Are We Continuously Being Created By God?

In Mass this past weekend, we had a visiting Priest.  During his homily he made a statement:

“We are continuously being created by God.”  “It never stops.”

Of course, all of you that know me, knows that sent my thought process, going in a thousand directions.  The contemplation on this statement has been much, and I came to the conclusion, “We are continuously being created by God.”

Each morning when we awake, brings to us a different day.  It will either bring to us a new joy or trial.  It will bring to us a gaining in our wisdom and knowledge.  A different prayer and life from yesterday. 

Different thoughts and words will come into our lives.  Also, different people to deal with, some difficult and some not so difficult. 

Almost daily, we confront a new season in our lives, be it one in the spiritual, personal, or physical world. 

We can be assured of one thing, today is definitely going to be different from yesterday or tomorrow.

I asked myself, “Why do things really change daily in our lives?”  This is the answer I came up with for myself.

God has each and every single day, planned for me.  He knows what it will all entail from the moment I open my eyes.  He also has the answer and help for it all. 

God knows exactly what I need to grow in, and what I need less of,  if not getting rid of it completely.

So daily with God, I am growing in something or getting rid of something.

Each time I do I am being “created.”  Sometimes, at the moment I know what I am being created into and for, and sometimes I do not.  At times the answer to that, comes years down the road.

With each creation, I always become more aware of God’s presence.  I become more aware, of what He is actually wanting for my life.  

I am able to walk through trials and tribulations better.

I gain more peace.

I become more rounded, as a human being and as a child of God.

I depend on Him more, and less on myself. 

If God left me where I was at  five years ago, that is exactly who I would be today.  There would be no growth or expansion in my life, whatsoever. 

He has to keep “creating” me daily, so I can become who and what I am supposed to be.  Without it, I would be just a stagnant life, with no hope of any kind. 

We all have to have growth of many and various kinds, in our walk with God.  Sometimes this growth is hard and sometimes it is not.

The only way we can do this, is to be “created” daily, by all the different, challenging, and not so challenging things and people who we will all encounter. 

If we are not willing to let this happen, we will never change.  That to me is exactly, what it is all about.

It is not a “recreation,”  to me that is not what God does.  A “recreation” we would remain the same.  God in His infinite wisdom knows that cannot happen.

He actually “creates” something new in us daily, if not hourly.

Would love your thoughts on it.

Prayer:

Lord,  from this day forward may my offering to You be,  “I am willing to let You “create” me, into the creature to whom I was born to be.  I want and desire the changes within myself, that only You know I need.  Help me each and every day to handle all things in my life, as You want me to handle them.  Do not let me handle them, as I did yesterday or will tomorrow, as each day and circumstances in my life is different.” +

God Bless, SR 

 

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Lord, “Today, I Remember”

Lord,

Reflecting back on past years, I know there have been many times, where I have doubted your love for me.  I remember asking You over and over, “God where are You?”

I remember, when I did not understand why a sword was piercing my heart and soul?  I felt so alone and abandoned by You, God.

I remember, when anguish, distress, and persecution seemed to be my daily bread in life.  I could not understand Lord, why You were allowing it?

I remember, feeling as if I was starving for Your love.  The famine which consumed my soul, day and night.

I remember, feeling and standing naked before You Lord.  A feeling of total confusion.  Not understanding why a child of Yours, was searching so, for her Father?

I remember, feeling as if my life, body, and soul were in such grave danger, of having lost, You.

Why Lord?  Why did I have these feelings?

 Lord, I had those feelings because I kept forgetting.

I kept forgetting the “Unfathomable Wound of Mercy,” hanging on the Cross?  I kept forgetting the many wounds which covered the “One Wound” in such suffering and torment?

I kept forgetting, as innocent as I felt, I was in no way “innocent.”  I kept forgetting, the only innocence Who ever walked this earth, was Your Son, Jesus?

 I kept forgetting the many drops of Blood which were shed, were shed for my sins?

I kept forgetting what it actually took Lord, to save all of mankind??

Nails, lashes, thorns, and a sword which pierced a heart. Hands, feet and an entire Body stuck to “Wood of Torture.”  Thirst, suffocation of One’s own lungs, as He hung there gasping for air.  Feeling no love from hardly anyone in the crowd, except for His Mother’s, and a few disciples. 

Oh yes Lord, how I remember all of my anguish.  How I forgot Who it took to save me from it all?  How I forgot how much You loved me then, and how much You love me now?

It was I Lord, who separated myself from the love of the One, who hung upon the Cross. 

I wanted answers.  Help. A quick fix.

I forgot You wanted trust, faith, and for me to be confident in Your love.

