REASONS FOR WORSHIPPING GOD

From the beginning of creation, it is customary for people to worship Gods and they did and still do so for diverse reasons. Recently, I carried out a study on the reasons why and I was able to figure out some which I will like to share with you today. They include:

1. Because it is the right thing to do.

Many people in the bible worshipped God because they knew it is the right thing to do (Psalm 147:1). King David was one of them! In Psalm 33:3, he urged people to ”Sing unto him (that is God) a new song…”. Prophet Isaiah also added his own voice to this all important issue by saying ”Sing to the Lord a new song and his praise from the end of the earth …” (Isaiah 42:10). Both men and their ilk made it a point of duty to worship God habitually and they shone brilliantly while on earth. So, if you want to shine brilliantly on earth too, then one of the things you have to do is to incorporate the attitude of worshipping God into your lifestyle and you shall be happy we did in the end in Jesus name. Amen.

2. Because it is the usual practice in heaven.

It is the usual practice in heaven for all the creatures therein, including the twenty four elders, to worship God 24/7 (Revelation 4:8-10). One of their worship pronouncements found in Revelation 4:11 is now adapted into a melodious worship song that goes like this:

”Thou art worthy; thou art worthy, o lord
To receive glory, honor, and power
For thou hast created, all things.
And for thy pleasure they are and were created”.

As children of God, our major aim should be to attain heaven and if we are dead serious about this, then we must strive to become proficient in what the routine is there. And we can start, by getting used to worshipping God at all times.

3. To show our appreciation to Him for granting us our heart desires.

Hannah worshipped God in prayer to show her appreciation to Him for giving her a baby boy, Samuel, after many years of being barren. Her prayer is found in 1 Samuel 2:2 and it has been fashioned into a popular worship song, part of which goes this way:

”There is none holy as the Lord
There is none beside Thee,
Neither is there any rock like our God.
There is none holy as the Lord’.

Hannah worshipped God to show her appreciation to Him and He gave her more children afterwards. From her story, we can easily conclude that it pays to worship God to convey our appreciation to Him for granting us our heart desires. No doubt, this will motivate Him to do more for us.

4. To thank Him for delivering us from unpleasant situations.

Realising their huge loss, following the exit of the Israelites from Egypt, Pharaoh and his men pursued them with the aim of bringing them back into slavery. Before long, the Israelites found themselves trapped in between the highly rated but dreadful Egyptians soldiers and the red sea and they became very afraid. So, they cried out to God to deliver them and He did (Exodus 14: 1-30). After that, Moses and the Israelites worshipped God in song; thanking Him for delivering them from that very unpleasant situation. Their song, found in Exodus 15:11, now forms the body of a popular Christian worship song that goes thus:

Who is like unto thee, O Lord?
Who is Like unto Thee, O Lord?
Among the gods, who is like Thee?
You are glorious in Holiness
And fearful in praises
Always Doing Wonders, Hallelujah

If you want God to be a constant feature of your life after delivering you from a festering situation, then do what the Israelites did; praise and worship Him in songs (Psalm 22:3).

Summary and Conclusion:

It is important to worship God because it is the right thing to do. It is also appropriate to do so to get used to this practice which is a permanent routine in Heaven; our eternal home. We are to worship Him too, for granting us our heart desires and for delivering us from our festering conditions. There are other reasons why we should worship our God but we can’t go into them now because of time and space constraints. The onus is now on us to identify where we fit in, and to worship Him appropriately in return. Granted, we may not have attained our best yet, but our conditions would have been a lot worse without Him. Let us therefore, appreciate Him whole heartedly; let us worship Him on and on without looking back with joy, with dancing and with instruments (Psalm 149: 2-4). I am confident that He will help us more and more till our joy is full in Jesus name. Amen.

Jesus is Lord!

C Adedayo Stoney Adegbulu, 2006

SHAKE IT OFF! (Part 2)

In September 2006, we considered part 1 of a topic titled SHAKE IT OFF.  It was based on the events recorded in Acts Chapters 27 and 28.  Today we shall take its part 2.

