Moses Worshiped

MOSES WORSHIPED
By David Wilkerson
(May 19, 1931-April 27, 2011)

Published: 01/29/2014 – 12:00am
When Moses saw the revelation of God’s glory—that He is good, loving, caring, gracious, forgiving—he quickly fell to his knees and worshiped. “Moses made haste, and bowed his head toward the earth, and worshiped” (Exodus 34:8).
The revelation of God’s nature overwhelmed this man. He saw how merciful, long-suffering and patient God is with His children, including stiff-necked people, idolaters and those who grieve him. Moses was so stirred by this revelation that he ran out from behind the rock, fell down and worshiped Him!
It is important to note that this is the first mention ever of Moses worshiping. Prior to this revelation of God’s glory, we find Moses praying and interceding, weeping and pleading with God for Israel, talking with Him face to face. We hear him singing the Lord’s praises on the victory side of the Red Sea and calling on the Lord at the bitter waters of Marah. And we hear his desperate cry to God at Rephidim, when the people were ready to stone him for not providing water. But this is the first time we read the words, “Moses worshiped.”
I believe this one verse tells us much about the church today. It says a Christian can pray diligently without ever really worshiping. Indeed, it’s possible to be a prayer warrior and intercessor and still not be a worshiper of God. You can plead for your unsaved children, pray for the needs of an entire church, be holy and meek in seeking God’s burden—and yet never truly worship Him!
I don’t want to add to the multitude of definitions of what it means to worship. There are already too many books published on the various techniques of worship. But, in short, I will say this: worship cannot be learned! It is a spontaneous outbreak, the act of a heart overwhelmed by a revelation of God’s glory and His incredible love.
Worship is a response of gratitude. It recognizes how we should have been destroyed by our sin long ago, incurring the full wrath of God for all our failures and faults but, instead, God came to us with the powerful revelation, “I still love you!”
At this point, Moses was no longer pleading for sinful Israel and he was not asking the Lord for guidance. He was not crying out for a miracle of deliverance, or for power, or for wisdom. He was marveling at the revelation of the glory of God!

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Have you ever truly worshiped God? Not just praying, interceding, crying out, or thanking, but worshiping Him for who He is? Ask God for a greater revelation of who He is, and I’m sure it will cause worship to well up in you. Try it today!

Finding the Keys to Victory

by David Wilkerson | October 24, 2012
[May 19, 1931 – April 27, 2011]

As I studied the New Covenant, its glorious truths leapt out of God’s Old Testament dealings with Israel. Paul states, “All these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world have come” (1 Corinthians 10:11). I sensed the Lord asking me, “David, do you want the keys to victory? Do you want to know how to overcome sin, flesh and the devil? Do you want to know how to do battle with the enemy? Then go to my Old Testament and you will learn from the examples there. I have recorded them all for you, so you can learn the lessons of godliness.”

On the night of Passover, not a single Israelite was in danger from the death angel who swept through Egypt. Every man, woman and child of God rested safely and securely under the blood covering that was spread on the doorposts of their homes (Exodus 12). This picture of safety represents the protective power of our Lord’s blood over His children today. As Christians, we are to be a believing, trusting people who have the blood of Christ sprinkled on the doorposts of our hearts.

Israel’s trust in the blood of the slain lamb accomplished many things in the lives of the people. It not only protected them from the death angel, but it also brought them out of Egypt and delivered them from the bondage of Pharaoh. Yet, there were other enemies from which Israel needed deliverance. Likewise today, our trust in the blood of Christ is about much more than obtaining salvation for eternity. It also involves relying on God’s power to deliver us from every stronghold of the enemy.

Please do not mistake me. If you are saved — living under the covering of Christ’s blood, secured by faith in His work on the cross for you — that is absolutely wonderful. But what about your ongoing battle with the power of sin that rages inside you? What about your besetting habit? What power do you have to do battle with these enemies of your soul?

The fact is, even if we have been saved and secured by Christ’s blood, we are still engaged in a battle with overwhelming principalities, satanic powers, demonic strongholds. We are to claim the power that is available to us through God’s New Covenant, but that power comes only by faith!

I Will Be Their God

By Gary Wilkerson, son of David Wilkerson

Oct. 22, 2012

 

“And they shall be my people, and I will be their God. I will give them one heart and one way, that they may fear me forever, for their own good and the good of their children after them. I will make with them an everlasting covenant, that I will not turn away from doing good to them. And I will put the fear of me in their hearts, that they may not turn from me. I will rejoice in doing them good, and I will plant them in this land in faithfulness, with all my heart and all my soul” (Jeremiah 32:38-41, ESV).

Do you remember when you raised your hand in third grade and asked, “Teacher, can I go to the bathroom?” What did the teacher reply?

“Of course you can, but the correct question is, MAY I go to the bathroom?”

In this verse God uses the words, “may not.” It is a declarative statement: “You may not do it!” He is saying, “I am going to put My law in you that you may not break covenant with Me.”

I love that He calls this an everlasting covenant. If I could impart one thing into your life, it would be this message of understanding, walking in and enjoying the reality that God’s covenant with us is an everlasting covenant.

