When I was in Bible school I was prayerfully considering entering into a serious relationship with a female friend. I was struggling to find the will of God in the matter. One night the Lord gave me a dream of her committing fornication with another man. It happened just as I saw it in the dream. The dream wasn’t “X” rated but zeroed in only on the guilt ridden face of my female friend fully dressed and lying on a bed with a man. As it turned out, she had had sexual affairs with 16 men before she was born again. I saw her as a new creation in Christ and was merciful to her, but the Lord supernaturally led me out of that relationship. I pray that she is clean and free today and doing well, but her concupiscence at that time would’ve damaged my own life and calling and perhaps set be back years.

Then more recently, a few years ago, in a time when we were struggling in ministry I was asked to dissolve our own ministry and take a position with another ministry. The position was attractive but I knew it wasn’t God. If I had taken it, I would’ve been miserable wth no grace to fulfill my distinct calling in the Lord.

Both of these Spirit led decisions have resulted in an increasingly fruitful life full of grace and liberty that has touched every area of my walk with God. It always pays to obey the leadership and direction of the Holy Spirit, especially when it seems hard at the time.

The first thought we usually have when we are faced with certain choices and decisions is, “It can’t be that bad to go this way; or God is forgiving and knows my heart.” But God sees the end. He sees what our choices and decisions will bring. The end is never good for those who forsake the direction and path of the Holy Spirit. Even when you don’t know His will, He will lead you according to the integrity and purity of your own heart. If you really want God’s will, in spite of the initial hardship that His will may bring you into, there will always be grace to overcome. In a sense it costs to obey God, but in the long run, it pays great dividends. God is a debtor to no man.

I wish all stories ended well, as my aforementioned examples did. But there are many stories that due to ignoring the Spirits leadings don’t end well.

As a sobering example, my wife Carolyn had a dream years ago about her older sister. She was living in a large mud house made of stick and straw. Upon a very high shelf she saw a candlelight. It was hidden and unreachable.

Due to the dirt and filth in the home Carolyn took a shower. Then her Mom called her and she told her about the filthiness of her sister’s home, which represented her sister’s spiritual life. Her Mom, who was in a cult at that time, told her not to worry about it and that it was no big deal. This is what many carnal Christians will tell you concerning sin and filth. Good-hearted ministers will also sometimes offer man’s wisdom in critical situations and decision making that can take you off the path of God’s plan for your life. If I took that ministry position I would’ve been miserable today. Yet the offer was made in good will and kind gesture.

Things look so different to God than they do to carnal people and good-hearted ministers offering to help you. He sees where your decisions will lead to and the destructive nature of what you are believing  or doing.

The end of Carolyn’s dream played out with the whole house catching fire and the family running out.

Interpretation: Her sister, who was a believer and played a significant role in Carolyn’s salvation and baptism of the Spirit, had begun to backslide. The candlelight was symbolic of her hiding the light of Jesus that she once shined. We prayed for Carolyn’s sister through the years and watched her make decision after decision that manifested in destruction and disaster for her and her family. First adultery, then divorce, then social drinking, then heavy drinking, then sin and immorality in her children – one in a lesbian marriage, another bearing children out of wedlock and then a subsequent divorce, and a third in more of the same. These were all children who started in the faith with their parents, who were in the ministry at one time. The bitter end was that just two years ago, Carolyn’s sister committed suicide by hanging herself on a fence by a dog leash. Very, very sad ending. We wept for what could’ve been.

What could’ve been if Carolyn’s sister had followed her heart and conscience that was calling for her attention and attempting to divert her from this harm and tragedy? Her entire family may have been saved. I believe the escape from the burning house could’ve also meant that some will still be saved, so as by fire. Carolyn and I are holding out hope that her sister was sick in the head when she hung herself, but somehow got things right in her heart with the Lord before going off into eternity.

Tragic endings like that start with ignoring gentle promptings and leadings of the Spirit of God. The Holy Spirit always leads us into life and liberty and provision, even when it seems hard or there is hardship involved. There is always grace in the hardship and God will always lead you according to your integrity and purity of heart. He will lead those who will to do His will. But if you are not living in this perfect attitude toward God you will have a multitude of thoughts that are not of Him that will eventually lead you astray from His will and plan for your life.

When I was praying about the relationship with that girl, I was really thinking she was the one for me and I was envisioning what life would be like with her. I had good feelings about it, but I wanted to make sure. I can tell you that I wanted God’s will more than I wanted her. I was crying out for clarity and He gave me that dream and showed me that sexual stronghold in her life. If I married her, my life would’ve taken a much different turn. God gave me that dream for my own protection. I could’ve disregarded it. I could’ve not paid enough attention to it. I could’ve over-ridden God’s warning.

God sees the end; we don’t. He sees the results; we only see what’s in front of us. When we obey one leading of the Holy Spirit, other leadings begin to come. There’s grace to continue, but there is also grace to restore the lives of those who’ve missed it and have bitter pasts and presents.

For those who have missed it, study the story of Naomi. It is one of the most beautiful stories of redemption in the Bible. After losing her husband and two sons to death, she struggled with her identity and said these words:

“Do not call me Naomi (means pleasant); call me Mara (means bitter), for the Almighty has dealt bitterly with me. I went out full, and the Lord has brought me home again empty. Why do you call me Naomi, since the Lord has testified against me, and the Almighty has afflicted me” (Ruth 1:20-21).

Imagine her predicament. Then read the end of her story. Her daughter-in-law remarried and bore a son who became the father of Jesse and grandfather of David in the bloodline of Jesus Christ. It is another beautiful account of a disadvantaged woman’s restoration and redemption.

“Then the women said to Naomi, ‘Blessed be the Lord, who has not left you this day without a close relative; and may his name be famous in Israel! And may he be to you a restorer of life and a nourisher of your old age; for your daughter-in-law, who loves you, who is better to you than seven sons, has borne him.’ Then Naomi took the child and laid him on her bosom, and became a nurse to him. Also the neighbor women gave him a name, saying, ‘There is a son born to Naomi.’ And they called his name Obed. He is the father of Jesse, the father of David” (Ruth 4:14-17).

Naomi did hard things to follow God, but God turned her bitterness into sweetness and pleasantry. It wasn’t easy to lose a husband and her two only sons. She could’ve stayed bitter and depressed. The women from her former community had known Naomi before her loss and widowhood, but in the end they are rejoicing in the complete reversal of her state. Her faithful daughter-in-law gave birth to a grandson who was in the lineage of Jesus Christ. What a glorious honor! Her daughter-in-law became better to her than seven sons.

