THE HUNGER FLAMES

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Matthew 5:6 Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.

The Hunger Flames  

By  Mario Murillo

The last 72 hours in Los Banos changed my life even to the point of redefining revival for me.   Why we are continuing the meetings in Los Banos? The better question is “how could we stop?”

Tuesday night said it loud and clear.   We asked a question that we always ask: “If you know that you have received a physical healing tonight please stand and give God glory.  Nearly half of the entire packed house jumped to their feet to glorify God.   That is amazing but even more amazing the harvest of souls.  The front was jammed with seekers finding Christ.  In fact, it was the largest harvest of souls. 

The night that should have been the final night showed us why it could not be the final night. The tide was still rising…and not by a little but by a lot.  What on earth keeps fueling the flames of revival here?  I know what it is…HUNGER!

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It was the in the way people ask people to come to the meetings and they are suddenly saying “yes.” Martha wrote me: “My friend accepted Jesus as Lord and Savior. I have been talking to her for years here at work and last night she took the step of Faith and stood up and walk down to the alter to pray! To God be the Glory!!!!”

This is not an isolated case.  The reports are coming from all directions about sons, daughters, parents, brothers, sisters, friends, coworkers, classmates and even enemies who are suddenly willing to give themselves to Christ after resisting for years.

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It is in the way that people respond to the moving of the Holy Spirit to receive miracles.  There is no need to cajole the audience into obeying God.  The ravenously receive.  They forcefully reach out and take what Jesus is giving out.

 

It is in the way that they worship and sing.  They are pulling heaven down upon themselves. They are boisterous, they are expressive but there is not a hint of freakish behavior just true love and yearning for Christ.

These are HUNGER FLAMES! Here is a movement that is hunger based, hunger driven and hunger protected.  It is the hunger that is fueling the flames of revival.  You cannot stop an army that is hungry for God for all of the right reasons.

However it is a hunger for Christ Himself.  They love the gifts of power but they love Jesus more. They want Him and they want more of Him.

Are you thinking of coming to Los Banos?  Prepare for a personal surprise: you will be encouraged.  We are a war weary, sin sick nation.  We are battered by headlines and an unrelenting storm of bad news.   Walk into this meeting and it all drifts away.  Hope replaces dread, and bold faith overcomes fear, and many forgotten feelings of peace are restored like a surprise visit from a long lost friend.

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Los Banos California: Here Comes a Baptism of Great Hope in a Dark Time.

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Los Banos California: Here Comes a Baptism of Great Hope in a Dark Time.

No one needs to tell you how sad and dangerous the world is right now.  The masses, including those in high places have cast themselves head long into extremes of violence, addiction, and even suicide.

Good news is rare and would certainly be welcomed.  That is why there is something indescribably wonderful about the events that are unfolding in Los Banos California.

At the time that we need it most, God is bathing a city with Living Proof of His Love and Power.  Moreover, He is doing it in ways that are new to all of us.

Pastor John Calderon said it best:  “Mario, I cannot go anywhere in Los Banos without someone walking up to me and saying ‘I was healed in one of the meetings and my healing has been confirmed by my doctor.”

On Wednesday September 3rd almost 500 people broke away from their jobs, schools and other obligations to walk around the city and ask God to bless all of the people.  500 may not sound like a lot but in this town it was huge!

Let’s say that you could have walked among these excited believers and asked them “what has happened to you that you are marching and praying?”  The answers would stun and amaze.  In fact, they need to be shouted from the roof tops!

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Their testimonies are the exact thing that America needs to hear right now.  Drugs gone, fear gone, sickness gone, guilt gone, and in its place is an unshakable faith for the future and joy in each tribulation.  They would tell you how impossible their life once was and how amazed they are each day by God’s mercy and goodness to them.

Watch out!  Their smile is going to get you!  Their story is going to wipe out excuses.  This is no escapist religion for the weak-minded; this is LIVING PROOF that operates in the real world.

20 Pastors who had little or nothing to do with each other before this miracle began now have total unity and love for one another.  They are herding their people into the meetings and letting Jesus pastor the city!

Who should come this Sunday?  Those who have been told by medical science that nothing more can be done need to come.  Those who have tried to break a destructive habit a thousand times need to come.  Those who have been gripped by fear in these explosive times must come. Those who have yearned to see God answer prayer for our nation need to come.

Anyone, who has ever stared at the night sky, and felt that there is no God who cares or listens needs to come and have their deepest question totally answered.

It all starts up again this Sunday November 16th at 10 AM/ 6 PM

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Mark Rutland: 10 Things I Wish I’d Known When I Was 21.

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Mark Rutland: 10 Things I Wish I’d Known When I Was 21
Mark Rutland

You might think you’re smart when you get out of college, but I suggest that the real education is only just the beginning.

In an Amish kitchen in Bird-in-Hand, Pa., in the heart of Dutch country, I saw a sign I’ll never forget: “Too soon old, too late smart.” When I saw it, I thought it was memorable but hardly meaningful. I was 21. Now the words are meaningful, but I can barely remember the farmhouse. I am 64.

Sometimes I have the fantasy that I will sit up on my deathbed and cry out, “Oh, I get it,” and lie down again and die. The Amish have it right.

Recently a friend said he wished he were 21 again. The thought held little interest for me, but he made an intriguing counteroffer: What if you could be 21 and know what you know now?

That held more allure, but it begged a question: What, if anything, do I now know that I wish I had known at 21?

I came up with 10 things, none of which I think I would have placed on my priority list at age 21.

1. Inner healing is greater than outward success. It is probably impossible to arrive at 21, let alone 64, without wounds in the inner person—deep wounds that need God’s healing grace. The more I see of inner healing and the more I face up to my own inner wounds, the more I wish I had let Messiah touch my deepest hurts earlier in life. That childhood hurt, that hidden outrage, that long-suppressed horrific memory can lurk like a monster in the basement waiting for years, even decades, to rise and wreak havoc.

