Leaving Sesame Street to go back to Azusa Street

by | Jan 16, 2021 | Christianity Today | 46 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!

Let us place a new weapon in your hand. Mario’s new book that saw this coming and gives the instructions for those would let God forge them into a nation-saving weapon.

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  1. Janie Levin

    AMEN Brother. Right On!!
    Sent from my iPad

    • Clark

      Dead religion is raw sewage! Baptized in the Holy Ghost and fire Believers is raw glory! Nothing can shut up, shut down, and shut out a fire filled kingdom of God preaching church!

    • Margaret Perrin

      Capture our hearts oh Lord and remove all distractions, that we might have a single focus upon you and our hearts set ablaze once again.

  2. raywardell

    Thank you Mario. I am not on Twita , left ? ? , messaga, wot sap . I have joined MeWe and have looked for you there. God bless Ray.

  3. Steve Terry

    “….Christians who are full of the fire of God”…..YES LORD❗️❗️❗️…May YOUR purposes and plans be the desires of MY heart….And may that desire permeate the hearts and minds of millions of Americans…for YOUR glory….and YOUR glory alone❗️❗️❗️…..??????…??????????
    Sent from my iPhone

  4. Linda sue Holsinger

    I think God for your truth in God’s word the true church needs to act on his word!!!!

  5. Donna M. Rudiger

    WOW Mario!!! I am inspired by your boldness, passion and zeal! I have been frustrated by “church players” for decades. Thank you for sending a direct hit to the gut of the church issues. We have been overtaken because of our complacency and misdirected focus. I stand with you, am praying with you and the cry of my heart is for the Holy Spirit to boldly take us where we have never been before!!!

  6. Laura Cook

    I am awake & praying for my country and Donald J Trump, my President.
    Praying for more fire inside me, for God’s Glory! Oh! I sooo want to be in God’s Glory! To carry it with me everywhere I go! I am praying for my sweet Baptist friend to get filled with God’s precious Holy Spirit!
    Thank you, Maurio!

  7. wayne

    Keep bringing it brother. We need the raw truth now more than ever. God bless you Mario.

  8. Stan Vail

    If it has taken this virus, political corruption and injustice to wake up the church than let it be. Father put a fire in our belly, let us rise up and be the men and women you have created us to be. Let us get disgusted with our complacency and mediocrity. Let the church be the church!
    I cannot wait until the tent comes to Sacramento!!

  9. Debi Cloyd

    Desr Mr. Murillo,
    I don’t know how to adequately say it, but what you write is so substantive. Your words are descriptive, powerful and motivating. You are clearly on fire for God!
    God bless you!
    Debbra Cloyd
    On Sun, Jan 17, 2021, 1:45 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 the” >

  10. bgerk58

    Thank you for your inspirational messages. I look forward to each message as it encourages and inspires me to keep seeking and praying for revival. You remind us that the battle belongs to Jesus Christ and that no weapon formed against Him will prosper. I’m encouraged thru out the week as I read and pray to Jesus Christ for America to once again be founded on the Godly principals of our fore fathers. May we as a nation be on our knees praying that God will heal our land. May the revivals in California spread across America.
    God Bless and keep you as you continue to preach!
    Glory To God! ??❤️???

  11. Tanner from Louisiana

    Psalms 68??⚡️⚡️????????
    1Let God arise,
    Let His enemies be scattered;
    Let those also who hate Him flee before Him.
    2As smoke is driven away,
    So drive them away;
    As wax melts before the fire,
    So let the wicked perish at the presence of God.
    3But let the righteous be glad;
    Let them rejoice before God;
    Yes, let them rejoice exceedingly.
    4Sing to God, sing praises to His name;
    Him who rides on the clouds,
    By His name Yah,
    And rejoice before Him.
    5A father of the fatherless, a defender of widows,
    Is God in His holy habitation.
    6God sets the solitary in families;
    He brings out those who are bound into prosperity;
    But the rebellious dwell in a dry land.
    7O God, when You went out before Your people,
    When You marched through the wilderness, Selah
    8The earth shook;
    The heavens also dropped rain at the presence of God;
    Sinai itself was moved at the presence of God, the God of Israel.
    9You, O God, sent a plentiful rain,
    Whereby You confirmed Your inheritance,
    When it was weary.
    10Your congregation dwelt in it;
    You, O God, provided from Your goodness for the poor.

  12. Donna Roberts Lerlie

    If all that I have on this earth is Jesus, then I have everything..

  13. Geoff Gonifas

    I do not read books, other than the Bible, anymore. I’m not super. Spiritual but II’m not a seeker sensitive pastor either. The day is coming when there is going to be a move of God in our midst based purely on the moving and power of a Holy Ghost out pouring. It won’t be a man manufactured move. Until then we pray and we preach the true gospel faithfully. Signs following, God’s plan for advertising His presence. will come soon, and with regularity, as we become like the church in the book of Acts. Soon there will be the Cedar Street revival!

    • Clark

      GEOFF, you read Mario’s Blogs. Now get his books and read them too, and you will be super blessed!

  14. albright2231

    I agree. Keep preaching this!

