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

 

FROM SAUL TO PAUL

I worked under a brilliant medical doctor shortly after I graduated from the medical school. He was a good man, but he did not fancy born-again Christians much for reasons best known to him, and he used every opportunity he had to put us down. I was then a newly born-again Christian!

Before long, he side-lined me from virtually every activity of the hospital and denied me my legitimate rights and privileges. But, I plodded on regardless, albeit with much pain and discouragement. To me, he was running his life like the biblical Saul!

One day, after much prayer, I invited him to a program in our church. Of course, he was surprised that I came to him for such purpose, and he quickly eased me out of his office and presence. But I did not give up; I went back to him a couple of times thereafter. Early one morning, he summoned me to his office and told me he would attend the program, and he did with his wife. In the end, he gave his life to Christ; he became born-again to the glory of God.

And right from the following day, my boss was everywhere, preaching Jesus Christ, and urging people to give their lives to Him; his limited knowledge of the Christian faith and the Bible notwithstanding. Sadly, he lost his life in a fatal car accident less than a month after his conversion, and we mourned him deeply. However, we were comforted in a vision that he made it to Heaven. He ran his life like Saul but ended it like Paul. Hallelujah!

Friend, how are you running your life at present? Are you running it, like Saul? That is, in your own way, doing evil, and impeding the work of God? If you are, then you need to change your lifestyle straight away, otherwise, you will not go far (Romans 6:23), and you will not end well like Paul.

So, how can you end well like Paul? Well, you can only do so through Jesus Christ (John 14:6). Saul had a change in his lifestyle only after he had an encounter with Him (Acts 9:1-6). You need to have an encounter with Jesus Christ too, you need to surrender your life to Him, you need to become born-again for your lifestyle to change, and for you to end well, and attain Heaven finally (John 3:3).

Now, after becoming born-again, you need to join a bible teaching/believing and praying church, and fellowship there (Hebrews 10:24-25). You must also involve yourself in soul winning activities and do good because both will pay off in the long run (Proverbs 11:30, Galatians 6:9). In addition, you must focus your attention on Jesus Christ (Hebrews 12:1-2), and have absolute faith in God (Hebrews 11:6). Besides, you must be filled with the Holy Spirit; this is for your own good please (Acts 1:8, John 14:26, John 3:5-6, etc.)

Friend, if you have done all above, then please stand firm (Ephesians 6:13), and be vigilant lest you fall (1 Corinthians 10:12). By the grace of God, you will not fall, you will end well on earth, and like Apostle Paul, you too will find yourself in a position where you can boldly say, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith” (2 Timothy 4:7), in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Jesus is Lord!

Dr. Adedayo Stoney Adegbulu

Medical Practitioner, Author, and Speaker

 

YOU WILL DO WELL AS A PARENT!

I am writing today, to encourage parents who are presently finding it difficult to nurture their children properly. If you are one of them, I have good news for you; you can still do well as a parent (Matthew 19:26). Please don’t give up!

However, you must be ready to observe the following protocols, among others, first:

1.  You Must Always Make Time for Your Children

Deuteronomy 6:6-7 highlights this position as follows: “And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. 7You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house…’’.

The passage above encourages people to make time for their children.  And without doing this, it is practically impossible for them to sit in their house, and teach, talk to, or do anything reasonable for their children.

Friend, even if you provide all things for your children, but, you fail to make time for them, they might conclude that you care more about yourself, your job, your hobby, your friends, etc. than about them, and this can discourage them grossly.

2.  You Must Communicate Calmly with Your Children

This position is supported by James 1:19 like this: “So then, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath;’’

If your children feel you will snap at them, and be judgmental, they won’t convey their feelings to you. Instead, they will convey them to outsiders who might then take advantage of them, control them, misadvise them, and eventually damage them.

3.  You Must Offer Your Children Caring Discipline and Praise

Colossians 3:21 endorses this point in this way: “Fathers, do not provoke your children, lest they become discouraged.’’