Hiding the monster, denying that it’s down there, is a dangerous game. The temptation is to create an alternative reality where success and accomplishment and appearances seem so very real and the monster but a mirage. If I were 21 again I would bore down into the inner world of me and find Christ’s healing touch in the darkness under the floorboards.

2. Mercy is greater than justice. I have found that many in the church want the wayward to “get what’s coming to them.” Too often, there is a shortage of mercy among the followers of Christ, who blessed the merciful in His most famous message, the Sermon on the Mount. Were I 21 again, I would learn and practice mercy, knowing that later I would need it.

Churches, boards, denominations and individual believers who hanker for justice when a colleague stumbles may be planting for a bitter harvest. They gloat over the sins of others, humiliate the fallen and demand their administrative pound of flesh.

Competitiveness and legalism are the death of mercy. Mercy makes love real, acceptance and understanding a practice, and tenderness a way of life.

3. Kindness is better than being right. Just before my friend Jamie Buckingham died, I asked him for a word of wisdom. He said, “It is better to be kind than to be right.”

At 21, I advocated my positions too aggressively. I argued with an eye toward winning, unconcerned about the heart of my “adversary,” who may not have been adversarial at all. I made debate a contact sport. In preaching I let the bad dog off the chain, to the applause of the gallery.

Should time travel be mine and were I to be back in the land of 21, I would be kinder and less concerned with being right. Too many young adults give little thought to kindness.

They Twitter hurtful words like poisonous birds. Their humor is mocking, acidic and unkind. And they are more concerned with being thought clever than with being kind. The value of gentleness has declined on the world market; if I were 21 again I would wish to know the worth of a kind word.

4. Serving is better than being served. Encircled by their entourages, the “success” merchants of modern Christianity place high dividends on being catered to. When I was a pastor, the church I led invited a singing group to come minister. Their list of special demands, including a particular type of orange cut into equal fourths (I kid you not), was five pages long. We canceled.

I wish I had known at 21 how hollow is all that outward stuff. I wish I had known that caring, not being cared for, is what Christ had in mind.

I wish I had changed more diapers instead of leaving that to my wife. I wish I had served more meals, carried more bags, held more doors and lightened more burdens.

5. Brokenness is the doorway to wholeness. This mysterious paradox was hidden from me at 21. I feared brokenness. I ran from it, and when it got too close fought it off with all my might.

If I had but known brokenness was the key to my healing, it would have lifted such fear from me. I thought it would maim me at least and maybe even kill me. Now I know that there is very little real wholeness that does not emerge from real brokenness.

6. Truth is liberating and devastating. Jesus said, “You shall know the truth, and the truth will make you free.” My friend Jamie tacked on, “But first it will make you miserable.”

How true. There is a phrase popular among many young adults that I quite like despite my usual distaste for pop jingoes. It is, “Keep it real.” I am not sure of all that is meant by it, but I know what I mean by it.

I wish I had known not to fear the truth about myself. I wish I had known that the temporary misery of the truth was worth going through to find the freedom that it brings.

7.Learning is greater than education. I am a university president, and Oral Roberts University (ORU) is a great university. I am not saying that higher education is unimportant. What I am saying is, I hated getting educated.

At 21, I was a miserable college senior. I was a miserable student from the first grade right through high school and on through three degrees. I was miserable because I did not understand the connection between education and learning.

If I were 21 again, I would still go to college. But this time I would go to learn not just to graduate. I would unleash my curiosity, embrace the process, worry less about my grades and enjoy learning.

How strange that I love to learn at the age I am now. I read voraciously—any subject. I want to know, to understand, to go deeper. If I were 21 again I would take that to college.

8. Giving is sweeter than gaining.I believe in the laws of the harvest. If there is any place in the world that understands “seed faith” it is ORU. Seed faith is not a new idea to me. I believed it at 21. I practiced it and am blessed today because it is real.

Yet I wish that at 21 I had known the sheer joy of giving. I know God will bless us when we give, and sometimes we have made this merely a method to gain. I wish I had realized the joy of generosity. I would have given more and delighted more in the good that giving does and less in the returns it provides.

9.Forgiveness doesn’t fix everything. Not the happiest truth I wish I had known, but it’s among the most sobering. Had I known this I might have been less callous, less reckless and more mindful of the cost.

There are things, relationships and hearts that once broken cannot be fully “fixed” by forgiveness. The wound, the uncaring and insensitive word—they may be forgiven, but the damage from them may never quite be right again.

When I was 21 I just wanted to be forgiven. I wish I had known to do less damage.

10. Prayer is more powerful than persuasion. In all of life, at every age, conflict is an inescapable reality. I wish I had known younger that in conflict and crisis talking to God works better than talking to people. At 21, due perhaps to youthful arrogance, I thought that I could talk my way through everything.

Self-sufficiency, a dangerous habit, breeds prayerlessness. The older I get I find that crisis drives me faster to my knees and more slowly to the phone.

I have seen God turn hearts around, change organizations and melt opposition by prayer alone—when no persuasive speech could have made a difference. If I were 21 again, I would spend more time talking with God and less (far less) persuading others to do what I want.

I wish I had known more than I did at 21. I might have considered one or two of these truths, but I doubt I would have fully appreciated their value.

I do not think I want to be 21 again. But if I had to, if some evil genie made me go back and live it all over, then these are the things I would want to know and the things I would want to believe.

Healing the Orphan Heart

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 The Orphan Heart

“I’ve been around, you know? There was a time I could see. And I have seen, boys like these, younger than these, their arms torn out, their legs ripped off. But there is nothin’ like the sight of an amputated spirit, there is no prosthetic for that.” -Colonel Frank Slade in Scent of a Woman.

