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THE OTHER SIDE OF THE STONE

by Gary Wilkerson | April 9, 2012

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“Joseph took the body . . . and placed it in his own new tomb that he had cut out of the rock. He rolled a big stone in front of the entrance to the tomb and went away" (Matthew 27:59–60, NIV).

Jesus had just been crucified and was now lying in a tomb. As a massive stone was rolled to seal the doorway, everyone had a sad sense of finality. Scripture says a group of women, including Mary Magdalene, was sitting opposite the tomb. Those women must have been heartbroken. I can almost hear the despair in their voices: "What will happen now that Jesus is gone? How do we go on?"

Today we know the end of the story. We know that when Jesus said from the cross, "It is finished," He had conquered sin. We know that with His resurrection He had conquered death. And we know that He did it all for us.

But what if we did not know the end of the story, as those women at the tomb? What were the eleven disciples thinking as they hid at a distance behind locked doors (see John 20:19)?

I do not think we can fathom what Jesus' death meant to His passionate followers. They had believed their Master was the hope of the world, the salvation of Israel, the light to the Gentiles. He was the great healer, raising the dead and setting captives free, preaching the good news to the poor. He was the embodiment of the new kingdom He preached about. As they thought back to His words, "It is finished," they must have thought He meant, "It's over. This is the end of the story."

All too often, as Christians endure the trials of life, this is the message they believe. They see no hope beyond their difficult situation. All they can see is a stone permanently rolled into place separating them from hope. Yet they are seeing things from this side of the stone. If only they knew what God is doing for them on the other side of the stone.

Maybe life has presented you with a hard, impassable situation. As you read this do you wonder, “Is God at work in my circumstance? Is Jesus really triumphant — in me? Can He really save me from this situation? I just don’t see a way forward.”

I tell you, God is on the move in your life at this very moment. The stone is being rolled away. Light is breaking forth and your Hope stands there in the doorway: Jesus! He has triumphed over all the powers of darkness and His victory is yours by faith.

THE FLOW OF OBEDIENCE

by David Wilkerson | April 6, 2012

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It is important that we understand the motive out of which our obedience springs, because if the spring is not pure, everything that flows out of it will be polluted.

The sad truth is that many Christians in these last days obey God only because they are afraid of going to hell. They fear their Father's wrath and their obedience to Him is "legal" only. They have no genuine desire to please Him.

Jesus did everything out of love and a desire to bring pleasure to His heavenly Father: “Then Jesus said to them, When you lift up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am He, and that I do nothing of Myself; but as My Father taught Me, I speak these things. And He who sent Me is with Me. The Father has not left Me alone, for I always do those things that please Him” (John 8:28-29, NIV).

This was the rock, the foundation upon which Jesus built His life of obedience. It was the spring, the motive, out of which the flow of His obedience came. It is to be our rock, as well.

“For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me” (John 6:38).

Jesus shut Himself up in prayer on the mountaintops, in quiet places, often all night long in fellowship with His Father. His one great prayer was, "Father, what do You want? What will bring You pleasure? What can I do to fulfill the desire of Your heart?"

That is the attitude of a person who has the Spirit of Christ and that should be our attitude—that we might be one who builds on the rock. The foundational motive of all our obedience must be: "I do all things because I want to please my Lord; I want to bring Him great pleasure!”
 

THE PARABLE OF PREPAREDNESS

by David Wilkerson | April 5, 2012

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“Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock. And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it" (Matthew 7:24-27).

Jesus is saying that only things established on a rock foundation will hold up in the coming storm. One man built his house upon a rock ". . . and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock" (verse 25).

The builders of these houses represent two classes of Christians in these last days—the wise and the foolish. They built two different kinds of houses which people were living in when the storm hit.

On one hand, it is encouraging to know there will be a body of believers who will not fall. They will be able to withstand every demonic onslaught that comes out of hell when the storms rage. Jesus wants us to know from this parable that a person who builds his house upon a rock will survive everything that is coming.

