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Gary Wilkerson Podcast

  • 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.

  • Having Fun Might Be One of the Most Holy Things You Do

    We sometimes believe that we have to avoid having too much fun because it might be sinful. Or we might feel that there are more “holy” things we could be doing than spending time with friends and having fun. In this episode of the Gary Wilkerson Podcast, Gary points out that this “morbid holiness” is not really biblical. The abundant life God promises us allows us to celebrate the goodness of his blessings.

    Key Questions from the Podcast

    • What role does fun play in living a holistic Christian life?
    • Is it sinful to have fun?

    Notable Quotes from the Podcast

    A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones. – Proverbs 17:22

    Don't feel guilty about having fun. Plan it into your daily life—times to have fellowship with friends and do the things that you like to do. – Gary Wilkerson

    I picture Jesus, who is pure and holy, as also being fun to be around. Little children liked him and kids don't like people who aren't fun. – 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.

  • How to Have Wholeness in Your Christian Life

    Could the way in which we care for our bodies be affecting our spiritual lives as well? Could having healthier life practices, from the food we eat to the relationships we have, be a biblical concept? Gary Wilkerson discusses this topic and offers insights from the Bible and his personal experience to those looking for answers.

    Key Questions from the Podcast

    • What does it mean to live a holistic life in Christ?
    • What role does friendship play in living the abundant life that Jesus promised?
    • How does our physical health affect our spiritual health?
    • How can we find the motivation to do the things we know we should do but aren’t?

    Notable Quotes from the Podcast

    Christian fellowship is different than having intimate friends. Belonging to a small group is not necessarily having friends. You can hide in a small group almost as well as you can hide in a megachurch. – Gary Wilkerson

    If the waterline is full, you don't need a wave. People aren't living a full waterline, they're not living in the fullness that Christ has for us, so they need another wave to crash in on them. – Gary Wilkerson

    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

    I would recommend whatever element, whether it be your faith, family, friendships, food, or fun, these holistic approaches to life, if you're failing in one of them just reboot, reenergize. – 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.

  • Love Is Powerful, Confronting Every Form of Darkness

    In this episode of the Gary Wilkerson podcast, Nicky Cruz joins us to explore the topic of love when it comes to the people who can seem the farthest from that term: prisoners, gang members and drug addicts. Nicky recalls how Gary’s father helped bring him to Christ along with his own experiences ministering inside prisons and cities’ darkest alleys where only God can bring light.

    Key Questions from the Podcast

    • How do you approach violent, seemingly unlovable gangs, with the message of God’s love?
    • How can churches and families keep their love from growing cold?
    • Is love weak and polite, always bending over backwards for people? Or can it have power that confronts people?

    Notable Quotes from the Podcast

    God uses you and me. That's the only weapon we have to change the world, through the power of love, through the power of Christ that loves us so much. – Nicky Cruz

    And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not alarmed, for this must take place, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be famines and earthquakes in various places. All these are but the beginning of the birth pains. Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and put you to death, and you will be hated by all nations for my name's sake.  And then many will fall away and betray one another and hate one another. And many false prophets will arise and lead many astray. And because lawlessness will be increased, the love of many will grow cold. – Matthew 24:6–12

    The devil's last hurrah is going to be an attempt to destroy love, that we have loveless churches, loveless marriages, loveless families going through the motions. That's why kids will turn to drugs. That's why kids will turn to gangs. They think they're going to find some form of love there. – Gary Wilkerson

    The opposite of love is not hate. The opposite of love is apathy. – Gary Wilkerson

    America and the world need an amazing wake-up call. We claim we know Jesus, but Jesus was the greatest man of love of all time. So, we need to wake up to that and just say, enough of this “me” mentality—build my kingdom, build my world. Love exists for the other person. – Gary Wilkerson

    I believe before I die there's going to be a revolution upon the young people that you have never seen. They're going to start denying evil, and beginning to just say, “Give me God.” I believe with all my heart! – Nicky Cruz

    What we need is the Holy Ghost hospital. Open the door and let those wounded people, hurting people come in, rich and poor, black and white. We need to start preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ straight and never give up. – Nicky Cruz

