Saturday, February 27, 2016

WHAT Does Our LORD Hear? ... Passover Meditations for the Monastic-At-Heart ... Ephesians 1:15

 Our LORD Hears...

Meditations  for Pascha
(The Passover Season, 2016)
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Meditations for the Monastic-At-Heart

Now is My+ soul troubled;
and what shall I+ say ...
save ME+
from this hour ?
but for this cause
came I+ unto this hour.

Glorify Thy Name.
Then came there a Voice from Heaven, saying,
I have both glorified IT,
and will glorify IT again.
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Meditation Verse 
Ephesians 1:15

Wherefore I also,
after I heard of your faith
in the LORD JESUS and
love unto all the saints…

The literal Greek:  For this reason , I also hearing the faith concerning you all in The LORD JESUS and the love towards all the saints,
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Reports came to the Apostle Paul regarding the Followers of JESUS in Ephesus.

Here, then, were the reports:

The Ephesian Followers of JESUS were KNOWN for their faith in CHRIST.

They were also KNOWN for the AgapA love they issued toward all the saints... their fellow brethren in CHRIST.

Can this be said of us?

What kind of report about us would the Apostle Paul hear if he were alive on earth today ?

Are we supportive of the Brethren in CHRIST whom we know ? Are we supportive individually as well as collectively ?

Do we love the Brethren enough to warn them when they go astray from the Narrow Way that leads unto Life Eternal?

Do we kindly and gently, with support, issue correction when Brethren walk or talk against Scripture ?

Or rather, do we play at love and try to keep everybody "happy" with that  "warm and accepted" feeling …  at the expense of CHRIST ?

Do we indulge in "friendship evangelism" ... i.e., "just come to our church and we will love you into the Kingdom of GOD"... while not requiring true repentance and conversion and amendment of life ?

Are we known for our faith in CHRIST when the presses of life occur ?

Is our faith of SUCH depth that we can stand firm in the face of depression and oppression    ?

Is our faith dependant on wealth? On our health ? On others ? On our family being intact ?

Hard times, troublous times, turbulent times --- beyond those normal things that come upon all persons --- are at the door.  They have already descended in horror upon many in the rest of the world.

It is a living nightmare what the Followers of JESUS are enduring in North Korea, Syria and the Middle East, Pakistan, Nigeria, the Sudan, and other African nations…  and now it is beginning in Europe.

Persecution is coming closer to home.

It is reported that one well-known Western nation's current leader covers the Cross of JESUS if he must enter into a building or room where it is hanging.

It is a fact that that same leader refused to attend the funeral of a Supreme Court judge because the funeral service was in a Church and the LORD JESUS CHRIST was proclaimed.

There is an abundance of politicians vying for leadership who openly, proudly, and stridently support ungodly life-styles and Agendas, including the killing of babies in the womb and "harvesting" their "valuable" organs. ( An unthinkable, grotesque form of humanity trying to play "god." )

As a matter of fact, KILLING HUMANITY is the hidden but primary Agenda of most of these programs... from GMO seeds to enforced "health care" from the cradle to the grave.   

Any one who refuses to personally participate in any of these unrighteous programs that go against GOD'S WORD  will make himself a target.

One report from a reputable ministry stated that the Agenda is to remove all Christian witness from the public eye.   This has already taken place in some countries in Europe; it is only a matter of time before it occurs closer to home.

Take HEED, Church:

We CANNOT correct
SPIRITUAL problems
with political solutions,

so guns and voting
and civil "movements"

are NOT the realm
for Followers of JESUS. 

There are
NO POLITICAL solutions
to SPIRITUAL problems. 

JESUS is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. HE+ alone is able to correct the spiritual sickness engulfing this world.

Instead of standing for guns, voting rights, civil movements, and weeping over the flag, we must stand for JESUS.

We must weep
over this Sin-Sick World. 

And the Sin-Sick Worldlings,
both in control and out-of-control, 
are not going to like that.

Will our faith stand in the face of persecution ?

Will our faith stand when the enemies of JESUS CHRIST make us choose to conform to their ungodly programs and accept un-holy life-styles ... or face persecution ?

Will we love the Brethren… or turn them in if they preach a righteousness based on Scripture instead of the ever-changing societal norms ?

What will
be hearing about us ?

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Let us pray:

O, LORD JESUS, we need help. YOU+ know what is coming before YOU+ arrive to re-claim the earth.

We are weak and shallow; we have not been tested as our Brethren have across the sea.

We think if we don't have the right food at the right time or the right house we are bearing a cross.

We know the Refiner's Fire is determined upon all the earth.  Help us to grow solid in YOU+.

LORD JESUS, I say I love YOU+; help me to pick up the Cross of discipleship before the Cross of Persecution comes.

Help me NOT to shy away from spiritual discipline; I will not be ABLE to shy away from persecution.

Show me, O LORD JESUS, how to stand against my own flesh and submit myself unto Your+ Word.

I accept that the Time of Preparation is NOW to train myself to deny my flesh... so that I do not deny YOU+ when my hour of testing comes.

YOU+ went to the Cross -- alone --- so that I would not have to go through ANYTHING without YOU+.

Help me, LORD JESUS.

For Thy+ Name's sake, I pray. Amen.

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Worthy is the LAMB+.

Worthy is The LAMB+
that was slain.

Worthy is the LAMB+,
from the foundation
of the earth.
Revelation 13:8

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be to The FATHER,
and to HIS Beloved SON+
and to
the Blessed HOLY SPIRIT.

both now and forever,
world without end.


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