I have a Plan

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I want to explain a coming disaster and the plan God has given me to face it and reverse its damage for the glory of Christ.

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By Mario Murillo

Many people have a dream.  I have a plan.   A plan is more powerful than a dream because a plan turns a dream into reality.  You cannot overstate the importance of planning.  If you do not have a plan, someone else’s plan will control you.

Planning pulls the future into the present.  It gives you advance power over trouble that is heading your way.

The hardest part of planning is to let go of things that worked 5 years ago—no matter how nostalgic a method may be, you better know when the Holy Spirit says to let it go.

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Maintaining intimacy with God is life and death to a ministry.  You can put your ministry on cruise control and drift out of range of God’s voice.  Churches have folded and ministries have closed because they were caught without a plan and failed to adapt.

A God plan is a weapon against approaching danger.  Noah did not build the ark while it was raining.  Only God can give us the right plan.  I believe He has.  God gave me an eye to see past the camouflage and warned me of impending danger.

I want to explain a coming disaster and the plan God has given me to face it and reverse its damage for the glory of Christ.

The coming disaster:  Obama did many bad things to America.  He stagnated our economy.  His style of leading from behind fomented war and instability in the world.  His sympathy for Islam created barriers to fighting terrorism.  But the worst thing he did was to our children.

-The number of youth who claim to be atheists doubled in the 8 years he was in office.

-The entire social justice warrior snowflake agenda came on his watch.  Colleges and universities declared war on free speech and opposing views.  They saw racism and sexism in everything (even peanut butter and jelly sandwiches were called racist).  Students began to feel micro-aggressions from anything that challenged their beliefs.

-He framed Islam—which executes women and gays—as less oppressive than the teachings of Jesus and millions of our youth bought the lie.  He created a mindset of hypocrisy and contradiction.

-He made government god.  He grew government with a stolen credit card and laid a $20 trillion debt on the backs of our children.

He took away their hope and cut them off from the source of life.  Check out what our children are saying now:

42% said they will never own a house or have a meaningful job.

34% said they will have a lower standard of living than their parents

58% say that asking for help will not solve their problems.

44% do not know what to believe.

Young America’s Foundation released its annual Youth Misery Index and found it at a record high. “Over the course of Obama’s presidency, the YMI has spiked an alarming 29.9 points, an increase of 36 percent.”

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This heart-wrenching disaster embodies the cry of a whole generation:  12-year-old Katelyn Nicole Davis from Cedartown, Georgia used Facebook Live on December 30th to live stream her suicide.  As she hanged herself in her front yard, the video played for an entire 20 minutes.

I have a plan to prevent these tragedies.  It is a plan that deserves a chance because it will work. 

Here’s the plan: 

Appoint regional directors who will oversee ongoing soul-winning and follow-up.  This will multiply our outreach tenfold.  They will sustain relationships with local pastors and leaders, not only to retain our results, but to prepare for our return to these cities.

-Train and release an army to the front lines: We need workers who can pray for the sick in the streets—not just in auditoriums.  These workers are beyond essential because they will bring in lost souls to our events.  The great mistake today is to assume if you advertise, people will show up.  Imagine 10,000 young people trained to go out and bring back the harvest!

Take our internet media platform to the next level.  Millions have read our blog and looked at our videos.  This is not nearly enough.  We must enhance our skills, technology and content for a new generation.

-Choose strategic sites for our events.  We must be near the problem.  We must be in a venue that is large enough to make an impact outside church walls.  We must face reality: most Christian events draw only Christians.  If we want the unchurched to come to our meetings we must be in halls that will attract them.  Even though this triples our cost, it must be done or we will only preach to ourselves.

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-Open a college in Reno for the next generation of American Evangelists.  We dare not hoard 50 years of front line experience.  Too many of our Christian colleges are teaching theories untested in true warfare.  We must help shape the soul winners of tomorrow.

How do we know this plan will work?  The most important way to judge if a plan will work is to look at the track record of the planner.  Since our earliest breakthroughs in the radical campus at Berkeley, we have known how to invade the impossible.  We know how to hire the best—give people the best training—adapt to current trends of the youth culture—use a fresh approach to share a timeless message—and release signs and wonders in the mainstream of the youth culture.

