Prophecy, Timelines, and a New Year

Rev 12

 

But when the fullness of time had come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to ransom those under the law, so that we might receive adoption. Galatians 4:4-5

As you all may know one of my charisms appears to be the gift of prophecy.  I would call myself a reluctant prophet.  I do not have angels appear and speak to me, nor do I hear a voice outside my head, I just feel God speak to me in my interior and I record what I am told.  I am told all kinds of things.  The issue becomes trying to discern what is mine and what is God’s so that’s why I would call myself a reluctant prophet.

Often I “hear” God tell me time is “short”, or He will use the word “soon” and in my limited human mind that means to me something very different than what I believe it means to God.  I had a conversation with Him about it.  I said, “God you keep saying soon, and short, what exactly do you mean?”  It was in this moment that in my head he showed me a vision of a history book… he took me to a page that said, “World War II was from 1939-1945.”  He said, “that seems long to you, 6 years of war.”  I agreed.  Then he backed me out of the book and showed me a linear timeline of all of human history.  And he said, “it seems short to me.”  Indeed it did.

Last night just after 1:00 a.m. I went to bed and began to pray and I again asked God about time.  He showed me the sun, as if it was time.  I know that sounds weird so I will try to explain.  We think of time as a linear trajectory.  For God, what He showed me, was that it’s like a big giant ball that He can see all at once.  He is in it, and He is outside of it looking at it.  He can see all the movements and prayers.  It was also like He showed me a solar flare as a change on the timeline caused by prayer.  When people are praying they cause eruptions to come off the sun and change what it looks like for a moment.  And again, He sees all of this at once.  Throughout time this sun is the source of life, but it can also burn you or blind you if not properly respected.  This is why I often see the Trinity as represented by the sun, though we know He is the Creator of it.

And then God told me it isn’t proper respect to try to gain knowledge of timelines.  It isn’t our place.  It makes us try to grasp that which isn’t ours to grasp putting us in the place of the creator.  So when it comes to prophecy nothing we can guess about, “when” will ever be super accurate until the moment we look back on it.  The prophets in the bible had several hundred years go by before anything came to fruition.  The job of the prophet is not to predict the future.  The job of the prophet is to tell you to stay awake.  To not lose hope.  To live a right life.  To love God with your whole heart.  The glory of God will be revealed, and it is His glory, we can trust in His Providence amidst the chaos.  God has a plan.  A better one than ours.  The prophets had souls that were illuminated because of prayer.  I would assume the wise men were men of prayer too since they were wise and wanted to pay homage to the Jewish King.  They proclaimed the King; the one who would rescue us from our sin.  The one born of a woman, who would crush the serpent’s head.

All of this contemplating did have me look back on some things.  And all of the sky imagery did too… so I will now share with you a portion of something I wrote in my journal on December 18 and handed to my Spiritual Director.  I do not share this so you will “know the future,” I share this so you will have hope.  Because hope lies when you plant yourself firmly in Jesus Christ;

December 18, 2017

Beloved,
The heavens tell of the Glory of God.  The voice of the heavens goes out through out the earth.
Do you not recognize it?  Just as the Jews did not?
The skies announced my coming to the Magi.  Do you think they landed at Bethlehem the day it was announced?  No because my timing is not your timing.  They had to follow where I led them.
The skies announced my crucifixion.  The earth shook.
Do you not see?
The skies announced her.  The woman clothed in the sun with the moon at her feet and a crown of twelve stars.
Just another passing day to most but the voice of the heavens has gone out to all of the earth.  She has arrived. Her Immaculate Heart will Triumph.  And to those of you that see you must be like John the Baptist preparing the way for the new era.
Time is different from my perspective.  Be in my NOW.
Announce the Good News.
Be not Afraid.
Stand Firm.
I AM fighting for you.
So be still, waiting to move when you hear my voice.
I KNOW MY OWN AND MY OWN KNOW ME.
…..

Psalm 19:1-4
Your Divine Spouse
God often uses celestial imagery and the Psalms speak of this.  But people did not recognize the Aurora Borealis as a sign that was predicted in Fatima until years later.  We can look back and see it, but not forward.  I am not sharing the latter half of what I wrote because I believe the temptation is to speculate and guess what will happen next.  There is no need to do that.  What will happen next is what you choose in your heart each moment.  This is about trusting God wholeheartedly without knowing what comes next.  That’s what faith is.  And faith is the currency in God’s kingdom.  When we have faith we seek God’s will.  When we seek His will, we can do His will.  When we do His will we bring the Kingdom of God to earth.  This is accomplished when we pray without ceasing.  I hope everyone has a very happy and blessed New Year.  And on this Feast of the Solemnity of Mary the Mother of God, may you all know her Immaculate Heart will Triumph.

