YOUR ENEMIES SHALL FALL FOR YOUR SAKE!

Behold, they shall surely gather together, but not by me: whosoever shall gather together against thee shall fall for thy sake’’ (Isaiah 54:15 (KJV))
 

I used to work in a Nigerian hospital some years back. It is in one of the restive areas of the country, and most of its workers were indigenes of the place. Many of them, however, believed it was their inalienable right to occupy all the top positions in the establishments sited in their area, including hospitals, to the total exclusion of other Nigerians, and this type of mindset brought about bad blood on several occasions.

Not long after I resumed work in the hospital, I noticed that some doctors at my level, who are indigenes of the area, believed the management of the hospital favored me above them, and they became uncomfortable with me being in their midst. Of course, they were not right! In the end, they moved to frustrate me out of the system, but I made up my mind not to give them the pleasure of achieving their fantasy.

One afternoon, they arranged an impromptu meeting, which was presided over by a Senior Consultant that was sympathetic to their cause, and who never hid her dislike for me at any time, for reasons best known to her. The main agenda of the meeting, although hidden, was to move me from the department I was legally employed to be a part of, to another headed by a notorious cruel senior doctor.

But in order to make the meeting appear fair, three doctors at my level, including myself and the person who spearheaded the conspiracy against me, were invited to it, purportedly for screening. It was when I got there that I discovered that the other doctors came to it, armed with firm instructions from their powerful godfathers within the system, that they should not be moved from their departments, for any reason. What that meant, was that I would be moved, come what may. On my path, since I had no godfather like them, I turned to the ultimate godfather, the Almighty God, for support.

Anyway, after going back and forth, several times, during the meeting, the chairperson ordered me to vacate my position and move to the one they had in mind for me. Immediately, I rose to my feet and told her I accepted her order as a child of God, and I sat down.

Nevertheless, right within me, I felt seriously hurt, but confident that the Lord would fight for me regardless. One thing then led to another, and the chairperson reversed herself, upbraided the doctors involved in the plot to dislodge me, and ordered their ringleader to proceed to the said department, straight away. After that, she turned to me and asked me, politely, to remain where I was. I did, and I ended up doing very well there, helping numerous people and honoring God with the talents He gave me. I give Him praise!

Friend, those doctors gathered against me, not because of God, and they fell for my sake (Isaiah 54:15). In like manner, God shall cause those who gather against you, not because of Him, to fall for your sake, from now on, in Jesus name. Amen.

They shall fall for your sake for God to save your children (Isaiah 49:25). Also, they shall fall, for your business to thrive; remember He wants you to prosper at any rate (3 John 2). Besides, those who gather against you to cause you afflictions (pains) shall fall for your sake, and the Lord shall deliver you (Psalm 34:19). In the same way, those who gather against you to spoil your name shall fall for your sake, and the Lord shall give you a new one, without fail (Isaiah 62:1-2).

To cut a long story short, henceforth, anyone, any circumstance, or any institution, etc., that gather against you for wrong reasons, shall fall for your sake, so that you can enjoy the amazing plans God has in store for you (Jeremiah 29:11), in Jesus name. Amen.

Jesus is Lord!
 
Dr. Adedayo Stoney Adegbulu (Dr. Stoney)
 
Medical Practitioner, Author, and Speaker

YOU CAN ALSO FIND FAVOR BEFORE GOD!

For the Lord God is a sun and shield; the Lord bestows favor and honor; no good thing does he withhold from those whose walk is blameless’’ (Psalm 84:11).

Shortly after I finished my first year in the Higher School, I found myself unbearably idle and bored, so, I made up my mind to secure at least a vacation job to keep myself busy. Unfortunately, I got none, even though I applied for many. It was as if the employers of labor at that moment were uninterested in my class of applicants. After a while, I gave up and waited patiently to go back to school for another session later in the year.

Early one morning, one of my uncles came to our house and told me he had secured a vacation job interview for me in the history department of our local university, where he worked as a gardener. Honestly, I wasn’t thrilled by his gesture, because to start with, I did not fancy him much as a person at that time. Besides, I hated history as a subject, and I didn’t want to have anything to do with it in any way. Consequently, I declined his offer, politely.

But my father soon intervened and urged me to attend the interview, if only to show a measure of gratitude to my uncle, and I agreed, grudgingly. And for the first time since my uncle arrived at our house that day, he smiled, and his well-known contorted face relaxed a little bit. He was full of joy!