Mothers should not provoke their children as well!

Please make sure your children’s overriding interest is topmost on your mind when you discipline them. Besides, set aside time to praise them whenever they do well, so as to encourage them, boost their morale, and strengthen their character.

4.  You Must Love, Value, and Submit to your Spouse

As a husband, you must love and value your wife, while as a wife, you must submit to your husband (Ephesians 5:22-33).  When you do this, know that you are laying a solid foundation for your children.  They, in turn, will emulate you and lay the same foundation for their own children, thereby, ensuring peace and stability in your lineage.

5.  You Must Love God, and Help Your Children to Do the Same

Deuteronomy 6:5 confirms this view along these lines: “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength.

Parents who love God, and help their children to do the same, will give them the best legacy possible, i.e., a close relationship with God!

Friend, please abide by the protocols listed above among others from now on, and before long, you will see yourself doing well as a parent, and raising your children to be successful in life, in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Jesus is Lord!

Dr Adedayo Stoney Adegbulu

Medical Practitioner, Author, and Speaker

GOD WILL DESTROY YOUR YOKE!

The bible says, “It shall come to pass in that day that his burden will be taken away from your shoulder, and his yoke from your neck, and the yoke will be destroyed because of the anointing oil” (Isaiah 10:27).

The passage above is very popular among Christians. It gives us the feeling of probable freedom from grave situations. It gives us rest of mind, and great joy as well. But for us to appreciate it well, I suggest we should look closely around the word ‘yoke’ in it first.

A yoke is a bar of wood crafted to unite two animals, so that they can work together in the fields to draw loads, pull farm tools, fetch water, and carry out other heavy tasks. Yoked animals are usually very strong, big, and diligent. Some of them include oxen, horses, mules, donkeys, and water buffalo.

The quality and quantity of a yoked animal’s output, depends solely on the level of co-operation he receives from his counterpart. Usually, yoked animals work ceaselessly until they become old and wrinkled, weak and useless. In that case, they are promptly replaced with young vibrant animals; no one misses or cares about them thereafter. Thank goodness, some organizations buy them off these days, so that they can enjoy early retirement, and live decently afterwards.

Figuratively speaking, people can also be yoked, if their lives depend solely on the whims and caprices of others. Usually, people who are yoked doesn’t have a say in matters that concerns them, and they are persistently burdened, frustrated, and limited by the consequences of their situations, which might include sin, unhappiness, sickness, barrenness, weakness, dashed hopes, poverty, insecurity, anxiety, and guilt among others, until a higher force delivers them.

Friend, does the scenario above describe you in any way? If you are, then you may be yoked to someone or something presently. Are you burdened, frustrated, and limited by the consequences of your condition, and do you honestly desire to be delivered from them? If you do, then you need to pray to God, who has the overriding power, and can use any thing (plus anointing oil) to deliver you (Isaiah 14:24-25).

He will answer you (Psalm 91:15)! He will destroy the sicknesses that your yoke imposed on you, and give you sound health instead (Jeremiah 33:6). He will remove weakness from you too, and give you strength to carry out great exploits (Daniel 11:32b). And if you are barren, God will give you a home like a joyful mother of children (Psalm 113:9).

Besides, He will abolish poverty all around you, and help you to prosper (3 John 2). Are you neck deep in debt? If you are, God will soon sort you out; you will then become self-sufficient, and lend to others (Deuteronomy 28:12). Are you perpetually in sin? If you are, God will forgive you, but you must be ready to confess your sin first (1 John 1:9). And if your name (reputation) is in tatters at the moment, He will give you a new one (Isaiah 62:2).

Friend, the source(s) and consequences of your yoke are no more important, since God is prepared to destroy them (Isaiah 10:27), through Jesus Christ (John 14:6). This same Jesus is now asking you to come to Him so that you can have rest (Matthew 11:28). Please answer Him quickly, don’t dilly-dally!

Jesus is Lord!

Dr Adedayo Stoney Adegbulu