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A Trump loss the next election is too terrible to imagine. But even if he wins, we will desperately need a true revival in America. Tragically, the church doesn’t know the difference between true and false revival.

Many of the things the church does today simply do not matter. They don’t point in the trajectory of revival. In fact they point in the opposite direction.   Many things done by churches are impressive, even successful—I am saying they will not save America

We know the times are evil.  But what can we do about it?  That’s the number one question I am asked.  My answer is, “We need to stop toying, speculating, and paying lip service to revival.  We need to seize a true revival.”

The real culprit today is false revival.  There is untold damage done when we take a good meeting and market it as revival.  To characterize a good meeting as revival is like filling a bath tub with salt water, and calling it the Pacific Ocean.

I am not telling you that your ‘good meeting’ is not true revival—because history and our culture are both telling you it is not.  History says revival overflows church walls and makes deep impacts on society, which is not happening.   And when our culture swats away our church meetings and continues to careen into deeper wickedness—it is telling us we are not in revival.

There is one thing—above all others—that is stopping true revival: We don’t have a pure motive.  We want it for all the wrong reasons.  If revival is our ticket to getting church growth, emotional experiences, self-promotion, formulas, and wealth, our prayers are like nuclear waste to God.

The most well known verse on revival begins with a huge ‘IF’:  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.”

IF you truly yearn for the miracle that would stop America’s slide into oblivion—IF you wish for an act of the Holy Spirit so real and widespread that it impacts crime, injustice, addiction, and despair—then listen to this lesson from history:

In 1904, American leaders were enthralled by the revival that was then taking place in Wales.  Hundreds of thousands were converted, and the morals of the nation were transformed.  American church leaders wanted a revival like that here.  But they tried to buy it.

These enterprising pastors and businessmen invested in massive campaigns.  They were dismal failures.  So much so, that the very concept of revival fell into disfavor.

Two years later, they realized their mistake.  When widespread brokenness gripped the leaders, aided by a pure motive, they cried out and heaven heard them.   One of the catalysts to this awakening was a man named James Burns.

James Burns wrote a powerful book entitled “Revivals, Their Laws and Leaders.” In 1909 he wrote, “To the church, a revival means humiliation, a bitter knowledge of unworthiness and an open and humiliating confession of sin on the part of her ministers and people. It is not the easy and glorious thing many think it to be, who imagine it fills pews and reinstates the church in power and authority.

“It comes to scorch before it heals; it comes to condemn ministers and people for their unfaithful witness, for their selfish living, for their neglect of the cross, and to call them to daily renunciation, to an evangelical poverty and to a deep and daily consecration. That is why a revival has ever been unpopular with large numbers within the church. Because it says nothing to them of power such as they have learned to love, or of ease, or of success; it accuses them of sin, it tells them they are dead, it calls them to awake, to renounce the world and to follow Christ.”

America, at last, had found a pure motive for revival. New York, Chicago, Los Angeles (at Azusa Street), and many other cities saw amazing things.  Denver, Colorado, and Portland, Oregon, which are currently bastions of marijuana, atheism, and rampant liberalism, shut down businesses at noon so everyone could go and pray.  Crime dropped to virtually nothing.  Bars sat empty, and millions went to prayer everyday across America.

Until our knees buckle beneath the horror of our nation’s sin and the blasphemy of our cheap grace fades away, our request for revival will be denied.

But I still feel faith for the church in America to turn around. More importantly, God holds out great hope to us.  Let me share two things that forever killed my doubts about revival.  One was a scripture, Matthew 12:20: “A bruised reed He will not break, and smoking flax He will not quench, till He sends forth justice to victory.”

Jesus will not snuff out the least flicker of revival. When anyone asks for revival from a pure heart, God says, “Yes,” and begins the process. He takes you at your word.

The other thing that occurred was a revelation I received as I was standing at the beach and the gentle foam of the ocean lapped over my toes. The voice of the Lord said, “This gentle wave is the cousin of the tsunami.”

