THE THREE MOST IMPORTANT THINGS

Pray with intense focus: Pray, knowing that God is the rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. But what should we be seeking in prayer today? There are 3 things that have been burning in my heart to ask for. Here they are in the order in which I believe we need to pray for them.

1. The local church. Why would I mention this first? This current hysteria threatens to hit the local church hard. That is not good on more levels than you may realize. Satan wants to weaken churches in America for several important reasons.

Pray against the temptation to develop the habit of staying home from church after this is over.

 Pray that believers will continue to financially support their church now, even if they are compelled to stay home.

Pray that state governments will not use this as an excuse to persecute the church.  Few things are more dangerous right now than the state drifting from justifiable health guidelines into police brutality. Only a fool doesn’t know about the growing outright hostility toward Christians in the Blue states. Their mouths are watering at the prospect of shutting down churches. They are looking for any excuse, and we must rebuke all demonic power and ask God to cause the fire of revival to fall on churches everywhere. The disruption of churches in America is from Satan. Pure and simple.

Worshiping together is a key to Christianity. Matthew 18:19-20, “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. For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them.”

Remember: We are the only movement in history where the founder attends every meeting.

If there is a chance for you to worship with others and you opt instead for worshiping alone or as the hippies among us love to say, “I will commune with nature.” You may find some blessing, but you will not receive the full measure that the power of agreement provides.

Hebrews 10: 25 urges us: “not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day (of the Lord) approaching.” House meetings are being touted as a substitute for corporate worship. And this not a problem if the motives are pure. Often, however, these meetings are led by leaders who are engaging in self-promotion. They are doing it because they did not get the recognition they felt they deserved in a church setting.  This is a lot like socialism: it sounds good, but it has never worked because the true motives are wrong.

I believe that something good can come out of this. Maybe we will remember the joy and satisfaction of simple church…before we got all slick and professional.

We must also pray fervently for the persecuted church around the world.

2. That America will repent. Americans who pray today had better repent. Every mouth that prays today must begin by asking for forgiveness. Any kind of asking that comes before repentance will offend God’s holiness. We are a nation of great wickedness. We have thumbed our nose at God. We have murdered the innocents and destroyed marriage. We celebrate things that God abhors.

Daniel was not guilty of the sins of Israel and yet he repented for them. In Daniel 9:4-5, he wrote, “And I prayed to the Lord my God, and made confession, and said, “O Lord, great and awesome God, Who keeps His covenant and mercy with those who love Him, and with those who keep His commandments,  we have sinned and committed iniquity, we have done wickedly and rebelled, even by departing from Your precepts and Your judgments.”

The one thing we do not want to see is this: 2 Chronicles 28:22, “Now in the time of his distress King Ahaz became increasingly unfaithful to the Lord.”  If America smugly assumes she can ask and stay unfaithful to the Lord—or worse, become even more unfaithful—that would spell certain doom.

3. Pray that God will show mercy and curse this virus. Do not ask with pride, spouting your, “rights and privileges.” Humbly declare, “We are not deserving of a national miracle, but we humbly beg for Your mercy.” In this prayer, we must remember that all the nations of the world far less able to fight this pandemic.

I am a firm believer in miracles of healing and in the power of God to drive back disease. But I have never seen miracles break out when the voices calling upon God were charged with pride and entitlement.

Our Father and our God, have mercy on us this day as we turn from our wicked ways. We do not ask for comfort and ease, we ask for holy desires and the resolve to fight on in order to share the Gospel with the world. We forsake all those things that have become our idols. We condemn perverse and unnatural desires that have aroused Your anger against us. We pray in the name that is above all names—the Name of Jesus!

               

 

 

 

 

Let us place a new weapon in your hand. Mario’s new book that saw this coming and gives the instructions for those would let God forge them into a nation-saving weapon.

Mario’s new book will awaken you to your assignment in God’s work to save America. It’s $15 each or $12 for ten or more. Get a signed copy plus free shipping by clicking here.  https://mariomurillo.org/product/vessels-of-fire-glory/ 

 

 

 

 

A terrifying collision with the Glory of God

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

The problem is, with all the anger, division, loud perversion, and persecution, Christian teachers find their instructive messages woefully inadequate.  What happened?  The answer is…life.   Life happened, and it is gripping believers with fear.  This is a new kind of fear coming from the screaming villains, who now have an out-sized influence.