What on earth does that movie quote have to do with this letter?  It has everything to do with this letter!  In fact it has everything to do with everything including self-destructing starlets, young men who kill and a vast unnamed generation that has bitterly failed to find self worth.

Something unseen is feeding on the American spirit.  Colleges scramble to deal with a surge of “mental illness.”   People go to anger management and come out enraged.  Miracle diets have made their victims fatter.  People go into rehab addicted to drugs and come out addicted to rehab.  It is no longer the heinous acts of criminals that stun police as much as the wholesale acceptance of these acts by society. Entire neighborhoods have conceded their children’s future to crack houses, gangs and pimps.  Why do we feel so helpless to find final solutions to crime, immigration, and the Iraq war?  Why have so many of the psychotherapy remedies failed.  More importantly why do we deny it?  Millions of Americans have an amputated spirit that’s why; and as the Colonel rightly observed there are no artificial limbs for the human spirit.

There is great anxiety in the Church of Oprah.  After all of the books that have told us to “feel better and get over it” nothing stuck.   We remain a nation of victims.  In a desperation move a new book called The Secret touts laws of attraction. Instead of facing reality this book asks the reader to delve even further into self absorption!  The Secret will find its place beside other false cures of the human potential movement.  The billion dollar celebrity therapy circuit is feeling the backlash of anger and disappointment of an entgeneration.

You simply cannot layer happy thoughts and affirmation onto an amputated spirit.  The groovy feelings will not last.  Without the power to heal the human spirit no guru, medium or life coach can remove the pain.  You will never feel better about yourself unless you can heal your spirit, and that is like asking the human body to regrow a limb.

This letter means to show you that the American spirit was amputated by THE ORPHAN HEART. The orphan heart is not my concept.  It is in the Bible.  It is also verified by the experiences of millions. It is this heart of an orphan that plunges people into despair and evil.

What is the orphan heart?  It is an inner emptiness.  It is a profound sense of loneliness.

It is a vague suspicion that no one wants me and that I am a tolerated guest on earth. The orphan hearted feel like they are on the bottom even when they are on top.  They feel like a failure even after a great achievement.  No matter how lofty their success they cannot savor it.  Even when they have finally made it nothing removes their insecurity. They have hidden software running in their spirit that keeps them desperate for the approval of some vague someone.  They can never please this phantom but they cannot stop trying. They cannot work with creative or equally talented people without feeling threatened. They jump from one project to another and from one circle of friends to another.  They do not believe the compliments that people give them. They are so sure that good things will not last that they will often sabotage good relationships and good careers.  They feel that their good life is secretly a trap and they feel the need to set off the trap themselves.

So where does the Orphan Heart come from?  This quote from M. Scott Peck gives us a clue: “If a child does not acquire self confidence from their parents it is unlikely that they will ever possess self confidence as adults.  Conversely, if a child does gain it in childhood it is unlikely that anything in adulthood will discourage them.”  When children are deprived of a their father’s approval they live in an unspoken grief.

Think about it.  How could we have expected anything but an orphan heart?  Our society has bashed fatherhood from all directions.  Good fathers have been oppressed in the family court system while the player and the pimp are exalted in the movies.  Lesbian couples want babies without fathers.  Few if any even understand fatherhood and even less know how to mentor it.  The blind pursuit of wealth by mothers and fathers has orphaned an entire generation.  Studies have proved again and again that the father is essential to building self esteem in their children.   This nutrient has been removed. The recent meltdown of Alec Baldwin only highlights the crisis of fatherhood in our nation.

The last verse of the Old Testament is a strange prediction of the orphan heart and its cure.  Malachi 4:5,6 says “Behold, I send you Elijah the prophet before the coming ofthe great and dreadful day of the Lord. And he will turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the hearts of the children to the fathers, lest I come and strike the earthwith a curse.”  Indeed the curse of an orphaned heart is on our land!

My next jolt came while working with gang members.   7,000 youth mostly gang members sat in rapt silence during an outreach play depicting a home in the ghetto.  The father walked into the set and the whole crowd began booing!  This character had done nothing but walk in the door. This affected me so deeply that in my next outreach I targeted those who felt fatherless.   The results stunned me.  Like nitro and glycerin the mixture of Holy Spirit power and the vast hunger for a father exploded and en masse they came to Christ.

I still had no idea what I was onto.  Soon it was clear that this is not just a ghetto condition but in fact the single greatest emotional and mental health issue in America!

I cannot write the next part of this letter without exploding.  Here we are in the most devastating moment in American history where we are threatened from without and beingeaten alive from within.   Never and I mean never has the Gospel looked so right!  Nothing works like the Gospel on the Orphan Heart!  Every other prescription fails bitterly. The message of Jesus is the quintessential solution to this emotional AIDS virus.

Now comes the part that makes me want to explode.  We have a golden opportunity and what have we done with it?  When preachers should have stepped up to thunder the answer to the Orphan Heart they instead echoed the failed and bankrupt motivational speeches of the house of self help.  We are literally watering down the cure in order to keep pace with a dying movement!  Beyond this there is another crisis.  While many are indeed born again they have not yet been healed of this orphan heart!

What do you do if you have an orphan heart?  You need the Spirit of Adoption!  You need a miracle where God completes your nature and you are free at last of all sense of insecurity and isolation.   To be free of an orphan heart learn these truths.

1. Transfer your fatherhood from your human parent to God and let Him provide the missing nutrients in your past and present. Understand that the approval of God your Father will supersede the effects of a devastated childhood.  Hebrews 12:9 says it so clearly, “Moreover, we have all had human fathers who disciplined us and we respected them for it. How much more should we submit to the Father of our spirits and live!”