Prayer:

Lord,  to an extent, I did separate myself from You during my years of suffering and torment.  My mind could only see that which it placed in front of me, which was “me.”  The eyes of my heart forgot Lord, to keep looking at the Cross, to the Wounds and the Blood, which were so tightly bound to it.  The Human Body from which it all flowed.  I ask for forgiveness, of those days.

Lord, today I remember the Wounds and Blood.  I remember the Human Body from which it all flowed.  In doing so:

I “remember” nothing can ever separate me from Your Love.

God Bless, SR

Paul said, “What will separate us from the love of Christ?  Will anguish, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or the sword?”  “No, in all these things we conquer overwhelmingly, through Him who loved us.”
 Scripture taken from:
 Romans 8:35, 37-39
Quotes from:
 St. Bridget of Sweden
Image by:
James Tissot
“God is Near the Afflicted”

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Greatest Example for All Women and Men

As I scan the blog sphere I am amazed at times what “Catholic Feminist,” or any “feminist” for that matter have to say. 

They think of themselves as:

Strong women, making changes in the Church.  Some think women need to be Priest and perhaps even the Pope. 

In many of my readings what amazes me, is the esteem they hold for themselves.  It is also like the rest of us who do not agree with all of their “agenda’s, are somehow less strong.  We have less of a voice, and somehow they think we need them to speak and think for us. 

How I disagree!  I have never in my whole life needed anyone to “think” and “speak” for me.  My parent’s did very well teaching me how to do that, thank you.

Anyways, it got me to thinking about our Blessed Mother.  The most humble of “ALL” women, whose only “agenda” was doing the “will of God.”  God’s will for her life was giving birth to His Son, and then watching Him suffer and die, for us all.

She did this without complaint or thinking of herself superior to others.  We see her going to help Elizabeth, when she was pregnant.  We also see her standing at the Foot of the Cross,  shedding “tears of blood.”  I am also sure this was because, as she watched her Son suffer, her heart was being drained of everything. 

I do not believe for one second, in these moments of her life,  her “agenda,” was to get out here and say, “I am woman, hear me roar!” 

At that moment in history, she went to the Jewish Temple.  We do not see her trying to change one thing about what went on in the Temple.  We do not see her saying, “I am the Mother of God’s Son, so step aside and roll out the red carpet for me.”  “I am going to become your high priest, and we are going to do things “my” way.”

We do not see her at the Foot of the Cross saying, “See how strong I am.  I am standing here watching my Son die.  All you women need to be just like me!” 

In fact, very little is recorded regarding what Mary said.

So what does all of this mean to me:

It is in the silence of the Blessed Mother, where she proved her strength.  It is in the silence of the Blessed Mother, that all of us, men and women alike, have one of the best examples in the world to follow.

It is in her obedience and humility to and before God, that she shines above us all. 

It is in her unselfishness on the “Day of the Cross,” not to call Jesus back to herself, that we see her shining like a jewel.

It is when her soul, “magnified God,” even when she knew if no one believed her, she would be “stoned to death,” that we see this woman was about to have a hand in changing the world forever.

She did it with humility, grace, silence, dignity, obedience and love.

Do I care about all of this, “feminism” in our society today?

Not one bit!

Until I find someone who can be an example to me, as great as our Blessed Mother, I never will.

God Bless, SR

 

 

 

 

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How my Mom Taught me to “Not to Throw a Fit!”

It amazes me when I go shopping how many kids are screaming to the top of the their lungs.  They are upset because they want that toy, book, or whatever else their parents said, “NO” to.

Not too far back I saw a 4-5 year old actually slapping and screaming at her grandmother, for the such.  I shook my head, as I was in total disbelief.  So I decided to share my story on how my Mother taught me, “I was not going to get one dat-blasted thing, through a fit.”

I was four years old and she and I went shopping.  At that time they had these wooden pianos, (which I called a pa-nanner) with about 10 keys.  It was bright red and so pretty and “I WANTED IT!”

She told me, “No.”  The fit began.  Crying, kicking, even laying on the floor, kicking and screaming.  So she bought it, to shut me up!

Oh I was a happy little camper then.  Fit, immediately stopped.  Wiped my tears and headed to the check out counter with Mom. 

We got into the car and she did not say a word, but she had one happy little girl.  We drove home and she was quiet, but we did have some chatting going on.

When we got home, she took my “pa-nanner,”  and placed it on the top of my closet shelf.  Back then, closet shelves were very tall.  She then turned to me and said:

“You will never touch it!”

At that, Mom turned and walked off.  Of course I could not reach it, not even with a stool.  In fact I was about 7-8 before I could reach that “pa-nanner.”  It stayed on top of that closet shelf for all of those years.

