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by David Wilkerson | July 30, 2014

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It is not enough for us to simply believe in God as the Creator, the maker of all things. We also have to believe that He is a God who yearns to do the impossible in our lives. The Bible makes it very clear: If we don’t believe this about Him, we don’t trust Him at all.

In my opinion, no amount of counseling will do a person any good if he doubts God for a miracle. Don’t misunderstand, I am not against Christian counseling. But it is useless to counsel someone who isn’t fully convinced that God can fix his problem, no matter what it may be.

As a pastor who counsels, I know I cannot offer anything to a married couple unless they believe God can save their relationship. Things may appear absolutely hopeless to them; they may have built up years of resentment and bitterness. But they must be convinced God can do the impossible.

I tell such couples right away, “Yes, I’ll counsel you but first I have to ask: Do you truly believe God can fix your marriage? Do you have faith that no matter how impossible things look to you, He has the power to restore your relationship?” Jesus has spoken clearly to each of His children: “The things which are impossible with men are possible with God” (Luke 18:27).

All over this nation, Christians are giving up on their marriages. Even some of my minister friends are divorcing. When I talk with them about their situation, I realize they don’t think their marriage can be healed. They simply don’t trust God to do the impossible for them.

Many Christian spouses who come to see me for counseling have already made up their minds to leave the relationship. The only reason they are there is to get my approval on the direction they have predetermined.

Beloved, no counselor in the world can help you unless you absolutely believe God’s Word that nothing in your life is beyond His ability to fix. Otherwise, your Christianity is in vain—because you believe in God only up to a point. You don’t truly trust Him to be God of the impossible.


by David Wilkerson | July 29, 2014

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You probably remember the story in Genesis in which God appeared to Abraham. The patriarch was sitting at the door of his tent during the heat of the day when suddenly three men appeared before him, standing under a tree. Abraham went out to meet the men, prepared a nice meal, and then visited with them.

During their conversation, the Lord asked Abraham where his wife, Sarah, was. Then God said something incredible: “Lo, Sarah thy wife shall have a son” (Genesis 18:10).

At the time, Sarah was inside the tent, listening to their conversation and when she heard this, she laughed at the idea. “Impossible,” she thought. She was way beyond the age of childbearing, and Abraham was too old to sire a child.
Yet when God heard Sarah's laughter, He said, “Wherefore did Sarah laugh, saying, Shall I of a surety bear a child, which am old? Is anything too hard for the Lord?” (18:13-14).

I’m writing this message today because God asks the same question of His children in these present times: Is anything too hard for the Lord? Each of us has to face our own difficult situations in life. And in the midst of them God asks, “Do you think your problem is too hard for Me to fix? Or do you believe I can work it out for you, even though you think it’s impossible?”

Jesus tells us, “The things which are impossible with men are possible with God” (Luke 18:27). Do you believe this word from the Lord? Do you accept that He can perform the impossible in your marriage, in your family, on your job, for your future?

We are quick to counsel others that He can. When we see our loved ones enduring difficult times, we tell them, “Hold on and look up. Don’t stop trusting the Lord. He’s the God of the impossible!”

Yet, I wonder if we believe these truths for ourselves. Sarah, who doubted the Lord, probably would have offered this very counsel to her friends. Imagine that she heard about a godly couple in a similar situation—faithful people who wanted a baby but were too old to bear one. The couple believed God had promised them a child, but now they were growing older. And little by little, they were losing confidence in their dream.

If you asked Sarah what she would say to them, she probably would answer, “Tell them to hold on. They can’t give up hope for their dream. They serve a God who does the impossible and He will fix it for them.”

Yet Sarah had a hard time believing this for herself. And many Christians today are like that. We boldly proclaim God’s power to others, but we don’t believe His Word for ourselves.


by Gary Wilkerson | July 28, 2014

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“And Isaac sowed in that land and reaped in the same year a hundredfold” (Genesis 26:12, ESV).

This was the year of famine, a second famine, in fact. There probably was still dust from the previous famine around and yet God told the people to sow a new crop.

Isaac obeyed God even when he didn’t think it was going to work; it just did not make much sense to him to plant another crop. He was radically obedient to God, however, and as a result he reaped a huge harvest of “a hundredfold.”

That is a lot! If I were to see our church grow by 20 percent or my finances grow by 20 percent or if I enjoyed a 20 percent increase in favor in my relationships— well, you see where I’m going with this. How many of you would like to see a 20 percent better marriage, 20 percent better children—meaning that your children behave better—or a 20 percent financial blessing? That would be great, wouldn’t it? But this was not 20 percent or even 100 percent, this was a hundredfold—multiplied one hundred times over. And this came in the midst of a famine!