Ruth also did hard things to follow God. It was not easy to follow her mother-in-law into a land with very little promise at that time. It wasn’t easy to lay down her desire to marry quickly instead of waiting.

Your end can be the same if you will follow the leadings of the Holy Spirit for your life. It’s never to late.


“I charge thee therefore before God and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at His appearing and His Kingdom: preach the Word; be instant in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but having itching ears, they shall heap to themselves teachers in accordance with their own lusts. And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned toward fables. But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill thy ministry. For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand.” (2 Tim. 4:1-6).

Paul is describing a day when believers would face a last-days deception in the Church.  He wrote that at the end of the age, just before Jesus returns, that large numbers of people in the Body of Christ would be led astray.

His words are not meant to frighten us but to prepare us so we would not succumb to this demonically inspired seduction that will affect the last days generation and Church.

In this final hour before Jesus returns, the Holy Spirit through the apostle Paul said increasing numbers of people in the Christian community “will not endure sound doctrine”.  Even now, this is taking place in great measure as many are gravitating toward teaching and preaching that is more motivational and psychological than Scripturally based. Many don’t even check the spirit nor the content of the messages they hear any more. If it sounds good, feels good, and improves their natural life, many will swallow it.

“Beloved, believe not every spirit, but test the spirits whether they are of God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world” (1 Jn 4:1).

A big dark filthy cloud has been released on America and many gullible and disobedient Christians are being sucked into it. Many who profess Christ’s Name are being entangled in a cheap grace gospel that brings no change and leaves us pursuing our selfish ways. The tragedy is that when things get worse these people will no longer be able to resist the evil. They will try but will have no power to do so. Some have even desired the filth of a sinful lifestyle and refused the warnings of God’s true prophets and messengers to repent. A lukewarmness without parallel and a falling away from true Christianity has taken hold of many Christians who have hardened their hearts to penetrating preaching. They don’t want to hear of sin and true grace, the law and real gospel, repentance, and God’s judgments. Instead, many have found a happy substitute – prosperity/happiness and a hip-hip hooray Christianity.

 The important thing has become to have success, to be someone, and to have material things that God never promised in that way. Happy Christianity churches are growing in number while most prayer and soul winning churches remain small. Instead of the preaching we have been used to in past generations such as deny yourself, take up your cross and follow Jesus – entertainment, arts, and culture are invading many churches at a rapid pace. Where we should be having prayer, repentance, and revival meetings we are having motivational speeches on how to live your best life now and improve your status.

While all this sounds like discouraging news, the good news is that I am seeing an uprising in the remnant of God’s people who are hungry for revival and restoration. I am seeing the spirit of the world lose its grip on many believers who are sick and tired of the status quo. Many are leaving their dead churches to find God and a living Christianity that looks more like the gospels and the book of Acts.

While this dark cloud is moving across our land, there is a bright cloud full of fresh rain and a heavenly breeze that has begun to blow on God’s consecrated people and giving birth to great moves of God that many have been praying for. Within that bright cloud there are the greatest miracles humans have ever seen. There are anointings for every kind of sickness and disease, and deliverance for every addiction.  There is also power to overcome every Satanic attack and the filth and sin that permeates the social madness in our godless culture. There is power in this bright cloud to receive truth and reject damnable doctrines of demons and a false gospel. We will see a fuller manifestation of the Spirit of God in these days as we continue to give ourselves to the Lord unreservedly. Prayer will open great doors of utterance for the remnant of God’s people.

“Continue in prayer and watch therein with thanksgiving, besides praying also for us that God would open unto us a door of utterance to speak the mystery of Christ, for which I am also in bonds, that I may make it manifest, as I ought to speak” (Col. 4:2-4).


Here is something I read from Rick Renner’s “Sparkling Gems” book that describes so succinctly what the Lord has repeatedly witnessed to us by revelation in recent years. It is the reason for three books I’ve written: The Real Salvation, The Real Gospel, and The Real Spirit Of Revival. And a fourth one in this series that I am pressed to finish called, The Real Jesus. These are books for the times we are in right now before Jesus returns that will help people avoid this last days seduction in the Church (you can find these books on Amazon or on our website – (

“The Holy Spirit doesn’t indicate how many will be pulled in this wrong direction, but the word “they” in the Greek language implies large numbers of people.  According to Paul’s prophetic utterance, a portion of the last-days Christian community will simply no longer endure sound teaching of Scripture.  In fact, the word “endure” is the Greek word “anecho”, which denotes no ability to put up with or to have no tolerance for.

The words “sound doctrine” in II Tim. 4:3 are very telling.  The Greek word for “sound” is “hugiaino”, and it indicates something that is wholesome and healthy and that produces a healthy state of being.  The word “doctrine” refers to the long-held teachings ad tenets of the Christian faith.

Thus, the Holy Spirit foretold of a specific end-time season when a segment of the Christian community would not only lose their appetite for sound doctrine, but they would also actually develop a distaste for it.  Instead, they would acquire a distinct taste for doctrine that is unwholesome, preferring a self-help style of teaching over the teaching of sound doctrine.

In 2 Tim. 4:3, Paul forecast a moment when large numbers of people will no longer have a stomach for sound doctrine.  Instead, “. . After their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears. . . ”  The word “lusts” describes desires or whims.  In other words, this part of the verse could be translated, “But after their own desires shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears.

Paul unequivocally stated that a generation will arise in the very last days that will reject age-tested truth in favor of teaching that is more in step with the times.  According to the Holy Spirit, teachers will appear on the scene in a specific season to satisfy the hankerings of a generation that adheres to the world’s progressive approach.  What these spiritual leaders teach will appeal to people’s emotions and intellect instead of to the deepest part of their being where actual transformation takes  place.  Because these teachers will speak what the crowds want to hear, they will enjoy great popularity among this audience of listeners.

In 2 Tim. 4:3, Paul went on to say that this last-days generation will “heap” to themselves such teachers.  The word “heap” is the future active indicative tense of the Greek word “episoreuo”, which points to piles of “teachers” who will appease an end-time audience with messages to suit them and the whims of the times.

Paul said that these teachers will satisfy the “itching ears” of the people.  The words “itching ears” is used figuratively to depict a person (or a crowd of people) who wants to hear something new as compared to what he has already heard and known.  Having his “ears” filled with something he wants to be told is the only thing that relieves this “itching ear” syndrome.

As a result of this strange period that will develop in the last part of the last days, Paul said many “. . . shall turn their ears away from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables” (2 Tim. 4:4).  This “turning away from truth” is the rejecting of absolute biblical truth – the time-tested interpretation of the Word of God.

