SATAN ATTACKED US

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.

THE MESSAGE BEHIND THE SHIRT

Look at message on the shirt.  Is it an offensive in your face message?  No, it is a desperately needed in your heart message.  So, before you judge, get the message behind the shirt.
Let’s begin by understanding something about Satan.  He fears. He fears things deeply.  In fact, his fears are far deeper than yours will ever be.  He fears many things.
Near the top of his list of fears is this one: He fears the genuine Christian.  He understands how contagious a real believer—free of both anger and sin—can be to a generation.  People feel things around such a person.  People find themselves wanting whatever a true believer carries.
I wrote a book entitled I am the Christian the Devil warned you about.  I’ll admit it is not my best effort.  Parts of it make me wince.  But just because I didn’t do a masterful job on the story, doesn’t mean the message isn’t important.
Anyway, in the book there is an encounter with Satan right in his lair.   The protagonist, Daniel is invisible to Satan (Daniel doesn’t know why).  He hears Satan betray one of his greatest fears.  (Before you peruse an early attempt at writing, remember kindness is one the fruits of the Spirit.)
“How can I describe to you the strange sense of destiny I felt? To know that I was standing before the elite of hell, Hearing, their plans, sensing their fears, and yet be totally hidden from their view? I listened with intense anticipation to what Satan would admit next.
‘One authentic Christian,’ he wailed, ‘in which Christ works without resistance is all that it would take to disrupt everything.’ The Father of Lies contorted as if he was having a momentary seizure.  His minions reeled for they had never heard him concede to saying the name of the Lord.
Lucifer continued, ‘One true Christian, rightly fitted for war, will be the ruin of us. Listen, you banal beasts, if just one could read and discover how to ask and then receive, if just one would embrace their potential . . . but most of all if just one were to discover the One who is ever with them to make them strong, wise, and miraculous, then . . .’ At the mention of God’s Spirit, the entire company involuntarily dropped and ducked for cover…”
For this reason, Satan uses most of his energy to create imbalance.  If enough Christians are created and stay in their natural state, revival is inevitable.  Satan understands that revival is a weapon of mass conversion.
As the master of extremes, he’ll make things important to churches that are utterly trivial.  He makes leaders jealous of each other, so they’ll lose their first love—love that would compel the unchurched to be saved.  He sends great temptation to visible Christians, so they will fall and be called hypocrites.  I could go on and on.
If discrediting the Bible is his top priority preventing real Christians is next.  What do people who fear do a lot of?  They lie, and they gossip.  Gossip is rooted in fear and jealously.
A real Christian reminds Satan of the two things that cause him the most agony:  The fellowship he lost and the judgement he is about to gain.
At this moment Satan is broadcasting a global subliminal message: Watch out for the real Christian—the loving Christian—the joyous and holy Christian.  If you wish to stay an atheist—if you wish to remain addicted, miserable and empty…don’t go near one of these.
We aren’t slamming anyone but Satan.  So, we say with a smile and a heart full of love.  You know that Christian that Satan told you to avoid?  That would be me.

 

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How, despite everything, you can carve out an amazing life now

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How, despite everything, you can carve out an amazing life now

By Mario Murillo

Almost everything today screams fear.  Our minds are battlefields…modern life keeps lobbing grenades of panic and dread.  The overwhelming message of today is: true happiness and fulfillment are no longer possible…don’t try to thrive, just survive.

It’s time to make a defiant declaration: Despite everything, you can carve out an amazing life.  What, in this mess?  Yes…in this very mess.

My title says DESPITE EVERYTHING.  That is the central promise of this message. Something amazing can bulldoze the walls of despair and clear a path to an amazing life…even now.

(This message is inspired by a sermon that I preached on Thursday August 27th in the Branson Outbreak.  The visitation of God in Branson continues to boggle our minds.  In fact, it is, itself, proof of what I am trying to tell you about life today.  The Branson Outbreak is defying every law except the law of gravity…and it would not surprise me if people started floating in the air.)

There are many opinions about how much life a Christian can actually have today.  The opinions run the gamut.   One extreme is the teaching that we are in the great tribulation and we must buy food and equipment and hide ourselves.  I disagree with this teaching …(although; it might be wise to have some extra provisions on hand because markets will get hit.)  This puts the church on the defensive at the very moment she should be most visible and engaged in a great Gospel offensive.

