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Crosswalking

SOMETHING BELIEVERS SOMETIMES COMMIT TO DO

Yesterday, I was invited to begin a discussion on the website I had to join in order to comment about another blog. It’s called Disqus.com, have you heard of it? So, anyway, I quickly rethought my original comment, which, honestly, was not that good. But since it was a newly posted article that featured the photo of the newly launched US Navy Destroyer Ship and video, my opinion about it, as a classified government issue, and, well, I guess I helped stimulate some activity.

imageHere is the crosswalk I found to post with disqus.com. Located in Hawaii in two locations, someone thought a crosswalk modification might create some interest. But for only eight short paint stripes, the ‘ALOHA’ crosswalk cost their community $4,000 to fix. (kron2.com)

The reason that ‘crosswalks’ came up, was how during our errand-running, we drove through a newly popular business section of our city [Providence] that has had some crosswalks newly installed which we drove over making bumpity-bumpity sounds and made an impression in my conscience. And the theme of my Disqus.com post was appropriate.

ANOTHER IMAGE OF CROSSWALKING

from Christianitymalaysia.com

from Christianitymalaysia.com

MALAYSIA’S MOST COMPREHENSIVE CHRISTIAN

“Christian suffering has to do with the cross you and I take and heave on our backs. As John White states,

“It is a suffering because of a deliberate choice. The kind of cross to which Christ refers in Luke 9:23 is not a cross of rheumatism or of the petty annoyances in life. It is the badge of a true follower of Jesus. It may take any form, sickness, loneliness, persecution or even death.

 (John White, Magnificent Obsession, rev. ed (Downers Grove, Ill:Inter Varsity Press, 1990), 75.

I cannot actually find an example of “deliberate choice suffering” just mentioned . . . except possibly one. When St. Paul told of his thorn in the flesh, which he wanted to be healed of, and asked three times for relief. You remember that. (2 Cor. 12:7-9) God told him, no. “No, my grace is sufficient for you, your strength is made perfect in weakness.” . . . Which helps my faith to understand, somewhat.

So I have had to go deeper. (Even while the Presidential debates are broadcasting, listen to this!)

OUR PARTICIPATION IN CHRIST’S SACRIFICE

The cross is the unique sacrifice of Christ, the one mediator between God and man. (1Tim.2:5) But because of his incarnate divine person, he has in some way united himself to every man, ‘the possibility of being made partners in a way known to God, in the paschal mystery.’ is offered to all men ” (GS 22 5 cf 2: ref. to Gaudium et spec > [Second Vatican Council paragraph])

“He called his disciples to take up their cross and follow him.” (Mt.16:24)

“For Christ also suffered for us leaving us an example so that we should follow in his steps.” (1 Pe.2:21) 

In fact, Jesus desires to associate with his redeeming sacrifice, those who were to be his first beneficiaries. (Mk. 10:39; Jn. 21:15-19; Col.1:24)

“This is achieved supremely in the case of his mother, who was associated more intimately than any other person in the mystery of his redemptive suffering.” (Lk. 2:35). 

[“Apart from the cross, there is no other ladder by which we may get to heaven.” – St. Rose of Lima, vita mirabilis (“A Wonderful Life”), Louvain 1668]

CARRYING THE CROSS – OIL ON CANVAS

The Crucifixion by Fra Angelico (Guido di Pietro) Metropolitan Museum of Art

JESUS ACTUALLY DIED NAILED TO A ROMAN CROSS

Listening to a sermon or homily taken from the Catechism of the Catholic Church tells that Jesus died by crucifiction. And his cross-carrying walk happened after a beating that exceeded the maximum stripes. Can we even imagine the severity of pain his skin cried out to him? Then add the pain of muscles lifting to exhaustion!

But, being the Son of God he was, he had to know the depths of suffering he was still willing and able to endure — if only to please his Father in heaven. After all, he had only one life to give, but only his singular, sinless life could pay the huge price needed to redeem all mankind from original sin. [This plan could only be devised by Father and Son.]

ALL MANKIND IS REDEEMED FROM THE ORIGINAL SIN INHERITED FROM ADAM AND EVE 

The wonderful news of this truth is glorious! And history confirms it. But if someone hears and believes this, he still must come into the Church to receive the effected cleansing. The sacrement of baptism is what cleanses a soul from original sin. Did you know this? Hope of being saved is here. Joining the Body of Christ bears entrance to holiness.

The point of crosswalking is simple. Look both ways, up and down, before you decide to cross the street to enter the church. Everyone needs faith to do this, but not understanding the eternal benefits, that are true, and for everyone, might just keep some from desiring to enter. The enemy is smarter than we think, HE can close someone’s mind here.

I learned something about the crucifixion today. I was requested to drive Miss Daisy to a craft store across county lines while the clouds darkened and a wonderful series of cooling showers came all around us. At the store, I walked right to the book display. And there was a new book that caught my eye. The Book of Mysteries by Jonathan Cahn. I asked to have it.

“How much?” She asked. 

“Twenty dollars.” I said, having looked at the back jacket. 

Then she turned to the front cover, after admitting “we’ll just have to get it then.” 

And then, we both looked at the discount price, which was fifty percent. (That to my mind is a gift of grace!) 

Now let me share what I found what Rabbi Jonathan Cahn said in his book about the crucifixion:

“If the death of the Messiah was ordained by God, an event of the highest holiness, why did it happen through such unholy means?” I asked the teacher. (page 77, The Priests of the Offering)

“The key people who delivered Messiah to his death were the high priests, Sanhedrin, sons of Aaron. They were the regular officials who made offerings of sacrifices, while Yeshua (Jesus) was the Lamb of God, as prophecy tells us. So they killed him because they were anointed to kill God’s Lamb, and he was anointed to die by their authority.”

