Sometimes the Lord works ever so gently in our lives, that for a time, we are totally unaware of the personal healing that is occurring from the inside out.
This morning I was thinking of the changes that have occurred in my heart in the past few years. Although I am now aware that Jesus was with me and loved me throughout my whole life (as He is with and loves you), a special moment happened to me, which is described on my About Page , that guided me to an intimate relationship with Jesus, and completely changed the course of my life.
What drew me so close to Jesus? It was His mother.
After many years of closing my heart to the pure love and sweetness of Mary, the mother of God, out of the blue came the overwhelming calling to pray the rosary! It was like I almost did not have a choice, the calling was so strong. I started praying the rosary every day, meditating on events in the life of Jesus and his family, and also meditated on the humble and open spirit of Mary.
Mary led me to her Son, Jesus. I no longer just knew about Jesus, I started to know Jesus personally. His love and his presence captivated and held me in his peace and love. While I meditated on the rosary, which is based on scripture, I started praying for specific intentions for friends, family and coworkers. Miracles started happening all around me, with many prayers being answered, and many lives being changed. The Holy Spirit opened my eyes to the people in need around me, and also opened my ears to His whispers of those I am called to pray for.
So, I have been thinking…how has my relationship with Jesus changed my life? There are a few things that come to mind. Maybe you have noticed some of the same changes in your life?
No matter what happens from day to day, I know in my heart that the Lord will turn every situation toward good, both for me and His Kingdom.
When I meet or know of someone who is living in an ungodly way, I know that it is the evil of Satan that has infiltrated his/her life and heart. If it is someone I have the opportunity to talk with, I focus on learning about what they have experienced in life, and get to know the Jesus that lives in their heart. I share His love with them. If it is someone that I know of, but do not have the opportunity to personally minister to, I pray for him/her…a lot…as in that person almost becomes a part of me for the time I am called to pray.
I have a calmness of spirit that I never had in the past.
The desire for mindless entertainment has left me. I am extremely selective with music, books, TV shows, and movies.
In the past, I was very preoccupied with the paranormal. I could not get enough of watching, reading and researching ufo phenomenon, aliens, ghosts, mediums, paranormal “powers”, demonic possessions, etc. I literally was obsessed with those subjects, and because of my ability to “feel spirits” I was deceived into thinking I should develop my so called “powers.” A visit with my priest, who I shared all of this with, lead to him praying over me, and instantaneously I was healed. While I was being prayed over, I physically felt a dark spirit being lifted up through my body and out of the top of my head. I felt a lightness and pureness of spirit that I never felt before, and those temptations or interest never returned. Praise God!
The Lord has blessed me with a keen sense of discernment. My eyes have been opened to see both the goodness and the very real evil that is around us every day…including the evils of promiscuity, homosexual behavior and homosexual “marriage”, abortion (the slaughter of the innocents which is Satanic), pride, and rebellion.
The Holy Spirit has gifted me with the ability to discern spirits. I feel the spirit of most people I meet…sometimes even from a distance. No matter what the person conveys through actions or speech, the Lord allows me to see straight through to their heart. In that way, I know what intentions need prayed for.
I feel more love for all people, and desire for them to know Christ.
All in all, the most prevalent change in my life is the complete faith that God is with me, and with all of His children, every minute. God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit is one with me. He lives inside of me, and I live in Him.
Wherever we walk, it is Holy Ground, because we carry Him with us. Isn’t that amazing?
And, no, life is not always easy. And we will all fall and sin. However, Jesus is always there loving us, and He is always waiting for us to confess, repent, and get back up to follow Him and enjoy His presence in our lives.
What changes has your relationship with Jesus brought to your life?