Joshua and Satan – Abhishekagni 588

Preaching by Fr. Xavier Khan Vattayil. the founder-director of Sehion Retreat Centre, of Palakkad Diocese. Fr. Xavier who has earned name and fame as an outstanding preacher of the Word of the Lord, Retreat Leader, television orator and organizer, is conducting many retreats for priests, nuns and believers in India and abroad.

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Kick the Bucket

What are the top items on your anti-bucket list — those things you never, ever want to do, places you never want to visit, books you never want to read, etc.?

I never want get sick,never want see dead body,.

I never want go back with addicted to internet for entertainment, never want read any wrong books or matter on net.

I never want go with Satan.

Pray for me.

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Kick the Bucket.”

Jesus is Tempted – Great Stories of the Holy Bible

Luke 4

The Temptation of Jesus

1 Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit in the wilderness, 2 where for forty days he was tempted by the devil. He ate nothing at all during those days, and when they were over, he was famished. 3 The devil said to him, “If you are the Son of God, command this stone to become a loaf of bread.” 4 Jesus answered him, “It is written, ‘One does not live by bread alone.’”

Jesus faces temptation by Satan. (Matthew 4:1-11, Luke 4:1-14): Slide 2

5 Then the devil led him up and showed him in an instant all the kingdoms of the world. 6 And the devil said to him, “To you I will give their glory and all this authority; for it has been given over to me, and I give it to anyone I please. 7 If you, then, will worship me, it will all be yours.”

Jesus faces temptation by Satan. (Matthew 4:1-11, Luke 4:1-14): Slide 4

8 Jesus answered him, “It is written,

‘Worship the Lord your God,
and serve only him.’”
9 Then the devil took him to Jerusalem, and placed him on the pinnacle of the temple, saying to him, “If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down from here,

Jesus faces temptation by Satan. (Matthew 4:1-11, Luke 4:1-14): Slide 5

10 for it is written,

‘He will command his angels concerning you,
to protect you,’
11 and

‘On their hands they will bear you up,
so that you will not dash your foot against a stone.’”
12 Jesus answered him, “It is said, ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’” 13 When the devil had finished every test, he departed from him until an opportune time.

Jesus faces temptation by Satan. (Matthew 4:1-11, Luke 4:1-14): Slide 7

Teach children Word of God with command – Take the Word of God Sword

Jesus Christ Pic with children nice pic

1There was a man living in Babylon whose name was Joakim. He married the daughter of Hilkiah, named Susanna, a very beautiful woman and one who feared the Lord. Her parents were righteous, and had trained their daughter according to the law of Moses. (Daniel 13:1-3 (NRSVCE))

From childhood parents of Susanna taught her Word of God. That protected her from sinful life.

45 When Moses had finished reciting all these words to all Israel, 46 he said to them: “Take to heart all the words that I am giving in witness against you today; give them as a command to your children, so that they may diligently observe all the words of this law. 47 This is no trifling matter for you, but rather your very life; through it you may live long in the land that you are crossing over the Jordan to possess.” (Deuteronomy 32:45-47)

He humbled you by letting you hunger, then by feeding you with manna, with which neither you nor your ancestors were acquainted, in order to make you understand that one does not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord (Deuteronomy 8:3)

Family members should understand this.

Keep these words that I am commanding you today in your heart. Recite them to your children and talk about them when you are at home and when you are away, when you lie down and when you rise. Bind them as a sign on your hand, fix them as an emblem on your forehead, and write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates. (Deuteronomy 6:6-9)

One Bible may be available in your home. But each and every member should have one Bible. Should read and meditate bible daily, not just once, but whenever you have time.

Word of God is a weapon – Weapon of the soul

Life of a christian is always a fight. Satan is the enemy of a christian. Word of God is the weapon to fight with Satan.