The church in America needs a terrifying collision with the Glory of God.  But right now we are awash in ‘advisory sermons.’ The titles are similar and predictable: “How to handle fear, uncertainty, finances, relationships, marriage, and children.”   We are drowning in whiteboards, blackboards, statistics, PowerPoint Presentations, props, and illustrations.

We’ve been taught to death. We need to pour gasoline on what we’ve been taught and light it on fire.

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

Leaders have brought a lot of this on themselves.  The culture has changed dramatically in the last few months—but the American pulpit has not.

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

Closing the altars, ordering people to tone it down, and focusing on recovery programs indeed brought in a crowd.  However, what is the end game if the crowd leaves as weak as they came—and in some cases weaker—without power to face the culture of a nation gone berserk?

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

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

PERFECT FEAR DOES INDEED CAST OUT FEAR!  We have downplayed and even banned something that Christians desperately need…A TERRIFYING COLLISION WITH THE GLORY OF GOD.

Go back with me to 758 B.C.  Isaiah the prophet enters the Temple in fear for his life.  The tide of public opinion has turned against him.  The death of his friend and protector King Uzziah has put the finishing touch on 5 years of ministry that seemingly had no impact on Israel, and Isaiah felt like he had just been treading water.  His despair is now complete. He enters the Temple looking for comfort from God.

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

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

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

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

The startling effect of the Glory of God—a wonder-working fear—overrules human fear.

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

“But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all.”

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

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

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

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

We should have made room and time for people to be so filled to overflowing with the Holy Spirit and fire that they are equipped to prevail against all enemies.  If we had, we would not be nursing hordes of Christians on life support. We would have an unstoppable army!

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

 

Let us place a new weapon in your hand. Mario’s new book that saw this coming and gives the instructions for those would let God forge them into a nation-saving weapon.

Mario’s new book will awaken you to your assignment in God’s work to save America. It’s $15 each or $12 for ten or more. Get a signed copy plus free shipping by clicking here.  https://mariomurillo.org/product/vessels-of-fire-glory/ 

 

DO NOT THROW TOMORROW AWAY

Can you recall any of the superficial sermons that were preached by celebrity preachers just a few weeks ago? If so, you must realize that preaching that stuff now would come off as banal and inappropriate enough to cause you to cringe. Back then, under the influence of that type of preaching, many believed life was just a bowl of cherries, and their toughest test was wondering how long it would take God to refill the bowl. Now they are believing for toilet paper.

Those warm and fuzzy sermonettes became useless for life during a pandemic.

Many are jobless. Many have loved ones who are sick. Their children are home from school and falling behind. The eateries, stores, and coffee shops they took for granted are now either closed or will only hand you stuff through the door. And the churches they used to attend are worshiping online.

They stare out the window at a strange new world with no idea how bad it’s going to get, and if or when things will return to normal.  Coronavirus has destroyed their theological innocence.

Many are not only done with those motivational pep talks, they have thrown the baby out with the bath water. They are turning away from their faith and trust in a loving God.

The other extreme this outbreak has led to is the number of believers who now hate the faith-prosperity message. They hate it so much that they are rooting for this virus to cause that message to become extinct. And they are every bit as dangerous as the New Age celebrity pastors.

The Holy Spirit has given me a warning to pass on to every child of God. You had a dream. You had a vision. You were just about to start college, start a business, get married, start a family, write a book, build a building, get a patent on a new invention, or launch out in vibrant ministry for Christ. Then the world seemed to come to an end.

The Bible, and your God-given vision and dream are not beholden to human circumstances. The Book that contains the accounts of people who stopped plagues, raised the dead, and blinded armies isn’t going to cut you any slack. DO NOT THROW TOMORROW AWAY.

Now, the present reality is screaming at you that none of those dreams will ever come true. They say you must downgrade your hopes and dreams to a “new normal.” You must adapt to a shadow existence. That is a lethal lie from the pit of hell! I want this blog to be the electrode paddles that will kick-start your visionary heart once again.

