5 STEPS TO A MIRACLE IN THE MIDTERM ELECTIONS

Yes, we are going to see a scorched earth political campaign from the left.  They will be carpet bombing the nation with propaganda.  The flood of fake news, character assassination, and criminal activity during the election season will be worse than anything you have ever seen.  At a certain point, it will look impossible for our side to win.  However, I know we can—I know God wants to do a miracle.

I have sought the Lord.  These days of  my slow recovery do have a downside for Satan.  I have time to pray, study, think, and write.  Last night it hit me.  There are 5 clear and notable steps to a miracle in November.  Here they come:

1. Activate: Realize that there are more of us than you know. There are millions who love Jesus, America, and support our president.  You don’t need to engage in endless debates and change someone’s mind—all you have to do is activate those of like mind.

Activate them by telling them what is at stake.  By taking the House and the Senate, the left can do as much damage as having Hillary in the White House.  The first thing they will do is impeach Donald Trump.  While it will take more than impeachment to remove him from office—they will move to do that next.

Ask if they are registered to vote.  Ask what their plan is to make sure they vote.  Talk to them about studying a sample ballot so that they will prepared to vote correctly.  Talk to them about early voting.  Make sure they know where to vote.

2. Talk to your pastor. Make sure you do not threaten to leave if you don’t get your way. Gently ask if he or she would consider instructing the Body on what is at stake.  One fact should outweigh everything else:  THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY HAS DECLARED WAR ON CHRISTIANITY.  You are not lying or exaggerating when you tell that to leader.

Spiritual leaders need to know they are not getting political by being vocal about the election.   It’s the Democrats who have gotten anti-God.  It is a natural extension of a preacher’s calling to destroy the works of Satan, which in this case, is the left’s plan to drive the church underground.

3. Educate yourself on the issues and take public stands. No, I don’t want you glued to cable news, but you should understand your why you are pro-life, pro second amendment, and why you support the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. Yes, you can win debates and change minds.  When your child comes home from school a victim of leftist encroachment, you should know your parental rights.  I have found that many ideas of the left are easily defeated, and young minds believe silliness because they have never heard an opposing view.

Write letters to editors.  Call into radio shows.  You’ll be amazed at how much noise you can make, and how many minds you can change.

4. Understand that by taking stands against leftists you are not being unloving.   Paul knew when to stand up for his civil rights: Acts 16: 36 “So the keeper of the prison reported these words to Paul, saying, “The magistrates have sent to let you go. Now therefore depart, and go in peace.” 37 But Paul said to them, “They have beaten us openly, uncondemned Romans, and have thrown us into prison. And now do they put us out secretly? No indeed! Let them come themselves and get us out. 38 And the officers told these words to the magistrates, and they were afraid when they heard that they were Romans.”  Paul knew his rights.  He didn’t worry that he was unloving.  He forced a political change in that city.

5.Understand warfare intercession. Prayer can’t be polite in this election cycle. It must be intense.  It must be targeted.  It must be deliberate.  It must discern what is happening.  Arthur Matthews said, “principalities and powers in heavenly places have mustered their unseen array rigged their Trojan horse infiltrated society and opened the gates for a flood of evil to take over.”

Once alerted to that inescapable fact the soldier of Jesus must set themselves to unleash heaven of the powers of evil.  Tragically, most believers are ignorant of the invisible battle.  Edith Schaeffer says that “there is a deadness, a blindness, an insensitivity among many Christians, for they refuse to recognize the war in which they are involved.”

The good news is that Jehovah only needs a handful of true intercessors to thwart Satan’s plans in this coming election.  You must understand however,  your duty, and your authority.  Again, Arthur Matthews says, “Barriers are not moved by God’s omnipotence until the believer takes the initiative and stands his ground in the heavenly places to engage the powers of evil that are directly the cause of the ground-level troubles, and resists them in the name of the Victor of Calvary.”

When the enemy came to steal Israel’s water Moses took action to cut off demonic power at the source:  Exodus 17: 8 Now Amalek came and fought with Israel in Rephidim. 9 And Moses said to Joshua, “Choose us some men and go out, fight with Amalek. Tomorrow I will stand on the top of the hill with the rod of God in my hand.”

So long as Moses held up the rod over the battle the Amalekites were defeated.  You know the rest, Aaron and Hur held up his arm until victory came.

Hold up the standard of God in prayer.  Hold it over the demons who drive the left to their insane extremes.  Let your intercession disrupt them.  Watch as God divides, confuses, and neutralizes the strategies of devils until we see a miracle in November.  Hallelujah!

