by | Jun 3, 2021 | Christianity Today, Spiritual Warfare | 44 comments

The bragging you hear in so many Christian gatherings about power and authority is baffling.  If we are who we say we are—how on earth did evil put such a death grip on America?  If we can do what we say we can do—how did we lose so much high-value real estate to the enemy?

Now that the illegal lockdown is over, the church is reverting to old bad habits—and not a little hypocrisy. If they were afraid to have church all this year, it seems very odd for them to boast about having great power, now.

Almost as an act of compensation for our lack of power, we are turning up the noise. We have the shout without the clout.

What is wrong with us? And more importantly, how do we get the firepower we need to turn America around?

The answers are in plain sight. They are showcased in the following verses:

“When the troops had come into the camp, the elders of Israel said, “Why has the Lord smitten us today before the Philistines? Let us bring the ark of the covenant of the Lord here from Shiloh, that He may come among us and save us from the power of our enemies.”

So, the people sent to Shiloh and brought from there the ark of the covenant of the Lord of hosts, Who dwells above the cherubim. And the two sons of Eli, Hophni and Phinehas, were with the ark of the covenant of God. And when the ark of the covenant of the Lord came into the camp, all Israel shouted with a great shout, so that the earth resounded.

And when the Philistines heard the noise of the shout, they said, “What does this great shout in the camp of the Hebrews mean?” Then they understood that the ark of the Lord had come into the camp. The Philistines were afraid, for they said, “God has come into the camp.” And they said, “Woe to us! For such a thing has not happened before. Woe to us! Who shall deliver us out of the hand of these mighty gods? These are the gods that smote the Egyptians with every kind of plague in the wilderness.

Be strong, and acquit yourselves like men, O you Philistines, that you may not become servants to the Hebrews, as they have been to you; behave yourselves like men, and fight!”

 And the Philistines fought; Israel was smitten and they fled every man to his own home. There was a very great slaughter, for 30,000 foot-soldiers of Israel fell. And the ark of God was taken, and the two sons of Eli, Hophni and Phinehas, were slain” (1 Samuel 4:3-11). 

Here is what they did wrong:

First of all, they asked the right question, but came up with the wrong answer. “Why has the Lord smitten us today before the Philistines?” (verse 3). They assumed that all they needed to do to win was to go and get the Ark.

Hauling the Ark into battle was a kneejerk reaction—not a revelation. They imitated the outward features of past victories, without paying the price for true authority.

Then they released the shout without clout. They assumed that the combination of the Ark and noise would win the day (verse 5). At first it worked. The Philistines were terrified by the optics and the shout. And no wonder. The Philistines had bitter memories of being totally defeated whenever Israel had the clout in their shout.

The problem was that one of their leaders thought, ‘Wait a minute. There is something off here. There is something missing in their shout. They do not have the anointing for war. They are posing as the army of God, but God is not here to fight for them.’

That is exactly what is wrong with so many of our Spirit-filled churches. We are making a lot of harmless noise. We are playacting. Many are saying, “Thus sayeth the Lord”—but not because they have a true word of prophecy, but because they are hoping it will act as a booster rocket to get their message across.

The real measure of our anointing is what it actually does to Satan. Real authority from God drives back cultural evil. We should not be reveling in our theatrical services―we should be grieving over our powerless witness.

All of the usual suspects are returning from the pre-pandemic church life. The gimmicks are reappearing. The false comfort is being reheated. The greasy-grace is being rubbed on the thin skin of the American church.

Worst of all we are back to seeking carnal methods and more marketing. E. M. Bounds looked way into the future and described us, when he said, “What the Church needs today is not more machinery or better, not new organizations or more and novel methods, but men whom the Holy Ghost can use―men of prayer, men mighty in prayer. The Holy Ghost does not flow through methods, but through men. He does not come on machinery, but on men. He does not anoint plans, but men―men of prayer.”

The lesson is simple: unless clout is restored to our shout, our nation is lost.

