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Distractions in the Holy Place by David Wilkerson

Here is a great sermon from the late brother David Wilkerson.  When I first heard this message, I was on my face in repentance (Acts 3:19-20).  God often used brother David to pierce my hard heart and to show me my sins.  I praise God that though he is dead, he still speaks (Hebrews 11:4).

You can find the sermon here.

Written by The Seeking Disciple

05/30/2013 at 2:28 PM

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The Hunger for Revival

From time to time my mind drifts back to the 1990’s when I first got saved and when it seemed everywhere I went, people were talking about revival.  I remember the Bible teacher that I sat under those early days of my salvation would often weep over the need for revival.  He would talk about the great revivals of Church history and then he would weep over the lack of revival in our day.  I remember hearing men of God like David Wilkerson or Leonard Ravenhill speaking on revival and how we needed a move of God.  We believed, in those days, that revival would make things right.

In 1995 Brownsville Assembly of God in Pensacola, Florida begin to say that revival had come.  On Father’s Day, evangelist Steve Hill preached to the large Assembly of God church and revival services began.  The revival would continue night after night from 1995 to about 2000.  The revival would slow and finally ended in 2002.  I visited Brownsville Assembly of God three times.  I first went in August of 1996 but I admit I went with a critical spirit.  Myself and a friend of mine attended for a week in August, 1996 and while I was not 100% on board with the revival, I did see many good things.  The gospel was preached with a cry to repentance.  Prayer was powerful.  The hunger for the presence of God was intense.  There were bizarre physical manifestations and there were folks there for experiences instead of hungering for Christ but I walked away believing that there was much good going on at Brownsville despite the claims of the detractors who hated the revival.  It was there also that I met Dr. Michael Brown for the first time and I was impressed with his knowledge and his zeal for the Lord.

I visited Brownsville two more times with teenagers in 1997 and in 2002.  By the time we came in 2002, the atmosphere had changed dramatically and the revival was nearly over.  Dr. Brown had left to start the Fire School of Ministry in Concord, NC and the revival days were over.

What I miss about all this is not the excess flesh.  I miss the passion for God.  I miss seeing teenagers crammed into a building on Thursday nights for the youth service and hearing brother Richard Crisco preaching the Word of God.  I miss the prayer meeting on Tuesday night that was packed with intercessors crying out to the Lord.  I miss the worship of God that filled your heart with joy.  I miss hearing of revivals breaking out in other places from Brownsville.  I do admit that not all of the revival was correct.  After all, we are talking about a revival among fallen flesh.  There is no such thing as a perfect revival.  Every revival will feature things that we don’t like or approve.  Thankfully God uses fallen people despite our sins and errors.

I can’t remember the last time I heard someone speak of being hungry for revival.  Gone are the days of Ravenhill or Wilkerson I fear.  Where is the hunger for God’s presence?  Where is the passion for God in prayer?  Where are the thousands of intercessors who would shut themselves in a room for a night of seeking God?  Brownsville was not perfect but I miss the passion.  I miss the zeal.  I miss the joy of the Lord in singing praises to our King.  I miss the reports of souls getting saved.  I miss the Friday night baptisms.  I miss the hunger for the Holy Spirit to be fully active in our lives.

Oh where are those who hunger for revival?  Oh God send the fire (Acts 2:17)!

For more information on Brownsville Assembly of God check out this article.

Written by The Seeking Disciple

04/12/2013 at 7:27 PM

The Towers Have Fallen But We Missed the Message

This is a great message that the late David Wilkerson preached on October 8, 2001 at Times Square Church in New York City.  The church was packed as people were still looking to God following the attacks on the World Trade Center by Islamic terrorists.  While many churches were preaching a happy, loving, gentle message after 9/11, I appreciate that David Wilkerson and Carter Conlon both preached powerful messages aimed at repentance for our sins.  Who are we to think that we too don’t deserve to die in the World Trade Center attacks?  We deserve death and destruction because we are sinners and we rage against a holy God (Luke 13:1-5).  Because of the grace and mercy of God, we don’t receive what we all deserve.

Let us remember that when 9/11 comes around and every day after.  Let us remember the love of God manifested in His Son (Romans 5:8-9) that though we deserve His just wrath against our sins (Romans 3:23), we receive His forgiveness when we repent of our sins and submit to Jesus’ Lordship.  The cross is truly glorified when we sin our utterly sinful we are (1 Timothy 1:8-11).  We too deserve death but praise God for His mercy!

And let us also repent and call others to repent as well (Luke 24:47).

Written by The Seeking Disciple

09/11/2012 at 9:14 AM

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Growing Hard in the Midst of So Much Light

I copied the title of this post from a sermon David Wilkerson preached years ago called, “We All Like Sheep Have Gone Astray.”  His sermon focused on Mark 14 and the night of Jesus’ arrest and trials.  Wilkerson focused on Judas (vv. 10-11, 17-21), Peter (vv. 26-31, 66-72) and then the rest of the disciples (v. 50).  Wilkerson points out that these “spirits” still exist in the church today.  He pointed out that the sin of Judas was that he grew hard in the midst of so much light.  He said that the sin of Peter was that “I do not know this man of whom you speak” (Mark 14:71) and the sin of the rest of the disciples was their turning their back on Jesus as the moment of trails.  Wilkerson powerfully preached this sermon and I remember hearing it and pulling over in my car and weeping when I heard him preaching this many years ago.

The phrase I am narrowing in on in this post is the point Wilkerson made about Judas and his growing hard in the midst of so much light.  Wilkerson added, “How many people have sat in the church for years and they have seen the mighty works of God.  They have heard countless sermons.  They have heard countless songs about the Savior.  They have heard the testimonies of how great Jesus is.  And yet they are not saved.  They have grown hard.  Noting moves them.  They have no passion for Jesus or His presence.  They have no passion to pray.  They have no compassion for the lost and the hurting.  They are too hard.  They have seen too much.  They, like Judas before them, have grown hard in the midst of so much light.”

How many of us have been there.  I visited my old college this week and sat in on their chapel time.  The music was good.  The praise to God in prayer was solid.  The sermon preached by a missionary from Russia was good.  And I sat there I wondered how many had the spirit of Judas upon them that day?  How many have been in that college hearing the mighty things of the Lord.  Hearing about the great missionaries from around the world seeking to make Jesus known.  How many sermons, how many Bible studies, how many exegesis of passages, how many books have they read on God and His gospel only to find themselves growing hard in the midst of so much light?  How few take time to really see God?  How many are truly thankful like the woman in Mark 14:3-9 to pour out their love on Jesus?  To lavish Him with their praise and worship?  Or have far too many grown hard in the midst of so much light?  While thousands sit in darkness (Psalm 107:10), will we grow comfortable in the light?

I pray that God would open our hearts to His glory and greatness.  May we not lose sight of how wonderful He truly is.  How great is His love and His salvation (1 John 3:1-3)!  How great is His power toward those who believe (Ephesians 1:19)!  How blessed we are to have our Bibles, music, iPods, and so many other ways to learn about His salvation and His grace (2 Peter 3:18).  I pray that we would go hard after Jesus (Psalm 42:1-2).  Let us not grow weary in the race (1 Corinthians 9:24-27).  Let us pursue Jesus with all our hearts (Deuteronomy 4:29).  Let us not have a spirit of Judas that causes us grow hard in the midst of so much light.  Let us not become educated beyond our level of obedience.  Let us seek the Lord while He may be found and call upon Him while He is near (Isaiah 55:6).

Written by The Seeking Disciple

02/01/2012 at 9:35 PM

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