By Mario Murillo. I have not preached since January 29th. I could easily re-injure my spine and be out for several more months. All I have to do is trip once. Any slip, or fall, would throw me back to square one…or worse. All this ran through my mind.
I could not fly on a jet. I would have to lay across the back seat of a car for 439 miles to Las Vegas and another 439 miles back. 16 hours! I must watch every move I made. I would feel anxiety anytime we’d hit a bump or the car jerked.
Every moment I was away from home was a risk. It had to be God. Mechelle and I had to have a clear word from God to go.
There was a deep fire in me to go. First of all, Satan had attacked me because we are bringing the Gospel with signs and wonders to Las Vegas.
I knew that without a core of leaders backing us, we could not hope to do this outreach. Not only this, but we had cancelled on them twice and I couldn’t bring myself to make them wait any longer.
Then that voice that has been unmistakable since the day I was called to preach said “go.”
We’ve all prayed prayers for travelling mercies before a trip. You can imagine what ours was like. I will not bore you with the details of the road. I will only tell you that a palpable protection covered our trip.
Although, at one point the enemy tried to torture my mind. He reminded me that many leaders might not show up because they weren’t sure I was even coming. “You’re putting your life in your hands to talk to a handful of people. You don’t even know how long you can minister.”
The day finally ended. Safe in our hotel in Las Vegas I now prepared my heart to speak to whoever shows up. What an amazing feeling the next day when they told me that over 90 pastors and leaders were ready to hear the Word of God.
They were beyond ready. The pulled on the anointing. I knelt on the floor. I paced the room. I sat in a chair on stage. The point is that I was able to passionately cast the vision for Living Proof Las Vegas. I ministered for over an hour! A fired up army is born!
I got home safely. I had no damage to my spine. Now I know I will be ready for the tent when we begin a mighty crusade on Sunday Mother’s day May 13th until Friday the 18th.
Please pray for this crusade. Please pray for the Mother’s day outreach especially. We are using a new tactic. Door to door in the inner city, we are giving away roses to every mom. We are asking them to order their sons and daughters to come to the tent as their gift for Mother’s day.
All I can tell you is that the enemy suffered a great defeat. Unity, faith and joy drenched us all in this meeting. I would go so far as to say that I have never had a more powerful luncheon with leaders in 50 years of ministry.
Now we can tell you. For 9 and a half weeks Mario has been virtually immobilized with acute pain in his spine and left leg. The first two doctors could not pinpoint his condition. At first they thought it was bursitis of the hip then they thought it was a stress fracture. X-rays, Cat-scans, and an MRI showed no bursitis or fracture. The third doctor could not figure it out either.
Mario did receive a touch from God weeks ago that reduced his pain by half, but he still couldn’t sit, and he couldn’t walk for more than a few minutes.
We didn’t know how long this would last. That made it difficult to know what to tell the various groups slated for crusades. So many people have been waiting to hear if they can go ahead with outreach plans. The outreach to Las Vegas has been hanging in the balance for weeks. We didn’t want to cancel any soul winning effort until it was absolutely necessary.
Then it became absolutely necessary. The forth doctor found the protruding disc in the base of Mario’s spine. He said only back surgery would fix the problem. This meant yet a fifth doctor–a neurosurgeon, several more weeks waiting for surgery, and an extended time of recovery afterwards.
Every meeting scheduled until the middle of Summer was now impossible. Still Mario and Mechelle felt to hold off making the announcement until after he met with the surgeon today. Then this happened…
When the surgeon walked in, he was staring at the latest X-rays…X-Rays the surgeon ordered the day before we met him. He said, “There is still something here that does not make sense, I want to try something.” What he tried was to prick Mario’s leg with a pin from his foot to his hip. He asked, “is there any numbness? Mario said “no.” Then he asked Mario to lock his left leg while the doctor lifted it. The he moved it laterally to test the hip. “Did any of that give you pain?” That’s when Mario realized that for the last three days—the days after the previous doctor examined him, the pain subsided in his leg. The surgeon said, “ I have never operated on anyone’s spine who did not have pain in their leg. Your back is healing. You don’t need surgery. You need physical therapy.”