I assure you that God is not worried about the economy of America. He is not worried about what’s going on in your job or in your household. God has all the ability, the resources, and the power in heaven to be able to meet all your needs according to His riches in glory.

He wants you to know that He has blessed you. That is His heart. Get rid of your concept of a cranky, old-fashioned God up in heaven just kind of waiting for you to make a mistake so He can take stuff away from you. And get away from a “Santa Claus” God, one who checks to see if you are naughty or nice and rewards accordingly. God wants to empower you to be obedient because He loves to bless you.

Time and time again I have seen where God has said, “Do this or that. Trust Me in the midst of it.” You might feel like you are in a famine because you are low on resources. You might think your spiritual life is in a desert place and you may not feel like you have anything to give. You don’t feel adequate to witness to that group or preach to that people or go to that country and be on the mission field. When I feel that way but I go ahead and do what God tells me to do, I always receive a blessing. There is always this glorious outpouring of His graciousness.


by Claude Houde | July 26, 2014

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A child stood on the sidewalk in front of a candy store, as if nailed to the ground. Inside was a gargantuan universe of chocolate pastries, and the best and sweetest cookies known to man! The owner of the candy store desperately tried to ignore this penniless little boy with the huge eyes, who was staring at him patiently, not saying a word. After long minutes, the storekeeper grew restless and busied himself, muttering, “I can’t give cookies and candies to just every kid who stops by! This is a business and I have to make a living!”

But a last look at the child proved to be too much. Giving up, the storekeeper motioned to the youngster to come in, and as fast as lightning, the clever boy was inside. The storekeeper removed the lid from the enormous jar filled with the most delectable (and also the most expensive) of all the chocolates. He gestured with his hand, saying “Go ahead, take some.” The boy looked at him with a big smile, but shook his head. The shopkeeper repeated, “Go ahead, I mean it, take want you want! For free!” Again the boy shook his head! The good man then reached into the jar and gave the lad an enormous fistful of delight!

Curious, the shopkeeper asked the boy, “Why didn’t you just take some yourself?” The smart little boy answered triumphantly, “Because your hand is much bigger than mine!”

Dear friend, God’s hand is bigger than ours. His power is sufficient. His mighty omnipotent hand takes our trembling and feeble hand, and supernatural things happen! It is His hand that allows my hand to seize what He has prepared for me.

“If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!” (Matthew 7:11, NKJV).



Claude Houde, lead pastor of Eglise Nouvelle Vie (New Life Church) in Montreal, Canada, is a frequent speaker at the Expect Church Leadership Conferences conducted by World Challenge throughout the world. Under his leadership New Life Church has grown from a handful of people to more than 3500 in a part of Canada with few successful Protestant churches.



by David Wilkerson | July 25, 2014

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“And Joseph made haste; for his [heart] did yearn upon his brother: and he sought where to weep” (Genesis 43:30). This is a picture of the heart of our Savior.

After Joseph became governor over Egypt, his brothers were in his house, eating and drinking in his presence. But “Joseph sat by himself, and they were at a separate table” (verse 32).These men were rejoicing in Joseph’s presence without being fully restored, without really knowing him, without a revelation of love and grace.

We can be a praising people who eat and drink in the Lord’s presence but have not yet received a revelation of His infinite love; the sense of being unloved still remains. This is the case of Christians who go to God’s house to sing, worship, and praise and then go home to the same old lie: “God doesn’t show me any evidence that He loves me. My prayers go unanswered. He really doesn’t care for me the way He cares for others.”

Joseph’s brothers had to take one final step before they could be given a full revelation of love. Such a revelation is given to those who are brokenhearted and contrite. “The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise” (Psalms 51:17). Joseph’s brothers were not yet brokenhearted.

Joseph commanded his servant to put his personal silver cup into the sack of Benjamin, the youngest brother, as they prepared to return to Canaan. The brothers were hardly on the journey when Joseph’s men overtook them and accused them of stealing the cup. The brothers were so certain of their innocence they said, “With whomsoever of thy servants it be found, both let him die, and we also will be my lord’s [slaves]” (Genesis 44:9). There was no more fight in them. No more pride. They were humbled and broken as they returned to Joseph’s palace.

Then came the revelation of the great love of God. “Then Joseph could not refrain himself . . . and he cried, Cause every man to go out from me. And there stood no man with him, while Joseph made himself known unto his brethren” (Genesis 45:1).

The world knows nothing of this revelation of love. God dwells with the humble and the brokenhearted. He delights in His family. Rest in His love for you!


by David Wilkerson | July 24, 2014

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Elijah and Elisha proceeded to Jericho, which means “a place called pleasant.” Yet this city was now barren, dry, utterly lifeless with no trees, no pastures, no fruit. Everything had withered because a stream of poison had infiltrated Jericho’s water supply. This city represents dead, dry Christianity, a church Jesus describes in Revelation this way: “Thou hast a name that thou livest, and art dead” (Revelation 3:1).

