SATANIC ATTACKS THE BREAKFAST OF CHAMPIONS

Out of my ordeal, comes a defiant message of victory.  Many are asking me how I am doing.  The answer is, even though I am in pain—I still can’t walk very well—doctors have no idea what’s wrong with my hip, spine, and leg…I am excited.

Why am I so excited?  Why am I praising God out loud?  I am not glorifying suffering or sickness.  I believe we have total victory over them.  I know I am receiving my healing through the prayers of many.  It’s just that I have discovered something about my affliction that excites me:  Satanic attacks are the breakfast of champions.

Satan is paying me the highest compliment. Martin Luther said, “Satan only attacks those he fears.”  Many of today’s teachings have it backwards.  They think they are being left alone because they have great authority.  Actually, they are being ignored because they do not pose a threat.

I remember in high school football the one thing you didn’t want was a clean uniform.  If there’s no mud on you, it’s because you are on the bench.  The same is true in spiritual warfare.  If no one is trying to lay a glove on you—you are not dangerous to darkness.

Early in my ordeal I did not understand.  Like so many who bask in nights of miracles and the outpouring of God, I was not prepared to have it come to a screeching halt.   I had nights of shocking pain—that no medication could touch.  There was no position that didn’t hurt. Sleeping was a joke.  At times my soul was so vexed, I wondered if I would lose my mind.

Now I am overtaken by an even deeper revelation of spiritual warfare—a revelation of the breakfast of champions.  This can totally revolutionize the way you fight and endure an affliction like mine. It begins with a simple admission:

God did not do this to you, the enemy did.  But, God will capitalize on it, in a way, that will make the devil wish he had never touched you.  Here are the two devastating outcomes—for the devil—after he attacks you.

  1. This suffering in your soul will transform you into a healing gift for others.  Listen to Paul: “What a wonderful God we have—he is the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the source of every mercy, and the one who so wonderfully comforts and strengthens us in our hardships and trials. And why does he do this? So that when others are troubled, needing our sympathy and encouragement, we can pass on to them this same help and comfort God has given us.”  -2 Corinthians 1: 3-4

What God puts in your soul to comfort you during this trial becomes a gift for others.  You emerge from this trial a more advanced healer—a more diverse and useful vessel.

Every minute I lay here, I feel my compassion for others deepen, and my resolve to see miracles intensify.  I can chafe against the process, or I can have let patience have its perfect work. But there is a second benefit to come out of these attacks.

2. The weapon that was supposed to kill you, will end up a weapon in your hand.  Goliath charged David with a sword—not just any sword—but a legendary sword.  For Goliath that weapon had one goal—to kill David.  The last thing the giant ever imagined was being beheaded by his own sword, and to have his prize possession become David’s sword.

Haman was hanged on the gallows he built for righteous Mordecai.  Daniel watched his enemies thrown to the very lions they meant for Daniel.  Likewise, the fiery furnace incinerated those who had the 3 Hebrew boys thrown in it first.

Lucifer put Paul in prison in order to stop him. He did not stop Paul in fact, he soon realized it was his worst mistake ever.  Paul said in Philippians 1:12 “I want you to know that the things which happened to me have fallen out rather to the furtherance of the Gospel.”  That is the greatest understatement of the last 2,000 years.

Every time Satan attacked Paul with imprisonment, Paul wrote another letter.  Until the collection of his writings became more than half of the New Testament.  How massive of a mistake was that for the devil?

So beloved brother and sister in Christ I am excited and full of peace.  Not until heaven will I understand why I am enduring this great test. I know I am being healed.  But I also know something much greater—Satan will regret the day he attacked you and me.

Paul must have written this verse over breakfast: “For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.”-Romans 8:18

 

 

 

BIG NEWS ABOUT LAS VEGAS

I am going to make an announcement—a big one!  However, that announcement would have been impossible to make even a few hours ago. You know about the disabling mystery pain in my spine and left leg.  Well, there seemed to be no relief in sight.

The lies of the enemy were loud and threatening.  Night after night of pain—pain that no pill could touch and no sleeping position could relieve.  The slightest misstep, and a shock wave could send me to the ground.  It didn’t seem to be getting any better with rest.

