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David Wilkerson Devotional
- Fri, 01 Aug 2014 08:00:00 +0000: DANGEROUSLY NEAR DEATH - DAVID WILKERSON DEVOTIONS
The fifth chapter of Mark tells the story of Jairus, the desperate synagogue ruler who asked Jesus to heal his daughter. The twelve-year-old girl was dangerously near death, and Jairus pleaded with Christ to come to his house and lay hands on her.
Jesus agreed to go with him but first He stopped along the way to minister to a woman with a blood disease. (This was the woman who was healed when she touched the hem of His garment.) Yet while Jesus tarried, a messenger came with tragic news: Jairus’ daughter had already died. He told the synagogue ruler, “Thy daughter is dead: why troublest thou the Master any further?” (Mark 5:35).
Jairus’ heart was gripped with grief. He thought, “If only we had gotten there on time. Now it’s too late. My daughter is gone.” But Jesus assured him, “Be not afraid, only believe” (5:36).
As they approached Jairus’ home, they heard sounds of wailing and mourning. It was Jairus' family and neighbors, grieving over the girl. Picture the contrast in this scene: Here was God in flesh, creator of the universe, able to perform any work imaginable—yet they were weeping in His presence. In short, they were testifying, “God can only help as long as there is some sign of hope left. But once all life is gone, there is no need to call on Him anymore. Even He cannot restore that kind of situation.”
How many Christians today no longer call upon the Lord because they think their problem is hopeless? Multitudes trust God only to the point that something in their life dies. I’m not referring to the death of a person; I’m talking about the death of a marriage, a relationship, a dream, your hope for an unsaved loved one—anything in your life you think is impossible to fix, change or restore.
Jesus rebuked such unbelief. He said to the weeping crowd at Jairus’ home, “Why make ye this ado, and weep? The damsel is not dead, but sleepeth” (5:39). He was stating, “This situation is not what you see or think. You think all hope is gone but I say there will be restoration.” He then went to the little girl's room, and speaking a mere word, He brought the child to life. “Straightway the damsel arose, and walked” (5:42).
Nothing is too “dead” or too far gone for Him to restore to life. He is saying, “Put your trust in Me to fix your problem. It is never too late for Me to work.”
- Thu, 31 Jul 2014 08:00:00 +0000: THERE IS NO PROBLEM HE CANNOT FIX - DAVID WILKERSON DEVOTIONS
In Mark 9, a distraught father brought his demon-possessed son to Jesus’ disciples seeking deliverance. This boy was not simply troubled or rebellious, he was full of evil spirits, and they controlled his every action. This poor boy was considered absolutely hopeless. He was both deaf and speechless, so he spewed out only guttural sounds. His father had to hold onto him continually, because the demons constantly tried to cast him into the nearest river, lake or open fire. It was a full-time job just keeping this child from killing himself and it must have broken his father’s heart.
Now, as the father stood before the disciples, Satan began manifesting in the boy. He foamed at the mouth and rolled on the ground, contorting and gyrating wildly. Scripture tells us the disciples prayed over him—perhaps for a long time—but nothing happened. Soon the doubting scribes crowded around, asking, “Why is the boy not healed? Is this case too hard for your Lord? Is the devil more powerful in this kind of situation?”
But then Jesus came on the scene! The father said, “I brought my son to your disciples, but they couldn’t heal him. He’s a hopeless case.” Jesus responded simply, “If thou canst believe, all things are possible” (Mark 9:23). Christ was telling everyone present, “Do you believe I can handle all situations except those under the devil’s control? I tell you, there is no problem, no impossible circumstance that I cannot fix.”
Then, with just one word, Jesus made the impossible a reality: “He rebuked the foul spirit, saying unto him, Thou dumb and deaf spirit, I charge thee, come out of him, and enter no more into him” (9:25). At that point, the boy fell to the ground as if dead. But, Scripture says, “Jesus took him by the hand, and lifted him up; and he arose” (9:27).
Can you imagine the joy in this scene? That clean, freed boy must have run to his father and embraced him and the father's heart leapt with joy! God had fixed it all.
So, why did the Holy Spirit move Mark to include this story in his gospel? I believe it was so every parent from that moment forward would know God can be trusted to do the impossible with their children. The Lord was saying, “I can restore anything and anyone. If you’ll just believe, all things will be possible to you through Me.”
- Wed, 30 Jul 2014 08:00:00 +0000: GOD WANTS TO DO THE IMPOSSIBLE - DAVID WILKERSON DEVOTIONS
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.
- Tue, 29 Jul 2014 08:00:00 +0000: IS ANYTHING TOO HARD FOR THE LORD? - DAVID WILKERSON DEVOTIONS
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.
- Mon, 28 Jul 2014 08:00:00 +0000: HE LOVES TO BLESS YOU by Gary Wilkerson - DAVID WILKERSON DEVOTIONS
“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.
- Sat, 26 Jul 2014 08:00:00 +0000: HIS HAND IS BIGGER by Claude Houde - DAVID WILKERSON DEVOTIONS
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.
- Fri, 25 Jul 2014 08:00:00 +0000: JUST FOR THE FAMILY - DAVID WILKERSON DEVOTIONS
“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!