HE MAKES THE NATIONS PROVE

Evil men rage madly.  Tyrants and rogue nations taunt the civilized world.  Societies are unhinged by lust and addiction.  Because of villains, the candle of peace, joy, and hope flickers in the wind.

Villains come in all shapes in sizes.  They may hurl test missiles to taunt the nations.  They may hire terrorists to destabilize the world.  They may run factories to kill the unborn.  They may profit from drug addiction.  They may run a social media lie machine.  They may poison young minds in university lecture halls.  They may be the grasping, soulless politicians who will do anything to stay in power.

And they assume nothing can stop them.  They believe they shape the world.   Psalm 73: 6-9 says, “therefore pride serves as their necklace; Violence covers them like a garment.  Their eyes bulge with abundance; They have more than heart could wish. They scoff and speak wickedly concerning oppression; They speak loftily.  They set their mouth against the heavens, And their tongue walks through the earth.”

Arrogance is the hallmark of evil.  Believing you are in control is the quintessential delusion of oppressors.  How, oh man, can you believe you decide the outcome?

The boasts and actions of today’s evildoers are strangely familiar.  They remind me of that day the Wise Men arrived in Jerusalem.  The entire city was in an uproar—without invitation and warning—heads of state, kings, and potentates arrive, with a bustling entourage, and treasure.  What could this mean?

Satan had taken every precaution to prevent the Christ catastrophe.  This baby will not be born.  This light will never shine in darkness.  Yet, all the hordes of hell, and their earthly minions could not stop the arrival—the desire of ages had come.  A baby imposed its will on the whole disapproving world.

Herod oozes with hate.  He fakes homage to the new born king.  He asks the Magi to come back with the location of the child, “that I may come and worship him also.”

Angels intervene, and the Wise Men escape.  Still, Herod orders the massacre of all baby boys in Bethlehem.

What kind of insanity makes you believe you can kill God incarnate?  And how deep a hate is this, that the angel must tell Joseph “Herod will never recover from this—you must not return until he is dead.”  What madness!

It’s the madness of today.  It’s the madness of the United Nations—who do not even understand why they hate Israel.  It’s the insanity of those who want to erase the teachings and values of Christ—as if they were a disease.  It’s the petty, insufferable thinking that turned Merry Christmas into a hate crime.  It’s all the same witch’s brew that brought us the destruction of marriage, free speech, and faith.

How did Herod’s story end?  A fitting end: He died during a lunar eclipse.  God switched off Herod’s night light shortly after the birth of Christ.

The Psalmist who despaired that evil men would win saw the truth at last:  “When I thought how to understand this, It was too painful for me—Until I went into the sanctuary of God; then I understood their end.  Surely You set them in slippery places; You cast them down to destruction.   Oh, how they are brought to desolation, as in a moment!  They are utterly consumed with terrors.”  Psalm 73:16-19

But, stars, and angels are not the only miracles of Christmas.  Classic Christmas Carols are also miracles.  How else can we explain such enduring, and beautiful songs?  Profound truth, and unequaled poetry lives in them.  We sing them so often their miraculous eloquence flies right past us.  Take for example these words from Joy to the World: “He rules the world with truth and grace, And makes the nations prove, The glories of His righteousness, And wonders of His love.”

Let every evil doer who exalts themselves against God take heed.   He makes the nations prove!  He will make you, evil man, prove His Glory.  Not only when every knee will bow.  Long before then.  Every plan will backfire.  Every wicked plot will be confiscated, reworked, and morph into something that advances God’s plan.

Beware God hater.  The Lord of Lords is mounting a response to the madness of the world.  Your schemes will fail fantastically.

Rejoice beloved child of God.  Something big is coming.  Prepare for impossible breakthroughs.

If you battle despair take heart:  He makes the nations prove.  If darkness has weighed you down with care, let Christmas—the real Christmas—do its mighty work in your soul.

This is not just the birthday of Jesus, it is the yearly reminder that evil cannot win.

