by | Apr 6, 2020 | Christianity Today | 45 comments

The next few days will be very dark for America. Experts say we will see losses such as we have not seen since the Second World War.  As horrendous as that statement is, there is something else you must realize. You can’t dwell on the frightening images you will see on cable news. You can’t cave in to the hysteria of this coming week.  There is something extremely important you must take care of.

After you have taken every precaution necessary for remaining safe—after you have settled it in your soul to remain strong in the Lord, wholly trusting in Him, it will be time for you to fight back.

Everything in me tells me these are the most important days you will know in our lifetime. Waste them, and it will be the greatest regret of your life.

Turn your days at home into the most important breakthrough ever. Turn feelings of helplessness into fuel for an amazing outcome. These are days to let God do a shocking new work inside you.

It all begins with the story of Paul being arrested and put in prison. Satan put Paul in prison, intending to inflict massive damage on Christianity. He thought Paul could no longer win souls, and he could not teach the fledgling churches that desperately needed his Apostleship. In fact, he couldn’t do anything…except for one thing.

He began writing. And writing would be the most devastating thing Paul would ever do to Satan’s kingdom. If Paul hadn’t been confined, he might never have had the time to write.  How could he possibly imagine his writings would impact billions?  Paul ended up writing 60% of the New Testament. Selah.

Jailing Paul was the stupidest mistake Satan ever made, besides crucifying Christ. Now let me show you how to make this confinement in your home, his next major mistake.

1. Model faith to your children. Settle it in your soul that God will pay your bills, protect your job and restore what you have lost. Don’t speak fear and doubt in your home! The greatest lesson you will ever model for your children—and the greatest gift you will ever leave to them—is to confess that everything that has been lost will be restored. Because when this is over and God comes through—as you know He will—they will remember and apply these lessons in their lives, whenever they are threatened. The greatest thing your children can watch you do is trust in God.

2. Read the Bible. Dump all the questionable prophetic words and conspiracy theories. Some in the prophetic camp are losing credibility because they foolishly predicted this plague would leave suddenly. Some even set a date—one that will likely prove them wrong.  In the Old Testament such “prophets” would have been stoned. It is this lack of consequence in the prophetic camp that has wreaked havoc and left many unprepared for the storm that is upon us.

The same applies to conspiracies. How much clearer can the Bible be? Isaiah 8:12-13, “Do not say, ‘A conspiracy,’ concerning all that this people call a conspiracy, neither be afraid of their threats, nor be troubled. The Lord of Armies, Him you shall hallow; let Him be your fear, and let Him be your dread.”

It’s all over the internet, and religious broadcasting: ‘There is a worldwide secret society! It’s the devil and his vessels! Nancy Pelosi cooked up coronavirus in a Chinese laboratory!’

Stop needing a “word from God” from people. Stop digging into controversy. In 2 Timothy 2:23 Paul warned, “Have nothing to do with foolish, ignorant controversies; you know that they breed quarrels.”

Instead, read the Bible! Now that you have a lot of time, get the Word of God in you. That is the most powerful protection, and the best way to understand how to weather this storm.

3. Make a list of goals for this down-time, and work hard to meet those goals. Already, you see how many things have stolen your time.  You see how many things that previously cluttered your life, seem unimportant now. Because you are a child of God, nothing of yours that is vital will be stolen. Your job and your business will be brought back to life. Therefore, choose to see this as a kind of paid vacation. Paid by God.

It is a time to make overdue changes, and big and bold plans for the future. To do that, you must get to work. That means no binge-watching Netflix! It means you seek the heart of God and ask Him to show you the goals He wants you to accomplish. Write those goals out, and make the righteous choices that give those goals the very best chance of coming to pass.

Paul wrote much of the New Testament while he was in forced confinement. Great projects will be born—projects that may swallow up the wrong ones you had before.

Lastly make the most important goal list of all: the things you are never are never going back to.

4.Turn prayer into a habit. Inspiration will lead you to pray, but you must decide to form the habit that will keep you praying. The chilling fact is that if you do not pray during this pandemic, you will never pray at all. Let God deliver you from the greatest hindrances to prayer that I know of: impulse prayer and feeling-based prayer.

