Even in Death Our Spirit Lives as we May Die in Christ, by Faith and in God's Will, We Live
Jesus is our true Lord and Master, he is the resurrection and the life, in living his words, in Christ, we live forever.
God's Power in our Faith
"No way, I cannot simply believe that someone who dies can still live."
"How come until now, many of you Catholics believe in praying to the saints and to Mary, the mother of Christ, when they are no longer alive walking in this world? Isn't this ridiculous? And did not Jesus said in Matthew 8:22, "... Follow Me, and allow the dead to bury their own dead.?""
"Are we not sane enough to understand that in our 'death,' there is nothing more that can bring us to life? What sorcery, fraud or forgery can ever make me believe in this?"
Are these not very familiar questions which may continue to cloud our faith or beliefs in the afterlife? The uncertainty of the life ahead, and mere thoughts of death have many times crept into unsuspecting souls, with most of them further weakened as fear strikes their resolve to ever recover from a lingering illness, especially so when one sees an impending death, or when one has been told he has a few months to live.
Alas, for them, God forbid, is it 'goodbye cruel world?'
But where is God in their life? Is it really the end of it all? Or are there second chances, third or so chances that God may allow in us that we may learn to enjoy the fruits of a renewed life in Christ?
On the other hand, people who may have experienced renewed vigor in their health through prayers and in their great faith in our Lord Jesus, despite clinical or medical findings of their failing health, do we not see in them the healing power of faith in Christ Jesus, our True Healer, that believing in Jesus can help us heal?
And if we believe that a healthy spirit in Christ helps heal our physical ailments, is this not a product of our strong 'faith' in our Lord Jesus, our true Divine Healer?
[Read on a related post of my healing in Christ: Jesus Christ - Our True Healer and Living in the Spirit]
FAITH is a very powerful 5 letter word that makes a powerhouse in us especially when the intent is to glorify God in the mighty name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
This being said, I have learned to relate FAITH to an acronym which I feel is made more powerful and meaningful as it stands for:
F - Fear in the love of our
A - Almighty God and Father
I - In Christ Jesus, our true Lord and Master, as we keep him center in our
T - Thoughts, in our mind and souls in the love of others in spirit and deep within our
H - Hearts. Jesus, possessing the Spirit of God, water and blood made incarnate by the Holy Spirit as our human image and likeness, the firstfruits of all creation.
Jesus, our True Master and Messiah, wants us to use ALL things, be it God's creation or through the gifts that God has given to man, our talents and other gifts, including our skills, time and our treasures, through inspired creativity, in our hopes and in our dreams toward glorifying God in Christ Jesus.
See the three elements of 'true faith' in 1 John 5:1-12 (aligned with the above definition in an acronym), "Spirit of God, water in baptism where we die with Christ and buried in His death for the of sins, and the blood of Christ where we are cleansed from our sinfulness through the power of the Holy Eucharist. All three agree with one another, with only one or two, our faith is incomplete, they need to be together to see Christ's fullness in us.
That is why, "Let's KJOH" (Keep Jesus in Our Hearts), has become my slogan, with a semi-rap song I composed sang in acappella and uploaded on YouTube (wordpress link), inspiring me to use the words of God as my powerful sword against evil in this life, in the hope of saving more souls to Christ onto eternity, for the love of mankind, for this is the will of God in me, in Christ Jesus, and I do hope and pray that you too may see and proclaim in His truth, we all being called as prophets, kings and priests in His holy name.
As in Mark 16:15, Jesus said to all His apostles and believers, "Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation."
Is, therefore, spreading the good news and the truth be limited to a few? Definitely not, for it is meant for ALL OF CREATION.
If anyone of you thinks that talking to plants, trees, animals and everything good that has been created by God is foolishness, think again, and see the truth in God's words that go beyond our mind and what it may lead us too, our eyes what it may make us see, our hearts, our outer and inner senses, in our spirit, what we can be capable of feeling and doing that by our FAITH and in our FAITH, we may be able to do many things that God may allow us to do.
No wonder, many times in real life, not only in the Holy Bible, I see of horse whisperers, lion, cobra or elephant tamers, people talking to their pets, their plants, or we talking or conversing with nature in our hearts, mind and spirit and how these respond positively to those who care and show their love for them.
Now tell me, if this is not the power of our FAITH, of things so powerful that goes beyond our mind, our eyes and our senses, do these not conform to what Jesus tells us that "With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible," as in Matthew 19:26 as long as WE BELIEVE and have FAITH in JESUS?
If you still do not believe that God in Jesus makes this so, pray harder, see and understand from beyond your mind, heart and soul, Jesus is in ALL OF US and LOVES ALL OF US and WANTS ALL OF US BACK TO HIM.
In every instance, may we learn to pray for guidance that it will be God's will in us, not our will, be done, and every time, attuned to the words of God that we may remain in him and he in us.
As in John 15:4 where Jesus said, "Abide in Me and I in you, as the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you unless you abide in Me."
