'A feast is made for laughter, and wine maketh merry: but money answereth all things.'(Eccl.10:19)


Though money can’t replace the call of God upon your life, money will help to actualize the call of God. Lack of money has made many to be frustrated out of ministry. Consequently as a minister of God unless otherwise directed by God, you may need to be involved in one business or the other.

• Shortage of money can make your vision to become stunted.

• Shortage of money can make you to abandon your calling and give yourself an assignment which God knows nothing about.

• Shortage of money can make it appear as if God did not call you.

• Shortage of money can make you to sell your dignity for mere portage.

• Shortage of money can make you to lose your respect in ministry.

• Shortage of money can make a wife who is not well grounded in the spirit to start going after other men.

• Shortage of money of money can make you to submit to other gods.

The reason why it is sensitive is that many people feel strongly about it because of what they are going through financially.


⁃ Ignorance of God’s financial dealing with you.

⁃ Throwing away what is in your hands at the point of call, too early.

⁃ Going into what God did not call you into.

⁃ Lack of knowledge about how to go about your assignment.

⁃ Sin, which may dry up your source of funds.

⁃ A means of calling your attention to what God is saying.

⁃ Concentrating on wants instead of need in ministry.


1. ADAMS DEALING – A situation in which everything needed is provided without you asking. (Gen.2:8&9)

2. MOSES DEALING – A situation in which God would have so prepared the mind of people you are leading that they easily respond to your needs and requests. (Ex.35:4-7; 36:6-7)

3. PAUL’S DEALING – A situation in which you have to work to support the assignment that God has given you financially. (Act.20:34-35)


⁃ There is really no secular business for a minister of God, as you can use your business to advance the gospel.

⁃ Even your ministry assignment is a very serious business.

⁃ You must passionately believe in your business and be proud to tell anyone that cares to know, that you are in business.


• Giving God priority in timing.

• Giving God priority in tithing and involvement in kingdom projects.

• Diligence. (Prov.6:6-8; Prov.22:29)

• Thrift.

• Savings.

• Innovations.

• Using your business as a mission field.


Your vision need funds to be actualized. Consequently, except otherwise divinely directed, you may need to get yourself involved in one business or the other. God will never be against you doing a business, except when it clashes with His own interest by competing unfavorably with God’s assignment in your hands. Consequently, we must disabuse our mind from the mentality that a man of God must not do any secular business as God may even use your business to expand your territory of influence, at the same time, God may also use your ministry to open up honest business opportunities for you as a minister of God.


Dr. Mike Oluniyi.

(A talk during the Christ Apostolic Church, Oshinubi DCC church officers seminar, held on Saturday 24th September 2022)


The position or importance of the home in the life of church officers is a vital one which no church officer must not take with levity except at his or her own peril. One truth which is dawning in ministry today is that when you fail at home, you don’t really have a ministry. Although there are many areas in which church workers may have issues in life and ministry, but a truth which can not be denied is that problem at home speaks louder than any other problem in the life of a church worker or minister.

Your spouse is the most significant person in your life after God. This fact must always be remembered by you as you work for God, that your spouse comes before your ministry.

We shall look at seven reasons why you must take your marriage serious as a worker in His vineyard.


The Acceptability of Your Service by God Depends on it.

‘And this is the second thing you do: You cover the altar of the LORD with tears, With weeping and crying; So He does not regard the offering anymore, Nor receive it with goodwill from your hands.  Yet you say, “For what reason?” Because the LORD has been witness Between you and the wife of your youth, With whom you have dealt treacherously;  Yet she is your companion And your wife by covenant.’ (Mal.2:13-14)

When the situation at home is not acceptable to God, the acceptance of your service unto God becomes doubtful because God sees you as being half without your spouse.

Your Fulfillment in life Depends Heavily on Your Home.

Your fulfillment in life is heavily dependent on how you manage your home. When you are young, you may be able to run up and down doing ministry, but a time will come when you would have become advanced in age and will not be able to do all those activities any longer. Such a time will be a period of loneliness for you if you don’t invest in your home now.