The smallest flame in the smallest church will not be quenched by Jesus.  Given the proper opportunity, the Spirit of God will fan it into a raging fire of righteousness.  The gentlest wave can grow into a tidal wave when anyone hosts within them the presence of God. But they must obey His step-by-step orders, and they must refuse to exploit what God is doing among them.

These two truths are resonating powerfully within me now.  I want them to blow up in your spirit as well! Do you truly want revival?  Then what are you waiting for?

You will seek Me and find Me, when you seek Me with all your heart.  (Jeremiah 29:13)

 


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IS THE SQUAD A GIFT FROM GOD?

By attacking ‘the Squad of Four,’ Trump has forced Pelosi to defend them. By defending them, Nancy fell into Trump’s trap. His goal was to make the Squad the face of the Democrat Party, and it worked!

Trump is not wasting any time attacking Biden or any other potential Democrat candidate for President. He knows—with wisdom from beyond this world—that he has found the key to his reelection.

The Squad hates America. The Squad hates Israel. The Squad has no vision for America, except to destroy it. That is toxic baggage for the Democrat Party.

Remember when Nancy said these words about the Squad? “All these people have their public whatever and their Twitter world. But they didn’t have any following. They’re four people and that’s how many [congressional] votes they got.” She said it because she knows how much they will damage her party’s chances in 2020.

Then in a chess move worthy of a grand master, Trump lobs his grenade-Tweet. It wasn’t racist, and everyone except those who hate Trump knows that. Nancy had no choice but to stand up for her radical colleagues or incur the wrath of the majority progressive wing of her party.

Independent voters are horrified by this deranged ‘Gang of Four.’ Americans understand how our system works. They know the difference between dissent and hatred.  Disagreeing with government is patriotic. Hating it, and wanting it destroyed, is something totally different.

Nancy’s panic is not over these beliefs—she and her wacko friends in the San Francisco Bay Area agree with almost all of this. Give me a break—the Berkeley City Council just voted to stop referring to manholes as manholes because of the word ‘man’!

No, Nancy is panicking because the ‘Gang of Four’ are coming out and saying what their agenda really is, in plain words. This has forced Democrats to come clean.

The platform of the Democrat Party is based on the lie that America was founded upon and embedded with racism, sexism, and white supremacy, and they believe only a revolution can deliver national salvation. That means the end of America as we know it.  Ocasio and company are openly saying all of this.   The Squad has forced the Democrat Party to come clean and admit they agree.  Revolution, violent if necessary, is their true intention—this will horrify Americans.

This reminds me of a preacher I knew who was teaching a certain heresy, but he did it with subtly and wordsmithing. His young disciples, however, lacking his way with words, just bluntly stated the doctrine. The heretic was exposed by his young adherents.  The same has happened to the Democrat Party.  They now own the radical and hateful rants of the Squad, because it is essentially what they believe…they just didn’t want America to find out this way.

Here’s the genius of Trump’s move: If Nancy sticks with her gang of four she loses the independent vote. If she exiles them she will split the party. Either way Trump wins.

Ilhan Omar said ““We are going to continue to be a nightmare to this president because his policies are a nightmare to us. We are not deterred. We are not frightened,” Little does she know that Trump is hoping for and on counting her delusional rants to continue.  She is no nightmare to Trump, she’s a nightmare to Pelosi.

These four women are blatantly radical and unapologetically hate America. They don’t even mask their malice like savvy leftists should.  Is their hateful meltdown a result of  intercessors and the godly core praying and standing in the gap for America? Sometimes Gods’ gifts come in strange packages.

