Let us Lift Him Up

This message was delivered by Rev. Wildfire on the 26th of July 2016 at the Nigeria Wildfire Mission Centre during the Holy Communion Service.

This message was delivered by Rev. Wildfire on the 26th of July 2016 at the Nigeria Wildfire Mission Centre during the Holy Communion Service.

Singing: Oh Lord I receive Your love

We receive Your love, and we continue to receive from You Your grace, Your peace, Your joy, Your life, and even tonight we receive Your body, (Your flesh), and we receive Your blood, a demonstration of God’s love for us. Fill us with Your life, fill us with Your power this evening as we gather at Your table. Be with us and bless us in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Now, I want to start today by showing you something very interesting about the Gospel of John which is one of my favorite books of the bible. It may be my favorite book – I just want to be careful – but it’s probably one of my favorite books of the bible. And there’s one thing about the book of John that I want to show you. Alright, let’s start with chapter 1. John chapter 1 verse 38. Now, I’m sure this may vary from version to version, but we’re probably going to be seeing some similarities there. John chapter 1 verse 38; it says, ‘Jesus looked around and saw them following, “what do you want?” He asked them, and they replied, “Rabbi (WHICH MEANS TEACHER), where are you staying?”’ You know the interesting thing here to me is the one in bracket. You know John was writing here to people who were not Jews. The book of John was written here to people who were not familiar with the terminologies or dictions of Jews; so, throughout the book of John you’re going to see him providing explanations to terms and to phrases, concepts and traditions for those he’s writing to.

So, here he explains the term, ‘rabbi’. Now, not all of us speak Hebrew or Greek, or Aramaic, but we’re able to understand what they’re saying here. He says, ‘rabbi,’ and he tells us it simply means teacher. I really like that. It’s kind of the things that are very subtle and you might take for granted whenever you’re reading the bible, but in his writing he took time to provide some of these explanations. In verse 41 you see a similar thing there. I just picked out a bunch of the things; in verse 41 it says, ‘Andrew went to find his brother Simon and told him, “We have found the Messiah,” – look at it again – (which means Christ).’ So, I like that a lot. In chapter 2 verse 9, the time Jesus Christ turned the water into wine, in verse 9 it says, ‘when the master of the ceremony tasted the water which was now wine, not knowing where it had come from – look at the bracket there – (though of course, the servants knew) he called the bridegroom over.’ He kind of gives us all these tit bits here and there. And in chapter 3 verse 23 & 24, again it says, ‘at this time John the Baptist was baptizing at Aenon near Salim because there was plenty of water there – that’s an explanation – and people kept coming to him for baptism – and then he puts in bracket – (this was before John was thrown into prison).’ He’s painting the picture and filling you in on the details; he says John was baptizing near Salim, and the reason he was doing that was not really because the Holy Spirit told him to do that, but the reason he was doing that was because there was plenty of water there. You know a lot of times we miss the Holy Spirit and do things for very logical reasons, and you can see here that the Holy Spirit was no longer talking to John, because Jesus had already come out and started doing His ministry. So, John was now doing things based on his physical senses, but that’s outside my scope this evening.

Let’s go to chapter 4. In John chapter 4 verse 1 it says, ‘Jesus knew the Pharisees had heard that He was baptizing and making more disciples than John – verse 2 – (Though Jesus Himself did not baptize them, His disciples did.’ So, John was an insider, he was right there and he’s telling us that Jesus wasn’t baptizing anybody; the actual person doing the baptizing was His disciples. So, His disciples were actually the ones baptizing people, not Jesus Christ. Alright, so you see that commentary right there. There’s still a lot more. You can see it in John chapter 6 verse 3 and 4; ‘Then Jesus climbed a hill and sat down with His disciples around Him, it was nearly time for the Jewish Passover festival.’ John is always providing context and giving us some detailed picture to let us know what is going on. And in verse 5 it says, ‘Jesus soon saw a huge crowd of people coming.’ So, now we understand why He went there; He sat down with His disciples around Him, and this is like very close to the Jewish Passover celebration, and he’s trying to tell you the reason there’s a lot of people coming, because people were coming all over Israel for that annual feast. And it says Jesus soon saw a huge crowd of people coming to look for Him, ‘turning to Philip He asked, “Where can we buy bread to feed all these people?”’ But right before He began to wonder, Jesus after all is supposed to know everything, He’s supposed to be the Son of God, why then is He asking His disciples what to do? John fills in that gap for you. John tells you in verse 6; ‘(He was testing Philip for He already knew what He was going to do).’

So, you see the comments there in and out, and I just want you to enjoy that. It is something that I really like a lot throughout the book of John; and in chapter 7 verse 21 and 22 it says, ‘Jesus replied, “I did one miracle on the Sabbath and you were amazed, but you work on the Sabbath too when you obey Moses’ law of circumcision. (Actually this tradition of circumcision began with the patriarchs long before the time of Moses).’ Are you getting it? So, Jesus says, ‘you work on a Sabbath too when you obey Moses’ law of circumcision,’ then John explains that this actually began with people like Abraham and Jacob long before Moses. In case you’re wondering, he’s trying to fill you in. In verse 37 of the same chapter 7; ‘On the last day, the climax of the festival, Jesus stood and shouted to the crowds, “anyone who is thirsty may come to me. Anyone who believes in me may come and drink; for the scriptures declare rivers of living water will flow from his heart.”’ Look at the explanation again; ‘(when He said living water, He was speaking of the Spirit who will be given to everyone believing in Him, but the Spirit had not yet been given because Jesus had not yet entered into His glory).’ He’s trying to tell you what it meant when Jesus said living waters.

And then we go to one more; let’s just look at one more so I just don’t go on and on. John chapter 12 verse 32; ‘And when I am lifted up from the earth, I will draw everyone to myself.’ Can you see the explanation in verse 33? It says, ‘)He said this to indicate how He was going to die).’ He wasn’t talking about a worship ministry, because many times people have used this place and they say if the son of man be lifted up, he will draw all men to himself. It means as we worship God, as we lift Him up, and they think the lifting Him up means as we glorify Him in worship, in praise, He’s going to draw many people unto Him. And this is why we must learn the scriptures under a sound, seasoned teaching ministry that can give you a sound context from the Word of God, because every time you deviate from the text and the context of the spirit of scripture, you are in error. You go into error even if it’s a good intention with the right motive, and then sincerely wrong, doing the right thing in error. So, I see a lot of people read this scripture and they say, ‘if the son of man be lifted up, he’s going to draw all men to himself.’ John said He said this to indicate how He was going to die – this is what He was talking about. So, He was talking about His death.

So, it’s very good that we have this apostle providing this kind of context for us, and I like it a lot. Now, let’s stay here for a while. Let’s stay on this verse 32 for a while and see what Jesus was talking about, because He was talking about His death. Jesus Christ was talking about His death; many times when we are talking about the death of Jesus, we tend to talk about the benefit of the Gospel to the believer. We think about the fact that through His death we have life, through the stripes upon His body we have health. Now, that is true, but today I want us to shift our thinking from the benefit of the Gospel, from the benefit of the death of Jesus to us and think about what that means to others. Think of the power of His death with respect to those who are not even saved yet. He says, ‘and when I am lifted up from the earth, I will draw everyone to Myself.’ There is a power, there is a drawing supernaturally, a magnetic power that was activated by the death of Jesus. He says, ‘I will draw.’ Think about it; there’s a difference between someone coming to and you drawing someone to you. It means it is possible for a certain power beyond the resistance of someone to act on them and pull them towards Christ.

Jesus said, ‘I will draw.’ He spoke at a time about the fact of His Father when He said, ‘nobody can come to me unless the Father draws him,’ and we know He was talking about when He was on earth. When He was moving here on earth, it was impossible for the people to see Him as the Christ because they knew Him as the carpenter. His brothers and sisters were in their midst, they saw Him as a man in flesh and blood; so, it would be very difficult for anybody to believe that that son of Joseph was God, except by the power of Almighty God. But Jesus is saying now, ‘when I die, I will draw everyone to Myself.’ Hallelujah. Just like He says, ‘I will build My church, and the gates of hell will not prevail against it.’ So, I want you to think about that for a minute that when He said, ‘when I am lifted up from the earth …,’ indicating how He was going to die, that means that when Jesus was lifted up from the earth, when He was placed on that cross and mounted up as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, the moment that happened, there was a power that was released. Hallelujah. And we see how that power began to work; one of the thieves by His side said, ‘Jesus, remember me when you come into Your Father’s glory.’ And Jesus said, ‘today, you will be with me in paradise.’ He didn’t preach to the man, but because there was something happening at that moment. The centurion and some of the roman soldiers that were at the feet of the cross overseeing the crucifixion at some point said, ‘surely, this man is the son of God.’

So, right when He was being lifted up, people were beginning to be drawn to Him by the power of His death. Jesus at one point said that the kernel of wheat, as long as it is still alive, it abides alone, but when it falls to the ground and dies, it bears much fruit. So, by His death, Jesus Christ released the power of multiplication, He released the power that would draw men unto Himself. Glory be to God. Amen. So, I really like that, and I really appreciate that commentary that John gave to us because if he had not said that, we would still be thinking of it as when you lift up holy hands in worship, but he’s talking about the death of Jesus Christ. I’m sure a Jew reading about it will understand it, but John wasn’t writing to Jews. A Jew reading the phrase, ‘when I be lifted up,’ or probably someone within that time, a roman soldier, or people within that context would have understood him. Let me show you why; if you go to John 12 verse 33 it says, ‘He said this to indicate how He was going to die.’ Look at what the crowd said; ‘we understand from scripture that the Messiah will live forever, how can you say the son of man will die?’ What does that tell you? They understood what He said; He used a local colloquialism that they could understand, that if the son of man be lifted up … you needed an explanation to know what He said, the crowd there didn’t; they understood what He said and they asked Him, ‘we thought the son of man is going to live forever, so why are you talking about the death of the son of man?’ Showing you also why God had to raise special apostles from among the Jews to take the Gospel to the gentiles. Do you understand? And that is also why we have cross cultural ministries; you can sense for instance that John was a cross cultural Gospel communicator. He could take the Gospel out of the context of the Jews and transfer it to the understanding of the gentiles. It takes the power of the Holy Spirit, and it takes the calling of God and the enabling of God to really do that. So, I’m really happy that John has this kind of explanation to give to us. Praise God.

And so we’re still talking about the death of Jesus Christ; that when He died – when He was lifted up – He began to draw men to Himself. That power is released through His death. Amen. That power is released through the death of Jesus Christ; it’s a powerful, powerful mystery. It’s a powerful mystery that we need to tap into by the Holy Spirit. He said, ‘I will draw everyone,’ not some people, but everyone. But we understand ‘everyone’ to mean everyone that’s a part of Christ, everyone that was chosen in Him before the foundation of the world. He already prayed for them, ‘I pray not only for these ones, but for the others that will come to believe as a result of their witnessing.’ So, Jesus already knew before time they were others, and He said, ‘when I’m lifted up, I will draw them to myself.’ And that’s the power of His death. Like I said, that moment that He died, things began to happen. Praise God. So, every time Jesus is lifted up, every time Jesus is lifted up something powerful happens in the supernatural. That’s what it means. Amen. And Glory be to God that He has given us a way to re-enact His death again and again and again so that we can keep the drawing power going from generation to generation. Hallelujah.

We don’t lift Him up in the sense we spoke of here by gathering and lifting Him up in praise songs, we don’t lift Him up in the sense that we spoke here by giving testimonies in the church and praising Him for the things that He has done; we lift Him up in the context He spoke of here, by re-enacting the death experience, the cross experience of Jesus. And there is only one way He gave us to do that. Hallelujah. There’s only one way, there’s only one mystery, one sacrament or ordinance that He gave to us by which we can re-enact or renew His death. And we find that in the book of 1st Corinthians chapter 11. We all know that place. So, let’s go to 1st Corinthians chapter 11 from verse 23 and all the way to verse 26; ‘For I pass onto you what I received from the Lord Himself.’ This is what makes Paul an apostle, it’s that He met Jesus in person and Jesus gave him a message in person. ‘On the night when He was betrayed, the Lord Jesus took bread and gave thanks to God for it, then He broke it in pieces and said, “this is My body which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of Me.” IN the same way He took the cup after supper saying, “this cup is the new covenant between God and His people, an agreement confirmed with my blood. Do this in remembrance in Me as often as you drink it.” Praise God.

Now, I want you to look at 1st Corinthians 11 verse 26 which is very interesting. It says, ‘For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until He comes.’ Hallelujah! ‘For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim …,’ The word ‘proclaim’ means to make real. You make it real again. You manifest it again. You re-enact it. You bring it back to life. You reproduce the experience again. That’s what it’s saying. I mean I’ve been to some re-enactments in the US. I’ve been to what they call the renaissance festival in the US where they try to re-enact the 15th or 16th century. It’s really amazing what they do there. I have some pictures from that thing. When you come there everyone is dressed like how they used to be dressed from the 15th century, the place is like a village. You won’t see any modern facility there; everything is built like how it used to be back in the day – their streets, their signs, the shops, the people. It’s really amazing. What they’re doing is they’re trying to draw you into the experience so you know what it used to look like. It’s so real. You see people fencing, fighting on horses and fighting with swords like for real. You see their shops, their markets, and everything is so real. And the bible is saying this that whenever we eat the bread and drink the blood, we are reproducing the reality of His death. We are re-enacting it; that’s what it says.

Now, it means that whenever we are at the Lord’s Table, we are lifting Him up. Praise God. When John said that thing about being lifted up, he was indicating how He was going to die, he was talking about His death. So, Jesus gave us a promise that the Holy Spirit is decoding here for us, because the Holy Spirit is the One that takes what is Jesus’ and shows it to us and decodes it to us. The Holy Spirit is showing this to us that whenever we lift Jesus up – it’s a promise like when He says when two or three come together in His name, He’s there with them. He also said, ‘when I be lifted up …,’ And how do we lift Him up without stabbing Him like the Romans? How do we as His followers, as His beloved ones, how do we lift Him up? It has to take His enemy like Judas to betray Him and people like the Romans to kill Him, but His disciples can’t kill Him. So, how in the world do we kill Him? We can’t even kill Him by backsliding; so, how in the world do we kill Him? Because we need this power again and again and again; He gives us a way. He says, ‘do this in remembrance of Me. Every time you do it, you’re declaring and proclaiming My death all over again.’ That means every time you do this, you’re lifting Him up afresh, and every time He’s lifted up afresh, He draws all men to Himself. Glory be to God.

So, that is why I said in the beginning that our Communion today will not be about the benefits we get for our own selves in the Gospel, but the benefit the kingdom of God gets from the lifting up of Jesus; it’s that more men and women are drawn into the kingdom of God. I’ve seen this happen in the US, I’ve seen it happen all over the place that whenever people gather and begin to eat the bread the drink the blood, people begin to come to God. Amen. People begin to be drawn; you know as soon as we began this in the US, we began to see people on their own just coming, telling you that Jesus is the same today, He’s the same yesterday and He’s the same forever, and He doesn’t change. Hallelujah. I don’t want nobody that I drew to myself. I don’t want to draw nobody. I don’t want to persuade nobody. Do you understand what I’m talking about? I just don’t want that; I want the Lord Himself to draw them. That’s why the bible says they continued steadfastly in the apostle’s teaching, to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and then to prayer, and the Lord added … What was going on there? You see there was something right in that place.

Remember, Paul said whenever we eat the bread and we drink the blood, you’re re-enacting the death – the cross. And He said every time that happens, I will draw everyone to myself. Glory be to God! Aren’t you excited and ready to meet those people that the Lord Himself is drawing? Hallelujah. So, you want to see that. I want you to see that in what was happening in the Acts of Apostles so you understand what God is saying to us this evening. Now, look at Acts chapter 2 from verse 42 and then to the end. It says there, ‘they devoted themselves to the apostles teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.’ You see what they devoted themselves to? ‘Everyone was filled with awe and the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. All the believers were together and had everything in common, and they sold properties and possessions to give to anyone who had need. Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts, they broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favour of all the people, and the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.’ What was that in response to? It was in response to the lifting of Jesus that was happening daily through the Lord’s Table. Every day they broke bread and ate it, and drank the cup, they were lifting Jesus up; every time they did that, they were proclaiming His death, announcing His death. So, in their lives, in their community Jesus was dying every day. In their community, Jesus was being lifted every day, and He was drawing people – daily.

I want us to expect a daily drawing of everyone to us from Jesus Christ Himself. Can I tell you something? I have drawn people to myself; other people have drawn people to me; people have drawn themselves to me, and I don’t want none of that because I compare it with when Jesus draws people to me. I see the difference; when Jesus draws people to the mission, to the ministry, it’s different. I don’t want people to come to us because of our publicity. I don’t want people to come to us because of our advertisement. I don’t want people to come to us because they like us. I don’t want people to come to us except that Jesus drew. You didn’t even hear that they were preaching the Gospel here. Do you understand? Do you hear that they were going door to door and they were preaching and they were sharing tracts? They weren’t doing that; they rather met in their homes breaking bread, because these people had the Holy Spirit. I believe the Holy Spirit gave them this mystery; it’s a powerful thing He gave them, ‘come on, keep breaking those bread.’ He said to do it as often as you can; if you can do it two million times a day, go ahead, but you must be careful to not eat it unworthily because you must discern the body of Christ in it. But as often as you can do it properly, do it. Because every time you’re doing it, this is going on – people are added.

I want us to be expectant as we take the Communion this evening. I want us to take it in absolute trust in the integrity of Jesus. Remember we trust Him as a person; we trust that He is faithful. Faithful is He that has promised, and He also will do it. We eat the bread in complete confidence that whenever we do it – you see there are two things we believe as we eat the bread. First of all is that as we eat it, we believe that this bread is His body, and this wine is His blood. We’ve got to believe that. Secondly, we have to believe that as we eat the bread and as we eat the cup, we proclaim His death. We’ve got to believe that. And thirdly we’ve got to believe that whenever we proclaim His death, He draws everyone to Himself. Glory be to God. Let’s take some time out and worship Jesus for who He is. Worship Him for the revelation of His word. Worship Him for His wisdom. Worship Him for His power that gave us these mysteries, gave us these words, gave us this revelations, gave us His own life. Worship Jesus because He is worthy. He is worthy. Worship Him because He is love, He is faithful, He is good, He is loving, He is kind, He is able to do what He has said He will do to those who trust Him. Thank You Jesus. Thank You for bringing us into You. We have come into You. We are now in Christ. Thank You that You have drawn us to Yourself. Thank You for the faith in us. Thank You for Your Holy Spirit. Thank You Jesus for all that You are, and all that You do for us. We worship You Lord. We worship You Jesus. (Praying in tongues). We worship You and we remember You as we eat tonight. We remember You, we proclaim Your death. We believe Your Word. We receive Your Word. (Praying in tongues). Glory be to God! Hallelujah. Thank You Jesus.

I want us to take out some time and begin to bring the Word of God back to Himself, and let Him know, ‘Lord, we believe You.’ We believe what You said that every time we eat the bread, we’re eating Your body, and every time we drink of the cup, we’re drinking Your blood. We believe Your promise, and we believe Your word because You are truth and You are the way and You are faithful and we believe what You said. And we believe that by eating the bread and by drinking the wine we are eating Your body, and we are drinking Your blood. And we believe that by doing this, we are lifting You up, we are proclaiming Your death as we come unto You again. We believe that as we do this today, as we lift You up that You are drawing to us daily those that are being saved; wherever they might be, that the power of Your life, the power of Your blood is breaking the chains that holds them down, is breaking the powers of darkness that is keeping them in bondage, that all of Your people, all of Your children that are meant to be part of us, that the yoke is being shattered by the power of Your life, the power of Your death, the power of Your resurrection, the power of Your blood, the power of Your Spirit. (Praying in tongues) We believe You Lord, we trust You Lord that Your power is here, we trust You that Your word is reliable. We trust You Lord. We thank You Jesus. Glory be to God. Thank You Lord. As we get to the Table tonight, we come with humility; we come with faith and trust in You, and believe Your word absolutely in the mighty name of Jesus. Amen.

Feeding on the Word of God

This message was delivered by Rev. Wildfire on the 5th of July 2016 at the Nigeria Wildfire Missions Centre fasting & prayer meeting.

This message was delivered by Rev. Wildfire on the 5th of July 2016 at the Nigeria Wildfire Missions Centre fasting & prayer meeting.

Singing: To see you face to face

To see you face to face

 I was made for this Jesus

Our Heavenly Father, You are a faithful God, a God of justice, a God of faithfulness and without injustice; good and upright are You. And Lord we desire a manifestation, a revelation of Jesus Christ. Lord, we pray, You said that we would ask and we would receive, we seek many convincing proof that You are alive for our times, for our testimony, for our witnessing. We seek our own evidence of the living Jesus in our own lives, and Lord we press through and we continue to seek, and we continue to ask and we continue to knock, and we believe that You would give us a fresh, new, multiple convincing proof and evidence that Jesus Christ is alive, that Jesus Christ is Lord, that Jesus Christ is King of kings. Thank You Father for Your manifestation, for Your revelation and for Your answers in Jesus name. Ok. You might be seated.

This is a very special time in our family. God is doing many wonderful things in our midst. Some of the miracles that we’ve witnessed, I consider them miracles of biblical proportions – things you read in the bible. That’s what I like; I like things that happen in my life that make the bible come alive, and in this ministry God is doing that. I am allergic to what I can do. God has made me allergic to what I can do. I don’t want to see nothing that I can do; it’s repulsive to me. In fact, if I see something and I cannot verily, verily say that this is done of God 100%, I reject that thing. Once I see my handprint on it anywhere, it loses its appeal to me, because what God does is eternal, what God does brings rest. Hallelujah. So, this is a special season, this is a special time in this ministry and we must pay attention; we must pay very careful attention to what God is saying to us at this moment.

I said that we need to pay very careful attention to what the Spirit is saying to us, and as I’m talking to us here, because I’m recording this teaching, and I’m talking to every one of us here in the Wildfire movement whether you are here, whether you are in the US or whether you are in the UK, all of us in this family must tune into the same voice, we must tune into the same Spirit. There’s a particular thing the Holy Spirit is saying to us now, and I know what it is. In his letter to the Colossian church, this is what Paul wrote to them; ‘Let the Word of Christ dwell richly in you …,’ Let the Word of Christ dwell richly in you, and then he continues and says, ‘admonishing one another in psalms, in hymns and in spiritual songs, giving thanks to God and making melody in your heart.’ Alright, that’s what he wrote to them, and you find that in Colossians chapter 3 verse 16.

‘Let the Word of Christ dwell in you richly …,’ that’s what the Spirit of God is saying to every one of us in the Wildfire ministry – every one of us. He’s saying to each of us as individuals, He’s speaking to all of us as a family; He’s saying let the Word of Christ dwell richly, not sparsely, not scarcely, not scantily but instead, let it dwell richly. In other words, let it dwell abundantly within you; that’s what the Holy Spirit is saying to us this season. Pastor Sweet is helping me develop a lecture series on this based on all of the teachings that I have been giving to us this season. And I think I found a good title for the series; all of the series have to come under one title with subtitles. And that is, ‘Feeding on the Word of God.’ And so, another way to receive this Word from the Holy Spirit is to feed daily, feed continuously on the Word of God; or, let the Word of God be your daily bread. Let the Word of God be your daily food.

So, ‘feeding on the Word of God,’ that’s what we’re talking about. Let the Word of Christ dwell in you richly. And why is that? There are so many reasons why we must feed on the Word of God, but again we have to allow the Holy Spirit to give us reasons why He wants us to feed on the Word of God. You know there are many reasons to feed on the Word of God, there are many benefits that come from the Word. So, it’s important that the ‘what’ comes from God, but also the ‘why’. You know many times God asks us to pray, but then you pick up your own motive for praying. When God tells you to pray, that’s an action, an instruction; let God also supply the motive. Our motive for doing anything should come from the Lord Himself. So, when the Lord gives us something to do, we do it. But in doing it we must also seek to do it for the same reasons that He wants us to do it. So, why does He want us to let the Word of Christ dwell in us richly? Again, we have to go to Apostle Paul. Paul in his farewell speech to the Ephesians – he’s been with them for three years and he was about to leave them for Spain (I think) or wherever, and he gathered the elders together and then in Acts chapter 20 verse 32 he says to them, ‘Now, I commit you to God and to the Word of His grace which is able to build you up and give you a place among them that are sanctified.’

There’s a reason why I am deciding today to just read the bible off my head, because it’s not enough to teach. The bible tells us that Jesus began both to do and to teach – a good teacher. A good leader must always show examples. Paul said to these Ephesians, ‘I commit you to God and the Word of His grace which is able to build you up and to give you a place among those who are sanctified.’ These were the two reasons Paul was committing them to God and the Word of His grace; and the Holy Spirit is also telling us that these are the two reasons He’s speaking to us at this time to feed on the Word. The reason He’s telling us to feed on the Word is that He’s able to build us up, and also give us a place among those that are sanctified.

These are the reasons; He’s able to build us up. And He’s able to build us up because it is real food. Jesus says in John chapter 6, ‘my flesh is real food, and my blood is real drink.’ Where is that? Chapter 6 verse what? Get it, it’s down there somewhere. Sister, where is your bible? Go to John chapter 6 verse 55. Ok. What does it say? ‘My flesh is real food, and my blood is real drink.’ That is why Apostle Paul says that the Word is able to build you up, because it’s real food. It’s not some kind of mystical food, some kind of symbolic food. You know what I mean like when you say, ‘the Word of God is food,’ Jesus is telling us that this is real food. It’s not food in some symbolic sense. It’s not food in some abstract unreal sense. He says it is real food. There’s a place there He talks about the manna from heaven – what’s He saying? John 6:49-50; ‘your forefathers ate the manna in the desert yet they died, but here is the bread that comes down from heaven which a man may eat and not die.’ Think about it; you ate the manna from heaven and still died, but here’s the bread that came down from heaven. Who is He talking about? Himself, ‘… and the Word became flesh …’

He’s talking about the Word that became flesh. He says, ‘this is the true bread that came down from heaven,’ and when you feed on this one you will not die. It’s either Jesus is a scam artist or He’s talking the truth. The Holy Spirit is trying to tell you that He doesn’t want you to die. Are you listening to me? The Holy Spirit is trying to tell you that there is food you eat and you don’t die. The normal food we eat, the physical food we eat, when we eat it we’re still going to get old, we’re still going to shrink in our physical flesh and still die; from dust it came and to dust it will return in decay, but every day we wake up and we feed on food that spoils. Every day we wake up and we eat food that is even inferior to the manna that came down from heaven. You know the manna at least came down from heaven; they ate the manna and still died, then imagine the beans we eat here. If the people who ate manna still died, how much more us here who are still eating hamburger and beef jerky, garri, yam? That’s why people’s life span are forty years, some forty five; you see somebody who’s sixty and he’s looking like he’s ninety – evil food.

