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.



Bro Gbile Akanni is an internationally acclaimed teacher of the word of God. When he analyses the scripture, you will be wondering if it was the same scripture that you have been reading. Many years ago, he came to our city for one of his in-depth teachings in the word of God. During one of his teachings and in response to a question, he wondered of what value the power for people to fall under anointing would be to him while teaching. According to him, somebody who has fallen can not listen to the message that he has from God for him. For other ministers, however, falling under anointing is so vital to them that when you refuse to fall, they will assist by pushing you! To them, people falling under anointing is the only demonstration of power in ministry, not knowing that sometimes, it may actually even be a distraction, according to Bro Gbile Akanni!

The dictionary definition of power is the ability to do work. In other words, it is something that enables you to carry out your assignment more easily. In that case, the instruments that allow a carpenter to construct a table empowers him as a carpenter. If your brother is a carpenter, and you buy automated equipments for him to carry out his trade instead of the manual ones he had been using, you would have empowered him. This is because the time he spends on the construction of tables would be significantly reduced.
If we accept that meaning, then as a minister when you are praying for power you should ask yourself the work you want to use the power to do. Power in ministry is the ability or capacity to carry out the divine assignment you have been given in ministry. Therefore, when you are asking for power, it should be linked with your assignment. Let me then ask you a question, what is the assignment that God gave you that you are asking for power to carry out. If your assignment is to teach, like that of Bro Gbile Akanni, the power you need is the divine enablement that will make your assignment of teaching to be more easily done in a way that people under your ministration will contact divine impact through your teaching. Such power will make you to divinely bring out issues which will cut the heart of men in such a way that they may be crying out of conviction for their sin, while those under the ministration of the empowered deliverance minister is falling under anointing!
God has so arranged it that though the empowered teacher is just exposing the word of God, deliverance is taking place through the word of God though you may not fall under anointing. So, as a teacher you will discover that for you to have impact, you may need to change your prayer points and stop being carried away by what others are praying for.

1 Corinthians 2:4.
And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power:

Several men of God who are in the power ministries in reference to the scripture above will say that teaching can be done by anybody, preaching is cheap, but not everyone can minister with signs and wonders. You must not allow such statements to make you feel empty. Spirit and power in the statement of Apostle Paul here is not just talking about such power like falling under the anointing, but is also talking about the power of the door of ministry which is divinely given to the empowered teacher for the word of God to cut through the gates of unbelief in the hearts of the unbelieving, bringing conviction that mere words of man can’t bring.

A large percentage of us ask for power just to be able to impress our congregation and others that we have spiritual power. Often, ministers pray for it because their congregation believe that if people are falling under anointing while the guest minister is praying for them, it means the guest minister is more powerful than their own pastor. Gbile Akanni also wondered in response to a question, why in many cases in many churches, it is often the same people that are falling under anointing all the time. Is it because the deliverance was not total in the first instance or someone is deceiving someone. He also wondered why deliverance sessions must be carried out every week on the same congregation. A pastor beside me could not hold it any longer, he didn’t know when he exclaimed; ‘why is this man breaking our pot of soup?’ Sincerely, I think many have turned the issue of power to pot of soup. That is why many, even when the power is not divinely forthcoming will go and seek for it from the dark world and be pretending as if they are genuine ministers of God.

Empowerment in ministry will make you to experience the following in ministry;
* Recognition of your assignment – Recognizing your assignment in ministry is an empowerment, without which you may not fulfill your divine purpose in life. If the Holy Spirit did not sit me down to impress it upon me that I am to teach write and teach, I would not have likely experienced relevance.
* Development of your capacity to carry out your assignment – Your empowerment in ministry is specific to your assignment. As an empowered deliverance minister, your presence may make the demon in someone to scream, but as a teacher, your own empowerment brings out gems in the word of God may set the stage for self deliverance of the same person that screamed.
* Remaining focused – Your empowerment may help you to remain focused in ministry as you see yourself making impact through what you have been assigned to do.
* Carrying out specific assignments – As a missionary or an evangelist sent to an unbelieving environment, your empowerment may make you to successfully confront the principalities and powers that have been standing as obstacles to the advancement of the gospel in that land.
* Ability to touch lives through your ministry – Your empowerment may make you to impact lives through your ministry. You may just discover people giving testimonies of what has happened to them through you.
* Ability to meet the needs of those you are sent to.
* Ability to expand the kingdom of God through your assignment – Your empowerment will make your ministry to in one way or the other expand the kingdom of God.

