An inconvenient fire

by | Jun 7, 2019 | Christianity Today | 18 comments


By Mario Murillo

Al Gore spoke of an inconvenient truth. I am talking about something far more imposing: an inconvenient fire.

What is this fire doing?  It is spreading an insatiable hunger to know God: God alone.  A growing number of believers want to know God Himself—they want just Him.  They are not thinking about anything He can do for them.  They must know Him—more than oxygen, food and water—they must have God!

This fire awakens an ancient hunger—the hunger that possessed saints of old.  A.W. Tozer wrote, “Come near to the holy men and women of the past and you will soon feel the heat of their desire after God. They mourned for Him, they prayed and wrestled and sought for Him day and night, in season and out, and when they had found Him the finding was all the sweeter for the long seeking.”

And those who already know Him want to know Him better.  Tozer continued, “Moses used the fact that he knew God as an argument for knowing Him better. “Now, therefore, I pray Thee, if I have found grace in Thy sight, show me now Thy way, that I may know Thee, that I may find grace in Thy sight”; and from there he rose to make the daring request, “I beseech Thee, show me Thy glory.” (Exodus 33) God was frankly pleased by this display of ardor, and the next day called Moses into the mount, and there in solemn procession made all His glory pass before him.”

But why would this inconvenient fire be the worst nightmare to masked Antifa thugs, tepid seeker-friendly churches, or false ministers?   Isn’t this fire pulling saints off the front lines into a full-time pursuit of God?   How can this be a threat?  It is the greatest threat!   NOTHING TERRIFIES SATAN MORE THAN A WIDESPREAD HUNGER TO KNOW GOD:

-It puts them into the place and condition that Jesus has yearned for His church to be.  They are in God’s presence. They are devoid of ideas, agendas, or blueprints.   Their intercession is no longer contaminated.  Prayer is no longer a booster rocket for pet projects.  They are becoming decentralized. They are self-emptying, that they might see God in all His beauty.

God has triumphed over their dead works.  By doing this, He kills the source of their anxiety, their cares, and inadequacies.   David Wilkerson said, “I had more ideas than any preacher in America. Ideas on how to evangelize. How to organize New Testament programs. The programs and ideas were successful enough to entrap me and keep me on the treadmill of busy-ness.

“But all along my heart yearned for more. I knew the blessing was not in building. Not in some well-planned scheme to reach the lost. Not in bigness, and not in activity. I discovered the hard way that the glory of God, the peace, and joy of the Spirit, was in being stripped down, emptied, and made totally weak.”

-They are suddenly alive to the real horror—their own fleshliness.  The issue is no longer the depravity of the culture, but their personal carnality.  This inconvenient fire struck Isaiah with such agony that he tossed aside his prayer for influence and power.  All he can cry is; “Woe is me, for I am undone! Because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts.” (Isaiah 6:5).   Isaiah is unmade, that he might be remade.

In the towering glory, you see the indescribable.   You see how victorious God is.  How inevitable His victory is!  You see Satan’s utter defeat.  You are transfixed by the wisdom that is now available—the resources at Gods’ disposal—the tactics He can use.  His mighty plan makes our plans microscopically puny.

God will declare to you what He said to Isaiah: “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways,” says the Lord.  “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.” (Isaiah 55:8,9)

-Here’s what makes this fire so inconvenient:  It was simply not part of the plan.

-It was not in the plan for the lukewarm ‘convenient’ church to level off and be overruled by inconvenient fire.  Attraction-based churches fold when God Himself becomes the attraction.

-It was not in the plan for fake ministers to ever stop lying, stop prospering, or fooling the masses.  The light and heat of this fire will expose and topple them.

-It was not in the plan for left-wing God-haters to see their plan to eradicate Christianity from America neutralized by inconvenient fire.

This spreading flame—and the powerful vessels it creates—was simply not in the plan.  Thus a new vessel is about to emerge−a God-designed weapon. An inconvenient sort of person is about to appear on the American stage. A person who will own a passion you cannot stop, who will speak words you cannot counter, and perform miracles you cannot deny.

Join me in seeking this inconvenient fire!






  1. Ron Giovanetti

    AmillionAmens ?

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  2. Gerry Verhoef

    Show me your Glory is my cry ?! Your words are true and I agree! Come inconvenient fire and right the wrong that our hearts are so full of sorrow for. Our hearts cry out for others to see the joy of your salvation. Not unto us, O Lord, not unto us but for your glorious name!

  3. LuAnn M Morton-Earl

    YES…. I say Yes to this inconvenient fire… I say YES to You and to Your fire… Lord. I say YES to Your invitation and to Your New Commissioning… I say YES to You, Lord. I long for and desire more than the air that I breath and the food I eat… Your Presence for without Your presence… I can not move… I am not going anywhere without Your Presence and in that… living one on one with YOU.. In Your Throne Room… In Your Glory… will come the manifestation of signs, wonders & miracles which the world needs and seeks.

