DO NOT THROW TOMORROW AWAY

Can you recall any of the superficial sermons that were preached by celebrity preachers just a few weeks ago? If so, you must realize that preaching that stuff now would come off as banal and inappropriate enough to cause you to cringe. Back then, under the influence of that type of preaching, many believed life was just a bowl of cherries, and their toughest test was wondering how long it would take God to refill the bowl. Now they are believing for toilet paper.

Those warm and fuzzy sermonettes became useless for life during a pandemic.

Many are jobless. Many have loved ones who are sick. Their children are home from school and falling behind. The eateries, stores, and coffee shops they took for granted are now either closed or will only hand you stuff through the door. And the churches they used to attend are worshiping online.

They stare out the window at a strange new world with no idea how bad it’s going to get, and if or when things will return to normal.  Coronavirus has destroyed their theological innocence.

Many are not only done with those motivational pep talks, they have thrown the baby out with the bath water. They are turning away from their faith and trust in a loving God.

The other extreme this outbreak has led to is the number of believers who now hate the faith-prosperity message. They hate it so much that they are rooting for this virus to cause that message to become extinct. And they are every bit as dangerous as the New Age celebrity pastors.

The Holy Spirit has given me a warning to pass on to every child of God. You had a dream. You had a vision. You were just about to start college, start a business, get married, start a family, write a book, build a building, get a patent on a new invention, or launch out in vibrant ministry for Christ. Then the world seemed to come to an end.

The Bible, and your God-given vision and dream are not beholden to human circumstances. The Book that contains the accounts of people who stopped plagues, raised the dead, and blinded armies isn’t going to cut you any slack. DO NOT THROW TOMORROW AWAY.

Now, the present reality is screaming at you that none of those dreams will ever come true. They say you must downgrade your hopes and dreams to a “new normal.” You must adapt to a shadow existence. That is a lethal lie from the pit of hell! I want this blog to be the electrode paddles that will kick-start your visionary heart once again.

GOD IS COMMANDING YOU—DO NOT THROW TOMORROW AWAY!

Do you honestly think that God didn’t know this was coming when He gave you that vision, idea, commission, or calling?  God didn’t just sit down and say, “Oh well, My child, I guess I won’t be able to do what I called you to do. I never factored in this virus thing.”

Furthermore, just because some have abused the truths of Faith and Provision, that does not change the truth about Faith and Provision. Romans 3:3 asks a burning question, “What if some were unfaithful? Does their faithlessness nullify the faithfulness of God?”

Giving up on faith because of the virus is like losing faith in your gun because a burglar got in your house. This crisis doesn’t mean our faith doesn’t work—this is what our faith is for!

Kenneth Hagin did not get his revelation of the faith message during an economic boom. He got it in the depths of the Great Depression. Hagin saw faith intervene in a time of grinding poverty.

Alexander Dowie didn’t launch his healing ministry when divine healing was all the rage. He did it after the bubonic plague killed 40 members of his church. After he launched his healing ministry, no one else died in his church, and an international ministry was born.

I remember when circumstances and outward appearances caused a great evangelist I knew to back off from an important part of his message. Over dinner he told me, “Mario, the poverty was so great in the Philippines that I couldn’t preach prosperity.” I corrected him by asking, “Would you also not preach healing because they were too sick?”

Don’t you dare throw tomorrow away! Joshua 3:5 is your verse: “Sanctify yourselves, for tomorrow the Lord will work wonders among you.”

What does ‘sanctify’ mean? It means clean up your act! This is not a time to be stunned by events. It’s time to train, prepare, pray, study and write the vision plainly so you can run with it. Fan the fading embers back into a roaring flame.

This crisis will go away. What will never go away is the regret of what you might have done for God if you hadn’t thrown it away. DO NOT THROW AWAY TOMORROW!

 

 

Let us place a new weapon in your hand. Mario’s new book that saw this coming and gives the instructions for those would let God forge them into a nation-saving weapon.

Mario’s new book will awaken you to your assignment in God’s work to save America. It’s $15 each or $12 for ten or more. Get a signed copy plus free shipping by clicking here.  https://mariomurillo.org/product/vessels-of-fire-glory/ 

 

 

 

 

 

DO NOT THROW TOMORROW AWAY

Can you recall any of the superficial sermons that were preached by celebrity preachers just a few weeks ago? If so, you must realize that preaching that stuff now would come off as banal and inappropriate enough to cause you to cringe. Back then, under the influence of that type of preaching, many believed life was just a bowl of cherries, and their toughest test was wondering how long it would take God to refill the bowl. Now they are believing for toilet paper.

