Daniel 1-3:30-The Benefits of Obeying God (1)

Divine Protection

Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego refused to worship the gold image made by king Nebuchadnezzar. Instead, they obeyed God’s law that forbids worshipping other gods (Exodus 20:4-5). As a result, they were thrown into the burning fiery furnace but four men, the fourth being like the Son of God, all unbound and unscathed, were soon spotted in it. That is, Jesus was on hand to protect them thus verifying what Isaiah 43:2 says viz.: ”…When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, Nor shall the flame scorch you”. As you walk through the ‘fires’ of life day by day, choose to obey God and He’ll protect you divinely in Jesus name. Amen.


Some years back, I went to the High Commission of a major European country in Lagos, Nigeria to book a visa interview appointment as a first timer; my wife was there with me!  Ordinary, such event shouldn’t be a big deal but it usually was in our setting due to the hassles involved.

In the past, applicants went to the High Commission to book their visa interview appointments in person and that meant going there to join the usually long and rowdy queues formed daily.  In order to lessen their burden therefore, many of them arrived at the place sometimes as early as 2.00 am each day.  Unfortunately, that wasn’t enough to guarantee their being attended to at the end of the day.  And most of the subsequent visa interviews that took place weeks or months after appointments were given, ended up in disappointment.

In any case, we got to the High Commission around 10.00 am because of my earlier commitments and as expected, we met hundreds, if not thousands of disorderly people, on various queues; sweating, yelling, cursing, pushing and fighting.  And the Nigerian security men on duty that day made the situation even worse as they were more interested in brutalizing the people rather than maintaining law and order.  All above and more seriously discouraged me and I opted to return to my base after all, I knew I could remain in Nigeria, excel and help people get well as a medical doctor.  That was my thinking but God’s was different (Isaiah 55:8).  He wanted me out of the country!

So, as we were going back to our car, 2 Chronicles 20:15 flashed through my mind.  It says: ”…Do not be afraid nor dismayed because of this great multitude, for the battle is not yours but God’s”.  Instantly, I knew God was ready to fight my visa ‘battle’ for me irrespective of the prevailing intimidating atmosphere and this stirred us to turn back and I approached the meanest looking security officer in sight.  I told him what my mission was all about and I asked him to act on it.  Immediately, there was great silence all around as everyone waited for him to deal with me mercilessly.  Anyway, he only looked at me menacingly and then shouted ‘’who are you by the way?’’ And I introduced myself to him very calmly, mindful of the enormous power at our disposal (1 John 4:4).

Soon, his contorted face began to relax into a lovely smile, and he commanded his men to open the massive gates of the High Commission for us to come in through them. After that, he held my hand very gingerly, and led us into a vast waiting room, where he introduced us to his colleagues, as his “special friends and in-laws from his home town’’ and he pleaded with them to assist us as quickly, and as much as possible. Remember that this was a man I had never met before, and who would have been very glad to brutalize me a short time earlier.

And in next to no time, a young, amiable official of the High Commission attended to us.  To begin with, he perused my papers and said they were excellent therefore; I needed no further visa interview.  That was an unimaginable occurrence in our setting because even if your papers were okay, you still had to go through the mandatory visa interview.  Next, he asked me to pay the required visa fees to the cashier and I did.  Guess what? I was issued a valid visa in less than 3 hours from the time we arrived at the place; a feat that took most people several weeks, months, years or even a life time to accomplish.  Not even the rich, powerful and highly connected people close to the corridors of power in Nigeria could boast of such a feat.  In a nutshell, God the famous warrior, fought and won my (His) Visa battle for me spectacularly, and all the people that heard my story were amazed, and they joined us to glorify His holy name (Psalm 126:1).

Friend, I have gone this far to let you know that you needn’t fear your battles or fight them by yourself anymore.  Please, hand them over to God in prayer today as they are His anyway, and He will make mincemeat of them.  He did so for me and countless number of people globally; He’ll do same for you too in Jesus name.  Amen.   Remember that our God is mighty in battle (Psalm 24:8)!

Jesus is Lord!

Dr Adedayo Stoney Adegbulu.