 I wrote Scott Peck a letter to respond to his view regarding self confidence. Though hewas right about parents giving their children self confidence he limited God by sayingthat unless you got the confidence as a child it is unlikely you can get it as an adult.It told him that if a human being can give their child confidence then imagine what Godcan give his children even as adults!

Even Jesus would not begin His earthly ministry without the infusion of His Father’sBlessing!  When he was baptized by John the heavens opened and a voice said,“This is my beloved Son in whom I am well pleased!”

2. Important people do important things.   If ever a Bible character embodied modern inadequacy it was Joshua.  If ever a man lived that needed a formula for success it was Joshua.  Moses was the hardest act to follow in history!   Joshua was a slave and the son of a slave.  He had an orphan heart!

It is a great misnomer to assume that if we accomplish important things we will feel important.  But as I have said before even after success orphans feel worthless.  People do not feel important because they do important things; they do important things because they feel important.

Before Joshua could launch out God had to give him this inner sense of security and worth and that is why He said in Joshua 1:5 “No one will be able to stand up against you all the days of your life. As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you.

3. Let the Holy Spirit flood your heart with the Spirit of adoption. The death of Jesus on the Cross paid for the curse that made us orphans.  There awaits you an experience where God saturates your heart with an unshakable sense that you are his beloved child.  By surrendering to Him you go way beyond the limits of self esteem to a seal of approval from your heavenly father.  No one else’s approval will ever matter.  No one will ever beable to make you feel inferior.

When Paul answered the call to build a church out of rank pagans in the Roman Empirehe knew the brokenness and perversion that they would exit.  He knew the baggage theywould bring into the Kingdom.  Paul understood that the work of the Holy Spirit wouldmake royal sons and daughters out of the wrecked and ruined raw material out of thewicked and wretched cities of Corinth and Rome.  Yet God used Paul to build giants of God in these cities.

The key was the spirit of adoption!   Romans 8: 12 Therefore, brethren, we are debtors—not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh. 13 For if you live according to the flesh you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. 14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God. 15 For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, “Abba, Father.” 16 The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God!”

God is always telling youth what He is going to do next: A message to this Prophetic Generation.

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God is always telling youth what He is about to do.   A message to this Prophetic Generation.

It is 3AM.  I sit straight up in bed and God says, “Study what Satan is doing to young people in America today.”   This was a mandate for me to update my information.   The next day I began my research. What I found out was the most sobering and horrifying information ever.  I do not need to spout the statistics and trends to you but the fact is that Lucifer has a contract out on an entire generation.

This led to instant intercession.  I don’t recall the time or how long I dwelt in the presence of Jesus.  This was the birth place of our Living Proof Crusades and my utter resolve that this generation had to see the supernatural power of Jesus.

However, another voice was forming in the room and it was evil.  Soon I could hear Satan boasting of what he will do to American youth:   “I will deceive them.  I will make them addicts.  I will pervert their sexual identity.  I will make them poor. I will enslave them to hopeless circumstances. I will drive them to insanity and mass suicide.”  Right in the middle of this wicked tirade came God’s voice like a righteous clap of thunder, “BUT I WILL POUR OUT OF MY SPIRIT ON THEM AND THEY WILL PROPHESY!”

It happened to a youth named Samuel.  1 Samuel 3: 10 Now the Lord came and stood and called as at other times, “Samuel! Samuel! “And Samuel answered, “Speak, for Your servant hears.”11 Then the Lord said to Samuel: “Behold, I will do something in Israel at which both ears of everyone who hears it will tingle.”

It was here that I learned something about God that I knew but that I had never fully realized.   God is always telling youth what He is about to do.   Young people have always been Jesus’ favorite way to bring the church the latest news.  However, at this moment in history He is saying the most explosive things He has ever said to youth and He is giving them a job that He has never offered before.

The day of Pentecost did not just to bring us the Holy Spirit, it began the miracle of Sons and Daughters prophesying the mighty purposes of God for these times.  Your job is to make the Church tingle and vibrate at coming events and intervention.

Here is what you must do to let God use you in the fullest demonstration of His power.

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“SANCTIFY YOURSELVES FOR TOMORROW THE LORD WILL DO WONDERS AMONG YOU.”  – Joshua 3:5

1.  Sanctify yourself for tomorrow:   Reject a culture that is cruel and evil no matter how popular it is.   See through the lies and shake off the peer pressure that would dull you to your prophetic nature.

Daniel 1: 8 But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king’s delicacies, nor with the wine which he drank; therefore he requested of the chief of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself. 9 Now God had brought Daniel into the favor and goodwill of the chief of the eunuchs. 10 And the chief of the eunuchs said to Daniel, “I fear my lord the king, who has appointed your food and drink. For why should he see your faces looking worse than the young men who are your age? Then you would endanger my head before the king.”

Daniel said no!  Then he proved that a sanctified youth looks better that their generation.  However, the real miracle was that he was supernaturally able to change the course of history by prophetically knowing what the King dreamt and what it meant.

2. The Lord will. Do not throw your tomorrow away!  Say no and clean yourself up for a future of prophesying.   Young lady don’t obsess over a husband.  Dance with God and He will let the right man cut in!   Young man fear not about what you will do in the future.  No door will be closed to you…God Himself will blast them open.  He will keep His promises.

3. Work wonders among you:  Signs and wonders will be the constant crown of faithful preaching. You will lay hands on the sick and they will recover!  You will watch miracles of every kind.   God will alert you to devils, traps and the schemes of men.  Do not seek a Christianity devoid of miracles.  You are already supernatural.   The world does not need Supermen but Supernatural men and women.

Be the Terror!

 

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By Mario Murillo

Precious Partner in the Gospel of Jesus Christ,

Back when the Twin Towers fell our leaders said, “Live as normal a life as possible in the face of terrorism; realize that there are terrorists but do not be terrorized.”