  15. Jessica

    Hi Mario. I hope this wont offend you, but so many times I have wanted to share your blogs because I feel like you put things in to words really well, but because you are advertising your book below every blog you write, I feel its a distraction. I had someone tell me just the other day that they thought what you wrote was good but then they saw the ad to buy your book and they were offended and there went that. Prior to that person I had a pastor tell me he wouldnt read your blog because you are just trying to sell your books. Even if you dont get one cent of that book money, its a stumbling block to many because of all the gimmicks we have seen for decades, so perhaps you might be willing to move the book add to your website and not on your writing. Just a thought. Thank you for preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ.

  16. mark andrew James

    As I was taking in these words this morning previous to listening to Marios message the Lord said copy this word to Jeremiah and send it to My People so they can both SEE and Hear what the true Spirit is saying in this dark hour that’s come and is coming to Amen
    Judgment Proclaimed
    Why thus said the LORD God of hosts, Because you speak this word, behold, I will make my words in your mouth fire, and this people wood, and it shall devour them. See, I will bring a nation on you from far, O house of the Israel of our God said the LORD: it is a mighty nation, it is an ancient nation, a nation whose language you know not, neither understand what they say. Their quiver is as an open sepulcher, they are all mighty men. And they shall eat up your harvest, and your bread, which your sons and your daughters should eat: they shall eat up your flocks and your herds: they shall eat up your vines and your fig trees: they shall impoverish your so-called fenced cities, wherein you trusted, with the sword. Nevertheless in those days, said the LORD, I will not make a full end with you. And it shall come to pass when you shall say, Why does the LORD our God do all these things to us? then shall you answer them, Like as you have Forsaken me, and served strange gods in your (souls) land, so shall you now serve strangers in a land that is not your’s? Declare this in the house of (church)Jacob, and publish it in Judah, saying, Hear now this, O foolish people, and without understanding; which have eyes, and yet see not; which have ears, and they hear not: Fear you not me? said the LORD: will you not tremble at my presence, which have placed the sand for the bound of the sea by a perpetual decree, that it cannot pass it: and though the waves thereof toss themselves, yet can they not prevail; though they roar, yet can they not pass over it? But this people has a revolting and a rebellious heart; they are revolted and gone. Neither say they in their heart, Let us now fear the LORD our God, that gives Living Waters as rain, both the former and the latter, in his season: he reserves to us the appointed weeks of the harvest. But, Your iniquities have turned away these things, and your sins have withheld good things from you. For among my people are found Wicked Men: they lay wait, as he that sets snares; they set a trap, they catch men. As a cage is full of birds, so are their houses (Souls) full of deceit: therefore they have become great, and waxen rich. They are waxen fat, they shine yea, they overpass the deeds of the wicked: they judge not the cause, the cause of the fatherless (those without Christ), yet they prosper; and the right of the needy do they not judge. Shall I not Visit them for these things? said the LORD: shall not My Soul be avenged on such a nation as this? A wonderful and horrible thing is committed in the (souls) land; The prophets prophesy lies falsely, and the priests (pastors) bear rule by their means, and My people love to have it so: and what will you do in the end thereof?
    1 Peter 2:9
    But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a Holy Nation, a people for His own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who called you Out of this world, out of darkness into His marvelous light Amen

  17. NickT

    Amen Mario,
    Our church never closed and never will. The congregation has a choice, come or stay home for virtual
    Church…not the same though, we need to gather together and worship our Lord Jesus!

  18. Peg Byars

    Dear brother Mario, I salute you for your radical reproofs as God uses you to awaken the sleeping giant.
    But I take issue with your statement that America is ‘the greatest nation on earth.’ If it were, Jesus, our Jewish Messiah, would be making ready to come to America. Such is not the case. Jesus will soon return to Jerusalem Israel, the greatest, in God’s eyes, nation on the earth. All other nations are servant nations, important and with specific callings and destinies, but not ‘greatest.’
    Psalm 99:2
    The Lord is great in Zion,
    And He is high above all the nations.
    Isaiah 2:2-4
    Now it shall come to pass in the latter days
    That the mountain of the Lord’s house
    Shall be established on the top of the mountains,
    And shall be exalted above the hills;
    And all nations shall flow to it.
    3 Many people shall come and say,
    “Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord,
    To the house of the God of Jacob;
    He will teach us His ways,
    And we shall walk in His paths.”
    For out of Zion shall go forth the law,
    And the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.
    4 He shall judge between the nations,
    And rebuke many people;
    They shall beat their swords into plowshares,
    And their spears into pruning hooks;
    Nation shall not lift up sword against nation,
    Neither shall they learn war anymore.
    President Donald J. Trump has, by God’s divine ordinance, been THE MOST important ally Israel has ever had and for this reason, God gave America these past four years to align with His end time plan.
    We in North America (I’m Canadian) have missed this golden opportunity. So what will our sovereign God, our loving Father do now? Like any good father, He will discipline His children until we humble ourselves and repent.
    Isaiah 57:15 is the remedy.
    For thus says the High and Lofty One
    Who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy:
    “I dwell in the high and holy place,
    With him who has a contrite and humble spirit,
    To revive the spirit of the humble,
    And to revive the heart of the contrite ones.
    Merciful Father, forgive, have mercy, revive us again.

