Why Temptations Don’t Seem To Go Away

By understanding exactly how temptations work in your conscious and subconscious mind, you can deal with it more effectively and more quickly.

Some years ago, I sat down to counsel a middle-aged man whom I have known since his boyhood.  I have personally witnessed his transformation over the past couple of decades, from a young profligate person whose vile life defied description to someone so miraculously transformed by God’s grace that I have seldom seen anyone else with such great zeal and good works for his Savior.

He confessed to me that no matter how instantaneously he put certain vile temptations out his mind during his waking hours, when he was asleep filthy scenes ran riot in his dreams, and, overwhelming his desire to flee from the filthy scenes, he almost always found himself indulging in the sinful acts his subconscious mind conjured up. The lustful acts he was carrying out in his dreams were just as bad, and often worse than what he had indulged in during his licentious days before his conversion to the Christ life. All his supplications to God to enable him to be rid of these filthy dreams had been futile so far.

As a result, he was in constant deep anguish at his impossibility to lead an equally clean life in his subconscious mind as in his conscious.

I asked him, ‘You put away vile thoughts instantly when they come to your thoughts when you are awake. What about the not-so-vile thoughts? Is there a wee little allowance in your mind for a few things in your daily life that you know in your heart are better to give up than to continue in them? Say, eating some food, or drinking some beverage?’

He pondered for a few seconds, and then replied, ‘As far as my conscience knows, the only things I give in to now and then is my yearning for chocolate and ice-cream.’

‘But you are diabetic, aren’t you?’

‘Yes, but I do not take them daily, just when the yearning comes now and then’.

‘But your doctor has advised you even against the occasional indulgence in sweet foods?’

‘Yea, but..’

‘Think, is there another one small yearning you give in to occasionally. Beer?’

I knew he loved beer, and was drinking it regularly though moderately. I have even sat down for beer sessions with him in those days when I too used to take this beverage regularly.

‘Oh, yea. You know I don’t take it excessively.’

‘But after drinking beer, how did you find your sleep that night?’

‘Actually, almost every time I have a beer during the daytime, I tend to find the vile dreams are more profuse and more intense. I don’t understand why. When taking beer, I allow nothing vile I into my mind.’

‘I believe that. But alcohol had caused you some big troubles in the days before Christ found you, right?’

‘Yea, it was one of my greatest weaknesses, and that which caused me to commit several other sins.’

‘And probably many times after your conversion, you had wanted to stop taking it completely and have nothing to do with something that wrecked so much havoc in your earlier life?’

He was quiet for a while, and then spoke up.

‘Frankly, I made many attempts to stop drinking beer even in moderate quantity, because I saw its association with my filthy dreams. But I never thought it was a serious problem.’

‘No, the drinking in itself is not the problem. But your allowing it, even when you know you shouldn’t is the problem. That spirit of moderate allowance in your conscious mind is the intimate little brother of the spirit of free indulgence of filth in your subconscious mind. When you are asleep it is this little brother that always opens the backdoor to your mind to his more wicked sibling, without your knowing it.’

‘But the filthy spirit apparently has another little brother too’, I continued. ‘So even if the beer spirit doesn’t open, the chocolate brother would.’

The man was smiling, but I saw his eyes were widening.

‘You think my drinking and eating chocolate is what is causing my helplessness at my filthy dreams?’

‘It is not your drinking beer and eating chocolates that are causing it. It is your lack of selfcontrol in these two areas. On the day your conscience allows you to take them without feeling the least guilty, you may. But until you exercise absolute selfcontrol in these two areas as well  and if there be anything else in your life you haven’t told me – the door to your subconscious mind will continue to be under the control of these little housekeeping elves of the devil.’

The man returned home with a new perspective of his ‘harmless’ little indulgences.

A lack of selfcontrol in one area of a person’s life is invariably connected to another larger lack of selfcontrol in another area in him. Sexual temptations are the half-brother of belly temptations, or beer, or gambling.

He who is selfcontrolled in the least is also selfcontrolled in the greatest. And he who is not selfcontrolled in the least cannot be selfcontrolled in the greatest. This is a corollary truth of Christ’s statement,

‘He who is faithful in what is least is faithful also in much; and he who is unjust in what is least is unjust also in much.’   Lk 16:10

If temptations continue stalking you relentlessly, it is a sure sign that a red light is flashing from heaven in your life. If you cannot find the answer in the direct temptation, look for it in another area of your life.

