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The Dynamics of GRACE, by Rev Alexander Faranpojo

The Dynamics of GRACE, by Rev Alexander Faranpojo

Bible Text: 2 Corinthians 9:8

Introduction:

You are here for a reason but great meetings do not make great people. It is the decision that emanates from great meetings that make great people. So as you read, I pray you are engineered to make life changing decisions.

The Bible Text is taken from: 2 Corinthians 9:8

“And God is able to make all grace [every favor and earthly blessing] come in abundance to you, so that you may always [under all circumstances, regardless of the need] have complete sufficiency in everything [being completely self-sufficient in Him], and have an abundance for every good work and act of charity”.

The Bible says “God is able to make all grace ….” This implies grace is not just in one form but many. There are many kinds of grace. Grace to excel, grace to give , grace to love, grace to marry, grace to innovate , grace to lead and so on. Grace is not one sided but some people may have it one sided. For example, some may have the grace to father a child but no grace to be good husbands; some people have grace to be good wives but no grace to mother a child. Some people have grace to be diligent in the organisation they work but no grace to work in the house of God. Still God is able to give “all” grace, it implies we can have all grace.

Grace is important and we need it. Paul said in 1 Corinthians 15:10

“But by the [remarkable] grace of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me was not without effect. In fact, I worked harder than all of the apostles, though it was not I, but the grace of God [His unmerited favor and blessing which was] with me”

Another supporting scripture is Ephesians 2: 8  “For it is by grace [God’s remarkable compassion and favor drawing you to Christ] that you have been saved [actually delivered from judgment and given eternal life] through faith. And this [salvation] is not of yourselves [not through your own effort], but it is the [undeserved, gracious] gift of God;”

We are saved by graced and grace is not something to be used without power. Most people have used and use grace in shallow ways like “I will be at your house by Gods’ grace”. But grace is not a joke neither is it a monologue. Grace is what makes a dummy brilliant; grace is what makes people like you. You can do all things because of grace. Grace makes a worthless man valuable.

Having understood the importance of grace, what then is grace?

Grace is a person. Grace is the Lord Jesus Christ. It cannot be described as a theme without first becoming a Noun. John 1:14-16 depict that  “And the Word (Christ) became flesh, and lived among us; and we [actually] saw His glory, glory as belongs to the [One and] only begotten Son of the Father, [the Son who is truly unique, the only One of His kind, who is] full of grace and truth (absolutely free of deception).15 John testified [repeatedly] about Him and [a]has cried out [testifying officially for the record, with validity and relevance], “This was He of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me [b]has a higher rank than I and has priority over me, for He existed before me.’” 16 For out of His fullness [the superabundance of His grace and truth] we have all received grace upon grace [spiritual blessing upon spiritual blessing, favor upon favor, and gift heaped upon gift]”.

This text confirms that Jesus is the personality of grace. Outside of Jesus the word “Grace” doesn’t hold water and shouldn’t be used. For practicality, grace is the willingness and ability of God to do. It is the finished work of Jesus Christ on the Cross. It implies all that God has provided or will ever provide. Grace is Gods’ benevolence. The very best of God to us is grace.

But when do we need Grace?

1. The Bible reports in Heb 4:16 that we need grace in time of need. Grace provides mercy

2. 2 Corinthians 12:6-9 states that we need grace in our weaknesses

3. Roman 6: 1 reports that in sin we need grace. While we were yet sinners Christ died for us. Christ is the grace granted unto us.

4. During difficult moment / infirmities – when things are tough or hard we need grace

5. We need grace to do things. The Bible states in 2 Corinthians 9:8 that God is able to make all grace abound towards us. Also we are able to do all things through Christ (Grace).

Thus life outside of grace is useless. Eph. 2:8-9. We need to understand that we are nothing but for the grace of God. Believers should not celebrate or be boastful about their works but in Gods’ grace (Romans 1: 18-21)

The narrative about God is not popular even within believers. However, the smartest thing God wants you to do is acknowledge him. Wherever you are today is by the grace of God. You are what you are by the grace of God. You would be what you would be by the grace of God. There are so many actions that you have taken that led to success, others have taken that same step but have failed. It is an eyesore and pathetic that some people do no longer have good narratives about God. The point of this message is to ensure that we understand the grace of God upon our lves and be able to use grace continuously not getting stranded. Just like Apple and Samsung bring new innovations; Satan also is innovative and dynamic. As Christians we shouldn’t be too slow for the movement of the Holy spirit, we need to be able to keep up with the tides involving dynamic activity to enjoying Gods’ grace. Christians should no longer be losing battles in any area of their lives.

