GOD WILL REWARD YOUR GOOD DEEDS!

Somebody close to me visited his native home from his overseas base recently.  But, shortly before then, he got a message that his mother was very ill, and about to die.  Of course he was rattled, so, he resolved to go home promptly and take care of her.  However, he had lack of funds to contend with.

After appraising the situation on ground closely, he knew he had to work very hard for several months, to garner enough funds for his trip.  Meanwhile, by law, he was only allowed to work now and again at that time.  One day, he was instructed in the Spirit to work in a home for physically challenged people almost for nothing, instead of the better paying job that he preferred. He wasn’t happy with the instruction, but, he complied with it to honor God anyway.

As he was taking care of one of his clients that day, a damning voice calling him foul names for jettisoning the better paying job for a ‘worthless’ one like he was on came into his mind. He felt really bad, but, Galatians 6:9 popped up in his mind almost immediately to encourage him.  It says: “…let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart. Instantly, he knew he had the support of God, and he pushed on with great joy.

Agreed, he went home at the end of the day with a smaller amount of money, compared to what he would have made had he gone for the other job, but, he was happy that he obeyed God, and helped some people in need. He believed God would reward his good deeds at some point.

Two days later, he got a call from his bank informing him that a check on his account revealed an error, which had gone on for about five years.  The caller apologized and awarded him a generous payback, nearly equal to what he would have earned from the so called ‘better paying’ job in one year.  With the money, he travelled home in a short time, took care of his mother, helped others, and settled himself. To cut a long story short, God rewarded his good deeds lavishly!

Today, I am presenting the same God to you.  He is able to “do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think” (Ephesians 3:20).  You may have done many good deeds before without anybody noticing or rewarding you, please, don’t give up, because you are doing the right thing (Ephesians 4:32).   You may also take a look at Galatians 6:9 again for comfort.

Friend, please keep doing good and keep trusting God (Psalm 37:3); He will not forget your good deeds (Hebrews 6:10), and before long, the book of records will be revisited, and your good deeds brought up and rewarded (Esther 6: 1-11). And as part of your reward, God will prosper the work of your hands (Deuteronomy 30:9), open doors of opportunities for you (Isaiah 22:22), and give you the power to do great things (Jeremiah 1:10).

And among other matters, He will promote you (Psalm 75:6-7), bless and multiply you (Hebrews 6:13-14), and give you favor from every angle (Proverbs 3:4).  And if you are not yet married, get set for a smashing spouse (Psalm 84:11) and choice children in good time (Psalm 127:3).  Finally, on top of everything, God will bless you with a place in Heaven when your time on earth is up (Matthew 25: 31-40), in Jesus name.  Amen.

Jesus is Lord!

Dr Adedayo Stoney Adegbulu

YOUR ENEMIES SHALL BECOME YOUR FRIENDS!

Many years ago, my sister in law, Temi Obasohan (Altar of Worship), my wife, and I floated a Televangelism Ministry, ‘Word Alive’, in Benin-City, Nigeria. By the grace of God, it was a huge success, and it satisfied the spiritual needs of a huge number of people, especially the youths of that area.

As part of our preparation for its launch, we prayed and fasted for several days, asking God to take control. We also worked very hard to put necessary things in place. I must mention here that God raised up a couple of people to assist us in diverse ways too. Without doubt, we owe them a debt of gratitude, and I know our God will reward them abundantly, in Jesus name. Amen.

Regrettably, as God was using different people to assist us, Satan was also using his own to hinder us, but, he failed abysmally, because God was on our side (Isaiah 54:15). Let me now narrate an incident that almost aborted our Televangelism Ministry dream to you.

Very early in the morning of the launch, we gathered at the venue, an expansive and impressive events centre. As we were putting finishing touches to our individual acts for the day, and as our guests were arriving one by one, my attention was drawn to a disturbance at the entrance of the hall. I quickly went there, only to discover that a clergy man, all dressed up in his white robe, was the cause of the mayhem. He was a self-confessed hater of Born-Again Christians, and the boss of the centre.