Power is the ability to carry out the assignment that you have been given in ministry, and it is specific to your assignment. When you are praying for power therefore you must be conscious of the assignment you are given. It is only when you are empowered for the assignment you are given that you may have relevance in ministry.

The Perils of Christian Ministry – Dr. Mike Oluniyi

Rev’d. Dr. Mike Oluniyi.

It is not everyone that starts the race of ministry that finish strong. Many fall by the wayside because there are traps on the way which you may easily fall into. Fortunately for us, we have so many examples in the scriptures of those who we may pattern our lives after or those we should avoid. Despite the warning signs unfortunately, many of those who ran the race before us were still destroyed by those dangers.
If you want to excel in ministry and finish as a champion, you need to be aware of the following dangers which no minister of God will avoid facing at one time or the other in ministry.

1 Samuel 15:22-23
And Samuel said,
Hath the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices,
as in obeying the voice of the LORD?
Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice,
and to hearken than the fat of rams.
For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft,
and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry.
Because thou hast rejected the word of the LORD,
he hath also rejected thee from being king.

One of the greatest areas of danger for children of God is that of disobedience. Many of us find it rather difficult to be in the will of God because the alternative to the will of God appears more attractive or is more convenient for us. We must however be aware as youths that desire s to serve God is that disobedience to the Will of God is one of the greatest disservice that you may do yourself in your journey with God. Even in a situation where you have received great promises from God or you have started greatly in ministry, disobedience has the potential of cutting you short.
The following are some of the perils that you must be aware of as you read
Solomon started well as the king of Israel that God gave him a blank cheque to ask for anything he wished;

1 Kings 3:3-5
And Solomon loved the LORD, walking in the statutes of David his father: only he sacrificed and burnt incense in high places. And the king went to Gibeon to sacrifice there; for that was the great high place: a thousand burnt offerings did Solomon offer upon that altar.
In Gibeon the LORD appeared to Solomon in a dream by night: and God said, Ask what I shall give thee.

Despite the blank cheque, Solomon in humility asked neither for riches, fame nor victory over his enemies but simply asked for wisdom which God gave him in abundance. In addition to wisdom, God gave him wealth and unprecedented fame, to the extent that people came from all over the world to be identified with him. However, when wealth and fame came in abundance, Solomon became something else. We are told that he fell in love with many strange women and ended having seven hundred wives and three hundred concubines only! You don’t need to be told that he could not have finished strong with God. You may not really be sure that a man is faithful to God until God blesses his life with riches. There are many who started well in ministry but when success came, they forgot the source,of riches and deviated from God.
When success comes, will you still be upright?

An uncooperative spouse is one of the greatest instrument that the devil has used in truncation many ministries. Your spouse in the hands of the Holy Spirit is one of the greatest helps that your life and ministry may receive from God. However, the same spouse in the hands of the devil is the most potent instrument that the devil may use to destroy your ministry. Consequently, it depends on the one that is controlling your spouse. An uncooperative spouse has the potential to either frustrate you out of ministry or make you to forget the vision that God has given you.
In the book of 1 Samuel 6:20-23, we are shown the picture of David’s wife, Michal making jest of him as he was dancing in a way that appears to be undignifying of a king. Your spouse may either encourage you or discourage you from going all out for God.
As a youth, you really need to be fully aware of this before you make your choice of a spouse as so much depends on it in ministry. Always remember, your spouse may effectively serve as the fire extinguisher that effectively put out the fire of the Holy Ghost that is burning in your life. MIT is a question of who you marry!