God said, “Choose 10 cities. Invest $1 million and you will start a movement—a national movement.”  Where will I get a million dollars?  The good news is that it is in the pockets and the bank accounts of those who receive this letter.  The miracle is in releasing it.  The miracle is in the Holy Spirit’s power to turn your good intentions into action.

This blog has never been about fundraising.  It has been offered freely as a tool to inform and ignite action for the cause of Christ in America.  Most of all, I ask for your prayers in this epic outreach that Jesus is forging through us.  Nevertheless, your gifts of love are the reason this mission is possible.  Thank you for being a part of this harvest.

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Here is the one thing that will make all the difference in the world: First time givers!  I am calling on you to donate to MMM if you have never done it before.   No matter what, your gift will make a difference—it will make all the difference!

Of course, we need our loyal supporters to give and I am profoundly grateful to all of you.  But the fact is thousands read this letter are on the sidelines…but if they get in the battle it will turn the tide of the war.  I am not asking you for a million dollars (although, it would be wonderful to receive such a gift). I am asking for you to listen to your heart and invest in our children and grandchildren.

Many of you have seen revivals or had the honor of growing up in a powerful church.  Shouldn’t the next generation get to see revival?  I am not begging for money… I am begging for souls.  This is all about your children and your grandchildren.  Satan has pulled out all the stops to destroy them.  Shouldn’t we open our hearts and our pocketbooks to save them?  I have a plan—it will work—it deserves a chance—help me put it into action.

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Breaking News from Mario Murillo and Todd White

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Breaking News from Mario Murillo and Todd White

By Mario Murillo

Love him or hate him, Donald Trump has flipped the script for Christians in America.

Toppling political correctness created a dangerous and wonderful opportunity.  We’ve not had an occasion like this since the Great Awakening in the 18th Century. If we obey God, we will see a greater revival than the Jesus movement.  If we blow this, it will be an unqualified disaster.

If the forces on the left regroup, America could enter a spiritual nuclear winter.  This moment has “ONE LAST CHANCE” written all over it.

How do we handle this one last chance?  Paul grappled with the same question.  He said, “For a great and effective door has opened to me, and there are many adversaries.” -1 Corinthians 16:9

Not only do we have Trump, we are surrounded by prophetic words that promise a massive harvest.   But, what will touch off the explosion that will sweep millions into the Kingdom?

Todd White and I are teaming up to ignite this explosion in you.  A national miracle begins in one person—someone like you!  Our deepest desire is to set fires of momentum and continual harvest.

Think about it!  The church has plumbed the depths of personal blessing.  We have been taught to death.    What we need now is for all of that to be set on fire and to have it blaze forth into national repentance, healing, and blessing.

There has never been a good time to be a compromised Christian—but this is the worst time in history to be lukewarm.

This event will not only ignite it will commission you to do miracles in the name of Jesus.

Todd White was a drug addict and atheist for 22 years. He was at the point of suicide when God came into his life and set him free. Todd preaches the Gospel of the Kingdom everywhere he goes and God backs it up with signs following. Todd’s heart is to equip the church and activate them to live a 24/7 Kingdom Lifestyle by helping them to get out of the boat and brave the waves of fear, empowered by the Holy Spirit. Todd loves sharing the simplicity of the Gospel of the Kingdom and what Jesus Christ accomplished at the cross, which is the measuring stick of God’s love for us.

It is common for Todd to see dozens of people healed while he goes about his everyday life.

“This is every day for me,” Todd said. “When I go to restaurants or if I go to the mall, or anywhere for that matter, Jesus paid a price for all. So all are in and all are a target for the love of God.”

This is a call to everyone! No soldier of Jesus should thrash about in a pool of frustration.  The Holy Spirit wants your life and ministry to be an uninterrupted flow of healing to the millions who grope in dark misery seeking hope and deliverance.

Join Todd and me in Houston.  Think about it, you will attend a conference or a convention this year.  Make your choice count.  This convention is free but you must register.  See you in Houston!

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Heart to Heart: A few words about the attack you are under.