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The Incarnation, the Eucharist and the All Male Priesthood

Murillo Annunciation

Annunciation by Murillo 1660-1665

Mary said, “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word.” Then the angel departed from her.

As I sat and contemplated the incarnation, God becoming man, to undo what Adam and Eve had done, I could not help but think of the Priesthood and the role of men and women in the church.

“he created them male and female. When they were created, he blessed them and named them humankind.” Genesis 5:2

 I used to think that women should be able to be Priests.  After all, women should be able to do anything a man can do.  Equal rights for all!  The church, in my mind was old and antiquated, and I have heard very recently reporters saying this same thing.  But then I had a conversion of heart.  My conversion was not about the Priesthood, my conversion came during suffering and through prayer, and I came to know God personally.  This personal relationship made me love God with my whole heart, and made me want to follow his laws, including those that stated woman can’t be Priests, precisely because I loved Him.

“If you love me, you will keep my commandments.”  John 14:5

 Saint John Paul the II wrote in Ordinatio Sacerdotalis (1994) that, “the Church has no authority whatsoever to confer priestly ordination on women and that this judgment is to be definitively held by all the Church’s faithful.”  Saint John Paul II went on to cite Paul VI who said: “The real reason is that, in giving the Church her fundamental constitution, her theological anthropology—thereafter always followed by the Church’s Tradition—Christ established things in this way.”

In other words, Christ Himself, who was in many ways counter-cultural, did not make women Priests, so the church has no authority to do so.  Could it be that Christ Himself made a mistake by not making women Priests?  I don’t think so, Jesus doesn’t make mistakes.  Jesus ate with sinners, and broke the rules of his Jewish culture, but this was one He did not change.  He kept the Priesthood male.

We know that Christ valued women.  Some of His greatest disciples were women.  Just look at Mary Magdalene, who is known as the Apostle to the Apostles.  Look how he treated the woman at the well and the adulterous woman.  We are all equal in the eyes of God.  But are we the same?

The LORD God said: It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suited to him.”…. So the LORD God cast a deep sleep on the man, and while he was asleep, he took out one of his ribs and closed up its place with flesh. The LORD God then built the rib that he had taken from the man into a woman. When he brought her to the man, the man said: “This one, at last, is bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; This one shall be called ‘woman,’ for out of man this one has been taken.” Genesis 2:18 and 21-23

 It seems men and women are complimentary to one another.  Bone of bone, and flesh of flesh, but created differently.  A woman being a helper in no way implies she is less than.  In fact we should all be helpers to one another.  But she is different.  Even in the design of our bodies we are different.  When God commands them to be fruitful and multiply, the woman receives seed from the man.  He gives it with his body, she receives it with hers in the marital act.  Each says to the other, “This is my Body given up for you.” The giver and the receiver.

When we look at Christ and His church, we also see the marriage analogy.  Many have pointed out that just as Eve was borne out of Adam’s side, so too was the Church borne out of the side of Christ on this Cross.  He is the bridegroom and the church is the Bride.

But beyond that, what else can we see?  Women are the bearers of new life.  With our very bodies, which we sacrifice in pregnancy, children spring forth from the love we have received from our husbands.

But where else do we receive life? Christ brings us divine life that we can receive every week at Mass.

Jesus said to them, “Very truly I tell you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you.” John 6:53

 This divine life comes from the Eucharist, the very DNA of God.  These consecrated men, whom God chose, and who Christ Himself passed the tradition on to, give us God to receive.  In this way, men give life.  And we, the church, Christ’s bride, receive this life, this DNA of God.  It is not something to be jealous of, it is something to be thankful for.  Just as a man cannot birth a child, so a woman cannot consecrate the Eucharist, not because they are not equal, but because they are different.

When we try to grasp that which is not ours to grasp, we do what Adam and Eve did, grasping at the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil.  Grasping at what is not ours to grasp leads to destruction.  As a woman, and a working mother, I hold no envy or ill will towards the men that bring this gift of God at each and every Mass, instead I am profoundly grateful that they said yes to God’s call and love us enough to be servants with their very bodies which they have given to become Consecrated Men.  The fact that I cannot become a Priest in no way means I am not valued in the church, and I see this so clearly when I look at our female Saints.

The gift of Life comes from God, but not without our cooperation. It comes in the form of the Eucharist through the cooperation of the priest with the Holy Spirit. Likewise, it comes in the form of Children, through the consent of the woman. Both require sacrifice.  Both require love.  Both require our cooperation.  And even though different, the joy from each is profound.

Divine Life was breathed into Adam who was created from the Dust of the Earth.  So too, from the dust of the earth, and the “work of human hands” is Divine Life breathed by the Spirit onto the gifts at Mass because of the words the Consecrated Man proclaims.