Worst of all, I hated watching my wife work until she was exhausted caring for me and for so many other responsibilities.  I felt helpless to lighten her load.

On the second day of this mystery pain, I heard from God how to fight back.  I was to follow specific steps:

First I was instructed to continually thank God for His amazing blessings.  One big one was thanking God for thousands of people who were praying for me.  I humbled me profoundly.  I thought about so many who suffer with so few to ever pray for them.  Thank God for Matthew 18: 19 “ If any two of you shall agree…”

Next, I was told to prayer for others I knew who were battling worse sickness.  I made a list and faithfully prayed for their healings.

Finally, I was emphatically ordered to read the Bible and speak healing verses over myself.  I began ignoring what I felt and saw and plunged them under the authority of the Word of God.

This sustained me as doctor after doctor could not diagnose my condition.  Thank God they at least eliminated the possibility of a hip fracture.

Our dear friends Bob and Debbie Searle came to my house last Saturday.  They drove 100 miles just to come pray for me.  The presence of God began filling the house.  At the height of our prayer and worship my cell phone rang.

It was Pastor Tony Scott calling me during his worship service at the Church on Strayer so the entire church could pray for me.  This added to the crescendo already in progress.  The pain subsided and I could walk!  I still had moments of sharp pain but nothing like before.

The next day Sonny and Linda Lara arrived all the way from San Jose just to pray and place a prayer cloth on my body.  A day later, the pain shrank even more.

Nevertheless, God ordered me to return to a new doctor who is expert in these kinds of pains.  I needed to find out what my illness was and how to prevent it in the future.

Today this doctor determined that I would be ready well before Living Proof Las Vegas.  I have a green light from God to make this announcement to you.  Three wonderful events are coming to Las Vegas

  1. Sunday April 8th until Sunday April 15th.  Living Proof Las Vegas in the tent!   We are going to Las Vegas to win the lost and heal the sick on a larger scale than we have ever known.  We are going where gangs operate.  We are going where addicts languish.  We are going where the homeless sit in despair.

We are coming fully charged with the power of God.  We have boots on the ground!  Soldiers are coming to our side.  This Living Proof Tent Crusade will feature the widest range of ministries to touch human need we have ever seen.

  1. Night of Miracles and Worship Saturday March 24th at 6 PM. Join believers from all over the valley as the power and glory of God falls. And, we will be prepared and launched to reach out and bring people to the tent.
  2. Pastors and leader’s luncheon Saturday March 24th at noon. Leaders will hear our vision and receive Special prayer. The Lunch is free but you must make reservations.

Well, through the prayers of many—heard by a merciful God—I recovered much faster than the doctor forecasted.

Why did Satan attack so viciously?  He knows something big is going to happen in Las Vegas!  Advertisers say what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas.  We say, what happens here will not stay here!  It will not stay in Vegas or even in Nevada.  Lord let revival fire sweep the land!

UPDATE: YOU TAKE THE VICTORIES GOD GIVES YOU

You take the victories God gives you.  My primary care physician thought I had bursitis of the hip.  “I am referring you to a sports medicine doctor to get a cortisone shot and you will feel better fast.”  

So I went.  Something bothered the next doctor. Why wasn’t I feeling pain when he pushed on the hip joint.  But went he bent the leg outward I screamed. “This feels more like a stress fracture.”  That meant 6 weeks of lying immobile and then rehab.  So much for our World Convention.

He takes X-rays.  X-rays can’t see many stress fractures.  This one didn’t.  “You need a cat-scan.”

Two more days of night and day pain.  My wife and assistant take me  in the car with seat almost flat.  Wheelchairs and crutches increase my pain.  I must walk slowly with my arm on somebody.

Mechelle goes in the hospital while we wait in the car.  She explains to the front desk that I cannot stand or sit.  I can only lie down. The front desk manager assures her I can walk directly to the cat-scan table.  However, some devil got on her.  When I finally made it inside seconds away from collapsing with pain.  She insisted rudely that more signatures are required. 

I dove to the floor in front of everybody.  Somehow, doing that speeds things up. The two nicest nurses came to my rescue.  I am on the hard table gritting my teeth during the scan and finally it is over. We go home with still no relief.