Psalm 91: 5 “You shall not be afraid of the terror by night, Nor of the arrow that flies by day, 6 Nor of the pestilence that walks in darkness, Nor of the destruction that lays waste at noonday.  7 A thousand may fall at your side, And ten thousand at your right hand; But it shall not come near you.”

These verses not only promise us that we will not fear the terror but that we can be the terror!

Fast forward to now and what you see is that many of our fellow citizens are currently economically terrorized.

This economic terror is bringing out the worst in some Americans. It has caused our leaders in both parties to scream and yell rather than find solutions. Cases of men killing their wives and children and then taking their own lives are at an all time high.

The church has been also terrorized. It is ironic but back when Americans gorged themselves on materialism the church burned vast amounts of money trying to coddle and persuade them with a watered down Gospel. Now millions of our fellow citizens are broken and responsive to the real Gospel and churches have shut down their outreach! Panic will always get you to do the one thing that you should not do.

Recently, I made the time to minister in a small church. Notable miracles happened, many souls were saved and the church was packed. Everyone knew that something big had begun and so I agreed to return a month later. Just days before the meeting the Pastor calls to tell my assistant that it is cancelled and he offered no explanation; none was needed. He was financially terrorized.   Here was the harvest he waited for all of his life. Here was his chance to see supernatural provision. He missed it!

It is not because ministries have no money that they do not win souls; it is because they do not win souls that they have no money. This simple truth has guided Mario Murillo Ministries through countless storms. Since I know that we are going to get through this storm, I have made the decision to keep every outreach in place.

I do not want you terrorized; I want you to be the terror. My decision is not just an act of obedience; it is an act of defiance against Satan!  Instead of feeling terror I have decided to be the terror!  Now I want Lucifer to feel the panic and dread of your bold faith! I want you to be the terror!  I want you to declare that you are an overcomer; that you will not let Satan rob you of the abundant life God vowed to give you. And, that despite all of the threats, you are going to move forward with every vision and dream that God has given you.

This quote from Corallie Buchanan sums up how you should view your Heavenly Father in this time of terror:

 “He is your Father, and His role is to protect you; He will comfort you and guide you. He will feed you; He will carry you when you are weak. He will seek you out when you go astray; He will help you in times of trouble. He will not let your enemies go unpunished; He will cherish you like a father cherishes his daughter. When you fall, He will pick you up; when you don’t understand, He will always understand. 
When you feel like life is weighing you down, He will lift you up. When you feel like giving up, He will encourage you to keep going. When you are sad, He will lighten your spirits. When you need advice, His line is open 24-7. When you feel unsafe, He will be your safety; when you are worried, He will be an ear to your concerns. When you feel burdened, offer your burden to Him and He will take it. Where you have been burnt, He will make you beautiful; where you hurt, He will heal. Whenever you feel lonely, He will always be with you. 

Where others have not supported you, He will support you. When you feel discouraged, He will be your encouragement. Where you don’t know, He will tell you when the time is right. When you feel unloved, remember that He has always loved you. 

You see limitations; God sees opportunities. You see faults; God sees growth. You see problems; God sees solutions. You see limitations; God sees possibilities. You see life; God sees eternity.” 

 

Millions of Christians, convinced that America is at stake are finally speaking out and taking action.

 

 

praying for the sickMillions of Christians, convinced that America is at stake are finally speaking out and taking action. 

Millions of Christians are ending their silence about the dismantling the nation.  I am getting reports from many places of a shift in attitude by pastors.  Their messages are more prophetic and are calling for righteousness.  Congregations have altered their stance and support their pastor speaking out in this way.  More significant is the fact that ministers who speak out are no longer considered radicals.  A cooperative spirit that is unfolding between churches who see that a common enemy trumps doctrinal differences.

However, my greatest evidence of change came last night from the bastion of secular progressives:  The San Francisco Bay Area.  To be exact, it was Concord California.  A capacity crowd filled the Crowne Plaza Hotel expecting a special encounter with Christ.  Jesus did not disappoint them.

Before you assume this just another report of a good meeting listen to this: In all my years as an evangelist I have never seen a crowd attend a meeting with a purer motive than this crowd.   In fact, I have to coin a new phrase to describe them: DYNAMIC UNSELFISHNESS.

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DYNAMIC UNSELFISHNESS was in the worship.  Never and I mean never have I seen a worship band so excellent in talent and in spirit.  There was not a drop of performance only pure worship.

DYNAMIC UNSELFISHNESS was in the new converts.  They repented and clearly grieved over their sin and unconditionally embraced Christ as Lord.

DYNAMIC UNSELFISHNESS was seen in how the crowd prayed for each other and rejoiced in every healing.   How I wish you could have witnessed the crowd’s reaction when the Holy Spirit granted my unworthy heart a word of knowledge.  I pointed to a woman and said, “They found cancer on your x-ray and now the power of God is on you.”   The people rejoiced so unanimously that I felt the oxygen go out of the room!  This was not a onetime thing!  It was repeated with scores of healings throughout the night.

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DYNAMIC UNSELFISHNESS came in their passionate cry for national revival.  Even though I loved seeing souls saved and dramatic healings this moved me most deeply.  Here was a crowd that was not interested in emotional binges, exotic manifestations or spiritual entitlement.   They want Jesus to use them to touch America.  This night, I believe was not just a one night fix but the birth of a movement!

Tonight is our final night in Concord.   Let me talk to those of you that live anywhere within driving distance.  Remember, Californians are used to driving long distances!  People came from hundreds of miles away to be there last night and they are coming back tonight.

Maybe what I wrote to you today seems like fiction but I assure it is not.  If anything, I am understating the force of this event. You need to deeply consider changing your plans to come and witness this miracle for yourself.   Call us if we can do anything to help you be there tonight.  Bring someone who needs to know that miracles are real.   To the rest of our friends all around the world I say with great confidence: REJOICE, THE FIRE IS SPREADING!