Then when I could reach it with a stool, she took it and threw it away.  Never once was I ever allowed to hit one key on that “pa-nanner.”   I looked at it every single day of those years, though.

I knew from that point and time in my life, if I wanted anything, it was not going to come to me, because I threw a fit, or thought myself so deserving. 

When she placed my “pa-nanner” on top of that closet shelf, I knew beyond a shadow of a doubt, my hands and that toy would never make contact.  They never did.

I also learned “no” meant “no,” and “yes” meant “yes.” 

There was never any discussion about it, something just told me, “If I liked my rear-end, to let it be.”

It was a lesson which I hated.  It was a lesson taught to me over a period of 3-4 years.  I never again, threw a fit in a store, or anywhere else for that matter. 

What that “lesson” did for me in my adult years, brought me far in life.  I was for the most respected in my work place.  I was always able to “climb the ladder.”  As one boss told me:

“You are a dying breed as far as employees go.  You actually work and do what you are told, without a comeback.”  Thanks Mom!

I just thought I would share this because the best thing a kid can learn is a:

“Life long lesson, taught at a very young age!”

God Bless, SR

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The “Breath of God”

For some reason in my spiritual life, I have always had problems connecting the Holy Spirit to God.  It is not that I did not know He is the “Spirit of God.”  I guess with my inquisitive mind, I knew there was more to it. 

First, let me explain, I knew God was God.  I also knew Jesus was “God Man,” and was also the “Son of God.”  So the two of Them I could connect as one.

When it came to the Holy Spirit, to me, He was sort of out there by Himself in my life.  For some reason I always related to Him differently, and could not connect Him as “One” with God and Jesus.

Of course I prayed about this and this is how I finally accomplished it.

I started reading my Bible through again, starting with Genesis.  I got to the part where God created Adam:

“Then the Lord God formed man from the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and the man became a living being.”

I had to ask myself, “Is the Holy Spirit the “breath of God?”

I begin to look up the word “breath.”  It correlated with God many times in the Bible.  It was always God and the “breath” which was breathed on someone. 

Also, when I read the creation story, God “spoke” everything into existence, except for Adam.  Adam was “formed” from the earth, and then God “breathed” His “breath” inside of him.

I understood, the Holy Spirit flows from the very “nostrils” of God, and is “life giving.”

Today I refer to Him as,

“The Breath of God.”

I realized something else also:

Jesus, the Holy Spirit, myself, you, the ground we walk on, the air we breathe, the sky above us, animals, the moon, stars, every single thing around us and including us, are all connected to God, in some form or fashion. 

I truly believe this is what Jesus knew, and no one understood.  Without the Holy Spirit, we cannot understand this either.  He leads and guides us into the truth of it all. 

More importantly, as the Holy Spirit is one in God, because He lives in us, we are “one” also in God.  Created in His image.

We cannot get out here and try to make it with, one or two thirds of the Trinity.  There are three parts to God:

God Himself, His Son, and His Spirit.

God loves us so much, He actually created us by “breathing His own spirit of life, within us.”

This is why, we are so amazingly made.  This is why we are such a masterpiece. 

The very essence of God, dwells in each and every one of us.

Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

God Bless, SR

 

 

 

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Lord, Am I Willing?

Lord, am I willing to let go of myself to enter the Kingdom of Heaven?

Lord, am I willing to be poor in spirit?  Am I willing to recognize the need for You and Your grace, in my life?  Living unattached to the world, finding my security in You, relying on Your mercy, not on my own merits or material wealth?

Lord, am I willing to mourn for my sins?  Am I willing to let go of pretending they do not exist, offering true contrition and repentance for them?

Lord, am I willing to be meek and appear powerless and insignificant to the world?  Am I willing to let go of always wanting to prove to others how powerful and significant I am?

Lord, am I willing to hunger and thirst for righteousness?  My first priority being to seek Your Kingdom?  Am I willing to let go of my desires of the flesh?

Lord, am I willing to be merciful, therefore imitating You?  Forgiving those who have injured me, being patient and understanding bearing with the faults of another, doing works of charity and having compassion?  Am I willing to let go of a hard- heart and indifference to it all?

Lord, am I willing to be pure in heart, acting with integrity and to serve You unselfishly?  Am I willing to let go of my immoral principles and selfishness?

Lord, am I willing to be a peacemaker, sowing peace into the world, to live at peace with others, sharing the Gospels so others can reconcile themselves to God?  Am I willing to let go of being an agitator, and living my life with others in upheaval and arguing?

Lord, am I willing to be persecuted for righteousness sake?  Am I willing to let go of persecuting others, in order to defend myself?