Then the LORD God formed the man from the dust of the ground. He breathed the breath of life into the man’s nostrils, and the man became a living person. Genesis 2:7

 Woman was birthed from the side of man, and generations of children come from her, generations of people created in His image and likeness.  Perhaps no one understood this more than Mary.

“My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord; my spirit rejoices in God my savior.

For he has looked upon his handmaid’s lowliness; behold, from now on will all ages call me blessed. The Mighty One has done great things for me, and holy is his name.  His mercy is from age to age to those who fear him…” Luke 1:46-50

She sacrificed her body, her reputation, her future, and so much more to bear the Son of God into this world. Likewise, she stood at the foot of the cross as He sacrificed Himself so we could receive Him.  At the announcement of His conception Mary said “yes.”  In the Garden of Gethsemane, Jesus said “yes.” They undid the “no” of Adam and Eve.  Different sacrifices, same love, which is united to the will of the Father.  One gave life to the Incarnation, the other gives divine life to us everyday at Mass.  She is our Mother.  He is Our Savior.  Redeemer and Co-Redemptrix.

We all actually participate in this, men and women alike, but each have a different role. We are fully aware that God created men and women physically complimentary, but we have also been created mentally, emotionally and spiritually complimentary. This is not so we would make a competition out of our gifts and try to rank one as more important than another, but that our gifts would be of aid to one another, giving where the other is lacking and receiving where we are in need. If we each, men and women alike, live out what we are meant to be, then as Saint Catherine of Siena says, we will “set the world on fire.”

It was a woman who anointed Jesus’ feet with oil, women who walked the Passion with him, and women who prepared the spices after his burial. It was the apostles, all men, who were sent out two by two, who were given the authority to forgive sins, and who were present at the last supper.

At Pentecost we see very clearly the complimentary roles of the woman, Mother Mary, and the Apostles in the mission of church.  In the Upper Room, the Holy Spirit breathes on them and the men were given life to go out and start the church.  Mary was also there praying and interceding on their behalf. As their Mother, she played an important and complimentary role in the mission of the Church. Each of these are equally important in the eyes of God and they are not to be ranked in human terms.

True equality between women and men has nothing to do with the material equality we so often feel resentment over.  True equality actually has everything to do with who we were created to be through the eyes of God. The complimentary nature of men and women is reflected in the very design of God’s creation. Furthermore, it was validated by the mission of Jesus Christ and implemented through the handing on of the Holy Spirit.

Let us be grateful for the men who love God enough to say “yes” and bring us His body and blood.   And let us be grateful for Our Mother Mary, who in following the continual call of the Heavenly Father, shall be called Blessed for all generations.  Let us be grateful for one another, equally loved with different gifts.

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The Lord will fight for you (just do your part)

The_Crossing_fo_The_Red_Sea“The Crossing of the Red Sea” by Nicolas Poussin

By:Ashley Blackburn

Exodus 14:13a,14

But Moses said “ Do not be afraid, stand firm… The Lord will fight for you and you have only to keep still”

I recently heard a podcast of a homily by Fr Mike Schmitz and he talked about this passage from Exodus.  He spoke a little about the events surrounding Moses’ saying this to the Hebrews.  Moses had just led them out of Egypt and out of slavery.  The Hebrew people were standing at the edge of the Red Sea and behind them they saw Pharoah and his army, which was the most powerful entity they had ever known, chasing them down.  As they stood there, with this situation at hand, they yelled at Moses and told him that they would have been safer if they would have just stayed slaves in Egypt.  They were convinced that that would have been better off there than in this situation they now found themselves in.  

Doesn’t this sound all too familiar? When we face moments where it looks as if there is no hope, no way for us to win, no way for us to survive, don’t we too listen to the lies whispered in our ears?  The Hebrews were being told a lie, one that they believed. We know they believed the lie because we hear them grumble at Moses and tell him they were better off in slavery.  This thought is not one that comes from God, our creator, who made us with free will and loves us so much that he would never enslave us.  This thought came from Satan and it infiltrated the minds and hearts of the Hebrews because they were facing a moment that seemingly had no hope, no way for them to win, and no way for them to survive.

But it was at this moment that Moses says some pretty profound words, “Do not be afraid, stand firm… The Lord will fight for you and you have only to keep still.”  If we break these words down, we will see the beauty and truth of these words, which were relevant for the Hebrews back then, but also for us today.

