You have the vision but not the provision.  What do you do?

God has called you to do something great but you do not have the resources to do it.  What do you do?  Should you give up your passion and settle for an affordable vision?

You have the vision but not the provision.  What do you do?

By Mario Murillo

God has called you to do something great but you do not have the resources to do it.  What do you do?  Should you give up your passion and settle for an affordable vision?

This is the twilight zone.  You stand between the natural and the supernatural and you have to make a choice.  Don’t feel bad, very single vessel of God that was ever used of God has been here and has had to face the same agonizing question:  “Will I operate on human power or God’s power?”

In Genesis 16:2 we see the origin of most of the wars in history: “So Sarai said to Abram, ‘See now, the LORD has restrained me from bearing children. Please, go in to my maid; perhaps I shall obtain children by her.’ And Abram heeded the voice of Sarai.”  Because they saw no way for God to live up to His promise of a son, they took matters into their own hands.  What a disaster!

Yet, I witness this same sin being committed by many today who are trying to make God’s will happen.

Choosing to surrender to the supernatural is the hardest choice you will ever make especially at this time!  Demonic power has risen to a new level.  Americans have hardened their hearts to truth.  The church has stopped investing in souls.  This is truly a dark time for fresh vision.

Where do I stand on the question of the supernatural?   For me there is no question. 

Let me put it this way…there is unprecedented hatred toward Christian movements outside the church and massive unbelief about new movements within the church.  Therefore, this is the perfect time for you to start a movement!

Like never before, God is calling people to live in the impossible.  The times demand it, the shortness of time requires it and the fact is…nothing else will get the job done now.

In other words, you never really had a choice. Miracle provision is no longer the wispy aspiration of spooky seers.  We are now in a situation where every day and in every way we must have miracles and we must know how to draw on invisible resources.

How do you get from where you are to a life of daily miracles?

1. Realize that you are already supernatural. Paul’s rebuke to the Galatians is clear: “Are you so foolish? Having begun in the Spirit, are you now being made perfect by the flesh?” –Galatians 3:3.

It is not a matter of starting a new life in the supernatural but retracing your steps to see at what point you began to take matters into your own hands.  You can’t help but make a painful discovery: You saw miracles, you saw God provide but when it was all over you reverted to human ways of living.

A good way to fix this is through worship.  Raise your heart and hands and say “Bless the Lord, O my soul; And all that is within me, bless His holy name! 2 Bless the Lord, O my soul, And forget not all His benefits: 3 Who forgives all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases, 4 Who redeems your life from destruction, Who crowns you with loving-kindness and tender mercies, 5 Who satisfies your mouth with good things, So that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.”- Psalm 103:1-5

This is when it hits you: God has kept me through astonishing storms.  I am supernatural.

 

2. Dare to make decisions based on what God has said to you and not on human reasoning. From this point on, make decisions that will grate against your flesh and conventional rationale.

Proverbs 3:5-10 Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; 6 In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths. 7 Do not be wise in your own eyes; Fear the Lord and depart from evil. 8 It will be health to your flesh, And strength to your bones.

9 Honor the Lord with your possessions, And with the first fruits of all your increase; 10 So your barns will be filled with plenty, And your vats will overflow with new wine.”

 

3Endure the dark night of the soul. No supernatural provision ever came without a test. It always involves waiting.  Once you have hung your hopes on a miracle you must endure the gap time between promise and fulfillment.

They say that when God closes one door He opens another…but I say that it can be hell in the hallway!  Now you must remember who you are trusting.  Remember His character.  He is all powerful and utterly trustworthy.

What do you do in the meantime?  The best advice comes from Psalm 27:14 “Wait on the Lord; Be of good courage, And He shall strengthen your heart; Wait, I say, on the Lord!”

Abraham couldn’t wait, King Saul couldn’t wait and the results were devastating.  You can make a different choice and do it by seizing the promise that God will strengthen your heart as you wait.

The most important result of waiting for heaven’s provision is that you will build a track record of miracles that will weaken the enemy’s future attacks.