Jesus says there is the real food. What is the opposite of real? Counterfeit – are you with me? I want you to flow with me. He says this is real food; so, every other food we’re eating is what? The opposite of real, and that’s why the Holy Spirit says to feed; that’s why He’s telling us to feed on the Word of God, because He’s able to build you up. He’s able to build up the life of God that’s in you. He’s able to cause you to grow in your faith – in wisdom. He’s able to build you up in your spirit, in your walk with God, in your ability and capacity to trust God through the seasons of life, in your ability and capacity to even thrive through the storms of life. It’s able to make you strong. You know the bible talks about people who faint in the days of adversity. It says when you faint in the days of adversity, your strength is small; and the bible says that when we feed on the Word, Paul was saying that He is able to build you up. He’s not talking about your physical muscle, it’s talking about your spiritual muscle; it makes you strong in the Lord.

Remember it says, ‘be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.’ How’s that going to happen? The Word – feed on the Word.

So, the first thing Paul tells us there is, ‘I commit you to God and to the Word of His grace which is able to build you up,’ and then he gives us the second one, ‘and give you a place among them that are sanctified. When we talk about ‘them that are sanctified’ we’re talking about the consecrated ones, because the word ‘sanctified’ is the same as ‘consecrate’. He’s able to give you a place among the consecrated ones, among them that are sanctified; that Word is able to give you a place. What does it mean to give you a place? What is your place in the kingdom? It means that as you feed on the Word, the Word reveals to you where you belong in the scheme of things. Do you understand what I’m talking about? He gives you where you belong; He finds for you, He showcases for you where you belong, ‘this is where you fit in, this is how you fit in.’ That’s why He doesn’t just make you strong, but He places you. I mean you can be the best football player and still not know your place in the team, but when you know that you’re a football player, and then the coach is able to come to you and say, ‘hey, this is where you belong.’

So, when he’s talking about giving you a place among them that are sanctified, he’s talking about position in Christ, your role, your specific mission within the overall mission of the kingdom of God. A lot of people come to me and they ask me, ‘Pastor Favour, what is my role? What is my mission?’ And I say, ‘feed on the Word.’ The next time somebody comes to you and says, ‘Pastor Sweet, I don’t know what my role is in the kingdom of God. What is my mission? What is my calling? What am I supposed to be doing?’ Tell the person, ‘feed on the Word, because if you feed on the Word, He’s going to build you up and give you a place among those that are sanctified.’ We just can’t manufacture these things and make them up ourselves and say, ‘you’re going to do this, and you’re going to do that.’ No. We feed on the Word. When we feed on the Word, we find our place; He gives us a place among those that are sanctified.

Another way to look at ‘giving us a place among those that are sanctified’ is thinking about status. You know you come into a society and you have upper scale neighborhood, and you have downscale neighborhood – like you have the poor, impoverished places, then you have where the really big guys live. And then you’re told that there’s a certain food, and that the more you eat this food, it gives you a place in the upper scale neighborhood; so, that’s another way to look at it. Like, there’s just this wonderful clique of people in the kingdom of God, and that the more you feed on the Word, it gives you a place there. And over time you begin to understand what it means. You see when you look at me for instance, over the years of feeding on the Word, and feeding on the Word and feeding on the Word where I found myself among them that are sanctified, among the special ones that are on the planet. Glory be to God.

So, here’s the question for all of us to answer, especially Pastor Sweet who is our director for media operations to help us spread the Word for everybody. It’s a big question; how then do I let the Word of Christ dwell richly in me? Now, we’ve got the ‘what’ which is that the Holy Spirit told us to feed on the Word, ‘let the Word of Christ dwell richly in you.’ We’ve got the ‘why’ from the Holy Spirit; the Holy Spirit says the ‘why’ is He’s able to build you up and give you a place among them that are sanctified. So, you want to find the ‘why’, don’t Google it, because if you Google it you’re going to find a hundred reasons to read the bible, a hundred reasons to read the Word. Not all those reasons belong to us. Do you understand what I mean? Not all those reasons belong to us; we have to know what to do from the Spirit, why we should do it from the Spirit, but also how to do it from the Spirit. So, when you’re developing the lecture, from start to finish comes out of the Spirit. It’s not theology; this is Spirit – born of the Spirit. Amen.

There are three ways to let the Word of Christ dwell in us richly based on what the Holy Spirit has been saying, and I’m going to give us these three ways. Number one, the bible tells us that the early church continued in the Apostles teachings; that’s the first one. The first one is to pay attention to what Rev. Wildfire is teaching you. We record every one of our teachings; maybe you take notes while I’m teaching. It’s very important – extremely important. The bible says Jesus through the Spirit gave instructions; I’m giving you these instructions through the Spirit. Continue in the things that I’m teaching you, and this is why. God said something in Jeremiah chapter 3; He says, ‘I will give them pastors after My own heart who will feed them with knowledge and understanding.’ I am a pastor; I am a shepherd after God’s heart. Are you listening to me? Probably one of the few remaining on the planet; I know I am one of the few remaining because God Himself said it to me. He said, ‘you are a dying breed.’ So, you’re looking at one of the few people left, and a species that is going into extinction; an endangered species, one of the few shepherds left who is seeking the Father’s heart. And He said, ‘I will give you shepherds after my heart who will feed you.’

Remember we’re supposed to feed on the Word, and now it says these shepherds that are after my heart will feed you with knowledge and with understanding. Knowledge of what? Knowledge of God and the Word of His grace which is able to build you up and give you a place among them that are sanctified. I am a shepherd after God’s heart that God has given to you, and to everyone within this movement, to feed you. So, one of the ways, the first way to let the Word of Christ dwell in you richly is to listen to me, it’s to continue listening to the teachings that I give to you. Whenever I finish giving these messages, take the recording and listen to them again and again and again until you can almost recite it by heart. Invest time; invest energy towards listening to these teachings again and again to understand them. And I want to give you a little illustration that will help you. As a man of God, as a pastor the Lord has shown me this that I’m not sent to everybody. A way to understand it is this; think about the courier person, the DHL.

They have DHL in the US; they also have UPS, Fed Ex, (whatever services you use). Every single day the courier company sends out thousands and tens of thousands of mails and boxes and packages to different locations and different persons around the world right? And when you see that guy on his motor bike, or in his bus, or in his van, (however he’s moving from one place to the other), he has a pile of envelopes, a pile of boxes and packages belonging to a set of people. None of these messengers is sent to everybody, he’s sent to a set of people based on a set of addresses and locations given to him, and that’s what he’s carrying, and that is where he’s going to deliver those things to those people. He can’t just drive off on some address; he can’t just deliver those things based on who needs it. Imagine him carrying special bags or a box of shoes or iphones, and then he sees someone on the road that says, ‘wow, I need a phone. Can you give me a phone?’ And he stops and gives him a packet. Or he sees a shop that has run out of stock of phones and they’re waving to him and saying, ‘hey.’ And he gives them that box, he’s going to answer back to the people who sent him because he has taken the package and given to the wrong people.

That is why when Jesus came into the world, He would not listen to some people, He would not even talk to some people because He said, ‘I am not sent to you.’ The same way with the pastor and the messengers of God, they are not sent to everybody, they do not … the real pastors who understand this, who walk in this mysteries do not deliver their goods on the basis of need, they do not deliver their goods on the basis of who needs it, they deliver it on the basis of who they’re assigned to, on the basis of whose address, whose location and whose names is on their manifest.  For the same reason you don’t also see a person who is driving in a courier van and you say, ‘oh, that’s Fed Ex, that’s UPS, that’s DHL,’ and you start flagging them down to ask them to give you something. No. You might be expecting something from DHL or UPS, but you can’t just stop any DHL courier van, you can’t just stop any UPS motor car and tell them to give you what they’re carrying. In the same way you can’t just walk into any church and receive from any pastor. The pastor might be full of the anointing, he might be full of the Holy Spirit, full of gifts, full of wisdom, revelation, full of the Word (these are packages) but you can sit down there forever and get nothing, because it’s not meant for you.

So, it is doubly important that I know who I’m sent to so that I don’t give my packages to the wrong people, but to also know who God has also sent to you. And I’m telling you that I am a shepherd, a pastor after the heart of God; there’s only one thing I care about, it’s the will of the Father, it’s what He wants, it’s how to please Him. And then God gave me to you to feed you; the things you hear from me you will never hear anywhere else, because nobody is given these things. Are you listening to me? The things I’ve been given were not given to everybody; they have what they were given. Everybody has what they were given, and I’m given these things for a specific people; the people who are chosen by God, called by God to receive these things. So, to let the Word of Christ dwell richly in you means you have to pay attention to the things that I’m teaching you. Are you taking note? This is the ‘how,’ we have done the ‘what’ which is feeding on the Word of God. The ‘why’ which is He’s able to build you up and give you a place among them that are sanctified, and now we’re looking at the ‘how’ which is – number one – paying attention to the Apostolic teaching.

Here’s the second ‘how’; the second ‘how’ is what we read in Apostle Paul’s letter to Timothy in 2nd Timothy chapter 3 verse 15. Paul tells Timothy how from infancy he had known the Holy Scriptures which is able to make him wise unto salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. Is that the right place? ‘… how from infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.’ ‘You have known the Holy Scriptures from infancy which is able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus,’ this is the second way to feed on the Word of God, because in the next verse it says all scripture is God-breathed and is useful … Is somebody here? In other words, there’s a question I keep asking, ‘is the scriptures the word of God or not?’ And that’s a quiz; I’m going to leave that open ended for you, for it to be food for thought. But it’s God-breathed; God-breathed means what? It came out of the mouth of God; God-breathed means it came out of the mouth of God – inspired by God. Holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit; you could say holy men of God wrote these things as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.

What is ‘word?’ Word is the expression of intent; if it’s my thoughts, my essence, my feelings, my emotions, my needs, my desires, whatever I want, until I utter it, it’s not considered a word, but when I speak it out it becomes a word. And so in the scriptures we have the utterances of God – and I’ll leave that to you – but one of the ways (the second way) to let the Word of Christ dwell in you richly, to feed on the Word is to know the Holy Scriptures. Are you listening to me? To know the Holy Scriptures; Paul was writing to Timothy, he said, ‘from infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures.’ I started reading it from infancy as well when I was four. Thank God. So, it would be said of me – thank Jesus – how from infancy I have known the Holy Scriptures, but infancy is also talking about babyhood in Christ. Infancy is not just talking about biological; it’s also talking about infancy as new babes in the Lord; that’s another way to look at ‘infancy’. ‘Infancy’ is also talking about children; the kingdom of God is for who? Little children – and so it’s a calling for us to know the scriptures from childhood. ‘Infancy’ also refers to foundation, ‘in the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God, and the Word was God,’ in the beginning.

‘Infancy’ can be considered ‘early’, it can also be referred to as ‘first things first,’ that knowing the Scriptures is fundamental, knowing the Scriptures is essential, it’s primary, it’s foundational. And how do you know the Scripture? Study it, read it, open it and read, whether it’s in your iphone or your ipad or inside your bible; there’s no way to know the Scriptures unless you read it. Hello? Read the Scriptures. Tell your neighbor, ‘study the scriptures.’ Tell them. For many of us today, it’s facebook. We study facebook; for me it’s yahoo news, flipboard, internet every minute of the day at the expense of the Holy Scriptures. It means that you’re feeding on the wrong thing; the Scriptures are not necessarily sweet to the flesh, it’s not necessarily sweet to the mind; what the mind likes is current affairs, the mind likes entertainment, movies, news, information depending on your career; that’s the mental realm. That’s what the mind likes; if you’re a student, the things that will enhance your career are the things that the mind loves. That is why in the church today, people are tickled by motivational talk – seven keys to success – these are the kind of things that people like. Your body likes egg and hamburger and all kinds of things, but your spirit is the one that enjoys the Word of God. So, for every other part of your being, the Holy Scriptures are bland, boring. Do you understand?

But we must feed our spirit; you have to read it, but you also have to commit it to memory. You do what? Commit it to memory. In the home church in the US I started something two weeks ago; every week we learn a new verse, because I found that none of them have a verse committed to memory. And the day I taught them the verse, that was the first day most of them were ever committing a single verse to memory in their entire lives, but that’s a good start. All of us – that’s why we have the bible marathon at the home church – have to commit the bible to memory. One of the ways I’m doing it myself is I’m deciding that every verse I’m going to use and teach at any time, I’m going to commit them to memory, so that each day I make it that I commit one verse to memory. You’re feeding on the Word; you’re letting the Word of Christ dwell richly in you. One day, you will be shocked you will come into a situation and you’ll be shocked how the Holy Spirit will pull that verse out of the blues and use it to bless you. Hallelujah.

What is the first way to let the Word of Christ dwell richly in us? Paying attention to the pastor’s teaching.

What is the second way? Knowing the Holy Scriptures; read it, study it, commit it to memory. If possible recite it again and again.

You know I taught them a verse in the US in Proverbs 18:21 that says the tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit. And I got them to make a song out of it. I mean just say it, instead of saying nonsense out of your mouth, begin to make music out of it. That’s why I like Don Moen; he makes songs out of the Scripture. ‘Be it unto me according to Your Word,’ you see he takes lines out of the scripture and he makes songs out of it. ‘Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct, and He shall direct your path.’ He has this song, ‘He who began a good work in you …’ Now, what’s going on? He takes the scriptures and he puts them into songs; that’s amazing. So, instead of singing all these worldly songs, you begin to sing the Scriptures. So, that is an extra; you read it, you study it, you commit it to memory, you sing it, you recite it, you confess it again and again and again. What is going on is you’re letting the Word dwell richly in you; you are actually feeding on it.

Now, here’s the third way on how to let the Word of Christ dwell in you richly. So, here’s the third way – these three ways have been given to us at this season by the Holy Spirit. There are many ways, but these are the ways He has given to us. The third way is the Lord’s Table – Holy Communion. Jesus said, ‘this is My body.’ He took bread and He said what? ‘This is My body.’ What is the body of Jesus? When you look at the body of Jesus, what are you looking at? The Word, because it tells us the Word became flesh, meaning that the flesh of Jesus is the Word of God. So, every time I eat the flesh of Jesus, I’m eating the Word. Can you imagine that? That sounds crazy to you; I mean the look on your face … That’s a hard saying, because this isn’t what anybody is teaching anybody in the church.

‘In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. Through Him all things were made; without Him nothing made that has been made. In Him was the life and that life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it.’ John 1:1-5.

Ok. I like to pause there and jump to verse 14 that says, ‘And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us. We have beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.’ Who is he talking about? Jesus Christ; so, Jesus Christ is the Word that became flesh. Jesus is the Word that became flesh, and then that is why He says, ‘My flesh is real food …,’ That’s why He says, ‘I am the bread that came down from heaven. I am the bread of life that you eat it and you’re not going to die.’ Who is the ‘I am’ here? Jesus Christ; and who is Jesus Christ? The Word that became flesh; so, the flesh of Jesus is the Word of God, because the Word of God became flesh. And how do we eat His flesh and eat His blood? ‘On the night He was betrayed He took bread and after giving thanks He broke it and He said, “This is my body …” Come on somebody! How in the world do you interpret it? When I’m eating that bread, I’m literally chewing the Word; I’m literally feeding on the flesh of Jesus which is the Word of God. That is why the bible tells us something about the early church, ‘and they continued in the Apostles teaching, in the fellowship, in breaking of bread and in prayer.’ They continued in breaking of bread.

Do you know that when Jesus broke bread … on the road to Emmaus when He saw those two disciples and was walking with them, they didn’t know who He was; it was hidden from them. And He was walking with them and He did as if He wanted to move on and they invited Him to come and be with them, and then as He broke bread, as soon as He broke bread their eyes were opened and they recognized Him. The more you eat the body, the more you know the Word. As soon as they ate bread, they recognized Jesus, as soon as they ate bread, their eyes were opened and they saw Him. We’ve been talking about seeing Him face to face; we were singing it earlier, ‘to see You face to face.’ I can tell you for sure this that the more you eat the body of the Lord at the Lord’s Table, the more you see Him face to face. Think about it like this; think about someone who is deaf that he cannot hear the sermon of the shepherd. Because I gave you two ways; I said the first one is to listen to the one God sent to you, and I talk about this guy who’s deaf. So, he can’t hear your tape, he cannot listen to the sermon. The second thing I gave you is to read the Scripture, and I talk about this guy also who is blind; he cannot read the Scriptures. He can’t see it. And he can’t hear it. In His goodness, in His benevolence God thinks about everybody; so, He has given the deaf and the blind a way to eat the Word, and that is the bread. He said, ‘this is My body.’ You don’t need to know a verse of Scripture, you don’t need to know a single sermon, but if you believe that, ‘this is My body,’ and you eat it, guess what? You get the same benefits as someone who knows all the Scriptures in their mind. And that is why we must break bread. That is why we must break bread; Jesus said, ‘as often as you can, do this in remembrance of me.’

These are the three ways God has given to us. We have not yet started to break bread here; we will start it next week Tuesday. Every home church already has their set and they bake their own bread. They have a set at Sommer’s, they have a set at Sandy’s; now, we need to have a set for this place. Do we still have a set? Alright, we need to get the set ready, and we need to get the Table ready, and we need to get the bread and wine ready for next week because we need to start feeding on His flesh and drinking His blood.

So, let’s put it all together again. What is the Word of God to us this season? Let the Word of Christ dwell richly in us; feed on the Word of God. Why? Because the Word is able to build us up and give us a place among them that are sanctified. And how in the world do we feed on the Word? Number one – pay attention to the Apostles teaching. Number two – study the Scriptures. Number three – the Holy Communion, the Lord’s Table, to feed on His flesh and to drink His blood. And this is what the Holy Spirit wants us to be all about this season, and all kinds of things will begin to show up. You see, all we need to do is to mind His Word.

All we need to do is to what? Mind His word, stay at His feet, and do what He’s told us to do. Now, I’d like you to tell the Holy Spirit to create in you a hunger and an appetite for the Word. That’s what I’d like us to do right now. I’d like everybody to get into prayer, ‘create in me, give me a desire for Your Word.’ This is a very important prayer and we’re going to stay on it for a while. (Praying in tongues)

Feeding on His Flesh

This message was delivered by Rev. Wildfire on the 28th of June 2016 at the US Mission Centre Holy Communion Service.

This message was delivered by Rev. Wildfire on the 28th of June 2016 at the US Mission Centre Holy Communion Service.

 You know Jesus said that every time we do this, whenever we do this He said, ‘do it in remembrance of Him.’ And I was thinking what we are going to remember about Him today. It’s like I’m sure when I travel tomorrow, everybody is going to be remembering something about me. I don’t know what you’re going to be remembering; Brody may remember my accent – how I talk – he’s going to play it again and again in his mind. Sommer says she remembers how I walk out of my room to the dining table to eat; she’s going to playback that in her mind again and again. Rodney will remember, I think, my accent too; he’s been learning it, trying to speak it. Savannah I’m sure is going to remember how I preach and what happens when I preach and how people are blessed, how people are touched; I think that’s what she likes the most. Sandy will remember the things we talk about on the phone every day, and what I look like when I’m talking with her on the video.

So, everybody will have one particular thing that they remember about me when I travel. The same thing with everybody you know who’s no longer there; there are certain things you remember, and usually we remember what it is about the person that affects us the most, how that person impacts us the most. We also remember what we love the most about that person; we kind of play it. It’s kind of funny when people are not there we tend to remember the good things about them, not the bad things. The farther away someone is, the longer that person stays away from you, we tend to forget the cranky parts of the person, and we begin to miss them because we now remember how good it used to be. And I think the same thing happens to Jesus when He says, ‘remember me.’ I believe that when those disciples came together at the Lord’s Table, they remembered things about Jesus. Some might have remembered how He looked, how He spoke, some of His miracles that they enjoyed the most or how He walked. There are different kinds of things that people will remember about Jesus. What do you remember about Jesus? When you think about Jesus, what do you remember? Amen.

What do you remember the most about Jesus? It’s a question that the answer may vary from person to person. What do you remember? When I think about Jesus, what I remember the most, more than anything else, is how He healed me. I used to be very sick; I was born with five hereditary or genetic diseases that I got from birth – including acute asthma and all kinds of them. I think about it a lot, and I think about the fact that I’m no longer having any of those things in my body again. I’ve no longer had them since I was 17 when Jesus healed me; whenever I remember that I begin to choke in tears – tears of gratitude; but I also remember how He took my place on the cross of Calvary. I remember that because of what He did on the cross I am justified before God, I am acceptable before God, I am beloved before God. I remember that; I also remember stories and stories about Jesus when I read the bible. I remember how He fed the multitude with just five loaves and two fish; I remember one of the most beautiful miracles of Jesus that I love was how He opened the ears of a deaf man. A man that had been born deaf, he couldn’t hear and he couldn’t speak, and Jesus said to him, ‘Ephaphatha,’ which means, ‘hear,’ and the man began to hear. I remember Jairus daughter who was dead and Jesus walks into that room and Jesus says, ‘Tabitha Koumi. Little girl, I say to you arise,’ and the girl came to life.

I remember Jesus Christ walking on the water in the middle of the night; the sea was dark, it was stormy, the tempest was raging and the disciples thought He was a ghost, but He said to them, ‘fear not, it is I.’ Peter said, ‘if it is you, ask me to come.’ Jesus said, ‘come,’ and Peter steps out of the boat and begins to walk. I remember Jesus Christ as One who does not limit us; I remember Him as the God of possibilities, as the One who says to us, ‘anything is possible.’ Anything – all things are possible to him who believes. He is the Lord of all possibilities; I remember that. And we can go on and on and on. So, He said, ‘remember Me.’ So, let’s use today to remember what He did, the things He did, let’s remember the things He said, what He taught us, let’s use this opportunity to remember what His life signifies for us, what it means for us, what it has brought for us. When Jesus said, ‘whenever you do this, do it in remembrance of Me,’ He did not limit it to remembering His death. He said, ‘do this in remembrance of Me,’ let this remind you of Me, let this help you to think about Me. So, today we just think about Jesus.

Something happens when we think about Jesus; that’s what I’ve noticed. Whenever you spend time to think about Jesus by yourself, something happens to your heart, it touches your heart afresh; it stirs gratitude and adoration and honour and love in your heart for Jesus. It makes you want to commit more to Jesus, it makes you want to give all of yourself to Jesus; so, let’s remember Him today. Let’s remember Him as our Saviour, as our Substitute, as our Lord, as the Sacrifice from heaven that brought us redemption. Let’s remember Jesus. And in line with what we’ve been learning the past few days about the power of the Word of God, let us also remember that He is the Word of God. Remember the One riding on the horse and has something written on Him, His name is called the Word of God.

So, let’s go to the book of John chapter 1 verse 1. John chapter 1 – I’m going to start reading from verse 1 – it says there, ‘In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.’ I’m sure you’ve read that today right? We all started the book of John yesterday or today right? ‘In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God; (verse 3) through Him all things were made. Without Him nothing was made that had been made. In Him was life and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness and the darkness has not overcome it.’

Now, if you go to verse 14 it says, ‘The Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us. We have seen His glory, the glory of the One and only Son who came through the Father, full of grace and truth.’

That Word that was in the beginning – because I want us to piece it all together – in the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. Who is the Word? Jesus Christ; so, you can say it this way, ‘in the beginning was Jesus Christ and Jesus Christ was with God, and Jesus Christ was God. (Verse 2) Jesus Christ was with God in the beginning. (Verse 3) Through Jesus Christ all things were made; without Jesus Christ nothing was made that had been made. In Jesus Christ was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness and the darkness has not overcome it.’

If Jesus Christ is the Word of God – come on now, I’m going to say something really tough, something really serious. Anybody got some deep mind here? We got some deep thinkers here? Deep, deep, deep, minds … Do you believe that Jesus Christ is the Word of God? Do you all believe that? All of you? It’s clear; the bible tells us that Jesus Christ is the Word of God. If Jesus Christ is the Word of God, it means that every time I am meditating on the Word of God, I’m having interaction with Jesus Christ. If He is the Word of God, then every time I am studying the Word, every time I am meditating on the Word of God, I am actually having fellowship with Jesus. Is that simple enough? Does that make any sense? You see it wasn’t as hard as I said; you didn’t have to think too deep. Did you have to think too deep for that?

I want us to ponder on that because that’s the crux of the matter; ‘in the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.’ And we know that scripture is actually talking about Jesus, because in verse 14 it says, ‘and the Word became flesh and dwelt among men.’ The Word of God that was with God in the beginning became flesh in time and space in the person of Jesus Christ. So, Jesus Christ is the Word of God that became flesh – that’s powerful. Let me give you a little bonus information. When God created Adam in Genesis chapter 2 verse 7, the bible tells us that God took mud and molded it into a man, breathed into it and the man became a living soul. That’s how Adam was created. We know that right? We didn’t evolve from some ape or some monkey; God created man in His own image. Sometime brother, you’re going to go to college and some crazy white-haired professor is going to stand in front of a board and tell you that human beings evolved from some ape or some monkey, or some alligator. Now, when you hear that, know that is absolute nonsense from the devil; the truth is that God said, ‘let us make man in our own image.’ And in Genesis chapter 2 verse 7 it tells us that God then took mud and formed the man out of the dust of the earth, and the man became a living being. So, where did your flesh come from? Dirt – you got that. The mud – from dust it came, from dust it will return. Whether it is black or white or blue or yellow, it all makes no difference; it all came from the mud – dust. So, through the power of God that is inexplicable to man, beyond human comprehension, God took mud and the mud became flesh right? The mud became flesh, because your flesh came from the mud – dirt.

Once upon a time your flesh was dirt; God took dirt and made it into flesh that we have today. That’s why it can decay and go back to dirt. But when He came to Jesus Christ, the flesh of Jesus Christ did not come from the dirt, it didn’t come from the dust, His flesh came from the Word. In Adam, the dirt, the mud, the dust became flesh – are you getting it? I want you to see that distinction; in Adam the mud or dirt became flesh – Genesis 2:11 – in Jesus it was different; the Word became flesh. That is why Adam is called the man from the earth; Jesus is called the man from heaven, which is why His body could not decay. You know the flesh of Jesus could not decay? It’s impossible; it had to go back to where He came from. His flesh came from the Word; your physical flesh came from the dirt, and that’s why when people die their flesh goes back to dirt. Jesus’ flesh went back to the Word. Do you understand what I mean? Do you understand what I just said? It’s a little bonus to get your head pumping. Praise God. If you think you understood what I just said – this bonus – wave your hand. Ok. If you didn’t understand it, you can ask me a question, but there’s a reason I’m going there. It tells us something about Jesus, the uniqueness of who He was; Jesus Christ is the Word of God that became flesh.

