A WAVE OF PERSECUTION IS UPON US BUT IT WILL BACKFIRE

 

The mood—the one that pleases people when Christians are harassed and blamed, is upon us.  I am warning you it’s about to spike, and the mindless ferocity of it will surprise you.

I was led to a specific moment like this recorded in the Book of Acts: Acts 12:1-3, “Now about that time Herod the king stretched out his hand to harass some from the church. 2 Then he killed James the brother of John with the sword. 3 And because he saw that it pleased the Jews, he proceeded further to seize Peter also.”

As I prayed, I experienced colliding emotions of dread and excitement.  The Holy Spirit made it clear that persecution against Christians is going to spike in the United States in the next few months.  He also made it clear that this would touch off a towering flow of miracles of healing.

Satan wants America destroyed.   It is the grand prize.  With America gone, the devil can unleash worldwide devastation.   But the global tyranny that he craves cannot happen until the American firewall is removed.

He also knows that he can only destroy America from within.  Somehow, he must pit us against each other. 

The only deterrent to civil war at this point is Christianity.  Notice that I do not say the church, I say Christianity.  The church is sidelined by equal parts division and denial.  The Christianity seeping out despite religion is the only thing protecting us.

The devil’s weapon of choice is hate.  He must foment hate.  Today, that hate is coming from the very people claiming to be fighting hate: secular progressives, and social justice warriors.  You have seen how the things that were once loving, moral and trustworthy, including marriage, manhood, military service, freedom of speech, witnessing, the Bible and, yes, freedom itself, are now hateful.

 

God has been lovingly warning the American Church.  He has repeatedly ordered the church to stand as one against immorality, but she has flatly refused.  God now reserves the right to use persecution to wake up the church and spare the nation.

Is there any good news in this?  There is much good news, but only for a certain group.  The core of Christians who refuse to side with the compromised church, and who are seeking Jesus, will be protected and used mightily.  Persecution will backfire!

The boomerang effect is seen in ancient Israel.  Exodus 1:12 says “But the more they were oppressed, the more they multiplied and spread; so the Egyptians came to dread the Israelites.”

After Herod arrested Peter, an angel appeared and brought him out.  This miracle ignited the church.  I am telling you what the Holy Spirit has told me.  Every vessel that seeks God right now will receive greater power and greater miracles.

Call it legend, call me crazy, but I know that this wave of persecution is here.  We can turn it all around.  We can regain lost ground.  Those who disobey God cannot escape this misery and those who obey God will granted special grace and increased supernatural power.

Paul wrote to a worried Philippian church to tell them about the shock outcome of his imprisonment.  It serves as a promise to us of what is about to happen as a result of persecution in America.

Philippians 1:12 “And I want you to know this, dear brothers: Everything that has happened to me here has been a great boost in getting out the Good News concerning Christ. 13 For everyone around here, including all the soldiers over at the barracks, knows that I am in chains simply because I am a Christian. 14 And because of my imprisonment, many of the Christians here seem to have lost their fear of chains! Somehow my patience has encouraged them, and they have become more and more bold in telling others about Christ.”

HOW SHALL WE THEN PREACH?

Are you preaching to what your people actually face? Are you awake to the fact that they are under intense persecution?   The left has morphed into a hideous mob.  How shall we then preach in this unprecedented era of darkness?

Liberals want a New American Civil War. When they tell us they want to silence the church—when they tell us their opinion is the only one allowed—when disagreeing will cost you your rights, your job, and even your life—when they burn buildings, protect killers, and convict innocent people—the church should have no response?  Do we sit back and just give away our freedom of religion and speech?

Having faced with brutal honesty the world of our congregants…how shall we then preach?

There is a story of tyranny in 1 Samuel 11 that answers the question.  Terrorists took control of a city and demanded that the entire city become slaves or face death.  It gets worse.  Just to stay alive every man, woman, and child had to agree to have their right eye removed.

The elders of the city begged for them to hold off 7 days so they could send messengers to get help.  Since the terrorists were spoiling for a fight they agreed.

1 Samuel 11:3 is one of the most chilling verses in scripture because it shows the unimaginable horror the people felt: “Then the elders of Jabesh said to him, ‘Hold off for seven days, that we may send messengers to all the territory of Israel.  And then, if there is no one to save us, we will come out to you.’”

Put yourself in the place of those men facing the disfigurement of their wives and children.  If you were one of those elders tasked with choosing messengers—what kind of messengers would you choose?  Who would you choose to go get help?

