When Newspapers get it right

Major Newspaper story on Mario Murillo.  He planned to stay two nights. He wound up staying more than a year. and, this weekend, evangelist Mario Murillo is back to further the work he started in 1993. “It’s a continuation,” he said. “That’s what I believe.”

RELIGION: Well-known Evangelist Murillo returns to the Church on Strayer ByNicki Gorny | TOLEDO BLADE STAFF WRITER Published on Jan. 26, 2018

Mr. Murillo returns to Toledo this weekend, preaching and laying hands at each of the Church on Strayer’s weekend services: 6 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m., 11 a.m., and 6 p.m. Sunday.

The multicampus Church on Strayer grew out of Cathedral of Praise, its name changing in 2005 following a move to 3000 Strayer Rd., Maumee. Pastor Tony Scott is responsible for inviting Mr. Murillo, both in the ’90s and again this weekend.

He said Mr. Murillo’s return is a “big deal” for Toledo.

“Every time he’s been here,” the pastor said, “he’s had a wide public appeal.”

Mr. Murillo began his ministry in 1968, a young man heeding a call to leave his junior college in Redding, Calif., and engage with the student protesters at the University of California, Berkeley. The tumultuous atmosphere there seemed to him the “prime mission field of the United States,” he recalled recently, describing the late ’60s as a time that “required extraordinary acts of obedience from God’s people.”

The self-styled pastor scrounged up enough money for a small building and began holding a weekly meetings amid the riots and protests. After about a year and a half, he began to see attendance at these services balloon, a shift that came in line with the broader trends of the era.

In time and in location, Mr. Murillo and his church were well positioned to ride the waves of the so-called Jesus Movement, which saw hippies embracing a sense of spirituality.

“This movement among the youth was so widespread,” he said. “It was like a bumper crop, and you had to harvest it while you could.”

His early campus days are also where he found himself laying hands on the sick, performing healings by the power of God that he said managed to break through the “intellectual skepticism” of the collegiate community. Such healings of body and mind would remain an integral aspect of his ministry as he began to look toward country-crossing revivals, beginning in San Jose, Calif., in 1982.

He was already an established preacher and healer by the time that Pastor Scott invited him to Sylvania in 1993. Mr. Murillo recalled that he tried to bow out, citing a last-minute health concern that he feared would be exacerbated by the northern Ohio weather, but that Pastor Scott, after praying on it, insisted that the evangelist go through with the planned trip anyway.

“Then I prayed,” Mr. Murillo said, “and whatever got to him got to me, and I’m on a jet out to Toledo.”

Two days in Sylvania stretched into seven weeks of weekend appearances, and then a year and a half of monthly appearances, with Mr. Murillo jetting between Ohio, California, and other engagements between his local services. As momentum grew, and as additional congregations and denominations expressed interest in engaging with the evangelist, the pair began to secure larger and larger venues for the healing services and revivals.

“We had dozens of area churches that were supporting the meeting; people were driving great distances because there were a number of miracles that were taking place,” Pastor Scott said. “There were physical healings, emotional healings.”

To Mr. Murillo, who has crossed the country through his ministry and who has seen similar reactions in other communities, those experiences in Toledo still stand out.

“It seemed to have a great effect outside the four walls of the church,” he said. “It seemed to be something that people took ownership of. … It became people bringing people, and the other churches became involved and lost their denominational labels. They just considered himself the family of God.”

Nancy Neumann, 56, of Lambertville, Mich., was among those who crowded into Cathedral of Praise and into the SeaGate Centre to see Mr. Murillo preach and heal that year. She described an excitement inside the venues, with the larger crowds presenting more individual examples of the sorts of needs, pains, and illnesses that Mr. Murillo would address.

“When you’ve been a part of something first-hand,” she said, “it certainly wakes up your belief system.”

Mrs. Neumann, who is a member of Church on Strayer, said she is looking forward to attending a service with Mr. Murillo this weekend.

“I’m already really excited for this weekend and the possibilities,” she said, speaking earlier this week.

As Mr. Murillo recognizes 50 years of ministry in 2018, he said he remains committed to active ministry, logging more than 100,000 flight miles last year alone. He visits numerous cities through his “Living Proof” campaign, for example, including a stop in Toledo in September, in some cases taking literal tents to disadvantaged neighborhoods.

While the Jesus Movement that fed and sustained his early ministry has dropped off, he said he also sees parallels between the broader circumstances that gave rise to his ministry in 1968 and that sustain it in 2018.

“I feel like I’m back in Berkeley, but this time the whole nation is the campus,” he said. “The same revolution, if you will, that was going on then is going on now, and it’s taking a different form. America is so deeply divided and so entrenched in their own particular viewpoints that the nation is in danger.”

The answer, as he sees it, is a spiritual awakening. And there, too, he sees parallels.

