Let’s Take Stock

Looking through year 2005, it is evident that our world experienced many earth shaking events which led to the loss of several thousands of lives.  These events also cost more people their past, present and future.  We have every reason to be happy that we are alive today but we should remember that it is by God’s special mercies that we were not consumed (Lamentations 3:22).  As we give thanks to God Almighty during this special season, and as we celebrate the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ (we ought to do this in a very big way), let us remember those who started the year with us but are no longer alive.  Especially, let us remember to pray for and reach out to their parents, spouses, children, relatives and other people they left behind.  Let us remember the underprivileged amongst us too.  They obviously need us more than ever before.

Furthermore, let us utilize this unique period to prepare for year 2006.  This time last year, I wrote and I quote ”Let it not be said of you that you prepared to fail because you failed to prepare”.  This statement is still as golden as it was then therefore; let us skew all our resources towards preparing for success in year 2006.  Let us set aside quality time to fast, pray and to commit everything about us into God’s able hands.  If we do this, he will take absolute control of our lives (Proverbs 3:6).

Now this is very important!  Let us create time to appraise our current position in the Lord.  In 1 Corinthians 10:12, Apostle Paul said ”let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall”.  Since standing is just a step from falling, we shouldn’t assume that all is well with us without first checking our lives thoroughly. Let’s take stock and let’s be mindful of the need to be vigilant.  If we want to excel in 2006, then it will be helpful to consider the following tips.  We should:

1.  Involve Jesus Christ in all our activities.  We should also make Him our personal Lord and Saviour.  If you have done this before now-brilliant otherwise, do so at this instant because tomorrow may be too late.  From John 14:6, it is clear that Jesus is the only way that worth following and the only truth that can stand us out.  He is also the only person that is capable of putting life back into those areas of our lives that may have been functioning sub optimally hitherto.

2.  Allow the Holy Spirit to be active in our lives.  Remember that he is in charge in the current dispensation and he has an extraordinary capacity to teach us all things and to bring them to our remembrance (John 14:26).  Let us therefore align with him so that he can put us on the path of success.

3.  Not be far away from the Holy Bible.  This amazing book has been programmed to give us incredible success in life (Joshua 1:8) and it is one of the major ways by which God will reach out to us in year 2006.

4.  Make it a point of duty to pray without ceasing (1Thessalonians 5:17).  This is an important chore and it is very close to God’s heart.  It is also through it that we can convey our heart felt concerns to him.  If you want a first-rate report in 2006, then pray to God!

5.  Make sure that we give thanks to God always-it is his will that we should do this (1Thessalonians 5:18).  Whilst thanking him, we should not forget to praise him too.  And the moment we start doing these, he will shift his base to our side (Psalms 22:3) then signs and wonders will take place.

Friend, if you want to crack year 2006 without being cracked then, get cracking with the tips above.  May the good Lord help you as you labour to attain your best in him and may his joy be your strength throughout this season and beyond in Jesus name.  Amen.

Finally, let me use this opportunity to wish you a MERRY CHRISTMAS in advance.  God bless you real good.

Jesus is Lord!

Launch Out Into The Deep

In Luke 5:1-11, the bible says Simon and his friends fished all night, and caught nothing!  Obviously, they must have been very frustrated that day, but, as they were washing their nets preparing to go home, Jesus approached them and requested for the use of Simon’s boat, and he agreed.  And in appreciation, Jesus asked him to lunch out into the deep for a catch.  Reluctantly, he agreed, and he and his colleagues then caught loads and loads fishes, which they could not handle on their own.  So, they requested for outside help, still they could not cope!  This startling incidence prompted Simon to ask Jesus to depart from him but, He refused because once He has made up His mind to bless someone, nobody can stop Him.

There are many points in the account above; Let us now consider some of them.

1.  Frustrating moments may crop up now and again.

Frustrating moments may crop up now and again in your business or job, health, education, finance, relationship, spiritual life, etc. Simon and his friends were expert fishermen, but that night, frustrating moment cropped up in their business. Perhaps you were doing very well in certain area of your life before, but the story has changed lately; please don’t worry as such is common. Remember that you are not alone; God is around the corner to help you out (Psalms 46:1).

2.  You may have to give God your all, to get His all.

Simon’s only tangible possession in life was his boat, but he gave it to Jesus Christ unconditionally. That is, he gave Jesus his all! And in appreciation, Jesus gave him His all (loads and loads of fishes) as well. You too can give your all vis-à-vis money, time, energy, skill, influence etc., to God today, and He’ll give you His all too (Luke 6:38).