Yet, sadly, there will be another group of Christians—people of whom Jesus says, "Their fall will be great" (see verse 27). This means a total, complete, devastating collapse of everything.

At this point, you may be wondering: "What does it mean, exactly, to 'build a house'?" It is important to know that the house Jesus is talking about here is our walk with Him. We are building a foundation of getting to know Christ, of understanding His ways. We are building into our faith certain characteristics that will determine how we react under pressure.

THE COMING STORM

by David Wilkerson | April 4, 2012

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When a sleeping child must be awakened, a loving parent takes him by the shoulders and gently shakes him. If the child doesn't wake up immediately, the shaking becomes a bit firmer. The parent insists, because he knows the child will suffer if he doesn't wake up on time.

That is precisely what God is doing right now—both to America and to the world. At first, He shook us very tenderly but now His shaking has become violent, because He has not succeeded in awakening us.

The Lord began to literally shake the earth with earthquakes in the late 1980s. A quake in Armenia wiped out almost that entire province. A quake in Japan measuring 6.9 nearly destroyed an entire city. Then came the horrible quake in San Francisco, with more following almost daily in that area. Quakes hit the West Coast constantly, from northern California to San Diego and down into Mexico.

Isaiah prophesies that God will one day rise up and shake the whole earth: "Behold, the Lord maketh the earth empty . . . and turneth it upside down. . . . All joy is darkened, the mirth of the land is gone. . . . When thus it shall be in the midst of the land among the people, there shall be as the shaking of an olive tree" (Isaiah 24:1, 11, 13). God is going to shake the earth as if it were an olive tree—till every bit of fruit falls.

Ezekiel says that when God's fury arises, He will shake all that can be shaken: "All the men that are upon the face of the earth, shall shake at my presence, and the mountains shall be thrown down, and the steep places shall fall, and every wall shall fall to the ground. . . . And I will be known in the eyes of many nations, and they shall know that I am the Lord" (Ezekiel 38:20 and 23).

The writer of Hebrews says: "Yet once more I shake not the earth only, but also heaven. . . . That [only] those things which cannot be shaken may remain" (Hebrews 12:26-27).

God is going to shake everything in sight so that He is revealed as the only unshakable power!

A CLEARER VISION OF CHRIST

by David Wilkerson | April 3, 2012

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The book of Daniel mentions several benefits for those who have a repentant heart. Indeed, for all who acknowledge their sin, God does the miraculous. One such benefit is a new and clearer vision of Jesus. Read what happened after Daniel's repentance prayer in Daniel 9:

“Then I lifted up mine eyes, and looked, and behold a certain man clothed in linen, whose loins were girded with fine gold of Uphaz: His body also was like the beryl, and his face as the appearance of lightning, and his eyes as lamps of fire, and his arms and his feet like in colour to polished brass, and the voice of his words like the voice of a multitude. And I Daniel alone saw the vision . . ." (Daniel 10:5-7).

Who do you think Daniel saw in this vision? It was Jesus! What a wonderful benefit the Holy Spirit opened to Daniel when he confessed his sin. He was given a clear vision of Christ in all His glory!

Please understand that Daniel was not praying for this vision. All he was doing was repenting—confessing and mourning over sin. Jesus took it upon Himself to come to Daniel in this revelation—He initiated it. You see, when we repent and make all things right with God and others, we do not have to seek a revelation. Jesus will manifest Himself to us.

Daniel had friends who were also godly, because he walked only among the righteous. Yet Scripture tells us none of them saw the vision Daniel received: "The men that were with me saw not the vision; but a great quaking fell upon them, so that they fled to hide themselves. Therefore I was left alone" (Daniel 10: 7-8).

A truly repentant heart never has to hide from the Lord because there is no longer any fear of judgment. If you acknowledge your sins with godly sorrow and make restitution, you can look confidently into the Master's face. You do not have to quake with fear when you hear the thundering word of reproof because you will see Christ in His glory.
 

