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The Occult – Why do we leave THE LIGHT and walk into DARKNESS?

I would like to add here that anyone who dabbles with the Occult, gets training to become a witch, keeps crystals and other charms in their homes or wears them on their person believing that it will bring them good luck, bring them healing, good fortune etc. has decided to walk away from God and His Light and to walk into Darkness and the Evil Realm.

I give below a few scripture verses from the Old Testament regarding socery, witchcraft etc.

Deuteronomy 18:9-12 NIV. “When you enter the land the Lord your God is giving you, do not learn to imitate the detestable ways of the nations there. Let no one be found among you who practices divination or sorcery, interprets omens, engages in witchcraft, or casts spells, or who is a medium or spiritist or who consults the dead. Anyone who does these things is detestable to the Lord.”

Ezekiel 13:18, 20 & 21 NIV. “This is what the Sovereign Lord says: ‘Woe to the women who sew magic charms on all their wrists and make veils of various lengths for their heads in order to ensnare people. Will you ensnare the lives of my people but preserve your own? I am against your magic charms with which you ensnare people like birds, and I will tear them from your arms; I will set free the people that you ensnare like birds. I will tear off your veils and save my people from your hands, and they will no longer fall prey to your power.’ ”

Psalm 103:2-4 NIV. “Praise the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits—who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion.”

My advice to all is to follow Our Lord Jesus Christ, for He is the Way, the Truth and the Life.

Exodus 23:25 And you shall serve the LORD your God, and he shall bless your bread, and your water; and I will take sickness away from the middle of you.
Psalms 103:3 Who forgives all your iniquities; who heals all your diseases;
Psalms 107:20 He sent his word, and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions.
Matthew 4:23 And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all manner of sickness and all manner of disease among the people.
Acts 10:38 How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him.
I would like to add here that God is all powerful for John 3:16 says:16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.Job 12:10 In his hand is the life of every creature and the breath of all mankind.
Acts 17:28 For in him we live and move and have our being.’ As some of your own poets have said, ‘We are his offspring.’
Yes, we are the Children of God.  We belong to His Kingdom, so if we are children of the Most High God, we must believe that we will not be in want for anything.  Our God is our Fortress, Our rock, Our protection, so WHY DO WE TURN AWAY FROM THE LIGHT AND TURN TOWARDS DARKNESS AND THE OCCULT.

I found the following article very interesting which was posted by The hermeneutic of continuity :

A patron saint for rejecting the occult
Posted: 27 Jan 2015 01:51 PM PST

Sadly it is common in England today, to see advertisements for psychic fairs, shops selling occult paraphernalia, and booksellers displaying books of spells for young people. I recently called into a shop I thought might be interesting but walked out again smartly when I saw that there was a tarot card reading session taking place.Christians were blamed by superstitious Romans for natural misfortunes. Tertullian pokes fun at this. I quote him first in Latin, because lovers of his barrister’s tour de force style will enjoy it.

Si Tiberis ascendit in moenia, si Nilus non ascendit in arva, si caelum stetit, si terra movit, si fames, si lues, statim Christianos ad leonem! adclamatur. Tantos ad unum? (Liber Apologeticus 40.1)

The translation gets the meaning, but not the accelerating punch of the original:

If the Tiber rises too high for the walls, or the Nile too low for the fields, if the heavens do not open, or the earth does, if there is famine, if there is plague, instantly the howl is, “The Christians to the lion!” So many to one?
The venerable Tshimangadzo Samuel Benedict Daswa of South Africa experienced a similarly savage expression of superstitious ignorance. He was a convert to Catholicism, a married man with eight children, a Catholic school headmaster, and an upstanding and socially responsible member of the community conspicuous for his charitable work. You can read more about him at the Benedict Daswa website.

In 1990, after heavy rain and lightning in the Venda area, and while Benedict was away, a traditional healer was brought in to find out who was the witch that was responsible. On his return, Benedict refused to pay a share of the healer’s fee and insisted that lightning happened because of natural causes. For his stand against the occult, Benedict was ambushed on the road a couple of weeks later by a mob who stoned and beat him to death. Before his death, he said “God into your hands receive my spirit.”

Just the other day, Benedict was officially recognised as a martyr, so the way is open for his beatification.

Pray to him for all those involved in the occult, for young people tempted to dabble, for those who sell occult items or promote occult events. When you pass a shop selling crystals, tarot cards, witchcraft accessories and suchlike, quietly pray the prayer to St Michael and the prayer to your Guardian Angel. If you don’t know those prayers, it would be a very good idea to learn them. In the meantime, say three Hail Marys.

