Why Christmas is Important

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There was once a man who didn’t believe in God and he didn’t hesitate to let others know that he felt religion and religious holidays, like Christmas, were a lot of childish fairy tales. He said that religion was a crutch for people who were too stupid to figure things out for themselves or too fearful to live by their own strength. If God were real He sure wouldn’t do some of the dumb things people said He did.

His wife, however, did believe in God and was always quick to say that she was born again. She raised their children to also have faith in God despite his disparaging comments.

One snowy Christmas Eve, his wife was taking their children to a Christmas Eve service in the farm community in which they lived. She asked him, as always to come, but he refused. “What a lot of nonsense!” he said. “Why would God lower Himself to come to Earth as a man? That’s ridiculous!” So she and the children left, and he stayed home.

While they were gone, the wind and snow grew stronger until it was a blizzard. As the man looked out the window, all he saw was a blinding snowstorm. He sat down to relax before the fire. He knew his wife would not venture back on the road till the storm abated and he knew there were good snow tires on their SUV. So, nothing to do except enjoy the peaceful evening.

Then he heard a loud thump. Something had hit the window. Then another thump. He looked out, but couldn’t see more than a few feet. When the snow let up a little, he ventured outside to see what could have been beating on his window.

In the field near his house he saw a flock of wild geese. Apparently they had been flying south for the winter when they got caught in the snowstorm and couldn’t go on. They were lost and stranded by this storm. They just flapped their wings and flew around the field in low circles, blindly and aimlessly. A couple of them had flown into his window, it seemed. The man felt sorry for the geese and wanted to help them. The barn would be a great place for them to stay, he thought. It’s warm and safe; surely they could spend the night and wait out the storm.

So he walked over to the barn and opened the doors wide, then watched and waited, hoping they would notice the open barn and go inside. But the geese just fluttered around aimlessly and didn’t seem to notice the barn or realize what it could mean for them. The man tried to get their attention, but that just seemed to scare them and they moved further away.

He went into the house and came with some bread, broke it up, and made a bread crumb trail leading to the barn. They still didn’t catch on. Now he was getting frustrated. He got behind them and tried to shoo them toward the barn, but they only got more scared and scattered in every direction except toward the barn. Nothing he did could get them to go into the barn where they would be warm and safe.

“Why don’t they follow me?!” he exclaimed. “Can’t they see this is the only place where they can survive the storm?” He thought for a moment and realized that they just wouldn’t follow a human. “If only I were a goose, then I could lead them,” he said out loud. Then he had an idea.

He went into barn, got one of his own geese, and carried it in his arms as he circled around behind the flock of wild geese. He then released it.

His goose flew through the flock and straight into the barn–and one by one the other geese followed it to safety. He stood silently for a moment as the words he had spoken a few minutes earlier replayed in his mind: “If only I were a goose, then I could save them!”

Then he thought about what he had said to his wife earlier. “Why would God want to be like us? That’s ridiculous!” Suddenly it all made sense. That is what God had done. We were like the geese, blind, lost, perishing. God had His Son become like us so He could show us the way and save us. That was the meaning of Christmas, he realized.

As the winds and blinding snow died down, his soul became quiet and pondered this wonderful thought. Suddenly he understood what Christmas was all about, why Christ had come. Years of doubt and disbelief vanished like the passing storm. He fell to his knees in the snow, and prayed his first prayer: “Thank You, God, for coming in human form to get me out of the storm!”

 

25 Danger Signals for Christians

1. When prayer is no longer the most essential part of your life;

2. When you stop pursuing Biblical truth, and think that you have enough knowledge concerning eternal things;

3. When mastered biblical truth is just head knowledge instead of heart application;

4. When your passion for eternal things does not come as often and has lost its excitement;

5. When you take no joy in Church ministry;

6. When you are embarrassed to directly talk about spiritual things;

7. When sports, relaxation and entertainment play a significant and necessary role in your life;

8. When you tolerate the sins of your body and mind to the point that they no longer enrage you;

9. When pursuing the holiness of Christ is no longer dominant in your life and mind;

10. When your mind is occupied with how to acquire money and commodities;

11. When you can easily sing spiritual songs or say spiritual words without being moved by them;

12. When you hear the Name of the Lord is misused, spiritual concern being made fun of, and truth about eternity being rudely trampled, yet you are not angry, nor do you feel compelled to take action;