The other extreme is denial.  In this teaching, everything is a preachy, protestant-panacea. With all due respect, I disagree with Joel Osteen.  You cannot have your best life now—unless, as John MacArthur observed—you are going to hell.

Heaven is where you have your best life—earth is where you have an amazing life.

There is a galactic difference between seeking an amazing life and a “best’ life.  If your idea of an amazing life is to live without cares or challenges then let’s stop wasting each other’s time—you will get nothing out of this article.

Amazing means: causing great surprise or wonder.  That’s it!  It is a life that blasts through limits.  It is a life that does exactly what everybody said could not be done.

The Bible teems with examples of amazing lives:

-When the last spark of hope died for the slaves in Egypt–Moses saw the burning bush.

-When the world was strangling in global famine–Joseph had already stored up mountains of grain.

-When love and morality were at their lowest ebb–we find the love story of Ruth and Boaz.

-At the moment of total despair–Esther brought deliverance.

-When the Church in Acts was being destroyed–a laser knocks Saul of Tarsus down on the road to Damascus.

They all lived opposite the limits of their era.  They brought surprise and wonder.

Here is how you start their brand of an amazing life

1. Dwell: Your amazing life begins by making God your dwelling place. Psalm 91: 1 He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.2 I will say of the LORD, “He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust.” 3 Surely He shall deliver you from the snare of the fowler And from the perilous pestilence.  7 A thousand may fall at your side, and ten thousand at your right hand; But it shall not come near you. 9 Because you have made the LORD, who is my refuge, Even the Most High, your dwelling place, 10 No evil shall befall you, Nor shall any plague come near your dwelling;11 For He shall give His angels charge over you, To keep you in all your ways.”

The most powerful phrase is “because you made God…your dwelling place.”  The unbreakable bond created by the decision to dwell in God reduces stress, neutralizes terrifying images and sets you free to do impossible things.

Isaiah 26: 20 Come, my people, enter your chambers, and shut your doors behind you; Hide yourself, as it were, for a little moment, until the indignation is past.  21 For behold, the LORD comes out of His place to punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity; the earth will also disclose her blood, and will no more cover her slain.”

Again, you see a clear call to enter, shut the door and hide in God during times of distress.

Proverbs 18:10 “The name of the LORD is a strong tower; The righteous run to it and are safe.”

Enter the strong tower!  There awaits you a supernatural sense of safety where great plans are created.  From the repose of this stronghold you plan without panic, you move forward without distraction, and you know you will finish strong.

2 Discern: Satan has practiced telling lies for thousands of years.  We know from scripture that in the last days Satan will sense his doom and break out in a frenzy of deception.

Everywhere you look you see believers who have been fooled, who have been distracted and who have fallen into traps.  False prophets are everywhere.  Paralyzing images from fear mongers have taken many believers out of commission.

Jesus solemnly warned his followers saying: “take heed that no one deceives you.”  You can be fooled off the front line.  You can be fooled out of your destiny.

Isaiah 8:12 “Do not say, ‘A conspiracy,’ Concerning all that this people call a conspiracy, Nor be afraid of their threats, nor be troubled. 13 The Lord of hosts, Him you shall hallow; Let Him be your fear, And let Him be your dread. 14 He will be as a sanctuary,

From your dwelling place in God you see (discern) lies.  You will not chase a rumor.  You see through the tricks and traps.  You will not stop vital activities.  You will keep moving forward.

 3Deliver: You see that your real reason for being here is to destroy the works of the Devil. This final point is so urgent that I want to take extra care to make my point.  Everything about the Christian Faith is rooted in unselfish service.  When that focus is lost, the church is overrun by deception, division, and weakness.   You would be unstoppable if you left all of your sense of reward to your future in heaven, and only saw yourself here and now as a deliverer.

Ministers fall into two categories: enablers or equippers.

-Enablers lull believers into emotional dependency and selfishness.  If a pastor gets you to continually look inward it can be disaster.

-Equippers love people into strength, power and action.  Under their influence, you will soon be out ministering.  You will activate your gifts.

The greatest need in the American church is a military grade mindset.  You are a soldier bent on victory. You are not a patient bent on recovery.  The soldier is not seeking comfort and ease.  They relish combat and triumph on the battlefield.

