All The Powers Of Hell Will Never Be Able To Conquer The Church of Jesus Christ

There’s an army of God-haters and scoffers floating all over social media. They are mockers. They hate God and His Son Jesus Christ. They hate genuine Children of God. 

When we pray for our leaders and the peace of our nations, they sneer. When, like King Jehoshaphat, we raise a worship team to fight our battles, rather than trust the chariots of men, they scoff. When like Paul and Silas in jail, we shout Hallelujah through the midnight rather than criticize the government like a pile of retards, they mock. 

And these haters have become quite vocal all across social media—a lot of them are backslidden believers that are very bitter against God and His children.

They spew out all sorts of hateful nonsense against prayer and faith in God. Satan himself unleashed this pathetic army of hopeless losers in these last days against people of prayer and faith because HE’S SCARED OF OUR FAITH AND PRAYERS!!!

But, HA HA HA!!! They are losers! They never win! So, they hide behind their electronic devices and spew out hateful nonsense.

Don’t let them get to you with their empty noise and powerless voices.

Remember this: 

“Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil. For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.” (Ephesians 6:10-12 NLT)

Also remember that: 

“We are human, but we don’t wage war as humans do. We use God’s mighty weapons, not worldly weapons, to knock down the strongholds of human reasoning and to destroy false arguments. We destroy every proud obstacle that keeps people from knowing God. We capture their rebellious thoughts and teach them to obey Christ.” (2 Corinthians 10:3-5 NLT)

Don’t be cowed by their foolish rants. They are no match for the Christ in us. They don’t even stand a chance. The Captain of our host Himself declared absolutely that,

“… I will build my church, and all the powers of hell will not conquer it.” (Matthew 16:18 NLT) 


So, we already know how the story ends. No matter how much they try, they will never be able to win. Not even for a second. Everywhere we turn, victory is ours!! Wohoo!! 🙌 

And now, pay attention to this: “Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers,” (Psalm 1:1 NIV)

Don’t walk in step with these wicked haters of God; and don’t sit in their company, so that they don’t poison your faith. Cut off these God-haters from your feed. Yes, unfollow them all! Follow only those that nurture your prayer and faith life. Those that challenge you to trust God even more. Those that dare you to expect the craziest and most unimaginable miracles.

Something HUUUUUUGE is breaking forth in our lives even as I write this!!!

Yes! PRAY! BELIEVE! EXPECT A MIRACLE!

And as for the mockers and scoffers, they can suck it up!!

Give this post your biggest amen!!!

Then, to give these scoffers a taste of their own drink, to let them know we are not ashamed of Jesus Christ, that we are not ashamed of the gospel of Jesus Christ, share this post like crazy and let it rage like a WILDFIRE!!!

~Rev. Wildfire🔥🔥🔥

A Theology Of Love

“Your case will be different in 2017!” the preacher yells.
“Amen!” the congregation screams back thunderously.
And I’m left wondering, how long before we do away with this pathetic theology and religion of selfishness?

Meanwhile, recollections of a scenario that occurred atop Mt. Sinai fill my thoughts: The LORD, frustrated and fed up with the Israelites, contemplates wiping them off the face of the earth, and shares His anguished musings with Moses, His chosen one and confidante. In addition, He extends a mouth-watering offer to the equally frustrated leader.

“Now leave me alone so that my anger may burn against them and that I may destroy them. Then I will make you into a great nation.”~Exodus 32:10 NIV

Essentially saying to Moses, “But your case will be different.”

And what did Moses’ do with this very scrumptious opportunity? How did he utilize this extraordinarily privileged access to the presence and favour of God? Did He jump at it? Did he exploit it for personal aggrandizement? Did he respond with a thunderous ‘Amen!’?

No. His theological paradigm was radically different from the parochial and selfish religiosity of modern Pentecostals and charismatics—and particularly prevalent in my home country of Nigeria.

No. His was a theology of love; of compassion; of intercession.

And no. Instead, in the Spirit of Jesus Christ, Moses turns down the offer!

“But now, please forgive their sin—but if not, then blot me out of the book you have written.”~Exodus 32:32 NIV

In other words, “If you can’t save all, then destroy me as well.” He identified with the sinful and wretched plight of his brothers and sisters; rejecting the offer to be different.

Where is this spirit of laying down our own privileges and opportunities within the so-called ‘prosperity gospel’ theology of modern Pentecostals and charismatics? Where are the privileged preachers who will refuse ‘to be known as the son of Pharaoh’s daughter,’ shed their flowing robes, get off their high horses and ‘chose to be mistreated along with the people of God’?

