Don’t let anger over fundraising abuses take us back to a poverty mentality

Jesse Duplantis asked his partners for 54 million dollars for a new jet.  Duplantis is being roundly condemned for this.  Here’s what I have to say about that…

There is no way I would spend 54 million on a jet.  I sit up nights interceding about what I would do with a windfall.  I am wired totally different.  I have a plan from the Holy Spirit that involves signs and wonders, technology, multiplication, training, and mass invasion in dark and poor areas.

However, and some of you will not like this: Jesse is a man of God.  He loves God.  He loves people.  He says God told him to ask for this money.  So, unless you can show A: Where the Bible says he can’t, or shouldn’t ask.  B: You are willing to say God showed you Jesse is lying then don’t lump him in with the real fakes who are stealing money from the Body of Christ.

There are many abuses!  Anger over those abuses is threatening to do something awful.  It is the reason for my message.  We are seeing the return of a poverty mentality—a mentality that will make blanket condemnations, and undermine faith to believe God for the provisions we need to protect our loved ones and the weapons to win this nation back to God.  One man whom I know has been falsely accused is Kenneth Hagin.

Kenneth Hagin never taught, or used the term “prosperity gospel.”  In my opinion, he didn’t even teach word of faith—he simply taught the Word of God.  He took neglected truths and presented them in their proper scriptural order.

We had been subnormal so long that the return to normal looked abnormal.  His book The Midas Touch does an excellent job of exposing abuses and clarifying the Bible’s position on giving and receiving.

Here are the reasons we have no excuse to return to a poverty mentality:

Abuses do not nullify the promises of God!  Romans 3:3 asks a powerful question: “For what if some did not believe? shall their unbelief make the faith of God without effect?”  If someone abuses faith—abuses prosperity—abuses fundraising, they do it out of unbelief.  But their unbelief, and their abuses do not nullify the promises of God to prosper us.

Abundance is God’s idea not man’s:  The idea that God wants to give you abundance did not originate with some oily late night shyster.  Most importantly, the promise of abundance is for everyone who believes.

I was out to dinner with a very famous evangelist.  He had just returned from the Philippines.  “The poverty was so great” he said, “I simply couldn’t talk to them about prosperity.”  So I asked him gently, “were they also too sick to hear about healing?”

Jesus told the disciples of John, “tell John, the poor have the good news preached to them.”-Luke 7: 44

So I ask you what is the good news to the poor?  Let’s ask Jesus: Luke 4:18 18 “The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, Because He has anointed Me To preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives And recovery of sight to the blind, To set at liberty those who are oppressed.

For each of these groups Jesus promises is a benefit beyond salvation.  To the broken heart—a healed heart, to the captive—liberty, to the blind—sight, to the poor—provision.

Now you know why I receive offerings in the inner city.  I know that if the poor learn to become givers, they will see a miracle that will break the vicious cycle of poverty.

Overflow amounts are God’s idea not ours:  Jesus said, “Luke 6:38 Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you.”

 

Look at the descriptions of the amounts: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over. 

Look at another example of an overflowing amount is in 2 Corinthians 9:6 “…and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.”  And we all know the words of Malachi “you will not have room to contain it.”

Why would Satan work so hard to pervert a beautiful truth right now?  He knows the danger of righteous people having much more than they need.  He knows what they will do with wealth.

There are a lot of angry Christians out there.  Some glorify their lack because they are jealous of those who have been bold to believe.  It’s like the older brother of the prodigal son who was angry and jealous that his brother was given a great feast:

Luke 15: 29 “So he answered and said to his father, ‘Lo, these many years I have been serving you; I never transgressed your commandment at any time; and yet you never gave me a young goat, that I might make merry with my friends. 30 But as soon as this son of yours came, who has devoured your livelihood with harlots, you killed the fatted calf for him.’ 31 “And he said to him, ‘Son, you are always with me, and all that I have is yours.”  This brother never bothered to ask.

