Good Morning Disciples of Christ. Okay, this is getting tough. We know that everyone is feeling the suffering of being cooped up in our homes under restriction, and seeing people dying from this Coronavirus plague. When we started this blog, we did it for Jesus to help others prepare for what is coming. Now, we are starting to experience what the prophets in this blog have been preparing us for. This is very hard for us and it is only going to get harder. This is why the Prophets are always stressing to us to work on our Spiritual growth and detach ourselves from the world. All of the Prophets in this blog are from different backgrounds, different countries, different cultures, and different denominations of Christianity. Why did God have us put together these specific Prophets and Our Blessed Mother Mary? Because what the Holy Spirit has shown us and we are trying to show every reader that opens this blog, is that they all fit like a giant puzzle that Our Lord wants us to see. He wants us to unify and see past our Christian denominations at the bigger picture of persecution that is coming for all Christians. He doesn’t want us to focus on our differences, but to understand that Satan is always trying to divide us to conquer us. If we speak about a Catholic Prophet in this blog or a Non-Catholic Prophet in this blog, it is to show the reader that God is speaking basically the same language to His Prophets to prepare all of His Children. So, because we have all kinds of Christians denominations reading this blog, this is what the Holy Spirit is guiding us to do. Is God telling us to guide any reader to a specific Christian denomination? No. Is He telling us to just post Catholic prophets because we are mostly Catholic? No. He is telling me to make this blog, like His Church, and unite all Christians that are willing to listen. Will we still have our differences and opinions in Scripture interpretation and beliefs on what is important in God’s Church? Yes, but only until He reveals to us what He Wills. Also, we have to understand that we are limited to our own experiences of Love that God has shown each of us. Because our minds are finite, and God’s Wisdom and Love is infinite, none of us have all of the answers on how big His Love is and none of us should say that one specific denomination is better than another. I am proud to be a Catholic and have experienced God’s Love through the Sacraments, so we share that with others. Others have experienced God’s Love a different way, and so they share that with others. Each experience will be different, and so we focus on our unity in Jesus Christ as His followers and how we can become His Disciples.
So, in the mean time, we focus on God’s Word, the Bible. Because this will be what separates the Sheep from the Goats. In the end, if we are not following God’s Word and His Will, we will not have the proper foundation that Jesus has been preparing us for over 2000 years now. In the beginning of this blog, we talked about how we have to prepare for the return of Our Lord by Surrendering to Jesus and the Holy Spirit Transforming us. This is not easy, especially with what we are all starting to face now with the Coronavirus plague. Do we get angry at all of the people that the Holy Spirit has pointed us to that appears to have been following Satan for the last 100 years to pull us away from Christ? No. This is our worldly reaction that Satan wants us to fall into so that he can continue to use our emotions against us. So, this is an emotion we have to reject everyday as we experience some form of suffering that Lois Vogel Sharp was referring to yesterday. We have to reject anger, fear, and anxiety with the graces from the Holy Spirit. Then, we ask for the graces of Humility, Love and Forgiveness. When Jesus was dying on the cross at Calvary, He didn’t ask God to punish those that crucified Him, He asked God to forgive them. Luke, 23:34 “Father forgive them, they know not what they do.”
So, is Forgiveness difficult in a time like this? Yes. But is God asking us to Forgive and Love everyone regardless of what Christian denomination we are in right now, and who the enemy has used to pull us away from Him? Yes. This is because God wants to save all Souls, even those that have fallen very far away from Him. Should we pray for all souls, even those that are trying to pull us away from God and work for Satan? Yes, because this is God’s Will. As Disciples for Jesus, we have to go beyond our emotions and serve Jesus in accordance to His Will. How do we know His Will? It is written in His Word, and the Holy Spirit guides us to it when we Surrender to Jesus. Matthew 22:36-40 “Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest? He said to him, ‘You shall love the Lord your God, with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and the first commandment. The second is like it; You shall love your neighbor as yourself. The whole law and the prophets depend on these two commandments.'”
So, to prepare Spiritually for what Our Lord has asked us to do as His Disciples, we not only have to Love Him, but we have to ask the Holy Spirit to also give us the graces to Love everyone, even those that hurt us and persecute Christians. We have to pray for the Salvation of all Souls. Jesus tells us that the whole law and the prophets depend on these two commandments. Also, to Love thy enemies, in Matthew 5:43-48 “You have heard that it was said, You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy. But I say to you, love your enemies, and pray for those that persecute you, that you may be children of your heavenly Father, for he makes his sun to fall on the just and the unjust. For if you love those that love you, what recompense will you have? Do not the tax collectors do the same? And if you greet your brothers only, what is unusual about that? Do not the pagans do the same? So, be perfect, just as your heavenly Father is perfect.”
So, Our Lord is asking us to be perfect like Our Heavenly Father. Will this get very hard? Yes, but we have to pray for the graces to get there, and Our Lord will give us these graces with the out pouring of the Holy Spirit if we work to obey God’s Will. So, we must all work together as Christians and appreciate that Our Lord loves us no matter what Christian denomination we are in, and He wants us to do the same. Forgiveness is also part of what Our Lord is asking us to do and we have completed a post on Forgiveness in this blog for anyone that still needs to go back and read to forgive others. If we are not working on Humility, Love and Forgiveness, then we may not receive the gifts of the Holy Spirit and we will not have an understanding of what a Disciple of Jesus Christ is. Let us all pray for Jesus to give us these graces and help us to Love everyone so that we can pray for the Salvation of all souls.
Emmanuel – “God is with Us.” Have a blessed day.