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Gary Wilkerson Podcast

  • Combating the Dark Nights of the Soul

    A study on depression published in The American Journal of Psychiatry made a remarkable discovery. People who had a relationship with God showed a 76 percent decrease in major depression when compared to their parents who had also struggled with mental illness.

    Certainly, this doesn’t mean that believers never struggle with clinical depression or dark nights of the soul, but it shows that Christ’s ongoing, redeeming work in our lives has very tangible impact.

    For many Christians who do wrestle with mental illness, frustration and despair can easily overwhelm our sense of God’s presence in our lives.

    In this episode, Gary Wilkerson discusses biblical ways that believers can seek healing and restoration from depression. Most importantly, he offers encouragement to those who may feel as if they are fighting alone. God is walking right alongside us, even in our darkest hours.

    Key Questions from the Podcast

    • What are some things we can do to maintain spiritual health in difficult times?
    • What does it mean to have abundant life?
    • What is the importance of a father’s blessing? What is the benefit of having elders in our life?

    Notable Quotes from the Podcast

    Our American Christian culture has lost its ability to lament. We think every Sunday should be a pep rally. But scripture, particularly psalms, is full of lament too. We've lost our ability to lament and that has limited our tool of worship. – Gary Wilkerson

    So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day.

    For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal. – 2 Corinthians 4:16–18

    I thought abundant life meant pain-free, problem-free. Abundance isn't circumstantial. It's something beyond that. In the midst of having cancer, in the midst of having a broken back, in the midst of having a prodigal son, there's an abundance of God’s presence and of contentment that the world doesn't have. – Gary Wilkerson

    I had heard of you by the hearing of the ear, but now my eye sees you; - Job 42:5

    Even though Job was an upright man that knew God, that worshiped God, he didn't really know God until that suffering had taken place. Abundant life for Job was getting to know who God really is. – Bob Ditmer

    We believe in ourselves what we believe the person we believe in the most believes about us. – Gary Wilkerson

    We often feel like the area we're being attacked in is weakness. But the Holy Spirit has shown me that the enemy always attacks your strengths, not your weaknesses. – 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.

  • Encouragement to Stay in the Fight

    In this episode, Gary Wilkerson discusses depression and suicide even among believers who should live in the light of hope. He explores ways that believers can handle issues like mental illness and how to differentiate between spiritual despair and general life discouragement. Most importantly, he offers encouragement to those who may feel as if they are fighting alone. God is walking right alongside us, even in our darkest hours.

    Key Questions from the Podcast

    • Why do pastors struggle with depression and suicide?
    • Are church leaders greater targets of spiritual attack?
    • As Christians, should we struggle with depression or suicide?
    • How is the church to respond to and pray for the spiritual stronghold of suicide on this generation?
    • Why does God allow pain and suffering?

    Notable Quotes from the Podcast

    Depression is a physical and mental malady. It's not just a mood. You can have a depressive mood. I get depressed. We have moods. Give yourself permission to have some moods. – Gary Wilkerson

    Now may the God of peace make you holy in every way, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless until our Lord Jesus Christ comes again. – 1 Thessalonians 5:23

    We have falsely presented a conflict-free Christian gospel—if you'll come to understand the gospel correctly and apply your faith correctly, then you will avoid conflict. – Gary Wilkerson

    I was reading the other day where it talks about the shield of faith and the Bible says that God will be a shield to us. Well, that's a nice sentiment, but it also says there's a lot of stuff being thrown at you. There's a battle. – Gary Wilkerson

    No weapon formed against you shall prosper…– Isaiah 54:17a

    I have a new picture, not of an arrowless body, but one that's scarred and wounded. Hit, but the shield is up, sword in hand, sweaty brow, stepping up the hill saying, "We're not going to be stopped!" – Gary Wilkerson

    You have to realize there is a fight and you have to get in it. You can't sit on the sideline in depression and fear of loss. You have to have a strategy. You have to have a vision. You have to have hope. – Gary Wilkerson

    Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God. – Psalm 42:11

    Little children, you are from God and have overcome them, for he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world. – 1 John 4:4

    …for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control. – 2 Timothy 1:7

    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.

  • Your Painful Past Can Be God’s Most Powerful Tool

    Victor Marx of All Things Possible Ministries joins us to share how God has used his painful past of abuse and rejection to prepare him for rescuing women and children traumatized by ISIS. Our brokenness doesn’t mean we are useless; rather it allows God to use us in his way, for his purposes. We can’t allow fear to hold us back from fulfilling God’s calling for our lives.

    Key Questions from the Podcast

    • Why is your ministry doing such difficult things in such dangerous places?
    • How has your past prepared you for what you are doing now?
    • How did God save you from your difficult past?
    • How did the military and martial arts prepare you for ministry?

