YOU SHALL BE CELEBRATED AND NOT TOLERATED

Jephthah (Judges Chapter 11), was a mighty man of valor who grew up in a polygamous setting in Gilead. At a time in his life, he was due for his inheritance from his father, but, his step-brothers denied him of it, because his mother was a harlot. He later fled for his life, and lived in a place called Tob, where he met some gangsters, and raided with them.

Before long, his people were attacked by the Amorites, and their existence became threatened. It was at this point the elders of his clan went looking for him, because he was the only person who could save them. Of course, he agreed to help them, but, on the condition that they made him their overall head. He later made a vow to God in exchange for His help.

We can deduce a couple of points from the account above. They include:

1. Your personal or family history may sometimes work against you

Jephthah was not in any way responsible for his mother’s wayward life, but, her sordid history later worked against him. For that reason, he was denied his inheritance, and he had to flee to a strange land where he hobnobbed with some low lives.

Like Jephthah, there are many people out there who are haunted day after day because of their personal or family history. Usually, they are hated in their communities, and wherever their names are mentioned, people stir up hostility against them. They may even be assaulted or killed if care is not taken.

Are you currently going through the type of scenario described above? If you are, then I have good news for you! And that is, Jesus is prepared to give you a new name (Revelation 2:17) that will wipe away your sordid past, and give you a new lease of life. He did so for Paul, Matthew (Matthew 9:9), Zaccheaus (Luke 19:1-10), and a host of others in the past. He will do so for you too. Amen.

2. Attention shall be drawn to you one day, and you shall regain your position and voice

At a time, Jephthah lost his inheritance, position, and voice among his people, and became a refugee/criminal in a foreign land. But at the right time, attention was drawn to him, and he regained all he lost previously.

Have you been cheated and sidelined by some people lately, and have you incurred demonstrable losses as a result? If you have, then cheer up, because God is set to restore your losses back to you (Joel 2:25), and all the people deriding you, and making your life difficult today, shall have no other choice than to pay attention to you in some way. They will also make peace with you, whether they like it or not (Proverbs 16:7).

3. A vow to God may be necessary for Him to help you

Jephthah made a vow to God to offer Him whatever came out of his house to meet him first, in exchange for His help to win the battle against the Amorites. Never mind that it was his daughter who came out to meet him first, and he offered her to God.

Sometimes you may have to make a vow to God for Him to help you. For instance, Hannah (1 Samuel 1:1-19) did, and God ended her long spell of barrenness. Loads of people in the bible and in this age, also vowed to God at one time or the other, and He helped them.

Do you want God to help you in certain area of your life? Have done all you possibly can to help yourself to no avail? If you have, then perhaps you need to make a vow to Him without delay. Please note that your vow does not have to involve human lives. It may be to serve God more, love Him more, worship Him more, pay your tithes and offering as a matter of priority, assist the needy and the poor, join the choir in your local church, win more souls for Christ, etc. But, you must be prepared to pay your vow in full as and when due (Ecclesiastes 5:4), as failure to do this, may be construed as a sin against God (Deuteronomy 23:21).

4. You are a part of God’s plan

Even though Jephthah had very painful experiences in life, he was all the while in God’s plan, which included freeing his people from the grip of the Amorites, their tormentors, and making him the undisputed head of his clan. And at the right time, God transformed him into a brand new person; incredibly powerful, and well suited for winning wars.

You are also in God’s plan, which is aimed at making you successful in life (Jeremiah 29:11). He will re-write your history, and obliterate your ugly/painful past if you allow Him, and at the end of the day, you will be celebrated, and not tolerated, in Jesus name. Amen.

5. Victory is bound to come your way sooner or later

Jephthah led the battle against the Amorites. He knew he couldn’t win it on his own therefore, he trusted God to help him out. In the same vein, you must trust Him to help you win your battles as well. You must accept that your battles are strictly not yours, but, the Lord’s (2 Chronicles 20:15), and that you can do very little about them on your own (John 15:5).

Please be reminded that victory may sometimes not come as quickly as you thought originally. In fact, it may take some frustratingly long time to come, and at a cost to you. That is where patience comes in! You must be prepared to give God sufficient space and time to sort you out, while you keep on trusting Him for victory, and you can be sure you will not be put to shame in the end (Romans 10:11), in Jesus name. Amen.

Jesus is Lord!

Dr Adedayo Stoney Adegbulu.

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

Your Life Changer May Be In the Desert

In Luke 9:10-17, the Apostles had just returned from a preaching tour, and as they were recounting their experiences to Jesus Christ, loads of people kept coming to them, such that they had no time to themselves. And being mindful of their plight, Jesus led them to a desert place for respite. Still, the people kept on coming! In the end, He addressed and fed 5000 of them (excluding women and children) with five loaves and two fishes.

Deserts as we know are huge expanse of barren lands, where most things, especially food and water are considerably scarce. They usually have extremes of weather conditions i.e. very hot during the day and very cold at night. And being hostile by nature, very few species of plants and animals does very well in them. What’s more, security of lives and properties is a major problem in desert places.

