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YOU LAUGHED BEFORE; YOU WILL LAUGH AGAIN!

1. “Therefore Sarah laughed within herself, saying, “After I have grown old, shall I have pleasure, my lord being old also?” (Genesis 18:12)

2. “And Sarah said, “God has made me laugh, and all who hear will laugh with me (Genesis 21:6)

I read a daily devotional recently in which Genesis chapters 18 and 21 featured prominently. I want to take a look at some aspects of both chapters in this write-up.

In Genesis 18, Abraham entertained the Lord very well, and in return, God promised him that Sarah, his wife, who was then barren, would give birth to a baby boy. She laughed in derision!

Sarah laughed because she couldn’t believe that she and her husband, who were both elderly, could have a child. Her action did not go down well with God! But He still went ahead to fulfill His promise in Genesis 21, and Sarah gave birth to Isaac, a baby boy. Then, she laughed again, this time for joy and in awe of God’s power.

Now, let us go back a little bit. I presume a lot of people would have behaved like Sarah if they were in her position. For example, how do you think an older woman who suffers from multiple complex gynecological problems would react if told her she would give birth to a child before the end of one year? Or how do you think a person who has an incurable disease and dying, would react if told he would be well in a bit, contrary to expert medical opinion?

What about those who have been declared hopelessly bankrupt? How do you think they would react if someone told them they would be financially solvent within a few days when nothing on the ground support such a viewpoint? ETC.

I believe they would laugh in derision like Sarah, except they have faith in God. Are you like the people I cited above? If you are, then I have good news for you! And that is, nothing is too hard for God to accomplish (Genesis 18:14). He is willing and able to accommodate you in His plans (Isaiah 45:2-3)!

He will give you children if you have none. Please, note that it is your right to have them (Psalm 127:3-5a). If you are ill, He will heal you (Jeremiah 33:6), and if you cannot make ends meet, He will provide enough for you to take care of yourself and do good work (2 Corinthians 9:8).

God will not withhold a good job from you (Psalm 84:11). Are you confused? Cheer up if you are, for He will soon give you direction (Psalms 32:8). Maybe you are surrounded by enemies; He will keep you in perfect peace if you trust Him (Isaiah 26:3). ETC.

But, you have a role to play in this matter. You have to seek God concerning your heart’s desire. If you seek Him, you will find Him (2 Chronicles 15:2a). Please, remember that “He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.” (Hebrews 11:6).

You may have laughed in derision before because you did not believe God’s promises for your life; that does not matter anymore. What matters now is that He will grant you your heart’s desires, and you will laugh again for joy and in awe of His power, in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Jesus is Lord!

Dr. Adedayo Stoney Adegbulu.

Medical Practitioner, Author, and Speaker.

GO AWAY, SATAN!

Then Jesus said to him, “Away with you, Satan…” (Matthew 4:10).

I watched two boys playing a game they called ‘go away’ some time ago. In it, each boy suggested ideas to the other in turns. While each accepted idea earned a point, every unaccepted one, resulted in the loss of a point plus a denigrating ‘go away’ response, said rather loudly. In the end, the boy with the most ‘go away’ answers lost the game, and the other won a predetermined gift.

By the way, go away means depart, leave, vamoose, retreat, be off, shove off, clear off, beat it, head off, etc. It conveys the notion that someone is unwelcomed in a particular place or situation. Whereas sensible people would leave straight away, troublemakers would not. In that case, they might have to go by force.

Looking back now, I believe we can also play the ‘go away’ game with Satan. Remember, he is a troublemaker, and always on the move, looking for who he may devour (consume) (1 Peter 5:8). One of the ways he does this is to overwhelm people with crippling suggestions, which could weaken or destroy them. Therefore, it is our responsibility to command him to go away when he is too close for comfort.