The Whole Armor of God

10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his power. 11 Put on the whole armor of God, so that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12 For our[b] struggle is not against enemies of blood and flesh, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers of this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, so that you may be able to withstand on that evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm. 14 Stand therefore, and fasten the belt of truth around your waist, and put on the breastplate of righteousness. 15 As shoes for your feet put on whatever will make you ready to proclaim the gospel of peace. 16 With all of these, take the shield of faith, with which you will be able to quench all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. (Ephesians 6:10-17)

Except all other weapons described in above bible verses is only for self protection. Word of God is the only weapon to attack Satan. Because of this, Satan always try his best to give obstacles in reading, learning and spreading Word of God. Satan never bother about how much work, prayer,study, good deeds a person do.  But if he try to read, learn or spread the Word of God, Satan immediately bring obstacles like sleepy, laziness, weakness, disease etc. Satan is that much afraid of Word of God.

Inspiration and Courtesy – Malayalam Book written by Fr. Xavier Khan Vattayil, Sehion Retreat Centre, Attappady, Kerala State, India.

Bad Signal – Unclear voice message – Who is it from, and what is this about?

Addicted to internet. Many attractions to eyes, pleasing sounds in ear. What a life was? Many times tried to stop it, but could not. Some special power was pushing to continue with happiness. All happiness was being online. This made to ignore prayer, work, food, sleep and at last became sick. Physical sickness, tensions, unable to work, unable to eat, medicines and sleep. One day found some videos of sermon and testimonies online. That made to think about this addicted sin. Started praying, attended retreats, prayers. At that time heard a voice message in ear, but could make out only the last words: “I’m sorry. I should’ve told you months ago. Bye.”. Prayed again with strong faith and closed eyes and saw Satan waving hands and running away. God Healed all the sickness and more happy than earlier.

Bad Signal

Fear of sickness – Fear of Satan – God will heal fearful mind

Jesus

do not fear, for I am with you,do not be afraid, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my victorious right hand. (Isaiah 41:10

You might have ever experienced fear in mind while walking alone through a forest  or walking alone at dark night . But at that time if someone is with you and he encourage you by his words ” Hey, don’t be afraid, I am with you”, then your fear will go away. Because you are confident that he will surely protect you. If you have that much faith in an ordinary person like you , then why can’t you have faith in God, who is your creator and protector?  He knows your way, your fear and everything.  See below Bible verses through which God encouraging you.

Sometimes you are afraid of others. You fear that they can harm you. They have put yoke on your neck and tied your hands so that you can’t do anything good. You might have experienced this kind of attitude from others at your work or society, may be at home also. Don’t be afraid of this kind of things.  God is saying you what he will do if you have faith in him.

On that day, says the Lord of hosts, I will break the yoke from off his neck, and I will burst his bonds, and strangers shall no more make a servant of him. (Jeremiah 30:8)

Some people have fear in mind thinking about sickness. Disease may be very minor, but think it as major disease. They fear that this disease make them outcast. Some disease really make them outcast. That create depression and disturbance in the mind.  The God has something to tell to such persons.

For I will restore health to you,
and your wounds I will heal,
says the Lord,
because they have called you an outcast:
“It is Zion; no one cares for her!” (Jeremiah 30:17)
But overhearing what they said, Jesus said to the leader of the synagogue, “Do not fear, only believe.” (Mark 5:36)

Sometimes we fear about power of the enemy, satan. Sometimes we fear about evil or wicked magical powers. We think that we are sick due to such powers used by our enemy. What God has to say to us about such things?

See, I have given you authority to tread on snakes and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy; and nothing will hurt you. (Luke 10:19)

God has given us authority over all such powers of the enemy, so nothing will hurt us.

The God of peace will shortly crush Satan under your feet. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. (Romans 16:20)

God will crush Satan under our feet. Once crushed how can he get up?

And you shall tread down the wicked, for they will be ashes under the soles of your feet, on the day when I act, says the Lord of hosts. (Malachi 4:3)

The day when God act, we shall tread down the wicked and they will be ashes under the soles of our feet. What the ashes can do ? Nothing.  When breeze comes, it will fly away and when rain it will wash away.

