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Christian prayer for 2019

 

O Lord God, forgive me of all my sins especially the one’s I kept holding on to. Forgive me for not doing the good that I was supposed to do in 2018. Give me your grace to set things right in this new year 2019.

I reject and repel all curses working and operating in my life, in the name of Jesus. And I ask that no curse that rises against me ever prospers.

Bring your healing to my body, mind and spirit. Protect me and all my Christian brothers and sisters all over the world from the snares of the Evil One. Cause your Church to always prevail against the powers of darkness, the ungodly and all heretics. Expose and banish all the Jezebel and Judas spirits from each place where your Holy Word is preached and cherished.

By your Holy Spirit, lead your Church into all truth. Please cause more and more preachers to always preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ without fear. I desire that the Gospel is preached to all nations, Judea, Israel and Samaria and also all tribes and races. Please give them a opportunity to pass from the darkness of sin to the light of Christ, where there is salvation and righteousness for those who believe.

O Lord God, you are the creator of the heavens and the Earth. So I ask in faith, that you direct the course of events that happen on earth including my nation and state. I know you hate sin and therefore I ask that you overthrow all corrupt leaders worldwide, and put in their place good leaders who will only do good. Cause the sinister plans of vain politicians to be exposed. May all fake news groups be named and shamed and the people be alerted against them.

In your loving mercy, I plead that you give me your grace and healing in all things. I reject all false counsel of the world, and ask for your wisdom in all areas of my life. Help to recognize false friends and bad friends and so keep away from their evil influence. Bless my vocation and career that I be kept away from deception and be given more opportunities to do my best. Give me good favor in sight of all who see me and work with me. Cause my good works to shine before others so that they give glory to You my Father in Heaven.

I plead that in this year, the plans of terror are exposed and the forces of justice prevail against them. Please protect people worldwide from all natural and economic disasters. I ask in faith, that all nations and the their law enforcement personal take actions to stop human slavery and illegal trafficking of people especially children. Give freedom to those illegally chained and let them go free.

O Jesus Christ, I ask for my colleagues, friends and family,that they are kept safe from all evil and traps wherever they go. Save them from evil spirits and their evil influence. Please cause your grace to shine on them, especially those who have not yet received the Gospel. Let them surely be given opportunities to repent of their sins and believe in the Gospel. Give them good health of mind, body and spirit, everyday. I ask that you remove all curses working in lives.

I ask all this especially for the year 2019, in the name of Jesus. Amen.

Save me O Lord from all evil dreams

Save me O Lord from all evil dreams,
Silence down all the nasty screams.
By your name O Lord Jesus, my nightmares I banish,
And I’ll keep doing it till they all vanish.

Save me O Lord from all lying dreams,
Keep me safe from Satan’s wicked schemes.
By your victory O Lord Jesus I claim my right,
To have peaceful sleep, be it day or night.

Save me O Lord from all tempting dreams,
Pull me out of the bewitching streams.
By your Divine Word I choose to abide,
So keep me safe from every side.

Save me O Lord from all profane dreams,
Let your Holy Angels trounce the insidious teams.
By your perfect love O God which I hold so dear,
From my rest let it cast out all fear.

Prayer Points for 2018

 

Personal Prayer points

  1. I pray that the devil be unable to outwit me. I therefore choose the Gospel over all things of this worlds.
  2. Save me from all dangers be it against my body, mind, soul and spirit.
  3. Keep me away from all deception. I pray that you draw me out of any darkness that tries to cover me.
  4. I ask in faith that all distractions which work against the will of God in my life be banished right now, in the name of Jesus.
  5. That I become strong in body, mind, soul and spirit.
  6. That I be delivered from evil, both seen and unseen, in the name of Jesus.
  7. That I be released from all debts and stay out of all debts.
  8. That I be the head and not the tail. And also that I be above and not below.
  9. That I am able to finish in this year; all the good works that the Lord God has planned out for me.
  10. I ask for the grace of God, all through this year in the name of Jesus.

