FOGS DOESN’T LAST FOREVER!

For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory” (2 Corinthians 4:17).

I went to an important event some years back. It took place far away from my base and the traffic to the venue was typically very heavy and chaotic. So, I left my residence early enough to avoid getting there late. 

Initially, everything went well until a thick fog appeared suddenly. It was so thick that visibility was reduced to almost zero that it became practically impossible and too risky to continue driving. After a while, all of us plying the road at that time had to veer off it and pack our vehicles by the roadside, to avoid accidents. 

We were in the same position for a fairly long time, and I was not happy about the situation, but there was nothing I could do to reverse it. Suddenly, the fog started to fade away bit by bit, and visibility began to improve.  Before long, it was okay for us to continue our journey, and I barely made it to the event early enough at the end of the day.

Fogs, by the way, are a collection of liquid water droplets or ice crystals suspended in the air at or near the earth’s surface. Usually, they form rapidly and disappear rapidly.  But they may take longer to disappear now and again, thus reducing visibility, slowing down or halting vehicular movements altogether. To a large extent, they may cause hardship, missed appointments, wasted opportunities, loss of revenue, accidents, and even loss of life if care is not taken. Thank God they do not last forever!

Certain situations, which I call Fogs of Life, do mimic the physical fog. Like their natural counterparts, their effects also slow down or halt people’s progress and make things hazy, hard, and uninteresting for them. They include the death of loved ones, crippling illnesses, loss of jobs, failed businesses, broken marriages, badly behaved children, missed opportunities, shattered dreams, disappointments, disasters, etc. But they don’t last forever as well!

While the effects of some Fog of Life situations disappear with relative ease, others don’t. We, therefore, need help from God to overcome them.  But we can only reach Him through Jesus Christ (John 14:6).  That means we must be close to Jesus Christ, to begin with, and we can only achieve this by becoming born-again. 

Friend, are you born-again? If you are, well done! But if you are not, then do the needful today. Confess the Lord Jesus Christ with your mouth and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, and you will become born-again (Romans 10:9). After taking these vital steps, then you can boldly pray to God to help you remove the fog(s) in your life, through Jesus Christ. The good news is that Jesus Christ will not ignore you (John 6:37) and that God will help you out (Isaiah 41:10). In that case, you have no reason to be afraid!

Jesus is Lord!

Dr. Adedayo Stoney Adegbulu (Dr. Stoney)

Medical Practitioner, Author, and Speaker

THIS SHALL COME TO PASS!

…It Shall Come To Pass…

I once read about a pastor who oversaw a small rural church. He liked giving people the chance to testify to the goodness of God in their lives, each time he preached. One Sunday morning, he urged each testifier to begin his or her testimony with an appropriate Bible passage.

The first person got up, and quoted Philippians 4:19: “and my God shall supply all your needs according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus”. He then narrated how God supplied all his needs during the week, such that he was able to feed his family and pay his children’s school fees with ease, even though he had no hope of doing so earlier.

After that, another person got up, and quoted Galatians 6:9: “and let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart”. He told the congregation how someone he helped reluctantly in the past, came back to give him a decent amount of money, which he used to settle his child’s medical bill.

Next, the third person got up, and cited Psalms 107:20: “he sent his words and he healed them and delivered them from their destructions.” She went on to narrate how God delivered her from a long-standing illness. Before then, she went to several places for help, all to no avail, until she encountered a man of God who prayed for her and got healed subsequently.

Several other people gave their testimonies one after the other that day, and the church was thoroughly blessed. Finally, an elderly man got up, and his quotation was very simple: “it shall come to pass.”

This is a very common Bible quotation, and his testimony was that he had many problems before, which he tried to solve all by himself without success. He was ill, his children were badly-behaved and always in conflict with the police. Besides, his wife’s business, their only means of livelihood had collapsed, and they were neck-deep in debt.

At a point, he tried to commit suicide, but he abandoned the idea because of the problems involved. Eventually, he fasted and prayed to God to deliver him. Then, after a while, help started to come from various quarters, and his problems were resolved one by one; i.e., they came to pass! He ended his testimony by urging everyone in the congregation to take their problems to God for resolution and they will come to pass.

Friends, what is it that is making your life so difficult these days and would not allow you to rest? Is it an illness, a lack, joblessness, a failed business, an academic or professional stagnation, a divorce, an addiction, a debt, a legal tussle, etc.? Whatever it is, I challenge you right now, as the elderly man did, to take it to God for resolution, and It Shall Come to Pass (Matthew 11:28), sooner or later, in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Jesus is Lord!

Dr. Adedayo Stoney Adegbulu (Dr. Stoney)

Medical Practitioner, Author, and Speaker

GOD WILL QUICKEN ALL THAT CONCERNS YOU!

Yes indeed, it won’t be long now.” God’s Decree.
Things are going to happen so fast your head will swim, one thing fast on the heels of the other. You won’t be able to keep up. Everything will be happening at once—and everywhere you look, blessings!…” (Amos 9:13-15 MSG)

I wrote this piece as a tribute to Mrs. Lorenzo, not her real name. As a person, she was very friendly, strong-willed, well-informed, and witty, among her numerous sterling qualities. However, she was very sickly, and she was in and out of the hospital on several occasions. Despite that, she was usually very lively and willing to help people. She was a lot older than me!

I first met Mrs. Lorenzo many years ago when I was working in a hospital in Nigeria. At that time, she had been on admission for many days, without any noticeable improvement in her health. As I was attending to my patients one morning, the head nurse on duty entreated me to review her case because she was in much pain. Mrs. Lorenzo was not my patient, neither was she assigned to my team, but I agreed to attend to her, nonetheless.