Perhaps there is someone you are unable to forgive totally, though you still love him or her, perhaps there is some longstanding offense against a person who had done you a wrong, even if you don’t hate him or her, perhaps you occasionally let your eyes linger over a pornographic image for a few seconds instead of turning your eyes off it instantaneously, perhaps there is thought that you allow lodgment in your mind for a short while, which should not be entertained for even a fraction of a second in a Christian’s life – then that is where the cause lies of your inability to have permanent victory over a far greater area of weakness or temptation.

The way to remove the mountain of temptation in your life is to shovel away with God’s help the little mounds of tempting delights.

 

Pappa Joseph

 

 

America – The Unthinkable Is Poised To Happen

 

I remember reading Billy Graham’s book ‘World Aflame’, when I was a young man, about the coming judgment of God on earth. I don’t remember now what he wrote of America, but I have with me the following quote of his wife, Ruth, who after reading a chapter in that book about the extremely sinful life of the people, told her husband: “Billy, if God doesn’t come soon and bring judgment upon the United States, He’s going to have to apologize to Sodom and Gomorrah!”

Of course, God can never do something that would require an apology from him later. He is the same today in every aspect as he was thousands of years ago. If the same sins of Sodom and Gomorrah are committed in any land, would God let it continue in its horrible state when he didn’t in the case of those two ancient cities? Judgment day on immoral America seems actually past its due time, but that day is hastening faster upon this sick nation than a locomotive accelerating full steam down a hill not knowing the tracks end suddenly halfway down.

In fact, God himself calls the extremely sinful cities of America by the names of Sodom and Gomorrah. In his eyes, these cities have already turned into Sodom and Gomorrah, not merely on their way to becoming doomed like the ancient cities.

Hear the word of the Lord, You rulers of Sodom; Give ear to the law of our God, You people of Gomorrah   Is 1:10

They commit adultery and walk in lies; They also strengthen the hands of evildoers, So that no one turns back from his wickedness. All of them are like Sodom to Me, and her inhabitants like Gomorrah.   Jer 23:14

The look on their countenance witnesses against them, and they declare their sin as Sodom; they do not hide it.  Is 3:9

Does any city elsewhere in the world declare its people’s sexual sin so blatantly and unabashedly like the cities in America, where they have regular sodomite and lesbian parades (or ‘gay pride marches’, to use the politically correct term), and where, such as in Hollywood, pretty women have no hesitation in stripping themselves bare for audiences around the world to gaze upon their nakedness? America does not know how to blush anymore.

Were they ashamed when they had committed abomination? No! They were not at all ashamed; Nor did they know how to blush.   Jer 6:15

And because the nations that God had revealed himself to choose to be unfaithful to him and live like harlots and sodomites, and have no shame for their perversions, God will turn away from his people in disgust, and the nations that do not have the true God will strip America naked of all its beauty and wealth.

She revealed her harlotry and uncovered her nakedness. Then I alienated Myself from her   Eze 23:18

surely, therefore, I will gather all your lovers with whom you took pleasure, all those you loved, and all those you hated; I will gather them from all around against you and will uncover your nakedness to them, that they may see all your nakedness.    Eze 16:37

Judgment is coming upon America. And with greater intensity of punishment than it was for the perverted ancient cities.

The punishment of the iniquity of the daughter of my people is greater than the punishment of the sin of Sodom, which was overthrown in a moment, with no hand to help her!   Lam 4:6

In the case of Sodom and Gomorrah, God directly rained down destruction upon them. In the case of today’s evil cities, God is bringing his judgment upon them in another way – in a quick succession of nationwide calamities. This phased destruction of America is brought about by God’s not intervening to protect his people as he has been doing for hundreds of years since America and other Bible-holding nations were founded!

The Western world is crumbling in all areas of its society, including its economy. The US economy came to the verge of collapse at least twice in the past, but recovered amazingly. The few economists who had understood what was happening and tried to warn the nation were derided by the great financial institutions and venerable economists. These few economists are now warning the nation again…of total economic collapse.

In the video, ‘The Aftershock Survival Summit’, produced by Newsmax media, famed economist and bestselling author Robert Wiedemer, exposes harsh economic truths and gives a dire financial warning to America. The video was so disturbing and controversial that various online networks repeatedly shut it down.

