God our Refuge!

In Psalm 46:1, the Psalmist referred to God as ”… our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble” and I cannot agree with him less. It is for this reason that I want to narrate the testimony below, to shore up his position and to glorify the name of the Lord.

In March 1999, Madam Diamond (not her real name), was brought to us in our Benin-City, Nigeria base for medical attention. She complained of a three months history of severe unremitting headache, sleeplessness, severe weight loss, right sided body weakness, recurrent vomiting and blurring of vision. Prior to coming to us, she was seen by many brilliant doctors and their general impression was that she had a swelling in her brain which would have been better removed surgically. But they didn’t want to do anything heroic on her on account of old age (she was about seventy years old then) and frail state of health amongst other reasons. She was therefore placed on some strong pain killers and sedatives with the aim of making her as comfortable as possible before she passes on. Her condition soon deteriorated rapidly and when she got to us, we immediately referred her to an expert who couldn’t help her much due to the reasons advanced earlier. However, we did not lose hope-we took her case to the highest level; to God our refuge and He did not disappoint us.

One afternoon, during a prayer session, the Holy Spirit prompted us to substitute her strong medications with ordinary Paracetamol tabs (a mild pain killer) and Valium tabs (a mild sedative). I was completely taken aback by this ‘bizarre’ but clear directive. Why would the Holy Spirit want us to treat her with such flimsy medications when very potent ones had failed I asked myself time after time? In the end, I discussed the new development with Madam Diamond and her husband and to our surprise, albeit delight, they asked us to go ahead with God’s plan without delay and we did. And for the first time in a very long time, she slept soundly only to wake up later in the evening with no more than a mild headache.

I repeated the medications again before she went to bed in the night and by the time she woke up the following morning, she was completely free of all symptoms.  That is, God healed her totally and we rejoiced and praised the name of the Lord with her heartily.  Madam Diamond is still alive and well to date (2010); twelve years after!

In retrospect, I thank God for showing us that he is still capable of caring for us, His people, whenever we run to Him for refuge. He also confirmed what Apostle Paul said in 1 Corinthians 1:27 that is: ”…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”. He healed Madam Diamond using a very flimsy means and He can do same again in all situations including yours and at all times.

Friend, this God, our refuge and strength, who healed Madam Diamond, is willing to meet you at the deepest point of your need(s). He wants to give you a new beginning. He wants to heal you, give you a credible means of livelihood and sort out your finances for you once and for all. He also wants to give you a happy home, a successful career, a blooming business, a thriving ministry etc. Finally, He wants you to attain Heaven when you are through with this world. But you have to ask Him (in prayer) to help you first and He will not disappoint you (Matthew 7:7, Isaiah 43:19). Please do not dither; act fast and act now in Jesus name. Amen.

Jesus is Lord!

c Adedayo Stoney Adegbulu, 2010

Who is Your Foundation?

In Luke 6:47-49, Jesus Christ described whoever hears his sayings and does them as someone who built his house on a solid foundation of rock whereas, he described whoever does nothing about them as someone who built his house on mere sand.  While the former house withstood harsh onslaught on it, the latter fell like a pack of cards because it had no foundation. This account brought to fore the importance of solid foundation.

Now, before we go any further with this write-up, I will like us to look around the words ‘foundation and solid foundation’ first.  By definition, a foundation is a natural or prepared ground on which structures rest and it is said to be solid if it can withstand varying degree of attacks on it.  In Civil Engineering, solid foundations are products of painstaking activities and they usually outlive the structures built on them. 

Solid foundations are important in all facets of life.  For example, a solid foundation of adequate resources is important in business while prolonged, targeted and relevant exercises is the solid foundation needed in sports and academic excellence depends largely on a solid foundation arising from long hours of organized reading etc. 

Also in Christendom, we need a solid foundation (the most solid of all foundations) to thrive on.  And Apostle Paul confirmed this foundation to be Jesus Christ.  In 1 Corinthians 3:11 He said:  ‘’For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ’’.  Friend, this foundation is strong enough to carry all your circumstances, your family, business, education, health, salvation, and eternal life etc (Luke 1:37) and the good news is that it is all yours immediately you surrender your life to Jesus Christ; that is, immediately you become born again (John 6:37).  So, make the move right now!

