The worst attacks of Satan I have ever heard of are striking God’s people right now. Here is what you do.

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 The letters in my mail bag   lately have shaken me to my core. These are the most vicious attacks I have ever heard of.  More of you than ever are locked in the battle of your life.  With breathtaking suddenness, Satan has stripped people of everything but their soul.

Dear Friend,

I read your letters.  It is a cherished part of my ministry. Yes my prime directive is to “Preach the Gospel to this generation with ever increasing effectiveness”, but there is another urgent calling on my life.  I am called to our partners. You are an important part of my calling.

Our main intercessors have been involved with MMM for over 30 years! We rarely talk about it, but we have watched your children grow up, wept with you over your losses, fought for marriages and rejoiced in your victories.  We have helped some of you find a home church, a college for your kids and even jobs!

Some are surprised when I answer their letters, emails and phone calls personally.  As a matter of fact, as the ministry grew, I was advised many times to turn this part of my ministry over to others because I was so busy. Those that know me well know that I will never stop pastoring our partners.

Your letter is important because we can pray over your need.  They are just as important because they let me know how the enemy operates.  It is impossible to answer every letter.  This is why I work hard to make Fresh Fire a personal letter that answers the needs I read about in your prayer requests. Yes, Fresh Fire is a window to our work worldwide and a vital source of love gifts to win souls but to me it is so much more than that!

The letters in my mail bag lately have shaken me to my core. These are the most vicious attacks I have ever heard of.  More of you than ever are locked in the battle of your life.  With breathtaking suddenness, Satan has stripped people of everything but their soul.

I took your letters, my Bible and a deeply burdened heart to prayer.  I asked the Lord to open my understanding.  I asked Jesus to rise up and rebuke the devourer. What you are about to read emerged from that time of prayer.

When my understanding was opened I saw something strange. This new attack is like a dragon with three heads.  I want to warn you that you may see yourself in the portrait that I am about to paint.  Be prayerful over this letter. God wants to use it to identify your attack and to arm you to slay it.  This letter will not spell the end of attacks on you but it will give you the divine edge you need right now! Remember, these attacks are not reported by weak or carnal Christians, but by warriors of God on the front line!

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Here are the three heads of the dragon.  The first attack I see is like a poisonous bite, the second is like suffocating squeeze and the last is like claws tearing lives apart.  This is the trifecta of tribulation!

1. The serpent’s bite.  You feel toxic. Something has bitten you.  You feel that you are gradually losing control of your body and mind.  Your heart races and fearful images flood your mind. You reel under a cloud of confusion. You jump from one solution to another trying to get the upper hand but all the while feeling that something outside you has taken control of your life.  You are exhausted. The least demand of your day can drain you.  You find yourself alone and crying and unable to explain your emotions to even your closest friend.  The people you love are drifting away.  You are gripped with paralyzing feelings of dread.  You feel helpless to make important decisions. You sense disaster is just around the corner.

2. The serpent’s squeeze.  This attack is sudden and crippling. Something came out of nowhere and changed your life in an instant. Your crisis is mummifying you.  You want to run but you cannot move.  You want to scream but your voice is trapped within you.  This attack often strikes at a time when all is going well.  It feels as if everything that could go wrong has gone wrong and there is no way out.  You cannot breathe.  The point of this attack is panic.  The enemy wants you to do something rash.  The devil wants you to abandon your place in God.  He wants to do permanent damage.

3. The serpent’s claws:  This attack is designed to tear people apart.

For silly reasons, people take offense. Disagreements that should be settled easily escalate into name calling, abuse of power, and end in incurable breaches.  Marriages are breaking up over trivial matters.  Churches are splitting over inane issues.  Children are turning on their parents without provocation or prior history of problems. Friends who once walked together suddenly become worst enemies bent on each other’s destruction. A disgusting wave of believer on believer hatred is spreading.

Yes, these three shocking attacks are everywhere.  Not a day passes where I do not hear of each and everyone.  From all quarters I am getting desperate prayer requests.  People say, “Please pray I am so down I cannot get out of bed,” or “I am drowning in fear,” or “I do not know what is going on, friends and family are tearing each other apart!”

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There is not doubt that we must take drastic action!  We must not panic or cave into the trap of Satan.  We must not forget our God and the power of His word.  So please take a deep breath and listen to this strategy to neutralize your Satanic attack!

The word react kept coming back to me again and again.  The Holy Spirit kept saying, “Learn how to react to your attack.” Victory and defeat are not decided by what happens to me. I choose the result. It kept coming over and over…react, react, and react. Then it turned into REACT, REACT, and REACT!  Finally, it was R.E.A.C.T.   An acronym for: Remember Enforce Abandon Continue Train. Here is a 5 step strategy to stop these vicious new attacks and launch a withering counterattack!

Remember!  You must remember the amazing victories of your past and how you won those battles.  Psalm 20 “some trust in chariots but we will remember the Lord our God.”You must remember your God.  Nehemiah 4:14 says “remember the awesomeness of God and fight…”  You must remember who you are and what your future is. Abigail reminded David that he was a king and to judge himself against 1Sam:25:29 his future.  Finally Paul said, in Romans 8:18 “the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared to the glory that will be revealed in us!”   The thing you want to do most now is to get relief from the pain of raging storm.  The devil would gladly give you peace.  You simply have to give up on what you were born to do.

Enforce! You must enforce the victory of the Cross on Satan! Things are not what they seem.  You know that Satan is the master of disguise.  If you leave it to Lucifer to define your reality defeat is certain. The devil relies on your weakness of mind to keep the lie going.  Our enemy kills through special effects.  Bending reality is his stock and trade. The goal of his smoke and mirrors is to get you to accept disaster.  He cannot kill you but he can get you to kill yourself through a fatal panic attack.  (insert Luke 21) It is up to you to impose reality on the evil one.  He must know that he cannot win. He must suffer the results of 2 Corin 10:4. You must put your foot where it rightfully belongs; on the small of his neck!  No matter how out of control your crisis feels the truth is that God is in control and you are His einforcer!