Lord, am I willing to rejoice when I am persecuted?  Am I willing to let go of the hurt and sorrow it brings into my life, knowing my reward will be great in heaven?

Lord, am I willing……

Prayer:

Lord, I know one of the greatest obstacles I have in life, is detaching myself from me, my emotions, and thoughts.  It is almost at times, as if my wants and desires become my own god to worship. I ask for Your forgiveness for those moments and times. 

Help me Jesus, “To get me out of me, so you can do with me what You will,” so a “pearl of great value,” will one day be mine.

God Bless, SR

Jesus said, “Again the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant in search of fine pearls, who, on finding one pearl of great value, went and sold all he had and bought it.”
Taken from today’s readings:
Matthew 13
Quote taken from:
St. Faustina’s Diary
Image:
James Tissot  “The Hammock”

 

 

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No, I’m Not A Priest 

I reblogged this post, as I think we all need to read it. What this Minister did, really spoke to my heart. His humility and recognizing his own limitations and how he did it will forever stay in my heart. I think it will stay in yours also. God bless, SR

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I have a friend who is a Presbyterian minister. He’s the pastor of a large congregation and he’s always busy. Recently he travelled out of town for a ministry conference. The summer weather caused a flight delay and he spent several hours waiting at the airport. He was about to doze off when a gate agent roused him and said there was an emergency in another part of the concourse and they needed him to help out with it right away. Naturally he followed the agent and several several gates down the corridor, he saw a middle-aged man laying on the floor. A woman keeling over him looked up tearfully when my friend appeared and she pleaded, “Oh Father. Please help him.”

It’s not unusual for some protestant ministers to wear the Roman collar most often associated with Catholic priests. This is true for my friend, who has worn one…

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Lord, Do I Give Others the Fruit of My Sin?

Lord, as I do an examination of my conscience at night, do I find in myself sin and having caused someone else to sin?

Have I lead someone into a conversation of gossip?

Have I set examples to others because of my indifference to their needs and sufferings?

Have I worshiped the idol’s of my own desires in front of others, that I taught them selfishness is okay?

Have I paid back evil for evil to others, making them think, that is how we are supposed to live our lives with one another?

Have I failed to be patient with someone, teaching them when we are busy, we are busy.  The needs of ourselves should always come first?

Have I practiced anger and agitation towards others?  Showing them the love and kindness You taught us, is not what they should be giving?

Am I at times the devil in the Garden of Eden, tempting someone to eat of the fruit of my own sins?

My Prayer:

“Lord, in everything I think, say, and do throughout my day, let me always remember You are there with me.  Bring to me conviction within my soul, when I have sinned or lead others into it.  Help me to always remember I do not only endanger my own soul, but can endanger the soul’s of others as well, by my words and actions.”

“The Son of Man will send his angels, and they will collect out of his kingdom all who cause others to sin and all evildoers.”

God Bless, SR

Taken from todays readings:
Matthew 13:24-43

 

 

 

 

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Our Misery is “Exclusively Ours”

One thing I would like to address in this post is, misery.  As I scan the blog sphere, it seems as if there are so many Christians in “misery” in some form or fashion. 

Be it an illness, depression, a disorder of some sort, financial, family struggles, etc… (I am not excluding myself from these things, as I have suffered great misery for about a year.)  Anyways, I had to ask myself the question:

“Why are so many Christians suffering from so much misery in our lives, today?”

Then I remembered something Jesus told St. Faustina, (my patron saint) as she was offering him her “body, soul, intellect, will and all the sentiments of her heart.”

Jesus told her:

“You have not offered me that which is really yours.” 

St. Faustina said:

“I probed deeply into myself and found that I love God with all the faculties of my soul, and unable to see what I had not yet given to the Lord, I asked, “Jesus tell me what it is, and I will give it to you at once with a generous heart.”  #1318

Jesus said:

“Daughter give me your misery, because it is your exclusive property.”

St. Faustina begin to as she stated, “nestle close to the most Sacred Heart of Jesus.”  “Trusting in His mercy even if she had the sins of the damned weighing on her conscience.”

My notes:

St. Faustina trusted Jesus with everything.  She is my patron saint and I always say, “She chose me, I did not choose her.”  I am extremely grateful to her for many things.

There is something in this conversation she had with Jesus that always stood out to me:

“Jesus did not take her misery, she had to give it to Him.”

As I look at the picture on this post which is:

“The Grotto of the Agony”

by

James Tissot

Christ was in so much misery.  Misery you and I will never be able to comprehend.  The beauty of that is:

Jesus understands the suffering of our misery.  Go back and really think about that picture.  It is misery all over the place, even though the angels are all around Him.

They are around us in our misery.

