|Posted on February 21, 2021 at 11:15 AM|
Dear members and friends of St. Peter's Anglican Church,
The peace of the Lord be always with you.
CONQUERING THE DEVIL IN THE NAME OF JESUS.
Today is the first Sunday in Lent. Lent is the forty day period before Easter Day . During Lent period we follow the foot steps of our Lord Jesus Christ in fasting and prayer as he did in the wilderness when he was being tested by Satan.
Mark 1: 12-13 says: "At once the Spirit sent him out into the wilderness, and he was in the wilderness forty days, being tempted by Satan. He was with the wild animals, and angels attended him."
Jesus was led by the Holy Spirit to be tempted by the devil immediately after his baptism in River Jordan.
We read in Luke 3:21-22: "When all the people were being baptized, Jesus was baptized too. And as he was praying, heaven was opened and the Holy Spirit descended on him in bodily form like a dove. And a voice came from heaven: 'You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.'”
As Jesus was praying at his baptism , the Holy Spirit descended on him and and after baptism , the Holy Spirit led Jesus into the wilderness to be tested by the Satan.
What did Jesus use to conquer Satan in his temptations?
In all the temptations Jesus used prayer , the Holy Spirit and the written word of God to conquer Satan. ( Mathew 3: 13- 4:11 ; Mark 1: 12-13; Luke 3:21-22 ; Luke 4: 1-13.).
Consequently, we can only conquer Satan in all his temptations in the name as Jesus did by:
1. prayer and fasting,
2. being filled by the Holy Spirit and
3. correctly applying the whole written word of God in all the temptations of Satan.
May God help us to follow Jesus in prayer and being filled by the Holy Spirit and as we read the whole holy word of God daily in order to conquer Satan in the name of Jesus..
May God bless you with your families and friends and protect you in the name of Jesus.
Please, kindly , zoom in tomorrow at 12:15 and join us in worship of the
LORD God our maker in the name of Jesus.
Brother James Kibe Karanja.