JESUS SAYS COME TO ME!

In Matthew 11:28, Jesus says “Come to Me, all you who labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”

Above passage is quite comforting to everyone who is struggling with one problem or another at present.  And for us to appreciate it properly, I suggest we first pay attention to the statement ‘Come to Me’ in it closely.

“Come to Me” can be taken for this write-up, as an invitation “to advance toward a person”; the person being able to improve the lot of the invitee.  However, some people use the statement deceitfully, such that the invitee become worse off at the end of the day.  Such people should never be trusted, and they should be ignored!

But Jesus Christ is quite different, because He doesn’t use the statement “Come to me” deceitfully.  He means well each time He uses it, because of His love for us (John 15:9).  For that reason, He should be trusted, and he should never be ignored!

Today, this same Jesus is saying “Come to me”, and “I will give you rest” from all your troubles.  So, if you are ill, He will give you rest from your illness, He will heal you”.  Remember He is specially anointed for that purpose (Acts 10:38). And if you are facing lack in any area of your life, He will prosper you. That is His wish for you anyway (3 John 2).

Are your children troubling you lately? If they are, Jesus will save them (Isaiah 49:25). And if your enemies are disturbing you, He will make them to be at peace with you (Proverbs 16:7). Perhaps someone is holding back your promotion, He will get it for you, after all, promotion comes from God, His Father, and no-one else (Psalm 75:6-7 KJV).

If you are childless, Jesus will give you children. Please recall that children are gifts from God (Psalm 127:3 NLT). Maybe it’s hard for you to secure a life partner up till now, He will sort you out someday, because He believes you should not be on your own forever (Genesis 2:18). Etc.

Friend, please note here that you can also heed the “Come to me” call of Jesus Christ even though you are not laboured and heavy laden. The fact is, you are acceptable to Him just as you are (Acts 10:34-35). Please, answer Him promptly!

Finally, if you want eternal life, Jesus is saying “Come to me” (John 3:16)! But, you must be born again first, otherwise, you cannot enter the kingdom of God (John 3:3) to enjoy it.

Are you born again? If you are, well done!  But if you are not, please confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, and you will be saved (Romans 10:9). That is, you will become born again! It is after this has been settled that you can attain eternal life in the kingdom of God. May you not miss it, in Jesus name. Amen.

**N.B. My writing ministry is thirteen (13) years old today. I give God all the PRAISE!

Jesus is Lord!

Dr Adedayo Stoney Adegbulu

BE SPECIFIC WITH GOD!

My mother was ill, and in and out of the hospital during most of year 2008, and early 2009, and her condition really sapped us to the hilt.  Early one morning, I got a phone call from home (Nigeria) that she was ‘about to die’.  Unfortunately, I couldn’t join other members of our family to witness her ‘final moments on earth’ and ‘bid her farewell’.

And to compound my problem, I couldn’t send enough money home to assist in taking care of her, and that really pained me.  All I could do was to pray, albeit incoherently, babbling on and on most of the time. While praying one afternoon, I was prompted in the Spirit to be specific with God if I wanted Him to answer my prayer (Matthew 6:7 NIV).

Instantly, I said “Lord, heal my mum, and free her from further hospital admissions”. I was also prompted in the Spirit to pray for her via telephone, and I did, with the help of Dr. Abiodun Olusola on the other side in Nigeria. Other people prayed too, and she bounced back to life fully in the end. She has enjoyed reasonable health, and had no hospital admission since then. She will be 88 years old on the 14th of this month (April 2017). I was specific with God, and He answered my prayer!

Many people in the Bible were specific with God like I did, and He answered them. A good example was Blind Bartimaeus (Mark 10:46-52), and Jesus gave him his sight. Jabez was specific with Him as well (1 Chronicles 4:10), and He blessed him beyond measure. Ditto Hannah (1 Samuel 1:11), and He gave her Samuel, a top Prophet. Etc. You too should be specific with Him, and your prayers will be answered.