Those warm and fuzzy sermonettes became useless for life during a pandemic.

Many are jobless. Many have loved ones who are sick. Their children are home from school and falling behind. The eateries, stores, and coffee shops they took for granted are now either closed or will only hand you stuff through the door. And the churches they used to attend are worshiping online.

They stare out the window at a strange new world with no idea how bad it’s going to get, and if or when things will return to normal.  Coronavirus has destroyed their theological innocence.

Many are not only done with those motivational pep talks, they have thrown the baby out with the bath water. They are turning away from their faith and trust in a loving God.

The other extreme this outbreak has led to is the number of believers who now hate the faith-prosperity message. They hate it so much that they are rooting for this virus to cause that message to become extinct. And they are every bit as dangerous as the New Age celebrity pastors.

The Holy Spirit has given me a warning to pass on to every child of God. You had a dream. You had a vision. You were just about to start college, start a business, get married, start a family, write a book, build a building, get a patent on a new invention, or launch out in vibrant ministry for Christ. Then the world seemed to come to an end.

The Bible, and your God-given vision and dream are not beholden to human circumstances. The Book that contains the accounts of people who stopped plagues, raised the dead, and blinded armies isn’t going to cut you any slack. DO NOT THROW TOMORROW AWAY.

Now, the present reality is screaming at you that none of those dreams will ever come true. They say you must downgrade your hopes and dreams to a “new normal.” You must adapt to a shadow existence. That is a lethal lie from the pit of hell! I want this blog to be the electrode paddles that will kick-start your visionary heart once again.

GOD IS COMMANDING YOU—DO NOT THROW TOMORROW AWAY!

Do you honestly think that God didn’t know this was coming when He gave you that vision, idea, commission, or calling?  God didn’t just sit down and say, “Oh well, My child, I guess I won’t be able to do what I called you to do. I never factored in this virus thing.”

Furthermore, just because some have abused the truths of Faith and Provision, that does not change the truth about Faith and Provision. Romans 3:3 asks a burning question, “What if some were unfaithful? Does their faithlessness nullify the faithfulness of God?”

Giving up on faith because of the virus is like losing faith in your gun because a burglar got in your house. This crisis doesn’t mean our faith doesn’t work—this is what our faith is for!

Kenneth Hagin did not get his revelation of the faith message during an economic boom. He got it in the depths of the Great Depression. Hagin saw faith intervene in a time of grinding poverty.

Alexander Dowie didn’t launch his healing ministry when divine healing was all the rage. He did it after the bubonic plague killed 40 members of his church. After he launched his healing ministry, no one else died in his church, and an international ministry was born.

I remember when circumstances and outward appearances caused a great evangelist I knew to back off from an important part of his message. Over dinner he told me, “Mario, the poverty was so great in the Philippines that I couldn’t preach prosperity.” I corrected him by asking, “Would you also not preach healing because they were too sick?”

Don’t you dare throw tomorrow away! Joshua 3:5 is your verse: “Sanctify yourselves, for tomorrow the Lord will work wonders among you.”

What does ‘sanctify’ mean? It means clean up your act! This is not a time to be stunned by events. It’s time to train, prepare, pray, study and write the vision plainly so you can run with it. Fan the fading embers back into a roaring flame.

This crisis will go away. What will never go away is the regret of what you might have done for God if you hadn’t thrown it away. DO NOT THROW AWAY TOMORROW!

 

 

Let us place a new weapon in your hand. Mario’s new book that saw this coming and gives the instructions for those would let God forge them into a nation-saving weapon.

Mario’s new book will awaken you to your assignment in God’s work to save America. It’s $15 each or $12 for ten or more. Get a signed copy plus free shipping by clicking here.  https://mariomurillo.org/product/vessels-of-fire-glory/ 

 

 

 

 

 

God has called you to do something great but you do not have the resources to do it.

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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.

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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.

Federal Heights shots 008

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.

When the Kingdom of God Overtakes Church

 We are on the cusp of a long overdue revolution both inside and outside the church.  An explosive truth is right under your nose; a truth that could fundamentally turn the course of the United States back to God.   I have no doubt that this is the very answer that we are desperately seeking.

When the Kingdom of God Overtakes Church.