In 2006, Wiedemer and his team of economists accurately predicted the four-bubble meltdown in the housing, stock, private debt, and consumer spending markets that almost sunk America.

In Aftershock Survival Summit, Wiedemer cites the unthinkable – disturbing evidence and financial charts forecasting 50% unemployment, a 90% stock market collapse, and 100% annual inflation.

S&P calls Wiedemer’s work ‘a compelling argument for a chilling conclusion. [His] track record demands our attention’.   Aftershock Survival Summit is available free from Newsmax. Just google it.

Another market analyst and author, David Skarica, has warned that Americans’ investments soon could become insolvent, unless they acted immediately. Skarica is no ordinary market guru. He has a track record of being accurate time and again on major market moves. He accurately predicted the housing market meltdown, the liquidity crisis, the stock market crash (and the 10-year bear market of the 2000s), and even the market rebound of 2009-2010, which he says is ‘a phantom rally’.

But does corporate America as a whole believe the dire predictions of these prescient economists. Not in the least, judging from the news media. The US and the rest of the western world will continue in their present economic lifestyle until the bubble bursts again, as it did in the Great Depression of the 1930s. Only this time, the collapse will not be confined to just the economy.

Ancient Israelites (kinky haired) being taken captive by the Assyrian army at Lachish – relief found in his palace at Nineveh, located in modern day Iraq.

The destruction of America will occur in phases. It will begin with the absolute collapse of morality in the nation as a whole. Homosexuality and other perversities will become so rampant and open in every city that the few righteous people there will be forced to immigrate or move out to safer places.

Next, or along with moral collapse, will be economic calamity. A nation weakened morally and economically is an easy target for her enemies, who will suddenly attack her. Nuclear devastation will cause mass famine and plagues that will bring inconceivable suffering to all the people. Many passages in the Bible give a graphic account of what will happen when these calamities befall America and the other nations. My coming messages will expound all those prophecies.

To summarize the prophecies in one sentence, the nations of Christian descent that have turned their back on God will go through three and a half years of war, famine, plagues, and captivity such as no nation in history had gone through before, nor will any nation suffer such intensity of terrors ever again.

For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the world until this time, no, nor ever shall be.   Mt 24:21

In World War II, millions of Jewish men and women were made to march naked to the concentration camps and thence to the gas chambers. The Germans who did that to the Jews are the descendants of the very people who carried off ancient Israel as slaves to other countries. And it is a custom of this Aryan race to humiliate their captives by making them – men and women and children – march stark naked to their doom.

so shall the king of Assyria lead away the Egyptians as prisoners and the Ethiopians as captives, young and old, naked and barefoot, with their buttocks uncovered, to the shame of Egypt   Is 20:4

The generation that is today witnessing many of the prophesied endtime events taking place will also see tens of millions of people from the nations that comprise modern ‘Jacob’ marching naked to the enemies’ lands. (The identity of “Jacob’ and other nations mentioned in the prophecies will be made plain to you as you continue to read the messages in this book and in my website.)

Now then, O harlot, hear the word of the Lord! Thus says the Lord God: “Because your filthiness was poured out and your nakedness uncovered in your harlotry with your lovers, and with all your abominable idols, and because of the blood of your children which you gave to them, surely, therefore, I will gather all your lovers with whom you took pleasure, all those you loved, and all those you hated; I will gather them from all around against you and will uncover your nakedness to them, that they may see all your nakedness.   Eze 16:35-37

Pass by in naked shame…But disaster came down from the Lord to the gate of Jerusalem.   Mic 1:11-12

Jewish women, some holding babies, forced to strip naked, awaiting ‘showers’ at a German concentration camp.

If you are living in one of those nations that have played the harlot against their Maker, then God calls out to you,

And I heard another voice from heaven saying, “Come out of her, my people, lest you share in her sins, and lest you receive of her plagues.   Rev 18:4

Of course, God is not speaking about your coming out of these nations physically. (God will do that miraculously and take you to a physical place of safety later, just before Christ returns.) He means that you come out of her system, out of her sinful ways. Don’t take a passive or neutral attitude on issues that are not neutral in God’s sight. Keep yourself and your family far from everything that compromises your faithfulness to your God.

