Let God Arise…

In Psalm 68:1, the Psalmist said: ‘Let God arise, Let His enemies be scattered…’ This is a very popular biblical passage and it is frequently invoked whenever there is a need to remove festering encumbrances from people’s lives.  Now, before I go on with this write up, I will like to ask a question and that is: Does God really have enemies? Well, the widely acclaimed answer is yes He does!  And you can confirm this by scrutinizing the world closely and you will unearth several people, institutions, governments, etc that are waging war against Him relentlessly.  These are some of His enemies but the good news is that they cannot defeat Him because He is a consuming fire (Hebrews 12:29).

Just like God, we also have personal enemies to contend with and they can be quite nasty.  Nevertheless, we should not be intimidated by their activities because they can never overcome us (Isaiah 54: 15, 1 John 4:4).

At this point, let us consider some of our common enemies and see how we can deal with them.

1.  Fellow human beings.  A lot of our enemies are human beings like ourselves but as Christians, we are expected to love them even though they hate us (Matthew 5:44).  But if they persist in making our lives unbearable then, we are at liberty to ask God to arise and scatter them and he will in Jesus name (Isaiah 49: 25c).

2.  Unseen forces.   The bible makes it clear that many of our enemies are unseen, incredibly powerful and unbelievably lethal (Ephesians 6:12).  We should therefore deploy all the deadly weapons at our disposal (2 Corinthians 10:4-5) against them.  We should also ask God to arise and scatter them in Jesus name.

3.  Poverty.  Poverty is a deadly enemy of mankind and its incidence is on the increase worldwide.  Remember that it is a curse and it is ruinous by nature (Proverbs 10:15).  Friend, if this terrible plague is trying to snuff out your life then, go ahead today and ask God to arise and scatter it in Jesus name (Galatians 3:13).

We also have many other enemies including: ill health, stagnation or regression in life, joblessness, debt, barrenness of all kinds, consistent lack of support, being unloved etc. No doubt, they are powerful, but God’s power towers well above them.  Therefore, let us boldly ask God to arise and scatter them and he will in Jesus name (Matthew 11:28).

Please be reminded that we have important roles to play in this matter if we truly want God to arise and scatter our enemies.  To start with, we must maintain a rock-solid relationship with Jesus Christ.  That is, He must be our personal Lord and Saviour consistently.  Is He yours? Next, Constant prayer to God through Jesus Christ is of utmost importance (1 Thessalonians 5:17).  We must also develop a strong faith in Him for good results to occur (Hebrews 11:6) and we must exhibit patience at all times (Matthew 10:22b).  If you do all above then, as you coast towards the end of year 2009 and as you behold 2010, the Lord will arise and scatter all your enemies.  So shall it be in Jesus name.  Amen.

Merry Christmas in advance!

Jesus is Lord!

Dr Adedayo Stoney Adegbulu (Dr Stoney)

Ellesmere Port, UK.

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

Of Life, Death and Grief

My set in the University lost a rare gem recently.  She was a brilliant and an accomplished Medical Doctor, a dutiful mother and wife, a lover of humanity, and a dependable friend.  She was beautiful in and out, and I am glad to ascertain that she gave her life to Christ ever before she breathed her last on earth.  To God be the glory!  Two families that are close to us also lost their fathers not long ago.  Then, a couple of people asked us for prayers and encouragement owing to the death of people that were close to them.  No doubt, these deaths are huge and very painful!   May the souls of the departed find peace and rest in the Lord, and may He grant the bereaved the fortitude to bear their losses in Jesus name.  Amen.

At a time like this, it is instructive for us, to be there for one another.  Therefore, I am happy to dedicate this piece to those who are mourning at this time and in addition, I wish to strengthen them with the following points pertaining to life, death and grief.  They are:

1.  Life, death and grief are key components of life

The wise King Solomon made allusion to this point in Ecclesiastes 3:1-2, 4 when he said:  ”To everything there is a season… 2. A time to be born, And a time to die…4.  … A time to mourn, And a time to dance”.  Let us therefore get used to the idea that life, death and grief, are key components of living, which we can never wish away.

