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

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

By Mario Murillo

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Bible teems with examples of amazing lives:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Here is how you start their brand of an amazing life

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ministers fall into two categories: enablers or equippers.

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

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

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

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

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BRINGING LIVING PROOF TO A CITY THAT WAS LEFT TO DIE

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Bringing Living Proof to a city that was left to die

By Mario Murillo

Before seven days pass, Mario Murillo Ministries will be able to say something astounding:  “We invaded the nation’s worst crystal meth region and then we invaded America’s most dangerous city.   While Yuba City still vibrates with the Spirit of God, we are already putting boots on the ground in Flint, Michigan.”   

The picture you see is a major miracle.  That was when the mayor of Flint gave us the key to the city and proclaimed June 29th Mario Murillo Ministries’ day!  This weekend we return after several years.

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Nearly 1.1 million people have now read this blog.  Our regular readers are the most dangerous Christians in the world.  I know you by your comments.  You are alarmed at the disaster in America, but you are confident about God’s power to save our nation.

There is another thing about our regular readers that is amazing…they are, well, readers.   Facebook is making some people stupid.  (Facebook is even now listed as a top factor in divorce!)  This social media is a parade of catchy videos.  Reading is a lost art.

A person who reads something that makes them think is even rarer. That makes the success of this blog even more amazing.

Our regular readers need no explanation about why we are going to Flint, but others might.   So why are we going to America’s most dangerous city?   Let me answer that question with another question. Can you think of a better place for the miracles of Jesus to appear?  This phrase that ignited Yuba City also applies to Flint: “The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light.”

Mario Murillo Ministries believes in applying supernatural change where it is needed most.  Our battle cry is: “In the Name of Jesus, where there are devils, they are coming out, where there is disease and addiction, healing is coming in!”

Flint has a crime rate that is seven times higher than the national average. I am not trying to sell you on the misery and despair that oozes from Flint.  There is no way to really show you the epidemic of addiction and violence.  No city in America has been decimated the way Flint has.  If you could be here with me you would find it hard to believe that this is an American city.

No place in America embodies the devastating impact of empty-headed liberalism and corporate greed like Flint, Michigan.  Here is an American city left to die because General Motors and the Unions could not compromise.   Both of these groups used the good people of Flint as a bat to beat each other to death.  GM and the Union survived, but the city did not.

Then something worse arrived: the government.

If you were to pick the one thing that does the opposite of its intended purpose, it would be government programs.  They are an epic waste of money.Geneva

One huge reason we are back in Flint is Geneva Spears.  She has prayed and shared the Gospel in Flint for 30 years.  Here she is, doing what she does so well, rallying people to pray and leading them into revival.   It is an honor to work with her again.

My greatest conviction is revival.  There is no substitute for a moral awakening.  It is not simply the best thing, it is the only thing.   I am going to Flint to answer a question deep in my soul; if Satan can make Flint a trophy of hell, why can’t God make it a trophy of heaven?

I am asking for your prayers for this great endeavor.  And, if you live near this region join us for these amazing meetings.

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The most dangerous phrase in America

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The most dangerous phrase in America

By Mario Murillo

Nine innocent people are killed in church for their race!?  It is evil, sickening and demands maximum outrage.

But outrage is the issue with America…we cannot find the right kind of outrage.  “Reverend” Sharpton and white supremacists have the absolute wrong kind of outrage.  If all you can do is foment and incite, you’re just another hater.   Something this heinous demands a deeper look.

America, you are drowning in hate and Satan is laughing.  He knows how effective hatred is.  “Inflame in them hate over a perceived injustice and drive them to insane acts of violence.”

When a black man murders a cop, Satan laughs.  When a cop murders an unarmed black man, Satan laughs.  Both crimes are on his side.  Both evils advance his purpose.

When Dlyann Roof let a woman live so his message of hate could get out, his words to her were, “I have to do it. You’re raping our women and taking over the country. You have to go.”

Recently a man robbed a store in Philadelphia and said, “I am sorry to do this but I have to feed my family.”  His was a far lesser crime with the same root cause.

Have you discovered the most dangerous phrase in America?  It is the words, “I can’t help myself.”

