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.”

 

 

 

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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Will two bone-headed ideas cost the church a third election in a row?

 

Will two bone-headed ideas cost the Church a third election in a row?

By Mario Murillo

There are two ideas that are bone-headed: The idea that we are choosing the lesser of two evils in this election and the idea that we must–no matter what–submit to ruling authorities.

We must realize that there is government we are supposed obey and government we are not supposed to obey.  Then we must realize that God brings judgment on evil authority–often through flawed people.

First, let’s expose the lie that we are supposed to submit to government no matter what.

Romans 13: 1 Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God. Therefore whoever resists the authority resists the ordinance of God, and those who resist will bring judgment on themselves.  “For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to evil. Do you want to be unafraid of the authority? Do what is good, and you will have praise from the same. 4 For he is God’s minister to you for good. But if you do evil, be afraid; for he does not bear the sword in vain; for he is God’s minister, an avenger to execute wrath on him who practices evil.”

No ruling authority from God is a threat to good works.  They do not persecute God’s people or enact laws to ban the Gospel.

German believers abused these verses to justify their apathy about Hitler.  Dietrich Bonhoeffer could not open the eyes of the German church about the horrors that were coming.  In a radio address in the late 1930’s, he warned the nation that cheap grace and a false sense of submission was blinding them to what Adolf Hitler was.

That same abuse of these scriptures is used by pastors right now who refuse to speak out against the Obama agenda that—left unstopped—will destroy our nation.  Hillary Clinton has vowed that she will not only continue these policies…she will increase them.

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The Bible clearly defines the leadership we are supposed to obey:  God’s appointed rulers are not a threat to good works.  They are agents of justice who bear the sword of wrath against evil-doers.

God will work vehemently to get good rulers, but He will not force us to choose the right leader.  We have to live with our choices.

Okay, here it comes one last time: The rulers that God raises up—the ones Paul is referring to in Romans 13—are not a threat to good works.

Hitler was not God’s will for Germany.  He did evil and God raised the Allied army against him precisely as the word of God predicted.  The Allies were God’s vehicle to bring wrath.

Nations can and do pick evil leaders.  Even Israel picked an evil leader: 1 Samuel 8:6 “But the thing displeased Samuel when they said, “Give us a king to judge us.” So Samuel prayed to the Lord. 7 And the Lord said to Samuel, “Heed the voice of the people in all that they say to you; for they have not rejected you, but they have rejected Me, that I should not reign over them.”

King David represented many things but there is one thing that cannot be denied: He was also sent to judge and undo the damage of King Saul.

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Obama was never God’s choice for America.   We have the national wreckage and his acts against the righteous to prove it.  Here is what do we do now:  Pray and discern what God is doing.

When evil leadership reigns God begins a complicated process to reestablish justice. Human history is messy and God has chosen to work within that mess.  We want story book endings but humanity is tangled in the tentacles of wickedness–that’s why it is complicated.  Jehovah works in human history like a surgeon skillfully cutting around vital organs to get at the cancer.  Jesus spoke of the wheat and tares having to grow together until the end—otherwise the wheat would also be lost.

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Now we must see how He can use flawed people:  God is working with the human gene pool. That is why the ruler God raises up to bring justice is often flawed.   Daniel was probably shocked to discover that God choose to use Nebuchadnezzar.

Habakkuk was even more shocked when God said He would raise up Babylon:   Habakkuk 1: 5 “Look among the nations and watch—Be utterly astounded! For I will work a work in your days Which you would not believe, though it were told you. 6 For indeed I am raising up the Chaldeans, A bitter and hasty nation Which marches through the breadth of the earth, To possess dwelling places that are not theirs.”

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When I hear a Christian say “vote your conscience,” they often really mean “vote for the one who has no sin.”  If God voted that way, the human race would have been obliterated.  Then they’ll say something like “we should not pick the lesser of two evils.”  How is it possible to pick an evil free human being?

Instead of asking who is without sin we should be asking where is God working?

