Sermons   David Wilkerson Today, Daily Devotions

OUR HIGH PRIEST

by David Wilkerson | April 24, 2012

    PDF     TXT   Print  Print

God the Father appointed His Son to become our High Priest. Jesus is in glory right now — as both Man and God — on our behalf. He is arrayed in the garments of a high priest and He stands before the Father interceding for us, even as I write.

No doubt the Father takes great pleasure in having His Son at His right hand. The Bible does not say, however, that Jesus ascended for the sake of His Father. Nor does it say He ascended to regain His glory. No, Scripture says Christ ascended to heaven on our behalf — as a High Priest: "Christ . . . entered into heaven . . . now to appear in the presence of God for us" (Hebrews 9:24).

John caught a glimpse of Jesus in His ministry as our High Priest in glory. He writes that Jesus appeared in the midst of seven candlesticks (representing His church) and ministered among them wearing a particular garb: ". . . clothed with a garment down to the feet and girded about the chest with a golden band" (Revelation 1:13, NKJV).

In the Old Testament, God gave us an illustrated sermon of the ministry of a high priest (see Exodus 30). Everything he did illustrated the work and ministry of Jesus in glory.

Between the Holy Place and the Holy of Holies in the tabernacle was a veil and just before the entrance to the Holy of Holies stood an altar made of gold, three feet high and eighteen inches square. Incense was placed on this altar and burned at all times.

The high priest was commanded to take care of the lamps and wicks. Every morning when he went into the Holy Place to light them, he put incense on the altar. The altar had to have coals of fire in it always, so the fire would never go out. Incense in the Bible represents prayer and the ever-burning incense on that altar in the Holy Place represents the prayers of Jesus while He was on earth.

There was not a day in His life that Jesus did not pray for His disciples. "I have given unto them the words which thou gavest me. . . . I pray for them. . . . Keep through thine own name those whom thou hast given me" (John 17:8-11).

Jesus prayed constantly — in the morning and in the evening; in fact, Jesus said He did nothing without hearing it first from His Father — in prayer.

GOD ENABLES THE WEAK TO OVERCOME ALL ODDS

by Gary Wilkerson | April 23, 2012

    PDF     TXT   Print  Print

The powerful nation of Syria moved to attack Israel but God revealed to Elisha every move Syria was about to make. Because of this, the prophet was able to warn Israel's army and keep them out of harm's way.

The Syrian military was comprised of mighty battalions, huge chariots and up-to-date weapons. Yet it was thwarted at every move because of Elisha, which infuriated Syria's king. Finally, he gave up his attacks on Israel and turned his entire army on Elisha: "Go, find out where he is . . . so I can send men and capture him" (2 Kings 6:13, NIV).

Elisha was staying in Dothan. The Syrian king sent ". . . a strong force there. They went by night and surrounded the city" (6:14). The next morning, Elisha's servant woke to see the enemy forces and cried out to Elisha in a panic, "Oh, my lord, what shall we do?"

Have you ever felt panic as this servant did? "There's no way out of this problem. It's too big! What can I possibly do?"

At such times, our prayers can turn into worry sessions, filled with anxiety. We tell ourselves, "There's no way God can pull me out of this."

Elisha answered his servant, "Don't be afraid. . . . Those who are with us are more than those who are with them" (6:16). Elisha prayed for his servant, saying, "O Lord, open his eyes so he may see" (6:17). Suddenly Elisha's servant saw what was invisible to the naked eye: "He looked and saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha" (6:17).

Right now in your crisis, the odds against you may be 10,000 to 1. But as Elisha's story shows, 10,000 is a meager number when weighed against the infinite number of angels at God's service. You may feel overwhelmed and outnumbered — but God never loses. He never retreats and He never negotiates. He is with you in the midst of your battle to deliver you supernaturally.

You may ask, as Elisha's servant did, "What shall I do?" God has already answered you in Elisha's story: "Trust in the Lord." When all else seems to fail — when you feel there's no hope left, that you're about to fall in defeat — God enters and transforms everything.

Here was the end result: "The bands from [Syria] stopped raiding Israel's territory" (2 Kings 6:23). It was yet another faith-building lesson for Israel. Elisha was showing God's people, "Having the Lord on your side is better than having the world's most powerful army. Trust in Him!"

