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THE MOST PRECIOUS GIFT

by David Wilkerson | May 15, 2012

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The blood of Jesus is the most precious gift our heavenly Father has given to His church. Yet few Christians understand its value.

Christians often sing about the power of the blood. Indeed, the anthem of the Pentecostal church is, "There is power, power, wonder-working power in the precious blood of the Lamb." But most believers seldom enter into the power of that blood, probably because we simply do not comprehend its great significance. For example, we constantly "plead the blood" as some kind of mystical formula of protection but few Christians can explain its great glory and benefits.

If I were to ask you what the power of the blood means, you might answer, "It means that all my sins are forgiven and I am free." Yet, beyond forgiveness, what does the blood of Jesus Christ mean to you? Can you explain to your family or to a coworker the worth and significance of the blood of Jesus?

Let me share with you the benefits that flow from the blood of Jesus.

  1. Jesus’ blood redeems us from sin and the power of darkness. “In whom we have redemption through his blood” (Ephesians 1:7). We are no longer under condemnation.
  2. Jesus’ blood has purchased the whole church of God. “Feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood” (Acts 20:28).
  3. Jesus’ blood breaks down all walls. “But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ. For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us” (Ephesians 2:13-14).
  4. Jesus’ blood sanctifies us. “The blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin” (1 John 1:7).
  5. Christ’s blood overcomes Satan. “And they overcame him [the devil] by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony” (Revelation 12:11).
  6. The blood gives us access to the Holy of Holies — to our heavenly Father. “Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus” (Hebrews 10:19).

Through the blood of Jesus we are able to come to our Father boldly — without fear!

 

 

PURSUING A GOD-GIVEN VISION

by Gary Wilkerson | May 14, 2012

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In Haggai 2:15-16, the children of Israel were having difficulty constructing a building. Their cry was, "We needed fifty measures of material for this building but we got only twenty measures."

Does this seem to describe your own life or calling? You need certain "measures" to accomplish what God has set before you, but you get only a part of it. You hope for one amount but receive a smaller one.

God has a message for you: He wants to supply for us what we cannot supply for ourselves. Indeed, Jesus tells us the Father longs to double our harvest. In John 4:35 we see Jesus and His disciples walking near some grain fields. He pointed to the fields and said to His followers, "The fields are ready for harvest, so don't say that there is going to be a harvest four months from now. Lift up your eyes, for the harvest is ready now."

The disciples were perplexed. They saw that the plants were only half grown and thought, "Anyone with common sense can see these fields are nowhere near ready for harvest." But Jesus was talking about the harvest of souls for God's kingdom.

The lesson of the harvest has a broader meaning for our lives. To us, it has to do with God's kingdom purposes. Jesus is telling us, "You don't have to wait four months to overcome your sin or have a burning passion for Me. I have made all those things available to you right now. It is impossible to you in your own strength and ability, but I am expediting all things and there can be no excuses among those who follow Me."

I have a question for every student or young working person reading this. Do you say to yourself, "I'll wait till I graduate before I stop drinking"? Maybe you say, "I'll wait till I'm older to stop sleeping around and settle down in marriage." Or, "I just want to taste a little more of the world before I give my all to Jesus."

Jesus' lesson of the harvest fields declares to all who would follow Him: "Now is the time." This lesson of the harvest addresses every human excuse: "There is no waiting in My kingdom. If you wait four months, the harvest will pass you by. Don't let any excuse sidetrack you. In my kingdom, today is the day. Now is My time for My calling on you to be fulfilled."

If this is true of you, I offer a challenge. Write down your excuse on a piece of paper and read it for the last time. Then crumple that paper and toss it into the trash and say, "I'm leaving that excuse behind me. I have no more excuses. Jesus says His harvest in my life is ripe right now."

GOD REMAINS FAITHFUL

by David Wilkerson | May 11, 2012

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The only thing that can abort God's wonderful purpose for you is the sin of stubborn pride. We see this in the life of King Saul.

Scripture tells us that God's Spirit was on this man from the day the prophet Samuel saw him coming down the road. God had called Saul and He was using him, but something in Saul was emerging quickly — an arrogant pride. Saul would not confess or admit his sin. Instead, he blamed others to justify his actions. He was more concerned with keeping up appearances than with what God thought of him.

Beloved, the difference between David and Saul was pride. Think about it. David sinned as grievously as Saul did — Saul never killed another woman's husband — but David quickly repented of his sin. When Nathan pointed out his grievous act, David didn't justify it. Rather, he immediately cried out, "God, don't take Your Holy Spirit from me! All I want is to please You. I know I have failed You but please forgive me. Cleanse my heart." (See 2 Samuel 12:13 and Psalm 51.)

When Saul was caught in sin, however, he grabbed hold of Samuel's skirt and cried, "Don't take my kingdom from me. Please stand with me so I won’t look bad in front of my people.” (Read 1 Samuel 15:22-35.) Saul was more interested in what the people thought about him than in having grieved the Holy Spirit.