By Mario Murillo

Experts say that America has lost her way because the church has lost its way.    How can they blame the church for America’s problems?   Many say it is because they helped reelect Barrack Obama.   They say reelection because, as the saying goes “fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice shame on me.”

Do you, yes you Pastor, need to cry “shame on me for putting race over righteousness” since Obama told you what he was going to do to marriage before you voted?   Will history say that your vote helped open the floodgates for the greatest decline of morals, money, prestige and safety in American history?   You were supposed to protect the sheep.  Did you instead help the wolf by not only voting for him but influencing 6 million believers to violate their conscience?

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This is an extreme example of what happens when “church” overtakes the Kingdom of God.   You wake up committed an agenda that violates your convictions.  This disaster is not limited to politics.  We see it now on every level.  Pastors cannot call sin, sin.  They dare not challenge their people to prayer.  They are imprisoned in a system where they cannot hear from God at all because they are wholly tuned to the whims of fickle members and prevailing social trends.

By now you’ve guessed that when I say “church” I do not mean the Church of Jesus Christ.  I am talking about the machine that man built not God.  Some are built by traditions, others are built by control freaks, and still others are the spawn of charts, graphs and market research.   They have one thing in common…they are working for God but not with Him.

What is even worse is when “church” becomes “church incorporated.”  Now the Pastor must tenaciously protect a far flung empire…even protecting it from God!  They are forced to keep Christians in a childish condition.  You cannot build an army against evil in a Christian country club.

So, even when “church” is wildly successful, Satan laughs because he understands that it is no threat to his destructive plan.

Things look pretty grim don’t they?   No in fact the opposite is the case.  We are on the cusp of a long overdue revolution both inside and outside the church.  An explosive truth is right under your nose; a truth that could fundamentally turn the course of the United States back to God.   I have no doubt that this is the very answer that we are desperately seeking.

So if you are ready…I mean ready to stop chasing fantasies about church growth, soul winning, revival, the supernatural and  the anointing, then you can unlock a truth.  Not just any truth but a truth that terrifies Satan more than any other.  It is about that moment when the WHEN THE KINGDOM OF GOD OVERTAKES CHURCH. lights over america

  1. That moment that you hear the knock. I noticed something consistent in the churches that are not “churches” but power centers that are driving the forces of darkness back in their communities: They all describe the day that their church was “overtaken.”

This came after they heard the knock and opened the door.   Revelations 3:15-20 clearly describes the American church.  Revelation 3: 15 “I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I could wish you were cold or hot. 16 So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth. 17 Because you say, ‘I am rich, have become wealthy, and have need of nothing’—and do not know that you are wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked— 18 I counsel you to buy from Me gold refined in the fire, that you may be rich; and white garments, that you may be clothed, that the shame of your nakedness may not be revealed; and anoint your eyes with eye salve, that you may see. 19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten. Therefore be zealous and repent. 20 Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me.   Imagine that!  Jesus is knocking at the door and trying to get back in His own church.

If you are weary from trying to hold something together that you put together it is time to hear His knock and His voice and open the door and let the Kingdom of God overtake you.

  1. The Kingdom of God has its own agenda. Joshua 3: 13 And it came to pass, when Joshua was by Jericho, that he lifted his eyes and looked, and behold, a Man stood opposite him with His sword drawn in His hand. And Joshua went to Him and said to Him, “Are You for us or for our adversaries?” 14 So He said, “No, but as Commander of the army of the Lord I have now come.”  And Joshua fell on his face to the earth and worshiped, and said to Him, “What does my Lord say to His servant?”

Joshua was intensely involved in leading until he was overtaken by the agenda of heaven.

Long before you got to your city, God was working there.  Long after you are gone God will still be working there.   He loves the city more than you do.  He has all the wisdom to reach it.  You do not.

Whenever I hear a leader say “we are studying the issue” I know they are operating from churchiness and not the Kingdom.   Our plans need to be consumed.  Kingdom plans must be embraced.

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The greatest lie is the one that says we cannot survive unless we become “relevant.”    The Kingdom of God is beyond relevant it is timeless.   No genius in a thousand years would have come up with the plan God had for taking Jericho.  Likewise the agenda of the Kingdom of God infinitely surpasses all that we rely upon.

Why I am so filled with hope?  Because I know that Jesus does not lie.  He promised that if you would hear the knock and open the door He Himself would enter and take over all aspects of church life.