Abandon:  In every attack there is something you must abandon, something that you are holding onto that is actually holding onto you.  2Tim 2:24 (insert).  You may want something bad to happen to someone else.  You may be fantasizing about a destructive relationship.  You may be entertaining suicidal images.  You cannot hold these and gain victory.  Forgive your enemy; cut of the parasites, lighten your load so that you can attack with speed and clarity.  There may be someone that is no longer supposed to be in your life. As T.D. Jakes said, “their part of the story is over, let them go.”

Continue: You were doing something that forced the devil to attack you.  Some harbor the illusion that Satan will let up if we stop doing what riled him up in the first place.  The opposite is true.  You must redouble your efforts to do whatever you did that made Satan mad.  If you cave in, it will embolden him to do this to you again.  On the other hand, if you press on, it will show him that future attacks are futile.  The secret to your victory is to declare your intention to do more than you did before.  Look at Peter.  He was beaten for the healing of the man at the gate beautiful and ordered not to preach about Jesus.

What was his reaction? To pray for boldness to preach and for more miracles! Acts 4:29 “Lord Behold their threats and grant unto your servants boldness that we may preach your word while You stretch forth your hand to heal and let signs and wonders be done in the name of your holy Child Jesus.”

At the moment that you least want to you must get up and rage against the dragon.  He must understand that you are not going to back down, back up or back out of your marriage, ministry, family, career and your life.  Figure out what it is that you were doing that this dragon hated most.  Tell him you will to do it again, do it more and better do it than ever.  The humiliation that Satan hurled at me through the pastor’s lunch only forged a deeper determination to get workers to win souls.

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Train:  Yes, you will see victory.  However, victory is no time to let up. It is the scourge of our flesh that we do not like to get ready for future attacks.  Our flesh takes no thought for intense prayer or setting in place a strategy for future attacks.  George Barna said that the majority of pastors today preach motivational sermons but they do not teach strategy.  When Paul said in 2Cor 2:11 (insert) he was training the Corinthians to fight and to be ready for the next fight.

When General Patton said, “no amount of courage will avail against an educated bullet,” he was talking about the urgency of training.  Spirit-filled bravado is useless unless it is backed up by a life that is an educated bullet.

After every attack every believer needs to go through a debriefing! Now is the time to ask urgent questions. What did you learn from your last attack?  What were the mistakes and pitfalls you will avoid next time?  What weakness in me does the enemy use to get in and disrupt my life? What will I do now to keep friendships strong, my body healthy, my children safe, my marriage loving and my money secure against future assaults?

So here is the bottom-line.  You are not crazy.  Your attacks are vicious, intense, and completely unfair.  The essence of your crisis is supernatural. This is why your counterattack must be supernatural! These 5 steps are not human wisdom, or soothing psycho-gooblygook.  You can rest in the power of God and the Word of God for victory if you will REACT!!

The worst attacks of Satan I have ever heard of are striking God’s people right now. Here is what you do.

 another blog shot copy

 The letters in my mail bag   lately have shaken me to my core. These are the most vicious attacks I have ever heard of.  More of you than ever are locked in the battle of your life.  With breathtaking suddenness, Satan has stripped people of everything but their soul.

Dear Friend,

I read your letters.  It is a cherished part of my ministry. Yes my prime directive is to “Preach the Gospel to this generation with ever increasing effectiveness”, but there is another urgent calling on my life.  I am called to our partners. You are an important part of my calling.

Our main intercessors have been involved with MMM for over 30 years! We rarely talk about it, but we have watched your children grow up, wept with you over your losses, fought for marriages and rejoiced in your victories.  We have helped some of you find a home church, a college for your kids and even jobs!

Some are surprised when I answer their letters, emails and phone calls personally.  As a matter of fact, as the ministry grew, I was advised many times to turn this part of my ministry over to others because I was so busy. Those that know me well know that I will never stop pastoring our partners.

Your letter is important because we can pray over your need.  They are just as important because they let me know how the enemy operates.  It is impossible to answer every letter.  This is why I work hard to make Fresh Fire a personal letter that answers the needs I read about in your prayer requests. Yes, Fresh Fire is a window to our work worldwide and a vital source of love gifts to win souls but to me it is so much more than that!

The letters in my mail bag lately have shaken me to my core. These are the most vicious attacks I have ever heard of.  More of you than ever are locked in the battle of your life.  With breathtaking suddenness, Satan has stripped people of everything but their soul.

I took your letters, my Bible and a deeply burdened heart to prayer.  I asked the Lord to open my understanding.  I asked Jesus to rise up and rebuke the devourer. What you are about to read emerged from that time of prayer.

When my understanding was opened I saw something strange. This new attack is like a dragon with three heads.  I want to warn you that you may see yourself in the portrait that I am about to paint.  Be prayerful over this letter. God wants to use it to identify your attack and to arm you to slay it.  This letter will not spell the end of attacks on you but it will give you the divine edge you need right now! Remember, these attacks are not reported by weak or carnal Christians, but by warriors of God on the front line!

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Here are the three heads of the dragon.  The first attack I see is like a poisonous bite, the second is like suffocating squeeze and the last is like claws tearing lives apart.  This is the trifecta of tribulation!

1. The serpent’s bite.  You feel toxic. Something has bitten you.  You feel that you are gradually losing control of your body and mind.  Your heart races and fearful images flood your mind. You reel under a cloud of confusion. You jump from one solution to another trying to get the upper hand but all the while feeling that something outside you has taken control of your life.  You are exhausted. The least demand of your day can drain you.  You find yourself alone and crying and unable to explain your emotions to even your closest friend.  The people you love are drifting away.  You are gripped with paralyzing feelings of dread.  You feel helpless to make important decisions. You sense disaster is just around the corner.

