There Are Many Members but, We Are All Members of Christ

We would think it very strange is somebody was trying to use their foot as if it is an eye right? But that is what we are trying to do every time we try to be like somebody else. God is a very generous God and we all have work to accomplish in His Kingdom. We all can’t be carpenters for example. Somebody has to grow our food, help out in different emergencies, raise children, clean houses and etc. Can you imagine if we all had the same job to do, everything would fall apart!

Everybody Has Different Gifts

What has confused me over the years is when people receive a gift from God, they have such easy access to it and they presume it should be like that way to all Christians. My very first experience of it, I had a friend who was very gifted as a seer. She would ask Jesus a question and He spoke to her straight away. So if we asked her a question, she would say why don’t you ask God? And we would look at one another and respond to her and say, ‘because we do not have that gift.’ And then in my search for miraculous healing from God, it very rarely came spontaneously. I seemed to have more access to get rid of evil spirits associated with stress and spirits that tempt you strongly in all sorts of areas such as rebellion in me. God has not called me to do this with other people, but he has given me the gift to teach others how to do this for themselves. So I am finally learning that if God wants you to work in a certain area, He will give you the gifts that you will need in that area. It is no point for God to give you the gift of healing if He wants you to expressively work in deliverance as an example.

We Are Specially Be Called

I remember reading a person who had a very powerful ministry in healing cancer. It was a full time job just to pray over people with cancer. He was a very busy man. The thing was he himself was suffering from cancer and God didn’t heal him of it. The man was humble enough to realise it is was in God’s hands not his. Another thing I read about was Saint Peter the disciple and apostle of Jesus Christ, was such a powerful healer. According to a book I read ‘the twelve disciples’ St. Peter’s shadow would heal people. Apparently St. Peter had an only daughter who was crippled, that he was not able to heal. I think God does that for our protection, so that it won’t go to our heads and we start to think it is ourselves that is healing people.

Look at doctors, you will have the general practitioner and then you have many different specialist, concentrating on a specific thing. They are all necessary to help people, but they are all in different areas of healing. When I finally realize that, it calm me down. And like, 1 Corinthians 12. 1-31 points this out very well.

1 Corinthians 12. 29-30. Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Do all work miracles? Do all have gifts of healing? Do all speak in tongues? Do all interpret?

We All Have Special Work To Do

Now I know we are all called to work for the Kingdom of God. So if we are faithful to Him we will all have spiritual gifts now or are waiting for us to receive. When I was young I read the different Catholic Saints, they would have all these spiritual gifts like miraculous and creative healing and etc. And they all practised self-denial, which Jesus tells us to do and then pick up our cross daily and follow Him. When I was young I followed the advice and some examples of the saints. After approximately thirty years, I didn’t have these gifts and I was angry and hurt with God for not giving them to me. About a couple of months later I started to realise I didn’t have those gifts, but I was receiving a gift in wisdom and I was comforted. It wasn’t the gift I was searching for, but I realise it was a good gift from God. I was very honoured that God would give it to me. In other words I realised I did nothing to deserve it. And I knew I would not be able to explain to people that we all need wisdom and it is a very good gift from God to have. People want the spectacular things such as the miraculous including me.

1 Corinthians 12. 22-23. On the contrary, those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, and the parts that we think are less honourable we treat with special honour.

Don’t Compare Yourself With Another

So we need not complain about our gifts from God. They are the right ones for us. God also knows what we can handle. As life goes on it may take a different direction and we may then receive different gifts from what we are used to, but our gifts will come at the right time, if we are sincerely follow Jesus as He is calling us to do. Don’t measure yourself with other people, they are not you and they do not have the same gifts as you do or if they do they do not have them in the same way as you do. No two people are alike and we should not be intimidated by other people’s giftedness. God does not love one person more than another.

 

 

Following Jesus All the Way

ONE STEP FORWARD THAN TWO STEPS BACKWARDS

Mark 12: 30-31

isW102ZQ1LLove the Lord your God with all your heart and with your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. The second is this: ‘Love your neighbour as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.”

What does it mean to love God with all your heart, soul, and mind and with all our strength? I think we soon know when we are truly been tested by fire. When we can see only darkness and God seems to be indifferent to our pain and sufferings. God does not promises us an easy time on earth, some preachers do and they mislead so many people and because of this they are not preparing God’s children when they are facing their toughest times.