LOVE LETTER TO A FAILURE

by Gary Wilkerson | April 2, 2012

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My friend Eric had a very hard childhood. His father told him repeatedly, "You're no good and you'll never amount to anything."

As Eric grew older he turned to drugs. “I was a terrible addict,” he says. “I mixed together all kinds of things that could have killed me. I was even terrible at being an addict. My needle would break or I would be short of cash to feed my habit. I felt like a total failure."

Eric's life became a complete mess. His addiction drained him of every penny so he decided to rob a convenience store to buy more drugs—but again he failed. He pulled out a gun and shouted, "Everybody up against the wall!” But the store was so crowded that all the people couldn't fit against the wall. Confused, Eric ran away.

In despair, Eric eventually resolved to shoot himself with the shotgun he had used for the robbery. However, he dropped the gun and it misfired, wounding him in the side. As Eric drove himself to the hospital, he thought, “I'm such a miserable failure I can't even kill myself.”

After being treated for his wound, Eric walked the streets in total despair. Deep down, he was angry at God and cried out, “Are You there at all? Is there any reason for me to keep living?”

Eric heard a voice say, “I'm sending you a love letter.” Somehow Eric knew it was the voice of Jesus. As he sat on a curb with rainwater trickling along the gutter under his legs, he noticed a small booklet floating toward him. Picking it up he saw that it was a tract entitled, "There is Hope for the Drug Addicted."

The tract was published by a group called Victory Outreach. Eric found their address, went to them and gave his life to Jesus. Soon he was delivered from his addiction. He gave up every habit—including his belief that he was destined to be a failure. Jesus made Eric a new creature in every way.

This young man had thought his life was over—but it had just begun. He had been blind to the life—resurrection life—that Jesus had been planning for him all along.

“‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to . . . give you hope and a future’” (Jeremiah 29:11, NIV).

CONFIDENCE IN GOD’S WORD

by David Wilkerson | March 30, 2012

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Christ is the living Word of God and when you are shut in with Him in prayer, the Holy Spirit will always lead you to God's revealed Word. He will build up your faith by feeding you from the Bible, even while you are in the secret closet!

We are commanded: "Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. . . . Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand in the evil day. . . . And take . . . the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God" (Ephesians 6:11, 13, 17).

Often when you receive specific instructions from the Lord, His Spirit will whisper, "Now turn to . . ." and you will be directed to a passage of Scripture. God's Word will speak to you directly, telling you how to get through your crisis.

Many Christians reading this message simply must hear a word from the Lord. Nobody on earth can help them. The only way for them to get through their trial is by staying in Christ's presence until He gives them direction. He must tell them the way through—what to do and when and how to act. His exclusive direction to them will not come one minute too early or too late. It will all be in the Holy Spirit’s timing!

Beloved, there is no need for you to worry about your trial. God is faithful to respond to your every need and request. Simply pray, "Lord, I come now not just to have my needs met but I come also to meet Your need!"

We were made for fellowship with Him even in our heaviest times. I ask you: Do you love to be with Him? Let your heart cry out, "Jesus, You are my everything. You are my soul's great pleasure and I love Your company!"

Father, help us to listen closely to Your Spirit and put all our confidence in Your revealed Word.

LISTENING TO GOD

by David Wilkerson | March 29, 2012

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Most Christians don't listen to God. They go to Him only to talk! Yet the Scriptures reveal that any person who was ever used of God learned to remain in His presence until hearing from Him.

Scripture makes it clear that the Lord wants to talk to every one of us: "And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left" (Isaiah 30:21).

I heard of a little girl suffering from leukemia who was struggling with the thought of dying. One morning when her mother came into her room, the girl was all aglow and happy. "What has happened to you?" her mother asked.

The little girl answered, "An angel came to me and said I was going on a trip. God came and took my hand and walked with me through a beautiful garden. He told me, 'You're coming here tomorrow to be with Me.'"

God spoke to that little child and took all the pain and fear from her heart. When she left to be with Him the next day, she had total peace.

