TAKING AUTHORITY OVER WICKEDNESS IN HIGH PLACES

What do you call it when politicians ram through legislation without informing the public? What do you call it when they attack those with honest questions?  What do you call it when politicians say their new laws protect small groups when in fact they only punish their political enemies?

What should we call it when Senators manipulate language to vilify anyone who disagrees with their agenda?  And finally, what should we call it when the real goal is not equality, justice, or truth, but an attempt to control the people?  You call it war.

The sooner you realize they have declared war on you and those you love; the sooner you can take appropriate action.  Many Christians have never been taught spiritual warfare.  In this user friendly era the language of war is scarce and  unwelcome.

Now that we are losing our freedoms—now that the vile behavior of the back alleys is on main street—now that families see the culture absorbing the faith of their children—believers are open to studying authority over Satan.

Ephesians 6: 10-13 says “Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.  Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.   For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.”

See where it says “wiles of the devil?” That is what is happening in Sacramento.  The tangled web of deceit and bias is clearly the wile of the devil.  See where it says “withstand in the evil day?”  That day has come to California.   This is the day for you—the willing warrior to be used by God.  Today, you put on all the armor of God.

It is obvious why believers in California should be interested in the damage Sacramento is doing but why should those of you not from California be alarmed?

A major article came out that said America should be ruled by one party—the Democratic Party.  At any other time, we could ignore such babbling but…Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey called the article “a great read.”  The captains of social media lean far left and wholeheartedly believe in this takeover of America.  Twitter, Facebook, Youtube and most social media have been censoring Conservatives and Christians for years even though they deny it.  Now, the voices of Christian Conservatives are being purged from all media.  All of this is pouring out of the San Francisco Bay Area.

Way too many ministers taught easy believism and made Christians apathetic when they needed to take action.   Too many preachers today remind us, “it’s all in God’s hands.” While that is a comforting truth it is not the one we need right now.  That’s been an excuse to be passive and missing in action.

But everywhere you look in the Bible it is against passivity and advocates action: “fight the good fight of faith…” “Endure hardness as a good soldier…” “Resist the devil…” “Take the sword of the Spirit…”

It is urgent that we pray in a way we have never prayed before.  Stand between heaven and earth as a true intercessor.  Invoke the Name above all Names to get to the very Throne of God with your petition.  Do what Moses did when he raised the rod of Aaron over the battle. When you pray, pray violently, pray exactingly, detailing the damage you want done and where you want it done. By the Spirit, speak directly to evil powers. Call them out and cast them down.  Cut their power over California.

Here is the great promise: When God sees someone take up the mighty weapons of God—in the Name of Jesus—and attempt the impossible—God will muster all of the resources of heaven to bring that someone total victory.

It is time to preach with more boldness and miracles than ever before.  At the first attempt to silence the church Peter prayed this prayer:  Acts 4:29,30 says, “Now, Lord, look on their threats, and grant to Your servants that with all boldness they may speak Your word, by stretching out Your hand to heal, and that signs and wonders may be done through the name of Your Holy Servant Jesus.”

We cannot escape the urgency of revival in California.  California in its current condition can pull the nation down with it…but  revivals here have always overflowed America.

My last words are to all voting age Christians in California: it is time to call your State Senator on Monday and at least before Thursday when they vote on California Assembly Bill 2943 that will lead to banning the Bible in California.  WE MUST ACT BEFORE THURSDAY.

When you email or call your Senator be firm but polite. Tell them you will be voting in the next election and that you will be campaigning for politicians who reflect your values.

Use this link to find your state Senator.  http://senate.ca.gov/senators

STAND AND FIGHT FOR CALIFORNIA

It does not matter if you live in California or not.  They have brought the fight to us and we can’t run from it.  In this message I am going to explain exactly what is going on and the direct action we must take.

For those who don’t know yet, California Assembly Bill 2943 passed and has been sent to the State Senate for final approval.  Jerry Brown has already said he would sign it into law if the Senate approves it.

This is a terrible law.  First it is designed to punish those who believe the Bible’s teaching on sexual sins. The advocates of anti-Christian policies worded this bill as harmlessly as possible but its punitive nature came through loud and clear.  Read the wording:

It will prohibit resources concerning treatment or ministry in order to reduce or eliminate same sex attraction or gender dysphoria. Essentially, conferences, counseling, teaching, books, or publications, where money is exchanged for the resource, would be prohibited.

There is no way around the intention here. I said this in as an earlier post: “No exchange of money can be allowed for a book that suggests recovery from same sex attraction or gender dysphoria?  No conference can do so either?  Oh wait, the Bible does that.  And oh, yeah a Bible Conference will do that.  This is no slippery slope.  This is the cliff.”

The immediate impact would be on any event where money is exchanged that teaches deliverance from sexual sin.  But it gets worse.

