WHAT IF GOD CHOOSES TO GO IT ALONE?

If America is about to be destroyed will God still wait for the church?  If we continue to refuse revival will God go it alone?  Would He let America die so the church can save face?  The answer from scripture is clear:

Isaiah 63:5 “I looked, but there was no one to help, I was appalled that no one gave support; so, my own arm achieved salvation for me, and my own wrath sustained me.”

The answer from American history is also clear.  Michael Medved said: “The history of the United States displays an uncanny pattern: At moments of crisis, when the odds against success seem overwhelming and disaster looks imminent, fate intervenes to provide deliverance and progress. Historians may categorize these incidents as happy accidents, callous crimes, or the product of brilliant leadership, but the most notable leaders of the past four hundred years have identified this good fortune as something else—a reflection of divine providence.”

Don’t think for a moment that I am trying to comfort the church.  I am not trying to comfort—I am issuing a warning.  The church today is sicker than we know.  Many preachers are literally mocking God in the pulpit.

In 1998, David Wilkerson said this about the American Church: “Likewise today, Christians by the multiple thousands are casting off the yoke of Christ, tossing aside all limits and restrictions. This attitude is prevalent in many of the books and magazines you find in Christian bookstores. It’s almost as if our leaders are saying, “Relax! God isn’t hard. He’s our Daddy, we’re all his kids, and we’re meant to have a good time. Don’t let anyone disturb your fun!”

We have begun to glorify homosexuality and lesbianism. Our media applauds the “bravery” of gays who declare their sexual orientation – but we ought to weep over it! TV’s “Ellen” was hailed as a heroine when she came out of the closet on national television. Yet at one time, Christians across the country would have been on their faces crying out to God for mercy over such immorality.”  19 years later, can you imagine what David Wilkerson would say?

 

If God goes it alone it would be and extremely painful and violent—it would be embarrassing…even humiliating.

Learn the difference between a revival and an awakening.  Revival grows from within a repentant and obedient church and spills over to the secular culture.

Awakening is far more turbulent.  In an awakening church leaders are bypassed and the Holy Spirit falls directly on secular society.  Yes, God can still save America but if it is through an awakening it would still be a devastating experience for most Christians.  Jesus said of awakening:   And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and the violent take it by force. -Matthew 11: 12

Wrath would fall on ministers.  1 Peter 4: 17 For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God…”  God will not spare the church public humiliation if the option is national destruction.  Pastors hooked on porn will be exposed.  All perversion will be brought out in the open.  God will allow the secular media to uncover secret sin.  Ruining the reputation of hypocritical ministers will not stop awakening—it will enhance it.

Seeker and mega churches would collapse:  Kent Carlson and Mike Lueken from Oak Hills Church in Folsom, California. admit their seeker church was a monster.  In their book, Renovation of the Church they say this: “When we structure a church around attracting people to cutting-edge, entertaining, interesting, inspirational and always-growing services and ministries, there is simply no room for letting up. Once we have communicated to the masses that if they come to our church, they’ll be surprised, then we have this never-ending burden to surprise people every week. The burden this places on the staff and laity can hardly be overstated. There were times when I felt like I simply did not have it in me to perform again at that level for yet another weekend.

Gradually, we began to get some clarity on a troubling truth: attracting people to church based on their consumer demands is in direct and irredeemable conflict with inviting people, in Jesus’ words, to lose their lives in order to find them.”

If an awakening hit today it would doom many mega church pastors.  On their watch—America fell faster and harder into immorality than ever.  Instead of reaching the lost for Christ, they weakened the already saved.   They were helpless to change our culture.

Wrath would fall on hypocrites.  1 Peter 4: 17 For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God…”  God will not spare the church public humiliation if the option is national destruction.  Pastors hooked on porn will be exposed.  All perversion will be brought out in the open.  God will allow the secular media to uncover secret sin.  Ruining the reputation of hypocritical ministers will not stop awakening—it will enhance it.

People could die.  Some who oppose awakening or live immorally as Ananias and Sapphira did could be killed.  (See Acts 5).

Natural disasters and global calamity:  God reserves the right to use these to spark awakening.

 

It is frightening how American Christians are not acting on the mercy God has shown us.  God is near a choice—a painful choice to stretch out His hand and pour our His Spirit—with or without us.

However, there is a remnant… Many are godly people are growing frustrated and desperate.  It is a good sign!  David Wilkerson said, “God is doing a secret work in our day. He is raising up a hungry people who are growing more and more dissatisfied with the fleshly, worldly system as it now exists—even in the church.

These God-hungry people are saying among themselves, “This is not it. There is something more. The bigness and the sensationalism of it all has left us empty and dry. We want more. More than entertainment. More than big, showy buildings. More than a shallow celebrity gospel. We want deeper values. We want to see Jesus. We want spotless robes of righteousness. We want to go back to doing things in total dependence on God.”

America can still be destroyed.  I don’t believe that will happen without one last radical move By God.  My first choice would be a true revival in the church.  However, if she refuses, God will move on to an awakening that will be brutal to lukewarm believers.  If that’s what it takes…so be it.

HEAVEN IN THE HALLWAY

When God closes one door He opens another but it can be hell in the hallway.   What good is failure and frustration?  Why has God closed every door to you?   Why has the Lord devised this divine interruption?  It can seem cruel and everything in you can rail against it.

