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MYSTICAL CHRISTIANITY

SPIRITUAL GIFTS

Why do so many denominations downplay spiritual gifts, including the miraculous gifts? Is it because we’ve seen them abused? Or is it a matter of control, not wanting to fully surrender and allow the Spirit to lead and move in the church as He sees fit? 

Some Southern Baptists typically don’t believe in present day healing: as the church matured, there had been a noticeable decline in divine healing. They believe that instant miraculous healing is very rare these days. Healing was occasional in the Old Testament, overwhelming in the Gospels, frequent in the Acts but negligible in the remainder of the New Testament (Perhaps healing were so common by that time; there was never a good reason to comment on them).

They think that faith healers are possibly sincere, but they are woefully mistaken. They lean more on praying for the sick, doctors and successful treatments, while placing more importance on seeking spiritual health.

Are they saying that James 5: 13-15 ought to be cut out of our Bibles because they are no longer applicable in the 21st century? “Are any of you suffering hardships? You should pray. Are any of you happy? You should sing praises. Are any of you sick? You should call for the elders of the church to come and pray over you, anointing you with oil in the name of the Lord. Such a prayer offered in faith will heal the sick, and the Lord will make you well. And if you have committed any sins, you will be forgiven.”

Mendoza Christian Mission

Mystical Christianity
MYSTICAL CHRISTIANITY

On July 30, 2015 Jesus broke a record with this writer today: 31 healing. The first three healing were with Pastor Beto who was giving me a rough time with “too much healing”. I was not assigned a translator for that reason, but two translators that were not part of the mission came forward.

One of the Southern Baptist Churches organized this mission in Argentina and the organizer made it clear to me that there was to be no healing, because it was not on the agenda and it would lead to confusion. The Baptists would not listen to my argument that they were limiting God. This type of fundamentalism results in mysticism being repressed and denied. It usually leads to scapegoating – the hatred of others.

MYSTICAL POWERSMystical Christianity

To hear the call to be other Christs, we must be awakened. The Holy Spirit is the Awakener. The awakening is essential because so many of us are asleep and as good as dead.

Holy Spirit Awakener

Being a member of a church won’t make you a Christian any more that being a member of a country club will make you a Christian .

The Holy Spirit educes power and responsibility for those who dare to allow the mystic to be born in them.

“Go out and bear fruit, fruit that will last.”                       John 15, 8, 16

 “Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.”                                             John 14:12

 “I live now not with my own life but with the life of Christ who lives in me.”                                                                                        Galatians 2:20

Mystical Christianity

THE HOLY SPIRIT

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EVANGELIZATION

EVANGELIZATION

THE PRINCIPAL AGENT OF MISSION

The coming of the Holy Spirit makes them witnesses and prophets   Acts 1:8; 2:17-18. It fills them with a serene courage which impels them to pass on to others their experience of Jesus and the hope which motivates them. The Spirit gives them the ability to bear witness to Jesus with “boldness.” When the first evangelizers go down from Jerusalem, the Spirit becomes even more of a “guide,” helping them to choose both those to whom they are to go and the places to which their missionary journey is to take them.

EVANGELIZATION

MAKING THE WHOLE CHURCH MISSIONARY

The Holy Spirit, who distributes His gifts as He wishes for the good of all, provides the tools needed to do missionary work such as the gift of healing. Christ stirs up a missionary vocation in the hearts of individuals, and at the same time raises up in the Church those institutes which undertake the duty of evangelization, which is the responsibility of the whole Church, as their special task.”  Evangelization will never be possible without the action of the Holy Spirit. 

 Peter explains this event as the fulfillment of the prophecy of Joel: “I will pour out my spirit.” (Acts 2:17) Peter is filled with the Holy Spirit so that he can speak to the people about Jesus, the Son of God. (Acts 4:8) Paul too is filled with the Holy Spirit (Acts 9:17) before dedicating himself to his apostolic ministry, as is Stephen when he is chosen for the ministry of service and later on for the witness of blood. (Acts 6:5, 10; 7:55) The Spirit, who causes Peter, Paul and the Twelve to speak, and who inspires the words that they are to utter, also comes down “on those who heard the word.” (Acts 10:44)

It is in the “consolation of the Holy Spirit” that the Church increases. (Acts 9:31)The Holy Spirit is the soul of the Church. It is He who explains to the faithful the deep meaning of the teaching of Jesus and of His mystery. It is the Holy Spirit who, today just as at the beginning of the Church, acts in every evangelizer who allows himself to be possessed and led by Him. The Holy Spirit places on his lips the words which he could not find by himself, and at the same time the Holy Spirit predisposes the soul of the hearer to be open and receptive to the Good News and to the kingdom being proclaimed.

 Without the Holy Spirit the most convincing dialectic has no power over the heart of man. Without Him the most highly developed schemes resting on a sociological or psychological basis are quickly seen to be quite valueless.

