When God closes one door He opens another but it can be hell in the hallway. What good is failure and frustration? Why has God closed every door to you? Why has the Lord devised this divine interruption? It can seem cruel and everything in you can rail against it.
HEAVEN IN THE HALLWAY
By Mario Murillo
When God closes one door He opens another but it can be hell in the hallway. You are stuck in the hallway! What are you doing here? What good is failure and frustration? Why has God closed every door to you? Why has the Lord devised this divine interruption? It can seem cruel and everything in you can rail against it.
God will trap you in the hallway. Jeremiah screamed, “He has hedged me in so that I cannot get out; He has made my chain heavy.” -Lamentations 3: 7
Hannah’s hell looked like this: “And her rival also provoked her severely, to make her miserable, because the Lord had closed her womb”- 1 Samuel 1: 6. Why would a loving God intensify her shame and pain by closing her womb?
Elijah was sent to the wilderness only to have God cut off his water supply: “And it happened after a while that the brook dried up, because there had been no rain in the land.” – 1 Kings 17:7 How does any of this make sense?
Paul had doors slammed in his face by the Holy Spirit: Acts 16: 6 “Now when they had gone through Phrygia and the region of Galatia, they were forbidden by the Holy Spirit to preach the word in Asia. 7 After they had come to Mysia, they tried to go into Bithynia, but the Spirit did not permit them.”
Not only this, Paul was put in prison at the very moment his physical presence in the churches was desperately needed. What gives?
The hallway seems like hell but if you calm your raging spirit and quell your fears and worries you can turn it into heaven.
The hallway is trying to save you. Paul indeed had doors closed but then this happened in his hallway: Acts 16: 8 So passing by Mysia, they came down to Troas. 9 And a vision appeared to Paul in the night. A man of Macedonia stood and pleaded with him, saying, ‘Come over to Macedonia and help us.’ 10 Now after he had seen the vision, immediately we sought to go to Macedonia, concluding that the Lord had called us to preach the gospel to them.”
You have gotten good at doing things you are not supposed to be doing. You are off course. The hallway is waking you up to the fact that you are busy but not effective. The hallway is where you end the tyranny of unimportant things.
The hallway is trying to teach you once and for all that God is your source: 1 Kings 17:8 Then the word of the Lord came to him, saying, 9 ‘Arise, go to Zarephath, which belongs to Sidon, and dwell there. See, I have commanded a widow there to provide for you.’”
Elijah’s welfare was never in doubt. Even in drought and famine he was safe. God was trying to show him that whether it is brooks, ravens, or starving widows, God will take care of you.
This forced interruption serves to slay your deepest fears. The world did not end. The bills got paid. No threat prospered against you. The hallway shows you God is your only source. Outward sources of provision are mirages. Your heart is fixed trusting in the Lord.
The Hallway deepens right desires and kills selfish motives. God closes Hannah’s womb to deepen her desire for children. In the hallway, she became willing to offer her first child to God. That child became Samuel the prophet. He saved Israel and is considered second only to Moses in Judaism. But it gets way better: God remembered Hannah: 1 Samuel 2: 21 says, “And the Lord visited Hannah, so that she conceived and bore three sons and two daughters. Meanwhile the child Samuel grew before the Lord.” What an amazing outcome! Not only does she get 5 more children—a prophet comes to save a nation.
The Hallway is a slingshot to unimagined momentum. You seem immobilized and even like you are going backwards. You are going backwards…for good reason! Mighty elastic bands are being stretched to blast you forward.
Paul learned this lesson from his jail cell: 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, 13 so that it has become evident to the whole palace guard, and to all the rest, that my chains are in Christ; 14 and most of the brethren in the Lord, having become confident by my chains, are much more bold to speak the word without fear.”
He writes triumphantly to Timothy from the hallway: “for which I suffer trouble as an evildoer, even to the point of chains; but the word of God is not chained. -2 Timothy 2:9
The Hallway is where you find out that just knowing God is everything. I have—for reasons I will never know till I get to heaven—been privileged to know some of the most honored Christians in our lifetime. At first, I notice the massive ministries they built. Soon that fades and all you see is their intimate relationship with Jesus—their practical dependency on the Holy Spirit, and their passion to obey.
