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

Saint of the Day

Perfection of a man

This is the very perfection of a man, to find out his own imperfections. Saint Augustine

Do not serve with a gloomy face

It is not fitting, when one is in God's service, to have a gloomy face or a chilling look. Francis of Assisi

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

The shelter of compassion and pity

If you have men who will exclude any of God's creatures from the shelter of compassion and pity, you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow men. Francis of Assisi

I willingly cure him for the love of God

I try to give to the poor people for love what the rich could get for money. No, I wouldn't touch a leper for a thousand pounds; yet I willingly cure him for the love of God. Mother Teresa

The cause makes the martyr

It is not the punishment but the cause that makes the martyr. Saint Augustine

Take only what you need

Find out how much God has given you and from it take what you need; the remainder is needed by others. Saint Augustine

A simple smile

We shall never know all the good that a simple smile can do. Mother Teresa

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

Pride

It was pride that changed angels into devils; it is humility that makes men as angels. Saint Augustine

Prayer does not change God

Prayer does not change God, but it changes him who prays. Soren Kierkegaard

Humility, the foundation

Humility is the foundation of all the other virtues hence, in the soul in which this virtue does not exist there cannot be any other virtue except in mere appearance. Saint Augustine

Raise funds of love

Let us more and more insist on raising funds of love, of kindness, of understanding, of peace. Money will come if we seek first the Kingdom of God - the rest will be given. Mother Teresa

Death, a blessings

Death may be the greatest of all human blessings. Socrates

meet with a smile

Let us always meet each other with smile, for the smile is the beginning of love. Mother Teresa

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

Feed the poor

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

Suffering of God's son

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

Believe that you may understand

Seek not to understand that you may believe, but believe that you may understand. Saint Augustine

Progress

We all want progress, but if you're on the wrong road, progress means doing an about-turn and walking back to the right road; in that case, the man who turns back soonest is the most progressive. 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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