psalm 107:

"Then they cry unto the Lord in their trouble, and he bringeth them out of their distresses. He maketh the storm a calm, so that the waves thereof are still. Then are they glad because they be quiet; so he bringeth them unto their desired haven" (Psalm 107:28-30).

DISOBEDIENCE TO GOD’S WORD

by David Wilkerson | March 1, 2012

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“Such as sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, being bound in affliction and iron; because they rebelled against the words of God . . . therefore he brought down their heart with labour; they fell down, and there was none to help" (Psalm 107:10-12).

They were bound in affliction because they rebelled against God and rejected His counsel (see verse 11). Beloved, could this be you? You have sat under godly preaching and the Holy Spirit has convicted you but still you are miserable and continue to sin.

When a person willfully disobeys the Word of God, his tendency is to hide and cower in fear. He may feel that it is all over, thinking, "God can't use me." When you are in that condition, the devil will whisper to you, "There is no deliverance for you. You're one of those people who never change. God has had it with you—your sin has caused Him to hide His face."

Satan will pound you with Scriptures, misquoting them all. When you sit in church, you will hear only judgment, not God’s mercy—because you are under such guilt, condemnation and fear.

I am not referring to people who hide from God because they love their sin. Rather, I am talking about Christians who have taken a fall but still have a sorrow and a hatred for their sin. Something inside them cries, "I have hurt God."

To this Christian, God's Word promises: "Then they cried unto the Lord in their trouble, and he saved them out of their distresses. He brought them out of darkness and the shadow of death, and brake their bands in sunder. Oh that men would praise the Lord for his goodness, and for his wonderful works. . . . For he hath broken the gates of brass, and cut the bars of iron in sunder" (Psalm 107:13-16).

God never has—and never will—hide His face from a crying child of His. No matter how far you have fallen or how many promises you have made to God—and broken—He will always hear your cry for help and bring you back into close fellowship with Him.

THE FOOL WHO BRINGS TROUBLE DOWN ON HIMSELF

by David Wilkerson | February 29, 2012

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“Fools because of their transgression, and because of their iniquities, are afflicted. Their soul abhorreth all manner of meat; and they draw near unto the gates of death" (Psalm 107:17-18).

According to the dictionary, a fool is someone who lacks judgment or good sense, one who does silly things without thinking of the consequences.

What could be more foolish and unthinkable than indulging in sexual activity with an unknown person? The whole world knows that AIDS is an international problem and yet people all over the world are still contracting it. People simply refuse to be alarmed. Women risk their lives and men trade their futures for an hour of carnal pleasure.

Many are suffering serious consequences for their absolutely foolish acts. They talk about the terror they felt when they first sensed something strange in their body. They knew something was not right and suddenly a haunting memory came back to them—a memory of a foolish act in their past, either sexual or drug-related. It happened when they were living in sin, playing the fool.

"Because of their transgression, and because of their iniquities, [they] are afflicted" (verse 17). The despair of many such Christians is unspeakable. They feel helpless, on the verge of giving up. One man said, "I feel like my life is over. There's nothing I can do. I just look forward to death."

"They draw near unto the gates of death" (verse 18). Beloved, you do not have to live without hope. God has given you His Word that He does not walk out on fools!

"Then they cry unto the Lord in their trouble, and he saveth them out of their distresses. He sent his word, and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions" (Psalm 107:19-20).

The Lord knows there are things we cannot change, words we have spoken that we cannot bring back. Yet He is not asking us to do penance or make promises. All He asks is that we cry out to Him in our desperation. He wants to heal, prolong life and provide supernatural grace.

GO TELL THE BRETHERN

by David Wilkerson | February 28, 2012

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When Jesus appeared to Mary Magdalene in the garden by the tomb, she supposed that He was the gardener. Her heart was heavy and she cried out, “Sir, if You have carried Him away, tell me where You have laid Him” (John 20:15).

"Jesus said to her, ‘Mary!’ She turned and said to Him, ‘Rabboni!’ (which is to say, Teacher)" (verse 16). Jesus knows the names of those who love Him—and He called Mary by her name.

Jesus then told her, "Do not cling to Me" (verse 17). Jesus knew Mary was not going to let go of Him. Her heart was crying, "I lost You once, but I'm never going to lose You again!"

It must have taken a lot of courage for Mary to heed Jesus' words to her. You see, He told her He was going to be gone for awhile and she should go to the others and ". . . say to them, ‘I am ascending to My Father’" (verse 17).

Mary quickly returned to the disciples who had returned home after seeing that Jesus was no longer in the tomb. These simple fishermen were gathered together in one room, perhaps cleaning their old fishing gear. They were not theologians but they had been trained for three years at the Master's feet.

It was Mary, however, who had the revelation! These men had to sit and listen to a woman who had heard from Jesus. Can you imagine the scene? "What did He say? What did He look like?" Mary answered simply, "All I know is, I saw Him. And He told me to come here and tell you something!"

