Working for Obama is the natural extension of your devotion to Christ.

Before I get to Michelle Obama let me bring something up that few are talking about.  No one is talking about is the crime Obama is committing against Black Pastors or the torture of the conscience of Black believers.  The Obamas know that the overwhelming majority of Christians in the black community believe the Bible is the word of God and oppose Gay Marriage.

Obama is issued a clear but unspoken mandate to Black Pastors and Christians: “I cannot win by talking about my record or by talking about jobs.  I must scrounge for votes wherever I can get them.  So, for the time being I am for gay marriage.  It gets me Hollywood money and makes the opposition look intolerant.  Since you have no where is else to go, deal with it.”

 This arrogant sense of entitlement to the black vote went to a new low yesterday. First lady Michelle Obama Thursday offered a rare public reflection on her religious faith, telling a conference of the African Methodist Episcopal church that the life of Jesus Christ is a model for democratic organizing. “We see that in the life of Jesus Christ. Jesus didn’t limit his ministry to the four walls of the church,” she said. “He was out there fighting injustice and speaking truth to power every single day. He was out there spreading a message of grace and redemption to the least, the last, and the lost. And our charge is to find Him everywhere, every day by how we live our lives.”  “Democracy is also an everyday activity,” she said. “And being an engaged citizen should once again be a daily part of our lives.”

Now the Obama message is, “working for my reelection is the natural extension of your devotion to Christ.”  This is exactly what Jesus would do if He were here today.  He would be out telling the people to vote for Barrack Obama.  He would be organizing rallies to force wealth to be redistributed. He would be going door to door espousing the virtues of killing unborn children and lobbying for the right of men to marry men.

 Jesus walked with sinners and ministered to prostitutes but He saved His most ardent and pointed rebukes for the Pharisees.  Mark 7: 6 “He answered and said to them, “Well did Isaiah prophesy of you hypocrites, as it is written: ‘This people honors Me with their lips, But their heart is far from Me. 7 And in vain they worship Me, Teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.’ 8 For laying aside the commandment of God, you hold the tradition of men —the washing of pitchers and cups, and many other such things you do.” 9 He said to them, “All too well you reject the commandment of God, that you may keep your tradition.”  Their crime was plain and simple: Twist the teachings of Moses then overlay the traditions of men over the Word of God in order to maintain power over the people.

 Jesus also condemned the Pharisees for bending reality at will and contradicting themselves. They rejected John the Baptist because he did not eat certain foods and he never drank wine.  Then they condemned Jesus for eating and drinking.  Mark 7:16 “To what can I compare this generation? They are like children sitting in the marketplaces and calling out to others: 17 “‘We played the pipe for you, and you did not dance; we sang a dirge, and you did not mourn.’ 18 For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, ‘He has a demon.’ 19 The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Here is a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners.”

 Here are the two songs the Obamas are playing: “Violate your conscience to help me get reelected.  Obey your conscience to get me reelected.”

 

Why You Are Here

It is hard  for us to fight feelings of anger and helplessness in a world that seems to ignore our voice and disregard our concerns.  It is easy to feel that life is random and we have no power to control but if you can answer the question that I am going to ask in this blog you can become unstoppable.

Why are you here?

The hope of His calling:  There is not only a hope of His calling; there is hope in His calling.  There is a great hope in knowing that you are called to be here at this time in order to do a special work.  You are not abandoned, forgotten, misplaced or marooned on earth, you are on assignment!

It is no accident that words like purpose and destiny are all over the landscape of the church.  We all sense intuitively the urgency of these words.  Life must have meaning! It is the depth of meaning that we find in life that determines our level of endurance.  The bigger the sense of WHY we are here, the greater our power to face WHAT is here. The more value that we place on our life, the more we will expect from our life.  ourselves and what we are doing.  It is a profound sense of mission that makes people productive.

The atheist and the agnostic face an unrelenting sense of meaninglessness.  To them, life is a cruel accident.  This is why I want to impress upon you one very great fact: it is not ease and comfort that make life bearable and it is not trials and tribulations that make life unbearable.