  1. Sailing before the wind. Something else stuck out about those power centers that exchanged “church” for the Kingdom of God. They suddenly had unlimited resources for every project.  How does that work?!

Acts 16: 6 Now when they had gone through Phrygia and the region of Galatia, they were forbidden by the Holy Spirit to preach the word in Asia. 7 After they had come to Mysia, they tried to go into Bithynia, but the Spirit did not permit them. 8 So passing by Mysia, they came down to Troas. 9 And a vision appeared to Paul in the night. A man of Macedonia stood and pleaded with him, saying, “Come over to Macedonia and help us.” 10 Now after he had seen the vision, immediately we sought to go to Macedonia, concluding that the Lord had called us to preach the gospel to them.

11 Therefore, sailing from Troas, we ran a straight course to Samothrace, and the next day came to Neapolis.

This is the best example of an overtaking.   They tried and tried and finally stopped trying.   A vision appears.   And they sail from Samothrace to Neapolis in one Day?  This is a two day trip!   A sea wind filled their sails and cut their time in half.

Things are bad…no way around it.  However it is the sober realization of how bad that can fuel a divine desperation.   Some who read this need to let go of things that are your natural security.  Others need to return to a first love.    I do not know who has a more difficult challenge the pastor of a small church or the leader of a mega church.  One is struggling to survive and the other is diluted by false success.

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When we drop all and open the door for the Kingdom of God to overtake our lives and our plans we immediately connect to unlimited power, wisdom, favor and resources.  We can answer anyone, we can implement plans with wisdom from beyond this world and we can connect to the others who have been overtaken by the Kingdom.    This is how national fires are set and the course of a culture is transformed.

 

What do you do when you know God has called you to do something great but you do not have the resources to do it.

What

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.

youth revival

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.

Federal Heights shots 008

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.

God wants to do something big with you…don’t blow it!

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August 8th, 2013,

The darkness gathers.  The clouds of wickedness overtake the land.  There you sit wanting desperately to be used of God.  You want your gifts released.  You want your vision to grow and prosper.  Yet, it feels like a glass wall is holding you back.  What do you do?   God want s to use you to do amazing things…don’t blow right before the finish line!    Check these things:

Make sure you Know the difference: Entitlement versus Expectation.   When Jesus said, “He who is faithful over little will be faithful over much,” it is both a warning and a promise.  I believe it warns us about two attitudes: Entitlement and Expectation.  These look alike but they are polar opposites.

Entitlement tells you to wait to give it your best when you are in a job worthy of your talent. When the “entitled” do take a position that is “beneath” them, they work as if they are just passing through.  This always backfires because there are always at least two people watching you.  The first is your current boss. If they sense that you feel entitled to more, they are already looking for your replacement.  The other who is watching you is unseen, someone who has the power to promote you.  There is always someone watching you who has the power to bless you.

Entitlement makes small beginnings sting.  Zechariah 4:10 asks, “who has despised the day of small beginnings?” The answer is, the entitled.   Great works of God start small and require hard work.  Entitlement doubles your load.  You not only face the hard work that always accompanies success but you are also grieving at results that are probably better than should have been expected.  The warning in, ““He who is faithful over little will be faithful over much,” is if you are not faithful over little, you will never get to be “over much!”

Expectation: Expectation says, “Keep going, I can get there from here!”  Joy and confidence that God’s blessing is inevitable and that it can come from the most unpromising sources.   The woman with the issue of blood said within herself, “if I could but just touch the hem of His garment I shall be whole.”  Expectation finds beauty in the smallest task because God is in the task.  Expectation says, “Keep going, I can get there from here!”  Expectation is a bulldozer that plow under the most discouraging mounds of adversity and setbacks. The promise of Jesus is, ““He who is faithful over little will be faithful over much.”  God will remembers those who were faithful.  He will promote them to big things.

Expectation also works the other way.  It shows you when your current location is a prison and not a promise.  Psalm 62:5 My soul, wait silently for God alone, For my expectation is from Him.  If a leader does not believe in your gift and sees you as cheap labor then realize that it may be time to move on.

Go out only at the command of God.   This quote is from God calling, The world has always seen service for me to be activity.  Only those near to me have seen that a life apart, of prayer, may, and does so often, accomplish more that all of the service man can offer me. If man lived apart with Me and only went out to serve at My direct command My Spirit could operate more and accomplish truly mighty things.”

