Sesame Street back to Azusa Street

by | Mar 28, 2020 | Christianity Today | 20 comments

The cry of my heart is that men and women of God, who are cooped up, will get fed up. My hope is that vessels of God, who are locked down, will get fired up. I am asking God to ruin them for anything other than His work!

I am hoping that God will hit them with a combination punch.  A straight jab that will awaken anger over the spirit of death and despair that is suffocating the greatest nation on earth. Followed by a right hook that will disgust them into admitting they have been living in fear of what people think.

I want you to see Satan yelling, “Yo’ Mamma!” right at you. Pastors, I want you to burn all your books on church growth, and start praying against the sorry guru who suckered you into using their putrefying programs.

Get sick! Not with a virus, but with yourself. Sick for letting boards and deacons scare you. Sick because you continually fretted over who might get offended. Sick because you stare out at the parking lot, counting cars, instead of looking up to heaven. And sick of the sermons that seem as if they were designed for Big Bird and the Cookie Monster.

Yeah, I’ll say it: My cry is that when the doors of Spirit-filled churches reopen, they will leave Sesame Street and run back to Azusa Street.

Nothing in this blog is radical. Nothing in this blog is negative or divisive. The problem with me is that I have been around too long and have seen too much. There is nothing more dangerous than an individual who understands why they are a Pentecostal. There is no one more unstoppable than the person who has been baptized in the Holy Spirit and who has experienced the tongues of fire.

I want you to rage against limp-wristed preaching, fog machines, romantic lighting, and that atmosphere that’s about as life giving as the waiting room at a DMV.

A scourge from hell has attacked our nation! That is why we need heroes! Thank God for the first responders, the courageous nurses, and the doctors. Thank God for our President who has been valiantly battling the swamp creatures.  But it is time for a new group of heroes to appear: Christians who are full of the fire of God!

The testimony of Azusa Street needs to hit us like a Mack Truck.  William Seymour, who oversaw the outpouring of the Holy Spirit at the turn of the century, had none of our advantages, but we have none of his results. The glory and presence of God turned a rundown hall into a magnet for the entire world.  Today, that movement is 650 million strong.

Modern experts have tried to teach us how to trick people into coming to church, but at Azusa Street, they stampeded to the altar, drawn by God alone—without any tricks. Brother Seymour began the most powerful outpouring of the Holy Spirit in modern history in an old rented building that was once a stable. It was so primitive that many times he would pray with his head hidden between two wooden milk crates that served as his pulpit. Then heaven would burst open and the presence of God would fall on those present. It wasn’t a choreographed meeting. It wasn’t a slick presentation. It was raw glory.

Don’t be the fool who says modern society is too sophisticated for Pentecost. “The weapons of our warfare are not physical [weapons of flesh and blood]. Our weapons are divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses. We are destroying sophisticated arguments and every exalted and proud thing that sets itself up against the [true] knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought and purpose captive to the obedience of Christ…” (2 Corinthians 10:4,5 AMPLIFIED, 1974 ed.)

I love that translation! Destroying sophisticated arguments! Nothing new has come down the pike that can withstand the conviction of the Holy Spirit. The devil can’t form a weapon that will prosper against a truly Spirit-filled army.

Oh God, let it be! Let frustration build like magma in a volcano! Let the silliness of our human designs task us. Let our old sermon notes torture us. Awaken, O Lord, the greatest sleeping giant in the world—The American Spirit-filled church of Jesus Christ!

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  1. Evang. Roger Culwell

    I love it, from sesame street to Azusa street amen that’s what the whole world needs a real encounter with the precious Holy Spirit and Fire, wake up the Church and this nation Lord, put that fire down inside them that makes them become radically saved and on Fire, with a heart to win the souls of this nation to Jesus Christ and the Kingdom, Fire they will convict of sin, stand up for the truth of the word, and preach Hell so hot that the people will feel the heat, with a heart after God instead of the things of this world, who will recognize the enemy, and bind him and cast him down, instead of sleeping with him and letting his false gods in the church, get rid of the mixture and stand for the one true living God Yahweh and Jesus Christ, filled with the Holy Ghost and Fire, fill us Lord to overflowing, so we can fill others, to do the true work of the kingdom, a heart after your heart, let another Azusa street break out in America, we have way to much of sesame street, and cookie monsters has eaten way to many cookies, and needs some real meat of the word, time to leave sesame street, and find the right road to heaven, the only way Jesus Christ and his precious Holy Spirit and Fire, so many will be won to the Kingdom. Be Blessed

    • josephacribb

      You stiff-necked and uncircumcised in heart and ears, you do always resist the Holy Ghost: as your fathers did, so do you. Then shall ye return, and discern between the righteous and the wicked, between him that serveth God and him that serveth him not.



