Oluwatosin: Hellooo! It’s another wonderful time on the blog as we continue in these series of the review of the book ‘Dining with the Devil’. Just in case this is your first time with us on these series, you’re welcome. You can also check past series from here. And to all those who have been following, I’m glad to have you back!
Oluwatosin: So here with me, I have an amazing sister! She is Adebayo Mercy. It’s wonderful having you on the blog. Can you please introduce yourself to us?
Mercy: Hello! I’m Adebayo Mercy Inioluwa. I’m an undergraduate student of English Language in Obafemi Awolowo University.
I am a freelance writer, professional editor at Prestige Editors, and a photographer in embryo. I’m a lover of God and I love to watch fellow youths being passionate about God. It really challenges me. I’m also interested in seeing women empowered and youths purpose-driven.
I enjoy reading, writing, singing, learning, and of course, shooting nice pictures. I strongly believe in the power of the blood, name and word of God. I desire to impact lives from my little corner as the grace of God permits.
Oluwatosin: It’s good to have you here on the blog, Mercy. Thanks for honoring the invitation. Straight to the first question: For an intending couple, is it right for any of the partners to be so dependent on the other? In Faith’s case, she had to seek permission from Ayo for everything. Is that okay or is it to the extreme?
This is a sensitive one because there’s no clear line of demacation between too dependent and not dependent at all. It all bores down to spiritual disernment and discretion. Of course there is a level of dependent that a spouse owes the other. They are both responsible for and to the other person.
However, as intending couples, there is a level where it should be checked.This is because the couple aren’t joined yet and they are still under authority of God, parents, mentors or spiritual heads. As in the case of Faith, shewas a little on the extreme, because she was so dependent on Ayo, that she told him every place she was going, every time she would return. Oneof the reasons why her breakup with Ayo hurt her so bad was because she had put all her heart and head into the relationship. She relied on him too much. She began to shift her attention from God, she loved Ayo more and her best friend,Ada,noticed it.
We should always remember to place God in the frontline of any decision we make. God must be very prevalent from start to finish of any kind of relationship.
Oluwatosin: That’s right! God must be at the very center of any relationship we have. What verse of the Bible reveals our self-worth in Christ and how we can live that in reality?
Self-worth is very important for our journey here on earth. It’s a vital key to finding purpose in life and this cannot be overemphasized. As christians, our self-worth comes only from the grace of God in our lives.
Speaking of Bible verses, the Bible is full of resounding assurance of self worth;two of my favourites are:Galatians 2:20 KJ “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.” And 1 Peter 2:9 KJV “But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:“
We can only get to the fullness of our Self-worth when we conform to the image and likeness of Christ. I must say I really love the conversation between Faith and little Nimi. As Faith said we can only get to the perfection of Christ’s image by ‘…looking at him…’.We can see God through his word and the Holy spirit he has given to us.
Oluwatosin: Very true! “You’ve been noted as one of the most ambitious, brilliant and extraordinary worker in the company. The head office is also impressed with the reports you give and that’s why you were chosen.” This was Mr Collins’ remark and commendation of Faith, what does that teach us?
This teaches us to strive to attain mastery in whatever field we find ourselves. Faith was obviously a fine combination of beauty and brain. She put in diligence in her business and she stood before kings and not mean men (Proverbs 22: 29). Also, it teaches us toalways balance our professional life with spiritual. Remember:
Romans 12:11 KJV “Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord;”
Oluwatosin: Yes! that’s the perfect verse for that. We are to excell all round as Christians. Thanks for that. “Right from when I was young, my parents have always instilled in me and my siblings the principle of excellence.” Any lessons for parents and prospective parents from Faith’s parent’s influence on her success?
Yes there is an important lesson for parents and prospective parents in fact. Faith’s parents have proved
Proverbs 22:6 KJV “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” We should learn to instill discipline, diligence and hard work into our children coupled with the fear of God. If parents would do this, we would have more responsible and successful youths in our world today.
Oluwatosin: You’re right! ‘Charity begins at home’ goes the adage. Bro Taiwo seemed to have information about Temi quite surprisingly. If you were in Temi’s shoe, how would you react to that?
Hmm. Well if I was in Temi’s shoes I would be really suspicious (smiles). It was quite obvious he was using powers beyond human reasoning. The major mistake I think she made was not being spiritually sensitive enough. 1 John 4:1 KJVsays “Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.“
Also,Temi waved ignored all the red flags God used to warn her. God used sister Ruth, her dad, her roommate and even the inner prompting of her spirit. Thank God for these blessed people who helped her out of the tragedy. This also reminds me to draw closest to God in my weakest days because those are the timeI am vulnerable to the devil’s strategies.
Oluwatosin: So what part of chapter 4 or any area of the book got you thinking?
Mercy: whoa hmmmm. This is a tough one (smiles). Because I really learnt from many areas of the book. It’s complete in its own way.
I enjoyed the bond between Faith and Ada, the love of Temi’s father, the obedience of our beloved brother Seun, the danger of spiritual indifference etc. But one really unifying lesson is the way God placed people at different times to save other people. It made me wonder how many lives are lost or fallen because I refused to obey the prompting of the spirit at the right time. Or how many lives are still astray because I have refused to build myself spiritually.
Imagine what would have happened if sister Ruth didn’t have a relationship with God. Or if the prayer team had one bad egg, or if Ada wasn’t patient with Faith or not willing to fast and pray with her. I was blessed by the book and I commend you for heeding to the prompting of spirit to write it. Thank you.
Oluwatosin: All glory to God! I must confess, I’ve been blessed from these lessons you’ve shared with us. Thank you very much, Mercy. God bless you.
To you, dear reader, I believe you’ve also learnt from this review. Please feel free to share other lessons you’ve got from the chapter or book. I’d also appreciate your comments annd your shares. God bless you!