My Hope of Glory ( Fenny West)

My Hope of Glory

Jesus was made to be sin

Though He had no sin.

He took away all my sin.

He took away all your sin.

Jesus was condemned

When I should be condemned;

When you should be condemned.

He made us accepted

In the beloved.

Through His deed

He met our great need

He made me complete

And made you complete.

Through this deed

He gave me a righteous robe

Out went the filthy robe

And when God looks at me,

He sees not what I used to be;

He sees Jesus Christ in me.

My soul, rejoice today

For Jesus made the way

For me to be set free

For the blind to see

For the prisoner of sin to be set free.

My soul, rejoice today

You’re set free from the fowler’s snare.

My face can wear a smile

Gone is all that is vile

Complete in Jesus

Accepted in Jesus

Beloved in Jesus

Christ in me

My hope of glory.


For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.”
2 Corinthians 5:21

He Paved the Way ( by Fenny West)

He Paved the Way

He was led away

To pave the way

For you and I

To bring us nigh.


He became the scapegoat,

Taking all the sin-load.

He was made sin for us;

To justify all of us.

In all vicissitudes

He became our substitute

Through all calamities

He gave us victories.


So who can separate us

From His love for us?

If God is for us

Who can be against us?

Shall tribulation

Or persecution? No!

Shall famine or nakedness? No!

Shall hard knocks or distress? No!

In all these things we’re overcomers

In all these things we’re more than conquerors.

“They took Jesus, and led him away.”
John 19:16

He Rose Up!(1) sermon & song( by Fenny West)

He Rose Up!

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He Rose Up!

She was on the brink of death. Famine was ravaging the land of Zarephath. The cold hands of death had taken her husband and now a widow with an only son, they were next in line to die. Her house was empty. All she had was some flour and oil. And gathering sticks to make her last supper with her son and face the music, the death knell, prophet  Elijah strides in. The Lord had seen her desperate situation, her predicament and despondency. She was in dire straits. Only He could save her. But He had a method in mind- a seed that would trigger the meeting of her need. That method was even double-edged. He put His prophet to the test of reliance and obedience.

He who enjoyed the miraculous provision of the water in the brook where he hid from Jezebel suddenly found that it had dried up. And what more? the ravens that brought him his daily bread ceased in their divine charity mission. God now instructs him:

9 “Arise , go to Zarephath , which belongs to Sidon , and dwell there. See, I have commanded a widow there to provide for you.” 1Ki17:9

Notice, God did not say, “I am sending you to a millionaire…” The prophet was tested sore “Go to a widow?”…He was also specific about the location.  Elijah had the option to obey  or die from starvation and thirst. The brook had dried up. The ravens had finished their business. He was wise to obey God and go the widow as commanded. May be she is a rich widow who had been bequeathed millions by her late husband. No! On arrival he was greeted by the sorry sight of a widow facing death. Perhaps he was tempted to backtrack. God sent him to a poor widow? His ways are not our ways and His thoughts are not our thoughts. His ways are higher than our ways. It is foolishness in the eyes of the world. But He uses the foolish things of the world to confound the wise

25 Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.

26        For you see your calling, brethren, that not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called.27 But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty;28 and the base things of the world and the things which are despised God has chosen, and the things which are not, to bring to nothing the things that are,29 that no flesh should glory in His presence.1Cor1:25-29

This is the God who when the  children of Israel sinned and were dying of snake bites told Moses make a brazen serpent and raise it up and whoever look at it shall live. And when he obeyed those who look lived and did not die of the plague.  It was  He who told Moses to lift up his rod over the Red Sea to part it. It looked ridiculous at the time. But Moses obeyed and the sea was parted for the children of Israel to walk on dry ground. It was this same God who told Moses to strike the rock and that water will come out to quench their thirst. He did and water came out. Later when they had a similar trial, God told him, ‘This time, speak to the rock.’ Moses, in anger smote the rock and that landed him in hot water. He missed entering the Promised Land.

