TEARING DOWN STRONGHOLDS OF DEMONS

What can we do about the demons that are strangling America?  Can we dismantle their ramparts?  They have brought bitter division, mass addiction, and total deception.  Can we stop them?  Not only can we, it is our sworn duty to tear them down.

The Bible says “For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God…2 Corinthians 10:4,5

The Bible says “cast down every high thing.”  Most preaching and teaching today leaves the impression there is very little we can do.  But that begs a question…

If we can’t tear down strongholds isn’t God is guilty of child abuse on a grand scale?  He is guilty of letting Paul awaken a deep hope that can never be fulfilled.  The whole point of 2 Corinthians 10: 4 and 5 was to provoke the church to take up the mighty weapons of God.

 

Want to know why there is so little preached about actually taking ground back from the devil?  Let me give an example.   Remember the woman who shot up the Youtube offices?   Her story will be buried because it doesn’t advance the narrative of the left.  She had Muslim background.  She was enraged over Youtube’s censorship and bias.   Protecting Islam, and hiding their nationwide censorship is a priority.

Likewise, there are two elements in the modern church that must silence the message of victory over demons to stay in business.  They are the therapeutic church, and the gloom and doom church.

The therapeutic church must focus on happy talk and self-fulfillment.  Shaking up their comfort zones with talk of warfare threatens attendance.  To survive, they must distract Christians to lesser goals and lower living.  They are guilty of unwittingly helping the devil to keep the army of God powerless.

Gloom and doom preachers keep the church on the defensive by telling them to take cover.  Fear sells books, conspiracy theories sell survival, not revival.  Gloom and doom prophets—like good democrats—must cheer on global domination, global warming and global disasters to keep Christians buying.  They do not equip you to confront and conquer evil because they don’t believe it’s possible.

Now I want to make you mad—not just mad—I want you to be infuriated at what Satan has done to America.  He has built a machine—an evil, wicked, massive machine. Facebook, Google, Youtube and Twitter are working parts of this hideous mechanism.  Other components include most of the print press and news media.

Another tentacle of this device is on campus.  It’s there to poison young minds.  The toxic cloud of indoctrination goes all the way down to grammar schools robbing children of their innocence.

The machine hates Christianity.  It hates Israel.  It hates the family and every form of Biblical truth.  All subtly is gone.  The Marxist insanity once whispered in back alleys now struts its stuff on main street.

So 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 has been used to make Christians passive.

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…”

God has chosen to act in answer to prayer.  He waits until His people rise and take their rightful place in the arena of battle.  Young David saw the stalemate.  No one challenged Goliath.  David couldn’t stand it. He offered himself to God.  God is looking for someone like that today—someone who can’t live with evil, who can’t stomach the perversion, and is enraged to see God dishonored.  Someone God can use to turn the tide of America.

If there is one question this blog asks it is this:  Are you so filled with holy rage that you are willing to lay down your life in order to provide God with an opportunity to vindicate His name before this blasphemous generation?

 

Mario what should I do?

-Pray different than you do now.  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 it the way Moses 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.

-Talk about God different than you do now.  Why should you apologize?  What you have works.  What they have doesn’t work.  Arm yourself with your testimony and the blood of the Lamb.  Challenge the double standard.  Why is Jesus the only thing this supposedly open-minded generation won’t talk about.

-Plan events that the Holy Spirit can use to bring revival.  Azusa Street was a small effort that exploded into unimaginable proportions.  How dare anyone think that your small meeting can’t be used in a massive way?

There are many more things we can do to get out of fear and get into a great victory.  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.

BREAKING NEWS FROM MARIO MURILLO MINISTRIES

A trembling 19-year-old kid kneels by his bed in Santa Barbara and prays.  A pile of papers is on the floor beside him. They are why he prays so fervently.   This teenager will attempt to do what only attorneys should do.
He is filling out forms to become a ministry incorporated in California, and legally recognized by the IRS.  He is asking the Holy Spirit to direct each answer he places on those daunting legal forms.  Finally, he mails them.  And yeah, that was me.
It feels like a moment ago when I—still shaking with insecurity—dropped those forms into the mail box.  I remember choking back fear.  Had I just done something terribly wrong?  Had I opened myself up to federal prosecution?
Months passed.  Then there was a letter from the IRS. Have you ever gotten a letter that you were dying to open and yet terrified to open?  I stared at that envelope a long time.  It felt like a Christmas present from your worst enemy.
I took it somewhere private and slowly opened it.  I risked one eye.  I read it out loud.  We were approved by California and the Federal Government. Wow!  That was the beginning of Mario Murillo Ministries 50 years ago!
Thus began an astounding journey that can rival anything in the Book of Acts.  Nevertheless, through glory and storms  we stand today as a growing force for God.

