GOD APPOINTS NATIONS LEADERS

El Salvador is another example of God appointing a most unlikely candidate, but certainly His man, to lead the country. I have previously posted on similar situations in the USA (Trump), Australia (Morrison) and Brazil (Bolsonaro). God is ultimately in control of nations and He judges those that are unrighteous. Politicians take heed.

Yesterday in El Salvador, President Bukele  addressed a conference of pastors, businessmen and businesswomen, and local leaders. Bukele delivered a personal testimony. He told the story about being of Palestinian heritage and finding purpose in Christianity. He was a successful businessman by the age of 29, making more money than he ever dreamed. He had no desire to be a politician. He served as mayor to give back to his community as many self-sacrificing people do.

Last year, Bukele was approached by a group of pastors who told him they had received a spiritual message that he should run for president. His response was as you might expect: “No way; you’ve got to be kidding.” Later, another group approached him with the same prophecy. He thought it odd, but this time took note. As the deadline for making a decision about running for president neared, he was approached a third time. These pastors were certain they were correct in their message to him. They asked him to prayerfully consider a run. When they pressed him for an answer, they told him they would respectfully accept his decision. He again told them no.

Bukele struggled with his final decision. Soon thereafter, another pastor whom he did not know advised him not to “fall into the fourth place.” When asked to expand on what he meant, the pastor said it was missing God’s call on your life. Bukele then decided to reconsider and filed for the office of presidency.

In the opening days of the campaign, Bukele fell into disagreement with his political party. They threatened to kick him out of the party, which would eliminate his position on the ballot. He stood his ground, and the party expelled him. In his testimony to the audience, he said he asked God: “Why would You lead me to this point if You wanted me to run? Why did You allow this to happen?” He paused and then referenced the fact that God did not answer him.

However, a stranger turned up at the campaign headquarters and explained that Bukele could still get on the ballot with 50,000 citizens’ signatures on a petition. He had no idea how to obtain them. The stranger said, “We’ll take care of it.” Forty-eight hours later, 200,000 people had signed a petition for his candidacy. When advised of this, the campaign manager thought they had said 20,000 because even that seemed like an unrealistic number.

Bukele won the general election with 53% of the vote, trouncing all party candidates at one time. No individual had won the presidency in that country since 1972 without a major party endorsement. On the night of the election, he was still surprised at the results. In discussions with his spiritual leaders, he was asked, what makes you think God needs a political party?

Since his election, Bukele has instituted more reforms than all presidents of the previous 49 years combined. For instance, he swept all prisons of cell phones so inmates could not direct illegal activity outside of the prison walls. Funny, no one ever thought of that before!

What an amazing God story. Only God could have orchestrated Bukele’s election as President. The events described above defy any other explanation.

This article was extracted from a report by Marc Nuttle is Charisma News 24/07/2019.

GOD ANSWERS PRAYERS OF THE SAINTS

It’s difficult to overstate how historic it is for a sitting Australian Prime Minister to wear his faith so unapologetically, and humbly bring the nation’s needs before Almighty God. With 21,000 people in attendance, Scott Morrison prayed publicly for Australia at the Hillsong Conference, the biggest annual Christian conference in the nation. Scott Morrison petitioned God to intervene for young people struggling with mental health, veterans, Indigenous Aussies, those with disabilities, and for a break to the drought. Take a listen and be encouraged as we were.

GOD GIVES AUSTRALIA ONE LAST CHANCE TO REPENT

This is what Sid Maher of The Australian wrote on election night: “Scott Morrison has declared, I have always believed in miracles, as he pulled off one of the biggest electoral recoveries in modern history and retained government for the Coalition after emphatic swings to the government in Queensland and Tasmania dashed Bill Shorten’s hopes of becoming Prime Minister and forced his resignation as Labor leader.”

God orchestrated Scott Morrison’s (Liberal/N.P.) victory in Australia’s election last week. God’s hand was all over it, even to the significant events  that occurred prior to the election that played their part in the election win. 

