There is treasure in your trial: Video Blog and notes.

There is Treasure in Your Trial. Notes from video blog.  Please view our first video blog and then check out the notes below.

The Ephesians must have asked Paul “how are you, and how are you doing

 “And [pray] also for me, that [freedom of] utterance may be given me, that I may open my mouth to proclaim boldly the mystery of the good news (the Gospel), For which I am an ambassador in a coupling chain [in prison. Pray] that I may declare it boldly and courageously, as I ought to do.  21Now that you may know how I am and what I am doing, Tychicus, the beloved brother and faithful minister in the Lord [and His service], will tell you everything. Ephesians 6:19-21(AMP). 

The Ephesians must have asked Paul “how are you, and how are you doing.”  His answer is a treasure map. Here is a formula for success in a brutal environment.

1. What you are is infinitely more important than how you are. “I am an AMBASSADOR in chains.”  I have the unspeakable honor of being the official representative of a Kingdom.  I am a royal, political and military prisoner.”   It is not ease and comfort that make life bearable and it is not trials and tribulations that make life unbearable.  My identity in Christ is more real than anything else.  

2. What you are doing is infinitely more important than how you are doing.  You have a daily defining moment. Every day, you must impose your mission on your circumstances. The life that knows it is here on purpose, and for a destiny is unstoppable.

3. Find your voice. “And [pray] also for me, that [freedom of] utterance may be given me.”  He did not ask for freedom from jail but for freedom and boldness to open his mouth in jail.  You may wish you were free, but God has placed you there for miracles.

4. The eternal weight of glory: I am convinced that Paul’s jail time inspired the following verses: 2 Corinthians 4:16-18 Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day. 17 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, 18 while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.”

When Paul said, “For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory”, He had no idea how right he was!  No doubt Satan was elated to see Paul neutralized in jail. However, elation turned to horror. Paul would start writing.  More than half of the New Testament came from Paul’s pen and how can you calculate the wreckage to Lucifer from those writings?  Lift up holy hands and begin to rejoice right where you are.  There is treasure in your trial!

 

Here is what we are going to do.

 

Here is what we are going to do.

First read this account by Todd Starnes.

“As many as 100 high school students walked out of a national journalism conference after an anti-bullying speaker began cursing, attacked the Bible and reportedly called those who refused to listen to his rant “pansy assed.”

The speaker was Mr. Dan Savage, founder of the “It Gets Better” project, an anti-bullying campaign that has reached more than 40 million viewers with contributors ranging from President Obama to Hollywood stars. Savage also writes a sex advice column called “Savage Love.”

Savage, and his husband, were also guests at the White House for President Obama’s 2011 LGBT Pride Month reception. He was also invited to a White House anti-bullying conference.

Savage was supposed to be delivering a speech about anti-bullying at the National High School Journalism Conference sponsored by the Journalism Education Association and the National Scholastic Press Association. But it turned into an episode of Christian-bashing.

Rick Tuttle, the journalism advisor for Sutter Union High School in California, was among several thousand people in the audience. He said they thought the speech was one thing – but it turned into something else.

“I thought this would be about anti-bullying,” Tuttle told Fox news. “It turned into a pointed attack on Christian beliefs.” Tuttle said a number of his students were offended by Savage’s remarks – and some decided to leave the auditorium. “It became hostile,” he said. “It felt hostile as we were sitting in the audience – especially towards Christians who espouse beliefs that he was literally taking on.” Tuttle said the speech was laced with vulgarities and “sexual innuendo not appropriate for this age group.” At one point, he said Savage told the teenagers about how good his partner looked in a speedo.”

Now here is what we are going to do about it. We are Mario Murillo Ministries.  We are but one small voice in a galaxy of Christian voices.  We cannot tell other ministries what to do.  We must answer to God for the time that we have on this earth. 

However, it is our profound conviction that we have entered a season that matches prior eras in history when tyrants centralized power, overruled constitutions, chose select groups to target, marginalize, and then persecute.  In each of these seasons, the persecuted ones had a window of opportunity to nip a disaster in the bud.  A “niceness” that was nothing but fear, appeasement and a desire to remain popular to the masses kept preachers silent in these past times

1. No one has the luxury of thinking that the war on Christianity is still in the closet.  This outs it once and for all.  Moreover, it has taken an especially ugly turn:  They are persecuting our children through the educational system!  They are now verbally abusing, and with breathe-taking hypocrisy, unleashing the worst kind of mass bullying in the name of an anti bullying campaign.

