Until God ordains otherwise, a man ought to bear patiently whatever he cannot correct in himself and in others. Imitation of Christ by John Kempis

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Heal our HARDENED Hearts

HEAL OUR HARDENED HEARTS

What causes our hearts to harden?  I have written this blog because I hurt deeply for the wonded in our midst that cannot open to the wonderful love of God.  Their wounds are deep from;

Their sexual bounderies broken.

Abusive parents or spouse.

Betrayal of a good friend, spouse or religious.

We all have had hurts.  Some of us close our hearts and say no one will ever hurt me again.  We put up walls and become very angry.  Our hearts become closed and hardened.  Fear is all we know.  Leaving no place for Love, Peace, Joy, Hope or any of the wonderful feelings of the Holy Spirit.  It leaves no room for Jesus in our hearts.  We cannot love or feel loved because we are closed.  Jesus said , I knock at the door,  all we have to do is open it to have joy.  God is always trying to make it better and we cannot even see it.  We are blinded by anger.  God is making an effort to help, hoping that we open our hearts.  We cannot bring ourselves to trust in his merciful love for us.  We missed the fact that He gave his son to die for our sins.  We just expect the worst.  Make an effort to give up Bitternes, Anger, Dispare, and all the other fruits of the devil that you use to feeling daily.  Surrender to God and repent and turn around and recieve all the good God has waiting for you.

FIRST COMMANDMENT

Hear O’Isreal the Lord God is lord alone. You  shall love the Lord your God with all your heard, with all y our soul, with all your mind and with all your strength.

We are suppose to focus only on God nothing else and LOVE with;

All your SOUL

This means no stain on your soul for too long.  Repent immediately go to confession often.  Remember to guard yourself from all evil.  Love everyone for God is in them.  Be totally alive.  Let the Holy Spirit bring all the fruits and gifts to remain with you. Spend silent time with God alone to worship and listen to his word.

All your HEART

No hardened heart but a open heart that nurtures without reservation.  Total giving of attention, time, and understanding.  Searching only for God alone.

All your MIND

Renew our mind with positive thinking.  Work hard on breaking old habits of negative thinking. Ignoring your imagination and trusting the word of God in making good judgements.  Looking at the fruits of the Holy Spirit to be your attitude.

All your STRENGTH

Never give up on good.  It takes lots of strength to Love God at all times.  Turning to God and trusting in His Powerful protection, will give you all the strength you need.

METANOIA Greek for repentence

a change of mind

a change of heart

a change of life

We never outgrow the need for Metonoia

Matthew 4:10   “You shall worship the lord your God; and him alone shall your serve”

What or who in your life is getting in the way of a right relationship with God?

Lord Free us to Love you completely, Make us Holy in all our ways, Soften our hearts, Renew our minds with your truth, strengthen us by your Holy Spirit to serve you alone.  I ask this in Jesus Name. amen

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WOUNDED CHARISMATIC’S CHRISTIANS IN THE CHURCH

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Acts 2

The Holy Spirit Comes at Pentecost

When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.

Now there were staying in Jerusalem God-fearing Jews from every nation under heaven. When they heard this sound, a crowd came together in bewilderment, because each one heard their own language being spoken. Utterly amazed, they asked: “Aren’t all these who are speaking Galileans? Then how is it that each of us hears them in our native language? Parthians, Medes and Elamites; residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, [b] 10 Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya near Cyrene; visitors from Rome 11 (both Jews and converts to Judaism); Cretans and Arabs—we hear them declaring the wonders of God in our own tongues!” 12 Amazed and perplexed, they asked one another, “What does this mean?”

13 Some, however, made fun of them and said, “They have had too much wine.”

The scripture is very clear on how the Apostles increased in number and filled the church all over the world. It was by being full of the fruits and gifts of the Holy Spirit. There were miracles, healings, prophecy, words of knowledge to guide there followers. Speaking in tongues was accepted as by all.

Isaiah 55: 7-8

7 Let the wicked forsake their way,

and sinners their thoughts;

Let them turn to the LORD to find mercy;

to our God, who is generous in forgiving.

 

8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts,

nor are your ways my ways

Gods Spirit is not normal it is the real truth. It is not church traditions, and cannot be put into a box. It will cause controversy and stir communication and change. Wonder if the Apostles would ever have guessed that the church, they started would loose so much touch with God’s Holy Spirit. Also persecute the Spirit filled and treat them as the Jewish leaders did Jesus.