“I’m starting to see the same indicators that I’ve seen in past waves of revival, where the unchurched are starting to ask spiritual questions and feeling an inner hunger that is fresh and new,” he said. “For me, that is the hope of America, right there.”

WHY WE HAVE HOPE FOR AMERICA

Let us tell you why we have hope for America.  As ministers of the Gospel we must take stands that are not popular.  Often, we must warn, correct, and give out bad news.  There is no way around the fact that many things threaten our faith and our freedom.  But there is also hope—hope for America.

We see the mighty hand of God working in wondrous ways—even in this dark time.  When we pray, we feel the fierce love of God for America.  We can hear Him saying, “hold on, I have not yet begun to fight for America.”  We see signs that encourage our faith.  We refuse to let anything steal our joy as we travel this great nation for Christ.  Let us give you the reasons for our hope.

Something supernatural is in our soil.  Michael Medved has identified 16 times America should have been destroyed but was spared at the last moment.  However, it is the way America was saved that is mind-boggling.  Relief literally came out of nowhere.Our hope is that God finishes what He starts.  He established this nation with an impossible victory over Britain.  He has repeated His acts of sovereign mercy again, and again.  Even when things looked much worse than today—and we didn’t deserve it—God turned circumstances in our favor and turned our hearts back to Him.  That is our hope.

Millions are praying for revival.  If Abraham’s math is correct, God would have saved Sodom and Gomorrah if just 12 righteous were found.  Despite the widespread number of lukewarm believers and watered-down preaching—there is a vibrant core of Christians who are claiming our nation through fervent intercession.  In fact, Daniel stood alone in prayer and fasting and forced the heart of King Cyrus to release Israel.  Millions are praying.  That corporate cry is not being ignored.

Extremes in the media and other anti-God agencies are backfiring.  The bias against God has been in the media for decades. The difference now is the towering overreach—the blatant bias—the deranged hatred is so intense they can’t hide it.  Time was, they could shape public opinion and call it news.  In their current melt down, they report banalities and keep reporting them even after they are proven false.  The audience looks on with shock and pity and asks, “where is the truth?”

The young are turning to Christ. The great vacuum created by leftist ideology leaves young souls groping for new life.  We see young souls coming forward from all over the tent.  They come quickly, they come forcefully, they come for nothing less than Jesus.   They dispel the lies Satan is saying about this generation.  When it comes to young people, it doesn’t take long for a small fire to grow into a widespread movement.

Signs, wonders and miracles are appearing in convincing scriptural order.  Miracles are not new.  Healings have been with us all along.  The difference now is they are being demonstrated in greater measure and with stronger Bible based preaching.  This makes them more contagious to the lost and more devastating to the enemy.

There you have it…our great hope for America.  There is no denying it will be a hard battle.  But if God be for us who can be against us?  God bless you, Mario and Mechelle Murillo

THE INTENTION OF THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY

The intention of the democratic party is clear: They want votes no matter what the cost.  There is nothing noble about what they are doing.  They don’t care about poverty, they don’t care about safety, they don’t care about equality.  They are in it for votes. Period.

All their rhetoric about poverty, equality, religious freedom and human rights is pure window dressing.   

They are betting that no matter how much harm comes to innocent Americans—it is worth it.  No matter how much they damage cities it is worth it.  No matter who, and how, anyone gets hurt, it is worth it. 

The illegal vote is omnipotent to them.   They will harm Americans in poverty in favor of illegals.  They will break Federal Law for illegals.  They will hurt their own constituents—they will abandon people who voted for them. 

They have till March to deal with DACA, and Republicans have already said they want to help.  It was a fight they didn’t need to start.  It was grandstanding—they threw a bone to illegals.  They shut down the government knowing it would cut off the money to our soldiers, children,  and a host of others.  The last time the government shut down it cost 24 Billion dollars.

You really believe their intentions are honorable?  Having failed every demographic group, they ever swore to help—having left a trail of devastation, littered with homeless camps (see video below) and despair—they seek fresh meat—someone unfamiliar with their record of failure, someone to keep them alive.

A sanctuary city—to them—means something totally different.  It means a sanctuary for career politicians to remain in power.  It means sanctuary for bankrupt and failed policies. 

California is now the king of poverty.  Still, they pursue a course of pure madness. Businesses are already leaving California…so what do they do?  After Trump lowered the corporate tax rate—California introduced a bill to take half of the money businesses will save. 

“California lawmakers are targeting the expected windfall that companies in the state would see under the federal tax overhaul with a bill that would require businesses to turn over half to the state. A proposed Assembly Constitutional Amendment by Assemblymen Kevin McCarty, D-Sacramento, and Phil Ting, D-San Francisco, would create a tax surcharge on California companies making more than $1 million so that half of their federal tax cut would instead go to programs that benefit low-income and middle-class families.” -SF GATE

And do what with it? Actually? Fund health care for illegals.  I can’t make this stuff up.  

