Why declaring miracle healing to a skeptical public is not theatrics but a solemn duty.


Why declaring miracle healing to a skeptical public is not theatrics but a solemn duty.

There is a good reason why my mind is racing back to the night that someone tried to kill me in the U.C. Berkeley campus: Tonight, August 24th, 2016 we begin a two day crusade in a violent and addicted city.  We are bringing Living Proof to Salinas, California.

That is why my mind races back to the night on the Berkeley campus.  All that afternoon I paced and prayed on the hillside above the campus of 44,000 students.  Seeking God and asking “how do I reach a generation of students bent on Marxist revolution?”

One voice within me argued, “You must study the great modern apologists of the faith and give an intellectual defense of the faith.  Immerse yourself in the writings of Francis Schaeffer, C.S. Lewis, and G.K. Chesterton.”   The other voice said simply, “it is not by might nor by power but by my spirit.”

The answer came emphatically that night.  I was sharing my “apologetic faith” with a flower child in front of the Student Union Building of Cal Berkeley at about PM.  What I could not see, was the massive, angry radical stealing up behind me.

This atheist Goliath grabbed me by the neck and proceeded to choke the life out of me. the words of great Christian intellectuals were useless.  I am sure that young campus radical did not understand his rage against me.

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The powers of darkness understood what was at stake: Miracle based soul winning is a grave threat and demons will stop at nothing to kill miracle ministry before it is born.

God ordered me to take my stand in the power of the Spirit. In my own faltering way I did.   My assailant suddenly stopped and stood stunned by something behind me in the shadows.  To this day I do not know what startled him, I only know that I ran, and as I ran I affirmed my commitment to the Supernatural Gospel of Christ.

We began telling people they could come and be healed.  But is that right?  Is it right to offer hope to those who medical science cannot help?  Is it right to raise expectations to those who have given up on everything else?

If what say we say about Christ’s power to save and heal is false, then me are as Paul said, the worst liars in history.  But if it is true and we do not offer it freely and publicly we are the worst traitors in history!

I am praying for God to use this letter to speak to leaders everywhere! I am convicted that Christ is speaking to us right now:  He is calling us to seek Him now.  Set a date at His bidding.  Prepare your people for signs and wonders.  Vow to give all glory to God.  Invite to public to come and see the awesomeness of our God!

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Here is why it is true and why it is our solemn duty to present it to a skeptical world.  The world began to feel the power of the Gospel when Jesus stood and read these words from the book of Isaiah:  Luke 4: 18 “The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, Because He has anointed Me To preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives And recovery of sight to the blind, To set at liberty those who are oppressed; 19 To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord.”

1. He was hanging out a shingle:   When you start a business you do what is called hanging out a shingle.    A Shingle is a small signboard that indicates a professional office. The world began to change when Jesus stood and read these words.

He was announcing the start and the content of His miracle ministry and He did it publicly.   Here are 6 targets of His ministry:

Give good news to the poor.

Heal the brokenhearted.

Proclaim liberty to the captives.

To recover the sight to the blind.

To set at liberty those who are oppressed.

To declare the time of God’s favored.

2.  He announces by what authority He is healing the sick.

“Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.”  What an astounding statement that is!   Every Jew knew that verse.  Everyone in Israel has been waiting for that verse to be fulfilled and Jesus flat out says that He is fulfilling it. Talk about raising the hopes of the people!

Yet it is right that He does this so that the miracles can be released.  And that is precisely what the Church of Jesus should do.  We must go public about the resurrection of Jesus did to the works of Satan and all of the benefits of the Gospel.

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3.  God was with Him in this project. Acts 10:38 says, “Jesus went about doing good healing all who were oppressed of the devil for God was with Him.  Jesus was not acting on His own initiative.

We continue Christ’s war on the works of Satan.  Public announcements are not an option!  We must set the time and the place that the Holy Spirit has designated for the supernatural to appear.

Having settled the question in Berkeley we announced our first healing rally.  I was such a raw recruit that I stood in front of the audience frozen in fear.