In the 1970’s there was a move of the Holy Spirit that touched many Christians of all religions. It was a time of real confusion on the role of women, church teaching, morality, and real rebellion to any traditions in our country. The media played a role in selling every manner of evil in movies and T.V. Our church leaders were fearful to speak against anything, for fear of upsetting anyone with the truth. So God poured out his Holy Spirit on a select few of the church. Many church leaders were fearful and refused to accept it as a move of God. All religions spoke against speaking in tongues and other manifestations of the Holy Spirit. It was the same persecutions as in the time of Jesus.

Charismatics were left with searching out teachings from any religion that talked about the Holy Spirits fruits and manifestations of the gifts of the Holy Spirit. Since all religions think they are the only truth, much confusion and strife was stirred by pointing out the flaws of certain religious traditions.   Many Charismatics became arrogant and defensive trying to be heard and understood and not ridiculed. They received abusive comments or were ignored completely.   Some just left religion totally saying they did not need organized religion.

The Spirit Filled (Charismatic) were feared by many and left without shepherds to guide and teach them. They were left to learning from anywhere that claimed to be knowledgeable and were accepting of them.   Some Pastors said that all Charismatics were crazy and so the clergy sent the mentally ill into their prayer meetings. These church leaders would say if it is from God it will last. What a cop out!!!!   Making fun and mocking the Charismatics and avoiding the Spirit Filled person was commonplace. Do any of these Pastors feel the loss of Charismatics in their churches now? Everyone struggles and prayes for acceptance. No one likes to be treated like they do not exist or that they are evil. Why did these church leaders allow the Life in the Spirit Seminars if they did not want Spirit Filled Christians in their churches? Were they confused too? What ever their reasons, it wounded many.

There were Charismatic retreats and Charismatic conferences that had teachings, consolation and healing. However when they went back to their churches, they received the same attitude and abusive treatment.

As the years went by the conferences went from 5000 to 500. There were no more prayer meetings in the churches to be found. The remnant now has a hard time finding Spirit Filled Fellowship. One person was told they were not allowed to speak in tongues at a life in the spirit seminar. How can these Pastors make such rules and call themselves Christians?

The Conferences now are few and 300 or less attend, mostly senior citizens. Where are the young? Why have Church leaders regarded this move of Holy Spirit so terrible? Don’t they see what has happened to this world by such overwhelming evil? Why would anyone want to get rid of the move of the Holy Spirit out of fear?

The remnant left now does not upset any church leaders and walks in constant fear of offending the powerful pastor. The Holy Spirit does not go where it is not wanted and therefore no fruits of the Holy Spirit are present.

Charismatics should have been thankful for those who made them humble instead of leaving the church. It should never be forgotten that Jesus was envied and crucified for radical thoughts of loving others. It is hard to understand jealous Christian leaders but obedience is the core of holiness. We must all pray for good attitudes and humble responses to religious cruelty. Father forgive them for they know not what they do.

First John 3:17 “But if anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him?”

John 1: 11 he came to what was his own but his own people did not accept him.

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It is terrible when you are not accepted. It causes you to doubt yourself for awhile and feel deeply hurt.  it is the feeling like when you are new somewhere and no one talks to you.  You feel invisible and completely not accepted.  Jesus was not accepted because he did not have status.  All the gossip about him being illegitimate must have been upsetting.  He was just a carpenter.  Somehow the goodness and wisdom he showed was not enough for acceptance. Religious jealousy added to the fuel of the religious leaders, who were looking for something to condemn Jesus.   Jesus presence stirred their fear,  because they were too comfortable in their laws, and they could not be open to the love Jesus was teaching.  They did not want to be made uncomfortable to a new loving way of thinking.  Do we judge people because of their beliefs or because they are from the South and you are from the North ?  Maybe it is because they are a Woman and you are a Man. Do you find yourself not accepting someone who has a lot of goodness and stands up for what is Godly?  It is so sad the things that cause us to completely close ourselves to Love.

John 1: 12  But those who did accept him he gave power to become children of God, to those who believe in his name.

So the next time you don’t feel accepted, remember that you are a child of a God and you will never be alone.  You are beautifully and wonderfully made by God.  All you must do is accept Jesus and believe in his name.

Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.