Your Fulfillment in the Faith Depends on it.

Close to the end of the life of Apostle Paul, he was able to say in 2Timothy 4:7-8

‘I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Finally, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give to me on that Day, and not to me only but also to all who have loved His appearing.’

Such statement came from someone who lived a fulfilled life of faith. If you don’t keep your home, you may not be able to make such a statement. Once you have chosen to marry, God expects you to keep your home to the end.

Your Recognition as a Role Model Depends on it.

As a worker in the vineyard of God, there are many children, both biological and spiritual that are looking up to you as a model. They learn a lot through the way that you are relating with your spouse. For that reason your spouse is important so that your relationship will not lead many astray.

Your Home is Like a Model to Your Children/ Disciples.

Whether you like it or not, as a leader, your home is like a model to your followers. If as a leader you don’t have a good home, it affects what you may teach others. If you have noticed it very well, you would have discovered that young couples during their wedding, under normal circumstances don’t choose someone with a broken home to be the chairman of their wedding.

Your Eternity May Depend on it.

Somehow, your eternity is connected with your spouse. You must have noticed that when there is no peace at home, it affects a lot of things, including your spiritual life.

‘Husbands, likewise, dwell with them with understanding, giving honor to the wife, as to the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life, that your prayers may not be hindered.’ (1Peter 3:7)

If a problem at home may hinder your prayer, you must reason that anything that can hider your prayer life may hinder your eternity.

Your Home Is a Laboratory For Practicals.

All that you teach or stand for as a church officer will be tested at home. If you teach endurance, be sure that it will be tested at home.

When your spouse has offended you and you refuse to forgive, it means you have gone against the teachings of our savior Jesus Christ. He taught us in the Lord’ prayer that if you refuse to forgive those who offend you, you can’t be forgiven.


Knowing the importance of your spouse as a church worker, it means you must take the relationship between you and your spouse very serious. If you take it serious, you must be ready to fight and win the following battles for you to have a successful home.

The Battle of Contentment.

The battle of contentment is the battle you must fight and win to ensure that you are contented with your spouse. Even in church, you may come across members of the opposite sex that appears to be better than your spouse in one way or the other but you must always remember 1 Timothy 6:6

‘Now godliness with contentment is great gain.’ 

Lack of contentment is a breeding ground for many problems that can destroy your home.

The Battle of Faithfulness.

Even as worker in church, you will be tempted. If you are going to win the battle of faithfulness, you must make up your mind and guide it jealously that your nakedness will only be for your spouse. The scriptures both in the old and new testaments strongly goes against unfaithfulness. You must always remember that many that went into it did not plan it that way but they gradually slipped into it. Consequently, you must draw a line beyond which no member of the opposite sex except your spouse may cross.

The Battle of Ease.

Woe to you who are at ease in Zion, And trust in Mount Samaria,...(Amos.6:1)

The battle of ease is the battle which you personally wage against your home unknowingly when God has blessed you. You may never know a man that is faithful to God and his marital vows until money or success comes. Often it is when success comes that many men start seeing the deficiencies in their wives.

Often too, it is when a woman realizes that her husband is now a pastor and can’t go out that they start becoming unmanageable at home. When a woman assumes power either as a result of financial resources or marital security that they are too tired to provide food for their husband or start denying them of sex.

Compare the life of Solomon when he became king in 1kg.3:4-9 with when success had come in 1Kg.11:1-4.

Many people who were able to manage their homes during period of lack and uncertainties failed woefully when success came. Make up your mind that you will win the battle of ease.

The Battle of Sexual Realities.

The battle of sexual realities is the battle you fight to ensure that you and your spouse understand the sexual needs of one another and make the necessary sacrifices to manage it effectively to have a fulfilling marital relationship. Please note the following;

⁃ There is hardly any couple whose sexual needs precisely match one another. Consequently, it is not peculiar to you if your spouse’s demand for sex is higher than your own.