Finally, the world needs what God has put within you.  It needs it now. Miracle based believers are the weapon of choice in this hour.

 

Hell in the Hallway: Handling the Torture of Transition.

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Hell in the Hallway:  Handling the Torture of Transition.

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 Lion In the window

Lion blogAustralia has asked people to stop using Apple Maps because it was leading motorists to a remote wilderness.  Likewise, stop using maps offered by some teachers today.  We are not to panic or be complacent.  God is working in a way we may not understand.

A therapist once asked a juvenile delinquent a question that was meant to reveal his personality.   He asked, “What would you do if a lion jumped through that window?”  The youth said, “I would raise my rifle and shoot!”  The therapist said, “But where did you get the rifle?”  The youth replied, “Where did you get the lion?”

Today, lions are jumping through windows.  We have never seen stress like this and we have never felt so much of our strength sapped by everyday life.  There have never been attacks like this and there has never been so much intense strife.

It seems that we are constantly in need of a miracle.  Daily, we see more and more instances of where life is a cliff hanger.  We see frequent times where no human solution will do.

Right now we are seeing our broken government at work.  Capitol Hill is a trash heap of confusion, disarray and paralysis.  However, that same drama is being replayed in the kitchens of millions of Americans.  Many believers and in a vast number of churches are not exempt from this onslaught.

This morning, December 10, 2012 the voice of the Lord said, “the kingdom of God is not what you think.”  Of course I asked what that meant.  Immediately, I saw some scenes in the New Testament.  That explained what I had just heard.

The disciples were devastated by misunderstanding the Kingdom of God.  The Cross dashed their hopes for a temporal kingdom.  The disciples saw themselves on thrones beside Jesus, using supernatural miracles to run Israel.  When it did not happen they were scattered and terrified.

The same disappointment and shock is touching Christians who made assumptions based on hysterical teachings and trendy doctrine. What we forget is that the Kingdom comes out of nowhere and flattens its adversary when we least expect it.

The resurrection of Christ exploded the church into existence.  Now the 12 saw that they were global not local.  They saw that the mission was not to build a regional paradise but to destroy the worldwide curse of Satan.  The Kingdom was not what they thought.

Not long after that they huddled in an upper room once again feeling abandoned and disappointed.  That is why their numbers dwindled from 500 to 120.  Once again, the Kingdom had other things in mind.  Tongues of fire, a mighty boldness and the constant companionship of the Holy Spirit transformed them into an unstoppable force.  The future was not what they thought.

It did not take long for massive persecution to come and now they felt helpless again.  They were slandered, maligned and driven underground.  They felt they had no voice, to retort to the angry, sophisticated society that God had plunged them into.

Rifle

Suddenly, a light flashes down onto an angry intellectual, religious terrorist…the Bin Laden of the Jews if you will.  Saul becomes Paul and the church gains a voice that Jesus predicted.  “I will give you a mouth and wisdom that no man can gainsay nor resist.

Today, you must not be disappointed or despairing.  The Kingdom does not always let us see our true resources or know the stunning breakthroughs that are just ahead.  What we do know is that the Kingdom we have received is unshakable.   For every lion there will be a rifle.

 

A therapist once asked a juvenile delinquent a question that was meant to reveal his personality.   He asked, “What would you do if a lion jumped through that window?”  The youth said, “I would raise my rifle and shoot!”  The therapist said, “But where did you get the rifle?”  The youth replied, “Where did you get the lion?”  

 

Today, lions are jumping through windows.  We have never seen stress like this and we have never felt so much of our strength sapped by everyday life.  There have never been attacks like this and there has never been so much intense strife.

 

It seems that we are constantly in need of a miracle.  Daily, we see more and more instances of where life is a cliff hanger.  We see frequent times where no human solution will do.

 

Right now we are seeing our broken government at work.  Capitol Hill is a trash heap of confusion, disarray and paralysis.  However, that same drama is being replayed in the kitchens of millions of Americans.  Many believers and in a vast number of churches are not exempt from this onslaught.

 

This morning, June 22, 2012 the voice of the Lord said, “the kingdom of God is not what you think.”  Of course I asked what that meant.  Immediately, I saw some scenes in the New Testament.  That explained what I had just heard.

