'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.

Abiding Grace Publications

ABIDING Grace Publications
In the last One year, two new books were published by
the ministry. The books are STRICTLY FOR THẺ
The first book which came as an inspiration from God to deal
with issues that are commonly faced by the ministers’ wives
as they strive to support their husbands in ministry was
presented to the public on the 29th of April 2021. MATTERS
ARISING IN MINISTRY is a compendium that may serve as
reference material for ministers of God on matters that
determine success or failure in ministry. The two books
were authored by the set man of the ministry, Revd. Dr.
Mike Oluniyi.
God continued to touch lives with the Abiding Grace
Tracts. The ministry has continued to make the titles
available for personal and group evangelism free of charge.
Various churches and ministries have been actively
requesting for tracts as Abiding Grace has become well
known for the provision of tracts for evangelism.
To the glory of God, Abiding Grace Chapel continues to
be an effective base for the ministry. Members of the church
continue to contribute to the improvement of church
facilities. During the women anniversary in November 2020,
the women group rugged the altar. some members also
decided to give the altar a face lift as such added a 3D back
drop to beautify the altar. Also during the twelfth anniversary
of the church .in June 2021, a family donated a bigger
generator to further enhance worship in the church.
Along with the 12th anniversary of the church, an ordination
service was held, during which seven individuals were
ordained as deacons and deaconesses in the church.

Strategies For Contending For Your Faith – Femi Emmanuel

Femi Emmanuel (Chacha9ja)
(Being a ministration during the Ministers’ Seed Conference 2021)