In that verse 14 it says the Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us. So, don’t forget what I just said earlier on; if Jesus Christ is the Word of God, then the Word of God is Jesus Christ. And if Jesus Christ is the Word of God, and the Word of God is Jesus Christ, then every time I’m reading the Word of God, every time I’m studying the Word of God, every time I’m meditating on the Word of God, I am having fellowship with Jesus, I am communing with Jesus because He is the Word. In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. You can never separate God from His Word because they’re one and the same. So, every time you’re meditating on the Word of God, every time you’re pondering on the Word of God, you’re practically fellowshipping, having communion, interaction; you’re mingling with God. That’s what it means, but the Word of God has also been described to us as food. I’ll show it to you. Keep all these things in mind as we go forward.

Matthew chapter 4 – I’ll just be reading these things because I’ll need to stop and emphasize here and there. In Matthew chapter 4 verse 1; ‘Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil, after fasting forty days and forty nights, He was hungry. The tempter came to Him and said, “if you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.”’ Jesus was hungry, and after forty days and forty nights, no food, and the devil tells Him, ‘you’re hungry, you need bread.’ And he tells Him, ‘if you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.’ Now, this is what Jesus responded, ‘Jesus answered, “It is written, man shall not live by bread alone, but on every Word that comes from the mouth of God.”’ Practically saying that the Word of God is food; it’s clear. I mean, a two year old will get that from this verse; Jesus is practically saying here that the Word of God is food. Now, that means that whenever I am meditating on the Word of God, I’m eating food. I’m eating food. Jesus says man shall not live by bread alone; it takes more than bread to survive. A lot of people are good with feeding their earthly flesh with hot dog, with pizza, with steak, with sushi and all kinds of stuff, but that is food for the physical body. What about the spiritual body? What about your soul?

We know in the natural world that if you don’t feed your physical body, if you don’t eat you’re going to starve, and you’re going to die. The same thing applies to your spirit, to your soul; in order to be strong in your heart, in your spirit, in your soul, in your mind, you need to eat on soul food, you need to feed on Spirit food. And spirit food is the word of God. That is why Paul wrote to those people – we read it yesterday – ‘I commit you to God and to the Word of His grace that is able to build you up and give you a place among those that are sanctified.’ So, the Word of God is food; Jesus Christ is the Word of God. And the Word of God is food; so Jesus Christ food. If Jesus Christ is the Word of God, and the Word of God is Jesus Christ, then Jesus Christ is food; and that means whenever I am studying the Word and meditating on the Word, I’m eating food. And it’s going to show, because when that old devil comes around me trying to mess up with me, he’s going to know I’ve been eating, I’ve been feeding on something. Have you been feeding on the Word? Anybody here been feeding on the Word? Because if you’ve been feeding on the Word, we would know, we can tell.

When you see a person that’s been feeding on the Word, they make the right decisions. When you see a person that’s been feeding on the Word, they enjoy peace. When you see a person that’s been feeding on the Word, they have joy, they walk in victory, they don’t walk in defeat. Whenever I look at a Christian who’s not stable emotionally, I’m looking at a person who’s not been feeding on the Word. Whenever I see a Christian who’s not stable in their walk with God, (today they’re up, tomorrow they’re down) they’ve not been feeding on the Word. Because when you begin to feed on the Word of God – and by feeding on the Word of God, it’s reading the Word of God and studying the Word of God, pondering it, meditating it … When you’re feeding constantly on the Word of God, you’re going to find stability in your thinking, in your emotions, in your heart, you’re going to walk in joy, in peace, you’re going to be strong in your spirit, you’re going to make the right choices in life, the right decisions. Your life is going to begin to reflect it. Just like someone who’s feeding well; if you see someone who’s feeding well, it shows in their body right? If you see somebody who’s not been feeding well, like what you see in most third world countries, you see little kids that have not been feeding who have diseases, like what we call kwashiorkor, all kinds of diseases and you see their eyes are bulky and they’re looking all emaciated because they’ve not been eating well. It’s the same when we fail to feed on the Word of God, we become easy targets for the devil, and he can knock us down.

So, the Word of God is food. Come on say, ‘the Word of God is food.’ Here’s another interesting thing – and you’re going to like this. We read in the book of John chapter 1 verse 14 earlier on where it says, ‘and the Word of God became flesh …’ right? Can you remember what Jesus said about the bread? He said, ‘this is my body.’ Are you putting it together? Because I want you to make the connection; the body of Jesus is the Word of God; the Word of God became flesh. The Word was made flesh. In John chapter 1 verse 14, it tells us that the Word of God that was there in the beginning, the Word of God that was with God, the Word of God that was God became flesh and dwelt among men, and then it tells us that this is His body. You know what that says to me? That when I pick this up – anybody here? Can anybody complete that sentence for me? When I pick this up … (the bread of the Communion), and that’s what? The flesh, which is what? The Word of God; it’s a mystery.

It’s a mystery. Mysteries are sometimes too deep you don’t even understand what is being said. When you take this, you’re taking the Word of God into you. When Jesus spoke to satan in the temptation – remember the devil came and said to Him, ‘if you are the son of God tell the stones to become bread.’ He said to them, ‘man shall not live on bread alone, but on every Word that comes from the mouth of God,’ He actually was foreshadowing the Lord’s Table. He was talking about a different kind of bread. Isn’t it amazing? He said, ‘every Word that proceeds out of the mouth of God …,’ what is the Word that proceeds out of the mouth of God? Jesus – in the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. Remember it says, ‘through Him all things were made,’ in John chapter 1 verse 2. And yesterday we noticed that everything God made, He made through the Word, ‘let there be light. Let there be a firmament between the waters,’ and there was a firmament. And God said, and it was so. And God said, and it was so. So, everything God made, He made through the Word.

The world was made through the words that came out of the mouth of God. If Jesus says that man shall not live on bread alone but on every that comes out from the mouth of God, and this Word through whom God created the universe and shaped the earth, became flesh through the ministry of the Immaculate Conception. The virgin who had not known any man conceived, the Word of God became flesh in the womb of Mary through the power of the Holy Spirit, and Jesus Christ was born. So, when you meet Jesus, you meet the Word that became flesh, and right before He went back to heaven He gave us the Holy Communion, and He says, ‘my flesh is real food, and my blood is real drink.’ In John chapter 6 He says, ‘anyone who eats the flesh of the Son of man and drinks His blood will never die.’ This is real food. I actually didn’t make that up – John chapter 6.

I want us to go to John chapter 6. John’s Gospel chapter 6 verse 35. Again, I’m going to read it for us. In verse 35 it says, ‘Then Jesus declared, “I am the Bread of Life, whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.”’ Glory be to God. Now, look at verse 53; it gets a little bit exciting there, ‘Jesus said to them, “very truly I tell you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of man and drink His blood, you have no life in you.”’ Look up here, ‘unless you eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink His blood, you have no life in you.’ I guess they all freaked out, ‘what is he talking about?! Does he mean we’re going to eat him up and then drink his blood? How can that be?’ They had no clue what He was talking about, but now we know better because we’re going to drink His blood this evening and we’re going to eat His flesh. Glory be to God! If this is being a cannibal, I want to be a cannibal. Glory be to God! Jesus cannibal – I want to be a Jesus eater. Come on say, ‘I’m a Jesus eater.’ Say, ‘I’m a Jesus eater,’ because we feed on His flesh.

In verse 54 He says, ‘whoever eats My flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day. For My flesh is real food, and My blood is real drink.’ Simple enough for me; ‘whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me and I in me.’ Go ahead and have yourself a hamburger, but I’m feeding on Jesus. Go get yourself some jambalaya, but I’m feeding on Jesus while you’re feeding on some jumbo and gumbo, and whatever else you have in Louisiana. I’ll be feeding on Jesus, because those who feed on natural food are going to die and turn to dust, but Jesus says, ‘anybody that eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me and I in him, and I’m going to raise him up on the last day.’ Verse 57 says, ‘Just as the living Father sent me and I live because of the Father, so the one who feeds on Me will live because of Me.’ The one who feeds …, ask your neighbor, ‘what are you feeding on? Steak, fish, potato, crawfish, sushi? What are you feeding on? Jesus, Jesus, Jesus – any Jesus feeder here? Anyone who feeds on Jesus in the house? Say it again, ‘I’m a Jesus eater.’ I’m a Jesus eater. One more time – I’m a Jesus eater. That’s what we’re doing here. So, what I’m trying to tell us here is that this is the Word of God.

It’s simple; if the Word is Jesus, and the Word became flesh, and then Jesus tells us to eat His flesh, and He gives us this as His flesh, then every time you are taking the bread, understand that you are eating the flesh of Jesus. A lot of churches don’t understand this. There’s something they have in the Roman Catholic Church they call transubstantiation, and I’ve seen preachers and men of God attack that and I say, ‘are you kidding me?’ Those people understand it – the mystery of transubstantiation. Somebody say, ‘trans’, when you talk about ‘transport’ it means from one port to another; when you talk about ‘translate,’ it means from one language to another. When you talk about ‘transubstantiate’ it means from one substance to another; that something that was bread is now the flesh of Jesus. If that is not transubstantiation then I don’t know what the word means; because Jesus took bread and He said, ‘this is my bread that Peter bought in the market …’ Is that what Jesus said? He said instead, ‘this is my body …’ He was holding bread, but He didn’t say, ‘this is bread,’ He transubstantiated it. Did you get that? It’s like transform; this is why I tell pastors when I go to churches and I see all this tiny little things they do in the name of Communion, I say, ‘listen, we’ve got to do this right.’

We’ve got to do this right; everything about God, we’ve got to do it right. He took bread, one loaf – one bread. We all know what the Jewish bread look like – flat, round like pancake bread. He took it and He broke it and He said, ‘this is my body,’ so when we take the bread in obedience to Him and we break it and we confirm by our words and say, ‘this is His body,’ at that moment it becomes His body. And what I’m eating is no longer the bread you baked in your kitchen, what I’m eating is the flesh of Jesus Christ Himself. That’s what I’m eating; and I’m eating real food – food for my soul. The same food He said to the devil, ‘man shall not live by bread alone, but by every Word that comes out of the mouth of God,’ that’s what I’m eating; and when I’m eating that, Jesus said He will remain in me and I will remain in Him. When I’m eating that, He says when I die physically He’s going to raise me up on the last day. When I’m eating this, it means it’s making me immortal. Are you listening to me? When you’re feeding – I want to tell you something you can verify more in your own life – the more you eat the Communion with understanding, with knowledge, the less sick you get, the healthier you become; because this is real food, but this is the foodof heaven. He said, ‘I am the bread that came down from heaven.’

When you’re eating this, you’re eating the food that they eat in heaven; that’s what is happening. He said man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes out of the mouth of God. And He said, ‘I am the Bread of life that came down from heaven.’ That’s what He told the people. So, when I’m eating this, I’m eating the bread of heaven – the same food that they eat in heaven. And that makes me more like people in heaven than people here; that means when the viruses are floating around in the air, it’s not going to affect me because I’m not feeding on the same stuff that everyone else is feeding on. But what matters is that we’re feeding with understanding; if you take this and you think, ‘well, this is just bread,’ it’s just going to be bread for you. It’s going to be bread, but when you take it and say, ‘this is the flesh of Jesus, I am eating His flesh,’ it’s going to taste different in your mouth. Glory be to God. Anybody ready to eat some flesh this evening? Hallelujah. I’m ready to eat some flesh; not your flesh, I’m ready to eat the flesh of Jesus. Do you know when He said this, a lot of His disciples turned away and ran away from Him; they said, ‘this is a hard saying. It’s a hard teaching. How can we eat His flesh and drink His blood? This man is raving mad.’ And they all left. The same till today; people still wonder, ‘how can we eat His flesh?’

I’m eating His flesh. When you eat His flesh, His nature, His blood, His DNA, His gene is transferred to you. This is blood transfusion. You’re going to get a blood transfusion this evening – the blood of Jesus. You know the gene, the chromosomes that you inherited from your earthly parents, it’s all messed up. Cranky genes and cranky chromosomes, horrible genes and all kinds of stuff all wired into our blood system, but when we take this which is the perfect blood of God, when you take it into your system, it cleanses you of that old Adamic blood, overwrites it with new genetic configurations, new chromosomes. Glory be to God! Anybody ready to drink some blood? Hallelujah. I want you to have this in your heart. Jesus has given us the bread of heaven, and this is one way we can allow the Word of Christ dwell in us richly. You see where I was going with this teaching? Where I was going with this teaching is this; that this is as much of God’s Word as reading your bible. Do you understand? If the flesh of Jesus came from God, if Jesus is the Word that became flesh, and then He gave us this as His flesh to eat, then every time I’m eating this, I am eating the Word of God.

Every time I do it right (remember you have to do it right) in remembrance of Him, you get the same effect as when you study the Word. Heavy stuff right there – really heavy stuff for you to think about. Every time you feed on this – I don’t have the time to get into the scriptures, but Jesus said, ‘if you abide in Me and My words abide in you, you can ask whatever you want and it will be given to you.’ How we abide in Jesus is by letting His Word abide in us, and abiding in His Word. And He says when you eat His flesh and drink His blood, you remain in Him. If you don’t want to backslide and fall away from Jesus, here’s the secret. Don’t take my word for it; look at verse 56. Read verse 56 of John chapter 6. I’d like somebody else to read it, so you don’t think I’m trying to scam you out of something. Are you alright? Ok. ‘My flesh is true food and my blood is true drink. Whoever feeds on my flesh and drinks my blood abides in me and I in him.’ Did you see that? That’s one of the effects, that’s one of the results of feeding on His flesh and drinking His blood is that we abide in Him. How many of you want to abide in Jesus? You don’t want to fall out; you don’t want to fall out of Him, you want to remain in Him regardless of the temptations and the struggles and the challenges of life right? He says the one that eats My flesh and drinks My blood abides in Me; there’s power in this.

This is a mystery. This is deeper than just bread and wine on the table. He infused everything about Himself into this, and that’s the only thing He told us to remember. ‘Do it in remembrance of Me,’ because whenever you do it in remembrance of Him, you trigger and activate all of His blessings on your life – all of them. And with that knowledge I’d like us to rise on our feet in honor of Jesus as we open the second song. Before we eat the bread, we’re going to listen to this second song and sing along to it if you can. It says, ‘as we eat this bread and as we drink this cup, we honor You, we remember all that You’ve done for us.’

He Just Died Again

This message was delivered by Rev. Wildfire on the 22nd of June 2016 at US Missions Centre Communion Service.

This message was delivered by Rev. Wildfire on the 22nd of June 2016 at US Missions Centre Communion Service.

Today I want us to take a look at the death of Jesus. Every time we come to the Lord’s Table we remember the death of Jesus. So, let’s take a closer look, a deeper look this evening into the death of Jesus. What was accomplished by His death? What really happened through His death? First of all, we’re going to look at Hebrews chapter 2. The book of Hebrews chapter 2, we would read verses 14 & 15; ‘Since the children have flesh and blood, He too shared in their humanity so that by His death He might destroy Him who holds the power of death – that is, the devil – and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death.’ He is talking to us about the death of Jesus. Now, without going into much detail of the entire context of those verses, I want to pick out a few things. It tells us that Jesus Christ shared in our humanity.

This verse is talking about Jesus Christ; He shared, He became human like us. He became human like us. The reason Jesus became human was so that He could die. God cannot die. It is impossible for God to die. And so, in other to die He had to become human; He had to put on human nature so He could experience death like human beings. But why was it necessary for Him to die? And what did He achieve through His death? It tell us right there that by His death He might break the power of him who holds the power of death – that is, the devil. So, Jesus Christ died in order to break the power of the one that holds the power of death – that is, the devil. I’m very much interested in the fact that it did not just tell us that Jesus broke the power of the devil; it tells us that the devil up until that time held the power of death. The devil held the power of death; he was the prince of death and he controlled people through their fear of death.

People are afraid of dying; they’re scared of death, and because people are afraid of death, the one who held the power of death – that is, the devil – used this fear to control them, but when Jesus came, in order to defeat the devil, in order to break his power over us, in order to break his grip over us, over mankind, Jesus Christ had to die. It is through His death that He broke the power of the one that held the power of death; and that is the devil. So, today I’d like you to know that the power of the devil is broken; the power of satan is broken. And here’s the interesting fact, the devil no longer has the power of death; that’s a revelation that many Christians – I can say 99% of Christians still believe that satan is the one that has the power of death. No. It is no longer the devil, because Jesus Christ has broken the power of him who holds the power of death. Jesus Christ has broken his power.

So, today who holds the power of death? Jesus Christ is now the One that holds the power of death. When He rose from the dead He said that. Let’s go to where He said that in Matthew chapter 28. Matthew chapter 28 – this was just right about the time Jesus Christ ascended to heaven. Matthew chapter 28 verse 18. Ok. Read it brother. ‘Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to Me”.’ ‘All authority …’Glory be to God! This is how some people read it in some versions, it says, ‘all power in heaven and on earth has been given to me.’ So, you either call it power or authority. Now, here’s how some people read it; ‘Jesus came to them and said, ‘some power in heaven and on earth has been given to me. The power to heal has been given to me, but the power of death is still in the hands of the devil.’ No. Jesus did not say that; Jesus said, ‘all power …’ How many? All – ‘all’ means 100%.

So, which power then does the devil have? Zero – he’s a con artist; he comes to claim that he’s still got some. He’s a magician; it’s a magic show, but the reality is behind the scenes. He’s a pathetic wimp that has no power, because Jesus stripped him of all power – all of it. He’s a whispering liar and he comes to us and claims, because he’s a liar. Do you know the devil is a liar? The bible says to us that lying is his native language; he can’t help himself. When he opens his mouth he starts lying; so, nothing he says should be believed. So, he comes and he claims, ‘I have power.’ Like we were watching some magic shows a few days ago on how they make people to levitate. They take a lady, put her on the stage, and the magician will do his thing, wave his hands in the air and the lady will just begin to float in the air, and everybody will just go, ‘wow!’ But then, they were showing us the trick. How they play the trick was a lifting thing, a crane behind the stage, a fork lifter they attached to something and hid it with some clothes and it was hidden behind the curtain, and it was lifting the girl but the people in the audience couldn’t see the thing. So, to the people in the audience, the girl was just floating in mid air – magic show. When you watch how they do it, we felt it was ridiculous. Why do people do things like this? I mean it felt so stupid, because you see them crouching behind the box, you see them sneaking behind the box just to convey a picture that they disappeared, or that they vanished, or the magician turned into a tiger – just silly tricks. And they went through all kinds of efforts. You need to see the machinery, the gadgets, the equipment, the cast, the effort they put into projecting a false illusion so that people will think that what was happening was actually happening. That’s the way the devil does it.

The devil goes to a lot of great length through his lies and trick and wiles and devises to project a picture of power which he ain’t got. He ain’t got no power, but he’s got all these tricks, all these devises he puts together to project a false appearance of a guy who has power. But we know the truth of the matter is that God sent His Son Jesus Christ to come in the form of humanity and die on the cross, so that through His death on the cross He would break the power of the one who held the power of death – that is, the devil – and free us from his grip. And Jesus has done that. You know how we know He’s done that? When He was in the world He said, ‘destroy this temple and after three days I’ll raise it up again.’ The Jews thought He was referring to the temple that Solomon built, but what He was talking about was His body. He was saying, ‘if you kill Me, I will get up again in three days.’

He kept saying it, and then they got Him and they killed Him on the cross, and when they killed Him the Pharisees and the Sadducees and all those priests remembered that while He was alive He said that if you were to kill Him, He would get up after three days. They said, ‘we don’t believe that’s ever going to happen, but we know His disciples might pull a scam and steal His body and then claim that He has resurrected.’ So, they went to Pilate and told Pilate to put some stone across the grave and get some soldiers to watch it. They sealed the grave with stone and got some soldiers, everything to stop Jesus from coming up; but that was the least of His problems. Amen. That was the least of His problem, because the real problem was the devil down there, the one that had the power of death. He could care less about a bunch of ropes, a bunch of human soldiers and stones, but they had no idea what they were dealing with. They had no idea they were dealing with the Son of God, they had no idea they were dealing with the Master of the universe, the Lord of lords. They had no idea. They were completely mesmerized.

But Jesus Christ, the bible said that He went to hell. He went down to hell, to the seat of the devil’s throne; that was where He went to, and that was where He defeated the devil, that was where He broke his power, that was where He spoilt principalities and powers and triumphed over them by His death. And He stripped them of their armour, He stripped them of whatever powers that they had and whatever pretenses they had to power. He stripped them bare; took all the powers from the devil and walked right back into life, and none of the stones and the ropes and the soldiers could stop Him. On the third day according to scriptures, Jesus rose from the dead, demonstrating forever His superiority and dominance over death, that death could not hold Him captive. Even in the grave Jesus is Lord; He is Lord in heaven, He is Lord on earth, He is Lord in the grave, He is Lord. He demonstrated it for all creation for all time to see, and He rose again. And He appeared to His disciples and said, ‘all power in heaven and on earth has been given to me.’ And then He said, ‘go into the world and preach the Gospel.’ You know what He’s saying? ‘Nobody can stop you, because I got all the power. Now, go!’ Glory be to God.

So, Jesus has all the power now. Do you believe it? Sister, do you believe it? Brother? I mean, I’m telling you, you don’t have to be scared anymore of little toads and frogs hanging on the door anymore, and alligators in the river when you go to baptize. Amen. You don’t have to be afraid. Glory be to God. Now, let’s see again Jesus’ appearance to John in the book of Revelation. I just want to emphasize the fact again that satan does not have the power anymore – Revelation chapter 1. Glory be to God! I just feel the power of God. Revelation is the last book of the bible; the 66th book of the bible, and we can’t read all of it now. We won’t read the entire story; we will just go to the part that I want to talk about. But what happened here was that John – according to church history – one of the disciples of Jesus during the persecution of the church by the Roman Empire, they had caught John and tried to kill him. They had even put him in a cauldron of oil, like a big drum of oil, boiling hot, and they threw him in there to boil him and cook him because he refused to denounce Jesus Christ; they were going to kill him and he said, ‘I would rather boil like meat than denounce my Saviour.’ That’s the kind of Christianity that Jesus is restoring today.

I was telling someone, ‘look at the disciples of Jesus, look at those Christians back in the day, they were ready to be boiled like meat for Jesus.’ Today’s Christians can’t even get off their couch for Jesus. What a shame. But they tried to boil John, and after several hours of boiling him, they opened the drum and he was still alive staring at them. The guy refused to die, and what they did was they decided to banish him to an Island, to a place called the Island of Patmos. And it was there that on the Lord’s Day he was in the Spirit and he was praying and Jesus Christ appeared to him, and that is the story we have here. I want somebody to read for us from verse 17 to verse 18. ‘When I saw Him, I fell at His feet as though dead, then He placed His right hand on me and said, “Do not be afraid, I am the First and the Last. I am the Living One; I was dead and behold I am alive forever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and Hades”.’  Do you see that? Jesus was talking to John, and what an introduction! I kind of like the way He introduced Himself, ‘I am the First and the Last,’ come on now somebody! Wooh! That’s the One that we serve!

You know it’s just so ridiculous that you look at the Muslims and somebody – some statistics, some data that I don’t believe – said that Islam is practically the fastest growing religion today; they’re sweeping the world, across Europe, America, Australia, all over the world. And I said, ‘no wonder, because these are people who are so devoted to their beliefs and so devoted to their god that they’re willing to strap a bomb to their chest and blow themselves to pieces just for what they believe.’ And can I tell you something? Any religion that has devotees willing to die for what they believe will take over the world; that’s the truth. The reason the saints took over the world in the first century after the Apostles was because that was a generation of believers that were ready not just to suffer for Jesus, but to die for Him. They were ready to die for Him; some of them like Bartholomew were skinned alive stripe by stripe because they refused to denounce Jesus. Peter was crucified on a cross upside down. Some of them were stuck on a pole through their genitals and lifted up in the sky (Nathaniel, or Timothy. I can’t remember the one). This was how they all died rather than deny or denounce Jesus, and that was how they changed the world, and that was how they transformed the culture of the world.

The world we live in today, the society we live in today, across the world, the entire planet came as a result of the transformative power of the Gospel that was preached by the first century saints, but look at us today. Look at Christianity today; it’s so weak, it’s so compromising, it’s so lazy, it’s so into convenience – what is convenient for us. Because whenever we come to the Lord’s Table, this is blood here, this is somebody dying on the cross – a very painful death. This was not convenient, this wasn’t some kind of bread and butter, chocolate kind of Christianity; this was a man that gave His life for us, and others gave their lives for Him. This is our Jesus, but today, how many of us can die for Him? How many of us can suffer inconvenience for Jesus? How many Christians? And that’s the challenge of the death of Jesus to us; that is, He died for me, will I be willing to die for Him? Will I be willing to endure pain for Him? Will I be willing to go through denials for Him? Will I be willing?

Muslims are willing to die. Some die in the sky; they put bombs on themselves and they blow themselves to pieces. That’s why they’re taking over the world, but they’re serving the devil, they’re serving a false god, and yet we’re serving the King of kings, the First and the Last. They serve a god that never died for them. When I read the story of their god and all the other religions of the world, I don’t see any religious leader or founder of any other religion that died for his followers. Most of them practically exploited their followers, and enriched themselves at the expense of their followers; but our own God, our own Saviour took the bullet for us, He became a substitute for us. He went to the cross and died not just a painful death, but a disgraceful death for us. And He introduces Himself after His victory – glory be to God – after His resurrection, after His glorification He shows up on the Island of Patmos to see His beloved disciple John, and He introduces Himself. He says, ‘I am the First and the Last.’ Glory be to God!

We serve the First and the Last; that means He was there in the beginning, and long after everybody has come and gone, He’ll still be there. That’s what it means to be the First and the Last; kingdoms will come and go, empires will rise and fall, presidents will come and go, world powers and super powers will come and go but Jesus Christ the Son of God will forever remain the King of kings and the Lord of lords. 2000 years have come and gone and no other Name has ever come close to doing what the Name of Jesus has done through the ages, showing us that this is the Son of God, and this is the Lord of lords and the King of kings. He says, ‘I am the First and I am the Last, I am the Living One, I was dead …’ Wooh! His death was not a fluke. ‘I was dead, and now look I am alive forever and ever.’ And now He says, ‘and I hold the keys of death.’ Come on now, who’s got those keys? Jesus, ‘I’ve got the keys of death and Hades.’ It’s about time you changed your thinking about who’s got those keys. Are you getting what I’m saying? It’s about time we changed our thinking about who’s got those keys.

For some reasons beyond me, the general thinking is that the devil still got the keys of death, but that’s not true. That’s not scriptural; there’s nothing in the bible in the New Testament after the resurrection of Jesus that agrees with satan being in possession of anything at all. The only thing he possesses is shame, disgrace, and defeat; that’s what he’s got. He was defeated, he was disgraced, he was shamed by Jesus – mesmerized, confused. Jesus ran rings around him and he didn’t even know what was going on. He’s got no power; he has nothing except a bunch of silly tricks like the magicians in Las Vegas. That’s all he has – a bunch of tricks, wiles, devices, silly pony tricks. That’s all he uses with his lies and tricks to confuse and deceive people, and he deceives them because they don’t study the bible and they don’t listen to God; that’s why he deceives them.

