BLESSED ARE THEY…..

As we begin this blog together. We will and must answer a question. And that question is, w28514782047_31f5ff79aa_mho are they? And the they spoken of in scripture can be many or few, which is solely based on a select criteria or lack thereof. That has been set in place by God, not only for our own benefit, but for the benefit of our fellow man as well. God did from the beginning, and still does now, have a well executed plan in place for mankind. Which is both to live a good life, and to make heaven his or her home, when this life is done. This, in spite of mankind’s best efforts, to continually mess things up. And if your one of those who says to yourself, if only Jesus would come and visit with me in the flesh, my life would be so much better. Well, he already did that, and some of the results were and still are shocking. And now let’s get to the point, which is in fact,who are they?

After the resurrection, Christ came walking through the wall into a locked room. A room where the apostles were gathered, contemplating all of the events that had happened. As you could imagine…they were both shocked and frightened, and anything else you can think of, having a spirit man walk through the wall into your presence. But as they gained their collective composure, Jesus having consoled them, Thomas did not believe it was Jesus. Jesus then asks Thomas to come over to him. And he asks him to place his fingers into the wounds in his hands and his side. So at this time Christ was in a body that had substance, but could go through a structure. After Thomas did as Christ had asked, and was now satisfied that it was in fact Jesus. Jesus said the following. Blessed are they who believe and have not seen. And so for starters, if one believes in Christ having not seen him, that individual is one of “they” who are blessed.

I have been saying for years, that the greatest blessing one can have in this life, is the ability to say yes and I believe, to the call of Jesus Christ. Because in the end, no matter what this life doles out to you, you will find yourself in heaven with me and the rest of the saints. And in the book of Matthew chapter 5, beginning in verse 3. We hear through the word of God,Christ’s teaching to a multitude of hearers, of what it is and who it is that is truly blessed. Follow along with me.

Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.. Blessed are they who hunger and thirst after righteousness, for they will be filled. Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called the children of God. Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you, when men shall revile you, and speak all manner of evil falsely against you for my namesake. Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward. For so did they persecute the prophets who have come before you.

Having read this with me. If you were to ask, let’s just say 10 or 12 random people on the streets of New York, the following question. What does it mean to be blessed? You would likely hear the same things that I hear at work. To be blessed usually means to the unsaved, more of this world, and the things of this world. And then there are my Pentecostal friends. Who think that they and their individual congregations and pastors, have obtained the only true lock and key to going to heaven. And that every other protestant, Pentecostal, and in particular Catholic church goer. Is some how completely lost, having given their soul to the devil. In their minds, they and only they, are truly blessed. I am amazed, when I tell people about the gospel. I usually begin by telling them something about myself, and see what kind of door opens up. To me this is always the best type of evangelization. Because people have a tough time rebutting what you say of yourself and your life. And it can generally lead into some fairly open and honest conversations. This is the time to speak openly of Jesus, and what he is and has done in your life.

Then its up to the Holy Spirit, to get to work in that individuals heart and mind. When protestants hear me talking about Jesus. I always mention to them that I am a Catholic. And why? Because I know it bothers them to no end. For they think in and of themselves immediately, that I am somehow grossly mislead, because their pastor told them so. That somehow this church of mine, which had its roots in the very apostles themselves, predating the very word protestant by some 1500 years. And they know nothing about my background, of reading the scriptures, street evangelizing, praying, and everything else.

Think that I have somehow lost my way, and that I just start talking about Jesus, having no real knowledge about him. And the truth that they and their pastors somehow possess all of the truth, God having overlooked the rest of humanity. All of these things are a far cry from what Christ just spoke of. Meekness, poverty, and having a hunger for righteousness. Persecution, peacemaking, being reviled, and persecuted. And so where is it exactly that you fit in having read this little dissertation of mine? Are you blessed? Or are you just wanting? Wanting more of this world and what it has to offer. I will leave you with this. For those who believe. No proof is needed. And for those who don’t believe. No proof will suffice. Which one are you?…To be continued

I AM WHO I AM

Speaking of myself. Let me state the following. I am a father. I am a husband. I am a employee. I am a Catholic Christian. And now if I may ask you a couple of questions. And I want you to direct these same questions at yourself. After having filled in the blanks as to who you are. So lets begin. Is there ever a time when you are not who you are? And the second question is this. Can you choose to not be who you are?

