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213 – Why Are You Terrified?

     “A violent squall came up and waves were breaking over the boat, so that it was already filling up. Jesus was in the stern, asleep on a cushion. They woke him and said to him, “Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?” He woke up, rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Quiet! Be still!” The wind ceased and there was great calm. Then he asked them, “Why are you terrified? Do you not yet have faith?” They were filled with great awe and said to one another, “Who then is this whom even wind and sea obey?” Mk 4:37-41 (NAB)

     This event happened after Jesus had gotten into a boat by the sea and had been preaching to crowds most of the day in parables. When He had finished, He took the apostles aside and explained the meaning of the parables to them. When evening came, the apostles and Jesus got back into a boat and were crossing the sea when the squall broke out.

     Now, this all happened after the apostles had been first hand witnesses to many miracles such as healings and casting out of demons, changing of water to wine; and having had explained to them privately the meaning of the parables. Yet, they still did not fully understand whom they were in the presence of. Did they “not yet have faith?” What would it take? Even after His death and Resurrection, were not there still unbelievers? It was Thomas, one of the apostles, that Christ said this to: “Have you come to believe because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and have believed.” John 20:29 (NAB)

     We have had centuries of God’s power, justice, mercy and love to learn from. “Why are you terrified?” Why do you not believe? In this century, we are walking down the same path that our ancestors did on their way to exile, God turned His face from them because they did not attempt to change their ways. We know were that led them, and yet we still don’t believe it will happen to us; we should be terrified. It is never to late to redirect our path to God and His love and mercy. Changing our path, with God on our side, takes physical action and courage on our part, not just thinking about it. Have we still not learned to have faith in the God that created us out of His love? If so, we should be terrified of were we are headed.

Dennis Higgins (12 February 2019)

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212 – Bad Company

     “Moreover, why are we endangering ourselves all the time? Every day I face death; I swear it by the pride in you [brothers] that I have in Christ Jesus our Lord. If at Ephesus I fought with beasts, so to speak, what benefit was it to me? If the dead are not raised: ‘Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die.’ Do not be led astray: ‘Bad company corrupts good morals.’ Become sober as you ought and stop sinning. For some have no knowledge of God; I say this to your shame ” 1 Cor. 15:30-34 (NAB)

     Paul is reiterating what God has said throughout the Old Testament. God wanted the Jewish people to be different and separate as an example to the other nations of his goodness and mercy. He knew that other nations, which did not believe in Him, could have influence on His people. “Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die.” Is not said by someone who believes in the afterlife, especially with a God they don’t believe exists. He wanted the Jewish nation to influence other peoples to believe in Him, not for the other nations to help the Jewish people to abandon Him. When they did abandon Him, He turned His face from them and withdrew His protection and they were driven into exile.

    The battle that Paul is talking about is with those who do not believe in the resurrection of the dead. If there is no resurrection, then why do most religions pray for the dead? It takes a strong faith to resist the lures of the world, and God has give us all the help we need to face the devil and say no. The reality is, that after death, there is only heaven and hell, whether you want to believe it or not. Adam and Eve said no to God and got kicked out of an eternity in paradise; our saying no to God does not get us back in. Paul admonishes us: “For some have no knowledge of God; I say this to your shame.” This is because God told us to spread the “Good News” to all nations, and if some have no knowledge of God, then we have not done as God asked us. “Do not be led astray: ‘Bad company corrupts good morals,” as we have seen throughout history. “Become sober as you ought and stop sinning,” is very good advice if we want to live in eternity with God and not Satan.

Dennis Higgins (24 January 2019)

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211 – Community Or Clones

     “There are different kinds of spiritual gifts but the same Spirit; there are different forms of service but the same Lord; there are different workings but the same God who produces all of them in everyone. To each individual the manifestation of the Spirit is given for some benefit. …But one and the same Spirit produces all of these, distributing them individually to each person as he wishes. ” 1 Cor. 12:4-7, 11 (NAB)

     “God looked at everything He had made, and he found it very good. Evening came, and morning followed – the sixth day.” Gen. 1:31 (NAB) God made every man and woman with free will, therefore, as we are independent human beings with something different about each of us, “he found it very good”. The Spirit has made each one of us to be a unique individual. Thus, as a community, with our differences, we each have something to offer everyone else. This is how we show our love for one another, for our neighbor; this was God’s plan, and we should celebrate the gifts of our differences.