Scott Morrison’s opening remark in his speech acknowledging victory on election night of “I believe in miracles” makes it clear that he understood that right from his election as leader just 10 months previous, God had selected him to be His man to lead the Great South land of the Holy Spirit. The name given to this continent in 1606 by Capt. Fernandez de Quiros “Australia del Espiritu Santo”

On the morning of August 24th, Morrison had no idea he would be elected Leader of the Liberal Party. He played no part in the move to oust the then Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull. I am sure this is one of the reasons he was elected leader, and not Peter Dutton who had initiated the attempted coup d’etat.

Scott Morrison claims victory along with wife Jenny and daughters Lily and Abigail. Picture: Sam Ruttyn

Therefore, the number one miracle was Scott Morrison becoming Leader just 10 months prior to the election.

Events that I believe God orchestrated to ensure His man retained leadership of the nation.

  1. In October, Labor’s Penny Wong (Lesbian) hurriedly introduced a bill to the Senate to ensure that schools could not discriminate against students based on their sexuality. It provided no protection for Catholic/Christian schools to teach Christian values. Scott responded with “Labor is acting in bad faith on religious freedom in schools.” He was correct in saying, ” Labor are selling out the non-state school sector really significantly because of the voices in their own party room that are very anti-independent and non state schools.” With at least 35% of children in independent schools the timing of this bill prior to the election would have cost them votes. Also, Labor’s preoccupation with gender/transgender issues worried many mothers of school aged children.
  2. Political opponents came after Morrison’s faith, a Guardian Australia journalist warned us to “watch abortion rights in Australia go the way of the US under Morrison”.
  3. Both 1. and 2. caused Christians to realise their faith was under attack like never before and Christian prayer networks become active like never before. New prayer networks were initiated and and in my experience the intensity of the prayers was magnified. We now know how God responded to those prayers.
  4. Labor embraced Climate Change Ideology seemingly without concern for the cost. It’s negative approach to the Adani Coal Mining project in north Qld, caused it to lose possibly four seats in government. Quote from The Australian : The progressives treated Queensland with moralistic superiority — wanting Adani to be halted, dispatching anti-coal political convoys from the south and lecturing Queenslanders on how they should live. Labor’s reward is a primary vote of 27 per cent in the state.
  5. Probably, one of the most significant events, I believe, God used to get His man elected was Israel Falau’s tweet of Scripture about six weeks prior to the election. I wrote a post on this: “WE NEED MORE ISRAEL FOLAU’S : COURAGEOUS FOR CHRIST” on 26/04/2019. Take a read, it’s a great story. His Rugby achievements are many: in 2019, he became the record holder for most tries scored in Super Rugby history. His sacking over tweeting 1 Corinthians 6:9 resulted in Alan Jones a well respected media personality and former Australia Rugby coach taking up his cause in a powerful way. Let me quote from his article: “If you are a Christian, what Folau posted is truth. You might think it is out of date or not relevant or not contemporary, but a committed Christian believes in that, so could not in any way be offended. I was asked to write two pieces for The Australian last week. It is a matter of public record that they were viewed by more than 2.3 million people on my Facebook page. There were more than 10,000 individual comments. On The Australian’s website, where you can only comment if you are a subscriber, there were 1900 further individual comments. The overwhelming majority of these comments support Folau and his right to basic freedoms. All Folau has done is quote 2000-year-old scripture. If Folau is wrong, then do we burn the Bible?   What amazing insight for a non Christian. He can see where our society is headed and so now can many other conservative nominal Christians. It caused many Christians and non Christians to vote for Scott Morrison.
  6.  Just days before the election, in what can only be described as a desperate move, Bill Shorten, Opposition Leader, tried to make Scott’s faith an issue by criticising him for not speaking out against Israel Falau’s controversial act of quoting Scripture that offended homosexuals.  Conservative media reported it for what it was, a desperate attempt to win votes.
  7. For me the timing of the death of reforming leader Bob Hawke, one of Labor’s most successful and certainly popular Prime Ministers just two days before the election was important for two reasons: a) the testimonial given by Morrison for Hawk was heartfelt and authentic in stark contrast to the one given by Shorten. It also brought into sharp focus that Shorten as Labor leader was not in the same league as Hawk, nor for that matter, Morrison.

