LET’S DO THINGS DIFFERENTLY THIS YEAR 2021!

The Boll Weevils are beetles that fed on cotton buds and flowers. They entered the U.S. from Mexico in the late 1800s. By the 1920s, they had spread through the country’s cotton-producing areas, and the devastation they left behind was mind-boggling. They ruined plantations after plantations, devastated the cotton industry, and left many people poor and distressed.

Amid the great loss and the grim situation around, a farmer in Alabama, USA, decided to do things differently. He opted to grow peanuts (groundnuts) instead of cotton. He quickly discovered that the Boll Weevils could not destroy peanuts as powerful as they are.

So, he introduced his colleagues to peanut farming. Of course, they resisted his idea initially. They wanted to continue planting cotton because that was the only crop they knew how to grow. But thank God, they listened to and joined him at the end of the day.

To their greatest surprise, they made so much profit at the end of that year’s planting season than they would have made if they grew cotton. Many farmers in the area never went back to planting cotton, even after the Boll Weevils’ scourge ended. The man and his colleagues did things differently, and they were better off for it!

As you enter the year 2021, please, look back, and consider those things you could do differently. Ask yourself what works and bears fruits in your life? What are those things that make you happy? What do you do with ease? What can you do to be more productive, passionate, loving, generous, etc.? Identify them, work on them, and do them differently.

To do all the above, you may have to walk away from bad behaviors. You may also have to be kinder and more sensitive to people’s plight. Besides, you may have to make yourself less hard to get on with. Avoid looking down on people and don’t kill their dreams. Be more tolerant, more forgiving, and more approachable.

Please, upgrade your skills. Attend appropriate courses, and read relevant books. You need to move with brilliant people and let sound people mentor you. Above all, trust God to direct your path, and He will. (Proverbs 3:5-6)

Make sure you read your Bible often to succeed (Joshua 1:8) and pray without ceasing (1 Thessalonians 5:17). You may have to fast and pray to achieve great miracles, too (Matthew 17:21). Please, reach out to the poor, and the Lord will deliver you in the day of trouble (Psalm 41:1).

And if you are not born again, or better still, if you have no close relationship with Jesus Christ, then sort that out this year. He is waiting to partner with you (Revelation 3:20).

If you do all the above and more this New Year, God will help you, and you will go where you have never been before, accomplish what you thought is impossible, and attain the level you could not reach on your own, in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Happy New Year!

Dr. Adedayo Stoney Adegbulu

Medical Practitioner, Author, and Speaker

MAKE THAT MOVE RIGHT NOW!

Today, I remember Leo, not his real name, who was prompted in the Spirit to make a specific move at a crucial point in his life. He did and got extraordinary results afterward.

Leo moved abroad to further his career at his friend’s invitation. His friend promised to support him in all possible ways, and he believed. As a result, he resigned from his job, sold his belongings to raise some money, and jetted off to meet his friend.

Initially, Leo’s friend was nice to him, but that lasted for only a short time. He quickly changed and made life unbearable for Leo. At some point, he (Leo) wanted to return home, but to what? He asked himself repeatedly. In the end, he rejected the idea of leaving his friend. He made up his mind to plod on regardless.

One day, as he pondered over his ordeals, the Holy Spirit prompted him to move out of his friend’s house and fend for himself. He felt that was not a wise thing to do since he had no place to move to or anyone to help him. But the Holy Spirit assured him that God would support him to the hilt if he obeyed, and he did.

By faith, Tommy approached an estate agent for a flat the following day, 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 call that he had landed a job, which he had lost all hopes of getting. Then, his brother paid a decent amount of money into his bank account that same day.

So, he went to the estate agent with confidence, paid the required deposit, went to his friend’s house, collected his belongings, thanked him, and moved out into his own flat. That is, he moved into total freedom and a new beginning. Today, Tommy is doing well with his family. Truly, God supported him to the hilt! He is ready to support you, too, if you obey Him.

What is it that God asking you to do today? Is He asking you to change your location for your situation to 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 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! You need to make that move right now!!

If you obey God, He will not leave or forsake you (Deuteronomy 31:6); He will help you (Isaiah 41:10); He will bless you (Deuteronomy 28:1-14); He will protect you (Psalm 91:11), etc., and your life will not remain the same, in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Merry Xmas in advance!

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.

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