‘Duck Dynasty’ Star Blasts Abortion Culture: ‘What in the World Happened to Us?’

‘Duck Dynasty’ Star Blasts Abortion Culture: ‘What in the World Happened to Us?’

August 20, 2013 – 10:26 AM

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In a video featuring Duck Dynasty’s Phil Robertson, the TV star – in what appears to be a religious sermon – declares his pro-life stance on the issue of abortion.  When discussing the ethics of, and that there’s even a debate on, the issue, he asks, “What in the world happened to us?”

“Listen, from the time you started inside your mother’s womb, Thomas Jefferson had it right, you have the God-given right to life for crying out loud. You’re this long (pointing to his finger). You’re a week old inside your mother. They suck you out of there when you’re about like that (point to finger again). You wouldn’t be here tonight!
“And, when you got to be the size of my thumb, they suck you out. You wouldn’t be here.  Then, you grow a little bigger, like my fist – and finally eight, nine months later you come out.

“And we debate whether it’s a – some woman’s right to tear you out of there a piece at a time! C’mon! You have a God-given right to live. And of all places, inside your mother – what in the world happened to us?”

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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!

shot copy

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!”

blog woman

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 Do So Many ‘Born-Again, Spirit-Filled’ Women Show Off Cleavage in Church?

Watchman on the Wall, by Jennifer LeClaire

Why Do So Many ‘Born-Again, Spirit-Filled’ Women Show Off Cleavage in Church?

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Some women—and I am talking about mature believers, not lost souls or baby Christians—come into God’s sanctuary on Sunday morning dressed for clubbing. What gives?

“I know I’m inappropriate, but I’m trying to save time. I know I’m in the wrong. My mother would not approve. But would it be better that I not come?” Those werethe words of a 30-year-old woman entering church in Maryland wearing a revealing tank top and tight pants.

God bless her, but that’s in the same spirit as saying, “I know it’s inappropriate to cuss in church, but I can’t think of any better way to say it,” or, “I know it’s inappropriate to smoke during praise and worship, but I didn’t have time to finish my Marlboro on the way here.”

Some women—and I am talking about so-called “mature believers,” not lost souls or baby Christians—come into God’s sanctuary on Sunday morning wearing clothes you might rather expect to see them wearing at a dance club on Saturday night. Their blouses cling to their bodies, their necklines dip so low and stretch so wide that they reveal cleavage, and the slits up the sides of their skirts offer more than an innocent glimpse of their thighs. Again, I’m not talking about sinners seeking God or new believers who plain don’t know better. I’m talking about those who claim to be “born-again, baptized, blood-bought” (even tongue-talking) members of the church!

Paul instructed Timothy that women should “adorn themselves in modest apparel, with propriety and moderation” (1 Tim. 2:9), and he told the church at Corinth that “our unpresentable parts have greater modesty” (1 Cor. 12:23). Regardless of how hot it is outside or how busy we are, there’s no justification for Spirit-filled women to come to church wearing clothes that cause some men to pay more attention to the things of the flesh than the things of the Spirit.

But rather than repenting, some of these progressive women are lashing out against campaigns likeModest Is Hottest, calling it sexist. In her critique of Modest Is Hottest, Sharon Hodde Miller, a doctoral student at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, argues, “A woman’s breasts and buttocks and thighs all proclaim the glory of the Lord.” Maybe, but I somehow doubt Jesus intended for this aspect of His glory to manifest in church.

Worship artist Jaime Jamgochian launched Modest Is Hottest to reach out to teen girls with the love of Christ. She says, “I feel like there’s always more to it when a girl is dressed inappropriately than ‘I just want to look cute.’”

I agree—and the same goes for older women who call Jesus Lord. I’m not suggesting that women subscribe to the Holiness Movement’s guidelines for women’s clothing and makeup. No, I’m not suggesting religious rules and regulations. But I don’t think Christian women should dress like the worldly women in church or anywhere else. It’s not about a shame-based approach to modesty that Miller opines about in her column. It’s about self-respect—and respect for others.

“I love what Jaime is doing; she is right on: Modest is hottest! I think this is such a good message to convey. Jaime is not being sexist but rather sharing that as beautiful women of God we can look so gorgeous without being revealing,” says Alyssa Shull, a youth pastor at Words of Life in North Miami and founder of The Pink Lid, a conference designed for girls between the ages of 12-18 where beauty and purity are key themes.