Jesus said, “John 15: 7 “If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you.” That is it! These giants abide in Christ and everything else is secondary. Until God frustrates your life and pulls the plug on your charade, you can’t know that. Whatever you need to do will be done if you abide in Christ and His words abide in you.
These last days are horrible. Within the church we have false doctrine, carnal leaders and a divided church. Without, we have a world that is complicated and anti-Christian…it is a world that can blow up at any moment. Don’t look for crisis to end but for God to work in you to make crisis lose its power to terrorize you.
The temptation to take matters into our own hands—to be obsessed with self-preservation and self-promotion—is greater than ever. That is why there are hallways.
Daniel 11: 32 describes end time people. It says, “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.” Why are they strong? Why do they do great exploits? Because they know God.
Knowing God in the hallway—losing all your fear—being completely overtaken by Him can not only bring heaven in the hallway…you may not want to leave.
I leave you with these words from the book God Calling: “The world has always seen service for me to be activity. Only those near to me have seen that a life apart, of prayer, may, and does so often, accomplish more that all of the service man can offer me. If man lived apart with Me and only went out to serve at My direct command My Spirit could operate more and accomplish truly mighty things.”
One of our regular donors wrote: “How could you go to Bethel in Redding?! I can no longer support you” They withdrew their monthly support to help me win souls. Now, I will answer their question with a question.
We better start talking to each other
By Mario Murillo
One of our regular donors wrote: “How could you go to Bethel in Redding?! I can no longer support you” They withdrew monthly support that helps me win souls. Now, I will answer their question with a question.
How could I not go? Bill Johnson is my closest brother. I grew up with the Johnsons. Earl Johnson was like my dad. Earl gave me one of my very first revival meetings in 1970.
How could I not go? When Mechelle and I were divorced and churches slammed the door in our faces, it was Bill who never wavered and stood with us until, our marriage was miraculously restored 11 years ago.
How could I not go? I want to save America. I stand before thousands of young students at the Bethel School of Supernatural Ministry—students on fire and yearning to be used of God—students who are teachable. We desperately need young soldiers to expand our outreaches, and they need an outlet for their fervor. I would rather calm them down a little than to try to resurrect some cold, dead cynical student from a stuffy, skeptical, Christian College.
How could I not go? Bethel is a growing force in the Body of Christ that cannot be dismissed.
Our nation is in the most dangerous condition I have seen in my lifetime. Satan is raging through our culture with virtually unobstructed access to your children. The church meanwhile is sidelined for stupid reasons. The Holy Spirit is grieved that we cannot pool our considerable talents and resources to overwhelm the enemy. Signs and wonders would flow on a dramatically higher level if national eldership flowed in humble unity.
Face to face meetings automatically dial down divisions—polarity declines wherever communication begins.
I could use debate skills to make a case for glaring doctrinal error in everybody from the Assemblies of God to Calvary Chapel. If that statement offends you…look out! The greatest heresy is to believe you have achieved doctrinal purity.
That everyone is off on some point of theology is no excuse for heresy—it is motivation for hope. To correct error, let’s start with our own. Jonathan Edwards said,” A true saint is suspicious on nothing more than his own heart.”
Not only that, much of what we hear comes from unreliable sources. In other instances, words were said or written in a moment of excitement. Perhaps, with brotherly and sisterly love the people we criticize would tell us “I never said that,” or, “I am sorry, I’ll take that back. I should have said that better.”
There are many false teachers and false prophets roaming America. That is a different matter. They need to be exposed. Sin needs to be exposed. However, we will not rightly discern truth from error while we are painting with the broad brush of doctrinal paranoia. I know you have seen the hilarious websites where “truth warriors” list everyone they think is a heretic. Almost everyone is on that list and it grows daily.
Another big question is this: are we moved by anger rather than true discernment? Did that former partner of ours let their feelings about Bethel supersede their love for lost souls?