So how do we work this grace?

Galatians 2:21

By not frustrating the grace of God

By not receive the grace of God in vain – 2 Corinthians 6:1, 1 Corinthians 15:10

Without Christ, grace is of no effect. We need Christ to work this grace. Galatians 5:4

Ephesians 3:20 states that God is “able” and willing to do.

Understanding that God is able to do is one thing and comprehending his willingness to do is another thing. Some people believe God is able but not willing. There is a difference between willingness and ability but we need the collaboration of the two to establish Grace. Heb. 6:17

All that we need has been prepared by God. When we ask for something God would not be running around at that moment in time. Our Angels do that for us. It is high time we stop thinking that God has not prepared a place for us already.

Grace is never activated until we realize God loves us. He loves us enough to give us all things. Secondly, there is need to understand that it takes faith to access the grace of God. Eph. 2:8-9. Grace is greater than faith. It is the teaching of grace that makes us believe and have faith. Thus knowing how to access grace will help to thrive and enjoy Gods’ mercies.

We can access grace through:

Humility: James 4:6

Humility is a critical factor to allow grace. It is a right evaluation of who you are. The Bible says let not a man think of him more highly as he ought to but think of himself in the knowledge of Gods’ word. Job 36:11, Exodus 23.

Prayer is another way to access grace- Let us come boldly to the throne of grace. You cannot be stranded when you pray without ceasing. Heb 4:16.

Grace is sustained by giving. 2 Corinthians 8: 5-7. Give yourself to the Lord first then submit unto the man of God to provoke gracious blessing.

Genesis 27:20

The story of Isaac and his two sons illustrates the impact of giving and giving to man of God. There is something about giving that provokes prophetic grace. There are battles you cannot fight on your own. There are battles that are not very fair to you that only the prophetic blessings that will help you. There are people that prophets subconsciously bless because they smell good. You can provoke blessing continuously with giving. You need to give to enjoy all the grace available from God. You can be hardworking and still financially broke. But grace can help you. Don’t just give when you are happy, give consistently and God will bless you.

Prayers

The sermon, The Dynamics of GRACE, by Guest Minister,  Rev Alexander Faranpojo, President Virtues International Ministries, Lagos was delivered on February 19, 2017

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Favourable Consideration, by Pastor Seyi Oladosu

 

Favourable Consideration, by Pastor Seyi Oladosu

Bible text: Psalm 102: 13 – “You will arise and have compassion on Zion, for it is time to show favour to her; the appointed time has come”.

Somebody’s’ set time has come. A set time is an appointed time that exhibits blessings for you against all odds. An example is a woman I know who was having issues with her stay in the UK. She had been using a lawyer but all to no avail. So she met with me, after a chat, I advised her to change her lawyer and go for a younger lawyer, a woman who looks up to her like a mother. She heeded my advice and after 3 months despite all the challenges there was good news. The case was to appeal a previous judgement against her visa extension, but when the good news came she was given an indefinite leave to remain.

Note that before your set time there you would need hope and be very patient. Any individual who wants to be favoured by God or has been favoured by God is hopeful and patient. An example is my own personal experience, several years ago I married my beautiful wife but she could not conceive for many years. It was like the ability to conceive was by-passing us to all other members of the church, we cried, we prayed, fasted, but nothing happened until an appointed day. It was during one of the Holy Ghost service in London. God spoke through the man of God; the Lord showed compassion to us within that year, my wife conceived, the Lord God Almighty favoured us.

So what does it mean to be favoured?

  1. To be approved of God without qualifying for it. Sometimes we look up to people ahead for favour but only God gives favour. Human beings give based on judgements but only God approval gives the undeserving miracle.