When I heard Mr. Savage’s tirade I was stunned by how tired and stale his arguments are against the Faith.  In my head, I could hear, “dude, is this all you got?”  I have heard all of this drivel before.  His bigotry fuels his intellectual dishonesty.  His accusations  about slavery and the Bible and especially Old Testament law would be pathetically hilarious, if it were not for the fact that Obama, among others, has given him a vast stage to spew his poison.

To the thousands of pastors who are still squeamish about facing this onslaught, I say with a humble heart that you must pray and speak out.  It will be at your doorstep.  You can either go out and face Goliath or wait till he is breathing down your neck and abuses the law against your ministry. You may assume that we are to be sweet about this but the Bible and history teaches us a clear lesson…silence is deadly.  You cannot leave your youth unprepared and untrained in understanding their faith.  We must give an answer!

Such was the precise admonition to Esther from Mordecai.  Esther 4: 13,14 “And Mordecai told them to answer Esther: “Do not think in your heart that you will escape in the king’s palace any more than all the other Jews. 14 For if you remain completely silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father’s house will perish. Yet who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this?”

2.  The battle is not yours it is God’s.  Yet, in all of this, Mr. Savage remains a soul for whom Jesus died.  Paul understood that we have to return fire with the weapons of the Spirit which are not carnal but mighty through God to the tearing down of strongholds.  It is easy to stage a humanly driven holy war instead of contending for revival.

God wants to give us a divine response to this Christophobic onslaught.  In Luke 21:15 Jesus promised, “I will give you a mouth and wisdom which all your adversaries will not be able to contradict or resist.”  He will give us the unction but we must give Him our mouth!

3. How do you feel about this Mr. Obama?   Let every Christian soul look to the White House for a reaction to this religious bigotry.  If Obama does not disavow this flagrant an assault on the faith how can you vote for him?  No, that is not a rhetorical question, I really would love to know.

More on this tomorrow.  viewer advisory: this video contains obscenities and should not be seen by children.  It is shown because so many Christians need a jolt to see what has happened to our country  and is permitted by the highest office in our land…

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Victory and Effectiveness Part Two: Getting things done.

 

 

Victory and effectiveness Part 2: Getting things done

Now that we have taken care of the inside lets go to work on the outside.  We must learn the discipline of getting things done. Inner victory must become action or it is useless.  

According to Stephen Covey effectiveness is doing the right things and is much more important than efficiency (doing things right).  A simple example of this is in football.  A team might be very efficient in running plays but they will not be effective unless they call the right play.

For a true child of God, effectiveness is way beyond doing the right things; it is doing what you were born to do.  Eighty nine percent of all Americans believe they were born for a purpose but only twelve percent believe they have found that purpose.  A whopping seventy seven percent of all of us walk around in a quandary.  We know we were born for something but we do not know what it is!

This is why The Purpose Driven Life has sold millions of copies.   Many who have read it are still frustrated. You cannot initially come to God because you want purpose. You must first come to God because you realize that you are lost, condemned and that Christ died for you on the Cross.

Jesus was purpose driven. 1 John 3:8 says, “For this purpose was the Son of Man manifested, that He might destroy the works of the Christ’ passion and purpose drove Him to action.  That is why the devil cannot be left out of our consciousness. If we are a part of Christ His purpose is in us. We too must destroy the works of the devil.  If you buck this truth, you will delay your destiny.

Mario, how can I know what I am supposed to do? The answer you expect from me is “pray and God will show you”.  I will not argue with this but I have another answer you may not be ready to hear… If your heart is right, the answer is another question, what you want to do?  What is in your heart to do? Your passion will reveal your purpose!  This is how God gets the best out of us!

The secret to getting things done is to understand the primary reasons that we do not get things done.  We do not do things because we do not want to do them. We stop doing things because we get resistance and it is not worth it to us.  We do not get things done because we secretly sense that this is not what we are supposed to be doing.

This all sounds obvious but we are not always aware that our heart is not in something.  A sense of duty, obligation or guilt is poor fuel for getting things done. 

Another big reason that we do not get things done is that Satan holds off until we are ready to act.  He ignores our planning sessions and pep talks because he knows how easily we confuse good intentions with actually doing something. He amasses all of his resources to attack at that moment when we try to get it done. 

When you are in a rut, you cannot see that you have conflicting forces sabotaging your best efforts.  We run at our goals with all of our might but we cannot cross the finish line because we are spent by the time we get there. 

