by | Mar 19, 2020 | Christianity Today | 39 comments

California’s Governor Gavin Newsom just tonight predicted that 56% of all Californians will be infected by the coronavirus. He just projected a humanitarian disaster beyond imagination, in the last place on earth you would ever expect it. But, if you don’t believe him or the leftist media, I don’t blame you: they have told so very many lies.

But we cannot deny our lives have been disrupted to an extreme that we have not experienced since the Second World War.

Suddenly, we have been plunged into a world that we had previously only seen in disaster movies. All the professional sports that most Americans worship are gone. California’s children will stay home probably until the fall. Las Vegas has been shut down.  Sin City’s credo was, “What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas” but now it’s, “Nothing is happening here.”

We have no idea what will ultimately happen to our economy. We are huddled in our homes trying to figure out the best way to ride this out—hoping the doomsday voices are wrong.

What bothers me the most is the behavior of so-called Christians on social media. I have never seen so much self-promotion. Videos infest the internet with “words from God.” Some say this will turn out to be nothing. Others tell us it is the end. They gargle with gunpowder and then shoot their mouths off. They dispense silliness in the name of God. All they really crave is attention. You should document their predictions and hold them accountable for false prophecy when this is all over.

There is only one reason I am writing this and there is only one group I am writing it to. I am writing this to you because God has done an epic miracle in my soul, and this is a message for the remnant of God who have been hidden until this very moment. They are in this crisis by design. They are in for an amazing surprise.

This is not for the carnal Christian. If that’s you, you still need one more lap around reality before you will have a heart for the Glory that God will reveal in His core believers. So here goes…a message to God’s hidden people who are groping for answers for what to do during this quarantine and pandemic.

Like you, I had to deal with the sudden and shocking change brought about by the coronavirus quarantine. There are many who are going through things far worse than I am. But what I went through was still pretty bad.

A week ago, I felt as if I had lost everything. The coronavirus scare closed down our tent crusades. For me and for our team it is a devastating loss. I am not exaggerating: I truly collapsed before God from sheer sorrow.

Out of it, God led me to nine words that David spoke. He said nine words that tell the prophetic core exactly what to do in this crisis. I present to you what every pastor, leader, business person, parent, and young person who is under a heavy call of God needs to do right now.

You will find the answer in the 30th chapter of 1 Samuel. When David lost everything and his men were ready to stone him, he did something remarkable. The Bible says, “He encouraged himself in the Lord.” That is amazing enough, but it’s what he did next that’s even more amazing.

To get anything out of these words, you must first grasp the utter despair that David felt before he spoke them. Remember, David was a man who had been anointed and over whom prophecy had been spoken that he would be King, but in an instant, he became as poor as a slave.

Here’s the picture: 1 Samuel 30:3 “So David and his men came to the city, and there it was, burned with fire; and their wives, their sons, and their daughters had been taken captive. Then David and the people who were with him lifted up their voices and wept, until they had no more power to weep.” Filled with despair, David’s own men were about to kill him.

The nine words I am going to show you were the greatest psalm David ever spoke. In this ‘accidental psalm,’ David glorified God like he had never glorified God before.

Here are the nine words: “Shall I pursue this troop? Shall I overtake them?”

Don’t let their simplicity fool you! David glorified God in what he did not say, as much as in what he did say. Even though he felt rage and grief he did not insult God’s character. He did not rail against his circumstances. David did not sin with his mouth. There was no, “Why did you let this happen to me?” Or, “How can I trust you when you can’t even protect my family?”

David was practicing what he preached in Psalm 19:9, “The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever; the judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether.”

From David’s example, I knew better than to waste valuable time rehearsing the disastrous effects of the coronavirus on our ministry. I needed something else. And so do you.

David did not torture himself by dwelling on why it had gotten so bad. He knew the goodness, mercy and wisdom of God. He didn’t even ask for comfort. Think of that!

No, he knew he needed to ask for something else.  Can you guess what that is? He needed direction. DIRECTION! And that, my friend, is what you need most.

Take Mario Murillo Ministries for an example. We are in deep prayer about what to do next. My concern is not the tent crusades. When the lock down is lifted we will be ready. We will move with all the force of the pent up zeal and fire in our bones!

No, my real concern is what God would have us do in the meantime. Somehow, I believe God is about to reveal to us an amazing method and an idea that will launch us to harvest souls in a way we never imagined.

