YOU WILL DO WELL AS A PARENT!

Today, I am writing to encourage parents who are currently finding it rather 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 Make Time for Your Children

Deuteronomy 6:6-7 says: “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…’’.  This passage shows you are expected to make time for your 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, hobby, friends, etc., than you care about them, and this can discourage them.

2.  You Must Communicate Very Well with Your Children

This position is verified in James 1:19 as follows: “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 take advantage of them, misadvise them, and ultimately damage them.

3.  You Must Offer Your Children Caring Discipline and Praise

Colossians 3:21 supports this view thus: “Fathers, do not provoke your children, lest they become discouraged.’’ Mothers should not provoke their children as well!

Please make sure that your children’s overriding interest is topmost on your mind whenever you discipline them. Besides, praise them regularly to boost their confidence and strengthen their character.

4.  You Must Love, Value, and Submit to you 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 same foundation for their own children when the time is ripe.  By this, you will ensure peace and stability in your lineage.

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

Deuteronomy 6:5 corroborates this view like this: “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 same, will give them the best legacy possible; a close relationship with God!

Friend, please abide by the protocols enumerated above from now on, and before long, you will see yourself doing well as a parent, in Jesus name. Amen.

Jesus is Lord!

Dr Adedayo Stoney Adegbulu

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)).

As expected, God kept His earlier promise to give them victory over their enemies (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, and his family was favoured in Israel. And when he died at a good old age, he was buried in the tomb of his father (Judges 8:32); a notable feat thene.

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, and childlessness, among many others.  They are often very powerful, brutal, stubborn and restrictive, and they make our lives very difficult, unexciting, and exhausting. It is thus our duty to chase, catch up with, and destroy them vigorously.

Friend, who is your enemy? 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 relentlessly, and he or she will fall before you soon (Leviticus 26:7), in Jesus name. Amen.

And if your enemy is an illness, again don’t get exhausted, chase it intensely till you overcome it. And you will, because healing is your birth right anyway (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 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, because children are a heritage from the Lord (Psalm 127:3). Hallelujah!

Friend, kindly permit me to remind you here that you cannot possibly do anything successfully (plus overcoming your enemies) on your own (John 15:5). You need to pray to God and rely on Him to help you out, and He will (Isaiah 41:10) through Jesus Christ (John 14:6).

So, why don’t you accept Jesus into your life, and make Him your personal Lord and Saviour today, if you haven’t yet? It is when this vital task is over that you can confidently heed His word asking you to come to Him with 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