The times are dark, evil, angry, and dangerous.  And, these are the most terrible days of attack ever on marriage, families, churches, and society as a whole.

Giving thanks in this emotionally crushing time can seem deranged. We dare not ignore the fact that many of God’s children have endured trials that are unheard of from wild fires, sickness, persecution and the cares of life.

However, there is a way—even in these tribulations—to thank God that will excite Him and drive the enemy crazy.

It begins by taking those things that should discourage and even frighten us and force them to glorify God.  The Bible says in 2 Corinthians 12: 8 “Concerning this thing I pleaded with the Lord three times that it might depart from me. 9 And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 10 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”

Paul took his suffering and shaped it into a catalyst for strength and victory.  He is literally celebrating how his brutal attacks will be forced to do a great work in him, and miracle through him.  Here is your confession: this is going to make me strong. This is going to release the power of God. Devil, you will pay dearly for attacking me and my family.

Thank you, God! This was a cruel attack, but the outcome is unstoppable. I am grateful for the power of Christ that comes out of persecution and tribulation.

The next act of thankfulness has to do with being born in this time. So many young and old are saying what a terrible time to be alive. Is it a cruel joke for you to live in these times? Or is an honor?

I say it is an honor! These are times God will do special things, through special people.  He gives grace that is not available in “normal” times.  He grants extraordinary power, wisdom and courage.

A life of knowing God and doing amazing things is available to you that was not available in other times.  Daniel 11: 32 “Those who do wickedly against the covenant he shall corrupt with flattery; but the people who know their God shall be strong, and carry out great exploits.”

It is in the darkest times that the greatest Glory rises.  Isaiah 60: 2 “For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, And deep darkness the people; But the Lord will arise over you, And His glory will be seen upon you. 3 The Gentiles shall come to your light, And kings to the brightness of your rising.”

Then, there is the unspeakable honor of suffering shame for Christ.   Acts 5: 41 says, “So they departed from the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for His name.”

Jesus said, in Matthew 5:11 “Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake. 12 Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”

Jesus will declare your heroism to the Father before the entire host of heaven.  For endless ages, you will be able to tell the story of how God’s grace held you through impossible circumstances.

You were born for this time.  It is not punishment, it is not an accident, it is an honor.  There is a design in the timing of your life.  We all yearn for the simpler times—but the rewards are greater—much greater, in our time.

All the Saints who have gone before us would give almost anything to be in our shoes.  Jesus said, “Luke 10: 24 for I tell you that many prophets and kings have desired to see what you see, and have not seen it, and to hear what you hear, and have not heard it.” – Luke 10: 24.

It excites God to see his child trusting Him. But it releases misery on the devil. He threw his worst and you and God is turning it into your best. Now Satan knows he can never stop you.

Bold and mighty Thanksgiving to you and yours from Mechelle and me.


  1. Hey Mario and Mechelle!!!

    Happy Thanksgiving!

    I first shared your work at Marilyn Hickey’s church years ago…1990’s…

    It is my honor as Founder of Servantheart Publishing Media Corporation to be a partaker of your work and actually through our media network…to expand your daily word…

    I will be tithing to your work starting in December.

    Thank you for obeying Gods direction for your life as you both give your daily lives to serve Christ.

    Kindest regards,

    Jan Gaines Business Development Management 619-745-8390

    On Wed, Nov 21, 2018, 11:20 PM Mario Murillo Ministries wrote:

    > mariomurilloministries posted: “The times are dark, evil, angry, and > dangerous. And, these are the most terrible days of attack ever on > marriage, families, churches, and society as a whole. Giving thanks in this > emotionally crushing time can seem deranged. We dare not ignore the fac” >

  2. Thank you brother for your writing. It is such a blessing to me! Found you on Facebook. Have a blessed day. Happy Thanksgiving !

  3. Thank you for the uplifting word. We have been one of those that have been suffering for the last 6 1/2 years and this word just lifted me up and made me feel thankful for everything and the time in which I am living. God know everything I will keep my eyes on him!

  4. A Very Blessed Thanksgiving To You and Your Family. I am very thankful for Our God Given President ,Family and Those Who Comtinuly Hold His Arms Up So That He Can Stand and Do The Will Of The Father For Our United States Of America. In Jesus Name. Amen!!!

  5. Thank you Mario, I’ve been getting beat up pretty good, now I can adjust my thinking and my prayers and soldier on. I really appreciate the words of instruction and encouragement. Happy Thanksgiving and God abundantly bless you and your family!

  6. I agree totally with what you have said. I recently discovered you again. I had seen you preach in the Opera House in San Francisco and in an arena in Berkeley many years ago (in the 1970s I think). I have been doing a “Watchman on the wall” ministry via the Internet since January 2007 for obvious reasons.
    God’s Word is my plumb-line and standard. I have ETRSFed (logically indent formatted) all of the New Testament (Revelation 4 times) and 3/5s of the Old Testament, and over 200 Bible word studies.

    Isaiah 55:11
    God said,
    “So shall My Word be that goes forth out of My mouth:
    it shall not return unto Me void,
    but it shall accomplish that which I please,
    and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.”
    And good Bible education is rare in most Christian churches.
    2 Timothy 2:15
    “Study earnestly to present yourself approved to God,
    a workman [or workwoman] who does not need to be ashamed,
    rightly dividing the Word of Truth.”
    Isaiah 28:9-10
    “Whom shall He teach knowledge?
    And whom shall He make to understand doctrine?
    They who are weaned from the milk and drawn from the breasts.
    For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept;
    line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little.”

    Have your ever heard a sermon about Resurrected Sanctification or Jude 23-25 Living? I believe that churches should have Bible study groups and Biblical counseling available every day and night to help such happen. We learn and retain a lot more after discussions than we do after sermons or lectures. We should be using this time of religious freedom to prepare when such freedoms are no longer.

  7. What a great encouragement for THANKSGIVING. We are also excited about those things to come as the Crimson Wave sweeps across California as the King Of Glory has come in to intervene in our evil , perverse generation, after the worst Voter Fraud ever seen. He is shaking everything. Wakening the Body who call themselves “Christians” who have been LUKEWARM OR COLD.
    We are watchmen on the WALL, as intercessors in the breach, declaring the Word of GOD BOLDLY
    and claiming VICTORY for the KINGDOM of Heaven ON EARTH. TODAY, like never before.

    These are the BEST OF TIMES for the GLORY to be revealed despite the worst of times for those who deny JESUS as JUDGMENT is here. The FEAR of GOD is coming , like the days of Ananias & Sapphira as the LATTER RAINS of Your SPIRIT are coming seven times stronger than those of the former rains.

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