⁃ What turns a man on, is different from what turns a woman on.

⁃ In most cases, women are more resilient about sex than men.

⁃ As you age, there may be the need to adjust to changing sexual desires.

⁃ As you age also, you should not have the feeling that your spouse dies not need sex any longer. It may be a costly assumption.

The Battle of Rebuilding Trust.

In the life of every marital relationship, there are bound to be offenses. Often, the offense of your spouse may be very serious that even though it was settled and you claim to have forgiven, you still find it difficult to trust again. This is highly understandable especially in situations where your spouse has broken trust through adultery.

However serious the offense is, you must find a way of rebuilding trust, this is because a marriage without trust is no marriage at all. The journey of marriage is such a long journey that will take at least about two thirds of your lifetime. If for such a long period of time, you are going about not trusting one another, it will really be a burdensome journey.

Consequently, even when trust has been broken, it is recommended that you gradually build it up again, so that you marriage may be enjoyed by the two of you.

The Battle of Declining Attractions.

There are a lot of situations in which challenges come when you are already advancing in age. When age makes your spouse not to be able to do some of the things he or she used to do before, you must do everything possible to remain loyal to your marital vows. Your beautiful wife will grow old, your handsome husband will change with time, but you must always remember that anything may change, but you must not fail in your vow, to be available for one another till death do you part.

The Battle of The Anchor.

The battle of the anchor is the battle that you must fight and win to ensure that you don’t lose your faith in the face of the challenges of life that you may face in your marriage. In the life of every marriage, there are bound to be challenges. If anybody told you that there will be no challenge, the person must have deceived you. Jesus talking to Simon Peter said in Luke 22: 31-32;

“...Simon, Simon! Indeed, Satan has asked for you, that he may sift you as wheat. But I have prayed for you, that your faith should not fail;...”

You may be surprised that the only prayer that Jesus prayed for Peter in the face of the impending sifting of his life was that his faith would not fail. When your faith fails, it is like when the anchor that holds a ship steady in the storm has been removed. Anything can happen to such ship. May your anchor hold in the most turbulent period of your marriage in Jesus name.


Dear workers in the vineyard of the LORD, your home is so important for you as you serve the LORD. It is important for your own fulfillment in life, it is important for your children both spiritual and biological, it is important for the church of God and also for your eternity.

Sacrifice anything that needs to be sacrificed to keep it, may you succeed at it in Jesus name.


Dr. Mike Oluniyi.

(Being a message delivered during the Apostolic Leadership Summit, held on Monday 19th September 2022)

“And Samuel said unto all Israel, Behold, I have hearkened unto your voice in all that ye said unto me, and have made a king over you. And now, behold, the king walketh before you: and I am old and grayheaded; and, behold, my sons are with you: and I have walked before you from my childhood unto this day. Behold, here I am: witness against me before the LORD, and before his anointed: whose ox have I taken? or whose ass have I taken? or whom have I defrauded? whom have I oppressed? or of whose hand have I received any bribe to blind mine eyes therewith? and I will restore it you. And they said, Thou hast not defrauded us, nor oppressed us, neither hast thou taken ought of any man's hand. And he said unto them, The LORD is witness against you, and his anointed is witness this day, that ye have not found ought in my hand. And they answered, He is witness.” (1Sam.12:1-5)


What Is Integrity?

Integrity is the quality of being honest and having strong moral principles. It is about being the same person when no one sees you and when you are in the midst of everyone that matters.

A minister of God who has integrity is a minister who will say the truth at all times and will not use the Holy Spirit to cover up dishonesty. Such a minister will strive to be morally upright in his dealings in and outside the ministry.

Today, many don’t respect ministers of God because we have lost trust. We have lost trust with both men and God because one of the major implications of lack of integrity is loss of trust.


(Psalm 24:3-4)

• The God whom you are representing through your calling is holy and dependable.

• You are a model to believers.

