FROM GLOOM TO BOOM!

In 2 Kings 4:1-7, a man from the company of the prophets died, and left behind a wife, two boys, and a huge debt. Before long, his creditors came after his sons, because of his debt, which remained unsettled. For that reason, his wife sought help from God, through Prophet Elisha. She narrated her ordeal to him, and on his advice, she borrowed a lot of vessels from her neighbors, and poured the little oil she had in them. It later increased in quantity miraculously!

After she had concluded this chore, and after there were no more vessels left to be filled, the flow of oil stopped. It was at that point she updated the man of God with her experience, and He advised her to sell the oil in the vessels, pay off her debt, and live on the remaining money with her sons. That was how God delivered that family, from the condition of GLOOM to BOOM!

We can deduce many points from the account above. But, because of the constraints of time and space, we shall consider only the following here.

1. It is profitable to fear God

The deceased Prophet feared God, and his wife held on tenaciously to this salient point while seeking help from God, through Prophet Elisha. Several people in the bible also feared God at various times, and in return, He delivered them from threats to their lives. Examples of such people are, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, David, Job, Jephthah, Joseph, Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-Nego.

Because the deceased feared God, He pitied his family, and delivered his sons from being enslaved by his creditors. Thus confirming what is written in Psalm 103:13, that is: “As a father pities his children, so the Lord pities those who fear him’’. Therefore, if you want God to pity you too from now on, then you need to fear Him!

And if you fear God, He will direct your ways, assist you to dwell in prosperity, and make your descendants mighty on earth (Psalm 112:2). Besides, He will show compassion on your children (Psalm 103:11-18), and take pleasure in your affairs (Psalm 147:11). Furthermore, you will experience His goodness and protection (Psalm 31:19-20), and He will make you knowledgeable (Proverbs 1:7, 9:10).

2. We should always seek help from the right person

The woman did not engage in self-help, neither did she ask just anybody to help her. Instead, she sort help from God, through Prophet Elisha. She knew it was only Him who could save her, and He did.  Thus confirming Psalm 10:13, which says, “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved’’. Most people, traditions, systems, organizations, governments, etc. will fail us when we need them most, but God will never fail us (Deuteronomy 31:6)! Please, seek help from Him today, and He will save you as well, in Jesus name. Amen.

3. We should never underestimate what we have

When the woman was asked what she had in her house, she said “nothing but a jar of oil’’. She underestimated what she had! Meanwhile, what she had was enough for God to deliver her family from debt, and her sons from slavery. This is a huge lesson for us! We should never underestimate what we have, especially as they come from above (1 Corinthians 4:7).

Moreover, God is still in the business of using those things we sometimes regard as foolish, weak, infinitesimal, unsophisticated, unexciting, etc. to demonstrate His clout. Apostle Paul corroborated this view in 1 Corinthians 1:27 in this way: “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’’.

Please do not underestimate what you have; your talents, potentials, characteristics, educational and professional accomplishments, resources, health, ability, contacts, business, ministry etc. Value them, be humble by them too, and God will lift you up in the process of time (Psalm 147:6), in Jesus name. Amen.

4. We should obey God all the time

Prophet Elisha directed the woman to borrow as many jars as she could find, close the door after her children and herself, fill the jars with oil, and then sell them. She obeyed these instructions from top to bottom, because she knew they were from God. As a consequence, she became appreciably well-off, she paid off her family debt, and her children were delivered from servitude. The sequence of events, which took place in their lives, confirms what is written in Isaiah 1:19, i.e.: “If you are willing and obedient, you shall eat the good of the land’’. The woman was willing and obedient, and she ate the good of her land. If you are willing and obedient, you too will eat the good of your land, and you will prosper in it, in Jesus name. Amen.

Friend, if you give consideration to all the points above, especially if you are experiencing any difficulty at the moment, then God will bail you out sooner or later. Remember it is only Him who can turn ugly situations around for the better (Luke 1:37)! He can heal the sick, give succor to the broken hearted, set the captive free, give children to the barren women, mend ruined businesses, elevate wobbly ministries, etc.

It is also only Him who can give identity to the nonentities, hope to the hopeless, voice to the voiceless, and power to the powerless. He is adept at turning conditions of Gloom to Boom, and He is willing to turn yours around too, if you allow Him, and you will never be disappointed in Jesus name. Amen.

Jesus is Lord!

Dr Adedayo Stoney Adegbulu.

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

THE LORD WILL FIGHT YOUR BATTLE!

