A few words about the attack you are facing.
By Mario Murillo
These are the most vicious attacks I have ever heard of. And they are not just happening to weak Christians—they are happening to well-known leaders. I get prayer requests. They are the most gut-wrenching I have ever read. It would not surprise me if you are locked in the battle of your life. The times we live in are terrible enough but this is an added attack.
The flood of reports of these attacks put me on red alert. I dove into intercession—searched the Word of God—reviewed the darkest moments of my life. I tried to excavate treasure from my own victories in Christ.
I asked the Holy Spirit for understanding. Slowly, the evil purpose unfolded. We are dealing with an evil snake in a sprint because his time is short. The attacks seemed to fit into three categories that match the way serpents attack in the natural. Here are the 3 most blatant attacks right now.
1.The serpent’s bite. You feel poisoned and gradually losing control of your body and mind. Fearful images flood your mind. You reel under a cloud of confusion. You are exhausted. The least demand of your day can drain you. You may find yourself crying and unable to explain your emotions. You are gripped with paralyzing feelings of dread and sense disaster is just around the corner.
2.The serpent’s squeeze. This attack came out of nowhere and changed your life in an instant. You feel like you are suffocating. You want to scream but your voice is trapped within you. Everything that could go wrong has gone wrong.
The goal of this attack is panic. The enemy wants you to do something rash. The devil wants you to abandon your place in God. He wants to deceive you into allowing permanent damage.
3. The serpent’s claws: This attack tears people apart. For silly reasons, people take offense. Disagreements escalate and kill relationships. Marriages are breaking up over trivial matters. Churches are splitting over stupid issues. Children are turning on their parents without warning. Lifelong friends turn into worst enemies bent on each other’s destruction.
Here are a few words about what you must do about these attacks.
The Holy Spirit kept saying, “Learn how to react to your attack.” Jesus made it very clear to me that even though I cannot choose what attacks I will face—I can choose the result.
My victory was tied to my reaction. I know that sounds simplistic but reaction is the key. It kept coming over and over…react, react, and react. Then it turned into REACT, REACT, and REACT! Finally, it was R.E.A.C.T. An acronym for 5 life changing words: REMEMBER—ENFORCE—ABANDON—CONTINUE—TRAIN. Take these steps to stop these vicious new attacks and launch an effective counterattack!
Remember! You must remember the amazing victories of your past and how you won those battles. Psalm 20 “some trust in chariots but we will remember the Lord our God.”
You must remember how your God delivered you in the past. Psalm 20: 7 Some trust in chariots, and some in horses; But we will remember the name of the Lord our God. Nehemiah 4:14 says “remember the awesomeness of God and fight…”
You must remember what God has prepared for your future. Romans 8:18 “the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared to the glory that will be revealed in us.” All you want to do now is to get relief from the raging storm. Satan wants you to forget two things: your legacy and your destiny.
Enforce! Things are not what they seem. Satan is the master of disguise. Our enemy kills through special effects. Bending reality is his stock and trade. The goal of his smoke and mirrors is to get you to accept disaster. He cannot kill you—but he can use panic to get you to harm yourself. Reject the panic and enforce the panic on him.
Abandon! In every attack there is something you must abandon, something that you are holding onto that is actually holding onto you. You may want something bad to happen to someone else. You may be clinging to a destructive relationship. Forgive your enemy; cut of the parasites, lighten your load so that you can attack with speed and clarity. Someone or something is no longer supposed to be in your life. T.D. Jakes said, “Their part of the story is over, let them go.”
ContinueT You are under attack because you did something that Satan wanted stopped. Continue to do what he does not want you to do. Your victory is tied to your intention to do more than you did before. Look at Peter. He was beaten for the healing of the man at the gate beautiful and ordered not to preach about Jesus. What was his reaction? To pray for boldness to preach and for more miracles! Acts 4:29,30 Lord behold their threats and grant unto your servants that with all boldness we may preach Your word while You stretch out your hand to heal and let signs and wonders be done in the name of your holy servant Jesus.”
Train: 2 Corinthians 2: 11 “lest Satan should take advantage of us; for we are not ignorant of his devices.” Paul is saying that what he learned from past attacks made him wiser against new attacks. Learn from this and train for future attacks. General Patton said, “no amount of courage will avail against an educated bullet. ” He was talking about the urgency of training. We must become an educated bullet! Ask yourself, what did I learn from the attack? What pitfalls am I going to avoid next time? What weakness in me does the enemy use to get in and disrupt my life? What will I do now to keep friendships strong, my body healthy, my children safe, my marriage loving and my money secure against future assaults?
America is reeling under a downpour of bad news. We are fed an unending diet of anger and violence. It is never safe to describe the “mood of America. No matter how hard you try, you will generalize. My take is that America is addicted, digitally distracted, angry, depressed and skeptical. Americans see a general defeatism in their leaders—worst of all they feel no hope for the future.
Does sound like I see much good in America right now doesn’t it? The fact is I feel just the opposite. I believe Americans are still the best people in the world in the important categories of faith, generosity, and courage. And this unfolding drama in Branson proves my point.