You would not pick smooth talking salesmen.  You would not want a wordsmith or an entertainer.  You dare not send a psychologist or a life coach.

 

They had to go get an army.  They had to make people cry and get angry.  They had to convince people—who might believe this was not their fight—to take a stand.  That is what we need in pulpits now!

The Bible says they went to Gibeah where King Saul was, and everyone who heard them began to weep.  King Saul was filled with holy rage and galvanized the nation to save the people of Jabesh Gilead in a mighty victory.

Who will save us from the disfigurement of America, and the church, by the left?  What kind of preaching shall we choose to loosen the grip of tyranny and regain our freedom?  The same kind of messengers the elders of Jabesh Gilead choose.

Much of the preaching today is of human origin.  It makes the church lifeless and impotent to do battle against the moral landslide in America.  Satan is behind this harmless preaching—preaching that will save no one.

E.M Bounds said, “Another scheme of Satan is to eliminate from the church all the humble, self-denying ordinances that are offensive to unsanctified tastes and unregenerate hearts. He seeks to reduce the church to a mere human institution—popular, natural, fleshly, and pleasing.”
The Holy Spirit is telling you my fellow preacher to face the real world.  He is sending out an urgent appeal: Preach as if they are stealing your country…because they are.  Preach as if your people are suffering under persecution because they are.  Preach as if God is able to make you not just a spokesman but a living weapon.  If you have the heart…God will give you the words.  Time is running out.

It is time for a new breed of Christian warrior

Day after day, I have written the burden of the Lord.  Often, the words have been directed at leaders.  The messages have targeted shallowness, compromise and hypocrisy.  They have accused leaders of gross negligence in the face of Satan’s assault on the church and the nation.

This time the message is for faithful warriors of God.  Something is burning within my soul.  Everything within me cries IT IS TIME FOR A NEW BREED OF CHRISTIAN WARRIOR.

Evil will soon feel their wrath and power.

Who are these people and what do they look like?  The Bible says God knows those who are His.  He knows who has remained true.  He knows who has been rejected for refusing to conform to the counterfeits.  God made them misfits to fit into a special order.

Jehovah has reserved hidden wisdom for them.  Psalm 25:14 says, “The secret of the Lord is with those who fear Him, And He will show them His covenant.”  In this message I want to encourage you and fire you up for the secret work of Jesus in this hour.

A visit to the throne of God

You want to become a part of this new breed?  You must begin with a visit to the throne of God.  It is here…and only here, that you can be equipped for the amazing task ahead.  Not only is this visit possible it is mandatory—it is scriptural.

Ephesians 2: 6 says “and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus…”

What do you see from this vantage point?  You see that Satan has as much chance against God as an amoeba has surviving on the surface of the sun.  But what else do you see?

You see that all the vile railings of our culture are not—in any way—a threat to the purposes of the almighty.  He knows the hollow arguments of the haters.  He is not moved by the mental monopoly of fake news and leftist social media.  He saw it all coming and prepared the response.

The Lord of the universe is not poor.  He has pooled untold wealth to transfer it into the hands of trusted, proven, purified vessels whose only passion is to obey.  Jesus saw the future and uttered an explosive prayer: PRAY THE LORD OF THE HARVEST TO SEND WORKERS INTO THE HARVEST.

Notice He did not say ministers, or celebrities.  He said workers.  Many want the titles, attention, and rewards…but they don’t want to do the work.  A special core is rising that burns white hot with passion win lost souls and heal the sick.  They are hidden now but soon they will shine like the sun.

Learning to ask for big and mighty things.

Those who are called to this new breed of spiritual warfare will ask and receive things that prior generations could not imagine.  Simply put, we are talking about awesome things!

To become the askers, they need to be, they will be tested severely in order to come forth as gold.  Their claims will not be elementary claims for personal pleasure but for massive changes in the culture.  They will exploit demons, they will strip principalities of power and authority.

Learn the truth of the slingshot. 

They will be hurt, wounded and brought to the brink of despair before their breakthrough.  In their pain and agony, they will cry out why—why am I being pulled away from my promise?  Why does each day take me further and further away from what you promised me?

God is deliberately building up the tension—the frustration—the fire to act…and at just the right moment, He will release you.

I don’t need to ask if you are a part of this new breed of warrior—nothing else explains you.