GOD IS COMMANDING YOU—DO NOT THROW TOMORROW AWAY!

Do you honestly think that God didn’t know this was coming when He gave you that vision, idea, commission, or calling?  God didn’t just sit down and say, “Oh well, My child, I guess I won’t be able to do what I called you to do. I never factored in this virus thing.”

Furthermore, just because some have abused the truths of Faith and Provision, that does not change the truth about Faith and Provision. Romans 3:3 asks a burning question, “What if some were unfaithful? Does their faithlessness nullify the faithfulness of God?”

Giving up on faith because of the virus is like losing faith in your gun because a burglar got in your house. This crisis doesn’t mean our faith doesn’t work—this is what our faith is for!

Kenneth Hagin did not get his revelation of the faith message during an economic boom. He got it in the depths of the Great Depression. Hagin saw faith intervene in a time of grinding poverty.

Alexander Dowie didn’t launch his healing ministry when divine healing was all the rage. He did it after the bubonic plague killed 40 members of his church. After he launched his healing ministry, no one else died in his church, and an international ministry was born.

I remember when circumstances and outward appearances caused a great evangelist I knew to back off from an important part of his message. Over dinner he told me, “Mario, the poverty was so great in the Philippines that I couldn’t preach prosperity.” I corrected him by asking, “Would you also not preach healing because they were too sick?”

Don’t you dare throw tomorrow away! Joshua 3:5 is your verse: “Sanctify yourselves, for tomorrow the Lord will work wonders among you.”

What does ‘sanctify’ mean? It means clean up your act! This is not a time to be stunned by events. It’s time to train, prepare, pray, study and write the vision plainly so you can run with it. Fan the fading embers back into a roaring flame.

This crisis will go away. What will never go away is the regret of what you might have done for God if you hadn’t thrown it away. DO NOT THROW AWAY TOMORROW!

 

 

Let us place a new weapon in your hand. Mario’s new book that saw this coming and gives the instructions for those would let God forge them into a nation-saving weapon.

Mario’s new book will awaken you to your assignment in God’s work to save America. It’s $15 each or $12 for ten or more. Get a signed copy plus free shipping by clicking here.  https://mariomurillo.org/product/vessels-of-fire-glory/ 

 

 

 

 

 

The Golden Attack of the Body of Christ on the Coronavirus.

The flood of news about the virus makes us all feel like we are getting punched in the stomach. And yet a recent article written by Aaron E. Carroll, Professor of Pediatrics at Indiana University School of Medicine and Ashish Jha, Professor of Global Health at Harvard University, is one of the tamest out there.

In their article for The Atlantic, entitled “This is how we beat the Coronavirus,” they offer what they deem to be a hopeful solution. For starters, they say we could see causalities similar to the 1918 Spanish Flu that killed 50 million people.

So what is their answer?

  • Screen everybody and do it regularly. (Imagine that! They offer little hope unless we screen every man, woman, boy and girl and then turn around and keep doing it again!)
  • Be willing to shut down the economy for 18 months.
  • Separate infected family members from healthy ones.

Then they go on to admit that all of this will still not be enough!

  • Focus every American factory on turning out protective equipment—masks, gloves, gowns, and so forth—to ensure we keep our health-care workforce safe.
  • Pour vast sums of intellectual and financial resources into developing a vaccine.

As I said, this is one of the less extreme articles I’ve read.  But here’s why you want to look at their advice with healthy skepticism. My research team did a little digging and came up with this:

  1. The Atlantic is not an unbiased medical journal. They are deep in the Deep State’s pocket, so what these Left-leaning doctors say must be taken with a grain of salt: they want Trump to fail, and are projecting a worst-case scenario.
  2. This entire article is focusing on: a) How many people are GOING to die. b) How what we are doing now is too little, too late. c) The difference between what we are doing vs. what those in South Korea are doing. d) Mask and ventilator shortages, rather than finding a vaccine. e) Comparing the present crisis and Covid-19, to the past (1918) and the Spanish Flu.

Please: remember that NONE of these things were available in 1918: there was no vaccine, no Chloroquine, not even ventilators – so of course there were millions of deaths.

A vaccine is only briefly mentioned in the article in The Atlantic: “We need to keep time on the clock, time to find a treatment or a vaccine.”

