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Time to buckle down… batten down the hatches… make ready for the storm…

Posted by Anne Elizabeth on January 17, 2018

Come all who labor and I will give you rest. ~Mt 11:28

In a book titled, The Battle Plan for Prayer, the Kendricks write:

When you align your goals with His Kingdom goals, He promises to provide everything needed for your life to flourish. ~pg 131

Or put in another way:

…Seek ye first His Kingdom and His righteousness, and all things shall be yours as well. ~Mt 6:33

Sacred Heart of Jesus, Immaculate Heart of Mary, please pray for us.

In December of last year (2017), Our Lady made her annual appearance to the youngest of the Medjugorje seers, Jacov, and reminded us of something VERY IMPORTANT, that all of us need to do, especially NOW and in the coming storm. She said:

Dear children, Today, on this day of grace, I am calling you to ask the Lord for the gift of faith. My children, decide for God and begin to live and to believe in that what God is calling you to. To believe, my children, means to surrender your lives into God’s hands – the hands of the Lord who created you and who loves you immeasurably. ~Monthly Message, in part, Dec 25th, Jacov of Medjugorje, emphasis added by me.

Which, of course, was further confirmation for me – and indeed for all those who have received and embraced the call to fulltime Prayer and Fasting; but also to those who will continue in the world to be an example of faithfulness to the Gospel message.

Mom said in her July, 2017, message:

My heart is suffering. Sins are multiplying, they are too numerous.

And since the world has made no visible improvement in its practice of morality and the respect and dignity for every human life, then the above message is even MORE meaningful. I mean, one only has to took at our insane weather patterns to know that things are not right. Nature, herself, is now in the throws of confusion.

rumors…earthquakes…plagues…nation against nation…

So, when Mom came for her monthly appearance on Jan 2, 2018, to Mirjana and gave us a different kind of message, I knew things are about to become really interesting and all that time before (2017, but my time of response for me: August to December) was truly prepatory, and now is the time to be ready and stay focused on Christ.

A BRIEF RECAP

The Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches that:

Before Christ’s second coming the Church must pass through a final trial that will shake the faith of many believers.  

How much confusion is there now, in the Church, with regards to Cardinals and Bishops flat out ignoring the teachings of Christ and instead manipulating His words to suit their agendas? PRAY for our shepherds!!!

The persecution that accompanies her pilgrimage on earth will unveil the “mystery of iniquity” in the form of a religious deception offering men an apparent solution to their problems at the price of apostasy from the truth.

Remember, brethren, we cannot have REAL PEACE with false mercy. We cannot ask GOD to BLESS US and yet be living in GRAVE SIN

The supreme religious deception is that of the Antichrist, a pseudo messianism by which man glorifies himself in place of God and of His Messiah come in the flesh~CCC§675

Mom’s July message continues…

But with the help of those who are humblemodest, filled with Love (aka GOD), hidden

But when you PRAY, go into your room and shut the door and PRAY to your Father Who is in secret; and your Father Who sees in secret will reward you. ~Mt 6:6

Come , My people, enter your chambers and shut your doors behind you; hide yourselves for a little while until the wrath has passed… ~Isaiah 26:20

Message continues…

holy (need to pray for this daily), my heart will triumph! ~July 2, 2017, message in part, emphasis added by me.

Those of us called to pray have a really AWESOME opportunity to participate in the most AMAZING event ever recorded in human history second only to the Resurrection of Christ! Which is why the Church further teaches in Catechism No 677:

The Church will enter the GLORY of the Kingdom ONLY through this FINAL PASSOVER, when she will follow her LORD in His death AND resurrection…

For behold, the LORD is coming forth out of His place to punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity, and the earth will disclose the blood shed upon her, and will no more cover her slain. ~Isaiah 26:21

But he who endures to the end will be saved. And this gospel of the Kingdom will be preached throughout the whole world, as a testimony to the nations;… ~Mt 24:13, 14  

Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the Kingdom of their Father. He who has ears, let him hear~Mt 13:43

What are we called to do, then, as events will continue to unfold, shaking the faith of many believers? How are we to keep our focus on Christ? The message of July continues…

Therefore, my children, LOVE ALL those who DO NOT KNOW my Son so that through PRAYER and the LOVE that comes through PRAYER, [that] they may become better; that the goodness that is in them may win. ~July 2, 2017, in part message to Mirjana, emphasis added by me.