So what is it exactly that you are driving at Mr. Pundit? Well I will tell you. The only time you are not who you are. Is if and when you decide to hide it for the sake of sin.For the truth is you can never change who you are. But you can change your actions and the way in which you are perceived as being who you are. When sin sneaks into view. The husband or wife takes off their wedding band. Telling their suitor that they are not married. And although they still are who they are.They are now perceived through the act of deceit as not being so in the eyes of the beholder. Jesus told Peter that before the cock crowed. Peter would deny him 3 times. Peter said to the Lord that this would never happen.

Well as it turns out it did in fact happen. And Peter fled the scene weeping. Jesus told Peter that when he had matured that he would lead the church. Peter didn’t get it at the time. Just as you are not getting it now. When it comes to being a Christian. You most definitely are who you are. And for most of you. Who you are now is not good. But here’s the difference. I can never change that I am a father. For if I have a child I’m always a father. Now whether or not I am a good one is another story. But the fact that I am a father will never change. But as to wehter or not you or I are a Christian. This is entirely another story indeed.For as being a Christian there is no proof of anything. There is no human body to whom you can claim being the father of. So how is it we can prove ourselves to be a Christian?

Jesus said that you will know a tree by its fruit. Now man may be in error when judging you as being a Christian or not. But God who is never in error will judge you righteously in the end. And you will either hear from him. Well done my good and faithful servant. inherit the kingdom of my Father in heaven.Or you will hear. Depart from me you wicked one. Into the everlasting fires and darkness of hell. So let me ask you one more time if I may. Are you who you say you are?…to be continued

HOLY COMMUNION IN THE MASS

Many of you who have been rea200418739_9deb52dec6_mding my blog from first post. Already know that I was raised Catholic. Joined the Born Again movement. And 6316097688_c8fe2781a8_mwent back to my Catholic roots. And in my opinion with good reason. In this blog however I am going to address but one thing and one thing only. And that is defending the practice of the mass in the Catholic or universal church. And to do this I will be using my favorite Protestant bible. Which is the Thompson Chain reference bible. And as a side note for all of the uninformed in my readership. Which is almost everyone I meet. People who believe what Uncle Harry told them rather than doing the research themselves. After all I would have to actually read and spend some happy hour time to do that. And we cant have that as Christians can we? The Protestant bible is nothing more than the Catholic bible. Which had been the churches mainstay. Assembled and critiqued by hundreds of the early Catholic churches fathers. Whose lineage connects directly to having been one on one disciples of the apostles of Jesus Christ.

So where exactly the Protestants begin to think this was not well thought out? Or somehow twisted itself into a Satanic festival on the seven hills of Rome. And that the pope is the antichrist. Is more bizarre and infested with lies than I care to spend any time on. The only difference is that around the time of Luther and Calvin and others. They decided along with leaving Catholicism to remove a number of books from what had been the word of God for some 1300 years. Books which just happened to contain evidence in scripture of praying to and for the dead. As well as the dogma of purgatory. Both of which have never left the Catholic church since its inception having been handed down from the original twelve to this very day and time.

And now back to communion…Catholic style. And so in my Protestant bible…First Corinthians chapter 10 verse 15 and 16. Paul is speaking….I am speaking to you as wise men. And you judge what I say. The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not the communion of the blood of Christ? And the bread which we break, is it not the communion of the body of Christ? Paul is asking a question here to members of the new church at Corinth. Already problems and rifts caused by Satan were starting to show themselves. And this was only a short time after Christ’s death and ascension. If you read both books of Corinthians you will see that he is addressing all kinds of issues. From the practice of Holy communion to incest in the church. But here he speaks directly of the cup of wine blessed in the early mass. And he is asking them is it not the blood of Christ? And then he follows with the breaking of the bread. The Eucharist. And he says to them is this not the body of Christ? He is speaking to them directly and at the same time reinforcing that these are the body and blood of Jesus. But he asks them  in the form of a question because he wants to hear it from their mouths. Its an oral test.

