God’s Plan to Win the Youth of America

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God’s Plan to Win the Youth of America

By Mario Murillo

The title sounds arrogant and self-serving.  Nothing could be further from the truth.  This is about how there must be must be a plan from God.  He loves America and He loves our children.  He will not sit out the most despicable, generational power grab in our nation’s history.

The enemy we face is sophisticated, organized and well-funded.  Any endeavor with a human origin is doomed from the start.   Going forward, we must saturate our plans in prayer and only apply solutions from the Holy Spirit.  The ideas must and will come from Him.

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I am saturated by the conviction that we will find the strategies we need.  God will grant the words that will silence our enemy and the miracles that will confirm and convince a secular generation to come to Christ.

First, let’s get real about what happened.  They went after our children with a vengeance unseen in history.  Obama and a harem of Hollywood operatives seduced them.  A battery of activist University Professors bullied them.  A malignant media poisoned the well and politicians flat-out lied to them.

The younger generation was seduced by promises of a better life and the Church was caught flat-footed.

But the God haters have taken it to a new level with our children by revising history and banning free speech.  As of now, any moral teaching that violates their agenda is deemed hate speech.  George Orwell said, “In times of universal deceit telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act.”

George did not mean revolutionary in the way we have come to use it i.e. “a revolutionary way to wax your car.”  He meant that those who spoke the truth would be deemed enemies of the state.

Isaiah said it this way, “They say that what is right is wrong and what is wrong is right; that black is white and white is black; bitter is sweet and sweet is bitter.” -Isaiah 5:20

Charles Krauthammer agrees, “The left is entering a new phase of ideological agitation — no longer trying to win the debate but stopping debate altogether, banishing from public discourse any and all opposition.”

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Experts say American youth are a lost cause to Christianity because it is virtually illegal to preach the Gospel to them.  How can we expect to counter the onslaught of modern evil and win the young?  How can we expect to compete with such monstrous power?

We can more than compete because greater is He who is in us that he that is in the world!

However, there is another big reason for hope:  THE AGENDA HAS BITTERLY FAILED AND YOUTH KNOW IT.

Youth have seen the beast!  They are feeling the aftermath.  The brave new world of justice and prosperity never dawned.  The equality never transpired, for that matter neither did the medical coverage, nor the promised hope and change.  What they do see is an angry self-serving tyranny that has endangered their future.

The wreckage of his administration and the cruelty of his actions toward political enemies are now painfully clear to youth in America.

In a detailed, national poll released last month by Harvard’s Institute of Politics, nearly half of young voters said they would recall President Obama if they could.

A door has opened and it will not stay open long.  While that door is open the American church can truly shine.   I have no doubt that you are about to gain a great weapon in the struggle to win this generation.

I believe that for every concerned Pastor, youth leader and parent or young believer there is a plan instructions.  I can sum them up in three words:

1. MESSAGE   

2. METHOD

3. MIRACLES

Tomorrow I will reveal the power behind these three words.  For now rest in the fact that you will get your plan, a plan to win American Youth to Christ!

Once again revival is striking Northern California

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Here is the very latest from Los Banos.  This Friday night the pastors of Los Banos have called for a city wide night of intercession for continued revival.  When is the last time you have heard of the pastors in a city dropping their doctrinal differences and telling their people that we will not be separate churches but the one true Body of Christ and pray?

Confirmations of healing are coming from many sources…indeed the medical community in Los Banos should brace themselves for a wave of testimonies of diseases that have vanished and deliverance from medications!

Most exciting is the fact that the army that left last Monday night made a list of hundreds of names of loved ones that they are praying will be saved.  However, they are not just praying, they are witnessing and inviting them for this weekend.  I get real excited thinking about the evangelism outbreak that has begun!  Stay tuned for more.

Now for those of you who have not yet read the blog below we present again the report about Monday night.

 

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The Los Banos Baptism

By Mario Murillo

2 Chronicles 29: 36 Then Hezekiah and all the people rejoiced that God had prepared the people, since the events took place so suddenly.

As 50 plus people make their way forward to surrender to Jesus a towering roar rises to heaven.  I cannot remember a crowd this explosive to celebrate souls saved.

I knew this was going to happen.  The worship team had tilled the soil in the souls of the unchurched.  The hunger for Christ was unmistakable; there was no time to lose.