The sooner you realize that you are here to liberate others, the sooner you will stop being afraid and confused.  You will stop seeking the false comfort of a “best” life, and you will embrace the excitement, and yes, the danger of an amazing life.  God is hiring–there is no shortage of wages for the soldiers who renounce all to destroy the works of the devil.

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The William Branham Moment

The William Branham Moment

The William Branham Moment

By Mario Murillo

 

William Branham shocked the world by ripping the thin veil between science and the supernatural.  His ministry did not just bless…in many instances, it terrified.

In Los Angeles, a man with cancer stood in the healing line for hours.  While waiting, he witnessed every kind of healing imaginable.  However, when it was his turn for prayer the evangelist refused.  Indignant, the man demanded to know why.   Branham said, “You don’t want me to tell you.”  The man was now furious and refused to leave without an answer.   “You are sleeping with your secretary,” said the evangelist.  With that, the man dropped his head and rushed out of the meeting.

William Branham was an answer to desperate prayer and an act of love by God the Father.   The Pentecostal movement was dying because of infighting and immorality.

Divine healing had fallen into disrepute.  Meetings were often fraught with emotionalism.  Charlatans whipped audiences into frenzies.  Most healing testimonies were sketchy at best.

Things were also bad outside the church.  America was in the grip of fear of nuclear war.  Psychiatry was replacing faith.  A whole generation was racing away from God.   Preachers were at a loss about what to do about it.

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Today, the Spirit-filled movement finds itself in the same predicament.  Once again, we are mired by division and emotionalism.   Only this time it is much, much worse…I’ll tell you more about that later.

1946: Enter William Branham.  The atmosphere is low key.  There is no attempt to manipulate the people.  Branham tells the audience when the angel of the Lord is present—a statement that should sound preposterous, except that astounding things start happening.

Oral Roberts once told me, “There were no hard cases for Branham while he was enveloped by the anointing.”  Growths vanished, lifeless limbs awakened, blind eyes opened.

American historian, David Edwin Harrell Jr. described Branham as:

An unlikely leader….his preaching was halting and simple beyond belief. But William Branham became a prophet to a generation. A small, meek, middle-aged man with piercing eyes, he held audiences spellbound with tales of constant communication with God and angels. Night after night, before thousands of awed believers he discerned the diseases of the sick and pronounced them healed.

Like few men have ever been endowed with the raw supernatural power of William Branham.  There, for the entire world to see–for medical science to test, were signs and wonders that were incontrovertible.

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Branham’s innocence and simplicity would have been his demise had it not been for Gordon Lindsay.  Harrell said of Gordon Lindsay, “. . . more than any other man, [he] brought system and unity . . . contributing an orderly mind, keen business sense, boundless energy, badly needed literary skills and an ecumenical spirit.”

Together, Branham and Lindsay were used of God to birth an era.   A young Oral Roberts went to Kansas City to hear Branham.  The experience led him to resign his church in Enid, Oklahoma and obey God’s mandate to “take my healing power to your generation.”

In Portland, Oregon, T.L. Osborn sat transfixed by the word of the Lord from Branham.  This simple sentence from the lips of Branham launched Osborn: “God the Father heals the sick to prove that He raised His Son Jesus from the dead.

Just being used by God to launch Roberts and Osborn made him a vessel that touched millions.   But more than that…signs and wonders became a standard part of Spirit-filled soul-winning.

Now we have come to this terrible moment for the Pentecostal/Charismatic movement in America.  Compromise has hit us from the most unlikely sources.   A pandemic moral/political cowardice paralyzes our pulpits.  The wholesale removal of freedom of speech and freedom of religion has met only token resistance from “Spirit-filled” pastors.

Today we have widespread reports of “revivals” that are hugely disappointing.  In our heart of hearts we know they are total hype.  Healings are claimed but not confirmed.

We have witnessed the rise of an entire “revival” industry that hawks imaginary authority. People are reveling in spiritual fantasy worlds, blending astral projection and UFOs with Christianity.

Travelling ministries today sell high-pitch ecstasies that promise towering results over the enemy, but deliver zero impact on the culture.

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I have my suspicions.  I wonder if the voices that scream revival the loudest are simply trying to drown out their own unbelief, or if the abuse of GRACE –that has pastors drinking hard liquor after church–is merely defeatism that says, “What’s the use in trying?”