In this next series of scriptures in the same book chapter 11 beginning in verse 23. Paul is speaking to them again. And also interjects some of the words of Jesus at the last supper table. Lets read it together…..That the Lord Jesus the same night he was betrayed took bread. And when he had given thanks broke it and said. Take this and eat it. This is my body, which is broken for you. This do in remembrance of me. And then in the same manner he took the cup saying. This is the cup of the New Testament in my blood. This do as often as you drink of it, in remembrance of me. And now Paul begins his dissertation and or instructions regarding this act which Jesus just spoke of…..For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup. You do show the Lords death until he comes. Therefore whoever eats this bread and drinks this cup of the Lord unworthily. Is guilty of the body and blood of the Lord.

But let every man examine himself. And then let him eat of that bread and drink of the cup. For he that eats and drinks unworthily. Eats and drinks damnation to himself. Not properly discerning the Lords body. For this reason many are weak and sickly among you. And many are dead….This is why at the beginning of every mass. The priest pauses and asks us to reflect on our sins. Paul just said that we are partaking of the body and blood of Christ. He said they were not discerning the Lords body. Not a replica. Not a thought. But the Lords body. Not Welches grape juice and broken up saltine crackers my Born Again friends. And because of this Paul says. People need to really take a close look at themselves and their lives. It would actually be better if you didn’t take communion until you set your own house in order. Paul tells them that this is why there are so many sick and dying in the church……If I were you. I would shut my mouth and quick. With your continual Protestant ragging about the Holy Mass and Communion. Its better for you to be just ignorant and remain outside of Catholicism. Ask God to shed his mercy and grace upon you about his church. Before you dig a large hole for yourself to fall into…..To be continued

Getting it Right From the Start

11587478496_8c2bfca4f7_m4982094649_5448c46e67_mAs we begin this blog together. I want you to fully comprehend Gods connection to each one of us prior to an abortionist having the opportunity to snuff out our life in Christ. And no this is not a blog about abortion so to speak. But as these demons from hell driven by the lure of money and supported for the most part by those who lead a sinful life of fornication and adultery. Move forward in their quest to dispose of as many lives as they can for the sake of their bank accounts. Its nice to see how God looks at us. For in the end that’s all that matters anyway. And by the way if you are employed in one of these offices in any capacity.

You need to leave NOW! God doesn’t understand that you are just the clerk and need the money. Here is what he said to the prophet Jeremiah. In the book of Jeremiah chapter 1 verses 4 through 7. And by the way this was not just because Jeremiah was called to be a prophet. All children are special to the Lord and God first speaks to Jeremiah as a child which you shall soon see….Then the word of the Lord came to me saying. Before I formed you in the belly….I knew you. And before you came out of the womb I sanctified you and I ordained you as a prophet to the nations.

Then I said..Ah but Lord! I cannot speak for I am but a child. But the Lord said to me do not say that I am but a child. For you shall go to all to whom I will send you. And whatever I command you shall you speak to them. And do not be afraid of their faces for I am with you to deliver you from them. Then the Lord touched my mouth with his hand and he said to me. I have put my words in your mouth. Quite a different story is being told to us here in regards to the scientific community’s crap that they try to peddle. As to if and when life begins. They just don’t want you to think too much about someone sticking a knife in your baby. And tearing them out of their mommy by the head. God just said that before he was formed God knew him. And that before he had exited the womb he was already sanctified for the work of the Lord.