The prayer of a righteous man has great power in its effects. ~James 5:16b

Again, to quote the Kendricks book, A Battle Plan for Prayer, they point out:

It is HIS PERFECT PLAN that will bring Him the most pleasure…what will yield Him the MOST GLORY… GOD’s Will IS to ADVANCE HIS KINGDOM. ~pg 130

Doesn’t that suggest something to us???

Be not afraid! Jesus we TRUST in you!

Be not afraid of this coming storm unless…

Yes, unless you are one of many who are participating in a moral evil and refuse to repent of it:

Many of my children are seeking consolation, but no one is offering it to them. I also see those who are doing evil… They have not come to know my Son… many souls are in sin because there are not those who [will]… pray for their conversion. ~Monthly message in part, November 2nd to Mirjana

In a book I read recently it states:

Love can never REST until all evil is over come and swallowed up in victory… until REAL PEACE, which is perfect harmony with the Law of Love, is brought to the hearts of all men everywhere.

Which to me is a reflection of the following passages:

The Son of Man will send His angels, and they will gather out of His Kingdom all causes of sin and all evildoers, and throw them into the furnace of fire; there they will weep and gnash their teeth. Mt 13:41-4

So if this is you, do you really want to delay??? I mean, living in mortal sin (read Romans 1:18-32, if your not sure what mortal sin means), doesn’t look like the best way to spend your eternity. 😦

I repeat, before we have that TRUE PEACE mentioned above and often referred to The Era of Peace, as promised at Fatima by Our Lady, the first must happen – PURIFICATION – CCC§675

Judgment

Which leads into my final offering for this particular post… The January 2, 2018, message to Mirjana as referenced above. There is MUCH to be said about it, so please take a moment to open THIS PAGE which has corresponding scriptures with the underlined parts, all emphasis is added by me, all is based on what I see around me and in the world:

Dear children, When love is beginning to disappear on earth, when the way of salvation is not being found,…

I, the mother, am coming to help you to come to know true faith – living and profound – so as to help you to truly love.

As a mother, I am longing for your mutual love, goodness, and purity. My desire is that you be just and that you love each other.

My children, be joyful in your soul, be pure, be children.

My Son used to say that He loves to be among pure hearts, because pure hearts are always young and joyful.

My Son said to you to forgive and to love each other. I know that this is not always easy. Suffering makes you grow in spirit. For you to spiritually grow all the more, you must sincerely and truly forgive and love.

Many of my children on earth do not know my Son, they do not love Him; but you who do love my Son, you who carry Him in your heart, pray, pray and in praying feel my Son beside you. May your soul breathe in His spirit.

I am among you and am speaking about little and great things.

I will not grow tired speaking to you about my Son – the true love. Therefore, my children, open your hearts to me. Permit me to lead you as a mother. Be apostles of the love of my Son and of me. As a mother I implore you not to forget those whom my Son has called to lead you [PRAY for our shepherds!]. Carry them in your heart and pray for them. Thank you. 

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Week 2, Day 7 of 40…

Posted by Anne Elizabeth on February 25, 2017

40 Days in the Desert

Updated February 25, 2018

Morning Prayer: Tuesday, Week I of Lent: Reading: Joel 2: 12-13 (emphasis added)

Return to Me with your whole heart, with fasting, and weeping, and mourning;  Rend your hearts, not your garments, and return to the Lord, your God.  For gracious and merciful is He, slow to anger, rich in kindness, and relenting in punishment.

The Word of the Lord… Thanks be to God!

LOVE is patient and kind; LOVE is not jealous or boastful; it is not arrogant or rude… it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrong, but rejoices in the right. LOVE bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. ~1Cor 13: 4-5, 6-7 (emphasis added)

for God is LOVE. In this the LOVE of God was made manifest among us, that God sent His only Son into the world, so that we might live through Him. In this is LOVE, not that we loved God but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the expiation for our sins. ~1Jn 4: 8b-9 (emphasis added)

For God so LOVED the world that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. For God sent the Son into the world, not to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through Him. ~Jn 3: 16-17 (emphasis added)

“Jesus came not just to save us from our sin; He came to give us new life as well…He came to make us into a new creation!” ~The Word Among Us, Lenten Issue, 2012; The Gospel, What Is it?