Is it possible we are currently witnessing this turning away from truth that the Holy Spirit predicted nearly 2,000 years ago?  Are we seeing in our own day an accommodation attitude toward the world that produces a brand of Christianity that melds into the environment around it?

Paul wrote that an erring end-time group would discard fixed truth and replace it with “fables” – the Greek word for fantasies.  By using the word “fables”, Paul inferred that what this group of last-days orators taught would resemble fantasy.  These teachers would substitute “fables” for the authentic teaching of the Bible that calls for repentance from sin and a change of behavior that is befitting God’s Word.

The craving and demand for these fanciful messages by those with “itching ears” will produce large numbers of newly fashioned teachers with restyled messages.  The mixture of truth and falsehood these teachers deliver will eventually lead a large segment of people into a distorted perception of who the Christ of Christianity really is.

You might say, “Brother Rick, that sounds like a lot of really bad news.”  But I  need to tell you that in the haze of this deception that Paul prophesied about, another group of spiritual leaders will arise.  Paul wrote about these leaders, calling them “blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world” (Philippians 2:15).

Since there also will be a group of believers emerging who will hold to the ageless Word of Truth and proclaim its timeless teaching, let’s make sure that is the group to which we belong!  In spite of the difficulties these men and women may endure for proclaiming the Bible as utter truth, they will nevertheless stand firm, their feet solidly planted on the integrity of God’s Word.

That, my friend, is the group you want to be a part of in these end times!” – Rick Renner


My wife is given to dreams from the Lord. In a recent dream I was very upset because there was food being cooked at a friend’s house that wasn’t prepared right. It was not good food and what was needed to satisfy and nourish the body. I was real stern and strong about the food’s lack of quality.

In the last phase of this dream there was a pastor in it who was very indifferent and uncaring concerning the situation of his church and people. He was so far removed from what the body of Christ was to partake of and do – completely unattached with no compassion. Carolyn was trying to get the pastor to look and see the dire state of things, but he was too indifferent and said that it was nothing. She tried to warn him before judgment came in the form of fires and floods, but the pastor told her he didn’t care. Clearly, he was a wolf with no real concern for God’s people.

When we inquired about the dream, the Lord said that this lack of good quality food with proper nourishment was the state of many churches today, and a fulfillment of 2 Tim. 4:3-4:

For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; and they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.”

Just as the wrong diet and poor eating habits affects the body, so too, the wrong spiritual diet affects the spirit. The Lord also said that a food and a nourishment will come now by the Spirit to correct error and problems in the spiritual body, and in a spiritual sense. Just as I wrote in a recent blog: in the natural, sugar causes many problems, so it is spiritually when messages tickle people’s ears and destroy vital spiritual operations in a saint and causes deficiency, deceit, and delusion. Deception always comes with these kinds of sweet tooth messages.

Here is a word the Lord charged us with that can apply to other ministers as well:

“Be aware of the Lord’s utterances that will come in places and in nations where you are preaching. These utterances will contain food and true meat for the people. Some will refuse it, but some will begin to partake again, and there will be restoration in their spirits, and deliverance, and they will be ready for My return.

“I will show you more unpleasant things to see and there will be an opportunity for many to hear the word of the Lord and change.”

When the needs of God’s people are not being met Jesus gets angry. This is the reason He cleansed the temple.

“Then Jesus went into the temple of God and drove out all those who bought and sold in the temple, and overturned the tables of the money changers and the seats of those who sold doves. And He said to them, It is written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer, but you have made it a ‘den of thieves.’ Then the blind and the lame came to Him in the temple, and He healed them” (Mt. 21:12-14).

What we ought to see in the temple: Prayer and Power and the needs of the people being met.

What is currently being seen as in the days of Jesus: Prayerlessness, Powerlessness, and Consumerism (money used for man’s purposes).

Even when people refuse to change God still gives them a chance to hear and to change. He is very patient, but eventually He must act. Now is a very serious time for correction, reproof, and instruction given with authority by the Spirit of God. People must be prepared and made ready for the soon return of Jesus.


Many pastors are quenching the Spirit and not cooperating with God. Because many of them are not yielding to the Spirit and preaching the full counsel of God with utterance and authority, not only does deception occur but people do not  get properly activated in their gifts. What some ministers don’t realize is that the utilization of the gifts in God’s people will cause healing and fulfillment in their hearts. Too many are not moving in their callings and doing what they’re called to do and moving in who they’re called to be. Pastors must be ready to assist gifts and graces in others that will help accelerate divine activity in a body and in a community. This will open doors of utterance in an area. This is what the apostle Paul requested prayer for.

“Continue in prayer and watch therein with thanksgiving, besides praying also for us that God would open unto us a door of utterance to speak the mystery of Christ, for which I am also in bonds…” (Col.4:2-3).

The book of Acts is the model. In the book of Acts we see what open doors of utterance look like. We see what moves of God look like. We see what the activation of gifts looks like.

Almost a century ago the great apostle to South Africa, John G. Lake, had a mighty angelic visitation. The angel took him through the book of Acts saying:

“This is Pentecost as God gave it through the heart of Jesus. Strive for this. Contend for this. Teach the people to pray for this. For this, and this alone, will meet the necessity of the human heart, and this alone will have the power to overcome the forces of darkness.”

When the angel was departing he said: “Pray. Pray. Pray. Teach the people to pray. Prayer and prayer alone, much prayer, persistent prayer, is the door of entrance into the heart of God.”

That’s why the temple of God is to be called a house of prayer. It is effectual prayer that opens doors of utterance where the word is preached in power and demonstration and the deepest needs of the people are met.


On the heels of our return from Oregon where God opened a supernatural door of utterance for us, the Holy Spirit continued to minister to us concerning revival and how to carry the move of God in prayer and in His wisdom.

Here are some prophecies recorded during our prayer session that may be of some benefit to you:


“So learn this and understand this now, that whatever is born of God, whatever is birthed of My Spirit and the things of My Spirit, so too shall it carry a revisiting of the anointing and the intercessions and supplications of the Spirit.

“For you have asked me “how do I pray? How do I go back into these things?” For you have learned how to go forth into the future and to pray with Me and those things that I am touching, but I too now show you something that is of Me and is of truth, and must be also done.

“Pay attention to these things for what has been born of God and of Me also carries the direction and anointing to go back and to pray further, and for Christ to be formed and for My will to be done, and for a move to continue, and yes, in those places You will see and move and deal with things that would be hindrances and that which would stop what is born of God.

