GOD WILL MAKE YOU STAND OUT FROM THE CROWD!

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!

Dr. Adedayo Stoney Adegbulu

Medical Practitioner, Author, and Speaker

 

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

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

GOD WILL REWARD YOUR GOOD DEEDS!

Somebody close to me visited his native home from his overseas base recently.  But, shortly before then, he got a message that his mother was very ill, and about to die.  Of course he was rattled, so, he resolved to go home promptly and take care of her.  However, he had lack of funds to contend with.

After appraising the situation on ground closely, he knew he had to work very hard for several months, to garner enough funds for his trip.  Meanwhile, by law, he was only allowed to work now and again at that time.  One day, he was instructed in the Spirit to work in a home for physically challenged people almost for nothing, instead of the better paying job that he preferred. He wasn’t happy with the instruction, but, he complied with it to honor God anyway.

As he was taking care of one of his clients that day, a damning voice calling him foul names for jettisoning the better paying job for a ‘worthless’ one like he was on came into his mind. He felt really bad, but, Galatians 6:9 popped up in his mind almost immediately to encourage him.  It says: “…let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart. Instantly, he knew he had the support of God, and he pushed on with great joy.

Agreed, he went home at the end of the day with a smaller amount of money, compared to what he would have made had he gone for the other job, but, he was happy that he obeyed God, and helped some people in need. He believed God would reward his good deeds at some point.

Two days later, he got a call from his bank informing him that a check on his account revealed an error, which had gone on for about five years.  The caller apologized and awarded him a generous payback, nearly equal to what he would have earned from the so called ‘better paying’ job in one year.  With the money, he travelled home in a short time, took care of his mother, helped others, and settled himself. To cut a long story short, God rewarded his good deeds lavishly!

Today, I am presenting the same God to you.  He is able to “do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think” (Ephesians 3:20).  You may have done many good deeds before without anybody noticing or rewarding you, please, don’t give up, because you are doing the right thing (Ephesians 4:32).   You may also take a look at Galatians 6:9 again for comfort.

Friend, please keep doing good and keep trusting God (Psalm 37:3); He will not forget your good deeds (Hebrews 6:10), and before long, the book of records will be revisited, and your good deeds brought up and rewarded (Esther 6: 1-11). And as part of your reward, God will prosper the work of your hands (Deuteronomy 30:9), open doors of opportunities for you (Isaiah 22:22), and give you the power to do great things (Jeremiah 1:10).

And among other matters, He will promote you (Psalm 75:6-7), bless and multiply you (Hebrews 6:13-14), and give you favor from every angle (Proverbs 3:4).  And if you are not yet married, get set for a smashing spouse (Psalm 84:11) and choice children in good time (Psalm 127:3).  Finally, on top of everything, God will bless you with a place in Heaven when your time on earth is up (Matthew 25: 31-40), in Jesus name.  Amen.

Jesus is Lord!

Dr Adedayo Stoney Adegbulu

EVERYTHING MAY FAIL, THE NAME OF JESUS WILL NOT!

My kid sister was involved in a fatal motor accident in Nigeria some years ago. Of course, lives were lost in it, but, she only sustained serious injuries, for which she received treatments for many agonizing years. And the moment I got information on her ordeal, I decided straight off to visit and help her. But, I was too scared, and too traumatized to drive myself, therefore, I went in public transport to where she was hospitalized.

We set out on our journey very early one morning; even though I was still scared, I was determined to proceed anyway. However, I made sure the vehicle I boarded was in tiptop condition, and that I sat in-between two people, hoping to use them as ‘air bags’ should an accident occurred. My fear soon began to wane slowly as our journey progressed until I slept off!

Suddenly, I heard a very loud explosion, and I woke up instantly. I was later told it came from our vehicle’s steering control system, thus rendering it effectively uncontrollable. Immediately, it veered off the road, and ran wildly into the bush, colliding with rocks, trees, and everything in sight forcefully. Meanwhile, each time it hit any object, we got squashed further, to the extent that we couldn’t breathe properly.

Then in a flash, our vehicle adjusted itself, raced violently back to the road, and zoomed noisily towards an oncoming, fully loaded, over speeding Long Trailer Truck. At that point, we assumed we would die, and we started to shout the name of Jesus on and on, hoping for a miracle to happen somehow.

Just as we were a few metres to the rampaging vehicle, ours halted abruptly, made a scary reverse U-turn, moved totally out of harm’s way, and parked itself neatly on the adjoining slope, defying the force of gravity. It was after all the stunts had ended that we managed to wriggle out of our mangled vehicle one by one. Yes, we bruised, we bled, and we ached badly, but, we escaped death to the glory of God. Eventually, I made it to my sister and joined others to take care of her.

Friend, everything and everybody failed that day: our vehicle failed, our driver failed, we failed, since we couldn’t help each other, and our faith failed. The force of gravity even failed at a point, but, for a good reason: God neutralized it to uphold our vehicle, and protect our lives (Isaiah 41:10). But, in spite of this litany of failures, the name of Jesus did not fail when we called upon it. Hallelujah!

Today, I am offering Jesus Christ to you afresh, because you cannot do anything without Him (John 15:5), and you sure need Him to get all things done (Philippians 4:13). Besides, you need His name to move God to give you whatever you ask Him (John 16:23-24), and guarantee your safety (Proverbs 18:10). Also, you need His name to put whoever rises up against you in his or her place (Philippians 2:9-11); cast out demons; speak with new tongue; emerge safe from dangerous situations; and heal the sick (Mark 16:17-18). Most of all, you need the name of Jesus to be saved (Acts 4:12).

Friend, Jesus is waiting for you to call upon His name from now on. Please do so very quickly to boost your salvation, security, daily needs, dreams, health, family, marriage, relationship, ministry, career, business, finances, education, locality, town, nation, etc., and you can be certain that He will not disappoint you (John 14:13).

Finally, in case you have been calling upon the name of Jesus to date, but your desired result is taking a bit longer than you expected to come to pass, please do not keep silent, and give Him no rest till He answers you (Isaiah 62:6-7). I know He will answer you sooner or later, and your joy will be full. God bless you in Jesus name.  Amen.

Jesus is Lord!

Dr Adedayo Stoney Adegbulu