Sermons   David Wilkerson Today, Daily Devotions


by Gary Wilkerson | September 9, 2013

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Consider what God says to us regarding prayer. First we are told, “Seek the Lord while he may be found; call upon him while he is near” (Isaiah 55:6, ESV). Then the Bible says, “No one understands; no one seeks for God” (Romans 3:11, ESV). In Scripture it is a given that we will not seek the Lord as we should.

Again and again we are shown God’s standard of perfection—and our inability to reach it. Why? It is so that we can avoid the fate of the Pharisees. They got up early in the morning and prayed long prayers. They constructed rules to keep an appearance of holy behavior. But Jesus points out that while they appeared clean on the outside, their hearts were dark and rotten. “You Pharisees cleanse the outside of the cup and of the dish, but inside you are full of greed and wickedness” (Luke 11:39, ESV).

God is after a deeper work in us—deeper than we could ever accomplish on our own. Paul sums it up in one brief passage: “O foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you? . . . Did you receive the Spirit by works of the law or by hearing with faith? Are you so foolish? Having begun by the Spirit, are you now being perfected by the flesh?” (Galatians 3:1-3, ESV).

When our obedient works are not fashioned by the grace of God, we feel it. On the surface we may feel proud of what we seem to achieve, but when we fail, we feel discouraged to the point of giving up, thinking, “This is too heavy a burden. I can’t take it anymore.”

Exactly! That’s the point: It is too heavy a burden. This is why Jesus tells us, “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light” (Matthew 11:28-30, ESV).


by David Wilkerson | September 6, 2013

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Do you wake up every day in anguish over a besetting lust or habit? Do you live in torment, thinking, "This awful thing is still alive in me"?

God knows all about the sin remaining in your heart. And He knows how you hate it and have wept over it. Now He wants you to hear this word: "The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and I am helped” (Psalm 28:7).

Because of this David could say, "I will fear no evil" (Psalm 23:4). Satan would get the victory if he could just convince David to be afraid and the enemy works in the same way against you. He wants you to be afraid that you never will be set free.

God says to all grieving, hurting saints: "Fear not! I see and know all your suffering and I will not permit Satan to destroy you!" You may ask, "But what am I to do? How can I have the Lord's peace and rest in all this?"

The answer is found in God's word to Moses and Israel. With a sea before them, an enemy behind them and no place for them to turn, God commanded them: "Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord, which he will shew to you today . . . The Lord shall fight for you, and ye shall hold your peace" (Exodus 14:13-14).

What does this last phrase—"hold your peace"—mean? It means no more worrying, no more trying to figure everything out and instead trusting God to make a way for you. That is when He gives you His word of direction, as He gave to Israel: "Go forward" (verse 15).

Joshua also faced impossible enemies. He and his weary band of unskilled troops had to march all night to Gibeon, where they faced a massive military machine. As Joshua looked down at the battlefield, he saw the valley filled with mighty chariots and well-trained infantrymen.

Scripture says: "The Lord said unto Joshua, Fear them not: for I have delivered them into thine hand; there shall not a man of them stand before thee" (Joshua 10:8).

God pronounced victory even before Joshua went into battle. He said, "The victory is already won! Not one of these enemy soldiers will be left standing after the battle. Now, go and fight, knowing I have promised you the victory!"

That is the message of the cross! The victory has already been won for us.


by David Wilkerson | September 5, 2013

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"Thou shalt not be afraid of them" (Deuteronomy 7:18). For Israel, "them" represented the massive, well-armed heathen nations they faced in the Promised Land. For us today, "them" represents every problem, trouble and overwhelming difficulty we face in life.

Why are we not to fear? Because God says so! No other explanation is needed. God is all powerful, all sufficient—and He is aware of the satanic strongholds we face. He knows every snare, trial and temptation that will ever be thrown at us. And He commands us, "You shall not fear any of them!"

Abraham was living in a strange country, surrounded by powerful kings, not knowing where he would end up. Yet God's first word to him was, "Fear not, Abram: I am thy shield, and thy exceeding great reward" (Genesis 15:1).

The meaning of this last phrase is, "I will be a wall around you, your protector, your defense." In essence, God was telling Abraham, "You are going to face difficulties but I will protect you through them all." Abraham responded by believing God's word to him: "He believed in the Lord; and he counted it to him for righteousness" (verse 6).