2.  God values the presence of the deceased more than we do

It is often said that God withdraws those that he fancies most to Himself, and the Psalmist confirmed this position in Psalm 116:15 as follows:  ”Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of the saints”.  If you are currently grieving, I encourage you, based on the word of God above and others in the bible, to loosen up and rejoice greatly, since the presence of your beloved is thrilling God at this point in time.  And you can be sure that He will take an excellent care of him or her in Jesus name.  Amen.

3.  Death is beneficial in the long run

The legendary Apostle Paul confirmed this view in Philippians 1:21 this way: ”…For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain”.   Meanwhile, the foremost benefit of death is in being able to attain heaven which is a fantastic place to be hereafter (Revelation 7:15-17).  However, reaching it is strongly linked to being born again (John 3:3).  Was your loved one born again while alive? If your answer is yes then, you have every reason to be joyous as he or she is certainly enjoying the comfort of heaven right now.  And this is an extraordinary achievement, which you should be proud of!

At this point, let me add that it is okay for us to grief, since grief is the price we have to pay for the love we have for departed souls.  But we shouldn’t do it as if we are hopeless (1Thessalonians 4:13).  We are definitely not!  In fact, our hope is that we shall be re-united with the departed someday (1Thessalonians 4:16-17) in Jesus name.  Amen.  Therefore, please do away with your grief as quickly as possible, and start celebrating the life and time of the departed.  But while doing so, please remember to give thanks to God since this step makes Him very happy (1 Thessalonians 5:18).

Finally, let us use this opportunity to reassess our current individual position in Jesus Christ.   Are you okay with Him? Are you born again? If you are, brilliant!  That means you will make heaven one day, if you don’t deviate.  But if you are not then, this is a great opportunity for you to do the right thing.  That is, ask Jesus Christ to come into your life and take over as your personal Lord and Saviour and He will (John 6:37).  And if you are not very sure of the current state of your salvation then, please consider rededicating your life to Him without delay. May the good Lord comfort and uphold you continually and may He rain his manifold blessings upon you all the days of your life in Jesus name.  Amen.

Jesus is Lord!

(c) Adedayo Stoney Adegbulu, 2009

Delay is not Denial

Recently, we looked at the life of Joseph with particular reference to his travails, and we identified many encouraging points some of which I will like to share with you today.  But before then, let us recall aspects of his life which are relevant to this write up.  In Genesis 37, Joseph dreamt that he would become very notable one day, and that his family members would pay abeyance to him, and he discussed his dreams with them.  Unfortunately, they were not happy with him and in annoyance, they sold him into slavery and he suffered immensely.  Eventually, his dreams came to pass to the glory of God.

Now, let us look at the points that I promised to share with you earlier.  They are:

1.  God still keeps his beloved abreast of his plans for their future.  God is still in the habit of revealing his plans to his beloved in diverse ways.  For example, through the words of the bible and through prophesies, dreams, visions etc and quite a lot of people worldwide can confirm this fact.  In the case of Joseph, He chose the option of dreams. Knowing God’s plans for one’s life is a very soothing experience which all serious minded Christian should covet.  Fortunately, He is willing to reveal His plans to all and sundry via the aforementioned channels (Joel 2:28) and the thought of being excluded is completely out of the way.

2.   We will always encounter hardships despite God’s revelations to us.   Joseph encountered a number of heart wrenching hardships even though he had a cheering picture about his future beforehand.  His brothers rebuked him, they envied him; they derided him and eventually, they sold him into slavery.  And in slavery, he was lied against and jailed.  Please do not be surprised or discouraged if like Joseph, you find yourself battling with several hardships despite God’s heart warming revelations to you before.  Always remember that hardships are an unavoidable part of our existence (John 16:33) and that in the long run, they will refine our character and reinforce our hope in God (Romans 5:3-5).

3.  God’s revelations will surely come to pass at the right time.  In the end, Joseph’s dreams came to pass at the right time.  He still made it to the top and people from all works of life, including his brothers, came to pay abeyance to him as revealed in his dreams and he became a channel of blessings to his generation.  Up till today, God’s revelations to mankind still come to pass with pin point accuracy and at the right time.  Again, a lot of people can testify to this fact.