Ironically, is it not true that many would rather believe in science and the fruits of high technology rather than exerting their efforts in dissecting the truth about Jesus or the truth about God?
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Our Belief in God Measured by Faith
If we see all the wonders of science and technology, and the beautiful fruits or produce in nature, are we not in awe of God's goodness and power?
If God has so willed it to provide man of his needs as he may continually manifest His goodness in this wonderful world we live in, do we not so deserve all these?
Do we not hear a resounding 'NO' if we only use these to prosper our selfish interests?
And hear a strong 'YES' if used for the love of God, our family, and of others, for God wants us to share in his goodness and in our hard work, that we may truly humble ourselves to him and remain poor in our spirit to deserve his kingdom?
As in Matthew 5:3, Jesus said, "Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven." And further in Matthew 5:5, he said, "Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth."
Seeing the movie, "The Avengers," we come entertained watching our own favorite(s) among the Marvel comic super heroes, but I would rather look at the movie on its essence into reality, something to help inspire us in creating a hero in each one of us, doing our own respective roles in nation building, and against the forces of evil out to destroy our family morals, our values and our nation.
To be successful in these we need a strong foundation, a very strong foundation of FAITH in God. And this is the very power that can best heal our land, our people, and our economy.
However one may look at it, it is in the mystery of our faith that our belief in God, as many of us may relate to, as it is in the founding forefathers of this great nation, America, that has lead this country and its people to greatness, but will it not be evil, as it has been in many great nations of the past, cause its downfall?
May we not be so blind to see this truth that our believing spirit, in prayer, may guide us to oneness in direction, back to glory in Christ Jesus, our guiding light for truth, freedom and justice, that we may restore this great nation's health in many ways peaceful as it is noble and righteous.
Yet, sadly, we refuse to acknowledge the One True God in Jesus who, being One with the Father, through 'him,' in Jesus, who is "I am," even before Abraham, and in his great love for us all, ALL things were made, as in John 1:3, and even sent his only begotten Son, also in Jesus, to save us from sin in his loving mercy and forgiveness.
If many people have prospered in their lives, is this not because God has allowed them to prosper as they may learn to seek the truth in Jesus?
As Pontius Pilate was talking to Jesus, he said in John 19:10-11, "Do you refuse to speak to me? ... Don't you realize I have the power to free you or to crucify you?" Jesus answered, "You have no power over me if it were not given to you from above. Therefore, the one who have handed me over to you is guilty of a greater sin."
Pilate may, despite a sympathetic wife influenced by a dream about Jesus, have not believed Jesus much more than he feared the Jewish mob yelling for Christ's crucifixion, just as many of us refuse to believe in God's words, out of convenience, no matter how we may claim we say we do believe, yet, do we not see ourselves lost in confusion and darkness, sometimes in conflict with even our love ones, especially so when we take the truth in his words lightly?
How can we ever have true peace in us if we deny his words as in Matthew 10:32-42, when Jesus said:
"Whoever acknowledges me before others, I will also acknowledge before my Father in heaven. But whoever disowns me before others, I will disown before my Father in heaven.
"Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. For I have come to turn ...
"a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law - a man's enemies will be the members of his own household.
"Anyone who loves their father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves their son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. Whoever does not take up their cross and follow me is not worthy of me. Whoever finds their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life for my sake will find it.
"Anyone who welcomes you welcomes me, and anyone who welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me. Anyone who welcomes a prophet and as a prophet, will receive a prophet's reward. And whoever welcomes a righteous person as a righteous person will receive a righteous person's reward. And anyone who gives a cup of cold water to one of these little ones who is my disciple, truly I tell you, that person will certainly not lose his reward."
Can we not so relate to above verses whenever we fail in our resolve to follow God's words? As the leader of the household, the husband should champion the words of God and lead his family, from his wife to his children to follow.