Please remember “You ask and do not receive, because you ask amiss…”  (James 4:3).  So, if your health is poor at present, pray to God about it, be specific too, and He will heal you (Jeremiah 30:17).  And if your work is not doing well lately, pray to Him about it, be specific also, and He will fix it because He is interested in your prosperity (Psalm 35:27).

Are you addicted to certain things, and you cannot break away from them? If you are, then pray to God about them right now, be specific as well, and He will deliver you, deal with your enemies, and save your children on top (Isaiah 49:24-25).

Please pray to God regarding all your worries today; be specific about them, and He will handle them one by one through Jesus Christ (John 14:6).  That is why you must accept Him (Jesus Christ) into your life as your personal Lord and Saviour.  That is, you must be born again.

Friends, are you born again? if you are, well done! But if you are not, kindly, confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, and you will be saved (Romans 10:9); i.e., you will become born again. It is after doing this that you can confidently ask God for anything, and He will do it, in Jesus’ name (John 16:23). Amen.

Jesus is Lord!

Dr Adedayo Stoney Adegbulu

THOUGH EXHAUSTED, CONTINUE THE CHASE!

Gideon, an Israelite, was a mighty man of valour (Judges 6:12). At a point in his life, he went to war against the Midianites with only 300 warriors, at the prompting of the Lord. Before long, he and his men crossed the Jordan River, “though exhausted, they continued to chase the enemy” (Judges 8: 4 (NLT)).

In the end, God gave them victory over their enemies as He promised earlier (Judges 7:7). That is, they defeated the Midianites, routed their warriors, and captured their kings (Judges 8:10-12). Gideon later became very popular among his people, and his family was favoured in Israel. He later died at a good old age, and was buried in the tomb of his father (Judges 8:32); a notable achievement at that time.

Like the Israelites, all of us have one enemy or other that we struggle with. They include human beings like ourselves, and situations of life such as an illness, lack, unemployment, childlessness, etc.  They are very stubborn, powerful, brutal, and restrictive in nature, and they make living very difficult, exhausting, and unexciting.  It is, therefore, our responsibility to chase them, catch up with them, and destroy them with all our might.

Friend, who is your enemy at this point in time? Is he or she a human being like yourself? If your answer is yes, then don’t get exhausted; on the other hand, chase him or her vigorously, and he or she will fall before you shortly (Leviticus 26:7), in Jesus name. Amen.

And if your enemy is an illness, again don’t get exhausted, chase it ceaselessly till you overcome it. And you will at some point because healing is your birth right (Matthew 15:22-29). Is your enemy an addiction? If it is, please don’t get exhausted; chase it, and God will give you a way of escape from it someday (1 Corinthians 10:13), in Jesus name. Amen.

Perhaps lack is your own enemy; then, don’t get exhausted; chase it strongly, and you will overcome it because God is interested in your prosperity above all things (3 John 2 (KJV). Is your enemy childlessness? If it is, then don’t get exhausted; chase it diligently till you have your own children.  And I know you will have them one day; because children are a heritage from the Lord (Psalm 127:3). Hallelujah!

Friend, please be reminded that you cannot possibly chase and overcome your enemies successfully on your own (John 15:5). You sure need God to help you out (Isaiah 41:10), through Jesus Christ (John 14:6).

So, why don’t you accept Him (Jesus Christ) into your life, and make Him your personal Lord and Saviour today, if you haven’t up till now? It is after settling this simple but vital task that you can confidently heed His voice asking you to come to Him with all your worries (plus your enemies (Matthew 11:28).  And the good news is He will not cast you out (John 6:37); instead, He will give you total freedom from them (John 8:36). Amen.

Jesus is Lord!

Dr Adedayo Stoney Adegbulu

GOD KNOWS!

First of all, please permit me to join you in thanking God for keeping us alive and safe throughout year 2016 up till now. We sure owe our survival to Him (Lamentations 3:22); we give Him Praise!

