Stigmata - What is it? Holy Stigmata: True Communion and Manifestation of our Lord within a Mortal Body, a Surrendered Soul for Christ.
“Pio himself showed no interest whatsoever in attempts by physicians and scientists to explain his stigmata. Whenever people suggested that the stigmata were caused by too great a concentration on Christ’s passion, Padre Pio told them: “Go out to the fields and look very closely at a bull. Concentrate on him with all your might. Do this and see if horns grow on your head!” - Padre Pio: The True Story by C. Bernard Ruffin
Stigmata is spontaneous manifestation of bloody wounds on a person’s hands, feet, forehead or back - similar to the wounds of the crucified Jesus. Those who describe stigmata categorize these experiences as divine or mystical. History tells us that many ecstatic bear marks on hands, feet, side, or brow the wounds of the Passion of Christ with corresponding and intense sufferings. These are called visible stigmata. Others only have the sufferings, without any outward marks, and these phenomena are called invisible stigmata.
Blessed Tiffany (Tiffany Snow) who has been blessed with the five wounds of Christ with visible Holy Stigmata wishes to clarify some common misconceptions about stigmata, and to fulfill her mission from God: “heal my children, help them remember who they are.”
(for more photos of stigmata, click on the picture - will redirect to Blessed Tiffany's website)
“Time is speeding up. More people are experiencing the Gifts of the Holy Spirit than ever before in all kinds of ways! Healing, the Word of Knowledge, so many things we are witnessing as Father reveals himself even more in this time of historical change. Stigmata at its simplest form is God’s way of saying, “I understand what the human condition is, I have felt it before,” and sharing with us what Christ experienced at his most vulnerable state. It is true communion - except this time, he consumes us as the bread and wine. Stigmata is also an opportunity for gaining more spiritual information that can be shared with others. And it answers one of theOriginal Questionsthat Satan brought against mankind. Signs and wonders have always been used by God in every culture and nation around the world, in every period of time. He knows how difficult it is to believe in something we can't see. Just like we can't see the wind, but we can see the leaves move on the trees and then we know the wind is there. It's the same with God: stigmata, miracles, healing, levitation, resurrection, bilocation, etc, are all ways that God moves the leaves, to let us know he not only exists, but has the desire and power to connect with us, that he loves us and wants tol help us.
Have you noticed when reading the Bible the difference between the Old Testament and the New? It used to be when God saw people were messing their lives up too much and were entirely off track, he would simply re-boot them; if they weren't getting it this was the most efficient way of quickly expanding their spiritual growth, for them to die and later be born again and hopefully make better choices. God is light and love. Light and dark cannot be in the same place together, it simply is not possible. When our first parents unplugged from God's perfect light, God was not able to continue as connected to us as he wanted to, it would have destroyed us. It wasn't until Jesus was born that God could once again feel everything that a human could feel, without restrictions of any kind. Light could be with Light, in full communion and unity. This also means that God felt everything that happened to Jesus, including the whipping and torture, impalement, vulnerabiltiy suffering and even death. God also fully experienced the joy, nurturing and being nurtured, child play, happiness and everything good Jesus experienced. There was no separation of any kind, and it changed how God wanted to deal with mankind, which also included many subtleties of life as well. This is also why the more we brighten, the more we know love and show love, the more we can feel God in our lives, and the more we can make him smile and feel the connection. Do you see the additional reason why stigmata appears on people? It was a most tender part of God feeling humanity at its very bones and sinews, hence..."I understand what the human condition is, I have felt it before."
As an example, have you ever been a mother who miscarried and lost her child? The pain and suffering is enormous. And unless you have experienced it yourself, you don't know what it is like, you can't even begin to guess. What is the best way to console one who has gone through this? Only one who has experienced it themselves would know how. This is now how God feels about us. Before Jesus, he had never been able to fully feel and experience what it is like to be human. Now he knows." - Blessed TiffanyTOP
"Each time is different. But there are general similarities between times as well. I will answer this question based only on my own experiences, since how could I know if anyone else's stigmata is the same or not? I never know when it will occur until it starts happening. Sometimes I've been healing at the Institute when it will come on, sometimes while traveling on the road, or a day off at home. It comes when God wants it to. And consistent with that, it can happen once a month, or once every few months or longer; and last from 3 to 9 days.
