KNOW WHO YOU ARE IN CHRIST, BECAUSE ADAM AND EVE DIDN’T!

Depicted here are God the Father, cherubim, angels, Adam, Eve and the serpent in the Garden of Eden in Domenichino’s painting The Rebuke of Adam and Eve …

We are at war, a spiritual war

Remember who you are. The devil went after Adam and Eve’s identity .“The moment you eat of it  your eyes will be opened”…said the serpent. Adam should have known the word and known who he was .. He should have said.. “I am already like God.”

Adam and Eve had forgotten who they were. 

In the Garden of Gethsemane, Jesus faces an “agony” of His own as He begins a much more serious contest, a battle with the devil for the salvation of the world. Poised at the starting line of this redemptive contest, Jesus, like a runner, sweats profusely, manifesting the intensity of the ordeal He is about to undergo.

Back to Paradise

Finally, in this scene we can see Jesus reliving the test of Adam and proving Himself to be a faithful Son of God precisely where Adam was unfaithful. For example, Adam was tested by the devil in the Garden of Eden, and Jesus is tested in the Garden of Gethsemane. Adam did not trust the Father in his time of testing, preferring his own will to God’s; whereas Jesus says to the Father, “not as I will, but as thou wilt.” Adam’s disobedience led him to the forbidden Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, while Christ’s prayer of obedience leads Him to the wood of the cross— which Christians later would call the new Tree of Life.

Restoration

As the New Adam, Jesus takes on the effects of Adam’s sin. As a result of the first sin, Adam became ashamed in his nakedness, was expelled from Paradise, and received a number of curses. God said to Adam, “[C]ursed is the ground because of you; in toil you shall eat of it all the days of your life; thorns and thistles it shall bring forth to you . . . In the sweat of your face you shall eat bread till you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken; you are dust, and to dust you shall return” (Gen. 3:17-19). Adam’s labor would no longer be easy. Now he had to toil in sweat, and the ground would often produce only thorns and thistles instead of fruit. The greatest curse of all was death. Adam no longer would live forever but would return to the ground at the end of his life.

Taking on the curses of Adam, Jesus sweats intensely in Gethsemane as He clings to His Father’s will. On Good Friday He is crowned with thorns, stripped naked, and nailed to a Cross. His body returns to the ground as He is buried in a garden near Calvary (cf. Jn. 19:41). Yet, while dying on the Cross, Jesus announces that He is returning to Paradise and beginning to take the sons of Adam with Him. One of the first to enter His Kingdom is the “good thief” to whom Jesus says, “[T]oday you will be with me in Paradise” (Lk. 23:43).

New beginning

As the New Adam, Jesus is faithful where the first Adam was unfaithful and takes on the curses which have plagued the human family since the fall. In His passion and death, Christ thus undoes the first sin and restores the sons of Adam to the Father.

[1] R. Brown, Death of the Messiah (New York: Doubleday, 1994), 189.

What to do……

Know the tactics of your enemy. The enemy will offer you knowledge, freedom and peace etc…. but they are not his to give. The enemy will feed you lies and accuse you of many things, one of them is that you are not good enough or that you don’t have what it takes. The enemy will hold you captive. The enemy will feed you lies and twist the truth. Jesus said (in John 8:32) the truth will set you free. Guard your thoughts. Know your weaknesses and have a plan to fight the temptation. Be transformed by the truth. Renounce the lies and the enemy will flee from you.

 

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DO YOU SEE YOUR ENEMIES PROSPER?-THEN TURN THE OTHER CHEEK!

PRAY FOR YOUR ENEMIES AS GOD CAN TRANSFORM THEM

When you read Psalm 37 and then go to Psalm 73 you don’t have to worry about your enemies but trust in the Justice of God.   

 

The Destiny of the Wicked and of the Good[a]

Psalm 37 1    Don’t be worried on account of the wicked;
    don’t be jealous of those who do wrong.
They will soon disappear like grass that dries up;
    they will die like plants that wither.

Trust in the Lord and do good;
    live in the land and be safe.
Seek your happiness in the Lord,
    and he will give you your heart’s desire.

Give yourself to the Lord;
    trust in him, and he will help you;
he will make your righteousness shine like the noonday sun.

Be patient and wait for the Lord to act;
    don’t be worried about those who prosper
    or those who succeed in their evil plans.

Don’t give in to worry or anger;
    it only leads to trouble.
Those who trust in the Lord will possess the land,
    but the wicked will be driven out.

10 Soon the wicked will disappear;
    you may look for them, but you won’t find them;
11 but the humble will possess the land
    and enjoy prosperity and peace.

12 The wicked plot against good people
    and glare at them with hate.
13 But the Lord laughs at wicked people,
    because he knows they will soon be destroyed.