Look! On the mountains the feet of one
who brings good tidings,
who proclaims peace!
Celebrate your festivals, O Judah,
fulfill your vows,
for never again shall the wicked invade you;
they are utterly cut off. (Nahum 1:15)
Then I will encamp at my house as a guard,
so that no one shall march to and fro;
no oppressor shall again overrun them,
for now I have seen with my own eyes. (Zechariah 9:8)

God saying that he is against bands with which you hunt lives. It is a warning to those people who is away from God and following Satan and his powers to hunt others lives. God telling it clearly that He will tear the bands from your arms, and let the lives go free. God will free them like birds, the lives that you hunt down like birds. So, if you are a person following Satan who hunt others lives, be careful. Stop following Satan, repent, ask God to forgive, then follow God only. If you are a person fear about such powers of Satan, then don’t be afraid, because God will remove and destroy all such bands from you, he will protect you. He will tear off your veils, save you from their hands and you will realise that He is your Lord, the only saviour of the world.

Therefore thus says the Lord God: I am against your bands with which you hunt lives; I will tear them from your arms, and let the lives go free, the lives that you hunt down like birds. (Ezekiel 13:20)

I will tear off your veils, and save my people from your hands; they shall no longer be prey in your hands; and you shall know that I am the Lord. (Ezekiel 13:21)

Holy Rosary is a great weapon against fear. If you have any such fear, you can pray Rosary daily. After each Holy Father and Hail Mary, say one bible verses. For eg. after First Mystery Nahum 1:15

Nahum 1:15, Malachi 4:3,  Zechariah 9:8, Ezekiel 13:20, Ezekiel 13:21

Jesus Healing Miracles – He healed all sick people

Jesus Heals all the sick

Jesus Heals all the sick

Matthew 8:16-17

16 That evening they brought to him many who were possessed with demons; and he cast out the spirits with a word, and cured all who were sick.

17 This was to fulfill what had been spoken through the prophet Isaiah, “He took our infirmities and bore our diseases.”

In verses 17 The Apostle Matthew confirmed Jesus as the Messiah who provides redemption from sin and physical healing for mankind, fulfilling Isaiah’s prophesy.
The price for your healing was paid at Calvary by Jesus Christ. Your physical healing is part of your redemption from sin and ultimately Satan.

Some people are possessed or influenced by demons. What are the symptoms of demonic influence? How a demon possesses someone?
There is a wide variety of possible symptoms of demon possession, such as a physical impairment that cannot be attributed to an actual physiological problem, a personality change such as depression or aggression, supernatural strength, immodesty, antisocial behavior, and perhaps the ability to share information that one has no natural way of knowing.  These are some of the possible symptoms but it is important not to label every depressed person or epileptic individual as demon-possessed. Apart from physical or emotional distinctions, one can also have spiritual attributes showing demonic influence, such as angry, refusal to forgive, speaking wrong about Jesus, church, priests etc.

While praying for the sick some spiritual leaders can easily recognise the demon and in the name of Jesus they can kick out Satan.

It may be possible that if one allows his heart to be ruled by some habitual sin, it becomes an invitation for a demon to enter. These days the internet is such a medium for some people to invite demon in their life. Some websites, videos, photos, chat all are medium for people to invite Satan in their heart and they are addicted to it. In the above Bible verses Jesus cast out the spirits with a word. Never be afraid of demon, pray with strong faith, read Bible regularly and kick out Satan.

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. (Hebrews 13:8).

Jesus never changes and still provides healing for all that come to him today.  A believer in Jesus Christ should have full confidence that God will heal the sick as God forgive sins.  A believer can get God’s healing power through his own faith or through the faith of some other believer. Be a good believer and pray to God with strong faith, you will surely realise the healing power of God. Whatever may be your disease, may be rejected case from hospital, but believe that he can do miracles and heal you.  You can download Prayer for the sick. This is a very useful prayer. I pray this prayer daily.

Do you believe that God can heal you?

Do you have any experience of healing the body or mind with your prayers to God? If yes, share your testimony below in comment. Your testimony will help others to understand the love and healing power of God.