TEMPTATION – THE ULTIMATE BETRAYAL

This post comes from the gospel of Mark 1:12-15  because this is what Jesus went through leading up to Easter- the temptation in the desert. I have called this the ultimate betrayal because that’s what satan does with his empty promises. He betrays you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Temptation comes to all of us and there is a very appealing side or instant gratification to it, otherwise we wouldn’t be tempted. But have you ever stopped to think of the consequences of temptation?

Desires……  we all have them and they come to us often and sometimes instantly. Have you ever heard that soft voice that only you can hear?? It’s often those split second decisions that can make or break us. But are these desires a right when they’re going to break God’s laws and affect you and other people in a negative way??????????? I don’t think so!

You may think, oh well nobody will find out!!! But God knows and eventually the darkness will come into the light!

Desires aren’t all bad. You know the desires are for good when they are in keeping with Jesus’ teachings, when they’re aligned with God’s will, when they bring glory to God.

If you’re not sure, then ask God to show you what is right and wrong in a way that you understand. Keep in mind that if there is unforgiveness, unrepentance and lack of faith, they become blockages to hearing that soft voice from God.

Repentance, forgiveness and prayer can align you with God’s will.

 Jesus went into the desert for 40 days, He was tempted by satan, He was hungry, He was thirsty, He was lonely as He had nothing and the temptation was strong, so strong that Jesus was weakened by it, weakened by the Satan’s attack on Him. But Jesus knew of Satan’s empty promises, He fought the temptation.

Imagine if Jesus had given into temptation???? Jesus’ integrity and credibility would have been compromised. There would have been no death on the cross,  no resurrection and no new life for us for our eternal destination.

Jesus fully human and fully divine lead by example and chose to stand up for the truth. Jesus was comforted by angels after satan left Him.

The sad thing is that satan has many people believing that he doesn’t even exist. If you are one of those, you are deluding yourself. We live in a physical world and a spiritual world where satan is at war with God, there is a spiritual battle going on at all times, day and night. Stay awake and be alert!

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The same goes for us, satan is the master of deception, he’s in the business of ruining souls, destroying families especially the mothers because of their child rearing abilities and attacking the Fathers – the bread winners and caretakers of the family.

The more you give into temptation the stronger the hold Satan has over you. It leads to more temptation and to repeat the negative action.

These negative actions can become a problem or an addiction. How many criminals become repeat offenders? Drug addicts who keep on taking drugs even though they know it will destroy them?  Alcohol abusers who drink and drive? Compulsive liars who keep on lying to cover their tracks and then forget what they have said prior, bullies who keep on offending, adulterers who betray their spouses and families etc., etc., etc., how long is a piece of string???????????????????????

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Life is a challenge! Life is a test! God does not force Himself upon us. His ways are gentle, God is the perfect gentleman. We plan for a new car, a new house, to travel, where to go on the weekend, what movie to watch, etc. Why not have a plan for eternity?

Avoid temptation at all cost, but when you give in to it repent and make amends immediately.

The Öur Father- the prayer that Jesus prayed in the garden at Gethsemane is a prayer that does have everything:-repentance, forgiveness and protection. If you pray the prayers below daily, they will help keep temptation away, because Satan hates prayer and worship to God.

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THE WORLD NEEDS CHRISTMAS!

THE WORLD NEEDS CHRISTMAS!

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Statistics show that during this time of the year more family feuds begin, divorces and suicides go up, more people die from natural causes, there are more bankruptcies, gambling debts, psychiatrists’ patients suffer regressions etc…..

Have you ever considered why???? There is pressure to be perfect! To buy the most expensive presents, you have to go on holidays etc………

But are we missing the point?????

THE ENEMY IS FRANTICALLY AT WORK ESPECIALLY DURING CHRISTMAS AND EASTER !!! AFTER ALL, GOD HAD A PLAN TO SAVE MANKIND,           THE ENEMY DIDN’T LIKE THAT!!!!

At Christmas and Easter people feel the need to go to church more and pray. People come together as families to celebrate, people are generally happier and want to spend more time with friends, they give more to others, they give to the poor. So the enemy feels under threat and what does he do????? He fights harder!!!!

When Jesus came into the world, Satan lost his power because Jesus overcame death through the cross. Jesus is now ruler of this universe.

The enemy hates the thought of Jesus Christ. God wanted to live among us, so He gave us His Son Jesus Christ because we needed to be saved, saved from the snares of the evil one, saved from eternal damnation. Satan is often referred to as:- the deceiver, the accuser, the father of lies, the prince of /power of darkness etc.

in Luke 10:18. Jesus also said that his mission on earth was “to defeat the works of the devil” (1 John 3:8).  Satan has the advantage over us in that he is an invisible powerful spirit.  One of his greatest tricks on us is to convince so many of us that he doesn’t even exist,

We should all know that whenever we sin seriously, satan and his devils get a toehold on our life, and the lives of our family members.

Since satan has finally figured out that he cannot get at God, he goes for His children here on earth – US!!!.  It’s no different than the mafia knowing that it can hurt you worse if it kills your kids.  However, lucky for us that Jesus established a Church here on earth that regularly dispenses sanctifying grace to us, which is the only way we can defeat satan.

Satan knows our weaknesses and he will start with those. The sense of satan knowing that a family member has gambling issues, alcohol and drug addictions, pornography, infidelity etc…satan will use these weaknesses in others and harass people  to break families apart.

