FROM SAUL TO PAUL

I worked under a brilliant medical doctor shortly after I graduated from the medical school. He was a good man, but he did not fancy born-again Christians much for reasons best known to him, and he used every opportunity he had to put us down. I was then a newly born-again Christian!

Before long, he side-lined me from virtually every activity of the hospital and denied me my legitimate rights and privileges. But, I plodded on regardless, albeit with much pain and discouragement. To me, he was running his life like the biblical Saul!

One day, after much prayer, I invited him to a program in our church. Of course, he was surprised that I came to him for such purpose, and he quickly eased me out of his office and presence. But I did not give up; I went back to him a couple of times thereafter. Early one morning, he summoned me to his office and told me he would attend the program, and he did with his wife. In the end, he gave his life to Christ; he became born-again to the glory of God.

And right from the following day, my boss was everywhere, preaching Jesus Christ, and urging people to give their lives to Him; his limited knowledge of the Christian faith and the Bible notwithstanding. Sadly, he lost his life in a fatal car accident less than a month after his conversion, and we mourned him deeply. However, we were comforted in a vision that he made it to Heaven. He ran his life like Saul but ended it like Paul. Hallelujah!

Friend, how are you running your life at present? Are you running it, like Saul? That is, in your own way, doing evil, and impeding the work of God? If you are, then you need to change your lifestyle straight away, otherwise, you will not go far (Romans 6:23), and you will not end well like Paul.

So, how can you end well like Paul? Well, you can only do so through Jesus Christ (John 14:6). Saul had a change in his lifestyle only after he had an encounter with Him (Acts 9:1-6). You need to have an encounter with Jesus Christ too, you need to surrender your life to Him, you need to become born-again for your lifestyle to change, and for you to end well, and attain Heaven finally (John 3:3).

Now, after becoming born-again, you need to join a bible teaching/believing and praying church, and fellowship there (Hebrews 10:24-25). You must also involve yourself in soul winning activities and do good because both will pay off in the long run (Proverbs 11:30, Galatians 6:9). In addition, you must focus your attention on Jesus Christ (Hebrews 12:1-2), and have absolute faith in God (Hebrews 11:6). Besides, you must be filled with the Holy Spirit; this is for your own good please (Acts 1:8, John 14:26, John 3:5-6, etc.)

Friend, if you have done all above, then please stand firm (Ephesians 6:13), and be vigilant lest you fall (1 Corinthians 10:12). By the grace of God, you will not fall, you will end well on earth, and like Apostle Paul, you too will find yourself in a position where you can boldly say, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith” (2 Timothy 4:7), in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Jesus is Lord!

Dr. Adedayo Stoney Adegbulu

Medical Practitioner, Author, and Speaker

 

YOU WILL DO WELL AS A PARENT!

I am writing today, to encourage parents who are presently finding it difficult to nurture their children properly. If you are one of them, I have good news for you; you can still do well as a parent (Matthew 19:26). Please don’t give up!

However, you must be ready to observe the following protocols, among others, first:

1.  You Must Always Make Time for Your Children

Deuteronomy 6:6-7 highlights this position as follows: “And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. 7You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house…’’.

The passage above encourages people to make time for their children.  And without doing this, it is practically impossible for them to sit in their house, and teach, talk to, or do anything reasonable for their children.

Friend, even if you provide all things for your children, but, you fail to make time for them, they might conclude that you care more about yourself, your job, your hobby, your friends, etc. than about them, and this can discourage them grossly.

2.  You Must Communicate Calmly with Your Children

This position is supported by James 1:19 like this: “So then, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath;’’

If your children feel you will snap at them, and be judgmental, they won’t convey their feelings to you. Instead, they will convey them to outsiders who might then take advantage of them, control them, misadvise them, and eventually damage them.

3.  You Must Offer Your Children Caring Discipline and Praise

Colossians 3:21 endorses this point in this way: “Fathers, do not provoke your children, lest they become discouraged.’’