By faith Moses, when he had grown up, refused to be known as the son of Pharaoh’s daughter. He chose to be mistreated along with the people of God rather than to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin.~Hebrews 11:24-25 NIV

You see, I’m no longer impressed by your titles, your huge edifices and large crowds. These days, your wealth and power actually fill me with disgust. I find your stories and boasting repulsive. And I no longer subscribe to your theology of selfishness, greed and exploitation.

Oh, I understand that my relationship with my Heavenly Father grants me tremendous opportunities and privileges. And I’m grateful and thankful to Him for those blessings. However, with so much sin, suffering and wretchedness everywhere I turn, I see a greater opportunity: The higher life of laying down my own life—of cheerfully giving up my privileges and opportunities—for my brothers and sisters; for the people of God.

Of course, like Moses, my case can be different. But, like him, I’ll rather pass. Instead, Lord, save us all, or save me not. It’s a very simple choice for me.

And, by the way, isn’t this the very Spirit of the Jesus Christ we all claim to follow?

“In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death—even death on a cross!”~Philippians 2:5-8 NIV

If I can’t lay down my opportunities and privileges to fight for the life of my brothers and sisters, then my faith and entire religion is worthless; and there’s absolutely no point in Christmas.

Stop Slaving For People To Like You

If you claim to be a disciple of Jesus Christ—that is, a Consecrated One—yet want to fit into the world, be acceptable in it, and liked by it, something is definitely wrong with you. Period. This message is sent to free you from such ugly shackles.

“You adulterous people, don’t you know that friendship with the world is hatred towards God? Anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God.”~ James 4:4

My friend, it’s not a good thing if everybody likes you. As a matter of fact, the only way that  everybody— or the majority—would like you, is if you were a perfect hypocrite. To be liked and accepted by everybody is essentially a curse.

“Woe to you when all men speak well of you, for that is how their fathers treated the false prophets.”~ Luke 6:26

So, why would you work so hard to get people to accept you and like you. Why in the world would you even care? What’s there to gain? It doesn’t make any sense. It’s not worth all the stress and twisting in the wind. It’s not worth living a fake life; not being true to your own self; being a stupid slave of other people’s opinions.

All of these folks you’re trying so hard to fit in with, would they die for you? Would they be buried with you when you finally wrap up your journey in this region of time and space?

Why are you terrified to come out of your ugly closet and let this worthless world know that you stand for Jesus Christ? Why would their useless opinions of you matter more than the precious blood of Jesus Christ shed on the cross of Calvary to redeem you from sin and death? Tell me: who would love you like Jesus Christ and die a shameful and torturous death for you?

If a deranged 65 year old man with a wife, ex-wives and grown up sons and daughters—a grandfather for that matter—could wake up one morning and decide he is now a woman; if he’s not ashamed to broadcast that to the world; if he’s not even ashamed to have a show to parade his perversions—why in the world should any believer in God and His Son Jesus Christ ever apologize for their glorious faith?

Please, crawl out of your disgraceful closet of timidity and senseless fear. Quit trying to please every Dick and Harry that aren’t even worth your while at the end of the day. Submit your entire life to the only One that matters and live to please only Him.

It’s about time you stopped slaving for their empty likes, and started living the glorious life that God planned for you in His Son and through His precious Holy Spirit.

Credibility and the Gay Marriage Issue

Been following the ongoing Kentucky marriage license issue. Here’s my personal take on it.

There is something called ‘credibility’. When Jesus asked in Matthew 7:3,”Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye?” He was referring to ‘credibility’.

Now, to my point:

When you’ve been married four times—in other words, broken the unambiguous biblical injunction to never remarry after a divorce; And when you sign your name on other re-marriage licenses, thus enabling others to violate a very clear biblical marriage principle—You forfeit your credibility to stand for God on the subject of marriage.

I think it’s about time hypocritical ‘Christian activists’ stopped deceiving themselves.

Hierarchy In God

“If a man cleanses himself from the latter, he will be an instrument for noble purposes, made holy, useful to the Master and prepared to do any good work.”
~ 2 Timothy 2:21

A wise leader would normally avoid ‘Oh Yes’ men—people who unquestioningly follow his instructions without any form of resistance or challenge. The reason for this is simple: no human is perfect; no human knows it all; no human has the infinite breath of experience and capabilities to execute flawlessly in every circumstance.

A wise leader, therefore, would hierarchise his followers on the basis of multiple qualities such as, loyalty, character, and competence.

But…,

What if the Leader were All-Knowing, All-Powerful, and Ever-Present? What if the Leader were flawless in knowledge and judgement, and infinitely talented and competent enough to do all things? What would be His ultimate requirement in a follower?

Then, the character and competence of the follower would become completely irrelevant to the Leader’s agenda. After all, the Leader knows everything, is beyond mistakes, and can do all things.

In this case, the only thing that would matter to the Leader would be the ability of the follower to pose zero resistance or challenge to His will; in other words, the follower’s absolute and unquestioning loyalty—a blank slate on which the Leader could write or erase anything at will.