HEAVEN IN THE HALLWAY

By Mario Murillo

When God closes one door He opens another but it can be hell in the hallway.   You are stuck in the hallway! What are you doing here?  What good is failure and frustration?  Why has God closed every door to you?   Why has the Lord devised this divine interruption?  It can seem cruel and everything in you can rail against it.

God will trap you in the hallway.  Jeremiah screamed, “He has hedged me in so that I cannot get out; He has made my chain heavy.” -Lamentations 3: 7

Hannah’s hell looked like this: “And her rival also provoked her severely, to make her miserable, because the Lord had closed her womb”- 1 Samuel 1: 6. Why would a loving God intensify her shame and pain by closing her womb?

Elijah was sent to the wilderness only to have God cut off his water supply: “And it happened after a while that the brook dried up, because there had been no rain in the land.” – 1 Kings 17:7 How does any of this make sense?

Paul had doors slammed in his face by the Holy Spirit: Acts 16: 6 “Now when they had gone through Phrygia and the region of Galatia, they were forbidden by the Holy Spirit to preach the word in Asia. 7 After they had come to Mysia, they tried to go into Bithynia, but the Spirit did not permit them.”

Not only this, Paul was put in prison at the very moment his physical presence in the churches was desperately needed. What gives?

The hallway seems like hell but if you calm your raging spirit and quell your fears and worries you can turn it into heaven.

The hallway is trying to save you.  Paul indeed had doors closed but then this happened in his hallway:  Acts 16: 8 So passing by Mysia, they came down to Troas. 9 And a vision appeared to Paul in the night. A man of Macedonia stood and pleaded with him, saying, ‘Come over to Macedonia and help us.’ 10 Now after he had seen the vision, immediately we sought to go to Macedonia, concluding that the Lord had called us to preach the gospel to them.”

You have gotten good at doing things you are not supposed to be doing.  You are off course.  The hallway is waking you up to the fact that you are busy but not effective. The hallway is where you end the tyranny of unimportant things.

The hallway is trying to teach you once and for all that God is your source: 1 Kings 17:8 Then the word of the Lord came to him, saying, 9 ‘Arise, go to Zarephath, which belongs to Sidon, and dwell there. See, I have commanded a widow there to provide for you.’”

Elijah’s welfare was never in doubt.  Even in drought and famine he was safe.  God was trying to show him that whether it is brooks, ravens, or starving widows, God will take care of you.

This forced interruption serves to slay your deepest fears.  The world did not end. The bills got paid.  No threat prospered against you.  The hallway shows you God is your only source.  Outward sources of provision are mirages.  Your heart is fixed trusting in the Lord.

The Hallway deepens right desires and kills selfish motives.  God closes Hannah’s womb to deepen her desire for children.  In the hallway, she became willing to offer her first child to God.  That child became Samuel the prophet.  He saved Israel and is considered second only to Moses in Judaism.   But it gets way better: God remembered Hannah:  1 Samuel 2: 21 says, “And the Lord visited Hannah, so that she conceived and bore three sons and two daughters. Meanwhile the child Samuel grew before the Lord.”  What an amazing outcome!  Not only does she get 5 more children—a prophet comes to save a nation.

The Hallway is a slingshot to unimagined momentum.  You seem immobilized and even like you are going backwards.  You are going backwards…for good reason!  Mighty elastic bands are being stretched to blast you forward.

Paul learned this lesson from his jail cell:  Philippians 1: 12 “But I want you to know, brethren, that the things which happened to me have actually turned out for the furtherance of the gospel, 13 so that it has become evident to the whole palace guard, and to all the rest, that my chains are in Christ; 14 and most of the brethren in the Lord, having become confident by my chains, are much more bold to speak the word without fear.”

He writes triumphantly to Timothy from the hallway: “for which I suffer trouble as an evildoer, even to the point of chains; but the word of God is not chained. -2 Timothy 2:9

The Hallway is where you find out that just knowing God is everything.  I have—for reasons I will never know till I get to heaven—been privileged to know some of the most honored Christians in our lifetime.  At first, I notice the massive ministries they built.  Soon that fades and all you see is their intimate relationship with Jesus—their practical dependency on the Holy Spirit, and their passion to obey.

Jesus said, “John 15: 7 “If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you.”  That is it!  These giants abide in Christ and everything else is secondary.  Until God frustrates your life and pulls the plug on your charade, you can’t know that.   Whatever you need to do will be done if you abide in Christ and His words abide in you.

These last days are horrible.  Within the church we have false doctrine, carnal leaders and a divided church.  Without, we have a world that is complicated and anti-Christian…it is a world that can blow up at any moment.  Don’t look for crisis to end but for God to work in you to make crisis lose its power to terrorize you.

The temptation to take matters into our own hands—to be obsessed with self-preservation and self-promotion—is greater than ever.  That is why there are hallways.

Daniel 11: 32 describes end time people.  It says, “Those who do wickedly against the covenant he shall corrupt with flattery; but the people who know their God shall be strong, and carry out great exploits.”   Why are they strong?  Why do they do great exploits?  Because they know God.

Knowing God in the hallway—losing all your fear—being completely overtaken by Him can not only bring heaven in the hallway…you may not want to leave.

I leave you with these words from the book God Calling: “The world has always seen service for me to be activity.  Only those near to me have seen that a life apart, of prayer, may, and does so often, accomplish more that all of the service man can offer me. If man lived apart with Me and only went out to serve at My direct command My Spirit could operate more and accomplish truly mighty things.”