“So they killed him because they were priests, and he was the sacrifice?” I asked.

“Not because they knew what they were doing, but nevertheless, because they were the ones ordained to do so.” Teacher said.

“But they were evil,” I said, “And their motives and actions were corrupt.”

“And yet through their actions came deliverance,” his teacher said. “The world is filled with evil, with the imperfect and the wrong. But causes all these things, the wrong, the imperfect, and the evil, to work together for the good, the holy, and the perfect. . .in this world and in your life. . .

“The tears, the crises, the heartbreaks, the evil, and all the wrong, will in the end, become the priests of the offering, to fulfill the sacred purposes and blessings God has ordained for your life.” (The Good Friday Sacrifice Mysteries, Charismahouse.com, Lake Mary, Florida, 2016. Used under fair-use provision of the US Copyright laws as permitted.)

IS THERE ANYTHING OR ANYONE IN THIS WORLD WORKING FOR EVIL?

Such revelation of the mystery of how and why our Savior willingly carried his cross to die is understanding my faith can benefit for having. I can even apply this to our national Presidential election even two to three weeks away. The enemy gets me down to think horrible thoughts about a humanist-liberal, atheist woman, cousin Hillary, becoming President.

Having some more understanding about Jesus Christ’s work on the cross that he gloriously finished for us, it seems to me we can find comfort that he humbly knew what he was doing, and by God’s grace he did it! And by God’s grace we receive it! Satan has someplace in our homes, our schools, and our courts. We recommit to carrying the cross he gives us to carry.

My cross is now praying to learn more comforting, mystery-revelations to share with your suffering hearts. 

Charles Bundschu

@wordlifejournal

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WHAT DOES A PROTEST ACCOMPLISH?

ACLU Rhode Island, ‘Know Your Rights’ pamphlet (riaclu.org)

HOW CAN ONE RACE SAY THEIR LIVES MATTER TO ALL OTHERS AS MUCH AS THEIRS?

BY THE NEWS MEDIA . . .

We are robbed of our dignified livelihood by protests-gone-bad or terrorism, and the media demands steal time and coverage that supersedes routine daily life. Part of the problem is individuals can use the media to sacrifice their own lives for their cause which is not godly, and no one can stop it.  Not the government, not the president, and not God.

There is something dreadfully wrong when the movement stops the news media world and nothing can be done. I got a Facebook post that explains how our freedom is allowing vulnerability to violent people who are willing to let the enemy take over their soul by destroying others indiscriminately. This is a spiritually wicked phenomenon.

Our world was perfectly created by our Father God, but he gave a single rule to follow and that enabled the wicked god-of-this-world to lie and bring about willing disobedience. Hense, civil disobedience was created. And all rule-of-laws is a poor foundation to base our country upon. Our inalienable rights are vested with God—not our US Constitution.

WHAT IS GOD’S PROTEST SAYING?

6-8 God continued: “Preach all this in the towns of Judah and the streets of Jerusalem. Say, ‘Listen to the terms of this covenant and carry them out! I warned your ancestors when I delivered them from Egypt and I’ve kept up the warnings. I haven’t quit warning them for a moment. I warned them from morning to night: “Obey me or else!” But they didn’t obey. They paid no attention to me. They did whatever they wanted to do, whenever they wanted to do it, until finally I stepped in and ordered the punishments set out in the covenant, which, despite all my warnings, they had ignored.’”

9-10 Then God said, “There’s a conspiracy among the people of Judah and the citizens of Jerusalem. They’ve plotted to reenact the sins of their ancestors—the ones who disobeyed me and decided to go after other gods and worship them. Israel and Judah are in this together, mindlessly breaking the covenant I made with their ancestors.”

11-13 “Well, your God has something to say about this: Watch out! I’m about to visit doom on you, and no one will get out of it. You’re going to cry for help but I won’t listen. Then all the people in Judah and Jerusalem will start praying to the gods you’ve been sacrificing to all these years, but it won’t do a bit of good. You’ve got as many gods as you have villages, Judah! And you’ve got enough altars for sacrifices to that impotent sex god Baal to put one on every street corner in Jerusalem!” (Jeremiah 11:6-13 MSG)

HOW OUR COUNTRY CAN STILL HAVE HOPE . . .

This week I learned something I have never heard before. When I was five years old, on August 6th, 1945, a date that will live in infamy, an atomic bomb, called ‘Little boy’, was dropped on the large city of Hiroshima, Japan. Everybody knows that, but what I learned today was that eight priests survived despite being close to ground zero. God’s provision saved them miraculously.

(The story is linked here.)

How could I have lived over 70 years and not ever heard about this supernatural fact? It is well documented. And God has educated me by working his plan into my life so that now I can accept such an unusual reality. But now I have to explain to you that I have learned a principle of prayer that all of the eight priests were practicing in their mission. You can too.

Let me digress here. Months ago, I was attacked with ingesting some tree spores, by sneezing , bending over, while tying my shoelaces. My sinuses were immediately infected. I had been fasting two meals a day for a month. My blood thinned without supplementation by vitamin-mineral fortification, and my nose began to bleed . . .

One of the TV Catholic brothers had said he was fasting two meals by having bread and water. I thought I can do that with the high protein bread we buy at the local organic market with large gallon bottles of pure water. It was easy enough, and I lost ten pounds. But I had let lapse the vitamin suppliments we were accustomed to taking, and anemia resulted.

