You take the victories God gives you. My primary care physician thought I had bursitis of the hip. “I am referring you to a sports medicine doctor to get a cortisone shot and you will feel better fast.”
So I went. Something bothered the next doctor. Why wasn’t I feeling pain when he pushed on the hip joint. But went he bent the leg outward I screamed. “This feels more like a stress fracture.” That meant 6 weeks of lying immobile and then rehab. So much for our World Convention.
He takes X-rays. X-rays can’t see many stress fractures. This one didn’t. “You need a cat-scan.”
Two more days of night and day pain. My wife and assistant take me in the car with seat almost flat. Wheelchairs and crutches increase my pain. I must walk slowly with my arm on somebody.
Mechelle goes in the hospital while we wait in the car. She explains to the front desk that I cannot stand or sit. I can only lie down. The front desk manager assures her I can walk directly to the cat-scan table. However, some devil got on her. When I finally made it inside seconds away from collapsing with pain. She insisted rudely that more signatures are required.
I dove to the floor in front of everybody. Somehow, doing that speeds things up. The two nicest nurses came to my rescue. I am on the hard table gritting my teeth during the scan and finally it is over. We go home with still no relief.
Someone suggested in a Facebook comment that I repent. Believe me, lying there in the dead of night with no position that relieves the agony—you repent of everything. I even repented for my ancestors—whoever they are.
Back to the sports medicine doctor with the cat-scan results. He looks and looks and says there is no fracture. That was yesterday. Where did it go? Was it there and the prayers of so many were answered? That would not surprise me. You take the victories God gives you and build on that.
He kept telling me this is good news. I can get a cortisone shot now. So give it to me! He can’t, he doesn’t have an ultra-sound machine. I am thinking, that’s why I was sent here in the first place!
“I am referring you to a doctor who is a specialist in these things.” Code for “we don’t know what’s wrong with you.” Back to square one.
I can walk better. There are even times now where the pain subsides to a dull ache. There you have it. You take the victories God gives you. You worship Him. You thank Him.
Mechelle and I want to thank the host of people who took time to tell us they are praying. As I said before…there is no version of this where the enemy wins.
Let us tell you why we have hope for America. As ministers of the Gospel we must take stands that are not popular. Often, we must warn, correct, and give out bad news. There is no way around the fact that many things threaten our faith and our freedom. But there is also hope—hope for America.
We see the mighty hand of God working in wondrous ways—even in this dark time. When we pray, we feel the fierce love of God for America. We can hear Him saying, “hold on, I have not yet begun to fight for America.” We see signs that encourage our faith. We refuse to let anything steal our joy as we travel this great nation for Christ. Let us give you the reasons for our hope.
Something supernatural is in our soil. Michael Medved has identified 16 times America should have been destroyed but was spared at the last moment. However, it is the way America was saved that is mind-boggling. Relief literally came out of nowhere.Our hope is that God finishes what He starts. He established this nation with an impossible victory over Britain. He has repeated His acts of sovereign mercy again, and again. Even when things looked much worse than today—and we didn’t deserve it—God turned circumstances in our favor and turned our hearts back to Him. That is our hope.
Millions are praying for revival. If Abraham’s math is correct, God would have saved Sodom and Gomorrah if just 12 righteous were found. Despite the widespread number of lukewarm believers and watered-down preaching—there is a vibrant core of Christians who are claiming our nation through fervent intercession. In fact, Daniel stood alone in prayer and fasting and forced the heart of King Cyrus to release Israel. Millions are praying. That corporate cry is not being ignored.
Extremes in the media and other anti-God agencies are backfiring. The bias against God has been in the media for decades. The difference now is the towering overreach—the blatant bias—the deranged hatred is so intense they can’t hide it. Time was, they could shape public opinion and call it news. In their current melt down, they report banalities and keep reporting them even after they are proven false. The audience looks on with shock and pity and asks, “where is the truth?”
The young are turning to Christ. The great vacuum created by leftist ideology leaves young souls groping for new life. We see young souls coming forward from all over the tent. They come quickly, they come forcefully, they come for nothing less than Jesus. They dispel the lies Satan is saying about this generation. When it comes to young people, it doesn’t take long for a small fire to grow into a widespread movement.
Signs, wonders and miracles are appearing in convincing scriptural order. Miracles are not new. Healings have been with us all along. The difference now is they are being demonstrated in greater measure and with stronger Bible based preaching. This makes them more contagious to the lost and more devastating to the enemy.