To be effective in this, husband and wife may work together to prosper in their faith:
- by finding time together studying the bible or attending bible study groups, or church based teachings that may help enhance one's married and family life;
- by familiarizing themselves with the correct interpretations of meaningful bible verses with the help of the bible study group leader, or on side notations from the bible itself, or with the help of reliable sources from the web to supplement their learning;
- to strive to live in accordance to God's words may help lead to a true Christian way of life, with Christ as center;
- towards teaching their family the love of God and of others and that in each person is the Temple of the Holy Spirit, worthy of love, honor and respect;
- anyone going astray, must humbly accept wrongdoings, the right guidance in the light of Christ's words and the willingness to change, and that no one can ever grow in Christ without accepting one's weakness or without first dying from one's pride or 'self';
- always learn to be assertive, not to ridicule, throw trash, hurtful words or condemn, as one may speak in truth, honesty and with love;
- taking time to help others in time of need like being a good Samaritan;
- seeing in each family member and developing each one as a great asset in building a healthy and a united family in Christ, sharing in the sacrifices of the family;
- learning to grow in the words of God and accept each other's faults, learning from all these and most of all, learning to forgive as God has always been forgiving and moving forward instead of endlessly blaming each other leading to nowhere except towards misunderstanding, hatred, malice, envy, deceit, selfishness, pride and other evil practices that may cause some a rift or a division, rather than love and oneness in the family; and for those who may believe,
- being able to contribute productively for the family's welfare, good morals, well being, health and educational needs;
- learning to treat money and anything material as blessings from God, for all good things come from him, therefore, to be used for anything good for the love of God, for the love of the family and of others, and being able to sharing a tenth of everything to God in tithes as in Malachi 3:10;
- taking time to help in your church or parish in volunteer work for added blessings;
- being able to pray together in thanksgiving during meals and possible bible word sharing during a weekend;
- pray for each other and learn to appreciate the power of confession with our pastor or our priest, that our spirit may be set free from all our guilt (read on this link as you may want to be enlightened more about Purgatory), and endeavor to attend weekly Sunday church worship or service, that we may renew our commitment to God and better focus our attention to him from whom all good things come, in praise, prayer, worship and thanksgiving;
- taking time to visit, comfort and pray for the sick, help guide those in prison back to Christ's flock; and
- to help comfort those who mourn losing their love one(s), and continue praying for our beloved deceased for the forgiveness of their sins that in God's grace and loving mercy, they may surrender their 'self' as they too may ask forgiveness in the acceptance of their guilt, and with God's loving cleansing rays of mercy, they may be cleansed from all their sins in Purgatory - in my faith, in my love and in God's love, as a Catholic Christian, I firmly believe in its existence;
- to help pray for the poor, the downtrodden, the persecuted, for the misguided to be renewed, for our church leaders, for our group, community and political leaders, that all may see the truth in God's words and be guided to his light, and be made stronger in Christ as we may learn to reject all evil and its works for God's greater glory.
Be wary too that it is important to be able to control or manage our anger as this may develop into hatred, where hatred, as Saint Paul puts it, can tantamount to 'murder,' as in Matthew 5:21-22, where Jesus stated:
"You have heard that the ancients were told, 'You shall not commit murder,' and 'Whoever commits murder shall be liable to the court.' But I say to you, anyone who is angry against his brother, shall be guilty before the court, and whoever says to his brother, 'You good for nothing,' shall be guilty before the supreme court; and anyone who says, 'You fool,' shall be guilty enough to go to the fiery hell."
And Jesus further tells us in Matthew 5:23-34, to quickly reconcile with our brother from a perceived conflict or misunderstanding:
"Therefore if you are presenting your offering at the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your offering there before the altar and go; first be reconciled with your brother, and then come present your offering."
What a beautiful gesture it could be as we may humble ourselves and surrender in our pride as we may have hurt our brother in our anger, or any member or our family or community, and give an offering to the Lord that he may help us reconcile with our brother, with the same offering duly blessed by the Lord in our prayer for love, forgiveness, mercy and thanksgiving.
While God has gifted man with talents, and along the way learned to prosper in these as they further honed their skills, will not these better please God when used for His glory rather than man glorifying himself?
If we have seen gifted political leaders in George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Ronald Reagan, Margaret Thatcher, talented scientists in Albert Einstein, Thomas Edison, the Wright brothers who inspired aviation, great technocrats in Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Mark Zuckerburg, Warren Buffet, gifted artists and musicians in Michael Angelo, Picasso, Rembrandt, Leonardo Da Vinci, Mozart, Matt Monro, Frank Sinatra, Michael Jackson, Celine Dion, Josh Groban, Britney Spears, skillful athletes in Manny Pacquiao, Muhammad Ali, Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, Lebron James and many others, do you not believe that their amazing talents and gifts all came from God who has created us all to make possible a better quality of life in this world we are in?
So far, my limited knowledge and researches point me to Manny Pacquiao as one who has openly expressed his great faith in God, has glorified him in many of his title fights and has acknowledged that without God, he would not have been gifted with awesome boxing skills. And I am no less happier for him and his family now that he has overcome all his vices and has seen the light in Christ Jesus.
I am saddened, however, of Manny Pacquiao's 'knock-out' loss to Juan Manuel Marquez (JMM) in their 4th fight in November of 2012. It is the first time that I have seen Manny not being able to see fast enough what was coming towards him to powerfully knock him out. This time, though, unlike his previous fights, I have noticed, like other Christian Catholics may have, he failed to make the sign of the cross while JMM did - I heard and read later after the fight he joined a different Christian faith. Wow! Indeed, a faithful follower of Christ can always be tested in his faith. For me, as I see it and believe in the greater power of the cross in Christ Jesus and the power of true faith, this may be a revelation of God telling us to be more loving, trustful and faithful to Him by believing in the power of His words and in the power of prayers WHICH GO BEYOND THIS LIFE, FOR THE POWER OF GOD IS INFINITE, IMMEASURABLE, and BEYOND TIME AND SPACE.
While Jesus may 'not' want us to boast and uplift ourselves alone, he allows us to become greater in his words and in his crucifixion where he died for our sins, and that we too may learn to die with Him in our sins.