• You are a like a moral compass for unbelievers.

• Lack of integrity will bring you down from whatever level that God has ten you to in ministry.

• It helps you to deliver God’s message without fear of contradiction.

• It helps you not to give room for the accusation of the enemy.

• It helps to sustain your testimony.


• Saying the absolute truth.

• Can you be trusted with members of the opposite sex?

• Can you be trusted with money?

• Embellished exploits.

• Deceitful offerings.

• Deceitful alter calls.

• Your pronouncement on the altar, did God really say it?


• Ignorance of the gravity of the implications of lack of integrity.

• Many of us have become so familiar with God that we don’t fear Him any longer.

• We feel that prayer is more important than obedience.

• We feel that we are not in ministry until we are in it full time.

• Many of us are outside God’s genuine calling.

• Pride, position consciousness and embarking on things which you are really not capable of doing.

• We are covetous and lack the ability to wait for God’s time.


• Your ministry may be cut short.

• Your ministry may not make any mark.

• You may not have relevance as a result of lack of trust.

• You may lack helpers in ministry.

• You may lose your vision and become stunted in your spiritual growth.

• Breeding of dishonest followers.

• Inability to finish strong.


As ministers of God, we must realize the fact that one of the most important requirements of ministry is integrity. As you you are here today, be honest with yourself: Is there any area of life where you have to ask for God’s mercy and help? I think it will be wisdom for you to go ahead and beg God to have mercy on you. May you receive mercy in Jesus name.


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What Is In Your Hands? (Episode 3)

Dr. Mike Oluniyi.

The assignment which God gives individuals are so important to Him.
As much as there are diverse assignments He gives, there are also diverse ways and circumstances in which He assigns. Looking through the scriptures, we discover that God assigns people through different circumstances. There is no particular or exclusive way, and no particular style. After all, He is the Almighty! The most popular scripture about receiving vision or divine assignment is found in the book of Habakkuk 2:1-3;

‘I will stand upon my watch, and set me upon the tower,
and will watch to see what he will say unto me,
and what I shall answer when I am reproved.
And the LORD answered me, and said,
Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables,
that he may run that readeth it.
For the vision is yet for an appointed time,
but at the end it shall speak, and not lie:
though it tarry, wait for it;
because it will surely come, it will not tarry.’

The scripture talks about watching or waiting on God until He speaks. Watching does not mean that you stay in one place waiting for Him to give the instructions, though it may sometimes entail doing so. It may generally entail being observant in the course of your life to know when there is need for you to pay attention divine dealings.
After God has spoken, there is the need to write down the vision because of the short attention span of human memory. Writing it down may be in terms of publicity, not keeping it to yourself but making others to know. It is also very important for you to write down what you have been given because no one can do ministry alone. If you don’t write it down, there will be no record that those who are to run with your vision may follow without ambiguity. You should be able to say without clearly what God has assigned you to do. Another reason why you have to write it down is because the vision is for an appointed time.
After God might have given you a vision, there is still a waiting period. Every vision is for an appointed time, you must not be so impatient that you miss the lessons that God wants you to learn during your period of waiting. If you miss it during the period of waiting, it may either elongate your period of waiting or it may it may make you not to be able to fully manifest due to the missed lessons. If you do not document your vision, you may lose the details during your waiting period.

Following are the circumstances surrounding how some of the major characters in the Bible received their own vision or life assignments. You may need to observe that the circumstances are diverse.

The Moses encounter.
Moses was in the wilderness, tending the flock of his father in law when he experienced the visitation of God which defined his momentous path in life and ministry.
Exodus 3:2-10
‘And the angel of the LORD appeared unto him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush: and he looked, and, behold, the bush burned with fire, and the bush was not consumed…God called unto him out of the midst of the bush, and said, Moses, Moses. And he said, Here am I… And I am come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians, and to bring them up out of that land unto a good land and a large, unto a land flowing with milk and honey;… Come now therefore, and I will send thee unto Pharaoh, that thou mayest bring forth my people the children of Israel out of Egypt.’ (Ex.3:2-10)

You may experience Moses encounter, while on your legitimate secular endeavors. The work was not really a religious engagement, yet it was while he was on it that God gave him his life vision. The lesson in it is that even your day to day engagements should be handled as if it was given to you by God. For a genuine child of God, your profession is like a mission field. Such an atmosphere is a fertile ground for God’s visitation in your life.

