Grace-Filled Life (2 Corinthians 9:8), by Rev Alexander Faranpojo

Grace-Filled Life (2 Corinthians 9:8), by Rev Alexander Faranpojo

Bible Text: 2 Corinthians 9:8 (Amplified Classic)

“And God is able to make all grace (every favour and [a]earthly blessing) come to you in abundance, so that you may always and under all circumstances and whatever the need [b]be self-sufficient [possessing enough to require no aid or support and furnished in abundance for every good work and charitable donation].”

A grace made life will always be superior to a self-made life. Our definition of a life well spent if not qualified by grace is self-made and hard work. There are men who work hard but a grace made life is easier and better. There are people who work like an elephant and eat like an ant and there are people who work like an elephant and eat like an elephant. You need to make sure that your substance or testimony is not because you worked hard but because you enjoyed grace.

1 Corinthians 15:10 “But by the grace (the unmerited favour and blessing) of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me was not [found to be] for nothing (fruitless and without effect). In fact, I worked harder than all of them [the apostles], though it was not really I, but the grace (the unmerited favour and blessing) of God which was with me.”

When you declare a life of progress, the testimony should be God owned. “Although we worked but the result is more than commensurate with the result generated. I pray that your testimony will be grace made.

A grace made-life is better than a self-made life. There is a need to draw our definition of success and progress from grace. A grace made life defiles explanation and is full of miracles. When you can explain it by what you did or didn’t do it is no longer a miracle.

There are people who make so much progress with a self-made life. For example the story of the tower of Babel in the Bible (Gen. 11). The people gathered together in harmony and probably employed the experts in construction; they almost reached Heaven. Gen. 11: 5-8(AMPC)

“And the Lord came down to see the city and the tower which the sons of men had built. And the Lord said, Behold, they are one people and they have [a]all one language; and this is only the beginning of what they will do, and now nothing they have imagined they can do will be impossible for them. Come, let us go down and there confound (mix up, confuse) their language, that they may not understand one another’s speech. So the Lord scattered them abroad from that place upon the face of the whole earth, and they gave up building the city”.

God was not in the agenda of the building so they could not accomplish it. So many people are building everything well but there is no God in it. Such building or life is not grace filled and it is incomplete. It is never late to do the right thing.

I once heard a testimony of father in the Lord who at the beginning of his ministry had prepared to start in a particular location. After he had been anointed by other men of God in the ministry; he went back to pray and God told him that was not the location, even with all the preparations that had been done he had to change plans.

Moses declared in Exodus 33:15 “If your presence will not go with us, do not lead us from here…..”

You cannot be headed in the wrong direction and ask for grace. It is never too late to run in the right direction. Meanwhile, that someone is well dressed does not mean God is very well pleased with them. This applies to making decisions of marriage and other contractual relationships. Do not make decisions with your carnal mind, let God lead you. The fact that a guy is handsome and dresses decently doesn’t mean he is not ‘boxer’. That he speaks fluently and rich; doesn’t mean he is not dangerous. Always ask God. That you dare to ask, Lord God Almighty is committed to answer you.

You need to find out what a God-made life entails. How God does wants to help us to live gracefully.

Firstly, the Bible text 2 Corinthains 9:8 helps us to understand that “all grace is made available”; not just one but all. Some people are enjoying ‘mono-grace’. There are people who have the grace to be a good wife (husband) but do not have the grace to be mothers (fathers). There are good Pastors whose wife thinks differently of them as a husband.

So how can we enjoy grace?

There are various grace that are beneficial to us as individuals. These are the kind of grace that has been given to selected or appointed people to meet us at the varying point of our needs.

Evangelical grace: This given and we enjoy this through people who took their time to bless us with the word, sow the seeds of the kingdom which finally germinated and became heirs of the kingdom. At various point in time we have enjoyed this grace either as a beneficiary or as a tool to benefit someone else.

Pastoral grace: This kind of grace is special. These are people who teach with love. They are there to help you, patient to listen to your worries and guide you with the word of God

Prophetic grace:

The prophetic grace is the one that I am particular about. These are people that have the supernatural enablement to get answers quickly from God. There are Men of God who pray and receive answers immediately. Sometimes all you need is the right prophet; this is not to say that I despise diligence but you can be sincerely wrong. There might just be a side of you that you are overlooking; if concentrated on will yield the maximum result.