 

 

 

THE CHURCH IS FALLING BACK INTO OBAMA ERA APATHY

Remember the horror you felt when you thought Hillary might be president?  Save that feeling, you’ll likely need it this November.  Up until today I could say Republicans had an edge for the midterms because of money and the victories Trump has won.  Now, I can’t say that.
An old familiar virus is infecting the church.  It is removing the sense of urgency that got Trump Elected.  It is bringing back failed ideas that sidelined the church in two disastrous presidential elections.
In 2008 we were warned what Barack Obama would do.  Pastors didn’t think it was right to get involved in politics.  On top of that, millions of Christians, with a murky understanding of the Bible voted for him.  Those fallacies are back in the church.
Obama ended up being far worse than we could have imagined.  The vast machinery of the left that he set in place is still dismantling our freedom.  How soon we  forget  the price of apathy.
By taking the House and the Senate, the left can do as much damage as having Hillary in the White House.  The first thing they will do is impeach Donald Trump.  While it will take more than impeachment to remove him from office—they will move to do that next.
Before you write me off as an alarmist let me ask some simple questions?
Do you see Christian Leaders trying to rally the church to stop leftist candidates?  Think about what everyone is preaching right now.  Do you hear anything about the looming threat to our freedom and our children’s?  My guess is that you don’t.
Do you notice how many in the church are apathetic because they think that Trump’s victory is the only real victory we need?  They are blissfully ignorant of the need for a whole new effort to organize and defeat the coming threat.
Do you realize that there is only one thing you need to know to vote in the midterm election?  It goes beyond the fact that they want to take away the second amendment, they would to return to the deficits and government regulations that were strangling our economy and they would go back to the foreign policy that endangered us.
Here is the one thing you must remember: The Democratic Party has declared war on Christianity.  Think about it…
Who bankrupted Christian bakers?  Who devastated the Little Sisters of the Poor?  Who told our chaplains not to mention Christ to our soldiers?  Who told pastors they would lose their tax exemption if they told their congregations how to vote?  Who put Billy Graham Evangelistic Association’s nonprofit status in suspense for telling voters to vote their conscience?  Who booed God and Israel at their convention? Who changed marriage?  Who made your children go to schools with transgender bathrooms?

(Check out my blog on how Obama was the most Biblically hostile President in history)    https://wp.me/p1vrzp-3DQ 

You are about to see the vilest campaign in American history.  The left will divest itself of all decency.  There will be a billion dollars burned on a propaganda campaign to label anyone who supports Trump or Republicans as racist, sexist, homophobic, and mentally challenged.
Christians are just not prepared—at least not yet—to stand against this wicked assault.At this moment, an old lie is resurfacing—it is the idea that to be sweet Christians we must not take stands that make us look bad.
The other lie is the one that says since God is sovereign and omnipotent we should just trust  the outcome of November.
The Word of God shows us that God has chosen to use prayer, repentance, and obedience.  2 Chronicles 7:14 begins with “if my people.”  That proves it is on us.
Between now and November I will be doing everything God tells me to warn and provoke the church to action.

Breaking news from Mario Murillo

This is very difficult for me to write.  The only reason I ever went public about my illness is it became absolutely necessary.  I don’t like health updates.  They seem so self-serving.  Of course I want prayer, but who needs gory details?

Please read the following verses so you’ll better understand  what I am about to tell you.

Philippians 2: 25 “Yet I considered it necessary to send to you Epaphroditus, my brother, fellow worker, and fellow soldier, but your messenger and the one who ministered to my need; 26 since he was longing for you all, and was distressed because you had heard that he was sick. 27 For indeed he was sick almost unto death; but God had mercy on him, and not only on him but on me also, lest I should have sorrow upon sorrow. 28 Therefore I sent him the more eagerly, that when you see him again you may rejoice, and I may be less sorrowful. 29 Receive him therefore in the Lord with all gladness, and hold such men in esteem; 30 because for the work of Christ he came close to death, not regarding his life, to supply what was lacking in your service toward me.”

So much of what I want to tell you is packed in these verses.

My first point is found in verse 26: “since he was longing for you all, and was distressed because you had heard that he was sick.”

Epaphroditus was more concerned for those who were distressed by his illness than he was about his illness.  Likewise, I only want to write to reassure anyone who has been concerned about my illness.  I am deeply grateful for your prayers and your love.