I like to share a story told by one of my protégé, Femi Adebusuyi.
Many years ago while he was on the compulsory one-year youth service, he was posted with the first set of Corp members to a community in Edo state. It was quite strange having lived almost all his life in Lagos. To make matters worse, he was the only male amidst three ladies and he was ruddy. Since they were the first set of Corp members, his employer didn’t know better, so the ladies travelled at will. And when their employer complained, they quickly threatened him saying they will report to the Liaison Officer.
This went on for a while and it didn’t sit well with him because at the end of the month, this man paid them. So, Femi remembered there was a particular document Corp members were to hand over at their Place of Primary Assignment (PPA). Coincidentally, none of them had submitted to their employer. Knowing this will empower the employer to know his right, Femi quickly handed it to him. He read it. The following time the ladies were about to travel, he told them he was calling the LO to tell her they were about to travel without his permit and that if anything happened, he would be exempted and more so, he would deduct the monetary equivalent of the days they were absent if they chose to go. The ladies came for his throat but an ignorant man was delivered from cheaters. Evil prevails when good men keep quiet.
Genesis 6:5 (KJV)
And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.
Like every true child of God, I really do pray the world would become a better place. However, going by scriptures, it is sad to know that the wickedness of man will keep evolving into more sinister ways in so much if I was God, I would be marveled. But God, in order to preserve humanity, in his wisdom, has always singled out individuals in each generation to stand for him – Abraham, Noah, Job, Isaiah, Jacob, David and once again, God is looking up to you.
Don’t be deceived – our world has now become so perverted that LGBT are now being empowered; pedophiles are now bold to ask for equality. Right here in Nigeria, if the kill isn’t up to 30 casualties or more, nothing is most likely to be done.
Individuals who stood for their faith in the Old Testament
1. Abraham
2. Noah
3. Elijah
4. David
5. Shadrach, Meshach, Abednego
6. Moses
Individual who contended for their Faith in the New Testament.
1. Peter
2. John the Baptist
3. Paul
4. The Apostle
5. Timothy
6. Stephen etc
1. God demands it (1 Timothy 6:12)
2. It’s a sign of loyalty and 1 Tim 4:12
3. It ensures a generational transfer of blessings. (Gen 28:1)
4. It’s proof of right standing with. (God 2 Tim4:2)
5. To set a standard in the corrupt world (Rom12:1)
6. It puts the devil to flight. (James 4:7)
7. To seal your place as God’s representative on earth (1 Tim 6:12)
1. When negative thoughts dominate your heart (Romans 12:2)
2. When evil is around (James 4:7)
3. When you begin to notice negative trends (1 Cor. 4:9)
4. When your love for spiritual things wax cold (Matt 24:12)
5. When falsehood prevails (Isa 54:17; 2 Cor. 10:5)
6. When faced with temptation (2 Cor. 10:5)
7. When you have to choose God over (Josh 24:15)
8. When you have to choose eternity over vanity (1 Tim 6:12)
9. When you have to choose God’s will over your ego
10. When you have to choose what is particular over popular
Proverbs 12:24 KJV
The hand of the diligent shall bear rule: but the slothful shall be under tribute.
The agenda of God is that being a person of faith gives us an advantage over the ordinary person via access to the supernatural. However, there in no way, eliminates the basic ingredients for success which include hard work, discipline, leadership.
Being a believer does not automatically mean you will be successful or be a high flyer in your career. You can pray, fast, worship and still remain a failure. In fact, you can sleep and wake with the anointing like the sons of the prophet and still amount to nothing.
When it comes to the success, God himself leaves it to principles. As such, when any of his children decides to play by the principles of success, God personally oversees he becomes exceptionally blessed and sorted after.
Few weeks ago, I connected with an amazing friend. Tuns (nickname) is one of the upcoming global IT gurus, having studied in one of the top universities in Europe. He is about 24 and already has a whole lot of top companies hunting for him. Currently, he works for Oracle, Classic big boy. He shared a profound story that made my heart tingle. He went for a contract defence with his boss. The discussion was quite long and the it wasn’t going in the desired directions. His boss was almost throwing in the trowel, so, he (Tuns) quickly excused himself and went straight to the rest room and I asked why. He said he knew the situation had to be won spiritually. He stepped out and prayed for 3 minutes in tongues. Stepped back in, he recounted that in less than 10mins, the contract was signed and case closed.
5 Things that ensure you Contend and win in your Career space
1. Exceptionality in Skill
A. Work skill
1 Samuel 16:16 KJV
Let our lord now command thy servants, which are before thee, to seek out a man, who is a cunning player on an harp: and it shall come to pass, when the evil spirit from God is upon thee, that he shall play with his hand, and thou shalt be well.
An exceptionally skilled man regardless of his faith or beliefs will get the most opportunities.
Exodus 31:2-4 KJV
See, I have called by name Bezaleel the son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah: [3] And I have filled him with the spirit of God, in wisdom, and in understanding, and in knowledge, and in all manner of workmanship, [4] To devise cunning works, to work in gold, and in silver, and in brass,
Anointing can not substitute skill. Rather, it enhances it. Anointing without skill makes a man average and less desirable.
Not too long ago, I met the gentle man who handles the lighting of “Experience”, the popular gospel concert. He is one of those who know about mega lighting in Africa. We discussed and faintly talked about his charges and it was on 7 figures.
You can be so good, that not even the best of gossiping or rumor mongering can make your employer sack you.
Be so good you become indispensable.
B. Interpersonal skills
No man has succeeded by himself. I learnt early in life that when God wants to raise a man, he uses men. Elijah needed Elisha, Joseph needed the butler, even Jesus needed the 12. Men are extension of God’s hands and your success in life is tied to how you treat those whom God brings your way.
Treat people well, you might end of needing them.
C. Leadership Skill.
John Maxwell said in one of his leadership masterpiece: “The level of success we experience in our life his proportional to our individual leadership skill. For success to happen it is imperative that we take time and invest in our leadership growth.”
2. Integrity
Malachi 2:6 KJV; 1 Kings 9:4 KJV
Integrity is the greatest social capital a man can have. The world we live in has become so bad that it is now almost impossible to find someone who doesn’t have hidden agenda behind their actions. Having integrity is a social capital many companies and top organizations will pay for.
3. Spirituality
Understand life is deeply spiritual. Please, understand that regardless of how good a person you are in your career space, you have and will continue to have enemies.
Whether we believe it or not, life is spiritual. And the earlier we know nothing happen physically without being concluded in the spiritual, the better.
Ephesians 6:12 KJV
For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
For a man to appear and last on the stage of relevance, he must be a man given to prayer, fasting, study of the word of God and a consistent walk with the Holy Spirit.
4.  Diligence:
Diligence is doing what you have to do even when you don’t feel like doing it.
Prov. 12:24 KJV
Prov. 22:29 KJV
Diligence in the right direction is the fuel for success. God himself detest a slothful man.
5. Love
Matthew 22:39 KJV
And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
One of the ways the devil or demons gain access to a man’s life is through offence. Offence in your heart is a gate pass to the devil. Love people genuinely in your career space is so doing you might win some to God.
Matthew 28:19-20 KJV
Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: [20] Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you.