We know this is in response to all of our prayers. We have no words to express our thanks to all of you who are praying for Mario, Mechelle, and all of us at MMM. You can imagine how we are praising God.
Mario begins physical therapy on Monday. Las Vegas is a go! There will be signs and wonders in the tent!
Please keep praying. Don’t let up because of this good news, Mario still a lot of hard work ahead of him. Now is the time for even more prayer.
This is very difficult for me to write. The only reason I ever went public about my illness is it became absolutely necessary. I don’t like health updates. They seem so self-serving. Of course I want prayer, but who needs gory details?
Please read the following verses so you’ll better understand what I am about to tell you.
Philippians 2: 25 “Yet I considered it necessary to send to you Epaphroditus, my brother, fellow worker, and fellow soldier, but your messenger and the one who ministered to my need; 26 since he was longing for you all, and was distressed because you had heard that he was sick. 27 For indeed he was sick almost unto death; but God had mercy on him, and not only on him but on me also, lest I should have sorrow upon sorrow. 28 Therefore I sent him the more eagerly, that when you see him again you may rejoice, and I may be less sorrowful. 29 Receive him therefore in the Lord with all gladness, and hold such men in esteem; 30 because for the work of Christ he came close to death, not regarding his life, to supply what was lacking in your service toward me.”
So much of what I want to tell you is packed in these verses.
My first point is found in verse 26: “since he was longing for you all, and was distressed because you had heard that he was sick.”
Epaphroditus was more concerned for those who were distressed by his illness than he was about his illness. Likewise, I only want to write to reassure anyone who has been concerned about my illness. I am deeply grateful for your prayers and your love.
So here is the latest: I can now walk for about 3-4 minutes. Doesn’t sound that great but believe me it is. I have a way to go, but I come a long,long way.
Now about my healing. Verse 27 says, “For indeed he was sick almost unto death; but God had mercy on him.” This is the most important thing we will ever learn about divine healing: It’s all about mercy, Paul was right to call it mercy. It is not a coincidence that blind Bartmaeus screamed, “Jesus, son of David, have mercy on me.”
Healing is an act of mercy no matter how much we try to make it an obligation. When I see people yell at God and badger Him about how He has to heal them I cringe. Even though my healing is progressive, I am overcome by God’s mercy on me.
Verse 30 helped me understand how I got injured. I overdid it. So did Epaphroditus. Paul makes that very clear, and then inserts a not so subtle correction on the Philippians: “because for the work of Christ he came close to death, not regarding his life, to supply what was lacking in your service toward me.” Epaphroditus exhausted himself making up for what others neglected. So did I. Here’s why…
Soul winning has fallen into disfavor among some big name preachers. That is why the field is so great and the laborers are so few. But working myself into exhaustion to make up for that neglect, was not wise. But there is an even greater reason I was attacked.
Satan viciously attacked my body because of Las Vegas. I can’t let go of that fact. What did he fear would happen while I was there? Now here are the verses that explain what I am going to do.
Acts 14:2,3 says “But the unbelieving Jews stirred up the Gentiles and poisoned their minds against the brethren. Therefore, they stayed there a long time, speaking boldly in the Lord, who was bearing witness to the word of His grace, granting signs and wonders to be done by their hands.”
The word that jumped out at me in Acts 14 is the word THEREFORE. The devil tried to stop them, therefore they stayed. So here is my announcement: I am going to Las Vegas no matter what. We will do nothing else until we are done in Las Vegas.
I brought my leaders to my house and told them, “Satan has attacked me. He is telling me to stay away from Las Vegas.” Then I challenged them, “What are we going to do about it?!” They wholeheartedly agreed—Satan will not stop us from going to Las Vegas.