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These are the most vicious attacks I have ever heard of. And they are not just happening to weak Christians—they are happening to well-known leaders.    I get prayer requests.   They are the most gut-wrenching I have ever read. It would not surprise me if you are locked in the battle of your life.  The times we live in are terrible enough but this is an added attack.

A few words about the attack you are under. 

By Mario Murillo

These are the most vicious attacks I have ever heard of. And they are not just happening to weak Christians—they are happening to well-known leaders.    I get prayer requests.   They are the most gut-wrenching I have ever read. It would not surprise me if you are locked in the battle of your life.  The times we live in are terrible enough but this is an added attack.

The flood of reports of these attacks put me on red alert.  I dove into intercession—searched the Word of God—reviewed the darkest moments of my life.   I tried to excavate treasure from my own victories in Christ.

I asked the Holy Spirit for understanding.  Slowly, the evil purpose unfolded.  We are dealing with an evil snake in a sprint because his time is short.  The attacks seemed to fit into three categories that match the way serpents attack in the natural. Here are the 3 most blatant attacks right now.

1.The serpent’s bite. You feel poisoned and gradually losing control of your body and mind. Fearful images flood your mind. You reel under a cloud of confusion. You are exhausted. The least demand of your day can drain you. You may find yourself crying and unable to explain your emotions.  You are gripped with paralyzing feelings of dread and sense disaster is just around the corner.

2.The serpent’s squeeze. This attack came out of nowhere and changed your life in an instant. You feel like you are suffocating. You want to scream but your voice is trapped within you. Everything that could go wrong has gone wrong.

The goal of this attack is panic.  The enemy wants you to do something rash.  The devil wants you to abandon your place in God.  He wants to deceive you into allowing permanent damage.

3. The serpent’s claws: This attack tears people apart. For silly reasons, people take offense. Disagreements escalate and kill relationships. Marriages are breaking up over trivial matters.  Churches are splitting over stupid issues.  Children are turning on their parents without warning.  Lifelong friends turn into worst enemies bent on each other’s destruction.

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Here are a few words about what you must do about these attacks.

The Holy Spirit kept saying, “Learn how to react to your attack.”  Jesus made it very clear to me that even though I cannot choose what attacks I will face—I can choose the result.

My victory was tied to my reaction.  I know that sounds simplistic but reaction is the key.  It kept coming over and over…react, react, and react. Then it turned into REACT, REACT, and REACT!  Finally, it was R.E.A.C.T.   An acronym for 5 life changing words: REMEMBER—ENFORCE—ABANDON—CONTINUE—TRAIN.   Take these steps to stop these vicious new attacks and launch an effective counterattack!

Remember!  You must remember the amazing victories of your past and how you won those battles.  You must remember how God delivered you in the past.   Psalm 20: 7 Some trust in chariots, and some in horses; But we will remember the name of the Lord our God. Nehemiah 4:14 says “remember the awesomeness of God and fight…”

You must remember what God has prepared for your future. Romans 8:18 “the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared to the glory that will be revealed in us.”   All you want to do now is to get relief from the raging storm.  Satan wants you to forget two things: your legacy and your destiny. 

Enforce! Things are not what they seem.  Satan is the master of disguise.  Our enemy kills through special effects.  Bending reality is his stock and trade. The goal of his smoke and mirrors is to get you to accept disaster.  He cannot kill you—but he can use panic to get you to harm yourself.  Reject the panic and enforce the panic on him.

Abandon! In every attack there is something you must abandon, something that you are holding onto that is actually holding onto you.  You may want something bad to happen to someone else.  You may be clinging to a destructive relationship. Forgive your enemy; cut of the parasites, lighten your load so that you can attack with speed and clarity.  Someone or something is no longer supposed to be in your life. T.D. Jakes said, “Their part of the story is over, let them go.”

Continue! You are under attack because you did something that Satan wanted stopped.  Continue to do what he does not want you to do.   Your victory is tied to your intention to do more than you did before.  Look at Peter.  He was beaten for the healing of the man at the gate beautiful and ordered not to preach about Jesus.  What was his reaction? To pray for boldness to preach and for more miracles! Acts 4:29,30 Lord behold their threats and grant unto your servants that with all boldness we may preach Your word while You stretch out your hand to heal and let signs and wonders be done in the name of your holy servant Jesus.”

