Archive for June, 2018

…”Underneath are the Everlasting Arms”

June 16, 2018

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Here is the verse that the Lord whispered in my ear one morning when I was feeling really despondent and shell-shocked after a recent revelation… “The eternal God is thy refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms: and he shall thrust out the enemy from before thee; and shall say, Destroy them.” (Deuteronomy 33v27)

Not only did He whisper these words in my ear and I felt His strong Presence at that very moment but He went on to confirm those words many more times!

Shortly after that a praying friend sent me an email saying… “Elizabeth, the word that came to me today after praying was “underneath are the Everlasting Arms.” Lord bless you…”

Around this time I was sitting in a hospital waiting room, when I wanted to read something from the Lord’s Word but had no Bible with me. Then I opened my phone for a “verse for the day” but found instead an email, again about “Mighty Arms!” This was from a person who knew nothing about me or my situation; someone who writes blogs about old hymns – again beautiful words, based on Deuteronomy 33v27…

“Pressing my tear stained cheek to his own,

Hushing my grief with his sweet gentle tone;

Touching my heart with his healing balms,

Holding me still in His mighty arms.”

Then again I opened up my Bible one morning and the words of Deuteronomy 33v27 were again staring me in the face… “The eternal God is thy refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms: and he shall thrust out the enemy from before thee; and shall say, Destroy them.” (Deuteronomy 33v27)

We decided one evening this week to travel to a Christian “tent mission” which was some distance away across the border in Northern Ireland but which I felt would be good, to take our minds off this present situation. We were around two minutes late for this and as we made our way into the tent I was aware that crowds of people were singing out heartily to the tune of the opening hymn and with tears filling my eyes I could scarcely believe the words…

“Lean…ing, Lean…ing,

Safe and secure from all alarms;

Lean…ing, Lean…ing,

Leaning on the everlasting arms…”

This morning very early I couldn’t sleep and made my way up to the kitchen where I lifted a random verse from the little “Bread of Life” box on the windowsill. I closed my tearful eyes upon reading the first part of the verse…

“The eternal God is thy refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms: and he shall thrust out the enemy from before thee; and shall say, Destroy them.” (Deuteronomy 33v27)

Well, by now the message has been relayed to me! He gives those who know Him a peace which this world cannot fathom. His arms attack and ward off the enemy, His arms protect, His arms hug closely, His arms guide, His arms shield from danger, and His arms enclose us and shelter us from the storms of life. His loving arms surround us and hold us tightly to His loving heart. I wrote this little verse this morning…

Knowing not the future,

I know that He knows best,

And within His Loving Arms,

My aching heart finds rest.

Praise God, the arm of flesh will fail those who put their trust in it… “but with us is the Lord our God to help us, and to fight our battles.” (2Chronicles 32v8)

 

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Further Horrific Disclosures of Abuses within Roman Catholicism

June 3, 2018

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If any other organization, political regime or dictator in this world had been guilty of the crimes perpetrated by Roman Catholicism, they would have been tried for war crimes, or had to stand before a court of law a long long time ago. Before the recent disclosure of the disgraceful “adoption” policy here in Ireland, I had coincidentally watched a video involving a young lady of Spanish origin who was trying to find her real parents. Thankfully her adoptive parents in South America (who had no idea that she had been stolen from her mother at birth) were loving and kind to her and she’d had a good life – but it could have been otherwise. In many cases mothers were told that their babies had died at birth but in actual fact these children had been stolen and sold by a criminal ring of nuns and doctors during the Franco dictatorship.

Here in Ireland unmarried mothers in “mother and baby homes” were often forced to sign documents at a time when they were feeling so vulnerable and weak against this cruel system. Subsequently there were falsified birth certificates in order that these children could be trafficked out of the country. In many cases mothers wanted to keep their babies but they were dissuaded from doing so by those who most likely made a profit out of the adoptions.

I have been horrified in the last while to hear of people, often now living in the U.S.A. who discovered that they had three or even four birth certificates! It has been revealed that not all of the children were fortunate enough to end up in good homes and some of the birth mothers who were victims of this evil system had to have psychiatric treatment in the years ahead because of the shock of having their babies stolen from them. Having had three children myself, I can only imagine how those mothers felt.

Child trafficking, slavery and false imprisonment of women, illegal and forced adoptions, falsification of documents and birth certificates, withholding of information to those who wanted to find loved ones, clerical abuse of children, hundreds of babies buried suspiciously in unmarked graves, the horrors of Magdalene laundries and industrial schools, deceit, fraud… the list goes on and on. How sad to see other mainline churches (which once had the truth) so backslidden into apostasy that they want to find “common ground” with this system of belief.

In light of all this abuse, it is ironic too that the hierarchy within Roman Catholicism still believe that they have the authority to order people to attend confession.

Yes, those who sin need to confess their sins – but not to any man upon this earth, whatever their assumed authority. “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (1John 1v9)

“But this man, because he continueth ever, hath an unchangeable priesthood. Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them. For such an high priest became us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and made higher than the heavens; Who needeth not daily, as those high priests, to offer up sacrifice, first for his own sins, and then for the people’s: for this he did once, when he offered up himself. For the law maketh men high priests which have infirmity; but the word of the oath, which was since the law, maketh the Son, who is consecrated for evermore.” (Hebrews 7v24-28)

No man upon this earth has the power to forgive sin but praise God “there is one God, and one Mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; who gave himself a ransom for all to be testified in due time.” (1Timothy 2v5&6) it is to Him that souls must come with their burden of sin.

As this latest controversy in our country continues to escalate in the weeks ahead, I am praying that people will have their eyes opened to this evil system of belief that they have put their trust in for many years. As the old saying goes “it’s an ill wind blows nobody good.” I pray that those who know the Lord would use these great opportunities to speak a word in season, so that souls would put their trust in that holy and undefiled High Priest, the Lord Jesus Christ, “who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of  the truth.” (1Timothy 2v4)