|Excerpt from Powers and Principalities Talk given by M. Nadine|
|Intercessor Talks - Daily Messages|
|Wednesday, 29 June 2011 09:17|
Excerpt from Powers and Principalities
Talk given by M. Nadine
“Yet I live, no longer I, but Christ lives in me” (Gal 2:20)
Like John the Baptist, we too should be able to say to one another, “Behold the Lamb” (cf. Jn 1:29) alive and made flesh in you. That is what the Mystical Body is all about – Jesus Christ, risen and alive. Our testimony, our witness must always be to Jesus, the Lamb Who was slain. The Book of Revelation has a lot to say about the Lamb Who was slain. The Lamb is now empowered, and He is coming (cf. Rv 22:7).
Being in union with the Lamb will always involve sacrificial love, because remember, the Lamb is a victim Lamb, a sacrificial offering. Sacrificial love calls us to enter more fully into the whole Pascal Mystery; into the life, death and resurrection of Jesus. It invites us to make it a living reality in our life, so that we can defeat satan by our testimony (cf. Rv 21:11). “Behold, here is the Lamb.” Here is our Weapon, our Power.
One of the ways we do this is through the spirit of the Beatitudes, which are so special, even though we do not often hear about them. The Beatitudes are so filled with virtue that each one is like a sword. Each one calls us to a positive, “Be happy” attitude. The one thing the enemy cannot imitate is joy. The Beatitudes are promises of tremendous joy and joy is the infallible sign of the presence of God. There can be even a false peace, but never a false joy. When Jesus gave us the Beatitudes, He wanted us to see them not only as a defense, but also as offensive weapons against the enemy. The first one is extremely important for prayer warriors. “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven” (Mt 5:3).
We are all involved in a deadly conflict between the kingdom of satan and the Kingdom of God, and Jesus promises us that when we are poor in Spirit, then the Kingdom of Heaven belongs to us. “Spirit” of course refers to the Holy Spirit. We are not in satan’s kingdom if this beautiful spirit of poverty is visibly present in our lives.
“But Jesus said, ‘Let the children come to Me, and do not prevent them; for the Kingdom of Heaven belongs to such as these.’" (Mt 19:14)