Right…?

Now, dear consecrated one, please ponder this carefully…

As far as God goes, your morality, reputation, and competence are worthless filthy rags. What matters to Him—and thus determines your position in His supreme hierarchy— is this:

A purified heartthat is, an undivided allegiance to Jesus Christ; a wholehearted devotion and submission to God.

And that, my beloved, is the most esteemed virtue among the consecrated ones: it is the ultimate value in our culture.

All That The Father Gives You

To develop and express the life of God within you, fulfill your mission, and complete your journey here and hereafter, you need your own true family—Fellow consecrated ones chosen and joined with you by God before time, designed by Him to be your journey-mates through this region of time and space, and equipped to be your co-fruiters in His will.

In this message, you will see four important things about your own true family. You will also be inspired to trust God to give and draw your own true family to you, rather than resorting to coercion, gimmickry and manipulation to persuade people to join you.

Consecration does not necessarily imply companionless

A lot of consecrated ones struggle with being open to other people. This is due to a misconception of consecration that often leads many of us to equate consecration with aloneness. I’ve personally wrestled with this issue most of my life. Consecrated ones tend to be lone rangers more or less; quite introverted by nature and inclination—making the allure of aloneness very strong.

However, you must once and for all come to terms with this truth: consecration does not necessarily imply companionless. Aloneness does not fit into God’s pattern for your life as you can see in the following scriptures. 

18 The LORD God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.” 
~ Genesis 2:18

6 God sets the lonely in families, he leads forth the prisoners with singing; but the rebellious live in a sun-scorched land.
~ Psalm 68:6

9 Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work:
~ Ecclesiastes 4:9

Clearly, without your own true family, you will be unable to fulfill the call of God in your life. However—and this is one of the most important points in this message— membership in this family I describe here must not be open to everyone. Not everyone belongs in it.

4 important things about your own true family

I’d like you to ponder the following already stated definition of your own true family. 

Your own true family refers to your most intimate circle: Fellow consecrated ones chosen and joined with you by God before time, designed by Him to be your journey-mates through this region of time and space, and equipped to be your co-fruiters in His will.

  1. They are fellow consecrated ones.
  2. They are chosen and joined with you by God before time.
  3. They are designed by God to be your journey-mates through this region of time and space.
  4. They are equipped to be your co-fruiters in God’s will.

Jesus Christ wraps it up in a wonderfully succinct, but complete, way:

  37 All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never drive away.
~John 6:37

Essentially, they are given by God and come from Him.  

How to draw them

How do you attract and draw them into your intimate circle? 
Jesus Christ Himself, our perfect model, had this to say about His own true family:

  37 All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never drive away. 44 “No-one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him, and I will raise him up at the last day. 45 It is written in the Prophets: ‘They will all be taught by God.’ Everyone who listens to the Father and learns from him comes to me.
~ John 6:37,44,45

Essentially, Jesus trusted His Father to give and draw His own true family to Him.

You should do the same.

You would be making a very fatal mistake if you attempt to lure people into your intimate circle without sound spiritual witness that they were given and drawn to you by God. In spiritual matters, there are no provisions for gray areas. Things are either black, or white; yes or no; from God or from Satan. For instance, Jesus declared that if you are not with Him you are against Him. In other words, you don’t have to oppose Him to be regarded as His enemy. The mere fact of your not being with Him, pitches you against Him. That means that there are no neutral grounds here.

So, if the people in your intimate circle were not given and drawn to you by God, where did they come from? The truth is: Regardless of how nice and helpful those people in your intimate circle are, if the Father did not give and draw them to you by Himself, they will eventually poison the well of your life and destiny. Furthermore, as the wiseman wrote, you would be letting “your springs overflow in the streets, your streams of water in the public squares.”

Don’t succumb to this

Of course, our consecration does not mean that we’re exempted from the weaknesses of our humanity. Like everyone else we struggle with the need to be accepted, applauded, and validated by others. We’re scared of being alone, of being rejected.

And this human tendency will often tempt you to cling to people you are not sent to; people God did not give and draw to you; people that may even be toxic to you.

If you are not careful, you may sink to the low of evaluating your self-worth on the basis of the size of your crowd and the number of people that like you.

Eventually, you may even be tempted to resort to coercive tactics to lure people into joining you. And this is not just gross, it makes you a victim of Satan’s blackmail; a victim of the worldliness virus.

And don’t squander your time

Because of the great amount of time required to cultivate and nurture solid and highly fruitful relationships, it’s extremely important to ensure that you’re committing to the right people from the onset. Otherwise, your true family becomes the opportunity cost for hanging out with the unholy crowd.

Better one person that the Father has given you, than a million others that came on their own, or in response to your own neediness and manipulative maneuvers.

