The Surprise in San Francisco

A stunning rebuke to watered down Christianity came from an unlikely place: San Francisco.

It was my honor to partner with Chris Burns and the amazing army that formed to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love in Golden Gate Park.  THE SOUND was an outreach of many powerful worship artists, dynamic speakers, and a committed core linked hearts to bless the city.  But one thing that happened has wide implications to all believers. A scientific experiment will help you appreciate what I mean.

Biologists put a thick pane of glass in the middle of a large rectangular aquarium.  After filling it with water, they stocked it with small fish on one side of the glass barrier and their natural predator on the other.

Over and over, the larger fish slammed into the invisible barrier trying to feed on the smaller fish.  This went on for days until they gave up.  Then, the scientists removed the glass divider and saw something remarkable: The predators behaved as if the barrier was still there—they didn’t try to eat the small fish. They didn’t even try to go to the other side of the tank.

When we think of San Francisco—and rightly so—we think of smug, anti-God intellectual, lovers of pleasure.  We also think of youth—hard wired, by activist educators, to reject Christ. The church is conditioned not to fish here. There’s your glass pane.

In outreach after outreach, Mario Murillo Ministries has never acknowledged a glass barrier in San Francisco.  It was true again on July 6th and 7th when we joined forces with Chris Burns to win souls in the city.

Holy Ghost boldness overtook me.  I preached an unvarnished soul-winning message.  I refused to employ verbal gymnastics to appeal to a sophisticated culture.

Why—if this place is so hard—did so many respond, so immediately, to a direct gospel appeal?  Nothing was sugar-coated.  It was no credit to oratory.  It was a simple case of hungry and hurting souls reaching out to Jesus—because He was offered to them.

The pictures tell you how many came forward.  Even more astounding was the report Chris gave me about the invasion the next day: “We saw hundreds saved as we took over Golden Gate Park.”

Time and time again, I’ve warned the American church…there is a great harvest in our nation, even in San Francisco.  And…if there is a harvest in San Francisco, how much more in the rest of America?

Fish treading water refusing to eat is ridiculous; preachers refusing to harvest is beyond ridiculous—it is an embarrassment to our cause.  Watered-down, apologetic, murky preaching is a grandiose, inexcusable, waste of time.

Here is the giant question: why are so many Americans so hungry for Christ now?  The answer is simple: our culture made them miserable—a culture created by an elite core of power brokers.  It might be Hollywood; it might be our—hell-bent on telling Americans what to think—media.  They dictate what we should believe, what is good for us, what is right behavior and finally, what would make us happy. None of it works.

Social prophets bludgeon us with progressive platitudes and put a muzzle on any opposing voice.  Group think is the only way Americans can believe patently stupid contradictions: free speech is a threat to freedom—open marriage deepens commitment—suicide is victory—violence is love.

They can control almost everything, but one thing they cannot control: the damage on the soul—the vacuum that hi-tech selfishness creates—the misery of trying to endure on medicated self-pity.

The American church is bitterly failing a generation because we are still hoodwinked by an old model.  We still see the reluctant seeker—the spiritual looky-look.  We don’t see the desperate hearts that grope in darkest America.

We are failing a generation because we are not stronger than our excuses.  The empty calories served up on Sunday morning are a tribute to denial.  They deny the power of the Gospel, and they deny the hunger of the people.  Half-cures are now irrelevant.

The compromised church isn’t the only problem.  Some churches are just strange. There are pastors who pull their hair out trying to understand why new visitors don’t come to church.  They never consider that their shenanigans are weird to outsiders and their members are too embarrassed to invite friends.

When their bizarre and self-serving antics make visitors walk out, they smugly assume they are under conviction.  No…they just think we’re crazy.

The crushing heartbreak is that both these extremes—with their useless methods—continue to be celebrated.  Meanwhile, a nation dies, and lost souls go into eternity.

Every day, Satan sells a new drug that kills kids faster.  Every hour, a new perversion twists the minds of our children.

 

Mario Murillo Ministries walks the tightrope of the radical middle.  The tepid church rejects us because we preach fire and operate under Holy Spirit unction.  The hyper-emotional church rejects us because we use rigid discipline to keep it real for lost souls.

