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Risen Church NC
His Body: Holy Reflections - 1 Corinthians 10:23-11:16

Risen Church NC

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 5, 2023 43:11


We return to our study in 1 Corinthians and once again hear Paul talk about the importance of considering the greater good of Christ's Body over our own interests and desires. He reminds us of the way of Christ, which is an others-first lifestyle. Being members of Him, we now understand that to glorify God, we must make decisions that edify His Body. From there, Paul launches into addressing a more specific issue, concerning gender identity and gender roles within the Body of Christ. He offers a unique, sacred perspective on how Biblical manhood and womanhood is as tied into our spiritual attributes as they are our physical distinctions. To disregard God's spiritual design of men and women is as concerning as disregarding our physical differences and callings. Ultimately, this all ties into what properly edifies His Body and what best reflects His image to our world. Listen to this message and more of our study in 1 Corinthians for a deep dive into how we all called into the Body of Christ and made to function within it for God's Glory and our neighbor's good.

Story Church Podcast
Messy Christmas | Week Four

Story Church Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 18, 2022 44:02


Jesus participated in a human body, and we are invited to do the same daily. The God who willingly became embodied also gave up that body so that we might become His Body. Connect with us further at storyperu.com

UBM Unleavened Bread Ministries
UBBS 12.18.2022

UBM Unleavened Bread Ministries

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 18, 2022 118:30


Change of Fortunes for the Man-child and Bride (Audio) David Eells - 12/18/22 The DS Plan to Rob the People Winnie Osegueda - 12/4/2002 (David's notes in red)   I dreamt that my husband, Chuc, and I were driving through the city streets. (Representing world Babylon.) There were a few large, black SUV's that were in front of us which suddenly turned sideways in order to block the road so that we, and others, would not be able to drive through. I knew, in the dream, what they were about to do. (As we will see, the black SUVs represent DS government forces who are trying to hyjack the people and the banking system. Cyrus, who we know Trump is a type of, was shown the stolen hidden riches of Babylon mentioned in Isaiah 45. Trump discovered these riches and repatriated them. Which, in effect, he will use to re-build the Kingdom of God like Cyrus did.) Masked men wearing black from head to toe came out of the SUVs with large guns in order to rob people; particularly, the large armored truck to our left which was transporting money for the banks. (Robbing the truck translates into robbing the people who have money in the banks. Also, blocking the road from people passing through could represent preventing people from accessing their money in the banks.)  They made all the cars stop whether they were going to rob that specific car or not. However, Chuc and I decided to not be afraid and kept driving. Chuc drove through a gap on the right and we made it through the roadblock. The masked men began to shoot at the back of our car, and although our car was hit, the bullets did not penetrate, and we were unharmed. I remember calling on the name of Jesus while we were driving away. (Staying on the right represents access to God's protection.) Then I woke up. Verses I received by faith at random: Deuteronomy 10:17 For Jehovah your God, he is God of gods, and Lord of Lords, the great God, the mighty, and the terrible, who regardeth not persons, nor taketh reward. Proverbs 16:9 A man's heart deviseth his way; But Jehovah directeth his steps. (The DS thinks “might is right” but when it comes to God's people who trust in Him, His might comes into play.) A verse Chuc received by faith at random: John 3:19 And this is the judgment, that the light is come into the world, and men loved the darkness rather than the light; for their works were evil.    The DS Serpent Coming to Constrict Babylon Marie Kelton - 12/9/22 (David's notes in red)  During our meeting, as we were praying, I closed my eyes and saw a vision of a huge brown and black boa constrictor. It was slithering down a rocky cliff going towards a city that was below the cliff. (We recently had a factious man rail at us that we weren't going to “constrict” him. He became a Judas. Judas also went over a cliff when he hung himself and fell into Akeldama “the field of blood.” Because he was guilty of innocent blood. This also seems to fit the factious in the Church and state.) The city buildings looked light brown, like they were made out of clay or sand. (Light brown was the color of Hitler's Nazi uniforms. Also, Jesus said in, Mat. 7:26-27 And every one that heareth these words of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, who built his house upon the sand: 27 and the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and smote upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall thereof.) The city looked like it was in a desert. There was little water and not many trees. (The old serpent, the dragon, and his factious minions, are being cast down through our prayers. He will not be able to save his Nazi (Brown) city of Babylon. They are falling together..)   The Old Serpent Seeks to Devour the Bride and Man-child  Tiannah Fire - 12/13/22 (David's notes in red) I dreamt Samuel and I were visiting a town called Dysart. (Meaning isolated, desert, waste)  We walked around to the back of a shop to find a trash bin. (God's true disciples seek to rid themselves of all worldly Babylonish garbage.) We found an enclosed area… that led us through this big corridor to a covered area. The roof was plastic and partially transparent, and there were heaps of leaves on top of it. (Preventing the light of the sun/Son from getting through.) …   Towards the left … was a dirty, red car parked, that looked like it hadn't been used in an extremely long time. … (Representing [the apostates that have fallen away from the crucified life.] Their lives are stagnant in this town and almost completely buried under the carnality and death of the world;) (The dead leaves represent wintertime which the Bible says is tribulation. Dead leaves can no longer take in the light of the sun/Son representing the Word.)  Samuel was holding our baby, David, and he went to walk over to another section that had green, wheeled, trash bins. …Samuel went over there to put the trash in a bin, as I watched from over near the car. (Representing sanctification and getting rid of the Babylonish waste from our lives.)  Then, I saw two brown snakes slither out, but Samuel didn't see them. They slipped straight past him and came towards me. I then saw a yellow snake and a black snake come out from under the dirty, red car towards my left, and they went in front of me. (The snakes represent the enemies that surround us.) (The left is where Jesus placed all the apostate, rebellious goats. Both Jesus and John the Baptist referred to the factious leadership “vipers.”) I shouted to Samuel about the snakes, and he turned and looked at them. Then our son David jumped from his arms onto the ground, and the snakes slid around him but they couldn't bite him. (Little David represents the Man-child whom the enemy will try to destroy but will not be able to. The Pharisees were afraid to publicly against Jesus because His wisdom was beyond them.) Then many more snakes appeared and came over towards us.   David crawled to me, and I picked him up and Samuel came over to us. Although the snakes were slithering all over the ground and around him, he never once stepped on one of them. (The demons in these serpents cause them to come against satan's enemies.)   The snakes tried to intimidate us by looking like they were going to bite us; opening their mouths wide and moving their tongues and showing off their fangs, but they never bit us. (This represents the enemy spreading their fear, lies and intimidation. We must put on our spiritual armor and guard ourselves from the wickedness and venomous poison of the enemy.)  Psa 140:3 They have sharpened their tongue like a serpent; Adders' venom is under their lips. Selah.   Mar 16:18 and in their hands they shall take up serpents, and if they drink aught deadly, it shall in no wise hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.   I was getting attacked with fear, but I was trying to reject it and stay calm. …Samuel said we needed to leave, and told me to just walk slowly and calmly out, the same way that we came in. (They came in seeking sanctification which is the only escape from the torments and tactics of the enemy.)   The snakes followed us and kept moving around our feet. Even though they looked so close to us, they couldn't touch or bite us, but they were trying to intimidate us.   When we were going through the …corridor to get out, we stopped for a moment, and Samuel turned around and stepped on the head of one of the brown snakes and it died straight away. (We must “bruise its head” with our heel representing our walk of faith and spiritual warfare or we won't win the battle.)  Luk 10:19 Lo, I have given you the authority to tread upon serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall in any wise hurt you.   He then stamped his foot on another, and it wriggled around for a bit, but then died. (Gen. 3:15 and I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed: he shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.) Then a giant snake slithered over to us; it was 10 times bigger than all the other ones. Its head was a bright yellow and green and its body a bright purple. (This represents satan himself who has appeared to men as a beautiful angel of light. He is the old serpent who will try to devour the woman and her Man-child in Rev. 12.) I was holding little David when this snake came to us and we were supernaturally lifted up off the ground, but still inside this covered area. (The Bride and Man-child are kept safe and are hidden.) (The wicked dwell on the earth and are at the mercy of the Beast. Rev. 13:7-8 And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and there was given to him authority over every tribe and people and tongue and nation. 8 And all that dwell on the earth shall worship him, everyone whose name hath not been written from the foundation of the world in the book of life of the Lamb that hath been slain. But the Bride abides in heavenly places in safety. Eph. 2:6 and raised us up with him and made us to sit with him in the heavenly places, in Christ Jesus.) Rev 12:5-6 And she was delivered of a son, a male, who is to rule all the nations with a rod of iron: and her child was caught up unto God, and unto his throne. 6 And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she hath there a place prepared of God, that there they may nourish her a thousand two hundred threescore days.   The snake kept moving its head around, and on the top of its head it had a big hole. This snake didn't show off its fangs like the other smaller ones. But instead, it kept aiming the hole on the top of its head at Samuel and each time it would spew out venom at him. (Satan uses those who have the mind of the flesh because it is at enmity with God.)  Samuel casually moved out of the way each time and the venom couldn't get onto him. … (When the enemy cannot directly attack or intimidate, he will desperately try anything to spread his lies.)  We ended up just opening the gate we came in through and walking out. The snakes couldn't follow us out of the gate. We were all safe praise God! (Satan cannot deceive those that come out from among them.)   Man-child at Death's Door Missy Pollock 12/3/22 (David's notes in red) I was in David's house observing; I knew it was Davids' house, but it didn't look like it was his house. (It is the house of David as a type of the larger Man-child reformers.) David was in a bed covered up and frail looking like he was at deaths door; it hardly looked like him. (Representing the death of the Man-child David's old man in preparation for the catching up to the throne of resurrection life. This will be a great change of fortunes for the Man-child and Bride initially and then for the Church.) There were a lot of brothers and sisters around him and he was talking to them about something, but I didn't hear what he said. After a bit, everyone left. (John 6:66-71 (Notice 666 represents a departure of the factious among the disciples.) Upon this many of his disciples went back and walked no more with him. 67 Jesus said therefore unto the twelve, Would ye also go away? 68 Simon Peter answered him, Lord, to whom shall we go? thou hast the words of eternal life. 69 And we have believed and know that thou art the Holy One of God. 70 Jesus answered them, Did not I choose you the twelve, and one of you is a devil? 71 Now he spake of Judas the son of Simon Iscariot, for he it was that should betray him, being one of the twelve.) I went over to Michael who was laying on his back on the kitchen counter with his head at the corner. (Jesus was the Head of the corner) and his legs stretched out across the countertop, and he had on blue jeans. (Michael means, "who is like God". A corner is also a turning point like the death of self brings resurrection. Also resting on his back puts his eyes toward heaven, meaning his expectation and faith is in God. And the kitchen is the place to prepare spiritual food, which the Man-child body will bring to the Church.)  There were items scattered around him, but it wasn't clear what they were. They didn't look like the shape of pots and pans. (Pots and pans are a natural way to prepare food. Spiritual food is prepared by God's methods which don't look anything like the ways of man.) I said to him, "You're in one corner and David is in the other.” (The corners are turning places where walks and provisions will be changed for the better.) (I believe I was just an observer in this dream because I didn't interact with anyone, and Michael didn't respond when I spoke to him.) Then David had gotten out of bed, and I saw that he was wearing a white t-shirt and white and red print pajama bottoms. (Representing being dressed in righteous works and red on the pajama bottoms represents a blood washed and rested walk.) He was nothing but skin and bones. (When the flesh life is dead and gone then the resurrection comes.)  David went to the other end of the countertop from Michael and there was a wooden safe under the countertop. I knew he wanted to check and see if he could open it. It didn't look like a normal safe because it had a latch on it that he pulled straight out and it opened. He didn't open the door wide but just enough to know that he could get into it when he needed to. (Access to funds for the ministry will be available to the resurrected Man-child David's.)  Then someone was at the door, and he went and opened it and it was Merlene. She had a smile on her face as she walked in. David asked her something like, "Did you bring $180?" She said, "Yes." (180 is a play on words; like making a 180 degree turn about. (Two 90 degree corners that Michael and David were in equals the 180 degree turn about. Everything will change for the Man-child reformers and those who follow them. The 180 degree turn about at the death of the Man-child and the corners represents a total turn about of situations, authority, power, fortunes, etc. The verses at random below, also imply this total turn around regarding enemies and fortunes.) I asked the Lord for verses by faith at random for the dream and received. Isa 14:28, (in context 28-32) 28 In the year that king Ahaz (Father of Hezekiah) died was this burden. 29 Rejoice not, O Philistia, all of thee, because the rod that smote thee is broken; for out of the  serpent's root shall come forth an adder, and his fruit shall be a fiery flying serpent. (Enemies of God's people, and especially Zion, will be judged)   30 And the first-born of the poor shall feed, and the needy shall lie down in safety; and I will kill thy root with famine, and thy remnant shall be slain. 31 Howl, O gate; cry, O city; thou art melted away, O Philistia, all of thee; for there cometh a smoke out of the north, and there is no straggler in his ranks. 32 What then shall one answer the messengers of the nation? That Jehovah hath founded Zion, and in her shall the afflicted of his people take refuge. (Zion, the Bride city, shall have a rebirth and great change of fortunes. They will once again be a leader of God's people for the David Man-child will be crowned.) Zec 8:10, (in context 9-13) 9 Thus saith Jehovah of hosts: Let your hands be strong, ye that hear in these days these words from the mouth of the prophets that were in the day that the foundation of the house of Jehovah of hosts was laid (Where we are again now), even the temple, that it might be built. 10 For before those days there was no hire for man, nor any hire for beast; neither was there any peace to him that went out or came in, because of the adversary: for I set all men every one against his neighbor. (Again, where we are now) (The fortunes will change for the better.) 11 But now I will not be unto the remnant of this people as in the former days, saith Jehovah of hosts. 12 For there shall be the seed of peace; the vine shall give its fruit, and the ground shall give its increase, and the heavens shall give their dew; and I will cause the remnant of this people to inherit all these things. 13 And it shall come to pass that, as ye were a curse among the nations, O house of Judah and house of Israel, so will I save you, and ye shall be a blessing. Fear not, but let your hands be strong. (Michael and I asked if the coming of the Man-child would be soon and got heads for yes 3 times. I asked on Dec. 8th., “Is the Man-child coming now?” And received, Psa. 11:7b the upright shall behold his face.) I also had asked the angel Baruch, “Is the Man-child coming and he answered, “Surely.”) Missy said, “The bank situation may be a sign of Man child coming and related to the safe dream above. …I put my phone on shuffle and the first song was EVEN SO COME! (This is a confirmation of the dream) Last night I was looking at my dream about the embers of judgement falling out of the sky while I was holding my grandson, Maverick, all swaddled up, who wasn't born yet at the time. I know that from the time of that dream I felt things would happen soon; especially hoping the Man child would be anointed. As we know, when that happens, there are blessings and judgement.”   When the Davids Die, the Man-child Ministry is Born Vanessa Weeks - 12/1/22 (David's notes in red) I dreamed that I and some UBM women were standing outside on a white patio (Representing being founded on holiness.) We were standing in a circle, talking with each other on a sunny day. (Representing taking in the sun/Son.) Winnie was there in this circle and was pregnant. (“Winnie” as opposed to “losie” represents those in the Bride body who are winners or overcomers in order to give birth to the Man-child, Jesus.) She was dressed in a white, sleeveless sundress. (Representing righteous acts and works exposed to the sun/Son. Rev 3:5 He that overcometh shall thus be arrayed in white garments; and I will in no wise blot his name out of the book of life, and I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels.  Also Rev 19:7 Let us rejoice and be exceeding glad, and we will give him the glory: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready. 8 And it was given her that she array herself in fine linen bright, pure: for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints.)  Winnie said something regarding how amazing it was that she was pregnant at her age, but I was thinking she was not too old. Then Merlene said that she was pregnant too. (The Bride body, who are the first fruits to bring forth the Man-child, is made up of many people young and old.) I remember thinking that was amazing because I have not known anyone pregnant at Merlene's age. (Representing Sarah who bore the impossible fruit of the promised seed, Isaac, at the age of 90 through the faith of Abraham.) Then I saw that a baby boy was born, and it seemed that he came from both Merlene and Winnie. (Representing the birth of the Man-child out of the Bride Body.) I no longer saw Winnie or Merlene, but only the baby. (We are no longer seen when our fruit of Christ is manifested.) There was a very small nurse, standing to my left. (Where Jesus placed the rebellious goats.) Immediately after the birth, she looked at the baby and said it was still born. (Representing the bad report; doubt and unbelief. Even though the apostates look on the fruit, it is not to their liking.) Then I saw the baby move and said, "No, he's alive." 2Co. 2:14-16 But thanks to God, who always leadeth us in triumph in the Christ, and maketh manifest through us the savor of his knowledge in every place. 15 For we are a sweet savor of Christ to God, in those being saved, and in those perishing; 16 to the one a savor from death unto death; to the other a savor from life unto life. And who is sufficient for these?  The baby was very big, like the size of a three-year-old child. He was also maturing quickly and starting to talk, even though he was just born. (When the Man-child is born, He will mature very quickly, for He is born in the image of His Father. 2Co. 3:18) After I woke up from this dream, I opened my Bible and saw this verse, which I think is the meaning of this dream. Rom. 6:22 But now being made free from sin and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto sanctification, and the end eternal life. Note: Since the David's are close to death, Judas must come along to help Him to His cross. This Judas process has been going on for some time and is near its end.   Dream About Judas Bill Steenland - 12/5/22 (David's notes in red) I dreamed I was telling a group of people “One of you is a devil!” (This is what Jesus said referring to Judas in John 6:70-71 Jesus answered them, Did not I choose you the twelve, and one of you is a devil? 71 Now he spake of Judas the son of Simon Iscariot, for he it was that should betray him, being one of the twelve.)  In the dream I said it multiple times and emphasized the word “is”.  I didn't know who the group of people were in the dream. (The factious Judas' become strangers and enemies to us when they are taken over by those spirits, as Judas was. Php. 3:18-19 For many walk, of whom I told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ: 19 whose end is perdition, whose god is the belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things.)   One of You Shall Betray Me Matthew Stewart - 12-11-22 (David's notes in red) In the dream, I was in a room and David was sitting in the doorway. (Jesus in the Man-child David reformers is the Door of the sheep.) Behind him were standing two or three people (Representing those who are mature in Christ [and standing with David in ministry.]), one of whom was Michael Hare, but I can't recall who the others were. In the room were lots of kids of various ages. (Indicating all of UBM local and larger.) (Representing different maturity levels in Christ). I was among the children, but I was a little older. I was sitting along the wall, along with some of the older kids, across from David. (The older ”kids” stay near the wall of sanctification, which represents a separation from the world.) Then David said to us all, “Do you know that part in the Bible where Jesus says, ‘One of you shall betray me?' ” All the kids answered, “Yeah”. Then David said, “One of you shall betray me.” (Mat. 26:20-25 Now when even was come, he was sitting at meat with the twelve disciples; 21 and as they were eating, he said, Verily I say unto you, that one of you shall betray me. 22 And they were exceeding sorrowful, and began to say unto him every one, Is it I, Lord?  23 And he answered and said, He that dipped his hand with me in the dish, the same shall betray me. 24 The Son of man goeth, even as it is written of him: but woe unto that man through whom the Son of man is betrayed! good were it for that man if he had not been born. 25 And Judas, who betrayed him, answered and said, Is it I, Rabbi? He saith unto him, Thou hast said.) I discerned that this event has not happened yet but is for a future time. Of course, I immediately thought, "is it me?” Then I saw a vision, where it was just David. (When Judas betrayed Jesus, Jesus was then all alone. This is the way it has been for me with my past Judas'. To involve others with these vicious people causes them to turn on the innocent.) He said, “I didn't see that one coming. I guess my discernment for that is gone.” (The last Judas that left made threats, but we haven't seen them come to pass. Backstabbers never warn you, they shoot from darkness. But the Lord is coming like a Lion as we shall see to judge these wicked Edomites.) Then I woke up.   The Backstabber's Feigned Repentance Winnie Osegueda - 11/21/22 (David's notes in red) I dreamt that some of local UBM was helping a factious man move into an apartment on the 1st floor. (The ground floor represents dwelling on the earth and not desiring to go higher with Christ. The last Judas was being helped into an apartment by us, but it didn't work out for him because he had not repented.) In this dream he had a bald head. (Representing no submission to the Lord since hair is a sign of submission in 1Co. 11.) It seemed that this factious man had repented, and David was being kind in helping him out, giving him another chance, and allowing him back into the fellowship. (True repentance and confession of sin is still the condition for governmental forgiveness in the Church. This is a warning to hold fast to the conditions that none return to defile the body.)  I remember that others were kindly helping to move the man's stuff in. However, I kept feeling that something was not right and that this man's repentance was not sincere. I had a knowing that he would destroy the place when he left. (He left before he got moved in because of backstabbing.  The factious demons in them always leave death and destruction in the lives of others in their wake, as it was with the disciples when Jesus was crucified through Judas.)  I noticed that he had a couple of black duffle bags full of knives. The knives had white handles, but on them were etched something like "love and light" which might sound good to the undiscerning, but it's something that new agers say, and it's a false love and a false light. (They always say they love you while they stab you in the back, and they don't seem to realize how hypocritical this is. This was exactly fulfilled with the last Judas and he left. Rom. 16:17-18 Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them that are causing the divisions and occasions of stumbling, contrary to the doctrine which ye learned: and turn away from them. 18 For they that are such serve not our Lord Christ, but their own belly; and by their smooth and fair speech they beguile the hearts of the innocent.) I remember saying "This person is not truly repentant," and then I woke up.    