Following Jesus is Not always Easy

Jesus says ‘whoever wants to be a follower of mind, renounce yourself and pick up your cross daily and follow me.’ What does it mean to follow him? Jesus is our example. His life was excruciating painful at times, for the purpose to save souls. If we are truly to follow Him, it means sometimes we have to go through excruciating pain to save souls. Some people might be misinterpreting what I mean at this moment. If Jesus did not die on the cross and paid for our sins all our efforts of working for our salvation and of others would be in vain. I am not saying that our sufferings are actually worth anything in itself, but because Jesus has paid the price and we are now in a position to call on the sufferings of Jesus and unite it with our own, now our sufferings are worth something in the eyes of God.

We all Deserve Everlasting Fires of Hell

We all deserve a miserable death in hell forever and forever, because we always prefer to take the easy way out, which leads to sin. It is lovely thinking that God loves us so much that He sent His beloved Son to die for us and saves us from our sins, but do we ever desire to give God a little back in gratitude of all that He has given us. We still have to do our part. We still have to follow Jesus. To follow Jesus is hard work sometimes, not all the time, but as the Bible says there is a season for everything.

God’s strongest children those who love Him very deeply, take on a heavier load to help Jesus saves souls and it is truly costly. Saint Paul promises us that our suffering will not be anywhere near compared to the joys of Heaven that waits us. God will out do our generosity, we can count on it. After all the sins we commit we are only getting a little of what we deserve.

Our Sufferings are Only for a Short Time

It does not matter what we are going through at this moment, it is not as bad as hell, even if some think so. Read up on people who have visited hell and hear what they have to say about it. It is absolutely a frighting place and the worst of it, the people who are dammed are dammed forever. Jesus was totally innocent but He was willing to suffer all for us, so that we would not go there. He wants us reigning in Heaven with Him and He can lead you there if you only trust Him. Do not give up, persevere to the end.

You have to pray without ceasing, it is not a choice it is a necessity. God will hear you, but you have to keep it up. Some people will have to simplify their lives so that they can find time to pray. Others may have to pray on the run. Jesus had to pray on the run many times Himself. When you feel at your driest while in prayers you are in fact the strongest that is what saints have been told by God. God does not depend on how we feel, He wants our wills and then He will do the rest. That is what God has promised to different visionaries and He is not just talking to them He is talking to all of us.

Purgatory is real!!!

First I want to point out the difference between purgatory and hell; one is temporary and the other permanent, but there is also another difference. Hell is eternal punishment for your sins, purgatory is purifications for your unforgiven sins. There are many and many Christians that are not worthy or ready to go to heaven when they die. Look at their sins, only the perfect go to heaven and they are only a few. What about the narrow gate, only a few will find it and enter in. Jesus is talking to His followers.

Protestants time after time again will say Purgatory is not in the Bible. Wrong it is in the Bible! The same way the Rapture is recorded in the Bible, though it doesn’t use the word Rapture, we know what Jesus is talking about. That word came after the Bible was written. If you look at the scripture Matthew 18: 23-34, the story begins and ends, but notice what verse Matthew 18; 34 has to say. I am quoting from a Protestant Bible “The Woman’s Study Bible” New International Version. “In anger his master handed him over to the jailers to be tortured, until he should pay back all he owed.’

Jesus is Talking about Purgatory

If Jesus was talking about hell we all know you never get out of hell, because you will never be able to pay all that you owe. Only through the blood of Jesus you can pay back all you owe. There are no Buddha’s, Islam, Hindus’ etc. in Purgatory only Christians. Catholics call them holy souls in Purgatory, because they are all belong to the sheep fold of Jesus Christ. They all believed in Him, they were not just quite up to scratched to enter heaven yet. So they are sent to purgatory to be made ready to go to heaven. That sounds a lot like mercy to me.

I remember when my father was dying. There is often a lot of mind reading going on during these intense occasions. I knew my father was satisfied that he confessed all his sins, but I knew different. My mother had very fair skin and my father always insisted that she go to the beach with him. She wasn’t a beach person and so she would find a place to sit down. There was no shade. She would sit there for hours at a time, while my father enjoyed his swim. My mother’s face became so lined that she looked at least twenty years older than she was.