God’s judgment is coming first upon the nations that he chose to first give his Word to. Instead of using the Bible to guide their ways and become a light to other nations, the chosen nations instead have become so corrupt and filthy that even the pagan nations that do not know the true God of the Bible despise her for her vile character.

Remember the days when you were putting on airs, acting so high and mighty, looking down on sister Sodom? That was before your evil ways were exposed. And now you’re the butt of contempt, despised by the Edomite women, the Philistine women, and everybody else around. But you have to face it, to accept the shame of your obscene and vile life.   Eze 16:56-58 MSG

After the judgment of America and the other nations of Christian heritage, God will judge the entire world.

Watch national and global events in the light of Bible prophecies. And as you watch, pray fervently and daily that you and your family will be counted worthy to escape all those prophesied things that are coming and stand before the Lord when he comes.

Watch therefore, and pray always that you may be counted worthy to escape ALL these things that will come to pass, and to stand before the Son of Man.   Lk 21:36

 

Pappa Joseph

 

 

You will remain trapped in your troubles…until you surrender unconditionally –  Part 2

 

In Part 1 of this message, I mentioned some of the most prominent fruits of the unsurrendered and of the surrendered life. So, I ask again, where do you stand today in following Christ? Have you completely surrendered your life to Christ, or are you still holding on to some things and refusing to let go of them even if you know they are the very things which are blocking you from the wondrous blessings of God?

My child in the Lord, if you have not completely surrendered your life to your Savior, you will find that certain troubles – certain sins and weaknesses, certain entrapping circumstances – are continuing to afflict you mercilessly and preventing you from total peace of mind. All your pleas to God to release you from this prison of afflictions are not going to make any difference to your life if you have not made an unconditional surrender. If you are facing serious persistent troubles in your life that never seem to go away, no matter how much you prayed to your Deliverer, then it is only because you want God to deliver you while you are still wanting to hold on to something in your life that is detestable to him.

What is keeping you from the peace of Christ? What is that secret sin you may be committing regularly, even though you know in your heart that you are breaking God’s commandment each time you do it? Is it pornography that you are secretly watching? Is it a drinking or gambling addiction? Is it stealing from your company, or some other form of dishonesty? Is it fornication or adultery or homosexuality, or some other sexual sin? Many Christians do not indulge in deviant acts in practice but they indulge in them to the full perverted extent in their imaginations. In God’s sight, a person who never commits adultery or any other sin in the physical act but entertains it in es thoughts, is just as sinful as the one who practices it outwardly. Is it resentment in your heart toward someone who has done you a great wrong? Or covetousness, which means desiring something that you are not legitimately supposed to desire – perhaps someone else’s property, or his business, or, perhaps, even his wife? Perhaps you are obsessed with making money or becoming successful, which when done without first surrendering your life to God, becomes idolatry? What is the accursed thing in your life that is preventing God from releasing you from your trouble?

Whatever it may be, your God and Savior has only one desire in you: ‘Return, you backsliding children, and I will heal your backslidings. Jer 3:22

Once you make up your mind to put away that hidden evil, the full force of the Omnipotent Power is released to enable you to surrender it and follow Christ. If you have tried to give it up in the past and could not, there is a definite reason. Here, let me now reproduce for your encouragement one of the greatest insights on dealing with a sinful thing in your life. It’s a passage from the book ‘The Christian’s Secret of a Happy Life’, by Hannah Whitall Smith. This is a book which every person desiring to live the abundant life of Christ should read. It is available free online, and you may find it by writing that title in your search engine. But here I want to give you an extract from that book relating to the subject I am sharing with you.

And now, having shown the way of deliverance from failure, I want to say a little as to the causes of failure in this life of full salvation. The causes do not lie in the strength of the temptation nor in our own weakness, nor, above all, in any lack in the power or willingness of our Savior to save us. The promise to Israel was positive, “There shall not any man be able to stand before thee all the days of thy life”. And the promise to us is equally positive. “God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way of escape that ye may be able to bear it.”

The men of Ai were ‘but few’, and yet the people who had conquered the mighty Jericho ‘fled before the men of Ai’. It was not the strength of their enemy, neither had God failed them. The cause of their defeat lay somewhere else, and the Lord Himself declares it, “Israel hath sinned, and they have also transgressed my covenant which I commanded them; for they have even taken of the accursed thing, and have also stolen and dissembled also, and they have put it even among their own stuff. Therefore the children of Israel could not stand before their enemies, but turned their backs upon their enemies”. It was a hidden evil that conquered them. Deep down under the earth, in an obscure tent in that vast army, was hidden something against which God had a controversy, and this little hidden thing made the whole army helpless before their enemies. “There is an accursed thing in the midst of thee, O Israel; thou canst not stand before thine enemies until ye take away the accursed thing from among you.”