    • Evang. Roger Culwell

      Strange that came to me to, like the old CB radios had a pa on them and you could speak to a crowd through the mic, but that came to me this morning also.

    • Lucinda Williams

      This is such a powerful word! It’s what the Lord has been sharing with me. Let the service be lead by Holy Spirit not time and programmed agendas.
      God gave me a vision, in the vision we were flying over the United States he was taking the roofs of churches. When we looked in, the churches were filled, but when you look closer it was skeletons sitting in the pews. God said can these dry bones live!
      Awake awake O sleeping church!

  3. bountifulhealth2020

    You can order his book on Amazon. I’m reading it right now!

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  4. Rita

    Thank you for your words of admonition. May the church be awakened to His holiness and demonstrate the signs of a believer. May the Lord prepare His bride to do his works and be perfected in His image and be looking for His coming.

  5. Debbie

    Dearest Mario, Thank you for being a voice in the wilderness in this time. You have always been a voice of truth to me, unwavering, unafraid, steadily revealing the Word of Truth. I first was introduced to your ministry at Melodyland Christian center around 1979. I wanted to say thank you for your service to God. You have been an encouraging leader, keep going! I forward your letters to many! May God bless you and continue to give you revelation and wisdom. Christ’s love, Debbie Hammer Colorado Springs, Co

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    • mariomurilloministries

      Debbie, Thank you so much for your encouraging words. Mario

  6. diane20201gmailcom

    I love your brooding spirit, I hear that same spirit moving, I listened all night to the thunder and lightening the power from the Heavens and imagined the roar as He gathers up, constructs, shifts as if chess pieces across the Nations, such and eye for detail and full of compassion declaring I Am that I Am, I WAS, I AM, I Am Coming. He is breaking down the walls of separation from Himself and Ephesians 2:20-22 The Passion Translation (TPT)

    20 You are rising like the perfectly fitted stones of the temple; and your lives are being built up together upon the ideal foundation laid by the apostles and prophets, and best of all, you are connected to the Head Cornerstone of the building, the Anointed One, Jesus Christ himself!

    21 This entire building is under construction and is continually growing under his supervision until it rises up completed as the holy temple of the Lord himself. 22 This means that God is transforming each one of you into the Holy of Holies, his dwelling place, through the power of the Holy Spirit living in you! Sorry not preaching at you, was my meditation with a friend last night, so revealing. Praise God I receive the flame from Heaven and rejoice in His flame running in you. Run brother you are not alone keep pounding on the walls, keep sounding out the Roar from Heaven. Amen I tried to post the way you have it set up, but I only have 1 email address. Bless you

    On Sun, Mar 29, 2020 at 1:47 AM Mario Murillo Ministries wrote:

    > mariomurilloministries posted: “The cry of my heart is that men and women > of God, who are cooped up, will get fed up. My hope is that vessels of God, > who are locked down, will get fired up. I am asking God to ruin them for > anything other than His work! I am hoping that God will hit t” >

  7. Suzanne Bonne

    Raw glory. I love that. My we be the carriers of raw glory!

  8. Mark Stripling

    Thank you, Mario! A radical return to a radical Pentecostal Fire is our world’s only hope!

  9. Stephen Muzick

    Mario, I too believe God is using this time to wake up the church. I feel like my spirit is stronger for the church than it has been in a long time. Once things get back on track, look out. Revival is going to come. And like the revival at Cane Ridge in Kentucky where people came from everywhere long before there was even electricity and revival broke out, this revival will be like a nuclear explosion. Everyone will see and feel it. God bless you and God bless all the saints who have been praying for God to move our hand over our country. I should call you General Mario because I believe you are one of the ones like Patton in WWII to lead our country in this spiritual war we are fighting.

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  11. kingskid48

    Thank you for this wonderful word, Pastor Mario. If this experience that we are going through now, that has come upon this nation and the world, does not rattle the cage of the sleeping Church, nothing will. We had to change. Those of us who have experience real church were becoming so frustrated, sometimes it was like our skin couldn’t contain us. God is moving!

  12. Bonnie Wilson

    I stand with you in prayer for a return to holiness and righteousness for God’s people. We must turn from our wicked ways, humble ourselves and ask God to forgive us of our apathy, malaise, and slothfulness in worship and prayer. He has gotten my attention. My we truly change our lifestyle from entertainment on the Lord’s Day for eternal living.

  13. Kim R Barrett

    Amen! Amen! Thank you Mario for that powerful word. I don’t really go to church because I was exposed to that real fire when i was younger & it’s just not there but i continue to pray that it will return. Just searching my own heart right now & asking the Lord to help me press in more then i ever have before.

  14. noelene fortuin

    Thank you for Words from Holy Spirit..For Holy awaken to Simple truth live according to the Spirit in these days..Godly Sorrow and Repentance..Its so exceiting Times we live in..Fields are reap for Harvest.



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