An example of a Prophet is Elijah, the Bible (1Kings 17:11-13) tells us the story of Elijah and the Alabaster oil woman and her son. She had nothing left but small flour and oil to make cake and eat with the thought of death afterwards but when they came in contact with Prophet Elijah, their story changed.

There are prophets around you. God has placed people around you who are there to bless you with words that would change your life. Jesus was once found at a party and he performed a miracle of turning water to wine.

Your man of God is also your prophet because as your Pastor, he has a responsibility. He might annoy you but ignore it do not let the devil take away your joy. Whatever he tells you to do, do it. Your perspectives must not constrain God; your fixations must not constrain what God wants to do in your life. Place value on the anointing and get a grace-filled result. One of the grace you should never ignore is the Prophetic grace.

I pray that you enjoy all grace that has been given to you in Jesus Christ.

The sermon, Grace-Filled Life (2 Corinthians 9:8), by Rev Alexander Faranpojo, Virtues Christian Centre, Lagos Nigeria was delivered on March 4, 2018.


The Warning Of Perilous Times (2 Tim 3:1)

A. Remember, you are reading a Pastoral Epistle of inspired ministerial advice from Paul to Timothy.

  1. The apostle of the Gentiles was teaching Timothy how to guide and rule the church (I Tim 3:15).
  2. Timothy was to take this information and spread it further by ministerial succession (II Tim 2:2).
  3. Paul followed his warning and exhortation to Timothy with news he was dying (II Tim 4:6-7).
  4. Paul needed to exhort Timothy to continue in the things Jesus had given Paul (II Timothy 3:14).
  5. Paul’s inspired words are superior to any seminary, council, creed, or pope (II Timothy 3:16-17).
  6. Any conference using Bill Hybels or Rick Warren is not only inferior, but counterproductive!

B. Though the “last days” may extend from Christ to the end of the world (Acts 2:17; Heb 1:2), Paul used that term and “perilous times” here to describe a time yet coming by virtue of the future tense; Timothy was not yet in it, so we may rightfully look for a fulfilment in history, even our generation!

C. If the blessed God described these future times as perilous, we should carefully heed the warning.

  1. Very dangerous; full of risk; hazardous; very harmful; dreadful; frightening; threatening; terrible; greatly to be avoided. (OED).
  2. It is of the greatest importance for us to properly identify what constitutes a real threat to saints.
  3. There are threats more dangerous than persecution and martyrdom, which instead purified saints!
  4. If we neglect this plain prophecy and warning, we will not be a church that pleases Jesus Christ.
  5. Christians respond immediately and aggressively to health or wealth perils, what about spiritual?

D. Man has ideas of what would be perilous times, but we must compare them soberly to God’s idea.

  1. Satan’s deceptions distract and divert Christians to get them to fight windmills instead of error.
  2. There is no warning here about famine, recession, war, disease, pollution, global warming, etc.
  3. There is no warning of cults, idolatry, witchcraft, murder, adultery, pornography, bestiality, etc.
  4. There is no warning here against the UN, the CFR, the USSR, UNICEF, CIA, BSA, NEA, etc.
  5. Satan uses the above threats to distract and discredit Christians and cause them to deny God.
  • Communism and Y2K showed that many saints are distracted and diverted from the real war.
  • Such fears distract saints by causing them to be vigilant and active in the wrong battle.
  • Such fears discredit saints by showing the world that they do not recognize real dangers.
  • Such fears deny God by apparently forgetting He is in total charge of international politics.
  • The only fear a child of God should have is fear of God, Who can cast into hell (Lu 12:4-5).
  • Our spiritual battle, not against flesh and blood, is the only battle (Eph 6:10-18; I Peter 2:11).
  • Satan has political preachers who make fighting international conspiracies their main gospel.