As in Galatians 6:14, Saint Paul in Christ exhorts us, "But may it never be that I would boast, except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, to which the world has been crucified to me, and to the world."
My apologies for those not mentioned above, but you may include as many in your mind as you may want, but my point is who of these people have really acknowledged God as being the source of their gifts, their skills and talents, and who of them have preferred to live by their own principles rather than seek what is truly righteous in God, or seek the light of Christ in the Holy Spirit?
If any of these people are still among us today, learning from those who have come to pass, in your own opinion, would they best love themselves as they may so choose to live in Christ Jesus for the rest of their earthly life? Or would it benefit them more remaining content on who they are, and who they want to become primarily for their own self-driven interests in this definitely short or limited challenge filled life?
Let's pause for a second and pray, look into what the spirit may reveal in us: did you know that until now there is no significant finding on the many researches made on the preserved brain of the late wonder-genius scientist, Albert Einstein - may his soul rest in peace?
Do you see and understand the connection of God's will in us?
Does this not mean that God gifts any man he so chooses to better our life? And that one's brain, body or physical form has nothing to do with it, rather something from beyond our spirit that tells us "God is in control?"
On another pause, in prayer for guidance, imagine yourself being conceived through a sexual act, out of a man and woman's love for each other, or by mere lust or sinfulness, you have slowly developed from a 'nobody' into a living being, nursed from within your mother's womb. Until you fully became a 'somebody' with a name tag that you have to carry for the rest of your life, yes, unless of course, you may decide along the way to change it like what NBA's Ron Artest changed his to Meta World Peace, or famous Hall of Fame boxer Cassius Clay changed his to Muhammad Ali as he preferred to change his faith.
On the next moment, again in prayer, imagine yourself about to die in this world. What happens next when all your life you have not fully believed in Jesus and the truth in His words? Would you consider yourself still 'somebody' when you die or a 'nobody,' as we are all humbled in our death, whatever title you may have carried in your life is now 'gone with the wind,' whether you are as handsome or not as Clark Gable, or as beautiful or not as Vivien Leigh or Olivia de Havilland, only memories of you may remain in this world, am I right?
If you have lived to prosper yourself alone, was your life worth your dreams?
Or was everything meaningless, is not bearing good fruits worthy of eternal life?
Now you may ask me, "is God and eternal life your belief, and not mine?"
Precisely, it is in what we believe that we may become, but is it not in believing in the Divine Wisdom, with God who is in spirit, and in the absolute truth in the words of God in Jesus, that we may better understand the fullness of our being?
If there was not a good and loving God in our midst, will we ever live to see evil prevail in this world? Absolutely not for long, lest you have a better view which I would gladly welcome and appreciate as we may open our hearts in a healthy discussion?
A good and loving God, in Christ Jesus, will never allow evil to flourish or to prosper for long, and this He made known in His lifetime, and in His power to even drive away demons as in Matthew 8:31, and as we may learn to believe and live in the truth of His words.
If we still see remnants of evil such as:
- witchcraft, sorcery, voodoo worship, body piercing and tattoos, pagan worships and sacrifices, fortune telling and similar practices such as same sex marriage, homosexuality, that cater to our pride or ego, vanity, malice, envy, jealousy, hatred and non forgiveness that may lead many to 'divisiveness;'
- habitual or addictive things that may confuse us and ride on our anxieties and our fears in this life that may lead to suicide or health hazards;
- careless boldness that may risk one's life or life of others lest it comes spontaneously to help and in the love of others;
- anything that go against the dignity and respect to life as in abortion;
- anything that veers us away from relying on our faith in Jesus and lead us to temptation, evil in sin, in lies and deception,
... are these not in our life because we allow them to thrive, yet, may cause more problems in society morals and may become a threat to the lives of many? Will these not slowly take away our true freedom to reject what is morally wrong and evil as the law of the land is gradually being engulfed by things that are not of God?
Evil may thrive in a number of years among people so obsessed with sin, but fear not, is not God rather testing evil doers in this life as he gives them enough chances to renew their ways?
[Read on: The Evil Virus, Spread by Our Ego]
Be that as it may, Jesus wants us to rely on his words, persevere in our faith and do the best we can in uplifting and promoting what is of God. For soon, all evil will be destroyed in Christ's second coming as in the book of Revelation.
Oh yes, come to think of it, thank you Lord Jesus for reminding and revealing this to me, since God is almighty and omnipotent, with everything in His power and control, including time, we must be reminded that in our death, we may right away be subjected to judgment by Christ Jesus, as He has done so with the believing criminal in Dismas, who was there on His right side together in crucifixion, as He told and assured Dismas that in his faith, on that very day, he 'will be with me (Jesus) in paradise," as in Luke 23:43.
Wow! And would this not give credence to a 'Purgatory' as revealed by God to Sister Catherine of Genoa, where a fully repentant and guiltless soul may be given that ultimate chance to be cleansed by God's rays of mercy, purified from remnants of sin, before entering the gates of heaven in the loving embrace of our Almighty God and Father?
