Oluwatosin: Good day to you! It’s another review on the blog today! You can check out the previous review here. So today I have with me a wonderful friend. Can you please introduce yourself to us?
Emmanuel: I am Emmanuel Iyoke. I’m a musician, a lover of gospel music and a lover of God. My desire is to see young people who are unapologetically in love for God and are not ashamed of their love for Him.
I love watching the news and I enjoy watching sports. I have released some songs as a gospel artiste. You can visit my page and download them for free here: www.reverbnation.com/emmanueliyoke. Do listen and be blessed. Thanks.
Oluwatosin: You’re welcome, Emmanuel! Please check out the page at www.reverbnation.com/emmanueliyoke. Straight to today’s discourse, at the beginning of the chapter, Faith realized how she had replaced God with Ayo. At what point do you think this happened? From the narration how did she get to that point?
Emmanuel: Before I begin, I really want to thank God for the gift He has given you. I duly implore everone to read this book, you will be blessed.
Emmanuel: Before any individual gets to the point where he/she starts losing intimacy with God, he/she must take time to know how they got to that point. They would discover there was a disconnect somewhere. In the case of Faith, the disconnect did not just happen overnight. In previous chapters before now, she had already lost intimacy with the Father; when I say intimacy, I mean her quiet time was not consistent anymore. And she also began to seek the opinion of Ayo in every decision she wanted to take.
Oluwatosin: ‘Remember God cannot keep you stranded’. We are bound to face disappointing times in life but what is God’s assurance and promise to us during those times? How does this phrase relay that?
Emmanuel: There is a passage that comes to mind and that is Isaiah 43:2. It says “When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou passest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee” This is a promise from God that no matter what life throws at us God is there to see us through. And we shouldn’t forget that weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.
Oluwatosin: That’s right! What happens when God’s plans don’t seem to turn out the way He said? What could probably have gone wrong?
Emmanuel: Permit me to use the scripture in Numbers 23:19, it says “God is not a man, that He should lie; neither the son of man that He should repent: hath He said, and shall He not do it? or hath He spoken, and shall He not make it good?” This scripture points to the fact that whenever God puts someone in His plan and the individual knows that he/she knows this, and they are upright and right, that plan must come into fruition.
In a case where the plan isn’t actualising, the problem is with the individual and not God because God cannot lie; so such individual must check his/her life and also ask God to search their hearts.
Oluwatosin: God also has alternatives to fulfill His ultimate plan when man’s choice does not conform to His will.” Is there any Biblical example to accentuate this statement? What lesson does that teach us if there is?
Emmanuel: The case study that comes to mind is David and Saul. We all know that Saul was anointed by Prophet Samuel to rule Israel at that time but the moment he started acting according to what he thought was right and not what was right in God’s sight despite the warnings God sent to him to retrace his steps. He remained obstinate, and God decided to look for someone after His own heart and that alternative was David.
Despite the fact that Saul was still alive, God had already chosen David. This tells us that we should fear God whenever He decides to use us for His will. We should make sure we are upright, just and also pleasing Him so He doesn’t replace us.
Oluwatosin: Yes. A break up in a relationship doesn’t mean a break down. It’s only a piece broken off just to create another beautiful picture. Any words on this? Besides how best do you think someone who has experienced an emotional break down like Faith should handle the situation, as a Christian lady or man too?
Emmanuel: There is a saying that goes thus: “A broken relationship is better than a broken marriage”. Having said that, before any Christian decides to go into any relationship, the foundation has to be God and also, marriage has to be in view. In a case when it doesn’t lead to marriage when God has led you in the first place and maybe some factors come to play, which led to the breakup, such individual should take solace in the fact that God has something better for him/her.
In a case where there is an emotional breakdown, such individual should seek spiritual and emotional comfort by talking to someone who is learned in such matters.
Oluwatosin: Thank you very much for that, Emmanuel. What do you say about Ada’s considerate thoughts to take Faith out?
Emmanuel: Well, I feel it was very necessary considering the fact that Faith was going through a lot of emotional stuffs at that particular point in her life, Ada thought it wise to take her out to get her mind off things for a while.
Oluwatosin: If you don’t let Ayo go, He can’t begin another work Faith. Apart from marital relationships, aren’t there times we hold on to things that hinder God from moving on with us and doing His own work in our lives?
Emmanuel: Of course, and anytime we do that we only delay what God wants to do with us. There are times when He halts anything that is hindering us from pleasing Him but many times, we are to blind to even take note that He needs our attention. The very moment we come to that point of realisation that we are holding on to the nonessentials, God begins to align us to His perfect will.
Oluwatosin: “In case you’ve forgotten, God hasn’t.” Ada said when Faith didn’t give a reply. “It’s still as fresh in His mind as now. This phrase reminds me of how God keeps and remembers the promises he makes to us even when circumstances and situations of life crowd them out. What does it remind or speak to you of?
Emmanuel: That phrase Ada used particularly reminds me of the fact that God is aware. That is why His word says in Isaiah 55:8,9 “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are my ways your ways, saith the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.” This scripture points to the fact that God knows whatever it is we are facing, be it big or small. And even when it seems He is silent, He is working something out and at the right time, everything will be well because He said in His word “He makes everything beautiful in His time.”
Oluwatosin: Right! Was it Sis Ruth’s prayer that caused Temi to faint when she was about to be initiated? What lesson can we draw from the moment Sis Ruth woke up hearing fire?
Emmanuel: I couldn’t agree more! I believe Sis Ruth’s prayer was instrumental in preventing the initiation from taking place. The lessons we can learn from that moment are:
- We should make sure we grow in different dimensions of the Spirit, so that the Holy Spirit can reveal mysteries and secrets to us
- When we grow in the Spirit, the Holy Spirit can then use us as channels to pray for other believers who may be goung through spiritual attacks
- Whenever there is an urge to pray in the spirit for anybody or ourselves, we should be obedient to the Spirit.
Oluwatosin: That’s right! Thank you very much, Emmanuel for these lessons you’ve shared. God bless you.
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