 

 

 

Warrior’s Workshop Bakersfield

America is screaming for a new breed of Christian Warrior—believers who have escaped the Christian Witness Protection Program.  Millions of Christians are done with watered-down Christianity.   To them, it has been a terrible waste of time and money. Modifying the Gospel by omitting the “offensive” parts removed its power to transform society.  That is why we are in a moral landslide.

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SOMETHING BIG IS COMING TO BAKERSFIELD

By Mario Murillo

Millions ask disturbing questions.  Why have we cast it aside?  Why have we accepted a cheap substitute?  Why can’t we see the desperate need?

Millennials need to see power that will break the break the bankrupt ideologies they get on campus.  The American culture needs to be pierced by young vessels who speak words their generation cannot resist—warriors who carry addiction breaking, disease killing miracle power.  How do we get those kinds of vessels?

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That kind of Warrior will not be created in an echo chamber of religious role playing.  They must be infused with indisputable Holy Spirit power.  They must hunger for something beyond “feel good” experiences.

Is that you?  Then it’s time for you to experience the Warrior’s Workshop.  A workshop that is not theoretical, emotional or apologetic.  This is a workshop that will forge a lifetime of unexpected effectiveness.

God ordered me to create this Workshop.    It was forged from 48 years of front line success against the powers of darkness.  It is revelation mined from world changers who have poured into my life.

Oral Roberts, Kathryn Kuhlman and David Wilkerson did not leave their world unchanged.  What they forged in me and others cannot be taken lightly.  These treasures must be handed to hearts ready to be used in a fresh worldwide outpouring of the Holy Spirit.  Is that you?

This workshop makes an audacious claim:  With just 3 skills, you can revolutionize America and the world!  You can get these skills at the Warrior’s workshop.  These talents seem so simple but they are profound:  1. How to win a soul.  2.  How to heal the sick.  3. How to walk in continual victory.

Perhaps you wonder if you have the courage to change the world.  Courage is the main thing you gain at this workshop.  Generals know good military training does not just prepare soldiers for combat—it makes them long for it.

Give me just 3 hours and you will long to confront the enemy.   Why not you? You can become the effective weapon our nation and the world needs now.  See you there!  The Workshop is free but you must register!

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Three voices say we are racing toward judgement

Three voices say we are racing toward judgement

This is way bigger than the presidential election

By Mario Murillo

Because of America’s decadence and ever-spreading rejection of God, along with the “unrelenting assault” on Christians and their beliefs, this nation “is in deep trouble and on the verge of total moral and spiritual collapse – unless God intervenes,” said Reverend Franklin Graham, son of world-renowned evangelist Billy Graham.

America has been weighed on the scales and found wanting. And the days of the Republic may be at an end.

This from Franklin Graham, who has a biblical warning for the United States, that Americans could share the fate of the Babylonian empire.

In a recent post on his Facebook page, the son of the legendary evangelist Billy Graham told the story of how the Babylonian king Belshazzar was shown the writing on the wall from God’s hand, telling him his reign was over because he did not honor God.

Graham concluded:

“What’s the writing on the wall for America? As a nation we are found lacking because of sin and disobedience to God’s Holy Word. We have not honored Him. If we don’t turn back to God, I fear that our end will be near.”

Rabbi Jonathan Cahn, the bestselling author of “The Harbinger” and “The Mystery of the Shemitah,” said Graham is echoing some of the themes he has talked about for years.

“Sin leads to judgment,” said Cahn. “This law touches not only individuals, but nations and civilizations. To whom much is given, much is required. A nation that has been especially favored with God’s blessings and the revelation of the Word is much more accountable concerning judgment. This applies to America.”

Cahn claimed America was founded out of the pattern of ancient Israel.

“If America ever turns away from God and His ways, the blessings of God will be removed from the land and the judgments that came up on ancient Israel will come upon America,” he said. Cahn argues that is precisely what is happening with “continuing manifestations of judgment” appearing in our time.

“As I have always said, God is in charge of the timing, but as it is now, America is continuing decisively in its descent to judgment,” he concluded.

David Wilkerson:  “God is judging the raging sins of America and the nations.  He is destroying the secular foundations.  America once stood proud and tall, full of purpose and promise. Our entire society honored God, and the Bible was held up as the standard for our laws and judicial system. Even during my lifetime, school textbooks consisted of lessons and stories from the Bible. Jesus was acknowledged as the Son of God, the One who gives our country favor and untold blessings.

Yet, in our prosperity, we became like ancient Israel: proud and unthankful. And we’ve fallen a long way in a short time. God has been pushed out of our court systems, out of our schools, His name mocked and ridiculed.  Our society has totally lost its moral compass and as a result, the America that once stood tall is now crippled, like a bruised reed.  God is going to judge America for its violence, its crimes, its backsliding, its murdering of millions of babies, its flaunting of homosexuality and sadomasochism, its corruption, its drunkenness and drug abuse, its form of godliness without power, its Luke warmness toward Christ, its rampant divorce and adultery, its lewd pornography, its child molestations, its cheating, its robbing, its dirty movies, and its occult practices.”

For the first time in 48 years of preaching I truly feel the hand of God against our nation.  Something has left us…something that I always counted on.   Never before have I felt the ground beneath my feet shifting as God is dismantling our pride and our rebellion.

