The Power: Session One of Living Proof World Convention

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Circumstances beyond our control have turned this convention into an emergency meeting. We are not here to get blessed.  We do not have that luxury.  We are not here to experience exotic things in the supernatural.  We can no longer afford exotic experiences.  We are here tonight to receive power, power like we never experienced before, power to turn a nation around.

I am certain that many of you have compelling needs.  However, I am asking you to put aside those needs so that you may be turned into another person, a person fit for this hour.  I am asking you to set aside the things that burden your heart that you may experience what is burdening the heart of God the Father.

Beloved, tonight I stand before you to plead for you to see a threat, a threat so grave that we are nearly out of time to stop disaster.  America is nearly finished.  She is being killed the only way she could ever be killed… from the inside.  Truly, Abraham Lincoln was right when he said, “If destruction be our lot we ourselves must be the author and finisher of it.”

As I speak, we have a man in the White House who seems bent on our destruction.  He has run up a debt that neither we nor or children can pay.  He has weakened our military.  He is strangling us with a medical octopus that now controls 15% of our economy.  He favors Islam over Christianity and cannot contain his contempt for Israel.  In short, he favors everything that will take God’s blessing and protection off of America.


I do not fear for Christianity, I fear for America.   Jesus said that the gates of hell would not prevail against the church.  Christianity will survive without America but America will not survive without Christianity.

I am also here to recruit you to be a part of our Living Proof Crusades.  These are citywide events that are ordained of God to introduce a new generation to Christ the miracle worker.

Let us begin by repenting of our greatest sin.  Jesus sent the Holy Spirit to run the Church, grow the Church.  He was sent to make us effective and relevant to the culture.

We are guilty of taking away His authority and running the church by our own wits.  We have failed miserably.  Sadly, even failure has not stopped men from controlling the things of God.

Are we are guilty of hypocrisy?  How dare we condemn America for taking God out of our institutions while we ban the Holy Spirit from moving in our meetings?   The have written counsels and briefs against God but we create programs that suffocate the supernatural and crowd out any possibility of the Holy Spirit moving and speaking to the church.

Yet some will say, “But Mario, look at the success of the seeker model.”  If your definition of success is a crowd then yes they have succeeded, but if your definition of success is a moral change in the culture then these models are epic failures because on their watch America has had the largest and fastest moral decline in history.


Tonight we are just one group out of millions, but I believe that if we repent tonight we will receive fresh fire!

How do we get the power?  We must retrace our steps.  We must do what Elijah did on Mount Carmel.  He patiently, tenderly picked up the stones and rebuilt the altar of Israel that was torn down.   Indeed, he could have saved the trouble by using the gleaming altar of Baal that the false prophets had just built.

But Elijah knew that fire would not fall on that altar!  That is an essential truth tonight.  We cannot have a gathering based on slick ideas we borrowed from Madison Avenue. We must put the stones back and build an altar that God will honor with fire.

Here it is stone by stone:

  1. Ask and wait for power. Do it over and over again.  Acts 1:4, “And being assembled together with them, He commanded them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the Promise of the Father, ‘which,’ He said, ‘you have heard from Me; 5 for John truly baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.’ 6 Therefore, when they had come together, they asked Him, saying, ‘Lord, will You at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?’ 7 And He said to them, ‘It is not for you to know times or seasons which the Father has put in His own authority. 8 But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.’”  Jesus did not say go to Jerusalem and organize Christianity.  He said to wait for power.

Do it again!  In Acts 4 Peter recognized a new threat to the church and once again gathered the saints to receive power.  Acts 4:29, “Now, Lord, look on their threats, and grant to Your servants that with all boldness they may speak Your word, 30 by stretching out Your hand to heal, and that signs and wonders may be done through the name of Your holy Servant Jesus.”

Wait until you receive power.  We know that this casino will want us out of here eventually, but we would be justified in waiting all night.  Those who believe God must instantly honor our prayers are deluded by modern church entitlement.   We must seek, utterly convinced that power is coming, but at the same time brutally committed to wait as long as it takes.

  1. Realize that power has a purpose. The Holy Spirit does not dole out power to the highest bidder or the loudest prayer. He anoints people with power for a reason.

Luke 4: 18, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, Because He has anointed Me To preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives And recovery of sight to the blind, To set at liberty those who are oppressed; 19 To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord.”

If God sees you want no part of the warfare, refuse to touch the unlovely, and simply do not want to deal with your local human tragedy then He will skip over you and find the burning one.

If you are not willing to speak truth to power you will not be anointed.  How can someone want to be a prophet who refuses to rebuke the King?


The 9 gifts of the Spirit are like a heat seeking missile.  They have an aiming device.   2 Corinthians 10:4, “For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds.”  How can expect gifts of power if you want nothing to do with strongholds of Satan?

  1. Discern the times.  1 Chronicles 12: 32, “of the sons of Issachar who had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do, The yoke and the anointing are the overpowering forces that rule every generation.”  Every generation is governed by two polarities:  The Yoke and the Anointing.

The Yoke is the current weapon of mass slavery.  The Anointing is the unique weapon designed to destroy the yoke.

In every generation hell belches out a new weapon of mass destruction.  Heaven is neither passive nor taken by surprise.  God creates a weapon of choice by the anointing.  Then He seeks that one who will take up that weapon in the Name of Jesus and thrust it into the heart of darkness.

It is all summed up in the words of Samuel to Saul: 1 Samuel 10:6, “Then the Spirit of the Lord will come upon you, and you will prophesy with them and be turned into another man. 7 And let it be, when these signs come to you, that you do as the occasion demands; for God is with you.”

However, in every generation, the fuse for revival is unique and demands an original surrender. We believe that we are being calibrated for our part in the grand finale of all revivals; the greatest global outpouring and harvest of souls ever.  The Azusa Street Revival began six days before the great San Francisco earthquake and fire of 1906.  This revival of Pentecost grew to over 420 million people by 1992.  We believe that convulsions in nature and revival have a mysterious connection. We also believe that something bigger than Azusa Street is on God’s calendar for the near future.  Now let’s wait for power!

P.S. We have added space for all.  No registration is now required just show up early.  Tuesday March 31st 11 AM and 7:PM

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