It usually starts with all the senses being opened up. I start to see and smell the desert around Jerusalem, I start to hear the livestock braying and the bells around their necks, I hear the din of people talking as they take care of daily matters such as trade, and children playing. Often I start as an observer seeing Jesus on a small donkey being led up a road toward Jerusalem. Have you ever seen a TV screen with picture inside a picture? That is what this is like, first I am seeing it like a picture, and then it gets bigger and bigger and overwhelms the "reality" of where I am. And it brings me into it, as my new reality. As this happens, I get dizzy or lightheaded, at times it has come on so fast that I have been found passed out on the floor. Often I fade in and out of both realities for quite a while, and it is during this time that every effort is made to get me home or to a safe place where I will not accidently get injured as stigmata advances.
My hands and feet usually start with bubbling where the wounds will be, it looks like blisters being formed, which open into blood by the second day. But sometimes it starts with "Boom!" and open wounds from the very beginning. Once I asked, "is it Jesus blood? Or my own?" and was told during stigmata that it was mine. But to treat it as sacred, washing any stains and extra blood away with water which is then poured onto the ground with a blessing said over it, and any cloths or papers buried in the ground. Other items like sheets or clothes being can be rinsed out this way, and then we can put them in our regular laundry. This is also how we were asked to treat sacred communion wine spillage. My friends and Fr. Billy always seem to get after me a bit about two things - I want to try to stay and work to complete my day at the Institute so that no one has to go home without their healing; and also that I fret about getting blood on everything. Sometimes I think if the average person saw our laundry, they would think we had killed someone!
Father Billy's main concern at this time is keeping me safe. So off we go home, with me phasing in and out in the front seat. Then I get into bed, Father Billy makes calls to tell our team and family members that stigmata has started again, and he tries to get me to eat and drink something. At some time Fr. Billy will send out a note to those getting the newsletters to tell it is happening. We were told to let people know for two reasons: (1). so they can stand beside me in prayer to strengthen and encourage me to go through it faithfully and unwaveringly (often during stigmata I will even see the faces of those that are praying for me).(2). and as Fr. Billy tells people in the newsletter, "Remember this is a time to ask your Heavenly Father for the greater gifts by using Blessed Tiffany as a touchstone. A picture of her from the books or the websites can be used as a touchstone when asking for the greater gifts and keeping her in prayer at this time. This is a demonstration of your faith in recognizing the surrendered Life of Christ and how God continues to use signs and wonders that all may recognize His Love." We have had many emails come back of wondrous things that have happened to people during the time of stigmata. I feel so blessed that God can use me to help steer people toward him even when I feel out of the loop. It always amazes me that he can use very ordinary people for extraordinary things.
As stigmata advances, I fully phase into the other picture I am seeing, and go from witnessing what is happening to Jesus to experiencing what is happening to him. But although he doesn't wince in pain, I always do. And although he does not cry out, I do. Often I try to get away, usually during the whipping time or when he is being transported to another place. But it is always foremost in my mind not to ask for it to stop, because I don't want to offend the giver of the gift. Meanwhile, outside observers see me gasping and crying out in pain and trying to get away as the whip and other instruments hit me, and many times the welts and stripes will open on my back. Fr. Billy tries to keep me pinned on the bed, because at times I have gotten up to get away and have run into the wall, fallen on the floor or hit the corners of furniture. As I experience Jesus getting hit and punched, I get hit and punched in real life, and my teeth start to bleed, and my jaw is difficult to move. I feel and get bruises on all parts of my body, and my knees get skinned. Over the course of the days, I will go through various parts of his experience, including having my shoulder pop out of joint, and the nails being hammered into my hands, and feet. I feel the thorns pushed down on his head, and at times will have the marks and blood of those appear on my head as well. With the thorns, Jesus can't rest his head at all, not even back against the wood, it pushes his head forward too much. There is a feeling of choking and difficulty to breathe, like I am drowning, and it is one of the most difficult things for me to experience. I always feel like I'm going to vomit, but I don't. Several times through stigmata I will have breaks, and come back to "this" reality for anywhere from an hour to half a day, and then it continues again, often picking up where it left off, until it is finished and Jesus lifts his spirit up to God, and death occurs and all that his death meant to accomplish is fulfilled. Through these times I usually end up telling Fr. Billy or whoever is around that I don't think I can do this. That I don't think I can continue, it is too hard. And we pray some more, and I receive rest in body and mind.
