Yes, revival is now impossible. Everything thing the pessimistic Christians say is true. They are right about our national morals, division and the deadness of the church but they are forgetting one thing about revival…
Revival struck London through John Wesley when it was impossible. One out every seven houses in London was a house of prostitution. More people were attending seances than church. Nearly 100,000 children lived like animals. The London times had not mentioned Christmas for decades…not even once.
The Methodist revival under Wesley turned England into the world’s missionary leader.
Revival struck Kentucky when it was unthinkable. This was the most lawless state in the union. There was no police. Every criminal on the run headed for Kentucky. Murder, rape, and alcoholism were pandemic. Revival flipped Kentucky so violently that it became the most zealously Christian state in America.
The early twentieth century was a far more skeptical era than today. The blush of Darwinism and Marxism was so feverish that it was a foregone conclusion that Christianity would go away altogether. Scientists declared the age of reason and solemnly assured us that religion would be gone by the 1920s.
Imagine in that atmosphere, if you were to have said in 1906, “a one eyed black man is going to rent a dingy horse livery on Azusa Street in downtown Los Angeles and start a movement that will engulf nearly 600 million people worldwide.”
The point is that revivals are impossible…and when it looks totally impossible they happen.
You should also know what the church was preaching in those darkest moments before awakenings began. Pulpits were filled with pessimists who instead of rebuking the despair joined in the chorus. They declared the day of revival to be over! Even that did not stop God.
How is it that revival can strike without warning in the most unpromising times and grow in the hardest soil? The answer is that when darkness is intense we tend look at the wrong indicators. It’s not that there are no warnings of revival it is simply that we do not know them when we see them because fear is so loud.
Look at today. Do you see any signs of revival? Most would say absolutely not. They would say all of the same things that people have said before every outpouring of God. The times are too evil.
That is the argument today. We legalized gay marriage, drugs and we toy with Islam. Our leaders are loons that are finding the best ways to drive us into extinction. Churches are closing and 1,000 ministers are leaving the ministry every month. You know the rest because you have heard a hundred times.
Atheists are boasting that the whole world in general is becoming secular and anti-supernatural. The facts are just the opposite. It is a very religious world, far more religious than it was 50 years ago.
Consider these statistics from sociologist Rodney Stark:
— 81 percent claim to belong to an organized religious faith, and most of the rest report engaging in religious activities such as prayer or making offerings to the gods in various “folk religion” temples.
— 74 percent say religion is an important part of their daily lives.
— 50 percent report they have attended a place of worship or religious service in the past seven days.
-In very few nations do as many as five percent claim to be atheists, and only in China, Vietnam, and South Korea do they exceed 20 percent.
-Furthermore, in every nook and cranny left by organized faiths, all manner of unconventional spiritual and mystical practices are booming. There are more occult healers than medical doctors in Russia, 38 percent of the French believe in astrology, 35 percent of the Swiss agree that “some fortune tellers really can foresee the future,” and nearly everyone in Japan is careful to have their new car blessed by a Shinto priest.
To be sure, little of this is Christian but it is undeniable that the waters of supernatural hunger are being stirred worldwide.
Another sign is the evil of people itself. For example, Saul of Tarsus was at the peak of his terrorism when he was violently converted. What no one but God knew was the growing desperation inside of this soon to be Paul the Apostle. Societies are often at their worst right before revival.
What we do not want to do is miss revival when it hits!
Dark times can absorb our faith in the power of God. Many believers find themselves in a condition that is truly worse than they ever imagined. Pangs of fear grip men of God who were once lions in the pulpit. We invent doctrines that fit our disappointment. We build ministries based on our lowered expectations.
You need a healthy respect for the power of dark times to rob us of faith. It has happened to the best of us.
500 people saw Jesus Christ ascend into the clouds. Think about that. In the face of such absolute proof that Jesus was the Son of God, how could they ever doubt?
As He ascended he told them to wait in Jerusalem for the promise of the Holy Spirit. Surely they would wait…right? Astonishingly, only 120 were still waiting in the upper room on the Day of Pentecost. How is it possible in the face of so great an assurance that they would falter and abandon their posts?
Their world was filled with sudden terror from a wicked king, oppression from religious leaders, and tyranny from the Roman occupiers. Their daily grind absorbed their zeal for the promises of God.
Do not be like the 380 people who missed one of the greatest moments in history. Here are two things that you need to confess and say to your spirit so that you will not leave the upper room.
