By Mario Murillo. I have not preached since January 29th. I could easily re-injure my spine and be out for several more months. All I have to do is trip once. Any slip, or fall, would throw me back to square one…or worse. All this ran through my mind.
I could not fly on a jet. I would have to lay across the back seat of a car for 439 miles to Las Vegas and another 439 miles back. 16 hours! I must watch every move I made. I would feel anxiety anytime we’d hit a bump or the car jerked.
Every moment I was away from home was a risk. It had to be God. Mechelle and I had to have a clear word from God to go.
There was a deep fire in me to go. First of all, Satan had attacked me because we are bringing the Gospel with signs and wonders to Las Vegas.
I knew that without a core of leaders backing us, we could not hope to do this outreach. Not only this, but we had cancelled on them twice and I couldn’t bring myself to make them wait any longer.
Then that voice that has been unmistakable since the day I was called to preach said “go.”
We’ve all prayed prayers for travelling mercies before a trip. You can imagine what ours was like. I will not bore you with the details of the road. I will only tell you that a palpable protection covered our trip.
Although, at one point the enemy tried to torture my mind. He reminded me that many leaders might not show up because they weren’t sure I was even coming. “You’re putting your life in your hands to talk to a handful of people. You don’t even know how long you can minister.”
The day finally ended. Safe in our hotel in Las Vegas I now prepared my heart to speak to whoever shows up. What an amazing feeling the next day when they told me that over 90 pastors and leaders were ready to hear the Word of God.
They were beyond ready. The pulled on the anointing. I knelt on the floor. I paced the room. I sat in a chair on stage. The point is that I was able to passionately cast the vision for Living Proof Las Vegas. I ministered for over an hour! A fired up army is born!
I got home safely. I had no damage to my spine. Now I know I will be ready for the tent when we begin a mighty crusade on Sunday Mother’s day May 13th until Friday the 18th.
Please pray for this crusade. Please pray for the Mother’s day outreach especially. We are using a new tactic. Door to door in the inner city, we are giving away roses to every mom. We are asking them to order their sons and daughters to come to the tent as their gift for Mother’s day.
All I can tell you is that the enemy suffered a great defeat. Unity, faith and joy drenched us all in this meeting. I would go so far as to say that I have never had a more powerful luncheon with leaders in 50 years of ministry.
It is clear. As madness spreads—and the church wrings its hands—it is time for the eagles to leave the turkey yard. You know who you are. There’s a fire inside you can’t put out. You are ruined for church incorporated.
For too long, you’ve been told to be a good little birdie. “Don’t ruffle any feathers.” You can’t stomach the stale kernels they toss at you. You must have fresh meat. All around you, the turkeys peck at the ground. All you can see is the clouds and skies where you belong.
Your home is in the glory. Your place is alongside the heroes of faith that changed the course of nations. Survival teaching sickens you. The idea that tepid happiness is the goal enrages you.
You made the mistake of looking at old YouTube videos. You saw Oral Roberts. You saw Kathryn Kuhlman. You saw Smith Wigglesworth. You jumped up and screamed “where are the miracles today!?”
( check out my blog The price of God’s miracle working power https://wp.me/p1vrzp-53e )
You made the mistake of putting on old preaching tapes. You heard men and women preaching fire! They didn’t do monologues. They pulled the pin out of Bible verses, and flung them to explode on the souls of their audience. You heard people sobbing at altars. You heard them linger until something real and lasting transformed them.
Then something really painful happened to you…you looked at your generation. You saw the national cancer of wickedness. You saw the insane brain washing. You saw the limp-wristed tactics of the church.
You became like David staring at the paralyzed army of Israel before Goliath. WHY DOESN’T SOMEBODY DO SOMETHING! It is too late for you. The die is cast. You’ve gone too far. You know too much. You better leave before you hurt someone.