  4. Mark A James

    Yes John Baptised in an outward natural water for the Repentant in the true heart within one’s own Soul to allow the True baptisor to Come Baptising our souls into the Spirit of Himself who’s Glory is an ALL Consuming Spiritual Holy FIRE. Let is be so dear Lord Jesus and Come…….Truth!

  5. Carolina

    AMEN Mario!!…for over 2 millennia the gospel of Christ has been inconvenient deadly at times and yet still spread like wildfire. Your words remind us what the Hebrew writer said, “for our God is a consuming fire,” as he reflected upon Deuteronomy 4, and the fact that God is a jealous God, who demands FIDELITY from His Own Beloved. Hebrews 12: reminds us that we must run our race to win and even more now that the days are so evil because we have the benefit of Grace we cannot waver or lose the original righteous hunger for God’s Presence and His will in our lives.
    Whoever these “God-designed weapons” are that you believe will emerge, with God at the helm they will be SPECTACULAR.

    • Mark A James

      What a wonderful inciteful Spiritual word of Truth Amen> May the All-Consuming FIRE Himself consume the All of us body-SOUL and Spirit into the Fullest perfection of Glory of Himself and then set this World on Fire as they Watch them Burn Amen

  6. Terry Somerville

    Great word Mario

    The fire to know Him overwhelmed me a few years ago. It seems to be all I pray about most of the time, except for what He shows me to pray for. Friendship with God is possible. May the fire engulf the church and nation.


    Terry Somerville

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  7. Erin machtolf

    Mario I thank Yeshua for you and your ministry… your blog hits me in the core of my being and I know it is straight from the spirit! Are you going to be in Southern California any time soon? Blessings man of God..

  8. Sue Wolfe

    Tell me of the meetings in Stockton, I was hoping to read more about those meetings. Yes, I long for this fire!

    • Lindy

      Brother Murillo has already posted a thorough report of all that took place in Stockton Sue I forget the name of the blog, but go to his facebook and it will show you there.

  9. kntsojka

    Thank you so much for your daily posts. I’ve been saved for 39 years and never have I been in such a place of deep, deep desire for HIM and Him alone. Sometimes I feel like a crazy person, but then I realize it’s how it’s supposed to be. I just want more! I thank God that He has been moving me from place to place, church to church until I landed in the right place…an Apostolic Center, a well in the middle of a desert, a people who have all heard God’s call to come out and spend time together in transition at His feet, getting ready for the next HOORA! I’m absolutely believing that what your seeing in Ca. will take place on the East Coast…New Jersey of all places…I know it with all my heart…and I can hardly wait. Thanks for the admonitions and the encouragement and your amazing example. Carry on brother. In Him Alone Karen Sojka

    On Fri, Jun 7, 2019 at 3:21 AM Mario Murillo Ministries wrote:

    > mariomurilloministries posted: “AN INCONVENIENT FIRE By Mario Murillo Al > Gore spoke of an inconvenient truth. I am talking about something far more > imposing: an inconvenient fire. What is this fire doing? It is spreading > an insatiable hunger to know God: God alone. A growing ” >

  10. Noel

    “The issue is no longer the depravity of the culture, but their personal carnality.” So much of what you have been writing recently bears witness with my spirit. It is as if you are reading my mail. Set your people apart for You alone! Amen!

    • Lindy

      Yes that is the case with me too Noel. I am far more concerned with my own trouble-spots than with the depravity of the culture (frightening as it is, especially since it affects little ones.)

  11. Nick

    I become more and more excited about being at the Reno meeting every time that I read each new message here from Mario! Thank you for your faithfulness, Mario!

  12. Anna Jungert

    Your post helped me understand what happened to me! I prayed and prayed to see His glory and it finally happened. Suddenly my house had a thick presence and I was in awe and speechless but then I saw myself like never before and it was so devastating! I never knew what to do but now I see. I want to again see his glory and I weep at the thought. Thank you

  13. Kay

    altho on NY and no funds to join all of you, my heart is with you all…I will be with you in spirit….These posts are so encouraging to me.

  14. Lindy

    “My heart and my flesh thirst for Thee in a dry and thirsty land where there is no water.”
    I want to be free of something in me before I get close to Him again. I have been in His manifest Presence many times usually in my private times at Home – not heaps of times, but over the decades. I know that He is accepting. But He wants a Bride with no spot, wrinkle, blemish etc.
    I want to have no spot, wrinkle or blemish or any such thing. I get mad and downright mean on occasions (during and since recovery from, a long standing pill addiction.) It changed me. I used to be sweet: I still am but it can change.
    I am so concerned for how I react at times, I have fasted and prayed and had little success.
    But even despite all that, I long for Jesus.
    Jesus IS the glory of God. ALL the fulness of the Godhead dwells bodily in Him (Colossians 29)
    He alone can slake our thirst. “Come unto Me and drink!” He cried, “And out of your belly shall flow rivers of living water!” (Speaking of His Holy Spirit.) John 7:37
    “My soul thirsts for thee.”
    don’t long for an experience – long for Jesus!
    Long for Him! I feel like crying as I type those words.



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