 I did not know how God rewards those who—at His behest—show up for war.

In the crowd was a young man lying unconscious on a couch at the back of the chapel.  He had shot a mixture of LSD and Heroin and it made him comatose.   Supernaturally, he woke up and his symptoms vanished.   He came to the front and knelt in utter adoration of God.   This single healing launched ten years of harvest on that university campus.

Now  we must go very public to America while there is still time.

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The Problem with Prophesying the Destruction of San Francisco.

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The Problem with prophesying the destruction of San Francisco.

By Mario Murillo

I woke on the morning of October 4, 2013 and San Francisco was still there.  To the dismay of some, it was even a beautiful day in the city.  Why is this significant?  Well, as many of you may know, “prophets” said that  3rd October, 2013 a 9.5 magnitude quake would destroy San Francisco and in fact, would snap it off the coast line altogether.  It appears that the only thing that may snap off and crumble is the credibility of some in the “prophetic movement.”  While they were busy predicting the destruction we were busy gathering the harvest in Northern California.

1. Predicting an earthquake in San Francisco is like predicting a mustache in Mexico.  It is not prophetic to say San Francisco will have an earthquake.  There are small tremors every day.  It lies in the most active earthquake region of the world!  Give me a break, of course San Francisco is going to have an earthquake.

2. An out of Bible experience: What did happen yesterday is the passing of Chuck Smith a great man of God.  In a way, this blog is because of his life.  Chuck was a man overflowing with love.  Notably, he loved lost souls and he loved the Bible.  He repeatedly responded to issues in the body of Christ by saying, “read the Bible.”

An out of Bible experience is a phrase coined by my friend Pastor Dusty Kemp who leads New Life Church in Houston.  This rash of predictions by “prophets” is a symptom of the departure from, and a replacement for the Bible.  One voice in this movement said, “I have experiences that cannot be explained by the Bible.”  Another accused Scripture based preachers of thinking the Bible was God.  This is the very deception that Paul warned would come: “1 Timothy 4:1 Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons.”

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I have always had deep misgivings taking any single gift of the Spirit and naming a movement after it.  I also know some true prophets and almost without exception they refuse to go by the title of prophet.

3. What spirit are you of?  Luke 9: 54 “And when His disciples James and John saw this, they said, “Lord, do You want us to command fire to come down from heaven and consume them, just as Elijah did?” 55 But He turned and rebuked them, and said, “You do not know what manner of spirit you are of. 56 For the Son of Man did not come to destroy men’s lives but to save them.”  One of the most chilling things I ever saw was on Christian television was a “prophet” taking credit for predicting hurricane Katrina.   Families who lost loved ones must have been horrified to see such indifference to their loss.

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Yet, it is this very spirit that has seeped into some of the prophetic movement.  They are not here to save but to indulge in spiritual entitlement and a self-centered quest for exotic experiences.  It is almost universal that when we go into a city that it is the hyper churches that will not help us win souls.  By hyper I am talking about when they are hyper worship, hyper intercession, hyper-prophetic but utterly unhyper about winning souls or linking hearts with other members of the body of Christ.

In conclusion: While these “prophets” were busy condemning Northern California we were seeing an unprecedented harvest of souls in Salinas.  Come on people!  If God is reaching out in mercy let’s not predict, wish or entertain destruction but lovingly warn society.

A Night that Backfired on Satan.

A Night that Backfired on Satan.

Last night the largest crowd we have seen in Salinas surrendered to raw fire from heaven.  This was without a doubt the greatest single service in the last 20 years of my ministry.  Youth of all races rushed for salvation bringing the total that came forward in three nights to nearly 1,000.

Salinas 9At one point, a host of those who could not walk, bend or move because of disease, came to the front to dance, jump, run and demonstrate their miracle.

However, this greatest of all nights came very to being ruined by Satan.  It all started when Jesus said, “That young woman to your left, I am healing her.”  It turned out that she could not even stand up, let alone walk.  Her friend and an usher struggled to get her on her feet.

