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Gary Wilkerson Podcast

  • The Power and Simplicity of Prayer

    Prayer is a central piece of the Christian life, but actually doing it challenges many believers. We often don’t pray when we have chances to do so. Not praying has been a common human issue for a very long time, but why does reaching out to God seem so hard sometimes? This week, Pastor Carter Conlon of Times Square Church talks about the incredible power of prayer, misconceptions about prayer, the strange difficulty and the true simplicity of prayer.

    Key Questions from the Podcast

    • How has prayer impacted your life?
    • What is prayer?
    • What happens when we pray?
    • Why don’t more Christians pray?
    • What do we do if it seems like our prayers aren’t being answered?
    • We need to pray like we've never prayed before. Why?

    Notable Quotes from the Podcast

    Prayer is just talking to God. Church experience tries to make it something else, tries to formalize it, or make it something where you have to yell with God, or you have to be in a certain posture or it's not prayer. – Carter Conlon

    Prayer now, to me, is a delight. It's not a job, it's not work or a chore. It's life. It's just the way I live it now. – Carter Conlon

    God doesn't take super men or women. He takes ordinary people who simply want a relationship with him. He begins to do supernatural things through their lives. – Carter Conlon

    God's timing is not our timing. We think we know how God should do something and when. I've learned over the years that God has to bring the right conditions. I’ve just learned to love the way that God does things. He doesn't do it the way we think he's going to.  – Carter Conlon

    The enemy really aligns himself to get us derailed from having the faith and confidence that God ultimately is out for our good. God's not against you, he's for you. – Gary Wilkerson

    I want to be that man in Ezekiel who's agreeing with God. My natural eye and heart want to cry out, "Judge it!" Instead, I'm saying, "God have mercy." Because I've not forgotten who I was. I was destined for hell and somebody prayed for me so shouldn’t I pray for others? – Carter Conlon

    Bible Verses Referenced in the Podcast

    Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. – Mark 11:24

    pray without ceasing – 1 Thessalonians 5:17

    For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul? – Mark 8:36

    if my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land. – 2 Chronicles 7:14

    The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance. – 2 Peter 3:9

    And I sought for a man among them who should build up the wall and stand in the breach before me for the land, that I should not destroy it, but I found none. – Ezekiel 22:30

    Resources Mentioned in the Podcast

    About Gary Wilkerson

    Gary Wilkerson is the President of World Challenge, an international mission organization that was founded by his father, David Wilkerson. He is also the Founding Pastor of The Springs Church, which he launched in 2009 with a handful of people. He has traveled nationally and internationally at conferences and conducted mission ventures such as church planting, starting orphanages, clinics, feeding programs among the poorest of the poor and the most unreached people of the earth. Gary and his wife Kelly have four children and live in Colorado Springs, CO. 

  • Start Small, Trust God, and Watch What Happens

    It’s easy to despair at the problems in the world, feel overwhelmed and ask, “Why doesn’t God save those poor people? Why doesn’t he do something?” Long-time ministry leader, John Bueno felt this way when faced with a seemingly overwhelming issue in El Salvador. The problem was so huge, devastating and pervasive that solving it appeared impossible. However, God led John to tackle this country-wide problem with small, simple steps and a faithful heart. This week, John joins us to share how God broke his heart and then opened an incredible opportunity for healing and redemption in this country he loves.

    Key Questions from the Podcast

    • How did Child Hope get started and what has been its effect on El Salvador?
    • What do we do if God is calling us to do something, but we don’t have the resources for it?

    The Bible says don't just pray for people in need, do something. – John Bueno

    Sponsor a child through a ministry or bring a meal to neighbors. You can do great things for God or you can do small things for God that turn out to be a great impact on people. – Gary Wilkerson

    In Zechariah it says not to despise the day of small beginnings, because God delights in small beginnings. It's a lesson for all of us. We start with what we have, with the doors that are open, and then we let the Lord do the rest. – John Bueno

    All God expects us to do is what we can. If we're obedient, sensitive to what he asks us to do, the opportunities that he sets before us, then he gives us the ability to do even bigger things. But it's a process. – John Bueno

    Bible Verses Referenced in the Podcast

    If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that? – James 2:15-16

    Do not despise these small beginnings, for the Lord rejoices to see the work begin, to see the plumb line in Zerubbabel’s hand. – Zechariah 4:10

    Resources Mentioned in the Podcast

    About Gary Wilkerson

    Gary Wilkerson is the President of World Challenge, an international mission organization that was founded by his father, David Wilkerson. He is also the Founding Pastor of The Springs Church, which he launched in 2009 with a handful of people. He has traveled nationally and internationally at conferences and conducted mission ventures such as church planting, starting orphanages, clinics, feeding programs among the poorest of the poor and the most unreached people of the earth. Gary and his wife Kelly have four children and live in Colorado Springs, CO.

