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.

GOD WILL AMEND YOUR WAY!

Like many foreigners, I had some difficulties when I newly arrived in the UK. Among them was the harsh wintry weather condition I had to contend with. I also had difficulties with the foods available; they were completely alien to me.

Besides, I found it difficult to communicate with many people; I didn’t understand them, and they didn’t understand me too. This difficulty also prevented me from responding correctly to directions given on my Satnav (Satellite Navigation System) when I started to drive. As a result, I missed my way and got lost several times.

One day, I got lost for over an hour, and I found myself in different towns and villages, on farms, highways, hardly used roads, private properties, dead ends, etc., that I never bargained for. But my Satnav amended my way each time, and returned me to the right path, till I arrived at my destination.

Later that day, I reflected on my earlier ordeal, and I was thrilled by the fact that my Satnav did not complain, or tell me off, because of my several mistakes, at any time. It didn’t abandon me to my fate as well! Instead, it amended my way faithfully and directed me back to the right path, the whole time.

To a large extent, God operates like the Satnav! He doesn’t complain, tell us off, or abandon us to our fate, because of our mistakes. Instead, he corrects us with love (Proverbs 3:12 (NLT)), amends our ways (Isaiah 45:2), and directs us towards the destination He planned for us beforehand (Psalm 32:8).

Therefore, friends, if you think you have failed as a parent, because of your past mistakes, please don’t worry; God will amend your way, support you, and save your children (Isaiah 49:25). And if your health has degenerated, as a result, know that He won’t tell you off; alternatively, He will amend your way, and heal you (Jeremiah 30:17).

Maybe your business or ministry has collapsed, just relax; God will amend your way, and make it prosper again, for that is His wish for you (3 John 2). Perhaps the love of your life has abandoned you, don’t worry; He will amend your way and give you a good person that will love, and marry you (Psalm 84:11).

Friends, no matter how serious your past mistakes are, and what your present situation is, please pray to God about it today; He will listen to you (Jeremiah 29:12), amend your way, and give you a new direction that will lead you to a pleasant destination, and thrust you forward, upward, faster, and better.

Finally, if you are not born again, i.e., Jesus Christ is not yet your Lord and Saviour, or in a few words, you are not yet saved, please pray to God to sort you out immediately, so that you can see Heaven, His Kingdom, at the end of the day (John 3:3). Guess what? He will answer you, amend your way, and save you by the name of Jesus Christ (Acts 4:12). Amen.

Jesus is Lord!

Dr. Adedayo Stoney Adegbulu

Medical Practitioner, Author, and Speaker

GOD WILL MAKE YOU STAND OUT FROM THE CROWD!

Many students in the Nigerian Universities of our time were hard up!  They could not easily feed well, wear good clothes, buy prescribed text books/stationery, etc., and they slept anywhere they found each night. Sadly, the Nigerian government did not come to their aid!

I was to some extent, one of the students described above, not necessarily because our parents were poor, but because they had numerous people to cater for with their limited and over-stretched wages.  As a result, they never had enough to satisfy our needs.  Still, we were very happy to share our home, and the little we had, with those we met.

As part of my coping strategy, therefore, I teamed up with one of my friends, and we became impromptu designers of clothes and shoes, for our exclusive use, and to boost our appearance and social status, at least a bit.  Most times, we used flashy but cheap materials to make our products, and we dared not wear some of them in the rain because they would shrink, and get damaged instantly.

With time, we became fairly visible in and out of our campus, and we made friends with many helpful people along the way.  We attended a lot of social functions and studied very hard as well.  And on many occasions, people commended us for looking trendy, smart, and clean. Some boys even begged us for stuff; they probably thought we were well-off!

While several people applauded us for who we had become, some detested us for the same reason.  And at one point, one boy accused me of “showing off my family wealth”; I wonder where that came from. Another threatened to harm me because, to him, I was “too classy, too cheerful, and too loved by people” for his liking. Meanwhile, he is from a rich family, far more comfortable than I was.

One day, I sat down in my room and appraised the level of hatred, hostility, envy, and threats, hurled at us.  In the end, I encouraged myself with the fact that it is the Lord who made us stand out from the crowd, to begin with, so, it would be impossible for anyone to harm us successfully (Romans 8:31, Isaiah 54:17a).  I can boldly confirm here that those who detested us then, are our good friends today. Hallelujah!

Friend, God made us stand out from the crowd after he enabled us to tackle our lack in some way.  He will do the same for you also if you approach Him; your present situation notwithstanding.  He will surprise you, and make a way for you where there seems to be none (Isaiah 43:19).

He will supply all your needs (Philippians 4:19), bless the work of your hands (Deuteronomy 28:12), and restore back to you, all you lost in the past (Joel 2:25-26).  Besides, He will heal you (Jeremiah 33:6), defend you (Psalm 91:11), and make your enemies become your friends (Proverbs 16:7).

And after He had finished fixing you, you will become refined like silver and gold (Zechariah 13:9).  People shall call you blessed (Malachi 3:12), and His name shall be glorified in your life, in Jesus’ name.  Amen.

Jesus is Lord!

Dr. Adedayo Stoney Adegbulu

Medical Practitioner, Author, and Speaker