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Romans 8:28 God works for the good of those who Love Him

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Now, we all know that we all need to follow God’s Holy Will.  His plan is the best for each one of us.  Some of us walk in paths that God does not approve but we want to do what we want.  But when we do our will, eventually we will find out that our plan and our will, leads us along the wrong path because it is not what God wants of us.  So it is important for us to surrender our lives and our will to the Living God.  Then, we become wise for we begin to understand and accept God’s plan for our lives.  We understand that in all things, God works for the good of those who Love him, who have been called according to His Purpose.

In other words, God has created each one of us to do what He wants us to do in this world.  And when we follow his plans, He works all things for our good.  I remember there was a time when I wanted what I wanted and I went after the things that I thought I needed but I failed and kept on failing until I realised that it was fruitless doing my own thing and then I began to studies in scripture and I learned that we were created to give God all the Glory and not search for Glory for ourselves.  The Bible became my source of strength and I studied and gained more knowledge about God.   I began to trust God above all things and began to trust Him above all else.  Then I surrendered my life to His Holy Will.  It was then that I was picked up and carried into the arms of my Heavenly Father and I never regretted the decision I made on that day.  Till date, I just surrender my every day to Him and He plans my day and my life which gives me the greatest joy and peace that I have ever experienced and enjoyed in my life.

My dear brothers and sisters, if we surrender our lives to God, He will in all things work for our good and who have been called to His Purpose.

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This is what God did to my plans and at that time I did not understand.  I was upset with Him but gradually I realised that it was best to surrender to this Great Big God of Ours and to surrender to His plans.  When Our Wants are not His Plan, then it is best to surrender Our Wants and take on His Purpose.  Then You and I will experience the great peace and Joy on earth.

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October 23, 2017 Posted by | Catholicism, Charismatic Renewal, Christianity, Faith in God, Will of God, Youth | Leave a comment

Intercessory Prayer for Victory by Florence D’Costa

Let us all pray for one another.  Let us also pray for those who are attracted to the same sex.  Let us also pray for those who have terminal illnesses and who want to Euthanasia to be introduced.  Let us all come into the presence of God and plead for Him to have mercy on Australia.

October 13, 2017 Posted by | Aged Homes, Be not afraid, Catholicism, Charismatic Renewal, Charity, Christianity, Drugs, Faith in God, Hospitals, Intercessors, Intercessory, Miracles, Presence of God, Suicide, Teen suicide, Terminal Illness, Women, Youth | Leave a comment

Faithfulness of God by Florence D’Costa

Yes, the steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. Lamentations 3:22-23

October 2, 2017 Posted by | Catholicism, Charismatic Renewal, Christ Jesus, Christianity, Faith in God, Faithful, God, God the Father, God's Love, Trust in God, Women, Word of God, Youth | Leave a comment

Matthew 14:22-33 (Gospel 13/8/2017) by Florence D’Costa

Let us pray for an increase of Faith because if we truly believe in Christ Jesus, we will NOT BE AFRAID because we know that He will be with us in every situation, especially when it is difficult. Let us pray to Apostle Thomas to intercede on our behalf for Christ Jesus to increase our faith and believe me your prayer will be answered.

August 14, 2017 Posted by | Be not afraid, Catholicism, Charismatic Renewal, Christianity, Evangelisation, Faith in God, Jesus Christ, Singles, Women, Word of God, Youth | Leave a comment

Everlasting God by Florence D’Costa

July 17, 2017 Posted by | Catholicism, Charismatic Renewal, Christ Jesus, Christianity, couples, Deliverance, Evangelisation, Faith in God, Patience, Presence of God, Singles, Testimonies, Youth | 3 Comments

Open the Eyes of My Heart Lord by Florence D’Costa

July 15, 2017 Posted by | Catholicism, Charismatic Renewal, couples, Elderly, Faith in God, Family, music, Singles, Songs, Youth | Leave a comment

Peace is flowing like a River

Yes, Peace is flowing like a river, setting all the captives free. When we are peace with the Lord and we are basking
in God’s Glory, let us remember those who are disturbed, unhappy and who have lost all hope.