We have layered our outward projects over a heart in conflict with those projects.  Until your actions come from the core of your being, you will not get it done.

The person with inner victory and a passion for their destiny is the complete opposite. Their energy increases when they take action, action is inevitable. After all, how can you stop someone who, with all of their heart is doing what they were born to do?

Victory and Effectiveness

 

 

Victory and Effectiveness

It is a happy day when we learn to become armed and dangerous before crisis hits. It is an even happier day when we learn the secret of victory and effectiveness! If I wanted to get a wider audience I probably should have entitled this Winning and getting things done.”  However, I am not looking for the wider audience, I want the right audience.

Solomon said that wisdom cries out and offers itself to all men.  Wisdom calls to us and bids us live a life of power and abundance regardless of the times.  To get to this wisdom we have to get over ourselves.

It is our flesh that hates to be stretched or challenged.  This is why we usually settle for only as much victory as it takes to get by.  It is when disaster strikes that we find out our true condition.  It is a happy day when we learn to become armed and dangerous before crisis hits. It is an even happier day when we learn the secret of victory and effectiveness!

Let’s start with victory: I say this as gently as possible: Most of what is presented today as “Christian living” is not true victory. It is a dangerous counterfeit.  We need to look where John is pointing, “This is the victory that overcomes the world” 1 John 5:4.

As I said, it is when disaster strikes that we find our true self.  Even then, people do not face reality.  Instead of asking, “how could I have neglected my soul” instead, they wonder, “where was God?”  When Billy Graham’s daughter was asked where God was on September 11 she identified, “We asked God to leave.  We ordered Him out of our schools, our court houses and out of every aspect of our lives and like a gentleman He excused Himself.”

Let us start by defining victory. Forget what the world calls victory. Set aside your own definition and let God define victory.

“We are more than conquerors through Him that loved us” This phrase is the most succinct definition our true victory.  “More than conquering,” means winning the battle in front of you and the wars yet to come.

The French coined the term détente, the worst counterfeit for victory ever.  Détente means, “Loosened crossbow strings.”  You do not defeat you enemy you appease him.  It is the polar opposite of Teddy Roosevelt’s advice to “speak softly and carry a big stick.”

Ancient Israel multiplied the number of wars she had to face because of détente.  Each time thatIsraelsettled for an alliance instead of victory, she invited terror in her midst.

Détente in the life of a believer is peaceful coexistence with Satan. No matter how eloquent your teacher/Guru is, they cannot change the reality of war. You see detente in their teaching when they diminish or deny the existence of the devil.

When you schmooze with evil, you are warring against God and creating a glass ceiling for your prayers!  Psalm 66:18 says, “If I regard iniquity in my heart, you will not hear me.”

Détente says you can serve two masters, but in all such amalgamations, evil has the upper hand. Détente permits you to quarantine your sin and destructive habits instead of abolishing them.  Détente is a nervous pact with darkness. This pact lets you look spiritual while still in the pocket of evil. 

Entrenchment means to dig in and secure the camp. It is a well-guarded perimeter. You have taken ground and you are never going to give it back!  Jesus said, “Satan is coming and He has nothing in me.” –John 14:30.

Entrenchment is welding yourself to God.    Arthur Matthews called it “Lion’s den loyalty”.  The angry king asked the three Hebrew boys “Can your God save you from the fiery furnace?”  Their response is the stuff of entrenchment, “Yes He can but even if he does not we will not worship the golden statue!”

Their loyalty to God was unconditional.  This nomatterwhatness tells the enemy of your soul that you are beyond defeat making it futile for the devil to attack you.  Tomorrow: Get things done.

It had to happen. It was inevitable.

 

It was inevitable.  It had to happen.

Last night will always be remembered as the night that the lady began to scream “my eye is good, my eye is good!”  Her miracle is still echoing off the walls of the Dream House.

From the jump, you knew this would be a historic night.  The first note of worship that came out of Eddie Zepeda’s mouth brought the glory of God into the Dream House. 

I was nervous about this meeting because of the postcard.  This ministry mailed out a postcard that read “the fire that fell on Clearlake will fall on the Dream House.”  For those of you that may not have been aware we spent 4 weeks in Clearlake harvesting souls.  What happened while we were there has been chronicled in several posts at this site.  

 The miracle in Clearlake is glorious and strategic.  It is a timeless and classic example of revival.  One great proof of this is after we left Clearlake the move kept going.  If you have not read the reports scroll down after you read this blog and see for yourself.