There you have it…our great hope for America. There is no denying it will be a hard battle. But if God be for us who can be against us? God bless you, Mario and Mechelle Murillo
I had an uncle who could walk 40 miles an hour. There’s no way around it. Every time he told us how far he had to walk to school it got longer and longer until, by his late 90’s, he was telling his great grandchildren it was 40 miles. And, he made it in an hour.
The same thing happens when some aging saints and revival historians recount past revivals. Each time they tell stories of past revivals, they become more amazing, more perfect, and better than anything we see today.
They mean well, but they do inadvertent harm. Revival suddenly looks impossible. Instead of inspiring people seek an outpouring, people say, “what’s the use?”
The Bible says of Jesus, “a smoking flax He will not quench.” Those words mean something inexpressively wonderful to those who seek revival: God will fan to flame even the most unpromising, smoldering ember.
Let me put it another way: When you asked for revival from a pure motive, God said “yes.” At that moment, God took you at your word and began the process. The thing is most revivals die between the YES and the next step. Because, what comes next is an act of obedience that offends the flesh.
Bill Johnson is a prime example of this. He asked for revival, but when God said yes, Bill obeyed the next step. When many people left Bethel Church in Redding, Bill kept obeying. When the outpouring was misunderstood, Bill simply kept obeying.
Here’s a classic case of a mighty move of God aborted: Before the revival began he promised the evangelist they would move out of their church building to a neutral site if the move of God outgrew the church.
Not only did it outgrow the hall, it was rising to touch the entire region. Stunning healings verified the word. Then the pastor balked at moving the meeting…the real motive for having the meeting was to save the church from financial crisis. It was over.
Revival is simple. Notice I didn’t say easy—I said simple. Big difference. You simply keep obeying in the face of every obstacle.
Simple obedience should not be confused with self-promoted revival. Nothing is more hollow than people trying to force a meeting to be something it is not. I know it sounds strange—given that fact that I am trying to impress upon you the availability of revival—but I think it better not to call it revival, no matter how good it is gets.
Better to have people everywhere coming and being set free and empowered and not call it anything than labeling it revival to convince people something is happening.
Revival is available. God gives good gifts to His children. It’s all about what you do after He says “yes.”
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.
Before he died in 2003 Kenneth Hagin summoned many of his colleagues to Tulsa to rebuke them for distorting his message. He was not happy that some of his followers were manipulating the Bible to support what he viewed as greed and selfish indulgence…
Before He died Kenneth Hagin warned against today’s materialistic gospel.
Charismatic Bible teacher Kenneth Hagin Sr. is considered the father of the so-called prosperity gospel. The folksy, self-trained “Dad Hagin” started a grass-roots movement in Oklahoma that produced a Bible college and a crop of famous preachers including Kenneth Copeland, Jerry Savelle, Charles Capps, Jesse DuPlantis, Creflo Dollar and dozens of others—all of whom teach that Christians who give generously should expect financial rewards on this side of heaven.
Hagin taught that God was not glorified by poverty and that preachers do not have to be poor. But before he died in 2003 and left his Rhema Bible Training Center in the hands of his son, Kenneth Hagin Jr., he summoned many of his colleagues to Tulsa to rebuke them for distorting his message. He was not happy that some of his followers were manipulating the Bible to support what he viewed as greed and selfish indulgence.
Those who were close to Hagin Sr. say he was passionate about correcting these abuses before he died. In fact, he wrote a brutally honest book to address his concerns. The Midas Touch was published in 2000, a year after the infamous Tulsa meeting.
Many Word-Faith ministers ignored the book. But in light of the recent controversy over prosperity doctrines, it might be a good idea to dust it off and read it again.
Here are a few of the points Hagin made in The Midas Touch
1. Financial prosperity is not a sign of God’s blessing. Hagin wrote: “If wealth alone were a sign of spirituality, then drug traffickers and crime bosses would be spiritual giants. Material wealth can be connected to the blessings of God or it can be totally disconnected from the blessings of God.”
2. People should never give in order to get. Hagin was critical of those who “try to make the offering plate some kind of heavenly vending machine.” He denounced those who link giving to getting, especially those who give cars to get new cars or who give suits to get new suits. He wrote: “There is no spiritual formula to sow a Ford and reap a Mercedes.”
3. It is not biblical to “name your seed” in an offering. Hagin was horrified by this practice, which was popularized in faith conferences during the 1980s. Faith preachers sometimes tell donors that when they give in an offering they should claim a specific benefit to get a blessing in return. Hagin rejected this idea and said that focusing on what you are going to receive “corrupts the very attitude of our giving nature.”