And a lot of people think the devil has the keys of death. No, he doesn’t. I know who has them; His name is not the devil; His name is Jesus. That’s the One that’s got those keys; that’s what I read in my bible. And you know how He’s got it? The bible says He got it through His death; that’s what we read in Hebrews 2. It says since the children have flesh and blood, He Himself shared in their humanity so that by His death He might destroy him that holds the power of death – that is, the devil. That’s what happened, and that’s why Jesus died. Glory be to God. Glory! Glory! Glory! That’s the power of His death, ‘that through His death …’ somebody say, ‘through His death …’ Say, ‘through His death,’ I’m not hearing you. That’s what happened; through His death He destroyed the devil; He destroyed him that has the power of death. That is why you and I will not die anymore; death has no power over us anymore. Hello? You think I’m crazy when I say that? Jesus says that the one that believes in Him will not die anymore; you have passed from death into life because of His death. It’s true.

Now, what has it got to do with the Lord’s Table? This is where it gets really, really interesting. Let’s go to the book of 1st Corinthians chapter 11. It gets even better. Remember what happened when He died, what His death accomplished. 1st Corinthians chapter 11 from verse 23 to 26; ‘For I received from the Lord what I also passed onto you; the Lord Jesus on the night He was betrayed took bread and gave thanks, and when He had broke it said, “this is my body which is for you, do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way after supper, He took the cup saying, “this cup is the new covenant in my blood, do this when you drink it in remembrance of me.” So, whenever we eat this bread and drink this cup, we proclaim the Lord’s death until He comes.’

Ok. That last verse is awesome, ‘for whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death.’ Now, I’m sure you’re wondering what that means. The word ‘proclaim’ there means to manifest, ‘to manifest, to bring into reality His death.’ This is what He’s saying, ‘every time you eat this, I die again.’ Did you get that? ‘Every time you eat this, I die again,’ and why does that matter? When you think about what happened when He died the first time, it says by His death He destroyed the one that holds the power of death and freed all His children who have been held captive by their fear of death. This is what happened when Jesus died; He destroyed the one that held the power of death, and He says, ‘every time you eat this bread, (get ready satan) every time you eat this bread I die again.’ Amen!

I mean this is like flogging a dead horse; the devil is already messed up, defeated but Jesus says keep on beating him. It’s like this guy is already down, he’s empty, he’s gone but Jesus said, ‘every time you do this, you proclaim my death,’ you manifest my death, you re-enact my death, you evoke my death, it happens afresh, all over again. So, I’d like somebody to say, ‘get ready satan, it’s about to happen again.’ Tell him, ‘get ready satan, you’re about to taste it again.’ That’s awesome, isn’t it? It’s amazing.

So, as we eat the bread and drink the cup, it’s going to rain destruction on the devil all over again. So, every time I put that bread in my mouth and clip my upper and lower teeth around it and I chew on it, the devil is really messed up. And the time I take that cup and pour it down my throat, that devil is in trouble. I don’t need to say a word because Jesus said every time you eat the bread and drink the cup – I’m sure you’re eager to eat it now to get the ball rolling. Wooh! I’m sure you’re eager to chew at it to get that ball rolling. Every time we eat it – as we put the cup in our mouth and we drink it, something happens. Jesus says, ‘you manifest my death again.’ Whatever it was that happened on Calvary 2000 years ago, whenever we eat this and we drink it, it happens all over again. Whatever happened in hell when He hit that place, because I’m sure when He hit that place downtown it was like a hurricane – all the demons, all the devils, it was hell in hell. I mean they’ve been in hell, but they had no idea what real hell is.

Real hell in hell for the inhabitants of hell happens – especially for the devils and the demons – when the Maker of hell shows up. Do you know Jesus is the Maker of hell? He created all things, and by the way His name is this – Consuming Fire. That’s His name. For our God is a Consuming Fire; that’s what we read in the last verse of Hebrews 13, ‘for our God is a Consuming Fire,’ so when the Consuming Fire shows up in hell, the inhabitants of hell get a real taste of hell. And they’re going to get a taste of hell this evening; the demons in hell, the forces of hell, just in case any of them are still hiding in your bones, any of them are still hiding in your throat, any of them are still hiding in your mind or in your stomach or in your chest or in your finances or in your pocket book, or in your mail box, wherever they’re still sneaking and floating around, as we eat it, as we chew it, as we drink it, something is going to happen.

Something is going to happen; that’s what Jesus said that they’re going to experience it again. And it’s important that we pay attention so that we do it the right way. It says on the night He was betrayed, when he had given thanks He took bread and He broke it. The breaking of it is important. Are you listening? The bible actually refers to it, (as we’re going to continue to learn), as the breaking of bread. The bible says that the early disciples devoted themselves to the Apostles doctrine, to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Breaking of bread – the bible says that they broke bread together. The breaking of it is important, it’s as important as the eating because the breaking signifies death. Do you understand? The breaking signifies death; that is why we don’t do wafers, because there is no wafering in the bible. It wasn’t a bunch of wafers. No. It was the breaking of bread, ‘He took bread and He broke it.’ Hallelujah! ‘He broke it,’ symbolizing His death on the cross. He broke the bread. We have to break the bread, and when we break it we symbolize His death, and then He took the bread and He said, ‘this is my body.’ Very important, He didn’t say, ‘this is the bread,’ He said, ‘this is my body, do this in remembrance of me.’ And then He looks at the cup and says, ‘this is my blood …’ You must see Christ in the bread, you must see Christ in the cup.

As we pray tonight, as we gather together in faith, in obedience to His word, in remembrance of Him and we break bread, this is His body and this is His blood. At this moment it ceases to be bread, it becomes His body, it becomes His blood and we proclaim His death together. And this is actually the only thing He tells us to do in remembrance of Him; He didn’t tell us to celebrate anything else about Him. This is the only thing He tells us to celebrate about Him, so it matters a lot. So, as we break bread this evening, let us do it in remembrance of Him, in remembrance of Jesus Christ, in remembrance of who He is, in remembrance of what He did for us. And He promised us, and I want us to think about that promise this evening. Think seriously about that promise; wherever the devil has projected his tricks in your life – because all acts of satan in our lives are deceptive lies, they’re not truth – wherever he has projected his lies, whether it’s in the form of lack, whether it’s in the form of financial trouble, whether it’s in the form of confusion in your mind, in your thought, whether it’s in the form of a disease in your body or whatever is going on in your life, remember it is just the magical illusions of a con artist in your life. The reality is that Jesus Christ has defeated and destroyed him and stripped him of his power; and as we eat this bread (His body) and drink this cup (His blood) this evening, we manifest, we proclaim His death. And this is what I believe in my heart, and I want you to join me in that faith that whatever happened through that death over 2000 years ago will happen in my life tonight, will happen again your in life tonight, will happen again in your family tonight, in your body, in every aspect of your life. Whatever happened when Jesus died will happen all over again tonight.

Let’s begin to thank Him for His death. Go ahead. Begin to bless Him for His death. Begin to thank Him for going to that cross to die for us. Begin to thank Him right away for even giving us this particular gift of the Lord’s Table, the Holy Communion of the Bread and Wine to celebrate, to re-enact, to memorialize what He did 2000 years ago. And He put His power in it in such a way that when we do it in faith in remembrance of Him, we declare, we proclaim, we manifest His death all afresh again. Thank You for the love that makes You continue to care for us, to think about us, to care and provide for us even before we come into need. Thank You Jesus. Glory be to God. (Praying in tongues)

Wisdom in Prayer

This message was delivered by Rev. Wildfire on the 14th of June 2016 at the US Wildfire Missions Centre Communion Service.

This message was delivered by Rev. Wildfire on the 14th of June 2016 at the US Wildfire Missions Centre Communion Service.

You’re welcome once again to the Table. You know this is a memorial; the Communion is a memorial, and sometimes I wonder when we come to the Table if we should be mournful. Should we be joyful, ecstatic, sober? Whatever be the case, it’s a time for us to reflect. We should be reflecting at the Table; we should be reflecting on Jesus. Any time we come to the Table, we come to have the Holy Communion, I want us to reflect on Jesus and what He represents to us and on the things that matter to Him. We must be wise, we must be discerning, let that be an opportunity for us to get over ourselves and concentrate on Him.

Let me begin by asking us. Our brother prayed on Sunday for all of us. What has happened? I’ll tell you what has happened so far in my life. He prayed for us on Sunday, right in that service I got a text which I read to us. You know the person I was supposed to go meet that day had cancelled in the morning before that service. I didn’t know why they cancelled the meeting in the morning, but I knew the devil was behind it as subsequent events revealed. And so we came to the church and our brother prayed; we all were there when he prayed, rebuking the devil and removing the obstacle. Right after that prayer, a text came in letting us know what was behind the cancellation, and then after the prayer I pressed further in faith and demanded that the meeting still hold, and the person I was supposed to meet said yes. And when I got there it was just powerful, it was amazing, we had an extra person that was there – I didn’t know he was going to be there – and he was there, and it was amazing. And ever since that meeting this woman, it’s like her world has been turned upside down. Ever since that day she has stayed in touch, and believe it or not we’re probably starting a new home church in her house. She has to begin to have me come over to have weekly bible study and prayer in her house; she plans to bring other people. God is answering your prayer. But here’s the question; why is He answering only my own? Is He answering yours?

There’s something that I want you to realize; God is a business man. You remember when Jesus Christ got missing and His parents were looking for Him, they found him and He said, ‘didn’t you know that I must be about my Father’s business?’ He used the word ‘business’ to describe the work of His Father. And a business man is interested in a return, in profit on his investment. There are things that matter to God more than anything else; and I found out that when you ask God to do what is in His interest, He does that quicker than anything else. It’s almost like He could barely wait for Brody to finish praying before He starts answering. Why? This prayer is in alignment with His interest. This prayer is in perfect alignment with the reason Jesus died. So, Brody if somebody asked you to do something for them that you actually want to do – let’s say you’ve been itching to watch this new movie that’s been released and it’s really amazing, and there’s also this brand new pop corn that they have also just brought in and manufactured and you really want it. And then Rodney comes around and says, ‘hey Brody, could you help me get this movie and get this pop corn?’ Wouldn’t you be happy to do it?

There’s a scripture I want to show us in James. Let’s go to the book of James chapter 4 verse 1 to 3. The Epistle of James chapter 4 verse 1 to 3. Please read it, Rodney. ‘What causes fights and quarrels among you? Don’t they come from your desires that battle within you? You want something but don’t get it. You kill and you covet but you cannot have what you want. So you quarrel and fight. You do not have because you do not ask God. When you ask, you do not receive because you ask with wrong motives that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.’ Ok. Wait a minute. I am not trying to say for a split second that God would not give you what you want that is good for you. No. That’s not what I’m saying, because He says, ‘ask and you shall receive.’ But the topic of my teaching this evening is, ‘Be smart. Be wise in your asking.’ Because the fact that you’re told to ask does not mean you go ahead and begin to be a fool. It’s like when God told Solomon, ‘ask whatever you want.’

God said to Solomon, ‘ask whatever you want,’ and Solomon asked God for wisdom. He said, ‘I need wisdom to be able to govern these people, to discern between what is right and what is wrong.’ And God looks at him and said, ‘I like that, good’ and God commended him and said, ‘Because you did not ask for wealth or for long life, or for the death of your enemies, but instead you have asked for something that benefits Me,’ because it is in the interest of God to have a wide and discerning shepherd over His people. God cares about the people of Israel, God cares about the nation of Israel, they were a part of His program on the planet; they were huge, they were like at the core of His dream. And Solomon was praying in line with what God wanted, that was in the interest of God, ‘because if I make him a wise and discerning ruler, that’s good for Me.’

You will get quicker returns if your requests are in line with His interest, if your requests are beneficial to His kingdom. In your prayer, prayer should not be an opportunity to grab what we think we want; prayer is an opportunity to come into alignment with God through the Holy Spirit. That is why the bible says the Holy Spirit helps us in our prayers because we don’t know what we ought to ask for. You know that’s in your bible? ‘We don’t know what we ought to ask for,’ what does that mean? I know what I want to ask for; I want money, I want to be healthy, I know exactly what I want to ask for. But when it says we do not know, it’s because each time we come to ask we’re going to ask for something  that we may get to spend it on our pleasures, but the Holy Spirit knows what God wants. The Holy Spirit knows what would move God, what would get God’s attention.

I’m going to give you an example so you can understand this. Tell your neighbor, ‘be smart. Be wise.’ And I’m talking about being wise in prayer. Be wise in prayer. He says that these people don’t have because they don’t ask; so, that means you’ve got to ask but then he says those of them that ask don’t get. It’s not that they don’t ask, but that they don’t get. And he says that the reason is that they ask with wrong motives, they ask that they may spend what they get on their pleasures. Isn’t that something? Let me make this point clearer again from the book of Luke chapter 7. Please read again from verse one to verse six, ‘When Jesus had finished saying all this to those who were listening, He entered Capernaum. There a centurion’s servant whom his master valued highly was sick and about to die. The centurion heard about Jesus and sent some elders of the Jews to Him, asking Him to come and heal his servant. When they came to Jesus they pleaded earnestly with Him, “This man deserves to have you do this, because he loves our nation and has built our synagogue.” So, Jesus went with them. He was not far from the house when the centurion sent friends to say to Him, “Lord, don’t trouble yourself for I do not deserve to have you come under my roof.”’

Pay attention. I want us to see the reasons, the points that moved Jesus. This man came to Jesus – the centurion – his servant was sick and he came to Jesus. He actually didn’t come to Jesus directly, he went to the elders of the Jews so that they can go and talk to Jesus and the elders of the Jews came to Jesus, and it says they pleaded earnestly with Him. That phrase ‘pleaded earnestly,’ suggests to us that Jesus didn’t want to go. You plead earnestly with someone when they don’t want to do what you want them to do. Let’s say I need a thousand dollars and I want Rodney to steal to get it, and Rodney would not want to steal because he’s a child of God, but I need him to steal. Then, I might plead earnestly with Rodney, ‘Please, I really need you to do this.’

In other words, you plead earnestly with someone if that person would not do that normally; in fact, if it is against that person’s values, if it is against that person’s interest. Jesus Christ said it clearly, ‘I was not sent to the gentiles.’ This centurion was a gentile; Jesus said it is not good to take bread meant for the children and give to dogs. So, ‘I wasn’t sent to this man, I don’t care if his children die or not. He’s not in my constituency; I was sent to the lost sheep of Israel. So, I am minding my Father’s business, I don’t know what this guy is talking about,’ and the Pharisees pleaded earnestly with Jesus and nothing would moved Jesus, but suddenly they said, ‘this man deserves for you to do this; he loves our nation and he has built a synagogue for us.’ Jesus said, ‘hm? Let’s go.’

I want you to think about this. It says that Jesus went with them. ‘He deserves to have you to do this, he deserves to have you give him this blessing because he loves our nation, because he has built a synagogue for us,’ and so Jesus went with them. This is the nation of the Jews and God told Abraham, ‘I will bless those that bless you.’ Jesus remembered that His Father said that, ‘anybody that blesses Abraham, anybody that blesses these my people, I will bless them,’ and the Jews understood that covenant, the elders of the Israelites understood that covenant. They knew. They didn’t say, ‘this man needs an act of grace or mercy.’ No. They said, ‘he deserves … he’s earned it; he deserves to have you do this because he loves our nation and he’s built a synagogue for us.’ He has blessed Abraham, and You are under obligation to bless him, because God said to Abraham, ‘I will bless those that bless you.’ It was in God’s interest.

I want you to understand that when we pray in accordance with God’s interest, the Spirit moves much faster. I’ve been pondering on it. God has His kingdom. Why did He send His Son to die? Why did Jesus die? I don’t think anything matters to Jesus as much as what cost Him His life; if you give your life for something, wouldn’t that be the most important thing in your life? So, we can pretty much say that the most important thing in Jesus’ life is the salvation of souls. We can say that in His priority, in His agenda, the salvation of souls, including the reconciliation of His people with His Father, He died to bring peace, to bring reconciliation between mankind and God, to bring people into God’s family. This is why Jesus died, and we can pretty much say that this is the most important thing to Him. And this would get His attention any time, any day more than anything else. That’s why He says that there is joy in heaven over one soul that returns to God. There is joy in heaven. And so an invitation to pray is a time to reflect and say, ‘are my needs and my desires and my prayer requests in line with the interest of the Father? Or am I just trying to use God to solve my own problems?’

Can I tell you something about blank cheques? Every time you’re given a blank cheque, don’t be quick to fill it, because a blank cheque is tricky. A blank cheque reveals your values. If I want to know what Rodney really, really wants, like what really, really matters to Rodney, give him a blank cheque and say, ‘Rodney, you can write anything.’ If they told you now Rodney that whatever you write on that blank cheque is what you’re going to get, whether it is a mansion or a private jet or something that’s not material; write it and you’re going to get, that’s the time we’re really going to know what’s important to him. You’re going to check out that list and you’re going to find out what’s important to Rodney. When God looks at our prayers, He sees a lot about us. I’m telling you. You notice that Jesus Christ was not moved by the condition of that servant; He was not moved by the situation of that servant. Did He care about that servant? I believe He did. Did He love that person? I believe He did, but that did not move Him; the fact that this child was dying was not enough, the fact that this child was sick was not enough to move Jesus. What moved Jesus was the fact that this man blessed Abraham.

God is moved really, not by what we think moves Him. I mean you can cry and cry until your eyeballs fall right out of its socket and God would not move. Can I tell you something that’s a little difficult to understand? God is not moved by our needs; He’s not moved by our needs. I’m not saying He doesn’t care; He cares but He does not operate that way. He does not respond to your needs, it’s not our needs that make Him do things. For instance, when Jesus heard that Lazarus was sick; Mary and Martha sent a message to Jesus and said, ‘the one you love is sick, come and pray for him.’ Jesus didn’t go. He does not respond to those things; Jesus responds to His Father’s need, to His Father’s word, to His Father’s interest. That’s what moves God. So, what moved Him was not the sickness of that child, (of that servant), what moved Him was the covenant of God. For instance, God says He gives us the power to create wealth. Did you know that? Do you know that’s in the bible? Brody, I need you to get it; I need you to get this scripture into your spirit because you’re going to be a very, very wealthy man – very wealthy – but you need to know why.

So, let’s look at Deuteronomy chapter 8 verse 18. Are you there? Good. You can read. ‘And you shall remember the Lord your God, for it is He gives who gives you the ability to produce wealth, and so confirms His covenant which He swore to your forefathers as it is today.’ You see why He gives you the wealth? There’s a reason; for what reason? So, you can buy a brand new jeep? So, you can buy a limousine? So, you can build a mansion? Is that the reason? What’s the reason? So He can establish His covenant on the earth. So you can expand His kingdom. God is a business man. I was in Tulsa one time and I asked them something about Jesus’ death. I said, ‘was Jesus’ death a sacrifice or was it an investment?’ Who can answer that question? It’s an investment. It’s an investment; He wasn’t going to throw His Son away for some pig. Just kill His son for nothing? It was for a purpose. Jesus said, ‘unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies it abides alone, but when it falls to the ground and dies it produces much fruit. Jesus was the only begotten Son of God, but God gave His only begotten Son so that through His death and resurrection He would bring back many sons to glory. So, today, Jesus is not the only begotten Son of God, He is now the first born among many brothers. He is the first begotten Son, but they’re now many of us. Praise God.

Imagine that kind of investment; imagine an investment where you just put down a dollar, and then every day you make a million for the rest of your life; that’s what Jesus was. An investment – this is an investment – a divine investment. And the question is if God is getting a good return on His investment through you. Is He getting a good return on His investment through your wealth, through your prosperity? He says He delights in the prosperity of His servants, people who serve His interest. A servant of God is one who lives and breathes and thinks to serve the interest of God; because I’ve wondered, we see how fast He answered those prayers. I mean we all have been watching it like a reality TV show. As soon as Brody says amen, God answers it. And then when we all lined up and prayed it, God answered it; it seems to me like He answers some kind of prayers faster than others. And as we look into the scripture we begin to see why. And so, what is the wisdom here? The wisdom here is to listen to the Holy Spirit in our prayers. The wisdom here is to listen to the Holy Spirit in our thinking so that we can bring our thinking and desires to line up with the desires of God; that’s what it’s all about.

We’re not supposed to have a life of our own; we’re not supposed to have a life apart from Him. We’re supposed to be in Him and then live through Him; love what He loves and then hate what He hates; enjoy what He enjoys and distaste what He distastes by the Holy Spirit. That’s what it means to die to ourselves; it means we no longer go after what we want, we go after what He wants. That becomes our prayer; that’s actually why we pray in tongues most of the times so that our prayers are not filled up with junk. I found that many times when we pray in English we’re going to pray amiss, we’re going to pray off point because you’re going to base your prayer on the needs of people, you’re going to make your prayers based on your emotions. ‘Oh, the little babies are dying (in a sobbing tone) the little babies are dying all over the road. Let’s pray for the little babies.’ That’s carnal; you’re just praying out of your emotion, it doesn’t move God but it makes you feel good, it makes you feel like you’re doing something, ‘oh the children are dying.’ It sounds good. And I’m not saying there’s anything wrong with praying, I’m saying we have to learn how to pray in the Spirit.

Praying in the Spirit fundamentally is like when we pray in tongues, but praying in the Spirit goes deeper. Praying in the Spirit means that our prayer requests come from the Spirit; it means that we are led by the Holy Spirit in our prayers. And it says, ‘observe how the Maker does things and fall in line.’ In the last few days we’ve observed how the Maker does things. I mean we’re probably going to waste our time sitting down and expecting Brody’s prayer to be answered in our lives, and maybe wait for another twenty years and nothing happens. Seems to me that when I see what God is doing, I line up with it. It means that we abandon our prayer requests and focus on the one God is answering; that’s wisdom. That’s being smart; whenever you pray and God answers it in your life, take note of that prayer. Begin to take note of what God blesses in your life. Begin to take note of what pleases God in your life, because not everything pleases God.

There are certain things you do and suddenly you feel the presence of God around you. I found out that sometimes you’re having a conversation and you begin to feel the anointing; whenever you come around somebody and you begin to feel the anointing of God and you’re having a conversation, stay on that topic, don’t change the topic. I found out that a lot of times you touch on an issue and you suddenly feel the glory of God in the place. You know what’s happening? The Holy Spirit loves that topic, so He comes around. And then you change it and start talking about the elections and the Holy Spirit runs away. You know when we start talking about politics, He runs away, but when we start talking about Jesus and when we start talking about the kingdom, He gets excited and He comes around us. It’s just like singing – everything we do, always be sensitive.

And I’m telling you let’s not just hear this; this is important that you be sensitive, because a lot of times you don’t know what it is until it happens. You kind of stumble into it; so you must be sensitive, you must listen, ‘I feel God in this. I feel the presence of God in this.’ Stay with that; stay with that until that presence lifts. You understand? When you’re doing something and suddenly you begin to feel the presence of God, stay with that thing. If you’re reading a scripture and suddenly you begin to feel the presence of God, stay with that verse, don’t move on. Stay there. If you’re having a conversation on a certain subject and suddenly you begin to feel the presence of the Holy Spirit, don’t change the topic, stay right there. If you’re singing a song and suddenly as you’re singing that song and you begin to feel the presence of God, stay with the song. You mustn’t sing three songs.

I tell worship leaders in the churches that I’ve pastored, ‘you don’t have to run through the list of your songs when you’re singing a song.’ When I’m leading in worship I’m listening for what the Holy Spirit is blessing; and maybe I lead this song and there’s no anointing on it, there’s no presence of God in it, I change it immediately. And then I notice that when I start to sing this one, the presence of God is everywhere; it means the Holy Spirit likes that particular song. Why would you change it? Stay with it. Stay with that song. The same thing with anything going on in your life, and God’s presence is there, and you can feel the glory of God and you can feel the presence of God, don’t be quick to change that thing. Stay with it.

Now, we’re going to stay with this prayer, and Brody you’re going to keep praying until your tongue dries right out of your mouth. You’ll keep praying because God seems to like this prayer you’re praying. He likes it, and I believe that He likes the fact that it is you praying it rather than Me or Sommer or Rodney for some reasons unknown to us. He likes the fact that you’re the one praying it, but then you’ve been given so many prayers and He seems to be answering only one. So, what do we do? Not only do we get you to pray, we get you to pray one thing. Jesus said that when the Son of man is glorified – He spoke of His death, He referred to His death as glorification. When the Son of man is glorified, He will draw all men to Himself. Jesus prayed for His disciples – the Twelve – and those that would believe in Him and in their message; so, it is extremely important to Him to gather to Him His children, that’s why He died. So, it’s like we hit a nerve. Do you understand?

There’s something that you hit a nerve – stay with it. It seems to me we’ve hit a nerve. I mean we’re going to have a baptism on Thursday for God’s sake, and the same Thursday we’re going to have a new house fellowship starting in someone’s house. And yesterday Sommer led somebody to Christ that she didn’t call on the phone, somebody that came to us. The bible tells us that God added daily … God was bringing people. I mean we read these things in the bible of how God sent Cornelius to Peter. We read these things in the bible, but isn’t that what we’ve experienced this week? I mean the sister told me, ‘God told me to go to you,’ that’s what she said. She had to stay with a friend of hers when I sent her a text message to come right away. She said, ‘the moment I saw your text, the Holy Spirit said, “leave here and go.”’ What’s going on here? God is adding people Himself in answer to prayer; the prayer that He wants; prayer that is not about our pleasure … I mean we could starve for all I care as long as God is happy. Do you understand?  As long as God is happy.

Jesus said, ‘seek ye first and foremost the kingdom of God and His righteousness.’ First things first; this is what it means – seek first what matters to God. Ask first what matters to God; there are other things but He said, ‘first, God.’ And I’m telling you Brody, I believe that as we continue to pray this prayer, God will bring more people. We’re not going to run around like some chicken. I mean we have run around. I remember when we went to evangelism; Peter said, ‘we toiled all night and we caught nothing.’ Right? I mean you’ve had that experience when you go out every day to go and preach and you don’t catch anything, and then you’re sitting right in your house and God sends people to you ready to be saved. You know in the bible we read where they say, ‘what shall we do to be saved?’ People were asking for salvation; I mean today you’ll preach and preach and preach until your tongue rolls right out of your mouth, and they’re not going to believe because that’s all – it’s not blessed by the Lord.