“So pay attention to not only where you are going now and what is ahead, for you have learned this well, but pay attention to now what is behind, for what is born of Me also carries an anointing to go back and revisit and cause it to move and to go forth into the fulness and be finished, for what I start, I finish. So therefore it carries an ability to be covered in intercessions and supplications. So pay attention to this, too for I teach you well, now My daughter. This is how it is done. This is how it is. So even as I touched you to go back where you were and visit those things, so shall I do in the days ahead. And it will carry and not lose what I started.”


“For you see, things can be conceived and not carried forth into the birthing. And so it is with my pray-ers and so it is with My ministers when something is spoken by Me, oh they jump into it and they jump ahead and they rejoice in that which was spoken but do not pay attention that that which was spoken must be carried forth in continued prayer and watching over that which was spoken so it can come to pass. So do not abort, for many miscarry and many abort My move and My spoken word and that which I desire to do. Do not be as one of those but carry this forth in prayer; carry it forth in your heart until the birthing of it. Then when a child is born there is great rejoicing and their joy is full.”

That’s it. That’s it. Thank You Father.

(At this point we discussed briefly how in the Brownsville revival they were saying that people get tired in revival and need to sit, and rest, and be pastored and can’t live in constant revival. Certainly, the physical body needs rest, but not a rest from revival and the moving of the Holy Spirit. Does not the Holy Spirit reside on the inside of us? Does He not make everything new, fresh, and alive?)


“And there was a move of God, but is not God’s will to move continually? Is it really as these men have said in a way of worldly wisdom that there are peaks and valleys in God? But where do you see a peak and a valley in the ministry of Jesus in the gospels? Where do you see peaks and valleys in the book of Acts? Where do you see that? It is continuous. For the will of God is for the continuous flow of the Holy Spirit – always, everywhere, all the time. Some say that everyone needs to rest as if to say that they need a break from revival and the moving of the Spirit.

“But did I not say that those who wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength. They shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run and not be weary and walk and not faint. So that too, is man’s wisdom that people cannot be in revival continually and that they need to rest and be pastored and need to sit. Does not My Spirit produce rest and renewal and refreshing? And even though the body gets tired and even decays day by day, is the spirit not renewed day by day? So stay in renewal, stay in revival, and keep moving with My Spirit.”


You’re the great Holy Spirit. You’re the great teacher. It was not God who stopped those revivals, but it was man who got in the way and wanted to do their own thing and their own plan and traditions


“The whole head is sick; the head of man is sick.

“The head of man devises ways, and techniques, and methods that are not of Me, for the carnal mind is enmity or hostility against God (Rom. 8), so do not listen to carnal men and the wisdom of men. Keep moving with My mind for does My word not say that you have the mind of Christ. As the Spirit teaches you, you have His mind. So move with His mind and move with His Spirit, and you shall continue to be fruitful and multiply (laughter).”

Every move of God is birthed of Him so it carries all the qualifications of being fruitful.


There is an increasing measure of unbelief in today’s churches. Weak faith, little faith, and no faith is at an all time high. Strong faith, exceedingly great faith, and the kind of faith that causes Jesus to marvel (Mt. 8:10) is at an all time low.

The first reason faith is now at an all time low is because many believers don’t read or hear the pure word of God. There’s a great mixture in our churches today. People put more faith in what the popular elevated teachers in the Christian culture say. They put more faith in man. They place their trust in logic, reasoning, and the wisdom of men.

Not only do many Christians no longer read their Bibles frequently, but they don’t bring their Bibles to church. Instead they use the Bible on their cell phones where they can be easily distracted and roam elsewhere.

For those Christians who do read their Bibles regularly many of them read diluted versions such as the NIV which has had over 600 verses removed. That’s equivalent to content from the book of Romans to Revelation. Other bastardized versions are common in modern Christendom such as The Message Bible and other such versions that have been greatly altered or are missing major original texts.

Additionally, there are many evangelical Christians who do not believe in some of the essential doctrines of the New Testament. For instance, the baptism of the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in other tongues has been dumbed down by many. They don’t believe it is essential for every believer to have. Unbeknownst to them, they have forsaken one of the principle doctrines of Christ called the doctrine of baptisms (Heb. 6:2), and what the early apostles considered essential to every believer (Acts 19:2; 11:15). You cannot build yourself up on your most holy faith without praying in the Holy Ghost, which for the most part is praying in other tongues (Jude 19-20). Faith comes by hearing the word of God (Rom. 10:17), but praying in tongues stimulates your faith.

Divine healing is another important topic that many so called Bible believing Christians no longer believe. Oh, they believe in a general way that God heals, but He doesn’t heal everyone, and not right now, and not all the time. Granted, there are reasons some do not get healed, but one of the biggest reasons is due to unbelief.

Unbelief. It is one of the greatest sins of the church. Jesus rebuked His own disciples for being faithless (Mt. 17:17), unbelieving and hard of heart (Mk. 16:14), slow to believe (Lk. 24:25), and of little faith (Mt. 14:31). There is a blatant unbelief and a subtle unbelief in the church today. There is a mental ascent that some confuse with real heart faith. There are subtle suggestions made even by godly preachers that are based on experience instead of the word of God that can erode and even ruin our faith.

One 28 year old father was told by a minister that God allowed his 4 year son to die so that the man could be saved. When the man heard that he walked away from God saying, “the hell with your God then.” I’d hate to have what that minister said to that man on my conscience in the day of judgment.

As a more subtle example, one popular preacher in explaining why his daughter died of a terrible disease at an early age, said before a large audience, that God told him that some believers are called to run a shorter race than others. That statement sounds real good, but where can you find scriptural proof for that? In the word of God you‘ll find quite the contrary – many scriptural references that promise health and long life.

Now I don’t claim to have all the answers for reasons people die young or prematurely, and we certainly are to have compassion on the sick and on the families of those who have lost family members at a young age, especially children. But our experience cannot change what the word of God explicitly establishes, and that is that health and long life are always the will of God. If we’re not getting answers it’s not because God needs to change, or His word is not good. It means we need to change. Hindrances to our faith need to be removed.

People make choices and those choices can shorten or extend their lives or bring disease, destruction, and death. I neither have time nor space to delve further into this most important subject. Perhaps another time.

When preachers, even godly ones, make erroneous statements based on experiences they’ve had that are not in line with the word of God, it can steal faith from people’s hearts and do them a great disservice.

Something as seemingly innocent as saying, “some Christians’ races are shorter than others” to prove that an early or untimely death is the will of God in some cases, will leave many wondering and wavering about their own sick and diseased friends and loved ones. How can one exercise faith in God for healing, believing such things?