The Joseph encounter. (Gen.40:1-14)
Joseph got his own life assignment through the interpretation of dreams. His was a call to preservative leadership in a strange land. This kind of visitation may happen to individuals as they serve others faithfully. If you are serving under a master or in a ministry, serve faithfully, as it may be in the place of your service that God will give you your own assignment. There are many that are too impatient to wait and receive their mandate, like Ahimaaz in the Bible who got put aside as a result of the fact that he had no message for the king;

‘Then said Ahimaaz the son of Zadok, Let me now run, and bear the king tidings, how that the LORD hath avenged him of his enemies…yet again to Joab, But howsoever, let me, I pray thee, also run after Cushi. And Joab said, Wherefore wilt thou run, my son, seeing that thou hast no tidings ready?…And the king said, Is the young man Absalom safe? And Ahimaaz answered, When Joab sent the king’s servant, and me thy servant, I saw a great tumult, but I knew not what it was. And the king said unto him, Turn aside, and stand here. And he turned aside, and stood still’. (2Sam.18:19-30)

People who fail to wait for their own message in ministry may initially outrun others, but they eventually get stranded in ministry. Therefore, learn to interprete the dream of your master through faithful service. At the end of the day, your own vision might even be to keep on serving your master! You can’t query God for it. On the contrary you will discover that the fulfillment that many general overseers don’t have, you will have it while serving, if God’s mandate to you is to continue to serve in that ministry.

The Samuel Encounter.
In the case of Prophet Samuel, his assignment came in a way that he was not even aware that God was speaking to him. It took the experience of Eli, his master for him to know that he was experiencing divine visitation.

‘Therefore Eli said unto Samuel, Go, lie down: and it shall be, if he call thee, that thou shalt say, Speak, LORD; for thy servant heareth. So Samuel went and lay down in his place. And the LORD came, and stood, and called as at other times, Samuel, Samuel. Then Samuel answered, Speak; for thy servant heareth.’ (1Sam.3:9-10)

His master thus played a major role in his understanding of divine purpose. Your relationship with the person God has asked you to submit to may therefore often play a crucial role in your assignment in ministry. Maintaining the relationship between you and your source may therefore be crucial.

David encounter.
After David had been called as the king, his vision of removing the reproach of the philistines from Israel came to him on battle ground. He was totally incensed by the effrontery of the army of the Philistines as represented by Goliath, against the armies of Israel. He just felt that something must be done to make the Philistines to know that they could not defy the armies of Israel and go free..

‘And David spake to the men that stood by him, saying, What shall be done to the man that killeth this Philistine, and taketh away the reproach from Israel? for who is this uncircumcised Philistine, that he should defy the armies of the living God?’ (1Sam.17:26)

It happens when you are dissatisfied with the status quo. God may use your dissatisfaction about what is happening around you to assign you to a corrective mission that will become a life assignment.
How do you feel about unrighteous acts around you? The passion in your heart as a result of lack of satisfaction concerning things going on around you may become a gateway through which the vision of God for your life may be birthed.

The Esther encounter.
The Esther encounter involves a timely message from a significant other to you at your place of comfort, about the needful, which becomes a divine assignment. Her uncle Mordecai told her in Esther 4:14;

‘For if thou altogether holdest thy peace at this time, then shall there enlargement and deliverance arise to the Jews from another place;…: and who knoweth whether thou art come to the kingdom for such a time as this?’