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Bruce Jenner cannot help but become a woman.  Rachel Dolezal can’t help but become a black woman.  Islamists cannot help but kill for Allah.  And Dylann Roof says I have to do this.  “Right and wrong don’t matter anymore, I have to do this.”

“Do this for the greater good,” is the other lie that Satan uses on us.  Look at Harvard University.  Her name is Sandra Korn. She is a senior at Harvard and columnist for the Harvard Crimson.  She believes that free speech is a threat to the Liberal agenda.

In a recent column, Korn unambiguously insisted that the university should stop guaranteeing professors and students the right to hold controversial views and pursue research that challenges liberalism. “If our university community opposes racism, sexism, and heterosexism, why should we put up with research that counters our goals?” asked Korn in her column.   Sandra Korn can’t help it; she has to silence the opposition.

How can I compare Sandra Korn to Dylann Root?  She wants research destroyed that undermines her goals.  She is a book burner.  Heinrich Heine, the German poet, said, “Where they burn books, they will also ultimately burn people.”

We must see hatred for the colorless, asexual, unpolitical monster that it is.  And the first examination for hate must be self-examination.

If we can see nothing wrong with our group and everything wrong with the other group, we keep hate alive.  Satan laughs because his agenda lives to destroy another day.

Justice cannot be known let alone achieved without God.  Christian, you have a choice. You can see this as a dark hour or as a shining moment for the Gospel.

We are constantly barraged for our stands on morality. But a moral stand is a belief in power.   It says, “I cannot help myself, but God will help me.  I do not have to yield to any urge that is beneath my dignity as a child of the King.”

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We must push back against the lies against our faith.  The Gospel is not a crutch; it is an engine that drives us to right choices.  And, as I seem to recall, Jesus got rid of crutches, he didn’t hand them out.

No place in America embodies the devastating impact of the phrase “I can’t help myself” like Flint Michigan.  Here is an American city left to die because General Motors and the Unions could not compromise.   Both of these groups used the good people of Flint as a bat to beat each other to death.  GM and the Union survived, but the city did not.  They abandoned Flint because they couldn’t help it.

A minister friend asked me, “Why are you going to Flint?  Didn’t you just come out of a grueling 5 day crusade in Yuba City?”  Not only this, he wanted to know if it was dangerous to go because of this devastating tragedy in Charleston.

My answer was immediate… I asked him if he could think of a better place or a better time for the miracles of Jesus to appear.

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WHEN PASTORS TRADE FLEETING GLORY FOR TRUE RICHES

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WHEN PASTORS TRADE FLEETING GLORY FOR TRUE RICHES

By Mario Murillo

“For over a thousand years Roman conquerors returning from the wars enjoyed the honor of triumph, a tumultuous parade. The conqueror rode in a triumphal chariot, the dazed prisoners walking in chains before him. And a slave stood behind the conqueror holding a golden crown and whispering in his ear a warning: that all glory is fleeting.”      -Epilogue from the movie Patton.

If only we could hire that slave to stand in the pulpits beside celebrity pastors and whisper, “The glory of a big, powerless church is fleeting. It is vanity to win first prize for fastest growing church and lose a nation in the process.”

While churches tickle the ears of the crowd, our government grinds away at freedom of speech and freedom of religion.  Talk about fleeting glory…what will you do with your mega ministry when it is banned?

The miracle in Yuba City happened because two churches, realizing the utter urgency of a moral awakening in this hour, joined forces.  That is the simple truth!

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The Bridge of Yuba City led by Jim and Kristine Carpenter and Church of Glad Tidings led by Dave and Cheryl Bryan rejected conventional wisdom and acted according to the Kingdom of God.

Have you ever heard of two churches cancelling their Sunday Morning services in order to make a public stand for Christ?  That kind of unselfish love breaks the power of Satan over a region.  However, today, it is roundly rejected as foolishness.

When Pastors Dave and Cheryl Bryan chose to do this, it was a major sacrifice. It takes every last drop of faith to keep a church strong in the Yuba City/Marysville area. They did not make this decision because it was convenient or even practical.  It was a sacrifice based on a passion for God to heal our land.

When Jim and Kristine Carpenter turned their church into an army of workers for Living Proof, there was not a thought toward gaining new members.  They wanted to take new ground for the Kingdom of God.

