by | Feb 10, 2018 | Christianity Today | 10 comments

What are the secrets of building something great for God in these hostile times? Can we get over the evil of today to do something big?  Can visionaries still come to the forefront and seize the day?  Can true prophets arise, and speak the heart of God to a dying world?
If you’re looking for a cheap pep talk—a soothing shortcut—or the flattering words of the Daddy God Movement—if you think serving God is tongue talking Candyland then save us both time and ease on back into your cocoon.
But if you look at the present system of church and feel empty—if there is an inner fire that tells you “THIS IS NOT IT!  THERE HAS TO BE MORE! —you have come to the right place.
Our journey begins with a sad joke.  A moron wanting to cut firewood goes to a hardware store.  He asks the store clerk for advice.  Taken to the chain saws, the clerk says, “with a chain saw you can cut entire cords of wood in no time.”  Sold.
The moron returns 3 days later angry and frustrated. “You told me I could cut cords of wood.  All I got was a few lousy sticks, and this thing is way too heavy to handle.”  Baffled, the clerk grabs the saw, pulls the ripcord and the saw roars to life.  The moron asks, “what’s that noise?”
In the greatest moral war America has ever faced, the church is a giant unstarted chainsaw.   For that war, our Christian Colleges, insist on graduating tepid troops of singing psychologists and toothy marketers.
Secret number one:  Separate yourself.   There is a promise in the Bible that is timeless, omnipotent, and unstoppable.  It is a promise that transcends the mad railings of evil men, dark times, and limited resources.  It is a promise that will prevail in any culture, and at any time. Read the promise carefully:
2 Timothy 2:20-22 “But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay, some for honor and some for dishonor. Therefore, if anyone cleanses (separates) himself from the latter, he will be a vessel for honor, sanctified and useful for the Master, prepared for every good work. Flee also youthful lusts; but pursue righteousness, faith, love, peace with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart.”
Those words were not written to a surfer in the 1960’s,  but to a young leader embarking on ministry in the midst of the Roman lash and lions.
Separate yourself from the drunken compromised preachers of today.  Separate yourself from shallow faith.  Separate yourself form those who need “a daily word from the Lord”—turning prophecy into a horoscope.  Separate yourself from those who want to “activate gifts” without pressing in to know the heart of God.  Do these things and a great work has already begun.
Secret number two: Learn practical dependency on the Holy Spirit.  Satan’s best works are not done by atheists, but by misguided Christians.  He prizes—above all else—his ability to get ministers to take matters into their own hands—to build by their own wits—and build the perfect disguise.  The current whited sepulchers are vast empires bearing Christian labels.  These are machines God never built.  They are trophies of hell meant to distract the Body of Christ, and waste time and money.
John 16:13 However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come. 14 He will glorify Me, for He will take of what is Mine and declare it to you. 15 All things that the Father has are Mine. Therefore, I said that He will take of Mine and declare it to you.”
What do you see in those verses?  They should bless and horrify.  All the authority to build, direct, provide, strengthen and guide the church was vested in the Holy Spirit.  We have wounded a precious friend!  We have exiled the very person we needed most.
The American church thrashes about like a child in a kitty pool never guessing what she is doing wrong.  She hired marketers when she could have asked the Holy Spirit. She points to false success to justify her existence.  We don’t need a superman. We need supernatural men and women filled with the Holy Spirit.
You must be baptized in the Spirit and then learn to be led of the Spirit.
Secret Number Three: Trust the process. God invented planning. Therefore, the Holy Spirit will give you a plan. The trick is, you can’t take shortcuts, you won’t always see the logic, and you will get tired, and doubt the sanity of our course.
You won’t be allowed to do things that others get away with.  You will be driven to prayer and the Word of God over every step you take. You are taking the road least travelled.
Do what you are told and never stop doing it.  Trust the process.  No matter how against the grain your guidance is do it!  When you have no money but God says invest it in a vision—do it!  When close associates turn on you—still do it! Trust the process.  When you face a withering storm of criticism for your choice, keep going forward.
Look around.  You will see people doing mighty works of God in the Earth.  You will see the glaring difference between those who are fueled by the Spirit and those who are not.
Will these secrets work today?  They always have and they always will.


