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

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

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