Archive for February 2013

Congress, Impeach Obama now!

February 24, 2013

When are you going to realize that Barack Obama’s repeated abuses to the Constitution are, as Congressman Steve Stockman put it, “an existential threat” to this nation? When are you going to realize that Barack Obama was deadly serious when he proudly boasted that Congress is no longer relevant? When are you going to realize that Barack Obama believes that he can freely suspend our God-given Constitutional rights by imperial and tyrannical decree on his own personal whims?

How many times must Barack Obama violate the Constitution before you do your Constitutional duty and move to remove him from office? How many times must he refuse to enforce laws that he does not personally like, before you act. How many times must he take actions that require Congressional authority, without seeking Congressional authority, before you act? How many times must scandals like Fast and Furious and Benghazi-gate plaque the White House, before you act?

Recent polls show that vast numbers of Americans want Barack Obama impeached. Recently the left-leaning Public Policy Polling (PPP) company conducted a series of state polls and found that in the State of Texas, 67 percent of Republicans, 12 percent of Democrats, 15 percent of Blacks and 30 percent of Hispanics in Texas want Barack Obama impeached. Another PPP poll found that even in the liberal state of Rhode Island 44 percent of Republicans want Barack Obama impeached. A spokesman for PPP even went so far as to say: “We’ve polled this [Impeachment] in several states over the last few weeks and found that Republicans everywhere want to impeach Obama.”

Patriotic Americans already realize that our great Republic will effectively cease to exist unless you assert your constitutional duty against this criminal regime. Patriotic Americans already realize that Barack Obama is a disease afflicting this great nation and that impeachment is the only cure. From sea to shining sea, people are speaking out in a resounding voice; the time to remove this usurper from the White House is upon us and it is now!

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What is Purim?

February 20, 2013

The Talmud states: “When Adar begins, our joy increases.” Why is that? What is so wonderful about the month of Adar?

Simply stated, it is the month on the Hebrew calendar in which we were saved from annihilation. The celebration of this aversion of tragedy is the holiday of Purim!

Purim literally means “to draw lots.” We mention this because the date chosen for the Jews destruction by Haman, the evil advisor to the King of Persia, Ahashverosh, was done this way. We commemorate what might have been through this name and we celebrate the fact that we were spared.

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How do we celebrate Purim?

On this holiday, we celebrate by dressing up in fancy dress, since King Ahashverosh used to love costume parties. We tell the story by reading the Scroll of Esther (Megillat Esther) and putting on plays called “purim spiels”, making noise when we hear the name Haman (the villain) and cheering when we hear the name Mordechai (the hero). We enjoy a drink, snack on three-cornered pastries with sweet fillings called “oznei haman” or “hamentashen” and we give each other gifts called “mishloach manot.”

It’s a wonderful holiday filled with joy and celebration. Learn more about this holiday’s characters and customs in watch our special “How to celebrate Purim” video to find out more.

As always, we invite you to come join our Biblical Hebrew courses, to get a full picture of everything wonderful Israel has to offer!

Chag Purim Sameach! Happy Purim!
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…and be Holy as He is Holy…

February 19, 2013

David Wilkerson Today
A Ministry of World Challenge

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 2013

THE ONLY WAY TO BECOME HOLY
by David Wilkerson
[May 19, 1931 – April 27, 2011]

It is impossible for any of us to achieve holiness in God’s sight by our own
strength or willpower. We must come to Him saying, “Lord, I have nothing to
give You. You have to do it all.”

Yet we remain convinced, “If I could just get victory over this one last,
remaining sin, I’d be able to live holy.” So we take in hand the sword of
willpower, promises, and good intentions and set out to kill the enemy in our
hearts. But we can never be holy while standing on the ground of
self-righteousness.

You and I face the same burning bush Moses did. And that bush is a type of
God’s fiery zeal against all flesh brought into His presence masquerading as
holiness. He says to us, “You cannot stand before Me on that kind of fleshly
ground. There is only one holy ground and that is faith in My Son and His work
on the cross.”

This is the only way God ever could have saved and reconciled a whole world. If
our works merited our salvation, only a select number would be candidates for
salvation—but I believe Christ died for all.