Our minds can play tricks on us at such times. And when we begin to ponder deeply the devil can butt in, “Yea, had God said, go to a widow? Do you really know your God? Is He not compassionate? How can He send you to such a poor widow to feed you? You have got it wrong. “

The prophet refused to budge. He refused to look at the outward appearance. He knew he heard from God who had sustained him miraculously at the brook with water and the cake from the birds of the air. He knows best. He brings water out of a rock. He does not delight in the legs of a man or the strength of a horse. His supplies our needs-not according to the richness of the channel He uses, but according to His riches in glory. Channels change but He-the Source-remains undiminished, unequalled, unparalleled. He had given His word. And if you will leave the “how” to Him, He would prove Himself to be Jehovah Jireh! He did as the prophet trusted Him and instructed the widow to defy her circumstance and first make him a cake. He then gave her a prophetic word of abundant supply which he knew God will honour. And He did. As she obeyed God, her flour and oil did not run dry. She was fed very well and so was the prophet. Glory to God.

After both of them passed the test with flying colours, then came another test.  Right before the presence of the prophet, her only son, who had experienced the divine intervention of miraculous supply fell ill and died. The widow was devastated and so was the prophet.

He realised it was the trial of his and her faith. She was desperate. It was as if her testimony was a white-wash, a mockery, a taunt and a mirage. She went to the prophet and he called on God.

21 And He stretched himself out on the child three times, and cried out to the Lord and said , “O Lord my God , I pray , let this child’s soul come back to him.” 22 Then the Lord heard the voice of Elijah; and the soul of the child came back to him , and He revived. 1Kings17:21-22

He rose up!

She had been prostrated, laid low in the jaws of famine God raised her and her son up but the enemy came again to kill her son. But as she and the prophet  persevered, God gave a mammoth victory. 

That is the victory that awaits you. You will rise and shine as you obey God and sow that seed He has put in your heart. He will open the windows of heaven and pour you out blessings, so much that there will not be room enough to contain it. And if the enemy comes like a flood on a counter attack, like he came to the widow, be adamant, be undaunted, be not moved, be strong and courageous. Be not afraid, neither be you dismayed. The Spirit of the Lord will raise a standard against the enemy. Those who are with you are more than those against you. If God be for you who can be against you. The bigger the battle, the bigger the blessing. The bigger the test the bigger the testimony and triumph. That widow now, not only had a testimony of supper natural supply but also resurrection of her son from the dead.

When the enemy starts messing God’s starts His superabundant  blessing.

As you are obedient, God will change your playing field. He will open doors that cannot be shut. He will give you hidden riches in secret places  and treasures of darkness. He will begin to do exceeding abundantly, far beyond what you can ask or think; far beyond your wildest dreams. ( Isa45:1-3, Eph3:20)

He rose up! You will rise up too-in your finances, in your family, in your career, in your calling, in your marriage, in your ministry, in your mortgage,  in your house, in your health, in your business, in all you lay your hands to do in Jesus’ name. ( 1Ki17:17-24)

Rise up!



He Sprang Up in Spring (Fenny West)

He sprang Up in Spring

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This is the Lambing Season when the sheep farmer after encouraging them to mate, expects them to make him smile, deliver the goods and make his eyes sparkle as the till rings with music of money. Why? Because of the Lambs that are born-spring up in the Spring season.
Is it coincidental that even at this time we think of not only spring but the Springing up- the Crucifixion and the Resurrection of the Lamb of God that was slain to take away the sin of this world?
At this time as daffodils spring up we think of the most poignant event in the Christian calendar -Easter.
Easter is not about Easter eggs, but about the crucifixion and the resurrection.
Jesus told Mary: “Your brother will rise again…He that believeth in me, even though he dies, yet shall he live… I am the resurrection and the life.”
So my friend I prophesy to you in this season if you believe in the Son of God, your dream shall live and not die. Your dream shall spring up to the glory of God.
Jesus said, “Behold I am He that was dead, but I’m alive and alive for evermore…”
Therefore keep your dream alive!
It is written “Grave, where is your victory. Death, where is your sting. For He had swallowed up death in victory. Thanks be to God who gives us the victory. Thanks be to God who leads us into triumph. If God be for us, who can be against us?
Nay in all these things we are more than conquerors.
Christ in us, the hope of glory.
He rose up, so rise up from every, prostration, frustration and depression, retrogression, stagnation, demotivation. He rose up!