The first part is DO NOT BE AFRAID. There are 365 “Do not be afraid” verses from the bible. These words are important to every generation, and so too for us today in a world filled with fear, anxiety, and distrust.  Satan continues his mission of spreading lies and he is no doubt whispering in our ears, just as he whispered in the ears of the Hebrews so long ago.  He seizes the moment in times of struggle, in times when we can see no light at the end of the tunnel, by convincing us of the lie that we should be afraid, angry, anxious, etc.  But Moses reminds us DO NOT BE AFRAID, not even with the most powerful enemy at your back and a vast sea ahead.  We must not let our situation swallow us up.  Instead we must hand it over to God, trusting in his power and allowing Him to work in our lives.  This step of handing it over to God is not an easy one.  It is not one that takes away our fears or anxiety, but it is of utmost importance. Spiritually, you have given to God what is His to save, while you are placing your trust in his saving power.  One phrase that I find helpful in practicing this step is saying “Jesus I Trust in You” over and over again.

The next part is STAND FIRM.  I love this one because it is real.  It reminds us that by handing our problems over to God doesn’t mean that he will necessarily take them away completely or immediately. So when Moses tells the Hebrews to STAND FIRM, he is reminding them to be strong in their commitment to trusting in the Lord.  The struggles may remain, or they may return, but either way, we must continue to trust no matter what.  In all reality, trust is really a humbling of ourselves. It is ceasing our attempts at trying to fix things and allowing God to step in.  We must remember that God has the whole story.  We see only a portion and thus our attempts at finding solutions is limited. But God sees the full picture and so trusting in Him will always bring about the best and most lasting solution to any of our problems.

Then Moses says,THE LORD WILL FIGHT FOR YOU.  What a beautiful thing!  Our God who is all loving and all powerful reassures us that HE will fight for us.  It is almost as if a weight has been lifted and the pressure is off.  Why would we NOT want God, with all his power and glory, to fight our battles for us.  He is actually the most powerful entity, more powerful than Pharaoh and his army, more powerful than any struggle we are going through. Truly believing in this can do a world of difference in our lives because it switches the roles; God as powerful Savior and us as the “saved”.  Often times we find ourselves trying to control things and when that doesn’t work out, we begin to lash out, just as the Hebrews did.  Wishing ourselves out of our circumstance, out of our struggle.  But it is through this exact situation, this very predicament, that the glory and power of God was revealed to the Hebrews.  And it is the same with us!  It is precisely IN our current struggle that God is there, ready to reveal his power and glory. If only we would trust in his saving power and allow Him to fight the battle for us.

The last part is YOU HAVE ONLY TO KEEP STILL.  This is perhaps something we can learn from Our Blessed Mother. Not much is said about Mary in the Gospel accounts, but there is one very profound statement that is repeated and it refers to how she reacts to situations… She ponders things in her heart… she keeps still.  Good or bad, whatever the situation at hand, Mary ponders in her heart what the Lord has done, what He has revealed, or what He might reveal in the future. This keeping still is Moses’ final instruction for the Hebrews.  He didn’t want them to miss the miracle of the parting of the Red Sea… LOL, like that is something one could “miss”.  But it is true in the sense that we could miss God’s part in the miracle.  Many miracles happen every day, both big and small.  But how often do we see them and recognize them as miracles?  How often do we slow down and reflect on the work of God in our lives?  Keeping STILL is such an important command because it opens our eyes to see and opens our hearts to ponder, as we wait, watch, and ready ourselves for the glory of God to be revealed to us in our own lives.

So today, in your struggle and suffering, do not be afraid, stand firm trusting God, THE LORD WILL FIGHT FOR YOU, just keep still in the moment and be patient, because God is a good God all the time and He personally holds you in the palm of his hand.

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A Better Man

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The Denial of Peter – Gerard S Eghers

“Standing by the cross of Jesus were his mother and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary of Magdala.” John 19:25

The past couple of weeks I have had a song stuck in my head.  The Song is called Better Man, by Little Big Town.  I found this strange for a couple of reasons, one is that I don’t much listen to secular music anymore, as I find it fills you with the wrong things, and the second is because the song is seemingly about divorce and it makes me sad.  But the melody is hauntingly beautiful, and speaks to so much of what many women have felt.  In watching the news lately it seems there has been accusation after accusation in both Hollywood and in the Political realm of how men have belittled the dignity of women. (Don’t worry men, this post will not be a man bashing post, just a post to remind us of the dignity of us all.)

These series of events had me contemplating greatly the role of men and women, the state our society is in and how lust may actually be the deadliest of the seven deadly sins.  I also noticed the Spirits of Fear and Hatred  that seem to really be overtaking people these days.  Fear is a giant beast, what do we need to counter that?  Trust.  Even in the midst of all of this stuff we must trust.

As if on cue, God knows exactly my thoughts and what I need (as He does for you too).  I signed up for a retreat called, “Walking with Mary,” that was led by a Dominican Sister of St. Cecilia Congregation.  All these swirling thoughts of women, men, lust, fear, hatred, came to a head for me at this retreat as My Gentle Loving Mother, the Immaculata, spoke to me in the silence of my heart in this beautiful place called Bethany.