Suicide is pandemic among the rich and idle. But the joy of the Lord saturates missionaries fulfilling their calling in the most horrendous circumstances. You are not seeking the easy life, you are seeking the life you were born to live.  You seek that life that unmistakable stamp of divine approval.

You are an ambassador of God and that makes your home an embassy.  That means that you are here to do something that no one else can do and to do in a way that no one has ever done before.  It means that all of the authority of heaven stands ready to defend and strengthen your efforts.  That means that any anger or resentment you see is directed at God and not at you because the battle is not yours.

The call of God on your life must be more real than anything else about you. Everyday is your defining moment.  Let me say it another way: The life that lacks destiny, though it boasts of everything else is but a leaf in the wind. The life that knows it is here on purpose and for a destiny cannot be stopped by anything.

Louder than Words.

 

 Louder than words.

The best way to avoid action is to keep talking.  There are people who love to talk about what is wrong, who is wrong, what disaster will strike if we do not do something, and even expand on amazing ways to fix the problem.   They keep talking hoping that you do not notice that they are doing nothing.

I will never forget when Chris Rock interviewed Reverend Jesse Jackson.  Chris Rock asked him simply, “what do you do?”  The reverend began pouring out a stream of rhetoric.  Chris Rock interrupted, “yeah, I know about that but what do you do?”  Befuddled, Jackson started in again with high sounding verbiage.  Again, Rock came back with, “I know about that, but what do you do?”  This went and on until Jesse ripped his mike off and stormed out of the studio.

The biggest lie anyone will ever tell, is the truth they keep on telling emphatically, loudly and for so long that you do not notice that they have  postponed action indefinitely. 

At Mario Murillo Ministries we have endeavored to build a culture of action.  I believe that staff meetings are guilty until proven innocent.  My theory is that as long as we are sitting around talking about what we are going to do, we are not doing it.

Years ago, someone got us an elegant conference table and comfy chairs that you could sink into.  I hated this furniture so much because it caused people to smooze.   Until I got rid of it, I made our staff meet in the hall and stand through the whole meeting.  I kept using the hallway even after we got better furniture because I noticed how quickly people got to the point when we all had to stand.

William J. Lock said, “I believe half the unhappiness in life comes from people being afraid to go straight at things.”  The devil wants to us to do everything except get started.  The tendency today is to stare at our dreams rather than to live our dreams.

Many times God has asked me to do the seemingly impossible.  I learned to listen closer for the most important thing about vision…taking the first step!    I learned that when something looks impossible, start it, and then God will give out the next step, and then the next, and soon you will see that with God all things are possible.

Often the greatest enemy of wisdom can be conventional wisdom.  Take this Summer for example.  Conventional wisdom says to hit one city after another.  Instead, we have found that God wants to dig in and drill a well of supernatural salvation in a city, alter the DNA of churches and leave behind trained workers.  Then when you get a major breakthrough conventional wisdom will say “stay here because of the great success” and suddenly, God will move us on.

Our reliance on signs and wonders is not for exotic titillation, it is to win souls.  We have no stomach for events that amuse bored believers and leave lost souls out in the darkness.  Just because our meetings are boisterous does not mean we will let them get spooky.  We do not follow trends whether they be in worship, tactics or the latest buzz.  We are bent on being effective and taking actions.  We are a ministry that is endeavoring to be louder than words. 

Part Two: An open letter about a dangerous lie.

I admit that this caption is a little over the top and may seem simplistic and no I am not trying to pull illegal votes away from Obama to Romney.  But now that I have your attention let me explain.

I am speaking out in this blog as a private citizen not as an evangelist.  When I am in the pulpit I am consumed by the call to destroy the works of the devil through the Gospel.  This blog is my sole outlet to speak out on issues that burn in my soul for my people and my nation.

Obama is a job killer.  He has never done anything in his life that has equipped him for managing a hardware store let alone the most powerful nation in the world.  What makes him even more dangerous is his zeal for a bankrupt ideology.  He has malice toward capitalism and he embraced  Marxist tactics that making lying a noble act in the course of achieving “justice.”  He wants to forcefully take money from those who worked hard and succeeded and give it to many who refuse to work.