Also, permit me to congratulate you if everything went well for you throughout 2016. It is my prayer that 2017 will even be better for you and your family in every way, in Jesus name. Perhaps the out-gone year was tough for you, may the good Lord come to your aid this new year, and make things easier for you, in Jesus name. Amen.

Did you lose someone in 2016 or earlier? If you did, please accept my deepest condolences. Kindly understand that God knows; He knows everything (Hebrews 4:13); He knows your pains (Psalm 34:15) as well, and He has already sent you comfort through the Holy Spirit (John 14:16 (KJV). Of course, you may be sad right now, all the same, remember joy is coming (Psalm 30:5b), in Jesus name. Amen.

Did your business perform badly in 2016? If it did, please realize that God knows, and He will inject life into it in 2017, since He wants you to prosper; He wants you to be in good health too (3 John 2). Hallelujah!

Did your children give you problems in 2016? If they did, God knows, and He will save them (Isaiah 49:25), so that you can live your life in peace. Was your promotion blocked by someone in 2016? If it was, God knows, and He will effect it very soon (Psalm 75:6-7 (KJV), in Jesus name. Amen.

Friend, get ready for good things (viz. marriages, children, houses, cars, awards, favors, fulfillment, solid faith, and the release of your books, movies, songs, designs, etc.) to happen to you in 2017. As you know, God will never withhold any of them from you (Psalm 84:11).

Please, I am not in any way suggesting you will have 2017 free of problems. The fact is they may come up now and again, but, Jesus is willing and able to deal with them decisively on your behalf (John 16:33). But, you need to have absolute faith in God first, if you want Him to sort you out (Hebrews 11:6).

Lastly Friend, please pay good attention to your salvation in 2017 so that you don’t fall (1 Corinthians 10:12), and it shall be well with you throughout the year and beyond, in Jesus name. Amen.

Jesus is Lord!

Dr Adedayo Stoney Adegbulu

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

YOU MIGHT BE DEALING WITH ANGELS; PLEASE HELP THEM!

Last month, I narrated the story of Brother Curtis (not his real name) who contracted a mysterious illness, which knocked him down and out for some years. I also narrated how God delivered him through a man of God. You may wish to read the whole narrative on my website via http://www.mindofchrist.org.uk/god-will-slay-your-goliath-…/.

Today, I will narrate how I met the said man of God to underscore the importance of helping people. His name is Bro. (later Pastor) Joe! He used to be the butt of ugly jokes in a small community in Nigeria where I did my National Youth Service. Some people said he was a bad man, a loafer, busybody, drug addict, cheat, etc. But, I believe he is a good man who had kind words for me each time I ran into him.

Bro. Joe lived in a dingy two-bedroom apartment with his uncle, his uncle’s two wives, and several children. Suddenly, he was thrown out, and he found himself on the street, living rough. Then one day, he came to my clinic and begged me to house him (I was living in a three-bedroom house plus a two-bedroom boys’ quarters, all by myself, at that time). I gladly gave him my boys’ quarters! Swiftly, some people in the community arose, and asked me to evict him ‘for my own good’, but, I stood my ground, and they left me alone after a while.

Bro. Joe later gave his life to Christ, and I noticed he was always reading his bible, praying very hard, and speaking in tongues (usually loudly). He was also attending crusades after crusades all over the place. Soon, people began to tell me how he preached to them, healed them, and cast out demons from them. I was stunned, but, very happy for him.

Early one morning, he knocked on my door, but, I ignored him because I wanted to be alone. He did same at 9. o’clock, and again at 12 noon. At that point, he shouted, ‘Lord, please get my doctor to talk to me’. I got up instantly, opened my door, and he told me he had a divine mandate to heal someone I know, and from his description, I knew he was referring to Bro. Curtis! Quickly, we travelled to where he was, and Bro. Joe and his team delivered him promptly.  Bro. Curtis lived a normal life afterwards to the glory of God.

