Meaning of Repent

I looked up ‘The Compact Macquarie Dictionary.  I thought it is worthwhile because it cleared my head about what exactly is repenting. We all know it is to be sorry for our sins and try our hardest not to do it again. And pray over it so that we eventually overcome our weakness through grace. But I just had to look up the dictionary, to see if this makes some of you more at ease as it did me.

is(7)Meaning of repent: to feel self-reproach, compunction, or contrition for past conduct, change one’s mind regarding past actions in consequence of dissatisfaction with it or with its results, be penanced in regard with self-reproach or contrition. To feel sorry for; regret.

I did some meditating on it, because Satan has been trying his hardest to make out (like he always does) that I won’t be ready when Jesus comes for me. I know many are in the same boat. I was thinking some of us would all like to know where we stand with God. I realised I tend to say short repeated prayers a lot, but don’t say as many praises to God, in my own words. I thank Him a great deal in my own words. So I am writing this article for those who have the same problem. I keep telling us in my articles ‘don’t listen to Satan’s lies’ because he does it to me all the time. He wants us to give up the good fight as we all know, so don’t give in eventually you will get it right, if you pray all the time about it.

I didn’t come from a family that gave away compliments that often, and it seems I don’t give much praise to God either, in my own words. At least not enough. Yesterday I did.  Using my own words and I did feel a rush of energy every time I did it. The doubts have gone away and now I know the weapon I will use. Deep down I always knew and I have even wrote about it. The weapon is to get intimate with God through praising Him as much as possible. I realise this more than ever now, how much He just wants a normal relationship with us. He is hungry for us to give Him gratitude and praise. In other words lots of love. He is very affection when He appears to me. And I have always praised Him, but not enough in my own words. I think the closer you get to God, the more Satan attacks you, and especially now, as it is getter ever so close, when Jesus will take His faithful Brides with Him to the wedding feast in heaven.

Trust God is so important, but we humans are not naturally trustworthy ourselves, and so we have difficulties trusting God when we need to the most. I have found you need to trust Him especially when you don’t feel Him close. Because that is when all the temptations of doubts come. When you look back or look around how much God comes through, when you are humbly and earnestly ask Him for His help; always helps to get out of that negative state. When I am busy praising God, no negative thoughts can come through. So it is the perfect weapon, because there is a great deal of joy that comes from praising God.

 

Jesus is the Light of the World

John 8:12 the One New Man Bible Translation, in this translation Y’shua is the Hebrew name of Jesus.

So Y’shua spoke to them again saying, “I am the Light of the world: the one who follows Me could not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”

When I was a very young adolescent, I wanted so badly to understand what everybody was talking about when they would refer to Jesus as the Light. So I would beg God for an answer. We may think God has funny ways of teaching us, but He doesn’t miss His target for those who are really seeking. I was in church one day and I was listening to a sermon. I can’t recall what the sermon was about, but ‘light dawned’ I understood the message and by doing that God revealed how Jesus is the Light. Jesus being the Light of the world, can be explained many different ways and it all be true. The Bible is so deep we can read a verse, and get something new out of it many times over. If we are very one with His Spirit. Because His Holy Spirit give us light also, on what the Living Word is all about.

Jesus is the Light

isWNUVGOVLYou can see in the light, but not in darkness. The light shows up everything, nothing can be hidden in the light, but in darkness everything is hidden. In the light you can see your way, but in darkness you stumble and fall. Jesus is the Living Word and so the Word lights up the way. Jesus is the way, His light which is of Himself. He lights up the way and is the only way to life and the means to enter the kingdom of God.

The Word is Living

The Word of God is living, many people can personally testified to that. At different times the Word of the Holy Bible has come literally, visibly alive. In my case one day I was writing a book in my early years that I never got to finished it. I was looking through the Bible, trying to find a verse that I needed for my book, and different verses literally said ‘take me’ with such urgency. The Word is alive and so we should treat His Words with such reverence.

We must ask for revelation, even if it takes a while to receive it. Really only God can make things clear for you. The Holy Spirit will give you clarity. You will be probably be very surprise and delighted how He does it.

Jesus is the Vine, we are the Branches

We are constantly growing in the Lord. Learning more and more about Him and what our real relationship with Him should be like and what it should not be like. God has open my eyes more deeply about John Gospel.

John 15: 1-2. This interpretations is from the One New Man Bible.

I am the true vine and My Father is the farmer. He removes every branch in me if it does not bear fruit. And He prunes every branch that bears fruit so that it would bear much more fruit.

More we Die to Self The More Christ Lives in Us

I couldn’t really understand about Jesus being the vine and we being the branches clearly, once. I use to think how can I let God work through me and stop trying to use my own strength. Well I think St. Paul says you have to work as if there is no God at first. I believe what he meant was, as times goes on you become more and more one with Him. Through bowing down to God and constantly calling on Him to work through you. The more you practise your love for Him, through all your devotions and prepare to die to self-love, (selfish love of self) you will start to experience a new you. Dying to self is very hard and that is the pruning part. Pruning really is a painful experience as we all know, but if you persevere until the work God is doing on you, you will become more and more one with God. People will start to feel a presence around you. For example they may say ‘there is something different about you’ and you might say ‘what do you mean?’ And they might reply ‘I don’t know you don’t seem stress’.  Sometimes you might feel a real nice you and you start to connect what is going on, only because you prayed for understanding of this verse and asked Him to reveal Himself in you.