Anyway, I wondered, “how can we make good on a promise like that?”   The saving grace of the postcard was the fact that the fire did fall last night.  Did it ever!   

In retrospect, no other prediction would have made sense.  The people of the Dream House sent us out to Clearlake.  We went out with their prayers and their blessing.  Even though they have been yearning for the breakthrough that God granted in Clearlake.  They sowed into Clearlake and last night they reaped a major return.

Of the many glorious healings that happened last night there is one that stands out.  God picked her out of the audience and revealed that she had, among other things, diabetes and hepatitis C.  The Holy Spirit even detailed the struggle she faced in the last year.  Now electric currents of God’s power ran to and fro in her body with healing.

But it was when God revealed her eye condition that she came unglued.  She had an artificial lens in her eye that caused hellish pain.  She said that when she looked up her sight was perfect and the pain vanished.  She began screaming “My eye is good, my eye is good!”

The next healing has a special place in my heart.  A Pastor from the South Bay came to be encouraged.  He had been deeply wounded in the ministry and had to have a word from God.  He got way more than he bargained for.  I asked him to lay his hand on his heart.  “You have a heart condition and this is your healing!”  Later that night, he met with me and sharing a horror story that is now all too common among pastors.  Now he knew he could fight on and see revival in his church.

I called our healing team to the front and the invited the sick to come and be healed.  This is when the fire fell!  Suddenly there were miracles popping all around us.  I have never been so proud of our healing team in Martinez.  They were bold and compassionate and waded in deeper to human need than ever. 

The most import result of last night was the salvation of souls!  The momentum is here and the meetings at the Dream House are now unstoppable.  Our Friday nights will never be the same!

FYI: Tomorrow I am going to post an urgent message to pastors and leaders about Bethel Church in Redding.  It will be posted at around noon West Coast time.    

America Needs Another Burning Bush!

America needs another burning bush.

 1 Now Moses was tending the flock of Jethro his father-in-law, the priest of Midian. And he led the flock to the back of the desert, and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. 2 And the Angel of the LORD appeared to him in a flame of fire from the midst of a bush. So he looked, and behold, the bush was burning with fire, but the bush was not consumed. 3 Then Moses said, “I will now turn aside and see this great sight, why the bush does not burn.”

He was the greatest has been in history!  He was a child of promise but when his time came he panicked, killed a man and ran for his life.  He ran and just kept running.  He outran his destiny.  He ended up an 80 year old burned out shell tending sheep.  The seeds of greatness were obliterated.  He was, by all practical definitions, a walking dead man.

We are about to see the worst decline of the church in our nation’s history if we do not take drastic action.  If you cannot get fired up and into action you are going to leave a horrible world for your children and grandchildren and worst of all, you are sending them into it alone, unprepared and helpless.

America became a war zone of gang violence, a septic tank of perversion and an anti God state. The courts dragged the American Church out of the mainstream with nary a peep and placed her under religious house arrest.  Mega churches are more of a mirage than a comfort.  The real story is that little churches were drained into bigger ones while the overall Christian population dropped.  This is the first time that less than 50% of our nation claims to be Christian.  Worse still, many who are still going to church are being weakened

Islam is in and Christianity is out:   As I reported to you before from sources that are the most reliable, radical Islam is recruiting an army of terrorists in our prisons and from our inner city gangs.

The American immune system is down: The September 11 attack was not the judgment of God it was something that got through because our national immune system was down. Like Moses, the story of America is not one of human prowess.  The Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and the Bill or Rights are not the well crafted documents of gifted men… they are miracles!

– The rest of the world intuitively senses that we have abandoned our roots. They know that without God we are pathetic at best and dangerous at worst.

False ministers thrive in America while many true ministers languish as burned out shells tending sheep!  Again, why do we need to see the impossible condition of Moses?  Because here we go again!  Look around you; you will see an abundance of ministers who began with a destiny who are nothing now but burned out shells tending sheep!  Where are they today; the men and women who began with fire, clear direction and unstoppable zeal?  Some are outwardly successful but secretly dead. Some are drowning themselves in activities that are totally ineffective and have nothing to do with their original calling.  Some are dying from diseases brought on by the stress of viciously fickle congregations. Some are so far gone that revival and awakening are now distant fantasies. 

Things look impossible and that is the point! There you have it; a nation gone crazy, a generation of believers gone their own way and an army of Godly vessels beaten senseless!  Things look impossible and that is the point.  It is out of this impossibility that Jehovah will work. What can we do? What do we need?  The answer comes from Moses…we need another burning bush!