3.  God will remember you at some point.

It wasn’t immediately after Simon released his boat to Jesus Christ that He remembered him.  No!  He remembered him only after He had finished speaking!  Perhaps you have given God what seems to be your all today, but it seems a commensurate reward is yet to come, don’t worry;  just tarry on, He will reward you at the most auspicious time (Ecclesiastes 3:11).

4.  You must be prepared to obey God when He remembers you.

When Jesus remembered Simon and his friends, He told them to launch out into the deep for a catch, and they obeyed him. Today, is He telling you to start a Ministry, or dabble into a particular trade? Is He telling you to change your present job? Is He telling you to attempt a particular examination, or to just relax for the time being? Please obey whatever He asks you to do.

5.  Amazing result awaits you if you obey God.

Simon and his friends obeyed Jesus and launched out into the deep and their destiny changed immediately. They caught so much fish such that they had to call for outside help. As if that was not enough, Jesus also made them Fishers of Men; prominent ambassadors of the Kingdom of God. Amazing results awaits you too, if you obey God today, through Jesus Christ (Isaiah 1:19).

Today, do not hesitate to launch out into the deep; Jesus is waiting to surprise you!

Jesus is Lord!

Dr Adedayo Stoney Adegbulu.

Dr Stoney is the author of About God! Undeniable Facts & Testimonies

 

 

Let Thy Kingdom Come

The Lord’s Prayer (Mathew 6:9-13) is a very vital part of the bible, as it shows the world the best way to approach the concept of prayer. And as expected, it is popular among Christians, and many of us learnt it by heart when we were young. Its second verse (verse 10) will form the pivot of this write up, and it says:

“Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven”.

For us to appreciate above passage very well, I suggest that we should closely look around the word KINGDOM first. It is a compound word made up of two other words; KING and DOMAIN fused together.

A King by definition is someone who rules over a country and a people. His position is usually hereditary, and he reigns for as long as he lives. His domain on the other hand, is his territory, and in it, his words carry maximum weight. It is also a reflection of his influence and affluence. If you invite a King to your house for example, he will come down with his entire domain, because wherever he goes, his domain goes. And when he arrives, power will manifest, and events will take place in quick succession.

God is the King in the domain called Heaven. There, He has absolute power (Psalm 62:11), and reigns forever (Isaiah 26:4). And like many earthly kings, God can be invited by individuals, communities, nations, etc. for one reason or the other. But, He can only heed their invitation through Jesus Christ (John 14:6). For example, if you invite Him into an area of your life, He will come with His entire domain, and in a situation like that, power must exchange hands, and stunning results must follow.

Now, let us look at some of the results that follow when God brings His Kingdom into a person’s life, or into a particular place.

1. Great Joy

In Acts 8:4-8, Phillip preached Jesus to the people of Samaria, and they accepted him warmly, and took to all he said. Their action no doubt, was like asking God to bring His Kingdom into their land, and He did with stunning miracles taking place. Subsequently, there was great joy all over the land.

In the same vein, if your life is currently devoid of joy, please ask God to bring His Kingdom into it. He will, and stunning miracles coupled with great joy will follow, in Jesus name. Amen.

2. Great Calm

In Mark 4:35-41, Jesus Christ and His disciples were in a boat on the sea. A great storm, which threatened their existence, soon began. Meanwhile, Jesus was fast asleep, and they had to wake Him up. Without a shred of doubt, their action can be interpreted as asking God to bring His Kingdom into their situation through Jesus Christ. And immediately, He arose and rebuked the storm, and there was a great calm afterwards.

Is your life or the life of someone close to you being threatened by a raging ‘storm’ lately? Or is it your ministry, business, education, health, finances, etc. that is being threatened? If your answer is yes, then ask God to bring His Kingdom into the picture right now. He will oblige you, and there will be great calm before long, in Jesus name. Amen.

3. Deliverance

In Luke 9:37-42, a wise father brought his son who had epilepsy to Jesus for deliverance. His action, as we can see, is akin to asking God to bring His Kingdom into his son’s life through Jesus Christ. Without wasting time, Jesus rebuked the unclean spirit tormenting the boy, and healed (delivered) him.

Maybe you are presently being tormented by an affliction (physical, mental, spiritual, professional, financial, etc.) which you cannot deal with by yourself, then invite God to bring His Kingdom into the situation without delay. I am positive that He will answer and deliver you, and your life will never be the same again, in Jesus name. Amen.