Words from our mouths may wound others deeply, into the depths of another persons heart and  may take years to heal.  Sometimes they never heal.  Teachers or parents who belittle a child’s intelligence, by calling them stupid or ignorant can cause them damage for years.  Those who knock another persons religion,  create divisions, and hatred , could cause wars.  Those who make fun of the elderly, special, or handicapped persons by calling them names,  appears to be the rule rather than the exception.

Managing our tongue  requires much  prayer and practice.  We cannot change others from making wicked statements.

James 3:8 ” But no human being can tame the tongue full of deadly poison.”  The stories of teens making fun, mentally and physically torturing them to point of suicide.

Proverbs 8: 21, “Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and who loves it will eat its fruits.”  These suicides cannot be healed, it is too late.  There are so many wounds for a family to grasp, that are confronting our youth today.  My prayers are with them all.

We have so many serious disconnects in our society.  Road Rage for example; Having to make sure you do not offend someone or they will verbally abuse or shoot you.    How did we get this wicked?  Our children feel free to be rude verbally to everyone, demonstrating no respect.  Parents that verbally and physically abuse their children can seriously damage their self image causing lower self esteem.  We all have witnessed it and we all have done it at one time or another.  We find it easier to say mean things than to complement someone else.  Lets encourage one another and praise God for all he has given us.

Matthew 12:36-37 “I tell you on the day of Judgement people will give account for every careless word they speak, for by your words you will be condemned.”

1 Peter 2: 17 Show proper respect to everyone, love the family of believers, fear God, honor the king

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Respect seems to have been lost in our society.  We let old ladies stand while we sit.  We watch while others burn our Flag.  T.V. programs disrespect religion. A recent example of this on House of Cards where Kevin Spacey’s character, spit on a statue of the crucified Jesus.  We take more than our fair share at buffets.  We let our children be rude, unkind and do not discipline them. We leave church early.  We say mean things on the internet to others.   We have become animals who kill to keep from being killed.  It is the weak that seem to get the brunt of the disrespect.  The child in the school is bullied because he does not look great or does not fit in.  Schools do nothing for fear of being sued.  A Downs child filled with so much love and innocence, but looks different,  is a target for abuse of any kind.  Even the servants of God think they are above hurting other’s with disrespect.  They do not realize the big responsibility God has given them. It is not an excuse to speak abusive to believers or non believers or other christians.  This is wickedness.  Servants be submissive to your masters with due Respect. Not only to those who are good and gentle , but also to those who are unreasonable.  Let’s pray that respect becomes politically correct.

How has Christian gossip hurt you?

I am always surprised when Christians compete and gossip about me.  Recently I was gossiped about and it hurt me deeply.  So deeply that I move away on the scripture.  If they do not accept you wipe the dust from your feet and move to the next town.  We were deeply hurt, no one would listen to how we felt.  It was like we were outcasts of friends.  Hopefully you are not thinking that we deserved it.  Because we did not!!!  The message from Pope Francis came out at that time.  His words were very healing for me.  It is obvious he had same problem with gossip.  This website is here to share your hurt with any wound. I hope that I am not the only one that is sharing!!!!!

Pope Francis wrote

” We have as it were of one heart and one soul:  That unity, unanimity and harmony of feelings of love, mutual love, thinking “others are better than me” , and this is lovely isn’t it?”

But this does not happen automatically after Baptism.  It must be brought about within us, “on the journey through life by the Spirit”. “This gentleness is a somewhat forgotten virtue:  being gentle, making room for others.  There are so many enemies of gentleness, aren”t there?  Starting with gossip.  When people prefer to tell tales, to gossip about others, to give others a few blows.  These are daily events that happen to everyone, and to me too”.  “They are temptations of the evil one.”  he continued, “who does not want the Spirit to create this gentleness, in Christian communities.  In the parish the ladies of cathechesis quarrel with the ladies of Caritas”  These conflicts always exist, in the family, in the neighborhood, even among friends.  And this is not new life.  When the Spirit causes us to be born to new life, he makes us gentle and kind, not judgmental:  the only Judge is the Lord”. The proposal to be silent fits in here.  “If I have something to say, let me say it to the individual, not to the entire neighborhood; only to the one who can remedy the situation”.

“This”, Pope Francis concluded, “is only one step. If , with the grace of the Spirit, we succeed in never gossiping, it will be great and beautiful step ahead and will do everyone good.  Let us ask the Lord to show us and th world the beauty and fullness of this new life of being born of the Spirit, of treading each other with kindness, with respect.  Let us ask for this grace for us all.

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