Now the experience of the stigmata is also graced by a high state of peace and tranquility mixed within the suffering. This is because God wants us to feel joy and love above all, even in this reality of Divine connection with him, in bridging heaven and earth, the visible and the invisible, humanity and God. He also pulls me out at the top of the suffering, I literally pass out when the pain gets too much. Even though I know I am experiencing only a small amount of what Jesus went through - a perfect body like his was feels things perfectly, all sensations were amplified, so his pain was much, much more than an imperfect human can feel. I am very thankful for the times of rest and ability to gain my strength, and the anointing of peace. I really enjoy flowers at this time, they help me to feel comfort, and I often wake back from the pain with Fr. Billy having placed a flower by my nose. In the middle of pain and blood, what a lovely reminder of the natural beauty of God's creation and the simple joys he surrounds us with in nature everyday, if we only choose to bring them close to us. During the times of rest my wounds are also anointed with the oil that comes from the statues that weep, this helps me too.
As you have read these things, have you felt faith or fear? Or both? This is the reason why we have allowed very few people to witness stigmata as it is happening (yes, we turn down all News crews during this time), for never do I want to stimulate fear; Hollywood productions of stigmata have already done that, as they also have done with portraying deliverance and exorcism. The bigger picture is totally something else. And, during the midst of it all, real miracles happen, and prophecy and information is given. Always at some time during stigmata, a large book will appear before me open and floating in midair, and there are words written on it that I don't understand. As I start to read it the words become gold, and somehow I end up reading them out loud in English. This is written down; there is always Fr. Billy or someone in the room to write down everything during stigmata. On my own, I don't often remember what was said. Sometimes I have visitations from Angels, from Mother Mary or others. Often I will see visions of things, to help me understand and explain it to be written down better. I have seen stories from the past, things that are presently happening in different parts of the world, and things that are foretold for the future. Sometimes there is an opportunity to ask questions, so we make use of this as good as we can, even making a list of things to ask in the weeks or months between stigmata happening. We try to not just think of what we want to know personally, but to ask questions that will help touch the heart of mankind, to help them open more to trust and faith in God and have hope for the things to come.
To date, we have hundreds of pages of notes that were taken down during stigmata. The Divine Decrees, prayers written by God for mankind to be able to participate with the Holy Angels in this world shift, were given from this time together; they are powerful. The information for "God's Workbook - Shifting into Light" was given. All of 2009 is now being dedicated to taking all these notes and getting this information out there so it may be shared with all others, through a series of articles. I have information on everything from "does Bigfoot, aliens, Lochness monster exist," to "what is the anti-Christ," "will the earth be destroyed," "what do the Angels do," "what is God's name," "is there life on other planets," etc, etc! I was always the child who needed to ask "why?" on everything, I even own a thesaurus I had when I was 8 years old that has "why?" scribbled across the side of its bound pages. I know how important it is to have answers, God gave us the analytical part of our mind for a reason, to sieve out what is true from what is false. He knows how important it is to help us understand things, in our journey toward Love. TOP
Light and dark can't be in the same place together. It simply cannot occur. When Adam first rebelled, it put all of humankind in a place of imperfection, a place of darkness. How was Father going to bring his children close to him again, since Father is all Light? The first space of granted Free Will created by God is also called the Only-Begotten Son, or the “First-Born.” This is also the same one whose life force was sent to earth to break this barrier.