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


Of Life, Death and Grief

My set in the University lost a rare gem recently.  She was a brilliant and an accomplished Medical Doctor, a dutiful mother and wife, a lover of humanity, and a dependable friend.  She was beautiful in and out, and I am glad to ascertain that she gave her life to Christ ever before she breathed her last on earth.  To God be the glory!  Two families that are close to us also lost their fathers not long ago.  Then, a couple of people asked us for prayers and encouragement owing to the death of people that were close to them.  No doubt, these deaths are huge and very painful!   May the souls of the departed find peace and rest in the Lord, and may He grant the bereaved the fortitude to bear their losses in Jesus name.  Amen.

At a time like this, it is instructive for us, to be there for one another.  Therefore, I am happy to dedicate this piece to those who are mourning at this time and in addition, I wish to strengthen them with the following points pertaining to life, death and grief.  They are:

1.  Life, death and grief are key components of life

The wise King Solomon made allusion to this point in Ecclesiastes 3:1-2, 4 when he said:  ”To everything there is a season… 2. A time to be born, And a time to die…4.  … A time to mourn, And a time to dance”.  Let us therefore get used to the idea that life, death and grief, are key components of living, which we can never wish away.

2.  God values the presence of the deceased more than we do

It is often said that God withdraws those that he fancies most to Himself, and the Psalmist confirmed this position in Psalm 116:15 as follows:  ”Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of the saints”.  If you are currently grieving, I encourage you, based on the word of God above and others in the bible, to loosen up and rejoice greatly, since the presence of your beloved is thrilling God at this point in time.  And you can be sure that He will take an excellent care of him or her in Jesus name.  Amen.

3.  Death is beneficial in the long run

The legendary Apostle Paul confirmed this view in Philippians 1:21 this way: ”…For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain”.   Meanwhile, the foremost benefit of death is in being able to attain heaven which is a fantastic place to be hereafter (Revelation 7:15-17).  However, reaching it is strongly linked to being born again (John 3:3).  Was your loved one born again while alive? If your answer is yes then, you have every reason to be joyous as he or she is certainly enjoying the comfort of heaven right now.  And this is an extraordinary achievement, which you should be proud of!

At this point, let me add that it is okay for us to grief, since grief is the price we have to pay for the love we have for departed souls.  But we shouldn’t do it as if we are hopeless (1Thessalonians 4:13).  We are definitely not!  In fact, our hope is that we shall be re-united with the departed someday (1Thessalonians 4:16-17) in Jesus name.  Amen.  Therefore, please do away with your grief as quickly as possible, and start celebrating the life and time of the departed.  But while doing so, please remember to give thanks to God since this step makes Him very happy (1 Thessalonians 5:18).

Finally, let us use this opportunity to reassess our current individual position in Jesus Christ.   Are you okay with Him? Are you born again? If you are, brilliant!  That means you will make heaven one day, if you don’t deviate.  But if you are not then, this is a great opportunity for you to do the right thing.  That is, ask Jesus Christ to come into your life and take over as your personal Lord and Saviour and He will (John 6:37).  And if you are not very sure of the current state of your salvation then, please consider rededicating your life to Him without delay. May the good Lord comfort and uphold you continually and may He rain his manifold blessings upon you all the days of your life in Jesus name.  Amen.

Jesus is Lord!

(c) Adedayo Stoney Adegbulu, 2009

Try Jesus!

Matthew 9:20-22 narrates the story of a woman who had a flow of blood of twelve years duration. It is on record that she spent all she had on physicians, yet, her condition did not improve.

Please permit me to quickly add here that in her part of the world, hemorrhaging women are considered impure, and so, are avoided. No one is expected to support them in any way too. Theirs was indeed a very pathetic existence! However, reprieve came the way of this woman the moment she touched the hem of the garment of Jesus Christ.

Many lessons can be deduced from the story above, but for the purpose of this write up, we shall only consider the following.