Right now, I should be rejoicing over the harvest in San Francisco, instead, it ignites fire in my bones.  Millions want the power the Gospel offers.  Leftists lie about it, and Christians misrepresent it.  Nevertheless, I am filled with hope.

There is a story of 4 brave lepers that mirrors the experiment about the fish:  God had scared the enemy away but the city under siege didn’t realize it.  2 Kings 7: 7 “Therefore they arose and fled at twilight, and left the camp intact—their tents, their horses, and their donkeys—and they fled for their lives.  And when these lepers came to the outskirts of the camp, they went into one tent and ate and drank, and carried from it silver and gold and clothing, and went and hid them; then they came back and entered another tent, and carried some from there also, and went and hid it. 9 Then they said to one another, ‘We are not doing right. This day is a day of good news, and we remain silent.’”

All the resources to save a starving city sat unused.  The army they feared was gone.  They simply didn’t bother to check the enemy’s camp.  The same is true now.  God keeps everything ready that we need to reach America.  If only we would see that and act on this great promise.

Mario Murillo Ministries is not going to sit and wait for squeamish theologians to figure out how hungry Americans are for Jesus; and how much provision stands ready for those who will rightly divide the Word of God.  The harvest in San Francisco is only the beginning of surprises that God has in store.  Come with us on this great adventure.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE AMERICAN MIRACLE: ARE YOU FINALLY READY?

So what if some think I am crazy?  So what if saying “an American miracle”  makes even some Christian leaders mad? I am asked all the time what it would take…so if you are finally ready—if you are willing to leave the turkeys and fly with the eagles—here is what you do…

If you are finally ready

By Mario Murillo

“I wish you would give us an answer for America.”  I hear that a lot!   Oh the answer is out there alright, but you have to be ready.  Many believe that they are ready but they are not.

To be ready means an unshakable passion for change.  The sorcerer tried to buy from Peter the power to impart the Holy Spirit.  Peter said, “You have neither part nor portion in this matter, for your heart is not right in the sight of God” – Acts 8:21. The daily behavior of millions of Christians and pastors prove they are not ready.

If you are playing games you are not ready.  Seeker churches are playing a marketing game.  They will never be a force for change in our culture; unless of course, someone invents a way to have moral awakening without repentance.

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The hyper-emotional churches are not ready either.  They are also playing games.  Fire tunnels and prophetic conferences can–if not balanced into actual soul-sinning–easily degenerate a version of Dungeons and Dragons.  Those who chase blessings and “words” are worse than unready, they are immobilized.  They are play-acting at revival.

Do lost souls, national sin, and the loss of our constitution deeply matter to you?   If they do not, God will not enroll you to save America.  How could He?  If you shy away from reality and say silly things like, “I don’t want to know what is going on, it is too depressing,” then you have no part in the solution.

Here are the people who are ready: Pastors who want to influence the culture more than they want a big church are ready.  Pastors who are passionate for the gifts of the Holy Spirit, and cannot live without winning the lost, are ready.   Christians, who are clear that America will soon die without revival, are ready. What is the most urgent sign that you are ready?  The answer is an unambiguous conviction to pursue revival even if no one else joins you.  God is not waiting for the church.  He will start without them.   All He needs is one willing vessel.

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The one willing vessel will unlock awesome power by confessing, “I will do whatever it takes for however long it takes.”  What makes this idea come alive is something called the Stockdale Paradox.  Here is an excerpt from Good to Great written by Jim Collins: The name refers to Admiral Jim Stockdale, who was the highest ranking United States military officer in the “Hanoi  

Hilton” prisoner-of-war camp during the height of the Vietnam War. Tortured over 20 times during his eight-year imprisonment from 1965 to 1973,

Stockdale lived out the war without any prisoner’s rights, no set release date, and no certainty as to whether he would even survive to see his family again. “Here I am sitting in my warm and comfortable office, looking out over the beautiful Stanford campus on a beautiful Saturday afternoon. I’m getting depressed reading this, and I know the end of the story! I know that he gets out, reunites with his family, becomes a national hero, and gets to spend the later years of his life studying philosophy on this same beautiful campus.

afternoon. I’m getting depressed reading this, and I know the end of the story! I know that he gets out, reunites with his family, becomes a national hero, and gets to spend the later years of his life studying philosophy on this same beautiful campus.

