“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