Right now, forget about how long you pray. Focus on praying each and every day. Behaviorists have shown that it takes doing something 35 times in a row, before it becomes a habit. If you create that habit, and deepen that habit, you will own life’s greatest skill.  James 5:16, “Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.”

5. Focus on personal repentance, not national repentance. You do it! Don’t wait for others, or even think about other people’s repentance. People have been babbling about national repentance as if it was something other people need to do. We don’t see national repentance happening yet, so don’t wait for it to happen. Repent on your own!

We do not even see widespread repentance among preachers. Have you heard many preachers on social media admit they’ve been wrong?  We are flooded with messages from preachers. But have you heard one major pastor or preacher repent or promise that they will run church differently than they did before? Do you see any preacher who isn’t just chomping at the bit to restart the same old thing? I promise you, unless deep repentance takes place, you will be shocked at how unchanged the American church will be, after all of this. Think about this: How much really changed after 9/11?

Remember, God is judging America as much because of the world, as because of the church.  The carnal church has left us open to this disaster. And yet, without repentance, we have zero reason to believe it won’t go back to exactly the way it was before. In other words, they will have learned nothing from the pandemic. They just don’t get it.

We pray that God will not force the issue of repentance by extending and deepening our national crisis, until America implodes completely. But you have to wonder how they can all say they want this to be over, and yet they still will not repent.

But, we must not set our hope on that. Our hope is founded on the knowledge that we must repent before God—and that is personal repentance. That will lead to the real miracle of mercy. You see, you can stand as a priest between the sins of America, the sins of the church, and God. That is true intercession. There is a righteous core of believers who can turn this plague away. (read Numbers chapter 16)

Remember, God said He would spare Sodom and Gomorrah if there were just 10 righteous people. We are not going to rebuke this away; we are going to repent it away. You have the power to stand between God and this virus.

We must give God what He is seeking. We can’t worry about how many others are interceding, even if there are only a few. The promises of the Lord are never vague! Neither are the conditions to His promises.

2 Chronicles 7:14, “If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”








  1. Michael A Druckenmiller Sr

    While all five are awesome, this is the one that will actually allow Peace to Reign and the other four to maturity…

    “Read the Bible. Dump all the questionable prophetic words and conspiracy theories.”

    • Carolina

      Yes Mario, we must dump off of this heavy laden ship we call America, all the things that seemed so important “before” we came to this moment of STORM.
      There is a deep darkness that is out there among the people of this nation and others around the world. My discernment tells me that – that is why we are viewing very little national repentance within our country. FAR, far too many just don’t believe in God anymore even though they can clearly see there are no immediate answers coming from science for this deadly pandemic.
      The medical people are figuring this coronavirus out as they go along.
      This is why we have American leaders like Nancy Pelosi that are SO remarkabley detached from the human reality, that they use this timing as an opportunist… even while over 6 thousand Americans have died due to this pandemic in America, she wants to PUSH through legislation $$$ for ‘the new green deal’ NOW? Sheer insanity, when every thin dime of the citizens money should be devoted to eradicating this invisible enemy, WE are at WAR with, a microbe and IT is planning a strategy to fight back at us. and survive.
      Another example:
      3M company had to be scolded by the President for selling their much needed products to the highest bidder around the world, instead of helping here at home 1st and foremost?
      Another example:
      My 87 yr old, blind in 1 eye mother, & 61 yr old wheel chair bound brother, both stay at home invalids. They depend on me daily and I care give to them at least 4 days a week. Yap and it’s a hard thing for me in my late 60’s to do. However…here’s the deep darkness at work:
      On March 27, 2020, the Senior apartment community where they live served them both notice of eviction papers due to my brother getting sick in one of the building elevators 3 weeks ago. Filmed by surveillance cameras, (an amount of vomit anyone could have picked up with a tiny single Kleenex) because he is paralyzed on the right side of his body, he couldn’t bend over & clean it up himself. So he left the elevator and went home to his apt.
      THIS is the Senior community’s excuse for EVICTING him and my mother into the streets during the nations most deadly pandemic in 100 years! My mom & brother NEVER missed paying their rent on time, and we paid them in cash a $75 cleaning fine after he threw up.
      Now it is important to note that my brother (just hospitalized 3 days ago, because of his preexisting condition(s) was tested for COVID-19 as a precaution by the hospital and he DOES NOT have it.
      I have had to enact legal advocacy help with attorneys working feverishly for 10 days in order to protect my poor mom & bother who are the MOST vulnerable during this pandemic, just to keep them safe at the home where they’ve lived for 4 years.
      These corporate real estate people that manage this community are darkly demonic, they don’t care about anything or anybody!!…including what the Governor of our state has ordered.
      THE Point is…
      The darkness in this nation has over take it, and “if” we’ve any hope of recovery, we MUST pray, repent, confess, and TURN this nation back to GOD Almighty as a nation, or I hate to think what could happen to it.

