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

DARE TO DO SOMETHING GOOD TODAY!

Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in the power of your hand to do so” (Proverb 3:27).

Shortly after I started working as a newly qualified medical doctor, an unemployed male nurse approached and begged me to get him a job in the government hospital.  A few vacant positions were up for grabs at that time, and several thousands of nurses all over applied for it. He was one of them!

Meanwhile, in our setting, things are generally not done on merit, but on a connection. The nurse felt I had an enormous connection to fix him up, being a medical doctor.  I told him I had no such connection since I was very green in the system. He did not believe me, and he continued to beg me ad-infinitum, till I caved in.  I did not know what step I should take next!

The following day, I went to the office responsible for hiring health workers, and I pleaded with an elderly man I saw there to help me out.  I wasn’t close to him, but, he told me 95% of the advertised vacancies had been grabbed by the few greedy politicians in charge, leaving just 5% for the rest of the populace.  Nonetheless, he promised to put in a good word for my candidate if he did well at the interview.

Immediately, I started to coach my candidate for several hours daily till he went for the interview.  In addition, I worked hard on his mind, assuring him each time that he would get the job if he remained positive. I prayed with him too, though I was not a Christian then.

The interview went well, and my candidate performed brilliantly in it, and the kind man lived up to his promise of putting in a good word for him, and he was given one of the few positions left.  Today, he is doing great to the glory of God.  I dared to do something good for him!

Friends, today, you too can dare do something good for someone out there. Put in a good word for him or her, do something on his or her bill or school fees within the limits of your resources.  Visit that lonely old man or woman down your street. Moreover, rejoice with those who rejoice and mourn with those who mourn (Romans 12:15).

Please, call or write to congratulate someone on his or her new appointment, birthday, promotion, success at school, etc. Your smile and warmth can equally make somebody’s day, so, use them liberally. It is okay to pray for people as well; remember, prayer is a very potent Christian weapon (James 5:16).

Yes, some people might have taken advantage of you in the past, kindly don’t stop doing good for that reason, and you will reap good rewards someday (Galatians 6:9). Remember, you will reap whatever you sow (Galatians 6:7), and whatever you do for anyone now, you do for God also, and He will reward you lavishly in the end (Matthew 25:31-40), in Jesus name.  Amen.

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

YOU WILL BECOME WHO YOU THINK YOU ARE!

“For as he thinks in his heart, so is he” (Proverbs 23:7).
 
Today, I remember the story of a young boy, who while growing up, was renowned to be very handsome. But, a few of his seniors in school, probably out of jealousy, thought otherwise. Day in day out, they told him he looked dreadfully ugly and good for nothing. After a while, he believed them, stopped looking at the mirror, and began to see ugliness in everything around him. He saw ugliness in himself, family setting, school, education, relationship with people, etc.
 
One day, a kind senior boy told him he looked great, contrary to what others have said about him in the past. He also asked the boy to believe in himself, do his best in all things, and he would do well in life. No doubt, those were good words for the young boy, and there and then, he began to see himself once again as a good-looking person, destined to do well in life.
 
Some months later, he looked at the mirror and saw the most handsome and confident looking person he had ever seen in his life. He saw himself as an excellent creation of God! Before long, he was adjudged to be one of the most handsome, famous, and loved students in his school. He later graduated from there with honors and did very well in his chosen career in later years. In short, he became who he believed he was!
 
Friend, you too will become who you think you are if you wish. Are people saying horrible things about you lately? Are they saying you are good for nothing? If they are, please disregard their comments, begin to think big about yourself, and you will end up big (Proverbs 23:7).
 
Are people saying you look ugly, and so, no one will show interest in you? If they are, just ignore them, and begin to see yourself as a good-looking person, redeemed, restored, and equipped to do well by God. Please, remember you were fearfully and wonderfully made by Him, to begin with (Psalm 139:14).
 
Are people also saying the work of your hands will never prosper, and that you will go under very soon? If they are, please pay no attention to them. Instead, commit it into God’s hands and view it as prospering, and it will, sooner or later (Proverbs 16:3).
 
Is there someone out there saying you will always weep because of your current pitiable situation? If there is, kindly take no notice of him or her, because, weeping may endure for a night, but, joy will come in the morning (Psalm 30:5). Hallelujah!
 
Friend, from now on, I encourage you to stop negative people from talking you out of God’s good plans for your life (Jeremiah 29:11), and it will be well with you in the end, in Jesus name. Amen.
 
NB: My monthly Christian bulletin is Fourteen (14) Years old this month. I give God all the glory!
 
Jesus is Lord!
 
Dr. Adedayo Stoney Adegbulu (Dr. Stoney)
 
Medical Practitioner, Author, and Speaker

GOD CAN SAVE YOU EASILY AND SWIFTLY!