Some still reel from the kool aid saying, “Give Obama a chance.”  4 years is more than a chance and he spent the first two years utterly ignoring the economy while he forced through a health care bill that most Americans hate and is on life support in the Supreme Court.  He wasted those years because he does not care if you get a job.

Now he has become even more dangerous.  He seems to be abandoning all ideology except for one, his ideal of being reelected.

Even Jimmy Carter has turned on Obama for violating human rights! Jimmy Carter???   The former president (76-80) of the United States Jimmy Carter, blasted his Democratic Party’s incumbent president Barack Obama and his administration of blatant violations of human rights. In a 25 June New York Times article titled “A Cruel and Unusual Record,” Carter blasts the administration‘s foreign policy decisions and the implications for the United States’ “moral authority” around the world.

He wrote:

“Revelations that top officials are targeting people to be assassinated abroad, including American citizens, are only the most recent, disturbing proof of how far our nation’s violation of human rights has extended….Recent legislation has made legal the president’s right to detain a person indefinitely on suspicion of affiliation with terrorist organizations or “associated forces,” a broad, vague power that can be abused without meaningful oversight from the courts or Congress…This law violates the right to freedom of expression and to be presumed innocent until proved guilty, two other rights enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.”

The media still sees Obama as a darling that must be protected from criticism.  Bush hunted down captured and water boarded Al Qaeda leaders to get information but Obama kills,reserves the right to kill Americans, then leaks the secret that he kills to appear like he is a strong leader…yet the media says nothing.

I believe that Obama sees himself as a dictator.  He knows he cannot win reelection on his record so he bends laws, side steps laws and arrogantly believes he is smarter than the rest of us.   Today, he is counting on the Latin Community to not see the folly of voting for him.  He is again making promises in exchange for votes.   The Hispanic community is in for a unspeakable let down because the money will run out and America will become worse than the desperate place from which they escaped.

The question for we Hispanics and all of the rest of us is not “are you better off than you were 4 years ago.”  That’s easy.  The real question is a much more painful question.  “If he did this much damage while fearing reelection, how much damage will he do when he has no such fear?”

An open letter to Latinos, Christians and Latino Christians about a dangerous lie.

An open letter to Latinos, Christians and Latino Christians about a dangerous lie.

Both Supreme court justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg and President Obama share a disdain for the American Constitution.  Both have sworn to uphold it and defend it but both have openly admitted that they see it as a limitation to the America they want.

Ginsberg recently told Egypt that she felt the American Constitution was not a good model for their constitution, she said, ““I would not look to the U.S. Constitution, if I were drafting a Constitution in the year 2012. I might look at the Constitution of South Africa.”  Obama said, “I wish I could bypass Congress and change things on my own.”

It is time for you the reader to see the great lie and how it affects you!

Jefferson penned these immortal words, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”  The American dream draws its life from these words.

Ginsberg and Obama dislike Jefferson’s words because of the word “pursuit.”   They believe that government should not merely provide the freedom to pursue happiness… government should guarantee happiness.    A cradle to the grave nanny state.  However, this gives government supreme control of your life and that control has never delivered happiness.

This victimizes minorities by making them dependant.  I am an American with Latin roots and I believe that Latinos have a shot at prosperity if they do not allow themselves to be defined as a victimized minority.

I know firsthand what a ghetto can do to your mind.  Again and again I have said that Jesus did two miracles for me.  First He got me out of the ghetto and then He got the ghetto out of me.

Latinos should not be fooled by Obama’s pandering to us.  He has had years to deal with issues that affect the Latin Community and he did nothing.  He only wants to be reelected.

The eyes of every Latino should be on the economy.  You want a paycheck not food stamps.  There is a reason that Obama is furiously tossing out Band-Aids and false promises.  He has epically failed to fix the economy because he despises the pursuit.