It is important for us to remember that what we receive freely, freely we must give to others. Every individual in life’s journey experience or have desert experiences. Either we feel that the absence of God in our lives, or we feel that He is silent or that He has abandoned us.

I have something important that I would like to share with you. Remember that Christ lives in us and we live in Him, so where is the question of Him being absent or silent in our lives. It is important for us to remember that He is near to us and in the silence, let us listen to His heartbeat. His heartbeat would tell us that He is near and that His peace is flowing like a river.

Christ is calling us to have faith, to have patience and more importantly to believe that He will never leave us nor forsake us. God is our Father and Jesus Christ is His Son and we are all brothers and sisters in Jesus Christ. Will a Father desert his son. Will a mother desert her baby, Yes, even if they desert, God will not abandon His children. He never does. In a family, we are sometimes silent. Does that mean that we do not love our family members. No. In like manner, if God is silent at times, just remember that He is holding you in His arms. At this time, it is important to listen to His Heartbeat and believe me, you will experience something awesome and wonderful. Silence is sometimes important………

Now, for those of us who are experiencing His nearness, we should then be agents of His Peace. We should share the Peace that is with us and allow that peace to flow out to others, to those around us, so that they would not feel abandoned or lonely but would feel the Peace of Christ in their hearts.

So my brothers and sisters of Christ Jesus, be His Agents of Peace – Take Christ’s peace to those who are struggling to find Peace.

LET US PRAY FOR ONE ANOTHER THAT THE PEACE OF CHRIST WHO DWELLS IN OUR HEARTS WOULD FLOW OUT TO OTHERS TO SET THEM FREE.

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October 3, 2016 Posted by | Blessing, Catechesis, Catholicism, Charismatic Renewal, Christ Jesus, Christianity, Faith in God, Jesus Christ, Peace, Youth | Leave a comment

Prayer for Healing of the Family Tree

CATHOLIC PRAYER:

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March 3, 2015 Posted by | Catholicism, Charismatic Renewal, Christ Jesus, Christianity, couples, Faith in God, Family, Jesus Christ, Marriage, married couples, Prayers, The Cross, Youth | Leave a comment

Afraid of Persecution?

Are you Baptised and Confirmed in the Catholic Faith/Christian Faith?  Do you have a desire to proclaim the Joy of the Gospel?  Are there hurdles in your path?  Have you come across various types of persecution in your life and has this stopped you dead in your tracks?  Are you afraid or timid and you do not want to proceed any further? Well, don’t you know that you are failing in your duty as a Christian?  We follow Jesus Christ and He died for us.  We are all called to be like our Master.  We are all called to die for Christ, for our faith and for one another.

I will give you a few scripture quotes on persecution :

2 Timothy 3:12  “Indeed all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted.”

Matthew 5:44. “But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.”

Acts 14:21-22. “When they had preached the gospel to that city and had made many disciples, they returned to Lystra and to Iconium and to Antioch, strengthening the souls of the disciples, encouraging them to continue in the faith and saying that through many tribulations we must enter the kingdom of God.”

I would like to share something of Stephen’s Martyrdom : Acts 7:54-60; 8:3.

1.   What was Stephen doing that angered the Jewish Leaders.  He was spreading the Word of God, and the number of disciples increased greatly and even many priests accepted the Faith.  Some persons who belonged to the synagogue of the Freedmen (as it was called) from Cyrene, Alexandria, and others from Cilicia and Asia, came forward and argued with Stephen but they could not match his wisdom, so they bribed a few men to accuse him stating that he did blaspheme against Moses and against God.  They then stirred the people, the elders and the teachers of the Law and they brought him before the Sanhedrin.  He spoke in wisdom and in truth but they became angry.  V.55 “Stephen, full of the Holy Spirit, gazed into Heaven and saw the glory of God and Jesus at God’s right hand, 56 “Look!” He said, “I see the heavens opened and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God.”  But they rushed upon him, seized him, took him outside the city and stoned him. 59″As they were stoning him, Stephen prayed, “Lord, do not hold this sin against them.” And when he had said this, he fell asleep.