I love to hear devoted men and women of God say the words Mary said: "I've heard from Him and I have something to say!" The cry of my heart every time I prepare to preach is, "Lord, if You are not going to talk to me, I am not going to talk to them!" Like Mary Magdalene, we should all have a heart so given to the Lord that He gives us His mind and says, "Go tell the brethren!"

UNITY

by David Wilkerson | February 27, 2012

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I believe when Jesus washed the disciples' feet, He was teaching a profound lesson on how to achieve unity in the body of Christ.

As Jesus approached Peter to wash his feet, the disciple drew back and asked in astonishment, "Lord, You aren't going to wash my feet, are You? Never, never!" (see John 13:6). Jesus answered, "If I wash thee not, thou hast no part with me" (verse 8). Jesus was saying, in essence, "Peter, if I wash your feet, we have grounds for precious fellowship, a basis for true unity."

After Jesus washed His disciples' feet, He asked them, "Do you understand what I have done?" If they had understood the spiritual significance of what He had just done—taking away the stain and guilt of their sin—it would have produced profound gratitude in them.

What did Jesus do to you when He cleansed you? He wiped away all your guilt and made you clean and whole. He put joy in your soul and filled you with such love for Him that you would follow Him anywhere and do anything for Him.

Beloved, that is the secret of unity. When you take up the towel of mercy for a hurting, fallen brother, you encourage him by embracing him in his hurt. By washing that person’s feet, you construct a firm foundation for true unity and glorious fellowship. You are made one by your common experience.

This message is for me as much as for anyone else. I have just recently come into this convicting knowledge of what foot washing is truly about. And by God's grace, I will take up the towel of mercy along with others and seek out those hurting ones whose feet need cleansing.

Jesus said, "If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one another's feet. . . . If ye know these things, happy are ye if ye do them" (John 13:14, 17).

Now that we "know these things," as Jesus said, we can do them. I ask you: Are you willing and ready to take up your towel in love?

GENTLE AND PATIENT

by David Wilkerson | February 24, 2012

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"And be kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you" (Ephesians 4:32).

If you want to be kindhearted—to take up the towel to restore a brother or sister—you do not need to know the details of how that person got dirty. Jesus did not ask His disciples, "How did you get such filthy feet?" He wanted only to get the dust off of them. His love for them was unconditional.

Likewise, those who walk in the fullness of Jesus Christ must have this attitude of love toward those with dirty feet. We are not to ask for details. Instead, we are to say, "Let me wash your feet."

Too often Christians want to delve into all the gory details of a situation. They come to a believer who has dirty feet, saying, "I want to wash your feet. But tell me, what happened? How'd you get so dirty?"

At some point in the story of failure, the curious comforter realizes, "Oh, my, this is worse than I thought. I can't get involved in this." And after a few more details, he comes to the end of his puny human mercy. He judges the person as too evil, beyond help, and he drops his towel and goes his way.

Beloved, you cannot wash feet in a judge's robes. You have to take off your self-righteous garments before you can do any cleansing. Paul says we are to be gentle and patient with all people: "And a servant of the Lord must not quarrel but be gentle to all, able to teach, patient, in humility correcting those who are in opposition, if God perhaps will grant them repentance, so that they may know the truth" (2 Timothy 2:24-25).

Paul is saying, "You must be tenderhearted with everyone, willing to wash their feet. God will have mercy on them and deliver them from their sin."

DEVOTED TO JESUS

by David Wilkerson | February 23, 2012

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Let me give you what I call "the devoted life for commuters and subway straphangers." It is a simple way for busy Christians to lead a practical, deeply devoted life with nothing mystical about it.

Devotion to Jesus means trusting Him alone to meet every need of your body, soul and spirit. It means giving up looking to any other person or source to meet those needs. Many single people say, "I'm sick of being lonely. I need a mate. If only God would give me someone!"

No, a mate would never be able to meet such a need. In fact, a mate could possibly make you twice as miserable because you would have not only your own headaches but his (or hers) as well! Until Jesus is your focus, until you see Him as your only true satisfaction, you will sink deeper and deeper into despair.

At one point, Jesus wanted to prove to His disciples that He was on top of any situation, so He called Peter to get out of the boat and walk on the water to meet Him. Peter obeyed—and as long as he remained focused on Jesus, he was above everything, actually walking on water! But when the disciple began to focus on his surroundings, he started to sink (see Matthew 14:28-31).

The lesson here is elementary. Yet, I ask you: What do you do when you get that sinking feeling? Do you call out to a friend for help? Or do you keep your eyes focused on Jesus and cry out, "Lord, save me"?

The bride of Christ will be comprised of those who have given up trying to find help, comfort or satisfaction from anything on this earth. They have learned to depend wholly on the One they love to fully satisfy their every hunger and thirst.

Do you have this kind of walk with Jesus? I urge you to keep your eyes focused on your Bridegroom. Expect His return at any moment and do not look to anyone or anything else to fulfill you. 

