Monday, November 23, 2020

TOG - Fireside Chat - Is Christian Ghost Hunting a Sin? Ep 22


Special Tales of Glory Fireside chat edition, a demonologist released a video on his Facebook account, asking if Christian ghost hunting was a sin. He invited responses and comments. The content was so unbiblical and full of holes I felt a response was necessary. What does the Bible say about Christians who ghost hunt (spiritism)? I provide the scripture and fill in the blanks where the demonologist provided a very vague and unbiblical argument. 
So kick back in your easy chair, stoke the fire in the fireplace and grab you cocoa. It's time for a fireside chat on how ghost hunting is a sin!


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The demonologist quotes Deuteronomy chapter 18, verses  09 -12. But only reads 
Deuteronomy 18:9-11

Abominable Practices

9 “When you come into the land that the Lord your God is giving you, you shall not learn to follow the abominable practices of those nations. 
10 There shall not be found among you anyone who burns his son or his daughter as an offering, anyone who practices divination or tells fortunes or interprets omens, or a sorcerer 
11 or a charmer or a medium or a necromancer or one who inquires of the dead, 

He doesn't read verse 12, nor does he read the rest of the Law on abominable practices, and these are:

Deuteronomy 18:12-14
12 for whoever does these things is an abomination to the Lord. And because of these abominations the Lord your God is driving them out before you. 
13 You shall be blameless before the Lord your God, 
14 for these nations, which you are about to dispossess, listen to fortune-tellers and to diviners. But as for you, the Lord your God has not allowed you to do this.


Deuteronomy 18:9-14 consulting the dead in any way is an abomination to God!
Leviticus 20:6-9 seeking mediums, God will cut you off!
1 Chronicles 10:13-14 Saul's transgression against God was communicating with the dead.
Matthew 7:21-23 Jesus - I never knew you!

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Thank you for tuning in to Tales of Glory podcast fireside chat. I hope you found this beneficial. 
God Bless
Rev. Mike

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

TOG - A Field Guide to Advanced Spiritual Warfare - Chapter 04 - Forgiveness Ep 21

 

In this episode, Tales of Glory - Advanced Field Guide to Spiritual Warfare - Chapter 04, we're diving back into our topic of deliverance and exorcism. The subject for this podcast is forgiveness. Here we examine why basic forgiveness deliverance ministry often fails to bring healing. Why do corporate forgiveness rituals fail? Why should you understand the difference between deliverance and inner healing? In this podcast we investigate the darker challenges of forgiveness. Are you dealing with demonic oppression or dissociative identity disorder (D.I.D.). Is D.I.D demonic? What role does forgiveness play in deliverance ministry, exorcism, and inner healing?

Some exciting topics in this installment of Tales of Glory.

Poor yourself some coffee, cocoa, or whatever beverage it is you relax by the fireplace with and tune in. We're examining topics in deliverance ministry and exorcism. 

Come on in and sit a spell! 

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Thank you for tuning in! We're moving through my book, A Field Guide to Advanced Spiritual Warfare. Hope you enjoyed Chapter 04 - Forgiveness. Next time we'll discuss Chapter 05 Spiritual Authority in Christ.

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Tuesday, November 10, 2020

Saint Teresa of Avila - Interior Castle Fifth Mansions Chapter 01

 

Tales of Glory dives into Santa Teresa of Avila's Fifth Mansions Chapter 01. We are entering the Teresan Third Water stage of mystical prayer. In this episode we are edified by Saint Teresa with her fifth mansion experiences of union with God. How does the soul know this union takes place? What is certitude of the soul? And she warns us of being on guard with these experiences from our soul and satan fabricating false union experiences. Pull up your cozy lounge chair next to the fireplace. Pour your self your favorite beverage and sit back as the Doctor of Prayer of the Catholic Church edifies us in these amazing experiences with God in our interior life.