  • Church, It's Time to Get in the Game

    Evangelism taps into some Christians’ fears of not being knowledgeable enough or being shamed, but it also isn’t a priority for many others. The Bible, however, calls us to tell others the good news of Christ’s sacrifice. Every blessing God gives us and every trial he brings us through is a testament of his goodness not only to us but also to others. Once we begin to live in a rhythm of evangelism, we will see incredible blessings.

    Key Questions from the Podcast

    • Do I have to share my faith with others?
    • How do spiritual disciplines of prayer, reading the Bible, and attending church help you evangelize?
    • Shouldn’t we wait for the Holy Spirit to lead us to share our faith with someone?
    • Are introverts expected to share their faith? Isn’t that a gift for extroverts?

    Notable Quotes from the Podcast

    The lead link in our Christian life—we give to the poor, give sacrificially, pray for people, all the things as Christians they're all wonderful—the lead link is sharing faith. That's why he made it the Great Commission. – Barry Meguiar

    The church is sitting dead in the water, and we're allowing this world to happen. It's our fault. It's not theirs. They're lost. Satan blinds the minds of unbelievers. We have to open their eyes with the word of God and with our own lives. – Barry Meguiar

    When you follow the nudge, you live in the F.O.G. When the Holy Spirit is nudging you to share your faith and you do it, you’re living in the favor of God. – Barry Meguiar

    It doesn't matter if you're a loud person, quiet person, meek person, it really doesn't even matter how much Bible you can quote, it's just loving on people, caring for people. – Barry Meguiar

    Bible Verses Referenced in the Podcast

    These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full. – John 15:11

    But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind.  For that person must not suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways. – James 1:6–8

    In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. – 2 Corinthians 4:4

    And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. – Romans 8:28

    For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost. – Luke 19:10

    Resources Mentioned in the Podcast

    About Gary Wilkerson

    Gary Wilkerson is the President of World Challenge, an international mission organization that was founded by his father, David Wilkerson. He is also the Founding Pastor of The Springs Church, which he launched in 2009 with a handful of people. He has traveled nationally and internationally at conferences and conducted mission ventures such as church planting, starting orphanages, clinics, feeding programs among the poorest of the poor and the most unreached people of the earth. Gary and his wife Kelly have four children and live in Colorado Springs, CO.

  • The Joy of Sharing Your Christian Faith with Others

    Deep down, every one of us wants to live a meaningful life, and we will feel truly alive when we are living out God’s Great Commission. Whether we bring God’s good news to our workplace or a distant mission field, this is our truest calling. This week Barry Meguiar joins Gary Wilkerson to talk about the joy of sharing our Christian faith with others.

    Key Questions from the Podcast

    • Barry, how did you get into the ministry of helping people share their faith?
    • Where can Christians find true joy?
    • How many Christians actually share their faith with others?
    • Is living a good life the best way to share my faith?
    • Do I need to be trained to evangelize?

    Notable Quotes from the Podcast

    Your business is your pulpit. – Barry Meguiar

    We are in full-time ministry, whether we're housewives, doctors, teachers, or in school as students. Wherever we're at we're in full-time ministry. – Barry Meguiar

    We shouldn’t be sharing our faith with others out of a sense of Christian obligation, but out of a love for God and others. – Gary Wilkerson

    The Great Commission didn't say, "Go ye all who are talented, gifted, trained, or paid into the world." We’re all called to share our faith. – Barry Meguiar

    83% of unchurched people already have at least one Christian in their life right now who they trust. We have all the influence we need. We don't need to spend another dime to evangelize America. – Barry Meguiar

    We're so aware, as followers of Christ, and so longing to be aware of God’s presence but sometimes we're not aware of the presence of the people around us—in the taxi, subway, airplane. Let’s learn to practice the presence of people. – Gary Wilkerson