This is cause for celebration and wow do we have the celebration for you.  July 4th through July 7th at New Life Church in Houston TX,  Mario Murillo Ministries will present a once-in-a-lifetime Spirit-filled Jubilee!  My special guests are Bill Johnson and Perry Stone.
I am proud and excited that these amazing vessels of God will join me to commemorate this historic milestone, and to launch a new era of signs and wonders evangelism.  There is no question the power of God will fall and new ministries will be born.  We will see an astonishing display of the power and glory of God.

Hold on, there is so much more.  Along with Bill Johnson and Perry Stone we will have the emerging voices of soul winning and revival:  Sean Smith, Brian Barcelona, and Isaiah Saldivar.  Not only that, Chris Burns will be leading worship in every session.
There is no doubt that you need to be there.  Even more important—because this Anniversary Celebration will fill up fast—you need to act now.  And get this…there is no charge for you and your group to attend.  However, you must register.  To register click on this link now.
 https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mmm-50th-anniversary-tickets-44579570696?aff=ehomecard

 

 

AFTER THIS IS OVER, WILL I EVER PRAY FOR THE SICK AGAIN?

By Mario Murillo.  Our crusades focus on winning souls and healing the sick.  We can never stop praising God for the abundance of miracles we have seen.  However, in the depths of my infirmity, the enemy came and said, “look at you, God has not miraculously healed you.  How can you ever pray for the sick again?”
Once again, Satan has made a critical mistake by lying to me.  I received a miraculous touch that greatly reduced my pain.  The rest will come through doctors—which is still a healing.  But that isn’t the real news.  I gained a revelation that will help me for the rest of my life.
Let me explain. This was an attack of the devil.  I have no doubt it was tied to our crusade in Las Vegas.  Something about our coming crusade has enraged hell.   However, God seized the situation for His own ends by turning this into a crash course, jammed packed with one lesson after another.
Paul’s thorn in the flesh has been debated for thousands of years.  Some say it was sickness, others say it was an oppressive spirit.  I know better than to try and shed light on something I know nothing about.  What I do know is the amazing attitude change that it brought in Paul.
Let me say something about attitude: It is everything!  In military language attitude refers to the fighting will of an army.  There are only 4 possible attitudes for an army: offense, defense, desertion, or détente (compromise with the enemy).  Paul’s military attitude was most definitely to stay on the offensive.

Not everyone who reads this will be able to handle what I say next.  Great power rested on Paul.  Some of it was visions, and supernatural visits to heaven…however, a major part of it was the healing miracles that followed his ministry.  He concluded that “in order for me not to get the big head, God allowed things to happen that made me weak.”  (infirmities?)  But why?
Couldn’t it look to people that Paul’s situation is a contradiction?  He was giving out miracles abundantly, even on the occasions when he needed one himself.  Instead of allowing that to be an insult, he wore it like a badge of honor.  “If me being weak is what it takes to see a great flow of miracles so be it!”   Here’s what 2 Corinthians 12: 9 says, “Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 10 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses…”
There needs to be a defiant attitude in us whenever we are attacked.  We need to understand what Satan is trying to stop.  We should resolve to increase the amount of whatever it was that made him mad.
I leave you with a final example:  Peter was ordered to stop healing the sick in Acts 4.  They threatened him with severe punishment.  His reaction leaves no doubt by how he prayed right after they let him go.  Acts 4: 29 “Now, Lord, look on their threats, and grant to Your servants that with all boldness they may speak Your word, 30 by stretching out Your hand to heal, and that signs and wonders may be done through the name of Your Holy Servant Jesus.”
After this is over I will pray for more healings, greater healings, constant healings—so many that the enemy will bitterly regret attacking this ministry.

Don’t Bash Kenneth Hagin’s teachings. They have power to cure racism in the inner city.