Let me open my heart wide on the subject of true pastors.  A true pastor pours blood, sweat and tears into a work for God.   Today an honest work for the Lord is often battered, broken and diminished.

Local government diminishes them. The community leaders tell them that schools are off limits.  They want to know your stand on gay marriage.  They hint that you will be penalized for your stand.  Suddenly use permits are hard to get and neighborhoods want you to stay away.

Then, like adding salt to a wound, it stings a true man and woman of God to see large crowds and big money pour effortlessly into religious businesses that hide the Gospel.

It breaks the heart of a true pastor to watch sheep drawn away into a spiritual country club that dumbs down believers and condones immorality.

A vessel of God can feel punished for keeping their integrity.  King David said, “Surely I have cleansed my heart in vain, And washed my hands in innocence. For all day long I have been plagued, and chastened every morning.” Psalm 73:13, 14.

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The crowds and the signs and wonders appearing in Yuba City are Living Proof that you get true riches when you hold on to your integrity.

There is one amazing thing that is about to happen.  Pastors will soon see that by seeking to please God rather than man they will gain a massive army that is low maintenance and high impact.

One day God asked Solomon what he wanted.  Solomon asked for wisdom instead of wealth and power.  1 Kings 1:10, “The speech pleased the Lord, that Solomon had asked this thing. 11 Then God said to him: ‘Because you have asked this thing, and have not asked long life for yourself, nor have asked riches for yourself, nor have asked the life of your enemies, but have asked for yourself understanding to discern justice, 12 behold, I have done according to your words; see, I have given you a wise and understanding heart, so that there has not been anyone like you before you, nor shall any like you arise after you. 13 And I have also given you what you have not asked: both riches and honor, so that there shall not be anyone like you among the kings all your days. 14 So if you walk in My ways, to keep My statutes and My commandments, as your father David walked, then I will lengthen your days.’”

Pastors Dave and Cheryl Bryan and Jim and Kristine Carpenter have asked for true riches, not fleeting glory.  And God is going to give them everything else besides.

Click on these links  thebridgeofyubacity.com   and  churchofgladtidings.com to know more about these wonderful churches.

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How a convention will become a nationwide movement

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HOW A CONVENTION WILL BECOME A NATIONWIDE MOVEMENT

By Mario Murillo

The worship alone will be historic but there is so much more that is going to happen.   Come and hear messages that will defuse fear and neutralize the lies that are holding back the American Church.  Gain a plan to revolutionize your ministry and community.   Be filled with Fresh Fire. The pre-convention  excitement level tells us that we will not be able to contain the results and that this will rise to become a nationwide movement.

We have learned that the vast majority of those who read this blog regularly are concerned about three things: America, your loved ones and your walk with God.  We also know that you are not afraid to speak out against the tyranny of our government.

All of that tells us something else: You are seeking more of God.   Because of this, you are likely to attend a conference, seminar, convention, or retreat this year. 

Let me suggest that you pray seriously about the Living Proof World Convention.   I could promise you a no frills truth centered event that will confront all of the matters that I mentioned but the big reason you should come is something different: An outpouring of the power of God that will root out the things that are holding us back and will imbue us transforming power and fire.

You will meet the growing number of believers who are finished with dead religion and compromise.  Join hearts with those who love America and believe that there is a supernatural solution.  If you are facing the battle of your life maybe this convention is the answer from the Lord that you have prayed for.

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Our conviction: The American Church will not be turned around by supermen but by supernatural men. We do not need better equipment, new organizations, novel methods, but vessels that the Holy Ghost can use—vessels who pray with prevailing might.  God does not flow through religious machinery but through human beings, he does not anoint plans, but people—people of prayer.

Do not sit back and watch dark clouds gather.  Sweep away the cobwebs, underbrush and weeds of despair and take action!  It is high time for you to put on the full armor of God’s power.

This prayer of Peter embodies this convention:  Acts 4: 29  Now, Lord, look on their threats, and grant to Your servants that with all boldness they may speak Your word, 30 by stretching out Your hand to heal, and that signs and wonders may be done through the name of Your holy Servant Jesus.” 31 And when they had prayed, the place where they were assembled together was shaken; and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and they spoke the word of God with boldness.