  19. crunchy6

    powerful words spoken from someone baptized by the holy spirit. thank you. the multitudes have forgotten that the ultimate judgment lies not on humanity but from a source above corruption. ________________________________

  20. alanmittan

    Amen and Amen, praying the fire of the Holy Spirit would totally consume us. The Lord is unstoppable and will not be mocked by the devils agenda. Keep pressing and keep standing, Praise the Lord.

  21. Diane Z.

    I’m totally with you dear brother. This morning I was reading in 1Kings 18:21 where Elijah asked, “how long will you be limping between two clefts? If Yahweh is Elohime, follow him. If Baal, go after him. (literal Hebrew translation). God has not changed since before Genesis and he will not change now. His gifts and calling are irrevocable. We have such a privilege to partner with him! Let’s stop asking him to bless us and start blessing him. XOD

    • junglequeen

      “We have such a privilege to partner with him! Let’s stop asking him to bless us and start blessing him. ” – YES Indeed!!

  22. Sandy Smith

    Amen and amen!!
    On Sun, Jan 17, 2021 at 2:44 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 the” >

  23. carolebethro@gmail.com

    Are you going to take any responsibility for the things you said that were wrong? The word you said God gave you the morning of election day? The word you gave about judgement where preachers would disappear while they were speaking and influencers like Oprah Winfrey would be exposed? That we need to hold on for a miracle and if we don’t we’ll regret it? Please act with integrity in this.

  24. corinnesimmons@reagan.com


  25. Heather Harrell

    “I want you see satan yelling ‘Yo momma’ right at you!” Did you hear my laugh from Arkansas?! Hahahaha I KNOW the situation is critical and I stand (as apparently millions of others around the World- Hallelujah!)- So thankful for you, Lance, Hank, Gene, John, Dutch,etc. – the Love y’all have for the Lord and the evident bond, the Powerful bond that is Blessing Me and others with Fresh Fire for Christ.!!! Let us ROAR!

  26. Jenny Beeland

    YES!!!!LET IT BE!!!! Thank you, Mario, for allowing the power of God flow through your ministry and in your words!

  27. Flo Ellers

    You are a gift to the body of Christ to stir us to effective evangelism. Your article is priceless. Thank you.

  28. Henrietta Reed

    YES LORD! Let the Spirit of Elijah fall on Your Ecclesia like NEVER before! Let our one cry be for You alone and Your purposes in the earth!
    Sent from my iPad

  29. Eric

    Mario, AMEN!
    Now please, DO NOT sell these books for profit!
    Give them away with option for donations!!!!
    A word from the Lord!

  30. Marilynn Place

    I am so grateful for your post and your stand. You have been a daily encouragement! Oh that pastor would take a stand for the gospel of Pentecost and America!!!!
    Sent from my iPhone

  31. Pam Patterson

    Well this is spot on. Jesus help us. In our weakness his strength is made perfect. And we are exhausted. Freaking exhausted.
    On Sun, Jan 17, 2021 at 1:46 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 the” >

  32. yesua7

    amen bro

  33. Tom


  34. Marsha Carol Watson Gandy

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  35. Mark DuBois

    Hey brother Mario,
    has the Lord spoken to you
    about coming to San Diego?
    Just asking, just wondering!

  36. PEARL Dalton

    A—MEN ?❤️?? So be it Lord Jesus Christ!!!!
    On Sun, Jan 17, 2021, 2:43 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 the” >

  37. faithproductions@verizon.net

    Hallelujah! Bring

  38. Katherine Black

    It started because we wanted to “accommodate” the lost into the churches and make the lost feel welcome.  God does welcome all sinners but all  repentant sinners– ones not “in your face” I am a homosexual and I want to murder babies…I will only join if you agree with my already sinner mindset.  Nicky Gumble had it right with having people come to dinners to find out about the gospel, the discipleship and commitment to God and HIs ideals, morals and values.  Then if you wanted to join a church you were baptized and agreed to worship with other believers.  Now churches have invited the yeast of the world into the church and, we have instead of filling them with the yeast of faith, they have  filled us with the yeast of world’s Nimrod mindsets.   Only miracles, signs and wonders will bring the lost back and want them to follow biblical precepts that are so far from worldly ways that a strong outpouring of holiness can help us now.

  39. Songs at Night

    “…. 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” . You are right – this has been the nemesis of most churches we have visited. They are always “coming back to heart of worship”, but forget the power and connection to Almighty God through daily prayer and worship. Instruction in Righteousness is sadly lacking and many of God’s kids are still struggling with their own personal growth. I have my hands full encouraging and ministering to those who already have The Word, The Name and The Blood at their disposal, but can’t seem to tap in!

  40. juddmckendrygmailcom

    Thanks Mario, fasting and praying is the greatest reset for my spirit. I find myself in the very presence of God in the overflow, the power of the conviction are unbelievably wonderful. Please encourage the body of Christ to fast and pray and meditate in his word, and read blogs like yours. Thanks so much.



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