That is exactly what Paul did:  Acts 23:6 “But when Paul perceived that the one part were Sadducees, and the other Pharisees, he cried out in the council, Men and brethren, I am a Pharisee, the son of a Pharisee: of the hope and resurrection of the dead I am called in question. 7 And when he had so said, there arose a dissension between the Pharisees and the Sadducees: and the multitude was divided. 8 For the Sadducees say that there is no resurrection, neither angel, nor spirit: but the Pharisees confess both. 9 And there arose a great cry: and the scribes that were of the Pharisees’ part arose, and strove, saying, We find no evil in this man: but if a spirit or an angel hath spoken to him, let us not fight against God.”

Jesus said that the Sadducees and Pharisees were both evil.  So was Paul choosing the lesser of two evils by siding with the Pharisees?  Or, was he discerning where God could work?

Instead of seeking the perfect leader we should discern who God is working with—warts and all.

The evil ruler(whom God is trying to stop)  is easy to spot: they fight against Judaism, Christianity and Biblical morality.  Selah.

 

 

Mario Murillo’s Warrior’s Workshop comes to Sparks

 

 

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.

The untrained Christian fears American culture.  The trained disciple knows how to answer the culture.  Lack of training is one big reason why the church lost so much ground in the U.S. in just the last 7 ½ years.

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The Presbyterian Church lifts prayer to Allah

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 The Presbyterian Church lifts prayer to Allah

The Presbyterian Church, U.S.A. is raising eyebrows after lifting up prayers to Allah at its General Assembly meeting last week.

“Allah bless us and bless our families and bless our Lord. Lead us on the straight path – the path of all prophets: Abraham, Ishmael, Isaac, Moses, Jesus, and Muhammad.”

These were the words that rang out over the congregation at The General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church, USA meeting in Portland, Oregon. Wajidi Said, co-founder of the Muslim Education Trust, led the attendees in the prayer to the Islamic deity, a move arranged by the Ecumenical and Interfaith ministry staff at the assembly.

The prayer was part of the “first order of business” during the meeting’s opening session, a time dedicated to praying for those affected by the Orlando shooting that occurred just weeks before.

“In the name of Allah, the beneficent, the merciful, let us praise the Lord… Peace be upon them and peace be upon Allah,” Said prayed. He also prayed peace on the “bigots” and “Islamaphobes.”

Later, at the conclusion of the session, Rev. Gradye Parsons offered an apology to anyone who was offended by the prayer. He assured the congregation that mistakes can be made, but the prayer was not an intentional one.

“It was never the intention to offend anyone, and we offer an apology to those who were offended,” Rev. Parsons said.

But the Presbyterian church still affirms that it will advocate for “positive relationships with people of other religious traditions” and is committed to fighting “the rise in Islamophobia.”

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NOW THAT TRUTH IS THE NEW HATE SPEECH

 

 

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NOW THAT TRUTH IS THE NEW HATE SPEECH

By Mario Murillo

Truth is the new hate speech.  Light has become darkness, lies have become truth, villains have become heroes, and love is now hate.  What do we do?  Especially because the teachings of Jesus Christ are now intricately and essentially banned in the United States.  This censorship is designed to weaken the nation, centralize control and to bring down America.  Many believe it is too late.

What is even worse is that modern preaching is setting believers up to crash and burn when they face persecution.  Instead of arming the church to push back on the onslaught of censorship some sermons are actually weakening the resistance of Christians.

I do not often drop the God card.  I never claim to hear from the Holy Spirit unless it is undeniably clear.  Today, I hear from Him!  My spirit jumped at the revelation of the very hour we are living in.   To begin with I felt deep hope and a high sense of urgency.

I feel that the Lord is telling me to say “It is not too late but there is work to do” This was reinforced by the verse He gave me, “I must work the works of Him who sent Me while it is day; the night is coming when no one can work.”- John 9:4

Immediately after that these next verses were branded in my soul:

Acts 14:2-3: “But the unbelieving Jews stirred up the Gentiles and poisoned their minds against the brethren. 3 Therefore they stayed there a long time, speaking boldly in the Lord, who was bearing witness to the word of His grace, granting signs and wonders to be done by their hands.”

I am going to offer 4 specific steps from these verses.  I believe that they hold a powerful key to understanding the moment we are in and the exact direction we must take.  Read it with great openness.  Let the mediocre Christian take heed.  Let leaders and preachers give severe heed to these words of direction.  I do not believe they are my words.