- Either it was always true or it was never true. Times do not alter truth. A lack of money does not change God’s word about prosperity. Sickness does not nullify the fact of God’s healing power. The evil of men does not overrule the supremacy of Christ. If God promised you something, these dark times cannot stop their fulfillment.
- This will be like one of them. 1 Samuel 17: 4 But David said to Saul, “Your servant used to keep his father’s sheep, and when a lion or a bear came and took a lamb out of the flock, 35 I went out after it and struck it, and delivered the lamb from its mouth; and when it arose against me, I caught it by its beard, and struck and killed it. 36 Your servant has killed both lion and bear; and this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, seeing he has defied the armies of the living God.”
It is easy to say that evil is more intense and sophisticated than ever before. Neither Saul, nor Israel had ever faced anything like Goliath before. David said that it did not matter; this new threat would have the same outcome as all of the old threats.
Jesus is telling us to wait for the power that is about to break out no matter what. Does revival look totally impossible to you? Don’t worry, they all look that way until they happen.
Christians say, “Greater is He who is me than he that is in the world.” But to most believers this is just a catchphrase not living reality. What we need is training. Training reduces fear.
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We will be talking about this night for years to come
By Mario Murillo
I am talking about this Friday night May 13th. We will be talking about this night for years to come—not because I will be there—because someone else will be there…
How do I know we will be talking about this night for years? Because of the nights we have already had—all over California. People of all ages and backgrounds have packed out halls. They will flat out tell you sickness and addiction left their bodies. They will describe how the music and worship hit them… and how the message transformed them out of fear and confusion.
They will tell you a lot of things. But most of all…they will say—they left knowing that the power of God is real and—they will never be the same.
If you are wondering how this is possible…it is possible because Jesus Christ does miracles every time He shows up. He will be there! That is why we will not forget this night in Bakersfield for years to come.
Why should we be surprised? Jesus said, “Wherever two or three are gathered in my Name, there I am in the midst of them.”- Matthew 18:20. These words started a movement—the only movement in history where the founder still attends every meeting.
But, you may say, “meetings like this are fake, boring and out of date.” No, actually this night will be completely different…and it could not be more “on time.” We are watching violence, addiction, sick ideas and hatred ripping our cities apart. Our leaders have run out of answers. We need a greater power source than human solutions.
Jesus proved He was the son of God by doing the things no one had done before. He also said His work would continue. “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father.” – John 14:12
Do not take my word for any of this. Come and see for yourself—better yet, bring someone you know who needs a miracle in their body or soul. Remember, it is only one night and it could change everything. See you there
Again, it is his Friday night May 13th AT 7 PM Christ Cathedral Church 2301 White Ln, Bakersfield, CA 93304 Call (661) 834-3311
By David Wilkerson
“Copyright © 2001 by World Challenge“]
The devil’s final strategy in deceiving believers is to make them doubt the faithfulness of God in answering prayer. Satan would have us believe God has shut His ears to our cry and left us to work things out for ourselves.
I believe the greatest tragedy in the church of Jesus Christ today is that so few now believe in the power and effectiveness of prayer. Without meaning to blaspheme, multitudes of God’s people can now be heard complaining, “I pray, but I get no answers. I’ve prayed so long, so hard, without any results. All I want is to see a little evidence of God changing things. Things go on as usual – nothing happens. How long must I wait?” They no longer visit the secret closet because they are convinced that their petitions, born in prayer, are somewhere miscarried at the throne. Others are convinced that only Daniel, David, and Elijah types can get their prayers through to God.
In all honesty, many saints of God struggle with these thoughts – “If God’s ear is open to my prayer, and I pray diligently, why is there such little evidence of His answering?” Is there one certain prayer you have been praying for such a long time, and as yet it has not been answered? Have even years gone by and still you wait, hoping, yet wondering?
Let us be careful not to charge God, as did Job, with being slothful; and unconcerned about our needs and petitions. Job complained, “I cry unto thee and thou dost not hear me; I stand up, and though regardest me not” (Job 30:20).
His vision of God’s faithfulness was clouded by his present difficulties, and he ended up accusing God of forgetting him. God rebuked him soundly for it.
It’s time we Christians took an honest look at the reasons why our prayers are aborted. We can be guilty of charging God with neglect, when all along our own behavior is responsible. Let me name six, of many reasons why our prayers are not answered.
Reason One: Our Prayers Are Aborted When
They Are Not According To God’s Will.