Stop human striving in order to do mighty things. Not only can bad leaders rob your life, you can do it to yourself!   X-ray the demands of your day.  Why do you do them?  You will see things that people say you must do.  You will see things that you only think are vital.  You will see things that you are doing that only God can do. Martha whined to Jesus about Mary.  Jesus said, “She has chosen the better part.” Let inspiration take the place of aspiration.

I know you are champing at the bit, but let the timing and power of God work through you.  Never are we tested more than when finances are scarce.  We want to take care of those we love and yes, we must be diligent but it is dangerous when we move from diligence to hustling.  Many preachers hustle bookings, many business people go into panic partnerships and it always ends the same way.  Instead of solving the crisis new problems are created.  We look back and regret that we did not wait for the God sent opportunity that would have launched us forward.

If you have a child then for certain you have experienced their impatience.  You know that they do not realize how much good you want to do for them in good time.   We are exactly the same.  We grow antsy when things don’t happen soon enough and losing sight of our Father’s good intentions for us, we take matters into our own hands.

God Calling adds this final quote “The world does not need supermen but supernatural men.  People who will persistently turn the self out of their lives and let Divine Power work through them.  Do not fear unemployment! God always plenty of work to be done and always pays His workers well.”

God wants to do big things through you. Don’t let these simple mistakes hold you back.

God wants to do big things through you. Don’t let these simple mistakes hold you back.

The darkness gathers.  The clouds of wickedness overtake the land.  There you sit wanting desperately to  be used of God.  You want your gifts released.  You want your vision to grow and prosper.  Yet, it feels like an glass wall is holding you back.  What do you do? Check these things

Know the difference: Entitlement versus Expectation.   When Jesus said, “He who is faithful over little will be faithful over much,” it is both a warning and a promise.  I believe it warns us about two attitudes: Entitlement and Expectation.  These look alike but they are polar opposites.

Entitlement tells you to wait to give it your best when you are in a job worthy of your talent. When the “entitled” do take a position that is “beneath” them, they work as if they are just passing through.  This always backfires because there are always at least two people watching you.  The first is your current boss. If they sense that you feel entitled to more, they are already looking for your replacement.  The other who is watching you is unseen, someone who has the power to promote you.  There is always someone watching you who has the power to bless you.

Zechariah 4:10 asks, “who has despised the day of small beginnings?” The answer is, the entitled.  Entitlement makes small beginnings sting.  Great works of God start small and require hard work.  Entitlement doubles your load.  You not only face the hard work that always accompanies success but you are also grieving at results that are probably better than should have been expected.  The warning in, ““He who is faithful over little will be faithful over much,” is if you are not faithful over little, you will never get to be “over much!”

Expectation: Joy and confidence that God’s blessing is inevitable.   The woman with the issue of blood said within herself, “if I could but just touch the hem of His garment I shall be whole.”  Expectation finds beauty in the smallest task because God is in the task.  Expectation says, “Keep going, I can get there from here!”  Expectation is a bulldozer that plow under the most discouraging mounds of adversity and setbacks. The promise of Jesus is, ““He who is faithful over little will be faithful over much.”  God will remembers those who were faithful.  He will promote them to big things.

Go out only at the command of God.   This quote is from God calling, The world has always seen service for me to be activity.  Only those near to me have seen that a life apart, of prayer, may, and does so often, accomplish more that all of the service man can offer me. If man lived apart with Me and only went out to serve at My direct command My Spirit could operate more and accomplish truly mighty things.”

Stop human striving in order to do mighty things. Stopping seems foolish until you X-ray the demands of your day.  Why do you do them?  You will see things that people say you must do.  You will see things that you only think are vital.  You will see things that you are doing that only God can do. Martha whined to Jesus about Mary.  Jesus said, “She has chosen the better part.” Let inspiration take the place of aspiration.

Let the power of God work through you. The world does not need supermen but supernatural men.  People who will persistently turn the self out of their lives and let Divine Power work through them.  Do not fear unemployment! God always plenty of work to be done and always pays His workers well.

Building in Troublesome Times

Building in troublesome times

 This letter asks you to Do something that runs against the grain of all current wisdom.

It asks you to ignore all of the images of dread.  It asks you to do what some would consider ridiculous in this time of crumbling stocks and skyrocketing fuel prices.  This letter is saying build, build, build.   How can this be right?   Given all the trouble, this is a terrible time to build but I say that the trouble does not count!  No Mario has take leave of his senses; he has come to them!