2. The serpent’s squeeze.  This attack is sudden and crippling. Something came out of nowhere and changed your life in an instant. Your crisis is mummifying you.  You want to run but you cannot move.  You want to scream but your voice is trapped within you.  This attack often strikes at a time when all is going well.  It feels as if everything that could go wrong has gone wrong and there is no way out.  You cannot breathe.  The point of this attack is panic.  The enemy wants you to do something rash.  The devil wants you to abandon your place in God.  He wants to do permanent damage.

3. The serpent’s claws:  This attack is designed to tear people apart.

For silly reasons, people take offense. Disagreements that should be settled easily escalate into name calling, abuse of power, and end in incurable breaches.  Marriages are breaking up over trivial matters.  Churches are splitting over inane issues.  Children are turning on their parents without provocation or prior history of problems. Friends who once walked together suddenly become worst enemies bent on each other’s destruction. A disgusting wave of believer on believer hatred is spreading.

Yes, these three shocking attacks are everywhere.  Not a day passes where I do not hear of each and everyone.  From all quarters I am getting desperate prayer requests.  People say, “Please pray I am so down I cannot get out of bed,” or “I am drowning in fear,” or “I do not know what is going on, friends and family are tearing each other apart!”

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There is not doubt that we must take drastic action!  We must not panic or cave into the trap of Satan.  We must not forget our God and the power of His word.  So please take a deep breath and listen to this strategy to neutralize your Satanic attack!

The word react kept coming back to me again and again.  The Holy Spirit kept saying, “Learn how to react to your attack.” Victory and defeat are not decided by what happens to me. I choose the result. It kept coming over and over…react, react, and react. Then it turned into REACT, REACT, and REACT!  Finally, it was R.E.A.C.T.   An acronym for: Remember Enforce Abandon Continue Train. Here is a 5 step strategy to stop these vicious new attacks and launch a withering counterattack!

Remember!  You must remember the amazing victories of your past and how you won those battles.  Psalm 20 “some trust in chariots but we will remember the Lord our God.”You must remember your God.  Nehemiah 4:14 says “remember the awesomeness of God and fight…”  You must remember who you are and what your future is. Abigail reminded David that he was a king and to judge himself against 1Sam:25:29 his future.  Finally Paul said, in Romans 8:18 “the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared to the glory that will be revealed in us!”   The thing you want to do most now is to get relief from the pain of raging storm.  The devil would gladly give you peace.  You simply have to give up on what you were born to do.

Enforce! You must enforce the victory of the Cross on Satan! Things are not what they seem.  You know that Satan is the master of disguise.  If you leave it to Lucifer to define your reality defeat is certain. The devil relies on your weakness of mind to keep the lie going.  Our enemy kills through special effects.  Bending reality is his stock and trade. The goal of his smoke and mirrors is to get you to accept disaster.  He cannot kill you but he can get you to kill yourself through a fatal panic attack.  (insert Luke 21) It is up to you to impose reality on the evil one.  He must know that he cannot win. He must suffer the results of 2 Corin 10:4. You must put your foot where it rightfully belongs; on the small of his neck!  No matter how out of control your crisis feels the truth is that God is in control and you are His einforcer!

Abandon:  In every attack there is something you must abandon, something that you are holding onto that is actually holding onto you.  2Tim 2:24 (insert).  You may want something bad to happen to someone else.  You may be fantasizing about a destructive relationship.  You may be entertaining suicidal images.  You cannot hold these and gain victory.  Forgive your enemy; cut of the parasites, lighten your load so that you can attack with speed and clarity.  There may be someone that is no longer supposed to be in your life. As T.D. Jakes said, “their part of the story is over, let them go.”

Continue: You were doing something that forced the devil to attack you.  Some harbor the illusion that Satan will let up if we stop doing what riled him up in the first place.  The opposite is true.  You must redouble your efforts to do whatever you did that made Satan mad.  If you cave in, it will embolden him to do this to you again.  On the other hand, if you press on, it will show him that future attacks are futile.  The secret to your victory is to declare your intention to do more than you did before.  Look at Peter.  He was beaten for the healing of the man at the gate beautiful and ordered not to preach about Jesus.

What was his reaction? To pray for boldness to preach and for more miracles! Acts 4:29 “Lord Behold their threats and grant unto your servants boldness that we may preach your word while You stretch forth your hand to heal and let signs and wonders be done in the name of your holy Child Jesus.”

At the moment that you least want to you must get up and rage against the dragon.  He must understand that you are not going to back down, back up or back out of your marriage, ministry, family, career and your life.  Figure out what it is that you were doing that this dragon hated most.  Tell him you will to do it again, do it more and better do it than ever.  The humiliation that Satan hurled at me through the pastor’s lunch only forged a deeper determination to get workers to win souls.

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Train:  Yes, you will see victory.  However, victory is no time to let up. It is the scourge of our flesh that we do not like to get ready for future attacks.  Our flesh takes no thought for intense prayer or setting in place a strategy for future attacks.  George Barna said that the majority of pastors today preach motivational sermons but they do not teach strategy.  When Paul said in 2Cor 2:11 (insert) he was training the Corinthians to fight and to be ready for the next fight.

When General Patton said, “no amount of courage will avail against an educated bullet,” he was talking about the urgency of training.  Spirit-filled bravado is useless unless it is backed up by a life that is an educated bullet.

After every attack every believer needs to go through a debriefing! Now is the time to ask urgent questions. What did you learn from your last attack?  What were the mistakes and pitfalls you will avoid next time?  What weakness in me does the enemy use to get in and disrupt my life? What will I do now to keep friendships strong, my body healthy, my children safe, my marriage loving and my money secure against future assaults?

So here is the bottom-line.  You are not crazy.  Your attacks are vicious, intense, and completely unfair.  The essence of your crisis is supernatural. This is why your counterattack must be supernatural! These 5 steps are not human wisdom, or soothing psycho-gooblygook.  You can rest in the power of God and the Word of God for victory if you will REACT!!

Why are we still waiting for revival?

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Why are we still waiting for revival?

