Scripture Reading: John 17:15
The Psalmist starts today’s reflection thus: “Deadly enemies surround me; they have no pity and speak proudly. They are round me now, wherever I turn, watching for a chance to pull me down. They are like lions waiting for me, wanting to tear me to pieces.” (Psalms 17:10-12)
One reality that we cannot deny is the fact that our enemies are not far from us. The evil one is around with his angels. The wolves are around. And how so much I pray that we recognise this fact. The enemy is busy planting his seeds of destruction around God’s children. This is not a time to fold our hands and continue to watch the evil one and his angels harass us. So many, in a bid to deny this reality, would want to rationalise that the happenings in the world are manifestations of natural causes. The Psalmist says, “I am surrounded by enemies, who are like man-eating lions. Their teeth are like spares and arrows; their tongues are like sharp swords.” (Psalms 57:4) The wolves around us are now taking the form of the children of light, disguising to be one of us. Jesus warns in the gospel of St. Matthew that, “Beware of false prophets who come to you disguised as sheep but underneath are ravenous wolves. You will be able to tell them by their fruits.”(Matthew 7:15) The sad thing is that these wolves are opening churches, claiming to be men of God; all in a bid to lead people astray. There are many false prophets in our streets, only looking for avenues to satisfy their ulterior motives. They are out to empty pockets of gullible Christians. They come parading fake miracles, with the aim of attracting people to their worship centres. So many have died; so many destinies and stars have been changed, so many separations in the families because of fake prophesies by these wolves. So many souls have been handed over to Satan. The gospel message of salvation has been exchanged for prosperity and motivational messages. The life of the Cross which is the hallmark of a true disciple of Jesus has been rejected by many because of the unholy messages of these wolves in sheep clothing. The devil is fast inhabiting homes, and horrid things are happening. Know today beloved that Satan and his agents are not sleeping; they are busy drawing their bows, fitting their arrows to the string to shoot honest men from the shadows. (Psalms 11:2) Churches have become kidnappers den, where gullible Christians are killed and used for rituals.
Dear friend, should we continue to look at these wolves override God’s kingdom on earth. It is time to rise and confront these enemies of our salvation. St. Peter says, “The devil is prowling around looking for the souls of the righteous to devour.” (1 Peter 5:8-9) Stand up to him, strong in faith. Enough is enough for these enemies’ molestation and torment. St. Paul says, “For it is not against human enemies that we have to struggle, but against the principalities and the ruling forces who are masters of the darkness in this world, the spirits of evil in the heavens. That is why you must take up all God’s armour or you will not be able to put up with resistance on the evil day, or stand your ground even though you exert yourselves to the full. So, stand your ground, with truth as a belt round your waist, and uprightness a breastplate, wearing for shoes on your feet the eagerness to spread the gospel of peace and always carry the shield of faith so that you can use it to quench the burning arrows of the evil one. And then you must take salvation as your helmet and the sword of the spirit, that is, the Word of God.” (Eph. 6:12-17) St. Paul has given the weapons to combat the wolves that parade themselves around us.
Dearly beloved, you are not a slave to the tactics of the evil one. Move in the power of your faith in Christ Jesus to confront these wolves. Jesus has given you the power to destroy the workings of these wolves around you. Call on the name of Jesus to save you from the claws of these wolves. You have the power to shut the mouths of these wolves. (Luke 10:19; Mark 16:17) It’s time to rise in the power of our faith in Jesus, “For in the name of Jesus, every knee must bow.” (Phil. 2:10) You can never be hurt by these wolves because you have the authority of Jesus right in you.
MASS: WHITE Acts 13:13-25; Ps 89:2-3.21-22.25.27 (R.2a); Accl. Rev1:5ac; Jn 13:16-20
1. Take a worship song as you are led.
2. Thank the Lord for making you understand that around you are wolves that are both human and non-human and to understand their mission in your life.
3. Pray seriously: decree that every wolf tormenting you and your family should be spotted and exposed by the Holy Spirit. And, hence, cease to torment you and your family in the mighty name of Jesus Christ.
4. May every deposit of the wolves in your life and family be uprooted and burnt by the fire of the Holy Ghost.
5. Pray seriously Psalms 57 and 86.
Exercise: Take the Prayer against the Forces of Darkness.
Meditation: Gen. 50:20