by | Nov 3, 2019 | Christianity Today | 13 comments

What I am about to I tell you may be hard to believe.  Especially in these times that are dark, evil, angry and dangerous. There is no question that they are the most challenging days ever: in which to be married, have children, own a business, or lead a ministry.

Paul waged war for the Lord in the perilous times in which he lived, and he told Timothy to “fight the good fight.” A warrior shines best in the hottest battle. We must put on the armor of God, and learn to use the sword of the spirit.

Why should you learn to fight? Until you face the fact that you are locked in mortal combat, you will never stop being confused and you will never take adequate measures to arm yourself. Some even coddle the notion that if they remain a commonplace Christian, Satan will not attack them. But the warrior understands that it is the unarmed who are taken out first.

Rejoice in the honor of being born in these times!

 First, it is an honor because of what you get to see God do.   These are times when you will witness the power of God working miracles and doing special things through special people.  He gives grace that is not available in other, less chaotic times.  It is in times of crisis that He grants extraordinary power, wisdom, and courage. A life of knowing God and serving God is available to you—a life that was not available to prior generations.  Daniel wrote about dangerous times: “…but the people who know their God shall be strong and carry out great exploits.” [Daniel 11:32b]

It is in the darkest times that the greatest glory rises.  Isaiah 60:1: “And the glory of the Lord is risen upon you. 2 For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and deep darkness the people; but the Lord will arise over you and His glory will be seen upon you. 3 The Nations shall come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your rising.”

It is God’s grand finale. It is the time when He will at last reveal the mystery of His work in the world, and He will release all the provisions He has been storing up.

 Then there is the matchless honor of suffering shame for Christ.   Acts 5:41 says, “So they departed from the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for His name.”

Jesus said in Luke 6:22: “Blessed are you when men hate you, and when they excommunicate you, and revile you, and cast out your name as evil, for the sake of the Son of Man. 23 Rejoice in that day and leap for joy! Indeed, your reward is great in heaven, for their fathers did the same things to the prophets.”

 You were born for this time.  It is not punishment, it is not an accident, and it is an honor—because there is a glorious plan!  There is a holy design, and God in His perfect timing has placed you here on earth right now. We might yearn for simpler times, but the rewards are much greater in this time in which we are living.

But there are consequences for not participating… 

Let me take you back to another dangerous time, and urge you to embrace this, your hour of destiny.

Moses had sent out twelve men, one from each of the twelve tribes of Israel to do reconnaissance and then report back on the status of the land Jehovah promised to give them. They were at war, but only two of them were eager and ready to enter the land and fight to take it.

Here are the highlights of the story from the book of Numbers:

13:30 Then Caleb quieted the people before Moses, and said, “Let us go up at once and take possession, for we are well able to overcome it.” 31 But the men who had gone up with him said, “We are not able to go up against the people, for they are stronger than we are. 33 There we saw the giants…and we were like grasshoppers in our own sight.”

14:1 So all the congregation lifted up their voices and cried, and the people wept that night. But Joshua and Caleb, tore their clothes; 7 and said: “The land we passed through is an exceedingly good land. 8 Since Jehovah delights in us, He will bring us into this land and give it to us. Only do not rebel against Jehovah, nor fear the people of the land, for they are our bread; their protection has departed from them, and Jehovah is with us. Do not fear them.” 10Then all the congregation said to stone them with stones. 30Caleb quieted the people before Moses, and said, “Let us go up at once and take possession, for we are well able to overcome it.” 36 The men whom Moses sent to spy out the land and brought a bad report of the land 37died by the plague before Jehovah. 38 But Joshua and Caleb remained alive, of the (twelve) men who went to spy out the land.

The great cloud of witnesses who have gone before us and who are, at this very moment watching from the grandstands of heaven, would give almost anything to be in your shoes!  Jesus said, “I tell you that many prophets and kings have desired to see what you see, and have not seen it, and to hear what you hear, and have not heard it.” [Luke 10:24].

Today you can terrify the enemy and glorify God by turning the tables. Instead of withdrawing out of fear and feeling like you are victims for being born in these times, like Joshua and Caleb, fully embrace this moment.