  2. An unfair partiality – When you are favoured, an unfair partiality is released upon you for blessings. E.g I had an experience of the Holy Ghost acquitting a man guilty of a crime. Apparently, the young man had embezzled so much money from a company and was looking at 15 years imprisonment but the Lord favoured him and he was sentenced to 6 months and released after 3 months .

Wherever you are; maybe you have a court case but I decree that God will favour you. Been favoured does not mean you would not go through challenges but note that anytime you are falsely accused when God has acquitted you, it implies your spiritual promotion is near; an example is the life of Joseph who went through different trials and temptation but was still favoured by God.

  1. To be favoured is to have Divine ability – An example is the life of Daniel, He had the unique ability to tell dreams and interpret it. However, the favour of God does not give room for laziness and does not complement mediocrity. You have to be skilled wherever you are, position yourself for elevation and promotion and the favour of God will locate you. Prov. 22: 29 “Seest thou a man diligent in his works, he shall stand before kings and not mean men”. Another example is Mordecai who worked for King Ahasuerus. He worked at the king’s gates but there was a purpose in his heart which was brought into fruition at the appointed time. I implore you, it may be tough initially but you will win. Galatian 6: 9 “Let us not become weary in doing well, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up”.

Many Christians’ heart are fainting these days due to long waiting. If you want favour, hope must arise in your heart every time. There is no maybe with God, it’s either a Yes / No.

  1. To be favoured is to have an unusual value on your life. I know a man, faithful and diligent – he had an unusual value on his life so much more that when he was employed miraculously, he got promoted more than 8 times in 3 years.

  2. To be favoured is to be shown excessive consideration above others. To receive preferential treatment. God has endorsed you and there is divine seal upon your life, therefore do not feel awkward when you are shown favour, embrace it; it is sign you are a child of the kingdom.

In spite of the benefits and wonderful merits of favour, favour has principles.

  1. Principle of diligence: dedication, commitment. Whatever you do, do it well if you are a cleaner, do not be an erratic one.

  2. Be at the right place at the right time – Isaiah 30:21- “Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.” God wants to bring you to the right place at the right time

  3. Principle of Obedience: The church has toiled with this particular principle for too long. Job 36:11. . Obedience is not a choice, it is also better than sacrifice. The Bible states in Isaiah 1:11 “The multitude of your sacrifices– what are they to me?” says the LORD. “I have more than enough of burnt offerings, of rams and the fat of fattened animals; I have no pleasure in the blood of bulls and lambs and goats”.

When God says move you just have to get into action, no deliberation, negotiation or debate. Partial obedience is not obedience

  1. Associate with the right people

  2. You need to be God and kingdom minded to enjoy the favour of God.

“Whatever things are true, whatever things are honest, whatever things are noble, whatever is noble and pure, if excellent and praiseworthy, think of these things Philippians 4:8.

Finally, the greatest commandment of all. Matthew 5:44 – “But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you”.

Be kind to people who do not even deserve it. Matthew 5:44. It’s hard to love your enemies, to bless those that curse you. Love those that hate you, pray for those that persecute, those who despitefully use you and you will experience the extra ordinarily grace of God.

In all these things I pray that you experience the favour of God mightily hence forth in Jesus name. Amen

The sermon, Favourable Consideration, by Pastor Seyi Oladosu, Senior Pastor, RCCG Promise Land, London, on November 27, 2016 at the Anointing Service.

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What Shall I Do For You?, by Pastor (Mrs) Biodun Segun

What Shall I Do For You?, by Pastor (Mrs) Biodun Segun

Text: 2 Kings 4: 1-7

I thank God for the opportunity to preach unto those that Christ died for and share the Word of Life.

Thank you for your good work. It is my prayer that you will never be put to shame. You will not hang your head in shame over any of you family members. Every time I hear of you, it shall be good news in Jesus name.

I appreciate your support of Pastor and Pastor Mrs. As you are supporting the work of God, the Almighty God will support you and your household in Jesus name. Those hands of yours, the Right Hand of Power will come upon them, whatever they touch will receive the special seal of the Holy Spirit. So touch yourself and bless the name of God for your life. May God be good to you always.