So here is the latest:  I can now walk for about 3-4 minutes.  Doesn’t sound that great but believe me it is. I have a way to go, but I come a long,long way.

Now about my healing.   Verse 27 says, “For indeed he was sick almost unto death; but God had mercy on him.”  This is the most important thing we will ever learn about divine healing:  It’s all about mercy, Paul was right to call it mercy.  It is not a coincidence that blind Bartmaeus screamed, “Jesus, son of David, have mercy on me.”

Healing is an act of mercy no matter how much we try to make it an obligation.   When I see people yell at God and badger Him about how He has to heal them I cringe.  Even though my healing is progressive, I am overcome by God’s mercy on me.

Verse 30 helped me understand how I got injured.  I overdid it.  So did Epaphroditus.  Paul makes that very clear, and then inserts a not so subtle correction on the Philippians: “because for the work of Christ he came close to death, not regarding his life, to supply what was lacking in your service toward me.”  Epaphroditus exhausted himself making up for what others neglected.  So did I.  Here’s why…

Soul winning has fallen into disfavor among some big name preachers.  That is why the field is so great and the laborers are so few.  But working myself into exhaustion to make up for that neglect, was not wise.  But there is an even greater reason I was attacked.

Satan viciously attacked my body because of Las Vegas.  I can’t let go of that fact.  What did he fear would happen while I was there?  Now here are the verses that explain what I am going to do.

Acts 14:2,3 says “But the unbelieving Jews stirred up the Gentiles and poisoned their minds against the brethren. Therefore, they stayed there a long time, speaking boldly in the Lord, who was bearing witness to the word of His grace, granting signs and wonders to be done by their hands.”

The word that jumped out at me in Acts 14 is the word THEREFORE.  The devil tried to stop them, therefore they stayed.  So here is my announcement:  I am going to Las Vegas no matter what.  We will do nothing else until we are done in Las Vegas.

I brought my leaders to my house and told them, “Satan has attacked me.  He is telling me to stay away from Las Vegas.”  Then I challenged them, “What are we going to do about it?!”  They wholeheartedly agreed—Satan will not stop us from going to Las Vegas. 

Then I contacted the leaders and workers in Las Vegas and told them our plan.  I thought their disappointment would hurt our momentum.  Instead, it has boomeranged on the devil.  It has increased the size of our outreach.  Now, it will be bigger, stronger and deeper than our original plan.  This short delay will have devastating effects on the powers of darkness.

Allowing for more than reasonable time for my full recovery here is what we are doing:

On Saturday April 14th at noon, a large number of pastors and leaders will meet with me for lunch. The luncheon is at Grapevine fellowship located at 800 North Bruce Street Las Vegas Nevada 89101. Please reserve seats for you and your group by calling 775 238 3473 or go to mariomurillo.org

The tent meeting will begin on Mother’s day, Sunday May 13 and go till Friday the 18th. We are coming fully charged with the power of God.  We have boots on the ground!  Soldiers are coming to our side.  This Living Proof Tent Crusade will feature the widest range of ministries to touch human need we have ever seen.

We will open the flood gates of heaven in the abyss of human suffering in this city.  Never—and I mean never—has the fire for winning souls burned so hot within me.  Devil, you did your worst. Now, in Las Vegas, we will do our best.

To all of you who have sacrificed and given to this holy cause…rest assured, your seed will now produce an even greater harvest.   Fasten your seat belt…things are about to get amazing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TRANSFORM AN ATTACK FROM SATAN INTO AN ATTACK ON SATAN

