IN YOUR ARMS OF LOVE – by Claude Houde – David Wilkerson Today – SATURDAY, JANUARY 25, 2014

IN YOUR ARMS OF LOVE
by Claude Houde

My last memory of my dear friend Pastor Bernard Sigouin here on earth is this
magnificent moment as he stood with his hands lifted to the heavens singing:

I sing a simple song of love
To my Savior, to my Jesus.
I’m grateful for the things You’ve done,
My loving Savior, my precious Jesus.

My heart is glad that You’ve called me Your own.
There’s no place I’d rather be than

In Your arms of love,
In Your arms of love.
Holding me still, holding me near,
In Your arms of love.

This is how Pastor Bernard left this earth to join his Father. With words of
praise on his lips and the joy of having faithfully served God until the end,
he found himself in the loving arms of the One to whom he had entrusted his
entire life with unshakable faith. As he fell to the floor, right there in the
church to which he had dedicated his entire life, I was reminded of the verse,
“Absent from the body, present with the Lord” (see 2 Corinthians 5:8).

It was a privilege for me to share the Word at his funeral. Loved ones, family,
pastors, leaders and Bible school students gathered to honor his memory and to
celebrate his faith and his life. I shared a Bible text with the packed
audience, a passage of Scripture calling us to this faith that never quits:
“Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for He who promised is
faithful. . . . So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly
rewarded. You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you
will receive what He has promised. For in just a very little while, He who is
coming will come and will not delay. But my righteous one will live by faith.
And if he shrinks back, I will not be pleased with him. But we are not of those
who shrink back and are destroyed, but of those who believe and are saved”
(Hebrews 10:23, 35-39).

May a new generation be inspired to lay hold of this flaming torch, the
absolute conviction that without faith it is impossible to possess! May the
light of your faith illuminate the cold and dark night of unbelief, giving hope
and direction to all those around you who have lost their way, for whom to
believe again is a matter of life and death!

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.

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THEN WILL THE LORD COME! – by David Wilkerson – David Wilkerson Today – FRIDAY, JANUARY 24, 2014

THEN WILL THE LORD COME!
by David Wilkerson
[May 19, 1931 – April 27, 2011]

Today, the heat of temptation and compromise is many times hotter than it was a
generation ago. For example, Satan has rigged the entire technology of our
age—corrupting it with seduction, sensuality, lust and temptation. Why do we
face such a white-hot furnace of temptation today? Why are lust and sex being
used to sell every conceivable kind of product? Why are there hundreds of porno
websites on the Internet? Who is the target of this flood of filth?

It isn’t the secular world, which has already been seduced. No, Satan’s
target is none of these. Rather, he has manipulated the media to snare the
hearts of overcoming Christians. He wants to weaken and destroy the testimony
of the gospel.

Right now the furnace is being heated seven times over in the lives of many
believers. Satan has created situations in their homes, on their jobs and in
their relationships that are more intense than ever. And many once-strong
Christians are giving up, quitting on God. They no longer pray for help.
Instead, they think, “My trial is too intense for me to survive!”

In Daniel 3, God turned the devil’s scheme into an opportunity to expose the
whole nation of Babylon to His testimony. Because the three young men would not
bow, the Lord delivered them. And they brought to the nation a clear
manifestation of the Lord Jesus Christ!

The king of Babylon testified, “Did not we cast three men bound into the
midst of the fire? . . . Lo, I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the
fire, and they have no hurt; and the form of the fourth is like the Son of
God” (Daniel 3:24-25).

Quickly the king nullified his first decree of idol worship and issued this new
decree: “Therefore I make a decree, That every people, nation, and language,
which speak anything amiss against the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego,
shall be cut in pieces, and their houses shall be made a dunghill: because
there is no other God that can deliver after this sort” (verse 29).

Beloved, it all happened because of the testimony of three men—righteous
lovers of God who were willing to lay down their lives in faith.

Yes, things are going to get hot economically, physically, mentally,
spiritually and in every other way. But God has already put His hand on
separated, godly men and women in every place. And His gospel will be preached
as a testimony.

Then the Lord will come!

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GOD RAISED UP A MAN – by David Wilkerson – David Wilkerson Today – TUESDAY, JANUARY 21, 2014

GOD RAISED UP A MAN
by David Wilkerson
[May 19, 1931 – April 27, 2011]

In Nehemiah’s day, the walls of Jerusalem were in ruins, the city a literal
pile of stones. And the church was totally backslidden, with no witness left.
The wicked powers surrounding Israel persecuted them severely, mocking every
work they tried to undertake.