All praises to God for making it possible for us to be alive today. He has also decided that you are able to be here today. Let God know that you appreciate what he has done for you today. Praise God that brought you into His sanctuary and you are not in the mortuary. Praise Him for disappointing the grave diggers on your behalf.

In the text above, the lame man at the Beautiful Gate understood this when he was healed. He leapt, shouted and ran as he praised God. He showed the regular worshippers how to really worship The Lord. When you worship God with the whole of your might, things that are not supposed to be in your body will be shaken off.

I had two sermons laid up in my spirit to deliver today. One is titled “Choices” and the other is titled “One thing”. However, after the ministration at the retreat where I’ve come from, I was directed to look at 2 Kings 4. I believe the God that knows everyone who will be in the service today knows what you need to hear, rather than what I want to share with you.

God said to me “Go and ask them what I shall do for them?” For the Lord to give an ‘open cheque’ to you, that means there are things you have been doing in this Parish that has caught the attention of God. He has not only woken you up, but also said ‘what can I do for you’? I am persuaded that He will grant the desires of your heart in Jesus name.

The message of God to you today is “What really do you want me to do for you?”

The woman in 2 Kings 4 was in trouble and cried to Prophet Elisha, but we have the Prophet of all prophets to cry to. If she got a response on what to do from a man of God, we can get a response from God Himself.

I don’t know what you’ve done for God to have deemed fit to ask you what do you want or what shall I do for you. Take time to talk to Him about those things that are of concern to you. Again I’m persuaded that those things will yield a testimony.

This woman was specific with her request. She wanted her debt paid, so that her sons would not be enslaved. God answered her request.

It was said of a man of God who is full of faith that asked God for a bicycle, after he had not received that bicycle for a while, he asked God why and he was told that he did not specify the type he wanted, the colour, the model etc. When he asked specifically, God provided exactly what he requested. Be specific about what you want from God and Jehovah shall do it for you.

Do not come to church and take the words that come from the altar with levity. Take it as a message from your Father throughout the week.

What do you have that God can use to bless you? People always think they don’t have anything, just like the woman said the only thing she had was a jar of oil, but that was enough to transform her life. The truth is you at least have the 3 T’s. Time, Talent and Treasure.

Use your time for God, be a worker so that God can work for you. Use your talent also, use your ideas to beautify the body of Christ and God will beautify you. Use your treasure or your money for God. Some Christians today don’t pay their tithe. When it comes to tithing and evangelism you hear many questions, but not when you talk to them about prosperity.

As you pray, you will receive instruction from God. Elisha told the woman “Go and borrow vessels, not a few.” Search and develop yourself. Acquire ideas everywhere. Learn and sift all the information you have got through the Holy Spirit. (Proverbs 8:33; 1:8; 4:1, 13; 8:10).

Ask for something big. Don’t ask for a top-up card. The woman asked that her two sons would not be taken as slaves, she got what she asked for. Whatever God instructs you to do, please do it. It may sound ridiculous, after it’s done, your reward will be sure.

Your Father has enough capacity to supply more than what you can imagine. Don’t ask like a servant or even as a child. Ask as His bride. God bless you.

The sermon, What Shall I Do For You?, by Pastor (Mrs) Biodun Segun, RCCG Region 4 HQ, Belfast, Senior Pastor RCCG Majesty was delivered on 25th September, 2016.

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Double Grace In The Year of Annunciation, by Pastor Samuel Odaudu

Bible Text: Ecclesiastes 3, Mark 3

The book of Eccl. 3 draws on time and season; there is time for everything, time to heal and time to eat, time sow and time for harvest. In support, everyday has 24 hours and every year 4 seasons which most Western world carefully observe. This shows that every time of life is important to God and every season is equally as important holding same weight. It could be further explained that Morning season is equivalent to a season of growth and development, Afternoon season is a time to be careful and observe, it is a time when individuals can venture on different things, take risks and evolve. Some people waste that season and wasting it can be risk and costly. The evening season, is time of reaping when the return on investment is expected. As children of God, it is expected that during the evening season life should become a favour and not labour. A good father at his old age rest and invest in praying for his kids, blessing his seeds to finish the work he has started and continue the journey. It is my prayer that even though you have wasted you afternoon season, the great Restorer will restore your wasted years and cause a great restoration. In retrospect, it is advisable that we maximize our time on earth and do not waste the precious time God has given us on earth.

