God & Wildfires by Jordan Frye of Urban Rescue

Josh Pauley —  September 4, 2014

God & Wildfires by Jordan Frye of Urban Rescue“Do you see what we’ve got? An unshakable kingdom! And do you see how thankful we must be? Not only thankful, but brimming with worship, deeply reverent before God. For God is not an indifferent bystander. He’s actively cleaning house, torching all that needs to burn, and he won’t quit until it’s all cleansed. God himself is Fire”

- Hebrews 12:29

I was on Los Angeles bound flight sitting next to worship leader/songwriter Brenton Brown when he said in an unforgettable South African accent, “You’re on faya men!”

We were both “on fire” actually, coming home after a powerful songwriter’s retreat in the Tennessee countryside. Every year a group of worship leaders and songwriters from around the world get together to encourage one another, pray, and write together. Buzzing with ideas Brenton and I found ourselves deep in conversation about the Church trajectory, history, music, lyricism, and art. We reminisced about the Vineyard movement, song-theology, but mostly our mutual desire to see people encounter the Living God in a life-changing way. As we continued sharing stories and pictures of our families, at some point he looked up and said four words that are forever burned in my memory, “You’re on faya men!”

Something struck me about that phrase. I hadn’t heard that particular language in such a long time. I understood being “on fire” implied being radically sold out, unstoppable, uncontainable for Jesus. But was I worthy of such a word compliment? “Thanks…” I replied. “I mean, I really just believe God is so much more wild than we make God out to be – especially in our music.” Then it all hit me like some kind of burning idea:

God is truly like a Wildfire.

I love the picture of worship in both call and response described in Hebrews 12:29 (MSG) “Do you see what we’ve got? An unshakable kingdom! And do you see how thankful we must be? Not only thankful, but brimming with worship, deeply reverent before God. For God is not an indifferent bystander. He’s actively cleaning house, torching all that needs to burn, and he won’t quit until it’s all cleansed. God himself is Fire”

Whatever Brenton saw in me on that flight to Los Angeles was merely a spark of the Wildfire that is our radical, unstoppable, uncontainable God. I felt unworthy, yet rejuvenated that somehow the embers of something holy was still living and active inside my heart. As we wrapped up our that unforgettable conversation, I began to pray right there in my seat. That prayer flickered into melody, and that melody sparked into a song for the Church:

No I’ve never heard Your voice more clearly

Awakened from my sleep You call me

To the great unknown

The great unknown

I can feel Your fire roaring through me

Till every breath, every single heartbeat

Is Yours alone

Is Yours alone

 

In the furnace of my soul

Fan the flame and take control

Like a Wildfire, a Wildfire

Though the storm rage on inside

There’s a joy I cannot hide

You’re a Wildfire, a Wildfire

Being “on fire” for God isn’t merely a feeling. A wildfire burns into action. It’s visual. Tangible. It ignites for a cause and a purpose. The wildfire of God is healing and restorative, reaching and consuming everything in its path through people like you and me. The prayer of a heart “on fire” cries out,

So let every breath I take bring healing

To the wounded and the weary

Till Kingdom come, till Kingdom come

My prayer is that this song, and the collection of songs on what we’re calling the Wildfire – EP not only blesses you, but challenges you. There’s a under-current of “fire” that resonates in each song, and just like Acts 2 1-4, I pray this offering creates space for the Spirit of God to “spread like a wildfire” through the ranks of your Church.

Josh Pauley

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Josh joined the team at the beginning of 2013 and now manages all things digital for Worship Together, which includes running the website, overseeing all online content, and handling visual design. Prior to Worship Together he worked for a record label that includes artists such as Chris Tomlin, Matt Redman, David Crowder, and Kristian Stanfill. Josh leads worship in Nashville, enjoys trying out specialty coffee brewing methods, and heads outdoors on the weekends to hike, mountain bike, or camp with his wife Kaylee and their dog, Tucker.

2 responses to God & Wildfires by Jordan Frye of Urban Rescue

  1. God is a consuming fire he is busy at work in us all the time ive been on long journey as a worship leader painful at times

  2. I just discovered the page. It feels great to know stories behind the songs written for God. continue doing this and surely, many will be blessed beyond the music. :)