    Notable Quotes from the Podcast

    I'm really a trophy of God's grace. I should be low functioning. I struggle at times, but his strength is made perfect in our weakness. – Victor Marx

    Kids without dads is an epidemic here in our country. It's never too late to be a dad, no matter how much you've blown it. – Victor Marx

    When I got saved, the Lord actually broke me of some of my martial arts skillsets, which ended my competitive career. I didn't want anything to do with martial arts after that. The Lord said, "No, you're not done. You're just broken and ready to be used by me, the way I want.” – Victor Marx

    Looking back, I thank God, that what I thought what was horrible ended up turning out to be great. – Victor Marx

    American Christian kids aren't any more valuable in the sight of God than Arabic or Muslim children. – Victor Marx

    Feeling fear is normal, but it's not right because God has not given us the spirit of fear. – Victor Marx

    For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline. - 2 Timothy 1:7

    The safest place you can be is in God's will. – Bob Ditmer

    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 Walk in God's Ultimate Favor

    In the Western world, material wealth and influence can often distort our view of God’s blessings. While neither are bad things to have, Gary Wilkerson explores how mistaking these as God’s favor may lead to disillusion and frustration. Not asking God for certain things because they’re not “holy” enough is occasionally the reaction to this issue, but Gary talks about how this isn’t the answer when we want to experience God’s goodness in our lives.
     

    Key Questions from the Podcast

    • How can we discern between our own agenda and God’s will?
    • How does God’s favor impact our life? How do we live out God’s favor?
    • What is God’s ultimate favor?
    • When bad things happen to me does that mean I have lost God’s favor?
    • Why is so much of the church struggling with discouragement and despair?
    • What do you say to those who think they deserve wealth, a good job, etc.?
    • How can we find God’s favor in the midst of life’s difficulties?

    Notable Quotes from the Podcast

    For this good news—that God has prepared this rest—has been announced to us just as it was to them. But it did them no good because they didn’t share the faith of those who listened to God. - Hebrews 4:2

    God's favor is always there but it won't profit us if we don't enter into it by faith. – Gary Wilkerson

    Faith is the key that unlocks God's favor in the reality of your life. It's not twisting God's arm and saying, “Please show me favor.” He's already doing that. It's up to us now to say, “Okay, by faith I am going to believe that.” – Gary Wilkerson

    But the voice spoke again: “Do not call something unclean if God has made it clean.” – Acts 10:15

    God wants to prosper and bless us, but we don't live for materialistic goods. – Gary Wilkerson

    Ultimate favor is saying, “God, take the silver, gold, and everything else. I want you most. I want you more than anything.” – Gary Wilkerson

    Take the whole world but give me Jesus. – Gary Wilkerson

    As fathers we probably have all experienced that time when our kids said, “Daddy I love you not because of the stuff you give me but just for who you are.” – Gary Wilkerson

    Once you realize that God of all wisdom—the God who knows everything perfectly—loves you and chose you, then you know there must be some value that he has created in you. He cast a favorable eye upon you and is working things for your good. When you know that it brings peace and contentment. – Gary Wilkerson

    There's power in you, a godly warrior that doesn't cower to the enemy's onslaught. – Gary Wilkerson

    Build your life on the solid rock. Let God construct something that is sound, healthy, alive and has his favor. – Gary Wilkerson

    I've not met anybody pain free, who has everything all together, or not suffering in some realm or another. If you are not, just hang on, you will. It doesn't mean be defeated by it. Engage faith in the midst of these storms and the chaos of life, believing something good can come out of it. – Gary Wilkerson

    I want to shake people's hearts up to come out of the spiritual funk of unbelief, doubt, and despair, and awaken in them the knowledge that God is there for them. – Gary Wilkerson

    So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. – Romans 10:17

    Faith comes by hearing the word of God, but most of us are hearing the word of the enemy. We're hearing the devil say, “You're worthless, you're no good, you're a failure, you'll never make it, your kids are lost.” We start believing the lies, rather than believing what God says. – Gary Wilkerson

    The power of positive thinking in itself is very limited, but the power of godly thinking, or God's favor instructing your thoughts, is having what the Bible calls the mind of Christ. It gives you a confidence that comes from the finished work of Jesus Christ. – Gary Wilkerson

    Resources Mentioned in the Podcast

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    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.

  • Feeling Like You’re Falling Behind

    Pastor and president of World Challenge, Gary Wilkerson, paints a brighter and more biblical picture of God’s favor. In this week’s podcast, he digs down to the root of our expectations for ourselves and our Christian walk that often cause us to despair as we compare ourselves to other believers. He highlights the following three areas where comparison stems from:

    • Our parents’ relationship with God and definitions of success
    • Understanding the difference between God’s discipline and punishment
    • Learning to pursue God’s plan for our lives rather than someone else’s

    Woven throughout, Gary builds a case for the confidence that we should have in who God has made us to be and how Christ will grant us greater favor than we could ever manufacture on our own as we pursue his purposes.