MY AFFLICTION LED ME TO SEEK HELP AND IN TIME LEARNED TO PRAY BETTER . . .

It was seven weeks or more that led me through the treatment process of doctoring my sinusitus. I had begun to think this healing needed more devotion to God. First my morning prayer had to be updated. That story is linked here–my wife had encouraged me with gift crosses from our favorite Hobby Lobby. And I learned how to pray the rosary crossing myself.

The practical point of prayer is to intercede for others, so I began to lengthen my prayer list to include over a thousand names–including family, cousins, pastors, churches, evangelical events, and journalists and government officials who needed prayer. That meant prayer two times a day. Then I learned about novena prayers, and did that mid-day.

All this, made my wife more demanding because she kept me busy doing yard work, wearing mask, and I learned this routine is what monks do, they only pray and work. Now she is happy living with a monk. But one monk doesn’t make a monestery . . .

MEANWHILE BACK TO OUR COUNTRY BEING ATTACKED BY VIOLENT PROTESTS . . .

The answer to our country, if you haven’t figured this already, is the church. Oh, I know that’s hard to accept. But not just any church. We are talking the Holy Catholic Church. Oh, alright, I am not a Catholic, and I am not planning to become one any time soon. (Too many obstacles) But our only conclusion is this, all things are possible with God.

Our nation needs a miracle to survive the coming catestrophic events caused by deranged individuals. Only Christianity has the corporate church; the spiritual body of Christ is able to provide the steps we need to take to withstand an atomic bombing. The explanation is in the power of prayer, one prayer, the Rosary. It is scripturally powerful. Takes 30 minutes.

So you think our enemies are not smart enough to attack with atomic bombs? Well, think again. The salvation of our country is in our faith in our Deliverer. Be forewarned and look up some of my research concerning how bloody smart Satan actually is. But God, our Father, provides for his own people as we are doing what pleases him. (WordPress.com)

AMEN!

[Editor note: This post is written in sincere remorse for the plight of honest protestors, who are openly willing to sacrifice their time and privacy to benefit the cause they believe in. The author is expressing here objective thoughts without malice or forethought to gain any self aggrandizement in light of the sorrowful loss of dedicated public servants. CB3]

May the Lord bless and keep you,

Charles

@wordlifejournal

RECONCILIATION — Prayers for RNC confession

 

This morning as I made my bed, the words, ‘ministry of reconciliation’ were impressed in my conscience. This gave me thoughts of how this week I have become truly disappointed with what the Republican candidate said not presidentially.

You have heard them. That’s not the point. How can he recover from it? The dear cable media has made him to be a clown in Trump clothing, but worse, my personal opinion has changed to agree with the media — Clinton is presidential!

Right, I need to confess this. Can somebody help me go to confession, and can anyone help Donald Trump go to public confession? (He needs desperately to change his heart and get back into some semblance of Evangelical centrality, or RNC is over.)

THANK GOD FOR THE MINISTRY OF RECONCILIATION

“The Catholic sacrement of reconciliation (also known as penance) has three elements: Conversion, confession, and celebration.”[Americancatholic.org]

Is it any wonder that the Speaker of the House, Congressman Paul Ryan, who is a faithful Catholic, having finally endorsed Donald Trump one day, had to censure his remarks on the very next day? The media has unleashed the monster political sin.

Thinking about this, my conscience has come up with the only solution of hope for our families, our nation, and our world. Lately, I have expanded my prayer ministry, by offering what the Church calls novenas, nine prayers for nine days, to canonized Saints. [Nine days represents the period from the Ascention to the Pentacost.]

ONLY THE PATRON SAINT FOR STATESMEN CAN HELP TRUMP

Here is how I found this. I have been praying several targeted prayers for certain complaints, like digestive ailments, the liver, runaway child, and each have a patron saint assigned by the church. So I search for who they are and find their novena.

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Saint Thomas More canonized in 1935 for his martyrdom in 1535. (Wikipedia.com)

Saint Thomas More is who I found for our devout followers to pray his novena. If God the Father hears such prayers, and we know he does, the Donald Trump will have to wake up and fly right! We cannot afford to allow liberals to run our nation godlessly.

(Read the words of the specific prayer here) Pray to God and use the matchless name of Yeshua-Jesus, and his ministry of reconciliation (meaning, going to confession, taking communion, and adoring the Eucharistic Covenant . . . signifying holiness.)

Having just read the above novena, notice how speaking to the Saint, is most complementary and descriptive of his character as history recorded. Fill in the blank with: For Donald Trump to see, hear and feel blessed Thomas’ character to live it.

Together we can realize the miracle of our nation’s salvation on Election Day.

Charles

@wordlifejournal

 

MISSION POSSIBLE: Prayer for saints’ intercession.

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Saint Peter with the keys of the kingdom, interceding for the church.

Questions: Who is in this ‘great cloud of witnesses’ all around us? (Hebrews 12:1) Are they not the many saints that make up the heavenly host? And if we are not able to pray to them so much, are they not able to intercede for us? 

Answer: 

THE INTERCESSION OF THE SAINTS

“Fundamentalists often challenge the Catholic practice of asking saints and angels to pray on our behalf. But the Bible directs us to invoke those in heaven and ask them to pray with us.

“Thus, in Psalm 103 we pray, ‘Bless the Lord, O you his angels, you mighty ones who do his word, hearkening to the voice of his word! Bless the Lord, all his hosts, his ministers that do his will!’ (Ps. 103:20–21). And in the opening verses of Psalms 148 we pray, ‘Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord from the heavens, praise him in the heights! Praise him, all his angels, praise him, all his host!’