My letters and emails tell me horror stories of fear and retreat.  Dreams are being postponed or cancelled outright.   Expansion is now guilty until proven innocent. Young people are acting like they are old and afraid.   Once bold leadership lions are retreating and looking for safe landings.

This revelation begins with the story of Daniel.  This man of God wept bitterly and gave himself to fast and pray forIsrael.  His nation was destroyed.  The temple was obliterated.  The people were taken back into slavery.   Despite the glory and wealth thatBabylonhad heaped on Daniel, he could not find comfort over the judgment of God on his homeland.  The only thing that pained Daniel more than this was the sin ofIsrael.  It was his need to repent on behalf ofhis nation that drove Daniel to an extended time of fasting and prayer.

It is his prayer that enlightens us to the man.   Daniel 9: 13 should be eerie and convicting in its accuracy to us right now!  “As it is written in the Law of Moses, all this disaster has come upon us; yet we have not made our prayer before the LORD our God, that we might turn from our iniquities and understand Your truth. 14 Therefore the LORD has kept the disaster in mind, and brought it upon us; for the LORD our God is righteous in all the works which He does, though we have not obeyed His voice.”   The fact is thatAmerica did not repent after 911 and

Christians have not prayed for mercy has extended our misery and delayed revival. I thought this was an encouraging word about building?   Yes it is!  Read on.   Daniel grieved at the loss of the presence and glory of God inJerusalem.  Nothing meant more to him than to storm heaven with pleading prayers for its restoration.   The city must be rebuilt!  The temple must be restored.  You cannot overstate the passion of Daniel for the rebuilding of the City ofDavid.   Over and over he asked “When Lord, When?”

Daniel’s prayer punctures the hold of that the demonic Prince of Persia held on the angel Gabriel and he arrived with the answer to Daniel’s prayer.   The city will be rebuilt and the glory of the latter temple will be greater than the former.   However, it is what Gabriel said about the times that matters to us most in this letter!  He said, “Daniel 9: 25 “ Know therefore and understand, That from the going forth of the command  To restore and build Jerusalem
Until Messiah the Prince, There shall be seven weeks and sixty-two weeks;  The streetshall be built again, and the wall, Even in troublesome times.

 

If you think for one moment that this is not important then you do not know Nehemiah.  He was one of the bravest men in the Bible.  He left security and came to a desolate, divided and devastated city.  Why did he come?  He came to rebuild!  He was the fulfillment of the angel’s prediction about the walls and the streets.  Regarding Daniel 9:25 the pulpit commentary says, “This was certainly fulfilled in the days of Nehemiah; one has only to read the book of Nehemiah to see that.”

Nehemiah had to find a formula for success.  He was beset these formidable foes in Nehemiah chapter 4:

1. The grinding insults of the enemy.  “2 And he spoke before his brethren and the army of Samaria, and said, “What are these feeble Jews doing? Will they fortify themselves? Will they offer sacrifices? Will they complete it in a day? Will they revive the stones from the heaps of rubbish—stones that are burned?” 3 Now Tobiah the Ammonite was beside him, and he said, “Whatever they build, if even a fox goes up on it, he will break down their stone wall.”  

 2. A terrorized people:  8 and all of them conspired together to come and attack Jerusalem and create confusion. 9 Nevertheless we made our prayer to our God, and because of them we set a watch against them day and night.” 

 2. An overwhelmed workforce: 10 Then Judah said, “The strength of the laborers is failing, and there is so much rubbish that we are not able to build the wall.”


Nehemiah found the boldness and fervor to build in the face of a demoralized workforce and an angry and bloodthirsty brood because of the prophetic power of Daniel!  He was the heir to Daniel’s intercessory prayer!  These were the times of trouble the prophet predicted!  He realized that this was not just a good time to build it was an excellent time to build!

Because of this prophecy Nehemiah learned the lesson we must learn.   Trouble is not an excuse stop building it is the prophetic cue to build!  This is why Nehemiah thundered out in Nehemiah 4: 14 “And I looked, and arose and said to the nobles, to the leaders, and to the rest of the people, “Do not be afraid of them. Remember the Lord, great and awesome, and fight for your brethren, your sons, your daughters, your wives, and your houses.”

 Joining in this chorus of building in troubled times are Haggai who said in Haggai 1: 2 “Thus speaks the LORD of hosts, saying: ‘This people says, “The time has not come, the time that the LORD’s house should be built.”    The people kept saying this is not a good time to build!