I immediately start a clear and simple appeal.  The Holy Spirit’s call to come to Jesus overpowers the people. This is just the beginning of the night!

Want to know if it’s real revival?  Make a sudden announcement.  No one knew there would be a meeting tonight until the final moments of last night.  Nevertheless, the theater is full again.

Ask any Californian what it is like to change your job schedule or your children’s schedule with this little warning.  I don’t want to even know what kind of radical changes people endured to be back tonight.

Now I am facing my greatest test.  These people are expecting a miracle service but I am supposed to preach revival.  This is the second great test of true revival: are the people there for God’s agenda or their own?

Then the word of the Lord came forth.  Satan meant to turn Los Banos into a dumping ground for drugs, violence and a habitation of broken dreams.  God sought a core that would bring living proof of the power of God to this city.   The burning question is can you become one and discard your plan in exchange for God’s plan for Los Banos?

Never, and I mean never have I seen an audience embrace the word so whole-heartedly.  They did not merely absorb the word, they consumed it.  By unanimous acclamation the crowd declares war on Satan and vows to follow the Captain of our Salvation into battle.

I stand dazed as the dream of a lifetime is coming true right before my eyes.  I feel hope, not only for Los Banos but for America.  But this was not the crescendo of this night….that came next.

Because of drought Los Banos is surrounded by fields of dry grass.  Yet, if you were to soak that grass in gasoline and toss a match, the ignition would not compare to the roaring flames of revival the rose from these people at yet another sudden announcement: The words tumbled out of my mouth…”we are going on next week!”

Mario Murillo

P.S. When we had completely forgotten about the healing service, God showed up and began to heal all over the theater!

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ARE YOU A CATALYST OR A SPONGE?

 

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ARE YOU A CATALYST OR A SPONGE?

By Mario Murillo

The last days are dangerous and wonderful.  However, prophecy teachers often sound like a blind committee describing an elephant. One grabs the tail and says it is like a great snake, another feels the ears and declares it flat winged like a great bird still another grabs its legs and compares it to a tree stump, and finally, one touches the belly and calls it a whale! They are all correct and they are all wrong. Likewise, fear mongers grab a single verse and run wild.

Look at what I call the Apocalyptic Elephant:

Those who teach that the end times are desperate evil and starvation are right. Those who predict a time of vast prosperity and breakthrough for the righteous are also right.

It is correct to say that natural disasters await us but it is also correct to say that these will be times of refreshment, favor and protection. It is true to say that we will go through some things and it is equally true to say that we will escape many things. It is accurate to believe that men will be more perverted than ever and on the other hand, that the Glory of God will rise on the church as never before.

More people than ever will fall away, men will hate the gospel as never before, yet it is just as true that prophecy points to the greatest harvest of souls ever.

Bible Prophecies are not contradictions, they are paradoxes. Do they force you to dig in and pray?  Yes they do!  I believe that they are mysterious by design so we’ll press into God.  They force a dynamic tension: be ready for a soon coming and while you dig in for the long haul.

God is not concerned the about the circumstances of the future so much what kind of person you will be in those circumstances.

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In these last days, you will either absorb stress or you will radiate the power of God. This is why I am asking you this question that I regard as the most important question anyone could ask you in these end times: Are you a Catalyst or a sponge?

What is a Sponge?  A sponge absorbs the color, smell and flavor of whatever is going on around it and allows circumstances to control it. Sponges are depressed simply because they are told to be depressed. A sponge cannot let a grudge go. They believe that the whole world is against them. They struggle to see how anything is their fault.sponge-face

 

If you meet a sponge, you will soon hear about everything they have suffered and you will hear who or what they blame for their suffering.  They sit back and passively accept the lie that the crisis is out of control.

Now let’s see the awesome life of the Catalyst. Scientists define a catalyst as, “Any element that changes everything around it without itself undergoing a change.” The Gospel of Jesus Christ is the greatest catalyst in history. The world was totally changed by this unchangeable force.

The catalytic nature of Christ must live through us in the end times! Daniel said, ‘The people who know their God will be strong.” This is a promise that we would draw on the life of God and it would overrule and neutralize the emotional erosion in the end times.

Paul described the catalyst this way, 2 Co 4: 16 “For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.” The world cannot taste of this renewable energy!