    The love we're talking about today is much more than roses, Hallmark cards, or a Shakespearean sonnet. It is the power to transform hearts, lives, families, and cultures. It is the single power of the love of God. It's our only hope. – Gary Wilkerson

    We are meant to engage in culture. We are meant to make a difference in the world, and the tool of our trade is love. – Gary Wilkerson

    In the heart of Christ is this kind of love that is able to confront every form of darkness. The cross of Jesus Christ is the greatest manifestation of love in all of history, that a perfect man would lay down his life for imperfect people. Then he says, "As I have loved you, you go out and love the world." That's self-sacrificing. That's confrontation with dead religion. It's confrontation with government that has no power to really transform culture. Then, it's a man who bears his own life and says I am love, and you're going to try to kill love. – Gary Wilkerson

    Love is action. It's not just a sentiment. – Gary Wilkerson

    Jesus loves us all, but Jesus wants some people to go out to this world with some skin on and say I'm going to demonstrate it. – 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.

  • Loving Your Children in a Culture of Entitlement

    In this episode of the Gary Wilkerson podcast, Nicky Cruz joins us to discuss the great importance of a father’s love. The impact of a parent’s love plus God’s love can create incredible healing and purpose in a child’s life.

    Key Questions from the Podcast

    • If you're a Christian parent and your child is going through some difficult times, perhaps straying from the way that they were raised, what can we do? What can Christian parents do to most influence their child?
    • Nicky Cruz, what did you think of this country preacher, David Wilkerson, and the message he was sharing with you?
    • How does love minister to the prodigal? What advice do you have for parents whose children are drifting away?
    • Do you have any thoughts on our youth today and the culture of entitlement?

    Notable Quotes from the Podcast

    There's two kinds of love, divine love and human love. When these two elements get together, something supernatural happens in the human life. – Nicky Cruz

    Whether you're from a gang background, drugs, or a good religious home, we still need somebody in our life to love us. – Gary Wilkerson

    I am in love with my Jesus. That keeps me and gives me the strength to be, not the most perfect father, but a good father to my children. – Nicky Cruz

    Pray for the soul of your children consistently. It's your responsibility as a father, as a mother. – Nicky Cruz

    I want to encourage people, don't ever stop praying because it's working, even if it looks like it's not, it is. Those circumstances will change. – Gary Wilkerson

    There seems to be a lack of purpose in the lives of children. Parents should instill into their kids that they are a child of God. As a child of God, you have a certain responsibility to represent him, to show his love to others around you. – Bob Ditmer

    Some of the churches have locked the doors when Jesus is knocking. We've got to change. Our family, the church, is a refuge. It's a place where we get together and share and pray for one another. – Nicky Cruz

    I've got one message. My message is Jesus. The glory of my life is to see a sinner come to Christ. It makes me so happy when I see somebody coming to Jesus. – Nicky Cruz

    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.

  • Spinning Out of Control

    This week on the Gary Wilkerson podcast, Gary and guest Matt Tanner discuss a plane crash and an extraordinary miracle. If we look back at what God has done, opening our hearts to how he is meeting us in each moment, we may see how our Lord seeks to draw us into a unique and completely trusting relationship with him. 

    Key Questions from the Podcast

    • Why does Jesus calm the storm for his disciples in one instance, but then he tells Peter to step out onto the waves in another storm?
    • Why do passionate believers suddenly find themselves battling with cancer or other illnesses? Beyond that, why does God heal some but not others?
    • What do you say to someone whose life seems to be spinning out of control?

    Notable Quotes from the Podcast

    People that are going through storms, going through difficulties, if they're trying to face them alone they're in for a harder go of it. – Gary Wilkerson

    None of us are ever alone, are we? God is always with us no matter what the circumstances, and sometimes even in the worse circumstances, God is still there. – Bob Ditmer

    Sometimes God stands up in the boat and says “Peace be still…” and then other times people go through hellish environments that don't change for a long time. The miracle and the peace come in two ways: one is the actual rescue— you’re saved from the crisis. The second one is a power to go through the crisis—to be able to stand firm in the midst of it. – Gary Wilkerson

    Two men can face the same situation and one may say, “I'm going to God and my friends. I'm going to thrive in the midst of this storm.” Another one will say, “Life is hard. I give up. Where are you, God? Why have you left me alone?” – Gary Wilkerson