14 The wicked draw their swords and bend their bows
    to kill the poor and needy,
    to slaughter those who do what is right;
15 but they will be killed by their own swords,
    and their bows will be smashed.

16 The little that a good person owns
    is worth more than the wealth of all the wicked,
17 because the Lord will take away the strength of the wicked,
    but protect those who are good.

18 The Lord takes care of those who obey him,
    and the land will be theirs forever.
19 They will not suffer when times are bad;
    they will have enough in time of famine.
20 But the wicked will die;
    the enemies of the Lord will vanish like wild flowers;
    they will disappear like smoke.

21 The wicked borrow and never pay back,
    but good people are generous with their gifts.
22 Those who are blessed by the Lord will possess the land,
    but those who are cursed by him will be driven out.

23 The Lord guides us in the way we should go
    and protects those who please him.
24 If they fall, they will not stay down,
    because the Lord will help them up.

25 I am old now; I have lived a long time,
    but I have never seen good people abandoned by the Lord
    or their children begging for food.
26 At all times they give freely and lend to others,
    and their children are a blessing.

27 Turn away from evil and do good,
    and your descendants will always live in the land;
28 for the Lord loves what is right
    and does not abandon his faithful people.
He protects them forever,
    but the descendants of the wicked will be driven out.
29 The righteous will possess the land
    and live in it forever.

30 The words of good people are wise,
    and they are always fair.
31 They keep the law of their God in their hearts
    and never depart from it.

32 Wicked people watch good people
    and try to kill them;
33 but the Lord will not abandon them to their enemy’s power
    or let them be condemned when they are on trial.

34 Put your hope in the Lord and obey his commands;
    he will honor you by giving you the land,
    and you will see the wicked driven out.

35 I once knew someone wicked who was a tyrant;
    he towered over everyone like a cedar of Lebanon;[b]
36 but later I[c] passed by, and he wasn’t there;
    I looked for him, but couldn’t find him.

37 Notice good people, observe the righteous;
    peaceful people have descendants,
38 but sinners are completely destroyed,
    and their descendants are wiped out.

39 The Lord saves the righteous
    and protects them in times of trouble.
40 He helps them and rescues them;
    he saves them from the wicked,
    because they go to him for protection.


   

New problems new ways to solve them

Unhappy with life, relationships, career??????   You can’t do the same things over and again and expect a change. You may think this is crass! But if you’ve tried it your way so far and the same problems surface then it’s time for a change!      

This life is full of battles. Threats to our faith are always present and, as Christians, our fight is against the powers of this world that call us away from God. The good news is that we have every weapon we need at our disposal and remember that Jesus goes with us, we can face down every enemy and rest assured that we will come out victorious. The following verses serve as reminders of that promise.

This power was first given to the twelve apostles when they were sent forth in Luke 9:1–2, and then it was given to the rest of the Lord’s followers in Luke 10:17–19 when the seventy were sent forth. This power comes from the Holy Spirit, who is imparted to each believer at Baptism and Confirmation.

Once the power of the Holy Spirit dwells within a person’s heart, all that individual needs to do is to take authority to drive out evil out of his home, family or workplace.

Get rid of the blockers and naysayers in your life and surround yourself with things that are good and praiseworthy and pleasing to God and He will reward you with the desires of your heart (Psalm 37:4).

(If you need more, go to the listing on the home page under “Healing’ & ‘Prayers’

DEATH – HELL AND EVERYTHING IN BETWEEN

In society, you wouldn’t give a murderer a fine for his/her crime, like you wouldn’t give a traffic road offender a life-term jail sentence for breaking a road rule. I am giving you an analogy here. God did not intend for all sins to be equal.

Sin is an offense against reason, truth, and right conscience; it is failure in genuine love for God and neighbor caused by a perverse attachment to certain goods. It wounds the nature of man and injures human solidarity. It has been defined as “an utterance, a deed, or a desire contrary to the eternal law.

There are different types of sins.  They can also be classed according to whether they concern God, neighbor, or oneself; they can be divided into spiritual and carnal sins, or again as sins in thought, word, deed, or omission. The root of sin is in the heart of man, in his free will, according to the teaching of the Lord: “For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, fornication, theft, false witness, slander. These are what defile a man.” But in the heart also resides charity, the source of the good and pure works, which sin wounds.(Catechism of the catholic church)

God is love and God has given us all a free will. You cannot have free will without  responsibility.

GOD DOESN’T SEND PEOPLE TO HELL . PEOPLE THEMSELVES CHOOSE HELL IF THEY REFUSE THE LOVE OF GOD AND THE SAVING POWER OF HIS SON JESUS CHRIST. We serve a judgemental God, it is by God’s grace that we are pardoned and brought into his kingdom, through the sacrifice that Jesus paid for our sins through the cross.