If it feels depressing for me, how on earth did he deal with it when he was actually there and did not know the end of the story?” “I never lost faith in the end of the story,” he said, when I asked him. “I never doubted not only that I would get out, but also that I would prevail in the end and turn the experience into the defining event of my life, which, in retrospect, I would not trade.”

I didn’t say anything for many minutes, and we continued the slow walk toward the faculty club, Stockdale limping and arc-swinging his stiff leg that had never fully recovered from repeated torture. Finally, after about a hundred meters of silence, I asked, “Who didn’t make it out?” “Oh, that’s easy,” he said. “The optimists.” “The optimists? I don’t understand,” I said, now completely confused, given what he’d said a hundred meters earlier. “The optimists. Oh, they were the ones who said, ‘We’re going to be out by Christmas.’ And Christmas would come, and Christmas would go. Then they’d say, ‘We’re going to be out by Easter.’ And Easter would come, and Easter would go. And then Thanksgiving, and then it would be Christmas again. And they died of a broken heart.”

Another long pause, and more walking. Then he turned to me and said, “This is a very important lesson. You must never confuse faith that you will prevail in the end—which you can never afford to lose—with the discipline to confront the most brutal facts of your current reality, whatever they might be.”Blog 3Why is this Paradox so important to the American church right now?  The answer is the last several years.  These are years that shattered Pollyanna doctrines and fluff faith.  We never dreamed it could get this bad this fast. Our version of optimists has left the church.  They have fallen away because of persecution.

The remnant is ready for untold power if it heeds this lesson: Things are bad, really bad; deal with it.  But never, ever lose faith in the arrival of revival.  Embrace the facts no matter how brutal they seem and at the same time believe with all of your might that everything you are doing to see the power of God released on America will be rewarded. When you pray, God will hear.  When you speak out people will listen.  No matter how unpromising your action feels now, keep going because “there is no restraint with God to save by few or to save by many!”  Hallelujah!

 

 

BREAKING NEWS ABOUT RENO

No one needs to tell you how desperately we need to see God’s power today. Society’s morals are crumbling fast.  So many need Christ!  Our youth see the future with growing hopelessness.   We know so many who battle sickness.
In times like these we are right to ask and expect an act of God.  David said, “It is time for you to act oh God for they have regarded Your Word as void.”-Psalm 119:126.
I believe it is time.  That is why I am inviting you to join me at a special rally on Sunday night May 21st at 6 PM.  I will be at Spirit Filled Church 3175 Goldy Way, Sparks, NV 89434.
Way more than a regular meeting—this is a night of signs and wonders—a time of deliverance over the power of Satan—a night for lost souls to be saved by the power of the Gospel, and for fire to fall on the people of God.
I am praying and preparing a special message for this night.  I am submitting myself to the Holy Spirit like never before to see a free flow of healings.   We have witnessed medically confirmed miracles—from Christ—in people deemed hopeless by medical science.   We believe these kinds of miracles will happen May 21st.
Make your plans to be at this explosive meeting.  Bring someone who needs a miracle and come expecting your own healing.  Most of all, try to bring those who need Christ.
Finally, I want to ask one more thing of you: I am going into special prayer and I want to take your request with me. Matthew 18:19 says, “If any two of you shall agree as touching anything on earth, it will be done.”  Let’s agree for miracles and salvations.
To get on my prayer list for May 21st.  All I need is your first name and the miracle you need—or the first name of someone you are bringing and their need for healing, deliverance, or to be born again.
 All you have to do is call or text me at 1775 238 3473.  You can also email it to info@mariomurillo.org.   Every name and need will be prayer over. 
I can’t wait to see you at this amazing night.

 

 

NOW FOR SOME REALLY GOOD NEWS

 

Fasten your seat belt, this is really good news. They gathered with excitement and expectation…but none of us were ready for what happened next.

NOW FOR SOME REALLY GOOD NEWS

By Mario Murillo

It is a good sign…they keep adding chairs.  This is happening most of the night.  Another good sign: the house is filled with youth—youth who do not know Jesus—who battle everything devil throws at our children these days.  The best sign is everyone feels special power vibrating in the room.

We are doing a Living Proof Outreach with Ben Lucero, Isaiah Saldivar and the Awakening 209 in Manteca, California.

