Satan seduced many into separating the Holy Spirit and the Bible—pitting them against each other. The Bible not only predicted this deception—it exposed the motive behind it.
2 Timothy 4:3 says “For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers…” What they can’t endure is the Bible. They drop the God card to fulfill their lusts and blame the Holy Spirit.
The drinking, the carousing, and the blatant new age preaching, did not creep into the church overnight. It insinuated itself slowly, quietly and under the cover of good intentions.
It began in small doses. One preacher said, “Why do we trust a book they didn’t have more than the Spirit they did have?” Another preacher said, “we’re not supposed to worship a book.”
They will tell you they are trusting in the voice of the Spirit more than a book. What they are really hearing is their own voice…or worse. They don’t deny the inerrancy of scripture; they simply claim direct revelation from God that’s equal to the Bible.
Bible study has become passé. Many seek constant prophetic words. They trust these words without comparing them against scripture.
The Holy Spirit has become on demand. You’ve all seen the Facebook ads where “prophets” will give you a daily word from the Lord. Some even charge money to give you a prophetic word.
A young revivalist claimed to get more from “an angel” than from the Bible. He even wrote on his website, “I have had experiences in the Spirit that cannot be explained by the Bible.” Not long after this, he left his wife and children for his secretary. He is still in ministry defending his experience.
People blame all kinds of things on “leadings of the Holy Spirit.” “The Spirit told me I can leave my husband and children because He wants me to be happy.” “You may not like the way I dress, but the Holy Spirit does.” One preacher even compared the Spirit to marijuana and said, “I am toking the Ghost.”
Here’s a typical conversation with one of these:
“I am not just forgiven of the sins I have committed, and I am also forgiven in advance of the ones I will commit. Therefore, I never need to repent or confess my sin.”
“That’s crazy, 1 John 1:8 says, ‘If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.’”
“Oh, well that was not written to Christians.”
“No Bible scholar believes that. In any case, that means the Apostle John wasn’t a Christian because he said “if we.”
You can’t prove that. Where did you get it?”
“It was revealed to me by the Spirit.”
Addiction to alcohol, drugs, pornography and a host of other vices overtake believers because the natural protection of the Bible is erased. Psalm 119:11 says, “Your word I have hidden in my heart, That I might not sin against You.”
Why am I condemning all of this? Because the Bible commands me to do so: 2 Corinthians 4: 2 says, “But we have renounced the hidden things of shame, not walking in craftiness nor handling the word of God deceitfully, but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God.”
Tuning out the Bible to hear the Spirit has flooded the church with the most carnal and self-centered believers ever. To reject the Bible while seeking a word from God is to toy with witchcraft.
The Holy Spirit and the Bible exist in unbreakable agreement. The Spirit will take you to the Bible, and the Bible will take you to the Holy Spirit.
One of the prime purposes of the Holy Spirit is to help us understand and remember the Bible. “But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.” – John 14:26
You can be sure that if you are not regularly reading the Bible, God will avoid speaking to you through prophecy. To do so creates a dangerous habit. Without a biblical foundation, you will have no way to judge prophetic words.
The superiority the Bible over the prophetic is clearly shown by the fact we are told to judge prophecy but never to judge scripture. 2 Timothy 3:16 “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness…”
Daily Bible study is a hallmark of those who seek truth. Acts 17: 11 “Now the Berean Jews were of more noble character than those in Thessalonica, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true.” True revival is always Bible based. True preaching will quote scripture liberally.
We are at a crucial point. If the Body doesn’t repent of this foolishness, America is sunk. That is no longer the mindless wrangling of doomsday prophets…it’s a clear reality.
However, there is great hope. The combination of the Word of God revealed by the Holy Spirit will more than match today’s wickedness. God not knew the insanity of today was coming—He took steps to prepare a special relationship, that would produce special powers for His children.
But, if even a small remnant repent, gets back in the Word, and obeys the Holy Spirit, He will build an army and it can prevail. 1 Samuel 14: 6 promises this: “Then Jonathan said to the young man who bore his armor, “Come, let us go over to the garrison of these uncircumcised; it may be that the Lord will work for us. For nothing restrains the Lord from saving by many or by few.”
Satan is flooding the world with evil while Christians have grown passive. Believers are ignorant of what God expects them to do to stand against the torrent of wickedness.
Shallow, flattering teaching is the perfect greenhouse gas. It’s fumes dull reality. It kills natural urgency. Taking a stand becomes a distant fantasy.