Well, as you know, we now have both! But the article ignores the three potential preventative vaccines which are in the works and are being fast-tracked in Japan, America, and Israel. And the drug Chloroquine is very likely a cure. But these ‘health professionals’ never say a word about either of those, anywhere in this long article.

The lesson here is bigger than just: “Stay calm and don’t believe the hysteria.”  No. There is another word in this hour. It is to the Body of Christ: We are supernatural! I am convinced that God wants to act in such a way that the whole world will know He did it and no one else.

Here are two things to consider:

1.The miraculous history of the United States.  In his book The American Miracle, Michael Medved chronicles miracles in the past that saved us when all seemed lost. He reveals a record of improbabilities and amazements that demonstrate what the Founders always believed: that events unfolded according to a master plan, with a powerful force playing an unmistakable role in lifting this nation to greatness.

Even though our history is a long train of miracles, that doesn’t mean we don’t need to repent and ask for God’s mercy. Any believer who is not praying that way is crazy. But God’s past mercy is undeniable, and once again, it is available.

2. The Golden Attack of the Body of Christ.

What is the Golden Attack of the Body of Christ? Let me answer my own question with a question. Who does the Bible say we are? We are the people of the Living God who have been bought by the blood of the Lamb! And therefore, we have a role in this disaster that is far bigger than we realize.

The current situation has millions of Christians sitting at home, so, they can either sit by idly and wait it out, or they can go on the attack—a Golden Attack. You can stay on defense and be crushed by the weight of this crisis, or you can see this as a golden opportunity for the Body of Christ to exercise her authority over the powers of darkness. Millions of Christians sitting at home can, and should be, the devil’s worst nightmare—but only if we get on the attack.

What you must first see is this: You are different than the world.

You don’t worry. You don’t fret. You live on a higher plane than those around you. You are not an orphan. 1 Thessalonians 4:13 orders us “Not to mourn as those who have no hope.” Quit acting like you have no hope! Quit acting like you have never before in your life had to believe God to take care of you and your loved ones. It’s nothing new for you to trust God for health, safety or provision. Don’t drink the same Kool-Aid the world is drinking.

It is this difference that Jesus was trying to drive home in Matthew 6:31-33, “Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you.”

You are in no condition to hear and obey God if you are living in the elementary mindset that most of America is in. If you are drained and harried like those without hope, you are living in fear and not available to join in the attack.

You are a light to the world but you need oil. Matthew 25:3-4, “Those who were foolish took their lamps and took no oil with them, but the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps.”

The oil is the Holy Spirit. We are not to fill our heads with news headlines. We are to be filled with the Holy Spirit! Your concern is the light you give off, not only for yourself, but for everyone you come into contact with. It is so dark now that even the smallest lights are having a great impact.

The Golden Attack!

When the children of Israel grumbled against Moses, the Lord sent a plague. The Golden Attack is what stopped the plague. It is described in Numbers 16:47, “So Aaron did as Moses said, and ran into the midst of the assembly. The plague had already started among the people, but Aaron offered the incense and made atonement for them. He stood between the living and the dead, and the plague stopped.” In one move, they called the people to repent, and called on God to forgive and have mercy.

How dare we call ourselves Spirit-filled believers and not see the Golden Opportunity before us!

We don’t need to leave our houses, yet we can still come into explosive agreement by the millions, and pray! A nuclear bomb of the Spirit has been created. We can make altars in all of our homes right now!

A similar thing happened during World War Two. Hitler had every advantage and began an attack that the people of England were helpless to stop. But, at the same time, an intercessor named Rees Howells had been crying out to God for days from his prayer closet. Then something happened that historians still cannot explain. Hitler inexplicably turned his army away from England and attacked Russia instead.

The Golden Attack of the Body of Christ is this:

With one voice we all petition heaven for mercy. With one voice we honor Almighty God by remembering how He has saved America from disaster, again and again. And then in holy rage, we come against this virus from hell. Together we curse it! We command it to turn and die, so that true revival might crash upon our shores!

Satan has not yet seen the impact that the Golden Attack from the Body of Christ will have on his plans—but he soon will!