 

The disciples were devastated by misunderstanding the Kingdom of God.  The Cross dashed their hopes for a temporal kingdom.  The disciples saw themselves on thrones beside Jesus, using supernatural miracles to run Israel.  When it did not happen they were scattered and terrified.

 

The same disappointment and shock is touching Christians who made assumptions based on hysterical teachings and trendy doctrine. What we forget is that the Kingdom comes out of nowhere and flattens its adversary when we least expect it.

 

The resurrection of Christ exploded the church into existence.  Now the 12 saw that they were global not local.  They saw that the mission was not to build a regional paradise but to destroy the worldwide curse of Satan.  The Kingdom was not what they thought.

 

Not long after that they huddled in an upper room once again feeling abandoned and disappointed.  That is why their numbers dwindled from 500 to 120.  Once again, the Kingdom had other things in mind.  Tongues of fire, a mighty boldness and the constant companionship of the Holy Spirit transformed them into an unstoppable force.  The future was not what they thought.

 

It did not take long for massive persecution to come and now they felt helpless again.  They were slandered, maligned and driven underground.  They felt they had no voice, to retort to the angry, sophisticated society that God had plunged them into.

 

Suddenly, a light flashes down onto an angry intellectual, religious terrorist…the Bin Laden of the Jews if you will.  Saul becomes Paul and the church gains a voice that Jesus predicted.  “I will give you a mouth and wisdom that no man can gainsay nor resist.

 

Today, you must not be disappointed or despairing.  The Kingdom does not always let us see our true resources or know the stunning breakthroughs that are just ahead.  What we do know is that the Kingdom we have received is unshakable.   For every lion there will be a rifle.

When you feel helpless and overwhelmed

What to do when you feel helpless and overwhelmed.

Psalm 55 Psalm 55, verses 4-8 could have been written by anyone who is navigating the insane stress of today.  

4 My heart is severely pained within me, and the terrors of death have fallen upon me. 5 Fearfulness and trembling have come upon me, and horror has overwhelmed me. 6 So I said, “Oh, that I had wings like a dove! I would fly away and be at rest. 7 Indeed, I would wander far off, and remain in the wilderness. Selah.  8 I would hasten my escape from the windy storm and tempest.”

The writer KNOWS his situation is out of control. He can’t fix it. He can’t even stand to think about it. The only hope is to flee.  Have you felt like that?  So what do you do?

 

1. The first step is to realize that you are not alone.  You are not unspiritual.  Your attack is not strange.

1 Peter 4:12 “Beloved, do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you; 13 but rejoice to the extent that you partake of Christ’s sufferings, that when His glory is revealed, you may also be glad with exceeding joy.”

Your problem is not unique. King David — described in Scripture as “a man after God’s own heart” — frequently felt anxiety, judging by the number of Psalms that speak of terror, grief and fear.

Many believe that if they were strong in God that they would not suffer severe attacks.  They believe the devil should leave them alone.   Assuming that the devil will not attack you because you are spiritual is like assuming the bull will not charge you because you are a vegetarian.

 

2. Cry out for higher ground and get to higher ground.

Psalm 61:2 From the end of the earth I will cry to You when my heart is overwhelmed. Lead me to the Rock that is higher than I.

We can’t get there unless the Lord LEADS us there. Contrary to what some contemporary religions teach, the solution is NOT inside yourself.   You need a Rock (Jesus) for shelter from the storm — a sheltered place HIGHER than the flood waters. A safe place higher and stronger than ourselves.

The guidance you get after you cry out may be exotic, strange and lack any logic or potential…do not dismiss it, it is the road to safety and victory.

3.  Look at your past victories and your future victory.  Tell the giant: You will be like all the rest of my past threats.

Psalm 119: 95 The wicked wait for me to destroy me,  But I will consider Your testimonies.  David said I have been in these helpless places before and God won every time.

Hebrews12: 1 Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 2 looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

Jesus gazed at both at the past (He knew who He was and where He came from)  and the future for His resolve to win on the cross.

