The constant barrage of terrifying headlines and mainstreaming of perversion vexes the child of God. These verses from Second Peter have never been more relevant than now: “and delivered righteous Lot, who was oppressed by the filthy conduct of the wicked 8 (for that righteous man, dwelling among them, tormented his righteous soul from day to day by seeing and hearing their lawless deeds)— 9 then the Lord knows how to deliver the godly out of temptations and to reserve the unjust under punishment for the day of judgment…” 2 Peter 2:7-9
Angry debates, rioting, filth paraded in the streets, and constant bad news can drain the sanity from our souls.
Not only this, but we are forced to keep all our enormous frustrations inside of us. While stupidity and wickedness get a megaphone—wisdom and righteousness get duct tape over their mouths.
These are the times that rob inner peace—that bring intense restlessness—that drain all the color and enjoyment from our life.
These are the times Jesus warned us of—and that He gave us direction for.
First He said, “And you will be hated by all for My name’s sake. But not a hair of your head shall be lost. By your patience possess your souls.” – Luke 21:17-19
Talk about mindless hate! Both the liberals and the feminists have incredible bias for Islam and sheer hatred for Christ and Christianity. It is mind-bending. It makes zero sense. Yet that is exactly the kind of irrational hatred our Lord predicted. It is weariness to believers who share their faith openly.
Then Jesus said, “But take heed to yourselves, lest your hearts be weighed down with carousing, drunkenness, and cares of this life, and that Day come on you unexpectedly. 35 For it will come as a snare on all those who dwell on the face of the whole earth.” (Luke 21:34)
The dumbest thing anyone ever said to me was, “When you come to Jesus, your problems are over.” I never had problems until I met Jesus! I kept wondering, “Why am I being attacked? Why am I being shot at from all directions? Why do I meet stiff resistance every time I try to do something meaningful for Jesus?”
Does this sound familiar? You walk through life, minding your own business and wham! A co-worker rages at you for no reason. Money evaporates. Your health fails. Loved ones abandon God. Someone makes an irrational defense for wickedness. A confluence of demonic attacks falls on you. Life has never felt so cruel and unfair.
At the apex of one of these attacks, something happened to me. A terrifying thought became a glorious thought, “SOMEBODY IS MAD AT JESUS, AND THEY ARE TAKING IT OUT ON ME!” Suddenly, I felt qualified to fight back. And I felt profoundly honored.
Think about it! A soldier does not go to war because he has a personal grudge against the enemy. He didn’t declare war—his nation did. He is not responsible for the battle plan—the military is. He is not paying his own way to the war—his government is.
Let’s take a look at the things that are not the soldier’s responsibility: The training he needs; the weapons he uses; the food and shelter he requires; the assignments he receives—these, and a host of other things, are not his responsibility.
“What soldier ever serves at his own expense?” (1 Cor. 9:7) “…No soldier gets entangled in civilian pursuits, since his aim is to please the one who enlisted him.” (2 Tim. 2:4)
The soldier does not create the organized army. He does not carry the weight of how the war will be won. If he sits in the foxhole feeling alone and unfairly attacked, it is because he has forgotten who he is and why he is being attacked. He has taken the battle into his own hands!
But when he remembers that he was recruited—when he recalls that he is not alone, but part of a victorious army, and all he is called to do is obey orders, it changes everything!
When we take the attack personally, we lose hope. But, when we say, “The battle is not mine, it’s God’s,” we cannot be defeated. Let’s stay out of things that do not concern us. Let’s keep our conflict in the hands of God. We must discern when we are operating in our own strength and by our own wits.
Remembering your attacks are not personal is plainly seen in these verses where Jesus speaks about conditions in the last days: Luke 21:12 “But before all this occurs, there will be a time of special persecution, and you will be dragged into synagogues and prisons and before kings and governors for My name’s sake. 13 But as a result, the Messiah will be widely known and honored. 14 Therefore settle it in your hearts not to meditate beforehand on what you will answer; 15 for I will give you a mouth and wisdom which all your adversaries will not be able to contradict or resist.
When they were arrested, it felt personal. When they were dragged to court, it felt personal. But when they were asked to speak, it became God’s battle and Christ was glorified! He gave them the words and the courage to speak. He even told them not to prepare words beforehand. That means that we are not to devise ways of fighting back. It means we will get what we need, when we need it.
Paul experienced the same thing: 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…”
Right now we have a presidential election that embodies everything that is wrong with our nation. It is a hair-pulling, maddening, terrifying, and draining moment for believers. We must put the battle back in God’s hands and let Him replenish our peace and our joy.
Never forget! We have the best message humanity has ever heard, and the best Book ever written. We have the best Captain in the universe! We have the all-powerful Holy Spirit, Who has been sent to aid us. We have access to power, strategy, and wisdom. All of this, and more, will direct our fighting.