Prayer to St Michael
Holy Michael Archangel, defend us in the day of battle, be our safeguard against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him we humbly pray, and do thou, O prince of the heavenly host, by the power of God, thrust into hell Satan and all the wicked spirits, who wander through the world for the ruin of souls. Amen.

Prayer to your Guardian Angel
O Angel of God, my guardian dear,
to whom God’s love commits me here,
ever this day, be at my side
to light and guard, to rule and guide. Amen.

Lovers of Latin may like to know that the Guardian Angel prayer is translated from a Latin prayer that rhymes. Not classical of course, but easy to remember:

Angele Dei
qui custos es mei,
me tibi commissum pietate superna;
illumina, custodi, rege, et guberna. Amen.

February 26, 2017 Posted by | Catechesis, Catholicism, Charismatic Renewal, Christ Jesus, Christianity, Evangelisation, Occult, Youth | Leave a comment

Father God, in Your Presence We long to be!

Lord God, Heavenly Father, in your presence is where we long to be.  Never leave us, nor forsake us.  We need you Lord. We plead for you to be Our strength and Our Joy.  Lord Jesus Christ, we need to be where you are because we love your presence.  Come Holy Spirit, Love us and strengthen us, for without you will be lost.  Thank you for dying on the cross for each one of your children.  Amen!

 

 

February 23, 2017 Posted by | Agape, Catholicism, Celebration, Charismatic Renewal, Christ Jesus, Christianity, Evangelisation | Leave a comment

Yes, Lord, remember Your People!

Yes, Lord, we your people surrender ourselves to you.  We surrender all that we have and all that we are.   We come to you O Lord in our nothingness and we know and believe Lord that you are our everything and with you all things are possible.  We come to you Lord for your Love and Protection.  Without You we are nothing.  We give you all our plans.  If it is your Holy Will, then you help us to accomplish our plans because you are very much in our plan.  Whatever, we plan O Lord, we only do it to promote you and to make you known and loved by all. We Love You O Lord with every fibre of our being.  Thank Lord Jesus Christ for loving us.

 

February 9, 2017 Posted by | Blessing, Catholicism, Charismatic Renewal, Christ Jesus, Christianity, couples, Evangelisation, Family, Holy Spirit, Marriage, Presence of God, Women, Youth | Leave a comment

Raise Jesus High for the World to See!

Yes, raise Jesus High for the world to see.  When we exalt Christ and put Him high on a pedestal, all eyes would be on Him because he would be there for all to see.  Some would look upon him out of curiosity, some with indifference, some may not even behold his face but there are many who would see him, would love him and many would go out to him for healing, comfort, restoration and many would be saved.   We, the baptised have received a MISSION when we became the Children of God.  So, my dear brothers and sisters in Christ Jesus – Lift Jesus Christ High for the world to see and more importantly let us remember that there was a time that someone in our lives did lift Jesus Christ high so that we were able to see Him so closely that He drew us unto Himself.  Amen! and Amen!

December 5, 2016 Posted by | Agape, Baptism/Children of God, Catechesis, Catholicism, Charismatic Renewal, Christ Jesus, couples, Deliverance, Evangelisation, Holy Spirit, Joy of the Gospel, married couples, Singles, Youth | Leave a comment

Caution! Stop Abortions! Your womb can become a Tomb!

Stop! If you are thinking of aborting your baby.  You might have just discovered that you are pregnant and are simply mortified.  You have so many wonderful plans before you and you want all those plans to materialise.  You are in a dilemma and have become sort of lifeless and in shock.  All sorts of negativity is going on in your mind.  At this moment you are going through a HATE MODE – Hate for yourself and for the life that is in your womb.  STOP!!!

There is more to life than regret and negativity.  There is help for you.  If nobody in your family is willing to help you or you feel that you would be in trouble if you do, then go to your Church and contact your priest or pastor or someone whom you can trust and whom you know will help you.

But DO NOT EVEN THINK OF ABORTING YOUR BABY.  A WOMB IS A PLACE OF LIFE BUT WHEN YOU ABORT YOUR BABY, YOUR WOMB BECOMES A TOMB AND THAT IS WHEN ALL YOUR PROBLEMS WILL BEGIN, SUCH AS ILL HEALTH, GUILT AND OTHER PROBLEMS WILL FOLLOW.