    Key Questions Covered in the Show

    • What is God’s favor?
    • Why does it seem that I’m always struggling, yet so many around me have God’s favor?
    • We're commanded to love our neighbor. Is there any connection between not loving ourselves and yet loving are neighbor? Are we truly doing what we think we're doing?
    • Should we compare ourselves to other Christians?
    • Sometimes you get into this rut where you never think anything good will happen because you are in a season of discipline. Is that a poor view of God?
    • Is it possible that people get stuck in a cycle where they never expect good to things to happen because they can never get over whatever they did that caused the discipline?

    Key Quotes from the Show

    If we see God as He is—the God of love, grace, and favor—that will change the way we live our life. – Gary Wilkerson

    Pass me not, O gentle Savior, Hear my humble cry; While on others Thou art calling, Do not pass me by. – Fanny Jane Crosby

    Many of us have an image of God, as a one who will pass us by if we're not behaving well…if we're not walking in perfect holiness. It's a perfectionism that destroys your life. – Gary Wilkerson

    When we are stuck in self-hatred we're not going to love other people well. – Gary Wilkerson

    Knowing the nature of God and His favor causes us to be free to do exploits, and we can really love other people well. – Gary Wilkerson

    If we expect our life to be problem free, crisis free, trouble free, then when we get hit with trials and tribulations, we're going to have a poor view of God again. We're going to say, where are you? Why have you abandoned me? What am I doing wrong? Again, it will put us in that performance trap. – Gary Wilkerson

    These are the nations that the LORD left in the land to test those Israelites who had not experienced the wars of Canaan. – Judges 3:1

    We are not outside of God's favor when we are facing trials and tribulations in our life. Part of His favor is to leave those things there to grow us up, make us strong, give us power, faith, confidence, boldness, and teach us how to step on the head of the serpent. – Gary Wilkerson

    The favor of God is powerful. It gives strength, boldness, and confidence that no matter what happens in my life I know God is for me. – Gary Wilkerson

    Without a sense of God's favor engaging in our life it's hard for us to continue on in the midst of the pain and suffering. – Gary Wilkerson

    God, if this is how you treat your friends, no wonder you have so few. - St Teresa of Avila

    A lot of us ask Jesus to come help us build the idolatrous life we believe will make us happy with ourselves. – Gary Wilkerson

    People that impact the world know who God is, know his favor is on their life, know who they are, and know what they're called to. They have a sense of confidence and peace and rest in the Holy Spirit. – Gary Wilkerson

    Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. - John 14:27a

    Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory… - 1 Peter 1:8

    God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control. – 2 Timothy 1:7

    Mentioned in the Show

    God’s Favor by Gary Wilkerson

    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.

  • Avoiding ‘Spiritual’ Comparison

    Pastor and president of World Challenge, Gary Wilkerson, paints a brighter and more biblical picture of God’s favor. In this week’s podcast, he dives into how we combat that sense of despair when our lives seem to be spinning out of control. He specifically highlights the following three areas:  

    • Basic physical health can affect spiritual and emotional wellness
    • How building Christian relationships keeps our spirits balanced
    • The damaging habit of comparing ourselves to others

    God designed us for spiritual, mental and physical health within our relationship with him. While our choices can have negative effects on all three of these areas, our God is a healer. He can always correct and restore the damaged areas of our lives that cause us to feel hopeless.

    Key Questions Covered in the Show

    • Why are you doing a podcast?
    • A lot of Christians segment life and think God speaks to the faith area of their life but nothing else. That’s not true, is it?
    • What is the number one problem facing pastors? What are they dealing with that you think they really need some help with?
    • Can you tell us about your new book God’s Favor?

    Key Quotes from the Show

    In Christ, you can live a better life, thrive, grow, and develop. You can make a difference. You can make a better world. – Gary Wilkerson

    God in ten years could do more in your life than you could do on your own in a hundred years. – Gary Wilkerson

    Things can change. Things can be different. One, because you know who God is. Two, because you know he's calling his promises to be fulfilled in your life. – Gary Wilkerson

    You can have a great prayer life, go to church, read your bible, but if you don't have friends, you're not going to grow. – Gary Wilkerson

    The great promises that God has for us, part of the condition of that is that you do that in community. You don't do that alone. – Gary Wilkerson