I am dedicating this write up to those who are fighting what seems like unending and painful battles in their lives at the moment. I identify myself with them, and I want them to know that some people are praying for them.

Psalm 24: 8 says: “Who is the King of glory? The Lord strong and mighty, The Lord mighty in battle’’.

The passage above, gives us an insight into another dimension of God. Not only is He compassionate (Psalm 103:8), He is also mighty in battle, and He goes to battle not for fun, but, for our own sake (Isaiah 49:25).

Before we proceed any further, I will like us to look at the word battle more closely, so that we can better understand the import of this write-up. Battle has been defined in different ways, at different times, by different people. But, the definition I find most appropriate for our purpose, is the one that sees it as a “lengthy and difficult conflict or struggle’’.

Figuratively speaking, any condition, which has made a person’s life very difficult for a long time, and is showing no sign of abating, is a battle. Examples include long-standing financial problem, marital/family disruption, professional inertia, chronic unemployment, incapacitating illness, harmful habit, intense oppression, perpetual failure, and barrenness of all kinds. All of them by nature, are potentially disruptive and destructive, and divine help is needed to overcome them. Are you fighting any of these battles at the moment? If you are, then I have good news for you! Your days of suffering are limited, for God is set to deliver you. Hallelujah!

But, let me quickly warn you here that you may not witness any meaningful breakthrough, except you follow the right protocol. And what does it entail? To start with, you have to recognize your limitation; you cannot achieve much on your own (John 15:5). Next, you have to accept that the battle you are facing is not yours; it is the Lord’s (1 Samuel 17:47). After that, you have to invite God who is mighty in battle, to fight it on your behalf. And guess what? He will (John 6:37)! He will win it hands down with His usual clinical efficiency, and He will leave no tell tale sign behind (Hebrew 12:29).

Yes, you may have prayed and fasted for a long time concerning your battle, but as things are, respite seems to be a mirage. Please remember that your so called ‘long time’ is not necessarily long before God (2 Peter 3:8), but today, I believe He will do something new in your life (Isaiah 43:19). Jesus is also willing to give you rest if you go to Him (Matthew 11:28).

friend, your victory has been set for an appointed time, and it will surely come without fail. All you have to do from now on is to be patient (Habakkuk 2:3). Please do not give up!

I am trusting God to place you in a position where you can join other people to boldly declare like the Israelites, that, “When the lord brought back the captivity of Zion, we were like those who dream. Then our mouth was filled with laughter, and our tongue with singing. Then they said among the nations, the Lord has done great things for them, the Lord has done great things for us and we are glad’’ (Psalm 126:2&3).

May the good Lord keep you to the end, so that you can experience unbelievable positive changes to your circumstance(s), in Jesus name. Amen.

Jesus is Lord!

Dr Adedayo Stoney Adegbulu.

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

ASK JESUS!

In Matthew 7:7, Jesus Christ said ‘’Ask and it will be given to you…’’ and in verse 8, he went on to say ‘’for everyone who asks receives…’’

These declarations are very soothing for the soul especially in our turbulent and storm-filled world where in human terms most situations seems very bleak.  It is also very gratifying to know that we are not restricted in anyway in our asking (John 14:14).  That means the quality, quantity, frequency and extent of our asking is not controlled.  All that is required of us is to ask Jesus Christ for whatsoever we need and he is waiting on the other side to deliver them to us.  Aren’t we lucky?

As mentioned above, there is no end to those things that we can possibly ask Jesus Christ to do for us but for the sake of guidance; we shall consider some of them here with biblical examples.  We can ask for:

1.  Direction.  In Acts Chapter 9, Saul (later called Paul) went to Damascus and persecuted the Christians there intensely until he was struck down from heaven.  He then became helpless and did not know what he should do next.  He was however wise enough to quickly ask Jesus Christ for direction.  He said: ‘’Lord, what do you want me to do?’’(Verse 6).  Jesus did direct him and that was the beginning of his incredible success story which is still relevant till today.  Are you confused in anyway and do you want direction? If your answer is yes then, ask Jesus Christ-he will answer you.

2.   Healing.  In Luke Chapter 7:1-10, a centurion told some respectable people to talk to Jesus Christ to heal his beloved Servant who was about to die.  In verse 7, the man sent words again to Jesus asking him to ‘’…say the word, and my servant will be healed’’.  The man had absolute faith in the power of Jesus Christ and it was recorded that those who were sent, returning to the house, found the servant who was sick well.  Perhaps you are suffering from a health concern and you want healing; why don’t you ask Jesus at once? He is categorically committed to healing you (Acts 10:38).