But there is a great hope! There is a remnant who cannot stomach synthetic services. They are starving for true anointing—for true miracles―and for real victories in the culture.

The promise of God is sure. He has promised that He can restore the shout. And He will do it, for those who ask with an undivided heart.

James 1:5-6, “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind.”


  1. mackcent1958

    Amen brother well said, I was listening to john ramirez and isaiah saldivar recently john ramirez said these devil worshippers spend all night in devil church plotting and planning strategies to come against the body of christ, when most of the the followers of christ dont even have much of a prayer life the early church church was a force to be reckoned with, how far have we come since then?

  2. C. Jones

    Realize this: you can’t just decide to go into spiritual warfare. You must have an invitation from God with sending power. He that sends you is with you. That was the key for Gideon’s 300.

    • Wordforworld

      Excellent comments, CJones & Roger! Well-intended clout only says what IT wants, not what God said.
      True believers ask GOD ALMIGHTY, “what shall we say to this?” The struggle is to get the Body of Christ to obey: speak in unison, to cooperate with God’s great grace.
      Father, thy will be done IN the earth AS it IS in Heaven!!
      There’s no communism in Heaven, no tyranny, no slavery, no racism, no murder, no chaos, no curse, and no lie! We call those evil platforms threshed to dust, for the LORD has sent His harvesting hosts to perform HIS WORD, with signs & wonders following.
      (Too many have been extolling the deeds of the enemy, repeating the media’s narrative, spreading fear. Just like the 10 of 12 spies. Num13:30)
      The LORD’s Word tells us we are of the same spirit of faith IF we believe and say what HE said. 2Cor4:13
      Our LORD could not do any mighty works there due to lack of faith. Mark6:5
      Likewise, even tho we are born again, filled with Holy Spirit, baptized in the Spirit (for service), we MUST CHOOSE DAILY WHOM WE WILL SERVE. (As Roger detailed.)
      Without ending on a “down” note, it IS helpful to remind ourselves & like- minded saints:
      NOTHING CAN HINDER THE LORD FROM SAVING, whether by many, OR BY A FEW. 1Sam14:6
      Let’s endeavor to be accounted in the “CAMP of the FEW!”
      Look at what we are in HIM! In HIS NAME, JESUS CHRIST, we are pulling down violently all strongholds!
      MUCH Thanksgiving and much Praise BE to

    • Michael A Druckenmiller Sr

      Agree, to a point and comment…
      To get the invitation to go into Spiritual Warfare you must be a man or woman of prayer.
      You want to fight? Then pray! You will either be allowed the very important logistical support position of prayer, or you may be invited into the fray.
      But, realize this, not everyone that applies for the SEAL Teams, makes the cut. But, the “Tip of The Spear” still needs the shaft that the tip affixes to, and the men still need your prayers.