1 Samuel 17: 33 And Saul said to David, “You are not able to go against this Philistine to fight with him; for you are a youth, and he a man of war from his youth.”  34 But David said to Saul, “Your servant used to keep his father’s sheep, and when a lion or a bear came and took a lamb out of the flock, 35 I went out after it and struck it, and delivered the lamb from its mouth; and when it arose against me, I caught it by its beard, and struck and killed it. 36 Your servant has killed both lion and bear; and this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, seeing he has defied the armies of the living God.”

Tell your crisis right now…you are going to be like everyother attack!  You will be defeated and become another trophy of God’s grace!

 

The way you pray may be killing you.

The way you pray may be killing you.

Mechelle and I sat together and she began reading a book on prayer.  The book began to describe how truly awesome God is.  He knows what we need before we even ask.  We should not beg or plead with God because it shows that we do not trust Him.  It was so well written that I almost bought it.  Then reality hit me.  This is the worst way to pray.  In fact, his kind of prayer can kill you!

Let me show what a mean from another angle.  Flight attendants and other service industry people suffer because they are forced to smile all of the time.  The stress caused by having to flash one’s teeth at customers can lead to depression, high blood pressure and cardiovascular problems, according to Professor Dieter Zapf of the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University of Frankfurt.  Zapf recommends that “professional smilers” take regular breaks to relax, rid themselves of aggression and recuperate from the effort of smiling.

Another danger is bottling up our feelings.  Forget about the images you see on T.V. of outrageous self expression by “Occupiers” musicians, social commentators… suffering in silence has become a way of life for most Americans.

A lot of anxiety is created when a person hides this important part of themselves – their feelings. If we make a habit of holding back feelings, they eventually get stuffed deep inside and become a toxin. This can have a negative impact on our overall well-being.

The list of ways you have to hold back your true feelings everyday would amaze you.  We have to do it in a hostile work place.  Mothers do it at home when wayward youth explode over the least correction.   I would calculate that 50% of ministry is biting your tongue.  Spurgeon said to be a minister you should have one blind eye, one deaf ear and the skin of a rhinoceros.

It is tragic when prayer becomes one more place where you should hold back your true feelings.  The Bible says, “Casting the whole of your care [all your anxieties, all your worries, all your concerns, once and for all] on Him, for He cares for you affectionately and cares about you watchfully.” 1 Peter 5:7.

So here is how you should start praying:

1. Gossip and complain about people in prayer.   You heard me right. I don’t think that any of you would be surprised by the cheap shots that I take.  When they don’t come after me they come after my family. As I said, I bite my tongue.  But when I get alone with God I pour it out.  I express my exact feelings about people and lies they speak.

I tell God how unfair and wrong they are and I even offer clear advice as to what God should do about them.  This is not about getting my way but opening my heart.  David went way, way farther than I ever would.  Psalm 55:15 Let death seize them; Let them go down alive into hell, For wickedness is in their dwellings and among them.”   Wow!

You should immediately take all of  the lies, the hurts and the injustice in your life to the Lord.  Forget all of these wispy platitudes about how you start to pray.  Get alone and start pouring out your heart to God.  This is not immature or selfish it is what your FATHER wants!  It clears your spirit to forgive and move on into deeper intercession.

2.  Tell Jesus exactly what you need.  The Bible Tells Us That it is Right That We Should Ask God for What We Want and need. The Bible could not be more clear in stating that God does want us to ask for things. God delights in our asking and He delights in delivering good gifts to us. In Matthew 7:11, Jesus tells us, “If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!” In John 14:14, Jesus promises, “You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.” Finally, the apostle Paul tells us in Philippians 4:6, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God”

Bartimeas cried out for healing and Jesus heard his pitiful cry. “Mark 10:  51 So Jesus answered and said to him, “What do you want Me to do for you?”  The blind man said to Him, “Rabboni, that I may receive my sight.”   Now imagine Bartimeas saying, “you know what I need and I do not want to show distrust by asking.”  How crazy would that be?