God brought to a close the Abbott-Turnbull era with Tony Abbott losing his seat in Warringah after 25 years. The Morrison era is launched. With Malcolm Turnbull and Tony Abbott out of parliament, Morrison has the chance to give the government and the Liberal Party a fresh start under a united team, a prospect virtually impossible last August. The stuff of Miracles. God is in control of nations and He is working our His purposes exactly as prophesied in His Word. The Bible that the world wants to reject.

 

MORRISON’S PENTECOSTALISM A BLESSING FOR AUSTRALIA

AMAZING this article appeared in the AUSTRALIAN (secular press) this morning. Thank you LORD. The article is by Greg Sheridan Foreign Editor.

Illustration: Eric Lobbecke.

Scott Morrison is probably the first leader of a significant Western nation to be a faithful member of a Pentecostal Christian church. It has been widely reported that he worships at the Horizon Pentecostal church in Sydney’s Sutherland (I live just 8Km/5m from this church). There have been national leaders in Africa and very prominent politicians in other parts of the world who have been Pentecostals, but not before in a big Western nation.

On that basis, we should celebrate the Prime Minister’s advancement as a further sign of pluralism and diversity in Australia. Indeed, as usual Australia leads the world in some elements of diversity. Our top three positions in government are now held by a Pentecostal PM, a Catholic deputy PM and a Jewish deputy Liberal leader. The fact this is all incidental to their politics and not in itself a big deal is a sign of what a sensible, good ­society we are at heart.

Nonetheless, it is also the case that the ambient culture is becoming ever more hostile to the belief and practice of Christianity. Morrison was right in parliament to foreshadow that he will be proactive in establishing much needed greater protection for religious freedom. This is good in substance and a popular position in the Coalition parties.

Morrison’s Menzies lecture was given almost in the style of an evangelical preacher and I thought it genuine and effective. Politicians govern on the basis of policy and competence but are also judged on character and personality. Communicating personality in a way that people relate to is beneficial, provided it’s genuine.

ScoMo is genuinely, among other things, a suburban churchgoer. Pentecostals are not well known or understood outside their own tradition. In my recent book, God is Good for You, I write at length about Australian Pentecostals. Let me therefore confess a bias: I like and admire the Pentecostals. In Australia, and around the world, the Pentecostals are one of the most dynamic movements in Christianity.

They are completely mainstream and their doctrine is orthodox in Christian terms and Bible-based. Things that people like about them very much are a tradition of great music, a positive, cheerful outlook and an energy about their worship and their corporate personality. Like all Christian movements, like all human movements, they’ve had their scandals, but that just proves they’re human like everyone else.

Pentecostal theology centres on the gifts of the Holy Spirit. Perhaps the central passage in the New Testament that inspires Pen­tecostals comes in Acts of the Apostles: “When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all togeth­er in one place. And sudden­ly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. Divided tong­ues, as of fire, appear­ed among them, and a tongue raised on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other lang­uages, as the Spirit gave them ability.”

Pentecostals are a Christian denomination, rapidly growing with more than a half-billion followers worldwide, and a movement within many denominations.

Modern Pentecostalism grew out of a little, impoverished, mixed-race church in Azusa Street, Los Angeles, in 1906. It was led by an African-American pastor, William Seymour, a son of freed slaves. This certainly has the right Christian feel about it as the starting point of a big revival.

One of the features that most propels Pentecostal success, I think, is its emphasis on experience rather than intellectualising. This can make its church services emotional and uplifting.

The most controversial aspects of Pentecostalism are traditionally speaking in tongues and faith healing. But almost all Christians of all denominations pray for the sick and accept that occasionally their prayers are answered. Speaking in tongues happens a lot in the New Testament. Pentecostals believe speaking in tongues is the Holy Spirit enabling them to pray. A sceptic may view it as a kind of free-range voc­alisation of the sentiment of pray­er. There is certainly nothing in it of superstition or of the sinister.