By way of a recap, Paul was being shipped to Rome to be tried by Caesar but the ship conveying him and others got wrecked off the Island of Malta but no life was lost.  They were subsequently well treated by the Islanders but as Paul was relaxing and enjoying the warmth of the fire made for them, a snake fastened itself around his hands and people concluded that he must be a murderer.  He did not panic as one would expect in a situation like this.  All he did was to simply SHAKE IT (i.e. the snake) OFF into the fire and he escaped unhurt.  For this reason, he was called a ‘god’.

Today, let us pay a close attention to the expression SHAKE IT OFF.  It means to get rid of something, often by shaking or to get away from a harmful thing or person.

As Christians, there are many things disturbing our lives that God loathes and he wants us to shake them off so that we can enjoy his full blessings.  Let us consider some them here with biblical examples now.

1.  POVERTY.  In 1 Chronicles 4:9-10, a man called Jabez was restricted by poverty in all ways until he made up his mind to SHAKE IT OFF.  He asked God to bless him and to enlarge his coast and God granted his requests.  He later became more honorable than his brethren. Perhaps poverty (e.g. of money, ideas, progress, etc) is restricting you or you are now finding it increasingly difficult to pay your bills and mortgages or to meet many of your financial obligations-don’t worry; I advice you to SHAKE IT OFF today by asking God to intervene as Jabez did and he will not let you down.  Remember that what destroys the poor most is their poverty (Proverbs 10:15) and that God does not want you to be poor anyway (3 John 2). 

2.  SICKNESSES AND INFIRMITIES.  In Acts 5:12-16, Peter was superbly filled with the power of the Holy Spirit in the name of Jesus such that his shadow alone healed people as he passed by.  From this account, we can safely deduce that those who came to him at that time were tired of their sicknesses and infirmities and they were prepared to SHAKE THEM OFF and they were all healed.  Are you suffering from any sickness or infirmity? If you are, then SHAKE IT OFF today.  Ask Jesus Christ to heal you and he will.  Remember that he is always ready and willing to heal us (Acts 10:38). 

3.  SHAME AND SORROW.  In Luke 9:37-42, a boy was tormented by epilepsy which is a disease of shame and sorrow.  With time, his father became tired of his condition and he decided to SHAKE IT OFF.  He approached Jesus Christ for help and that very day, the boy was set free.  Is anything causing shame and sorrow in your life or in the life of someone close to you at the moment? If yes, then SHAKE IT OFF today.  Talk to Jesus Christ about it; he will listen to you and do your bidding.

4.  SIN.  Sin prevents people from enjoying God’s abundant grace (Romans 6:1-2) hence we must SHAKE IT OFF.  Zacheus was a Chief Tax Collector hence, a big time sinner.  One day, he sought to see Jesus Christ.  From his action, we can infer that he was tired of his sinful nature and he decided to SHAKE IT OFF.  Jesus forgave him and he was saved that very day (Luke 19:1-10).  Remember that we are all sinners (1 John 1:8) and we face imminent death if we continue to wallow in sin.  That is why we have to vigorously SHAKE IT OFF and seek eternal life through Christ Jesus (Romans 6:23). 

Finally friend, I implore you to look inwards today? What is it that is making your life hard? Be ready to SHAKE IT OFF.  Go ahead and discus it with Jesus Christ in prayer right now and he will intervene robustly on your behalf.  He is waiting and willing to set you free (Matthew 11:28).  Please avail yourself of this unique opportunity; another one may not come your way in a hurry again.

Jesus is Lord!