Elijah had established a school of prophets in Jericho, and when he and Elisha visited the school, some of the young, upstart prophets approached Elisha, asking, “Knowest thou that the Lord will take away thy master from thy head today?” (2 Kings 2:5). Elisha quickly cut them off, telling them, "Be silent! Of course I know it.”

This generation of ministers would be sent out across Judah and Israel to minister to society. But clearly something was missing in them: the power, anointing and authority of the Holy Spirit. The next day, these same ministers would be begging Elisha to let them go look for Elijah's body, in case the Holy Spirit dropped him off some mountain or into some valley. They were totally ignorant of the ways and workings of the Holy Spirit. They could witness, preach, and speak of miracles but they had not experienced God’s power for themselves.

It appears that Elijah suggested, “Elisha, you’re looking at the next generation of ministry. Why don’t you settle here and teach these ministers the ways of the Spirit? You’re just the man to awaken this dead, dry church.”

But Elisha knew what would happen if he pastored these ministers. They would remain enamored of Elijah’s powerful ministry and constantly barrage him with questions about it. “How many hours a day did your master pray? What methods did he use? What doctrines did he preach?” Elisha would end up spending all his time recounting the past. And these young ministers would spend all their energies trying to be just like Elijah, hoping to recreate his miracles—yet without the power and authority of the Holy Spirit.

The church today has fallen into the same snare. We study past movements and revivals, looking for keys, trying to discover methods to bring down fire from heaven. Ever since I can remember, the church has been crying for an old-fashioned, Holy Ghost revival. Yet this all stems from a desire to see God recreate something he did in the past.

Elisha knew he could not impact anyone in this dead, dry church until he received his own touch from God. He could not rely on Elijah’s great works. He was telling Elijah, “I respect the faith of my forefathers, the spiritual giants of the past. But I know the Lord wants to do a new thing. And I must have a greater touch from him than anything seen before.”


by David Wilkerson | July 23, 2014

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We may wonder why Elijah wanted Elisha to accompany him to Bethel (see 2 Kings 2:1-4). Surely it wasn't just a sentimental journey for Elijah, one last trip down Memory Lane. No, this wise, old man wanted to teach Elisha—as well as us today—the need for more of God's power and anointing.

Now, as they walked through the streets, Elijah probably noticed his servant's horror and indignation at the totally backslidden society. Elijah himself had faced mockers and scoffers in his own day, on Mount Carmel. But he knew it would take even greater supernatural strength to face this new generation. These young people were far more hardened and godless than the idolatrous priests he had battled.

I believe it was at this point that Elijah decided to test his servant. He most likely suggested, “Elisha, why don’t you settle here and pastor these people? You have a sure calling, and you’ve been well trained. You could help restore Bethel’s great heritage.”

As Elisha surveyed the situation in Bethel, he knew he was not ready to stand up against the wicked spirits there. He realized what Elijah had known all along—he needed the Holy Spirit to do a greater, more powerful work in him before he could face down the evil in such a wicked city. So he told his master, “As the Lord liveth, and as thy soul liveth, I will not leave thee” (2 Kings 2:6). Then, Scripture says, “They went on” (same verse).

I believe Bethel represents the kind of evil society our own nation has become in just a generation’s time. We too live among scoffers and mockers—sensual people given over to lust, idolatry, homosexuality. And this present generation is worse than any Elijah or Elisha ever faced. Those holy prophets saw children mocking, scoffing and blaspheming but America's children are murdering one another. Young children are killing without any guilt or sorrow, cutting down parents, classmates, innocent strangers.

I don't wish to make a broad, sweeping judgment against all youth. I know there are many godly teenagers in this society who are on fire for Jesus. I thank God for every young person who takes a stand for Christ in these wicked times.

Yet, this evil day demands that God’s people obtain a double portion of His power and authority in order to be able to reach this lost generation. It is going to require a measure of anointing such as we have never seen in all of history. It demands that a holy remnant rise up and cry with Elisha, “Oh, Lord, more is needed.”


by David Wilkerson | July 22, 2014

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Elisha went back to Bethel, the corrupted society with a lost generation of youth. And as soon as he arrived, he was mocked:

“He went up from thence unto Bethel: and as he was going up by the way, there came forth little children out of the city, and mocked him, and said unto him, Go up, thou bald head. . . . And he turned back, and looked on them, and cursed them in the name of the Lord. And there came forth two she bears out of the wood, and [mauled] forty and two children of them” (2 Kings 2:23-24).