1. Long standing problems are not restricted to a particular person, group of people, or age and time alone

There are loads of instances in the bible, and in these days, when people had to endure long standing problems. This woman’s case is a classic example. Naaman’s is another! He was a reputable general in the Syrian army, but he had Leprosy, a long standing, degrading, and disfiguring skin problem (2 Kings 5:1-14). What about the man who had an infirmity for thirty eight years (John 5:1-9)? These examples and others, confirm that long standing problems are not restricted to a particular person, group of people, age, or time alone. King Solomon confirmed this position in Ecclesiastes 1:9 as follows: “That which has been is what will be. That which is done is what will be done. And there is nothing new under the sun’’.

2. It pays to seek help from the source of ultimate power

The woman went everywhere and consulted a large number of doctors, all to no avail. Going to Medical Doctors for professional help on its own is a very laudable idea, because God gave them their great skill, and every right thinking person should consult them (Ecclesiasticus 38:1-15). Nevertheless, we Medical Doctors sometimes find it rather hard to restore some patients back to full health. In such situation, affected patients should not lose hope; they should simply switch over to the source of ultimate power; Jesus Christ, for deliverance. He confirmed being the custodian of ultimate power in Matthew 28:18 as follows: “…All authority (power) has been given to me in heaven and on earth’’.

3. Victory is certain if we seek help from the source of ultimate power

Thank goodness the woman sought help from Jesus Christ; the source of ultimate power. She touched the hem of his garment, and straightaway, her long standing hemorrhage, body weakness, helplessness, hopelessness, loneliness, rejection, isolation, shame, and sorrow came to an end. She became a brand new person; clean, pure, whole, and unstoppable, to the glory of God.

Friend, it is evident from all indications that seeking help from the source of ultimate power is synonymous with astonishing success, and you too can get all things done through Him. No wonder why the legendary Apostle Paul said: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me (Philippians 4:13) ’’.

Perhaps you or somebody close to you is struggling with a long standing problem at the moment, and help seems to be nonexistent; don’t worry; the right time has come for you to seek help from the source of ultimate power; Jesus Christ, the son of God! Please convey your concerns to him in prayers today. You may even have to fast at some point, if need be (Matthew 17:21).

Supposing you have prayed and fasted on several occasions in the past, but it seems you are getting nowhere, please don’t give up! Just try again and again, because very soon, you will come out triumphant over your problem, and your joy will be full in Jesus name (John 16:23-24). Amen.

Jesus is Lord!

Dr Adedayo Stoney Adegbulu.

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


In Revelation 3:20, Jesus Christ said: “Behold I stand at the door and knock, if anyone hears my voice and open the door, I will come in to him…’’

Above is a very soothing statement, which demonstrates the readiness of Jesus Christ to visit us, and this has nothing to do with our status, level of education, finance, spirituality, connection, racial background, etc. He is fond of visiting His people regularly; perhaps every day, and when He does, He dishes out great benefits. This position is confirmed in Psalm 68:19 as follows: “Blessed be the Lord who daily loads us with benefits’’.

So, what are the benefits that we are talking about here, you may wish to ask? Well, there many of them, but we shall consider only the following here.

1. Healing

This is a major benefit that accompany visits from Jesus Christ, and it is very close to His heart. This is confirmed in Act 10:38 like this: “…Jesus of Nazareth … went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil…’’.

In Matthew 8:14, Jesus visited Peter, and met his mother in-law lying sick with a fever. Without wasting time, he touched her, and she became well instantaneously. From this story, we can safely conclude that a visit from Jesus Christ is capable of generating healing.

Friend, are you sick in any part of your body, or in any area of your life at present? If you do, then rejoice, because healing is around the corner. Pray to Jesus Christ to visit you with His healing power today, and you can be sure that He will.

2. Deliverance from shame

In John 2:1-11, Jesus Christ and his disciples attended a wedding ceremony! Soon, the organizers ran out of wine, and shame was looming. This was however stopped by the intervention of Jesus Christ, who turned ordinary water into wine of great quality and sufficient quantity. Supposing He did not visit; i.e. attend the wedding ceremony, the couple would have suffered unspeakable shame for the rest of their lives.