I leave you with the words of another Carol, I heard the bells of Christmas day:

And in despair I bowed my head There is no peace on earth I said

For hate is strong and mocks the song Of peace on earth goodwill to men

Then pealed the bells more loud and deep God is not dead, nor does He sleep

The wrong shall fail, the right prevail With peace on earth goodwill to men

 

Mechelle, our entire ministry family, and I, wish you all

of the glory, and love of Christmas   

THE BATTLE IS NOT YOURS: Strong medicine for the spirit of heaviness

THE BATTLE IS NOT YOURS: Strong medicine for the spirit of heaviness

By Mario Murillo

There is a widespread spirit of heaviness on God’s people.  It is a crushing weight of care.  It is battle-fatigue from the constant shelling of bad news.   The media barks, “We interrupt this bad news to give you more bad news.”

Hearing the angry debates—seeing the rioting in the streets and Islamic terror attacks drains sanity from souls.

Not only this, we have to hold in enormous frustration: stupidity and wickedness get a megaphone—wisdom and righteousness get duct tape over their mouth.

These are the times that rob inner peace—that bring intense restlessness—that rinse the color and enjoyment from our life.

These are the times Jesus warned us of and gave us direction for.

First He said, “And you will be hated by all for My name’s sake. But not a hair of your head shall be lost. By your patience possess your souls.” – Luke 21: 17-19

Talk about mindless hate! The liberal, gay and feminist bias toward Islam and hatred for Christ is mind-bending.  It makes zero sense.  Yet that is exactly the kind of irrational hatred our Lord predicted. It is a weariness to believers who openly share their faith.

Then He said: Luke 21: 34 “But take heed to yourselves, lest your hearts be weighed down with carousing, drunkenness, and cares of this life, and that Day come on you unexpectedly. 35 For it will come as a snare on all those who dwell on the face of the whole earth.”

The dumbest thing anyone ever said to me: “when you come to Jesus your problems are over.”  I never had problems until I met Jesus!  I kept wondering why am I being attacked?  Why am I being shot at from all directions?  Why do I meet stiff resistance every time I try to do something meaningful for Jesus?

Does this sound familiar? You walk through life, minding your own business and wham!  A coworker rages at you for no reason. Money evaporates.  Your health fails.  Loved ones abandon God.  A confluence of demonic attacks falls on you.  Life has never felt so cruel and unfair.

At the apex of one of these attacks something happened to me.  A terrifying thought became a glorious thought:  SOMEBODY IS MAD AT JESUS AND THEY ARE TAKING IT OUT ON ME!  Suddenly, I felt qualified to fight back. And I felt profoundly honored.

Think about it!  A soldier does not go to war because he has a personal grudge against the enemy.  He didn’t declare war—his nation did.  He is not responsible for the battle plan—the military is.  He is not paying his own way to the war—his government is.

Let’s rehearse the things that are not the soldier’s responsibility.  The training he needs—the weapons he needs—the food and shelter he needs—the assignment he needs…these and a host of other things are not his responsibility.

The soldier does not create the organized army.  He does not carry the weight of how the war will be won.

If he sits in the foxhole feeling alone and unfairly attacked it is because he forgotten who he is and why he is being attacked.  He has taken the battle into his own hands!

But when he remembers that he was recruited—when he recalls that he is not alone but a part of a victorious army and all he is called to do is obey orders—it changes everything!

When we take the attack personally we lose hope.  When we say, “The battle is not mine, it’s God’s,” we cannot be defeated.  Let’s stay out of things that do not concern us.  Let’s keep our conflict in the hands of God.  We must discern when we are operating in our own strength and by our own wits.

Remembering your attacks are not personal is plainly seen in these verses:  Luke 21: 12 “But before all this occurs, there will be a time of special persecution, and you will be dragged into synagogues and prisons and before kings and governors for my name’s sake. 13 But as a result, the Messiah will be widely known and honored.  14 Therefore settle it in your hearts not to meditate beforehand on what you will answer; 15 for I will give you a mouth and wisdom which all your adversaries will not be able to contradict or resist.