I have noted the following :

1.    Stephen was chosen and he was prayed over by the Apostles.

2.    He was a man full of the Holy Spirit and he was filled with wisdom.

3.    God revealed Himself to him – When he was about to be seized by the angry men, he gazed into Heaven and he was favoured by God, for God revealed Himself to him. Stephen saw the Heavens open and he saw Jesus Christ standing at the right hand of God.  What do you think the mood was in Heaven.  Jesus Christ was sad that Stephen (His man) was about to be stoned and killed.  So God showed Himself to Stephen so that Stephen would sleep happily.  God gave Stephen the grace to speak up for God and for Jesus Christ before the Sanhedrin with NO FEAR.  Stephen had a taste of Heaven before he entered Heaven.  In my earlier article I wrote that it is better to go to Heaven without any limbs rather than for our entire bodies to be thrown into hell.

4.     Stephen had the FAITH that Jesus Christ would receive him when he stands at the Gates of Heaven, when he prayed in verse 59, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.”

5.    HE FORGAVE THEM just like JESUS CHRIST did, when he said in a loud voice in verse 60, “Lord, do not hold this sin against them.”

6.     When we speak up for Jesus Christ,  we are openly doing battle with Satan and his dark angels and Satan becomes our adversary and he will furiously fight us.

So, when we are for Christ and for His Kingdom, we must bravely admit to our ourselves that WE HAVE OPENLY BEGUN OUR BATTLE AGAINST SATAN AND HIS KINGDOM.

So, my dear Readers, do you think that life would be easy for us.  No, we would have to be constantly vigilant.  We must forgive those who harm us and if we have knowingly or unknowingly harmed any body, we must ask pardon.  Forgiveness is they Key to our own happiness.

NOW THAT WE KNOW WHAT WE ARE UP AGAINST, WE MUST STAND READY WITH CHRIST JESUS AND PUT ON THE FULL ARMOUR OF GOD.

Ephesians 6:10-18.

10 Finally, be strong in The Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armour of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything. To stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteous in place. 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests.  With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all The Lord’s people.

 

 

January 22, 2015 Posted by | Catechesis, Catholicism, Charismatic Renewal, Christianity, couples, Evangelisation, Faith in God, Faithful, Family, Jesus Christ, Love for God, married couples, Persecution, Presence of God, Singles, Suffering, Trust in God, Youth | Leave a comment

Perseverance Builds Character

I would like you to read about “Perseverance Builds Character” by Steve Arterburn and down below are my comments.