I may be possible that the church can still be blessed and unified without widespread persecution but I sincerely wonder if we have crossed the line.  No one who reads this should dare ignore the call to repent and violently seek mercy.

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Three voices saying the exact same thing

 

 

Three voices saying the exact same thing

And it’s way bigger than this presidential election

By Mario Murillo

Because of America’s decadence and ever-spreading rejection of God, along with the “unrelenting assault” on Christians and their beliefs, this nation “is in deep trouble and on the verge of total moral and spiritual collapse – unless God intervenes,” said Reverend Franklin Graham, son of world-renowned evangelist Billy Graham.

America has been weighed on the scales and found wanting. And the days of the Republic may be at an end.

This from Franklin Graham, who has a biblical warning for the United States, that Americans could share the fate of the Babylonian empire.

In a recent post on his Facebook page, the son of the legendary evangelist Billy Graham told the story of how the Babylonian king Belshazzar was shown the writing on the wall from God’s hand, telling him his reign was over because he did not honor God.

Graham concluded:

“What’s the writing on the wall for America? As a nation we are found lacking because of sin and disobedience to God’s Holy Word. We have not honored Him. If we don’t turn back to God, I fear that our end will be near.”

Rabbi Jonathan Cahn, the bestselling author of “The Harbinger” and “The Mystery of the Shemitah,” said Graham is echoing some of the themes he has talked about for years.

“Sin leads to judgment,” said Cahn. “This law touches not only individuals, but nations and civilizations. To whom much is given, much is required. A nation that has been especially favored with God’s blessings and the revelation of the Word is much more accountable concerning judgment. This applies to America.”

Cahn claimed America was founded out of the pattern of ancient Israel.

“If America ever turns away from God and His ways, the blessings of God will be removed from the land and the judgments that came up on ancient Israel will come upon America,” he said. Cahn argues that is precisely what is happening with “continuing manifestations of judgment” appearing in our time.

“As I have always said, God is in charge of the timing, but as it is now, America is continuing decisively in its descent to judgment,” he concluded.

David Wilkerson:  “God is judging the raging sins of America and the nations.  He is destroying the secular foundations.  America once stood proud and tall, full of purpose and promise. Our entire society honored God, and the Bible was held up as the standard for our laws and judicial system. Even during my lifetime, school textbooks consisted of lessons and stories from the Bible. Jesus was acknowledged as the Son of God, the One who gives our country favor and untold blessings.

Yet, in our prosperity, we became like ancient Israel: proud and unthankful. And we’ve fallen a long way in a short time. God has been pushed out of our court systems, out of our schools, His name mocked and ridiculed.  Our society has totally lost its moral compass and as a result, the America that once stood tall is now crippled, like a bruised reed.  God is going to judge America for its violence, its crimes, its backsliding, its murdering of millions of babies, its flaunting of homosexuality and sadomasochism, its corruption, its drunkenness and drug abuse, its form of godliness without power, its Luke warmness toward Christ, its rampant divorce and adultery, its lewd pornography, its child molestations, its cheating, its robbing, its dirty movies, and its occult practices.”

For the first time in 48 years of preaching I truly feel the hand of God against our nation.  Something has left us…something that I always counted on.   Never before have I felt the ground beneath my feet shifting as God is dismantling our pride and our rebellion.

I may be possible that the church can still be blessed and unified without widespread persecution but I sincerely wonder if we have crossed the line.  No one who reads this should dare ignore the call to repent and violently seek mercy.

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A Fresh Baptism of the Holy Spirit

In this message we hear about power for this dark time–a fresh fire of the Holy Spirit so desperately needed by God’s people.

What do we do with the dire predictions of David Wilkerson?

By Mario Murillo

Charisma magazine dug up an old video of David Wilkerson on the old PTL show with Jim Bakker. They were startled by the pinpoint accuracy if David’s predictions.

Recently a well-known conservative blog found another dire prediction from David Wilkerson and posted this: A respected pastor, best-selling author and founder of a major ministry to teens predicts an imminent “earth-shattering calamity” centered in New York City that will spread to major urban areas across the country and around the world – part of what he sees as a judgment from God.

David Wilkerson, author of “The Cross and the Switchblade,” a book about his ministry to troubled New York street kids that was later made into a movie starring Pat Boone, tells readers of his blog this weekend that he is “compelled by the Holy Spirit to send out an urgent message” about his prediction.

“An earth-shattering calamity is about to happen,” he writes. “It is going to be so frightening; we are all going to tremble – even the godliest among us.”

Wilkerson’s vision is of fires raging through New York City.

“It will engulf the whole megaplex, including areas of New Jersey and Connecticut. Major cities all across America will experience riots and blazing fires – such as we saw in Watts, Los Angeles, years ago,” he explains. “There will be riots and fires in cities worldwide. There will be looting – including Times Square, New York City. What we are experiencing now is not a recession, not even a depression. We are under God’s wrath. In Psalm 11 it is written, “If the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do?

“God is judging the raging sins of America and the nations,” claims Wilkerson. “He is destroying the secular foundations.”  Wilkerson urges everyone to stockpile a 30-day supply of food and other necessities to deal with the catastrophe he foresees.

“I do not know when these things will come to pass, but I know it is not far off,” Wilkerson concluded in his message. “I have unburdened my soul to you. Do with the message as you choose.”