OUR MERCIFUL HIGH PRIEST

by David Wilkerson | April 20, 2012

    PDF     TXT   Print  Print

Beloved, it does not matter what you are going through. Jesus has walked in your shoes and that is what makes Him a merciful High Priest. You do not have to tell Him all your pain. He knows all about it because He has felt it Himself. "For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin" (Hebrews 4:15).

Consider a precious, worried man who has fallen into great temptation. He has sinned grievously against God and he feels his heart growing cold. He thinks, "I can't make it! I'm too inconsistent and Satan is throwing all of hell at me. I've been overtaken by my temptation many times, yet I love Jesus. Oh, Lord, I want to be free and clean!"

This man is worn out, discouraged, and the devil stands beside him, accusing: "He fell into sin, God. He can't withstand temptation. His garment is spotted, filthy."

But the Advocate steps in between this man and his accuser: "Father, I know what this man is going through. The devil also drove Me into a wilderness and tempted Me severely. I was tempted to blaspheme, to fall down and worship Satan. I know what temptation is all about and I know this man's heart. There is a spark of faith still in him, an ember of love in his heart for Me.

"Father, look upon him as righteous through My blood. Deliver him from the power of darkness and the wicked one. I want him to be accepted, forgiven, restored, and given power from on high to resist the devil. I pray for his deliverance."

The next day, this man picks up his Bible and reads a powerful truth he has never seen before. He falls to his knees, and God comes to him with deliverance — because the High Priest has prayed.

Your Advocate knows your address. He has counted every hair on your head. He knows your every thought, feels your every pain, hears your every cry. So, beloved, take heart — because Jesus is praying for you!
 

OUR GREATEST COMFORT

by David Wilkerson | April 19, 2012

    PDF     TXT   Print  Print

It was necessary for Jesus to take on human nature so He could go through everything we do on earth — rejection, pain, sorrow, temptation. Though He was God in flesh, He endured the whole human experience not as God, but as a human, with all our frailties. That enables Him, our High Priest, to pray for us with tremendous sympathy: "For in that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he is able to succour [relieve, aid] them that are tempted" (Hebrews 2:18).

Consider a dear, struggling sister. She loves Jesus but she is feeling discouraged, cast down, rejected. She thinks, "I've been deeply hurt and I have no one to talk to who really understands." Sometimes she wonders if God can forgive her for having such weak faith and she is on the brink of giving up.

Satan stands beside her, accusingly saying, “Look at this one! She has virtually no faith. What kind of Christian is she, God?”

Jesus sees her hurt and feels her pain. He knows that her faith is weak, that she is on the verge of giving up, so He comes before the Father on her behalf and begins to intercede:

"Father, I know what she feels because I've been there. I was rejected by My own flesh and blood. I was mocked by the religious crowd. Soldiers spat on me and put thorns on My head. I even cried, 'Why hast thou forsaken Me?' I sympathize with this woman, Father, and I have washed away her sins. I know she still has a heart for Me."

This is where Jesus' prayers for us come in: "Father, I would that she be forgiven for her discouragement. I would that she be given a new supply of grace from on high. Let the Holy Spirit come upon her with a special renewing of encouragement and give her a spirit of peace and rest. She is Mine, Father, and Satan cannot have her!"

Suddenly, out of nowhere, the woman feels encouraged. Grace is given to her through the prayers of our High Priest. He is touched by the feelings of our infirmities and He acts in mercy.
 

JESUS’ PRAYER

by David Wilkerson | April 18, 2012

    PDF     TXT   Print  Print

John 17 is all about Jesus' prayers for His disciples and His people, for those who followed Him and believed in Him. Yet, Jesus prayed not only for His followers, but ". . . for them also which shall believe on me through [the disciples'] word" (verse 20).

What a powerful truth! Jesus' phrase, "them also which shall believe on me," includes you and me. Jesus was praying for us when He walked this earth in the flesh. Centuries ago we were on His mind. He even recorded this prayer in His Word, knowing we would be reading it. He wants us to know He was interceding for us to the Father.

Beloved, this prayer which Jesus prayed for us did not vanish into thin air. It has been burning on God's altar all this time and God has accepted His Son's prayer for each of us. Our salvation is the result of Jesus' prayers. We are in Him today because God answered His prayer for us.

"But this man, because he continueth ever, hath an unchangeable priesthood. Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them" (Hebrews 7:24-25).

Right now Jesus is praying for transgressors who haven't yet turned to Him. Scripture says He can save to the uttermost — meaning "to the end of time" — all who will ever come to Him.

