Make this Valley Full of Ditches
By Mario Murillo
What happens in Los Banos now? I have already gone on record as saying that this is the greatest revival spirit that I have ever seen. So we just keep going this week right? No actually we are going to wait until Sunday September 7th.
This makes no sense. Stop the rallies at the peak of momentum? How can you stop when multitudes are being saved and healed? In the natural it makes no sense but in the world of the Spirit it makes perfect sense. This is because a strange and wonderful guidance from the Lord has come about Los Banos. These last few weeks were but a taste of His glory. He is providing a short period of preparation for the real glory and the real harvest.
Here is a story from the Bible that explains what God is doing: 2 Kings 3 beginning with verse 15: “‘But now bring me a musician.’ Then it happened, when the musician played, that the hand of the Lord came upon him.16 And he said, “Thus says the Lord: ‘Make this valley full of ditches.’ 17 For thus says the Lord: ‘You shall not see wind, nor shall you see rain; yet that valley shall be filled with water, so that you, your cattle, and your animals may drink.’ Then verse 20 says, “Now it happened in the morning, when the grain offering was offered, that suddenly water came by way of Edom, and the land was filled with water.”
3 Kings needed water for their armies to avert disaster. The prophet Elisha was called to save the day. They fully expected him to lead them to water but instead he said, “Make this valley full of ditches.” God wanted them to make a container for the miracle!
God had to stop us! Holy Spirit is saying to the army in Los Banos, “MAKE THIS VALLEY FULL OF DITCHES. We are to dig ditches to contain the massive miracle that is coming. By stopping we are not retreating we are advancing.
What do these ditches look like? We dig ditches in prayer, planning and preparation. If hundreds are saved we need to make nets to contain the catch. If meetings go on night after night we need to pace ourselves so that we do not grow weary in well doing. And finally, we must dig in and brace ourselves for the unexpected onslaught of the enemy.
The next few weeks are crucial to the outpouring of God Los Banos. We are making the greatest statement of faith imaginable. Here is our confession: “Lord You are about to send us rain, harvest and blessing on a massive scale. We are going to contain it!
This is an opportunity that we cannot waste. God is about to show up on a level of power that is like nothing any of us have ever seen before. Pastors do not shrink back from your duty! Ignite the people, give them their marching orders. Tell them it is now or never.
MAKE SURE THAT YOU GET INVOLVED! CONTACT ANY ONE OF THE COOPERATING CHURCHES FOR UPDATES ON EVENTS COMING UP BEFORE SEPTEMBER 7TH.
LOS BANOS IS AWAKENED!
By Mario Murillo
It is a challenge and an honor to tell you about last night. To do this correctly I must start with a brief backstory.
Sitting on highway 152 connecting Interstate 5 and Highway 99 Los Banos is known as a city that you pass through on your way to somewhere else. Los Banos is a modern Bethlehem, a community that is overlooked but chosen by God to give birth to a great miracle.
The town’s economy was agricultural until the housing boom. As home prices soared in the San Francisco Bay Area, developers lured commuters to the affordable housing here. Then the whole thing came crashing down when the great recession hit. People simply chose to abandon their homes leaving entire developments desolate. Gangs saw an opening and came to add to the misery, on top of all this the state cut off water to the farmers. This was a town that was being pummeled by the three “D”s: Drugs, Depression and Drought.
Pastors began to pray together, intercessors walked the streets of Los Banos pleading for God’s intervention. Year in and year out the prayers went up to God. Then it happened.
I know that I am speaking with the blessing of the pastors when I tell you that God’s not-so-secret weapon here is John and Rita Calderon who lead Day 3 Church. John and Rita carry a jealousy destroying humility and love that has gained the unqualified respect of the other pastors. Without this, the miracle could not have happened. Everybody knows that this couple is as devoted to the success of all the churches, not just their own.
July 13, 2014 in Los Banos will be remembered in the annals of revival. That is when meetings began so pure and powerful that the guest evangelist will barely get an honorable mention. This was nothing but God answering a cry so deep and so sincere that it jolted heaven into action.
People asked people to go to the meetings and they said yes. Pastors gave the order and the Body of Christ came to attention. Something wonderful began to brood over the city. Conviction gripped lost souls and the altars filled every time we gathered. The evangelist would wade into the audience and give detailed descriptions of disease to complete strangers igniting faith resulting in instant healings.
Hundreds have been saved and healed and now we come to the meeting last night. Expectancy crackled as the crowds poured into the theater. The worship began 30 minutes early. The people lifted a crescendo of worship that I have never seen before. This glorious uprising of song was their anthem of gratitude to God for the hope and love that had come to town.
Unlike other nights, this night God began to heal en masse. A blanket of healings settled gently but forcefully on the people. After a couple of sweeps of power, words of knowledge appeared.
Woman leaves her wheelchair and begins to run!
The evangelist walked to the back right hand side, asked a woman to stand and began to describe every ailment in her body. She was broken by disease, her blood, heart, lungs, bones and muscles were weak and pain ridden until that moment when Jesus took them all away. When asked to walk, she ran, and then she jumped and danced before God.
