PREPARED FOR BATTLE

Gary Wilkerson – August 12, 2019

 

“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against … the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places … Praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication” (Ephesians 6:10-12, 18).

In the first five chapters of his letter to the church at Ephesus, Paul recognized the wonderful things the Holy Spirit had accomplished and rejoiced at the spiritual growth that had taken place in their lives. In this concluding chapter, he issues a word of caution to them about the opposition coming their way — and their need to be prepared.

Inspired by the Holy Spirit, Paul very carefully instructed the Ephesians in spiritual warfare. First, he warned them that the powers of darkness would come against them to rob them of their inheritance — and he repeated the word against several times. It was not if the enemy would come against them, but when and how often and how hard. So, he told them to be strong in the Lord and depend on him because trying to fight in one’s own strength is never sufficient.

In Ephesians 6:14-17, Paul describes the whole armor of God that would fully equip them:

  • The belt of truth
  • The breastplate of righteousness
  • God’s shoes for your feet
  • The shield of faith
  • The helmet of salvation
  • The sword of the Spirit

You need to understand that you are fighting against spiritual forces of evil. You are a citizen of heaven, a Christian who believes in the truth, and will fight for the truth. To live the life of an overcomer, put on “the whole armor of God” and prepare for conflict. Study God’s Word, pray in the Spirit, and you will be able to stand as the victor after the battle, giving all glory to the Most High God.  (Click to Source)

 

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Hours of Greatest Weakness

Gary Wilkerson – July 22, 2019

 

“I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine for you all making my prayer with joy, because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now. And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ. It is right for me to feel this way about you all, because I hold you in my heart, for you are all partakers with me of grace, both in my imprisonment and in the defense and confirmation of the gospel.

“For God is my witness, how I yearn for you all with the affection of Christ Jesus. And it is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment, so that you may approve what is excellent, and so be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God” (Philippians 1:3-11).

The apostle Paul was writing to the Philippian church from a Roman prison. More than any other church, these believers had supported him in his ministry and they were very dear to him. Paul expressed his affection for them and his appreciation for their partnership. Also, he wanted to encourage them to keep their eyes on Jesus and trust God to complete the work he had begun in them.

Paul is a perfect example of one who goes through great suffering and keeps his faith in the power of God. Further down we read, “I can do all things through him who strengthens me” (4:13). Paul was sure of his own relationship with Jesus and knew that God would sustain him in his hours of greatest weakness.

Likewise, we have assurance that God sustains us when life seems unsustainable. That in our hours of greatest weakness we have a strength that is unmovable. We have a sincere hope—God is with us in our need.

When you walk through trials, be confident that God will sustain you. Furthermore, that he will complete in you one day the work begun in you. Keep your eyes on him. (Click to Source)

 

 
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JESUS’ DESIGN FOR OUR LIVES

Gary Wilkerson – June 24, 2019

 

“You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people’s feet” (Matthew 5:13).

If our only mission in life is to have a deep, personal relationship with Jesus, we will miss God’s larger objective. Jesus left us in a twisted, fallen world with another purpose in mind — to be lights in a darkened place and time. We may not desire to live in a sin-filled culture like America that rages more and more against God, but Jesus has a design for our lives. The reason we are here right now — the reason we exist — is for his glory! We are here to be his testimony, to make a difference, to be his living epistles to a world thirsting desperately for love.

Much of American culture has seeped into the church — including the exalted pursuit of happiness. We worship and behave as if God exists for us rather than the other way around. Our obedience to his Word is not to gain his favor and blessing but to grow in a relationship of love with him. We must not put the pursuit of material and fleshly satisfaction before a holy, loving God.

Paul said the Christians in Crete were “insubordinate, empty talkers and deceivers … They must be silenced, since they are upsetting whole families by teaching for shameful gain what they ought not to teach” (Titus 1:10-11). In Crete, the church had become just as flesh-driven as the larger culture, and Paul had to confront the false doctrines that catered to people’s flesh.