The times are dark, so dark in fact, that they carry a strange hope.  Maybe we are finally, finally willing to shed the stubborn sins that have imprisoned us in religious irrelevancy and deception.

Perhaps we are witnessing the creation of a positive vacuum in Pentecostals and in society.  This is our best chance to save America.  This vacuum is making Charismatic/Pentecostals replace things. These replacements are the key to power.

A real hunger for truth is replacing political correctness.   Donald Trump is a symptom of widespread anger with political correctness.   We are a fed up culture now.  People agree with Trump about America and that is why all of the criticism the media is throwing at him does not stick.

Many believers are angry with politically correct preaching.  The cry now is, “Quit feeding us junk food!”  We want experience power, not a feel good message.  Look around you… the hunger for truth is rising.

A true desperation is replacing our attitude of entitlement.  Americans know that they are losing their future to our government.  They no longer harbor the fantasy that tells us we’re going to pull out of this just because we are America.

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Many Christians realize that they have never known true desperation until now.  They don’t want church to make them feel good anymore, they want church to put them right and make them strong.  They want something real so badly that they will take it straight—not sugar-coated or diluted.

A true spirit of prayer is replacing artificial prayer.   Believers are waking up to the fact that they prayed wrong.  They had agendas in prayer.  Pastors prayed as if prayer was a booster rocket for their pet program.   Prayer is returning to the raw, unconditional surrender that it was supposed to be all along.

The real message here is not the arrival of a man but of an era of explosive miracles.  That is what I am sensing and expecting.   What we have been waiting for will come in an unexpected package—Branham did!

Maybe we have finally reached total desperation.   Maybe now we will trade the unreliable for the undeniable.   Let it be, Oh, God.

Strong Delusion

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Strong Delusion

America, you are under a strong delusion. The terrifying part is who may be doing it.

by Mario Murillo

No one can explain why.  Why would America veer into this mindless frenzy to pull her own greatness out by the roots?

-Why would a generation reelect a man that plunged them into poverty, violence and chaos?

-Why would a generation of black pastors trade in their Bibles to stand with the most blatantly anti-church agenda in American history?

-How can you explain a populace that gleefully opens their border to welcome murderers, rapists and drug dealers to come and ravage innocent citizens?

-Why would you aging hippies and 70’s protesters stand with a president who embodies all of the tyranny you fought against?   How bizarre to end up being the anti-free speech movement.

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Why, America, are you okay with a state owned media that will not investigate the crimes of Benghazi, the IRS, the Justice Department, and the NSA?

What is up when a man can steal your credit card–in history’s greatest case of identity theft– run up a $19 trillion national debt, and you still smile at him?

Why has science allowed itself to become a tool of the state?  Scientists will not level with us on anything that will challenge the agenda.   What will legalization of every form of sexual perversion do to children?  We won’t know because it is “hateful” to ask.

What is really going on with the weather and why do you want to spend vast amounts of our hard earned money to enforce a pact with all the nations of the world?  “Trust us,” they say, “we know best.”

What is this insane celebration of sexual deviance that blasphemes the civil rights movement?

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Jonathan Cahn, Rabbi, Pastor, Bible teacher and author of “The Harbinger” and “The Mystery of the Shemitah,” says the June 26 Supreme Court ruling that legalized gay marriage in all 50 states marks the formal end to Christian America. Barring a “miracle of God,” he says in the 4th of July message, “the die has been cast.”

What drug was the Supreme Court on when it violated every oath it had ever taken to ramrod Gay Marriage on all Americans?   They created a law even though the constitution declares that they do not have that power.  They even admitted that they created a precedent that will bring polygamy and adult/child marriage to the court.

Why would we declare war on Jesus Christ and protect the images of Mohammed?  What form of mad double-mindedness denounces the church as hateful while it protects Islamic extremists?

There is only one explanation: America, you are under a strong mass delusion.  No nation willfully abandons its greatness in exchange for perversion, poverty and misery unless there has been a spirit of delusion unleashed in the land.

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Stella Morabito said, “In fact, many newly propagandized ideas seem to have taken America by storm just in the past decade or so. Same-sex marriage is only one of those ideas. Transgenderism is now eclipsing that notion, and its propaganda techniques—wrapped in the language of civil rights—are getting Americans on board with the idea of erasing all sex distinctions in law, including their own. It’s as though Americans are buying into a fast-talking sales pitch without being allowed to read the print, whether it’s large print or small.”