On Saturday evening we went to adoration.  I was speaking to God in my heart about areas where I need to forgive and all of the sudden a huge storm began outside.  The wind was fierce, the trees were blowing, rain was pounding the windows.  I took my eyes off of the Monstrance and I looked out the window at the raging storm.  Christ immediately said to me, “Keep your eyes on me.”  It was the same words the Priest had spoken in the homily that morning.  I looked back at the Monstrance and immediately the electricity went out.  It was eerie.   The generator and emergency lights kicked on, but it was a palpable peace and calm inside, with Christ at the center, and a raging storm outside.

I almost started to cry.  As the retreat continued and we talked about what Mary had to teach us, I saw that she, who leads us to her Son, has the answer to our woes.  Even the woes we have about the state of men (and women) in our society.  She is the map, the key, to growing closer to her Son.

This past year one of the things that I struggled with in the battle I fought was how come, more often than not, it is the women who are more spiritual than the men? I noticed how it can be harder to get men to stand up publicly against immorality. (Note, I say this as a general statement, knowing there are many good men out there.)  I thought about how there were many woman, and only one man at the foot of the cross.  My loving Mother answered me.  Here are excerpts of what I recorded as her speaking to me (I am including some of it, though not all of it, because it was so personal);

Beloved Child**,

…You felt left alone because of men.

Do you think I said anything to all of my Son’s Apostles who left him alone at the foot of the cross?  No, I prayed and interceded for them.  I did not have anxiety about seeing Pilate again because I knew who my enemy was.  I crush my enemy’s head.

….The heart of a woman that is compassionate and not political.  The heart of humility and obedience that does not seek power.  A heart that seeks purity and for the innocence of children to be protected. God has given you these gifts.  God (asked you to do something) and in obedience you did.  Do not let anger interfere with receiving these gifts.

… God wants you to pray for and uplift the men with a heart of compassion.

I only had one man stand at the foot of the cross with me.  One man who rested in the bosom of the Lord.  He is the only one who did not die a martyrs death, because standing at the foot of the cross, he was already a martyr.  This is why I (ask that you pray for Priests).

…I interceded (for the Apostoles and for Priests) so (they) can stand at the foot of the cross.

The grace I dispense (to priests) through the prayers of the faithful and the pouring of the Holy Spirit  will enable (them) to withstand persecution, to Stand at the foot of the Cross, glorified by God for an era of peace.

….Conform your will to my Sons, pray for your husband (and brother Priests).

…You rest in the Sacred and Immaculate Heart. (Trinity of Hearts)

The Immaculata

It was here that I felt an epiphany.  I remembered how I prayed to Mary to intercede for my husband to be the Spiritual Head of Our House, and she answered me.  It was my husband who stood next to me when we fought the battle we fought.  Our prayers for our men have efficacy.  She had made my husband a Better Man (and me a better woman).

I thought about how if I had seen my Son crucified and abandoned by his friends I would have been angry at his friends, but she was not.  She was with them in the upper room when the Spirit poured out, so that they could be Better Men.  And Better Men they were!  Fearless, even unto death.  How much more was accomplished by the Prayers of Our Heavenly Mother, than would have been accomplished if she had raged.

I thought about who she would have had to run into in the streets, maybe Pilate, maybe Caiaphas, who wanted Jesus to die, but Mary didn’t rage in anger.  She didn’t put the men down, she prayed.  She interceded.  She led by example for the rest of us.

Peter who had denied Jesus.  Thomas who had doubted Him.  Mary was with them all.  She walked with them.  And they became Saints.  It is here that we can learn to Consecrate ourselves to her Immaculate Heart because of her unity with the Divine Will, she can dispense the graces to those we love.  We must pray for our husbands and sons, but most especially for her Priests who, in the coming years will face more persecution, and will need the strength to stand at the foot of the cross.

Let us embrace our roles as male and female.  Let us pray and uplift one another.  Let us, in the face of persecution,  stand at the foot of the cross, so that we can usher in an era of peace.  In these storms, whether personal or global, walk with your Mother, and keep your eyes on Christ.

** Author’s note

I write what pops in my head as letters from God (and sometimes Mary if I am speaking to her.) I wrote this as a reflection of what I thought Mary was saying to me.  I was taught to journal this way by my Spiritual Director. He said as long as it doesn’t stray from Scripture and the magisterium of the Church, I can write what pops in my head while I am praying.