“You are respecting yourself and those around you when you are modest,” Shull says. “Lust is very prevalent in our culture, but Jesus says in Matthew 5:28, even if you look at a woman with lust in your eyes it is adultery. So I believe that women can do their part and display themselves in a beautiful way without promoting lust. You can be stylish and modest! I agree with Shull and, as the mother of a 16-year-old girl, appreciate what she and Jamgochian are doing for young teens.

Again, it’s not about the sinner coming in to look for Jesus or the baby Christian still shaking off the dust of the world. We’re talking about tongue-talking women wearing clothes so tight they may as well have been spray-painted on and cleveage falling out of their blouses. That’s why Facebook comments about this topic like this one trouble me: “Get to where God sees and don’t worry about the wardrobe of another person unless you are inclined to buying them new clothes to wear.” And this one: “Even if they aren’t lost, they have an identity issue. Who are we to judge?”

If we can “judge” that they have an identity issue, can’t we judge that they shouldn’t be showing cleavage in church? Isn’t the Word of God clear on this matter? And it’s not our responsibility to buy a woman new clothes just because she’s wearing seductive garb to church. But it is our responsibility to speak the truth in love to those who may not know better and to lead by example. In too many ways—including sometimes our wardrobe—Christians have conformed to the world. Paul warned us not to “be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God (Rom. 12:2).

It’s not about being the fashion police, and it’s not about condemnation. If the Holy Spirit convicted your heart about the way you dress as you read this, don’t let the devil beat you up. Just buy a few new modest outfits and keep praising God! It’s about not purposely opening the door to the spirit of immorality. Sure, as one Facebook commenter noted, a woman could wear a burlap sack to church and still find lustful eyes upon her. But does that mean we let it all hang out in the name of liberty? God forbid.

To read a response from a guy’s point of view, click here.

Jennifer LeClaire is news editor at Charisma. She is also the author of several books, including The Spiritual Warrior’s Guide to Defeating Jezebel. You can email Jennifer at  jennifer.leclaire@charismamedia.com or visit her website hereYou can also join Jennifer on Facebook or follow her on Twitter.

Five proven ways to end stress, depression and fatigue.

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Five proven ways to end stress, depression and fatigue.

American life is now a battlefield of toxic messages, images of dread that produce fatigue, depression anger and other crippling emotions.  The Bible says, “Men’s hearts failing them from fear and the expectation of those things which are coming on the earth, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken.”  (Luke 21:26)

Here are 5 things that I learned to do about stress, depression and fatigue.

 1. Talk to your soul to control your emotions: David did this in Psalm 42:5 “Why are you cast down, O my soul?  And why are you disquieted within me?  Hope in God, for I shall yet praise Him for the help of His countenance.” Here you see David challenging the credibility of his feelings and commanding them to hope in God.

Your inner child’s tantrums must be stopped. Don’t allow voices of dread to go unanswered.  Put them in their place!  Remind yourself of how many times God pulled you out of seemingly impossible crisis.

The proof that you can do this is in Jesus’ own words, “Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”  This command cannot be obeyed unless we the power to tell our heart what to do.

2. Intercept these toxic messages and replace them.  You must flood your soul with victorious messages.  Take a statement like, “I can’t believe I’ve lost everything and I have to start over at this age” and replace it with, “This is my chance to start anew and do better than before because I am smarter and stronger now”.

Replace questions of dread: “why did I have to be born in such an evil time as this?” with questions of hope like, “Isn’t it an unspeakable honor to be on earth for God’ greatest acts?”

3. Ask for a big life:  The reason the little book The Prayer of Jabez received such wild acceptance is because it is a book about asking for a big life.  Happiness has nothing to do with removing problems and challenges.  It has everything to do with being fully alive. When your life is big enough the trials don’t count!

Jesus had walked with His twelve for sixteen chapters before He told them “Until now you have asked nothing, ask and receive that your joy may be full.”  (John 16:24)  Our joy comes from being fully deployed, firing on all cylinders and preoccupied with loving, giving, planning, and executing divinely imparted orders.  This divine preoccupation will act like tank treads rolling over and crushing the problems of your life.

4. Travel Light:   2Timothy 2: 4  “No one engaged in warfare entangles himself with the affairs of this life, that he may please him who enlisted him as a soldier.”

When you fly 100,000 plus miles plus per year winning souls, you learn not to check luggage.  I have no idea how much time and agony I have been spared simply by traveling light.  This applies equally to life.  Travel light!