For instance, if he says the illness you are fighting would kill you, tell him to go away, for you were healed by the stripes of Jesus Christ a long time ago (1 Peter 2:24). And if he touches any member of your family, tell him to go away because he has no right to do so (Psalm 105:14-15).

Perhaps Satan says you will die because several people are dying around you these days. Tell him you will not die but live to declare the works of the Lord (Psalm 118:17). And if he suggests that you will not succeed, since you don’t have the approval of certain godfathers. Tell him to go away, because you do not need such approval, for you have God’s already (Romans 3:24 (GW)).

He might even hint that you cannot be happy again for some reason; please reject his baseless view. Command him to go away, because weeping may endure for a night, but joy will come in the morning (Psalm 30:5). Suppose he indicates that your needs will go unmet, tell him to go away because God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:19). ETC.

You are well equipped to send Satan to where he belongs! But you need to fortify yourself with God’s words and apply them to deal with him (Hebrews 4:12). Resist him, and he will flee from you (James 4:7). Then, you will have the liberty to smoothly serve the Lord, laugh your best laugh, dance your best dance, and dream your best dream, in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Jesus is Lord!

Dr. Adedayo Stoney Adegbulu.

Medical Practitioner, Author, and Speaker.

THE HOLY SPIRIT WILL SPEAK ON YOUR MATTER!

However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come” (John 16:13).

A top institution in Nigeria once owed me a lot of money, and arrogantly refused to pay me for close to two years. I contacted the head of the institution and others to come to my aid and address the injustice meted out on me, on several occasions, all to no avail. In the end, I prayed to God to intervene on my behalf.

Then, during our prayer meeting early one morning, the Holy Spirit spoke through the Late Deacon Ayo Ademilua, our father in the Lord, a purpose-driven Soldier of Christ, a courageous individual, an epitome of humility, and an unapologetic lover of people. He, the Holy Spirit, said God had approved a fat cheque for me in the Spirit realm in answer to my prayers. He also said I would have it without delay, and I was dead excited about the good news! 

I later got a phone call from the said institution that same day advising me to re-present my claim for speedy settlement. I complied with the caller’s advice immediately, and to my amazement, I got a fat cheque from the institution covering the amount they owed me, within a few days.

The Holy Spirit spoke on my matter, and a resolution came about promptly. He will speak on yours too, and a permanent solution that will surprise you, and which no one can tamper with will come your way sooner or later, in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Today, please, talk to God about the matters affecting you and making your life tough. Talk to Him about your uncooperative spouse, your shaky family set up, unruly child, collapsing business, state of joblessness, ill-health, your wicked boss, your delayed promotion, and your co-worker whose delight is upsetting you, etc.

At the right time, the Holy Spirit will speak on your matter. And when He does, He will help you, and intercede on your behalf (Romans 8:26), teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all things (John 14:26), and tell you things to come (John 16:13).

He will also make you abound in hope (Romans 15:13), give you the spirit of power, love, and a sound mind, instead of fear (2 Timothy 1:7), and empower you to witness to people all over (Acts 1:8), and nothing would stop you, in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Jesus is Lord!

Dr. Adedayo Stoney Adegbulu.

Medical Practitioner, Author, and Speaker.

GOD CAN OPEN DOORS OF OPPORTUNITIES FOR YOU

…See, I have set before you an open door, and no one can shut it…” (Revelation 3:8)

I was a naughty boy when I was growing up. As a result, I was always in trouble, and my parents were genuinely worried about my misconduct. Many times, they advised me, induced me, and even disciplined me, hoping that I would change one day. But the more they tried, the worse I became.

Nevertheless, despite my naughtiness, I finished primary school with ease and made it to the prestigious, highly sought-after, but extremely difficult to pass into, Government College, Ibadan, Nigeria (GCI), for my secondary school education. But not long after I got there, I began to misbehave again, and that made many senior boys punish me repeatedly; it was as if they enjoyed doing so!