You too can spring up. RISE UP.  Spring up!

Easter Feast ( by Fenny West)


Easter  Feast

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He rose up!






He rose up!

Jesus Christ the Son of God

He rose up, He rose up

The cross could not hold Him

The grave could not stop

 He rose up, He rose up


Jesus Christ the Son of God

Principalities and powers could not hold Him

He rose up, He rose up

Jesus Christ the Son of God

He rose up, He rose up

Principalities and powers could not hold Him

He rose up, He rose up

If you believe in the Son of God

You’ll rise up, you’ll rise up

The winds cannot stop you

and storms cannot hold you.

You’ll rise up, you’ll rise up


He’s Alive !




Christ is Alive!



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Song I am the resurrection and the life:

I am the resurrection and the Life

 he who believes in me though he were dead,

yea he shall live. Why? Because I died and I rose again.x2

So rise from your valley to the mountain of God

Rise up from the valley of Bacca, and make it a spring of God.


I say Go from glory to glory,  go from strength to strength and go from faith to faith.


Jesus went to the tomb of Lazarus and and told those who were weeping: roll away the stone!

They did and He commanded, Lazarus, Come forth! And Lazarus came forth.



4     Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,

     I will fear no evil;

     For You are with me;

     Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.

Rise up from our valley!


I remember on that day when Jesus was crucified, demon spirits were rejoicing: ‘We got Him, We got Him.’

But little did they realise they had played into the hands of the Father. They had crucified an innocent Man. And when the righteous demands of a just God had been satisfied, on the third day God had to raise Jesus. And like Jesus, said to Lazarus: ‘Lazarus rise up, The Father, said ‘Jesus rise up! The angel rolled away the stone. And the by the power of the Holy Spirit Jesus came back to the life.

Angel Ps 24: 7           Lift up your heads, O you gates!

     And be lifted up, you everlasting doors!

     And the King of glory shall come in.


8     Who is this King of glory?


     The LORD strong and mighty,

     The LORD mighty in battle.

9     Lift up your heads, O you gates!

     Lift up, you everlasting doors!

     And the King of glory shall come in.

10   Who is this King of glory?

     The LORD of hosts,

        He is the King of glory. Selah


Christ is Alive!





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What is good about Good Friday? ( by Fenny West)

Have you ever imagined what is good about Good Friday– the day of the crucifixion of Jesus?

Let’s examine events leading to this day and what eventually happened on that fateful day.

Judas, one of the disciples of Jesus, had connived with others and betrayed Jesus, selling Him for 30pieces of silver. Jesus had been treated like a chattel, to be exchanged for money. Love of money was working, big time. The entire lessons Jesus taught had gone into one ear and out the other. Judas, who was the treasurer and accountant, was not content with helping himself from the treasury, he wanted more and Jesus was his ultimate scalp, spoil, loot, prize- His Master.

Judas Agrees to Betray Jesus

14     Then one of the twelve, called Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests

15     and said, “What are you willing to give me if I deliver Him to you?” And they counted out to him thirty pieces of silver.

16            So from that time he sought opportunity to betray Him Matt26:14-16

And so after the money had changed hands, the hordes of hell, in the form of Roman soldiers were unleashed, with Judas at the helm of the pack, on their way to look for Jesus on concocted charges. Jesus had just finished praying in the Garden of Gethsemane and came swooping like hawks on their prey. Judas betrayed Jesus with a kiss to identify the ‘prize’ or target.

Could you believe it?

“Whomever I kiss, He is the One; seize Him and lead Him away safely. Mark14:44

Matthew 26

48 Now His betrayer had given them a sign, saying, “Whomever I kiss, He is the One; seize Him.”


49 Immediately he went up to Jesus and said, “Greetings, Rabbi!” and kissed Him.



As they tried to arrest Jesus, Peter became bold and brash and unsheathes his dagger to defend Jesus, cutting off the ears of one of the soldiers.