God is not Mean

I was going to tell my father that in my mind to his, but then I got cold feet. Then a spirit appeared to both of us and told me in a very firm manner to tell him. My father was listening into the conversation, wondering what sin it was that he didn’t confess in a peaceful manner.  Well I went from one extreme to the other, I shouted it out so loudly that there was a spiritual echo and it was like the echo went through the whole of heaven. So that everybody in Heaven would have heard it. My father panicked and responded so fast and ask my mother, who was there at that time, to forgive him. My mother didn’t know what was going on between us, but it was an important apology for her, she never forgot it years after. And she always remembered it with fondness.

My father was a very good man, but we all have weakness and we all sin. If I didn’t told him of that sin, he would have died not confessing it. So what I am trying to say, God would not of send him to hell, because he really gave his all during those last few months of his life. God is not mean, he knows where our hearts are at. If we are for Him, but need some cleaning up to do, we go to Purgatory until we have done our time in purification, which is a very painful process to endure! If our hearts are closed to God, even as a Christian we will go to hell forever, when we die.

The Book of Maccabees

There is a two books called Maccabees, it is in some Bibles but not in all. I am going to quote from 2 Maccabees 12: 42-45 …..and gave themselves to prayer, begging that the sin committed might be urged the people to keep themselves free from all sin, having seen with their own eyes the effects of the sin of those who had fallen; after this he took a collection from them individually, amounting to nearly two thousand drachmae, and sent it to Jerusalem to have a sacrifice for sin offered, an altogether fine and noble action, in which he took full account of the resurrection for if he had not it would have been superfluous and foolish to pray for the dead, whereas if he in view the splendid recompense reserved for those who make a pious end, the thought was holy and devout. This was why he had this atonement sacrifice offered for the dead, so that they might be released from their sin….

Another thing to point out; as we all know Christianity roots come from the Jewish faith and in the Jewish religion, they even now still pray for the dead. I am not sure for how long, but it is in fact for a long time, some weeks at least. There are many and many testimonies about people in Purgatory, written in books. One book it is called ‘Purgatory’ and it is a Tan Publications. It was my first book and it scared me like you wouldn’t believe, because of what they suffer.

They suffer the pains of hell. That is why I want as many Christians to know about it as possible, because you can help them through your prayers to shorten their time there. Believe me every Christians has relatives suffering there and because people don’t know about Purgatory, they are not helping them. So they have to stay there full time. For some it is going to be until Judgement Day. How do I know? Jesus has told Catholics Saints centuries ago and is still revealing to Catholics in this century too that it is so. I have been told personally by Jesus to pray for my relatives and I do it every day.

Are We Truly Listening?

is(10)I was reading a very good book about how to know and fight the enemy Satan. Things to watch out for. This person use to serve Satan and he was one of Satan’s top man. He converted as a Protestant. I was listening to another person who use to serve Satan and he was also up there high in the ranks of Satan’s army, he converted into the Catholic faith. What I am going to say here is, just because these two men were both in Satan’s army for most of their lives doesn’t mean they know everything about Satan. If they did then why doesn’t the Protestant convert understand the Catholic faith that well? Why did the Catholic convert, converted to the Catholic faith in the first place and is now standing up for the Catholic faith? Not all ex-Satanism have the same knowledge to work with.

Catholics Becoming Protestants

I often hear about Catholics converting to Protestant churches and what amazes me are the reasons for them leaving the Catholic Church. In my opinion it is due to a lack of true knowledge of what Catholics actually believe in. I even claim Martin Luther had the same problem. You can be a theologian and still don’t get it. Let’s face it the religious of Jesus’s day, didn’t get it either or they wouldn’t of crucified Him.

When I hear some of the things that the Catholics, who converted to the Protestants churches are saying about the Catholic churches, like I didn’t know about the Rapture, the gift of tongues, etc. until I became a Protestant, I say to myself I have known these things most of my life as a Catholic, why haven’t they? I believe people do not look harder enough. They do not do any research work, like reading books on the saints etc. Learning from one another’s experiences have helped me a lot. They don’t know what is going on past their little group, which is their whole world. Protestants are the same. Not all Protestants churches believe in the Rapture or in the Charismatic movement. I happen to be going to a Protestant church at the moment. They are very kind and loving people, but I wouldn’t be game to say let’s start casting out devils in Jesus’s name, they would have a fit!!!