 

Let’s face it!  The thought of a nationwide penetration of righteousness, of a true revival, seems so unreal.  We can’t even remember the last time the roar of God was heard in the land.  Certainly we have had extended meetings that have gotten a lot of attention but the impact never extended beyond the excited Christians who were in the meetings.  We can’t remember the times in American history when mayors of major cities such as Denver and Portland proclaimed revival and closed city offices and businesses to go to churches and pray.  We cannot recall the day when laws were written to facilitate the reformation taking place in the hearts of Americans.

Maybe you are like I am.  You walk around with an unearthly frustration.  You know something is about to happen!  You hear the cry of some wonderful, invisible event that wants to be born.

This letter is about that yearning that many have to see a new act of God.   I count as my dearest friends, those precious few who have not given up on our generation.  I love those who are not deafened by the present evil.  They can still hear the resurrection voice of Jesus.  They know that the Holy Spirit has not abandoned us. They know that a strategy is available.  They believe there is a plan to take back what Satan has stolen.

I came to a point where I was sure my mind had failed.  Within me were convulsions of truth.  God had removed contentment from me.  I was feeling deep birth pangs.  With paralyzing clarity I saw the church and my own efforts as being of little effect. My generation was largely unchanged by all the church had said and done.

Mine was the dealing of Israel by God when He said in Haggai, “Give careful thought to your ways. You have planted much, but harvested little.  You eat, but never have enough. You drink but never have you fill. You put on clothes, but are not warm.  You earn wages, only to put them in a purse with holes in it.” (Haggai 1:5, 6)

The resulting journey is what made this letter possible.  Along the way God faithfully reduced me to a child. I waited for answers.  Not only did I pray, I studied, I talked to elderly saints who were in awakenings in the past.

Time passed quickly and there never seemed enough hours in a day to continue my quest.

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I was disappointed to find so little written today about revival.  These kinds of books must be hated by Satan.  When you walk into a religious book store, you have to dig past all the books on Christian diets, dating, and mood control to find those abandoned texts that tell us of our real purpose for existing… to release the glory of God on a dying world.

Even when I did find books on revival, some seemed to be wrapped up in giving only two or three answers.  First, most of them told of what happened in past revivals and then some told of why they thought these revivals happened.  I wondered why somebody doesn’t simply tell us what to do! I was so frustrated at the scarcity of effective revival training.

I believe church historians do us a disservice if they honor past revival without trying to inspire new ones. I wanted to scream, “That’s great… but we need another one. Now what do we do?!”  How I thank God for the nuggets of truth that faithful saints have left us. Thank God for the historians who didn’t embalm past revivals in honey, but reported them accurately and pointed the way for others to happen.

So it was, after all my searching and all my crying that God caused my slow heart to hear His Voice. What you are reading is born out of my own breaking and seeking.
Before a great awakening, there must come a rude awakening.  It is essential that you face specific misconceptions and attitudes that would prevent you from receiving the revelation of what is holding back the kind of revival we need to restore America.

Keep in mind that this is a word to sincere Pastors, leaders and believers.  It is obvious why some do not have revival.  Where there is false doctrine, secret sin, or malice toward the moving of the Holy Spirit the subject of revival should not even be mentioned; true repentance should be their only concern.  Those who refuse to repent do not even figure into this conversation!

Why are sincere, faithful preachers and congregations still waiting for revival?  That is what I am talking about.  So here is my list of the current conditions that are holding back revival in the real church.

(1) Wanting “Teaching” but not training.   At first this sounds like nit-picking but look more closely. Do we love to hear deep truth without implementing it? Many have become DVD and CD tapeworms who wallow in what they know.

Ezekiel was told by God, “They love to hear your words but they will not do them.” (Ezekiel 33:31) Training is what we need. Training is different from teaching because to train someone is to require them to perform. What we need is revival training.  The content of this letter is not something for you to know, it is something for you to do.

(2) Feeling inferior to previous generations of Christians.

Again, when revival “experts” portray a past group of saints as being a better grade of believer, they violate history and they play into a tactic of Satan.

Often I’ve heard preachers say that the first-century Christians “shook their world without newspapers, jets, or television.”  But does technology give us an advantage or make people more receptive to the Gospel?  Absolutely not!   It is today as it was then. Only a clear work of the Spirit can open men’s hearts.

Paul the Apostle would be amazed by our feelings of inferiority.  He would zealously encourage us and recount how very human those books of Acts saints were.  If God did for them, He can do it for us!  We, like they, can seize God’s grace to overcome faults.

(3) Seeing revival as an unachievable state of bliss and perfection.

 None of the past revivals was perfect.  When they are pictured so idealistically, one will make the mistake of thinking they are nearly impossible to get.

Grace and mercy permeate every past awakening.  Revivals are a dramatic mingling of God’s mercy and the occasional bungling of His servants.

(4) Abusing end-time prophecy.

Don’t get me wrong; I believe in the rapture.  What I reject is a defeatist’s attitude that uses prophecy as a cloak of decency.

End-time corruption is a very easy excuse for a fearful church.  But we must not violate scripture and fashion a doctrine in order to justify our failures.  Certainly things are going to “wax worse and worse” but Jesus forever sealed the issue in Matthew 24:14 when He declared a worldwide impact of His Gospel before the world would be allowed to end.

That remains our task: to shake the earth with Good News.  If we use scriptures out of context to tell us it can’t be done, we’ve lost the war before the first battle.

If we are too bent on escaping the idea of attacking, Satan will bewilder us.  What a strange army: A sword in one hand and a suitcase in the other!  Before we ask for revival, we must be sure that we believe it can happen.

(5) Spiritual smugness.

Whether it is professionalism in a pastor or apathy in a saint, the result is the same; if God is turned a deaf ear, He will look to someone else to finish His work.  To be smug is to be falsely content with results that are skimpy.  It is not an outright rejection of God’s work it is more a mixture of a sense of exaggerated self-importance and a numbing lack of urgency.