Beloved, it is pride — a haughty, immovable spirit — that brings men down. A broken heart, a contrite spirit, captures the heart of the Lord. It does not matter what you have been through or how you have failed God. If you run to Him and weep it all out after you have failed, He will stand with you. He always stands with those who have a broken heart and a contrite spirit.

We all fail the Lord; no one in His church is perfect. Yet every time we are unfaithful to Him, He remains faithful to us.

GOD WILL SEE IT THROUGH

by David Wilkerson | May 10, 2012

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Peter was the man who said he would never desert Jesus. Yet, not only did Peter deny he knew Him, but he did it with a stream of profanities pouring from his mouth.

"And a maid saw him again, and began to say to them that stood by, This is one of them. And he denied it again. And a little after, they that stood by said again to Peter, Surely thou art one of them. . . . But he began to curse and to swear, saying, I know not this man of whom ye speak" (Mark 14:69-71).

If you had been standing near the fire listening to Peter, you may have thought, "Is this the man who was on the Mount of Transfiguration? The one who laid hands on the sick and they recovered? The one entrusted with the keys to the kingdom? Listen to what's coming out of his mouth! How could he walk so intimately with the Lord and then blow up like this, lying, cursing and denying Him? It's all over for Peter. He might as well go back to his fishing nets. He'll never be heard of again."

Had you run to the Lord exclaiming about Peter’s cursing, He would have answered, "Yes, Peter has failed Me but I know his heart. He's going to be on a hill in a few hours, weeping and coming back to Me. In fact, he is on his way to Pentecost — to a life of ministry for Me."

"If we believe not, yet he abideth faithful: he cannot deny himself" (2 Timothy 2:13). The actual Greek reading of this verse is: "If we are faithless, yet He remains faithful." It is true that Peter was terribly unfaithful but God remained faithful and His eternal purpose in Peter's life was not thwarted. Why? Because God cannot deny who He is.

No matter what you have been through this past year, God looks on your heart. If you have a broken and contrite spirit, He will be there for you. His eternal purpose for you will not be ruined because He will see it through!

I AM YOUR REWARD

by David Wilkerson | May 9, 2012

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 "After these things the word of the Lord came unto Abram" (Genesis 15:1). This verse means, "After Abram looked around fearfully at the enemies surrounding him, after he felt dejected that he hadn't made any progress, the Word of the Lord came to him."

The first thing God told Abram was, "Fear not, Abram: I am thy shield, and thy exceeding great reward" (same verse). In this single verse, God has given us the secret to the greatest blessing any believer could ever have. The meaning for shield here in Hebrew is "protector, defender." This verse means, "I will fight for you and I will be your champion."

The Lord is telling Abram, “Go ahead and look at all those armies surrounding you. Nobody can touch you because I am your protector. Entrust your life and future into My hands.”

This same verse tells us the Lord is much more than a shield to us, though. He is also our exceeding great reward. God says to Abram, "You will have your son, and he will be a joy to you — but I will be the One who fulfills your deepest needs."

God knows all about human nature. He knew that Abraham would have a great measure of joy when he got his son. Abraham could then say, "God did it! He promised this to me, and He kept His Word." Yet God also knew that Abraham would not be totally fulfilled when the child came. He would still have an inner hunger, a restlessness, an inexplicable need that no human could touch.

Isn't this what happens to us when we finally get the thing we have wanted so badly? All along we think, "If only I can get this one thing, I'll be happy. It will make my life wonderful and end all my problems." No, it won't! Only the Lord Himself can fully satisfy our deepest need.

Our High Priest says, "The secret of My blessing is that I am what you are looking for. I am your reward — your answer — your blessing."

BLESSINGS FROM OUR HIGH PRIEST

by David Wilkerson | May 8, 2012

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The Bible tells us that when Christ ascended to heaven, He took up the ministry of High Priest to all who come to Him by faith. "This man [Jesus], because he continueth ever, hath an unchangeable priesthood" (Hebrews 7:24).

Jesus is unchangeable — the same yesterday, today and forever. As long as you live, He will be your High Priest in heaven, interceding on your behalf, and He will remain your High Priest until you go home to be with Him.

Our High Priest is seated at the right hand of the Father, in the seat of authority: "We have such an high priest, who is set on the right hand of the throne of the Majesty" (8:1). Our High Priest has all power and authority at His command.

Jesus is in the Father's presence right now, interceding for us. He confronts our accuser and says, "I rebuke you, Satan. This one is mine because he is sprinkled in My blood. He is secure and his debt is fully paid!" Yet I believe there is even more for us to learn about our wonderful High Priest's ministry on our behalf.

It was the duty and privilege of the Old Testament high priest to come forth from the Holy of Holies and bless the people. The Lord instructed Moses: "Speak unto Aaron and his sons, saying, On this wise ye shall bless the children of Israel, saying unto them, The Lord bless thee, and keep thee: The Lord make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee: The Lord lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace" (Numbers 6:23-26). In other words, after the high priest takes the blood into the Holy of Holies, sprinkles it on the mercy seat and waves the incense, he is to come out, face the people and bless them.