Someone suggested in a Facebook comment that I repent.  Believe me, lying there in the dead of night with no position that relieves the agony—you repent of everything.  I even repented for my ancestors—whoever they are.

Back to the sports medicine doctor with the cat-scan results.  He looks and looks and says there is no fracture.  That was yesterday.  Where did it go?  Was it there and the prayers of so many were answered?  That would not surprise me. You take the victories God gives you and build on that.

He kept telling me this is good news.  I can get a cortisone shot now.  So give it to me! He can’t, he doesn’t have an ultra-sound machine.  I am thinking,  that’s why I was sent here in the first place!

“I am referring you to a doctor who is a specialist in these things.”  Code for “we don’t know what’s wrong with you.”  Back to square one.

I can walk better.  There are even times now where the pain subsides to a dull ache.  There you have it.  You take the victories God gives you.  You worship Him.  You thank Him.  

Mechelle and I want to thank the host of people who took time to tell us they are praying.  As I said before…there is no version of this where the enemy wins.

WHY WE HAVE HOPE FOR AMERICA

Let us tell you why we have hope for America.  As ministers of the Gospel we must take stands that are not popular.  Often, we must warn, correct, and give out bad news.  There is no way around the fact that many things threaten our faith and our freedom.  But there is also hope—hope for America.

We see the mighty hand of God working in wondrous ways—even in this dark time.  When we pray, we feel the fierce love of God for America.  We can hear Him saying, “hold on, I have not yet begun to fight for America.”  We see signs that encourage our faith.  We refuse to let anything steal our joy as we travel this great nation for Christ.  Let us give you the reasons for our hope.

Something supernatural is in our soil.  Michael Medved has identified 16 times America should have been destroyed but was spared at the last moment.  However, it is the way America was saved that is mind-boggling.  Relief literally came out of nowhere.Our hope is that God finishes what He starts.  He established this nation with an impossible victory over Britain.  He has repeated His acts of sovereign mercy again, and again.  Even when things looked much worse than today—and we didn’t deserve it—God turned circumstances in our favor and turned our hearts back to Him.  That is our hope.

Millions are praying for revival.  If Abraham’s math is correct, God would have saved Sodom and Gomorrah if just 12 righteous were found.  Despite the widespread number of lukewarm believers and watered-down preaching—there is a vibrant core of Christians who are claiming our nation through fervent intercession.  In fact, Daniel stood alone in prayer and fasting and forced the heart of King Cyrus to release Israel.  Millions are praying.  That corporate cry is not being ignored.

Extremes in the media and other anti-God agencies are backfiring.  The bias against God has been in the media for decades. The difference now is the towering overreach—the blatant bias—the deranged hatred is so intense they can’t hide it.  Time was, they could shape public opinion and call it news.  In their current melt down, they report banalities and keep reporting them even after they are proven false.  The audience looks on with shock and pity and asks, “where is the truth?”

The young are turning to Christ. The great vacuum created by leftist ideology leaves young souls groping for new life.  We see young souls coming forward from all over the tent.  They come quickly, they come forcefully, they come for nothing less than Jesus.   They dispel the lies Satan is saying about this generation.  When it comes to young people, it doesn’t take long for a small fire to grow into a widespread movement.

Signs, wonders and miracles are appearing in convincing scriptural order.  Miracles are not new.  Healings have been with us all along.  The difference now is they are being demonstrated in greater measure and with stronger Bible based preaching.  This makes them more contagious to the lost and more devastating to the enemy.

There you have it…our great hope for America.  There is no denying it will be a hard battle.  But if God be for us who can be against us?  God bless you, Mario and Mechelle Murillo

