MAKE THE MOVE, RIGHT NOW!

Today, I recall with permission, the story of Tommy (not his real name because he wants to remain anonymous) who was prompted in the Spirit to make a specific move at a crucial point in his life. He did, and got extraordinary results afterwards.

Tommy moved abroad at the invitation of his friend to further his career. And, before he left his country, his friend promised to support him in all possible ways, and he believed. Thus, he resigned from his job, sold his belongings to raise some money, and jetted out.

Initially, Tommy’s friend was very nice to him, but, he changed quickly, and made life unbearable for him. At some point, he (Tommy) wanted to return home, but, to what? He asked himself repeatedly. In the end, he kept his cool, studied very hard, and passed his examinations, only to find out that he couldn’t find a job in that country, and he became really frustrated.

One day, as he was pondering over his ordeals, especially as his host was about to kick him out, he was prompted in the Spirit to move out and fend for himself. That looked like an unwise thing to do, since he had no place to move to, or any person to turn to anyway.  But, he was assured in the Spirit that God would support him to the hilt if he obeyed, and he did.

By faith, Tommy approached an estate agent for a flat, even though he had no money to pay the rent yet. Then, on the day he was asked to pay a deposit and collect the keys into his would be flat, the Lord showed Himself mighty in his life. First, he got a sudden call that he had landed a job, which he had lost all hopes of ever getting. Then, his brother paid a decent amount of money into his bank account just around that time.

So, he went to the estate agent with confidence, paid the required deposit, went to his friend’s house, thanked him, collected his belongings, and moved out into his own flat; in other words, he moved into total freedom and a new beginning. Today, Tommy is doing well with his family. Truly, God supported him to the hilt!

Several people in the bible were divinely prompted to move out of their comfort zones when it seemed unwise to do so. For instance, Abraham, was told to move to an alien country at an old age (Genesis 12:1). Noah was told to build an ark (Genesis 6:14). Nehemiah asked to rebuild the wall of Jerusalem (Nehemiah 2:4). Paul went for lost souls all over at huge risk to his life (Acts 21:10-14). Etc. In all these instances, God showed Himself mighty in the lives of those involved, because they obeyed Him. He’ll show himself mighty in yours too, if you obey Him.

Friend, what is God asking you to do today? Is He asking you to change your location so that your situation can change? Is He asking you to change your job or career? Is He asking you to start a business? Is He asking you to enroll for an examination? Is He asking you to write a book? Is He asking you to produce a film? Is He asking you to get married and start your own family? Is He asking you to serve Him in any specific capacity? Etc. If He is, then you need to obey Him right away.  So, what are you waiting for? Please make the move, right now!

Last but not least, let me inform you that God will not leave or forsake you as you obey Him (Deuteronomy 31:6); He will help you all the way through (Isaiah 41:10), and then bless you on top (Deuteronomy 28:1-14), in Jesus name. Amen.

Jesus is Lord!

Dr Adedayo Stoney Adegbulu

Switch On The Light; Pray!

John the Baptist (Matthew 14:1-12) was imprisoned by King Herod, because he admonished the King for appropriating Herodias, his Brother Phillip’s wife. The King soon got him beheaded to reward Herodias daughter, who had earlier danced brilliantly before him during his birthday celebration.

Before long, the disciples of John the Baptist briefed Jesus Christ about the death of their boss, and He departed from there by boat to a deserted place. But the people quickly learnt that He had moved, and they followed Him on foot from the cities. And when He saw the great multitude, “He was moved with compassion for them” (Matthew 14: 14).

What does “move with compassion for people’’ mean, you may wish to ask? Well it simply means to have a feeling of deep sympathy, empathy, concern, consideration, kindness, etc. for them. In the course of His earthly ministry, Jesus was moved with compassion for people due to their terrible conditions, and He attended to their needs appropriately. He taught them, healed them, fed them, comforted them, defended them, and gave them Salvation!

A great deal of people these days like in the past, are also overwhelmed by intense challenges, which makes them struggle every day, all year round, every year. And most times, they end up being very distressed, dejected, and desperate. They may even lose their lives prematurely, and if care is not taken, their children may end up like them.

Occasionally, some public spirited people may show up to assist those in need but, there is a limit to what they can do at any point in time. Now, if we are to tell the truth, no one should live their lives in unnecessary pain, since Jesus, the all-powerful one, whose compassion is legendary, is waiting, willing, and able to shoulder our yokes, if we cast them upon Him (1 Peter 5:7).