Many non Catholics criticize infant baptism. I know this is true because I was one of them. They and I would be wrong. When a baby is born to a Christian couple Gods hand is already upon the babe. But in the singular act of pouring the baptismal water over the child. The parents and those present who are walking with Christ are making a PUBLIC AFFIRMATION that this one belongs to the Lord. So take that you lousy devil. The scuttlebutt among Protestants is that only a believer is to be baptized. And that the child has no knowledge of what they are doing rendering it therefore in their eyes a moot occasion. But of course that doesn’t stop them from having a dedication. Whereby they are dedicating the child to the Lord. Its a good thing that beat downs are not condoned in Christianity. Because if it was every time I ran into some religious punk telling me why I am wrong and they are right according to their Pastors diatribe. I would be opening a can of Whop ass every month. I’m sorry but I digress. I also stated in one of my other blogs that we Catholics reaffirm our baptismal vows every Easter publicly in church. And the youths do so additionally during their First Holy Communion and their Confirmation. And by the way none of these so called reaffirmations do you or I or our children any good if we or they are not walking with God…Whew!

We as parents have an ongoing and active role to play in the lives of our children. Most people at the baptismal font are waiting to get home and tie one on. The process is virtually meaningless to them but it is not overlooked by the Lord. The child is all so important to him wherever they are and whoever they are parented by. Because they haven’t as of yet been corrupted by their immoral parents who are worshipping false Gods and serving the flesh. So what exactly is our role? Well I am so glad that you asked. The book of proverbs chapter 22 and verse 6…Train a child up in the way that he should go. And when he is old he will not depart from it. We as parents are to train our children in the ways of God. But what do you have to train them with while you are still living the life of a sinful malcontent.

Only a godly man or woman can offer something of value to their child by example. What it is to live and abide by the teachings of Christ. And thank God as well for the influence of godly acquaintances and relatives in the lives of children. And being a godly example has nothing to do with how many expensive vacations you’ve taken them on. Or buying them a new I Phone every 3 years. So wise up all you young parents to be. And its never too late for all of you older parents as well. Where there is life there is hope for all. So move on to doing the will of God in your lives. And be the godly examples that God has called you to be for your children. The formation of your child’s Christianity is allot like sex education but even greater. You don’t want them to learn it from someone else or on the street…..To be continued

 

DISCOURAGEMENT

5338646869_8c6d7064e6_mI am certain that I am uncertain…about exactly where I am going with this topic. But I am quite certain about the events which lead me to choose it. How do you like that? I have been dealing with a skin issue for perhaps 25 years and counting. Three dermatologists and one allergist later and I am still dealing with it.

Problem number one is this.The dermatologist to whom the allergist sent me several weeks ago. Was unaware today of why I was at his office.Which was a follow up visit recommended by him on my last visit. He also looking at my arm said it looks much better when it was in fact much worse than the last visit. He had one foot out the door and one foot in the next room before he even said hello.

The same occurred in court the other day where I was with a relative of mine for a compensation case. The judge was totally unprepared for the case being brought before him. Not knowing what had already happened in the last hearing. He posthumously closed the case a second time with zero compassion for my relative who was sitting before him hoping for finally some justice. The judge was a self centered,uncaring fool. I know what you are thinking. Those are some tough words Mr. Pundit.

And you would be correct. If the doctor or the judge had one of their relatives sitting in their office or their courtroom. A smile would be on their face and whatever needed to be done within whatever timeframe required would be done. And the results would definitely be favorable or they would be unacceptable. Once again as a Christian man I am confronted with the antichrist at work in the hearts and minds of mankind.

The dermatologist was walking out of the door telling me I needed to get a second opinion. While I was still talking to him about the data concerning myself that he needed to give me his opinion on. When a missionary doctor goes in the field to help the poor there is no pay. And they are hoping to give the most people the best they can offer in the time they have. With the best results possible for everyone. Their reward is in heaven. The dermatologist and the judge are making good money. And their concern for you is minimal at best. They are comfortable and if you are not well that’s too bad. What they fail to see is this. God who is just will not be slack concerning them when they die. Especially as it pertains to how you treat a man or woman of God when they come to you for help. I am speaking about myself and my relative. We are both God fearing, praying Christians.