Now look at this video of Southern California, the homeless capital of America

 

 

ALL THAT CAN BE SHAKEN

I am walking the Streets of San Francisco.   I snap this picture and something blasted in my spirit: “all that can be shaken.” God has made His choice.  God has chosen His targets.  God will strike suddenly.   Everything that can be shaken will be shaken.

-You companies who have used your wealth and power to persecute the righteous will now be shaken.

-You politicians—who have ruined America for decades will suddenly disappear.

-You preachers who have handled the Word of God deceitfully and cheapened Grace to finance your private life of drunkenness, whoredom, and materialism will have your gift removed in public humiliation.

God shook Himself.  He waited.  He was patient.  He gave you time to play church.  He let you have your blessing toys.  He looked away in hopes we would come to ourselves.  His blessing and his goodness did not bring you to repentance.  No, it became a license to go deeper into counterfeit Christianity.

The America church is guilty of great crimes against the Holy Spirit.  We told Him to leave and lets us grow Christianity incorporated—the worst thing we could have done.

It was a mistake—a terrible, incalculable, ongoing mistake—derailing more truth in less time than any moral plague in history.

It’s why we couldn’t stop Barack Obama—why we made no cogent case to save marriage, the unborn, or free speech—why we stood by and watched America change overnight—why we were helpless to intervene when our nation began hating everything that made her great.

Trump was only the beginning of this shaking.  He is rude, he is offensive—by design.  His words uproot and tear down.  He is a wrecking ball to international corruption.  His crudeness is a tool of a God with a plan.  He makes you queasy?  He scares you?  That’s nothing…

Just wait till they try to get him out of power.  Oh how his enemies rejoice thinking they have nailed him as a racist.  They will fail for 2 simple reasons:  He is not a racist and he is in power for a divine reason.

Watch the most powerful people attack and crumble.  Watch liberal heads explode as Trump remains—not because he is holy or even a good leader—but because he is chosen to wreak havoc on the world system.

Why now you ask?  Why has God rolled up His sleeve to root up false ministries?  Why is He accelerating His earthquakes?  I wondered.  I asked.  The answer was stunning but not surprising.  Here are the reasons:

-We are at the moment when Google, Facebook, Apple, Twitter along with leftist leaders will unfurl a cyber-iron curtain.  Christians will be marginalized.  Values that violate our Constitution and freedom of religion will be enforced.  Bible preaching will be a hate crime.  (How sickening!  Carnal ministers were toadies in this plan to drive the church underground and terrorize Israel.)

-God sees the coming mid-term elections.  Will Nancy Pelosi again be the Speaker of the House?  Are we days away from a leftist backlash that will transcend anything in our history?   Conventional wisdom may say yes, but God is shaking the agenda of those that hate America.

God came to the inescapable decision that revival must come now or the nation is lost.  He will pour out wrath…but He will also pour out His Spirit.  Hallelujah!

Look for despised little churches—faithfully preaching the Word of God—to become centers of Glory, miracles and mass conversions.

Look for nobodies to come on the scene like a righteous tornado and roar repentance with such power that their voice will echo in the penthouses of power.

Look for campus ministries to rise because millennials will see the blatant persecution and turn Christianity into a celebrated cause.

Look for preaching to be matched with miracles—confirmation of the WORD by medically inexplicable healings.

Look for God to pull out all the stops to save America.  Look for every ministry fueled by man to fall by the wayside to make room for the voices that cannot be shaken.

Writing this blog brought me great turmoil until something happened that removed all doubt.  I walked the streets of San Francisco fighting an inner war.  Suddenly my cell phone rang.  It was my good Friend Ron McIntosh—president of Victory Bible College in Tulsa.

He asked me, “what is God telling you?”  Before I could answer him, he said, “God showed me it will be a year where everything that can be shaken, will be shaken.”

 

REVIVAL IS TOTALLY AVAILABLE

I had an uncle who could walk 40 miles an hour.  There’s no way around it. Every time he told us how far he had to walk to school it got longer and longer until, by his late 90’s, he was telling his great grandchildren it was 40 miles.  And, he made it in an hour.

The same thing happens when some aging saints and revival historians recount past revivals.  Each time they tell stories of past revivals, they become more amazing, more perfect, and better than anything we see today.

They mean well, but they do inadvertent harm.  Revival suddenly looks impossible.  Instead of inspiring people seek an outpouring, people say, “what’s the use?”

The Bible says of Jesus, “a smoking flax He will not quench.” Those words mean something inexpressively wonderful to those who seek revival: God will fan to flame even the most unpromising, smoldering ember. 

Let me put it another way: When you asked for revival from a pure motive, God said “yes.”  At that moment, God took you at your word and began the process.  The thing is most revivals die between the YES and the next step.   Because, what comes next is an act of obedience that offends the flesh.

Bill Johnson is a prime example of this.  He asked for revival, but when God said yes, Bill obeyed the next step.  When many people left Bethel Church in Redding, Bill kept obeying.  When the outpouring was misunderstood, Bill simply kept obeying.

