THE EXACT SAME SICK JOKE

This whole impeachment farce is the Russian Collusion investigation all over again. Exactly.

As Yogi Berra said, “It’s déjà vu all over again.” Democrats are following—to the letter—the script from the disastrous Mueller investigation. They have learned nothing from their folly. And, once again, they got nothing.

If Sal Alinsky and Bozo the clown collaborated on a playbook, this would be it. So, in the style of a playbook, I will show you how it works:

Step one: Locate a bogus source with a bogus story and then hide the source.

Step two: Treat the story like it’s true. Rant and rave to deflect simple questions. Only hang out with like-minded idiots from your leftist base, so you can scream and get cheers from people who do not care about facts. Drown everyone else out.

Step three: Accuse Trump of breaking a law that he did not break. Meanwhile, protect one of your own who actually committed the very crime you are accusing Trump of.

Step four: Sic your media dogs on the story. Push the fabricated crime and bury the story of the real crime. And why do this? Because the real criminal is running against him for President.

Step five: I can’t wait to tell you about this one later!

Okay, have you got it?

Step one, again: We still don’t know the source of the Russian Collusion story. We now know it was a hoax based on a dossier someone just made up. Comey and McCabe at the FBI just wanted to get Trump. They abused their power.

Today, we know that the story of Trump abusing power to get Biden investigated by the Ukrainian government is based on hearsay and a biased interpretation of the law. (more on the law part later.)

So, lo and behold, once again, we can’t know the source, aka the whistleblower.  (Republican senator Grassley of Iowa should be ashamed that he is helping protect this source.)

Step two, again: Schiff, Waters, Pelosi, AOC, and the usual suspects are again screaming to impeach Trump. And, they deflect all requests for facts or for the rationale behind their outrage in a most maddening way. They are stirring up the base that hates Trump—a mob that doesn’t want to be confused by facts.

Step three, revisited: Hillary Clinton really did commit the crime they accused Trump of. She colluded with the Russians when she paid them to dig up dirt on Trump. Not to mention her crime of illegal use of a secured server while she was Secretary of State. She, not Trump, should have been investigated. Then there is the alleged collusion with a uranium processor to funnel raw uranium to the Russians. She has never properly explained that, or Bengazi…

Now it is clear—because we have it on video—that Biden, not Trump, was guilty of interfering in the Government of the Ukraine. He used his power…and bragged about it, to withhold a billion dollars in aid to the Ukraine unless they removed a prosecutor who was investigating the company that his son was working with. Amazing isn’t it?

Not only this, but we now know that Trump acted with complete transparency and within the law—a law that was ratified under (are you ready?) Bill Clinton. That law called for free exchange of information between the Ukraine and the President of the United States.

Step 4: Just as they buried Hillary’s actual crime and promoted Trump’s non-crime, they are doing it again.

Have you heard much about Biden extorting the Ukraine to save his son, or that he pushed for a prosecutor to be fired in exchange for American aid? If you don’t know it’s because only 12% of news stories are about Biden’s crime, while the other 88% is screaming to impeach Trump.

Step 5: Have it all blow up in your face. Do you remember Robert Mueller trying to defend his investigation before congress? He looked dazed and confused. He could not say that Trump had committed any crime. Democrat Nadler looked like a cartoon character, as he was desperately trying to get something out of nothing.

Well, gentle reader, it’s going to happen again. Only this time the backfire will be bigger. At this hour Nancy Pelosi suspects as much. Her sardonic smile is currently more strained than ever because, beneath all of this is the rumble of an American volcano—an eruption is forming the likes of which America has not seen in 160 years and the Democrats are standing on ground zero. Pass the popcorn.

 

 

 

These 5 Things

Things are going to get even crazier. Yes, there is little doubt that 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 before.  At a certain point, it may look impossible for our side to win.  However, I know we can—because I know God wants to do a miracle.

I have sought the Lord.  I have spent much time praying, studying, thinking, and writing.  Last night it hit me.  There are 5 things we can do, and if we do them I know Trump will be reelected. Here they are:

1. Realize that there are more of us than you know. There are millions who love Jesus and who also love America and who support our President.  It is not necessary for you to engage in endless debates or try to change anyone’s mind—all you have to do is to get those who are already like-minded to become active.