13. When you tolerate watching a movies with corrupted themes or reading immoral works;

14.  When you are indifferent to unhealthy relationships with your brothers and sisters;

15. When you use trivial excuses to try to escape spiritual responsibilities and opportunities;

16. When you are indifferent to your lack of spiritual ability, and cease to pursue power from above;

17. When you start to use “The lord will understand” and“He will remember that we are but dust” as excuses for your sins and laziness;

18. When the music in your soul and the song in your heart have gone completely silent;

19. When you are joyfully conforming yourself to the world’s life style, thereby reflecting your spiritual decay;

20. When you do little or nothing about the injustice and misery surrounding you;

21. When you are indifferent to the backwards spiritual movement of your church because the word of God is not preached with power;

22. When you are willing to cheat;

23 When you fail to see spiritual decay in the world;

24. When you become self-righteous, and think that you abound in grace and mercy, and constantly praise your own godliness.

25. When you no longer have tears because your hardened and cold spirit find no way to release your tears.

Source: Living Water

What’s the difference between Jesus and the religions in the world?


Let’s take a brief look at some of the major aspects of Jesus Christ, which stand in stark contrast to what’s in the world’s religions.

1. Jesus Christ pursues a relationship with us.Have you ever been in a relationship where you were always the one who was initiating? They are tiresome and usually don’t last very long. Best friends are the ones who enjoy each other so much that they invest their time equally in pursuit of that relationship. Unlike religions that try to reach their God, with Christ you see God reaching out to us. Jesus Christ said why he came: “that you might have life, and have it more abundantly.” He came to give us an eternal life with him, for those who will believe in him.

2. Jesus claimed to be God. No world religion’s key figure claimed to be God.

3. Jesus lived a perfect life and showed his deity in the miracles he performed…healing the blind, quieting a violent storm at sea, raising people from the dead, instantly providing food for thousands of people. World religions have leaders who gave interesting messages, but none of them showed their miraculous power like Jesus did. Jesus said, “Believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; or at least believe on the evidence of the miracles themselves.”

4. In many world religions people whip themselves for their sins or perform extensive self-sacrificing rituals. Jesus offers us forgiveness because as God, he paid for our sin for us. “God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” On the cross, Jesus carried all of our sins for us and paid for them.

5. Jesus rose from the dead three days after he was crucified. Many religions talk about reincarnation. Jesus, on a number of occasions, told others that he would be crucified and would then rise from the dead three days later. Jesus wanted to publicly prove his deity beyond any doubt. The Roman authorities were aware of this, and so posted an 11-14 man Roman guard outside Jesus tomb, and sealed it with a Roman insignia warning people to stand clear. Yet, three days later his body was gone from the tomb and Jesus showed himself alive to more than 500 people. No world religion claims that their central figure physically rose from the dead or even said that they would.

6. The message of the Bible is unique. It is not a compilation of poetic, disjointed ideas. The Bible reveals God and His plan for our lives. It records for us that something in history went wrong and that the relationship we had with God was broken. It tells us how to restore that relationship and what the benefits are of doing that.

Source:EveryStudent.com

How do you discern a false teacher / false prophet?

Jesus warned us that “false Christs and false prophets” will come and will attempt to deceive even God’s elect (Matthew 24:23-27; see also 2 Peter 3:3 and Jude 17-18). The best way to guard yourself against falsehood and false teachers is to know the truth. To spot a counterfeit, study the real thing. Any believer who “correctly handles the word of truth” (2 Timothy 2:15) and who makes a careful study of the Bible can identify false doctrine. For example, a believer who has read the activities of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit in Matthew 3:16-17 will immediately question any doctrine that denies the Trinity. Therefore, step one is to study the Bible and judge all teaching by what the Scripture says.

Jesus said “a tree is recognized by its fruit” (Matthew 12:33). When looking for “fruit,” here are three specific tests to apply to any teacher to determine the accuracy of his or her teaching:

1) What does this teacher say about Jesus? In Matthew 16:15-16, Jesus asks, “Who do you say I am?” Peter answers, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God,” and for this answer Peter is called “blessed.” In 2 John 9, we read, “Anyone who runs ahead and does not continue in the teaching of Christ does not have God; whoever continues in the teaching has both the Father and the Son.” In other words, Jesus Christ and His work of redemption is of utmost importance; beware of anyone who denies that Jesus is equal with God, who downplays Jesus’ sacrificial death, or who rejects Jesus’ humanity. First John 2:22 says, “Who is the liar? It is the man who denies that Jesus is the Christ. Such a man is the antichrist—he denies the Father and the Son.”