EVANGELIZATION

Evangelii Nuntiandi

It must be said that the Holy Spirit is the principal agent of evangelization: it is He who impels each individual to proclaim the Gospel, and it is He who in the depths of consciences causes the word of salvation to be accepted and understood. But it can equally be said that He is the goal of evangelization: He alone stirs up the new creation, the new humanity of which evangelization is to be the result, with that unity in variety which evangelization wishes to achieve within the Christian community. Through the Holy Spirit the Gospel penetrates to the heart of the world, for it is He who causes people to discern the signs of the times- signs willed by God- which evangelization reveals and puts to use within history.

OF HIS HOLINESS POPE PAUL VI (December 8, 1975)

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”                                                                                                                                       Romans 15:13

     JESUS WISHES TO SPEAK TO YOU

SUNDAY: A SPECIAL DAY

Empowering you to Proclaim My Message

“I love you.  You are dear to Me. 

About two-thirds of the population of the world do not believe in Me, their Savior. I want a new awakening in every country of the world.  Continue reading EVANGELIZATION

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HOLY SPIRIT TRANSFORMATION

“Live by following the Holy Spirit.”                               Galatians 5:16

“The true children of God are those who let God’s Holy Spirit lead them.”                                                                                    Romans 8:14

HOLY SPIRIT TRANSFORMATION

To simplify this, the Holy Spirit is the Presence of God in our lives, carrying on the work of Jesus. The Holy Spirit grants us all the fruits of the Spirit Galatians 5:22-23.(“The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control”). If the disciple teaches, it is the Holy Spirit that teaches the disciple. Luke 12:12 (“For the Holy Spirit will teach you in that very hour what you ought to say.”)

If the listener is convicted, it is because the Holy Spirit has penetrated. John 16:10 (“Concerning righteousness, because I go to the Father, and you will see Me no longer”) If the listener is converted, it by the transforming power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 8:11 (“He who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you.”)

If the new believer matures, it is because the Holy Spirit makes him or her more competent. “Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own.”                                            1 Corinthians 6:19

 “And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him. You know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you.”                                                                                                                                                          John 14:16-17

How have you seen the Holy Spirit at work in your own life?

HOW DO YOU RECEIVE THE HOLY SPIRIT?

HOLY SPIRIT TRANSFORMATION

“As I (Peter)began to speak, the Holy Spirit came on them as he had come on us at the beginning. Then I remembered what the Lord had said: ‘John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.  Acts 11:15,16  There are four different ways, which can be used by the minister of baptism:

  1. Laying on of hands: “they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. When Paul placed his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came on them, and they spoke in tongues and prophesied. ” Acts19: 2-6
  2. Praying : “When they arrived, they prayed for the new believers there that they might receive the Holy Spirit, because the Holy Spirit had not yet come on any of them; they had simply been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. ”                            Acts 8:15,16
  3. Speaking: “While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit came on all who heard the message.”                   Acts 10:44-45
  4. Breathing: Jesus commanded that the disciples receive the Holy Spirit, “And when He had said this, He breathed on them, and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit.”                                            John 20:22

The most important part of the rite is that the person being baptized in the Holy Spirit be in acceptance:  ” I receive the Baptism of the Holy Spirit in the name of Jesus Christ.”

What to expect with”Baptism of the Holy Spirit”

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CHINA AND THE HOLY SPIRIT

SPIRIT-FILLED CHINA

God is God-with-us. Finally, when Jesus left earth 2000 years ago, He promises the Holy Spirit. In the Holy Spirit, God reveals the full depth of the covenant. The word covenant means “coming together. God wants to be as close to us as our breath. God wants to breathe in us, so that all we say, think and do is completely inspired by God. God is God-within-us. Thus God’s covenant reveals to us to how much God loves us.                                                                   HENRI NOUWEN

The Holy Spirit works through Spirit-filled ministries. This is especially true in China. The majority of the estimated 100 million Chinese believers have come to Christ through Holy Spirit anointed preaching and teaching, and the work of the Holy Spirit in healing the sick and performing all kinds of miracles.

The Charismatic Movement has infiltrated mainstream evangelicalism and exploded onto the global scene at an amazing rate. It is the fastest-growing religious movement in the world. Charismatics now number more than half a billion worldwide. 

We can see God do the miraculous right now in the persecuted Church.   Persecuted churches across the globe are full of the Holy Spirit.CHINA AND THE HOLY SPIRIT

CHINA AND THE HOLY SPIRIT

Christianity is not a philosophy, but a relationship with God, your Creator,  in Christ TODAYnot knowledge of abstract principles.  How do we know this? Healing takes place TODAY in the Name of Jesus Christ. 