But it is even worse than she says.  Not only are Americans deluded, they disconnect from their own suffering in order to keep the lie alive.  I give money to the homeless a lot.  Try this… ask the next panhandler who they voted for in the last two elections.   See if they remember having to beg before this presidency.   Ask them if there is any regret.  The befuddled look you get will say it all.

There are ways to measure a generation’s decline.  Peter Marshall, the legendary Chaplain of the United States Senate, once drew a comparison between the sinking of the Titanic in 1912 and the sinking of the Athenia in 1939.

As the Titanic sank, the men on board sang the hymn Nearer my God to Thee.  The men on board the Athenia sang Roll out the barrel, we’ll have a barrel of fun.   Peter Marshall said, “You can see what has happened to a nation’s faith – you can see what has happened to the faith of people in thirty years, can’t you? Facing eternity, to the strains of the beer-barrel polka, what a commentary, upon the faith, of immortal souls.”

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THE MEN ON THE TITANIC SANG THE HYMN “NEARER MY GOD TO THEE”  WHILE THE MEN ON THE ATHENIA SANG “THE BEER BARREL POLKA”

But what would Peter Marshall think of us now?  What would he say about this comparison?  In 1976, a generation declares Bruce Jenner a national hero for winning the Olympic Decathlon.  “Jenner is twirling the nation like a baton; he and his wife, Chrystie, are so high up on the pedestal of American heroism, it would take a crane to get them down,” wrote Tony Kornheiser in The New York Times in 1977.

Now we contrast that with 39 years later.  A generation hails him as a hero for becoming a woman.  Our president leads the cheer saying, “It takes courage.”  This is our new definition of courage…this is our new heroism.

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2 Thessalonians 2:11,12 declares,  “And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie, that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness.”

There is one very big question to answer.  Is our mass delusion leading to the judgment of God or is the mass delusion judgment in itself?   It is chilling to consider.  We have always assumed that America’s plunge into moral insanity was the work of the devil.

If you think that Satan can send delusion, think about what God can do to delude minds into destroying themselves.  Is this the first stage of our judgment?

What if God has turned America over to a strong delusion in order to get her to believe a lie?  Masses of Americans have come to believe that the most absurd, destructive and mindless way to live is okay with them.  How could they do this without a spirit of delusion?  How could they keep going unless they were catatonic zombies marching to the beat of a national hallucination?

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What if that delusion extends to the church?  Is mass delusion the reason for the apathy and silence of American Christians?  Doesn’t delusion explain how we can have giddy Christian gatherings in the face of certain national doom?

Why is your pastor not crying out to the nation to repent?  Why is there no chorus of prayer asking for a fresh outpouring of the Holy Spirit?  How can any voice enter a pulpit at this time without a sense of urgency?  Is it because a spirit is on them that holds them in denial?

We have every reason to believe that prior generations of Christians would be staging mass rallies, crying out with fasting and prayer.  If you announce such a thing today, believers will not show up.

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American Christians binge on flattering sermons and exotic emotionalism.  Some are even getting drunk and carousing while the nation burns.  How can they do that without a strong delusion?

America, it feels intelligent to bask in this new agenda.  You can feel hip legalizing everything while making God illegal. Take a closer look.  Your heart, mind and emotions are deteriorating under the influence of the culture.  You are losing your children, your free time, independent thought and even logic to this horrific lie.

You know that when you invited God out, you invited misery in.   You know that One Nation under God was not just a motto; it was a catalyst to prosperity, justice and happiness. That is what getting right with God does.

Yet, the delusion runs so deep that we cannot see the next step in our destruction is Hillary Clinton.  She has already screamed at us that Benghazi does not matter.  She has already surpassed Obama avoiding questions and hiding her true intentions.

Peter stood before Jerusalem on the day of Pentecost and cried out, “Save yourself from this perverse generation (Act 2:40).” It was a call to escape mass delusion.

There may be a thread of mercy in all of this. Like the father, wanting to make his son stop smoking, made him smoke a whole pack of cigarettes until the boy threw up.  Maybe God is letting us overdose in this swamp in the hopes that we will vomit out this insanity before it is too late.