  3. Roger Culwell

    Exactly what I have said a few times if we have what we say, and can do what we say, why have things gone the way they have, he gave me this a couple days ago, 1 Sam 5:8 on down where they toook the ark the same as his presence and he gave them emerods and tumors in there private parts. because I here all the shouting but things do not line up, so thats been my cry to how can we say we have the Holy Spirit in all the Churches and things turn out the way they are, WE DO NOT HAVE WHAT WE SAY OR MOST DON’T, AND I FEEL SOMETHING BAD WRONG IN THE SPIRIT, SOMETHING CHANGED HERE WHILE BACK FOR SURE, ITS BEEN CHANGING BUT HERE WHILE BACK ESPECIALLY WHEN tRUMP LEFT THE WH SOMETHING CHANGED, THATS WHY I BEEN TRYING TO SAY SEEK HIS FACE SURRENDER AND GET FILLED, BUT TO SOME THEY DIDN’T NEED TO THEY DIDN’T DO ANYTHING WRONG, I THINK WE NEED TO FALL ON OUR FACE AND DO SOME CRYING OUT TO GOD, Some are feeling a presence but its not Gods its a fake from these fallen angels I have been trying to warn about, the Lord has showed me many things but the Church will not hear, any spirit claiming to be the Holy Spirit but allows evil and sin and backs evil and sin is not Gods Holy Spirit it is a fake, and I use to think we had a couple things the enemy couldn’t fake, but I was bad wrong he is a master at deception, but the Church will not hear, these fallen angels can do things to, and make us think its God if we have not stayed true to the real Holy Spirit the Church allowing sin, brings sin upon us all, Joshua 7 Achans sin, one man sinned but it cost the whole camp, thats in there for a reason, why do we think he said in
    Mat 5:30 And if thy right hand offend thee, cut it off, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell.
    because sin in the camp harms us all, like I have said before, your hand can’t offend you, it only does what your brain or heart tells it too, so to fix the problem you would have to cut your head off or your heart out, unless he is refering to the body of Christ because some are hands and feet and eyes, if one keeps stealing you warn but if they don’t stop cut them off, if the eye offend is looking at porn and you warn them and they won’t stop, pluck them out, we have a lot to learn as a body, its says better to enter mained than for the whole body to go to hell, when if he is just talking about your natural body, to solve the problem you would have to cut your head off, but he is talking about the body of christ, but we will not do what we are supposed to do and could we be daming the whole body, is the whole body suffering because of others sin, we shout or some do but as you say, sir I see no clout, because we as a body are not doing as we should, we allow sin and evil, and even unite with evil, andthat is a big no no in the body of Christ, many have not only in Congress and government, but in the Church have truly proved who they side with and back, we have many who side with the enemy and it does the whole body damage, and thats sin that must be dealt with, if we want power as the body of Christ, I Think Christ has showed us who is with him and who is not so we can cut them off or cause us to still be taken prisoner, he told me to pray that he rescue us, why would he tell me that if the body is still not satans prisoner, we are just going to have to do what he told us to do, and cut out the one’s who allow sin and evil, because he is coming back for a pure bride, and then you write this about the presence and two days ago he gives me 1 Sam 5 about the presence and the ark, and I haven’t mentioned this yet, was thinking it over, because they are saying it still ok, BUT I SMELL SOMETHING HORRIBABLY WRONG, but he has shown me the enmy can fake everything, and us allowing sin and evil has loosed those spirits on the church, one of the first signs was coaches in the Church thats the Holy Spirits job, he was our coach that didn’t agree with my spirit then they started telling me to tone it down, to put the fire out, I didn’t understand I said Lord its not me its you, how can I tell you to not preach, and then they started taking Jesus’s name out of song’s and the bible, replacing it with [HIM, just try casting out a demon in him name and see what you get, but of course they stopped that, and healings] then The God is all Love and allows sin and evil, and grace covers sin, when nothing but the blood covers sin, and God is a God of wrath too, we have reduced God to nothing in the church but yet we still shout what he is, BUT IS IT REALLY HIM WE ARE FEELING TODAY, WE JUST BETTER MAKE SURE, BECAUSE HE HAS SHOWN ME THERE IS A FAKE AND ITS HARD TO TELL, but its strange with in two days your writting about the presence and he gave something to me about the presence being stolen two days ago, I think we better be crying out to him, but the proof is in the pudding, the real anointing drives back evil as you said, and they are still doing as they did before, right back to the old way of doing things when something is bad wrong and you know it to sir, but they refuse to hear it, and I think we are refusing to really repent and clean house and Christ is coming back for a pure bride, and we have become contaminsted, and it affects the whole body thats why we must cut some off, Christ has exosed them they chose sides, he told me to tell them at the election choose this day whom you will serve and many did, now we know who is for Christ and against him, but will we do as we should, theres much more I could say but people won’t hear I have thrown a little out and times, and you may think I am crazy, but I tell the truth and what he shows me, and I saw neighbors burnning in there own houses as I visited some, which meant the people are not trying to warn there neighbors, We need to really get back to God and get the anointing of the Holy Spirit.