Perhaps you surrendered your life to Him in the past but you are not too sure of your status now; if that is the case with you then, why don’t you consider rededicating your life to Him today? Please note that He is willing to accept and forgive you all your sins (Isaiah 1:18).  But if you are all right with Him; excellent!  Certainly, He will see you through the rest of your life however, you must be vigilant (1 Corinthians 10:12). 

Finally, do not forget that it is your responsibility to keep your association with Jesus Christ alive.  This you can do among other ways by:  1. Keeping away from evil (1 Thessalonians 5:22). 2. Praying regularly (1 Thessalonians 5:17).  The Holy Spirit can help you out here (Romans 8:26).  3.  Reading your bible faithfully (Joshua 1:8).  4.  Winning souls for Him (Proverbs 11:30).  If you keep to this and similar guidelines then, you will prosper on earth ad-infinitum and attain heaven at the end of the day.  May the good Lord help you all the way through in Jesus name.  Amen.

Jesus is Lord!

Take Heed Lest You Fall!

Happy New Year and welcome to the beginning of 2010.  May the good Lord grant you your heartfelt desires and may your joy be full in Jesus name.  Amen. 

By the grace of God, you shall witness phenomenal growth this year but you have to be very vigilant, firm and strong at all times.  You can achieve these by paying close attention to the words of God e.g. 1 Corinthians 10:12.  In it, Apostle Paul said ‘’…let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall’’.  Please respond to his advice appropriately.  You can do this in many ways but for the purpose of this write up, we shall consider only three of them today.  And as our references, we shall look at the activities of three Kings as recorded in the book of 2 Chronicles.  It is hoped that at the end of the exercise, we shall be better motivated.  The ways are to:

1.  Listen to the call and then ignore it.  Some people petitioned King Rehoboam to remove the burdens placed on them by his father, King Solomon (2 Chronicles Chapter 10).  He listened to them and even sought advice from some elders about what to do.  The elders, no doubt, knowing the significance of the petitioners and their capacity to make or mar any regime, encouraged caution and advised the King to grant their petition.  This position is synonymous with saying ’’…let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall’’.  Unfortunately, the King ignored it instead; he gave the petitioners more hardships on the recommendation of his peer group.  And in anger, they (the petitioners) and their linage opted out of Israel and the King’s power and influence became greatly diminished.  That is, he fell hugely!  Friend, if you don’t want to fall this year then, take heed.  Please listen to this advice; don’t ignore it.

2.  Listen to it and take it on board partially.  In 2 Chronicles Chapter 18, Jehoshaphat King of Judah visited Israel and his host, King Ahab, solicited his support in waging war against Ramoth Gilead.  Jehoshaphat agreed but on the condition that the views of all the prophets in the land would be sought as a precautionary measure.  That was an indirect way of saying ’’…let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall’’.  Ahab listened to the request and took it on board partially by seeking the views of the Prophets loyal to him only and excluding Prophet Micaiah whom he considered his enemy.  As expected, his loyal prophets nudged him into war and lied that victory was in the offing.  But at the insistence of King Jehoshaphat, Ahab sought the view of Prophet Micaiah who advised against the war and for that reason, he was jailed.  The King went on to war as planned but lost his life in the process.  Friend if you don’t want to fall this year then, take heed. Listen to this advice and please don’t take it on board partially.

3.   Listen to it and take it on board fully.  Jotham was a King in Judah.  In 2 Chronicles 27:6, it was recorded that he: ‘’… became mighty, because he prepared his ways before the LORD his God.  His success story may be as a result of taking on board fully an advice akin to ’’…let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall’’.  No wonder that he succeeded brilliantly.  He was prosperous and mighty, built super structures for God, fought many wars and won them, reigned for 25 years, died respectably and was buried with his forebears.  Friend, if you don’t want to fall this year and beyond then take heed.  Listen to this advice and please take it on board fully.

What then should you take heed of? Well, most importantly, take heed of your God.  Love him (Luke 10:27), trust him (Proverbs 3:5) and pray to him incessantly (1 Thessalonians 5:17).  Take heed of your salvation too; guard it jealously (Philippians 2:12b&c).  Also, take heed of the words of God (Joshua 1:8) and your general wellbeing (3 John 2).  If you do all above and more in 2010 then, you can be sure that you will stand and not fall.  Remain blessed and lifted in Jesus name.  Amen.

Jesus is Lord!