Do you remember the Ethiopian eunuch? Actually, the Ethiopian eunuch requested for baptism less than a few minutes after Philip had started preaching to him. He said, ‘here’s a body of water, what stops us from getting baptized?’ And now God is bringing to us people that are hungry for God, people that are thirsty for God, people that want to be saved, people that want to be baptized; that’s what matters to Him. I want you to get it; it’s more important to Him than your TV show, it’s more important to Him than pizza, than hot dog. Are you listening to me? It’s more important to Him than to pay your insurance, it’s more important to Him than high heels, it’s more important to Him than my flight ticket going back to Nigeria. Yeah, if I was to really, really go down with what my flesh wants, that’s what I would be talking about; but it’s more important to God that we dunk that girl in the water on Thursday morning and pull her out in the name of Jesus into a new life than I get a flight ticket. It’s more important.  So, what do we?

Let’s begin to get into what’s more important to God. But here’s the deal; I found out that when I’m busy and focused, thinking about what He wants and doing what He wants, then He flips the coin and begins to think about what I want. I’m not supposed to worry about what I want, He has to worry about what I want; it’s an exchange of yoke. There has to be an exchange of yoke. He says, ‘cast all your cares on the Lord,’ but you don’ just cast all your cares on Him and then you walk away, when you cast your cares on Him, you take His on you. It’s like an exchange; He says, ‘take My yoke upon you.’ So, we give Him our cares. Casting your cares on the Lord doesn’t just mean praying about them; casting your cares mean I cease to make them the centre of my prayers. Do you understand that? It means it ceases to be the centre of my world; it ceases to be my obsession. I wake up in the morning and that’s what I think about all day, ‘it’s my problem.’ When you’re praying – my problem. When you’re singing – my problem.’ When you’re talking to people – my problem. When you go left – my problem. When you go right – my problem. In the car – my problem. At Walmart – my problem. In the church – my problem. That’s how many people are, but He says, ‘take those cares out of your focus, take it out of the centre of your attention and move them over to the Lord.’ And bring in His cares into your mind, into your space; begin to worry about the things that matter to Him. In other words, carry His care.

So, as we eat the Communion this evening, let that be us taking His cares upon us. Can I hear an amen? Can I hear an American amen? Now, give me a kingdom of God amen. (Laughing) You see when we are taking the Communion today, I want us by the Holy Spirit make it one with the prayer we’ve been praying. You see the prayer we’ve been praying so far is almost like eating His body and drinking His blood, because we’re participating in His concerns; we’re participating in His kingdom, in His interests, so as we take the body of the Lord today and as we drink His blood, let’s take His yoke upon us – His requests, His desires, His agenda, His interest, His cares upon us – and let that become our obsession day and night. And before we begin to break bread, let’s join our hands together and pray in the Spirit for a while. (Praying in tongues)

Good News!

This message was delivered by Rev. Wildfire on the 7th of June 2016 at a Communion service, US Wildfire Mission Centre.

This message was delivered by Rev. Wildfire on the 7th of June 2016 at a Communion service, US Wildfire Mission Centre.

Hallelujah. Let’s join our hands. I want us to just spend some time in prayer. I want us to remember that Jesus Christ asked us to do this in remembrance of Him. To do it in remembrance of Him we remember all that He has done for us. I want us to spend some few minutes praying for people that are connected with us who are at this point sick in their bodies. I can think of two people; our sister who is right now undergoing radiations and chemotherapy. I don’t believe that the will of God for anybody is to be sick. I also think about our sister who’s been facing severe challenges in her health. I want us to bring them before God and ask Jesus Christ to manifest in their bodies. Let’s pray that the healing power of Jesus would manifest; that their health that Jesus died for, that He was wounded for, will spring forth speedily in their bodies right now by the power of His name. (Praying in the Spirit)

We ask You Lord; we’re praying for their healing. We’re praying for the manifestation of the healing power upon us. Let the health that You paid for, that You were wounded for by Your wounds, by Your stripes we are healed. We pray Lord for the manifestation and the full revelation of this health in their bodies at this point Jesus. (Praying in the Spirit). We receive healing for them. We receive health for them. (Praying in the Spirit). We ask for healing. Thank You Jesus.

I feel in my Spirit for us to pray for those of our family members who are not yet saved; they go to church, they answer Christians but really they have not come to that personal saving knowledge of Jesus. This one thing I believe that when we’re saved, salvation has come to our household. Paul said, ‘believe in the Lord Jesus and be baptized, and you will be saved, you and your household.’ And Jesus said to Zaccheus, ‘today, salvation has come to this household.’ I want us to pray for every member of our family that is yet to receive the Lord; from Rodney’s dad, mum, biological parents, Pat, Cody, to Taylor, uncle Tim, to the siblings of our pastors in the Wildfire movement, siblings of the deacons and everybody that is connected to the Wildfire movement. Our biological families, let’s begin to bring them before God, to pray for their salvation. (Praying in the Spirit). Bring them to a conviction, to a revelation, to a knowledge of Jesus. We’re praying for their salvation, we ask that You reach them. We pray for the salvation of our families, to have an encounter with Jesus Christ in their lives. (Praying in the Spirit). For their salvation. Thank You Jesus. Unless You draw them Lord, they cannot come; unless the Father draws them. Lord we ask that you draw them to Yourself. (Praying in the Spirit). Thank You Jesus.

Precious Lord we thank You for the healing of those that are connected with us who are sick in their bodies. We thank You for the healing of our sisters. We thank You for their healing Lord. We thank You for the healing of those others that we don’t know, but You know them. We thank You that the healing that Jesus was wounded for is springing forth speedily in the bodies of these ones. We thank You for the salvation of our families. Lord we declare them saved. We thank You that Your Holy Spirit is working in them to convict them of unrighteousness, of sin, of judgment, to bring them to that place of Jesus as the Lord of their salvation. We thank You for the miracles that are happening in our lives. Thank You Lord Jesus. And everybody say amen. Glory be to God.

You know let’s think for a while about the good news, because we use so many terms in our faith that sometimes we need to kind of go through them again to see if we really understand what it is that we’re saying. In Mark chapter 16 verse 15 it says, ‘And He said to them, “go into the world and preach the Gospel to every creature.”’ Go into the world and preach the Gospel. What does the Gospel mean? Like literally, the Gospel means good news. Good news – news that is good. Jesus said, ‘go into the world and preach the good news.’ There’s bad news, there’s ugly news, there’s scary news, and there’s good news. You know news is good because you’re excited when you hear it. Let’s say this brother walks into your house and says, ‘hey, I have some good news for you.’ You expect something positive, something exciting. And this sister comes to visit you and says, ‘I have good news for you,’ then she reaches into her hand bag and pulls out an envelope and hands it over to you.  And you open the envelope and, ‘Wow, a cheque. A cheque from Mark Zukerberg for a million dollars.’ That’s good news; it’s positive, it’s empowering, it’s energizing, it’s inspiring, it feels you with joy and happiness. That’s good news. Good news makes your day.

Jesus referred to the message He told us to preach as good news. He didn’t send us out to condemn people; condemnation is not good news. Condemnation is bad news right? He didn’t send us to go tell people that they’re sinners. That’s not good news, sounds like bad news for me if you come to me and tell me that I’m an idiot, that I’m a fool, that I’m dirty. I mean today we see what they call body shaming on the internet; you see some people and you’re shaming them because of how they look. That’s not good news.

So, when people come around and condemn others, that’s not good news. There’s nothing to be excited about telling me that I’m a drunk, telling me that I’m going to hell. That’s not good news. Jesus didn’t tell us to go and tell others that they’re going to hell. That’s no good news. We really have not been given the Gospel of ‘repent and perish.’ Of course, people have to repent; if they don’t repent something bad is going to happen at the end of the day. But Jesus called us to preach the good news; there’s nothing good about hell. I come to you now and say, ‘brother, I’ve got some good news for you.’ And you say, ‘what is it?’ And I say, ‘you’re going to burn in hell.’ That’s not good news. That’s not the good news; good news is positive, good news is exciting, and that is what Jesus sent us out to preach.

And what is that good news? That is what the Lord’s Table is all about. He says, ‘do this in remembrance of Me. Of the fact that nobody needs to go to hell anymore; of the fact that your sin, your mistakes, you don’t need to pay for them anymore.’ That’s good news that your sins are no longer held against you anymore; that’s good news. That you are free from condemnation, you’re free from every curse, and all you need to do is to believe. It’s just like telling this sister, ‘Mark Zukerbeg has written you a cheque of 15 million dollars.’ And you say, ‘what do I need to get it?’ And you say, ‘all you need to do is to write his name on a white sheet of paper.’ Or, ‘all you need to do is to say that Mark Zuckerberg is the CEO of facebook,’ that’s all. ‘What? That’s all, if I just say that he is the CEO of face book I get 15 million dollars? Wooh! Praise God!’ And I can say it a million times, ‘Mark Zuckerberg is the CEO of facebook, Mark Zuckerberg is the CEO of facebook, Mark Zuckerberg is the CEO of facebook,’ that’s all I need to do. And the bible says if you confess with your mouth that Jesus Christ is Lord and you believe on him in your heart, that’s it. That’s it. He made it simple. Of course, like everything else that human beings touch, we mess it up.

We’ve messed up the Gospel. Now we’ve got all kinds of conditions, ‘you’ve got to pay your tithe faithfully every Sunday, you’ve got to pray in the morning, pray in the afternoon, pray in the night,’ and we now lay down rules and rules and rules until now it becomes bad news. Haven’t you realized how it is now bad news, bondage, slavery? It’s no longer exciting; it’s no longer good news because now I have to pay for it. There’s what they call penance. In some churches there’s what they call penance. You kneel down and you climb rocky staircase up a mountain and your knee will be bleeding, and they say you’re atoning for your sins. Then what did Jesus die for? If I have to pay for my sins, if you have to pay for your sins, then what was the point? If God was to turn around and demand sacrifices from me, if God was going to turn around and demand sacrifice for my sin then what was the point of sending Jesus in the first case? You know what Jesus actually says is good news? Jesus said, ‘go tell the world that I’ve paid the full price for them, they don’t need to do nothing anymore.’ That’s good news.

I remember one time Sharon and I were in Dubai somewhere in the Middle East and we were spending the night at the lounge at the airport. Kind of, we had to spend the night at the airport and then we didn’t want to stay at the gate area because it was too open and I really like my privacy. So, we found a lounge where we had to pay $86 to spend the night in the lounge, and all we just wanted was a place to sleep for the night. And so we got into the lounge and we noticed that quite a few people there and they had food, they had coffee, they had drinks, they had all kinds of food. I mean the place was just amazing, but we just came in there just to sleep, so we went to a corner and lay down till morning to wait for our flight. But along the way it became really cold, very really cold and I needed to drink some coffee, and I said, ‘well, let me go drink some coffee to warm myself up.’ So, Sharon said she wanted some too, and then I went to the place where they had the coffee and I told the man I wanted some coffee, and he poured some coffee for me and I said, ‘how much is it?’ They said, ‘what do you mean, “How much is it?” I said, ‘how much is the coffee? I want to pay.’ They said, ‘no, you’ve already paid.’ I said, ‘when did I pay?’ They said, ‘when you paid for the lounge, you paid for everything here.’ I said, ‘wait a minute, does that mean I can eat anything I want here in the lounge?’ They said yes.

So, I took the two cups of coffee and I went back to where I was sitting with Sharon and said, ‘guess what?’ She said, ‘what?’ I said, ‘all these food, and all these cookies and goodies we’ve been eyeing since, do you know we can go and have anything we want as much as we want?’ She said, ‘what?’ I said, ‘yes. When we paid that $86, we were entitled to everything in the lounge,’ and we had been sitting there for two hours and I’m telling you we did not know that we had already paid for it. So Sharon said, ‘well, I want to go have me some cookies.’ So, we got up and began to take a tour, and you know all these while we had just sat at the corner, but now we realized that we had paid. So, now we got up from our chairs and began to walk around the lounge and began to take some drinks and all kinds of things – chicken – that we wanted. Till morning you could go as many times as you wanted and take as much as you wanted, and just keep doing it till morning. It doesn’t matter, you’ve already paid.

You know the guy that I went to take coffee from, that was the good news that he gave me, and this is what we’re supposed to be doing to the world. We’re telling them, ‘hey, it’s already been paid for. It’s already been paid for.’ Many people don’t know. Many people like myself and Sharon that night don’t know that it’s already been paid for. Now, I paid for it and I didn’t even know that I paid for it. Imagine what it would have been like if somebody else had paid and I didn’t know? It would have even been worse. Many don’t know. That’s that Jesus meant. ‘They don’t know, you’ve got to go and tell them.’ That’s what the Gospel really is.

The Gospel isn’t really necessarily telling people, ‘stop sinning.’ There’s nothing good about, ‘stop sinning.’ It’s not exciting. It’s like telling me, ‘stop smoking,’ or I’m fat and you tell me, ‘stop eating junk food.’ That’s not good news; but it’s true, that’s not good news. But if somebody comes and tells you, ‘you know what? It doesn’t matter the number of this junk food that you eat, you’re still going to be slim.’ He says, ‘what? Why?’ Yes. ‘Because somebody else ate healthy for you, and what happens is that He ate healthy, He never ate a single junk food in His life and the benefit of His diet is transferred to you.’ That’s the Gospel.

That’s what the Gospel is. This is what Jesus sent us to say. He sent us to bring good news to the world, but this is what many people do – all of us in the churches. Imagine if I had come to the guy and I was ignorant of myself and I come to him and say, ‘I need a cup of coffee,’ and he says, ‘ok, it $3,’ and I then pay him $3. That’s what we do today; people come to us and they need healing or they need some blessing, they need salvation, you give them conditions. ‘In order to be healthy, eat broccoli. In order to be rich, work very hard. Get a job. In order to be saved, avoid sin. Don’t sin.’ There is no other condition for health, for eternal life, for salvation, for prosperity, for freedom except Jesus Christ. When He died and shed His blood, He said, ‘it is finished.’ It means, ‘I have paid the full price.’

We have to remember the scripture that says that He was wounded for our transgressions. Think about that line, ‘He was wounded for our transgressions,’ not one, not two but our transgressions. Do you got some transgressions in your life brother? Jesus was wounded for that. Transgression means when you deviate from the path; in lay man’s terms it means mistakes. He was wounded for our mistakes – our errors. If you have transgressions, I’ve got good news for you; you don’t have to suffer for your transgressions anymore. Nobody goes to jail twice for the same sin, for the same crime. It doesn’t happen in any society; you cannot be jailed twice or punished twice for the same offence. So, Jesus has already been wounded for your transgressions; so, you’re not going to be wounded anymore. Brother, you’re not going to be wounded anymore.

I’ve got good news for us today at this table; you’re not going to be wounded for your transgressions. He was bruised for our iniquities. Iniquity is kind of like atrocities; transgression is like a lighter dosage. Iniquity is like murder. Iniquity is like when you rape a two year old baby, like something atrocious. Not everybody has committed iniquity, but I’m sure everybody has committed transgressions. When somebody goes to make love, to have sex with a goat, that’s an iniquity. That’s iniquity. That’s iniquity, and the bible says that Jesus was bruised for it. It says the chastisement that brought us peace was on Him. What is chastisement? Chastisement is punishment, but there’s something about chastisement. Chastisement is like when a child does something that is wrong and the father whips them; that’s chastisement. The bible says that a father chastises the child he loves, and chastisement is not sweet. And the bible says that the chastisement that reconciled me with God, the chastising that brought us peace was laid on Him. So, God don’t need to chastise me anymore; oh come on, that’s good news. Oh come on now, that’s good news. It’s not being preached in the church today but that’s the good news. Those whom God loves, He chastises; that’s in the scripture right? ‘Those whom God loves He chastises,’ but guess what? He knows that if He was to chastise me directly, He was going to kill me and I’m not going to make it. So, you know what He did? God so loved me and He was going to chastise me, and what He did was that rather than chastise me directly, He chastised Jesus on my behalf. Oh, I’m chastised already! The chastisement – because the bible says God so loved the world, and those He loves He chastises. God so loved the world that He chastised Jesus on our behalf. The chastisement that has brought  us peace … this is good news. This is good news.

People still think they’re going to be chastised for what they do; people still think that they still needed to be wounded for their transgressions, they still need to be wounded for their sins. You know they talk about the law of karma, ‘what you sow, you reap.’ No sir, I don’t reap what I sow no more. I don’t reap what I sow; I reap what Jesus sowed. Woo hoo! Good news is that I don’t get what I deserve anymore; if I was to get what I deserved, I won’t be here. I don’t get what I deserve, I get what Jesus deserves. I don’t get the good that I deserve because I got no good that I deserve; I don’t get the bad that I deserve, I get what Jesus deserves. That’s good news; many people don’t know that in the church.

This Gospel is not being preached, we’re putting loads and loads of condemnation, loads and loads of slavery on people, saying, that Jesus died for nothing, you still have to save your soul, you still have to do things for God to accept you, you still have to pay the price. No. He was chastised for me; the chastisement that brought me peace was put on Him. And it says by His wounds I am healed. Wooh! You’re healed brother, that’s why I pinched your mummy sometime – she can tell you the story – I said, ‘don’t give those drugs to him. No more. He’s a fine a young man. Jesus healed him. He doesn’t need to be taking those tablets.’ You know why? Because He was wounded and by His wounds, by His stripes, that’s why you’re healed, that’s why you don’t have those things no more because now you know it’s free. We’re free. The cost, the price for our freedom was fully paid by Jesus.

So, as we eat the bread today, as we drink the cup let us remember that He has done everything for us; that is the good news. He has done everything for us, and we must extend that to people. When we see somebody pay for that cup of coffee we say, ‘no, you don’t need to lift a finger anymore, Jesus already did it. You don’t need to try to quit smoking. You don’t need to.’ You don’t need to do anything. It’s all done. All you need to do is to call on the name of Jesus and the power flows through us. It’s His, and He has given it to us. So, this is good news. Isn’t it good? Isn’t it exciting? Doesn’t it make you want to jump? Hallelujah.

The thing I love about the good news is I don’t have to do anything. I told you that’s what I love the most about Christianity, because I’ve done a thorough study on the twelve major religions of the world, and I kept asking myself that what is it that I love the most about Christianity? Being a Christian; I said because of substitution, that somebody else took my place so I don’t have to do anything again. It’s so powerful that Jesus says you don’t even have to work to eat, just say, ‘give us this day our daily bread,’ and that’s it.’ Give us this day our daily bread; that’s it. You don’t need to work. I’m telling you. Good news. You don’t need to have 20 jobs a month to pay, no. Why is this not a reality in the world today? It’s because those of us who are supposed to go tell the news don’t even know about the news ourselves. We’re like the guy who is selling the coffee and I walk to him and he says, ‘ok, bring your money.’ He doesn’t even know. He doesn’t even know the policy of the company, that anybody who has paid this $86 is entitled to everything here. He doesn’t know.

There are many people who’ve heard the Gospel, many people who have been saved for years but they’re still sick in their bodies. It’s not that Jesus did not die for them. Why are they still sick in their bodies? Why are they still wrestling in their body trying to make ends meet? It’s the same way that Sharon and I were sitting in that lounge trying to keep warm and trying to pay for coffee because we did not know that it’s been already paid for. And so, because people don’t know it’s already been paid for, they’re not able to receive it, because they think they can’t afford it. Because we looked at all those food and all those fanciful things – Sharon really likes all those kind of good things, and we looked at it and we really wanted them, but we felt that we didn’t have the money, that we’ve already spent our money to stay in the lounge and we didn’t want to spend any more money. No. We thought we couldn’t afford it. A lot of people think they can’t afford it, ‘you know I don’t pray enough, I’m not like this prayer warrior. I don’t pray enough. I’m not disciplined. I don’t know how to study the bible. I’ve not read the bible enough.’ Come on, you don’t have to afford, it’s free. Jesus already paid the price; it’s free, there’s nothing to afford.

Do you know that Jesus is sitting at the right of the Father right now? And do you know all He does? Praying for us; if Jesus is praying for me that means my prayer is unnecessary. Oh yeah, the prayer warriors ain’t going to like me, but the truth of the matter is if He is sitting at the right hand of the Father interceding for me, because He knows that when I’m done eating that plate of beans with a full blown banana and a full glass of lemon to go with it, I’m going to doze off to sleep and I might snore all through the night till morning. But it doesn’t matter because He that watches over me neither slumbers nor sleeps, and besides the son of God didn’t just die for me, He ever lives to intercede for me. So, I can sleep if I want to. Good news – can I hear you say, ‘good news?’

Now, this good news is something we should ponder on again and again; it’s amazing. It’s really deep; it’s something that we can never finish exhausting or exploring, but at least let’s ponder it. At least that’s what the Communion is, ‘that whenever you eat it, remember Me.’ Let’s use it as an opportunity to just ponder and reflect on the good news, on what Jesus has done. We reflect on it to refresh ourselves, because when you know about it, when you are inspired by the good news, energized by the good news, when you’re so excited and caught up in the good news and the joy of it all, it’s infectious, you want to tell everybody about it. It’s impossible to understand the good news without wanting to share it; that’s why when people get saved they get crazy about sharing it because it’s still fresh in their minds, ‘I can’t believe this. I can’t believe it.’ You’re telling them to shut up and they can’t because they’re excited.

You know pondering the good news today as I prepared for the Communion, I said, ‘wow, we need to be more active in sharing this.’ Brother, don’t you think so? I mean, more people need to know about this. More people need to know about it. When you see people who are not active in sharing their faith it’s because they don’t understand it, they don’t understand what has happened; because right there at that moment when we were sitting in that lounge, we got up and we were looking around; we were looking around to see if there was anybody like us that was sitting down. I was telling Sharon there might be people like us, and I would go tap them on the shoulder and say, ‘you want some coffee?’ And they say, ‘well, I can’t afford it,’ and I’ll say, ‘no, no, no, come on! You want to have some cookies, you’re not eating anything.’ You just see some people just sitting down, ‘why are you not eating something? You want some cookies, you want some cake, you want some drink?’ ‘We can’t afford it’. ‘No, come on!’ That’s the Gospel. Amen.

And I pray that as we partake of the Communion tonight – wooh! Glory be to God! One more scripture – Luke chapter 24 verse 30 and 31; ‘When He was at the Table with them, He took bread and gave thanks, broke it and began to give it to them. Then their eyes were opened and they recognized Him, and He disappeared from their sight.’ Glory be to God. The moment He broke bread, their eyes were opened. This was when Jesus Christ had just resurrected from the dead and on the road to Emmaus. He was talking to two of His disciples and they didn’t know it was Him and they kept talking about what had happened in Jerusalem – the death of Jesus and how people were going about saying that He was resurrected. And this man that was walking with them kind of told them and opened the scriptures and told them, ‘isn’t this what was written?’ But they didn’t know it was Jesus. And when they came to the house where they were staying, Jesus acted like He was going to move on and they invited Him to come and join them, and He came. It was now when they were sitting at the Table that He broke the bread; the moment He broke the bread, gave thanks and gave it to them, their eyes were opened and He disappeared from their midst.

I trust God tonight that as we break bread our eyes will open to recognize Him in the bread, in the wine. We will recognize Him, but most importantly too is that as we break bread we will realize the power of the Gospel; our eyes will open to the reality, the depth of the mysteries of the goodies that are in the Gospel. And that as we eat it we will tap into the joy and the life and the ecstasy of the good news, and that we will become energized, fired up and powered up to go haywire all over the place talking to people about Jesus. Glory be to God. Hallelujah.

We are at the Table Lord. Thank You for inviting us. Thank You for asking us to do this in remembrance of You. As we break this bread tonight, we do it in remembrance of You that this is Your body broken for us, and we receive You into our lives once again, and we receive revelation of who You really are, revelation of all that you have accomplished for us through Your death in the name of Jesus Christ. And like Jesus said, ‘eat in remembrance of Him,’ (Breaks the bread and passes the bread. Pouring the wine and lifting the cup) Lord, we also lift the cup before You in remembrance of You. Thank You for the blood that was shed for us for the remission of our sins, the blood of the new covenant, the new realities that are now here upon us. As we drink, we drink in remembrance of You. Pour Your Spirit afresh unto us, pour Your life afresh unto us, and we receive You afresh in our lives in the name of Jesus. Amen. And in the words of Jesus, ‘drink in remembrance of Jesus who gave His life and shed His blood for the remission of our sins that we might have redemption, healing, life, health, forgiveness, Sonship. Thank You Jesus. (Drinks the wine and passes the cup).

Let’s just join our hands and worship Him. I feel so excited just thinking of the fact that we are one with Him; one with the Father, one with the Son, and one with the Holy Spirit and one with one another in the body. Thank You so much for the love that You’ve poured into our hearts, for the oneness and the communion and the fellowship that we share with You. We receive that joy that is unspeakable and full of glory, and that peace that passes all understanding. We thank You so much Lord Jesus. We thank You so much for everything You have done for us. Thank You. Thank You for our healing, thank You for our salvation, thank You for eternal life, thank You for Sonship, thank You for life, thank You for joy, for strength, thank You for prosperity, for favours untold. Thank You for victory, for protection, for rest. Thank You so much. Thank You. Blessed be Your wonderful name. Hallelujah. Glory! Glory! Glory! Hallelujah. Thank You. Glory to God.

One with our Lord

This message was delivered by Rev. Wildfire on the 31st of May 2016 at the US Missions Centre Holy Communion Service.

This message was delivered by Rev. Wildfire on the 31st of May 2016 at the US Missions Centre Holy Communion Service.

Welcome to the Lord’s Table. I want to start this evening with a question. Let’s turn our bibles to the book of Philippians chapter 2. We’re going to be reading about a certain gentleman called Timothy, and the testimony that Apostle Paul gave about Timothy. We’re going to start from that in Philippians chapter 2 verse 19 to 22; you can read if you get it. Anybody can read. ‘I hope in the Lord Jesus to send Timothy to you soon that I also may be cheered when I receive news about you. I have no one else who will show genuine concern for your welfare. For everyone looks out for their own interest, not those of Jesus Christ, but you know that Timothy has proved himself as a son with his father, he has served with me in the work of the Gospel.’ Praise God. I like verse 21 that says, ‘for everyone looks out for their own interest, not those of Jesus Christ.’ One of the things that unite us together in this mission – in the Wildfire Movement – is that we don’t look out for our own interest. I mean that’s like the hallmark of this movement; it’s that everyone in the Wildfire movement, we are obsessed with the interest of Jesus Christ – whatever that may be.

That is one thing I know that unites us as a family; it’s that we don’t look out for our own interests. I mean I’ve known all of us; I know Sommer, I know Brody and Rodney, and even those that are not here. If there’s anything that I’ve observed, it’s that we are a people that are moved more by the things of God, by the interest of Jesus Christ than our own interest. And I was kind of excited today when I read this thing about Timothy, ‘for everyone looks out for their own interest, not those of Jesus Christ,’ but Timothy was different. Timothy was different. It was like Timothy had no life of his own; Timothy had no life of his own; he had no interest of his own, all her cared about, all he thought about, all he dreamed about, all he desired was just Jesus Christ – His interest, and His interest alone. And you know this is what makes a family; this is what makes oneness.