E. Perilous times were a future threat – they shall come – which introduces us to their precise identity.

  1. The pagans of Timothy’s day already had the symptoms that follow. Paul saw something worse.
  2. All generations have had these sinful proclivities in natural men, so there is a much greater evil.
  3. The warning of future perilous times, defined as moral decline, cannot be mere worldly excess.
  4. The warning is against carnal Christianity, not the general sinfulness of the unbelieving world.
  5. Since these sins have always been, the warning must be Christianity allowing and living them.
  6. This is a prophetic warning of a deceitful and seductive, degenerate and dangerous Christianity.
  7. They would have a “form of godliness,” implying they are professing and practicing Christians.
  8. They would love pleasures more than God, implying they were not just worldly, godless pagans.
  9. They would creep into houses and lead captive silly women, yet they are not wicked kidnappers.
  10. They would promote much learning to these silly women, but there would be no truth learned.
  11. As long as there were martyrs for the truth, you did not have to worry about such Christianity.
  12. This situation would degenerate with evil seducers and deceivers deceiving and being deceived.
  13. It includes the general rejection of preaching sound doctrine for the entertaining fables of men.
  14. By comparing “perilous times shall come” (3:1) and “the time will come” (4:3), we must say that if this is not a prophecy of this very generation, what other generation could it possibly be?
  15. Paul told Timothy to turn from these men, which requires them to be a false brand of Christians, for Timothy did not need to be exhorted to turn away from pagan worldlings (II Thess 3:1-2).
  16. This passage, from 3:1 to 4:5, describes the rise of a compromising and effeminate Christianity.
  17. This passage, from 3:1 to 4:5, perfectly describes the Christianity of our times and its remedy.
  18. With all the love and fancy for Bible prophecy, why is there no zealous response to these words?

F. Paul has given a similar warning in two other places that manifestly pertains to Roman Catholicism.

  1. He told the Thessalonians of a falling away [from truth] before the man of sin (II Thess 2:1-12).
  2. He told Timothy of men departing from the faith to Catholic fasting and celibacy (I Tim 4:1-6).
  3. There is no doubt that in one way the passage before us applies to the false Christianity of Rome.
  4. However, by scrutiny of the passage, we can see the further degeneration to today’s Christianity.

G. In light of this threatening prophecy, saints must exhort one another often (Heb 3:12-13; 10:23-25).

I. The Christianity about to be described is unacceptable to the holy God of heaven (Heb 12:28-29).

J. The perils listed by the Spirit should be the criteria for self-examination of families and churches.

K. The perils are for Christians … they are not general perils for mankind, the world, etc., etc


Thanksgiving, by Pastor Peter Yakubu

Thanksgiving, by Pastor Peter Yakubu

Bible Text: Luke 17:11-19

What is Thanksgiving? Why will I give thanks and if I refuse to give thanks what will happen? The Bible text is a very familiar story about the ten lepers. They cried that Jesus should have mercy on them. After being cleansed only one of them came back to give thanks and Jesus wondered why out of 10 only one came back to glorify God but the other 9 was found wanting.

The virus of leprosy eats up the bones; some of them do not have fingers anymore. Suddenly these lepers felt healed in their body, they knew the difference. What happened was they didn’t feel the pain anymore after Jesus said they should go and show themselves to the Priest. Jesus was waiting for them to come back and show gratitude but for only one.

Nobody has a right to life if you don’t need healing to life; show gratitude if you find yourself still alive. We are in a world where people keep asking questions “If God is good why are there killings and sufferings in other countries?” if people understand God very well, they would know God is not responsible for killings and sufferings. He is a God of order unlike before the fall when He enters the Garden anytime, but the fall of a man shut Him out of this world. He rules the world through man and if man refuse to submit; He wouldn’t force. That is why He said although we are in this world we are not of this world, he has access through us now.

Learn to say thank you. Hebrews 11:6 “…..without faith it is impossible to please God”. Thanksgiving is an act of faith. Out of the 10 Lepers, only a man came to say thank you and Jesus said “your faith has made you whole…” (Luke 17:16-19). The other people went with half fingers and half toes although without pain but the only man with gratitude was made whole.

If anyone gives you something, be grateful, show gratitude. I heard there is this man “Formula 1 champion- Schumacher” he fell ill about 4years ago and was in coma, they spent over 1 billion naira (when converted to naira) to keep him alive. All the money he has ever earned has been spent on this illness. In Nigeria, it’s about 5000 naira to pay for oxygen per hour. You are sitting amongst the audience and you do not have to pay for the air you breathe, show gratitude.