 

Prayer points for family and friends

  1. I pray for the salvation of my friends and family this year. So that each of them be saved in the name of Jesus.
  2. Also that they are free from all dangers wherever they are and wherever they go.
  3. That they are able to handle their finances and do not remain in debt nor misery
  4. That they are guarded by the angels of God as they go about in the world.
  5. That they grow in wisdom and prudence in their life and interactions with others.
  6. That their relationship with myself improves and we benefit each other mutually.
  7. That sickness and pestilence be banished from their lives, in the name of Jesus.
  8. That all people only look with favour on my friends and family.
  9. That my friends and family be sanctified all through this year, in the name of Jesus.
  10. I ask for the favour and protection of God, over all my friends and family, in the name of Jesus.

 

Local and worldwide Church Prayer points

  1. I pray that the church prevails over the kingdom of darkness in all of the world.
  2. I pray that all witchcraft and spells against the people of God, be eliminated and rendered useless, in the name of Jesus.
  3. That the Gospel is preached to each and every place on the Earth.
  4. That false teachers and false prophets are exposed so that the people of God stop giving heed to their heresies but instead follow the Gospel.
  5. That all selfish and ungodly Christian unity movements meet with failure. And instead there be true Christian unity based on the love of God.
  6. That all migrants who have evil motives be moved out from the nations where they intend to harm Christians and Jews.
  7. That all molesters of the innocent in the church are exposed and investigated, in the name of Jesus.
  8. That all the people of God work together to preach the Gospel everywhere they live.
  9. That all who believe in Christ be sanctified even more this year.
  10. I pray that the Church on earth in guided by the Holy Spirit for the Second coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

 

National Prayer points

  1. O Lord Jesus, I ask for peace and security in my nation from all enemies, both foreign and domestic.
  2. I pray that my nation is freed from all corrupt leaders, at all levels of government and judiciary.
  3. I pray that all sinful tendencies among the people are not supported by my nation and its leaders.
  4. I pray that my nation is protected from all disasters be it natural or man made.
  5. I ask for your blessing over the armed forces and protectors of my nation.
  6. That all traitors fail in their attempts to sell out and harm my nation.
  7. That my nation has wise leaders who are sane in their thoughts, words and actions.
  8. That all the infrastructure and resources of my nation are kept secure.
  9. That the Gospel if preached across all my nation in it fullness and without any fear nor compromises.
  10. That my nation is always fair and friendly towards the nation of Israel as per the will of God.

 

International Prayer points

  1. I pray that the Holy Spirit guides the course of events all across the world, for the second coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
  2. That all terrorists and those who spread rumors of wars are handed only failure in their efforts to harm the innocent.
  3. That the laws of the world’s nations be in line with the Word of God.
  4. That all businesses and industries manipulating their workers and the trust of their customers be exposed and closed in the name of Jesus.
  5. I pray for peace in both the Korea’s and that Japan and China, USA and Russia, are also kept from provoking each other to wars
  6. I pray for peace of Jerusalem which is the heart of Israel and for the whole land of Israel. I pray that every treaty that is in truth evil against Israel gets exposed and cancelled in the name of Jesus. Amen.
  7. I pray that the all people especially the children and innocent of world are safe from landmines, radiation, chemical warfare and all type of terrorism, in the name of Jesus. Amen.
  8. That all nuclear installations in various nations of the world are kept safe from sabotage and evil hands.
  9. That all chemical and biological warfare programs are not misused in various nations.
  10. I pray for the will of God to work in all nations whether they are believers or not. Amen.

 

The one weakness of the Devil that people often overlook

I keep hearing people blaming the Devil for so and so problems in their life. At times I wonder should they be blaming him alone.

Now don’t get me wrong, I’m no slimy advocate of the Devil nor anything of that sort. But I do notice that people, at least the most of them, overlooking the Devil’s one weakness. If they could just capitalize on that one weakness instead of playing on, they would get the Devil and his vile minions running for cover.

So what is that one weakness?

Before I give you that one weakness of the Devil, ask yourself this one question, ‘Will oneself try to deflate the Devil’s plans on knowing this one weakness or just let it sit still like a sloth in the Amazon forest?’. If you intend to not let it sit still, then the next words are surely for you.

