Friday, March 16, 2012

Saint Patrick Part 2

Yesterday I shared about the story of Saint Patrick's captivity into the land of Ireland. You were challenged to believe that TRUTH set Patrick free from slavery and can set you free from whatever may be holding you captive. Today let us continue to review the life of Saint Patrick.

After Patrick found his way home, he felt a strong calling to return to Ireland. Although his family begged him to never leave them again, he could not forsake the call on his life. Patrick returned to Ireland. Ireland was a pagan nation and Patrick used a pagan feast to demonstrate the power of the one true God.

"All over Ireland fires were to be extinguished until a signal blaze was lit by Druidic priests at Tara, the seat of the kings where the chieftains of Ireland had gathered. On the hill opposite the valley from Tara, Patrick lit a fire to celebrate the resurrection of Christ. The Druids warned King Laoghaire that the fire would blaze forever in this land unless it be this very night extinguished. Repeated efforts were made to put out the fire and to kill the one who had ignited it (Patrick). The Druids and magicians used all of their black magic and occult powers, but they had no effect on the one who represented the all-powerful God. As a result, Laoghaire, supreme monarch of Ireland, gave Patrick permission to preach his faith throughout the land. The sacred fire of evangelism burned brightly, dispelling the darkness of paganism." It seems the prophesy of the Druids came true, the fire of TRUTH that was lit never was extinguished. In fact it spread far from the nation of Ireland -- missionaries were sent to Scotland, England, France, Belgium and Germany, preaching the TRUTH of Jesus Christ.

When the Lord is so gracious as to set us free, what a blessing it is to then go and share the TRUTH. To bless others and most especially those who hurt us, can bring amazing healing into our lives. Dear one, as the Lord sets you free and you become grounded in the TRUTH, know that a most wonderful joy awaits you. It is an amazing joy to be used to minister TRUTH to those in need. As you go forth you may want to pray as Patrick did when he fought the powers of darkness to bring Christ's light to the Emerald Isle:

"Christ, as a light,Illumine and guide!
Christ, as a shield, o'ershadow and cover me!
Christ, be under me! Christ, be over me!
Christ, be beside me, On left hand and right!
Christ, be before me, behind me, about me
Christ, this day be within and without me!

Patricia L. Wenzel
WOC graduate

Material taken from The Power of One Christ-Like Life by Francis Frangipane

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