THE MESSAGE BEHIND THE SHIRT

Look at message on the shirt.  Is it an offensive in your face message?  No, it is a desperately needed in your heart message.  So, before you judge, get the message behind the shirt.
Let’s begin by understanding something about Satan.  He fears. He fears things deeply.  In fact, his fears are far deeper than yours will ever be.  He fears many things.
Near the top of his list of fears is this one: He fears the genuine Christian.  He understands how contagious a real believer—free of both anger and sin—can be to a generation.  People feel things around such a person.  People find themselves wanting whatever a true believer carries.
I wrote a book entitled I am the Christian the Devil warned you about.  I’ll admit it is not my best effort.  Parts of it make me wince.  But just because I didn’t do a masterful job on the story, doesn’t mean the message isn’t important.
Anyway, in the book there is an encounter with Satan right in his lair.   The protagonist, Daniel is invisible to Satan (Daniel doesn’t know why).  He hears Satan betray one of his greatest fears.  (Before you peruse an early attempt at writing, remember kindness is one the fruits of the Spirit.)
“How can I describe to you the strange sense of destiny I felt? To know that I was standing before the elite of hell, Hearing, their plans, sensing their fears, and yet be totally hidden from their view? I listened with intense anticipation to what Satan would admit next.
‘One authentic Christian,’ he wailed, ‘in which Christ works without resistance is all that it would take to disrupt everything.’ The Father of Lies contorted as if he was having a momentary seizure.  His minions reeled for they had never heard him concede to saying the name of the Lord.
Lucifer continued, ‘One true Christian, rightly fitted for war, will be the ruin of us. Listen, you banal beasts, if just one could read and discover how to ask and then receive, if just one would embrace their potential . . . but most of all if just one were to discover the One who is ever with them to make them strong, wise, and miraculous, then . . .’ At the mention of God’s Spirit, the entire company involuntarily dropped and ducked for cover…”
For this reason, Satan uses most of his energy to create imbalance.  If enough Christians are created and stay in their natural state, revival is inevitable.  Satan understands that revival is a weapon of mass conversion.
As the master of extremes, he’ll make things important to churches that are utterly trivial.  He makes leaders jealous of each other, so they’ll lose their first love—love that would compel the unchurched to be saved.  He sends great temptation to visible Christians, so they will fall and be called hypocrites.  I could go on and on.
If discrediting the Bible is his top priority preventing real Christians is next.  What do people who fear do a lot of?  They lie, and they gossip.  Gossip is rooted in fear and jealously.
A real Christian reminds Satan of the two things that cause him the most agony:  The fellowship he lost and the judgement he is about to gain.
At this moment Satan is broadcasting a global subliminal message: Watch out for the real Christian—the loving Christian—the joyous and holy Christian.  If you wish to stay an atheist—if you wish to remain addicted, miserable and empty…don’t go near one of these.
We aren’t slamming anyone but Satan.  So, we say with a smile and a heart full of love.  You know that Christian that Satan told you to avoid?  That would be me.

 

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IT’S TIME TO TALK TO YOU ABOUT LAS VEGAS

We all watched in horror as the worst mass shooting in American History unfolded in Las Vegas.  Satan made a statement.  I knew God would also make a statement.  What I didn’t know is, we would be recruited by the Holy Spirit to be a part of that statement.
I asked my assistant Joshua Olmos to take Frank Saldana, the director of Inner City Action to Las Vegas. I said, “walk the ground, pray, and let me know what you sense.”
They returned with a stunning report.  They told me the city vibrated with supernatural expectancy.  They could not shake the conviction that God was working toward a miracle there.
March 25-30 began to burn in our hearts.  We knew those were the days to put up our tent and bring Living Proof Las Vegas.  Here’s the thing…we don’t have a location, we don’t have ground troops, we don’t even really understand the plan.  Yet, we know it is God to set these dates.  This is the first time we have been asked to do something this big on so short a notice.
Why would God challenge us this way?  I got my answer.  Gideon had little time to prepare—no real army, and no widespread support—matter of fact, he was ordered not to wait for the other tribes of Israel to come and help.  Why?  To show the world God—not man—won the battle.
That is exactly how our mission to this famous city will work—by the power of God alone.  But God uses people, and frankly, I am praying that you will let God use you.
If you are filled with the Spirit of God and have a way to help us in Las Vegas—we need you!    There are many ways you can serve but the best way is to use the link below to let us know you will help.
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THE NUMBER ONE CRISIS IN THE AMERICAN CHURCH

It threatens the church more than drugs, pornography, Islamic terror, fake news or any impending world calamity.  It is the number one crisis in the American Church.

Left unchecked, it can’t be overstated how much damage it will do.  Yet, as dangerous as it is—and this is the maddening part—it is utterly curable, and preventable.   Tragically, we may not have the heart or the stomach to solve this crisis.

