The unfolding events in Modesto, California, read like something from a bygone era. A full 2 hours before the start, the tent housing Mario Murillo Ministries was half full, and we moved up the worship start to 5:45 P.M.
This is California. California, where, supposedly, people do not want God. And even hate God. California, where they are overscheduled and underwhelmed with the idea of having to show up early for anything. Right?
We rented 500 extra chairs, but almost immediately, they were filled. We used a tent much larger than our old tent, and still the overflow was larger than any previous tent crusade. Thousands came.
The only draw is singing, preaching and Jesus. That is all. No bells, no whistles, no extravaganza. This in itself is a sermon. How far have we strayed from realizing the power of the presence of God to draw people? The presence that touches the human heart as nothing else can. The presence of God that Moses said would distinguish us from all the peoples of the earth (Ex. 33:16).
Why are they here? It is not just the presence of God, but they have been driven here because Satan and the left have gone too far. The vision of the left for California is an unmitigated disaster. It is misery for everyone, from the cradle to the grave.
Going "woke" drains the color and enjoyment out of everything. It means living in a perpetual state of offense and paranoia. It turns otherwise rational people into people obsessed with racism.
They did not sit through just one sermon, but I preached two sermons. The first for lost souls, and the second, for revival.
It has been assumed by most that Californians cannot sit through a full sermon, let alone two. That is just one of the sacred cows and false assumptions my blog has been targeting―but there is a simple reason: We are losing the war for America―and for all the wrong reasons.
Not only that, but my first sermon left in all of the items you are supposed to leave out. I preached against sin. I mentioned hell, often. I centered on the cross and the Blood. I told them to repent.
When will we learn to preach what the Holy Spirit wants?
Then the Holy Spirit removed the protection and the resistance of sinners. They instantly left all to follow Jesus. They tell me that 500 people came to Christ on the night of April 18. But as always, only God knows the actual number.
The next sermon I preached centered on revival. I told the audience that we did not just want a great meeting. We do not want great pictures and memories of an event that came and went.
"I want Satan to pack up and get out of town!" I preached.
To that end I made the following points:
1. Who knows when it will ever be like this again? What if this is the last time the door to revival will be open to California?
Esther 4:13-14 says, "Then Mordecai told them to reply to Esther, 'Do not think that in the king's palace you will be more likely to escape than all the other Jews. For if you remain silent at this time, protection and deliverance for the Jews will be ordained from some other place, but you and your father's house shall be destroyed. And who knows if you may have attained royal position for such a time as this?'"
2. Understand what is at stake: We are fighting for our families.
Nehemiah 4:14 says, "After I looked around, I stood up and said to the nobles, the rulers, and the rest of the people, 'Stop being terrified because of them! Remember instead that the Lord is great and awesome. So fight for each other—and for your sons, your daughters, your wives, and your houses.'"
3. Make room for revival. Jesus said to let down the nets, but they only let down one net.
Luke 5:4-7 says:
When He had finished speaking, He said to Simon, "Launch out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch."
Simon answered Him, "Master, we have worked all night and have caught nothing. But at Your word I will let down the net."
When they had done this, they caught a great number of fish, and their net was tearing. So they signaled to their partners in the other boat to come and help them. And they came and filled both boats, so that they began to sink. (Author emphasis added.)
4. We need the outpouring of fresh fire in order that we may be turned into the people of this hour.
1 Samuel 10:6-7 says, " And the Spirit of the Lord will come upon you, and you will prophesy with them. And you will be turned into another man. And it will be when these signs come to you, do for yourself what the occasion requires; for God is with you."
Acts 4:29-31 says:
"Now, Lord, look on their threats and grant that Your servants may speak Your word with great boldness, by stretching out Your hand to heal and that signs and wonders may be performed in the name of Your holy Son Jesus."
When they had prayed, the place where they were assembled together was shaken. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God with boldness.
After the Word of the Lord was delivered Sunday, the fire fell, and thousands of people vowed to be lions of righteousness. They were sent out into the night to bring the sick to the great miracle service that took place in the tent on April 19.
This article originally appeared on mariomurilloministries.wordpress.com.
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