At one time as a Bachelor, I was living at the church house. There were apartments set aside for people in need. So we were about 30, with singles and families with kids. So this Brother came forward to render some help, got 2 bed house paid for 2years rent in order to help one of the families. So I took the keys, hoping that the man will be dancing for joy. After giving him the keys and told him we had paid for 2 years, he came back and said “…after 2years who will pay”. The man lacked faith and gratitude. A man without gratitude is a man without faith. Without faith it’s impossible to please God. If someone does something for you and you say thank you and he says don’t mention, please mention it. If you don’t, the person won’t like it.

Try it, someone gives you something and you collect and leave without showing some form of gratitude. It is important that we give thanks.

Note that, tithes and offering is also a way of giving thanks to God. If you have a problem with giving tithes and you are a Christian; you are ungrateful. Firstly, the whole package is not yours; God has given it to you. Giving your tithes and offering is a show of gratitude and display of faith that the Lord God Almighty will continue to less the lot.

Continue to show gratitude henceforth and see how your life would take a different turn for the best. Praise the Lord!!!!! Halleluyah.

The sermon, Thanksgiving, by Pastor Peter Yakubu, of Prevailing Life Ministries, Lagos was delivered on February 4, 2018.


Victory Over Self, by Pastor (Mrs) Ekundayo Aruwajoye

Text: Proverbs 16:32

“He who is slow to anger is better than the mighty, and he who rules his spirit that he who takes the city.”

Overcoming self is very crucial than taking the city.

A believer has 3 important enemies:

Death – Jesus Christ our Lord and saviour has settled the case of death. 1 Cor 15: 51-57 in verse 54 the last part of it says death is swallowed up in victory. Verse 57 says Thanks be to God who gives us the victory through Jesus Christ.

Devil – 1 Pet. 5: 8 & 9 Be sober, be vigilant because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.   The devil is walking around seeking whom to devour but the eyes of the Lord is going to and fro to save us. 2 Chro 16-9 .The eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth to show himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to him.

Verse 9 of 1 Pet 5 says we should resist him – the devil steadfastly in the faith.

Self – Romans 8:31 says What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us who can be against us?

The devil cannot James 4:7 says Therefore submit to God, Resist the devil and he will flee away from you.

Demons cannot Mk: 16 – 17 says and this signs shall follow them that believe, in the name they shall cast out demons they shall speak with new tongues.

So the devil, the demons cannot be against you except you if you allow them. Who is the enemy to overcome or to fear?   It is SELF.   The first and the biggest victory any believer must pray for is the victory over self. Proverbs 25:28 says Whoever has no rule over his own spirit is like a city without walls. Example  Cain – Genesis 4:1-14.

  1. Cain – had some issues with self, he was stingy, jealous, envious and full of anger.
  2. Esau – Gen25:29-34.   Esau was unable to control his appetite for food so he sold his birthright for food.
  3. Samson – Judges 16:1-end. Samson had no control over self when it comes to women issues and because of this, he messed up his destiny. He died with his enemies.

7   Reasons why I know that I can have victory over self.

If you are truly born again then you are a child of God. John 1: 11-12 then, if you are a child of God, the seed of God duel in you. 1 John3:8-9. No matter how hungry is a cat is, it will never eat grass because there is something in it that says in the cat generation they don’t eat grass.

Jesus overcame and I will overcome. Jesus was tempted but He never sinned – Heb. 4:15

You will not be tempted more than what you can bear and in temptation, there is always a way of escape. 1 Cor 10:13.

The power of God shall keep you.  Psalm 121: 4-5.

The Holy Spirit will help us. We need help in various ways Zechariah 4:6. Most importantly He will help us to pray according to the will of God Rm 8:26.

Because God loves us. John 3-16; Rm 8:37.


Father, thank you for saving me.

Lord Jesus, just as you overcame let me overcome.

Father, by your power, keep me Holy and pure until the end.

Father, because of your love for me always make me more than a conqueror.

Lord Jesus, you prayed for peter please pray for me.

The sermon, Victory Over Self, by Pastor (Mrs) Ekundayo Aruwajoye, was delivered on January 28, 2018.