Pain to Power

We shall consider Genesis 28:10-19 in this write up.  It gives a good account of Jacob’s journey from Beersheba to Haran and from it; a couple of points can be deduced.  They are found in:

1. Verse 10.   Jacob left Beersheba for Haran.  Beersheba means a well of oath; a place of covenant.  Even though this sounds very promising he opted for more.  He proceeded to Haran which means mountaineers, a land of climbers or high flyers and on the way he encountered God, got his promises and became a high flyer too.  From this, we can deduce that better conditions await us out there if we mingle with high flyers.  Therefore, we should never limit ourselves.

2.  Verse 11.  When it was sunset, he settled down and stayed all night in a particular place.  Sunset depicts the final declining phase of something or the darkest moment in a person’s life.  This is the period when most people are prone to giving up.  If you are in this position at present, please don’t give up!

In this place too, Jacob converted a stone into pillow to support his head before sleeping off.  Figuratively speaking, stones connote pain or hardship which normally goes hand in hand with worries.  Jacob carried his worries with him till he slept.  It is obvious from above that worries weaken the body and it may kill if care is not taken.  Therefore, stop worrying because Jesus is ready to set you free (John 14:1).  Please give Him a chance!

3. Verse 12.  Jacob dreamed.  You too should dream so that you can hook up with God’s vision for your life.  How do you see yourself today and in years to come? Successful? That is what you will become in Jesus name.

In his dream, he saw a ladder linking the earth to the heavens.  A ladder is a tool for elevation or as it was in this account, a divine connection between men and God.  Today, reach out for God’s ladder, climb it (by way of prayer) and get connected to Him. 

4. Verse 18.  Jacob converted the stones (his worries or pain) that he used as pillow into a pillar.  As we know, pillars provide support for superstructures.  That means there is power in pillars.  It cannot be out of place therefore if we say Jacob turned his Pain into Power.  This is what will happen to you when you get connected to God in Jesus name.  Amen.

Later, he poured oil on the pillar.  Oil connotes anointing, beauty, fatness, flourishing, riches etc.  This shows straightaway that when you get connected to God, not only will He convert your pain to power; He will also add to you, beauty, riches, flourishing, etc.

5. Verse 19.  Jacob changed the name of the place from Luz to Bethel.  When you get connected to God, your destiny will change; the way people see and relates with you will change because you will become a heavily improved person in Jesus name.  Amen.

Finally friend, let me encourage you to get connected to God today if you haven’t already. Fervently pray to Him concerning areas of your life that are giving you Pain and He will convert them to areas of Power.  He will also fill your mouth with laughter and your heart with joy in Jesus name.  Amen.  (Hebrews 11:6).

*Special thanks to Mrs Adebimpe Adegoke Awoyungbo.

Jesus is Lord!

Pray For Your Friends!

We shall be looking at the benefits of praying for our friends in this write up and for the task; we shall take a look at Job 42:10.  It says:  ‘’And the Lord restored Job’s losses when he prayed for his friends….’’

Job was a man who feared God and shunned evil.  And as a result, God had explicit confidence in him to the extent that He allowed Satan to rattle him because He was cock sure that he would never be disloyal to Him.  In the process, he (Job) lost everything he had except his life and some few friends whose comments about him were everything but kindly.  Even then, he still found it fitting to pray for them and God blessed him vastly in return.

The bible says we should pray for each other (James 5:16) because there are benefits attached to doing so.  For example, healing is one of them and in this case, it is not limited to restoration to good health alone.  It connotes restoration to perfection in all areas of life.  Job prayed for his friends and God restored his health back to perfection and gave him twice as much as he had earlier and blessed the latter part of his life more than the former.  As if these were not enough, He also gave him the opportunity to live up to a respectable old age and to die peacefully.  In short, God healed all aspects (physical, mental, marital, financial, material, etc) of his life (Job 42:10-17).

Friend, do you find time to pray for your friends? If you do, brilliant but if you don’t, you are just denying yourself of a lot of mouth watering benefits.  When you pray for them, other people will pray for you too because ‘’…whatever a man sows, that he will also reap’’ (Galatians 6:7).  Furthermore, Apostle Paul emphasised in 1Timothy 2:1-3 that praying for others, is both good and well acceptable to God.  And in a situation like this, I cannot see how you will not be blessed if you engage in it.

Perhaps you have been praying for improvements in certain areas of your life until now and it seems you are getting no where; perhaps you need to change your tactics a little bit.  Why don’t you consider praying for your friends and other people for a change? Job did and he was immensely blessed.  You too will be blessed if you do same in Jesus name.  Amen.

Finally, let me commit you into God’s able hands throughout this month and beyond and please endeavour to pray for your friends as much as you can. I will!

Jesus is Lord!

Dr Adedayo Stoney Adegbulu (Dr Stoney)

Ellesmere Port, UK.

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

It Shall Come To Pass!

I once heard about a Pastor who was in charge of a small rural church. He loved giving people the chance to testify to the goodness of God in their lives whenever he ministered. He did so again one Sunday morning, but this time around, he encouraged each testifier to back up his or her testimony with an appropriate bible quotation.