2) Does this teacher preach the gospel? The gospel is defined as the good news concerning Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection, according to the Scriptures (1 Corinthians 15:1-4). As nice as they sound, the statements “God loves you,” “God wants us to feed the hungry,” and “God wants you to be wealthy” are not the complete message of the gospel. As Paul warns in Galatians 1:7, “Evidently some people are throwing you into confusion and are trying to pervert the gospel of Christ.” No one, not even a great preacher, has the right to change the message that God gave us. “If anybody is preaching to you a gospel other than what you accepted, let him be eternally condemned!” (Galatians 1:9).

3) Does this teacher exhibit character qualities that glorify the Lord? Speaking of false teachers, Jude 11 says, “They have taken the way of Cain; they have rushed for profit into Balaam’s error; they have been destroyed in Korah’s rebellion.” In other words, a false teacher can be known by his pride (Cain’s rejection of God’s plan), greed (Balaam’s prophesying for money), and rebellion (Korah’s promotion of himself over Moses). Jesus said to beware of such people and that we would know them by their fruits (Matthew 7:15-20).

For further study, review those books of the Bible that were written specifically to combat false teaching within the church: Galatians, 2 Peter, 1 John, 2 John, and Jude. It is often difficult to spot a false teacher/false prophet. Satan masquerades as an angel of light (2 Corinthians 11:14), and his ministers masquerade as servants of righteousness (2 Corinthians 11:15). Only by being thoroughly familiar with the truth will we be able to recognize a counterfeit.

Source :GotQuestions.org

What does the Bible say about the prosperity gospel?

In the prosperity gospel, also known as the “Word of Faith,” the believer is told to use God, whereas the truth of biblical Christianity is just the opposite—God uses the believer. Word of Faith or prosperity theology sees the Holy Spirit as a power to be put to use for whatever the believer wills. The Bible teaches that the Holy Spirit is a Person who enables the believer to do God’s will. The prosperity gospel movement closely resembles some of the destructive greed sects that infiltrated the early church. Paul and the other apostles were not accommodating to or conciliatory with the false teachers who propagated such heresy. They identified them as dangerous false teachers and urged Christians to avoid them.

Paul warned Timothy about such men in 1 Timothy 6:59-11. These men of “corrupt mind” supposed godliness was a means of gain and their desire for riches was a trap that brought them “into ruin and destruction” (v. 9). The pursuit of wealth is a dangerous path for Christians and one which God warns about: “For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs” (v. 10). If riches were a reasonable goal for the godly, Jesus would have pursued it. But He did not, preferring instead to have no place to lay His head (Matthew 8:20) and teaching His disciples to do the same. It should also be remembered that the only disciple concerned with wealth was Judas.

Paul said covetousness is idolatry (Ephesians 5:5) and instructed the Ephesians to avoid anyone who brought a message of immorality or covetousness (Ephesians 5:6-7). Prosperity teaching prohibits God from working on His own, meaning that God is not Lord of all because He cannot work until we release Him to do so. Faith, according to the Word of Faith doctrine, is not submissive trust in God; faith is a formula by which we manipulate the spiritual laws that prosperity teachers believe govern the universe. As the name “Word of Faith” implies, this movement teaches that faith is a matter of what we say more than whom we trust or what truths we embrace and affirm in our hearts.

A favorite term in the Word of Faith movement is “positive confession.” This refers to the teaching that words themselves have creative power. What you say, Word of Faith teachers claim, determines everything that happens to you. Your confessions, especially the favors you demand of God, must all be stated positively and without wavering. Then God is required to answer (as though man could require anything of God!). Thus, God’s ability to bless us supposedly hangs on our faith. James 4:13-16 clearly contradicts this teaching: “Now listen, you who say, ‘Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.’ Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.” Far from speaking things into existence in the future, we do not even know what tomorrow will bring or even whether we will be alive.