Throughout my years in ministry I have seen many drug addicts and alcoholics get gloriously saved. Each time I would think, "This one had to have a praying mother or interceding grandmother somewhere in the past. God is answering those holy warriors' prayers."

Now I see something better than that, something far more powerful and effective. It wasn't just a mother or grandparent who was praying for those who now believe. Jesus was praying for them all along. "I pray for them . . . also which shall believe on me through [the disciples'] word" (John 17:9, 20).

If you have been running from the Lord, you will never get away from His prayers. The Father answers His Son and all who resist Him are hardening their hearts to the prayers of Christ who prayed for them on earth, and is praying for them still.

THE BLOOD OF JESUS

by David Wilkerson | April 17, 2012

    PDF     TXT   Print  Print

Most Christians know about the blood Jesus shed for us. When Christ lifted the cup at the last Passover, He said, "This cup is the new testament in my blood, which is shed for you" (Luke 22:20).

We memorialize His sacrifice every time we have communion. But that is the limit of most Christians' knowledge of Jesus' blood. We know only about the blood being shed and not about it being sprinkled.

The first biblical reference to the sprinkling of blood is in Exodus 12:22. The Israelites were commanded to take a bunch of hyssop (a purifying plant), dip it in the blood of a slain lamb, and sprinkle it on the lintel and two side posts of their front door. That night, when the death angel came and saw the blood on the doorposts, he would pass over the house.

Please understand that as long as the blood was left in the basin, it was of no effect; it was merely blood that had been shed. The blood had power to save only when it was lifted out of the basin and sprinkled!

Why couldn't the Israelites have simply laid the basin of blood at the threshold and said, "It doesn't matter what we do with it. After all, blood is blood"? Suppose they had put the basin on a linen-covered table or on a pedestal just inside the door.

If they had done that, the death angel would have struck that home. The blood had to be lifted out of the basin and sprinkled on the door to fulfill its purpose of protection.

This blood in Exodus 12 is a type of the blood of Christ. The blood that flowed at Calvary was not wasted — it did not fall to the ground and disappear. No, that precious blood was collected in a heavenly fountain.

If Christ is Lord of your life, then your doorposts have been sprinkled by His blood. This sprinkling is not for forgiveness only but also for protection against all the destroying powers of Satan. Jesus' blood has not been left in the basin but has been lifted out and sprinkled on your heart.

GOD HAS UNLIMITED RESOURCES

by Gary Wilkerson | April 16, 2012

    PDF     TXT   Print  Print

When her husband died, a poor widow was left in a frightening situation with two children to support. Unable to meet her obligations, she was threatened by creditors.

This woman was desperate and she appealed to Elisha: "Now the wife of one of the sons of the prophets cried to Elisha, 'Your servant my husband is dead, and you know that your servant feared the Lord, but the creditor has come to take my two children to be his slaves'" (2 Kings 4:1, ESV).

The fact is, God uses our dilemmas to glorify His name. For that reason, our own God-story may be formed through pain or delay. One in ten Americans is unemployed and others have had to take a reduction in pay. In some homes both spouses work two jobs to keep from losing everything they own.

Perhaps you have reasoned in your own dilemma, "If I don't have a breakthrough soon, it's over. I need a miracle just to survive." I picture this widow having those very thoughts.

Elisha asked her, "What shall I do for you? Tell me, what do you have in your house?" (4:2, NKJV). He was not asking her to sell her valuables for cash; actually, she didn't have any valuables left. Elisha was saying, in essence, "God can meet you just as you are. If you have faith, He can multiply even the smallest thing you have."

The widow answered, "All I have is one jar of oil." We know from Scripture that oil represents God's blessing and provision. At this point Elisha gave her a strange instruction: "Go around and ask all your neighbors for empty jars. Don't ask for just a few" (4:3, NIV).

She did as the prophet instructed. Then Elisha said, "Then go inside and shut the door behind you. . . . Pour oil into all the jars, and as each is filled, put it to one side" (4:4, NIV). Once more she followed Elisha's word. As she poured oil from her own jar, it filled a borrowed jar. The same thing happened again as the next borrowed jar was also filled. It happened again with the next. And the next. There was an endless supply of oil!

Here is the point: When God tells us He has our needed supply, it is not just a meager amount. God has everything we need. His ability to meet our situation is endless.

DRAWING CLOSER TO HIM

by David Wilkerson | April 13, 2012

    PDF     TXT   Print  Print

The strongest feature of true, saving faith is a desire to draw closer to Him. "For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God" (1 Peter 3:18).