 

Let’s Thank God

Today we shall be focusing on thanksgiving.  By definition, thanksgiving is the art of expressing gratitude to God.  It is a vital prerequisite for a successful Christian life and God expects it from us in all ways and at all times.  Apostle Paul confirmed this in 1 Thessalonians 5:18 when he said ‘’…In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you’’

King David was successful in Israel because of his unflinching love for God and because he was always thanking him.  He did not do so for fun.  Remember that it was God who helped him to defeat Goliath.  God also delivered him from the evil antics of King Saul and made him king over Israel even though his credentials were very lean for that exalted position.  Remember that David was just an ordinary shepherd boy before God chose him over and above his outstanding brothers.  I am therefore not surprised that he said ‘’it is good to give thanks to God (Psalm 92:1), to who alone does wonders (Psalm 136:4). 

If you endeavour to peruse your earthly journey to date, you will discover many reasons why you should thank God.  For instance, he is the one who delivered you and your loved ones from death and from the attacks of Satan via accident(s), sicknesses and infirmities, failure, shame and sorrow etc.  He even promised you hope and a future (Jeremiah 29:11-NIV).  Is he not wonderful? Definitely he deserves our thanks.

Thanking God especially with joy and praise will confer the following privileges on you:

1.  Ability to gain access into His presence.  King David confirmed this in Psalm 95:2 when he said ‘’let us come before Him with thanksgiving’’. He also said ‘’enter into His gates with thanksgiving (Psalm 100:4).  From these two passages, it is evident that we can easily gain access into God’s presence via a protocol that prominently features thanksgiving.  Friend, if you are serious about having an encounter with God then make sure that you give thanks to Him continually as from today.

2.  Ability to present your request to him.  Apostle Paul confirmed this in Philippians 4:6 when he said: ‘’be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving let your request be made known to God’’.  We can safely conclude from above passage that Prayer + Supplication + Thanksgiving = Answered Prayer.  If you pray and supplicate before God eternally but you fail to thank Him, you will find it very hard to present your requests before Him and you cannot get them sorted out.  Thanksgiving therefore is very essential whilst dealing with God.

3.  Ability to experience signs and wonders.  Thanksgiving is the key that unlocks locked doors.  It also unlocks the door to the throne of God where big time signs and wonders occur.  In Matthew 15:36, Jesus gave thanks to God over a few loaves of bread and some fishes and they multiplied greatly to feed thousands of men minus women and children.  Thanksgiving therefore, leads to multiplication and satisfaction (Jeremiah 30:19) whilst lack of it leads to decrease and frustration.  Jesus also thanked God before raising Lazarus form the dead (John 11:41).  That is, thanksgiving brings about restoration. 

Friend, I presume you will agree with me that it is beneficial to thank God.  Therefore, why don’t you devote sufficient time to thank Him on a daily basis and watch the issues troubling you disappear one after the other?  If you are liberal with thanking God then, He will locate you for signs and wonders in Jesus name.  Amen.

Finally, remember that those who are full of thanks to God will have their tanks full of His blessings.

Jesus is Lord!

Shake It Off (Part 1)

In Acts chapter 27, Paul who had been taken a prisoner was being shipped to Rome to be tried by Caesar.  Meanwhile, because he was under the control of the Holy Spirit, he knew that the journey was fraught with danger and he warned against it accordingly but he was ignored.  A great storm soon started which eventually wrecked their ship off the Island of Malta (remember that they were going to Rome) but thank God no life was lost.  When they arrived on land, the people there were very kind to them and they met their needs (Acts 28).  But as Paul, like others, was warming himself from the fire made for them, a poisonous snake fastened itself on his hand.  He did not panic neither did he create any ugly scene instead, he just went ahead to shake it (i.e. the snake) off into the fire and he was unharmed.  For this reason, he was called a ‘god’.

From the account above, we can make the following deductions. 

1.  We shall be persecuted at some point in our lives on account of our faith.  Paul was persecuted on account of his faith in Christ Jesus and there are many people out there too who are being similarly persecuted on daily basis.  If you are one of them, I have good news for you-be of good cheer because Jesus Christ is in control (John 16:33).  Meanwhile, consider yourself very lucky for facing this trial now because at the end of it you will emerge more matured and lacking nothing (James 1:2-4).

