Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Gnosticism part 4: Ceremonies and rituals

I just spent three hours writing this part and was 3/4 done...and it all disappeared. Pardon me while I go cry.

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  1. Ooooh, I hate when that happens, and I've had it happen quite a lot!

    Kim

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    1. All I could do is stare dumbly at the screen, my mind yelling NO! NO! No!

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  2. Who knows, Elizabeth... but maybe, it's possible anyway that even the Lord Himself decided to redirect your efforts!!? Like I say it's possible.

    While I very much appreciate gaining the understanding about this subject, I've also come to realize that I do not need to know the depths of satan (ref: Rev. 2, I believe) and (maybe this is just me?) ~ but often times when I read about new age "junk" or any thing the least bit similar -- it's almost like a push of my flesh to wonder more about it... ya' know? All the while, my spirit is screaming, crying: Lord, hold me close! Do not let me stumble! Keep me from wandering!

    "prone to wander, Lord I feel it... prone to leave the God I love! Here's my heart OH TAKE AND SEAL IT ~ seal it for Thy courts above!"

    So again, just food for thought. Perhaps the Lord decided it's time to close out this particular chapter?! *shrugs* ~ not knowing for sure, but I'm sure HE can let you know!

    Sometimes things happen for a reason. Sometimes, without our even realizing it, car won't start, computer crashes, etc. etc....the Lord is *protecting us* from something....

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    1. I agree Reva. My next thought was that everything happens for a reason, so I'd just make some toast and read reviews of Masterchef and lay on the couch for a while, and see what tomorrow brings.

      On a larger scale, I agree about people in general not needing to know the deep things of satan. On the other hand in my ministry, showing who and how the deep things of satan are encroaching on His name and His word helps some people who know there is an issue with a particular teaching but can't put their finger on why or where.

      I think a lot about the OT Prophets. Isaiah was told what he must do and Isaiah asked, 'for how long?' and the LORD answered essentially, 'until there is no one left to speak it to.'

      Jeremiah cried continuously over the people's sin and over the fact he had to continue speaking pronouncements that would land on deaf ears. At one point he even quit the prophetic office (though it didn't last long).

      In Ezekiel's call, God said to him,

      "“But you, son of man, hear what I say to you. Be not rebellious like that rebellious house; open your mouth and eat what I give you.” 9And when I looked, behold, a hand was stretched out to me, and behold, a scroll of a book was in it. 10And he spread it before me. And it had writing on the front and on the back, and there were written on it words of lamentation and mourning and woe."

      That was all Ezekiel did, make pronouncements of doom. Front and back, over and over, day after day.

      I am not a prophet. However,by and large He has given me the gift of prophecy, discernment, and exhortation. This combines to an ability to see the trends and to connect them to biblical refutations of the doctrines of demons. I have to keep speaking them, so people will know.

      I have to finish part 4, 5, and 6. Then it's done. Unless the rapture comes first...:)

      meanwhile, I'm posting a short thing on Obama and Israel. Should be up soon.

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  3. O.O that IS sad! Maybe God wanted you to say it a different way.

    (((hugs)))
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    1. thanks so much for the virtual hug! I was thinking maybe satan didn't want it said at all! I reconstructed an outline in my head. I'll re-do tomorrow.

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  4. Yes, I agree ~ good points.

    You said: "I have to finish part 4, 5, and 6. Then it's done. Unless the rapture comes first...:)

    meanwhile, I'm posting a short thing on Obama and Israel. Should be up soon."

    and hahha -- me being forever *rapture minded* ~ I thought you meant WE should be UP soon!! LOL!! Which that's the truth, too!!!!

    Girl, I esp. appreciate your comments on "angel worship" ~ as I was straying off the path & getting into that (not on purpose) but it came upon me without my even realizing -- TILL I READ YOUR SITE!! I am sure the Lord led me here! And I give HIM the glory for that.

    Enjoy the toast and a hearty MARANATHA!!!! :) See you soon.

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  5. Hang in there Elizabeth! We can do all things through Christ who strengthens us. I am sooo sorry you lost the post but I want you to know that you are right about gnosticism being rampant and I for one have not been able to put a finger on it, I just wasn't even sure what was "off" about certain books, speakers, attitudes, etc. I do not think Satan wanted that kind of exposure but I am finding the education very helpful. Thank you, sister!

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  6. Oh, please continue, Elizabeth.