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Covenant and Covenant Principles

 

Adam touching God

Adam and God – Michelangelo

 “for this is my blood of the covenant, which will be shed on behalf of many for the forgiveness of sins.” Matthew 26-28

As you all know, I have been learning from Jansen Bagwell about Kingdom.  He has now taught us a little bit about Covenant and Covenant Principles.  I really hope Jansen writes a book because this is about how to live the Kingdom of God on earth as it is in heaven.  It is so much more than “self-help,” this is how to walk in God’s Grace.  Because we can recognize that Satan, and not people, is our true enemy, it helps us to forgive.  Forgiveness brings healing.  Healing and forgiveness restore our covenant with God.  Below I will outline Covenant as Jansen taught us, followed by the most important part, which are the Covenant Principles.  Living by these Principles, I believe, will help you have happy, healthy relationships.  The goal for you is to keep your part of the Covenant with God.  Please know, I am not a covenant expert.  Covenant can take many scholars and years to totally study.  This is my rudimentary understanding of the notes I took while learning from Jansen.

Covenant is law in God’s Kingdom– everyone must adhere (it is more than a contract)

Steps of Covenant;

1.Counting the Cost of Covenant

-this is like engagement.  We are weighing out the commitment.  It can be likened to going through RCIA.  We are deciding if this is an agreement we want to enter into.

2.Exchange of outer garments.

– Once we have decided to enter covenant, we exchange outer garments with the other person.  We put on their clothes, they put on ours, as a sign of the covenant.  This shows an exchange of identity.

– When in covenant with Christ we take our identity and give it to Him in order to receive Him (be clothed with Him).

Scripture references: Philippians 2:5-8; Samuel 18:1-4; Romans 10:9

3.Exchange of Belts

-Belts represent victory and strength.  Think of a boxer winning the title belt.  When we are in covenant with God we get the better end of the deal because we only receive strength.

Scripture references: Samuel 18

4.Exchange of Weapons

-The exchange of weapons is also the exchange of enemies. Our natural enemy is other human beings.  The covenant enemy is Satan.  We exchange enemies when we enter covenant with God.  He takes on our human enemy so we no longer have to worry about them, and we realize we are fighting powers and principalities. When we forgive our natural enemy the Holy Spirit can step in and convict him of his own evil.  The weapons we fight with are not worldly weapons. The Holy Spirit can tear down strongholds and fortifications of the enemy.  Strongholds come from fiery darts of suggestion.  We must identify the lie, but instead many times we reinforce the lie.  God has given us a charism to fight the new enemy.

Demons are trying to condition us how to think. When we are in covenant with God, we must use our charisms to identify the lies of the enemy and not be trained to think by the enemy but by God.  This means praying and listening to the still small voice.

Scripture references: Romans 12:12, 2 Corinthians:3

5. Walk of Death

-The two groups in covenant would cut an animal in two and walk in between it. This cutting the animal in two symbolizes infinity.

-As they walked in between the animal they would speak incredible blessings on one another.

-They also spoke of violation of covenant and would speak incredible curses, should the covenant be violated. These curses were the opposite of the blessings.

-We actually see covenant enacted in a lot of mafia pacts, and gang pacts.

-You cannot have covenant without the shedding of blood.

-Jesus is the miraculous answer. His blood shed, so we no longer have to.

-He is the covenant – He restores us to covenant with God. Now through baptism.

-We see the first shedding of blood after the fall. God kills an animal to clothe Adam and Eve.  Prior to this they would not have seen blood shed. After the fall they clothe in leaves, which are passing and fleeting.  The shedding of the blood of the animal clothes them in something lasting.

Scripture References: Genesis 3:21, Jeremiah 34:17-20, Genesis 15:9-19, Deuturonomy 11:26-29, Joshua 8:33-35

6.The Covenant Mark

-Those entering into covenant would cut their wrist. This would leave a scar or a brand on the wrist marking the covenant.  (This is why we shake hands, it was a way to see the mark of who you were in covenant with).

-The cut on the wrist would bleed and they would drain their blood into a single chalice.

-Jesus is the final cutting, marked on his wrists, and feet, on the cross.

-We get marked now at Baptism and Confirmation with the covenant mark.

Scripture references: Ephesians 1:13, Ephesians 4:30, Isaiah 65:2, Genesis 4:15, Isaiah 44:5

7.Covenant Meal

-This was a private meal for only the two leaders by themselves. It was pre-prepared.  The cup of their own blood from the covenant mark was drank from.  Because Jews could not drink blood, they drank wine.

-They would drink it and break bread and say, May my body be torn in two before I violate this covenant. This is why for us, we should not receive Eucharist if we have mortal sin on our soul.  Mortal sin is a violation of covenant.  Even though we are still marked in Covenant by Baptism, the mortal sin is a violation of it.  Reconciliation restores you to covenant.

-Jesus took them into covenant at the last supper.