When you are intimate with Jesus, do you receive direction from Him? Does He tell you what to do and when and how to do it? Some Christians don't believe God does this but Jesus says, "My sheep hear my voice . . . and they follow me" (John 10:27).

In your trial, get alone with Jesus and cry, "Lord, You're the only One who can help me. Only You know the way through this trial, so I'm going to stay here till You tell me what to do."

This is the kind of praying that is pleasing to God. It means stopping everything, all activity. Only then will you hear Him speak clearly to your heart: "You must make things right with this person." Or, "Just stand still till next week. Don't get in a hurry. Sit in My presence and trust Me." He will give you clear directions.

PRAYING THROUGH

by David Wilkerson | March 28, 2012

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“Praying through" is a term coined by the early Pentecostals. To some it meant simply staying on your knees until you were assured you had an answer from God. To others it meant continually coming back to the Lord until you had the answer in hand. (This was also called "persevering in prayer.")

As a young boy in those early camp meetings, I heard people testify, "I'm going to lay hold of the horns of the altar and I won't let go until God answers!" Yet I don't believe that is the truest meaning of "praying through."

You can be shut in with the Lord, delighting in His presence. You can spend quality hours, even days, with Him, glorying in sweet communion. You can have all your needs met and your heart can be totally satisfied. His presence can heal you, lift you, empower you and strengthen you.

But what happens when you leave that hallowed place of intimate communion? You may rise up from your knees only to go back to a crushing situation that has not changed. You can see the devil waiting there for you, ready to throw the same problems and emptiness at you. I ask you: What good is it to get the glory on the mountain if it won't see you through your battle?

I believe "praying through" means simply this: The strength, power and encouragement you receive from the Lord while shut in with Him must see you through the trials ahead. The victory you get in the secret closet has to give you victory on the battlefield.

What exactly do you get from your time of prayer if not something that can see you through the battle? "Praying through" means waiting for the total completion of your prayer. Many Christians see only half-answered prayers because they do not allow what they received from the Lord in prayer to carry them through their trial.

Beloved, prayer is not finished—it is not "completed prayer"—until it sees you through to the other side of your trial. We have not "prayed it through" until we have "lived it through" our trials by the strength we received in God's presence.

COMING TO THE LORD IN SADNESS

by David Wilkerson | March 27, 2012

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The Holy Spirit directed me to the book of Nehemiah and as I read chapter 2, I saw something I had not seen before. This chapter contains an encouraging story for all who come to the Lord with a heavy heart.

Nehemiah was a cupbearer to King Artaxerxes. He tasted the wines before they were brought to the king's table to make sure they weren't poisoned. Over time, Nehemiah became a trusted servant to the king.

Nehemiah received a report from his brother that Jerusalem was in ruins. The population had been decimated, the people were in terrible straits, and conditions were worsening daily. This tore at Nehemiah's heart. He loved Judah and Jerusalem and a sorrow began to grip him.

Scripture says: "And it came to pass . . . I took up the wine, and gave it unto the king. Now I had not been beforetime sad in his presence. Wherefore the king said unto me, Why is thy countenance sad, seeing thou art not sick? This is nothing else but sorrow of heart. Then I was very sore afraid" (Nehemiah 2:1-2).

Understand that people were forbidden to come into the king's presence with sadness, especially if they were court employees. Nehemiah knew that having a gloomy countenance could cost him his head and he was terribly fearful.

When the king saw Nehemiah’s grief, he was moved with compassion. Scripture tells us he gave his downcast servant a leave of absence. He also gave him a letter of credit, opening the royal treasury to him. And then Nehemiah received from the king the desire of his heart—permission to go to Jerusalem to rebuild the temple and the city walls!

Here is my point: If Nehemiah could go into the presence of a pagan king with a sad countenance and yet find favor and blessings beyond imagination, how much more will King Jesus show compassion to each of us, His children, in our sadness. He is eager to lift our burden and supply our needs.

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