A past vice president of the Southern Baptist Convention is hoping believers pay attention to Wilkerson’s message.

“I have known David Wilkerson for more than 25 years as well as many of his friends and associates,” said Pastor Wiley Drake. “He is a godly man and I believe he is listening to God. I encourage each Christian to read and heed what God is saying through our brother.”

Why have the prophetic warnings of David Wilkerson come to the forefront?   More to the point…what should we do with dire predictions?

Each believer is equipped with discernment.  All of us have access to wisdom.  I know that to reject David’s words simply because they are terrifying is a disaster in and of itself.  You should reject any voice that says you do not need to prepare for possible calamity.

I also know that God has promised a fire wall of protection around His remnant.  Therefore to live in fear or to go into hiding would be an unqualified tragedy.  Therefore you should reject every voice that denies the possibility of revival and restoration.

Even David Wilkerson said, “”God’s last-day church …will be even greater than that [the first-century church,] … mightier, stronger, and even GREATER revelation of Jesus. A greater unction from the Spirit than ever, GREATER EVEN THAN PENTECOST….As I see it, the gospel of Jesus Christ has not been fully preached in this generation!”

Here are three things you must realize:

1. America is being judged for ingratitude. When you take inventory of the sins of America this one gets overlooked but it is the one that ignited judgment.

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Look at these verses: Romans 2: 4 Or do you despise the riches of His goodness, forbearance, and longsuffering, not knowing that the goodness of God leads you to repentance? 5 But in accordance with your hardness and your impenitent heart you are treasuring up for yourself wrath in the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God,

Psalm 78 12 “Marvelous things He did in the sight of their fathers, In the land of Egypt, in the field of Zoan. 13 He divided the sea and caused them to pass through; And He made the waters stand up like a heap. 14 In the daytime also He led them with the cloud, And all the night with a light of fire. 15 He split the rocks in the wilderness, And gave them drink in abundance like the depths. 16 He also brought streams out of the rock, And caused waters to run down like rivers. 17 But they sinned even more against Him.”

Verse 21 sums it up: “Therefore the Lord heard this and was furious; So a fire was kindled against Jacob, And anger also came up against Israel…”

How can you deny that America is being judged right now?  For seven years the White House has blasphemously shaken its fist at God daring Him to act.  In that time, we have not repented or even acknowledged our guilt.  Consider all that God has done for America…look at how we repaid Him.

It is utter foolishness for us not to prepare for the violent convulsions that come to any nation that burns the candle of their life for themselves and then blows the smoke in God’s face.

 2. Ask yourself: What is wrong with being prepared? If New York City does not burn I will be at the front of the line rejoicing. However, what is wrong with praying over the words of a true man of God.  What is wrong with checking our hearts to see if we are participating in things that have brought the wrath of God to America?  We have already seen shortages and breakdowns in our culture.  Some food stored is simple wisdom not gloom and doom.

3. You must drench yourself in prayer and ministry. Disasters and convulsions are coming…some are already here. Therefore your best move is to be actively engaged in supernatural warfare to win the lost and to heal the sick.  The glory of revival blunts the pain of persecution!  Pressing into intimacy with Jesus destroys fear and anxiety.

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Seeking a strong anointing and passion to be a source of life to others will cause calamity to go around you.  Psalm 91: 5 “You shall not be afraid of the terror by night, nor of the arrow that flies by day, 6 Nor of the pestilence that walks in darkness, Nor of the destruction that lays waste at noonday. 7 A thousand may fall at your side, and ten thousand at your right hand; but it will not come nigh unto you.”

Note: The verses talk about terror at night—arrows by day—pestilence that walks in darkness.  It does not say they won’t happen…it says they can go around you if you dwell in God and choose to be one of His anointed ones.

All of Jehovah’s children can minister, heal the sick, cast out devils and even raise the dead.  Chuck the notion that there are only elite vessels that have access to ministry.

Even David Wilkerson said the church would not limp to heaven in the last days: “God’s last-day church …will be even greater than that [the first-century church,] … mightier, stronger, and even GREATER revelation of Jesus. A greater unction from the Spirit than ever, GREATER EVEN THAN PENTECOST….As I see it, the gospel of Jesus Christ has not been fully preached in this generation!”

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The Effects of Seeing The Glory of God!

effectsThe Effects of Seeing The Glory of God!

By David Wilkerson

Scripture makes clear that it’s possible for every true follower of Jesus to see and understand the glory of God. Indeed, our Lord reveals his glory to all who ask and seek for it diligently. Moreover, I believe the revelation of God’s glory will equip his people for the perilous days ahead. Paul states that this revelation “…is able to build you up, and to give you an inheritance among all them which are sanctified” (Acts 20:32).

Contrary to some Christians’ thinking, the glory of God is not a physical manifestation of some kind. It’s not an ecstatic feeling that overcomes you. Nor is it a kind of supernatural aura or angelic light that bursts forth. Simply put, God’s glory is a revelation of his nature and attributes!

The Lord himself defines his glory this way in scripture. Therefore, when we pray, “Lord, show me your glory,” we’re actually praying, “Father, reveal to me who you are.” And if the Lord does give us a revelation of his glory, it’s a revelation of how he wants to be known by us.

Moses’ experience with the glory of God demonstrates this truth. The Lord sent Moses to deliver Israel without giving him a full revelation of who the God of Israel was. The Lord merely told him, “Go, and say I AM sent you.” But he gave no explanation of who “I AM” was.

