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    NO HOCUS-POCUS

    by David Wilkerson


    There is no better example of Godīs moving mightily in a city than

    the account told in Acts 11:20-21: "Men from Cyprus and Cyrene

    went to Antioch and began to speak to Greeks... telling them the

    good news about the Lord Jesus. The Lordīs hand was with them,

    and a great number of people believed and turned to the Lord."


    Such a harvest occurred that Barnabas was dispatched from

    Jerusalem to check things out. "When he arrived and saw the

    evidence of the grace of God, he was glad.... And a great number

    of people were brought to the Lord" (verses 23-24).


    Who were these men who launched such a mighty church that

    it eventually surpassed the mother church in Jerusalem? We

    donīt know their names. We donīt know their methodology. But

    we do know a couple of things: They spread "the good news

    about the Lord Jesus," and "The Lordīs hand was with them"

    (verses 20-21).


    This turned out to be the first truly multicultural church, with

    multicultural leaders, according to Acts 13:1-Simon the Black,

    some Jewish leaders, some Greeks, Manaen, the boyhood

    friend of Herod (which would have made him suspect to everyone!),

    and others. Yet they worked together in a powerful model of

    cross-cultural unity.


    The Jewish-Gentile hatred of the first century was even greater

    than our racial strife of today. God met this problem head-on,

    for He was building His church His way.


    Racial feelings in New York City are worse now than they were

    ten years ago. A harsh spirit prevails in many churches. We

    desperately need the love of God to override theses tensions,

    as it did in Antioch long ago.


    No novel teaching is going to turn the trick. There are no trendy

    shortcuts, no hocus-pocus mantras that can defeat Satan. One

    man told me, "You know, you ought to think about getting a

    topographical map of Brooklyn so you could figure out the

    highest point in the borough. Then you could go there and pray

    against the territorial spirits."


    Others are saying, "The key to releasing Godīs power is to

    sing through the streets of your city. Put on a march, make

    banners, and declare Godīs sovereignty in a big parade." Still

    others say, "Rebuke the devil, face the north, and stamp your

    feet when you do it. That will bring victory."


    Letīs forget the novelties. If we prevail in prayer, God will do

    what only He can do. How He does things, when He does

    them, and in what manner are up to Him. The name of Jesus,

    the power of His blood, and the prayer of faith have not lost

    their power.


    -David Wilkerson.
    I sure agree with Wilkerson on this. It seems many churches are trying everything BUT the foundational truth.

    Leave a comment:


  • Lou Newton
    started a topic NO HOCUS-POCUS by David Wilkerson

    NO HOCUS-POCUS by David Wilkerson

    NO HOCUS-POCUS

    by David Wilkerson


    There is no better example of Godīs moving mightily in a city than

    the account told in Acts 11:20-21: "Men from Cyprus and Cyrene

    went to Antioch and began to speak to Greeks... telling them the

    good news about the Lord Jesus. The Lordīs hand was with them,

    and a great number of people believed and turned to the Lord."


    Such a harvest occurred that Barnabas was dispatched from

    Jerusalem to check things out. "When he arrived and saw the

    evidence of the grace of God, he was glad.... And a great number

    of people were brought to the Lord" (verses 23-24).


    Who were these men who launched such a mighty church that

    it eventually surpassed the mother church in Jerusalem? We

    donīt know their names. We donīt know their methodology. But

    we do know a couple of things: They spread "the good news

    about the Lord Jesus," and "The Lordīs hand was with them"

    (verses 20-21).


    This turned out to be the first truly multicultural church, with

    multicultural leaders, according to Acts 13:1-Simon the Black,

    some Jewish leaders, some Greeks, Manaen, the boyhood

    friend of Herod (which would have made him suspect to everyone!),

    and others. Yet they worked together in a powerful model of

    cross-cultural unity.


    The Jewish-Gentile hatred of the first century was even greater

    than our racial strife of today. God met this problem head-on,

    for He was building His church His way.


    Racial feelings in New York City are worse now than they were

    ten years ago. A harsh spirit prevails in many churches. We

    desperately need the love of God to override theses tensions,

    as it did in Antioch long ago.


    No novel teaching is going to turn the trick. There are no trendy

    shortcuts, no hocus-pocus mantras that can defeat Satan. One

    man told me, "You know, you ought to think about getting a

    topographical map of Brooklyn so you could figure out the

    highest point in the borough. Then you could go there and pray

    against the territorial spirits."


    Others are saying, "The key to releasing Godīs power is to

    sing through the streets of your city. Put on a march, make

    banners, and declare Godīs sovereignty in a big parade." Still

    others say, "Rebuke the devil, face the north, and stamp your

    feet when you do it. That will bring victory."


    Letīs forget the novelties. If we prevail in prayer, God will do

    what only He can do. How He does things, when He does

    them, and in what manner are up to Him. The name of Jesus,

    the power of His blood, and the prayer of faith have not lost

    their power.


    -David Wilkerson.
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