  4. Marsha Carol Watson Gandy


  5. grishafurman

    Pray! Changes everything. Faith without works is dead.
    On Fri, Jun 4, 2021, 8:16 AM Mario Murillo Ministries wrote:
    > mariomurilloministries posted: ” The bragging you hear in so many > Christian gatherings about power and authority is baffling. If we are who > we say we are—how on earth did evil put such a death grip on America? If > we can do what we say we can do—how did we lose so much high-v” >

  6. Freda Crump

    Yes – thank you!
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  7. Naa Tetteh

    I applaud this revelation. I now understand the story you referenced better. May the Lord help us all be the church he needs us to be by His mercy and grace. May the Lord Jesus Christ be magnified in His church. I pray we Christians will humbly ourselves before the Lord for Him to provide for us. How anointing is being sold, baffles me. Everything Jesus did was free and surely He received His reward- God moved peoples hearts who supported Him. We need to trust God!

  8. Judy Cole

    Love your messages and watching Flashpoint. In Canada we are still in lockdown in many of the provinces. Also vaccine passports r beginning to be required to go from province to province. Canada is closing down more, not opening up.

  9. Denis

    Thanks for sharing this important truth. It is stirring prayer in my heart.

  10. Anne DeRuiter

    One of the things the Lord has told me about this season is that EVERYONE would be humbled. Everyone in the world, everyone in the church, everyone. Truth will prevail and our devices will fail.

  11. Jean Edwards

    Great message Mario! God Bless

  12. Anita Anderson

    Amen. Right on track!
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  13. prayinginok

    Awesome blog, Mario, thank you!
    “The Holy Ghost does not flow through methods, but through men. He does not come on machinery, but on men. He does not anoint plans, but men―men of prayer.”
    Amen! It’s not some “perfect formula” learned from books or seminars. It’s time with GOD on our knees!

  14. NickT

    Wow if that’s true that churches are still not having church… what a pity. Where is their faith in the Lord and what HE can do for us?
    Look at around the world where people would love to go to church and worship with other believers!
    Also if the church is afraid of losing its 501c3 status that’s a lack of faith also. I tithe and I don’t write them off thru taxes anymore, even so, I still would still tithe & offerings and do, it’s the Lord’s tenth! We must continue to speak up about the evil in our nation and around the world. Time to stop playing church be filled with the Holy Spirit and listen to what the Lord wants us to do.

  15. lordswarrior111

    Praying for Living Proof Sacramento! Thanks again Mario and staff for all you do to bring the gospel to the earth’s peoples.

  16. Judy Braland

    I LOVE THIS WORD!!!!!  KEEP SOUNDING THE ALARM MARIO!!!!!JUDY BRALAND —- On Fri, 04 Jun 2021 06:27:52 +0000 wrote —-div.zm_-2955642827839674989_parse_-6146592034282099499 a:hover { color: red } div.zm_-2955642827839674989_parse_-6146592034282099499 a { text-decoration: underline; color: rgb(0, 136, 204) } div.zm_-2955642827839674989_parse_-6146592034282099499 a.x_-472629822primaryactionlink:link, div.zm_-2955642827839674989_parse_-6146592034282099499 a.x_-472629822primaryactionlink:visited { background-color: rgb(37, 133, 178); color: rgb(255, 255, 255) } div.zm_-2955642827839674989_parse_-6146592034282099499 a.x_-472629822primaryactionlink:hover, div.zm_-2955642827839674989_parse_-6146592034282099499 a.x_-472629822primaryactionlink:active { background-color: rgb(17, 114, 158); color: rgb(255, 255, 255) }
    mariomurilloministries posted: ” The bragging you hear in so many Christian gatherings about power and authority is baffling.  If we are who we say we are—how on earth did evil put such a death grip on America?  If we can do what we say we can do—how did we lose so much high-v”