48     But Jesus said to him, “Judas, are you betraying the Son of Man with a kiss?”

49     When those around Him saw what was going to happen, they said to Him, “Lord, shall we strike with the sword?”

50     And one of them struck the servant of the high priest and cut off his right ear.

51     But Jesus answered and said, “Permit even this.” And He touched his ear and healed him.

52     Then Jesus said to the chief priests, captains of the temple, and the elders who had come to Him, “Have you come out, as against a robber, with swords and clubs?

53     When I was with you daily in the temple, you did not try to seize Me. But this is your hour, and the power of darkness.”Luke22:


 Peter, instead of getting a commendation, got a rebuke from Jesus. ‘, “Put your sword into the sheath. Shall I not drink the cup which My Father has given Me?”



Jesus then proceeded to heal the man whose ear was dangling in the floor, while he reeled in anguish. What goodness! How exemplary! Would you have done that if you were in the shoes of Jesus? What a lesson to us on Good Friday!

Jesus wanted the disciples not to be in harms way even in that dark hour.

8       Jesus answered, “I have told you that I am He. Therefore, if you seek Me, let these go their way,”


The miracle that Jesus did never softened the hearts of the soldiers. He was still maltreated and dragged away to be interrogated.

Next we see Jesus on trial, accused of heresy. The people clamoured, even bayed for his blood like hounds on their prey: Crucify Him! Crucify Him!, they shouted. Pilate did not see any fault in Him, yet he was obliged to release someone on that occasion. The people wanted a criminal- Barabbas released instead of Jesus.

18     And they all cried out at once, saying, “Away with this Man, and release to us Barabbas” —

19     who had been thrown into prison for a certain rebellion made in the city, and for murder.

20     Pilate, therefore, wishing to release Jesus, again called out to them.

21     But they shouted, saying, “Crucify Him, crucify Him!”


6              Then he delivered Him to them to be crucified. Then they took Jesus and led Him away. John19:16

Jesus Mocked and Beaten

63     Now the men who held Jesus mocked Him and beat Him.

64     And having blindfolded Him, they struck Him on the face and asked Him, saying, “Prophesy! Who is the one who struck You?”

65            And many other things they blasphemously spoke against Him.Luke22:63-65

Jesus Questioned by the High Priest

19     The high priest then asked Jesus about His disciples and His doctrine.

20     Jesus answered him, “I spoke openly to the world. I always taught in synagogues and in the temple, where the Jews always meet, and in secret I have said nothing.

21     Why do you ask Me? Ask those who have heard Me what I said to them. Indeed they know what I said.”

22     And when He had said these things, one of the officers who stood by struck Jesus with the palm of his hand, saying, “Do You answer the high priest like that?”


Eventually, Jesus was condemned to die an ignominious death on the cross. He was scourged- beaten with rods and ropes that had spikes on them such that the spikes lodged themselves into his skin as they flogged Him. And as they pulled the ropes, flesh and blood was ripped out.

Matthew 27

26 Then he released Barabbas to them; and when he had scourged Jesus, he delivered Him to be crucified.


Mark 15

15 So Pilate, wanting to gratify the crowd, released Barabbas to them; and he delivered Jesus, after he had scourged Him, to be crucified.


John 19

1 So then Pilate took Jesus and scourged Him.

25     And he released to them the one they requested, who for rebellion and murder had been thrown into prison; but he delivered Jesus to their will.



What is good about this?

Jesus was beaten, battered and broken, under the most excruciating pain imaginable. He had envisaged this barbarism as He prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane, when He cried, ‘42              saying, “Father, if it is Your will, take this cup away from Me; nevertheless not My will, but Yours, be done.”

44  And being in agony, He prayed more earnestly. Then His sweat became like great drops of blood falling down to the ground.’Luke22


After the thorough scourging that marred and disfigured Him so badly (There is no beauty that we should desire Him) Isa53:2 , He was given a cross to carry toGolgotha. As He carried the cross, it weighed Him down and He fell under its weight several times as drops of sweat and blood dripped down His body.

