Monthly Archives: September 2011

THIS is obedience?

Even if the Pope were Satan incarnate, we ought not to raise up our heads against him, but calmly lie down to rest on his bosom. He who rebels against our Father is condemned to death, for that which we do to him we do to Christ: we honor Christ if we honor the Pope; we dishonor Christ if we dishonor the Pope. I know very well that many defend themselves by boasting: “They are so corrupt, and work all manner of evil!”  But God has commanded that, even if the priests, the pastors, and Christ-on-earth were incarnate devils, we be obedient and subject to them, not for their sakes, but for the sake of God, and out of obedience to Him.” – St. Catherine of Siena, SCS, p. 201-202, p. 222, (quoted in Apostolic Digest, by Michael Malone, Book 5: “The Book of Obedience”, Chapter 1: “There is No Salvation Without Personal Submission to the Pope”).

Thank you for this T.A. McMahon and Dave Hunt

Years ago I had a man write in and scorn me for daring to say anything against contemplative prayer. (I’d mentioned that some of the mystics who really made a name for themselves were Catholic nuns.)

If you’re Catholic, do you agree with this?  If you do, please tell me why you do.  I found what St. Catherine of Siena said to be  disturbing to say the least.

God WILL Open the Windows of Heaven

The New Testament is filled with promises proving God loves to over-answer the
prayers of His people!

One of the most familiar promises of all is Ephesians 3:20. We all know it well

yet few of us live as if we believe it. “Now to Him who is able to do

exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power

that works in us.”

God is able to answer our prayers but He wants to do for us exceedingly above

all we can even imagine! He wants to answer us not according to our puny

requests, but according to His riches and might.

The Bible tells us He is inclined to answer us with abundance: “Give, and it

will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running

over” (Luke 6:38).

“But as it is written: ‘Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered

into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love

Him.’ But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit” (1 Corinthians

2:9-10).

“By which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that

through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the

corruption that is in the world through lust” (2 Peter 1:4).

“[Trust] . . . in the living God, who gives us richly all things to enjoy”

(1 Timothy 6:17).

God is virtually begging us to ask for great things!

We like to call the Lord “our King” but do we pray large prayers worthy of

our King’s greatness? A king is obligated to care for his subjects, and his

people honor him by asking largely, believing he has all they need and will

provide it abundantly. Dearly beloved, you cannot call God “king” and then

accuse Him of letting one of His subjects continue in need!

Have you embarrassed God by your puny requests? “‘Prove Me now in this,’

says the Lord of hosts, ‘If I will not open for you the windows of heaven and

pour out for you such blessing that there will not be room enough to receive

it’” (Malachi 3:10).

David Wilkerson is the author of this, not I, but I read this and thought,

"It's good to be reminded of all the blessings God has for us", so I wanted to share

this with you.

That last one, Mal 3:10 is THE one and only time in scripture that God gives us permission

to prove Him!  God is so good.

Contemplative – What does it mean?

Some Contemplative Terms and What they Mean
For Christians who say they’ve never even heard of “contemplative”. here you go.

In order to help others who might be involved with some form of mysticism, it
is important to be aware of these terms and understand their basic meanings:

Altered State of Consciousness
A meditative or drug
induced non-ordinary state of mind.

Ancient Wisdom
The supposed laws of the Universe that,
when mastered, enable one to see one’s own divinity–another word for metaphysics
or occultism.

Aquarius/Aquarian Age
Sign of the Zodiac represented by
the water carrier, Earth Age, associated with this astrological sign. The term
New Age refers to the coming Aquarian age which is in the process of replacing
the Pisces age. According to astrologers, every 2,000 years constitutes an age.
New Agers predict this Aquarian age will be a time of utopia.

Biblical Meditation or
Contemplation

A normal thinking process of reflecting on the things
of God and biblical precepts.

Centering/Centering Prayer
Another term for contemplative
meditation (going deep within your center). A type of meditation being promoted
in many mainline churches under the guise of prayer.

Chakras
Believed by New Agers to be the seven energy
centers in man which open up during the kundalini effect in meditation.

Christ consciousness
Taught by New Agers to be the state
of awareness, reached in meditation, in which one realizes that one is divine
and one with God and thereby becoming a Christ or an enlightened being.

Contemplative Prayer
Going beyond thought by the use of
repeated words or phrases.

