We all need help to discern sometimes whether a vision or a visitation is from God, and if you are on your own, you can only pray about it and check it out if it agrees with the bible. My mother once complained to God that she wanted a perfect spiritual director to guide her and Jesus appeared to her and said ‘Aren’t I am enough.’ She grudgingly accepted it and then two months down the track she complained to God again and Jesus appeared a second time and said ‘you can if you want, but it is going to be useless.’ So she thought if it is going to be useless why bother. Now a great many people are going to complain for starters and say that was not from the Lord. The thing is we are all individual and God knows the best path for you and what He wants to accomplish in you.
I personally believe that in many ways my generation had to be self-taught in this area, since it wasn’t sociable acceptable amongst Christians to have supernatural gifts, especially speaking openly about it. I know there have always been people that God has used in a big way for many people to be healed, prophesy to etc. they are the lucky ones. Most of us were hushed up. What I am trying to say is what took my generation a lifetime to learn, this generation coming up will only take a very little time to learn if they are genuinely interested in walking with God, because they have a great many more teachers out there now. And also I believe the countless martyrs that have been put to death and still are being put to death for their belief in Jesus is not wasted. Because I believe God is rewarding the martyrs sacrifice in union with Jesus sacrifice on the cross, by releasing greater graces for the world to come to know Jesus and being filled with the gifts of the Holy Spirit in a most powerful way.
We are Called to be Co-Redeemers
It is a Catholic belief not shared by most Protestants. Protestants will say there is only one Redeemer and Jesus paid it all and that is that. What Catholics believe is all Christians are to follow Jesus all the way to Calvary, which means we are called to help save the world and one way to do that is to suffer as Jesus suffered. Now this is the tricky bit I find hard to explain, other people do a better job than I do but here goes. Jesus is the one only Redeemer. If Jesus didn’t pay for our sins all our efforts trying to help Jesus, save souls would be completely useless that includes evangelising. You can evangelise to someone all you like, but if you not backed up by grace you can forget it, you can’t save your own soul never alone somebody else’s.
God likes to work through His people. He doesn’t need anybody to help. It is just God’s way, He loves us to join in. It reminds me of the time when I was a small child. My mother would say ‘let’s make a cake.’ My mother did everything, got the bowl out, put all the ingredients in, stirred the cake mixture and then she would hand me over the wooden spoon, I would stirred it a couple of times and then she would put the cake mixture in the oven. Now far as I was concern I helped made the cake and my mother encourage me to think so. Our Heavenly Father is far more loving towards us than any parent on earth. He loves us to join in and do our little bit even though it is totally unnecessary.
God Rewards Christian Martyrs
Martyrs sacrifice their life for God, there is no sacrifice greater than that. So surely it stands to reason that God is going to reward them in very majestic manner. He is going to reward them more than any other person serving Him. When we pray we pray that God will spread His healing grace or saving grace on people all over the world and think nothing strange about it. What a great many people don’t seem to understand our whole life if lived for God is a prayer. God will reward you for living in union with Him. You live in union with Him when you let Jesus have His way with you.
I just believe that Christians Martyrs have made way for grace to spread throughout the whole world. I believe many conversion are taking place, because God has accepted their sacrifice so much so that He is rewarding them of souls being saved in a very powerful way. I believe when we make any kind of sacrifice and give it to God in union with Jesus suffering out of love and humility God always rewards us as if it was Jesus who made that sacrifice.