Anyway, I approached him very humbly, and asked why he was so mad at us. He just looked at me intently, hatred oozing freely out of his eyes, and rudely said we should vacate the place immediately. He also said he hated us, and that he would be very happy to unleash his thugs on us, if we failed to comply with his instruction.

At first, I begged him to leave us alone, since we acquired the venue lawfully, and we were no bother to anyone. But, he stood his grounds. After a while, I felt a surge of power rushing through me, and I opened my mouth (Exodus 4:12) and said: “Sir, we are not afraid of you and your thugs in any way, because Jesus is here with us (Matthew 28:20), and we have all it takes to counter you (1 John 4:4, 2 Corinthians 10:4). And by the time your show of shame is over, you will have no reputation left to protect”. Then, I left him, and joined the others in the hall.

Soon, someone told me the clergyman would like to speak with me. Initially, I wanted to snub him, but, I was instructed in the spirit not to; apparently God has touched his heart, so I went to him.  And to my surprise, on sighting me, he rushed to me, embraced me, held my hands, and apologized profusely for his earlier outbursts. He then said, he would be happy to help us as much as possible, and that we should regard him as one of our staunch supporters and friends from then on. To his credit, he did not disappoint us! May the good Lord reward him for his genuineness, kindness, and devotion to us, in Jesus name. Amen.

Friend, this is the God I am urging you to embrace today. He who turned our fierce enemy into our father figure, supporter, and friend. He can do the same for you if you please Him, and before long, He shall make your enemies to become your friends (Proverbs 16:7), and they shall look after you and your interests at all times, and beyond your imagination.

But, if your enemies, choose to trouble you to any further extent, then, God shall raise a standard against them (Isaiah 59:19), and they shall end up being confounded, ashamed, and irrelevant; they may even perish if care is not taken (Isaiah 41:11).  Then, you shall have the liberty to live your life unmolested, and to the fullest, in Jesus name. Amen.

Jesus is Lord!

Dr Adedayo Stoney Adegbulu.

Dr Stoney is the author of author of About God! Undeniable Facts & Testimonies. and The Prayers That Speak!

YOU ARE SAFE UNDER GOD!

I used to work and live in a town located in the potentially prosperous, but, criminally neglected oil and gas producing Niger Delta region of Nigeria. One of the things I first noticed when I got there, was its disturbing high rate of crime. At a time, almost everyone I knew there, had been robbed at least once, and all of them had very frightening tales to tell.

The general consensus then, was that we would be robbed someday too. But, no one knew when and how it would happen. Eventually, a gang of about ten (10) fully armed, fierce looking, marijuana smoking, and very noisy robbers, invaded our compound around 1.30am one day. Definitely, they came to steal, kill, and destroy (John 10:10).

All we could do on sighting the gangsters, was to say a short prayer! But, before we did, I remembered Jesus Christ (John 11:1-44), Daniel (Daniel 6:1-28), and Jonah (Jonah 1-2) in quick succession. I remembered before God did great miracles through them, they gave thanks to Him first.

Straight away, I believed God wanted us to demonstrate our trust in Him, in prayer and thanksgiving. So, I held my wife’s hands, and prayed thus: “Father, we thank you for each time we call on you, you answer us. Please, deliver us from these armed robbers, and let this siege end right now, in Jesus name. Amen.

After saying the prayer above, we held our peace, and trusted God to save us. I even toyed with the idea of taking a nap at some point.

Before long, one of the armed robbers spoke in a subdued, but, clear and determined voice that he was no longer interested in the robbery operation, because according to him, he could sense a powerful force around our house, which he was not ready to confront. Please, remember we are talking about very dangerous criminals who were high on drugs here!

Some members of the gang soon backed him, and an argument erupted among them. Suddenly, they fled our compound in disarray, leaving their leader behind. Eventually, he (i.e. their leader), took a hard, but, disappointing look at our house, shook his head, jumped over our fence, and melted into the darkness.