And as Jesus has implied in Matthew 10:28, that our spirit lives even after bodily death, for as long as God so chooses not to 'destroy both soul and body in Hell.'
Does this make sense? Will touch more on this subject later in this hub.
In Matthew 28:20, Jesus, while encouraging all his disciples to go baptize and make disciples of men in all nations, he admonishes them to trust in Him for He will always be with them as he said, "teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; And lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age."
In his patience, God may allow us time to process until we may learn to follow his lead in Christ Jesus. But with a hardened heart, as we continue to fall prey to evil, how can we expect God to tolerate evil in us and in our midst as He sees his people suffer in persecution, with lack of freedom and injustice prevailing in their lives?
Having been made in the image and likeness of God, it is innate in us to follow what is good and abhor what is evil, does this make sense?
But what if we have lived in a different culture where things of evil, pride, malice, violence and vengeance, anger, jealousy and blind tolerance against true freedom become the norm because of generational practices out of false beliefs, than what is of Christ where we can better see the rewards of love, hope, mercy and power in 'faith' and forgiveness?
Do we not see these not only in certain countries of a similar culture, but in families, yes, sadly even in Christian families, where the words of Christ are taken for granted as well. They may end up losing their true purpose, essence and meaning in this life in the hardness of their mind, ego and pride.
God is all knowing. He knows what is from deep within or hearts. He knows who is willing to change and who is not. Before we have so organized, perceived and collected our thoughts, He knows perfectly what is in our mind and what is to happen as in Judas' betrayal, in Peter's denial, in His own crucifixion, death and resurrection. He knows ahead of time what we may do or will do.
Is it not rather appropriate for us to lead our family first, then our community second, before our nation and the world, as we prosper our faith in Christ Jesus and that fervent hope that God may heal our ailing world with evil things that continue:
1. to bring people apart instead of bringing them together with growing number of broken homes and broken marriages, with the absence of God in Christ in many households with no religion being taught in school, with a greater degree of tolerance in society over divorce, and disrespect to parents;
2. to make people less efficient and productive through corruption and lack of morals in the family and society with growing tolerance to same sex marriages, abortion, drug addiction and pornography;
3. to promote the interests of the few rich more than making economic programs geared towards making more poor people in better financial health as they may be blessed with a more dignified life, however simple, or better as they may be able to work their way through a more blessed job, where they could better share in God's blessings with others;
4. promote greed in many powerful energy, scientific, technology and medical fields instead of clean politics and similar practices driving towards making honest researches towards less expensive power, energy, scientific, technological resources and healing sources from natural means to make our world a better place to live in.
In a flash, anytime, if God wills it, all our wealth, territories, properties, titles and anything material may come to naught, as our health may fail, our love ones perish, natural calamities, thieves, chaos or vices cause losses or destruction to our lifelong savings on properties or other material purchases we may have made along the way.
If we see these things happen around us everyday, would we not rather pray that God may save us and our love ones in all these destruction and confusion, and that our faith in Jesus may guide us, together with our community, school, economic, business and our political leaders, and see us through a better tomorrow?
Do we have control on all these? Absolutely not on things of nature, but on things controlled by man, prayers, unwavering 'faith and trust in Christ Jesus,' and each one's resolve and willingness to sacrifice towards change for a better quality of life may be everyone's mission and calling in Christ.
In one instance or the other, signs or events may come into one's life, and it is in one's discernment, as one may learn to open up his heart and spirit to God in Jesus, that he may see the light in this world, and avoid the perils of darkness and evil.
[Read on: Praying for Discernment]
On our love for material things, 1 John 2:15-17, Saint John exhorts us as he writes in the name of Jesus, and Divinely inspired by the Holy Spirit, "Do not love the world, nor the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, the lust in the eyes and the boastful pride of life, is not from the Father but is from the world. The world is passing away, and also its lusts; but the one who does the will of God lives forever."
Again, Jesus is calling on us to be willing to make sacrifices. If Christ has sacrificed his life for our sins, we must in the same way be willing to die to our 'self' by dying in our love for anything that belongs to the world, anything we know we can never bring with us when we die, rather, show that he is our Master, and not Mammon or things of this world, things that have kept us from the love of God, from the love of our family, and of others.
In total humility to God and total surrender of our worldly cravings and even our needs, then and only then will we become one in Christ, as Abraham has been blessed together with his family and his descendants for his great love of God, willing to sacrifice His one and only Son for God's love and glory.
Now, are we prepared to do this and trust in Jesus?
If even in one's death in his flesh, one may live even in Christ, what else will we have to fear?
For is not this world only temporary and not the 'real' life that is eternal and true, where we may live again in both spirit and body, even greater in essence than our worldly body, living one in Christ in eternal bliss and into eternity?
I have learned to believe in this as it has been my experience, having seen the light of Christ and having lived again after having died two times: one in 2002 when I had a mild heart attack; and the other in 2010, when I had a mild stroke.
I have learned to fully trust in Jesus as I prayed for enlightenment and in my faith, he has blessed me with a renewed health using only natural means. For me, this was a great revelation from the Lord that it is total surrender of my 'self' to my true Master in Jesus that we may see his promise in us fulfilled as we may become one in him.