Here’s a classic case of a mighty move of God aborted: Before the revival began he promised the evangelist they would move out of their church building to a neutral site if the move of God outgrew the church.

Not only did it outgrow the hall, it was rising to touch the entire region.  Stunning healings verified the word.  Then the pastor balked at moving the meeting…the real motive for having the meeting was to save the church from financial crisis.  It was over.

Revival is simple.  Notice I didn’t say easy—I said simple. Big difference.  You simply keep obeying in the face of every obstacle. 

Simple obedience should not be confused with self-promoted revival.  Nothing is more hollow than people trying to force a meeting to be something it is not.  I know it sounds strange—given that fact that I am trying to impress upon you the availability of revival—but I think it better not to call it revival, no matter how good it is gets.

Better to have people everywhere coming and being set free and empowered and not call it anything than labeling it revival to convince people something is happening.

Revival is available.  God gives good gifts to His children.  It’s all about what you do after He says “yes.”

HOW THE MOST JUDGMENTAL PEOPLE TELL CHRISTIANS NOT TO JUDGE

 

What is the most dangerous lie in America?  What is killing us?  The abuse of a simple phrase that Jesus used, “Judge not that you be not judged.”  In the last few days, our site has smeared with vile posts by people claiming to be open-minded and, amazingly claiming to be more intelligent.  What was even more tragic was the host of self-defined Christians who went along with them saying silly things, “we shouldn’t judge,” and my personal favorite, “you are making it harder for us to reach people.”

I am not making it harder for you to reach people, because I wonder if you are reaching anyone.  How can you witness?  At some  point in witnessing you have to make a moral judgment.

I live in Northern California, ground zero for liberalism.  They are constantly telling people not to judge.  Their hilarious hypocrisy is breathtaking.  Bay Area liberals are the most judgmental people on the planet.  I have lived under environmental, nutritional, gender sharia law most of my adult life.

Last December in Danville California I said, “Merry Christmas,” to my waiter.  He scowled at me and said, “I do not want to exclude anyone.”Talk about a hair trigger!  Everything on earth is a cause for liberals.  How do they sleep at night with so much judging to do???  They judge, food, animal treatment, gardening, the car you drive, even your fireplace.  To them, it is a world is filled with “ists.”    Sexists, elitists, capitalists, fascists, racists, and now because of animal rights there are “Specists” (people who believe humans are a higher species than man.)

Christians we better wake up!  Don’t take Jesus out of context just so you can hide in a deeply immoral nation.   Now read these exercpts by BRANNON HOWSE:

“Tolerance mongers seem to have found the one absolute truth they are willing to live by. How many times have you heard someone say, “Judge not lest you be judged”? The statement has become the great American open-mindedness mantra when anyone has the courage to declare that someone else’s belief, actions or lifestyle is morally amiss.

Another form of the same non-judgmental judgment is “that may be true for you, but it’s not true for me.” The logic behind the statement goes something like this: “Your truth is your truth and my truth is my truth. We are both right, and I hold to my opinion of truth.” The last time I checked, it was impossible for two chairs to occupy the same space around my dining room table, but evidently such rules of time, space and logic don’t apply to tolerance philosophy.

Postmodernism’s live-and-let-live concept of truth argues that even two opposite and wholly contradictory claims can both be true. This is as stupid as saying that black and white are the same color. Yet, it clarifies the absurdity of the postmodernism we are all supposed to blithely accept as the fundamental principle by which we respond to each other’s ideas – the “please and thank-you” of philosophical respect.

So beware.  If you dare claim that another person’s truth is not, in fact, truth but is, in fact, wrong, you are not only being intolerant but you are also being – Mantra forbid! – Judgmental.

In his book “True for You, But Not for Me,” Paul Copan describes the fallacy in this all too common thinking:

It has been said that the most frequently quoted Bible verse is no longer John 3:16 but Matthew 7:1: “Do not judge, or you too will be judged.” We cannot glibly quote this, though, without understanding what Jesus meant. 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.

Those that tell you not to judge, quoting Matthew 7:1 grossly out of context, are often some of the most mean-spirited, judgmental souls you could ever meet.It’s not, of course, that they don’t want anyone to judge anything, because they want very much to judge and condemn your commitment to lovingly speak and practice your Christian worldview. You see how these tolerance rules work? We must tolerate them, but they don’t have to tolerate us. The logic is consistent, anyway.

