“You must fall!” the spirit whispered in my ear, then disappeared again.
“Jesus!” I jumped, momentarily paralysed by fear. What was that? I trembled slightly. I began to utter words, while I walked along the pedestrian lane that led to the campus cafeteria. “I am seated together with Christ in the heavenly places, above all principalities and powers. I am more than a conqueror through Christ. I…”
My phone rang immediately. “Hello, Will.” I was no longer surprised by the way he normally operated like a monitoring spirit. He definitely knew something about this. My heart thumped in my chest. What exactly was going on?
“Mary, the battle has just begun. I want to say a prayer right now, in the presence of God whom I serve, and I want you to agree with me. May God strike me with blindness, if I ever sleep with you before our wedding night.”
“Jesus. God forbid!” I exclaimed.
I knew fornication was definitely out of the question and by virtue of being believers we’d both sworn an oath of celibacy till marriage, but I certainly wouldn’t let him invoke blindness on himself. What sort of prayer was that?
“No. The day I know you intimately without wedding you, will be the last day I see the sun. I want you to say amen.”
“Will, please tell me what is going on.”
Something was very wrong in the spirit, but I couldn’t possibly tell what. I sat on one of the seats under a tree some yards away from the cafeteria.
He inhaled deeply. “I was at work this afternoon when the demon, Lust, showed up at my window. He said I must fall. I asked him what he meant by that. He said a bet has been placed with my name on it and he is in charge of seeing to it that I fall.”
Will laughed. “The confidence of the ugly creature was unbelievable. Like, he didn’t even care that we might become more guarded if we knew what they were up to. He simply came to inform me. Can you imagine the audacity?”
“Hei. Something appeared to me right now and said the same words. Will, what should we do? Should we break up? We need to get wedded asap. We need to put some rules in position asap. We need to…”
“Mary, please calm down. Rules won’t keep us. Let’s…”
My panic increased. “Hah. William, please don’t have any confidence in the flesh. Let he who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall.”
“I know. I know. The strategy for victory isn’t rules. Caution is very important, but it’s not the first step. Please, can you say amen to my prayer? May God strike me with blindness if I know Mary Onyefulu before I wed her.”
“Hah. William. Amen.”
God forbid abeg, I added in my mind. It wasn’t like I intended to sleep with him, but such prayer was simply too extreme.
“Thank you. What was the first step Daniel took to keep himself from defilement?”
“And Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king’s meat.” I closed my eyes. This young man was gold.
“Mary, what decision have you made?”
“To keep myself pure and undefiled.” So help me God!
“Me too,” he responded.
“Now, do you remember what happens to the one who dwells in the secret place of the Most High?”
“Tell me.” His voice was so soothing, like a balm.
“He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High, shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.”
“Good. What is the strategy for defeating the devil?”
“Submit yourself under the mighty hand of God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.” This was our slogan.
“And how do we apply this to the spirit of lust?”
“Flee all youthful lusts, but pursue righteousness with them that call upon the Lord out of a pure heart.” We’d read this so many times in our Bible studies together.
“As we pursue righteousness, we submit under the mighty hand of God, right?”
“Yes sir.” My head bobbed in affirmation.
“And as we flee youthful lusts, we resist the devil, right?”
“Who then will the devil corrupt with flattery?”
“Those who violate the covenant.” This was one of our core anchor passages.
“What happens to them that know their God?”
“They will stand firmly and resist him. Daniel 11 verse 32.”
“Can’t you see we’re more than conquerors through Christ?” There was a hint of pure joy and laughter in his voice.
“I do sir,” I said with a small voice, really worried.
“Now, how hot is your consecration?”
“Up to date sir. Fleshly appetites heavily under subjection.”
“Can you add more fire to that?”
“I think I can.” I don’t know, really. Consecration wasn’t exactly a very easy process, but of course, I have the Holy Spirit to help me.
“Beautiful.” His voice softened. “Mary Onyefulu, I love you so much. You’re heaven’s gift to me.”
“William na. Haba. This is really not even the time for this. I’m considering that we either speed up our wedding or stay away from each other completely.”
“Mary, I love you.”
“I love you too, William. I do.”
“You will watch my back and I will watch yours. We cannot be emotionally high at the same time. It is highly prohibited. It may not get physical at first. Everything begins from our thoughts and imaginations. Watch what you listen to, read and watch. Watch the thoughts you entertain. They already know we will put a physical distance. Anticipate their every move in the spirit and counter it. Be alert. Add more wood to your altar. Flies do not perch on a blazing furnace.”
“You too, William.” I prayed that I contract just a fraction of his confidence, because, I’d never been more shaken in my life. Who knew what lay ahead? However, one thing was sure, it’d take a fight to keep our purity.
I didn’t think I’d be able to do much about the situation. If anything would go wrong, it’d definitely come from me. I was almost convinced of this. William was a man of God and he had made his vow as clear as day.
So, rest assured that if anything ever happened, he would actually go blind! As in, blind as a bat! I was no longer sure what exactly I was afraid of. Will going blind or our falling into the temptation itself. One eventually led to the other.
Something needed to be done. It was either I broke up with William or I fast tracked the wedding. I made up my mind to tell him just that. Not like I planned to fall or anything, but please I couldn’t take that risk. If he didn’t agree to an early wedding, then I’d break up with him. It wasn’t me that the devil would use and shine.
To be continued…