Month: July 2016

Prayer Breakdown!

Saint Michael

Drum roll please….we have another Prayer Breakdown!!! This time we are going to break down a well known prayer and one that is quite powerful: The Saint Michael the Archangel.

St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle. Be our defense against the wickedness and snares of the Devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray, and do thou, O Prince of the heavenly hosts, by the power of God, thrust into hell Satan, and all the evil spirits, who prowl about the world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.

St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle.

There is a reason that this prayer should be prayed every day, because we are constantly in a battle. Ever since the fall of satan and then later the fall of man, there has been a constant battle. When Adam and Eve defied God they did it because their pride got the best of them. This is what too often occurs with us humans and where our major weakness is. That is why we have to make a conscious effort to fight this part of ourselves that could cause complete separation from God. If you live your life how Christ told us to then the enemy will try his best to cause you to falter and to turn away from God. That is why Saint Michael is here to help defend us.

Be our defense against the wickedness and snares of the devil.

The devil is always going to be waiting for any of us to show any sign of weakness. He is also setting up snares, just like a hunter, to capture the followers of Christ. Through Christ we can find strength and through Saint Michael we can find a good defense team mate. He of all the angels understands the most how evil the devil truly is, he is the one who kicked the devil out of heaven. We are tempted everyday to the lures of sin and the one providing those snares are the devil. This is why we have to be on constant guard against him, avoiding occurrences that can cause us to sin and people who don’t have Christ.

May God rebuke him, we humbly pray, and do thou, O Prince of the heavenly hosts, by the power of God, thrust into hell Satan, and all the evil spirits, who prowl about the world seeking the ruin of souls

Saint Michael can be our biggest spiritual cheerleader, besides Jesus Christ of course. He is our prince on earth because he is here to defend us against the ways of satan. Which is where O Prince of the heavenly hosts comes from; because he is our prince that was assigned here by God. There is one very poignent and down right scary line from this prayer: who prowl about the world seeking the ruin of souls. That is their one goal, their one desire – to ruin our souls. When we pray this, we include in there our own soul that the devil will try to ruin. This is done through sin which the devil makes it seem as if it is okay – it feels right so why not? That is the mantra that so many people have in today’s society which is exactly what the devil wants. Instead we should be asking what God wants, what Jesus would want us to do and how can we live Christ’s life for us. These are ways that we can stop the devil from becoming a wrong part of our life.

Make the Saint Michael a constant part of your prayer life because we are in a battle. It is not the battle against the devil that Hollywood portrays. No, because this battle can lead to eternal separation from God.

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Spirit

These past nearly 4 weeks have been such an emotional and trying time for my family and I. My brother was burned badly in a gasoline accident and is in very critical condition. Please keep him in your prayers. This is why I haven’t been updating regularly which I will try and do more often. Our Church family has been overwhelming us with support and it is the love of Christ that draws us together. From home cooked meals, gift cards that we can use up at the hospital, cots, rides and prayers, they have been there for us no through this difficult time.

My mom and I stayed up at the hospital nearly two weeks and started a family with the other families who were up there with their loved ones. It wasn’t necessarily the tragedy that pulled us together but was rather our shared love of Jesus Christ. We all have a deep devotion to our Lord that allowed us to come together and share in our grief and heartache during this time.

That is one thing that I always try to express the importance of, having Jesus Christ. If you don’t have peace with Jesus then you can’t have peace or true happiness with anyone else – including yourself. Jesus is the very definition of love because He made the ultimate sacrifice out of love for us. When we look at the state the world is in, all the violence, hate, massacres and sin, we can understand why. These people do not have Jesus or they have him in an incorrect way.

Lots of people over the years have perverted the meaning of Jesus Christ even going so far as to say that Jesus wasn’t His name (which will appear in another blog post, stay tuned for it!). When this blasphemy occurs and this separation from God occurs, then unrest will occur. It is a truth and obviously a proven fact that the further we try to distance ourselves from God then the further we allow evil into our lives.