Instead of torturing yourself wondering why others are blessed—or sit around sulking about how much holier you would be with money than others…why don’t you surrender yourself to God—get rid of your unbelief and accept James’ explanation of your problem: “You have not because you ask not.”

AN AMAZING PROPHETIC MESSAGE FOR TODAY BY SMITH WIGGLESWORTH

It is Thursday August 11, 1927.  Smith Wigglesworth stands to deliver his message at Angelus Temple.  He is already legendary for the notable miracles that occur in his meetings.  As he stood to speak, he said he could feel liquid fire.

 On this day, he will not be remembered for the amazing healings Jesus did through him but for the prophetic word he gave.  This word is not just timeless…I believe it is for us right now.

In order for you to feel the full impact of his words I need to make an observation.  Christian Science was in its heyday and siphoning off Christians.  Satan has rehashed and re-branded the heresies of Mary Baker Eddy and they are once again fooling believers.  That’s why Wigglesworth may have been speaking to today and not to 1927.

His message is about preparing for the Second Coming of Christ. -Mario Murillo   (comments in red).

“But there will be things that will happen prior to His coming that we shall know. You can tell. I am like one this morning that is moving with a liquid, holy, indispensable, real fire in my bosom, and I know it is burning and the body is not consumed.

It is real fire from heaven that is making my utterances come to you to know that He is coming. He is on the way; God is going to help me tell you why you will know. You that have the breath of the Spirit, there is something now moving as I speak, this breath of mighty, quickening, moving, changing, desirable power is making you know and it is this alone that is making you know that you will be ready.

We have to see that these days have to come before the Lord can come. There has to be a falling away.  (I believe we are in that great falling away right now.)

I want to speak to you very exactly. All the people which are pressing into and getting ready for this glorious attained place where they shall not be found naked, where they shall be blameless, where they shall be immovable, where they shall be purified by the power of the Word of God, have within them a consciousness of the very presence of God within, changing their very nature and preparing them for a greater thing, and causing them to be ready for translation.  (Note: he refers to a core that deliberately presses into Jesus in order to be ready for His return.)

This is the day of purifying. This is the day of holiness. This is the day of separation. This is the day of waking. O God, let us wake today! Let the inner spirit wake into consciousness that God is calling us.

There are in the world two classes of believers. There are believers which are disobedient, or I ought to say there are children which are saved by the power of God which are disobedient children. And there are children which are just the same saved by the power of God who all the time are longing to be more obedient.  (Note how, right now, the Lord is separating the church into these two classes).

And we heard the word come rushing, through all over, “new theology” that damnable, devilish, evil power that lived in some of these disobedient children, which in these last days opened the door to the next thing.

People are tremendously afraid of this position because they have heard so much on this line: “Oh, you know you are the elect of God! You are sure to be all right.” There have been in England great churches which were laid out upon these things. I thank God that they are all withered.

You will find if you go to England those strong people that used to hold all these things are almost withered out. Why? Because they went on to say whatever you did, if you were elect, you were right. That is wrong.  The elect of God are those that are pressing forward.

(It is impossible to miss this reference to hyper-grace which removes the need to ever apologize to God. Note how he quotes them as teaching “whatever you did, if you were elect, you were right.”)

What? No hell The devil has always said that What does Christian Science say? No hell, no devil They are ready for him. The devil has always said no hell, no evil. And these people are preparing, and they do not know it, for the Man of Sin.  (Not only has the Pope just denied the existence of Hell but it is taught by spirit-filled preachers.  Especially chilling is Wigglesworth’s declaration that it is to open the door for anti-Christ.)

When I spoke about the blood and when I spoke about this infernal thing, the whole place was upset. You be careful when anybody comes to you with a sugar-coated pill or with a slimy tongue. They are always of the devil. The Spirit of the Lord will always deal with truth. These people never deal with truth. They always cover up the truth.