But:

When Jesus was in the Agony of the Garden, “the angel comforted Him.”  It is different for us.

When we are in the “agony of our garden,”Jesus wants our miserable agony.  He is not going take it, but is “offering to, if we will only give it to Him.”

At times we get our own selves into these situations and sometimes life just brings them to us.  It is not how misery enters into our life, it is what we do with it, when it does.

We can either stress ourselves to death, because as Jesus told St. Faustina:

“Our misery is “exclusively ours.” 

Or:

We can entrust it to, Christ.

Holding on to our misery at times, I think becomes a habit.  In fact, I think at times we wonder, “How will I live without it?” 

Our misery, actually becomes a part of us, and at times we are afraid to live without it.  We let it define who we actually, believe ourselves to be.

Jesus knows this, and He also knows “this is not who we are” nor were we “created to be such.”

Our choice is to give it to Him, or hang on to it.  If we hang on to it, there will never be peace in our lives.

Prayer:

Lord, I stretch out my hand’s to You, and out of them flows all of my misery, to You.

God Bless, SR

Excerpts taken from:
Divine Mercy in My Soul
Diary of Saint Maria Faustina

 

 

 

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Bringing the Cross Forward into My Life Today

All of my life I spent going backwards 2000 years to the Cross.  If I wanted the mercy of the Cross, to stand there with the Blessed Mother, if I wanted to pray underneath the Cross and look up at Jesus, I went back to the Day of the Crucifixion. 

A time to which I was not even born.  A time to which I did not live in.  A time to which I truly have no concept of, other than what I read.

Then something happened.  I read a book and in this book the statement was made:

“Unlike us, God is not limited by time and space.  He sees everything past present and future, all at once.  For God, everything is always present; God lives in the eternal now.”

Another statement made by the author was:

“Each moment you spend in Eucharistic Adoration, all that Christ won for you 2000 years ago on the cross at Calvary is applied to you now in your present moment and present place.  What He did then, affects you now.”

My notes:

  I realized I do not have to go back 2000 years to the Cross.  I do not have to go back 2000 years to receive what Jesus did for me on the Cross.  I do not have to go back there, to have a conversation with Him.

The Cross and all of its mercies and graces, are brought forth in the world I live in today. 

It is timeless and it is infinite.  The Cross and all Jesus did for us, knows no end and has no boundaries.  Especially the boundaries of time and space. 

God does not have these boundaries either.  Therefore, they all meet us in each moment of our lives, daily.

Everything about the Cross can be applied in our lives today, if we are willing to bring it forward.

Jesus does not ever expect us to go backwards, but to bring Him and His many gifts to ourselves.

So today when I pray:

I close my eyes and go into my soul.  There I see Him on the Cross, withering in pain and suffering.  A crown of thorns upon His head, and Blood flowing from every wound in His body.

I begin to speak to Him, “Jesus, You are here with me today.  To comfort and console me.  May each drop of your Blood fall on my face, so I will know the suffering You endured for me.  So that all of my sins, may be covered by such a sweet fragrance of love.”

Then I open my eyes to the world, the time and space that I live in.  It is offering to me many challenges.  Some may be heartache, suffering, or a tear or two shed. 

Then again, I may have no heartache, suffering, or any tear to shed.  I may have complete joy.

I only know this:

Jesus is so willing to come forward, into my space and time.  My world.  He truly is the only One who can. 

Him, His Cross and His love for us will keep coming forward,  for generations to come. 

 Time and space can never bound Him and His love.  Never will it bind what the Cross did for us.

We can either live like it does, or trust at any given moment we can bring the Cross and Jesus into our lives.  Embracing all they have to offer us, today!

God Bless, SR

Excerpts taken from:

“7 Secrets of Confession”

Written by:

Vinny Flynn

A must read!

 

 

 

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Jesus, What Fruit do You Find in Me?

Jesus, when you come to see what kind of fruit I am bearing do You find:

I have heard the word of the kingdom and have not been wise with it?  Only to find the Evil One has snatched away what You have sown in my heart, because I treated it so carelessly?

Do you find what You have sown within me, though I received it with joy, falling on rocky ground?  As soon as tribulation or persecution arose in my life, on the account of Your Word, do You find I immediately fell away?  Do you find this, because there is no root in me?

Do you find what You have sown in me choked by the thorns of this world?  All the cares and distractions which seem so important to me?

I pray Jesus,

“May my soil always be good Lord, which You so desire it to be.  So my tree is not empty, of the Fruit of You.  May I take this “Fruit of Love” which You gave to us all, and give to others a hundredfold?”

Jesus said,  “As for what was sown on good soil, this is he who hears the word and understands it; he indeed bears fruit, and yields, in one case a hundredfold, in another sixty, and in another thirty.”