Trump is going to drive the point home that this election is about saving America from leftist, socialist, anti-Semitic radicals, who are bent on killing prosperity, freedom, and Christianity.  He is going to ride that white horse all the way until November of 2020.
If we as Christians will all vote and use the time wisely, we will have four more years in which to evangelize America. The alternative is beyond unthinkable…

NOT RACIST

Trump’s Tweet was not racist, but Nancy Pelosi’s statement was. She said that Trump was trying to make America white again. That is a patently racist remark. Only the Left gets away with making a racist remark while voting at the same time to condemn a Tweet that was not racist. Are you still there?
Trump should not back down from his Tweet about ‘the Squad.’ The Republican members of the House should not vote to condemn Trump. Trump is right to offer the Squad a return to their home country if they hate America.
Millions agree with this sentiment.  Millions of us feel that politicians who have been rescued from horrendous situations and who then call America evil—those who spout anti-Semitic taunts, and whose home nation is ten times worse—should consider going home.   The President correctly pointed out that if you are indeed a crusader against poverty, injustice, and oppression, the nation you fled is a prime candidate for your crusade.
Ilhan Omar said “I’m embarrassed and ashamed to live in this hypocrisy.” Okay then: why is she here?
Americans know ingratitude, arrogance, and ignorance when they see it. They see the Squad as flat out liars, who have zero good to say about America.
If there is racism in this at all, it comes from this Squad of politicians. In their bubble, the white male is the axis of all evil.  How is that not racist? We have the impossibly ironic and insanely amusing situation of people who have made undeniably racist remarks being seen as victims of racism.
Mark Levin said, “Her lack of gratitude and appreciation for America is repulsive. It’s no wonder why the media, such as the NY Times, love these provocative Congresswomen and it stems from their abysmal failure to the American people on their coverage of the Holocaust. Later, Pastor John Hagee’s comments that America is slipping away from Godliness toward self-dealing and secular humanism, which is contrary to the principles of our founding. Finally, Speaker Nancy Pelosi was accused of racism, was defended by Trump, and fired back labeling him a racist today.”

Nancy Pelosi is now possibly the most desperate politician in American history. She is flailing from one extreme to another in a blind search for a magic bullet with which to destroy Trump. She swung from correcting the very Squad she now defends, to attacking it, all within a 24 hour news cycle.

Here is what Nancy’s actions tell us: One day, she worries that alienating the Squad will offend Progressives. The next day she worries that the real America isn’t at all what left-wing news and social media say it is.

But she knows even more. She knows socialism is a bust. She knows millions are weary of political correctness. She destroys innocent reputations and calls for silly boycotts of even the most innocent companies and products. Americans are sick of the Left portraying everything they don’t like as being racist and Nazi.

Americans are outraged and nauseated by flag burnings and by athletes like Megan Rapinoe who make it ‘all about them.’

Americans see how Facebook, Twitter, Google, Instagram and YouTube insult our intelligence every day.  Zuckerberg and Dorsey claim they are not biased against conservatives and Christians, even as they ban more and more content on a daily basis.  They really do think you are stupid, which proves they are stupid.

Nancy Pelosi pulls the dumbest stunt yet, to get the House to formally condemn Trump’s Tweet as racist.  Not one Republican had better vote for this—not one.  It is a trap.

If there is one truth today it is this: You never apologize to the Left. Apologies open the door for them to lie and use it against you later. Trump learned this early on.

A vote to condemn Trump is a false flag. It’s a silly trap like asking the question, “Do you still beat your wife?” If you vote to condemn Trump you are admitting he is a racist.  If you don’t vote to condemn him, you are a racist.

It is a stunt born out of Nancy Pelosi’s panic and desperation.  And, speaking as a Spirit-filled believer—it is demonic.

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, (R-Calif.), said in a news conference Tuesday morning that he did not believe Trump’s Tweets were racist.  I quote him: “I believe this is about ideology; this is about socialism versus freedom.”  McCarthy added that it was at a news conference on Monday, as the congresswomen responded to the President, that they “talked more about impeachment than anything else.”

He went on to say, “This is more from their base, it’s about politics, and it’s unfortunate.  We should get back to the business of America.” Amen, brother!

Too Rude?

The President wrote, “Someday I hope to meet you. When that happens, you’ll need a new nose, a lot of beefsteak for black eyes, and perhaps a supporter below!”
And, at a Jewish Seminary in New York, he blurted out “I am King Cyrus!”
But, the thing is, that wasn’t Trump…
It was President Harry Truman.  Okay, here’s a President who puts his intention to commit felony assault in writing—imagine the reaction of the media to a Tweet like that!
Truman essentially called himself the reincarnation of King Cyrus—was he delusional?
Oh, and did you know Harry Truman tried to use his power to draft an entire labor union into the United States Army in order to punish them for striking?  Trump is tame by comparison.
Imagine what CNN would do to President Truman today, if he was a Republican.