This same word came to Abraham's son, Isaac. He also lived in a hostile environment, surrounded by Philistines who hated him, harassed him and wanted him off their land. Scripture says that every time Isaac dug a well for a supply of water, the Philistines filled them back up: "The Philistines had stopped them, and filled them with earth" (26:15).

Everywhere Isaac went, he faced the same problem. He even called one well "Esek," which means "contention" (see 26:20). Apparently, Isaac felt nothing but contention in his life. He must have thought, "How will I ever feed my family and water my flocks? And how can I raise my children without fear, when the Philistines could plunder us at any time, with no problem? God, why have You planted me here? How can I ever make it?"

As this cloud of doubt formed over Isaac, God gave him the same word he gave Abraham: "I am the God of Abraham thy father: fear not, for I am with thee, and will bless thee, and multiply thy seed for my servant Abraham's sake" (verse 24).

We are children of Abraham and God makes the same promise to us he did to Abraham and his offspring: "If ye be Christ's, then are ye Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise" (Galatians 3:29).


by David Wilkerson | September 4, 2013

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The devil has a strategy to deceive believers and make them doubt the faithfulness of God in answering prayer. Satan would have us believe that God has shut His ears to our cry and left us to work things out for ourselves.

I believe the greatest tragedy in the church of Jesus Christ today is that so few believe in the power and effectiveness of prayer. Without meaning to blaspheme, multitudes of God's people can now be heard complaining, "I pray, but I get no answers. I've prayed so long, so hard, without any results. All I want is to see a little evidence of things changing. Things go on as usual—nothing happens. How long must I wait?" They no longer visit the secret closet because they are convinced that their petitions, born in prayer, are miscarried at the throne. Others are convinced that only Daniel, David, and Elijah types can get their prayers through to God.

In all honesty, many saints of God struggle with these thoughts: "If God's ear is open to my prayer, and I pray diligently, why is there such little evidence of His answering?" Is there one certain prayer you have been praying for such a long time, and as yet it has not been answered? Have even years gone by and still you wait, hoping, yet wondering?

Let us be careful not to charge God, as Job did, with being slothful and unconcerned about our needs and petitions. Job complained, "I cry unto thee, and thou dost not hear me: I stand up, and thou regardest me not" (Job 30:20).

Job’s vision of God's faithfulness was clouded by his difficulties. He ended up accusing God of forgetting him and God rebuked him soundly for it.

It's time we Christians took an honest look at the reasons why our prayers are aborted. We can be guilty of charging God with neglect, when all along our own behavior is responsible.

“Wait on the Lord, and keep his way, and he shall exalt thee to inherit the land” (Psalm 37:34)


by David Wilkerson | September 3, 2013

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Jehoshaphat, the king of Judah, was on his way home from being with Ahab, the evil king of Israel. The Lord sent a prophet out to meet him, with these strong words: "Jehu the son of Hanani the seer (prophet) went out to meet him, and said to king Jehoshaphat, Shouldest thou help the ungodly, and love them that hate the Lord? Therefore is wrath upon thee from before the Lord" (2 Chronicles 19:2).

God was saying to Jehoshaphat, "You don't know the danger and consequences of what you've done. You may think it's a light thing to join an affinity with someone who is against Me. Ahab was my enemy—an idolater—and you made friends with him. You listened to his wicked talk and indulged his filth. Yet you didn't take a stand against any of it, Jehoshaphat. I have a controversy with you about this!"

At this point, you may be thinking, "I understand that Ahab was evil. But as I consider my own friends, there's no way I can think of them as God's enemies.” Yet, consider these passages from Scripture:

  • "He that is not with me is against me" (Luke 11:23). Does your friend take the Lord's side in all things?
  • "Rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft" (1 Samuel 15:23). Is your friend's counsel full of rebellion?
  • "He that condemneth the just . . . [is an] abomination to the Lord" (Proverbs 17:15). Does your friend speak evil of godly people?

This is not a game! Your friends are a serious matter to God because their actions have serious consequences: "Thou givest thy mouth to evil, and thy tongue frameth deceit. Thou sittest and speakest against thy brother; thou slanderest . . . Now consider this, ye that forget God, lest I tear you in pieces" (Psalm 50:19-22).

Thank God, Scripture says, "Jehoshaphat feared, and set himself to seek the Lord, and proclaimed a fast throughout all Judah" (2 Chronicles 20:3). The king humbled himself and repented: "Jehoshaphat bowed his head with his face to the ground: and all Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem fell before the Lord, worshipping the Lord" (verse 18).