  17. RAFO

    Mario, you ask “ What is wrong with us? And more importantly, how do we get the firepower we need to turn America around?”
    1 Samual 4:21… Ichabod has been written across the land as the Glory of the Lord has departed! Divine Presence has been lifted and our enemies will destroy us. This has been prophesied on numerous occasions and will happen as it has been told. Why do you sleep oh remnant?? Why do you desire to go back to sleep and for things to be “normal”?
    My desire is for a great outpouring of my Spirit to heal your land, but you will not have or receive it. Yes, there’s pockets of power being manifested in various areas, but by and large the spirit of the age has dulled the senses of my people. Oh that you would partake of the Divine Revelation but you will have no part of me. The blood of millions of murdered children cry out from the ground! This hasn’t changed but only gotten worse! Small children are sexually abused and murdered by your elite but there’s no outcry! I will avenge the innocent blood!
    Beware and draw close to me! Kiss the Son lest you perish! Your enemies will be given a free hand to punish this rebellious and idolatrous nation, then I will destroy them! Repent and draw close to me all those who hear my voice!! My word will not return void but will be fulfilled. My desire is Hope, mercy and blessing, but America has chosen hopelessness, death and destruction. I will start this judgement upon those who have dared raise their fists to My face! Get ready for things to change and happen in rapid succession. Know this is Me… I have allowed it to bring this nation back to repentance and a right heart. This is my desire and it will be done! Ichabod has been written on the wall… the kingdom has been weighed and found wanting. Judgement will start at the top. Be prepared and be vigilant. Seek my face while it can be found, thus says the Lord of Hosts!

    • Linda C

      But this is NOT what America chose. This is what has been imposed on us through a stolen election. May Gods deliver us from this theft.

  18. Glen H. Kippel

    Here is a promise from the Lord: Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.” (Matthew 5:6, KJV) And not just personal righteousness, but national as well. “Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people.” (Proverbs 14:34) We must pray for, and work for, righteous leaders in this country. I recommend everyone join with Intercessors for America ( to keep up with issues to pray about.

  19. abcj4

    Thank you Mario for always bringing on the truth of Gods word. Be blessed and thank you fir your blessings! Amen

  20. Flynnie

    Amen, Brother Mario! Keep speaking the truth!

  21. Rick Whitford

    Brother Mario, I love this encouragement that you speak of…to have actual power vs a pose. Lots of posers out there today. I know you criticize the Church today but rarely give examples of who, or whom, is the offender(s.) Personally, I would like to know who they are to avoid, but at the same time this anonymity seems to brood discontent. Point out the “brood of vipers” and let us all discern the same, and confirm the same. So please continue to call us out on our garbarge and be more specific, or as much as you can in order to encourage, not discourage, the brethren/church body. So glad that Lance has turned so many of us on to you and your ministry.

  22. Terrie Springer

    Great word and totally agree. Let the voice/spirit of Elijah rise up!!!

  23. Mark Stripling

    I will say it one more time: What happens in public is conceived, empowered, and divinely implemented by what happens in the secret place. Matthew 6:3. Matthew 6:6. Matthew 6:18. Don’t leave home without it.

  24. kingskid48

    The Church has nothing to shout a victory shout about.
    When you have schools that are teaching 4-6 year olds blatant sexual garbage, along with why they should hate themselves and constantly apologize because of their skin color…plus teaching revisionist history, plus teaching them vile hatred toward our real President…..when valedictorians lie about what they are going to speak about, and then get up and promote abortion through gritted teeth and steely/angry eyes, saying respecting a heartbeat as the sign of Life in the innocent babies is a “war on her body”… Church has nothing to shout victory about.
    Every church needs to call us forward and tell us to get on our faces in mass repentance/prayer/worship services, because this country is dying around us.

  25. fromanislandinnewhampshire

    If we are not branches abiding in the vine, then we won’t produce a drop of juice.

