Bishop Lenke admonishes Nigerians to return to God
The newly concecrated Bishop of Liberation Embassy in Lagos, Bishop Fire Lenke has admonished Nigerians to return to God, stressing that what is happening now in the country is because Nigerians have left God.
Speaking after his consecration in Lagos, Bishop Lenke stated that with God,“we lack nothing.”
He emphasised the need for the people to develop a close relationship with God.
Bishop Lenke noted that, “the close relationship is between us and God, beyond church levels. Even in the Bible when there was a tough time in the Red sea, it took God’s intervention to save the children of Israel.”
He stated that his concecration as a Bishop is a journey of a new work in the vineyard of God.
“I believe that it is a call not to rejoice, but to work harder to lift the body of Christ, it means to work times three more than before, I believe his grace will see us trough”, he said.
Bishop Lenke stated that his vision for the people of God and for the vineyard of God is to move further in the service of God, humanity and to work harder to do more research in different areas .
“To me, it means more works in different areas, healings, deliverance and other aspects ,is a call to work harder, more thinking, I thank God having gotten to this level, is not easy, I believe God will see us through”, he added
On his new mandate as a Bishop, he maintained that the best way to pursue this goal is to seek for covenant blessing ways, adding that “next year there is no way you can win without being in covenant ways, so is only the boat of Noah that can save us, and that is why you must get one or build one.”
Bishop Lenke advised upcoming pastors who will now be looking up to him and others to work harder.
He said: “Am called is a statement, it takes a job to confirm that statement, upcoming pastors have to work hard, you don’t just dream success, you work success, is about what you are called to do and what your call is all about.”
He stated further that the work has been a journey of many hurdles from different corners and high hurdles.
“If you don’t have patience you can’t serve God, you will see all colours. Even the Archbishop that consecrated us, Archbishop Onibere said it, that in every church, you have three witches, before when there is no opposition you cannot fight. There would always be challenges because when there are challenges you look for God for solution”, he observed.
Narrating his journey into the vaneyard of God, Bishop Lenke said, “It all started in 1991 in the city of Kano. Before then my ambition as a young man was to study medicine and be a doctor in Cameroon, my country. I was very passionate about that course but because I didn’t pass the entrance examination, my father decided to send me to Kano, to stay with my uncle, and further my education. That’s why I travelled to Kano to meet my uncle. He had a hotel and I worked there temporarily. There I got the first call but I didn’t know what it was because I wanted to go to Germany for studies. I did remedial courses in English and other subjects and even wrote JAMB to realign my Francophone background. However, it was during the period of a long strike by lecturers that I changed my mind to go to Germany. In the process of getting a visa I lost all my documents. So, I started all over. I began to seek for how God would restore me. That’s how I encountered Christ while worshipping at Our Lady of Fatima & St. Thomas’s Catholic Church.I served mass for some years before leaving.”
The Bishop disclosed further that “I had some issues with my uncle while I was staying in his hotel called Makosa Joint 99 at 94, Odutola Street, Sabon Gari. One night during a vigil, I encountered Christ. God gave me a rod of fire like a florescent long bulb from which the name ‘Fire’ was derived that’s where the name ‘Fire’ was derived, that name got stuck with me since then.”
Coping with the early beginning in Kano, Bishop Lenke explained that,
“ I didn’t know what the gift was, the gift of healing or deliverance. Each time I prayed someone got healed. The people around would testify and I would be surprised because I didn’t know what they were saying. My concern was to go abroad, but visa was my problem. So, sometimes, I would pray in the church, and testifiers would attest to it and call my name. But that day of encounter, God gave me a rod of fire, that’s what I use for liberation. It is spiritual. With it I can destroy any shrine, anywhere, single-handedly.”
Speaking further on challenges he encountered at that period, the presiding Bishop of Liberation Assembly explained further that, “there were challenges of language and Kano as centre for Islamic activities. I had to return to school to write JAMB and retake the entrance to the university. Then most of the pastors resided in Sabon Gari because it is an Islamic area. When we pray, we did it with caution. That was one of the reasons I moved down to Lagos.”
Narrating his coming to Lagos where he had no relations unlike in Kano, Bishop Lenke stated that,“It was through a Nurse. They stole her file in the office and someone was still receiving salary with her name. I prayed for her and the file that was missing for five years was found. She was the one who encouraged me to come to Lagos. I didn’t know anywhere in Lagos, no Godfather, relation or friend. That’s how I moved into Lagos, leaving my family behind. When I arrived at Ojota, I took a bus to her house. I used to go to Abuja to preach. After one year I went to Kano to bring my family to Lagos. We spent sometime at Igbogbo, Ikorodu, then we moved to Ejigbo, to Vespa area and on to Festac. I relied entirely on God. Psalm 121 verse 2 remains my anchor.”