Originally published: Mar 16, 2011

A most amazing lesson was presented to me, TWICE, on the First Sunday of Lent.  First in a devotional I am reading and then, second, in a series of sermons that I received from a very holy priest/monk who is a product of the Boy’s Town system and travels about establishing monasteries across the country, Fr Clifford Stevens.

In both sources, the connection is drawn between the fall of Adam and Eve and the faithfulness of Jesus during His temptation at the end of the 40 days.  Let me show you what I mean…

TEMPTATION OF ADAM AND EVE vs JESUS’ TEMPTATION IN THE DESERT

Now the serpent was more cunning than all the rest…

FIRST TEMPTATION:

[Satan] said to the woman, “Did God say, ‘You shall not eat of any tree of the garden’?”  …the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden; but God said, ‘You shall not eat of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden…lest you die’.” ~Gen 3: 1-3

Eating…does this sound familiar?

The devil said to Him, “If you are the Son of God, command these stones to become bread.” ~Luke 1:3

Okay, both are tempted to eat.  The woman has her choice of the finest fruits.  After all, she is in the Garden of Eden (Heaven on Earth!).  So why would she need to eat something God has asked her not to eat?

Why, when Jesus has fasted for 40 days to prepare Himself to face the great tempter, would Jesus need to break that fast just to prove to Satan who He is?

THEIR RESPONSES?

So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took its fruit and ate; and she also gave some to her husband, and he ate. ~Gen 3:6

Woman and Man ate – side note: if she turned and gave the fruit to her husband (Adam), then he had to be standing right there, heard all that the serpent said, and did nothing to prevent the disobedience. HE WANTED IT JUST AS MUCH AS HER.  Thus ALL of mankind fell at this very moment because of  disobedience.

Now let’s see what Obedience looks like:

And Jesus answered him, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live on bread alone’.” ~Luke 4:1

When looking up that reference we are reminded of the continuation of that writing found in the Torah (of which Jesus is quoting), in the book of Deuteronomy, chapter 8, verse 3c:

…but that man lives by everything that proceeds out of the mouth of the Lord.

The above verse will become very important at the end…

ADAM AND EVE = DISOBEDIENCE

JESUS= OBEDIENCE

The woman saw that the tree was good for food…

SECOND TEMPTATION:

But the serpent said to the woman, “You will not die…” ~Gen 3:4

Kind of like saying, “God really doesn’t know what He’s talking about!” OR “God just said that so you wouldn’t eat His fruit”.

Now, what does Satan say to Jesus regarding God’s sovereignty?

“If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down from here; for it is written, ‘He will give His angels charge of you, to guard you’. And ‘On their hands they will bear you up, lest you strike your foot against a stone.’ ” ~Luke 4:9b

THEIR RESPONSES?

So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took its fruit and ate; and she also gave some to her husband, and he ate. ~Gen 3:6

Eve and Adam both ate of the fruit…they TESTED their God because they believed the serpent, a fellow creature, over their CREATOR!  Kind of like saying, “See God!  We know better than You!” Now they have ARROGANCE (aka Pride) to join their DISOBEDIENCE.

But Jesus responds differently. He responds with Humility…

“It is said, ‘You shall not tempt the Lord your God.’ ” ~Luke 4:12

Hmm, I guess that means…

ADAM AND EVE = DISOBEDIENCE, ARROGANCE…

JESUS – OBEDIENCE, HUMILITY…

…and you will be like God…

THIRD TEMPTATION: Satan keeps on pressing…

For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” ~Gen 3:5

Kind of like saying…

“To you I will give all this authority and their glory; for it has been delivered to me, and I give it to whom I will.  If you, then, will worship me, it shall be yours.” ~Luke 4: 6-7

Satan promises that Adam and Eve that they “will be like God“, and to Jesus (who IS God) that He’ll have dominion over all the kingdoms of the earth (never minding that Jesus already possesses this simply because HE IS GOD).

