THE WORLD NEEDS CHRISTMAS!
Statistics show that during this time of the year more family feuds begin, divorces and suicides go up, more people die from natural causes, there are more bankruptcies, gambling debts, psychiatrists’ patients suffer regressions etc…..
Have you ever considered why???? There is pressure to be perfect! To buy the most expensive presents, you have to go on holidays etc………
But are we missing the point?????
THE ENEMY IS FRANTICALLY AT WORK ESPECIALLY DURING CHRISTMAS AND EASTER !!! AFTER ALL, GOD HAD A PLAN TO SAVE MANKIND, THE ENEMY DIDN’T LIKE THAT!!!!
At Christmas and Easter people feel the need to go to church more and pray. People come together as families to celebrate, people are generally happier and want to spend more time with friends, they give more to others, they give to the poor. So the enemy feels under threat and what does he do????? He fights harder!!!!
When Jesus came into the world, Satan lost his power because Jesus overcame death through the cross. Jesus is now ruler of this universe.
The enemy hates the thought of Jesus Christ. God wanted to live among us, so He gave us His Son Jesus Christ because we needed to be saved, saved from the snares of the evil one, saved from eternal damnation. Satan is often referred to as:- the deceiver, the accuser, the father of lies, the prince of /power of darkness etc.
in Luke 10:18. Jesus also said that his mission on earth was “to defeat the works of the devil” (1 John 3:8). Satan has the advantage over us in that he is an invisible powerful spirit. One of his greatest tricks on us is to convince so many of us that he doesn’t even exist,
We should all know that whenever we sin seriously, satan and his devils get a toehold on our life, and the lives of our family members.
Since satan has finally figured out that he cannot get at God, he goes for His children here on earth – US!!!. It’s no different than the mafia knowing that it can hurt you worse if it kills your kids. However, lucky for us that Jesus established a Church here on earth that regularly dispenses sanctifying grace to us, which is the only way we can defeat satan.
Satan knows our weaknesses and he will start with those. The sense of satan knowing that a family member has gambling issues, alcohol and drug addictions, pornography, infidelity etc…satan will use these weaknesses in others and harass people to break families apart.
DON’T PANIC!! YOU CAN ENGAGE THE POWER OF JESUS CHRIST. Jesus Christ taught us:-
ALL THESE WILL KEEP THE ENEMY AT BAY.
JESUS IS OUR HOPE AND OUR SALVATION!!!
So during this advent season ( 4 weeks before Christmas) look to Jesus and his disciple- Bishop Oscar Romero who left us with this quote:-