Of Life, Death and Grief

My set in the University lost a rare gem recently.  She was a brilliant and an accomplished Medical Doctor, a dutiful mother and wife, a lover of humanity, and a dependable friend.  She was beautiful in and out, and I am glad to ascertain that she gave her life to Christ ever before she breathed her last on earth.  To God be the glory!  Two families that are close to us also lost their fathers not long ago.  Then, a couple of people asked us for prayers and encouragement owing to the death of people that were close to them.  No doubt, these deaths are huge and very painful!   May the souls of the departed find peace and rest in the Lord, and may He grant the bereaved the fortitude to bear their losses in Jesus name.  Amen.

At a time like this, it is instructive for us, to be there for one another.  Therefore, I am happy to dedicate this piece to those who are mourning at this time and in addition, I wish to strengthen them with the following points pertaining to life, death and grief.  They are:

1.  Life, death and grief are key components of life

The wise King Solomon made allusion to this point in Ecclesiastes 3:1-2, 4 when he said:  ”To everything there is a season… 2. A time to be born, And a time to die…4.  … A time to mourn, And a time to dance”.  Let us therefore get used to the idea that life, death and grief, are key components of living, which we can never wish away.

2.  God values the presence of the deceased more than we do

It is often said that God withdraws those that he fancies most to Himself, and the Psalmist confirmed this position in Psalm 116:15 as follows:  ”Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of the saints”.  If you are currently grieving, I encourage you, based on the word of God above and others in the bible, to loosen up and rejoice greatly, since the presence of your beloved is thrilling God at this point in time.  And you can be sure that He will take an excellent care of him or her in Jesus name.  Amen.

3.  Death is beneficial in the long run

The legendary Apostle Paul confirmed this view in Philippians 1:21 this way: ”…For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain”.   Meanwhile, the foremost benefit of death is in being able to attain heaven which is a fantastic place to be hereafter (Revelation 7:15-17).  However, reaching it is strongly linked to being born again (John 3:3).  Was your loved one born again while alive? If your answer is yes then, you have every reason to be joyous as he or she is certainly enjoying the comfort of heaven right now.  And this is an extraordinary achievement, which you should be proud of!

At this point, let me add that it is okay for us to grief, since grief is the price we have to pay for the love we have for departed souls.  But we shouldn’t do it as if we are hopeless (1Thessalonians 4:13).  We are definitely not!  In fact, our hope is that we shall be re-united with the departed someday (1Thessalonians 4:16-17) in Jesus name.  Amen.  Therefore, please do away with your grief as quickly as possible, and start celebrating the life and time of the departed.  But while doing so, please remember to give thanks to God since this step makes Him very happy (1 Thessalonians 5:18).

Finally, let us use this opportunity to reassess our current individual position in Jesus Christ.   Are you okay with Him? Are you born again? If you are, brilliant!  That means you will make heaven one day, if you don’t deviate.  But if you are not then, this is a great opportunity for you to do the right thing.  That is, ask Jesus Christ to come into your life and take over as your personal Lord and Saviour and He will (John 6:37).  And if you are not very sure of the current state of your salvation then, please consider rededicating your life to Him without delay. May the good Lord comfort and uphold you continually and may He rain his manifold blessings upon you all the days of your life in Jesus name.  Amen.

Jesus is Lord!

(c) Adedayo Stoney Adegbulu, 2009

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

WHEN JESUS VISITS!

In Revelation 3:20, Jesus Christ said: “Behold I stand at the door and knock, if anyone hears my voice and open the door, I will come in to him…’’

Above is a very soothing statement, which demonstrates the readiness of Jesus Christ to visit us, and this has nothing to do with our status, level of education, finance, spirituality, connection, racial background, etc. He is fond of visiting His people regularly; perhaps every day, and when He does, He dishes out great benefits. This position is confirmed in Psalm 68:19 as follows: “Blessed be the Lord who daily loads us with benefits’’.

So, what are the benefits that we are talking about here, you may wish to ask? Well, there many of them, but we shall consider only the following here.

1. Healing

This is a major benefit that accompany visits from Jesus Christ, and it is very close to His heart. This is confirmed in Act 10:38 like this: “…Jesus of Nazareth … went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil…’’.

In Matthew 8:14, Jesus visited Peter, and met his mother in-law lying sick with a fever. Without wasting time, he touched her, and she became well instantaneously. From this story, we can safely conclude that a visit from Jesus Christ is capable of generating healing.