Activate them by telling them what is at stake.  They must know that the Democrat agenda for America is the Spirit of Antichrist, pure and simple. It is the instrument by which virtue, freedom, and justice will be removed and our cities turned into institutional hell holes.

Ask if they are registered to vote.  Ask what they plan to do, and make sure they vote.  Talk to them about studying a sample ballot so that they will be 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 don’t threaten to leave the church if you don’t get your way! Just gently ask if he or she would consider instructing the Body on what is at stake.  One fact should outweigh everything else:  THE DEMOCRAT PARTY HAS DECLARED WAR ON CHRISTIANITY.  You are not lying or exaggerating when you tell that to your church 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 be able to defend the reasons 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 of the ideas of the Left are easily defeated by the Truth. Young minds often believe the silliness liberal teachers are spouting because they have never heard an opposing view.

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

4.Know that by taking stands against delusional 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, and he wasn’t concerned that he might appear to be 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 and very specific. It must discern what is happening.  Arthur Matthews wrote, “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 they have been alerted to that inescapable fact, the soldiers of Jesus must set themselves to unleash heaven upon the powers of evil.  Tragically, most believers are ignorant of the invisible battle.  Edith Schaeffer said 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.  However, it is imperative for you to understand your duty and your authority.  Again, Arthur Matthews wrote, “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 hands until victory came.

Hold up the standard of God in prayer.  Hold it over the demons that are driving the Left to their insane extremes.  Let your intercession disrupt them.  Watch as God divides, confuses, and neutralizes the strategies of devils!  Watch as He pours out His Spirit upon America in a Great Awakening—and we will see a miracle in November 2020!  Hallelujah!

 

 

 

Biden Caves

The mob now controls the Democrat Party. Joe Biden just proved it to us. On Wednesday, he blamed President Trump for the mass shootings in the U.S., accusing the President of inspiring deadly hate crimes by embracing white nationalist extremism.
Speaking to a group of supporters in Burlington, Iowa, Biden lashed out at the President in his most pointed remarks to date, accusing Trump of unleashing “the deepest, darkest forces in this nation.”
“We have a problem with this rising tide of white supremacy in America and we have a President who encourages it and emboldens it,” Biden, the 2020 Democrat frontrunner, said.
“Indeed, we have a President with a toxic tongue who has publicly and unapologetically embraced the political strategy of hate, racism and division,” he added.
How much evidence did he offer for this? Zero. What facts did he present? Zilch. What Trump quote did Biden cite to back his inflammatory accusation of hate, racism and division? Nothing. This is because the Socialist Party (formerly known as the Democrat Party) is now the Party of Zero, Zilch, and Nothing.

Biden knew he was lying. But he was also telegraphing something else to us, and that is the real story: it is that he has capitulated to the mob—those who want to bring chaos to America so they can step into the vacuum and take control.  More than that, he is admitting that the extreme Left has overcome and defeated moderate Democrats. He has concluded that, in order to win the nomination, he must now support the extreme positions of the Squad.
The “deepest, darkest forces in this nation” that he mentioned have nothing to do with Donald Trump—those ‘forces’ are to be found in the mob that ‘forced’ Biden to speak the lies he told today. He is telling us that both his bid, and Nancy Pelosi’s bid, to pull the Party away from the extreme Left has failed. It’s game over.
This is a first in American history. Masked marauders and club toting thugs will ultimately decide the platform of a Party that has utterly lost its way.
The truth of their collapse is unavoidable. The Mueller report was a hoax. It too, was based on a lie. Russian collusion anyone? It’s a hoax. White Supremacy?  In a nation that elected Barack Obama? Twice. You’re joking, right?

Today, they revealed their true identity. What is the Democrat Party? “We are the Party of masks, torches, bats, and knives. We are Antifa. We take our children to Senators’ houses and scream that they need to be stabbed in the heart. We are the Party that will hack your private information and destroy your property if you support Trump. Our members have produced a movie that advocates the murder of anyone wearing a MAGA hat.”
Mealy-mouthed Biden read a prepared statement written by rabble, rioters, and haters.  Today, though Joe doesn’t realize it, he has called out all of the real God-fearing people and lovers of freedom.  By embracing anarchy, he made it plain that those who value decency, morality, and faith, must work to remove this Party from power.