“They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings as eagles.” Prayer is your escape from the prison yard of compromise and mediocrity. We’re not talking about the gobble-gobble prayers you heard in the yard—we’re talking about falling before God till you come forth as pure gold.
What are we talking about? Prayer that heaven can’t resist and hell can’t stand. Prayer that breaks the grip of ancient strongholds of demons. Prayer that makes students begin to weep on campus and not know why. Prayer that fills one with the Holy Spirit—removes fear, and installs unshakable courage to tell a generation the real Gospel—the mighty Gospel—the unapologetic, undeniable, unstoppable power of God.
Eagles dare while turkeys stare. Eagles come out of prayer fully convinced of their destiny and goal. Let mistaken millennials protest against the AR-15. You take hold of John 17:15 “My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one.” That is your battle cry! You don’t want out. You know He will keep you from the evil one! You are ready to soar into any nest of evil and destroy the works of the devil.
Where eagles gather power is present. Where eagles gather deep purposes are revealed. Where eagles gather there’s no self-pity, no encounter session, and no hiding. They are equipped, they are ignited, they are fitted for war.
Eagles must have a challenge. They yearn for a cause that will summon up all of their strength, talent and time. The want something that they can easily imagine doing the rest of their life. It’s time for you to fly out of the turkey yard and never look back.
Satan is flooding the world with evil while Christians have grown passive. Believers are ignorant of what God expects them to do to stand against the torrent of wickedness.
Shallow, flattering teaching is the perfect greenhouse gas. It’s fumes dull reality. It kills natural urgency. Taking a stand becomes a distant fantasy.
Satan has sold the church fool’s gold. Instead of taking up weapons mighty to the tearing down of strongholds, we pursue money, cheap grace, and celebrity.
Our faith has grown flabby. We don’t know our weapons. We don’t know our authority. We don’t know our marching orders. We don’t know what to say to this generation. Most of all, we are ignorant about what is right around the corner.
Peter recognized when government crossed the line. Acts 4: 19 But Peter and John replied, “Which is right in God’s eyes: to listen to you, or to him? You be the judges! 20 As for us, we cannot help speaking about what we have seen and heard.”
He also understood what to do when government tries to ban the Gospel: “Acts 5: 28 saying, “Did we not strictly command you not to teach in this name? And look, you have filled Jerusalem with your doctrine, and intend to bring this Man’s blood on us!”
29 But Peter and the other apostles answered and said: “We ought to obey God rather than men.”
They are coming after your freedom. They will force feed your children the Antichrist agenda. That is…unless we wake up to our purpose and destiny. I am calling you out for special power in this hour.
If you are finally ready, then do these things:
1. You must be filled or refilled with the Holy Spirit. You must have fire, or you must have fresh fire. The courage to face the onslaught of hatred that will be thrown at you can never be met by human power. To say what you need to say, to obey when you need to obey can’t come from human motivation. You must have the same Spirit that fueled world-changing saints in all times. God never meant for anyone to preach or lead without a clear baptism of the Holy Spirit.
2. You must flow in signs and wonders. Our culture is beyond words. They must see proof of the power of God. God means for you to provide that proof. The authority you need won’t come cheaply or instantly. (Read my blog on the price of God’s miracle working power https://wp.me/p1vrzp-53e
3. Get ready to do something for God that will boggle your mind. God is selecting people and working in them for unmatched power to attack evil. Habakkuk 1: 5 “Look among the nations and watch—Be utterly astounded! For I will work a work in your days Which you would not believe, though it were told you.”
He is creating people who can turn the tide of wickedness. He doesn’t care about your age or your education. He searches for someone who is travailing over the evil and will die without power and purpose. They want to be in the fight—they want to be in the thick of it. Isaiah 6: 8 says, “Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying: “Whom shall I send, And who will go for Us?” Then I said, “Here am I! Send me.”