It is a threshold law.  That means it opens the door to further laws that seek to shut down the Christian moral opinion altogether.  Herod used this method.  In Acts 12:1,2 it says, “Now about that time Herod the king stretched out his hand to harass some from the church. Then he killed James the brother of John with the sword. 3 And because he saw that it pleased the Jews. he proceeded further to seize Peter also. ”

Do you see what’s happening here? California legislators are testing the pulse of the public.  They want to see, to what degree, they can inject their radical anti-Christian and yes, anti-American views into law.

Sacramento knows full well their new law violates the constitution.  They already broke federal law and violated the constitution with their sanctuary policy.  California state government sees itself as a separate nation not beholden to the Constitution.

The next logical step is to make a viewpoint illegal.  It would be against the law to teach or sell Bibles. Churches that held to Biblical morality could be closed.  Christians who stated their convictions would be fired, marginalized and even jailed.  What we have here is the dawn of state-sponsored persecution of Christians.  But it gets even worse than that.

What we have here is the dawn of state-sponsored persecution of Christians.

Radical political activists and politicians across America are watching CA/B 2943 very closely.  When I said it is a threshold law, I also mean it is a model for similar laws across America.

To say we need to nip this in the bud is the understatement of the century.  How do we do this?  We begin by standing and fighting for California.  It means we must be willing to face a firestorm of criticism.  That is a small price to pay for protecting our children, grandchildren and our constitution.  But we must find the will to fight.

That will to fight must first be found in the prophetic.  Let me explain.  Today I read that Yellowstone Park sits on a super volcano that is 44 miles across. If it erupted, it would be thousands of times larger than Mt Saint Helens.  Ash would cover the entire U.S.

California, and Los Angeles specially sit on top of a spiritual super volcano.  It is breathtaking to list the ministries that have been born in Los Angeles.  Here is but a short list: Azusa Street, Billy Graham, Aimee Semple Mcpherson, Kathryn Kuhlman, Calvary Chapel, Youth with a Mission, Full Gospel Businessmen, TBN, and Melodyland where I was ordained.  Movement upon movement has ignited here and touched the world.

If the super volcano of the legacy of revival in California were to erupt it would cover the nation.

All over California outbreaks of holy fire are beginning to be seen.  Thousands of pastors and preachers have not bowed the knee to Baal.

What is needed now is anointing for political activism.  Not politics as usual but a spirit like Daniel to bring wisdom, conviction and influence to pagan culture.  Consider how immoral Babylon was.  Consider that Daniel began as a slave and was used by God to bring legislation and godly counsel to Babylon.  California is no worse than Babylon.

Tomorrow I will finish this with what we need to do. For now, let’s cry out to God for an eruption, for the will to fight, and national prayer for California.

One false move would be devastating. But I had to take this step of faith

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.

Their war is against us not Trump

Comey and Mueller are the tip of the iceberg.  They are small fish in a much bigger tank.  Before we get to that, here’s a quick refresher on what brought us to this point:

Comey breaks the law to save Hillary.  Realizing his cover is blown—at the last minute—he reopens the investigation.  Trump wins.  Comey, Mueller and the deep state—who worked to prevent Trump’s election—pivot to run Trump out of office.

Comey is fired.  Both sides agreed he needed to be fired until Trump did it.  Comey takes the next step in the game plan.  He leaks lies about Trump to the media so that the prechosen Mueller—his friend, and fellow Trump hater—gets in as special prosecutor.  The needed witch hunt begins.  The Russian collusion fairy tales lives on without accountability.  This soap opera is wearing thin on Americans.

The multi-headed monster brainwashes a majority of millennials to believe the values we have honored for thousands of years suddenly are racist, sexist, and must be eradicated.

Mobs scream at conservatives.  Professors invent micro-aggressions, cultural appropriation, and safe places.  Suddenly, victims are everywhere and statutes must be torn down, careers destroyed, insane boycotts enforced, and every crisis must be seized to advance the lie.

They doctor research to create pseudo-sciences about gender, weather, and equality.  Borders are destroyed to fatten the voter rolls of the left.  Because the end justifies the means, the collateral damage doesn’t matter.  Only, now, this cynical viewpoint is losing its hold.

This is war. They don’t have to tell the truth, they can ruin lives with lies, they can even justify the murder of innocent Americans.  This too is becoming outrageous to many who were on the fence.

Social media, news media, and the Democratic Party are only some of the arms of this monster.

The goal to wipe out Judeo-Christian influence in America is now painfully clear to more Americans.  The left is desperate to remove the last firewall against their revolution.  Marriage, parental rights, guns, and civil discourse all must go or they have no hope of winning.

But things are not going according to their plan.  Something unexpected has happened. They are forced to expose their true colors and their true target before they were ready.  Satan is overplaying his hand.  Conservatives and Christians are no longer the only ones who are disgusted.