      • Sue

        Dear Carolina, I’m so sorry for your mom and brother. When I started reading about your mom, being 87, and blind in one eye……so isn’t my mom! Thankfully my brother is in good health! Mom has wintered in Fl for the last 30 yrs …..but we lost dad, mom had a stroke and lost sight in one eye! Things changed very quickly for her! She didn’t want to be a burden(her words) she decided she wanted to make FL her home. Both my sister and I winter in Fl now too, but we have just now left, and have gone back home! Very hard leaving mom there, but she has great friends ….and she’s happy there! Mom gets books through Books for the Blind, every week she really enjoys that!! I will be praying for your mom and brother that they find a new place that’s even better for them. My heart goes out to you, it’s difficult even when there’s not a pandemic going on. Your point is spot on!!

        • Carolina

          Thank You Sue, glad to hear your story as well.??
          Well it looks like with God’s Help and Hand in it that we might have stayed off the Real Estate Corp. that was against them. They’ll probably stay in the same place now.
          Yet still my brother needs 24 hour care and I will have to find that for him eventually.

    • Russ

      wonderful, just wonderful Pastor Mario.

    • Victoria Soto

      We’d Like someone to come to our rescue. What better week to pick than HOLY WEEK. Let Jesus into ur heart and make him you’re lord and savior. He is the one and only to put a stop to all of this. Amen and Amen.

  2. Henry perkins

    Thanks for the great teaching but I don’t believe that this pandemic in any way the judgment of God upon America or any nation. Mistaking the act of the enemy for the doing of God leaves people with many questions.

    • Susan

      The author was sharing how God REACTS to Satan’s attacks and how we need to respond in the midst of the battle.

      Here is one example of where he gave the impression that this was caused by the enemy of our souls, yet God will turn the attack into good for His people:

      “Jailing Paul was the stupidest mistake Satan ever made, besides crucifying Christ. Now let me show you how to make this confinement in your home, his next major mistake.”

      God is a good Father. He is also a just Father and a jealous God. Too many idols are keeping His children in bondage. Just as the author describes, we need to individually repent to bring heaven to earth, along with all the blessings that come along with that.

      The Lord’s Prayer
      Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day, our daily bread and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. —Amen

      • Scott

        I agree with an above post. I do not believe God is judging America. He can turn this to good for those who love Him, but ALL judgement was placed on Jesus on the cross. Even the Sodom and Gomorrah example… God wouldn’t destroy it if there were 10 righteous. He is not now destroying believers with this virus, He did not destroy believers in 911. I agree with the first 4 points whole heartedly, but if God were to judge America, he would of nailed us a long time ago…

        • mariomurilloministries

          If all judgement were placed on Christ then why did Jesus predict the judgement and destruction of Jerusalem in 70 AD? There are many judgments that spared the righteous. Abortion, perversion and anti-God hatred is indeed something God will deal with.

    • mariomurilloministries

      You can’t see the possibility that God has a hand in this but you give power to the devil to do this?

      • C Mech

        Explain again God’s hand in this?