Friend, are you sick in any part of your body, or in any area of your life at present? If you do, then rejoice, because healing is around the corner. Pray to Jesus Christ to visit you with His healing power today, and you can be sure that He will.

2. Deliverance from shame

In John 2:1-11, Jesus Christ and his disciples attended a wedding ceremony! Soon, the organizers ran out of wine, and shame was looming. This was however stopped by the intervention of Jesus Christ, who turned ordinary water into wine of great quality and sufficient quantity. Supposing He did not visit; i.e. attend the wedding ceremony, the couple would have suffered unspeakable shame for the rest of their lives.

Are you currently harboring any shameful situation in your life? Does it appear as if you are incapable of changing it by yourself? If it does, then, invite Jesus Christ to visit you today. Commit the situation into His hands as well, and He will sort you out before long.

3. Change of reputation

Matthew was a tax collector, and a great sinner. No doubt, his reputation was in tatters, and no sensible person would interact with him freely. But one day, Jesus Christ visited the tax office, saw him there, and asked him to follow Him (Matthew 9:9). And from that day, he became one of His disciples, and his reputation changed from being a hated tax collector/crook, to a celebrated disciple of Jesus Christ; a priceless calling!

Do you have the notorious reputation of being a murderer, a cheater, a liar, a drug addict, an alcoholic, a prostitute, an adulterer, a debtor, etc.? Do you want it changed? If you do then, initiate a visit from Jesus Christ straight away, and your story will change sooner or later.

4. Salvation

This is the most important benefit that a visit from Jesus Christ can elicit. With it, you will become one of His followers, enjoy good things of life (Luke 12:31), and when your time on earth is over, you will attain Heaven (John 3:3); an unparalleled place to be (Revelation 21:4).

Zacchaeus (Luke 19:1-10), a tax collector, and a detested sinner like Matthew, was visited by Jesus Christ, despite intense objection from the people. And from that visit, he received his salvation, and all the benefits associated with it.

Friend, you can see that a visit from Jesus Christ comes with immense benefits. You too can have them today. But you have to do the right thing first; you have to sort out your salvation; you must be born again. Supposing you are not up till now, please invite Jesus Christ into your life as your personal Lord and savior at once, because tomorrow may be too late. He will not ignore you! After that, you will be well positioned to receive divine healing, deliverance from shame, change of reputation, Salvation, etc. from Jesus Christ. Amen.

Jesus is Lord!

Dr Adedayo Stoney Adegbulu.

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

MY TESTIMONY!

I am sharing my testimony with you today, to glorify God, and to encourage those who are seeking His face for one thing or the other.

My wife and I got married in our hometown, Akure Nigeria, in October 1991, and for a very long time, we couldn’t have a baby of our own. As many people expected, I used my connections as a Medical Doctor, to avail ourselves of the services of the best Gynaecologists I could find in Nigeria and abroad, but none of them could help us. Several Pastors and brethren in the Lord also prayed for/with u; all to no avail! In the end, i.e. after spending loads of money, and really going around, we decided to hold our peace and wait on the Lord, whom we know has the ultimate power to turn around our plight.

I must confess that the period of waiting was very long, hard, and to a large extent, punishing. We experienced several frustrating moments, including heart-breaking jeers, painful negative comments, and mindless gossips from certain quarters, as well as societal isolation, all of which are common phenomena in our culture. Some people also ridiculed us openly, while others questioned the worth of our faith in the Lord. But thank God for giving us very good and understanding families and friends that stood by us throughout.

During the time we waited on the Lord, our heads were bruised, but we refused to bow them down; we were shaken but definitely not broken or forsaken by God. He constantly reminded us that it is our right to have children (Psalm 127:3), and that He would grant our request at the most favourable time, when His name would be glorified all over the world, and at no extra cost to us, and we believed Him. He specifically told us that He would give us a bouncing baby boy, good looking, and healthy!

I am happy to inform you that God fulfilled His promise to us on the 23rd of July 2007; after more than fifteen (15) years of waiting on Him! He gave us our son, whose names are Samuel Enioluwa (God’s man) Oluwagbohunmi (God heard my voice) Adegbulu, and he is completely who God told us he would be! His arrival gave us and countless people all over the world, profound joy, and hope. Besides, the name of God was indeed glorified throughout the world! To God be all the glory, honour, and adoration in Jesus name, amen.

My Final Thoughts!

