Living in the Two Hearts

My Spiritual Insights and Musings

Encouragement for God’s Children…

Posted by Anne Elizabeth on November 23, 2009

Last week I addressed those seeking to “rule the world” by their tyranny.  This week I address the rest of us.  The times we are approaching are certainly full of great lawlessness.  And we are certainly heading in to a time of persecution where what is RIGHT will be treated as WRONG.

At that time shall arise Michael, the great prince who has charge of your people.

7 Now war arose in heaven, Michael and his angels fighting against the dragon; and the dragon and his angels fought, 8 but they were defeated and there was no longer any place for them in heaven. ~Rev 12: 7-8

And there shall be a time of trouble, such as never has been since there was a nation till that time; but at that time your people shall be delivered, every one whose name shall be found written in the book.

18 And there were flashes of lightning, voices, peals of thunder, and a great earthquake such as had never been since men were on the earth, so great was that earthquake…and the cities of the nations fell, and God remembered great Babylon, to make her drain the cup of the fury of His wrath. 20 And every island fled away, and no mountains were to be found;… Rev 16: 18-20

2 And many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt. 3 And those who are wise shall shine like the brightness of the firmament; and those who turn many to righteousness, like the stars for ever and ever…

Now for the encouraging part.  Last week, in the daily readings at Mass, we were given very good and PRIME EXAMPLES on how we are to treat our upcoming persecutions: With COURAGE and FAITH

21 Those who were in charge of that unlawful sacrifice took the man aside, because of their long acquaintance with him, and privately urged him to bring meat of his own providing, proper for him to use, and pretend that he was eating the flesh of the sacrificial meal which had been commanded by the king,

22 so that by doing this he might be saved from death, and be treated kindly on account of his old friendship with them.

23 But making a high resolve, worthy of his years and the dignity of his old age and the gray hairs which he had reached with distinction and his excellent life even from childhood, and moreover according to the holy God-given law, he declared himself quickly

24 “Such pretense is not worthy of our time of life,” he said, “lest many of the young should suppose that Eleazar in his ninetieth year has gone over to an alien religion, 25 and through my pretense, for the sake of living a brief moment longer, they should be led astray because of me, while I defile and disgrace my old age.

26 For even if for the present I should avoid the punishment of men, yet whether I live or die I shall not escape the hands of the Almighty. 27 Therefore, by manfully giving up my life now, I will show myself worthy of my old age 28 and leave to the young a noble example of how to die a good death willingly and nobly for the revered and holy laws.”

31 So in this way he died, leaving in his death an example of nobility and a memorial of courage, not only to the young but to the great body of his nation. ~2 Mac 6:21-23, 24-28, 31

With Faith we have the example of a mother of many sons:

It happened also that seven brothers and their mother were arrested and were being compelled by the king, under torture with whips and cords, to partake of unlawful swine’s flesh.

20 The mother was especially admirable and worthy of honorable memory. Though she saw her seven sons perish within a single day, she bore it with good courage because of her hope in the Lord. 21 She encouraged each of them in the language of their fathers. Filled with a noble spirit, she fired her woman’s reasoning with a man’s courage, and said to them,

22 “I do not know how you came into being in my womb. It was not I who gave you life and breath, nor I who set in order the elements within each of you. 23 Therefore the Creator of the world, who shaped the beginning of man and devised the origin of all things, will in His mercy give life and breath back to you again, since you now forget yourselves for the sake of His laws.”

24 Antiochus felt that he was being treated with contempt…

… Antiochus not only appealed to him in words, but promised with oaths that he would make him rich and enviable if he would turn from the ways of his fathers, and that he would take him for his friend and entrust him with public affairs. 25 Since the young man would not listen to him at all, the king called the mother to him and urged her to advise the youth to save himself. 26 After much urging on his part, she undertook to persuade her son.

27 But, leaning close to him, she spoke in their native tongue as follows, deriding the cruel tyrant:

My son, have pity on me. I carried you nine months in my womb, and nursed you for three years, and have reared you and brought you up to this point in your life, and have taken care of you.

28 I beseech you, my child, to look at the heaven and the earth and see everything that is in them, and recognize that God did not make them out of things that existed. Thus also mankind comes into being. 29 Do not fear this butcher, but prove worthy of your brothers. Accept death, so that in God’s mercy I may get you back again with your brothers.”

30 While she was still speaking, the young man said, “What are you waiting for? I will not obey the king’s command, but I obey the command of the law that was given to our fathers through Moses…

39 The king fell into a rage, and handled him worse than the others, being exasperated at his scorn. 40 So he died in his integrity, putting his whole trust in the Lord. 41 Last of all, the mother died, after her sons. ~2 Mac 7: 1, 20-24, 24b-29, 30, 39-41

The son’s speech is a good reminder of what I wrote last week, those who practice lawlessness will be short-lived whilst those who practice righteousness will live forever in the Kingdom of God.  However, in order to be received, we must be purified, for WE HAVE SINNED…

REMEMBER:

World Leaders:
31 But you, who have contrived all sorts of evil against the Hebrews [and all God’s Children – aged and infirm, simple and handicapped, the lonely and the unborn], will certainly not escape the hands of God.

Children of God:
32 For we are suffering because of our own sins. 33 And if our living Lord is angry for a little while, to rebuke and discipline us, He will again be reconciled with His own servants.

Mr Obama:
34 But you, unholy wretch, you most defiled of all men, do not be elated in vain and puffed up by uncertain hopes, when you raise your hand against the children of heaven.

35 You have not yet escaped the judgment of the almighty, all-seeing God. 36 For our brothers after enduring a brief suffering have drunk of everflowing life under God’s covenant; but you, by the judgment of God, will receive just punishment for your arrogance.

This Child of God:
37 I, like my brothers, give up body and life for the laws of our fathers, appealing to God to show mercy soon to our nation and by afflictions and plagues to make you confess that He alone is God,

38 and through me and my brothers to bring to an end the wrath of the Almighty which has justly fallen on our whole nation.”

2 Mac  7: 31-38

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