Instead of stressing the importance of wealth, the Bible warns against pursuing it. Believers, especially leaders in the church (1 Timothy 3:3), are to be free from the love of money (Hebrews 13:5). The love of money leads to all kinds of evil (1 Timothy 6:10). Jesus warned, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; a man’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions” (Luke 12:15). In sharp contrast to the Word of Faith emphasis on gaining money and possessions in this life, Jesus said, “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal” (Matthew 6:19). The irreconcilable contradictions between prosperity teaching and the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ is best summed up in the words of Jesus in Matthew 6:24, “You cannot serve both God and money.”

Sources :Extracts from gotquestions.org

Prophecies Fulfilled by Jesus Part III

Another 100 amazing prophecies fulfilled by Jesus

1. Isa. 50:6 Fulfilled in Mt. 27:30 (He was spat upon)
2. Isa. 52:7 Fulfilled in Luke 4:14-15 (To publish good tidings of peace)
3. Isa. 52:13 Fulfilled in Acts 1:8-11Eph. 1:19-22 (The Servant exalted)
4. Isa. 52:13 Fulfilled in Mt. 17:5Phil. 2:5-8 (Behold, My Servant)
5. Isa. 52:14 Fulfilled in Luke 18:31-34Mt. 26:67-68 (The Servant shockingly abused)
6. Isa. 52:15 Fulfilled in Rom. 15:18-21 (Nations startled by message of the Servant)
7. Isa. 52:15 Fulfilled in Rev. 1:5 (The sprinkling and shedding His blood to make intersession for all)
8. Isa. 53:1 Fulfilled in John 12:37-38 (His people would not believe Him)
9. Isa. 53:2 Fulfilled in Luke 2:7 (He would grow up in a poor family)
10. Isa. 53:2 Fulfilled in Phil. 2:7-8 (Appearance of an ordinary man)
11. Isa. 53:3 Fulfilled in Luke 4:28-29 (Despised)
12. Isa. 53:3 Fulfilled in Mt. 27:21-23 (Rejected)
13. Isa. 53:3 Fulfilled in Luke 19:41-42 (Great sorrow and grief)
14. Isa. 53:3 Fulfilled in Mark 14:50-52 (Men hide from being associated with Him)
15. Isa. 53:4 Fulfilled in Luke 6:17-19 (He would have a healing ministry)
16. Isa. 53:4 Fulfilled in 1 Pet. 2:24 (He would bear the sins of the world)
17. Isa. 53:4 Fulfilled in Mt. 27:41-43 (Thought to be cursed by God)
18. Isa. 53:5 Fulfilled in Luke 23:33 (Bears penalty for mankind’s transgressions)
19. Isa. 53:5 Fulfilled in Col. 1:20 (His sacrifice would provide peace between man and God)
20. Isa. 53:5 Fulfilled in Mt. 27:26 (His back would be whipped)
21. Isa. 53:6 Fulfilled in Gal. 1:4 (He would be the sin-bearer for all mankind)
22. Isa. 53:6 Fulfilled in 1 Jn. 4:10 (God’s will that He bear sin for all mankind)
23. Isa. 53:7 Fulfilled in Mt. 27:27-31 (Oppressed and afflicted)
24. Isa. 53:7 Fulfilled in Mt. 27:12-14 (Silent before his accusers)
25. Isa. 53:7 Fulfilled in John 1:29 (Sacrificial lamb)
26. Isa. 53:8 Fulfilled in Mt. 26:47-27:31 (Confined and persecuted)
27. Isa. 53:8 Fulfilled in Jn. 18:13-22 (He would be judged)
28. Isa. 53:8 Fulfilled in Mt. 27:35 (Killed)
29. Isa. 53:8 Fulfilled in 1 John 2:2 (Dies for the sins of the world)
30. Isa. 53:9 Fulfilled in Mt. 27:57 (Buried in a rich man’s grave)
31. Isa. 53:9 Fulfilled in Mk. 15:3 (Innocent and had done no violence)
32. Isa. 53:9 Fulfilled in John 18:38 (No deceit in his mouth)
33. Isa. 53:10 Fulfilled in John 18:11 (God’s will that He die for mankind)
34. Isa. 53:10 Fulfilled in Mt. 20:28 (An offering for sin)
35. Isa. 53:10 Fulfilled in Mk. 16:16 (Resurrected and live forever)
36. Isa. 53:10 Fulfilled in John 17:1-5 (He would prosper)
37. Isa. 53:11 Fulfilled in John 12:27 (God fully satisfied debt of sin with His suffering)
38. Isa. 53:11 Fulfilled in Rom. 5:18-19 (God’s servant)
39. Isa. 53:11 Fulfilled in Rom. 5:8-9 (He would justify man before God)
40. Isa. 53:11 Fulfilled in Heb. 9:28 (The sin-bearer for all mankind)
41. Isa. 53:12 Fulfilled in Mt. 28:18 (Exalted by God because of his sacrifice)
42. Isa. 53:12 Fulfilled in Luke 23:46 (He would give up his life to save mankind)
43. Isa. 53:12 Fulfilled in Luke 23:32 (Grouped with criminals)
44. Isa. 53:12 Fulfilled in 2 Cor. 5:21 (Sin-bearer for all mankind)
