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

YOUR CASE IS NOT CLOSED!

For I, the Lord your God, will hold your right hand, saying to you, ‘Fear not, I will help you’’ (Isaiah 41:13)

Franklin, not his real name, suffered from severe stammering (stuttering), a speech defect when he was young. This condition made him repeat the initial letters of his words and pause his speech involuntarily, regularly. For that reason, he spoke with great difficulty. And as you might expect, his parents took him everywhere for help, all to no avail.

Time and again, he suffered instances of ridicule and unkindness at school and in his neighbourhood and had to fight to defend himself. Time and again too, He got injured while defending himself and faced unpleasant disciplinary actions afterwards. No wonder he hated school and avoided people habitually.

His condition grew worse progressively over the years, and it seemed his case has closed! One day, while walking on a deserted road, lonely and sad, he prayed to God to deliver him from his condition so that he could be like other children; happy, appreciated, and loved. Suddenly, he felt a release in his tongue, and he spoke slightly better that day. He then repeated walking and praying on the same road regularly, asking God to perfect what He started in his life (Psalm 138:8).

After a short time, he began to talk smoothly and clearly like other children. His confidence soon came back strongly, and he started to go to school happily and do well academically. As we speak, he is doing great in his chosen profession, talking fluently to people and helping them overcome their problems. He also goes about everywhere preaching Jesus Christ and drawing people to the Kingdom of God. You can now see that his case was not closed after all, contrary to his earlier belief.

Friends, have you been trusting God for a change regarding your family, business, finance, health, ministry, promotion, education, etc., all to no avail? And do you now believe your case is closed? If you do, please pay attention to me today; I have good news for you!

Like Franklin’s, your case is not closed, and God is willing to help you (Isaiah 41:13). After that, your family will do well, and all of you will serve the Lord together (Joshua 24:15). He will bless the work of your hands as well, and you will lend and not borrow (Deuteronomy 28:12).

Are you ill at present? If you are, then get ready as God will restore you to health and heal you (Jeremiah 30:17). Is your name in ruins right now? If it is, please rejoice, because God is willing to give you a new name (Revelation 2:17), and people will be astounded at the changes that will take place in your life afterwards (Psalm 126:1-3). Are you bereaved? If you are, cheer up, for joy is coming your way very soon (Psalm 30:5).

Friends, as the year 2018 is coasting to an end and 2019 approaching steadily, pray to God to revisit your case, no matter what it is and how grave it is. Have an unwavering faith that He will answer you, and He will, sooner or later (Hebrews 11:6), in Jesus name. Amen.

Merry Christmas in advance.

Jesus is Lord!

Dr Adedayo Stoney Adegbulu (Dr Stoney)

Medical Practitioner, Author, and Speaker

BEFORE YOU CALL, GOD WILL ANSWER!

It shall come to pass That before they call, I will answer…’’ (Isaiah 65:24)

Mama Perry, not her real name, was my friend in Nigeria. I first met her in my clinic in the company of her daughter, Auntie Anne, not her real name as well. She was close to eighty years old at that time!

Mama Perry was a large-hearted woman, though small in stature. She was a devout Christian, very witty, friendly and calm. Besides, she had something nice to tell anyone that crossed her path.

Naturally, I treated her with utmost respect and patience every time, and I made sure we found the time, no matter how small, to chat, laugh, sing, and pray, each time she attended my clinic. Without a doubt, she was fun to be with!

One day, she came to my clinic with tears in her eyes and told me she was relocating to another town, with her daughter. Of course, I felt sad we would part ways, but I still managed to assure her that she would be fine and that God willing, we would meet again. She left my clinic that day smiling!

About two years afterwards, I got a new job in another town, and I was there all by myself. For that reason, I had ample time to focus on my patients and attend most activities in my church. Then, one Saturday morning, during my ward round, I was abruptly prompted in the Spirit to go to church the following day. I wasn’t planning to do so before then, because I was on call duty in the hospital that weekend, and I was quite busy.