FREEDOM

When the racists call everyone else racist—when the fascists call everyone else fascists—when those who are full of hate—call everyone else haters, and society listens, then freedom is, truly, just a candle in the wind.

When the Left says that words can be the same as violence, and then they are found to be guilty by their own inflammatory words and actions, then freedom is a candle in the wind.

As John Daniel Davidson said, “Is it not divisive and inflammatory for Democrats to refuse to enforce our borders while promising to give taxpayer-paid health care to illegal immigrants? Is it not divisive and inflammatory for sports stars and corporations to denounce the Betsy Ross flag and the national anthem as racist? Doesn’t that exacerbate a feeling of helplessness and dispossession, and fuel a whole spectrum of responses—from ordinary patriotism to outright xenophobia and racism?”

When thugs don masks and beat innocent people in MAGA hats and these terrorists are coddled by Democrats and leftist media, then freedom is a candle in the wind.

Elizabeth Warren—who is still uncertain of her own race—blamed Donald Trump for “advancing racism and white supremacy.” She and the others on the Left are all but calling for a race war. When war is declared and the side that does not want war is blamed for the war, then freedom is a candle in the wind.

Worst of all, we see how evil they are, that they can immediately politicize a massacre.  They don’t care about the victims of the shootings. Bullets tore into the bodies of innocent people. Did any of the voices of manufactured outrage care anything for the families who lost everything in an instant? The shattered lives do not matter to them. The incurable sorrow will get no compassion from them.  To them, these families are just a photo opportunity—a prop to be used to alarm a nation into voting for them.

Instantly, Beto O’Rourke said that President Trump was a “racist” and had “a lot to do with what happened in El Paso yesterday.” Sen. Cory Booker was even more blunt, saying, “Donald Trump is responsible for this.” When masses of people can’t see how evil this is, then freedom is a candle in the wind. 

Most sane people reject the Right Wing conspiracy theory that says international corporate and political elites in the West are intentionally replacing their native populations with immigrants, in order to enrich themselves.

However, the Left isn’t trying to deny this.  The New York Times ran a Michelle Goldberg column under the headline, “We Can Replace Them,” which closed with this line: “In a week, American voters can do to white nationalists what they fear most. Show them they’re being replaced.”

Again John Daniel Davidson says, “This isn’t a new idea on the Left, and it isn’t relegated to the fringe. Back in 2002, Ruy Teixeira and John Judis came out with “The Emerging Democratic Majority,” which popularized and mainstreamed the idea that white Americans would be replaced by a permanent majority coalition of non-white voters. Ten years later, after President Obama’s reelection, Teixeira took to the the pages of The Atlantic to argue that things were playing out just as he had predicted, and that if Democrats could keep giving Americans what they truly wanted—more welfare, more regulation, more government control over daily life—then “the emerging Democratic majority could be here to stay.”

More recently, turning the white nationalists’ “replacement” rhetoric on its head has become commonplace among Antifa protestors chanting “we will replace you,” a sentiment powerfully reinforced by the anti-Immigration and Customs Enforcement protestors who recently tore down an American flag outside an ICE facility and replaced it with the Mexican flag.”

When such utter tyranny can advance unchecked, and is protected by a news media that is corrupt to the core, then freedom is a candle in the wind.

However, freedom’s greatest enemy does not reside in the camp of leftists, but in the pews of churches. A soundly sleeping generation of believers is our greatest enemy. Their apathy is our deepest danger.

But all is not lost.

History shows us that God does not wait for the lukewarm to rise to their duty. Our God is a consuming fire.  Do you wonder, why God doesn’t do something? You see America being torn apart, battered into submission, and molded into some ugly weak version of her former self. All in the name of progress. When those who are the moral bottom of society become the loudest voices of influence, shouldn’t God act?

I believe He is acting. But it is happening in a wholly unexpected way. He is at war to save our nation. The real question is, “Are you ready to understand what your assignment is in His war to save America?”

In a last-ditch effort to save America, God will pour out His Spirit. It will not be within the “system” but outside celebrated circles. It will restore much of Spirit-filled Pentecostal churches from business-model-entertainment-centers back to a movement.  Many small churches will become ground zero for the Glory of God.

This event will not be painless. Wicked agendas will topple. False doctrine will die an early death due to the healthy appetite of young converts. Church empires will be given the ultimatum to return to dependency on the Holy Spirit or be brushed aside, and suffer total loss.

