THEIR STORY IS OUR STORY. SO WHO WERE THOSE SHEPHERDS THAT NIGHT?

Who were those shepherds? They are us. Their story is our story.  Their situation is our situation. We share a common theme.  We share a common enemy.  The terror that stalked their night is the very one that preys on the hopes of believers today.  They are so much like us!  Their future was sold to pay a debt to a foreign empire.  For them, it was Rome, for us it is China. 

Their leaders forged an unholy alliance with Augustus Caesar.  Some of our Democrat leaders take bribes, appease our enemies, attack Christian values, and apologize to the world for our greatness. The faith of the shepherds’ forefathers was diluted by false ministers and mocked by pagans. Our faith suffers the same fate! Their weak economy created a crime wave that forced them to stay out in the fields watching their sheep.

We have watched governors and mayors go crazy, destroying small businesses and jobs.  Can Americans relate to getting through a day by choking down emotions and doing their jobs on cruise control?

What do we want most for Christmas?  Let me propose an answer.  What we want most in all of this mess is good news.  We could sure use some good news!  It would be so wonderful to see the unrelenting torrent of scary headlines, dire predictions, and disappointing reports swallowed up by good news! But what would be good news to you right now?  What message do you need from God right now?

What we want most is a visitation of God.  It is easy to think that we want something else, but nothing would help us more, nothing would do the job better, nothing can compare to it.  In 1982 I watched as San Jose was enveloped by the Glory of God.  It was a time when the economy was as bad as it is now.  The prime rate soared to 22% and unemployment was even worse than today.  Yet thousands crowded into the meeting every night for 22 weeks!  The presence of God that filled the building evaporated fear and worries.

Yes, the people needed jobs desperately, but somehow, it was overruled by the Glory of the Lord.  Each night they sang their hearts out, each night tears of joy washed away the cares of their life.  Things other than material things became important.  Something priceless had come to them and they were not about to let human concerns rob them of that precious moment in their life.

I am a Pentecostal. It is that simple.  I know what it means to have the Holy Spirit drench me. I know that when the Spirit of God is upon me, fear, worry and anxiety all vanish.

What the Angels did was to turn those shepherds’ priorities upside down.  We know the Bible says, “Seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness and all of these things will be added unto you,” but in the daily grind, it can seem to be an impossible task.  Moments ago, these men were taut with tension and defensive of their herd, to the point that they would have gladly fought to the death to protect their flock.  But after the announcement made by the angels, they were ready to run to a manger, oblivious of the sheep they were leaving behind.

Yes, we need jobs, healing, and many other things, but what we need most is the Glory.  Glory will make our soul gaze at God, and as we gaze, distracted by His splendor, God will fix the issues of our life.  Modern pulpits have done us a great disservice by focusing on “how-to-Christianity.”  It seems so right to get practical teaching on relationships, money, and handling emotions.  And that is the very problem! We have been taught that we need to “handle our lives” and “fix” ourselves.

This is the bait of Satan: to get us to strive and fret and battle by our own wits, and not by the anointing of the Holy Spirit.  What leaders are failing to do is to seek and obtain a move of God among their people.

Why did God skip the theologians, the priests and the king, and send those angels to the shepherds?   This is the question of the ages! How embarrassing to all of those in power and to all of those who made a life out of studying the prophets, reading the times, and being “in the know,” who were overlooked in favor of these lowly shepherds!

We are constantly trying to qualify for a career, a credit card, a club, or some kind of status, but are we qualified for a visitation of God?

What if these are not the bad times?  Maybe the bad times were back when you had money and toys.  Maybe in these hard times you are holding your loved ones closer, praying a little more deeply, and trying a little harder to be humble and grateful.  Maybe instead of suffering, you are merely getting into a position to be visited by God.

So, thank God for your circumstances. You have been born for these very times. They have come from His nail-pierced hands, and the very trials you are going through are preparing you for your destiny!

CHRISTMAS: 3 THINGS GOD DID. ONE THING YOU MUST DO.

It is the darkest time in American History.  We yearn for peace, wisdom and safety.  We wonder about our children’s and grandchildren’s future. Our bodies succumb to weakness and pain from the raging stress of this age.

We cannot find the words for what we yearn for.  What is the miracle we all long for?  It is a work of unshakable emotional well-being.  We want an uninterrupted flow of God’s power, grace and love. But, how do we get this?

I want you to see three things God did, and one thing you must do.  We begin with the meaning of Christmas.

This year, defining Christmas is an emergency!  I do not fear for Christmas. Quite the contrary, only the Gospel has more power than Christmas.  Christmas will endure and impose its wonder on an angry world.  All of the rocks thrown at Christmas, all of the railing against it, and all of the intellectual assaults on it, will bounce off and only reinforce its supernatural nature.