“Not only do those in heaven pray with us, they also pray for us. In the book of Revelation, John sees that ‘the twenty-four elders [the leaders of the people of God in heaven] fell down before the Lamb, each holding a harp, and with golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the Saints.’ (Rev. 5:8). Thus the saints in heaven offer to God the prayers of the saints on earth.” (Catholic.com)

WHY DO CATHOLICS PRAY TO SAINTS?

“When Catholics say the word saint, they are usually talking about a specific kind of saint, a canonized saint. Catholics should probably be more explicit so as not to cause confusion.

“The Church recognizes some Christians (saints) that have endured, entered Heaven and won the crown, and while there, have proven to be serious prayer warriors for us on earth. The Church must be convinced beyond a shadow of a doubt that the saint is in heaven. This is why they go through so much scrutiny over each and every saint. When they canonize someone they are really saying: ‘Hey, this person had a very cool relationship to the Lord while on earth and now they are in heaven and are really praying hard for us.

“Any evangelical could look at people who have been canonized by the Catholic Church and say, ‘yeah, that person is in heaven. That’s a good choice.’ (Catholicbridge.com)

WHAT IS DIVINE MERCY?

“Divine Mercy gets to the heart of Sacred Scripture. In fact, as the Catechism of the Catholic Church says, ‘The Gospel is the revelation in Jesus Christ of God’s mercy to sinners’ (1849). Right there: That summarizes it. Divine Mercy is the Gospel. It’s the good news. And so, it gets to the very center of our faith. Moreover, in the words of Pope Benedict XVI, ‘Divine Mercy is not a secondary devotion, but an integral dimension of Christian faith and prayer.’ Benedict even goes so far as to say, ‘Mercy is the central nucleus of the Gospel message.’

“Okay, so what is Divine Mercy? What is this thing that gets to the heart of Sacred Scripture and to the very center of our faith? To begin, mercy is ‘love’s second name,’ as John Paul II said. ‘It’s a particular kind of love, a particular mode of love when it encounters suffering, poverty, brokenness, and sin.’

“Divine Mercy is when God’s love meets us and helps us in the midst of our suffering and sin. In fact, because this side of eternity we’re all sinners and because suffering is our lot in life, God’s love for us here always takes the form of mercy. It’s always the Lord stepping out in compassion to help us poor, weak, and broken sinners. From our perspective, then, every good we receive is an expression of Divine Mercy.” (Marians of the Immaculate Conception) [thedivinemercy.org]

My theology401 blog is a personal response to my conscience hearing thoughts from God. This promisedsoil blog expands what I learned from it. And if you have followed me, you may have noticed the consistency, or a direction of my progress. . .

PRAYER IS BECOMING MY EFFECTIVE WAY TO HELP SOMEONE

In the past two weeks, I have learned to pray the Rosary every night. Upon that, for my concern about additional online requests for prayer, I found to pray the nine successive days of novena (Latin, novem is ‘nine’) prayers mentioning certain saints as patrons.

So I see the request, like someone on Facebook who is in the ministry who has a liver problem. I search for the patron saint for liver problems, then, for the novena prayer the church has written for the Saint interceding especially for that concern; and pray.

Now, God is enabling me to pray more as I am able. I haven’t heard so much results yet, but yesterday, when a nephew mentioned how his wife was in an accident, my thought rushed to the Daily prayer of Freedom, and that they might want to have it.

Then today, Facebook notified me that my oldest daughter had seconded my offering of daily prayer by saying she was praying along with me for them. That blessed my heart to see how God is bringing his Good News into even our own family suffering.

THE MORE I CHOOSE TO PRAY THE LESS I CONSCIOUSLY SIN

Our prayer requires some concentration, and the words lead to devotion for my heart to lead my mind. (Our spirit is sensitive to written prayers, while either good or bad thoughts can enter our mind.) Keeping notes, I record the good, and rebuke the bad.

Any chance to communicate our efforts of family prayer, is exciting, especially when it is more than ‘like’, or ‘happy birthday’, or ‘Merry Christmas’–if that’s all families give and get. Facebook is about a thousand-word photo, not a prayer–until a tragedy.

Now, we can begin to realize how God gets our attention by allowing the enemy to breach our hedge of protection. It happens, but for good reason. We need to turn away from sin, self, and all fleshly desires. Godly wisdom brings families together.

THE SUFFERING OF YESHUA-JESUS’ PASSION IS MY CONSOLATION

I am finally learning how the church teaches Yeshua-Jesus’ crucifiction can be brought into each day of my life. It is through personal prayer, and communion alone or together. The Catholic mass is a mystery that claims holy presence like no other.

If you think there is some conflict to keep us from gaining a holy life, you are right. The world, the flesh, and self battle over every issue. Yet, there is hope to find help to overcome our family dysfunction. Only faith in Yeshua-Jesus can bring peace.

Let us acknowledge the mystery of the Gospel in every form of prayer can help change and reform our hearts to receive reenforcements, and prevent any enemy advance. Bottom line, increasing devotion to God, his word, and his church is my answer.

May the Lord bless and keep you.

Charles

@wordlifejournal

 

Expanded Daily Prayer for Freedom

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A mystical still life captured of our home’s Entry by Vivian

THE MOST POWERFUL PRAYER THAT IS WELL WORTH THE EXTRA EFFORT!
“Why a long version? Over the years we have come to learn a great deal about prayer and spiritual warfare. Frankly, the prayers of our youth have not proved sufficient for the trials of a more mature believer advancing the Kingdom of God. This longer version reflects the kind of prayer needed in times of intense ministry or times of great pressure and attack. Frankly, it just has more firepower. Try it—you’ll see.” Said author and pastor John Eldredge. [Includes his Scripture references-notes, which I have studied and listed.]

