Available Today: Fear Killing Intimacy with God.
By Mario Murillo
Revelation 13:17 says, “And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.”
Preaching on the Mark of the Beast was like science fiction. We were moved by the dramatic preachers in the same way we were moved by disaster films. It was exciting and provocative, but not real. All of a sudden it is real…very real.
Hobby Lobby and a host of other Christian companies are being sued for not accepting what I see as an early version of the mark of the beast… The fines that the government is trying to levy against them are in the millions of dollars. Reports of Christian businesses being targeted by hate groups in concert with local governments are widespread.
When Jesus said, “Matthew 24: “Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and kill you, and you will be hated by all nations for My name’s sake.”
Again, this is an alien concept to the generation that grew in the era what America was a Christian nation. Now the persecution of believers has spiked worldwide as be headings and mass murder is common. Here at home it is not yet violent but Political Correctness is morphing into mandatory correctness where we must comply or face criminal charges.
Is our money going to be no good? Are we in the early stages of an atheistic/Islamic inquisition? Will we leave our children and grandchildren in an unspeakable world, without us, unprepared and helpless? These questions can paralyze until you do what I am going to ask you to do.
In Psalms 73: 16 “When I thought how to understand this, It was too painful for me—
17 Until I went into the sanctuary of God…” Come with me into the sanctuary of God and let’s see the end times through the lens of God!
- The Holy Spirit wants to guard your heart and emotions with special last day’s power. I am not talking about escaping crisis but triumphing over fear. A work can be done in you that will neutralize the fear of what is going on around you.
Psalm 91: 5 “You shall not be afraid of the terror by night, Nor of the arrow that flies by day, 6 Nor of the pestilence that walks in darkness, Nor of the destruction that lays waste at noonday. 7 A thousand may fall at your side, And ten thousand at your right hand; But it shall not come near you. 8 Only with your eyes shall you look, And see the reward of the wicked.
Note: it did not say the terror would stop walking at night; it said you would not be afraid of it! Do wait for things to get better let God work in you to make crisis lose its power to terrorize you.
Be who you are supposed to be. I am not being trite. Intimacy with Christ reveals identity. When you know who you are you also know you are here on purpose and not some cruel accident. As soon as it is totally real that you are an ambassador of God in a dark time you will see that your safety, provision and wisdom all comes the one who commissioned you. Your safety, well being becomes His responsibility.
- Do what you are supposed to do. It is easy to feel that you are not brave enough, smart enough or strong enough for the evils of tomorrow. However, that is not how you will face tomorrow! A new you will face a new threat. You will defeat by your sense of mission. Depression and fear always retreat in the face of fresh vision and a clear sense of purpose. “I am on a mission for God” are powerful words.
- You are a catalyst not a victim! You are here to change things not to be changed by things. The moment you become aggressive about your life and not passive you will reduce fear. You need to stand and declare right now:
THE END TIMES ARE NOT HAPPENING TO ME, I AM HAPPENING TO THE END TIMES!
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If you could pick one night for your beloved skeptic to be in church…this was that night. Miracles did not just happen, they overwhelmed, they sought out people, they overpowered doubt, they cancelled religious notions and obliterated disease, pain and spiritual wounds…it seemed that God was not fighting fair. Tonight is the final night and it is going to be amazing!