Friend, I helped Bro. Joe, because that was the right thing to do (Hebrews 13:16), I never knew he was the ‘Angel’ God had arranged to fix Bro. Curtis (Hebrews 13:2). There are many people out there who needs help in some way like Bro. Curtis. Some of them need jobs, while others need money, food, water, shelter, clothes, drugs, education, etc. Please help them if you have the power to do so (Proverbs 3:27); they might just be the ‘Angels’ God has arranged to help you.

Besides, some people needs encouragement very badly; please encourage them (1 Thessalonians 5:11). Call them, send messages of hope to them, and if you can, visit them and pray for them. Guess what? God will remember your labour of love one day (Hebrews 6:10), and reward you as appropriate (Proverbs 19:17).

Yes, you may have helped some people in the past without commensurate rewards; please don’t be discouraged. Just keep doing good, and keep trusting God (Psalms 37:3a), and He will reward you sooner or later (Galatians 6:9). And when your journey on earth is over, He will give you a place in His Kingdom so that you can be with Him forever (Matthew 25:34-40), in Jesus name. Amen.

Jesus is Lord!

Dr Adedayo Stoney Adegbulu

 

GOD WILL SLAY YOUR GOLIATH FOR YOU!

Brother Curtis (not his real name) and I were very close. He was a very intelligent and fun loving man, and he was doing reasonably well in his chosen career until he became severely ill. He was subsequently down and out for nearly four uninterrupted years!

Brother Curtis developed a mysterious illness which made his body to jerk forward, backward, and sideward violently without coordination.  In view of that, simple day to day tasks like eating, drinking, talking, walking, and sleeping became a huge problem for him. Besides, he was covered with huge, painful, and discharging boils from head to toe. Of course, he saw several top-notch medical doctors, but, none could help him. His was indeed a very pathetic case!

Figuratively speaking, anything that causes people much pain and sorrow, makes their lives unbearable, and renders them completely helpless, can be likened to the biblical Goliath; the symbol of pain, sorrow, and helplessness. Brother Curtis’ ‘Goliath’ was his prolonged incapacitating illness!

One day, he asked me to get him a ‘powerful’ juju man (also called a witch-doctor, sorcerer, occultist, magician, etc.) from my location to deliver him, and I told him I couldn’t, since I knew none, and since I abhor everything fetish anyway.  But, I promised Him I would be on the lookout for servants of God who could deliver him. I was not even a Christian at that time, but, I have always believed God can do all things, including those we consider impossible (Ephesians 3:20), all my life! Fortunately, I found an anointed man of God promptly, and he delivered Brother Curtis in the name of Jesus (Philippians 2 :10), during a deliverance session.

Brother Curtis came out of the spiritual exercise with his body movements and posture totally normalized. Not only that, he began to eat, drink, and sleep properly afterwards. Guess what? His sores also disappeared completely after a while, and he went back to his long abandoned job to the glory of God!

Friends, ‘Goliaths’ are everywhere, and they affect each of us in one way or the other at different times.  But, God will ‘slay’ ours for us as His children, if we ask Him to do so (Matthew 7:7). Is your failing health your own ‘Goliath’? If it is, then ask God to ‘slay’ it for you today; He will, and you will be healed (Jeremiah 33:6). And if yours is your poorly performing business or ministry, He will bless it, and you will be well-off (Deuteronomy 28:12), in Jesus name.  Amen.

Is your badly behaved Child your ‘Goliath’? If he or she is, then rejoice for God is set to save him or her (Isaiah 49:25). And maybe your crumbling family is your specific ‘Goliath’, God will mend it if you approach Him, and all of you will serve Him together thereafter (Joshua 24:15), in Jesus name.  Amen.

God is waiting, willing, and able to deliver you from your ‘Goliath’ no matter what it is, and no matter how enormous it is (Luke 1:37). Please go ahead and commit it into His able hands in prayer without delay, and He will ‘slay’ it for you sooner or later, and it will be well with you at the end of the day, in Jesus name. Amen.

Jesus is Lord!

Dr Adedayo Stoney Adegbulu