How did God respond in such a time of ruin? Did He send a well-trained army to
help them? Did He send a palace guard to smite their prominent enemies? No, God
raised up a man—Nehemiah.

Nehemiah was a man with God’s burden on his heart. He spent his time praying,
fasting and mourning, because he was broken over Israel’s condition. He also
continually dug into God’s Word, grasping prophecy and moving in the Spirit.

Although Nehemiah served as cupbearer to the king of Persia, he remained
separate from the wickedness surrounding him. In the midst of all the
sensuality, immorality and godlessness taking place in Israel, he maintained a
holy walk with the Lord. And, in turn, everyone who heard him preach was
purified in soul.

Soon a revival of holiness swept the land. “The priests and the Levites
purified themselves, and purified the people, and the gates, and the wall”
(Nehemiah 12:30). The house of God also was purged, with everything of flesh
cast out. Nehemiah sent workers into the temple, telling them, “I want every
piece of filth out of here. Don’t leave anything that has to do with idolatry
or sensuality” (see Nehemiah 13:8-9).

Beloved, this is God’s concept of revival! It is all about sweeping out every
chamber in your heart that’s unclean and unsanctified. He wants no dark places
left.

Where did Nehemiah get such spiritual authority, to cause compromisers to
tremble, and to bring back godly fear to the temple? The king did not give it
to him. No church bishop gave it to him. He didn’t learn it from a Bible
school.

No, Nehemiah got his authority on his knees—weeping, broken, wanting to know
God’s heart. And because he was a man of prayer, he was able to confess the
sins of a whole nation: “That thou mayest hear the prayer of thy servant,
which I pray before thee now, day and night . . . and confess the sins of the
children of Israel . . . both I and my father’s house have sinned. We have
dealt very corruptly against thee, and have not kept the commandments”
(Nehemiah 1:6-7).

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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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THE LORD HAD A MAN – by David Wilkerson – David Wilkerson Today – FRIDAY, JANUARY 17, 2014

THE LORD HAD A MAN
by David Wilkerson
[May 19, 1931 – April 27, 2011]

It was a difficult time in Israel as depravity, apostasy and backsliding were
rampant in the land. At this time, the ark was gone from Israel. Eli, the
nation’s high priest, was lazy and complacent, allowing his sons to debauch
the priesthood. Under their leadership, adultery and fornication were rampant
in the temple. But Eli had become so used to his life of ease that he would not
do anything to stop them.

At one point the Lord wrote the word “Ichabod” (meaning “the Spirit of
the Lord has departed”) over the whole religious system. Once again, satanic
forces had risen to great power and to the natural eye, God’s work had lost
so much ground, the odds of recovery seemed improbable.

But the Lord had a man in place all along—a little child named Samuel. While
all the ministers around him were indulging in fornication and gluttony, Samuel
was learning to hear God’s voice. As he became more and more intimate with the
Lord, the Holy Spirit filled him with a prophetic word. He became a
testimony—living proof of the power of God!

Scripture says that as Samuel grew, none of his words fell to the ground,
meaning that he consistently spoke with power and authority. Because of his
godly authority, no nation was able to lift a hand against Israel for over
forty years.

“And Samuel grew, and the Lord was with him, and did let none of his words
fall to the ground. And all Israel from Dan to Beersheba knew that Samuel was
established (found to be trustworthy) to be a prophet of the Lord. And the Lord
appeared again in Shiloh: for the Lord revealed himself to Samuel in Shiloh by
the word of the Lord” (1 Samuel 3:19-21).

Once again, the Lord raised up a single man as a testimony to a whole nation.
God needed no army, no human organization, no “new thing.” All he needed
was one righteous man—someone whose ministry was committed totally to His
holy ways!

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GOD DID IT ALL THROUGH ONE MAN – by David Wilkerson – David Wilkerson Today – THURSDAY, JANUARY 16, 2014

GOD DID IT ALL THROUGH ONE MAN
by David Wilkerson
[May 19, 1931 – April 27, 2011]

Consider the plight of Israel in Egypt. God’s nation was in incredible ruin,
with widespread apostasy. Satan had Israel under his heel, manipulating the
political powers of the day to make laws against them and persecute them. The
enemy was ridiculing and mocking God’s testimony on earth.

It was a dark hour in Israel’s history and over time the people grew
discouraged. They began backsliding, indulging in the pleasures and sensuality
of Egypt. Idolatry and fornication became rampant. Israel’s situation seemed
hopeless and the faith of the nation was slowly dying.

