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.
I had an older friend when I was in the Primary School. He was a very good man, ever smiling, very kind and patient with everyone. He was then working in a company and doing well by all standards. I used to be a regular caller at his residence!
One day, I went to his residence, and I met him crying; he was really disturbed, and I asked him why. Initially, he was reluctant to answer me, a mere small boy, but he had to talk to someone anyway. Eventually, he told me he lost his job earlier in the day, and he wondered how he would cope without it.
He also said other things, which my young brain could not process at that time. But, I knew I had to do something quickly. So, I said what I thought my mum would have said if she was there with us. That is, ‘God will help you, and you will be fine’. He never expected such comment from a small boy like me, judging by his countenance. Instantly, he smiled, wiped away his tears, and said ‘amen, thank you ’Adedayo’.
His situation soon grew worse; he could not pay his children’s school fees or feed them properly anymore. He was also under immense pressure from his company to give up his official accommodation and car. No doubt, he needed help, which was not forthcoming from anywhere.
But despite his worsening situation, my friend trusted God to help him out. He prayed, fasted, and applied for jobs everywhere. In the end, after some months, he landed a job, far more lucrative than the one he lost.
Before long, his children went back to school, and he was able to take care of his family properly again. He also bought a new car, and moved his family into the house he purchased through his new company. No doubt, ‘God helped him, and he was fine’.
Friend, perhaps you lost something dear to you in the year 2017, e.g., your job, spouse, health, helper, opportunities, possessions, resources, favours, etc., and so, you could not attain your set goals, and you are worried about your future, I have good news for you; God will help you, and you will be fine. However, you need to pray. You may need to fast too.
You will be fine, your family will be fine (Isaiah 49:25), your work will be fine (Deuteronomy 28:12), your health will be fine (Jeremiah 30:17), and your plans will be fine (Jeremiah 29:11). Besides, God will give you the desires of your heart (Psalm 37:4).
He shall keep you away from evil reports, implicating situations, and scandals. He shall deliver you from errors, mistakes, and misjudgements as well, and His name shall be glorified in your life at all times, in Jesus name. Amen.
Merry Christmas in advance.
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
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