The Effects of Seeing The Glory of God!

effectsThe Effects of Seeing The Glory of God!

By David Wilkerson

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

NOW READ ABOUT WHAT HAPPENS TODAY

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Friday night June 12, 2015. The temperature at 7 PM is 106 degrees and we are in a tent. I thought that the scorching heat would kill out attendance. Instead, it becomes the biggest night, with the greatest harvest.

The city that leads California in so many categories of misery saw a great light.  Living Proof is just the name of an outreach until God jumps in and makes it reality.

What healings happened that night?  You name it.  Cancer, diabetes, emphysema, and a host of life threatening diseases have vanished before the mighty hand of God.

Churches cancelled services to join together at the tent.  They rounded up those who needed Christ or a healing miracle.

They converged on the tent at the Fairgrounds.  Yuba City Mayor John Dukes opened with a mighty prayer and introduced me to the crowd.  A mayor and an evangelist standing together to bring life to a city—think of that!

The harvest in Yuba City was a resounding slap in the face to experts who say American Youth want nothing to do with Christianity.

So much power radiated the Fairgrounds that for weeks lost souls and addicts came to the grounds hoping the tent was still there.  We had to send workers there to harvest souls who were still coming.

Today we begin the next phase of the miracle in Yuba City.  Many of you know we are in the midst of a tour of California.   We said, “No more apologetic meetings.  No more nights where we get together and hope that something happens.  The stage is set.  Prayers have bombarded heaven.  There are boots on the ground and fire in hearts. There is no confusion in our goal:  Win the lost and heal the sick.

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We have already seen historic results in San Jose and Manteca.  Today we hit Yuba City for 3 days.

Every revival has an ignition point.  In Yuba City, it is The Bridge of Yuba City, led by Jim and Kristine Carpenter, and Church of Glad Tidings, led by Dave and Cheryl Bryan.  It takes every last drop of faith to keep a church strong in the Yuba City/Marysville area. They did not get involved because it was convenient or even practical.  It was a sacrifice based on a passion for God to heal our land.  I want to thank them for their amazing act of love.

Pastor Jim Carpenter said this about the impact of Living Proof in Yuba City: “There is a dramatic shift in the atmosphere of our region.  Sleepy churches have been jolted by the signs and wonders; the streets feel the change; people who were walking by the tent to go get their drugs were instead pulled inside by the unseen hand of God and delivered. This community will never be the same.”

Tonight we will go to greater and unknown heights of the Glory of God!  Tonight and all three nights, Chris Burns will ignite worship and set the stage for signs and wonders.

Why you should come if you are a Christian who yearns for revival in Northern California.  The impact of these nights does not end with just healing miracles.  An army of love and light is forming from many churches in the area who are seeking an outpouring of the Holy Spirit.  It is our deepest wish and expectation that the power of these nights will flow out to the entire Northern California area.

It all adds up to a simple conclusion:  These are nights you do not want to miss.

Mario Chris

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Mario Murillo responds to Hillsong firestorm

First view the infamous video:

Mario Murillo responds to Hillsong firestorm

By Mario Murillo

I republished a blog about Hillsong that was written by Andrew Walker.  Some have said that I was unfair because  Hillsong had clarified its position of Homosexuality–a complaint in the blog–and  this is old news.

The article was republished because the clarification settled nothing.  The wording of the clarification projects selective offense.  in other words, it appeases one group but casts another aside.

At first I thought the video of Silent Night  was a total prank…then I was dismayed to learn it was real.. I thought why bother any pretense of church… just hire the cast from Chicago to do  I know a girl.

While I will not call the video blasphemy–it certainly tells conservative Christians what they can do with their concerns.

In desperately caring for what secularists think, they do not care what sincere believers–or thinkers for that matter–think. They will still not call sin-sin from the pulpit.  The issue that is burning in my spirit is not about accepting all people—but helping all people.

But what sealed the deal is the fact that this “rendition” of Silent Night  met with widespread rejection last year  both within and without the Church…they are going to repeat it on the 20th in London.     

Now about that clarification on homosexuality:  It does not help gay people when you say you can attend, participate and be everything but a leader.   If your goal is to make them feel accepted…that doesn’t work.  Instead the acceptance/nonacceptance diminishes both the sinner and the Gospel.  The only thing it upgrades is homosexuality.  It upgrades from it from a sin that needs to be abandoned to a personality flaw to be eased out of.

Imagine Victory Outreach or Teen Challenge saying you can be a part of everything except leadership but it is okay to keep your drug addiction while you are here.  But you might say—those are rehabilitation centers not churches.  Listen to yourself…if the church is not for rehabilitation what is it for?