And, as a reminder, this message is neither for the world, nor for worldly believers; it is strictly for the consecrated ones. If you’re one, you’ll definitely understand exactly what I’m saying. Your spirit will bear witness within you, because I’m convinced that you’ve been taught by the Father.

Use this filter

Now, who are these ones that the Father has given you—your own true family? And how do you identify them?

Your own true family—the only individuals you should allow into your most intimate circle—are God’s chosen companions for your life’s journey. They are your true brothers, sisters, fathers, mothers, and friends.

To ensure that only genuine members of your true family gain access to your intimate circle , you need to employ a very important filter: God’s will for your life—that is, the specific reason God sent you into this world.

Unless you know why you were born, and the purpose God sent you here to accomplish, you will squander your earthly journey with dogs and pigs. So it is important to discover yourself; to know exactly why God sent you into this world.

And if you already know who you are—what you were sent here to do—then, use it to filter people in and out of your life. They may have passed through the same womb as you to come into this region of time and space, but if they are not called by the same God, into the same assignment as you, they are definitely not members of your true family.

If on the other hand you neither know who you are, nor why you were sent into this world, do not panic. God sent His Holy Spirit into this world to help you discover who you really are. But you must invest quality time in praying, fasting, and Holy Spirit-guided bible meditations.

To make it successfully through your earthly life time, you must simplify your life, and travel light; you must lay aside every weight and the sin that easily entangles. And you must de-clutter your relationships to make room only for all that the Father gives you.

Conserving The Consecrated Ones

Not very long ago, I was on my way home from a meeting when I heard the clear voice of the Holy Spirit. “Your kind,” He said, “is a critically endangered species on earth.”

“There’s just a few of you left and they’re dying out fast,” He continued.

I knew exactly who He was referring to: Our kind is any New Creation disciple of Jesus Christ, who wholeheartedly loves God as the only treasure of his or her life, and diligently walks the single-eyed way of life. We are consecrated ones.

And I understood exactly what He meant: Our way of life—the Single Eyed Way of Life—is hated by both the people of this world, and those that honor Jesus Christ only in talk. This world’s values, priorities, and choices are hostile to ours. Subtly—and these days quite obviously—the human agents of Satan and worldliness are constantly laboring to eradicate the consecrated ones from the earth.

Those words from the Holy Spirit instantaneously sent a stab of cold scorn through me; a fiery feeling of downright disgust at the pathetic priorities of this wretched world. Permeating every fiber of my being, they struck a chord of calm resolve at the very core of my will: a defiant determination to swim against the current of everything that is highly valued among men.

For a while afterwards—and in spite of the resentment raging within me— I found rest in His assurance that I belonged to this extremely rare species of individuals that sought and valued God as the only treasure of their lives.

But then came the Wildfire Retreats; then the ‘Consecrated Ones’; and finally, the realization that God was actually calling me to work with Him in conserving the consecrated ones: to protect, stabilize, and multiply our kind on earth in these last days before the end of time.

Are you a New Creation disciple of Jesus Christ, who wholeheartedly loves God as the only treasure of your life, and diligently walks the single-eyed way of life? Then, you are a consecrated one, and this message is definitely for you.

First of all, you are a critically endangered specie.

Did you hear that?

I repeat: You are a critically endangered specie.

Yes,   your kind is not yet extinct on earth; but your race is disappearing really fast.

Secondly, the times you live in demand that you relentlessly seek the help of the Holy Spirit to walk in your consecration, distinction, and sacredness.

Thirdly, as a consecrated one, you must do all you can in submission to the Holy Spirit to find, protect, and nurture your fellow consecrated ones.

What I’m saying is this: In addition to diligently walking the single-eyed way of life in your own life, you must get to work to protect, stabilize and multiply your kind on earth, and help all of us thrive in a world that is completely hostile to our way of life.

Got it?

No doubts, the challenge before us is quite daunting; the task is great. Yet, know that in spite of the critically endangered state of our kind, coupled with the mammoth mission of conserving the consecrated ones on earth, Jesus Christ Himself emphatically declares that we ultimately win!

“… I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it.
~Matthew 16:18

The message, To The Consecrated Ones, clearly describes the true audience of this blog. Please study it carefully, again and again, to determine whether or not the message and mission of this website is for you. We really do not encourage anyone to subscribe to this blog, or even contact us, unless they are truly  convinced and have persuasive evidence that they are Consecrated Ones.

If you sincerely believe that the article ‘To The Consecrated Ones’ describes you, and are willing to be contacted and followed up by a Wildfire Missionary, you may contact us here.

To The Consecrated Ones

simplify-your-lifeDuring our month-long fasting exercise in February this year, a few weeks before our Spring 2015 US Mission Tour, Jesus Christ Himself appeared to me and told me to declutter and simplify my life; starting from my closet!