The one weakness – the Devil is a weakling against the authority of the Word of God. Doesn’t matter how much he tries, he has no chance against the Word of God. Despite commanding a huge host of demonic entities he is just not able to overcome the Word of God and end up sitting on the throne of heaven. Despite having to his disposal millions if not billions of human stooges on earth, he still unable to overcome to Word of God especially on what it says has happened, what the Word of God says is happening and also what the Word of God says will happen!

Our God is in the heavens; he does all that he pleases. (Psalm 115:3)

Whatever the LORD pleases, he does, in heaven and on earth, in the seas and all deeps. (Psalm 135:6)

For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. “For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven  and do not return there but water the earth, making it bring forth and sprout, giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater, so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it. (Isaiah 55:8-11)

“From the fig tree learn its lesson: as soon as its branch becomes tender and puts out its leaves, you know that summer is near. So also, when you see all these things, you know that he is near, at the very gates. Truly, I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all these things take place. Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away. (Matthew 24:33-35)

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Now that you know the Devil’s weakness don’t sit on it. Do something worthwhile. My point is: Act on the Word of God. As simple as that.

The problem is that people don’t know how to act on the Word of God especially against the Devil. So let me tell you a few suggestions of how to do so. If you are willing, please read on:

  1. Read, read, read and read the Bible again and again so that you remember what it says about the Devil and your role in the fight against him.
  2. Love the Lord God and love him wholeheartedly. The Devil hates it when people love the True Lord God of heaven and earth.
  3. Rebuke the Devil and his evil angels in the name of Jesus. Those who believe in the Gospel which speaks of repentance from sins and the resurrection of Jesus from the dead, have every right to effectively rebuke the Devil out of their lives.
  4. Pray, pray, pray and pray a little more. Ask the Lord for wisdom, grace and protection against the Devil.
  5. Live a holy life unto God. Submit to God by deciding to obey his Holy Word.
  6. Resist the Devil. The Bible doesn’t tell you to the Devil’s door mat. Fight the Hellish Serpent for the glory of God.
  7. Interfere in the Devil’s plans for others especially those of your family, friends and church. Give no opportunity to the Devil.

A bonus suggestion, is that you pray for the safety, peace and conversion of the Jews and all of Israel. He’s been after them for many years. Sabotage the Devil’s plan for them by praying to the Lord God for them. And see how the Lord works great wonders and miracles in your life!

Christ be with you.

 

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Prayer points for 2016 (Second Quarter – fight back)

Now Peter and John were going up to the temple at the hour of prayer, the ninth hour. And a man lame from birth was being carried, whom they laid daily at the gate of the temple that is called the Beautiful Gate to ask alms of those entering the temple. Seeing Peter and John about to go into the temple, he asked to receive alms. And Peter directed his gaze at him, as did John, and said, “Look at us.” And he fixed his attention on them, expecting to receive something from them. But Peter said, “I have no silver and gold, but what I do have I give to you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk!” And he took him by the right hand and raised him up, and immediately his feet and ankles were made strong. And leaping up he stood and began to walk, and entered the temple with them, walking and leaping and praising God. And all the people saw him walking and praising God, 10 and recognized him as the one who sat at the Beautiful Gate of the temple, asking for alms. And they were filled with wonder and amazement at what had happened to him. (Acts of the Apostles 3:1-10)

The Apostles Peter and John could help the lame beggar only when they spoke the word of healing over him, in the of name of Jesus Christ. The beggar was lame right from birth and every day until he decided to believe in the Word of God. He had to mentally fight back all of his past experiences. He didn’t even bother that how will be able to get the sympathy of people once he is healed so that they give him alms. All he wanted was his healing. So by faith in the Word of God he received his healing.

Are you willing to fight back everything that is preventing you from achieving everything good in your life by the grace of God?

If yes, then the following prayer points are indeed for you.