Share this message with as many as you can, then join us in united prayer to do as Aaron did—to stand between the living and the dead—and we will see this plague stopped!

 

 

Let us place a new weapon in your hand. Mario’s new book that saw this coming and gives the instructions for those would let God forge them into a nation-saving weapon.

Mario’s new book will awaken you to your assignment in God’s work to save America. It’s $15 each or $12 for ten or more. Get a signed copy plus free shipping by clicking here.  https://mariomurillo.org/product/vessels-of-fire-glory/ 

 

 

 

 

THE THREE MOST IMPORTANT THINGS

Pray with intense focus: Pray, knowing that God is the rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. But what should we be seeking in prayer today? There are 3 things that have been burning in my heart to ask for. Here they are in the order in which I believe we need to pray for them.

1. The local church. Why would I mention this first? This current hysteria threatens to hit the local church hard. That is not good on more levels than you may realize. Satan wants to weaken churches in America for several important reasons.

Pray against the temptation to develop the habit of staying home from church after this is over.

 Pray that believers will continue to financially support their church now, even if they are compelled to stay home.

Pray that state governments will not use this as an excuse to persecute the church.  Few things are more dangerous right now than the state drifting from justifiable health guidelines into police brutality. Only a fool doesn’t know about the growing outright hostility toward Christians in the Blue states. Their mouths are watering at the prospect of shutting down churches. They are looking for any excuse, and we must rebuke all demonic power and ask God to cause the fire of revival to fall on churches everywhere. The disruption of churches in America is from Satan. Pure and simple.

Worshiping together is a key to Christianity. Matthew 18:19-20, “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. For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them.”

Remember: We are the only movement in history where the founder attends every meeting.

If there is a chance for you to worship with others and you opt instead for worshiping alone or as the hippies among us love to say, “I will commune with nature.” You may find some blessing, but you will not receive the full measure that the power of agreement provides.

Hebrews 10: 25 urges us: “not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day (of the Lord) approaching.” House meetings are being touted as a substitute for corporate worship. And this not a problem if the motives are pure. Often, however, these meetings are led by leaders who are engaging in self-promotion. They are doing it because they did not get the recognition they felt they deserved in a church setting.  This is a lot like socialism: it sounds good, but it has never worked because the true motives are wrong.

I believe that something good can come out of this. Maybe we will remember the joy and satisfaction of simple church…before we got all slick and professional.

We must also pray fervently for the persecuted church around the world.

2. That America will repent. Americans who pray today had better repent. Every mouth that prays today must begin by asking for forgiveness. Any kind of asking that comes before repentance will offend God’s holiness. We are a nation of great wickedness. We have thumbed our nose at God. We have murdered the innocents and destroyed marriage. We celebrate things that God abhors.

Daniel was not guilty of the sins of Israel and yet he repented for them. In Daniel 9:4-5, he wrote, “And I prayed to the Lord my God, and made confession, and said, “O Lord, great and awesome God, Who keeps His covenant and mercy with those who love Him, and with those who keep His commandments,  we have sinned and committed iniquity, we have done wickedly and rebelled, even by departing from Your precepts and Your judgments.”

The one thing we do not want to see is this: 2 Chronicles 28:22, “Now in the time of his distress King Ahaz became increasingly unfaithful to the Lord.”  If America smugly assumes she can ask and stay unfaithful to the Lord—or worse, become even more unfaithful—that would spell certain doom.

3. Pray that God will show mercy and curse this virus. Do not ask with pride, spouting your, “rights and privileges.” Humbly declare, “We are not deserving of a national miracle, but we humbly beg for Your mercy.” In this prayer, we must remember that all the nations of the world far less able to fight this pandemic.

I am a firm believer in miracles of healing and in the power of God to drive back disease. But I have never seen miracles break out when the voices calling upon God were charged with pride and entitlement.

Our Father and our God, have mercy on us this day as we turn from our wicked ways. We do not ask for comfort and ease, we ask for holy desires and the resolve to fight on in order to share the Gospel with the world. We forsake all those things that have become our idols. We condemn perverse and unnatural desires that have aroused Your anger against us. We pray in the name that is above all names—the Name of Jesus!