“My dear Lord Jesus, I come to you now to be restored[1] in you, renewed in you, to receive from you all the grace and mercy I so desperately need this day. I honor you as my Sovereign, and I surrender every aspect and dimension of my life totally and completely to you. I give to you my spirit, soul, and body, my heart, mind, and will. I cover myself with your blood[2]—my spirit, soul, and body, my heart, mind, and will. I ask Holy Spirit to restore me in you, renew me in you, and lead me in this time of prayer. In all that I now pray, I stand in absolute agreement with your Spirit and with my intercessors and allies, by your Spirit and by your Spirit alone.

THE TRINITY

“Dearest God, holy and victorious Trinity, you alone are worthy of all my worship, my heart’s devotion, all my praise, all my trust, and all the glory of my life. I love you, I worship you, I give myself over to you in my heart’s search for life. You alone are Life, and you have become my life. I renounce all other gods, every idol, and I give to you the place in my heart and in my life that you truly deserve. This is all about you, God, and not about me; you are the Hero of this story, and I belong to you. I ask your forgiveness for my every sin. I renounce my sins. I ask you to search me and know me and reveal to me where you are working in my life and grant to me the grace of your healing, deliverance, your holiness, and a deep and true repentance.

THE FATHER

“Heavenly Father, thank you for loving me and choosing me before you made the world[3]. You are my true Father—my creator, redeemer, sustainer, and the true end of all things, including my life. I love you, I trust you, I worship you. I give myself over to you, Father, to be one with you in everything as Jesus is one with you. Thank you for proving your love by sending your only Son Jesus to be my substitute and representative[4], to be my Rock. I receive him and all his life and all his work which you ordained for me[5]. Thank you for including me in Christ[6], for forgiving me my sins[7], for granting me his righteousness[8], for making me complete in him[9].

“Thank you for making me alive with Christ[10], raising me with him[11], seating me with him at your right hand[12], establishing me in his authority[13], and anointing me with your love[14], your Spirit, and your kingdom. I receive it with thanks and give it total claim to my spirit, soul, and body, my heart, mind, and will. I bring the life and work of the Lord Jesus Christ over my life today, over my home, my family, my household, throughout my kingdom and domain.

THE SON

“Jesus, thank you for coming to ransom me with your own life[15], I love you, I worship you, I give myself over to you to be one with you in all things—spirit, soul, and body, heart, mind, and will. I sincerely embrace[16] you as my redemption, and all the work and triumph in your cross, death, blood[17], and sacrifice (Crucifix), through which my every sin is atoned for, I am ransomed and delivered from the kingdom of darkness and transferred to your kingdom, my sin nature is removed[18], my heart is circumcised unto God[19], and every claim being made against me is disarmed[20] this day.

THE CRUCIFICTION

“I now take my place in your stripes, death, and cross (Crucifix), dying with you to sin, to my flesh[21], to this world[22], to the evil one[23], and his kingdom. I take up the Crucifix and crucify my flesh with all its pride, arrogance, unbelief, and idolatry [and anything else you are currently struggling with]. I put off the old man[24]. Apply to me all the work in your cross, death, blood, and sacrifice (Crucifix). I receive it with thanks and give it total claim to my spirit, soul, and body, my heart, mind, and will.

“I bring the blood and sacrifice of the Lord Jesus Christ over my life today, over my home, my family, my household, my vehicles, finances, over all my kingdom and domain. I bring the cross, death, blood, and sacrifice (Crucifix) of Jesus Christ against Satan, against his evil kingdom, against every foul and unclean (demonic) spirit, every foul power and black art, against every witch, and against every human being and their spirit, their warfare and household. I bring the cross, death, blood, and sacrifice (Crucifix) of the Lord Jesus Christ to the borders of my kingdom and domain, and I stake it there in the name of Jesus Christ.

“Crucifix” with sign saying in Latin, JESUS OF NAZARETH KING OF THE JEWS

 

THE RESURRECTION

“Jesus, I also sincerely receive you as my Life[25], and I receive all the work and triumph in your resurrection, through which you have conquered sin, death, judgment, and the evil one. Death has no power over you, nor does any foul thing. And I have been raised with you to a new life, to live your life—dead to sin and alive to God[26]. I am crucified with Christ, and it is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me[27].

I take my place now in your resurrection and in your life[28], and I give my life to you to live your life. I am saved by your life. I reign in life through Your life[29]. I now put on the new man[30] in all holiness and humility! in all righteousness, purity and truth. Christ is now my life[31], the one who strengthens me[32]. I receive your hope, love, faith, joy, your goodness, trueness, wisdom, power, and strength. Holy Spirit apply to me all the work and triumph of the resurrection of Jesus Christ for me. I receive it with thanks and I give it total claim to my spirit, soul, and body, my heart, mind, and will.

“I bring the resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ over my life today, over my home, my family, my household, my vehicles, finances, over all my kingdom and domain. I bring the resurrection and the empty tomb of Jesus Christ against Satan[33], against his evil kingdom, against every foul and unclean (demonic) spirit, every foul power and black art, against every witch, and against every human being and their spirit, their warfare, and household. I bring the resurrection and the empty tomb of the Lord Jesus Christ to the borders of my kingdom and domain, and I stake it there in Jesus’ name.