The Holy Trinity

The Holy Trinity is a very tricky thing to explain and understand. God is three person and yet one God. You can’t be filled with the Holy Spirit and Jesus not be present there, or even the Father for that matter. So when we are one with the vine (Jesus) His life flows through us. And we start to take on His nature. More and more as time passes. Some people become saints overnight, because they really give their all overnight. Some grow slowly. I feel we are in an era of acceleration. Where we are going through the paces a lot quicker than other generations. Because Jesus is getting His church ready for action. First I believe we will be persecuted so badly. I believe martyrs (pruning) God releases much fruit (grace), because of their labours. Once the faithful are raptured, that is when we are going to see the greatest conversion to Christ I believe. I know there is many conversion are beginning to happen now, but I really think things are going to really get a move on after the faithful Church (Bride) is removed. People will have to think twice about the teachings of Christ then.

Getting back to what I was saying, the more you grow spiritual the less interested you become with the worldly things. God becomes your whole reason for living, He becomes your life. If that is you? Have you noticed sometimes you might become aware of a real nice you, that you know it isn’t you? That might sound complicating or even untrue to some. If you ask God to reveal Himself in you, over a period of time He will. Or somebody else will notice the Jesus/ Holy Spirit in you or around you. I remember the first time I asked Jesus to reveal Himself in me. When I was young I use to say ‘I see’ a lot. One morning I read something in the Bible that the Holy Spirit gave me clarity and instead of saying ‘I see’ I said ‘I understand.’  Then I felt Jesus in me smiling and said ‘I see’. That happen because I prayed about it. So if you think I am saying something that sounds far fetch to you, please pray on it. Ask???? Always ask, because we miss out on a lot of things, because we don’t ask for revelations. And it is also very hard to explain spiritual things, so I am probably not doing a good job.  This is my best however. Just hope that Jesus/Holy Spirit will reveal this to you so that you know what I am trying to explain.

The Perfection of a Soul

isZJPOFTZOThere are different levels of perfection and holiness. Like stars, some are brighter and bigger than others. Same with Jesus disciples. The more you are willing to deny yourself and suffer for love of God, the more Jesus will shine in you. God’s Spirit will fill us up with Himself accordingly to how much we have suffered through our trials for Him. He has shown me this was so, many years ago. So it is a real truth. It is not poetry, but living truth. Souls are also often referred to as gardens. The holier you become more beautiful is your garden.

John 15: 4-5

You must now dwell in Me and I in you. Just as the branch is not able to bear fruit by itself unless it would remain in the vine, so you could not bear fruit unless you would dwell continuously in Me. I am the vine, you are the branches. The one who dwells in Me and I in him, this one bears much fruit, because apart from Me you are not able to do anything.

Holy saints notice they do have a divine presence in them, and they do serve God with more tenderness than most people, and they are sweet and meek and humble of heart. They are very Christ like, because Christ truly does live in them. And we will see their full glory in Christ in heaven. And that is going to be some sight.

 

Novena of the Holy Souls in Purgatory

This novena I said once many years ago. I had a boss once that was giving me a very difficult time and I wanted her conversion not for her sake or even Jesus sake, but for my own. And I said to God I can’t pray for her out of love, but I have nothing against her relatives in purgatory. I offered up a week and I prayed real hard for her relatives in purgatory. She was converted not that long after I said the novena. I waited for a year to see if she would back slide, but she didn’t and she attended daily Mass top everything else off. So I recommend this novena very much.

Holy souls in purgatory, who are the certain heirs of heaven, souls most dear to Jesus and to Mary, obtain for me through your intercession the grace to lead a holy life, to die a happy death and to attain to the blessedness of eternity in heaven.

Holy souls in purgatory, I offer to God on your behalf the merit of all my works and sufferings of this day (week, month, or whatever period of time one wishes to designate).

I ask that once you have been admitted to the beatific vision of God where all pain ceases that you will remember me and grant me the request that I ask of you in this present moment.

I ask that once you have been admitted to the beatific vision of God where all pain ceases that you will remember me and grant me the request that I ask of you in this present moment.