Friend, it is an established fact that all problems originate from the spiritual realm, i.e. in the dark places (Ephesians 6:12). Since that is the case, then we must go all-out to confront them spiritually too. And we can do this, by praying to God through Jesus Christ! Please note that prayer is a spiritual light, and we must use it to illuminate the dark places, and reach out to God. Cornelius for example, used it and it worked for him (Acts 10:30-31). It is working for countless of people in this day and age as well. Kindly imitate them; switch on the light; pray!

Please, don’t be too busy to pray, and don’t wait till you are desperate before you do so. Like Jesus Christ, create time to pray (Mark 1:35), and then pray without ceasing (1 Thessalonians 5:17)!

Pray on issues that affects your family, friends, neighbours, neighbourhood, country, and the world. Also, pray in support of your job, business, profession, and education. In addition, pray for good health, peace of mind, abundance, and God’s favour, glory, and honour upon your life, and the lives of all your loved ones. Last but not least, pray against oppression, impunity, and violence. The good news is that your prayer will surely be answered (Matthew 7-7) sooner or later, in Jesus name. Amen.

Jesus is Lord!

Dr Adedayo Stoney Adegbulu.

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

FALL DOWN, WALLS OF JERICHO, FALL DOWN!

Abraham obeyed God whole-heartedly in his time, and He (God) promised to give him and his descendants, the Israelites, Canaan; the land full of milk and honey as a possession (Genesis 17:8).  But His promise did not materialize until about 500 years later, because the Israelites disobeyed Him.

Eventually, they crossed River Jordan, and reached Jericho, a great and affluent city on the eastern side of Canaan.  There they got stuck, because of the impediment caused by its huge, scary, and impregnable walls.  Available archaeological reports showed that its outer wall was 6 feet thick and 20 feet high, and its inner wall was 12 feet thick and 30 feet high.  In between the walls was a well-guarded walkway, about 15 feet wide.  You can now see that we are not talking about mundane walls here.  But God came to their rescue one day, and gave Joshua a fool-proof battle plan, which helped them to overcome the dreadful walls. The plan involved Joshua having the Israelites march around Jericho silently for six days, and loudly on the seventh day. Even though the plan appeared ridiculous, Joshua followed it to the end, till the walls collapsed and they entered/possessed the Promised Land with ease (Joshua 6:1-20).

Like the original walls of Jericho, there are figurative ”walls of Jericho” afflicting people these days as well. Sadly, there are very many of them all over, and they can equally be huge, scary, and impregnable. They also make life extremely difficult for those they afflict, and they can kill if care is not taken! But thank goodness that they can fall down with ease, with the help of God (Luke 1:37). Hallelujah!

Now, let us consider a few of them, and cite bible passages contradicting them, so as to prove that they are really not supposed to be a part of us. 

  1. Sicknesses: ”Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers” (3 John 1:2).
  2. Childlessness: ”Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, The fruit of the womb is a reward” (Psalm 127:3).
  3. Poverty: ”Surely blessing I will bless you, and multiplying I will multiply you” (Hebrews 6:14).
  4. Hunger: 25 ”…do not worry about … what you will eat or drink… 26 Look at the birds of the air… your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?” (Matthew 6:25-26).
  5. Failed Business, Ministry, etc.: ”The Lord will… bless all the work of your hand…” (Deuteronomy 28:12).
  6. Wayward Children: ”…I and the children whom the Lord has given me! We are for signs and wonders…” (Isaiah 8:18).
  7. Lack of a life partner: ”…a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh” (Ephesians 5:31).
  8. Sin:  ”…your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit…” (1 Corinthians 6:19).

Having realized that ”Walls of Jericho” are mere aberrations in human lives, I believe you will be interested in knowing how you can overcome yours. Well, to start with, you must admit that you cannot do it on your own (John 15:5).  Next, you must not allow them to intimidate you, and you must trust God to fight them for you (2 Chronicles 20:15) through Jesus Christ (John 14:6). Finally, you must prayerfully cast them upon Jesus Christ without delay, since He cares for you (1 Peter 5:7).  Before long, He will come to your rescue, and you will see them falling down with ease, and your joy will be full in Jesus name (Matthew 11:28).  Amen.

Jesus is Lord!                                           

(c) Dr Adedayo Stoney Adegbulu, 2013

BACK OFF!

In Galatians 6:17, Apostle Paul said “… let no one trouble me, for I bear in my body the marks of the Lord Jesus”.

Above is one of my favourite bible passages, ostensibly written by the Apostle to keep undesirable elements, who wouldn’t allow him to rest, at bay.  Indirectly, he told them to back off!