And God is not slack when it comes to our treatment. I want you to know  that we can and will face much discouragement in this life. We all know what it is like to approach someone in the store or anywhere else. And as you look at their face and hear their voice you know what’s coming. And what’s coming is nothing good. They are being used and controlled by a devil from the pit of hell. And for the most part they don’t even know it. People….in this life you are going to serve somebody. It will either be the devil or the Lord… but you will and are serving somebody everyday of your life. It is your decision and it can be changed at any time you desire.

This is what we refer to as a conversion or born again experience. You become a new creature in Christ. And part of being that new creature will be a new outlook on life and mankind. You will not talk the same. You will not act the same. And you will begin to have a more caring and loving sense of compassion for the plight of your fellow man or woman.We need each other. But we don’t need each other in the current format. We need more God fearing..Christ centered people to start making a difference in this world. Gods mercy and grace are always at the ready for any and all who will humble themselves and ask for it. So where is it exactly that you stand? Are you ready to start making a difference?…..To be continued

 

But…I Didn’t Say Anything?

3773580856_e8743e2bce_mThe member’s of my family, almost everyone of the people I have met working through the years, and most of you readers have something in common. Do you know what it is? You are ashamed of the name Jesus Christ. And a fair amount of the above claim to be Christians. You are more than willing to talk about vacationing, gossip, work, Hollywood and just about anything else you can think of. But when Mister Bill or anyone else for that matter so much as breaches the topic of Christ….Silence. The conversation ends and nothing will be said or added. You don’t want to speak of him and in your mind, this is a matter of religious privacy if you will.

You will die in your sins and you will make hell your eternal home, just as if you were an axe murderer or any other hideous thing you can think of. In fact….to say you are his and to go to church and do nothing or say nothing in regards to Christian evangelism, is in actuality worse than never knowing about him at all. You are a disgrace. And now that I am in a happy place with you lets keep moving right along. Shall we? You say I am full of religious malarkey. Well, how about some scripture reading? After all, you love Jesus, don’t you? And since Jesus told us he is the living Word, you won’t mind reading Him a little bit, will you? You remember of course through all your biblical reading, while you spent day and night for 6 years getting your degrees, that the bible said the Word became flesh and dwelled among us.

The Gospel of Saint Matthew chapter 5 verse 13…You are the salt of the earth. But if you being salt have lost your flavor, what then can be salted by you? This salt being you, is therefore good for nothing else, but to be cast out into the streets, and to be walked upon by the feet of men. Well then…that was rather succinct. How about another happy time scripture? An after-dinner mint if you will. Oh, you’re going to like this I am sure. Let’s read together in the book of Matthew chapter 10 starting in verse 32. This will only take a minute. Whoever, therefore, will speak of me before men, he also will I confess before my Father in heaven. But he also who will not speak of me before men, him also I will not speak of before my Father in heaven. Do not think that I have come to send peace on earth, but rather a sword. For a Christian man’s enemies will be those in his own household……It sounds a lot like you, my mouth zippered friends. Does it not?

Verse 38…And he that does not pick up his own cross and follow me is not worthy of me. Well, that was a lot of fun, wasn’t it? And now you can go right back to talking about what you love. Your car, where you’ve traveled, your investments. Oh, wait not that. I forgot you don’t want anyone to know how much money you have. So sorry about that. And do you know what else? You are in more trouble than you can possibly imagine. But that can all be changed. The question is this. Are you willing to change?… To be continued

PROTESTANT LIES

6926467376_d7d1af85d7_mWe are accountable for everything that we say or do. And of course we also can repent and change what we are saying and doing at any time we desire to do so. At times in my blog you will find me taking a jab or two at Protestantism. And as many of you know I have a right to do so having come from their ranks back into Catholicism. There is nothing quite as ugly and repugnant as an individual taking a stand on religion,race or anything else for that matter. Having no factual basis for doing so. And in many cases because your friend or family members have born the same bias…or have bought into the same lies or rhetoric for many years.

