Spinning Out of Control | World Challenge

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.