On the other hand…what if we are under judgment and have been turned over to mass delusion for our destruction?    In either case, why would you read this, walk away and not repent?  Isn’t that proof of delusion?  Right now, kneel and pray and tell God that you choose life.

How to Read the Bible

How to read the Bible

How to Read the Bible

By Donald Grey Barnhouse

Our certainty rests upon the Word of God and upon some of its statements about how

we are to read its pages. An illustration is, perhaps, the best way to come to the heart of

the method. Some years ago I entered the playroom of our home one evening, and found

my two boys at work on a large picture puzzle which had been given one of the members

of the family at Christmas. It was a finely made puzzle, on three-ply wood, beautifully

cut, and among its hundreds of pieces a score or more were designed in the shape of

common things. The little sister, three years old, too young to match the intricately cut

edges of the pieces, had been allowed to pick out those pieces which resembled articles

she knew and arrange them in rows at the edge of the table. She was eager to show me

what she had done. Here was a piece in the shape of a clover leaf; here was an apple, a

wheelbarrow, the letter S, the figure four, an umbrella, a violin and a bird. To her mind

those and the other shaped pieces were the most important things in the puzzle.

To see them, and to identify something that was in her world, made it all very interesting.

To her older brothers, however, the shape of individual pieces was merely incidental.

They knew that the violin would become part of a cloud, that the umbrella would be lost in

the pattern of a lady’s dress, and that the other figures would melt into flower garden and

trees.

Each Verse Has Its Place

This illustration is almost perfect for the student of the Word of God. The unfortunate

person who takes some text by itself and attempts to build a doctrine on it will be in utter

confusion before he has gone very far. Only with this wrong type of Bible reading can

anyone ever come to the absurd conclusion so often expressed, “You can prove anything

by the Bible.”

When, however, the shape of the individual verse is fitted into the whole divine plan

of the revelation of God, the full-rounded, eternal purpose begins to be seen; and the

whole of the Word of God becomes something so stupendous, so eternal, so mightily

divine, that every rising doubt is checked immediately. There comes, then, a knowledge

of the finality of God’s revelation which becomes as much a part of the believer as his

breathing, or his sense of being alive. Any other possibility cannot be entertained even

for a moment. The believer knows that the Bible is the Word of God, even more surely

than he knows that he is alive.

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If we are going to understand the Word of God, we

must have a spiritual attitude toward it. The Lord said

that “the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of

God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know

them, because they arespiritually discerned” (I Corinthians 2:14).

God refuses to reveal Himself to just any casual passer

-by.  The Lord indicated this when He said in the Sermon

on the Mount:“Give not that which is holy unto the dogs,

neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they

trample them under their feet, and turn again and

rend you” (Matthew 7:6).

This same thought must have been in His mind when He prayed, saying, “I thank thee,

O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, be because thou hast hid these things from the wise and

prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes. Even so, Father: for so it seemed good in thy

sight” (Matthew 11:25, 26). The fact that one must have a spiritual attitude that comes

from spiritual life in order to understand the deep things of the Word of God is also the

true meaning of the great verse which we quote in paraphrase: “For whosoever hath [new

life in Christ], to him shall be given [knowledge of the divine plan and revelation], and he

shall have more abundance: but whosoever hath not [the new life in Christ], from him

shall be taken away even that [common sense and deep learning that might make him one

of the world’s leaders of the world’s thinking] he hath” (Matthew 13:12).

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Putting the Puzzle Together

The proper method of Bible study, then, is analogous to the putting together of the

puzzle. For any given doctrinal subject, read the entire volume, selecting every verse that

bears on the truth under study. Put all of these passages together, and the synthesis of

the result is the true Bible doctrine on the question with which you are concerned. A

verse from Moses, and one from Ezekiel, and one from Paul, put side by side, each

illuminating the others, fit into the perfect pattern of the whole design and give the

whole light which God has been pleased to reveal on that particular theme. Taken one

by one, the verses may be no more than mere shapes, meaningless as far as the

over-all purpose of the inspired revelation is concerned. This is why the Lord says that

one of the first principles of Bible study is that no Scripture is of “private interpretation” (II Peter 1:20).

The exegesis of the Greek shows that this verse should not be interpreted to restrict the

right of the private individual to read and understand the Bible for himself.