When they were arrested it felt personal. When they were dragged to court it felt personal.  But when they were asked to speak it became God’s battle and Christ is glorified!  He gave them the words and the courage to speak.  He even told them not to prepare words beforehand.  That means that we are not to devise ways of fighting back.  It means we will get what we need when we need it.

Paul experienced the same thing: “Philippians 1:12 But I want you to know, brethren, that the things which happened to me have actually turned out for the furtherance of the gospel…”

Right now we have a presidential election that embodies everything that is wrong with our nation.  It is a hair-pulling, maddening, terrifying and draining moment for believers. We must put the battle back in God’s hand and let Him replenish our peace and joy.

Never forget! We have the best message humanity has ever heard, and the best book ever written.   We have the best captain in the universe!  We have the all-powerful Holy Spirit sent to aid us.   We have access to power, strategy and wisdom.  All of this and more can direct our fighting.

Someone is mad at Jesus and they are taking it out on you?  What an honor!  What an opportunity!  When Satan comes at you let Jesus come at him!

The first time an angel stares at you in heaven with wonder and admiration for your service to Christ…you’ll know why your trials are worth it all.  The first time you hear “well done” from Jesus you won’t remember the trials.  No wonder Paul said, “For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.”-Romans 8:18

 

 

 

 

Mario Murillo’s Warrior’s Workshop comes to Sparks

 

 

Christians say, “Greater is He who is me than he that is in the world.” But to most believers this is just a catchphrase not living reality.   What we need is training. Training reduces fear.

The untrained Christian fears American culture.  The trained disciple knows how to answer the culture.  Lack of training is one big reason why the church lost so much ground in the U.S. in just the last 7 ½ years.

I am offering you an experience that goes beyond reducing fear.  Wise generals know that the aim of military training is not just to prepare men for battle, but to make them yearn for it.  In this workshop you will find yourself replacing fear with a yearning to share Christ—yearning to heal the sick, and yearning to live in victory.

You will not just get information but an infusion and an activation by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Give me just 3 hours and you’ll see an immediate difference in your reaction to everything that is going on today.   Become a confident and faith-filled warrior…and best of all the workshop is free.

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A NIGHT WE WILL TALK ABOUT TO FOR YEARS TO COME

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We will be talking about this night for years to come

By Mario Murillo

I am talking about this Friday night May 13th.  We will be talking about this night for years to come—not because I will be there—because someone else will be there… 

How do I know we will be talking about this night for years?   Because of the nights we have already had—all over California.  People of all ages and backgrounds have packed out halls.  They will flat out tell you sickness and addiction left their bodies.  They will describe how the music and worship hit them…  and how the message transformed them out of fear and confusion. 

They will tell you a lot of things.  But most of all…they will say—they left knowing that the power of God is real and—they will never be the same. 

If you are wondering how this is possible…it is possible because Jesus Christ does miracles every time He shows up.  He will be there!  That is why we will not forget this night in Bakersfield for years to come.

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Why should we be surprised? Jesus said, “Wherever two or three are gathered in my Name, there I am in the midst of them.”- Matthew 18:20.  These words started a movement—the only movement in history where the founder still attends every meeting.  

But, you may say, “meetings like this are fake, boring and out of date.”   No, actually this night will be completely different…and it could not be more “on time.”   We are watching violence, addiction, sick ideas and hatred ripping our cities apart.   Our leaders have run out of answers.  We need a greater power source than human solutions.

Jesus proved He was the son of God by doing the things no one had done before.  He also said His work would continue.  “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father.” – John 14:12

Do not take my word for any of this.  Come and see for yourself—better yet, bring someone you know who needs a miracle in their body or soul.  Remember, it is only one night and it could change everything.  See you there 

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Again, it is his Friday night May 13th AT 7 PM  Christ Cathedral Church 2301 White Ln, Bakersfield, CA 93304              Call (661) 834-3311

A few words about the attack you are facing.