The catalyst sees that what is in them is more powerful than what is going on around them! “Greater is He who is in me than he that is in the world!” (1 John 4:4) The catalyst looks for exploits not exits!

The Catalyst knows that when times get tough, that The Holy Spirit will make them tougher than their times! The Catalyst does not wait for a cold chill, a hot flash or the brush of Angel’s wings before taking action! The Catalyst is decisive, expectant and ever seeking an adventure in faith.

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The declarations of a Catalyst.

When you decide to be a Catalyst, you are making several declarations.

1. You take full responsibility for your mistakes and you refuse to waste time blaming others.

2. You are suspicious of your own moods and feelings and refuse to let them factor into your final decisions.

3. You sense the needs of the people around you more than your own needs.

4. You have tapped into an intimate prayer time with Christ that replenishes your soul.

5. You view world events from the perspective of God’s throne.

 

 

The Los Banos Baptism

 

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The Los Banos Baptism

By Mario Murillo

2 Chronicles 29: 36 Then Hezekiah and all the people rejoiced that God had prepared the people, since the events took place so suddenly.

As 50 plus people make their way forward to surrender to Jesus a towering roar rises to heaven.  I cannot remember a crowd this explosive to celebrate souls saved.

I knew this was going to happen.  The worship team had tilled the soil in the souls of the unchurched.  The hunger for Christ was unmistakable; there was no time to lose.

I immediately start a clear and simple appeal.  The Holy Spirit’s call to come to Jesus overpowers the people. This is just the beginning of the night!

Want to know if it’s real revival?  Make a sudden announcement.  No one knew there would be a meeting tonight until the final moments of last night.  Nevertheless, the theater is full again.

Ask any Californian what it is like to change your job schedule or your children’s schedule with this little warning.  I don’t want to even know what kind of radical changes people endured to be back tonight.

Now I am facing my greatest test.  These people are expecting a miracle service but I am supposed to preach revival.  This is the second great test of true revival: are the people there for God’s agenda or their own?

Then the word of the Lord came forth.  Satan meant to turn Los Banos into a dumping ground for drugs, violence and a habitation of broken dreams.  God sought a core that would bring living proof of the power of God to this city.   The burning question is can you become one and discard your plan in exchange for God’s plan for Los Banos?

Never, and I mean never have I seen an audience embrace the word so whole-heartedly.  They did not merely absorb the word, they consumed it.  By unanimous acclamation the crowd declares war on Satan and vows to follow the Captain of our Salvation into battle.

I stand dazed as the dream of a lifetime is coming true right before my eyes.  I feel hope, not only for Los Banos but for America.  But this was not the crescendo of this night….that came next.

Because of drought Los Banos is surrounded by fields of dry grass.  Yet, if you were to soak that grass in gasoline and toss a match, the ignition would not compare to the roaring flames of revival the rose from these people at yet another sudden announcement: The words tumbled out of my mouth…”we are going on next week!”

Mario Murillo

P.S. When we had completely forgotten about the healing service, God showed up and began to heal all over the theater!

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What if Christ took a city

 

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What if Christ took a city

By Mario Murillo

 

 

Last night a small city in America encountered something unheard of.   The churches of the city, came together to stand for revival.  Word got out. Families scoured the city for loved ones. 8 senior pastors dropped all and told their people to come together.  The mayor came and sat on the front row.  The picture above is just a portion of those who came to Christ last night.

When John and Rita Calderon of Day 3 Church asked me to come, there was something completely different in their appeal.  I was taken aback by the innocence of their request.  They are by no means naïve.  They have weathered all of the storms of pastoring in modern America.  What struck me was how unselfish they were in their cry for their city.

They told me that they believed Los Banos to be on the verge of a sustained revival.  I explained our Living Proof Crusade to them and how we hit youth directly with signs and wonders and God brings in the harvest.  We all sensed the hand of God on this endeavor.

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Los Banos, California was hit hard by the real estate crash of 2008.  Gangs from L.A. saw an opening to make this city their private playground.  But John and Rita have stood their ground. 

So it was that last night Christ decided to make a statement.  Their large classic converted movie theater is sandwiched between bars in downtown Los Banos.  The Body of Christ decided that this is no longer just a church building…it is ground zero for revival

Have you ever seen a Christian gathering where a host pastor spends 30 minutes honoring all of his fellow pastors and taking tangible steps to build a relationship with them?

