A terrifying collision with the Glory of God

by | Feb 16, 2020 | Christianity Today | 16 comments

Many who were once vibrant soldiers, today languish in a shadow existence.  They are out of church, disconnected from their former passion and sick in body and soul.  The ongoing political debate and demonstrations have only added to the crisis. The conflicting opinions of church leaders leave the army of God baffled and vulnerable.

The problem is, with all the anger, division, loud perversion, and persecution, Christian teachers find their instructive messages woefully inadequate.  What happened?  The answer is…life.   Life happened, and it is gripping believers with fear.  This is a new kind of fear coming from the screaming villains, who now have an out-sized influence.

The church in America needs a terrifying collision with the Glory of God.  But right now we are awash in ‘advisory sermons.’ The titles are similar and predictable: “How to handle fear, uncertainty, finances, relationships, marriage, and children.”   We are drowning in whiteboards, blackboards, statistics, PowerPoint Presentations, props, and illustrations.

We’ve been taught to death. We need to pour gasoline on what we’ve been taught and light it on fire.

Happy-face sermons do not give believers the power they need to overcome in a time like this.   What is happening now runs clear off the over-optimistic maps drawn in pulpits. Tragedies can uproot neat formulas like a palm tree in a hurricane.   Hip theories will collapse like a brick house in an earthquake.

Leaders have brought a lot of this on themselves.  The culture has changed dramatically in the last few months—but the American pulpit has not.

Why are we surprised that modern believers suddenly need more?  The power that could answer a thousand questions and extinguish a myriad of personality ills has been ushered out of church.

Closing the altars, ordering people to tone it down, and focusing on recovery programs indeed brought in a crowd.  However, what is the end game if the crowd leaves as weak as they came—and in some cases weaker—without power to face the culture of a nation gone berserk?

Paul’s cure was simple: an undeniable encounter with the fire of God…”that your faith should not rest in the wisdom of men but in the power of God. (1 Corinthians 2:5).

The answer for conquering fear today is to burn it out!  Just for shock value, I’ll use this phrase…perfect love casts out fear but so does perfect fear.  No doubt many will think it is crazy to take a wonderful verse like 1 John 4:18: “perfect love casts out fear” and mess it up.  But I am not messing it up I am fulfilling it!

PERFECT FEAR DOES INDEED CAST OUT FEAR!  We have downplayed and even banned something that Christians desperately need…A TERRIFYING COLLISION WITH THE GLORY OF GOD.

Go back with me to 758 B.C.  Isaiah the prophet enters the Temple in fear for his life.  The tide of public opinion has turned against him.  The death of his friend and protector King Uzziah has put the finishing touch on 5 years of ministry that seemingly had no impact on Israel, and Isaiah felt like he had just been treading water.  His despair is now complete. He enters the Temple looking for comfort from God.

He kneels in prayer, resting his elbows on the altar seeking solace from the storm. Instead, the building starts quaking, knocking his elbows so that he is now punching himself in the face.

He looks up and sees Seraphim:  Angels of fire, fire that burns hotter and brighter than any sun. They tower over him from either end of the altar.

Their voices roar, vibrate, boom and dislodge the mighty beams of the Temple!  “HOLY, HOLY, HOLY, IS THE LORD GOD ALMIGHTY.  THE WHOLE EARTH IS FILLED WITH HIS GLORY!”  Back and forth, again and again, they blast this mighty proclamation until Isaiah could not bear the fright!

The mighty God Himself stands before Isaiah unfurling the indescribable train of His Glory!  The prophet convulses beneath the weight of glory.  From the very core of his being came an all-consuming cry… “WOE IS ME!”

The startling effect of the Glory of God—a wonder-working fear—overrules human fear.

No threat matters now.   This demonstration of Glory conquered his suffering.   Isn’t this exactly what Paul meant?: “For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us” (Romans 8:18).   Of course, Paul is speaking of the final GLORY…but it is a part of our birthright to have earthly collisions of glory: “But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all” (1 Corinthians 12:7).  An overarching, fear-destroying encounter is the legacy of every child of God.