Consider what voting money to yourself through Obama will do:  Mr. Rangel a Latin leader from Chicago said this “Hispanics haven’t endured the same suffering and struggles of the African-American community,” he says. Hispanics’ “struggles are different. Their struggles come from a desire to get ahead and leaving their nation and coming to a new land. And those are tough things, but there’s no way that you can compare that struggle to the struggles of slavery and Jim Crow and Reconstruction. There’s just no comparison.”

“No matter to politicos—they’ve bought into this narrative in legions. “Democrats are so intent on making Hispanics the next victimized minority seeking entitlement programs and all that, This is a great community that’s poised to do great things—but you gotta challenge it. Don’t pander to it.”

 “The nationalist [Mexican] flag-waving, the youth being taken out of schools to protest—I think those are wrong tactics. The easy answer for people seeing hundreds and thousands of kids out in the street protesting is [to think] that those kids should be in the classroom.”  “We need to show the rest of the country that this is a good community, that we’re gonna play by the rules, play hard, and get ahead, and it’ll be good for the country and good for our community.”

To all Christians I say, do not sell your soul because Obama has promised you free money.  This is not free money, only government controlled slavery.  We already know the result.  It creates and sustains ghettos.  You need to realize that Obama wants you to keep him in the White House with a vote that keeps you in the ghetto.  More later today.

Tonight in Tulsa: This Changes Everything!

This Changes Everything

Tonight in Tulsa the power of the Holy Spirit came down drenching the audience with miracles.  Many of you may know that I was supposed to continue with our outreach to Santa Rosa for another week. I felt strongly that we were to resume the meetings in Santa Rosa on July 1-4.   Tulsa was an important commitment and it there is no doubt now that it was the right move.

Pastor Bob Yandian’s son Rob has just taken over as Pastor of Grace Church. The Holy Spirit ordered me to issue an unusually straightforward challenge to this congregation in transition.  Tulsa does not need another seeker church.  It needs a church ablaze with revival and miracles.

In the last three weeks that Rob Yandian has begun regular duties as pastor, healings have started appearing in every service.  It was my hope to simply intensify the momentum that was already here.

I told them that this moment in history is a good news bad news situation.  The good news is that God is pouring out His Spirit in an unprecedented way the bad news is that this outpouring is because of the disaster that our nation is facing.

The message entitled, This Changes Everything  talked about the man who gave a great banquet in Luke 14: 16-23  “A certain man gave a great supper and invited many, 17 and sent his servant at supper time to say to those who were invited, ‘Come, for all things are now ready.’ 18 But they all with one accord began to make excuses. The first said to him, ‘I have bought a piece of ground, and I must go and see it. I ask you to have me excused.’ 19 And another said, ‘I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I am going to test them. I ask you to have me excused.’ 20 Still another said, ‘I have married a wife, and therefore I cannot come.’ 21 So that servant came and reported these things to his master. Then the master of the house, being angry, said to his servant, ‘Go out quickly into the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in here the poor and the maimed and the lame and the blind.’ 22 And the servant said, ‘Master, it is done as you commanded, and still there is room.’ 23 Then the master said to the servant, ‘Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled.

He was outraged that they would prefer mundane things to the sublime. Out of his anger, he gathered his staff and changed their job description.  They would go from domestics to public relations.  Vs 21 “said to his servant, ‘Go out quickly into the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in here the poor and the maimed and the lame and the blind.’

The goal is a full house:  He had a hatred of empty seats: Verse 22 And the servant said, ‘Master, it is done as you commanded, and still there is room.’ Verse 23 Then the master said to the servant, ‘Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled.

That America prefers banality to Jesus changes everything!  That churches prefer insipid social klatches to revival  changes everything!  That our government wants a Godless culture changes everything!

Then out of nowhere miracles broke out.  By the power of Jesus alone I asked a woman on the front row to stand.  A litany of words poured forth.  The Holy Spirit revealed the length of her illness, all of the places that she suffered and instantly all pain vanished from her body.  Before the audience could recover from this, it happened again, and to God be all glory, yet another had minute details revealed about her diseases.  A wife grieving over her husband’s heart condition was overjoyed when the exact word for him came forth.  In one person, the Spirit required me to list all 14 ailments in their body.