Anyway, I made it to Church as prompted, and I bumped into Auntie Anne, Mama Perry’s daughter, at some point. And as you would expect, we were both surprised, but, elated to see each other again. She later told me how early that morning, Mama Perry woke up and prayed to God to bring me back to her life. I also narrated how a day earlier, I was prompted in the Spirit to be in the church that day, even though I wasn’t planning to do so before. In the end, I didn’t find it too difficult to conclude that before Mama Perry called, God answered her!

I rekindled my friendship with Mama Perry the following day, and it is my great joy to have been there for her again for several months. Sadly, she passed on a few months after I relocated to the United Kingdom. I sincerely thank God for her life and my relationship with her.

Friends, please call on God today, and I believe before you do so, He will answer you too, in Jesus name. Amen. For example, He will answer you by giving you rest from your concerns (Matthew 11:28) and keeping you safe/peaceful in your home (Isaiah 32:18-19). He will also contend with those who contend with you and save your children (Isaiah 49:25).

Besides, He will help you to make wealth (Deuteronomy 8:18) and withhold nothing good from you (Psalm 84:11). Likewise, He will give you your well-deserved promotion (Psalm 75:6-7) and honour you because you honour Him (1 Samuel 2:30).

Not only that, He will make you prosper (Deuteronomy 30:9), give you a new name (Isaiah 62:2) and wipe away your tears (Revelation 21:4). And before long, people will notice you and be amazed at the way God has been good to you. In the end, they will rejoice with you and call you blessed, in Jesus name. Amen.

NB: This write up is dedicated to the memories of Mama Perry and my late mother, Mrs Beatrice Taye Adegbulu, who passed on recently. May their souls rest in perfect peace, in Jesus name. Amen.

Jesus is Lord!

Dr Adedayo Stoney Adegbulu (Dr Stoney)

Medical Practitioner, Author, and Speaker

GOD WILL NEVER LEAVE YOU NOR FORSAKE YOU!

… For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you” (Hebrews 13:5).

Mrs Lottie Banks, not her real name, is a friendly, hardworking, quiet, decent, and pretty woman. She loves her family and serves the Lord enthusiastically. I first met her as a young Christian, and I was quite close to her family.

Sadly, despite her sterling qualities, her husband did not think much about her. He snubbed her consistently for over ten years, even though they lived under the same roof. But, Mrs Banks continued to be good to him in every way, regardless. She also cooked his meals, which he ignored, throughout. After some time, she became downcast and felt God had left her and forsaken her!

One day, a mutual friend of ours informed me about Mrs Banks’ ordeal, and I stepped in immediately, with one of my Christian friends. We got our Deacon, a man filled with the power of the Holy Spirit, involved as well.

Right from that day, we started to pray for her, on a regular basis, while our deacon fortified her with the words of God. One afternoon, exactly nine months after we started to pray for her, the Holy Spirit spoke through the man of God.

He said Mrs Banks should rejoice, as her petition concerning her husband had been answered. As a proof, therefore, He instructed her to prepare his favourite meal for supper that day, and he would eat it, and be intimate with her afterwards. Please, remember that Mr Banks had nothing to do with her for over ten years, prior to that day.

Initially, she was reluctant to comply with the instruction given to her, because they seemed too good to be believed, bearing in mind her past ugly experiences. But, we managed to convince her to do so in the end.

Guess what? Her husband indeed ate the meal and was intimate with her that night, as told by the Holy Spirit. The result of that act was a baby boy; a look-alike of his father, and the eventual unifier of his parents. Today, the family are united and doing great! God did not leave Mrs Banks nor forsake her after all!

Friends, what are the things you are battling with lately, which has refused to give you a breather? Whatever they are, please, realize that God has not left you nor forsaken you. He is working behind the scene, and He will sort you out sooner or later (Isaiah 45:2-2), because He loves you greatly (John 3:16), being the apple of His eyes (Zechariah 2:8).

Among other things, He will not leave nor forsake you and your children. Instead, He will contend with those who contend with you, and then save them (Isaiah 49:25b). Also, He will not leave nor forsake the work of your hand; on the other hands, He will bless it greatly (Deuteronomy 28:12).

