Restoration: Getting back the years that the devil stole from you.
By Mario Murillo
I was with a great man of God as he surveyed the wreckage of America even as he was looking back on his life. This Christian general sighed deeply and said “if only I were a younger man…” I interrupted him and said “YOU ARE A YOUNGER MAN! At that moment I had nothing to back up my statement but I felt that I had just blurted out something very important.
No long after that I was with an older woman who had received a great miracle of healing. While she was grateful for her health she was also regretting the years that Satan had stolen from her.
Soon after that I listened to a saint explain how unfair it seemed that huge chunks of her life were taken from her and she said, “I just want them back!”
Right now, a lot of people are looking back on their lives and feeling that many years were stolen from them. They recount scenes of besetting sin, betrayal, calamity, sickness and just plain mistakes that had outsized impact on their years.
There are lots of people feeling a special turmoil right now. They have conflicting emotions: Feeling they’re too tired or that it is too late to start over while at the same time they are burning with passion to take on a new mission.
Hollywood senses this and makes films like RED: Retired and Extremely Dangerous that touches this need for revenge on the past.
However this turmoil is far from just an older person’s crisis. Many young believers struggle with the sense that something has swept in like locust and robbed not just their past but their future. Dreams are held in limbo and they live feel trapped in a holding pattern losing valuable time.
Joel 2:25 says, “So I will restore to you the years that the swarming locust has eaten, The crawling locust, The consuming locust, And the chewing locust. What does that mean? Can we get back the years that the enemy has stolen?
The answer is: WE CAN AND WE MUST!
In that moment when I exclaimed, “But you are a young man!,” it was not clear to me what I was actually saying but now it is not only clear but forcefully irresistible. The Holy Spirit wants to give us back what Satan has stolen! Here is how:
1. BURN OUT the burn out! Wait on God for specific fire to burn out spiritual fatigue and regret. Isaiah 40: 31 “But those who wait on the Lord Shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint.” It is time for you to get up and get going!
You need to make some bold moves and big decisions. Realize that it is not really your body that is tired it is your spirit. Go to war in prayer specially seizing God’s promise to fuel and direct those who wait on Him.
2. Do not settle merely for restored energy, go after a total revolution in your mind and body. Some of what you suffered in your past was because you were timid. You went along with things and you did not make the demands on life that were just and right. Now you must boldly enforce God’s Word and apply God’s grace. You will now say no to things that you once said yes to: “No, I am not too old. No, I am not going to sit still. No, it is not too late! Conversely, you will now say yes to things that you once said no to! Yes, I can do it! Yes, I can finish my race!
Here is what your new attitude must look like: Joshua 14: “And now, behold, the Lord has kept me alive, as He said, these forty-five years, ever since the Lord spoke this word to Moses while Israel wandered in the wilderness; and now, here I am this day, eighty-five years old. 11 As yet I am as strong this day as on the day that Moses sent me; just as my strength was then, so now is my strength for war, both for going out and for coming in.”
3. You get the years that you lost by an overabundance of years now! Locust destroyed Israel’s crops because of judgment. The damage eat up years of crops. What God promised in Joel “I will restore the years” is that You shall be comforted according to the time that you have been afflicted, and shall have years of plenty to more than make up for the years of famine.
This is not just added time but added results that puts your life back in the plus column. Haggai 2: 9 ‘The glory of this latter temple shall be greater than the former,’ says the Lord of hosts. ‘And in this place I will give peace,’ says the Lord of hosts.”
Note just added time but long life that satisfies: Psalm 91: 15 says, “He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him and honor him. 16 With long life I will satisfy him, And show him My salvation.”
4: Live to leave something for the next generation. Psalm 71: 18 “18 Now also when I am old and gray headed, O God, do not forsake me, Until I declare Your strength to this generation, Your power to everyone who is to come.” I believe that great men and women have been kept alive by their passion to impart a legacy to the next generation. So long as they stubbornly mentored, imparted and wrote great works of wisdom it kept them alive.
Oh, and by the way…that great man of God I mentioned in the beginning of this blog…at 87 he has reclaimed the rights to the name of the mega church he once led and he and his wife are relaunching a great work. AMEN.