2.  Our respective journey in life may not be as smooth as we originally planned it.  Paul was going to Rome but his journey was truncated in Malta.  Similar scenario is common in many people’s lives.  Perhaps you set a target for yourself in the past and from the look of things only a miracle can make you attain it.  Let me advice you here not to worry and please do not give up because you are not going to miss that enviable altitude that God earmarked for you ab initio and your expectation in life will not be cut off (Proverbs 23:18) in Jesus name.  Amen.

3.  We need to be vigilant at all times.  Sometimes we may think that the worst is over and then become complacent.  Please avoid doing this because this is the time that the Devil is most likely to strike you afresh and hardest.  Paul had just survived two major disasters (i.e. a violent storm and a ship wreck) and as he was putting more wood in the fire trying to keep warm and relaxed, another disaster struck.  This time around, a poisonous snake fastened itself on his hand and the Islanders concluded that he was a murderer.  In some cultures he would have been lynched straight away but thank God he wasn’t.  It is very important for us therefore not to relax fully after surviving any disaster or problem because Satan does not rest and he is always ready to strike harder than previously (1 Peter 5:8).

4.  We must shake off whatever is hindering us.  The snake wrapped itself around Paul’s hand.  This symbolised another problem or a major hindrance.  He did not panic, neither did he cry nor ask for help instead, he shook it off into the fire and he was not hurt (Acts 28:5).  What is it that has clung to you like a leech for so long and is not prepared to leave you alone?  Is it a health problem, a troubled mind, a chronic family concern, debt, mortgage problem or any other form of financial embarrassment, academic or professional inertia, poverty of idea, confusion, bareness of any kind etc? If any of them is applicable to you I implore you not to worry, do not panic, do not cry and do not condemn yourself -just SHAKE IT OFF by taking it to God in prayer and be rest assured that he is waiting for you and he is willing to set you free (Matthew 11:28). 

Finally, let me use this opportunity to wish you God’s mercies throughout this month and beyond and please do not hesitate to SHAKE OFF all your encumbrances starting from now and may you have absolute victory over them in Jesus name.  Amen.

Jesus is Lord!

Question and Answer Series (Part 4)

In February 2006, we commenced a Question and Answer Series via this medium.  And in April as well as in June 2006, we considered parts two (2) and three (3) of it respectively.  Today, I am delighted to present the forth part to you believing God that you will find it helpful in Jesus name.  The Questions and Answers in this series are as follows:

1.  Is God really committed to meeting our needs?

Yes he is! This assertion can be supported with many biblical passages but we shall consider a few here.  In Philippians 4:19, Apostle Paul confirmed the commitment of God towards meeting our needs when he said: “And my God shall supply all our needs according to his riches in glory through Christ Jesus’’.  Apostle John too, portrayed the mind of God in 3 John 1:2 when he said: “I wish above all things that thou may prosper and be in good health even as thy soul prospers.’’ 

In Isaiah 43:19 God promised to do new (spectacular) things in our lives which ostensibly include meeting our needs.  Psalm 84:11 points to the fact that God is not interested in denying us access to any good thing.  Our needs are of course very good hence, they are extremely important to him.  And because he is a covenant keeping God (Psalm 89:34), he will do everything possible to ensure that they are fully met but in his own appointed time (Ecclesiastes 3:11).  Please take note of this very important point!

2.  What then should we be doing before our needs are met?

First, we must be patient (Psalm 27:14) and we must believe that our needs will be met by God at some point (Mathew 21:22).  We must not abandon the ship mid-way and we must remember that as far as God is concerned, delay is not denial.  We should also cultivate the habit of rejoicing in the Lord always (Philippians 4:4) and refrain from grumbling whilst waiting for answers to our prayers. These conditions are mandatory, non-optional, non-negotiable and immutable.  Whatever challenges we may be facing today has in it elements of blessings and gifts from God therefore, we should not insult Him with our complaints.  Furthermore, we should make it a routine to thank God incessantly (1 Thessalonians 5:18) and to praise Him unreservedly.  Let me emphasize here that our blessings cannot be far away from us if we praise Him in a way that will make Him happy (Psalm 22:3). 

