Mario Murillo: What Is Needed in California Goes Way Beyond a Crusade


A reckoning is a calculating of one's position within a situation and then taking the necessary steps; doing what needs to be done. It is not just coming to terms with something, but settling that which needs settling.

A reckoning is a realization of what the Holy Spirit is saying because the occasion demands it. First Samuel 10:6-7 (NKJV) says, "Then the Spirit of the Lord will come upon you, and you will prophesy with them and be turned into another man. And let it be, when these signs come to you, that you do as the occasion demands; for God is with you."

What is needed in California—what God has calculated for California—is way beyond a crusade. And it is because most churches have refused to go "way beyond" that our nation has become lost.

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The devil keeps them from doing what needs to be done. Their analysis of the situation is faulty because it is based on what they have been taught of society's needs. What they have been taught is from a bygone time: a time before we were divided, addicted, perverted and demonized.

Today the power of the cross must clash with and destroy demonic strongholds. By the stripes of Jesus on the cross, many must be healed.

Our Tent site cannot just be holy ground; it must be a battleground! A frontline in the invisible war. A giant leap in the war to return California back to God.

As I was packing for California, a question kept burning in my soul. Do we really understand what is at stake in these four nights?

When you look at everything that is going on around us:

Tens of thousands of truckers are battling for freedom.

Media monsters, meanwhile, turn up the heat on all who will not surrender to the Leftist agenda.

Perversion intensifies as social media says while they will not ban sex trafficking sites, they will take down Christian messages.

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No matter how disastrous their policies are, the Left will not stop until we are destroyed. Therefore we must do what the occasion demands by the power of the Holy Spirit. That is exactly why this is a reckoning!

Why is this event in Hanford greater than an outreach? Because the evil is greater. The kind of miracle we need must be strong medicine. It must be more than words; more than groovy feelings. This event must contain the firepower described in 2 Corinthians 10:4, "The weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds."

We are not here to pull off a good event. We are here to pull down strongholds. This is no soothing campaign of chicken soup for the soul. This is fire! This is a reckoning!

This is fire like the fire that Elijah called down. Fire that says, "How long will you falter between two opinions? If the Lord is God, follow Him; but if Baal, follow him" (1 Kings 18:21). Elijah measured the situation and concluded that the situation is way beyond words or negotiation. It is a time for fire!

It is time for the lost to see that the root of their misery is the outcome of being enslaved to sin and Satan. The intensity of evil and the depth of suffering in that evil demand direct answers.

It is time for the power of God and the conviction of the Holy Spirit to destroy excuses.

We are not merely serving up platitudes—we are serving eviction notices to the devil and his minions! They must pack up and get out!

We must take the most courageous step of faith of all: Producing signs and wonders that prove the message is from God. Though there was opposition to the early church, "nevertheless, they stayed there a long time, preaching boldly, and the Lord proved their message was from Him by giving them power to do great miracles" (Acts 14:3, TLB).

The question should never be, "What will happen if we try, but nothing happens?" The question that should haunt us is, "What if God is about to turn the tide of evil in our favor, but we are too timid to do as the occasion demands?"

Will we offend people by our bold attack? That does not matter. Pastor, will you lose members in your church if you obey God? That also does not matter. If they left you because you obeyed God, you never had them anyway.

From the first prayer to the very last word, these four days in Hanford will be a reckoning.

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Mario Murillo rose from poverty in the Mission District of San Francisco. After being revolutionized by Christ, he felt a call to the University of California at Berkeley, where he shared his faith and saw healings result from his preaching. His international ministry was launched after a four-day conference in San Jose, California, extended for six months with a total attendance of nearly 250,000 people. Since then, his voice has been heard by millions around the world, bringing a message that zeroes in on the hurts of society. He presents Christ clearly and intelligently, openly declaring the power of Jesus to totally transform a life.

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