Faith begins where the will of God is known. How can we exercise our faith when we’re not sure it’s His will? And no, the old traditional church prayer that so many good hearted but ignorant Christians have prayed for years such as, “Oh God, heal ‘so an so’ if it be thy will,” won’t ever work. You can’t pray the prayer of faith (James 5:14) with that kind of doubt and unbelief in your heart. The will of God to heal must be established first for you to pray with faith and confidence (1 Jn. 3:21).

You see, dear ones, It’s not what you think the Bible says that matters. It’s not what someone else told you the Bible says that matters. It’s what you know for yourself that makes the difference in your life.

Don’t listen to preachers who peddle doubt and unbelief. It will poison your spiritual life. It can keep you sick and even kill you. Watch your spiritual diet. You can listen to a holiness preacher who has no understanding of faith at all, and you will benefit from it, but don’t listen to him when he feeds you with doubt and unbelief concerning other things in the word of God that he may not understand at all. In matters of faith and holiness don’t ever compromise.

As an example of holiness being compromised, I heard another very popular American television preacher say that homosexuality is not sin, but brokenness. Do you realize when you make a statement like that before a national television audience how it will release deception on multitudes? Because many respect that preacher they will believe him instead of what the scriptures actually teach (Rom. 1:26-28, 32). It is very dangerous to place the word of a man above the word of God. Homosexuality may result from brokenness but the Bible calls it a shameful and abominable practice. It is sin. We must minister deliverance with love and compassion to such who are under this bondage and want to be free.

Let’s get back to the Bible and it’s doctrines and practices. If you’re not in a habit of reading the Bible on a regular basis, I challenge you to read several chapters of the New Testament every day for just a month. Then gauge your faith level at the end of that month. If you’re sick, go through the healing scriptures in the Bible for a good amount of time until your faith rises up and takes hold of God’s promises for healing and health.

Feed your faith on the word of God and from those who know something about faith, and starve your doubts to death. Praise God for His unchangeable word!


This was written by the distinguished Bill Bennett about Donald Trump during the primaries. Much of it could still apply today. Although I endorsed Senator Ted Cruz and still believe he was the best choice for the Republican nominee due to his character and track record, this article gave me hope for a possible Trump presidency. I think you will find it very interesting and also alarming. You might want to take the time to read it.

William J. Bennett, host of Bill Bennett’s Morning in America Show, is one of America’s most important, influential, and respected voices on cultural, political, and educational issues. He has one of the strongest Christian world views of any writer in modern times.


By Bill Bennett

They will kill him before they let him be president. It could be a Republican or a Democrat that instigates the shutting up of Trump.

Don’t be surprised if Trump has an accident. Some people are getting very nervous: Barack Obama, Valerie Jarrett, Eric Holder, Hillary Clinton and Jon Corzine, to name just a few.

It’s about the unholy dynamics between big government, big business, and big media. They all benefit by the billions of dollars from this partnership, and it’s in all of their interests to protect one another. It’s one for all and all for one.

It’s a heck of a filthy relationship that makes everyone filthy rich, everyone except the American people. We get ripped off. We’re the patsies. But for once, the powerful socialist cabal and the corrupt crony capitalists are scared. The over-the-top reaction to Trump by politicians of both parties, the media, and the biggest corporations of America has been so swift and insanely angry that it suggests they are all threatened and frightened.

Donald Trump can self-fund. No matter how much they say to the contrary, the media, business, and political elite understand that Trump is no joke. He could actually win and upset their nice cozy apple cart.

It’s no coincidence that everyone has gotten together to destroy The Donald. It’s because most of the other politicians are part of the a good old boys club. They talk big, but they won’t change a thing. They are all beholden to big-money donors. They are all owned by lobbyists, unions, lawyers, gigantic environmental organizations, and multinational corporations – like Big Pharmacy or Big Oil. Or they are owned lock, stock, and barrel by foreigners like George Soros owns Obama or foreign governments own Hillary and their Clinton Foundation donations.

These run-of-the-mill establishment politicians are all puppets owned by big money. But there’s one man who isn’t beholden to anyone. There’s one man who doesn’t need foreigners, or foreign governments, or George Soros, or the United Auto Workers, or the teacher’s union, or the Service Employees International Union, or the Bar Association to fund his campaign.

Billionaire tycoon and maverick Donald Trump doesn’t need anyone’s help. That means he doesn’t care what the media says. He doesn’t care what the corporate elites think. That makes him very dangerous to the entrenched interests. That makes Trump a huge threat to those people. Trump can ruin everything for the bribed politicians and their spoiled slave masters.

Don’t you ever wonder why the GOP has never tried to impeach Obama? Don’t you wonder why John Boehner and Mitch McConnell talked a big game, but never actually tried to stop Obama? Don’t you wonder why Congress holds the purse strings, yet has never tried to de-fund Obamacare or Obama’s clearly illegal executive action on amnesty for illegal aliens? Bizarre, right? It defies logic, right?

First, I’d guess many key Republicans are being bribed. Secondly, I believe many key Republicans are being blackmailed. Whether they are having affairs, or secretly gay, or stealing taxpayer money, the National Security Agency knows everything.

Ask former House Speaker Dennis Hastert about that. The government even knew he was withdrawing large sums of his own money from his own bank account. The NSA, the SEC, the IRS, and all the other three-letter government agencies are watching every Republican political leader.

They surveil everything.

Thirdly, many Republicans are petrified of being called racists, so they are scared to ever criticize Obama or call out his crimes, let alone demand his impeachment. Fourth , why rock the boat? After defeat or retirement, if you’re a good old boy, you’ve got a $5 million-per-year lobbying job waiting. The big-money interests have the system gamed. Win or lose, they win.

But Trump doesn’t play by any of these rules. Trump breaks up this nice, cozy relationship between big government, big media, and big business. All the rules are out the window if Trump wins the Presidency. The other politicians will protect Obama and his aides but not Trump.

Remember: Trump is the guy who publicly questioned Obama’s birth certificate. He questioned Obama’s college records and how a mediocre student got into an Ivy League university. Now, he’s doing something no Republican has the chutzpah to do. He questioned our relationship with Mexico; he’s questioned why the border is wide open; he’s questioned why no wall has been built across the border; he’s questioned if allowing millions of illegal aliens into America is in our best interests; he’s questioned why so many illegal aliens commit violent crimes, yet are not deported; and he’s questioned why our trade deals with Mexico, Russia and China are so bad.

Trump has the audacity to ask out loud why American workers always get the short end of the stick. Good question! I’m certain Trump will question what happened to the almost billion dollars given in a rigged no-bid contract to college friends of Michelle Obama at foreign companies to build the defective Obamacare website. By the way, that tab is now up to $5 billion. Trump will ask if Obamacare’s architects can be charged with fraud for selling it by lying.