And instantly, Acts 2:21 zoomed into my mind. It says: “And it shall come to pass, that whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.” The hasty retreat of the armed robbers from our compound, also brought Deuteronomy 28:7 to life in my mind. It says: “The LORD will cause your enemies who rise against you to be defeated before your face; they shall come out against you one way and flee before you seven ways.

My wife and I trusted God; we called on His name, and He saved us from those dangerous armed robbers. This same God is interested in saving you today as well (Isaiah 35:4). Without a shred of doubt, you are safe under Him!

Your life is safe under Him (Psalm 91:11-15), your children are safe under Him (Isaiah 49:25), your household is safe under Him (Acts 16:31), your health is safe under Him (Isaiah 58:8), your business is safe under Him (Deuteronomy 28:12), your reputation is safe under Him (Isaiah 61:7), your land is safe under Him (Deuteronomy 11:10-12), etc.

Guess what? Your dream of attaining Heaven is even safe under Him. But, you must give your life to Christ to begin with. That is, you must be born again! It is when this is settled, that you stand the best chance of attaining Heaven; the Kingdom of God (John 3:3).

Friend, are you born again? Congratulations, if you are! But, if you are not, then, this is a good opportunity for you to do so. Please give your life to Jesus Christ today, and it shall be well with you, in Jesus name. Amen.

Jesus is Lord!

Dr Adedayo Stoney Adegbulu.

Dr Stoney is the author of About God! Undeniable Facts & Testimonies

YES, YOU CAN BARGAIN WITH GOD!

I have a friend who was addicted to alcohol, cigarette, and women. He was on a modest income, and it was apparent that he was pushing himself rather too hard to feed his passions. As expected, he was always broke, so, he could not discharge his duties to his family and society as he should.

Many people advised him to turn a new leaf on different occasions, but he could not. According to him, it was as if some unseen forces were controlling him, and urging him on. Before long, his health began to deteriorate, and he was gradually coasting to an ugly end.

One day, he came to us and asked for divine help, having gone round various experts to no avail. As we were chatting, I remembered one of my friends, who had a protracted family problem. He told me how he went round for help in vain, before he went to God and bargained (reasoned, discussed, negotiated, settled, etc.) with Him. In the end, he came to an agreement with God to serve Him for the rest of his life, in exchange for His intervention in their situation. True to form, God kept his side of the agreement, and my friend kept his too. Today, he and his family are totally free to the glory of God.

I shared this story with my friend, the one battling addictions, and I encouraged him to bargain with God also, and he agreed. He implored God to deliver him from his addictions, and in return, he promised to serve Him with his talents, for the rest of his life. We later agreed with him in prayer! Guess what? God answered us, and today, he is totally free, clean, and doing well. He celebrated his tenth (10th) year of freedom recently, and he is still serving the Lord with his amazing talents to date.

Friend, what are you battling with at the moment? Is it an addiction? Is it a health challenge? Is it a nagging family issue? Is it a work related difficulty? Is it an academic problem? Is it a wobbly relationship? Is it a financial crisis? Or, is it a lawsuit? Perhaps you have done all you could to be free without success; today I have good news for you. And that is, God is ready to help you (Isaiah 41:10); He is eminently able to do so (Ephesians 3:20), and He will leave no stone unturned to actualize His plans for you (Isaiah 45:2-3).

However, you must be prepared to bargain with Him first. Yes, you can actually bargain (reason, discuss, negotiate, settle, etc.) with God (Isaiah 1:18a)! And in the process, you are free to yield certain things to Him, in return for helping you. For example, you are free to yield a part of your wealth to support His work. In addition, you are free to yield your time, energy, skill, personality, frame, fame, and connections to Him.

Besides, your words of encouragement, acts of kindness, love for humanity, ability to mobilize people, flair for mentoring the young ones, etc. are very vital, and you are free to yield them to Him for His service. Please, be rest assured that whatever you yield to Him will not be lost; they will certainly come back to you sooner or later (Ecclesiastes 11:1), and in multitudes too (Luke 6:38).