If there is no truth in God's words, and in one's strong faith in Christ Jesus:
- then no one or only a few would have followed him despite the many threats and persecutions in their life without a higher power that led them in their faith?
- no one would have claimed in their own truthful testimonies to have been healed in their faith and in their prayers, or with the help of prayers of the faithful?
- no one would have been touched by the miracles of faith in the lives of saints and the blessed?
- no one would have claimed miracles praying the Holy Rosary?
- no one would have seen a full turn around from people who have seen the light of Christ, or who have claimed seeing Christ himself in their vision or in NDE's or near death experiences?
- not so many would have believed in the beautiful miraculous testimonies of many individuals from all walks of life, they themselves being renewed in their faith as they themselves have become witness to God's love, mercy and visions of truth and God's power in their lives;
- not so many would have been converts to Christianity more than in any other religion in the world as many have believed even though they have not seen Christ himself, rather, learned to believe in his words, or have experienced or felt the power in his words and in the Holy Spirit?
[Read on that we may be further enlightened: Understanding God in Spirit in Christ's Saving Light with a link to the Rosary Miracle during the Hiroshima Nuclear Bombing on August 6, 1945]
On the issue of death, if Jesus were around, will we still remain fearful despite His assurance that He will always be with us, remaining in us as we remain in Him, will we not hear Him tell us, as in Matthew 8:26, "Why are you so afraid, you men of little faith," as He has scolded Saint Peter and the apostles in a boat, after pulling up Saint Peter to safety, drowning for failing in his faith, for failing in his trust of his Master and our Lord in Jesus.
Do we not feel the same way when we begin to fear death? When we begin to trust more our mind, our senses, or even our intuition for our material needs more than when we should trust our faith in Jesus?
How can we ever be strong in our faith if we remain enslaved by so many worldly fears, despite Jesus reassuring us not to be afraid of dying in our flesh, "rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell?"
Move on and be further enlightened to this truth.
Being Blessed with our Blessed Mother Mary and the Saints
Did you know that in the past, it took several recorded and carefully scrutinized and investigated miracles attributed to a candidate for beatification before one can be named, "Blessed," and more authenticated miracles before one can be called a "Saint?"
Now, with the new ruling from the Vatican, one can pass beatification and sainthood with only one awesome miracle for each stage.
A great miracle of coming back to life from death, a terminally ill 49 year old French Nun in Sister Marie Simon-Pierre Norman, diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease, meaningfully so as it is the same illness attributed to Pope John Paul II when he was still alive, was recorded with more than a hundred witnesses to this truth, has made possible the beatification of Blessed Pope John Paul II.
[Read more related details on this: Sainthood Explained: Understanding John Paul II's Beatification]
Indeed, God moves in mysterious ways, where for those who believe, by faith, we know that everything happens for a reason.
If the Blessed Mother Mary, the Virgin Mother of God and the Mother of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, was recorded in the scriptures as the only woman who remained sinless in this world, aside from Jesus being recognized as sinless being the Son of God, are we not truly blessed with her able to inspire the church faithfuls towards the love of Christ?
Remember the "Wedding Feast at Cana," where the first miracle of Jesus was made? Mary, our Blessed Mother, who reminds me always of the love of my own mother, has shown great concern to what was lacking in the wedding, something that 'gives life' to a celebration, 'wine.'
A wedding being a very important celebration of life as it is to God's message of "Go and multiply" and spread what is true and what is good in God, Jesus, after hesitating for a moment that his 'time has not yet come,' as a response to a hint Mary gave her that 'they have no more wine' in the midst of the celebration, she turned to the servants to 'do as' what Jesus would tell them to do. Hence, six jars of water filled to the brim were turned into jars of the 'good wine.'
While this may not be meant in any way to encourage excessive drinking of wine in any instance, I would rather look at it as healthy and beneficial, whether it be red or white, it does not matter, being in particular made from grapes and possessing a powerful antioxidant, and so I have learned in my many researches I now use in natural medication, and like many, I have seen its healing benefits for better blood circulation as an effective natural blood thinner and in reducing blood pressure.
In my faith I have learned to accept the benefits and the healing attributes to red wine, if I may add, for whatever helpful purpose you may derive from my healing experience.
And I am not ashamed as I put it all across in my firm belief, through my strong faith in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, am I not, therefore, a living proof of the power of Jesus healing me with his precious blood that was shed from the cross, and every time I take a shot of that red wine, whether at home or in Holy Communion at church, it has given me renewed vigor and strength, to proclaim His truth in His words, ever so magnified in my faith (read on this link on the miracle of the Holy Eucharist in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where human blood, miraculously 'living,' was seen in 1996, when then Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio, now Pope Francis, decided to have it scientifically analyzed, and where, the scientist, Dr. Ricardo Castanon himself, became a convert).