 This is the work of the Burning Bush. An ancient tabloid headline about Moses would read like this: Rest home reject rises to change the world!

 1. The Burning Bush is the attention getter. The burning bush violated the fixed laws of nature. This was fire that needed no fuel.  It was the impossibility of the Bush that attracted Moses.  He declared, “I will turn now and see this great sight, why the bush is not consumed.”

2. The Burning Bush is a purifier: Exodus 4:6 Furthermore the LORD said to him, “Now put your hand in your bosom.” And he put his hand in his bosom, and when he took it out, behold, his hand was leprous, like snow. 7 And He said, “Put your hand in your bosom again.” So he put his hand in his bosom again, and drew it out of his bosom, and behold, it was restored like his other flesh. 

3. The burning Bush is a model of strength- of not being used up- of running on fire that needs no fuel!  Burn beyond discouragement, burn through lies, criticism and threats and cross the finish line mightily.

What Happens Now? The closing service of the Clearlake revival.

Dear Friend,

What happens now?  This was the final night and a culmination of weeks of revival.  Pastor Steve Snyder asked those who were healed to testify.  Each testimony raised the level of power until it was overwhelming.    

Here is one story about a man named Joe. I called him out and he was healed of heart disease on the first week of the meeting.  Right after he was healed the Holy Spirit told me to tell him that he would soon lay hands on a doctor and that doctor would be healed.  Fast forward to today when he went to his doctor’s appointment.  During the exam the doctor starts complaining about his spine.  Joe says “I am going to lay hands on you.”  When Joe did his hand got hot and power shot into the doctor’s back. The physician was healed!  

 My final sermon was entitled Supernatural Living. I took Galatians 2:20 “I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.”    I told them that everyone has a before and after.  This “after” that they now have is not going away.  What happens now, I told them is that this move of God will get stronger!  They will live by the faith of the Son of God!  They have been bought with a price and they will live above the oppression around this lake!

The anointing overcame me and I waded into the audience.  The power of God struck 6 cancer victims.  One poor lady was at death’s door but it was clear that resurrection power was overtaking her disease!  The healings came in wave after wave.  People broke out fear and began ministering to others.  By the time that the anointing lifted two hours had evaporated.  I asked for all who were healed to stand and well over a hundred people jumped to their feet to give God glory!

Then I told the audience that I wanted them to remember that the last thing I did in this revival was to win souls.  I shared the love of God and then made an appeal from the depths of my heart. Once again they came from everywhere to receive Jesus. All told, hundreds have been saved and healed and thousands have been impacted!

What happens now? For the good people of Clearlake the move of God will take on new and deeper form. It will be a people’s movement that will grow in every church that will open their heart to God.

What happens now for Mario Murillo Ministries?  While it is true that we went to Clearlake and brought a change but we were also changed by Clearlake.  We will never let go of this fire!  I am ruined for ever having a “normal service” again.  We cannot let go of the revival power of God that has gotten a hold of us!

What happens now? The fire of the revival in Clearlake will explode at the Dream House this Friday night.  You will hear the amazing reports and testimonies that cannot fit in this blog. There will be an unforgettable worship experience led by Eddie Zepeda.  I will bring a message of revival for our nation.  We are trusting the Holy Spirit to move among us in undeniable power.  Please join us for this mighty night of joy and power.  For anyone within driving distance do not miss the chance to be in a meeting that will have all of the firepower of the meetings in Clearlake! 

Friday April 20 at 7:15PM 1015 Estudillo Street Martinez CA 94553 Call 925 300 3007

The greatest meeting by far in the Clearlake revival

 

Tonight was indescribable glory.  It was by far the best of all of the meetings in this revival in Clearlake and it was most likely the most amazing display of raw healing power in the history of this ministry.   So much happened that it will take years to truly assess the real impact of this one service.

Let’s begin with the souls getting saved at the beginning of the meeting. They were standing there after repeating the prayer for salvation when God broke out on them in healing.  Chris Massengill is the youth leader of this church. (he looks like a young Hulk Hogan)  had been working to get a former Hell’s Angel named Scotty to the Lord. 

 

 

Scottie in fact came forward to be saved.  I told the new converts that later that night they would see miracles.  When all of a sudden I said one of you here in front is dying of liver disease.  Chris jumped straight up and shouted because he knew that Scottie had terminal cancer of the liver.  That is when the prayer of faith went up and the power of God hit this newly converted hell’s angel! 

