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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

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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.

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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.

PRAYERS  

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.

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Thanksgiving – The Provoker of Timely/Miracle Delivery, by Pastor Sam Adekoya

Thanksgiving – The Provoker of Timely/Miracle Delivery, by Pastor Sam Adekoya

Bible Text: Psalm 67:5-7

Thanksgiving is a combination of 2 words. Thanks and giving. Psalm 67: 5-7 states – “5, Let the peoples praise You, O God; Let all the peoples praise You. 6, then the earth shall yield her increase; God, our own God, shall bless us. 7, God shall bless us, and all the ends of the earth shall fear Him”.

In this verse, we discover there is a precondition for the earth to yield its increase. Thanksgiving is the mother of getting blessed– it is a giver to God that gets.  I have discovered in few years of ministry that a thanksgiving that is properly done is equivalent to 7 days mountain climbing of prayers. Praise is the catalyst of God’s anointing; anointing increases with praise.

Giving Praise to God should not be a day thing but a lifestyle because thanksgiving is a door –opener. It is a provoker of the invisible presence of God.  You don’t  need anything  in life  more than  the presence of  God, which was  what  Moses  requested for in Exodus 33:15 -16

“Then he said to Him, “If Your Presence does not go with us, do not bring us up from here. 16 For how then will it be known that your people and I have found grace in your sight, except you go with us? So we shall be separate, your people and I, from all the people who are upon the face of the earth.”

It is necessary that we praise God always and thank him every day of and then God will do wonders in our lives. This is evident in Acts 16: 25 -26

“25; But at midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them. 26; suddenly there was a great earthquake so that the foundations of the prison were shaken, and immediately all the doors were opened and everyone’s chains were loosed”.

When you release praise and thanksgiving God comes by himself to manifest in your life.  The Bible says that Paul and Silas prayed in the night. Time elements is not a barrier to praising God, you can praise him at night and during the day. You may be in your midnight but still, Praise God and let the heavens move and break you free from all form of bondage.

Let God hear your Praise. Gentility is not stupidity; thanksgiving is not something you do quietly but audibly. When you thank God, something happens suddenly.  The “Yorubas” (a tribe in Nigeria- West Africa) have a way by which they praise God. They eulogize Him. They call him names such “ALAGBADAINA “(i.e. the one whose clothes is an emblem of fire) “ABETILUKARA BI AJERE” ( i.e the one who hears everything and has ears all over Him like that of a basket). When you eulogize God, the earth shakes because the earth is His footstool; thus; He stands and moves in all His glory.

Note that; every problem in life has a foundation.  By praising God, you shake the foundation of your problems and give a leeway to uprooting these problems from their roots. I pray for you today, whatever foundation that is fuelling your problems; it breaks and destroys from the roots in Jesus name.  Whatever is holding you down; you break free in Jesus name.

A yoke is broken any time you praise God; praising him every day, therefore, breaks you free from every form of yoke.

Psalm 67: 6-7 emphasizes God’s blessing upon His people when they praise Him. Let your mouth be full of thanksgiving.  With thanksgiving, even nature will bow to you. Joshua and the Children of Israel praised God to attain victory (Joshua 6). If they were supposed to invest in machine guns, which will cost so much but they employed kingdom principles which saved them time and cost.

When you praise God, you don’t waste bullets, learn to praise him always.

Joshua 6: 14-20, states how Joshua and the people marched around the city for 7 days and shouted for Victory on the seventh day. While they were marching round for the wall of Jericho to fall down flat, some people were laughing but never knew what they were up to. I pray for you today, your critics will become your cheerleader in Jesus name. Your critics will watch your victory manifest and hear your victory song in Jesus name.

Kingdom principles are not necessarily logical when you key off with men, you key unto God. Acts 16:25 emphasizes our need to open our mouths in praises. As long as you can open your mouth in praise to God, you can break free.

Judges 7:19 “ So Gideon and the hundred men who were with him came to the outpost of the camp at the beginning of the middle watch, just as they had posted the watch; and they blew the trumpets and broke the pitchers that were in their hands”.

Blow your trumpet. Many at times we are our own enemy, enemies can be ignorance, the weakness you permit. As children of God, look unto God and do not rely on yourself.

2Chronicles 20:21-23- “21, and when he had consulted with the people, he appointed those who should sing to the Lord, and who should praise the beauty of holiness, as they went out before the army and were saying:

“Praise the Lord, For His mercy endures forever.”22, Now when they began to sing and to praise, the Lord set ambushes against the people of Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir, who had come against Judah; and they were defeated. 23, For the people of Ammon and Moab stood up against the inhabitants of Mount Seir to utterly kill and destroy them. And when they had made an end of the inhabitants of Seir, they helped to destroy one another”.

The Scenario in 2 Chronicles 20  can be imagines when 5 countries such as Germany, UK, Russia, France and America decide to fight against Togo ( i.e. a country in Africa).

Judah is a small nation amongst all the countries ready to wage war against them but God told Jehoshaphat to raise a choir.  All Jehoshaphat had to do was raise a choir in praise to God and it was a done deal of Victory.If you are here and you can sing, join the choir start practising now, there is no evangelism unit in Heaven, there is neither fellowship group nor a prayer team but there is a choir.

Isaiah 43:21- “This people have I formed for myself; they shall shew forth my praise”.

A lifted you pays God more than a frustrated you.

However, you need two wings to fly; for your breakthrough you need to be able to thank God and at the same time give to God.  I pray for you that you will begin to fly in life in Jesus name.  Thanks plus giving sums up the word “Thanksgiving”.  There are various things you can give; the first thing to give is yourself.  Give God you; appreciate him in your world. Who is God to you? Understanding who God is to you would help you praise Him more.

He is your saviour, He is your provider, and He is your protector.

Some people go the gym to get fit to be able to fight battles and agile but when they are sleeping what can they do? There are people who face problems during sleep but God is a “Protector”; He watches over us always. Please release yourself in praise to Him. Also, learn to give financially to the work of the kingdom.

Matthew 6:21 – “For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also”

Let your mouth praise Him, Let your pocket praise him. Appreciate him for what he has done from January till now. God is ever faithful, gracious and merciful. Give Him thanks always and get the breakthrough you have been waiting for.

Your Praise is a prerequisite to your timely delivery; give it wholeheartedly and without delay.

Praise God, Halleluyah.

The sermon, Thanksgiving – The Provoker of Timely Delivery/Miracle Delivery, by Pastor Sam Adekoya, the Rector, PTSD, Nigeria, was delivered on December 3, 2017.