THE MANDATE - THE STORY OF LIVING FAITH CHURCH

HOW IT ALL BEGAN

The Liberation Mandate is what we refer to as the Commission, because that was where everything began. It was delivered on a most dramatic and awesome platform. The following was how the mandate was delivered:

I was on trip to Ilesha, now in Osun State of Nigeria on May 1st 1981, on the look-out for the welfare of a Christian friend that I had not heard from, for some time. I was concerned, not knowing if he needed any form of attention. This was how I come into my place of encounter. I got to this brother’s place, but he wasn’t there. There was a note on his door announcing that he had travelled. Something gracious came out of me- All things work together to the advantage of them that love the lord. It was soothing; I felt no disappointed at all. Then the Holy Spirit said to me, look out for a quietplace, I want to talk to you, “This was a timely instruction, because I had quite a lot of Christian friends in that town and I could have a lot of fun being with them that day.

However, I obeyed the voice of the Holy Spirit, and asked a passerby if there was any hotel on the outskirts of town, where I could lodge. And that was how I met with destiny!

The quiet place I found was one International Hotel, Ilesha. It was a ‘great’ hotel and I dislike the state of both the building and in particular the room. But I knew from my inside that I be there. Behold, as knelt down to give thanks in that wonderful room, the encounter began! This lasted for eighteen hours. In that great vision, I saw all kinds of deformities. That I was greatly bewildered. I heared their wailing as they filled past me. Their groaning was so intense that I could almost feel their pains.

I could not help it, and so I began to cry and sob along with them. Lord, what is this? I asked. I heard God say to me, and form beginning it was not so. I broke down the more in tears. In the misdt of all that I kept asking, but why Lord?” and God distinctly to me,

And from the beginning it was not so and now, the hour has come to liberate the world from all oppressions of the devil, through the preaching of the word of faith; and I am sending you to undertake this task.

My sobbing become even more intense, as I asked the Lord, “Lord, why me?” I had always thought I would remain in the helps ministry, where I would remain in the kingdom through my giving and services. However, I rose from the eighteen-hour-long vision fully persuaded of God’s call upon my life into the ministry. This was how I received the liberation the Mandate.

I spent the next few days trying to analyze the content of the vision, and to understand its import, so as to know how to carry it out. I came to discover that the Liberation Mandate defined four vital issues:

The target: The word

The tool: The preaching of the Word of faith

The time: Now –And now the hour has come.

Therefore, this church is clearly a Word of Faith ministry.

In the word of Apostle Paul ….immediately I arose and conferred not with flesh and blood. Gal. 1:16.

By the 8th of May, 1981, I convened a meeting of some friends to share this heavenly vision with them so as to ask them to join in prayers for the execution of this heavenly mandate. This meeting held in one of the lecture room at United Missionary Theology Chapel in Ilorin, Kwara state, Nigeria. We were about eighteen in number. It was this group that metamorphosed into what came to be known as Power House, made up of about seventy young men and women that formed a prayer and fasting chain. They served as a forum for vision sharing, monitoring and other spiritual engagement geared towards driving the vision.

We have a number of the Power House faithful’s who are still very much active in this church till date. Prominent among these is Faith Oyedepo, the first one to ever hear the vision shared and who has been standing with me since then (We were in courtship then and preparing to get married). Another member of the Powerhouse David Abioye, a most consistent, faithful and profitable son in the gospel for over 30 years. Others who are ministers and leaders in the church today include Olatunji Adeyemi, Nathan and Charity Ichor, Olufemi Modupe, and Issac Oladapo.

Also, I had the understanding that it was a vision for the now and not for the future. So I took immediate steps to see how to establish a weekly faith-based fellowship and by the good hand of the Lord, we secured the ECWA Youth Center facility in Ilorin for a weekly Friday fellowship.

The inaugural known fellowship known as faith-Liberation Hour was held on 24th of May, 1981. We also held a monthly weekend seminar every Friday and Saturday. Within a year, Faith Liberation Hour had become a household name particularly among youth and young adult in Ilorin where we began.

The Power house was in place from May 1981 until September 1983 when the Church was officially commission.

MY USA TRAINING PLAN STOPPED

After the Lord called me into ministry, I felt a genuine sense of inadequacy, because I had no formal training in ministry. I thought that the best way out was to get myself trained wherever the fire was burning, and America was the center of revival at that time. I reasoned that since Paul the Apostle spent three years in Arabia (where I believe he contacted the heavyweight revelations he operates in), I would also need to be trained outside my country, in order to fulfill my calling in ministry.

Immediately, the United State of America came to my mind as a place to train for impactful ministry because all the giants of faith were in America; likes of Kenneth E. Hagin, Oral Roberts, Osborn and others.

However, one night, I was up on the mountain to pray and to worship the Lord for the open doors and then he was causing everything to work together towards the realization of this vision. Suddenly. God said to me,

my son, the things that you seek do not come from abroad,

as I heard that, I stopped all arrangement.

Today, there are no regrets whatsoever. God has proved himself just and the justifier of them that believe in him. He undertook to train me by Himself and that He did most successfully and impactful. I have been in the school of the Holy Ghost since then to the present moment.

INSTRUCTED TO BE COMMISSION INTO MINISTRY

On one beautiful evening in the month of July 1983, I was in the deep fellowship with the Holy Spirit walking around our dining room on when God suddenly spoke saying

I will not have you go like others have gone. I will have hands laid on you so you can be filled with the Spirit of wisdom.

Then I asked, Lord, who will lay hands on me?. And He said.

Send for my servant Adeboye, and I will have him lay hands on you and you shall be filled with the spirit of Wisdom

I had heard of Pastor E.A. Adeboye of the Redeemed Christian Church of God then, but we had never met, neither had I ever been to any of his meetings. But because whenever I hear from God I don’t drag my feet, I went ahead and did as God said

I sent a message to him telling him what God told me. He sent a reply that he was slated for another meeting on the same date I had given him. I, therefore, went back to God to report got to him, God told him that he would have to come for the commissioning as scheduled. That settled it! His message at the commissioning service was highly prophetic.

He took his message from Luke 19:28-40, speaking about the ass that Jesus rode into Jerusalem. He made the following prophetic and profound statement – “The glory will succeed, whether you support it or not…. The glory will be so heavy; but don’t allow the glory to blind your eyes to the Rider of the ass, because when Jesus alighted from the ass, nobody knew where the ass went…” and here we are today basking in the glory of the Lord with the understanding that it is the Lord’s doing and it is marvelous in our eyes.

HOW THE LIVING FAITH CHURCH BEGAN

When the Mandate was delivered in 1981, I saw it mainly as an outreach ministry, because at that time, church planting was not considered relevant. We were more concerned about believing God for revival in the existing churches. Also, when the mandate was delivered, the church wasn’t particularly mentioned. I then thought it was going to be an outreach ministry, so we didn’t really need another one.

But one early morning, however, God showed me something from Luke chapter one.

Forasmuch as many have taken into est forth in order a declaration of those things which are most surely believed among us, Even as they delivered them unto us, which from the beginning was an eyewitness, and ministers of the word; It seems good to me also…. — Luke 1:1-3

God was telling me, “There are many church ministry.”

“I also…” become the marching order for our Church Ministry. That is, “others have written, but you have a part of it to write.” It is that part that we are here writing, which is fast becoming a global phenomenon. To God be the glory!