Special note: September 7-9 in Los Banos will be unforgettable…this is something that the Holy Spirit has said to me with a strong nudge to my heart! If you live within driving distance of Los Banos please join us and seize the opportunity to bring someone who is unchurched or needs healing in their body! I have never seen God unify churches the way that He has done here in Los Banos. All the gauges of revival that I know tell me that a spiritual drought has ended and a great deluge has already begun. Come see and be a part of a great move of God. -Mario
THE UNDENIABLE BECOMES THE INDESCRIBABLE
By Mario Murillo
This will not be well written as I am rushing to the airport but I just had to tell you that I have been ruined by the glory that God demonstrated last night.
They were standing in line outside before 6PM. The sick, the addicted, the radically saved all standing together waiting for what they believed would be a demonstration of miracles.
Once inside the worship exploded. Never and mean never did an audience sing like this. The whole building shook when they sand “There is power in the name of Jesus.”
As I stood before the people I was struck by the hunger for God and so I immediately began to make my plea for those who needed to be born anew to obey Christ and be saved. Here they came by the dozens. Every race, every age group and every background was represented in the group that came to repent and be set free.
The audience was overtaken by celebration as they witnessed loved ones, and friends and those that some had been praying to be saved for years now stood weeping their way into the kingdom of God! All together the harvest was over 60 souls but only God knows the real number.
Before the meeting the Holy Spirit alerted me to the fact that a woman would be healed in her abdomen. The description of a suffering young woman unfolded in my spirit. As I told the people I discovered that I knew exactly who she was! She was sitting in the second row and now I was ordered to relate to her what the Holy Spirit had told me. She began to weep for joy because she knew that her time of unspeakable suffering was ending.
Now healings broke out all around me. I kept feeling the unworthiness could only get peace by forcing to the audience to look at Jesus and not a man. Before the night was over at least 70 people would stand and admit that they had been healed.
An older man sat to my right. He looked detached from the meeting. It was not that he didn’t love God or was not being blessed; it was a battle in his body. A stroke had taken some of his speech, movement and had also damaged his heart. Again, I am consumed with my utter helplessness and how clearly everything that happens must be God or nothing will happen.
I walked to him and spoke to his wife to verify every detail of the word of the Lord. It was undeniable. She began to weep and place a gentle hand on her husband. Then it happened! He began moving his arms, now bolder he stood and began to move his legs, now completely healed he took off running and jumping. Pandemonium broke out in the crowd.
What could possibly top this? Well, I can tell you that it was the meeting with pastors afterward. God had fallen on their region answering decades of prayer. They agreed to work together, they exchanged phone numbers and began to work with God to advance the Kingdom!
We are returning to Portage October 12-14. We already know that it is going to be in a larger venue and there will be historic breakthroughs.
THE NIGHT WHERE GOD DID NOT FIGHT FAIR
Now it is undeniable in Portage Indiana: Turn away crowds, abundant healings, and a great harvest of souls.
If you could pick one night for your beloved skeptic to be in church…this was that night. Miracles did not just happen, they overwhelmed, they sought out people, they overpowered doubt, they cancelled religious notions and obliterated disease, pain and spiritual wounds…it seemed that God was not fighting fair.
Oh how the people sang! Voices raised in glorious praise as every seat filled until no more could fit in the sanctuary. They sang the chains off! They did not care about race, religion, gender or age…it was all about singing from humble hearts, who believed no matter what the need they would never be the same.
No hurt was too deep, no sickness was too strong, no problem too big for the God they worshiped.
Mario only preached as long as the Holy Spirit would allow in this electrified atmosphere. He told of the Jesus who has never changed or suffered a power outage. He declared the Name that would eject devils and destroy disease. All of the evil of these times could not stop God from blessing, healing, loosing, releasing and saving.
The call to come to Christ came early in the night and before we knew it scores were standing at the front to receive the greatest miracle of all! The sinner’s prayer was clear and forceful no doubt wafting in the air and out into the surrounding community. People nearby must have heard and felt conviction as they cried “Jesus save me now, I repent of all my sin.”!
If only the people could speak for themselves! They would tell in detail of this unforgettable night. Take the woman who hesitated to respond for several minutes when called out for explosive pain in her head. When she finally stood it just made it all the more amazing as power overtook her. When she obeyed God the atmosphere changed the people were transformed. Now Jesus directed His love to a man who was stunned that God would love him so much to describe every detail of the disaster in his body. A ruined heart, dulled hearing, bones deteriorating in his arms, legs, knees, a cacophony of pain and weakness evaporated on the spot.