Too often today the church seems more like the world than different from it. Determine in your heart to seek God’s face and have your life transformed by the gospel. You are here for a godly purpose: to hear from the Father and to reach out to others with Holy Spirit conviction and power. You are the salt of the earth! (Click to Source)

 

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Cry Out in Faith

Gary Wilkerson – May 6, 2019

 

When God’s presence is missing in one’s life, things are out of kilter because there is no law, direction or righteous teaching to serve as guidelines for living. Everyone becomes a law unto himself, doing his own thing. Sadly, this is a picture of so many Christian homes today. There is no peace or rest because everyone is doing whatever he or she pleases. Such disorder deeply grieves the Lord, yet it does not have to be that way. The presence of God brings order and his promises are unchangeable. God’s Word pledges, “If you will seek me, I will be with you. When you cry out, I will be found by you.”

We read of King Asa, who led God’s people to a miraculous victory over Ethiopia’s million-man army. Afterward he testified that it was God’s presence that had scattered the enemy: “Lord, it is nothing for You to help, whether with many or with those who have no power; help us, O Lord our God, for we rest on You, and in Your name we go against this multitude … So the Lord struck the Ethiopians before Asa and Judah, and the Ethiopians fled” (2 Chronicles 14:11-12).

As Asa led his triumphant army back to Jerusalem, the prophet Azariah met him at the city gate with this message: “Hear me, Asa … The Lord is with you while you are with Him. If you seek Him, He will be found by you; but if you forsake Him, He will forsake you” (15:2).

This is not some complicated theology. In fact, anyone can have the abiding presence of God if he or she will simply call out in faith. God told King Asa the secret of getting and maintaining the presence of the Lord in his life and he wants to do the same for you. The Lord is merciful and his love is constant. With him, you can go through any fire — and you will not just survive, but you will be kept and protected through it all. (Click to Source)

 

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God’s Presence is the Difference

Gary Wilkerson April 22, 2019

 

When we look at Abraham in the Old Testament, we witness a man whose life was so filled with the presence of God that even the heathen around him recognized the difference between their lives and his: “Abimelech … spoke to Abraham, saying, ‘God is with you in all that you do’” (Genesis 21:22). This heathen king was saying, “There is something different about you, Abraham. Surely God is with you wherever you go.”

In another example of the presence of God, an angel told Gideon, “The Lord is with you, you mighty man of valor!” (Judges 6:12). And the Lord himself told Gideon, “Go in this might of yours, and you shall save Israel from the hand of the Midianites. Have I not sent you?” (6:14). Gideon considered himself a coward, but God called him a “mighty man of valor.” The Lord wanted to prove what one can do when his presence is with that person — even if the person considers himself to be insignificant.

God makes a special promise to those he loves, as we see in this word to Isaiah: “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by your name; you are Mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, nor shall the flame scorch you. For I am the Lord your God. The Holy One of Israel, your Savior” (Isaiah 43:1-3).

What a wonderful promise. When the Lord’s presence abides on you, you can go through the fires of life and not just survive, but you will be kept and protected through it all.

These accounts from the Old Testament are not just dead-letter stories. They are meant to encourage us to trust God for his presence at all times. Like Abraham, Gideon, Isaiah and many others, we have a powerful testimony of what God’s presence has done for us.

I encourage you today to seek the Lord’s presence and allow him to guide your steps, open doors, move obstacles, and lift your cares and fears. (Click to Source)

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Jesus Never Fails

Gary Wilkerson April 15, 2019

 

“Father, I desire that they also, whom you have given me, may be with me where I am, to see my glory that you have given me because you loved me from the foundation of the world” (John 17:24, my emphasis). Jesus prayed for his disciples — and that includes us. He asked the Father that we may see his glory, meaning that we would know him.

At certain times in the Old Testament, Jesus revealed himself in human or angelic form, with varying results. For instance, Jacob’s hip was broken when he tried wrestling with the Lord. And when Moses said to God, “Please show me Your glory” (Exodus 33:18), the Lord told him, “I have to cover your face and hide you behind a rock, and then you can see only the trailing afterglow of my presence.” In other words, he had to protect Moses from the full revelation of himself.

In the New Testament, when the apostle John heard the Lord’s voice and received the Revelation on the island of Patmos, he fell on his face. The normal response of men and women when they saw Jesus was awe and wonder. I wonder what would happen if we saw him in all his beauty and splendor as Moses or John did.