My friends, and others in the past (e.g. Jephthah (Judges 11:29-33), Jacob (Genesis 28:10-22), Hannah (1 Samuel 1:1-20, etc.)), and these days, bargained with God at one time or the other; they delighted themselves in Him also, and He gave them the desires of their hearts. He will give you yours as well (Psalm 37:4), in Jesus name. Amen.

Jesus is Lord!

Dr Adedayo Stoney Adegbulu.

Dr Stoney is the author of About God! Undeniable Facts & Testimonies

RELAX; GOD IS IN CONTROL!

I was a motor Mechanic Apprentice at some point in my life, even though I had always wanted to be a Medical Doctor, and I worked very hard to actualize my dream. But, I derailed badly, and abandoned my study at the famous Government College Ibadan (GCI), Nigeria in Class Two. The reason being that a senior boy called me a leper; a very degrading tag in our culture!

For the benefit of my non-Nigerian readers, please note that unlike in the developed world, being a motor mechanic is not necessarily a great achievement in Nigeria! I will say the profession is not much fancied in our society, and it is prevalent among those who don’t have funds to further their education past the most basic level. It is also prevalent among those who for one reason or the other are academically untrainable. Majority of Mechanics in our clime are hard up!

I was under the tutelage of ‘Baba Yellow’ (Yellow Man) the Mechanic’ without my father’s consent, as he was then abroad and my mother could not sway me to change my mind. Baba Yellow was a good man; he had a couple of wives, several children, a rented apartment, and an old green Opel Record car. A lot of people streamed to his garage daily to fix their cars, and he had many junior mechanics, and apprentices working for him. To me, he was a star, and I wanted to be like him!

I settled down very quickly at Baba Yellow’s garage, and before long, I picked up some traits associated with the place, a few of which are, scruffiness, playfulness, talkativeness, waywardness, and dishonesty.

Above was my life till my father returned home abruptly from his trip abroad one night, and he was very angry with me, when my mother updated him on what I had become in his absence. The next morning, he bundled me back to school amid deafening protest from me, thus ending my dream of becoming a motor mechanic like Baba Yellow; a huge victory for my parents! As luck would have it, our Principal accepted me back, and protected me. He also did not announce my escapade to all and sundry, thus saving me an unpleasant backlash.

Yes, I derailed big time, but God restored me back to the path He intended for me initially by using some senior boys to help me settle down quickly. Sina Fagbenro-Byron, among others, showed me love, which I lacked before I dumped School. Decades later, he also encouraged me through an email to continue my activities for God; he never knew that I had abandoned Him at that time. That email jolted me back to God to date!

God also used Yinka Adedayo​, Lanre Amos, and Adeniyi Adekunle​ to strengthen me academically. The solid foundation they laid for me paid off in the end, as I went on to pass the School Certificate Examination with distinction, and then study Medicine. May the good Lord reward these gentlemen richly, in Jesus name. Amen.

My experience as a returnee subsequently inspired me to show sympathy to the people I met in GCI and beyond, each time I had to. My Medical training, which became possible because I went back to school by the grace of God, also allowed me to help numerous people back to good health. Besides, my training in medicine and other fields is now instrumental to our being able to preach Jesus Christ via our activities, to several thousands of people, in over 110 countries, in all the continents of the world, every month. I give God praise!

Friends, do you think you have derailed badly like I did as a consequence of your actions or inactions? Did you derail because of an earlier occurrence (viz. divorce, ill health, job loss, imprisonment, etc.)? Do you think you have lost your way, target, respect, position, voice, etc. thanks to it? Do you now see yourself as a bad parent, child, student, professional, friend, leader, Christian, etc.? If you do then, I have good news for you! God can still get you from where you are right now, to where you ought to be in life (Psalm 32:8). Just relax, He is in control!