The power of God came in a rush of words and commands to be healed. The people jumped into the fray and began laying hands on others who were sick and healing came quickly. Miracles kept flowing for several minutes. The evangelist asked all who were healed to stand and give witness to their miracle. Fully a fourth of the audience is on their feet declaring their healing.
In an atmosphere like this you can make plain calls to Christ. No sugar coating, no apologies just come and make Jesus Lord. So many, came forward so fast, that it stunned us all.
WE ARE ANNOUNCING RIGHT NOW THAT THE LOS BANOS MEETINGS WILL CONTINUE. SOME VERY IMPORTANT DETAILS ARE BEING WORKED OUT TODAY AND WE WILL ANNOUNCE THE NEXT MEETING ASAP!
Los Banos: Now I know what I have been preparing for.
By Mario Murillo
Someone once said to me “everything you have been through has just been preparation.” What they did not know and what I did not know is what that preparation has been for. Now I know. Of all the meetings that we have done none comes close to the firepower of this one. All of the elements of moral awakening are coming together to take over a region in the very heart of California. Marshall all of the adjectives you want and they will be sadly inadequate to describe the power that radiated inside the room last night. Describe revivals past that have been engraved in history books and there are so many eerie similarities that I actually fear to recite them, Sinners weep openly during the sermons. Healings are reported without warning. Pastors, civic officials, and prominent business leave their egos at the door and present themselves before God with total abandonment. I know when people worship God with lukewarm hearts. I also know when people abuse worship into an emotional high. None of those are here in this meeting. Christ is exalted when Jason leads the singing, Christ is all in all to the audience, and Christ permeates every note song by every humble heart in this meeting.
The innocence, the purity, and the honorable nature of this event make me hesitate to tell people about it. I do not want the hand of man to contaminate this wondrous demonstration of power. However, God does not want to us to keep this to ourselves. The signal is being sent far and wide that a fountain has ruptured the powers of darkness in Los Banos! The Holy Ghost is speaking forcefully, “come and drink freely of the waters of life!” Never before have I seen the Word of God pierce an audience the way that it does here. Never before have I seen the work of faith to receive impossible miracles run so deep in hearts. We have lost control of this meeting. God is leaping over tradition and agendas. Something has gotten into God and into these people that is unstoppable. They are possessed by a holy and unbreakable conviction that God’s time has come for Los Banos and the surrounding region. The physical drought is not over but the spiritual drought is completely over. The fire, glory and power continue tonight. I have zero doubt that later tonight I will bringing an astonishing update of healing and deliverance on an unprecedented scale!
Here is the very latest from Los Banos. This Friday night the pastors of Los Banos have called for a city wide night of intercession for continued revival. When is the last time you have heard of the pastors in a city dropping their doctrinal differences and telling their people that we will not be separate churches but the one true Body of Christ and pray?
Confirmations of healing are coming from many sources…indeed the medical community in Los Banos should brace themselves for a wave of testimonies of diseases that have vanished and deliverance from medications!
Most exciting is the fact that the army that left last Monday night made a list of hundreds of names of loved ones that they are praying will be saved. However, they are not just praying, they are witnessing and inviting them for this weekend. I get real excited thinking about the evangelism outbreak that has begun! Stay tuned for more.
Now for those of you who have not yet read the blog below we present again the report about Monday night.
The Los Banos Baptism
By Mario Murillo
2 Chronicles 29: 36 Then Hezekiah and all the people rejoiced that God had prepared the people, since the events took place so suddenly.
As 50 plus people make their way forward to surrender to Jesus a towering roar rises to heaven. I cannot remember a crowd this explosive to celebrate souls saved.
I knew this was going to happen. The worship team had tilled the soil in the souls of the unchurched. The hunger for Christ was unmistakable; there was no time to lose.
I immediately start a clear and simple appeal. The Holy Spirit’s call to come to Jesus overpowers the people. This is just the beginning of the night!
Want to know if it’s real revival? Make a sudden announcement. No one knew there would be a meeting tonight until the final moments of last night. Nevertheless, the theater is full again.
Ask any Californian what it is like to change your job schedule or your children’s schedule with this little warning. I don’t want to even know what kind of radical changes people endured to be back tonight.
Now I am facing my greatest test. These people are expecting a miracle service but I am supposed to preach revival. This is the second great test of true revival: are the people there for God’s agenda or their own?
Then the word of the Lord came forth. Satan meant to turn Los Banos into a dumping ground for drugs, violence and a habitation of broken dreams. God sought a core that would bring living proof of the power of God to this city. The burning question is can you become one and discard your plan in exchange for God’s plan for Los Banos?
Never, and I mean never have I seen an audience embrace the word so whole-heartedly. They did not merely absorb the word, they consumed it. By unanimous acclamation the crowd declares war on Satan and vows to follow the Captain of our Salvation into battle.
I stand dazed as the dream of a lifetime is coming true right before my eyes. I feel hope, not only for Los Banos but for America. But this was not the crescendo of this night….that came next.
Because of drought Los Banos is surrounded by fields of dry grass. Yet, if you were to soak that grass in gasoline and toss a match, the ignition would not compare to the roaring flames of revival the rose from these people at yet another sudden announcement: The words tumbled out of my mouth…”we are going on next week!”
P.S. When we had completely forgotten about the healing service, God showed up and began to heal all over the theater!