God’s miracle will be a great boon to some, but a horrendous event for others. It will be a day of rejoicing and a day of mourning. It will be a complete display of extremes. God will do what He has to do to save this nation.

In this hour, it is not enough to be saved and filled with the Holy Spirit—not nearly enough. Every soldier of God must know what God is doing in their time. The New Testament begins and ends with the drama of willing vessels having their lives interrupted, ruined for mortal pursuits, commissioned for great exploits, and then launched into an amazing adventure.

EVEN FOR DEMOCRATS

The Debate Last night proved once and for all that a Democrat win would be a disaster even for Democrats. Leftists dream of a Trump loss, not realizing how horrendously they would reap what they have sown. The Left has poisoned the well so completely that it will be impossible for a Democrat to govern. A Trump loss would absolutely push millions over the edge, and only God knows what that would look like.

Here are the 3 reasons why it would be a nightmare for Democrats as well as for the rest of us, if Trump were to be defeated:

1. Americans, by the tens of millions will believe the election was rigged.  And, they will adamantly reject the results and force legal action.  Even those who are not currently Trump supporters believe that an elite group of leftists are in control of the social and news media platforms.  We know that they manipulate and censor information.  We know this elite group is fiercely anti-Trump. We know this cadre has the power to rig an election. Google has been caught in a scheme to add millions of votes to the Democrat candidate.  Facebook has leaked the fact that they will choke off Trump ads and shadow ban any post that asks people to vote for Trump.  We already know that CNN, NBC, MSNBC, ABC, and CBS will saturate America with anti-Trump propaganda.

 2. The economy would instantly plunge downward. Does a Democrat really want to oversee the greatest collapse of jobs and wealth since the great depression?  The nation will blame the Democrat Party.

It is one of history’s greatest miscalculations to believe that veering left is what Americans want. Yet, all of the Democrat candidates are falling over each other to be as far left as possible.  The Socialist/LGBTQ/Anti-Israel rants play well to the oxygen deprived audiences of Cory Booker, Kamala Harris, and Bernie Sanders. However, they scare the liver out of the majority of Americans.

If the day were to come when a Democrat takes the oath of office, all that will be seen by millions of Americans, is impending economic disaster.

3. Millions of people will make it their aim to be as rude and unfair to both the Democrat President and their followers, as the Left was to Trump and his supporters. I am in no way condoning this—I am merely predicting what would take place.  It  tragic that the Left destroyed civil discourse. 

A Democrat win would mean open season to say, print, or publish whatever vile slur comes to mind, because that is the model that has been created by the Democrat Party. A vast segment of the population would remember that Trump was the most unfairly, falsely, and cruelly treated President since Abraham Lincoln.

The backlash for all that the Left has been doing, such as: assaulting people in MAGA hats, spitting on them in restaurants, their elected officials calling for harassment and for chasing down Trump supporters, and for all the violence committed by Antifa, has set the tone for the new President.

In Red States, masses would push their representatives to block everything the new Democrat President tried to do, and would take out their rage on any and every Democrat politician in their home State. Forget about any new appointments to the Supreme Court.

You may ask, “Mario, are you saying I should vote for Trump even though I violently disagree with him?” No, I am not. What I am saying is that you, who are leftists, have done a great evil to America. I am saying that defeating Trump will not bring the elation you fantasize about—it will bring even more misery.  And, why not? It is only fair that you should suffer along with the rest of us.

However, Trump is going to win. And, if you only realized what that means for the future of America, you would be relieved to know that it is true.

EVEN WITH

A Trump loss the next election is too terrible to imagine. But even if he wins, we will desperately need a true revival in America. Tragically, the church doesn’t know the difference between true and false revival.

Many of the things the church does today simply do not matter. They don’t point in the trajectory of revival. In fact they point in the opposite direction.   Many things done by churches are impressive, even successful—I am saying they will not save America

We know the times are evil.  But what can we do about it?  That’s the number one question I am asked.  My answer is, “We need to stop toying, speculating, and paying lip service to revival.  We need to seize a true revival.”

The real culprit today is false revival.  There is untold damage done when we take a good meeting and market it as revival.  To characterize a good meeting as revival is like filling a bath tub with salt water, and calling it the Pacific Ocean.