We can behold the worst thief, rapist, murderer, drug addict or
alcoholic—people who have no good works at all—and testify, “By repentance
and faith, they can be presented righteous in Christ Jesus.”

That is the true, saving power of God. Yet many Christians live as if their
works are sufficient. On judgment day, they will stand before God in their
flesh, saying, “Look at everything I’ve done for you, Lord. I’ve worked to stay
clean and holy. I’ve prophesied, fed the poor, healed the sick, cast out demons.
And I’ve done it all to please You!”

But God will answer, “You did none of those things through the power of My
Spirit. You did them all in your own strength. I accept the righteousness of
only one Man—My Son. And I do not see My Son in you.”

“Of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and
righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption: that, according as it is
written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord” (1 Corinthians 1:30-31).

Read this devotion online: http://www.worldchallenge.org/en/node/21762?src=devo-email

Trust a Holy God

February 15, 2013

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2013

IN HIS PRESENCE
by David Wilkerson
[May 19, 1931 – April 27, 2011]

“No flesh should glory in His presence” (1 Corinthians 1:29). This verse is
not just a New Testament truth—it was true in Moses’ day, as well. Moses
could not deliver God’s people in his own strength. He had to be taught, once
and for all, that God’s work is done not through any human ability but by total
trust and dependence on the Lord.

This is true for every Christian today. There has to be a putting off of all
that the flesh tries to bring to God. Indeed, God says to us as He did to
Moses, “There is only one ground upon which you can approach Me, and that is
holy ground. You can have no confidence in your flesh because no flesh will
stand in My presence!”

When talking to Moses, God put a focus on shoes (see Exodus 3:5) because our
feet are two of the most tender parts of our body. And what are shoes, but a
protection of our flesh? They protect us from the elements, from stones, from
snakes, from filth and dust, from the hot pavement.

Do you see what God was saying to Moses here? He was using an everyday,
ordinary thing to teach a spiritual lesson, just as Jesus later did when He
used coins, pearls, camels and mustard seeds. God was saying, “Moses, you wear
protective garb to keep your flesh from injury. But no amount of fleshly
protection will be able to keep you when I send you into Egypt—that den of
iniquity—to face a hardened dictator. You will be put into a situation that
only I can deliver you from. So, unless you set aside all reliance on your
flesh—your meekness, zeal and humility—you won’t be able to do what I’m
calling you to do. All your abilities will be worthless unless I sanctify
them.”

Indeed, Moses faced all kinds of tests and trials as he led some three million
people into the desert. With no grocery stores, malls, or even a well of water,
he had to depend wholly on God for everything.

Moses had already tried to act as a deliverer in the power of his flesh. Forty
years earlier, he had taken sword in hand and killed a cruel Egyptian slave
driver. And now God was saying, “Moses, your zeal has to be sanctified or it
will destroy you. Are you willing to put down your sword and place all your
confidence in Me?”

Read this devotion online: http://www.worldchallenge.org/en/node/21728?src=devo-email

Who is our Head, Indeed

February 14, 2013

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2013

WE ARE HIS BODY!
by David Wilkerson
[May 19, 1931 – April 27, 2011]

“Ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular” (1 Corinthians 12:27).
We are the very members of Christ’s body! By faith, we are made bone of His
bone and flesh of His flesh. And now we all have been adopted into one family:
“So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of
another” (Romans 12:5).

You see, out of the grave came a new Man. And from the time of the cross, all
who repent and believe in this new Man are gathered up in Him: “By one Spirit
are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we
be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit. For the body
is not one member, but many” (1 Corinthians 12:13-14).

There is no longer any black, white, yellow, brown, Jew, Muslim or Gentile. We
are all of one blood in Christ Jesus. And because of Christ’s work on the
cross, man could no longer attempt to be holy by keeping the law and the
commandments. He could not become holy by good works, righteous deeds, human
effort or strivings of the flesh.

“That he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain
the enmity thereby” (Ephesians 2:16). “Having abolished in his flesh the
enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in
himself of twain [two] one new man, so making peace” (verse 15).

Only one Man would be accepted by the Father—the new, resurrected Man! And
when this new Man presented to His Father all who had faith in Him, the Father
responded, “I receive you all as holy—because you are in My holy Son!” “He
hath made us accepted in the beloved” (1:6).

