Oluwatosin: Hello dear readers! It’s a pleasure having you on the blog. Thanks for showing up. We’ve been having a series of reviews on the book ‘Dining with the Devil’ and this is the third one. Just in case you haven’t read the last two ones, you can click here for the first review and here for the second. You will be blessed!
Oluwatosin: Alright! I have the pleasure to have another wonderful guest with me, Eunice Obidi. Good to have you here on the blog. Kindly introduce yourself to us.
My name is Euncie Obidi Onyekachukwu. I’m a freelance writer who believes in changing lives one book/article/poem/blog post at a time. I study Mass Communication at the university of Lagos and dream of becoming a Public Relations and Advertising Specialist, accomplished writer and Christian filmmaker in the nearest future.
I’m also an editor, having edited a couple of books, and enjoy proofreading essays, stories and articles during my leisure. I love exploring worlds and going on wild adventures within the pages of books. When I’m not reading or writing, I’m daydreaming about unconventional characters and plot twists to write about.
I’m passionate about Spoken Word poetry and I own a blog, called Godly Teens, where I post short fictional and inspiring Christian pieces to entertain and edify godly minds. You can check it out here: teenstinz.blogspot.com.
Oluwatosin: Yayyy! A writer and a blogger too! Do well to go to her blog post. She has wonderful, inspiring content there. In case you don’t know, Eunice Obidi is the editor of ‘Dining with the Devil’. It was wonderful working with her. So straight to today’s review.
Oluwatosin: “I know how God speaks to me but it seems funny what I’ve been hearing o. I’m trying not to confuse my feelings and thoughts with what I think God is telling me.” Faith had a solid relationship with God to be sure of how He speaks to her but at this point she wasn’t really sure, probably because of the sensitivity of the issue. How do you address this practically? Where you want to be sure that it’s actually God’s voice and not your feelings or mind?
1 John4:1 says “Beloved, believe not every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God…” stay very sincere with God. Sometimes when we really want something, we strongly want to hear that that is what God is telling us too. But hearing what God is saying clearly is largely dependent on how open we are to him. Entertaining worry, fear and insincerity can only confuse us further. Being in a hurry is also very dangerous.
To hear God in whichever way He speaks to us, we have to be still in the place of prayer too. Being still requires patience and expectancy. God will surely show us. Jeremiah 33:3 says “Call unto me and I will answer you and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.”
And when we are still not sure of the answers, we can always ask God to confirm what He has said. He will, because He is not an author of confusion and does not want us to make mistakes too. The key is to keep your eyes and ears open because if you’re not spiritually sensitive, you can miss the confirmation of what He said.
Oluwatosin: Rightly said! So was it right for Faith to keep Ayo hanging even when she was sure he was God’s will for her? Is there any justifiable reason why a Christian lady would do that? And is it fair to the man?
Eunice: I am of the opinion that if Faith wanted further clarifications from God, then it would have been wise for her to hold on. But if she was convinced about him being the one, there was no reason to keep him hanging. It would not be fair to keep the man waiting if God has already given the go-ahead.
Oluwatosin: Yes, that’s true! Ladies, please don’t keep the man waiting unnecessairly especially when you already have an answer from God. God still changes His mind.
Oluwatosin: What do you say about relating sensitive issues like the person you have in mind to marry to a friend(s)? Is it wise and advisable? Or does it depend on the level of relationship?
Eunice: I strongly believe that it depends on the level of relationship. Some friends are friends you talk casual matters with and there are those you tell intimate things to. Not everybody needs to know what is going on in your life, because people will always be people. Even if they didn’t mean it, your plans can be destroyed or tampered with. “A prudent man concealeth knowledge: but the heart of fools proclaimeth foolishness.” Proverbs 12:23
But like in the book if you have a best friend who has been with you for a while and has built a trusted and tested relationship with you, it would not hurt to tell the person when you are sure about the matter. Not telling the person may hurt him/her because the person believes you are very close. In all, wisdom remains the principal thing. Know those you can refer to as intimates and those who are not so close, then dispense your sensitive information accordingly.