I knew I was to call her out and order her to stand but the miracle did not happen.  She simply stood there frozen with fear and struggling to keep her balance.  The whole audience was fixated on her.  Satan threw a wet blanket of doubt on the whole event.  He had come in a cold blooded attempt to keep people from hearing the Gospel and being healed!

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I had to do something fast or the meeting would be ruined! Instantly God granted wisdom.  I assigned workers to keep praying for her and I turned to the others that Jesus was healing.  The Holy Spirit began to grant details of diseases, startling details!  The blanket of doubt lifted and a cloud of glory descended.

If only you could have been there to see healing bursting forth with such force and freedom.  I am convinced that not one need was skipped and every sickness was touched by Christ.

Strong men fell before God weeping over the healing of their bodies.  Hearts, lungs, livers, just name an organ of the body and someone was soon reporting a healing of each and every one. The doubt Satan casted on the people backfired big time.

Then I received an audacious order from Jesus: “Tell everyone who is addicted to drugs to come to the front and they will be set free.”  I gave the order thinking how hard and embarrassing this would be for people.

To my astonishment, there was no hesitation!  Quickly the front was filled with youth wanting deliverance.  Then God fulfilled his promise as the Spirit of God drenched them with new life and a supernatural will to say no to addiction!

Those who came for deliverance were soon joined by other lost souls who simply wanted to be born again.  The hundreds who stood crying out for new life brought the total to nearly one thousand in three days.

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How mighty was this meeting?  It was so mighty that we forgot about the young woman who could not walk.  But Jesus never forgot her.  There she was among the other souls at the front.  It turned out that the key to her healing in her body was a miracle in her soul.  The Blood of Jesus had cleansed her soul and now she could receive.  I looked down and saw her jumping up and down with glorious abandonment!  Satan paid dearly for attacking this meeting.

In conclusion: This outbreak in Salinas proves that in the midst of the great evil and darkness in America God is still at work in a mighty way to restore her!

P.S. What an honor to work with Pastor Alex Musumeci!  This fire will continue to blaze even higher under his leadership.  I look forward to the next LIVING PROOF outreach in Salinas!

SALINAS: BEYOND WORDS.

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The last two nights in Salinas have been beyond words.  Lost souls have answered my forceful appeal to follow Jesus, but it is the way that they have responded that is beyond words. Healings have come but it is the intensity and abundance of them that it is beyond words.

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Salinas is a special example of demonic activity.  The Mexican cartels are here, violence is increasing at a rate that leads the nation.  Law enforcement and civic leaders do not know what to do.  Satan is gnawing at the very fabric of civilization here.  Families live here under a siege of bullets, drugs, chaos and despair that few of us can even imagine.

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LIVING PROOF SALINAS was born from prayer and obedience.  In every Living Proof Outreach that we have done God has required strict obedience.  He has gone so far as to tell me that I may not know what city was next until after I was finished in the current city.

We had finished LIVING PROOF FAIRFIELD and I prayed, “Lord we have to know soon in order to plan effectively.”  He said, “When you walk back in your house, you will get a phone call and someone will tell you that they are giving you money for Salinas.  14 minutes later Ruben Dominquez a prominent and successful real estate broker from Monterey called my house.  “Mario, I am closing an escrow and Jesus told me to send you $3,000 for Salinas.”  I told him how God had just spoken.  We both nearly fell under the power of God!

Meanwhile in Salinas, Pastor Alex Musumeci who leads the Communidad Cristiana De Fe got his own word from God.  He was told to set up 7 tents in key locations of the city…even in the very heart of gang warfare!  Intercessors began raising an unending cry for God’s power to fall.  Free prayer was offered to any who would come in the tent.

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Souls walked into the tents and were born again.  Healings broke out in the city!  One woman asked for Jesus to heal here heart of sorrow and despair, “my son was shot and killed two weeks ago; I need power just to keep on living.” The One sent to bind up the broken hearted gave her more than what she could have ever imagined!