A Real Bedtime Story!
Let's look at the original story of Adam and Eve as a modern parable, to help understand this a bit better...Dad (God) told His kids (Adam & Eve) not to go across the street, because they could get hurt ("don't eat from the tree or you will die"). If they go across the street, they would have to go on "time out" in their room. Well, a bully and his gang (fallen angels: the devil and his demons) told the kids how much fun it was on the other side of the street and that they were missing out, and that Dad didn't know what he was talking about ("you positively will not die, but your eyes will be opened..."). So, the kids decide to disobey and cross the street...Now Dad had to follow-through on his word, so he had to put them on time-out like he said. But now they were in a different room then him (light and dark cannot be in the same place, it is impossible), so how was he going to get them out of the corner, back where they could all be together in the front room again, laughing and communicating and enjoying one another (how could a sinner come before the Presence of Perfection, when sin is "missing the mark" of perfection)?
No matter how long we would live, nor how many times, we would never be able to raise up to the level of brightness needed to finish our work on the earth, polish the facets of love and come before the Presence of Light and Love. The burden of darkness on our shoulders was too great. We couldn't lift it off by ourselves, ever. It was passed down through our folks to us, it was an ancestral curse, a generational bondage that no one in the family line could change.
This is where Jesus comes in. Adam had been created a perfect man, but rebelled ("the wages of sin is death" Ro. 6:23) and died in his imperfection. He was our ancestor, so the "dent in the pan" came down through all of his children...us, all of mankind. Jesus' spirit was transferred to earth and was born as a perfect man, and he did not rebel, yet he was put to death. This balanced the scale - this opened the door for humanity in every nation, every culture and tradition around the world. This got us out of the corner, out of the separation of the back room, and able to come into the family room again. But we still have to get off our duff, recognize the door is open, and walk through it - which means continuing to choose love over fear, and continue to move forward in our journey toward Love. We also have the choice to pout and refuse to lift our eyes and to stay where we are, in the darkness of our little room no matter how much Dad calls to us to come out and play. Each of us is before God by grace, each of us standing in that same place of Adam and Eve, responsible for our own free will choices, and able to listen to him call and seek him out. With the choice of choosing Love, our will becomes His Will, and there is no separation; we have asked to come into the family room again, which is where he always wanted us to begin with. It is truly all about love, and not just about giving it, but allowing ourselves to receive it - allowing ourselves to be loved by God.
So now the door is open to all. Jesus was a great gift of love for all of mankind. But even if people don't recognize who opened the door, it is open for each one, and God wants all of his kids up on his lap! No matter what religion a person is, or if a person does not have one, we can now enter into the Presence of God because of the balancing of the perfect life and death of Christ. This is why Christ is beyond Christianity, and why Father has also told me during stigmata that "many of my children will be given the stigmata of my son, in all religions."
"Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all men, because all sinned...for if the many died by the trespass of the one man, how much more did God's grace and the gift that came by the grace of the one man, Jesus Christ, overflow to the many!" (Ro.5:12, 15)TOP Other Stigmatics in News and History
"For those who believe, there is no explanation needed, for those who don’t believe, no explanation will suffice."
“It is very difficult to calculate the precise number of stigmatics living at any given time. There will be some whose experiences have not become public knowledge and there will be others, who, having once been thrust into the public domain, have retreated into privacy and who have since died. However a good estimate of current cases would be 25 with the following being amongst the best known:Christina Gallagher from County Mayo; Father Jim Bruse from Virginia USA; Jane Hunt from Derbyshire in England; George Hamilton from Glasgow, Scotland; Cloretta Robinson from California, USA; Julia Kim from Korea; Sister Angus Sasagawa from Japan; Giorgio Bongiovanni from Italy; Angelica Rael from the USA; Domenica Lo Bianco from Italy; Roberto Casarin from Italy; Vera D’Agostino from Italy; Gino Burresi from Italy; Amparia Cuevas from Portugal; Georgette Faniel from Canada, Tiffany Snow from California, USA.
