I used to smoke cigarettes while I was young, and like most boys in my time, I picked up smoking due to peer group influence. In a short time, I became addicted to it! What I thought was fun initially, soon became a major problem I had to struggle with for a long time.
I developed severe chest pain and difficulty with breathing, which troubled me incessantly. Meanwhile, I did not respond well to medications, and each time I tried to stop smoking cigarette, I experienced serious withdrawal symptoms, which no one could take care of for me.
I knew I was in trouble, so, I sought help from God one day. I asked Him to save me, and in return, I promised to serve Him better. Then and there, I stopped smoking cigarette! To my joy, the first day, the first week, the first month, the first year, the first decade, etc. went by, I did not smoke any cigarette, and I did not experience any withdrawal symptom, not even for a second.
Before long, my health improved vastly; I stopped having chest pain, and I began to breathe and sleep well again. Besides, I began to look fresh and healthy, and my signature smiling face/confidence came back like a flood. To cut a long story short, God saved me from the deadly grip of addiction and health scare, and He did so easily and swiftly. I give Him praise!
Friends, what problem are you grappling with right now? Today, I urge you to take it to God in prayer, through Jesus Christ. He can save you easily and swiftly, just like He saved me when I took my problem to Him (Matthew 11:28). Remember, nothing is too difficult for Him (Jeremiah 32:27), and He can do all things beyond our expectation (Ephesians 3:20).
Please, commit your wayward children into His hands; He can save them (Isaiah 49:25). Also, commit your failing health into His hands; He can heal you (Jeremiah 33:6). In addition, commit your finances into His hands; He wants you to prosper (3 John 2). Are you single, and do you want to marry someday? If you do, pray to Him about your status; He can give you a good spouse, sooner or later (Psalm 84:11).
God can help you in other areas of your life too (Isaiah 41:10), and He will stop at nothing to do so (Isaiah 45:2-3). He will guide you continually (Psalm 32:8), and boost your gifts (talents), and they will make way for you (Proverbs 18:16). Moreover, He will set before you an open door that no man can shut (Revelation 3:8a).
What’s more, He will cause things to fall in place for you (Matthew 6:31-33), and make people, even your enemies, to be at peace with you (Proverbs 16:7). He can do all above and more, easily and swiftly (Isaiah 65:24), and your life will never remain the same again, in Jesus name. Amen.
Today, I am going to address people who believe God is uninterested in, or incapable of, meeting their expectations. I want to assure them that reverse is the case. He is both interested in and capable of, meeting their expectations. He is capable of surpassing them as well! Please, permit me here, to reinforce my submission with some biblical accounts.
Hannah (1 Samuel 1), was the first wife of a man called Elkanah. His second wife was Peninnah! While Peninnah had children, Hannah had none, because she was barren, and Peninnah made it a habit to provoke her sore, day after day.
Every year, Hannah went to Shiloh to pray to God on her situation. As she was praying one day, the Priest, Eli, mistook her for a drunk and talked to her disrespectfully. Nonetheless, she did not get angry, instead, she explained her situation to him nicely, and in return, he prophesied that God would grant her petition.
Before long, Hannah became pregnant and in the process of time gave birth to Samuel, who later became a top prophet in Israel. The bible says the Lord visited Hannah again so that she conceived, and bore three sons and two daughters (1 Samuel 2:21). That is, He met and surpassed her expectation!
The lame man (Acts 3), only wanted alms from Peter and John, but, got healing instead. That is, God surpassed his expectation too. He also surpassed the expectation of Zacchaeus (Luke 19:1-10), who left his house for the purpose of seeing who Jesus was, only for Jesus to stay at his house, and take salvation to his household at the end of the day.
God is still in the business of meeting and surpassing people’s expectations to date. For example, He met and surpassed mine at a point in time. What happened was that I got a good job in a town in Nigeria that is notorious for its serious accommodation problem. Before I resumed duty there, I asked God for just a room, which I was even prepared to share with people. But, He gave me a self-contained accommodation, free of charge instead, by using two men I had never met before.