I believe this is why Moses cried, “[Lord]…I beseech thee, shew me thy glory” (Exodus 33:18). Moses had a gnawing hunger and thirst to know who the great I AM was — to know what his nature and character were all about.

And the Lord answered Moses’ prayer. First, he instructed Moses to hide himself in the cleft of a rock. Yet, as Moses waited for the glory of God to appear, he saw no thunder, no lightning, no shaking of the earth. Rather, God’s glory came to him in a simple revelation:

“The Lord passed by before him, and proclaimed, The Lord, the Lord God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth, keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression…” (Exodus 34:6-7).

Now, God only reveals his power or glory with a purpose in mind. So, what was his purpose here? It certainly wasn’t to give Moses a moment of ecstasy. And it wasn’t to give him a legacy, something he could tell his children and grandchildren about.

No — God allowed Moses to see his glory so that he might be changed by the sight of it! And the same is true for us today. God reveals his glory to us so that, by seeing it, we might be changed into his very own image!

Today, Jesus Christ is the express image of who God is. When our Lord became flesh, it was as a full revelation of the heavenly father’s mercy, grace, goodness and readiness to forgive. God wrapped up everything of his nature and character in Jesus. And any revelation of his glory to us now is meant to change us into an expression of Christ!

The apostle Paul understood well the purpose and effect of seeing the glory of God. He saw it as power to change the beholder — to revolutionize the life of every follower of Christ. “But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass [mirror] the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord” (2 Corinthians 3:18).

Paul is telling us, “Once you get this revelation of God’s glory — of his love, mercy, grace, long-suffering and readiness to forgive — the Holy Spirit will continually open your eyes to more of these aspects of his nature and character. You’ll have an ever-increasing revelation of God, in the way he wants to be known to you!”

Paul then says in an even stronger tone: “That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him: the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints” (Ephesians 1:17-18).

Beloved, God wants to tell us, “Moses understood my glory, and now I want you to understand it. I want to open your eyes by my Spirit to show you who I am. I’m not just a God of wrath and judgment. My nature is love!”

“That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; and to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fullness of God” (3:17-19).

Paul is telling us, “Let this revelation of God’s glory become so real to you that you become rooted and grounded in it. Keep seeking it, studying it, claiming it, appropriating it in your life — until the vision of Christ’s glory bursts forth in you! As you remain in the word, seeking the revelation of his glory, you’ll be changed. And you’ll keep changing, from glory to glory!”

“Unto him be glory in the church by Jesus Christ…” (verse 21).

1. The First and Foremost Effect of the Glory                                                                               Is a Change in Our Relationship With the Lord!

When Moses saw this revelation of God’s glory — that he is good, loving, caring, gracious, forgiving — he quickly fell to his knees and worshipped. “Moses made haste, and bowed his head toward the earth, and worshipped” (Exodus 34:8).

The revelation of God’s nature overwhelmed this man. He saw how merciful, long-suffering and patient God is with his children — including stiff-necked people, idolaters and those who grieve him. Moses was so stirred by this revelation, he ran out from behind the rock, fell down and worshipped!

It’s important to note that this is the first mention ever of Moses worshipping. Prior to this revelation of God’s glory, we find Moses praying and interceding, weeping and pleading with God for Israel, talking with him face to face. We hear him singing the Lord’s praises on the victory side of the Red Sea. We hear him calling on the Lord at the bitter waters of Marah. And we hear his desperate cry to God at Rephidim, when the people were ready to stone him for not providing water. But this is the first time we read the words, “Moses worshipped.”

I believe this one verse tells us much about the church today. It says a Christian can pray diligently without ever really worshipping. Indeed, it’s possible to be a prayer warrior and intercessor and still not be a worshipper of God. You can plead for your unsaved children, pray for the needs of an entire church, be holy and meek in seeking God’s burden — and yet never truly worship him!

Now, I don’t want to add to the multitude of definitions of what it means to worship. There are already too many books published on the various techniques of worship. But, in short, I will say this: worship cannot be learned! It’s a spontaneous outbreak — the act of a heart that’s been overwhelmed by a revelation of God’s glory and his incredible love for us.

Worship is a response of gratitude. It recognizes how we should have been destroyed by our sin long ago, incurring the full wrath of God for all our failures and faults — but instead, God came to us with the powerful revelation, “I still love you!”

At this point, Moses was no longer pleading for sinful Israel. And he wasn’t asking the Lord for guidance. He wasn’t crying out for a miracle of deliverance, or for power, or for wisdom. He was marveling at the revelation of the glory of God!

Moses could worship even though he wasn’t full of hope for Israel. He knew the people were bent on backsliding — that they were hiding the golden idols they’d brought from Israel. Even though Moses had persuaded God to spare them after their idolatry of the golden calf, now he must have thought, “How will I ever be able to hold this people together? How much longer will God put up with their secret lust and murmuring? When is his patience going to run out?”

It could seem here that Moses’ pleading on Israel’s behalf was more compassionate than God’s feeling for the people. But the truth is, God had no intention of destroying these people. He already had all his promises for them in his mind.

No, this was a “mercy test” for Moses. The Lord was asking his servant, “How are you going to represent me to the people? Will it be as a vengeful God who’s full of judgment only? No — I am merciful, long-suffering, always ready to forgive my people!”