God responded to Jehoshaphat's brokenness by giving Judah total victory against the Moabites. Finally, the Bible says, "The realm of Jehoshaphat was quiet: for his God gave him rest round about" (verse 30).


by Gary Wilkerson | September 2, 2013

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“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28, ESV). Jesus is not just offering an invitation, He is telling us—commanding us—to come to Him because He alone supplies the rest that our souls need.

Yet is it even possible for us, on our own, to “come to Him”? According to Jesus, it is impossible: “No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him” (John 6:44, ESV). Why would Christ command us to do something we cannot do?

We are being given an important lesson here—one that is critical to the Christian life. That is, when we are given a command, it is not enough to charge ourselves up and say, “I’m your man, Lord!” If we do this, we are in trouble before we even begin. The fact is, when we are given a command in the gospels, it exposes our inability. God does this on purpose. Even as He reveals to us His will and His commands, He shows us our inability to achieve them on our own.

For this reason Jesus follows every impossible command with a promise. First, He says, “No one can come to me unless the Father draws him.” Then immediately He says, “And I will raise him up on the last day” (John 6:44, my emphasis). God not only will draw us to Himself but will raise us up into new, resurrection life. His power enables us to walk in a new covenant with Him.

We do not have the ability to have new life on our own. It comes only through Him. Likewise, the same power that saves us by grace also keeps us by grace. “Whoever does what is true comes to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that his works have been carried out in God” (John 3:21, ESV). I love how the King James Version translates the last part of this verse: “That his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.” It means they have been “worked out in God.” God is fashioning the work in us! That is why He follows every command with a promise. As soon as He reveals our inability, He reveals His ability and willingness to accomplish it all in us.


by David Wilkerson | August 30, 2013

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I am certain that Jehoshaphat was convinced he was acting righteously when he pledged to join Ahab in war. In fact, Scripture says, "Jehoshaphat said unto the king of Israel, Inquire, I pray thee, at the word of the Lord today" (2 Chronicles 18:4). He said, "Let's ask the Lord for His counsel on the matter. We won't act until we hear from Him!"

God made His word to Jehoshaphat and Ahab clear, leaving no doubt as to what He thought about the whole affair: "It's doomed! Go at your own risk. Nothing but death and defeat await you on the battlefield" (see 2 Chronicles 18:16).

At this point, Jehoshaphat seemed willing to obey a true prophetic word and do everything God told him. Yet, for centuries, Bible scholars have marveled at what happened next: When the clear word came, Jehoshaphat ignored it!

Beloved, you can boast all you want about loving God and wanting to obey Him. But if you do not break away from the deception of ungodly friends and seek Holy Ghost discernment, you will end up ignoring God's Word!

You may accompany your friend in his war but when the chips are down, he will hand you over to the enemy. That's just what happened to Jehoshaphat when he went to war with Ahab. The evil king set up Jehoshaphat to be killed; he told him to dress in his kingly robes, while Ahab himself dressed as a soldier. That way, Ahab reasoned, the enemy would go after Jehoshaphat instead of himself.

Ironically, Ahab was killed by an arrow that pierced him through a tiny slot in his armor. And suddenly, Jehoshaphat was surrounded by enemy soldiers, who were ready to cut him to pieces. The king knew he was facing death and he cried out to God for help. Scripture tells us, "And the Lord helped him; and God moved them to depart from him" (18:31).

The war was a disaster. Israel's army fled in disarray, like sheep without a shepherd. And Jehoshaphat retreated to Jerusalem, his friend Ahab dead and his armies defeated. It was only by God's grace that he escaped death!

I can imagine the thoughts that must have raced through Jehoshaphat's mind as he hurried back to Jerusalem: "Oh, God, thank You for delivering me! Now I see the danger of walking with an ungodly companion. Never again, Lord! I won't be a part of that worldly system anymore. It's all over now!"


by David Wilkerson | August 29, 2013

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If you are a follower of Jesus—if you are now in the blood lineage of Christ—Satan will try to bring into your life someone to destroy everything godly in you!

Right now, you may be thinking, "Wait a minute! I don't want to start doubting my friends or suddenly become suspicious of them." If they are true friends, knit to your heart in the Spirit of Christ, you have nothing to fear in examining your relationships with them. You should look at all your friendships in the light of Scripture.