The first person got up, and quoted Philippians 4:19: “and my God shall supply all your needs according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus’’. He then narrated how God supplied all his needs in a miraculous way during the week! After that, the second person got up, and quoted Galatians 6:9: “and let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart’’. He told the congregation how somebody he once helped, came back to give him a decent amount of money, which he used to settle his debts. Next, the third person got up, and cited Psalms 107:20 -“he sent his words and he healed them and delivered them from their destructions’’. She went on to give an account of how God delivered her from a long standing illness.

Several other people also gave their testimonies, and the church was truly blessed that day.

Finally, an old man got up and his quotation was very simple: “it shall come to pass’’. This is a very common biblical quotation! And his testimony was that he had many problems before, which he tried to solve by himself without success. He was ill, and had no money for proper medical treatment. Also, two of his children were really badly-behaved, and his wife’s business, their only source of income, had collapsed. Besides, he was neck deep in debt, and his creditors were after him 24/7.

At a point, he wanted to kill himself, but he was deterred by the hassles involved. In the end, he prayed to God to deliver him, and help came from unexpected quarters, and his problems were solved one after the other. That is, they all came to pass! He ended his testimony by challenging everyone in the congregation to take their concerns to God for resolution.

Friend, what is it that is making your life needlessly tough lately, and would not allow you to enjoy yourself? Is it an illness, poverty, joblessness, business failure, failed ministry, academic or professional inertia, childlessness, divorce, addiction, debt, etc.? Today, I challenge you like the old man did, to take it to God, and it shall come to pass sooner or later in Jesus name (Matthew 11:28). Amen.

Jesus is Lord!

Dr Adedayo Stoney Adegbulu (Dr Stoney)

Ellesmere Port, UK.

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

Wait On The Lord!

This write up is intended to celebrate the begining of December 2004 and it is fitting to give thanks to God for protecting us to date.  To Him be all glory, honor and adoration in Jesus name.  Amen.

Friend, I know you must have gone through a lot since the beginning of the year; well done!  I hope you are not too tired but if you are then, you should buckle up very quickly and reposition yourself for good things that await you in 2005.  But you have to prepare yourself very well first and doing so is a serious affair.  What then are you expected to do you may wish to ask? Please refer to Isaiah 40:31 for guidance.  It says:

‘’But those who wait on the LORD Shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint’’.

From the passage, you will discover that you are expected to wait on the Lord and doing this is quite beneficial.  The next question you may wish to ask is what does waiting on the Lord entail? Simply put, it entails doggedly asking God for your heartfelt needs until He releases them to you.  This does not usually happen automatically; sometimes you may have to wait for a while before God answers you.  Nevertheless, fasting and prayer is known to shorten the period of waiting (Mathew 17:20-21).

Now, let us look at the benefits of waiting on the Lord.  They are many but for now, we shall focus on those embedded in the parts of our main text that I underlined.

1.  Renew their strength.  When you wait on the Lord, you will renew your strength and you’ll be able to do things that you wouldn’t have ever imagined under normal circumstances and you will do them well.  And more importantly, no force on earth will be able to stop you (Isaiah 41:10-13).

2.  Mount up with wings like eagles.  Eagles are known to soar and when you wait on the Lord, you will mount up with wings like them and soar; that is, you will prosper.  2Chronicles 26:5 confirms this fact as follows: ‘’He sought (waited on) God … and as long as he sought (waited on) the LORD, God made him prosper’’.  Therefore, if you genuinely wait on the Lord, you will prosper in Jesus name.  Amen.

3.  Run and not be weary.  Be prepared to run swiftly, progress wise, when you wait on the Lord and guess what? You will not be weary because He will strengthen you continually.  The Psalmist attested to this in Psalm 29:11 when he said: ‘’The LORD will give strength to His people; The LORD will bless His people …’’.

4.  Walk and not faint.  Sometimes you may have to slow down (walk) a little bit while waiting on the Lord.  This period is essential for the purpose of stock taking and fortifying your strength.   Definitely, it does not imply that you are weak (or feeling faint) and if you do not lose focus, God will still exalt you at the end of the day as He does to all the people that waits on Him.  The Psalmist talked in support of this position in Psalm 37:34 in this manner:  ‘’Wait on the Lord, And keep His way, and He shall exalt you to inherit the land’’.

Friend, I encourage you to wait on the Lord as we transit into 2 year 005 so that you can have glorious moments throughout.  Please let it not be said of you that you failed because you failed to prepare.  It shall be well with you in Jesus name.  Amen.

MERRY CHRISTMAS IN ADVANCE!

Jesus is Lord!

 

Of Prison Situations, Praise And Worship!

Today, we shall be looking at Acts 16:16-28.  Paul and Silas were mercilessly beaten and thrown into jail for no credible reasons.  But in spite of their nasty experiences, they showed no resentment towards anybody neither did they blame anyone for their predicaments instead; they worshipped God; praying and singing hymns to Him.  That was a practical way of inviting God into their difficult situation (Psalm 22:3).  And before long, He made His mighty presence felt via a great earthquake that shook the prison to its foundation and in the end; Paul and Silas were released unconditionally.