So once again in is time for a little exposure for those of you who are interested parties. I will not belabor this point because volumes can be written on this topic alone. I will however expose a few salient points as I a prone to do from time to time. I was shooting on the skeet range yesterday with a group of men.When a comment was made by one.. that we should thank the Lord for every day. He said this because two of the group were not present and sick. Somehow this opened up a little rant between one man…a Catholic. And another…a protestant. In this instance I kept quiet and listened to the exchange.The Catholic as is typical had no knowledge. And the protestant took the prototypical protestant stance having no knowledge either.

In other words neither could explain their stance…but both had a stance. Many if not all of the protestant factions teach that we are to live by the word alone. In other words we are to say and do and put into practice within our lives, and the church services. Only what is written in the bible.Such as playing a song while the collection of money is made. After all that’s in the bible also. Isn’t it? Not! In fact nowhere in the scriptures including all of the things which were recorded that Jesus said. Can you find that we are to live by the word alone. I have stated in a previous blog how Paul told the believers that all of the things they had heard and seen him do. They were to do also.

So I will ask you my protestant friend. Exactly how many things have you or anyone of your faith seen Paul do? Including those who started your sect going back in time to whenever. I can trace Catholicism which simply means universal. Back as far as you want to go. In fact Polycarp was a disciple of John. You may remember him. He had his head on Christ’s shoulder at the last supper. Referred to as the one whom Christ loves. Now its your turn. Name one of your earliest church leaders and who taught them. Go ahead I am waiting. The apostles were Jews. They were well familiar with the temple traditions and ceremonies.The priestly garments.The altar. The tabernacle etc. These forms and practices were brought into the new testament church.Which has and can be seen in the Catholic mass. In fact the altars can still be seen in the catacombs of Rome. Where the early Christians were hiding celebrating the early mass.

I know of all the nonsense of non décor. No Jesus corpus on the protestant crosses. No statues and stained glass scenes of church history. No Eucharist. No wine.The devil has seen fit to strip all that was in place when men like Luther and Calvin began the rift.And you have seen fit to carry it on to this day. And how about why the Catholic bible has seven more books than the protestant bible. If you look at a copy of the 1611 protestant bible. Which was the first of its kind. you will soon see that the 7 books are in that bible. Its a little more than odd to me. And it should be to you also. That out of the mouths of a couple of men. Standing behind a bully pulpit. Over one thousand years of church history. Established and handed down by thousands of men of God. Right from the apostles themselves. Should and would be overturned. And a new form of tradition would be initiated. Sweeping away the old.

And why no Jesus on the cross? Do you just want to focus on the ascension and the resurrection and not the suffering? Christ is more than a little interested in the suffering and agony that he went through for us. For without it we have no life. Do you carry any photos of deceased family member’s? Have you ever seen a presidents painting? Why do we have them? It was Jesus who told the Jews of what King David said….The Lord said to my Lord.. sit on my right hand until I make your enemies your footstool. Therefore Jesus said…God is not the God of the dead but of the living. We as Catholics are not praying to the dead. We are praying to the living. And if they are not alive than your own faith is in vain. And if asking those in heaven to intercede for us is in vain.Then you might as well not ask me or anyone else to pray for you either. I would rethink your stance and quickly if I were you.

Prior to the written word and the printing press. We had nothing but oral traditions and demonstrations by those who came before us. And people were very good and attentive to it. People could recount church history and teachings over periods of days not minutes. And others would be at the ready to correct them should they falter. People today cant remember yesterdays dinner. Let alone recount a thousand years of tradition. Enough said for this round….To be continued

IN THE PRESENCE OF GOD

6793792090_25bfef7848_mThe gospel of Mark chapter 10 verse 32. And as they were on there way going up to Jerusalem. Jesus went ahead before the apostles. And they were amazed. And as they followed him, they were afraid. And now in the gospel of Luke chapter 5. Starting in verse 5. And Simon said to Jesus. Master we have toiled all night long. And have caught no fish. Nevertheless at your word I will put the net out again. And when they had done this they caught as great amount of fish. So many that the net began to break. And they called to their partners which were in another boat to come and help them. And they came and filled both of the boats to the point of near sinking. When Simon Peter saw this. He fell down at Jesus knees saying. Depart from me.. for I am a sinful man.

