By David Wilkerson
[May 19, 1931 – April 27, 2011]
The most significant lesson Paul learned in his anguish was that he had to turn
to the Lord and His covenant promises. He knew he could no longer trust in his
own flesh, abilities or willpower. He writes, “We had the sentence of death
in ourselves, that we should not trust in ourselves, but in God which raiseth
the dead” (2 Corinthians 1:9).
Paul’s trial had brought him to the end of his endurance. He knew he did not
have any strength left to fight the powers of darkness so he sentenced his own
flesh to death. And God marvelously delivered him: “Who delivered us from so
great a death, and doth deliver: in whom we trust that he will yet deliver
us” (verse 10).
How was Paul delivered? Several things were involved: First, he was a mighty
man of prayer and second, he had great confidence in the Lord. Paul knew God
would uphold His covenant promises. He could say, “Just as the Lord has
delivered me in the past, He is at work delivering me from this present trial.
From now until the day I die, I’ll be living under His delivering power.”
Like Paul, we also are allowed to endure troubled times, so that we will die to
our reliance on human ability. The Lord permits us to be crushed, made helpless
and weak, in an effort to convince us we cannot defeat the enemy by any fleshly
As we compare our lives to Paul’s, we may be tempted to think, “I’ll
never experience the kind of deliverance this man enjoyed. He was well-educated
in the Scriptures and he received great revelations from the Lord about Jesus,
the gospel, the New Covenant.
“And Paul ministered in the power and demonstration of the Holy Ghost. He
single-handedly shook cities and nations. He couldn’t be killed by the devil,
even after stonings, mob attacks, three shipwrecks. God even used him to raise
the dead. This man was one of God’s most anointed servants in all of history.
He had it together spiritually.”
Not so, according to Paul. The apostle makes it clear that there was one other
important factor in his deliverance: the powerful intercession of praying
helpers. “Ye also helping together by prayer for us” (verse 11). Paul was
saying, “I’m confident God will deliver me. And you’re helping that come
to pass by praying.”
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