It’s like a woman who gets married to a man. When people are getting married you notice that the woman will give up her surname, her last name, and take up the name of her husband. And in most cases, especially in very healthy, sound, solid marriages, the woman does not just give up her name, she gives up her identity, she gives up her dreams, she gives up her visions and becomes wrapped up in that of her husband. They become one. It’s not that she doesn’t have an agenda of her own, it’s not that she doesn’t have her own interest, but something happens in that marriage; she leaves her parents, she leaves her family, she leaves her own interests and becomes immersed, one, fused together. All she cares about is that of her husband, that of her family, the dreams of her husband. And in society where we think we’ve become enlightened, where we think that it’s ok … you know we have what we call feminist and all kinds of people, ‘I’m not going to lose my identity when I get married.’ What happens in those societies? What happens in those societies is that they just topple; they break up. They’re not strong.

A whole lot of what has gone wrong even in western society marriages is not just the whole issue of democracy and equality and freedom, but also the fact that the woman wants to retain her identity, her individualism, her dreams, her ambitions and interests in marriage. But that is not right. Praise God. The same way that she – you know her name represents her identity; her name is who she is, and so the giving up of that name to take on the name of the husband is symbolic of every other aspect of her identity and personality that she’s basically giving up. And that is what happens when we come to Christ, it’s that whoever we are, whatever we used to be, whatever our dreams, whatever our wants, our desires, we give it up. And what happens? We begin to seek the interests of Jesus; it becomes about what He wants, about His agenda, about His goals, about His concerns. That becomes our occupation.

And this is what oneness with Christ is; because I think that if we come to the Lord’s Table and we have not died to our own interests, and our own ambitions, we’re not discerning His body properly. Because eating this, the bible says that when we eat the bread and we drink the cup we are participating in His death. We are participating in His death; that’s what it means. So, as we eat tonight (as we participate in His body, as we participate in His blood) let us remember what it means, let us bear in mind what it means, let us remember what has happened to us, let us remember who we have become, let us remember that we have died to ourselves, we have died to our interests, we have died to what we want, all that matters to us now are the Lord’s interests. This is what makes us one with the Lord. This is what makes us a part of His body. The hand can’t have an agenda of itself right? The eye can’t have an agenda.

Imagine Brody, that his right hand has a different goal to shoot a falcon and then the left hand has a different goal to exercise, and then his eyes have a different goal to watch a movie, and then his legs have a different goal to go take a walk at the same time. What will happen? That’s insanity. Think about it. Every aspect of his body, all aspects of your body have only one agenda at one point in time – only one. And who decides that agenda? The head. The mind. That mind decides right now we’re going to eat, and the moment the mind decides we’re going to eat, the eyes are set on the food, the nose is set on smelling it to know if it’s okay, the mouth is set to chew it, the teeth are set to chew, the hands are set to pick it up. Every part of the body is focused on that particular thing – eating. When he’s done eating and says, ‘I want to sleep,’ well, the eye doesn’t say, ‘well, I want to watch a movie,’ and the ear doesn’t say, ‘I want to listen to music,’ and then …No. They all do the same thing; this is what it means to be a part of the body.

I am not the head, Jesus is the head, and Jesus’ interest (what He wants to do per time, where He wants to be, what He wants to say, what He wants to do), that’s what I should be about. I’m sure there are times when different parts of your body might want to do different things. Sometimes your stomach may be hungry, sometimes your eye might want to watch something, but you see they don’t go ahead and do what they want to do. In the body of Christ, really, we don’t go ahead and do what we want to do. We recognize that we may have what we want to do, or what we want at each point in time, and that it may be different from what the Lord wants. Can I tell you something? There’s nothing wrong with that, because you’re an individual, you’re a person. I want us to know that.

I’m a person. You’re a person. There’s nothing wrong with recognizing that, ‘this is what I want to do. This is what I want for myself. And I don’t want this other one.’ There’s nothing wrong with that at all, but the important thing is that do you go ahead and do what you want to do or do you submit it to the Lord? And say, ‘well Lord, this is what I really want to do, but since that’s not what You want to do, I’m laying this off because I want to do what you want to do.’ I remember a few days back I was wrestling with some doubts – oh yeah I do have doubts as well. Some people will think, ‘oh, Rev. Wildfire, he’s got it all together,’ maybe, but not perfectly. I have doubts, I’m a very free minded person, and I was thinking I said, ‘there are just so many things I don’t want, I don’t like, I don’t think it should be like this. And I don’t want to do this; I don’t want to do that, but I have to do it.’ And it had to do with the things the Lord wanted me to say, the things the Lord wanted me to do, and it just didn’t gel with me, it just didn’t gel with who I thought I was. I wanted to be freer to do what I want to do, to be the person I want to be for myself.

Doing this work of God felt more like a trap, and I just want to break out of it and be myself and be free. And the Holy Spirit, while I was doing that and just thinking about it, the Holy Spirit came to me and said, ‘you know what? It’s okay. This is you. Really, there’s nothing wrong with thinking, “I don’t think it’s this way and I want …” there’s nothing wrong with that, it’s who you are.’ He said, ‘but guess what?’ He told me, He said, ‘do what I tell you to do.’ He said, ‘look at Jesus,’ and in that scripture I want us to go back a little. I’m going to read it. In that scripture it tells us something about Jesus in Philippians chapter 2 verse 5. It says in Philippians 2:5; ‘in your relationship with one another, have the same mind set as Christ Jesus.’ What is the mindset? It tells you, ‘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.’ It tells us that He made Himself nothing.

Let us continue to make ourselves nothing. Let us continue to do that. It doesn’t mean that we’re nothing; it means that we make ourselves nothing. It means that we strip ourselves of whatever we think we are, whatever we think we should be, whatever dreams and ambitions we may have, we empty ourselves. In fact, some versions of the bible say He emptied Himself. In the King James Version it says He emptied Himself. Let us continue to empty ourselves. Of what? Of our interest, of our own desires, of our own selves, of our wants, of our ambitions, of our agenda, let us empty ourselves. Like, empty ourselves, and then let all that matters become His interest. ‘… And He humbled Himself,’ you know what it’s saying? Jesus in His nature was God. He was God in His nature, and so if anybody could have said, ‘well, I’m going to do what I want to do …,’ think about it. ‘I can do what I want to do, after all I am God myself.’ We all read the other time where God referred to Jesus as God, ‘Your throne O God …’

So Jesus was God; equal in nature with God, and He came into this world, and He could have gone around and said, ‘well, this is what I want to do. This is what I want to do. I don’t want to do it like that; after all, I’m also God.’ No. He did not do that. I mean, Jesus walking in this world said, ‘by Myself I can’t do anything.’ That’s what it means to make Himself nothing, ‘by Myself I can do nothing. (Oh I can do a lot of things, but I won’t; it is only what I hear the Father say that I will say. It is only what I see the Father do, that is what I do. This is what I’m going to do.) And even when He came to the Garden of Gethsemane, the Garden of Gethsemane gives us some sliver of insight, a window into the fact that Jesus Christ was not always in total agreement with God. There were differences. We tend to look at the Trinity – the Son, the Father and the Holy Spirit – and we think that they don’t have differences. And that is good because that shows you to the extent they have dissolved their differences in oneness, but God allowed us to have a glimpse into the fact that there was at least some difference.

When Jesus came to the Garden of Gethsemane, He was praying and said, ‘Father, Father if it be Your will, take this cup from me.’ Now, think about it. At that point what Jesus really desired as a man, as a human was that the cup be taken away – the cup of suffering, the cup of dying on the cross. So, He desired it, but that was different from what God wanted right? At that point, that was different; what God wanted was not for that cup to be taken away. What God wanted was for Jesus to drink the cup, but Jesus did not want to drink the cup. What you see there is difference.

At various points in our lives we’re going to encounter differences between what we want to do and what God wants us to do. At various points in our lives we’re going to encounter differences between what we want to say and what God wants us to say, between what I want to think and what God wants me to think, between what I want to believe and what God wants to believe. We’re going to encounter differences, and it’s not a crime. If Jesus, the perfect Son of God had differences, no matter how small, no matter the reason, then how much more us? But you see what matters is not the existence of the differences. What matters is not that there are differences, what matters is that He emptied Himself of His own desires. What matters is that at the Garden of Gethsemane He said, ‘this is what I want; I don’t want to go to the cross. Nevertheless, not what I want, but what You want.’

It’s not the fact that you want something different from what God wants for you that is the problem. No. The problem is when you want to have what you want and not what God wants. When you want to have what you want at the expense of what God wants, when you want to shove aside what God wants you to do so that you can have your own, that’s when you have a problem. But as long as we can, and we are able to, by the Holy Spirit to say, ‘Father, Lord, this isn’t the way I want to do this, this isn’t the way I really want to go about this, but nevertheless, because this is the way you have said for it to be, I’ll go that way.’ It doesn’t make you a fool; it makes you one who has made yourself nothing. People may think you’re foolish. So be it. It’s a good thing to be foolish for God. People might look at you and say, ‘are you stupid? Why don’t you do what you want to do?’ It’s okay. Call me stupid, and I’ll bear that as a badge of honor for Jesus.

If He died on the cross for me, then being called stupid in comparison is nothing. Being called foolish, being called whatever name is nothing in comparison with what He bore for my sake, because when we watch the movie and when we read it in the bible, the bible said that they even spat on His face. They spat on His face; think about the insult of somebody spitting on your face. You know we just think in terms of the cross, the nail, but think about somebody just spitting on your face. It’s insult. It’s degrading. But He bore it, like He let people spit on His face for me, and then I can’t bear to be called stupid for Him. I can’t bear to be called a fool for Him. I mean think about it. If He could do that for me, the least I can do is to do the same. That’s what it means that I empty myself and I’m strictly about His interest, making myself nothing.

People might look at you and say, ‘you’re a slave,’ sure I’m a slave of Jesus. I don’t want to be a free man of the devil. I’m a slave. Do you know when they came to the Garden and caught Him He could have called down fire from heaven? He said it Himself because when they came to catch Him Peter pulls his sword and slashes off somebody’s ear, and Jesus said to Peter, ‘put your sword back into the sheath for those that slay with the sword perish with the sword.’ He said, ‘don’t you know right now, do you not know that if I cry out to my heavenly Father that even at this moment God would send 12 legions of angels?’ That’s like 72,000; one angel alone is enough to send this universe reeling into darkness, and He said, ‘my Father can send 72000.’ He did not do that. Did you know that He knew Judas was going to betray Him and He did not escape? Did you know that while He was praying He knew that the roman soldiers were coming to catch Him? He had a head start; He knew like five hours ahead of time that they were coming and He could have escaped. He didn’t; He just stretched forth His hands and they tied Him and they dragged Him through the street basically like a slave, and I can’t answer a slave for Him.

I mean, we should be ready to answer any name; ‘brainwashed,’ good, ‘slaves,’ good, ‘stupid,’ good, as long as it is for Jesus. Praise God. That way we’re participating; you see eating the bread and drinking the wine represents our oneness with Him that we are no longer ourselves. We have fused into Him and become one with Him. And it says He humbled Himself, became a servant, became obedient to death. Who wants to die? Nobody wants to die. Jesus didn’t want to die. Let’s read something He said in John chapter 10, because we think Jesus loved to die. No. John chapter 10 verse 17 & 18; ‘the reason the Father loves me is that I lay down my life to take it up again. No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down, and authority to take it up again. And this command I received from my Father.’

‘This command I received from my Father …’ it’s not that I wanted to die, but my Father told me to die. He says, ‘and this is the reason my Father loves me.’ Think about that for a minute. I don’t know about unconditional love – whether love should be conditional or unconditional. That’s a debate for another day. Jesus says there’s a reason His Father loves Him. There’s a reason the Father loves Him. He said, ‘the reason the Father loves me is that I lay down my life only to take it up again.’ He said, ‘nobody takes it from me.’ It’s not by force, ‘I lay it down of My own accord.’ Why did He say that? Because He was God and because He had His own freewill, and so because He was God, He knew who was going to betray Him, because He was God He knew when they were planning it, He knew when they were coming. So, He could have escaped; because He was God He could have vanished. So, there was no way Jesus could have been killed unless He had surrendered Himself – no other way. And He said, ‘nobody takes it from Me.’ It wasn’t the roman soldiers that killed Him, it wasn’t the Jews that killed Him, He laid down His life.

Nobody could have killed Jesus. He laid down His life, and that day the Lord was showing me what Jesus did. He said, ‘Wildfire, I know what you want and what you don’t want. I know how you want to go about things and how you don’t want to go about it. I know what you want to believe and what you don’t want to believe. I know all that, but this is what I want you to do. Be like Jesus.’ He did not do what He wanted to do; He did what He was commanded to do. Did you get that? Do you know that in military you don’t do what you want to do? Brody, am I correct? When you go to the army, you join the marines or the navy seals, you come there and you say, ‘well, you know what? This morning I want to go swimming.’ Or you say, ‘well, this afternoon, I want to go to the village and meet the people in the village, where the people are fighting.’ No. No way. It is the army, the chain of command that says, ‘this is what you eat, this is where you sleep, this is where you go, this is the weapon you use.

In a way, there’s an aspect of that that plays out in our walk with God; it’s not what you want to do that you should do, it’s what He commands you to do. Hallelujah. It’s not what I want to do – I mean if it’s what I want to do, God help me, I won’t be here, but it’s no longer what I want to do because I am now crucified with Christ. It’s no longer I that live, but Christ that lives in me, and the life I now live, I live through Christ who loved me and gave Himself for me. That’s what Paul said, and God told me, ‘look at Jesus.’ And that say I said, ‘ok, Lord. I lay down my life.’ I lay down my life. Each day, each moment I say let us continue to do it. Why I used the word, ‘let us continue to do it,’ it’s that in the Wildfire Mission this is what we’re already doing. In the Wildfire Mission this is what unites us, this is what brings us together that ‘let us continue …’ They tell you to do something if you’re not doing it, but if you’re doing something already, what you’re told is, ‘continue to do it.’

Let us not become weary of laying down our lives to the Lord. Let us not become tired of giving up our own agenda, of our own interest daily to establish His kingdom to make Him happy. When God told Jesus to die, it was because God so loved the world. God so loved the world that HE gave His only begotten son. God loved the world so much that He wanted to save the world, and Jesus said, ‘this is what my Father wants, this is what matters to my Father, it’s not about what I want. And because this is what is important to my Father, I’m going to go through it no matter the pain, no matter the agony I’m going to go through it.’ And He prayed. Sometimes it may be difficult, and that was why Jesus prayed and God strengthened Him, and through the Holy Spirit He offered up His blood for the redemption for our sins. What that means for us is today, let us continue to lay down our lives for Him, let us continue to give up our own interests for Him, let us continue to make our lives an offering for Him. Let us continue to do that. Yes. We may have our interests, we may have our dreams, we may have our ambitions, our goals, let us set them aside always – always. And let us embrace His own agenda, His own interest.

This afternoon there was something the Lord was showing me – Jesus prayed a prayer, and He was praying for other disciples who hadn’t join yet that were going to join Him from the testimony of the twelve. And Jesus was praying for them to come – that was us. He was praying for us. He knew there were others outside of the twelve who were like the twelve. So, there are also others outside of this Table, outside of our movement who have no other interest but God. Hallelujah. There are people like that in this world; they’re not respected, they’re not acknowledged, they’re usually put down and looked down on, but Jesus says they exist. Jesus said that no man can come to Him unless the Father draws Him. Do you know why He said that? I’ll show you why He said that. Go to Isaiah chapter 53.

Isaiah 53 – yeah please Sommer, read verse 2 & 3. Isaiah 53 verse 2 & 3; ‘He grew up before Him like a tender shoot, and like a root out of the dry ground He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to Him, nothing in His appearance that we should desire Him. He was despised and rejected by mankind, a man of suffering and familiar with pain. Like one from whom people would hide their faces, He was despised, and we held Him in low esteem.’ Praise God. You see how he was talking about Jesus; he actually said He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to Him. That means that Jesus was not this handsome, six-abbed, 8-abbed athletic movie star we see on TV, because when they’re acting Jesus on TV they find somebody who’s really tall and handsome and all that. But the bible actually tells us that He did not have that in His appearance; His cousin – John the Baptist – when he was talking about Jesus, this is what John said, ‘I would not have recognized Him.’ That’s what John the Baptist said, ‘I would not have recognized Him. The only way I knew He was the One was that the One who sent me told me that upon whom who you see the Holy Spirit descend and remain, the same is He that baptizes with fire.’ So, there was nothing in Jesus to suggest that this is the Son of God – nothing.

So, Jesus said, ‘the only way anybody could come to me is not because I am handsome, it’s not because that there’s any beauty that people should desire me, it’s not because I’m attractive, it’s only because the Father draws them to me.’ And that is the only way that people can come to God really. Today we’ve tried to make the Gospel very attractive. You know we try to make it attractive, make it look like a rock star concert with all the lights and all the glitz and all the glamour. We try to make everything so sweet and nice; you know, ‘come to our church, we make the best pancakes. Come to our church …’ You know … it’s good intention, with good intention we’re trying to invite people, ‘come to our church, we have the most amazing music.’ The only music I heard Jesus sing was a hymn which was very boring, ‘come to our church, we have the best choir. Come to our church, we have the most fantastic cathedrals, the most amazing buildings. I mean, the air condition in our church is better than anything you can find elsewhere. Our pastor preaches real good, and by the way, he’s a very handsome man,’ as an added bonus. We have good intentions, we’re trying to make it appealing, and then attractive, and we have succeeded. But our success became the seed of our failure; you know why? Because we succeeded in making it attractive and appealing, a lot of people have come who are not brought there by God; a lot of people are drawn who are not brought there by God.

And so Apostle Paul says that it has pleased God that through the foolishness of what is preached … the Gospel is actually foolishness to the world; it’s not appealing, it’s not attractive. That way, the only way somebody can believe it is that God draws Him. That way, the only way that somebody comes to church is that God draws him; that way, the only way that somebody identifies with us is that God draws him. Do you understand what I’m saying? Get it into our spirit; the only way that anybody can come to us – or should – is that God draws them. And when God draws them, it doesn’t matter anymore.

I like what happened – you were there, you were all there when we were having the meeting for those going to Nigeria, and men I was blown away when people were saying, ‘even if we go there and terrorists blow up our heads, it doesn’t matter.’ Did you notice I did not come trying to paint a good picture of Nigeria? Like you know, ‘Nigeria is this beautiful place, Nigeria is this wonderful place. Everybody there is nice, and all you do there is just smile. It’s like paradise.’ I did not do that; even with Pat. Sommer was trying to get me to talk to Pat, Brody’s dad, I told Sommer, ‘look, I’m going to tell Pat the truth that if I was Brody’s dad I wasn’t going to let him go to Nigeria.’ That was what I was going to tell Pat, but you see in spite of that fact, what is going on? Because everybody said, ‘the Lord told me to go.’ Guess what? They’re not being drawn to Nigeria because of anything good; they’re not being drawn there because there’s this amazing thing they’re going to see.

Everybody is going there because God draws them. Shouldn’t that be the same about who joins us? Shouldn’t it be the same about who becomes a part of our church, a part of our family, a part of our movement? It should be the same; it shouldn’t be people we promise stuff, ‘you know if you join our church, we’re going to buy you an SUV. You know just come to our church and we’re going to write you a cheque to pay your rent.’ Oh no, why wouldn’t you go there? Come on now, if you had a church where they signed you a cheque every Sunday to be paying your rent, I’ll be going every Sunday. I’ll be going and still be here; I’ll find out the second service of the church because I’m sure that church is going to have so many members. Now, but you know what? 99% of people in that church would not have been drawn by God.

I remember something that happened to a church, I don’t remember the name of the pastor, but it was in Texas. This church were 11000 members – like they were massive – and then one day they found out that the pastor of the church, Tilton, Robert Tilton is the name of that pastor. You can search it out on Google. He had this church, about 11000, and he had a scandal. And what happened in this scandal was that they got people to send prayer requests and they sent in money and they promised to pray for them but it was found out that he gets all these prayer requests and he throws them into the garbage bin, they never even prayed for it. And somehow it just leaked, and all kinds of scandal about money and all kinds of things came out. And when the scandal broke everybody in the church left, except about – less than 20 people stayed back out of 11000 members. And when that happened I said, ‘this man should go and thank God that finally he’s found out who his real members are.’ These are his real members; these are the real people in the church.

So, all this while he had these 11000 people and trying to keep them coming, and trying to keep them happy and trying to keep them good, he did not know that he had only 10 people or so who would stay with him for better or worse. You know what? There are people that would never leave you no matter what you do. Did you know that? Brody, did you know that? Did you know that? You may not have seen one, but they exist, and only God can bring them to you. He said there’s a friend that sticks closer than a brother; nothing you do will make that person leave you. It’s for better or worse, till death do us part. That day that man found out who his real friends, his real members were. And I was praying for him, I did pray for him, because I pray for all these men of God when they have all these challenges, because people put them on such a pedestal that when they make a mistake everybody just abandons them. And I said, ‘Lord, show him the truth.’ So, now he should gather these ten people (or whatever number) and hug them, because these people are never going to leave him.

Do you know the devil, as terrible and evil as he is still has worshippers? So, come on, no matter how evil you are, you’re still going to have people who are with you. You can’t be worse than the devil, and you can’t be better than God. And as good as God is, there are people who don’t like Him. So, Jesus came to His own and His own rejected Him. Why? Because He wasn’t appealing, it wasn’t appealing. He wasn’t cool and nice, He wasn’t someone that people would want to hang out with, He wasn’t someone that people were drawn to in that physical, attractive, beauty sense, but they were those the Father brought to Him.

So, in the same way, in our community, in our movement, in our church, let’s realize that there are those that – why I went of this tangent is that there are others like us who also have the interest of Jesus as their own; they don’t care about the number of people in the church, they don’t care about the music, they don’t care about whether God answers their prayer or not, they don’t care about whether there’s money or not. They just don’t care. What they just care about is God; these are the ones He calls His consecrated ones. These are the ones that He said to Elijah, ‘I have reserved for Myself seven thousand in Israel who have not bowed the knee to baal.’ It doesn’t matter how much they’re paying people to bow to baal, it doesn’t matter how beautiful baal is, how cool it is, they don’t bow to baal. And as we partake in this communion today, in addition to continuing to giving up our own interests and make ourselves nothing, let us also know that it is the interest of our Lord, of our Master that all these people be brought together, that all of them that He has assigned together as one, that they be brought in. And so we’re going to put them in our hearts as we partake of the Communion tonight. Let’s join our hands as we pray.

Thank You Lord Jesus Christ for Your love that has brought us together and has brought us around this Table. We thank You for this great, great love that You’ve shown to us, and this marvellous example that You have set before us. Thank You so much. Thank You for calling us. Thank You for inviting us. Thank You for enabling us, for drawing us to You. Thank You so much. We could not have come on our own. Thank You for bringing us. Thank You for the grace. Thank You for the help of Your Spirit. Thank You for helping us to lay aside our agenda. Thank You for helping us to forsake what we want for ourselves. Thank You for helping us to embrace Your own interests. Thank You for helping us to do what You want us to do no matter how inconveniencing and how painful it is. Thank You so much. And as we eat at Your Table, as we participate in Your body and in Your blood this evening, we receive renewed grace, we receive renewed strength to be nothing for You, to just be vessels and vehicles for You to continue to express Yourself, for You to continue to glorify Yourself.

As we partake of Your body and of Your blood, we receive life from You. The same life that flowed from You Jesus, we receive it, and Lord we thank You that as we flow in this life, as we walk in this life, we will become living magnets for others like us who care about nothing in this world except you in the mighty name of Jesus. And everybody says amen. Hallelujah.

The Mystery of Oneness

This message was delivered by Rev. Wildfire on the 24th of May 2016 at the US Missions Centre Holy Communion Service.

This message was delivered by Rev. Wildfire on the 24th of May 2016 at the US Missions Centre Holy Communion Service.

We will start today by going to the book of Acts of the Apostles. Let’s go to Acts of the Apostles chapter 2 verse 46 and 47; ‘Everyday they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favour of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.’ ‘… And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.’ This is very significant, because it says it was the Lord that added to their number, ‘and the Lord was adding to their number daily those who were being saved.’ The Lord added to their number daily, as opposed to ‘they added to their number.’ It matters where the addition in your life is coming from; not every addition is from God.

The bible is full of injunctions like, ‘test every spirit.’ Not every addition to your life is from the Lord; and we must be careful of growth, increase, expansions that are not from the Lord, because whatever is not from the Lord that is added to your life will destroy you. This is how the bible puts it; the bible says that the blessings of the Lord make rich and they do not add sorrow. ‘The blessings of the Lord make rich …; so, there are the blessings of the Lord, and there are blessings of something else. And it distinguishes the blessings of the Lord in terms of its ultimate effect. It says the blessings of the Lord make rich – first of al – and they do not add sorrow. That’s in the bible.

The blessings of the Lord make rich, but that’s not enough. They make rich, but they do not add sorrow. There are blessings that make rich and then baptize you with sorrow; and we know today that most billionaires are not happy; a lot of them are depressed; a lot of their children commit suicide. It’s not enough that the addition brings riches, what about the side effect? What about the byproduct? What about the ultimate end? So, not every addition to your life is from the Lord. Not every addition to the home church is from the Lord; I’m telling you. Sometimes we’re so desperate for increase; we’re so desperate for addition that we open our lives to things, to additions that are not from the Lord. This is particularly a problem today in a society that evaluates success on the basis of numbers.

I mean this is a society that evaluates you on the basis of your net worth. How do they classify people? ‘He’s worth ten billion. He’s worth a million. He’s a millionaire, he’s a billionaire,’ and that’s based on the number of yachts that he has, the number of homes and mansions and billions you have in your account, and that way you are evaluated to be upper class, or middle class, or lower class. And so even in the church, we now have mega churches. If you have a thousand members and above, that’s a mega church; and a mega church, an event, a ministry is evaluated on the basis of numbers. ‘Oh, we had this event and a million people showed up; ten thousand people showed up, it was successful.’ And so because of that we can come under pressure to make things happen; we can come under pressure to run around, trying to fix it, and that is why we do not have eternal results. Our results are superficial, shallow and frustrating, because you’ve got to ask yourself, ‘was it from the Lord?’

When the Lord adds to your number there’s peace, there’s joy eternally. An example of the Lord adding to your number is this pretty young woman here that the Lord brought into the Wildfire Missions. I didn’t bring her, I didn’t scheme her into it; the Lord Himself added her to my life, or maybe added me to her life – however you look at it. Two years have come and gone, it’s one blissful day after another, because it was the Lord. The same way you know I wouldn’t look at Rodney for a while, until one day God spoke to me about him; that is at the Goodwill church. I won’t forget what the Lord told me about him, and ever since that day, if you notice from that very day that that word came, Rodney’s life has never been the same.