THEIR RESPONSES:

So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took its fruit and ate; and she also gave some to her husband, and he ate. ~Gen 3:6

BOTH  Adam and Eve wanted to be like God, both wanted the power, the knowledge and…what?  DOMINION?  They already had this:

Then God said, “Let us make man in Our image, after Our likeness; then let them HAVE DOMINION over the fish of the sea [Yes, Bruce, Man does ‘own’ the ocean and all the fish in it], and over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, and over ALL THE EARTH, and over every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth.” ~Gen 1:26 (emphasis added; catch the movie reference?)

So if the Man and Woman already have DOMINION over God’s creation, why do they think they will get more by disobeying God?  Again, referring to the post on Ash Wednesday, Satan CANNOT give what Satan DOES NOT have!

Adam and Eve gave up EVERYTHING to believe A LIE, from the father of lies (cf Lk 8:44c), and ate of the fruit God had forbidden them to eat.  DISOBEDIENCE…IGNORANCE.

God SAID they would “die” if they ate of the fruit.  But they CHOSE NOT to LISTEN to the WORD of GOD, thus in their disobedience, arrogance, and ignorance they were BANISHED from the sight of the Lord – OUT OF THE GARDEN OF EDEN – which is separation from God – ETERNAL DEATH.  Spiritually, they DID DIE.

Think WE are any different today?  Think again!


Now the response that is made with OBEDIENCE, HUMILITY, and… WISDOM…

“It is written, ‘You shall worship the Lord your God, and Him only shall you serve.’ ”~Luke 4:8

Jesus displays not only OBEDIENCE and HUMILITY, but also WISDOM in knowing that it is BEST TO LOVE GOD and NOT EMPTY PROMISES.  Thus the “angles ministered to Him” (cf Mark 1:13c),  after Satan departed and “Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit into Galilee…” (cf Lk 4:14), to begin His public ministry.

ADAM AND EVE = DISOBEDIENCE, ARROGANCE, IGNORANCE = Separation from God

JESUS = OBEDIENCE, HUMILITY, WISDOM = Living in union with God

Now, which one do YOU want to follow?

Luke 4:16-21

Remember that reference to the Torah Jesus made, about man living “on every word that proceeds from the mouth of the Lord”? Well you have two examples of what that means.  The first is the example of DEATH, Adam and Eve’s DISOBEDIENCE, as a result of NOT LISTENING to the “Words of the Lord”, while the other is an example of LIVING because of Jesus’ OBEDIENCE to God’s words.

For we have not a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect was tempted as we are, yet without sin. ~Hebrews 4:15

The question YOU just need to ask yourself is:  Will I be obedient this moment and LISTEN to the voice of the Lord, or will I turn my back on Him and do my own will (disobedience), because really, I do know what is best! (Arrogance…Pride)

Personally, I would rather LISTEN to the voice of the Lord so that I may gain HUMILITY, WISDOM, and learn OBEDIENCE in the process.  Thus…

WEEK 2, DAY 7 of Lent:

Remember that list of 5 things you made last week?  For the first week you chose ONE (1) thing and asked God to Bless Me and Make Me Holy every time you found yourself doing that ONE (1) thing.  Well, this week you are going to add your SECOND (2nd) thing.  As you did last week, continue to repeat for your one thing, but when you find yourself doing your SECOND (2nd) THING…STOP!… take a deep breath and say: Lord, I can do nothing without YOU. Bless Me and Make Me Holy.

Humility is the KEY for this week.  For with Humility comes Wisdom and Wisdom always encourages us to seek the Will of God which will always demonstrate OBEDIENCE.  Thus making us more and more like Christ as we progress towards Holiness. Lord, I can do nothing without YOU.  Bless Me and Make Me Holy.

Speak with WORDs of Love: Father in Heaven, You know how much I struggle to be obedient and  to do Your Will.  Help me to strive to better this week than I did last week.  Help me to Love You with all my heart, all my soul, and all my strength.  For I can do NOTHING without You!  Have mercy, and Bless me, Oh my Lord, Jesus.  Amen!

Empty me, Oh Lord in HUMILITY and fill me with Your Charity.

Need the skinny again on what Lent is all about?  Visit here and read on…

Further Recommended Reading:

7 Seals of Revolution
The Season of Faith

Like a Thief…!

What It Means to be Reconciled

How Do You Respond to Mistakes?

Entering the Prodigal Hour

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