Then I contacted the leaders and workers in Las Vegas and told them our plan. I thought their disappointment would hurt our momentum. Instead, it has boomeranged on the devil. It has increased the size of our outreach. Now, it will be bigger, stronger and deeper than our original plan. This short delay will have devastating effects on the powers of darkness.
Allowing for more than reasonable time for my full recovery here is what we are doing:
On Saturday April 14th at noon, a large number of pastors and leaders will meet with me for lunch. The luncheon is at Grapevine fellowship located at 800 North Bruce Street Las Vegas Nevada 89101. Please reserve seats for you and your group by calling 775 238 3473 or go to mariomurillo.org
The tent meeting will begin on Mother’s day, Sunday May 13 and go till Friday the 18th. 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.
We will open the flood gates of heaven in the abyss of human suffering in this city. Never—and I mean never—has the fire for winning souls burned so hot within me. Devil, you did your worst. Now, in Las Vegas, we will do our best.
To all of you who have sacrificed and given to this holy cause…rest assured, your seed will now produce an even greater harvest. Fasten your seat belt…things are about to get amazing.
Stayed tuned! A truth is about to revolutionize you. This blog is no light thing. It does not bear a hollow threat. It is not fluff, fanfare, or hype. It is—for the devil—the things that nightmares are made of. Read on.
Now I can tell you, for the first time, how bad the attack was. It was more vicious, cruel, and strategic than any previous attack. It was designed to wipe out our outreach and break my spirit. Psalm 69: 1-3 was my prayer:
“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.”
Matthew Henry commented on these verses: “David complains of the deep impressions that his troubles made upon his spirit. The waters of affliction, those bitter waters, have come unto my soul, not only threaten my life, but disquiet my mind; they fill my head with perplexing cares and my heart with oppressive grief, so that I cannot enjoy God and myself as I used to do.
The considerations that used to support and encourage him now failed him, or were out of the way, and he was ready to give himself up for gone. He sought for something to comfort himself with, but found himself in deep waters that overflowed him, overwhelmed him; he was like a sinking drowning man, in such confusion and consternation.” That was me.
At one point, the pain threw me to the floor. I saw a sorrow in my wife’s eye I never want to see again. I knew then, I could not tell her what was really happening inside me.
I would never walk again, let alone preach. The ministry is finished. I am used to his lies. This time it felt different. It felt like he was stabbing me my spine and hip with a knife—while he lied.
Then my miracle came. It may not sound like much to you but the pain subsided 80% and I could walk. The devastation to my nervous system was so great, that to this day, I can only walk for about 3 minutes before I must lie down again. Believe me, compared to before, that is a miracle.
I know I will be totally restored soon. No one will ever convince me my recovery isn’t supernatural. The truth is, God has seized this recovery time to transform me. The lessons learned in the Valley of the Shadow of death will fill a lifetime.
I learned never to accuse God. I learned what people suffer at the hands of some doctors. I learned to pray for others while I suffered most. I learned to let God’s Word be more real than any feeling or circumstance.
The despair of ever preaching again has turned to an unquenchable fire to preach. The idea that I would never walk has become a passion to add cities for our tent crusades. If there is a Biblical beast mode…I have found it.
Here is the most important lesson I learned: You must make the devil pay for attacking you. That is the only language he understands—divine retribution. Satan must be convinced there is a consequence to attacking you.
The sister lesson is this: Something you were about to do triggered the enemy. It must be important. It must be a threat. Therefore you must determine to do that thing.
Winston Churchill had a standing order: Anytime Hitler bombed London, the Royal Air force was to take off and bomb Germany. Hitler would bomb civilians. Churchill targeted military installations.
Churchill also had a lethal command of language. He used it to taunt Hitler. Hitler’s yawning inferiority complex made him read anything Churchill sent him. Adolf opened one message that read, “You have done your worst, now we will do our best.”
Historians wonder why Hitler—with victory over Britain all but guaranteed—turned his armies toward Russia. I know why. He realized Churchill would never give up. The devil must know that about you.
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.