Today’s postmodern culture of adults and students is so consumed by non-judgmentalism that there are some who say we should not even call wrong or evil the terrorists that attacked America on Sept. 11, 2001. In a Time magazine essay entitled “God Is Not on My Side. Or Yours,” Roger Rosenblatt offers the philosophical underpinnings of the live-and-let-live rule for global terrorism:

“One would like to think that God is on our side against the terrorists, because the terrorists are wrong and we are in the right, and any deity worth his salt would be able to discern that objective truth. But this is simply good-hearted arrogance cloaked in morality – the same kind of thinking that makes people decide that God created humans in his own image. The God worth worshiping is the one who pays us the compliment of self-regulation, and we might return it by minding our own business.”

ht and wrong is “good-hearted,” even if the reactions to it aren’t. Alison Hornstein, for instance, is a student at Yale University who observed the disconnect between tolerance and reality. Writing on “The Question That We Should Be Asking – Is Terrorism Wrong?” in the Dec. 17, 2001, issue of Newsweek, Alison noted, “My generation may be culturally sensitive, but we hesitate to make moral judgments.” While that might be putting it mildly, she goes on to say:

Student reactions expressed in the daily newspaper and in class pointed to the differences between our life circumstances and those of the [9-11] perpetrators, suggesting that these differences had caused the previous day’s events. Noticeably absent was a general outcry of indignation at what had been the most successful terrorist attack of our lifetime. These reactions and similar ones on other campuses have made it apparent that my generation is uncomfortable assessing, or even asking whether a moral wrong has taken place.”

Hornstein further describes how on Sept. 12th – one day after Islamic extremists murdered more than 3,000 people on American soil – one of her professors “did not see much difference between Hamas suicide bombers and American soldiers who died fighting in World War II. When I saw one or two students nodding in agreement, I raised my hand. …. American soldiers, in uniform, did not have a policy of specifically targeting civilians; suicide bombers, who wear plainclothes, do. The professor didn’t call on me. The people who did get a chance to speak cited various provocations for terrorism; not one of them questioned its morality.”

If Americans don’t start to judge and punish evil instead of accepting all ideas and beliefs as equal, we will become a nation that welcomes same-sex marriage, polygamy, pedophilia, incest, euthanasia and likely a host of moral aberrations so bizarre they’re still hidden in the darkest reaches of the Internet.

I wish I had a dollar for every time I heard someone say, “you know we are not to judge people; even the Bible says ‘judge not lest you be judged.’” Americans had better start getting comfortable with politically incorrect, non-humanistic forms of making intelligent judgments on moral issues because even if we don’t make them, I’m concerned there is Someone very willing to hold our nation accountable for what we allow. And He doesn’t respond well to intimidation, name-calling, flawed logic or being quoted out of context.

 

Mario Murillo

Hope for our battered president

There is no disrespect intended in the title.  No one can deny he is being battered.  We begin by facing facts: Trump’s statement about Haiti and Africa have unleashed a firestorm.   I am not here to examine what he said or shouldn’t have said.  That is for another blog. This is about you and me.  This is about keeping our perspective, our cool, and our discernment.This is about why there is hope for our president.

But, true hope is anchored in truth.  There’ll be no Pollyanna pep rally here.  It looks bad, real bad.  There will now be a massive effort to remove him from office by proving his is mentally unfit and invoke the 25th Amendment. Even some of his ardent supporters fear this will sink his presidency.  But before you lose heart remember what we know.

 

-We know that Obama and Hillary loyalists—deeply embedded in Washington—are working feverishly to destroy president Trump.  They are using their dark arts, not just on him, but on you.

-We know that a soulless media has discarded all pretense of objectivity.  They are minions of a mindless coup.  They are no longer capable of even thinking a decent thought toward Trump.

-We know that Trump is struggling to drain the swamp because some Republican Congressmen have stuck a hose back in it, recycling the swamp water.

-We know that Trump make-believers who once supported him abandoned ship at the first sign of trouble.

-We know that the forces behind Mueller and Comey will witch hunt Trump for concocted crimes while refusing to hold Hillary  accountable for terrible crimes.

-We also know that during this overthrow of freedom much of the Church naps under the influence of frightened ministers.

-But the most important thing to remember is why there is hope.  Yes, there is great hope for our president.  I am shouting this question in your ear: HAVE WE FORGOTTEN THAT POWERFUL FRIEND?

Once before evil rose, with its bloody talons on the throat of America, and relief came from an unexpected source: This plea from Benjamin Franklin:

In the beginning of the contest with Great Britain, when we were sensible of danger, we had daily prayers in this room for divine protection. Our prayers, sir, were heard; and they were graciously answered. All of us who were engaged in this struggle must have observed frequent instances of a superintending Providence in our favor. To that kind Providence we owe this happy opportunity of consulting in peace on the means of establishing our future national felicity. And have we now forgotten that powerful Friend?

Here is our powerful friend: Prayer, real prayer, sincere prayer, fervent prayer, unceasing prayer.  Prayer will expose the lies.  Prayer will defeat the traps laid before Trump.  Prayer will shut the mouth of the lion, topple the Washington walls of Jericho, split the Red Sea of fake news, and raise the Lazarus church from the dead.

Our powerful friend is waiting to bring unimaginable help and shocking breakthroughs.