Are you experiencing the greatest attack of Satan in your body, emotions, or your family?   Don’t just lay there and take it.  Now is the time for decisive action.
Even though I am fighting my way back from the most grueling health issue of my life…I have learned how to turn this attack from Satan into an attack on Satan.
Anyone who knows me can’t imagine me lying in bed for weeks.  Being bedridden is the perfect torment for me.  In the dark of night, Satan tried to torture me with thoughts of paralysis and even death.
Then the Holy Spirit instructed me to boomerang the attack onto Satan.  How do I do that, I wondered?  What I heard next was extremely difficult to accept in my condition—then the presence of God overshadowed me.  Here are the truths God worked into me through this test:
Fact: Satan attacks you because he is mentally deranged.  His attacks are impulsive and not well thought out.  He risks more than we can imagine when he touches a child of God.  His life story is nothing but a string of attacks that backfire.
That is not a comfort when you are facing the cruelest attack ever.  I am certainly not going to trivialize suffering and loss.  Believe me, I have a deep respect for the havoc he can raise, and the pain he can cause.
Fact: By following the Holy Spirit’s instructions we can make the devil’s attack on us an attack on him.   The message Bible has a good rendering of Philippians 1: 12 “I want to report to you, friends, that my imprisonment here has had the opposite of its intended effect. Instead of being squelched, the Message has actually prospered.”
Look again at this phrase: “the opposite of its intended effect.”  How can that mean anything but the attack on Paul turned into an attack on Satan.
When that prison door slammed behind Paul, it was a dark moment.  He had no idea how long he would suffer.  He didn’t know if he’d ever get out alive.  Knowing Paul’s heart, his greatest agony was watching this ordeal shut down the ministry.
You can well imagine what images ran through my mind having to stop about our tent meetings and so many other things we are doing.
Here is what the Holy Spirit taught me to do:
1. I gathered up all of my strength, pointed at Satan and rebuked Him.  I said, “this attack is now an attack on you!”  I confessed that God now owned the situation.  I declared that I was being healed no matter what my circumstances said.
2. Next, I confessed to God that my season of being healed—no matter how long it took—would be a tool of the Holy Spirit for growth, strength, and a greater fighting spirit.
3. But it was the last lesson I learned that was the most significant.  I learned to seek my Father for no other reason other than He is my Father.   I had no idea how much of my past praying was dominated by requests for greater power, or more provision, or for revival.  Noble requests all, but now, in the presence that flooded my room, they seemed so secondary.   Being near to Him meant everything.
Now, in the midst of all of this,  I live in a level of trust, power and clarity I never would have gained except through this great test.  The devil will pay, for the rest of my life, with the lessons I will have learned in this difficult season.  That is why I say with Paul…” I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.”  -Romans 8:18

 

WHY THE WORST MESSAGE DROWNS OUT THE BEST

Why does the left drown out opposing views?   Why do they curse, chant, spout catch phrases, and call people racists instead of calmly making their case?  Because they have no case.

Here is a simple summary of the left: We want to force you to do something that has never worked.  Sanctuary cities, marijuana, needle programs, socialized medicine, socialized anything, transgender bathrooms, have all created more chaos than they have solved.  They say it is chaos for the greater good—a greater good that has never materialized. Never ever.

The left always finds a cure worse than the disease.  They trade one form of racism for another.  They create new injustice to replace the old injustice.

The young are easy prey for the left.  If you claim an ideal they will listen.  Many do not have enough life experience to understand why something just won’t work.  Bernie Sanders—who was once kicked out a commune for refusing to work—tells them: “I will make the government give you free stuff.”   Listen dear college student…anything the government gives you was taken from someone else. Wait till it’s your turn to be taken.

 

Marxism—the matrix of leftist thought—has slaughtered over one hundred million people.  Yet and still, the Marxist will tell you those dictators weren’t real Marxists.  However, Marxism has never taken root in a nation without genocide.  Every leftist revolution has resorted to tyranny.

Packaging is everything when your product doesn’t work.  Slick versions of Marxism abound.  Make it trendy so Hollywood actors and late night comedians—those bastions of clear thinking—will want to identify with it.  Replace sound arguments with punchlines and dim witty academy award acceptance speeches.   Noise is essential to the survival of a lie.

The worst message is being presented in the best way, while the best message is being presented in the worst way.  Leftists proudly scream lies while believers mumble the truth.

How should the Gospel of Jesus Christ be preached in modern sophisticated society?  Here’s a better question: Why is the Gospel exploding in the developing world while it languishes here?  I will tell you why, and when I do, most will say “that will never work here.”  Here is what they do:

-They preach with accompanying signs and wonders.

-They demand total repentance and allegiance to Christ.

-They insist new disciples should be baptized in the Holy Spirit.

-They lead converts into church families that are more a movement than a congregation.

Most of our preachers are so insecure about saying what Jesus said, they present the most diluted homily that could be still called Christian.  They are terrified to declare the parts of the Gospel that deliver the soul and liberate the heart.

Those preachers who lead revivals in jungles and wastelands believe they are declaring the best message mankind has ever heard.

Still, people say it will never work here.  I say, let’s find out!  Why not have meetings full of fire, raw preaching and real miracles?  Why not tell the snowflakes, cupcakes, hipsters and wannabe revolutionaries about the real Jesus with real power?  It won’t work?  Let’s find out!