    • Carolina

      Mr Perkins,

      The wrath of God (which can also lead to judgment) comes upon the disobedient.
      Here I’ll share with you and others only 4 examples of that:

      “He who believes in the Son has eternal life; but he who does not obey the Son will not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.”
      (John 3:36)

      Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience.
      (Ephesians 5:6)

      For it is because of these things that the wrath of God will come upon the sons of disobedience,
      (Colossians 3:6)

      Then I saw another great and awe-inspiring sign in heaven: seven angels with the seven last plagues, for with them, God’s wrath will be completed.
      (Revelation 15:1)

      There are also over 10 verses to be found within the New Testament regarding the wrath of God. Therefore doesn’t it stand to spiritually developed reason that God Almighty in Christ The King, has a hand (along with any other figure of speech) in this pandemic, to execute HIS sovereign omniscience and ruling power within this pandemic, and any other crisis or event that occurs on earth or in heaven?…That jurisdiction would also include the cosmic regions of outer space and all the unusual anomalies that are currently occurring in the vast planetary orbit of this universe we live within.
      The Lord God “is” an awesome God The great Creator, He even created the nucleic acid molecule of the coronavirus itself. Satan is not omniscient. NONE of this catches Christ by surprise. The most important thing we can do right now is…ask The Lord the right questions…regarding what is happening to America and the globe, seeking HIM alone for the answer and humbly asking for HIS mercy toward us.

    • lonesomedove

      Henry, did you read 2 Chronicles 7:14? Now back up to verse 13 and read it very carefully. Here, let me write it down: “If I shut up heaven that there be no rain, or if I command the locusts to devour the land, or IF I SEND PESTILENCE AMONG MY PEOPLE; IF MY PEOPLE …” Let’s go back and read this important word God inspired Mario to write and pay heed to it and search our hearts. No time to argue points.

    • Desertstream

      There is no time to disagree here on this! Had we been seated together in a facility somewhere to listen to Mario give this word, and the few here stood up and voiced their disapprovals on some matters, it would have quenched and grieved the Spirit. Now is the time to unify and obey God’s intended purpose for His Church at this very critical juncture. HE IS WATCHING AND LISTENING!

  3. Evang. Roger Culwell

    amen they are using the virus on their behalf, but the thing is we must is we need to REPENT AND TURN FROM OUR WICKED WAYS, and I don’t see any turning, they have money to hold them for a while, so why change they say, because God is calling for it, because the church sins just as much as the world or more, and God does not back evil or sin, and some preach grace covers sin, NO THE BLOOD COVERS SIN, and nothing else, I just put a message on Twitter, I was fought like never before to even get it on there, in 1 Kings 17, Elijah and the widow woman, The bread and the oil, we all know the story the prosperity preachers use it, but not this way, the prophet represented God and the word, if the widow woman obey the Word, her bread was there every day, and the oil, representing the Holy Spirit, fresh bread and oil every day, not enough for tomorrow, but just enough for today, if she obeyed the word, represented by the Prophet, if we gat in the word, and get in his presence, daily he will provide our needs, but we must go there daily or we run out of bread and oil [new wine, Holy Spirit] in the wilderness if the children of Israel tried to get enough manna for the next day it got bugs in it, we can’t get enough word in us today to last us until tomorrow, if we don’t get fresh bread and oil every day we get bugs, demons try to bring oppression, depression, panic, fear, strongholds back, what ever tempts us or gets us down, is bugs in our manna, we can’t get enough today for tomorrow we must go to the word every day, and get fresh bread, and then get in his presence and get filled with oil fresh oil, because we leak, our vessels leak, and must be filled every day, the 10 virgins, 5 were foolish and didn’t get there vessels filled every day, and they ran out, they didn’t carry enough, but today we must fill them up every day, get in his presence, then they had to go on what they could carry, but now we can get filled with fresh oil every day every day, but the widow woman had enough for each day if she OBEYED THE PROPHET, MANY THE WORD HERE, AND SHE NEVER RAN OUT, we must be filled with the new wine of the Holy Spirit, and he will not fit in wordly vessels, they will burst, it has to be a new creation, one who is reading and praying and getting into his presence, then you can receive the new wine of the Holy Spirit, today we do not want to clean our vessels, we want to keep on sinning and an old vessel who will continue in sin, will not receive the new wine on the HOly Spirit, and you do not put new wine in old vessel’s [bottles] and today they want to keep the old wine skin, [or bottle] and they do not have the comforter, most places they ran him off, and there lies the whole problem with church, ,an filled spirit run off, TIME TO REPENT AND TURN FROM OUR WICKED WAYS, AND GET HIM BACK IN THE CHURCH AND IN CONTROL. REPENT FOR THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN IS AT HAND. BE BLESSED