Finally, let us remember to encourage one another with the bible passage below:

‘’he who calls you is faithful, who will do it’’ (1 Thessalonians 5: 24).

Jesus is Lord!

YOU SHALL BE CELEBRATED AND NOT TOLERATED

Jephthah (Judges Chapter 11), was a mighty man of valor who grew up in a polygamous setting in Gilead. At a time in his life, he was due for his inheritance from his father, but, his step-brothers denied him of it, because his mother was a harlot. He later fled for his life, and lived in a place called Tob, where he met some gangsters, and raided with them.

Before long, his people were attacked by the Amorites, and their existence became threatened. It was at this point the elders of his clan went looking for him, because he was the only person who could save them. Of course, he agreed to help them, but, on the condition that they made him their overall head. He later made a vow to God in exchange for His help.

We can deduce a couple of points from the account above. They include:

1. Your personal or family history may sometimes work against you

Jephthah was not in any way responsible for his mother’s wayward life, but, her sordid history later worked against him. For that reason, he was denied his inheritance, and he had to flee to a strange land where he hobnobbed with some low lives.

Like Jephthah, there are many people out there who are haunted day after day because of their personal or family history. Usually, they are hated in their communities, and wherever their names are mentioned, people stir up hostility against them. They may even be assaulted or killed if care is not taken.

Are you currently going through the type of scenario described above? If you are, then I have good news for you! And that is, Jesus is prepared to give you a new name (Revelation 2:17) that will wipe away your sordid past, and give you a new lease of life. He did so for Paul, Matthew (Matthew 9:9), Zaccheaus (Luke 19:1-10), and a host of others in the past. He will do so for you too. Amen.

2. Attention shall be drawn to you one day, and you shall regain your position and voice

At a time, Jephthah lost his inheritance, position, and voice among his people, and became a refugee/criminal in a foreign land. But at the right time, attention was drawn to him, and he regained all he lost previously.

Have you been cheated and sidelined by some people lately, and have you incurred demonstrable losses as a result? If you have, then cheer up, because God is set to restore your losses back to you (Joel 2:25), and all the people deriding you, and making your life difficult today, shall have no other choice than to pay attention to you in some way. They will also make peace with you, whether they like it or not (Proverbs 16:7).

3. A vow to God may be necessary for Him to help you

Jephthah made a vow to God to offer Him whatever came out of his house to meet him first, in exchange for His help to win the battle against the Amorites. Never mind that it was his daughter who came out to meet him first, and he offered her to God.

Sometimes you may have to make a vow to God for Him to help you. For instance, Hannah (1 Samuel 1:1-19) did, and God ended her long spell of barrenness. Loads of people in the bible and in this age, also vowed to God at one time or the other, and He helped them.

Do you want God to help you in certain area of your life? Have done all you possibly can to help yourself to no avail? If you have, then perhaps you need to make a vow to Him without delay. Please note that your vow does not have to involve human lives. It may be to serve God more, love Him more, worship Him more, pay your tithes and offering as a matter of priority, assist the needy and the poor, join the choir in your local church, win more souls for Christ, etc. But, you must be prepared to pay your vow in full as and when due (Ecclesiastes 5:4), as failure to do this, may be construed as a sin against God (Deuteronomy 23:21).

4. You are a part of God’s plan

Even though Jephthah had very painful experiences in life, he was all the while in God’s plan, which included freeing his people from the grip of the Amorites, their tormentors, and making him the undisputed head of his clan. And at the right time, God transformed him into a brand new person; incredibly powerful, and well suited for winning wars.

You are also in God’s plan, which is aimed at making you successful in life (Jeremiah 29:11). He will re-write your history, and obliterate your ugly/painful past if you allow Him, and at the end of the day, you will be celebrated, and not tolerated, in Jesus name. Amen.