What we know and read in the gospels. Is but a mere snippet of what Christ and his followers went through together in his three years of ministry. And what we know of the apostles is that they said yes to the call of Christ. We read of no debates and the like taking place between them and Jesus. They simply were told to come and they did. As time progressed they both saw and heard more and more of the miraculous while walking with Christ. They really had no reason to fear Christ at all. For they were in fact invited guests. And they were in training as well. Man in his or her cockiness and arrogance. Tends to think for the most part. That there will never be a so called day of reckoning. A giving an account of so to speak. Of what we have done or not done in this life.

However we can plainly see as the apostles continued along the path to Jerusalem with Jesus walking just ahead of them. The reality was setting in. And the question was ringing in all of their minds. Just who is this we have gotten involved with? Dead people were being commanded to live. Blinded and cloudy eyes were opening to see again. Their nets were bursting with fish on the Masters command. Walking on the water Christ comes to them on the sea. He has command of the very forces of nature. And in their humanity and fleshly weakness. I suppose the thought had entered their minds. What if he gets mad at us and turns this power against us?

I guess Peter was thinking in his finite mind. That when Jesus realizes just what kind of man he had been. Prior to his choosing me. I will certainly be a goner. As if Jesus didn’t know already. It was precisely because of who Peter was and was not that he was chosen by Jesus. And the others as well. The Lord takes us as we are. With all of our baggage and misgivings. All of the sins and anger and lies. And then by his grace and mercy he teaches us and coddles us. He picks us up again and again. Holding us by the hand he urges us to keep going. To keep following him on the road to Jerusalem. And in our case on the road to heaven. He knows exactly who he has chosen. And he has chosen each one of us for a particular work and for a particular reason. We are part of the body of Christ. Hands,feet,toenails,hair,eyes,feet etcetera. All of us have a contribution to make. And all of us are blessed by God to take part. It is a natural thing for the finite to be afraid when confronted with the divine. All through out the bible. We read of when angels came to visit humanity. As was the case in the calling of Mary. The first thing the angel said was do not be afraid. I myself have had numerous encounters with the divine. And each time was as spellbinding and scary as the one before. I was left completely dumfounded and amazed. Just as the gospel said the apostles were.

But to fear a visiting angel and to fear the living God are two different things. In one case we don’t know why the angel has come. But in the second case. We do know that we will all appear before the judgement seat of Christ. To give an account for what we have done. And we do know that God has in store for the disobedient a place called hell. Which is reserved for the disobedient and the devil himself. Friend….place yourself at the foot of Christ’s cross. Confess your sins. Tell him that you love him and are sorry. He will welcome you in to his fold. He will clean you up and set you on a straight path. Do not delay. For you and I are not guaranteed tomorrow will ever come again. And then what? Gods mercy and grace is here for the asking right now. And his forgiveness is everlasting…To be continued

THAT MAN IS YOU

36253739655_b2de165914_m (1)In the Old Testament book of Second Samuel we read a story of a man who found himself embroiled in a tangled web of treachery and lies. But this was not just any man. It was King David of Israel. And as you will see..being royalty does not disallow sin raging in our midst. In fact…money being at the root of all evil. And royalty having the maximum at their disposal. The likelihood and propensity for sinning is certainly in their court so to speak.

The story begins with our being told…that the time when kings go to war had come. This was the time in that region where weather conditions were best for standing marching armies to wage war. And war they did. But David’s problem began when he stayed home while his armies went to fight. This would be akin to General Patton staying in some swanky hotel while his army fought in the Rhine Valley.

As David walks out onto the rooftop of his house. He looks out and sees a nude and beautiful woman bathing. Now if he was out fighting as he should have been. This second step would not have occurred. He would not have been there to be on the roof and see her. And so in the very early stages he still could have stepped back inside.But he stood his ground and allowed Satan’s thoughts to begin rooting themselves in his heart.