Trump will investigate Obama’s widespread IRS conspiracy, not to mention Obama’s college records.

Trump will prosecute Clinton and Obama for fraud committed to cover up Benghazi before the election. How about the fraud committed by employees of the Labor Department when they made up dramatic job numbers in the last jobs report before the 2012 election?

Obama, the multinational corporations and the media need to stop Trump. They recognize this could get out of control. If left unchecked, telling the raw truth and asking questions everyone else is afraid to ask, Trump could wake a sleeping giant. Trump’s election would be a nightmare. Obama has committed many crimes. No one else but Trump would dare to prosecute. He will not hesitate. Once Trump gets in and gets a look at the crooked books and Obama’s records, the game is over. The jig is up. The goose is cooked. Holder could wind up in prison. Jarrett could wind up in prison. Obama bundler Corzine could wind up in prison for losing $1.5 billion of customer money. Clinton could wind up in jail for deleting 32,000 emails or for accepting bribes from foreign governments while Secretary of State, or for misplacing $6 billion as the head of the State Department, or for lying about Benghazi. The entire upper level management of the IRS could wind up in prison.

Obamacare will be de-funded and dismantled. Obama himself could wind up ruined, his legacy in tatters. Trump will investigate. Trump will prosecute. Trump will go after everyone involved. That’s why the dogs of hell have been unleashed on Donald Trump.

Yes, it’s become open season on Donald Trump. The left and the right are determined to attack his policies, harm his businesses, and, if possible, even keep him out of the coming debates. But they can’t silence him. And they sure can’t intimidate him. The more they try, the more the public will realize that he’s the one telling the truth.

Is this wishful thinking?


There’s a word for itching ears. There’s a diluted gospel for the sweet tooth. There’s a diet that breeds death. There’s a sugar that kills.

It results in false converts and shallow believers who are not willing to give up anything for the gospel. It results in a timidity in preachers who will continue to disperse a candy coated diet for the sake of members and mullah.

Conversely, when we follow God’s plan and the leading of the Spirit everything moves with eternal significance. When we honor the Lord and His true Word and the moving of His Spirit, all works right. Even in the challenges and the trials, from which we will never be excluded from, there is a power to overcome when what we are doing is born of God (1 Jn. 5:4).

The apostle Paul was shipwrecked, 276 passengers with him, as the ship was shattered to pieces, but their lives were spared. An angel came and spoke to Paul. Life on the island where they were shipwrecked brought forth eternal fruit as healing and miracles were manifest and great favor was given to Paul to minister to all those on the island. This is the way it is when we follow God’s Spirit and plan. There is power to overcome even in the trials (Acts 27 & 28).

Paul and Silas also went to Philippi by the leading of the Spirit of God, but again there was trouble and they were thrown in prison for preaching the gospel of power and casting a spirit of divination out of a woman (Acts 16). Moving in demonstration and power of the Spirit got them in trouble. Have you ever thought about that in the light of today’s politically-correct age of seducing spirits and doctrines of demons?

When we cooperate with the Spirit of God there is an overflow of blessings and protection upon our lives, our marriages, our children, our relationships, and our future.

Here’s the lesson: Follow the Savior and you’ll have the sugar, but not the kind that kills and makes you pay. Many today are paying tithes and offerings for a sugar that kills, for messages void of the life changing power of God, for a word that keeps you the same – in the world and of it.

When God poured out HIs Spirit in historic revivals such as Azusa St. and more recently Brownsville, entire families move into the blessing of God. When God pours out His Spirit, the old and the young are touched and moved by God. The body of Christ becomes engaged and involved in the harvest and pastors and ministers move in great grace and power. When you’re moving in the Spirit your life is Spirit empowered. You taste of His yoke that is easy and His burden that is light. You learn of Jesus. You fall in love with His beauty and heart.

I can tell you from personal experience even now as we move in the plan of God for our lives and travel and minister in the Spirit that the journey just becomes sweeter and sweeter as the days go by. Our love for the church grows, our love for the saints and ministers of God becomes more precious, our love for family, our love and bond in marriage keeps increasing, and the blessings of God flow.

When the Spirit is breathing life into you, when you stay full and fresh of the Spirit of God, it touches everything in our lives.

When you follow the sugar instead of the Spirit it kills. But when you follow the Spirit there is a sweetness like a honeycomb of a sugar that is constantly life-giving. There is a diet and a sugar that kills, but there is heavenly sugar that comes from obedience to God.

Taste and see that the Lord is good.


Ours is not an obscure message that should be whispered in the secret places of society.

We see things differently at Mario Murillo Ministries, mostly because of the way we were born. While still in high school I preached in the Haight-Ashbury, ground zero for the love and peace movement in San Francisco. Moving to Berkeley sent us from the frying pan into the fire. We were planted there for the next ten years.

For most of our early ministry, I rarely stood before an audience that actually wanted to hear what I had to say. If this message had an iota of human origin, a speck of flaw in its nature or fantasy…the crucible of Berkeley would have blown it to smithereens.

Instead, unexplainable power appeared at each point where the ministry was threatened. Something out of this world would always step in…providing words, resources, ideas and miracles exactly when we needed them.

Not once in that cauldron of revolution, did we feel the need to rebrand Christ or present a new and improved gospel.

For years there has been a rising tide calling for Christians to “keep your faith to yourself.” Many modern pastors, including the Pope, have joined the chorus asking Christians, “to tone it down.”

Consequently, we have retreated into a cultural bubble where we do everything but preach the Gospel. We have entertained, amused, inspired and distracted, but we have not converted America. Because of this, the average Christian cannot defend their faith, marriage, or the Bible as the inspired word of God.

The original reason that the Church adopted this “indirect approach” was to get society to like us. What we got was just the opposite. Our compromised message has fueled greater contempt for the Church.

The media is now maligning the message of Jesus every day. Francis Spufford said, “They think we believe in a load of Bronze Age absurdities. We promise the oppressed ‘pie-in-the-sky’ when they die; we are too stupid to understand why what we believe is irrational, and we are savagely judgmental.”

Atheists call us a threat to human progress. Secular progressives condemn us as hating the poor, the homosexual and women.

How is it possible, that after all the work we put into removing the “offensive” parts of our message, that society is even more offended? The answer is that there is a small but loud faction that hates Christ. They are having their turn at the microphone because the hostility of the White House.

We violently, totally and utterly disagree with the notion that we should tone down the Gospel in America. There are millions of innocent bystanders, who have not rejected Christ. They are simply caught in the middle between haters telling lies, and the misfiring sermons of voices too timid to tell the truth. We must take our message to these millions trapped in the middle. This is why the answer is not to “tone it down,” but to turn it up!