I am as aware as anyone alive how reports of revival are exaggerated. I am very skeptical of reports of revival. However, for the very first time in my ministry (48 years), I can say with conviction—all the elements of a true revival are present this event in Branson.
What I just said will have a real impact on the students of revival. They know better than anyone that real revival can overtake the evil of its time and rise to sweep a nation.
Will this miracle that has now extended for 15 weeks do that? Only God knows. However, I am saying is that this phenomenon in Branson has a better chance to hit America than any meeting I have ever seen.
Here are 4 reasons for you to be excited.
1. Revival anywhere helps churches everywhere. The power that has come to rest on these proceedings is touching hundreds of pastors. They come from thousands of miles to receive supernatural power. Then, they take the fire they have received back to their city.
There is no feeling in these meetings that we are special and we are going to show everyone else how to do it. What guests take away from these meetings is boldness and encouragement. This meeting is not intimidation it is contagious.
True revival is the property of all of the Body of Christ. Today the local church is under terrible assault. Branson proves that the local church is making a fiery comeback.
2. This is not simply a good meeting. I know what a good meeting is. We have had many good meetings. This Branson Outbreak left the realm of a good meeting a long time ago.
The crowds keep growing. The Glory of God keeps intensifying. The healings miracles keep increasing. A surge of Heaven has enveloped this community. The unfolding miracle in Branson is now undeniable. It is no longer open to speculation.
People receive the word of life gladly. The front of faith and Wisdom Church is transformed into a healing pool for wounded and lost souls. The harvest is led into the prayer room. All of this can and has happened within moments of my taking the pulpit.
Healings suddenly break out in all parts of the church. Some actually shriek as they sense pain leaving their body. Dozens begin trying out their new arms and legs. Before the night ends we see a large number stand and confirm that they have been healed by Jesus.
3. It keeps growing! Of course some do not believe this burgeoning event in Branson will amount to anything. Detractors say the anti-God mood of America will swallow it up. The usual suspects dismiss it—mindless emotion they call it—riddled with exaggerated claims they say.
But from the thousands who have actually been there—you’ll get a completely different story. With a straight face—and a burning heart—they will tell you what is flowing in these meetings can cover America.
They will gladly explain their conviction. They will heartily describe miracles of healing—especially their own. They will go on and on about the atmosphere. They will tell you about power that is breaking chains—chains of despair—chains of religion—chains of addiction.
4.You still have a chance to come and see for yourself what Jesus is doing. The meetings continue! December 3-6 the Branson Outbreak opens its 15th week! Join us Thursday and Friday at 7 PM—Saturday at 10 AM and Sunday at 6 PM.
Should you come? If you live reasonably near Branson the better question is—why wouldn’t you come and see something that if Jesus tarries this region will be talking about 30 years from now
At a time of intense darkness and widespread despair…our God is demonstrating living proof that American can be saved. Come and see.
ONE PHRASE CAN REVERSE YOUR ENTIRE REACTION TO THESE END TIMES
By Mario Murillo
To fully grasp the phrase and the power it unleashes we must first admit that we have entered a season in American life that is the worst that Christians have ever known. There are forces crashing against our spirit that are unheard of by prior generations.
There are things that are about to hit all Americans and it is a fact that hardly anyone is ready for these things. Here is but a short list of impending crisis:
The persecution of American believers will accelerate: The enemies of the faith have redefined classic moral values to make them look like hatred. Political Correctness has morphed into Enforced Correctness. The church is no longer allowed to disagree and Christians are told by a government and the media that they must comply or face criminal charges.
Extended age and pension pressure means the collapse of welfare: Most will not be able to stop working and spend their old age eking out an existence. This one is a double whammy to many who are retiring right now. Their savings, 401Ks, IRAs and pensions have shrunk while the number of years that they will need to finance has increased. Suddenly, long life feels like a curse!
Health care is going to get much, much worse. The quality is going to get miserable, doctors will refuse to work with insurance companies and costs for medicine and care will skyrocket. This could not be happening at a worse time! New diseases, viruses and emotional traumas will soon overtake society.
Political division guarantees that real solutions to America’s problems will not be found. Don’t look for common sense to come to Washington from either party. They are too divided to act in the best interest of the people.
Unless there is drastic action, we will see the worst decline of the church in our nation’s history. Vast amounts of America were given away by a generation that did not know its Bible or what God has done in our history.
However there is one phrase and one attitude that will not only save your life but give you power that you never imagined. There is one phrase that will make all of the difference in the world to your health physically and mentally. There is one declaration that will pave the way for you to conquer anything that the future holds.
So what is the phrase that if it came roaring out of our spirit would give us the upper hand over all of the insanity of this time? It begins with a very special kind of leverage. Read on:
Archimedes, genius of antiquity discovered the laws of the lever. He once wrote to King Hiero of Syracuse, whose kinsman and friend he was, that this force could be used to move any weight. He said, “Give me a place to stand and I will move the earth!”
