Monday night June 4, 2012, A stunning tsunami of power the power of God sweeps through Higher Ground Church in Bakersfield.
When Mario took the pulpit and before preaching he began to call lost souls to the front. This is a phenomenon that is occurring more and more. One of the benefits of this is that the meeting becomes instant follow up for new converts. Mario asked them come to Christ, and soon the front was filled with sincere hearts who prayed and wept their way into the Kingdom of God.
After the harvest was safely in the prayer room. Mario preached an urgent word that helped explain why some gatherings lack power and others ignite with abundant miracles.
The difference is defined by the crowd. If it is a crowd filled with relatives of Jesus, the over familiarity and unbelief will blunt the miracles.
He cited Mark 6: 4, 5 “But Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor except in his own country, among his own relatives, and in his own house.” 5 Now He could do no mighty work there, except that He laid His hands on a few sick people and healed them. 6 And He marveled because of their unbelief.”
He then showed the amazing contrast between that what occurred later in the chapter in a remote area of Israel. Mark 6: 54 “And when they came out of the boat, immediately the people recognized Him, 55 ran through that whole surrounding region, and began to carry about on beds those who were sick to wherever they heard He was. 56 Wherever He entered, into villages, cities, or the country, they laid the sick in the marketplaces, and begged Him that they might just touch the hem of His garment. And as many as touched Him were made well.”
If the audience is filled with worshippers of Jesus then the miracles will explode! In His home town they knew Him so well that they did not know Him at all. In the other place the people “recognized Him.” One had a natural knowledge of Jesus and the others had revelation.
At the end of this message there was no question what choice this crowd in Bakersfield had made. The expectancy and power rose mightily and then came healing after healing. Entire sections of the building responded to the words of knowledge. God took vengeance on a wide range of diseases too numerous to name in this report.
Just when it seemed that the meeting would end, Mario Murillo points to a man in the back of the building and said, “You have had three heart attacks.” His wife screamed, ‘it’s true!” The man quickly unbuttoned his shirt to reveal a large vertical scar from open heart surgery. What followed this was nothing short of a complete overhaul of his body. The word of knowledge began to include knees which were damaged and in terrible pain, at this he bolted to the aisle and began jumping up and down to demonstrate his healing. Next came healing for his spine, ears, eyes, lungs and a host of other sicknesses.
Then Mario turned to the wife and told her that she also had heart disease and then she screamed again and felt a divine jolt that would then envelope her neck, shoulders, spine and legs.
The grand finale came with Mario asking all of those who knew without a doubt that they were healed to stand and give God glory. At the very least 100 people is glorious declaration of a miracle in their body!