The Lord says that the anointing by the Spirit renders us capable of understanding, so

that we do not need to have any one teach us (I John 2:27). The existence of teachers by

divine order and arrangement is like the original institution of divorce, not because it was

God’s first choice, but because of the hardness of the hearts of men (Matthew 19:8).

The responsibility for reading and knowing the Word and will of God is upon

every individual, who must find out for himself, conclude what he believes and be

ready to give an answer for the hope that is within him, knowing that he will be

answerable to the Lord for the content of his faith, and that he will not be permitted

to present the excuse that he believed what some church or group of clergy interpreted

for him.

Editior’s note:  Donald Grey Barnhouse Th.D (March 28, 1895 – November 5, 1960), was an American Christian preacher, pastor, theologian, radio pioneer, and writer. He was pastor of the Tenth Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania from 1927 to his death in 1960. As a pioneer in radio broadcasting, his program, The Bible Study Hour, continues today and is now known as Dr. Barnhouse & the Bible.

Two features of the ministry of the late Dr. Donald Grey Barnhouse made his witness
unique: his tremendous insight into Scripture, and his remarkable ability to bring the
truths he gleaned from his study to the Christian layman in such a way as to make the
Bible come alive. Those who have heard Dr. Barnhouse teach, and those who have read
his writings, can testify that this is true.

SOMETHING IS RISING OVER RENO

SOMETHING IS RISING OVER RENO

The outside world holds on to a myth that Reno is a dusty back alley overrun by alcoholics and drug addicts.  Some locals don’t mind this myth if it will keep the population from exploding.   However the secret has gotten out that Reno is the future.

Companies like Tesla, Apple, Amazon and other bulwarks of Silicon Valley have done their homework and realize this. They also know that there is a quality of life… of family life that improves every day. That is why they have relocated major operations to Reno.    

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However there is something else about Reno that we wanted you to know.  On March 30, 31 an extraordinary gathering of Christians will take place in Reno called the LIVING PROOF WORLD CONVENTION.   It all began when Evangelist Mario Murillo felt compelled to move his ministry to Reno.  Here he explains his move:

“This is where the vision will have room to breathe.  This is where we will build the fresh approach to a timeless message. In this place, we will develop signs and wonders Crusades, send out evangelists and dig a well of uninterrupted intercessory prayer for an American Awakening.

We will not make a flashy entrance or present ourselves as some kind of cure to the city.  We are soldiers on assignment and we want to find our place in what Jesus is already doing here, and come alongside those who will receive us.

We are not here to replace but to replenish existing outreaches here.  We will not barge in or force ourselves on anyone but we will extend a humble hand of friendship, help and the opportunity to see revival.

We will grow deep roots in Reno; however our target is the United States.   This is our staging area to choose targets cities for LIVING PROOF.”

LIVING PROOF has this simple message to the unchurched culture of America: “Trade an evening of your life for a touch from God that can last a lifetime.  Come if you need healing.  Bring someone you love who needs a miracle.  Come because we have living proof of God’s love and power in our time.”

The LIVING PROOF WORLD CONVENTION marks the official launch of this nationwide crusade.  However, this convention is much more than that.

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This is why we want to invite you to two historic days of the Living Proof World Convention. The theme of this convention is The Power and the Plan to save America. 

Everyone knows that America is in dire need of a supernatural awakening.  The power and the plan for such a miracle must come from the Holy Spirit.  He has the only plan and the only power that will work.

We are surrounded by prophetic words that promise a massive harvest but what will touch off the explosion that will sweep millions into the Kingdom?  And how would we function during such a miracle?

We are certain that He has shown a plan and a path to power that we want to share with you.

Many preachers are desperate to break out of molds that are holding back their effectiveness. It is our deepest desire that this world convention ignite fires of momentum for continual harvest in every ministry that comes to this event.

There is a growing consensus that we have plumbed the depths of personal blessing, and we have been taught to death.    What we need now is for all of what we have been taught to be set on fire and to have it blaze forth into national repentance, healing and blessing.

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.

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“Join Mechelle and me for the Renovation of your life and ministry.”  -Mario Murillo

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. 

To register call us now at 775 432 1665 OR CLICK HERE NOW TO INSTANTLY REGISTER ONLINE:       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