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HARVEST OF JOY AND GOD’S LOVE(Mk 3:13-19; Douay-Rheims Bible).

“And going up into a mountain, Jesus called unto Him whom He would Himself: and they came to Him. And He made that twelve should be with Him and that He might send them to preach. And He gave them the

power to heal sicknesses and to cast out devils. And to Simon He gave the name Peter: And James the son of Zebedee, and John the brother of James; and He named them Boanerges, which is, The sons of thunder: And Andrew and Philip, and Bartholomew and Matthew, and Thomas and James of Alpheus, and Thaddeus, and Simon the Cananean: And Judas Iscariot, who also betrayed Him.”

‭ My dearest beloved brethren, not all the people who were following Jesus were for Him. But from among the group, Jesus chose the twelve whom He called apostles and He sent them out to preach the Words of God and He also “gave them

power to heal sicknesses, and to cast out devils.”

There are many people today who call themselves Christians but who are always at the dining table with Satan and his evil agents. For such people, God will neither give authority to heal sicknesses nor authority to cast out demons. But people who are baptized and follow Christ in truth, observing all the commandments and staying away from sins, are the ones God chooses and gives authority over demons and authority to heal sicknesses.

Because we are given the authority by God to cast out demons, we cannot be possessed by evil spirits since the Spirit of God in us overpowers and subdues evil spirits.

I pray for us to have the Grace to be resilient and persevere in our faith and to be steadfast in following Christ, through the Mighty Name of Jesus Christ I pray. Amen.

God called and chose you and you accepted God’s call. You’re following Christ and doing the Will of God, doing what your God-given conscience tells you are the right things before the eyes of God; that’s why the authority God gave you over evil spirits and diseases is permanent, dear Holy Ghost-filled apostles of Christ.

God gave everyone the conscience to know what is right and what is wrong. He also gave everyone the freedom to choose what they do. Therefore God does not force anyone to do the right things but He, through many different people and different means, makes us know the Word of God and also what is sinful and what is not. This is why Christ may call or choose anyone but what the person does with the calling or/and choosing is up to that individual.

Christ chose Judas Iscariot as one of His twelve apostles but the same Judas Iscariot decided to betray Jesus. At that very moment betrayal, the power Judas Iscariot received from Jesus to heal sicknesses and to cast out demons ceases. Jesus knew Judas was going to betray Him but didn’t interfere with his plans since Judas had his God-given conscience and freedom to live his life.

Anyone who lives in sin or worships Lucifer or swims in the ocean of vices is persecuting Christ and that amounts to a betrayal of Christ.

I pray for us not to make ourselves the Judas Iscariot of our present generation, but for us to be true apostles of Christ with all the powers to heal sicknesses and power to cast out demons and all evil spirits, today and every day of our lives, through the Mighty Name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth I pray. Amen.

Be courageous and fearless in the Lord; for God is with you. You’re blessed; remain blessed!!!

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