Eventually they reached the scene of the crucifixion where they put the nails to His hands and feet and mocked Him: Hail, king of the Jews.’ Others said ,’He saved others but He cannot save himself.’ If You are the Son of God, come down from that cross.’

Others were interested in His seamless gown and cast lots to see who will win.

5    Then they crucified Him, and divided His garments, casting lots, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet: “They divided My garments among them, And for My clothing they cast lots.”Matt27

The Soldiers Mock Jesus

27     Then the soldiers of the governor took Jesus into the Praetorium and gathered the whole garrison around Him.

28     And they stripped Him and put a scarlet robe on Him.

29     When they had twisted a crown of thorns, they put it on His head, and a reed in His right hand. And they bowed the knee before Him and mocked Him, saying, “Hail, King of the Jews!”

30     Then they spat on Him, and took the reed and struck Him on the head.

31     And when they had mocked Him, they took the robe off Him, put His own clothes on Him, and led Him away to be crucified. Matt27

37     And they put up over His head the accusation written against Him: THIS IS JESUS THE KING OF THE JEWS.

38     Then two robbers were crucified with Him, one on the right and another on the left.

39     And those who passed by blasphemed Him, wagging their heads

40     and saying, “You who destroy the temple and build it in three days, save Yourself! If You are the Son of God, come down from the cross.”

41     Likewise the chief priests also, mocking with the scribes and elders, said,

42     “He saved others; Himself He cannot save. If He is the King of Israel, let Him now come down from the cross, and we will believe Him.

43     He trusted in God; let Him deliver Him now if He will have Him; for He said, ‘I am the Son of God.’ “

44     Even the robbers who were crucified with Him reviled Him with the same thing.


This was still Friday. Have you seen any good in all this yet? Wait for it.


We have seen:

  1. the unbelievable betrayal of Jesus by one of His disciples,

  2. the trumped-up charges and accusations,

  3. the sham and shameful trial like a criminal

  4. His rejection and the triumph of the mob who preferred a criminal in the place of Jesus,

  5. the injustice meted out by the high priest, even though He was innocent

  6. the barbaric scourging,

  7.  the mocking; the crown of thorns even by criminals being crucified with Him,

  8. shameless casting of lots for his garment

  9. apart from beating Him mercilessly beyond recognition, we saw how He was forced to carry His cross  despite the excruciating trauma He was going through. Many times along the way to Golgotha, He crashed under the weight of the cross until they drafted a man to help carry the cross.

10. the driving of the nails into His hands and feet and suspending Him between heaven and earth with the sign ‘All Hail King of the Jews.’

11. piercing of his side, when water and blood flowed

12. His disciples forsook Him and fled

13. One of the disciples He had trusted most-Peter- denied Him not just once or twice but three times.

14. He died eventually.

In this catalogue of woes where is the good?

What a day it was!

What is good about Good Friday?


Now let’s see the goodness in good Friday:

Thank God for Good Friday!

Jesus, facing the ominous darkness that would descend on Him soon as He prayed in the garden of Gethsemane, came to a cross road where He was tempted to backtrack, bypass the cross (the bitter cup)- the reason why He was born but He resolved: ‘Not my will but your will be done.’


If He had backed out, we would have remained in our sin. Salvation plan would have been aborted.


Thank God for Good Friday!


On that day when the hordes of hell came to arrest Him Remember when Peter tried to defend Him in bravado and cut off the ears of one of the soldiers, Jesus rebuked Peter and rose above the occasion and healed that man. That was a lesson for us all that we can rise over evil with good, regardless of what we face.

Jesus handled His trial with dignity as an example for us to follow when we are tried or falsely accused. There were moments when He was simply silent before his accusers in fulfilment of prophecy.  We too must learn to leave our case with God when we are falsely accused and mocked as we face the Race of Grace in pursuance of our destiny.  There is a price to pay in the pursuance of purpose. Jesus paid His and we must be ready to pay ours as His disciples.