Is someone mad at Jesus, and are they taking it out on you? What an honor! What an opportunity! Whenever Satan comes at you, let Jesus come at him!
The first time an angel stares at you in heaven with wonder and admiration for your service to Christ, you will know why your trials were worth it all. The first time you hear Jesus say, “Well done, good and faithful servant,” you won’t remember the suffering, the trials, or the battles.
No wonder Paul said, “For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.” -Romans 8:18
California’s ruling party does not appear to be breathing the same air as you and I. Their air supply must be pumped in from some parallel universe. It is apparently a toxic mix of the smug detached silliness of Justin Trudeau of Canada, who rejects out of hand any suggestion that his policies are wrong, and the leftist loony logic of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez who thinks we are putting illegal aliens into Nazi-like concentration camps on our southern border.
Governor Gavin Newsom actually believes California works, even as he officially presides over America’s first ever Third World Country.
California was once the most scenic place on earth with its mountains, world class beaches, and an astounding Central Valley. But, beyond that, California was a vibrant economy that fostered the greatest middle class in all of America. The roads, bridges, and infrastructure were once amazing. Their educational system was the envy of the world. California was once the proof of the American Dream.
Today, with the help of Newsom and other progressives, California is being pushed to the brink of disaster. Tucker Carlson said, “Now the State of California is known for a very different set of images: Needles and feces in the street, a dying middle class, the country’s highest poverty rate, policies that prioritize illegal aliens over ailing American citizens. California is still a symbol. But today it’s a symbol of everything that’s going wrong with this country.”
Gavin Newsom is cheer leading a statewide meltdown while the state officials bask in inexcusable denial.
Again I quote Tucker Carlson, “For Gov. Gavin Newsom, California is humming along nicely, apparently, and he now says the Republican Party is heading into the waste bin of history saying, “America in 2019 is California in the 1990s. The xenophobia, the nativism, the fear of the other, scapegoating, talking down or past people. The hysteria. And so we’re not going to put up with that. We’re going to push back.” Newsom ended by saying, “What we’re doing is working. I think Democrats are winning right now.”
“Apparently, somebody forgot to remind the governor that 40 percent of his state’s population lives near poverty. And then, having among the highest taxes in the country and cost of living isn’t exactly giving them a leg up. And there’s this: On July 1, California drivers will pay six more cents a gallon for gas taxes. That’s on top of the 12 cents last year. And that’s on top of already having the highest gas prices in the country. It doesn’t appear drivers are winning.”
The L.A. Times tried to put a spin on people evacuating California. Their headline reads, “Who moves to California? The wealthier and better educated, mostly.” Then in a line of breathtaking smugness and elitism, they slander those who leave the state: “The state attracts a steady stream of college graduates, especially from the East Coast, even as many less-educated residents move to neighboring states.” Get it? If you leave it’s because you are less educated.
How can they not see who is really flooding into California? State officials welcome back many who committed crimes in the U.S. These violent offenders may get better medical benefits than the American citizens who are the victims of crimes they perpetrate daily.
But there is a much darker motive behind the spin. Of course some wealthy people are attracted to Banana Republics because of the availability of slave labor. Silicon Valley is a quantum of hypocrisy. It is a region of ‘haves’ and ‘have-nots,’ with nothing in between.
Tech giants toy with people’s privacy and punish opposing views, all the while patting themselves on back for being “woke” to human rights. They even force American citizens to train the foreigners who will take their jobs. You want Socialism? Well here it is, brother. Welcome to Venezuela by the Bay.
Then, there is the Central Valley which is setting records for addiction, violence, and despair. You should walk with me through neighborhood after neighborhood−you will not believe this is America. Here are the true ‘huddled masses’−they are cowering in horror because drug gangs have completely taken over. Cities in the Valley have a program that pays gang members not to shoot each other. That is called total surrender. Nevertheless, God is able to do the unimaginable…even here.
I am a prisoner of hope to the dream God gave me of a River of Healing running straight down the Central Valley of California. I have to stand by what I know is the word of God! It will take far, far more than one ministry to turn the tide. All I know is my assignment.
Isaiah 43:19 says, “Behold, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs forth; do you not perceive and know it and will you not give heed to it? I will even make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.”
Why do I believe that God will do a miracle in California? Because He told me He would. And, at this point, with all the villains who are running her into the ground, He is the only one who can save her.
The History of Mario Murillo Ministries is the story of tenacity and grit in the face of impossibilities. We have preached during campus riots. We have faced bomb threats. We have had cults show up to disrupt our gatherings. No matter what, we have gone ahead, and finished what we started.
Earlier this year, you may remember, even with excruciating pain in my spine, I went ahead and preached 6 nights in our tent in the inner city of Las Vegas. I simply would not quit.