4. Life

In John 11:1-44, Jesus brought Lazarus back to life, having been dead for four days. Please recall that it was Mary and her sister Martha, which sent words to Jesus Christ concerning Lazarus to start with. So, in some way, we can safely conclude that their action is comparable to asking God, through Jesus Christ, to bring His Kingdom into Lazarus’ dead body, and He did, and Lazarus bounced back to life.

Above scenario can be repeated again these days, given that Jesus is still as potent as He was in the past (Hebrews 13:8). Therefore, if any of your circumstances is proving too taxing for you nowadays, please ask God to bring His Kingdom into it.  He will answer you (Matthew 7:7), and it will jump back to life, in Jesus name. Amen.

5. Salvation

Zacchaeus (Luke 19:1-10), a Chief Tax Collector, hence a big time crook, knew that Jesus Christ was coming to their territory, and like other people, he wanted to see Him at all cost. No doubt, he wanted God to bring His Kingdom into his evil life; perhaps he could have a new one through Jesus Christ (salvation). So, he pressed on with the multitude in search of Jesus, but he was hampered by his short stature, and for that reason, he climbed a sycamore tree to have a better view of Him. When Jesus got to the tree, He looked up, and asked him (Zacchaeus) to come down. He later followed him home, and gave him salvation.

Friend, God can also bring His Kingdom into your life or situation today if you wish, but, you must be ready to follow the right protocol first. You must be ready to give your life to Jesus so that He can be your personal Lord and savior. That is, you must be born again (if you are not yet)! When this step is over then, you can confidently ask Him to bring His Kingdom into your life or into your situation; He will not snub you (John 6:37). Subsequently, you will have great joy, great calm, deliverance, new life etc. as your benefits, in Jesus name. Amen.

Jesus is Lord!

Dr Adedayo Stoney Adegbulu.

Dr Stoney is the author of About God! Undeniable Facts & Testimonies

Your Life Changer May Be In the Desert

In Luke 9:10-17, the Apostles had just returned from a preaching tour, and as they were recounting their experiences to Jesus Christ, loads of people kept coming to them, such that they had no time to themselves. And being mindful of their plight, Jesus led them to a desert place for respite. Still, the people kept on coming! In the end, He addressed and fed 5000 of them (excluding women and children) with five loaves and two fishes.

Deserts as we know are huge expanse of barren lands, where most things, especially food and water are considerably scarce. They usually have extremes of weather conditions i.e. very hot during the day and very cold at night. And being hostile by nature, very few species of plants and animals does very well in them. What’s more, security of lives and properties is a major problem in desert places.

Above and many other issues, make survival in desert places a big deal. However, not everything about them is bad, because buried deep in their bowels, are huge deposits of mineral resources e.g. Oil and Gas, Gold, Precious Stones, Uranium, Copper, Nitrate, Lithium, Bromine, Iodine, Calcium, etc. I label these mineral resources ‘Life changers’ because, a lot of them have been used in the past to change deserts’ life into paradise on earth.

What we can liken to ‘Deserts or Desert situations’ are also common in people’s lives. Usually, they are very harsh, and make people’s lives very difficult. A few examples are wars, natural disasters, debt, joblessness, illness, poverty, starvation, oppressive institutions/leaders, and silence from God.

If any of them is affecting you at the moment, then you need a ‘Life changer’ to help you overcome it. But, you have to locate it first! The disciples located the ‘Life changers’ within their reach (five loaves and two fishes) first, before they handed them over to Jesus Christ for increase, and use to eliminate the peoples’ most pressing ‘desert situation’ at that time; i.e. hunger.

Friend, let me congratulate you here, if you have no ‘desert situation’ in your life at the moment. Your type is extremely rare these days! But, if you have any troubling you , then you need to rise up and get rid of it strongly with whatever ‘Life changer(s)’ at your disposal. Thank God that He deposited a lot of them in us right from the beginning, and if we use them wisely, they will turn our heart-breaking experiences into delight.

So what are life changers, you may wish to ask at this point? Well, they are things that we can use to turn our heart-breaking experiences into delight. Usually, they are things that we have, which others do not have; things that we do with relative ease; things that stands us out in the society; our unique characteristics.

Are you a good writer, an eloquent speaker, a charming personality, a crowd puller, an organiser of resources, a brilliant folk, etc.? Are you good looking, healthy, strong, well educated, well connected, rich, humble, kind, eager to work for God, etc.? If any of above describes you, then it could be your ‘Life changer’. The onus is now on you, to prayerfully hand it over to God through Jesus Christ. After that, He will increase it, and use it to get rid of your ‘desert situation(s)’.