I am not telling you that your ‘good meeting’ is not true revival—because history and our culture are both telling you it is not.  History says revival overflows church walls and makes deep impacts on society, which is not happening.   And when our culture swats away our church meetings and continues to careen into deeper wickedness—it is telling us we are not in revival.

There is one thing—above all others—that is stopping true revival: We don’t have a pure motive.  We want it for all the wrong reasons.  If revival is our ticket to getting church growth, emotional experiences, self-promotion, formulas, and wealth, our prayers are like nuclear waste to God.

The most well known verse on revival begins with a huge ‘IF’:  2 Chronicles 7:14 “If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”

IF you truly yearn for the miracle that would stop America’s slide into oblivion—IF you wish for an act of the Holy Spirit so real and widespread that it impacts crime, injustice, addiction, and despair—then listen to this lesson from history:

In 1904, American leaders were enthralled by the revival that was then taking place in Wales.  Hundreds of thousands were converted, and the morals of the nation were transformed.  American church leaders wanted a revival like that here.  But they tried to buy it.

These enterprising pastors and businessmen invested in massive campaigns.  They were dismal failures.  So much so, that the very concept of revival fell into disfavor.

Two years later, they realized their mistake.  When widespread brokenness gripped the leaders, aided by a pure motive, they cried out and heaven heard them.   One of the catalysts to this awakening was a man named James Burns.

James Burns wrote a powerful book entitled “Revivals, Their Laws and Leaders.” In 1909 he wrote, “To the church, a revival means humiliation, a bitter knowledge of unworthiness and an open and humiliating confession of sin on the part of her ministers and people. It is not the easy and glorious thing many think it to be, who imagine it fills pews and reinstates the church in power and authority.

“It comes to scorch before it heals; it comes to condemn ministers and people for their unfaithful witness, for their selfish living, for their neglect of the cross, and to call them to daily renunciation, to an evangelical poverty and to a deep and daily consecration. That is why a revival has ever been unpopular with large numbers within the church. Because it says nothing to them of power such as they have learned to love, or of ease, or of success; it accuses them of sin, it tells them they are dead, it calls them to awake, to renounce the world and to follow Christ.”

America, at last, had found a pure motive for revival. New York, Chicago, Los Angeles (at Azusa Street), and many other cities saw amazing things.  Denver, Colorado, and Portland, Oregon, which are currently bastions of marijuana, atheism, and rampant liberalism, shut down businesses at noon so everyone could go and pray.  Crime dropped to virtually nothing.  Bars sat empty, and millions went to prayer everyday across America.

Until our knees buckle beneath the horror of our nation’s sin and the blasphemy of our cheap grace fades away, our request for revival will be denied.

But I still feel faith for the church in America to turn around. More importantly, God holds out great hope to us.  Let me share two things that forever killed my doubts about revival.  One was a scripture, Matthew 12:20: “A bruised reed He will not break, and smoking flax He will not quench, till He sends forth justice to victory.”

Jesus will not snuff out the least flicker of revival. When anyone asks for revival from a pure heart, God says, “Yes,” and begins the process. He takes you at your word.

The other thing that occurred was a revelation I received as I was standing at the beach and the gentle foam of the ocean lapped over my toes. The voice of the Lord said, “This gentle wave is the cousin of the tsunami.”

The smallest flame in the smallest church will not be quenched by Jesus.  Given the proper opportunity, the Spirit of God will fan it into a raging fire of righteousness.  The gentlest wave can grow into a tidal wave when anyone hosts within them the presence of God. But they must obey His step-by-step orders, and they must refuse to exploit what God is doing among them.

These two truths are resonating powerfully within me now.  I want them to blow up in your spirit as well! Do you truly want revival?  Then what are you waiting for?

You will seek Me and find Me, when you seek Me with all your heart.  (Jeremiah 29:13)

 


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BOLDNESS

If I listed everything the church was allowed to say ten years ago that she can’t say today, you would be horrified.  Without a miracle, your children and grandchildren will have to survive in a world that will totally ban their faith—and what is even scarier: they will have to face it without you.

It is hard to convince many Christians that they are rapidly losing their First Amendment rights of freedom of speech and freedom of religion.  They either don’t believe it is happening, or they chalk it up to  ‘fake news’ or ‘politics.’  But the erosion of liberty is not only real—it is the greatest threat American Christians have ever faced.