Have Faith

God’s Justice is scary, because of our great many sins. If we don’t watch it, we can forget that the payment of our sins, Jesus has already paid it in full. Jesus experience the justice that we should of. And it would be infinite, because we have sinned against an infinite God. Jesus sacrifice to free us, is unspeakable. And like children, they never appreciate what sacrifices their parents have made for them. Until they grow up and become parents themselves. When we grow up spiritually we have to be prepared to share the load of our fellow man’s sorrows.

isPMK3SZJMJesus first saved you and then you became a Bride of Christ. If you don’t have faith first that Jesus saved you because He is so deeply in love with you, you won’t be able to believe He loves you enough for you to be a Bride of Christ. This also applies to men. The marriage with the Son of Man who is also the Son of God, is spiritual. Marriages on earth are supposed to reflect this mystical marriage with Christ. But many marriages as we know do not. Jesus saved us not because any of us deserves it, but always because God just loves us beyond our little minds can comprehend. It is easy to be saved all, you have to do is to want to be saved and put your trust in Jesus that He has saved you. And you also need a repented heart. And realise He did it because He wanted to save you. He saved us out of love not duty, but even Deep Oceans of love is a poor example. The universe is not bigger enough to fill His love for you alone. My sister was told that by God. God is massive and His love is just as big as He is. The enemy is trying his hardest to wear out God’s children at the moment by keeping them in fear that maybe they are not deserving enough for salvation. Nobody is deserving enough. Just admit you are a very bad sinner and have no real idea why God loves us so much. He just does. Love Him all the more for it.

Jeremiah 33:11

Give thanks to the Lord of hosts, for the Lord is good, for His steadfast love endures forever!

Psalm 96: 1-2

Sing to the Lord a new song; sing to the Lord, all the earth. Sing to the Lord, praise His name; proclaim His salvation day after day.

Baptism of the Holy Spirit

I just heard a wonderful message from the Lord through Terri Taplin You Tube channel I think message 289. Most people have been told you can only be baptised by the Holy Spirit if you speak in tongues etc. Jesus is saying not to listen to man’s religion.  Jesus says when you become a born again Christian and you ask Jesus to enter into your heart, He does. You are not a sinner in the same way as those who are not born again. If you have a repented heart and trust Him, you are forgiven. When we receive the water baptism we are baptised of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.

Matthew 28:20

Baptise them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

So it very Biblical. We have our Bibles for now, to study what Jesus is saying, but in the near future it will become illegal to have one that is what the prophets are saying. We can confuse one another and sometimes it is deliberate and at other times it is the blind leading the blind, and we all been there at certain times in our lives. We receive the Holy Spirit not because we deserve it. Look at St. Peter, he denied Jesus three times and received the Holy Spirit at Pentecost. If you are in love with Him and have a repented heart and been water baptised and give yourself up to the Holy Trinity, you are all his.

Over a period of time you will start to sense Him in you, and other people will too from time to time. Not always. I feel God works best when you don’t know He is in you, working through you. Once you recognise Him, I think we tend to spoil things because of our pride. I thought this news would bring a great deal of joy to many people who are confused about the baptism of the Holy Spirit.

 

Prayer to Our Lord Jesus Crucified

isW102ZQ1LHeavenly Father; in the holy name of your Son Jesus, crucified for my sins, and in the love of the Holy Spirit, I come very humbly before you, with sorrow for my sins. Through the intercession of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I offer you the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross, which I live as I receive Him in the Holy Eucharist. Lord Jesus crucified; I humbly speak to you, in the Presence of Mary our Blessed Mother. I acknowledge that you suffered so much for me and for all, and that we are indebted to you forever.

Lord; I appreciate very much your sufferings for me and for the rest of humanity. I thank you for saving me through your crushing pain, through your many wounds, through your tiredness and agony and through your Precious Blood shed with so much pain and love for us; through your difficulty to breath, through your sweat and tears, through your merciful patience, through every effort that you made and through your total offering for my sins and for the sins of the whole world.

Lord I complain sometimes when I have a little misfortune, a wound or when I am sick or tired; rejected, despised or prosecuted. But you were covered through your entire body with painful wounds; you were pieced with pain by the crown of thorns, you were stripped of your flesh by the scourging, you were insulted with terrible blasphemies, you were spat upon, you were humiliated, you were inflicted new wounds upon your wounded shoulder by the crushing weight of the cross, you were inflicted more wounds upon your wounds by the brutal stripping of your garments, you were pierced painfully by the nails on the cross, you were hanged upon the cross to bleed painfully to death, you suffered asphyxiation as you found it very painful to breathe, a yet your physical agony was only part of your suffering compared to your spiritual agony because you are God, and your holy soul was sorrowful unto death as you surrendered your life in exchange for our eternal life.

You saw the ingratitude of men for your great sacrifice, and you suffered for the pride of our sins, for the aggressiveness of those whom you created with so much love, for the hatred of men who always receive all your love, if only they come to you.

My Lord Jesus crucified, I come humbly before you, everlasting fountain of healing and life, Powerful source of our Resurrection, food for our souls in the Holy Eucharist, eternal refuge of Divine Light, gate to the Majesty and Glory of the Father and our only hope and salvation.

Divine Merciful Lord, I pray and beseech on behalf of all humanity for your Mercy and compassion, for your healing and blessings and for your Salvation.

Oh Precious treasure from Heaven, you who are hidden to the proud, fill my heart with humility and purity that I may be worthy to receive the promises of everlasting life in your Glory with the Father and the Holy Spirit. Amen.

 

This prayer was composed by Joseph of Jesus and Mary.