I used to smoke cigarettes while I was young, and like most boys in my time, I picked up smoking due to peer group influence. In a short time, I became addicted to it! What I thought was fun initially, soon became a major problem I had to struggle with for a long time.

I developed severe chest pain and difficulty with breathing, which troubled me incessantly.  Meanwhile, I did not respond well to medications, and each time I tried to stop smoking cigarette, I experienced serious withdrawal symptoms, which no one could take care of for me.

I knew I was in trouble, so, I sought help from God one day. I asked Him to save me, and in return, I promised to serve Him better. Then and there, I stopped smoking cigarette! To my joy, the first day, the first week, the first month, the first year, the first decade, etc. went by, I did not smoke any cigarette, and I did not experience any withdrawal symptom, not even for a second.

Before long, my health improved vastly; I stopped having chest pain, and I began to breathe and sleep well again. Besides, I began to look fresh and healthy, and my signature smiling face/confidence came back like a flood. To cut a long story short, God saved me from the deadly grip of addiction and health scare, and He did so easily and swiftly. I give Him praise!

Friends, what problem are you grappling with right now? Today, I urge you to take it to God in prayer, through Jesus Christ.  He can save you easily and swiftly, just like He saved me when I took my problem to Him (Matthew 11:28). Remember, nothing is too difficult for Him (Jeremiah 32:27), and He can do all things beyond our expectation (Ephesians 3:20).

Please, commit your wayward children into His hands; He can save them (Isaiah 49:25). Also, commit your failing health into His hands; He can heal you (Jeremiah 33:6). In addition, commit your finances into His hands; He wants you to prosper (3 John 2). Are you single, and do you want to marry someday? If you do, pray to Him about your status; He can give you a good spouse, sooner or later (Psalm 84:11).

God can help you in other areas of your life too (Isaiah 41:10), and He will stop at nothing to do so (Isaiah 45:2-3). He will guide you continually (Psalm 32:8), and boost your gifts (talents), and they will make way for you (Proverbs 18:16). Moreover, He will set before you an open door that no man can shut (Revelation 3:8a).

What’s more, He will cause things to fall in place for you (Matthew 6:31-33), and make people, even your enemies, to be at peace with you (Proverbs 16:7). He can do all above and more, easily and swiftly (Isaiah 65:24), and your life will never remain the same again, in Jesus name. Amen.

GOD WILL MEET AND SURPASS YOUR EXPECTATION!

Today, I am going to address people who believe God is uninterested in, or incapable of, meeting their expectations. I want to assure them that reverse is the case. He is both interested in and capable of, meeting their expectations. He is capable of surpassing them as well! Please, permit me here, to reinforce my submission with some biblical accounts.

Hannah (1 Samuel 1), was the first wife of a man called Elkanah. His second wife was Peninnah! While Peninnah had children, Hannah had none, because she was barren, and Peninnah made it a habit to provoke her sore, day after day.

Every year, Hannah went to Shiloh to pray to God on her situation. As she was praying one day, the Priest, Eli, mistook her for a drunk and talked to her disrespectfully. Nonetheless, she did not get angry, instead, she explained her situation to him nicely, and in return, he prophesied that God would grant her petition.

Before long, Hannah became pregnant and in the process of time gave birth to Samuel, who later became a top prophet in Israel. The bible says the Lord visited Hannah again so that she conceived, and bore three sons and two daughters (1 Samuel 2:21). That is, He met and surpassed her expectation!

The lame man (Acts 3), only wanted alms from Peter and John, but, got healing instead. That is, God surpassed his expectation too. He also surpassed the expectation of Zacchaeus (Luke 19:1-10), who left his house for the purpose of seeing who Jesus was, only for Jesus to stay at his house, and take salvation to his household at the end of the day.

God is still in the business of meeting and surpassing people’s expectations to date. For example, He met and surpassed mine at a point in time. What happened was that I got a good job in a town in Nigeria that is notorious for its serious accommodation problem. Before I resumed duty there, I asked God for just a room, which I was even prepared to share with people. But, He gave me a self-contained accommodation, free of charge instead, by using two men I had never met before.

Friends, this God is who I am offering you today, please embrace Him! He has the capacity to meet and surpass all your expectations (Ephesians 3:20). But, you must be prepared to adopt the following protocols, to begin with. You must ask God to meet your expectations for Him to answer you (Matthew 7:7). Then, you must have faith in Him that He would do so (Hebrews 11:6).

After that, you must take practical steps towards realizing your expectations (James 2:14-17). For instance, you must train your children so that they can do well (Proverbs 22:6). You must look for a job so that you can earn a living (Genesis 2:15). You must work out your salvation with fear and trembling (Philippians 2:12) and do everything to the glory of God (1 Corinthians 10:31). Lastly, you must wait on the Lord until He answers you (Lamentations 3:25-26).