Train:  2 Corinthians 2: 11 “lest Satan should take advantage of us; for we are not ignorant of his devices.”  Paul is saying that what he learned from past attacks made him wiser against new attacks.  Learn from this and train for future attacks.  General Patton said, “no amount of courage will avail against an educated bullet. ” He was talking about the urgency of training.  We must become an educated bullet!  Ask yourself, what did I learn from the attack?  What pitfalls am I going to avoid next time?  What weakness in me does the enemy use to get in and disrupt my life? What will I do now to keep friendships strong, my body healthy, my children safe, my marriage loving and my money secure against future assaults?

R.E.A.C.T. !

IT’S NOT TRUMP THEY ARE GOING AFTER…IT’S YOU.

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You will not about read this in any Christian magazine.  The radical left has declared a very unusual kind of war on us—a war that Christian leaders will not admit and are totally unprepared to fight.

The Trump victory has inflamed the left so much that they totally rejecting the election and disregarding the rule of law.  Here is what you may already know:

Fake news: NBC poured 400 million dollars into Buzz Feed.  Buzz Feed released fake news that portrayed Trump as a pervert in Russia.  Only Trump was never there and the entire incident was made up to destroy his reputation.

CNN reacted to this in an underhanded way that allowed the narrative to spread while feigning journalistic innocence.

Fake boycotts:  Pop singers who were never invited to the inauguration claimed to boycott it.  Black celebrities like Steve Harvey were eviscerated just for meeting with Trump.  40 Democratic leaders are boycotting the event.

Fake California revolution:  Behaving as if America had been taken over in a coup, California has declared itself a sanctuary state for the resistance.  They have hired former Attorney General Eric Holder to fight all Trump legislation.  California Congresswoman Maxine Waters is moving for impeachment.   Trump is not even in office yet!

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Fake Obama peaceful transference of power:  Equally despicable is Obama.  Obama is filled with rage about Trump.  He is frantically using his pen to lay as many landmines as possible for Trump.  He releasing cop killers, terrorists, and traitors—a rogue’s gallery that has but one thing in common—they hate America.

However, all this pales before the news I am about to share with you.  What you must understand—the thing you must get—is, they are not going after Trump—they are going after you.  I am talking about 80% of all Evangelicals and 63 million voters.

They are not calling Trump a racist—they are calling you a racist.  They are not saying Trump hates Gays, Mexicans, and Muslim immigrants—they are saying you do.

According to them: Voting for Trump makes us totally despicable racists and haters who must have our rights revoked.

The 4-alarm leftist hissy fit is only the opening act.  Expect strikes, violent demonstrations, and a towering litany of acts of “civil disobedience.”

Obama is not going away—He will lead the charge.  His true mission to undermine America will kick in now that he is no longer restrained by the presidency.  He will lead a confederation of movie stars, politicians, billionaires, Muslim leaders and minions in the United Nations.

Trump legislation will be throttled at every turn.  The media will launch a withering nonstop assault on every word he says.

As I said, they are not going after Trump they are going after you and me.  If this is true how then should we prepare?  Here are my heartfelt convictions of what we must do now.

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  1. Don’t let them bully you, learn from history.   It is 1776 all over again. British rule then is very much like leftist rulers now.  Loyalists joined British forces in oppressing the colonists and told them that their elected officials were not valid.

The leftist elites are not British monarchs or red coats but they are telling us what we can and cannot believe.  They are seizing our rights.  T.V. Networks and billion dollar companies are working to overrule a free and fair election.

The challenge of the church today is the same as it was in 1776.  Revolutionary war Christians understood that they could not be on the sidelines as their rights were being destroyed.   Their call was to stand with the freedom fighters.

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  1. We must fight with the weapons of God! Thank God, we are not waging physical war but we are fighting a spiritual war. To fight, we must pray and speak the Word of God.  We cannot afford to listen to those who say we should not speak out against Islam, immorality or far left totalitarianism.