Creative Visualization
Imaging in the mind, during
meditation, what you want to occur and then expecting it to happen. In simple
terms, you are creating your own reality.

Desert Fathers Monks who lived as hermits beginning around
the third century who first taught the practice of contemplative prayer.

Ecstasy (or Bliss)
The hoped for outcome of contemplative
prayer or mediation

False Self
The false self is the ego or personality that
is observable by others. One rids oneself of the false self to find the true
self through mantra-meditation. New Agers would consider people like Buddha,
Gandhi, and even Jesus Christ as examples of people who found their true
self.

Higher Self
Supposed God-self within that New Agers seek
to connect with through meditation. Also called the Christ-self or
True-self.

Interspirituality
The view that all the world’s religions
are identical at the mystical level and therefore there should be solidarity
among them.

Jesus Prayer
A popular version of this prayer is Lord
Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner, often abbreviated to
Jesus.

Kundalini
Powerful energy that is brought on through
meditation, associated with the Chakras.

Lectio Divina
Means sacred reading. In today’s
contemplative movement, it often involves taking a single word or small phrase
from Scripture and repeating the words over and over again.

Mantra
Word or words repeated either silently or verbally
to induce an altered state of consciousness.

Meditation
Meditation is practiced by all major world
religions and is often described as an essential discipline for spiritual
growth. Yet, like mysticism, there is great diversity in the practice of
meditation. While some see mediation as simply spending time thinking quietly
about life or about God, others use meditation techniques to experience altered
states of consciousness that allow them to have esoteric experiences. In
addition, meditation is promoted in secular society for the personal benefits of
health, relaxation, and improved productivity.

Metaphysical
Beyond the physical realm or pertaining to
the supernatural.

Mysticism
A direct experience of the supernatural
realm.

New Age
The Age of Aquarius, supposedly the Golden Age,
when man becomes aware of his power and divinity.

New Thought
A movement that tries to merge classic occult
concepts with Christian terminology.

Occult/Occultism
Kept secret or hidden; the practice of
metaphysics throughout history.

Pantheism
God is all things. The universe and all life
are connected in a sum. This sum is the total reality of God. Thus, man,
animals, plants, and all physical matter are seen as equal. The assumption – all
is one, therefore all is deity.

Panentheism
God is in all things. In panentheism God is
both personal and is also in all of creation. It is a universal view that
believes God is in all people and that someday all of God’s creation will be
saved and be one with Him.

Reiki
Spiritual energy that is channeled by one attuned
to the Reiki power. Literally translated God energy.

Sacred Space
Either a physical spot where one goes to
engage in a mystical practice or the actual silence or the state of being during
the mystical experience.

Spiritual Formation
The teaching and application of the
spiritual disciplines; a vehicle for contemplative prayer

The silence
Absence of normal thought.

Spiritual Director
One who promotes or trains people in
the spiritual disciplines including the silence.

Universalism
The belief that all humanity has or will
ultimately have a positive connection and relationship with God.

Thanks to A Time of Departing

Generational curses?

There are 3 scriptures (a testimony of 2 witnesses) 2 from the Old Testament and one from the New – and remember that under the law there was NO blood to redeem them, therefore it is a whole different consequence for sin.  So the idea of “generational curses” arose from scripture – but the scripture from which it was taken was not rightly discerned.  Only a portion of scripture (below) was used to come up with the entire teaching.

From Exodus 20 –  (where we get the 10 commandments):

3 Thou shall have no other gods before me. 4 Thou shall not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth: 5 Thou shall not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me;

But promoters of generational curses LEAVE OFF THIS VERSE:   6 And showing MERCY unto thousands of them (GENERATIONS) that love me, and keep my commandments.

Ezekiel 18: (whole chapter)

1 The word of the Lord came to me: 2 “What do you people mean by quoting this proverb about the land of Israel: ” ‘The fathers eat sour grapes, and the children’s teeth are set on edge’? 3 “As surely as I live, declares the Sovereign LORD, you will no longer quote this proverb in Israel.

Did you get that?