Friend, let me conclude this piece by telling you that the greatest ‘Life changer’ available to humanity for the purpose of combating ‘desert situations’ is the name of Jesus Christ (John 16:23-24). But, it can only work for you if you are born again, or better still, if you have accepted Jesus Christ into your life as your personal Lord and Saviour. If you have already, I say congratulations! But if you haven’t, please work towards becoming born again without delay. It is after this has been done with, that you can boldly use the unfailing name of Jesus Christ to achieve mind-blowing results (Mark 16:17-18).

Jesus is Lord!

Dr Adedayo Stoney Adegbulu.

Dr Stoney is the author of About God! Undeniable Facts & Testimonies

Arise and Go!

The prodigal son was one of the two sons of a certain man (Luke 15:11-24). At some point in his life, he went to his father, and asked for his inheritance; a taboo in most cultures, because it is deemed unacceptable for people to talk about inheriting others when they are still alive. All the same, his father yielded to his inordinate request, and gave him his inheritance. Then, he went abroad, and squandered everything; he lived riotously. Famine soon set in, and he suffered untold hardship, but he was wise enough to retrace his steps very quickly. He got up one day, and said “I will ARISE and GO to my father—’’. Before long, He went back to his father, and he was restored back to his rightful position in their family.

Like the prodigal son, a lot of people these days are suffering untold hardships owing to certain unwise steps they took in the past. Are you one of them? If you are, then I perceive the Lord asking you to ARISE and GO to where you will find help at once. But, your response may be any of the following; each having its distinctive consequence(s). You may choose to:

1. Disobey Him Completely.

Jonah (Jonah Chapter 1) disobeyed God completely when He commanded him to ‘ARISE and GO’ to Nineveh on an errand for Him. Instead of going to Nineveh in the North East, he headed for Tarshish in the West. The consequence of his action was that he ended up being swallowed by a large fish for three days and three nights. But God showed mercy of him when he repented of his sin, and the fish vomited him on the sea shore; his life was spared.

2. Obey Him Partially.

King Saul (1 Samuel Chapter 15) obeyed God partially when He command him to ‘ARISE and GO’ to Amalek, and destroy everything therein, because its people made life difficult for the Israelites as they came up from Egypt. Initially, the King responded enthusiastically to God’s commandment, but derailed soon after by keeping for himself, some of the spoils of war, which God specifically commanded him to destroy. Consequently, he lost his children, lost his anointing, lost his throne, and lost his life. He was not as lucky as Jonah!

3. Obey Him Completely.

Abraham (Genesis Chapter 12) obeyed God completely when He told him at an old age to ‘ARISE and GO’ to a strange land, far away from his people. For this reason, God rewarded him bountifully. He gave him children, even though it was biologically impossible for him and his wife to have them on account of old age. He also blessed him with riches, honour, glory, good life, and allowed them to die peacefully, and buried decently.

Are you currently suffering due to your past misdeeds? Did you make poor decisions in the past, which are now debarring you from enjoying all the benefits that God earmarked for you from the beginning? If you did, then I have good news for you! The time for you to be free has come, and it is now (2 Corinthians 6:2). The good Lord is asking you to ARISE and GO to Jesus Christ who has the requisite power (authority) to set you free (Matthew 28:18), and who is willing to do so (Matthew 11:28).

Today, is God asking you to ‘ARISE and GO’ and change your job, or your present locality? Is He asking you to marry a particular sister, or receive marriage proposal from a particular brother? Is He asking you to lose weight to be healthy? Is He asking you to attempt a particular examination, or meet a particular personality? Is He asking you to worship Him more, serve Him more, of finance His work on earth more? Or is He just asking you to relax, and do nothing, at least for now?

Friend, are you going to disobey Him, or obey Him partially? Or are you going to obey Him completely? Friend, you are free to respond the way you like, but remember that disobeying Him completely, or obeying Him partially will do you no good; they are fraught with disaster. You can only reap bountifully, if you obey Him completely! The prodigal son did, Abraham did, Noah did, Gideon did, Jephthah did, etc. and they never regretted doing so. You too will not regret if you emulate them, in Jesus name. Amen.

Jesus is Lord!

Dr Adedayo Stoney Adegbulu.