King Hiero, who was absolutely astonished by the statement, asked him to prove it. In the harbor was a ship that had proved impossible to launch even by the combined efforts of all the men of Syracuse. Archimedes, who had been examining the properties of levers and pulleys, built a machine that allowed him to single-handedly move the ship from a distance away.
Thousands of years later man still conquers immovable objects with the science of levers and pulleys.
Now apply that principle to the work of the Holy Spirit. He whom Jesus sent has come along side us to apply simple but irresistible force on all of our trials and tribulations. It begins with this phrase that hit me like a lightning bolt:
THE END TIMES ARE NOT HAPPENING TO ME. I AM HAPPENING TO THE END TIMES.
Is this an arrogant boast or worse a delusional boast? Absolutely not. Archimedes could never have imagined the pulleys and levers of divine destiny! He took a stand and you must take a stand. You must take your position in the heavenlies.
You are declaring that you are happening to the end times when you do these things:
1. Become catalytic. A catalyst is any substance that causes or speeds up a chemical reaction without itself being changed or consumed. The hellish events of today cannot change you or consume you.
Now take a look at God. He gives special grace for these last days. Grace is not just favor. It is not just forgiveness. It is the combined power of the resurrection and the righteousness of Jesus Himself.
We hear Daniel 11:32 “Those who do wickedly against the covenant he shall corrupt with flattery; but the people who know their God shall be strong, and carry out great exploits.” We hear that verse quoted quite often but we may be failing to see the real good news in that promise and its direct bearing on what you are going through right now.
Because you know God you are protected from the corruption of this time. Because you know God you will be stronger than these times. Because you know God you will not merely survive these times, you will exploit them.
2. Declare God’s power over your physical health. He will restore your energy, He will oversee your immune system. He will guard your heart so that your resistance to disease will be awesome. Obamacare cannot begin to match the benefits of what Christ offers you now.
Psalm103:1 Bless the Lord, O my soul; And all that is within me, bless His holy name!
2 Bless the Lord, O my soul, And forget not all His benefits: 3 Who forgives all your iniquities,
Who heals all your diseases, 4 Who redeems your life from destruction, Who crowns you with loving kindness and tender mercies, 5 Who satisfies your mouth with good things, So that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.
Isaiah 40: 31 But those who wait on the Lord Shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint.
James 5:14 Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. 15 And the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven.
You do not have to dread long lines at an emergency room when you claim Christ as your doctor and the guardian of your health!
3. Supernatural emotions will remove your fear of bad news, headlines and threats.
It is time for the people who quote, “Greater is He who is in me than he that is in the world, to also confess “greater is He who is in me than what is happening in the world.”
Psalm 112:7-8 “He will not be afraid of evil tidings; His heart is steadfast, trusting in the Lord.”
God wants to give us supernatural emotions. Isaiah 26:3 “You will keep him in perfect peace, Whose mind is stayed on You, Because he trusts in You.”
John 14:27 “Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”
God wants you to walk in the knowledge of His supernatural protection. John 17:15 My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one.
Luke 10:19 “Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you.
The Lord God Almighty wants to be your supernatural provider and protector.
The NSA has been spying on Americans. This has many believers up in arms. Consider this: Satan already knew everything about you: Social Security Number, cell phone, driver’s license, and bank account numbers and your home address and because of Jesus’ prayer the devil is helpless to use it against you. You are protected!
You are here for a big reason. You are not the victim you are the victor. Here is a before and after snapshot for you in these two final verses:
Judges 6:13 “Gideon said to Him, “O my lord, if the Lord is with us, why then has all this happened to us? This a man before his transformation and life is happening to him.
Romans 8: 31 “What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?” This is Paul asking the church a question about reacting to life when you know that God is for you.
So now I am asking you the question: What shall we say to these terrible, evil, stressful things? We shall say: THE END TIMES ARE NOT HAPPENING TO ME. I AM HAPPENING TO THE END TIMES!
Destroying the Satanic purpose of political correctness
Political correctness has a purpose—a Satanic purpose. I saw the roots of PC in Berkeley. I watched as Political Science professors at the University of California twisted history, used hipness and coolness to shame young minds into hating America and Israel.
Otherwise intelligent students woke up willing to fight the Constitution and our Bill of Rights. All the while, they believed, they were the freedom fighters.
PC a picks a justifiable outrage—seizes the idealism and impulsiveness of youth—then offers a cure worse than the disease. Margaret Thatcher said, “To cure the British disease with socialism was like trying to cure leukemia with leeches.”
Socialism is politically correct among youth right now. To apply it to our economy would kill the patient. PC never knows how it is going to pay for itself. Students cry for free college—and free everything—without considering that seizing all of the assets of the rich would pay for less than seven days of their agenda. What will they do next week?
PC uses name-calling to kill free exchange of ideas and open dialogue. If you disagree with what is correct it is because you are racist, sexist, or get this—specieist! (Specieist is when you believe humans are more valuable than animals.)