Of course I hear Protestant converting to the Catholic faith, which I am one of them and I believe they are the ones God is calling to educate people what Catholics actually believe in. Catholics who have been Catholics all their lives have basically been taught to keep silent, through being intimidated not only by the church but by society and the Protestants. Protestants are by far more outspoken then the Catholics.

Misunderstanding Between the Two Churches

It is the Protestants that do the preaching, so it is no wonder why there are so many Protestants out there hating Catholics. Protestants are teaching other Protestants wrongly what they think Catholics believe in, as if it has been proven to be true. They in fact have not done any research work on Catholic literature, written by Catholics at all. You need to hear both sides of the story, not just one side. In the court of law, they are supposed to dig up everything, every bit of evidence before they make a judgement on a thing. Protestants don’t do that they are simply preaching what other Protestants have taught them, who also didn’t do any research worth either. So it is a vicious circle. Catholics need Protestants converts, because Protestants are taught to be out there and speak up.

You know when I first became a Catholic, forty years ago, my first impression was that the Catholics are badly in need of Converts. To me it felt like they didn’t know how lucky they were, they took it all for granted. It is a bit like if you are born in a rich family, you don’t know how lucky you are, until it is all taken away from you. If you were born in a poor family and then became rich, you don’t take it for granted, you enjoy every minute of it. There is so much more I wanted to discuss on this subject, but to do it justice I need to write a book on it and since I hate writing books, I will have to do an article here and there on the subject.

How to Say the Rosary. Part 3

isML02FNOPIf you are a beginner at saying the Rosary, I suggest you look up the first two parts, before you look at this one.  On part two, all the prayers we will use for the Rosary is there for you to learn. When you have done that then you are ready to put it all together. If you read through the Gospels you will find the story of Jesus’s birth, death and resurrection. The Gospels are the book of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. It will help you to meditate on the rosary if you read through at least one of them such as the book of Matthew.

First thing is you sign yourself of the cross, kiss the crucifix in reverence of Jesus Crucifixion. And then decide what you want to offer the Rosary up for. Then say the Apostles Creed.

The next bead that follows after the crucifix is a bead all on its own, you say the Lord’s Prayer, then you move onto the three small beads that are together and on each one of them you say the Hail Mary prayer, then another bead that is on its own you then say the Glory Be prayer.

Now you are on a medal of Mary on one side usually and Jesus on the other side of the medial. On this medial is at the beginning of the Rosary Beads circle.

The first Decade

On this medial we will start with the Joyful Mystery. You might choose instead to say the Glorious Mystery if you wish. But we are going to start with the first mystery. So we will say ‘First Joyful Mystery The Annunciation’. And then you say the Lord’s Prayer, then you move to the left and you will see ten beads together and you meditate on each bead the mystery of the Annunciation, while you are saying the Hail Mary on each ten beads.

After a while you will be able to recite the Hail Mary prayer even in your sleep if you say the Rosary enough times. I have found myself waking from sleep saying the Hail Mary prayer, it is not as uncommon as you think. The Annunciation mystery is when the angel Gabriel appeared to Mary who was a virgin and announced that she was to conceive a child who was to be called Y’shua (in Greek Y’shua is Jesus).  So for the ten beads while saying the Hail Mary prayer you use your imagination with the help of the Holy Spirit.  For example you may wonder what it would be like for Mary to get a message like that. If you read Luke 1:26-38 in your bible it will give you ideas what to think about.

The Beginning of the Second Decade

Then when you have finished saying Hail Mary ten times you then move onto a bead that is all on its own and you say the Glory Be prayer and then you say O my Jesus prayer then you say ‘Second Joyful Mystery The Visitation.’ Then you say the Lord’s Prayer. Once that is done you move down to the next ten beads that are together, and once again say the Hail Mary prayer on each and every bead while meditating on Mary’s visit to her cousin Elizabeth to help her, because she is much older and being pregnant herself. The child she is carrying is John the Baptist. Luke 1; 39-53, might help you to meditate on that mystery.

