The Best David Wilkerson quotes

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David Wilkerson was born in 1931 and died in 2011. He was an American preacher and author who founded the teen Challenge rehabilitation program. His life story is one of determination, hard work, and faith. Despite being born into a poor family, Wilkerson never let his circumstances hold him back. Through a combination of grit and determination, he managed to build an impressive career as an entrepreneur and preacher. His story is one that will inspire entrepreneurs everywhere to keep moving forward despite the odds stacked against them.

Here are the most inspiring Power, Love, Heart, Church, Ministry quotes from David Wilkerson, and much more.


About David Wilkerson

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May 19, 1931

death of the author

April 27, 2011

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Period In Office:
1950 – 2011


We want his power more than his purity. — David Wilkerson

We simply can’t trust God’s power fully until we experience it in the midst of our crisis. — David Wilkerson

The day you learn to be publically specific in your prayer, that is the day you will discover power. — David Wilkerson

We are blood–secured, delivered from the enemy’s power, and raised up into newness of life in God. — David Wilkerson

we want his power more than his purity David Wilkerson quote

When you strip it of everything else, Pentecost stands for power and life. That’s what came into the church when the Holy Spirit came down on the day of Pentecost. — David Wilkerson


Love is not something you feel. it’s something you do. — David Wilkerson

When God sets His heart on you, you will be tried often. But the longer and harder your affliction, the more deeply God has set His heart on you, to show you His love and care. — David Wilkerson

Beloved, God has never failed to act but in goodness and love. When all means fail–his love prevails. Hold fast to your faith. Stand fast in his Word. There is no other hope in this world. — David Wilkerson

Many of those who once were so passionately in love with Christ now run about pursuing their own interests. They’re burdened down with stress and problems, chasing after riches and the things of this world. — David Wilkerson

love is not something you feel it s something you do David Wilkerson quote

God does not accept weak, boring, halfhearted worship! — David Wilkerson


God’s covenant with the church and Israel is unbreakable. — David Wilkerson

The church used to confess its sin, now it confesses its right. — David Wilkerson

All these new methods of how to build the church has left me confused. — David Wilkerson

I knew from my work in the church how important a role tears play in making a man whole. — David Wilkerson

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Our ministry is debt free and we have not had to beg or plead for finances. — David Wilkerson

I am not officially involved now in the direction of the Teen Challenge ministry, but I rejoice that God permits me to be the father of these ministries. — David Wilkerson

Our ministry also supports orphanages in the U.S. and overseas, thousands of poor children in Latin America, drug centers for addicted men, and a drug center in Israel. — David Wilkerson

As I look back over fifty years of ministry, I recall innumerable tests, trials and times of crushing pain. But through it all, the Lord has proven faithful, loving, and totally true to all his promises. — David Wilkerson

Our ministry is supported entirely by faith, through the missions gifts of readers who receive my messages every three weeks. We seldom mention money, and we never burden supporters. — David Wilkerson

our ministry is debt free and we have not had to beg or plead for finances David Wilkerson quote

The Teen Challenge Training Center on Pennsylvania farmland houses over 200 men in rehab. Other farms and centers have been birthed out of this ministry all over the world. — David Wilkerson


You see, growing in grace doesn’t mean doing more or greater things for God. True growth comes in doing the same things over and over, with more heart assurance that we’re doing everything for Him. — David Wilkerson

Eighteen years ago, the Holy Spirit led me to establish a church in the heart of Times Square. — David Wilkerson

At its heart, legalism is a desire to appear holy. It is trying to be justified before men and not God. — David Wilkerson

I got a lot of heart. I am going to give it my all every day. I have no excuses. I come prepared every day. I put it in the hard work. — David Wilkerson

Inspiring Phrases From David Wilkerson

A humble person is not one who thinks little of himself, hangs his head and says, ‘I’m nothing.’ Rather, he is one who depends wholly on the Lord for everything, in every circumstance. — David Wilkerson

God has never, in the history of mankind, allowed His name to go long offended. — David Wilkerson

Heritage saves no one. — David Wilkerson

Christ does not inhabit buildings or a certain atmosphere; in fact, the very heavens cannot contain Him. Rather, He is manifested through our obedient, sanctified bodies–His temples. — David Wilkerson

The choice will be to fully trust in Christ or the setting of the Anti–Christ system. — David Wilkerson

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Gwen and I have four children and ten grandchildren. — David Wilkerson

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I have no ghost writers. I personally write every message and every piece of published mail. — David Wilkerson

Various Statements From David Wilkerson

I’m not about to put up a silly skit and preach a 15–minute message on ‘how to cope’ to a multitude of people who are dying and going to hell. I tremble at the thought. — David Wilkerson

Biblical hope is not wishful thinking or an optimistic outlook; rather, it is a confident expectation based on the certainty of God’s Word that as He has anchored us in the past, so He will in the future. — David Wilkerson

To believe when all means fail is exceedingly pleasing to God and is most acceptable. — David Wilkerson

to believe when all means fail is exceedingly pleasing to god and is most acceptable David Wilkerson quote

Our nation is being led astray by ungodly judges, mayors and governors, who are given to change, defying the Constitution and substituting their own wicked agendas. — David Wilkerson

I am the Lord, I do not change’ (Malachi 3:6). — David Wilkerson

Christ died to save this lost world; he did not come to destroy, maim or pour out wrath. — David Wilkerson

I have been playing since the third grade. It just makes me happy. — David Wilkerson

More Phrases From David Wilkerson

My oldest son, Gary, is a seasoned minister and travels with me for ministers’ conferences. — David Wilkerson

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The environment is going to change very quickly. — David Wilkerson

Drugs, what a devil–inspired poison! It’s death on the installment plan. — David Wilkerson

To die is gain!’ That kind of talk is absolutely foreign to our modern, spiritual vocabularies. We have become such life worshippers, we have very little desire to depart to be with the Lord. — David Wilkerson

The cry for peace will increase according to scripture. — David Wilkerson

Our faith is not meant to get us out of a hard place or change our painful condition. Rather, it is meant to reveal God’s faithfulness to us in the midst of our dire situation. — David Wilkerson

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There were some ups and downs. But it is about how you overcome those ups and downs. — David Wilkerson

Deeper Quotes From David Wilkerson

Faith is not to get you out of a hard place but to change your heart in the hard place. — David Wilkerson

Also, I preached to gangs on the streets of Manhattan, Brooklyn and the Bronx–and miracles began to happen. — David Wilkerson

When God calls you to something, He is not always calling you to succeed, He’s calling you to obey! The success of the calling is up to Him;the obedience is up to you. — David Wilkerson

Economic storm is coming and the stress levels are going to increase because of financial worries. — David Wilkerson

faith is not to get you out of a hard place but to change your heart in the hard place David Wilkerson quote

God does sometimes change our trying circumstances. But more often, He doesn’t–because He wants to change us. — David Wilkerson

Europe as a whole is increasingly jesttisoning the old path of the Christian fathers. — David Wilkerson

I don’t have any fault steps. I play with good technique and good pad level. — David Wilkerson


David Wilkerson’s words of wisdom are as relevant today as they were when he first uttered them. If you feel lost or discouraged, take a minute to read through some of his most famous quotes and be inspired anew. And if you want to learn more about how to apply these principles to your own life, check out our courses. We would love to help you find the path that leads you closer to God.


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