 

Mark Twain said, “Facts are a stubborn thing.”  It is a fact that Richard Nixon and Lyndon Johnson nursed greater hatred for the media during their time in office than Trump does today.

This historical perspective shows us Trump is not the madman the media needs him to be.
Notice I said, need.  They need to destroy him.  It is a bottomless need.  It is a need so intense it has consumed all rational journalism.  Facts have become irrelevant. There is even a name for it: Trump Derangement Syndrome.
Any good that President Trump does, they must ignore, or twist it into evil.  They have sold their souls.  As Alec Baldwin said, “There is no way to be too nasty to Trump.”
The need has reduced them to pathetic, blithering automatons who must tell the most trivial lies about him, such as killing goldfish, and how many scoops of ice cream he takes.
Instead of learning from the spanking they got during the election—they increased their daily venom.  They no longer care about ratings—as CNN’s abysmal ratings so eloquently prove. It is only about destroying Trump, even if it means self-destruction for those who hate him.
A football player gets punched, but the ref doesn’t see it—all he sees is the victim punch back, and throws a penalty flag.  Multiply that times a million—welcome to Trump’s world.
Not only is Trump not crazy—not only are his outbursts understandable—but I admire the way he has behaved with greater restraint than his predecessors. I doubt any of them could ever have imagined the level of tyranny, treachery, and treason that is leveled at him every day by the fake news. -Mario Murillo

Footnotes:  My sources:

  1. Truman letter to Paul Hume:

“Mr. Hume:

“I’ve just read your lousy review of Margaret’s (Truman’s daughter) concert. I’ve come to the conclusion that you are an ‘eight ulcer man on four ulcer pay.’

“It seems to me that you are a frustrated old man who wishes he could have been successful. When you write such poppy-cock as was in the back section of the paper you work for it shows conclusively that you’re off the beam and at least four of your ulcers are at work.

“Someday I hope to meet you. When that happens, you’ll need a new nose, a lot of beefsteak for black eyes, and perhaps a supporter below!

“[Newspaper columnist Westbrook] Pegler, a gutter snipe, is a gentleman alongside you. I hope you’ll accept that statement as a worse insult than a reflection on your ancestry.”  – Harry S. Truman

 

 

NBC NEWS ANALYST DECLARES WINNER OF DEBATE

NBC News analyst Jonathan Allen has declared Donald Trump the winner of the first Democratic debate!
Allen wrote, “the Democrats seemed more focused on positioning themselves furthest to the left to win over primary voters, rather than appealing to the swing voters that decided the 2016 election. For long stretches, it seemed, they completely forgot about the man who has been at the center of pretty much every discussion among Democrats for the last two-plus years — the man they’re competing to take on next year. The obvious reason: The motivation to beat each other was, on this night, more urgent than defeating Trump — a life-or-death moment for some of their campaigns. Trump was the chief beneficiary of that dynamic.”
Allen went on to explain that, “Even though he is a uniquely antagonizing and energizing force for Democratic voters,” the President emerged “largely unscathed,” despite a few mentions from candidates such as Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, who received “hearty applause” when he described Trump as “the greatest threat to the country.”