Next was the spine healing of a young woman due for surgery for scoliosis. Overtaken by gratitude, she sobbed to realize that God had named her disease and gave her His touch.
She testified, “You ministered to me tonight about my spine and scoliosis. You also said I would grow half an inch and I actually felt my back stretching. Thanks for letting God use you.”
Oh but it was not just the body that God healed it was spirits. People were singled out for a miracle in their broken hearts. It stunned us all when a mighty deliverance was called out and received.
Now it became a cloud of healing settling over the entire audience. Rivers of power swirled, yea raged and took up the crowd in its current. Shouts of “I’m healed,” rang out, outbursts of joy as sickness after sickness was evicted from bodies. Dozens healed in their abdomen, heart, lungs and limbs. Again and again we would hear and see those who had received healing give God the glory!
Indeed God did not fight fair and I say AMEN to it! Hundreds are fasting. They are on their way to the meeting two hours ahead of time. It is going to be another night of glory!!!
The fire continues tonight night at 7PM. If you are in the Portage Indiana area join us at City Point Church 6474 Central Ave, Portage, IN 46368 Phone:(219) 764-8229
THE MIRACLE AT CHABOT COLLEGE: RECALLING AN AMAZING MIRACLE
By Mario Murillo
Back in 2008 something historic happened at Chabot College. We look back at the amazing moment.
Chabot College is neither the largest nor the most famous college in America. Yet, there was a breakthrough here that has far reaching implications and special meaning to you. In fact, I want to explain the special meaning even before I give you the report of the souls saved and bodies healed.
When the audience came into the auditorium, their nervousness was evident to us all. The talented worship team from Faith Fellowship in San Leandro brought the presence of God into the hall. We thank Pastor Gary Mortara for lending us his mighty worship team! Then Helen Baylor sang and shared her amazing story. A blanket of God’s Spirit fell upon the audience and opened their hearts. Helen was the perfect gift to prepare these young souls for the Gospel.
Meanwhile, I was pacing backstage feeling the weight of my sermon. The Holy Spirit had prepared me to preach a message on the resurrection of Christ. There was to be no apology or mincing of words. My order was to simply show them the resurrection of Jesus. There could be no revision of Christ for the sake of modern skepticism. He was not a “great moral teacher” or “social reformer.” He was the Risen Savior of the World. I declared that the same power that raised Christ from the dead would save their souls and heal their bodies.
Not knowing what to expect I made a public call for them to come to Christ. I knew that Satan put new deceptions on this generation to harden them to the Gospel. However, all of them were neutralized by the power and love of the Holy Spirit. The cost was clear. They would have to demonstrate in front of everyone that they wanted to follow Jesus. This is when the convicting presence of God was evident to everyone.
One by one they stood to be saved. Soon there were scores of people heading to the stage to be born again. Demon power broke, habits disintegrated and broken hearts were mended by the power of Jesus. I will never forget the looks on their faces as they stood onstage and asked Jesus to take control. There were untold stories of tragedy and emptiness written in their eyes. No one can calculate the amount of pain and despair that they were trading in for resurrection power.
If what happened was amazing, where it happened was just as amazing. This is the heart of the San Francisco Bay Area. This is the epicenter of the national antichrist movement. If laws are written to limit the church, they will be written here first. This is the place where you will find the most zeal to build a totally secular, global village. Every honest believer in this region knows that the Church in the Bay Area is at a crossroad. Her witness is under the greatest assault ever. If she ever takes a stand it must be now!
Now it was time to take another critical step in this rally. We had to minister to the sick in the audience while the newly saved received ministry in the counseling area. How I thank God for the hundred plus army of skilled workers that were provided by Pastors Mark and Brenda Thomas who lead Heart of the Bay Christian Center. More than any other church, Heart of the Bay Christian Center sacrificed to make this outreach possible.
Now we felt very much at home in the Performing Arts Center. God had transformed it into a temple of the Holy Spirit. I exhorted the crowd to reach out and take the miracles of healing that Jesus was offering them. There was no hesitation. Because of the layout of the seats it was best for us to minister to people right in their seats. This did not stop God at all. Dozens of people rose from their seats and demonstrated their healing to the rest of the audience. Truly, God was there to heal every kind of disease.
As I said before, the church in the Bay area is at the crossroads. Miracle based believers will stand against the tide of persecution! This is the breed we need in the Bay Area and all across America.
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!