God Bless, SR

Taken from today’s Readings:
Matthew 13:1-23

 

 

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How I Overcame the Attack’s of Satan (Last Post)

Why was I not getting an answer to my prayers?  I am going to go right into it.

God took me to Daniel Chapter 10:1-14.  Daniel had a vision. An angel was sent to Daniel. (Please go read the whole Chapter)  Part’s of what the angel stated are:

“Stand on your feet, for I have now been sent to you.  Do not fear, humble yourself before God, your words have been heard, and I have come because of your words.  But….. the prince of the kingdom of Persia opposed me,  for twenty-one days.  So Michael, one of the chief princes came to help me, and I left him there with the prince of the kingdom of Persia, and have come to help you understand what is to happen to your people at the end of the days.”

When I read this, it was OVER, as far as I was concerned.  I understood what happens when we pray and why our answer is not immediate, sometimes. 

My notes:

The minute we pray our words are heard.  An angel is dispensed to carry out the answer for God.  Either between heaven and earth, or when they hit earth, the angels meet the powers of darkness. 

Satan and his cohorts are the opposition to the answer of our prayers.  The angels absolutely have to stay there and battle with the demons from hell to get to us.  It could be they are already in another battle, and cannot leave.

It took twenty-one days for this angel to get to Daniel.  St. Michael the archangel had to come help him, so he could leave.  St. Michael was still back there battling it out!  The battle was still not over.

When I read this for me, it absolutely closed the gates of hell in my life.

I understood from the moment I pray, help is on the way.  I understood from the moment the answer is dispensed, demons rise against the answer, and they rise against those who are coming to bring that answer.  A battle begins to take place.  It will either be a long battle or a short one.

This is one of the reason’s at times our help is quick, and this is one of the reason’s at times, it is not. 

So what did I do:

I stopped begging God for an answer and started praising and thanking Him, that the answer was either here or on its way.  I would shut my eyes, go into my soul and see that angel coming, with the answer.  I do it to this day!!!

I say my prayers, get off of my knees, and begin an offering of thanksgiving to God.  I do not go into this begging and pleading with God anymore.  If the answer is “yes,” or if it is “no” it does not matter.  What matters is, my faith is so great now, that I am going to get an answer.  I understand the reason at times, for the delay of that answer.

The devil opposes us, our prayers and the answer to those prayers.  Most of all he opposes God and everything God does.  We cannot forget at one time, Satan, was an angel himself.  He knows what angels are capable of.  We must never think he is not standing there ready to do battle with them, to try and prevent the will of God from happening.  Though he cannot.

I cannot call what has happened to me a journey.  It was pure evil.  Until evil truly attacks your life, you have no idea what you are up against.  I was lost on how to handle it. 

God is not going to take care of all evil for us.  He expects us to cooperate with His grace to overcome it.  If we let Him, He will give to us everything we need to do so.

The End.

God Bless, SR

Dedicated to:

Dan and Heather 

 

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How I Overcame the Attack’s of Satan (Part 4)

Yesterday I wrote about “running towards the lion’s roar.”  You know, when something or someone is “roaring” at us, it takes a lot of courage and strength to “run towards it.”  Especially, when what is behind that roar is gnashing it’s teeth at you and can devour you, as well.  God did not give us a “spirit of fear,” did He?  We need to remember that.

So today I am going to write about how God brought to me a “spirit of courage and strength.”  He did it, by his servant Joshua.  Joshua 1-9

Moses had died.  Now it was Joshua’s turn to take the Israelites across the Jordan “to the land God was giving them.”  It was not all a smooth trip for Joshua and those accompanying him.  When the Lord came to Joshua, these are some of the things God spoke regarding courage and strength:

“No one will be able to stand against you all the days of your life.  Be strong and very courageous, being careful to act in accordance with all the law that my servant Moses commanded you; do not turn from it to the right hand or to the left, so that you are successful wherever you go.  This book of the law shall not depart out of your mouth; you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to act in accordance with all that is written in it.  I hereby command you; “Be strong and courageous; do not be frightened nor dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” 

Actually throughout those verses God told Joshua three times to “be strong and courageous.”  One time He said, “Be very courageous.”  He also told Joshua, “not to let the written word’s of Moses depart from him and to meditate on it day and night.”  One other thing Joshua had to do, was “act in accordance” with those written words.  Live them. Believe them.  Obey them.

So what did this mean for me?

My Notes:

There really was no more messing around for me.  The Word of God had to soak in every fiber of my being.  It had to be studied and thought about.