The truth is, Jesus is beautiful in a sense far deeper than our usual usage of the descriptive word. We remark that someone is lovely or handsome, but Jesus is far more. He is glorious, wonderful, separate, unique, special. He is also tender, kind, precious, full of majesty. He is wondrous, strong, mighty, powerful, wise, outstanding. And he never fails!

Even in his human nature, Jesus remained sovereign, one with God (see Colossians 2:10). Consider some of his beautiful attributes: full of justice (John 8:16); perfectly righteous (John 8:46). And he is love (John 13:34) — a love that is unfathomable.

We are totally undeserving of this love, but that is the beauty of our amazing, incomparable Savior. Give him praise today for his unspeakable sacrifice and gift of salvation. (Click to Source)

 

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ACTS OF FAITH by Gary Wilkerson – David Wilkerson Today – MONDAY, JANUARY 20, 2014

ACTS OF FAITH
by Gary Wilkerson

Once the apostle Peter was miraculously freed from prison (see Acts 12:7-11),
he went to the house of prayer to report the miracle to those who had been
interceding for him. As Peter knocked, the group was still fervently praying
inside. They had no idea how effective their prayers for their brother had
been.

Indeed, Scripture says their prayers were “earnest”—meaning they were
holding on to God and not giving up. This is the kind of prayer Christ calls
His church to. It is persistent and passionate in its desire to see a loved
one, friend or even a city set free.

But an interesting thing happened when these believers learned that their
prayers had been answered: They didn’t believe it! A servant girl told them
Peter was at the gate. “In her joy she did not open the gate but ran in and
reported that Peter was standing at the gate. They said to her, ‘You are out
of your mind.’ But she kept insisting that it was so, and they kept saying,
‘It is his angel!’” (12:14-15, ESV). Apparently they believed Herod had
already killed him.

God is in the delivering business. He does the impossible with a single word
and when He sets His people free, they are free indeed. But maybe you have
noticed something in your own life that happens when you struggle with a
problem. That is, God opens the first few gates for you—and then leaves the
last one for you to open by faith. He supernaturally opened gates for Peter,
but this last one required the faith and action of the man.

Why does the Lord do this? He knows that even with our most fervent prayers, we
may still have a tiny corner of unbelief in our hearts. Yes, God is sovereign in
His power but He wants His bride to be involved in His acts of redemption. Every
genuine move of God throughout history has required men and women to stand up
and say, “I want to be counted. I might be weak or shy, but God honors those
who act in faith.”

Yes, it all begins with prayer. Fervent, effectual prayer moves God to open
iron gates and set captives free. Peter’s story makes that clear. But this
scene also shows that if we don’t act in faith to open that last gate, some
captives will remain standing outside. So here is the last part of fervent
prayer: faithful action.

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IN THE PITS! -by Gary Wilkerson – David Wilkerson Today – MONDAY, JANUARY 6, 2014

IN THE PITS!
by Gary Wilkerson

Starting in Genesis 37, we see Joseph’s story, which reads like an episode of
the television program “Cops.” One of his brothers was a rapist and the
others tried to kill Joseph and eventually sold him into slavery. Even Jacob,
his own father, neglected to step in when Joseph was tormented by his brothers.
Joseph paid a penalty for his family’s dysfunction.

Does this describe you? You have been away from home for years but you still
bear mental scars from your family’s chaos. Or perhaps your chaos is in the
workplace, where others’ willful sins affect you directly. That happened to
Joseph when his boss’s wife tried to seduce him. When Joseph turned her down,
she lied about him vengefully and he was tossed into yet another pit, a
death-row prison.

Scripture makes it clear that with every pit Joseph fell into, God was at work
speeding up the process of achieving His kingdom purposes. I hear God saying of
him: “I want someone who’s willing to endure every test faithfully, so that
I can strategically position him to save My people. I choose Joseph for this
job.”

Think about the incredible trajectory of Joseph’s life. Here was a teenaged
shepherd who within a few years became second in command of the world’s
greatest empire. It makes me want to pray, “God, take me out of my comfort
zone. I want to see You work Your purposes in my life.”

Are you willing to say, “Lord, I’ll gladly go wherever You want me to
go”? I know many Christians who hunger for this kind of faith. They cry out,
“Lord, there has to be more to this walk. I don’t want to just occupy space
on the earth. I want You to work in me so that I can impact Your Kingdom.”