Are you currently harboring any shameful situation in your life? Does it appear as if you are incapable of changing it by yourself? If it does, then, invite Jesus Christ to visit you today. Commit the situation into His hands as well, and He will sort you out before long.

3. Change of reputation

Matthew was a tax collector, and a great sinner. No doubt, his reputation was in tatters, and no sensible person would interact with him freely. But one day, Jesus Christ visited the tax office, saw him there, and asked him to follow Him (Matthew 9:9). And from that day, he became one of His disciples, and his reputation changed from being a hated tax collector/crook, to a celebrated disciple of Jesus Christ; a priceless calling!

Do you have the notorious reputation of being a murderer, a cheater, a liar, a drug addict, an alcoholic, a prostitute, an adulterer, a debtor, etc.? Do you want it changed? If you do then, initiate a visit from Jesus Christ straight away, and your story will change sooner or later.

4. Salvation

This is the most important benefit that a visit from Jesus Christ can elicit. With it, you will become one of His followers, enjoy good things of life (Luke 12:31), and when your time on earth is over, you will attain Heaven (John 3:3); an unparalleled place to be (Revelation 21:4).

Zacchaeus (Luke 19:1-10), a tax collector, and a detested sinner like Matthew, was visited by Jesus Christ, despite intense objection from the people. And from that visit, he received his salvation, and all the benefits associated with it.

Friend, you can see that a visit from Jesus Christ comes with immense benefits. You too can have them today. But you have to do the right thing first; you have to sort out your salvation; you must be born again. Supposing you are not up till now, please invite Jesus Christ into your life as your personal Lord and savior at once, because tomorrow may be too late. He will not ignore you! After that, you will be well positioned to receive divine healing, deliverance from shame, change of reputation, Salvation, etc. from Jesus Christ. Amen.

Jesus is Lord!

Dr Adedayo Stoney Adegbulu.

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


I am sharing my testimony with you today, to glorify God, and to encourage those who are seeking His face for one thing or the other.

My wife and I got married in our hometown, Akure Nigeria, in October 1991, and for a very long time, we couldn’t have a baby of our own. As many people expected, I used my connections as a Medical Doctor, to avail ourselves of the services of the best Gynaecologists I could find in Nigeria and abroad, but none of them could help us. Several Pastors and brethren in the Lord also prayed for/with u; all to no avail! In the end, i.e. after spending loads of money, and really going around, we decided to hold our peace and wait on the Lord, whom we know has the ultimate power to turn around our plight.

I must confess that the period of waiting was very long, hard, and to a large extent, punishing. We experienced several frustrating moments, including heart-breaking jeers, painful negative comments, and mindless gossips from certain quarters, as well as societal isolation, all of which are common phenomena in our culture. Some people also ridiculed us openly, while others questioned the worth of our faith in the Lord. But thank God for giving us very good and understanding families and friends that stood by us throughout.

During the time we waited on the Lord, our heads were bruised, but we refused to bow them down; we were shaken but definitely not broken or forsaken by God. He constantly reminded us that it is our right to have children (Psalm 127:3), and that He would grant our request at the most favourable time, when His name would be glorified all over the world, and at no extra cost to us, and we believed Him. He specifically told us that He would give us a bouncing baby boy, good looking, and healthy!

I am happy to inform you that God fulfilled His promise to us on the 23rd of July 2007; after more than fifteen (15) years of waiting on Him! He gave us our son, whose names are Samuel Enioluwa (God’s man) Oluwagbohunmi (God heard my voice) Adegbulu, and he is completely who God told us he would be! His arrival gave us and countless people all over the world, profound joy, and hope. Besides, the name of God was indeed glorified throughout the world! To God be all the glory, honour, and adoration in Jesus name, amen.

My Final Thoughts!

There are many things, which I would have loved to pass across to those trusting the Lord for their own children, and/or other issues of immense value to them, but I cannot at this moment because of space and time constraints. However, I will like to base my final thoughts on Habakkuk 2:3. It goes thus: “For the vision is yet for an appointed time; But at the end it will speak, and it will not lie. Though it tarries, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry’’.