PC wants to completely control you but it cannot control itself. It begins nobly, protecting battered women, but ends up suspending a 4 year old boy for sexual assault who wrote a love note to a little girl. In its fever to get rid of guns it suspends a 6 year old for biting a pop tart into the shape of a gun. (I am not kidding you.)
Here’s 8 examples of political correctness gone mad.
- The BBC has dropped the use of the terms Before Christ (BC) and Anno Domini (AD) on one of their programs and decided that the terms ‘Before Common Era’ / ‘Common Era’ are more appropriate
- The European Parliament introduced proposals to outlaw titles stating marital status such as ‘Miss’ and ‘Mrs’ so as not to cause offence. It also meant that ‘Madame’ and ‘Mademoiselle’, ‘Frau’ and ‘Fraulein’ and ‘Senora’ and ‘Senorita’ would be banned.
- Throughout several US councils and organizations, any terms using the word ‘man’ as a prefix or suffix have been ruled as not being politically correct. ‘Manhole’ is now referred to as a ‘utility’ or ‘maintenance’ hole.
- Loveable cartoon rogue Dennis the Menace has been given a politically correct make over. BBC chiefs decided to take away his edge in the remake. Gone are his bombs, catapult, water pistol and pea shooter – and in their place is a simple boyish grin.
- A school in Seattle renamed its Easter eggs ‘spring spheres’ to avoid causing offence to people who did not celebrate Easter.
- A UK council has banned the term ‘brainstorming’ – and replaced it with ‘thought showers’, as local lawmakers thought the term may offend epileptics.
- A UK recruiter was stunned when her job advert for ‘reliable’ and ‘hard-working’ applicants was rejected by the job center as it could be offensive to unreliable and lazy people.
- In 2007, Santa Clauses in Sydney, Australia, were banned from saying ‘Ho Ho Ho’. Their employer, the recruitment firm Westaff (that supplies hundreds of Santas across Australia), allegedly told all trainees that ‘ho ho ho’ could frighten children, and be derogatory to women. Why ? Because ‘Ho Ho Ho’ is too close to the American (not Australian, mind you) slang for prostitute.
But it gets even worse…PC wants to abolish all opposing views. Sandra Korn, a senior who writes a column for the Harvard Crimson newspaper, thinks radical leftism is the only permissible political philosophy, and the First Amendment only hinders colleges from brainwashing students with her viewpoint.
“Let’s give up on academic freedom in favor of justice,” states the subtitle of her Feb. 18 column, in which she insists Harvard stop guaranteeing students and professors the right to hold controversial views and conduct research putting liberalism in a negative light. “If our university community opposes racism, sexism, and heterosexism, why should we put up with research that counters our goals?” Korn asks.”
Rush Limbaugh said, “This is not parody,”. This woman, Sandra Korn, is real, and she’s serious that free speech needs to be abridged because it is threatening liberalism. It means that liberalism cannot hold up to scrutiny. It cannot withstand a challenge. If liberalism were infallible, if liberalism were so powerful and automatic, they would welcome challenges to it – and they would welcome the attempt to persuade and to convert. But instead they’re threatened by it.” Keep this in mind for what I will say later.
Satan’s real intention cannot be achieved unless he gets PC into the pulpit…and he has. He convinced celebrity pastors that the Gospel was politically incorrect. He told them that they could make inroads into our culture if they went PC. This is how we came to the following strange condition:
-The grace teaching that justified helping Hitler in the German Church—is used today to justify silence about Obama.
-50% of all American pastors today would have opposed the Declaration of Independence because of their view that we are to respect authority no matter what.
So what was the end game? Instead of being liked we are hated, instead of being effective we have presented a Gospel that is weakens the already saved and turns off the unchurched.
How do we destroy Satan’s plan for PC?
1. Don’t worry about offending people. We are the culture of the easily offended. Nothing is holding back revival more that preachers who are afraid to offend people. If you know you love a person… that is all that matters. You cannot let them tell you what love looks like…just speak the truth in love.
Limbaugh gave us a clue with these words: “If liberalism were infallible, if liberalism were so powerful and automatic, they would welcome challenges to it – and they would welcome the attempt to persuade and to convert.”
Tell the truth no matter who is offended. PC falls apart in the presence of logic and common sense. The Gospel—the real Gospel is the best thing that ever happened to the human race. It is so potent that any effort to make it more acceptable only takes away from its power.
PC relies on intimidation. Once you no longer fear the labels they will put on you—you will be free to speak with power and expose the lunacy of most politically correct arguments.
2. Trust in the power of the Gospel! People do not need to be sold on the Gospel—it does not need an agent or a marketing plan. Present it plainly and then get out of its way. Watch the Holy Spirit confirm the Gospel.
Woodrow Wilson said, “the proof the Gospel is divine is the preaching it has survived.” Don’t make the Holy Spirit survive your preaching but crown your obedience with power. How odd that we find ourselves having to say: Man of God: Tell the truth.
3. Stand up to stupid political correct laws. When we speak up to teachers, principals and politicians they buckle. Most of them instituted these dumb laws because they were intimidated by a loon who was offended. Pastors owe it to the sheep—parents owe it to their children—Americans owe it to their country to stand up and reject regulations and restrictions based on offended stupidity.
