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

 

FROM SAUL TO PAUL

I worked under a brilliant medical doctor shortly after I graduated from the medical school. He was a good man, but he did not fancy born-again Christians much for reasons best known to him, and he used every opportunity he had to put us down. I was then a newly born-again Christian!

Before long, he side-lined me from virtually every activity of the hospital and denied me my legitimate rights and privileges. But, I plodded on regardless, albeit with much pain and discouragement. To me, he was running his life like the biblical Saul!

One day, after much prayer, I invited him to a program in our church. Of course, he was surprised that I came to him for such purpose, and he quickly eased me out of his office and presence. But I did not give up; I went back to him a couple of times thereafter. Early one morning, he summoned me to his office and told me he would attend the program, and he did with his wife. In the end, he gave his life to Christ; he became born-again to the glory of God.

And right from the following day, my boss was everywhere, preaching Jesus Christ, and urging people to give their lives to Him; his limited knowledge of the Christian faith and the Bible notwithstanding. Sadly, he lost his life in a fatal car accident less than a month after his conversion, and we mourned him deeply. However, we were comforted in a vision that he made it to Heaven. He ran his life like Saul but ended it like Paul. Hallelujah!

Friend, how are you running your life at present? Are you running it, like Saul? That is, in your own way, doing evil, and impeding the work of God? If you are, then you need to change your lifestyle straight away, otherwise, you will not go far (Romans 6:23), and you will not end well like Paul.

So, how can you end well like Paul? Well, you can only do so through Jesus Christ (John 14:6). Saul had a change in his lifestyle only after he had an encounter with Him (Acts 9:1-6). You need to have an encounter with Jesus Christ too, you need to surrender your life to Him, you need to become born-again for your lifestyle to change, and for you to end well, and attain Heaven finally (John 3:3).

Now, after becoming born-again, you need to join a bible teaching/believing and praying church, and fellowship there (Hebrews 10:24-25). You must also involve yourself in soul winning activities and do good because both will pay off in the long run (Proverbs 11:30, Galatians 6:9). In addition, you must focus your attention on Jesus Christ (Hebrews 12:1-2), and have absolute faith in God (Hebrews 11:6). Besides, you must be filled with the Holy Spirit; this is for your own good please (Acts 1:8, John 14:26, John 3:5-6, etc.)

Friend, if you have done all above, then please stand firm (Ephesians 6:13), and be vigilant lest you fall (1 Corinthians 10:12). By the grace of God, you will not fall, you will end well on earth, and like Apostle Paul, you too will find yourself in a position where you can boldly say, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith” (2 Timothy 4:7), in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Jesus is Lord!

Dr. Adedayo Stoney Adegbulu

Medical Practitioner, Author, and Speaker

 

YOU WILL DO WELL AS A PARENT!

I am writing today, to encourage parents who are presently finding it difficult to nurture their children properly. If you are one of them, I have good news for you; you can still do well as a parent (Matthew 19:26). Please don’t give up!

However, you must be ready to observe the following protocols, among others, first:

1.  You Must Always Make Time for Your Children

Deuteronomy 6:6-7 highlights this position as follows: “And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. 7You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house…’’.

The passage above encourages people to make time for their children.  And without doing this, it is practically impossible for them to sit in their house, and teach, talk to, or do anything reasonable for their children.

Friend, even if you provide all things for your children, but, you fail to make time for them, they might conclude that you care more about yourself, your job, your hobby, your friends, etc. than about them, and this can discourage them grossly.

2.  You Must Communicate Calmly with Your Children

This position is supported by James 1:19 like this: “So then, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath;’’

If your children feel you will snap at them, and be judgmental, they won’t convey their feelings to you. Instead, they will convey them to outsiders who might then take advantage of them, control them, misadvise them, and eventually damage them.

3.  You Must Offer Your Children Caring Discipline and Praise

Colossians 3:21 endorses this point in this way: “Fathers, do not provoke your children, lest they become discouraged.’’