Moreover, we have been sealed by the Holy Spirit: “That in the dispensation of
the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ . . .
in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of
promise” (1:10, 13).

So, you see, holiness is not something we do, or attain, or work up. Rather, it
is something we believe. God accepts us as holy only as we have faith in Christ
and abide in Him. The path to holiness is not through human ability, but
through faith!

Read this devotion online: http://www.worldchallenge.org/en/node/21716?src=devo-email

How to be Holy…

February 13, 2013

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2013

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

As you read 1 Peter 1:15, “Be ye holy; for I am holy,” you may be alarmed.
“You mean I’m to be as holy as Jesus was? Impossible! He was spotless, perfect.
How on earth could anyone live up to that standard?”

The very purpose of the law was to show us it is impossible for us to measure
up to God’s standard of holiness. No amount of human willpower, strength or
ability could ever make us holy. Therefore, there can be only one way for us to
become holy: We must be in Christ and His holiness must become our holiness.

“If the root be holy, so are the branches” (Romans 11:16). Paul says that
because Jesus, the root, is holy, then we, the branches, are holy also. And
John writes, “I am the vine, ye are the branches” (John 15:5). In other words,
because we are in Christ, we are made holy by virtue of His holiness.

The fact is, God recognizes only one Man as holy—Jesus Christ. And in God’s
eyes, there have been only two representative men throughout history: the
first, literal Adam, and the second Adam, which is Jesus. All of humankind was
wrapped up in the first Adam and when he sinned, we all became sinners. Then
Jesus came forth as a new Man, and through His reconciliation on the cross, all
of humankind potentially became gathered up in Him. Today God recognizes only
this one Man, Jesus—and He is holy.

Like Adam, apart from Christ’s redemption of us, we can never be holy. No
matter how long we live or how hard we try; no matter how many prayers we utter
or how often we read the Bible; and no matter how many lusts we conquer, we will
never be perfectly holy.

Jesus stands alone in perfect holiness. If any person is ever to stand before
the heavenly Father and be received by Him, that person must be in Christ. We
stand before the Father without any merit or claims of our own. We stand only
by the grace of Christ.

Read this devotion online: http://www.worldchallenge.org/en/node/21681?src=devo-email

KaDosh, Kadosh

February 12, 2013

ALL THE DAYS OF MY LIFE
by David Wilkerson
[May 19, 1931 – April 27, 2011]

The Old Testament is full of types and shadows of New Testament truth. Whenever
I have difficulty trying to understand a truth from the New Testament, I turn
back to its foreshadowing in the Old. In fact, I believe every single episode
or story in the Old Testament is full of ripe truth for New Testament
believers.

One such example is the passage concerning Moses at the burning bush. I believe
this particular story is full of profound New Testament truth on the subject of
holiness.

While Moses was alone on Mount Horeb herding his father-in-law’s sheep, a
strange sight suddenly grabbed his attention: A bush was burning brightly, as
if on fire, yet it was not consumed!

Moses decided to go for a closer look and as he stepped nearer, God called to
him out of the bush: “Moses said, I will now turn aside, and see this great
sight, why the bush is not burnt. And when the Lord saw that he turned aside to
see, God called unto him out of the midst of the bush” (Exodus 3:3-4).

That bush was burning without being consumed because God was present in it. It
was a visual representation of God’s holiness. Indeed, wherever He is present,
that place is holy.

The New Testament tells us we are called to be holy “even as God is holy.”

* “As he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of
conversation; because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy” (1 Peter
1:15-16). In other words, “It is written, recorded, settled once and for all:
We are to be holy, as our God is holy.”
* “God hath not called us unto uncleanness, but unto holiness” (1
Thessalonians 4:7). God has not called us just to salvation, or to heaven, or
to receive His pardon. Rather, these things are benefits of our one true call,
which is to be holy as He is holy.

Every believer in the church of Jesus Christ is called to be pure and blameless
in God’s sight. So, if you have been born again, the cry of your heart must be:
“God, I want to be like Jesus and walk holy before You, all the days of my
life.”

Read this devotion online: http://www.worldchallenge.org/en/node/21680?src=devo-email