Yes, in the natural, this is a terrifying situation. Cities have shut down. Businesses are being destroyed, and people are dying.  Still, nothing could be worse than wringing our hands and wallowing in vain imaginations about why this happened, and what may happen next.

The Holy Spirit is waiting to give us marching orders. He wants to give us the wisdom necessary to not only stay safe, but to exploit this crisis for the Glory of God.

God answered David and gave him a promise: “Pursue, for you shall surely overtake them and without fail recover all” (1 Samuel 30:8).

That was all David needed to launch out and go attack the enemy. He didn’t know how it would happen but he did not let his men slow him down. He ordered them to mount up and ride! When his men saw David on his horse, it reminded them of all the past victories that came from following David into battle.

David sat high and looked at them with a look that spoke volumes, it said, in essence, “Do you want to kill me or do you want to get your wives and kids back?” They followed David, rode after the enemy, miraculously found them, and got back everything and more besides.

You need to talk to your soul and ask yourself, “Do you want to sit here paralyzed by fear or do you want to get up and follow God into total restoration of everything the devil has stolen?”

As far as Mario Murillo Ministries is concerned we will win souls! No matter what. I solemnly promise you that the enemy will pay. This crisis will not lessen our soul winning—in the end it will increase it!

This is what Paul said in Philippians 1:12-14, “I want to report to you, friends, that my imprisonment here has had the opposite of its intended effect. Instead of being squelched, the Message has actually prospered.”

We all need to follow David’s example to get two things: direction and a promise. You will learn how to suppress fear and confusion. You will have no doubt that God is with you and your loved ones, to protect and provide.

You will realize that you have been secretly undergoing preparation for this very moment. Expect to hear from Jesus! Expect to know exactly what to do and how to do it.

This virus is going to pass. But the damage we will live with if we give in to fear and hesitation will not go away. You will look back on this for the rest of your life and thank God you did not give in to fear or disobey the deep work of the Holy Spirit

All it took in David’s case was nine simple words, and an impossible situation was turned into an epic victory: and the body of Christ in America is also going to experience another epic victory! Hallelujah!




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    • Carolina

      Mario, thanks for the memories!
      My Husband and I have had one Ziklag moment after another for over 27 years.
      What we learned from each one was invaluable, so we say this as we move onward in Jesus Christ’s name and triumphant victory for us!
      ” We shall not fail, we shall prevail”!????

      • megagenius

        YES……”We shall not fail, we shall prevail”. Now this is an ironclad guarantee in THIS life. God told David, Surely and without fail you shall overtake them and recover all. An Ironclad Guarantee can’t be broken or taken back. Now THAT is Good News! I Sam. 30:8

        • Carolina

          megagenius, “It is as you have believed”!??‍♀️??

  2. John Navarette

    Sir, Thank you for your compassion and the heart felt words that you allow God and the Holy Spirit to speak through you and your ministry. These are good words for this time!
    My family and I pray comfort and strength and wisdom to overcome what tries to attack our brothers and sisters in Christ, that we will be humbled and sensitive to the calling of the Holy Spirit to carry out His marching orders in Jesus name! amen!

  3. neal johnson

    I ordered your book and never got it . At least 2 weeks ago. Thank You Neal Johnson

    • mariomurilloministries

      Neal, I am sorry your book has been delayed. We have also had many issues with mail delivery. I want to make sure you get it can you please call 775 238 3473 ask for Lexi and give her your information so we can track your book. I apologize for the delay.

    • mariomurilloministries

      Neal, I have an update. According to our records your book was sent out on March 10th. Media mail takes two weeks and with the coronavirus situation even a little longer. Give it a few more days. Again, thank you for your patience.

  4. waibera mahamba

    Thank you for this powerful message.

    Pastor Mahamba Wa-ibera Evariste


    On Fri, Mar 20, 2020, 7:52 AM Mario Murillo Ministries wrote:

    > mariomurilloministries posted: “California’s Governor Gavin Newsom just > tonight predicted that 56% of all Californians will be infected by the > coronavirus. He just projected a humanitarian disaster beyond imagination, > in the last place on earth you would ever expect it. But, if you don’” >

  5. Portfolio in heaven

    I wonder how he arrives at 56%? Forget China, Arizona, Nevada, and Oregon may close their borders with California.

  6. Diane m holstein

    The average person thinks the old Testament plagues affected every one. Thanks to Cecil B Demille, “10 Commandments.” All thru Exodus the Lord made a distinction between the Egyptians and the land of Goshen!

