|by David Wilkerson | May 2, 2012|
I am a father of four, all of whom are married and have children of their own. Whenever my children face any kind of difficulty, I do not get angry at them. On the contrary, I am delighted when they call on me. Whether I can help them by providing prayer, counseling or financial blessings, I take great pleasure in reaching out to them and blessing them.
How much more does our Lord Jesus delight in blessing His children in their time of need? He tells us, "If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?” (Matthew 7:11).
You may look around the body of Christ and see other Christians who seem more talented and blessed. Some can memorize and quote whole passages of Scripture. Others can preach, teach or sing to God's glory. You say to yourself, "How blessed they are by God. But, poor me! I am not smart enough to memorize God's Word. I can't even remember a sermon. I don't have the gifts my brothers and sisters have to serve God."
Beloved, you do not know how blessed you are. Are you poor in spirit? Is it difficult for you even to smile? Do you lament over seeing no spiritual growth in your life? Do you grieve because you feel inadequate, left out, unneeded?
Jesus says, "You are blessed. You have nothing to be proud about and in that way, you serve Me best — because My strength rests in your weakness! I can use you more readily than all others." Jesus said to the apostle Paul, "My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness" (2 Corinthians 12:9).
What a blessing! Jesus never said, "Blessed are the strong, the happy, the self-sufficient, the forceful." No! Our Lord blessed the weak, the reviled, the persecuted, the downcast, those who are considered nothing in the eyes of others. He is saying to you, "You know you have great need of Me — and therefore you are blessed!"
|by David Wilkerson | May 1, 2012|
Many Christians think God delights only in chastising and correcting us. Not so! The Bible tells us He takes no pleasure in disciplining us. On the contrary, Jesus says, "Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom" (Luke 12:32). He assures us, "I'll give you everything you need — because My heart is set on blessing you!"
Nowhere in the Bible do we find Jesus cursing anyone (the only thing He cursed was a fig tree). No preacher, apostle, prophet or shepherd in history ever blessed people more than Jesus did. He pronounced blessings everywhere He turned.
Consider the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 5. Jesus said, "Blessed are the poor in spirit. Blessed are you who mourn. Blessed are the meek. Blessed are you if you hunger and thirst after righteousness. Blessed are the merciful, the peacemakers, the persecuted, the reviled." Everywhere Jesus turned He pronounced, "Blessed . . . blessed . . . blessed."
Jesus took children into His arms and blessed them. He blessed those who held feasts for the poor, crippled, lame and blind: "He lifted up his hands, and blessed them" (Luke 24:50).
It touches my heart deeply that Jesus' last words before He left His disciples were words of blessing. Luke says, “Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures" (Luke 24:45). And then ". . . he blessed them" (verse 51).
At this point you may be thinking, "I can understand how the Lord would bless children, or new converts, or even Christians in poor countries who need miracles just to have food. I can see how He would bless imprisoned believers in foreign countries, miraculously providing them with glorious revelations of Himself. But me? Well, I don't think I ever live up to the light I have received and I don't feel worthy of His blessings."
Beloved, I hope you understand by now that you will never be worthy of God's blessings. No one earns His blessings. Rather, He comes to us — strictly in His mercy and grace — and bestows on us spiritual blessings beyond our comprehension.
|by Gary Wilkerson | April 30, 2012|
The king of Syria brought his entire army to Samaria to lay siege (see 2 Kings 6:24). The Syrian army strategically stopped any food from going into Samaria and soon conditions were desperate. People sold all they had for any scrap of food.
Samaria's king was horrified by what he saw happening. He laid all the blame on Elisha and sent a messenger to kill him. When the messenger arrived, Elisha's friends barred him from the prophet's dwelling. During the standoff the messenger shouted to Elisha, “The king said, ‘This disaster is from the Lord. Why should I wait for the Lord any longer?’” (6:33, NIV). In short, the king had no faith. He was convinced God had abandoned Samaria and that they had to act on their own.
What was Elisha's answer? "Hear the word of the Lord" (7:1). This is sage advice for any Christian facing a crisis. If your situation has gone beyond your control, you need to be reminded of God's Word.
Elisha told the messenger: "About this time tomorrow, a seah [five quarts] of flour will sell for a shekel [half an ounce of silver] and two seahs of barley for a shekel at the gate of Samaria" (7:1). In other words: "Do not surrender! Food will be in such abundance a mere shekel will buy all you can eat."
The messenger scoffed in disbelief: "Look, even if the Lord should open the floodgates of the heavens, could this happen?" (7:2). He knew Samaria's king was ready to surrender. But Elisha knew God was already on the move on their behalf and he wished to turn unbelief into faith.
At the time, four lepers sat starving in Samaria and they said to each other, "Why sit here and die? Let's go to the Syrian camp and beg for food. They'll either kill us or have mercy on us.”
As the lepers approached the Syrian camp, they realized the enemy had fled and left behind all their provisions. The lepers enjoyed a feast and after they had stuffed themselves, they ran to Samaria to tell the king.
Incredibly, the king did not believe them. He thought it was a trap laid for an ambush but the people inside the city heard about it and acted in faith: "The people went out and plundered the camp of the [Syrians]” (7:16).
Think of it! Samaria's king was less than a day away from surrendering to his enemy, yet God had already won the victory for him.
You may be on the brink of defeat but God wants to fulfill His promises to you. Hold on to His Word in faith.
|by David Wilkerson | April 29, 2012|
|by David Wilkerson | April 28, 2012|