Why American Pastors will not unify against Obama. Here’s what would happen if they did.
By Mario Murillo
Every day someone asks me “Mario, we hear your message warning America but what can we do?” Here is something so doable—it is a vexation of epic proportions that we do not do it. You deserve to know why we will not do it.
We have 500,000 ministers in America who—if they spoke out as one voice—could reverse our moral landslide in 72 hours. Think of that! We could end the insanity of the White House before the weekend.
Every Sunday they speak to the largest voting bloc in America: 40+ Million. They have a captive audience. They could do it—without even being political—just by being Biblical.
Half a million pulpits thundering truth at the same time would be the death of the secular progressive agenda. Waking up the sleeping giant and arming them with truth would cut off the air supply of the God-haters.
There is too much at stake for me to try to save reputation and avoid controversy. Let me say it plainly: It is time for a non-violent revolution; a firewall against the onslaught of evil. This is the only way this nation will be spared.
Satan has done a number on our Christian colleges, seminaries and denominations. The enemy has sent a neutralizing counterfeit in the seeker model. He has used fear to paralyze prophetic preaching. He has used false doctrine to deceive many into immorality. He has used seduction to create widespread compromise.
No way will I be like Elijah did in the cave. I don’t believe I am the only one left—there are thousands of true men and women of God in our nation who are faithfully preaching the word and opposing the godless agenda. However, there are not nearly enough and time is running out.
It is a hair-pulling irony that the greatest threat America has ever face is also the most curable threat. So why won’t they unify against Obama? Here are the reasons listed in order of importance.
Fear of losing non-profit status. In the 1950’s, Lyndon Johnson caused the church to make a deal with the devil. The deal is known as the 501C3 designation. Frustrated by pastors who were telling their people not to vote for him, Johnson introduced legislation that silenced the church. In exchange for IRS status, churches agreed not to endorse political candidates. The church did not need this designation because they were already tax exempt in the Constitution.
It makes no sense to say you fear losing your status. Unless we speak out, churches will be illegal. What use will your nonprofit status be to you when you are an underground church?
Lifestyle: 50% of all preachers who were polled said that if there was another way for them to make money they would leave the ministry. That means that for many preachers the ministry is just a paycheck.
If speaking out against Obama will cost them tithers, if standing for marriage and the unborn will offend some, they will not risk losing their lifestyle.
Racism: In a spirit-filled church, during the memorial to the Gospel legend Andrae Crouch—who did more than anyone before him to cross racial lines with Gospel music—Stevie Wonder said, “The only reason that people have rejected Obama’s policies of inclusion is because he is black.”
Not only was this breathtakingly inappropriate—think about what he is saying: If you disagree with Obama you are racist—and that statement, my friend, is truly racist.
Ignorance of Scripture: Preachers today do not know the Bible. Many no longer believe it is the inspired Word of God. They say nothing about hell, The Cross, The Blood or the Second Coming of Christ. They get their sermons from motivational speakers and secular music lyrics. They do not pray and search the scriptures. They search for buzz words.
They cannot protect the flock of God from atheists and secular humanists because they have no ammunition from the Word of God.
Ignorance of America and revival: Many do not value revival because they do not know how God worked in our history. They do not understand that past moral awakenings have rescued the United States from certain doom. Ignorance of revival is why they do not see it is life and death.
Apathy: Two extremes create apathy; one is self-sufficiency and the other is total discouragement. When ministers have too much or too little, they say, “What is the use in trying anymore?” One has given up because they don’t need the drama. The other has given up because they believe it is hopeless.
Even though the causes are totally opposite, the result is the same: A nation dies because leaders cannot muster the necessary outrage to take appropriate action.
Competition: Many preachers do not see their fellow ministers as brothers in arms. They see them as competition. They see them as predators of their people. Wanting the biggest church has blinded them to the fact that we are all in the same army; that we are on the same side. Some preachers actually relish the idea that their competitor is losing members and suffering loss.
Make no mistake. I am not anti-church and I am especially not anti-pastor. I am loyal to my fellow preachers. I am committed to the local church…but we must unify and speak out.
Millions of American Christians need marching orders not another breathy chat about how special they are. If you really believed they were special you would equip them for special ops!
So here is the bottom line: If the guilty parties refuse to repent of all of these excuses— it will cost us the nation.
Yes we can wipe out the insanity of the White House in no time if we would stand together. If we do not, we will be remembered as the worst preachers in American History.
“But at night an angel of the Lord opened the prison doors and brought them out, and said, ‘Go, stand in the temple and speak to the people all the words of this life.’”- Acts 5:19, 20.
“A muddied spring or a polluted well— that’s what a righteous person is who compromises with the wicked.” Proverbs 25:26
“That they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me.” John 17:21
“Therefore, since we have such hope, we use great boldness of speech.” 2 Corinthians 3: 12
“Again I say to you that if two of you agree on earth concerning anything that they ask, it will be done for them by My Father in heaven. 20 For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them.” Matthew 18:19,20
END TIME VALUES
By David Wilkerson
God is doing a secret work in our day. He is raising up a hungry people who are growing more and more dissatisfied with the fleshly, worldly system as it now exists—even in the church.
