Scripture reading: 1 Peter 5:8

Our scripture reference says, “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walking about. seeking whom he may devour.” Often, we take the Prayer to St. Michael the Archangel, “Defend us in this day, be our safeguard against the wickedness and the snares of the devil, May God rebuke him, we humbly pray and do thou O Prince of the heavenly Host by the power of God, cast into hell Satan and evil spirits who prowl through the world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen” This prayer was as a result of a vision by a Pope when he saw the fierce battle Satan is waging against the Church. A Christian writer wrote, “Evidence will not be wanting that Satan is still active and vigilant” This is not to scare you at all because Satan isa defeated foe. But what is most fearful and worrisome is that we have consciously or unconsciously refused to grow our understanding of Satan’s tricks. Satan detests at all cost man’s healthy relationship with His Maker. Satan does not want us to remain in true fellowship with our Creator. We also should at all cost ensure that the healthy relationship we have with our Father is consciously and meticulously guarded. Satan keeps re-inventing or rebranding the apple that he gave to Adam and Eve to disobey God. Anything that makes you disobey the injunctions of God is the apple in it most appealing form.

This reflection challenges all users of DSD to go back into ourselves and honestly access our lives to check what exactly can actually be used to make us fall for Satan’s tricks. The kingdom of God suffers serious setback today because the children of God project self-will as the will of God. Satan is capitalizing on this to cause more destruction to the work of God. King Saul was told by Samuel in 1 Samuel 15:3, “Now listen to what the Lord Almighty says, … Go and attack the Amalekites and completely destroy everything they have. Do not leave a thing”. Let the Spirit of God speak to you now, the apple came to King Saul in form of King Agag of Amalekites, the best sheep and cattle, the best calves and lambs and other items of value” (1 Samuel 15:7-9). Beloved in Christ anything that stands in contrast to what God has commanded, even if it appears less grievous or even none grievous, do away with it. Let us pray.

MASS: VIOLET:Is 25: 6-10a; Ps 23: 1-3a. 3b-4. 5. 6(R.6cd); Mt 15: 29-37ST. NICHOLAS, BP 1STWEEKDAY OF ADVENT

Prayer Points:

1. O Lord give me the wisdom and understanding to understand all the tricks of the devil in my life.

2. In the name of Jesus, I loose confusion against every satanic and demonic conspiracy in my life.

3. Take the Prayer of Removing Demonic Influence in Amen: It Is Done .

Exercise: Prepare to be part of the 21-day fasting and prayers programme starting on January, 2nd 2018.

Meditation: Deuteronomy 4:1-2

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