This is the unchanging ministry of our High Priest. Jesus says, "I will cover you with My blood. I will intercede for you before the Father and I will come forth and bless you. "

When the Old Testament priest spoke this blessing to the people, it was not just a wish for them. He did not say, "I wish you peace. I wish the Lord to shine His face upon you." No, the blessing was backed by the full power of God (see Numbers 6:27).

Likewise, when Jesus our High Priest blesses, He does not just wish us good. He pronounces His blessing with authority — and it is done!

TOTAL VICTORY

by Gary Wilkerson | May 7, 2012

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We read about the final lesson from Elisha's life — and what a lesson it is! When the famous prophet was on his deathbed, Joash, the king of Israel, wept aloud that Israel's great prophetic light was about to go out.

Elisha rallied briefly to bring the king hope. He instructed the king to shoot arrows into the air, so Joash did. Then Elisha told him to take the arrows and strike them into the ground and Joash complied, striking the ground with the arrows three times.

What Elisha did next was surprising. “Then the man of God was angry with him and said, ‘You should have struck five or six times; then you would have struck down Syria until you had made an end of it, but now you will strike down Syria only three times’” (2 Kings 13:19 ESV).

This may seem like one more strange scene from Elisha's life but the fact is, God's prophet was still all about faith-building. He was telling the king, "How dare you expect so little from God. You could have defeated Syria five or six times, but you will settle for only three."

Elisha's words here apply to every Christian today. Our Lord wants us to go beyond limited victories. The stories He provides are to help us build our faith and inspire us to be hungry for Him to act. Elisha tells us, "God will give you as many victories as you are willing to lay hold of. Keep striking the ground in faith."

This isn't some heartless demand. It is deeply compassionate. God wants every spouse in a hurting marriage to know, "I don't want you to settle. I want every rift to be fully healed, not just partially. I want you to know the fullest joy in loving each other. That is my design for you."

Regardless of your situation, pray with me: "Lord, open our eyes to You in our crisis. In the midst of our need, fill our jars. In our difficult battle, show us your chariots of fire. And on the brink of defeat, remind us that You are already driving away our enemies. Stir our faith so that we continue to strike the ground with belief. And remind us to seek rest in You."

May God open your eyes to the miracle He has begun in your situation. He has surrounded you with chariots of fire and all the forces of heaven are at His disposal to provide for you and protect you. He is already bringing your victory!
 

EXPECT Church Leadership Conference 2012 Angola Louisiana Angola, Louisiana May 10, 2012

by David Wilkerson | May 6, 2012

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All over the world, pastors and church leaders labor day in and day out to bring His love to those in need. As a minister, you have no doubt experienced the joy of His hand guiding you. But like many, you may also have experienced the difficulty, the loneliness, the dryness, even the despair which can occasionally come to all of us who serve. The ministry you are about to be introduced to was established just for you, to strengthen you, to bring a fresh anointing of God’s love and divine healing into your ministry, into your family, into your church.

Please join us as we stand in awe at the healing work of God taking place in our very midst.

Expect Church Leadership Conference 2012 Colorado Springs
Colorado Springs, CO

September 25-27, 2012

All over the world, pastors and church leaders labor day in and day out to bring His love to those in need. As a minister, you have no doubt experienced the joy of His hand guiding you. But like many, you may also have experienced the difficulty, the loneliness, the dryness, even the despair which can occasionally come to all of us who serve. The ministry you are about to be introduced to was established just for you, to strengthen you, to bring a fresh anointing of God’s love and divine healing into your ministry, into your family, into your church.

Please join us as we stand in awe at the healing work of God taking place in our very midst.

 

BLESSING OTHERS

by David Wilkerson | May 4, 2012

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God said to Abraham, "That in blessing I will bless thee . . . in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed" (Genesis 22:17-18). He was saying, "The reason I am blessing you, Abraham, is so that you can bless all the nations."

Obviously, very few of us are called to bless entire nations but each of us has a circle of family, friends and colleagues. How many in your circle are being blessed by what the Lord is doing in you? Are your friends and family being blessed by Christ in you?

When you start blessing others in the midst of your trials, you will know that God's hand of blessing is on you. This is what happened with David. When his enemies showed him no mercy, he testified, "Let them curse, but bless thou: when they arise, let them be ashamed; but let thy servant rejoice" (Psalm 109:28). David cried out to God for help and blessing as his enemies cursed him.

Jesus commands us: "But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you" (Matthew 5:44). If you can keep this word, you are surely blessed of the Lord.

Finally, those who are being blessed are being drawn ever closer to the Lord. God never blesses without drawing that person closer to Himself, urging, "Come closer to Me." Increasing nearness to Him is more of the blessing.

Perhaps you still say, "I see no evidence of God's blessing in my life. My life isn't marked by any of these things you've mentioned. How can I have God's blessing?"

Beloved, rejoice! Do you love His Word? Do you love coming to His house with other believers? Does your mind run to Jesus throughout the day? Do you talk to Him? If you can answer "yes" to any of these questions, you can rest assured that He is drawing you, blessing you.

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