4. Prepare to pray in a way you never imagined. God is pulling you out of the damaged religious crowd into special intimacy with him. You are not going to pray like before. E.M Bounds said, “To say prayers in a decent, delicate way is not heavy work. But to pray really, to pray till hell feels the ponderous stroke, to pray till the iron gates of difficulty are opened, till the mountains of obstacles are removed, till the mists are exhaled and the clouds are lifted, and the sunshine of a cloudless day brightens-this is hard work, but it is God’s work, and man’s best labor.”
What do all of these things I am asking you to do have in common? Every one of them involves a leap out of dead church life. They are a courageous declaration of war on the godless ideologies that are destroying our nation. They are an irrevocable decision to be in the middle of God’s greatest acts in history.
It threatens the church more than drugs, pornography, Islamic terror, fake news or any impending world calamity. It is the number one crisis in the American Church.
Left unchecked, it can’t be overstated how much damage it will do. Yet, as dangerous as it is—and this is the maddening part—it is utterly curable, and preventable. Tragically, we may not have the heart or the stomach to solve this crisis.
So, who, or what is the culprit? Let me ask you: Who is using up vital resources? Who is driving pastors into deadly compromise—or out of the ministry entirely? Who is responsible for shutting down, derailing, and destroying the things that matter to the Christian faith? The answer is painful…are you even sure you want to know?
The villain is a monster of our own making. University professors may have invented the easily triggered, woefully self-righteous, self-centered, quivering in their safe place, snow flake.
We have concocted something much worse. We created the Low Impact-High Maintenance Believer or LIHMB. They are a monstrosity of the church growth—by any means necessary—movement. They have created the perfect storm.
How do I explain them to you? Think of the intensive care unit. There is a tube up the nose. There is an I.V. in the arm pumping fluid, or painkillers. There is a heart monitor, and a breathing machine. They all serve the same purpose. They keep the patient alive…artificially. Many church programs today do that.
The difference between hospital and church care is machines in the hospital are for those who can’t do for themselves…in the church, they are for those who won’t do for themselves.
They are why money for soul winning and giving to the poor is (pardon my pun) going down the tubes. They consume all available staff and resources.
Because they are fickle, they started a price war between churches—discounted discipleship. Pastors compete to have the shortest service, most convenient parking, best coffee, and the least offensive sermon. Suddenly church is speed dating.
We now have an odd irony. Church used to be about getting people to God. Now it seems to be about protecting them from God.
The Bible prophesied LIHMBs: 2 Timothy 4: 3 “For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; 4 and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables.”
They can’t handle life. They can’t fathom self-denial. They hold preachers hostage to programs that consume—sermons they hate preaching, and shallow audiences.
LIHMBs are the reason many godly people have given up on Sunday mornings. But LIHMBs do even more damage. They create a special kind of discouragement. Think of the man or woman of God who pastors by the Book. They see a church use stunts and explode overnight. An immature believer says, “I am leaving, you don’t have what I need. A heartsick vessel of God wonders, “am I a fool for sticking to my convictions? Is it true that the pure Gospel anointed by the Holy Spirit can’t grow a church today without gimmicks?”
Daniel 11:32 says, “the people who know their God will be strong and carry out great exploits.” The LIHMB version should read, “the people who think they know God will be weak and carry out nothing.” Actually the Bible does say, “Having a form of Godliness but denying the power thereof.” -2 Timothy 3:5
Like I said, the answer is so simple it is maddening. Dear leader:
1. REPENT! Drain the swamp. Clear your heart of toxic ambition and carnal goals.
2. Meet with your deacon possessed leaders and drop the gauntlet: “We are going to return the control of this Church to the Holy Spirit—center it on Christ, and let the chips fall where they may.”
3. Expect! Expect many to leave. Expect the presence of God to return. Expect a whole new crop of true disciples to arrive ready to serve. Expect turn away crowds coming early for the right reasons. Expect them to stay and grow.