    Though He slay me, yet will I trust Him. – Job 13:15a

    Come what may, God you're good. I trust you. I trust you with my life. I trust you with my death. I trust you. – Gary Wilkerson

    For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. – Philippians 1:21

    I was a few seconds away from seeing Jesus. That was not scary, to be honest with you. I was just sad for my family. – Matt Tanner

    That was the most shocked that I have ever been in my entire life. It was knowledge. It wasn't a guess. It was a fact that we were going to die in my mind, and not being dead was the most surprised I've ever been in my life. – Matt Tanner

    What I can't tell you is why we're here unless I tell you about Jesus. He's the one that set us down in such a way that we walked away. The fact that we're alive is a miracle. – Matt Tanner

    When we're in that moment where we feel like we're out of control the Lord says, “I've got you. I'll take care of you.” – Matt Tanner

    The Lord, he's the one that holds us and we're here no longer or shorter than he wants us to be here. – Matt Tanner

    Jesus teaches about the end times. He summed up wars, rumors of wars, famines, and earthquakes. Instead of saying run and hide and be afraid he says this is going to be an opportunity for your testimony. – Gary Wilkerson

    One thing that has been taken away, thankfully, is the fear of what is somebody going to think of me if I go and approach them and try to share my testimony. It doesn't matter. What the Lord has done for me is the best thing that can be done for someone. Who am I to keep that to myself and not share it? – Matt Tanner

    There are times when life is spinning out of control, we think we've got control of things, just until we get to the point where we realize, “Not a thing I can do.” Then we cry out to God. Sometimes he delivers, not in the way that we think, sometimes he doesn't deliver at all but a witness still comes from it. – Bob Ditmer

    God wants to show you his hand, that you don't have to fear. Life is hard and there are difficult circumstances we're all going face but God is there to catch you. – Gary Wilkerson

    No matter what circumstances you find yourself in today, you can cry out to God. Call on the name of Jesus and he will rescue you. – 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.

  • Living a Life Free From Fear

    Victor Marx joins the Gary Wilkerson Podcast to discuss his experiences not only facing ISIS members who were hunting for him but also some of the darkest memories from his troubled childhood. He shares how God has overcome great fears in his own life and given him the strength to walk into places few would willingly go.

    Key Questions from the Podcast

    • How can we forgive those who have hurt us or done so much wrong?
    • Does God allow trials and suffering to prepare us for what he wants to do through our lives?
    • Do difficulties in life mean we don’t have God’s favor?
    • Where does fear come from and how can we overcome it?
    • There are healthy, rational fears but how do they become unhealthy and irrational?

    Notable Quotes from the Podcast

    Forgiveness and justice, they can work together. Forgiveness is giving up our right. Trust in God. He'll take care of it. – Victor Marx

    I told the ISIS commander, "Hey, you know you're going to die. Remember before you do, you can still call out to Jesus and like the thief on the cross, he will forgive you." – Victor Marx

    Causing and allowing are two different things. [God] allows men the free will to do what they want and many choose evil. – Victor Marx

    [God] is a redeemer. He redeems what the evil one means for bad and turns it for good. – Victor Marx

    It's the things you can't see happening. Life can be like being on a boat. The sail goes limp. You ain't moving. You think you're not, but there's an undercurrent of God doing stuff and he's moving you. – Victor Marx

    Fear is a tormentor. I was consumed with fear. I understand anxiety. I understand panic attacks. The battlefield is in the brain. Our thought lives, that's where the fear starts to manifest. – Victor Marx

    I'm practical. If a person needs medication, take medication. If you need counseling, get counseling, work through things. But the scripture, the word of God and worship have done wonders more for me. – Victor Marx

    For God has not given us a spirit of fear,but of power and of love and of a sound mind. – 2 Timothy 1:7

    The enemy is the one who whispers all these lies. If you believe lies long enough, they'll become your truth. – Victor Marx

    When you bring light into darkness, boom, a person gets free and then you walk in that freedom through the truth of scripture and prayer. – Victor Marx

    For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ… - 2 Corinthians 10:4-5

    It is a healthy discipline to fight fear, to go, "Wait a minute." And you counter the thoughts with scripture. – Victor Marx

    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.

  • 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.