 

Personal prayer points

  • I pray that everything which hinders me from doing the will of God is exposed and cut off from my life.
  • That everything blocking my healing and finances are uprooted in the name of Jesus.
  • That every secretly false person with whom I interact or have relationships with, is exposed in their misdeeds and that I’m set free from such ungodly partnerships.
  • I pray for peace and property in my family.
  • I pray that every evil spirit sent against me is removed out of my life completely and never wins against me, in the name of Jesus.
  • That every ungodly thing that is working against me is cast out of my life totally.
  • That the holy angels of God fight for me everywhere so that no harm befalls me.
  • That the favour of the Lord God is upon me and everyone who meets me reflects the favour of God on me and not a single bit of evil overcomes me.
  • That I truly believe, think and act like a conqueror in Jesus Christ.
  • That no matter what happened in the past, I do not live in fear and unbelief but rather be confident in the name of the Lord.
  • That I always be above and not below as I trust in the Lord God who created the heaven and the earth.
  • I pray that the grace of God works in all areas of my life and the Holy Spirit directs my paths everyday to honour the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

 

National prayer points

  • I pray in faith to the Lord God who raises good leaders and deposes the evil leaders, that my nation is rid of every selfish and immoral leader.
  • That all leaders who plot secretly against my nation and its citizens are exposed and pushed out of their places of influence and prominence.
  • That only good and just leaders get elected/chosen to run my state and nation.
  • That no false leader is selected due to sympathy votes and fake votes.
  • That all enemies whether foreign or domestic do not succeed in their evil plans against my fellow countrymen.
  • That the national infrastructure, the environment, the land, the air and the sea are kept safe, clean and secure.
  • I ask that the angel of God watch and protect the poor, the underprivileged, the orphans, widows etc and by this no harm affects whom they are protecting.
  • I pray all our national weaponry and ammunition are in safe hands and let no enemy be able to sabotage and destroy it.
  • I pray that the people of my nation do not give up their rights for the sake of fake peace and fake promises of peace by anyone whether in government, media or religion.
  • That all terror attacks are foiled and all bombs are disarmed or fail to go off when planted in my nation.
  • That the economy does well and the finances of those who belief in the Lord God are protected against all harm by vile schemers.
  • That the laws of my nation are prevented from being misused to allow immoral living and profane entertainment.
  • That all the medical plans and medical practitioners are made to work only to benefit the people and not to harm nor short change them.
  • I pray for the true peace and prosperity of my nation, in the name of Jesus. Amen and Amen.

 

International prayer points

  • I pray that all those who plot terror against innocent and unsuspecting people of various nations are punished by the Lord God Almighty, in this life and in the next.
  • I pray for peace and justice to be established in the land of Israel. Let the rocket attacks continue to be thwarted by the Israeli Defence Forces and let them be victorious against all evil doers.
  • That all those who plan stabbings in Israel are stopped right in their tracks. May the forces of good neutralize the murderers of the innocent. I ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.
  • That nations in South America, Africa and Asia are kept stable politically and are self-sufficient so that they don’t have to borrow from other nations and put a strain on the global economy.
  • That Western nations do not keep lending to other nations while their own economies are yet to recover from the economic turmoil they have been through in the past years.
  • That all of Europe thinks logically about accepting each and refugees from the Middle East so that no workers of iniquity later on cause terror attacks in Europe. Also that Greece, Macedonia and other countries develop the right plans and attitudes about absorbing the refugees or deporting the fake ones among them.
  • I pray for peace in both the Korea’s and that Japan and China are also kept from provoking each other to wars and do not disrespect each other especially by war shrines and memorials.
  • I pray that the Russian’s do what is right wherever they go to achieve justice when other other nations try to act neutral instead of fighting for the innocent in Iraq and Syria. That wherever they claim to go to secure peace for that nation, there is true peace without hidden malice. I pray that the Russian leadership works in justice and honesty for their own people and others too.
  • That all nuclear installations in various nations of the world are kept safe from sabotage and evil hands.
  • That all chemical and biological warfare programs are not misused in various nations.
  • I pray for the will of God to work in all nations whether they are believers or not. Amen.