Since then, I’ve already given out most of my clothes; restricting myself to just about three pairs of clothing; and aiming at fitting all of my earthly belongings into a normal-sized carryon bag. I have also given away all the books in my library, except four that still hold significant relevance to my journey.

The Lord told me that every material thing in my possession —clothing, jewelry, electronic device, automobile, and so on—has a weight, and occupies space; not just in my physical environment, but also in my emotional and heart space. And in the later space each of those items could constitute a poison and spiritual weight that could hinder my spiritual growth and ascent.

And I can see that now; because, ever since I began to give away my personal belongings, I have felt so refreshingly light; an amazing floating lightness of inner relief and relaxation. And even as I write, I’m still reeling under the blissful euphoria of emotional weightlessness.

I can also see that many today that groan under the torment of sadness, depression and stress, may not know how much of those are due to the emotional weights they are lugging around in their daily lives as a result of all the material possessions they’re hoarding in their rooms, closets, garages, and shelves. If they could only lay aside every weight and simplify their lives, they would find the peace and lightness of possessing nothing.


a-life-of-simple-focusEmptying my closet and library is just a beginning; because I understand that the counsel to simplify my life extends into every aspect of my life: finances, ministry, relationships, and so on. So I wasn’t really surprised when the Lord just recently showed me His own life of simple focus and instructed me to concentrate my ministry efforts on those He has sent me to.

21 Leaving that place, Jesus withdrew to the region of Tyre and Sidon. 22 A Canaanite woman from that vicinity came to him, crying out, “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on me! My daughter is suffering terribly from demon- possession.” 23 Jesus did not answer a word. So his disciples came to him and urged him, “Send her away, for she keeps crying out after us.” 24 He answered, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of Israel.” 25 The woman came and knelt before him. “Lord, help me!” she said. 26 He replied, “It is not right to take the children’s bread and toss it to their dogs.” 27 “Yes, Lord,” she said, “but even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their masters’ table.” 28 Then Jesus answered, “Woman, you have great faith! Your request is granted.” And her daughter was healed from that very hour.
~
Matthew 15:21-28

Did you notice that Jesus paid zero attention to the woman? He did not answer a word. He ignored her and responded strictly to His disciples, telling them that He was sent only to the lost sheep of Israel. Finally, He referred to her as a dog! Now, how mean and ‘heartless’ can one get? In reality, however, Jesus wasn’t being mean or heartless here; He was simply being focused. That woman was outside the people group to whom His Father sent Him.

Eventually, Jesus attended to her. Yet, notice that He didn’t go looking for her; He never tried to get her to believe; He never tried to convince her—as a matter of fact, He basically ignored her and called her a dog. It was entirely up to that woman to press through Jesus’ snub, and apparently insulting remarks, to get what she wanted; and she got it only because she persisted and gave Jesus a valid reason to attend to her.

For me, the lesson here is crystal clear: To strictly focus my ministry efforts only on the people group to whom I’m sent; to pay zero attention to those outside this group.

This does not mean that those outside my area of assignment cannot receive from me; just that it’s up to them to break through the barrier; to overcome whatever obstacles on their way in order to get whatever they need from me.

Like Jesus, the Apostles were also focused..

“James, Peter and John, those reputed to be pillars, gave me and Barnabas the right hand of fellowship when they recognized the grace given to me. They agreed that we should go to the Gentiles, and they to the Jews.”
~Galatians 2:9

Each person knew who they were sent to: James, Peter and John to the Jews; Paul and Barnabas to the Gentiles. They didn’t spread themselves thin trying to reach ‘the whole world’. Instead, they sharply defined their respective people groups and focused their ministry efforts accordingly. Of course, as history has shown, the ministries of those apostles, in spite of their respective focus on specific people groups, ultimately touched the whole world and changed the course of human history.

The highly focused nature of the ministry of Jesus Christ and His apostles inspires me to sharply define the people group to whom I’m sent, and focus my ministry efforts on them. And I believe that the Lord is dealing with me in this area in order for me to be very effective and productive.


concentrate-on-those

It’s been a long road; winding down through nearly two decades of ministering to all kinds of people: in churches; in university campuses; via multimedia channels. And from my very first steps in this journey, there’s never really been any vagueness in my mind regarding the essence of the wildfire message that God gave me to deliver to mankind. But as far as the exact people group that this message is meant for, I’ve always struggled; because, somewhere down that rigorous stretch, I had become aware of something: I’m not sent to everyone.

Since then I’ve borne the burden of that awareness; I just didn’t know exactly what to do with it.

Thankfully, that struggle has now come to an end. Through His own example of simplicity and focus in ministry, a direct command spoken to me by His Holy Spirit, and a revelation that leapt to me from the scriptures, the Lord has given me a very clear picture of the people group I’m sent to.