It is generally accepted that St Francis of Assisi was the first person to receive these strange wounds. His stigmatisation occurred in September 1224 on the Feast of Exultation of the Holy Cross.”
Audrey Santos- Worcestor, Mass., USA Stigmata-bearing teenager who was in a coma and on life-support for over ten years. Reports of healing and oil weeping from statues before her death.
Father Zlatko Sudac - Stigmata-bearing priest from Croatia. Healings and bilocation. http://www.stjeromecroatian.org/eng/frsudac.html Various photos and modern and ancient history of stigmata.
Very detailed, modern and ancient history, photos of Stigmata (for photos also see Blessed Tiffany's photos on her website, click on picture above)
One of the few American stigmatists is Father Jim Bruse of Lake Ridge, just outside Washington, D.C. He was assistant priest at a suburban Catholic church. The events which took place, beginning in 1991, received a lot of publicity. Besides having pain (called “inner stigmata”) in his wrists, feet, and side, his wrists bled profusely at least once; this was witnessed by his church supervisor.
Indeed, Father Bruse’s bishop attempted to keep it low-key, but so many experienced phenomena that it even made the cover of U.S. New and World Report. What does it mean? “Something is getting ready to happen,” believes Father Bruse. “The Lord is just making us aware that He is there and He is real.” As for our times and especially what has happened recently, in New York as well as the Pentagon: “I see that as something getting ready to happen. I think it’s a major wake-up call that’s going on, and I think that all that I see — the weird temperature, the polar caps, the earthquakes — there’s a lot going on and I think we should all be prepared. I really do. I’ve had a lot more come back to church and Confession. I think it’s all different than a few years back. I think we’re in a different era now.” Most important, he stresses, is faith, and the devotions taught by the Church. Whatever doubts about God he may have had, or at least about the priesthood, are gone. “We don’t have to worry about what’s beyond death,” he was reportedly to have said. “We know. It’s total love. Christ is the real power behind all these phenomena. Christ is preparing us for the Kingdom of God, saying ‘be prepared,’ but shouting it out now. It’s as if Christ is saying ‘wake up! Let’s get moving on our spirituality. I believe it’s building up to something big.”
“There are some interesting statistics concerning stigmatiststhrough the past centuries. A reliable, approved list does not exist; but an “unofficial” roster has been assembled (one that is not recognized by the Church). There are approximately 300 names on it. Thirty of the people listed are currently living. Most of those on the list come from Roman Catholic countries and follow that religion. There are a few from other churches, including the Baptist and Anglican–to name only two. Seventy percent come from the same country: Italy. Ninety percent of the stigmatists are women. Many instances of stigmata have occurred to very ordinary people.
(1) St. Veronica Giuliani was Italian. In 1697 she received the stigmata in hands, side, and feet. A postmortem examination (done after death) showed the following–On her heart were imprints she had reported in her journal (and even sketched there) when she was alive; attending physicians wrote there was “a considerable curvature of the right shoulder, which bent the bones just as the weight of a heavy cross might have done.”
(2) Ethel Chapman was English. In 1974 she was in a hospital, under constant medical supervision, when nurses first found her bleeding from wounds. This incident comes very close to proving that the stigmata was a completely spontaneous event. Of course, unless she was under observation 24 hours a day, it can’t be considered a proven fact.
(3) Heather Woods was also English. Her experience which began in 1993 was likely the most closely documented. The wounds were videotaped and even shown on network television. There were marks on her feet and hands. In addition, a crescent-shaped red mark appeared on her right side and a cross appeared on her forehead on two separate occasions. Photographs were taken at each key moment. Heather had undergone surgery many times.