4. The “hundredfold return” is not a biblical concept. Hagin did the math and figured out that if this bizarre notion were true, “we would have Christians walking around with not billions or trillions of dollars, but quadrillions of dollars!” He rejected the popular teaching that a believer should claim a specific monetary payback rate.
5. Preachers who claim to have a “debt-breaking” anointing should not be trusted. Hagin was perplexed by ministers who promise “supernatural debt cancellation” to those who give in certain offerings. He wrote in The Midas Touch: “There is not one bit of Scripture I know about that validates such a practice. I’m afraid it is simply a scheme to raise money for the preacher, and ultimately it can turn out to be dangerous and destructive for all involved.”
(Many evangelists who appear on Christian television today use this bogus claim. Usually they insist that the miraculous debt cancellation will occur only if a person “gives right now,” as if the anointing for this miracle suddenly evaporates after the prime time viewing hour. This manipulative claim is more akin to witchcraft than Christian belief.)
Hagin condemned other hair-brained gimmicks designed to trick audiences into emptying their wallets. He was especially incensed when a preacher told his radio listeners that he would take their prayer requests to Jesus’ empty tomb in Jerusalem and pray over them there—if donors included a special love gift. “What that radio preacher really wanted was more people to send in offerings,” Hagin wrote.
Thanks to the recent resurgence in bizarre donation schemes promoted by American charismatics, the prosperity gospel is back under the nation’s microscope. It’s time to revisit Hagin’s concerns and find a biblical balance.
Hagin told his followers: “Overemphasizing or adding to what the Bible actually teaches invariably does more harm than good.” If the man who pioneered the modern concept of biblical prosperity blew the whistle on his own movement, wouldn’t it make sense for us to listen to his admonition?
The Midas Touch is available through Kenneth Hagin Ministries/ Rhema Bible Training Center
Look at message on the shirt. Is it an offensive in your face message? No, it is a desperately needed in your heart message. So, before you judge, get the message behind the shirt.
Let’s begin by understanding something about Satan. He fears. He fears things deeply. In fact, his fears are far deeper than yours will ever be. He fears many things.
Near the top of his list of fears is this one: He fears the genuine Christian. He understands how contagious a real believer—free of both anger and sin—can be to a generation. People feel things around such a person. People find themselves wanting whatever a true believer carries.
I wrote a book entitled I am the Christian the Devil warned you about. I’ll admit it is not my best effort. Parts of it make me wince. But just because I didn’t do a masterful job on the story, doesn’t mean the message isn’t important.
Anyway, in the book there is an encounter with Satan right in his lair. The protagonist, Daniel is invisible to Satan (Daniel doesn’t know why). He hears Satan betray one of his greatest fears. (Before you peruse an early attempt at writing, remember kindness is one the fruits of the Spirit.)
“How can I describe to you the strange sense of destiny I felt? To know that I was standing before the elite of hell, Hearing, their plans, sensing their fears, and yet be totally hidden from their view? I listened with intense anticipation to what Satan would admit next.
‘One authentic Christian,’ he wailed, ‘in which Christ works without resistance is all that it would take to disrupt everything.’ The Father of Lies contorted as if he was having a momentary seizure. His minions reeled for they had never heard him concede to saying the name of the Lord.
Lucifer continued, ‘One true Christian, rightly fitted for war, will be the ruin of us. Listen, you banal beasts, if just one could read and discover how to ask and then receive, if just one would embrace their potential . . . but most of all if just one were to discover the One who is ever with them to make them strong, wise, and miraculous, then . . .’ At the mention of God’s Spirit, the entire company involuntarily dropped and ducked for cover…”
For this reason, Satan uses most of his energy to create imbalance. If enough Christians are created and stay in their natural state, revival is inevitable. Satan understands that revival is a weapon of mass conversion.
As the master of extremes, he’ll make things important to churches that are utterly trivial. He makes leaders jealous of each other, so they’ll lose their first love—love that would compel the unchurched to be saved. He sends great temptation to visible Christians, so they will fall and be called hypocrites. I could go on and on.
If discrediting the Bible is his top priority preventing real Christians is next. What do people who fear do a lot of? They lie, and they gossip. Gossip is rooted in fear and jealously.
A real Christian reminds Satan of the two things that cause him the most agony: The fellowship he lost and the judgement he is about to gain.
At this moment Satan is broadcasting a global subliminal message: Watch out for the real Christian—the loving Christian—the joyous and holy Christian. If you wish to stay an atheist—if you wish to remain addicted, miserable and empty…don’t go near one of these.
We aren’t slamming anyone but Satan. So, we say with a smile and a heart full of love. You know that Christian that Satan told you to avoid? That would be me.