Hidden Sins of the Judas' Exposed Tiannah Fire - 12/12/22 (David's notes in red) I dreamt that I was a part of a group of brethren in the United States. (Representing UBM which is based in the U.S.) We all went to another country to set up a school, to tell everyone the real good news and to have a safe place for brethren to live. (This represents our missions outreach and the missionaries that supply our books and materials to the people in their respective countries.) The group bought a giant set of buildings which looked like a boarding school, it was giant and spread out and the buildings were yellow. (Representing the UBM Headquarters that the Lord has promised us for the great revival of the end times. It is yellow because we will spread the light of the Son/sun everywhere.) The buildings were located close to a beach on a small island, but you could still access the mainland by boat. (We were told by the Lord through dreams that this is how it's going to be. The beach represents Abraham's seed whom God promised would be as the sands of the sea.) The main people we were trying to minister to were like Islanders, people that didn't live in normal civilization but lived off the land. (This also describes what the Lord has told us. That we will be separated from the rest of civilization where many judgments will fall. We are living on a big boat in the land that will be separated by earthquakes. Those who are here with us in the boat and are the elect of God will come into the kingdom.). We would go to little islands all around the place and there would be many that came to Jesus. (Jesus went to every city and preached.) There was one woman that came to our Lord, and she was so on fire for our God that she was constantly out preaching and looking for lost brethren, day and night, not worrying about basic needs. (A Body of Saul's will turn into Paul's and will seek diligently to prove themselves worthy of the kingdom.) Samuel and I went for a walk around some of the beaches on this island that the school was located on. It was nighttime and the moon was very bright (The darkness can't stop the light and everything in darkness gets brought into the light, as we will see.). …We walked to this area on the beach which was more secret because there were large sand dunes.  As we walked close to the water, from a distance, we saw a man lying down on his back in the water, …but we couldn't quite recognize him. (Representing having his back to the word and in a backslidden state.) We then saw another man walk towards him as if he had been waiting for him. It was made obvious they were in a same sex relationship. We saw the face of the man walking and he was a man that was a part of the Christian group from the USA, (UBM) and he had blonde hair. (Many of the factious traitors have fallen into both bi-sexuality and homosexuality and other perversions because they judged as sinners and they were judged by God.) It was just found out now that he had this hidden sin. (This is why God turns them over to a reprobate mind. We can't hide our sins from God, he will expose them so we can be cleansed or purged out of His Body. Psa. 90:8 Thou hast set our iniquities before thee, Our secret sins in the light of thy countenance.) We would never have guessed that he was doing this evil behind our back. He seemed to love our Lord. This was very unexpected. These two men didn't see us until we started to walk around them. The man we recognized yelled out to us in anger and frustration for being caught. (This is a good example of exactly how they act. They are mad at you because you caught them.) (Their attacks are based in pride and self-justification.) We didn't want to argue with him, so we just ran back to the school building. (Tit. 3:9-11 but shun foolish questionings, and genealogies, and strifes, and fightings about law; for they are unprofitable and vain. 10 A factious man after a first and second admonition refuse; 11 knowing that such a one is perverted, and sinneth, being self-condemned.) The man started chasing after us yelling that if we tell anyone he will kill us and he kept threatening and trying to put fear on us. (They love to threaten and intimidate, and they are stalkers too. They send curses against all who are witnesses against them.) We ran straight to the buildings where some of the elder brethren were and we told them what we saw and how the man was threatening us. (Mat.18:15-17 And if thy brother sin against thee, go, show him his fault between thee and him alone: if he hear thee, thou hast gained thy brother. 16 But if he hear thee not, take with thee one or two more, that at the mouth of two witnesses or three every word may be established. 17 And if he refuses to hear them, tell it unto the church: and if he refuse to hear the church also, let him be unto thee as the Gentile and the publican.) …They said that they would confront the man about his hidden sin. So, we stayed in a different room on the top of a two story building for our safety. (We must take the “high road” and obey the Word represented by relocating to a higher level in the building. This is where safety from temptation and our enemies is provided.) The next day an elder's wife came to us and told us that they searched everywhere for the man, and no one could find him. She also told us to stay hidden in groups of people for our safety. (Pro. 11:14 Where no wise guidance is, the people falleth; But in the multitude of counsellors there is safety.) There was a group meeting with everyone in the hall, so we joined them.  When we got down the stairs there was a man waiting there with a cart that had our items in it and it had my phone that I had dropped when were we escaping the factious Judas. He told us he was delivering our stuff to us. I picked up my phone and saw that I had a text from the man we had caught in sin, and the text was a threat to kill me for telling people about what we saw him doing. (They send factious witchcraft spirits to spiritually kill those who are witnesses or dreamers who reveal their secret sins.) …I then looked at the man holding the cart and, when seeing his face, I realized that he was the man we saw lying down in the water. This was my first time seeing him face to face. I ran over to the elder's wife and said this is the man that we saw. She refused to believe it because she loved this man very much and he helped out so much and had been with them for a long time. (Most of these people have rejection and fear of rejection and, like Judas, they hide their sins, but God reveals them every time.) We told her it was true, but she didn't want to hear it or believe it. (Believers don't want to accept the evil that is in these people, but sooner or later it will be revealed to them.) I felt that there is nothing else I can do except speak the truth. Then I woke up.    A Duty to Expose Judas Gabby Dibble - Sept. 2022 (David's notes in red)   I dreamed that I had to go undercover to hide my identity. I was posing as a man to sneak into a government building. I didn't change up my look that much; it must've been the Lord hiding me because I still looked female. (We are to put on Christ and abide in Him in the secret place. Gal. 3:28 There can be neither Jew nor Greek, there can be neither bond nor free, there can be no male and female; for ye all are one man in Christ Jesus.) I was inside the building heading for a specific room. I had a duty to expose something. (Luke 17:3 … if thy brother sin, rebuke him; and if he repents, forgive him.) I also had a child with me, and I was carrying them as I was walking calmly. (This represents our fruit of Christ in us.) I could hear a woman over the speaker announce that I wasn't who I said I was, but a poser undercover. (A slanderous, false accusation and blasphemy against the Holy Spirit. These people always accuse you of what they themselves are guilty of.) I knew now I didn't have much time and … I continued to press on to the room I intended to go to [for the exposure].  Then the scene changed, and I was in the spirit. I saw this man who would travel everyday on a school bus to a home nearby for some type of secret work. He and another man would have some kind of work exchange. For example, one provided the physical laboring, and the other paid for it. I'm not sure if this was the exact scenario or if it was a trading & bartering situation. (The laborer is the Son of man, and His life is being exchanged for the life of the Son of God. This man represents Jesus in the Man-child body who traded or exchanged His life for ours. The secret work represents the Mystery of Christ in us our hope of glory. The man rides a school bus because He teaches the children the good news of the reconciliation which means exchange.) This man that traveled on the bus got caught going to the other man's house. Many other men came into the school bus and began beating this man. (The factious Pharisees captured Jesus, beat him, and crucified Him. Luke 20:9-16 …A man planted a vineyard, and let it out to husbandmen, and went into another country for a long time. 10 And at the season he sent unto the husbandmen a servant, that they should give him of the fruit of the vineyard: but the husbandmen beat him and sent him away empty. 11 And he sent yet another servant: and him also they beat, and handled him shamefully, and sent him away empty. 12 And he sent yet a third: and him also they wounded and cast him forth. 13 And the lord of the vineyard said, what shall I do? I will send my beloved son; it may be they will reverence him. 14 But when the husbandmen saw him, they reasoned one with another, saying, this is the heir; let us kill him, that the inheritance may be ours. 15 And they cast him forth out of the vineyard and killed him. What therefore will the lord of the vineyard do unto them? 16 He will come and destroy these husbandmen and will give the vineyard unto others.) A friend of his was a part of this group and betrayed him by joining in the beating. Another man that hit him didn't want to as they were also friends. I believe this friend was actually genuine as he didn't hit the man to kill him. (This represents Judas and Peter. Both betrayed the Lord but Peter was able to be redeemed while Judas was reprobated. Some of the faction will return to us while the majority won't receive grace to be reconciled.) The man ended up surviving the attacks. (This represents spiritual death and resurrection.) Then I woke up.   A Shift Taking Place  Gabby Dibble - Sept. 2022 (David's notes in red) I had a dream that things were taking a shift. I was standing outside with a group of people. They had an action plan and I felt I had no idea what any of them were talking about. I had no memory of what happened before this moment in the dream. I also didn't know who they were. (These are the factious Judas' who have many plans of action but the Lord will continue to foil, derail, and expose their plans. By the grace of God were able to record their leader and his corruption and plans.) All of them were talking in a circle and a man harshly rebuked me but it didn't seem to be accurate. I don't remember what he rebuked me for, but it caused me to cry. (This represents persecution and slander that are based on false charges.)  They were about to leave this location to pursue their action plan. I was still confused on what they were doing and where there were going. (We have the renewed mind of Christ and not unregenerate evil minds, so it's hard for us to relate to evil people with evil intentions.)  All I knew was that their plan seemed urgent to them. (They were in a hurry to earn their thirty pieces of silver.) They were going to take three trucks. I asked the first two drivers of the trucks if I could ride with them and there wasn't space. The last vehicle was driven by the man who rebuked me harshly. I had such an off feeling about it alI. I ended up not going with them. (Pro. 1:10-19 My son, if sinners entice thee, Consent thou not. 11 If they say, come with us, Let us lay wait for blood; Let us lurk privily for the innocent without cause; 12 Let us swallow them up alive as Sheol, And whole, as those that go down into the pit; 13 We shall find all precious substance; We shall fill our houses with spoil;  14 Thou shalt cast thy lot among us; We will all have one purse: 15 My son, walk not thou in the way with them; Refrain thy foot from their path: 16 For their feet run to evil, and they make haste to shed blood. 17 For in vain is the net spread in the sight of any bird: 18 And these lay wait for their own blood; They lurk privily for their own lives. 19 So are the ways of every one that is greedy of gain; It taketh away the life of the owners thereof.)   The Lion is Released Taryn Ezell - 12/12/22 (David's notes in red) I had a vision while listening to the song “Let it Rain” in our praise and worship meeting. (A symbol of God pouring out His Holy Spirit with power and signs as we are seeing.) In the vision, the throne of God was there and there was light everywhere. There was a huge Lion next to the Lord on his right side as I was looking straight at them. (Representing Jesus, the Lion of Judah. He is not coming as a lamb but a Lion.) The floor was a blackish gray color with a shiny resin or epoxy on it, where I could see a reflection of all the light surrounding the Lord. (Rev. 4:6 and before the throne, as it were a sea of glass like unto crystal…) The Lord gave the Lion a nod. (The angels told us that “the Son is waiting for the Father's command”; referring to Jesus' return in the Man-child. Meaning it's time for the Lion to go forth and conquer His enemies.) Then I saw satan standing behind me and a huge pit behind him. The Lion was calm but then became enraged when it saw satan who appeared as a dark figure in this vision. (Zec. 3:1 And he showed me Joshua the high priest standing before the angel of Jehovah, and Satan standing at his right hand to be his adversary [or accuser]. 2 And Jehovah said unto Satan, Jehovah rebuke thee, O Satan; yea, Jehovah that hath chosen Jerusalem rebuke thee: is not this a brand plucked out of the fire?) The Lord spoke into my mind and said, “The Lion is angry that the dark figure [satan] is [the one] who made Him how He is.” (An angry Lion) The Lion was thrashing around on the chain, like an angry dog on a leash, ready to kill. (Isa. 31:4 For thus saith Jehovah unto me, As the lion and the young lion growling over his prey, … so will Jehovah of hosts come down to fight upon mount Zion, and upon the hill thereof.) As the Lion was showing his teeth and growling, the Lord unhooked the leash from His collar and loosed the Lion. (The Father is sending the Son as a Lion. The stone that the builders rejected had become the head of the corner.) The Lion gained traction quickly and ran past me, jumped up, and tackled satan with his claws around his neck and with all his might and they both end up in the pit. (The Lord will do a quick work upon His enemies; taking them to the pit. Its important to note that the last Judas who tried to usurp the Kingdom from the aged David was killed by Solomon who was given the Kingdom before David died.) I asked the Lord to confirm if this was from Him or not to make sure it was not just my imagination. I asked Him for a reference to the word “lion” in the next song at the praise meeting.  We sang Psalm 34 by the Brooklyn Tabernacle. In the lyrics of the song there was no mention of a lion, so I thought, “Maybe it was just my imagination.”  But, when I got home, the Lord led me to look up Psalm 34 and, low and behold, there was the mention of a Lion. It hadn't been in the song lyrics, but I had only asked the Lord for the word Lion in the next song! Here is the context of the scripture: Psalms 34:8-10 Taste and see how good the LORD is! The one who takes refuge in him is truly happy! You who are the LORD's holy ones, honor him, because those who honor him don't lack a thing. Even strong young lions go without and get hungry, but those who seek the LORD lack no good thing. I also used an image generator to generate an image from words, and it gave me a few images based on this vision. I'll add those as well. I just thought it was a really awesome to be shown that vision!          Note: The dragon in Revelation 12 is the body of satan. The dragon was also the symbol of Babylon. The DS are satanists and Judas' to their brethren. The Lion is coming to do what the Alliance, alone, is not capable of, which is destroy satan's kingdom in Babylon. So, from here we will see this scenario worked out.     The Lord Will Come as a Mighty Man David Eells - 12-10-22 The Alliance will not be able to finish off the DS.  Their successes so far have been because the Bride like Esther was given authority over Haman and his army. But the Lord is coming as a "mighty man" in the Man-child to bring them down. Like Mordecai, meaning little man or man-child, was given the ring of authority by the King of Kings to lead the Bride to victory. Psa 78:65 Then the Lord awaked as one out of sleep, Like a mighty man that shouteth by reason of wine. 66 And he smote his adversaries backward: He put them to a perpetual reproach. (We have received this many times by faith at random.  The Lord is coming in His David mighty man to finish off Babylon DS.) Psa 89:19-23 Then thou spakest in vision to thy saints, and saidst, I have laid help upon one that is mighty; (A mighty one, mighty man, the David Man-child reformers) I have exalted one chosen out of the people. 20 I have found David my servant; With my holy oil have I anointed him: 21 With whom my hand shall be established; Mine arm also shall strengthen him. (In Isa 53, the arm of the Lord is Jesus, who we see here strengthening the David's)  22 The enemy shall not exact from him, Nor the son of wickedness afflict him. 23 And I will beat down his adversaries before him and smite them that hate him. When David was anointed, he beat down the factious Edomites, which we have in Church and State. Isa 52:11-53:1 Depart ye, depart ye, go ye out from thence, touch no unclean thing; go ye out of the midst of her; cleanse yourselves, ye that bear the vessels of Jehovah. 12 For ye shall not go out in haste, neither shall ye go by flight: for Jehovah will go before you; and the God of Israel will be your rearward. 13 Behold, my servant shall deal wisely, he shall be exalted and lifted up, and shall be very high. 14 Like as many were astonished at thee (Who is just like thee? The Man-child David's just like Jesus were character assassinated, lied about, slanderered, and spiritually murdered, as Hisstory repeats. Both are defaced as the rest of this verse says.) (his visage was so marred more than any man, and his form more than the sons of men), 15 so shall he sprinkle many nations; kings shall shut their mouths at him: for that which had not been told them shall they see; and that which they had not heard shall they understand. 53:1 Who hath believed our message? and to whom hath the arm of Jehovah been revealed? (Jesus) So, we see there were two manifestations of Jesus. First, we see that history or His Story has to repeat according to the Word. Ecc 1:9-12 That which hath been is that which shall be; and that which hath been done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun. 10 Is there a thing whereof it may be said, See, this is new? it hath been long ago, in the ages which were before us. 11 There is no remembrance of the former generations; neither shall there be any remembrance of the latter generations that are to come, among those that shall come after. 12 I the Preacher was king over Israel in Jerusalem. (Now we can see that Jesus, the former generation, will be repeated by Jesus in the Man-child Body of the latter generation at the Latter Rain.) Notice once again there are two, Jesus, and as history repeats on the larger scale, Jesus in the Man-child body, which will cover the earth and be over mulitudes of the living.  Ecc 4:14 For out of prison he came forth to be king; yea, even in his kingdom he was born poor. (This was Jesus)15 I saw all the living that walk under the sun, that they were with the youth, the second, that stood up in his stead. (This is the Man-child body of reformers who will be over all the Living on the earth. They are the son of man in whom the Son of God lives by His Word and Spirit.) 16 There was no end of all the people, even of all them over whom he was: yet they that come after shall not rejoice in him. Surely this also is vanity and a striving after wind. The Mighty One will come to judge His enemies in Church and state and as a refiner or reformer to the Church all over the earth. Isa 1:24-26 Therefore saith the Lord, Jehovah of hosts, the Mighty One of Israel, Ah, I will ease me of mine adversaries, and avenge me of mine enemies; 25 and I will turn my hand upon thee, and thoroughly purge away thy dross, and will take away all thy tin; 26 and I will restore thy judges as at the first, and thy counsellors as at the beginning: afterward thou shalt be called The city of righteousness, a faithful town. Mal 3:1 Behold, I send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me: and the Lord, whom ye seek, will suddenly come to his temple (At this time the temple of the Lord in Jerusalem is the Man-child Body of reformers.); and the messenger of the covenant, whom ye desire, behold, he cometh, saith Jehovah of hosts. 2 But who can abide the day of his coming? and who shall stand when he appeareth? for he is like a refiner's fire, and like fullers' soap: 3  and he will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver, and he will purify the sons of Levi, and refine them as gold and silver; and they shall offer unto Jehovah offerings in righteousness. 4 Then shall the offering of Judah and Jerusalem be pleasant unto Jehovah, as in the days of old, and as in ancient years. 5 And I will come near to you to judgment; and I will be a swift witness against the sorcerers, and against the adulterers, and against the false swearers, and against those that oppress the hireling in his wages, the widow, and the fatherless, and that turn aside the sojourner from his right, and fear not me, saith Jehovah of hosts. Isa 40:10-11 Behold, the Lord Jehovah will come as a mighty one, and his arm will rule for him (Jesus in the Man-child body): Behold, his reward is with him (They will choose the Bride as Jesus did.), and his recompense before him. (He will judge the factions in Church and State)11 He will feed his flock like a shepherd (He will shepherd His Sheep, and all of this will be worldwide), he will gather the lambs in his arm, and carry them in his bosom, and will gently lead those that have their young. Isa 42:13-18 Jehovah will go forth as a mighty man (Jesus is coming as a Lion in the Man-child body to destroy the factious enemies in Church and state); he will stir up his zeal like a man of war: he will cry, yea, he will shout aloud; he will do mightily against his enemies. 14 I have long time holden my peace; I have been still and refrained myself: now will I cry out like a travailing woman (The Lord will come as the Man-child ministry is birthed from the travailing Woman in Rev.12); I will gasp and pant together. 15 I will lay waste mountains and hills and dry up all their herbs; and I will make the rivers islands and will dry up the pools. 16 And I will bring the blind by a way that they know not (Jesus will come in the Manchild body to set the captives free for their dead religions as Jesus did in Isa 61); in paths that they know not will I lead them; I will make darkness light before them, and crooked places straight. These things will I do, and I will not forsake them. 17 They shall be turned back, they shall be utterly put to shame, that trust in graven images, that say unto molten images, Ye are our gods. 18 Hear, ye deaf; and look, ye blind, that ye may see. Jer 20:10-13 For I have heard the defaming of many, terror on every side. Denounce, and we will denounce him, say all my familiar friends, they that watch for my fall; peradventure he will be persuaded, and we shall prevail against him, and we shall take our revenge on him. 11 But Jehovah is with me as a mighty one and a terrible (The Mighty one in Jeremiah was a type of the Man-child): therefore, my persecutors shall stumble, and they shall not prevail; they shall be utterly put to shame, because they have not dealt wisely, even with an everlasting dishonor which shall never be forgotten. 12 But, O Jehovah of hosts, that triest the righteous, that seest the heart and the mind, let me see thy vengeance on them; for unto thee have I revealed my cause. 13 Sing unto Jehovah, praise ye Jehovah; for he hath delivered the soul of the needy from the hand of evil doers. Act 3:20-23 and that he may send the Christ who hath been appointed for you, even Jesus: 21 whom the heaven must receive until the times of restoration of all things, (things, here is italicized and has no numeric pattern as the Numeric NT shows. This is because the people were restored not all things.) whereof God spake by the mouth of his holy prophets that have been from of old. (This restoration happened to Moses and the people who came out of Egypt for there "was not one feeble one among them”. From then until Moses was 120; he had perfect health and strength.  Deu 34:7 And Moses was a hundred and twenty years old when he died: his eye was not dim, nor his natural force abated.)  So, Jesus is coming again in a body of spiritual Davids to bring this restoration and close the Red Sea on Pharaoh's army so we can go into the wilderness tribulation and see the guidance and miraculous provision for us through the Man-child body.)  22 Moses indeed said, A prophet shall the Lord God raise up unto you from among your brethren, like unto me; to him shall ye hearken in all things whatsoever he shall speak unto you. 23 And it shall be, that every soul that shall not hearken to that prophet, shall be utterly destroyed from among the people. (Those who did not listen to Jesus in His first body were destroyed by the beast in 70 AD while the saints escaped to the mountains.  Those who do not listen to Jesus in His end time body will be destroyed also for His-Story will repeat as we have seen.) In Jesus' first body was crucified by the factious leaders and His flesh died but He was caught up to the throne. So, it will be in the second larger body. This crucifixion and death of the flesh is almost complete and then we will see Jesus' ministry again all over the world. Rev 12:1-6 And a great sign was seen in heaven: a woman  (the Church) arrayed with the sun (Clothed with the Son), and the moon under her feet (Reflecting the light of the Son), and upon her head a crown of twelve stars; (With the inheritance of the original 12 apostles. All of this is her position given to her by the sacrifice of Jesus and not what she has attained to.) 2 and she was with child; and she crieth out, travailing in birth, and in pain to be delivered. 3 And there was seen another sign in heaven: and behold, a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his heads seven diadems. (The worldwide body of the Dragon) 4 And his tail draweth the third part of the stars of heaven and did cast them to the earth (The great falling away): and the dragon standeth before the woman that is about to be delivered, that when she is delivered, he may devour her child. 5 And she was delivered of a son, a man-child, who is to rule all the nations with a rod of iron (Given to the overcomers in 2:26-27): and her child was caught up unto God, and unto his throne. 6 And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she hath a place prepared of God, that there they may nourish her (Jesus in the Man-child nourishes the woman in the wilderness for 3 1/2 years as Jesus did in his first body.)  a thousand two hundred and threescore days.   Select Language Afrikaans Albanian Amharic Arabic Armenian Assamese Aymara Azerbaijani Bambara Basque Belarusian Bengali Bhojpuri Bosnian Bulgarian Catalan Cebuano Chichewa Chinese (Simplified) Chinese (Traditional) Corsican Croatian Czech Danish Dhivehi Dogri Dutch Esperanto Estonian Ewe Filipino Finnish French Frisian Galician Georgian German Greek Guarani Gujarati Haitian Creole Hausa Hawaiian Hebrew Hindi Hmong Hungarian Icelandic Igbo Ilocano Indonesian Irish Italian Japanese Javanese Kannada Kazakh Khmer Kinyarwanda Konkani Korean Krio Kurdish (Kurmanji) Kurdish (Sorani) Kyrgyz Lao Latin Latvian Lingala Lithuanian Luganda Luxembourgish Macedonian Maithili Malagasy Malay Malayalam Maltese Maori Marathi Meiteilon (Manipuri) Mizo Mongolian Myanmar (Burmese) Nepali Norwegian Odia (Oriya) Oromo Pashto Persian Polish Portuguese Punjabi Quechua Romanian Russian Samoan Sanskrit Scots Gaelic Sepedi Serbian Sesotho Shona Sindhi Sinhala Slovak Slovenian Somali Spanish Sundanese Swahili Swedish Tajik Tamil Tatar Telugu Thai Tigrinya Tsonga Turkish Turkmen Twi Ukrainian Urdu Uyghur Uzbek Vietnamese Welsh Xhosa Yiddish Yoruba Zulu Powered by Translate Printer-friendly version     © 2017 UBM | Unleavened Bread Ministries. 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Will Wright Catholic
The Miracle of the Incarnation