See; don’t go to where God did not add you ok? And don’t open your life to people the Lord did not add to you – don’t. It says here that the Lord added to their number; the Lord will add. The Lord Himself will add to our number daily, but for that to happen we must trust Him completely. We must trust Him completely. We must not be in haste, because haste makes waste. Haste makes waste. And the book of Proverbs says it is not good to be hasty and miss the way. Every time you’re hasty, you’re going to miss the way and you’re going to destroy your life. As a home church, as a mission, as a ministry, let us not be hasty to add to our number by our own strength and our own ingenuity and scheming and manipulations, because anybody you add to your life that way ain’t going to last, because while they’re with you they’re going to keep poking at you and choking you to death.

Look at Abraham. Abraham had two main sons we know about. He had other sons but the most popular sons he had – well known – were Ishmael and Isaac. Let’s look at those two sons; one of them was born in the ordinary way through scheming. Abraham and Sarah got Ishmael through scheming; they followed the ways of the people. They followed the predominant culture of the day, and Abraham took his servant Hagar and got her pregnant and they had Ishmael, and God had nothing to do with that. That came from man; that came from the craftiness, the ingenuity of Sarah – from Sarah’s opinion and advice and suggestion – and she sowed it as a seed in the thought of Abraham and Abraham bought into it. And what did they do? They had a son – Ishmael.

Look at that son. He was a thorn in the flesh to Abraham. He was a thorn in the flesh to Sarah; he became a thorn in the flesh to Isaac and to the entire household to the point that they had to drive him out. He was such a nuisance, such a trouble to that entire household that they had to kick him and his mother out. But the problem did not end there; he’s still a thorn in the flesh till today. When you look at the Middle East, look at all of them – Al Queada, Taliban, ISIS, boko haram, you’re looking at Ishmael. They’re still a thorn in the flesh till today; that was an addition. I believe that the day Ishmael was born there was celebration in the house of Abraham right? Remember he was probably about 80 or 90 when Ishmael was born; in that house I believe there was a party. ‘We have a son,’ everybody rejoiced, everybody celebrated because that was an addition, but that was not an addition from the Lord. That was not from God; it was not the Lord that added Ishmael, and so Ishmael came with sorrow, Ishmael came with pain, Ishmael came with agony and ultimately Ishmael had to be driven away.

So, why would you be in a hurry? Because you need a friend and you open up your life to anything all in the name of friendship. You’ve got to wait. Brother, are you listening? You’ve got to wait. Don’t be quick to make friends. Let God Himself add to your life the person He has prepared. Don’t be quick. Yeah I know we’re social beings, human beings, kind of feel lonely and feel alone, you want to have a friend, you want to hang out, you want to play with someone. That’s natural. That’s human nature. God made it like that, but you must also allow God to give you a friend. You remember Adam, God made him a helper that was suitable for him.

So, in the ancient church, in the old church, in the Apostolic times it says that the Lord Himself was adding to their number. I want to wait. I want to trust God. I want to be patient. And I want to depend on God to give me my friends, to give me my brothers and to give me my family. Hallelujah. Because success is good relationships; good what? Good relationships; when you fail in relationships you have failed in life. When you fill your life with the wrong people that God did not bring to you, it will bring you into sorrow – endless sorrow, a lifetime of sorrow. So, in our personal lives, in our businesses and in the mission, let us look to the Lord for our own additions. Amen. And then in looking at this scripture I saw something about the means of the Lord, or how God operates. I noticed here there was something going on in the apostolic communion. It says, ‘everyday they continued to meet daily in the courts and they broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts.’ There was unity, there was oneness among them. Those believers were always together, they broke bread in their homes; communion, spiritual communion, they had fellowship continuously. There was a communal love, togetherness, brotherhood that was among them; they were not fragmented and each person just on their own doing their own thing. They were together. And they broke bread together.

There is power in oneness. There is power – I’m telling you. You have no idea. There is power in oneness. And I’ll be talking tonight about the power of oneness; that’s the subject of this teaching. I want to help us understand the power of oneness and the importance of us being one with one another in this home church, in our mission. Even God Himself cannot defeat oneness; oneness is the only power that can defeat God. I’m going to show it to you from the bible, because what I’m saying to you is not something I got from my head, it’s something God showed me from the scriptures. I’m going to show it to you. Let’s go to the book of Genesis chapter 11. Ok, from verse 1 to 7; ‘Now the whole world had one language and a common speech. As men moved eastward, they found a plain in Shinar and settled there. They said to each other, “Come, let’s make bricks and bake them thoroughly.” They used bricks instead of stones and tar for mortar. Then they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city, with a tower that reaches to the heavens, so that we may make a name for ourselves and not be scattered over the face of the whole earth.” But the Lord came down to see the city and the tower that the men were building. The Lord said, “If as one people speaking the same language they have begun to do this, then nothing they plan to do will be impossible for them. Come let us go down and confuse their language so they will not understand each other.”’

Did you see that? God looked down from heaven and saw all the sons of men led by a black man; the black man’s name was called Nimrod. He was leading the whole world astray; that was where the problem of the black people started. And if you read history, Nimrod gathered everyone together, and they were speaking the same language, and they were having the same speech, and everybody was one. And they all came together and they said, ‘we’re going to build a city and build a temple, and build a tower that would reach the heavens.’ That was their vision, and they started. Now, God looks down from heaven and He sees them; and God calls a meeting. In the King James Version of the bible it says in the meeting God said, ‘the people is one. And as long as they are one, we can never defeat them.’

This is God Himself talking; God is saying, ‘you see this stuff they’re doing, as long as they’re one heart, one soul, one mind, one language, one speech, as long as this people are one, we cannot stop them. In order to stop them we must divide them.’ That’s what is happening in America today by the way; the enemy has come into this nation and brought in a wedge between the democrats and the republicans. I’ve never seen this kind of division in my life; the division that I see between the democrats and the republicans. I mean the mere fact that a democrat stands for something makes the republican go against it. If a republican is for something and suddenly a democrat stands for the same thing, the republican will change his mind. And then when you come into the republicans, you have a bunch of them; the conservatives, and then you have the fundamentalists. I think they’re four factions. And then you get into the democrats, they’re also divided. I mean I don’t want to talk about the church, but what about us?

You know the devil spent – I don’t know how many millennial he spent in heaven understudying God, and he understands these mysteries better than anybody; that if you are to defeat a people, you must first of all divide them. You cannot defeat until you divide. Jesus said a kingdom that is divided against itself will not be able to stand; this isn’t just applying to the devil, it applies to God. God looks down from heaven and says, ‘I am Almighty God, and I set up the mystery of oneness as the ultimate power of all creation. And these people are working in that power. If we cannot divide them, we cannot defeat their purpose. So, let’s go down and confuse their speech.’ And that was how God came down and confused their speech and defeated their purpose. In other words, there is power in oneness, and that was why Jesus in His prayer for the disciples before He went back to heaven said, ‘Father I pray that they may be one,’ because if they’re one, it doesn’t matter what they do, they can’t be defeated.

I remember so many years ago – I told us a story on Sunday about the physics teacher that was always giving us riddles to tease our brains. Ok. Now, one time we were learning about – I can’t remember again, but I think that was on gravitational force – the law of gravity. And according to that law – let me simplify it as much as I can – it says that if you have two masses, that is m1 – that is a weight – then this is m2 which is another weight, there’s a quantity of force generated as a result of these two forces being side by side. And that there is a way to calculate that force, and he gave us the equation. The equation was that the mass of this multiplied by the mass of this one divided by the square of their radius. For instance, if the mass of this is twenty, and the mass of this is fifty, and the distance between here and here is three, then you’re going to have 20×50 = 100/3×3. So m1, m2, divided by the R squared of this gives you the quantity of force that is generated between this two.

Well, we decided to ask him a question, we said, ‘sir, what if the R here is zero? What if the distance is zero?’ There was a reason we asked him that question, and the reason is that when you divide anything by zero, what happens? If you have 1/0 or you have 7/0 what? Nope. Brody is still in school so let’s go to him. When you divide zero by anything, like we say 0/1 or 0/7, it’s zero, but what if you divide anything by zero? When you do 7/0, you get a mathematical phenomenon called infinity; anything divided by zero would give you infinity. Infinity is an immeasurable number; infinity is never ending. Yeah, like endless, so that’s an impossible number.

So, we asked him the question and the man says it’s impossible, but if you can achieve it to reduce the R to zero, then you’re going to generate enough force to destroy the universe. That’s what he said, and I left the class that day, the Holy Spirit gripped my spirit. Because we asked this man, ‘ok, so, can’t this happen?’ He said, ‘you don’t just measure the mass of this, you measure it from somewhere called the centre of mass. So, even when you bring these two together, the distance is not zero, because the mass is acting from a place called the nucleus. You can’t reach the two normally; you need something called the nuclear fusion to do that.’ And that’s where you have the nuclear technology and all that kind of stuff, but even that nuclear fusion does not achieve zero R (distance) between the nucleus because if you can achieve it, you can destroy the universe; you will generate sufficient power to destroy the universe. And there and then I saw it; I saw the power of oneness because the core, the centre of mass symbolizes the heart. That if you can get two hearts to become one, to fuse together as one, then there’s nothing they cannot achieve.

That’s why Jesus says, ‘if two of you come together in My Name and agree on anything in My Name, it will be done for them.’ That’s the power of unity, and God knew that. That’s the power of Trinity; God the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Spirit. And they’re one, fused together as one; and that is why it is impossible for them to be defeated.  And Jesus prayed that we would be brought into the same oneness, that we would fuse together as one together with the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. And that way we’ll be indestructible by any force that can come against us; so that’s the power of oneness. So, how does that have to do with anything? Let’s go to that book of Acts of the Apostles. If you go back to the book of Acts where we read, it says that the Lord was adding to their number daily, and you realize when you go back to verse 42 it says, ‘but they devoted themselves to the Apostles teaching, to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.’ What was going on here? They were fusing together as one. Hallelujah.

They were fusing together, ‘they devoted themselves …’ Remember those guys at the tower of Babel; they had the same language, they had the same speech, they had the same purpose, they had the same heart. How did they achieve that? They achieved that perfect oneness; they achieved that and God was like freaking out and said, ‘if I don’t stop these people, they’re going to achieve what they want to achieve.’ And it’s the same thing the disciples did by devoting themselves to the apostles teaching. In other words, they were listening to the same thing. One of the ways that we strengthen our unity in Christ is we must be listening to the same thing. First of all, we must be listening to the same spirit, we must be listening to the same bible; but even those Apostles and those early disciples devoted themselves to the Apostles teaching. They weren’t floating around with every wind of doctrine and then listening to all kinds of things.

I remember when I got married, God taught me this. He said to me, ‘look, if you want your marriage to be strong, make sure that you and your wife are constantly listening to the same things. When you read a book, make sure she reads it. When you watch a movie, make sure she watches it. Make sure that the two if you are tuned to the same voice, to the same information, to the same material, because if you’re not, you’re already being divided without knowing it.’ Are you listening to me? And then as a home church we must be tuned to the same thing. There are various kinds of things floating out there, but we cannot be united, we cannot walk in this mystery of oneness if Rodney is out there in Ponchatoula listening to something, and Brody is out there in Albany listening to another thing, and Sommer is out there in Hammond listening to something else and I’m somewhere in China listening to something else. And then we expect to be one – no. Because you’re shaped by what you hear, you become what you behold.

And this is why the Apostles said, ‘don’t give up meeting together.’ Because those Apostles understood the power of oneness that it was so important that Jesus prayed, ‘let them be one.’ Because if we’re one, the kingdom of darkness cannot defeat us; if we’re one, we’ll walk in victory, we’ll walk in effortless dominion. And so these are the ways the apostles maintained that bond, maintained that unity; they were devoted to the same teaching, to the same message, to the same thought, to the same pattern, and that was what everybody was fused with. And that is why as a home church it is important to me in the Wildfire Mission – I don’t know about other churches, it’s not my business. Other churches, God is going to ask them to account for themselves, but I’m going to be asked to account for the Wildfire Mission. And in the Wildfire Mission I want us to understand this; that it’s very important that we listen to the same message, to the same teaching that God has given to us.

So, they devoted themselves to the Apostles teaching and to the fellowship; they had to keep meeting together. As they met together, as they listened to the same things, as they fellowshipped they were fused together. That was how they continued fusing together. Remember they continued fusing together, fusing together like the m1 and the m2, they’re reducing R to zero, they’re reducing their distance, the gap to zero; they’re all beginning to think alike and speak alike and dream alike, and purpose alike. They’re reducing the distance. And the breaking of bread and prayer, and then suddenly in verse 43 the power exploded, everyone was filled with the power and many wonders and signs were performed by the Apostles. We cannot have apostolic signs and wonders without apostolic oneness.

One of the things I’ve also noticed is that societies or periods where you see great signs and wonders also happens to be societies where you also have tremendous oneness. An individualistic, fragmented society like America will be hard to see power here, will be hard to see miracles here; not just because of the technology, but because of the individualism. There is a high degree of individualism in this society. Do you understand what I mean? What’s the word? It’s individualism – rugged individualism. Each person is independent, like on their own. It has advantages, but when it comes to spiritual mysteries and the releasing of the force of oneness, it’s a hindrance. It’s a hindrance. You see some of the greatest manifestations of God in communal societies, in communal cultures. This is the mystery right here in the scriptures here in verse 44; it says, ‘all the believers who gathered had everything in common,’ and then where we read earlier, ‘they were meeting together and they were breaking in their homes, praising God and enjoying the favour of all the people, and the Lord added to their number daily.’ Hallelujah. They grew daily; it wasn’t like quarterly, it wasn’t annually, they were growing daily. Hallelujah.

So, we’re looking at the mystery of oneness; they met together, they were listening to the same things, they were fellowshipping together, but there was something else they were doing. They were breaking bread. And right there you see another element of the means by which they strengthened their oneness and fused together, and released this power that nothing can withstand. And that is the breaking of bread. Last time we talked about discerning the body of Christ, but do you know that the Communion Table also represents something else? Go to 1st Corinthians chapter 10 verse 16 & 17, ‘Is not the cup of thanksgiving for which we give thanks a participation in the blood of Christ? Is not the bread that we break a participation in the body of Christ? But there is one loaf, we who are many are one body, for we all partake of the one loaf.’

You see that? It’s showing you another mystery that is embedded in the communion; it tells us that because there is one loaf … So when you go to some churches – we got to be careful. We got to be careful of the all the poison that has come into the church, because I look at some churches and they have all these things that they call communion, they have little circles that they share. You understand what I mean? That’s not one loaf; the devil has many viruses and methods that he has used to sabotage our unity, not just in the physical sense where he has used the movies and stuff. I mean, look at what happens in the movies. In the movies where you could have like 500 people come and sit in the dark and everybody’s eye is on the screen. And they’re all in the dark with a bunch of pop corn, and they’re all watching the movie. I’ve been to it so many times. Sommer has taken me there watching the movie and a lot of these things have taken the place of devotion to the Apostolic teaching, to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.

In the apostolic world what brought them together was the teaching of the Apostles, the fellowship of the brethren, the breaking of the bread and prayer. Today we gather around football fields to play football or to watch movies. I mean the devil has done a really good job; for the world, it’s okay, but for the church, it’s not okay. He says, ‘love not the world nor the things of the world.’ When He’s saying these things, He’s not just trying to make our lives miserable. There is a power of the age to come that we need to tap into and release into the world, and these are the means by which we can tap into this power and release it to the world. And the devil understands that; he understands that when we come together and build our focus around the teachings of the Apostles, around the fellowship, around the breaking of bread and prayer, we will have so much power that he can’t be able to touch us. And so what does he do? He has to dilute the power; if you have a metallic can and you put it in the fire and heat it up for three days, you won’t be able to touch it. If you touch it you’re going to burn your hands, but if you want to touch it, you have to find a way to get it out and put into some cold ice water so it can cool down and then you can touch it and toy with it.

That’s what the devil has done with the church; he’s kind of pulled us out of the fire, gotten us into the world to chill and now he can mess us up. Now, it’s to the point where we have all those little things that they use for communion – what do they call them? Wafers – it’s satanic, period. I don’t care who’s using it. It says here that there is one loaf; not one wafer. ‘On the night that He was betrayed, He took the bread and He broke it,’ it was one loaf that He broke. It signified something; it’s telling you the significance and symbolism of that one loaf, ‘because there is one loaf (which is Christ), we who are many are one body for we all share the one loaf.’ It’s a spirit of oneness – the one loaf. It’s the same spirit of wafer that makes people do baptism with sprinkling. They get some water and they sprinkle on you and say you’re baptized. No. It’s baptism, not sprinkling. Baptism means to be immersed, submerged, baptized, and not sprinkled. The same thing, it’s not wafers – little, tiny, circular wafers that are fifty or seventy and everybody got one. It’s one loaf, one cup. ‘You know, I can’t drink in the same cup, Rodney might spit into it and Brody might sneeze into it, and Sommer might cough into it.’ I heard somebody say that. So, in order not to … we then have many cups and many wafers and everyone stays there and get their own. No. We’re not going to do that in the Wildfire Missions. We’re going to use one whole loaf, and we’re going to break it and we’re going to drink from the same cup. Hallelujah! Because it’s a mystery; whenever we do it we declare … hallelujah!

You know the word ‘declare’, you might not understand it because it’s in English; but as a coder, I write computer programs. When you say ‘declare,’ when you say, ‘declare a statement,’ or ‘to declare an expression,’ it actually means to bring it into existence; to set it forth, to establish it as a reality. Usually, you use the word, ‘declare’ when it’s not in existence before. You declare an expression, you set forth an equation, this = this, and it comes into existence, and you can use that snippet of code for every other aspect of the program. So, when we go to the Table and we break bread together and we drink from the same cup, it says that we are participating in the blood of Christ. We are participating in the body of Christ; it means that we are bringing our oneness into manifestation. We are declaring it, we are establishing it. We are, as it were, provoking it.

There’s a power, there’s a force that comes into release, that’s released and activated the moment we break that bread. The moment we break it and we eat it together, something happens; something supernatural, something the mind of man cannot understand, something that can’t be explained with human language takes place. It takes place in the Spirit and breaks right through to the natural. That was what was happening in this apostolic church; these people were swimming and flowing in mysteries and the world could not understand them; they were breaking bread daily. And I’m telling you the more we break bread, the more we establish our oneness in Christ. And as we establish our oneness in Christ, we release the power of the age that is to come; we release a power, we release a force that the world can never match, a force the world can never understand. It’s a mystery; that’s why Jesus prayed and said, ‘by this will all men know that you are My disciples.’ Not through your massive crusades, not through your charitable programs, not through your amazing outreaches. No. He said, ‘this is how men will know that you are my disciples, when you have love, one, for another.’

When you operate in the mystery of oneness, the whole world will be drawn. It’s amazing. So, as we go to the Table today, let us go with awareness, let us go with understanding that though we are many – Sommer is from Hammond, Rodney is from Philippines, Brody is from Hungary and I’m from Nigeria. Somebody shout hallelujah. I’m talking about kind of your roots. Now, we all come together from different places, but when we all got into the water, we all became baptized into Christ; the old man is dead, passed away and everything has become new. When you stepped out of that water you became born again, ‘if any man is in Christ he is a New Creation. Old things have passed away, behold all things have become new.’ It’s a brand new family, and God takes you and brings you into the family, and now when we take that one loaf which is Jesus, and that one cup which is His blood, and we share in it, we break the backbone of Satan in our lives. He cannot – the devil cannot defeat the blood, he cannot defeat the breaking of the bread, because the bible says every time we do it we declare, we proclaim the death of Jesus. You know what that means? Every time we take the Holy Communion, Jesus dies afresh.

You know what happened on the cross, on Mt Calvary on that day the bible said that as soon as the blood of Jesus touched the ground, the heavens went dark, there was an earthquake, people that were dead, about five hundred of them came out of their graves, the temple cloth, the veil that separated the holiest place from the holy place was ripped into two from top to bottom, everywhere went dark. That was when the Son of God gave up the ghost and died, that was when the first body was broken and the blood, shed. And the bible says that whenever we do that, we have a repetition of that – every time. As we go to the Table and we take the Communion, there’s a replay, there’s a re-enactment of the cross, and the devil goes through the same experience all over again. That’s what happens. And that’s why he doesn’t want us to get together around the Table, he doesn’t want us to get together around the Word, he doesn’t want us to get together around the Spirit because he understands the power inside of it. And that is why Jesus Christ told us, ‘do this in remembrance of Me.’

And so we’re going to go to the Table, and as we go to the Table, may your individualism die. May your self-interest die; may your self-ambition die; may it be replaced by Christ. When my goal is Christ and your goal is Christ, and your goal is Christ, and your goal is Christ, and it’s the same interest, then we’re one. And as we go to the Table, we must shed our selfishness, we must shed our self interest, we must shed all of those things and enter into fellowship in the Spirit, in the mystery of the bread and the wine in Christ, enter into participation – to participate. To participate here is the same word as Communion, they have in the Greek they call the koinonia. You see ‘koinonia’ is a word that in the English language we have no understanding what it means, but if you take fanta and you take coke and you take water and you pour them into the same cup, they become one. You don’t know whether it’s coke, you don’t know whether it’s fanta or water anymore, it has fused together as one. That is what is called participation, that is what is called koinonia – communion.

When we go to the Table there should be a Communion with Christ, there should be a pouring into the same cup and as Sommer is drinking it, as Rodney is drinking, as Brody is drinking, as I’m drinking, we’re being poured into the same cup, into the same blood and body of Christ, we are vanishing. Ourselves are vanishing, and when you look, you’re only going to see Christ. When you look at Rodney, I see Christ. When I look at Brody, I see Christ. When I look at Sommer, I see Christ. And if we look around and see Christ, we’re not going to be able to recognize who is who because we have drank from the same blood, eaten from the same body and we’re now participating in the same flow, and that is what God is speaking to us this particular evening. Let’s begin to pray in the Spirit as we prepare our hearts, our minds, our souls, our bodies, our members for the Table. (Praying in the Spirit).

 

Discern the Body of the Lord

This message was delivered by Rev. Wildfire on the 17th of May 2016 at the US Missions Centre Holy Communion Service.

This message was delivered by Rev. Wildfire on the 17th of May 2016 at the US Missions Centre Holy Communion Service.

You’re all welcome in Jesus’ name. Thank You Jesus. This would be the first ever Communion in this home church right? And I want us to pay close attention. I want us to listen carefully. One of the things that happened in the life of Elijah was how we always read about Elijah and how he brought down fire from heaven, but there was something that Elijah had to do before the fire could fall. And that was that Elijah repaired the altar of the Lord; it means the altar of the Lord was neglected. The altar of the Lord was abandoned, broken; it was not in the right shape. And one of the things that I want to do over the next several weeks on Tuesdays is to repair certain altars of the Lord in our lives.

One of the problems that I have with the American society as a foreigner doing missions work here is there’s a high degree of profanity in this nation. By profanity I mean that the American mentality does not grasp the concept of sacredness (that something is holy). Holy means exclusively devoted to God, not to be toyed with, something that is not to be joked with. As I travelled around this nation, among all things that hit me, this was one of the things I noticed; and I want that altar of holiness to be repaired in our lives so that we understand what it means that something is holy.

We have not been able to do Communion in this home church ever since it started. I have said no to it; the request has come, the demand has come for us to have Communion, but my spirit has not accepted it because I do not yet see that sense of value, that sense of distinction between the common and the sacred, and I do not want people to treat the Holy Communion like any other thing that we joke with and toy with in the church. We have completely desecrated the house of the Lord; we have completely diluted and destroyed everything until there’s nothing left. And it’s about time we began to build the altar of God in our lives, the altar of sacredness, the altar of holiness, the altar of devotion to that which belongs to the Lord. But I thank God that today by the grace of the Lord, by the release of the Spirit we are able to begin this journey of restoration. Can somebody say amen? Hallelujah.

Jesus told His disciples – He was talking to them about the Lord’s Supper and He said to them, ‘Do this as often as you can …’ People ask me all the time, ‘how often should we do the Communion? Should we do it daily? Or should we do it weekly? Or should we do it monthly? Or should we do it annually?’ Jesus did not give us any frequency; He said, ‘as often as you can do it in remembrance of Me,’ ‘… as often as you can, in remembrance of Me.’

So, first and foremost is that it’s His memorial service; it is done in remembrance of Him. He is the centre of the thing. It’s not about us; it’s in remembrance of Jesus Christ. He said, ‘as often as you can, do it in remembrance of Me.’

He says, ‘When you come together at My table think about Me, reflect on Me, remember Me.’ So, the first thing is that it’s not about us, it’s about Him. Let’s keep that in mind as we now go to the scripture – 1st Corinthians chapter 11. I’m going to read it because some of it needs some emphasis. So, please pay attention like I said. Amen. 1st Corinthians chapter 11, this is what it says in verse 27. Look into it. It says, ‘So then whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of sinning against the body and the blood of the Lord.’ Did you see that? That’s something to take note of. I’m trying to read it with another version – that’s the King James Version. ‘Wherefore whosoever shall eat this bread and drink this cup of the Lord unworthily shall be guilty of the body and the blood of the Lord.’

So, it is possible to eat it and become guilty of sin. In verse 28 it says, ‘Everyone ought to examine themselves before they eat of the bread and drink from the cup.’ Come on now. Everyone, before you eat you have to examine yourself. You don’t just go to the table and say, ‘yeah we’ve got Communion.’ You don’t just walk up to the Table and say, ‘well, we’ve got Communion today.’ You shouldn’t eat the Communion anyhow. You can’t do that. You can’t. It said in verse 29, ‘for those who eat and drink and eat without discerning the body of Christ, eat and drink judgment on themselves.’ You don’t want to eat no judgment on yourself. So, it’s possible to go the Table and instead of come away blessed, instead of come away healed and transformed, have the favour of the Lord, you come away judged and condemned. That’s what it’s saying, and I’ve seen it. I’ve seen it happen.

It says those who eat and drink without discerning the body of Christ eat and drink judgment on themselves. I don’t want to eat no judgment on myself, and I don’t want you to get no judgment on yourself; that is why I have resisted the eating of the Communion here, because all of you would have been dead by now. Look at what it says in verse 30, ‘That is why many among you are weak and sick, and a number of you have fallen asleep.’  You come to the body of Christ, there’s a lot of weakness. Have you noticed? You come to the church there’s a lot of weakness, people can’t fast and they can’t pray, they’re weak, they can’t stand against sin. People in the church today are weak, lazy, and lousy. Look at us – sick. The devil is behind a lot of it, and all kinds of things are behind them, but here we’re seeing one major reason why many believers are weak and sick, and many have already died. Yes. I can tell you for sure you may not die today, you might not die tomorrow, but if you eat the body and blood of the Lord unworthily, you introduce weakness and sickness and condemnation and judgment and death to your life. That is why we must be careful.