DON’T PANIC!! YOU CAN ENGAGE THE POWER OF JESUS CHRIST. Jesus Christ taught us:-

Repentance,

Forgiveness,

Prayer

ALL THESE WILL KEEP THE ENEMY AT BAY.

JESUS IS OUR HOPE AND OUR SALVATION!!!

So during this advent season ( 4 weeks before Christmas) look to Jesus and his disciple- Bishop Oscar Romero who left us with this quote:-

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YOU MAY THINK YOU ARE IN CONTROL-YOU’RE NOT!!!!!

You may think you are in control but you really aren’t. Sure, God has given us free will but it’s a TEST. A test where you can deny God, blaspheme God, cheat God, lie to Him and destroy everything and everyone along the way, on this earth.

You live in a physical world which is in the NOW and in a spiritual world where God, Jesus Christ and Satan live as well.

God has relinquished control unto us so that we can complete the test, the test that will lead us to either live with Him in heaven in our spirit life or hell where there will be no God and no turning back.

However, there is a condition, that condition being that you live out your life according to the gospel of Jesus Christ. I’m sure God’s first question to you on judgement day will be….”So, what have you done with my Son Jesus?”

So Jesus should be the centre of your universe.

God giveth and God taketh according to His will. God has the infinite power, He has the complete plan for each and everyone one of us, and only He knows us better than anyone else, even ourselves. We all make choices that determine our fate and by our choices we will be judged.

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I say to you, surrender to God, have patience and allow Him to work out your problems. Ask Him what lessons you need to learn, ask Him to give you the tools you need to help you get there. Of course, God is not interested in riches of money but riches that are in spiritual gifts which will draw you closer to Him. Ask God to show you in a way that is clear and obvious to you,  the things you need to grow closer to Him and His Son Jesus. Then and only then, will you be at peace and on the right path. A heart is happy when the heart is at peace. The Holy Spirit bestows us with peace. Ask the Holy Spirit to infill you afresh with His gifts, gifts from God.

COME HOLY SPIRIT, FILL OUR HEARTS WITH LOVE AND

OUR MINDS WITH LIGHT!

MUSIC-OUR STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN

 

Our brainwave profile and our daily experience of the world are inseparable.           When our brainwaves are out of balance, there will be corresponding problems in our emotional or neuro-physical health. Research has identified brainwave patterns associated with all sorts of emotional and neurological conditions.

Music can have positive and negative effects on us. In The heavenly realm God made Lucifer(better known as Satan) the head of music and worship. Satan knows he can reach people through music. Evil is found in the musical combination of words, rhythm, tempos and noise. Satanic, heavy metal music and lyrics affect your brainwaves.

Read more  about brain waves (see link below)

http://www.cerebromente.org.br/n15/mente/musica.html

 LIKE INCENSE IN A CHURCH, MUSIC SERVES AS PRAYERS DRIFTING UP TO HEAVEN LIKE SMOKE FROM INCENSE. SO HERE IS A PIECE OF MUSIC THAT WILL DELIGHT GOD AND HAVE CALMING EFFECTS ON YOUR BRAIN

This piece of music (link below) is called ” Emmanuel ” name given to Jesus              (meaning God with us) by Chris Botti and Lucia Micarelli

 

 

Pantheism is the belief that God is everything and everything is God-NOT SO!!!!

This belief that God is in everything is misleading. Yes! God has created everything but not everything has chosen to be in union with God. Not all that is in the world is God. Satan, his demons and evil are also in the world. They inflict pain and destruction upon God’s creatures which does not come from our Almighty, All powerful All knowing Father God.

 

1 John 4:1-4 The True Spirit and the False Spirit

My dear friends, do not believe all who claim to have the Spirit, but test them to find out if the spirit they have comes from God. For many false prophets have gone out everywhere. This is how you will be able to know whether it is God’s Spirit: anyone who acknowledges that Jesus Christ came as a human being has the Spirit who comes from God. But anyone who denies this about Jesus does not have the Spirit from God. The spirit that he has is from the Enemy of Christ; you heard that it would come, and now it is here in the world already. But you belong to God, my children, and have defeated the false prophets, because the Spirit who is in you is more powerful than the spirit in those who belong to the world.

All that is the world is not God. Evil exists in the world because God’s given man a free will, because Satan and his demons operate in the world and they turned away from God. Pantheism makes no distinction between God, Satan, demons or any form of evil even humans. Humans and everything in this world are not equal to God. Putting everything into a minestrone does not make lasagna.  If that were the case, then you and I are God. We can, in effect, create our own reality. Well that’s wrong!!!! Because the only real truth is the truth that God has revealed through the prophets and His Son Jesus Christ.

The First and Second Commandments state: “You shall have no other gods before Me [God]” and, “You shall not make for yourself a carved image … you shall not bow down to them nor serve them” (Exodus 20:3-5).

It is important to get rid of idols and only worship the true one God, the God of Jesus Christ.

RECREATIONAL DRUGS – THE DESTRUCTION OF THE BODY AND SOUL

OUR BODIES ARE TEMPLES

I understand that drugs are necessary if unwell. However, when drugs are taken purely for pleasure, it compromises your physical well being, your overall defences and judgement. The feeling that gives you a high is a direct disrespect against God and His Son Jesus. Did Jesus not wear a crown of thorns? Did Jesus not give Himself up as a sacrifice so that He could take all our ills, anxiety, pain, depression and worry to the cross, so that you may have peace?  When your mind is not alert, when you’re mind is weak and cannot think clearly, the enemy waits for that moment so that if can steal your soul.  (see “Protection” for prayers)
John 16:33 “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”1 Corinthians 6:19-20