45. Isa. 53:12 Fulfilled in Luke 23:34 (Intercede to God in behalf of mankind)
46. Isa. 55:3 Fulfilled in Acts 13:34 (Resurrected by God)
47. Isa. 55:4 Fulfilled in John 18:37 (A witness)
48. Isa. 59:15-16 Fulfilled in John 6:40 (He would come to provide salvation)
49. Isa. 59:15-16 Fulfilled in Mt. 10:32 (Intercessor between man and God)
50. Isa. 59:20 Fulfilled in Luke 2:38 (He would come to Zion as their Redeemer)
51. Isa. 61:1-2 Fulfilled in Mt. 3:16-17 (The Spirit of God upon Him)
52. Isa. 61:1-2 Fulfilled in Luke 4:17-21 (The Messiah would preach the good news)
53. Isa. 61:1-2 Fulfilled in John 8:31-32 (Provide freedom from the bondage of sin and death)
54. Isa. 61:1-2 Fulfilled in John 5:24 (Proclaim a period of grace)
55. Jer.23:5-6 Fulfilled in Luke 3:23-31 (Descendant of David)
56. Jer. 23:5-6 Fulfilled in John 13:13 (The Messiah would be God)
57. Jer. 23:5-6 Fulfilled in 1 Tim. 3:16 (The Messiah would be both God and Man)
58. Jer. 31:22 Fulfilled in Mt. 1:18-20 (Born of a virgin)
59. Jer. 31:31 Fulfilled in Mt. 26:28 (The Messiah would be the new covenant)
60. Jer. 33:14-15 Fulfilled in Luke 3:23-31 (Descendant of David)
61. Eze.17:22-24 Fulfilled in Luke 3:23-31 (Descendant of David)
62. Eze.34:23-24 Fulfilled in Mt. 1:1 (Descendant of David)
63. Dan. 7:13-14 Fulfilled in Acts 1:9-11 (He would ascend into heaven)
64. Dan. 7:13-14 Fulfilled in Eph. 1:20-22 (Highly exalted)
65. Dan. 7:13-14 Fulfilled in Luke 1:31-33 (His dominion would be everlasting)
66. Dan. 9:24 Fulfilled in Gal. 1:3-5 (To make an end to sins)
67. Dan. 9:24 Fulfilled in Luke 1:35 (He would be holy)
68. Dan. 9:25 Fulfilled in John 12:12-13 (Announced to his people 483 years, to the exact day, after the decree to rebuild the city of Jerusalem)
69. Dan. 9:26 Fulfilled in Mt. 27:35 (Killed)
70. Dan. 9:26 Fulfilled in Heb. 2:9 (Die for the sins of the world)
71. Dan. 9:26 Fulfilled in Mt. 27:50-51 (Killed before the destruction of the temple)
72. Dan. 10:5-6 Fulfilled in Rev. 1:13-16 (Messiah in a glorified state)
73. Hos. 13:14 Fulfilled in 1 Cor. 15:55-57 (He would defeat death)
74. Joel 2:32 Fulfilled in Rom. 10:12-13 (Offer salvation to all mankind)
75. Mic. 5:2 Fulfilled in Mt. 2:1-2 (Born in Bethlehem)
76. Mic. 5:2 Fulfilled in John 15:10 (God’s servant)
77. Mic. 5:2 Fulfilled in John 8:58 (From everlasting)
78. Hag. 2:6-9 Fulfilled in Luke 2:27-32 (He would visit the second Temple)
79. Hag. 2:23 Fulfilled in Luke 3:23-27 (Descendant of Zerubbabel)
80. Zech. 3:8 Fulfilled in John 17:4 (God’s servant)
81. Zech. 6:12-13 Fulfilled in Heb. 8:1 (Priest and King)
82. Zech. 9:9 Fulfilled in Mt. 21:8-10 (Greeted with rejoicing in Jerusalem)
83. Zech. 9:9 Fulfilled in John 12:12-13 (Beheld as King)
84. Zech. 9:9 Fulfilled in John 5:30 (The Messiah would be just)
85. Zech. 9:9 Fulfilled in Luke 19:10 (The Messiah would bring salvation)
86. Zech. 9:9 Fulfilled in Mt. 11:29 (The Messiah would be humble)
87. Zech. 9:9 Fulfilled in Mt. 21:6-9 (Presented to Jerusalem riding on a donkey)
88. Zech. 10:4 Fulfilled in Eph. 2:20 (The cornerstone)
89. Zech. 11:4-6 Fulfilled in Mt. 23:1-4 (At His coming, Israel will have unfit leaders)
90. Zech. 11:4-6 Fulfilled in Luke 19:41-44 (Rejection causes God to remove His protection)
91. Zech. 11:4-6 Fulfilled in John 19:13-15 (Rejected in favor of another king)
92. Zech. 11:7 Fulfilled in Mt. 9:35-36 (Ministry to “poor,” the believing remnant)
93. Zech. 11:8 Fulfilled in Mt. 23:33 (Unbelief forces Messiah to reject them)
94. Zech. 11:8 Fulfilled in Mt. 27:20 (Despised)
95. Zech. 11:9 Fulfilled in Mt. 13:10-11 (Stops ministering to those who rejected Him)
96. Zech. 11:10-11 Fulfilled in Luke 19:41-44 (Rejection causes God to remove protection)
97. Zech. 11:10-11 Fulfilled in John 14:7 (The Messiah would be God)
98. Zech. 11:12-13 Fulfilled in Mt. 26:14-15 (Betrayed for thirty pieces of silver)
99. Zech. 11:12-13 Fulfilled in Mt. 26:14-15 (Rejected)
100. Zech. 11:12-13 Fulfilled in Mt. 27:3-5 (Thirty pieces of silver thrown into the house of the Lord)

