Stopping School Shootings

This the blog that dragged me kicking and screaming to my laptop. I emphatically yet respectfully protested to the Holy Spirit.  I knew this blog would cost me more than any other.  Here goes…
Stopping school shootings will be the most divisive issue of 2018.  Write it down.  It threatens to become a debate that will plunge America into an even darker time.  It will expose our penchant for half-cures.
These words, from the song For what it’s worth by Buffalo Springfield is prophetic to right now: “There’s battle lines being drawn, Nobody’s right if everybody’s wrong.”
Gridlock will keep us from a cure.  Politicians will scream at each other. Celebrities will shed crocodile tears on late night shows.  Millions will be poured into maintaining falsehood.  What you will not see is truth and honesty about this horrible subject.  Most will simply want to appear to care.
PARKLAND, FL – FEBRUARY 14: People are brought out of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School after a shooting at the school that reportedly killed and injured multiple people on February 14, 2018 in Parkland, Florida. Numerous law enforcement officials continue to investigate the scene. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
The tired voices will drag out the usual suspects.  It is amazing how truth survives in our group think nation.  Questions still break in to disturb our presumptions.  Here they are:
WE NEED TOUGHER GUN LAWS!  If that is so, why is Chicago—with the strictest gun laws in America—a killing field?
 A bigger question:  We aren’t we enforcing the laws we have already.  How will a new law help?  Every mass shooting involved a law that was not enforced or a killer who fell through the cracks by schools, who just wanted to make them some else’s problem, or agencies like the FBI, that ignored warnings.
In a chilling development, The New York Post reported this:  “Before Nikolas Cruz carried out his mass killing at a Florida high school this week, police responded to his home 39 times over a seven-year period, according to disturbing new documents.”
It’s not fair to pin this completely on them but one thing must be asked:  If you can’t, or won’t, enforce the laws already on the books why do you think is will do any good to add more?
The fact that this is all they can come up with, shows they are not after solutions—but are simply blathering the mantra of their agenda.  Here comes more agenda…
WE CAN’T JUDGE PEOPLE:  A mindless culture is endangering all of us.  This is the culprit: silence in the face of obvious derangement. 
This boy was identified as a menace several times.  But no action was taken. Why? It is because we have created a society that accepts all behavior and there’s a tyranny to judge anyone.
When people in San Bernardino noticed neighbors carrying vast armaments into their house and chanting in Arabic, they said nothing.  They admitted they didn’t want to be labeled racist.  The next day, they killed 14 people and seriously injured 22.
Neighbors in Mesquite, Nevada noticed even heavier weaponry loading into a house with all the windows blacked out. They never told police.  Not long afterward, Stephan Paddock, opened fire on a crowd of concertgoers at the Route 91 Harvest music festival on the Las Vegas Strip in Nevada, leaving 58 people dead and 851 injured.

Famed professor Jordan Peterson related something that happened in a University classroom.  A six-foot blonde man stood before the class and said he was in fact, a five-year-old black girl.  The teacher asked if any student thought it was weird.  Not one spoke up.  In a secret poll 22 of them admitted it was weird but were terrified to speak out.
IT’S WHITE SUPREMACY!  Another mantra is white supremacy.  It only took minutes for a writer to claim Nikolas Cruz was part of a white supremacist group.  It went everywhere.  But alas it is fake news. “Leon County law enforcement sources told the Tallahassee Democrat that they could not find information linking Cruz, 19, to the Republic of Florida Militia, as first reported by the group’s self-proclaimed leader Jordan Jereb.”
Do you see them retracting that report?  Of course not, it does advance the narrative.  The drumbeat of racism is required to delay the truth.  It pays bills and distracts from our real problem.
GET THE GUNS!  We have a glaring double standard: Every leftist politician has body guards who carry guns.  Every courthouse has them.  Every bank has them.  But for our children, it is a sacred cow not to have them.  Madness.
Depression and mental illness is pandemic.  Why?  We load the nation down with pills. Why?  This has only made things worse.  The root cause of is too terrible to consider.  The machine that cranks out a Nikolas Cruz operates with impunity.  Here it comes…wait for it.
We are guilty of destroying the family.  We created a swamp for children to demonize themselves.  In our zeal to make everyone right, everything legal, we cursed ourselves with appetites we were not prepared to face.  We loosed a monster.
We are a nation of take out.  The beast won’t let us sit down to a home cooked meal. But we don’t just take out our food.  We take out prayer and believe it makes us better.  We take out father figures and expect it makes us wiser.  We take out church—and even some churches take out church—and think it will help find ourselves. We take out marriage and magically expect it to improve life for children.
By shaking our fist at God, we have created a society so miserable, so lonely, so fearful that they are despairing of life and losing natural inhibitions. We have torn down the natural hedges against violence and debauchery.
We won’t admit the existence of evil.  Nikolas Crus is evil.  He willfully gave into the undertow of evil.  Satan filled his heart, but he asked for it. He told authorities that voices in his head told him how to carry out the shooting.  Many boys writhe in worse circumstances, and don’t kill people.
If a society refuses to admit evil how will they stop it in the future?  As the saying goes, the greatest trick Satan ever pulled was to convince people he didn’t exist.
He doesn’t exist because, admitting he exists,  invariably leads to an admission about God, right and wrong and repentance.  We are wicked and full of sin but would rather mask it under impotent laws, crank science and political correctness.
What a moment for the church!  We have words of life for this horrendous moment.  We have pulpits that can go back to the Bible and thunder truth.  We have the awesome power of prayer.  We can tell the masses the truth.  We can be like Peter in Acts 2:40 “ He went on in this vein for a long time, urging them over and over, “Get out while you can; get out of this sick and stupid culture!” That is exactly what I am going to do.