Perseverance Builds Character

March 24, 2008 By
Steve Arterburn
For you need endurance, so that after you have done God’s will, you may receive what was promised. Hebrews 10:36 HCSB
As you continue to seek God’s purpose for your life, you will undoubtedly experience your fair share of disappointments, detours, false starts, and failures. When you do, you’re facing one of those inevitable tests of character. Don’t become discouraged: God’s not finished with you yet.
The old saying is as true today as it was when it was first spoken: ‘Life is a marathon, not a sprint.’ That’s why wise travelers (like you) select a traveling companion who never tires and never falters. That partner, of course, is your Heavenly Father.
The next time you find your courage tested to the limit, remember that God is as near as your next breath, and remember that He offers strength and comfort to His children. He is your shield and your strength; He is your protector and your deliverer. Call upon Him in your hour of need and then be comforted. Whatever your challenge, whatever your trouble, God can help you persevere. And that’s precisely what He’ll do if you ask Him.
Perhaps you are in a hurry for God to help you resolve your difficulties. Perhaps you’re anxious to earn the rewards that you feel you’ve already earned from life. Perhaps you’re drumming your fingers, impatiently waiting for God to act. If so, be forewarned: God operates on His own timetable, not yours. Sometimes, God may answer your prayers with silence, and when He does, you must patiently persevere. In times of trouble, you must remain steadfast and trust in the merciful goodness of your Heavenly Father. Whatever your problem, He can manage it. Your job is to keep persevering until He does.
Jesus taught that perseverance is the essential element in prayer. E. M. Bounds
Just remember, every flower that ever bloomed had to go through a whole lot of dirt to get there! Barbara Johnson
Perseverance is more than endurance. It is endurance combined with absolute assurance and certainty that what we are looking for is going to happen. Oswald Chambers Character builder
Are you being tested? Call upon God. God can give you the strength to persevere, and that’s exactly what you should ask Him to do.
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MY VIEWS ON SUFFERING WHICH LEADS TO CHARACTER BUILDING.
Suffering is part and parcel of this life.  We cannot escape suffering.  Suffering is necessary for mankind.  God allows suffering and through suffering He moulds human beings and shapes us into the kind of people that he wants us to be.
Different people suffer differently.
The suffering of the poor is different.  They lack food, clothing, clean drinking water etc and some children are deprived of education.  Those children who have lost their parents are deprived of all those things including Love.  Families that have been affected by Typhoons and Sunami have suffered tremendously and this is the time when the world comes in to play.  Social workers travel to these countries to be there in person to help those in affected areas.  
Some families have lost a few of their loved ones.  Some have lost all their loved ones and are left alone in the world.  Ofcourse this is tremendous suffering.  Our minds are not able to imagine such suffering.  But life has got to go on and this is where God comes in.  God so loved the world that He sent His only begotten son to die for each one of us, so that we would have eternal life.  It is beyond my comprehension as to why God had to send His only Son to die for us. He could have found another way of saving us but the Mystery is that God chose to send His Son to die for us.
It is beyond my imagination.  God could have easily said, ‘Sorry, I cannot send my son to die for you and there is no other way, so all of you would have to perish’.  But He did not say so.  Imagine God’s Son dying on the cross, suffering so much humiliation, pain, torment and torture and the greatest suffering was that He allowed His Son, Jesus Christ who knew no sin to become SIN – to carry the sins of the world on His shoulders.  Then, furthermore, for a mother to stand by and see her son suffering and dying on the cross is simply horrific and unimaginable and that is what Mary did when she watched Jesus die on the cross.
Then again, in the bible we have the sufferings of Job.  He lost his entire family and fortunes and even his health.  Think of Abraham who willingly took his only son to be offered as a sacrifice. What suffering he would have gone through, mentally, and yet he was prepared to sacrifice his son because his love for God was tremendous.
Then, what about the suffering of the Israelites when they were slaves in Egypt.  Four hundred years of slavery is a very long time.  I guess we would find a lot of suffering in the bible. 
There is a lot of sin in the world – Horrific sin.  If only we were aware of all the sin in the world,  we would go mad and die.  So, there is suffering and death in the world because of sin.  There are no definite answers for questions regarding suffering.  All we can do is to look at Jesus who is God and Man and who knew no sin and did no evil and yet He died a humiliating death on the Cross between two thieves.  There is no answer but to live life only for God.  We must teach all peoples including children, especially those who live in areas where there is a lot of suffering to FALL IN LOVE WITH JESUS CHRIST who is the AUTHOR OF SUFFERING AND YET HE WAS DIVINE.  We are only human and every human being suffers in various ways in this world.  Great sufferings come to the rich as well and all their money cannot alleviate their suffering.
It is important in this life to remember that the earth is our temporary home and that we are on a very dangerous and difficult journey and anything terrible can happen to us at any time.  We are all journeying to Our Goal, HEAVEN.  We came from heaven and we are journeying back to heaven.  So while we are on earth, there would be a lot of perils that we would face but WE MUST HAVE OUR EYES FIXED ON OUR GOAL : HEAVEN.  Each individual would come across different types of situations where they can come across a lot of suffering but the GREATEST SUFFERING THAT PEOPLE SHOULD AVOID IS THE DEATH OF ONE’S SOULJesus Christ in one of His parables mentioned that it is BETTER TO GO TO HEAVEN WITHOUT OUR LIMBS THAN FOR OUR WHOLE BODIES TO BE THROWN INTO HELL.  IT IS IMPORTANT TO REMIND OURSELVES THAT OUR BODIES DO NOT MATTER, IT IS OUR SOULS THAT MATTER.  SO WHEN WE GO THROUGH TERRIBLE SUFFERING, WE NEED TO CLING TO THE CROSS & PRAY FOR GRACE TO BE SAVED. 
MY EXPERIENCE IS THAT THE WORLD IS A WONDERFUL PLACE TO LIVE IN.  WE DO NOT SUFFER ALL THE TIME. GOD HAS GIFTED US THIS WONDERFUL WORLD FOR US TO ENJOY AND BE HAPPY.  SO EVERY HUMAN BEING GOES THROUGH VARIOUS SITUATIONS AND EXPERIENCES IN THEIR LIFE.  WE ARE ALL CALLED TO THINK MORE ABOUT OUR SOULS THAN OUR BODIES.
WHEN WE HAVE A CLOSE RELATIONSHIP WITH JESUS CHRIST, WE DO EXPERIENCE DEEP DOWN IN OUR HEARTS A PEACE THAT SURPASSES ALL UNDERSTANDING.  HENCE IT IS IMPORTANT TO HAVE A CLOSE RELATIONSHIP WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT WHO WILL HELP US IN THIS LIFE.  IT IS ALSO IMPORTANT FOR THOSE PEOPLE WHO HAVE  PLENTY TO SHARE WITH THOSE WHO HAVE NOT.
Life is very complex but God is not a cruel God.  Man does not suffer 24 x 7.  He goes through various types of experiences in his life.  He smiles, laughs, experiences great joy, is exhuberant, enjoys a lot of excitement, cries, falls sick, has a mental break downs etc. etc. but man is not alone for Jesus Christ journeys with Man.
Problems and difficulties do not last forever in a man’s life. God is with us and the GREATEST JOY THAT MAN EXPERIENCES IS WHEN HE IS IN THE PRESENCE OF GOD.  We are runners in a race and we must be overcomers and keep on running till we reach our Goal : HEAVEN.
 