Friend, I urge you today, to continue trusting the Lord for your heart desires, irrespective of what you might be going through presently. He is able and willing to answer you, but in his own time (Ecclesiastes 3:11). Since He met us and several people out there, at the deepest points of our needs, I am persuaded that He will meet you at yours too, in Jesus name. Amen. Please don’t give up!

Jesus is Lord!

Dr Adedayo Stoney Adegbulu.

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


In Psalm 56:3-4, King David referring to God said ‘’when I am afraid, I will put my trust in you…I trust you, so why should I be afraid? What can mere mortals do to me?

King David was a very powerful and highly successful King of Israel.  He was outstanding in many ways and God loved him dearly.  And like other people, he too encountered numerous fearful moments in his life.  It is however not on record that he resigned to fate instead, he trusted God solidly and in the end he overcame all his fears.

Looking at the happenings in our world today, nobody can fault us if we construe that just as King David and the people of his time were afraid of one thing or the other, so are we at the present.  Everyday we see frightening evidences of terrorism cum insecurity, wars and threats of wars, hurricanes, earthquakes, destructive floods, wild fires, economic failure with its attendant negative effects like job losses, excruciating poverty, family disruption, sicknesses and infirmities, unjustifiable deaths etc.  All these and more have instilled colossal fear in the minds of many people.  What then is the way out? Absolute trust in God!

Absolute trust in God in fearful situations has many benefits and we shall consider some of them in this write up.  For example it guarantees:

1.  Safety.  We shall make allusion to Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego to defend this point.  The book of Daniel tells us that they were exceptionally talented young Jews in King Nebuchadnezzar’s service.  Even though they were very close to the King, they still trusted God completely.  However, they parted ways with him because he wanted them to worship his image of gold-something the young lads found extremely repulsive.  Instead of succumbing to the King’s threats of being thrown into a blazing furnace, they stuck to their guns and trusted God to keep them safe (Daniel 3:16-18).  They were later thrown into the furnace but guess what!  Nothing untoward happened to them.  This supports Proverbs 29:25 which says: ‘’The fear of man brings a snare.  But whoever trusts in the Lord shall be safe’’.  If you desire absolute safety in this era of extreme insecurity then, put your trust in God and he will not disappoint you in Jesus name.  Amen.

2.  Deliverance.  1 Samuel Chapter 1 encapsulates how Hannah a barren woman was harassed untiringly by her husband’s junior wife Peninnah.  But despite the grave humiliation she faced, she trusted God completely and he delivered her from shame and sorrow by giving her a choice son called Samuel.  Perhaps you want God to do something stunning for you but a positive response appears out of reach and now you are afraid then, I bring good tidings to you!  Help is on the way; get ready for it.  Seek the face of God today, trust him absolutely too and he will deliver you from all your fears (Psalm 34:4).  Hannah trusted God and he delivered her from childlessness and its associated shame and sorrow.

3.  Prosperity.  In Genesis Chapter 12, God told Abraham, a very old man, to relocate to a new locality and he obeyed because he trusted God completely.  And for his act of obedience, God prospered him.  God gave him children (when it was entirely impracticable for him and his wife to have any child on account of old age) immense riches, honor, glory and a very good life.  God also gave him the privilege of dying peacefully and of being given a decent burial.  This example confirmed what is written in Proverbs 28: 25b i.e.: ‘’…But he who trusts in the Lord will be prospered’’.  If you want to prosper in this age and time that opportunities are fast shrinking then, put your trust in God and you will laugh last in Jesus name.  Amen.

Friend, we have established once again that it is beneficial to trust God.  Perhaps you are yet to trust him for solutions to issues that are affecting your life negatively then, the time to do so have come and it is now!  But if you have been praying about the issues for awhile and it seems respite is not in sight, do not worry and do not give up.  God will definitely respond in his own time (Ecclesiastes 3:11).

Finally through out this month, the remaining part of this year and for the rest of your life, I implore you to ‘’be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them (i.e. people or difficult situations) for the Lord your God, he is the one who goes with you, he will not leave you nor forsake you’’ (Deuteronomy 31:6).  So shall it be in Jesus name.  Amen.

Jesus is Lord!