One afternoon, as I was ruminating over the myriad of punishments ahead of me, someone informed me that a senior boy wanted to see me urgently, and I started to cry because I thought he wanted to punish me, too. No doubt, I was tired of the consequences of my misbehavior!

Anyway, I reported to the said senior boy, but to my surprise, he did not punish me; he only ordered me to write an article for inclusion in the school magazine within 48 hours. He was the Editor in chief of our school magazine that year! I was surprised because, up until that time, nobody in GCI had involved me in anything noble. I begged him to exclude me from his plan since I believed I had nothing good to offer, but he refused. I left him broken-hearted and went to a secluded area to cry. I did not want to be a part of his plan!

Suddenly, an idea popped up in my head, and that is, I should copy an article from the school library and submit it to the senior boy. I ran there immediately, copied an article, and presented it to him that same day. He read through it promptly, tweaked it to meet GCI standard, and dismissed me from his presence. I was relieved!

The magazine later came out after a few months, and I was thrilled to see my article, with my names and class written under it as ‘Adegbulu, Adedayo Class 2C’. Soon, my parents and many people outside our school saw it, and they praised me lavishly for my effort. That singular activity unlocked the writing skills in me, and today, many years after, I have written over 500 medical and non-medical articles, books, theses, proposals, poems, tributes, orations, references, etc.

God opened an unexpected door of opportunity for me to become a writer, which has given me greater recognition and respect than I have as a medical practitioner. He can do the same thing for you, too. He can open doors of opportunities for you to further your education if you wish to study. God can do the same thing for you to get a good job. And if you are ill, He can open doors of opportunities for you to get well.

God can open doors of opportunities for you to write books, produce films, start your business or ministry, etc. if you ask Him to help you (Mathew 7:7). But you must not ask amiss; else, you might not receive anything from Him (James 4:3). Moreover, you must do good (Psalm 34:14), and have sustained faith in God to please and earn rewards from Him (Hebrews 11:6).

May God in His infinite mercy open doors of opportunities for you when you call on Him, and may your joy be full in the end, in Jesus’ name. Amen.

NB: My writing Ministry is SIXTEEN years old today. Please, join me to show gratitude to God Almighty. Thank you!

Jesus is Lord!

Dr. Adedayo Stoney Adegbulu.

Medical Practitioner, Author, and Speaker.

WE SHALL OUTLIVE COVID-19!

– “Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.’’ (Romans 8:37)

– “And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.’’ (Galatians 6:9)

As a medical doctor in Nigeria, my family and I lived in big houses with big gardens, boys’ quarters, and all the necessities of life. But many people in our society do not have access to such luxuries. They are in dire need, and a lot of them earnestly try their best to eke out a living for themselves, without success. As our modest contribution towards helping out on this social ill, therefore, my wife and I housed some of them, fed them, took care of their medical needs, helped them to stay in school with a measure of comfort, etc., at no cost to them. That is, we reached out to them!

At a point, I got a job in Benin-City, Nigeria, a city far from where we were at that time. The pay was excellent, and the sky was the limit for us there. But we had the problem of accommodation to face. So, one day, I challenged God to consider our acts of kindness to people (Isaiah 41:21) and come to our aid, and He answered me in a big way.

He used the late Arch-Bishop Benson Idahosa, one of the most prominent global Evangelists of our time, a selfless and genuine soldier of Christ, a humble philanthropist, a renowned educationist, a compassionate healthcare provider, a practical lover of humanity, and an exemplary family man, to get us a huge and comfortable house in the poshest area of Benin-City, Nigeria. It had everything we wanted and more! On my own, I could not pay the required rent, which was above my annual salary at that time, but the man of God paid it all, every year until he passed on to glory.