Most of all, I had to believe everything spoken and written in the Bible, one being,

“God would never go back on His Word or break a promise to me.  He would never leave me an orphan, and would always guide the footsteps in my path, if I would just let Him.”

I begin to study how those are repaid when they “gnash their teeth” at His children, if they do not repent.  I begin to pray for justice for myself and vindication, which really meant, “I just wanted God to make everything right.”  I did not want vengeance upon them. 

Whatever God showed me in His Word, I hung onto for dear life.  I believed it and somehow begin to live it.  I begin to speak it, when necessary. 

I became strong and had courage, in God’s Word.  Then one day, I became very strong and very courageous, in God’s Word, using only the weapons He told me to us.  One of His promises is:

“No weapon formed against me shall prosper, as this is my inheritance from the Lord.”

God is always with us, just as He was with Moses and Joshua.  Again this is a grace He expects us to believe and cooperate with. 

As I began to place every spoken Word of God into my life, never letting it depart from me, everything else had to leave.  Leave it did!

I have so much faith, trust, strength, and courage in all God ever promised to me. 

My vindication:

All I was being accused of doing or saying, was actually being done by my accusers.  All of it came to light.

God was my justice and made everything right.  I took no action in any shape or form, having the strength and courage to forgive.

My next post will be the end of these post.  It will be about what happens on the earth and in heaven when God begins to answer our prayers.

God Bless, SR

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How I Overcame the Attack’s of Satan (Part 3)

Yesterday I wrote about the “time to stay silent.”  Then came the time to “speak”  against all the lies being laid upon me.  “Speak what Lord, I have no clue?”  This is when God really showed up.

Now people, by this time I am begging for mercy!!!!  There is not an ounce of strength in me anymore.  Instead of it all just stopping, God showed me I had to cooperate with His grace.  God gives us grace for sure, but He expects us to get in there and work with it.  The Holy Spirit will show us how, if we let go of us and grab on to Him.

The first place God took me was to Daniel and David.  How God Himself had taken care of their lions, but both of them had to run towards the roar.  I am here to say I had, enough of the roar!!!!  God showed me how, to run towards it.

It was time to speak and He was going to give to me what to speak.

He took me to Psalms 141:4-5, He reminded me of what St. Francis of Assisi’s would say, and He gave me a part of a song.

One day I was being attacked and screamed at, with all the strength of the Lord within me I yelled to the top of my voice:

“I will not eat of the delicacies of your lies anymore!!!  The oil of your lies will not anoint my head one more time!!!!!”  “In the Name of Jesus!”  (Psalms 141-4-5)

Then when I calmed down I said,

“Thank you for making me feel like Jesus.”  (St. Francis of Assisi’s)

My note:

You talk about people looking like I had just lost my mind, they did!  Those word’s silenced that roar and it has never come back.  God took care of that “lion” for me.

I begin to sing:

“All is well with my soul.”

We cannot be afraid of the “lions” and their “roars” in this life.  To defeat them we, again, must cooperate with the grace of God. 

I wanted the mercy of deliverance from this.  God wanted ME to get up!  He wanted to show me, how to be delivered.  Then He wanted me to do it!!!  If you have not read part’s one and two, go back and read them as to how I got to this point. 

Because now:

I defeat the “devil by the word of my testimony,” and “all is well with my soul.”

We cannot walk around with an “ill soul.”  Satan is the one who makes it sick.  He does it with things which we think we cannot overcome, and this throws us into despair. 

Please always remember, “There is a time to speak and a time to stay silent.”

My next two post are going to be about strength, courage, and what happens in the heavens and on earth when God begins to answer our prayers, and teach us how to live.

God Bless and Peace, SR

 

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How I Overcame the Attacks of the Devil (Part 2)

Oh, that wicked tongue!!!!  How it will murder a soul!!!  Satan had set up camp in my life.  Friends, family, it did not matter.  There were unbelievable statements being said to me.  Accusations which were pure lies!  I actually would stand there dumb-founded.  I felt so hated.  So unloved. 

When these feelings approached me, I knew the devil was after my soul.    This became my prayer to God:  (Thank you David)

“I am completely worn out, I am exhausted by sorrow and weeping has shortened my life.  I am weak from all my troubles, even my bones are wasting away.  My eyes are tired from so much crying.”

“Be merciful to me Lord, for I am in trouble.”

I do mean I was in trouble!!!!  My health begin to fail, blood pressure sky rocketed.  My diabetes was so uncontrollable.  I had absolutely no energy.  I could stay up in the morning, but by 2:00 p.m. I was done for. 

After months of this, God came to my rescue.  These are the tools God gave to me:

A study on the tongue in His Word.  The Garden of Eden.  The seasons/times in life.