Corinth must have seemed a place that demanded a stylish and intellectual Gospel.   Why else would Paul admit he overcame the temptation to “come with excellence of speech or of wisdom declaring to you the testimony of God.”  Instead, he said, “my speech and my preaching were not with persuasive words of human wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, that your faith should not be in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.”

It is time for the American Church—along with the Churches in Europe, Australia, Japan, and every other developed nation being targeted by the leftist delusion—to shed the timid Gospel and roar righteousness.

The full Gospel is not just for poor villages and uneducated people groups. The message that works in Nigeria will work in New York.  The Gospel that works in the Philippines will work in San Francisco, Tokyo, London, and Paris.

Paul wrote a book named for the most cultured, educated, and powerful city on earth—Rome.  It was to the saints of that legendary city that he wrote: “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile.”

If you could hear Jesus praying for you in the next room

The very idea of overhearing Christ talk to the Father about you should send an eternal quiver through your soul.  What would we hear Him pray?

Here’s why we need to know.  Today’s disciple is facing threats that were unheard of even 10 years ago.  World events are explosive.  Changes are dizzying.  The child of God navigates a world that can be truly frightening.

Having children and grandchildren who depend on us makes it all the more difficult. We wonder what will happen to them.  How can I protect them in such a violent and unpredictable time?

For this and many other reasons we must have a relationship with God that is new and unshakable.  We need faith like Daniel had in the lion’s den.  We need authority like the disciples had to open prison doors.  We must own a walk that conquers sickness, lack and sudden attacks.

Above all, we need to discern the works of Satan.  He knows his time is short and he has broken into a frenzy to take down as many as he can.

We can rely, to a degree, on powerful preaching.  We can play worship music in our prayer room and quell the dismaying emotions of this time.  But we need something far more.  We need something so amazing that it holds us not matter what.  That my friend, is where the prayers of Jesus for us, matter most.

Here are some facts about Jesus praying for you.

He started praying for you the moment you got saved.  The world can’t enjoy the benefit of His prayers.  John17: 9 says, “I pray for them. I do not pray for the world but for those whom You have given Me, for they are Yours.

He will not stop praying for you. Hebrews 7: 25 “Therefore He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them.”  At this moment He is lifting your situation before the Father and that prayer is unending.

He prayed that Satan would not touch you.  John 17: 15 I do not pray that You should take them out of the world, but that You should keep them from the evil one.

He has prayed in advance of your greatest hour of testing, just as He did for Peter.  Luke 22:32 “But I have prayed for you, that your faith should not fail; and when you have returned to Me, strengthen your brethren.”

Here is the most important fact of Jesus praying for you: He says you are His.  Let’s take a closer look at what that means.  His love for you is not just tender it is fierce.

Consider the momma grizzly as she snuggles her cub.  She is the essence of love.  Now, try to come between her and her cub. The loving mom instantly becomes the most terrifying creature on earth.  She will stop at nothing to protect her cub. Both the tender moment and the terrifying one are expressions of the same love.

Here’s the thing…that instinct is from God.  The same Jesus who comforts you with unmatched tenderness turns His wrath on the evil one when you are threatened.  It would be breathtaking to see the difference in His intercession before the Father when you need comfort, and when you need to be rescued from Satan’s attack.

He will not let anything come between you and Him.  Paul said it this way: Romans 8:38 “For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers,39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

That is why I say: if you could hear Jesus praying for you in the next room, you would not fear a million enemies.

How we lost so much ground to the enemy.

We denied the devil existed.  What happens when you deny the existence of Satan?  You wipe out the meaning of the armor of God and the sword of the Spirit.  You lose your identity as a soldier of Christ. The gifts of the Spirit— “mighty to the tearing down of strongholds”—lose all meaning.

I wondered why leading pastors never confronted the evil Obama did to the church.  I assumed they felt it wrong for preachers to entangle themselves in partisan politics.  Today I know better.

Their issue is with confrontation itself.  They hate confrontation.  They refuse to believe we locked in a battle with evil.  It oozes out of everything they preach.

For them, the enemy is low self-esteem not Satan.  They focus on happiness and career satisfaction.  Mario, what is wrong with that?  Nothing, except it cuts against the grain of everything Jesus taught.

He said “but seek first the Kingdom of God, and His righteousness, and all these things will be added unto you.” –Matthew 6:33. The unmistakable mantra of the stylish American Church is to “seek all these things.”