The Beginning of the Third Decade

When you finished that you then move onto the bead that is all on its own and say the Glory Be prayer and then the O my Jesus prayer and then you say ‘Third Joyful Mystery The Nativity.’ Then you say the Lord’s Prayer. Then you move onto the next ten beads and say Hail Mary on each and every bead meditating on the birth of Jesus. Luke 2, 6-19, might help you to meditate on Our Lords birth.

The Fourth Decade

When you finish that you saying the ten Hail Marys you now move on to another bead that is all on its own and you say the Glory Be prayer and then the O my Jesus prayer and then you say ‘Fourth Joyful Mystery The Presentation.’ Then say the Lord’s Prayer. Luke 2, 22-40, might be able to help you there.

The Fifth Decade

Now that you have done that you are now ready to begin the Fifth Joyful Mystery, doing what you have been doing with the other beads. Luke 2, 42-52 might help you to meditate on the fifth Mystery which is Finding Jesus in the Temple.

The Tail End of The Rosary

So now we should be back to the medial, now you have two choices you either continue to the next ten beads doing exactly what you have been doing but this time it is going to be the Sorrowful Mysteries, or finish saying the Rosary altogether. If you decide to finish the Rosary you then say Glory Be prayer, then O my Jesus prayer, then the Hail Holy Queen prayer and then you finish off with this prayer below.

O God whose only begotten Son, by his Life, Death and Resurrection has purchase for us the rewards of eternal life, grant we beseech thee, that meditating upon these mysteries of the Most Holy Rosary of the blessed Virgin Mary, we may imitate what they contain and obtain what they promise through the same Christ Our Lord. Amen

Then you finish by signing yourself with the cross.

You Have Now Finished Saying The Rosary

I  will just write down the different mysteries down so that you may be able to find them in the Bible. And I will write down some verses in the bible you might what to have look at so as to get an idea of the things that may help you to meditate on. In the Rosary you are free to meditate anything at all. Sometimes when I am meditating on the first joyful mystery, ‘The Annunciation’  for example I will try to imagine Mary waking up to another day, expecting maybe nothing in particular to happen and then she receives a visit from an angel asking her will she consent to be the mother of Jesus. What would it feel like to get a message like that out of the blew. So you see there is no hard and fast rules how and what you should meditate on. Let yourself be guided by the Holy Spirit. He will gladly assist you if you ask?

Joyful Mysteries; Luke 1, 26- 52

  1. Annunciation (conception of Jesus)
  2. The visitation (Mary visiting Elizabeth)
  3. The Nativity (birth of Our Lord)
  4. The presentation (Jesus presented in the temple)
  5. Finding of Jesus in the temple (When Jesus was twelve years old)

Sorrowful Mysteries. Luke 22-31, Matt 14-41

  1. The Agony in the Garden.
  2. The Scourging at the Pillar.
  3. The Crowning with Thorns.
  4. The carrying of the Cross.
  5. The Crucifixion.

Glorious Mysteries Matt, 20-28, John 11-22, Acts2-41

  1. Resurrection.
  2. The Ascension.
  3. The Descent of the Holy Spirit.
  4. The Assumption. (Mary entering heaven)
  5. The Coronation. (Mary being crowned as queen of Heaven)

Before We Begin the Rosary. Part 1

isPLLWHJ3SAll Christians of the different Orthodox Churches (the early churches that originally began by a disciples of Jesus, such as St. Peter, St. John, St Mark etc.) All the old churches before we pray we often do the sign of the cross. Many Protestant are often afraid of this, I am not sure why, I think they may think it is a form of superstition, I am not sure why.

I remember once when I started to sign myself with the cross one day, I felt the blessing of the whole crucifixion on me while doing it. Believe me that is powerful, words of course can’t describe such an experience as that. I found my hand was very heavy and could only sign myself extremely slowly with total reverence of the blessings that came from Jesus’s crucifixion. I believe God was teaching me by signing myself with the cross, the slower I did it with true reverence the better it is for me and of course the more powerful it is when I do it that way. I do not know how the custom got started, but far as I am concern since all the Orthodox Churches do it, it must have started with the first century Christians.