Now, the band began to take the audience somewhere they had never been before.  I could see that this was all so new to many visitors.  I could also see that pastor John’s son Jason is not just a remarkable worship leader, he is a secret weapon.  The music was winning souls!

When I stood up I immediately called souls to Christ and they came from everywhere.  One young lady began wail in repentance crying, “God please forgive me!” over and over until that peace that passes understanding enveloped her. 

The Lord gave a woman stunning and undeniable miracle.  In strict obedience to Christ I began to elaborate on a dozen major health issues in her body.  She began to leap, run and glorify God for her complete healing.

There is nothing more glorious than to watch a new generation witness the power of God for the first time!

The meeting reached a crescendo and it was inescapable that we had to add a meeting tonight.  Tonight, they are bringing the sick, the addicted and the unchurched. We have already heard that people are coming tonight from over a hundred mile radius!  

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Sick of way things are? Here is how to pray for revival.

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Sick of way things are?  Here is how to pray for revival.

By Mario Murillo

 

 

Habakkuk said it for all of us: “Lord, I have heard of your mighty acts and I stand in awe of them. Renew them in our day; in our time make them known; in wrath remember mercy.” (Habakkuk 3:2)

 

It is a special moment when you decide to pray for revival.  You actually enter into the same covenant with God of the heroes of faith in days past; you join the ranks of everyone from Habakkuk to Evan Roberts.

 

Let’s begin with a towering consolation:  God sought you for revival before you sought Him.   In fact, God is ever on the hunt for those who want to prove the power of prayer. “The eyes of the Lord range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose heart is fully committed to Him.” (II Chronicles 16:9) He seeks those who can spark a fire that will change the course of history.

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So what is it the first thing He looks for in a person who would pray for revival? He looks for desperation!  He seeks somebody who cannot bear the way things are.

 

In I Samuel: 14 Jonathan and his armor bearer faced a hopeless situation:  One million soldiers are coming against them, Jonathan has one of the last swords left in Israel, Israel’s army is just pitiful factions hiding in the holes and rocks.

 

The next thing that God looks for is conviction.

 

Something miraculous happens inside of Jonathan.  He is reduced to an unshakable conviction: “We are the people of God! We have a history of miraculous comebacks. Our God reigns!”  Jonathan and his armor bearer becomes the spark God needs.

 

Jonathan declares, “Let us go over to the outpost of those uncircumcised fellows. Nothing can hinder the Lord from saving, whether by many or by few!” And after a succession of amazing events that you must read for yourself, the chapter ends by saying: “God granted a great victory to Israel that day.”

 

You also face an impossible situation.  America is not just falling apart, she is disintegrating.  However, before you start praying you need an inner work.   America is a nation born out of an impossible situation and she can be saved by an impossible miracle.

 

Jonathan felt that he existed to bring victory.  God need not look any further. That is how you must approach revival intercession.

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The home prayer gathering must undergo a revolution. No more cookies and coffee get-togethers where people hang out more than they pray.  We gather to rage against the evil of our time. We war in prayer expecting supernatural upheavals in our culture.  We are strictly there to meet God and receive power.

 

Why do I believe this will work?  I believe it because it always has worked and since Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever it will always work.

 

Healing Your Orphan Heart

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Healing Your Orphan Heart

By Mario Murillo

Hebrews 12:9 “Moreover, we have all had human fathers who disciplined us and we respected them for it. How much more should we submit to the Father of our spirits and live.”

 

“I’ve been around, you know? There was a time I could see. And I have seen, boys like these, younger than these, their arms torn out, their legs ripped off. But there is nothin’ like the sight of an amputated spirit; there is no prosthetic for that.” -Colonel Frank Slade in Scent of a Woman.

What on earth does that movie quote have to do with this letter? It has everything to do with this letter! In fact, it touches on every social ill, including self-destructing starlets, young men who murder and a vast, unnamed generation tormented by the bitter failure to find self-worth.

Something unseen is feeding on the American spirit. Colleges scramble to deal with a surge of “mental illness.” People go to anger management and come out enraged. Miracle diets have made their victims fatter. People go into rehab addicted to drugs and come out addicted to rehab. It is no longer the heinous acts of criminals that stun police as much as the mindless acceptance of these acts by society. Entire neighborhoods concede the future of their children to crack houses, gangs and pimps.  An entire generation is conceding their future to government control because they feel helpless to face the future.