What was God’s response to this rising power of darkness? Did He stir up
surrounding empires to act as His rod against Egypt? Did He incite a civil war
among the Egyptians? Did He send avenging angels? No—God did no such thing.
He had a totally different plan and laid His hand on a single man, raising up
Moses!

“The Lord executeth righteousness and judgment for all that are oppressed. He
made known his ways unto Moses, his acts unto the children of Israel. The Lord
is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy” (Psalms
103:6-8).

Moses was a man of prayer, totally shut in with God. He said no to the
pleasures, ease and temptations of Egypt, living instead under the total rule
of the Holy Ghost. He had no agenda or ambition of his own. He forsook all his
human ability, relying on the great I AM as his sole provision and resource.
And he came from holy ground, with a firsthand vision of God’s holiness.

So, in the blackest hour of Israel’s history, when it looked as if God’s
people would succumb to the enemy, the Lord raised up a man who would act as a
testimony in the midst of it all. And this one man brought down a whole nation
while raising up another. God did it all through one man!

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TOUCHING NATIONS FOR CHRIST – by David Wilkerson – David Wilkerson Today – WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 15, 2014

TOUCHING NATIONS FOR CHRIST
by David Wilkerson
[May 19, 1931 – April 27, 2011]

“But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and
ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in
Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth” (Acts 1:8).

I am amazed and perplexed by the scores of ministers, both young and old, who
run all over the world looking for strategies to produce growth in their
churches. Today, many preachers attend seminars, conventions and “think
tanks,” where young ministry professionals use charts and polls to show them
how to build larger churches. Other ministers flock to “revivals,” hoping
to learn new methods of how to have the Holy Ghost fall on their congregations.

Right now, mission societies are sending out more workers than ever before.
Their rallying cry has become, “We have to get more manpower on the mission
field! More qualified men and women are needed to win the nations to Christ.”

Too many of the missionaries being sent are coming home within a few years.
They’ve been beaten down, discouraged, flailed by demonic forces in those
foreign nations. Why? Because their lives didn’t match the gospel they
preached; they never developed a firsthand knowledge of Christ’s lordship or
of the fullness of the Holy Ghost.

Beloved, it takes more than new ideas or strategies to touch nations for
Christ. All our plans are in vain if Jesus isn’t enthroned in every area of
our lives!

Never in history has there been such a wild rush of demonic spirits bursting
forth from the bowels of hell. Lawlessness is sweeping the earth, with nation
rising up against nation. And it’s all happening because Satan has unleashed
his demonic hordes in a final war against the saints!

Yet God is never caught off guard by anything that happens in our world. He
isn’t surprised by the awful drug plague or the blood-bath of abortion. So,
what is His response in this time of turmoil and depravity? What does He
propose as an antidote to the apostasy and growing demonic power? What will God
do in such a time of ruin?

His answer is the same as it has always been—to bring forth the victory of
Christ in a renewed way. God has always responded by raising up a fresh remnant
of men and women who will be a pure testimony to His saving and sanctifying
power, and the same is true today. His plan is to bring onto this scene of
antichrist activity a body of separated, Christ-filled overcomers—godly men
and women who will live in total submission to His government and lordship!

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PROOF OF THE FACT – by David Wilkerson – David Wilkerson Today – TUESDAY, JANUARY 14, 2014

PROOF OF THE FACT
by David Wilkerson
[May 19, 1931 – April 27, 2011]

“This gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness
unto all nations; and then shall the end come” (Matthew 24:14).

Many in the church today try to determine the nearness of Christ’s return by
reading the signs of the times. We see such signs in specific events; for
example, the return of the Jews to Israel. Yet one of the clearest statements
Jesus makes about His second coming is contained in the verse above. The end
will come only after the gospel has been preached to all nations—as a
testimony.

The word that Jesus uses for “witness” in this verse is the same Greek word
used for “testimony.” It means, literally, “proof of the fact.” Christ
is speaking here of not just preaching the gospel, but presenting it as a
testimony. In short, He says the gospel we preach is effective only if it is
backed up by a life that testifies to its reality.

You would think that in America, a nation filled with thousands of evangelical
churches, there would be a strong gospel witness. But many churches have
compromised the true gospel of Christ. The fact is, even with all the
evangelical preaching in many of these churches, there is very little testimony
of Christ’s lordship in the people’s lives to back it up. They are not a
true witness to the city or the nation.