PROTESTANT AND CATHOLIC CHURCHES

Nearly half a century after Mao Tse-Tung banned religion in China, the country is home to an estimated 72 percent of the world’s religiously unaffiliated people. 

Most Chinese aren’t sure what it means to be “Protestant” (the word doesn’t translate into Chinese). They do, however, all know the word “Catholic”—and some wrongly think it has nothing to do with Christianity: “Catholics believe in Mary, but we believe in Jesus.” 

In China, 44 percent of religiously unaffiliated people have worshiped at a burial site in the past year. Catholics have a strong belief in offering effective prayers for relatives. Yet, many young Chinese look down on these traditions, calling them “superstitious” and “old-fashioned.”

Catholicism have higher liturgy. The Catholic mass might remind young people of the rituals they see their parents perform.  They walk into a Catholic church, and there are statues of the saints and candles lit for them—which obviously creates the same ambiance as lighting candles for the Buddha.

Some Chinese young people want a more “modern” faith. It’s Thursday evening in Fujian Province, southeast China. Scores of men and women are dancing,  blowing shofars, singing and worshiping God.CHINA AND THE HOLY SPIRIT Continue reading CHINA AND THE HOLY SPIRIT

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STAGES OF SPIRITUAL GROWTH

There are three different stages of spiritual growth.

In each of these stages, you grows a little.

  1. When you begin, you are trying to overcome sin and you go through purification. You try to take the sin out of your life. You will then move on to a stage where sin is put out of your life.
  2. To enter this stage, the dark night of senses will usually occur. When Jesus was taken away from the apostles, they went through their dark night experience.
  3. Finally, you have a sense of conscience and the Holy Spirit operates in you more. You will evolve into a loving union with God. Having perfect joy is the farthest that we can go in this world. Not many people make it this far.


SUFFERING JOY

Long-suffering is synonymous to patient and enduring.  We must be long-suffering when we see the weaknesses of our brothers and sisters in the faith.

It will be the patience and long suffering of the Holy Spirit that will be the only thing that will give you the ability to last the entire length of a storm cloud or trial. You must learn to ride and flow with the patience of the Holy Spirit in your daily life and walk with the Lord – and you will then be able to enter into a much more restful and peaceful state within your mind and emotions.

A spirit-filled person has joy on his heart. Joy and pleasure are two different things. Continue reading STAGES OF SPIRITUAL GROWTH

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PRIESTS HAVE HEALING POWERS

PRIESTS HEALING

Many ministers, priests or religious have healing powers. Most don’t have the faith that is needed to use it. There are  two provisos: our saintly priest or religious must be born again and he must be following Jesus’ Great Commission:  (Jesus) said to them, “Go into all the world … In My name they will drive out demons; … they will place their hands on sick people, and they will get well.”                                                                                                                                       Mark 16:15,17,18

“As you sent Me into the world, I have sent them into the world.”                                                                                                                                  John 17:18

“Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.”                                                                                                  1 Corinthians 12:27

Each part of the body performs it own distinct function, which makes it indispensable and wholly dependent on every other part. In the same way, the whole ministry of the Church is only the sum total of all its members. The clergy have a special role of leadership, but other believers are equally joined in the Church. This interdependence means that we need to be sensitive to part which each one of us has to play. That means that you will not be only doing your own thing.

“All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and He distributes them to each one, just as He determines.” 1 Corinthians 12:11

PRIESTS HEALING

Healing was essential to the ministry of Jesus because healing offered indisputable evidence that He is the Christ of God: ”Jesus performed many other signs in the presence of his disciples … these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in His name.”                                                                                                                                         John 21:30-31

DOES JESUS STILL PERFORM MIRACLES TODAY?

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The GREAT COMMISSION

The Great Commission

Great Commission

Your author still believes in the Catholic Church and is nourished by all the blessings of the Lord’s Supper. Unfortunately, his Catholic instruction was found wanting even though it represented 800 hours from Grade 4 to Grade 12. There was very little mention of the Bible and the Holy Spirit was never really explained.  He is making up for lost time with Bible study. In retrospect, this unforgivable  waste emanated from the original stance that only a priest is able to interpret the Scriptures. 

In fact, Jesus Himself said that He must go so that the Teacher (Holy Spirit) could come: so a Christian has the Holy Spirit to lead him.

Historically, the Bible was kept out of the common tongues, like Greek, and only written in Latin for hundreds of years until 1611 with the introduction of the King James Bible in English, which was superior to any Catholic bible at the time.

In retrospect, the early Catholic fathers could not expect to know about the power of the gifts of the Holy Spirit  unless they pursued the  Great Commission.  Remember when Jesus gave His disciples His marching orders and with it the tools required to fulfill the directive. Here is the basis of the Great Commission: 

“He (Jesus) said to them, ‘Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation … And these signs will accompany those who believe: In My name they will drive out demons … they will place their hands on sick people, and they will get well.”’ Mark 6:15,17,18

The author has become a Christian lay missionary over the last eight years and traveled to 15 countries.  He acknowledges the Presence of the Holy Spirit in his life with all His gifts. The author sometimes joins some of the evangelical missionaries who are involved with healing.