When the top selling Christian books of the last several years don’t mention Satan it exposes the appetites of this generation of Christians.  It explains how we lost more ground to Satan, in less time, than at any other Christians in history.

And with all due respect, the teachings of these pastors actually make a purpose driven life impossible. 1 John 3:8 says, “for this purpose was the Son of God revealed, that He might destroy the works of the devil.” If you are not engaged in war against evil, you are denying Christ’s purpose.  If you deny His purpose, how can you say you found yours?

Denying we are soldiers in a war destroys our capacity for sacrifice and obedience.  We try to create heaven on earth and have our reward here.  Instead of being in warfare, Christians are on welfare.  They believe there is no work to be done, or struggle to endure, or enemy to resist.  We didn’t just lose the war for our nation’s soul, we forfeited.  We never even showed up.

How do we reverse this curse?

You have to separate yourself from the Christian happy hour.  Explode the myth that there’s a happy life for those who deny we are in a war.  What you will not read in any of those books is the disasters of so many who tried Disneyland Christianity.

Believing you can leave Satan alone and he will leave you alone, is like believing the bull will not charge because you are a vegetarian.  Accepting Christ made you a target.  Satan hates you and means you great harm.  Ready or not…here he comes.

You must pick up a weapon. Gun control is not just a liberal cause.  There is spiritual gun control in the church.  Paul said in 1 Corinthians 12: 1 “Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I do not want you to be ignorant.”  The soldier who is not firing at the enemy is taken out first.  All nine gifts are weapons.

Remember, you have the only faith designed for living behind enemy lines.  Every other religion in the world makes allowance for escape. Not so the Christian faith.  Jesus said in 17:15 I do not pray that You should take them out of the world, but that You should keep them from the evil one.”

Safety is not in denying war but in fully embracing it.  Jesus is called the Captain of our salvation.  He leads only to victory.  When you—through Christ—declare war on the devil, you instantly gain the backing of all of heaven.  On the other hand, when you live the Christian life for yourself, you also live it by yourself.

Don’t disrespect Satan by fighting him on your own initiative: Spirit-filled Christians especially are guilty of downplaying the devil’s power.  The insult him and trash talk him not realizing they are not protected from shenanigans.  Jude 1:9 says, “Yet Michael the archangel, in contending with the devil, when he disputed about the body of Moses, dared not bring against him a reviling accusation, but said, “The Lord rebuke you!”

Driving back the forces of the enemy in our culture will require more than hot flashes, cold chills, or the brush of angel’s wings.  We can’t win unless our warfare is born in God, led by the Holy Spirit, and Bible based.

Arthur Matthews said, “Victories over the devil are not won by having a Bible and knowing some of it.  Nor are they won by resolutions and good intent.  It takes the Sword of the Spirit, God’s specific utterance, thrust at the enemy in the power of the controlling Holy Spirit with an unashamed “It is written” and “Thus saith the Lord.”

I say this last part out of a broken heart and with tears: God help you ministers who weakened millions Christians off the battlefield at America’s darkest hour. You hastened the spread of evil in America.  You stood there basking in the adulation.  You could have fielded an army but chose instead to send the sheep home grinning under the glow of false hope and undetected apathy.  You had two messages.  Your heart told you which was God, and your mind said which one would bring success—success that will mean nothing if the church in America is driven underground.

The good news is that God is looking for a few good men and women.  He can take a nation back with a handful of sold out, rightly fitted soldiers.  Time to sing “there’s an army rising up—not with wispy emotion—but life and death conviction.

 

 

IS CALIFORNIA AMERICA’S FUTURE?

Kamala Harris just made the most chilling statement I have even heard a politician make.  She said California is the future of America.  How big a boatload of Kool-Aid would you have to swallow to consider that a positive statement?

The last time I heard a threat like that, I was a boy and Nikita Khrushchev said, “your grandchildren will grow up under communism.”  That didn’t happen.  Neither will Kamala’s threat.

San Francisco was once the crown jewel of California.  Today, my home town is a smoldering mess.  I was there recently.  It shocked me how it had degenerated.  Human waste, dirty needles, and the odor of death hung over the city.

I felt a danger on the streets, I had never felt before.  I wasn’t afraid of crime per se…it was more the disintegration of civilization itself.  Market street was an endless line of dazed people—sitting up against the walls in lawn chairs—in front of even the swankiest stores, smoking marijuana.  One report said San Francisco is now worse than some of the poorest cities in the world.