These God-hungry people are saying among themselves, “This is not it. There is something more. The bigness and the sensationalism of it all has left us empty and dry. We want more. More than entertainment. More than big, showy buildings. More than a shallow celebrity gospel. We want deeper values. We want to see Jesus. We want spotless robes of righteousness. We want to go back to doing things in total dependence on God.”
I see it all over the nation today — disillusioned Christians searching for reality. The people in the pew are beginning to fast and pray. They are the ones who now weep between the porch and the altar. And, they are crying out for more depth and more of eternal values from the pulpit. If the minister of their church goes on in some egocentric way, pursuing expensive dreams, they will go out looking for a place where their deepest spiritual needs will be met.
I know it to be a fact that numerous ministers share my own desperate hunger for a deeper work of God in the church and ministry today. There seems to be a secret underground network of men of God who are stripping themselves down, humbling themselves, and getting back into the secret closet of prayer. Recently I have met a number of ministers, of various denominations, who are praying up to 6 and 8 hours a day. They are fasting. Some of these dear men of God grieve over conditions in the church today. God is revealing to all praying people that a glorious new work of the Spirit is about to break forth. God is going to shake everything that can be shaken. He will tear down the old political, backslidden, ecclesiastical system. He will disown the formal, super-church structure. He will chase out of His presence all who are engaging in self-promoting ministries.
Be honest, saints of God. Are you really satisfied with the religious system today, and especially in your church? Some are. But most are not getting their needs met. I believe we have gotten off the track of true spirituality. The spiritual leanness of so many Christians today is a direct result of getting into the flesh — trying to do kingdom work in our own power, with worldly methods. Our values are becoming perverted.
Shame on us! We are substituting temporal values for eternal ones. We have evangelists and teachers who specialize in telling believers how much God owes them. Material blessings are magnified, spiritual ones minimized. According to some, it is our right to be rich, successful, and immune to all pain.
These teachers point to themselves as examples of prosperity. “Look at me,” it is said, “I have proved the promises. I live well. I am never sick — I have no unpaid bills. I drive the best cars. I live in the finest home. It works for me, so believe as I do and you can have what I have.”
Eyes As a Flame of Fire
Beloved, how much of that teaching will stand up before the judgment seat of Christ? There is a growing inner knowledge in me that most of our modern, self-centered teaching is going to be consumed before the flaming eyes of the Son of God.
John, in his vision of the Son of God, saw an awesome sight.
“…his head and his hair were white like wool, as white as snow; and his eyes were as a flame of fire…” (Rev. 1:14).
John goes on to say,
“…I fell at his feet as dead…” (v.17).
Will any of us, as teachers and evangelists, be able to stand before those piercing eyes of flaming fire? Can any Christian look Him in the eyes? No ego can withstand His gaze. No self-centered dreams can go unexposed. All secret sin will be exposed as a terrible abomination in His sight.
All the things we have accumulated will burn. All the great works we have done for Him, with such zeal and sweat, will they also burn?
How important is what you are doing to God’s kingdom? God can give you the desire of your heart, but send leanness to your soul. God assisted Israel in their desire to have a king. But He later disciplined them for their selfish motives.
Are you in some kind of competitive race? Are you doing things for God just to keep up with others? In eternity, looking back—how really necessary will it all be then?
Children of God, what is the good of what you and I are doing? Do we have motives based on eternal values? If we truly believe the end of all things is upon us, what should we be doing about purging our values? What is it going to take to wake us up and get us out of the drift toward ease and comfort?
I confess to you that it has taken years for me to live only for eternal values. I grieve when I think back of the time and money I wasted trying to build something tangible for God. I wanted something people could see. How important I thought those buildings were to God’s kingdom. I convinced myself, “God deserves the best.” He does—but not in bricks, mortar, and steel—He deserves the best of our time and yieldedness. Thank God for the day the Spirit revealed to me how shallow my values were! I spent 20 years planning programs, building buildings, running all over the world trying to show God how important to His kingdom I was. All the while my reputation grew as a minister of faith and vision. Yet, after each new project, I felt a letdown. No sooner was one building finished, and I was already planning another. I was an idea-man for God. I had more ideas than any preacher in America. Ideas on how to evangelize. How to organize New Testament programs. The programs and ideas were successful enough to entrap me and keep me on the treadmill of busy-ness.
But all along my heart yearned for more. I knew the blessing was not in building. Not in some well-planned scheme to reach the lost. Not in bigness, and not in activity. I discovered the hard way, that the glory of God, the peace and joy of the Spirit, was in being stripped down, emptied, and made totally weak. God had to expose all my values. He turned His flaming eyes on my soul and showed me I had better reject my old way of doing things, or be lost in a maze of self-imposed activity.