The prayer that will prevail for America

 

The Bible shows us that supernatural evil can establish itself in a culture and open a floodgate of misery.  How these spirits can be confronted and driven back should be the study of every child of God.

The crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ inflicted the greatest wound evil has ever known.  Today, we need evil to take another massive hit in America.  To do this we must realize that we are in a war, an invisible war.

The idea of an invisible war raging all around them paralyzes most Christians. Their daily life overwhelms them.  They are losing their health and their mind because of supernatural stress.  Yet, for all of this, they refuse to open their eyes to the war that is costing them dearly. But see it they must, or they will live out the rest of their days discouraged, helpless and exhausted.

Yes, it is chilling to realize that something supernatural hates you and those you love.  It is even more frightening to discover how much the destruction being caused by principalities and powers are doing to our nation.

The Bible has methods for dealing with Satan’s agenda.  God yearns to reveal Himself as a mighty warrior on behalf of those who will take the time to become armed and dangerous.  But instead of heeding the cry of the Holy Spirit most believers are content to live in dread, defeat, and confusion.

The evil one of course, loves it this way.  He wants you to live on the defensive.  He wants you reacting instead of acting.  He wants you to feel that darkness is inevitable and that the works of vile men cannot be reversed.  In fact, the wicked one wants you to believe that the overpowering demands of your everyday life are so great that you cannot even consider being a warrior in the larger battle for the soul of a nation.  How better to dismantle America than to prevent the army of God from ever entering the theater of battle?

Let me speak plainly.  Have you had enough?  Are you ready to reopen the Bible and apply its message of supernatural victory to your life?

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You road map to victory begins by asking the right question.

1. What is God’s will for me as a warrior?  We must answer the bigger questions but this one comes first.  The Bible tells you that your FATHER wants you strong, securing the thoughts and emotions in your mind to force them to submit to truth.  Confess that your father wants to make you mighty through training for and living in a culture of victory forged by habitual breakthroughs in battle.

Ephesians 6:10-13 says, “Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

You must settle the question of your victory in this war.  Yes, you must fight but you are designed for triumph in battle.  Admit that the evil one has had the upper hand because of your ignorance of the Word of God and the heart of God, and that you are done with this ignorance once and for all.

That you may not yet know how to fight does not matter at this point.  You may not yet have your emotions under control.  What you need now is to know beyond knowing that God your Father has assured you inward and outward victory.

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2. Now you must take your stand.  “Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace;  above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.”  – Ephesians 6: 14-17

This is your personal declaration of war.  Some balk at this because the idea that they are challenging Satan awakens fear.  “If I announce my opposition to Satan I open myself up to attack.”  This is a huge misnomer.  You are already under attack.  The only difference now is that you are fighting back.

It is a disastrous myth to think that if you leave Satan alone that he will leave you alone.  As I have said before, that is like believing that the bull will not charge because you are a vegetarian.