I later found out that he had gone everywhere in his workplace, boasting that I, his nephew, an HSC student of the famous Government College, Ibadan (GCI), Nigeria, would be given the job. To him, GCI boys are extraordinary people, who are primed to outshine others, in all things always. I tried to convince him that we are like other people out there, but he did not agree with me, so, I let him be.

To cut a long story short, I attended the interview as planned, only to discover that eleven other applicants, all grown men, also came for it. I was the youngest, smallest, and least qualified of all of us. The others were university and polytechnic undergraduates, and I noticed that a couple of them felt insulted that I, a mere higher schoolboy, was in their midst. It was as if I purposely came there to spoil their little private party, but I ignored them.

Then, after waiting for what looked like a long time to me, a young stylish, pipe in the mouth lecturer, came out of an inner office and said, who is the GCI man here? I raised up my hands, and he looked at me from head to toe, obviously surprised to see not a man, but a moderate stature boy like me in such a gathering. In the end, he smiled, winked at me, cleared his throat, and said, Adedayo Stoney Adegbulu, the job is yours, others should please go away, thank you. I was so stunned that I was speechless temporarily. The others were stunned as well!

Friend, I believe I found favor before God that day, and that was why He caused the lecturer to give me the job without the planned interview, even though I was the youngest, smallest, and least qualified of all of us. You can also find favor before Him because He is still in the business of giving favors to people (Psalm 5:12).

The prophet Zechariah said, “Ask the Lord for rain in the time of the latter rain…’’ (Zechariah 10:1). In the Bible, rain represents favor, which you can find before God right now (Psalm 102:13). Therefore, go ahead and ask Him for favors regarding your life, family, children, friends, co-workers, work, business, ministry, finances, health, challenges, reputation, community, country, etc. But you have to do this time after time until you get the desired result, which of course, will surely come at some point (Habakkuk 2:3). Please, wait for it!

Eventually, you will find yourself getting to the position that seems beyond your ability, reaching height you are not capable of reaching on your own, getting that elusive job, overcoming obstacles that seem insurmountable, getting married despite all odds, defeating an intractable illness and addiction, winning stubborn lawsuit, passing a difficult examination, and solving complex problems, etc., in Jesus name. Amen.

Jesus is Lord!

Dr. Adedayo Stoney Adegbulu (Dr. Stoney)

Medical Practitioner, Author, and Speaker

YOUR ENEMY CAN BE AT PEACE WITH YOU!

When a man’s ways please the Lord, He makes even his enemies to be at peace with him’’ (Proverbs 16:7).

My father, Samuel Adejuyigbe Adegbulu (1924-1999) was famous for being intelligent, humorous, sociable, trendy, neat, and delightfully handsome. He loved his family, education, music, and flowers. He also loved people and taught us to love and stand up for them whenever the need arises.

As a person, I love people too, especially the young ones, a lot of whom I had, and still have, as my friends till now. They flock around me, follow me everywhere, and share in my successes and setbacks. They make life exciting and more meaningful for me too, and on my path, I do my best to help, teach, and stand up for them, as my father advocated.

Whereas many people applaud me for being there for the young ones, a few hate me for the same reason. And at one time, someone in the latter group declared himself my number one enemy and vowed to deal with me mercilessly. He was a tall, muscular, and strong man, while I was only feeble, stature-wise, at that time.

One day, I took delivery of some tee-shirts, which I was to give out to some boys free of charge, but the man in question wanted them all for himself, and I said no to his demand. To the best of my knowledge, I thought I was doing the right thing. But he felt I crossed the red line and decided to deal with me ruthlessly. After all, he never liked me, to start with.

So, he advanced towards me, and as he was about to land me his first round of punches, I felt an overwhelming power, the origin of which I can’t explain, surging through my body. It was so strong that I confronted and defeated him with ease, to my surprise and everyone else’s. Eventually, I gave out the tee-shirts as planned and left the place.

Shortly afterward, he came to where I was, offered me his hand, and I shook it warmly with great joy. Then, he apologized for his earlier actions and promised to be my friend from that moment. I am proud to declare that he lived up to his promise, and we are still friends up till today, to the glory of God.

Looking back now, I believe my way pleased the Lord, so, He made the man, who was my enemy to be at peace with me (Proverbs 16:7). He can make yours to be at peace with you too if your way please Him. How can this happen, you might wish to ask at this point?

Well, there are many things you must do, but we will consider only the following for now. For example, you must always obey Him (Exodus 19:5) and do His will (Hebrews 13:21). You must also have absolute faith in Him (Hebrews 11:6).

