As Christian we need to be vigilant because the devil is prowling like a lion looking for someone to eat. There are many stories in the Gospels of Jesus exorcising demons and allowing people to experience true liberation from the forces of evil.

On discussing the different guises of evil one, Ignatius of Loyola illustrates to us a battle. The enemy has come into the area of his battle and seeks to find a weak spot in the fortress or city wall. Once found the enemy moves into the city to spoil the plunder. The city is conquered and the enemy has won his prize. All he needs do is to have found the weakness, the ‘weak link in the chain’ and he is proven victorious. Ignatius suggests that this is similar to the work of the enemy. The devil prowls around our life looking for the weakness. Once found the enemy is ruthless in causing one to fall. The enemy will allow other forces to come in and conquer unguarded territory. We are aware of those weaknesses in our lives. Perhaps it is that habit of sin that seems persistent and we find our selves so attached. Perhaps it is a fear of some kind. Perhaps it is an inadequacy that gives way to lack of self esteem, despondency and discouragement.

The Lord desires to build us and encourage us in our walk of faith. He will build us into the strong fortress. We need only find our shelter in Him. As the psalmist cries out to his Lord, “The Lord is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer, my God in whom I take refuge…” In today’s Gospel Jesus drives out a demon and the people complain that it is though the prince of demons that the devil is exorcised. Now this is nonsense as Jesus says how Satan can be divided against himself, truly it is the Finger if God, the Holy Spirit the devil is exorcised. Jesus, the Anointed one, sent by the father liberates his people from sin and delivers then from evil. In the Lord’s Prayer we pray, deliver us from every evil and grant us peace in our day. We must learn to pray these words from the heart. The devil is active and he despises those who name themselves Christians. He will do anything in his power to discourage us and stop from entering into relationship with the Father. That is why The Christian must be vigilant, calling on the power of the Lord for deliverance from the forces of evil. The enemy comes in many disguises. He comes as the angel of light, He is the Tempter and he comes to torment those who belong to Christ. As James says, Resist the devil and he will flee. Do not give in to his tactics, for he is the defeated one. God has won the victory through Christ, who dying on the Cross in his last breath said, it is accomplished.

What are the weaknesses within you that need to be addressed. Surrender them to the Lord and seek his mercy and protection.

Lord I come to you and I seek to place my life under your lordship. I ask you to forgive me for the times I have given into the reign of the enemy. Forgive me for the times I have fallen into complacency or despondency. I am yours and I all that I have belongs to you. Amen