 

As I moved down the line I came to an elderly lady who had just been saved.  I began to tell her about her diabetes, heart disease and spine and leg.  She started screaming “HOW COULD YOU KNOW THAT, HOW COULD YOU KNOW THAT?”  Moments before she had come to Christ bent over and limping now she straightened right up and took off around the building!

Over and over and over again reports of healing ignited in the audience.  The reports of healing included, arthritis, diabetes, heart disease, cancer, and so many others that I cannot possibly number them. 

But then Tee shared her testimony.  A testimony that is so great, we are bringing her and her husband to our next Miracle Rally in Martinez on Sunday May 6th to tell her story.  She told the audience tonight that when she first came to the meetings in Clearlake she came with just a few months left to live.  Listen carefully to the list of her diseases: From a car wreck her spine was so damaged that it was telescoping down on itself.  She had advanced diabetes affecting her heart, eyes, and feet .  Worst of all she had terminal liver disease, a liver that was so destroyed she could not even get a transplant.

The Spirit had me call her out the first week here.  I mentioned everything that she had but she could not remember hearing me tell her anything because the power was so intense that she was not aware of what was going on.  Her strength returned and the pain was gone.

Then she went back to her doctor for confirmation.  A fresh set of X-rays and blood test showed a complete miracle.  The doctors told her that they could not explain it but her diabetes, spine disease and heart condition was totally healed.  Then came the kicker:  They told her that they could not explain it “You do not have the same liver as before, you have a new liver!”

As I said in a previous post, “Each night there is a perceptible moment when God’s desire to heal and save will collide with this audience’s yearning for a miracle.  I have been caught in the middle of that collision every night. The anointing abides here.”  

After tonight, I have to take this observation to an even deeper realization.  I have come to the point in this revival where it is a fearful thing just to walk into that building.  We are meeting again tomorrow night.  I am already interceding for wisdom to stay out of the Holy Spirit’s way.

Today was an important day in Clearlake…it must have been!

Today was an important day here in Clearlake.  It must have been!  The devil was so mad that he arranged to have my bag with all of my credit cards and I.D. stolen.  That bag has been in so many drug war zones and high crime areas that it is ridiculous.  Apparently Satan is madder about this outreach than any others we have done.  It was a total set up.  One moment the bag is there and the next it moment it vanished!

Oh definitely we were targeted by Satan.  He is having a hissy fit. He even timed it to happen just before I drove over to the service. Strangely, nobody claimed to see anything. 

In a rare move, I had put the only pair of dress shoes that I brought in that bag.  I  ended up preaching in my sneakers. 

I certainly do not want to make a big deal out of this, millions of Americans are victims of crime, but what a grinding experience it was for my wife while I was preaching  to cancel cards and alert the proper channels about this!

It was my opportunity to apply a principle of spiritual warfare that I teach.  Turn the attack of the devil back on him.  Highlight the attack itself as proof that you are hitting high value targets.  Lucifer is telling us that we are hurting him and we are on the right track.

It is very liberating to walk into a service knowing that you are doing something that enrages Satan.  So naturally, it was time to do a lot more of it! And we did.

 First of all, there were three key truths in the sermon.

1. What God starts He finishes.  Philippians 1:6  “being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ.”    This revival is not going to go away when I leave Clearlake. 

2. More will happen after I am gone than while I am here. Philippians 2:12,13   “Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; 13 for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure.”   God is going to do more after I leave than He did while I was here!

3.  The best way to hold ground that you have won is to win more ground.  Revelation 6:2  “And I saw, and behold a white horse: and he that sat on him had a bow; and a crown was given unto him: and he went forth conquering, and to conquer.”

The sermon was eclipsed by a deluge of power.  When I finally asked the audience how many had been healed almost half of the entire audience stood up!  Not only was this a staggering display of power but it accomplished something that is urgent.  It truly instilled in these people that they are an army, a healing army.  I told them that tonight you are seeing this flow in the church but it is soon to jump from this building to the community.

It is easy to see that tonight was the night that God’s people took full owership of this revival and that nothing is going to stop them.  They are not man centered.  They are not waiting for a christian celebrity, they are on the move and it is going to keep getting stronger. Hallelujah!

Again we saw the front of the church become a soul-saving station.  What a thrill to see souls weeping their way into the Kingdom of God.

Tomorrow night is the miracle service.  Even as I write you, the army of God in Clearlake is fasting and they are reaching out to hundreds of loved ones, friends, backsliders, lost souls and people who need a miracle!  Monday night promises to be the most explosive night yet!