THE ASCENSION

“Jesus, I also sincerely receive you as my authority, rule, and dominion, my everlasting victory against Satan and his kingdom, and my ability to bring your Kingdom at all times and in every way. I receive all the work and triumph in your ascension, through which Satan has been judged and cast down[33], his evil rulers principalities disarmed[34]; and all authority in heaven and on earth has been given to you, Jesus[35]. And I have been given fullness in you the head over all[36]; you are worthy to receive all glory and honor, power and dominion, now and forever.

“I take my place now in your authority and in your throne, through which I have been raised with you to the right hand of the Father and established in your authority[37]. Greater is he who is in me than he who is in the world[38]. Christ has given me power and authority to overcome the enemy, and I claim that authority, now, standing in place over, above, and against every enemy, and I banish them in the name of Jesus Christ[39]. I give myself to you, to reign with you always. Apply to me all the work and triumph in your authority and your throne; I receive it with thanks, and I give it total claim to my spirit, soul, and body, my heart, mind, and will.

THE FULLNESS OF CHRIST’S WORK

“I now bring the authority, rule, and dominion of the Lord Jesus Christ over my life today, over my home, my family, my household, my vehicles, finances, over all my kingdom and domain. I now bring the authority, rule, and dominion of the Lord Jesus Christ and the fullness of the work of Christ against Satan, against his evil kingdom, against every foul and unclean (demonic) spirit—every ruler, power, authority, and spiritual force of wickedness, their every weapon, claim, and device.

“[At this point, I specifically name all foul and unclean (demonic) spirits that I know have been attacking me, such as fear, doubt, accident, injury, death, the religious spirit, pride, arrogance, slothfulness, gluttony, etc.]

“I send all foul and unclean (demonic) spirits bound to the throne of Christ, together with every back-up and replacement, every weapon, claim, and device—by the authority of the Lord Jesus Christ and in his name. I command the judgment of the Lord Jesus Christ upon the heads of those that refuse to obey, and I send them to judgment, by the authority of the Lord Jesus Christ and in his name.

“I now bring the authority, rule, and dominion of the Lord Jesus Christ and the fullness of the work of Christ against every foul power and black art—every hex, vex, and incantation, every spell, weave, web, veil, shroud, charm, and snare; against every ritual, sacrifice, and device; against every vow, dedication, and sacrifice, every word, judgment, and curse—written, spoken, unspoken, or transferred to me. I command them disarmed and broken by the authority of the Lord Jesus Christ and in his name.

“I now bring the authority, rule, and dominion of the Lord Jesus Christ and the fullness of the work of Christ against every witch, cult, and coven, every channel of black arts to me. I cut them off in the name of the Lord; I send the glory of God to them to turn them in Jesus’ name.

“I now bring the authority, rule, and dominion of the Lord Jesus Christ and the fullness of the work of Christ between me and every human being—their spirit, soul, body, their sin, warfare, and their household. I bring the full work of Christ between me and [now I name people I’ve counseled or prayed for, family members, folks in crisis looking to me, etc.]. I command their human spirits bound back to their bodies and their warfare bound to the throne of Christ in their life. I bring the full work of Christ between me and my household and all people, in the authority of Jesus Christ and in his name.

THE HOLY SPIRIT

“Holy Spirit, thank you for coming for me today. I love you, I worship you, I trust you. I honor you as Lord.  I sincerely embrace you, become my union with the Father and the Son, the Spirit of truth in me, the life of God in me, my counselor, comforter, strength, helper and guide[40] You have clothed me with power from on high, sealed me in Christ[41]. Restore my union with the Father and the Son. Lead me into all truth, anoint me for all of my life and walk and calling, and lead me deeper into Jesus today[42]. I honor you as Lord, and I fully give to you every aspect and dimension of my spirit, soul, and body, my heart, mind, and will—to be filled with you, to walk in step with you in all things[43]. I receive all the work and triumph in Pentecost[44] through which you have come. Fill me afresh, blessed Holy Spirit. I receive you with thanks, and give you total claim to my life.

“Heavenly Father, thank you for granting to me every spiritual blessing of heaven in Christ Jesus[45]. I claim the riches in Christ Jesus over my life today, over my home, my family, my work, over all of my kingdom and domain. I bring the blood of Christ once more over my spirit, soul, and body, over my heart, mind, and will. I put on the full armor of God: the belt of truth, breastplate of righteousness, shoes of the gospel, helmet of salvation; I take up the shield of faith and sword of the Spirit, and I choose to be strong in the Lord and in the strength of your might[46], to pray at all times in the Spirit.

“Jesus, thank you for your angels. I summon them in the name of Jesus Christ and instruct them to destroy all that is raised against me, to establish your Kingdom over me, to rebuild the shields and hedges of protection around me and my household, and to minister to me your ministry[47]. I ask you to send forth your Spirit to raise up prayer and intercession for me[48]. I now call forth the kingdom of the Lord Jesus Christ throughout my home, my household, my kingdom, and domain in the authority of the Lord Jesus Christ, giving all glory and honor and thanks to him. (with all wisdom and power and riches and dominion), now and forever more. In Jesus’ name, amen.” (And amen.)