Fully 25% of America’s entire homeless population lives in Los Angeles.  Cali liberals are so defensive about this, they ban videos on social media that showed the homeless camps.

California ministers can’t say they weren’t warned.  I know I did my share.  The last few years I lived there I made several new enemies because of the message the Holy Spirit burned in my soul.

I preached in many of the larger spirit-filled churches in the state.  I was very clear:  I told them we had 5 years left.  I told them the things we had to do.  If not, God could not use them to stem the disaster that awaited California.

Here’s what I said in a nutshell:

-You must make your church a nuclear reactor of outreach and holiness.  If you do not, your church will degenerate into a hospital for disgruntled and anemic saints.  In such hospitals, the patients rise up and kill the doctors.  That is what is happening now.

-I said you better preach and teach the Cross, the Blood, and core Bible convictions.  Arm your people with values and the reasons behind those values.  Preach truth now, I said, or a day will soon come the truths you are avoiding will be banned.   That happened.  The user friendly message which was a mistake then, is the only one approved by government now. If it gets out that you preach moral values now, you can easlity be protested and prosecuted.

-Finally, I implored them to sharpen their rebuttal to California’s insane values on marriage, drugs, crime, prostitution laws, propaganda in childhood education.  I warned them they were too busy in their isolated kingdoms to come together as one voice that could influence voters.  This one was the most painful thing for me to watch.  When bill after bill came before California voters, the silence of the church was deafening. 

Jerry Brown accused Trump of declaring war on California.  Imagine, our Attorney General Jeff Sessions came to Sacramento to enforce Federal Law and the Governor calls it a declaration of war.

Governor Brown, it is you who declared war—on your own people.  You put a bulls eye on the middle class.  That’s why they are leaving in droves.  You made Christian parents send their kids to classrooms where their faith was bashed as bigoted and false.  On your watch, California went from number one to dead last in many categories, including being named the worst state overall.

Now Kamala Harris wants to spread California to the rest of America.  Wispy liberals across the nation love the idea.  This is a repeat of history.  The Romans worshiped and emulated Greek Culture.  Then Greece rotted from within.  But it was too late for Rome to change course—they rotted too.  At least we have the advantage of seeing what a failure California’s culture is.

I am not giving up on California.  There are millions of Christ followers there.  There are thousands of pastors who putting their lives on the line every Sunday to preach the entire Gospel.  There are ministries there that I will work with till Jesus comes.

Acts 20:31 says, “Therefore watch, and remember that for three years I did not cease to warn everyone night and day with tears.”   My messages of warning once limited to California are now nationwide.  I get it.  Not everyone is comfortable with my blogs.  I was banned from some churches in California—I expect that ban to spread to other states.

I confess, it is disheartening that churches in other states learned nothing from the folly and cultural impotence of seeker churches in California.  It knocks the wind out of me when believers don’t see—regardless of how brash he seems—Donald Trump was a deliverance from certain catastrophe under Hillary.

No matter what I will carry on.  Not just because growing audience is starting to listen, or because I see the mercy drops of latter rain, but because these warnings are a part of my calling.  And no, California is not in anyway America’s future.

DESPERATE HUNGER: ONE OF GOD’S GREATEST GIFTS

We face a new kind of evil.  We have never faced a threat like this before.  That is why God is creating special kinds of people to be used in special kinds of ways.  What do these people look like?

We picture bold, assertive, natural born leaders taking the stage.  We assume the Holy Spirit would instill great confidence and audacity in those He has selected for special service.

In fact, the opposite is true.  He inflicts those He chooses with deep frustrations.  They are restless, they are weakened by confusing emotions.  Often, they don’t feel very spiritual at all.  The greatest gift He gives them is a desperate hunger.

Yes, desperate hunger is a great gift.  Although, when you first get it, you will be convinced you are being punished not blessed.

Jesus said “blessed are those who hunger and thirst…”  It seems a contradictory statement but a closer look reveals eternal wisdom.  

God is carving out your soul to create a greater capacity for His power.  You are getting desperate for something—your appetite for that one thing is increasing.  It seems cruel but it makes perfect sense: God wants you to want something you can’t have.  It is in the not having it, that your desire intensifies.

The Bible says, “But to Hannah he would give a double portion, for he loved Hannah, although the Lord had closed her womb. And her rival also provoked her severely, to make her miserable, because the Lord had closed her womb.” -1 Samuel 1:5,6

Look at that!  God is creating unbearable frustration.  But, by depriving her of children, it increased two things in her soul: Her willingness to sacrifice and her appreciation for the blessings when they come.  In other words, she will be an amazing example of willingness and appreciation.