Just when it seemed it would stop another wave of healing came crashing in engulfing the entire church in a heavenly presence of God and healing.  On and on it went until it was undeniable that miracles had taken place in every part of the church!

The most wonderful part of the night was when we saw lost souls line up across the front of the church and shed old fashioned tears of repentance.

Pastor Bob Yandian has asked me to return in the near future for a weeklong meeting here at Grace.  I am returning to California knowing that we are at the point where fire will break out no matter where we go!

 

Kenneth E. Hagin left yet another deep well of revival in Tulsa right alongside of Oral Roberts and T.L. Osborne.   

In August 1934, Rev Kenneth E. Hagin was miraculously healed, raised off a deathbed by the power of God and the revelation of faith in God’s Word. Jesus appeared to Rev. Hagin eight times over the next several years in visions that changed the course of his ministry. In 1967, he began a regular radio broadcast that continues today as Rhema for Today.

In 1968, Rev. Hagin published the first issues of The Word of Faith magazine, which now has a monthly circulation of more than 300,000. The publishing outreach he founded, Faith Library Publications, has circulated worldwide more than 65 million copies of books by Rev. Hagin, Rev. Kenneth W. Hagin, and several other authors. Faith Library Publications also has produced more than 9 million audio teaching CDs.

In 1974, Rev. Hagin founded RHEMA Bible Training Center USA, which to date has over 24,000 alumni. RHEMA Bible Training Centers have opened in 14 other nations: Australia, Austria, Brazil, Colombia, Germany, India, Italy, Mexico, Peru, Romania, Samoa, Singapore, South Africa, and Thailand. Together, the 14 schools have more than 29,000 graduates worldwide.

It is important to note that he was concerned that people were turning his teachings into a formula that did not make room for the moving of the Holy Spirit.  To that end, he travelled near the end of his life in rallies that featured great moves of God.  He also gathered together many of the voices that were teaching prosperity and rebuked them for imbalance.

Tonight the contributions of Dr. Oral Roberts, Dr. T.L. Osborne, and Kenneth E. Hagin weighed heavy on me.  I cannot revive Tulsa.  I have no illusions about my influence here.  It will take a great overruling of darkness and unbelief to turn this great city back to God.

However, it was wonderful to feel the people of Grace embracing the move of God.  This gave me great faith for an outpouring of the Spirit.  They were bold and flowed freely in miracles tonight.

Indeed they understood that we must reopen the wells of our fathers.  It is time for Tulsa!  Tomorrow I will preach three different sermons.  Everyone left knowing that a great act of  God was about to crash into this awesome family of believers.

 

 

 

Telling Tulsa The Truth.

 

Reopening wells in Tulsa.   First let’s revisit the facts:  Tulsa is a city that has given signs and wonders to the world as no other city in modern history.  Consider Oral Roberts and T.L. Osborne.

Dr. Oral Roberts: Oral Roberts’ ministry began when, as a 17 year old boy dying of tuberculosis, the Lord allegedly told him, “Son, I am going to heal you, and you are to take My healing power to your generation.” God also added, “And someday, you are to build Me a university based on My authority and on the Holy Spirit.” That very day, he was healed of both tuberculosis and stuttering. After a time if recuperation, Oral spent the next 12 years preaching the Gospel in small churches. Then in 1947, he conducted his first healing service in downtown Enid, Oklahoma. More than 1,200 people were present. At the service, a woman’s hand that had been totally stiff for thirty–eight years was instantly healed, and Oral’s healing ministry was launched.

In 1954, ORM began filming its healing crusades for national television, and in 1955, Oral Roberts televised the first live service from his giant tent cathedral, a feat the ministry was told was “technically impossible.” It was the first weekly primetime TV healing service that America had ever known, giving millions at home a front-row seat to see miracles happening right before their eyes. The whole nation saw that God is a good God, He is a miracle-working God, and faith in Him can move mountains of human need.

