Fire or Funeral
Sermon shared by Daniel Olukoya
Summary: The Christian heart is the Holy Spirit home so think and talk like the God of Elijah who answers by fire.
Audience: General adults
Beloved, when the fire comes upon you, some people will be concerned that you are somewhere. Some people will be worried that you have arrived. Some people will know that you have come to create problem for them. As a Christian, people should know you for who you are. They should know the kind of invitation they would give you. They should know the kind of food they would not serve you. They know where to run to when they have trouble.
Everywhere you go, you have to be a fire generator. What is your own testimony? Five or ten years in Christianity, are you still looking for prophets or prophetesses to pray for you? What is your testimony? The God that is speaking to those prophets, why is He not talking to you? What have you done wrong? Why has God abandoned you and the issue of your life and you now run after prophets? What has happened to the prophet God has planted within you? We need that fire. Without it there would be funeral. I am warning you now. The way things are going now, Christians who do not get on fire, their enemy will quickly kill them before their time and they will not know. The enemy can start with a little boil and you will not know what to do and that is it. I want you to understand these things.
WHAT IS FIRE?
Fire is a rapid, persistent, chemical reaction that releases heat and light. It signifies intensity, inspiration, enthusiasm, violence and power. And that is why most of the time in the Bible, we see fire as an indication of the presence of God. Fire from heaven destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah, (Genesis chapter 19). A pillar of fire guided the Israelites on their journey, (Exodus chapter 13). Fire came down and consumed the sacrifices of Solomon. (2 Chronicles chapter 7). Elijah called fire to consume his sacrifice. (I Kings chapter 18). The same Elijah called fire to destroy his own enemy, (2 Kings chapter 1). The same Elijah was carried to heaven by a whirlwind and a chariot of fire. (2 Kings chapter 2). The same fire of God was the fire that He used to make His ministers. The Bible says that He made his ministers a flame of fire (Psalms 104:4). The same fire is what the Bible calls refining fire (Malachi chapter 3). The same fire is called consuming fire (Hebrew chapter 12). The same fire is called Pentecostal fire in Acts of the Apostle’s chapter 2. We need to get on that fire. We need to understand what we are doing. We need to know that to challenge the wickedness of this present generation, more is needed than dancing and singing. More is needed than semantic and English grammar. It is good to be able to speak English but that is not the condition for God’s power. It is good to go to a Bible college but that is not the condition for God’s power. We need to go back to the traditional, old fashioned revival meetings. We need to go back to the hard core revival of the past.
Our fore-fathers who planted the seed of Christianity in this country accepted the gospel in the spirit of “come-what-may, I am there, I am not turning back.” Unfortunately, instead of the old-fashioned, fire meetings they used to have in those days, we now have modern kind of meetings, which are harmless, without fire and without revival. These meetings are not producing the kind of Christians needed now. If you attended the meetings of those days you received unforgettable challenges. You would hear
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