Building in troublesome times

 

 

 Building in troublesome times

 

This letter asks you to do something that runs against the grain of all current wisdom…

It asks you to ignore all of the images of dread.  It asks you to do what some would consider ridiculous in this time of crumbling stocks and skyrocketing fuel prices.  This letter is saying build, build, build.   How can this be right?   Given all the trouble, this is a terrible time to build but I say that the trouble does not count!  

 My letters and emails tell me horror stories of fear and retreat.  Dreams are being postponed or cancelled outright.   Expansion is now guilty until proven innocent. Young people are acting like they are old and afraid.   Once bold leadership lions are retreating and looking for safe landings. 

 This revelation begins with the story of Daniel.  This man of God wept bitterly and gave himself to fast and pray forIsrael.  His nation was destroyed.  The temple was obliterated.  The people were taken back into slavery.   Despite the glory and wealth thatBabylonhad heaped on Daniel, he could not find comfort over the judgment of God on his homeland.  The only thing that pained Daniel more than this was the sin ofIsrael.  It was his need to repent on behalf of his nation that drove Daniel to an extended time of fasting and prayer.  

It is his prayer that enlightens us to the man.   Daniel 9: 13 should be eerie and convicting in its accuracy to us right now!  “As it is written in the Law of Moses, all this disaster has come upon us; yet we have not made our prayer before the LORD our God, that we might turn from our iniquities and understand Your truth. 14 Therefore the LORD has kept the disaster in mind, and brought it upon us; for the LORD our God is righteous in all the works which He does, though we have not obeyed His voice.”   I believe that the fact is that America did not repent after 911 and Christians have not prayed for mercy has extended our misery and delayed revival.

 I thought this was an encouraging word about building?   Yes it is!  Read on.   Daniel grieved at the loss of the presence and glory of God inJerusalem.  Nothing meant more to him than to storm heaven with pleading prayers for its restoration.   The city must be rebuilt!  The temple must be restored.  You cannot overstate the passion of Daniel for the rebuilding of the City ofDavid.   Over and over he asked “When Lord, When?” 

 Daniel’s prayer punctures the hold of that the demonic Prince of Persia held on the angel Gabriel and he arrived with the answer to Daniel’s prayer.   The city will be rebuilt and the  glory of the latter temple will be greater than the former.   However, it is what Gabriel said about the times that matters to us most in this letter!  He said, “Daniel 9: 25 “ Know therefore and understand, That from the going forth of the command  To restore and build Jerusalem   Until Messiah the Prince, There shall be seven weeks and sixty-two weeks;  The streetshall be built again, and the wall, Even in troublesome times.”

 If you think for one moment that this is not important then you do not know Nehemiah.  He was one of the bravest men in the Bible.  He left security and came to a desolate, divided and devastated city.  Why did he come?  He came to rebuild!  He was the fulfillment of the angel’s prediction about the walls and the streets.  Regarding Daniel 9:25 the pulpit commentary says, “This was certainly fulfilled in the days of Nehemiah; one has only to read the book of Nehemiah to see that.”

Nehemiah had to find a formula for success.  He was beset these formidable foes in Nehemiah chapter 4.

 1. The grinding insults of the enemy.  “2 And he spoke before his brethren and the army of Samaria, and said, “What are these feeble Jews doing? Will they fortify themselves? Will they offer sacrifices? Will they complete it in a day? Will they revive the stones from the heaps of rubbish—stones that are burned?” 3 Now Tobiah the Ammonite was beside him, and he said, “Whatever they build, if even a fox goes up on it, he will break down their stone wall.”  

 2. A terrorized people:  8 and all of them conspired together to come and attack Jerusalem and create confusion. 9 Nevertheless we made our prayer to our God, and because of them we set a watch against them day and night.” 

 3. An overwhelmed workforce: 10 Then Judah said, “The strength of the laborers is failing, and there is so much rubbish that we are not able to build the wall.”

Nehemiah found the boldness and fervor to build in the face of a demoralized workforce and an angry and bloodthirsty brood because of the prophetic power of Daniel!  He was the heir to Daniel’s intercessory prayer!  These were the times of trouble the prophet predicted!  He realized that this was not just a good time to build it was an excellent time to build!