My message carries an unusual title: When Satan Helps Start Revival.  I begin by describing the strange experience I had after God ordered me to study the youth culture.  My research became torture as I fully grasped the curse Lucifer has laid on an entire generation.

I could actually sense the evil one boasting and threatening.  He was declaring his wicked intentions: “I will addict them.  I will shame them.  I will drain them of hope.  I will kill them.

Then the voice of God roared, BUT I WILL POUR OUT MY SPIRIT ON THEM!  I tell them “I am here tonight because a fresh outpouring of the Holy Spirit is coming.”  I make a prediction about the emerging army of youth: “You will lay hands on the sick.  You will prophesy.  You will cast out devils.”

Then I explained how Satan is mentally off.  If the devil just wanted to deceive and damn souls he would make everyone content like cattle being fattened for the slaughter.  Instead, he tortures, punishes and makes his victims miserable.  He can’t help himself. Observe California—creating new laws make it impossible for people to be safe or happy.

-Child prostitution is now legal in California.

-Drug dealers must be let out of prison because of bed shortages.

-Violent felons—some who have killed Americans—in California illegally will not be taken into custody.

-In Silicon Valley, American workers are being fired and replaced by foreign workers—and the Americans have to train their replacements!

-California schools—nearly the worst in the nation— are chock full of corruption, mismanagement and loony curriculum.  Reading, writing and arithmetic are out.  Brainwashing about transgenderism, anti-Americanism, and anti-Christian studies are in.

Satan is overplaying his hand in California.  He is creating a misery and despair in the youth of the state that will drive them to Jesus!

Now the audience began to see the proof of what I was saying.  A miracle, pure and simple, hits a young lady.  I love it when the Holy Spirit’s word of knowledge is so clear, piercing and detailed that people no longer see the man speaking—only God.

By the Spirit, the story of her life unfolded.  The precise illnesses of her body and the childhood trauma that caused them all was revealed.  Her total healing rocks the room.

On the heels of her miracle more healings ignite. The vivid details about people’s conditions electrify mighty praise to Jesus the healer.

Suddenly spines straighten, migraine headaches vanish.  A man in the back becomes so excited he just gets up out of his wheelchair and begins a little victory dance over his healing.  A full 60 minutes of unobstructed healings flood the house with shouts of joy and mass weeping.

God saved the best for last.  Never have I seen conviction grip youth like this. It was as if they wanted me to shut up and let them come to Christ.  It was an instant response crowned with total surrender.  They abandoned their sin as if it were nuclear waste. Notice, in the picture, the overwhelming number of young men who came forward.  This is really good news—prophetic news about a coming youth revolution.

I have a Plan

 

I want to explain a coming disaster and the plan God has given me to face it and reverse its damage for the glory of Christ.

I have a plan

By Mario Murillo

Many people have a dream.  I have a plan.   A plan is more powerful than a dream because a plan turns a dream into reality.  You cannot overstate the importance of planning.  If you do not have a plan, someone else’s plan will control you.

Planning pulls the future into the present.  It gives you advance power over trouble that is heading your way.

The hardest part of planning is to let go of things that worked 5 years ago—no matter how nostalgic a method may be, you better know when the Holy Spirit says to let it go.

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Maintaining intimacy with God is life and death to a ministry.  You can put your ministry on cruise control and drift out of range of God’s voice.  Churches have folded and ministries have closed because they were caught without a plan and failed to adapt.

A God plan is a weapon against approaching danger.  Noah did not build the ark while it was raining.  Only God can give us the right plan.  I believe He has.  God gave me an eye to see past the camouflage and warned me of impending danger.

I want to explain a coming disaster and the plan God has given me to face it and reverse its damage for the glory of Christ.

The coming disaster:  Obama did many bad things to America.  He stagnated our economy.  His style of leading from behind fomented war and instability in the world.  His sympathy for Islam created barriers to fighting terrorism.  But the worst thing he did was to our children.

-The number of youth who claim to be atheists doubled in the 8 years he was in office.

-The entire social justice warrior snowflake agenda came on his watch.  Colleges and universities declared war on free speech and opposing views.  They saw racism and sexism in everything (even peanut butter and jelly sandwiches were called racist).  Students began to feel micro-aggressions from anything that challenged their beliefs.