The teaching here is simply this, that anything allowed in the heart which is contrary to the will of God, let it seem ever so insignificant, or be ever so deeply hidden, will cause us to fall before our enemies. Any root of bitterness cherished towards another, any self-seeking and harsh judgments indulged in, any slackness in obeying the voice of the Lord, any doubtful habits or surroundings, any one of these things will effectually cripple and paralyze our spiritual life. We may have hidden the evil in the most remote corner of our hearts, and may have covered it over from our sight, refusing even to recognize its existence, of which, however, we cannot help being all the time secretly aware. We may steadily ignore it, and persist in declarations of consecration and full trust, we may be more earnest than ever in our religious duties, and have the eyes of our understanding opened more and more to the truth and the beauty of the life and walk of faith. We may seem to ourselves and to others to have reached an almost impregnable position of victory, and yet we may find ourselves suffering bitter defeats. We may wonder, and question, and despair, and pray; nothing will do any good until the accursed thing is dug up from its hiding-place, brought out to the light, and laid before God. And the moment a believer who is walking in this interior life meets with a defeat, he must at once seek for the cause not in the strength of that particular enemy, but in something behind, some hidden want of consecration lying at the very centre of his being. Just as a headache is not the disease itself, but only a symptom of a disease situated in some other part of the body, so the sin in such a Christian is only the symptom of an evil hidden probably in a very different part of his being.

Sometimes the evil may be hidden even in that, which at a cursory glance, would look like good. Beneath apparent zeal for the truth, may be hidden a judging spirit, or a subtle leaning to our own understanding. Beneath apparent Christian faithfulness, may be hidden an absence of Christian love. Beneath an apparently rightful care for our affairs, may be hidden a great want of trust in God. I believe our blessed Guide, the indwelling Holy Spirit, is always secretly discovering these things to us by continual little twinges and pangs of conscience, so that we are left without excuse.

But it is very easy to disregard His gentle voice, and insist upon it to ourselves that all is right; and thus the fatal evil will continue hidden in our midst causing defeat in most unexpected quarters.

A capital illustration of this occurred to me once in my housekeeping. I had moved into a new house and, in looking over it to see if it was all ready for occupancy, I noticed in the cellar a very clean-looking cider-cask headed up at both ends. I debated with myself whether I should have it taken out of the cellar and opened to see what was in it, but concluded, as it seemed empty and looked nice, to leave it undisturbed, especially as it would have been quite a piece of work to get it up the stairs. I did not feel quite easy, but reasoned away my scruples and left it. Every spring and fall, when house-cleaning time came on, I would remember that cask, with a little twinge of my housewifely conscience, feeling that I could not quite rest in the thought of a perfectly cleaned house, while it remained unopened, for how did I know but under its fair exterior it contained some hidden evil. Still I managed to quiet my scruples on the subject, thinking always of the trouble it would involve to investigate it; and for two or three years the innocent-looking cask stood quietly in my cellar.

Then, most unaccountably, moths began to fill my house. I used every possible precaution against them, and made every effort to eradicate them, but in vain. They increased rapidly and threatened to ruin everything I had. I suspected my carpets as being the cause, and subjected them to a thorough cleaning. I suspected my furniture, and had it newly upholstered. I suspected all sorts of impossible things. At last the thought of the cask flashed on me. At once I had it brought up out of the cellar and the head knocked in, and I think it is safe to say that thousands of moths poured out. The previous occupant of the house must have headed it up with something in it which bred moths, and this was the cause of all my trouble.

Now I believe that, in the same way, some innocent-looking habit or indulgence, some apparently unimportant and safe thing, about which we yet have now and then little twinges of conscience, something which is not brought out fairly into the light, and investigated under the searching eye of God, lies at the root of most of the failure in this higher life. All is not given up. Some secret corner is kept locked against the entrance of the Lord. And therefore we cannot stand before our enemies, but find ourselves smitten down in their presence.