Mothers should not provoke their children as well!

Please make sure your children’s overriding interest is topmost on your mind when you discipline them. Besides, set aside time to praise them whenever they do well, so as to encourage them, boost their morale, and strengthen their character.

4.  You Must Love, Value, and Submit to your Spouse

As a husband, you must love and value your wife, while as a wife, you must submit to your husband (Ephesians 5:22-33).  When you do this, know that you are laying a solid foundation for your children.  They, in turn, will emulate you and lay the same foundation for their own children, thereby, ensuring peace and stability in your lineage.

5.  You Must Love God, and Help Your Children to Do the Same

Deuteronomy 6:5 confirms this view along these lines: “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength.

Parents who love God, and help their children to do the same, will give them the best legacy possible, i.e., a close relationship with God!

Friend, please abide by the protocols listed above among others from now on, and before long, you will see yourself doing well as a parent, and raising your children to be successful in life, in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Jesus is Lord!

Dr Adedayo Stoney Adegbulu

Medical Practitioner, Author, and Speaker

GOD WILL DESTROY YOUR YOKE!

The bible says, “It shall come to pass in that day that his burden will be taken away from your shoulder, and his yoke from your neck, and the yoke will be destroyed because of the anointing oil” (Isaiah 10:27).

The passage above is very popular among Christians. It gives us the feeling of probable freedom from grave situations. It gives us rest of mind, and great joy as well. But for us to appreciate it well, I suggest we should look closely around the word ‘yoke’ in it first.

A yoke is a bar of wood crafted to unite two animals, so that they can work together in the fields to draw loads, pull farm tools, fetch water, and carry out other heavy tasks. Yoked animals are usually very strong, big, and diligent. Some of them include oxen, horses, mules, donkeys, and water buffalo.

The quality and quantity of a yoked animal’s output, depends solely on the level of co-operation he receives from his counterpart. Usually, yoked animals work ceaselessly until they become old and wrinkled, weak and useless. In that case, they are promptly replaced with young vibrant animals; no one misses or cares about them thereafter. Thank goodness, some organizations buy them off these days, so that they can enjoy early retirement, and live decently afterwards.

Figuratively speaking, people can also be yoked, if their lives depend solely on the whims and caprices of others. Usually, people who are yoked doesn’t have a say in matters that concerns them, and they are persistently burdened, frustrated, and limited by the consequences of their situations, which might include sin, unhappiness, sickness, barrenness, weakness, dashed hopes, poverty, insecurity, anxiety, and guilt among others, until a higher force delivers them.

Friend, does the scenario above describe you in any way? If you are, then you may be yoked to someone or something presently. Are you burdened, frustrated, and limited by the consequences of your condition, and do you honestly desire to be delivered from them? If you do, then you need to pray to God, who has the overriding power, and can use any thing (plus anointing oil) to deliver you (Isaiah 14:24-25).

He will answer you (Psalm 91:15)! He will destroy the sicknesses that your yoke imposed on you, and give you sound health instead (Jeremiah 33:6). He will remove weakness from you too, and give you strength to carry out great exploits (Daniel 11:32b). And if you are barren, God will give you a home like a joyful mother of children (Psalm 113:9).

Besides, He will abolish poverty all around you, and help you to prosper (3 John 2). Are you neck deep in debt? If you are, God will soon sort you out; you will then become self-sufficient, and lend to others (Deuteronomy 28:12). Are you perpetually in sin? If you are, God will forgive you, but you must be ready to confess your sin first (1 John 1:9). And if your name (reputation) is in tatters at the moment, He will give you a new one (Isaiah 62:2).

Friend, the source(s) and consequences of your yoke are no more important, since God is prepared to destroy them (Isaiah 10:27), through Jesus Christ (John 14:6). This same Jesus is now asking you to come to Him so that you can have rest (Matthew 11:28). Please answer Him quickly, don’t dilly-dally!

Jesus is Lord!

Dr Adedayo Stoney Adegbulu

 

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