Now, my greatest joy is waiting upon Him for direction. I have made time to be alone with Him, and have prepared my soul to abide in His quiet presence. He is letting me sense what the Spirit is saying to this generation. The more He empties me, the more He fills me with a desire to depend only on Him for everything. I see now that all along the Lord was waiting for me to lay down all my plans, all my ambitions, and be given over to Him as a bondslave. The sweat is now gone – the pressure is off. He is recreating all my values.
The Final Shaking
What will happen when God begins to shake everything that can be shaken? When all false values tumble and earthly dreams and plans lose their meaning?
Sadly, many of God’s children are going to end up bewildered and confused. As the world moves into the era of economic collapse – when persecution falls even upon civilized nations – when governments are convulsing and tottering on the brink of total collapse — how many Christians will survive the test?
A lot of God’s people are going to wonder where they are. Ministers who are caught up in the trap of human vision will leave the ministry confused, all their work to no avail. Multitudes will be asking, “What’s it all about? What’s happening? What does the future hold? Where are we? Who can tell us the mind of God?”
We are now moving swiftly into what we know as the end time. We had better be in possession of a heavenly vision of holiness and humility. The testing time is coming down upon us with lightning speed. It is going to take more than a doctrine or a particular teaching to see us through. We are going to have to really know the Lord in His fullness. We had better have our eyes on eternal values. Only spiritual things are going to remain. Only spiritual people will understand what is happening and not faint. We must be linked up with the mind of the Spirit so we will not be thrown by the radical changes that are coming. We must bring ourselves, to the place we have nothing to lose. We need to walk away from all the junk in our lives — we are going to lose it all anyhow.
How much of God do you possess in this final hour of disintegration and fear? How earthly are you? How transitory are your desires? Have your values been sifted and purged by the Spirit of almighty God? How much of the world interests you — how much time is consumed in chasing after things that don’t matter now?
You will know when the Spirit is calling you out of the shallow Christianity about you. You will know when the Lord is wanting to touch you in a supernatural way. You will know when He is calling you out of the ordinary. He will stir your nest. An unexplainable divine restlessness will come upon you. You will become disinterested in what you have been doing. All your successes will leave you feeling empty and unfulfilled. Nothing that you have or do will meet the need in you for reality. You will sense that a very deep need in you has not yet been met — questions that have never been answered. A shadow of dissatisfaction will be cast over your entire life.
That is a mark of God’s dealing with you in a supernatural way, trying to get you to turn loose of all that you hold dear. It is His way of showing you that your needs are really spiritual and not physical.
You will feel His magnetic pull back to prayer — back to spiritual hunger, to broken-ness and self-emptying. Soon, you will be touching those satisfying eternal values and your soul will cry out, “This is what I’ve been wanting all along. He has taken away the earthly and replaced it with the spiritual.”
Saints, the key word is hunger. He has promised to fill the hungry heart. I have never been so hungry for God. That hunger almost overwhelms me at times. Every waking hour my heart reaches out to Him. Because His thoughts are always on my mind, the things of the world have lost their value. I see things as Paul did — nothing but the dung of this world. I am becoming a nobody—it feels so good.
Do you also sense this call to a deeper walk with God? Is your soul hungry for more of the Spirit in your life? If so, end the civil war in you — by yielding everything you have to the Master. The misery goes the very moment you surrender all to Him. You can know true peace and happiness the moment you quit trying to be somebody. Want nothing but Jesus, and your life will take on a new meaning.
Don’t Waste Another Hour
My greatest grief is that it took so long for me to get out of God’s way. I wasted years doing things simply out of compassion. I was spiritually blind, not knowing that God must clearly direct every step I take. I had an international pulpit — preaching to thousands — with crowded altars. Thank God He showed me there was much more. The numbers and the crowds meant nothing. I wanted to see people get deeper into the Lord. I wanted nothing more to do with shallow decisions. God had to totally change my way of thinking, and now, like Gideon, I know that big is not always best.
Don’t let it happen to you. Take stock of your life and values. Shut yourself up with God alone in the secret closet. Pray diligently for spiritual hunger. Ask God to give you a spirit of sorrow for wasting so much time. Pray for a greater desire for His Word. Pray for a broken heart. Pray for a purging and a purifying work in your life. Then get ready to be cast into the fire of testing.
“…I will purge the sons of Levi…” (Mal. 3:3)
I can tell you it’s worth it! The purging will not seem joyous, but rather grievous. But you will soon glorify the Lord for the results in your life. All the anxiety will be gone. All worldly ambition will die. Your spiritual eyes will be opened to truth. The Spirit will give you revelation knowledge. You will exchange the riches of this world for the true riches of Christ Jesus. You will wake up each morning with an over-flowing joy. Your soul will cry out “I found what my soul has been longing for. Rest–beautiful rest in my Lord.”
You can then say with David, the Psalmist — “In his presence is there is fullness of joy; at his right hand there are pleasures forevermore…” (Ps.16:11).
“…for we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ So then everyone of us shall give an account of himself to God…”(Rom. 14:10-12).
“…The end of all things is at hand; be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer…” (I Pet. 4:7).