Anyone who knows me, knows I do not quit. If there is an event where souls are going to be reached and there is adversity I will not cancel. That is why I am shocked at myself at what I am about to tell you: we must postpone our tent crusades in Houston and in San Antonio. And, it makes me angry, with divine anger to cancel. These were two amazing opportunities. It is killing me to delay them.
1 Thessalonians 2:18 says, “Therefore we wanted to come to you—even I, Paul, time and again—but Satan hindered us.” There it is! Satan hindered us. Notice that Paul did not tell the Thessalonians what Satan had done to hinder them. He must have had his reasons.
Like Paul, I cannot tell my reasons at this time either. I know that when the time is right I will tell you.
However, this attack should come as no surprise to anyone who is watching the flood of mob mentality, the deep division, hatred, betrayal, and lukewarm faith that are rampant across America.
More than anything, I need you to believe me…we would never make a decision like this lightly. It is critical because we are going to be criticized for cancelling. Again, I quote Paul the Apostle in the Message Bible translation:
Paul said, “Confident of your welcome, I had originally planned two great visits with you—coming by on my way to Macedonia province, and then again on my return trip. Then we could have had a bon-voyage party as you sent me off to Judea. That was the plan. Are you now going to accuse me of being flip with my promises because it didn’t work out? Do you think I talk out of both sides of my mouth—a glib yes one moment, a glib no the next? Well, you’re wrong. I try to be as true to my word as God is to his. Our word to you wasn’t a careless yes canceled by an indifferent no.” 2 Corinthians 1:15-19 MSG
The tent, chairs and mountains of equipment were ready. The trucks were ready. The sites were locked in. Everything was in place. We invested thousands of dollars. We were moving an army to Houston and San Antonio. Then this crisis struck.
What breaks my heart, is not just the souls we could have reached, but the amazing core of volunteers that worked so hard to help us. I commend you all for demonstrating the real love of Jesus. Please don’t give up!
This is not over! We will see these outreaches. The devil will pay—brutally pay for this attack. God bless you for hanging in there with me. As soon as I can, I will tell you more. Until then I need you to storm heaven in prayer for us.
Alexandra says we need to spend 40 trillion dollars. Nancy says, If we win she will flood the House with committees and endless investigations, Elizabeth says she is Cherokee because of trace elements in her DNA. Hillary says Bill’s behavior was not as bad as Brett’s. Diane says no man should be believed. Maxine says God wants us to harass people in restaurants.
Now Carl Bernstein says unless we develop a civil tone and talk to each other we’ll have civil war. He says we need to find common ground. Not when its quicksand!
Say a man breaks into your home. You got him dead to rights. Instead of leaving he begins to threaten you. He claims he has a right to a part of your private property. He even tells you that if you hurt him he will tell the police. Not your normal cop arrives. For some reason the wispy officer finds merit in the burglar’s claim and suggests you find common ground. “Maybe you can let him use part of your house as a humanitarian gesture.”
We are not vying for some strange new world. We merely wish to uphold the Constitution, and the values that made America great. For that we are condemned, threatened and called vile names.
Much of the world condemns Israel for not giving into Palestinian demands. Yet they forget that the fundamental demand of any of Palestinian offer of peace is that Israel cease to exist. That is why the Israelis refuse to negotiate. That’s also why we shouldn’t negotiate with the left.
University presidents say no conservative should be allowed to speak on any campus. The left is so gone that they have gone from witch hunts to witchcraft. A group of leftist witches are formally putting hexes on Judge Kavanaugh. Appropriately, they are also making a donation to Planned Parenthood. Of course they are! Human sacrifice has always been a part of witchcraft.
The left loves to say we are headed to civil war. Like true confederates and plantation owners Blue states want to secede from the Union. Don’t be fooled. This is not like 1860 it is more like 1776. We are not engaged in heated disagreement with folks that have a legitimate beef. These are loons. And oh yes…thugs.
Who is in the street wearing black masks? Why did George Soros pay operatives to physically attack Republican women? Splinter News writer Hamilton Nolan penned an essay this week, warning that they are going to start using bombs.
Carl you need to talk to your lunatic friends. This is no time to tell the rational people they need to give into insanity.
November is not an election based on policy or reasoned debate. It is a referendum on madness. It is the American people seeing through the media shills, the false victims, and the bloodthirsty politicians…and voting to stay free. You don’t negotiate with crazy.
It was interesting how many thought I was claiming that any Christian who disagrees with Trump hates him. I never said that.
It was equally remarkable to see how angry they got—how they took it so personally.
Some of the comments were hilarious. “I am a believer, I don’t hate him and proceeded to say very hateful things about him. Other Christians cited the audio of Trump from 12 years ago as proof that he is evil. Not even considering he might have changed. Again, they add the disclaimer, “but I don’t hate him.” Here’s some more comments:
“This is why young people won’t listen to us.”