1. Unbelief or total absence of Salvation.
I am aware that most of us seated here are preacher’s kids, some are workers in church. We have been involved in our parents’ ministries from the time we were wise enough to know our left from right. We probably believe that we are saved. But permit me to ask you these questions.
Do you believe that Jesus is the Son of God? (Mat 3:17, Mat17:5) Do you believe that it is only through him and him alone that you are saved? (John 14:6). Have you given your life to Christ? I am asking you these questions not to mock or ridicule you but to stir up a thirst within you. Just because you are a worker in church does not mean that you are saved neither does the fact that your parents are in ministry mean that heaven is certain. Like I mentioned earlier, salvation isn’t transferable. It’s personal. How genuine is your salvation? Perhaps another question is; Are you sure you have not lost it? There are many who though they initially have their lives to Christ, lost it later as a result of many factors some of which we shall consider below.

2. Inconsistent lifestyle of some our parents.
For many of us as minister’s children, we find it difficult contending for the faith because we did not see good examples in our parents. There are pastors that will deceive their congregations and tell lie which the children are aware of. There are those who will preach peace and forgiveness on the altar but are cruel to their spouses at home. When a child is under such inconsistent lifestyle, it is difficult to contend for the faith that was once delivered unto them. In fact some of them will grow up to become more dangerous than their parents.
There was a pastor in our church one time that gave a fantastic testimony to the congregation about the exploits he did for God in the presence of his children at church. When they got home, he called his wife and children together and told them that the family must cover the nakedness of their father. Though they knew that he told lie at the church, they must never let anyone know that it was all lie. When as a minister’s child you witness such deceit consistently, he becomes confused as to what integrity is all about in ministry.

3. Inability of our parents to have time for us.
There are many pastors who doesn’t have time for their children because of the work of ministry. Some of such children grow up making the wrong choices because they got wrong answers from others since their parents were not available to give them the right answers. To illustrate this, let me share a personal experience with you.
A few weeks after I gained admission to a private university, some guys came to me to lure me into cultism. The pressure was so much on me as they kept on disturbing and even threatening me. I had to send a message to daddy that they should be praying for me as cult guys were after me. Immediately daddy got the message, he called Mum and they started praying for me. They called me and gave me confidence that I must avoid them by all means as such is not in the will of God. They also took steps that I never expected, by doing away with the fees that they had already paid for the session and withdrew me completely from the university to Ajayi Crowther University where I eventually completed my university education. Can you imagine what could have happened if my parents were not available for me? After all manners of pressure and and threats, I would have joined, and who knows what the result would have been.

4. Inability of our parents to provide for our needs at critical junctures in life.
There are many ministers’ children that their parents are not able to provide for due to one reason or the other. Such a situation may make have a negative effect in the mind of their children. The way a pastor manages lack in ministry may go a long way to determine how their children will handle such issues in their lives. If as a pastor you are always complaining about what you are lacking, your children are likely to believe that God has not been fair to you in ministry. The children of such pastors may end up resenting the God of their fathers, but if the pastor is appreciative of the good things that God has been making him to experience in ministry though they don’t have everything they need, his children will end up appreciating God for His faithfulness in their lives. A heart of appreciation goes a long way to helping a pastor’s seed to contend for the faith in ministry.
Generally speaking, the level of success of a minister and the way it is handled may go a long way to determine whether a pastor’s seed will respond positively or not to spiritual matters.

5. Frustrations due to high expectations from others.
Often, the pastor’s child is subjected to a lot of pressures as a result of unreasonable expectation from the world. The members of the congregation as well as the outside world seem to have the feeling that because we are pastor’s children, we should be perfect. They seem to forget that we are also children or youth that are growing. If other youths are absent from church, people don’t seem to mind, but when a pastor’s child is late to church it is something else. As pastor’s child also, you may expect your relationship to be monitored by the whole world! Any imperfection will get noticed. All these undue pressure make many pastors’ children to have the feeling that the society is not fair to them, hence find it difficult to contend for the faith. But please remember that there is no crime in falling. The only crime is staying down when you have fallen.

6. Unholy influences.
A pastor’s seed who is not selective about the friend he moves or who loses him/her identity just so they can fit in with friends may lose the faith that was delivered unto him instead of contending for it. For instance, when you are admitted into the university and you discover for the first time that you are now to largely take your own decisions about who to move with and you discover how trendy things that your parents warned you against is. You may as such be tempted to try something new which may have a negative effect on your spiritual life or have eternal consequences. Sometimes when unbelieving friends introduce us to ideas that will not help our faith, we look at our parents ideas as ‘old school ideas’. However, many realized later that when they make their parents ideas to appear as old school ideas, it is like throwing away the provisions of God for their lives. Unholy friends is therefore one of the major reasons why many of us are not able to contend for the faith that was delivered to us because by the time it is realized that they went into error, the damage might have become irreversible.