In order to prevent failure, or to discover its cause if we have failed, it is necessary that we should keep continually before us this prayer, “Search me, O God, and know my heart; try me and know my thoughts; and see if there be any evil way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting”.

Finally, let us never forget for one moment, no matter how often we may fail, that the Lord Jesus is able, according to the declaration concerning Him, to deliver us out of the hands of our enemies, that we may “serve Him without fear, in holiness and righteousness before Him all the days of our life”.


But it is very easy to disregard His gentle voice, and insist upon it to ourselves that all is right; and thus the fatal evil will continue hidden in our midst causing defeat in most unexpected quarters.


You may have accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior, and may be sincerely striving to live a life fully pleasing to him, but at the same time there may be some or many troubles that have been clinging to your life for a long time, which, no matter how sincerely and earnestly you wish to be released from, refuse to leave you. Then, very likely, there is a detestable thing in the sight of God that you are keeping hidden in your heart. And he is not going to lift even his little finger to release you from your persistent problems until you surrender that habit or obsession or whatever that accursed thing may be.

What is it that is preventing your release from whatever has been afflicting you for long? If you are not sure, go on your knees, and pray like David did, ‘Lord, look deep into my heart, and see if there is any little accursed thing that is offending you, and show me what that is’.

Once you are convinced there is something hidden in your life, or something obvious which you are postponing giving up, then act immediately without a moment’s delay. Make a firm decision then and there to give it up. That is the point you begin to cross the Jordan. Now there is no more turning back. You will soon reach the other side of the great river of your life and be fully liberated. The crossing may take a while, perhaps a few days, a few weeks, a few months, perhaps even a few years in some extreme cases, but the victory is sure. God’s release begins the moment you put your feet into the waters of the transition to the new life.

Hear what Oswald Chambers says to all people of God:

But before we choose to follow God’s will, a crisis must develop in our lives. This happens because we tend to be unresponsive to God’s gentler nudges. He brings us to the place where He asks us to be our utmost for Him and we begin to debate. He then providentially produces a crisis where we have to decide – for or against. That moment becomes a great crossroads in our lives. If a crisis has come to you on any front, surrender your will to Jesus absolutely and irrevocably.

Don’t slacken on your determination to remove that accursed thing. Even if you fall several times during the crossing, do not lie in the waters but get up quickly and keep going. Even if you fall seventy times seven in a day while crossing the Jordan of your life, God encourages you to get up and get going Mat 18:22. The devil will howl at you that it is in vain and that you can never give his accursed gift back to him and that you have to carry it with you to your grave. Tell him that your Savior has already carried it to his grave with him and you have been forever released by his blood. You say exactly that to the Great Discourager each time you fall, my child, and see how he flees with his tail (if he has one) flung between his legs at the mention of Christ’s blood.

If you continue to hold on to what you know you have to surrender, God is not going to give up on you. He is even ready to afflict you two or three times more, if necessary, until you surrender to him unconditionally.

Behold, God works all these things, twice, in fact, three times with a man, to bring back his soul from the Pit, that he may be enlightened with the light of life.  Job 33:29-30

Why prolong your suffering and continue your bondage to sin? Surrender absolutely the first time itself, and enjoy your liberation earlier.

Once you have surrendered unconditionally, you have passed the greatest test in your life, and thereafter any trials are just minor finishing touches to your life. This is the point where God, through his Son Jesus Christ, releases you from the devil’s inextricable grip on your life.

Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.  Jn 8:36

Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage.  Gal 5:1

If today through this message our heavenly Father is calling you to surrender your life to his Son Jesus, then, beloved child of God, don’t postpone your decision for another day. That’s exactly what the Enemy wants you to do – postpone your decision – so this message will lose its impact in your consciousness as you go about the cares and chores of your daily life. The seed of understanding you have received today may either be plucked away from you as soon as you finish reading this message and get up to do something else, or it may last for a few hours or days and then be forgotten, or it may from today start to bear fruit in your life (read the parable in Luke 8:5-18). It all depends on how fervently you desire to surrender your life unconditionally to God.

Therefore take heed how you hear.  Lk 8:18

Lord God, bless this son or daughter of yours who has read this message, and if he or she has been having persistent trouble in es life, then grant em the fervent desire and the power to surrender es life unconditionally to you so that he can be free indeed forever! Amen.

 

Pappa Joseph