When God cast satan out of Heaven, He cast him down to the earth. When Adam and Eve were cast out of the Garden of Eden they were cast onto earth. We are living in the same environment as the devil and his minions; meaning that we are more prone than ever to attacks. This means that we are called more than ever to be on guard constantly, to follow the teachings of Jesus Christ and to live our lives only to serve Jesus.

I think the hardest thing for most people about living this life is realizing just how big of a task it is. Some people are not going to respond kindly to the life that you choose to live with Christ. Heck, I’ve run into some people, even people I’ve known my whole life who completely dismiss my beliefs. Do I care? Not at all! Because it means that I am doing something right if people are trying to stop my faith and make me feel small because of it. It has also brought me closer to a lot of people, people who become my family even if we don’t share the same blood. Love and family are much deeper than the same blood that is shared, it is the spirit; we as followers of Christ connect on a spiritual level.

 

Life

Stations of the Cross

The First Station: Jesus is condemned to death.

The Second Station: Jesus bears His cross.

The Third Station: Jesus falls a first time.

The Fourth Station: Jesus meets His mother.

The Fifth Station: Simon helps Jesus carry His Cross.

The Sixth Station: Veronica wipes the face of Jesus.

The Seventh Station: Jesus falls a second time.

The Eighth Station: Jesus speaks to the women.

The Ninth Station: Jesus falls a third time.

The Tenth Station: Jesus is stripped of His garments.

The Eleventh Station: Jesus is nailed to the Cross.

The Twelfth Station:  Jesus dies on the Cross

To me, these Stations symbolize how we should live our lives and how thankful we should be for the gift that God gave us – His own Son. How beautiful of a thing to think about, that God loves us so much that He sent His only Son to save us all. When it was our doing that we were even in the predicament to began with! Going all the way back to Adam and Eve, how their ambition to be bigger and more knowledgeable than God overtook the love that God has for us.

The stations show that Jesus is just like us humans but of course much more spiritually stronger. The moment He said “forgive them father, they know not what they do”, is the moment that we should realize how small our once seemingly impossible tasks seem. That person you can’t stand to see at work every day? Smile at them and tell them to have a blessed day! As Jesus hung on the cross with blood dripping down His body, He forgave those who did that to Him! How amazing is that??

For the first two Stations, Jesus is condemned to death and then bears His cross. When we have problems or major issues occurring within our life, begin with these two stations. Understand the problem that you are having and with Christ accept it as your Cross. With just this mindset, a lot can be changed. Instead of focusing on the negative event, you focus on using that to get closer to Jesus. It is easier said than done but in no means is it impossible. With anything it all takes practice! How you ask? It is quite simple, instead of crying over a flat tire, say Jesus thank you for giving me a tire! Please take this annoyance that I am feeling and not let it become despairing.  It is all about changing your perspective to focus more on the positives of something negative and totally leaning on Jesus.

The third all the way to the ninth station deal with how Jesus struggled through carrying His cross but how He found comfort and help from those along the path; some more willing to help than others but they helped nonetheless. It also describes how He fell during His path but didn’t stay down – instead He got back up and continued on because He was determined to save mankind. He knew that through His sacrifice, He would be fulfilling what humans needed to get into Heaven; a sacrifice that goes unappreciated by a great portion of humanity.

Of course the last few stations deal with His death and then burial afterwards. We will all perish because we are finite but our souls are forever.

We are on this earth to make God happy as well as honor and serve Him. This life won’t be easy; if it was then we would still be in the Garden of Eden. However, human kind’s weakness is to think that we are above what we really are. We put our own selves on a pedestal for the world to see how perfect we think we are. To lie, cheat, steal and kill to keep yourself on that pedestal. When we take ourselves off of that pedestal and put God back up there, we really gain a perspective on life. We realize that what once mattered (looks, material goods, cars you drive, etc.), doesn’t mean a thing when we have Jesus in our lives. So whenever you say the stations, ponder on how you can relate this beautiful prayer to your life.

Dear God,

I want to honor and praise you all the days of my life,

You gave your only Son to save mankind from death.

Help me to please spread this message to all the nonbelievers,

So that their souls may be saved and made beautiful once again.

Let me reflect on the stations every day that I breathe,

So that Jesus’ sacrifice does not go unnoticed.

Amen