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DESPERATE HUNGER: ONE OF GOD’S GREATEST GIFTS

We face a new kind of evil.  We have never faced a threat like this before.  That is why God is creating special kinds of people to be used in special kinds of ways.  What do these people look like?

We picture bold, assertive, natural born leaders taking the stage.  We assume the Holy Spirit would instill great confidence and audacity in those He has selected for special service.

In fact, the opposite is true.  He inflicts those He chooses with deep frustrations.  They are restless, they are weakened by confusing emotions.  Often, they don’t feel very spiritual at all.  The greatest gift He gives them is a desperate hunger.

Yes, desperate hunger is a great gift.  Although, when you first get it, you will be convinced you are being punished not blessed.

Jesus said “blessed are those who hunger and thirst…”  It seems a contradictory statement but a closer look reveals eternal wisdom.  

God is carving out your soul to create a greater capacity for His power.  You are getting desperate for something—your appetite for that one thing is increasing.  It seems cruel but it makes perfect sense: God wants you to want something you can’t have.  It is in the not having it, that your desire intensifies.

The Bible says, “But to Hannah he would give a double portion, for he loved Hannah, although the Lord had closed her womb. And her rival also provoked her severely, to make her miserable, because the Lord had closed her womb.” -1 Samuel 1:5,6

Look at that!  God is creating unbearable frustration.  But, by depriving her of children, it increased two things in her soul: Her willingness to sacrifice and her appreciation for the blessings when they come.  In other words, she will be an amazing example of willingness and appreciation.

God didn’t want Hannah to get over wanting Children.  He wanted her to yearn for them even more.  The end result is one of the most powerful women in history—the mother of Samuel the prophet.  In Jewish tradition, Samuel is second only to Moses as a prophet.

Hannah’s total reward often goes unnoticed.  True, she surrendered her first born to God but it says in 1 Samuel 2: 21 And the Lord visited Hannah, so that she conceived and bore three sons and two daughters. Meanwhile the child Samuel grew before the Lord.”

It was Elisha’s insatiable hunger for the anointing that made him ask for a double portion from Elijah.   Many, of today’s leaders ask for just enough to get by.  They will never destroy the strongholds of Satan.  They fold at the first sign of resistance.  Not so, the vessel born of desperate hunger.  When they finally get their chance, they will never stop, and they will never corrupt their God-given stewardship.  Your frustration and desperate hunger is qualifying you for something astounding.

All of this is well and good but it is not a great comfort when you are in the depths of frustration.  Desperate hunger from God can test us to the maximum.  We look for signs that our hunger will be fulfilled.  We yearn for proof that we will not die from disappointment.  Well beloved, the proof is right under our nose.  In fact, the hunger itself is the proof of the fulfillment.

Jesus said, Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness for they shall be filled.”-Matthew 5:5  In other words, if you hunger, you are blessed because that is the proof you shall be filled.

Alexander MacLaren the great Bible Commentator said this, “that hunger is the sure precursor and infallible prophet of the coming satisfaction.”

GOD IS CALLING YOU OUT TO ATTACK THE EVIL FLOODING SOCIETY

Satan is flooding the world with evil while Christians have grown passive.  Believers are ignorant of what God expects them to do to stand against the torrent of wickedness.

Shallow, flattering teaching is the perfect greenhouse gas.  It’s fumes dull reality. It kills natural urgency.  Taking a stand becomes a distant fantasy.

Satan has sold the church fool’s gold.  Instead of taking up weapons mighty to the tearing down of strongholds, we pursue money, cheap grace, and celebrity.

Our faith has grown flabby. We don’t know our weapons.  We don’t know our authority.  We don’t know our marching orders.  We don’t know what to say to this generation.  Most of all, we are ignorant about what is right around the corner.

Peter recognized when government crossed the line.  Acts 4: 19 But Peter and John replied, “Which is right in God’s eyes: to listen to you, or to him? You be the judges! 20 As for us, we cannot help speaking about what we have seen and heard.”

He also understood what to do when government tries to ban the Gospel: “Acts 5: 28 saying, “Did we not strictly command you not to teach in this name? And look, you have filled Jerusalem with your doctrine, and intend to bring this Man’s blood on us!”

29 But Peter and the other apostles answered and said: “We ought to obey God rather than men.”

They are coming after your freedom.  They will force feed your children the Antichrist agenda. That is…unless we wake up to our purpose and destiny.   I am calling you out for special power in this hour.