*Please note that the Catholic church does not recognize stigmata as divine intervention, and when it cannot be disproved by scientific means, the church leaves the matter open to individual interpretation…Also, Catholic doctrine holds that authenticated stigmata-bearers are people singled out by God “to be united more closely with the sufferings of His Son, souls who are willing in a peculiarly fitting was to expiate the sins of others.” At the time of the first stigmata, Blessed Tiffany was not Catholic, but was baptized later into the Old Holy Catholic Church, although she stress that Father knows the true faith of each of his children regardless of religion, and welcomes all who come to him in Love, for they are a spark off the Divine Flame, and he recognizes each one. Katya Rivas, stigmata-bearer from Bolivia, interviewed on FOX network “SIGNS FROM GOD”Delta state on EEG, word of knowledge. Emma De Guzmanphotos of stigmata, including forehead and back.TOP
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For those who wonder about the wounds of Tiffany Snow and many other stigmatics who bear the wounds in their hands, instead of the newly-popular wrist position, please note this observation from Blessed Tiffany as she describes Jesus being prepared for the crucifix. “There is some kind of leather strap that the soldiers catch and loop around each wrist of Jesus. The soldiers do this in one swift move, it looks like a slipknot and tightens around the wrist as the strap is pulled tight to straighten the arm out onto the beam. There are two soldiers, one on each arm doing this at the same time, pulling him tight from arm to arm. One did a quick yank and this caused Jesus' left shoulder to pop out of place. The strap on the wrist is pulled over the hand to stretch it out, and when the hand is nailed the leather is too, the nail going through the straps first. I suppose others who were accused would have been flaying about, but not Jesus, he did not thrash around or try to keep his arms, hands or legs from those who were persecuting him. The fact about his arm being dislocated added to his pain and also added in difficulty in catching his breath.” TOP
The Orginal Issues Presented before God and the Angels
The rebeller, Satan challenged Father on his sovereignty; Love's right to rule. Satan did this by presenting three original issues when humankind was new on the earth.
1. Man can guide his steps successfully on his own without God.
2. Man only comes to Father for what he can get out of Father.
3. Man’s will forfeit everything just to save his own skin. (STIGMATA & the martyred saints - the main focus here)
(1).Mankind has now had thousands of years to try to rule himself successfully on his own. Every kind of government has failed. Even with all the "practice" we have had, we are no closer to getting it right - mankind has failed in trying to guide his own footsteps. This is the first challenge of the First Great Issue. And it has been solved without a doubt, mankind cannot successfully guide himself without God. (2). Mankind’s faithful obedience under religious persecution is at the source of the rebuttal of The Second Great Issue, the Question of Integrity. “Mankind only loves God for what man can get out of God,” and (3). “When tested as to the flesh, mankind will turn away from God.” Satan has stated that mankind will turn from God in time of bodily peril or material lack. God allows the tests to be performed, as undeniable proof that those who really love God don’t do it for selfish gain. A more thorough answer is below.
Down through the centuries, Satan has shown to be the Great Opposer to Father and to man. He has used people as false religious leaders, ensnaring millions in the web of conspiracy and false doctrines. He has killed and oppressed man by untimely death, disease and illness, and physical and emotional trauma and persecution. He has had righteous and faithful mankind thrown into prison, the sea, the scorching desert; tortured by man and wild beast; and burned and dismembered. But, he cannot destroy the life of a child of God. Only man himself can do that, by seeing only the temporary material blemish of mortal life, and choosing to follow Darkness instead of the Light.
The stigmata is the living sign that the wounds of Jesus Christ are on a surrendered body to Father, one who has given themselves to God, that their very body may be used as an answer to one of the Original Issues presented by Satan.
Likewise, we have many, many times seen those smitten with suffering in many countries who have also kept their integrity, even to death, who do not have the stigmata and did not call out evil against God. How many lions have had their fill, how many swords their righteous blood, in bringing to pass this accusation? Among the imperfect but humble hearts of mankind, there are also those who have been desirous to resolve this issue without being expressly called to this opportunity. These are called to offer themselves for resolution in the issue of suffering by offering their own skin in imitation of the Christ; Padre Pio, Saint Francis of Assisi, those listed on this page and Blessed Tiffany are of that number, bearing the wounds of the stigmata, in their own flesh.