 

Local church prayer points

  • I pray that the people who attend their local church continue to do so with true faith and hope in the Lord Jesus Christ.
  • That there are no untoward incidents of violence and hate in the local church.
  • That the Word of God is preached fully and without compromise to all those who come to church.
  • That there the preachers of the Gospel seek to please the Lord God alone and not those who want to get ears tingled.
  • That those who have immoral lifestyles coming to church are not ignored but challenged in true love and humility to leave their sinful ways and love the Lord in spirit and truth.
  • I pray that the local church is a beacon of light in a neighbourhood of despair and confusion, so that people are drawn up to Jesus Christ who is the source of this light.
  • That all who come to the local church receive the Gospel of Jesus Christ very clearly and without any ambiguity.
  • I pray for healing and deliverance to happen more strongly and visibly in the local church.
  • I pray for the presence of the Lord God to be felt in such a way that it cannot be denied in the local church.
  • That all counterfeit spirits are banished from operating in the activities of the local church.
  • That the angels of God guard the local church and the followers of Jesus Christ who attend it.
  • That the Holy Spirit guides and leads the people to follow Jesus Christ more closely.
  • I pray that the people grow and achieve their calling in the local church. I ask this all in the name of Jesus. Amen.

 

Worldwide church prayer points

  • I pray that the Gospel of Jesus Christ is preached to each and every nation in the world.
  • That all the Gospel gets preached despite all the opposition.
  • That all heretics and false prophets are named and shamed, so that the people are not misled into sin.
  • That the angels of God interrupt the plans of the Evil One, in the lives of those who active preach the Gospel.
  • That all those who profess the Christian faith stop fighting each other and recognize all false man made divisions which prevent them from loving and respecting one another.
  • I pray that all religious leaders who instigate their denominations to feel superior against other denominations are exposed for their sins of pride and malice, which go against the tenets of the Bible. May their followers realize that they are being used and misled to false promote the superiority of their denomination though the Bible tells us to be humble.
  • I pray that the coming again of the Lord Jesus Christ is never delayed but he comes soon enough to lead all Christians on earth and break away all divisions. I asked all this in the name of Jesus, through the intercession of Holy Spirit for the glory of the Lord God. Amen.

 

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Being brave and smart to tackle danger (Part 2)

In my earlier post Being brave and smart to tackle danger (Part 1)  we focused on knowing and asserting your rights. Today I want to show how to use the truth to your advantage, use your words wisely and keep your eyes open to tackle any attacks.

Let’s read Acts 23:1-11 which shows how the Apostle Paul at the Sanhedrin effectively used the above principles to keep himself out of danger:

1 And looking intently at the council, Paul said, “Brothers, I have lived my life before God in all good conscience up to this day.” And the high priest Ananias commanded those who stood by him to strike him on the mouth. Then Paul said to him, “God is going to strike you, you whitewashed wall! Are you sitting to judge me according to the law, and yet contrary to the law you order me to be struck?” Those who stood by said, “Would you revile God’s high priest?” And Paul said, “I did not know, brothers, that he was the high priest, for it is written, ‘You shall not speak evil of a ruler of your people.’”

Now when Paul perceived that one part were Sadducees and the other Pharisees, he cried out in the council, “Brothers, I am a Pharisee, a son of Pharisees. It is with respect to the hope and the resurrection of the dead that I am on trial.And when he had said this, a dissension arose between the Pharisees and the Sadducees, and the assembly was divided. For the Sadducees say that there is no resurrection, nor angel, nor spirit, but the Pharisees acknowledge them all. Then a great clamor arose, and some of the scribes of the Pharisees’ party stood up and contended sharply, “We find nothing wrong in this man. What if a spirit or an angel spoke to him?10 And when the dissension became violent, the tribune, afraid that Paul would be torn to pieces by them, commanded the soldiers to go down and take him away from among them by force and bring him into the barracks.

11 The following night the Lord stood by him and said, “Take courage, for as you have testified to the facts about me in Jerusalem, so you must testify also in Rome.”

