by | May 19, 2020 | Christianity Today | 12 comments

The church was utterly unprepared for the tyranny that illegally shut down all the churches in the Land of the Free! To a large extent, the pulpit was to blame. The American pulpit has for decades been infected by a message of materialism, carnality, and cheap grace. That message was perfect for furthering the plans of the enemy. It created just the right element of apathy and naiveté that the enemy needed for a bloodless coup against American Christianity.

It gets worse. Even after their church was shut down. Even after they were forced to stay home. Even as a storm of demonic power flooded the nation with lies and panic: from basements and living rooms, too many pastors insisted on making videos with the same old sales pitch that got us into this mess.

It is one thing to preach compromise, materialism, and cheap grace before the coronavirus pandemic, but to do it during and after this national catastrophe, is unconscionable.

The Good News is that God has, at the same time, been doing a deep work in a vast number of His children. They have reached a point of no return, and they are a volcano that is about to erupt.

Long before the coronavirus came to our shores, many believers were dismayed by the way the world system operates in the church. Many of these Christians compared notes and said to each other, “This is not it, there’s something very wrong here.”  They can no longer stomach the glitzy entertainment centers that churches have become. They are finished with ego-centric, grandiose expense, and carnal programs.

A growing number of hungry hearts agree: with all its money and big crowds, the compromised church did nothing to rebuke America’s sin.  The lukewarm church was a house of cards against the onslaught of Democrat Governors, legislators, and judges.  While men and women of God slept, we lost every major battle in government, education, and the media.

Godly pastors, on the other hand, feel a deep transformation at work in their spirits as God is healing them of the hurts they have experienced. And God is wiping away their discouragement!

During the shutdown, many have watched as frustration turned into glory. The Holy Spirit took their exhaustion, and their hurt, and turned them into glorious intimacy with Jesus and explosive expectation.

Deep, deep in my soul where the real knowing happens—I know God is doing something new.  Every atom of my being tells me that God is doing a secret work in His people.  God is finished with hirelings.  He is drawing a remnant out of corruption and into a special, supernatural nearness to Him.  They will empty themselves of everything. Every ambition will be burned out, except to love God with all their heart, to please Christ Jesus, and to obey the Holy Spirit.

Daniel 11:32, “Those who do wickedly against the covenant shall be corrupted with flattery; but the people who know their God shall be strong, and carry out great exploits.”

Is God doing a secret work in you?  Has God drawn you aside, closed you in, and stripped you of all enjoyment of lesser things?  Are you in a place of divine frustration because you are going to be a part of something only God can do?

What if millions of Americans get so miserable during this economic collapse, that they cry out to God in total desperation?  What if their cry is too deep and their hunger is too great to ever again be happy in a lukewarm church?  This is why the Holy Spirit is recruiting a new breed. A breed that can be trusted in an awakening.

During this shutdown, something glorious began to happen. God began doing a secret work!  He is drawing a remnant to Himself.  He is taking the prophetic core and communing with them—training them—empowering them—preparing them for one last mighty blast of power.  The Holy Spirit sees that our nation hangs by a thread.  The death-rattle is in America’s throat.  But, before God allows destruction to fall, He is going to do one last massive miracle.

What will that look like?

-People no one has ever heard of, will come to the forefront.  They will arrive with awesome power and piercing messages.  Not all of them will be regular ministers.  In fact, the majority will not leave their secular careers while God is using them.  Some of them will be children!

-Massive outpourings will appear in strange locations.  Churches that have been small for years will become ground zero for the presence of God.   People will flock in from everywhere to these centers of fire and glory.  Stunning signs and wonders will rock entire communities.  These churches will be forced to stay open 24 hours a day.

God is doing a secret work in you.  He is making you miserable, so that He can transform you into a living miracle!

A.C. Valdez was a child when he attended the outpouring at Azusa Street in Los Angeles. He later became an evangelist.  God showed him the future, and here is what he said:

“All the electrifying adjectives in the dictionary shaken together, pressed down and running over will not begin to describe the soon-to-come, greatest outpouring of the Holy Spirit of all times—what the Bible calls “the latter rain.”  You are going to see lay members carry out an amazing ministry through gifts of the Holy Spirit.  There will be wholesale cures of “incurable” conditions, healings of the blind, deaf, dumb, and handicapped, and creative miracles that will strain the imagination.  For those born without eyes, ears, fingers, arms or legs—or those who have lost them through disease or accidents—God will make new ones. Many astonishing miracles will happen to bring on an international Christian breakthrough.” 