Satan has sold the church fool’s gold. Instead of taking up weapons mighty to the tearing down of strongholds, we pursue money, cheap grace, and celebrity.
Our faith has grown flabby. We don’t know our weapons. We don’t know our authority. We don’t know our marching orders. We don’t know what to say to this generation. Most of all, we are ignorant about what is right around the corner.
Peter recognized when government crossed the line. Acts 4: 19 But Peter and John replied, “Which is right in God’s eyes: to listen to you, or to him? You be the judges! 20 As for us, we cannot help speaking about what we have seen and heard.”
He also understood what to do when government tries to ban the Gospel: “Acts 5: 28 saying, “Did we not strictly command you not to teach in this name? And look, you have filled Jerusalem with your doctrine, and intend to bring this Man’s blood on us!”
29 But Peter and the other apostles answered and said: “We ought to obey God rather than men.”
They are coming after your freedom. They will force feed your children the Antichrist agenda. That is…unless we wake up to our purpose and destiny. I am calling you out for special power in this hour.
If you are finally ready, then do these things:
1. You must be filled or refilled with the Holy Spirit. You must have fire, or you must have fresh fire. The courage to face the onslaught of hatred that will be thrown at you can never be met by human power. To say what you need to say, to obey when you need to obey can’t come from human motivation. You must have the same Spirit that fueled world-changing saints in all times. God never meant for anyone to preach or lead without a clear baptism of the Holy Spirit.
2. You must flow in signs and wonders. Our culture is beyond words. They must see proof of the power of God. God means for you to provide that proof. The authority you need won’t come cheaply or instantly. (Read my blog on the price of God’s miracle working power https://wp.me/p1vrzp-53e
3. Get ready to do something for God that will boggle your mind. God is selecting people and working in them for unmatched power to attack evil. Habakkuk 1: 5 “Look among the nations and watch—Be utterly astounded! For I will work a work in your days Which you would not believe, though it were told you.”
He is creating people who can turn the tide of wickedness. He doesn’t care about your age or your education. He searches for someone who is travailing over the evil and will die without power and purpose. They want to be in the fight—they want to be in the thick of it. Isaiah 6: 8 says, “Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying: “Whom shall I send, And who will go for Us?” Then I said, “Here am I! Send me.”
4. Prepare to pray in a way you never imagined. God is pulling you out of the damaged religious crowd into special intimacy with him. You are not going to pray like before. E.M Bounds said, “To say prayers in a decent, delicate way is not heavy work. But to pray really, to pray till hell feels the ponderous stroke, to pray till the iron gates of difficulty are opened, till the mountains of obstacles are removed, till the mists are exhaled and the clouds are lifted, and the sunshine of a cloudless day brightens-this is hard work, but it is God’s work, and man’s best labor.”
What do all of these things I am asking you to do have in common? Every one of them involves a leap out of dead church life. They are a courageous declaration of war on the godless ideologies that are destroying our nation. They are an irrevocable decision to be in the middle of God’s greatest acts in history.
Except for a few Republicans with convictions, there really is no difference between Democrats and Republicans in Congress.
You saw Republicans pass an obscene budget—fully funding Planned Parenthood. They gave Democrats almost everything they wanted, punishing Trump in the process. There are Republicans in the deep state. And the deep state is not so deep.
Washington looks like there are two distinct world views colliding. But conservative and liberal are mostly labels for show. There is something deeper going one here.
Why is Trump so hated by both parties? They don’t hate him because of Stormy Daniels, or because they think he is a racist, or because of his tweets. It is a much darker motivation.
God used my devotions and reading of John 11—the story of Lazarus—to fully open my eyes. When this understanding came to me, my burden for our president intensified. I knew I had to write this to you so that we could agree together for his safety and for this evil to be exposed.
See if you see anything illuminating in these verses:
John 11: 45 Then many of the Jews who had come to Mary, and had seen the things Jesus did, believed in Him. 46 But some of them went away to the Pharisees and told them the things Jesus did. 47 Then the chief priests and the Pharisees gathered a council and said, “What shall we do? For this Man works many signs. 48 If we let Him alone like this, everyone will believe in Him, and the Romans will come and take away both our place and nation.” Do you see it?
Notice this phrase: “the Romans will come and take away both our place and nation.” Their first concern was for their place, not the nation. That is exactly what is happening in Washington. They are more concerned about keeping their place than helping the nation.