     The purpose of political correctness is to make everyone one and the same, a clone. Clones do the things they are programmed to do, independent of the community; this is not how we show brotherly love. Cloning is the suppression of the free will, so that someone can have power over us, and tell us what to do. That was not God’s plan for us. No one can save us but ourselves, we have to do our own homework to gain eternal life; but with God’s help and that of a community of individuals, we can achieve what God has planed for us. “As a body is one though it has many parts, and all the parts of the body, though many, are one body, …we were all given to drink of one Spirit.” 1 Cor 12:12,13 (NAB) God created us to be a community of individuals not a pack of clones.

Dennis Higgins (20 January 2019)

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210 – Apples And Oranges

     Apples and oranges are both fruits but they are not the same. They are totally different, and as such, they cannot be compared with each other, which is universally accepted. The phrase is: “that’s like comparing apples to oranges”, indicating a falsehood.

      Satan has used this falsehood since the creation of Adam and Eve. He convinced Adam and Eve that they could compare themselves to God by eating the forbidden fruit. This is totally false because God is creator and mankind is the created, this ploy of Satan can never be true. But he convinced them and for their disbelief in the eternal superiority of God, they got kicked out of paradise. Satan has used this ploy ever since and it has served him well over the centuries. In the last century alone he got four dictators into power with this ploy of equality with God and they exterminated over 250 thousand human beings.

       In this century we are no better off, many believe that you can follow Satan’s way and compare apples to oranges. This time it’s a mixture of global warming and stewardship. Satan claims that we have the power of God to alter the universe, read global warming, which is false because only God has power to alter the universe. Satan uses as an example of our power, the fact that we are bad stewards of this planet. But being bad stewards of this planet, which I agree we are, does not give us power over the universe; it does not give us the power of God. It just makes us bad stewards of this planet. But many have sold their soul to embrace this falsehood, and as in the past Satan’s way will lead to destruction as it always has.

      I prefer to follow God’s Way, where apples and oranges are never equal, and will never lead us to destruction, rather than Satan’s way, which always leads to destruction. I sometimes wonder when God will just say to hell with them and lock Satan and his followers in hell for all eternity, read The Second Coming, and retire to Heaven with His entire following for eternal joy and happiness.

Dennis Higgins (14 December 2018)

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209 -Paradox*

Something to remember on this day of hope,                                                                               our Savior has taken on our nature, our God is good all the time:

“I asked God for strength that I might achieve…                                                                               I was made weak, that I might learn humbly to obey.

I asked for health, that I might do greater things…                                                                            I was given infirmity, that I might do better things.

I asked for riches, that I might be happy…                                                                                         I was given poverty, that I might be wise.

I asked for power, that I might have the praise of men…                                                                 I was given weakness, that I might feel the need of God.

I asked for all things, that I might enjoy life…                                                                                    I was given life, that I might enjoy all things.

I got nothing that I asked for, but everything I had hoped for.

Almost despite myself, my unspoken prayers were answered.

I am, among all, most blessed!”

God Bless everyone, and Merry Christmas to all.