Is it true that the pure Gospel anointed by the Holy Spirit can’t grow a church today without gimmicks? To the tens of millions of Pentecostals in emerging nations who regularly see miracles, and multitudes saved, and filled with the Holy Spirit…that is a silly lie.
There are two massive reasons for us to have hope for real disciples, real revival and real impact on our culture: The Holy Spirit, and Jesus Christ.
The Holy Spirit is tasked with giving us power, strategy and a mouth and wisdom that our adversaries cannot gainsay or resist. He was sent to grow the Christian movement. The most talented church marketer pales as a pathetic substitute for the wisdom and power of the Holy Spirit.
The Church offers the most irresistible attraction of the universe: Jesus Himself! Phillip Schaff said: “This Jesus of Nazareth, without money and arms, conquered more millions than Alexander, Caesar, Mohammed and Napoleon; without science and learning, He shed more light on things human and divine than all philosophers and scholars combined; without the eloquence of schools, He spoke such words of life as were never spoken before or since, and produced effects which lie beyond the reach of orator or poet; without writing a single line, He set more pens in motion, and furnished themes for more sermons, orations, discussions, learned volumes, works of art and songs of praise than the whole army of great men of ancient and modern times.” Amen.
Living Proof is not just a night of healing. It is a night that brings a message that pierces our culture and ignites moral awakening. Mario will speak directly to your heart about the things you face every day. He answers—from the Word of God—the questions people ask about these dark days. Right now, people are making their way to Houston by car and plane for an event this Sunday Night. If you ask them why, their answer may surprise you:They are coming to receive a healing miracle.
MARIO MURILLO THIS SUNDAY
AT NEW LIFE CHURCH
10:30 AM 6 PM 10800 HAMMERLY BLVD,
HOUSTON TX 77043 CALL 713 932 1479
Mario does not claim to heal but he directs his audience to Christ to be healed. But there is so much more to this night than that.
Mario calls these nights Living Proof because he insists they should offer proof of the love and power of Jesus. He does not believe that you should check your brain at the door and be gullible.
Living Proof is not just a night of healing. It is a night that brings a message that pierces our culture and ignites moral awakening. Mario will speak directly to your heart about the things you face every day. He answers—from the Word of God—the questions people ask about these dark days.
You will feel freedom and order. The atmosphere is neither stuffy nor mindless emotion. For Mario, it is not enough for people to claim miracles, he believes that those who are healed must go to their doctors and verify their miracle.
The most common reaction to Living Proof is how different it is from what people expected.
Jesus proved that He was the Son of God by doing miracles that no one had ever done. He said that His works would not stop. We believe that His power extends to our day and can intervene in our most impossible situations. Come and see for yourself the amazing love and power of Christ.
Join us this Sunday night at 6: PM at New Life Church. There are plenty of free seats and lots of free parking. Come early for the best seats. Bring someone who needs a miracle. Come expecting your own miracle!
Check out this video that proves miracles last. This video from 1993 shows the moment that Howard Kratzer was healed. He is still healed 23 years later.
We sing “Holy Spirit You are welcome here,” but the truth is He is not at all welcome. He has no say in our activities. He has been evicted from His rightful place.
We can and should have power. We should be winning millions. Medically confirmed healings should be a norm. Hardened sinners should be collapse before the might of God’s presence in our meetings.
What makes our present defeat, so vexing, is that it is so unnecessary. We have the best message in the world. Everything hurting our nation can be healed by the Holy Spirit. There is no raging debate today that is not solved by the Gospel. There is no injustice that cannot be cured by Christ.
Instead, we put our worst foot forward. We teach light and airy, even silly things—things that not only bounce off the unchurched—they weaken the churched.
We sing “Holy Spirit You are welcome here,” but the truth is He is not at all welcome. He has no say in our activities. He has been evicted from His rightful place.
When you finally see who the Holy Spirit is, and what His active role should be…our current condition will horrify you.