Besides, you must fear Him (Psalm 147:11) and make efforts to be spiritually minded (Romans 8:6-8). Moreover, you must love Him and humanity (Matthew 22:35-40). Not only that, you must pay attention to the poor/needy (Proverbs 14:31) and give cheerfully (2 Corinthians 9:6-7). Prayer and fasting may be very crucial in this matter as well (Matthew 17:20-21).

Friends, I believe if you do all above and others, you will please God, and He will proceed to make your enemy to be at peace with you. And before long, you will see yourself flourishing and fulfilling your destiny in life, in Jesus name. Amen.

Jesus is Lord!

Dr. Adedayo Stoney Adegbulu (Dr. Stoney)

Medical Practitioner, Author, and Speaker

MOVE FROM WHERE YOU ARE NOW TO WHERE GOD WANTS YOU TO BE!

Now the LORD had said to Abram: “Get out of your country, from your family and from your father’s house, to a land that I will show you. 2.  I will make you a great nation; I will bless you…And you shall be a blessing’’ (Genesis 12:1-2).

I used to work in Akure, Nigeria, my home town, in the early part of my career. Initially, things went very well for me and my family there, but the situation soon changed, and we encountered myriads of difficulties afterwards, which made me seek help from people, especially those I thought could help us, but they ignored me. Some of them even denigrated me, and that was quite painful. It was as if God shut the door on us!

While sleeping one night, I dreamt I was addressing a congregation. I was all over the place, jumping from one part of the auditorium to another, screaming myself hoarse, panting and sweating profusely. Sadly, no one took any notice of me, and after some time, I became annoyed and decided to abandon the congregants. Suddenly, I heard a voice from behind, urging me to leave Akure because my time there was over. It also advised me to relocate to Benin-City, Nigeria, where I would be heard, appreciated and blessed.

Meanwhile, Benin-City, though bigger and more prosperous than ours, was not a popular destination among our people. A lot of them believed it is a violent, fetish, and sinful city, which should be avoided at all cost. But my wife and I thought otherwise. So, we sought guidance from our spiritual parents, to clarify issues and lay every concern to rest.

After we had fasted and prayed one day, they cleared us in the spirit and encouraged us to relocate to Benin-City, as I was advised in my dream. They also affirmed that we would be heard, appreciated and blessed there. Not only that, they prophesied that the City would pave the way for us to travel abroad, without stress. We left Akure and move to Benin-City shortly afterwards, not minding the negative remarks from various quarters.

Please, let me quickly state here that it wasn’t all gloom and doom for us at Akure because we enjoyed some good moments and relationships there too. A lot of people freely gave us their time, love, commitment, words of encouragement, best wishes, and prayers, etc., each time. And for these, we are most grateful. May the good Lord reward them richly, in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Indeed, God blessed us abundantly in Benin-City. It was there that I became a functioning speaker. I spoke in numerous gatherings to different categories of people, and they listened to me. And with my sister-in-law, Temi Obasohan, my wife and I ran a televangelism ministry, WORD ALIVE, through which we reached millions of people every week, won several souls for Christ and motivated a lot of young people to do good and honour God. We also used our ministry to discover and bring into the limelight many hidden talents; singers, dancers, instrumentalists, actors/actresses, speakers, etc., that are doing great today to the glory of God.

On a personal note, I learnt new skills in Benin-City. One of them is typing, which I have used to write countless of medical and non-medical articles, books, theses, lecture notes, proposals, poems, orations, tributes, etc., all by myself. Besides, I learnt graphic design there, and today, I have several good designs to my credit. As if all above were not enough, my communication skill got a significant boost in that great City.

Professionally, my wife and I did very well too. For example, my colleagues and I treated and brought thousands of people back to good health. Also, I furthered my training in Medicine, studied computer appreciation, word processing, spreadsheet appreciation, etc. Additionally, I honed my skill in TV presentation and directing. All these I would never have done in Akure because of massive distractions and a shortage of opportunities there.

My wife and I also met and closely interacted with numerous good people that loved and stood by us, through thick and thin. The icing on our cake was that we met and enjoyed an excellent personal relationship, unwavering love, and unfettered spiritual guidance from the legendary Arch-Bishop Benson Idahosa, our dear father in the Lord of blessed memory, and his beautiful wife. I say big thank you to all these good people.

Finally, it was the Benin-City route that paved the way for us to relocate to the UK, without stress. And now, we are using the talents God gave us along the way to honour Him and do well for ourselves and humanity. I give Him praise!

Friend, my wife and I obeyed God by moving out of Akure, our home town and comfort zone, where we were, to Benin-City, where He wanted us to be, and He blessed us immensely in return, and we became channels of blessings to others (Genesis 12: 1-2). Today, I encourage you to do the same thing, and God will bless you as well.