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Are you seeking your healing God’s Way?

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WE ARE POSTING THIS MESSAGE AGAIN ON BEHALF OF THOSE COMING TO SEEK HEALING IN CONCORD AND FOR ALL WHO NEED A MIRACLE ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD.

One day a drunk tried to break up a crusade. I wondered if I should have him removed. What a contrast he was to everyone else. Three thousand people packed the Pasadena Civic Auditorium. The crowd full of faith and worship, the atmosphere crackling with electricity, but there he was in the front row drunk and cursing loudly. I heard him yell to his seven-year-old son, “He’s a fake don’t listen to him!”

Why did he bring his paralyzed son to this meeting?  Grandma had ordered it, that’s why!  Her little grandson had Spina bifida.  The boy sat there with brittle, lifeless legs.  She expected a miracle.

When the drunken father saw the healings around him his heart totally changed.  He hoisted his son in the air.  He desperately screamed, “What about my boy, what about my boy!”

When I saw this I crumbled to my knees. I remember the precise prayer that burst from my heart:  “Lord if you ever do a miracle let it be now!”  Then my unworthy eyes saw His Glory.  It was as if lightning struck the boy. He began to bicycle his legs in the air. His father could barely hold him aloft so he lurched forward and set him on the stage. The little boy ran into my arms! Oh what blessed bedlam broke out in that house!

I fell before God under the weight of this memory! This is what we need more than anything. No more words, laser lights, or the smoke and mirrors of technology, we need the raw power of God to drench our meetings and shatter the chains of modern life!

All of these things sent me over the edge and now I must thunder forth!  No longer can a crusade or church service be a harmless gathering or a mystical meeting where bored saints get self-absorbed personal words. We must become a nuclear reactor of the anointing that turns battered saints into mighty warriors and unleashes them on a cursed world! We must have the miracles of the Bible!

If God wants to heal then why aren’t there more miracles today?  The answer  awaits those with honest hearts.  No one who approaches God with a double mind will hear anything! No one who comes humbly will be denied!  There is an agony in the spirit world! God yearns to give us power but cannot because of our carnal ways.  There is profound heartache in heaven. The Holy Spirit pines to release a blanket of healings but He is grieved by our unbelief.

The truth about healing is simple.  We stumble over it because it is profound. A child can grasp the wonder of what I am about to say but the proud intellectual will strain over the very first step. Let us blast forth the truth that we need so desperately now!

1. We must reject the ideas and programs that hinder miracles!

Are healing miracles for today? They are more for today than they have been for any other day! Jesus said in John 14:12 “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believes on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.”

YOUR HEALING GODS WAY Why would God ask the church to face the greatest explosion of false miracles, occult and demon activity in history with one hand tied behind her back?  This power-outage myth makes God seem foolish and cruel. If ever it made sense for miracles to appear it is now.

However, some spirit-filled preachers are not innocent.  I’ll let you decide the greater sin.  Is it worse to teach that the power gifts stopped or to be a Pentecostal that denies them expression in services used up by modern programs?

2. God wants to heal you more than you want to be healed.

Romans 8:32 asks the wounded soul that wonders about God’s willingness to heal a burning question, “He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?”  This question echoes in eternity. Everything that you ever ask God must be asked from the foot of the Cross.  It is here and here alone that you can fully see your Father’s heart toward you.   The bar is set.  God gave His Son for you and He will not hold back anything good from you!

Bring back the Cross to the American pulpit and you will bring back the power that made the Book of Acts Church, World Changers. The Cross settles the question of God’s willingness to heal and redeem.  Yes in your suffering God can seem distant and unmoved by your plight.  The Cross reminds you that it is utterly unreasonable for God to give His son and deny you anything  that you need!

3. We have confused divine faith with human belief.  Human belief is the fool’s gold of miracles. It looks right, it feels right but it bitterly fails where it matters most.  A miracle begins and ends with God.  He is in the very first step and every subsequent step.

There are two Greek words for faith that we must understand. Though they are very close in meaning and appearance, they are a universe apart! Pistis means firm conviction or persuasion and Pistos which means dependency on or trust in something or someone.

There is human faith which convinces itself that something is going to happen. This human belief works in the mind not in the heart.   Mental conviction is vital and has its place but not in the atmosphere of the supernatural.  I have seen many try to work up a miracle and think that within themselves they could move God to heal.  If they could remove doubt and repeat verses over and over again, they surmised, God would heal. When you try to use human belief in the arena of the miraculous it becomes a cold mental exercise.  The faith that causes miracles is a grace of the heart that God imparts right before He heals.

I talked with two different people one night before a miracle rally.  The first was a man who told me that God would heal him that night. He told me that he had them send his wheel chair away because he would not need it.  “God will do what I say!,” he barked.  This was classic pistis,  not appropriate for this miracle moment.  My heart sank.

I met another person and her face glowed even in her wheel chair!  She said, “Today I have been with Jesus I can sense Him now, this is my night!”  Here was faith, faith that moves mountains.  Here was the force that created the universe imparted to this little lady’s heart.  I knew that she would walk and sure enough at the appointed time in the service she rose and darted acrossthe front of the arena!

4. Jesus gives us Miracle Faith through the Holy Spirit.

 Jesus gave the Holy Spirit everything that He earned on the Cross.  The Holy Spirit carries us in prayer to Christ to both gain true faith and healing.  If only we would grasp the power of humbling ourselves before God!  If only we would rest in the surpassing goodness of God!

Right now you can stop the madness that torments your mind.  Ask the Holy Spirit to carry you to Christ where you will receive Faith.  Do not over analyze, do not fret…rest!   Let Him do His work. Let Him carry you now.  In the face of a doctor’s fearful predictions, vicious pain and weakness… rest!  Do not choose the human faith that grits its teeth and wars in the natural for that which can only be won in the spirit and by the Spirit.