Pentecostals are generally different from evangelicals. The latter typically define themselves by the act of being born again, their adherence to the inerrancy of scripture and the need to actively proclaim the faith. Pentecostals would share much of that and add the need to be baptised again in the Spirit. They have had a lot of success recruiting young people.

Happily, the old hostilities and ­rivalries between different Christian denominations have substantially disappeared. The differ­ences now tend to be between those who accept the traditional, orthodox teachings of Christianity — such as the physical resurrection of Christ — and those who interpret all such teachings symbolically or allegorically.

My taste in church music tends towards Gregorian chant. But if I’d paid good money to attend any of the Pentecostal services I’ve been to just for the quality of the rock music, I would have no complaints. Because Pentecostals have been using modern communications techniques to deliver a very traditional message for a long time, they’re good at it.

Traditional message, modern communications. A fertile mix.

GOD APPOINTS OUR LEADERS PART 2

More on God’s intervention in the leadership of Australia as an answer to much prayer going on in this nation. A time for rejoicing, YES! but also a time for us share the good news and expand our efforts with renewed prayer and fasting. Listen to what Warwick Marsh of the National Day of Prayer and Repentance had to say.

Brief summary: “We believe we have had some amazing answers to prayer over the last two weeks. Firstly the Senate rejected Euthanasia on 15 September and a new Christian Prime Minster & Jewish deputy Prime Minster were both unexpectedly elected to lead the Coalition Government on Friday 24 September. We also need to pray that God would intervene to block the Queensland government introducing legalised abortion in Queensland. Please tell your friends to pray, fast and repent for breakthrough in our nation on these dates.”

One article in The Weekend Australian mentions Scott Morrison’s maiden speech in the Federal Parliament in 2008. He described his family and his faith as “the most significant influences in my life”. In that speech he also boldly stated that “our task is not to claim whether God is on our side but to pray earnestly that we are on His”. Consistent with this, we read that “In December Mr Morrison stepped up his role as a leader of the conservative right in the Liberal Party. … He also promised to play a leading role in the push to enshrine further “protections” for religious freedom in law.”

AUSTRALIA HAS A NEW PRIME MINISTER APPOINTED BY GOD

The election of Scott Morrison as Prime Minister of Australia demonstrates clearly that God appoints our leaders and that prayer works.

The former Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull is a godless man. He came to power by being ruthless. God gifted him with intelligence, good looks, and he was born into wealth and privilege. From an early age, he told his peers that he would be Prime Minister, and even made the prediction he would achieve it by the age of 40. As a lawyer, Malcolm achieved wealth and prestige at an early age. His ambition to become Prime Minister at any cost was revealed when he first tried to get pre-selection for a seat in the Labour Government, unsuccessful, he then aggressively sought a seat in the Liberal Party, this time successfully. Finally, he got the top job by undermining the then Prime Minister, Tony Abbott. Is it any wonder then, that he would be, likewise, challenged by another, just as ambitious younger man, Peter Dutton. However, the outcome of the vote for a new leader was a complete surprise to everyone. Peter Dutton who caused the upset did not get the outcome he assumed was “in the bag”. The man of integrity got the job, the man people could trust, Scott Morrison a committed, outspoken Christian, who takes God’s command to love his neighbour as himself seriously, who spoke and voted against gay marriage though he loves the people who voted yes.

Watching Sky News in the lead up to the vote for our new Prime Minister, they interviewed political pundits on both sides of politics. I was blessed to hear the interview with Labour Party spokesperson, Graham “Richo” Richardson. He said, he was a good friend of Scott Morrison despite them being on opposite sides of politics. He told the Sky News interviewers that he was speaking to Scott just before he entered the Party Room for the vote. Graham said that he playfully told Scott that he would pray for the right outcome, and that Scott’s response was, “I have been trying to get you to pray all these years and now you tell me you are going to pray!” Neither of them expected Scott Morrison to emerge from the Party Room as the Prime Minister elect of this nation. God’s hand was clearly in control of the events and the outcome. He appointed Scott Morrison, Prime Minister of Australia. Hallelujah!

 

Scott Morrison has won the Liberal Party leadership.