The Devils Gloat!


There will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous ones who do not need to repent.”~ Luke 15:7.

 

Scripture warns us about gloating over our enemies.

 

Do not gloat when your enemy fails; do not let your heart rejoice.” ~ Proverbs 24:17.


Laudare.org“Gloat” is defined as, ” to contemplate or dwell on one’s own success or another’s misfortune with smugness or malignant pleasure.” Who are our enemies? Scripture is explicit that our enemy is sin, death and the devil. When we repent and defeat sin, there is much rejoicing in heaven over the failure of the devils temptation upon us. We must remain sober and vigilant. The devil is prowling like a lion ready to devour souls. (1Peter5:8)  When a soul is devoured by sin and the world – the devils gloat!


Come Closer to Christ

Many of us may look at lent with a sense of trepidation. Fasting and denying ourselves is not high on our bucket list! Unless, we are getting our bodies ready for the summer beach or it’s prescribed by our physician because of our unhealthy lifestyle.

Lent is not about being sentimental and feeling good! Lent is about redirecting my life and getting real and getting tough! Ridding myself of those things that can separate me from Christ and his Church! And that can be very uncomfortable, very humbling and very, very tough! I wrote about that here at Spiritual Powerhouses

Things like pride, ego, lust, gluttony, anger and even rejecting official Church teachings, will harm and kill our spiritual life in Christ! We all have Our own favorite sins we keep tucked away somewhere in our daily lives. We even may take pride in many of our sins claiming, “God made me this way“!

The devils gloat!

Lent is an opportunity as a Church, as the Bride of Christ, to prepare ourselves for the return of the bride-groom, Christ himself, by growing closer to Him and one another, and what Christian doesn’t want that? Many! Yes, many fear coming closer to Christ because it is uncomfortable – and it changes us!

The devils gloat!


“Perfect love drives out fear”~1 John 4:18

How many of us Catholics claim we love Christ – as long as he doesn’t interfere with my lifestyle?

It sounds good, preaching to the choir, to exclaim, “I have a personal relationship with Christ,” or,”nothing separates me from the love of God,” or even, “I’m saved by the Blood of Christ,” but how does your life show that belief? It’s true, Nothing can separate us from the love of God, yet we separate ourselves daily from God and his Church – the Church he has purchased for us with with his blood- by our sins!

Christ and His Church are one.  How many of us Catholics reject many teachings of the Church? Issues like abortion, euthanasia, contraception and same-sex marriage are intrinsic evils, yet many Catholics reject the Church’s doctrine.  Even the teachings on the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist is rejected by many Catholics!  We separate ourselves from Christ when we reject the teaching authority of his Church.   Many today have no “love” for the Church, opting instead for a “personal relationship” with Christ.   It is a sad divorce!  Christ promised us the Holy Spirit to guide us into all truths (John16:13).  When we reject the official teachings of the Church, we reject the guidance by the Holy Spirit into ALL Truths!

The devils gloat!

In a recent poll of Catholics, EWTN found that only 18% of Catholics accept all the Church’s teachings!

The devils gloat!

My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. ~ 2 Corinthians 12:24

Our shortcomings and failures as Christians are due to our fallen human nature.  Our intellect is darkened, our will is weakened and we are inclined to sin, but we have supernatural help with the Holy Spirit to overcome all – Individually and as a Church.  It is only because of the love of God and the guidance of the Holy Spirit that we can overcome our faults, weaknesses, disobedience, sins and remain in unity with the body of Christ- his Church.

God is always merciful.  He is always ready to receive you back as a child of his.  Go to confession, do penance, give alms and give to God what is his.  If we truly want to defeat our enemies; sin and the devil, and if we truly want to change the world, we have to deny ourselves, pick up our cross and follow Christ (Mat.16:24) and conduct ourselves accordingly in God’s household, his One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church which is the “pillar and foundation of truth” (1Timothy3:15)

If not now – the devils gloat!

 

Have mercy on me, O God, in your goodness; in the greatness of your compassion wipe out my offense. Thoroughly wash me from my guilt and of my sin cleanse me.’ ~ Psalm 51

Blaine Williams

Husband, father, Practicing Catholic, 3rd Degree Knight of Columbus, Member United Steelworkers, shadetree theologian, blogger, songwriter, content creator, outdoorsy type with a love for the indoors, loves fishing, hiking, camping, Double Dog Dares

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