Do you believe it? Who can do it? THE BLOOD CAN DO IT! The blood, the blood, oh the blood! The blood of the Lamb! The blood of Jesus can do it. Spotless, clean, preserved for God.

Give the devil the biggest chase of his life and say these words, “The blood of Jesus Christ, God’s Son, cleanseth us from all unrighteousness.  (He is referring to the fact that God called him to bring correction and preaching the Blood and hell “this infernal thing” upset deceived Christians.  Funny how it does that today).

These people are determined to have a man. They know someone has to come. We know Who He is that is coming. They begin to make a man. So they find a man in India, they polish him up as much as they can, and they make him as — well, in appearance, but you know we are told by the Lord that there is soft clothing goes onto wolves’ backs.

                                      Aimee Semple McPherson  preaches at Angelus Temple

A person said to me, “You see, the Christian Scientists must be right — look at the beautiful buildings. Look at all the people following them.”

Yes, everybody can belong to it. You can go to any brother you like, you can go to any theater you like, you can go to any race course you like, you can be mixed up with the rest of the people in your life and still be a Christian Scientist. You can have the devil right and left and anywhere, and still belong to Christian Science.  (How can anyone miss how those 2 big lies are at work today.  One: the idea that the size and popularity of a ministry means it must be of God. Two: These movements will let you live in sin and still be called Christian.)

The secret of many people going into Christian Science is a barren church that had not the Holy Ghost. Christian Science exists because the churches have a barren place because they haven’t the Holy Ghost. There would be no room for Christian Science if the churches were filled with the Holy Ghost. (So like today. If churches were filled with the fire, and presence of God, would the barren, counterfeit, attraction churches even exist?)

Up to this present time the Lord’s word is for us, “Hitherto ye have asked nothing.” Surely you people that have been asking great things from God for a long time would be amazed if you entered into it with clear knowledge that it is the Master, it is Jesus, who has such knowledge .of the mightiness of the power of the Father, of the joint union with Him,, that nothing is impossible for you to ask. Surely it is He only Who could say “Hitherto you have asked nothing.”

So God means me to press you another step forward. Begin to believe on extravagant asking, believing that God is pleased when you ask large things.”

My conclusion: We are in a time of extremes.  There will be extreme evil and extreme blessing.  Smith Wigglesworth sees us today in our battle with sophisticated evil and calls us to ask God for astounding authority, provision, intimacy, and power.  Let it be, Lord Jesus! MM

Forget everything you heard about winning souls in America.  By Mario Murillo

In a tent, in the wrong part of Las Vegas, God is making a loud and profound statement.  This statement, cuts against the grain of prevailing wisdom about bringing people to Christ in America.

Myth number one:  The only place for Christianity to flourish is in the family oriented suburbs.  This rationale is people with good jobs want safe places of worship.  That myth exploded.  Crowds from all over Las Vegas cast aside their fear.  Their hunger for spiritual awakening outweighs their concern about the neighborhood.  We thank God for the on fire mega churches in the suburbs, and for the urgent work they are doing for Jesus.  All we are saying is that it also thrives in the inner city.

Myth number two: Outsiders won’t come to hear a convicting message.  The message here is very direct.  It rips the mask off of addiction, perversion, and deception.  Not only is hell mentioned…it is showcased as the final result of the hell many are already in.   The invitation is an unapologetic demand of total surrender to the one who gave His all for their sin.  Every message is peppered with the very Bible verses experts tell pastors to leave out.  It is not unusual for up to one third of the audience to quickly answer the call and fill the front of the tent.    You can see below  that those who come forward are from all races, ages, and social levels.

Myth number three: Signs, wonders, and miracles can only appear after an extended emotional atmosphere primes the audience.  Jesus heals by His power—power that is present without the aid of human inducements.  Sometimes the calm presence that prevails can be misleading, but there is no doubt that it is Jesus who present to heal.