Of course, there are exceptions. I think of a Baptist pastor who at one time
planned to build a huge new building. His congregation was growing rapidly and
he had begun studying the church-growth movement. But then his wife was stirred
to pray and seek the Lord, and soon the pastor was doing the same. He quickly
gave up his dream of huge numbers and began to be a testimony of what he
preached.

For a recent sermon, the pastor set up a big screen at the front of the church.
He told his congregation, “God’s Spirit has been speaking to me about the
sins of this church. And today we’re going to see them in front of our very
eyes!”

The pastor then flashed sin after sin on the screen—fornication, adultery,
alcoholism, drug abuse, pornography. Then he began his sermon: “We’re not
about to start building a big church right now. We’ve got to get Christ’s
living tabernacle straightened out before we can do anything else. We have to
live this gospel first!” Today the Spirit of God is moving mightily in that
church. People are flocking to the Lord, getting their lives straight—because
they are hearing a gospel with a testimony behind it!
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APPOINTED TO SPEAK – by Carter Conlon – David Wilkerson Today – SATURDAY, JANUARY 11, 2014

APPOINTED TO SPEAK
by Carter Conlon

Early in my Christian walk, God put a compelling love for the lost in my heart.
Yes, there were times when I was opposed and even threatened. Nevertheless, I
simply could not remain silent, for I genuinely cared about people and I was
compelled to speak about Jesus Christ. Men and women around me were dying in
their sin, and somebody with the compassion of God had to speak to them. This
is the calling on each one of our lives.

Paul said it this way: “Whereunto I am appointed a preacher, and an apostle,
and a teacher of the Gentiles. For the which cause I also suffer these
things” (2 Timothy 1:11-12). Paul said, “I suffer, I am called, and I am
appointed.” In the same way, each of us is appointed by God to be a vocal
witness of the truth. We are not called to be silent in this hour. We are
called to stand for what we believe in; to testify of how God has transformed
us and continues to work in our lives. We are called to stand unashamed rather
than cowering down under the sneers of fallen humanity. And God has made a way
for us to do so.

Prior to these verses, Paul said to Timothy, “But be thou partaker of the
afflictions of the gospel according to the power of God; Who hath saved us, and
called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his
own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world
began” (2 Timothy 1:8-9). It is according to His own purpose and grace! It is
as if God is saying, “I saw you coming, and I made a way for you. I made a way
to cut the cords of needing the praise and approval of man. I made a way for you
to fulfill My holy calling on your life—not just in part but in full measure.
I made a way for you to love people with a supernatural love. I am willing to
fill you with My Holy Spirit, giving you courage to stand as a voice for the
kingdom of God—not by your ability, but by My Spirit!”

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STEADFAST IN THE FAITH – by David Wilkerson – David Wilkerson Today – FRIDAY, JANUARY 10, 2014

STEADFAST IN THE FAITH
by David Wilkerson
[May 19, 1931 – April 27, 2011]

The gospel of Luke tells us of a father who brought his demon-possessed son to
Jesus. Christ told the father, “Bring thy son hither. And as he was yet
a-coming, the devil threw him down, and tare him” (Luke 9:41-42). The word
tare means to violently convulse, to terribly shake.

This young man came to Christ and was about to be set free, translated out of
the kingdom of darkness and into the kingdom of light. The devil saw he was
about to lose another victim, so in a rage, he threw the young man to the
ground in one last, violent attack. He wanted to kill him and take his soul
before Jesus could deliver him.

Satan will try to do the same thing to you today. The moment you move toward
Christ, he will attempt one last devouring attack. He will put before your eyes
the most alluring temptations. He will try to cast you down with lies, telling
you that you will never be free from sin and lust. He will try to convince you
you’ll always be his, not God’s!

But let me remind you: The instant you move toward Jesus, the devil is rendered
helpless. He cannot stop anyone who is headed to Christ! He could not keep the
demon-possessed young man from reaching Jesus. All Christ had to do was say a
word: “And Jesus rebuked the unclean spirit, and healed the child, and
delivered him again to his father” (verse 42).

James tells us, “Resist the devil, and he will flee from you” (James 4:7).
So, how do you resist the enemy? You do it by faith alone! Simply come to
Jesus, trusting that He will rescue you from Satan’s clutches. “Whom resist
steadfast in the faith” (1 Peter 5:9).

You can be free today. You can say to Satan, “When I finish reading this
message, I’m going to be a free person. Jesus is going to deliver me from
every lust and ungodly passion. It’s all going to go because He said so.”

The times ahead may get hard for you. But the Father’s glorious, blazing sun
will shine ever brighter for you!

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