When in faced with danger, do not cower in fear. Be like Paul, who kept his eyes and mind open to use the situation to his advantage. He didn’t have to lie but took advantage of the truth. He tackled the high priest Ananias who illegally tried to get Paul slapped. Paul didn’t use foul words but used clear logic that the high priest was trying to judge as per the law and yet himself was going against the methods of the law. Only later when Paul was told that Ananias was the high priest that he didn’t go ahead with rebuking him any further.

But Ananias was not the only person to be stopped. There were more. Paul must have understood that if he didn’t act in time something really bad will happen to him. Again like I mentioned in my earlier post, Paul did suffer martyrdom but that day was not day to be martyred.

Since Paul himself was trained in the ways of the Pharisees he could easily distinguish between the Pharisees and their rivals the Sadducees. He sensed a great opportunity to set things right. So he said aloud, “Brothers, I am a Pharisee, a son of Pharisees. It is with respect to the hope and the resurrection of the dead that I am on trial.” Due to great divide between the Pharisees and the Sadducees on the reality of the resurrection with the result that some of Pharisees spoke in Paul’s favor. (This is one of the good things of the Pharisees unlike the Sadducees who deny angels, spirits and resurrection who are therefore vile little heretics)

As a matter of fact, Paul was in trial because he claimed Jesus as the Lord and also that Jesus rose from the dead (this is a teaching central to the Christian faith and any deviation from this is heresy). So Paul did NOT lie his way out of trouble. With some of the Pharisees now agree that there was no fault with Paul, it gradually resulted in a violent clash between the Pharisees and Sadducees. The Roman tribune then intervened by getting the soldiers to save Paul from this fighting. And of course, the Lord appreciated Paul and told him the he will get to testify in Rome for Christ as how he did in Jerusalem.

Now learning from Paul’s case you can apply this too in your life. Suppose, someone is trying to draw a gun on you and you don’t have a weapon. Then scream and say loudly ‘please don’t hurt me with your gun, I did no wrong’. This will either alert the people nearby to save you or dissuade the attacker or even give you a small time window to escape.

Suppose you are stuck in a very bad lawsuit in which you are wrongly targeted and suddenly you realize that there is an organization which helps out those in trouble like you, then reach out to them. Like in cases of international business disputes, you know very well that if the other countries court’s are biased against your nation then they won’t give you a fair hearing, then get in what are known as arbitrators to give you some justice. If you are under racial attacks, first get yourself out of danger and then reach to organizations that tackle racism (Southern Poverty Law Center, Anti Defamation League, Newham Monitoring Project, National Assembly Against Racism (NAAR) or whichever similar organization in your region). Just keep your eyes and mind open for any such individuals or groups which help out people in trouble.

Imagine you are an Aussie citizen roaming in South Africa and due to whatever reason, you are being chased by gun wielding thugs. And if you happen to see the Australian embassy near you, then don’t be a hero to stand cornered to fight the minions of debauchery, you simply get into the embassy and save your life. I’m sure the Aussie guards will be a great deterrent to your assailants. This tip should work for any citizen with his/her own country’s embassy normally.

If you are troubled by demons, do not play coy with your preacher and behave as if you are in pristine condition. Open your mind and be humble enough to at least get help in private from your church elders and it’s people trained in deliverance ministry. All you need to do is speak and say that you need help.

Appeal unto Christ Jesus when in danger by evil spirits. Don’t be a victim. Christ has authority over all of the powers of the Evil One. Take advantage of this truth.

Christ be with you!

P.S : Part 3 of this will be out soon. Pray for me.

Being brave and smart to tackle danger (Part 1)

One must know very well how to tackle danger to life and limb. It requires bravery and smartness to cope up with such situations. Most of all you need the grace of God to overcome them all.

Since this topic is quite vast I decided to break down in parts so that the critical points are not skimmed over and missed out. It won’t be a daily feature so that we don’t miss out on other things of the Bible. Now, to begin with lets focus today on knowing and asserting your rights. Now not just your earthly or civil rights, it also about exercising your rights as a believer in Christ. Let’s read Acts 22: 22-29 where the Apostle Paul took advantage of his rights to avoid getting flogged (whipped) by the Romans:

22 The crowd listened to Paul until he said this. Then they raised their voices and shouted, “Rid the earth of him! He’s not fit to live!”