GREAT COMMISSION

The gifts of the Holy Spirit has become the biggest surprise. One cannot go on mission and simply wish people good tidings. The Holy Spirit provides the tools that you need to be effective, specifically the gift of healing. The biggest surprise continues even upon returning home: the healing is remarkably immediate. 

The Church is a “body” with different members, all playing different roles, all essential for the overall well-being of the body. We cannot expect to see the presence of the healing of the Holy Spirit in any specific parish unless it makes a serious commitment to the Great Commission.

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WALKING IN THE POWER OF GOD

POWER OF GOD

Walking in the Supernatural Power of God

God gave gifts to people in the Old Testament to enable them to lead the people of Israel in difficult times. The Spirit gave leadership not only to judges, but to people with political power, like kings. . God gave prophets the ability to speak about future events.

POWER OF GOD

Today’s church is not reaching many of the lost, sick, and hurting because believers are not taking the authority and power they have been given through Christ and going out to the world as His body.

What it means to be Born AgainPOWER OF GOD

Yes, you were baptized with water probably as a baby. But so were those who were baptized by John the Baptist. Many of those were also present at Pentecost when the Holy Spirit showered His gifts and power upon most of those present.

Scripture explicitly states that we must first be born again. In order to receive the gift of the Holy Spirit, we must first be committed to new life in Christ. This is when the real transformation begins.  Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit. You should not be surprised at my saying, ‘You must be born again.’ John 3:6, 7 “And the disciples were filled with joy and with the Holy Spirit.”                                                                                                                 Acts 13:52 Continue reading WALKING IN THE POWER OF GOD

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KNOWN BY YOUR FRUIT

A GOOD TREE BEARS GOOD FRUIT

KNOWN BY YOUR FRUIT

It’s interesting that foods are used as metaphors for good and evil.

If a good tree produces bad fruit, then is that tree actually bad and not good, for a good tree would never produce bad fruit to begin with, and so, the tree itself is evil. 

You can always tell the bad trees from the good. It is not a secret. You just have to look at its fruit. For example, you can easily observe  anger.

KNOWN BY YOUR FRUIT

“A good tree does not bear rotten fruit, nor does a rotten tree bear good fruit. For every tree is known by its own fruit. For people do not pick figs from thorn bushes, nor do they gather grapes from brambles.
A good person out of the store of goodness in his heart produces good, but an evil person out of a store of evil produces evil”                                                                                                                                           Luke 6:43-44

Using a similar metaphor, if you think of light and dark, darkness is merely the lack of light, this logic could be applied to good and evil as well could it not? If you think of humanity as innately good, and when there is no goodness, we see what we perceive as evil.

We are warned to beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but “inwardly they are ravening wolves.” They have heart-rot that is not evident at first. It is very difficult to know whether a person is teaching the truth simply by knowing some of his or her activities. This is because a snapshot of some activities can outwardly be deceiving.

“Beware of the false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves. You will know them by their fruits.”                                                                                     Matthew 7:15, 16 Continue reading KNOWN BY YOUR FRUIT

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GRACE CHANGES EVERYTHING

GRACE: A CALMING PRESENCE

Grace is God’s sudden and calming presence during the stormy parts of our lives. Failures are forgivable. Life takes on a new purpose. God is within sight and within reach.

For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast.”                                                                                  Ephesians 2:8, 9

GRACE CAN SHAKE YOUR LIFE

Take a leap of faith in your journey in going deeper with Christ and drink the ‘heavy water’, stronger grace – that is available to all. 

Don’t be afraid to drink in stronger grace with Christ.  It will bring you to your destination – the intended destination for all of us, union with God – sooner: “For my yoke is easy and my burden light                                                                                                                                   Matthew 11:30

You want to see great power? You want to see miracles around you? Reach out for grace: it changes everything.

GRACE CHANGES EVERYTHING

Grace is unlimited. It releases heaven’s supernatural power on your behalf. “By the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace to me was not without effect.”                                               1 Corinthians 15:10

Grace runs counter to the way the world works. God’s pure grace gets polluted from two types of people, namely, one who is too good for the grace of God; the other thinks he is too evil.

But the good news of God’s grace is that no sinner is beyond the reach of God’s grace. God moves heaven and earth to save sinners who could not lift a finger to save themselves.

GRACE CHANGES EVERYTHING

There is no one who does not need God’s grace, and there is no one beyond the reach of God’s grace, because grace is a gratuitous gift from God.

TO BEAR FRUIT

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