Therefore, is God asking you to change your location for another one, or change your job for a new one? Is He asking you to acquire a new skill, start a new business, write a book, compose a song, or produce a movie? Is He asking you to end a relationship and start a new one with someone else? Etc. If He is, please obey Him, because He wants you to move from where you are now, to where He wants you to be.

If you obey Him, you will have rest (Matthew 11:28), victory (Deuteronomy 20:4), joy (Isaiah 35:10), peace (Psalm 29:11), promotion (Psalm 75:6-7 (KJV)), fresh ideas/creativity (1 Kings 3:12), etc. Moreover, your trials will be taken care of (1 Corinthians 10:13), and your broken heart will be healed (Psalm 147:3).

Furthermore, you will prosper, for that is the wish of God for you anyway (3 John 2), and your children will become mighty and blessed in your land (Psalm 112:2 (NIV)). Other mind-boggling things will happen to you also (1 Corinthians 2:9), and the name of the Lord shall be exalted in your life, in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Jesus is Lord!

Dr Adedayo Stoney Adegbulu (Dr Stoney)

Medical Practitioner, Author, and Speaker

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TRIBUTE TO MY MUM!

My mum, Deaconess Beatrice Taye Adegbulu (14th April 1929 to 17th October 2018, buried on 8th February 2019), was a very good woman, a devout Christian, and a lover of humanity. We fondly called her Mama in her lifetime!

As far as I can remember, Mama welcomed everyone to our house with open arms and gave them her all. Nothing was too big or too small for her to give out to people. She was an avid giver!

Mama was a mother figure to everyone; our friends, relatives, neighbours, her colleagues at work, church members, etc. She loved and looked after them, and they found in her a sturdy shoulder, which they could lean on for support each time they were in distress.

My mother was very close to our in-laws, and she did everything humanly possible to make us the big family that we are today. She loved and prayed for them on a regular basis as well.

Mama loved Akure, Nigeria, our hometown, and at a time, she practically turned our house into an extension of Akure Land. She loved the people of Akure sincerely and revered our elders, most especially the Deji, our paramount leader.

She loved her husband, our father, Samuel Adejuyigbe Adegbulu (1924-1999) without flinching, and she took excellent care of him till he breathed his last on the 22nd of December 1999.

My mother never discriminated against any of her stepchildren. She treated them with decorum and kindness throughout. I am therefore not surprised that many people of good conscience praised and applauded her for her immense contributions to who they have become today.

Mama treated her biological children, Adejisola, Adeyinka, Adenike, Adedayo, Adekunle, and Aderonke, like other children in her care. However, she taught us to be there for one another, respect each other’s views, and show kindness to everyone we meet. Besides, she taught us not to bear grudge against anyone, no matter what.

She was my special ally and greatest supporter, and she looked forward to, enjoyed, and celebrated my successes with me each time. And each time I went down, she went down and rose up with me again. But despite the unalloyed love she had for me, she never hesitated to tell me off, each time I overstepped my boundaries.

Without a doubt, I will miss my mum greatly, but I will never forget who and how she was to me. Moreover, I will never forget her dedication to God, loyalty to people, deep-rooted kindness, and commitment to charitable pursuits.

May her gentle soul rest in perfect peace, in Jesus name. Amen.

Adieu, MAMA!

Dr Adedayo Stoney Adegbulu (Dr Stoney)

Medical Practitioner, Author, and Speaker

THE IMPOSSIBLE IS ALSO POSSIBLE WITH GOD!

But Jesus looked at them and said, “With men it is impossible, but not with God; for with God all things are possible” (Mark 10:27)

I once worked in a rural community in Nigeria, shortly after I graduated from the Medical School. And while I was there, I met a young man who was generally described as a drug addict, a serial womanizer, a busybody and a drifter, among other evil labels. But I did not see him the way they saw him. I saw him as a nice man, always smiling, and had kind words for me each time we met.

One day, he was evicted from the small room he shared with his uncle, his uncle’s large family, and other people, on trumped-up charges, and he found himself homeless, helpless and penniless all of a sudden.

In his desperation, he came to my office one hot afternoon, sweating profusely and looking unkempt, and narrated his ordeals to me. Eventually, he asked if he could live in my boys’ quarters, which was vacant at that time, and I said yes immediately, despite strong protestations from some people within the community. They wanted me to evict him at all costs, but I refused.

Before long, he became born-again and went everywhere to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ, heal the people, and deliver them from the clutches of the devil. That is, he became a great blessing to many people in the community. He was a great blessing to me and my family as well.