What Are You Doing Now To Prevent Your Spouse From Working against Your Ministry In The Future?

In 2Kings 11:2-5, we are told one of the saddest stories in the Bible when the man after God’s heart, the man who had done so many exploits for God, the man who defeated Goliath and brought victory to the nation Israel from Phillistines got himself got his reputation messed up because of a naked woman. David like most of us that fall into temptation never bargained for that encounter. He never planned to go and look for a naked woman, just like most of those that fell into temptation never planned for it. But the error of David was that he kept looking. The problem with looking at what you are not supposed to keep looking at is that it will lead you to take the next step. David took the next step of making enquiry of who the lady was and he kept on taking the next steps until he committed murder!
Lust of the flesh has proved to be the undoing of numerous ministers of God. In fact records say that it is the number one source of fall for ministers of God. You have to make a covenant with God now like Job.

Job 31:1
I made a covenant with mine eyes;
why then should I think upon a maid?

It was a matter so serious to Job that he had to make a covenant; and if you want to succeed in ministry, you can’t do less!

How Can We Overcome This Ever Present Temptation To Go Into Immorality?


2 Corinthians 4:18
While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.
Often, ministers of God get distracted from the assignment that God has given them because of lust of the eyes, which are inordinate desire for things we are seeing physically, in other words possessions. The scripture above makes it plain to us that the things we are seeing prevents us from seeing eternal things which should really matter to us. If you buy the latest car in town today, you will discover that within a short time, a more recent model will arrive in the market. When we built our first house, it was a bungalow which looked so beautiful with a well structured extensive terrace which made the house unique. Twice I arrived there and met someone taking the picture of the building. Today, the building is the administrative block for our school and has lost its former value because there are now more modern structures around which are far better than it. What appears to be the best today will soon lose its value to more current ones, but unknowingly, we are allowing those temporal things to shift our gave from eternity. Run away fro the lust of the eyes because it won’t help your walk with God. It is a major danger that you have to avoid.

How Can We Overcome The Desire For these Beautiful Things That Are Preventing Us From Seeing The Invisible?

What is wrong with telling small lies? A lot are wrong!
One day, I arrived at my usual place of weekly retreat and I heard the Holy Spirit giving me an instruction; “Promise me that you will never tell a lie”. Sincerely, I was surprised and consequently asked a question, ‘am I a liar?’ I quickly cautioned myself however and promised that I would never tell a lie but also started observing myself as from then. Guess what! I discovered that I was telling small, small lies. For instance, if you are about leaving your home for appointment with someone and he asks you where you are, it is almost natural to respond that you are on your way. As far as the Holy Ghost is concerned, that is a lie! In as much as you are yet to be on the road, you are actually not yet on your way. The experience taught me a lesson that there is no small lie. Every lie is an abomination to God.
Sometimes a pastor is preaching and decides to add something to the truth to make it more interesting, you are a liar. As a minister of God, is it everything that you told people that God said that God actually said? What of the housewife that took money from the husband’s pocket but denied when he asked, she is a liar.
Remember that no liar has a place in heaven. Secondly, while you are telling lies, you are weakening your protective armor against the devil; and that exposes you to the arrows of the enemy, the aim of which is to destroy your ministry. Never forget that Ananias and Saphira earned death because of little lie. After all, they declared part of the proceeds of the sale of the land and only kept some for their own financial security. The story would not have been so, if they had declared that they were donating the amount submitted and keeping the balance!

Why Is It Convenient To Say “God Said” When He Has Not Actually Spoken?

It is a good thing to be a full time minister but not being one does not stop you from being fruitful for God. Many ministers are being having a lot of issues bothering on integrity because the ministries on which they are full time ministers does not yet have the capacity to support them and the family. Often when you depend financially too early on the ministry, it stagnates the development of the ministry and puts you under sometimes unbearable pressure.
Before you become a full time minister, ensure that you are either forbidden by God not to do any secular work, in which case one of the evidences of such call is divine provision; or the ministry has grown in strength to be able to financially support you fully.