    I believe we need to let faith touch every area of our life. – Gary Wilkerson

    The major shift in my life has been a shift from wanting to live life trying to be successful to trying to help other people become successful. – Gary Wilkerson

    The world is in dire need of people who walk into the room and say, "There you are." Because it's so full of people who are walking into the same room saying, "Here I am.” – Gary Wilkerson

    True ministry, when you look at scripture, is based out, "There you are. I'm here for you." – Gary Wilkerson

    I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. I have learned the secret of living in every situation, whether it is with a full stomach or empty, with plenty or little. – Philippians 4:12

    God wants to bless you. He puts favor on your life. He cares for you. He cares for your children. He wants them to be blessed. He wants them to prosper. He wants them to grow. He wants them to be healthy. He wants to bring healing, hope, restoration, life. – Gary Wilkerson

    Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need. – Matthew 6:33

    And what do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose your own soul? – Mark 8:36

    Faith is easy when things are going well. It’s not really tested. It’s just there. It's when things don't go so well that you begin to question God's goodness, incorrectly. Does He really care? It's God's everlasting, long-suffering love that brings you through the good times and brings you through the bad times as well. And it's hard to learn that lesson, even after all of these years. – Bob Ditmer

    A true father is less inclined to look for their own interest but for the interests of others. This generation needs some spiritual fathers. – Gary Wilkerson

    Be a voice, not an echo. – Albert Einstein

    Mentioned in the Show

    Duke University report on obesity among clergy
    Henri Nouwen
    God’s Favor by Gary Wilkerson

    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.

  • Fighting Hopelessness in Our Walk with God

    Gary Wilkerson talks about God's Favor

     

     

    Pastor and president of World Challenge, Gary Wilkerson, paints a brighter and more biblical picture of God’s favor in this opening podcast. Here the discussion ranges from strategies the enemy uses to distract us from God’s goodness all the way to how exactly God wants our lives to show His unearned grace to a hurting, unbelieving world. The following are a couple points he touches upon:

    • Comfort and self-interest as our drug of choice
    • What it means to get the “Holy Ghost miserables”
    • Finding contentment in who God has made us to be

    This warm and personal conversation explores the issues God has laid on Gary’s heart for those who are struggling with the idea of God’s favor in their lives. Only an active pursuit of God’s presence and guidance will grant each of his children the peace to stand unmoved in the midst of life’s storms.

    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.

    Key Questions for Gary Wilkerson

    • What is World Challenge?
    • Many of the churches you have planted are inner-city churches. Why a heart for a church in the inner city?
    • How can we fulfill our desire to see the church grow and also come close to Christ at the same time?
    • How can we reach the happy pagans? How do you reach someone who doesn't realize their need for God? Do you have to wait for the Holy Spirit to show them their need of a Savior?
    • Isn't God just a crutch? Isn't he just somebody for people who are weak and hurting?
    • Why am I going through this, am I cursed? Why aren't I blessed like others?
    • How do hope and love change us and put such a spark in the human psyche?
    • Do our mistakes come from an incorrect view of ourselves and of God?

    Key Quotes from the Show

    Hopelessness is borne out of an incorrect view of God and that’s where Satan comes to kill and destroy our view of God being good and for us. God being powerful, being available, being present to us at all times and even being with us in the storm when the storms don’t cease. - Gary Wilkerson

    I learned from my father, David Wilkerson, that poverty, gangs, and drugs are opportunities to glorify the name of Jesus Christ. – Gary Wilkerson

    Jesus really is the answer for everything. – Gary Wilkerson

    To be the spiritual man or woman who draws near to Jesus is going to be a battle. There's going to be Satanic distraction to pull us away from that intimacy with Jesus. – Gary Wilkerson

    The Holy Spirit penetrates the walls of self-interest and says, "That's not what your heart was built for. You weren't built for yourself. You were built for others. You were built for God.” – Gary Wilkerson

    The spirit is striving against the flesh. What for? So that we might have intimacy with Jesus. So that we can have the victory that Jesus wants us to have. – Gary Wilkerson

    There is a deeper joy in Jesus that is not based on circumstances. – Gary Wilkerson

    God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our conscience, but shouts in our pain… - C.S. Lewis in The Problem of Pain

    Our goal is audacious. It's to bring poverty solutions within reach of every poor community in the world. – Gary Wilkerson

    Long- term solutions to poverty change nations. – Gary Wilkerson

    The lack of hope causes people to be immobilized, to be lethargic, to lose confidence and energy. You sit back and let life happen to you when you're hopeless. – Gary Wilkerson

    Hopelessness has all kinds of talons that destroy our life—despair, depression, discouragement, or manipulation. – Gary Wilkerson

    The root of hopelessness is not knowing the nature and character of God. – Gary Wilkerson

    Mentioned in the Show