Now I will not go through the whole story with you. For that would require an hour of preaching. And this is a blog. But the gist of it is this. He has an underling fetch the woman. Who happens to be married to one of his most devoted military men. He sleeps with her and impregnates her. When she tells him she is pregnant he tries to set up her husband by calling him away from the battle and getting him drunk. In an attempt to get him to sleep with her and think he made her pregnant. But he would not and remained faithful to his king and his fellow soldiers.

Keep in mind that at any time David and or you. When we find ourselves getting deeper and deeper into sins clutches. Could come to a place of repentance with God an let the chips fall where they may. But David did not do this. And neither do many of you. So he now has Uriah who was the husband of Bathsheba the woman. Placed directly into the most heated part of the battle. In a position where he is sure he will be killed…And he is killed.

And so from a lustful gaze he is now the culprit in a case of voluntary man slaughter. Sin is always this way. But the scripture says that when the enemy comes in like a flood. The Lord will raise up a standard against him. And that enemy is Satan. But that is generally only the case when we humble ourselves before God confessing our sins. And asking him for help and forgiveness. And so God sends the Prophet Nathan to David who tells him a parable of a man who performed an evil deed against another man. But unknown to David the parable was told about an entirely different scenario which in fact was representative of exactly what he had just done. And when Nathan was through with the tale.

He asked David plainly what he would do with such a man if he knew of him and his dirty deeds. And David said…I would have him killed. And then God and Nathan dropped the bomb. Nathan pointed his finger at King David and said…..You are that man! And so it is with you my dear reader. You are in fact that man or woman in your own life. The sin that started out as seemingly meaningless to you. Now has full possession of you. And the Lord Jesus Christ is waiting at the door of your heart. Waiting for you to call on him in a spirit of repentance…..You are that man!….Aren’t you?….To be continued

 

 

HAVING A VISION OF VICTORY

7036629915_a552e916e0_mThere is much to be said about having a positive confession. In other words. Speech pertaining to where you want to be…not necessarily where you are. Having said this much. My opinion is that there is way too much time spent on this topic in Pentecostal circles. The gospel of Luke chapter 6 verse 45. A good man out of the good treasure of his heart. Brings forth that which is good. And an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart. Brings forth that which is evil.. For out of the abundance of their hearts. Both men speak. There is absolutlely nothing wrong so to speak of asking for and expecting good things to happen in ones life.But to sink or swim on a daily basis in a state of expectancy can be precarious at best.

In the Our Father prayer. Which the Lord himself gave to us as a fouindation of how to pray. He himself said to the Father…Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Ultimately you and I want Gods will and nothing but his will being done in our lives.For only in and through him being  the priority of our existence. Can we truly find happiness. And so there are certain foundational confessions which all Christains must embibe if we are to be saved and successful in our walks. Without these you have no vision at all. You are in fact blind. First John chapter 4 verse 15. Whoever shall confess that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. God dwells in him and he in God. If God is in you how can you fail? And if you are living in God how can you fail. The bible teaches us that when we marry. We being the man and woman. Have become one body. When you believe and confess Jesus Christ as Lord. You have become the bride of Christ and therefore one with him as well. And if Jesus is in you and you are in him.You can do nothing but succeed.

And to succeed means nothing more and nothing less than making heaven your eternal home. Everything else is as they say gravy. First John chapter 1 verse 9. If we confess our sins he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins. And to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. A positive and regular confession of our sins is necessary for every spirit filled believer. But its not enough to confess our faults to God alone. We need to come clean to our brethren as well. James chapter 5 verse 16. Confess your faults one to another. And pray for one another that you may be healed. This is exactly where and why we Catholics have confession. Yes I ask God to forgive me for my sins every night. But the last time I went to formal confession before my parish priest. I wept like a baby in the Holy Ghost. Now if you Pentecostals out there think that this was some type of satanic intervention going on. You are out of your spiritual minds. God was moving in a mighty way on me and through the priest being there to hear me. And I left the confessional renewed and refreshed in God. There is power in confession. God moves in and through the act of confession. So increase your vision to include a good confession on a regular basis. And see what the Lord will do for you and through you….To be continued