When I asked why he assisted us since we were not known to him that much then, he said the Lord asked him to take care of us, and believe me, he did so brilliantly in different ways. For example, he honored us, augmented our salaries monthly, bought us clothes and pieces of jewelry often, gave us food from his kitchen, and treated our family members with utmost respect each time he saw them. Additionally, the man of God encouraged us, prayed for us, and taught us stuff from the Bible regularly, etc. Please, permit me to place it on record here that we were not the only people he reached out to, he reached out to a countless number of people in Nigeria and across the world, too.

Fair enough, God rewarded the late Arch-Bishop Benson Idahosa bountifully for his love for humanity when he was alive, but I do not doubt in my mind that He paid him in full in Heaven, also. I join the whole world to thank God for his time on earth, and for giving us such a good Christian example in him.

We subsequently accommodated and helped many people in the house the Archbishop arranged for us to the glory of God. We did not grow weary while doing good, and we reaped in due season (Galatians 6:9). The same can happen to you as well!

Friend, as our respective governments have asked us to stay indoors during this COVID-19 pandemic, please, do as you are told, don’t lose hope, and don’t grow weary of doing good. Reach out to the poor and needy in your area and do your best to be the voice of the voiceless there (Proverbs 31:8-9).

Furthermore, reach out to the widows, sick, elderly, and other vulnerable members of your society. Don’t forget to reach out to members of your family, friends, and neighbors, too. Call and encourage them on the phone and through social media. Equally, pray for them, help with their shopping, cooking, etc., if you can. But remember to protect yourself well in line with the advice given by your local health authority.

Please, be encouraged that God does not forget good works (Hebrews 6:10); He would reward your acts of kindness at some point, not only on earth here but also in Heaven, ultimately (Matthew 25: 31-40). It is my sincere hope that we shall outlive the scourge of COVID-19 (Romans 8:37) and return to our usual ways of life before long, in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Jesus is Lord!

Dr. Adedayo Stoney Adegbulu.

Medical Practitioner, Author, and Speaker. 

THE LIMITLESS GOD!

Behold, I am the LORD, the God of all flesh; is anything too difficult for Me?” (Jeremiah 32:27)

The above is a famous Bible passage in which God reiterates His unwavering capacity to do all things with ease, and this is made possible because of the exclusive power that He wields (Psalm 62:11).

Now, if you look at the world carefully, you’ll discover that several people are/were formidable in their respective fields, and they wield immense power as a result. One of them was Nelson Mandela! He was impressive in the area of Human Rights, Human Dignity, and Natural Justice.

Others include Isaac Newton (Physics), Michael Faraday (Chemistry), Archimedes (Mathematics), Adam Smith (Economics), William Shakespeare (Literature), Roland Ross (Medicine), Winston Churchill (Government), and Mohammed Ali (Sports).

No doubt, those mentioned above were great folks, but as brilliant as they were, none of them could boast of being excellent in any field other than theirs. That, in effect, proves that they were like other people, regular and limited.

But the story is different with God because He is very brilliant in all fields put together. He is very outstanding in Medicine (Exodus 15:26). He is equally brilliant in Law; remember that He crafted the Ten Commandments (Deuteronomy 5:6-22), which form the basis of all the laws in operation in the world today.

God is equally brilliant in Engineering, as evidenced by His great work of creating our complex world (Genesis 1, Genesis 2:1-5). In the field of Agriculture, He owns all the cattle on a thousand hills (Psalm 50:10). In the Military, He is mighty in battle (Psalm 24:8); He is also a consuming fire (Hebrews 12:29).

As I mentioned earlier, God wields enormous power as a result of His brilliance, and that’s why He can do whatever catches His fancy, wherever, and whenever He wishes (Psalm 115:3). And trust me, nobody can block Him successfully (Job 42:2). We can safely conclude, therefore, that He is Limitless, unlike us.

This God is still as powerful as He had always been (Malachi 3:6), and He wants to demonstrate His immense power in your life (Isaiah 41:10). He wants to bless you (Deuteronomy 28:8), keep you free of diseases (Exodus 15:26), and fight your battles for you (Isaiah 49: 25-26). Besides, God wants to give you a break from your problems (Matthew 11:28) and provide you a befitting place in Heaven when your race on earth has ended (John 14:2-3).