We were tasked to reach and disciple students at the University of California during the campus revolutions of the 1970’s.   We labored amid tear gas, riots, hedonism and suicide.

The greatest need in students was they had the heart of an Orphan.   They had an amputated spirit.  They came from homes where performance was everything.  At Berkeley, they faced a double edged sword.  Pressure to get grades and pressure to join the demonstrations. Neither side showed them mercy.

This is a widespread crippling condition in today.  It is as rampant in the Church as it is outside the church.  The orphan-hearted feel they are on the bottom even when they are on top. No matter how lofty their success, they cannot savor it. Nothing removes their insecurity because hidden software running in their spirits keeps them desperate for the approval of some vague someone. They can never please this phantom but they cannot stop trying.

The last verse of the Old Testament predicts this and names the cure. Malachi 4:5-6 says, “Behold, I send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord. And he will turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the hearts of the children to the fathers, lest I come and strike the earth with a curse.”

To be free of an orphan heart, learn these truths.

1. Transfer your search for fatherhood to God. Let Him provide the missing nutrients in your past and present.   God will supersede a devastated childhood.  Hebrews 12:9 says it so clearly. “Moreover, we have all had human fathers who disciplined us and we respected them for it. How much more should we submit to the Father of our spirits and live!”

2. Remember that important people do important things.  It is wrong to assume that if we accomplish important things, we will feel important.   Again, even after success, orphans feel worthless. People do not feel important because they do important things; they do important things because they feel important.

Let the Holy Spirit flood your heart with the Spirit of Adoption!   Lord, let us see how the death of Jesus on the Cross destroyed the curse that made us orphans and how You yearn to saturate our hearts with the unshakable knowledge that we are Your beloved children.  No one else’s approval will ever matter. No one will ever be able to make us feel inferior.  Amen.

-Mario Murillo

 

 

 

Today is the 47th anniversary of Mario Murillo Ministries


 

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On this day in 1967 I was a wild eyed little kid with a fiery dream.  My mandate was simple; pray and obey.  I ran to my post office box like a child that had sent away for a decoder pin.  I found the letter I was looking for and frantically tore it open.  It said that the United States Government had approved our status as a ministry.

My first thought was of my friend Larry Cobb who had just died.  He was my first role model as a Christian.  We were classmates on a violent, racially torn high school campus.  A black student and a Latino witnessing together was at best bizarre and at worst dangerous.  Larry was stabbed and I was exiled from my group.

The day after we graduated he called me to his home in the Hunter’s point area of San Francisco.  I sat in chair and he explained why he asked to me to come.  “A year from today I will be in heaven. You on the other hand will live to preach the gospel to millions of people all over the world. You must never quit because you will carry both of our callings.”  I had no way to absorb the words he spoke.  I didn’t have bus fare to get out of the ghetto and I would preach all over the world? Not only that, Larry was the preacher and I was the Timothy.  I told him he was crazy and to never talk like that again.

Soon afterwards he was drafted for the Vietnam War and a year later he died.  Emotions moved within me like tectonic plates.  I mourned my best friend but I also knew that I could never quit.

I did indeed go all over the world and preach to millions.  There is no room here to reflect on all of the historic events of this ministry.  I hope you will view the video and give God the glory for all that He has done and continues to do!

For a while there we thought that God had a quieter life for us and that our outreach would taper down.  Then a memory began to haunt me.  That memory is the defining moment of this ministry. On a rainy night in Berkeley I heard the obscene chants of a thousand students inside Pauley Ballroom at the University of California.  They were cursing God and America in the name of free speech. I raised my Bible and pointed it at that hall and made a confession: “I will be in that hall with larger crowd who will make a louder noise to glorify God and bless America!” That confession came to pass in explicit and overwhelming reality.

The Spirit of God showed me that those same voices that once screamed foul language in that hall are now writing foul policies in the highest level of our nation to erase Christianity.  God said, “it time for you to point your Bible at the heart of America.living proof generic

There is a chilling verse in Judges 2:10 “And also all that generation were gathered unto their fathers: and there arose another generation after them, which knew not the LORD, nor yet the works which he had done for Israel.”  This is a solemn warning to America.  Another generation has come and they are toying with atheism, Islam and socialism.  They do not know what made America great and they are willing to toss it out.