1. Ask God to show you what you are doing by the Holy Spirit and abandon everything you are doing—no matter how sacred it seems—on your own power.  

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Let us begin by repenting of our greatest mistake.  Jesus sent the Holy Spirit to run the Church, grow the Church.  He was sent to make us effective and relevant to the culture.

We are guilty of taking away His authority and running the church by our own wits.  We have failed miserably.  Sadly, even failure has not stopped men from controlling the things of God.

In every generation hell belches out a new weapon of mass destruction.  Heaven is neither passive nor taken by surprise.  God creates a weapon of choice by the anointing.  Then He seeks that one who will take up that weapon in the Name of Jesus and thrust it into the heart of darkness.

The American death march does not surprise the Holy Spirit.  He already knew and is driving us to prayer for an effective counter-attack.

It is all summed up in the words of Samuel to Saul: 1 Samuel 10:6-7, “Then the Spirit of the Lord will come upon you, and you will prophesy with them and be turned into another man. 7 And let it be, when these signs come to you, that you do as the occasion demands; for God is with you.”

Waiting on God for power is the highest duty of a preacher.  Prayer must saturate us before we go forth. Those who believe that God must instantly honor our prayers are deluded by modern church entitlement.   We must seek, utterly convinced that power is coming, but at the same time brutally committed to wait as long as it takes.

This first step will cost you friends, church members and it will impact your lifestyle.  This is nothing compared to the disaster you will avoid.

2. Do not abuse prayer! Numbers 22: 18-19, Says, “Then Balaam answered and said to the servants of Balak, ‘Though Balak were to give me his house full of silver and gold, I could not go beyond the word of the Lord my God, to do less or more. 19 Now therefore, please, you also stay here tonight, that I may know what more the Lord will say to me.’”

Balaam acted noble but greed was in his heart.  He totally contradicts himself.  First he says, “Keep your money, God said No.”  Then he asks the money people to spend the night to see if God changes His mind.

The classic reaction to my blogs on America’s disaster is, “All we need to do is pray.”  Nobody believes in the power of prayer more than I do.  However, there is a widespread abuse of prayer.  Prayer is being used as an excuse for delay, remain silent, and escape.


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The key to the Lord’s Prayer is, “Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”  Prayer is going to give you direction.  If you pray until you get the direction you like you have the spirit of Balaam.

This abuse of prayer even hit Moses.  He knew what he was supposed to lead the people through the Red Sea.  God got angry!  Exodus 14:15 says, “Then the LORD said to Moses, ‘Why are you crying out to me? Tell the people to get moving!’”

Disobedience is a prime reason we have lost this generation.   Many were told what to do about the nation and simply ignored it.  Intercession has even become a substitute for soul-winning.

God has been offering wisdom, direction, and power during the entire Obama regime.  We are at the point of destruction because few leaders have listened and obeyed.

If God sees that you want no part of the warfare, that you refuse to touch the unlovely, and you simply do not want to deal with your local human tragedy, then He will skip over you to get someone else.  Mordecai warned Esther about remaining silent:  “God will save the nation but you and your family will be destroyed.”

3.  Ignore the accusations of hate: When Christians address gay marriage they often begin with a disclaimer: “I am not trying to be hateful.” Quit wasting time with misnomers. There is no widespread hatred of gays in the church. The hate is not coming from us; it is coming at us! The slander, smearing, obscene language, and death threats are spewing out of radical feminists, and gay activists, radical Islamists, not Christians.

Simply speak the truth in love.  Do not apologize or condemn.  Offending people is unavoidable.   Save your energy, tell it straight and leave the results in God’s hands.

4: We must make way for signs and wonders and supernatural acts of God like never before.   Jesus knows they are the only way we will get our message across in this toxic atmosphere. The miracles of Jesus not only continue today, they will accelerate.  The phrase, “speaking boldly in the Lord, who was bearing witness to the word of His grace, granting signs and wonders to be done by their hands,” speaks loud and clear to our time.

History teaches us something important: When the Word of God is summarily rejected and immorality has spiked, the Holy Spirit has more than met the challenge with increased power to preach and towering miracles to confirm the message.

Finally, all four of these actions are summed up in the reality that we are at war.  We did not pick this fight but, by God, we are going to finish it.

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