Today with Jesus
- Today’s Bible verse
“Lord,even the demons obey us when we use your name!” (Luke 10:17)
Demons are still in action! Isn’t it? But their wings are clipped at the mention of His name.
No sins can be done without Satan. He is real. They are waiting for
their eternal punishment. "Go into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels” (Mathew 25:41). They are the fallen angels. The Book of Genesis relates how Satan, taking the form of the serpent, tempted Adam and Eve to sin. In the Bible, he is called "the ruler of this world” (John 12;13), and “the God of this world” (2 Corinthians 4:4). Satan has no supernatural powers. God permits the devil to act in order to turn evil to good. Devils act through temptations, infestation, oppression, obsession, and demonic possession. The heinous, inhuman, horrendous, monstrous massacre like holocaust by Hitler in Germany, recent mass killing in Ivory Coast could not have been done by human beings, God’s own image, without the possession of the demons. All sins are attributed to the devil by the willingness and consent of human beings. Stop sinning by not falling in lines with the devil‘s cunningness is the solution for this malady. Accept Jesus as our God and Lord, wash our sins and invite him to stay always with us. Keep His name always on our foreheads and lips. Don’t be scared of the demon, but be scared to sin. Saint Bernardino would invite the people to contemplate the Holy Name of Jesus to ward off all evils. He had a plaque carved with the letters 'IHS' - the Greek abbreviation for Jesus) which he showed at the end of his sermons. Confession, reconciliation, fasting
and prayer, receiving holy communion and to live in line with the principles of Jesus are ways to come out from the clutches of the devil and ward off his activities.
In 2003, Beatrice, a 47 year old married woman who worked as a biologist in a medical lab, began experiencing odd incidents - freak accidents, objects moving around the house on their own, a mysterious force that pushed her mother to the ground breaking her arm. A year later, burn marks began appearing on all her clothing, always in the same place, on the thigh, and always the same size. Thinking she was losing her mind, she eventually found her way to a priest. By invoking the name of Jesus, she was finally freed from the demonic possession. She said that the passage from the gospel of "Luke 4:16-18” - the spirit of the Lord is upon me to proclaim release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, let the oppressed go free” was the marvellous confirmation that the Lord had liberated her.
“This dear woman, a daughter of Abraham, has been held by Satan for 18 years. Isn’t it right that she be released, even on the Sabbath” (Luke 13 16).
Prayer: Jesus, deliver the people who are suffering under
the influence of Satan. We beseech you to make him powerless, banish and drive out every diabolic power, every bad influence and evil actions aimed against your servants. Where there is envy and malice, give us the abundance of goodness, endurance and victory. Help us and let the angel of peace watch over us to protect our bodies and souls. All we ask in the name of Jesus. Amen.
Toronto, Wednesday, 6th April 2011
- Today with Jesus
“Leave these men alone! Let them go.” (Acts 5:38)
The sign of the Cross on the television tower in Berlin : “The
sign of unbeatable sign of worship,”- Ronald Regan, President of USA in 1987.
Till the passing of
the present earth and heaven, Christ, his Cross and its principles would be
valued and be in proclamation for the salvation of the world. No power on earth
can wipe out the eternal truth of God from the face of this earth. It is always
better not to fight and antagonize Christ and his principles. When Peter and other disciples were put in
jail to be punished by the assembly of Jews, the great respected learned
teacher, Gamaliel, advised them,
"Let them go! For if their purpose or activity is of human origin, it will
fail. But if it is from God, you will not be able to stop these men; you will
only find yourselves fighting against God” -(Acts 5:38&39). It is an universal law for a smooth peaceful
way of co-operative living on earth.
After the second world
war, Berlin was under Communist government. Most of the churches and its
symbols were destroyed to crush the faith in Jesus. To show the power and
strength of atheism and communism, Walter Ulbech, the head of communist
Germany, constructed the tallest television tower in Germany. On top of the
tower is a stainless steel globe in rotation.
As soon as the construction was over,
everyone was shocked to find a shining and glittering sign of a cross on
the globe from top to bottom. The sun's rays shone on the globe from all sides
making the cross to glitter. The
engineers tried all their might to erase it, but in vain. Still it is there to proclaim to the world
that the cross is our salvation.
Conscience question: Are we in a fight against Christ and
his teachings by our actions of projecting and selling ourselves for self-glorification?
Prayer: Jesus, let us be the promoters of your signs
and symbols of your sacrifice on the cross for our salvation and eternity. Let
us not be destroyers, but custodians of your teachings. We pray for all those
who are in the ministry to spread your good news of salvation on the cross. Let
all those who believe in you be in salvation and the fighters against you be in
conversion. All we ask in the name of Jesus. Amen.
16th October 2012