The answer is LIVING PROOF.  This is a fresh mandate for us to crisscross America in meetings that overflow with signs and wonders.  It is urgent that we reach millions of youth while there is still time.  Come with us on this great quest.

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So you want to lead a revival? There is no mystery.

 

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Yes we do mystify revival and someone invisible does not want you to know how you can lead a revival.   Here is what you need to know:

 

The fate of the nation rests in the hands of the righteous. God’s decision to spare America begins by purifying His people. When the righteous turn toward God in fervent prayer, it does untold damage to evil.   No wonder Satan makes it a top priority to make our efforts feel futile.

 

Moreover, the enemy wants us preoccupied with the depravity of our country.  If we keep looking at the sin of the nation we will not see our own sin and repent.
Revival starts with a core that makes itself a living sacrifice, utterly available to reach critical mass. They aren’t rebels; they aren’t out for personal glory. They do not want to split churches or walk around with superior countenances. They only want revival.

 

Jesus’ voice thunders across the centuries, “If any two of you shall agree as touching anything…” (Matthew 18:19 KJV) The promise is that it will be done! It can literally start with only two. They need no great talent except to totally agree on what needs to happen.

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Want to make Lucifer quake in his boots?  Weld yourself to this conviction: “God is going to give us revival!”  Then you will survive the journey fraught with battles and arrive at revival standing strong.

 

Think of the altar of God that Elijah rebuilt.  Think of the fire that came out of heaven and consumed both it and the sacrifice.   We are asking to become the literal altar upon which the fire will fall.

 

Here is the real scary part:  You are also asking God to express His retribution on satanic activity through you.

 

This is all such a threat to Satan’s future that he must continually dig up your past.  When you seek revival you must never take your eyes off of the righteousness of Jesus Christ.  You must wrap yourself in that righteousness so completely that Satan will fail every time he throws dirt at you.

 

God puts confidence in a new revival leader…not a shallow confidence but a cast iron trust in God.  The burning bush transformed Moses from a timid sheepherder to a prophet who towered over Pharaoh.

 

Samuel was a living legend when he arrived at the house of Jesse; No one knew why he was there. Nobody could imagine a king coming from that place.   Samuel sees the raw material of greatness that lived in the scrawny boy named David.

 

Later, when Saul hunted him like an animal, it was the anointing of Samuel that held him till he became King.   He faced a mountain of sorrow and in the end he thundered from Psalm 20, “Now I know that the Lord saved his anointed!!!” (Psalm 20:6)

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This confidence is not transferred nor inherited. It is personally given by God to each generation. Although Joshua had the greatest of teachers in Moses, he had to hear those words that would carry him to the finish line. “As I was with Moses, so will I be with you.” (Joshua 1:5)

 

No amount of fortitude or tenacity will cover for the feeling of being a second-class citizen. To evict devils and establish justice, we must know beyond knowing that our ordination to see revival is from the highest court. This is the only way we can come boldly to the holiest place to plead for the cause of an entire nation.

 

A TIME TO STAND

July 2014 cover mock up A Time to Stand July 4th 2014,  By Mario Murillo

 

They had money, education and prestige so why would they sign a letter that promised to turn them into hunted animals for the rest of their lives? Five of them were captured and tortured before they died. Twelve had their homes ransacked and burned.  Two lost their sons in the war; another two had sons captured. Nine died from wounds in battle.

I am talking about the 56 men who signed the Declaration of Independence. They signed it because, while they valued their homes, their businesses and their prestige, they valued liberty even more. But did you know that nearly half of the pastors in America today would not have supported the Declaration of Independence?  Think of it, if it had rested with these modern preachers there would be no United States today.  Wait until you hear why.

This letter has two burning goals.  The first is to clear the air about why I speak out against our president and our congress and the second is to call for a general resistance by the preachers in America to the policies that are destroying the nation.

These 56 were godly, successful, and wise men were driven to an inescapable conclusion and it is urgent that we realize that history is repeating itself.  “When in the Course of human events” The word WHEN is the key word in the opening phrase of the Declaration of Independence. The entire document rests on that single word.  It means that something changed so drastically that they broke with deep connections and long standing traditions.  It means that after agonizing prayer and deliberation their course of action became undeniable and inescapable.

