(STEPPING INTO MAGGIE’S SHOE)
©️Opeyemi Ojerinde Akintunde
“God led me to do what you have not been able to do by yourself” I said.
“You are still not answering my question, what did you do?” he said in a fury.
I moved away from him…
“I showed them a video Pastor Maggie had made to destroy you.”
“What video?” He was literally shaking in anger.
“Give me some minutes” I ran up the stairs and brought the flash drive which I
inserted into the USB Port of the Television.
Apostle staggered the moment he saw the first scene of him and Mrs. Beecroft. He
held his chest and sat down as he watched Pastor Maggie reveal a lot. The video
lasted about 45 minutes to 1 hour.
Ray watched every bit of it, with tears flowing down his face…
“Why didn’t you take this to the social media?” he asked ridiculously.
“You want me to do that?” I asked.
“No, I mean despite everything I have done to you, this would have been a great
opportunity to nail me, just like Maggie was going to do before she died.”
“I am in no shoe to ridicule you in public, apart from the fact that you are my
husband, you are a man of God and fighting or disgracing a man of God is like
fighting God. When Miriam tried condemning Moses in the Bible as regards his
Cushite wife, God struck her with leprosy, showing that whatever a man of God does
is between Him and God. God knows how He deals with them.
All I can do is advice
and pray, but sharing this online can bring down God’s wrath on me” I said.
“You are more righteous than I am, Happy can you pray for me? Can you tell God to
take away these crazy feelings from me? Just watching this video shows how dirty
and useless I am. What if this had gone out, my ministry would have ended, I would
have also brought disrepute to the name of the body of Christ.”
Apostle wept and wept. We sat down on the floor in the living room for hours as I sat
down encouraging him, that we all had our shortcomings but we must be ready to
drop them at the feet of God.�
I told him, we needed a Spiritual Retreat, which he agreed to.
The spiritual retreat was to happen in our home, we wanted to settle it with God
together on our knees. I knew it was time to step into the shoes and find a way of
filling the big space.
It was a fasting and praying retreat of 7 days without food. We took only water in the
evening around 6pm.
For those days, all we did was ask for mercy for our individual greed. We knew
greed had led us to the point we were.
Apostle cried more than he prayed telling God he didn’t know how he got to where
he was, he told God he had always been passionate and in love with God, but he
didn’t know what happened that changed everything…
As he was praying, I just heard a scripture in my heart; Ecclesiastes 7:26. I was not
familiar with that part of scripture, so I picked up my Bible and read through…
“I found something more bitter than death, the woman who is like a trap. The
love she offered you will catch you like a net, and her arms around you will
hold you like a chain. A man who pleases God can get away, but she will catch
the sinner.” (Good News Version).
I understood the woman in the scripture referred to the spirit of immorality, but the
part that struck me most was “A MAN WHO PLEASES GOD CAN GET AWAY (from s*xual seduction and sin), but she will catch the sinner.”
God spoke to my heart that, He was not pleased with my husband and that was why the spirit of seduction and s*xual immorality was able to capture him.
Now the next question was “God what did he do that displeased you?”
I shared this scripture with Apostle and our prayer point changed, we started praying
enquiry prayers from God to know where he had displeased Him.
We heard nothing even after the seventh day.
Apostle returned back to his church duties. He reduced his counseling with the
opposite sex, he referred the women to me. At home, he became a different man,
making deliberate efforts to be a good husband and father. He went to the extent of
asking my mother to return to our home in order to help with the triplets.
I tried moving close to him with my sexual advances, but he would smile gently and
say�Please just give me some more time, let me get a hold on myself completely.”
Everything was going on smoothly as we kept praying to God to show us what Ray
was doing that displeased God.
In the midst of these, Chaba returned, but this time, without Ray bringing her in. The devil brought her to tamper with what God was doing.
“I am going to expose you to Christabel if I don’t get my 300 million” she had said on
the phone one afternoon.
This time around she was blackmailing Apostle and I.
I knew this was the best time to silence this blackmailer forever. Instead of giving her
what she wanted, I did what she never would have imagined I could do…
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