July 10, 2019 - Self Deliverance - A Reflection on Matthew 10:1-7
This is the only time in the gospel of Matthew that the twelve men Jesus chose to be with him are referred to as apostles. They were an assorted lot, and the only thing they really had in common was a certain “ordinariness”. None of them came from privileged backgrounds; none of them were people of status. They were very regular folk, yet Jesus chose them, perhaps as a sign to all of us that he can use just about anyone to grow his kingdom here on earth, and the less “special” the better.
Why? Because he would make us special. After calling the twelve to follow him, he gave them authority to cast out unclean spirits and to heal sicknesses and diseases. The authority to proclaim the good news is also accompanied with the authority to heal and deliver, and this is something all the faithful should pay heed to, especially those who shepherd the church. While exorcism is a liturgical rite that only a select few priests are allowed to perform, deliverance is something that is in the purview of all.
We can all exercise this power, and should exercise it, especially with ourselves. Those of us who constantly battle with our internal demons, those little niggly fellows whose sole job is to torment us, would do well to listen to this. The method is simple, and the working is determinant on only one thing: faith. This is what Jesus says:
“Have faith in God. Truly I tell you, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and does not doubt in their heart but believes that what they say will happen, it will be done for them. Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours”. That’s Mark 11:11:22-24.
Have you noticed how often we speak ABOUT our problems? When we speak about our problems we amplify them, making them bigger than they actually are. Believe our God is bigger and greater, so in his name, speak TO your problems and tell them to go drown themselves in the sea. And see what happens! It will be done as you believe it will. It might be easier to do it in front of a mirror.
Go. Do it now!