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A few words about the attack you are under. 

 

By Mario Murillo

These are the most vicious attacks I have ever heard of. And they are not just happening to weak Christians—they are happening to well-known leaders.    I get prayer requests.   They are the most gut-wrenching I have ever read. It would not surprise me if you are locked in the battle of your life.  The times we live in are terrible enough but this is an added attack.

The flood of reports of these attacks put me on red alert.  I dove into intercession—searched the Word of God—reviewed the darkest moments of my life.   I tried to excavate treasure from my own victories in Christ.

I asked the Holy Spirit for understanding.  Slowly, the evil purpose unfolded.  We are dealing with an evil snake in a sprint because his time is short.  The attacks seemed to fit into three categories that match the way serpents attack in the natural. Here are the 3 most blatant attacks right now.

1.The serpent’s bite. You feel poisoned and gradually losing control of your body and mind. Fearful images flood your mind. You reel under a cloud of confusion. You are exhausted. The least demand of your day can drain you. You may find yourself crying and unable to explain your emotions.  You are gripped with paralyzing feelings of dread and sense disaster is just around the corner.

2.The serpent’s squeeze. This attack came out of nowhere and changed your life in an instant. You feel like you are suffocating. You want to scream but your voice is trapped within you. Everything that could go wrong has gone wrong.

The goal of this attack is panic.  The enemy wants you to do something rash.  The devil wants you to abandon your place in God.  He wants to deceive you into allowing permanent damage.

3. The serpent’s claws: This attack tears people apart. For silly reasons, people take offense. Disagreements escalate and kill relationships. Marriages are breaking up over trivial matters.  Churches are splitting over stupid issues.  Children are turning on their parents without warning.  Lifelong friends turn into worst enemies bent on each other’s destruction.

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Here are a few words about what you must do about these attacks.

The Holy Spirit kept saying, “Learn how to react to your attack.”  Jesus made it very clear to me that even though I cannot choose what attacks I will face—I can choose the result.

My victory was tied to my reaction.  I know that sounds simplistic but reaction is the key.  It kept coming over and over…react, react, and react. Then it turned into REACT, REACT, and REACT!  Finally, it was R.E.A.C.T.   An acronym for 5 life changing words: REMEMBER—ENFORCE—ABANDON—CONTINUE—TRAIN.   Take these steps to stop these vicious new attacks and launch an effective counterattack!

Remember!  You must remember the amazing victories of your past and how you won those battles.  You must remember how God delivered you in the past.   Psalm 20: 7 Some trust in chariots, and some in horses; But we will remember the name of the Lord our God. Nehemiah 4:14 says “remember the awesomeness of God and fight…”

You must remember what God has prepared for your future. Romans 8:18 “the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared to the glory that will be revealed in us.”   All you want to do now is to get relief from the raging storm.  Satan wants you to forget two things: your legacy and your destiny. 

Enforce! Things are not what they seem.  Satan is the master of disguise.  Our enemy kills through special effects.  Bending reality is his stock and trade. The goal of his smoke and mirrors is to get you to accept disaster.  He cannot kill you—but he can use panic to get you to harm yourself.  Reject the panic and enforce the panic on him.

Abandon! In every attack there is something you must abandon, something that you are holding onto that is actually holding onto you.  You may want something bad to happen to someone else.  You may be clinging to a destructive relationship. Forgive your enemy; cut of the parasites, lighten your load so that you can attack with speed and clarity.  Someone or something is no longer supposed to be in your life. T.D. Jakes said, “Their part of the story is over, let them go.”

Continue! You are under attack because you did something that Satan wanted stopped.  Continue to do what he does not want you to do.   Your victory is tied to your intention to do more than you did before.  Look at Peter.  He was beaten for the healing of the man at the gate beautiful and ordered not to preach about Jesus.  What was his reaction? To pray for boldness to preach and for more miracles! Acts 4:29,30 Lord behold their threats and grant unto your servants that with all boldness we may preach Your word while You stretch out your hand to heal and let signs and wonders be done in the name of your holy servant Jesus.”

