When the hand of God is lifted -You’re on your own

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It saddens me that I see much selfishness around me, the  ME, Myself and I. The instant gratification mentality, perfecting the body image, fixated on the way people look and to get what I want at all cost, even if it affects family and friends.

We are of the flesh and sure we are going to fail, sure we are going to forget, sure we are going to make bad choices for ourselves.

Jesus in the glory and honour of God the Father and the Holy Spirit, is all knowing and all powerful. Jesus, in heaven, shares with the Father all authority, judgment, and power. All things belong to Jesus.

If one thinks they can live without Jesus, they are kidding themselves. They are not living their life to the fullest, because man’s power is so limited compared to God’s power. So if you live by your own power……………………. never pray, never seek out Jesus, then you are silently, telling Jesus you don’t need Him, you can do well without Him. So His hand has been lifted off you and then you are on your own.

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Well Oh Boy! Oh Boy! Have I seen God’s hand been lifted? YES!!!!!!! Since I am in public service, I have seen thousands and thousands of students and families go through terrible situations, not because God caused them, but because of their choices, because they were working by their own power and so why should God interfere with that? Has God not given us a free will???????

It is only when you humble yourself before God that He will stop and listen and lift His hand off you and then bless you and work with you. The hand that radiates love, the hand that giveth, the hand that blesses and makes miracles happen.

Jesus never promised that this life would be void of troubles and tribulations but, He promised that if we follow Him He will keep His promises to help and guide us and lead us to our final resting place with Him in heaven.

I believe God wants us to exercise restraint, to go without, to sacrifice for the common good. To give to others and share, to give of oneself unconditionally is what God is looking for. God doesn’t expect us to perfect this because He knows we never will, but to try, fail and get back up and try again and to ask Jesus to help us on our way.

You might think this is a little cheesey but it’s true, this is just one of the many times God has been at work in my life.  Just the other day, I was at a busy, open air market and  I had a chat with the stall holder, finalised my purchases, I got distracted and left my wallet on her large counter.

I was only about 20 metres away when a voice in my head told me to check my bag, a few steps later again the voice told me to check my bag and so I did. Well! My wallet was not there, was it??????? So, I quickly ran back to the stall , but I couldn’t see it, I asked the stall holder if she had seen my wallet, she said no, as I was speaking, another customer interjected and pointed out where my wallet was. Luckily, I went back in good time, I believe that if I had let 5 more minutes pass, my wallet would not have been there, thanks to the warning. So, I believe God put it in my head to help me.

Another time, I was hit on the rear of my car by a truck, and I was in shock,  a complete stranger came to me and asked me if  she could help. She made all the phone calls, took photos and because the car was unroadworthy the stranger drove me home. I could have been hurt badly but I wasn’t, I could have been left there to fend for myself but I wasn’t and to finish the story, my insurance completed all my claims with cash refund within a week.  I have many more stories but I would need to write a book.

But God in our lives is at work moment by moment if we let Him. I ask Him to and I pray everyday to Him, after all this is the reason for my blog, to bring others to God the Father, The Son and Holy Spirit.

So stay in God’s radar and receive His mighty blessings and power because He is at work day by day and moment by moment.

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ELVIS PRESLEY- A KING OR NOT?

King of rock, gospel, rhythm and blues, pop, soul,  YES HE WAS!!! 

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click here to find out  https://www.premiergospel.org.uk/Blog/Was-Elvis-a-Christian

Below you will find two versions of one of my favorite song from Elvis, “If I could dream” The first is a remix  with Celine Dion and the other, in his leather. Not only was Elvis gifted musically but what a body?????

When fans spread a massive banner that announced his status irrefutably as ‘Elvis is King’ – he paused a song he was singing, looked deep into the room, and with that charming smirk on his face, said ‘there’s only king honey, and he is Jesus Christ’.

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The lyrics below show that he metaphorically expressed how he was looking for a better land and dreamed a warmer sun. Here he was looking for answers that we all aspire to. Knowing the kind of life he had, I’m sure he was used and abused by the people around him. He must have felt trapped, the mountain he faced became too high too climb. I wish he had fought harder and sought more help.

