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!

 

Facts About HIV/AIDS

A few weeks ago, I read a report on the global HIV/AIDS epidemic, the highlights of which I will like to share with you today.

1. Number of people living with HIV/AIDS globally as at December 2003: Adults=37million, Children=2.5 million.  22.6 million (61%) of these people are living in sub-Saharan Africa.

2. Number of HIV/AIDS death in 2003=3million.

3. Number of AIDS orphans at the end of 2001=14million.

Source: UNAIDS (2003) AIDS epidemic report.

You will agree with me that the above statistics is very unsettling particularly as the situation is getting worse on daily basis.  Friend, you may wish to remember that there is no known cure for this frightful disease and none is in sight.  Unless there is divine intervention, our beautiful world may soon become overwhelmed with ill and dying people as well as millions of poor and helpless dependants of the deceased.  Should we just fold our arms and do nothing? NO! I think we should do something concrete and quickly too.  This is not the time for us to start trading blames and abuses.  And definitely this is not the time for us to delve into the controversies surrounding the origin of HIV/AIDS.  This is the time for us to pray!  This is the request I am humbly putting before you today-please heed my call.  Please kindly pause for a moment and join other people all over the world in sincerely saying the prayer below.

‘’ Dear Lord,

Help us to accept the challenges of AIDS

Protect the healthy, calm the frightened and give courage to those in pains,

Comfort the dying and give eternal rest to the dead

Console the bereaved and strengthen those who care for the sick

May we O Lord, trusting in your love, be united in conquering all diseases and fear

These and more we ask in Jesus name.  Amen’’.

Thank you.  Please as much as you can this month, kindly remember to pray for all HIV/AIDS patients and their relatives; they need us more than ever before and I believe God will reward you hugely in Jesus name.  Amen. 

Finally, let me commit you into God’s hands as I wish you a month of divine solution.

Jesus is Lord!

 

Stretch Forth Your Hand

We are going to look at Mark 3:1-5 for today’s write up.  Jesus entered the synagogue, saw a man with a withered hand and healed him despite opposition. 

As you know, a withered hand is a useless, non-functioning hand.  Therefore, you may not be far from the truth if you conclude that the man’s life must have been greatly hampered by his handicapping condition. 

Figuratively speaking, a withered hand can be anything that makes a man’s life taxing and unexciting.  For example, ill health, poverty, lack of focus, lack of any meaningful progress, unfruitfulness, debt, joblessness, fear, destructive habits, broken home, irresponsible spouse, wayward children, ill luck, lack of assistance and so on are some examples of figurative withered hands.  If you are free from them, I congratulate you warmly. But if are not, then you need assistance, you need healing and you need freedom.  The good news is that divine help is not far away from you.

The man with the withered hand was fortunate enough to encounter Jesus Christ and he received his healing and freedom promptly. This same Jesus is still alive and active-He has not changed.  He is the same yesterday, today, and forever and He is asking you to step forward i.e. boldly break loose from those situations that are restricting you (Verse 3), stretch out your hand i.e. expose the cause(s) of the pain and sorrow in your life to Him (verse 5) and receive your healing and freedom; all opposition not withstanding.  Listen friend, I strongly urge you to make use of this golden opportunity today; prayerfully do all He asked you to do and I assure you that your life will never remain the same again.

Finally, let me commit you into God’s able hands as I wish you a month of ultimate freedom.  Go into it with full assurance that your expectations will not be dashed.

Jesus is Lord!   

Get Ready For a Lifting Up!

Let me start this write up with a question.  Did you find things easy last month? If you did, glory be to God Almighty and if you did not, glory be to him all the same.  Imagine what the situation would have been without God.  Definitely not better!  Friend, know that your experience last month, which may not have been very pleasant will not continue forever.  It must and it will improve this month in Jesus name.  Amen.  Your time for a lifting up has come and I urge you to start celebrating it and by faith challenge God thus:

‘’You who have shown me great and severe troubles

Shall revive me again

And bring me up again from the depths of the earth

You shall increase my greatness

And comfort me on every side’’

(Psalm 71:20-21)

Remember that in God’s business, agony is not a rule. Therefore, supposing you started this month CRYING be rest assured that you will end it SMILING in Jesus name.  Congratulations!

Finally, let me use this opportunity to commit you into God’s hands and to wish you a month of victory.

JESUS IS LORD!

Victory is Certain!

I am joining you here, to give thanks to God Almighty, who has made it possible for us to be alive today.  Remember that some people like us would have loved to be alive today, but they are not.  Many more are tucked away in various places, for one reason or the other.  Certainly it is not by our power, or by our might that we have not been consumed (Lamentations 3:22).

While thanking God for His mercies towards us, I want to assure you that He will still see us through today, and the rest of our lives in Jesus name.  Amen.

Now, look at His words for us:

Fear not for I am with you

Be nor dismayed, for I am your God

I will strengthen you,

Yes, I will help you,

I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

(Isaiah 41:10)

Be rest assured that God will make us victorious over all our challenges, but we have to trust Him completely (Proverbs 3:5-6), and we have to be patient with Him too (Matthew 24:13).

Finally, let me us this opportunity to commit you into God’s able hands, as I wish you a glorious day.

Jesus is Lord!

c Adedayo Stoney Adegbulu, 2004