Christmas must be defined, for our sake. As I surveyed the Word of God, three verses captured me, and told me the clear meaning of Christmas.

Isaiah 9:6, For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given. 

John 3:16, For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.

Romans 8:32, He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not, with Him, also freely give us all things?

These verses should weaken our knees beneath a weight of eternal gratitude.

Christmas means this: God the Father gave His Son.

The human race was beyond helpless; cursed with an unlimited tendency toward evil.  Human history horrifies.  Our story is one unending night of agony. Ages of nothing but darkness.

There was only One who pierced the blackness.  His words came, and they came to stay.  Jesus kicked Satan’s teeth in, and chained him to a twilight existence.  Left with only partial use of his powers, the Devil awaits the certain doom sealed by the Cross and the Resurrection.

How do I make the miracle of Christmas my daily strength? The three verses quoted above tell us something of unimaginable wonder: Christmas is, first and last, God the Father giving His Son.  He is the ultimate Giver.  Eternity can calculate neither the depth, width, nor the height of His supreme sacrifice.

Let me repeat what I said before.  There are three things God did, and one thing you must do.

1. Jesus is a gift to you from the Father. “For unto us a Son is given.” Isaiah 9:6 begins not by telling us what was given, but to whom it was given.  Jesus is a gift to you from the Father.  You must personalize the miracle of this gift.

Religion says God only rewards those who always do right.  That leaves us out.  But Christmas says, “He is a gift to you in all of your failings and the gift is given without condition.  You need never be without Him.”

My friend, Lionel Rodriguera, once sold a house in Southern California to a working-class family.  He helped them find a loan, closed escrow, and gave them the keys.  A few days later he went to check on them and found them living in the garage.  They told him that they did not believe the house was theirs and huddled in the garage out of fear that the real owner would show up.  The hardness of the life they had experienced had given them a permanent sense of unworthiness.

How many of us are living in the garage, emotionally, because we do not accept that we are the owners of a great salvation? You are free to roam in all of the rooms of the Kingdom of God.

Jesus is a permanent gift to you.  In a world where things are constantly being taken away, how amazing it is to know Jesus will always be there!

2. You were worth the sacrifice. “God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son.” Jesus said this about the value of a soul, “What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world, but loses his own soul?” 

At an auction in New York City, a Giacometti sculpture sold for $101 million.  To me, it is ugly.  I wouldn’t have given a hundred bucks for it. The point is that no one knew its value until the auction. The value was disclosed by what someone was willing to pay for it…

Likewise, the angels did not know the price of a single human soul, until the Father gave His Son.  The darling of the universe, crucified?  Heaven bankrupted for humanity? The value that God placed on the human soul stunned and baffled the angels.

Psychiatrists tell us that we need to feel valuable to someone.  It is one of the deepest needs of mankind.  Christmas booms out to you in a loud voice, “Look at how valuable you are to the Father!”

3. How will He not? Once there was a millionaire widower who only had one son. With all of his wealth and power, he still could not prevent his son from going to war in Korea.

When his son was killed, that father could not be comforted.  He began a downward spiral, until he lived in the shadows.  A year later a package arrived at his mansion.  It contained a perfect portrait of his son in uniform.   With it was this note: “I am a young painter from Korea who befriended your son.  I painted this so that it might bring you some degree of comfort.  Thank you for your sacrifice for my country.”

That portrait hung over the mantle of the great hall of his estate until the day he died.

Soon the massive home was the site of a great auction.  Art treasures, antiques, and vintage cars drew collectors from everywhere.  Two items were auctioned off.  The third item was the painting of his son.  No one bid on the painting because the painter and subject were unknown.

The silence was broken by the long-time gardener of the estate, who happened to be there as a bystander.  “I only have a hundred dollars to my name, but that boy was like my own son.”

With that the auctioneer began to pound the podium with his gavel. “This auction is over!” The stunned audience demanded to know why.  The auctioneer announced, “The Will states that whoever buys this painting gets the entire estate.”

Likewise, whoever gets the Son of God gets the entire estate.  Romans 8:32, “He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not, with Him, also freely give us all things?”   How will God withhold anything you need?

So, what do you do for your miracle?  Psalm 116:12-14 says. “What shall I render unto the Lord for all his benefits toward me? I will take the cup of salvation, and call upon the name of the Lord. I will pay my vows unto the Lord now in the presence of all His people.”

Drink deeply from the well of salvation and call on God from a heart that is full of confidence―because of the mighty Christmas Gift.

Make this the Christmas where the miracle of what God the Father gave us, and gives us every day, sinks into our soul so deeply that it neutralizes the power of fear and dread completely.

Mechelle and I want to wish you and those you love the merriest of all Christmases, from our family to yours!

THE WISE MEN’S MESSAGE TO OUR ELECTION DISASTER.