Will Wright Catholic

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 12, 2022 28:14


IntroductionToday we are exploring one of the most important topics in human history: the Incarnation of the Word of God. What we celebrate on the Solemnity of the Annunciation and then nine months later on December 25th is the most marvelous of mysterious miracles. What does the Church definitively teach about the Incarnation? What is the Hypostatic Union? Is Jesus half-God and half-man or fully God and fully man? How does that work? What are some of the heresies about Christ?This week's episode will exclusively focus on the fact, nature, and truth of the Incarnation. There is far more to say about the nature of Christ than I can cover in one short episode. So, know that there is more to say, more distinctions to draw, and more fruitful reflection to be had! Next week, in a second part, we will explore the effects of the Incarnation on Christ Himself as well as the teaching of St. Thomas Aquinas on the fittingness of the Incarnation. As well, we will look at the effects of the Incarnation on humanity and the world. In other words, what is the significance of Christmas for you and I personally? The Marvelous Fact of the IncarnationTwo thousand years ago, the Eternal Word of God took on Flesh. In the Nicene Creed, Christians acclaim that: “For us men and for our salvation he came down from heaven; by the power of the Holy Spirit, he became incarnate of the Virgin Mary, and was made man.” Belief in the Incarnation of the Son of God, the second Person of the Blessed Trinity, is distinctively Christian. No other religion claims something so seemingly outlandish: that the Almighty God would condescend to share in His creation. Yet, this is the truth. The Incarnation is a marvelous fact, a “unique and altogether singular event (CCC 464)” to borrow the language of the Catechism. This marvelous reality is not simple to understand, nor is it something intuitively grasped by our feeble human intellect. However, there is much that God has revealed to us and unpacked through the guidance of the Holy Spirit over the centuries. The “Incarnation is… the mystery of the wonderful union of the divine and human natures in the one person of the Word (CCC 483).” We will walk through the Divinity of Jesus Christ then His human nature, and then we will be able to talk with some level of clarity on the Hypostatic Union. I am going to try hard to keep this simple without watering anything down. I will also try to define any technical terms that I use. My hope is that this will remain accessible while faithful and accurately explaining the Church's perennial teachings on the nature of the Incarnation. The Divinity of Jesus ChristTwo thousand years ago, Jesus of Nazareth was conceived and born, a real person of history. Historical consensus confirms this reality. We also have the faithful witness of the Old and New Testaments. In the Old Testament, the Psalms, the Wisdom Literature, and the Prophets all speak of the coming Messiah. The Jewish people at the time of Jesus were waiting for the Messiah, an anointed one, who would take the throne of King David and rule as a militaristic warrior to expel the Romans from the Holy Land. In the New Testament, St. Matthew traces the genealogy of Jesus back to Adam and St. Luke traces the genealogy of Jesus back to God Himself. St. Matthew's genealogy also particularly centers Jesus as the expected heir of David's throne. From the perspective of today, we, of course, know that Jesus did not come as a militaristic warrior-king. But, how do we know that Jesus Christ is God, that He is Divine?In the beginning of the Holy Gospel according to St. John, there is no genealogy. Instead, the prologue of John identifies Jesus with the uncreated Word of God through which all things were made: the Logos. The Word of God has become man and pitched His tent among us. He is the Emmanuel foretold by the Prophet Isaiah. The Gospels firmly show that Jesus is not merely another anointed one (messias), He is the Divine Messiah (cf. Mt. 1:23, 2:6; Mk. 1:2, Lk. 7:27). He is God's own Son (cf. Mt. 16:13; Jn. 10:36; Mk. 14:62; Lk. 1:35). And, finally, He is God. “In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God… (cf. Jn. 1:1).” There is a phenomenal exploration of the claim to divinity of Jesus in the New Testament by Dr. Brant Pitre entitled: The Case for Jesus: The Biblical and Historical Evidence for Christ. I highly recommend reading that book, if you are interested!The remainder of the New Testament further solidifies the Divinity of Jesus Christ and this fact is upheld by the Fathers of the Church in the first millennium of the Church as well. By a singular miracle, the uncreated Son of God, consubstantial with the Father was made man and dwelt among us. He is, thus, truly and appropriately called a Divine Person. As the Council of Chalcedon in 451 A.D. put it: “We confess that our Lord Jesus Christ is not parted or divided into two persons, but is one and the same only-Begotten Son and Word of God (Chalcedon, Part ii, act. 5).”Modern academics of all stripes will try to poke holes in the doctrine of the divinity of Christ. This makes sense for those who wish to conform God to their viewpoint rather than be conformed by Him. If Jesus Christ is God, then everything He said carries the full authority of Almighty God.The Human Nature of Jesus ChristJesus Christ is fully God. But Jesus Christ is fully man, with flesh supplied from the womb of the Blessed Virgin Mary. He is a Divine Person, not a human person. However, He possesses a full and complete human nature: body and soul. As St. Thomas Aquinas puts it: “Although Christ is not the human nature, He has human nature (ST III, q. 10, a. 10, ad. 1).”The human nature of Christ is difficult to wrap our minds around. Some in the history of the Church, for example, have tried to claim that Jesus' human body was an illusion. To this, St. Augustine answers: "If the Body of Christ was a fancy, then Christ erred; and if Christ erred, then He is not the Truth. But Christ is the Truth; hence His Body was not a fancy' (Augustine, QQ. lxxxiii, q. 14; P.L., XL, 14).”Just as we acknowledge wholeheartedly that Jesus Christ is truly God, we also acknowledge that a true human soul animates the truly human body of Jesus. St. Thomas Aquinas explains:“The body is not said to be animated save from its union with the soul. Now the body of Christ is said to be animated, as the Church chants: ‘Taking an animate body, He deigned to be born of a Virgin' [Feast of the Circumcision, Ant. ii, Lauds]. Therefore in Christ there was a union of soul and body (cf. ST III, q. 2, a. 5, s.c.).”The Hypostatic UnionFully God and fully man, Jesus Christ is the God-Man. The central mystery within the mystery of the Incarnation is how the divinity and humanity of Jesus interact. This mystery is called the hypostatic union. Hypostasis is the Greek word for person. St. John Damascene teaches that “In our Lord Jesus Christ we acknowledge two natures, but one hypostasis composed from both (De Fide Orth. iii, 3, 4, 5). The Catholic Encyclopedia explains of this union:“We speak here of no moral union, no union in a figurative sense of the word; but a union that is physical, a union of two substances or natures so as to make One Person, a union which means that God is Man and Man is God in the Person of Jesus Christ (CE).”St. Thomas Aquinas speaks at length about the nature of the hypostatic union, but one insight that I find most helpful is the difference between assumption and uniting. He speaks of assumption as an action - the Word of God assumed human flesh. This is not wrong to say, but St. Thomas prefers the idea of uniting or becoming. The Word of God became flesh or united with the human flesh of Jesus at His first moment of existence. Here we can already run into problems if we are not careful. Did Jesus have a beginning? Yes! Did the Son of God have a beginning? No! He is begotten, not made, eternal and consubstantial with God the Father. As St. Thomas concisely explains: “Whatever has a beginning in time is created. Now this union was not from eternity, but began in time. Therefore the union is something created (ST III, q. 2, a. 7, s.c.).”There is a true union of divinity and humanity in Christ. But we should not think that the divinity of Christ overpowers and consumes the humanity of Christ. Pope Alexander III, in the 12th Century, quipped: “Since Christ is perfect God and perfect man, what foolhardiness have some to dare to affirm that Christ as man is not a substance?" In other words, the metaphysical substance of the human nature of Christ is real and persists, completely and perfectly united to His divine nature.How did this happen? How were the divinity and humanity of Jesus Christ united, in time? It is by God's grace! It is a true miracle, a unique and singular event. St. Thomas Aquinas echoes St. Augustine when he teaches: “Augustine says (De Praed. Sanct. xv): ‘By the same grace every man is made a Christian, from the beginning of his faith, as this man from His beginning was made Christ.' But this man became Christ by union with the Divine Nature. Therefore this union was by grace (ST III, q. 2, a. 10, s.c.).”Thank you for reading Will Wright Catholic. This post is public so feel free to share it.False Natures of the Incarnation - Heresies about ChristThere is no shortage of false teachings about Jesus Christ. Catholic orthodoxy is a thin line which has been guarded as a precious jewel from apostolic times. Without the authentic measure of orthodoxy provided by the Catholic Church, then any opinion would be fair game. In fact, this is unfortunately the state of affairs in many Protestant communions. Before we further clarify what the Catholic Church teaches truly about Jesus Christ, it is helpful to look at some of the heresies about Christ in the early Church. By looking at what the incarnation is not, we can come to a better understanding of what it is. There is a lot to be said about these heretics and heresies, but I am going to try to keep it brief.ArianismArius was a priest in Constantinople in the late 3rd Century and early 4th Century. He believed that God the Father was uniquely God and Christ was subordinate in every way to the Father. He denied the hypostatic union and believed that Christ was the highest of the creatures of God. No small historical issue, there was a time when the majority of the Church's episcopacy was Arian in belief. Suffice it to say, Catholic orthodoxy was victorious. The Council of Nicaea in 325 A.D., led by the great Saint Athanasius formulated the first version of the Nicene Creed that is professed on Sundays. We believe in “one Lord Jesus Christ… true God of true God… Who took Flesh, became Man and suffered.”NestorianismIn 428 A.D. the Patriarch of Constantinople was a man named Nestorius. He called the union of the two natures a mysterious and an inseparable joining, but would admit no unity in the strict sense of the word to be the result of this joining. The union of the two natures, to Nestorius, is not physical but moral. As he put it “the Word indwells in Jesus like as God indwells in the just.” There is not a true, physical and lasting union of divinity and humanity. To explain his view he said that Mary is the Mother of Christ (Christotokos) but not the Mother of God (Theotokos)Nestorius denied the hypostatic union but, unlike Arius before him, did acknowledge the divinity of Christ. He just did not believe that there was a physical union or substantial union of humanity and divinity. So, to Nestorius, when Christ suffered, He did so in His humanity, not in His divinity. On the contrary, Saint Athansius taught (against Apollinarius) that: “They err who say that it is one person who is the Son that suffered, and another person who did not suffer ...; the Flesh became God's own by nature [kata physin], not that it became consubstantial with the Divinity of the Logos as if coeternal therewith, but that it became God's own Flesh by its very nature [kata physin] (Contra Apollinarium, I, 12, in P.G., XXVI, 1113).”The Council of Ephesus in 431 A.D. condemned Nestorius as a heretic and defined that Mary was mother in the flesh of God's Word made Flesh. In this way, it is right to call her Theotokos or God-bearer. The specific anathema against Nestorianism was written by St. Cyril of Alexandria who wrote extensively on the nature of Christ. He said:“If in the one Christ anyone divides the substances, after they have been once united, and joins them together merely by a juxtaposition [mone symapton autas synapheia] of honour or of authority or of power and not rather by a union into a physical unity [synode te kath henosin physiken], let him be accursed (can. iii).”MonophysitismThe Christological heresies, so-called, did not end with the Council of Ephesus. Eutyches took part in that Council of Ephesus and was fiercely opposed to the teachings of Nestorius. However, he went too far in the other direction. He developed the heresy of Monophysitism which held that there was only one Person in Christ (which is true) but he only held one nature in Christ (which is heretical). His denial was that Christ was “consubstantial with us men” as St. Cyril of Alexandria held. Eutyches was stressing Christ's uniqueness, not intended to deny Christ's full manhood. The error of Eutyches is the cautionary tale of not swinging too far in our refutations.This heresy was condemned by the Council of Chalcedon in 451 A.D. It was formulated in this way:Jesus Christ remained, after the Incarnation, “perfect in Divinity and perfect in humanity… consubstantial with the Father according to His Divinity, consubstantial with us according to His humanity… one and the same Christ, the Son, the Lord, the Only begotten, to be acknowledged in two natures not intermingled, not changed, not divisible, not separable (cf. Denzinger, n. 148).”MonothelitismThe next heresy of monothelitism began orthodox enough. The monothelitists defended the union of two natures in one Divine Person. They went off the rails in saying that this Divine Person only had one divine will - they denied the human will of Jesus.Sacred Scripture teaches us that Jesus Christ has a human will. He performed acts of adoration, humility, and reverence. In the Garden of Gethsemane, He prayed to the Father that the “cup” of His sacrifice and death pass without His drinking it. Praying to the Father in this way, He showed His human aversion to death but also the human act of the will of obedience in saying: “not my will, but thine be done.”Monothelitism was condemned by the Third Council of Constantinople in 680 A.D. They defined that in Christ there were two natural wills and two natural activities, the Divine and the human, and that the human will was not at all contrary to the Divine, but rather perfectly subject thereto (cf. Denzinger, n. 291).The Truth About the Incarnation - Catholic TeachingBy way of summary, what then does the Church authentically teach about the nature of Christ and the hypostatic union? Jesus Christ is a Divine Hypostasis - a Divine Person. The unique hypostatic union of Jesus Christ is the complete union of two natures, one divine and one human, in one Divine Person without change, division, separation, or the like. When the Eternal Word of God took Flesh, there was no change in the Word. All the change that took place was in the Holy Flesh of Christ. At the moment of conception, in the womb of the Blessed Mother, through the forcefulness of God's activity, the human soul of Christ was created and the Word became the man that was conceived. Next Time on WWCNext time on WWC, we will explore the second part of this series on the incarnation. Namely, we will be looking at the effects of the Incarnation on Christ Himself, on the world, and on us! We will also look briefly at what St. Thomas Aquinas had to say on the fittingness of the Incarnation. For example, if mankind had not sinned, would God have still become incarnate?! Stop on by next time and see what the Angelic Doctor had to say. The next part of the series should also be a fruitful reflection for us entering into Christmas! Thanks for reading. See you next time on Will Wright Catholic!Thanks for reading Will Wright Catholic! Subscribe for free to receive new posts and support my work. This is a public episode. If you would like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit willwrightcatholic.substack.com

On Our Way Home
On Our Way Home--Episode 46--Sow Seeds, Be Generous, ENJOY LIFE!

On Our Way Home

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 30, 2022 61:52


God wants us to be active WITH HIM in reaching the world with the GOSPEL and helping other followers of Jesus grow closer to Him.  But how can we do that well?Today, Faith, Lynnea, and Ryan discuss Ecclesiastes 11 and how God wants us to trust Him as SOW SEEDS, pick up our cross, and surrender our lives to Jesus and His plan for us.And by the way...what do 18-25 year olds think, feel, and need as they follow Jesus and how hard has it been to ENJOY LIFE as Solomon tells us to do in Eccl. 11 through the last couple years?  How can we help encourage younger followers of Jesus to build community in Christ WITHIN THE CHURCH as well as among their own peers?How can we PRAY for God to powerfully MOVE to help us make disciples of all nations including our 18-25 year olds?  Watch and Listen to gain insight so that we can pray more effectively for one another as we follow Jesus as His Body!Email us at cornerstoneonourwayhome@gmail.com

Sharper Iron from KFUO Radio
Once He Came in Blessing

Sharper Iron from KFUO Radio

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 29, 2022 53:47


Rev. Dr. Christian Preus, pastor at Mount Hope Lutheran Church and School in Casper WY, joins host Rev. Timothy Appel to study Lutheran Service Book #333, “Once He Came in Blessing.” This hymn by Johann Horn takes us through the three comings of Christ. In His incarnation, Christ came to bless us as He came in humility to bear the cross for our salvation. Now, in the preaching of His Word and in the giving of His Body and Blood in the Sacrament, Christ comes to gently lead us and nourish us in His eternal life. On the Last Day, Christ will come in power and splendor for judgment; this is joyful for us as Christians because Christ has already spoken His verdict of justification to us. This truth leads us to pray that Christ would come, not only now in Word and Sacrament, but finally on the Last Day to take us to our eternal home with Him. “The Hymns of Advent'' is a series on Sharper Iron that looks at a variety of the hymns found in the Advent section Lutheran Service Book. The season of Advent prepares us for Christ's coming. The hymns of Advent teach that this is more than getting ready for Christmas; the Word of the Lord sung in hymnody helps us to receive Christ as He comes to us now in the means of grace and when He comes again in glory on the Last Day.

