An Outpouring of the Holy Spirit

David Wilkerson (1931-2011)

“While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit fell upon all those who heard the word. For they heard them speak with tongues and magnify God” (Acts 10:44, 46 NKJV). This is speaking of the household of Cornelius.

Think of it: a private Pentecost falling upon an entire household with everybody there lifted into the heavens. It was miraculous! The praises were thrilling as all the relatives and children were getting saved and filled with God's Holy Spirit. Meanwhile, here we sit in the day of the outpoured Holy Ghost, where we often see little or no evidence of his working and presence. Many of our Christian homes are now under the control of the spirit of the world rather than the Spirit of God.

We need to take back the spiritual authority in our homes. If a Christian husband and wife are not in total unity, flowing together in the Spirit and love of Jesus, there is extreme danger ahead. One or both are not walking in the Spirit. When both are seeking God in private prayer and devotion to God, the Spirit works his wonders. Where the Holy Spirit abides, there is rest, peace, unity, unspeakable joy and victory over the spirit of this world.

God is doing something new in the land right now. The Holy Ghost is separating a people unto the Lord. To God’s people, being successful is not nearly as important as hearing from him. Houses, land, furniture, cars and clothes have lost their charm to a people now passionately in love with the Lord of glory. The Holy Ghost has come to reveal Christ as the Savior of our homes!

I have seen into the spiritual world, and I see demons fleeing. I see powers of darkness trembling because God's true church, once a slumbering giant, has been provoked by the Holy Ghost to shake itself, rise and claim its place of power and authority.

Entire families, churches and ministries are being turned upside down. God is saying, “Get serious about spiritual things, and I will meet your every need!” The Father is doing great things all around the world, and we can be a partaker of his mighty blessing.

Cornelius Saved His House

David Wilkerson (1931-2011)

“There was a certain man in Caesarea called Cornelius, a centurion of what was called the Italian Regiment, a devout man and one who feared God with all his household, who gave alms generously to the people, and prayed to God always” (Acts 10:1-2 NKJV).

The life of Cornelius proves that God seeks full-hearted devotion, obedience and ceaseless prayer. Consider how this man of God saved his house and the miracles his devotion brought about.

Cornelius was so determined to lead his household into God’s fullness that he neglected to eat in favor of seeking God. Food was secondary to his deep spiritual hunger and longing for God. Days of fasting without a corresponding hunger and thirst for God avails nothing; in fact, it is better to eat than to fast to earn a blessing from heaven. However, hunger after God takes the edge off the desire for food for a man with a heart in pursuit of him.

Cornelius should put us all to shame. He had no sermons or online instruction. He didn't even have a teacher! He was not a Jewish proselyte but simply a man desperate for God. What he had learned had come the hard way with no seminars, no conventions, no how-to-get-it-from-God books. Even though he hadn’t yet received the Holy Ghost urging him to pray and seek God's face, he fasted and prayed continually.

His prayer life made him a giver of alms. At that point, God had not answered his prayer for his household, yet he gave generously to those in need. He was not so wrapped up in his own need that it took all his time, attention and money.

Praying men and women always get God's attention, and the praying person hears the voice of God. It's been that way since the beginning. You can save your house the same way Cornelius saved his. In a single day with one glorious miracle, his entire household was saved and filled with the Holy Ghost. In one day, his house was transformed from spiritual blindness to marvelous light and life.

All of this happened because one man set out with great determination to save his house. May God help us get serious too about praying for our lost families and friends.

Letting God Create Our Identity

Gary Wilkerson

One thing that every person wants is to be whole. We want to feel confident in who we are and the purpose for our lives. Christians and people of all ages ask the questions: Who am I? What is my purpose in life? What am I called to? If I'm called to something clearly, can I do it effectively? Can I bear witness to the glory of God in a way that truly impacts the world? Does my life have meaning and will my future hold all that God has for me?

Let’s examine an oft-overlooked passage of scripture. It’s going to seem strange at first in this conversation about identity, but I think it’s very important, far more than we may realize. “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you clean the outside of the cup and the plate, but inside they are full of greed and self-indulgence. You blind Pharisee! First clean the inside of the cup and the plate, that the outside also may be clean” (Matthew 23:25-26, ESV). The inside of our cups hold sin but also brokenness. Not always but often, our sins are methods of compensating for our wounds rather than taking our brokenness to God for him to heal.