Why did Jesus suffer and die? Why did He provide justification for us? Why is His perfect righteousness accounted to us? It was that He might bring us to God. It's all about intimate fellowship with the Father.

When Adam sinned, he lost the most precious thing any man or woman could possess: intimacy with God. Sin drove Adam away from closeness with the Father and he actually hid from His presence. Ever since, whenever man sins, he has a tendency to run and hide just as his forefather Adam did.

The reason God so hates sin is because it robs us of His fellowship. He created us for intimacy with Him and He so yearned for our fellowship that He sent His own Son to die on a cross, to justify us and tear down the walls that blocked that intimacy from taking place.

The power of justification is that it made a way back to God's original purpose in creating man — for fellowship with the Father.

This present world is full of evil, slander, satanic lies, seductions, guilt, fear, condemnation — all of it designed by Satan to keep us feeling unworthy to come into God's presence. The devil would have us hide as Adam did — to keep us from intimacy with God.

We have been delivered from all that. We have a right to God's presence — an invitation to His throne — because we stand with a perfect righteousness before Him. God invites us to the throne of grace because He accepts us as being holy in Christ. Our sin is under the blood, forgiven, and now we have a right into His holiness.

Beloved, Jesus did not die just to take you to paradise. He died so that every day you could live in beautiful, close fellowship with the Father.

STOP TRUSTING IN YOURSELF

by David Wilkerson | April 12, 2012

    PDF     TXT   Print  Print

Paul did not speak of having faith until he had lost all confidence in his flesh. He took all his education, self-confidence, abilities, doctrines and zeal and cast them aside. He spoke of faith only after he had said, "I cannot trust my flesh." The same is true for us.

Before anyone is capable of true faith, he must come to a sense of how lost, helpless and utterly hopeless he is. We do not have saving faith until we come to the end of believing that someone or something other than Jesus can save us.

Saving, justifying faith involves submitting your life to Christ with all your heart. It includes a repentance that says, "Jesus, I have got nothing to offer You. I come to submit to Your lordship!"

In Romans 10:9, Paul characterizes saving faith as believing with your heart and confessing with your mouth. He is saying that faith is more than merely giving mental assent. Rather, it is submitting your whole life to Him — with all your heart.

In Acts 8:37, Philip said to the eunuch, "If thou believest with all thine heart . . ." and the eunuch replied, "I believe. . . ." This was not simply a mental "yes" to Jesus — he really believed with all his heart and he was saved.

In contrast, Simon Magus believed Paul's preaching. Yet he had only a temporary faith because his heart was not in it. Indeed, multitudes of people in Jesus' day believed temporarily in the name of Christ, but Jesus would not commit Himself to them because He knew their hearts were not fully committed (see John 2:23-24).

So, you ask, who is truly justified by faith? It is the one who knows he is lost and helpless and he has tried everything and failed. Now he commits his whole life into the Lord's hands — with all his heart, mind, soul and strength. He cries out, "Lord, I am Yours! You are my only hope." And he is saved!

TRUE GRACE

by David Wilkerson | April 11, 2012

    PDF     TXT   Print  Print

Let me give you the heart of the true grace message: It is not a permissive gospel but one that teaches holiness!

“For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Savior Jesus Christ" (Titus 2:11-13).

According to Paul, we are not walking in grace until we have broken from worldly corruptions. Unless we are endeavoring through the power of the Holy Spirit to lead godly and righteous lives, looking for the Lord's coming in our every waking moment, we do not know God's grace.

Many Christians want forgiveness, but that is all. They do not want to be delivered from this present world, because they love it. They are attached to their sins, not wanting to give up the pleasures of this earth. So they cling to a doctrine that says, "I can live as I please — as long as I say that I believe."

They do not want to hear about obedience, repentance, self- denial, picking up their cross, taking on the yoke or burden of Christ. They simply want to be excused on Judgment Day — to have all their iniquities overlooked. They expect Jesus to open up the pearly gates, put His arms around them, and lead them down a golden street to their reserved mansion, even though they have never broken from the spirit of this world!

Paul writes, "And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God" (Romans 12:2). We are to break from this world completely and be conformed to Christ alone!

Jesus justifies us through faith for a purpose: It is to embolden and empower us to resist the devil and overcome the world.
"[Jesus Christ] gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father" (Galatians 1:4).

  Back to Top