 A middle school teacher rants to her students that the white man is responsible for everything that is wrong.  She even singles out white students in the class, telling them they’re responsible for what their ancestors did.
In New Orleans, a drive through restaurant adds a “white surcharge” because “there’s no way to fix white privilege except by charging white folk extra.”
What does it do to minority children when they are told they are victims?  How can anyone think it gives them motivation to try harder?  When you tell them all white people are evil, aren’t you teaching your child to be racist?
They end up feeling they only have two choices: A life of crime or dependency on government handouts.  Some will accuse me of taking complex problems of urban areas and giving simplistic solutions.  Need I remind you I was a Latino minority in the inner city?  I grew up in the violence, the poverty and the racism.
Some will challenge me to prove Brother Hagin’s word of faith is a key.  I will prove my point by asking one question—WHO IS YOUR SOURCE?

It was a central fact of Brother Hagin’s preaching…God is your source.  For the urban young person that means it’s not the government, not a drug, not crime—God is your source.
Some will say that kind of preaching is inappropriate for the inner city.  So I will tell you a story.  I was having dinner with a famous evangelist.  He had just returned from the Philippines.  “I couldn’t preach prosperity to them because they were so poor,” he told me.  I looked at him and asked, “Did you also not preach healing because they were too sick?”
We who are blessed, secretly think  God’s promise to prosper starts at the middle class level.  When you think about it—that’s silly.
If a child, any child, meets Jesus in power, they are a new creation.  Who are you or I to say they are not entitled to all of the same blessings we enjoy just because they are starting from a much lower circumstance?  “Whosoever will” does not stop at salvation. It applies to every level of our walk with God.
Again, Brother Hagin taught that God is your source.  But what does that do about racism?  We have already seen that racism will never end by getting back at the racist.  All that does is create a new racism.  The anger in urban areas is rooted in poverty and lack of opportunity.
So how does the word of faith kill racism at the root?  Because when you say that God is the source of your provision, you are also saying that Satan is the source of your lack.    That is when you stop blaming man—any man—for your lack.

The next thing that Brother Hagin taught was the authority of the Word of God over inner feelings and outward circumstances.  Today, too many Christians go by how they feel or by how things are going for them.  In the inner city that is even more intense.
Self-pity is the most potent drug in the inner city.  When the revelation that you are a redeemed child of God hits you—not matter what is happening or how you feel—you can conquer your surroundings.
Just because we don’t know how God will lead someone out of unspeakable addiction into victory—just because we don’t know how the jobs, education and opportunity will unfold—is not an excuse to hold back the entire Gospel!
I know there are those who have abused Kenneth Hagin’s teachings, (the fact is, everyone’s teaching has been abused) but that does not justify rejection of truth—truth that has the power to transform racism into love and poverty into prosperity.

HERE’S WHAT NEEDS TO BE SAID IN PULPITS THIS EASTER

Millions are a captive audience on Easter.  Will the preachers say what they need to say?  Experts say no.  They claim the euphoria of having a crowd will dull the edge of truth.  They claim that someone who has been a motivational speaker all year won’t suddenly become a spiritual reformer.
If they’re right, Easter will be the greatest missed opportunity of the church year.  What needs to be said?  I will brave an answer, not out of arrogance, but out of a broken heart.  I would shed the typical formality and begin this way:
This morning I need to explain how our nation flipped so suddenly, and began calling evil good, and good evil.  This also happened on the day Jesus died.  Pilate was doing everything he could to free Jesus…when things took a dark turn.
Pilate told the crowd he would give them a choice to release a prisoner.  He was certain they would free Jesus.
Many in that crowd heard Jesus teach and their souls were lifted to heaven.  Some gained freedom from their dark past.  Some in that mob had been healed or their children were healed.
Nevertheless, a demon-driven change came over the people to get Jesus on the cross.  Those who cried “hosanna he that comes in the name of the Lord.”  Now scream, “crucify him, crucify him!”
But it is not enough for them to condemn the innocent; they must also release the criminal.  Having called good evil, they must not call evil good.  Who was their choice?  In Matthew 27:16 Barabbas is called a “notorious prisoner.”  In Mark 15:7, echoed in Luke 23:19, he was “in prison with the rebels who had committed murder.
Those same evil spirits have fueled the change that has come over our nation.  Many of our citizens have now gone against all of their former values.
It was not God’s will for the disciples to defeat the mob and save Jesus from the cross.  However, now that He won, we have the right and responsibility to do it.
So, I ask you why then—why are we letting them destroy everything that made us great?  Why do we passively sit back and watch a movement—that claims to be working for justice—create even more injustice?
They make railing accusations: “you are a woman without a mind—you are man without a soul—you don’t deserve to live because of who you voted for.  Even though you are law abiding, we will take what you have because someone else abused what you have.  My need for self-expression outweighs your right to be a child.”
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 lose our freedom of religion and speech?
How can we remain silent about the great evil in our nation, on the very day we celebrate Christ’s victory over evil?  He did not just win, He devastated demonic power.