If in Matthew 8:22, Jesus reminded his disciples to 'allow the dead to bury their dead,' was He not referring to people who have not believed in Him and remains dead in their disbelief and in their sins, as He was then in the act of inviting disciples to follow Him?
And with our deceased saints or our brothers and sisters who have died, yet have lived true to their faith in the love and care for others, do they not deserve being honored and respected as God in them has been glorified, and as God in us who may continue to live in our faith in Jesus may in the same manner able to glorify God in our godly ways and in ways attuned to God's words and commands as we so chose to follow and remain in Him?
If Jesus has said very clearly in Matthew 10:28, "Do not fear those who kill the body but are unable to kill the soul; but rather fear him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell," is He not telling us that even when we die in our body, our soul and spirit still lives not until we may be judged by God in Jesus, that both our soul and body may be destroyed in hell?
How long is this wait and process is not our worry, as Jesus has told us in not to worry, lest we may fall from sin as the evil one may win deceiving us from the lures of time more than the what peace, joy and love may bring to life as we live and give meaning to God's words, for God is beyond our sense of time for he is omnipotent and omniscient.
Almighty and All Knowing is our God, however we may perceive time to be, with God, a thousand or so years may just pass by like a single day.
And when we recall our past, does it not register as something that just happened and have gone so fast like in a flash, all seems to have just happened yesterday, as in Psalm 90:4.
How do you relate to this simple yet meaningful truth in God's words?
In John 14:11-14, Jesus said, "Believe in Me that I am in the Father and the Father is in Me; otherwise, believe because of the works themselves, Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do, he will also do; and greater works than these he will do; because I go to the Father. Whatever you ask of Me in My name, that will I do, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask Me anything in My name I will do it."
Wow, another very powerful and meaningful passage, indeed.
If we have seen many miracle works of healing through prayers of the faithful, inconceivable to man and cannot be explained by science, are these not enough proof of the very existence of God and the power of faith?
When Jesus said in the passage, "he who believes in Me, the works that I do, he will also do; and GREATER WORKS than these he will do; because I go to the Father. WHATEVER YOU ASK OF ME in My name, that will I do."
Are not, therefore, Mama Mary and the saints and our deceased relatives and brethren, having lived and remained true in their faith, blessed with eternal life? And being blessed by God into life eternal, are their spirit, therefore, still strong and ever existent in the spiritual realm with Christ?
And is it not our faith, being devoted and dedicated in Christ, and our prayers, through our sincere prayers and devotions made through the Blessed Mother or the saints as they have become the vessels of God's love and power through the Holy Spirit and in Jesus' name, so with the prayers of our dearly departed brothers and sisters who still lives in both body and spirit in Christ, listened to by God?
But how many of us are living, yet do not believe? And how many of us say they believe, yet they do not believe in the 'greater works' or miracles that God has shown in this life through our faith and in His great love for us in Jesus?
Lest we still fail to accept this truth in our faith and in the words of Christ Jesus, and the absolute truth in his words, are we not living in denial of God's words? Will we not therefore, better pray in the Holy Spirit that we all may be one in our faith in Christ and truly believe in him and never falter unless we so chose a different master that may continue pounding on us deceptions or lies that have always veered us away from what is true and pure in a faith blessed by the love of God and of others, whether in this life or the next?
Do you realize that everyday, and at this very moment, the Marians of the Immaculate Conception are praying for the whole world in selfless devotion and service dedicated to Jesus, that in his Divine Mercy, we may subject ourselves to repentance and learn to humble ourselves to him, renew our lives and follow Him in the forgiveness of our sins.
If God has given us so many chances in our lives, in so many ways and signs He has shown that we may return to his flock in Jesus, the time from cleansing and repentance is 'now,' for it is this life that we may be judged, with the power to judge us in finality after our life long trial in this arena and realm of worldliness, evil, temptation and of sin would be in Jesus' hands, our True Savior and Messiah.
He will judge us not on how we can best interpret His words in the bible, on how intelligent or more knowing we could be based on what our eyes can see and what our mind can fathom, rather, will He not judge us on:
- how TRUE we have been in our FAITH, on how we may understand Him in our spirit for He is in spirit and beyond all human understanding;
- that in ALL things we have made Him our True Master as we have learned to live and love him being one with our Creator, our Almighty God and Father, with no other power being greater than Him, in full surrender of our pride, 'self' and ego, filled by His grace and made stronger in our war against all evil in this world, empowered by the truth in His words;
- and how we have shown our love and concern for others and learned to forgive as He has loved and has forgiven us?
May you join me in my prayer that from our hardened mind and spirit comes love, mercy and forgiveness in our renewal, as we may surrender whatever is clouding our faith, as we may remain true and selfless, noble, loving and justified in our faith that goes beyond this life, guided by Divine Wisdom in that of our Almighty God and Father, through the Holy Spirit and in Christ Jesus.
Faith in Jesus' Presence in the Holy Eucharist
If I have felt the healing presence of the Lord as I partake in Holy Communion, believing that the bread is the living body of Christ and the wine as the living blood of Christ, am I not rather practicing what Jesus has taught us in our faith, to believe in him and in the power of his love, mercy and forgiveness, as all these help us heal?