Can this New Covenant be broken? God says through the prophet Jeremiah: “Thus says the LORD, who gives the sun for light by day and the fixed order of the moon and the stars for light by night, who stirs up the sea so that its waves roar — the LORD of hosts is his name. If this fixed order departs from before me, declares the LORD, then shall the offspring of Israel cease from being a nation before me forever” (Jeremiah 31:35-36, ESV).

When will the New Covenant promise be broken? When the stars refuse to shine, when there is no longer a sun, and when man can go down to the depths of the core of the earth and measure the stars and the universe. So God is saying, “The New Covenant is an everlasting covenant!”

Precious Jewels

David Wilkerson
[May 19, 1931 – April 27, 2011]

Listen to this prophecy from Isaiah:

“O you afflicted one,
Tossed with tempest, and not comforted,
Behold, I will lay your stones with colorful gems,
And lay your foundations with sapphires.
I will make your pinnacles of rubies,
Your gates of crystal,
And all your walls of precious stones.
All your children shall be taught by the Lord,
And great shall be the peace of your children.
In righteousness you shall be established;
You shall be far from oppression, for you shall not fear;
And from terror, for it shall not come near you”
(Isaiah 54:11-14).

What an amazing prophecy! The “colorful gems” mentioned in verse 11 are jewels. If you know much about jewels, you know that a diamond was once a piece of coal that has been worked on for years by the elements. God’s Word is telling us: “Your afflictions are meant to change you into something beautiful—something precious to Me!”

The “pinnacles [windows] of rubies [agates]” mentioned here are a type of quartz, made transparent by fire. The “windows” aspect has to do with eyes or vision. God is saying that trusting Him through your afflictions will give you clear vision and discernment. It will allow you to see into the unseen with crystal clarity.

Many scholars believe the phrase “gates of crystal” reads more accurately as “gates of pearl.” Pearls are formed from a grain of sand in the belly of an oyster. The grain is injected with fluid, then grated and irritated until it becomes a pearl.

Think of all the grating, irritating friction in your life. What is God doing? He is making a pearl! Every pearl is a memento of suffering, pain, friction.

I believe Isaiah is talking about the beauty of Jesus Christ in this passage. In other words, affliction, when allowed to accomplish its work, brings about a people who shine forth the beauty of Christ’s character. It makes us more and more like Jesus.

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From the beginning of our Journey of Fire, I noticed that God would always take me to this passage whenever I opened my Bible. I read it over and over again. I knew it had something to do with God wanting to make something beautiful of my life, but I could never get much clarity beyond that. And the part about my children being taught of the Lord and having great peace was very comforting to me.

This explanation of the meaning of the passage helps me so much. It gives me that clarity I needed. I feel like I’m starting to come out of a fog.

And I’m taking hold of the promises concerning my children stronger than ever right now.

If you feel like all you ever experience is affliction, be encouraged. There’s a reason for it. You are becoming more beautiful and more like Jesus through it. It will be worth it!

I want to be beautiful for my Jesus, don’t you?

Leaving and Forgetting

I think a good subtitle for this would be “No Loitering”.

David Wilkerson Today

Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2012
By David Wilkerson
(May 19, 1931 – April 27, 2011)

The Holy Spirit’s message to the bride of Christ in Psalm 45 was: “Forget your own people also, and your father’s house” (v. 10). The still, small voice was whispering, “It’s not enough just to leave your past behind. You must also forget it all—put it out of your mind—all past loves and distractions!”

The messenger here is saying to the bride, “Are you counting the cost as you prepare to be united to Him? Or are you going to give Him mere lip service after the wedding? Have you started a commitment you’re willing to finish or does your mind wander back to things of your past—old friends, old habits, old loves? If you commit to this marriage, you must not only leave your past behind, you must forget it completely!”

When Jesus speaks of some who “do not forsake all” (Luke 14:33), He is speaking of those who turn from Him and cling to idols. An idol is anything that becomes the sole focus of our devotion—anything that possesses our time, attention, money, love, interest.

Many husbands can rightly say they are good providers. They work long and hard, don’t waste their money, and spend quality time with their family. But how much time do they devote to Jesus? Do they have what I call a “leaving-and-forgetting time”—a time when they mentally leave everything, setting aside quality time for Jesus alone? It’s a time to set aside all thoughts of work, family, children and say, “This is Your time, Jesus. I’m Yours alone right now!”

The problem isn’t business or family or career. Rather, it is “loitering”—aimlessly lounging around and wasting time. Multitudes of God’s people spend their time endlessly loitering—idly spending time with friends or lolling in front of a TV. We waste so many precious hours and neglect our Lord and Savior!

Now I want to speak to wives: You have given your husband and children the best years of your life. You are hardworking and faithful and you take good care of your family. Yet, how much “leaving-and-forgetting time” do you give to Jesus? How many hours a week do you shut the world out and draw close to Him?

How jealous the Lord must be over all our other loves, all the things that eat up our time and attention. The old adage is true: It’s not the “bad” that is the enemy of the Christian, but the “good.” It’s family, career, job, children. Yet these things in themselves do not stand between us and the Lord. No—it’s our loitering!

Now the Lord stands before us, asking: “Do you love Me more than these?” (John 21:15).