-He framed Islam—which executes women and gays—as less oppressive than the teachings of Jesus and millions of our youth bought the lie.  He created a mindset of hypocrisy and contradiction.

-He made government god.  He grew government with a stolen credit card and laid a $20 trillion debt on the backs of our children.

He took away their hope and cut them off from the source of life.  Check out what our children are saying now:

42% said they will never own a house or have a meaningful job.

34% said they will have a lower standard of living than their parents

58% say that asking for help will not solve their problems.

44% do not know what to believe.

Young America’s Foundation released its annual Youth Misery Index and found it at a record high. “Over the course of Obama’s presidency, the YMI has spiked an alarming 29.9 points, an increase of 36 percent.”

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This heart-wrenching disaster embodies the cry of a whole generation:  12-year-old Katelyn Nicole Davis from Cedartown, Georgia used Facebook Live on December 30th to live stream her suicide.  As she hanged herself in her front yard, the video played for an entire 20 minutes.

I have a plan to prevent these tragedies.  It is a plan that deserves a chance because it will work. 

Here’s the plan: 

Appoint regional directors who will oversee ongoing soul-winning and follow-up.  This will multiply our outreach tenfold.  They will sustain relationships with local pastors and leaders, not only to retain our results, but to prepare for our return to these cities.

-Train and release an army to the front lines: We need workers who can pray for the sick in the streets—not just in auditoriums.  These workers are beyond essential because they will bring in lost souls to our events.  The great mistake today is to assume if you advertise, people will show up.  Imagine 10,000 young people trained to go out and bring back the harvest!

Take our internet media platform to the next level.  Millions have read our blog and looked at our videos.  This is not nearly enough.  We must enhance our skills, technology and content for a new generation.

-Choose strategic sites for our events.  We must be near the problem.  We must be in a venue that is large enough to make an impact outside church walls.  We must face reality: most Christian events draw only Christians.  If we want the unchurched to come to our meetings we must be in halls that will attract them.  Even though this triples our cost, it must be done or we will only preach to ourselves.

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-Open a college in Reno for the next generation of American Evangelists.  We dare not hoard 50 years of front line experience.  Too many of our Christian colleges are teaching theories untested in true warfare.  We must help shape the soul winners of tomorrow.

How do we know this plan will work?  The most important way to judge if a plan will work is to look at the track record of the planner.  Since our earliest breakthroughs in the radical campus at Berkeley, we have known how to invade the impossible.  We know how to hire the best—give people the best training—adapt to current trends of the youth culture—use a fresh approach to share a timeless message—and release signs and wonders in the mainstream of the youth culture.

God said, “Choose 10 cities. Invest $1 million and you will start a movement—a national movement.”  Where will I get a million dollars?  The good news is that it is in the pockets and the bank accounts of those who receive this letter.  The miracle is in releasing it.  The miracle is in the Holy Spirit’s power to turn your good intentions into action.

This blog has never been about fundraising.  It has been offered freely as a tool to inform and ignite action for the cause of Christ in America.  Most of all, I ask for your prayers in this epic outreach that Jesus is forging through us.  Nevertheless, your gifts of love are the reason this mission is possible.  Thank you for being a part of this harvest.

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Here is the one thing that will make all the difference in the world: First time givers!  I am calling on you to donate to MMM if you have never done it before.   No matter what, your gift will make a difference—it will make all the difference!

Of course, we need our loyal supporters to give and I am profoundly grateful to all of you.  But the fact is thousands read this letter are on the sidelines…but if they get in the battle it will turn the tide of the war.  I am not asking you for a million dollars (although, it would be wonderful to receive such a gift). I am asking for you to listen to your heart and invest in our children and grandchildren.

Many of you have seen revivals or had the honor of growing up in a powerful church.  Shouldn’t the next generation get to see revival?  I am not begging for money… I am begging for souls.  This is all about your children and your grandchildren.  Satan has pulled out all the stops to destroy them.  Shouldn’t we open our hearts and our pocketbooks to save them?  I have a plan—it will work—it deserves a chance—help me put it into action.

Thank you for clicking of the donation link to help me win souls

https://mariomurillo.org/donate/

 

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Heart to Heart: A few words about the attack you are under.

 

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.

A few words about the attack you are under. 

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.

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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.  You must remember how 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.”