The kind of prayer I am talking about  is seeking  the Kingdom of God first so that all of these things can be added unto us.  We are never so Kingdom minded as when we race to our loving, Father pour out our hurts and wants and make Him the true source of our life.

If I had the ear of this entire generation for 15 Minutes. Get out while you can.

If I had the ear of this entire generation for 15 Minutes.

The day of Pentecost 34 A.D.

Men and women from all over the world are crowded into Jerusalem.  Suddenly 120 people pour out of an upper room with supernatural flames appearing over their heads and speaking in the local dialects of the thousands of foreigners visiting the city.

Whatever your view of the origin of the Church of Jesus here is the real story.  It was not born in a musty guilt-ridden gathering.  It is not the product of weak minds or social escapists.  On this day it became clear that a truth would impose its reality on all cultures and all levels of society. It was born in plain sight of one of the most multicultural events of all time.

Skeptics can dredge up whatever failure of man done in the name of Jesus but it does not touch the power of the real source of the Gospel.

When it became obvious that a miracle has happened, Peter, the spokesman for the 120 begins to explain that this is the fulfillment of a prophecy that was given 753 years before.   Joel 2:28 says, “I will pour out of my Spirit on all flesh.”

He says in essence, “Our ability to speak your language is further proof of what has happened here in the last 4 years.  Proof by healing miracles, proof by fulfilling over 200 direct predictions of the messiah and proof by the resurrection from the dead!”

They saw the flames over their heads, they heard them speak in such detailed accuracy and even accent of obscure tongues from their remote villages. But some still mocked and said that they were drunk.  Some people will mock in the face of absolute proof but  mocking Jesus does nothing to disprove Him.

 Peter finishes with a heart-felt warning.      He finishes with a warning.  Acts 2: 40 And with many other words he testified and exhorted them, saying, “Be saved from this perverse generation.”  The Message Bible says it this way, “He went on in this vein for a long time, urging them over and over, “Get out while you can; get out of this sick and stupid culture!”

In 37 more years Jerusalem would be totally destroyed.  It was one of Jesus’ final predictions fulfilled in painful detail.   I want you to get out of disaster:  Every current crisis of the world is laid out in the Bible.  Every cast member on the stage and plainly seen.

You may not have much in common with any Christians that you have met.  But what you do have in common is problems and the need for love.  You see the protests of the Occupy Movement and the extremes of many today.  They are not just seeking justice on a natural plane but they are feeling the convulsions of their soul.  They sense that our way of life is far more unnatural that we think.

Just because it is simple does not mean it is not absolutely true!  Victory over any adversity may be found by living for Jesus Christ. Whatever you are going through, there is hope in Jesus.

God is real. Jesus is alive! He loves you and is concerned for your well-being. He is the absolute Reality on which all truth is ultimately grounded. His message for you and your world is contained in the collection of 66 books called The Bible. Its transcendent teachings have stood the test of time, the scrutiny of scholars and the furnace of practical experience. They speak not only about history but how to live today in every level and facet of life.

You must make a deliberate and conscious decision to surrender your life to Christ as your Lord and Savior.

What you must do:

Get real: You must face for the first time the truth about your wrong. To do this you must be utterly real. Many plead with God to prove He is real.  The cure is in doing the very opposite: prove that you are real to God.  God will not do business with people who do not mean business with Him. “He that covers his sins shall not prosper; but whoever confesses and forsakes them shall have mercy.” (Prov.28:13)

Repentance: “I confess that I am a sinner and I cannot save myself from sin.” True repentance means turning completely from your selfishness, with the determination to sin no more.

Faith: “I believe that God is real, and that Jesus Christ is His son. I freely confess He died on the cross for the penalty I deserved. I believe that I can receive both His forgiveness and a new life through the power of His Spirit living within me.” This act of faith is neither an idea or a feeling but an intelligent and deliberate act of the will. Give Him your doubts, your weakness and your loneliness. Your heart will never have peace, your doubts will never clear up, you will never get relief from the cruelty of this world until you trust, surrender, believe from your heart!

It is your turn to experience the power, proof and love of God that has given humanity for over 2,000 years.