7. Distractions.
In the world today, it is as if we have more distractions than encouragers concerning contending for the faith. Especially in this era of the internet, it is so difficult for the ministers’ seed not to be distracted. The internet makes things that our parents once forbade us to see to become commonplace for us through the internet. Parents have mostly lost control because the control is really in the hands of the youth. The social media has so much widened our horizons that it is only a solid foundation in the faith that can make you to be able to hold on to the faith which your parents delivered into your hands. From Insta, to facebook, to Snap chat to whatsapp, it takes the grace of God for youths to stay focused. For instance, it is now evident that it is going to be extremely difficult to bring the youth back to the era of carrying the big Bible with concordance that our dads and mums used to carry about as ministers. Now we mostly depend on our tabs, but our tabs have other attractive options that may make us to pretend as if we are reading from it while we are actually reading a message from our friends or even watching pornography!
Even if you have the intention of going to your Bible app, all these social media platforms have been designed to be much more attractive than the word of God that you were originally looking for. The social media is a major challenge which takes a youth that has got deep roots in the world of God or sheer determination and the help of the Holy Spirit to overcome.

Though our salvation is personal, we must always realize as ministers’ children that we owe God the responsibility of contending for the faith that was delivered unto us. Often, it does not necessarily mean taking over the ministry of our parents as God may call us into another assignment that is different from that of our parents. However we must realize that despite the labour of our parents in ministry, they may be judged unfaithful on the account of whether or not we are able to contend for the faith that once was delivered unto us. We will also be held accountable for our children and the next generation of believers that are coming after us. Let there be the determination to stand firm in our faith. May our parents not be judged on the account of errors that we committed in Jesus name.
Thank you.

Contending For The Faith

CONTENDING FOR THE FAITH. Mike Adedamola Oluniyi.(Being a ministration during Ministers’ Seed Conference 2021)”Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints” (Jude 1:3)
While preparing for this conference, the holy Spirit dropped something in my spirit that I want us to Look into as we begin discussions this morning.Some of us had the opportunity to study social studies or Civic Education. We were taught the definition of family. We were told that a group of people related by blood or marriages is referred to as a family. The natural order of things is that father and mother birth children who also take on spouses and have their own children and the first couple become grandparents. This entire family depends on each other as should be. Depending on how affluent they are, the grandfather covers the children and grandchildren and ensures that they are not in trouble. The parents could also influence things to go in the favour of their children. All this are not so bad because of cause that is what parents are for, to provide for, guide and protect us. Some of us seated here have or still in fact believe that the same thing operates in the kingdom of God. We believe that our parents’ Goodwill with God is enough to cover us. We believe that since our parents are preachers or commitment church workers, their salvation covers us children too.I want us to know that God has no grandchildren. Salvation therefore is as personal as it gets. I am certain of this because the Bible says in the book of John 14:6 that ‘I am the way and the truth and the life; no one comes to the father except through me’. As much as we would want to be willed our fathers salvation just as all other earthly possessions that may like to get from them and as much as our fathers would like to do the same, the Bible says that; ‘Yes, each of us will give personal account to God God’ {Romans 14:12 (NLT)} There are no hand me downs when it comes to the issue if salvation.At the same time however, looking at the scriptures will make us to realize that though salvation is personal, it is something that God hates when a minister of God does not raise his children in a way that will make such children to be useful for God. Prophet Eli, one of the foremost prophets in the land of Israel, got into trouble with God, despite his exploits for God because of the way he raised his children. The following were the words of God to the prophet through young Samuel;
“For I have told him that I will judge his house for ever for the iniquity which he knoweth; because his sons made themselves vile, and he restrained them not. And therefore I have sworn unto the house of Eli, that the iniquity of Eli’s house shall not be purged with sacrifice nor offering forever.” (1Sam.3:13-14)
If you also examine the life of Prophet Samuel himself, you will discover that the same thing happened.  While in the case of Eli, God judged him for not restraining his children from evil, Samuel was judged because his own children departed from God in his old age.God also views succession in kingship the same way, in fact, it was only when the children of the incumbent were not available that the positions became vacant.

You may be wondering why this introduction is examining the connection between family lineage in matters of faith and ministry.  I feel such background is important for us because of the theme of this conference, CONTENDING FOR THE FAITH.  Why should we contend for the faith as ministers children.  Well, seriously speaking, there are several reasons why we must contend for the faith as pastors children.  However, that is for another speaker, Pastor Femi Emmanuel to speak on.  I am to look at the challenges which we have as minister’s children in contending for the faith that has been delivered to us.  


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