READ THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: http://www.oneyearbibleonline.com/may.asp?version=63&startmmdd=0101May 27, 2009
(John 16:33) These things I have spoken to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you shall have distress. But have confidence. I have overcome the world.
LINK: To Bear Witness To the Truth: An Unequivocal Moral Obligation for All Christians by Rev. John Corapi, SOLT, STD
ESSAY: Three Secret Strategies of Satan to Destroy our Children, our Families, our Culture, and our Church by Bro. Ignatius Mary
St. Michael conquers Satan. Image by stevecadman via Flickr
Satan has a secret. It is the secret about his three primary strategies to destroy us. If Satan can convince our culture to adopt the philosophy precipitated by these secret strategies he can brainwash our children, disrupt our families, manipulate our culture, and bring apostasy within the Church.
All the problems that we see today in society and in our church can be traced to these three fundamental strategies. It is the basis of the politically correct movement and of the heresy of individualism. These strategies are the fuel that powers feminism, the engine that drives liberalism, and the vehicle of the post-modern worldview that predominates our world today and that contaminates the Church.
These three secret strategies are:
1. All opinions are equal
2. Never judge anyone
3. Never step on toes
No one escapes the sinister tentacles of these devilish doctrines; we are all contaminated by these strategies—every one of us. The question is not whether we are immune from these strategies, for we are not; it is not whether we are indeed contaminated by them, because we are; the only question is what are we going to do about it? How are we to exorcise the contamination of this pervasive worldview from our minds? More....
LINK: Spiritual Warfare (A Catholic Perspective)
Another image of St. Michael defeating Satan. Image by stevecadman via Flickr
FROM THE MAILBAG: YOUR BATTLE IS THE LORD'S
The reason I am writing this is to remind you the battle you are facing is not yours, but God's. If you are a child of his, you can be certain that Satan will "rage against you."
In 2 Chronicles 20, a great multitude came against God's people. King Jehoshaphat and his people set their hearts to seek the Lord and to fast. The king cried out to God a prayer that most of us have prayed at times in our spiritual journey: "We have no might against these that come against us, neither do we know what to do; but our eyes are upon you" (20:12). "The Spirit of God came in the midst of the congregation…saying, Be not afraid nor dismayed…for the battle is not yours, but God's (20:14-15).
Isaiah gave this warning to all satanic forces: "Who have you reproached and blasphemed? And against whom have you exalted your voice?... Even against the Holy One of Israel" (Isaiah 37:23).
God told his people Israel, and he tells us today: "The battle is not against you. It is Satan's rage against me, the Lord who abides in you." God said to Satan, "I know where you abide, and where you come and go, and your rage against me" (37:28).
I ask you: where is your battle? In your marriage? Your business or job? Your finances? Your health? Does your battle get more intense day after day? If you have a heart for Jesus and a desire to cleave to him, you will face the rage of hell. But that is still not your battle.
You can end your battle quickly if you choose – simply by quitting and giving in to your fears and doubts. Satan will not bother those who give up their confidence in the Lord.
Yes, the battle is the Lord's, but we have a part – and that is to trust and believe his promises in the face of hopelessness and what seem to be impossibilities. "Why sayest thou, O Jacob, and speakest, O Israel, My way is hid from the Lord, and my judgment is passed over from my God?" (Isaiah 40:27).
Faith demands that I turn over all my problems – all my critical situations, all my fears, all my anxieties – into the hand of the Lord. When I have done all I can do, and I know my battle is beyond my power, I must submit all into his hands.
Our Lord knows the raging of Satan, and we must truly believe he will act. He will bring us through floods and fires and put to chase all spiritual enemies. Here is God's Word concerning what he will do: "Because of your rage against me…it has come into my ears, therefore I will put a hook in your nose, and my bridle in your lips, and I will turn you back by the way you came" (Isaiah 37:29).
If you will hold fast to your faith – trusting him, resting in his promises, rejecting all lies of Satan coming into your mind – then expect God to come by his Spirit into your situation and bring an expected end to your particular battle. He will move heaven and earth to deliver you and make a way. The way out is to trust, trust, trust! "He makes wars to cease" (Psalm 46:9).
Ladder of Divine Ascent excerpt: Step 17- "On non-possessiveness"6. He who has tasted the things on high easily despises what is below. But he who has not tasted the things above finds joy in possessions.
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