Myth number four: Crusades cannot succeed without widespread church support.  A handful of churches, led by Ron and Cari Wilson—a mighty core of intercessors led by Gloria Chapman—the heroic team from Inner City Action led by Frank Saldana—a powerful and committed worship team led by Benjamin Cortez—and of course, my staff which is the best anywhere, are making this event a stunning success.

We have no corner on this wisdom.  Many works across America are rediscovering the raw power of God to preach an uncompromised Gospel to touch the darkest places.

Not only that…we know that we cannot take the credit.  All Glory must go to Jesus Christ.  Come see for yourself what He is doing here.

We only have tonight and tomorrow night at 7 PM left in this wonderful Living Proof Crusade.

Breaking news regarding Mario Murillo’s spine condition. 

As many know, this injury began on January 29th.  As a direct result, all outreaches had to be cancelled.  Living Proof Las Vegas was the most affected by this attack on my spine.

Logic said to pass on Las Vegas until next year.  Logic made me angry.  I finally told my staff “the next thing we do is Vegas no matter what.”  That meant severe financial exposure if we eliminated events that were ready to go, in favor of one we had to build again from scratch.

We made a decision by faith to keep everything intact in Las Vegas.

-We went ahead with the luncheon back in April, and the tent would go up before Mother’s day as promised.

-We kept the crew of nearly 50 workers in Las Vegas.

-The meter kept running on the hotels, the airline tickets, and a long list of items that go into a tent crusade.  We went ahead and gave away 20,000 card invitations, and 1,000 posters on schedule.

-We are talking tens of thousands of dollars with no guarantee I could preach at this event.

I laid in the back of an SUV for 8 hours to go to the luncheon. I had hoped to preach to the 90 plus leaders who came to lunch.  The best I could do was stand for 7 minutes before I had to recline on a chair.  That was almost devastating.

We bravely soldiered on and fired up the troops.  Right afterwards, I was bundled into the backseat for another 8 hours back to Reno.  In the natural, there was still no reason to believe I would be ready by Mother’s day.

Don’t forget, even at this rate—if you understand my condition—my recovery has been remarkable.  What we needed was a breakthrough that overruled medical science.

Here’s the breaking news: I took a power walk and I will never forget what happened on that walk.  This is the first day we can publicly state that I am ready to stand and minister in the power of God.  We will be in Las Vegas and many souls will be saved and healed.  The breakthrough we trusted God for has come! 

Now on to more breaking news…

As Frank Saldana and his workers set up the tent, Frank had to stop because the presence of God was so strong it made him weep.  That’s before any meeting!  There’s more…

The chief of police contacted us because he heard about the ten prayer tents we have in the neighborhoods.  He sent officers to show us the best locations and watch over us.

The people of God even prayed in a break in the heat next week!

What Satan meant for evil, God has turned to good.  I am coming to Vegas with pent-up Pentecost!  If you live anywhere near Las Vegas don’t even think of missing my first miracle services since January.  All Glory goes to Jesus for this miracle. Hallelujah!

 

GOD HAS MIRACULOUSLY RESTORED SOMETHING

 

Like the happy ending of your favorite black and white movie, something amazing has happened at the last moment.  I have been trying to find the right words to tell you about this.

The emotional roller coaster my wife I have been trapped on for almost ten weeks has ended.  But that is not the miracle I am about to relate to you.

7 weeks ago, I was tortured by the fear of never walking again.  When that nightmare passed we rejoiced with joy unspeakable.  That is still not the miracle I am going to share.

Until 4 days ago, I faced the certainty of a surgical procedure that would go through my abdomen (leavening an 8-inch horizontal scar) to get to my lower spine and fuse vertebrae together.   As you know the surgeon took a fresh look at X-rays and overruled a previous diagnosis—no surgery.  Again that is not the miracle subject of this post.

God has done so many impossible things.  However, one great impossibility remained.  To aid you in appreciating the impossibility I must bring up the word momentum.