Some ask “won’t this make us look unloving and turn lost souls off to the Gospel?”  On the contrary, when we speak out with the power of the Holy Spirit it will shatter the strong delusion that is pervading our society.

Moreover, the early colonists knew they were building a nation that would be a lighthouse of the Gospel to the world.  The iron curtain that these celebrities and media tyrants are ringing down on us will silence the Gospel and leave Israel at the mercy of all her enemies.

  1. Build on prophecy: If you believe that Trump is a miracle that is a type of King Cyrus then act like it! Seize this divine opportunity to stand with policies that best reflect our values.

With the very same breath that we call Satan a liar…we must call falsehood out!  Preachers all over America must ring the bell of liberty in their pulpits by calling out the intellectual frauds who would remove our freedom.

They are not harmless actors and singers, they agents of tyranny that are not coming after Trump they are coming after you…but if God be for you who can be against you?

Pastor, Why are you running your church like Hillary’s campaign

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Eighty-one percent of evangelicals voted for Trump.  Presumably, the same percentage of evangelical leaders did the same.  This begs a question…why did you vote for Trump but run your church like the Hillary campaign?

 

Pastor, Why are you running your church like Hillary’s  campaign?

By Mario Murillo

Hillary brought in A-list entertainers to buttress her dull message.  Pastor, is your church heavy on perks, smoke and mirrors and jazzy presentations but light on truth, power and the presence of God?  Is it because you believe the message of Jesus is dull without those accouterments?

People came to Trump rallies to see Trump.  It was a wake-up call when Donald Trump’s rally in Pennsylvania was many times bigger than Hillary’s rally even though she advertised JayZ and Beyoncé.  People went to a Trump rally to see Trump!

Jesus should be the main attraction at your church.  Jesus said in Matthew 18:20, “For wherever two or three are gathered in my name, there I am in the midst of them.” We are the only movement in history where the founder attends every meeting.  The miracle-working, devil-defeating, glory-inducing Son of God is in your service.  If you realize this, it will bring a total transformation.

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This transformation is not simple.  You must get an inner fire and a revelation.  You must reacquaint yourself with how astoundingly attractive Christ is to the human heart.  The Bible calls Him wonderful and The Desire of Ages.  When Christ taught the people, they not only hung on every word—they refused to take meals for fear of missing something He might say.   

Hillary constantly avoided clear positions on most issues in order not to offend her base.  She hid her true beliefs.  Seeker pastors everywhere have been instructed to do the same thing.  Joel Osteen told Larry King, “I know the Bible says homosexuality is a sin, but I am not going to preach against it.”  While I credit him for his honesty, he is dead wrong.

The whole point of addressing sin is so you can offer the cure.  You may look tolerant, but you are no more than a doctor guilty of malpractice.

People were constantly warning Trump, “You can’t say that!”  People were continually pronouncing him dead.  He declared things that were burning in the hearts of most Americans, but they couldn’t find the words.  He attacked elites and media tyrants and proved they were paper tigers.  And he did not die.

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Imagine transforming your pulpit into a fire hose of truth.  Imagine preaching the whole counsel of God without regard to men.  Trump proves you can do that.  You must risk being labelled.  So what if you are called racist, homophobic, Islamophobic?  We have proof because of Trump that slander will not stand in the face of truth.

Hillary believed in massive programs.  The continual drumbeat of the media was that Hillary had a better ground game.  She had volunteers going door-to-door.  She had a vast Get Out the Vote campaign.  She would win because of the myriad of things her campaign machine was churning out.

She knew it wasn’t working.  She screamed, “Why am I not 50 points ahead!?”

Similarly, many megachurches overflow with programs.  Members are asked to be busy almost every night.  There is always something to sign up for.  Yes, a church should meet the needs of families, but we have gone too far.

Worshipping programs because we believe it makes attendance grow takes our eyes off the Holy Spirit.  We run the house of God like a corporation, relying solely on our business plan.  Staff gets burned out.  People are run ragged.  Church feels like the express lane at Walmart!  The unspoken message is, “Get in, get out ‘cause the next group is waiting.”