 Because of this prophecy Nehemiah learned the lesson we must learn.   Trouble is not an excuse stop building it is the prophetic cue to build!  This is why Nehemiah thundered out in Nehemiah 4: 14 “And I looked, and arose and said to the nobles, to the leaders, and to the rest of the people, “Do not be afraid of them. Remember the Lord, great and awesome, and fight for your brethren, your sons, your daughters, your wives, and your houses.”

 Joining in this chorus of building in troubled times are Haggai who said in Haggai 1: 2 “Thus speaks the LORD of hosts, saying: ‘This people says, “The time has not come, the time that the LORD’s house should be built.”    The people kept saying this is not a good time to build!

The reason that they gave is very illuminating.  They felt that it was not a good time to build because of their trouble.  They had economic trouble.  They had weather trouble.  They had political trouble. 

 However, God was about to violently turn the tables by showing them why they had trouble!  7 Thus says the LORD of hosts: “Consider your ways! 8 Go up to the mountains and bring wood and build the temple, that I may take pleasure in it and be glorified,” says the LORD. 9 “You looked for much, but indeed it came to little; and when you brought it home, I blew it away. Why?” says the LORD of hosts. “Because of My house that is in ruins, while every one of you runs to his own house. 10 Therefore the heavens above you withhold the dew, and the earth withholds its fruit. 11 For I called for a drought on the land and the mountains, on the grain and the new wine and the oil, on whatever the ground brings forth, on men and livestock, and on all the labor of your hands.”

 Here is the word of God for them and for us:  It is not because the times are troubled that we do not build, it is because we do not build that the times are troubled!

 What are we supposed to build?   We are supposed to build families!  We are supposed to build businesses!  We are supposed to build films, books, inventions and yes buildings.  Most of all we are to build character and integrity that can change the world. The shock and awe of Satan is meant to paralyze, atrophy, and shrink vision.   So again I say build, build, build!   Build excellently.  Build joyously! 

 Build through your trouble: The greatest vessels of God have appeared in times of calamity and confusion. Trouble is your opportunity to be your best, to be more than you ever imagined you could be.   If God has honored you to live in troubled times then trouble will only make you stronger.  The conditions will never seem right to the timid soul.  The Word of God says

 To build in troubled times is the most eloquent act of defiance against fear:  If you face your fear with a plan of escape you will only gain a gnawing sense of defeat.  The moment you decide to stand, fight and build you will release the power of the Holy Spirit.  Unknown reserves of courage will well up within you!

 Build because this will all soon be over:  In heaven, you will only regret what you did not leave on the field of battle.  It is the bold steps untaken, and the challenges avoided that will pang you in that day.  This will soon be over and the threat that seems so big now will look so puny there!  What are you saving your courage for?  What are you withholding your talent, resources and dreams for?   Surely they are all for such a time as this!

 Build now because the conditions are right: The conditions will never seem right to the timid soul.  The Word of God says, “Ecclesiastes 11: 4 He who observes the wind will not sow, And he who regards the clouds will not reap.”  If you wait for all of the objections to be answered nothing will ever be attempted. 

 You have a clear choice!  You can believe headlines or the Bible.   If you believe the headlines you should hunker down and prepare for a life of ever-decreasing hope; a life of limits and dread that will place you among the living dead.

 The experts say that we have lost our youth and that we can only expect them to get worse.  Joel 2:20 says “I will pour out of my Spirit on your sons and daughter and they will prophesy”  If you believe the news media then you will only expect them be lost.  If you believe Joel then you will build toward a worldwide youth revival!

 The news media warns of violent convulsions in man and nature and the end of the world.  Jesus said that it cannot end before one event: Matthew 24:14 And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come.  If you believe Jesus then you know why we must build to order to contain the greatest harvest of souls in the history of mankind!

 The greatest enemy to building is the feeling that says, “What’s the use?”  In a world where it seems that every good thing has been taken and every great thing has been done despair comes easily.   No doubt this spirit gripped the people Haggai preached to.  Why build another temple it can never compare to Solomon’s yet Haggai 2:3,4 says “Who is left among you who saw this temple in its former glory? And how do you see it now? In comparison with it, is this not in your eyes as nothing? 4 Yet now be strong, Zerubbabel,’ says the LORD.”  

 Haggai goes on to say in verses 8,9 “The silver is Mine, and the gold is Mine,’ says the LORD of hosts. 9 ‘The glory of this latter temple shall be greater than the former,’ says the LORD of hosts. ‘And in this place I will give peace,’ says the LORD of hosts.”

 God is saying in essence, “I know how you feel but wait there is yet something  awesome left for you to build.  Now get up and build! Amen.