    Move everybody every day closer to Jesus. I hope I move you. We can all be moved. You move me. We all encourage each other as the body of Christ working together. No distinctions. – Barry Meguiar

    Those who are in Christ Jesus should walk even as he walked, the Bible tells us, and so this is not just some dry command from Heaven but the privilege and the joy of entering into the life of Christ on behalf of a world that's desperate, hurting and in need. – Gary Wilkerson

    Bible Verses Referenced in the Podcast

    By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another. – John 13:35

    And he said to them, “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation. – Mark 16:15

    Resources Mentioned in the Podcast

    About Gary Wilkerson

    Gary Wilkerson is the President of World Challenge, an international mission organization that was founded by his father, David Wilkerson. He is also the Founding Pastor of The Springs Church, which he launched in 2009 with a handful of people. He has traveled nationally and internationally at conferences and conducted mission ventures such as church planting, starting orphanages, clinics, feeding programs among the poorest of the poor and the most unreached people of the earth. Gary and his wife Kelly have four children and live in Colorado Springs, CO.

  • A Wilkerson Family Testimony: Prodigal Children Overcoming Addiction

    Parents in the church can feel ashamed of having a prodigal child. They may have actually been condemned for their child’s suffering or wandering path. In this episode, Gary Wilkerson is joined by his wife, Kelly, and son, Evan, as they discuss how their family was ultimately able to draw closer to God as a result of Evan’s prodigal journey. While this time can be immensely painful for parents and families, God is always faithful. Gary, Kelly, and Evan talk about how God redeemed and healed their own relationships and lives through what seemed like a very dark period.

    Key Questions from the Podcast

    • If my child becomes a prodigal am I to blame? Should I feel guilty? Could I have done something differently? Did I do something wrong?
    • How did you become a prodigal son? Was it something your parents did or didn’t do?
    • As the parent of a prodigal child, what should I do?
    • How and what do we pray for our prodigal children?
    • How do you overcome the shame of having a prodigal son so you can share your struggle with others?
    • As a prodigal, what caused you to come back to God?

    Notable Quotes from the Podcast

    When a family loves God, the enemy hates that and he loves to attack community and unity. We have felt the attack in our family. The enemy really sent every demon from the pit of hell to come against our family when it comes to addictions. – Gary Wilkerson

    Your prodigal child is not your fault, but there are some lessons we can learn as parents and improve on. – Gary Wilkerson

    Blaming yourself for your child’s addictions is like blaming yourself for your child getting cancer. There is disease involved. It’s not your fault. – Gary Wilkerson

    God is faithful and never forget that. He is faithful. I don't care how dark it is, what storm it is, God is faithful. He's with you. He's going to see through this. He hasn't abandoned you. – Kelly Wilkerson

    Satan is really good about getting those hooks in with that deception of the meaning of life is pleasure and here's a little bit here. Here's a little bit here, and before you know it, you're trapped. Before you know it, you aren't finding any pleasure in these things at all, but they're actually misery, and they're actually discontent and bewilderment that you ever came to this place. – Evan Wilkerson

    We need to remember that God loves our children more than we can possibly ever comprehend or understand. He did not write a life for them to be in the world and sin tossed. – Kelly Wilkerson

    Bible Verses Referenced in the Podcast

    The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit. – Psalm 34:18

    He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds. – Psalm 147:3

    Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. – Romans 8:26a

    Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. – 2 Corinthians 5:17

    The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly. – John 10:10

    Resources Mentioned in the Podcast

    About Gary Wilkerson

    Gary Wilkerson is the President of World Challenge, an international mission organization that was founded by his father, David Wilkerson. He is also the Founding Pastor of The Springs Church, which he launched in 2009 with a handful of people. He has traveled nationally and internationally at conferences and conducted mission ventures such as church planting, starting orphanages, clinics, feeding programs among the poorest of the poor and the most unreached people of the earth. Gary and his wife Kelly have four children and live in Colorado Springs, CO.

  • How to Navigate Doubt in Your Christian Life

    Doubt can feel like a dangerous fault line in the bedrock of our faith. This week, Gary Wilkerson takes a more measured look at doubt and its place in the Bible and our lives. How do we take care of our hearts so that when doubt springs up, it doesn’t hurt us? Is it possible to have healthy doubts and questions about our faith? Gary talks about how believers can use doubt as a tool to help our relationship with God grow.