OUTPOURING AT WARRIOR FEST WITH PERRY STONE
Jesus said in John 16:7 “Nevertheless I tell you the truth. It is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send Him to you. 8 And when He has come, He will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: 9 of sin, because they do not believe in Me; 10 of righteousness, because I go to My Father and you see Me no more; 11 of judgment, because the ruler of this world is judged.
12 “I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now.13 However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come. 14 He will glorify Me, for He will take of what is Mine and declare it to you. 15 All things that the Father has are Mine. Therefore, I said that He will take of Mine and declare it to you.”
All church life must flow out of the Holy Spirit. He is the leader of the worldwide conviction of sin and righteousness. He is our key to decode a culture. Our relevance is from Him. Our organizational structure is by Him. He is the exclusive purveyor of everything Jesus must give earth.
Here are just two examples of how practical dependency on the Holy Spirit in the early church solved massive crisis:
“As they ministered to the Lord and fasted, the Holy Spirit said, “Now separate to Me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.” -Acts 13:2
-“For it seemed good to the Holy Spirit, and to us, to lay upon you no greater burden than these necessary things…-Acts 15:28
The power and blessing of those two Spirit-born strategies continues to this hour. The first, created the New Testament Churches—hence the New Testament. The second, is the reason we have one and not two New Testaments. Without this guidance, the controversy would have led to a Jewish New Testament and a Gentile New Testament.
It is easy to point the finger at mega churches. We can say they are muscle-bound with marketing and have little impact on America’s destruction. However, many of my Spirit-filled brothers and sisters are also guilty of gross sins against the Holy Spirit. (They may be even worse sins because they include jaw-dropping hypocrisy). Here are some of their crimes:
They are guilty of dropping the God card. When Charismatic leaders ban the gifts of the Spirit from operating and say God told them to do it—it is a sin against Jesus. When leaders become territorial and refuse to work with other leaders to win souls in their city and blame God, they quench the Holy Spirit.
They drop the God card if they make intercessory prayer and the prophetic, open-ended excuses not to reach out. How many spirit-filled gatherings make no appeal for souls to be saved? Answer: Almost all of them. How can this be God?
They turn weapons into toys: 2 Corinthians 10:3 “For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. 4 For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, 5 casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ…”
Have you ever seen anything more cringe-worthy than a convention of grownups dressed in medieval and gothic costumes playing Dungeons and Dragons with Styrofoam swords? Sadly, yes.
The top cringe is reserved for spirit-filled meetings where weapons—meant for strongholds of Satan—are squandered on bored saints lusting for yet another emotional experience. Their shenanigans are blamed on the Holy Spirit. Most are just self-centered believers binging on fantasy blessings.
I can’t shake the image of an army removing all the bullets, to play bang-bang in the barracks. But what a crime to do it with gifts designed to clean out crack houses.
If you are famished for the true work of the Holy Spirt—if you are desperate for a national miracle—if you can let God X-ray your heart…the Holy Spirit is waiting for you. Here is what you need to know.
You had to learn not to trust the Holy Spirit. That statement is saturated with conviction and hope. Tragically, church life often leads away from the Holy Spirit. However, the hopeful part is, you learned not to trust which means all you must do is go back to the simple days when you were truly led of the Spirit.
The Holy Spirit is seeking people to use on a massive scale. At this moment, Mario Murillo Ministries is struggling to respond to all the open doors. We are watching the promise of widespread harvest fulfilled right before our eyes. There are many openings right now for effective ministry.
The Holy Spirit seeks workers. Matthew 9: 37 “Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. 38 Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.”
The Holy Spirit is looking for workers—not self-promoted apostles, prophets, and ozone warriors. Every leader wants this but doesn’t realize it: you want workers—people who will do work and not posture about their spiritual rank. We are teeming with people who want recognition but won’t lift a finger for the real work.
Jesus’ prayer revealed the harvest, targeted the harvest and prayed for workers to go to the harvest. When you do not welcome the Holy Spirit’s passion for the lost—you do not welcome Him.