               

 

WHAT I AM GOING TO DO NOW

No one who knows me well, has asked that question. They know better than that. They know what I am going to do. I’ve even had friends call from great distances and say, “I know what you’re going to do!” More on that in a moment. I want to get to something else.

What happened in Chico was Satan. Paul wrote, “Therefore we wanted to come to you—even I, Paul, time and again—but Satan hindered us.” (1 Thessalonians 2:18)

When people make up rules on the spot, you know that is Satan. When you are told you can’t have a gathering, but there is a car race going on in the background, that is Satan. When not a single case of Coronavirus is recorded within 200 miles, and you are accused of being irresponsible, that is Satan. When lukewarm churches oppose soul winning and miracles, then you know it is Satan.

The good people of Chico were robbed—not by a virus but by hate and fear. They were robbed by leftists prematurely spreading a panic. In my opinion, they were targeting Christians. Even now, Casinos are still open, while at the same time, churches are ordered to close.  As if Casinos have some magical protection that churches don’t.

Satan wants to stop all of our crusades. Satan knew the momentum that would be generated by this crusade. Here is what really bites: Not one person would have gotten sick from the virus, but a lot of people would have been healed of serious diseases. I believe that cancers would have been healed, along with many other truly life threatening sicknesses.

But more importantly, the worst sickness of all would have been healed—sin sick souls! I just got off the phone with one of our board members. He was telling me how a friend he has been inviting to church for many years, but who would never go, had agreed to come to the Tent in Chico. Only God knows how many other souls would have come.

I had to calm down a fire-breathing army of soul winners who were all set to return to Chico today and hit the streets. At this point, they would have been unduly endangered, trying to pray for people. They would also be in direct defiance of the government’s orders. No, the devil may have won this battle.  BUT NEVER AGAIN!

Do you still want to ask what I am going to do now?   We were born in the fire of student riots. We waded through tear gas and protesters.  During the A.I.D.S. epidemic we never backed down. Ten more epidemics have come and gone since then. What are we going to do?

We will not relent. We will reload. As soon as the ban lifts we will win more souls than ever. We are going to expand our outreach to the Highway 99 Corridor. Every aspect of our outreach will intensify.

I know the Coronavirus is a real crisis. I agree that getting America to lay low will help blunt the epidemic. I am not in disagreement with the call to limit this virus. I do not oppose the safeguards that are recommended now by health professionals.

Here’s what I do oppose. I oppose the Left which is creating a parallel crisis of fear and panic. They seek to divide and blame and inflame mindless passions. But, what else is new?

My other issue is this: closing down churches while leaving other places where people gather wide open does not look like an effort to stop a virus. It looks like an effort to stop the church. And what will California do after this virus passes? Will they let up on the church or have they created a pretext to stop the church any time and for any reason they want?

I remember how, during a major drought, they raised the price of water with a solemn promise that when the drought ended prices would return to normal. Instead, right when the drought subsided they invented one of the most insidious surcharges I’ve ever heard of. It’s called an elevation charge. They charge people for how high the water had to flow to get to them—even when there was zero evidence that it cost them anything extra to deliver the water.

This is an hour when discernment is crucial. The church must abide by rules that protect the public and help stop the pandemic. But the church must also be aware when being shut down is not happening because of a virus, rather, it is happening because the Left wants to shut down churches and stop the Gospel.

But they will fail.

“So shall they fear the name of the Lord from the west, and His glory from the rising of the sun; when the enemy comes in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord will lift up a standard against him. The Redeemer will come to Zion, and to those who turn from transgression in Jacob,” says the Lord. (Is. 59:19-20)

 

THE LEFTISTS OF CALIFORNIA ARE TODAY’S PHARISEES

The Beast described in the 13th chapter of the book of Revelation isn’t after justice, equality, or the wellbeing of people. He is also called the false prophet who will absorb the power of the world and bestow it on the antichrist. California government is behaving the same way—absorbing a way of life to offer it to the God of “Wokeness.”

They have unleashed misery on the people. They have turned God fearing, hardworking, law abiding citizens into hostages in their own homes.

Gavin Newsom and his cohorts have proven they don’t want a better life for law-abiding Californians. Quite the opposite—they are hell-bent on ending something they don’t understand, in favor of something they can’t even define. They are acting as if they are part of some kind of doomsday cult.