    Key Questions from the Podcast

    • Are there some things we, as Christians, should not doubt?
    • What do we do when we’re doubting and not finding answers to our questions?
    • How should those who aren’t struggling with doubt help those who are facing questions?

    Notable Quotes from the Podcast

    Doubt can promote a greater revelation of God. We can see more of the glory of God when we are willing to wrestle with our conflicts and come at the other side with a more solid faith and a greater revelation of God. – Gary Wilkerson

    Don't be afraid to be honest with God. Again, just be careful how we talk to him. He is to be revered, but he is our father as well, and he's not afraid of our questions. – Gary Wilkerson

    It's not uncommon to face some doubts. Don't beat yourself up. Don't allow condemnation. Where God could use our doubts, the righteous type of doubt for good, the enemy will use it for evil and bring a lot of condemnation and shame. – Gary Wilkerson

    Doubt can keep us from false doctrine. If you believe everything you hear in a church, you're going to get led into some false doctrine. Be a Berean (Acts 17:11). – Gary Wilkerson

    Fire used in the wrong way will burn your house down but used in the right way it can keep you warm. Doubt is similar. Used incorrectly it can wreck your faith but used wisely it can strengthen your faith. – Gary Wilkerson

    Bible Verses Referenced in the Podcast

    …and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free. – John 8:32

    Immediately the father of the child cried out and said, “I believe; help my unbelief!” – Mark 9:24

    The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.” – Psalm 14:1a

    And have mercy on those who doubt; - Jude 22

    He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also, he has put eternity into man's heart, yet so that he cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end. – Ecclesiastes 3:11

    Now these Jews were more noble than those in Thessalonica; they received the word with all eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so. – Acts 17:11

    Resources Mentioned in the Podcast

    About Gary Wilkerson

    Gary Wilkerson is the President of World Challenge, an international mission organization that was founded by his father, David Wilkerson. He is also the Founding Pastor of The Springs Church, which he launched in 2009 with a handful of people. He has traveled nationally and internationally at conferences and conducted mission ventures such as church planting, starting orphanages, clinics, feeding programs among the poorest of the poor and the most unreached people of the earth. Gary and his wife Kelly have four children and live in Colorado Springs, CO.

  • Can Doubt Be Good For Your Faith?

    Doubt can be hard for us to wrestle with, especially if we’re afraid that it means we’re losing our faith. If we open up to God about our fears, though, he won’t leave us to struggle alone. God promises to walk alongside us through every dark valley and give us a spirit of discernment as we examine our doubts. In this episode, Gary Wilkerson talks about how doubt can hurt Christians but also how it can be one of our most useful tools for understanding God better.

    Key Questions from the Podcast

    • Why do so many Christians struggle with doubt?
    • Why does much of the church avoid talking about doubt?
    • Are doubt and unbelief the same thing?

    Notable Quotes from the Podcast

    There are two types of doubt. There's the unhealthy doubt that leads towards unbelief. There's another kind of doubt that is healthy. It questions assumptions that we've made, that we don't really believe. We espouse these different viewpoints and we don't really believe in them. That kind of doubt is actually good—to question as to why do I believe this or don't believe that. – Gary Wilkerson

    Doubt is defined as a tension between two competing ideas. There are only two ways to deal with those competing ideas. You either face it head on and come to resolve or bury it in denial. – Gary Wilkerson

    It's important to point out that doubt is not unbelief. Some people confuse those two. Having doubts doesn't mean that you don't believe. – Bob Ditmer

    Faith is, “God will.” Doubt is, “God can?” Unbelief is, “God can't.” – Gary Wilkerson

    Doubt can be an exercise that makes your faith stronger, but you shouldn’t live in a place of doubt. That will make you dour, sour, unhappy, and unpleasant. – Gary Wilkerson

    Resources Mentioned in the Podcast

    About Gary Wilkerson

    Gary Wilkerson is the President of World Challenge, an international mission organization that was founded by his father, David Wilkerson. He is also the Founding Pastor of The Springs Church, which he launched in 2009 with a handful of people. He has traveled nationally and internationally at conferences and conducted mission ventures such as church planting, starting orphanages, clinics, feeding programs among the poorest of the poor and the most unreached people of the earth. Gary and his wife Kelly have four children and live in Colorado Springs, CO.