GOD WILL NOT WALK OUT ON YOU

by David Wilkerson | February 22, 2012

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 Psalm 107 has been called “the Old Testament love feast.” One of the most encouraging passages in all of God’s Word, it is for those needing forgiveness, deliverance or restoration. The final verse promises the reader an understanding of who God truly is: “Whoso is wise, and will observe these things, even they shall understand the lovingkindness of the Lord” (Psalm 107:43).
 
"O give thanks unto the Lord, for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever. Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, whom he hath redeemed from the hand of the enemy; and gathered them out of the lands, from the east, and from the west, from the north, and from the south. They wandered in the wilderness in a solitary way; they found no city to dwell in. Hungry and thirsty, their soul fainted in them" (Psalm 107:1-5).
 
Here is a classification of people who once knew the fullness of the Lord and at some time in their life discovered glorious deliverance. Now, however, they are in a solitary wilderness, wandering alone, and they cannot find the city.
 
"The city" in the Old Testament is always Zion, which represents God's true church. Today, of course, it signifies the true body of Christ, those who worship in spirit and in truth but cannot seem to find “the city.” They no longer attend church, refusing to worship with any body of believers—because there is little or no spiritual reality to be found.
 
Indeed, there are multitudes of starving Christians who go from church to church today trying to find their place. In the end, they give up even seeking a good church because they are determined that there are none. Perhaps you say, "Brother Dave, I can't find a Christ-centered, holiness-seeking church in my area. I can't find the city."
 
Beloved, God has provided a solution. "Then they cried unto the Lord in their trouble, and he delivered them out of their distresses. And he led them forth by the right way, that they might go to a city of habitation" (Psalm 107:6-7).
 
God says, "I will show you the body—I will lead you right to them." Rest assured, Jesus has His body of believers all over the world and if you cry out to Him, He will miraculously bring like-minded Christians to you.

MARY MAGDALENE

by David Wilkerson | February 21, 2012

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Mary Magdalene epitomizes the bride whose heart is wholly given to Christ. This woman's life was marked by her love and affection for Jesus.

As far as the world was concerned, Mary Magdalene was not a great theologian. When the disciples got together to discuss the deeper things of the cross, she was probably silent, since women of that day rarely spoke openly of spiritual matters in the presence of men. Yet she had something they did not have—she had a revelation!

"The first day of the week Mary Magdalene went to the tomb early, while it was still dark, and saw that the stone had been taken away from the tomb" (John 20:1). Mary came to the tomb while the others still slept. When she found the stone rolled away and Jesus' body missing, she ran to find Peter and John.

When the disciples arrived at the tomb, they went in and saw the linen clothes neatly folded—but no body. They understood clearly that Jesus was not there. Then, the Bible says, the two disciples "...saw and believed" (verse 8). They remembered Jesus' words to them about His resurrection on the third day. Two verses later we read, "Then the disciples went away again to their own home" (verse 10). They were satisfied with the knowledge that Jesus was no longer there, so they went back to business as usual.

Isn't that just like the church today? Many Christians say, "I've seen the power of the gospel so, of course, I believe." They identify their present relationship with Jesus by mere head knowledge. Not so with Mary! Knowledge was not enough for her. She wanted Jesus Himself and she was not going to move: "But Mary stood outside by the tomb weeping" (verse 11).

Mary’s spirit was crying, "This world is intolerable without Him. I can't go home." She simply loved the Lord and she was determined to stand gazing into that tomb until her breaking heart found answers. Sure enough, Mary's heart of devotion brought her a visitation of the divine.

"And as she wept she stooped down and looked into the tomb. And she saw two angels in white sitting . . . where the body of Jesus had lain" (verses 11-12).

While the other disciples were back home, Mary was seeing things nobody else could see—because her heart was given to Jesus.
 

LOOK FOR HIS COMING

by David Wilkerson | February 20, 2012

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Jesus says in Matthew 24:44, “Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.”

A characteristic of the bride of Christ is an expectancy of His soon return. Jesus’ bride is to live in continual, joyful expectation of His imminent return—because He may come at any moment.

Jesus warned, however, that in the last days evil ministers will infiltrate the church in an effort to put the bride to sleep. They will attempt to take away her heart of love for the Bridegroom by claiming, “My master is delaying his coming” (verse 48). This gospel is preached by those who do not want to pay the price of obeying Christ’s commands. They really do not want Jesus to come back because they have sinful habits and lead double lives; in fact, they have concocted a doctrine to justify their continuing in sin. What is the result of this false teaching? First, it ends in worldliness because those who believe it want to enjoy worldly success and prosperity.

Beloved, do not give in to this doctrine of delay! If you are a part of Jesus’ bride, you will be so lovesick for your Lord you will not be able to buy into it. Instead, you will cry out, “My Lord said I am to be ready at any moment for His return. I know He is near—I can sense it. My heart cries out within me, ‘Behold, the Bridegroom is coming!’”

The early church was wide awake, heeding Jesus’ words. Their lamps were trimmed and burning, and they had a good supply of oil. Peter summed up the spirit of the early church this way: “Looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God . . . nevertheless we, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth” (2 Peter 3:12-13). Likewise, Paul said: “[We are] eagerly waiting for the revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Corinthians 1:7).
 

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