Now, for those who have already committed abortions and are suffering from guilt, my suggestion is to again contact a priest or a pastor or someone whom you can trust and they will lead you to counselling programs.  If you are a Catholic, approach the Sacrament of Reconciliation and make a good confession, receive Holy Communion.  Believe me, if you do this, you will be really and truly forgiven.  If and when you can join a Pro-Life Movement and help prevent young ones from committing abortions.

REMEMBER A WOMB IS A PLACE OF LIFE – WHEN ABORTION IS COMMITTED, IT BECOMES A TOMB.

 

November 29, 2016 Posted by | Adoption, Catholicism, Charismatic Renewal, Charity, Christ Jesus, Christianity, Evangelisation, Family, Singles | Leave a comment

The importance to become like Little Children

Daily Readings -29 November, 2016 – Reading 1, Isaiah 11:1-10;   Responsorial Psalm, Psalms 72:1, 7-8, 12-13, 17

Gospel, Luke 10:21-24
21 Just at this time, filled with joy by the Holy Spirit, he said, ‘I bless you, Father, Lord of heaven and of earth, for hiding these things from the learned and the clever and revealing them to little children. Yes, Father, for that is what it has pleased you to do. 22 Everything has been entrusted to me by my Father; and no one knows who the Son is except the Father, and who the Father is except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.’ 23 Then turning to his disciples he spoke to them by themselves, ‘Blessed are the eyes that see what you see, 24 for I tell you that many prophets and kings wanted to see what you see, and never saw it; to hear what you hear, and never heard it.’

My explanation:
What is God telling us in this gospel passage.  He is saying that he reveals himself to us his children.  When we were baptised, we became his children and that through baptism, he is revealing to us the secrets of His Kingdom.  The more intimate we become with him. the more he will reveal to us.  The question now is, why is he revealing himself to us.  He is doing so because he wants us to love him more and more and then for us to go and share him with others.  We need Jesus Christ to be saved and others also need him, to be saved.  So, while we are on a journey with Christ, it is important to share him with others. He is calling us to remain like little children – He wants us to be simple, humble, kind, loving, sharing, giving.  The day we become proud, we will stop hearing him speak to us because Pride is a Block. When we are like little children, we are closest to His Heart.  So let us throw pride out the window and embrace Humility and become like little children.

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November 29, 2016 Posted by | Agape, Catechesis, Catholicism, Charismatic Renewal, Charity, Christianity, Confidence, Evangelisation, Trust in God, Youth | Leave a comment

Doing God’s Holy Will

Not very many people know how important it is to believe in God and further more how important it is to do what He wants us to do.  Well, let us pray for people to be enlightened by the Holy Spirit.  This is an old video of mine but the Holy Spirit is prompting me to present this video once again.  All I am being is OBEDIENT.

November 28, 2016 Posted by | Baptism/Children of God, Catechesis, Catholicism, Charismatic Renewal, Charity, Christianity, Deliverance, Evangelisation, Faithful, Family, Holy Spirit, Singles, Youth | Leave a comment

The Holy Spirit is Gentle – He stirs us – Respond to Him

Yes, Our strength will last.  We will wait upon the Lord.  Yes Our God is everlasting and Yes, He reigns FOREVER.  What do we have to fear? Come Holy Spirit, gentle and kind. Come and stir within our hearts.  Bring down with you, Your Peace and Your Deliverance.  Make us strong Lord. Let us not grow weary.  Stir in our hearts, O Holy Spirit and help us accomplish Our Heavenly Father’s Will.  Many of us waiting for tomorrows to EVANGELISE because we think we need a lot of money to evangelise.  Lord, all we need is YOU.  We are rich in you Lord!  Come Lord, Jesus Christ and make it possible.
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November 28, 2016 Posted by | Agape, Catechesis, Catholicism, Charismatic Renewal, Christ Jesus, Christianity, Deliverance, Evangelisation, Family, Jesus Christ, Peace, Persecution, Presence of God, Word of God, Youth | Leave a comment

Evangelise – “Make my name be known”, so says Jesus Christ

DAILY READINGS OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH – 23rd November, 2016
Reading 1, Revelation 15:1-4 Responsorial Psalm, Psalms 98:1, 2-3, 7-8, 9

“Gospel, Luke 21:12-19
12 ‘But before all this happens, you will be seized and persecuted; you will be handed over to the synagogues and to imprisonment, and brought before kings and governors for the sake of my name 13 -and that will be your opportunity to bear witness. 14 Make up your minds not to prepare your defence, 15 because I myself shall give you an eloquence and a wisdom that none of your opponents will be able to resist or contradict. 16 You will be betrayed even by parents and brothers, relations and friends; and some of you will be put to death. 17 You will be hated universally on account of my name, 18 but not a hair of your head will be lost. 19 Your perseverance will win you your lives.”