    • Mike Johnson

      ? Amen

  4. Kathy

    Thank you ❣️?

  5. Christine Martin

    Thank you Mario.

    Blessings, Christine

    Sent from my iPhone


  6. Michel Desjardins

    Thank you Mario for your uplifting writings.
    You are right the battle will be won with prayers from on individual at a time. Each one
    have to spill their guts out to the Lord and ask for our own individual forgiveness. A brother told
    me not to long ago, that this plague will no doubt bring back some lukewarm Christians to repentance, and to rejoice with us all for the peace of our Lord which stuns the outsider for the faith that we have.

  7. Clint Carlson

    Great message Mario!
    I preached a message a couple weeks ago about our need for personal repentance also. Still have people in our church rebuking and taking authority over this virus. I believe we need to examine ourselves and see what we can glean from this, trust God and shine like stars in the universe as we hold out the word of life!

  8. dave petrick

    Father, I confess that “like a dog returning to its vomit,” I continue to struggle with choosing the temptations of rehashing the injuries from the most volatile battles which my wife and I have fought throughout our marriage… I have not fully repented to her, nor loved her completely as Jesus loves His Bride… that is the goal in which I am endeavoring, by Your Grace, to be victorious… in Jesus Name…

    • Carol Cardinale

      Praise God Mr. Carlson! You have made the most Blessed step possible towards your heart of love being healed for your wife! Keep talking to the Lord about your healing that has begun! When you do you are shutting down the enemy and your old nature. Don’t let the enemy steal from you and talk you out of your days of repentance before the Lord. The Lord will never turn you away …The enemy hates it when we repent because the Blood of Jesus is honored and activated! It shuts down the enemy for good from taking advantage of his landing strips of inner -wounds. The enemy has no place where he can act out, through your wounds and offenses any longer. Even your mind with unhealed memories is covered with the Blood of Jesus as you heal in your deliverance! May the old creation RIP. You are a new creation and old things have passed away …and all things ( through repentance ) have come NEW -for you! 2 Cor 5:17. Rom 12:1-2 Mind renewal. Faith works by Love. Gal 6:7

  9. Annette

    Great post Mario but I would take it a step further. The ministry MUST take the lead. Believers follow the ministry. The Pastors have got to lose their fear of the govt and start preaching repentance from ALL sin but especially the national sins of ABORTION AND HOMOSEXUALITY! Maybe the Lord has not removed the shackles of the govt silencing them because the church remains silent on the breaking of God’s laws especially with these two abominations which the Lord detests. Maybe God will finally remove the yoke of govt from our necks when we find the courage NOW to thunder out to the masses God’s truth on sin, repentance, salvation and the coming Kingdom of God.

  10. Orman Strand

    Praise God for all the prayers for our Nation! All the trials we are going through has awakened a sleeping giant “THE CHURCH” has arisen to see how important the prayer’s of the people are!!
    We need to continue and bring our Nation back to remember we are one Nation under GOD.
    Our fore Fathers fought for this and it needs to be brought back to our Pledge to our Flag and our Country!!

  11. Kai

    Dear Mario, yes, number 5 is so important. We can all pray for our families, our neighbors, our city. The Lord will show us how far our authority reaches, how far He has equipped us, or will equip us. Thank you for this call to personal, intercessory repentance.

  12. Darlene W

    Using this time to draw closer to God. To not back off, but to continue to move forward with precision and increased strength. This isolation can work for our good and boomerang on the enemy’s plan. God is our Rock and nothing can stop Him or the harvest. ❤️?