Friend, did God reveal his plans concerning your future to you in the past? If he did then, consider yourself very lucky because not everyone can boast of such privilege.  And have you been waiting for his revelation to come to pass and it hasn’t yet? If your answer is yes then, don’t fret anymore.  Just bear in mind that as far as God is concerned, delay is not denial! Moreover, he is totally committed to making you happy this time around (Isaiah 46:11c) but you have to be patient.  He (God) buttressed this position in Habakkuk 2:3 when he said: ‘’For the vision is yet for an appointed time; But at the end it will speak, and it will not lie. Though it tarries, wait for it; Because it will surely come, It will not tarry’’.  Please be patient!

Finally, if God has not revealed anything to you yet and you want him to do so, then be prepared to invest more time in prayer, and he will answer you (Mathew 7:7).  May he do so swiftly, and may your joy be full now, and forever in Jesus name.  Amen.

Jesus is Lord!

Of God, Outstretched Arms and Power

In Jeremiah 32:17, Prophet Jeremiah, while praying for understanding said‘’Ah, Lord GOD! Behold, You have made the heavens and the earth by Your great power and outstretched arm. There is nothing too hard for You’’.

This is a very popular biblical passage which has even been incorporated into melodious songs.  It essentially gives a clear insight into God’s limitless ability to perform wonders by his great power and outstretched arms. 

Before proceeding any further, let us look at what an outstretched arm means.  Simply put, it is an arm that is extended or stretched out.  And the procedure is expected to be done sensibly at all times.  For example, most people will refrain from outstretching their arms without cause while walking or running because of the fear of losing their balance, falling down and injuring themselves and others.  They may also damage valuable possessions and get themselves enmeshed in needless financial/legal imbroglio.  However, certain situations demand that we must outstretch our arms.  For instance, we have to do so to pick things up from the ground, to embrace people, to defend ourselves etc.  In short, we outstretch our arms mainly to achieve certain positive results.  The same reality is applicable to God.  Immense power and dazzling results occur whenever he outstretches his arms.  Let us consider a few of such results at this point.

1.  Creative powerJeremiah 32:17 clearly indicates that God created the heavens and the earth by his great power and outstretched arm.  In the same vein, I am trusting Him to create whatever is lacking in your life and in the lives of your loved ones, in your business, ministry, education, career, etc by his great power and outstretched arms as from this moment in Jesus name.  Amen.  Please be expectant!

2.  Healing.  Healing is another dazzling result that ensues whenever God outstretches his arms.  The same result is typical of Jesus Christ (John 5:19).  For example, in Luke 5:12-13, a man full of leprosy approached Jesus Christ for healing and without delay, He put out His hands (He must have outstretched his arms first), touched the man and healed him.  Do you have any health ordeal at the moment? If you do then, cheer up because help is around the corner.  Pray to God to heal you by his great power and outstretched arms today and he will in Jesus name.  Amen.

3.  Salvation.  Above all things, we need salvation to make it to heaven.  That is, we must be born again (John 3:3).  Friend, have you given your life to Christ previously and is he still your personal Lord and savior? If he is then, I say a big congratulation to you.  Without doubt you are on your way to heaven.  But if he is not, then this is a good opportunity for you to hand over your life to him and the good news is that Jesus, with great power and outstretched arms, is knocking at your door waiting for you to invite him in (Revelation 3:20).  Please do so promptly and I believe you will not be disappointed in Jesus name.  Amen.

Finally, remember that ‘’whatsoever you lay your hands upon shall prosper’’ (Psalm 1:3).  But you have to outstretch your arms first before you can lay your hands on anything or anybody.  And having done so; please don’t hesitate to lay your hands on any part of your body that is functioning sub optimally.  Repeat the same procedure on your child that is behaving badly or on your spouse that is not living up to expectation or on your business that is crumbling or on your ministry that is struggling, etc.  Then command them to prosper in Jesus name and they will.  A trial will convince you!

Jesus is Lord!