Mothers should not provoke their children as well!

Please make sure your children’s overriding interest is topmost on your mind when you discipline them. Besides, set aside time to praise them whenever they do well, so as to encourage them, boost their morale, and strengthen their character.

4.  You Must Love, Value, and Submit to your Spouse

As a husband, you must love and value your wife, while as a wife, you must submit to your husband (Ephesians 5:22-33).  When you do this, know that you are laying a solid foundation for your children.  They, in turn, will emulate you and lay the same foundation for their own children, thereby, ensuring peace and stability in your lineage.

5.  You Must Love God, and Help Your Children to Do the Same

Deuteronomy 6:5 confirms this view along these lines: “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength.

Parents who love God, and help their children to do the same, will give them the best legacy possible, i.e., a close relationship with God!

Friend, please abide by the protocols listed above among others from now on, and before long, you will see yourself doing well as a parent, and raising your children to be successful in life, in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Jesus is Lord!

Dr Adedayo Stoney Adegbulu

Medical Practitioner, Author, and Speaker

GOD WILL DESTROY YOUR YOKE!

The bible says, “It shall come to pass in that day that his burden will be taken away from your shoulder, and his yoke from your neck, and the yoke will be destroyed because of the anointing oil” (Isaiah 10:27).

The passage above is very popular among Christians. It gives us the feeling of probable freedom from grave situations. It gives us rest of mind, and great joy as well. But for us to appreciate it well, I suggest we should look closely around the word ‘yoke’ in it first.

A yoke is a bar of wood crafted to unite two animals, so that they can work together in the fields to draw loads, pull farm tools, fetch water, and carry out other heavy tasks. Yoked animals are usually very strong, big, and diligent. Some of them include oxen, horses, mules, donkeys, and water buffalo.

The quality and quantity of a yoked animal’s output, depends solely on the level of co-operation he receives from his counterpart. Usually, yoked animals work ceaselessly until they become old and wrinkled, weak and useless. In that case, they are promptly replaced with young vibrant animals; no one misses or cares about them thereafter. Thank goodness, some organizations buy them off these days, so that they can enjoy early retirement, and live decently afterwards.

Figuratively speaking, people can also be yoked, if their lives depend solely on the whims and caprices of others. Usually, people who are yoked doesn’t have a say in matters that concerns them, and they are persistently burdened, frustrated, and limited by the consequences of their situations, which might include sin, unhappiness, sickness, barrenness, weakness, dashed hopes, poverty, insecurity, anxiety, and guilt among others, until a higher force delivers them.

Friend, does the scenario above describe you in any way? If you are, then you may be yoked to someone or something presently. Are you burdened, frustrated, and limited by the consequences of your condition, and do you honestly desire to be delivered from them? If you do, then you need to pray to God, who has the overriding power, and can use any thing (plus anointing oil) to deliver you (Isaiah 14:24-25).

He will answer you (Psalm 91:15)! He will destroy the sicknesses that your yoke imposed on you, and give you sound health instead (Jeremiah 33:6). He will remove weakness from you too, and give you strength to carry out great exploits (Daniel 11:32b). And if you are barren, God will give you a home like a joyful mother of children (Psalm 113:9).

Besides, He will abolish poverty all around you, and help you to prosper (3 John 2). Are you neck deep in debt? If you are, God will soon sort you out; you will then become self-sufficient, and lend to others (Deuteronomy 28:12). Are you perpetually in sin? If you are, God will forgive you, but you must be ready to confess your sin first (1 John 1:9). And if your name (reputation) is in tatters at the moment, He will give you a new one (Isaiah 62:2).

Friend, the source(s) and consequences of your yoke are no more important, since God is prepared to destroy them (Isaiah 10:27), through Jesus Christ (John 14:6). This same Jesus is now asking you to come to Him so that you can have rest (Matthew 11:28). Please answer Him quickly, don’t dilly-dally!

Jesus is Lord!

Dr Adedayo Stoney Adegbulu