The doctrines of our faith that offend are: the Cross, the Blood of Jesus, the reality of Hell, sexual purity, and marriage.  Preachers who feel the heat from government censorship are already deleting these doctrines from their sermons.  They’ll tell you it’s to reach a bigger audience—but, trust me, it’s the heat.

What can we do to stop the church from being driven underground?   No one who is truly a man or woman of God can seriously entertain the idea that we should stop preaching these truths.  That is not even an option.  What then can we do to reverse this pernicious loss of liberty?

An even better question is: What does God do when a nation tries to silence His church?  The answer came to me suddenly.   Hear me out, it is not what you think.  It is way beyond petitions, or elections.  The revelation I am about to relate to you, struck me with paralyzing clarity. I am amazed I never saw it before.

However, nothing I am about to say will help you, not one point I am making will have its intended impact, unless you have a heart for it.  If you are still in denial about what is happening, I can’t help you—this message can’t help you.  If you think I am dispensing alarmist extremism, then you are just another part of the threat.

But, if you want to hear God’s heart on this crisis—if you hunger for more than half-answers, then you have come to the right place.  You can ask the Holy Spirit the most important question you could ever ask: “What do You do when a nation tries to silence Your church?”

Here it comes:

When the leaders of Jerusalem arrested Peter, they didn’t know what to charge him with or how to punish him.  They knew they had to silence the church.  There was no doubt about their intention.  They were prepared to do anything to stop the Gospel—so what was stopping them?  Answer that, and you will know what the exact marching orders are, that the church needs today.

What was hindering the council members was the glaring presence of the man who came with Peter and John.  This was the crippled beggar who used to sit at the Gate Beautiful.  A spectacular miracle had occurred!  He had occupied the most visible and lucrative begging station in Jerusalem.  Everyone knew him.  Word of his miraculous healing filled Jerusalem, and a mad chorus of praise was rising over the Eternal City.

Their deep consternation is vividly described in these verses: Acts 4:14 “And seeing the man who had been healed standing with them, they could say nothing against it. 15 But when they had commanded (Peter and John) to go aside out of the council, they conferred among themselves, 16 saying, “What shall we do to these men? For, indeed, that a notable miracle has been done through them is evident to all who dwell in Jerusalem, and we cannot deny it.””

Their profound dilemma was not lost on Peter.  The Holy Spirit had revealed to him the divine solution to government censorship.  Peter had clearly settled on a course of action—the very action we need to take today. It is the action we take in our tent. He left with a battle plan. He was armed with critical information.

He gathered the people of God, and ordered them to pray.  He was about to pray a prayer that is the precise model for our crisis. He faced the same threat we face.  Remember that word: “threat.”

You will recall I told you that nothing good can come to you from my message, unless you see how urgent the hour has become?  Peter began his prayer by calling the situation ‘a threat.’  We must do this, also.

In Acts chapter 4, Peter prayed: 29 “Now, Lord, look upon their threats, and grant to Your servants that with all boldness they may speak Your word, 30 by stretching out Your hand to heal, and that signs and wonders may be done through the name of Your Holy Servant Jesus.”

Peter is showing us that boldness is essential.  Only boldness will tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth.

Not only this, he is forever settling the question of preaching.  Preaching must not leave anything out.  It is by sharing the whole counsel of God, that the church is protected, and able to continue her work.

Next, Peter is admitting that the vehicle for that boldness is signs and wonders.  God must stretch His hand over an angry culture, perform supernatural healings, and overrule the agenda of man.  Such is the case today.  Look at how God answered:

Acts 4:31 “And when they had prayed, the place where they were assembled together was shaken; and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and they spoke the word of God with boldness.”

Not only were they filled with the Holy Spirit and boldness, but God answered their prayer for miracles.  In the next chapter, the very shadow of Peter was healing the masses. (Acts 5:15-16)

Ignore those who aren’t willing.  Set the time and place to go to homes, houses of worship, schools, offices—anywhere where true prayer can be raised up to God.  Prove this promise and see: the Spirit will fall; you will receive a tongue of fire, and miracles will come.  I am not talking about self-absorbed emotional light touches.  I am talking about undeniable, medically verified, city-shaking divine healings.

And you will see that now, as in that day, no law, no argument, and no politician will be able to silence the church!


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