But you have to play your own part very well too! Firstly, you have to be honest with yourself, and admit your mistakes (Proverbs 11:3). Secondly, you have to ask God to forgive you, and He will (1 John 1:9). Thirdly, you have to trust Him to direct you back to the path of glory and honour, which you ought to be; He will as well (Proverbs 3:5-6). Fourthly, you have to stand firm at all times, so that you don’t fall (derail) again (1 Corinthians 10:12).

May the good Lord prove Himself very strong in your life, restore you back to the position you ought to be in life and keep you there, so that you can become who He wants you to become, help humanity with your skills, and finish your earthly race superbly, in Jesus name. Amen.

P.S. I dedicate this write up to my Sister, Aderonke Ilemobade Adegbulu, who passed on to glory on the 27th of May, 2015. She used to enjoy my ‘Mechanic’ story, and narrated same to her friends to honour God. Continue to find perfect peace and rest with the Lord your maker my darling Sister! Nothing will ever stop me from loving you!!

Jesus is Lord!

Dr Adedayo Stoney Adegbulu.

Dr Stoney is the author of About God! Undeniable Facts & Testimonies

I AM TEN (10) TODAY; PRAISE GOD!

Today marks the 10th year anniversary of my Christian writing ministry. I remember very clearly how I was informed of its commencement in the spirit in the early hours of 1st of May, 2004. I was also informed that it would bless people around the world, and that it would not fail. I am happy to confirm that both have come to pass.  Praise God!

We started the ministry with twenty three (23) people, all Nigerians, on our mailing list. But today, we are being read at least once a month, by several thousands of people around the world from Akure in Nigeria, to Harbin in China; from Lorges in France, to Bangalore in India; from Pereira in Columbia, to Perth in Australia; from Izmir in Turkey, to Dallas in Texas; from Mahe in Seychelles, to Hull in UK; from Saint Petersburg in Russia, to Jakarta in Indonesia; from Caracas in Venezuela, to Oshakati in Namibia; from Nicosia in Cyrus, to Osaka in Japan, from Alexandria in Egypt, to Saskatoon in Canada, from Taipei in Taiwan, to Bagdad in Iraq, from Auckland in New Zealand, to Victoria in Trinidad and Tobago, etc. Our materials are also being used all over, to teach people, and win souls for Christ to the glory of God.

Just last month, April 2014, we released a commemorative book titled, About God! Undeniable Facts & Testimonies, to project God to the world in a special way. Hallelujah!

However, we had some pitfalls along the way. For instance, the first person I shared my calling with, snubbed me. And certain people, who read my initial articles, queried my suitability for the tasks ahead. Besides, we suffered many deprivations, such that I nearly walked out on my calling. But, God is so faithful, for He sent some people to strengthen us, and urge us on.

How can I thank this God enough? I really don’t know! But, I will try my best to honour Him in my own little way. I will catalogue some of the things known about Him, and present them to the whole world anew. By this, I hope to keep Him alive, fresh, and strong, in the consciousness of people. He deserves nothing less!

So who is this God? Well, He is a supernatural being, perfect in authority, goodness and understanding. He is self-existent, and He lives in Heaven (Psalm 115:3), which He created alongside the Earth (Genesis 1:1). He is the King of Kings, and Lord of lords (Revelation 19:16). He is Omnipotent, Omnipresent, Omniscient, and infinite. He is called Jehovah Jireh (Genesis 22:14), Jehovah Nissi (Exodus 17:15), and Jehovah Rapha (Exodus 15:26), etc.

He is a mighty warrior (Zephaniah 3:17 (NIV)), and since He loves us (Psalm 86:15), He wishes to fight our battles for us (Exodus 14:14), and give us the goodies of life (Matthew 6:25-32). He desires our good finishing in life as well. In return, He desires continuous praise, obedience, and trust, from us. He wants us to be born again too, because that is the only way by which we can finish well in life, and attain Heaven, His Kingdom (John 3:3).

