When the Kingdom of God Overtakes Church.
By Mario Murillo
Experts say that America has lost her way because the church has lost its way. How can they blame the church for America’s problems? Many say it is because they helped reelect Barrack Obama. They say reelection because, as the saying goes “fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice shame on me.”
Do you, yes you Pastor, need to cry “shame on me for putting race over righteousness” since Obama told you what he was going to do to marriage before you voted? Will history say that your vote helped open the floodgates for the greatest decline of morals, money, prestige and safety in American history? You were supposed to protect the sheep. Did you instead help the wolf by not only voting for him but influencing 6 million believers to violate their conscience?
This is an extreme example of what happens when “church” overtakes the Kingdom of God. You wake up committed an agenda that violates your convictions. This disaster is not limited to politics. We see it now on every level. Pastors cannot call sin, sin. They dare not challenge their people to prayer. They are imprisoned in a system where they cannot hear from God at all because they are wholly tuned to the whims of fickle members and prevailing social trends.
By now you’ve guessed that when I say “church” I do not mean the Church of Jesus Christ. I am talking about the machine that man built not God. Some are built by traditions, others are built by control freaks, and still others are the spawn of charts, graphs and market research. They have one thing in common…they are working for God but not with Him.
What is even worse is when “church” becomes “church incorporated.” Now the Pastor must tenaciously protect a far flung empire…even protecting it from God! They are forced to keep Christians in a childish condition. You cannot build an army against evil in a Christian country club.
So, even when “church” is wildly successful, Satan laughs because he understands that it is no threat to his destructive plan.
Things look pretty grim don’t they? No in fact the opposite is the case. We are on the cusp of a long overdue revolution both inside and outside the church. An explosive truth is right under your nose; a truth that could fundamentally turn the course of the United States back to God. I have no doubt that this is the very answer that we are desperately seeking.
So if you are ready…I mean ready to stop chasing fantasies about church growth, soul winning, revival, the supernatural and the anointing, then you can unlock a truth. Not just any truth but a truth that terrifies Satan more than any other. It is about that moment when the WHEN THE KINGDOM OF GOD OVERTAKES CHURCH.
- That moment that you hear the knock. I noticed something consistent in the churches that are not “churches” but power centers that are driving the forces of darkness back in their communities: They all describe the day that their church was “overtaken.”
This came after they heard the knock and opened the door. Revelations 3:15-20 clearly describes the American church. Revelation 3: 15 “I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I could wish you were cold or hot. 16 So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth. 17 Because you say, ‘I am rich, have become wealthy, and have need of nothing’—and do not know that you are wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked— 18 I counsel you to buy from Me gold refined in the fire, that you may be rich; and white garments, that you may be clothed, that the shame of your nakedness may not be revealed; and anoint your eyes with eye salve, that you may see. 19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten. Therefore be zealous and repent. 20 Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me. Imagine that! Jesus is knocking at the door and trying to get back in His own church.
If you are weary from trying to hold something together that you put together it is time to hear His knock and His voice and open the door and let the Kingdom of God overtake you.
- The Kingdom of God has its own agenda. Joshua 3: 13 And it came to pass, when Joshua was by Jericho, that he lifted his eyes and looked, and behold, a Man stood opposite him with His sword drawn in His hand. And Joshua went to Him and said to Him, “Are You for us or for our adversaries?” 14 So He said, “No, but as Commander of the army of the Lord I have now come.” And Joshua fell on his face to the earth and worshiped, and said to Him, “What does my Lord say to His servant?”
Joshua was intensely involved in leading until he was overtaken by the agenda of heaven.
Long before you got to your city, God was working there. Long after you are gone God will still be working there. He loves the city more than you do. He has all the wisdom to reach it. You do not.
Whenever I hear a leader say “we are studying the issue” I know they are operating from churchiness and not the Kingdom. Our plans need to be consumed. Kingdom plans must be embraced.
The greatest lie is the one that says we cannot survive unless we become “relevant.” The Kingdom of God is beyond relevant it is timeless. No genius in a thousand years would have come up with the plan God had for taking Jericho. Likewise the agenda of the Kingdom of God infinitely surpasses all that we rely upon.
Why I am so filled with hope? Because I know that Jesus does not lie. He promised that if you would hear the knock and open the door He Himself would enter and take over all aspects of church life.
- Sailing before the wind. Something else stuck out about those power centers that exchanged “church” for the Kingdom of God. They suddenly had unlimited resources for every project. How does that work?!
Acts 16: 6 Now when they had gone through Phrygia and the region of Galatia, they were forbidden by the Holy Spirit to preach the word in Asia. 7 After they had come to Mysia, they tried to go into Bithynia, but the Spirit did not permit them. 8 So passing by Mysia, they came down to Troas. 9 And a vision appeared to Paul in the night. A man of Macedonia stood and pleaded with him, saying, “Come over to Macedonia and help us.” 10 Now after he had seen the vision, immediately we sought to go to Macedonia, concluding that the Lord had called us to preach the gospel to them.
11 Therefore, sailing from Troas, we ran a straight course to Samothrace, and the next day came to Neapolis.
This is the best example of an overtaking. They tried and tried and finally stopped trying. A vision appears. And they sail from Samothrace to Neapolis in one Day? This is a two day trip! A sea wind filled their sails and cut their time in half.
Things are bad…no way around it. However it is the sober realization of how bad that can fuel a divine desperation. Some who read this need to let go of things that are your natural security. Others need to return to a first love. I do not know who has a more difficult challenge the pastor of a small church or the leader of a mega church. One is struggling to survive and the other is diluted by false success.
When we drop all and open the door for the Kingdom of God to overtake our lives and our plans we immediately connect to unlimited power, wisdom, favor and resources. We can answer anyone, we can implement plans with wisdom from beyond this world and we can connect to the others who have been overtaken by the Kingdom. This is how national fires are set and the course of a culture is transformed.