Can I reintroduce you to our powerful friend?  Consider these points:

1. Even if you are the only one praying, it can change everything.  “Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.”  James 5:16

When Israel languished in Babylon under the lash of Nebuchadnezzar only Daniel engaged that powerful friend.  He set himself to pray and fast.  His prayer, his solitary prayer, moved Cyrus to fulfill the prophecy of Jeremiah and release the Jews after 70 years of slavery.

The angel told Daniel it was his prayer that did it.  Daniel 10:12 “Then he said to me, “Do not fear, Daniel, for from the first day that you set your heart to understand, and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard; and I have come because of your words.”

In the New Testament, one man’s prayer brought the Holy Spirit to the gentiles.  Acts 10: 1 “There was a certain man in Caesarea called Cornelius, a centurion of what was called the Italian Regiment, 2 a devout man and one who feared God with all his household, who gave alms generously to the people, and prayed to God always. 3 About the ninth hour of the day he saw clearly in a vision an angel of God coming in and saying to him, ‘Cornelius!’ 4 And when he observed him, he was afraid, and said, ‘What is it, lord?’ So he said to him, ‘Your prayers and your alms have come up for a memorial before God.'”

2. Even if you do not know how to ask, the Holy Spirit will pray through you.  Romans 8: 26, “Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.”

Think of that!  We don’t know how to pray for this national disaster, but the Holy Spirit does.  Our prayer language carries untold power to interrupt, and alter the affairs of man.  He, the Holy Spirit carries all power and wisdom.  He possesses the precision of prayer that totally escapes us.  He will commandeer our requests to the very throne of God.

3. My final point is the most powerful and encouraging: God told us to pray for our leaders.  1 Timothy 2: 1 “Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, 2 for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence. 3 For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior.”

Why would we expend energy on worry when we can pray?  Why would we sit paralyzed watching the news instead of utilizing prayer to make news?  You, by yourself, have the power to ask and receive, why would you delay praying?  God told us that He is pleased when we pray for our leaders.  Isn’t that the most powerful motivation of all.  Remember our powerful friend.

 

ARE YOU SATISFIED OR IS YOUR SPIRIT TIRED?

Are you satisfied?  That question is life and death.  I’m not asking you if life is being fair to you.  This goes far deeper than that.  I am unapologetically trying to ignite a special fire in your soul.   It’s way more important than cholesterol, blood sugar, or joints.

This all started when I reread Psalm 91:14-16: “Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore I will deliver him; I will set him on high, because he has known My name. He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him and honor him. With long life I will satisfy him, And show him My salvation.”

One phrase jumped up and slapped me: “with long life I will satisfy him.”  This is a precious promise of living out your days until those days have satisfied you soul—satisfied you that you accomplished your purpose on this planet—and you are ready to go.

“Do not go gentle into that good night, Old age should burn and rage at close of day; Rage, rage against the dying of the light.” That opening stanza is from Dylan Thomas’s poem for his father. His father had been a robust, militant man most of his life, and when in his eighties, he became blind and weak, his son was disturbed seeing his father become “soft” or “gentle.” In this poem, Thomas is rousing his father to continue being the fierce man he had previously been.  I’m rousing you.

Have you turned soft and gentle, slowly surrendering to your decline?  Have you muffled dreams, purposes, and goals because your spirit is tired?

Maybe it is time for you to fold up your walker and use it to fight off your children for trying to put you in a home.  You already have a home.  You need to shake the gravitational force of your feelings, symptoms, and the stupidity of our culture.  Now I want to talk to you about unfinished business.

Unfinished business: You have unfinished business for your children, your grandchildren, and more.  You can’t leave yet.    King David experienced unfinished business.

He grew old and cold.  Literally, he couldn’t keep warm.  He was bed-ridden by his own spirit.  I know this because of how he reacted when they brought him the latest news.

“1 Kings 1:18 “So now, look! Adonijah has become king; and now, my lord the king, you do not know about it.”  Adonijah—the personification of abuse of wealth and power. Adonijah—a personality is so shallow and annoying that the idea of a king Adonijah horrified David.  It also woke him up.

Solomon is supposed to be king!  A generation is at stake!  The energy David couldn’t find is back.  He is out of the bed and into a chariot with his son Solomon.  The rightful king made the people rejoice so loudly it caused an earthquake.  1 Kings 1: 40 And all the people went up after him; and the people played the flutes and rejoiced with great joy, so that the earth seemed to split with their sound.”

The younger generation could not save themselves. It took David.  Likewise, you need to ignore the hollow boasts of a young culture that lacks wisdom and substance.  Do not think that only young voices with fresh methods will save America.  You have an urgent gift to give before you leave.  Here’s your manifesto:

Psalm 71: 17 “O God, you have taught me from my youth; And to this day I declare Your wondrous works. 18 Now also when I am old and gray headed, O God, do not forsake me, Until I declare Your strength to this generation, your power to everyone who is to come.”