It is infinitely more honest—and loving—to say we believe it is sin but we want you to know you can be set free.

We must have the awkward conversation that identifies the need and the cure.   There is no Christian cooling off period for sin.   Would we counsel the adulterer “sit and consider your character flaw and–in the meantime– feel welcome to all aspects of our faith except leadership.”

For years I have been careful not to name names when it came to seeker churches.  That season is over because I believe that Hillsong is now doing more harm than good.   Take, for example, this travesty of Christmas that they are foisting on the public.

If you look at the video you will conclude as I have:  THEY ARE NOT MAKING CHRISTIANITY LOOK BETTER THEY ARE MAKING CABARET MUSIC LOOK WORSE.

 

Now read what others are publishing about Hillsong London

 ‘About Jesus’? Hillsong ‘Sells Out’ Advertised Xmas Services With Dancing Elves, Santa, Mini-Skirt Flappers

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Photo Credit: Twitter

LONDON — Hillsong London’s two advertised Xmas services that are said to be all “about Jesus,” but feature clips of Santa Claus, dancing elves, mini-skirt-wearing flappers and other concerning aspects, have both sold out.

“#HillsongCarols is now at capacity for both services at 3pm & 7:30pm,” the congregation posted on Dec. 9. “There will be no tickets on the door.”

 Hillsong London had advertised the upcoming services, to be held at the SSE Arena in Wembley on Sunday, with clips from last year’s event. The snippets capture a packed house of cheering attendees being showered in ticker tape and the various high-energy performances that include an appearance by a man dressed as Santa with his host of elves.

“Carols at The SSE Arena is a night that is focused on celebrating what Christmas is really about – JESUS!” reads a description under the promotional video.

 Video footage of various full performances at the 2014 show were also posted online by Hillsong London, which is arguably the largest congregation in the London area.

One performance features the carol “Silent Night” set to a nightclub-like setting with 1920’s-style flappers. The jazzy rendition features a woman in a short two-piece outfit that is cut low in the back and reveals her midsection when her arms are raised. A flapper is defined as “a young woman of the 1920’s who rebelled against conventional ideas of ladylike behavior and dress.”

Another video of the “Little Drummer Boy” featuring shirtless men pounding on drums while a woman in tight gold leather pants belts out the song as she stands in thick fog.

Other footage online shows a beatbox rap rendition of “Silent Night” and a woman dressed in a spaceman-type outfit.

Last year, Hillsong originally offered just one service, but because it sold out quickly, a second was scheduled. This year, both services sold out within days.

In an interview with the England Evangelical Alliance, Hillsong London leader Gary Clarke said that “[t]he aim for Hillsong Carols is to have a church event where people easily could bring their friends and family to, in the hope they encounter Jesus and His message of grace.”

“The main difference [between the event and a Sunday service] is that Hillsong Carols is more of a production, with focus on different items that tell the story of God sending His son Jesus to earth, rather than an actual service,” he explained. “There are still elements of a normal service though, such as praise, worship and a short message.”

But some have expressed concern over the nature of the event, with one man writing under the promotional video, “How do you justify the use of worldly music, erotic stage dancers which is nothing short of a Vegas act, and call it Christian? It’s a fair question.”

Geoffrey Grider of Now the End Begins likewise expressed dismay at the presentation.

“Because after all, it’s just not a proper celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ without roaring 20’s flappers, rock bands, hoochie coochie dancers, laser light shows and lots and lots of leg in a nightclub setting,” he wrote in a blog post on Wednesday. “Happy Birthday, Jesus, hope you like it.

We made a dangerous promise to America

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We made a dangerous promise to America

By Mario Murillo

“So Daniel went in and asked the king to give him time, that he might tell the king the interpretation.  Then Daniel went to his house, and made the decision known to Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah, his companions, that they might seek mercies from the God of heaven concerning this secret, so that Daniel and his companions might not perish with the rest of the wise men of Babylon. – Daniel 2: 16-18

How bad was the King’s nightmare?  The King said he would kill every wise man unless they could tell the dream and give its interpretation.  Daniel did not know what the King dreamt but made him a promise anyway- Give me time, I will ask God and I will give you the meaning of your nightmare.

This little detail is often left out in the telling of the story of Daniel.  Think of it!  Death is certain if he fails to get a miracle.  He hung his entire life on a prayer.

America is having a nightmare.   Riots spread and international threats escalate.  The nation is gripped with divisive hate, crippling fear and deep uncertainty.