Friends, this God is who I am offering you today, please embrace Him! He has the capacity to meet and surpass all your expectations (Ephesians 3:20). But, you must be prepared to adopt the following protocols, to begin with. You must ask God to meet your expectations for Him to answer you (Matthew 7:7). Then, you must have faith in Him that He would do so (Hebrews 11:6).
After that, you must take practical steps towards realizing your expectations (James 2:14-17). For instance, you must train your children so that they can do well (Proverbs 22:6). You must look for a job so that you can earn a living (Genesis 2:15). You must work out your salvation with fear and trembling (Philippians 2:12) and do everything to the glory of God (1 Corinthians 10:31). Lastly, you must wait on the Lord until He answers you (Lamentations 3:25-26).
Friends, if you observe these protocols, I believe you will see God meeting your expectations and surpassing them very soon, and you will see yourself rising without limit, in Jesus name. Amen.
Recently, I remembered one of my friends who had an issue to settle in a Nigerian government establishment some years ago. He needed an insider to help him out. He soon found one, his uncle, who once lived in their house and benefited from his parent’s kindness.
With confidence, he approached his uncle, narrated his story, and asked him for help. But to his utmost surprise, the man said no, and eased my friend out of his office with much arrogance, impatience, and unkindness. He was so disappointed in his uncle! But he quickly forgot the ensuing disappointment, forgave him (Colossians 3:13), and turned to God for help.
Before long, he ran into one of his classmates working in the same establishment as his uncle. One thing led to another, he narrated his plight to her, and she got a more senior officer than his uncle, to help him. This person also helped others, at the instance of my friend, in later years.
Looking back now, I believe my friend’s uncle didn’t help him, not because he is a wicked man, but because God stopped him so that my friend could turn to Him for far-reaching help. Please remember He is God, and He does what He likes (Psalm 135:6).
Friends, God is aware of your current situation (Psalm 139:1-2), and He won’t allow it to overwhelm you (1 Corinthians 10:13). But, like my friend, you need to forget the disappointment arising from it, forgive those you need to forgive, and turn to God for far-reaching help (Isaiah 43:18-19).
So, you need to forget the disappointment arising from someone not helping you; forgive him or her and turn to God for help, and He will help you (Isaiah 41:10). You also need to forget the disappointment arising from your boss not promoting you without cause; forgive him or her and turn to God for help; He’ll promote you at the right time (Psalm 75:6-7).
Are you disappointed that you lost money from a failed business deal? If you are, please forgive as appropriate, turn to God for help, and He’ll restore your losses back to you (Joel 2:25-26). Moreover, you need to forget the disappointment arising from your child behaving badly, turn to God for help, and He’ll save him or her (Isaiah 49:25).
Please, put away EVERY disappointment in your life today; forgive as appropriate, and turn to God for help through Jesus Christ. Ask for anything in His name, and He’ll do it (John 14:13-14).
Finally, if you are disappointed that you bungled every attempt to help you become born again, i.e., you are not yet saved, please forgive yourself, and confess the Lordship of Jesus Christ with your mouth; believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, and you’ll be saved (Romans 10:9), in Jesus’ name. Amen.
Jesus is Lord!
Medical Practitioner, Author, and Speaker
Like many foreigners, I had some difficulties when I newly arrived in the UK. Among them was the harsh wintry weather condition I had to contend with. I also had difficulties with the foods available; they were completely alien to me.
Besides, I found it difficult to communicate with many people; I didn’t understand them, and they didn’t understand me too. This difficulty also prevented me from responding correctly to directions given on my Satnav (Satellite Navigation System) when I started to drive. As a result, I missed my way and got lost several times.
One day, I got lost for over an hour, and I found myself in different towns and villages, on farms, highways, hardly used roads, private properties, dead ends, etc., that I never bargained for. But my Satnav amended my way each time, and returned me to the right path, till I arrived at my destination.
Later that day, I reflected on my earlier ordeal, and I was thrilled by the fact that my Satnav did not complain, or tell me off, because of my several mistakes, at any time. It didn’t abandon me to my fate as well! Instead, it amended my way faithfully and directed me back to the right path, the whole time.