Jerusalem was in an uproar. Heads of state arrived with their entourage, giving no advance warning. King Herod and the people wondered what it could mean. More to the point, what does it mean to us right now?

The actions of the Wise Men tell us what we should do in this cataclysmic moment in American history. Do we recognize Joe Biden as our leader, or not?

Many high-profile preachers are now telling us we should just accept Biden, and move on. One preacher, who once supported Trump, looked right in the camera and accused Trump of living in an alternate reality.

Would it be rude and unchristian of me to say that Joe is not my President? Are we damaging our witness by being rebellious toward his authority? Why can’t we just let this election fraud go―after all, we survived Obama, didn’t we?

I don’t want to foment rebellion. I do not want to walk in strife. But rejecting Biden as President is altogether the only thing my conscience will let me do. So, what do the Wise Men have to do with all of that?

Let’s read their story. Matthew 2:1-6, “Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, saying, ‘Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we have seen His star in the East and have come to worship Him.’

“When Herod the king heard this, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him. And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he inquired of them where the Christ was to be born.

“So, they said to him, ‘In Bethlehem of Judea, for thus it is written by the prophet: ‘But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are not the least among the rulers of Judah; for out of you shall come a Ruler Who will shepherd My people Israel.’”

It was the appearing of the ‘Christmas star’ over America that brought me to this realization. The Wise Men left all and risked their lives to worship Jesus. The star invited them. The star ruined them. Their revelation of God’s work on the earth was so refined that they could see through the false kingdom of Herod.

Think of how audacious and outrageous their very first words to King Herod were: “‘Where is He who has been born King of the Jews?” This is the same as saying, “Where is the real king of the Jews?”

They had come too far, and had paid too much, and had gone too deep into the purposes of God to worry about politics and human decorum. They did not recognize Herod as the true king. This is why Herod, along with the entire city of Jerusalem, was troubled.

The Magi understood what was really going on. Sadly, much of the church today does not. Herod was an evil man with an evil plan. This was clear to these magnificent wise men. They were there to honor the real authority, and to cooperate with the divine purpose.

They took it to the point of breaking an appointment with Herod—which was a major snub of a royal. Matthew 2:12, “Then, being divinely warned in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed for their own country another way.”

They did not cooperate. They did not pay homage to Herod. They did everything in the first century that the lukewarm church and compromised preachers are telling us not to do in the twenty first.

The ‘Christmas star’ is in our sky for the first time in 800 years. Maybe it is a sign to a wounded nation. Maybe it is telling us that history is repeating itself.

There is no way that Trump is a messiah. I am not even calling him a type of Christ. However, I do not hesitate for a moment to identify who the King Herods in America are. And they have committed the greatest scandal in the history of American elections.

Just as the Magi seemed to ask, ‘Where is the real king of the Jews?’ We are asking, ‘Where is the real President of the United States?’ They had their usurper, and we have ours.

Again, Trump is not to be compared with Christ. But I will compare these compromised modern preachers to the Wise Men. These modern unwise men would have caved to the intimidation of Herod and abandoned their mission altogether.

Here is the truth: Trump won. The election was stolen. And we, like the Wise Men, must finish our mission and reject imposters. American freedom will not survive if this wicked scheme is not uncovered and punished, because the will of the majority of American voters must be vindicated.

James 1:5 says, “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God.” Will you be wise, or unwise? Yes, it will take a miracle…but this is the season of miracles.

 

 

 

P.S. We do not want to blunt the message you just read. This part is for anyone who wants to help  Mario Murillo’s ministry to America. We are in the process of invading Bakersfield California. The tent crusade starts on Monday night January 11th at 6:30 PM. 

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A CHRISTMAS MESSAGE OF HOPE, JOY, AND PROPHETIC DEFIANCE

Are you exhausted from the relentless stream of bad news? Do you need to shake off the emotional roller coaster and raging disappointment that is 2020? The devil said, “This will be the worst Christmas of your life.” The evil one said, “You will not have joy, hope, and family warmth this year.”

WHAT A LIE!

Are you ready for an industrial strength Christmas—a Christmas of prophetic defiance? Are you ready to understand how God drops the hammer on evil? He does it when evil least expects it.

Let me borrow my prologue from a great narrator: “Submitted for your approval…”

I take you back two thousand and twenty years to the bed chamber of the most powerful man in the world. Listen carefully, Barack Obama, George Soros, Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, and Oprah—this one’s for you.

It was in the bed chamber of the most powerful man in the world that globalism was hatched. A sinister plot that was worldwide and unstoppable. Augustus Caesar decided to make everyone go back to their place of birth and register. This was the first global database. This was the first attempt to harvest everyone’s private information in order to collect their money and control their lives.

All of his plans would have worked, except for one thing: Prophecy.  Now I am going to tell you something that might take a little thought. But the thinking it requires will reap a great reward of peace and a deep sense of purpose.