And just as Nebuchadnezzar despised the wise men for not knowing how to help him, America is taking out her frustrations on Christianity.  Americans are in no mood for religion.  They have made their feelings known loud and clear.  They have strayed away from church in droves.   Even hip churches are fading because the inner pain Americans feel is too great for groovy sermons.Donation page for year end letter copy

By announcing LIVING PROOF, Mario Murillo Ministries has made a dangerous promise to America.  Even before the miracles arrive, before we understand how to speak to the agony of our nation we went as far out on the limb as you can go.  We are in the same place Daniel was that night that he prayed.

We have said to America “give us time and we will tell you of your nightmare and give you the meaning you are so desperate to find.”   Our televisions commercials say it, our flyers say it.  We are totally at the out in the open.

Are we fools?  We are not fools and we have never been wiser.  Think about it.  Daniel was already on the death list.  His action was astute and courageous.   He recognized that the supernatural was no longer optional.   The Christians who are still playing church are the real fools.

We have done the only thing a ministry can do in this desperate hour.   We have prayed, sought the Living God and fasted.  We have allowed the searchlight of God to examine our deepest motives.  We have purchased the gold that is tried in the fire.

To evict devils and declare miracles I had to die to self.  I do not miss the old Mario.  I have never been so glad to see him go.

LIVING PROOF is not a meaningless title it is our reality.  The victims of this present darkness must walk into a meeting that is saturated by the presence of God.  They must be told bold and honest things about their soul and Jesus.  Then the Holy Spirit will provide the proof by healing incurable disease and instantly breaking demonic power.

LIVING PROOF is coming to your area!  When it does you will see with your own eyes the very thing that Peter asked God for when he prayed this prayer “Lord behold their threats and grant to your servants that with all boldness they may speak Your Word while You stretch out your hand to heal and let signs and wonders be done in the name of your Holy Son Jesus.” –Acts 4:29

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THE RENOVATION OF YOUR LIFE

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THE RENOVATION OF YOUR LIFE

By Mario Murillo

We have learned that the vast majority of those who read this blog regularly are concerned about three things: America, your loved ones and your walk with God.  We also know that you are not afraid to speak out against the tyranny of our government.

All of that tells us something else: You are seeking more of God.   Because of this, you are likely to attend a conference, seminar, convention, or retreat this year. 

Let me suggest that you pray seriously about the Living Proof World Convention.   I could promise you a no frills truth centered event that will confront all of the matters that I mentioned but the big reason you should come is something different: An outpouring of the power of God that will root out the things that are holding us back and will imbue us transforming power and fire.

You will meet the growing number of believers who are finished with dead religion and compromise.  Join hearts with those who love America and believe that there is a supernatural solution.  If you are facing the battle of your life maybe this convention is the answer from the Lord that you have prayed for.

Our conviction: The American Church will not be turned around by supermen but by supernatural men. We do not need better equipment, new organizations, novel methods, but vessels that the Holy Ghost can use—vessels who pray with prevailing might.  God does not flow through religious machinery but through human beings, he does not anoint plans, but people—people of prayer.

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Do not sit back and watch dark clouds gather.  Sweep away the cobwebs, underbrush and weeds of despair and take action!  It is high time for you to put on the full armor of God’s power.

This prayer of Peter embodies this convention:  Acts 4: 29  Now, Lord, look on their threats, and grant to Your servants that with all boldness they may speak Your word, 30 by stretching out Your hand to heal, and that signs and wonders may be done through the name of Your holy Servant Jesus.” 31 And when they had prayed, the place where they were assembled together was shaken; and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and they spoke the word of God with boldness.

Here are some urgent final statements.  Pray and ask God if you are to be a part of this groundbreaking event.  Act boldly and do not let fear stop you from coming.   God will make a way if you are truly serious about having power in these end times.  Join Mechelle and me for the renovation of your life and ministry.   The Living Proof World Convention has one simple goal:  To restore the roar of the American Church.

The Living Proof World Convention will be held at the Boomtown hotel and Casino in Reno in just a few weeks: March 30 and 31.    There is no registration fee for the convention but you must register.  We are at 65% percent of capacity right now so please act now.   Click on the link below and you can register instantly.   You can also call us at 775 432 1665

Come and be a part of God’s miracle to restore America!

CLICK HERE NOW TO INSTANTLY REGISTER:       http://mariomurillo.net/living-proof-world-convention/

P.S  Call (775) 345-6000 to get a very special room rate at the Boomtown hotel.  Use the rate code SLPWC

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Andrae Crouch is still telling us to be brave, bold and joyful… through it all.

through it allAndrae Crouch is still telling us to be brave, bold and joyful… through it all.

By Mario Murillo

When Andrae’s Crouch’s fingers hit the keys of the piano, impossible divisions between races, religions, and between wayward souls and their God, collapsed like the walls of Jericho.  His voice and smile were infectious. He transformed the most illustrious halls instantly into the best church you ever attended.