  13. kingskid48

    I know I need to repent of not spending time in prayer, that’s for sure. My situation makes it difficult to set a specific time, but I can do much, much better than I have been.

    As far as the conspiracies and prophesies, I don’t know about all of them, but what I suspect is people are taking what was said and twisting it. I suspect it was more that they were being told that the democrats would use this for their agenda against Trump and his reelection, and any citizen in this country knows that they are doing just that.

    With Easter coming on, let’s hope there’s a miracle in this country, and more and more people turn their hearts to true spiritual matters, most of all, repentance and learning to truly love and serve Him, and strive toward holiness.

  14. John Marshall Crowe

    As you point out II Chronicles 7:14 is more correctly applied to the church than to America since our country never has been a Christian nation as if we were God’s second Israel! If we were a Christian nation, then we would be a theocracy.

    • Michael A Druckenmiller Sr

      Christian in Heart not in incorporation. As a Nation we have been there a few times.

      But, can you imagine living in a theocracy run by Southern Baptists or Pentecostal Oneness?

      I thank Jehovah we are *NOT* a Nation “Christian” in name. But, perhaps this will make more of us Truly Christian in Heart, then we will once again be a Nation of Christians.

  15. enoughenough1

    Powerful word Evangelist Mario!! Yes, judgement time…if only the Body of Christ would seek to INCREASE IN DISCERNMENT to know the TRUTH of this time/season/hour and READ THE BIBLE to know its: JUDGEMENT time!!!! Even lots of kids/teens can tell you what time it is in our world!!!
    Evangelist Mario plzzzz plzzz DO NOT STOP TELLING THE TRUTH as you do!!! And proclaim the TRUTH EVEN THE LOUDER!!!!! Be refreshed and strengthen in the inner man Evangelist Mario and DEFINITELY IGNORE (but pray for them) the NAYSAYERS/OPPOSITION/MOCKERS/CARNAL FOLKS/DECEIVED ONES that go against the TRUTH you proclaim!!!! Blessings always to you and family!!!!!!!!!

  16. Debra

    I have been looking for some little prayer cloths with a scripture printed on them to mail out in a note card. I asked my friend Sandy Querrin but she had no idea where I could purchase some. Do you have any or do you know where I may purchase them……
    Thanks for the word.

  17. PEARL Dalton

    Amen ?❤️? I have not yet heard any preacher saying the Word Repent!!!! ??

    On Mon, Apr 6, 2020, 3:47 AM Mario Murillo Ministries wrote:

    > mariomurilloministries posted: “The next few days will be very dark for > America. Experts say we will see losses such as we have not seen since the > Second World War. As horrendous as that statement is, there is something > else you must realize. You can’t dwell on the frightening images y” >

  18. Anna Eschner

    Your book is changing my life! God is showing me things that I thought I had repented for – wrong! There’s more work to be done! Along with praying for your ministry the most important thing I want to say is thank you!

    • mariomurilloministries

      Anna, Thank you for praying for us! And I am thrilled the book is blessing you. -Mario

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  20. Jim Joss

    There is some amazing sane posts on this site.
    The Lord gave me a word about me and the church cleaning up our stuff by me buying a case of toilet paper for someone in my community. Starts with me!

  21. Louie C

    Sir, I am a big fan of your blog and I even bought your book, which I thoroughly enjoyed; it really ministered to me. But, I believe you need to be careful about what you say about people when you’re guilty of the exact same thing that you’re criticizing them for. And I do believe that you’re right what you said about false prophecy and how they would’ve been stoned in biblical times, but I think you yourself have gotten some things wrong before (your blog about President Trump, for instance).

    • Desertstream

      Are you serious Louie? Be careful that you touch not God’s Anointed here. He just gave us one of the most important admonitions we as the true Church could ever need in this dark day. Let’s say amen and unify together right now and do some soul searching. It’s time to take that finger and point it at ourselves.

  22. Dinah Stanley

    Waiting to hear from Louie!



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