Trump focused on the experience his followers had at his rallies.  Make America Great Again was a unifying cry that released excitement at his events.  People felt like family, not customers. No one was in a hurry.  Trump took the time to help people make an emotional connection with his message. In the last days of the campaign, he focused more and more on this, even though experts screamed that it was a mistake.

She spent $1.2 billion and lost.  He spent one-fifth that amount and won.  Some churches waste a ton of money on things that are substitutes for how God grows a church.  E. M. Bounds said, “What the Church needs today is not more machinery or better, not new organizations or more and novel methods, but men whom the Holy Ghost can use — men of prayer, men mighty in prayer. The Holy Ghost does not flow through methods, but through men. He does not come on machinery, but on men. He does not anoint plans, but men — men of prayer.”

Hillary did not realize that America had changed.  She felt entitled to win.  She was liberal. She had the money.  She had Obama rallying for her.  She said, “This has always worked in the past.” What she did not know was America had changed.

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Pastor, you need to know that America has changed.  Fair warning!  It is time to get out of the Christian Witness Protection Program.  America is screaming for a new breed of Christian.  They know—as well as, if not better than, we do—that watering down the Gospel was an epic mistake.  They were not fooled.

It was not just a terrible waste of time and money, it was something worse.  Omitting the “offensive” parts of the Gospel—to attract people—drained its power to set people free. The church became a co-conspirator in America’s decline.

The earthquake that put Trump in office will now rock the church.  Yes, those growth models worked in the past, but not anymore.  Can I put it bluntly?  The American culture will be pierced by vessels who speak words their generation cannot resist—warriors who carry addiction-breaking, disease-killing, miracle power.

 

 

 

 

 

Warrior’s Workshop Bakersfield

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America is screaming for a new breed of Christian Warrior—believers who have escaped the Christian Witness Protection Program.  Millions of Christians are done with watered-down Christianity.   To them, it has been a terrible waste of time and money. Modifying the Gospel by omitting the “offensive” parts removed its power to transform society.  That is why we are in a moral landslide.

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SOMETHING BIG IS COMING TO BAKERSFIELD

By Mario Murillo

Millions ask disturbing questions.  Why have we cast it aside?  Why have we accepted a cheap substitute?  Why can’t we see the desperate need?

Millennials need to see power that will break the break the bankrupt ideologies they get on campus.  The American culture needs to be pierced by young vessels who speak words their generation cannot resist—warriors who carry addiction breaking, disease killing miracle power.  How do we get those kinds of vessels?

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That kind of Warrior will not be created in an echo chamber of religious role playing.  They must be infused with indisputable Holy Spirit power.  They must hunger for something beyond “feel good” experiences.

Is that you?  Then it’s time for you to experience the Warrior’s Workshop.  A workshop that is not theoretical, emotional or apologetic.  This is a workshop that will forge a lifetime of unexpected effectiveness.

God ordered me to create this Workshop.    It was forged from 48 years of front line success against the powers of darkness.  It is revelation mined from world changers who have poured into my life.

Oral Roberts, Kathryn Kuhlman and David Wilkerson did not leave their world unchanged.  What they forged in me and others cannot be taken lightly.  These treasures must be handed to hearts ready to be used in a fresh worldwide outpouring of the Holy Spirit.  Is that you?

This workshop makes an audacious claim:  With just 3 skills, you can revolutionize America and the world!  You can get these skills at the Warrior’s workshop.  These talents seem so simple but they are profound:  1. How to win a soul.  2.  How to heal the sick.  3. How to walk in continual victory.

Perhaps you wonder if you have the courage to change the world.  Courage is the main thing you gain at this workshop.  Generals know good military training does not just prepare soldiers for combat—it makes them long for it.

Give me just 3 hours and you will long to confront the enemy.   Why not you? You can become the effective weapon our nation and the world needs now.  See you there!  The Workshop is free but you must register!

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The Best Thing I Ever Heard About Christmas

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“What is the best thing I ever heard about Christmas?  How can anyone adequately answer that question?  The best music ever written was written for Christmas.  The best art mankind ever produced pays homage to that holy night.”