The word Annunciation is an ecclesiastical word that was used when the Angel of God came to deliver a message to Mary. Luke 1:28 “The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favoured! The Lord is with you.”- It was a special message to be delivered. So as it is your year of Annunciation you will be highly favoured and celebrated. Something very special, a good news would locate you.

Mark 3: 1-5 helps us to understand the extent to which God will go to favour you.

Another time Jesus went into the synagogue, and a man with a shrivelled hand was there. 2 Some of them were looking for a reason to accuse Jesus, so they watched him closely to see if he would heal him on the Sabbath. 3 Jesus said to the man with the shrivelled hand, “Stand up in front of everyone.” 4 Then Jesus asked them, “Which is lawful on the Sabbath: to do well or to do evil, to save life or to kill?” But they remained silent. 5 He looked around at them in anger and, deeply distressed at their stubborn hearts, said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” He stretched it out, and his hand was completely restored”.

The Bible verse exclaimed that Jesus had been there before but he came again, for one man. Some school of thought believe that when Jesus came to the synagogue earlier on , the man with the withered hand was not there , so Jesus had to come back to favour him . Another school of thought posit that the man was there but because it was not hi season / time for restoration Jesus had to come again at the appropriate time. Whatever be the case, the man got his healing. However our God is the owner of time, John 2: 1-11 shows us how God performed his first miracle of turning water into Wine at the wedding at Cana even though his hour had not yet come, he moved the time.

Psalm 102: 3 “You will arise and have compassion on Zion, for it is time to show favour to her; the appointed time has come”.

Meanwhile, there are certain people that may want to hinder the appointed time, they may want to hinder miracles from happening. 2 Samuel 9 : 1-5, David remembered the house of Saul and sought to favour any one left from the house hold because of his relationship with Jonathan. He asked “Is there anyone left in the house of Saul that I may bless him”. Then a man called Ziba answered with words that were supposed to disqualify Mephibosheth from been honoured , he described him as lame and living in a place not to be located but it was the appointed time to favour Mephibosheth and no one could stop it. David requested that he should be brought to the palace from wherever he may be and that was how Mephibosheth story changed, his wasted years were restored.

In reference to the story of the man with the withered man, the Sadducees and Pharisees who lived as at then almost deterred his miracle by insisting that Jesus was not supposed to do any form of healing on Sabbath day but Jesus in his infinite mercies performed the miracle. It is my prayer for you that whoever is standing at the door to your breakthrough be moved, whoever you antagonizes are the Lord God Almighty will shut them up for you and you henceforth enter into your season of rest, favour and miracles. You will not be stagnant, where you are today is the starting point; the Lord God Almighty will move you forward.

Psalm 126 : 1 states that “When the Lord God turned the captivity of Zion , they were like them that dreamed”- As you have prayed and we come together to agree , you will no longer be ignored , where you have be denied , hence you will be appreciated.

The devil sometimes tries to test us, the story of Elisha and the Axe head in 2 Kings 6 depicts this. The disciples of Prophet Elisha wanted to build a new place since the place they were staying was no longer comfortable, so they set out to work after getting permission from the prophet. One of them had gone to borrow an axe head to get some logs close to the River Jordan, alas, the borrowed axe head dropped in the water amongst all the axe head to be used. They were doing the Lords’ work, working for the Prophet, why this seemingly calamity, what will the disciple tell the lender, he was downcast. However, when Elisha heard about the matter, he called on the God that answers by fire, who can suspend the law of gravity and used only a stick to bring back an Axe head.

Our God is great , It is my prayer that any law that has been working against you , up until now; hence those laws are suspended for you . There are certain things you can do alone but there are some things you cannot do alone because life is spiritual. I announce to you today that you season for total restoration has come. Jesus declared to the Man with the withered hand, stretch forth your hand and his hand was made whole.

>Henceforth, as you journey through the remaining part of this year, you will experience double grace in Jesus name; Amen.

The sermon, Double Grace In The Year of Annunciation, by Pastor Samuel Odaudu was delivered at the 10th Anniversary of RCCG EFA Leeds on July 31st, 2016.