Dennis Higgins (17 December 2018)

  • *”Paradox”, Unknown author
Posted by: reveriewithgod | December 15, 2018

208 – The Two Kingdoms

     “Those whose steps are guided by the Lord, whose way God approves, may stumble, but they will never fall, for the Lord holds their hand. Neither in my youth, nor now in my old age have I ever seen the just abandoned or their children begging bread. The just always lend generously, and their children become a blessing. Turn from evil and do good, that you may inhabit the land forever. For the Lord loves justice and does not abandon the faithful.” (Ps 37: 23-28)

     There are two kingdoms of God, the mortal kingdom of God on earth, and the eternal Kingdom of God in Heaven. There are also two kingdoms of Satan, Satan’s earthly kingdom of possessions and power, and his eternal kingdom of Hell. God created us out of His love, and wishes all to be with Him in eternity. “Those whose steps are guided by the Lord, whose way God approves, may stumble, but they will never fall, for the Lord holds their hand.” With His death and resurrection, the Lord did not abandon His kingdom on earth; He left us Himself in the Eucharist, so that we can receive grace and take the spiritual rewards that we receive on earth to heaven. That which God offers us is joy and eternal happiness, all Satan can offer us is eternal misery.

     Satan has no spiritual rewards, nor can his followers take their possessions and power into eternity in hell with them. He despises us and does not care if we live in eternal misery; his only concern is that we are not in heaven with God. “Turn from evil and do good, that you may inhabit the land forever.” The Kingdom of God in Heaven is a true Paradise for there is no evil. In the Kingdom of God on earth we will have to carry our cross, for there is evil in the world. In Satan’s kingdom on earth there is the illusion of happiness, and the promise of a cross for eternity. There are two kingdoms on earth and in heaven, and you must choose. If you choose Satan’s kingdom on earth, remember that true sincerity of repentance is not something that can be turned on like a faucet; it must be nurtured to grow over a lifetime. If you chose to follow Satan on earth, you can easily wind up being in his eternity.

Dennis Higgins (12 December 2018)

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207 – Encouragement

     “Praise be God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and God of all encouragement, who encourages us in our every affliction, so that we may be able to encourage those who are in any affliction with the encouragement with which we ourselves are encouraged by God. For as Christ’s sufferings overflow to us, so through Christ does our encouragement also overflow. If we are afflicted, it is for your encouragement and salvation; if we are encouraged, it is for your encouragement, which enables you to endure the same sufferings that we suffer. Our hope for you is firm, for we know that as you share in the sufferings, you also share in the encouragement.” (2 Cor 1: 3-7)

     God created us out of His love, and wishes all to be with Him in eternity. Even after Adam and Eve’s sin, God did not abandon us. To help us, He encourages us with all the graces we need to keep His commandments and to face any difficulty or suffering that will come our way. Having received His encouragement, we are asked to share that encouragement with all our brothers and sisters, for we are all in need of His help. Christ showed us how to handle affliction with His suffering and death, and by His resurrection opened for us the path to eternal life. He also said we must pick up our cross in order to follow Him towards our salvation with His Father.

     The purpose of our sufferings or trials is to learn how to handle, with God’s grace, whatever problems come to us, and thus armed with the knowledge and experience in handling situations, we are better equipped to encourage and serve others. By Christ enduring His sufferings and death, He gave us a chance to share in His eternal life. “For as Christ’s sufferings overflow to us, so through Christ does our encouragement also overflow.” If we share that encouragement to help our neighbors towards God’s eternity, Christ’s encouragements will overflow in helping us towards our salvation. We can always be assured of God’s encouragement towards sharing in His eternal life.

Dennis Higgins (30 November 2018)

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206 – Repentance For Our Sins

“Let us, then, so long as we are in this world, repent whatever evils we have done in the flesh, so that we may be saved by the Lord while yet we have time for repentance. For after we have departed from this world it will no longer be possible to confess, nor will there then be any opportunity to repent.”1

     We should have repentance for our sins while we are still on earth. If a potter makes a mistake, he can correct it by reshaping the clay. Once the clay has been put in the kiln, it is beyond repair. When we have departed this world, we will no longer be able to repent and confess our sins. Our mortal life, the trial, is over and there are no more appeals, we will now stand before God for the final judgment.