I went straight to her, and after I had finished examining her and reviewing her case note, I discovered that her doctors had done an excellent job on her; I had nothing to add to or subtract from their line of management. So, I reassured and promised her that I would keep an eye on her. Somehow, she found out that I am a Christian, and she asked me if God could heal her, and I said yes, He could, only if she believed. Eventually, we prayed together, and I asked God to quicken her healing in the name of Jesus Christ. I left her bedside shortly afterward and continued to attend to my patients.

Later that day, I was called to review a patient in the same ward, and on getting there, I saw Mrs. Lorenzo and her relations singing, dancing, and praising the name of God together. Then, I asked one of the nurses why they were so happy, and she said, shortly after I finished praying for Mrs. Lorenzo earlier in the morning, she went to her bed and slept soundly, for the first time in several weeks, and on waking up, she was completely alright. Moreover, her vital signs had normalized fully. It was as if she never took ill before! Her doctors discharged her the following day, and she enjoyed relatively good health for many years subsequently.

Sadly, Mrs. Lorenzo passed on to glory recently at a ripe age of nearly eighty years. May her sweet soul find perfect peace and rest in the Lord her Maker, in Jesus name. Amen.

Friend, God quickened Mrs. Lorenzo’s healing, and she enjoyed relatively good health for many years subsequently. This God can repeat the same feat in various facets of your life too if you believe (Mark 9:23). For example, He can quicken your healing and restore good health to you (Jeremiah 30:17). He can also quicken the work of your hands to bless you (Deuteronomy 28:12). Besides, He can quicken your promotion, which He controls solely anyway (Psalm 75:6-7 KJV). Not only that, He can quicken His words concerning your children to bless them (Isaiah 44:3-5).

God can quicken you so much that whatever He says about you will come to pass unfailingly (Ezekiel 12:25). Additionally, He will negate every adverse counsel and plan people have against you (Psalm 33:10). You will no longer require the influence of people to succeed because the grace of God will be sufficient for you (2 Corinthians 9:8), and the latter part of your life will be better than the beginning (Job 8:7).

Please, get ready for the quickening that is coming your way before long, and those things you once considered to be very hard or impossible, will begin to happen so quickly that your head will swim. But you have to take the limit off God from now on and begin to believe Him, and He will fill your heart with joy and mouth with songs of praise, in Jesus name. Amen.

Jesus is Lord!

Dr. Adedayo Stoney Adegbulu (Dr. Stoney)

Medical Practitioner, Author, and Speaker

GOD HAS NOT GIVEN US THE SPIRIT OF FEAR

For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind’’ (2 Timothy 1:7).

I was on a Computer Appreciation course at the Word of Faith Academy, Benin-City, Nigeria, many years ago. It was meant to teach us, the participants, the computer skills we needed to boost our effectiveness in our careers and prepare us for leadership roles in our places of work. It was a short but intensive course!

I liked the course very well, and I looked forward to coming out on top in it right from the onset. Regrettably, I found out after a short time that I was struggling to combine it with my medical practice, which was strenuous enough on its own, and I feared it might affect my output in work negatively. More disturbingly, I feared I might drop out of it.

Before long, my fear turned to reality, as I decided to drop out of the course to save my career and free myself from what I termed needless stress. But before I carried out my decision, I discussed it with one of my friends; an officer of the Nigerian Air Force and a devout Christian. He was on the same course as me! To my surprise, he saw through my fears very quickly and advised me to deal with them, because they were not from God.

Immediately, 2 Timothy 1:7 came to my mind, and I started to recite it loudly to myself, on and on, replacing the word “us’’ in it with “me’’, each time. After some time, I felt great strength and self-confidence surging into my body, and two days later, I went back to class, rejoined my classmates, and vowed to complete the course very well, come what may.

I am pleased to declare here that my colleagues in the hospital assisted me a great deal, by taking up some of my responsibilities, and that made it possible for me to have enough time to focus on my studies and perform my professional duties well at the same time. Guess what? I completed the course very well and on time, and I got a distinction in each of the courses that I took. I also graduated as the best student in my course, and in the entire academy, that season.

Fear is a common phenomenon, which affects each person from time to time. It can either be a good thing or a bad thing, depending on how we view it. It is a good thing when it makes us aware of the presence of danger. But It is a bad thing when it affects us negatively. For example, when it makes us have headaches, poor sleep, tiredness, sweating, hot flushes, shortness of breath, chest pain, disturbed appetite, weight loss, and other physical and psychological symptoms.

Fear does make people feel inferior, inadequate, and inactive, among others. But the good news is, it is not from God. Instead of the spirit of fear, He gave us the spirit of power, love, and a sound mind, all of which we need to excel in life. I, therefore, encourage you to reject the former and embrace the latter. It will pay off in the long run!

Friend, God helped me overcome my fear, and I went on to excel in tasks that I once dreaded. He has plans to do the same thing for you also (Jeremiah 29:11(NIV) if you allow Him. So, from now on, make sure you do not fear any problem that afflicts you because it is not meant to last forever to start with (2 Corinthians 4:17). Besides, God will make the way of escape possible, so that you can bear it (1 Corinthians 10:13) and come out of it better off (James 1:2-4).

In that case, please, do not fear the problems associated with your past, unimpressive education, age, inadequate resources, poor health, unruly children, badly-behaved spouse, crumbling business, lack of connection, state of joblessness, etc. On the other hand, hand them over to God in prayer, and have faith He will sort you out one way or another; He will do so (Hebrews 11:6) sooner or later, and your joy will be full, in Jesus name. Amen.

Jesus is Lord!

Dr. Adedayo Stoney Adegbulu (Dr. Stoney)

Medical Practitioner, Author, and Speaker

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