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Here are some urgent final statements.  Pray and ask God if you are to be a part of this groundbreaking event.  Act boldly and do not let fear stop you from coming.   God will make a way if you are truly serious about having power in these end times.  Join Mechelle and me for the renovation of your life and ministry.   The Living Proof World Convention has one simple goal:  To restore the roar of the American Church.

The Living Proof World Convention will be held at the Boomtown hotel and Casino in Reno in just a few weeks: March 30 and 31.    There is no registration fee for the convention but you must register.  We are at 65% percent of capacity right now so please act now.   Click on the link below and you can register instantly.   You can also call us at 775 432 1665

Come and be a part of God’s miracle to restore America!

CLICK HERE NOW TO INSTANTLY REGISTER:       http://mariomurillo.net/living-proof-world-convention/

P.S  Call (775) 345-6000 to get a very special room rate at the Boomtown hotel.  Use the rate code SLPWC.  *You must reserve your room no later than March 21st.

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THE RENOVATION OF YOUR LIFE

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THE RENOVATION OF YOUR LIFE

By Mario Murillo

We have learned that the vast majority of those who read this blog regularly are concerned about three things: America, your loved ones and your walk with God.  We also know that you are not afraid to speak out against the tyranny of our government.

All of that tells us something else: You are seeking more of God.   Because of this, you are likely to attend a conference, seminar, convention, or retreat this year. 

Let me suggest that you pray seriously about the Living Proof World Convention.   I could promise you a no frills truth centered event that will confront all of the matters that I mentioned but the big reason you should come is something different: An outpouring of the power of God that will root out the things that are holding us back and will imbue us transforming power and fire.

You will meet the growing number of believers who are finished with dead religion and compromise.  Join hearts with those who love America and believe that there is a supernatural solution.  If you are facing the battle of your life maybe this convention is the answer from the Lord that you have prayed for.

Our conviction: The American Church will not be turned around by supermen but by supernatural men. We do not need better equipment, new organizations, novel methods, but vessels that the Holy Ghost can use—vessels who pray with prevailing might.  God does not flow through religious machinery but through human beings, he does not anoint plans, but people—people of prayer.

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Do not sit back and watch dark clouds gather.  Sweep away the cobwebs, underbrush and weeds of despair and take action!  It is high time for you to put on the full armor of God’s power.

This prayer of Peter embodies this convention:  Acts 4: 29  Now, Lord, look on their threats, and grant to Your servants that with all boldness they may speak Your word, 30 by stretching out Your hand to heal, and that signs and wonders may be done through the name of Your holy Servant Jesus.” 31 And when they had prayed, the place where they were assembled together was shaken; and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and they spoke the word of God with boldness.

Here are some urgent final statements.  Pray and ask God if you are to be a part of this groundbreaking event.  Act boldly and do not let fear stop you from coming.   God will make a way if you are truly serious about having power in these end times.  Join Mechelle and me for the renovation of your life and ministry.   The Living Proof World Convention has one simple goal:  To restore the roar of the American Church.

The Living Proof World Convention will be held at the Boomtown hotel and Casino in Reno in just a few weeks: March 30 and 31.    There is no registration fee for the convention but you must register.  We are at 65% percent of capacity right now so please act now.   Click on the link below and you can register instantly.   You can also call us at 775 432 1665

Come and be a part of God’s miracle to restore America!

CLICK HERE NOW TO INSTANTLY REGISTER:       http://mariomurillo.net/living-proof-world-convention/

P.S  Call (775) 345-6000 to get a very special room rate at the Boomtown hotel.  Use the rate code SLPWC

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Three valid prophets left us warnings: Is it too late for America?

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Is it too late for America?

By Mario Murillo

While they were alive, David Wilkerson, Kenneth Hagin and Steve Hill enjoyed wide acceptance as great men of God.  In the last two days I have posted the final warnings that came from these notable vessels. It was amazing to me how many “fans” of these men never knew about these warnings.  How is this possible?  It is possible because we are being taught to ignore warnings and only listen for blessings.

Some say it is impossible for America to be destroyed because God is on the throne.   America’s demise would never be a reflection on God’s mercy, grace or power, it would be only because we destroyed ourselves.

So is it too late for America?  You do not need a stock answer to this question.  This is an explosive question that deserves a considered opinion.   In the next few minutes I wish to respond to this question and I ask that you reserve judgment until you read what I have to say in its entirety.