In the church today we have made it fashionable to want revival.  It is “in” to talk revival talk.  Satan has not wished to bury revival talk but, rather, he wants to congratulate us for only saying we want it. He is amused by our pompous symbolic effort to bring revival.  The devil delights in the fact of our pride.  We are so pleased with our awareness of the needs for revival that it seems enough to just want it.

There is a young crop of Christians that is entirely different from swooning saints.  I told you in a recent letter that the youth will bring a Lion Revival!  These young Christians ask disturbing questions about why we always seem to want something that we never deliberately try to get.  If the church is not careful, we may be passed over in favor of this new breed of believers who don’t have our religious childhood diseases.

II Chronicles 7:14 says, “If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”   That is a promise that we have all heard and believed, but probably never realized its true significance.  A promise and instructions are embedded in that verse that will remove Satan’s vile talons from the throat of our nation.
The eyes of the Lord see everything but they focus on what is going on with His people.  Let us come before Him now, aware of our total helplessness.  Let us announce that we are His people and that we do not fear our time, but we fear the Lord, and we have come to stand before His presence on behalf of a new demonstration of His glory on earth.  Then we will see the barriers removed and the long-awaited revival explode!

Are you seeking your healing God’s Way?

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WE ARE POSTING THIS MESSAGE AGAIN ON BEHALF OF THOSE COMING TO SEEK HEALING IN CONCORD AND FOR ALL WHO NEED A MIRACLE ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD.

One day a drunk tried to break up a crusade. I wondered if I should have him removed. What a contrast he was to everyone else. Three thousand people packed the Pasadena Civic Auditorium. The crowd full of faith and worship, the atmosphere crackling with electricity, but there he was in the front row drunk and cursing loudly. I heard him yell to his seven-year-old son, “He’s a fake don’t listen to him!”

Why did he bring his paralyzed son to this meeting?  Grandma had ordered it, that’s why!  Her little grandson had Spina bifida.  The boy sat there with brittle, lifeless legs.  She expected a miracle.

When the drunken father saw the healings around him his heart totally changed.  He hoisted his son in the air.  He desperately screamed, “What about my boy, what about my boy!”

When I saw this I crumbled to my knees. I remember the precise prayer that burst from my heart:  “Lord if you ever do a miracle let it be now!”  Then my unworthy eyes saw His Glory.  It was as if lightning struck the boy. He began to bicycle his legs in the air. His father could barely hold him aloft so he lurched forward and set him on the stage. The little boy ran into my arms! Oh what blessed bedlam broke out in that house!

I fell before God under the weight of this memory! This is what we need more than anything. No more words, laser lights, or the smoke and mirrors of technology, we need the raw power of God to drench our meetings and shatter the chains of modern life!

All of these things sent me over the edge and now I must thunder forth!  No longer can a crusade or church service be a harmless gathering or a mystical meeting where bored saints get self-absorbed personal words. We must become a nuclear reactor of the anointing that turns battered saints into mighty warriors and unleashes them on a cursed world! We must have the miracles of the Bible!

If God wants to heal then why aren’t there more miracles today?  The answer  awaits those with honest hearts.  No one who approaches God with a double mind will hear anything! No one who comes humbly will be denied!  There is an agony in the spirit world! God yearns to give us power but cannot because of our carnal ways.  There is profound heartache in heaven. The Holy Spirit pines to release a blanket of healings but He is grieved by our unbelief.

The truth about healing is simple.  We stumble over it because it is profound. A child can grasp the wonder of what I am about to say but the proud intellectual will strain over the very first step. Let us blast forth the truth that we need so desperately now!

1. We must reject the ideas and programs that hinder miracles!

Are healing miracles for today? They are more for today than they have been for any other day! Jesus said in John 14:12 “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believes on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.”

YOUR HEALING GODS WAY Why would God ask the church to face the greatest explosion of false miracles, occult and demon activity in history with one hand tied behind her back?  This power-outage myth makes God seem foolish and cruel. If ever it made sense for miracles to appear it is now.

However, some spirit-filled preachers are not innocent.  I’ll let you decide the greater sin.  Is it worse to teach that the power gifts stopped or to be a Pentecostal that denies them expression in services used up by modern programs?

2. God wants to heal you more than you want to be healed.

Romans 8:32 asks the wounded soul that wonders about God’s willingness to heal a burning question, “He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?”  This question echoes in eternity. Everything that you ever ask God must be asked from the foot of the Cross.  It is here and here alone that you can fully see your Father’s heart toward you.   The bar is set.  God gave His Son for you and He will not hold back anything good from you!

Bring back the Cross to the American pulpit and you will bring back the power that made the Book of Acts Church, World Changers. The Cross settles the question of God’s willingness to heal and redeem.  Yes in your suffering God can seem distant and unmoved by your plight.  The Cross reminds you that it is utterly unreasonable for God to give His son and deny you anything  that you need!

3. We have confused divine faith with human belief.  Human belief is the fool’s gold of miracles. It looks right, it feels right but it bitterly fails where it matters most.  A miracle begins and ends with God.  He is in the very first step and every subsequent step.

There are two Greek words for faith that we must understand. Though they are very close in meaning and appearance, they are a universe apart! Pistis means firm conviction or persuasion and Pistos which means dependency on or trust in something or someone.

There is human faith which convinces itself that something is going to happen. This human belief works in the mind not in the heart.   Mental conviction is vital and has its place but not in the atmosphere of the supernatural.  I have seen many try to work up a miracle and think that within themselves they could move God to heal.  If they could remove doubt and repeat verses over and over again, they surmised, God would heal. When you try to use human belief in the arena of the miraculous it becomes a cold mental exercise.  The faith that causes miracles is a grace of the heart that God imparts right before He heals.

I talked with two different people one night before a miracle rally.  The first was a man who told me that God would heal him that night. He told me that he had them send his wheel chair away because he would not need it.  “God will do what I say!,” he barked.  This was classic pistis,  not appropriate for this miracle moment.  My heart sank.