As the crowds grew, the size of the tent was increased until it could seat up to 12,000 people. The side curtains could be lifted so that thousands more could stand outside the tent and hear the preaching, see the miracles, receive healing prayer, and come forward to receive Christ as their personal Savior.  And in 1957, for the first time, a million souls were won to Jesus in a 12-month period through ORM’s crusades and weekly TV coverage.

Dr. T.L. OSBORN, world missionary evangelist, statesman, teacher, author, publisher, linguist, designer, pianist, and administrator is best known for his mass-miracle ministry to millions. With his wife & associate minister, Dr. Daisy Washburn Osborn, they established their headquarters in Tulsa, Oklahoma in 1949. Together they proclaimed the Gospel to millions of unreached people in over 90 nations for well over half a century of world-changing missionary evangelism, preaching daily to multitudes from 20,000 to 300,000 people with God confirming his Word by many astounding miracles.

Tonight I have the honor of ministering in a church in Tulsa that is seeing these miracles return with great power.  Grace Church has recently installed Rob Yandian as their Pastor.  Pastor Bob Yandian has turned the reins of this mighty church to his son.  The transfer of authority was not just smooth it was nothing short of amazing.  God has confirmed the great future of this church by sending healings in all of their services the last three weeks.

This is the only reason that I left Santa Rosa and the great revival there because of what God is doing in the strategic city of Tulsa.  A remnant here yearns for the power of God to come again and they believe it can be greater than ever.  They like me, know our nation needs it!  And we cannot wait.

The Lord has burned a message in my heart about how these heroes of faith suffered to bring the message of miracles to the lost and the church.  My words to Tulsa will not all be sweet and adoring!

I feel fire in my bones.  I am going to tell Tulsa that if God can breakthrough in California which is trying to be a socialist antigod bastion then how much more should the saints in Tulsa wake up and take hold of their legacy of Supernatural Power!  Oral is in heaven but amazingly, T.L. is still ministering.

Genesis 26 tells us that Isaac dug again the wells of his father Abraham.  Warring tribes had buried those wells.  The wells of power that Oral and many other heroes of God from Tulsa are buried here.  They used a new kind of dirt to clog them up but it is still dirt.

Denominationalism has replaced faith.  Programs have replaced Pentecostal Fire.  New slick approaches apologize for their faith in express services long on coffee bars, pep talks and short on substance.  Many here are actually ashamed of the history that they should be most proud of! They cater pabulum to lukewarm audiences when they should be demonstrating the Glory of God to the masses .  

It is not just the towering achievements of these giants of faith that haunt me, it is the hell they endured in order to leave us this priceless legacy.  The hell they went through was not so we could have these harmless designer churches pot mark Tulsa.

Grace Church is ready for a gusher from the wells of salvation! They know what has been lost and they are taking steps to repent and receive their inheritance.  I cannot wait for tonight and tomorrow!

 

 

A therapist once asked a juvenile delinquent a question that was meant to reveal his personality.   He asked, “What would you do if a lion jumped through that window?”  The youth said, “I would raise my rifle and shoot!”  The therapist said, “But where did you get the rifle?”  The youth replied, “Where did you get the lion?”  

 

Today, lions are jumping through windows.  We have never seen stress like this and we have never felt so much of our strength sapped by everyday life.  There have never been attacks like this and there has never been so much intense strife.

 

It seems that we are constantly in need of a miracle.  Daily, we see more and more instances of where life is a cliff hanger.  We see frequent times where no human solution will do.

 

Right now we are seeing our broken government at work.  Capitol Hill is a trash heap of confusion, disarray and paralysis.  However, that same drama is being replayed in the kitchens of millions of Americans.  Many believers and in a vast number of churches are not exempt from this onslaught.

 

This morning, June 22, 2012 the voice of the Lord said, “the kingdom of God is not what you think.”  Of course I asked what that meant.  Immediately, I saw some scenes in the New Testament.  That explained what I had just heard.

 

The disciples were devastated by misunderstanding the Kingdom of God.  The Cross dashed their hopes for a temporal kingdom.  The disciples saw themselves on thrones beside Jesus, using supernatural miracles to run Israel.  When it did not happen they were scattered and terrified.