There are several people now who currently are giving the testimony on their own skin to answer this question. There will be many more that will be experiencing the stigmata in this time of speeding up as we near the end of this cosmic court case! Thousands of years have gone by now, building evidence of God’s Love and right to rule, and answering all the questions presented…they are near full completion, proving beyond all doubt, that Father’s way is right and He is worthy to be praised and obeyed!
In the one of the most well known stories in the Bible that demonstrates this and outlines the actual issue brought up before Father, we can see the reply of Job as the true answer of praising God, The Father.
1 In the land of Uz there lived a man whose name was Job. This man was blameless and upright; he feared God and shunned evil. 2 He had seven sons and three daughters, 3 and he owned seven thousand sheep, three thousand camels, five hundred yoke of oxen and five hundred donkeys, and had a large number of servants. He was the greatest man among all the people of the East.
4 His sons used to take turns holding feasts in their homes, and they would invite their three sisters to eat and drink with them. 5 When a period of feasting had run its course, Job would send and have them purified. Early in the morning he would sacrifice a burnt offering for each of them, thinking, “Perhaps my children have sinned and cursed God in their hearts.” This was Job’s regular custom.
Job’s First Test
6 One day the angels came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan also came with them. 7 The LORD said to Satan, “Where have you come from?” Satan answered the LORD, “From roaming through the earth and going back and forth in it.”
8 Then the LORD said to Satan, “Have you considered my servant Job? There is no one on earth like him; he is blameless and upright, a man who fears God and shuns evil.”
9 “Does Job fear God for nothing?” Satan replied. 10 “Have you not put a hedge around him and his household and everything he has? You have blessed the work of his hands, so that his flocks and herds are spread throughout the land. 11 But stretch out your hand and strike everything he has, and he will surely curse you to your face.”
12 The LORD said to Satan, “Very well, then, everything he has is in your hands, but on the man himself do not lay a finger.” Then Satan went out from the presence of the LORD.
13 One day when Job’s sons and daughters were feasting and drinking wine at the oldest brother’s house, 14 a messenger came to Job and said, “The oxen were plowing and the donkeys were grazing nearby, 15 and the Sabeans attacked and carried them off. They put the servants to the sword, and I am the only one who has escaped to tell you!”
16 While he was still speaking, another messenger came and said, “The fire of God fell from the sky and burned up the sheep and the servants, and I am the only one who has escaped to tell you!”
17 While he was still speaking, another messenger came and said, “The Chaldeans formed three raiding parties and swept down on your camels and carried them off. They put the servants to the sword, and I am the only one who has escaped to tell you!”
18 While he was still speaking, yet another messenger came and said, “Your sons and daughters were feasting and drinking wine at the oldest brother’s house, 19 when suddenly a mighty wind swept in from the desert and struck the four corners of the house. It collapsed on them and they are dead, and I am the only one who has escaped to tell you!”
20 At this, Job got up and tore his robe and shaved his head. Then he fell to the ground in worship 21 and said: “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I will depart. The LORD gave and the LORD has taken away; may the name of the LORD be praised.”
22 In all this, Job did not sin by charging God with wrongdoing.
Job did not curse God, He praised God! How beautiful that Job showed what needs to happen every time we face evil, every time we face hardship. His answer was love. In the case of Job, though suffering from revolting disfigurement and festering sores and scabs that peeled and became black all over his body, he did not rebel against God. Through nightmares, fever and excessive thinness, and pain both day and night, he kept his integrity! Love of God, Our Father. Praise His Holy Name! Gloria in Excelsis Deo!
