Zero Lift-Off Only The Beginning
June 30, 2021
This title pulled on me strongly with confirmation! Just a couple of nights ago I crossed paths with a woman I met once and the chances of running into each other again were statically impossible! As it turns out we were both so surprised we ended up staying right at this supermarket and talking for a few hours, and in that very multifaceted conversation we had, I told her about these things I’ve experienced over the years; which are what this title speaks to! I had to write about it the next day! I’m going to leave the link for that posting as well.
I always loved the parable of Lazarus and the rich man! Lazarus was a prime example of what I’m going to try saying here, which is that indeed impossible or very special things can and do happen when God so chooses, to intervene or what we call “Divine Intervention” and only He knows when it is appropriate. I have I believe seen angels a couple of times that I recall that where real and interacted with me in given situations that were going to lead to my demise. I also had a couple of visionary experiences where I saw Holy Mary as real as anything I know of as real, as in, what experience I was having each time in a sleepy half in and out semi-conscious waking state did Truly occur. I saw Jesus once in this same way. But, this is not about me and my experiences at all; so I mention these to let you know I’m absolutely unequivocally certain of what I saw and experienced which is, that God the Father, Jesus the Son of God, the Holy Ghost and Holy Mother of God Mary are in heaven where we can absolutely join them for eternity existing in God’s Glory, Joy and in Bliss if we really truly want to; from our deepest genuine hearts.
A main factor as to why God doesn’t interact overtly with us as a rule is where would that end; once it becomes well established that He has freewheeling direct intervention on demand, then it would be expected by too many with would admonish the concept of Faith and our personal responsibility and obligation having a singularity of purpose as to why we actually exist. We are being tested to determine if we are truly believing in Him of our own volition or free accord to have and put all of or hope in Him or are we to become a kind of Pavlov dogs experience where we ask or bark a little and we get our request or reward!
Yes Jesus said a man with a hardened heart would not believe no matter how great a miracle or appearance God makes, but the purpose of demonstrating our faith through our own personal experience with Jesus is the only way we show our faith in Him. Does God want a bunch of stupid pet trick being’s to be His actual Children? Of course not and basically we would be brought into alignment with a programmed scenario that is not going to produce “individuals” who actually are all unique and wanting to be with our Lord through and by the “love, veneration and respect we give Him in return for all He has done; for all. And of course for it to all be perfect in the end, our true freedom must exist, so with that total free agency comes the other factor that there must be polar opposites in all matters pertaining to creation, and love was the basis of God creating all things to begin with, as He was always pure absolute boundless love; always was and always will be.
So we know now from our own life experience on such a limiting level as it is that absolute evil does exist and is the place where all things anti God or antichrist reside in the bottomless pit of God’s creation. Now the complicated factor is being able to judge everything for what it truly is. How inanimate objects are designed to follow a certain set of rules or principles by which they exist and maintain synergy with the universe. Simple life forms basically do the same thing because they really don’t have total conscious free agency; are sort of like the Pavlov dogs thing of stimulus response. But the children of God absolutely have total free will and a conscience to go with it so that each individual can make decisions based upon what they can discern and see as right and wrong, and God Himself has instructed us in all things relative to this life and what we need to know in order to choose wisely! This provides to us the capacity to love God the way He loves us, and after being made in His image and likeness we are destined to be His children who can return that same love expression to our Father in heaven.
This is where temptation comes into the equation because the antithesis opposing concept to God and all of His pure love is of course Satan, the prince of this world the ruler of all darkness and condemnation. Obviously he is making it his absolutely determined job to destroy all that God loves and calls His own; especially when it comes to us the children of God. So he is working overtime to trip any and as many of us up to fail in our basically foundational obligation to God; which means God has given us so much responsibility in this dynamic ever changing state of flux we live in. I can be the decent God loving man that I am or I could be tempted and through faulty faith or living a lie I leave a door open to Satan to step in and own me, so that I may do many evils or perhaps one final sociopathic rage of destruction and we all know how that goes in this world with all of the major tyrants and dictators or even the individual lone agents that go out with a bang!
We all should know that anyone possessed with demons is capable of anything ugly and antichrist! Staying in tune with God and following Jesus daily while seeking more insight and His direct help from the Father through His Holy Spirit the Comforter is the best and main thing anyone that wants to be with Them in heaven eternally must do. Many feel or believe that eating of His word continuously is the sure fire way and it is to the greatest extent, but, without complete humility and a contrite genuine heart on bent knee that is totally open to Him our Lord seeking to do only the Father’s will, there still could be a foul-up or even severe failure that occurs to otherwise faithful Christians that believe they’re on the beam and heading on up to the Glory of God; yet they fail enormously in some cases! Like Jim Jones with his People’s Temple of the Disciples of Christ active between 1954 and 1978 did, where 909 died in sin through suicide and murder or having been at least “blind lost sheep and fools” that followed a madman! And many of these same such situations are going on right now where people are going astray and may not end up in the best of endings.