Three Association Podcast
Power - Season 2, Episode 7 Three Assocation

Three Association Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 29, 2022 41:52


Maria and Tara are joined by our guest Monica Romig Green for a conversation about how power works in the spiritual direction and supervision relationships. A lively discussion that has our hosts thinking about power from a fresh angle, this conversation is full of new awareness—and even some discomfort—about all the ways power shows up in these holy spaces. Together they explore how power is more than—and not what!—we think it is. Monica Romig Green is spiritual director, writer, speaker, and retreat leader. She has been giving spiritual direction since 2003, and is passionate about creativity and the arts, and teaches on improvisation, and creativity. She offers original interactive spiritual retreats called Play Without Ceasing (www.playwithoutceasing.com) which combine the concepts of theatrical improvisation and spiritual formation to help participants encounter Christ and His Body with renewed joy and wonder. A breast cancer survivor, she also served as staff and adjunct faculty at Biola University. As the facilitator for Biola's Center for Spiritual Renewal, she supervised 75 spiritual directors and oversaw all community-building events at Biola's Institute for Spiritual Formation. A native of Southern California, she currently lives in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, where she is a candidate to ordination in the Anglican Church of Canada with her husband, Matthew, and rescue Chihuahua, Gomez.

UBM Unleavened Bread Ministries
UBBS 11.27.2022

UBM Unleavened Bread Ministries

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 27, 2022 119:16


Overcoming to be in the Bride (2) (Audio) David Eells - 11/27/22 God Is Not in a House of Unforgiveness  Winnie Osegueda - 9/27/22 (David's notes in red) Before I fell asleep I asked the Lord for a dream to help the body. In this dream I was in a hallway area beside the UBM ministry and on a table there were the basic components and plans for a building structure such as: a foundation, floors, walls, beams, columns, roof, stairs, etc, and you could take these components outside and build a house. (This represents building your own house apart of "David's house”.) I picked one that people call a "tiny house" and it was made out of unfinished wood and was not painted. In my mind, I was going to use this house to spend some personal time with the Lord and seek Him in prayer. (I believe the Lord was correcting me for missing fellowship  because of some trials I was having.) (We can't use times of trial as an excuse to skip fellowshipping with the body of Christ. Heb. 10:24-25  let us consider one another to provoke unto love and good works; 25 not forsaking our own assembling together, as the custom of some is, but exhorting one another ; and so much the more, as ye see the day drawing nigh. 26 For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more a sacrifice for sins) This small house had large cracks and even a gaping triangular shaped hole in the wall. (Cracks and holes represent openings that allow the enemy to come in.) There was also a very tiny key to use to enter the door, however, the keyhole was in the wrong spot, well below where the keyhole was supposed to be. So this was a terrible job done on a house with a bad foundation. (The tiny key represents an inferior version of the key of David. The inferior version will not allow us to bind and loose the enemy, as we will see. Rev. 3:7 And to The Messenger of the assembly in Philadelphia write: 'Thus says The Holy One, The True One, he who has the key of David, The One who opens and there is none who shuts, and he shuts and there is none who opens.'   If the foundation is faulty then the whole rest of the house will not be right. We must build our house on the foundation of Christ and obedience to the truth of His Word. 1Co. 3:11 ...For  other foundation can no man lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ.) I took these building materials and went outside. It was a very dreary day and cloudy with no sun. (Apart from the sun/Son we can do nothing. John 15:5 I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same beareth much fruit: for apart from me ye can do nothing.) I built this tiny house very quickly and I went in. (Representing being hasty. Pro. 21:5 The thoughts of the diligent tend only to plenteousness; But every one that is hasty hasteth only to want.) When I opened the front door of this tiny house, there was a wooden staircase leading downstairs to a basement. (A basement is underground and represents descending to the earthly flesh nature.) I went downstairs to pray, but then I heard someone trying to come in and I was immediately startled. (Our prayers are ineffective if we are in some form of disobedience or separated from the Body in some way and the enemy gains easy access to our spiritual house.) I looked up the stairs and saw that two men had opened the door to the tiny house to enter; one black man and the other Hispanic looking. (This represents the enemy who is submitted  to darkness. Rom. 6:16 Know ye not, that to whom ye present yourselves as servants unto obedience, his servants ye are whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?)   I knew they were trouble and were there to harm me, and so I distracted them by running up the stairs yelling, "Daddy! Daddy!" as I ran outside and to the right. (Gal. 4:6 And because ye are sons, God sent forth the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, Abba, Father.) I did this so that they would think twice before they attempted to attack me because I had someone around to protect me. (When we repent and get back on the “right" and call out to God, we will have His protection once more. Psa. 34:6  This poor man cried, and Jehovah heard him, And saved him out of all his troubles.) As I yelled out “Daddy", in the dream, I thought about my husband Chuc. (Although he is my husband, I believe yelling out Daddy represented me crying out to the Lord who is our heavenly Husband. This was showing that the Lord was not in this tiny house, but outside of it. Any other house with any other foundation not rooted in the Word of God is a house where the enemy is able to break into.) End of dream. When I woke up I asked the Lord what was this about and was there a disconnect in my spiritual walk that I was not understanding or was not aware of and asked him for a verse by faith at random and received: Eph. 4:31  (In context 31-32)  Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamor, and railing, be put away from you, with all malice: 32 and be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving each other, even as God also in Christ forgave you I believe the Lord was warning me and reminding me not to entertain any thoughts of offense towards anyone. (This will result in faction which separates us from Christ and His Body.) During the last meeting we had, I was being attacked pretty heavily. It was fiery dart after fiery dart, and so I just praised the Lord through it and was fighting and casting it down. It did not feel like my own thoughts, but an attack. I asked the Lord for chapter by faith at random and landed on Colossians 3, which also speaks of forgiving one another: Colossians 3:1-25  If then ye were raised together with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated on the right hand of God. 2 Set your mind on the things that are above, not on the things that are upon the earth. 3 For ye died, and your life is hid with Christ in God. 4 When Christ, who is our life, shall be manifested, then shall ye also with him be manifested in glory. 5 Put to death therefore your members which are upon the earth: fornication, uncleanness, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry; 6 for which things' sake cometh the wrath of God upon the sons of disobedience: 7 wherein ye also once walked, when ye lived in these things; 8 but now do ye also put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, railing, shameful speaking out of your mouth: 9 lie not one to another; seeing that ye have put off the old man with his doings, 10 and have put on the new man, that is being renewed unto knowledge after the image of him that created him: 11 where there cannot be Greek and Jew, circumcision and uncircumcision, barbarian, Scythian, bondman, freeman; but Christ is all, and in all. 12 Put on therefore, as God's elect, holy and beloved, a heart of compassion, kindness, lowliness, meekness, longsuffering; 13 forbearing one another, and forgiving each other, if any man have a complaint against any; even as the Lord forgave you, so also do ye: 14 and above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfectness. 15 And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to the which also ye were called in one body; and be ye thankful. 16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly; in all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts unto God. 17 And whatsoever ye do, in word or in deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. 18 Wives, be in subjection to your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord. 19 Husbands, love your wives, and be not bitter against them. 20 Children, obey your parents in all things, for this is well-pleasing in the Lord. 21 Fathers, provoke not your children, that they be not discouraged. 22 Servants, obey in all things them that are your masters according to the flesh; not with eye-service, as men-pleasers, but in singleness of heart, fearing the Lord: 23 whatsoever ye do, work heartily, as unto the Lord, and not unto men; 24 knowing that from the Lord ye shall receive the recompense of the inheritance: ye serve the Lord Christ. 25 For he that doeth wrong shall receive again for the wrong that he hath done: and there is no respect of persons. And the last verse I received by faith at random was: Deu 8:6 And thou shalt keep the commandments of Jehovah thy God, to walk in his ways, and to fear him.   Playing the "Game" in a Dump and Smashing the Competition Claire Pienaar - 6/27/22 (David's notes in red) (In this dream, Claire represents the Bride because her name means “brilliant” and the Bride's garments are bright and pure as is spoken of in Rev. 19:8 And it was given unto her that she should array herself in fine linen, bright and pure: for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints.) I dreamed that my family was on our way to a tennis match. (A Tennis match represents spiritual warfare and the ability to effectively return the fiery darts of the enemy in competition for our eternal salvation. ) We parked our car, and we were called up to go play on top of a rubbish dump. (As we will see, the Apostate Churches' foundation is built upon a big pile of garbage.) It was rather sad. (Riaan: I think this dream is about a type of “face-off” or “battle” between the true church that has been practicing doing spiritual warfare for a long time and is very prepared versus the apostate churches who built their “church” on the rubbish of the world.)   We were clean and properly clothed for the occasion and we had practiced. (Heb. 12:11 All chastening seemeth for the present to be not joyous but grievous; yet afterward it yieldeth peaceable fruit unto them that have been exercised thereby, even the fruit of righteousness.) It seemed our whole family was playing, so we had strength in numbers. I don't know what “group tennis” would look like in the natural, but in the dream my family was divvied up to play doubles and triples, so that we beat more opponents more quickly. (Eph. 4:15-16 ...but speaking truth in love, we may grow up in all things into him, who is the head, even Christ; 16 from whom all the body fitly framed and knit together through that which every joint supplieth, according to the working in due measure of each several part, maketh the increase of the body unto the building up of itself in love.) It was easy because the other families were fragmented.  (Luk. 11:17 ...Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and a house divided against a house falleth.) There were many “weekend dads” who did not understand their daughters' non-verbal or body language clues of unhappiness, embarrassment, or frustration. (These “weekend dads” represent the the false shepherds who “climb up another way.” Joh. 10:1 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that entereth not by the door into the fold of the sheep, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber.) There were many moms who were very judgmental about the surroundings. (Representing Jezebel the mother of the apostates.) One family lived right next to this rubbish dump. ... They deceived many into thinking their home was worth so much more than it was. (The apostate churches deceive many into thinking their religion is valuable with their fancy buildings, but they are founded on the rubbish of false religious doctrines and their “stinking' thinkin'.) Everyone had to walk through their home to get to the rubbish dump to play tennis. (Many have passed through the garbage house of apostate Christianity on their way out to maturity in Christ.) I remember looking at the house as I walked through and I was thinking, “It's like a giant sinkhole. It'll collapse any minute”. (Religion is a “sinkhole” that keep people buried in their earthly or fleshly natures. Many never escape dead religion.) It was perfectly decorated inside but it was hollow, and the foundation had crumbled away due to neglect. (Heb. 2:3 ...how shall we escape, if we neglect so great a salvation?) … (Riaan: The apostates are not prepared, they don't see what is coming. They are not looking after their fruit, and have no idea how to have faith.) We finished the games, and I think our family wiped out all the opponents. I walked back to the car, so excited for us to move on. The coach gave us a plastic, laminated piece of paper that detailed all the next tournament's events. (The laminated paper represents being saved and protected from the waters of judgement meant for the apostates and the world) I was holding onto it. (These are the promises. We must hold onto them by faith). Everyone else from my family was at the van waiting for me. ... I passed a man who had his daughter for the day and when he saw me, he yelled to another single dad, “I am so glad you don't make any effort mate. I hate these types with their laminated sheets and water bottles. They're so prepared for everything”. (Many who are critical in their minds, throw their words around and vail their hatred in sarcasm. (Pro. 26:18-19 Like a madman who throws firebrands, arrows and death, 19 So is the man who deceives his neighbor, And says, “Was I not joking?”) … These men were dressed completely in black, and their daughters were dirty and unkept. (The factious apostate Church leadership has “dirty children and their churches are the “dirty daughters of the Harlot.) …One started mouthing off about how pathetic people like me are. (Riaan: They walk in darkness and are coming against the Bride with witchcraft and slandering.) He finished by saying, “Our kids don't need structure or care; they just need to get out there and get dirty”. (Eze. 34:2-5 Thus saith the Lord Jehovah: Woe unto the shepherds of Israel that do feed themselves! should not the shepherds feed the sheep? 3 Ye eat the fat, and ye clothe you with the wool, ye kill the fatlings; but ye feed not the sheep. 4 The diseased have ye not strengthened, neither have ye healed that which was sick, neither have ye bound up that which was broken, neither have ye brought back that which was driven away, neither have ye sought that which was lost; but with force and with rigor have ye ruled over them. 5 And they were scattered, because there was no shepherd;  and they became food to all the beasts of the field, and were scattered.)   I walked back to the van, saddened that these people thought I was “too prepared”. I asked Riaan about it, and he said, “We're the ones getting out of the dump. They're stuck here. Now let's go”. Then I woke up. (Riaan: The Bride and her fruit easily overcome these spirits.) I asked the Lord for a verse by faith at random, and my finger landed on Est. 8:2 And the king took off his ring, which he had taken from Haman, and gave it unto Mordecai. And Esther set Mordecai over the house of Haman. Cleaning up the Garbage Leads to the Anointing Claire Pienaar - 11/17/22 (David's notes in red) I dreamed I was watching David teach in a little white home. ... (Representing the house of David who are the pure and righteous first fruits which is made up of a small group of people.) I was sitting on a white bench with Riaan and another person. David was doing a “live” talk. (Representing speaking the "rivers of Living Water.” That give life to the hearers.) Riaan and I then started cleaning and sorting out everything in this little house. Then we went outside and I saw David's son (Representing those who are born of the David Man-child reformers.) He drove a white garbage truck and he was picking up everyone's refuse in the area. He pulled his truck into David's yard and stopped. … (The Man-child David reformers will first clean up the house of David and then the 'sons' of that house will clean everyone else up in the Body of Christ. Jesus sent out His spiritual seed to do this.) Many people then left this residential area and there was so much to clean. (As Jesus' spiritual sons were sent out to clean up the Body of Christ, so it will be that the Man-child reformers and their disciples will work to clean up the Body of Christ. Part of this cleaning process is not only sanctifying the people but also separating the tares from the wheat.) David's son left then, and we had to use the truck. We were also given David's son's home, which was right next to David's house. (Because they, too, were sons of David.) Riaan was given the truck by David and I sat in the passenger seat. I then saw a golden oil over Riaan, David and I. David said, “Because you have cleaned, you are anointed. Because you have served, you are anointed”. (The anointing comes when the garbage is purged from the house of David.) Then the dream ended.   I received by faith at random: Mark 10:19, (in context 17-23)  And as he was going forth into the way, there ran one to him, and kneeled to him, and asked him, Good Teacher, what shall I do that I may inherit eternal life? 18 And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? none is good save one, even God. 19 Thou knowest the commandments, Do not kill, Do not commit adultery, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Do not defraud, Honor thy father and mother. 20 And he said unto him, Teacher, all these things have I observed from my youth. 21 And Jesus looking upon him loved him, and said unto him, One thing thou lackest: go, sell whatsoever thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, follow me. 22 But his countenance fell at the saying, and he went away sorrowful: for he was one that had great possessions. 23 And Jesus looked round about, and saith unto his disciples, How hardly shall they that have riches enter into the kingdom of God! (We have no time left to indulge in the world or its pleasures. We only have time to bring in the harvest and go home.)   Escaping Apostasy to be Chosen for the Bride Samuel Fire - 11/17/22 (David's notes in red) I dreamed that Tiannah and I were separated in our own rooms far apart from each other. (Representing the factious, apostate church system that we start out in which keeps believers separated through denominational divisions.) We were in a very strict and oppressive place; like a prison. (Apostate religion is a prison with many rules and regulations that prevent people from being free to be led by the Spirit.) It had a factory in the center. (Factories churn out many “cookie cutter” items. They all look alike.) The water was so polluted and green and very poisonous and hazardous. It was channeled by a man-made canal. (The polluted water represents perversions of the Word in man-made apostate religion. Eze. 32:18 Seemeth it a small thing unto you to have fed upon the good pasture, but ye must tread down with your feet the residue of your pasture? and to have drunk of the clear waters, but ye must foul the residue with your feet?) Everywhere had concrete flooring and metal walls and roofs; no plants or animals. (Everything in the apostate church systems is man-made, dead and has no life in it.) The only people around were workers and there was no supervisor or higher-ups. (This represents justification by works with no supervision from the Holy Spirit.) No-one was happy. (The apostates have no joy of the Lord because they are in bondage to self-works.) The sky was overcast and the sun/Son could not shine through. (2Co. 4:3-4  And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled in them that perish: 4 in whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of the unbelieving, that the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should not dawn upon them.) Everything was automated where possible. (Representing the mindlessness of rote religion, which is a mechanical or habitual repetition of something to be learned.) Security was with drones and check-points with very high walls with barbed wire and metal doors which only opened at certain times with a unique code. (This place represents the spiritual prison of apostate religion.) (They do everything to make you believe that they have the truth and that you really can't go anywhere else.) This place was so horrible and we wore hazmat suits ... with a helmet ... gloves and boots all the time unless we were in our rooms. (Yes. Religion provides a toxic environment that causes spiritual death.) The rooms had a code lock and the doors were like a submarine and the size of the room was so tiny it could barely fit a bed, shower, and toilet with a locker for the hazmat suits. Nothing else would fit in the room. There were no comforts and no windows just an artificial ceiling light. (There is no comforter there. The Holy Spirit is not allowed. They do not believe in the good news of the Gospel which comforts us. Their light of the Word is artificial because it is not the real thing.) The sleeping areas were divided into sections and there was a center area for work. ...The entire facility felt like a prison with a work factory in the center. (They don't understand the “continual Sabbath rest” and they are divided up into sects and are separated from Christ. Justification by works is the central theme of apostate religion. Gal. 5:4 Ye are severed from Christ, ye who would be justified by the law; ye are fallen away from grace.) We had to leave our rooms for the assigned job at an exact time or miss out on any chance for food or water and even risk being forced onto the streets. (Many apostate churches and their leadership are so rigid in their belief systems that, if you start asking questions about what the Bible says, refuting their doctrines, they will kick you out of their churches.) I was assigned to work as a pump operator for the water and liquid waste. (They want everyone to propagate their toxic waters and pump it out to others to try and ensnare more people into their religious system.) I pressed switches and pulled levers and checked gauges with cameras and a computer giving out data. (They manipulate people, especially with the tithe.) I had no breaks and had to stand in a tiny area where I could barely move or stretch. (The Nicolaitan preachers don't want people to grow up into maturity in Christ because they will lose their control over them.) When my time was completed for the job, I had to race to the open, concrete courtyard to an automated chute where the daily rations were distributed and then the door quickly shut. The first ones there got fed but many more people would miss out. (Representing that they swallow the Word like a pig without ruminating on it and don't really take the time to meditate on it so they miss out on what God is trying to show them.) The food and water were so basic; completely flavorless and odorless and looked grayish. (This represents lifeless food and not living water.) There were break-outs of many people being infected with something and acting mindless, like zombies (Most of these people have no faith in God to preserve them or heal them and as such they have taken the vaccines which ultimately brings one to this exact description of mindless zombies.)  They would be in very large groups swarming different areas and breaking things and over running buildings into the dangerous and polluted water. These infected people were once workers who were exposed to something that kept spreading. (A little leaven leavens the whole lump.) So many times, the infected would cause forced lockdowns and everyone who could, would run for safety to the next section in the facility. (Many who recognize that something is off in today's churches flee to other churches or fellowships trying to escape the “infection”, only to find more of the same. 2Ti. 3:5-7 holding a form of godliness, but having denied the power thereof. From these also turn away. 6 For of these are they that creep into houses, and take captive silly women laden with sins, led away by divers lusts, 7 ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.) There would then be a type of clean-up which was some sort of automated system that basically destroyed all with a giant fire.(If anyone attempts to bring in truth, they stamp it out and change the subject. Nothing to see here! Like the Pharisees.) Whenever I could, I would meet up with Tiannah and we would discuss and pray on any way possible out of this place or for a better type of living arrangement. I heard there was an opportunity to work in a better position and have my room in the same building as Tiannah, so I applied and was accepted. (If you petition the Father and seek after the Truth you will find it. But many times this happens in stages and not all at once. Religion is like the playpen of Christianity; once you begin to mature and recognize the spiritual dangers of apostate religion you can be promoted to better “living conditions”. Mat. 7:7-8  Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: 8 for every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.) I was then working in my own office and had more room. I could sit down and do much more computer work and could see more details of the facility. (When we understand the good news of the Gospel, it sets us free and we have more room to grow in Christ and we have more discernment to see all the flaws of man-made religion.) After what seemed to be over a year of this, I met with Tiannah and we heard of a secret meeting; where people would be in a type of clan where new members would be selected to their group and given a much better living environment. (The hidden or secret clan represents the family of the Bride of Christ who dwells in heavenly places and not on the earth. This is the much better living environment.) The offer was good and we had to find this secret meeting room. (In the Bible Esther was a type of the Bride and her name means "hidden".) (Representing Mount Zion or secret Place of The Most High.) (Rev. 21:2 And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, made ready as a bride adorned for her husband.). It was a very big challenge. (We enter the Kingdom through much tribulation.) Tiannah and I snuck out, climbed over various walls and over barbed wire areas with automated sensors. (The demonic enemies puts up many spiritual road blocks and snares to prevent us from coming into the Bride Body.) We crawled through ventilation shafts. (The word for spirit is “breath” and Jesus compared the Spirit of God to wind. Going through ventilation shafts represents being filled with the Holy Spirit and led into closer relationship with God.) We had to shimmy through pipes over the green lethal water and into the other sections of the facility. (This represents overcoming the false doctrines and beliefs that we learned in the apostate religious system.) We did this for days with no sleep and no food or water besides that which we had brought with us. (This represents intercessory prayer with fasting and death to self. All this is necessary to reach the Bride. Heb. 12:14  Follow after peace with all men, and the sanctification without which no man shall see the Lord:) We managed to locate the secret meeting room and had to get on top of the building's roof and swing into a specific window to get in. Once inside, there were about 50 people crowded together and there were 4 lines of people. (As we will see, these 4 lines of people represent the 4 types of ground that the Sower's seed fell upon.)   