Why am I writing this now you might ask? Because what Elvis went through, we all go through in one form or another, being used and betrayed by people, losing money, greedy friends who take advantage of you, exploitation by employers/work partners, loss of a partner or a marriage, problems with children etc……….               Elvis sings….. “We are lost in a cloud with too much rain.” Beautifully mastered lyrics and sung by such a heavenly voice that God gave him. If Elvis made more of a quest for Jesus, he could have had it all. Happiness, health, harmony, humbleness, hope, honor, and heroism.

So where is the answer to all this?????????????????????  JESUS CHRIST of course!

The answers to all of life’s problems are answered in the New Testament gospels.

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Got to be birds flying higher in a sky more blue
If I can dream of a better land
Where all my brothers walk hand in hand
Tell me why, oh why, oh why can’t my dream come true
oh why
There must be peace and understanding sometime
Strong winds of promise that will blow away the doubt and fear
If I can dream of a warmer sun
Where hope keeps shining on everyone
Tell me why, oh why, oh why won’t that sun appear

We’re lost in a cloud
With too much rain
We’re trapped in a world
That’s troubled with pain
But as long as a man
Has the strength to dream
He can redeem his soul and fly
Deep in my heart there’s a trembling question
Still I am sure that the answer gonna come somehow
Out there in the dark, there’s a beckoning candle

And while I can think, while I can talk
While I can stand, while I can walk
While I can dream, please let my dream
Come true, right now
Let it come true right now
Oh yeah

Elvis loved Jesus and even though he died tragically and in a disturbed frame of mind, God, who is all loving, forgiving and merciful would have known his heart and redeemed him.

I wish you all the hope, a peaceful heart and happiness that only Jesus brings.

PRAYER 

Father, 

Please help me to rest in your happiness,
To allow a smile to linger on my lips,
To dwell within a wonderful memory,
To walk back through sunlit places.

Please help me to awake with hope,
To engage with life in all its variety,
To take in the beauty of others joys,
To touch the souls of those I meet with thankfulness.

Please help me to sing with faith,
To carry the truth close in my heart always,
To rejoice at new life and 
To have peace as I age.

Please help me to indulge in love
To breathe in the sweetness of intimacy,
To taste the kindness of friendship,
To feel the warmth of embrace.

Please help me not to miss 
A single drop of heaven,
To catch each moment 
And drink in the great joy of life.

Through Your Son Jesus Christ, Amen.

 

FAMILY AND FRIENDS DON’T BELIEVE IN YOU, DON’T BELIEVE IN GOD? HE CAN GIVE THEM A NEW HEART

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I was born into the faith and I have had my share of ups and downs in life just like everybody else, I have questioned my faith at times too.  I can earnestly say that if it weren’t for my faith, I wouldn’t know where I’d be now. Today I am at peace because I know God is taking care of things for me and my family. I know God is working because He answers my prayers.

I’ve noticed that when people are at the end of their tether, they find themselves in great despair, that’s because they are working by their own power. God’s almighty power can help us through our trials and tribulations if we have faith and pray. He has given us His Son Jesus Christ to fight our battles, Jesus can command his angels and bring forth peace, joy, restoration and renewed faith. Jesus said……….   ” I am the way the truth and the life” (John 14:6)

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I recently saw this great movie based on real life events see (other post under Movies:_”The case for Christ”) where the husband was an unbeliever and the wife started to believe in God when she met a nurse in a hospital who helped her child. Her search for God caused problems in their relationship, the husband preferred the old wife, but things started to change……… So this movie reminded me of a great bible quote (see below     EZEKIEL 36:26).                                                       Things changed when the wife prayed this bible quote. Similarly, if you have a family member or friend who doesn’t believe, pray the above bible quote and give them to God.Image result for A STONY HEART TO A HEART OF GOD

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THIS IS WHAT IT MEANS……. A new heart; a renewed frame of soul, a disposition and mind changed from sinful to holy, from evil to good, from carnal to spiritual.

 A new spirit: tells us what the new heart is…. a new holy frame in the spirit of man, which is put in him, not found in him; given to him, not wrought by his own power.

The stony heart;  that is hardened by the deceitfulness of sin; this evil heart shall be taken away, and this God will do, who only can do it.

