BRAVE CHURCHES

The way some experts talk you’d think turning a church around is a long hard road. But here is a solution much faster than we realize.  First, we must fix a grave mistake. Closing the altars, ordering people to tone it down, and focusing on recovery programs brought a crowd.  However, what if that crowd leaves with no power to face our toxic culture? Let people experience the power and glory of God at the altar. Train people to wait in prayer with them. Sound simplistic?

Right now we are awash in advisory sermons. The titles are similar and predictable: “How to handle fear, uncertainty, finances, relationships, marriage, and children.”   We are drowning in whiteboards, blackboards, statistics, PowerPoint presentations, props, and illustrations.

The problem is, the anger, division, loud perversion and persecution, people face outside the church make these teachers and their instructive messages are woefully inadequate.  What happened?  The answer is…life.   Life happened and it is gripping believers in deep need for something more than words.  You would be shocked to know how many would trade all the witty messages for a pure dose of the presence, power, and glory of God.

Happy face sermons do not give power over a time like this.   What is happening now runs off the over-optimistic maps drawn in pulpits. Tragedies can uproot  these neat formulas like a palm tree in a hurricane.   Hip theories will collapse like a brick house in an earthquake.

Every honest Pastor can report causalities in their church.  Many who were once vibrant soldiers, today languish in a shadow existence.  They are out of church, disconnected from their former passion and sick in body and soul.  The ongoing political debate and demonstrations have only added to the crisis. The conflicting opinions of church leaders leave the army of God baffled and vulnerable.

Why are we surprised that modern believers suddenly need more?  The power that could answer a thousand questions and extinguish a myriad of personality ills has been ushered out of church.

Paul’s cure was simple: an undeniable encounter with the fire of God…”that your faith should not rest in the wisdom of men but in the power of God. -1 Corinthians 2: 5.

The answer to fear today is to burn it out!  Just for shock value, I’ll use this phrase…perfect love casts out fear but so does perfect fear.  No doubt many will think it is crazy to take a wonderful verse like 1 John 4:18 “perfect love casts out fear” and mess it up.  But I am not messing it up I am fulfilling it!

PERFECT FEAR DOES CAST OUT FEAR!  We have downplayed and even banned something that Christians desperately need.

Go back with me to 758 B.C.  Isaiah the prophet enters the Temple in fear for his life.  The tide of public opinion has turned against him.  The death of his friend and protector King Uzziah has put the finishing touch on 5 years of ministry that was just treading water.  His despair is now complete. He is enters the Temple looking for comfort from God.

He kneels in prayer, resting his elbows on the altar seeking solace from the storm. Instead, the building starts quaking, knocking his elbows so that he is now punching himself in the face.

He looks up and sees Seraphim:  Angels of fire, fire that burns hotter and brighter than any sun. They tower over him from each end of the altar.

Their voices roar, vibrate, boom and dislodge the mighty beams of the Temple!  “HOLY, HOLY, HOLY, IS THE LORD GOD ALMIGHTY.  THE WHOLE EARTH IS FILLED WITH HIS GLORY!”  Back and forth, again and again, they blast this mighty proclamation until Isaiah could not bear the fright!

The mighty God Himself stands before Isaiah unfurling the indescribable train of His Glory!  The prophet convulses beneath weight of glory.  From his bone marrow came an all-consuming cry… “WOE IS ME!”

The startling effect of the Glory of God—a wonder working fear—overrules human fear.   No threat matters now.   This demonstration of Glory conquered his suffering.   Isn’t this exactly what Paul meant?: “For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.” -Romans 8:18.   Of course Paul is speaking of the final GLORY…but it is a part of our birthright to have earthly collisions of glory: “But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all.”-1 Corinthians 12: 7   An overarching, fear destroying encounter is the legacy of every child of God.  “But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all

The twelve disciples were gripped by fear of the storm.  But when Jesus rebuked the storm their fear of drowning was replaced with an awestruck wonder.  They exclaimed: “what manner of man is this that even the wind and the sea obey Him!?”

We are told that General Patton won battles because his men were more afraid of him than the Germans.   Again, ours is not a negative fear but the  holy awe born from the manifestation of God’s glory.

This truth reinforces the fact that “Perfect love casts out Fear”  because love disciplines, love gives us what we need… and what we need today is a not subtle pat on the head.   We need a fear-killing encounter!  Solomon said in Proverbs 9:10 “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.”

Why are we blocking people from experiencing the fire of God?  Why would we keep this miracle from people?   I am talking about fire—fire that keeps them from the evil one—fire that forges a reverence, and turns them into your best soldiers.

We should have made room and time for people to be filled to prevailing levels of the Holy Spirit and fire.  If we had, we would not be nursing hordes of Christians on life support. We would have an unstoppable army!

There is still time to reverse course.  If you have never been drenched by God then obey Him and seek to be overcome by His Glory.  If you have received in the past now is the time for FRESH FIRE!

Just one believer who walks out of your church endued with power from on high will be a contagious force to grow your church in both quantity and quality.