Jesus died for those He created, those who rejected Him. And that includes you and I. He died for our sins He was our perfect Lamb slain to take away our sin. ‘Without the shedding of blood there is no remission of sin.’

 Before Jesus died, He taught some powerful enduring lessons in His seven immortal statements, even as He hung on that cross.


1. Mother, behold your son….’ He was still thinking of taking care of His mother even whilst on the cross and suffering such agony.

26     When Jesus therefore saw His mother, and the disciple whom He loved standing by, He said to His mother, “Woman, behold your son!”

27     Then He said to the disciple, “Behold your mother!” And from that hour that disciple took her to his own home.


2. I thirst

3. Father, forgive them, For they know not what they do.

He was still praying for those who were crucifying Him- including you and I.  It was our sins that took Him to the cross.


28     After this, Jesus, knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the Scripture might be fulfilled, said, “I thirst!” John19:28




4. Today, you will be with me in paradise.

This shows us the mercy of God to the genuinely penitent, even on their deathbed.

The thief who asked for forgiveness and acknowledged his sinfulness received pardon and assurance of salvation.

41     And we indeed justly, for we receive the due reward of our deeds; but this Man has done nothing wrong.”

42     Then he said to Jesus, “Lord, remember me when You come into Your kingdom.”

43     And Jesus said to him, “Assuredly, I say to you, today you will be with Me inParadise.”Luke23



5. My God, My God, why have you forsaken me? Ps22

Jesus Dies on the Cross

45     Now from the sixth hour until the ninth hour there was darkness over all the land.

46     And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?” that is, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?”Matt27:45-46


Echoing the prophetic psalmist, this statement shows us the enormity of sin- separation from God. Yes, even the Son of God was separated from the Father.         for a moment, because of His sin, but because your sin and my sin. He was sinless. He who knew no sin was made to be sin that we might be made the righteousness of God in Christ.


6. It Is Finished


‘It is finished! He finished that the Father gave Him to do- saving us from our sins.

Henceforth, anyone who confessed their sins and accepted Him as Lord and Saviour, will be saved and have a home in heaven assured of eternal life.

30     So when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, “It is finished!” And bowing His head, He gave up His spirit. John19:30

You and I can also finish the work the ?father has for us to do. Paul finished and was able to say I have fought the good fight of faith, I have finished my course. I have kept the faith… 2Tim4:7-8

7. ‘Father into Your hands I commit my Spirit.’

Jesus Dies on the Cross

44     Now it was about the sixth hour, and there was darkness over all the earth until the ninth hour.

45     Then the sun was darkened, and the veil of the temple was torn in two.

46     And when Jesus had cried out with a loud voice, He said, “Father, ‘into Your hands I commit My spirit.’ ” Having said this, He breathed His last.

47 So when the centurion saw what had happened, he glorified God, saying, “Certainly this was a righteous Man!”

God is the ultimate keeper of your soul and my soul. And what is committed into His hands, He is able to keep against that day .He is able to keep us faultless and present us before the presence of His glory with exceeding great Joy. Satan shall not triumph over us. Evil will not prevail. When we go through our good Fridays, we will be reminded that all things work together for our good because we love God and are called according to His purpose. Sunday, Resurrection day is coming!


The devil and his cohorts played into God’s hands when they crucified the Lord of Glory. Through it God’s redemption plan was fulfilled.

And so on the third day, just as Jesus predicted before He died, it happened, as He was raised from the dead. The grave could not hold Him. The cross could not keep Him. He rose up triumphant, truly the King of Glory.

The angel told Mary: ‘Look not for the living among the dead. He has risen, just like He said.’
The Resurrection and the Life is Alive.

Thank God for Good Friday. It was grim, grotesque, gruesome, traumatic, dark and dastardly but it paved the way for Easter. Yes, on Easter Sunday, the stone was rolled away, the Sun and the Son- the Sweet Rose of Sharon rose again from the dead by the power of the Holy Spirit. Glory! Hallelujah!