Fresh Challenge: They told me the strangest thing.  “We are taking our retirement money and using it to start a new business.”   I could have told them about the long hours, severe competition, and the great risk.  It would have been futile before the fire that burned in their hearts.  They believed the wealth of the wicked was laid up for the just.   They would rather build a legacy than pinch pennies traipsing cross country in a Winnebago.

Joshua was stunned and didn’t know what to say to 80-year-old Caleb:  Joshua 14:10 “And now, behold, the Lord has kept me alive, as He said, these forty-five years, ever since the Lord spoke this word to Moses while Israel wandered in the wilderness; and now, here I am this day, eighty-five years old. 11 As yet I am as strong this day as on the day that Moses sent me; just as my strength was then, so now is my strength for war, both for going out and for coming in. 12 Now therefore, give me this mountain of which the Lord spoke in that day; for you heard in that day how the Anakim were there, and that the cities were great and fortified. It may be that the Lord will be with me, and I shall be able to drive them out as the Lord said.”13 And Joshua blessed him, and gave Hebron to Caleb the son of Jephunneh as an inheritance.”

You have a wealth of experience, wisdom and talent.  Find fresh ways to give it away.

Kept alive until you are satisfied.   Now let’s talk about the most powerful force for rejuvenation there is: The pull of prophecy.  Simeon expected God to save Israel.  He lived and breathed the promises that God made to him.  It lengthened his life.  He knew he could not die until he had seen the Lord’s Christ.  The Holy Spirit revealed it to him.

Luke 2: 25 And behold, there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon, and this man was just and devout, waiting for the Consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him. 26 And it had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Christ. 27 So he came by the Spirit into the temple. And when the parents brought in the Child Jesus, to do for Him according to the custom of the law, 28 he took Him up in his arms and blessed God and said: 29 “Lord, now You are letting Your servant depart in peace, According to Your word;
30 For my eyes have seen Your salvation 31 Which You have prepared before the face of all peoples, 32 A light to bring revelation to the Gentiles, And the glory of Your people Israel.”

What has the Holy Spirit revealed to you about your children, grandchildren and our nation?  Is the enemy eating away at prophecies, promises and mandates?  Has a broken heart created a tired spirit and a weakened body?

You are going to pray in every last member of your family.  Wrap yourself back into to those prophetic words. Wait on the Lord and you shall renew your strength and you will mount up with wings as eagles and with a long life and years worth living declare to the heavens “I am satisfied.”

Kenneth Hagin warned against today’s materialistic gospel

Before he died in 2003 Kenneth Hagin summoned many of his colleagues to Tulsa to rebuke them for distorting his message. He was not happy that some of his followers were manipulating the Bible to support what he viewed as greed and selfish indulgence…

Before He died Kenneth Hagin warned against today’s materialistic gospel.

By J. Lee Grady

Charismatic Bible teacher Kenneth Hagin Sr. is considered the father of the so-called prosperity gospel. The folksy, self-trained “Dad Hagin” started a grass-roots movement in Oklahoma that produced a Bible college and a crop of famous preachers including Kenneth Copeland, Jerry Savelle, Charles Capps, Jesse DuPlantis, Creflo Dollar and dozens of others—all of whom teach that Christians who give generously should expect financial rewards on this side of heaven.

Hagin taught that God was not glorified by poverty and that preachers do not have to be poor. But before he died in 2003 and left his Rhema Bible Training Center in the hands of his son, Kenneth Hagin Jr., he summoned many of his colleagues to Tulsa to rebuke them for distorting his message. He was not happy that some of his followers were manipulating the Bible to support what he viewed as greed and selfish indulgence.

Those who were close to Hagin Sr. say he was passionate about correcting these abuses before he died. In fact, he wrote a brutally honest book to address his concerns. The Midas Touch was published in 2000, a year after the infamous Tulsa meeting.

Many Word-Faith ministers ignored the book. But in light of the recent controversy over prosperity doctrines, it might be a good idea to dust it off and read it again.

Here are a few of the points Hagin made in The Midas Touch

1. Financial prosperity is not a sign of God’s blessing. Hagin wrote: “If wealth alone were a sign of spirituality, then drug traffickers and crime bosses would be spiritual giants. Material wealth can be connected to the blessings of God or it can be totally disconnected from the blessings of God.”

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2. People should never give in order to get. Hagin was critical of those who “try to make the offering plate some kind of heavenly vending machine.” He denounced those who link giving to getting, especially those who give cars to get new cars or who give suits to get new suits. He wrote: “There is no spiritual formula to sow a Ford and reap a Mercedes.”

3. It is not biblical to “name your seed” in an offering. Hagin was horrified by this practice, which was popularized in faith conferences during the 1980s. Faith preachers sometimes tell donors that when they give in an offering they should claim a specific benefit to get a blessing in return. Hagin rejected this idea and said that focusing on what you are going to receive “corrupts the very attitude of our giving nature.”