Similarly, God will not leave nor forsake you when you are in need (Philippians 4:19), or when you are unwell (Psalm 41:3). He will not cut off your expectations (Proverbs 23:18), and He will fulfil the numbers of your days (Exodus 23:26), in Jesus name. Amen.

Jesus is Lord!

Dr Adedayo Stoney Adegbulu (Dr Stoney)

Medical Practitioner, Author, and Speaker

 

GOD WILL SURPRISE YOU BIG TIME!

Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us.” (Ephesians 3:20)

My family and I once lived in one of three apartments in a compound, in our hometown, Akure, Nigeria. The second apartment was occupied by our Pastor friend, while the third was occupied by our landlady.

Initially, we all lived together happily, until our landlady became uncomfortable with our Christian faith. After a while, she asked us, plus the Pastor, to quit her compound, within one month. I will like to state here that we never disturbed her in any way, and at any time. Meanwhile, our hometown was notorious for its serious accommodation problem.

Of course, we pleaded with her to give us more time to look for another accommodation, but, she stuck to her guns. In the end, we quickly went out, and combed every nook and cranny of our town, for another accommodation, every day, for many days, all to no avail.

However, in the middle of our house hunt, my wife and I attended a Christian crusade, during which, the ministering Pastor told the congregation that God wanted each of us present to ask Him for something of importance to us, for prompt settlement. We quickly asked Him for a good accommodation and the money to pay for it! We were low on funds at that time!

Guess what? We found four good apartments within 24 hours after the crusade. We eventually settled for one of them. Shortly afterwards, God led a friend I hadn’t seen for ages to me. One thing led to another, and we ended up in an office where a government-funded, interest-free loan, was on offer. I applied for it like other people, but, to my surprise, my application was singled out for approval that day, and I was given a fat cheque accordingly.

Usually, such approval takes a long time to come through in our place. Well, I took the cheque to my bank for lodgement immediately. There again, God led a staff of the bank to cash it for me there and then. I didn’t lobby her to help me! So, with cash in hand, I went to pay my rent for two years straight away.

Friends, we asked God for an apartment; He gave us four. He then arranged money for two years rent for us, instead of one, and we moved into it within three weeks, thus beating the one month quit notice given to us by our landlady. Without a shred of doubt, God surprised us big time!

I recommend this same God to you today. Please, approach Him with all your concerns without delay, and He will surprise you, big time, as well. For example, He will deal with your ill health and give you sound health instead (Jeremiah 33:6). He will also bless the work of your hands (Deuteronomy 28:12), and whatever you do henceforth, will prosper (Psalm 1:1-3).

Besides, God will defeat your enemies right before your face (Deuteronomy 28:7) and have your back always (Genesis 12:3). Not only that, He will teach your children Himself, and they will enjoy robust peace all around (Isaiah 54:13). On top of everything, you will not be put to shame (Isaiah 54:4), and His name will be glorified in your life, in Jesus name. Amen.

Jesus is Lord!

Dr Adedayo Stoney Adegbulu (Dr Stoney)

Medical Practitioner, Author, and Speaker

EVEN THOUGH YOU ARE HARD-PRESSED, YOU WILL NOT BE CRUSHED!

We are hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed…” (2 Corinthians 4: 8).

Alan, not his real name, is someone I admire and continually thank God that I met, while I was at the University. We were quite close!

His father died when he was very young, and his mum, a petty trader, had to take care of him and his siblings, all by herself, with much difficulty. Alan had very little by way of possessions, and he could not feed or clothe himself well.

Also, he found it extremely difficult to buy the educational materials prescribed for his course. As a result, he relied on the University library and his classmates for them, most of the time. Of course, his social life was nil!

Additionally, because Alan was hard-pressed financially, he trekked several kilometres to the University and back to where he was a squatter, each day. And to compound his problems, he was involved in a road crash from which he got a head injury that troubled him for a long time.

But, despite his predicaments, Alan behaved well all the time. He was always very calm, neat, friendly, cheerful, and ever willing to help others, even though he needed help himself. Besides, he studied as much as his health permitted him, attended his clinics in the hospital regularly, prayed to God each day and believed He would intervene in his condition someday, and He did.