That dear friend, is what both Democrats and Republicans are doing—they are fighting to keep their place. Not just in Congress but at the FBI, IRS and many other power centers. All of these groups wanted Hillary to win, because she was the queen of the swamp.
Right now you have the proof. Jeff Sessions has the power to end the witch hunt against Trump but he won’t. Mueller’s abuse of power could be called into account but he won’t be. Hillary should be in jail. Obama and his cohorts should be indicted. None of it happens because the politicians must keep their place.
Trump wants to do what works and what is best for America regardless of what side it offends and threatens. It’s called pragmatism. What enrages them is that it’s working. He is winning, and winning, and they are sick of his winning.
Once upon a time, a famous preacher and a famous atheist agreed to hold debates across the country. They didn’t tell the audience it was just a money making scheme. They publicly attacked each—took offerings for their causes—and at the end of the night they split the take. That is also what is happening in Washington.
-Barack Obama was given the Nobel Peace Prize for no reason. Now Trump has brought North and South Korea together. Do you think he will get the Nobel Prize for brokering the most amazing peace since Teddy Roosevelt? Never. Not even his own party will campaign for that.
Unemployment is at 3.9%. It is the lowest among blacks and Latinos in recent memory. His approval among likely voters is 51%. Do you think Trump will be praised? Never.
If you as a Christian can’t see the victories Trump is handing the church to have our voices heard, then you are blind. The next miracle is to get our government back and and see true revival. Trump is a bridge to all of that. The hand of God is upon him.
It is time to bombard heaven for the deep state to be exposed. We need to seek God like never before for special protection on Trump, Melania, the children, and the faithful few left in our government. Ask big. Ask now
Ephesians 3: 20 “Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, 21 to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.”
It is clear. As madness spreads—and the church wrings its hands—it is time for the eagles to leave the turkey yard. You know who you are. There’s a fire inside you can’t put out. You are ruined for church incorporated.
For too long, you’ve been told to be a good little birdie. “Don’t ruffle any feathers.” You can’t stomach the stale kernels they toss at you. You must have fresh meat. All around you, the turkeys peck at the ground. All you can see is the clouds and skies where you belong.
Your home is in the glory. Your place is alongside the heroes of faith that changed the course of nations. Survival teaching sickens you. The idea that tepid happiness is the goal enrages you.
You made the mistake of looking at old YouTube videos. You saw Oral Roberts. You saw Kathryn Kuhlman. You saw Smith Wigglesworth. You jumped up and screamed “where are the miracles today!?”
( check out my blog The price of God’s miracle working power https://wp.me/p1vrzp-53e )
You made the mistake of putting on old preaching tapes. You heard men and women preaching fire! They didn’t do monologues. They pulled the pin out of Bible verses, and flung them to explode on the souls of their audience. You heard people sobbing at altars. You heard them linger until something real and lasting transformed them.
Then something really painful happened to you…you looked at your generation. You saw the national cancer of wickedness. You saw the insane brain washing. You saw the limp-wristed tactics of the church.
You became like David staring at the paralyzed army of Israel before Goliath. WHY DOESN’T SOMEBODY DO SOMETHING! It is too late for you. The die is cast. You’ve gone too far. You know too much. You better leave before you hurt someone.
“They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings as eagles.” Prayer is your escape from the prison yard of compromise and mediocrity. We’re not talking about the gobble-gobble prayers you heard in the yard—we’re talking about falling before God till you come forth as pure gold.
What are we talking about? Prayer that heaven can’t resist and hell can’t stand. Prayer that breaks the grip of ancient strongholds of demons. Prayer that makes students begin to weep on campus and not know why. Prayer that fills one with the Holy Spirit—removes fear, and installs unshakable courage to tell a generation the real Gospel—the mighty Gospel—the unapologetic, undeniable, unstoppable power of God.
Eagles dare while turkeys stare. Eagles come out of prayer fully convinced of their destiny and goal. Let mistaken millennials protest against the AR-15. You take hold of John 17:15 “My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one.” That is your battle cry! You don’t want out. You know He will keep you from the evil one! You are ready to soar into any nest of evil and destroy the works of the devil.
Where eagles gather power is present. Where eagles gather deep purposes are revealed. Where eagles gather there’s no self-pity, no encounter session, and no hiding. They are equipped, they are ignited, they are fitted for war.
Eagles must have a challenge. They yearn for a cause that will summon up all of their strength, talent and time. The want something that they can easily imagine doing the rest of their life. It’s time for you to fly out of the turkey yard and never look back.