Now I want to ask you a different question. What does God feel about you? Many of us live up here in our mind, but these things are in our heart. We can quote scriptures that God loves and accepts us, and we’re forgiven and cleansed in the beloved. We can believe these things in our minds, but our heart is telling us a different story.

If we don’t see God correctly or trust him, we won’t allow him into the deepest parts of our hearts that need healing and cleansing. We won’t let God clean the inside of the cup.

Someone who has allowed Jesus to start working on the inside of the cup can go through horrible external situations and still be unmoved in their faith because their identity is truly in God. Let’s start allowing Jesus to examine the inside of our cup. Let’s trust him enough to allow him to start lifting painful, broken things out of us and restoring us so that we have room for the peace and power he’s longing to put inside us. We all want that, right?

The Chance to Do Good

Jim Cymbala

When I was at the Naval Academy in Annapolis, playing basketball many years ago, there was a saying in the locker room, “Fatigue makes cowards of us all.” What does that mean? It means that if you’re not in shape and you’re tired and your legs aren’t strong, you’re not going defend or shoot properly. You’re going to be falling over, and your balance won’t be right, or if you have to get low and guard someone, you’re going to just cheat and wave at the ball and not stay in front of your man.

You take a shortcut. You don’t do what you should do. Why? You’re tired, fatigued. It’s true in the spiritual realm too. I was down in Mississippi recently, and someone told me about a need. “You know, the warden and inmates would love for you to come down with the Brooklyn Tabernacle singers and hold an outdoor rally.” All 2,300 inmates, including the death row. When we went down, I talked to one of them, and these guys were in the same cell twenty years, one hour outside a day.

Before Christmas, though, I found out about something more practical that they needed. The prison chaplains came to me and said, “You want to help the inmates, you could bring down boxes with a toothbrush, toothpaste, a bar of soap and deodorant in each one. Pastor Jim, that would mean so much.”

Now I felt like I had a thousand things on my mind and the needs of the church, but God put it on my heart, “Just because you’re busy preparing sermons and devotionals and all of that, don’t give up. You have a chance to do good, so do good! Don’t give up and say, ‘Let someone else do it.’” So, I started looking into it. An organization, who had heard about my research, called me and said, “Hey, we’ve got 2,300 toothbrushes, tubes of toothpaste, bars of soap and deodorant.” Isn’t that God being so good?  

“And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up” (Galatians 6:9, ESV). In other words, let’s not get tired or fatigued. You could do something good today. Call somebody, encourage somebody!   

Jim Cymbala began the Brooklyn Tabernacle with less than twenty members in a small, rundown building in a difficult part of the city. A native of Brooklyn, he is a longtime friend of both David and Gary Wilkerson. 

Being Taught by God

David Wilkerson (1931-2011)

Paul said, “In him we live, and move, and have our being” (Acts 17:28 NKJV). Men and women of God live within this very small circle. Their life, their every move, is wrapped up only in the interests of Christ.

To know nothing but Christ, there must be a continual flow of revelation from the Holy Spirit. If the Holy Spirit knows the mind of God, then that well of flowing water must be a continual, never-ending revelation of Christ. It awaits every servant of the Lord who is willing to wait on the Lord quietly, in faith believing and trusting the Holy Spirit to manifest the mind of God.

Today we need his infallible word, a true and living revelation. Samuel had that word from God, and Israel knew it. When Samuel spoke, of all the voices in the land his came through and not one word fell to the ground.

Today multitudes are trying to sift through all the voices to hear the clear word of God. Saints of God are getting weary of a barrage of voices while finding only a few kernels of truth. You too might be in a dark place right now. Christ alone is the light! That light alone dispels the darkness.

Peter said, “And so we have the prophetic word confirmed, which you do well to heed as a light that shines in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts” (2 Peter 1:19).

Paul said, “For it is the God who commanded light to shine out of darkness, who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ” (2 Corinthians 4:6).

John said, "His kingdom [Satan’s] became full of darkness; and they gnawed their tongues because of the pain" (Revelation 16:10).

Your good works won't dispel that darkness, and our preaching on social issues won't cut through it, either. None of your personal experiences will do it. I'll go a step further to say that even binding the powers of darkness won't work without the light of Christ shining forth. All darkness vanishes in the light of God's glory! Let us study Christ alone in the secret closet. We serve the same God and are taught by the very same Holy Spirit as all others who have known Christ in fullness.