23 As they were shouting and throwing off their cloaks and flinging dust into the air, 24 the commander ordered that Paul be taken into the barracks. He directed that he be flogged and interrogated in order to find out why the people were shouting at him like this. 25 As they stretched him out to flog him, Paul said to the centurion standing there, “Is it legal for you to flog a Roman citizen who hasn’t even been found guilty?”

26 When the centurion heard this, he went to the commander and reported it. “What are you going to do?” he asked. “This man is a Roman citizen.”

27 The commander went to Paul and asked, “Tell me, are you a Roman citizen?”

“Yes, I am,” he answered.

28 Then the commander said, “I had to pay a lot of money for my citizenship.”

“But I was born a citizen,” Paul replied.

29 Those who were about to interrogate him withdrew immediately. The commander himself was alarmed when he realized that he had put Paul, a Roman citizen, in chains.

If you notice in the above passage, Paul wouldn’t have escaped the flogging for preaching the Gospel unless he told the Roman centurion that he too was a Roman citizen. So without exercising his right to a fair trial he would have got harmed greatly by the Roman soldiers.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not talking about avoiding martyrdom or acting like a coward in face of persecution and I know full well that Paul did suffer martyrdom later on in his life. He was brave in face of danger even then. However, he did what he did at the time of Acts 22 because his time to die had not yet come. Why must you die before the appointed time? Will getting harmed just for the sake of getting harmed truly give any glory to God?

Do you realize that you have a right to exist? Then a right to live in freedom and happiness? Some call these as human rights and this not wrong to say.

When faced with imminent danger you must exercise your rights. Don’t keep all quiet, get bruised up and then start pondering on your rights later. Sometimes there won’t be a later.

You have a right to protection by the police and also the military if needed. So if you are in danger of being harmed in any way by robbers, terrorists etc then please go ahead and invoke your right to be protected. Call them, text them or whatever other means you have them alerted so that they rush to your safety. Absolutely no hoaxes please!

Sometimes you need to invoke your right to self-defense. Depending on which country you live in there might be self defense laws like the Section 3(1) of Criminal Law Act 1967 or the Second Amendment. So do your homework to find what laws go out in your region and act accordingly. You might wonder what when do you need to actually act in self defense. Let me give you a situation. For instance there’s a madman on a shooting spree in your office and you know the police will be over there in 30 minutes but you are on 18th floor while the murderer is on the 4th floor of the building. Then for that half an hour, do whatever you can to be out of sight and out of range of the madman. If you can safely and effectively tackle him with some weapon or with your bare hands then do so without putting yourself or the innocent bystanders in danger. You will need to think on your feet in such situations. Don’t try to be a hero!

As a believer in Christ you too have rights. You are worth more than sparrows in the eyes of God. The Devil tries to steal your rights or sometimes keeps you ignorant of them. By doing this the Evil One tries to prevent you from living your life for God or if he can’t do that then just make you suffer a lot.

If shall cover a few of those rights. For instance, the Devil tries to keep away from you that you can cast out evil spirits in the name of Jesus. Remember that Jesus himself said this of those who believe; “And these signs will accompany those who believe: in my name they will cast out demons; they will speak in new tongues” (Mark 16:17). Jesus was not referring to only the Apostles or pastors or miracle, he was referring to every who has the faith. The Devil is vary of this so he tries to put exorcism or purging out of demons as a myth or old-fashioned thinking. Sometimes he will even beguile preachers to come up with stupendous doctrines that will try to brain wash their flock that casting out evils spirits is either irrelevant or not their portion. And lots of people fall prey to such deception.