One morning, he came to my apartment and asked if he could do a farm for me, as a way of thanking me for allowing him to live in my boys’ quarters free of charge. But I declined since I didn’t want a farm. Besides, the land in our part of the community was known to be barren and unfit for any meaningful farming activity.

Notwithstanding, he continued to pester me until I caved in. He later assured me that with God, the land, which was known to be barren and unfit for any meaningful farming activity, would do very well for us. And to my surprise, it did, such that at the end of the planting season that year, we harvested a large quantity of farm produce, most of which we had to give out to several people far and near.

To me, it was impossible to carry out any meaningful farming activity where my residence was. But to the man, the ‘impossible is also possible with God’, and he was dead right.

Friends, are you currently facing any situation, which looks impossible to overcome? If you are, then be informed that the ‘impossible is possible with God’. For instance, it is possible for Him to heal you, even though medical experts have concluded otherwise. Remember, He is interested in restoring you to health and healing your wounds (Jeremiah 30:17).

It is also possible for Him to make you prosper, even if the resources at your disposal and other realities on the ground do not agree with this position. Please, do not forget that He wants you to abound in all the work of your hand (Deuteronomy 30:9), and make you prosper in whatever you do (Psalms 1:3). In addition, it is possible for Him to save your children, even though they are far lost (Isaiah 49:25), and they shall call you blessed, sooner or later (Proverbs 31:28).

Furthermore, it is possible for God to give you a good name, a good personality, a good ministry, a good business, a good career, a good family, a good house, a good car, etc. (Psalm 84:11), although it looks like you cannot have them because of one reason or the other.

Please, don’t believe the lies of the devil suggesting that it is impossible for you to have good things of life, or reach great heights like other people, for with God all things are possible (Mark 10:27). Meaning, the ‘impossible is also possible’ with God! Hallelujah!!

Jesus is Lord!

Dr Adedayo Stoney Adegbulu (Dr Stoney)

Medical Practitioner, Author, and Speaker

PLEASE, DON’T ABANDON ANYONE!

Therefore receive one another, just as Christ also received us, to the glory of God’’ (Romans 15:7)

I used to work in the Health Services of an Institution of higher learning back home in Nigeria. One of my main duties there was to conduct a medical examination on the new workers and students before they are allowed into the system. I did this with other doctors!

One day, a devout Muslim student was assigned to me. She declined my services on the religious ground. According to her, her religion forbade her from fraternizing with any male outside her immediate family. Well, I respected her view and referred her to a female doctor in town, instantly. But I assured her of my readiness to assist her, whenever she wanted.

Early one morning, she was rushed to my consulting room by her female Muslim friends, because she was in poor health. I referred her to a female doctor immediately, based on our earlier agreement. But to my surprise, she insisted I should treat her, and I asked her why she changed her mind, and she said she could trust me because I did not abandon her the day we first met.

You can imagine how honoured I felt that day! Anyway, I accepted her request with great joy and attended to her. I am glad that she responded to treatment very quickly, and I discharged her later that day, hale and hearty.

We soon became close friends, and she visited my office in the company of her Muslim friends, quite regularly. They became close to my Christian friends too, and they were quite comfortable being around us, even when we prayed and read the Bible. They enjoyed our company, and we enjoyed theirs as well!

One of them later gave his life to Christ, during a crusade meeting he attended with us, and he went on to become a very good addition to the Kingdom of God and an immense blessing to me as a person. I sincerely thank God for the young Muslim girl and the convert we got through her. I did not abandon her, and it paid off in the end to the glory of God.

Friends, you can do the same as well. For instance, don’t abandon the poor in your midst. On the other hand, help them as much as you can, and the Lord will reward you sooner or later (Proverbs 19:17). Also, don’t abandon the voiceless in your land; you can be their voice (Proverbs 31:8-9).

Don’t abandon those who are childless near you. Instead, encourage and pray for them, for great surprises awaits them from God (Isaiah 54:1). Take care of the sick that you can reach; don’t abandon them. Visit them, clean their houses, do their shopping and cooking for them, and support them in other ways possible (Galatians 6:2).

Please, make up your mind not to abandon anyone this Year 2019. At least, give people a fair chance to benefit from you, and the good Lord will be pleased with you (Hebrews 13:16). He will also reward you most appropriately in the end (Matthew 25: 31-40), in Jesus name. Amen.

Happy New Year to you all!

Jesus is Lord!

Dr Adedayo Stoney Adegbulu (Dr Stoney)

Medical Practitioner, Author, and Speaker