5. Victory is bound to come your way sooner or later

Jephthah led the battle against the Amorites. He knew he couldn’t win it on his own therefore, he trusted God to help him out. In the same vein, you must trust Him to help you win your battles as well. You must accept that your battles are strictly not yours, but, the Lord’s (2 Chronicles 20:15), and that you can do very little about them on your own (John 15:5).

Please be reminded that victory may sometimes not come as quickly as you thought originally. In fact, it may take some frustratingly long time to come, and at a cost to you. That is where patience comes in! You must be prepared to give God sufficient space and time to sort you out, while you keep on trusting Him for victory, and you can be sure you will not be put to shame in the end (Romans 10:11), in Jesus name. Amen.

Jesus is Lord!

Dr Adedayo Stoney Adegbulu.

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

Question and Answer Series (Part 3)

In February 2006 we commenced a Question and Answer Series through this medium and in April 2006 we considered part two (2) of it.  Today, I am delighted to present the third part to you believing that you will find it helpful in Jesus name.  The Questions and Answers are as follows:

 1.  Is God the maker of the world?

Yes he is!  This we can defend by looking at issues from the basics.  To begin with, it is a known fact nothing extraordinary occurs by accident and that everything in existence has a maker and a beginning.  Therefore, our world cannot be an exception.  It is an extraordinary entity and its intricate nature alone is enough to convince all skeptics that it did not come into existence by accident.  It was carefully thought out and conscientiously put together by an ingenious creator.  Great thinkers of old like Plato and Aristotle as well as credible scholars, outstanding leaders (Socio-Political, Economic, Spiritual et. al) and all serious minded people globally are united in their belief that this creator is God.   They cannot all be wrong or stupid!  Therefore nobody can blame us if we uphold their conviction.  Lastly, the final authority on all issues is the Holy Bible and it confirms that God is the maker of the world (Genesis 1:1).

2.  Is He powerful?

Yes He is and there are many cases in point that we can cite to prove it.  For example, He used His breathtaking power to create the Heaven and Earth (Genesis 1:1), to destroy the Earth (Genesis Chapter 7), to divide the red sea into two through Moses (Exodus 14:21-22), to save Daniel from the den of Lions (Daniel 6:10-19), to deliver Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego from the burning fiery furnace (Daniel 3:19-25), to set Paul and Silas free from the prison (Acts 16:16-26) etc.  He has the exclusive power to kill and to make alive (Deuteronomy 32:39) and the final say concerning all issues belongs to him (Lamentations 3:37).  It is only a uniquely powerful person that can boast of this type of extraordinary credentials.

Let me quickly interject at this point that God has many power instruments that makes Him astonishingly powerful and one of them is His word (Hebrews 4:12).  He wants us to be powerful too hence He gave us the bible which contains His word.  Great Apostles like Paul, Peter and John as well as highly revered men and women of God of this era like Kenneth and Gloria Copeland, Kenneth Haggins, Oral Roberts, Benny Hinn, T.D Jakes, Paul Yonggi Cho, Benson Idahosa, Rebecca Brown, Paula White, Joyce Meyer, etc used and are still using the word of God in the name of Jesus to raise the dead, to heal the sick, to set the captives free, to restore sight to the blind, hearing to the deaf, speech to the dumb etc.  Also, a huge number of individuals across the globe have severally attested to the efficacy of the word of God in their lives.

Friend, from all above and more outside the scope of this write up, it is evident that God is the maker of the world and that He is absolutely powerful.  Finally, we know that one of His most effective power instruments is His word.  If you want to obtain freedom from satanic oppression, depression, regression, repression, suppression, retrogression etc then, you must make the bible your inseparable companion.  You must study it voraciously (a good daily devotional and other instructional materials such as Christian books, magazines, tapes, CDs, DVDs etc will be very useful here), ruminate over it, act it and declare it unambiguously against any nagging situation that is making it difficult for your life to flourish.  The good news is that power will change hands in your favor and outstanding success will come your way (Joshua 1:8).  So shall it be in Jesus name Amen. 

Jesus is Lord!