The Holy Spirit knows you better than you know yourself. He wants to take over your case and bear you up on wings that far surpass the wings of Angels.  Soon you will lose all fear and face Jesus Himself.

5. God wants to make it easy!

 Let us sum up the matter.  It is time to do it God’s way. We are healed by Faith and no one described this faith better than Peter who said in Acts 3:16

“And his name through Faith in his name has made this man strong, whom you see and know: yes, the Faith which comes through him has given him this perfect soundness in the presence of you all.”  Here is the clear and undeniable picture of Christ as the giver of Faith, Faith that heals.  This is the Pistos thatcannot help but heal and move mountains!  This Faith cannot be present without a miracle.  When you have it a strange, bold and beautiful feelingenvelopes you and not only do you not doubt, you have lost the power to doubt! Perhaps this is God’s anesthesia, which He applies just before the miracle.  All I know is that when it is there time stands still and all power in heaven and earth cannot stop you from receiving your complete healing.

THIS IS HAPPENING RIGHT NOW!

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Five proven ways to end stress, depression and fatigue.

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Five proven ways to end stress, depression and fatigue.

American life is now a battlefield of toxic messages, images of dread that produce fatigue, depression anger and other crippling emotions.  The Bible says, “Men’s hearts failing them from fear and the expectation of those things which are coming on the earth, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken.”  (Luke 21:26)

Here are 5 things that I learned to do about stress, depression and fatigue.

 1. Talk to your soul to control your emotions: David did this in Psalm 42:5 “Why are you cast down, O my soul?  And why are you disquieted within me?  Hope in God, for I shall yet praise Him for the help of His countenance.” Here you see David challenging the credibility of his feelings and commanding them to hope in God.

Your inner child’s tantrums must be stopped. Don’t allow voices of dread to go unanswered.  Put them in their place!  Remind yourself of how many times God pulled you out of seemingly impossible crisis.

The proof that you can do this is in Jesus’ own words, “Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”  This command cannot be obeyed unless we the power to tell our heart what to do.

2. Intercept these toxic messages and replace them.  You must flood your soul with victorious messages.  Take a statement like, “I can’t believe I’ve lost everything and I have to start over at this age” and replace it with, “This is my chance to start anew and do better than before because I am smarter and stronger now”.

Replace questions of dread: “why did I have to be born in such an evil time as this?” with questions of hope like, “Isn’t it an unspeakable honor to be on earth for God’ greatest acts?”

3. Ask for a big life:  The reason the little book The Prayer of Jabez received such wild acceptance is because it is a book about asking for a big life.  Happiness has nothing to do with removing problems and challenges.  It has everything to do with being fully alive. When your life is big enough the trials don’t count!

Jesus had walked with His twelve for sixteen chapters before He told them “Until now you have asked nothing, ask and receive that your joy may be full.”  (John 16:24)  Our joy comes from being fully deployed, firing on all cylinders and preoccupied with loving, giving, planning, and executing divinely imparted orders.  This divine preoccupation will act like tank treads rolling over and crushing the problems of your life.

4. Travel Light:   2Timothy 2: 4  “No one engaged in warfare entangles himself with the affairs of this life, that he may please him who enlisted him as a soldier.”

When you fly 100,000 plus miles plus per year winning souls, you learn not to check luggage.  I have no idea how much time and agony I have been spared simply by traveling light.  This applies equally to life.  Travel light!

This also makes sense in the midst of the disastrous American economy.   You are not just cutting back to save money but to streamline the momentum of your life.  Not only that, you do not need to have it all down here! You are going to an unimaginably glorious heaven.

As a warrior, you value speed, mobility, flexibility and simplicity.  Get rid of what holds you back, holds you down and holds you up. Jesus told us the He would prune us so that we would bear more fruit.  Plants are pruned so that energy can be focused on the fruitful parts.  By simplifying you get more energy! You reduce stress because the cares of physical possessions are diminished.

Go ahead and love beautiful things; just don’t be weighed down with trinkets and frivolous status symbols that divert resources away from what’s important.

Traveling light also applies to relationships.  Don’t tolerate co-dependent parasites or flaky friends that use you up.  Love everyone, but remember you are not God.  You cannot meet everyone’s need.  You have an assignment and you must protect your momentum.

Traveling light has another important benefit: It increases your energy level and lowers your stress level because you have cut back your area of concern to a manageable size.

5.  Chase that which is chasing you.   Philippians 3:12 tells us,  “Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me.”

Paul the apostle understood that the God had taken hold of him for a special purpose.  He knew that his safety was in chasing what was chasing him.   Even back then they had to practice time management!

Take our men and women in uniform, they are not safe just because they are American soldiers, they are safe because they stay true to their assignment.

Many naïve Christians assume that they are fully protected from the End Times merely because they are born again.  You are safe in the End Times because you have answered two burning questions.  (1) What is God doing in my time?  (2) Where do I fit into what God is doing?

Answer those two questions; obey the answer to those two questions and you are instantly unstoppable!

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Are You a Wounded Healer?

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Are You a Wounded Healer?   Wounded Healers God’s Secret Weapon:

It is clear that a new breed of weapon is about
to emerge. They are the wounded healers.
Who are these people? Well, they do not have
every hair in place or a clean record. They are
not the sanitized, prissy version of the Body of
Christ. They have messed up and then gotten
back up. Trampled and left for dead, God
restored them! They have no image to protect
or ego to wound. They are the most
dangerous people that Satan will ever face!