It all culminated at the 2,000 seat Sherwood Hall in the heart of Salinas.  I preached the Cross, the Blood, and the Resurrection without fear, compromise or limitation.   Try to imagine how many altar calls I have given in my ministry.  Only then can you appreciate my saying that I have never seen God render lost souls so helpless before His power.  They tell me that over 300 souls came forward.  All I can say is that they invaded the front, they stampeded to God and they cried out for salvation with an intensity I had not seen before.

Word quickly spread all over town that we had announced a healing service for the next night.  Faith saturated the Sherwood Hall.  I read the story of blind Bartimaeus form Luke 18.  He cried out when he heard that Jesus was nearby.  He might never pass that way again.  The blind man cried out and did not care what anyone thought!  “Do that now!” I said.   My friend, that is all that it took for a hurricane of healing power to consume the audience.

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One woman got a notion to leave her wheelchair and boldly strutted on her new legs across the front.  Another man demonstrated his new sight!  We had our own Bartimaeus…but he received so much more!  His heart, ears, diabetes and arthritis were healed!   These are only a fraction of the miracles that ignited across the building.

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And just when I thought that the harvest could not match the night before, the Holy Spirit overruled me.  Hundreds came forward again with the same abandonment, maybe even more than the night before.

I was supposed to end it last night but we have added one more night!  Tonight will be even greater…  I am already trembling with expectation!

P.S. We are soon to post the breath taking results of last night: Tuesday, October 1st

  

Fire over Northern California continues!

Today I am Thrilled to preach in a church in Salinas that is on fire for Christ.  Communidad De Fe is a plant in America from the great revival in Argentina.  Pastor Alex Musecmisi had no idea that he was setting up a church in what is now the headquarters of the Mexican Drug cartels in California.  Despite everything, this bold and mighty army has swelled to almost 2,000 believers!

Today is a precursor to a massive tent revival that we are working toward in October.  Our goal is to win more gang members, addicts and just plain people to Jesus.

My message this morning will spotlight the following high points:

1. All of the eyes of America are on the Hispanic Community.  What will we do with this opportunity?

2. They say that our vote will swing the election.

3. We believe that abortion is wrong. 

4. We believe that marriage is between one man and one woman.

5. There are those who want to win our vote by telling us that we are victims.  We do not want to be the next victimized minority.  We want paychecks not food stamps.

6. We want to prove that if you obey the rules and work hard you can succeed in this country.

7. Most of all we believe that the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but they are mighty through God to the tearing down of strongholds.  We will take the Gospel to America.

I believe that Hispanic can become His Panic in America.  Jesus can place His mighty hand on the Latino community and shock the devi!

Santa Rosa continues today!   The fire is falling all over Northern California.  Tonight at 6PM God will fan the flames of the Santa Rosa Fire.  We are expecting many to be saved and healed.  The ignited core that has formed in Santa Rosa has been taking the message to family, friends and complete strangers!

We have lived to see the time where the supernatural gifts of the Holy Spirit want to flow through the entire church to America.  These expressions of power are no longer the domain of a select few of Christian celebrities.  They are to function in each and every one of us.

This is a time where we cannot hold back our voices to expose the evil that would give America an untimely death.  You and I are here right now to make a difference.  The question is not. “should we speak out…the question is “what will you think of yourself if you remain silent and look back with remorse at your cowardice?”

It is just like Jesus to light the fuse of awakening in the most liberal and smug region of our nation! Stay tuned for a victory report from the frontlines later today!

Why this will be an explosive summer of outreach for Mario Murillo Ministries

    

 

 

As I write this to you we are preparing to launch our 45th summer outreach. A great and effectual door is open to Mario Murillo Ministries but there are indeed many adversaries.  The push back against the Gospel is coming from within and from without the church.  New laws threaten freedom of expression.  We are walking into a family fight that is worse than anything since the Civil War.  