21 thoughts on “BRAVE CHURCHES

  1. There will be a falling away of the saints in the near future, and at the same time they will be a miraculous out pouring of the holy spirit. And the reason for the falling away is clearly biblical. But if there is one thing I know, and have learned from walking out my life as a Child of God, it is that most folks don’t let the word of God get in the way of what they believe about Salvation of any kind. And with that said, them same folks will fall away do to the lack of understanding of the Gospel, through the lack of prayer, and discernment of that still small voice inside their spirit. And until people give up self, faith will not exist, little do they know that if they would just go the extra mile they would experience the peace that passes all understanding this means if only they would have stay one more day or hour and it all boils down to one thing, the lack of patience describes the world today.

    Which brings me to the solution. Those of us who know how to walk in the spirit, will have to teach those who, and there will be a few, that want to know, how to walk out salvation through fear and trembling. That unless we Experience the pain of muscle growth building exercises.

    In the same way we can never grow up as a child of God unless we have faith building experiences, which means give up self, and let God have his way in you. Then, and only then, will you walk in gods divine purpose. The two verses I keep ever present in my heart. As I have experienced the most gut-wrenching trials anyone could ever experience, these trials are what I call Faith Builders and those of you who knows what it is to live for God, knows exactly what I’m talking about. You must be tested if you want the fullness of his Joy working in you, and you must go through these muscle building, faith building trials, and tribulations, even unto death. So give your life to God, Cut the Rope, forget about it all, because your life is not your own, you were bought with a price, and let God have his way. (1) 1st Timothy 1:7 God has not given us the spirit of fear but of power and of love and of a sound mind. (2) Philippians 2:13 For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him. Folks these verses will get you over the pot holes in life. I Use these verses in fighting against the forces of darkness, and whatever you do, do not try and outwit the enemy of the cross yes, you will lose. Use the word of God if you want to beat him to a pulp as it is the only way to the other side.

    This Is Steven James
    And Now You Know The Rest Of The Story
    Good-Day

    1. These words are highly impactful and encouraging. Full of wisdom and truth. Lord, give us a burning desire for more of you. That we seek you in your word and increasing measures of the Holy Spirit until it overflows to those around us causing an inferno of your love to ignite the world. I declare this is the time for taking back what is rightfully yours Lord. These are your sons and daughters and it is your desire to rescue them and equip them for Kingdom expansion now. Nothing can stop you from restoring what is lost so we come into agreement with your will in Jesus mighty name.

    1. Thanks. Needed this wisdom. My faith building experience has just entered into the eighth year. I quit praying my own prayers and just read the word out loud. No weapon formed against me will prosper!!

  2. Yes Mario, well said of those who let down their guard post and abandoned The Flock of The great Shepard King Jesus.
    On November 28, 2018, your Blog post was titled, “It Is Time (Time For the Eagles To Leave the Turkey Yard)”.
    I had just recorded a video for my ministry webpage, titled, “What Do We Do When the Eagle has Landed”?
    Due to the content of your word article I posted my video on your Blog in response because Holy Spirit had just spoken in my spirit revealing that the problem with the churches and Pastors and the nation was a lack of appropriate FEAR of God…as was set forth in Psalm 103: 2-17.
    It was shown to me that There are definitive benefits listed for those who have a reverential FEAR of God as there are also obvious results with ramifications for those who do not.
    Here an excerpt from the verses I was given;

    My soul, praise the Lord, and do not forget all His benefits.
    He forgives all your sin;
    He heals all your diseases.
    He satisfies you with goodness;
    So that your youth is renewed like the eagle.
    For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is His faithful love toward those who fear Him.
    As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us.
    As a Father has compassion on His children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear Him.
    But from eternity to eternity the Lord’s faithful love is toward those who fear Him, and His righteousness toward the grandchildren.
    Carolina
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  3. This needs to be translated and sent out into the Latin community. How do we receive permission to translate and send out and or post on social media? Jerry White, director, Living Water Teaching – Paraguay, South America.

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  4. Mario,
    While reading your article I was asking myself, “When did altar calls become extinct in the church?”
    When I ushered for Katherine Kuhlman in the Shrine auditorium in LA back in the 70’s we were warned.
    When she gives the altar call, stay out of the isle, you could get hurt.
    They didn’t walk the isle, they ran.
    Haven’t seen that for awhile.

  5. Nehemiah 4:7-9 King James Version (KJV)

    7 But it came to pass, that when Sanballat, and Tobiah, and the Arabians, and the Ammonites, and the Ashdodites, heard that the walls of Jerusalem were made up, and that the breaches began to be stopped, then they were very wroth,

    8 And conspired all of them together to come and to fight against Jerusalem, and to hinder it.

    9 Nevertheless we made our prayer unto our God, and set a watch against them day and night, because of them.

  6. Profound statement!! “Just one believer who walks out of your church endued with power from on high will be a contagious force to grow your church in both quantity and quality.”

    Let me be that one, Lord. Show me Your Glory, Lord… from one who is called by Your Grace & Mercy… In Jesus Name… & By His Blood… Amen & Amen!!

  7. Incredibly timed word!!!

    Mario is sooooo in touch with the cry of Gods ❤ heart.

    Relevant to the last phrase…God breathes his messages through MMM.

    Jan Gaines

  8. Brother Mario,
    I am so glad I found you again, and am on your mailing list. I remember your ministry from the early 70’s during Vietnam. The church world was in better shape then, at least the altars were open, and Pentecostals/Full Gospel believers were still praying.

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