What an awful scene. You may think, “How cruel that God would allow little children to be attacked by bears.” But the words “little children” here are a poor translation. In the original Hebrew this phrase reads “young men.”

Did Elisha cause their deaths in a selfish fit of anger for being taunted? No. This godly man was moving under the power and authority of the Holy Spirit. The fact is, those mocking young men had committed an unspeakable sin. Let me explain.

Undoubtedly, the boys had heard about Elijah's translation into heaven. Yet now, by taunting Elisha with the cry, “Go up, baldy,” they were ridiculing the work of the Spirit. They did not accept the truth of the Spirit's holy work and their actions toward Elisha were an act of mockery against Him.

For many years God was patient with the fallen church in Bethel. Multitudes flocked there to worship at an altar of accommodation, and the Lord sent many prophets, including Elijah himself, to speak warnings. But a time came when God no longer tolerated the city’s idolatry and wickedness. So he called for judgment, sending onto this wicked scene a man with a double portion of the Holy Ghost. Elisha moved with authority in Bethel, preaching judgment against their sin.

Too many young ministers today are relying on the same fleshly methods that the fallen church in Bethel did. They are bringing into God's house the very music that first incited rebellion and sensuality in this nation. They are polling a sin-saturated society to learn how they can lure nonbelievers into a church building. And instead of offering worship, they are staging skits, parties and rock concerts. They are attempting to entertain the youth rather than confront their sins and emptiness with the simple, pure gospel. And the church faces the same spirit of mockery Elisha faced.


by Gary Wilkerson | July 21, 2014

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David writes, “Then I will teach your ways to [sinners], and they will return to you. . . . Unseal my lips, O Lord, that my mouth may praise you” (Psalm 51:13, 15, NLT).

When God sparks a fire in us it is not meant for our benefit alone. It is meant to set us ablaze with zeal for the lost in our nearby communities and around the world. If we allow this flame to burn within us, it will compel us to take the good news beyond our church walls. We’ll realize, “This fire burning inside me will not be quenched. Woe is me if I keep it inside!”

We simply cannot contain our zeal when we have been personally cleansed by God and filled with a persistent hunger to have His life dwelling within us. This makes us want to shout His praises to the world. Some of the best Sunday worshipers I know are those who cry out, “Thank You, Jesus, that today my coworker is sitting next to me in the pew experiencing Your amazing love.”

If we do not have this kind of fire, it will not matter how powerful our church services are. Heavenly flames could rest on our heads and we could all fall on our faces in awe, but those things alone do not show the power of Pentecost. As long as revival is contained in church, it probably isn’t revival. If there is a true fire burning, it will move us to create a fire in our city. Our prayer has to be, “God, if You are going to touch me with a spark, then cause me to speak to sinners. Anoint me to teach them about Your love. Send me into the byways with the compelling love of Jesus.”

If the fire of God’s Holy Spirit is operating in your life, you can know your life is no longer a spark but a torch.


by Jim Cymbala | July 19, 2014

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“After they prayed, the place where they were meeting was shaken. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly” (Acts 4:31).

The first time vocalist Steve Green sang at Brooklyn Tabernacle, we gathered in my office with the associate pastors to pray just before the meeting began. We prayed in unison that God would come among us that day.

When we opened our eyes, Steve had an odd look on his face. “What was that vibration I just felt?” he asked. “Is there a train that runs near here, or was that really . . . ?”

I explained that, as far as I knew, the rumble wasn’t caused by the power of the Holy Spirit; rather, it was the passing of the train in the subway that runs directly beneath our building.

For the early church in Jerusalem, however, the shaking they felt was nothing short of Spirit-induced. In that prayer meeting God’s power came in a fresh, new, deeper way. These people had already been filled with the Holy Spirit on the Day of Pentecost (Acts 2), but here they sensed a new need and God met them with a new infusion of power.

Our store of spiritual power apparently dissipates with time. Daily living, distractions, and spiritual warfare take their toll. In the words Paul used in Ephesians 5:18, we need to “be always being filled with the Spirit” (literal translation).

Whether we call ourselves classical evangelicals, traditionalists, fundamentalists, Pentecostals, or charismatics, we all have to face our lack of real power and call out for a fresh infilling of the Holy Spirit. We need the fresh wind of God to awaken us from our lethargy. We must not hide any longer behind some theological argument. The days are too dark and dangerous.



Jim Cymbala began Brooklyn Tabernacle with less than twenty members in a small, rundown building in a difficult part of the city. A native of Brooklyn, he is a longtime friend of both David and Gary Wilkerson and a frequent speaker at the Expect Church Leadership Conferences sponsored by World Challenge throughout the world.

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