So, who, or what is the culprit?  Let me ask you: Who is using up vital resources? Who is driving pastors into deadly compromise—or out of the ministry entirely?  Who is responsible for shutting down, derailing, and destroying the things that matter to the Christian faith?  The answer is painful…are you even sure you want to know?

The villain is a monster of our own making.  University professors may have invented the easily triggered, woefully self-righteous, self-centered, quivering in their safe place, snow flake.

We have concocted something much worse.  We created the Low Impact-High Maintenance Believer or LIHMB.  They are a monstrosity of the church growth—by any means necessary—movement.  They have created the perfect storm.

How do I explain them to you? Think of the intensive care unit.  There is a tube up the nose.  There is an I.V. in the arm pumping fluid, or painkillers.  There is a heart monitor, and a breathing machine.  They all serve the same purpose.  They keep the patient alive…artificially.  Many church programs today do that.

The difference between hospital and church care is machines in the hospital are for those who can’t do for themselves…in the church, they are for those who won’t do for themselves. 

They are why money for soul winning and giving to the poor is (pardon my pun) going down the tubes.  They consume all available staff and resources.

Because they are fickle, they started a price war between churches—discounted discipleship.  Pastors compete to have the shortest service, most convenient parking, best coffee, and the least offensive sermon.  Suddenly church is speed dating.

We now have an odd irony.  Church used to be about getting people to God. Now it seems to be about protecting them from God.

The Bible prophesied LIHMBs:  2 Timothy 4: 3 “For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; 4 and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables.”

They can’t handle life.  They can’t fathom self-denial.  They hold preachers hostage to programs that consume—sermons they hate preaching, and shallow audiences.

LIHMBs are the reason many godly people have given up on Sunday mornings.  But LIHMBs do even more damage.  They create a special kind of discouragement.  Think of the man or woman of God who pastors by the Book.  They see a church use stunts and explode overnight.  An immature believer says, “I am leaving, you don’t have what I need.   A heartsick vessel of God wonders, “am I a fool for sticking to my convictions?  Is it true that the pure Gospel anointed by the Holy Spirit can’t grow a church today without gimmicks?”

Daniel 11:32 says, “the people who know their God will be strong and carry out great exploits.”  The LIHMB version should read, “the people who think they know God will be weak and carry out nothing.”  Actually the Bible does say, “Having a form of Godliness but denying the power thereof.”  -2 Timothy 3:5

Like I said, the answer is so simple it is maddening.   Dear leader: 

1. REPENT!  Drain the swamp.  Clear your heart of toxic ambition and carnal goals.

2. Meet with your deacon possessed leaders and drop the gauntlet: “We are going to return the control of this Church to the Holy Spirit—center it on Christ, and let the chips fall where they may.”

3. Expect! Expect many to leave.  Expect the presence of God to return.  Expect a whole new crop of true disciples to arrive ready to serve.  Expect turn away crowds coming early for the right reasons.  Expect them to stay and grow.

Is it true that the pure Gospel anointed by the Holy Spirit can’t grow a church today without gimmicks?   To the tens of millions of Pentecostals in emerging nations who regularly see miracles, and multitudes saved, and filled with the Holy Spirit…that is a silly lie.

There are two massive reasons for us to have hope for real disciples, real revival and real impact on our culture:  The Holy Spirit, and Jesus Christ.  

The Holy Spirit is tasked with giving us power, strategy and a mouth and wisdom that our adversaries cannot gainsay or resist.  He was sent to grow the Christian movement.  The most talented church marketer pales as a pathetic substitute for the wisdom and power of the Holy Spirit.

The Church offers the most irresistible attraction of the universe:  Jesus Himself!  Phillip Schaff said: “This Jesus of Nazareth, without money and arms, conquered more millions than Alexander, Caesar, Mohammed and Napoleon; without science and learning, He shed more light on things human and divine than all philosophers and scholars combined; without the eloquence of schools, He spoke such words of life as were never spoken before or since, and produced effects which lie beyond the reach of orator or poet; without writing a single line, He set more pens in motion, and furnished themes for more sermons, orations, discussions, learned volumes, works of art and songs of praise than the whole army of great men of ancient and modern times.”  Amen.