Friends, if you observe these protocols, I believe you will see God meeting your expectations and surpassing them very soon, and you will see yourself rising without limit, in Jesus name. Amen.

PLEASE PAUSE AND FOCUS IN 2018

As a young medical doctor, I worked in a rural hospital in Nigeria, which catered to the health needs of several thousands of people. There were only two of us, medical doctors, manning the hospital, and it was very busy.  It was so busy that I worked almost round the clock daily.

I clearly recollect that the second doctor, my boss, out of his experience, and genuine concern for me, advised me on several occasions to pause, go for regular brakes, and rest.  Other well-meaning people advised me alike, but I ignored them. Why should I pause, and why should I rest when there are loads of patients to be seen? I asked myself each time they advised me.

Anyway, I continued to work very hard without restraint, day in day out, until I collapsed in my office one afternoon, and I would have lost my life, if not that I was discovered and rushed to a nearby hospital for further treatment on time.  I was off work for nearly two weeks afterwards. I survived that ordeal; many people in my situation didn’t, sadly!

It was during my time off work, that I realized the folly of working without restraint, and developed a sensible balance between work and rest.  Since then, I have been more useful to myself and humanity.

Yes, we all have diverse aims and aspirations, which we tend to pursue vigorously, but, we shouldn’t do so to our detriment.  We should remember constantly that there is time for everything (Ecclesiastes 3:1); time for work and time for rest inclusive.   If God could pause for rest after His work of creation (Genesis 2:3), then we need to emulate Him (Exodus 35:2).

Friend, as you go on with the year 2018, please pause and focus on getting a practical balance between work and rest.  Take regular and adequate rest from work to build up the energy you need to realize your God-given capabilities.  In addition, sleep adequately, eat sensibly, and exercise your body regularly. Let go of all hurts as well (Isaiah 43:18)!

Besides, pause and focus on your family.  Train your children well (Proverbs 22:6), especially about God (Deuteronomy 6:6-7).  Love God and people (Mark 12:30-31).  Also, do good to people when you are in the position to do so, and you will be rewarded at some point (Proverbs 3:27, Galatians 6:9). Study the Bible closely (Joshua 1:8), and pray without ceasing (1 Thessalonians 5:17). Moreover, win souls for God; there is wisdom in doing so (Proverbs 11:30).

Most of all, pause and focus on becoming born again if you are not before this time so that you can see the kingdom of God eventually (John 3:3). Therefore, go ahead right now, and confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus, believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, and you will be saved (Romans 10:9).  That is, you will become born again!

If you do all above among others in 2018, you will become sound in your body, soul, and spirit.  What’s more, you will flourish beyond measure, laugh your best laugh, dance your best dance, and dream your best dream, in Jesus name. Amen.

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

GOD WILL HELP YOU, AND YOU WILL BE FINE!

I had an older friend when I was in the Primary School. He was a very good man, ever smiling, very kind and patient with everyone. He was then working in a company and doing well by all standards. I used to be a regular caller at his residence!

One day, I went to his residence, and I met him crying; he was really disturbed, and I asked him why. Initially, he was reluctant to answer me, a mere small boy, but he had to talk to someone anyway. Eventually, he told me he lost his job earlier in the day, and he wondered how he would cope without it.

He also said other things, which my young brain could not process at that time. But, I knew I had to do something quickly. So, I said what I thought my mum would have said if she was there with us. That is, ‘God will help you, and you will be fine’. He never expected such comment from a small boy like me, judging by his countenance. Instantly, he smiled, wiped away his tears, and said ‘amen, thank you ’Adedayo’.

His situation soon grew worse; he could not pay his children’s school fees or feed them properly anymore. He was also under immense pressure from his company to give up his official accommodation and car. No doubt, he needed help, which was not forthcoming from anywhere.

But despite his worsening situation, my friend trusted God to help him out. He prayed, fasted, and applied for jobs everywhere. In the end, after some months, he landed a job, far more lucrative than the one he lost.

Before long, his children went back to school, and he was able to take care of his family properly again. He also bought a new car, and moved his family into the house he purchased through his new company. No doubt, ‘God helped him, and he was fine’.

Friend, perhaps you lost something dear to you in the year 2017, e.g., your job, spouse, health, helper, opportunities, possessions, resources, favours, etc., and so, you could not attain your set goals, and you are worried about your future, I have good news for you; God will help you, and you will be fine. However, you need to pray. You may need to fast too.

You will be fine, your family will be fine (Isaiah 49:25), your work will be fine (Deuteronomy 28:12), your health will be fine (Jeremiah 30:17), and your plans will be fine (Jeremiah 29:11). Besides, God will give you the desires of your heart (Psalm 37:4).

He shall keep you away from evil reports, implicating situations, and scandals. He shall deliver you from errors, mistakes, and misjudgements as well, and His name shall be glorified in your life at all times, in Jesus name. Amen.

Merry Christmas in advance.