Tuesday, August 23, 2011

When All Means Fail -- Part II

On April 27, 2011, David Wilkerson was killed in a tragic car accident. He was a beloved man of God, who impacted the world for Jesus in a powerful way.

It's amazing that in the blog he posted on the day he died, he had a word from the Lord for those going through the valley of the shadow of death. He had a word for those who felt like all means had failed. In that message, entitled "When All Means Fail," he said the Lord would say to those people, "You will see it was all part of my plan. It was no accident."

Of course, it's ironic how that relates to the car crash that took his life the same day. But it also relates to what you and I are going through today, and what we will go through in the future. David has left us with a great word of encouragement, so I would like to repost his April 27th devotional in its entirety. What follows is that post from his blog:

To believe when all means fail is exceedingly pleasing to God and is most acceptable. Jesus said to Thomas, “You have believed because you have seen, but blessed are those that do believe and have not seen” (John 20:29).

Blessed are those who believe when there is no evidence of an answer to prayer—who trust beyond hope when all means have failed.

Someone has come to the place of hopelessness—the end of hope—the end of all means. A loved one is facing death and doctors give no hope. Death seems inevitable. Hope is gone. The miracle prayed for is not happening.

That is when Satan’s hordes come to attack your mind with fear, anger, overwhelming questions: “Where is your God now? You prayed until you had no tears left. You fasted. You stood on promises. You trusted.”

Blasphemous thoughts will be injected into your mind: “Prayer failed. Faith failed. Don’t quit on God—just do not trust him anymore. It doesn’t pay!”

Even questioning God’s existence will be injected into your mind. These have been the devices of Satan for centuries. Some of the godliest men and women who ever lived were under such demonic attacks.

To those going through the valley and shadow of death, hear this word: Weeping will last through some dark, awful nights—and in that darkness you will soon hear the Father whisper, “I am with you. I cannot tell you why right now, but one day it will all make sense. You will see it was all part of my plan. It was no accident. It was no failure on your part. Hold fast. Let me embrace you in your hour of pain.”

Beloved, God has never failed to act but in goodness and love. When all means fail—his love prevails. Hold fast to your faith. Stand fast in his Word. There is no other hope in this world.

End of David Wilkerson's post.

I hope that by reposting and sharing this word, it will be read by even more people and that you will be encouraged by it. This has been the second part of my own blog called "When All Means Fail -- Part I." You may also be interested in David's book, written in 1998, called "God's Plan to Protect His People in the Coming Depression." It is available in hard copy or online at the link I provided.

Author's note: If you enjoyed this post, you may also like the other posts in this blog available through the Home page for this blog, and you can also find my complete blog directory at "Writing for the Master."

Do You Want to Know Him?
If you want to know Jesus personally, you can. It all begins when you repent and believe in Jesus.  Do you know what God's Word, the Bible says?

“Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of God, and saying, ‘The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.’” (Mar 1:14b-15).  He preached that we must repent and believe.

Please see my explanation of this in my post called "Do You Want to Know Jesus?"

Len Lacroix is the founder of Doulos Missions International.  He was based in Eastern Europe for four years, making disciples, as well as helping leaders to be more effective at making disciples who multiply, developing leaders who multiply, with the ultimate goal of planting churches that multiply. His ministry is now based in the United States with the same goal of helping fulfill the Great Commission. www.dmiworld.org.

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