The reason that they gave is very illuminating.  They felt that it was not a good time to build because of their trouble.  They had economic trouble.  They had weather trouble.  They had political trouble.   However, God was about to violently turn the tables by showing them why they had trouble!  7 Thus says the LORD of hosts: “Consider your ways! 8 Go up to the mountains and bring wood and build the temple, that I may take pleasure in it and be glorified,” says the LORD. 9 “You looked for much, but indeed it came to little; and when you brought it home, I blew it away. Why?” says the LORD of hosts. “Because of My house that is in ruins, while every one of you runs to his own house. 10 Therefore the heavens above you withhold the dew, and the earth withholds its fruit. 11 For I called for a drought on the land and the mountains, on the grain and the new wine and the oil, on whatever the ground brings forth, on men and livestock, and on all the labor of your hands.”

Here is the word of God for them and for us:  It is not because the times are troubled that we do not build, it is because we do not build that the times are troubled!

 What are we supposed to build?   We are supposed to build families!  We are supposed to build businesses!  We are supposed to build films, books, inventions and yes buildings.  Most of all we are to build character and integrity that can change the world. The shock and awe of Satan is meant to paralyze, atrophy, and shrink vision.   So again I say build, build, build!   Build excellently.  Build joyously!

Build through your trouble: The greatest vessels of God have appeared in times of calamity and confusion. Trouble is your opportunity to be your best, to be more than you ever imagined you could be.   If God has honored you to live in troubled times then trouble will only make you stronger.  The conditions will never seem right to the timid soul.  The Word of God says

To build in troubled times is the most eloquent act of defiance against fear:  If you face your fear with a plan of escape you will only gain a gnawing sense of defeat.  The moment you decide to stand, fight and build you will release the power of the Holy Spirit.  Unknown reserves of courage will well up within you!

Build because this will all soon be over:  In heaven, you will only regret what you did not leave on the field of battle.  It is the bold steps untaken, and the challenges avoided that will pang you in that day.  This will soon be over and the threat that seems so big now will look so puny there!  What are you saving your courage for?  What are you withholding your talent, resources and dreams for?   Surely they are all for such a time as this!

Build now because the conditions are right: The conditions will never seem right to the timid soul.  The Word of God says, “Ecclesiastes 11: 4 He who observes the wind will not sow, And he who regards the clouds will not reap.”  If you wait for all of the objections to be answered nothing will ever be attempted.

You have a clear choice!  You can believe headlines or the Bible.   If you believe the headlines you should hunker down and prepare for a life of ever-decreasing hope; a life of limits and dread that will place you among the living dead.

The experts say that we have lost our youth and that we can only expect them to get worse.  Joel 2:20 says “I will pour out of my Spirit on your sons and daughter and they will prophesy”  If you believe the news media then you will only expect them be lost.  If you believe Joel then you will build toward a worldwide youth revival!

The news media warns of violent convulsions in man and nature and the end of the world.  Jesus said that it cannot end before one event: Matthew 24:14 And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come.  If you believe Jesus then you know why we must build to order to contain the greatest harvest of souls in the history of mankind!

The greatest enemy to building is the feeling that says, “What’s the use?”  In a world where it seems that every good thing has been taken and every great thing has been done despair comes easily.   No doubt this spirit gripped the people Haggai preached to.  Why build another temple it can never compare to Solomon’s yet Haggai 2:3,4 says “Who is left among you who saw this temple in its former glory? And how do you see it now? In comparison with it, is this not in your eyes as nothing? 4 Yet now be strong, Zerubbabel,’ says the LORD.”

Haggai goes on to say in verses 8,9 “The silver is Mine, and the gold is Mine,’ says the LORD of hosts. 9 ‘The glory of this latter temple shall be greater than the former,’ says the LORD of hosts. ‘And in this place I will give peace,’ says the LORD of hosts.”

 God is saying in essence, “I know how you feel but wait there is yet something  awesome left for you to build.  Now get up and build! Amen.    Tune into TBN tonight May 17th to hear my message.  7PM West Coast time   This of you that live near the S.F. Bay Area Join us for 3 nights of BECOMING  ARMED AND DANGEROUS at Dream House  located at  1015 Estudillo Street Martinez CA 94553.  May 18th-20th Friday 7:15PM  Saturday 5PM  Sunday 5PM  call 925 300 3007

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