I am not talking about politics…I am talking about evil.  I am talking about evil your children will live under.  I am talking about evil that will make it impossible to preach the Gospel in our nation.  We should ignore this?
Jesus did not just die for our sins—He died to destroy the works of the devil. 1 John 3:8 says, “He who sins is of the devil, for the devil has sinned from the beginning.  For this purpose, the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil.”
I will go so far as to say that victory over evil is the central theme of the Easter story.  The resurrection of Jesus was an attack that disarmed Satan.  Colossians 2; 15 “Having disarmed principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it.”
It is the calling of the church to enforce the power of the Cross, and the Resurrection, on the works of Satan.  This is what it’s all about.  Today—above all days—we must realize it!
God is looking for people who will rise up, based on the authority won on Easter, and declare to the powers and principalities in heavenly places, “you must take your filthy hands off of our nation!”
I would tell the relatives and guests that becoming a Christian means forsaking all to follow Christ…and by doing so, they would receive power—power unlike anything they had ever experienced before.
Since Easter was an explosion—celebrating it should also be an explosion!  If only we would repent.  Then we could truly celebrate.  If only the people of God would surrender on Easter.   The power of the resurrection would overtake us.  Great shouts of Hosanna, tears of joy would overwhelm us.  And an inward fire to rise up to change our nation.  Hallelujah!
Let today be the day the song is not just words:  “There is power in the Name of Jesus, to break every chain.  There’s an army rising up to break every chain.”

PETER: THE DAY AFTER JESUS DIED

A question to every man who ever failed: Why did Jesus put the man’s severed ear back on?  We know Peter took a sword and cut it off.  We know why.  We can also guess that Jesus healed Malchus’ ear out of compassion.  But there is something way deeper going on here. What does that have to do with every man who ever failed?  Everything.
Peter failed in spectacular fashion.  He bragged he would stand with Jesus even if everyone else fled.  He fell asleep in the Garden.  He assaulted the priest’s servant.  Though he was warned about it in advance, he went ahead and denied Christ 3 times.
Saturday, the day after Jesus died, wouldn’t hurt so much if Peter didn’t love Jesus.  That he abandoned Christ began to torment him.  It could for the rest of his life.   But right now, he doesn’t believe there is a rest of his life.
Saturday: his day to hide like a hunted animal.  A day to let it sink in that there is nothing left to live for.  He was a hair’s breadth away from the fate of Judas Iscariot.  Worst of all, he lost his destiny.
Destiny is a mysterious thing.  The same force that can inspire a man to greatness can—in his failure—torture him.  The pain level depends on the size of the destiny.  In his case, it was massive.
Peter was minding his own business when Jesus interrupted his whole life.  Fishing all night, Peter caught nothing.   His hands are red and sore from handling the heavy nets.  Every muscle aches. He has nothing to show for a brutal night at sea.
The strange teacher says, “Let your nets down again for a catch.”  Peter halfheartedly does as he is asked.  The enormous catch terrified him.  He begs Jesus to keep his distance, “I am a sinful man.”

That’s when he heard the words about his destiny.  “Follow me and I will make you a fisher of men.”  On Saturday, he’s just a fisherman again.  It sticks in his throat to say it.
They say that regret is the cancer of life—if so, this Saturday, Peter is terminal.  He could have prayed Psalm 69: 1 “Save me, O God! For the waters have come up to my neck. 2 I sink in deep mire, Where there is no standing; I have come into deep waters, Where the floods overflow me. 3 I am weary with my crying; My throat is dry; My eyes fail while I wait for my God. 4 Those who hate me without a cause Are more than the hairs of my head; They are mighty who would destroy me…”
“I sink in deep mire, where there is no standing” simply means that in the quicksand of despair, nothing that used to help you snap out of it works now.  All of your comfort is gone. There is nothing to grab to save you. You will sink until you vanish.
Now it’s  dawn on Sunday.  Peter can’t know that at that moment, an angel is talking about him.  Mark 16:  7 “But go, tell His disciples—and Peter—that He is going before you into Galilee; there you will see Him, as He said to you.”  The angel added the words “and Peter.”  Why?  Because God knew Peter would have disqualified himself if the invitation was “for disciples only.” Wouldn’t you love to have seen Peter’s face when they told him the angel’s message?
So why did Jesus put the ear back on?  He knew Peter’s destiny, and Peter couldn’t  be in prison on the day of Pentecost.  Jesus knew his destiny…like He knows yours.