There is no disrespect intended in the title. No one can deny he is being battered. We begin by facing facts: Trump’s statement about Haiti and Africa have unleashed a firestorm. I am not here to examine what he said or shouldn’t have said. That is for another blog. This is about you and me. This is about keeping our perspective, our cool, and our discernment.This is about why there is hope for our president.
But, true hope is anchored in truth. There’ll be no Pollyanna pep rally here. It looks bad, real bad. There will now be a massive effort to remove him from office by proving his is mentally unfit and invoke the 25th Amendment. Even some of his ardent supporters fear this will sink his presidency. But before you lose heart remember what we know.
-We know that Obama and Hillary loyalists—deeply embedded in Washington—are working feverishly to destroy president Trump. They are using their dark arts, not just on him, but on you.
-We know that a soulless media has discarded all pretense of objectivity. They are minions of a mindless coup. They are no longer capable of even thinking a decent thought toward Trump.
-We know that Trump is struggling to drain the swamp because some Republican Congressmen have stuck a hose back in it, recycling the swamp water.
-We know that Trump make-believers who once supported him abandoned ship at the first sign of trouble.
-We know that the forces behind Mueller and Comey will witch hunt Trump for concocted crimes while refusing to hold Hillary accountable for terrible crimes.
-We also know that during this overthrow of freedom much of the Church naps under the influence of frightened ministers.
-But the most important thing to remember is why there is hope. Yes, there is great hope for our president. I am shouting this question in your ear: HAVE WE FORGOTTEN THAT POWERFUL FRIEND?
Once before evil rose, with its bloody talons on the throat of America, and relief came from an unexpected source: This plea from Benjamin Franklin:
In the beginning of the contest with Great Britain, when we were sensible of danger, we had daily prayers in this room for divine protection. Our prayers, sir, were heard; and they were graciously answered. All of us who were engaged in this struggle must have observed frequent instances of a superintending Providence in our favor. To that kind Providence we owe this happy opportunity of consulting in peace on the means of establishing our future national felicity. And have we now forgotten that powerful Friend?
Here is our powerful friend: Prayer, real prayer, sincere prayer, fervent prayer, unceasing prayer. Prayer will expose the lies. Prayer will defeat the traps laid before Trump. Prayer will shut the mouth of the lion, topple the Washington walls of Jericho, split the Red Sea of fake news, and raise the Lazarus church from the dead.
Our powerful friend is waiting to bring unimaginable help and shocking breakthroughs.
Can I reintroduce you to our powerful friend? Consider these points:
1. Even if you are the only one praying, it can change everything. “Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.” James 5:16
When Israel languished in Babylon under the lash of Nebuchadnezzar only Daniel engaged that powerful friend. He set himself to pray and fast. His prayer, his solitary prayer, moved Cyrus to fulfill the prophecy of Jeremiah and release the Jews after 70 years of slavery.
The angel told Daniel it was his prayer that did it. Daniel 10:12 “Then he said to me, “Do not fear, Daniel, for from the first day that you set your heart to understand, and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard; and I have come because of your words.”
In the New Testament, one man’s prayer brought the Holy Spirit to the gentiles. Acts 10: 1 “There was a certain man in Caesarea called Cornelius, a centurion of what was called the Italian Regiment, 2 a devout man and one who feared God with all his household, who gave alms generously to the people, and prayed to God always. 3 About the ninth hour of the day he saw clearly in a vision an angel of God coming in and saying to him, ‘Cornelius!’ 4 And when he observed him, he was afraid, and said, ‘What is it, lord?’ So he said to him, ‘Your prayers and your alms have come up for a memorial before God.'”
2. Even if you do not know how to ask, the Holy Spirit will pray through you. Romans 8: 26, “Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.”
Think of that! We don’t know how to pray for this national disaster, but the Holy Spirit does. Our prayer language carries untold power to interrupt, and alter the affairs of man. He, the Holy Spirit carries all power and wisdom. He possesses the precision of prayer that totally escapes us. He will commandeer our requests to the very throne of God.
3. My final point is the most powerful and encouraging: God told us to pray for our leaders. 1 Timothy 2: 1 “Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, 2 for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence. 3 For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior.”
Why would we expend energy on worry when we can pray? Why would we sit paralyzed watching the news instead of utilizing prayer to make news? You, by yourself, have the power to ask and receive, why would you delay praying? God told us that He is pleased when we pray for our leaders. Isn’t that the most powerful motivation of all. Remember our powerful friend.
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.”
3. Endure 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.