Here was the revelation! And it set Moses’ heart at ease. Indeed, while he was still worshipping, he began claiming and appropriating the glory God had revealed to him: “God’s mercy will see us through! He is long-suffering, and he will forgive us. What a glory this is! What comfort, what hope!”

Immediately, Moses began praying, “Lord, you said you would forgive the iniquity and transgression of thousands. Well, here are those thousands before you. We’re all stiff-necked and in need of mercy. So, Lord, grant your mercy to us. Pardon our many sins!” (see Exodus 34:9).

This passage proves unmistakably that the revelation of God’s glory is an integral part of worship!

God Is Worshiped When He
Sees His People Laying Hold
Of the Rights He Has Given
Them by His Word.

The revelation of God’s glory should be the wellspring of all our worship. We ought to regularly lay claim to his glory, testifying, “Lord, I know you’re holy and just, and you won’t wink at sin. But I’ve also seen your glory. And I know you’re not out to destroy me.

“You don’t condemn me in my struggles. On the contrary, you show me how loving and long-suffering you are toward me. I know I deserve rejection. I’ve failed so often, I should be cast aside completely. But you reveal to me that you’re merciful, gracious, tenderhearted!”

At times during my years in ministry, I’ve been overwhelmed by enemies who have risen up against me. In those times, I felt the discipline of the Lord like a rod on my back. I remember one period in particular, when I was being slandered on all sides. Other ministers asked me, “David, I’m hearing questionable things about you. Are they true? Is all this stuff about you coming from the devil, or is God trying to speak to you?”

Even that question offended me! After a while I became totally overwhelmed by the emotional pain of it all. I grew physically exhausted from the ongoing battle. At one point, I could barely face going to church to preach.

One morning my wife literally had to lift me up from my chair in my study. About halfway to church, I told her I couldn’t go on. I couldn’t face another person in our services wondering if I was a phony. Finally I cried out, “Lord, what have I done to deserve this? Where is my sin?”

Then, one day, God directed me to this prayer of Jeremiah: “O Lord, correct me, but with judgment; not in thine anger, lest thou bring me to nothing” (Jeremiah 10:24).

These words from Jeremiah became my daily prayer throughout that severe time of testing: “Lord, chasten me and judge me if you must. But please — don’t do it in anger! If I hear one more wrathful word, it’ll destroy me. I’ll be brought to nothing. Please don’t reduce me to dust, Lord. I’m low enough!”

Whenever I uttered this prayer, the Lord answered me, “David, if I choose to correct you, it’s because I love you. This test is not about my judgment at all. I am merciful, gracious, loving, long-suffering toward you. Now, stand still and see my glory!” This knowledge of his glory carried me through to a place of total rest. God vindicated me on all sides.

Beloved, once you have this revelation of God’s glory, you need never again fear he’ll correct you in anger. He carries his rod in a tender, loving hand. He will discipline us, but only in gracious compassion. He’ll never hurt us or cast us aside. Shouldn’t this cause our hearts to melt before him in worship, as Moses’ did?

Moreover, God reveals his glory in Christ so that we’ll claim it! It is our assigned right, and it is meant to be claimed. When Paul says, “I do not frustrate the grace of God…” (Galatians 2:21), he means, “I won’t nullify God’s offer of mercy by rejecting it!”

Those who truly worship God claim the blessing of his promises. They see the glory of his love in Christ — and they lay hold of that glory, to heal and settle their troubled souls!

2. The Second Effect of                                                                                                                    Seeing the Glory of God Is                                                                                                                 A Change in Countenance!

“The children of Israel saw the face of Moses, that the skin of Moses’ face shone: and Moses put the veil upon his face again, until he went in to speak with him” (Exodus 34:35).

A person’s countenance is the outward expression of what is in his heart. And Moses’ face here simply reflected the glory of God in his soul!

Previously, Moses had been shut in with the Lord for forty days and nights, with no change in his countenance. At that time, he came from God’s holy presence to deal with Israel’s idolatry of the golden calf. No one then saw a glowing countenance from him. But later, when the revelation of God’s glory was made real to him, it changed Moses’ very look!

You can bask in God’s presence all you want. But it is a different matter entirely for his glory to be revealed in you. Paul testified, “…it pleased God, who separated me from my mother’s womb, and called me by his grace, to reveal his Son in me, that I might preach him…” (Galatians 1:15-16).

Paul is saying, “I have within me much more than some doctrine somebody thought up, more than just a head knowledge of Christ. I have a revelation of who Christ is — a revelation of his grace, mercy and love. And this revelation has become the very source of all I am and do. It’s the very essence of my life!”

The revelation of God’s glory is indeed wondrous. Yet many have turned that very revelation into a license to sin. Jude describes people “…turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ” (Jude 4).

According to Paul, such people sin “that grace may abound.” They’re saying, in essence, “If God loves to express himself through mercy and forgiveness, then I’m going to give him every opportunity. I’m going to sin and let him keep loving me, so the grace will flow. What a testimony to the world that will be. I’ll be an object of all that love coming down from heaven!”

Such people are easy to spot. Their countenance gives them away. Isaiah spoke of Israelites who “…provoked the eyes of his glory. The shew of their countenance doth witness against them…” (Isaiah 3:8-9). The prophet was saying, in other words, “Your sin witnesses against you in your very look. Whatever is in your heart is going to reveal itself in your countenance!”

