By David Wilkerson
[May 19, 1931 - April 27, 2011]
Moses had a disposition like many of us today so there was only one way for him
to stay in victory. He continually communed with the Lord: “And the Lord spake
unto Moses face to face, as a man speaketh unto his friend” (Exodus 33:11). I
believe the secret to holiness is very simple: Stay close to Jesus! Keep
looking into his face, until you become like the image you behold.
One evening a hysterical woman stopped me on the street and blurted out a
desperate confession. “Mr. Wilkerson,” she cried, “I’m facing the
darkest hour of my life and I don’t know which way to turn. My husband has
left me and it’s all my fault! I have failed God and my family. What in the
world am I going to do?”
I was moved to tell her, “My friend, lift up your hands right here on this
street corner, and begin to worship the Lord. Tell him you know you are a
failure, but you still love him. Then go home and get on your knees. Don’t
ask God for a thing, just lift your hands and your heart and worship him.”
I left that lady standing on the street with her hands raised to heaven, tears
rolling down her cheeks, praising the Lord and already tasting the victory that
was surging back into her life. “But thou art holy, O thou that inhabitest the
praises of Israel” (Psalm 22:3). The Lord makes his dwelling with his people
who are worshipping, and where the Lord is, victory follows.
Christ says: “Him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out” (John
“Come unto me, all ye [failures] that labor and are heavy laden, and I will
give you rest” (Matthew 11:28).
Don’t be afraid of failure. Keep going in spite of it. Worship God until
victory comes! This may sound like an oversimplification, but the way past
failure actually is simple.