The same Holy Spirit that outfitted us to face the city of Berkeley will equip us to mount a fresh invasion of our nation.

Now let me get to the goal of this letter. We have learned through every trial and breakthrough that God does not just give guidance, He also gives a plan.

We have a plan for 2017. I can say without apology, that this plan has come to us from the Holy Spirit. Again and again, the spirit of God has used events in the Bible as a model for what we should do. The verses below reveal a three-point plan that was given by an Angel to the disciples when the church was gravely threatened.

Acts 5: 17- 20 says, “But the high priest rose up and all who were his supporters, that is, the party of the Sadducees, and being filled with jealousy and indignation and rage, 18 They seized and arrested the apostles (special messengers) and put them in the public jail. 19 But during the night an angel of the Lord opened the prison doors and, leading them out, said, 20 “Go, take your stand in the temple courts and declare to the people the whole doctrine concerning this Life” (the eternal life which Christ revealed.)

Embedded in those simple words, are our instructions for 2017. Follow me as I describe to you the plan for touching America this year.

1. Take a stand. We cannot judge other ministries. We can only answer for what God asks us to do. He has ordered us to take a stand. There is no confusion about what the Angel is asking the men of God to do. He is telling them to stake their ground in their nation. This is not just a physical act; it is also moral and spiritual. We must take a stand against Satan’s agenda for America and we must take a stand for the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

We take a stand because we belong in the national conversation. America has a drug, divorce, suicide, anger, and atheism problem. Our voice needs to be heard because we carry the most immediate and effective cure for everything that is hurting America. The Angel is reinforcing to the disciples that their message is valid and urgent.

2. Take your stand in the temple courts. Ours is not an obscure message that should be whispered in the secret places of society. The temple courts were the heart of Jerusalem. The Angel is blatantly instructing them to raise their voice in the very center of their culture.

In that same way we must go where the people are and where the biggest lies are being told. The angel gave them an exact location to take their stand and that location spoke volumes to the Apostles. God is serious about making a difference in the culture.

3. Tell all of the words of this life. What a scathing rebuke to popular Christianity. While Christian celebrities scurry to and fro to find buzzwords to replace the core doctrines of the Bible, here is an Angel telling the disciples that they must tell all the words of life. They cannot leave out a single benefit or demand of the message of Jesus Christ.

How right that Angel was. There is life in those words. There is life in the blood of Christ, the cross and the resurrection. There is life in them so amazing that no mountain of eloquence or cunningly devised sermon can begin to match.

If only we would learn to brave the offense of the Cross in our preaching! We would find that very soon the supernatural life of God would overtake our preaching and create miracles in people that infinitely surpassed the results of popular preaching. Society would not care about the demands in our message because of the changes they would see in their souls, minds and bodies.

This is what we will do in 2017. In city after city, we will take a stand in the heart of that city and tell all the words of this life.



“Do not judge according to appearance but judge with righteous judgment” (Jn. 7:24).

“What do you think? If a man has a hundred sheep, and one of them goes astray, does he not leave the ninety-nine and go to the mountains to seek the one that is straying? And if he should find it, assuredly, I say to you, he rejoices more over that sheep than over the ninety-nine that did not go astray. Even so it is not the will of your Father who is in heaven that one of these little ones should perish” (Mt. 18:12-14).


God sees everything. He knows the beginning and end of every person. Man looks on the outward appearance and misjudges so many things about a person. Mere man sees all the imperfections of a person but God sees the totality of a man’s life and what he has already overcome and what he is yet to become. God sees the beauty of the work He is doing and completing in that man.

One prophet of God was judged by his fellow ministers because of a failed marriage and yet he had done everything he could in his power to save the marriage. Yet there are other ministers and men whom God has spoken to concerning adjustments they need to make to improve their own marriages, but they’re hard-hearted and won’t do it. The prophet was judged as a failure, but the others are judged as successes in their marriage. God does not see as man sees, nor judge as men judge. He sees beyond the surface of outward appearances. This is the reason why we often judge unrighteously. Most of the time we don’t know what people have gone through nor do we have full understanding of their current circumstances. The safe way is to always lean to the side of forbearance and mercy with others.

We see people laugh, but God sees the pain. We see people strut with confidence and pride, but God sees the insecurities. We see the super people skills and leadership abilities in a man, but God sees their remorse and regret for past mistakes. We see a man that seems to have it all together, but God sees them wretched, poor, blind, and naked. It has been said, “don’t judge a man until you’ve been in his shoes.”

On the other hand, we can see a person who seems needy but God sees a person who is irresponsible and won’t help themselves – who want pity, attention, and prey on others for provision. We can look at a person who appears humble outwardly, but God sees one who is full of pride and arrogance inwardly. We see a person who appears to love God with his words, but God sees a person who won’t obey Him and do the things He’s asked him to do.


We need the Spirit’s discernment to judge righteously and see accurately, and we need to be sensitive to the ones God is calling us to pay attention to and help. It is easy to miss that in a world so full of hype and celebrity, and one where we are often consumed with our own affairs. Unplug from that world and plug yourself into the world of helping those God is leading you to help.

I remember years ago when I was invited to be the graduation speaker of a Bible school we had started and released to national leadership in Gambia, West Africa. At this graduation everyone was dressed in their Sunday best and were in a happy festive mood. There was lots of excitement and a sense of pride and appreciation for the graduates’ accomplishments. As people were greeting me and thanking me for coming, and wanting to snap pictures with me, my eyes landed upon a young woman in a wheelchair, whom years earlier when I lived in the country, I had known as one of the happiest girls. I saw her and looked beyond her outward smile and knew she was now a woman of  a broken spirit. The Spirit of God moved me with compassion and I ministered to her and encouraged her. Amidst all the pomp and pageantry that a graduation affords there were a couple of other people the Lord directed me to minister to who were hurting and oppressed, almost veiled by the celebratory spirit present there. Once again, sometimes in the midst of such a celebratory event it is easy to miss the needs of hurting people, especially the unlovely and the plain that are hardly noticeable when alone, much less in a crowd. Such is so also in the busy-ness of life.


I also have great admiration for parents who have disabled, handicapped, mentally unstable, or diseased children. The level of sacrifice and suffering they experience is beyond what most of us will ever experience. Thank God for His abounding grace, but it’s difficult. I know some of them personally, and the decisions they have to make as these types of children grow into adults is painful and heart rendering – like putting them in a group home away from the love of family. God’s heart is so moved for such people that sometimes His deafening silence makes it hard to believe that He even cares for the one. But God is otherworldly and His wisdom is higher than ours. There is a sovereignty concerning the Lord’s ways that we will never understand on this side of heaven. Yet His written Word and will is always one of health and healing provided through His atoning work on the cross. We are to exercise our faith and believe God for healing and miracles promised us in His Word. Nevertheless, believers who live with unanswered questions and yet continue to serve the Lord with a pure heart are heroes of mine. They’ve learned to make peace with the unknown and unresolved mysteries in life and trust God with everything.

