Scripture Reading: Psalms 110:2
Our scriptural reference says, “You will rule in the midst of your enemies” This dominion stems from our attachment to Christ. Attached to Him we become like Him and share in His authority even over His foes. This authority to rule over the foes implies that we are above the foes. St. John captions this differently when he says that, “He that is in us is greater than he that is in the world.” These foes apply to anything that attempts to make God a liar in our life. The foe of believers is the devil. (1Peter 5:8) His aim and work in the life of believers is to steal, kill and destroy. (John 10:10) His focus is to avert and reverse God’s promises for lives such that the word of God becomes futile in the life of the believer. The devil wants at all times to defy God’s word and promises and bring us into doubt of the power of God and His resurrected Christ. This he displayed in his dialogue with Eve in Genesis 3:1-5. As the principal enemy, the devil has co-opted disciples into his cavalry and given them a mandate to actualize his mission in the life of believers. These agents of the devil by extension become the foes of believers for they also are enemies of all that is good. Over and above all these numerous foes, God has given us dominion. He makes us rulers in their midst by the power of His Spirit. Jesus has won for us an eternal victory. For “He disarmed the rulers and authorities and made a public example of them, triumphing over them in it.” (Colossians 2:15) By His death and resurrection, Christ defeated the foe. God exalted and made Him head of every ruler and authority, giving Him the name which is above every name.
Beloved in Christ, when Christ was lifted and exalted, we who were to believe in Him were also lifted and exalted with Him. Since, “He that is joined to Christ is one spirit with him” (1 Cor. 6:17), we are confident that, “God, who is rich in mercy, out of great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead through our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ and raised us up with Him and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus.” (Eph. 2:4-6.) Having seated us with Christ, we have the privilege of sharing in the divine authority to rule —even in the midst of our foes. The prophet Elijah was a man like us yet he, trusting in the power of God, exercised such authority even in the midst of his foes, commanding blindness upon them and leading into the city. He became the commander of his foes. This God has bestowed the same authority on us in our time and day. The Psalmist enjoyed this
authority and wrote in Psalms 23:5a, “You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies.” Solomon understood this divine reality and wrote in Prov. 16:7, “When the Lord is pleased with someone’s ways, He makes even enemies to be at peace with them.” Can you remember Daniel in the lions’ den? His enemies indeed became his friends. Why then are you still afraid, O child of Zion? Why are you still scared of certain things, sounds, places and people? Why do you still fret at the empty roaring and ranting of the devil? Why do you still dread the dark? The Lord commands us today to have dominion over our enemies and rule in their midst, because they have already been defeated by the Master.
Instead of being afraid, we must learn to exercise the sceptre of power the Lord has given to use and by so doing uphold our authority in Christ. The Lord says, “Behold I give you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy; and nothing shall by any means hurt you.” (Matt. 28:18)
MASS: GREEN/ WHITE
Rev. 10: 8-11; Ps 119: 14. 24. 72. 103. 111. 131; (R.103a); Accl Jn10:27; Lk 19: 45-48. OR. Acts 28: 11-16. 30-31; Ps 98:1.2-3ab. 3cd-4. 5-6; Mt 14: 22-33
DEDICATION OF THE BASILICA OF MARY MAJOR (OPT. MEM)
- Father, help me to realize fully the authority You have given to me in Your son.
- Take authority over every negative situation in your life and family.
- Exercise your sceptre of power and rule as you declare the word of God concerning every ugly situation in your life. (Take the “Prayers Against the Forces of Darkness” as from 12 midnight today.)
- Lift up your hands and declare the mind of God concerning the life of your children. (Make positive declarations and watch them come to pass in their lives.)
- Pray for all believers who have lost their authority due to the sin of the flesh.
- Pray for all men of God using your parish pastor as a point of contact, that they may appreciate the authority they have in Christ Jesus.
Exercise: Take time today to reflect on those sinful habits that can mortgage the authority you have in Christ Jesus and seriously repent of them.
Memory Verse: Prov. 16:7