31 January 2011

LISS Day 17

The enemy is overcome

Genesis 3:14-15 & Rev 12: 10-11

Who is the enemy? I used to think the enemy is Satan. The Satan outside of my body, soul and spirit. Satan was something completely external to me. To a certain extent, Satan still is the enemy. But after the past few days of discovering, sadly, how untrue to the Beatitudes I am, I have come to realise that the real enemy is within me. Sin. This is extremely dangerous because if I have no form of defense or attack against my internal sin, then how can I overcome this enemy that destroys and kills? For me, in recognising that my enemy is more internal than external (sin), I can begin to discern different ways to overcome my enemy... so I reflect on the following passage, which was given to me by the grace of God through my spiritual director:
Romans 7:14-25.
'Who will rescue me from this body of death? Thanks be to God - through Jesus Christ our Lord!' [Romans 7: 24-25]

Oh Loving Lamb of God, who paid the ultimate sacrifice to defeat my (our) death and my (our) sin, I come before you with a heart full of desire for the gifts of Understanding and Fortitude by the power of the Holy Spirit. I humbly ask the intercession of all the Heavenly beings for guidance and escort as I discover more about how to overcome my internal enemy, so that I may be the most Christ-like that I can be.
St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in this day of battle. Be our safeguard against the wickedness and the snares of the devil. May God rebuke we humbly pray, and do thou O prince of the Heavenly Hosts. By the power of God, thrust down into hell satan, and all the evil spirits who prowl about the world seeking the destruction of souls. Amen.

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