  1. Sandra Douglas

    Amen and amen

    Sent from my iPhone


    • Ann

      I wish you preached near me, we are having a terrible time finding a church that teaches the uncompromised TRUTH.

  2. scottysearan

    Great To know there is a preacher still on fire for God.

  3. Mark Stripling

    Amazing read. I had just told my wife that the story of the demoniac of Gadera reminded me of the church today. Ruled more by Hell than heaven. Many church people have much in common with him. He was alive, yet powerless, in bondage, nakedness, and deception, and existing in the place of the dead, not the living, among the tombs. I said that Jesus called the Phaisees whited sepulchres, (diguised graves) and that most of our churches today are more places of the dead than the alive. No chains could hold him- Psalm 2 says that men claim that the word of God is like bonds and chains that must be cast off. Don’t put your convictions and “legalism”on me. If a verse offends me, I will not be “bound” by it. He was naked: Church of Laodicea. ” We are good, rich, comfortable, don’t need a thing!” Jesus: do you not know you are wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and NAKED! Christ’s cloak of righteousness has been replaced by righteousness found in communion, baptism, church membership alone. His righteousness has been lost in spiritual lukewarmness and deception. Holy Ghost fire is not only gone, but no longer even welcome or wanted, and even opposed. Not in his right mind: Jesus: “KNOW YE NOT” that you are miserable and poor and BLIND and naked? “Whoever says, I know him, but does not keep his commandments is a liar, and the truth is not in him.” Yet the moment he had opportunity to know Jesus he ran to him and was saved, delivered, clothed, his mind cleared, and called to become a witness/preacher of the good news of Christ. How many lost souls who are regulars at church would glady receive Christ if they ever heard the truth preached under the convicting power of the Holy Ghost?

    • Carolina

      Mark S,
      True what you’ve said! Holy Spirit is virtually absent from far too many “church culture” activities today, it appears to be due to their Laodicean attitude. I know what Holy Spirit witnessed to me at the very beginning of 2018, Christ’s Own words in Revelation 3, “I would that you were hot or cold,” this I understood was an indictment, not upon me & my house, but upon the current Christian “church culture.” Of course I immediately went into prayer for insight, and the next day got a response from a fella I’ve shared with for years, who’s topic clearly read, “Too many Christians are neither Hot or Cold!

  4. Nelly Smith

    Love this! Is a much needed truth that needs to be shared. The church has become so gullible and taken on the latest trinket the enemy dangles in front of it. Pastor Mario, ty for a great word , will keep you in prayer, keep up the great work you do for Him! Is always about Him! Blessings

  5. Sheila

    Amen Mario❣️

  6. johnwillis

    Great word Mario! I see only two camps really, those who follow the dictates of the flesh and those who follow the dictates of the Spirit. Romans 8:1-13

  7. Dirk A Schnarr

    Very good.
    Jesus told us the very same thing and His “advice” (command) is constantly overlooked. If we do as He said, He WILL work through us.

    Deny yourself. Pray about that. Ask the Lord how many ch that entails. Can you demand anything for yourself if you have truly denied yourself?

    Take up your cross.

    This is not some burden. It is recognizing that we have a death sentence on us and we willingly take up our cross so that we can be crucified and DIE!

    Follow Me!

    Walk JUST LIKE JESUS. JESUS came and humbled Himself never saying or doing ANYTHING unless the Father told Him to say it or do it. He NEVER defended Himself, He actually laid down ALL of His natural authority, power, knowledge, wisdom, etc., and relied EXCLUSIVELY on the Father for everything.

    That lifestyle will Always triumph!

    a bondslave in Christ Jesus

  8. Laura Collins

    Mark Taylor February 2018 youtube Google this

    On Feb 10, 2018 9:44 AM, “Mario Murillo Ministries” wrote:

    > mariomurilloministries posted: ” What are the secrets of building > something great for God in these hostile times? Can we get over the evil of > today to do something big? Can visionaries still come to the forefront and > seize the day? Can true prophets arise, and speak the heart of Go” >



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