4 For every living soul belongs to me, the father as well as the son–both alike belong to me. The soul who sins is the one who will die. 5 “Suppose there is a righteous man who does what is just and right. 6 He does not eat at the mountain shrines or look to the idols of the house of Israel. He does not defile his neighbor’s wife or lie with a woman during her period. 7 He does not oppress anyone, but returns what he took in pledge for a loan. He does not commit robbery but gives his food to the hungry and provides clothing for the naked. 8 He does not lend at usury or take excessive interest. He withholds his hand from doing wrong and judges fairly between man and man. 9 He follows my decrees and faithfully keeps my laws. That man is righteous; he will surely live, declares the Sovereign Lord.

10 “Suppose he has a violent son, who sheds blood or does any of these other things 11 (though the father has done none of them): “He eats at the mountain shrines. He defiles his neighbor’s wife. 12 He oppresses the poor and needy. He commits robbery. He does not return what he took in pledge. He looks to the idols. He does detestable things. 13 He lends at usury and takes excessive interest. Will such a man live? He will not! Because he has done all these detestable things, he will surely be put to death and his blood will be on his own head. 14 “But suppose this son has a son who sees all the sins his father commits, and though he sees them, he does not do such things: 15 “He does not eat at the mountain shrines or look to the idols of the house of Israel. He does not defile his neighbor’s wife. 16 He does not oppress anyone or require a pledge for a loan. He does not commit robbery but gives his food to the hungry and provides clothing for the naked. 17 He withholds his hand from sin and takes no usury or excessive interest. He keeps my laws and follows my decrees. He will not die for his father’s sin; he will surely live.

18 But his father will die for his own sin, because he practiced extortion, robbed his brother and did what was wrong among his people. 19 “Yet you ask, ‘Why does the son not share the guilt of his father?’ Since the son has done what is just and right and has been careful to keep all my decrees, he will surely live.

20 The soul who sins is the one who will die. The son will not share the guilt of the father, nor will the father share the guilt of the son. The righteousness of the righteous man will be credited to him, and the wickedness of the wicked will be charged against him.

21 “But if a wicked man turns away from all the sins he has committed and keeps all my decrees and does what is just and right, he will surely live; he will not die. 22 None of the offenses he has committed will be remembered against him. Because of the righteous things he has done, he will live. 23 Do I take any pleasure in the death of the wicked? declares the Sovereign LORD. Rather, am I not pleased when they turn from their ways and live?

24 “But if a righteous man turns from his righteousness and commits sin and does the same detestable things the wicked man does, will he live? None of the righteous things he has done will be remembered. Because of the unfaithfulness he is guilty of and because of the sins he has committed, he will die. 25 “Yet you say, ‘The way of the Lord is not just.’ Hear, O house of Israel: Is my way unjust? Is it not your ways that are unjust? 26 If a righteous man turns from his righteousness and commits sin, he will die for it; because of the sin he has committed he will die. 27 But if a wicked man turns away from the wickedness he has committed and does what is just and right, he will save his life. 28 Because he considers all the offenses he has committed and turns away from them, he will surely live; he will not die. 29 Yet the house of Israel says, ‘The way of the Lord is not just.’ Are my ways unjust, O house of Israel? Is it not your ways that are unjust? 30 “Therefore, O house of Israel, I will judge you, each one according to his ways, declares the Sovereign LORD. Repent! Turn away from all your offenses; then sin will not be your downfall.

31 Rid yourselves of all the offenses you have committed, and get a new heart and a new spirit.  Why will you die, O house of Israel? 32 For I take no pleasure in the death of anyone, declares the Sovereign Lord. Repent and live!

When we REPENT we are FORGIVEN…. REPENT MEANS TO TURN AROUND…. NO ONE CAN REPENT FOR THE  DEAD.

Galatians 3:

8 The Scripture foresaw that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, and announced the gospel in advance to Abraham: “All nations will be blessed through you.” 9  So those who have faith are blessed along with Abraham, the man of faith. 10 All who rely on observing the law are under a curse, for it is written: “Cursed is everyone who does not continue to do everything written in the Book of the Law.” 11 Clearly no one is justified before God by the law, because, “The righteous will live by faith.”
12 The law is not based on faith; on the contrary, “The man who does these things will live by them.” 13 Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us, for it is written: “Cursed is everyone who is hung on a tree.”  14 He redeemed us in order that the blessing given to Abraham might come to the Gentiles through Christ Jesus, so that by faith we might receive the promise of the Spirit.

Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law be becoming a curse for us.

Living your life in fear or belief of generational, curses is no different than saying that the Cross that Jesus died on was just not enough – and why?  Because generational curses are still under the law.