“Therefore, whoever thinks he is standing secure should take care not to fall. No trial has come to you but what is human. God is faithful and will not let you be tried beyond your strength; but with the trial he will also provide a way out, so that you may be able to bear it.”2

     Our mortal life is a trial to see if our spiritual soul is worthy to spend eternity with God. In other words, how we live our mortal life will determine where we spend eternity. It is God’s eternity and He makes the entrance rules. But He is just, and He will judge us justly. Our trials and tribulations will not be beyond our strength, and are for us to use as a measure on how we are doing, for God already knows all things and especially how we are doing. He knows that we can falter, but He has “also [provided] a way out, so that you may be able to bear it.” With sincerity, we have the means of repentance for our sins in this life before the opportunity runs out.

Dennis Higgins (15 November 2018)

  1. William A. Jurgens, The Faith of the Early Fathers, vol. 1, #103, p. 43.
  2. 1 Corinthians 10:12-13.
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205 – Ask For The Spirit

“Does, then, the one who supplies the Spirit and works mighty deeds among you do so from works of the law or faith from what you heard?” Gal 3:5 (NAB)

The Spirit works through “faith from what you heard”; He is not from the law. The law did not create the Spirit, because He existed before the law for all eternity with God the Father. The Spirit is all just, all mercy, all good, all knowledgeable, and all love just as the Father is all just, all mercy, all good, all knowledgeable, and all love. They are one and the same God, with Christ.

“If you then, who are wicked, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the Father in heaven give the holy Spirit to those who ask him?” Lk 11:13 (NAB)

If someone who is a sinner can give generous gifts to his children, how much more generous can someone who is sinless be to His children; and we are the children of God through Baptism. He has sent the Spirit to guide and protect us, His Church, the mystical Body of Christ, just as Christ promised us at His Ascension. Just as we have to choose God, we have to ask for the Spirit’s assistance; and the Spirit is quite generous with his love. Love is a two-way street and we must be active participants. God will not give us any thing that is not beneficial to us; He knows our limitations and temptations better than we do. It is better and more generous to ask for the Spirit to help someone else rather than for ourselves. For that is a way to show our love for our brother. When we display that kind of love for our brother, God, who always looks out for us, will see that we receive a reward from His generosity. To deny the Spirit is to deny God; to ask for the Spirit and His help is why God sent Him to us.

Dennis Higgins (31 October 2018)

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204 – Formula For A Prayer

Many people say they don’t know how to pray. But if we look at the prayers we already know, the Our Father, the Hail Mary, and the Glory Be to the Father, and others, they all have the same form. First, they start with addressing, by title, the one we are praying to. Then followed by what makes the object of our prayer unique, for example: “hollowed be thy name; …”; “full of grace. The Lord is with Thee. …”; “As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, …”. Thirdly, we ask for their guidance or help with our particular petition: “Give us this day our daily bread, …” or “pray for us sinners, …” and so forth.

     As an example, in his book “The Imitation of Christ”1, Thomas a Kempis has written “A Prayer Asking for the Grace of Devotion”. The prayer is in three short sections.

     First, he identifies whom he is praying to; “O Lord, my God, you are all the good that I have. …You alone are good, just and holy; you can do all things; you give all things; you fill all things.”

     Second, he identifies why he is praying to him: “Remember your mercies, and fill my heart with your grace, …Do not turn your face from me, do not delay coming to me, do not take away the comfort of your love, lest my soul be like a parched land, thirsty for you.”

     Third, he makes his specific petition: “O’ Lord, teach me to do your will; teach me to stand in your presence in a worthy and humble way, for you are my Wisdom, you who truly know me, who knew me before the world began and before I was born into it.”

     It is a simple “Prayer Asking for the Grace of Devotion” in a three-part formula. We can use this formula for a prayer to help us be more focused, to keep us from rambling on, and at the same time make us feel better about the petition or request we are making.

Dennis Higgins (28 September 2018)

  1. Thomas a Kempis, The Imitation of Christ, trans. William C. Creasy, comm. by Dennis Billy (Indiana: Christian Classics/ Ave Maria Press, 1989) p. 107.

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