This also makes sense in the midst of the disastrous American economy.   You are not just cutting back to save money but to streamline the momentum of your life.  Not only that, you do not need to have it all down here! You are going to an unimaginably glorious heaven.

As a warrior, you value speed, mobility, flexibility and simplicity.  Get rid of what holds you back, holds you down and holds you up. Jesus told us the He would prune us so that we would bear more fruit.  Plants are pruned so that energy can be focused on the fruitful parts.  By simplifying you get more energy! You reduce stress because the cares of physical possessions are diminished.

Go ahead and love beautiful things; just don’t be weighed down with trinkets and frivolous status symbols that divert resources away from what’s important.

Traveling light also applies to relationships.  Don’t tolerate co-dependent parasites or flaky friends that use you up.  Love everyone, but remember you are not God.  You cannot meet everyone’s need.  You have an assignment and you must protect your momentum.

Traveling light has another important benefit: It increases your energy level and lowers your stress level because you have cut back your area of concern to a manageable size.

5.  Chase that which is chasing you.   Philippians 3:12 tells us,  “Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me.”

Paul the apostle understood that the God had taken hold of him for a special purpose.  He knew that his safety was in chasing what was chasing him.   Even back then they had to practice time management!

Take our men and women in uniform, they are not safe just because they are American soldiers, they are safe because they stay true to their assignment.

Many naïve Christians assume that they are fully protected from the End Times merely because they are born again.  You are safe in the End Times because you have answered two burning questions.  (1) What is God doing in my time?  (2) Where do I fit into what God is doing?

Answer those two questions; obey the answer to those two questions and you are instantly unstoppable!

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Hell in the Hallway: Handling the Torture of Transition.

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Hell in the Hallway:  Handling the Torture of Transition.  By Mario Murillo

A wise man once said, “When God closes one door He opens another, but it can be hell in the hallway.”  That private hell is a reality to millions of God’s people around the world.  Transition is everywhere and it seems to be coming faster and fiercer than ever.

Transition is God’s way of telling you that promotion is coming.  However, you and I are interested in the promotion but God is concerned with making us like Christ. 

Since He makes the rules let us surrender to the work He wants to do in us in the hallway.

Hebrews 12: 11 “Now no chastening seems to be joyful for the present, but painful; nevertheless, afterward it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it. 12 therefore strengthen the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees, 13 and make straight paths for your feet, so that what is lame may not be dislocated, but rather be healed.”

If you are going through the torture of transition right now there are some rules that you must obey to lessen the pain and shorten your time in the hallway.  I did not make up these rules.  They are not my opinion, they are they universal experience of God’s heroes throughout the ages.

Here are the official rules for handling your hell in the hallway:

1. Leave clean:  Acts 13: 2 “while they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.” 3 So after they had fasted and prayed, they placed their hands on them and sent them off.”

Satan hijacks divine transitions.  Be it a job, friendship, or a church it is urgent that you leave clean.  By that, I mean your departure should be as peaceful and blessed as possible.  Change location but avoid cutting off relationships lest you damage the Kingdom of God.

What should have been a launching out to greater works instead becomes a sordid affair of accusation and division.  Mishandling transition has destroyed vital relationships.  If you look around, you will see that the real barriers to revival are not the evil in the world but offended Christian leaders who cannot work together.

Leave clean or you will take the class over again.   James 1:4 “but let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.” Recently, longtime friends who were like family suddenly offered bizarre excuses and then cut off communication.  We love them!   We diligently searched our hearts and we found not a clue of what offended them.   Then it occurred to us that this was a pattern in their life.  Sadly, this will lengthen their time in the hallway and force them to retake this class.

2.  Don’t stare too long at the door that is closing or you will miss the one that God is opening.

Often we think that we should only have a bad reason to make a transition.  God can call for change when things are great and you love the people you are with.  These are the doors that we don’t want to close.  However there is a grave danger of being the last one to leave the party.

1 Samuel 20: 2: “Never!” Jonathan replied. “You are not going to die! Look, my father doesn’t do anything, great or small, without letting me know. Why would he hide this from me? It isn’t so!”3 But David took an oath and said, “Your father knows very well that I have found favor in your eyes, and he has said to himself, ‘Jonathan must not know this or he will be grieved.’ Yet as surely as the Lord lives and as you live, there is only a step between me and death.”

David and Jonathan were best friends but God was calling for change.  Jonathan wanted everyone to be one big happy family in the palace.  Had David given in to his friend he would have been murdered.