It’s not just heresy hunters that are a threat. Every preacher who grows more isolated from other leaders is also a threat. Instead of talking to each other, preachers continue to throw red meat to their base. This is why we are getting further away from each other. The grace camp keeps getting more hyper. The repentance camp keeps getting more judgmental. The prosperity camp keeps getting more materialistic. The seeker camp casts increasing doubt on the Bible to gain acceptance from the mainstream public.
Preaching your pet doctrine to the exclusion of all others helps to kill America. Ignoring the rest of the Body as you expand your empire is a betrayal of Christ—no matter why you do it.
Bottom line: If you are not alarmed by destruction of the presidency—If you do not see the iron-curtain of mind control ringing down on our colleges—If you do not see the killing fields of drug gangs expanding in our inner cities—If you are blind to the avalanche of immorality and perversion—If you cannot see that time is running out, or that business as usual means certain death…then, you my friend, are an enemy to revival and America.
We need to pray together. We need to obey God together. But first, we better start talking to each other…fast.
I want to explain a coming disaster and the plan God has given me to face it and reverse its damage for the glory of Christ.
I have a plan
By Mario Murillo
Many people have a dream. I have a plan. A plan is more powerful than a dream because a plan turns a dream into reality. You cannot overstate the importance of planning. If you do not have a plan, someone else’s plan will control you.
Planning pulls the future into the present. It gives you advance power over trouble that is heading your way.
The hardest part of planning is to let go of things that worked 5 years ago—no matter how nostalgic a method may be, you better know when the Holy Spirit says to let it go.
Maintaining intimacy with God is life and death to a ministry. You can put your ministry on cruise control and drift out of range of God’s voice. Churches have folded and ministries have closed because they were caught without a plan and failed to adapt.
A God plan is a weapon against approaching danger. Noah did not build the ark while it was raining. Only God can give us the right plan. I believe He has. God gave me an eye to see past the camouflage and warned me of impending danger.
I want to explain a coming disaster and the plan God has given me to face it and reverse its damage for the glory of Christ.
The coming disaster: Obama did many bad things to America. He stagnated our economy. His style of leading from behind fomented war and instability in the world. His sympathy for Islam created barriers to fighting terrorism. But the worst thing he did was to our children.
-The number of youth who claim to be atheists doubled in the 8 years he was in office.
-The entire social justice warrior snowflake agenda came on his watch. Colleges and universities declared war on free speech and opposing views. They saw racism and sexism in everything (even peanut butter and jelly sandwiches were called racist). Students began to feel micro-aggressions from anything that challenged their beliefs.
-He framed Islam—which executes women and gays—as less oppressive than the teachings of Jesus and millions of our youth bought the lie. He created a mindset of hypocrisy and contradiction.
-He made government god. He grew government with a stolen credit card and laid a $20 trillion debt on the backs of our children.
He took away their hope and cut them off from the source of life. Check out what our children are saying now:
42% said they will never own a house or have a meaningful job.
34% said they will have a lower standard of living than their parents
58% say that asking for help will not solve their problems.
44% do not know what to believe.
Young America’s Foundation released its annual Youth Misery Index and found it at a record high. “Over the course of Obama’s presidency, the YMI has spiked an alarming 29.9 points, an increase of 36 percent.”
This heart-wrenching disaster embodies the cry of a whole generation: 12-year-old Katelyn Nicole Davis from Cedartown, Georgia used Facebook Live on December 30th to live stream her suicide. As she hanged herself in her front yard, the video played for an entire 20 minutes.
I have a plan to prevent these tragedies. It is a plan that deserves a chance because it will work.
Here’s the plan:
–Appoint regional directors who will oversee ongoing soul-winning and follow-up. This will multiply our outreach tenfold. They will sustain relationships with local pastors and leaders, not only to retain our results, but to prepare for our return to these cities.
-Train and release an army to the front lines: We need workers who can pray for the sick in the streets—not just in auditoriums. These workers are beyond essential because they will bring in lost souls to our events. The great mistake today is to assume if you advertise, people will show up. Imagine 10,000 young people trained to go out and bring back the harvest!
–Take our internet media platform to the next level. Millions have read our blog and looked at our videos. This is not nearly enough. We must enhance our skills, technology and content for a new generation.
-Choose strategic sites for our events. We must be near the problem. We must be in a venue that is large enough to make an impact outside church walls. We must face reality: most Christian events draw only Christians. If we want the unchurched to come to our meetings we must be in halls that will attract them. Even though this triples our cost, it must be done or we will only preach to ourselves.
-Open a college in Reno for the next generation of American Evangelists. We dare not hoard 50 years of front line experience. Too many of our Christian colleges are teaching theories untested in true warfare. We must help shape the soul winners of tomorrow.
How do we know this plan will work? The most important way to judge if a plan will work is to look at the track record of the planner. Since our earliest breakthroughs in the radical campus at Berkeley, we have known how to invade the impossible. We know how to hire the best—give people the best training—adapt to current trends of the youth culture—use a fresh approach to share a timeless message—and release signs and wonders in the mainstream of the youth culture.
God said, “Choose 10 cities. Invest $1 million and you will start a movement—a national movement.” Where will I get a million dollars? The good news is that it is in the pockets and the bank accounts of those who receive this letter. The miracle is in releasing it. The miracle is in the Holy Spirit’s power to turn your good intentions into action.
This blog has never been about fundraising. It has been offered freely as a tool to inform and ignite action for the cause of Christ in America. Most of all, I ask for your prayers in this epic outreach that Jesus is forging through us. Nevertheless, your gifts of love are the reason this mission is possible. Thank you for being a part of this harvest.
Here is the one thing that will make all the difference in the world: First time givers! I am calling on you to donate to MMM if you have never done it before. No matter what, your gift will make a difference—it will make all the difference!
Of course, we need our loyal supporters to give and I am profoundly grateful to all of you. But the fact is thousands read this letter are on the sidelines…but if they get in the battle it will turn the tide of the war. I am not asking you for a million dollars (although, it would be wonderful to receive such a gift). I am asking for you to listen to your heart and invest in our children and grandchildren.
Many of you have seen revivals or had the honor of growing up in a powerful church. Shouldn’t the next generation get to see revival? I am not begging for money… I am begging for souls. This is all about your children and your grandchildren. Satan has pulled out all the stops to destroy them. Shouldn’t we open our hearts and our pocketbooks to save them? I have a plan—it will work—it deserves a chance—help me put it into action.
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America is screaming for a new breed of Christian Warrior—believers who have escaped the Christian Witness Protection Program. Millions of Christians are done with watered-down Christianity. To them, it has been a terrible waste of time and money. Modifying the Gospel by omitting the “offensive” parts removed its power to transform society. That is why we are in a moral landslide.
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SOMETHING BIG IS COMING TO BAKERSFIELD
By Mario Murillo
Millions ask disturbing questions. Why have we cast it aside? Why have we accepted a cheap substitute? Why can’t we see the desperate need?
Millennials need to see power that will break the break the bankrupt ideologies they get on campus. The American culture needs to be pierced by young vessels who speak words their generation cannot resist—warriors who carry addiction breaking, disease killing miracle power. How do we get those kinds of vessels?
That kind of Warrior will not be created in an echo chamber of religious role playing. They must be infused with indisputable Holy Spirit power. They must hunger for something beyond “feel good” experiences.
Is that you? Then it’s time for you to experience the Warrior’s Workshop. A workshop that is not theoretical, emotional or apologetic. This is a workshop that will forge a lifetime of unexpected effectiveness.
God ordered me to create this Workshop. It was forged from 48 years of front line success against the powers of darkness. It is revelation mined from world changers who have poured into my life.
Oral Roberts, Kathryn Kuhlman and David Wilkerson did not leave their world unchanged. What they forged in me and others cannot be taken lightly. These treasures must be handed to hearts ready to be used in a fresh worldwide outpouring of the Holy Spirit. Is that you?
This workshop makes an audacious claim: With just 3 skills, you can revolutionize America and the world! You can get these skills at the Warrior’s workshop. These talents seem so simple but they are profound: 1. How to win a soul. 2. How to heal the sick. 3. How to walk in continual victory.
Perhaps you wonder if you have the courage to change the world. Courage is the main thing you gain at this workshop. Generals know good military training does not just prepare soldiers for combat—it makes them long for it.
Give me just 3 hours and you will long to confront the enemy. Why not you? You can become the effective weapon our nation and the world needs now. See you there! The Workshop is free but you must register!
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I am asking you a simple question: Are you prepared to prosper? The funny thing is that no matter how clearly, I condemn the materialist gospel…just using the word prosperity lumps me in with those vulgar preachers living in obscene luxury while begging for the widow’s mite.
ARE YOU PREPARED TO PROSPER?
By Mario Murillo
Are you prepared to prosper?
It is 200 times stronger than steel and six times lighter. It can carry 1,000 times more electricity than copper. It conducts electricity 250 times faster than silicon. It bends light so that it can create invisibility in camouflage.
Its applications seem endless. Astounding electric batteries, computers hundreds of times faster, many times lighter, and can bend. Imagine a child carrying a 50-inch flat screen television because it only weighs 4 pounds. Imagine a powder that absorbs radioactive waste. It is called graphene, and only God knows how it will change the world.
This blog is not about graphene. It is about you! It asks you a simple question: Are you prepared to prosper? The funny thing is, no matter how clearly I condemn the materialist gospel, just using the word “prosperity” lumps me in with those vulgar preachers living in obscene luxury while begging for the widow’s mite.
This is a message about being prepared. Listen to Paul the Apostle: “I know how to get along with humble means, and I also know how to live in prosperity; in any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of being filled and going hungry, both of having abundance and suffering need”- Philippians 4:12 NASB. Paul knew how to seize whatever opportunity the future held. Look at those words again: “I know how to live in prosperity.”
Meet the leading American scientist handling graphene: Professor James Tour, raised in a secular Jewish home in White Plains, became a born-again Christian as a freshman at Syracuse University. Married, with four grown children, he rises at three forty every morning for an hour and a half of prayer and Bible study, followed several times a week with workouts at the gym, and arrives at the office at six fifteen.
Why do I mention him? I mention him because his faith is driving his quest for scientific breakthroughs.
However, his belief that he can change the world runs counter to the bunker mentality of the American church. We are prepared for disaster. We are prepared for terror. We are prepared to leave the scene. We are prepared for conspiracy theories. But we are not prepared for prosperity. We are blind to any opportunity that contradicts our pessimism about the future.
Obama taught Americans to feel sorry for themselves. He canonized the victim mentality. He blamed Christianity for everything and Islam for nothing. He convinced a lot of believers that the great tribulation was 8 years long and not 7. No wonder the church went on the defensive. No wonder we are continually lowering our expectations of how much we can accomplish in this life.
Yes, I believe the anti-Christ is coming. I believe in the coming of world-wide convulsions that are clearly laid out in the Bible. I have warned the church about sin, hypocrisy and corruption as much as any preacher in America. I have raised some disturbing questions for our leaders. Now, in that same tradition, I raise more disturbing questions:
What if you can accomplish more for the glory of God than you first believed?
What if the best books are yet to be written?
What if the most powerful missionaries are yet to appear?
What if God wants to give you authority and provision to drive back evil and you have mentally disqualified yourself?
What if you are going to live longer than you think, with a sharper mind, a greater discipline and a stronger body than you imagined?
Don’t get me wrong, prosperity is not a life of ease. Professor James Tour trains like a Navy Seal! Success is not about money, especially not for the righteous!
Godly prosperity is embodied in Daniel. He handled great temptation. He decided—from the jump—to remain pure. Daniel 1:8 says, “But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king’s delicacies, nor with the wine which he drank…”
Anyone can remain holy while holed up in a survival cabin hiding. It takes Holy Ghost gumption to invade Wall Street, the halls of power, and sit with World Leaders carrying the counsel of God.
It takes special grace being the Christian singer who crosses over and carries the Cross over.
Anybody can be that comatose, Christian complainer who sits in the bleachers and criticizes vision and greatness.
The most dangerous thing about today is the fact that a miraculous life can be right in front of you and you can miss it. Graphene was discovered in one of the most common elements.
As Professor Tour said, “Imagine if one were God. Here, He’s given us pencils, and all these years scientists are trying to figure out some great thing, and you’re just stripping off sheets of graphene as you use your pencil. It has been before our eyes all this time!”
When I began this blog, I could not see how it could succeed. Now readership is in the millions. Success will not tame it. We will provoke the church in the Trump era…
Success will not tame this blog
By Mario Murillo
My nerves were frazzled the first time I sat down to write something called a blog. I argued with God. I could not see how it would succeed. I knew there would be a firestorm over the things I was compelled to say. I was right about the firestorm.
Now millions have read the blog in virtually every nation of the world. Every day we are amazed at the impact of this little blog.
Check out this excerpt from the first time we spoke out:
“The America we once knew has been taken away. It happened overnight. Because America has changed ministries must change the way that they relate to this new nation.
Government has become our national God. This new God is waging an incremental war on the Constitution. The New York Times just called the U.S. Constitution an evil document that we should give up on.
Obamacare targets freedom of worship. It forces Christian Institutions to violate their religious convictions. Cardinal Dolan the spiritual leader of the Archdiocese of New York calls it “an unwarranted, unprecedented radical intrusion.”
The White House met with Cardinal Dolan and several Bishops met with the White House to talk. He said he was told to “shut up and accept the mandate.”
It is time for the people of God to speak out on the danger of gun control.
Mass shootings have become the excuse to take away our guns. Obama wants absolute power.
Mahatma Gandhi the great pacifist said, “Among the many misdeeds of the British rule in India, history will look upon the act of depriving a whole nation of arms, as the blackest.”
Thomas Jefferson and James Madison believed that the greatest threat to liberty was not foreign invasion or domestic unrest but rather a standing army and a militarized police force that had no fear of inflicting tyranny upon the people.
If Government is our new God, Celebrities are our new pastors.
Ben Stein asked, “Where did the idea come from that we should worship celebrities and we aren’t allowed to worship God? There are a lot of us who are wondering where these celebrities came from and where the America we knew went to.”
Hollywood is the most powerful propaganda machine in history and it has declared war on our faith.
Ministries must change how they relate to America. 1 Samuel 10: 6 Says, “Then the Spirit of the Lord will come upon you, and you will prophesy with them and be turned into another man. 7 And let it be, when these signs come to you, that you do as the occasion demands; for God is with you.
Here is what I believe the occasion demands:
The Holy Spirit is saying we can publicly oppose government tyranny while still maintaining a loving witness. Acts 16: 37 But Paul said to them, “They have beaten us openly, uncondemned Romans, and have thrown us into prison. And now do they put us out secretly? No indeed! Let them come themselves and get us out.” Paul had just led a jailor and several prisoners to Christ and now he turns around and exposes politicians who have broken the Roman Bill of Rights.
We must accept the fact that there is a new generation that has no Christian orientation. “And also all that generation was gathered unto their fathers: and there arose another generation after them, who knew not the LORD, nor yet the works which he had done for Israel.” Judges 2:10
We must lay a new foundation of faith in America. We must preach the central doctrines of our faith. The Bible needs to set fire to our sermons.”
The big question now is what does the church do now that Trump is president? In the next few blogs I will open my heart to you about the radical steps the church must take to seize this greatest soul winning opportunity in our lifetime. Once again we must change the way we relate to government.
I know we need fresh fire. Prayer, repentance and waiting for new orders are the keys for the American church this Christmas.
One thing is certain…success will not tame this blog. It will continue to keep its edge. It will continue to provoke, stretch and force minds to think and hearts to examine themselves.