If you are finally ready, then do these things:

1. You must be filled or refilled with the Holy Spirit.  You must have fire, or you must have fresh fire.   The courage to face the onslaught of hatred that will be thrown at you can never be met by human power.  To say what you need to say, to obey when you need to obey can’t come from human motivation.  You must have the same Spirit that fueled world-changing saints in all times. God never meant for anyone to preach or lead without a clear baptism of the Holy Spirit.

2. You must flow in signs and wonders.  Our culture is beyond words.  They must see proof of the power of God.  God means for you to provide that proof.  The authority you need won’t come cheaply or instantly.  (Read my blog on the price of God’s miracle working power https://wp.me/p1vrzp-53e

3. Get ready to do something for God that will boggle your mind.  God is selecting people and working in them for unmatched power to attack evil.  Habakkuk 1: 5 “Look among the nations and watch—Be utterly astounded! For I will work a work in your days Which you would not believe, though it were told you.”

He is creating people who can turn the tide of wickedness.  He doesn’t care about your age or your education.  He searches for someone who is travailing over the evil and will die without power and purpose.  They want to be in the fight—they want to be in the thick of it.  Isaiah 6: 8 says, “Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying: “Whom shall I send, And who will go for Us?” Then I said, “Here am I! Send me.”

4. Prepare to pray in a way you never imagined.  God is pulling you out of the damaged religious crowd into special intimacy with him.  You are not going to pray like before.  E.M Bounds said, “To say prayers in a decent, delicate way is not heavy work. But to pray really, to pray till hell feels the ponderous stroke, to pray till the iron gates of difficulty are opened, till the mountains of obstacles are removed, till the mists are exhaled and the clouds are lifted, and the sunshine of a cloudless day brightens-this is hard work, but it is God’s work, and man’s best labor.”

What do all of these things I am asking you to do have in common?  Every one of them involves a leap out of dead church life.  They are a courageous declaration of war on the godless ideologies that are destroying our nation.  They are an irrevocable decision to be in the middle of God’s greatest acts in history.

The leftist media is now irrelevant to America.  Let me prove it to you.

The leftist media is irrelevant to America.  Let me prove it to you.  More than that, let me show you why it matters to you.  The proof is glaring, and the left can no longer run from it.  Here’s the proof:
CBS, NBC, MSNBC, ABC, CNN, The Washington Post, The New York Times, along with the not so subtle help of Youtube, Google, Facebook, Yahoo, every late night talk show host, backed Obama.   They were praising, pumping, and drooling.  They called anyone racist who didn’t support him. Yet, at this point in his presidency—he had a 43% approval rating among likely voters.  With all that firepower they simply could move the needle above 43%.
Now the wrath of that entire media cabal is being poured out 24 hours a day on Trump and his supporters. Yet, Trump’s approval is at least 5 to 6 points higher than Obama at the same point.  What does that mean?  It means they are irrelevant—and they have been for years.   They have a hardcore following but things are getting worse.
Reality came on election night.  Crestfallen and dismayed they wailed, cried, and sank horrified.  Not just because Trump won but because they were repudiated. They petulantly signed off telling us it was the end of the world.  That didn’t happen either.

On the other hand, Fox News continued to dominate ratings—commanding an audience that is larger than many leftist medias combined.  Most damaging to the left is the fact that conservative outlets tend to change minds. There’s a reason.
The left rants and spouts slogans but rarely makes a common sense case.  Conservatives ask disturbing questions. Here’s an admittedly oversimplified example: Left leaning broadcast: “You are racist!”  Conservative site: “Chicago has the strictest gun laws in America and a high murder rate. Why?”
But nothing is costing the left more than the Mueller investigation i.e. witch hunt.  The left’s towering hypocrisy is front and center for all to see.  They decry foreign influence on our election while they are fighting to let illegals vote.
Here are other signs that the left leaning media is running out of gas:
-Tonight Jimmy Kimmel said he will tone down the Trump bashing as he hosts the Academy Awards.
-The NFL, The Olympics and every other sport hijacked for the left is suffering ratings collapse.
-Even the L.A. Times, printed an article yesterday saying California should not be obstructing federal law when it comes to illegal immigration.
-Abortion is becoming abhorrent to many young people.  Planned Parenthood is panicking and dropping tens of millions of dollars to elect democrats.
What does this mean?  It means there is a growing audience for moral absolutes and a message of personal responsibility.
What does that mean to you?  It means that the church has preached a muted Gospel for no good reason.  It means, the idea that the public didn’t want a message of love and repentance was a myth.
It means that throughout history, the church has never looked worse than when she tried to reflect cultural thought.  And, she never looked better than when she shined the unfiltered light of the Gospel.  We just laid to rest living proof of this fact: Billy Graham.