5 “Gather to me my consecrated ones, who made a covenant with me by sacrifice…14 Sacrifice thank-offerings to God, fulfil your vows to the Most High,”
~ Psalm 50:5,14

“Wildfire,” He said to me, “The message I’ve given to you is for the consecrated ones; people who have entered into a covenant with me by sacrifice.”

Consequently, today I understand that I am sent to the Consecrated Ones; to challenge, inspire, and support them to fulfill their vows to the Most High God; to walk in their consecration; to walk in their distinction; to be exclusively devoted to Him. And He has commanded me to concentrate my ministry efforts on them. Such a clear picture of the people group I’m sent to is a very powerful and liberating awareness.

As my first name reveals, I’ve always known that God sent me primarily to His church to be a messenger of fire; but this complete realization that I’m not sent to the entire church just happened. In retrospect, though, —considering the overall thrust of my teachings, what I’ve consistently emphasized, things I’ve said in meetings, in our services, in our events, in discipleship classes and training programs—I can perceive that my spirit has always known what my conscious mind is just now coming to terms with: that I’m sent to the called ones; to the priests; to the consecrated ones. Reflecting on some of the most dominant themes in my teaching—such as, ‘we are citizens of God’s Kingdom’, ‘walking in the realities of the New Creation’, ‘the Single-Eyed Way Of Life’, ‘intimacy with God’, and ‘Can God be Lonely?’—it becomes easy to see that my spirit had always known whom I was sent to. That knowledge has always been down there in my spirit. But because my conscious mind had not clearly grasped it in full, I inadvertently tried to rope every Dick and Harry into it.


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So, who are these concentrated ones?

The consecrated ones are distinguished from everyone else by their scale of preference; by their absolute and unwavering devotion to God the Father, and His Son Jesus Christ.

So, the consecrated ones are those members of the Body of Christ whose hearts have been inflamed by an all-consuming love for God. Their loyalty to Jesus Christ is unalloyed and undivided. They are wholly submitted to God. And they demonstrate these fruits down to the minutest choices and decisions of every moment of their lives.

Fortunately, identifying a consecrated one is pretty easy for me. Trust me when I say that I can always tell; because, I believe I’ve been gifted with the instinctive spiritual discernment to smell a consecrated one from a million miles away. But also because it’s easy to tell from their values, priorities, unconscious choices, and default preferences; I can tell just by observing their lifestyle. It’s a heart thing, but it’s demonstrated in the choices they make. The consecrated ones consistently sacrifice things that are highly valued among men in order to be devoted and pleasing to God. God is always first and only in their daily pursuits. This isn’t something that can be faked on a consistent basis. So it’s pretty easy for me to pick out the consecrated ones in any crowd.

Unfortunately, while it may be true that the consecrated ones are not yet extinct on earth, they are a seriously endangered species; a dying breed on the surface of the earth. This makes it imperative that I hunt them down and help them thrive in a world that is completely hostile to their way of life.

Are you one of the consecrated ones? That is, do you by default prefer God and His ways to everyone and everything else’s—wholeheartedly and absolutely submitted to Him in all of the daily choices and decisions of your life? Then this message is for you.

I am sent to you.


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For twenty four years now, I’ve planted and pastored multiple churches, taught thousands of discipleship classes, and held hundreds of live worship events; I’ve challenged church folks to put the Lord first, to submit to Him, to sacrifice their lives for Him. And through these twenty four years of ministry, this has become clear to me: not everyone―and I’m referring to church folks―is willing to absolutely consecrate and dedicate themselves to the Lord; and there’s nothing any of us can do about it. Consecration is like falling in love; it cannot be taught.

What I’ve seen among church folks is something Jesus pointed out among the religious folks of His day:

“…These people honor me with their lips, but their heart are far from me.”
~Mark 7:5

Most people that come before the Lord have their own personal agenda, and selfish ambitions; they really don’t want to put the Lord first and submit to His ways; they just want to use Him as a means to their own ends. So they come before Him, but not really to seek Him as the only treasure of their lives; they’re rather there because they can sense His power and they hope it’s something that can help them achieve their own personal goals; in other words, they want to be in His good graces, but just so He can help them get whatever it is that they want. And it’s so easy to mistake all this for devotion to God. In reality, they’re there merely to capitalize on God’s presence and power to get at their own ends.

Over these twenty four years I’ve seen people come before the Lord, try to con Him with lip worship in order to get whatever they can from the Lord, and then move on after getting what they came for—or because they failed to get it.

They are just like the rich young ruler that came to Jesus seeking to receive eternal life. Jesus said to him, “Go, sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” Mark 10:21. The guy, however, wasn’t ready to let go of his riches at all; so he went away sad.