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[1] Col. 2:19; Rom. 12:1; Lk. 10:27; 1Cor. 6:17. Restored body soul and spirit. [2] 1Jn. 1:9. [3] Eph. 1:4. [4] Rom. 5:8. [5] Lk. 9:23. [6] 1Cor. 1:30. [7] Col. 2:13. [8] 2Cor. 5:21. [9] Col. 2:10. [10] Col.2:13. [11] Col. 3:1. [12] Eph. 2:6. [13] Lk. 10:19; Eph. 2:6. [14] Eph. 1:13. [15] Mt. 20:28. [16] Lk. 9:23. [17] 1Jn.1:9. [18] Col. 2:11. [19] Rom. 2:29. [20] Col. 2:15. [21] Rom. 6:11. [22] Gal. 6:14. [23] Col. 1:13. [24] Eph. 4:22. [25] Eph. 4:24. [26] Rom. 6:11. [27] Gal. 2:20. [28] Eph. 2:5. [29] Rom. 5:17. [30] Rom. 6:4. [31] Col. 3:4. [32] Phil. 4:13. [33] Jn. 12:31. [34] Col. 2:15. [35] Mt. 28:18. [36] Col. 2:10. [37] Eph. 2:6. [38] 1Jn. 4:4. [39] Lk. 10:19. [40] Jn. 14:16; Acts 9:31. [41] Eph. 1:13. [42] Jn. 15:26; 16:13. [43] Gal. 5:25. [44] Eph. 4:8. [45] Eph. 1:3. [46] Eph. 6:10-18. [47] Heb. 1:14. [48] 2Cor. 1:8-11.

 

May God bless and keep you,

Charles

@wordlifejournal

SEVEN WORDS FROM GOD, Trusting for grace to follow Him

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Photo taken out of the front door at sunset in early March

 

One of the few times when I can hear God speak into my spirit is when waking up from napping. I unfolded a quilt over my bed which I use as a kneeling cushion at early quiet time. As I did, I thought about each fold as showing Scripture. . .

So, when I awoke, I heard to take from my few memorized verses, and write one passage for each fold. And, sitting up, I easily wrote down numbers one through seven, for each fold, then I began to hear these popular references:

Psalms 118:24, Jeremiah 33:3, Romans 8:28, John 3:16, 2Corinthians 5:17, 2Timothy 2:15, and Hebrews 4:12. That’s all, and I knew each of them, but of all the versions available to me, only the (Catholic) New Jerusalem Bible stood out.

LISTEN TO THIS FRESH MESSAGE

“This is the day which Yahweh has made, a day for us to rejoice and be glad.”

“Call to me and I will answer you; I will tell you great secrets of which you know nothing.” [about the plan for your life, Jeremiah 29:11]

“We are well aware that God works with those who love him, those who have been called in accordance with his purpose and turns everything to their good.”
[He decided beforehand who were the ones destined to be moulded to the pattern of his Son that he should be the elder of many brothers. It was those that he called, he justified, and those he justified he has brought into glory.]

“For this is how God loved the world he gave his only Son so that everyone who believes in him may not perish, but may have eternal life.” [For God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but so that through him the world might be saved.]

“So for anyone who is in Christ, there is a new creation: the old order is gone and a new being is there to see.” [It is all God’s work. He reconciled us to himself through Christ and he gave us the ministry of reconciliation. I mean, God was in Christ reconciling the world to himself not holding anyone’s faults against them, but entrusting to us his message of reconciliation.]

“Make every effort to present yourself before God as a proven worker who has no need to be ashamed, but who keeps the measure of truth on a strait path.” [Have nothing to do with godless philosophical discussions; they only lead further and further from true religion.]

“The Word of God (Jesus) is something alive and active, it (he) cuts more incisively than any two-edged sword; it (he) can seek out the place where soul is divided from spirit, or joints from marrow; it (he) can pass judgement upon emotions and thoughts.” [No created thing is hidden from him. Everything is uncovered and stretched fully open to the eyes of the One to whom we must give an account of ourselves.] (Parens are mine, and brackets show contexts of each verse.)

The Holy Spirit has just shared the Catholic Scriptures concerning my calling to peacefully minister what God has done and is doing for us, his church body.

THE BIG QUESTION

Since I visited our local Catholic Church a week ago, I was so impressed that I had to take some pamphlet handouts that were displayed for the taking. One said, Are you thinking of becoming a Catholic? It showed Isaiah 30:18 (TLB)

“The Lord waits for you to come to him, so he can show you his love and compassion. For the Lord is a faithful God.”

I am personally impressed by the resources the Catholic Church provides, certainly far more than our present membership cannot. The teachings of faith and the beauty of all family programs are very attractively appealing to me.

Yesterday I learned to make my own rosary. With that, I understand our Holy Mother Mary is available to help with the process. I am alone in such a quest, but I am encouraged as I learn the truth, all saints and angels can come to the aid of all who determine to make the journey.

Also, I found an app that includes many rosary prayers, and even when my heart objects to praying in King James English, I learned why that is important. Two words, history and tradition, both have formed God’s Word. How? By the majority of saintly leadership: The college of cardinals finds consensus.

THERE IS STILL SO MUCH TO LEARN

The Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults, RCIA, is a long training program I am hearing. And I understand that the difference in worship within the closed communion family, helps to heighten the spiritual experience. It proves to be worth every effort it will require.

As I am now entering the sunset years of life, I am given grace to realize how much more there is to our living for a loving God. After all, he is the Author and Finisher of our life (and the Church). I certainly don’t want the death our parents had. My life, as well as yours, can be renewed and strengthened to live well beyond them all.(See the 15 promised blessings of rosary devotion.)

GRACE IS MY GREATEST NEED

Last night I decided to start praying some rosary prayers, like I never knew there were so many. But before I did that, I looked up the word in the catechism conveniently listed. I thought it interesting that only four paragraphs were shown.