Let me begin by asking you a question.  What if a rational Christian told you that they believed it was too late for America?  How would you react?  Would you react by being angry or dismissive?  If so, then you my friend are part of the problem.   Those who say that it is too late for America have a strong case and we are wise, if we want to have any hope at all, to soberly listen.

This is when they say that a nation is finished:

1. When a nation owes a debt that it cannot pay:  If, as the Bible says, the borrower is servant to the lender, then we already belong to China.

2. When the nation’s leader shakes his fist at God:  Some Christians hold to the fantasy that we have a president.  We do not.  We have an activist in the White House.  Obama is shaking his fist at God.  He feels no accountability to our constitution.  He stands with Islam and not Christianity or Judaism.  He is reshaping America.  He is dismantling our greatness because he despises the America that was once one nation under God.

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Many Christians dismiss any indictment of Obama as politics, racism or unchristian because the reality that we have a renegade president is frightening.   However, facts are facts.  They are neither racist nor political.

3. When God sends prophets and their warnings are ignored or rejected:  2 Chronicles 36:15, “And the LORD God of their fathers sent warnings to them by His messengers, rising up early and sending them, because He had compassion on His people and on His dwelling place. 16 But they mocked the messengers of God, despised His words, and scoffed at His prophets, until the wrath of the LORD arose against His people, till there was no remedy”

We are beyond the place where Pastors merely leave truth out.  Today they mock truth and brand voices from God as radicals.   We see religious empires built entirely out of human wisdom and defended like a crime family.

The church is feverish with 7 deadly sins:  Denial, Arrogance, Entitlement, Deception, Sensuality, Rebellion and Materialism.   For this and many other reasons, America hangs precariously in the balance.

So let me answer the question directly…No it is not too late for America but we must shed many things that we are doing right now and we must shed them with intense zeal… is if they were radioactive waste…or, very, very soon it will be too late.

Part two:  If you want God to save America then do this now

So you want God to spare America.   This is an honorable desire.  It is very near to the heart of God. No one wants to see our nation rescued more than God does.   So let’s take our first step.  Let’s revisit two verses as if they were old friends with something new to say:

Hebrews 11:6 And it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to him must believe that God exists and that he rewards those who sincerely seek him.

2 Chronicles 7:14 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 I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.

Both of these scriptures feature preconditions. They tell us we have to do something first.   In the first verse we are instructed to come already believing.  We are not here to ask God to show us He is real.  We are here to show Him we are real.

In the second verse we are ordered to humble ourselves and repent.   We are going to intercede not just for our own sins but for the sins of a nation.

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We desperately need a good definition of the word intercession.  We have abused many words but none more than this word.  Intercession means for you to stand between God and a disaster.  In many instances, true intercession means facing the rightful fury that God feels toward a nation.

To say that God is not pleased with America is an understatement of galactic proportions!  For pastors to downplay sin and teach people that America is favored in the eyes of God only accelerates our doom.

Furthermore, any assumption that America is somehow entitled to mercy is deeply offensive to the Holy Spirit.  Billy Graham said “America is now worse than Sodom and Gomorrah.”  We deserve judgment and you dare not approach God unless your realize this.

Yesterday we learned about the 7 deadly sins of the American Church.  As an intercessor you need to know them and pray against them.

Denial:  The sense that all is well and though we do not know how but it will all turn out okay.  This was the prevailing mood among Lutherans in Germany as Hitler was seizing power.  This allows Christians to abide the death of marriage, the rise of Islam and the decline of Christianity by looking the other way.  They hate it when any preacher criticizes the government because they just want everything to be nice.

Arrogance: They boast of spiritual authority they do not possess.  They constantly talk about their “words from the Lord.”  They revel in titles and always seek to be recognized.

Entitlement:  They feel that gifts and blessings belong to them without training, effort or having to prove their character.  Tribulation and suffering are things that happen to other people.  They despise messages about sacrifice.