Above and many other issues, make survival in desert places a big deal. However, not everything about them is bad, because buried deep in their bowels, are huge deposits of mineral resources e.g. Oil and Gas, Gold, Precious Stones, Uranium, Copper, Nitrate, Lithium, Bromine, Iodine, Calcium, etc. I label these mineral resources ‘Life changers’ because, a lot of them have been used in the past to change deserts’ life into paradise on earth.

What we can liken to ‘Deserts or Desert situations’ are also common in people’s lives. Usually, they are very harsh, and make people’s lives very difficult. A few examples are wars, natural disasters, debt, joblessness, illness, poverty, starvation, oppressive institutions/leaders, and silence from God.

If any of them is affecting you at the moment, then you need a ‘Life changer’ to help you overcome it. But, you have to locate it first! The disciples located the ‘Life changers’ within their reach (five loaves and two fishes) first, before they handed them over to Jesus Christ for increase, and use to eliminate the peoples’ most pressing ‘desert situation’ at that time; i.e. hunger.

Friend, let me congratulate you here, if you have no ‘desert situation’ in your life at the moment. Your type is extremely rare these days! But, if you have any troubling you , then you need to rise up and get rid of it strongly with whatever ‘Life changer(s)’ at your disposal. Thank God that He deposited a lot of them in us right from the beginning, and if we use them wisely, they will turn our heart-breaking experiences into delight.

So what are life changers, you may wish to ask at this point? Well, they are things that we can use to turn our heart-breaking experiences into delight. Usually, they are things that we have, which others do not have; things that we do with relative ease; things that stands us out in the society; our unique characteristics.

Are you a good writer, an eloquent speaker, a charming personality, a crowd puller, an organiser of resources, a brilliant folk, etc.? Are you good looking, healthy, strong, well educated, well connected, rich, humble, kind, eager to work for God, etc.? If any of above describes you, then it could be your ‘Life changer’. The onus is now on you, to prayerfully hand it over to God through Jesus Christ. After that, He will increase it, and use it to get rid of your ‘desert situation(s)’.

Friend, let me conclude this piece by telling you that the greatest ‘Life changer’ available to humanity for the purpose of combating ‘desert situations’ is the name of Jesus Christ (John 16:23-24). But, it can only work for you if you are born again, or better still, if you have accepted Jesus Christ into your life as your personal Lord and Saviour. If you have already, I say congratulations! But if you haven’t, please work towards becoming born again without delay. It is after this has been done with, that you can boldly use the unfailing name of Jesus Christ to achieve mind-blowing results (Mark 16:17-18).

Jesus is Lord!

Dr Adedayo Stoney Adegbulu.

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

The Sun Will Shine Again

My Secondary School, Government College, Ibadan, Nigeria, lost an old boy recently. He was a lovely, jovial, friendly, and cerebral young man.  He will be buried shortly, and sorely missed by all and sundry!

A couple of people known to me, also lost their loved ones in recent times, and today I will like to identify with them in obedience to the instruction of Apostle Paul in Romans 12:15 i.e., “Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep’’.

If you are one of those rejoicing at the moment, I join you to give thanks to God Almighty. May your joy not be cruelly truncated in Jesus name. Amen. But if you are mourning the loss of a loved one, please accept my heartfelt condolences.

Certainly this period cannot be fun for you, and you must be very low in the spirit right now. Have you questioned God, and made up your mind to part ways with Him, for ‘letting you down? If you have, I humbly ask you to hold your peace, and pay attention to me at this moment! Please bear it in mind that although grief is the price we have to pay for love, we must never allow it to extinguish our trust in God.

Friend, please permit me to encourage you with the following bible passages at this point in time.

1. “To everything there is a season…A time to be born, And a time to die…A time to mourn, And a time to dance’’ (Ecclesiastes 3:1-2, 4).

The wise King Solomon said all above at a point in his life, and it will help you a great deal if you accept the reality that, life death and grief are key components of living, which we cannot wish away.

2. “Man’s days are determined; you have decreed the number of his months and have set limits he cannot exceed’’ (Job 14:5).

God determined the life span of your beloved just like every other person’s, and there is nothing anyone could have done to alter it. His or her journey has ended, and the time to rest has come; this should be your joy!

3. “Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of the saints’’ (Psalm 116:15).

If God is celebrating the home coming of your beloved right now, then you shouldn’t mourn endlessly. Remember that at the appropriate time, he or she will rise up again, and be united with you in Christ (1Thessalonians 4:16-17). This should be your joy as well!

Friend, I urge you to wipe away your tears as quickly as possible, brace yourself up, and move on with your life gracefully. Please, I am not in any way suggesting that complying with my advice will be easy, but I am persuaded that it is possible (Matthew 19:26).

And perhaps you haven’t given your life to Jesus Christ i.e., you are not born-again yet, then you need to sort this out unfailing right now so as to finish well in life, and attain heaven when your race on earth has effectively ended (John 3:3). May your Sun shine once more, and may your joy be fully re-ignited before long, in Jesus name. Amen.

Jesus is Lord!

Dr Adedayo Stoney Adegbulu.

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