I grew up as a Catholic and Catholics are obviously being bashed big time now and much of it stems from the absolute satanic evil that penetrated and infiltrated the Church long ago in not so many years after Jesus told Saint Peter to build it on this rock.
“Jesus asked them, “Who do you say that I am?” Simon Peter alone replied, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God” (v. 16). Jesus praised Peter’s reply, noting that he had not arrived at such an insight through his own human abilities. Peter had received a revelation from God and had spoken from his faith. “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah. For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my heavenly Father”
Jesus then proceeded to make Peter the rock on which he would build the Church. Beneath the backdrop of a temple built on a rock and devoted to the idolatrous worship of an emperor, Peter, whose name means “rock,” is chosen to lead God’s Church. “You are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my Church” (v. 18). Jesus went further and promised to give Peter the “keys to the Kingdom of Heaven,” that is, authority to shepherd the Church. Jesus also promised that the gates of hell will not prevail against the Church. These words are a reminder that, while disorder and chaos might threaten the Church, they will never prevail over the Church because of Christ’s protection. This scene ends with Christ’s prediction of his suffering and death.
John 21:15-17 recounts a resurrection scene. The risen Jesus spoke to a repentant Peter, who is filled with sorrow because of his triple denial of Christ, “Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?” Peter replied, “Yes Lord, you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Feed my lambs.” Jesus repeated the question two more times, and Peter strongly professed his love. Each time Jesus commissioned him to feed his lambs and sheep, that is, the members of the Church.
This scene complements the one in Matthew. There, Jesus called Peter to be the rock of the Church. Here, Christ summoned Peter to be a shepherd who loves Jesus and the Church’s people.
Peter was one of the Twelve Apostles, all chosen by Jesus to be the foundation of his Church. At the head of the Twelve, Jesus placed Peter. From Jesus, the Twelve received the mandate to preach the Gospel to all nations. Peter ultimately made his way to Rome, where he died as a martyr. In establishing the Twelve Apostles with Peter at their head, Jesus gave the Church the basic structure of its leadership.” (archspm.org/faith-and-discipleship/catholic-faith)
Peter did as told; that was why Jesus and the Father chose him; and then the Devil was right there watching and waiting to step in and gum up the works any which way he could. Martin Luther was a part of the Devils plan to divide and conquer which is his biggest game; we see this game he plays going in now in America and around the globe through temptation, hate and sin as he divides nations within and without, because once the flock is totally scattered, just like sheep the wolves can move in for the kill with voracity and ease taking them down one by one or small groups by small groups. This all leads to a good thought which is how do we stay on the exact path to our actual salvation?
For Catholics of which there are still billions of them the truth is established in the Church from the time of Apostle Peter which is the same as it was back when he was building the Church Jesus instructed him to, and the way he told him to. There were no copies of Bibles and so mainly they shared in His word and acted in accordance with all the things Jesus had shown them such as and especially when they had shared the “Last Supper” with the Son of God Jesus Christ. They should do those things in “remembrance and reverence of Him our Lord, Savior and Redeemer.” So out of all that which we still have today are the “Blessed Sacraments” and fulfilling that obligation or responsibility isn’t that difficult to do, and when we do such, we are bringing the “Holy Spirit of God the Comforter” to our aid to watch over and guide us freeing us and forgiving us of our sins; which is God speaking to us personally in His mystical or mysterious most special miraculous way, but nonetheless speaking directly to us.
I’m one who no matter what evils have occurred already and still are in the Church I was brought up in I see God always and know through discernment that the Devil sees the Catholic Church as the crown jewel of the world and humanity, that he must defeat, and especially as it turns out has a demonically influenced man in his Church now; Bergoglio. But in spite of him, the Devil and all demons I will never toss the baby out with the bath water, because that is just what Satan wants and had all along from the first day Peter continued the Mission for Jesus; as his greatest evil motivation all along to stop the Church. Many are tossing it all into the ditch and walking away, but that is not “fighting the good fight,” that is weak, cowardly and being a quitter; and my dad always told me growing up that God doesn’t want us to be quitters. He said “never quit” and that is how I am.