“But for the most part, he was an afterthought,” Allen continued, arguing that Trump served as “the chief beneficiary” of the numerous candidates fighting to keep their heads above water.
Allen’s conclusion is that the Democrats risk “losing sight of Trump, [which] will allow him to exploit their divisions and position himself for re-election. He was one step closer to that after Wednesday’s debate.”
Why are we surprised by this? The debate was tedious and, quite frankly, annoying. It confirmed what we all know…that Democrat candidates live in an echo chamber safe from reality. They have no idea how they look to real Americans, because they are constantly surrounded by audiences who are drunk on the delusions of ‘free everything;’ they hate everyone who is not like them, and spout catch phrases that so often give Trump ammunition.
Allen said something at the end of his article that I totally agree with: “”If I were Brad Parscale, Donald Trump’s campaign manager, I would be dancing a jig—because if this is the way the Democrats and the media want to discuss the economy and immigration, he is going to have a field day with the quotes they will generate from now until the election.” Amen

THE ATTACKS ON TRUMP WILL FAIL

It seems like every day someone comes up with an accusation which they are convinced will destroy Donald Trump.  However, a rogue group within the FBI found out that conspiring against the President backfires.  The media tried to boost their ratings by bashing Trump, only to lose both their ratings and their credibility.

Mueller’s witch-hunt investigation flamed out as a political disaster.   Americans can see the insanity of it.   Here is the head-scratching part of the whole deal:  We have proof that Hillary colluded with the Russians to produce a fake dossier that was used to start an investigation of Russian collusion with Trump that can’t be proven.  Are you still there?

Democrats still want to look for Russian collusion, the way O.J. is looking for “the real killer.”

– Comey claimed his new book would do Trump in.  Instead, it was like shooting spit-balls at a battleship.

– CBS believed it had the silver bullet to kill Trump.  They gleefully believed that a Sunday night interview with a porn star would bring him down.  But, Monday came and they joined a long list of disappointed Trump haters whose weapons did not prosper.

– Michael Avenatti believed he would be the Trump-slayer, but now he is being indicted by a long list of former clients.

– Michael Cohen along with Omarosa Manigault Newman, et al.  The list of names goes on, with some of them claiming to have some damaging tapes.  This too, will fail.

– 400 newspapers have declared war on Trump.  You know what will happen with that…

Trump will not be impeached.  He will not even be censured.  You don’t need to worry about Donald Trump.   Let me give you 7 reasons why all the attacks on Trump will fail.

1. The poll numbers are skewed against him. Scientists have shown that when people have a favorite candidate who is attacked by the press, they go silent. They still support the person, they just won’t tell you.  Many, many more than we hear about still support Trump. Look at the tens of thousands who arrive the night before, to attend his rallies all over the country.

Even so, Democratic pundits are dismayed at the way President Trump survives.  They were counting on a major drop in support after Trump’s meeting with Putin. It just never happened.

2. Americans see how crazy the attacks on Trump are. People see the flagrant, wanton, and disgraceful attacks that the media makes on him, every single day.  The over-the-top attacks and the insane goals of the Democrat Party have actually turned out to be helping Trump.

Uber-liberal director, Rob Reiner, denounced Robert De Niro and other celebrities for their remarks against President Trump, by saying, “Stop! You’re helping Trump!” Reiner is right. They have inadvertently  become the committee to reelect Trump.

3. It’s the economy. Unemployment is at a 16-year low, and the consumer sentiment levels are at near record highs. When all the background noise settles, and voters with good paying jobs, stand before the lever to cast their vote—the thought of returning to failed Democrat economic policies will horrify them.

4. Donald Trump has plenty of time to win back those who have turned against him. Listen to Jake Novak, senior editor at CNBC: “Both party establishments still need a vote-getting leader and President Trump already has the White House leadership role they covet. He has enormous executive power at his fingertips and the ability to win over some doubters with just the passage of time.”

5. The other side still looks far worse. Chuck Schumer annoys his base, let alone the rest of us.  Elizabeth Warren is a shrill-throated hater of the white middle-class worker.  Bernie Sanders’ economic “Plan 9 from Outer Space” plays well, only because pot has been legalized on campus.  Maxine Waters is a walking VOTE FOR TRUMP machine.  Nancy Pelosi is, well, Nancy Pelosi.

Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez is a gift to Republicans. Even Bill Maher said “”If you want to run a campaign based on reparations and concentration camps, then it’s going to be very hard to win the election.”

6. Millions are praying for our nation. There is no way that the fervent prayer of millions will go unheeded in heaven. Sometimes the early stages of revival look as if things are getting worse before they get better.