Tiannah spoke to me and felt a certain one to choose. I agreed and we lined up behind 3 others. Those 3 were denied and not allowed into the clan and it was now our turn. (Many are called but few chosen).   A muscular and tall man tested both of us with pats across the shoulders and back and all over; squinting at us. Then suddenly, a lady (a representative of the corporate Bride Body) behind him told him to stop. She motioned to both of us to come over to her.   She said, "I feel you both are good and you are to come with us. Something in my spirit tells me to.” (The Bride has good discernment which helps her to recognize true “Bride material.”) I replied, "Oh really? You know about the spiritual?” (The Bride is very acquainted with the Spirit of God because she only receives the seed of her husband, Jesus.) Then Tiannah and I went with them to their building.   It was a communal living environment. (Representing everything in common like the first century Book of Acts Church and being One in Christ's Spirit.) They had tables and chairs and a fridge and much better comforts than what we had before. We both were so thankful to God and knew from then on everything was going to be way better. (2Co. 13:11 Finally, brethren, ... Be perfected; be comforted; be of the same mind; live in peace: and the God of love and peace shall be with you.) I then woke up.   Be of Good Cheer; I Have Overcome the World Vanessa Weeks - 2/19/22 (David's notes in red) I dreamed that my husband, Barry, and I, were asleep in bed at night. (Representing being at rest in trials and tribulations).  I was awakened in the dream by the loud sound of a white supersonic jet flying above our area. (An example of overcoming the world.) I thought it was very unusual for this kind of jet to fly ... this late at night. (Overcoming seems unusual and feels difficult in the dark trials of our lives.) I knew in the dream that it was a fighter jet and going to help others who were already fighting. I prayed, "Lord, be with them to bring about what is best for your people.” (The overcomers are fighters who overcome in their personal trials so that they can help others overcome in theirs.) Then I thought Barry was awake also because of the noise, and he got up but as he was leaving the room, I realized it was not him but Lakeisha. (Barry represents our heavenly husband, Jesus, who dwells in His Bride and helps her to overcome joyfully.) (Lakeisha means happy or joyful. John 16:33 These things have I spoken unto you, that in me ye may have peace. In the world ye have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world. Also, Keisha is most likely a variant of Keziah. (Keziah originates in Hebrew language and means "cassia tree". Cassia is an evergreen tree. Representing eternal life.) Keziah was one of Job's daughters that the Lord gave him after his tribulation. Job 42:13-15  He had also seven sons and three daughters. 14  And he called the name of the first, Jemimah: and the name of the second, Keziah; and the name of the third, Keren-happuch. 15  And in all the land were no women found so fair as the daughters of Job: and their father gave them inheritance among their brethren.) Father, help us to be of good cheer in our tribulation because you have overcome the world! Thank you, in Jesus name, Amen.   Abraham's Example to the Bride   Claire Pienaar - 10/26/22 (David's notes in red) I had a vision that I was in a large undercover training pool. (We are under the covering of Jesus' blood [being washed in the water of the Word.]) Father Abraham was in the lane next to me. (Gal. 3:26-29 For ye are all sons of God, through faith, in Christ Jesus. 27 For as many of you as were baptized into Christ did put on Christ. 28 There can be neither Jew nor Greek, there can be neither bond nor free, there can be no male and female; for ye all are one man in Christ Jesus. 29 And if ye are Christ's, then are ye Abraham's seed, heirs according to promise.) I was in the pool, swimming laps in a weightless, white garment. (1Jn 1:7 but if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanseth us from all sin. My garment is weightless because it says in Mat 11:28-30  Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.) My hair was turning grey, but my face still looked young. (The Bride is growing in wisdom [represented by the grey hair] but still retaining her beauty.) Abraham was encouraging me to continue. I was sweating and breathing hard, even though my body seemed to do the swimming strokes with ease and proficiency. (Christ's nature becomes our “second nature”, familiar and easy. Like Php. 3:12-14  Not that I have already obtained, or am already made perfect: but I press on, if so be that I may lay hold on that for which also I was laid hold on by Christ Jesus. 13 Brethren, I count not myself yet to have laid hold: but one thing I do, forgetting the things which are behind, and stretching forward to the things which are before,14 I press on toward the goal unto the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.) (The Bible points us to father Abraham as an example of great faith in the promises of God. Gal. 3:6-9  Even as Abraham believed God, and it was reckoned unto him for righteousness. 7 Know therefore that they that are of faith, the same are sons of Abraham. 8 And the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, preached the gospel beforehand unto Abraham, saying, In thee shall all the nations be blessed. 9 So then they that are of faith are blessed with the faithful Abraham.) I said, “This is so hard!” because I was out of breath and tiring (We need refilling of the Holy Spirit; the enemy will wear us down by getting us into self works). (True. We must not focus on our own ability to please God and live righteously or we will fall into self-works and self-justification and we will fail.) Abraham replied, “Yes, but keep going. Just keep swimming. Your reward will be made full!” (Gal. 6:9 And let us not be weary in well-doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.) He got out of the pool then, and he was wearing the same light pink tunic and sandals he wore when he visited me in a vision in 2018. (Light pink represents the love of Christ). I knew then that it was Abraham for sure. He said, “Don't get out until you're done”. I said, “Why are you getting out?” And he replied, “My faith is complete, and my race is finished”. (Heb 6:13-15  For when God made promise to Abraham, since he could swear by none greater, he sware by himself, 14 saying, Surely blessing I will bless thee, and multiplying I will multiply thee. 15 And thus, having patiently endured, he obtained the promise.) (Riaan: We must each run our own race and endure unto the end). I asked the Lord for a word by faith at random for this dream, and received Mat. 13:32, (in context 31-32)  Another parable set he before them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is like unto a grain of mustard seed, which a man took, and sowed in his field: 32 which indeed is less than all seeds; but when it is grown, it is greater than the herbs, and becometh a tree, so that the birds of the heaven come and lodge in the branches thereof. (Even though we feel our faith is small or ineffective, according to what we see, if we endure to the end, we will produce much fruit for the Kingdom of God.)   Praying in Tongues Re-writes Our Spiritual Code Samuel and Tiannah Fire - 10/28/22 (David's notes in red) This is a vision I got while driving with Tianna and little David and we were praying in Holy Spirit tongues. He showed me how, not many understand [how tongues work in the spirit realm.] It is like how I can [alter things] through computer coding. I saw us re-coding the imperfections and corruption [in us and our situations] as we drove [along] and spoke in tongues. (The gift of tongues is powerful to effect postive change in our lives and situations. Not only is it our “spoken word” but it's a heavenly language that prays the perfect will of God into existence.)   We were updating and patching all the areas [of our lives] with what we speak; clearing out the corrupted and vulnerable [codes] and the abuse from all witchcraft [and curses sent against us] and replacing them with His ultimate security; reclaiming it back for His Kingdom. (In this way we overcome the darkness with the light.) I saw how everywhere we went on the drive, the whole time speaking [in tongues], wrote a blessing and returned it upon the enemy; blocking and destroying the witchcraft. When we speak His Holy language, His power goes out and is eternal, unstoppable, infinite, and perfect. This encouraged us to do this not only to get in His presence and praise Him, but also to restore and be His conduit for power; for Him and His glory.   We have an Open Heaven Vanessa Weeks -10/19/22 (David's notes in red) In a dream, I was standing on our deck outside our apartment. (This deck, in other dreams, is where I've prayed.) It was much bigger than in real life. (Whether we realize it or not, our prayers, when mixed with the faith of God, are much bigger and more powerful than we understand.) The deck  was made all of wood, like it is, but went out much farther, and there was a semicircle shaped extension to the deck, on the right. It had different colors of wood in it and was very attractive looking. I walked over to it and stood there looking out. It was like an observation point. (Representing discerning what we see in the world and then we are able to pray about those things as we enter into heavenly places.) Then I saw there were wooden stairs in the middle of the deck. These were going up, and I saw Michael on the stairs so I followed him up. (Michael's name means, “who is like God” and he represents those who have the nature of Jesus and who have an open heaven to their prayers.) There were flights of stairs and at the end of each set, there was the semicircle balcony landing on the right, for observation. As I climbed higher, I was shown a bird's eye view of the whole scene. The flights of stairs went way up into the sky, and Michael remained ahead of me. (This represents that as we draw closer to God in faith and prayer, the more discernment and maturity we have to see the “bigger picture” of His plan.) I asked the Lord what He wanted to say about this dream and received by faith at random Mat. 7:7-8 Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened. (As we see a bigger view of the need, we should always pray.) As I thought on this scripture, I remembered Michael always saying, "We have an open heaven." I believe the Lord was showing me that as we ask in faith, we are climbing into the open heaven and when we persevere, we receive. As I was listening to David's audio, Advance or Lose Ground, at the 17:34 mark, David speaks of Mat. 7:7, and then I remembered this dream above. Below is a portion of the transcript of,  Advance or Lose Ground: At the 14:35 mark, David said, "A life time of prayer mounts up. People who pray, get a lot of answers. People who don't pray, do without. It says, You have not because you ask not. (James 4:2) Think about that, ... The Lord says for this reason, 'Pray without ceasing.' Some people's idea of prayer is wrong. (i.e. they have a wrong idea about what prayer looks like.) But prayer can be anywhere from in your thoughts; continually praying about the things you see around you, the things that come to your mind, the people that come to your mind, etc. Why would God tell us to pray without ceasing if He was not going to answer the prayers? And why, if we believed that He would answer prayer, would we not pray without ceasing? He said, "You have not because you ask not."(James 4:2) Meaning, just ask! Jesus told His disciples to ask so that their joy would be made full. (Joh 15:11) Eph 6:18  with all prayer and supplication praying at all seasons in the Spirit, and watching thereunto in all perseverance and supplication for all the saints. That's a pretty broad statement, that He wants us to pray always for all the saints. And persevere, meaning, pray, believe you have received, pray for other things, believe you have received and persevere in prayer. Don't take no for an answer. Php 4:6 says, In nothing be anxious; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. Thanksgiving is important because thanksgiving is believing you have received. The Greek word "deesis" is translated supplication and means to seek, ask, entreat. It's not just a prayer, it's an effectually fervent prayer, right? Seek, ask, entreat, which reminds us of the promise of Jesus in Mat. 7:7 He says,  Ask, and it shall be given you; Wow! think about that. Does that not give you faith? Faith comes of hearing and hearing by the word (Rom. 10:17) That's right out of the mouth of our Lord Jesus Christ! Seek and you shall find! The reason people don't pray is that they don't believe this. Believers have special privileges with God for themselves and for others and one of these privilege is that they can come boldly before the throne and ask for help in time of need. (Heb. 4:16)  And the reason they do that is because they're believers. Non- believers can play the religion game, but they wouldn't pray. Because they don't believe what Jesus said here Seek and you shall find, knock and it shall be opened unto you."   Overcomers Put on Bridal Garments Anonymous - 5/11/12 (David's notes in red) A little while back, David taught on what was beautiful to the Lord. It brought to my remembrance a dream I had back in 2010, where the Lord was giving me understanding about what is pleasing and beautiful to Him. (This is criteria for the choosing of the Bride.) I dreamed that an angel of the Lord took me to Heaven. We were going down a long hallway and at the end of the hallway I could see a door. I could barely see that something was written on the door, but I was still too far away to make it out. As we got closer, I could see that it had my name in big, bold letters on the door. The angel said, “This is your room. Go ahead and open the door". I stood there for a few seconds while it registered in my brain that the angel said this was MY room. "WOW! I have a room!" I said. The angel said again, "Go ahead. Open the door and go in". So I opened the door and took a few steps inside the room. Directly in front of me I saw a row of drawers with handles. It reminded me of a post office where they have all the little cubbyholes for the mail, except these cubbies were drawers that had handles. I stood there looking at these drawers for a few minutes, as I wasn't sure what to do next. The angel of the Lord said, "Go ahead and open the drawers; they are your drawers to open". So I opened the first drawer and reached inside and pulled out a piece of paper that was rolled up. I unrolled the paper and up at the top of the paper it read, "Certificate of Completion". So I read down a little further and it read, “You have successfully overcome anger." and there was a stamp that read COMPLETED across the certificate, making it a formal document; it reminded me of a high school diploma. I thought to myself, WOW! I've overcome anger! How cool is that?! I was so excited by this that I turned around and showed it to the angel. He just laughed, since he was happy that I was so excited. He said to me, “There are more drawers. Go ahead and open them all; they belong to you". So I proceeded to open the drawers and when I opened the last drawer and pulled out the rolled certificate, it read, "Incomplete. Needs more work". I very slowly read the certificate to see what it contained. It read, "Self Condemnation - incomplete, needs a little more work". I knew this was true. Even as a child, I had a way of punishing myself more than anyone; I took so much to heart and had so much guilt and suffered from lack of love and self-worth. The angel cheered me up; He said, "Look, it says you need “a LITTLE more work". He was so nice to me and instantly I felt better. I said, "Oh, thank you, Lord, for showing me what I have overcome and what I still need to work on". After I finished opening all the drawers, I looked around the room and saw a treasure chest. It was beautiful and had all kinds of different jewels on the outside. I got down on my knees and ran my hands across the treasure chest; I just wanted to touch those beautiful jewels. The angel had been standing behind me and I turned around to look up at him and he was smiling down at me. He said, “That is YOUR treasure chest. Go ahead an open it". I was so overwhelmed. I just wrapped my arms around the chest for a few minutes. The angel seemed to understand and just stood patiently waiting. Finally, I carefully opened the lid and looked into the chest; it was full of beautiful garments. (Which represent righteous hearts and works of purity.) I reached in and pulled out the first garment; it read, "Anger has been overcome". I held it up to my body and as soon as I did, it conformed itself to my body and fit like a glove. The angel told me that I looked so beautiful in that garment. He said to me, "Go ahead and try on the next one". So I did. As I tried on each of the garments, they all fit because they were made JUST FOR ME! How humbling this is! We really do have treasure in Heaven. (Notice that our treasure is for those who dwell in heavenly places in Christ and put on the life of Christ.) The Lord loves us so much! God will dress in beautiful garments those who overcome sin by His grace. Isaiah 52:1 Awake, awake, put on thy strength, O Zion; put on thy beautiful garments, O Jerusalem, the holy city (The Bride - Revelation 21:9,10): for henceforth there shall no more come into thee the uncircumcised and the unclean. No one unclean or uncircumcised or sowing flesh will be in the Bride. Jude 1:23 and some save, snatching them out of the fire; and on some have mercy with fear; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh. The righteous hate to be displeasing to the Father. Revelation 3:5 He that overcometh shall thus be arrayed in white garments; and I will in no wise blot his name out of the book of life, and I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels. Overcoming is represented by white garments and eternal life. 3:4 But thou hast a few names in Sardis that did not defile their garments: and they shall walk with me in white; for they are worthy. Those whose works are pure and undefiled walk in white. 16:15 Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walked naked, and they see his shame. Like being in the wedding feast and not having a wedding garment on. 3:18 I counsel thee to buy of me gold refined by fire, that thou mayest become rich; and white garments, that thou mayest clothe thyself, and [that] the shame of thy nakedness be not made manifest; and eyesalve to anoint thine eyes, that thou mayest see. Nakedness represents sin, as does dark spots on a white garment. We must give our old life to receive our new life. Zechariah 3:3 Now Joshua (representing the body of Jesus) was clothed with filthy garments, and was standing before the angel. 4 And he answered and spake unto those that stood before him, saying, Take the filthy garments from off him. And unto him he said, Behold, I have caused thine iniquity to pass from thee, and I will clothe thee with rich apparel. God has accomplished our perfection through Christ and now we must take advantage of this by faith and repentance. Isaiah 61:10 I will greatly rejoice in Jehovah, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for he hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, he hath covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decketh himself with a garland, and as a bride adorneth herself with her jewels. The white garment is the garment of manifested salvation. 59:6 Their webs shall not become garments, neither shall they cover themselves with their works: their works are works of iniquity, and the act of violence is in their hands. The wicked "Christians'" works of righteousness are not enough to cover their nakedness. Ecc.9:8 Let thy garments be always white; and let not thy head lack oil. Psalms 45:8 All thy garments [smell of] myrrh, and aloes, [and] cassia Exodus 29:29 And the holy garments of Aaron [Representing our High Priest, Jesus] shall be for his sons after him, to be anointed in them, and to be consecrated in them. 19:10 And Jehovah said unto Moses, Go unto the people, and sanctify them to-day and to-morrow, and let them wash their garments. In the text, this was so they could meet the Lord on the third day. Genesis 49:11 Binding his foal unto the vine, And his ass's colt unto the choice vine; He hath washed his garments in wine, And his vesture in the blood of grapes. Meaning, wash your garments in the blood of Jesus, signified by wine. 27:15 And Rebekah took the goodly garments of Esau her elder son, which were with her in the house, and put them upon Jacob her younger son. Jacob was given the anointing and double portion of Esau. 35:2 Then Jacob said unto his household, and to all that were with him, Put away the foreign gods that are among you, and purify yourselves, and change your garments. Turn from idols of religion and change your garments. Deuteronomy 22:5 A woman shall not wear that which pertaineth unto a man, neither shall a man put on a woman's garment; for whosoever doeth these things is an abomination unto Jehovah thy God. Beware of putting on the nature and acts of the opposite sex. God describes this as an abomination. Psalms 73:6 Therefore pride is as a chain about their neck; Violence covereth them as a garment. Pride, judging, criticism, railing, are spiritual violence against others: it is a polluted garment. 109:18 He clothed himself also with cursing as with his garment, And it came into his inward parts like water, And like oil into his bones. They reap what they sow. Isaiah 50:9 Behold, the Lord Jehovah will help me; who is he that shall condemn me? behold, all they shall wax old as a garment, the moth shall eat them up. Persecutors' garments will be destroyed by the curse. 59:17 And he put on righteousness as a breastplate, and a helmet of salvation upon his head; and he put on garments of vengeance for clothing, and was clad with zeal as a mantle. Before God we wear what we do. 61:3 to appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them a garland for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they may be called trees of righteousness, the planting of Jehovah, that he may be glorified. 64:6 For we are all become as one that is unclean, and all our righteousnesses are as a polluted garment: and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, take us away. The unclean and polluted in actions are taken away by winds of doctrines and tribulations. We can wear the nature of evil spirits. Micah 2:8 But of late my people is risen up as an enemy: ye strip the robe from off the garment from them that pass by securely [as men] averse from war. The wicked among God's people pervert souls and destroy garments of righteousness. Malachi 2:16 For I hate putting away, saith Jehovah, the God of Israel, and him that covereth his garment with violence, saith Jehovah of hosts: therefore take heed to your spirit, that ye deal not treacherously. Many divorce without the scriptural reason of fornication or the unbeliever departing. They are spotting their garment.. Matthew 22:11 But when the king came in to behold the guests, he saw there a man who had not on a wedding-garment: 12 and he saith unto him, Friend, how camest thou in hither not having a wedding-garment? And he was speechless. 27:35 And when they had crucified him, they parted his garments among them, casting lots. The wicked criticize and despise the actions of the righteous. Mark 2:21 No man seweth a piece of undressed cloth on an old garment: else that which should fill it up taketh from it, the new from the old, and a worse rent is made. Righteous acts on a sinner's garment are useless and cannot cover them. 10:50 And he, casting away his garment, sprang up, and came to Jesus. We must cast away our old life and come to Jesus. Jude 1:23 and some save, snatching them out of the fire; and on some have mercy with fear; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh. We must hate the garment spotted by fleshly works and repent. Revelation 16:15 (Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walked naked, and they see his shame.) Get your garment ready; Jesus is coming soon!   Prayer for Enemies Thwarted Debbie Fenske - 9/30/22 (David's notes in red) Thank you Lord that you are accomplishing your purposes in ... your elect, and in their troubles and persecutions you will cause many to turn to you, to seek you and acknowledge you. We know that our enemies are your enemies, and as they work to cut us off, to keep us from manifesting your glory, you Lord, will scatter and consume them and silence them, no matter how many are set against us. Thank you that you've shown us that we have a part in using our authority to cast down every enemy that rises up against us. And we thank you that many of the people who come against us ... will turn to you, and seek your name. Thank you for the victory we have over our spiritual enemies that we face each day. 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Life in Christ Jesus Podcast
The Person of the Gospel - Introduction

Life in Christ Jesus Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 26, 2022 42:59


The Word Gospel has in its meaning Good News.  All of the Good News is contained in a Person.  Without the Person, our Lord Jesus Christ, there would be no Good News.  So, when we read the scripture (Old Testament) we see the Person of the Scripture.  We come to understand it is speaking of Coming One.  This One came and brought Good News with Him, in Him, of Him, and through Him.   Now this same one who came and brought this Good News, has made His dwelling place, you and I.  "The Church which is His Body."  "Of His fulness we have received."  We receive the Person of the Gospel.  Glory to God!

