27 March 2019
‘Now, Israel, take notice of the laws and customs that I teach you today, and observe them, that you may have life and may enter and take possession of the land that the Lord the God of your fathers is giving you.
‘See, as the Lord my God has commanded me, I teach you the laws and customs that you are to observe in the land you are to enter and make your own. Keep them, observe them, and they will demonstrate to the peoples your wisdom and understanding. When they come to know of all these laws they will exclaim, “No other people is as wise and prudent as this great nation.” And indeed, what great nation is there that has its gods so near as the Lord our God is to us whenever we call to him? And what great nation is there that has laws and customs to match this whole Law that I put before you today?
‘But take care what you do and be on your guard. Do not forget the things your eyes have seen, nor let them slip from your heart all the days of your life; rather, tell them to your children and to your children’s children.’
Jesus said to his disciples: ‘Do not imagine that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets. I have come not to abolish but to complete them. I tell you solemnly, till heaven and earth disappear, not one dot, not one little stroke, shall disappear from the Law until its purpose is achieved. Therefore, the man who infringes even one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do the same will be considered the least in the kingdom of heaven; but the man who keeps them and teaches them will be considered great in the kingdom of heaven.’
But take care what you do and be on your guard
Last week, our centre hosted two visiting exorcists from the Phillipines. We anticipated an ‘overflow’ crowd but never had I seen so many flock to CSC on a Friday evening. By 7.30 pm when P&W started, we had to activate our overflow areas outside the hall. It was interesting what a friend I bumped into said to me, “You get more people coming to hear a talk about the devil, than to hear about God.” I laughed it off but couldn’t help wondering about the truth of his statement as I drove home.
After a tragic week of mourning in Christchurch and reading some of the posts supporting the country’s prime minister and her stand about never ever speaking the name of the perpetrator of that horrific attack that killed 50 innocent Muslims, I fear for our young generation. With social media so pervasive these days, our children are open to all forms of attacks from the evil one – games that feature murder and mayhem, even occult practices that call on spirits unknowingly.
The two priests spoke about how we could open up doors for the devil to attack our families even through these seemingly harmless activities. One even spoke about how he had to exorcise a boy who was addicted to a particular game that involved invoking certain spirits. In the end, the addiction led to oppression and the boy almost had to enter a mental institution. However, when he was prayed over, the priest knew that the boy had Jesus in his heart because of the tears that flowed from his eyes during the healing session. It is true, he said, that when children pray, they pray from the heart and it well pleases God because they have deep faith and are truly sincere. In the end, the boy was healed of his addiction and managed to go back to school and live a normal life.
Brothers and sisters, we must not take what we do each day lightly, especially those of us who have children or godchildren. We must put Jesus at the centre of our lives and not consign Him to just one area that we focus on when we are in distress. In our pursuit of happiness in our lives, we must realise that it is only in Jesus that we can find true happiness. If we believe fully in Him and in His Word, He will bless us with the things that will make us truly happy. Those of us who have been successful in life, by whatever measure, must realise that our riches and happiness have not come purely by our own works. God has blessed us for a reason and we must discern it in order to spread the love to others.
So take care and be on your guard, because we need to be proper stewards of our God-given wealth, so that He can reward us with even more
(Today’s OXYGEN by Desmond Soon)
Prayer: Father, help us to realise that only by putting you in the centre of our lives will be rewarded with true happiness and true riches. That all we have now is only temporal and it is our eternal reward that we should be focusing on.
Thanksgiving: Thank you Lord, for all that you have given to us and our loved ones. It is truly by your grace that we have our happiness and success and we give all glory to you.