IN MEMORY OF MY BOSS

I am dedicating this piece, to the memory of one of my earliest Bosses. I used to call him ‘The Boss’. He was a very good man, a first class Medical Doctor and an avid lover of humanity. He treated everyone he met with respect, fairness and compassion. He also made life very easy for me when I was under his tutelage. But we disagreed on religious grounds. While I was then a newly converted Christian, he had very scanty regards for God, the Christian faith and Christians. As far as he was concerned and using his own words, ”it makes no sense following a God that doesn’t give a hoot about the suffering of the people”.

Of course, I tried my utmost best to change his religious views nonetheless; my efforts did not move him but I did not give up. Then one day, without preconditions, he accepted to be my guest at a Christian outreach/dinner party. To my delight, he followed the entire proceeding with rapt attention and in the end; he gave his life to Christ. He later told me that he felt truly happy for the first time in his life and that he would serve the Lord from that time on.

And almost immediately, as if in a race against time, he went from person to person and from place to place to preach Jesus. He also flaunted his born again Christian reputation everywhere he went. Regrettably, he lost his life in a fatal motor accident less than a month after he gave his life to Christ and we mourned his painful death deeply. We were however comforted through a vision, that he made it to heaven. To God be the glory for his short but brilliant life.

The account above, brings to the fore again the need for us to review our relationship with Christ if we really want to spend eternity with Him. The minimum requirement is to be born again (John 3:3) and this should be done quickly (2 Corinthians 6:2). ‘The Boss’ gave his life to Christ quickly, not knowing that his life was coasting to an abrupt end. Please learn from him. And perhaps you became born again earlier on, but you are not very happy with your relationship with Jesus Christ, please rededicate your life to Him promptly. But if you are OK with Him, I say bravo! You are definitely on your way to heaven but you must be vigilant so that you don’t derail along the way (1 Corinthians 10:12). May your earthly race make you happy and eventually, may it earn you a place in heaven in Jesus name. Amen.

Jesus is Lord!

(c) Adedayo Stoney Adegbulu, 2009

Driven into the Wilderness for a Miracle

Luke 8:26-39 narrates the story of a mad man in the country of the Gadarenes.  He was a wild man who lived in the tombs.  And on many occasions, he was kept under guard and bound with chains and shackles; these he broke with ease.  In fact, nobody could control him except a demon that eventually drove him into the wilderness which by the way is a harsh and unproductive terrain where miracles are rare.  It was there that Jesus met and delivered him from his torment. 

A couple of lessons can be adduced from the account above.  Let us consider some them today.  They are:   

1.  Our carefully crafted and well laid out plans may go wrong without warning.  Many of us have some carefully crafted and well laid out plans.  This is a sensible step to take but life situations might upset their implementation without warning.  The man, like others in his time, may have had some carefully crafted and well laid out plans only for him to end up in the wilderness with a twisted mind.  Joseph had a dazzling vision concerning his future (Genesis 37:5-10) but guess what? He ended up in jail (Genesis 39:20).  There are other biblical examples of people whose carefully crafted and well laid out plans went awry at some point.  Are you in a similar position at the moment? If you are then, hold your peace because your situation is perfectly under control.

2.  It is okay to draw attention to our plights if we have to.  There is nothing wrong in drawing people’s attention to our plights if we have to.  But we shouldn’t put our trust completely in them because of the dangers associated with doing so (Micah 7:5-6).  Thank goodness that the man was not in a first-rate frame of mind so he couldn’t have been able to draw people’s attention to his plight positively not to talk of putting his trust in them completely but he was lucky enough to draw Jesus Christ’s attention to himself.  Maybe your plans have somehow gone awry and you are now in a fix; it is okay to seek help from sensible people but more importantly, seek help from Jesus Christ.

 

3.  Enduring deliverance is within reach.  The man drew Jesus Christ’s attention to himself and in return, he got a matchless deliverance.  Today, enduring deliverance awaits you too but you have to approach Jesus Christ first.  He (Jesus Christ) supported this claim in Matthew 11:28 when he said: ‘’Come to Me, all you who labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest’’.