UBM Unleavened Bread Ministries
UBBS 11.23.2022

UBM Unleavened Bread Ministries

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 23, 2022 111:27


Overcoming to be in the Bride (1) (Audio) David Eells - 11/23/22 Overcoming the Flesh to be in the Bride Winnie Osegueda - 3/27/22 (David's notes in red)   I dreamt that I was in my uncle's house whose name is Christian. (Christian means follower of Christ. His house represents the “house of discipleship.) He is a doctor in real life. (Christian represents the Lord who is our healer.) I was sitting in a room building some plastic toy sets and then putting them on display in different areas of the room, which seemed to be a hobby for me in this dream. (This represents being distracted with the vanities of this world.) (As we will see, this represents spiritual immaturity. Play-acting is a large part of what goes on in apostate Christianity.) There were different types of toys including toy dinosaurs. (Many don't know that they are playing with the Dragon). My uncle Chris entered the room and I instantly felt ashamed about the toys and told him that I was not playing with them, but just putting them together to put them on display, although I knew it was a bad excuse and that this was not something I should be doing. (We can't make excuses for our poor choices. We just have to repent and turn away from them.) I also felt ashamed because I also was aware that I was overweight (Representing too much flesh). This room I was in seemed to be a room for the "immature," as I could hear two people arguing in the background, although I do not recall who they were. (We must leave our immaturity behind to grow in Christ. 1Co. 13:11 When I was a child, I spake as a child, I felt as a child, I thought as a child: now that I am become a man, I have put away childish things.) I then heard some dogs barking outside of the front door. One of the dogs was a white pitbull with brown spots and also a black dog as well. I began to pet the black dog, as he seemed to be pretty docile, but then my uncle Chris's wife named Olivia (meaning olive tree) said to me, “The dog just wants to come in." She had seen this dog before and was aware of his intentions and so she was warning me. (If we indulge and encourage our flesh represented by the black dog, it will grow stronger and will have a foothold in our lives and take over our house.) Then, I saw a white cat with black spots in a bush. (Representing rebellion and self-will). I went over to it because it seemed to be crying out, so I felt sorry for it and thought I should feed it (We can't feel sorry for our flesh or feed it.) Then Anna (Meaning “Grace") came up to me and told me not to feed the cat, but to throw it in the water. A large body of water then appeared next to the bush on the right. The water was moving like an ocean the way it does at a beach and I threw it into the water. (We must get rid of self-will and any other sin by drowning the flesh nature with the water of the Word. [as in a Baptism unto death.]) The scene changed and I was back in the house. (When we get rid of self will and rebellion then we are able to come back into the “house of discipleship.) There was something important being shown on the TV and a sister was intently watching. I stood there and watched with her. Although I do not remember every scene that was playing, what we saw was the Word of God coming to pass, and we could also see the judgement that was happening around the world. I remember, towards the end, seeing smoke and fire, as well as a large mountain on fire. (When the Man-child returns, He will bring judgement to the kingdoms or “mountains” of the world. 2Pe. 3:5-7 For this they willfully forget, that there were heavens from of old, and an earth compacted out of water and amidst water, by the word of God; 6 by which means the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished: 7 but the heavens that now are, and the earth, by the same word have been stored up for fire, being reserved against the day of judgment and destruction of ungodly men.) This "movie" touched the sister deeply, and she put her arm around me and gave me a kiss on the cheek. She began to weep and apologize for any unforgiveness that she had towards me. I was also emotional and I told her that I forgave her too. This sister had a very humble spirit and I saw a supernatural change the Lord had done in her right before my eyes and I was amazed. She was beautiful. I then felt my uncle Chris lovingly put his hand behind us as we embraced like he was praying for us. (Jesus brings reconciliation to His disciples in His Body.) The sister then laid down on a bed (Representing entering into the rest)(Repentance and forgiveness allows us to have rest from the tormentors. Because of unforgiveness it says in Mat. 18:34-35 And his lord was wroth, and delivered him to the tormentors, till he should pay all that was due. 35 So shall also my heavenly Father do unto you, if ye forgive not every one his brother from your hearts.) Suddenly, I looked down at my hand and my wedding ring appeared back on my finger. (In real life, a while back, I had lost my wedding ring and I was very sad about it.) It was supernatural how the ring just appeared back on my finger. I walked over to the sister and said, “Is this real?!" She touched my ring and said "Yes, it's real.” (Repentance, forgiving others, and humbling ourselves allows us to be part of the Bride). I was overjoyed and this felt so real, I thought I had my ring again when I woke up. I asked Chuc to get me a verse by faith at random and he received: Pro 28:26 He that trusteth in his own heart is a fool; But whoso walketh wisely, he shall be delivered. I received by faith at random: Eph. 6:14-18 Stand therefore, having girded your loins with truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 withal taking up the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the evil one. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: 18 with all prayer and supplication praying at all seasons in the Spirit, and watching thereunto in all perseverance and supplication for all the saints.     “Rock Man” Helps Us to Overcome Our Flesh Ben Slojewski - 11/20/22 (David's notes in red) Before I went to sleep that night I repented to the Lord to take me away from worldly desires and to give me encouragement to get me through trials and temptations because some old spirits were trying to get another “rise" out of me. When I fell asleep I was looking in the perspective of a 3rd person overview, but I knew that the main characters, throughout this dream, represented me in some way. There was a big city (Representing Babylon) and I knew that a disaster was gonna come at any moment and there was a precious ring that I had in my possession. (God is bringing judgment upon Babylon and it's inhabitants that can't escape the lusts of their flesh. This Ring represents our discipleship and marriage to the Lord which gives us power.) In the far outskirts of the city I knew that there was a creature that wanted this ring. This creature looked identical to a character named Gollum from Lord of the Rings. (This creature represents our flesh nature that wants to usurp the power the Lord has given us and use our lives for it's own lustful and evil purposes.) In The Lord of the Rings it is stated that Gollum was originally a hobbit named Sméagol who became corrupted by a Ring of Power. Gollum referred to the Ring as "my precious" or "precious", and it extended his life far beyond natural limits, but ownership of the Ring came with curses on the individual in possession of it. Centuries of the Ring's influence twisted Gollum's body and mind and he "loved and hated [the Ring], as much as he loved and hated himself.” (In the wrong hands power can be abused and be very destructive. Our flesh has many lusts that eventually destroy us if they are not repented of.) Throughout the story, Gollum was torn between his lust for the Ring and his desire to be free of it. (Gal. 5:17  For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; for these are contrary the one to the other; that ye may not do the things that ye would.)  In the story, Bilbo Baggins found the Ring and took it for his own, and Gollum afterwards pursued it for the rest of his life. Gollum finally seized the Ring from Frodo Baggins at the "Cracks of Doom" in Mount Doom in Mordor. Mount Doom was where the Ring had originally been forged and was the only place that it could be destroyed. When Gollum seized the ring, he fell into the fires of the volcano, where both he and the Ring were destroyed. (1Co. 5:3-7 For I verily, being absent in body but present in spirit, have already as though I were present judged him that hath so wrought this thing, 4 in the name of our Lord Jesus, ye being gathered together, and my spirit, with the power of our Lord Jesus, 5 to deliver such a one unto Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus. 6 Your glorying is not good. Know ye not that a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump? 7 Purge out the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, even as ye are unleavened.) Back to Ben: "Gollum" was excited to get the ring and knew exactly where it was. All he was waiting for was the right timing. The whole premise of this “game” I was caught up in, was to keep the ring away from Gollum. It seemed easy enough but I was in the form of a dog and wasn't able to fight. (The dogs return to their vomit, i.e. keep returning to their sins that they once rejected and repented of. 2Pe. 2:20-22  For if, after they have escaped the defilements of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein and overcome, the last state is become worse with them than the first. 21 For it were better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after knowing it, to turn back from the holy commandment delivered unto them. 22 It has happened unto them according to the true proverb, The dog turning to his own vomit again, and the sow that had washed to wallowing in the mire.)   So I went running down the highway to get out of the city. (We must get on the Highway of Holiness to escape our flesh and Babylon. Isa. 35:8 And a highway shall be there, and a way, and it shall be called The way of holiness; the unclean shall not pass over it; but is shall be for the redeemed: the wayfaring men, yea fools, shall not err therein.) Gollum was gaining fast on me in my "dog form" and was gonna catch me in no time. (When we return to our sins, our flesh gets stronger and stronger and we are in danger of being consumed by them once again.) In an instant I was picked up in a helicopter and flew so fast, which helped me put distance between Gollum and me. (This represents the grace of the Holy Spirit who helps us to escape our flesh nature and abide with Christ in Heavenly places.) I also noticed that the highway was getting narrower and narrower the further I went down it. (Mat. 7:14  For narrow is the gate, and straitened the way, that leadeth unto life, and few are they that find it.) All of a sudden, a flat stone wall was in front of me and the helicopter crashed into it. This allowed Gollum to gain some ground and catch up to me. (The enemy likes to put up road blocks and barriers to bring us back down to the earthly things and separate us from Christ.) Gollum was very close but I seemed to have turned into some sort of "scarecrow form" and I was able to have a much easier time evading Gollum in this form. (Scarecrows help to scare away the beasts and the unclean birds who want to steal our seed that the Sower, Jesus, put into our hearts and eat up our spiritual fruit of Christ in us. Mat. 13:3-4,19 …Behold, the sower went forth to sow; 4 and as he sowed, some seeds fell by the way side, and the birds came and devoured them... 19 When any one heareth the word of the kingdom, and understandeth it not, then cometh the evil one , and snatcheth away that which hath been sown in his heart.) We were no longer on a highway but in a place that had a stone maze and I was still evading Gollum quite easily. He got close a couple of times but I was able to evade or break free from capture. (This represents the confusion, doubt and unbelief that the enemy traps us in our minds. We must overcome the mind of the flesh by casting it down. 2Co 10:5 casting down imaginations, and every high thing that is exalted against the knowledge of God, and bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ;) All of a sudden a great tornado lifted all the walls and roof in this maze and there was nowhere else to evade. I changed forms again to a real man in white clothing. We were floating in the sky in the tornado on the old, stone, maze floor. (The tornado is the power of God and His Word, which is Christ our foundation, that clears out the confusion and lifts us up into the heavenlies to fight in the righteousness of Christ.) There was nowhere to run from Gollum at this point and I had to fight him. (We can't keep running from ourselves and our old nature if we want to escape the curse.) I wasn't scared and I was sort of itching for the fight at this point and confident. I knew I could fight in this new form that I was given. (The form of this "real man dressed in white" represents the exchange that the Lord made for us on the cross, by His power, to defeat our sin nature.) It was a very close fight and we were both fighting with various “abilities” [or powers]. It seemed like the longer we were fighting the more angry Gollum got (he didn't want this to be a long fight). This made him become bigger. This didn't scare me because I was prepared for a long fight and I knew, in the end, I was going to win. (The flesh will try to fool us that it is too big for us to conquer, but when we remain in heavenly places in Christ, and in His Word, we are assured to win the battle against our old flesh nature, because we have the precious promises of God.) We kept fighting and damaging each other and he kept getting bigger and more resilient to my attacks when, out of nowhere, a huge Rock Man came to my side to fight Gollum. (“Rock Man is Jesus who is our Rock. 1Co 10:4 ...they drank of a spiritual rock that followed them: and the rock was Christ.) "Rock Man" had a spear and had amazing abilities that I couldn't do yet, but I wanted to learn. (Luk 10:19 Behold, I have given you authority to tread upon serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall in any wise hurt you.) I didn't even need to help "Rock Man" because he was much stronger then Gollum. (Christ in us is much stronger than our flesh and our enemies when we rest in the promises in His Word and His power.) I left the fight to take refuge in the small shelter that was left from the tornado and regain some strength back. (Psa 91:1-9 He that dwelleth in the secret place of the Most High Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. 2 I will say of Jehovah, He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in whom I trust. 3 For he will deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, And from the deadly pestilence. 4 He will cover thee with his pinions, And under his wings shalt thou take refuge: His truth is a shield and a buckler. 5 Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night, Nor for the arrow that flieth by day; 6 For the pestilence that walketh in darkness, Nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday. 7 A thousand shall fall at thy side, And ten thousand at thy right hand; But it shall not come nigh thee. 8 Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold, And see the reward of the wicked. 9 For thou, O Jehovah, art my refuge! …) I noticed, at this point, the Ring was on my left ring finger and really noticed why Gollum wanted it so badly. It was really beautiful with all the different colors and the glimmering light that came from it. (The overcomers are the “Bride of Christ”! Rev. 3:21 He that overcometh, I will give to him to sit down with me in my throne, as I also overcame, and sat down with my Father in his throne.  And  Hos. 2:19-20 And I will betroth thee unto me for ever; yea, I will betroth thee unto me in righteousness, and in justice, and in lovingkindness, and in mercies. 20 I will even betroth thee unto me in faithfulness; and thou shalt know Jehovah.)  "Rock man" came into the shelter and He was not even winded from the fight. (Rev. 21:6 Then He said to me, “It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. …)  We didn't speak; we both knew that He was there to protect me but, I was to give the killing blow. (Jesus is our protector, power and strength but it is our responsibility to kill our old flesh nature once and for all. 2Co 7:1  Having therefore these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all defilement of flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.) Gollum saw my ring from the outside of the shelter and was totally infatuated by it. Oddly enough he didn't come into the shelter because he wasn't allowed. He was more interested in looking at the ring on my finger than fighting at this point. He became docile and I knew I was able to somewhat control him at this point. The dream ended with "Mr. Rock" and I on one side of a barricade and Gollum on the other. (The sacrifice of Jesus separates us from our sinful nature and helps us to conquer it.)     Keep Your Eye on the Goal Gabe Watson - 11/18/22 (David's notes in red) I dreamed there were these guys playing a basketball game. (This represents the “game” of life.)  It seemed like they were playing three on three. (Representing the saints of God who are playing on the "Father, Son, and Holy Spirit team.") It was game point and I came in to play. (Representing the final point in the game that determines the winner.) My teammate had the basketball at the top of the three-point line and was trying to throw it to me on the perimeter, but my defender (representing our opponent or our adversary the devil) was facing me and I could not get the ball. (Satan is the accuser of the brethren. He is always facing off with us trying to cause us to lose the game any way he can.) Then I went deep into the paint, which is close to the basket, and posted up my man, sealing him with my back and arms. My defender was behind me and I felt like a professional basketball player (like Shaquille O'Neal) posting this guy up. My teammate threw me the ball as I posted my defender up. (We must block satan from interfering with us and our teammates scoring to win the game.) I then went to score the basketball with so much strength and power. (When we effectively defend ourselves and our brethren against the attacks of the enemy opponent, we have strength and power from God to win.) As I went up to score the basketball, I felt no agitation from my defender, it was almost as if he was not there. (Jas 4:7 Be subject therefore unto God; but resist the devil, and he will flee from you.) I went up into the air (representing abiding in heavenly places in Christ.) and went above the rim and scored the game-winning point unimpeded by my defender and we won the game. End. (Satan is no match for us when we team up with the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit and we agree with his Word and believe on His promises. We will always score the winning point.)      Man-child Steals His Bride from the "god of This World” Gabe Watson - 11/18/22 (David's notes in red) I dreamed that my wife was getting married to another guy, but in the dream she wasn't my wife (yet). (Gabe's wife represents the corporate Bride body who starts out being betrothed to satan, the god of this world, through the bondage of the sin nature and generational curses. But God foreordained them to be the first fruits unto the Man-child reformer ministries.) There seemed to be a lot of confusion and a lot of people were moving around and trying to get ready for their wedding. (There are a lot of apostate “Christians" who are going to marry the antichrist god of this world. He is a false Jesus. 2Co. 4:4 ...the god of this world hath blinded the minds of the unbelieving, that the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should not dawn upon them. And 1Co. 14:33 ...God is not a God of confusion, but of peace. As in all the churches of the saints.) So I started walking with her on a path, completely unaffected by what was going on around me. She was not interested in marrying me at all and was focused on her other wedding, however, I knew that she liked me but it just seemed like she wasn't focused on her feelings for me. (The Man-child, Jesus, will gently and patiently lead His Bride down the narrow Way. He works with us in our lives until our focus is turned to Him and away from the god of this world.) As we were walking on the path she did not want to walk anymore. This confused me a lot because I knew that she could keep walking on the path, but she just didn't want to. (Many times, along our journey with the Lord, we want to quit and give up; thinking it is too hard to keep going because of pain or discouragement or condemnation. But the Lord knows the end from the beginning and He knows we will make it. We must not lose faith. Php. 3:12-14 Not that I have already obtained, or am already made perfect: but I press on, if so be that I may lay hold on that for which also I was laid hold on by Christ Jesus. 13 Brethren, I could not myself yet to have laid hold: but one thing I do , forgetting the things which are behind, and stretching forward to the things which are before, 14 I press on toward the goal unto the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.) So I picked her up into my arms and cradled her like a baby and carried her down the path. (When we feel we can't go any further, we don't have to rely on our own strength. The Lord will carry us. 2Co. 12:9  And he hath said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my power is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my weaknesses, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.) I knew that I loved her, but I could not get her attention to realize it because she was focused on the other marriage. It did not bother me at all, that she wasn't loving me or focused on me, I was just focused on my goal and nothing could hinder my progress with her and my laser focus. (Rom. 8:35-39  Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or anguish, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?…37 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. 38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.) Then, we were at our wedding, about to get married. It seemed like she still didn't understand what was happening. (Because it is a mystery according to Eph. 5:25-32 Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself up for it; 26 that he might sanctify it, having cleansed it by the washing of water with the word, 27 that he might present the church to himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish. 28 Even so ought husbands also to love their own wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his own wife loveth himself: 29 for no man ever hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as Christ also the church; 30 because we are members of his body. 31 For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife; and the two shall become one flesh. 32 This mystery is great: but I speak in regard of Christ and of the church.) There was a pastor there marrying us and I seemed to be the only one that knew what was going on. (The Man-child, Jesus, always knows what's going on because He knows those who belong to Him. Joh. 10:27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.) There was one exception though. There was one other guy who knew what was going on and he did not like this at all. I knew that he was my enemy and did not want us to get married. (Satan does all that he can to try to sabotage or hinder the Man-child and Bride.) There was just nothing he could do to stop the wedding and he knew it.  As I watched him he was so shocked and bewildered that I was marrying her. ...He knew that it was totally out of his hands to stop this wedding and that we were getting married right before his eyes. (The devil knows there is nothing he can do and that his time is short. Rev. 12:12 Therefore rejoice, O heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe for the earth and for the sea: because the devil is gone down unto you, having great wrath, knowing that he hath but a short time.) I didn't know where her proposed husband was, it even could have been this guy, but it did not matter.  No one else mattered, my desire was only for her. I was focused on my wedding and nothing could hinder that or impede me from my goal. (Song 7:10  I am my beloved's; And his desire is toward me.) The scene changed and we were listening to her pastor who was giving a very short message. I thought to myself he's preaching pretty good. He finished up with a statement to this effect, that people are focusing on the wrong things in themselves and that we need to be focused on the glory of God in us. (We manifest the nature of Christ 30,60 and 100 fold by our faith in the promises of His Word.) As he said this, I felt strength and renewal, as I focused on the glory of God in me and it gave me peace. As I focused on these words inside myself, I had a deeper revelation of what he said. (Isa.26:3  Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee; because he trusteth in thee.) Then I woke up.     Select Language Afrikaans Albanian Amharic Arabic Armenian Assamese Aymara Azerbaijani Bambara Basque Belarusian Bengali Bhojpuri Bosnian Bulgarian Catalan Cebuano Chichewa Chinese (Simplified) Chinese (Traditional) Corsican Croatian Czech Danish Dhivehi Dogri Dutch Esperanto Estonian Ewe Filipino Finnish French Frisian Galician Georgian German Greek Guarani Gujarati Haitian Creole Hausa Hawaiian Hebrew Hindi Hmong Hungarian Icelandic Igbo Ilocano Indonesian Irish Italian Japanese Javanese Kannada Kazakh Khmer Kinyarwanda Konkani Korean Krio Kurdish (Kurmanji) Kurdish (Sorani) Kyrgyz Lao Latin Latvian Lingala Lithuanian Luganda Luxembourgish Macedonian Maithili Malagasy Malay Malayalam Maltese Maori Marathi Meiteilon (Manipuri) Mizo Mongolian Myanmar (Burmese) Nepali Norwegian Odia (Oriya) Oromo Pashto Persian Polish Portuguese Punjabi Quechua Romanian Russian Samoan Sanskrit Scots Gaelic Sepedi Serbian Sesotho Shona Sindhi Sinhala Slovak Slovenian Somali Spanish Sundanese Swahili Swedish Tajik Tamil Tatar Telugu Thai Tigrinya Tsonga Turkish Turkmen Twi Ukrainian Urdu Uyghur Uzbek Vietnamese Welsh Xhosa Yiddish Yoruba Zulu Powered by Translate Printer-friendly version

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We often miss out on opportunities to serve Jesus because we do not view those who are hungry, thirsty, naked, sick or imprisoned as Jesus Himself. When we allow the Spirit to lead us, He will open our eyes so that we can make the most of those opportunities to serve those considered to be least in society. We are supposed to be active members of His Body, not sleeping and waiting to go to Heaven. To support this ministry financially, visit: https://www.oneplace.com/donate/640/29

The Catholic Couple
Why Bread and Wine?