It means most of all that there is great opening for us. We don’t know how long it will last so we better jump on it.  My final statement can make the devil pull a muscle in his head:
God is looking for people—maybe you.  He is not looking for better technology or methods.  He doesn’t pour out His Spirit on technology or methods…but on people.  People who will pray for fire, wisdom, courage and opportunity.  If God has heard of you, who cares if anyone else has?
Today, a voice filled with love, truth and the Holy Spirit will cut through this culture like a hot knife through butter.  The Gospel is not just relevant—it is timeless.  It can answer the evil of today and also what is to come. Amen.

SATANIC ATTACKS THE BREAKFAST OF CHAMPIONS

Out of my ordeal, comes a defiant message of victory.  Many are asking me how I am doing.  The answer is, even though I am in pain—I still can’t walk very well—doctors have no idea what’s wrong with my hip, spine, and leg…I am excited.

Why am I so excited?  Why am I praising God out loud?  I am not glorifying suffering or sickness.  I believe we have total victory over them.  I know I am receiving my healing through the prayers of many.  It’s just that I have discovered something about my affliction that excites me:  Satanic attacks are the breakfast of champions.

Satan is paying me the highest compliment. Martin Luther said, “Satan only attacks those he fears.”  Many of today’s teachings have it backwards.  They think they are being left alone because they have great authority.  Actually, they are being ignored because they do not pose a threat.

I remember in high school football the one thing you didn’t want was a clean uniform.  If there’s no mud on you, it’s because you are on the bench.  The same is true in spiritual warfare.  If no one is trying to lay a glove on you—you are not dangerous to darkness.

Early in my ordeal I did not understand.  Like so many who bask in nights of miracles and the outpouring of God, I was not prepared to have it come to a screeching halt.   I had nights of shocking pain—that no medication could touch.  There was no position that didn’t hurt. Sleeping was a joke.  At times my soul was so vexed, I wondered if I would lose my mind.

Now I am overtaken by an even deeper revelation of spiritual warfare—a revelation of the breakfast of champions.  This can totally revolutionize the way you fight and endure an affliction like mine. It begins with a simple admission:

God did not do this to you, the enemy did.  But, God will capitalize on it, in a way, that will make the devil wish he had never touched you.  Here are the two devastating outcomes—for the devil—after he attacks you.

  1. This suffering in your soul will transform you into a healing gift for others.  Listen to Paul: “What a wonderful God we have—he is the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the source of every mercy, and the one who so wonderfully comforts and strengthens us in our hardships and trials. And why does he do this? So that when others are troubled, needing our sympathy and encouragement, we can pass on to them this same help and comfort God has given us.”  -2 Corinthians 1: 3-4

What God puts in your soul to comfort you during this trial becomes a gift for others.  You emerge from this trial a more advanced healer—a more diverse and useful vessel.

Every minute I lay here, I feel my compassion for others deepen, and my resolve to see miracles intensify.  I can chafe against the process, or I can have let patience have its perfect work. But there is a second benefit to come out of these attacks.

2. The weapon that was supposed to kill you, will end up a weapon in your hand.  Goliath charged David with a sword—not just any sword—but a legendary sword.  For Goliath that weapon had one goal—to kill David.  The last thing the giant ever imagined was being beheaded by his own sword, and to have his prize possession become David’s sword.

Haman was hanged on the gallows he built for righteous Mordecai.  Daniel watched his enemies thrown to the very lions they meant for Daniel.  Likewise, the fiery furnace incinerated those who had the 3 Hebrew boys thrown in it first.

Lucifer put Paul in prison in order to stop him. He did not stop Paul in fact, he soon realized it was his worst mistake ever.  Paul said in Philippians 1:12 “I want you to know that the things which happened to me have fallen out rather to the furtherance of the Gospel.”  That is the greatest understatement of the last 2,000 years.

Every time Satan attacked Paul with imprisonment, Paul wrote another letter.  Until the collection of his writings became more than half of the New Testament.  How massive of a mistake was that for the devil?

So beloved brother and sister in Christ I am excited and full of peace.  Not until heaven will I understand why I am enduring this great test. I know I am being healed.  But I also know something much greater—Satan will regret the day he attacked you and me.

Paul must have written this verse over breakfast: “For I consider 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