Nothing else explains their tyrannical intrusion into every aspect of the lives of Californians. Nothing else explains their blatant suspension of the Bill of Rights in California—specifically: the freedom of religion, the freedom of speech, and the right to bear arms.

The leftists of California are today’s Pharisees. There are three ways in which they behave like the Pharisees in the New Testament.

1. They have laid aside the Word of God in favor of their traditions. Jesus told the Pharisees they were guilty of “laying aside the commandment of God,” telling them, “you hold the tradition of men.” (Mark 7:8).

The leftists in Sacramento have done this not only to the Bible, but to the Constitution of the United States. Their treatise of tyranny is called “California values.” These values, which they want to be the blueprint for the other 49 states, overrule freedom of religion, freedom of speech, and the right to dissent. 

Here are the very words of the Constitution: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

California has denied those who defy their politics or religious views the right to assemble. They dare to call it a ‘safety precaution.’ California social media instantly bans voices they deem contrary to “California values.”

One California Congressman named Evan Low even said to the Christian churches of California, “The church must evolve.” And if you dare to disagree with their agenda, they feel they have the right to disband your organization.

2. They won’t lift a finger.

How perfectly Ricky Gervais exposed Hollywood Pharisees when he said, “People who live in obscene luxury and entitlement have no business scolding everyday hard working people.”

Jesus said, “(The Pharisees) bind heavy burdens, hard to bear, and lay them on men’s shoulders; but they themselves will not move them with one of their fingers. But all their works they do to be seen by men.” (Matthew 23:4-5)

3. They are hypocrites: They decry global warming, but fly everywhere in private jets, leaving a huge carbon footprint. They want to take away your guns, but their private security is armed to the teeth. They want you to sacrifice, but they will live as they please.

Silicon Valley is a bastion of income inequality. Their hypocrisy knows no limit. They say all the right things—with that familiar smug, distant look on their faces—and yet, they condemn Wall Street for all the things they themselves do.

Google, Apple, Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter are all hypocrites. Apple bills itself as a champion of human rights but uses sweatshops in China. Google says, “Don’t be evil,” but censors anyone who has opposing views.  Facebook and Twitter shadow-ban Christians and Conservatives, even as they are touting ‘freedom of expression’ and the beauty of ‘sharing ideas.’

Here is the new sacrament of Sacramento:

Thou shalt have drag queens read to your children in public libraries. Thou shalt let boys into your little girl’s restroom at school. Thou shalt be taught about sexual positions and self-gratification in the classroom. Thou wilt not farm the land because we must use the water to save a 4 inch fish. Thou shalt not cut the underbrush even if it causes massive wildfires. Thou shalt welcome the thousands of felons and sexual predators we release into your neighborhood and let them double your crime rate. Thou shalt not have healthcare, yet thou shalt be taxed to pay for the healthcare of those who came here illegally. Thou shalt help pay for free needles for drug addicts, and free contraceptives and abortions through your taxes. Thou shalt be homeless while non-citizens are housed and veterans sleep under bridges. Thou shalt call MS-13 gangsters ‘children of God,’ as Mother Nancy hast said. Thou shalt not turn over to the police illegals who have murdered Americans—even if they murder thine own child.

Finally, there is the vast human tragedy unfolding in the Central Valley of California. A PBS report said, “In the suburbs of East Contra Costa County, the poverty rate has grown by more than 70 percent in the past decade.”  That doesn’t begin to tell the story of every way in which California has failed millions living in the cities on Highway 99.

Stress and despair drives an alcohol and drug epidemic. Highway 99 is the most dangerous highway in America for DUI.  The gangs are expanding and oppress the people. Farmers watch land turn into dust bowls while trillions of gallons of fresh water are pouring into the Bay. Despair is everywhere.

I rebuke this devil—this heresy of “California values.” We are taking our tent and a message of signs, wonders and miracles into the mouth of this dragon. There is a special vengeance resting upon me because I know that the good people who live along Highway 99 deserve better. Yes, I will take it out on the devil for the lies he has told California. I nurse a fond wish, not only for massive revival, but for an awakening that rises to action and votes these criminals out of office!