Oluwatosin: That’s right! Wisdom is profitable to direct.
Oluwatosin: “I know but five years isn’t forever. I still have other things to do with life.” Sis Ruth answered, sitting up straight. “Today is also the day I set fully for spiritual things, not that I don’t do that every other day but I need a day for full revitalization.” What lessons can we glean from these statements Sis Ruth made?
Eunice: First, we can understand the need to always keep fired up spiritually no matter how busy our schedule gets. In order not to let our spiritual lives grow cold or our love for God die out, we’ve got to be deliberate about spending time with God. Sis Ruth’s decision to dedicate one day for revitalization makes a lot of sense. You can choose whatever works for you, but always remember that the world outside and our busy schedules are capable of draining our spiritual batteries. If you don’t stop to recharge, you’ll die out. Child of God, the fire on your altar must always be burning on the altar. IT SHALL NOT GO OUT. (Leveticus 6:13)
Oluwatosin: How busy you may be is not an excuse to delegate your spiritual life to the background; it is dangerous! The fire shall EVER be burning upon the altar!
Oluwatosin: Sis Ruth had a dream about Temi. What should be our response when we get such negative dreams, either personally or for someone else?
The first call of response to any kind of revelation is prayer. Pray against evil, pray for wisdom to handle the situation, pray for grace, pray for protection…. Exercise your authority in Christ and reject whatever nonsense the devil is trying to pack on your doorstep.
If it’s about you, you may want to tell someone you can trust spiritually and in every other respect, to pray along with you. Ecclesiastes 4:9 says “Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their labour.”
If the revelation involves someone else, confide in the person/people involved. It’s good to notify them so they can know what’s up spiritually, pray about it and take steps to avoid the coming danger.
Oluwatosin: Yes, prayer is very key! If you do not know your place in Christ, the devil will pack rubbish at your doorstep. I would also add that wisdom is needed in handling or revealing whatever God has revealed to you especially if it’s for someone else.
Oluwatosin: Looking at the whole story, do you think Temi responded well to the dream Sis Ruth narrated to her? Or was the incident Temi faced bound to happen, whether she reacted rightly to the dream or not?
Temi took the dream too casually, actually. And we can learn from that with the way the story ended. Treating revelations from God carelessly, can be dangerous. I strongly believe that God does not just reveal things to us for our information alone. He wants us to act on it. Sometimes the Holy Spirit shows us things to come so that we can know how to act in order to avoid danger or take steps to make sure the danger does not materialize in the physical. Proverbs 22:3, “A prudent man forseeth evil, and hideth himself, But the simple pass on and are punished.”
Temi would not have had to go through that ugly incidence if she had taken the dream seriously in prayer and become more careful too. The calamity that befell her was avoidable, just like some things that happen to some Christians today. You can avert evil from happening to you if you pay good attention to the Holy Spirit and follow His instructions.
Oluwatosin: Hmmm, very true! Many Christians go through unavoidable situations because they take the caution of the Holy Spirit lightly.
Oluwatosin: “Alright dear. Please take care of yourself.” Sis Ruth said as she also stood up and held Temi by the shoulder. “I’d be praying for you.” What does this phrase say about Sis Ruth? Any lessons for us?
We can learn spiritual maturity from Sis Ruth. She understood that prayer really was the only way out. She really cared about Temi, but at that point, there was nothing more she could do to help. So she transferred her concern to the only person who could help: God.
Sometimes you don’t have the right words to say to encourage somebody and the person might be going through a situation that physical materials cannot help, even if you have the resources. The best way to get the person sorted out is by going to the One who knows both the problem and the solution. Of course, God won’t come down from Heaven to help the person, but He will use people. After praying, sis Ruth was able to get some information about Temi and through the help of the Holy Spirit, she was able to help Temi out when she eventually fell into danger.