4. The “hundredfold return” is not a biblical concept. Hagin did the math and figured out that if this bizarre notion were true, “we would have Christians walking around with not billions or trillions of dollars, but quadrillions of dollars!” He rejected the popular teaching that a believer should claim a specific monetary payback rate.

5. Preachers who claim to have a “debt-breaking” anointing should not be trusted. Hagin was perplexed by ministers who promise “supernatural debt cancellation” to those who give in certain offerings. He wrote in The Midas Touch: “There is not one bit of Scripture I know about that validates such a practice. I’m afraid it is simply a scheme to raise money for the preacher, and ultimately it can turn out to be dangerous and destructive for all involved.”

(Many evangelists who appear on Christian television today use this bogus claim. Usually they insist that the miraculous debt cancellation will occur only if a person “gives right now,” as if the anointing for this miracle suddenly evaporates after the prime time viewing hour. This manipulative claim is more akin to witchcraft than Christian belief.)

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Hagin condemned other hair-brained gimmicks designed to trick audiences into emptying their wallets. He was especially incensed when a preacher told his radio listeners that he would take their prayer requests to Jesus’ empty tomb in Jerusalem and pray over them there—if donors included a special love gift. “What that radio preacher really wanted was more people to send in offerings,” Hagin wrote.

Thanks to the recent resurgence in bizarre donation schemes promoted by American charismatics, the prosperity gospel is back under the nation’s microscope. It’s time to revisit Hagin’s concerns and find a biblical balance.

Hagin told his followers: “Overemphasizing or adding to what the Bible actually teaches invariably does more harm than good.” If the man who pioneered the modern concept of biblical prosperity blew the whistle on his own movement, wouldn’t it make sense for us to listen to his admonition?

The Midas Touch is available through Kenneth Hagin Ministries/ Rhema Bible Training Center

 

 

THE MESSAGE BEHIND THE SHIRT

Look at message on the shirt.  Is it an offensive in your face message?  No, it is a desperately needed in your heart message.  So, before you judge, get the message behind the shirt.
Let’s begin by understanding something about Satan.  He fears. He fears things deeply.  In fact, his fears are far deeper than yours will ever be.  He fears many things.
Near the top of his list of fears is this one: He fears the genuine Christian.  He understands how contagious a real believer—free of both anger and sin—can be to a generation.  People feel things around such a person.  People find themselves wanting whatever a true believer carries.
I wrote a book entitled I am the Christian the Devil warned you about.  I’ll admit it is not my best effort.  Parts of it make me wince.  But just because I didn’t do a masterful job on the story, doesn’t mean the message isn’t important.
Anyway, in the book there is an encounter with Satan right in his lair.   The protagonist, Daniel is invisible to Satan (Daniel doesn’t know why).  He hears Satan betray one of his greatest fears.  (Before you peruse an early attempt at writing, remember kindness is one the fruits of the Spirit.)
“How can I describe to you the strange sense of destiny I felt? To know that I was standing before the elite of hell, Hearing, their plans, sensing their fears, and yet be totally hidden from their view? I listened with intense anticipation to what Satan would admit next.
‘One authentic Christian,’ he wailed, ‘in which Christ works without resistance is all that it would take to disrupt everything.’ The Father of Lies contorted as if he was having a momentary seizure.  His minions reeled for they had never heard him concede to saying the name of the Lord.
Lucifer continued, ‘One true Christian, rightly fitted for war, will be the ruin of us. Listen, you banal beasts, if just one could read and discover how to ask and then receive, if just one would embrace their potential . . . but most of all if just one were to discover the One who is ever with them to make them strong, wise, and miraculous, then . . .’ At the mention of God’s Spirit, the entire company involuntarily dropped and ducked for cover…”
For this reason, Satan uses most of his energy to create imbalance.  If enough Christians are created and stay in their natural state, revival is inevitable.  Satan understands that revival is a weapon of mass conversion.
As the master of extremes, he’ll make things important to churches that are utterly trivial.  He makes leaders jealous of each other, so they’ll lose their first love—love that would compel the unchurched to be saved.  He sends great temptation to visible Christians, so they will fall and be called hypocrites.  I could go on and on.
If discrediting the Bible is his top priority preventing real Christians is next.  What do people who fear do a lot of?  They lie, and they gossip.  Gossip is rooted in fear and jealously.
A real Christian reminds Satan of the two things that cause him the most agony:  The fellowship he lost and the judgement he is about to gain.
At this moment Satan is broadcasting a global subliminal message: Watch out for the real Christian—the loving Christian—the joyous and holy Christian.  If you wish to stay an atheist—if you wish to remain addicted, miserable and empty…don’t go near one of these.
We aren’t slamming anyone but Satan.  So, we say with a smile and a heart full of love.  You know that Christian that Satan told you to avoid?  That would be me.

 

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