I met another person and her face glowed even in her wheel chair!  She said, “Today I have been with Jesus I can sense Him now, this is my night!”  Here was faith, faith that moves mountains.  Here was the force that created the universe imparted to this little lady’s heart.  I knew that she would walk and sure enough at the appointed time in the service she rose and darted acrossthe front of the arena!

4. Jesus gives us Miracle Faith through the Holy Spirit.

 Jesus gave the Holy Spirit everything that He earned on the Cross.  The Holy Spirit carries us in prayer to Christ to both gain true faith and healing.  If only we would grasp the power of humbling ourselves before God!  If only we would rest in the surpassing goodness of God!

Right now you can stop the madness that torments your mind.  Ask the Holy Spirit to carry you to Christ where you will receive Faith.  Do not over analyze, do not fret…rest!   Let Him do His work. Let Him carry you now.  In the face of a doctor’s fearful predictions, vicious pain and weakness… rest!  Do not choose the human faith that grits its teeth and wars in the natural for that which can only be won in the spirit and by the Spirit.

The Holy Spirit knows you better than you know yourself. He wants to take over your case and bear you up on wings that far surpass the wings of Angels.  Soon you will lose all fear and face Jesus Himself.

5. God wants to make it easy!

 Let us sum up the matter.  It is time to do it God’s way. We are healed by Faith and no one described this faith better than Peter who said in Acts 3:16

“And his name through Faith in his name has made this man strong, whom you see and know: yes, the Faith which comes through him has given him this perfect soundness in the presence of you all.”  Here is the clear and undeniable picture of Christ as the giver of Faith, Faith that heals.  This is the Pistos thatcannot help but heal and move mountains!  This Faith cannot be present without a miracle.  When you have it a strange, bold and beautiful feelingenvelopes you and not only do you not doubt, you have lost the power to doubt! Perhaps this is God’s anesthesia, which He applies just before the miracle.  All I know is that when it is there time stands still and all power in heaven and earth cannot stop you from receiving your complete healing.

THIS IS HAPPENING RIGHT NOW!

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Is it right to offer miracle healing to a skeptical public?

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Is it right to offer  miracle healing to a skeptical public? 

When that young campus radical put his hands on my throat, I know that neither he nor I understood the rage in his hands.  Evil understood clearly what was at stake.  It knows all about the souls that can be saved and the bodies that would be healed when any miracle ministry, anywhere is born.

There is a good reason why my mind raced back to that fateful day in Berkeley.   All afternoon I paced and prayed on the hillside above the campus of 44,000 students.  Two violent forces were colliding within me.  The burning question?  How do I reach a generation of students bent on Marxist revolution?  What reminded me of that day?   The fact that we are now dealing with a White House that is bent on Marxist revolution.

On that hill so many years ago one voice argued that I must study the great modern apologists of the faith.  I should immerse myself in Francis Schaeffer, C.S. Lewis, and G.K. Chesterton.   The other voice said simply, “it is not by might nor by power but by my spirit.”

That night I would get my answer in a most emphatic way.   It happened in front of the Student Union Building of Cal Berkeley at about 11PM.   I was sharing my “apologetic faith” with a flower child.  In the darkness, I could not see the angry radical who was stealing up behind me.

This atheist Goliath grabbed me by the neck and proceeded to choke the life out of me. Now the words of great Christian intellectuals were useless.  There was a demon fueling his rage.

God ordered me to take my stand in the power of the Spirit. In my own faltering way I did.   My assailant suddenly stopped and stood stunned by something behind me in the shadows.  To this day I do not know what startled him, I only know that I ran, and as I ran I affirmed my commitment to the Supernatural Gospel of Christ.

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That what when we began telling people they could come and be healed.  But is that right?  Is it right to offer hope to those who medical science cannot help?  Is it right to raise expectations to those who have given up on everything else?

The world began to change when Jesus stood and read these words from the book of Isaiah:  Luke 4: 18 “The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, Because He has anointed Me To preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives And recovery of sight to the blind, To set at liberty those who are oppressed; 19 To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord.”

1. He was hanging out a shingle:   When you start a business you do what is called hanging out a shingle.    A Shingle is a small signboard that indicates a professional office. The world began to change when Jesus stood and read these words.

He was announcing the start and the content of His miracle ministry and He did it publicly.   Here are 6 targets of His ministry:

Give good news to the poor.

Heal the broken hearted.

Proclaim liberty to the captives.

Recovery of sight to the blind.

To set at liberty those who are oppressed.

To declare the time of God’s favor.

2.  He announces by what authority He is announcing this.

“Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.”  What an astounding statement that is!   Every Jew knew that verse.  Everyone in Israel has been waiting for that verse to be fulfilled and Jesus flat out says that He is fulfilling it. Talk about raising the hopes of the people!

Yet it is right that He does this so that the miracles can be released.  And that is precisely what the Church of Jesus should do.  We must go public about the resurrection of Jesus did to the works of Satan and all of the benefits of the Gospel.

3.  God was with Him in this project. Acts 10:38 says, “Jesus went about doing good healing all who were oppressed of the devil for God was with Him.  Jesus was not acting on His own initiative.

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Likewise, we are the continuation of Christ’s war on the works of Satan.  We too must make a public announcement, we must set the time and the place that the Holy Spirit has designated for the supernatural to appear.

Having settled the question in Berkeley we announced our first healing rally.  I was such a newbie that I stood in front of the audience frozen in fear.  What I did not know yet is that God rewards those who show up for war.

In the crowd was a young man lying unconscious on a couch at the back of the chapel.  He had shot a mixture of LSD and Heroin and it made him comatose.   Supernaturally, he woke up and his symptoms vanished.   He came to the front and knelt in utter adoration of God.   This single healing launched ten years of harvest on that university campus.

So today I am in prayer because we have gone very public in the East Bay Area of Northern California.  Thousands of card invitations have been given directly to the public and they plainly state that miracles will happen in the meetings.

