|"TO Be make them one nation upon the land, in the mountains of Israel, and there shall be one Prince for them all." —Ezekiel 37:22|
The Lord promised to make the two nations of Israel one nation under one prince, who would be a descendant of David. This promise is being more than fulfilled in Jesus, a Descendant of David. In fact, the Father's plan of salvation is "to bring all things in the heavens and on earth into one under Christ's headship" (Eph 1:10). Thus, Jesus is praying now "that all may be one" as He and the Father are One (Jn 17:21). Moreover, "it was in one Spirit that all of us, whether Jew or Greek, slave or free, were baptized into one body" (1 Cor 12:13).
By His death, Jesus made it possible for "all the dispersed children of God" to be gathered into one (Jn 11:52). By dying to ourselves (Lk 9:23) and by continually carrying about in our bodies Jesus' death (2 Cor 4:10), we bring about unity. For example, we often must suffer a "death" in being rejected by those with whom we share our faith in order for them to be reunited with the Lord and His Church. To promote unity between factions, we must suffer a death in being persecuted. To be united with our enemies, we have to die to unforgiveness, pride, bitterness, and resentment. To reunite marriages and families, we often suffer a death in doing self-sacrificing fasting and prayer. (Copyright )
There are many ways of suffering a death . To be united to our enemies we have to die to unforgiveness , pride, bitterness , and resentment .
The seven gifts of the Holy Spirit: Knowledge, Understanding, Wisdom, Counsel, Fortitude, Piety, and Holy Fear of the Lord.
When the Messiah comes, He will not be judged by appearance or hearsay. People judge on appearance. We will be judged by the Word that God has put into our hearts.
We should have so much knowledge of God, just as waters cover the sea and fill every crack, we should know God.
If we are open to the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit, there is harmony between our intelligence and will. Everything written before our time was written for our instruction so that we might derive hope.
Our hope is in what we say in the world; our hope is what God does. May God who is the source enable us to live in perfect harmony with one another with the Spirit of Jesus Christ. We must accept one another as Christ accepts us. How did Jesus Christ accept me as a baby? At Baptism as a baby, but how after you have sinned over and over again. Accept each other for the glory of God. If we cannot forgive, if we cannot forget, we waste the blood of Christ. As God has been merciful to me, I must be merciful to others.
We are called to do the same as John the Baptist did to prepare for the coming of Jesus. We need to be people who prepare for the coming of Jesus.
John the Baptist's message was reform your lives, repent. Jesus Christ came after John the Baptist and continued his message.
It is time to wake up and reform our lives. We need to be people with a message today. First do penance, then celebrate witg our brothers. This is a year of reconciliation. John the Baptist baptized with water; Jesus Christ baptizes with the Holy Spirit and fire.
When we hear the word of God, we should become alive.
The above was sent to me some time ago . Author is unknown , I do agree with this author . The Spirit of the living God has made a tremendous impact in my life . I do treat myself better . That pretty well goes with love your neighbor as yourself . Abuse takes a toll on our self -esteem . It did for me and it lasted many long years . With the acceptance of the Spirit of God in my life I did become a new creation . I went from a shy depressed person to one who was asked to give seminars in my church . Initially I refused . I am happy I trusted the people who wanted me to lead .. Praise God , we all have potential with the Spirit of the living God
You know Lord we grew up together Joanne and I . Tonight she called to let me know that she really wants you to heal her . She has Lupus, rheumatoid arthritis and what not . A sister but not really a friend over the years . She is forever asking me to pray for her .I would do that even if she didn't ask me .Tonight I asked her if she wanted me to pray . I can pray right now I told her . And I prayed and praised Jesus for her and asked for healing . She started to cry and that was it for that . She did thank me .
She is only a year older than I am . She is very thin . I'd say dangerously thin .Like me she did suffer much in the old homestead . Those were the days that parents owned you . You had better listen or else punishment was in order . Okay I do believe that children should obey their parents . Do parents have to be honorable ? Is it possible to love children enough and let go of instant wrath against them ? Speaking to a little kid with love and compassion that works in my book .
We both suffer today because of beatings we received when we were growing up on that one acre farm . I accept my sufferings and I offer them to Jesus so that we may all come to a knowledge of the living God .
I read recently that our relationship with God is much like our relationship with people . Seems simple enough but I hadn't thought about it that way .
I use to say that affirmation was most important . Today I think we have to discern how we do that . Like I think we can affirm people right into hell . There are things that are not just and it is okay to say how we look at it . No condemnation but a real love for the other I accept .It is the Holy Spirit that moves people . At least I know that for myself . Moved to prayer and than to reading the Word of God that did it for me . It lighten my spirit
Relationships can be difficult . Why? I think it is because we do not listen . Quite often , we have predetermined ideas and ready made answers .Why that happens on a regular basis with relatives who knows maybe it's competition .Maybe it's psychological whatever that means at times
I use to read every psychological book I could put my hands on . That would certainly give me the answers for the pain in my life . What did it do ? It created a terrible darkness in me that Jesus lifted .
I may write about this further .