The statement as it were, is still relevant to us to date, as there are many people out there, who are determined to make our lives difficult for no good reason.  They include those who frown at, and punish our identification with Jesus Christ; those who churn out dreadful policies to repress our faith, and those who encourage the side-lining, harassment, jailing, beating, stoning, and even killing of Christians.  No doubt, we need to act very decisively and wisely to safeguard our lives and faith.  And the starting point is to tell them to back off in words and deeds!

But, be warned that they are not likely to listen to us without a good fight.  In a situation like this, we must feel free to ask God to deal with them for us, and He will.  Remember how He mercilessly dealt with the Egyptians, when Pharaoh refused to release the Israelites from bondage.

So, in what ways can God deal with our tormentors, you may wish to ask at this point? Well, there are many, but we shall consider only the following for now.

1.  He can withdraw their peace. Prophet Isaiah confirmed this stance in Isaiah 48:22 as follows: “There is no peace,” says the LORD, “for the wicked”.  And I believe if God should withdraw our tormentors’ peace today, they’ll be forced to leave us alone. They have no choice!

2.  He can curse them.  King Solomon substantiated this viewpoint in Proverbs 3:33 this way: “…The curse of the LORD is on the house of the wicked…” (Proverbs 3:33).  And whoever God curses is doomed!  Please recall that He cursed the Serpent for deceiving Eve (Genesis 3:14-15), and that event signalled the beginning of its travails to date.  So, except our tormentors leave us alone, God is open to cursing them, and they’ll suffer intensely afterwards.

3.  He can fight and destroy them.  God is willing to fight those who harass us.  He confirmed this in Isaiah 49:25 thus: “…I will contend with him that contends with you…” (Isaiah 49:25).  He is also willing to destroy them, and He verified this position in Psalm 11:6 like this:  “Upon the wicked He will rain coals; Fire and brimstone and a burning wind Shall be the portion of their cup”.  Personally, I cannot see how anyone, including our tormentors, can survive this type of onslaught. Praise God!

4.  He can wipe out their history.  Not only is God keen on fighting and destroying our tormentors, He is also keen on wiping out their history altogether.   The Psalmist was so sure that this can happen, that he asked God to “Let them (i.e. his tormentors) be like chaff before the wind…” (Psalm 35:5a).  And chaff before the wind as we know, is a goner!  It will never be seen or remembered again forever!

As you can see, God is not short of effective ways of dealing with trouble makers, including our tormentors.  In view of that, we should stop absorbing the needless ill-treatments they hurl at us from now on.   We are of God, therefore it is inconceivable that we can lose our battles against them (1 John 4:4).

So friends, let us arise with confidence today, and order our tormentors to back off.  If they are sensible (usually they are not), they’ll leave us alone.  But, if they don’t, then we should free to ask God to deal with them for us, and He will (Isaiah 41:10), and they’ll have themselves to blame for the colossal calamity that will befall them (Isaiah 41:11-12).  A word is sure enough for the wise!

Jesus is Lord!

Dr Adedayo Stoney Adegbulu.

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

Try Jesus!

Matthew 9:20-22 narrates the story of a woman who had a flow of blood of twelve years duration. It is on record that she spent all she had on physicians, yet, her condition did not improve.

Please permit me to quickly add here that in her part of the world, hemorrhaging women are considered impure, and so, are avoided. No one is expected to support them in any way too. Theirs was indeed a very pathetic existence! However, reprieve came the way of this woman the moment she touched the hem of the garment of Jesus Christ.

Many lessons can be deduced from the story above, but for the purpose of this write up, we shall only consider the following.

1. Long standing problems are not restricted to a particular person, group of people, or age and time alone

There are loads of instances in the bible, and in these days, when people had to endure long standing problems. This woman’s case is a classic example. Naaman’s is another! He was a reputable general in the Syrian army, but he had Leprosy, a long standing, degrading, and disfiguring skin problem (2 Kings 5:1-14). What about the man who had an infirmity for thirty eight years (John 5:1-9)? These examples and others, confirm that long standing problems are not restricted to a particular person, group of people, age, or time alone. King Solomon confirmed this position in Ecclesiastes 1:9 as follows: “That which has been is what will be. That which is done is what will be done. And there is nothing new under the sun’’.

2. It pays to seek help from the source of ultimate power

The woman went everywhere and consulted a large number of doctors, all to no avail. Going to Medical Doctors for professional help on its own is a very laudable idea, because God gave them their great skill, and every right thinking person should consult them (Ecclesiasticus 38:1-15). Nevertheless, we Medical Doctors sometimes find it rather hard to restore some patients back to full health. In such situation, affected patients should not lose hope; they should simply switch over to the source of ultimate power; Jesus Christ, for deliverance. He confirmed being the custodian of ultimate power in Matthew 28:18 as follows: “…All authority (power) has been given to me in heaven and on earth’’.