Since you are going to be attacked anyway, you must learn how to return fire.  Nothing matches prayer for retaliation against Satan.

3.  Now we must begin praying prayers that get through and prevail. The truth that God has limited some of His activity to our prayers is a great mystery.  However, we do not have the luxury of waiting until we unravel this mystery before we avail ourselves of the great privilege of prevailing prayer.

When Jesus taught us that we need to pray, “Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven,” the clear message is that God waits for us to enforce the victory He won on the Cross.   Simply put, heaven comes to earth in pieces, in segments as the product of fervent prayer.   We are commissioned, empowered and trained to take high value ground that was once the unchallenged property of Satan.

It is urgent that you see why that after Paul told us to be strong and to put on all of the armor in Ephesians 6, he concludes his admonition with verse18: “praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints.”

Prayer and prevailing prayer can look the same but they are completely different.  You may have been praying and then settling for something that is not the will of God.  The angel told Daniel, Do not be afraid, Daniel, for from the first day that you set your heart on understanding this and on humbling yourself before your God, your words were heard, and I have come in response to your words. 13 But the prince of the kingdom of Persia was withstanding me for twenty-one days; then behold, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, for I had been left there with the kings of Persia.” -Daniel 10:12, 13.

Whatever it takes: The modern spoon-fed believer cannot imagine warring 21 minutes let alone 21 days.  Yet, it is this tenacity in intercession that changes the world.  You pray fervently, utterly and without regard to time or personal sacrifice because your marriage, your children, grandchildren and the miracles that yearn to come are worth it!

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Consider that Daniel did not have the great intercessor Jesus at the right hand of God.  The victory of Calvary was still a future event and its eternal benefits were not yet in place.  How much more then should we feel bolder in prayer than Daniel!

First you counterpunch the attacks in your soul.  Then you take on the attacks on your loved ones.  You enlarge your retaliation to envelope health, finances, taxes, enemies, and your entire daily grind.

With each victory comes a deeper resolve.  You exhale knowing you are finally on the offensive driving back devils that you once tolerated for reasons you cannot even remember.  The days of dread are in your rear view mirror.

Yes, you will be attacked again but now instead of dread you welcome the opportunity to exercise your new found boldness in prayer and to see the new kinds of intervention that the Holy Spirit will unfold.

4. Now you have earned the right to call America back to God through prayer!  You can ask questions you never asked before. Arthur Matthews said, “Questions again flood our minds.  How do these spirit powers exert their influence in society?  Where do they get in?  Is there a distinctive modus operandi that would help us identify them?  What can or what should we be doing to control and prevent their intrusion?”

Here is a historical fact that should deeply sober every American Christian: Israel lost the knowledge of God in one generation.  Judges 2:10,11 says, “When all that generation had been gathered to their fathers, another generation arose after them who did not know the Lord nor the work which He had done for Israel. Then the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the Lord, and served the Baals.”

Satan has saved his very best lie for God’s remnant. Remember that Jesus said “to deceive, if possible, even the elect.”  Satan is plying a special lie on the elect of God!  Satan is even imitating the voice of the Holy Spirit to tell this lie!  He is doing this because this remnant is the final firewall stopping his agenda for America.

In a nutshell, here is the deceiving message from the devil to the righteous core:  “The best days of the Church are behind you.  God must judge America to allow the return of Christ. God cannot do it again because He does not want to. The bottom line of this lie is the times are too hard, the task is too great and we are too small.”

I have heard from sources I trust, that a deep state within our government has dreadful plans to overrule the Constitution, and come after our freedoms.  What do we do with this information?  The saints in Damascus heard Saul of Tarsus was coming with authority from the government to arrest and execute Christians.

Those believers could have cited end time prophecy to justify running and hiding but instead they took their stand.  They set themselves to fervent prayer and unleashed heaven on the situation.  A light blasts Saul off of his horse ending the threat.  As a bonus to this victory, the Church gets a new Apostle named Paul.

In this hour, our revival prayer must be mingled with two seemingly opposing attitudes:  An utter desperation that admits that God must do it again, and a violent confidence that God will do it

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HOLY SPIRIT YOU’RE NOT WELCOME HERE

We sing “Holy Spirit You are welcome here,” but the truth is He is not at all welcome.  He has no say in our activities.  He has been evicted from His rightful place.

