Glory of God Prayer Group, St. Cecilia Parish, Wa Diocese, Ghana - Let Your Light Shine

Saint of the Day

Words of light

Words which do not give the light of Christ increase the darkness. Mother Teresa

Pride of wealth

If a man is proud of his wealth, he should not be praised until it is known how he employs it. Socrates

campaigning weather for the devil

The long, dull, monotonous years of middle-aged prosperity or middle-aged adversity are excellent campaigning weather for the devil. C. S. Lewis

Will

Will is to grace as the horse is to the rider. Saint Augustine

we belong to each other

If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other. Mother Teresa

Feed the poor

If you can't feed a hundred people, then feed just one. Mother Teresa

Truth

If you look for truth, you may find comfort in the end; if you look for comfort you will not get either comfort or truth only soft soap and wishful thinking to begin, and in the end, despair. C. S. Lewis

The beginning of good works

The confession of evil works is the first beginning of good works. Saint Augustine

Selective faith

If you believe what you like in the gospels, and reject what you don't like, it is not the gospel you believe, but yourself. Saint Augustine

Nonsense questions

Can a mortal ask questions which God finds unanswerable? Quite easily, I should think. All nonsense questions are unanswerable. C. S. Lewis

Words too big for the subject

Don't use words too big for the subject. Don't say 'infinitely' when you mean 'very'; otherwise you'll have no word left when you want to talk about something really infinite. C. S. Lewis

All things unholy

I have been all things unholy. If God can work through me, he can work through anyone. Francis of Assisi

Charity and wisdom

Where there is charity and wisdom, there is neither fear nor ignorance. Francis of Assisi

Come unto me all ye that labor

I have read in Plato and Cicero sayings that are wise and very beautiful; but I have never read in either of them: Come unto me all ye that labor and are heavy laden. Saint Augustine

Seek to love, not to be loved

Lord, grant that I might not so much seek to be loved as to love. Francis of Assisi

Suffering of God's son

God had one son on earth without sin, but never one without suffering. Saint Augustine

People of worth

Worthless people live only to eat and drink; people of worth eat and drink only to live. Socrates

The future

The future is something which everyone reaches at the rate of 60 minutes an hour, whatever he does, whoever he is. C. S. Lewis

I gave in

I gave in, and admitted that God was God. C. S. Lewis

Meaning of the universe

If the whole universe has no meaning, we should never have found out that it has no meaning: just as, if there were no light in the universe and therefore no creatures with eyes, we should never know it was dark. Dark would be without meaning. C. S. Lewis

A personal reflection on 23rd July 2011
2 Kings 19:1-37 (start at 2 Kings 18:13) OR Isaiah 36, 37

2 Kings 19:3 – When you are in grief, do you pick a boyfriend/girlfriend for help; do you consult another god, do you start looking for a way to extort other people, do you throw your hands up in despair?
               – When you are in shame do you show your enemies?

2 Kings 19:6 – What are you going through now? Sickness, joblessness, underpayment, frustration, anger, pride, problem with husband, wife or children, problem with boss, sexual harassment from boss or colleagues, school fees, admission, etc?

The Lord says these are but threats; they will never overwhelm you.

2 Kings 19:10-13 – The devil will never relent in his threats to make you frightened and give up. He will tell you,

“But your father died in that sickness, so did his father and so did his father’s father, so who are you to think that you can get out of it, ahh?!”

“Have you forgotten your father died in poverty? So did his father and so did his father’s father before him. You want to prosper? Impossible!”

“Don't you remember that none of your brothers has gone beyond JHS? You want to go to university? Ha ha, ha ha, what are you thinking? You must be a joker!”

“But don’t you remember that in your family no one has ever had a happy marriage? Can’t you see that all the children are stubborn? Are you different?” Oh, yes, you are different!

“Hey, my friend, everybody is doing it, just relax and join in. After all God can’t send all these people to hell.” Oh, yes, God can!

“In any case if you don’t do it you will lose your job and how will you survive?” Yes, you will survive!

“Just look around, where are you going to get that amount of money to pay your fees? Why don’t you “sell your body” like others are doing? That’s a chance there, take it! Prostitute, do drugs, cheat, steal, embezzle, rob, or better still just abandon it, or best still why don’t you just end your life?”

2 Kings 19:14-19 – This is the prayer you should make.
2 Kings 19:21 – You are Jerusalem; the devil is Sennacherib.
2 Kings 19:28 – “I will put a hook in your nose.” – God will put a hook in the nose of your problems.
2 Kings 19:32 – Your problem "will not enter your city or shoot a single arrow" at you.
2 Kings 19:34 – God always keeps his promises.

2 Kings 19:35 – Do you know how many of your problems the angel of the Lord is going to kill tonight?

You love the promises above and will love to claim them. Are you dressed to claim them? (Read Matthew 22:1-14).

In Galatians 4:30, St. Paul quotes Genesis 21:10 as follows, “Send the slave woman and her son away; for the son of the slave woman will not have a part of the father’s property along with the son of the free woman.” He went on to say in Galatians 5:1, “Freedom is what we have – Christ has set us free! Stand, then, as free people, and do not allow yourselves to become slaves again.” He went on to list some things that make us slave to sin and therefore slaves to the devil, so that we cannot take part in the inheritance of the father. Galatians 5:19-21 – “What human nature does is quite plain. It shows itself in immoral, filthy, and indecent actions; in worship of idols and witchcraft. People become enemies and they fight; they become jealous, angry and ambitious. They separate into parties and groups; they are envious, get drunk, have orgies, and do other things like these. I warn you now as I have before: those who do these things will not possess the Kingdom of God.”

The only way you can claim the promises of God is to surrender your life to Him, otherwise you will be doing everything in your life by mere human power which cannot save you, physically or spiritually. You will therefore believe and live by all the things stated above which the devil suggests to you.

Let Jesus set you free; live for Him and you can claim all the promises in this passage.

All Bible references quoted in this article are from the Good News Bible.

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