Now hear me; I don’t say this one path that I know to be true and steady for me is perfect, because nothing is, as far as where we are in this fallen nature and dichotomy of conflict and opposition forces; but we must all remember how we are continuously in jeopardy of losing our immortal souls and that is far too important to be going off half-cocked or freewheeling into the darkness of the material world! Many are going to hell, there is no way that can’t happen, because the conflict absolutely produces winners and losers or better put, condemned and saved; but getting the right result for yourself requires absolute discernment and determined effort with all of the heart and soul you can muster, to be in “a blessed gracious position when your own time to be judged comes;” and none of us would want to be considered intentionally lazy or foolish and subsequently foul it up big time.
Let’s consider these scriptures to focus on what matters according to the Lord!
Apostle Paul reminded us, “whatever was to my profit I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things.” Philippians 3:7-8
“What was right will be wrong and what was wrong will be right!” Timothy 2 3 states, “This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.
2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,
3 Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,
4 Traitors, heady, high-minded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;
5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.”
Who with their faculties and wits about them cannot see this is precisely how it is now in this present time and this rebellious generation like no other time?
I say with certainty He gave to all freely who will believe in Him as their only hope of salvation from all iniquity; He is our Lord, Savior and Redeemer Jesus Christ!
“If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.” Luke 9:23,
“These things I have spoken unto you, that in me you might have peace. In the world you shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.”
“Confirming the souls of the disciples, and exhorting them to continue in the faith, and that we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God.”
Jeremiah 17:5-13 English Standard Version (ESV)
5 Thus says the Lord:
“Cursed is the man who trusts in man
and makes flesh his strength,[a]
whose heart turns away from the Lord.
6 He is like a shrub in the desert,
and shall not see any good come.
He shall dwell in the parched places of the wilderness,
in an uninhabited salt land.
7 “Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord,
whose trust is the Lord.
8 He is like a tree planted by water,
that sends out its roots by the stream,
and does not fear when heat comes,
for its leaves remain green,
and is not anxious in the year of drought,
for it does not cease to bear fruit.”
9 The heart is deceitful above all things,
and desperately sick;
who can understand it?
10 “I the Lord search the heart
and test the mind,[b]
to give every man according to his ways,
according to the fruit of his deeds.”
First John 2:15-16 says, “Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them. For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world.”
Galatians 1:10 says, “Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ.” Clearly from this verse, we cannot consistently please both God and the world. The desire for popularity and even fame or fortune is rooted in our old sinful nature. When we give in to it, we are living “according to the flesh” (Romans 8:5, 12).
Consider this; if we are consumed with loving the world, which means being devoted to the world’s treasures, philosophies, and priorities. God tells His own to set their priorities according to His eternal absolute value system. We are to “seek first” God’s kingdom and righteousness (Matthew 6:33). (Matthew 6:24) “No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.” Material life and realm are the Devil’s.
Then if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Christ!’ or ‘There he is!’ do not believe it. Matthew 24:23
“If anyone says to you then, ‘Look, here is Christ!’ or ‘There he is!’ don’t believe it. False Christ’s and false prophets are going to appear and will produce great signs and wonders to mislead, if it were possible, even God’s own people. Listen, I am warning you. So that if people say to you, ‘There he is, in the desert!’ you are not to go out there. If they say, ‘Here he is, in this inner room!’ don’t believe it. For as lightning flashes across from east to west so will the Son of Man’s coming be. ‘Wherever there is a dead body, there the vultures will flock.’ Matthew 24:25-28
4Jesus answered, “See to it that no one deceives you. 5For many will come in My name, claiming, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will deceive many. 6You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. These things must happen, but the end is still to come. 7Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places. 8All these are the beginning of birth pains.
9Then they will deliver you over to be persecuted and killed, and you will be hated by all nations because of My name. 10At that time many will fall away and will betray and hate one another, 11and many false prophets will arise and mislead many.
12Because of the multiplication of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold. 13But the one who perseveres to the end will be saved.
14And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.
15So when you see standing in the holy place ‘the abomination of desolation,’a described by the prophet Daniel (let the reader understand), 16then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains. 17Let no one on the housetop come down to retrieve anything from his house. 18And let no one in the field return for his cloak.
19How miserable those days will be for pregnant and nursing mothers! 20Pray that your flight will not occur in the winter or on the Sabbath. 21For at that time there will be great tribulation, unmatched from the beginning of the world until now, and never to be seen again. 22If those days had not been cut short, nobody would be saved. But for the sake of the elect, those days will be cut short.
23At that time, if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Christ!’ or ‘There He is!’ do not believe it. 24For false Christs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and wonders that would deceive even the elect, if that were possible. 25See, I have told you in advance.
32Now learn this lesson from the fig tree: As soon as its branches become tender and sprout leaves, you know that summer is near. 33So also, when you see all these things, you will know that He is near right at the door.