If God were to take back the contribution that Andrae Crouch has made to Gospel music and to the many artists he inspired it would leave a crater that the church could  never fill.

But of all the gifts Andrae left us there is one that stands out: His ability to take his own sorrow and tragedy and make it into a song to heal others.  Psalm 76:10 says, “Man’s futile wrath will bring You glory. You will use it as an ornament!”  This is exactly what God did through our brother: he took deep, deep heartache and turned it into an ornament.

His homecoming came just as the world is filled with terror.  It feels like he left us just when we needed his gift the most.  But even this, God will turn into an ornament.   His music can be an even greater rebuke to fear, hatred and sorrow.    These songs can remind us even more loudly in his abscence that no matter what… everything is going to be alright.

It is painful for me right now to play his music, but I must because his songs will banish the very kind of pain and sorrow that I am fighting tonight.

It is not Andrae who needs comfort and encouragement…we do.   We need to know that while our world seems to be destroying itself that we should not be afraid, in fact we should be everything but afraid.  The Faith of the Son of God that resides in your heart is bold, confident and anchored to the hope of a Kingdom that cannot be shaken.

Now more than ever is the time for his melodies and lyrics to work their miracle in our souls.

The towering influence of Andrae Crouch will be seen in the many accolades and tributes you will see in the coming days.  Presidents, kings and celebrities will pay homage to him.  For what it is worth here is what I believe is the best way to honor his memory:

Listen and see that Andrae is still speaking, I can hear him!  He is singing to us about something bigger than our fears, more important than our disagreements, and wiser than our impatient opinions.  Andrae Crouch is still telling us to be brave, bold and joyful… through it all.

 

Gospel music pioneer Andraé Crouch dies at 72

Gospel music pioneer Andraé Crouch dies at 72

Andraé Crouch, a gospel musician who bridged the worlds of church and mainstream music for more than 50 years, died Thursday afternoon. The 72-year-old singer, songwriter and choir director had been hospitalized since Saturday at Northridge Hospital Medical Center in the Los Angeles area after suffering a heart attack.

Crouch, sometimes called “the father of modern gospel music,” led the choirs that sang on such hits as Michael Jackson’s Man in the Mirror and Madonna’s Like a Prayer. As a songwriter, he wrote several gospel favorites, most notably The Blood Will Never Lose Its Power, My Tribute (To God Be the Glory) and Soon and Very Soon, a song sung at Jackson’s public memorial service.

A San Francisco native who grew up in the Church of God in Christ, Crouch wrote his first gospel tune at age 14. By 1960, he had formed the Church of God in Christ Singers, a group that featured Billy Preston on keyboards.

He started another group, Andraé Crouch & the Disciples, in 1965, eventually signing to a contemporary Christian label, Light Records. Crouch brought a contemporary pop and R&B melodic sensibility to gospel, making him uniquely suited to appeal to both black and white audiences during the early days of the countercultural “Jesus movement” and also bringing him attention beyond the church.

Elvis Presley recorded Crouch’s I’ve Got Confidence for his 1972 gospel album He Touched Me, and Paul Simon recorded his Jesus Is the Answer on 1974’s Paul Simon in Concert: Live Rhymin’. Crouch also became the go-to vocal arranger for Los Angeles recording sessions that needed a gospel sound, working not only with Jackson and Madonna but also Elton John, Quincy Jones, The Commodores, Diana Ross and Ringo Starr.

Crouch’s gospel albums often featured guests from the R&B and jazz worlds, including Stevie Wonder, El DeBarge, Wilton Felder and Earth, Wind & Fire’s Philip Bailey. Chaka Khan, Sheila E. and vocal group Take 6 appeared on his most recent album, 2011’s The Journey.

His recordings brought him seven Grammys, and Crouch also received an Academy Award nomination for his arranging work on the 1985 film The Color Purple.

Throughout his life, Crouch struggled with dyslexia, sometimes memorizing words by the shapes of their combination of letters. He often drew simple pictures to help him comprehend words and write songs.

Crouch’s sister, Sandra Crouch, served as his spokeswoman, and the siblings were pastors at the New Christ Memorial Church in San Fernando, Calif., carrying on a work begun by their parents.

Crouch survived multiple bouts with cancer and also suffered from diabetes. In early December, Crouch was hospitalized with pneumonia and congestive heart failure, forcing the cancelation of his Let the Church Say Amen Celebration tour, which had been scheduled to begin Dec. 6 in Philadelphia. He was re-admitted to the hospital Saturday with what his sister characterized in a statement as “serious health complications.”