Dr Stoney is the author of About God! Undeniable Facts & Testimonies

God is Still Working in The Dark

Today, we shall be considering the fact that God is still working in the ‘dark’; the dark in people’s lives.  But before we proceed any further with this write up; let us take a good look at two sides of the word ‘dark’ so that we can better understand its significance.  They are:

1.  The absence of light.

Many untoward things happen in the absence of light.  For example, visibility is poor, movement is restricted and crime may escalate.   Also in the absence of light, Satan and his agents are at their peak maiming and killing people and destroying their properties.  However, it is cheering to know that God is equally effective during this period counteracting their evil antics.  Remember that He does not sleep nor slumber (Psalms 121:4).  It is also on record that He performed many outstanding miracles in the absence of light (i.e. in the dark).  For example, He created light in dark (Genesis 1:2-3), He sent Angels of death to visit Egypt in dark (Exodus 12:29), He sent a strong wind which divided the red sea for the Israelites to pass through in dark (Exodus 14:21-22) etc.

2.  An unpleasant or a gloomy state.

Gloom is a major part of today’s world and it is visible everywhere you turn to; in individual lives, in families, in communities, in governments etc. All over the world, people now find it difficult to feed properly, to pay their debts and mortgages; job opportunities are fast shrinking and businesses cum investments are collapsing at an alarming rate.   A glance at the state of the world’s infrastructures also connotes gloom.   Schools are crumbling, health facilities are going under, transportation systems are deteriorating etc.  Because of all above and a lot more, many people are frustrated and they believe that the easiest way out is to end it all up.  Many people even query the relevance of God nowadays.  To such people, I say please pause a little bit!  God is still very relevant and He is actively working in the dark of our lives.  Today, He is saying ’’Let there be light’’ in your situation and it will be so (Genesis 1:3) in Jesus name.

Friend, are you experiencing a ‘dark’ (gloomy) situation in your life at the moment? If you are then, I assure you that you are not alone; God is with you and you are bound to do well eventually but you must be prepared to endure to the end (Matthew 10:22b).  Abraham Lincoln’s situation was probably worse than yours.  For a substantial part of his life, very few things worked out fine for him but he endured to the end and became one of the most celebrated Presidents of the United States of America.  Do not give up and please constantly remember that ‘’weeping may endure in the night, but joy comes in the morning’’ (Psalm 30:5). 

Jesus is Lord!

The Sun Will Shine Again

My Secondary School, Government College, Ibadan, Nigeria, lost an old boy recently. He was a lovely, jovial, friendly, and cerebral young man.  He will be buried shortly, and sorely missed by all and sundry!

A couple of people known to me, also lost their loved ones in recent times, and today I will like to identify with them in obedience to the instruction of Apostle Paul in Romans 12:15 i.e., “Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep’’.

If you are one of those rejoicing at the moment, I join you to give thanks to God Almighty. May your joy not be cruelly truncated in Jesus name. Amen. But if you are mourning the loss of a loved one, please accept my heartfelt condolences.

Certainly this period cannot be fun for you, and you must be very low in the spirit right now. Have you questioned God, and made up your mind to part ways with Him, for ‘letting you down? If you have, I humbly ask you to hold your peace, and pay attention to me at this moment! Please bear it in mind that although grief is the price we have to pay for love, we must never allow it to extinguish our trust in God.

Friend, please permit me to encourage you with the following bible passages at this point in time.

1. “To everything there is a season…A time to be born, And a time to die…A time to mourn, And a time to dance’’ (Ecclesiastes 3:1-2, 4).

The wise King Solomon said all above at a point in his life, and it will help you a great deal if you accept the reality that, life death and grief are key components of living, which we cannot wish away.

2. “Man’s days are determined; you have decreed the number of his months and have set limits he cannot exceed’’ (Job 14:5).

God determined the life span of your beloved just like every other person’s, and there is nothing anyone could have done to alter it. His or her journey has ended, and the time to rest has come; this should be your joy!

3. “Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of the saints’’ (Psalm 116:15).

If God is celebrating the home coming of your beloved right now, then you shouldn’t mourn endlessly. Remember that at the appropriate time, he or she will rise up again, and be united with you in Christ (1Thessalonians 4:16-17). This should be your joy as well!

Friend, I urge you to wipe away your tears as quickly as possible, brace yourself up, and move on with your life gracefully. Please, I am not in any way suggesting that complying with my advice will be easy, but I am persuaded that it is possible (Matthew 19:26).

And perhaps you haven’t given your life to Jesus Christ i.e., you are not born-again yet, then you need to sort this out unfailing right now so as to finish well in life, and attain heaven when your race on earth has effectively ended (John 3:3). May your Sun shine once more, and may your joy be fully re-ignited before long, in Jesus name. Amen.

Jesus is Lord!

Dr Adedayo Stoney Adegbulu.

Dr Stoney is the author of About God! Undeniable Facts & Testimonies