The Catholic Couple

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 6, 2022 71:39


On Instagram, Bobby shared a quote for Bishop Sheen's Life of Christ  where he unpacks the reason Jesus chose these two substances to become His Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity.  Bobby and Katie discuss this and other topics around the Eucharist and why we call it Communion.Show notes:Sheen's Life of ChristThe Instagram post that prompted the discussionFollow us on Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube and don't forget to follow, subscribe, like and share!

Unraveling The Words of Yahweh
Rapture Doctrine Part 36 False Christs

Unraveling The Words of Yahweh

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 4, 2022 72:33


In this continuing study I take a look at the Rapture Doctrine. Is this a Pre-Trib, as taught in most mainstream Churches are do Christians go through the Tribulation Period? I compare Thessalonians to Matthew 24 along with Revelation. I venture into Paul's writings to explore what he has to say, along with what Yahweh says in Ezekiel. I also ask the listeners to grab a pencil and paper as we create charts for comparison as we get deeper into this study.  In this Part 36 I continue our study in this Matthew 24 verse 24, False Messiahs. WE'RE CONTINUING NOW THE STUDY OF MATTHEW 24 in which Yahshua Messiah  Himself tells us exactly what's going to happen during this period, this last three-and-a-half years of World history, the last three-and-a-half years of the Antichrist reign, the Great Tribulation. He tells us exactly what is going to be the cue when it begins, and that will tell us exactly when it ends, because it lasts exactly three-and-a-half years. This is said several times in the Bible.Yahshua tells us that the Great Tribulation will begin with the setting up of the abomination of desolation, the Image of the Beast, in the holy place. He speaks of it as the Abomination of Desolation and we find out it's an Image of the Beast in Revelation, 13th Chapter. And Daniel speaks of it as well, and they all speak of it as occurring at the same time, exactly in the middle of the seven-year reign of the Antichrist, at the beginning of the last half, which is three-and-a-half years. During the Tribulation things will get so bad that many people will think it's time for Yahshua to come, especially the Church people who were taught that He was supposed to come before the Tribulation. They're going to wait and expect to see Him come any day!NOT ONLY THAT, THE GREATEST SIGN THAT YAHSHUA MESSIAH IS COMING and HAS COME IS THAT YOU WILL START FLOATING, YOU WILL START LEVITATING! Suddenly your feet won't be able to touch the ground, you'll start floating upward. And He will gather you together to His Body, and we will meet Him in the air! This is spoken of a number of times in Yahweh's Word. It is spoken of in the first chapter of Acts also, and spoken of in 1st Thessalonians 4th chapter.BECAUSE YAHSHYUA MESSIAH SAYS THAT THE TRIBULATION WILL BEGIN "WHEN YE SHALL SEE THE ABOMINATION OF DESOLATION, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place." When you see it standing there you'll know the Tribulation has begun. And He doesn't say a word about taking you out of here immediately then at all! All He says is He warns everybody to head for the hills! You'd better run, get to your refuge or hiding place, your survival goods! Get out of the cities and out of the populated areas where there's going to be lots of trouble.25      Behold, I have told you before = Behold, I have given you sufficient warning. Verses 5 and 11I        THE ANTICHRIST OPPOSES THE AUTHORITY OF THE MESSIAH.II       THE ANTICHRIST OPPOSES THE PURITY OF THE MESSIAH.III      THE ANTICHRIST OPPOSES THE UNITY OF THE MESSIAH. IV      THE ANTICHRIST OPPOSES THE CHARITY OF THE MESSIAH.Don't end up like those in Hosea 4:6 ‘My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God (Elohim), I will also forget thy children.'But, be like those in 2Timothy 2:15 ‘Study to shew thyself approved unto God (Yahweh), a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.'Join me as we go Chapter by Chapter, Verse by Verse, Unraveling the Words of Yahweh!Have any questions? Feel free to email me at keitner@netzero.net

Christian Center Shreveport
URGENT Prayer Needed: ”Our House Is Divided”

Christian Center Shreveport

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 2, 2022 16:14


The Lord is awakening His house to pray for the division that is manifesting in His Body at this time.  On today's Podcast we give examples of the destructiveness of this division and the need for brokenness to heal this self-induced wounds.  Listen in and pray with us for breakthrough.  

Coffee With Jesus
S3, Ep. 6: Grieving the Loss of a Loved One

Coffee With Jesus

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 1, 2022 23:35


It feels like each of the past few years have been years of loss. For some, it may be the loss of a job. For others, it may be the loss of a loved one. How can we get through the guilt and grief?In this episode, special guest Carey Green and host Todd Uebele talk about God meeting us in our grief.  Carey shares the loss of his own father and Todd shares what it is like watching his own father fade away before his eyes. They each talk about the unanswered questions, guilt, regret, or missed opportunities that sometimes linger as we grieve.They also discuss a dynamic that God has put in place as we share our burdens with our brothers and sisters in Christ and come together in the unity of His Body. What is the value of reaching out and let our Father use His children to comfort and heal you during your grief and your loss? Listen to this episode to see how Christ becomes your source of strength and comfort during grief.Take a moment to visit Carey Green's website: https://careygreen.com/ Take a listen to Carey Green's podcast: Morning Mindset Daily Christian Devotional Brought to you by Coffee With Jesus Ministries.Coffee With Jesus is now on Roku! Use code MTHGZP  to add our channel to any Roku device!Podcast host: Todd UebeleSpecial Guest: Carey GreenDescription by: Yilda Rivera/Todd Uebele

Spirit and Spire
Birth in a Log Cabin, Lord of the Rings, & the Love of God with Isaac Fox

Spirit and Spire

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 31, 2022 106:04


Birth in a Log Cabin, Lord of the Rings, & the Love of God with Isaac Fox In our 12th episode of Spirit & Spire (can you believe it?!), our very own co-host Isaac Fox shares his incredible story of childhood being born in a log cabin, learning scripture from his father, discovering Lord of the Rings, and being awakened by the love of God years later. Isaac's story is unique in that reading, prayer, and study through God's own timing led him to the Catholic Faith. Somehow, by the grace of God the Father, Isaac was given a taste of the adventure of freedom and love beyond anything he had perhaps ever experienced before. Listen to today's episode to hear the intense and highly intellectual story of conversion to the source and summit of Catholicism---Eucharistic Lord in His Body & Blood, Soul & Divinity. Wow! John Sohl hosts this episode with his co-host Isaac Fox. Bryan Cain & Erik Huff could not be with us today. Look for Spirit & Spire on Google, Apple, Spotify, or wherever podcasts are found. Check out the teaser trailer and share this far and wide as more episodes are coming. www.SpiritandSpire.com Support Us | www.patreon.com/spiritandspire Please support our incredible sponsors! The Marian Center | 165 Sears Ave | 502.899.5125 www.CathedraloftheAssumption.org If you would like a shoutout in an upcoming episode, contact us at spiritandspire@aol.com

The Well Grand Rapids
The Great Awakening Conference with Dr. Leon Van Rooyen

The Well Grand Rapids

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 25, 2022 71:20


Dr. Leon van Rooyen delivered a powerful call for the sleepers to rise and rejoin the church. Come back! You cannot be one with Christ and not His Body. Listen to this past Sunday's message and be revived in your purpose in His Church. Stay connected: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thewellgr/?hl=en Website: http://www.thewellgr.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thewellgr/

OAG Podcast
And He Gave!

OAG Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 23, 2022 39:13


God in His infinite wisdom knew that the Church, His Body, needed direction and guidance so he gave the Church whom God called ministers to prepare the saints and strengthen the body.

Steve Fry Podcast
The Priority of The Gathering

Steve Fry Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 20, 2022 47:35


Living together as members of Christ's Body is as important to recovering your identity as being loved by God is.  If a large part of your identity is found in being members of Christ's body; and if being members of His Body is experienced in gathering together; then gathering together as a church is key to your personal identity. 

The Gate Community Church Podcast
The Priority of The Gathering

The Gate Community Church Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 20, 2022 47:34


Living together as members of Christ's Body is as important to recovering your identity as being loved by God is.  If a large part of your identity is found in being members of Christ's body; and if being members of His Body is experienced in gathering together; then gathering together as a church is key to your personal identity. A Sermon by Steve Fry.