Momentum is the key to our outreaches.  We are firmly committed to groundwork.  We are very different than many ministries, for one very urgent reason: we strive to have non-Christians in our meetings.  We refuse to set up our tent and have every seat filled with saints.  We must have lost souls.  We must have addicts, gang members, the homeless, and runaways in our meetings.

To do that requires a minimum amount of advance work.  We have to work the ground, train volunteers, set a mass of people to prayer.   This is why Living Proof Las Vegas became impossible.  It was over.

I told my wife and staff that even if I received a miracle of healing and was cleared from surgery it was simply too late for Las Vegas.  I kept that in my heart until the very last minute.  Even after I walked out of the neurosurgeon’s office, I still knew it was too late for Las Vegas.

Then something happened that has never happened before in the 50 years of this ministry: God said, “check again and you will see that the momentum has been miraculously protected.”  I really did not understand what that meant…until I checked.

Impossibly, over 50 leaders are locked in to have lunch with me this next Saturday in Las Vegas.  Impossibly, our teams, and volunteers have stayed prepared and believe they can saturate the at-risk neighborhoods with thousands of invitation cards and posters in just 72 hours.  Impossibly, the crew that handles everything from delivering our tent and chairs, lights, sound and a myriad of other items has remained on standby even though they could have been committed to other projects.

When I examined the momentum, I discovered how right God was.  This is a miracle unlike any we have ever seen.  The core of our army is a living expression of 2 Chronicles 29: 36 which says, “36 And Hezekiah rejoiced, and all the people, that God had prepared the people: for the thing was done suddenly.”  Suddenly, everything we had worked for so hard for in Las Vegas has been restored.  Rejoice with me!

Now however, I must make a strong appeal to you.

-First I am asking you to think about how angry Satan was about our going to Las Vegas.  I want you to absorb the reason why this attack was so vicious.  The enemy knows something devastating is going to happen to his stronghold.  He knows God would break chains, evict devils, and release prisoners on a grand scale.

-Next, help me get pastors and leaders to our luncheon this Saturday at noon. If you live anywhere near Las Vegas and you are a pastor or leader, please join me and Mechelle for a free luncheon. Or, if are not in Las Vegas and you know pastors and leaders in the area, please encourage them to be at this luncheon.  The location is Grapevine Fellowship 800 North Bruce Street Las Vegas NV 89101.  Call us at 775 238 3473 or click here to make your reservation online.  mariomurillo.org    Please act now.

Finally, get involved!  Begin praying fervently for this historic outreach to Las Vegas.  If you live anywhere near Las Vegas come to the tent.  Bring those who need Jesus, who need healing, who need to be set free.

The hand of God is heavy on this outreach.  Anyone who gets involved will see miracles and obtain great favor from God.  Any church that gets involved will be sowing the seeds of revival within their own congregation.  Beloved this is it…something has been miraculously restored.

 