God wants to open that new door sooner than you think.  He just wants you to let the hallway do its work.    Ludwig Wittgenstein said, “A man will be imprisoned in a room with a door that’s unlocked and opens inwards; as long as it does not occur to him to pull rather than push.”

Quit pushing for promotion and start pulling on God.

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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The End Times are not Happening to Me, I am Happening to the End Times.

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The End Times are not Happening to Me, I am Happening to the End Times.

According to many secular experts this is a terrible time to be a Christian. In some ways they have a point. American Christians face pressures now that no prior generation of believers has ever faced.

The cultural battle lines are now clearly drawn.  The enemies of the faith have kidnapped the word HATE.  By this I mean that our classic moral values are now considered hatred.  In this current atmosphere, the moral beliefs of Pastors can be against the law if they are framed as discrimination.

The next step is already upon us: Political Correctness becomes Enforced Correctness.  Christians already face economic persecution.  Hobby Lobby and a host of other Christian companies can be sued for their convictions.  Let me say it plainly: Christian businesses can be put out of business for refusing to violate their consciences.

For years, preaching on the Mark of the Beast was like science fiction.  We were moved by the dramatic preachers in the same way we were moved by disaster films.  It was exciting and provocative, but not real.   All of a sudden it is real.

However, the stress on believers does not stop here.  We are not just members of the Body of Christ; we are members of the human race.   There are things that are about to happen to all Americans and it is a fact that hardly anyone is ready for these things. Here is but a short list of impending crisis:

1. Extended age and pension pressure we will work more years.

2. Health care is going to keep climbing.

3. Political division guarantees that real solutions to America’s problems will go unsolved.

So what can we do?  You might be amazed at how much we can do!

It all begins with one explosive, defiant transformation of your attitude.  There is a mighty story in Luke.  Luke 18:34 But they understood none of these things; this saying was hidden from them, and they did not know the things which were spoken.  35 Then it happened, as He was coming near Jericho, that a certain blind man (Bartimaeus,) sat by the road begging.

Who is really the blind in these verses?  The disciples did not get it but when Bartimaeus heard that Jesus was in the vicinity and his soul reached critical mass.  He began screaming!

Luke 18: 37 So they told him that Jesus of Nazareth was passing by. 38 And he cried out, saying, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!”  The presence of Jesus explains Bartimaeus’ actions. 39 Then those who went before warned him that he should be quiet; but he cried out all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!”

There are voices and feelings here today that want to you to be quiet and passively accept the evil around you.  You are supposed to feel helpless; you are supposed to fall in line.

Luke 18:40 “So Jesus stood still and commanded him to be brought to Him. And when he had come near, He asked him, 41 saying, “What do you want Me to do for you?” He said, “Lord, that I may receive my sight.” 42 Then Jesus said to him, “Receive your sight; your faith has made you well.”

Right now Jesus is asking you what you want Him to do for you in these wicked last days.  You need to say what Bartimaeus said…that I may receive my sight!

God needs to open all of our eyes to the supernatural, proactive life we are supposed to enjoy in the last days.

When your eyes are opened you will roar this declaration: The end times are not happening to me, I am happening to the end times!

1. God wants to renew your health with supernatural power. 

Isaiah 40: 31 But those who wait on the Lord Shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint.

Psalm 103: 5 Who satisfies your mouth with good things, So that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

James 5:14 Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. 15 And the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven.

You do not have to dread long lines at an emergency room you can claim Christ as your doctor and the guardian of your health!

2. Time to stomp on the threats.

It is time for the people who quote, “Greater is He who is in me than he that is in the world to confess that greater is He who is in me that what is happening in the world.

Luke 10:19 “Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you.

Psalm 112:7-8 7 He will not be afraid of evil tidings; His heart is steadfast, trusting in the Lord.

3. God wants to give us supernatural emotions.  John 14:27 Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

Daniel 11:32  32 Those who do wickedly against the covenant he shall corrupt with flattery; but the people who know their God shall be strong, and carry out great exploits.

4. God wants you to walk in the knowledge of His supernatural protection.  John 17:15 My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one.

Government spying got you down?  Consider this: Satan already knows everything about you. He knows your Social Security Number, cell phone, driver’s license, and bank account numbers and your home address.  However, Christ keeps him from you!

It is time for everyone who reads this to make the mental and spiritual declaration that no matter what is coming, God will make a way through, around, or over anything that Satan throws at us.

The American Eagle is Crying Out.