Who was Jesus Christ speaking to?  He was speaking to his disciples.  He knew that he would be put to death and then they would attack his disciples.  He is preparing them for the time when all these things will come to pass.  He is assuring them that He would not desert them and that he would give them an eloquence and a wisdom that none of their opponents will be able to resist or contradict.

What I really like about this passage is that Jesus Christ will not leave us nor forsake us.  He is assuring us that we will not be alone and that He would be with us to defend us and that His Spirit would be with us as we proclaim His name.  He did not say that it would be easy for us to evangelise – to proclaim His name.  No, but what is important is that HE WOULD BE WITH US – HELPING US TO PROCLAIM HIS NAME.  That is the mission that we have received when we were BAPTISED.

For me personally, I see from this gospel, the very fact that CHRIST WILL BE WITH US  as we work for Him and for His glory.  He will put the words that we should speak in our mouth – He would give us an eloquence – Imagine, us speaking with an eloquence and with wisdom that none of our opponents will be able to resist or contradict.  So, why, my dear brothers and sisters in Jesus Christ, should we be afraid to speak of Jesus Christ and the coming of His Kingdom here on earth.

“16 You will be betrayed even by parents and brothers, relations and friends; and some of you will be put to death. 17 You will be hated universally on account of my name, 18 but not a hair of your head will be lost. 19 Your perseverance will win you your lives.”  What does these verses mean? It means that not everybody would believe that Jesus Christ is Lord, even in families and that we will be betrayed for the SAKE OF CHRIST JESUS – YES FOR HIS SAKE.  But when we believe in Christ and we fully well know that He is our Saviour and that many are languishing because they do not know HIM, then it is our duty, it is our mission to EVANGELISE AND MAKE HIM KNOWN, SO THAT OTHERS MAY ALSO BE SAVED BY ACCEPTING HIM.  For me to know Jesus Christ is to have that assurance that I will never be alone.  That the Son of the Living God will always be with me, guiding me and protecting me and helping me along the way to do His Holy Will. There are so many people who do feel alone, abandoned and persecuted.  So if these people are aware that they are not alone, that Jesus Christ is with them and that He being God will lead them and will be with them, they would begin to believe that God is a loving and caring God.  Many people are suffering and they do not know the meaning of suffering but when they come to accept Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Saviour and begin to have an intimate relationship with Him, they will know that Christ Jesus alone is sufficient for each one of us.

He lives and reigns in our hearts.  Let us speak bravely about Him and His Kingdom – Just the way His Disciples did.  Let us proclaim His Kingdom here on earth.  Let us pray that Christ will reign on Earth and He does in Heaven.  Alleluia!

Lord Jesus Christ, anoint our lips that we may proclaim your Kingdom here on earth.  Thank you Jesus Christ for assuring us that we are not alone and that YOU ARE WITH US.  You also said that you need our hands, our feet, our eyes, our mouth, our whole being to PROCLAIM THAT YOU WILL BRING PEACE TO THOSE WHO ACCEPT YOU.  Amen!

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November 23, 2016 Posted by | Catechesis, Catholicism, Charismatic Renewal, Christ Jesus, Christianity, Evangelisation, Persecution, Proclamation | Leave a comment

When I look into Your Holiness

Every single human being when baptised becomes a Child of God. We call God, Our Father. God is Holy and each one of us are called by God to be Holy and to live a blameless life. God invites us to dwell in Him. Are we the baptised responding to God’s Holy Love.

Living in today’s world, I sometimes get the shivers. You might ask why? When I look around, I see people walking away from the Call of God to holiness. When I see currently what is happening in the US presidential elections – the two candidates Trump vs Hilary Clinton. These two are literally tearing each other down. It is difficult to believe that a country like the United States is unable to produce two respectable and righteous people for the presidential candidacy.

I wonder what is happening to our world. People are walking away from God and from what is right. What happened when we became Children of God? Why are people walking away from God and running to worldly pleasures – pleasures that are evil.

Let those of us who are baptised and are happy to respond to God’s call – let us sit beside Him and look into His Holiness and WORSHIP HIM. Let us pray for ourselves, our families, our friends, our communities, our country, all countries of the world that they may leave their evil ways and follow God who is Holy and Righteous. Let us pray!

October 16, 2016 Posted by | Baptism/Children of God, Catechesis, Catholicism, Charismatic Renewal, Christ Jesus, Christianity, Evangelisation, Family, Forgiveness, Singles, Women, Youth | Leave a comment