“The article is divisive to the Body of Christ.”
“Stay out of politics. No politician or party can be used of God.”
But my favorite criticism came from the guy who said he was a Christian and told me to go to hell for accusing him of hate.
Thank God they’re wrong about young people. I hold nothing back and it just makes more of them show up. I give them direct appeals and they come to Jesus. It’s a canard to say youth won’t come hear me because of my views on Trump.
What looks divisive may simply be God separating the sheep and the goats. A large core of believers is rising that is finished with the lukewarm church and squeamish believers . That is a good thing. It is beyond question where we are now. When the hard left took possession of the Democratic Party, the first thing they did was throw the church out. Thus destroying any innocent reason for a believer to vote for any democrat.
We have never faced such a hate-filled mob of media elites, Hollywood hypocrites, and God-hating extremists—hell-bent on crushing the Gospel of Jesus Christ in America. Never, has it been clearer what side of the issue you should be on.
Who changed traditional marriage? Who champions—not only abortion—late-term abortion? Who puts Christian bakers out of business? Who is ignores MS-13 because they are immigrants? Who espouses bans on prayer, conservative speakers on campus, confiscation of guns, makes “F—Trump! a mantra” a statement, one Democratic columnist said, “was worthy of the Pulitzer Prize.” Whoever is not utterly disgusted with the treatment of Judge Kananaugh will also shy away from their duty on other issues.
If you think God can’t work through a political leader think again. If you think politics has no place in spiritual warfare think again. Few if any of those offended by the post mentioned the evil of the Democratic Party and the grave threat they posed to America.
At this moment, God is trying marshal His people to stop the total destruction of freedom this November. Sadly, many Christians still don’t get it. They have the considerable energy to write hateful comments but not enough compunction to vote.
Yes, I’ll say and maintain my conviction…in all this madness of globalism, and George Soros-funded tyranny, Trump is a momentary reprieve from God—an imperfect vessel notwithstanding. He is a stop-gap buying time for the church to act. And it’s disastrous for the church to ignore it. If nothing else, he defeated Hillary Clinton.
Never mind the dinky stuff. Look at the policies and the laws he is undoing and the ones he prevents—laws and policies that would muzzle the church and will build a godless nation for your children and grandchildren. Trump is a firewall.
When you say that God can’t use politicians you are saying only the devil can.
God’s catalysts can come in strange packages…ranging from the bizarre, to the coarse. Samson, Saul of Tarsus, and even General Patton come to mind. Often, they offended sensibilities, barged in where others feared to go.
The devil has the American church groggy on the goodness of God without the needed balance of the holiness of God—holiness that leads to authority—authority to rise and tear down cultural strongholds of Satan through moral awakening.
As I said, Trumps is buying us time. Seizing the time? Well, that’s our job. I believe that many who protested my blog do not hate Trump but some of their overreaction is curious, and begs another question: Where’s your alternative plan, or cogent grasp of the threat of the hard left, or even a concern about abortion, and the heinous sin that so many in the church just choose to ignore. Is it that you wanted to be liked by the left or something worse, cowardice.
Gentle reader, Trump will not be impeached. CNN is drooling, but it’s in vain because no campaign money was used illegally. That said, let’s get to the heart of this blog. Why do they hate him? I don’t mean just leftists…I also mean Republicans. The secret to this is found in—of all places—the story of Lazarus.
Except for a few Republicans with convictions, there really is no difference between Democrats and Republicans in Congress. You can see it in the ongoing reluctance of Republicans to defend Trump.
Washington looks like there are two distinct world views colliding. But conservative and liberal are mostly labels for show. There is something deeper going on here.
Why is Trump so hated? They don’t hate him because of Stormy Daniels, Omarosa, or because they think he is a racist, or because of his tweets. It is a much darker motivation.
God used my devotions and reading of John 11—the story of Lazarus—to fully open my eyes. When this understanding came to me, my burden for our president intensified. I knew I had to write this to you so that we could agree together for his safety and for this evil to be exposed.
See if you see anything illuminating in these verses:
John 11: 45 Then many of the Jews who had come to Mary, and had seen the things Jesus did, believed in Him. 46 But some of them went away to the Pharisees and told them the things Jesus did. 47 Then the chief priests and the Pharisees gathered a council and said, “What shall we do? For this Man works many signs. 48 If we let Him alone like this, everyone will believe in Him, and the Romans will come and take away both our place and nation.” Do you see it?
Notice this phrase: “the Romans will come and take away both our place and nation.” Their first concern was for their place, not the nation. That is exactly what is happening in Washington. They are more concerned about keeping their place than helping the nation.
That dear friend, is what both Democrats and Republicans are doing—they are fighting to keep their place. Not just in Congress but at the FBI, IRS and many other power centers. All of these groups wanted Hillary to win, because she was the queen of the swamp.