“But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all.”

The twelve disciples were in a boat out on the Sea of Galilee, gripped by fear of the storm.  But when Jesus rebuked the storm their fear of drowning was replaced with an awestruck wonder. They exclaimed: “what manner of man is this that even the wind and the sea obey Him!?”

We are told that General Patton won battles because his men were more afraid of him than the Germans.   Again, ours is not a negative fear, but the holy awe born from the manifestation of God’s glory.

This truth reinforces the fact that “Perfect love casts out Fear” because love disciplines, love gives us what we need… and what we need today is not a subtle pat on the head.   We need a fear-killing encounter!  Solomon said in Proverbs 9:10 “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.”

Why are we blocking people from experiencing the fire of God?  Why would we keep this miracle from people?   I am talking about fire—fire that keeps them from the evil one—fire that forges a reverence, and turns them into your best soldiers

We should have made room and time for people to be so filled to overflowing with the Holy Spirit and fire that they are equipped to prevail against all enemies.  If we had, we would not be nursing hordes of Christians on life support. We would have an unstoppable army!

There is still time to reverse course.  If you have never been drenched by God then obey Him and seek to be overcome by His Glory.  If you have received a filling of the Holy Spirit in the past, now is the time to receive FRESH FIRE!


  1. Antony Hylton

    So good! So good! Let the wind blow, let the firs fall. We’re in revival!

  2. megagenius

    When John saw the Glorified. Cosmic Christ on the Isle of Patmos he fell at his feet like a dead man. When Job was questioned by God out of the whirlwind, he had a massive meltdown and all his questions ceased. Saul was struck blind with his cataclysmic encounter with the resurrected Lord of Glory. What does this provoke us to do? Work out our own salvation with fear and trembling

  3. Jackie O

    I appreciate your stand, Sir. Continue to let God use you. Be blessed


    Jackie Olshack, PMP, CSM 469-236-2405 (cell)

    On Mon, Feb 17, 2020, 2:21 AM Mario Murillo Ministries wrote:

    > mariomurilloministries posted: “Many who were once vibrant soldiers, today > languish in a shadow existence. They are out of church, disconnected from > their former passion and sick in body and soul. The ongoing political > debate and demonstrations have only added to the crisis. The confl” >

  4. clif

    On Mon, Feb 17, 2020 at 1:18 AM Mario Murillo Ministries wrote:

    > mariomurilloministries posted: “Many who were once vibrant soldiers, today > languish in a shadow existence. They are out of church, disconnected from > their former passion and sick in body and soul. The ongoing political > debate and demonstrations have only added to the crisis. The confl” >

  5. Carolina

    Mario brought up what to me is the most impactful record of Christ’s glory performed in the new testament. It could be because I love the water and am an avid swimmer, it could be because I have such a respect for the ocean’s power after being on a cruse where we were encompassed by a storm at sea. But most of all I realize that NO One that ever lived on this planet has ever calmed and tamed a storm at sea while walking on it except Jesus. That account alone should change any heart that is worth changing!
    Here’s Reba Rambo & her husband’s song who performed it the best, but this rendition is done by another…I hope this helps?

  6. susanrobb2870

    On Board !!
    Words right from the Throne!!!
    In prayer, love and Great expectation for us all be be LIT once and for all !!!
    To God be ALL the Glory – now and forever!!!
    God bless you !
    Thank you !

  7. Michelle

    In Exodus 34:29 Moses became radiant after being in the Presence of God! He had to wear a veil over his face as the people feared him! This is what I want too!

    29When Moses came down from Mount Sinai, with the two tablets of the testimony in his hand as he came down from the mountain, Moses did not know that the skin of his face shone because he had been talking with God.[d] 30 Aaron and all the people of Israel saw Moses, and behold, the skin of his face shone, and they were afraid to come near him.

    Praise You, God!