We are not at liberty to pray at random for whatever our selfish minds conceive. We are not permitted to come into his presence and vent our silly notions and mindless ramblings. If God signed all our petitions without discretion, He would end up giving His glory away.
There is a law of prayer! It is a law meant to weed out beggarly, self-centered prayers – while, at the same time, making it possible for honest seekers to ask in confidence. In other words, we can pray for whatsoever we will, as long as it is his will.
“If we ask anything according to His will, He heareth us” (1 John 5:14).
The disciples were not praying according to God’s will when they prayed with vindictiveness and revenge. They petitioned God thusly, “Shall we command fire to come down from heaven and consume them?” Jesus answered, “You do not know what manner of spirit you are of” (Luke 9:54,55).
Job, in his sorrow, begged God to take his life away. What if God had answered such a prayer? Such praying was contrary to the will of God. The Word warns, “Let not thy lip be hasty to utter a matter before the Lord.”
Daniel prayed the right way. First, he went to the Scriptures and searched out the mind of God. Having gotten clear direction, and sure of God’s will, he runs to God’s throne with a mighty assurance. “And I set my face unto the Lord God, to seek by prayer” (Daniel 9:3).
We know too much about what we want and too little about what He wants.
Reason Two: Our Prayers Can Be Aborted
When They Are Designed To Fulfill An
Inner Lust, Dreams, Or Illusions.
“Ye ask and receive not because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lust” (James 4:3).
God will answer no prayer that would add to our honor or assist our temptations. In the first place, God answers no prayer of a person who harbors lust in his or her heart. All answers are dependent on upon the plucking out of our hearts the evil, the lust, and the besetting sins.
“If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me” (Psalm 66:18).
The test of knowing whether or not our request is based on lust is very simple. How we handle delays and denials is the clue. Prayers founded on lust demand hasty answers. If the lusting heart does not get the thing desired, quickly, it whimpers and cries, it swoons and faints – or it breaks out in a spell of murmuring and complaining, finally accusing God of deafness.
“Wherefore have we fasted, say they, and thou seest not” (Isaiah 58:3).
The lustful heart cannot see God’s glory in His denials and delays. Yet did God not get more glory by denying Christ’s prayer to save His life, if possible, from death? Shudder to think of where we would be today had God not denied that request.
God, in His justice, is obligated to delay or deny our prayers until they are purged of all selfishness and lust.
Could it be there is one simple reason why most of our prayers are hindered? Could it be a result of our ongoing flirtation with a lust or besetting sin? Have we forgotten that only those with clean hands and pure hearts can set their feet on His holy hill? Only a total forsaking of a pet sin will throw open the gates of heaven and unclog the blessings.
Instead of yielding, we run from counselor to counselor – trying to find help to cope with despair, emptiness, and restlessness. Yet, it is all in vain because sin and lust have not yet been plucked out. Sin is the root of all our problems. Peace comes only when we surrender and forsake all lust and secret sin.
Reason Three: Our Prayers Can Be
Denied When We Show No Diligence
to Assist God In The Answer.
We go to God as if He were a kind of rich relative who will support us and give us all we beg for, while we lift not even a hand to help. We lift our hands to God in prayer, then put them in our pockets.
We expect our prayers to get God to working for us, while we sit idly by, thinking to ourselves, “He has all the power; I have none, so I will simply stand still and let him do the work.”
It sounds like good theology, but it is not. God will have no idle beggars at His door. God won’t even allow us to be charitable to those who on earth refuse to work.
“We command you that, if any would not work, neither should he eat” (2 Thessalonians 3:10).
There is nothing unscriptural about adding sweat to our tears. Take, for example, the matter of praying for victory over a secret lust that lingers in the heart. Do you simply ask God to take it away miraculously, then sit by, hoping it will die on its own? No sin has ever been slain in the heart without the cooperation of man’s own hand, as in the case of Joshua. All night long, he lay prostrated and mourning over Israel’s defeat. God set him on his feet saying, “Get thee up; wherefore liest thou thus upon thy face? Israel hath sinned. Up, sanctify the people…” (Joshua 7:10-13).
God has every right to rouse us from our knees and say, “Why sit around lazily, waiting for a miracle? Have I not commanded you to flee from the very appearance of evil? You are to do more than simply pray against your lust, but you are commanded also to run from it. You cannot rest until you have done all that is commanded.”
We cannot go about all day long giving in to our lust and evil desires, then run into the secret closet at night to pray for a miracle of deliverance.
Secret sin causes us to lose ground with God in prayer, because unyielded sin is actually siding with the devil. One of God’s names is “Revealer of Secrets” (Daniel 2:47). He must bring to light the hidden secrets of darkness, no matter how saintly the one who tries to hide it. The more pains one goes to in hiding sin, the surer God is to expose it. The coast is never clear to secret sin.
“Thou hast set our iniquities before thee, our secret sins in the light of thy countenance” (Psalm 90:8).
God will protect his own honor above the reputation of those who sin in secret. God exposed David’s sin in order to keep His own honor before ungodly men. And David, who was so jealous of his own good name and reputation, even today stands before our eyes exposed and still confessing – every time we read about him in the Scripture.
No – God will not allow us to drink from stolen waters, then attempt to drink at His holy fountain. Not only will our secret sin find us out, it will deny us God’s best and bring on a flood of despair, doubt, and fear.
Don’t blame God for not listening to your prayers if you’re not listening to His call to obedience. You will end up blaspheming God and accusing Him of negligence, while all along you’ll be the culprit.
Reason Four: Our Prayers Can Be
Aborted By A Secret Grudge Lodged
In The Heart Against Another.
Christ will not deal with anyone with a wrathful and unforgiving spirit. We are commanded to “lay aside all malice, envy, and evil speaking, and as newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the Word” (1 Peter 2:1,2).
Christ will not even communicate with a wrangling, jangling, unforgiving person. God’s law of prayer is clear on this matter, “Lift up pure hands without wrath or doubting” (1 Timothy 2:8). By not forgiving the sins committed against us, we make it impossible for God to forgive and bless us. He instructed us to pray, “Forgive us, as we forgive others.”
Is there a grudge smoldering in your heart against another? Don’t look upon it as something you have a right to indulge in. God takes such things very seriously. All the wranglings and disputing among Christian brothers and sisters must grieve His heart more than all the sins of the ungodly. No wonder our prayers are hindered – we have become so obsessed with our own hurt feelings and so concerned about our mistreatment from others.
There is also a malignant mistrust rising up in religious circles. Jealousies, uncharitableness, bitterness – and a spirit of revenge, all in God’s name. We should not wonder if God shuts the very gates of heaven on us, until we learn to love and forgive. Yes, even those who have hurt us the most. Get this Jonah off your ship and the storm will settle.
Reason Five: Our Prayers Can Be
Aborted By Not Expecting Much To
Come Of Them.
He who expects little from prayer will not have much power and authority in prayer. When we question the power of prayer, we lose it. The devil is trying to rob us of hope by making it appear that prayer is no longer effective.
How clever Satan is, as he tries to deceive us with lies and unnecessary fears. When Isaac was brought the false news that Joseph had been killed, it sickened him to despair, even though it was a lie. Joseph was alive and prospering, while all this time his father grieved in sorrow – having believed the lie. So Satan is trying to deceive us today with lies.
Unbelieving fears rob the believer of joy and confidence in God. God does not hear all prayer – He hears only believing prayer. Prayer is the only weapon we have against all the fiery darkness of the enemy. That weapon must be used in great confidence, or else we have no other defense against Satan’s lies. Gods’ reputation is at stake.
Our lack of patience is proof enough we don’t expect much from prayer. We leave the secret closet of prayer, ready to go on muddling our way through – and we would even be shocked if God did answer.
We think God has not heard us because we see no evidence of an answer. But of this you can be sure – the longer a prayer is delayed, the more perfect it will come forth at last. Also, the deeper the silence, the louder the answer.
Abraham prayed for a child, and God answered. Yet, how many years went by before he held that child in his arms? Every faithful prayer is heard the moment it is prayed, but God chooses to answer in His own way and in His own time. Meanwhile, God expects us to rejoice in the naked promises and feast on hope while we wait for the fulfillment. Also, he wraps His denials in the sweet package of love, to prevent us from falling into despair.
Reason Six: Our Prayers Are Aborted
When We Ourselves Attempt To
Prescribe How God Should Answer.
The only person we lay down terms to is the one we don’t trust. Those we trust we leave to themselves to do what is right. It all boils down to a lack of trust.
The believing soul, after he has unburdened his heart in prayer to the Lord, resigns himself to the faithfulness, goodness, and wisdom of God. The true believer will leave the shaping of the answer to God’s mercy. Whatever way God chooses to answer, the believer will welcome it.
David prayed diligently for his household, and then committed all to God’s covenant – “Though my house be not so with God, yet He hath made with me a covenant” (2 Samuel 23:5).
Those who prescribe to God how and when to answer actually limit the Holy one of Israel. Since God will not bring the answer in the front door, they are not aware of His coming in the back. They trust only in conclusions and not promises. But God will not be bound up to time, manner, or means of answering. He will forever do exceedingly, abundantly more than we ask or think of asking. He will answer with health, or grace that is better than health. He will send love, or something beyond it. He will deliver, or do something even greater.
He desires that we simply leave our requests lodged in His powerful arms, cast all our care upon Him, and go forth with peace and serenity to wait His relief. How tragic to have so great a God and so little faith in Him.
No more of “Is He able?” Away with such blasphemy! How that must grate on the ears of our almighty God. “Can He pardon? Can He heal? Can He work a work for me?” Away with such unbelief! Come, rather, to him “as unto a faithful Creator.” When Hannah prayed through in faith, she “rose from her knees to eat, and her countenance was no more sad.”
A Few More Encouragments and
Warnings Concerning Prayer:
When You Are Down, and Satan
Whispers In Your Ear That God
Has Forgotten You, Stop His
Mouth With This –
“Devil – it is not God who has forgotten, but it is me. I’ve forgotten all His past blessings, or else I could not now be questioning his faithfulness.”
You see, faith should have a good memory. Our rash and hasty words are results of our forgetting His past benefits. With David, we should pray:
“This is my infirmity, but I will remember the years of the right hand of the Most High, I will remember the works of the Lord, surely I will remember Thy wonders of old.” (Psalm 77:10,11).
Reject That Secret Whisper In The
Soul That Says, “The Answer Will
Be So Long Delayed, I Will Not
Enjoy It Should It Come.”
You can be guilty of spiritual mutiny by not trusting God to answer at the most opportune time. You can be sure that when the answer comes, it will come in a way and in a time it will be most enjoyed. If what you prayed for is not worth the waiting, it is not worth the asking.
Stop Fretting About Receiving,
and Learn to Rely.
God never groans or complains about the power of His enemies, but rather the impatience of His own people. How unbelief does break His heart, with so many wondering whether to love Him or leave Him.
God wants us to rely on His love. Love is the principle He constantly acts from, and from this He never swerves. When He frowns with His brow, rebukes with His lips, or strikes with His hand, even in all this, His heart burns with love and all His thoughts toward us are of peace and goodness.
All hypocrisy lies in distrust, and the soul that cannot rely on God cannot long be true to God. When once we begin to question His faithfulness, we begin to live by our own wits and care for ourselves. Like the backslidden children of Israel, we are saying, “Up, make us gods…We know not what has become of Moses…” (Exodus 32:1).
You are no company to God unless you rely on Him.
When You Are Down,
You Are Allowed To Groan,
But Not To Grumble.
How can love for God be preserved in the heart that grumbles? The Word calls it ‘contending with God’. What a foolish person to dare find fault with God – He will challenge such a person to lay his hand upon his mouth or else be consumed with bitterness.
The Holy Spirit within us groans, with that unutterable language of heaven that prays according to the perfect will of God. But the fleshly grumble that proceeds out of the heart of the disenchanted believer is poison. Grumbling kept an entire nation out of the Promised Land, and it is today keeping multitudes from the blessings of the Lord. Groan if you must, but God forbid that you should grumble.
Those Who Ask in Faith
Go Forth Praising in Hope.
“His words are pure as silver tried seven times in a furnace” (Psalm 12:6).
God will not permit a liar or covenant-breaker to enter His presence or set foot on His holy hill. How then can we conceive that such a holy God can ever break His word to us? God has made himself, a name on earth – a name of ‘Everlasting Faithfulness’. The more we believe that, the less troubled our souls will be. In the same proportion that there is faith in the heart, there is peace also.
“In quietness and confidence shall be your strength” (Isaiah 30:15).
God’s promises are like the ice on a frozen lake – which He says will hold us. The believer ventures out on it with boldness; the unbeliever with fear, lest it should break under him and leave him floundering.
Never, Never Question Because You
Don’t Hear From God Presently.
If God is delaying, it simply means your request is gaining interest in God’s bank of blessings. So assured were the saints of God that He was faithful to His promises, they rejoiced before even seeing any conclusions. They went on merrily, as if they had already received. God wants us to pay in praises before we receive the promises.
The Holy Ghost assists us in prayer – and is He not welcome at the throne? Will the Father deny the Spirit? Never! That groaning in your soul is no less than God Himself – and God will not deny Himself.
Saints of God – we alone are the losers if we do not get back to watching and praying. We become cold, sensuous, and playful when we avoid the secret closet of prayer. What a sad awakening there will be for those who carelessly harbor secret grudges against the Lord for not answering their prayers, when all along they have been slothful. We have not been effectual and fervent. We have not shut ourselves in with Him. We have not put aside our besetting sins. We have asked mostly to consume it on our own lust. We have been materialistic, lazy, unbelieving, doubtful – and then we wonder why our prayers are not answered.
When Christ returns, He will not find faith on the earth, unless we get back into the secret closet, shut in with Christ and His Word.
Time is short; the day of the Lord is at hand. Should we not then be watching and praying?
There is no longer any possibility of innocent Christian support for Obama. There is no way the “prophetic movement” will have any legitimacy if it ignores the true role of prophets.
It came to a head when I met with the leader of a famous revival organization. I assumed that this would be the last place I would find compromise. To my horror and surprise he warned me that my comments about Obama were opposite their culture. In other words, I had to shut up about Obama or I couldn’t preach there anymore.
My response was immediate and direct. “What if this is the same cheap grace, false honor excuse that the pastors of Germany used to remain silent while Hitler expanded his power? What if God is ordering His vessels to rebuke Obama? Do you want to be one of those men of God with blood on his hands because you remained silent when you should have rebuked the tyranny?” He said he agreed with me but I never heard from him again.
Turn on Christian television and it won’t be long before you see a false prophet today. He will tell his victims that they are about to be blessed and favored. Then he will make an utterly meaningless, high probability prediction. It always sounds sickeningly similar. “The Lord has shown me that you are about to be wealthy beyond your dreams. You do not realize how much Daddy loves you and wants to bless you.”
Since the first misguided “Christian psychologist” discovered that Christians needed to feel valuable, we have been treated to an unending stream of toxic sludge that has left the army of God flabby, drowsy and AWOL during America’s greatest moral disaster.
At some churches, rolling on the floor, drooling while making animal noises is considered the “moving of the Spirit.” Then there is the other extreme: Pastors preach sermons that sound like a late night monologue, stringing together phrases straight out of fortune cookies, making sure that they end on time and leave the audience spiritually unscathed.
Both extremes carry the same lie: We have become too valuable for sacrifice. We are too blessed for the Cross. We are too entitled to join the rest of the Christian world in persecution and holiness.
God is sending the “Preachers of Los Angeles” and all the rest a solemn warning: START LIVING AND TELLING THE TRUTH OR THE ANOINTING AND BLESSING ON YOU WILL VANISH. . God is issuing a dire warning to the false prophets who infest the church: REPENT OR IT WILL COST YOU YOUR LIFE AND YOUR SOUL!
Barrack Obama has left us no choice. He never says anything good about Christians. He never says anything bad about Islam. He foments racial hatred, destroys marriage, and respect for the police (he has given more due process to the terrorists in Guantanamo than to our cops). He punishes Israel. He is working to wipe out the freedoms and hopes of the next generation.
He is a wounded animal bent on destroying everything we hold dear. If the ministers of God had obeyed the Holy Spirit they would have risen up in one voice of holy outrage and driven the king out of office.
Moses rebuked Pharaoh. Samuel rebuked King Saul. Nathan rebuked David. Daniel rebuked Nebuchadnezzar. John the Baptist rebuked King Herod. Stop it! Don’t use the title prophet unless you are willing to rebuke Obama and his abomination. Speak truth to power or you are nothing but a prophetic poser.
There are signs of hope. A very successful pastor prepared to do a series based on the Wizard of OZ at his mega church. He spent thousands on props. He wanted to dazzle his congregation. Then one night he woke up from a deep sleep and realized that God had left him. He felt utterly devoid of God’s presence and peace In his life. He despaired of life itself.
In his desperation he cried out to God. God was grieved by his entire ministry. He had ceased telling the truth. He repented to the bone. The congregation joined him in tearing down the props as if they were idols. “We were once a harmless congregation,” he said. “Now the Holy Spirit is moving in our meetings with great power. We are becoming a mighty army!”