This is what we are all asked to do, answer these 3 Great issues:
1. Father’s sovereignty, His right to rule.
2. Man only comes to Father for what he can get out of Father.
3. Man’s will forfeit everything just to save his own skin.
How to answer these:
For the first question, mankind can guide himself successfully without God - Father’s Right to Rule. Throughout the ages we have seen mankind and the inability to produce a government that would not crumble. Even the longest, they crumbled. We can make this simple by granting Father’s right to rule. To rule of us and over everyone. This is the epitome of the statement “Thy Will Be Done.”
Who are we in the grand scheme of things to think we can outline our lives for ourselves better than God, who is all knowing and whose Love is beyond knowledge? Why wouldn’t we turn it over to God to steer our course, to let Him who created us, show us His will for us. Thy Will Be Done! We can use this for everything, include Father in every decision! We can because He gave us that ability to be hardwired to Him. In prayer, for all things, He can guide our steps. The earth has become the focus of God’s right to rule.
“O Lord, thou art my God; I will exalt thee, I will praise thy name; for thou hast done wonderful things; thy counsels of old are faithfulness and truth.” (Isaiah 25:1)
“Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.” (Matthew 6:10)
The answer is here! Letting God, Our Father rule and show us the way. Blessed be His name!
For the second question: Man only comes to Father for what he can get out of Father:
We are not here to serve ourselves but Father. We do this through following the two greatest commandments given to us by His Holy Son, Jesus Christ:
He answered: ” ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’ ; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’” (Luke 10:27)
The Lord made all of us with Free Will. How much more beautiful and fantastic can it get than the one who made us, loving us so openly, longs for us all to come to Him and embrace the love we were born to accept, to receive His love.
Can we learn to be more childlike without being childish? Can we see how much Father loves us? Can we see a relationship beyond bartering through prayer and trying to get around His will for us? We can come to Father to love and serve the Lord. We can be His mobile sacred space that we may be spreading His love everywhere we go! We can be in partnership with God, being the conduit of love for all those in need.
For the third question, Man will forfeit everything to save his own skin:
Job’s Second Test
1 On another day the angels came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan also came with them to present himself before him. 2 And the LORD said to Satan, “Where have you come from?” Satan answered the LORD, “From roaming through the earth and going back and forth in it.”
3 Then the LORD said to Satan, “Have you considered my servant Job? There is no one on earth like him; he is blameless and upright, a man who fears God and shuns evil. And he still maintains his integrity, though you incited me against him to ruin him without any reason.”
4 “Skin for skin!” Satan replied. “A man will give all he has for his own life. 5 But stretch out your hand and strike his flesh and bones, and he will surely curse you to your face.”
6 The LORD said to Satan, “Very well, then, he is in your hands; but you must spare his life.”
7 So Satan went out from the presence of the LORD and afflicted Job with painful sores from the soles of his feet to the top of his head. 8 Then Job took a piece of broken pottery and scraped himself with it as he sat among the ashes.
9 His wife said to him, “Are you still holding on to your integrity? Curse God and die!”
10 He replied, “You are talking like a foolish woman. Shall we accept good from God, and not trouble?” In all this, Job did not sin in what he said.
This serves to prove more things, that Job, by not turning from God not only obeyed God, Our Father, but praised Him! And Father has demonstrated in this outline that Satan has restrictions. All those who think or have thought that Satan is all powerful can see right here, in the story of Job, that is not true.
The Accuser is given ability to afflict, but is kept on restriction in what he can do and how far he can go.
Many will benefit from knowing that Satan is kept on restriction. If he was all powerful, wouldn’t it be obvious that he would not be restricted.
Man calls out to God in times of peril, in times of near death and even death. Man cries out “save me God”, “God help me” and “God, I commit myself to your arms.”
God, Our Father, is the ruler of all. We are here to love and serve Him who created us, out of love, offering all that we are and all that we have to Him who loves us beyond any love we have known. This question is answered by all of us. Do we choose love or fear?
So what have we learned? God is love, and does not create evil, but has allowed it for only a short period of time. What answers will you give in this court case? Choose love! TOP
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