  26. Mary

    Thank you so so much Mario. My prayers are with you to win it! Prayers are the only way to get through this!

  27. T2020

    Excellent article. ?

  28. debomil

    Just yesterday I was asking a similar question, and I posed it to the Lord. Why? What has happened? With all our intercession and public involvement, why are things such a mess? Perhaps we need focused prayer for the church and her leaders, without leaving off our nation? Trusting in the Lord. Thank you Mario.

  29. Leslie Dutton

    I will be in California next week, in Carmel. I would love to come here Mario preach while I’m there If there is an opportunity. Please let me know if there is anything going on where Mario will be preaching June 5-12. And a location address please. God is so good! Sincerely
    Leslie R Dutton

  30. Shirley Schwarze

    On Fri, Jun 4, 2021, 1:12 AM Mario Murillo Ministries wrote:
    > mariomurilloministries posted: ” The bragging you hear in so many > Christian gatherings about power and authority is baffling. If we are who > we say we are—how on earth did evil put such a death grip on America? If > we can do what we say we can do—how did we lose so much high-v” >

  31. Sandra

    We need GOD, HE really doesn’t need us but HE desires us, we are HIS creation and we are HIS voice on the earth! I want so much to do my part for my Savior and soon coming King and for my Almighty GOD! But first I have to repent for not knowing what is going on in my government and our politicians. I just know I have been unhappy with our politician for years and vote only the way GOD leads and for anyone who is not a politician! Politicians is a very ulgy word to me because they lie but also now I know how evil they are! I know evil does not win because I have read the word, but also know that at least half the church and maybe more will probable not make it! Why is the church not the church???????

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  33. Jo Robbins

    The best blog yet!

  34. Robert Turek

    Is it possible that you can send me my emails a I will be closing my account. Thank you!
    On Fri, Jun 4, 2021 at 2:13 AM Mario Murillo Ministries wrote:
    > mariomurilloministries posted: ” The bragging you hear in so many > Christian gatherings about power and authority is baffling. If we are who > we say we are—how on earth did evil put such a death grip on America? If > we can do what we say we can do—how did we lose so much high-v” >

    • mariomurilloministries

      Wish we could but it is easier if you make the change the same way that you subscribed. Thank you.

  35. CS1

    fitting on D-Day, the battle was won in the trenches. Prayer and faith are what moves God for without faith we cannot even please HIM. Great analogy of the Children of Israel and the shout without Clout
    There is a great contrast in the Walls of Jerico.
    They had to listen to the Commander of the Army of the Lord.
    Jos 5:14
    Commander of the army of the LORD I have now come.”
    YES!! the shout cannot bring down the walls until the commander gives this order the hard work needed to be done.
    I found it very troubling that Josuha did not even know who the man was for, he asked
    “Are You for us or for our adversaries?”
    This Commander said “Neither,” NIV.
    Neither? That right, when the Commander of the Army of the lord is on the scene YOU ARE TO With HIM or Against HIM in this battle.
    This Shout at the walls of Jerico had Clout and Supreme Authority baby !!!
    Those walls were coming Down! Take off those shoes Josuha and get on your face for “holy ground” is now where ever The Commander of the Lord Army is standing!
    I feel the Holy Spirit right NOW!!!! can I get an amen somebody !!!

  36. Wordforworld

    Amen, somebody!!!
    Yes CS1, the Judge of all the earth has sent His harvesting angels to cut off the harvest of evil crops! The media is back-pedaling, Fauci is under watch & on msm, more states are requesting audits of their ballots/machines, big cheeses are scrambling to liquidate assets, divorces rise in the elites as they are “ratting” on each other, gun rights being returned to citizens, Supreme Court just ruled that illegal immigrants cannot get green cards, Texas hospital staff sued hospital for forcing vaccinations on them, Cal gov has to pay punitive damages to church he harassed…!

    • CS1

      amen !!!!



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