Such an assignment comes when you are comfortable, and appears like a call away from your comfort zone. If you feel that you don’t want to trade your comfort for the assignment, it will pass you by and render you irrelevant because it is your divine assignment that makes you relevant in life.
Esther responded by sending a message back to Mordecai thus;

‘Go, gather together all the Jews that are present in Shushan, and fast ye for me, and neither eat nor drink three days, night or day: I also and my maidens will fast likewise; and so will I go in unto the king, which is not according to the law: and if I perish, I perish.’ (Est.4:16)

Sometimes, the assignment is like you are risking your life or reputation to carry it out. The truth is that He that has called you however, goes with you into the assignment. Sometimes when you have the Esther encounter and refuse to respond, God may remove your comfort and render you helpless, only to return to that same assignment later, after stripping you of those comforts.

The Nehemiah encounter.
The Nehemiah encounter is had when it is your concern for the homeland that consumes you. Nehemiah was passionately concerned about Israel while he was comfortable as the cup bearer of the king in shushan

And they said unto me, The remnant that are left of the captivity there in the province are in great affliction and reproach: the wall of Jerusalem also is broken down, and the gates thereof are burned with fire.
And it came to pass, when I heard these words, that I sat down and wept, and mourned certain days, and fasted, and prayed before the God of heaven, (Neh.1:3-4)

Such an assignment comes when you are deeply concerned about the state of the kingdom of God. Such concern is a fertile ground for God given vision. In the case of Nehemiah, he was given the vision to rebuild the broken walls of Jerusalem and reorganize the leadership structure.

The Blessed Mary encounter.
Mary was apparently just an ordinary lady who God in His sovereign will, singled out from all other single ladies in Israel in her days. God visited and favored her for the assignment of the motherhood of Jesus Christ. One major fact to note is that Mary was a virgin. Virginity signifies purity, which in your case may be purity in your in your heart towards the things of God.

Who shall ascend into the hill of the LORD?
or who shall stand in his holy place?
He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart;
who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity,
nor sworn deceitfully. (Ps.24:3-4)

Your heart towards God in your relationship with Him is vital towards His dealings with you. Despite the fact that there must have been many other virgins in the land of Israel, the angel approached her and said;

‘…Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women. (Lk.1:28)

The Simon Peter Encounter.
In the circumstances of the encounter of Peter, he was a fisherman who was highly experienced in the trade. However the encounter with Jesus brought him to the place of the assignment of his life, which is to become a fisher of men. The circumstances of his life at that point is the ability to forsake his fishing business and follow Jesus, just like Elisha left his farming business to follow Elisha. This kind of encounter occurs when a man is required to leave his secular job or business completely in response to the the assignment given to him by the master.

The Paul encounter.
Apostle Paul was on his way to Damascus to deal with Christians when he had his own encounter. One can’t help but wonder why it should be someone that had done so much against His church that would be selected for such an important task in the early church. One thing that one could see in the circumstances of his own assignment is that he was a highly committed man. God must have seen that the same level of commitment he used against the gospel would be useful for the New Testament church. It is therefore not surprising that there are several ministers of God today that God encountered in the prison after committing grievous sins. Paul said;

For though I preach the gospel, I have nothing to glory of: for necessity is laid upon me; yea, woe is unto me, if I preach not the gospel! For if I do this thing willingly, I have a reward: but if against my will, a dispensation of the gospel is committed unto me. (1Cor.9:6-7)

Lessons From Who or How God Assigns.
• It is not a matter of qualification.
• It is not a matter of status in life.
• It is not a matter of what you want but what He wants.
• It is not a matter of Age.
• It is not a matter of what you planned to do with your life.
• It is not a matter of whether or not it is convenient for you.
• It is not a matter of how far you have gone in the opposite direction.

The diverse circumstances of life which is apparent in the life of those he assigned in the scriptures show to us that who we were or what we planned to do with our life doesn’t matter when God assigns. God decides on who to assign, as well as what to assign to you. Whatever He has assigned to you, whether big or small is important to God.

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