Sunday at the Super Bowl, the eyes and ears of the whole world were on California. The half-time show was unintelligible. It is probably merciful that most of those who endured it could not understand one word they said.
The commercials were uncreative, which is shocking when you consider the available technology and the vast pool of talent. The messages tried to find a hook with which to grab your emotions, but they possessed no redeeming quality.
Dolly Parton opened her commercial as if she was starting a spiritual movement. Turned out, she was peddling phones.
It is clear that California media and technology have the power to make humanity sit up and listen.
The problem is that California has absolutely nothing to say, and no answers for a hurting world.
Lots of glitz, but no substance. Untold power, but none of it for good. Why? Because the California elite has declared war on God. It is a godless State with great power, but only power for evil. For everyone’s sake, something desperately needs to happen in California.
Here it is.
I received the following note, “Mario, I’m flying out from Missouri on a mission to get my homeless son in Visalia and get him to the Tent. Believing for a radical encounter, deliverance from bondage of addictions. God has commissioned me to do this. Can’t wait!! Prodigal son coming home!”
There are thousands of other stories like this. People are on a pilgrimage to Hanford, and they are bringing loved ones to be saved, delivered, and healed. Emails, letters, and phone messages are filled with declarations: “I am going to get my miracle!” “My loved one is going to be saved!” “I am a pastor and I am coming to get the fire and glory of God to take back to my congregation!”
Can you imagine the sobering weight on my heart for this crusade, which is just a few days away? Something is happening here that is far beyond me. Mario Murillo is not the focus. These people are coming with their eyes fixed on Christ. Meanwhile, outside the Tent, there is misery.
Mario Murillo is not the focus. These people are coming with their eyes fixed on Christ.
A deep and inexpressible desperation is crushing millions in California. The Bible says, Matthew 9:36-38, “But when He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion for them, because they were weary and scattered, like sheep having no shepherd. Then He said to His disciples, “The harvest truly is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore, pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.”
Did you ever consider how helpless sheep are, out alone in the wilderness? It is a pitiful and terrifying picture. The animal soon just sits down in hopeless resignation to accept its fate.
That is the atmosphere in California. Not what you see on television. Not the coddled and protected billionaires, movie stars and celebrities. No, it’s everyday people who have had everything taken from them by a Leftist regime. The pandemic was an excuse to steal their future. Their neighborhoods are ravaged by violence and decadence. They are the sheep in the wilderness who are just accepting their fate, and the fate of their children.
Our workers are dispersed over several square miles around the Tent. They are wading into the gangland killing-fields; the homeless camps; and they are reaching out to regular people, who open their doors to receive food, clothing, and a message of hope! But there is something more.
Satan’s big mistake was to make the people of the State of California miserable. Now they are open to Christ, and no longer spurn the Gospel. Our team has never seen such a wide open field. But there is something greater still.
The power of people bringing people.
I am hearing stories of great sacrifices that people are making to bring the sick to the Tent. I now realize that, long before they even get to the Tent, they are exercising faith. Miracle faith.
Miracle faith in action: Mark 2:3-5, “Then they came to Him, bringing a paralytic who was carried by four men. And when they could not come near Him because of the crowd, they uncovered the roof where He was. So, when they had broken through, they let down the bed on which the paralytic was lying. When Jesus saw their faith, (emphasis mine) He said to the paralytic, “Son, your sins are forgiven you.”
Christ saw the roof coming off and called their actions faith! I can’t count the number of times that great healings in our Tent were connected to stories of groups of people who went to great lengths to get someone into the Tent.
That is what I am saying, right now! Please bring the sick to be healed. Do not let the enemy convince you that it is ‘just too hard.’ Let faith dictate your actions!