St. Patrick’s Breastplate Prayer

I bind unto myself today
The strong name of the Trinity,
By invocation of the same,
The Three in One and One in Three.
I bind this day to me for ever,
By power of faith, Christ’s Incarnation;
His baptism in the Jordan River;
His death on cross for my salvation;
His bursting from the spicèd tomb;
His riding up the heavenly way;
His coming at the day of doom;
I bind unto myself today.
I bind unto myself the power
Of the great love of the Cherubim;
The sweet ‘Well done’ in judgment hour;
The service of the Seraphim,
Confessors’ faith, Apostles’ word,
The Patriarchs’ prayers, the Prophets’ scrolls,
All good deeds done unto the Lord,
And purity of virgin souls.
I bind unto myself today
The virtues of the starlit heaven,
The glorious sun’s life-giving ray,
The whiteness of the moon at even,
The flashing of the lightning free,
The whirling wind’s tempestuous shocks,
The stable earth, the deep salt sea,
Around the old eternal rocks.
I bind unto myself today
The power of God to hold and lead,
His eye to watch, His might to stay,
His ear to hearken to my need.
The wisdom of my God to teach,
His hand to guide, his shield to ward,
The word of God to give me speech,
His heavenly host to be my guard.
Against the demon snares of sin,
The vice that gives temptation force,
The natural lusts that war within,
The hostile men that mar my course;
Or few or many, far or nigh,
In every place and in all hours
Against their fierce hostility,
I bind to me these holy powers.
Against all Satan’s spells and wiles,
Against false words of heresy,
Against the knowledge that defiles,
Against the heart’s idolatry,
Against the wizard’s evil craft,
Against the death-wound and the burning
The choking wave and the poisoned shaft,
Protect me, Christ, till thy returning.
Christ be with me, Christ within me,
Christ behind me, Christ before me,
Christ beside me, Christ to win me,
Christ to comfort and restore me,
Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
Christ in quiet, Christ in danger,
Christ in hearts of all that love me,
Christ in mouth of friend and stranger.
I bind unto myself the name,
The strong name of the Trinity;
By invocation of the same.
The Three in One, and One in Three,
Of whom all nature hath creation,
Eternal Father, Spirit, Word:
Praise to the Lord of my salvation,
salvation is of Christ the Lord.