Mary Magdalene on the day Jesus died

One of the greatest cruelties—if not the greatest cruelty in history—was done to Mary Magdalene.  She was once sold on the streets. She knew the special insanity of demon possession.  She knew the yawning blackness of total despair.

Jesus rescued her.  Jesus cast out 7 vicious devils—devils she thought would never leave.  Once deemed human garbage she is now redeemed, and rooted into a family of indescribable love.  Things would never be the same.  Her nights of remorse, her days of futility, her shame, her emptiness were all distant memories.

For 3 years, she lived a life she could have never imagined.  Crisscrossing Judea, hanging on Jesus’ every word, weeping gloriously over every miracle.  Each morning she awakened a more powerful and joyous woman of God!  She thought that this would go on forever.

People use the phrase “nothing could be worse…”  They use it before describing something unimaginably terrible.  I will use it this way: Nothing could be worse than to be in hell, and then taste heaven, only to return to hell.

Then on that fateful Friday it all went horribly, horribly wrong.  How could the one who called the dead back to life, and silenced a storm at sea be arrested?  How could one who gave words of exquisite beauty, love and wisdom, be tortured and killed.  No one wanted to save Jesus more than Mary.  No one felt more horror and helplessness than she.

That night, profound hope had given way to even deeper bitterness and disappointment.  If only I had never met him.  If only he had left me to die in the streets.  She slept only after exhaustion became more powerful than sorrow.   Too wounded to go on living.  Maybe too tired to commit suicide.

Mary matters to me today because her testimony is the best one I can think of on this Good Friday in such a dark time.  Mary’s miracle is the one America needs now!  Here’s why…

When the first shafts of Sunday morning light stirred her awake, she dreaded it.  If ever a heart was broken beyond repair—if ever a soul would rage against the approach of hope—if ever a woman just wanted to go back to sleep and never wake up, it was Mary.

That is why she was shocked when she felt an odd energy.  She soon felt an even stranger impulse… to go to the grave of Jesus?  How could she return to the only spot on earth that could open her wound wider?

What overruled her despair?  What fuel is driving her so completely against her common sense and her broken heart?  Paul answers that emphatically! “But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you.”- Romans 8:11

Do you know any therapist capable of rebuilding the ashes and rubble in her soul?  Can any drug, any teaching, any relationship, reassemble her heart the way this gentle but powerful influence could?

We all know about the power of the resurrection.  It was the greatest display of power the universe has ever known; even greater than the alleged “big bang” that birthed the universe. It sent shock waves through the principalities and powers of darkness.  It shattered hell and stripped Satan of the keys of death.  Jesus set the captives free in the bowels of the earth and “led captivity captive.”

But the first burst of resurrection power was much gentler. She was the first human to feel the power of the resurrection.  Her eyes which were red and sore from sobbing are now refreshed and clear.  Her arms which hung limp from heartsick lethargy were now responsive, strong, and full of purpose. She sat up and found hope pumping through her veins. She did not know why!

A notion gently but firmly seizes her.  She was to go to the grave.  She got going!  Washing up, brushing her hair, and quickly getting dressed; all the while the expectancy of some indescribable something is building in her soul.  Before she knows it she is out the door and charging toward her worst fear.  Only she is not afraid.

She found the tomb vacant.  She turned and saw Him whom her soul loved.  Many awesome things happened that Easter but none more wonderful than Mary reunited with her Savior.

In the genetically altered, politically charged, drug addicted, violent purgatory that is America, Mary Magdalene stands as a poignant figure.   She is the best testimony I can think of for our national dreams that have gone up in smoke.  Our culture has wearied itself with perversion…hunted everything natural and replaced it with a disfigured counterfeit… it has marched, protested, boycotted the very color and life out of everything—everything is a cause to take offense.

What happened to Mary is why there is nothing better than the Gospel.  America!  This is what you need!

Mark 16:9, “Now when He rose early on the first day of the week, He appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom He had cast seven demons.” HE APPEARED FIRST TO HER!  He never forgot her. He knew she was suffering the most so He healed this precious soul first!