For the law of the spirit of life in Christ Jesus has freed you from the law of sin and death. For what the law, weakened by the flesh, was powerless to do, this God has done: by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for the sake of sin, he condemned sin in the flesh, so that the righteous decree of the law might be fulfilled in us, who live not according to the flesh but according to the spirit. For those who live according to the flesh are concerned with the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the spirit with the things of the Spirit. The concern of the flesh is death, but the concern of the spirit is life and peace. For the concern of the flesh is hostility toward God; it does not submit to the law of God, nor can it; and those who are in the flesh cannot please God. But you are not in the flesh; on the contrary, you are in the spirit, if only the Spirit of God dwells in you. Whoever does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him. But if Christ is in you, although the body is dead because of sin, the spirit is alive because of righteousness. If the Spirit of the one who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, the one who raised Christ from the dead will give life to your mortal bodies also, through His Spirit that dwells in you. Consequently, brothers, we are not debtors to the flesh, to live according to the flesh. For if you live according to the flesh, you will die, but if by the Spirit, you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live.
Romans 8: 2 - 13
For those of us who are under the rule of Christ, who are His members, there is no condemnation or censure. The grace of Christ has rescued us from our terrible patterns of sin and death. In other words God, through His love and grace, has accomplished what the law could not. God sent Jesus in the flesh like that of our flesh. He condemned sin in the flesh so that the just requirement of the law could be fulfilled in us, provided we live our lives, not according to the flesh, but according to the spirit.
But, you and I are not in the flesh, but in the spirit — provided we allow the Spirit of God to dwell in us. If any of us do not have (and follow) the Spirit of Christ, we do not truly belong to Christ. But if the Spirit of Christ is in us, our body may die, but our spirit remains alive because of His promise and righteousness.
Excerpt from Catholic Cultural.org
Many are concerned that they are not worthy, or ready, to have Jesus in their lives.
On the contrary!
Even though our bodies and minds are darkened by sin, if we ask God to forgive us; if we truly repent and invite Jesus into our hearts; then we have taken the first step toward healing and coming closer to Our God. This, I believe, is how we grow in a deeper relationship with Him and into the knowledge of being children of God. Though we are sinners, Jesus came to save us from the darkness of our sin and to guide us into the Light of His Presence.
Many of you have emailed or called and asked why I have not written additional articles & reflections. The simple answer is that I had not received permission to write and reach out... until today. God has His reasons and His purpose for all things He does. My mission is not to convince, but to inform, instruct, guide and advise.
We all are aware of the horrific state of evil that has entrenched itself in our culture openly inflicting mankind with anger, hate, wars, abortion, murder, promiscuity, corruption (in all areas of society and governments), greed and persecution of Christians. One of the visible fruits of sin are the chaotic signs in nature: earthquakes, floods, famine, and the satanic entrenchment of physical, and almost palpable, gloom that covers the world as a result of sin.
Over the past 2 centuries, and especially in recent decades, Our blessed Mother has repeatedly warned us of coming distress if we continue offending God and refusing to repent and change our ways.
Note: The Magisterium of the Roman Catholic Church makes all authoritative and final decisions on claims of personal apparitions of the Blessed Mother. Among the many appearances of Our Blessed Mother advising and warning of impending chastisements we note:
La Salette, France
Now we see a number of holy statues from all corners of the earth bleeding. What could this mean? Clearly, this is a serious message from heaven.
Many concerned Christians have become disillusioned and, searching for honest answers, have somehow placed their focus on various seers and words of knowledge allegedly given to many respected individuals.
Many have become discouraged and confused when things did not happen in the manner they envisioned or in the way they were told prophecy would occur. We must be very careful as we try to discern God’s Plan. God is God and does not use our calendar to measure time or to fulfil “correct” prophecy. Satan also uses these events and dates to confuse, discourage and discredit good people of God.
You may be quite sure that in the last days there will be some difficult times. People will be self-centred and avaricious, boastful, arrogant and rude; disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, irreligious; heartless and intractable; they will be slanderers, profligates, savages and enemies of everything that is good; they will be treacherous and reckless and demented by pride, preferring their own pleasure to God. They will keep up the outward appearance of religion but will have rejected the inner power of it. Keep away from people like that.
1 Timothy 1: 1-5
Be careful of any individual who sets dates and times on prophecy or alleged apparitions and messages. Let us not focus on man, but attend to our relationship with Him, placing our complete and unconditional trust in God. It is extremely essential, vital and crucial that we all PRAY and DISCERN each decision, each step, each tough choice.
In the last days — the Lord declares — I shall pour out my Spirit on all humanity. Your sons and daughters shall prophesy, your young people shall see visions, your old people dream dreams. Even on the slaves, men and women, shall I pour out my Spirit. I will show portents in the sky above and signs on the earth below. The sun will be turned into darkness and the moon into blood before the day of the Lord comes, that great and terrible Day. And all who call on the name of the Lord will be saved.