4.  It is profitable to stick to the body of Christ.  The man did not forsake Jesus Christ instead; he went back to him and begged that he might be with him.   He later went all over his city to testify to the power of Jesus Christ in his life.  He must have realized very quickly that it would be hard for him to survive on his own (John 15:5) and that the sky was his limit if he belonged to the body of Christ.  Hebrews 10:24-25 encourage this line of action and in Leviticus 26:8, God amplified one of the attendant benefits of doing so by saying: ‘’Five of you shall chase a hundred and a hundred of you shall put ten thousand to flight; …’’.  This clearly shows that there is power in number-a peculiarity of the body of Christ.  This power is available to heal the sick, set the captive free, give hope to the hopeless, offer comfort to the broken hearted, provide boost to decimated businesses and careers etc.  Avail yourself of this power today by sticking to the body of Christ and you will not be disappointed.

Friend, have you reached your limit concerning an ongoing maybe ugly situation? Do you think you have been driven into a ‘‘wilderness’’ situation already? If you think so, then ask Jesus Christ to come to your aid and he will in a good time.  However, you must be ready to continue with him afterward.  May the good Lord turn his face towards you and give you peace now and forever in Jesus name.  Amen.

Jesus is Lord!

The Wilderness Experience

The Israelites had a four hundred and thirty year stint in Egypt which culminated in severe hardship under King Pharaoh but the Lord delivered them using Moses. And immediately they left Egypt and successfully crossed the Red Sea on dry land, they began another journey to the Promised Land (a land flowing with milk and honey) via the wilderness.  But along the way, they rebelled against God and he punished them such that their journey which was supposed to last barely eleven (11) days went on to last forty (40) agonizing years. The Promised Land was in fact within their reach but they just couldn’t get in there.  On the whole, their experience was characterized by hardship, insecurity, grief, terror, multiple deaths etc.  I label it ‘The Wilderness Experience’.

Wilderness Experiences are not restricted to the Israelites alone.  They afflict the entire human race.  Figuratively speaking, any human experience that makes a person to stray from his or her chosen goal needlessly or that causes prolonged hardship, insecurity, frustration, grief; etc can be regarded as a Wilderness Experience.  And if care is not taken, it can cause untimely death.

There are many distinctive facts about Wilderness Experiences.  Let us consider some of them for now.

1.  They are inevitable.   Most of the time, Wilderness Experiences are inevitable therefore all of us will experience them at some point that is, if we haven’t already.  We should be happy though since Jesus fore-warned us about them in John 16:33 when he said ‘’…In the world you will have tribulation…’’.  His admonition is invaluable as it helps to prepare us for them. 

2. They don’t last forever.  While it may be necessary to pass through wilderness experiences, we do not have to live there.  And more importantly, they don’t last forever.  Apostle Paul confirmed this in 2 Corinthians 4:17 when he said: ‘’For our light affliction, which is but for a moment…’’.  Bear this in mind all the time.

3.  Only strong willed people will overcome them.  The outcome of Wilderness Experiences depends largely on how they are handled.  Often, Satan initiates them and he strikes harder and sharper when his victims are spineless.  But if you stand up to him, eye ball to eyeball, he will flee from you (James 4:7).  Apostle Paul also advised us to endure hardships (Wilderness Experiences) robustly (2 Timothy 2:3).  When you do so in the name of Jesus, you will overcome them eventually; this I am positive about.

4.  God is ready to set you free from them.  The bible is replete with people who encountered Wilderness Experiences in the past.  They include Job, Moses, Elijah, King David, Jephtha, Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach, Abed-Nego, Apostles Paul, Silas, Peter et cetera.  All of them relied on God for their deliverance and they were not let down.  In the same vein, God is willing and able to deliver you too if you allow him.  He attested to this fact in Psalm 50:15 when he said: ‘’call upon Me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you…’’

Friend, are you or somebody close to you going through a ‘Wilderness Experience’ at the moment? Are you tired of it and are you prepared to do away with it? If you are, then ask God to help you today and he will in Jesus name.  Amen.

Jesus is Lord!