“… The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light…” (Rom. 13:12).
“For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ. Now if any man build, upon this foundation gold stones, wood, hay, stubble; every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is. If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward. If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire…” (I Cor. 3: 11-15).
He is at war with us.
By Mario Murillo
This article is not about Obama. He is mentioned in it. He is accused in it—he is the villain of it—but it is not about him. This article is about you and me. It is about facing the most horrible fact—we have had to face—since the Civil War.
The man who occupies the White House is at war with us. He is not at war against ISIS. He is not at war against black poverty. He is not at war against unemployment. He is not at war against anything that threatens you. He is at war with you.
The man who has the most power over Americans is actively working to destroy Americans. That is a bitter pill to swallow—but swallow it we must.
But how do I convince you that he is at war against us? I struggled with this for a long time. Then I found an analogy that explains Obama’s destructive style. He acts like a man that has murdered his wife and is trying to cover it up.
The husband is always the first suspect—no matter what. Detectives use a different set of eyes than you and I. The adoring faithful husband is defended by family, friends and neighbors. He has the perfect alibi. He has no history of violence.
However, the police will not rule him out if he begins to act strangely. Say, he shows little sense of loss. He talks more about himself than he does his dead wife. If she is missing, he seems to be going through the motions of trying to find her.
Obama’s reaction to the mass murder in Paris is a perfect example. It is the same, tired, brain-numbing non response to terror. He is sorry, but not really. He keeps up the appearance of a caring husband who—having done away with his wife—feigns sorrow. He has done this after every terror attack.
Sherlock Holmes said, “How often have I said to you that when you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth?” When you eliminate the impossible about Obama here is what is left: He is motivated by hate. He hates America. He hates Christianity. He hates Israel.
All of his policies carry this one universal criterion: How much it will damage the people I hate. Use that formula and all of the lights will suddenly go on. He blocks energy independence, a secure border, a jobs program or anything else that would better our lives.
His foreign, environmental, economic, immigration, and educational, policies fail by design—not incompetence. He ruined our healthcare; enflames racial division; foments student unrest, and endangers the lives of police officers by design.
He bullies Israel but gives billions to her mortal enemies.
Here is what is really chilling: Even after it was proven that the killers in Paris were Syrian refugees, he will still force us to take in 100,000 Syrian refugees. Is he actually working toward terrorism here at home?
His zeal to end America Israel and Christianity is so great—I seriously believe he would wreak havoc—declare martial law, stay in office beyond his current term—to finish the job.
If you are a true Christian and you want to stop Obama…then stop doing these things:
1.Stop denying that he is at war against you and your children’s future. Face it! How can you do what Christ wants you to do against this evil if you will not admit the evil?
We cannot stop Obama unless we face the fact that he is at war with us. All God-fearing, freedom-loving people must unify against him. The unity and resolve required to stop him can come only after we face the ugly truth.
2. Quit saying all we need to do is pray. No one ever prayed like Jesus. No one ever understood prayer Like Jesus. No one valued prayer like Jesus. And yet, He did not just pray. He went forth in the power of the Spirit. He rebuked the king—He turned over the tables of the money changers and He verbally blistered the Pharisees. He did not just pray—He acted on His prayers.
Well,of course we need to pray. I intercede daily. But to say that all we should do is pray is a cop out. If you believe that the sole response to Obama should be prayer then you are doing a disservice—not only to America—but to prayer. Prayer always ends in acts of obedience.
In Acts 4:29 Peter prayed “Lord look on their threats and grant to your servants that with all boldness we may speak Your Word.” Try this the next time you pray—Ask for boldness and guidance. Ask to know your place in stopping the war on Israel, Christianity and everything that made America great. After you pray…you have to take a stand.
(Special note: I do not believe that the Sunday pulpit should be a constant flow of tirades against Obama. It should be well-placed and relevant to the instruction of the people. It should be done to inform believers about why we believe what we believe so they can answer the persecution of the culture. What I am saying is that it is odd if you do not know where your pastor stands on these issues.)
Your time, talent and money should not be going to the compromised church. Shift your support. Begin to strengthen the arm of those who are risking all to oppose this tyrant.
4. Stop abusing love. It is not hateful to oppose Obama—it is love. To be silent in face of hatred is hatred itself. When we remain silent we do not practice love; we hate God’s Word; we hate holiness; we hate truth; we hate sacrifice and courage.
Stop worrying about what millennials think. Stop worrying about our public persona. When the truth comes out a grateful generation will thank us for intervening against destruction.
5. Quit saying “I am not going to do anything because it won’t make any difference.” Revivals can be traced to a single person. Do not say that great movements cannot begin with small groups in unpromising circumstances. Indeed, that is exactly how all great movements have been born.
You have come to the kingdom for such a time as this. You cannot waste one more moment in fear or self-pity. God can take your simple prayer and willingness and add His amazing power and wisdom to your endeavors.
What if God has been waiting a hundred years for you to come along—discard fear and doubt—take up the sword of the Lord—and plunge it into the heart of darkness?