The bigger our dreams for God’s work, the larger our pit will be. Do you
believe God for a marriage that reflects His glory? Then be prepared to have
your marriage tested almost beyond your limits. The truth is, faith throws us
into a pit almost every time. If we want God to use our lives, then we had
better prepare ourselves for a pit.

“You meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about that
many people should be kept alive, as they are today” (Genesis 50:20, ESV).
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“CHRISTUS VICTOR” – by Gary Wilkerson – David Wilkerson Today – A Ministry of World Challenge

“CHRISTUS VICTOR”
by Gary Wilkerson
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“Christus Victor” is the Latin phrase the early church fathers used to
describe Jesus and His atonement. Roughly translated, it means, “Our victory
is not in ourselves, but in Christ.” If we defeat an enemy when the odds are
fifty-fifty, we are tempted to think, “I won the battle.” But when our
enemy is nine feet tall; when we have rebuked him but he comes back stronger;
when we have exhausted all our resources; when we have thrown up our hands and
said, “I can’t do this,” then God says, “I have you right where I want
you.”

Usually Old Testament stories are taught to children not as spiritual truths
but as moral instruction. For example, the lesson of Jonah is usually presented
as, “Don’t disobey God or you’ll get into deep trouble.”

Most of us were taught the story of David and Goliath in Sunday school and the
lesson is, “Be brave and courageous.” The trouble with this interpretation
of David’s story is that we are teaching our children to do something they
are unable to do. There was not a single Israelite soldier who could have
survived a hand-to-hand fight with Goliath. That battle was beyond even the
bravest man.

Likewise, when we are in a spiritual battle, bravery and boldness are not
sufficient. David knew he was no match for Goliath. In fact, he wasn’t even a
soldier yet; he was too young. The only thing David was armed with when he
showed up at the battlefront was bread and cheese for his brothers. Yet the
difference with David was that he knew the battle was not his but God’s. When
he heard Goliath’s taunts, he testified:

“This day the Lord will deliver you into my hand, and I will strike you down
and cut off your head . . . that all the earth may know that there is a God in
Israel, and that all this assembly may know that the Lord saves not with sword
and spear. For the battle is the Lord’s, and he will give you into our
hand” (1 Samuel 17:46-47).

Spiritual victory is never our own—it comes from our Deliverer. In this story
David is a picture of our Deliverer, Christ. He cuts through all our anguish and
despair with an authority no demon can stand up to. Goliath had no chance that
day, for one reason: The battle was the Lord’s.

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WALK IN THE SPIRIT – by Gary Wilkerson – David Wilkerson Today

WALK IN THE SPIRIT
by Gary Wilkerson

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Most of us would admit we rarely feel God’s grace at work in us. That’s why
we are prone to doubt that His presence abides in us. Paul addresses this
dilemma for us in Galatians when he writes, “I say, walk by the Spirit, and
you will not gratify the desires of the flesh” (Galatians 5:16, ESV).

It sounds simple enough but we tend to take Paul’s counsel here as a hard
command to be obeyed. We grit our teeth and say, “I will walk in the Spirit
today.” Then once we stumble, we think we are not “being spiritual” so we
try even harder. Suddenly we are under the law again because we have turned to
our fleshly ability, rather than trusting that we are already in the Spirit.

Paul says, “If you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law”
(5:18). In other words, the Spirit of God abides in you, giving you access at
all times to His grace, which empowers you. When Paul says, “Walk in the
Spirit,” he means, “Walk under grace, not the law.”

Paul then shows us the result of a walk in the Spirit: “The fruit of the
Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,
gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law” (5:22-23).
Take note: These things do not come about because of what we do. They are the
fruit of the righteousness God has put in us—the result of His work in us.

You may not feel very loving at times, but love is in you because God put it
there. You may not feel joy and peace, but God has implanted both deep within
you. His Spirit is at work in you every hour of every day, to His great glory
and to your deep blessing.

In one of the most amazing passages in Scripture, Paul gives us God’s
response to the human condition: “Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our
Lord. . . . There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ
Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from
the law of sin and death” (Romans 7:25, 8:1-2).

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