Editor's note: Mario Murillo wrote this before the first night of his tent crusade in Sacramento, California, where God did a miraculous work. Read about it here.
It is the eve of our next tent crusade, and I hear God speaking. Not sermons for the tent. And not even prayer for miracles. He is saying, "Tell the American church it is time to get back on the offensive." God is commanding the church to ignore every outward sign of resistance and limitation. He is ordering the church to get back on the attack. It is time to attack Satan's stranglehold on America.
Remember, America is a land of covenants. There are old wells of revival. Deep spiritual history. God is rolling up His sleeves. He is fiercely warring to restore what America was before the poison of "wokeness" entered her veins.
It is time to look back and realize what those freedom fighters faced. That group of people who crossed an ocean on pieces of wood that you and I wouldn't dare step onto—let alone sail over an ocean—in order to have freedom to worship Christ.
We need to rediscover the people who carved a nation out of the wilderness. The same kind of spirit and courage they had has to get back into us!
The American church desperately needs a mass renewing of the inner man. Second Corinthians 4:16-18 (NKJV) says, "Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day. For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal."
We cannot dwell on the impossibility of restoring America. God is for us. God is upon us. The money, influence, open doors, gifts of power and strategies are here now―not at some distant date in the future.
No devil and no perversion can stand before the body of Christ. Not when the body shakes itself from division, confusion and lack of memory.
Remember, David's sling was his second weapon. His first weapon was his memory of what God had done in the past. He looked at Saul and said, "You want to know why that nine-and-a-half-foot tall man is going to die? It is because your servant has killed a lion and a bear."
American history is being banned, not because of racism, but because the devil knows the testimony of God that runs through it. The Bible says, "Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits" (Ps. 103:2). The list of benefits to America that have come from God is endless!
Church, we have been here before. We've been in worse spots than this. We have won in the past, and we can win again. And we are going to win, by the power of God. God just needs to turn on the fire and stir that fire again in our souls.
Sun Tzu wrote in The Art of War, "Warriors of old first placed themselves beyond the possibility of defeat, and then waited for an opportunity of defeating the enemy." That is what I do spiritually, in the tent. Can I get you away from the news for a moment? Can I get you to understand the secret for getting back on the attack—regardless of who you are?
As I prepared to write this, I saw the blazing similarity between what I do every time I get ready to win a fresh battle. We must see that the victory is already ours.
One important thing that everyone can take away from what I do to get ready for a tent crusade is that I don't let the outward appearance sway me. Can you imagine standing in front of a tent full of wheelchairs, people on crutches and some of the most absolutely suffering humanity you have ever seen?
I don't see them that way. I cannot walk into the tent while seeing with my own eyes.
Before I walk into that tent, I see those people already healed. I see the drug addicts already delivered. I have already won the war, alone with God. That is why everyone who knows me knows that they have to jealously guard my afternoon, because I cannot be with anyone but Christ. And Christ must defeat my flesh. And if He defeats me, and my flesh, then He can work through me to defeat the powers of darkness. If God can break every preacher free of their own ego, the nation will fall to God.
Fire! Besides confidence, we also need fire. And fire will burn out indecision. It will burn out confusion. It will allow you to put all the controversy on the shelf, and then resume the urgent act of praying the right words: "Lord, the nation is in serious trouble. You called me, You trained me, You raised me up for a specific purpose, and I cannot be distracted by all that the enemy is doing."
God can make you the catalyst. A catalyst is an element that changes everything around it without itself undergoing a change. Imagine how important that is right now.
The gospel is also a catalyst. When I charge onto the stage, I am telling myself: "Here is what God told me to tell America." And knowing that I am saying what God told me to tell America gives me the right to believe that the dead will be raised, the addict will be delivered, and the churches will be unified.
My confession is: "I have the fire. I have the message that God gave me for America!" If you also will get alone with God and gain that same confidence, nothing will be able to stop you.
Here is the point I want to make, in Acts 9, Dorcas was dead. Sometimes we need faith to come at us from a completely new direction. Dorcas was dead, and the people around her dead body said, "This is not right! This is not right! This must not be!"
When the church leaders found out that Peter, the great apostle, was nearby in Joppa, they sent for him. They didn't bring him there for a wake. They didn't invite him there to reminisce about Dorcas' life. They literally said, "Bring him here, to raise her from the dead." That is a level of submission to the Spirit and power in the book of Acts that we can hardly relate to.
In that same way—if we become incapable of tolerating the condition of America—if we remember our families and our God, then we can do battle and reclaim our nation.
"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'" (Neh. 4:14).
This article originally appeared at mariomurillo.org.
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