GM: PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY AND SATANIC ACTION
Last night, after contemplating all day on yesterday’s message – they probably help me more than they help others – I prayed before going to bed. That God would grant me, and all with whom I come in contact, wherever, with some special persons in mind, the gift of discerment to know when Satan is acting through individuals, thoughts and situations. And for protection from evil.
I must confess that I prayed for the no longer embattled Minister of Health, who lost his job; eventually over the ‘ dead babies scandal’, but which movement to unseat him, had its genesis in prior events and policy decisions. And I wondered how much of that which led to his downfall was as result of his own personal failings, and how much was a consequence of him who the Bible tells us has come to;
steal and to kill and (ultimately) to destroy.
For at a deeper level, as the veil was ‘ pulled back’ in yesterday’s message, we know that there is a clear connection between human failings and Satanic action. The prime example and most devastating to the human race played itself out in the Garden of Eden, where Satan had an unsuspecting, naive to the ways of pure evil, and curious Eve, and disobedient Adam – the ‘ accountable officer – for ‘ lunch’. As described by Oswald Chambers in The Philosophy of Sin to which I returned last night.
For make no mistake about it, and the world needs to ‘ wake up everybody’ ( as the famous singer Teddy Pendergrass sang), to the reality that when a bomb goes off on a plane carrying holidaymakers retuning from an Egyptian tourist area, man may claim the responsibility, but lift the veil and you will see Satan behind it all.
Lift the veil of secrecy from thousands of murders carried out by evil men, and you will find Satan behind the wickedness that has overtaken the Jamaican society like a modern day plague. All because a select few powerful individuals introduced gun violence to unsuspecting, naive to the ways of pure evil, curious and vulnerable youths, in the late ‘ 60’s and early ’70’s.
Lift the veil of secrecy that surrounds the millions of people who have died from road traffic crashes, HIV/AIDS, Drug Abuse, Abortions, and even infections in premature babies’, and although individuals and governments have to accept personal and collective responsibility, ultimately Satan is the one acting to destroy. For that’s his goal. And destruction in his warped mind is anything that will separate us permanently from a loving God. Including rejecting Christ as Lord and Saviour.
This morning as I began my devotions, contemplating all of this revelation, the Lord directed me to the solution. The only protection we have against this ‘ roaring and ravenous lion’ who is determined to cause havoc in our lives, create mayhem in our communities and deaths in our nation. Whether premature babies, young girls going to Universities or older people who ought to be left to die in peace having served well.
The Benedictus, about which I have written before, is used in my church and others for a type of worship service called Morning Prayer. A service which has its origins in the glorious history of the early church.
In this song, the father of John the Baptist, the first Evangelist, is given a profound message from the Lord on the birth of his son. In the same way that Mary the mother of Jesus sang a new song – The Magnificat – when she was told by the Holy Spirit that she would give birth to her Saviour.
So in this song – edited – found in Luke chapter one we are given the following revelations.
Blessed be the Lord God of Israel:
for He had visited, and redeemed his people;
And hath raised up a mighty salvation for us: in the house of his servant David;
As he spoke by the mouth of his holy Prophets: that we should be saved from our enemies: and from the hands of all who that hate us.
( as I read this verse, words from Psalm 35 which I pray each night before going to bed came to mind. ‘ Contend, O Lord, with those who contend against me; fight against those who fight against me….May they be like chaff before the wind, with the angel of the Lord driving them away).
….That we being delivered out of the hands of our enemies: might serve him without fear;
In holiness and righteousness before him all the days if our lives.
And thou, child, shall be called the Prophet of the Highest: for thou shall go before the face of the Lord to prepare his ways;
To give knowledge of salvation unto his people: for the remission of their sins……
To give light to them that sit in darkness, and in the shadow of death.
One of the dangers of modern politics is that leaders are often so caught up with serving that they neglect their spiritual life. A very dangerous thing to do when a ‘ roaring lion ‘ awaits their every action and decision. To steal and kill and destroy. And do even more damage to they, their families and the nation, than that which personal human failings will do; and in some cases in combination with such failings.
But the virus of complacency, ignorance of the ways of pure evil, and disobedience does not only affect Government Ministers. So today it may be #FireFenton, but tomorrow if they are not vigilant and pay no attention to the John the Baptist’s of this world, the authentic Church, the same roaring lion awaits people in the media, members of the opposition, members of civil society, the private sector and others. As Satan is not partial. And will always, always, seek to destroy whom he will. Those who ‘ sit in darkness and in the shadow of death. viz. those who have not yet accepted the free Gift of Forgiveness of Sins offered by the shed Blood of Jesus, the mighty salvation about which John the Baptist’s father sang in the Benedictus.
Our role then, in the midst of controversy, and the fall from grace of a Minister, or anyone else, publicly or privately, as children of God, rescued by Grace, from the roaring lion, Satan, is neither to rejoice not condemn, but to seek more fervently to spread the Good News, that only Jesus saves. From evil.
For if we get caught up in the trap of ‘ doing what others do’, we lose our identify as children of God, and our protection from evil. And we too will become vulnerable to the plans of the roaring lion.