Suddenly, his health began to improve, and he began to study better and longer. In the end, he graduated, on time, with his classmates, barely missing first-class honours by a few points. Today, he is a University Professor, turning out future champions, and serving the Lord with his amazing talents. Alan was hard-pressed on every side, but not crushed!

Friends, are you hard-pressed on every side like my friend, Alan? If you are, I pray you will not be crushed, in Jesus name. Amen. Specifically, what challenge(s) are you facing right now? Is your business in ruins? Is your family fractured? Are your children wayward? Are you ill?

Or, are you in debt and the hope of settling it is becoming a mirage, day by day? Are you involved in a tough lawsuit? As a student, is someone or something obstructing your education? And as a Christian, are you struggling with your salvation these days? Etc.

Friends, if your answer to any of the questions above is yes, then, I have good news for you. First, what you are going through is not unusual, and it will not crush you, for God will surely help you out of it (1 Corinthians 10:13). Moreover, it is temporary, and it will do you a lot of good, and make you a better person, in the long run (2 Corinthians 4:17, James 1:2-4).

But, you must be prepared to pray without ceasing (1 Thessalonians 5:17), and you may have to fast too (Matthew 17:21). From now on, pray to Jesus Christ to give you rest from your condition, and He will (Matthew 11:28), using every possible means (Isaiah 45:2-3), and His name will be glorified in your life when all’s said and done, in Jesus name. Amen.

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

DO NOT GIVE UP; PLEASE PRESS ON!

Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me.” (Philippians 3:12 (NIV))

Recently, I remembered a man who towards the end of his training in the Medical School, suffered a serious spiritual attack, which left him effectively helpless. As expected, his family took him everywhere for care, all to no avail. Soon, his academic performance began to nosedive, and he faced the danger of being asked to withdraw from the University.

One day, he appraised his situation carefully and concluded that he could no longer cope. He, therefore, opted to abandon his studies altogether. But, before he left school, he went to the ward where he was posted to say goodbye to his patients. And along the line, he narrated his troubles and decisions to one of them who advised him ‘not to give up, but, to press on’ regardless.

She also assured him that his battles (troubles) were the Lord’s (2 Chronicles 20:15) and that He would help him come what may (Isaiah 41:13). The man was so stunned by her comments that he reversed his decision to abandon his studies immediately. After that, he worked very hard on his studies, stepped up his prayer life, and trusted God to deliver him.

Before long, God delivered him, and he went on to enjoy good health, passed all his examinations, and graduated on time with his classmates. Today, he is a Senior Medical Doctor and a minister of God, preaching Jesus Christ everywhere. He did not ‘give up; he pressed on’!

Friends, are you on the verge of giving up on a situation? If you are, please press on! For instance, do not give up on your rebellious child; just press on with your prayers concerning his or her situation, and the Lord will save him or her (Isaiah 49:25). Likewise, do not give up on your failing health, instead, press on with your prayer to God to heal you, and He will (Psalm 41:3).

Are you stagnant at work and promotion seems out of your reach? If you are, please do not give up on praying to God about your situation; He will engineer your promotion at the most appropriate time (Psalm 75:6). Is your business doing badly lately? If it is, please do not give up; press on doing your best and praying to God about it. He will bless it someday (Deuteronomy 28:12)!

Please do not give up on your reputation, which seems to be in ruins at the moment. Rather, press on with your prayer to God to fix it for you, and He will shortly (Isaiah 62:2). Also, do not give up on your salvation, despite all your failed efforts to become born again. Just press on confessing the Lordship of Jesus Christ with your mouth, and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, and you will be saved (Romans 10:9).

In a nutshell, please don’t give up on any situation that is troubling you presently, on the other hand, press on with your prayer to God concerning it (Philippians 4:6), and believe that He will reward your diligence at some point (Hebrews 11:6). In the meantime, keep doing whatever you can to ease your situation (James 2:17), and you will have good reasons to rejoice in the end, in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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