 

The same disappointment and shock is touching Christians who made assumptions based on hysterical teachings and trendy doctrine. What we forget is that the Kingdom comes out of nowhere and flattens its adversary when we least expect it.

 

The resurrection of Christ exploded the church into existence.  Now the 12 saw that they were global not local.  They saw that the mission was not to build a regional paradise but to destroy the worldwide curse of Satan.  The Kingdom was not what they thought.

 

Not long after that they huddled in an upper room once again feeling abandoned and disappointed.  That is why their numbers dwindled from 500 to 120.  Once again, the Kingdom had other things in mind.  Tongues of fire, a mighty boldness and the constant companionship of the Holy Spirit transformed them into an unstoppable force.  The future was not what they thought.

 

It did not take long for massive persecution to come and now they felt helpless again.  They were slandered, maligned and driven underground.  They felt they had no voice, to retort to the angry, sophisticated society that God had plunged them into.

 

Suddenly, a light flashes down onto an angry intellectual, religious terrorist…the Bin Laden of the Jews if you will.  Saul becomes Paul and the church gains a voice that Jesus predicted.  “I will give you a mouth and wisdom that no man can gainsay nor resist.

 

Today, you must not be disappointed or despairing.  The Kingdom does not always let us see our true resources or know the stunning breakthroughs that are just ahead.  What we do know is that the Kingdom we have received is unshakable.   For every lion there will be a rifle.

Here is the decision about Santa Rosa.

Here is the decision about Santa Rosa.

We do not want to get tedious in reporting the miracles that happened last night in Santa Rosa.  We report them to you because we believe two things:

  1.  We believe that they are acts of mercy and they are not the result of any righteousness that we possess.
  2. We believe that they are a great encouragement to all of us.  These signs indicate a season of God working in our nation…not just in our nation, but in a part of our nation that is considered burned over for the Gospel.

However, there is much more to this phenomenon than physical healing.  Santa Rosa is home to a pervasive spiritual wound. Many, who once walked with God in this region have been scattered.  We all knew going in that at some point we would need to address this glaring need.  Last night, God collided with that need.

Now let us give you a factual description of last night.  It was a full house again.  It was easy to see that many were there for the first time. It always gives us pause when we see people bringing people who need a miracle.

A beautiful young woman sat with a painful secret.  She was diagnosed with lupus.  She once walked with God but had lost her first love. Now she saw little but impending agony.  Lupus is basically the body declaring war on itself until it is completely destroyed.

Mario picked her out of the crowd and by the power of the Holy Spirit described what was happening to her blood, nerves, muscles and vital organs.  That she was healed is only part of the story.  The real power was that all was forgiven and now a beloved daughter had returned home to her Father.  She wept tears of joy and restoration.

Another drama was quietly building up in a woman who was scheduled for surgery for cancer that very day.  She chose to be here instead, and delay the procedure.  Again, Mario picked her from the audience and said, “Cancer, put your hand on your chest.”  The explosion of praise was immediate.

The message that night was about how God used Hezekiah to restore the Passover and how “Hezekiah and all the people rejoiced that God had prepared the people, since the events took place so suddenly.” 2 Chronicles 29: 36.    What the people did not know is the painful decision that this ministry would have to make to keep these meetings going in Santa Rosa.  We would have to disappoint other cities and deal with the jumble of details that such changes create.  It was an already exhausting year and now here we were again pushing our staff and our resources beyond the limit.  However, something tells us that this will be the visitation of a lifetime.  So we are digging in, gritting our teeth and we are going for it!

This miraculous event was recorded in 2 Chronicles 29 and 30 began as a crazy idea.  When the people heard the King’s idea they rejoiced greatly and even ended up extending the Passover celebration.  At that point Mario announced that we were going to add 4 more nights to the Santa Rosa Fire.  We would resume the meetings July 1-4th.  Yes, we are even going to have a meeting on the 4th of July…talk about fireworks!

The night ended with a call to be born again and for those who were backslidden to come home.  It was an overwhelming scene as the front of the church was filled with souls set free by the love and power of Jesus!  So there you have it…the fire rages on!