What I want you to see are two words: Policy and Prophecy. I believe that the world is governed by those two forces. Policies are the laws and rules made up by men. Prophecies are the promises of the purposes of God that are assigned to specific generations. 

Now, here is the big point: When policy and prophecy collide, prophecy always wins. A better way to say it is that when man makes a plan, God’s word for that time will exploit and overrule that plan.

Listen to Psalm 76, beginning at verse 7: “You, Yourself, are to be feared; and who may stand in Your presence when once You are angry? 8 You caused judgment to be heard from heaven; the earth feared and was still, 9 when God arose to judgment, to deliver all the oppressed of the earth. Selah. 10 Surely the wrath of man shall praise You; with the remainder of wrath, You shall gird Yourself.”

In the early stages of a collision between policy and prophecy, the righteous can look utterly helpless and their hope can look totally futile. On the other hand, tyrants can look omnipotent. The perfect example is Mary and Joseph on one side, and Augustus Caesar on the other.

The young couple are at the mercy of Rome. The edict couldn’t have been handed down at a worse time. She is with child, and the law is cruel and indifferent to their plight. It looks as if all the wrong people are winning.

But the seed of final victory in this story was sown seven centuries before. It happened when a so-called ‘minor’ prophet said this: “But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of you shall come forth to Me the One to be Ruler in Israel, Whose goings forth are from of old, from everlasting” (Micah 5:2).

Augustus signed the order that sent Mary and Joseph to Bethlehem, but prophecy swallowed policy.

So, before you let Christmas slide past you, stop and get an attitude. Before you let your guard down and give in to despair about a stolen election and the seemingly inevitable banishment of the rightful President, consider this: One more time the wrath of man will praise God. Yet again, prophecy will swallow policy.

All you villains and your voting machines, T.V. Networks and colossal tech companies have conspired to bring down America. You are just like Caesar as you lounge on your beds, oblivious to the God Who punches evil in the face.

Wake up villains! Donald Trump and the nearly 80 million Americans who voted for him are not just going to vanish. And you are painfully ignorant of something else: You don’t know what America is. You just see a nation of quaint traditions that you despise.

America is a miracle. God loves America. Warts and all, God still loves America. If you knew what He was about to do, you would be quaking in your boots.

If you could walk alongside Mary and Joseph, knowing what you know now, on that long and disheartening journey from Nazareth to Bethlehem―and we are talking 90 miles of bad road—a road that mocked their poverty and her pregnancy, what would you say to them? What would you tell them?

You would undoubtedly tell them to hang in there, because something glorious—something beyond their comprehension is going to come out of this misery. And that is precisely what God is telling you right now. Hang on! Because every violent and cruel plan of man will be swallowed up by the Word of God!

“The Lord knows the days of the upright, and their heritage will abide forever. They shall not be put to shame in the time of evil…but the wicked shall perish, and the enemies of the Lord shall be as the fat of lambs [that is consumed in smoke]. They shall vanish; like smoke shall they be consumed!” (Psalm 37:18-20)

 

 

P.S. We do not want to blunt the message you just read. This part is for anyone who wants to help  Mario Murillo’s ministry to America. We are in the process of invading Bakersfield California. The tent crusade starts on Monday night January 11th at 6:30 PM. 

We have a win-win offer. You can help support miracle soul winning in Bakersfield and get the following offer:

MARIO MURILLO’S TWO MOST POWERFUL BOOKS TOGETHER. PERFECT READING FOR STRENGTH, POWER, AND DIRECTION IN THESE EXPLOSIVE TIMES. NOT ONLY THAT BUT YOU WILL HELP WIN SOULS IN CALIFORNIA. JANUARY 11-13 WE RETURN TO THE HIGHWAY 99 CORRIDOR OF GLORY: BAKERSFIELD!

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That is why we must make this stunning book offer to you. Now in its fourth printing, Vessels of Fire and Glory keeps reaching the top of its category on Amazon.  Critical Mass has now sold over 150,000 copies and remains an international classic on awakening. Both books are still in high demand. So why are we making this amazing offer to you? California is the reason why.

We need to act fast in California for two big reasons. First, Fresno was a shocking breakthrough. Fresno is a sign that tens of thousands of Californians hunger for the Gospel. Second, the battle for America will be won or lost in California.

You get both books for just $20. Not only that—Mario will autograph your copy of Vessels of Fire and Glory. On top of that…you get free shipping.

This is a double win for you. You get these choice books at an excellent price and the proceeds go to win lost souls in California.

And there is still more. If you order 10 or more sets of the Dynamic Duo, your cost is $18 a set.  Plus you will get free 2-3 day priority shipping. Click on link below to order now!  

https://mariomurillo.org/product/dynamic-duo/