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Interior Castle Fifth Mansions Chapter 01 HTML

Discerning Hearts Fifth Mansions Chapter 01 Podcast

Discerning Hearts Audio Reading of Saint Teresa's Fifth Mansions Chapter 01


Notes on Fifth Mansions Chapter 01 No. 7 - the deep feeling on union

The Way of Perfection Ch 31 No. 10

This is a supernatural state, and, however hard we try, we cannot reach it for ourselves; for it is a state in which the soul enters into peace, or rather in which the Lord gives it peace through His presence, as He did to that just man Simeon.106 In this state all the faculties are stilled. The soul, in a way which has nothing to do with the outward senses, realizes that it is now very close to its God, and that, if it were but a little closer, it would become one with Him through union. This is not because it sees Him either with its bodily or with its spiritual eyes. The just man Simeon saw no more than the glorious Infant—a poor little Child, Who, to judge from the swaddling-clothes in which He was wrapped and from the small number of the people whom He had as a retinue to take Him up to the Temple, might well have been the son of these poor people rather than the Son of his Heavenly Father. But the Child Himself revealed to him Who He was. Just so, though less clearly, does the soul know Who He is. It cannot understand how it knows Him, yet it sees that it is in the Kingdom (or at least is near to the King Who will give it the Kingdom), and it feels such reverence that it dares to ask nothing. It is, as it were, in a swoon, both inwardly and outwardly, so that the outward man (let me call it the “body”, and then you will understand me better) does not wish to move, but rests, like one who has almost reached the end of his journey, so that it may the better start again upon its way, with redoubled strength for its task.

The body experiences the greatest delight and the soul is conscious of a deep satisfaction. So glad is it merely to find itself near the fountain that, even before it has begun to drink, it has had its fill. There seems nothing left for it to desire. The faculties are stilled and have no wish to move, for any movement they may make appears to hinder the soul from loving God. They are not completely lost, however, since, two of them being free, they can realize in Whose Presence they are. It is the will that is in captivity now; and, if while in this state it is capable of experiencing any pain, the pain comes when it realizes that it will have to resume its liberty. The mind tries to occupy itself with only one thing, and the memory has no desire to busy itself with more: they both see that this is the one thing needful and that anything else will unsettle them. Persons in this state prefer the body to remain motionless, for otherwise their peace would be destroyed: for this reason they dare not stir. Speaking is a distress to them: they will spend a whole hour on a single repetition of the Paternoster. They are so close to God that they know they can make themselves understood by signs. They are in the palace, near to their King, and they see that He is already beginning to give them His Kingdom on earth. Sometimes tears come to their eyes, but they weep very gently and quite without distress: their whole desire is the hallowing of this name. They seem not to be in the world, and have no wish to see or hear anything but their God; nothing distresses them, nor does it seem that anything can possibly do so. In short, for as long as this state lasts, they are so overwhelmed and absorbed by the joy and delight which they experience that they can think of nothing else to wish for, and will gladly say with Saint Peter: “Lord, let us make here three mansions.”


Notes on Fifth Mansions Chapter 01 No. 7 Spiritual Directors

Life Chapter 5 No. 3

Life Chapter 13 No. 19

Life Chapter 25 No. 22

Life Chapter 18 p 20 (I believe it is really 21-22)

21. He who begins is in need of instruction, whereby he may ascertain what profits him most. For this end 99it is very necessary he should have a director, who ought to be a person of experience; for if he be not, he will make many mistakes, and direct a soul without understanding its ways, or suffering it to understand them itself; for such a soul, knowing that obedience to a director is highly meritorious, dares not transgress the commandments it receives. I have met with souls cramped and tormented, because he who directed them had no experience: that made me sorry for them. Some of them knew not what to do with themselves; for directors who do not understand the spirit of their penitents afflict them soul and body, and hinder their progress.195

22. One person I had to do with had been kept by her director for eight years, as it were, in prison; he would not allow her to quit the subject of self-knowledge; and yet our Lord had already raised her to the prayer of quiet; so she had much to suffer.


