Scripture Reading: John 13:21-27
Yesterday, we looked at how the enemy employs those we cherish or associate with to carry out his destructive missions in our homes, church and Christian gatherings and how life in the Spirit can help us to identify the enemy within. Today, the good Lord leads us into other ways we can operate such that the enemy and his agents will be uncomfortable around us.
We can identify that the devil has deployed his agents in form of our friends by being prayerful. A prayerful person is an empowered person. Jesus the Lord had this common practice to withdraw to a lonely place and pray. The kind of prayer life that reveals the enemy within, no matter the posture, was postulated by Fr. Njoku thus: “The whole man prays, spirit, soul and body. All are given over to God. No part must be suspended ….No half-hearted, half-brained, half-spirited man can do the business of radical prayer.” If you must win the enemy lurking around your life, if destiny destroyers must flee, if vision killers must take to their heels, your prayer life should be so charged up as to become opposed to the agents of Satan. Jesus told the disciples that only through fasting and prayers will some stubborn spirits be driven away. (Matthew 7:21) According to Oswald Chambers, “Prayers is the exercise of drawing on God’s grace.” Through God’s good grace, we will never be victims. A life fully committed to God and godly ways will be an obstacle to Satan. A priest once used the number of times one attends Mass to demonstrate Christian commitment. “If you go to mass only on Sundays, you score only one out of seven, if you attend twice, that will be two out of seven, etc. If you are so committed to the things of God, soon the things of the devil are blown away as the chaff is blown out of the wheat. If what you always say is about God, and the things you do are things that glorify God, the agents of Satan operating within will become uncomfortable having you around.
This is another reason why Satan keeps operating around the children of God without being able to identify him. They live two standards of life, the standard of the devil and the standard of God. They blend with good and evil. You can only define the standard of the devil if you are standing for the standard of God. You cannot identify evil, if you are not of God only. Hence, St. Paul advices us, “You must leave them and separate yourselves from them. Have nothing to do with what is unclean.” (1 Corinthians 6:17b)
Going further, if you must be saved from the tactics of the enemy within, you make sure that the people you acquaint with know and fear God. There is no link between light and darkness. As a child of God, you are the light that must expose all darkness, and not darkness turning out to destroy light. Let us therefore act becomingly as the people of light. Let us conclude by responding to this question from St. Paul, “How can right and wrong be partners? How can light and darkness live together? How can Christ and the Devil agree?” (1 Corinthians 6:14) So dear child of God, do not form alliance for good and for bad; do not associate with what is evil and never agree with Satan.
MASS: GREEN/ WHITE Heb 11: 1-7; Ps 145: 2-3. 4-5. 10-11; Mk 9: 2-13 BVM
- Dear Lord, help me to remain prayerful even when praying seems empty, round and round, routine, as dry as dust, dizzy, foolish, burdensome and a waste of time.”
- Let every darkness around me give way to light in the name of Jesus.
- Help me Lord, to live only by godly standards.
- Lord, grant me the spirit of persistent prayer in Jesus name.
- Pray for men who are working for the devil, that they may have a change of life.
- Every power of darkness afflicting the light of Christ in me be destroyed in Jesus name. Amen.
Exercise: Pray to be part of the International Retreat for all Distributors, Partners and Users of Daily Strength Devotional on Thursday 27th to Friday 29th April 2017 holding at the Jubilee Retreat and Conference Centre, Effurun, Warri, Delta State.
Meditation Verse: 2 Corinthians 11:14