 

The Best Thing I Ever Heard About Christmas

By Mario Murillo

What is the best thing I ever heard about Christmas?  How can anyone adequately answer that question?  The best music ever written was written for Christmas.  The best art mankind ever produced pays homage to that holy night.

It has moved writers…yea, it has seized them.  Billions of words have been consecrated to it.  When reason screams “don’t write anymore!” Christmas moves the foolhardy to write again—to find that fresh meaning—about the most repeated story in history.

The power of Christmas turns children into righteous grownups.  Then it turns righteous grownups back into children.

A testament to its glory is the cosmic grudge Satan bears against Christmas.  He never leaves it alone.  He must commercialize it.  In one instance—he grew so desperate to harm it—he had it banned in England through misguided ministers.  They thought it was carnal!  The London Times didn’t mention Christmas for 10 years!

Then in 1843, Charles Dickens wrote the story of Scrooge and Christmas was back.  Here—from the story—is one of the best descriptions of Christmas ever:

 “But I am sure I have always thought of Christmas time, when it has come round — apart from the veneration due to its sacred name and origin, if anything belonging to it can be apart from that — as a good time: a kind, forgiving, charitable, pleasant time: the only time I know of, in the long calendar of the year, when men and women seem by one consent to open their shut-up hearts freely, and to think of people below them as if they really were fellow-passengers to the grave, and not another race of creatures bound on other journeys.”

However, no musician, no orator, and no artist, no writer (including Dickens), can touch the best thing I ever heard about Christmas.

The reason is simple.  The words I will refer to were forged in heaven by God Himself.  It was a note sent on ahead to explain what He meant by sending His son to earth.

“He tenderly crafted what should be said.  Then God did what every good writer must do—He made it concise.  He compressed an eternity of meaning into short, simple phrases.”

He tenderly crafted what should be said.  Then God did what every good writer must do—He made it concise.  He compressed an eternity of meaning into short, simple phrases.

Then he chose messengers whom He solemnly charged to speak these matchless words.  Relive with me that night when the best words ever spoken about Christmas were given to man.

Luke 2: 8 Now there were in the same country shepherds living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. 9 And behold, an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were greatly afraid. 10 Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. 11 For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. 12 And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.” 13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying:  14 “Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!”

Christmas says “do not be afraid of the supernatural!”   The angels knew humans are terrified at the appearance of angels.  Fear not!  It is a normal part of the life of the righteous to see signs and wonders.

Don’t be afraid of needing miracles.  Don’t be startled by the way God answers your prayers.

Don’t let the package fool you.  Don’t let the fierceness of evil discourage you.  The mission will not be thwarted.

Not only is the supernatural normal—it is good news!  When the Holy Spirit begins to act in a sedate church, the pastor should recognize that it is not an emotional thing—not a heretical thing—but a glorious thing.  It is a takeover that will push the work of God forward.  Miracles are not a menace.  They are the perfect solution.

This will be to all people.  Christmas will not stop until it has achieved its goal.  Nothing can stop the march of the Son of God.  Don’t let the package fool you.  Don’t let the fierceness of evil discourage you.  The mission will not be thwarted.  The Kingdom of this world will become the Kingdom of our God and of His Christ.  And He shall reign forever and ever.

“Christmas has never been convenient.  It never asks for an appointment.  It barges in and pulls you into the dance.  It grabs you by the soul and sets it to singing.” 

This child is the perfect gift from God to you.  God has given you His best.  He has come because of your need.   Here is the absolute answer to mankind’s curse.  This cure has no side effects.  This solution does not miss the mark.  It is for you from someone who totally knows you.

Break out in Joy! Use joy as a weapon. Use joy for renewed strength.  Let joy do its job.  Don’t restrain joy because of the evil around you.  Release joy because of the evil around you.

Christmas has never been convenient.  It never asks for an appointment.  It barges in and pulls you into the dance.  It grabs you by the soul and sets it to singing.  It is not that you can’t fight Christmas…it’s that you shouldn’t!  That is the best thing I ever heard about Christmas.   Merry Christmas.

Now check out the video my son filmed of a Christmas Village I built