Scripture Reading: Revelation 5:1 – 4
St. Paul writing to the Ephesians Christians warned, “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” (Eph. 6:12) Beloved, Christians face spiritual conflicts with Satan and his host of evil spirits. These powers of darkness are the spiritual forces of evil (John12:31) who energize the ungodly, oppose the will of God and frequently attack believers of this age. Do you know that these forces constitute a multitude (Rev. 12:4, 7) and are organized into an empire of evil with ranks and order? (Jn. 14:30)Some years ago, I was involved in an evangelical outreach which took me to the home of a chief (a leading member of his parish). I rounded up my discussions with him about 9:30 pm. On my way back, I bumped into what looked like an assembly of people. There was total (pith) darkness, but I could see the movement of some dwarfish creatures. Though, I was initially scared, but when the Lord answered His name (as I shouted JESUS CHRIST!), I felt an unimaginable strength and boldness creeping into my inner man. As soon as this happened, I burst into songs of praise. Apart from the strength and boldness at the mention of the name of Jesus Christ, some form of light shone on the spot and I could find my way.
St. Paul writing to the Philippians said, “. . . . In honour of the name of Jesus, all beings in heaven, on earth and the world below will fall on their knees, and all will openly proclaim that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father.” This is a great saying! Do you believe this?! One of the greatest dilemma facing Christians today is that many call on the name of Jesus, but do not know Him let alone appreciate the power that erupts when the name is mentioned. This is why many Christians are simply ordinary, and can be used for ordinary purposes. Our scriptural reference today says, “Who is worthy to break the seal and open the scroll? But there was no one in heaven or earth or in the world below who could open the scroll and look inside it . . . . then one of the elders said to me, “Do not cry. Look! The Lion from Judah’s tribe, the great descendant of David, has won the victory and He can break the seven seals and open the scroll.” (Rev. 5:2 – 3, 5)
Friend, have you ever had very bad and fearful dreams? Have you ever been attacked by witches and wizards? Have you ever notice very strange happenings around you or family? Hear this: “For over seven years I have been battling with infection, gastric ulcer and palpitation. Now I have sex in my dreams, eat and see snakes in my dreams. . . . . I am 25 years and preparing for marriage yet this sex in the dream has not stopped . . . .” This is only one out of the many serious attack from the kingdom of darkness. Today, the Lord says to you, “Do not be afraid, be calm!” Remember beloved, that if you have Jesus inside of you, all you speak shall be Him and His glory. Whenever you call on His holy name in any emergency, He reacts without delay. St. Teresa of Avila said, “If you will try to live in the presence of God for one year, you will see yourself at the end of it at the height of perfection, without your even knowing it.” There is no need to live in fear, because He (Jesus) is with you and watching over you.
MASS: VIOLETMi 7: 14-15. 18-20; Ps 103: 1-2. 3-4. 9-10. 11-12; Lk 15: 1-3. 11-32 CYRIL OF JERUSALEM, BP, DR
Thank you O Lord for today.
Father, grant me the grace to know You.
Pray with Psalm 57:1 – 11.
Pray the “Prayer Against Forces of Darkness” (at night from 12 midnight).
Pray the “Prayer to Terminate Evil Covenants” (at night from 12 midnight).
Thank God for His protection.
Exercise: Pray for all Users of DSD for divine protection throughout this year.
Meditation: Psalms 46:1