  8. John T. Cento, Overseer

    100% correct I totally agree. Preach it brother. ✅✝️?

    John T. Cento, overseer Founder /President Mission Wildfire International http://www.missionwildfire.org http://www.calluponthelord.org

    Is not my word like fire,” declares the Lord, “and like a hammer that breaks a rock in pieces? Jeremiah 23:29 NIV


  9. Patricia stuckenberg

    Hi Mario and beautiful mrs. Morillo.. I just read about you’re teaching on fire of God and fear.. the Holy Spirit has done it again given a timeless and generic teaching.. one that should be a must for every student of the gospel and every Pastor in America. Abide generic I mean that there is no grid for what God gives you it’s just pure 100% Holy ghost.. it’s so exciting to hear of your courage and the courage you give us.it wowed me once again. Am praying for you and your family and California crusades coming up and got power and magestic glory to fall.. please email all your intercessors on the days you want prayer fortification.thus we will rally..may God be in these tents and gatherings as never before a new level of Glory and fire that has never hit California..I was there in the Jesus movement and got saved and filled with the Holy ghost and on fire for God at age 28. I am now 73 and the fire is hotter than ever. To God be all the honor and Glory.. I was a hopeless hippie girl a hippie chick I didn’t know my left hand from my right hand like the great city of Nineveh. In came a great move of the Holy Spirit soften to my hard heart called me to repent and be give and began to give me all nine gifts of the Spirit and love power and a sound mind. Now I am old but getting younger every day and getting stronger every day and receiving Divine wisdom.. one thing God tells me is get on the inside of praying for Mario and his wife and his people.. your Ministry. California was so beautiful in the 70s and late sixties and early 80s… The devil has been having a heyday over there.. time for Revival and restoration of that beautiful area. God knows just how to do it and if I had the funds I would be flying over there to meet you in those tent meetings.. but for right now I cannot come. With God’s love and all the zeal that God has given me to cheer you on as a couple and as a Ministry.you have all the time in the world for you are seated in heavenly places with Christ Jesus and he has redeemed the time.. destiny books has a new book out on.Not ever saying again that we don’t have time for this or that..our times are in Jesus hands if we are called and chosen and we are.we have all the time in the world and we have also heavenly Time..

  10. Penny Sheahan

    Thanks for this and for the incredible work you are doing through this ministry! Had an interesting vision you might enjoy…

    I saw and heard building busily going on…nails pounding, hammered hastily into wood. This was a great project among the church leaders of today. I looked closer, anticipating building of Kingdom structures; Believers builded together to glorify God. What I saw instead appalled me. The leaders in this vision were busy building PLATFORMS for EACH OTHER! Was a bit saddened by this; yet I know it’s time to leave all this man made religion and venture out once more “into the deep” as our Lord commanded His disciples of old.

    I am expecting a GREAT catch!!!

    Penny David Sheahan

    On Mon, Feb 17, 2020 at 12:16 AM Mario Murillo Ministries wrote:

    > mariomurilloministries posted: “Many who were once vibrant soldiers, today > languish in a shadow existence. They are out of church, disconnected from > their former passion and sick in body and soul. The ongoing political > debate and demonstrations have only added to the crisis. The confl” >

  11. Steve Lyublanovits

    Sacred cows have one place,,,,,, on the bbq pit.


  12. Carole M. Miller


  13. Brandi Bischoff

    Cannot wait to be with like-hearted, spirit filled believers at the tent meetings!! The last couple of years we have been pressing in for more. God has shown us so much in dreams and visions, and we are seeking direction. Bless you, Mario, for boldly speaking the truth. We sat in church for years being stirred for more of what the word clearly says.

  14. Jim Taylor

    I wonder if there aren’t as many demons in the pews as there are outside the church, the difference being, they just know our songs and how to behave in church. Is deliverance ministry a thing of the past?? Seems so.

  15. cedric kyle

    you are so right i one heard a minister say the gospel here in the usa can not be preach in other countries, So the gospel need to really bring true deliverance to the soul of man



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