  • The People-Shaped Hole in Your Heart

    Wellness is a huge part of how we evaluate ourselves. How happy are we? How healthy do we feel? How are the relationships in our lives? Many professionals and friends want to tell us what wellness should look like, but what does the Bible say? This week, Gary Wilkerson discusses how God designed us to need certain things in order to be healthy mentally, physically and spiritually.

    Key Questions from the Podcast

    • How do we make the transition from building our life on the wrong foundation to the right one?
    • How do we maintain a healthy community when we all have a sinful nature?
    • How does community help us become more like Christ?
    • How do we heal from getting our self-worth from the wrong sources?
    • How does our desire for impact and significance play out in community?
    • Does wellbeing mean we are comfortable, happy and healthy?

    Notable Quotes from the Podcast

    We make mistakes. Realize that's a part of life. The Bible says the righteous man stumbles seven times and gets back up. It doesn't say he never stumbles. You're not a failure unless you stay down. – Gary Wilkerson

    Jesus says, "Love others as you love yourself." But some Christians only love others. They don't love themselves. – Gary Wilkerson

    We’ve heard of the God-shaped hole in our heart, but I believe there is also a person-shaped hole in our heart. We need other people. – Gary Wilkerson

    As you run from God and people, you run from community, from relationship, from intimacy. As you run you end up in deeper depths. Life gets worse and worse and worse the more we isolate ourselves. We can become critical and angry. – Gary Wilkerson

    Say I want to write another book, and my motive is impact. I really want to have an impact on people's lives. That's a good motive. But what if my motive is love. Then I think I'll write a better book, have a better message, and I'll have a greater impact. – Gary Wilkerson

    There are thousands and thousands of resources that can give us knowledge, but people are not hungry just for knowledge. They're hungry for love, to be loved, to be a part of something bigger than themselves, to be a part of a world that is in community but also and has an impact. – Gary Wilkerson

    “If this is how God treats his friends, no wonder he has so few of them.”-  Teresa of Avila

    Jesus said, "Clean the inside of the cup, and the outside will take care of itself." But we do the opposite. Let's clean the outside of the cup, make it look good, have these external measures of validation, then I look good. I look healthy. I have the mask on. It's totally backward! – Gary Wilkerson

    Bible Verses Referenced in the Podcast

    The godly may trip seven times, but they will get up again. – Proverbs 24:16a

    The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ – Mark 12:31a

    Now may the God of peace himself sanctify you completely, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. – 1 Thessalonians 5:23

    But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. – Matthew 6:33

    You blind Pharisee! First clean the inside of the cup and the plate, that the outside also may be clean. – Matthew 23:26

    Resources Mentioned in the Podcast

    About Gary Wilkerson

    Gary Wilkerson is the President of World Challenge, an international mission organization that was founded by his father, David Wilkerson. He is also the Founding Pastor of The Springs Church, which he launched in 2009 with a handful of people. He has traveled nationally and internationally at conferences and conducted mission ventures such as church planting, starting orphanages, clinics, feeding programs among the poorest of the poor and the most unreached people of the earth. Gary and his wife Kelly have four children and live in Colorado Springs, CO.

  • Hiding Your Hurts Under a False Sense of Worth

    Validation is an enormous part of our lives. It is an external recognition that the feelings we have or the actions we take are worthwhile. Community, as God intended it, often encourages people toward right living through validation. However, the desire for external validation can quickly become all-consuming and unhealthy. This week, Gary Wilkerson discusses how easily we slip into searching for worth in things other than God. Only God can validate our existence. Only he can give our lives real purpose and direction.

    Key Questions from the Podcast

    • What does it mean to have wellbeing?
    • Why does a prosperous nation like the U.S. rank so low in its happiness?
    • How does our search for happiness impact our relationships?
    • What are good things to measure our sense of worth and happiness?