3. Victory is certain if we seek help from the source of ultimate power

Thank goodness the woman sought help from Jesus Christ; the source of ultimate power. She touched the hem of his garment, and straightaway, her long standing hemorrhage, body weakness, helplessness, hopelessness, loneliness, rejection, isolation, shame, and sorrow came to an end. She became a brand new person; clean, pure, whole, and unstoppable, to the glory of God.

Friend, it is evident from all indications that seeking help from the source of ultimate power is synonymous with astonishing success, and you too can get all things done through Him. No wonder why the legendary Apostle Paul said: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me (Philippians 4:13) ’’.

Perhaps you or somebody close to you is struggling with a long standing problem at the moment, and help seems to be nonexistent; don’t worry; the right time has come for you to seek help from the source of ultimate power; Jesus Christ, the son of God! Please convey your concerns to him in prayers today. You may even have to fast at some point, if need be (Matthew 17:21).

Supposing you have prayed and fasted on several occasions in the past, but it seems you are getting nowhere, please don’t give up! Just try again and again, because very soon, you will come out triumphant over your problem, and your joy will be full in Jesus name (John 16:23-24). Amen.

Jesus is Lord!

Dr Adedayo Stoney Adegbulu.

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

Shake It Off (Part 1)

In Acts chapter 27, Paul who had been taken a prisoner was being shipped to Rome to be tried by Caesar.  Meanwhile, because he was under the control of the Holy Spirit, he knew that the journey was fraught with danger and he warned against it accordingly but he was ignored.  A great storm soon started which eventually wrecked their ship off the Island of Malta (remember that they were going to Rome) but thank God no life was lost.  When they arrived on land, the people there were very kind to them and they met their needs (Acts 28).  But as Paul, like others, was warming himself from the fire made for them, a poisonous snake fastened itself on his hand.  He did not panic neither did he create any ugly scene instead, he just went ahead to shake it (i.e. the snake) off into the fire and he was unharmed.  For this reason, he was called a ‘god’.

From the account above, we can make the following deductions. 

1.  We shall be persecuted at some point in our lives on account of our faith.  Paul was persecuted on account of his faith in Christ Jesus and there are many people out there too who are being similarly persecuted on daily basis.  If you are one of them, I have good news for you-be of good cheer because Jesus Christ is in control (John 16:33).  Meanwhile, consider yourself very lucky for facing this trial now because at the end of it you will emerge more matured and lacking nothing (James 1:2-4).

2.  Our respective journey in life may not be as smooth as we originally planned it.  Paul was going to Rome but his journey was truncated in Malta.  Similar scenario is common in many people’s lives.  Perhaps you set a target for yourself in the past and from the look of things only a miracle can make you attain it.  Let me advice you here not to worry and please do not give up because you are not going to miss that enviable altitude that God earmarked for you ab initio and your expectation in life will not be cut off (Proverbs 23:18) in Jesus name.  Amen.

3.  We need to be vigilant at all times.  Sometimes we may think that the worst is over and then become complacent.  Please avoid doing this because this is the time that the Devil is most likely to strike you afresh and hardest.  Paul had just survived two major disasters (i.e. a violent storm and a ship wreck) and as he was putting more wood in the fire trying to keep warm and relaxed, another disaster struck.  This time around, a poisonous snake fastened itself on his hand and the Islanders concluded that he was a murderer.  In some cultures he would have been lynched straight away but thank God he wasn’t.  It is very important for us therefore not to relax fully after surviving any disaster or problem because Satan does not rest and he is always ready to strike harder than previously (1 Peter 5:8).

4.  We must shake off whatever is hindering us.  The snake wrapped itself around Paul’s hand.  This symbolised another problem or a major hindrance.  He did not panic, neither did he cry nor ask for help instead, he shook it off into the fire and he was not hurt (Acts 28:5).  What is it that has clung to you like a leech for so long and is not prepared to leave you alone?  Is it a health problem, a troubled mind, a chronic family concern, debt, mortgage problem or any other form of financial embarrassment, academic or professional inertia, poverty of idea, confusion, bareness of any kind etc? If any of them is applicable to you I implore you not to worry, do not panic, do not cry and do not condemn yourself -just SHAKE IT OFF by taking it to God in prayer and be rest assured that he is waiting for you and he is willing to set you free (Matthew 11:28). 

Finally, let me use this opportunity to wish you God’s mercies throughout this month and beyond and please do not hesitate to SHAKE OFF all your encumbrances starting from now and may you have absolute victory over them in Jesus name.  Amen.

Jesus is Lord!