#2678 “Medieval piety in the west developed the prayer of rosary as a popular substitute for the Liturgy of the hours.” (St Charles Catholic Church of Picayune, MS)

#1674 “Put under this paragraph along with pilgrimages, processions, stations of the cross, dances, rosary, and medals.” (St Charles)

#2708 “Christian prayer tries above all to meditate on the mysteries of Christ, as in Lectio Divina (divine reading) or the rosary: A form of prayerful reflection of great value.” And,

#971, “The liturgical feasts dedicated to the Mother of God and Marian prayer (rosary) are an ‘epitome of the whole Gospel’, express this devotion to the Virgin Mary.” (from Catholic Catechism paragraphs in the #1 Catholic app, Laudate)

We just got back from shopping, and the sky fell in! (Thank you God!)

I was trusting God for a rosary, and we found the materials to make one. (rosarymakersguide.org) So, thanks to Father God and his love for Mary mother of his Son Jesus, and my lovely wife, we will have a rosary to show for next time.

Let me know what you think.

Blessed be your nap-time!

Charles @wordlifejournal.

 

ROMANCING THE LEGEND – The dogwood tree tradition

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My photo of one of the blooming trees in our yard at sunset.

I am sitting at my desk thinking how to start, and realize how much that doesn’t matter. This is about the beauty of Spring; to include my faith in a loving God who dwells in all life as it was written how He breathed into every living soul and designed life for trees, birds and bees, etcetera and etcetera.

And, let’s try touching on a deeper theme: personal growing in faith about suffering and prayer, about trusting the teaching of the Church for greater unity. (This is a start. Let me research links to build from my hearing from God.)

THE LEGEND

I have linked the official story written by an author, Elaine M. Jordan, that is found on the traditioninaction.org website. (This is a church website, calling this legendary story gualifying as sacred tradition, and this is just what I wanted to hear.)

WHAT SACRED TRADITION MEANS

I Just found an authorized explanation of how the Roman Catholic Church determines a legend is elevated to be a ‘tradition’, which then becomes equal to God’s Word.

“Sacred Tradition and Sacred Scripture form one sacred deposit of the word of God, committed to the Church. Holding fast to this deposit the entire holy people united with their shepherds remain always steadfast in the teaching of the Apostles, in the common life, in the breaking of the bread and in prayers (see Acts 2, 42, Greek text), so that holding to, practicing and professing the heritage of the faith, it becomes on the part of the bishops and faithful a single common effort.
But the task of authentically interpreting the word of God, whether written or handed on, has been entrusted exclusively to the living teaching office of the Church, whose authority is exercised in the name of Jesus Christ. This teaching office is not above the word of God, but serves it, teaching only what has been handed on, listening to it devoutly, guarding it scrupulously and explaining it faithfully in accord with a divine commission and with the help of the Holy Spirit, it draws from this one deposit of faith everything which it presents for belief as divinely revealed.
It is clear, therefore, that Sacred Tradition, Sacred Scripture and the teaching authority of the Church, in accord with God’s most wise design, are so linked and joined together that one cannot stand without the others, and that all together and each in its own way under the action of the one Holy Spirit contribute effectively to the salvation of souls.” (from the Second Vatican Council which taught on tradition, scripture, and magisterium. Dei verbum, Latin for Word of God, [mentioned in the first line of the document].

I went to the doctor Monday, after five weeks on his prescription, hoping to have a CT-scan to discover what I had ingested into my sinus cavity. I had sneezed while raking leaves last October–and bending over, the sneeze went out of my face through the nose! Have you ever done that? I suspect microscopic spores are growing in my head. Anyway when I told the ENT specialist I was much improved, I got more of the same, only stronger drugs to kill the stuffy infection.

You know the last post of my promisedsoil blog was about learning of how Catholic children can learn to respect and follow church teaching even to give their heart to a life of devoted service, as a nun. This is very inspiring to me. And we got a bunch of new followers on Twitter.

SUFFERING IS HELPING ME GROW IN FAITH

The week following Easter was a profound experience in witnessing the testimonials of the foundress of the Catholic television network, here in Alabama. Mother Angelica was an active teaching sister and mother, in the gentle power of the Holy Spirit. God gave her the call to put her heart into the developing a television station, and beyond that, the global network of EWTN today!

Her suffering for over fourteen years due to a stroke was quite remarkable to me. Associates of her order, the poor Clare sisters, testified that their helping her was an honor and a privilege because her spirit still ministered despite her loss of speech and facial deformation.

Up to the last moment of her life, her contemplative disciplines carried her through to a most peaceful passing. The priest actually testified about witnessing her last breath. To publically show and tell how details of a human being’s death was a godly death. The entire week was devoted to her visitation and funeral and interment.

It was Monday that I heard from God during devotion, to go to the nearest Catholic Church this Sunday. It was in the form of a mini vision that visualized entering and even crossing myself with holy water. Since then I am getting conformation of this.

Since We are not Catholic, this is a big move for me. But I dearly desire to take a step up to a higher level with God. There is so much more to learn! How is God more present in one church than another? You guesed it. The only difference I see is the adoration of the Eucharist. Taking that closed communion so seriously is also remarkable to me. I get a Holy Spirit goose-bump watching on TV!

To conclude, I want to simply say I feel hopeful from the year of mercy, from the evangelization of the Roman Catholic Church, and from my heart’s leading. I pray for the healing of my small suffering daily, and am beginning to realize it’s no accident. All human beings fall and fail from perfect health. We desperately need one another.

Now, can you see the  beauty in this?

May the God of peace bless your hearts and minds with the joy that transcends all suffering! (Thanks for your prayers.)

Charles