FOR THE IN BETWEEN THERE IS PURGATORY

Purgatory as a “purification, so as to achieve the holiness necessary to enter the joy of heaven,” which is experienced by those “who die in God’s grace and friendship, but still imperfectly purified” (CCC 1030). It notes that “this final purification of the elect . . . is entirely different from the punishment of the damned” 

The purification is necessary because, as Scripture teaches, nothing unclean will enter the presence of God in heaven (Rev. 21:27) and, while we may die with our mortal sins forgiven, there can still be many impurities in us, specifically venial sins and the temporal punishment due to sins already forgiven. (Catechism of the catholic church)

Augustine said, in The City of God, that “temporary punishments are suffered by some in this life only, by others after death, by others both now and then; but all of them before that last and strictest judgment” (21:13). It is between the particular and general judgments, then, that the soul is purified of the remaining consequences of sin: “I tell you, you will never get out till you have paid the very last copper” (Luke 12:59).

The Bible does not mention the exact word purgatory but instead it makes reference to a place which can be understood as what is referred to as purgatory. To claim that purgatory does not exist because the exact word does not appear in Scripture is a failure to understand scripture.

Purgatory because it means “a cleansing place.” Therein souls are purged from the small stains of sin, which prevent their immediate entrance into Heaven.

In the Old Testament

The first mention of Purgatory in the Bible is in 2 Maccabees 12:46: “Thus he made atonement for the dead that they might be freed from sin.”

Some people do not accept Maccabees as book of the Bible. This is unfortunate since it is that their Bibles have been edited and are missing books. Even if a person does not accept the book of Maccabees, it at least has historical value for we can learn what the pre-Christian community believed.

In Chapter 12 of Second Maccabees we read Scriptural proof for Purgatory and evidence that the Jews had sacrifices offered for those of their brothers who had lost their lives in battle. That the Jews prayed for the dead shows that they believed in a place where they could be helped (which we now call purgatory) and that the prayers of their living brothers and sisters could help them in that place. This is closely related to the Catholic doctrine of the communion of saints.

During the Reformation in the 15th century, when Martin Luther was deciding to remove books from the Bible, these words in the book of Maccabees had so clearly favored Catholic teaching, that the whole book was removed from the Protestant Bible. Unfortunately for Protestants, even if they feel that the book was not inspired, it still tells us of the practice of God’s chosen people.

In the New Testament

In Matthew 5:26 and Luke 12:59 Christ is condemning sin and speaks of liberation only after expiation. “Amen, I say to you, you will not be released until you have paid the last penny.” Now we know that no last penny needs to be paid in Heaven and from Hell there is no liberation at all; hence the reference must apply to a third place.

The Bible clearly implies a place for an intermediate state of purification after we die in the many passages which tell that God will reward or punish according to a person’s life.

 

BARRIERS/BLOCKAGES TO SPIRITUAL HEALING

THE INVISIBLE WAR- PUT ON THE ARMOUR OF GOD FOR YOUR PROTECTION

EPHESIANS 6

Prayer is your greatest weapon for spiritual healing, but there are blockages that can prevent the healing power of God. These are:-

  1. UNFORGIVENESS
  2. UNREPENTANCE
  3. UNBELIEF
  4. IGNORANCE
  5. CURSES
  6. OCCULT
  7. FREEMASONRY                                                                                                        Some common signs a curse maybe in operation in your life or your families: –        -Repeated or chronic sickness (especially if hereditary)
    – Continual financial poverty (especially when you make enough money)
    – Family history of divorce or relationship problems
    – Mental and emotional breakdowns
    – Family members dying young or from unnatural causes including suicide
    – Being accident prone
    – Repeated miscarriages or female problems               By Mark Francis

THE TWO WOLVES INSIDE YOU

THE CHOICES WE MAKE EVERYDAY AFFECT OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD

There is a fight inside of us all, the fight against good or evil, one that we have to deal with on a daily basis. Often we don’t know which way to go.  When you pray and ask for guidance, the Holy Spirit, (Spirit of God and  Spirit of Jesus) is the one to pray to. The Holy Spirit is the shaker, the one who gets you to move and make a choice, the one who guides that wee little voice inside you,  to make the right choice and to help you fulfil what God has planned for you. It’s often those split second decisions that can make all the difference between making a good and a bad choice, between death or life.                                                                                  PRAY FOR GUIDANCE AND ASK THE HOLY SPIRIT TO SHOW, LEAD AND GUIDE YOU TO THE TRUTH! ( SEE HOLY SPIRIT )

 

 

 

SPIRITUAL ARMOUR – PROTECTION AGAINST THE ENEMY

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Everyday put on the armour of God to ward off any evil meant your way.

Pray these words: I put on the helmet of salvation,the breastplate of righteousness, the shield of faith, the sword of the spirit, the belt of truth and the shoes of peace and I cancel any assignments set out against me and send them back to the root, source and origin null and void in the name of Jesus Christ( for more see protection).