Jesus said, 'When you have lifted up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am
He and that I do nothing of myself.' (John 8)
You have the capacity to give from abundance. There is so much love within you that
can be poured out to those around you. Do you know yourself as someone who is loved?
Can you recognize how active God's Spirit is within you?
The above was in my inbox this morning . It is by Henri Nouwen . That man suffered much from depression . He didn't see it as an obstable . Deep within he knew he was loved by God .
Do I always know that I am loved deeply by the Spirit of God ? When the focus is on problems I die a slow death within . I know I have to be motivated by faith and not by fear . Romans 12:2 , not to be conformed to the world who relies on insurance instead of God who is in reality an encircling wall of fire . (Zachariah 2:9)That's a prophecy that has been fulfilled in Jesus Christ .
When we let the Spirit transform us from within than we are fearless and we have the freedom and the boldnes to do the will of God . It's all grace it comes from our Father when our focus is love
Hiding the truth is the order of their day . That truth so well hidden for years surfaces . They know how to confront and that silences some . You are then asked how you see the family . And like a child you are truthful to what you see . Noticing what some of the elders do . In this generation it still works . The body becomes stiff with dissaproval . It is a sign to me to be quiet .
Tonight I am sad . A woman I know is in the hospital one more time .. Her children don't care for her . I will visit her tomorrow . She is close to death . Had majoe surgery months ago and she hasn't healed. She is broken hearted .
She is not religous . Why is it when I am one on one with her that I cannot find the words to speak to her of Jesus . When she was little she followed a friend to Catholic churches . Is my presence at her bedside sufficient ?
I will ask the Holy Spirit to inspire me . She is his child and I know he loves her . She doesn't know that . I see her like the woman at the well . The one she is living with is not her husband . They are two broken people ....
How can we approach those who seem reluctant to accept kindness ? Suffering years of abuse has thickened their heart . There is distrust and fear . One cannot be open about feelings one is a in prison within .
The painfulness can go on for years. Men /women need to meet and to pray together in community . As we know no man is an island . The healing process began when I decided to go to a prayer meeting at the request of a loving brother . There was no instantaneous healing . That comes one day at a time when we decide to follow Jesus .
I can say that I am a follower of Jesus and mean it in a profound way . That can only be true if I acknowledge that I am a sinner .
"Now you must repent and turn to God .(Act s 3:19)
"Then to all he said ,"If anyone wants to be a follower of mine , let him renounce himself and take up his cross every day and follow me . For everyone who wants to save his life will lose it , but anyone who loses his life for my sake will save it ." (Luke 9:24)
Jesus said] the works my Father has given me to carry out, these same works of
mine testify that the Father has sent me." (John 5)
God's Spirit within us prompts us to love and respect each other and to speak with
divine respect. When connected intimately with God, we find ourselves speaking words
of forgiveness, healing, reconciliation, joy and peace
Respect is an all important word in marriage . I have noticed over the years that men have a lack of respect for their wives . Any wonder why there is divorce a la carte . I think I was 18 or so in years . I mentioned to one who knows he had clout that respect is important with men and women . Mister Master of economics looked at me and laughed . Thumbs down for women .
Today he is not well liked by his family . Oh well it's not my fault . LOL
The Weakening of the Family
Natural communities, such as the family, have been weakened in our rich, modern society. The media has contributed to this weakening by constantly offering new and powerful experiences. Competition, the drive for individual success and wealth, the philosophy of personal freedom and the loss of moral and religious values have also played their part.
- Jean Vanier, Our Journey Home, p. 178
The people in the pew who are they today ? I find it's a lonely group in some churches . Maybe 2% are chidren in the last church I belonged to . Now it has been sold . In the new parish maybe 8% are children .
Years ago a family paid a stipend . They were assingned a pew . That did work quite well . Families don't go to church these days . There could be many reasons for that . From what I have observed over the years and from what nieces and nephews have told me I think it all started with no prayer in the family . Don't do what I do, do as I say, not a motto to live by .Teaching children by example works quite well in the home . When we are loving and caring no heavy preaching needed .
"Teach them to obverse all the commands I gave you .(Mat 28:20)
Teaching is important . Jesus spoke those words to his apostles. We know that Jesus had all authority in heaven and on earth . He sent the leaders to teach the world . After he ascended into heaven we definitely had a need for instruction
"Anyone who listens to you listens to me . (Lk 10:16)
Jesus speaks to us /me through the Church
Brothers and sisters, those walking according to the flesh cannot please God.
Yet your existence is not in the flesh, but in the spirit, because the Spirit of God is within you. If you did not have the Spirit of Christ, you would not belong to him. But Christ is within you; though the body is branded by death as a consequence of sin, the spirit is life and holiness. And if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead is within you, He who raised Jesus Christ from among the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies. Yes, he will do it through his Spirit who dwells within you.
We often pray come Holy Spirit come . Tha Bible tells us that the Holy Spirit falls upon all flesh . I can't say that I knew that the Spirit of God was with me when I was very young . In time I did come to realize that He indeed lived within me
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