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The Church in America has just had her WHEN moment:

-When the president becomes lawless and the Congress becomes clueless, when unstoppable crime and poverty are the direct result of government gridlock, when the church and law-abiding citizens are targeted by the FBI, the IRS and the NSA for their religious or political beliefs.

-When Americans owe 60 trillion dollars in personal debt which means we are literally living on borrowed time. When the middle class is 25% of what it was in the 1950s, and about to vanish. When even youth, Obama’s last bastion of support have awakened to him and rejected him. 

-When they are calling him out for his disastrous plunge into socialism and removing their medical rights, violating their privacy and stealing their future.

-When our borders are broken down and when the world has become dangerous because our foreign policy is in shambles and when the destruction of the Republic is at hand, then it is time for the Church to intervene and stand with the Bible first and then the Constitution.

Listen to further words from the Declaration: “But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.”

This is exactly where we are right now.   Half of all of our pastors would not have supported the Declaration of Independence? How is this possible?  It is possible because a noxious wind of doctrine is blowing through the church that cheapens words like Grace, Honor and Love and engenders complacency.  Many leaders even now openly teach that repentance is unnecessary and that confronting government is never right.

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We have seen this all before. Dietrich Bonhoeffer, the great German pastor and theologian was asked in 1943 how it was possible for the church to sit back and let Hitler seize absolute power.  His answer was very direct; he said “it was the teaching of cheap grace.”

Is it just a coincidence that the same spiritual emphasis that lulled Lutherans to sleep has reappeared at the time when our freedom is in mortal danger?  No it is not a coincidence, it is Satan. For the devil, this doctrine of passivity could not have come at a better time.

Consider what a satanic masterstroke it is to prevent us from doing two things:

1. Provoke us to silence at the very moment that the nation needs to hear righteous voices.              

2. Downplay the need for repentance when repentance is most urgently required.

When asked why pastors don’t speak out Dr. Robert Jeffress, pastor of First Baptist Church Dallas said,  “I think one reason is a lot of Christian leaders have the wrong idea about Jesus,” Jeffress replied “They see Jesus as this little, wimpy guy who walked around plucking daisies and eating birdseed and saying nice things, but never doing anything controversial. The fact is, Jesus did confront his culture with truth — and he ended up being crucified because of it.”  “I believe it’s time for pastors to say, you know, I don’t care about controversy, I don’t care whether I’m going to lose church members, I don’t care about building a big church. I’m going to stand for truth regardless of what happens.”

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Here are the two portions of scripture that are often misused to silence the church:

 1. Matthew 7: 1 “Judge not, that you be not judged.”

2. Romans 13:1  “Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God.    2 Therefore whoever resists the authority resists the ordinance of God and those who resist will bring judgment on themselves. 3 For rulers are not terrors to good works, but to evil.”

The signers of the Declaration of Independence knew the Bible better than 90% of our ordained ministers today.  They grappled with the same issues we face today and asked the same questions we ask today.  Twenty four of them were lawyers and jurists and almost half had been to Bible school or seminary.  In the process, they must have confronted those two portions of scripture. They also prayed fervently and believed that they had heard from God.  Years later Benjamin Franklin when they were working on the Constitution reminded them of their daily prayer for wisdom on the Declaration: “In the beginning of the Contest with Great Britain, when we were sensible of danger we had daily prayer in this room for the divine protection. Our prayers, Sir, were heard, and they were graciously answered.”

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This is what I believe they concluded:

1. Matthew 7: 1   When Jesus condemned judging, he wasn’t at all implying we should never make judgments about anyone. After all, a few verses later, Jesus himself calls certain people “pigs” and “dogs” (Matt 7:6) and “wolves in sheep’s clothing” (7:15). … What Jesus condemns is a critical and judgmental spirit, an unholy sense of superiority. Jesus commanded us to examine ourselves first for the problems we so easily see in others. Only then can we help remove the speck in another’s eye – which, incidentally, assumes that a problem exists and must be confronted.

2. Romans 13:1-2 Many Christians interpret this passage of Scripture to mean that we should offer unquestioning obedience to government, even if it’s an evil and corrupt government.  This is simply not true.  Most people fail to consider verse 3, “For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil.”  Clearly, God is speaking about GOOD government in Romans 13… Because they are a terror to evil works, i.e., crimes.