  7. Brenda Turner

    This is a message for me.I have been asking God what to do give me direction about what to do ..where to do I do it..I too have list a lot..but like you said..its time to follow God and take it all back!! I’m waiting and ready Lord!Show me how..give me the means and Jesus name!

  8. John Masciale

    One of the most frustrating commands from the Lord is “wait.” Abraham wanted his promised son, took things into his own hands on bad advice, which resulted in Ishmael. Do not make an Ishmael. Preach the word. Be ready in season and out

  9. Harolyn

    I want to thank you so much for your encouraging words and for how the Holy Spirit is leading you I praise God for his victory

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  10. Dan Swaningson's words and wit

    Amen, preach it brother! You are a voice crying in the wilderness and the words you speak echo and confirm what those with ears to hear are also hearing from the Spirit in this season. “We know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, and are called according to His purpose.”
    The true called must now arise and answer the call to fulfill that purpose without apology or timidity.

  11. RL Perrin

    A timely word, which fits like a glove for us today. As His people if we would ask Him what is on His heart and pray though the Holy Spirit the answers will come. What if God is using this time to wake us up as believers to seek His face first then His hand. Like David When things got hard he hit his knees first and asked for direction.

  12. Aggie

    Best message yet!! Give God praise and honor in all circumstances. I have thanked him for a flat tire and for my car breaking down, for many reasons and he has always turned it around for my good. I am thanking him for this virus because I know behind the scenes there is much being accomplished that couldn’t be done any other way. We all just need to trust him and know that he is gonna bring his people out victoriously and show himself to the world. Keep your hearts prepared always to meet him for we never know when our time will end to go home and be with him. He has given me great peace through all of this and my husband who has been coming unglued is seeing this and I know God will use this circumstance to bring him back to him. Keep the faith people and PRAISE GOD FOR EVERYTHING!!!!

  13. Ginny Crawford

    I was also devastated to learn that your tent crusade had to be shut down. I was so looking forward to hearing about people coming to know our lord. I too feel God has something bigger and better planned. This is for sure a God thing!
    When this Virus started it was apparent that God was taking away our idols. No sports, travel, work, or restaurant and bars. God is saying, “Be still and no that I am God.”
    It’s hard to be still but I’m working on it. Just that Bible verse alone gives me strength. I’m looking forward to see what God is going to do.

    • Clifford "Buddy" West

      Love this comment. God ‘ does not withhold any good thing from us if it is what He knows is best. Coronavirus is not from God no more than a lie is the truth. Tha the “Truth” will prevail when you know it and act on it.

  14. kingskid48

    I think the devil must already be frustrated, because there seems to be an emphasis, even from secular areas, on helping each other, getting closer emotionally with family, and looking out for the sick and elderly. Perhaps we will actually learn something as a nation from this difficult time. We did not learn our lesson after 9/11. We were supposed to repent as a nation, and instead, we were defiant and thought we could shop our way to national healing. As a result, we allowed PC-Madness to put us to sleep, and overtake the nation, to the point that today, a person can get destroyed by saying the slightest thing that someone else doesn’t agree with. We are no longer the country that we were on 9/10. Maybe this will yank us back to some semblance of sanity. The devil will pay this time. More souls will be saved than eve. Thank you, Pastor Mario.

  15. Diane m holstein

    Casting down imaginations (not accepting the negative thoughts, suggestions, visions.) A spiritual weapon that we must use to be victorious over faulty perceptions. We must learn to actively discipline our thoughts to maintain God’s vision for us. We must only accept imaginations (thoughts) that line up with the Word of God.

  16. Christine H.

    Thank you, believing this will be a GLORIOUS OUTCOME FOR THE LORD, ALL LOVE TO KING JESUS ☦???

  17. Mike Ramey

    Just wanted to say that it was great reading! My favorite verse also comes out of I Sam. 30:6: …and David encouraged himself in the Lord His God… Pastor, I looked at one of your old Armed and Dangerous shows on VHS a few days ago, where you told the young man with the spiked green hair that he wasn’t ‘radical enough’. I believe that we’re in this time…we need to get radical! We need to be ‘Armed and Dangerous’. It’s time that the church learn how to ‘mark time’ and get ready for those who want to know ‘the reason for our hope’. We need to become the ‘Christian Minutemen’, ready to go with the gospel! What made–and still makes–Christianity worthwhile is that it is a relationship, not a religion, and that the saints are MOBILE! Onward, Christian Soldiers, Onward!