Acts 2: 17-20
My Ongoing Spiritual Journey:
We all have tremendous spiritual battles that we are fighting. We daily encounter oppositional, evil forces that want to stop our rightful spiritual journey and who seek to destroy us. Like most of you, we have struggled with the “world”, with our business, family relationships, finances, etc. We always seem to be at the edge of things coming, or not coming, to fruition. Yet, our hope and trust does (and must) remain in Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. I believe that we are being tested both spiritually and physically to prepare us for the hardships and adversities that are still to come.
My greatest blessing is that, even though I have not written articles for a great number of months, I am never out of communication, on a daily basis, with God the Father, Jesus Our Lord and the Holy Spirit. Our Blessed Mother and several Saints who continue to guide us and protect us.
Even though we do not see it or understand it, Satan and his evil demons have prepared to inflict their tentacles of despair, confusion and evil onto the souls of good men and women. Thousands have lost hope and are in misery, including many discouraged faithful Christians. Many have openly sought the flesh and turned to the works of Lucifer; some have even consecrated themselves to evil. Remember, Satan’s objective has always been the same... to turn us away from God for all eternity.
Recent Spiritual Experiences:
Do not assume that prophecy and prophesied events have stopped. Several months ago at Adoration, during our regular time at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Fredericksburg, Texas, I had a locution of Our Blessed Mother and was shown the chaotic upheaval of the future.
I saw Our Lady standing above the earth with waves of water mixed with many of our earthly materials going up to Her. These waves carried buildings, continents, large ships and buildings as they seem to be tossed and caught up in a terrible, horrific storm. I saw black clouds with lightning flashing at the world. In this turmoil, I saw earthquakes, eruption of volcanoes, and millions of people were caught up in this chaos during the vision. All the waves of buildings, ships, as well as various materials and people were coming up to Her, and then they would fall back into the sea as more continued to come towards Her. She was dressed in blue with a golden Crown of Twelve Stars. There were several other visions, but I was told to share this particular one at this time, and keep the others to myself for now.
Sunday, March 2nd, 2017 (After Holy Communion)
The Virgin Mary: I had a beautiful conversation with Heaven!. It started with Our Lady as She was praying for me, and telling me that what we have been going through had not been easy for us, but that God is preparing us for our mission from God. She blessed me and told me that we were under Her protection.
Jesus Our Lord: Then, Jesus appeared and welcomed me. He smiled and told me that I had come a long way from our early encounters. He called me His little brother, His good friend and His companion. He thanked me for not giving up and for the endurance of situations and problems that I have had to fight for over 34 years. He told me that my preparation for my mission was almost at an end.
Jesus explained to me that very soon we would all experience the suffering that He took upon Himself on Calvary. He lovingly took upon Himself all the sins of mankind to save all of us, His children, from eternal damnation. He explained that His suffering on the Cross continues and has not stopped. He stated that His Father in Heaven was not pleased with how mankind has allowed themselves to be seduced by Satan. He mentioned how images and icons of His Mother are crying tears of blood all over the world.
The suffering that I was shown was as if each of us was on the Cross with Jesus. We will suffer and see our sins against God that have occurred in our lifetime. Some will not survive this terrible moment. (He also related that little children not of age would not have this experience.) This must occur so that man will make his own decision and choose who we will each follow: God or Lucifer. The separation of the sheep from the goats will begin at this crucial moment of decision.
He told me that no additional warnings will take place. His Mother has related the same messages for hundreds of years in various apparitions such as Fatima, Akita and other Holy sites. Mankind has made its own decision and, in various ways, has chosen to turn away from God. If additional warnings were to be given, we will still choose not to listen.
The Holy Spirit: I then felt a beautiful presence of pure love and hope. His voice was like a gentle, singing wind. He asked for His children to change their ways and turn to God. The only hope for mankind is God; He related that mankind must turn to God and repent of their sins. He also emphasized that we are all called to forgive each other unconditionally. He will shower us with His love and give us courage to share our love in Him, and even with those we have hurt and those who have hurt and cursed us. (At this moment, while kneeling on the pew, I saw three individuals that have tried to harm me in the past and present. Our gentle Holy Spirit ask me to forgive them, and I also asked for their forgiveness. I was told to love them and pray for them).
God the Father: Wow. He is God of the Universe. His voice is like thunder and His heart is gentle as a loving Father. He smiled at me like a son that has found favor with his Dad. He told me that the journey and the tasks that have been given to me was at hand. Before, he indicated that I was not ready, but now I am becoming spiritually prepared.
He told me that His Plan continues to unfold. Almost jokingly, He told me that He does not use a calendar for His Plan. Mankind needs to focus on God and not on men. Thus, his purpose in sending Jesus to save us was His Plan before the beginning of time. Now, mankind is giving Him little options. He can no longer allow His Son to continue to be offended, ignored, and to suffer. As in the time of Noah, the environment has been totally corrupted.
He blessed me and smiled.
Please pray and discern all that has been given to me. I am not a theologian, or a scholar nor do I seek the praises of man. I am a simple guy who is in love with His mighty God.
Blessings to each of you in Christ,