If this was a human endeavor I would be panicking right now instead I am clothed with a divine peace.  Nothing man can say or do will be able to undo the conviction that I feel that this is a God event.

Let Church leadership everywhere listen from their heart.  If ever I knew that Jesus was trying to get a message through it is this:  Seek Him now.  Set a date at His bidding.  Prepare your people for signs and wonders.  Vow to give all glory to God.  Invite to public to come and see the awesomeness of our God!

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P.S. Latest news from Concord CA:  People are coming from hundreds of miles around to receive.  Do not let distance or anything else keep you from an appointment with a miracle.  On Sunday we will open the doors at 5:30 sharp and on Monday at 6:30PM.  I cannot overstate these two things: 1. If at all possible bring someone who needs a miracle or needs to know that they are real.  2.  If you need any help at all call us at 925 300 3007.

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The Supreme Court strikes down Defense of Marriage Act: Opening the door for gay marriage in all 50 states.

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Is this a set back or a set up?  To be sure it would be nice if the courts that enforce civil law would also uphold moral law.  However, that is neither possible nor is it desirable.  Romans chapter 8: 7 says “Because the carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be.”

Those who think that we can legislate morality forget this truth.  A heart must be converted to be moral.  That is not say that there aren’t many decent people who not yet met Christ it is just that righteous acts that please God require the born again experience.

The Pharisees and Sanhedrin at the time of Christ are timeless models of why we do not want a theocracy.  Ministers and the church should not run America!  We do not need to rule America, we need to do something much higher; we must influence, comfort, and inspire through love and conviction.

On the other hand we do need to pray Godly leaders into office and do all we can to place believers in strategic places of leadership. We must vote our conscience!

In no way do I want to trivialize the damage of this assault on marriage. There is no doubt that it will unleash further persecution against Christians, but it is not nearly the end of the world.  Only as a matter of perspective, remember that Roe versus Wade brought us the holocaust of abortion and who can calculate the disaster of banning prayer.  The Charismatic movement and the Jesus Movement both happened after these twin disasters were legalized.

Today’s ruling does nothing to diminish the mighty role that the Body of Christ plays in our nation. It is not a setback, it is a set up! This, I suspect will be the fuse to ignite the prayer and unity that we have so desperately needed.

Yes, a tidal wave of immorality will ensue but heaven is not passive.  God knew this was coming and He will do something that no power of evil can guess or stop.

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Why am I standing next to this empty wheelchair?

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Ironically, not long ago I preached a sermon about how we should all hate to see an empty chair in a church.  Here is the one great exception to that: An empty wheelchair!

At some point back about 11 months ago it became known as the Santa Rosa Fire; a family of God breathing believers  with a from several churches with a simple passion for more of Jesus.  Nobody can credit the continuing ignition of this revival in Santa Rosa to any one man or congregation.

When I agreed to return last night for the one year anniversary of this FIRE I was concerned about nostalgia.  I did not want to try to recreate something Jesus did before.  I told them that I did not want to Twist Again Like We Did Last Summer.”

One thing we did revisit was the miracle of the man paralyzed 38 years who waited by the pool of Bethesda in John 5.  A simple but mighty truth overcame us all.  By healing the man without an angel stirring the water and by doing it on the Sabbath day Jesus destroyed two religious abuses in one fell swoop.

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Satan yearns to attach a superstition to any simple truth and fog it with side issues.  When form and ritual overwhelm the original goal we see silly things.  The Pharisees sought loopholes and hilariously ended up working hard at resting on the Sabbath.

We can all see the modern versions of this.  We all believe in angels, gold dust, feathers, soaking and even shaking under the power but it is so easy to forget Jesus Himself.  When any of these acts become an end in themselves or a means to the end we lose something priceless.   Jesus is the means and the end!

Miracles do the most immediate and widespread damage to Satan.  This is why he labors more in this arena than any other.  His constant aim is to pervert the simplicity of healing:  By adding emotionalism and superstition, he able to discredit the glorious weapon of healing.

I have no illusions about the limits of my preaching.  What happened next in the meeting could never be credited to oratory:  Jesus came and began to heal people in the audience.  It happened effortlessly and freely.  Jesus prevailed over every method and approach to healing and simply removed disease.

I walked to the back of the hall and the lady in the wheelchair caught my eye.  I could see the epic struggle in her heart.  She strained to see all of the other healings and wanted desperately for it to be her turn. 

The next time that I walked by her the struggle had subsided; she now had the look of someone simply waiting on Jesus.   That faith, the miracle which only Jesus can impart began to emanate in her soul.

Back in the pulpit, I turned to survey the audience and we were all startled to see her up out of the wheelchair.  Stutter steps turned into a forceful stride.  After one lap she was not content with power walking so she began to run!   Bedlam!

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Here is the message of this miracle to you:  Jesus has not changed!  When we let Him dominate our crisis miracles overtake us.  Every last drop of trouble you face can be surrendered to His care.

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Today begins the greatest revival thrust in our history.

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For such at time as this in Northern California.

It begins in Martinez at the American Revival Center at 5PM today.  This will be a shot gun blast with Mario Murillo and Matt Gonzales.   Mario will then proceed to Livermore to Blazing Fire Church where they will already be in white hot worship.  Then we go to Bethel Church in Redding for an astonishing night of signs wonders and miracles Sunday night at 6PM.  Finally, we end up at the great revival of youth going on in Manteca at the 209 Awakening.

All of us know that America is reeling from tragedy and division.  It would be just like God to step in and flood the vacuum of hurting souls in this strategic region of the world.  God has given Mario a theme verse for these rallies “Lord behold their threats and grant to your servants that with all boldness they may preach Your Word by You stretching forth Your Hand to heal and let signs and wonders be done in the name of Your Holy Servant Jesus.” Acts 4:29,30

These will not be like any meetings that we have had before because the times demand a greater manifestation of power.  We have been praying for a literal fulfillment of 2 Corinthians 10:4 “The weapons of our warfare are not carnal but they are mighty to the tearing down of strongholds.