  18. Terry Wooley

    God has a way of turning lemons into lemonade in the most epic kind of way!!

  19. shirleyseer

    Mario! This is why I support your ministry! This is why I follow you!! Your a man after my own heart! “Then David ordered them, mount up and ride”! Were riding from our place of victory! And were coming out of this with more than what we had before! Yes God!!!

  20. Brother Fred

    I’m no prophet, I’m just an old guy sitting on my farm looking out the window but I will give you my prediction. I firmly believe that when this is over we are going to see the greatest revival that the world has ever seen. I really believe that this is all just setting the stage for a major move of God, we just need to spend our time seeking Him and asking Him to make us instruments for His glory.

    • Carolina

      AMEN and AMEN Brother Fred‼️

  21. catchalook

    Absolutely the heart of the Lord, He would have us to have!!! Right on word!!!
    Brother Mario, I was speaking to a prophetic minister in Arkansas. I was speaking of how I know the Lord has led you and how I admire how you give all the Lord has for His People!
    LORD bless we are an army of the LORD, We are soldiers for Christ has been my proclamation through this time we have just begun to live in with the sickness and attacks.
    Praying with you as I know you are also of the same heart, after the LORD!!!

  22. kntsojka

    Awesome word. Great council…thank you.

    On Fri, Mar 20, 2020 at 2:55 AM Mario Murillo Ministries wrote:

    > mariomurilloministries posted: “California’s Governor Gavin Newsom just > tonight predicted that 56% of all Californians will be infected by the > coronavirus. He just projected a humanitarian disaster beyond imagination, > in the last place on earth you would ever expect it. But, if you don’” >

  23. Mary E. Stewart

    The best way to cope with the spread of the Coronavirus is to trust in the LORD with all of our hearts. Anxiety does not solve anything. We are tempted to worry, but worry is like sitting in a rocking chair. Sitting in a rocking chair gives you something to do, but you don’t go anywhere.
    Our trust is in the Almighty God who is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think!

  24. Danny Trussell

    Instead of wallowing in any fear, God is calling us to rise up and be strong in the midst of the chaos. We will overcome though this time period with the Coronavirus scare. I believe we will be stronger and better through it all. Thank you for your encouraging word to move forward with God! Praise the Lord Jesus Christ!

  25. Mark Stripling

    By last Tuesday night I had prayed for days, into hours, and I was greatly concerned about where all this is going. Our prison ministry is all on hold. Churches are not meeting as usual. (We are going to have “parking lot” church this Sunday. I will be set up to preach outside while the folks stay in their cars. Believe it or not, the folks are excited about it!) But Wednesday morning I was greeted by such a great and faithful friend, the precious Holy Spirit. He seemed to say, “Are you going to wilt in front of this, the first real giant you have faced? Or are you going to trust God and continue on into the promised land in pursuit of what God has ahead for you?” I simply replied, “NO, I will not! I am going to continue to believe that the best is still ahead!” Immediate peace flooded through my soul, and has kept me every moment since. This virus has a “corona”? A crown? Does Satan feel he has unleashed the king of viruses and is going to take over the world? Only Jesus has the true “Corona.” Only Jesus is crowned King of Kings and Lord of Lords. His crown is the crown of life, not death. He is still healer and savior. Jesus still has the answer for all this. God is going to be glorified greatly when this is all over. Look for the “dividing line” between Goshen and Egypt. God is going to protect and provide for His own. God bless and keep us all, in Jesus name.

    • Carolina

      AMEN and Hallelujah!…Mark Stripling.
      We shall overcome and be victorious because of Christ The King of kings ?❗️

  26. Anne Dlouhy

    Good Morning Mario,

    THANK YOU for sharing this wisdom! Amidst ALL the “news” and media storms, your post reminds us where and how to turn for answers. God Bless You! (Been praying for your tent crusades—they WILL take place “with a vengeance!!!”) ”Shabbat Shalom,” Anne Dlouhy Ohio

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  27. Anne Dlouhy

    PS: See Isaiah 26:20-21… another word for His remnant

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  28. Joseph Peacock

    Thank you for these words!

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  29. Rich Balswick

    Mario A fantastic, brilliant word..let’s get back up on that horse again my brother! Thank you! Rich

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