3.  Cleansing.  In Luke 5:12-13, a man full of Leprosy asked Jesus to cleanse him.  In verse 12 he said ‘’….Lord if you are willing, you can make me clean’’.   Of course Jesus was willing and he cleansed him without delay.  Leprosy is a contagious disease and it brings about deformity, shame, sorrow and isolation. Definitely, it requires active and dedicated treatment.  Figuratively speaking, anything that is capably of causing shame, sorrow and isolation in a person’s life can be likened to Leprosy.  It could be a shameful past, record of drug addiction, stints in jail, chronic debt, bankruptcy, bareness of any kind, joblessness, perpetual stagnation in life etc.  If you are affected by any of these or more in anyway then you need cleansing and who can do it better than Jesus Christ? No one!  Today, ask him to cleanse you and he will. 

4.  Salvation.  In Luke 19:1-10, a man called Zacchaeus sought to see who Jesus was.  He was a chief tax collector (therefore a notorious sinner) and he was rich.  Because of his reputation, people raised eye brows when Jesus stayed in his house.  Zacchaeus defended himself robustly and his action can be taken as asking Jesus Christ to save him and as expected, Jesus did not let him down.  Supposing you are not yet saved, or you are not too sure of your salvation, this is the time for you to settle this important matter once and for all.  By so doing, you will be able to belong to the kingdom of God and then have access to the good things of life (Matthew 6:33).  Ask Jesus Christ to save you today; accept him into your life as your personal Lord and Savior and allow him to be in charge-tomorrow may be too late.    And if you are already a child of God; born again and Holy Spirit filled I say congratulations.  You are unquestionably at liberty to ask and to receive whatsoever you wish from Jesus Christ.  Please do not hesitate to utilize this great opportunity.

Finally, perhaps you have been asking Jesus Christ for certain thing(s) for some time and it seems there is no respite in sight; please do not be discouraged and please do not give up.  What is expected of you is to continue to ask and you will receive your joy will be full in the end and (John 16:24). 

Jesus is Lord!

 

THE MARAH (BITTER) EXPERIENCE!

We shall consider what I call the ‘Marah (Bitter) Experience’ in this write up, and in doing so, we shall pay close attention to Exodus 15:22-27.

By way of summary, Moses had just led the Isrealites out of Egypt, and then through the red sea into the desert of Shur. There, they wandered around for three days looking for water to drink all to no avail. Eventually they got to Marah, where they encountered bitter waters, which were not right for drinking. So, they (the Israelites) grumbled loud and clear against Moses, and he in return, sought God for assistance. As expected, God answered him, showed him a piece of wood, which he threw into the waters, and they became sweet; right for drinking.

There are many lessons, which we can adduce from the account above. But, for the purpose of this write up, we shall consider the following only.

1. As far as this world is concerned, there is no end to human tribulations

The Israelites had just gone through what can be referred to as a ‘hell on earth’ situation in Egypt, and then the red sea. I am sure they must have thought their horrendous ordeals were over. But, they weren’t! When they got to the desert, they could not find water to drink, and the ones they eventually found in Marah, were bitter; not right for drinking, and death from thirst was imminent. No doubt, they moved from one tribulation into another.

Similar situations apply to a lot of people globally nowadays. As soon as they overcome one problem, others, usually more difficult, are waiting for them around the corner. If this scenario is applicable to you, please know that you are not alone. It only confirms what Jesus Christ said in John 16:33b, i.e., “…In the world you will have tribulation…’’; but the good news is that He is in total control (John 16:33c), and He will not allow any bad situation to engulf you (1 Corinthians 10:13).

2. Hard work alone does not guarantee success.

There is nothing wrong with hard work per se, but, it is just not enough to guarantee success. The Israelites walked around extensively in the desert for three days, trying to locate at least one source of drinking water without success. Eventually, they found some in Marah, which were bitter, hence not right for human consumption. We can therefore conclude that their hard work, even though vital, was not good enough to guarantee them success.

This is the situation with many people these days. They do things in their own ways only; some of them even believe that God is no longer relevant in the scheme of things. To such people, I say pause a little bit, and consider Proverbs 14:12, which say: “There is a way that seems right to a man. But its ends is the way of death’’. Besides, please remember that unless the Lord builds a house, they labor in vain who build it (Psalm 127:1). So, hard work alone, does not, and cannot guarantee success.