I know Satan is writhing in agony right now.  He knows his time is short.  He knows what God is about to do.  He is in a futile rage against the inevitable answer.  He is frantically spewing deception to make the anointed vessels of God think that no answer is coming.

7.This is the big one: Trump is here by divine appointment. Trump will survive.  Not because he’s perfect.  Not because his base is fiercely loyal.  He will survive even though he is hard for some Christians to take.  He is here by divine appointment.  Can you hear all the heads exploding?  Yes, you heard me right—he is here because God set him in the White House.

Today Maxine Waters said that God has raised her up to bring Trump down.  See if you can guess how that is going to turn out.

Donald Trump is here to wreck and dismantle. He is here to apply strong medicine to a self-destructive nation that has turned its back on God.

Nothing else explains why this President is still standing after the cruelest and most unrelenting attack on any leader in American history.  More importantly, nothing else explains why none of this has broken his spirit.   Deal with it.  Someone Who is way bigger than you and me wants him right where he is, doing just what he is doing.

Backfire

I believe God is yanking the devil’s chain. Something is going on! The deranged comments we now hear from the Left on a daily basis prove that Satan is grossly overplaying his hand.

It absolutely makes no sense. Take CNN for an example. I truly believe they have lost their minds. They no longer care about ratings. They no longer care about accuracy, and have thrown all caution to the wind. They fanatically appeal to their dwindling base. They are given over to the need to rant and rave, and to run their own network into the ground.

Take California for another example. The over-the-top effort to exile Christians is rapidly becoming offensive to the general population. The anti-Christian and anti-Semitic rhetoric is turning people off.

Even Bill Maher has been screaming: warning the Left that they are losing support.

Bill is patently liberal, but regularly warns liberals that the radical Progressives are destroying Liberalism and alienating America.

Way back, when I first detected this spike in persecution, I began praying against it.  I experienced colliding emotions of dread and excitement. I knew then that things were going to get really bad, but that they would then get really good.

Persecution would thin the herd and marginal believers would be offended and leave the church. But, God also made it clear that this would touch off a towering flow of miracles and healings.

Something is shifting. The people on street used to sit back and just let the attacks on Christians happen…but now something has shifted. I believe God is appealing to the innate sense of fairness in most Americans.

They see the censorship. They see the violence. They see how we are labeled as ‘violent,’ while the real religion of violence is given a pass. The smoke screen is beginning to dissipate.

The general public is beginning to see that the very people who claim they are fighting hatred, injustice, bigotry, and racism—the so called ‘secular progressives,’ and ‘social justice warriors’—are actually the ones who are fomenting all of these things.

Their voices have become shrill and annoying. Their boycotts and rants are tedious and boring, and there is nothing compelling or noble about them.

On the other hand, God has been lovingly warning the American Church.  He has repeatedly ordered the church to stand as one, against immorality. And, well, you know how that went…she has flatly refused.  God has now begun to use persecution to wake up the church and spare the nation.

This is happening right now!

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

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

A moment similar to the persecution we are seeing is recorded in the Book of Acts:

1 “Now about that time Herod the king stretched out his hand to harass some from the church. 2 Then he killed James the brother of John with the sword. 3 And because he saw that it pleased the Jews, he proceeded further to seize Peter also.” – Acts 12:1-3

Just as is happening now, Herod was deranged by the devil to increase the attack on the church. However, after Herod arrested Peter, an angel appeared and brought him out of prison.  This miracle ignited the church.  I am telling you what the Holy Spirit has told me:  Every vessel that seeks God right now, will receive greater power and greater miracles.

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

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

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

Writing about the Church described in the book of Acts, Matthew Henry said this:  “The persecution that was designed to extirpate the church was, by the overruling providence of God, made an occasion of the enlargement of it. Christ had said, “I am come to send fire on the earth;” and they thought, by scattering those who were kindled with that fire, to have put it out, but instead of this they did but help to spread it.”  Your choice is clear: persecution can silence you or launch you to untold boldness to spread the Word of God.