Train:  2 Corinthians 2: 11 “lest Satan should take advantage of us; for we are not ignorant of his devices.”  Paul is saying that what he learned from past attacks made him wiser against new attacks.  Learn from this and train for future attacks.  General Patton said, “no amount of courage will avail against an educated bullet. ” He was talking about the urgency of training.  We must become an educated bullet!  Ask yourself, what did I learn from the attack?  What pitfalls am I going to avoid next time?  What weakness in me does the enemy use to get in and disrupt my life? What will I do now to keep friendships strong, my body healthy, my children safe, my marriage loving and my money secure against future assaults?

R.E.A.C.T. !

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WHEN PASTORS TRADE FLEETING GLORY FOR TRUE RICHES

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WHEN PASTORS TRADE FLEETING GLORY FOR TRUE RICHES

By Mario Murillo

“For over a thousand years Roman conquerors returning from the wars enjoyed the honor of triumph, a tumultuous parade. The conqueror rode in a triumphal chariot, the dazed prisoners walking in chains before him. And a slave stood behind the conqueror holding a golden crown and whispering in his ear a warning: that all glory is fleeting.”      -Epilogue from the movie Patton.

If only we could hire that slave to stand in the pulpits beside celebrity pastors and whisper, “The glory of a big, powerless church is fleeting. It is vanity to win first prize for fastest growing church and lose a nation in the process.”

While churches tickle the ears of the crowd, our government grinds away at freedom of speech and freedom of religion.  Talk about fleeting glory…what will you do with your mega ministry when it is banned?

The miracle in Yuba City happened because two churches, realizing the utter urgency of a moral awakening in this hour, joined forces.  That is the simple truth!

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The Bridge of Yuba City led by Jim and Kristine Carpenter and Church of Glad Tidings led by Dave and Cheryl Bryan rejected conventional wisdom and acted according to the Kingdom of God.

Have you ever heard of two churches cancelling their Sunday Morning services in order to make a public stand for Christ?  That kind of unselfish love breaks the power of Satan over a region.  However, today, it is roundly rejected as foolishness.

When Pastors Dave and Cheryl Bryan chose to do this, it was a major sacrifice. It takes every last drop of faith to keep a church strong in the Yuba City/Marysville area. They did not make this decision because it was convenient or even practical.  It was a sacrifice based on a passion for God to heal our land.

When Jim and Kristine Carpenter turned their church into an army of workers for Living Proof, there was not a thought toward gaining new members.  They wanted to take new ground for the Kingdom of God.

Let me open my heart wide on the subject of true pastors.  A true pastor pours blood, sweat and tears into a work for God.   Today an honest work for the Lord is often battered, broken and diminished.

Local government diminishes them. The community leaders tell them that schools are off limits.  They want to know your stand on gay marriage.  They hint that you will be penalized for your stand.  Suddenly use permits are hard to get and neighborhoods want you to stay away.

Then, like adding salt to a wound, it stings a true man and woman of God to see large crowds and big money pour effortlessly into religious businesses that hide the Gospel.

It breaks the heart of a true pastor to watch sheep drawn away into a spiritual country club that dumbs down believers and condones immorality.

A vessel of God can feel punished for keeping their integrity.  King David said, “Surely I have cleansed my heart in vain, And washed my hands in innocence. For all day long I have been plagued, and chastened every morning.” Psalm 73:13, 14.

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The crowds and the signs and wonders appearing in Yuba City are Living Proof that you get true riches when you hold on to your integrity.

There is one amazing thing that is about to happen.  Pastors will soon see that by seeking to please God rather than man they will gain a massive army that is low maintenance and high impact.

