One statement which would find an immediate assent from most people, I think, is the cry of Isaiah, “Truly you are a God who hides himself” (45:15). This “hiding” is of dual nature–God hides Himself from us; we hide ourselves from Him. Both aspects of hiding are the result of sin, as we see in Genesis 3:24, where man and woman are driven away from a familiar and friendly relationship with God, and Genesis 4:14, where Cain spells out his punishment for killing his brother. This fact of sin means that God is not so much hiding from us, as…
This story begins about twenty-five years ago. I was just about 13 or 14 when I stopped believing in God. The reasons are numerous but they aren’t particularly relevant to this testimony. What is relevant is that my disbelief in God was total. He did not exist. Period. As the years went by I saw no reason to change my mind. If anything, I just grew increasingly certain that God was nothing more than an invention by people to explain the things they couldn’t explain. The philosophers that I read only further reinforced my belief. And if intellectual certainty wasn’t…
It was in September 2002 that I received the anointing described in the testimony that starts off this book. It took place nearly two months after God breathed His Spirit upon me in a quiet little church in a small Middle Eastern town as I stood before a beautiful picture of the mother of our Lord. I didn’t really comprehend either experience at the time that they happened, and I won’t pretend that I still understand them fully, but I knew that both events were life changing. And they, indeed, have been. I went from being a selfish, hate-filled, hedonistic…
Prayer, in its truest form, is the act of communicating with God; talking to Him, and more importantly, listening to Him. Good communication invariably results in a good relationship and the better the relationship we have with God–and this needs to be with all three persons in the Trinity: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit–the easier our journey through the School of the Holy Spirit becomes. Prayer is the very first thing that the Holy Spirit asks us to do when we enter His school. Everything begins and ends with prayer and if we want to progress in…
The human soul cannot contain empty space. It has to be full at all times and it is entirely up to us what we fill it with: good or evil. There are those among us who are full of holiness, leading lives that are a delight to God. Unfortunately, these are few and far between. Most of us are full of sin. The Holy Spirit cannot work in a soul that is full of sin; there is simply no space for Him to do anything. The only way that we can give Him a chance to begin working in our…
The Catechism of the Catholic Church talks about faith in one of its very first paragraphs, defining it as man’s response to God. I understood the meaning of this definition in the circumstances related to my conversion that took place a few years ago. A thirty second experience turned an atheist of twenty five years into a believer and transformed his life completely! In those thirty seconds God gave me the gift of faith. This isn’t a gift that God gives exclusively to a select few; He gives it to all who want it. If it was so dramatically manifested…
God is not easy on His demands of His children and one of the most difficult things He asks us to do is forgive those who have hurt us. Not only does He insist on it, He threatens to withhold His own forgiveness should we withhold ours. It is something that many of us do not realize, believing that we will have absolution simply by repenting, even though a prayer that we say very frequently makes it clear that God’s forgiveness is conditional. If we paid attention to the prayer that Jesus taught us to say, we’d catch the lines…
If I speak in the tongues of mortals and of angels, but do not have love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give away all my possessions, and if I hand over my body so that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing. Thus begins one of the most inspired passages in the Bible. Written by Paul to the…
If you remember your high school physics, you will know that to put a rocket into space, it needs to attain a certain velocity that will take it beyond earth’s gravitational pull. If the rocket attains this velocity, it will shoot off into space. If it doesn’t, it will crash back to earth. We are like rockets ready to be shot off into space and be with God. Most of us, however, never leave the ground. We glance at God on the odd occasion, perhaps express a desire to be with him, but decide that we love the world too…