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Our blog has hit 600,000 views! I answer some common questions about the blog.

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This is a historic achievement.  Our blog has hit 600,000 views. Apparently a lot of people get the point.  However, some still do not. Oh well, that has been the case since time began.  Some are squeamish about confrontation and some to do not like being confused by the facts.

In this blog I want to drive a nail in a sure place.  What I mean is I want to clarify some points about the mission of this blog, answer some common questions and then ask you to do something important.  (NO, IT’S NOT ABOUT MONEY!)

My target audience is those who love Jesus Christ and those who love America.  I am trying to reach those who realize that America is dying from the inside at the hands of villains who despise the Church and the Bible and the ideals that made us great.

We all see the disaster in public schools, jobs, family life, and marriage and even church…this blog asks, “How can we sit back and let it happen?”

Some ask how I can take time from my soul winning mission to write or report on politics.  First of all, if you are not a believer in Christ, and there are many who read this blog faithfully I will try, every way I can to win you to Christ.  He is the savior of the world and you do not want to live another day or enter eternity without Him.

Next, this blog is only a fraction of my activity.  The overwhelming amount of my time is spent in ministry preaching the Gospel…and I do that in this blog as well.

I do not always answer my Christian critics because I have found that most of them either voted for Obama and are trying to quell their guilt by attacking me, or they are afraid to jeopardize their career by speaking out.  However, I do respond to every thoughtful and honest critic.

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As I have said so often, I have not gotten political, Obama got spiritual.  Since his remark about “people clinging to their guns and religion,” (ironically, in my home town!), he has waged a war on the Faith.

He has demonstrated a pattern of protecting Islam by refusing to even acknowledge the following: A war on terror, Fort Hood was a terrorist attack; Boston bombing was radical Islam, and now refusing to say where he was for 8 hours as Americans died in Muslim Benghazi.

He has threatened or persecuted, Hobby Lobby, the Catholic Church, the Southern Baptist Church, James Dobson and even Billy Graham.  We now know that he unleashed the IRS on a host of Christian and conservative organizations.

So my question to you is…what more do you want before you admit this existential threat to religious freedom and America’s very life?

Here is why I believe that Obama was not God’s choice for America: To the wispy believer who is hiding behind a perversion of Romans 13 let me say this:  The Bible plainly says that the “Authorities that God has placed are not a threat to the righteous.”   If Obama was a God endorsed authority he would not be persecuting the Church or saying “God bless Planned Parenthood.”

Moreover, we had a presidential election that does not pass the smell test.

History shows example after example of despots who rose up and then were put down by authorities that God aided.

What about the unsaved liberal democrats that are offended by my remarks?  Well, while I certainly do not want to offend anyone but I do believe that truth is truth.  Jesus blasted the Pharisees even though they were the ruling religious figures of that day.

I have never waited until an addict is off of heroin before I blasted heroin.  Simply stated,  Secular Progressivism is a bankrupt and addictive ideology at its core.  It and has never worked anywhere but in the fantasy mind of its adherents.  So I attack the drug but not the addict.

This blog is meant to inform, alert and activate.  By informing I mean to give you information that is not available through your mainstream news outlet or perhaps your regular local pulpit.  Some will lament that I do not always give a pep talk or word of encouragement to balance out the bad news.  The fact is that sometimes there is no encouragement to give.  Sometimes the message is “Wake up and take this threat seriously!”

One of the most common reactions I get is “Mario what can I do about this?”  To some of those I ask, “When did you get such a low opinion of prayer?”  I am convinced that we are seeing wave after wave of scandal hitting this administration because the righteous are praying.  YOU NEED TO PRAY!

Even then some will ask “what do I do after I pray?”  God has assignments for all of us but they are only born out of prayer.

However, there will be  encouragement and faith preached in this blog!  I believe that God is deeply committed to saving America and has not yet begun to fight for her life.  You will see blogs that carry mandates, strategies and inspiration for American Revival.

Now I want to ask you something urgent!  If you are not registered here to follow this blog please register now!  This is especially true if Facebook is your primary source of connecting to this blog.  As Obama becomes more desperate to save his political life I believe he will call upon all outlets that are loyal to him to censor any voice of dissent.

Already we have witnessed sporadic blackouts of information from Facebook.  Again, make sure you register if you want to be sure to get this blog.

Finally, thank you for helping us reach the amazing goal of 600,000 views!  Keep praying, keep speaking out and keep believing that a general revival with signs and wonders is even at the door!

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