You have a right to pray for your healing. You have a right to ask for protection in face of danger from evils spirits, murderers, thieves etc. So you can also ask for protection against diseases. Such things are not just for you, alright. You can pray such things for your family, your co-workers, your local church and also for Christians who are being persecuted and face death for their faith in Christ. You have a right to stand in the gap for others before Christ. Now, these rights are just a small glimpse of your rights in the spiritual with Christ Jesus. I encourage you to be aware of all your rights whether civil, legal or spiritual and use them to keep away from harm for the glory of God.

What did Jesus say about Satan?

Jesus had a lot to say about Satan. It’s strange that in some Christian circles the preachers and the congregations don’t want to hear about Satan nor his wicked plans when Jesus himself was highly critical of the eternally condemned liar. I find it odd and tragic in equal measure that certain people want to speak that Jesus is victorious but don’t want to mention whom he was victorious against. This brings to my mind the words of 2 Timothy 4:3-4 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires, and will turn away their ears from the truth and will turn aside to myths.

Some people want a ‘customized’ gospel as per their own hearts desires and they find preachers who are willing to ‘tweak’ the gospel for them. By reading 2 Timothy 4:3-4 we are already forewarned about this and must accept the entire teachings of the Bible and not just bits and pieces of it. About such deceived people, may the good Lord Jesus open their eyes before its too late for them. Amen.

Now here’s what Jesus said about Satan. I’ll put a (sub) header or explanation about the context for each of his words about Satan for the sake of clarity. Read on:

On the Jews rejecting Jesus as Messiah but still claiming eternal security by being descendants of Abraham.

John 8:4 You are of your father the devil, and your will is to do your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks out of his own character, for he is a liar and the father of lies.

Jesus compares Satan to a murdering thief.

John 10:10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.

Jesus explained the parable of the sower (Matthew 13: 1-23) and compared Satan to the seed eating birds.

Matthew 13:19  When anyone hears the word of the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what has been sown in his heart. This is what was sown along the path.

Jesus explained the parable of the weeds (Matthew 13: 24-29 and 36-43) and called Satan as the enemy.

He answered, “The one who sows the good seed is the Son of Man. The field is the world, and the good seed is the sons of the kingdom. The weeds are the sons of the evil one, and the enemy who sowed them is the devil. The harvest is the end of the age, and the reapers are angels.

When Peter advised Jesus against the will of God.

Matthew 16:23 But he turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a hindrance to me. For you are not setting your mind on the things of God, but on the things of man.”

When the disciples were amazed that they could cast off demons in Jesus’ name.

Luke 10:17-20 The seventy-two returned with joy, saying, “Lord, even the demons are subject to us in your name!” And he said to them, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. Behold, I have given you authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall hurt you. Nevertheless, do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.”

Jesus spoke to Simon Peter on how Satan wanted to claim Simon Peter for eternity but Jesus prayed against it.

Luke 22:31-33 “Simon, Simon, behold, Satan demanded to have you, that he might sift you like wheat, but I have prayed for you that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned again, strengthen your brothers.” Peter said to him, “Lord, I am ready to go with you both to prison and to death.” Jesus said, “I tell you, Peter, the rooster will not crow this day, until you deny three times that you know me.”

Jesus clarified that he doesn’t need Satan’s nor his henchman Beelzebub’s assistance to cast out demons.

Matthew 12:22-27 Then a demon-oppressed man who was blind and mute was brought to him, and he healed him, so that the man spoke and saw.  And all the people were amazed, and said, “Can this be the Son of David?”  But when the Pharisees heard it, they said, “It is only by Beelzebub, the prince of demons, that this man casts out demons.” Knowing their thoughts, he said to them, “Every kingdom divided against itself is laid waste, and no city or house divided against itself will stand. And if Satan casts out Satan, he is divided against himself. How then will his kingdom stand?And if I cast out demons by Beelzebub,by whom do your sons cast them out? Therefore they will be your judges.

Jesus mentioned that the lake of fire at the Final Judgement (Matthew 25:31-46) has been prepared for Satan and his angels and unbelievers too share in it.

Matthew 25:41 “Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels.

By reading this, I hope and pray that you don’t take the great deceiver of the world ie the Devil lightly and instead trust Jesus forever. May the the light of Christ always shine in your life. Amen.

 

 

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