-Deliverance is restoring the covenant that has been violated.

-We partake in this covenant of Christ at the Eucharist.

Covenant Principles

These Principles aren’t law but they help keep you having healthy relationships with others and help to keep you in Covenant with God.
When you are in covenant with God, you are also in covenant with His people.
You must remember that people are not your enemy, Satan is.
When we walk in Covenant relationship we value people because God Values people.
These principles are particularly valuable in marriage.
In deliverance ministry the goal is to try to get people back in covenant with God.
1. The First Word Principle
Scriptures: Malachi 3:16 and Matthew 18:15
Commitment: You will be the first person to hear about any problem I have with you.
Question: Have I gone to this person with my problem.
(This helps stop gossip)
2. The Four Day Principle
Scriptures: Proverbs 28:14, John 11:39, James 3:17-18
Commitment: I will not allow any problem I have with you to go unresolved for more than four days.  If, within that length of time, I have not come to peace about the issue, I will communicate with you.
Question: How long have you been troubled about the problem?
(giving several days can help you access if you really do have an issue,  sometimes we realize the other person may be right, but it should not extend beyond 4 days because of anger that can fester which can lead to violation of covenant.)
3. The Final Word Principle
Scriptures: 1 Corinthians 13:6-7, Ephesians 4:15-16
Commitment: I will believe and act upon the last words we spoke concerning our relationship and live as if you will do the same.  If anything changes on my part I will tell you.
Question: Did you forget or disregard what we last spoke to one another concerning our relationship?
(Do what you say you’re going to do.  This is particularly good for spouses.)
4. The Faithfulness Principle
Scriptures: Acts 9:26-28
Barnabas told the Apostles of Paul’s testimony, to break down any offenses the Apostles may have toward Paul
Commitment: Faithfulness to our relationship outweighs the importance of any offense between us.  I will not allow any problem to override the principles by which we live.
5. The Burden-Carrying Principle
Scriptures: Galatians 6:1-2
To fulfill the law of Christ we must help carry each others burdens.
Commitment: I will commit to help you in every possible way in carrying your burdens.
6. The Corporate Struggle Principle
Scriptures: Romans 12:4-8
Paul to the Romans, shared that their struggle is a corporate struggle but the gifts of God are to build up the Body of Christ again.
Commitment: Your enemy is my enemy…and I will help defend you against every attack or assault, by using my Spiritual Gifts.
(this is a good ministry principle, for example, we will feed the poor. )
7. The Friendship Principle
Scriptures: 1 Samuel 20:41-42
Jonathan tells David that they have made a covenant with each other out of friendship.
Commitment: I will be honest and not expect you to interpret my actions or my motives.  It is my responsibility to approach you if I need help.
I truly believe if we all lived this way, and abide by the Covenant Principles we would be much much happier.  The vitriol we see in social media and out in the streets would cease to exist.  We would know that people are not our enemies, Satan is.  We would direct ourselves to not listen to Satan’s fiery darts of suggestion.  My hope is that by publishing what Jansen taught this will help those of you out there bring the Kingdom of God to earth.

 

 

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Pray for Pisa – The Tower and The Wheel

 

 

As I looked at the living creatures, I saw wheels on the ground, one alongside each of the four living creatures.  The wheels and their construction sparkled like yellow topaz, and all four of them looked the same: their construction seemed as though one wheel was inside the other.  When they moved, they went in any of the four directions without veering as they moved.   The four of them had rims, high and fearsome—eyes filled the four rims all around.  Ezekiel 1:15-18

 

The past several days I had multiple people ask me why God told me to pray for Pisa. The short answer is, I don’t know. I just do what he asks. But because so many people asked, I decided to take it to prayer and ask God. I will post here the response that popped in my head as I prayed;
Beloved,
The past several days you had multiple people ask you why I told you to pray for Pisa. When I ask you to pray know My ways are not your ways and My thoughts are not your thoughts. Be obedient, all will become transparent.
But I do want to talk to you about this city.
What do you think of when you think of Pisa?
 The Leaning Tower of Pisa, Lord.
The tower. The tower built by man that is flawed. What else do you think of when you think of a tower?
 The Tower of Babel
Do you see the scattering you cause when you rely not on me, but on yourselves? I AM. You are my creation.
The evil one tempts you to make Gods of yourselves, but this is false. This is disordered.
When you first heard me tell you to pray for Pisa the next day you heard a news story about Pisa. You found that strange. The story was about a Ferris wheel.
What does that remind you of?
 Ezekiel 1, the wheels with the four creatures, the wheels that moved when the creatures moved. The wheels with the eyes on them, Lord.
Those represented the 4 evangelists. Each evangelist has a wheel, wheels within wheels. The wheels of infinity. When the evangelists move spreading the Gospel, the wheels move.
A wheel has no beginning and no end. I AM the Alpha and the Omega. I AM all things. Those who KNOW me have the veil lifted and have eyes that see. These are the communion of Saints spreading the Gospel that they heard from the Four. My covenant made to restore you. The wheel is not for your entertainment, but for your glorification. The spirit of the Gospel lives in these wheels.
Go and make disciples of all Nations.
I will restore you.
Be in my NOW.
The Wheel and the Tower.
Towers will fall but the Alpha and Omega has already won the Victory.
Pray for Pisa.
Pray for your new Bishop.
– Abba

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What do you deserve?