Continue! 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?

R.E.A.C.T. !

A GREAT MAN OF GOD HAS GONE TO HEAVEN

 

A GREAT MAN OF GOD HAS GONE TO HEAVEN

By Mario Murillo

I have just experienced a devastating personal loss.  I have been crying a lot and I am in mourning.  I am overcome with a towering sense of sadness.

Some have tried to tell me that I shouldn’t feel loss.  It has become politically incorrect to mourn the loss of loved ones.  Recently, a famous preacher said this at a funeral, “If you really have faith, you will not feel any sadness at all.”

However, Acts 8:2 says, “And devout men carried Stephen to his burial, and made great lamentation over him.”  That is what devout men do.  They grieve over loss.

Jesus mourned at Lazarus’ grave. “And He said, ‘Where have you laid him?’ They said to Him, ‘Lord, come and see.’ Jesus wept.  Then the Jews said, ‘See how He loved him!’”-John 11:34-36.

These verses overflow with meaning for those who lose loved ones.  Here was the creator of faith, weeping.  How can it be unbelief if Jesus mourned?

Moreover, He was about to raise Lazarus from the dead, so why weep?   The Jews who were watching understood why.  He wept because He loved Lazarus.  That is why I am weeping. I loved my friend Dusty Kemp.

You never heard of Dusty Kemp?  Well then, I am about to enrich your life.  Dusty abruptly went to heaven on Sunday night, December 11th.  A week before that, I stood in his pulpit and called him the best kept secret in America.  It is high time for that secret to get out.

When he taught the Bible, it came alive.  He parked his soul in the Gospels and never ceased to amaze the seeker and satisfy the hungry.  You always got light and a fresh angle to the Word of God.

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Repeatedly, the question crashed in my soul, “How could such a mighty man die?”  The Holy Spirit took me to these verses: 2 Kings 13:14, “Elisha had become sick with the illness of which he would die.”  Verse 21: “So it was, as they were burying a man, that suddenly they spied a band of raiders; and they put the man in the tomb of Elisha; and when the man was let down and touched the bones of Elisha, he revived and stood on his feet.”

What can kill a man whose bones raise the dead?  The answer is a broken heart.  Elisha was banned from prophesying for almost 40 years.  The counsel of God that burned within him used him up because it was rejected.

Dusty preached against the grain in a religious culture that valued size and fame.  He did it to his own hurt.  It shortened his life.

Dusty was a contradiction that increased his pain.  He loved people and didn’t want to lose anyone.  He also loved truth. At great personal cost, he would do what was right. 

He would constantly analyze things to death to be sure he was doing the right thing. This also shortened his life.  It was a constant source of frustration to me. I begged him more times than I can count  to stop doing this.

He was not a professional pastor.  He winged it with a singular desperation to do what he believed was right.

He sacrificed himself in his humor.  He could laugh at himself better than anyone I ever knew.

He tried to seem tough, but he was the quintessential softie.  Here is the last text we shared: Me- “I am in your office barking orders so your staff feels at home.”  Dusty-“Awesome! Thank you. Fire someone.”  You see, there it is…he is talking big about something he could never do without great inner anguish.

He was hard on himself but forgiving to others.  If there was a question about who was right, he would find a way to take the blame.

Did Dusty Kemp accomplish a lot with his life?  He would say no.  But he accomplished more that we could ever imagine.  You may not see it at first because our mega-church values only reward those who build empires.

dusty-shotHere’s the thing: the goal is not to engrave your name on monuments, grand buildings or sprawling campuses.  You are supposed to engrave your name on the hearts of people.  A man of God’s legacy is in the souls who were transformed, the minds that reverberate with your teachings and the stories people share about you.  By this measure my friend Dusty was a spectacular success.

That is why New Life Church will continue to thrive.  Mary Kemp will be graced with special power.  The church’s wonderful ministries will continue to excel.  I can’t wait to be a part of it.

Dusty Kemp was not just my friend.  He was a great man, a wonderful intellect, a great soul of matchless courage, one of the great men of the earth—and yet we have no right to bow down to his memory simply because he was great. Great orators, great soldiers and great lawyers often use their gifts for selfish reasons. We pay a tribute of love and respect to Dusty Kemp because he used his matchless power for the good of man and for the Glory of Christ.