Out of your flesh, put for the man,  that is, a heart different from the stony, hard heart, receiving the impress of God, as softened wax receiveth the impress of the seal.       ( Matthew Henry Bible Commentary)

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IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS PLEASE LET ME KNOW AND I WILL DO MY BEST TO ANSWER THEM. GOD BLESS YOU

THE CASE FOR CHRIST -MOVIE

HERE’S ALL THE PROOF YOU NEED, AN ATHEIST WHO COULDN’T DENY THE REAL JESUS CHRIST AND THE RESURRECTION, WHO ENDED UP AS A BELIEVER

set in Chicago in 1980

(above) actor – Mike Vogel who plays the role of Lee Strobel (see below)

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From a true story on Lee Strobel’s real life experiences who went on to become a believer and pastor and then write books about Jesus Christ.  The movie addresses all the historical evidence and medical proof that Jesus Christ did die and that the resurrection was witnessed at different times by 500 people . One of the most compelling being Paul of Tarsus who was persecuting Christians and who became a believer himself and went on to write 13 letters which became books in the New Testament. I fully recommend it and it’s well worth watching.

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I had never thought about what it might be like to not have a partner who doesn’t believe, until now.

Not having a partner who shares the same beliefs as you, can have its challenges. It affects your relationship with that partner, your parents, friends, the way you bring up your children, your view of the world and your place in the universe and ultimately your final destination.

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GOOD FRIDAY-HOW DO WE THANK SOMEONE WHO HAS GIVEN US EVERYTHING?

Today as I went to the Good Friday church service, this ancient hymn brought me to tears……(see words below-The Reproaches) They are the words of Christ crying out to His people for the injustices they showed Him after all the wonders God had performed for them. (Jesus being one with the Father)  Which one of us hasn’t felt or said these words at some time or another? Does this not show Jesus’ human nature?                          (taken from (Catholic Worship Hymn book 2)

The Reproaches:

My people, what have I done to you
How have I offended you? Answer me!

I led you out of Egypt,
from slavery to freedom,
but you led your Savior to the cross.

For forty years I led you
safely through the desert.
I fed you with manna from heaven,
and brought you to a land of plenty; but you led your Savior to the cross.

What more could I have done for you.
I planted you as my fairest vine,
but you yielded only bitterness:

When I was thirsty you gave me vinegar to drink,
and you pierced your Savior with a lance.

For your sake I scourged your captors
and their firstborn sons,
but you brought your scourges down on me.

I led you from slavery to freedom
and drowned your captors in the sea,
but you handed me over to your high priests.

I opened the sea before you,
but you opened my side with a spear.

I led you on your way in a pillar of cloud,
but you led me to Pilate’s court.

I bore you up with manna in the desert,
but you struck me down and scourged me.

I gave you saving water from the rock,
but you gave me gall and vinegar to drink.

For you I struck down the kings of Canaan.
but you struck my head with a reed.

I gave you a royal scepter,
but you gave me a crown of thorns.

I raised you to the height of majesty,
but you have raised me high on a cross.
My people, what have I done to you?
How have I offended you? Answer me!

OUR RESPONSE 

Holy is God!
Holy is God!
Holy and strong!
Holy and strong!
Holy immortal One, have mercy on us.
Holy immortal One, have mercy on us
Dear Jesus,
Forgive us our sins , it is for all our sins and the sins of the world, that have put you on the cross. Forgive us for we do not know what we are doing. Please turn our hearts toward you and may we never forget your sacrifice that was paid for our lives. AMEN.

THE MASS- OUT OF DATE? NECESSARY OR NOT?

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Many non-Catholics do not understand the Mass. They say that the Mass is a “jumble of medieval superstitions.” That it’s steeped in tradition which is irrelevant for today’s world, that it no longer fits in, that it’s boring, that it’s a waste of time.

Well!!!!!!!!!! If investing in their salvation is a waste of time, they are gambling at high stakes . What if they’re wrong? 50/50% right or wrong!! Too high the risk, too high the FEMO (fear of missing out) for me. Let’s look at what the authority says….

Vatican II puts the Catholic position succinctly: 

“At the Last Supper, on the night he was betrayed, our Savior instituted the Eucharistic Sacrifice of his Body and Blood. He did this in order to perpetuate the sacrifice of the cross throughout the centuries until he should come again, and so to entrust to his beloved spouse, the Church, a memorial of his death and resurrection: a sacrament of love, a sign of unity, a bond of charity, a paschal banquet in which Christ is consumed, the mind is filled with grace, and a pledge of future glory is given to us” (Sacrosanctum Concilium 47).