So how is it that we expect this to be our greatest summer of outreach ever?  There are three big reasons:

1. God has just given us a healing miracle that is amazing  and undeniable.  In Clearlake, we saw one of the most amazing and undeniable miracles in our history. Teresa came in desperate need of a miracle.  She was in excruciating pain,  the list of diseases that ravaged her body seemed endless.  Her vertebrae were telescoping down is 5 places resulting in a loss of two inches of height. She had advanced diabetes, heart disease, and a dead liver.  Her doctors took away her last hope which was a liver transplant. They explained that her weakened state made it impossible for her to survive surgery.  They gave her just 6 months left to live.

When Jesus healed her the pain left instantaneously. She even noticed that she regained the two inches of height she had lost. When she returned to her doctor he gave her several tests. Everything was gone but what hit the doctor the most was the fact that she now had a new liver.  She was totally healed.  We go forth armed with the expectation that God will do great miracles like Teresa’s in every dark place that we minister this summer.  We must operate in signs, wonders and miracles: 

 2. We know the Gospel will prevail.  God does not need a publicist or a talent agent; the Gospel does not require rebranding to be “relevant.”  The words of Jesus do not require cosmetic surgery. Billy Graham showed us the effectiveness God gives those who preach the truth at all cost.  Over and over Billy would say, “the Bible says.”  Each time he said it, the Holy Spirit would open doors and move men’s hearts.

This summer, we go forth weeping bearing precious seed and we will doubtless.  Jesus said “ Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away.”- Matthew 24:35

3. We are trusting God for outpourings of the Holy Spirit not just events.  Matthew 11:12 says, “And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and the violent take it by force.  Jesus said this in answer to a question about the fantastic success of John the Baptist.  In just two years, a decadent society was transformed by John’s preaching.  All of Judea came to be baptized.  We are talking hundreds of thousands of people!  

 Occasionally, God makes Himself irresistible to masses of humanity.  We call this revival.  God begins by creating a deep hunger.  Amos 8: 11 “Behold, the days are coming,” says the Lord God, “That I will send a famine on the land, Not a famine of bread, Nor a thirst for water, But of hearing the words of the Lord.”

When a truth starved generation meets an open display of the Kingdom of God the result is a violent invasion.  In such times, God can change men’s minds.  He will operate undetected in their spirits.  He can turn them away from the one thing they want to do, to the last thing they ever wanted to do.   God is like a farmer using canals turning the water through his grounds wherever he pleases. The nature of the water does not change as it crosses the land nor does it overrule man’s freewill. 

We begin our summer assault an hour south of Chicago starting June 24th.  We will spend 4 days there.  An army of soul winners and intercessors are working night and day for a harvest. 

Then we move on to Salinas California.  There are gang, drug killing fields in Salinas California.  ABC News reported that at one stretch of violence there has been nearly one murder a day. The city is under siege and many families are living in fear.  Everyday children hear the sound of gunfire.  Everywhere you look there are the wounds of poverty. 

The infrastructure of family, law enforcement, and education are stretched beyond the limit.  There is a general feeling here that without a miracle this area will become a wasteland.   

Salinas has been active gang territory for five decades, but city leaders say the threat has morphed from turf wars to drug trafficking that involves Mexican cartels.  Listen to Mayor Dennis Donohue, “Some folks get to be the corporate headquarters for Apple, I get to be the corporate headquarters of “Nuestra Familia” and it’s organized crime syndicate.

With the gang problem only getting worse, the mayor says not fighting back has “unthinkable consequences.”   The mayor has welcomed us to come and reach out.  We are partnering with Pastor Alex of Communidad Cristiana an exploding congregation of over 1500 people, a church planted here from the revival in Argentina.  The first of three outreaches begin here July 1.  These are only two out all of the outreaches we will do this summer.  Others include Albany Oregon, Vancouver Washington, Pittsburgh Pennsylvania, Yuba City California, Tulsa Oklahoma, Flint Michigan and Martinez.  Others are still waiting to be confirmed. 

Here is my heartfelt confession:  This will be the summer where unthinkable consequences will be overtaken by the unimaginable love and power of God!