Scripture Reading: Mark 16:17-18

 Many Christians really do not know who they really are; the stuff they are made of. So many Christians grope in ignorance of their true identity. This is quite sad not only because of the ignorance of our true identity but because the devil continues to rob us of our true inheritance. The identity of a Christian is saddled with the wielding of authority and power.

The authority of a Christian is that of Christ Himself. For the scripture says concerning us that, “But to all those who did receive Him, who believe in His name, He gave power to become children of God.(Jn.1:12)In baptism, we are born into the life, passion, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ and we have become like Him. In becoming children of God, we have been lavished with the power and authority of Christ Himself. The scripture accounts that “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places. (Eph.1:3)Of such spiritual blessing is the authority of a Christian. In baptism, the sacrament offers us three statuses: prophet, priest and king. The underlying feature of these three statuses is couched in authority. Hence, a Christian is one who wields authority, power and dominion. One in authority is not a slave. He is a master. It is quite unfortunate that most Christians live lives as slaves; slaves to sin and other unchristian engagements. But the joy for you this day is the fact that you can always trace your step back into the mystery of your identity, which is characterised with unshakeable authority.

Throughout the scripture, we see authorities given out to various people who come into relationship with God. They do not remain the same after their encounter with God. Moses, Joshua, Samuel, Jeremiah, etc., experienced such authority. For them to exercise their call, they needed and exhibited authority. In the same vein, Christians are saddled with authority to live their lives, their Christian calling. Our scriptural reference today says, “Signs like this will accompany those who believe: in my Name they will cast out demons and speak new languages; they will pick up snakes in their hands and, if they drink anything poisonous, they will not be hurt. They will lay hands on the sick and they will be healed.” That’s the authority; the power of doing great exploits; the power to do wonders. For signs and wonders shall accompany Christians. Christians are not subjects to circumstances; rather circumstances are subjects to them. This is why a Christian can kneel and pray for a particular situation to God, his heavenly Father, and the situation changes. The Lord says to you His child this day: See, today I give you authority over nations and over kingdoms, to uproot and to pull down, to destroy and to overthrow, to build and to plant. (Jer. 1:10)Again, the Lord says concerning you that: “Listen, I have given you authority, so that you can walk on snakes and scorpions and overcome all the power of the enemy, and nothing will hurt you.” (Lk.10:19) The enemies we wrestle everyday are always around to huntus down in all circumstances. No wonder St. Peter writes: “Be alert, be on the watch! Your enemy, the devil, roams round like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour. Be firm in your faith and resist him.” (1 Pt. 5:8-9a)St. Paul admonishes that: “For we are not fighting against human beings but against the wicked spiritual forces in the heavenly world, the rulers, authorities, and cosmic powers of this dark age.” (Eph.6:12)

Hear this, “I have never been to any scan all my life not until I become pregnant in 2015, two months after I noticed I was pregnant. My husband and I decided we go for scan. We visited four hospitals and had four different scan results. The result showed that I had many fibroids. I was confused and in my anger, my husband and I decided to take the scan results as petition to God in prayers. We concluded that we needed God’s own report. A month before my delivery, I went for the fifth scan, and no fibroid was seen. ………..God Almighty delivered me safely in spite of all the antics of Satan. Paul would corroborate this in his words that: “I can do all things in Christ who gives me strength.” (Phil.4:13) Go this day in the authority of Christ Jesus. God bless us all.

MASS:  VIOLET Ex 32: 7-14; Ps 106: 19-20. 21-22. 23; Jn 5: 31-47

Prayer Points:

 

  1. Thank the Lord for His nourishing word.
  2. Every other authority operating in my Life other than Christ, I submit to the Lord in the name of Jesus.
  3. May the power of the authority of Christ overwhelm me now in the name of Jesus.
  4. Pray for Christians who have not started exercising their authority in Christ, that they will begin to exercise it in every sphere of their lives.

Exercise: Take the warfare/breakthrough prayers.

Meditation: Phil. 4:13

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