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.
I am in a situation that is rare for me. After much prayer I knew a statement had to be made. Most of all, I am making it because it seemed good to the Holy Spirit. This is a special prayer alert to all of our family, friends and partners. Here’s what happened:
After standing for 4 crusade services back to back—some lasting 3 hours—I felt a strange, and growing tinge of pain in my left leg. After a long flight home it became excruciating. It centralized around the hip.
My doctor says it is most likely a stress fracture. That would mean 4-6 weeks of being flat on my back, followed by physical therapy. However, part of the problem still remains a mystery.
I told you this is rare because, in 50 years of preaching, I have been blessed with unusual strength in the most strenuous of schedules. I have flown 6 million miles on American Airlines—not including many other airlines.
This is when the devil tries to play with your mind. I have already missed two precious events—events that meant a lot to me and our mission. I was to be at Bethel Church in Redding and then at TBN.
Now let me make my strong confession to this crisis, I confess:
There is no version of this where the enemy wins. I am standing in the confidence that the same power that is so richly present in our meetings will now overshadow me through your prayers.
I will either spend the time learning new lessons, writing, and getting closer to my beloved Jesus. Or, I will rise and walk Jesus’ name. In either case, the devil loses big time. I have peace that I came by this condition honestly— stomping on the devil’s head.
Your prayers mean everything to me just now. I want to go so far as to ask you to pray for these specific things:
Prayer for Mechelle: Most of all, I must ask special prayer for my wife who is caring for me during this ordeal. She is working so hard to manage so many things. Please pray for strength and for protection of her health.
Healing: Not so much because I want to be out of pain but because I need to get back to the work of the Lord.
Protection of our momentum: We are on the cusp of winning untold numbers of young at risk souls. Beginning in Las Vegas, we believe, we will see a harvest not seen since the Jesus Movement of the 1970’s. Oh how the devil hates that!
Pray for my staff. They are swamped by the dizzying changes and all of the potential chaos that can come in these situations.
Finally, missing events costs us vital support but we have always trusted God as our source. I am most concerned for those around me because I know the warfare this incident has unleashed. My confession is that combined with your prayers, we will have everything we need and the work will be even stronger than ever.
Please leave word that you are praying. Your note will strengthen my wife, family and staff.
I close with these words from Paul: “But I want you to know, brethren, that the things which happened to me have actually turned out for the furtherance of the gospel…Philippians 1:12
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
Mechelle and I are bringing back a beloved tradition. For years, in different cities across America, we would gather partners, and friends to have a Christmas Dinner together.
Our partners looked forward all year to these wonderful dinners. We celebrated Christmas—the way Christmas should be celebrated—with wonderful music, unforgettable fellowship, a sumptuous dinner, and a powerful vision for winning souls in the New Year.
This year there will only be one of these dinners. It will be in San Francisco!
Here are the details: Saturday December 9th at 7 PM at the beautiful Marriott Waterfront near the San Francisco Airport.
The tickets cost $50 per person. But right now, you can get them for only $25 by using the special link below. The link will direct you to an easy-to-use page to order your tickets.
I promise you—you will be making a Christmas memory that will last a lifetime. We could sure use a joyous break from the stresses of this time.
This is going to be an exciting reunion, wonderful fellowship over dinner and a chance for Mechelle and I to greet you personally.
Do not be disappointed. Space is limited. Order your tickets as soon as you finish reading this!
It will mean so much to Mechelle and me to be able to celebrate Christmas with you.
REMEMBER, IT’S SATURDAY DECEMBER 9TH 7 PM AT THE WATERFRONT MARRIOTT AT SFO. IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS CALL US AT 775 238 3473
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