FROM GLOOM TO BOOM!

In 2 Kings 4:1-7, a man from the company of the prophets died, and left behind a wife, two boys, and a huge debt. Before long, his creditors came after his sons, because of his debt, which remained unsettled. For that reason, his wife sought help from God, through Prophet Elisha. She narrated her ordeal to him, and on his advice, she borrowed a lot of vessels from her neighbors, and poured the little oil she had in them. It later increased in quantity miraculously!

After she had concluded this chore, and after there were no more vessels left to be filled, the flow of oil stopped. It was at that point she updated the man of God with her experience, and He advised her to sell the oil in the vessels, pay off her debt, and live on the remaining money with her sons. That was how God delivered that family, from the condition of GLOOM to BOOM!

We can deduce many points from the account above. But, because of the constraints of time and space, we shall consider only the following here.

1. It is profitable to fear God

The deceased Prophet feared God, and his wife held on tenaciously to this salient point while seeking help from God, through Prophet Elisha. Several people in the bible also feared God at various times, and in return, He delivered them from threats to their lives. Examples of such people are, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, David, Job, Jephthah, Joseph, Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-Nego.

Because the deceased feared God, He pitied his family, and delivered his sons from being enslaved by his creditors. Thus confirming what is written in Psalm 103:13, that is: “As a father pities his children, so the Lord pities those who fear him’’. Therefore, if you want God to pity you too from now on, then you need to fear Him!

And if you fear God, He will direct your ways, assist you to dwell in prosperity, and make your descendants mighty on earth (Psalm 112:2). Besides, He will show compassion on your children (Psalm 103:11-18), and take pleasure in your affairs (Psalm 147:11). Furthermore, you will experience His goodness and protection (Psalm 31:19-20), and He will make you knowledgeable (Proverbs 1:7, 9:10).

2. We should always seek help from the right person

The woman did not engage in self-help, neither did she ask just anybody to help her. Instead, she sort help from God, through Prophet Elisha. She knew it was only Him who could save her, and He did.  Thus confirming Psalm 10:13, which says, “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved’’. Most people, traditions, systems, organizations, governments, etc. will fail us when we need them most, but God will never fail us (Deuteronomy 31:6)! Please, seek help from Him today, and He will save you as well, in Jesus name. Amen.

3. We should never underestimate what we have

When the woman was asked what she had in her house, she said “nothing but a jar of oil’’. She underestimated what she had! Meanwhile, what she had was enough for God to deliver her family from debt, and her sons from slavery. This is a huge lesson for us! We should never underestimate what we have, especially as they come from above (1 Corinthians 4:7).

Moreover, God is still in the business of using those things we sometimes regard as foolish, weak, infinitesimal, unsophisticated, unexciting, etc. to demonstrate His clout. Apostle Paul corroborated this view in 1 Corinthians 1:27 in this way: “But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty’’.

Please do not underestimate what you have; your talents, potentials, characteristics, educational and professional accomplishments, resources, health, ability, contacts, business, ministry etc. Value them, be humble by them too, and God will lift you up in the process of time (Psalm 147:6), in Jesus name. Amen.

4. We should obey God all the time

Prophet Elisha directed the woman to borrow as many jars as she could find, close the door after her children and herself, fill the jars with oil, and then sell them. She obeyed these instructions from top to bottom, because she knew they were from God. As a consequence, she became appreciably well-off, she paid off her family debt, and her children were delivered from servitude. The sequence of events, which took place in their lives, confirms what is written in Isaiah 1:19, i.e.: “If you are willing and obedient, you shall eat the good of the land’’. The woman was willing and obedient, and she ate the good of her land. If you are willing and obedient, you too will eat the good of your land, and you will prosper in it, in Jesus name. Amen.

Friend, if you give consideration to all the points above, especially if you are experiencing any difficulty at the moment, then God will bail you out sooner or later. Remember it is only Him who can turn ugly situations around for the better (Luke 1:37)! He can heal the sick, give succor to the broken hearted, set the captive free, give children to the barren women, mend ruined businesses, elevate wobbly ministries, etc.

It is also only Him who can give identity to the nonentities, hope to the hopeless, voice to the voiceless, and power to the powerless. He is adept at turning conditions of Gloom to Boom, and He is willing to turn yours around too, if you allow Him, and you will never be disappointed in Jesus name. Amen.

Jesus is Lord!

Dr Adedayo Stoney Adegbulu.

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

THE LORD WILL FIGHT YOUR BATTLE!

I am dedicating this write up to those who are fighting what seems like unending and painful battles in their lives at the moment. I identify myself with them, and I want them to know that some people are praying for them.

Psalm 24: 8 says: “Who is the King of glory? The Lord strong and mighty, The Lord mighty in battle’’.

The passage above, gives us an insight into another dimension of God. Not only is He compassionate (Psalm 103:8), He is also mighty in battle, and He goes to battle not for fun, but, for our own sake (Isaiah 49:25).

Before we proceed any further, I will like us to look at the word battle more closely, so that we can better understand the import of this write-up. Battle has been defined in different ways, at different times, by different people. But, the definition I find most appropriate for our purpose, is the one that sees it as a “lengthy and difficult conflict or struggle’’.

Figuratively speaking, any condition, which has made a person’s life very difficult for a long time, and is showing no sign of abating, is a battle. Examples include long-standing financial problem, marital/family disruption, professional inertia, chronic unemployment, incapacitating illness, harmful habit, intense oppression, perpetual failure, and barrenness of all kinds. All of them by nature, are potentially disruptive and destructive, and divine help is needed to overcome them. Are you fighting any of these battles at the moment? If you are, then I have good news for you! Your days of suffering are limited, for God is set to deliver you. Hallelujah!

But, let me quickly warn you here that you may not witness any meaningful breakthrough, except you follow the right protocol. And what does it entail? To start with, you have to recognize your limitation; you cannot achieve much on your own (John 15:5). Next, you have to accept that the battle you are facing is not yours; it is the Lord’s (1 Samuel 17:47). After that, you have to invite God who is mighty in battle, to fight it on your behalf. And guess what? He will (John 6:37)! He will win it hands down with His usual clinical efficiency, and He will leave no tell tale sign behind (Hebrew 12:29).

Yes, you may have prayed and fasted for a long time concerning your battle, but as things are, respite seems to be a mirage. Please remember that your so called ‘long time’ is not necessarily long before God (2 Peter 3:8), but today, I believe He will do something new in your life (Isaiah 43:19). Jesus is also willing to give you rest if you go to Him (Matthew 11:28).

friend, your victory has been set for an appointed time, and it will surely come without fail. All you have to do from now on is to be patient (Habakkuk 2:3). Please do not give up!

I am trusting God to place you in a position where you can join other people to boldly declare like the Israelites, that, “When the lord brought back the captivity of Zion, we were like those who dream. Then our mouth was filled with laughter, and our tongue with singing. Then they said among the nations, the Lord has done great things for them, the Lord has done great things for us and we are glad’’ (Psalm 126:2&3).

May the good Lord keep you to the end, so that you can experience unbelievable positive changes to your circumstance(s), in Jesus name. Amen.

Jesus is Lord!

Dr Adedayo Stoney Adegbulu.

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

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