36 No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. 37As it was in the days of Noah, so will it be at the coming of the Son of Man. 38For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark. 39And they were oblivious, until the flood came and swept them all away. So will it be at the coming of the Son of Man. 40Two men will be in the field: one will be taken and the other left. 41Two women will be grinding at the mill: one will be taken and the other left.
42Therefore keep watch, because you do not know the day on which your Lord will come. 43But understand this: If the homeowner had known in which watch of the night the thief was coming, he would have kept watch and would not have let his house be broken into. 44For this reason, you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour you do not expect.
45Who then is the faithful and wise servant, whom the master has put in charge of his household, to give the others their food at the proper time? 46Blessed is that servant whose master finds him doing so when he returns. 47Truly I tell you, he will put him in charge of all his possessions.
48But suppose that servant is wicked and says in his heart, ‘My master will be away a long time.’ 49And he begins to beat his fellow servants and to eat and drink with drunkards. 50The master of that servant will come on a day he does not expect and at an hour he does not anticipate. 51Then he will cut him to pieces and assign him a place with the hypocrites, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
In closing let us realize what has been permitted to infiltrate and even permeate our governments around the globe!
Socialism as I see it is just another tool of Satan’s to be quite frank, along with any dictatorships and all communist ideology. Marx, Lenin, Stalin, Mao, Pol Pot and any such monsters were truly “diabolical devils” doing nothing for humanity other than to crush it as they pleased! The CCP is the most dangerous aside from Russia in this regard now with their atheistic view of mankind they are to me Satan’s cheerleaders and earthly henchmen. Xi Jinping with that regime has had no problem in slaughtering over a million Tibetans in China’s push to expand its tentacles of power in that part of the world and then beyond.
God bless you.
Brother in Christ Jesus,
Lawrence Morra III
An Angel’s Voice… Or Daddy’s Whisper?
“Then the rich man said, ‘No, father Abraham, but if someone from the dead goes to them, they will repent.’ He replied to him, ‘If they do not respond to Moses and the prophets, they will not be convinced even if someone rises from the dead.’” (Luke 16:30-31, NET).
Have you ever been in a quandary about what the right decision might be… and wished an angel from heaven with a trumpet would announce to you the answer? I sure have! However, according to this passage of Scripture, an overtly supernatural manifestation is not necessarily the best way for God to communicate with us.
As you probably recognize, this is the parable of Lazarus and the rich man. It seems like what God is saying here is that this kind of supernatural dramatics would not help, in many cases. The disposition of our hearts towards Him will determine whether or not we hear and heed to His voice. External dramatics, much less so. No doubt, for example, if an angel with a trumpet appeared to an atheist with a hard heart towards the existence of God, that atheist would explain the experience away.
This is not to discount the importance of supernatural experiences, when God decides that they are necessary. I actually believe that growing in the supernatural is an essential element of effective Christian living. My own daughter has had vivid visions of heaven, for example, and I’m in awe of that. However, we don’t rely on this kind of thing to root and establish our faith. A steady diet on the Word of God, prayer, worship, and listening is God’s standard plan for nourishing that budding growth within us.
In the Christmas story, we find a telling example of this principle. Both Zacharias and Mary had the astonishing experience of personal angelic visitations. However, these events did not serve to originate faith in their hearts. Rather, Gabriel’s visits exposed what was already in their hearts. Zacharias’ response to his supernatural encounter demonstrated the caliber of his faith, at that time. In contrast, Mary’s response to a nearly identical experience brought to the surface the childlike trust that already characterized her life.
So, if you’re facing a major decision today, and you are wishing that Gabriel would stop by and announce the right thing to do, Daddy God does have provision for you. He is even more intimately aware of your need for guidance than you are. He cares far more than even you do about making sure you walk into the right path for your life. He probably won’t send Gabriel, though (it could happen, but it’s not the usual way). He prefers to speak directly to your heart.
He wants to encourage you, have great confidence that He will show you the best way. Look for His gentle murmur. Look for His inner witness. Look for His peace. They will come, if you make space for them. Jesus has given us this precious reassurance: “Everyone who is of the Truth [who is a friend of the Truth, who belongs to the Truth] hears and listens to My voice” (John 18:37, AMPC).
I love how the Message Bible puts it too: “Everyone who cares for truth, who has any feeling for the truth, recognizes my voice.” Rest easy, dear one. He will make sure you hear Him, if you are longing to do so. You will perceive His message. You will recognize His voice.
My closing thought. Though the Father has an infinite myriad of ways to speak to us, He delights the most in simple, quiet intimacy. When we come to become so familiar with His voice that we immediately distinguish His first whisper, that’s where life is truly found. True faith, the deepest kind, is not to be moored in dramatics, but in His still, small voice.
How long have you been tuning into the gentle whispers of God? Can you see that you are now more closely familiar with His communication than you used to be?