Christ crucified

Christ Crucified – Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament – Hanceville, AL

“I can do nothing on my own. As I hear, I judge, and my judgment is just, because I seek not my own will but the will of him who sent me.” John 5:30

My friend called me this morning.  She had gotten in her car to take her children to school.  Her husband had left the radio on a sports station.  The advertisement came on for one of those drugs like Viagra, and the announcer stated, “because you deserve intimacy.”

We deserve it.

According to the ways of the world, it is something we deserve.  It isn’t a gift, a free gift from God.

Still all these years after the fall of man, we don’t get it.  Everything we have is a gift from God.  In the garden, Adam and Eve had everything, they lacked nothing.  They lived in the Divine Will.  But the serpent, convinced them they deserved to be like God, and so they ate of the fruit and brought sin into the world.

My friend adeptly pointed out that even in their sin God continued to give.  Adam and Eve had clothed themselves in fig leaves once they “knew they were naked,” but God gave them “garments of skins” to clothe them.  What God gifts us is lasting.  What we think we deserve is usually fleeting and will leave us naked, ashamed and empty.

In our day and age, Lust has actually become one of the deadliest of the seven deadly sins.  Why? Because lust is catapulting us into grave sins that allow us to dehumanize other people.  Once we dehumanize them, all the other sins can follow.  We are using people for “deserved” pleasure, which really isn’t intimacy at all.  Intimacy is knowing someone to their core.  We are called to be intimate with God.  The world has everything disordered.

I read an article in Good Housekeeping that was essentially accepting of incest.  The logic was that these were siblings who were not raised together and had a Genetic Sexual Attraction (GSA).  Incest has long been outlawed because of the genetic mutations it can cause in children.  But in a society that “deserves” pleasure at any cost, we now have contraception and abortion to take care of that issue.  Once you morally accept one disorder that takes you away from God, it becomes very easy to start accepting all kinds of things.

I felt like God was asking me if I live in Sodom and Gommorah.  I couldn’t answer.  Can I find 10 people that don’t accept at least one of these things;

Contraception, abortion, divorce,  gay marriage, IVF, surrogacy, pornography, prostitution, masturbation, co-habitation, fornication…

I hope I can, but I know most accept at least one of these as something they “deserve,” just look at all the screaming among feminists about birth control being a right that they deserve.  Everyone thinks they deserve pleasure, children can be bought and sold as commodities, woman are denigrated, families are torn apart, children are murdered in the womb, and all because we want immediate satisfaction which we think we deserve.  I don’t say this to minimize the struggle individuals go through, but to show as a society the direction we are headed.

Remember, Jesus took all of this on.  If you want to know what you deserve, look at the cross.  There lies your sin.  Your sin looks like bloodied death and destruction.  That’s actually what you and I deserve.  But what Christ wants to give you is a gift.  Love doesn’t ask what I deserve.  Love is thankful for the gifts given.  Love sacrifices.  Choose love, and order yourself rightly to God, even when it’s hard, even when you don’t get what you desire, because what God desires for you is much bigger.  And when we fall, which we all do, repent of the sin, confess the sin, and do penance.  These are the things that order us back to God.

Love is patient.  Our society doesn’t seem to understand the concept of waiting anymore.  Love is kind.  Just look at social media and see if you see kindness.  Love is not jealous. Can you think of a person who isn’t currently desiring what someone else has? or isn’t offended by what someone else has?  Love is not arrogant or rude, it does not insist on it’s own way; it is not irritable or resentful, it does not rejoice in wrong, but rejoices in right.  Does this sound like our society?  And lest you start pointing fingers at others, we must pull the planks out of our own eyes first.  Transformation of society actually begins in your own heart.  Rightly order yourself towards God, people will notice the peace in you and will ask, how do I get there?  You can answer, through Jesus Christ.

This is not meant to condemn those who have participated in the sins I listed above.  This is a call to conversion, for the Holy Spirit to convict hearts and order you towards love.  Jesus said to the adulterous woman, “neither do I condemn you, go and sin no more.” John 8:11.  Let’s at least try to take the second part to heart so we don’t end up condemning ourselves.

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