How we sign ourselves with the cross? We usually use our right hand. With the three middle fingers, we place it first on our forehead and say ‘In the name of the Father’ and then we place our fingers down just above our stomachs, bit below our chest, and while doing this we say ‘and the Son’. Then Catholics would then place their fingers on the left shoulder and then to the right shoulder, some churches do it the other way around and while we are doing this we say ‘and in the Holy Spirit.’ Doing that we keep the membrane of what Jesus did for us on the cross. By doing this before every prayer the membrane is forever with us and we are also giving witness to it. Some people like myself when we done that we then put our fingers on our heart. And say ‘Amen’ by doing this we are saying we are sinners, I repent of all my sins, please forgive me, by the merits of all that Jesus suffered for me on the cross.

We do this at the beginning of most prayers and saying the Rosary is no exception. After signing ourselves with the cross we then kiss the small crucifixion figure on our Rosary beads. When I told this to my Protestant friend, when she first was learning to say the Rosary she was fearful. So I tried to explain why we do it. Since we are not physical so to speak at the foot of the cross and we can’t personally kiss the foot of Jesus we do the next best thing and that is kiss the crucifix as if we are kissing His feet.

It still worried her, so then I tried to explain it this way, when I was in my very early twenties I was filled with the Holy Spirit and I couldn’t help praising Him and I wanted to give Him a bear hug and kiss Him passionately, but since I couldn’t do this I told Him I am going to kiss and hug my pillow as if it is Him and would He accept it as if I am really hugging and kissing Him. Two years after that experience God the Father appeared to me as light and was very hot and to keep the story very short, He hug and place His face on my face on the right side. I knew in my heart He was responding to the time when I hug and kissed my pillow as if I was kissing and hugging Him. He was basically saying that He not only accepted it, He blessed it tremendously. Nothing we do for God out of love is ever wasted. And we must always remember we are to come to God as a child not as the stuffy old man that supposed to have died when we were born again.

To be a child of God is not to be childish but to have the pure and simple faith of a child. They use their imagination, stuffy old adults are not capable of doing this. Being a stuffy old man are too proud to be childlike. Basically they are not able to let themselves go and be free to love in God’s Spirit, which gives us so much joy.

Now that I have explained this, in my next article I will begin to explain how we say the Rosary.

Something of Interest Regarding Bible Translations

I have just looked at a YouTube video and the guy who is Jewish said that St. Paul when he was talking about whether women should be silent in churches said something of interest to me. He first said that St. Paul was writing letters and he was answering questions. Where we would have quotation marks to let people know we are quoting something they use to use two dots. When the question arose about women ‘as the law tells them to be quiet in churches and learn from their husbands’ the law he said was not referring to the law of Moses, but a traditional law, which I happen to forget its name. He challenges anybody to try to find a law in the Torah “the Old Testament” that tells women to stay silent. He said the translators put the question with the texts so that it looks like the question came from St. Paul when it was a question from somebody else that St. Paul was in fact answering.

The Bible being Translated by the Wrong People

Originally the bible was translated by monks. The point here is they were dedicated to God to translate the bible as accurately as they could and then people were being employed to translate the bible. By the mid twentieth century Atheist were translating the bible. And as we know a great many atheist would love to see the bible proven wrong. So I thought that was a real mad idea letting atheist translate our bible. I have an old bible about forty years old called ‘The Jerusalem Bible’ and the word ‘bless’ had been translated as happy. Which set my back up, because a nun name Sister Josefa Menendez was told by Jesus that the greatest jewel He can give somebody was His suffering of His cross. To human thinking that is not a happy occasion, unless you truly have the heart and mind of Christ.

Wrong Translations of the Word Bless

How many times have we been so blessed that Jesus has given us a cross to bear for His glory and we said something like ‘take it away, I can’t take it anymore.’ What about the prophet Jonah when he was told to convert a people of heathens to repent and fear the Lord and they actually listen and obeyed. So there was no way of knowing if he was a true prophet or not, because all the terrible judgements that God was going to send to them, didn’t happen. So there was no proof in his mind that he was a true prophet, before anybody. He wanted rather to die than be accused of being a false prophet. He actually turned out to be one of the most successful ones in the bible.

I have a beautiful bible called ‘One New Man Bible.’ I got it from Sid Roth ‘Its Supernatural’ store. It is one of the most accurate of bibles they claim. I am finding it to be very helpful and there is another book of The Psalms, translation of ‘The Passion’ I am also finding it a very beautiful and helpful book too.