For me personally, my wife and I always wanted more children. We have one beautiful godly son, whom we are so thankful for, but we’ve never known why we didn’t have more when we had agreed and asked the Lord for more. We’ve not suffered, but it’s still a mystery to us. There is much revealed wisdom and answers to so many of life’s issues in the Bible, but there are also certain things in life that are secrets and remain mysteries unless the Lord reveals it.

“The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but those things which are revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of the law” (Deut. 29:29).

Many people wrestle with life issues that are hard to understand – things that seem unfair, unjust, or unexplainable. But here are some answers:

For example, did you know that in 1 Kings 14 God allowed a child born into a wicked family to die because he found some good in him? There is one Scriptural reason some children may die young. What about the murder of unborn children? Did you know that every aborted child is now in heaven fulfilling God’s plan for their lives for all of eternity? That’s the good news. Every aborted embryo is with Jesus. Did you also know that disabled and mentally or physically handicapped children and their loving parents have a great reward in heaven that is above and beyond what we can think or imagine? They will live throughout eternity with that reward and honor. Eternity is a lot longer than this life. Here is more wisdom to another one of life’s mysteries: Did you know that the greater the hardship some people are born into, the greater the grace is for them to overcome it as they seek God? God is just and God is fair. We must never forget that.


A few days ago my wife and I went to prayer for the West Coast trip we are currently on, and the Spirit of God interrupted us and had us spend a majority of our time praying for one person. He showed us the past, present, and even parts of this brother’s future in Him. He showed us all he’s had to overcome and how faithful he has been. And yet because of this brother’s unassuming nature, and vanilla personality no one ever pays much attention to him. But the Lord sees a covenant man and all the small ways (yet large in God’s sight) of how he shows his love for God every day.

It was truly a precious time of prayer where the Lord once again revealed His love for the one. I love His heart, His ways, and His love for the individual.

It’s as if the whole world stops for His love to be made manifest to the one. In our busyness lets not miss opportunities to love the one. Pay attention to who is in front of you or who He is putting on your heart. And let us continue to encourage the less fortunate, the weak, and the suffering.

A good shepherd leaves the 99 and goes after the one who has strayed or who needs immediate attention.

Oh, how I love Him. And how He loves us! Lovely Jesus. I find no fault in Him.


Somebody is praying for me. Perhaps many are. My heart has been enlarged. The Heavenly Father’s love is moving strong in me, which is a direct manifestation of the following prayer.

“Then Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong. And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is. May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God” (Eph. 3:17-19 – NLT).

When we are born again and baptized in the Holy Spirit the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts (Rom. 5:5). Right after I gave my life to Jesus Christ (my life, not a compartment of my life) immediately I noticed something moving on the inside of me. It wasn’t loud like an earthquake or the winds of a tornado. It wasn’t flashy or notably visible like the flame of a fire. It was a deep peace that flowed like a calm river. It was a love that cast out fear and comforted me and assured me of God the Father’s care – like an orphan who suddenly had the feeling of belonging to a family and having a father (Rom. 8:15-16).

It was this love that called me and made God irresistible to me. It was the presence of this love that melted my heart and made it easy to love Him in return and to want to please Him and obey Him. It is this love that causes grown men to fall to their knees and cry like a baby – something I’ve witnessed so many times in my life and ministry. This is a love that caused the early Christians to share all they had (Acts 2 & 4). It is a love that caused the disciples to fall on Paul’s neck and kiss him once he told them farewell and parted from them for good (Acts 21).

It is this love that leads to a consecrated lifestyle and makes it so easy to walk away from a sinful lifestyle. This is the love of our Father God – a love that is so individualistic and personal that it can sometimes seem as if you are the only one He loves. Nothing and no one can ever separate us from this love. It should fuel us every day.

This love when in mature manifestation will even allow a wicked person to kill you for the Name of Jesus Christ, as Christ allowed His persecutors to kill Him. This love will turn the other cheek and walk another mile for the glory of God and the good of others.

It is a love that constantly seeks expression, not only in word, but especially in deed and in truth (1 Jn. 3:18). When this love grows in you, you will care less and less about serving yourself and more and more about serving others. This love will willingly pour itself out for the salvation of sinners and addict you to the ministry of the saints. This love will make you weep tenderly with those who mourn and laugh heartily with those who rejoice. This love is nothing less than the unfathomable love of Jesus that laid down His life for us. When His love rules your heart you will find yourself doing the same for others.

Lately this love, wrapped up in God’s Spirit, has made me reel like a drunk man in near silly delight. This love released in the bowels of my heart has lifted me to new heights in God and given me an undeniably clean high. Haha! This eternal love has me in its grips and won’t let me go.

I believe there is some kind of mystery behind this deeper level of love that I’ve been experiencing that has to do with my earthly Daddy’s departure last month. For example, the desire to see my family and my unsaved loved ones receive this love has increased in me. The love for sinners has increased in me. I know when departed saints arrive in that heavenly city and become a part of that great cloud of witnesses their desire for the world’s salvation increases manifold. There is great rejoicing in heaven over every sinner who repents.

Some of my earthly Daddy’s last words on the earth were on love and forgiveness. God brought him out of a semi-conscious state to prophesy those words in his final hours. Besides the prayers of the saints that have contributed to a greater revelation of God’s love in me, I believe there was some kind of transaction made in heaven upon my Daddy’s arrival that released a greater deposit of that love into my own heart here on the earth – similar to Elijah leaving a double portion of his spirit upon Elisha, his predecessor (2 Kings 2). Just a thought that needs to be searched out in the Scriptures.

Notice again the Spirit-inspired prayer in Ephesians 3:14-21, especially v. 19. “Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God.”  The results of knowing the width and length and depth and height of the love of Christ which passes knowledge is that we will be made complete with all the fulness of life and power that comes from God. The NKJ version says that we may be “filled with all the fulness of God”. Wow! That is where we are headed, folks – whether on this earth we receive that revelation, early or later in life, or in heaven, we are to grow in this love and make it our aim to know it, pursue it, and walk in more of it every single day.  

I’d encourage you to pray that Ephesians prayer for others and for yourself that you might have the effectual working of His power that will reveal His personal love to you in greater measure.

Abundant grace and peace from our Father be multiplied to each of you.