But these 56 men are also proof of the power of God to help us right now! I am speaking out because I know that we still have time for a miracle.  Here is my 5 declarations to you:

1.  We must rise up as an outspoken unified, cross denominational firewall against the destruction of America. Whether you believe in tongues or not; whether you believe in total immersion baptism or spot removing, regardless of your view of how the world will end we must find common ground at the foot of the Cross.  When it comes to the preservation of our liberty our doctrinal nuances must take a backseat to unified action.

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2. We must not think that telling the truth is unloving.  Paul said, “Love does not rejoice in iniquity but rejoices in the truth.”  We must sacrifice short-term acceptance for long-term results.  In the long run, when the nation is spared the masses will see that repentance and prayer saved the day… and that my friend is real love.  Politicians must feel the force of our convictions. We must, in no uncertain terms, remind the denizens on both sides of the aisle of the Washington swamp that they work for us or we will fire them.

3. Let your convictions rule you and not theological trends.  Find your assignment and vow to execute it. Listen to me! Servant of God:your best friend is your destiny and your mortal enemy is the intoxication of prevailing opinion.

4. Preach Bible truth from the pulpit.  Let me put it to you plainly: It all starts with the preaching.  If American preaching returns to the Bible and our sermons are thundered from burning hearts full of the Holy Spirit we have more than a good chance to save America. If preaching stays as is, there is no chance…period. Pastors were dispensing new age goobly gook when they should have been training the people in biblical morality.  This is one big reason that 6 million Christians voted for their pocketbooks instead their convictions. Remember the words of Dr. Jeffress “I’m going to lose church members; I don’t care about building a big church. I’m going to stand for truth regardless of what happens.”

5. Let us pray!  Call that fellow minister that you haven’t spoken to in 20 years.  Meet for prayer, not mystical prayer, not tepid prayer, and not complicated prayer just heart felt prayer.  Pray like those 56 men prayed in Independence Hall.  Pray Psalm 119:126 “It is time for You oh God to act for they have nullified Your law.”

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We will never speak out against the government unless the Holy Spirit prompts us.  And it will never be something we do instead of the Gospel but because of it.  Those who believe we should remain silent will get a lot more silence than they bargained for if we lose our freedom of speech. To say that will never happen is to forget all of the things that have happened in 6 years that we never thought could happen. Moreover, we’ve always had a prophetic calling to warn the nation.

It only seems like we have changed but it is the White House that has changed. It actively opposes the Gospel.  One of the campaign officials even boasted that in winning the election, “we defeated Christianity.” Let me ask you one final question: If not now, at what point will it feel right for the ministers of America to drop their petty disagreements and provide a unified opposition to the destruction of our Constitution, our Judeo Christian traditions, marriage and the future of our children? Many ministers lash out at those who out speak against the president.

This is so strange!  No pastors ever questioned us when were outspoken about the damage that heroin, crack cocaine or gang violence did to inner city neighborhoods.  But now that the government has become the most dangerous gang in the hood and government dependency has become the most addictive drug we supposed to remain silent? However, I am overcome by hope for America and here is why:

It was 1972. I stood in the rain outside Pauley Ballroom on the Berkeley Campus. Inside, Jane Fonda led a loud chorus of obscenities.  A thousand students were cursing God and America. Instinctively, I raised my Bible it pointed it at the hall.  I confessed that one day I would lead a bigger and louder crowd in shouts of praise to God and blessing to America.  That miracle came to pass in vivid detail in less than three years.  1,200 students raised a deafening shout of praise to God and blessing to America and as a part of the larger Jesus Movement it changed the mood of the nation.

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I stand in awe of the towering miracle that is the Declaration of Independence. I weep because I know that I am not worthy of its courage and truth.  It haunts me. It stalks me. It exposes me, and it comforts me. It is the quintessential moral compass of a nation that has lost its way. I feel my knees buckling beneath me in prayer for I feel that evil has touched something precious to Jesus.  This grand document proves God’s amazing ways and that He is waiting in the wings to answer prayer and heal the land.  Admit it!  We don’t know what to do but we know who does know what to do.  If they could, those 56 men would say it with all of their strength: A MIRACLE IS COMING IF WE PRAY AND THEN OBEY.

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It would be a thrill for me to hear from those of you who are taking a stand with us against the demise of our nation and believe  ministers should not be silent as America is destroyed.  I value your comments and support.