IT IS IMPORTANT FOR US TO BE REMINDED ABOUT THE WAY OUR ANCESTORS SUFFERED AND THOSE STORIES ARE IN THE BIBLE.  WE DO HAVE AWESOME STORIES IN THE OLD AND IN THE NEW TESTAMENTS.
WE NEED TO HELP CHILDREN WHO EXPERIENCE SUFFERING AT AN EARLY AGE TO UNDERSTAND THAT LIFE IS A JOURNEY AND THAT CHRIST WHO IS JOURNEYING WITH THEM WILL GRADUALLY  GIVE THEM THE ANSWERS THAT THEY ARE LOOKING FOR

AND THIS IS CALLED EXPERIENCE. 
I have been thinking about the word EXPERIENCE. What is EXPERIENCE?  Experience is a situation in our lives that has a beginning and after a period of time, journeying in that situation, we learn to live and be OVERCOMERS.                                                                                                                                                                                                     We do need God’s Grace to be an OVERCOMER, so it is vital for us to pray for one another. 1Jn 5

January 19, 2015 Posted by | Catechesis, Catholicism, Charismatic Renewal, Christianity, Deliverance, Faith in God, Family, God, God's Love, Healing, Jesus Christ, Marriage, married couples, Overcomer, Poor, Singles, Solution to problems, Suffering, Youth | Leave a comment