Northern California is synonymous with spiritual strongholds.  They are deep widespread and largely unchallenged.  Now is the time to see falsehood, disease and idol worship confronted by the surpassing power of the Holy Spirit.

This is a weekend that we cannot squander.  We are asking the many thousands who read this blog to call out to heaven for today to be a turning point in the spiritual sickness of our nation.  Sin must be exposed and intense loving conviction must come on both sinner and saint.  We cannot settle for regular church in this dark moment.  We need not only your fervent prayer but for you to connect with one of these rallies if at all possible.

Even if you live far from Northern California, you can be used of God by contacting anyone you know and love who lives in this region and needs to experience proof of the love and power of God.  We cannot wait to blog the results of this history week!

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Second Week: Los Angeles: Greater still with no sign of stopping!

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Los Angeles: Greater still with no sign of stopping!

Tonight we resumed the meetings in Los Angeles.  The audience was two and a half times the size it was last Sunday Night.  It did not take long to realize that the tide of God’s power tonight was greater than any meeting so far.

This was a life changing event for everyone who came tonight.  How could it not be life changing?  Towering miracles took place right before our eyes.

Mario began by read these verses: Acts 14: 8 “And in Lystra a certain man without strength in his feet was sitting, a cripple from his mother’s womb, who had never walked. 9 This man heard Paul speaking. Paul, observing him intently and seeing that he had faith to be healed, 10 said with a loud voice, “Stand up straight on your feet!” And he leaped and walked.”

After a few minutes of preaching it became evident that people were ready to experience forgiveness and new life.  Needy souls raised their hand all over the room.  They reacted instantly to the call to go to the front for Christ.  Again, as it has been every night, at least 30 souls made eternal decisions for Christ.

Once they were in the prayer room Mario resumed preaching.  That is, until he wandered over to the right and stopped abruptly.  Just as Paul had observed the crippled man in Lystra Mario observed three ladies that had come together expecting a miracle.

He asked all three to stand and addressed the woman in the middle.  “God is doing a creative miracle in your heart and lungs. In fact, you have 12 diseases in your body.”  He patiently named them all and proceeded to pray the prayer of faith over her.  She began to quake violently and finally hit the floor.  The audience broke out in an uproar of praise!

However, the impact of this story was yet to come.  After the Holy Spirit had completed His work in this woman, she told us all something astonishing:  “I have been told that I must have my heart and both lungs transplanted.  My family has urged me to do this but I came tonight expecting a miracle.  When you walked up to me and said ‘heart and lungs’ I knew that it was supernatural.”

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This triggered mass healing in the room. God hit every section of the building.  Jesus healed every kind of disease.  On and on it went with no let up for several minutes until we were all swept up into a crescendo of power and praise.

Let me issue this warning:  This Event is just getting started.  It shows no sign whatsoever of decreasing.  For all of us who came tonight it felt that while we had this historic breakthrough there was a deep rumble in the earth as if something even more gigantic is about to hit.  None of us can wait for tomorrow night.

Fire and Glory over Los Angeles.

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What happened last night March 4th 2013

The night began with souls coming to Jesus.  No sermon was preached just raw conviction that made souls come to Jesus.  Dozens made the ultimate decision and filed into the prayer room with the shouts of joy roaring from the audience.

Now Mario asked to turn to Mark 10 and see the power of crying out to God.  Blind Bartimaeus got even louder when they warned him to stop crying out to Jesus!  Mario’s point is that churches are now so formal that we fear crying out to God for our miracle.  He went on to show how our cry effects God deeply.  He said, “Jacob would not let go when he wrestled with God even though it meant death!”

Then it happened!  A silent but desperate cry went up from the heart of a lady in the back.  She embodies everything that is happening in this outpouring of the Holy Spirit in Ontario.  For months she has volunteered at this church sometimes 30 hours a week.  She volunteers despite an indescribable pain throughout her body.  Image a migraine that is not a migraine… but a beast that takes away your eyesight when it hits!  However, this is only the beginning of the devastation of Lupus.  She lived knowing that her body had declared war on itself! Her limbs were targets of torture and degeneration.

She had her regular job and then volunteered at church and still found time to come to these meetings every night.   Like Tabitha in the Bible, God remembered her good words.  She sat near the back and center of the sanctuary.  Then her moment arrived:

Mario looked all the way in the back and asked her to stand.  By now, you would think that the audience would be used to these things but it hit us all as if it were the very first time. The word of healing began, “you have excruciating pain all throughout your body.  Place your hand on your head and the power of Jesus will heal you. You are also being healed in your hands, arms legs, spine, muscles and nerves.”  As surely as those words were spoken she felt the power that no one can describe.  He body obeyed the creative healing authority of Jesus.  We all felt as if we were living out a page from the Bible.  Lupus’ symptoms vanished!  She was made whole in the name of Jesus.

What else happened last night?  Do you have a lifetime to hear about it?  A woman near the front abandoned her walker and marched across the front.  We laughed when Mario reminded us that this was so appropriate since it was March 4th and sure enough she marched forth!

Mario strode to the other side of the building and told a man “please stand and be healed of heart disease, diabetes and neuropathy.”  The man broke into open sobs as it was blazingly clear that this was all true.

The Holy Spirit swirled and flowed like a ribbon of healing racing everywhere in the hall.  Miracle upon miracle came to all who reached out in faith.

Right now at 5PM Tuesday March 5, 2013, people are heading to Echoes of Faith.  Already the crowd is forming but we have plenty of room for everyone in this large sanctuary.  If you are near Southern California, do not think that it is too late or that your case is impossible.  Bring those you love for these last two nights that begin at 7PM.

To the rest of our partners across the world please pray for this great miracle to expand and influence this region for Christ.

7PM Tonight and Tomorrow! All seats are free.  Childcare provided.  Echoes of Faith:  Address: 11255 Central Ave, Ontario, CA 91762 Phone: (909) 627-0927 for more information.  See you there!