Will Wright Catholic
Addressing the [Papal] Elephant in the Room

Will Wright Catholic

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 10, 2022 44:41


It's Time to Address the Papal Elephant in the RoomPope Francis is the 266th Pope of the Holy Catholic Church, having been elected to the papacy following the vacancy left by Pope Benedict XVI's resignation. I will be the first to admit that I was beyond upset when Benedict announced his resignation. I entertained all sorts of notions of conspiracy theories and that he must be being forced to resign in some way, though he has maintained that the decision was his and borne from personal prayer and discernment. When Pope Francis became Pope, I was watching the news like everyone else in the world. I heard the words “Habemus Papam [we have a pope], Cardinale Bergoglio.” Who?!? Who was this Argentinian Italian Cardinal? What? He's a Jesuit? He's chosen the name “Francis”?!? How odd. Then, over the last nine years, I have been edified, inspired, and emboldened by Pope Francis to have an ever greater zeal for evangelization and a decreased sense of materialism. His document Evangelii Gaudium (2013) is spectacular. I also enjoyed many of the teaching points of Laudato Si (2015). Gaudete et Exsultate (2018) has some solid moments as well! I also particularly like this line from Fratelli Tutti (2020): “We gorged ourselves on networking, and lost the taste of fraternity (FT, 33).” That is a fantastic line. The most recent document on the Eucharist is beautiful, though it does not offer anything substantial new in terms of reflection. No Shortage of Issues With the Current PontificateI know there has been some controversy lately about this document, claiming that the Pope is advancing some sort of Lutheranesque sola fide doctrine, but I unequivocally denounce these criticisms as the bad fruit of uncharity.What I want to stress here is that I have read every encyclical and exhortation that Pope Francis has published, including those not previously listed. I always try to give him a fair shake and read the documents charitably. But I have also been irritated, outraged, scandalized, and befuddled by Pope Francis, especially every time he speaks to reporters on airplanes, gives interviews to atheists who do not take notes, gives talks and sermons that suggest novel interpretations [always bad news when it comes to Church teaching], betrays the Church in China over and over again, allows too much nonsense to continue [in Belgium, Germany, the Amazon, et. al.], says something jesuitically ambiguous, or refuses to clarify matters of doctrine. There are plenty of things to be worried about with Pope Francis. However, I wonder if there are elements in the Church that are looking for problems where there are none. It is perfectly appropriate to charitably criticize error and imprudence. It is not okay to invent mountains out of molehills, or, as the case may be, to invent mountains out of level ground.Pope Francis has done and said many things which are problematic and borderline heretical (many of those in my company would argue that the line has been crossed numerous times into formal or material heresy). His general ambiguity and lack of clarity make it exceptionally difficult to have conversations about the consistency and authority of the Church with radical traditionalists [sedevacantists and those that reject Benedict's resignation], Protestants, Orthodox Christians, and non-Christians alike. This is especially the case in a climate of many lackluster, cowardly bishops and priests [not all, of course], an immobilized laity, a growing contingent of lapsed Catholics, and the ever-looming sex abuse crisis.Many in the Church are worried. Many of my friends have reached out to me to have conversations about the shenanigans they are seeing coming out of the Vatican or from Pope Francis himself. What are we, as faithful Catholics, to make of such turbulent times? I thought it might be fruitful to dive into what the Magisterium is and how we can evaluate levels of Magisterial authority.What is the Magisterium?Jesus Christ is God, the Second Person of the Blessed Trinity, and the Incarnate Word of God. He is also our King, reigning as our sovereign Lord. As the full revelation of God to man, He imparted all that He taught, did, implemented, and is to the Apostles. As the fathers of the Second Vatican Council put it in Dei Verbum, the sacred constitution on the Word of God:“... Jesus perfected revelation by fulfilling it through his whole work of making Himself present and manifesting Himself: through His words and deeds, His signs and wonders, but especially through His death and glorious resurrection from the dead and final sending of the Spirit of truth (DV, 4).”The Church is His Body, of which He is the Head, and He reigns still. In obedience to Him, the faithful here on Earth continue to perpetuate this sacred Deposit of Faith, which is Sacred Tradition and Sacred Scriptures, until He comes again in glory. The council fathers, in the constitution on the Church, Lumen Gentium, said this:“This Sacred Council, following closely in the footsteps of the First Vatican Council, with that Council teaches and declares that Jesus Christ, the eternal Shepherd, established His holy Church, having sent forth the apostles as He Himself had been sent by the Father; and He willed that their successors, namely the bishops, should be shepherds in His Church even to the consummation of the world. And in order that the episcopate itself might be one and undivided, He placed Blessed Peter over the other apostles, and instituted in him a permanent and visible source and foundation of unity of faith and communion. And all this teaching about the institution, the perpetuity, the meaning and reason for the sacred primacy of the Roman Pontiff and of his infallible magisterium, this Sacred Council again proposes to be firmly believed by all the faithful. Continuing in that same undertaking, this Council is resolved to declare and proclaim before all men the doctrine concerning bishops, the successors of the apostles, who together with the successor of Peter, the Vicar of Christ, the visible Head of the whole Church, govern the house of the living God (LG, 18).”The Magisterium, simply put, is the teaching authority of Jesus Christ to authentically interpret the Deposit of Faith in the age of the Church passed on to the Apostles and their successors: the Pope and the bishops in union with him. As History progresses, we have new technology, means of communication, and techniques which change the way we interact with one another and how we understand the world around us. As such, in His Wisdom, God gave us the Magisterium to faithfully interpret the perennial and unchanging teachings of the Church on Faith and Morals in contemporary circumstances, from age to age.It is important to emphasize this last point: Church teaching on Faith and Morals cannot, does not, and will not change. As the Second Vatican Council clearly teaches: “The Christian dispensation, therefore, as the new and definitive covenant, will never pass away and we now await no further new public revelation before the glorious manifestation of our Lord Jesus Christ (DV, 4).”The Church's Magisterium, therefore, does not give us new teachings that contradict old ones, nor does it give us new revelations or pretend to alter the foundational doctrines and dogmas of the Holy Faith. The Magisterium, at any given time, is beholden to the preceding Magisterium. We faithfully echo on the words, life, and teachings of Jesus Christ and His Church without substantial change. A Religion of the Word - The Supreme Rule of FaithThe Word of God is the supreme rule of faith - the standard by which the Divine and infallible faith can be tested. The rule of faith and the Faith itself are from the same divine wellspring. This rule of faith is not extrinsic to the faith nor is it an add-on to the faith. Truly, the Word of God is not a collection of writings or even teachings. The Word of God is Jesus Christ Himself. We are not a religion of the book of God, but rather a religion of the Word of God.The Word of God flows into Sacred Scripture and Sacred Tradition. Sacred Scripture is the driving force of doctrine. The written word of God is inerrant and faithfully transmitted and guarded from error by Holy Mother Church. Sacred Tradition is not primarily a collection of doctrines, but, as the Directory for Catechesis teaches: “is a life of faith that is renewed every day (Dir. 26).” As St. Vincent of Larens taught, Sacred Tradition advances, “consolidated with the years, developed with time, deepened with age (ibid.).”How then can we arrive at the true interpretation of Sacred Scripture and Sacred Tradition? This is where the Magisterium comes in. The Directory for Catechesis puts the relationship between Scripture, Tradition, and Magisterium well:“The Church's Magisterium, supported by the Holy Spirit and endowed with the charism of truth, exercises its ministry of authentically interpreting the word of God, which it serves. The Magisterium therefore performs the ministry of safeguarding the integrity of Revelation, the word of God contained in Tradition and in Sacred Scripture, and its continual transmission. It is this living Magisterium that interprets it in a consistent manner and is subject to it (cf. DV 10) (Dir. 26).” The living Magisterium interprets Scripture and Tradition in a consistent manner. And the key phrase for today's discussion is that the Magisterium is “subject to” the Word of God. Remember, the supreme rule of faith is the Word of God, Jesus Christ. The Church cannot and will not contradict Jesus on Faith and Morals because the Church is divinely guarded by the charism of infallibility.How Do We Weigh Magisterial Teachings?Doctrine does not change, but it can develop, in a certain sense. Therefore, it is important to understand what is set dogma, what is developed doctrine, what is merely a discipline, and so on. We need to be able to weigh magisterial authority. Not everything the Church teaches is marked by infallibility. For example, let's look at the 1998 profession of faith that used to be used when someone assumed a certain office in the Church. Following the public profession of the Nicene Creed, they would say:“I also firmly accept and hold each and everything definitively proposed by the Church regarding teaching on faith and morals. Moreover, I adhere with religious submission of will and intellect to the teachings which either the Roman pontiff or the College of Bishops enunciate when they exercise their authentic magisterium, even if they do not intend to proclaim these teachings by a definitive act.”So, some things are definitively proposed on faith and morals; to these, we firmly accept and hold. We give “religious submission of intellect and will” to the teachings of the Pope or college of Bishops when they speak together, even on matters other than faith and morals, even in the ordinary magisterium. Clearly from this, we see a distinction in level of authority and level of adherence to this spectrum of Church teachings.The main categories, in order of importance are: 1) dogmas, 2) other infallible statements, 3) doctrines that have not been taught infallibly, 4) theological opinions, 5) other non-doctrinal statements.* DogmaDogmas of the Church are truths that the Magisterium teaches infallibly as being divinely revealed in Sacred Scripture and Sacred Tradition. These can be taught by the Pope, an ecumenical council, or by the Church's ordinary and universal Magisterium. Dogmas require the theological assent of faith by all members of the faithful. We are not free to dissent from them in any way. To obstinately place them in doubt or deny them is to fall under the censure of heresy. HeresyAs an aside, a lot of people speak about this priest or that, or bishop, pope, or lay person, being a heretic. We have to understand the difference between the crime of heresy and sin of heresy. Formal heresy (the crime of heresy) is “the wilful and persistent adherence to an error in matters of faith” on the part of a baptized person; the persistence in error comes from having been formally corrected but continuing in error. Heresy is a grave sin as well, even if it is committed privately. The important note here is that heresy is the crime and sin of corrupting dogmas of the Church. Heresy is thrown around a lot today as a term, but most of the time the issues would better be described as either theological error or imprudence. For example, if the pope or a bishop phrases something in an unfortunate way, they could have misspoken or made a theological error without it rising to the grave sin and crime of heresy. We have to proceed in love of the truth but also in charity for the individual speaking or writing. * Other Infallible StatementsA step below dogma is “opinions to be held definitively” and these are taught infallibly but are not directly “divinely revealed.” The fact that only men can priests is infallible doctrine but not dogma because it is an open question, theologically, whether it is connected to divine revelation or is itself an example of divine revelation. There is a related discipline to this of clerical celibacy in the Latin Church and episcopal celibacy in the Eastern Churches. So, we see the dogma pertaining to the Sacrament of Holy Orders, the infallible doctrine and reality that only baptized men can validly receive this Sacrament, and the discipline of clerical celibacy. All three: dogma, doctrine, and discipline are important but in various weights and with different magisterial weight.According to St. John Paul II in Ad Tuendam Fidem, in such cases of infallible statements the faithful are “required to give firm and definitive assent to these truths, based on faith in the Holy Spirit's assistance to the Church's magisterium, and on the Catholic doctrine of the infallibility of the magisterium in these matters. Whoever denies these truths would be in a position of rejecting a truth of Catholic doctrine and would therefore no longer be in full communion with the Catholic Church.”So, these statements still pack a lot of weight and are guarded by the charism of infallibility. Other examples of such infallible statements include:* When the Pope speaks ex cathedra with the authority of Peter. This is extraordinary magisterium.* When the bishops, in communion with the Pope, define doctrine at a General Council. This is also called extraordinary magisterium.* When the bishops, in communion with the Pope, together with the Pope, propose definitively in agreement, though they are dispersed. This is the ordinary and universal magisterium.* Doctrines That Have Not Been Taught InfalliblyWhen the Pope speaks in an ordinary, but authoritative way, we are required to submit our mind, intellect, and will, but it is not guaranteed to be infallible. Likewise, it is the case with bishops in communion with the Pope who teach authoritatively in their diocese. Just because these doctrines have not been infallibly declared does not make them unimportant. They are also part of the Deposit of Faith. Sometimes, in the history of the Church there has arisen solid reasons to take the time to define certain doctrines to protect against error or heresy.* Theological OpinionsTheological opinions are the next rung on the ladder. They are not infallible nor are they authoritative. The opinions of theologians can be in legitimate disagreement and ongoing dialogue.* Other Non-Doctrinal StatementsThere are some teachings of the magisterium that are not universal and to be held always. They are more or less circumstantial to time, customs, and culture. For example, if a Church document describes the state of a society, makes suggestions or exhortations, these are to be received with respect and a grateful heart, but do not require strict intellectual assent.Important Sources of Authoritative Catholic Teaching (Non-Papal)There is a hierarchy, not just of dogma, doctrines, and disciplines, but also of magisterial texts. The Church FathersThe writings of the Church Fathers, the writers of the first eight centuries of the Church, are accepted as true and authoritative when they speak “in unison” on a matter over those eight centuries. Repetition through the ages does matter. Doctors of the ChurchThe Doctors of the Church are those ecclesial writers who have been given this title for the great advantage given to the whole Church derived from their doctrine. There are now 23 Doctors of the Church who are held in very high esteem for their faithful teaching. The other Saints as well contribute to the great tradition of the Church in varying degrees through their lives and works.Rules of LifeThese rules govern communal life for certain communities and they have to be approved by the Pope. For example, the Benedictine Rule of Life is the ordered way of living as a Benedictine monk in a monastery.Code of Canon LawThe Code of Canon Law was first compiled from various sources in 1917 and was revised in 1982. The 1982 version is our current Church law which governs all Catholics of the Latin Rite. There is also a Code of Canon Law for the Eastern Churches. These canons are authoritative and binding on the faithful. Papal DocumentsPapal documents all carry various magisterial weight. The five main sources of these are (in order of importance): Wednesday audiences, Apostolic exhortations, encyclical letters, papal bulls, and the motu proprio.Wednesday audiencesEvery Wednesday normatively, when the Pope is in Rome, he gives an audience and a talk to those gathered in St. Peter's square. These audiences are authoritative when they involve teachings on faith and morals, but not infallible. For example, much of St. John Paul II's Theology of the Body was taken from his weekly Wednesday addresses.ExhortationsThe lowest authority of a Papal document is an apostolic exhortation. This is a document in which the Pope exhorts the faithful on a certain matter. An exhortation does not define doctrine, by design. It is higher in authority than a normal ecclesial letter. Exhortations usually follow a meeting of a synod of bishops to outline their deliberations.EncyclicalsA Papal encyclical or letter is a letter from the Pope to the entire Church. The first Encyclical was the first letter of St. Peter. The next recorded example after Peter is a letter from Pope Clement I to the Christians in Corinth. An encyclical seeks to clarify a certain doctrine. Therefore, it is part of the ordinary magisterium of the Pope and requires us to submit our mind and will on matters of faith and morals. Encyclicals have a high level of magisterial authority.Papal BullsA papal bull is a public decree or charter issued by the Pope. These are authoritative and binding. A Bull may treat statutes, appointment of bishops, dispensations, excommunications, Apostolic constitutions, canonizations, and convocations.Motu ProprioA motu proprio is technically a type of rescript, which is an official edict or announcement. A motu proprio is an official legal act taken by the Pope on his own power and volition and personally signed by him. It has full legal effect for Canon Law. Motu Proprio literally means “by his own hand.” Council DocumentsNext, let's take a look at three types of documents that come from General Councils: Constitutions, Decrees, and DeclarationsConstitutionsAn Apostolic Constitution is the most solemn form of legislation issued by the Pope. They are either doctrinal or pastoral. They are issued as Papal bulls because of their solemn and public form.DecreesA decree is an order or law given by the council and the Pope to the rest of the world or a specific group of people. These are legislative acts of the pope. These decrees have the full power of the Pope in making laws.DeclarationsDeclarations are more specific and usually address a specific topic. However, they still carry the same weight as other documents of a general council of bishops in communion with the Pope. So, they are authoritative and infallible on matters of faith and morals.CatechismsThroughout the Church's history, there have also been various written systematic presentations of the Faith. These are called Catechisms. Some are universal and others are for a particular locale. The Catechism of the Catholic Church was promulgated in 1992 originally and in English in 1997. This document was a game-changer. It was the first truly universal Catechism and was so beautifully compiled. It is the go-to standard in terms of understanding what the Church is and what she believes. The Baltimore Catechism was a question/answer Catechism which arose from a local council in Baltimore, Maryland in 1885. It is based on St. Robert Bellarmine's 1614 Small Catechism.The important thing to keep in mind about Catechisms is that they are compilations. They contain dogma, doctrine, and discipline. They contain prudential applications of principles and law. The doctrines contained in Catechism are thus magisterial, but they bear no more weight than before they were compiled in the Catechism.Judging the nature of a teaching…First, we can look at the nature of the document that teaches a doctrine. Some are more authoritative than others. For example, A papal encyclical is more authoritative than the weekly general audiences a pope gives, and the dogmatic constitutions of Vatican II are more authoritative than the council's decrees.The second test is the frequency with which the magisterium repeats a doctrine. If it is something mentioned only occasionally, or has not been mentioned in centuries, it will have a lower level of authority attached to it. But if it is something that the magisterium repeats with great regularity, it is more authoritative.The third test is the tone of the words used to express the teaching. If it is proposed briefly and tentatively, it will have less authority. If it is expounded at length or emphatically, it will have more authority.What To Do If the Pope Seems to Be In Error?So, what do we do when we think that Pope Francis is in error or is holding heretical positions? First, we pray for him. Second, we recognize that God alone judges the Pope… and I mean this juridically. Only the college of cardinals can formally correct the Pope in any sort of authoritative way. Further, no one can be found to be a manifest and formal heretic without a trial. In general, stop calling other people “heretics.” It is unhelpful and often uncharitable. We also need to remember that we must not be guilty of the sin of rash judgment in regards to the Pope (or anyone else, for that matter). The Fourth Council of Constantinople in Canon 10 says: “As divine scripture clearly proclaims, Do not find fault before you investigate, and understand first and then find fault, and does our law judge a person without first giving him a hearing and learning what he does?”I do not claim to have the answers. How do you solve a problem like Pope Francis? No clue. But I do know and believe that the Holy Spirit guides and guards the Church. I know and believe that the Church is the Body of Jesus Christ, our Lord, Savior, and King. And I know and believe that the entire apostolic action of the Church is directed always to the glory of the Father. I propose that we dive deep into the study and love of Sacred Scripture and Sacred Tradition. The perennial truths of the Faith will not and cannot pass away. When the Pope is truly in error, he ought to be charitably and fraternally corrected. But, if you are reading this (or listening to the podcast), then you are not likely to be the one to correct the Holy Father. Do not trust everything you hear from the armchair theologians and gossipers of the Church on YouTube and other podcasts. Theirs is a poison which does just as much, if not more, harm to the Church as anything we are seeing from the hierarchy. I know this was a much longer article/podcast than normal, but I did not want to shortchange any of the explanations. With much more left to say, I will opt to wait until another occasion. I will end with the words of St. Paul to the Thessalonians:“... test everything; hold fast to what is good (1 Thess. 5:21).”Thanks for reading Will Wright Catholic! Subscribe for free to receive new posts and support my work.Thank you for reading Will Wright Catholic. This post is public so feel free to share it. This is a public episode. If you would like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit willwrightcatholic.substack.com

Trinity Lutheran Sheboygan
Bible Study: No Drive Thru Jesus

Trinity Lutheran Sheboygan

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 8, 2022 16:09


Jesus comes in mercy, and by His Word heals you in body and soul. “Go and show yourselves to the priests,” for you are cleansed (Luke 17:14), and you are granted access to the Lord's Temple. It is “at Jesus' feet, giving Him thanks” (Luke 17:16), that you worship God, for Christ Jesus is your great High Priest; His Body is the true Temple. In Him you “find rest, each of you in the house of her husband” (Ruth 1:9), for the Lord has “visited His people and given them food” (Ruth 1:6). The person of Jesus Christ lodges Himself in holy food--bread and wine for believers to eat and drink. You lodge where Jesus lodges; His Father is your God, His people are your people. Death cannot part you from Him, because His death and resurrection are eternally yours through Holy Baptism. “Remember Jesus Christ, risen from the dead” (2 Tim. 2:8–9). As surely as death could not hold Him, so surely “the Word of God is not bound” (2 Tim. 2:9). His Gospel is entrusted “to faithful men who will be able to teach others also” (2 Tim. 2:2), so that you “may obtain the salvation that is in Christ Jesus” (2 Tim. 2:10). Such is the confession of faith for all the saints, who believe, teach, and confess the one Lord and Savior--Jesus Christ.------------Visit our website: https://www.trinitysheboygan.org/​​​​Trinity Lutheran Church, School and Child Care have been "Making Known the Love of Christ" in Sheboygan, Wisconsin and throughout the world since 1853 as a congregation gathering around God's Word and Sacraments to receive forgiveness and life everlasting. Trinity is located in downtown Sheboygan, only one block from the Mead Public Library and the Weill Center for the Performing Arts. We invite you to visit us in person!Trinity Lutheran Sheboygan is a proud member of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod. Visit their website: https://www.lcms.org/​​​​Music for this production was obtained through a licensing agreement with One License, LLC. The copyright permission to reprint, podcast, and record hymns and songs is acquired through ID Number: 730195-A#lcms #lutheran #biblestudy Support the show

Steve Fry Podcast
Living in the Power of an Un-grieved Holy Spirit

Steve Fry Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 6, 2022 42:31


If we're ‘born again' we're members of The Body of Christ. Since we are members of His Body we have accepted the joy and the obligation that what we do and how we live even in the privacy of our own hearts affect each other. Since we affect each other, one of our chief aims is to keep our hearts free of offense.

Martyn Lloyd-Jones Sermon Podcast
The Church which is His Body

Martyn Lloyd-Jones Sermon Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 5, 2022


Ephesians 1:20-23 — One of the most exalted ways the church is depicted in Scripture is through the metaphor of the body of Christ. Not only is it an exalted picture of the church, but the church as the body of Christ is one of the most intimate metaphors of the New Testament church. In this sermon on Ephesians 1:20–23 titled “The Church Which is His Body,” Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones explains that the metaphor of the body of Christ demonstrates that the church is in union with Christ, Christ is the head or source of the church, and Christ fills His body with life. The understanding of the doctrine of the church would be severely restricted if this picture were not in the Scriptures. Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones examines this metaphor in great detail and with great passion, preaching on this source of unity and holiness. Dr. Lloyd-Jones also challenges a popular view of sanctification which regards any working on the part of the believer as misguided. Listen as these themes are brought together in such a way as to challenge the members of Christ's body to remember the great source of power as one mortifies sin and resists the devil.

Reflections
Saturday of the 15th Week after Trinity

Reflections

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 1, 2022 6:37


Today's Reading: Introit for the 16th Sunday after Trinity (Psalm 86:1, 7, 12–13; antiphon: vv.3, 5)Daily Lectionary: Deuteronomy 2:16-37; Matthew 6:16-34For great is your steadfast love toward me; you have delivered my soul from the depths of Sheol. (Psalm 86:13)In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. I hope you enjoyed Psalm 86 last Saturday, because the lectionary has given us yet more of it. And who can blame the framers of the lectionary? It truly is a great psalm.Once again, we hear the pleas of King David. He is crying out to the Lord and he hopes that God will be gracious and incline His ear to him. In the middle of the psalm, David expresses confidence that God will indeed hear and save him. The loyal love of God is so great that He has rescued David from death in the past and He will certainly do so again!That's what we are talking about—death. Sheol is the abode of the dead. We might translate it “the grave.” Also, the word translated “soul,” probably refers to David's life. David is saying that God rescues his life from the grave.I think there is beautiful logic connecting the 14th Sunday after Trinity with the 15th Sunday after Trinity. First, we hear that God will take care of us in this life, for we are more valuable than birds or lilies. But we leave church that Sunday with a feeling that something is left unresolved. God won't always preserve our life, will He? I mean, we will die someday, right? If God will let us die, then does He really care? Thus, the 15th Sunday after Trinity addresses death head-on.Yes, even the children of God die. Indeed, even the only-begotten Son of God died! However, that doesn't mean that God is unfaithful or uncaring. God's ultimate goal is not to sustain this mortal life indefinitely. He has something better to give us—what the Bible sometimes calls “eternal life,” or, “abundant life.” We might call it, “resurrection life,” or, “immortality.” Ultimately, God wants to free us from pain, suffering, and decay. He doesn't want us to live forever under the reign of death. So, God allows us to pass through death and out the other side. We die, only to rise again on the Last Day. We will be delivered from Sheol, because death was reversed in the flesh of Jesus. What happened to the Head on Easter morning will happen to every member of His Body. In the Name + of Jesus. Amen.Almighty God, grant Your unworthy servants Your grace, that in the hour of death the adversary may not prevail against us but that we may be found worthy of everlasting life; through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen. (Prayer for a Blessed Death, LSB p. 313)-Pastor Alexander Lange is pastor of Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Albany, Oregon.Audio Reflections Speaker: Rev. Duane BamschStudy Christ's words on the cross to see how you can show more Christlike grace in your life. Perfect for group or individual study, each chapter has a Q&A at the end, and the back of the book includes a leader guide. Available now from Concordia Publishing House.

The Critical 'Musts' with Bill Nordstrom
“God's Sifting Leads to God's Straightening”

The Critical 'Musts' with Bill Nordstrom

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 1, 2022 13:46


My friends, I want to say, "we don't have the next couple of decades to run from what the Holy Spirit has been whispering to the Church, those hushed tones that are warning of a coming blast from a trumpet in Zion, and the sounding of an alarm on the Holy Mountain of God. He's informing His Body of some coming bad news and some coming good news. Jesus told Peter in Luke 22. "Satan has asked to sift you like wheat." The good news, he had to ask. The bad news is I gave him permission. Even so, Believers everywhere will be challenged by the deep darkness enveloping the earth and must now prepare for what is to come. That readiness will come from a history in God and a radical prayer life.

Love and Lordship
Identity in Christ - A Much Needed Part of His Body

Love and Lordship

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 29, 2022 14:14


“Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.”  1 Corinthians 12:27  In last week's post we looked at our identity as being united with Christ in spirit as individuals and alluded to the unity of the Body of Christ. This unity is essential to who we are in Christ because we are literally members of His Body (1 Corinthians 12:27). Paul describes our identity and unity in specific analogous terms of our own bodies and reminds... Read More

The Gate Community Church Podcast
Living in the Power of an Un-grieved Holy Spirit

The Gate Community Church Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 28, 2022 42:30


If we're ‘born again' we're members of The Body of Christ. Since we are members of His Body we have accepted the joy and the obligation that what we do and how we live even in the privacy of our own hearts affect each other. Since we affect each other, one of our chief aims is to keep our hearts free of offense. A sermon by Steve Fry.

The Rock of Northwest Arkansas
Appropriation and Transformation of the Mind

The Rock of Northwest Arkansas

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 18, 2022 73:08


Yahweh is preparing His people. All idols and insecurities must be removed. In worship we present ourselves to Yahweh, drawing near for examination. He wants to give us wholeness, showing us who we really are. If you want to appropriate the outcome that Yahshua got, you also need to appropriate the process that led Him there. You must recognize that it is going to cost you something. Yahweh and His plans are much bigger that you. You are valuable, but your value is established when you are connected to His Body. "Do not refuse Him who speaks."

Reflections
Friday of the 12th Week after Trinity

Reflections

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 9, 2022 6:21


Daily Lectionary: 2 Kings 6:1-23; Philippians 1:21-2:11 Then Elisha prayed and said, "O Lord, please open his eyes that he may see." So the Lord opened the eyes of the young man, and he saw, and behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha. (2 Kings 6:17) In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. In Isaiah 6, the prophet is given a vision of heaven's throne room. The six-winged seraphim shouted out, "Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts" (Isaiah 6:3). In the great Sanctus of Divine Service Setting Three, we leave "host" untranslated as "Sabaoth." They mean the same thing: a heavenly army. The Lord God of heaven's army, whom Isaiah saw, was again seen by Elisha and his servant. Heaven's army was on full display, even if at first Elisha's servant did not see it. This army of horses and chariot all ablaze was there to save God's people from destruction and deliver them from their enemies. That same Lord God of Sabaoth came to do battle for you. This time it was not hidden, but on full public display. Yet as visible as it was, most do not see it. It looks like a huge loss. Instead of being cloaked in fire with a vast army sounding Him, this time the Lord God is alone, hanging on a cross, dying. Not very victorious to the human eye. When the Holy Spirit opens the eyes of faith, then you see a very different picture. Though your enemies of sin, death, and the devil try to surround you, you have Christ Jesus, the Son of the Lord God, and all of heaven's armies. He has saved you from destruction and delivered you from your enemies. His death is your salvation and by His resurrection He has won the victory. Satan and his demonic horde have been defeated and are going down kicking and screaming like a toddler throwing a temper tantrum. Your sin is forgiven. Death is no longer a threat. Now, in the presence of these defeated enemies, the Lord prepares a great feast of victory, His Body and Blood in the Holy Sacrament, as we join with the seraphim and angels and archangels and all the company of heaven to sing "Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God of heaven's army!" On the day that Christ welcomes you home to the eternal feast, your enemies will never come to raid you again, for Christ is your victory now and forever. In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. Sing, my tongue, the glorious battle; Sing the ending of the fray. Now above the cross, the trophy, Sound the loud triumphant lay; Tell how Christ, the world's redeemer, As a victim won the day. ("Sing, My Tongue, the Glorious Battle" LSB 454, st.1)-Rev. Daniel Voth, pastor of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Grand Forks, ND.Audio Reflections Speaker: Rev. Duane BamschStudy Christ's words on the cross to see how you can show more Christlike grace in your life. Perfect for group or individual study, each chapter has a Q&A at the end, and the back of the book includes a leader guide. Available now from Concordia Publishing House.