“I do not ask You to take them out of the world, but to guard them from the evil one.” —John 17:15
Savage wolves will come from within the Church (Acts 20:29) to distort the truth and lead astray “any who follow them” (Acts 20:30). As part of the persecution from these savage wolves, we will have to contend with the hatred of the world (Jn 17:14) and the rage of the devil against us (see Rv 12:12; 1 Pt 5:8).
We definitely need to be guarded, and in addition to our guardian angels, the Holy Spirit has assigned people to guard us (Acts 20:28). The leaders of the Church, especially the Pope, have a special responsibility to guard us. Therefore, we must be submissive to the Pope and the leaders of the Church, or the Holy Spirit’s chosen method of guarding us will be ineffective.
Do you know what the Pope is teaching? Do you try to read his letters (encyclicals) to you? Do you know what the Church teaches? Have you read at least part of the Catechism of the Catholic Church? We must know what the Church teaches in order to obey her. We must be obediently submissive to the Church in order to be guarded according to the plan of the Spirit (see Heb 13:17). We need to be guarded so we won’t be hurt badly or destroyed. Be guarded. Come, Holy Spirit!
Prayer: Father, though a thousand fall at my side (Ps 91:7), may I stand protected, untouched, safe, and saved.
Promise: “You need to recall the words of the Lord Jesus Himself, Who said, ‘There is more happiness in giving than receiving.’ ” —Acts 20:35
Praise: While at prayer, Regina was prompted by the Holy Spirit to publish a book on the Rosary for children.
Reference: (For a related teaching on Power in the Spirit, listen to, download or order our CD 64-1 or DVD 64 on our website.)
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