Most church folks today are just like that. They deceive themselves into thinking that they really love the Lord, whereas all they actually want is to use Him to serve their selfish ends. How many church folks today are willing to give up everything in order to become absolutely consecrated to the Lord?

But note this: Jesus never tried to persuade that guy to abandon his preference for worldly wealth.

I wish I’d followed His example years ago; because most of the pain I’ve had in my discipleship efforts has come from trying to persuade the rich young rulers of this age to abandon their preference for this world; to seek the Lord as the only treasure of their lives. And how did that work out for me? In my misguided and foolish zeal to get everyone to seek God as the only treasure of their lives, I only succeeded in plaguing my life with unnecessary misery and frustration.

Actually, the problem really wasn’t in the lifestyle I’ve been advocating―a life that seeks God as the only treasure; it was in the fact that I tried to rope everyone into that lifestyle; instead of, like Jesus, focusing my efforts only on those I’m sent to.

Having finally learnt my lesson the hard way, I think I’m now ready and resolved to take the Wildfire Message of the Single Eyed Way of Life only to the consecrated ones.


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I see two things in the Lord’s recent command to concentrate my ministry efforts on those He has sent me to:

The first is a sharp definition. To clarify and sharpen the definition of the people group that I’m sent to; in my heart, and in my mind. But also, to become deliberately conscious of the fact that I’m sent to a specific group of people. For Jesus it was the lost sheep of Israel― a sharply defined people group; distinct from any other people group; and He was acutely aware of that specification. That’s the first of the two things that stand out clearly to me from what the Lord is telling me.

The second is to become more focused. To make a conscious and continuous effort to pay zero ministerial attention to anyone outside the specific people group that I’ve have been sent to. This calls for the severest form of discipline to not get distracted by any other group seeking my attention; but rather to be disciplined enough like Jesus to focus all of my ministry to the people group that I’m sent to.

Consequently, I’ve resolved to focus exclusively on the people group I’m sent to. In my ministry efforts― writing, teaching, retreats, tours, and other ministry services that I render―I’m fully committed to focus, without wavering, on the people group I’m sent to. And in doing this, Jesus Christ remains my perfect model. He wouldn’t respond to anybody that He wasn’t sent to, no matter how much they cried out to get His attention. They literally had to push through to even get at him! Now, that’s focus. And I want to be as focused as that on the people that I’m sent to.

And who am I sent to?

The consecrated ones.

Are you one of the consecrated ones? That is, do you by default prefer God and His ways to everyone and everything else’s—wholeheartedly and absolutely submitted to Him in all of the daily choices and decisions of your life? Then know this: I am sent to you.

In practical terms, for instance, it means that henceforth, I’ll focus my posts on this blog towards reaching and helping only the consecrated ones scattered around the world. I don’t think this necessarily implies that the content and theme of my posts here will change. I think they’ll remain essentially the same. But how I present the content and who I specifically address my message to will definitely change. I also think that this shift will allow me to connect even more personally with my audience than I’ve done previously.

I’ll also apply this focus to the audience of my weekly Wildfire Lectures here in Nigeria and in the UK; whittling it down to strictly a gathering of the consecrated ones. This means that our weekly Wildfire Lectures ―hitherto a day of fasting, praying, and deep scriptural meditations―will now be restricted to the consecrated ones; those that in their daily lives consistently demonstrate a preference for God, devoid of pretense or compulsion; people who out of their own volition and passion for God prefer Him and go out of their way to make sacrifices to please Him.

The seasonal Wildfire Retreats and Tours that hold predominantly in the United States, but which I hope to introduce soon to Nigeria, will also be affected by Jesus’ ‘simplify your life’ command to me. And so will our global Home and Congregational Church support outreaches.

One thing is clear: I’ve resolved to invest the rest of my life in reaching out only to those I’m sent to; focusing on them; not wasting my efforts on those I’m not sent to.

Of course, this is not going to be easy at all. Just look at the case of Jesus’ encounter with the Syro-Phoenician woman. She was crying out to Jesus, and it was well within His power to help her; but His focus was intense and absolute; so much that He did not answer even a word to her! He kept His focus fixed; He kept His priorities right; He knew who He was sent to. And His is the model I intend to follow. As I move on in my journey and a lot of folks outside my sphere of assignment begin to clamor for my ministerial attention, will I have the discipline to not be drawn into territories the Lord has not assigned me? Will I have the discipline to keep focused on the people group I’m sent to?

The fact, my friend, is that you don’t have forever; your time is limited; your energy is limited. Neither you nor I have been given unlimited time or energy. Everything we have received in this earthly life ― time, money, energy, and so on―is given to us in limited measures. So, we just have to optimize and maximize them. And so instead of trying to get at everybody, I’d rather find out exactly who I’m assigned to and then focus all of my efforts in taking the message and ministry to these particular people.