On the other hand, even the rankest of sinners can tell when you’ve “been with Jesus.” How can they tell? You look like no one else to them! They say, “You’re different. You carry yourself with a humble assurance. And nothing about you seems hidden. You’ve got no dark spot in your eyes, no secretiveness. You don’t seem to carry any grudges or bitterness. If you did, I’d know it. Your life is an open book!”

Sin, however, wears a certain look. No smile can cover it up. And its voice has the sound of emptiness — the echo of a sounding brass, a tinkling cymbal.

But those who have appropriated the glory of God are being changed every day. Their countenance is becoming more and more like that of Jesus!

The Revelation Moses Had
Was Glorious — But It Was
Only a Fading Thing.

The radiance that emanated from Moses’ face and heart was the result of having seen only a little of the fullness of God’s nature.

Even so, when the Israelites saw the change in Moses’ countenance, they knew he’d had a supernatural experience. His sister, brother and the others exclaimed, “This man has been face to face with God. He has gone beyond!”

Today, we have something far more glorious than even Moses had. We actually touch and handle God’s glory. “That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life” (1 John 1:1).

John is saying here, “God revealed the fullness of his glory to us in Christ. We saw his glory embodied in a person. And we talked with him. We even touched him!”

Today we not only see the fullness of the glory of God — but it now abides in us! His glory shines forth in our hearts: “For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ” (2 Corinthians 4:6).

Paul is saying here, “Jesus Christ, God in flesh, embodies all that God is. And since we know God is goodness, love, mercy, grace and long-suffering, we also can be assured this is the nature of Christ. Since Jesus lives in our hearts, we know that the glory of God isn’t merely out in the cosmos somewhere. No — the fullness of his glory is in us, through the presence of Christ!”

“For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men” (Titus 2:11). Who is this grace? It is Jesus Christ — full of mercy, kindness, love!

“Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world” (verse 12). Paul is telling us, “This grace that abides in you is the revelation of the goodness of Christ. And if you will abide in him, his revelation will instruct you in holy living! It will teach you mercy, grace, tenderness, forgiveness!”

One of the Most Important Effects of
Seeing the Glory Of God Is a Change in Our
Relationships With Others.

Once we receive this revelation of God’s glory, we cannot continue in our old ways of treating others. That must all change!

Paul clearly warns, “If the Lord has shown you how tender, kind and loving he is toward you, then you’d better show this same character of God to others.” “Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: and be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you” (Ephesians 4:31-32).

God is telling us through Paul, “You’ve seen my glory, and you know my nature and character — that I’m gracious, merciful, long-suffering, ready to forgive. Now, I want you to express to others who I am!”

Even though Moses had this revelation of God’s glory, at one point he misrepresented it to the people. He grew impatient with Israel over their disobedience — and he angrily struck a rock with his staff, as if to say, “You stiff-necked bunch of rebels!”

God didn’t take kindly to that at all. Once he reveals to you his glory — his kindness, goodness, grace and mercy — his patience will not endure your misrepresenting his glory to others. Now Moses had misrepresented that glory to Israel. And, as a result, Moses — one of the meekest, godliest figures in the Old Testament — was kept out of God’s fullness. He wasn’t allowed to enter the promised land!

We find another illustration of this in one of Jesus’ parables. He speaks of a servant who was forgiven a great debt by his master. The master showed this man incredible kindness, grace and forgiveness. Yet no sooner was the servant forgiven than he found a man who owed him a small debt — and he began choking the debtor until he paid up. The very one who had experienced great love and forgiveness showed no mercy in return!

Jesus is saying in this parable, “You’re misrepresenting the love of the father! He has given you a touch of his incredible glory, through his kindness and the forgiveness of your sins. Yet, now that you’ve seen his glory, you’re misrepresenting it to the world!”

This is summed up in Paul’s command, “Be merciful to others, even as he has been merciful to you.” The word “mercy” here is extracted from the Greek word for “misery” (“misericordia”). The full meaning of this word is, “to take to heart the misery of another, with the intention of giving him comfort and relief.” Being merciful means taking on another person’s hurt!

This is just what our Lord does for us. How many times has Jesus taken on your misery and suffering, giving you comfort, rest and forgiveness in return? How often has he wiped away your tears and spoken to you a kind word, when you didn’t deserve it? He’s done it time after time after time!

I ask you, then — how can you not find it in your heart to take on the misery and pain of someone you know who’s hurting? The Greek word for “kindness” has its roots in two words: “oracle” and “soft touch.” Are you an oracle of hope to your brothers and sisters in Christ, offering them a word of hope from the Lord, with the soft touch of comfort? According to scripture, all you have to do to be his oracle of love is to represent to others who Jesus is!

The word “compassion” means “being affected, touched by the misery of others, and determining to do something about it.” This doesn’t mean approaching someone in sin, and telling him, “I’ve got a word from heaven for you, brother. You’ve got sin in your life!”

If that’s so, he already knows it anyway. And he would probably answer you with Jeremiah’s cry: “Please, don’t deal with me in anger, or you’ll reduce me to nothing. I’m already down far enough. Don’t reduce me any further!”

If you’ve had a revelation of the Lord’s glory, you know what it means to taste his love, mercy and forgiveness. And you’re being changed by that glory. Now, Jesus says, take that glory and shine it on the world around you. It’s time to act in love, as your Lord has continually done for you!