According to the Word of God, the kingdom of darkness and the Kingdom of God are engaged in constant conflict, making the universe and its inhabitants at perpetual war. In this conflict, thankfully, Christ Jesus has won the victory through his sinless life, redemption through his blood, and power through his resurrection. In this great War of the Ages, Christ is the victor (Christus Victor). He has bound the “strong man” (the devil), plundered his house, and has taken the spoils the strong man collected. While the enemy is already defeated, he has not yet been fully destroyed. He constantly attacks the servants of Christ, and prowls about like a lion looking for prey. We must adopt a warfare mentality if we are going to represent Christ and his Kingdom.
The promises of God can destroy the strongholds of the enemy, i.e., falsehoods and lies that have plagued us and held us captive for generations. Now, through the Word of God, our primary spiritual weapon, we can destroy the lies of the enemy, renew our minds, and be healed of the effect of the lies and sin that have sought to harm us.
Thank you, Lord Jesus, for the divine power that your weapons of warfare possess, and for their ability to destroy the strongholds of lies, misbeliefs, and falsehoods that the enemy has held us captive by for so long. Help us to use your weapons, to oppose the enemy’s lies, and to stand in the face of his opposition and persecution.
Priests are invitation bearers. This is a reflection of our function as representatives of God to the people in our workplace. We are message bearers entrusted with the Good News that God wants peace and friendship with all the people in our community, family, and workplace. In fact, God wants peace with everyone on planet earth, but let’s start with the people we have access to first. Of course, before a person can have peace with God, they need to hear and accept God’s terms for peace. This is called the ministry of reconciliation. We invite people to have peace with God on God’s terms. This is one of our key responsibilities as a priest.
~ Scott Breslin, Embracing Our Priestly Nature at Work: A Theology and Practice for Ordinary Saints. Eugene OR: Resource Publications, 2017. p. 49.
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