 Jesus’ final night with his disciples. Turning to the text, we read, “And he took bread, and when he had given thanks he broke it and gave it to them, saying, ‘This is my body which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me’” (Luke 22:19). 

The Catholic Church does not teach that the Mass is a re-crucifixion of Christ, who does not suffer and die again in the Mass and thus commemorates the sacrifice of the cross, reenacts it symbolically and mystically, and applies the fruits of Christ’s death upon the cross to individual human souls.

The Catholic Church specifically says Christ does not die again—his death is once for all. Through his intercessory ministry in heaven and through the Mass, Jesus continues to offer himself to his Father as a living sacrifice, and he does so in what the Church specifically states is “an unbloody manner”—one that does not involve a new crucifixion. 

Note that Jesus gave us an order, that was, to do it in memory of Him, because in doing so we are giving glory to HIM. We are telling the enemy that Jesus is the one who saves not Satan! Jesus paid a ransom for our lives, Jesus quashed death once and for all. Through the mass we are making a strong statement to Satan, telling him that we belong to the body of Christ. We are Jesus’. That Satan has no power over us. Jesus has won the battle and that we are HIS.  By eating and drinking Jesus’ body in communion with Him, we are becoming the body of Christ. 

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There are miracles attributed to the body of Christ, where Jesus gives us evidence (please see previous posts) click here  https://fathergodlovesyou.com/2016/04/20/bleeding-host-miracle-under-investigation/

WOW!!!!!Which other God has done that? Which other God has sacrificed his life for us? Which other God has promised that He would never leave us or abandon us? Which other God is still active today performing miracles to those who invoke His name? To those who have faith? To those who pray? To those who communicate with Him? To those who honour God through the mass? I don’t know any do you? 

So, if you want to align yourself with the one who died to know you, who died to save you, who died to redeem you, who died to exalt you and to spare you from eternal damnation, then the mass becomes a time when God gives grace and favour, where we obtain protection from the evil one. So the mass then should be a time to give back to Jesus for the most beautiful unselfish act of love one could offer you – HIS LIFE.

Thomas Aquinas wrote the words to this ancient hymn.

ANCIENT PRAYER

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JUST IN TIME FOR EASTER

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As we enter these last days of Lent, how have you brought honour and glory to Jesus our Lord and God? If the answer is not much, it’s not too late to make some adjustments before we ponder on His sacrifice of the cross for our redemption.

Before Jesus died and rose to new life, there was no heaven. Jesus chose the cross so that we may too enter into His new life in heaven, He went before us to open the gates of heaven. Prior to that, people who had died had visions of heaven awaiting their Saviour in Jesus Christ. Jesus descended into hell and took all his faithfuls with Him. 634 “The gospel was preached even to the dead.”484 The descent into hell brings the Gospel message of salvation to complete fulfilment. This is the last phase of Jesus’ messianic mission, a phase which is condensed in time but vast in its real significance: the spread of Christ’s redemptive work to all men of all times and all places, for all who are saved have been made sharers in the redemption.635 Christ went down into the depths of death so that “the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God, and those who hear will live.”485 Jesus, “the Author of life”, by dying destroyed “him who has the power of death, that is, the devil, and [delivered] all those who through fear of death were subject to lifelong bondage.”486 Henceforth the risen Christ holds “the keys of Death and Hades”, so that “at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth.”487( Catechism of the catholic church)

We cannot buy our way into heaven because we sin and resin all the time, but by God’s grace He can lift us up and raise us into his Kingdom through Jesus Christ, who paid the price for our life on the cross.

So, what can you do for these last days of Lent? Here are some suggestions:-Pray, attend church services, give your time to help a friend, fast from food, meat, sweets, chocolate(or any food that you love), using your phone or internet less and spend time with others who need you, visit someone in hospital, donate to the poor, do something special for someone without been asked, in other words open your heart to others, just as Jesus did.

It’s not always about what we can get for ourselves but how we can give back to Jesus for His greatest sacrifice of HIs love. No other God has lived for that, no other God has died for you, no other God has risen to new life, like Jesus has for YOU!

click here for a beautiful song/reflection                 http://www.andiesisle.com/the.way.of.suffering.html

May Jesus and His spirit fall afresh on you with gifts of knowledge, wisdom and understanding, patience, love, joy and peace. God bless you all.