How frequently should we eat the Lord’s Table? As often as we can do it in remembrance of Him; as often as we can do it worthily. Not weekly, not daily, not monthly, not annually but as often as we can do it in remembrance of Him, worthily discerning the body of the Lord. Before you step to that table tonight, make sure you’re worthy, make sure you’re not going to eat it unworthily, make sure that you’re not going to bring condemnation upon yourself. Hallelujah.

You see this is real. It’s real. I don’t mean it’s a reality show; I mean it’s reality itself. We’re going to the Table of the Lord, and we’re going to be blessed at the Table of the Lord.

Now, I want to explain to you what it means to discern the body of the Lord, because in verse 29 it says that those who eat and drink without discerning the body of Christ, eat and drink judgment on themselves. What does it mean to discern the Body of Christ? Let’s look at some of the things that it means. Number one, it means that you are a part of the Body. To discern means to realize, to see the Body of Christ in the bread and in the wine; that we’re a part of the Body of Christ. How can you eat the Body of the Lord when you’re not a member of the Body? This isn’t breakfast. This isn’t McDonalds; it’s not a bunch of sandwiches for somebody who is hungry. No. That is why I teach that unbelievers should not eat the Communion. Hello?

If a person is not a part of the Body of Jesus Christ and he goes to the Table to join the Communion, he is committing suicide. He is committing what? Suicide; if an unbeliever wants to partake in the Body of the Lord, they have to be born again, they have to believe in the Gospel of Jesus Christ and become baptized. Is everybody here baptized? Brother, you’ve become baptized right? Praise God. Baptized in water by immersion, not sprinkling on their head – by immersion in the name of Jesus. Ask your neighbor, are you a part of the Body of Christ? So, it is wrong for someone who has not believed in the name of Jesus and be baptized into His name to participate at the Table. That’s the first thing. You don’t just stroll in, ‘you know I happened to be passing by and walked into the house and I saw that they were having Communion and I joined them.’ That’s sacrilege! It’s blasphemy. You don’t do that. No. Nobody does that. No. No. No. And when you see people do that, you tell them, ‘you don’t do that.’

The second thing that it means when we talk about discerning the Body of the Lord is that we must not be familiar with it. You must not be familiar with it. You see when you come to the Table, before you come to the Table, some kind of metamorphosis must happen in your mind. You no longer see it as bread and you don’t see it as wine. Yes. It’s got to happen in your spirit, it’s got to happen in your heart. You know the brothers of Jesus didn’t know Him as God. They knew Him in the flesh. A lot of people knew Jesus in the flesh, and because they knew Him in the flesh as ‘the son of Joseph, the son Mary and brother of James and Jude and his sisters who are all here with us? Is this nor Jesus the carpenter?’ Even his brothers didn’t recognize Him, so they treated Him as a carpenter. In the same way when you get to the Table with a stupid mind, with a worldly, carnal, secular mentality, you’re going to look at it, ‘well, it’s a piece of bread,’ and when you do that you’re not discerning the Body of the Lord. Do you understand what I’m talking about? You must not see that as bread anymore. You don’t go to the Table if you see that as bread; you’ve got to have your mind renewed as you approach the Table that this is the Body, this is the Blood. You can’t be familiar with it. You can’t. It is not common. You can’t. Don’t do that. Don’t be familiar with it.

To discern the Body of Christ means to look at it and not see bread anymore, and see that which it represents, which is the Body and the Blood of Jesus Christ. When you do that you’re discerning the Body of Christ. Hallelujah.

Here’s the third thing it means. I’ll give it to you and then move on to something else. It means to live an obedient life. Remember it says you must examine yourself before you come to the Table; you’ve got to examine yourself. To discern the Body of the Lord, if you’re not living your life in obedience to the authority and Lordship of Jesus Christ over your life, you don’t get to that table. You know there’s what they call slow fade, slow death; in the days of Peter when people came to church and lied against the Holy Spirit, the Holy Spirit struck them immediately. You remember the story of Ananias and Sapphira? I carry that same spirit; the Spirit of God on me is a spirit of judgment – fire. The name I carry – Wildfire – is not a decoration, it’s the essence of my assignment. You mess with God around me, you’re dead. I’m telling you.

Those Apostles were walking in the fire and anointing of God; you don’t mess around them. Nobody messes around them because they had the fire burning. It’s the same today; it’s just that today God is more merciful, but they have a slow death. They just begin to wither slowly because they do not discern the Body of the Lord. How dare you come to the Lord’s Table when you’re not under the Lord’s Authority? When you’re not living under His authority – I like something that Sommer posted on her facebook page today. I really saw that and I’ve been pondering over that all day. She said in America we all have all this talk going, ‘you know we need to bring God back to the schools, prayer back to the schools,’ and everybody is all angry and freaking out that they are telling and making people to go to the female restroom and all that transgender thing going on. And everybody is raging and acting all holy and righteous. And she posted and she said, ‘that all of these things we see in our society today are just byproducts of the fact that we’ve taken God out of His place in our own personal lives. We put our jobs ahead of God.’

A lot of people don’t go to church today because of their jobs. I’m talking about America, not India. In the USA, I’m not talking about Afghanistan, I’m not talking about Iraq or some China or some heathen nation. I mean this country is the most heathen nation I’ve ever met – this one. You know the gods of America? Football, baseball right? The movies, you know who we call our idols? Celebrities – half-naked women dancing on TV; those are our gods in America. We call them celebrities. This is a nation that worships money. This is a nation that worships cash. Haven’t you heard it said that cash is king in America? Have you heard that before? People say that cash is king; that means we worship cash, money is our god – in money we trust. We worship the military – our veterans. We worship our flag. We worship our families. We will put these things before God. I’m not talking about the unbelievers; I’m talking about the church, and now we’re all raging out and we’re all shouting, ‘oh they’ve got transgender everywhere. Oh this and oh that,’ but the problem of America is not Barrack Obama, the problem of America is not the democratic party, the problem of America is not the media, the problem of America is not the liberal media, the problem of America is the church of Jesus Christ. Is somebody listening to what I’m talking about? It’s the church, because the bible says we are the light of the world, and I’m telling you when that light goes off, everywhere turns dark.

Darkness has no reality of its own. Are you listening to me Christian? Darkness has no reality of its own; darkness is simply something that happens when the light goes off. Darkness is a byproduct of the departure of light, but when you put the light on, darkness ain’t got no power against the light. And how do we bring it back on? It’s when we come under the authority of Jesus Christ and let Him become Lord over every aspect of our lives, over our finances, over our relationships, over what we say with our mouth, over our going out and over our coming in. When Jesus Christ becomes Lord over every aspect of our lives, then we have discerned the Body of the Lord and we can go to the Table. Is Jesus Lord over your life Christian? Sure He is? I mean if Jesus tells you right this moment to step out of your job and leave everything for Him, would you do that? I’m sure you will. What of you Rodney? If Jesus tells you right now to give everything up for Him? What of you Brody? If Jesus tells you to give up everything you have and just follow Him, would you do that Sommer? What of you Wildfire? Would you do that? That’s the question, because I can’t go to that table if my life is not under the authority of Jesus Christ. We need to bring God back in our hearts. Not in America, but when we bring God back in our hearts guess what? The light will come on. Glory be to God. The light will come on. Darkness has no power over light.

And here’s the last thing that’s also important is that you cannot carry guilt in your heart, you cannot carry a sense of condemnation in your heart and go to the Table. That is why also you must discern that Jesus Christ is your righteousness. You must discern that Jesus Christ is your advocate – that He’s your Saviour, and you must receive forgiveness in your heart and accept forgiveness. I am not saying that for you to go to the Holy Communion Table you must be flawless. No. But you have to discern the Body of the Lord; you must discern Jesus Christ that even as you go to the Table, He is your redemption, He is your righteousness, He is your salvation, He is your healer. You recognize Him as your everything, and so if there is anything that you have done wrong – because listen, when we do wrong, the Holy Spirit convicts us. You feel guilty, that’s why we go to God and ask Him for forgiveness; we receive forgiveness from Him and in our hearts we have peace, and then you’ll come to the Table. So, you don’t come to the Table when you’re condemned and feeling guilty. Glory be to God.

So, we’re going to go to the Table of the Lord after we’ve prayed. We’re going to bring this aspect of our lives to God in prayer, but it’s even important ahead of next Tuesday, because on Tuesdays till I travel again and take a break, we’re going to be having Communion, and we’re going to be exploring this mystery together. So, your preparation for the Table should not start when you’re coming into the church, it should start at home when you get up in the morning. Way ahead of Tuesday, you begin to prepare to take the Body of the Lord into your body, into your life. Let’s turn back to our text. I hope you haven’t closed your bible. 1st Corinthians chapter 11 – let us see what happened. Paul was writing to the church in verse 23 – ‘For I received from the Lord that which I also pass unto you. The Lord Jesus on the night He was betrayed took bread, and when He had given thanks He broke it and said, “this is my body which is for you, do this in remembrance of Me.” In the same way after supper, He took the cup saying, “this cup is the New Covenant in my blood, do this whenever you drink it in remembrance of Me.” For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until He comes.’ Glory be to God.

I’m not going to go into the details of that verse – maybe next week – but I want to point out something important that Jesus did; it says that on the night that He was betrayed, after He had given thanks He took bread and He said, ‘this is my Body …’ Pay attention. I know who got the bread according to the scriptures, it was Peter and John. Jesus sent Peter and John to the market, and I’m sure they bought that bread and paid for it in the market, but He took the bread and He did not say, ‘this is the bread that Peter and John bought from the market.’ And I hear some ignorant Pentecostal theologians criticize the Catholic church when they talk about trans-substantiation; which is that when we pray over that thing, it ceases to be bread, it becomes the Body of the Lord.

He took it and He said, ‘this is ….’ I am not American but I speak English, and English is our language back where I come from. So, I understand English pretty well. I understand the difference between, ‘this represents my body,’ and ‘this is my body.’ He said, ‘this is …’ that is why the Apostle Paul says when you eat it you have to discern the Body of the Lord in it. You don’t see wheat in it, you don’t see flour. I don’t know all that went into it – milk, butter, whatever –  but if you look at it and you see honey, or if you look at it and you see sugar, and you look at it and see wheat and you look at it and see butter, then you see milk, something is wrong with you. Some people when they look at the bread discern food, when they look at the bread they discern sweetness, they discern honey, milk, butter. ‘Oh what kind of butter did they use to make this bread? Is it going to be tasty? Is it going to be sweet?’ These are evil thoughts. What thoughts? Blasphemous, sacrilegious thoughts – I’m telling you we have to be very careful.

That is why in all the churches I have planted – and I have planted many churches around the world – I have been very reluctant to conduct Communion services – very reluctant. I have been very reluctant. I mean sometimes in churches I have started, we go for two years without it, because I understand the mystery of the Body. He said, ‘this is my Body,’ and He said the same thing about the cup. As you go to the Table this evening, I want you to see the Body. Something powerful will happen to you if you can discern the Body of the Lord in the Table. I know what I’m talking about. I’ve seen people take Communion and have their genotype transformed. I’ve seen people take Communion and have HIV – AIDS washed out of their bones. I’ve seen people take Communion and have cancer vanish in an instant. I’ve seen people take Communion and have their lives completely turned around because they discerned the body of the Lord in it.

There’s a change coming in your life. This is the same Jesus that opened the grave of Lazarus and called him out of it. Do you know what it means that you’re taking His body into your body? Do you know what it means that you’re drinking His blood? Somebody touched the hem of His garment and was completely healed of twelve years of hemorrhage just by touching the hem of His garment. What then happens to somebody who takes a bite of His body and takes a drop of His blood and puts into themselves? What happens to that individual? It’s amazing what can happen to you if you can discern, if you can recognize, if you can see Jesus at the Table. If you can see His body and if you can see His blood – it’s amazing!

One of the things that the Lord showed me that is going to happen to us is that our ears will be unstopped so we can begin to hear from God in our lives. Hallelujah. Doors the enemy has shut against us, He opens it. Do you know I was listening to a teaching this evening and it was kind of resonating with some things God has put in my heart about some doors. You see this door? I’ll open this door. I mean I don’t care even if you lock it, I mean I can blow this door down just by kicking it. I can blow it down by taking Christian and just flinging him at it and that door will just be smashed down open. But I’m telling you that there are some doors that you can’t open with your hands; there are some doors that no man can open! No matter how smart they are, no matter how hard they are, they can’t open it. Prophetically, it is called the two-lead gates. There are some doors that only God can open for you Christian. There are some doors that only God can open for you brother. Brody, the same for you, so that when you go to that school those people will see the glory of God in your life and know not to mess with you. The same for you, Sommer – doors.

As we go to the Table I hear the word, ‘unstopped’. I hear the word ‘open’. I hear the word, ‘gates’, because Jesus comes alive in your situation, Jesus comes alive in your body, Jesus comes alive in your life when you discern His body at the Table.

Let’s rise on our feet, and I want us to begin to welcome the Holy Spirit at this point in our hearts, welcome the Holy Spirit in our minds. (Praying in tongues). Welcome Him to guide us to the Table, to prepare us for the Table.  We cannot prepare ourselves for the Table. (Praying in tongues). We cannot prepare ourselves. We cannot prepare ourselves Lord.  (Praying in tongues). Holy Spirit, you prepare us. We yield to You our bodies, our souls, our thoughts, our members we commit to You this moment and we ask You oh Lord to prepare us. (Praying in tongues). It’s not by might; it’s not by power but by My Spirit, says the Lord. (Praying in tongues). Glory to You Lord! (Praying in tongues).

 

Hope Vs the Things God has said to us

This message was delivered by Rev. Wildfire on the 24th of February 2013 at the Holy Place during the 28-days fasting and prayer retreat.

This message was delivered by Rev. Wildfire on the 24th of February 2013 at the Holy Place during the 28-days fasting and prayer retreat.

It becomes very important that we focus on the things God has said to us, the seeds God has planted in our hearts. The Word of God is a seed, and it is very possible for you to forget. After how many years of – 21 years – walking with people in church, I can say, I can gestimate that out of a hundred people that receive the word, less than 2 retain it. That’s what I found out. I think that’s one of the things that happen with time; as you get older you have a lot of references. So, many people have sat in places and heard amazing prophecies, but they never retained them, and know that retaining it is important. If the Word of God truly is a seed, and then our hearts are soil, (the soil for the seed), then retention becomes important because if the soil does not retain the seed, the seed will not be able to go through the process of releasing the life within it and bearing fruit.

So, this is why you must document your walk with God. You must document the things that God has said either literally or in your mind, but your must retain it in your mind, in your heart because that’s what you have. The Word of God is what you have. As we have learnt during this period that the word of God is what shapes our realities; the word of God is what shapes our realities if we would allow it; but it is very, very important that you go through all that we learnt, particularly the prophecies that God has given to us. One thing that makes God give us prophecies is that God gives us prophecies to create hope. Somebody say, ‘hope.’ Come on say, ‘hope,’ by it’s very name hope is something that remains in the future. Hope is always in the future. Did you know that?

There’s something the scripture said about hope somewhere in Romans. In the book of Romans – let’s get to the book of Romans while I get the verse. It tells us something about hope. Romans chapter 8 verse 24; it says, ‘for in this hope we were saved, but hope that is seen is no hope at all,’ and it tells us something about hope; trying to explore the nature of hope and probably tell you the purpose of hope. Hope that is seen is no hope at all. ‘Who hopes for what he already has?’ Are you here? Hope is always future, so, it has a purpose. That is why they have said that hope is the magic ingredient of life. Hope gives you something to look forward to; when you have nothing to look forward to you become hopeless, despondent ok? Despondency, demoralized, so the first of all is in order to sustain you, God gives you something to look forward to.

So, first of all His word comes to us as a promise and kindles hope in our hearts. They saw people in Japan, those people that live more than hundred years – the centenarians – and they asked a lot of them, thousands of them the reason. And overwhelmingly they said it’s not diet, it’s not money, but it’s the fact that they have something to look forward to. That’s why they say that hope is the magic ingredient of life. You understand what I’m talking about? You don’t have anything but you’re expecting something; you’re hopeful. I’m hopeful. So, it sustains you; it’s more like you’re riding a bicycle. Human beings are like a bicycle; you notice that as you’re riding a bicycle, as long as it’s moving, it stands. Imagine leaving a bicycle just like that, no stand, nothing, it will fall, but once it’s moving it stands.

So, somehow you’re kept moving by hope; it keeps you waking up each day trying. There’s an energy that comes from hope; there’s a nurturing, a nourishing that comes from hope, but until you move beyond hope, you don’t experience the miracle. Why? Hope that is seen is not hope; you don’t hope for what you have. So, the promises of God must be moved from the realm of hope to the realm of, ‘I now have it,’ and that is where what I’m talking about today now comes in. Let’s go to the book of Hebrews chapter 11. Hope is always future – always. Now, the next thing we’re going to be looking at is Hebrews 11, and we’ll look at faith. It says in Hebrews chapter 11, ‘Now faith is being sure of what we hope for.’ Are you getting it now? I had to introduce hope first before I start talking about faith.

Faith is being sure of what we hope, ‘and certain of what we do not see.’ Nobody hopes for what they have. Hope is always future. God has given you His Word. God has given you His promise; you’re hoping for it, you’re expecting it to happen. Hope keeps you moving, but then it tells us, ‘now, faith is …’ While hope is always in the future, it tells us faith is always now. Faith takes the blessing out of the realm of expectation, out of the future and brings it into the present; that’s what faith does. Which is why I want to talk to you about faith; it says that faith is being sure … So, I’d like you to reflect on that. In the KJV it says that faith is the substance, and that could be a little confusing. Faith is you being sure. Let’s put it like this. I promise Di, I say, ‘Di, I’m going to give you a bottle of water.’ ‘Thank you Shepherd.’ And I promise Ex, ‘I’m going to give him a bottle of water.’ For both of them, the water is in the realm of promise; it’s in the realm of hope. I want you to understand that picture. For Di and Ex, they’re both expecting water, but let’s say there’s no water here but they have a promise of God. Then somehow Di, something happens to her and she’s sure of that water, she has become sure that the water is hers, and Ex is not yet sure but is hopeful. Are you getting it now? Two of them have a promise, but for one it’s no longer something they’re hoping for, it’s something she’s certain of. She’s certain of it. And what do you notice? Their behavior would be different. Let me altar it; let me use something that you could relate more with.

Two women have been promised a child, both of them have not had issues for twelve years, they’re not even taken in for once. This one comes and the man of God says, ‘madam, the Word of the Lord says that you’re going to have your own child.’ ‘Amen, I receive,’ she claims it. ‘The man of God says I will have a child.’ She’s expectant. She’s hopeful. She’s expecting. She’s excited. ‘God, let it happen.’ Then this other woman gets the same promise after twelve years, and then somewhere along the way this second woman becomes sure that she’s going to have a child. The moment she’s sure of it, what does she do? She heads to the market and starts doing some things. Is it not so? There’s no child anywhere yet, but she’s certain. The certainty has arrived in her heart, so her actions will ultimately change.

Nobody told her to do that. Nobody told her, ‘act by faith.’ So, she goes to the market and starts buying baby things. And somebody says to her, ‘what are you doing?’ She’ll say, ‘I’m buying things for my baby.’ ‘Are you pregnant?’ Not necessarily so now, but I’m very sure of it.’ There’s a confidence, there’s an assurance and she pays her money for it, she collects those things and heads home and she sets it as a matter of fact, because she’s certain. It’s something she can’t see, but the certainty is in her heart, and then she begins to act according to that certainty. We hear the story of the people that were praying for rain, they had not had rain for months and the harvests were just dying – and something like that. And they were there praying and praying and praying, and after praying – I can’t remember the details of the story. Ok, they were asked to come out and pray for rain, and they said there was a little girl that was there and she came with her umbrella. And the people asked her, ‘why are you carrying an umbrella?’ She said, ‘we’re going to pray for rain.’ So for her, she said, ‘since we’re going to ask God for rain.’ That’s what? Faith; see, it’s not the thing that we call faith today, it’s not the fake-it-till-you-make-it thing that we do today. Faith is not fake-it-till-you-make-it. You know what I mean by that? You now when you see a woman and the man of God has prophesied that she’s going to have a child, and then, ‘go and buy baby things.’ That’s fake it till you make it. The one you say, ‘since we’re going to pray for rain, take your umbrella now.’

Faith is that somehow you have arrived at a place of certainty in your heart regarding the promise. And I want to talk about how you arrive at that, because it is when you have come to that place of certainty then you can take come kind of steps that you might not even know that will then release your miracle. Did you get what I just said? The bible says faith without works is dead, but Paul wrote about works prompted by faith. Did you get that? Come on say, ‘faith without works is dead, but works without faith is dead.’ So, we have a lot of works today without faith. Paul wrote about your works prompted by faith which means; look at the woman I just told us about. This woman came to a place of certainty in her heart, and then there were works. She went to the market to buy the baby things. How do you come to this place of certainty?

We go back to the book of Romans chapter 10 verse 17. Romans chapter 10 verse 17; if you get it read for us. Romans chapter 10 verse 17; ‘So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God.’ Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. Faith comes by hearing. Somebody say, ‘faith comes.’ Ok. Say, ‘certainty comes.’ Say, ‘certainty of what I have not seen comes.’ Say, ‘I can become sure of this prophecy ahead of time.’ So, how do you arrive at this place of certainty? How do you come to this point where you know without a shadow of doubt that this is the place? How do you come to that point? It’s talking about a different kind of faith here; there are two kinds of faith. There is the gift of faith, but it’s not talking here about the gift of faith, it’s talking here about the arrival of faith. It’s not the exceptional kind of faith that is given for the working of miracles.

I remember when I experienced the gift of faith in my life; that was in a crusade we had in my village in 1993 or ’94 or so. So, there was a long queue of people; it actually stretched for blocks around the primary school, and in those days, it’s not like today where today I know how to do mass praying where I just do my hands like this and everybody will be healed. And that’s it; I go my way. But in those days like I taught you the other day, I was still learning a lot of these things. Nobody was teaching me, I was just learning it from the Spirit. So, what I used to do in those days was I had to pray for everybody, and the line was very long. So, I noticed that as I was looking at the line I started cutting the prayers short, ‘be healed in Jesus name.’ And the Spirit rebuked me. He said, ‘take your time and pray for this person.’ So, the only way to do it was to close my eyes, I won’t look at anybody so it doesn’t discourage me, so I kept praying. And as I was now praying there came a moment when I felt the surge of power flow through me. It was so dramatic, it flowed through me and I was so touched by this thing that flowed through me. And the Spirit of God said, ‘open your eyes.’ I opened my eyes, and right in front of me was a cousin of mine with her crutches who was crippled, and men, everybody, the whole crowd was just assembling together. I didn’t think for a second, I just went at her and collected the clutches from her and threw it down and I said, ‘run in Jesus name!’ Praise God! That is the gift of faith; it just came on me at that moment to do something I would ordinarily not do. I’m not talking about that now; I’m talking about a more practical every day kind of faith that is more relevant to what we need. Amen. It’s not this spectacular type; the one you can have, the one you can develop today to be able to take the word of God out of the realm of hope in the future and brings it to the moment. And it tells you it comes by hearing.

Now, this is how it works. God gives this brother a word, and God says  to him something about the media right? Can you remember what it is? I know it has to do with the media; you’ll do extraordinary things in the media work. And he takes that word and continues to hear it. How do you hear? Through what? Meditation and confession. Are you getting it? Faith comes by hearing; so, I take the word God has given to me and then I put it in my heart, and then I put it in my mouth and then it continues to pass through my ears. And I continue to hear it again and again. God told Joshua, ‘this book of the law should not depart out of your mouth, but you should meditate on it day and night.’ So, let’s just say that this brother continues to play this thing to himself like a cassette, he’s always pondering it, ‘God said this.’ And then he says it to himself again and again and again, and then he thinks on it, he ponders on it. What is he doing? He’s hearing the message. He’s still in the realm of hope, he’s still in the realm of excitement and expectation, but then the more he hears it, faith is coming. Somebody say, ‘faith is coming.’ Amen.

Now, let’s imagine this sister acting as faith. Come slowly; walk as slowly as you can. Walk towards this brother, now this brother is hearing, he’s pondering, he’s confessing it, he’s declaring it in his prayers, he’s speaking it forth. Every time it’s in his conversations, he’s hearing it again and again, he’s talking about it to people, he’s praying about it, and he’s hearing it, and he’s hearing it every single day, morning, afternoon, night, and then suddenly! Faith comes. Somebody say, ‘faith comes.’ And at that moment, he gets up. Suddenly he realizes, ‘I have this.’ And everything about him changes. Praise God. He just gets up in the morning and starts doing some things and this sister looks at him and asks him, ‘brother, are you okay?’ Forget it; you don’t know what I’m doing, because at that point he’s sure that this is his. Faith has come. You know the arrival of faith because there’s a new spring in the man’s step, there’s new fire in his eyes, there’s a new confidence, there’s a new certainty; there’s nothing physical you can see around him, but everything has changed for him.

As a matter of fact, what is happening there is that that word in him was just growing; you know like they put word in the soil, releasing the life, and the certainty comes. The bible said that Abraham in hope believed. God now wants us as we navigate and get closer to the end of this season, don’t joke with the word. Again and again and again and again, don’t joke with the word, pay attention to it. It’s important that you put it in your conversations with people, it’s important that you put it in your prayer, it’s important that you put it in your confessions, in your declarations; in everything you do keep hearing it. Keep hearing it, sooner or later faith comes; you become sure. And then when you look at Hebrews chapter 11, the hall of fame of faith, they wrote about people like Moses. The bible said they believed because they saw the invisible. Faith actually is you seeing the invisible; that’s what it means. Others can’t see it, but you suddenly know that I will definitely build a company that will employ 50,000 people. Somebody will say, ‘what are you talking about?’ You say you can’t explain it, you just know. That’s how you know faith has come.

I can’t explain it. I just don’t know how to explain it to you but I know. Hallelujah. I know for instance, I don’t know how to explain it but I know for a certainty that a thousand, five thousand years later after I leave here, if Jesus doesn’t show up before then, the work that I do will continue to affect lives. I have the certainty of it and it affects what I do. There are certain things I know, because I have played the word over and over and over again in my mind until one day it just hits me. And I say, ‘thank You Lord.’ At that point I received the certainty. Some people call it confirmation, some people use the word ‘confirmation’ for it, ‘it’s a confirmation!’ It’s actually a certainty, some strong knowing within you before the thing ever happens that this is true, ‘this will happen.’ Once that happens, there is no more doubt. Amen. Once that happens you don’t have any doubt anymore, your steps become firm. And that’s where God wants you to come to even before the end of the fast regarding the word you’ve received. It’s not just something that you continue to hope for. Why? As long as you’re hoping for it, it doesn’t happen. The bible says that hope that is seen is no longer hope; the realm of hope is the realm of posting. Somebody say, ‘posting.’ It’s always in the future, keeps you hanging. The bible says hope deferred in the end does what? Makes the heart sick, so the sooner you grab it out of the place of hope and get it into the realm of faith, the better for you. Hallelujah.