We can and should have power.  We should be winning millions.   Medically confirmed healings should be a norm.  Hardened sinners should be collapse before the might of God’s presence in our meetings.

What makes our present defeat, so vexing, is that it is so unnecessary.   We have the best message in the world.  Everything hurting our nation can be healed by the Holy Spirit. There is no raging debate today that is not solved by the Gospel.  There is no injustice that cannot be cured by Christ.

Instead, we put our worst foot forward.  We teach light and airy, even silly things—things that not only bounce off the unchurched—they weaken the churched.

We sing “Holy Spirit You are welcome here,” but the truth is He is not at all welcome.  He has no say in our activities.  He has been evicted from His rightful place.

When you finally see who the Holy Spirit is, and what His active role should be…our current condition will horrify you.

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Jesus said in John 16:7 “Nevertheless I tell you the truth. It is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send Him to you. 8 And when He has come, He will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: 9 of sin, because they do not believe in Me; 10 of righteousness, because I go to My Father and you see Me no more; 11 of judgment, because the ruler of this world is judged.

12 “I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now.13 However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come. 14 He will glorify Me, for He will take of what is Mine and declare it to you. 15 All things that the Father has are Mine. Therefore, I said that He will take of Mine and declare it to you.”

All church life must flow out of the Holy Spirit.  He is the leader of the worldwide conviction of sin and righteousness. He is our key to decode a culture.  Our relevance is from Him.  Our organizational structure is by Him.   He is the exclusive purveyor of everything Jesus must give earth.

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Here are just two examples of how practical dependency on the Holy Spirit in the early church solved massive crisis:

“As they ministered to the Lord and fasted, the Holy Spirit said, “Now separate to Me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.” -Acts 13:2

-“For it seemed good to the Holy Spirit, and to us, to lay upon you no greater burden than these necessary things…-Acts 15:28

The power and blessing of those two Spirit-born strategies continues to this hour.  The first, created the New Testament Churches—hence the New Testament.  The second, is the reason we have one and not two New Testaments.  Without this guidance, the controversy would have led to a Jewish New Testament and a Gentile New Testament.

It is easy to point the finger at mega churches.  We can say they are muscle-bound with marketing and have little impact on America’s destruction.  However, many of my Spirit-filled brothers and sisters are also guilty of gross sins against the Holy Spirit.  (They may be even worse sins because they include jaw-dropping hypocrisy).  Here are some of their crimes:

They are guilty of dropping the God card.   When Charismatic leaders ban the gifts of the Spirit from operating and say God told them to do it—it is a sin against Jesus.  When leaders become territorial and refuse to work with other leaders to win souls in their city and blame God, they quench the Holy Spirit.

They drop the God card if they make intercessory prayer and the prophetic, open-ended excuses not to reach out.  How many spirit-filled gatherings make no appeal for souls to be saved?  Answer: Almost all of them.  How can this be God?

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They turn weapons into toys:  2 Corinthians 10:3 “For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. 4 For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, 5 casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ…”

Have you ever seen anything more cringe-worthy than a convention of grownups dressed in medieval and gothic costumes playing Dungeons and Dragons with Styrofoam swords?  Sadly, yes.

The top cringe is reserved for spirit-filled meetings where weapons—meant for strongholds of Satan—are squandered on bored saints lusting for yet another emotional experience.  Their shenanigans are blamed on the Holy Spirit.  Most are just self-centered believers binging on fantasy blessings.

I can’t shake the image of an army removing all the bullets, to play bang-bang in the barracks.   But what a crime to do it with gifts designed to clean out crack houses.

If you are famished for the true work of the Holy Spirt—if you are desperate for a national miracle—if you can let God X-ray your heart…the Holy Spirit is waiting for you.  Here is what you need to know.

You had to learn not to trust the Holy Spirit.  That statement is saturated with conviction and hope.  Tragically, church life often leads away from the Holy Spirit.  However, the hopeful part is, you learned not to trust which means all you must do is go back to the simple days when you were truly led of the Spirit.

The Holy Spirit is seeking people to use on a massive scale.  At this moment, Mario Murillo Ministries is struggling to respond to all the open doors.  We are watching the promise of widespread harvest fulfilled right before our eyes.   There are many openings right now for effective ministry.

The Holy Spirit seeks workers.   Matthew 9: 37 “Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. 38 Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.”

The Holy Spirit is looking for workers—not self-promoted apostles, prophets, and ozone warriors.  Every leader wants this but doesn’t realize it:  you want workers—people who will do work and not posture about their spiritual rank.  We are teeming with people who want recognition but won’t lift a finger for the real work.

Jesus’ prayer revealed the harvest, targeted the harvest and prayed for workers to go to the harvest.   When you do not welcome the Holy Spirit’s passion for the lost—you do not welcome Him.

Houston revealed the Christ in Christians

 

You did not hear about all the Christians who risked their lives and in some cases devastated their own finances to help people in the flood in Texas.  You didn’t hear about it because it doesn’t fit the narrative.  The media wants you to have a warped view of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  Why they do this is no mystery—Christianity is the last firewall against their agenda to totally remake America.

The media considers themselves the moral guardian of America.  That’s like hiring the weasel to guard the chicken coop.

The fixation of the media—and leftist Christians—this week was in shaming Joel Osteen for not opening his massive church soon enough to refugees of the flood.  Could he have opened it sooner? Probably.

But, do I believe that Lakewood Church was lacking in compassion?   Absolutely not.  Morphing an organizational misdemeanor into felony callous indifference is a stretch.  But, like I said, it’s all about the narrative.

My issue is not that he didn’t open his doors soon enough, but that he doesn’t open his Bible enough.  Just saying.

There is a need to dismiss all Christianity—except for a few suffering lot who take an oath of poverty—as big business.  Organized Christianity is a pariah?  Excuse me, not nearly as much as disorganized Christianity.  Free-basing faith, lone ranger prophets, and religious pundits with no accountability—who gargle gun powder and then shoot their mouths off—are the real threat.

It is easy to say that for one, bright shining moment, the Christians in Houston forgot their doctrinal differences, their competitive nature, and rose up in a glorious display of practical compassion. That too would be inaccurate, it wasn’t a shining moment—it’s the way we are.  That compassion was always there.  Heroes of faith were always there.  Harvey only brought out what was already in Houston.

Sure, Christians talk smack about each other, (and they shouldn’t) but don’t think it means we don’t love one another.  Heck, all families do that!   Unity exists to a greater degree than we know.  Believers who love and serve Jesus are more abundant than we know.

Now on to another critical issue: Prosperity.  Did you catch my reference earlier to leftist Christians?  It’s an oxymoron, but they exist.  John Pavlovitz in his blog entitled Dear Joel Osteen excoriated Joel.  That, was bad enough, what was worse is that he reinforced the tired image of Jesus the street preacher who lived in poverty—the hippie messiah who ate twigs and went around lovey dovey. Hold on…I have a reason for mentioning this—being a street preacher, I took it a little personal.

Yes, there is a perversion of prosperity in the American pulpit.  It is wrong for preachers, to beg for the widow’s mite while living in opulent splendor.  It is wrong to conflate money with righteousness.  The Bible is clear in condemning preachers who do this: “These people always cause trouble. Their minds are corrupt, and they have turned their backs on the truth. To them, a show of godliness is just a way to become wealthy.” -1 Timothy 6:5

Never the less, Jesus was not poor.  Someone who can multiply food is not poor.  Someone who knows where the coins, in all the fish are, is not poor.  He not only owns the cattle on a thousand hills, He owns the hills, the planets—the galaxies.

God will help you pay your bills, provide for your children, and bless you, so you can bless others. That some take it to materialistic extremes, and add new age goobly gook, doesn’t invalidate true prosperity. Jesus said, “Luke 6:38 Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.”

Prosperity is a key aspect of the Gospel. Let me illustrate: Once I met with a very famous evangelist who returned from the Philippines.  He told me, “we had massive crowds and I taught all I could from the Word of God but they were so poor I couldn’t teach about prosperity.”  So, I asked him, “were they also so sick, you couldn’t teach on healing?”

When I stand in the ghetto and preach amid hopeless addiction and grinding poverty, I tell them that Jesus will heal, deliver and provide a way out of their poverty.  Yes, it will take hard work…but God provides the miraculous will power, and hope.

Christians used boats, huge trucks and supplies that God blessed them with—that they obtained through the promises of God, giving, and hard work, to save people from the flood waters.

MARIO, WE ASKED YOU TO COME TO OUR CHURCH AND YOU SAID NO…WHY?

 

Yes, we have had to turn down invitations.  It’s time you knew why.  We live in an evil time with explosive changes.   We are assigned to the front line to see unprecedented miracles.   I am honored by invitations to come and minister.  We are prepared to help advance the Kingdom of God in any area…in your area, but we simply cannot be a part of business as usual.  I want to tell you the best way we can help you and the reasons we have had to turn down invitations.

We reach out to unchurched people–especially youth.  We offer proof of Christ’s power to heal, deliver and save.  We pray our event with you will lead to a general ongoing awakening in your area.

We can help when leaders are willing to do certain things.  Here is the list and the Bible verses that confirm them.

1. Invite other churches to be involved.  We do not require a certain number of churches to be involved but we consider it vital to open the meeting to as many as possible.  No true move of God has ever blessed just one church.  Luke 5: 6, 7 “And when they had done this, they caught a great number of fish, and their net was breaking. So they signaled to their partners in the other boat to come and help them. And they came and filled both the boats, so that they began to sink. “

2. Invite community leaders to participate.  Leaders from business, education, law enforcement, politics and the media should be invited to participate.  People in these fields often have access to people and resources that ministers do not have.  They may also have just as great a burden for the city.  By asking for their help, you can greatly multiply your resources and impact.  Acts 16:14 “Now a certain woman named Lydia heard us. She was a seller of purple from the city of Thyatira, who worshiped God. The Lord opened her heart to heed the things spoken by Paul. 15 And when she and her household were baptized, she begged us, saying, “If you have judged me to be faithful to the Lord, come to my house and stay.” So she persuaded us.”

3. Be willing to move the meeting from your church to a neutral auditorium.  We have no problem beginning a meeting in your sanctuary, but we need a willingness to move to a neutral site.  Whenever we do this, the level of power intensifies.   We have also learned that the unchurched are far more likely to attend if the meeting is in a neutral auditorium.  Acts 26:26 “For the king knows of these things, before whom also I speak freely: for I am persuaded that none of these things are hidden from him; for this thing was not done in a corner.”

4.Understand the difference between church growth and advancing the Kingdom of God. 

A.Church growth:   One big reason we lost this generation is “Attraction” church models simply do not lead to moral awakening.   The pressure to get new people by surprising them every week with creative cutting-edge entertainment is never-ending.  There is simply no room for God to act.

B. Advancing the Kingdom of God:  If the servant of God cries out for their church to advance the Kingdom of God, many wonderful things start to happen.  They will grow in quantity and quality.   Not only this, they will touch the urgent needs of their community and strengthen other churches.

1 Corinthians 2: 4 “And my speech and my preaching were not with persuasive words of human wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, 5 that your faith should not be in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.”

5. We want to demonstrate the supernatural with balance and integrity.  Groups that engage in out-of-Bible experiences do just as much harm as attraction churches. Bizarre behavior damages our cause.  An outpouring of the Holy Spirit will feature outbursts of joy and sorrow.  We dare not ban these life signs of revival.  What we’re against is behavior that distorts the Holy Spirit to outsiders.

1 Thessalonians 1: 5 “For our gospel did not come to you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Spirit and in much assurance, as you know what kind of men we were among you for your sake.”

In some churches the excuses were creative for why they could not do these things.  Sadly, we had to walk away.

We were even willing to offer training and other resources.  NEVER FORGET:  WE HAVE NEVER REJECTED AN INVITATION BECAUSE A GROUP WAS UNABLE TO DO THESE THINGS BUT BECAUSE THEY WERE UNWILLING TO DO THEM.  The size of your church is not nearly as important as the depth of your commitment.   Some churches came up with creative excuses for why they could not do these things.  Sadly, we had to walk away.

If your heart is open to all that I have written then be assured—we are ready to work alongside you to reap a great harvest in your area.

We want to help wherever there is a pure hunger for a true intervention of God.  We would love nothing better than to be able to work with you to win souls, heal the sick, and to see revival.

Sincerely,

 

 

 

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HE BEING DEAD YET SPEAKS

“Brother David, we need you now more than ever, we need you to wake up the American church!”  That was my cry when it hit me that today is the 6th anniversary of this prophet going to heaven.  He preached a message that we rarely hear today.  He preached it with a total disregard for his own success or safety.  He spoke the counsel of God with a convicting compassion…”God testifying of his gifts; and through it he being dead still speaks.”  Hebrews 11:4

HE BEING DEAD YET SPEAKS

By Mario Murillo

When he aimed his voice at the corruptions in the church it was devastating.  Here is a sample from 1998: “The majority of churchgoers today soundly reject all prophetic warnings of a coming storm. Indeed, the American church today is the most blatant ‘feel good’ church in all of history. But, like Israel, we’re only experiencing the calm before the storm!

While Moses spent forty days on the mountaintop, Israel indulged in a spirit of lawlessness. The people wanted to play and relax, so they abandoned all godliness. You remember the result: It ended in a drunken, naked orgy around a golden calf.

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!’”

Look carefully at what the man of God is saying—he is spotlighting a disaster.  What is that disaster?  We cannot accept warnings.  False pastors cash in on this carnal appetite for denial in the people.  Even good pastors are hostages of audiences that demand soothing sermons.

Prophets like David Wilkerson were labelled Gloom and Doom. What we don’t get is…it is those who keep lying and refuse to warn the church who are the real gloom and doom. Gloom and doom is when someone deliberately leaves you unprotected and unprepared.  This warning came before 911, before Barack Obama–before gay marriage was legalized–before our standing in the world became so dangerous.  David was describing our condition in 1998—we have degenerated dramatically since then…how chilling is that?

David explains why he was so adamant: “Yet, let me ask you: Why does God tell his prophets to shout their warnings from the housetops? He wants to warn his people – to stir us up to seek him! He wants to convict us of all our attempts to cast off Christ’s yoke and cozy up to the world. He wants us to keep our eyes on Jesus – to seek heavenly things – because those are the only things that will stand in the coming storm!”

Tragically, Christians all over America disregard any crisis that does not directly impact them.  And even after all of the storms that have come, we still do not repent!  As I write you the storm brother David predicted is unfolding. Journalism is dead.  Fake news is standard issue.  Campuses are silencing conservatives and soon will silence Christians. Persecution is here.

Many were relieved when Donald Trump became president. Now a hurricane of hatred being leveled at him and his family—he is subjected to a media assault that prior generations could not have imagined.

Did last Sunday’s soupy sermon get you ready to stand and fight?  The idea that the seeker model will survive the next wave of persecution is laughable at best.

However, preparation was a  key element of David Wilkerson’s preaching. He was sent to warn the wicked and remind the righteous of God’s power to keep us in adversity. Consider: “The purging will not seem joyous, but rather grievous. But you will soon glorify the Lord for the results in your life. All the anxiety will be gone. All worldly ambition will die. Your spiritual eyes will be opened to truth. The Spirit will give you revelation knowledge. You will exchange the riches of this world for the true riches of Christ Jesus. You will wake up each morning with an over-flowing joy. Your soul will cry out “I found what my soul has been longing for. Rest–beautiful rest in my Lord.” You can then say with David, the Psalmist — “In his presence is there is fullness of joy; at his right hand there are pleasures forevermore…” (Ps.16:11). 

David Wilkerson’s words are more relevant and powerful now than ever.   He could comfort with as much power as he could correct. Here are the last words he ever wrote:

“That is when Satan’s hordes come to attack your mind with fear, anger, overwhelming questions: “Where is your God now? You prayed until you had no tears left. You fasted. You stood on promises. You trusted.”

Blasphemous thoughts will be injected into your mind: “Prayer failed. Faith failed. Don’t quit on God—just do not trust him anymore. It doesn’t pay!”

Even questioning God’s existence will be injected into your mind. These have been the devices of Satan for centuries. Some of the godliest men and women who ever lived were under such demonic attacks.

To those going through the valley and shadow of death, hear this word: Weeping will last through some dark, awful nights—and in that darkness, you will soon hear the Father whisper, ‘I am with you. I cannot tell you why right now, but one day it will all make sense. You will see it was all part of my plan. It was no accident. It was no failure on your part. Hold fast. Let me embrace you in your hour of pain.’

Beloved, God has never failed to act but in goodness and love. When all means fail—his love prevails. Hold fast to your faith. Stand fast in his Word. There is no other hope in this world.” Amen.

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.”