See it as a great opportunity. Embrace your destiny, and thank God for the honor of being born in these times!

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  1. Carolina

    Taste and see that the LORD is good. Oh, the joys of those who trust in him!
    Let the LORD’s people show him reverence, for those who honor him will have all they need. ?
    (Psalm 34: 8,9, NLT)

  2. Connie Sherman

    Thank you so much for your post. They are so appreciated and read and shared. Blessings

    On Mon, Nov 4, 2019, 12:27 AM Mario Murillo Ministries wrote:

    > mariomurilloministries posted: “What I am about to I tell you may be hard > to believe. Especially in these times that are dark, evil, angry and > dangerous. There is no question that they are the most challenging days > ever: in which to be married, have children, own a business, or lead a ” >

  3. KarenSumrall

    We truly are the honored ones to live in such a time as this! This post should activate courage, boldness, and inject faith to our deepest core! So we say: “ Arise & Shine, for our Light (Jesus), has come to light our paths!! Thank you Sir, for this wisdom!

  4. Catherine Cates

    Mario please come to LIVINGSTON TN! First Church is on FIRE with a calling to set Appalachia on fire with Awakening.
    Help us! Steve Williams your good friend lives here. Let’s plan a tent revival to take our territory! We love you pray for you with you!
    We are a small Holy Ghost congregation with a large mandate. Keep your letters coming. We will order the new book.

  5. Keith Buchanan

    Thank you Sir for always seeking the heart of God, and then proclaiming that which you have recieved from Him.
    Yes we must take hold of that which God has set before us and march forward in faith believing!

  6. Pastor Greg T.

    Reblogged this on gregt's Blog and commented:
    We were born for such a time as this. Esther 4;4

  7. Jayne Farrell

    Yes and Amen!

  8. Noel

    Truly it is an amazing time to be alive! The fulfillment of all that has been written is at hand in this hour! Think of the Prophet Daniel’s response when he saw our times! He became shaken to his emotional core as he received revelation to successive world empires all the way down to the time of the coming anti-christ. If such a Godly man as Daniel was could be so shaken, think of the grace and power we need in these days for what is and what shall be!

    Daniel 7:1-28

  9. kingskid48

    Such a good Word. Thank you again, Pastor Mario. I was in a church yesterday where a pastor said he did not care who was president or what happened politically, he only cared what God is doing. I had thought that this pastor was more savvy than that about what is happening to California and to the country. I hope I am not being critical, but it seems like that’s the reason we are in this mess. Like Pastor Mario said in his book, we have more mega churches than ever, and yet California, and this country, are collapsing into depravity. I had so hoped to hear an admonition to get involved in the cultural, civil, and political war in whatever way we can, to the extent of taking back the ground that the devil has stolen. Maybe I “heard” his words wrong and misunderstood what he meant. I am hoping so. It just seems like, if the democrats are able to overthrow a duly-elected President, threaten even his Vice-President on talk shows, suggest installing the democrat Speaker as president, and the Church thinks everything is just fine and there’s nothing to worry about….we’ve missed it. We’ve missed the fact that the freedoms we haven’t yet lost are soon to be on their way out the door. It’s doubtful we will ever see another Republican President if this is allowed to happen. As Pastor Mario said, just because we are busy doing things for God doesn’t mean we are doing what He wants us to do at this time.

  10. free73735

    Reblogged this on free73735 and commented:

    Today’s Reading
    No one will believe this who has not lived long and looked hard, so that he knows how suddenly a passion for which has for years been wrapped round the whole of the heart will dry up and wither. Perhaps in the soul, as in the soil, those growths that show the brightest colours and put forth the most overpowering smell have not always the deepest root. Or perhaps it’s age that does it.

    From Till We Have Faces

  11. Mark Stripling

    Father in heaven, please raise up warriors who will pray, stand, and confront the gates of hell, who will bind the principalities, powers, rulers of darkness, and spiritual wickedness over Washington DC, working in Godless men and women who seek the destruction of our nation and Your Church by evil works,in Jesus name.



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