Friend, are you ready for Him today? If you are, then get set to satisfy the following conditions, among others. First, you must be born again, i.e., you must permit Jesus Christ to be your personal Lord and Savior. Except you do this, you stand no chance of being blessed by Him (Mark 7:27), neither would you be able to attain Heaven at the end of the day (John 3:3).

Next, you have to walk according to the Law of the Lord so that your ways can be blameless (Psalm 119:1 (NIV)). Moreover, you have to exhibit absolute faith in Him time after time (Hebrews 11:6). You may have to fast and pray more, too!

If you satisfy all these conditions and others prescribed in the Bible, then the Limitless God, our God, will bless you beyond your imagination (1 Corinthians 2:9), and your joy will be full in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Jesus is Lord!

Dr. Adedayo Stoney Adegbulu.

Medical Practitioner, Author, and Speaker.

YES, MY FRIEND SAW HEAVEN!

And it shall come to pass afterward, That I will pour out My Spirit on all flesh; Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, Your old men shall dream dreams, Your young men shall see visions.” (Joel 2:28)

Ruby, not the real name, was 92 years old when I met her for the first time on professional ground. Though advanced in age, she was in total control of her life, and she loved God and humanity dearly!

As I was leaving her residence one Sunday morning, she noticed I was singing a Christian hymn, and she asked if she could join me, and I said yes. She later told me she was a devoted Christian but had stopped going to church owing to the effects of old age on her. We spent a short but memorable time together that day, singing, praying, and praising the name of the Lord together. We met several times afterward!

One afternoon, I went to her residence, and someone told me Ruby was very ill and about to die. So, I quickly ran to her room and found out that although unwell and weak, she was heartily discussing her imminent transition to Heaven with her relatives. She also said many exciting things about Heaven, as revealed to her in a dream, some of which I will like to share with you at this point, trusting that they will motivate you to work harder towards getting there. 

She confirmed that Heaven is a superb place (Revelation 21:9-21), where everything seems new (Revelation 21:1-2). Also, she verified that it is inhabited by joyful people (Psalm 16:11), just worshipping the Lord (Nehemiah 9:6). Likewise, Ruby said it is devoid of death, sorrow, crying, and pain (Revelation 21:4), and that people live in their own beautiful personal houses there. She also disclosed that she saw her Heavenly mansion, ready and waiting for her habitation (John 14:2-3).

Moreover, Ruby, said she saw many people, new arrivals, streaming into Heaven, rejoicing and being congratulated by those who are already there. Not only that, she said she saw some of her deceased Christian friends, looking very happy, healthy, and settled. 

At a point, her daughter told her I was around, and she opened her eyes, held my hand firmly, and with a lovely smile, said, “Adedayo, thank you for being a part of my journey on earth. I am going home very soon; I have seen the place, it is beautiful, and I look forward to seeing you there one day”. And not very long after talking to me, she slept and never woke up again. That is, my friend, Ruby, died!

Friend, I believe God gave Ruby a glimpse of Heaven to remind us that it is real, stunning, and attainable (John 14:1-3). But we can only get there if we are born again (John 3:3). Are you born again? If you are not, please, do so without delay. Then, among other things, work out your salvation with fear and trembling (Philippians 2:12), be close to the body of Christ (Hebrews 10:24-25), and stand firm to the end (1 Corinthians 10:12). 

What’s more, study the word of God avidly (Joshua 1:8), pray without ceasing (1 Thessalonians 5:17), and focus your attention on Jesus Christ (Hebrews 12:2). By the grace of God, you will make it to Heaven when your journey on earth is over, like my friend Ruby, in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Jesus is Lord!

Dr. Adedayo Stoney Adegbulu.

Medical Practitioner, Author, and Speaker.