To a large extent, God operates like the Satnav! He doesn’t complain, tell us off, or abandon us to our fate, because of our mistakes. Instead, he corrects us with love (Proverbs 3:12 (NLT)), amends our ways (Isaiah 45:2), and directs us towards the destination He planned for us beforehand (Psalm 32:8).
Therefore, friends, if you think you have failed as a parent, because of your past mistakes, please don’t worry; God will amend your way, support you, and save your children (Isaiah 49:25). And if your health has degenerated, as a result, know that He won’t tell you off; alternatively, He will amend your way, and heal you (Jeremiah 30:17).
Maybe your business or ministry has collapsed, just relax; God will amend your way, and make it prosper again, for that is His wish for you (3 John 2). Perhaps the love of your life has abandoned you, don’t worry; He will amend your way and give you a good person that will love, and marry you (Psalm 84:11).
Friends, no matter how serious your past mistakes are, and what your present situation is, please pray to God about it today; He will listen to you (Jeremiah 29:12), amend your way, and give you a new direction that will lead you to a pleasant destination, and thrust you forward, upward, faster, and better.
Finally, if you are not born again, i.e., Jesus Christ is not yet your Lord and Saviour, or in a few words, you are not yet saved, please pray to God to sort you out immediately, so that you can see Heaven, His Kingdom, at the end of the day (John 3:3). Guess what? He will answer you, amend your way, and save you by the name of Jesus Christ (Acts 4:12). Amen.
Jesus is Lord!
Medical Practitioner, Author, and Speaker
Many students in the Nigerian Universities of our time were hard up! They could not easily feed well, wear good clothes, buy prescribed text books/stationery, etc., and they slept anywhere they found each night. Sadly, the Nigerian government did not come to their aid!
I was to some extent, one of the students described above, not necessarily because our parents were poor, but because they had numerous people to cater for with their limited and over-stretched wages. As a result, they never had enough to satisfy our needs. Still, we were very happy to share our home, and the little we had, with those we met.
As part of my coping strategy, therefore, I teamed up with one of my friends, and we became impromptu designers of clothes and shoes, for our exclusive use, and to boost our appearance and social status, at least a bit. Most times, we used flashy but cheap materials to make our products, and we dared not wear some of them in the rain because they would shrink, and get damaged instantly.
With time, we became fairly visible in and out of our campus, and we made friends with many helpful people along the way. We attended a lot of social functions and studied very hard as well. And on many occasions, people commended us for looking trendy, smart, and clean. Some boys even begged us for stuff; they probably thought we were well-off!
While several people applauded us for who we had become, some detested us for the same reason. And at one point, one boy accused me of “showing off my family wealth”; I wonder where that came from. Another threatened to harm me because, to him, I was “too classy, too cheerful, and too loved by people” for his liking. Meanwhile, he is from a rich family, far more comfortable than I was.
One day, I sat down in my room and appraised the level of hatred, hostility, envy, and threats, hurled at us. In the end, I encouraged myself with the fact that it is the Lord who made us stand out from the crowd, to begin with, so, it would be impossible for anyone to harm us successfully (Romans 8:31, Isaiah 54:17a). I can boldly confirm here that those who detested us then, are our good friends today. Hallelujah!
Friend, God made us stand out from the crowd after he enabled us to tackle our lack in some way. He will do the same for you also if you approach Him; your present situation notwithstanding. He will surprise you, and make a way for you where there seems to be none (Isaiah 43:19).
He will supply all your needs (Philippians 4:19), bless the work of your hands (Deuteronomy 28:12), and restore back to you, all you lost in the past (Joel 2:25-26). Besides, He will heal you (Jeremiah 33:6), defend you (Psalm 91:11), and make your enemies become your friends (Proverbs 16:7).
And after He had finished fixing you, you will become refined like silver and gold (Zechariah 13:9). People shall call you blessed (Malachi 3:12), and His name shall be glorified in your life, in Jesus’ name. Amen.
Jesus is Lord!
Medical Practitioner, Author, and Speaker