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  7. Oh I've had that happen many times too so I know the frustration. Also, and I wish I had the exact answer. I was reading online on some forum somewhere, on a thread posted by a friend who was also lamenting over much important writing they had lost and a friend of theirs mentioned that it's not really gone, that it's still somewhere saved on your computer, and that it is retrievable. Perhaps you could google search on how to retrieve lost documents while in the midst of writing them, even if you haven't hit "save", and you'll find the answer, that way you wont have to rewrite that part! :)

    God bless you!

    J.L.

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    1. Hi J.L.

      That is a great tip. I'd do that, but I wasn't composing it in Word or on my computer with other kind of word processing software, but directly in Blogger. It is really gone. And it was really good, too. I'll re-write it today. :)

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  8. OK I got up at 4:30am after a good 7 hours' sleep and I've re-written three-quarters of it. It is good, even better than the one I lost. LOL. And shorter too, ROFL. I should have it ready tonight before I go to church. Thank you so much for your support and sympathy. It really helped!!

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    1. Hi Elizabeth,
      Sorry about that! I can´t count the number of times that has happened to me. The second thing that comes to my mind when it happens is that maybe God didn´t want me to write it. I am not sure. I credit it to my carelessness.

      It reminds me of the instance when Elizabeth Elliot lost 2 years´ worth of translation of parts of the New Testament in the language of the Aucas in a jungle fire. It helps me put things in perspective…. Not to minimize your frustration.

      To comment on Reva´s comment and your reply, I can understand both of your positions as I myself was reflecting yesterday on why I don´t feel it such a calling to write long and frequent articles on the dangers of the infiltration of New Age, occult teachings and practices in the church.

      I felt the need to do that starting 27 years ago when the Lord rescued me from a Hindu cult and 15 years of involvement in all kinds of New Age teachings and practices. After a period of deprograming and relearning the basics of the faith, being discipled in a solid church, I felt compelled to warn my brothers and sisters in different churches that I attended since then of the dangers involved.

      My studies to try understanding my straying away into satan´s forbidden territory led me to find out the Who, why, where and when; the departure from sound doctrine takes place. As I was witnessing the subtle but definite shifts creeping in unprotected and unsuspecting congregations, I tried to warn pastors, members and Christians everywhere I went every day of the dangers involved. Some listened and even asked me to speak to the youth group of teach a Sunday School on the subject. Most of the time I would get the fanatic, you see the devil under every stone or tree routine.

      But as the bad seeds that were planted a long time ago started to produce their rotten fruit, it became obvious to me that the Lord was redirecting me. With the advent of Internet world wide communication, so many good discernment ministries and watchmen rose to serve the body of Christ who were better equipped and knowledgeable than me that I decided to use my blog to share my experiences as a Christian and focus on prophecy and the different facets of the Christian life.

      From time to time when I see a need and am inspired by the Holy Spirit I will write a piece on a particular subject, but my main goal is to lead people to the saving knowledge of our Lord Jesus-Christ and provide answers and substantial biblical content through links to other useful sites like your own.

      Yesterday, I also notice that a few years ago, being in the middle of the New Age, homosexual mecca that is Asheville NC, the exposure to these beliefs and the need to engage people happened on a daily basis everywhere in the market place.

      Now that the Lord has moved me to Brazil, my life has changed and looking at all the signs happening all around the world, my eyes and mind have taken on a different focus on the soon coming of our Lord. The time is short and the enemy is desperate to take as many as he can with him.

      So, I think that you are doing an excellent job at sharing what the Lord has put on your heart, using your skills and your knowledge and if he wants you to shift direction, I am sure he will let you know because as he said in John 12: 26 “whoever serves me must follow me and wherever I am, my servant also will be.”

      Jesus wasn´t driven in his ministry by the overwhelming needs of the people around him, but by listening to and watching his Father and doing and saying what the Father wanted him to say and do. I think for me it´s a part of what it means to be and walk like Jesus.

      I haven´t been able to comment as much lately because of a painful bout of tendonitis in my right shoulder that limit my ability to type for long periods of time, but I wanted to spend this time to encourage you.

      Grace and peace of our Lord to you. Jean-Louis.


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  9. God has a way of bringing out good things! So glad you were able to get a good night's sleep and rewrite it, and that it's better than before! :)

    J.L.

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  10. Best post so far in the series. No disinformation at all in this one.

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    1. One of your best comments so far. Hardly any backhand in it at all. LOL ;)

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