It is easy to determine whether your close friendships are of God, or if they have been planted by the enemy to destroy you. Simply think of your best friend, and then answer these questions:

  • Does he (or she) gossip, backbite or speak evil of others?
  • Is he argumentative about Scripture, a continual debater, never coming to truth?
  • Does he call godly people "Pharisees"?
  • Do you detect in his words a spirit of disobedience, envy or suspicion?
  • Does he spew out poisonous words against his spouse?
  • Has he succeeded in planting unkind thoughts in your mind about others?
  • Have you begun to join him in spewing out bitterness?

If your friend fits this description—and you are being drawn farther away from Jesus because of this friendship—then you can know the devil has planted that person in your life. He has the spirit of Ahab and he has been sent to destroy the work of Christ in you!

On the other hand, a true, godly friend will always take the side of God's Word in any matter, and not just your side because you are friends. Such a friend will not counsel you in the bitterness of sin. Instead, he will love you enough to tell you the truth.

“Faithful are the wounds of a friend; but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful” (Proverbs 27:6)


by David Wilkerson | August 28, 2013

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Let me show you what happens to every child of God who enters into a relationship with a bitter, unrighteous, rebellious person. There are awful consequences.

"The fear of the Lord fell upon all the kingdoms of the lands that were round about Judah, so that they made no war against Jehoshaphat" (2 Chronicles 17:10). Jehoshaphat’s kingdom, Judah, was blessed and prospered abundantly, and nobody dared come against them.

But after Jehoshaphat entered into a relationship with Ahab, Scripture says, "Ahab . . . persuaded [Jehoshaphat] to go up with him to Ramoth-gilead. . . . And he answered him, I am as thou art, and my people as thy people; and we will be with thee in the war" (18:2-3). Jehoshaphat willingly got sucked into a hopeless war, one that God had no part in.

The Hebrew word for persuaded in this passage means "a soothing seduction." Jehoshaphat allowed himself to be seduced into war by Ahab, answering, "I am as you are." In other words, "I'm your friend, so I'm with you all the way. I won't let you down. You can count on me!"

Is your close friend full of bitterness, hatred, anger—and pursuing a war of some kind? Is he involved in a marriage war, a family war, a personal war? And are you like a Jehoshaphat to him, offering help and encouragement? If so, look out, because you are about to be seduced into it all.

That's right, very soon you will find yourself smack in the middle of your friend's mess and you will be asked to take a stand. If your friend is in a troubled marriage, for example, you are going to be forced to take a side. And you will end up sympathizing with him—all the way through his divorce!

Beware, Christian, because whenever you extend comfort or encouragement to someone who is in rebellion, you take sides against the Holy Spirit. And that makes you are a partaker in that person's sin. Tragically, when Jehoshaphat joined Ahab's war, he only hastened his friend along the path of destruction!


by David Wilkerson | August 27, 2013

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Micah brings to our attention one of the most glorious of all Old Testament prophecies. He prophesied of a people who would follow the Lord to new pasture. “I will surely assemble, O Jacob, all of thee; I will surely gather the remnant of Israel; I will put them together as the sheep . . . in the midst of their fold” (Micah 2:12).

Micah saw a people of God being released, a people whose hearts beat as one, a people so led by the Spirit they would be called outcasts by the apostate church. "In that day, saith the Lord, will I assemble her that halteth, and I will gather her that is driven out, and her that I have afflicted; and I will make her that halted a remnant, and her that was cast far off a strong nation: and the Lord shall reign over them in mount Zion from henceforth, even forever” (Micah 4:6-7).

Who makes up this holy remnant? Not the proud, the self-centered ministries, the polished, applauded stars. No! These are a tested people who have been in the fires of trial. They include the unknowns, the outcasts, those who are considered lame in comparison to the high and mighty established church, and those who raise their voices against corruption in God's house.

God says, "I will put them together!" All human efforts to bring God's servants together is in vain. God must do it and the one thing that brings this remnant together, causing them to see eye to eye, is a repentant heart in union with Christ.

Jerome, one of the early church fathers and a Bible scholar, describes them as "those children of God who are repentant and who rise above worldly things and aspire to heaven." This is a heavenly-minded people, weary of lightness and compromise, a people who yearn for holiness in God's house. Even now there is a holy remnant leaping forth from among men. Every man and woman of God whose heart is broken over the sin and corruption in God's house can sense this leap of the Spirit! There is a coming out, a breaking out just ahead!

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