I believe A. C. Valdez was not talking about a time far off in the future. No. He was talking about now because, my friend, it is now, or never.

Get alone with Jesus, and ask Him what your assignment is, in this coming explosion of power!





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  1. megagenius

    God brought me to Phil.3:8 a few weeks ago. ” I have suffered the loss of all things and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ.” God was stripping me down to what really mattered. “Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.” This article describes to a T what has been happening to me in the past few years. I feel naked…reduced to nothing. Christ is all and in all.

  2. Wilson Hembree

    Thank you for the stirring words of encouragement today. Yes, I do feel deep down inside a fresh awakening that I felt and saw when I was just a young preacher. It’s very real it’s very wonderful it’s very encouraging it’s very exciting to ponder the possibility of that awesome outcome in times like these. May our Lord Jesus continue to be with you and those that work with you. Blessings Wilson

    On Tue, May 19, 2020 at 12:42 AM Mario Murillo Ministries wrote:

    > mariomurilloministries posted: “The church was utterly unprepared for the > tyranny that illegally shut down all the churches in the Land of the Free! > To a large extent, the pulpit was to blame. The American pulpit has for > decades been infected by a message of materialism, carnality, and ” >

  3. PEARL Dalton

    A—MEN I agree with you

    On Tue, May 19, 2020, 3:25 AM Mario Murillo Ministries wrote:

    > mariomurilloministries posted: “The church was utterly unprepared for the > tyranny that illegally shut down all the churches in the Land of the Free! > To a large extent, the pulpit was to blame. The American pulpit has for > decades been infected by a message of materialism, carnality, and ” >

  4. Carolina

    No more business as usual!

    Does that saying seem old and tired?

    It should not because NOW is the time it was meant for.


    Please correct the grammar in the subheading.I post all of these. Mark

  6. Edward Dunn

    I am in the veteran transformation business, invited by God to design and lead a Kingdom marketplace organization, founded on His principles. God said to me, “When you transform a veteran…you transform a nation.” Veterans and their families carry the seed of transformation, but the enemy of our soul also knows that as he celebrates 20 suicides a day. I am preparing for the battle ahead, on my knees, in my secret place, warring in the Spirit. Each day, God is unfolding His plan and blue print for His, “Thy Kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” I am pressing into joining forces with other god-honoring visionaries who are going in the same direction, in Jesus name.

  7. Nancy Enke

    I am weeping as I read this ,Everything you write touches me to the core.I am a senior citizen and I do indeed know what you ‘re talking about . , Been sad and frustrated for a long time .Thanks that hope is on.
    the horizon .Touch through me Holy Spirit

  8. Laurie Weant

    WOW…this explains a great deal personally. At times you can know something is happening; slowly Holy Spirit begins to reveal direction and God’s call/purpose. To be alive in such a time as this is astounding and overwhelming(in a good way); to know you are walking not perfectly but truthfully and honestly with God. Thank you for sharing what God places in your heart to the rest of us who are listening. God Bless <3 <3 <3


    In these days, our God is about to draw a multitude of those who will only live for the cause of Christ Jesus. In this time, many who are searching for the only genuine TRUTH, it shall be revealed. And then will come the Rapture of the Church. What are each of us to do this day ? Say, I am here Lord, use me for your glory and make me a sign post to those who are knocking and seeking for a relationship with Jesus. All else is secondary. In His Holy Name Len Wisniewski

  10. Ronald Sellers

    Dear Mario,

    I read your post and when I reached the end my heart leaped. Rev A C Valdez Jr. was my pastor in the 60s. My father got saved in his ministry in Milwaukee. Brother A C Valdez senior taught at our church many times and I visited his house in Arizona. They were both great men of God. When I was just a boy, my dream was to preach like him. I became an Assembly of God missionary and now retired. My heart is saddened by the lukewarm condition of many AG churches. They have preached the pre trip rapture till most are asleep. Many churches are so dependent on their fleshly programs, they don’t even preach on the baptism on the HS. I think that the church will not wake up till the real suffering starts. It’s coming. Your posts are a blessing to me. Keep writing. Ron Sellers


    • mariomurilloministries

      Ron, Wow! You were quite honored by God to know A.C. Valdez. Thanks also for the kind words of encouragement.



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