I believe that God sent me into this world to deliver the Wildfire Message to the consecrated ones: people who, like me have been called and chosen, and have also chosen to devote themselves and their lives exclusively to the Lord. And I believe that when I’m able to focus my efforts on them, those I’m not even sent to will also receive from my work and eventually be blessed.

The message, To The Consecrated Ones, clearly describes the true audience of this blog. Please study it carefully, again and again, to determine whether or not the message and mission of this website is for you. We really do not encourage anyone to subscribe to this blog, or even contact us, unless they are truly  convinced and have persuasive evidence that they are Consecrated Ones.

If you sincerely believe that the article ‘To The Consecrated Ones’ describes you, and are willing to be contacted and followed up by a Wildfire Missionary, you may contact us here.

The Ways of God

“Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children”
~ Ephesians 5:1

 

So, we’re not just called to believe in, praise, worship, and love the Lord. We’re also called to imitate Him.

 

Isn’t that amazing?

 

But, in order to imitate another person, you must:

 

  1. Have the nature to imitate: A lion cannot imitate the flight pattern of a falcon.
  2. Have the right to imitate: In the things that really matter – for instance, patents, designs, inventions, writings and so on – you would need the appropriate rights in order to imitate.
  3. See the model: You can’t imitate what you can’t observe. You can’t observe what you can’t see.
  4. Understand  the model: You can see and observe yet don’t understand. You can’t imitate what you don’t understand.

 

The good news is that if you are born again through faith and baptism in Jesus Christ, you have received the nature of God, plus the right to imitate Him. So you’ve satisfied the first two criteria. But those two are not sufficient to imitate God. You will need to see how God does thing; and you will need to understand  His ways. This is a real challenge. Because, the ways of God are so different from how human society operates.

 

There is a very clear distinction between the ways of God and and the ways of men.

 

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the LORD.

9 “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

 

The thoughts of God are not just different, they are also often diametrically opposed to man’s. And the same goes for the ways of God. This poses tremendous challenge for anyone that aspires to imitate Him. It demands that you pause and invest quality time in observing how He works, knowing that it may absolutely contradict everything you’ve ever been taught.

 

“Observe the way the Maker does things, and fall in line. Why fight the facts of life?”
~
Ecclesiastes 7:13(TLB)

 

How do you observe?

 

The temptation here is to assume that you can observe God’s methods with your natural human faculties. In reality, the ways of God are mysterious; they are hidden—that means that they are not obvious. Because God is Spirit, immortal and invisible, His ways are spiritual and cannot be discerned with mere human eyes.

 

The man without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned.
~ 1 Corinthians 2:14

 

Thus, in order to see, observe, and understand the ways of God—as well as imitate them—you will need the help of the Holy Spirit;  and for this you need to pray.

 

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To observe, understand, and imitate the ways of God, here are three of the most life-transforming prayers you can pray. I’ve been praying them regularly now for over twenty years, and God’s answers to them have literally changed my life in more ways than I can possibly recount.

 

Here’s the first one from David:

 

Teach me your way, O LORD, and I will walk in your truth; give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name.
~ Psalm 86:11

 

Here’s the second one; also from David:

 

Open my eyes that I may see wonderful things in your law.
~ Psalm 119:18

 

Here’s the third one from Paul:

 

I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better.
~ Ephesians 1: 17

 

Memorize these three powerful prayers; diligently pray them faithfully, several times each day, for the rest of your life; and you will experience such amazing insight into the ways of God, so much so that your life on earth becomes a testimony  of signs, wonders, and fruitfulness to the glory of God.

 

Enjoy a blissful week!

Congratulations Nigeria!

First of all, I acknowledge the sacrifices of all those who were killed by evil forces as they tried to exercise their civil rights in our just concluded 2015 presidential election. They are the true heroes of this election. May God bring comfort and healing to the bereaved families.

Losing can be very painful. But for the ruling PDP in my home country Nigeria, it’s about time. Complacency, taking the populace for granted, blatant corruption, and sheer ineptitude is completely unacceptable in a modern and intelligent society.

I am deeply grateful today that the majority of Nigerians—in spite of the most humiliating and terrifying conditions—turned out en masse to overwhelmingly reject a corrupt, grossly inefficient, and visionless leadership.

I must however, congratulate the incumbent president, Goodluck Jonathan, for making history. He enabled the most independent electoral body in Nigeria’s history, presided over the most transparent and credible election in Nigerian history, and has become the first sitting Nigerian president to concede defeat and congratulate the winning candidate of another party.

Now, let the healing begin—particularly for sincere supporters of this failed administration; but also for a nation that has been plundered by pathetic and disgusting leadership.

May God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria.