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Rev. David Wilkerson
THE BOOK OF RUTH

Book of Ruth is a wonderful story of a converted heathen maiden who won the heart of her earthly lord. I believe it is a prophetic story, a message that speaks powerfully to us today. For we win Christ in the same way that Ruth won Boaz!

But this story is more than just historic! Paul writes: “Now all these things happened unto them for examples; and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come” (1 Corinthians 10:11).

The story of Ruth begins with these words: “There was a famine in the land” (Ruth 1)). Thus the Israelite Elimelech, his wife Naomi, and their two sons, Mahlon and Chilion, fled Judah for Moab. Elimelech died there, and Naomi’s two sons married heathen wives, Orpah and Ruth. They remained in Moab for another ten years.

But Moab was a place of idolatry—the congregation of the wicked, the seat of the scornful. Moab himself, after whom the region was named, was born of an incestuous relationship between Lot and one of his daughters. In fact, the name “Moab” stands for fornication. It was he who seduced Israel in the wilderness, after which 24,000 died from a plague. God forbade the Israelites to marry Moabite women, “for surely they will turn away your heart after their gods” (1 Kings 11:2).

In the spirit realm, this very same thing happens when a famine of God’s Word occurs: God’s people turn toward the world, yield to the seduction of idolatry, and mix with the ungodly. This kind of famine drives believers elsewhere to find something to satisfy their inner needs.

Christians today grow cold and backslide because they are not receiving true spiritual food. They go to church, but the cupboard is bare. The preaching they hear is shallow—no meat, no living water—just entertainment. Starvation abounds right in God’s house!

This is why our churches are being overrun with adultery, divorce, rock and roll, unbiblical psychology, a New Age gospel—with our young people using drugs and becoming promiscuous. The famine in the church has driven them to Moab, the place of idolatry. And Moab is a place where young men die, just as Naomi’s sons had died in Moab!

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Rev. David Wilkerson
WITH JUST A SINGLE WORD

God can restore whatever has seemed dead in our lives with just a single word. Are you having financial problems, unable to pay your bills? So it was with the Lord’s disciples—and He fixed their situation supernaturally.

When tax time came around, Christ and His disciples had no money to pay the needed amount. So how did the Lord fix the situation? He sent Peter out to catch a fish. Jesus told him he would find a coin in the mouth of the first fish he caught, and that coin would cover their tax bill.

I can only imagine what Peter must have thought. “Tax money in a fish’s mouth? This I’ve got to see. I’ve been a fisherman all my life and I’ve seen a lot of things inside fish—worms, hooks, seaweed. But I’ve never seen a coin inside of one.” Yet, when Peter reeled in the first flopping fish, he opened its mouth to find a gleaming coin. The amount was enough to pay their taxes, just as Jesus had said (see Matthew 17:27).

Why did the Spirit move upon the gospel writers to record this story? And why did Jesus choose to fix their situation through a miracle? Why didn’t He just take up an offering, or send the disciples out to work for a day to bring in wages for the tax?

I believe Jesus moved supernaturally here because He wanted to prove to His children that He will do the impossible for us. He can fix any financial problem, any family crisis, any overwhelming need.

He wanted us to know He is the same God who fed Elijah with bread delivered by a raven; who kept a widow’s barrel of meal from dwindling during a drought and saved that same widow from her creditors by filling huge pots of cooking oil from a little pint jar of oil; who fed a crowd of 5,000—and later another crowd of 4,000—with a few fishes and loaves of bread. He knows that at certain times in our lives only a miracle will do. And He wants to assure us He can do the impossible for us, in any situation.

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Rev. David Wilkerson
HE TAUGHT ME A LESSON

I thought I had a good idea for ministry but I didn’t consult the Lord before moving ahead on it. As a result, I incurred a debt of $5,000 with no way to pay it back. (In today’s economy, that amount would equal close to $25,000.)

In desperation, I started claiming all the Bible passages that say, “God shall supply all your needs.” Then one day, while in prayer, I heard a beautiful voice tell me, “David, go down to Chester Street tomorrow at noon and walk on the left side of the street. A man will come toward you with an envelope containing $5,000. This man is my angel, and he’s going to place that envelope in your hand.”

I thought, “Thank You, Lord; You truly are faithful.” And the next day at noon, I walked down to Chester Street and waited. Now this was a town of 1,200 people, and no one ever walked the streets during the day, because everybody was at work. So for a long time, I didn’t see a single soul. I paced up and down for almost an hour, wondering, “Lord, where is he?”

Finally, I went home in despair. I prayed, “Lord, how could I have been so deceived? What am I going to do now? Please, Father, forgive me for not trusting You. I put this whole matter into Your hands.”

A few days later, a man in our church called me: “I heard about your need, and I know someone who might be able to help. He’s a Christian banker who lives in another town. Why don’t you give him a call?”

I contacted the banker, and he did something for me that was unheard of in those days. He gave me an unsecured loan for $5,000 and told me, “You can pay it back at $50 a month.”

God fixed my situation. And through it all He taught me this lesson: “David, I could have sent an angel to give you that money. But I wanted you to learn something, because I love you. If I hadn’t taught you this, you’d still be making foolish decisions—and you’d be $100,000 in debt.”

I learned that even though I am to trust the Lord to do the impossible, I cannot expect an angel to suddenly show up and deliver me from my irresponsible choices.

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David Wilkerson

MANY WILL BE SAVED

In the last days God will call to the wicked who never knew Him. “Behold, I have given Him for a witness to the people, a leader and commander to the people. Behold, thou shalt call a nation that thou knowest not, and nations that knew not thee shall run unto thee because of the Lord thy God, and for the Holy One of Israel; for He hath glorified thee. Seek the Lord . . . for He will abundantly pardon” (Isaiah 55:4-7).

This happened in the New Testament times when the Gentiles ran to Christ. The heathen saw the light and responded. But once again, in one last revival of mercy and kindness, the wicked are going to hear. Multitudes will forsake their wicked ways and call upon the Lord.

He is going to offer comfort, healing, and restoration to all who walked out on Him. “I have seen his ways, and will heal him: I will lead him also, and restore comforts unto him and to his mourners” (Isaiah 57:18). How thrilled Isaiah must have been to bring this message: “For My own name’s sake, I will forgive this polluted bride and call her back.”

“I, even I, am he that blotteth out thy transgressions for mine own sake, and will not remember thy sins” (Isaiah 43:25). Think of the millions of backslidden Christians worldwide. In Times Square Church, half the converts are backsliders, those who have walked away from God. What a revival it will be as multitudes of backslidden Christians come back! Those bound by drugs, alcohol, sex, doubt, and fear will hear His call, and multitudes will return. Addicts, alcoholics, prostitutes, homosexuals, and the backslidden destitute will be called by Him.

Will His outpouring of mercy overlook sin? Never! Those who walked out on God are those who once tasted of the Holy Spirit. They once knew Him. The Lord will send the Holy Spirit, His messenger, with a word of love, calling them to remember all His loving words and how lovely their relationship once was. He will remind them of how He once protected, loved, and blessed them.

“And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications: and they shall look upon Me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for Him, as one mourns for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for Him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn” (Zechariah 12:10-11).

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Rev. David Wilkerson

WALKING IN RESURRECTION LIFE AND POOWER

In a weary moment, Jesus stopped to rest at a well, but there was a lost woman who needed help. Once again, He was energized. His disciples came again to find their Master so relaxed, so refreshed! “He said unto them, I have meat to eat that ye know not of” –John 4: 32. That is the secret energy of resurrection life!

Often I feel like a drained car battery. If you forget to turn off the light of your car, all you get the next day is that dreaded noise—urr . . . urr—the empty clinking sound of dead machinery.

i  know something is wrong among today’s believers, for we have been promised the very same energizing life of Christ. “But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you”- Romans 8: 11. ” (Romans 8:11).

How clear it is in Scripture that the Holy Spirit dwells in us to bring forth constant life. God has provided His very energy to come into our mortal bodies and give us physical strength. “And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened (made alive) together with him” – Colossians 2; 13.

Are you full of the Holy Spirit? Then by faith, lay hold of new life and energy! “Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits . . . so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle’s” (Psalm 103:2, 5). Titus also speaks of this: “Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost; Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour” – Titus 3: 5-6.

Thank God for the present greatness of our Lord Jesus Christ! Appropriate it by faith—and walk in resurrection life and power!

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Rev. David Wilkerson
ABOUNDING IN HOPE

Recently, a distraught sister in Christ wrote these words to me: “I am terrified. I think it would be wonderful if a hydrogen bomb fell on us, especially on me and my family. It would all be over for us in such a hurry. We’d be with Jesus! I lost my husband to cancer and one of my two unmarried daughters has health problems and hasn’t worked for two years. I just got out of the hospital and am recovering from a broken back. We have suffered terribly for the past few years. Members of our fellowship are being persecuted, and my friends are all suffering unmercifully. Fear and anxiety are my lot in life. Mr. Wilkerson, we are hurting! Is there no hope for the Bride of Christ?”

This woman is just one among thousands who write us of their despair and hopelessness. We hear from so many who deeply love the Lord but live in situations and conditions that appear hopeless to them. They speak of dead-end marriages and health and family problems, and they use such phrases as: “There is no way out!”

“God doesn’t seem to hear me.”

“Nothing ever changes. It just goes from bad to worse!”

“Sometimes I wonder if it’s worth it. I wish the Lord would come and get me out of this pit!”

It has been said that the only things worse than insanity are despair and hopelessness. But praise the Lord, we serve a God of hope! The Greek word for hope is elpo, which means “to look forward to with pleasurable confidence and expectation.” The apostle Paul wrote to the Romans, “Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost” (Romans 15:13).

Paul introduces an incredible idea: “that you may abound in hope.” He means, “that you may have enough to spare; a supply that is overflowing, excessive, beyond measure!” Some may think, “That sounds like a cruel joke. In my present condition all I want is a ray of hope, just a single evidence of answered prayer. Just one little sign of change!”

But, beloved, God’s Word is true! He is a God of hope—a hope that is excessive, overflowing and beyond measure.

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Rev. David Wilkerson
IT IS NOT FOR OURSELVES
Carter Conlon

The Scriptures tell us that Hannah, in her most desperate hour, finally “vowed a vow, and said, O Lord of hosts, if thou wilt indeed look on the affliction of thine handmaid, and remember me, and not forget thine handmaid, but wilt give unto thine handmaid a man child, then I will give him unto the Lord all the days of his life, and there shall no razor come upon his head” (1 Samuel 1:11).

That was what God was waiting for! You see, oftentimes when we receive an answer too quickly, our human tendency is to take the answer home. Sure, we may testify of how God was faithful and blessed us, but ultimately we will take the blessing and consume it on ourselves. That is why God often must wait until we come to a point of desperation just as Hannah did—a place where we purpose in our heart to take that answer and give it back to the Lord for His glory.

At the time, Hannah had no idea that this holy desperation was what God was producing in His own people as His answer to the peril her country was facing. What she did know, however, was that there would be a cost accompanying her vow. Imagine how difficult it must have been, knowing that the priesthood was completely backslidden and the nation was in declension, to still choose to bring her son—the desire of her heart she had prayed for so long—and commit him to the temple.

I can picture what Hannah’s neighbors must have been saying as she left for the temple that last time with her little boy. “What in the world are you doing, Hannah? God finally answered your prayer and gave this child to you!” It is the same thing that you and I will fight along the way—the false reasoning; the advice of those who would never walk such a journey.

Somehow Hannah had the sense to know that the life Christ blesses us with is not for ourselves but rather for others. It was something she realized back in the temple when she first made that vow to the Lord, promising to bring back to Him the life He would give. In fact, it was at that point that Hannah went away with her countenance no longer sad (see 1 Samuel 1:18).

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Rev. David Wilkerson
WE ARE IN TROUBLE
Jim Cymbala

I say we are in trouble and it is high time to wake up! With some exceptions, the Church of today is like the church at Laodicea. In fact, we have so institutionalized Laodiceanism that we think that lukewarm is normal. Any church winning more than a few people to Christ is considered “outstanding.”

The stern words of Jesus apply to us as much as to the Christians at the end of the first century: “You are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth. You say, ‘I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing’” (Revelation 3:15-17). In other words, they were voicing a wonderful “positive confession.” They were proclaiming victory and blessing. The only trouble was, Jesus was unimpressed. He responded:

“But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked. . . . Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline. So be earnest and repent” (Rev. 3:17, 19).

Strong language, to be sure, but Jesus always deals strongly with those He loves. “What son is not disciplined by his father?” asks the writer of Hebrews (12:7).

Notice that the Laodiceans were saints of God, with all the promises to claim. They were part of Christ’s Body—singing hymns, worshiping on Sundays, enjoying physical benefits, and no doubt viewing themselves as more righteous than their pagan neighbors. Yet they were on the verge of being vomited out. What a wake-up call!

Whenever the body of Christ gets into trouble, strong action is required. We cannot merely sit by and hope the problem will resolve itself.

The early Church began dynamically in power. They were unified, prayerful, filled with the Holy Spirit, going out to do God’s work in God’s way, and seeing results that glorified Him.

Then came the first attack (see Acts 4:2-3). How did they respond? They quickly began to pray in this way:

“Sovereign Lord . . . you made the heavens and the earth and the sea, and everything in them. . . . Now, Lord, consider their threats and enable your servants to speak your word with great boldness. Stretch out your hand to heal and perform miraculous signs and wonders through the name of your holy servant Jesus” (Acts 4:24, 29-30).

This is precisely what the prophets down through the centuries had told them to do: When under attack, when facing a new challenge, in all seasons, in all times, call on the name of the Lord, and He will help you.

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Rev. David Wilkerson
WE ARE NOT WITHOUT HOPE
Carter Conlon

When a deep cry forms in the hearts of God’s people, what is the Lord’s response? I believe the answer is found in the book of First Samuel. God allows a holy desperation to come not only into the nation, but into the hearts of those He will use to call the people back to Himself. In this case, it was a barren woman named Hannah.

“And her adversary also provoked her sore, for to make her fret, because the Lord had shut up her womb. And as he did so year by year, when she went up to the house of the Lord, so she provoked her; therefore she wept and did not eat. Then said Elkanah her husband to her, Hannah, why weepest thou? And why eatest thou not? And why is thy heart grieved? Am I not better to thee than ten sons? So Hannah rose up after they had eaten in Shiloh, and after they had drunk. Now Eli the priest sat upon a seat by a post of the temple of the Lord. And she was in bitterness of soul, and prayed unto the Lord, and wept sore” (1 Samuel 1:6-10).

Here we see Hannah at a place of holy desperation—a place where many of us are today. Note that this desperation differs from that of the world living apart from God. People without God are crying out as circumstances begin to overwhelm them and as despair and hopelessness fill their hearts. We, on the other hand, are not a people without hope. Nevertheless, there is a deep cry forming within many of God’s people.

The Bible tells us that Hannah eventually reached a point of desperation where she could not even form words anymore. I have experienced that in my own prayer time—where I come to a point of simply having nothing left to say. But it is in those moments, just as it says in Romans, that “the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered” (Romans 8:26).

A God-breathed holy desperation has come into your heart, and it is no accident that it is happening at this particular moment. It is evidence that God desires to do something in and through you.

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Rev. David Wilkerson
HE COULD NOT DEFEAT THE SON OF GOD

“There appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars: and she being with child cried, travailing in birth, and pained to be delivered. And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads. And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth: and the dragon stood before the woman which was ready to be delivered, for to devour her child as soon as it was born” (Revelation 12:1-4).

Satan knew an incredible church was about to be born out of the Old Testament remnant. It would be a glorious body, so the devil declared war once again, reasoning that now he could do battle on his territory, the Earth.

This passage suggests that Satan knew he couldn’t get to the child in Mary’s womb so he determined to destroy Christ as soon as He was born. He gathered all his demonic forces around Bethlehem, sending spirits of deception to blind the scribes, priests and Pharisees. Then his own spirit entered King Herod, possessing him. If Satan couldn’t kill Christ Himself, he would have a man standing by, ready to do it for him.

But the Lord’s armies of heavenly angels stood guard over the child, so that Satan couldn’t touch Him. The devil would have to wait another thirty years to try to devour Christ. His next chance came at the beginning of Jesus’ ministry, when the Holy Spirit declared Him to be the Messiah. At that point, Satan led Christ into the wilderness to be tempted, yet Jesus defeated him in that battle also. God protected His Son again, sending angels to minister to Him in His time of physical weakness.

The devil would try one last time to devour Christ. This time he moved forces into place to try to kill Jesus by crucifixion and cast Him into the grave. He sent demonic spirits to incite a mob, entering the bodies of priests, soldiers, political leaders and false witnesses. At last, Satan thought, he had his hour of power. Now he would wage an all-out war!

Yet you know the rest of the story: Resurrection day was Satan’s most humbling defeat. When Jesus ascended to heaven, He was out of the devil’s reach forever. “Her child was caught up unto God, and to his throne” (Revelation 12:5). All of hell was shaken because Satan had lost again. Even using all of his power, he still could not defeat the Son of God.

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