When God calls you into ministry, there is an assignment that He must have given you. In fact there are a million different assignments that He may give us as individuals. When you don’t know the vision that God has given you or you lost it as a result of coveting the vision of others and losing your own, you may either easily crash out of ministry, stagnate or not finish strong. Your vision is your life, when you lose it, you simply don’t exist in ministry.

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.

What Is The Assignment That God Gave You In Ministry?

No one prays to suffer in any area of life, but one fact of life is that it is not always a bed of roses. The reality of life is that there will be challenges, no matter your level in the faith. There are a variety of reasons why it happens, but in the journey of faith, it is not whether or not some ugly things happen that matters but how you respond to it. These days, one,of the songs we sing is:
Me I no go suffer, I no go beg for bread etc.
There is nothing wrong with the song, but you must always remember what Jesus said in John 16:33, what is written in Isaiah 43:2 and what Job said in Job 13:15. The perspective of having you think that as a Christian there will be no problem is making many Christians to misbehave when the challenges of life come. Many wives, even those of ministers of God desert their husbands, many deny their faith, many go into immorality because we were trained to believe that it will always be good. When you believe that every challenge is a curse and not a problem which has expiry date, you will misbehave even as a pastor at a juncture in your journey of faith. What you will do may be so serious that you may never be able to find your feet again in ministry.

Job said “even though He slay me, yet I will I trust Him…”. The three Hebrew boys told the king that instead of denying their faith, they wouldn’t mind being thrown into the furnace of fire. Jesu told Peter that the devil wanted to deal with him but He has prayed for him that his faith will not fail:

How Long Will You Be Able To Hold On Before Your Faith Fails You When The Challenges Of Life Come?

The cause problem in the life of many ministers of God is that of premature independence from the ministry where they served. There are too many general overseers that are still supposed to be under the tutelage of their senior pastors. Many of us go out to early and is creating such a problem for their lives, family and their congregation.
Never forget;

“…A man can receive nothing, except it be given him from heaven”. (Jn.3:27)

Often, many ministers of God has the erroneous be,Ife that they have become so experienced in spiritual matters that they don’t need tp grow any longer. The day you start having that feeling is the day you gradually start dying in ministry. You must keep growing because there is still so much to learn from your master Jesus. Spiritual complacency will make you to lose your guard in the spirit. Apostle Paul said;

1 Corinthians 9:27
But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway.

How Seriously Do You Take The Spiritual Disciplines?

I always look forward to being able to make the statement that Paul made, close to the end of his life in 2Tim.4:7&8:

2 Timothy 4:7-8
I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.

That is the testimony of someone that finished strong. What would you love to be your own testimony? May we all have the grace to finish strong in Jesus name.

Ministers Seeds Editorial For the Contending

Dear friend,
The Abiding Minister is the periodic
publication of this ministry which also serves
as the resource material for our major
programs. This edition is devoted to, our first
seeks to bring together the children of

    eloved, 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 moning.
    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.
    ministers of God. The aim is to make them to
    learn together at the feet of the Master and
    to seek common solutions to challenges that
    are peculiar to them.
    For this first edition, we have the children of
    notable ministers of God as well as those who
    have carved a niche for themselves in
    ministry ministering to their colleagues. It is
    the aim of the gathering is to ensure that it is
    only the children of ministers that will be
    ministering at the annual conference so that
    they will be able to communicate with other
    ministers children in the language that they
    will understand.
    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 7 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 willmake 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;

  • Consequently, apart from brief reports of ministry activities, we have Pastor Femi Emmanuel ministering to us on STRATEGIES FOR CONTENDING FOR THE FAITH AS PASTORS CHILDREN. Mike Adedamola
    Oluniyi’s write up is on THE CHALLENGES OF
    CONTENDING FOR THE FAITH, while my own
    write up (not strictly for the conference) is on
    WITH THE YOUTH from Lewis Centre.
    The edition promises to be a rich resource material for the target audience and the Christian youth generally. Welcome to the world of Abiding Grace!
    Rev’d. Dr. Mike Oluniyi.


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