Hearing that someone is/would be praying for you is very encouraging. It shows that the person really cares about you. A wise man once said that the greatest gift you can ever give anyone is prayer. Even Jesus foresaw the evil Satan was planning for Peter and He prayed for him. Luke 22:31, 32 “And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you ass wheat. But I have prayed for you…” One way to show love is to pray for those we love.
Oluwatosin: Gbam! The greatest gift you can ever give anyone is prayer! And just to let you know, Jesus is up there in heaven praying for you, isn’t that great adn good to know? Please make it a habit too to pray for the ones you love. May God give us the grace. Amen.
Oluwatosin: Temi remembered Moyin telling her Bro Taiwo was very spiritual and loaded, but what did this his questioning mean? Why was he asking about her mum and dad? Here Bro Taiwo was showing concern for her spiritual state but she didn’t seem comfortable with his questionings, can we say it was a pointer for her to be careful? Is it okay to feel uncomfortable when someone approaches you like this?
When we perceive that someone is truly concerned about us and has the ability to help us, it might be wise to open up so we do not suffer in silence. But the question now, is who to confide in. Bro. Taiwo seemed spiritual and showed concern for her spiritual state, but he had problems with his own spiritual life that he needed to settle. He was in a trap himself. How could he have helped Temi (someone with a mote in her eyes) when he had a log in his own eye? So yes, her being uncomfortable with his questions was a pointer that something was wrong somewhere. She didn’t feel that much uncomfortable when she confided in Sis Ruth.
Test every spirit. If you feel restrained and uneasy in letting out your matter to someone, don’t ignore it. It could be that God is trying to warn you about the person not being the right person to confide in.
Oluwatosin: Thanks for that. In this chapter, Temi’s dad recalled the origin behind her name. How do names impact a person’s life? Is there any significance to it? From Biblical perspective, what does God think about the names we have?
Eunice: Names can be pretty significant. They signify purpose. A lot of people see names as tools for identification. But it is more than that. You can leverage on the meaning of your name, especially as a child of God, to become who God wants you to be. We can take the prophet Jeremiah as an example. Jeremiah … See, Jeremiah had a purpose on this earth to fulfill…A God given mandate from birth. God told him in Jeremiah 1:5 “Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations”. God also had to change Jacob’s name from Jacob (which meant ‘the supplanter’) to Israel because of the destiny ahead of him. It’s no different with us. God has a purpose for you. What is your name? What does it mean? These questions can be a great start in your journey to finding purpose. God knows and calls us by name, not by family or any other thing.
Oluwatosin: Yes! God knows you by name. See what He also says in Isaiah 43:1 “But now thus saith the LORD that created thee, O Jacob, and He that formed thee, O Israel, Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name; thou art mine.” God knows you; He cares for you; He calls you by your name. You are that important to God!
Oluwatosin: What part of chapter 2 struck you most or which lesson did you gain from it?
Eunice: I liked the later part of chapter two where Nimi was asking her Aunty Faith why we still have to trust in God when we are the ones who have to put in effort and hard work to make sure our lives make sense. As I was reading the book, I anticipated the response to that question and felt blessed and satisfied when I eventually read it. I learned that no matter how hard we work in this life to make sure we are happy and comfortable, there are situations that would be beyond our control. We can’t see ahead of the minute we are in, but God sees way into the future. He knows what’s best for us and can help us through when we get stuck. I may have dreams and goals, but I need to trust God because He has a plan and it would only be best for me if I followed that plan as I work hard to build my future.
Oluwatosin: That’s right! God knows the thoughts He thinks of you and towards you; and they are thoughts of peace and not evil. You can solely depend and trust in Him.
Oluwatosin: Wow! This has been a truly enriching and blessed session with Eunice. I’m sure you’ll agree with me too. Thank you for sharing these deep lessons with us, Eunice.
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