Prisons are places where people who ran foul of the law are quartered.  They are separated from the larger society and made to undergo structured routines geared towards their reformation and eventual reintegration back into the society after completing their jail terms.  However, they are grossly restricted in their choices; this is an important hallmark of prisons.

Figuratively speaking, Prison Situations are also experienced by a lot of people even though they are not imprisoned officially.  These are situations which bring about restrictions, great difficulty, unhappiness etc and in most cases; those affected are incapable of assisting themselves neither can they be assisted by anyone as known day to day remedies are unhelpful.  And if care is not taken, untimely death is imminent!  The situations include grave illnesses, destructive habits, fear cum doubt, crippling poverty, joblessness, mounting debt, academic and professional inertia, dysfunctional family, etc.  If any of them is troubling you then, you need help.

To overcome Prison Situations therefore, require a great force at the highest level and Jesus Christ is the force because He is well suited for aborting all encumbrances.  This position can be confirmed in Acts 10:38 where Apostle Paul said:  ‘’… God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him’’.

Perhaps you have been fasting and praying to God through Jesus Christ concerning your Prison Situation(s) for a while without success, I have good news for you.  Help is on the way!  But you have to observe the following protocol.  First, you must calm down very quickly.  This is very important so that you can make rational decisions.  Next, you must increase your level of faith in God (Romans 10:17).  Then, you must exercise patience and bear your condition with joy and dignity. And as much as possible, you must also honor God with singing and dancing just as Paul and Silas did.  Please don’t forget to thank God for your situation(s) too because He takes special delight in people that does this (1 Thessalonians 5:18).

Finally, and this is very important; you must continue to pray to God through Jesus Chris until your Prison Situation(s) fizzle out.  This protocol is summed up by Apostle Paul in Romans 12:12 thus:  ”Rejoicing in Hope, patient in tribulation and continuing steadfastly in prayer”.  I am happy to inform you that it cannot fail and if you embrace it very quickly, you’ll soon become a free person.  Remember that ”He who calls you is faithful, who will also do it” (1 Thessalonians 5:24).  Congratulations!

Jesus is Lord!

  

What Is Talking To You And What Are You Saying Back?

I am going to commence this write up with a question which is:  What is talking to you lately and what are you saying back? Is your body talking to you that that you will never recover from your sickness? Is your family situation talking to you that your loved one will never be set free from bondage? Are your bills talking to you that you will never get them paid off? As a student, is your mind talking to you that you will never pass your prescribed examinations? Is something talking to you that you will never get a good job or that the business you are about to embark upon will not be successful? These and other negative suggestions are nothing but ugly falsehood and mountains specially packaged by the Devil to make your life miserable.  Friend, what is your response to them?  What are you saying back?

As Jesus told his disciples in the past, He is also telling you today to speak out to your mountain(s) of needs that is, those things that are talking negatively to you and making your life burdensome and uninteresting and the good news is that they have no choice than to shift ground and be thrown into the sea (Mark 11:23) or wither like that fig tree reported in Mark 11:12-14, 20&21.  However, you must not entertain any doubts in your mind; this is very important.  Remember that Jesus is willing and able to set you free and your expectations shall never be ruined in Jesus name.  Amen.

Finally, let me commit you into God’s able hands as I wish you a month of clear-cut liberation.

Jesus is Lord!

 

Use Your Rod Wisely

In Exodus chapter 4, God instructed Moses to liberate the Israelites from bondage in Egypt.  From all indications, nothing qualified Moses for this big task.  He was not rich, his background was not great, he was not fluent in speech and he was even a fugitive.  The only thing that stood him out in the crowd was his ordinary shepherd rod, which was nothing to write home about anyway.  However it was transformed from ordinary to extraordinary just because he allowed God to control its use and it became the chief weapon used to liberate the Israelites.  As a reward, God backed him up through out the remaining part of his life such that he recorded many unbelievable achievements for which he is revered till today.

Figuratively speaking, anything that stands you out in the crowd is your ‘rod’.  It could be your position, wealth, background, power, education, beauty, physique, youthfulness, eloquence, etc.  If you allow God to control its use to His glory and for the benefit of mankind, it will become extraordinary.  Moses would have probably died unrecognized and unsung if he had not used his rod for the benefit of his people as directed by God.

Friend, God is looking for people to lift up in this age and time and I believe you are one of them-please give Him a chance.  Position yourself rightly by first using your ‘rod’ to put smile on the face of at least one person this month. There are many widows, orphans, aged, poor, sick, needy, charity based organizations and institutions out there waiting for your help.  Please help them!  You don’t have to be a millionaire before you reach out to the vulnerable members of the society and the good news is that God will definitely reward you beyond your expectation (Mathews 25:34-40).  May you not lose your reward and may it be full in Jesus name.  Amen.

Finally, let me use this opportunity to commit you into God’s hands and may you be divinely lifted up throughout this month and beyond in Jesus name.  Amen. 

Jesus is Lord!