We will open the flood gates of heaven in the abyss of human suffering in this city. Never—and I mean never—has the fire for winning souls burned so hot within me. Devil, you did your worst, now…in Las Vegas, we will do our best.
This is a new prayer alert. We are asking prayer for Mario Murillo. We are facing a fresh challenge. As we have reported to you, he was improving, but something happened two days ago.
The pain reappeared—not by any accident, but mysteriously—even though Mario followed a strict regimen required for recovery. The cause is unknown to doctors but not to God. That is why we are appealing to all of the friends of this ministry for fervent prayer. We need a miracle.
We will never give glory to the enemy but we do recognize when he attacks. Paul said in 1 Thessalonians 2: 18: “We wanted to come to you—I, Paul, tried over and over again—and Satan stopped us.”
This is a vicious attack to stop soul winning. In this dark time for our nation, Satan is fully aware of the historic doors to win the lost that have opened to Mario Murillo Ministries. Just as our voice was about to heard, he attacked.
We are asking for you to pray specifically. Mario is keen on finding the root cause of his condition so that he can prevent it in the future. If it is to be through a doctor—pray, we find the right doctor. We need a physician who is not focused on injections and surgery but on a wider understanding of the spine and hip.
Ask for an instantaneous healing so that God may be glorified in the immediate restoration of our momentum to win the lost.
We need special prayer for Mechelle Murillo. The constant care of her husband can be exhausting. We do not need the evil one to create anymore health issues. Pray for her strength. Pray protection over her. Pray she is able to rest.
Ministries that preach the Gospel with signs and wonders are often hesitant to report illness. That has never been Mario’s style. He believes in total transparency. If you can trust us to tell you the truth about attacks, you can also trust us when we tell you about miracles. After all, we are in a war and the Bible says, “we have this treasure in earthen vessels.”
Mario’s spirit is not broken. In fact, this attack is building a fire in his soul to take even greater vengeance on the devil by winning even more souls and seeing more miracles of healing.
Your prayers are far more urgent than you know. Paul said, “For I know that this will turn out for my deliverance through your prayer and the supply of the Spirit of Jesus Christ.” – Philippians 1:19. Through your prayers knitted with ours, we shall see a miracle. Thank you for praying and for sharing this alert with others. God bless you! -MMM
We are coming to Las Vegas to win the lost and heal the sick on a scale we have never known. We are going where gangs operate. We are going where addicts languish. We are going where the homeless sit in despair. This Living Proof Tent Crusade will feature the widest range of ministries we have ever assembled.
We are going in the power of God. Our mission, is to open the flood gates of heaven on the abyss of human suffering. Never—and I mean never—has the fire for winning souls burned so hot within me.
Satan knew all of this, and viciously attacked me. Many of you know what happened. After standing for 4 crusade services back to back—some lasting 3 hours—I felt a strange pain in my left leg and spine. After a long flight home it became excruciating.
This is extremely rare. I have been blessed with strength to endure brutal schedules for over 50 years. I have flown 6 million miles on American Airlines. That doesn’t the miles on many other airlines.
This became the greatest test ever. After 3 doctors, X-rays, cat scan, and an MRI they were still guessing about the source of my pain.
The amount of intercession that has gone up for me is humbling and convicting. This ordeal hardened my resolve. I told Satan, “there is no version of this where you win.” I confessed, that the same power that flows in our meetings, will overshadow me through the prayers of the saints.
While doctors theorize, God works. Every time people pray over me, the pain decreases and mobility increases. Could I have been instantaneously healed? Of course! But a healing is a healing no matter how it comes.
There is something I am looking forward to. It drives my recovery. On Saturday April 14th we will serve lunch to pastors and leaders in the Las Vegas area. It will be my honor to open my heart about the miracle I expect in April. The luncheon is free but we need your reservation to order the food. Call 775 238 3473 to reserve your place at this luncheon.
Not only this, but that night we will have a night of miracles and worship that is open to the public.
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!