“And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold.” (Matthew 24:12 NKJV).
We have truly come to the last days and sadly, the love of many believers for God and the brethren are fast growing cold, just as the Scripture has forewarned that “…because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold.” (Matt. 24:12 NKJV).
It is sad but true that many believers and ministers of God today have become lovers of themselves, lovers of money and lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God (2 Tim. 3:1-5). It is fast becoming very rare to find true love of God (agape) among believers today, for everyone is all out for his own gain and profit.
We obviously and urgently need true revival. But, where are the agents and instruments of revival that God can use today?
From the Scripture and history, it is so clear that God’s agents of change, reformation, or revival are men and women who are wholly on fire for God – firebrand believers.
The Church may remain in her state of spiritual lukewarmness, lethargy and complacency until a new generation of fire-brand ministers arise in the Church.
Our love for God, for the brethren, for the lost souls and heavenly things may continue to grow cold until men with true fire of God in their hearts and bones arise to proclaim God’s Word to us, just as Ezekiel prophesied to the dry bones of the house of Israel in his days.
It is fire that begets fire. How do we expect a minister of God who is spiritually dead or lukewarm to rekindle or ignite God’s love in our hearts by his preaching or teaching?
Such a minister of God can only excite or stir up our emotions with his enticing and sweet words. But, of what good or profit is exciting our emotions or body when our spirits are dead in sins and our souls are famishing for the truth?
Like Ezekiel, firebrand believers are the only hope of many exceedingly dry bones in the valley of sin today. A spiritually dead, cold or lukewarm believer or minister is of no good to the perishing souls. A man not on fire for God cannot set another man or nation on fire for God.
It will take firebrand men to overthrow principalities and powers ruling over our cities, nations and continents. It will take men whose souls are on fire for God to storm the strongholds and prisons of the devil and release all his lawful captives and bring them to God’s kingdom.
Moreover, it will take firebrand believers to birth corporate and national revival, and restore righteousness, peace and joy to our nations.
Although believers and ministers of God abound everywhere today, yet only few are firebrand. Little wonder that dry bones still abound in the valley of sin, exceedingly dry and getting drier day by day, and many people still continue to grope about in total darkness, and nations are waxing stronger and deeper in iniquities, and the Church in her backsliding.
The Church today remains spiritually sick and cold simply because most of those ministering to us from the pulpits are also spiritually sick and cold – without God’s life, love, and fire.
Who are God’s agents of revival in the world today?
Who are the firebrand ministers of God in this generation?
Are they the most popular or the richest ministers of God?
Are they the men of God with the loudest voice?
Are they the servants of God with the largest congregations or followers?
Firebrand believers or ministers of God are known by their fervent passion and love for God, for righteousness, for the people of God, for the lost souls and for God’s kingdom.
Firebrand ministers are men with strong addiction for the truth, sound teachings or wholesome doctrines. They are men fully devoted to intercession, to mission, and to the expansion of God’s kingdom on earth.
Firebrand believers are those walking in the Spirit, yielding to the promptings and leadings of the Spirit of God. They are men whose affections are set on the things of heaven and not on the fleeting things of this world.
Firebrand believers are true disciples of Christ whose primary goal is to wholly conform to the example and teaching of Christ, and to grow up into Christ in all things. They are men and women endued with power from on high to subdue earthly powers.
Their preaching and teaching always cut their hearers to the hearts, like Peter’s first sermon on the Day of Pentecost, bringing conviction of sins and leading men to repentance and faith in Christ (Acts 2:37).
Like Ezekiel, firebrand believers are God’s mouthpiece to bring life and strength to dry bones or souls in the valley of sin (Eze. 37:1-14). Like Elijah, they are God’s battle axes and weapons of war to break in pieces forces of wickedness (1 Kings 18:19-40).
Firebrand ministers are urgently needed on our pulpits today to ignite or rekindle God’s love and fire in our souls. Firebrand believers are also urgently needed on our streets to bring life and hope to the perishing souls.
Are you one of us?
Prayer: My Dear Heavenly Father, set my soul ablaze today for You and make me an agent of revival in my generation, in Jesus’ name. Amen.