Here is an example: Jimmy Kimmel asked Roseanne Barr, who now supports Trump, why she had changed.  She said, “I haven’t changed, it’s all of you who have gone wacko left.”  Oops there it is.

A city worker walks into a Motorcycle shop and fines it for flying military flags.  A veteran who was shot three times in combat protested.  The city worker looked at the veteran and said, “you did nothing for our country.”  The video went viral and the city totally backed down and rejected the worker.

Another thing that wasn’t supposed to happen was a creative writing professor at California State University at Fresno who said this about Barbara Bush right after her death:

“Barbara Bush was a generous and smart and amazing racist who, along with her husband, raised a war criminal,” When people were outraged she said, “this is what it’s like to be an Arab American Muslim American woman with some clout online expressing an opinion. Look at the racists going crazy in my mentions right now,” she tweeted.

The writer taunted those attacking her, said she was a tenured professor who makes $100,000 a year.  “I will never be fired,” she tweeted.  The university said, “oh yes we can.” I don’t believe this woman meant to melt down and manifest this demon.  I believe this extremism is a sign that evil is being driven to extremes.

The left quickly disavowed her but it’s too late. The all too common hatred of the left is out of the bag.  The backlash against her was swift and overwhelming.

We who are filled with the Holy Spirit have a unique advantage and responsibility.  We understand demonic activity.  The entire strategy against our freedom is demonic.  These cracks in the armor of the monster are a sign of answered prayer.  It shows us that our stand against the powers of darkness is working.

The masters of the left don’t want you to realize why Trump is still so popular.  And why Obama, Hillary Clinton, Jerry Brown, and CNN look more and more crazy every day.

We are seeking God for revival.  That is forcing the left to be more extreme and obvious than they want to be.  I am not saying this is going to be an easy battle or that it won’t get worse.  What I am saying is this rush to extremism is a sign we can’t ignore.

Time for us to come into unity.  Time for us to increase our prayers.  Time to expect a gigantic implosion of the war against our freedom.  The war is against us…but if God be for us who can be against us?

 

 

 

Preach as if they are stealing your country

Are you preaching to what your people actually face?  Their faith is costing them their jobs.  Their children are being persecuted at school.  Their college is banning their Christian clubs.
When they tell us they want to silence the church—when they tell us their opinion is the only one allowed—when disagreeing will cost you your rights, your job, and even your life—when they burn buildings, protect killers, and convict innocent people—the church should have no response?  Do we sit back and just give away our freedom of religion and speech?
Liberals want a New American Civil War.  They want one party rule.  They say the Republican Party, and Evangelical Christians must be stripped of power.  They want to make America into California.
Peter Leyden, CEO of new media startup Reinvent, and Ruy Teixeira, Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress, said this in an article entitled The Great Lesson of California in America’s New Civil War.
They say, “What about the need for checks and balances?  Many Americans might be wary of trusting a political environment where one party has complete control of political power.”
They insist that one party rule is an utter necessity: “America can’t afford more political paralysis. One side or the other must win. This is a civil war that can be won without firing a shot. But it is a fundamental conflict between two worldviews that must be resolved in short order.”  Are these wacko ideas from the fringe?  No, they are mainstream leftist ideology.  We are in a moral civil war.  How shall we preach in moral civil war?
There is a story of tyranny that is our model for this moment.  Terrorists took control of a city and demanded that the entire city become slaves or face death.  It gets worse.  Just to stay alive every man, woman, and child had to agree to have their right eye removed.
The elders of the city begged for them to hold off 7 days so they could send messengers to get help.  Since the terrorists were spoiling for a fight they agreed.
1 Samuel 11:3 is one of the most chilling verses in scripture because it shows the unimaginable horror the people felt: “Then the elders of Jabesh said to him, ‘Hold off for seven days, that we may send messengers to all the territory of Israel.  And then, if there is no one to save us, we will come out to you.’”
Put yourself in the place of those men facing the disfigurement of their wives and children.  If you were one of those elders tasked with choosing messengers—what kind of messengers would you choose?  Who would you choose to go get help?
You would not pick smooth talking salesmen.  You would not want a wordsmith or an entertainer.  You dare not send a psychologist or a life coach.
They had to go get an army.  They had to make people cry and get angry.  They had to convince people—who might believe this was not their fight—to take a stand.
The Bible says they went to Gibeah where King Saul was, and everyone who heard them began to weep.  King Saul was filled with holy rage and galvanized the nation to save the people of Jabesh Gilead in a mighty victory.
Who will save us from the disfigurement of America, and the church, by the left?  What kind of preaching shall we choose to loosen the grip of tyranny and regain our freedom?  The same kind of messengers the elders of Jabesh Gilead choose.
The Holy Spirit is leading preachers to adjust to the new, real world.  He is sending out an urgent appeal: Preach as if they are stealing your country…because they are.  Preach as if your people are suffering under persecution because they are.  If you have the heart, God will give you the words.  Time is running out.

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.”