God didn’t want Hannah to get over wanting Children.  He wanted her to yearn for them even more.  The end result is one of the most powerful women in history—the mother of Samuel the prophet.  In Jewish tradition, Samuel is second only to Moses as a prophet.

Hannah’s total reward often goes unnoticed.  True, she surrendered her first born to God but it says in 1 Samuel 2: 21 And the Lord visited Hannah, so that she conceived and bore three sons and two daughters. Meanwhile the child Samuel grew before the Lord.”

It was Elisha’s insatiable hunger for the anointing that made him ask for a double portion from Elijah.   Many, of today’s leaders ask for just enough to get by.  They will never destroy the strongholds of Satan.  They fold at the first sign of resistance.  Not so, the vessel born of desperate hunger.  When they finally get their chance, they will never stop, and they will never corrupt their God-given stewardship.  Your frustration and desperate hunger is qualifying you for something astounding.

All of this is well and good but it is not a great comfort when you are in the depths of frustration.  Desperate hunger from God can test us to the maximum.  We look for signs that our hunger will be fulfilled.  We yearn for proof that we will not die from disappointment.  Well beloved, the proof is right under our nose.  In fact, the hunger itself is the proof of the fulfillment.

Jesus said, Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness for they shall be filled.”-Matthew 5:5  In other words, if you hunger, you are blessed because that is the proof you shall be filled.

Alexander MacLaren the great Bible Commentator said this, “that hunger is the sure precursor and infallible prophet of the coming satisfaction.”

Trump will win by a landslide in 2020. Liberals are the ones saying this, and that explains everything. 

The bombshell admission came last week on MSNBC.  New York uber-liberal Donny Deutsch said, “Trump will be re-elected in 2020 by a landslide.”  That—while amazing—is not the bomb.  It’s what he said next: “That’s why Trump must be removed from office now.” 

As Wayne Allyn Root put it: “Donny revealed what liberals are all thinking, deep down. Trump is a lock for re-election by a wide margin. As Deutsch admitted, that’s why he must be stopped now.

Crazed liberals scream for his removal … impeachment … even assassination. Because they know Trump is succeeding. He is effective, he is erasing Barack Obama and he is fundamentally changing America back to a conservative, capitalist nation. They know they can’t stop him at the ballot box, so they have decided they have to stop him any other way they can — even resorting to violence, conspiracy and sedition.”

Did you see the words, violence, conspiracy, sedition…even assassination?

This explains everything.  It explains why CNN sent reporters to Thailand to interview prostitutes who “may have dirt on Trump.”  It explains why Hillary is not being investigated for Russian collusion.  It shows why the left will stop at nothing to get him out now.

Last December my spirit was deeply disturbed.  I sought relief in intercession.  My thoughts turned toward the President.  I wrote this to our partners in late December: “A massive disruption, is planned within the next 90 days.  There will be a major move against the president by both Democrats and Republicans.  In short, you will see the most vicious assaults—on our freedoms, our faith, and our children—you have ever seen.”  Those 90 days are up March 24th—the day of a massive march for gun control.

What I didn’t know is why the left lost its mind.  Now I do.  It is the certain reelection of Donald Trump.  It is hideous to think what they might do.  It is disgusting that they don’t care if Trump makes life better for Americans—that’s how deranged they truly are.  But there is a positive to this.

Gideon asked God for one last sign he would defeat the Midianites. It came from the last source he expected: The enemy.  God told Gideon to sneak into the camp of the Midianites—an army as many as the sand of the seashore in number.  He arrived at the right tent in time to hear this: Judges 7: 13 “Gideon crept up to one of the tents just as a man inside had wakened from a nightmare and was telling his tent-mate about it.

“I had this strange dream,” he was saying, “and there was this huge loaf of barley bread that came tumbling down into our camp. It hit our tent and knocked it flat!” 14 The other soldier replied, “Your dream can mean only one thing! Gideon, the son of Joash, the Israeli, is going to come and massacre all the allied forces of Midian!” 15 When Gideon heard the dream and the interpretation, all he could do was just stand there worshiping God! Then he returned to his men and shouted, ‘Get up! For the Lord is going to use you to conquer all the vast armies of Midian!’”

Beloved, the enemy is admitting reelection.  We should rejoice but we should also be interceding for our president to be protected form whatever is coming.  Now you know what is going on and how to pray.