3. We should involve God in all things if we want excellent and durable success

When the Israelites could not locate any credible source of drinking water, they grumbled loud and clear against Moses, who in return sought help from God. That is, he involved God on behalf of his people, and a comforting solution soon came. This should have been their reaction from the beginning!

Perhaps there is a great/unending issue in your life or in the life of someone close to you, which you have been battling with to date without success; please don’t worry. May be you have to change your tactics a little bit. Proverbs 16:3 (NIV) says: “Commit into the Lord whatever you do and your plans will succeed’’. Therefore, from now on, please commit all your ways, efforts, and worries into God’s hand, and solution(s) will come in due season, in Jesus name. Amen.

Finally, remember that it is “the blessing of the Lord makes one rich, and He adds no sorrow with it (Proverbs 10:22).

Jesus is Lord!

Dr Adedayo Stoney Adegbulu.

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

 

IT IS WELL!

Happy New Year! I am glad that you made it through year 2006 into 2007. To God be the glory, honour and adoration.

Please permit me to congratulate you and to join you in giving thanks to God Almighty if you recorded astonishing successes in 2006.  By His grace you will not regress in 2007 in Jesus name.  Amen.  And perhaps 2006 was a nightmare for you; don’t be discouraged.  Just look around you closely and you will see many reasons why you should give thanks to God.  Yes; your job may not be in a fantastic shape at the moment, you may not even be in any employment at present.  Your finance, health, education or ministry, may not be in the best state and some people close to you may be going through hard times which is affecting you somehow.  Other things may have disturbed you in 2006 and as things are, they have followed you into 2007.  If this is the case with you, I bring good tidings to you.  The Lord is in the picture and he will save you if you call on his name (Joel 2:32).

Without wasting time, let us look at 2 Kings 4:8-37.  Prophet Elisha and his assistant Gehazi were frequent visitors to a community called Shunem.  There God used a childless couple to meet their needs and in appreciation, Elisha predicted that they would have a baby boy the following year.  Of course they did not believe him because it was apparent that as far as child bearing was concerned, their condition had past redemption.  However, the prediction came to pass.  Their son developed normally but died suddenly one day.  His mother did not waste any time-she went straight after Prophet Elisha for divine intervention.  The prophet and his assistant were surprised to see her and they asked after her son amongst others issues and she confessed positively that ‘’IT IS WELL’’ even though things were on the contrary.  One thing led to another and the boy was brought back to life to the glory of God.

Today, we shall look at the statement ‘’IT IS WELL’’.  It can be used to mirror an on going matter that is progressing satisfactorily.  Such matter could be one’s family, job, education, finance, business, health etc.  It could also be used to express a person’s faith in God even though aspects of his or her life are not generating the desired result.  If this is applicable to you, it shows that you are confident that God is able to turn your situation around for the better (Luke 1:37) and definitely you are on the right track.

The Shunammite woman did not confess negatively instead, she said ‘’IT IS WELL’’ with her son who was already dead.  Her answer showed that she had faith in the Lord like some great men and women in the bible such as Abraham, Jacob, Enoch, Noah, Sarah etc and she was not put to shame.  As we enter year 2007, let us confess positively in respect of any situation that may be affecting us.  Let us put our faith into action like the great men and women mentioned earlier on did and we shall not be put to shame.

Isaiah 3:10 reads: ‘’Say to the righteous that it shall be well with them.  For they shall eat the fruits of their doings’’.  Since you are a child of God and since your righteousness is of him, then you are at liberty to declare that in 2007 in the mighty name of Jesus, ‘’IT WILL BE WELL’’ with you and your family, with your marriage, business, job, education, health, future, relationship with God, ministry etc. You must be prepared to make use of your tongue to change the situation of your life.  Remember that ‘’Death and life are in the Power of the tongue’’ (Proverbs 18:21).  Also remember that ‘’—whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven’’ (Mathew 18:18).  Use your tongue to bind those difficult things that are making your life hard and to loose those things that will make it better.  Therefore, speak out loud and clear as from today.  Use your tongue boldly, wisely, convincingly and relentlessly in prayers to God.  Furthermore, do not forget to thank him for the successes that you will record this year and be rest assured that divine help will not be far away from you.

Finally, let me wish you the very best throughout year 2007 and may all your dreams come through.  IT WILL BE WELL with you in Jesus name.  Amen.

Jesus is Lord!