One day God asked Solomon what he wanted.  Solomon asked for wisdom instead of wealth and power.  1 Kings 1:10, “The speech pleased the Lord, that Solomon had asked this thing. 11 Then God said to him: ‘Because you have asked this thing, and have not asked long life for yourself, nor have asked riches for yourself, nor have asked the life of your enemies, but have asked for yourself understanding to discern justice, 12 behold, I have done according to your words; see, I have given you a wise and understanding heart, so that there has not been anyone like you before you, nor shall any like you arise after you. 13 And I have also given you what you have not asked: both riches and honor, so that there shall not be anyone like you among the kings all your days. 14 So if you walk in My ways, to keep My statutes and My commandments, as your father David walked, then I will lengthen your days.’”

Pastors Dave and Cheryl Bryan and Jim and Kristine Carpenter have asked for true riches, not fleeting glory.  And God is going to give them everything else besides.

Click on these links  thebridgeofyubacity.com   and  churchofgladtidings.com to know more about these wonderful churches.

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The Real Story of Yuba City

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THE REAL STORY OF YUBA CITY

By Mario Murillo

 

I could tell you that last night 3 people left their wheelchairs.  I could tell you about a woman who no longer needs an oxygen tank.  I could tell you about the man who left his wheelchair and then began dancing with his daughter…there was not a dry eye in the tent…I could go even further and describe a moment when a blanket of power covered the crowd.   You could hear shouts of victory that pain and sickness were evicted from bodies everywhere.

Those are the kinds of things we want to hear, but that would not be the real story of Living Proof Yuba City.  Living Proof Yuba City is a story that all of America needs to hear.  And all of America needs to understand the real story.

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I saw the real story when I looked out at the audience and saw a women holding her sobbing teenage granddaughter.  This young girl embodied the emotional war of our American youth who navigate despair.

The young girl saw miracles, she felt power, she was overtaken by hope and she gave herself to Christ.  For her, life was no longer a cruel accident; the universe no longer a cold, abandoned expanse.  She had found her FATHER, a father who would care for her and lead her.

This is not the story of a good meeting… but of the Church rising up and escaping the safe zones of church buildings. Love took on muscle and good intentions became action.   People of every culture and age group are being saved.

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After 48 years of preaching I am still dumbfounded by the power of Jesus to undo tragedy and ignite miracles.   However, there is a special vengeance to the way the Holy Spirit is moving here in Yuba City.

The divine vengeance I see in Yuba City reminds me of a healing in the book of Luke.  Luke 13:16, “ ‘And this woman, a daughter of Abraham as she is, whom Satan has bound for eighteen long years, should she not have been released from this bond on the Sabbath day?’ 17 As He said this, all His opponents were being humiliated; and the entire crowd was rejoicing over all the glorious things being done by Him.”

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Something has welled up in the heart of God for a community caught in the cross fire of economic misfortune, drug addiction, and breathtaking neglect.   Indeed, we have seen the very same thing that Luke mentioned.  Every night we hear the entire crowd rejoicing over the things being done by Him!

But the real story is even bigger than this.  God is not content to have a good meeting; He is shifting the atmosphere of the Christians and thereby shifting the atmosphere of the community.

The Spirit of God does not stay in the tent but hovers tenderly over the whole community.  Here is an example:  A family is in the park and they can hear us singing.  They stop their activity and move cautiously toward the tent.  They begin to cry.

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They are afraid to walk into the tent but they also cannot walk away.  Moments later they find themselves at the front repeating a prayer that will make them a new family and put their names in the Book of Life.

There is a dangerous element to Living Proof Yuba City.  The people have an insatiable hunger for more.  They don’t miss a meeting.  They stand inside the tent in temperatures of 106 degrees.  Nothing can keep them away and nothing will stop their pressing into God.

Sometimes I know a meeting needs to be extended by direct revelation.  In this case, it is a matter of utter necessity.  By acclamation, this must go on—the people will have it no other way.

This is the best situation of all– when neither man nor devil knows how big a move of God is going to get.  Stay tuned.