Friend, are you born again? If you are, well done! But, if you are not, please invite Jesus Christ into your life to become your personal Lord and Saviour today; He will not snub you! It is when this is settled, that you can benefit from His benevolence here on earth, and later in Heaven.

Father Lord, I thank you for our anniversary, and we look forward to serving you more in years to come. I commit all our readers and friends out there into your hands, please continue to love, bless and beautify them, and let your holy name be glorified in their lives forever, in Jesus name. Amen.

Jesus is Lord!

Dr Adedayo Stoney Adegbulu.

Author of About God! Undeniable Facts & Testimonies

Ellesmere Port, United Kingdom.

MY FRIEND SAW HEAVEN!

This write up is a follow up to my earlier post in memory of one of my earliest bosses. By way of summary, He was a superb Medical Practitioner who became born again after some promptings from me. Sadly, he died in a motor accident less than one month afterward. We mourned his death deeply, but, we were encouraged in a vision that he attained heaven. You can read the entire post on my website by clicking the link that follows: http://mindofchrist.org.uk/2009/08/.

My boss attained heaven so, what is the big deal about that? Well, the big deal is that he accomplished a big feat. And judging by what the bible says about Heaven, it is a breath-taking place, which every right thinking Christian should seek to inhabit in the long run. And to motivate us towards achieving this, I will now corroborate what the bible says about the place with the declaration of a senior friend of mine, moments before she passed away.

Ruby (not the real name) was 92 years old when I first met her on profession grounds. Though old, she was mentally agile and in total control of her life. At every point in time, she wore the clothes she liked, ate the food she wanted, slept when she desired, met whomever she chose to meet, etc. And no one could mess up with her and get away unchallenged, but, she loved God and humanity dearly.

As I was leaving her residence one Sunday morning, she noticed that I was singing a Christian hymn and she asked if she could join me and I said yes. Next, she asked if I am a Christian and I also said yes.  She then told me that she was a devoted Christian herself, but had stopped hobnobbing with other Christians owing to the rigors of old age. Anyway, we spent a short but memorable time together on that occasion, singing, praying and praising the Lord. We met several times thereafter.

One day, I went to her residence as pre-arranged and met some people with gloomy faces at the entrance; the reason being that Ruby was about to die. I quickly ran to her room and discovered that though very weak, she was heartily discussing her imminent transition to heaven with her daughter and son in-law. She also said many things about heaven as revealed to her in the spirit. For instance, she confirmed that it is a very lovely place (Revelation 21:9-21), inhabited by joyful people (Psalm 16:11), who are trouble free (Revelation 7:16-17), just worshipping the Lord (Nehemiah 9:6). Ruby also disclosed that she saw some people she knew on earth, who are now dead, in Heaven (1 Thessalonians 4:13-14 (NLT)).  Finally, she told us that she saw her heavenly mansion waiting for her habitation (John 14:2-3).

At a point, her daughter interjected and said “Mum, you’ve been a very good wife, mother and Christian all your life, please go and enjoy your well-deserved rest in heaven’’ and Ruby said “thank you darling’’. She was later informed that I was around and she opened her eyes, held my hand firmly and with a lovely smile, she said: “Adedayo, thank you for being a part of my journey on earth. I am going home very soon, and I hope to see you there someday’’. And not very long after that, she closed her eyes, fell asleep, and never woke again. 

I believe God gave Ruby a glimpse of heaven (Joel 2:28) to remind us that it is real, stunning and attainable. But we can only get there by becoming born again (John 3:3). If you haven’t, please take this all important step right away before it is too late. Then, guide your salvation jealously (Philippians 2:12) and stand firmly too (1 Corinthians 10:12). Above all, focus your attention relentlessly on Jesus Christ (Hebrews 12:2) and by the grace of God, you will attain heaven in the end, like my boss and my friend, Ruby, in Jesus name. Amen.

Jesus is Lord!

Dr Adedayo Stoney Adegbulu.

Dr Stoney is the author of About God! Undeniable Facts & Testimonies