TODAY—IN A CHURCH THAT DOESN’T THINK IT’S BIG—REVIVAL FIRE WILL FALL

Right now a pastor is strangely restless about this Sunday.  They feel a disturbance in the spirit realm. They may have just been awakened from sleep to get up, pray and make drastic changes.  They are tossing out their prepared sermon and frantically writing something new.  The same troubling is in the people.  Something about this morning feels different—very different.
This is the Sunday after Easter and the attendance is supposed to be low.  That’s why God thinks it’s perfect for the fire to fall.  Ask me how I know.
This afternoon I felt a vicious attack of Satan—not just on me, it felt widespread.  I dove into my prayer room to understand. The Holy Spirit explained that Satan can tell when he is about to suffer a great loss and it enraged him.  He knows fire is coming to a church somewhere—this Sunday.
Then the Lord reminded me of the message He had me write called Small Churches God’s secret weapon.  (You can use this link to read it)  https://wp.me/p1vrzp-5rP
That was my first warning about what would happen this Sunday.  The fuse may be something completely surprising.  It may ignite at the first note of a song.  A bold saint may march to the front and kneel and start praying.  A complete stranger may walk in and ask of 5 minutes to address the people.  The pastor might strike lightning in the pulpit and preach from a dimension the people will seize for revival.   
No matter how it begins—look out!   Weeping will come automatically.  Repentance will appear without effort.  Healings will stun the onlookers.  The pure and righteous excitement of a true revival will capture the church.
Somewhere in America, the early symptoms of a divine takeover are already present.  Today a church that thinks its small and perhaps unimportant, or even forgotten, is about to have heaven come down on them—a downpour of Glory.
This not just a warning, and a promise,  it’s instructions.  I am writing you instructions that are not mine…they are His.  Do not do church as usual.  Pastor God may order you to confess “we are the church where fire will fall this morning.”  That simple declaration may be all it takes to touch off the explosion.
God is going to overrule the church schedule.  There may be a total suspension of programs and extended meetings.  Don’t try to bring in a guest unless you get a direct order.  I leave you with these timeless instruction from R.A. Torrey:
“When any church can be brought to the place where they will recognize their need of the Holy Spirit, and take their eyes off from all men, and surrender absolutely to the Holy Spirit’s control, and give themselves to much prayer for His outpouring, and present themselves as His agents, having stored the Word of God in their heads and hearts, and then look to the Holy Spirit to give it power as it falls from their lips, a mighty revival in the power of the Holy Ghost is inevitable.”

WE HAVE AN IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT TO MAKE TO YOU ABOUT MARIO’S SPINE CONDITION

Now we can tell you.  For 9 and a half weeks Mario has been virtually immobilized with acute pain in his spine and left leg.  The first two doctors could not pinpoint his condition.  At first they thought it was bursitis of the hip then they thought it was a stress fracture.   X-rays, Cat-scans, and an MRI showed no bursitis or fracture. The third doctor could not figure it out either.
Mario did receive a touch from God weeks ago that reduced his pain by half, but he still couldn’t sit, and he couldn’t walk for more than a few minutes.
We didn’t know how long this would last.  That made it difficult to know what to tell the various groups slated for crusades.  So many people have been waiting to hear if they can go ahead with outreach plans.  The outreach to Las Vegas has been hanging in the balance for weeks.  We didn’t want to cancel any soul winning effort until it was absolutely necessary.
Then it became absolutely necessary.  The forth doctor found the protruding disc in the base of Mario’s spine.  He said only back surgery would fix the problem.  This meant yet a fifth doctor–a neurosurgeon, several more weeks waiting for surgery, and an extended time of recovery afterwards.
Every meeting scheduled until the middle of Summer was now impossible.  Still Mario and Mechelle felt to hold off making the announcement until after he met with the surgeon today.  Then this happened…

When the surgeon walked in, he was staring at the latest X-rays…X-Rays the surgeon ordered the day before we met him.  He said, “There is still something here that does not make sense, I want to try something.”  What he tried was to prick Mario’s leg with a pin from his foot to his hip.  He asked, “is there any numbness?  Mario said “no.” Then he asked Mario to lock his left leg while the doctor lifted it.  The he moved it laterally to test the hip.  “Did any of that give you pain?”  That’s when Mario realized that for the last three days—the days after the previous doctor examined him, the pain subsided in his leg.  The surgeon said, “ I have never operated on anyone’s spine who did not have pain in their leg.  Your back is healing.  You don’t need surgery.  You need physical therapy.”

We know this is in response to all of our prayers.  We have no words to express our thanks to all of you who are praying for Mario, Mechelle, and all of us at MMM.  You can imagine how we are praising God.
Mario begins physical therapy on Monday.  Las Vegas is a go!  There will be signs and wonders in the tent!
Please keep praying.  Don’t let up because of this good news, Mario still a lot of hard work ahead of him.   Now is the time for even more prayer.