My notes:

All through the Bible the tongue is the most wicked thing there is.  It is a weapon Satan will use against us at every moment.  I urge all of you to please do a study on the “tongue,” and see how God handles a “tongue” that wants to kill, steal, and destroy.  I also urge you to do this, as to bring control over our own “tongues.”  

We have to remember the “tongue” of the Pharisees, nailed Jesus to the Cross.

So I knew what weapon I was fighting, but how???

That is when God took me to the Garden of Eden:

When Adam and Eve sinned they knew they were naked and trying to hide from God.  God asked them a question:

“Who told you, you were naked?”

Adam and Eve knew they were “naked,” because the devil let them know they were.  They felt ashamed and were afraid, just like I was.  They wanted to hide from God in their despair and feeling of unworthiness.  The devil had placed “shame on them.”  He was placing shame on me.

God did something:

He killed an animal and made skins to cover Adam and Eve.  The first blood shed for sin. 

I knew at this point the devil was telling me, “You are naked.”  “You are worthless.”  “You are shameful.”

God was telling me:

I have you covered.

The Seasons of life:

Again God took me through His Word.  The seasons and times of life.  And there it was:

“A time to speak and a time to stay silent.”

See I wanted to defend myself, which only gained me more heartache and sorrow.  No matter how much I tried to defend there was no winning.  

But when I hushed:

God came to my defense and it stopped.  See one cannot come against a blank wall, that does not speak back.  A wall which turns and walks away.  A wall which does not give “insult for insult.”  Remind you of Someone? 

Maybe, Jesus?

The best weapon the devil has for killing a soul, is our tongues.  When we walk away from it, though hurt and humiliate it does, we will never be more Christ-like.

The stress goes away.  My health improved.  Blood pressure and sugar are now normal.  I have peace.  It has stopped, as it had no choice, but to stop.  I was not going to feed it anymore by trying to defend myself.

That is what God is for! 

Do not ever let the devil lie to you and tell you, “You are naked.”  We are not.

We are clothed by the Blood of Christ.

The “last” Blood, shed for sin.

God Bless, SR

 

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How I Overcame the Attacks of the Devil (Part 1)

Most of us all have to deal with the attack’s of Satan, in some form or fashion.  Be they come from someone, something, illness, finances, etc….  We all endure them. 

Some attacks last for a short time.  At times, it seems as if they are never going to stop. 

Several of my post are going to be about how I survived mine, which have been going on for almost a year now.  I have learned a lot.  I have walked  through them all, with God.  I will be explaining everything God taught me, in the hope that I will help others.  Others being, you!

Please always remember you are never alone, though at times it seems like there is nothing or anyone with you.  I am here to testify there is.  His name is, God.

All what has happened is really not the point.  I will say it did involve betrayal, being made to feel so low I would have to stand on my tip toes to lick a snake’s belly, lies, deceit, financial burden, illness, and feeling so unloved, I thought I would die.  I have shut myself off from the world for months.  I never let go of God and He never let go of me.

Today I have strength, hope and a faith in God which I thought was impossible to obtain.  This is the beginning of my story, of how I got to this place.

First…. I had to realize Satan had invaded my life.  I do not know how he got in.  I do not know where it all came from.  All I know he was going to try and destroy me anyway that he could.  I was in a battle for my life, health, and sanity.  It was a battle I was going to learn how to fight.  My teacher was going to be God, through the Holy Spirit, and the understanding of God’s Word.

First I had to get rid of the thoughts which were invading my mind.  Thoughts which attacked me day and night.  Thoughts which brought so much anger and pain.  This is how I did it.

God took me to Joshua 1:8:


“This book of the law shall not depart out of your mouth; you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to act in accordance with all that is written in it.”

 

My notes:

I knew God was telling me I had to “read the Bible more.”  Not only that, “I could not let it depart from me and I had to meditate on it day and night.”

I went and bought me index cards and something to hold them on my refrigerator.  When I read the Bible I would ask the Holy Spirit to show me what He was wanting me to see.  Then, I wrote the Scripture verse/verses on the index card and hung them on the refrigerator. 

I read them over, over, and over until they actually became part of not only my life, but who I am, and who I was going to become.  I only hung one card up at a time until it sunk into every inch of my being.  Then I would go to the next one.

Eventually I begin to speak, know, and live them. I meditated “day and night.”   My faith did nothing but grow in God’s Word. 

I could actually begin to see how God’s Word, was being fulfilled in my life.

 The first step is reading and believing His word.  Meditate on it, “day and night.”

Walk in faith on what He is telling you.  “Act in accordance with it.”

“Being careful to do so.”

  God will not go back on a promise He made to any of us. 

God Bless, SR   

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