They gained all new appetites in the
furnace of affliction. They do not need the glory
and they eschew titles and awards. Their
unswerving passion is to show compassion
and take prisoners of love. You cannot get
them to fight over doctrine because they have
been to the Cross. They know the Blood that
bought and then brought them back to life.
They are like Peter at Pentecost. Only a soul
handed another chance after denying the Lord
three times will understand the inner fire of a
wounded healer. Who could write such a

Wounded healers do not boast of clean uniforms and of battles evaded, but of scars and gates of hell invaded.

dangerous song as Amazing Grace but John
Newton whose plaque says “Once an infidel
and libertine; A servant of slaves in Africa, was,
by the rich mercy of our Lord and Savior
JESUS CHRIST, restored, pardoned, and
appointed to preach the Gospel which he had
long labored to destroy.”

You cannot find such zeal in religious
do-gooders who never brave beyond ivied halls
of respectability. You will not find this flame in

the bleachers where the
cold souls sit and keep
score but will never take
the field.

Wounded healers
do not boast of clean
uniforms and of battles
evaded, but of scars and
gates of hell invaded.
They have no preaching
pedigree but a song that
sets the captive free.

We all know of the
verse in Daniel 11 :32 that

says, ‘Those who do
wickedly against the covenant he shall corrupt
with flattery; but the people who know their
God shall be strong, and carry out great
exploits.”
What we tend to overlook is the
verse that comes later that speaks of the
wounded healers.

Daniel 11 :35 says, “And some of those
of understanding shall fall, to refine them,
purify them, and make them white, until the
time of the end; because it is still for the
appointed time.”

This is a word for you my friend! Your
attack is not to destroy you but to refine you!
Your rejection and your abandonment are not
meant for shame but for purity. It does not
matter how your garments appear to Pharisees
when they are white before God.

The most incredible news is this …
though religious voices have disqualified you;
your destiny is yet for an appointed time! The
door that God holds open stays open!

Now let us look at another aspect of the Wounded Healer.

They are able to reach the masses that the regular church cannot.  Therefore, they are the perfect weapon for this moment in the end of all things.  If only these special ops believers could see who they and lose their need for the approval of cookie cutter Christians then they will become God’s tractor beam for lost souls.

 Getting rid of the fear of man is the                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           principal prize to be gained in adversity.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Despite the horrific events of our lives and in                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           the face of everything else, it becomes so real,

how much God means everything and the
approval of our judges mean nothing. Truly,
we must shout, “If God is for us, who can be
against us!”

The life of power rises out of the ashes
of despair: equipped to do more than ever,
useful and lethal!! This has to be the purest
meaning of 2 Corinthians 1:3 “Blessed be the
God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the
Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who
comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may
be able to comfort those who are in any
trouble, with the comfort with which we
ourselves are comforted by God
.”

Look around you and you will see how a
new generation of leader is coming to the fore.
They do not wait for committee approval. They
rent a school auditorium in a bad area and just
start preaching. They preach raw sermons
with an open heart and crowds come from
everywhere.

Their frontline ministry is unlisted in the
who’s who of the council of churches, but
Jesus feels just fine showing up every time
they meet! Look again and see others who
carry “unlicensed weapons”. They open their
homes to youth. They send out food, clothes
and love in the most unconventional ways
imaginable; all with the smile of God.

Wounded healers may not wear
denominational labels. They do not schmooze

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in the right rooms but they carry the fight to
where it matters the most. They operate under
direct orders of the King of Kings!

When you see one you will know them.

They will not judge you and no matter how far
gone you feel, they will see you through the
lens of the Holy Spirit. They will see you as
you will look after your miracle has come. You
will feel welcome in their presence and you will
look priceless in their eyes. They do not view
the sinner as a commodity but as kidnapped
royalty.

What about you? What will you do with
your adversity, pain and shame? All I can do is
tell you what I did. At the lowest point of my
life, God was waiting for me to make a choice.
My choice is to minister wherever the door
opens and preach from now on as if each
message is my last.

Deciding to go on when you feel nothing
but agony is the greatest victory that you will
ever win. Not caring who gets the credit will
rip the lid off your limits.

What are you and I waiting for? We
have loved ones to snatch back! We have
miracles to unleash on lost souls. There is a
whole world out there that has never even
heard of church fights or legalistic regulations.

When Elijah told the widow to go and
get as many containers as she could and God
would fill them with oil, she realized that the
condition of the cans, bottle, pails, or pots was

 

not important. God put oil in all of them.
Wounded healers are not perfect containers,
they are simply full of oil and that is all that truly
matters.

God knows what he is doing. Saul of
Tarsus was the wounded healer of all of the
twelve disciples. He felt unworthy to be a
disciple and said so in no uncertain terms. Yet,
he attributed his surpassing labor for Christ to
a sense that he was a broken vessel.

Jesus showed another power of the
wounded healer in Luke 7:44- 47 Then He
turned to the woman and said to Simon, “Do
you see this woman? I entered your house;
you gave Me no water for My feet, but she has
washed My feet with her tears and wiped them
with the hair of her head. You gave Me no
kiss, but this woman has not ceased to kiss My
feet since the time I came in. You did not
anoint My head with oil, but this woman has
anointed My feet with fragrant oil. Therefore I
say to you, her sins, which are many, are
forgiven, for she loved much
. But to whom little
is forgiven, the same loves little.”

Therefore, to all you wounded healers, I
say to you, you will not get credit from the
religious peanut gallery. You will have to be
content with accomplishing more than any of
them will for Christ and loving the Lord more
than they can ever imagine.

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Only Two Days Before Living Proof at the Crowne Plaza in Concord!   We are asking for prayer from all of God’s people for this strategic and historic outreach to the San Francisco Bay Area.  Once again, we are asking believers to step up with a number of Churches who are standing together to give a miracle to this region.  We know that people are coming from Santa Rosa, Redding, Sacramento, Stockton, Manteca, Monterrey, Livermore, San Francisco, and Yuba City.   If you are concerned about seating please call us today!   925 300 3007

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