Deception:  Never have I seen people so gullible as our present crop of Christians. And they are gullible at a time when being gullible is most costly.  All a speaker has to do today is to relate some mystical experience they had and they will get a following.  These are the itching ears of 2 Timothy 3.  They are Biblically illiterate so they have no way to judge their experiences with the Word of God.prayer blog art

Sensuality: Pastoral drunkenness and immorality are now widespread.   If that is the state of the shepherd then what is the condition of the sheep? Perverting grace is a deadly sin!  Jude 1:4 For certain men have crept in stealthily [gaining entrance secretly by a side door]. Their doom was predicted long ago, ungodly (impious, profane) persons who pervert the grace (the spiritual blessing and favor) of our God into lawlessness and wantonness and immorality, and disown and deny our sole Master and Lord, Jesus Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One). AMP

Rebellion:  One of the linchpins of the seeker model is rebellion.  There, I said it.  Why else would you make church so convenient and superficial?  You do it to cater to people with commitment issues.  You build a church for people who do not want to be told what to do.

Materialism: Let me be clear.  God wants to bless us with good things. Where we are derailed is when we forget why we are blessed.  He blesses us with more than enough so that we can give.  Many Americans want to a certain lifestyle and they do not want their pastor to mess with that.  They will even elevate their pastor to superstar status if he keeps the rightful demands of God off of their back.

Finally: The good news is that a righteous core has the power to move God away from judgment but we are nearly out of time.  You have the power to gather others who are grieved over our nation and form a prayer cell.  I challenge you today to read the following prayer of Daniel and by inserting the word America in key places in this prayer you have the perfect model:

Daniel 9:16 “O Lord, according to all Your righteousness, I pray, let Your anger and Your fury be turned away from Your city Jerusalem, Your holy mountain; because for our sins, and for the iniquities of our fathers, Jerusalem and Your people are a reproach to all those around us. 17 Now therefore, our God, hear the prayer of Your servant, and his supplications, and for the Lord’s sake cause Your face to shine on Your sanctuary, which is desolate. 18 O my God, incline Your ear and hear; open Your eyes and see our desolations, and the city which is called by Your name; for we do not present our supplications before You because of our righteous deeds, but because of Your great mercies. 19 O Lord, hear! O Lord, forgive! O Lord, listen and act! Do not delay for Your own sake, my God, for Your city and Your people are called by Your name.”

 

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The church in America has been struck by an iceberg.  Over one thousand preachers a month are leaving the ministry defeated by the open hostility of our culture and the draining effect of lukewarm believers.  We cannot go on this way.  There must be an answer.

What if we had a convention designed to confront the threat against the American Church?  What if we had a convention that brushed aside all of the frills and distractions and instead focused on receiving power and fresh direction?

The American Church will not be turned around by supermen but by supernatural men. We do not need better equipment, new organizations, novel methods, but vessels that the Holy Ghost can use—vessels who pray with prevailing might.  God does not flow through religious machinery but through human beings, he does not anoint plans, but people—people of prayer.

It is our conviction that there is a life available, set apart in prayer that only goes out to serve at the direct command of God.  That life can accomplish truly mighty things, things mighty enough to change the course of America.

Do not sit back and watch dark clouds gather.  Sweep away the cobwebs, underbrush and weeds of despair and take action!  It is high time for you to operate in gifts of power.

This prayer of Peter embodies this convention:  Acts 4: 29  Now, Lord, look on their threats, and grant to Your servants that with all boldness they may speak Your word, 30 by stretching out Your hand to heal, and that signs and wonders may be done through the name of Your holy Servant Jesus.” 31 And when they had prayed, the place where they were assembled together was shaken; and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and they spoke the word of God with boldness.

As important as the day of Pentecost was to the Book of Acts Church, the outpouring that happened two chapters later was equally crucial.  Pentecost proved that God could pour out His Spirit on the Earth.  The miracle in Acts 4 proved God could do it again.

Join us in the mountains with the firm conviction that God can and will do it again.

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Please make your plans now to be at the Living Proof World Convention.  We are gathering in Reno in the Boomtown Hotel and Casino.  This site was carefully chosen because it is a much more peaceful setting than the downtown strip plus there is  plenty of easy free parking.

The convention is free but you must register to attend the Living Proof World Convention, 

Plus, we can get you hotel rooms for amazing prices.   For a regular room the convention price is…get this $25 a night.  In their new North Tower a larger room is only $40!   Let us give you the special code to reserve these amazing rates.

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