If ever in our faith, we have learned to believe by mere reading or listening to God's words, where is works then in the whole process of our faith?
Many faithful charismatic Catholic Christians, like those in Couples for Christ or CFC, or those in "Bukas Loob Sa Diyos" (Openness to God) or BLD, have been given that gift of 'praying in tongues,' through intensive prayers to the Holy Spirit. And sadly, other Christian sects have wrongly judged this practice as that of the evil one.
I am sorry but I have to disagree. Allow me to help enlighten you on this, as in the scriptures of Saint Paul, in Romans 8:26, "In the same way the Spirit also helps our weakness; for we do not know how we pray as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words." And going on to the next verse, it is the "Holy Spirit who intercedes for God's people in accordance to the will of God," as in Romans 8:27.
Anyone of pure intent to pray and speak in tongues may be given this gift as prayed for in the Holy Spirit. In my own experience, I have discovered in my own researches, and I believe so that in all these I remain thankful that in my prayer in the Holy Spirit, he has been guiding me in my ministry on the web.
Praying in tongues is a gift form the Holy Spirit, as He may grant it to you as God's grace all from your faithfulness, trust and love for Him.
And many times in your own time, in your own ministry, by faith or in prayer, you may feel his guiding presence, especially so when you have learned to fully trust in our Lord Jesus, and have learned to surrender your 'self' in him, subjecting yourself to his commands and to his will.
Going back to the passage in John 14:11, when Jesus said, " ... otherwise, BELIEVE IN THE WORKS THEMSELVES," is he not referring to the MIRACLES of our FAITH?
Again, if we fail to believe and understand this truth, will we still have to wait for Jesus to turn to us as he turned to Peter and his disciples in their doubts and said, "You of little faith?"
Refreshing our thoughts to what he said in John 6:53-58, Jesus said to his apostles, "Very truly I tell you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of man, and eat his blood, you have no life in you. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise them up at the last day. For my flesh is real food and my blood is real drink. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me, and I in them. Just as the living Father sent me and I live because of the Father, so the one who feeds on me will live because of me. This is the bread that came down from heaven. Our ancestors ate manna and died, but whoever feeds on this bread will live forever."
If many Catholic Christians have believed so in their deep prayer with the presiding priest in the Holy Mass during the Eucharistic celebration, that in the bread and wine offered comes the presence of the body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ, and this we may be allowed to partake with a cleansed heart and spirit in Holy Communion, is this not a pleasing gesture of our faith in Christ and the truth in his words?
If we have seen many miracles or 'greater works' that have happened in our faith, in the healing power of the Holy Spirit while praying through:
- Mama Mary in the Holy Rosary which is a powerful prayer that brings us closer to Christ Jesus and in the forgiveness of sins not only for us but for others as well;
- the Divine Divine Mercy in Jesus which is a very powerful prayer of forgiveness of sins for the whole world as revealed by God in Jesus to the Polish Saint, Sister Faustina;
- the Saints and the Blessed, with some having amazing incorruptible bodies to date, who have been so instrumental in giving inspiration to all of us, the miracles of our life in living in Christ, especially to our children in the love of Christ;
- the holy sacrifice of the mass, where we are being invited to participate and partake in the Holy Eucharist, or be blessed by the priest if not ready, in holy communion; and
- our brothers and sisters who have either lived and are now deceased yet had lived in the light of Christ, and the living who continue to persevere in all humility in their faithfulness to Christ and to his words of truth and love, as we may request their help in prayer for our personal intentions,
... and if in all these, we have seen great miracles and 'works' in our great love for our Lord Jesus, and for the love of life and of others including the poor and those who may need guidance in the light of Christ, will our Almighty Father be not pleased in our faith and in good deeds?
May we be more strengthened in our faith and believe in Christ Jesus, at best learn to avoid sin, and that we may fully trust in him who is the atoning sacrifice for our sins.
As in 1 John 2:1-6, Saint John writes:
"I write this to you so you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have an advocate with the Father - Jesus Christ, the Righteous One. He is the atoning sacrifice of our sins, and not only for ours, but also for the sins of the whole world.
"We know we have come to know him if we keep his commands. Whoever says, "I know him," but does not do what he commands is a liar, and the truth is not in that person. But if anyone obeys his word, love for God is truly made complete in them. This is how we are in him: Whoever claims to live in him, must live as Jesus did."
Join us in our prayer that in Christ, we become one in our faith as we may become stronger against evil, standing hand in hand spreading the light of Christ to the world, and help heal our ailing land and its people.
In Jesus comes the power of our faith. In Jesus, in our trust, in the power of his love and mercy, we may learn to overcome all our worldly fears, and see our land prosper with true peace and joy in our hearts as we live in the power of holy name and in his words, and as 'we strive to be perfect as Christ is perfect,' then we may see us saved as we may see in us the power against all evil, ever confident in our faith, as we live in God's will, we may see eternal life in us.
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