I read a post earlier today at Mark Mallett's Blog and the truth in it struck me. We have become a nation of "yessers" that walk mindlessly down a road little realizing that the light grows dimmer and dimmer on this path. We are adjusting to the "lack of light" and this concerns me. I have noticed this "peace at all costs" mentality and realize that this type of peace is a lie. It looks pretty on the outside but is filled with inner rot.
http://www.markmallett.com/blog/?p=547 I have said this before but it bears repeating: I believe Mark Mallet has a true prophetic gift. While reading a number of his articles I have received confirmations that many of his words are true. I was interested in this one because I get words about " a warning", also. I feel the purification of the Lord picking up speed - both in myself, others and the world. Many Christians are picking up on this and wonder what is going on. It's pretty simple really:
The Lord is cleaning us up :)
Sin continues to spread like a silent cancer across our nation and our world. Back in July or August I wrote about a word my mother had received http://openingthefloodgatesofmercy.blogspot.com/2009/07/gross-is-heart-of-this-people-they-will.html . I went back and read this word again. One was a word of knowledge - "The whole earth is groaning." This groaning is the result of sin in the world. As sin increases worldwide not only do our spirits groan but even the earth groans with the weight of our sins. This was the diagnosis. Immediately after, the Lord gave her this word, "I live in the praises of my people." This is a word of wisdom. It is the "cure" for the problem. Praise. So simple and so necessary. The reason I decided to look at this word again is because someone from the prayer group I attend received the same word. This came from a person that I do not know but I had a witness in the Spirit as she spoke. The Holy Spirit often confirms a word by giving it to more than one person. He witnesses to the truth in the word.
http://www.spiritdaily.com/fathermark.htm I read this article with interest because I believe that we live in unusual times and God is sending us extraordinary graces and soon will be flooding us with them beyond measure. Remarkable things are happening throughout the earth and in the souls of God's people. Many are noticing it, too :)
Silence is important in the life of every Christian. Here is a short article on the importance of cultivating silence in your daily life. I am posting it on this site rather than The Beautiful Gate because I believe silence opens our spiritual ears and makes us more receptive to the voice of God. This helps draw us "Out of Babylon" (worldliness). The more often we practice this, the easier it becomes . Here is the link:http://thesinnersguide.com/2010/02/18/silence-and-the-radical-chrisitian-life/
Purification begins at home. The Church has been undergoing a purification for years and this will continue until the Bride of Christ is spotless, without stain or blemish. We, too, are in the midst of a purification. Can you feel it in your hearts? Here is a link to an interesting article on Spirit Daily which discusses this issue:http://www.spiritdaily.com/churchcleansing.htm. Often purification is looked upon with dread but we should actually be praising God for this. Purification only hurts the ego; it helps our souls. Our pride is sometimes punctured and the truth about ourselves can come as a shock, but we have a wonderful physician who heals the wounds of sin. The medicine may taste bad but it's effects are powerful :) Trust Him. The world will fail you... but Our Lord never will.
As Christians, we live, not naturally, but supernaturally. The Holy Spirit lives in us to lead us, guide us, love us and transform us. In 1 Thessalonians 5:19 it says:
"Do not quench the Spirit."
I was thinking about this passage and it is clear that we CAN put out the fire of the Holy Spirit in our lives. Unconfessed sin is like pouring water over the fire of the Spirit, especially grievous sin. Our lives were meant to be lived knitted to the Spirit. He is the Advocate promised by Jesus. Nothing separates us more from God than sin...unconfessed sin. Even venial sin gradually begins to harden our hearts and leave us less open to the inspirations of the Spirit. Verse 22 goes on to say:
"Refrain from every kind of evil."
That a big request. EVERY kind of evil. Lack of charity, lies, unjust anger [let's face it - most anger is unjust]. This is why regular confession is important. Ask the Holy Spirit for light and confess your sins. I go to the Sacrament of Reconciliation about once a month on average and I also ask forgiveness immediately during the course of the day if I've noticed I have sinned. This seems to keep the Holy Spirit shining brightly in my soul. Confession pleases Him. Prayer helps, too.
"Lord who hast mercy upon all, take away from me my sins, and mercifully, kindle in me the fire of thy Holy Spirit. Take away from me this heart of stone, and give me a heart of flesh, a heart to love and adore Thee, a heart to delight in Thee, to follow and to enjoy Thee, for Christ's sake. Amen"
[I am not sure which saint wrote this prayer, St. Gregory maybe?]