    Notable Quotes from the Podcast

    When we falsely build our life on the sand—money, fame, corporate success, applause, and pats on the back—it never fulfills. It’s never enough. It doesn’t meet the deeper needs of our heart. – Gary Wilkerson

    Every sin is relational, so all obedience and holiness are relational as well—toward God and others. Love fulfills the law. – Gary Wilkerson

    Life is not fame. It's love. Life is not power. It's generosity. Life is not selfish. It's giving myself away. Life is not Facebook likes. It's friendships. – Gary Wilkerson

    Life is love. Life is grace. Life is generosity. Life is forgiveness. Life is community. Life is togetherness. Life is having close friends. Life is having a gift inside of you that you give to the world and use it well for the glory of God. – Gary Wilkerson

    As Christians, we have something that psychology and self-help don't have­—the source of love, life, grace, forgiveness, peace, joy, and contentment. Drink of Christ. – Gary Wilkerson

    My whole life I realize I've defined success incorrectly. I've defined it as these selfish, powerful, ambitious things that aren’t successful at all. I started defining success differently, as being a man of love, grace, generosity, and peace. – Gary Wilkerson

    Bible Verses Referenced in the Podcast

    Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfilling of the law. – Romans 13:10

    But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. – Galatians 5:22–23

    Resources Mentioned in the Podcast

    About Gary Wilkerson

    Gary Wilkerson is the President of World Challenge, an international mission organization that was founded by his father, David Wilkerson. He is also the Founding Pastor of The Springs Church, which he launched in 2009 with a handful of people. He has traveled nationally and internationally at conferences and conducted mission ventures such as church planting, starting orphanages, clinics, feeding programs among the poorest of the poor and the most unreached people of the earth. Gary and his wife Kelly have four children and live in Colorado Springs, CO.

  • What Did Jesus Mean When He Promised Abundant Life?

    The Bible promises us abundant life, so how does this translate into everyday life? Does this promise mean that God will shower us with whatever we pray for and desire? Clearly, that’s not the case for quite a few, if not all, of us. In this episode of the Gary Wilkerson podcast, Gary talks about how our culture’s definition of abundance is crooked and sets us up for unhealthy expectations. God plans for much more in our lives with his definition of abundance. There may be struggles and hard times, but we are promised strength and the divine might of our heavenly Father going before us.

    Key Questions from the Podcast

    • When we don’t find fulfillment in the good things that God provides can it lead to depression and addiction?
    • What do you do when you don’t seem to have the abundant life that Jesus promises? How do we find abundant life?
    • Does abundant life mean a life free of trouble, pain, and difficulty?

    Notable Quotes from the Podcast

    The multiplication of what God gives us is supernatural. All he's asking us is to come to him. – Gary Wilkerson

    Grace and grit are married together in the power of the Holy Spirit. It's not self-will, but it's an energized will. It's a Holy Spirit-empowered will. It's a grace-driven effort. – Gary Wilkerson

    Jesus seems to over-promise, but then He always over-delivers. – Bob Ditmer

    If you think abundant life means trouble-free or pain-free, you're setting yourself up for failure. You're setting yourself up for disappointment. You're going to think God has let you down, or God's against you. – Gary Wilkerson

    A lot of us, number one, we're not expecting trouble. When it comes, we get discouraged or withdraw from the battle. Number two, we're not engaging in the fight. We think abundant life means no fight. Abundant life means get in the ring. There's going to be a fight. – Gary Wilkerson

    Abundant life isn't a pain-free life. It is a powerful life. It is the ability to navigate life with strength, and vigor, and vitality. – Gary Wilkerson

    If all your abundance is primarily for yourself, then Jesus could have said, "Drink of me, and I'll fill you." But he said, "Drink of me, and rivers will flow out of you." What he's saying is, "The abundance I'm giving you is not just for yourself." – Gary Wilkerson

    Bible Verses Referenced in the Podcast

    The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly. – John 10:10

    Now may the God of peace himself sanctify you completely, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. – 1 Thessalonians 5:23

    Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us… - Ephesians 3:20

    On the last day of the feast, the great day, Jesus stood up and cried out, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.’” – John 7:37–38

    Now these are the nations that the Lord left, to test Israel by them, that is, all in Israel who had not experienced all the wars in Canaan. It was only in order that the generations of the people of Israel might know war, to teach war to those who had not known it before. – Judges 3:1–2

    Resources Mentioned in the Podcast

    About Gary Wilkerson

    Gary Wilkerson is the President of World Challenge, an international mission organization that was founded by his father, David Wilkerson. He is also the Founding Pastor of The Springs Church, which he launched in 2009 with a handful of people. He has traveled nationally and internationally at conferences and conducted mission ventures such as church planting, starting orphanages, clinics, feeding programs among the poorest of the poor and the most unreached people of the earth. Gary and his wife Kelly have four children and live in Colorado Springs, CO.