If you’re looking for men whom God has called and chosen in this great time of revival and revelation, young men who have walked with God with intentionality and consistency, Pastor Deji David Olanrewaju is one. His decision to walk and stay with God has nothing to do with title or rewards, as he is not just into full-time missions but also business.
After spending more than 10 years in the Northern part of Nigeria by the leading of God, Pastor Deji shares with MAG NIGERIA, his story from when he received God’s instruction to how he has been daily sustained by ‘unusual grace’ to fulfilling an assignment he is certain pleases the Master’s heart. If you have received a seemingly difficult instruction from God and don’t know how to go about it, you should read this interview.
WHEN DID YOU GET THE INSTRUCTION? WERE YOU PRAYING AT THE TIME OR JUST CHILLING?
I got the mandate from God to “Go to the North and Raise ME a People, Build MY House and Bring All Men to ME”, on the 15th of December 2007. It was at Shiloh 2007. At the last night of the gathering, I had an Apostolic Encounter. I was sitting outside Faith Tabernacle with so many people at the gathering. I was with my wife, then in courtship and we were watching the large screen outside. My wife and I perceived God wanted to speak to me, so we were in that meeting with rapt attention. Bishop Abioye stepped up to the podium and as I watched, I saw someone else dressed in white beside Bishop Abioye at the Altar. Unconsciously, I stood to my feet and stretched my hand as if I wanted to reach out to the amazing sight before me. Like in a dream, still with so many people around me, I stood to my feet and asked the person I saw beside Bishop Abioye, “Who are you?” He answered, “It is I, Jesus!” I was astonished! I immediately came to my senses, I was excited! Meanwhile my wife was surprised I stood up and was gazing and stretching my hands towards the large multimedia screen. I told her, “I just saw Jesus!”
I was in that aura through the meeting, and early in the morning, this time at the lodge, I heard His voice clearly, “Go to the North and Raise ME a People, Build MY House and Bring All Men to ME”. That was how I got the call to serve God here.
HOW DID YOU KNOW IT WAS GOD SPEAKING?
The encounter was too real to be fake or presumed. When God visits you, He leaves proof to show that He came. I saw Him. I heard His voice. This ignited a fire and burden in my heart that is still burning till tomorrow. That encounter turned me on. You cannot meet God or hear Him and not be imparted. He leaves on you an impact to show that He visited you.
WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST REACTION WHEN YOU GOT THE INSTRUCTION? DID YOU FIGHT IT? IF YES HOW LONG?
I did not fight it. I embraced it. I knew long ago that I was created for a calling I must fulfil. It came with a burden, but I have given in to His will since I got it.
WERE THERE FOLLOW UP INSTRUCTIONS?
This Kingdom is not as convenient but as instructed. We are in a Kingdom of scaling heights by instructions. Instructions are one of our foremost secrets. The Return Mandate is a summary of bundles of instructions that have been coming in phases.
WAS CARRYING OUT THE INSTRUCTION EASY? DID SITUATIONS LINE UP AROUND THE INSTRUCTION?
Our actions have consequences, so does obedience to God’s instructions. Definitely, there have been situations where obeying God’s voice has caused lots of agitation especially within the family, but God has always pulled us through.
WERE THERE PEOPLE THAT BELIEVED IN YOUR INSTRUCTION?
Yes! My wife has been with me from the beginning. We have also had people who have stayed with us through phases of this vision. When God send you, no matter how tough, he will prepare those, many few or even one, who would encourage you.
DID YOU AT SOME POINT DOUBT IF IT WAS REALLY GOD THAT GAVE YOU THE INSTRUCTION?
DID YOU THINK OF QUITTING MID WAY WHILE TRYING TO OBEY THE INSTRUCTION?
DID YOU GET A REASON FOR THE INSTRUCTION?
Reason? What kind of reason? Reason for why I was the person being sent or for why He wanted the vision carried out? May be I never asked for reason(s).
IF NO, HAVE YOU FOUND THE REASON FOR THE INSTRUCTION?
I have never needed to give this a thought. Why ask reasons for the Return Mandate when I have always known I was created for a reason anyway. As the Manufacturer, He definitely would have only given me the instructions for which he created me. He never makes a mistake. In fact, I am privileged He revealed the instructions anyway and will keep us in His will till the end. I have assurance already. No doubts!
HOW HAS OBEYING THE INSTRUCTION BEEN SO FAR?
Fulfilling! Rewarding!! I am eternally grateful to God!!!
WHAT WOULD YOU ADVISE SOMEONE WITH AN ‘UNUSUAL’ INSTRUCTION AS YOURS?
For every “unusual” instruction, there is “unusual grace”. His Word comes with Power for execution. Your responsibility is to first, yield to His instructions, no matter how difficult they appear. Yield! Then secondly, ask for His strategies for implementing His instructions. For every assignment, God has strategy. Give attention to details. He does not instruct us to grieve us; He instructs us to make us!
IS THIS YOUR MOST UNUSUAL INSTRUCTION? IS THERE ANY INSTRUCTION YOU CAN CONSIDER BIGGER THAN THIS?
I am certain that I am privileged to receive His leading always and they always produce unusual proofs. And this is not peculiar to me.
CONSIDERING THE HEATED ATMOSPHERE IN THE NORTH, HOW WOULD YOU MEASURE YOUR OBEDIENCE TO GOD BY GOING THERE AND WHAT IS THE AGENDA OF GOD IN NORTHERN STATES.
I do not know about measuring my obedience to God. I can just say that His Spirit works through us to ensure the fulfilment of His agenda.
Then for the North, God is raising an army of young people across human endeavours, who will be instrumental in His hands for global reconciliation. The North is not just about location but about His Divine choice.
Thank you and God bless you!