There are many things, which I would have loved to pass across to those trusting the Lord for their own children, and/or other issues of immense value to them, but I cannot at this moment because of space and time constraints. However, I will like to base my final thoughts on Habakkuk 2:3. It goes thus: “For the vision is yet for an appointed time; But at the end it will speak, and it will not lie. Though it tarries, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry’’.

Friend, I urge you today, to continue trusting the Lord for your heart desires, irrespective of what you might be going through presently. He is able and willing to answer you, but in his own time (Ecclesiastes 3:11). Since He met us and several people out there, at the deepest points of our needs, I am persuaded that He will meet you at yours too, in Jesus name. Amen. Please don’t give up!

Jesus is Lord!

Dr Adedayo Stoney Adegbulu.

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

OF GOD, FEAR AND TRUST

In Psalm 56:3-4, King David referring to God said ‘’when I am afraid, I will put my trust in you…I trust you, so why should I be afraid? What can mere mortals do to me?

King David was a very powerful and highly successful King of Israel.  He was outstanding in many ways and God loved him dearly.  And like other people, he too encountered numerous fearful moments in his life.  It is however not on record that he resigned to fate instead, he trusted God solidly and in the end he overcame all his fears.

Looking at the happenings in our world today, nobody can fault us if we construe that just as King David and the people of his time were afraid of one thing or the other, so are we at the present.  Everyday we see frightening evidences of terrorism cum insecurity, wars and threats of wars, hurricanes, earthquakes, destructive floods, wild fires, economic failure with its attendant negative effects like job losses, excruciating poverty, family disruption, sicknesses and infirmities, unjustifiable deaths etc.  All these and more have instilled colossal fear in the minds of many people.  What then is the way out? Absolute trust in God!

Absolute trust in God in fearful situations has many benefits and we shall consider some of them in this write up.  For example it guarantees:

1.  Safety.  We shall make allusion to Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego to defend this point.  The book of Daniel tells us that they were exceptionally talented young Jews in King Nebuchadnezzar’s service.  Even though they were very close to the King, they still trusted God completely.  However, they parted ways with him because he wanted them to worship his image of gold-something the young lads found extremely repulsive.  Instead of succumbing to the King’s threats of being thrown into a blazing furnace, they stuck to their guns and trusted God to keep them safe (Daniel 3:16-18).  They were later thrown into the furnace but guess what!  Nothing untoward happened to them.  This supports Proverbs 29:25 which says: ‘’The fear of man brings a snare.  But whoever trusts in the Lord shall be safe’’.  If you desire absolute safety in this era of extreme insecurity then, put your trust in God and he will not disappoint you in Jesus name.  Amen.

2.  Deliverance.  1 Samuel Chapter 1 encapsulates how Hannah a barren woman was harassed untiringly by her husband’s junior wife Peninnah.  But despite the grave humiliation she faced, she trusted God completely and he delivered her from shame and sorrow by giving her a choice son called Samuel.  Perhaps you want God to do something stunning for you but a positive response appears out of reach and now you are afraid then, I bring good tidings to you!  Help is on the way; get ready for it.  Seek the face of God today, trust him absolutely too and he will deliver you from all your fears (Psalm 34:4).  Hannah trusted God and he delivered her from childlessness and its associated shame and sorrow.

3.  Prosperity.  In Genesis Chapter 12, God told Abraham, a very old man, to relocate to a new locality and he obeyed because he trusted God completely.  And for his act of obedience, God prospered him.  God gave him children (when it was entirely impracticable for him and his wife to have any child on account of old age) immense riches, honor, glory and a very good life.  God also gave him the privilege of dying peacefully and of being given a decent burial.  This example confirmed what is written in Proverbs 28: 25b i.e.: ‘’…But he who trusts in the Lord will be prospered’’.  If you want to prosper in this age and time that opportunities are fast shrinking then, put your trust in God and you will laugh last in Jesus name.  Amen.

Friend, we have established once again that it is beneficial to trust God.  Perhaps you are yet to trust him for solutions to issues that are affecting your life negatively then, the time to do so have come and it is now!  But if you have been praying about the issues for awhile and it seems respite is not in sight, do not worry and do not give up.  God will definitely respond in his own time (Ecclesiastes 3:11).

Finally through out this month, the remaining part of this year and for the rest of your life, I implore you to ‘’be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them (i.e. people or difficult situations) for the Lord your God, he is the one who goes with you, he will not leave you nor forsake you’’ (Deuteronomy 31:6).  So shall it be in Jesus name.  Amen.

Jesus is Lord!

 

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