Notes on Fifth Mansions Chapter 01 No. 10 The Canticles - the Song of Songs

Song of Songs 2

Song of Songs 3


'Til Next Time

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Thursday, November 5, 2020

TOG - A Field Guide to Advanced Spiritual Warfare - Chapter 03 - Spiritual Alignment, Salvation, and the Soul Ep 19

 

In this episode, Tales of Glory - Advanced Field Guide to Spiritual Warfare - Chapter 03, we're diving back into our topic of deliverance and exorcism. We take about spiritual alignment of the soul. What is spiritual alignment and how does it relate to a healthy spiritual soul? We also look at the Old Testament Law and why it is still relevant today. How do justification, sanctification, and repentance play a key role in salvation and proper spiritual alignment? We dive into these topics and examine them in detail. Why does it take more than simply reciting the sinner's prayer to be truly saved? Some exciting topics in this installment of Tales of Glory.

Poor yourself some coffee, cocoa, or whatever beverage it is you relax by the fireplace with and tune in. We're examining topics in deliverance ministry and exorcism. The show wraps up with Q & A from the listeners on regional spirits and dealing with expelling demons.

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The Unseen Realm by Dr. Michael Heiser - some great Hebrew translation research  in this book. 
*note: Dr. Heiser's book is great material on the spirituality and accurate Hebrew translations in the Bible. However, as you know, I do not subscribe to the validity of the Book of Enoch and demons being the deceased spirits of the Nephilim. 

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Thank you for tuning in! We're moving through my book, A Field Guide to Advanced Spiritual Warfare. Hope you enjoyed Chapter 03 - Spiritual Alignment, Salvation, and the Soul. Next time we'll discuss Chapter 04 Forgiveness.

If you like the podcast, be sure and give us a thumbs up on your listening platform. Help get the message out on Tales of Glory! . WE've been surviving on God's provision through COVID, as other families and ministries. Please help us to keep the lights on in the M16 bunker as we minister and counsel to severe trauma and ritual abuse survivors. If God speaks to your heart on this, please bless and support the the ministry, by going to the donation button on the right hand side of this blog page

God Bless!!!!

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Thursday, October 15, 2020

TOG - A Field Guide to Advanced Spiritual Warfare - Chapter 02 - Sin and the Soul Ep 18


In this episode, Tales of Glory - Advanced Field Guide to Spiritual Warfare - Chapter 02, we're diving back into our topic of deliverance and exorcism. This episode we take about sin and the soul. What is sin? WE discuss inherited sin, imputed sin, and our own personal sin. Is temptation really the devil made me do it? Are bad behaviors and addictions our own sin or are they demonic? 
Another exciting topic, and the podcast is packed with information. So put on your smoking jacket, get your beverage, and climb into your easy chair, it's time for Tales of Glory and the Advanced Field Guide to Spiritual Warfare! We're diving into Chapter 02 of the book - Sin and the Soul!





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The Unseen Realm by Dr. Michael Heiser - some great Hebrew translation research  in this book. 



Existing locations of divine counsel found in the Bible. Examples shown, where modern theology academics removed the Hebrew divine counsel and replaced it with Western academic interpretation of counsel of men.

Psalms 82:1 NET

God stands in the assembly of El;
in the midst of the gods he renders judgment.

Psalms 82:1 NASB

God takes His stand in His own congregation;
He judges in the midst of the rulers.

Deuteronomy 32:8 NET

When the Most High gave the nations their inheritance,
when he divided up humankind,
he set the boundaries of the peoples,
according to the number of the heavenly assembly.

Deuteronomy  my 32:8 NASB

When the Most High gave the nations their inheritance
and divided the human race,
He set the boundaries of the peoples
according to the number of the people of Israel.

Why did God Create the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil?  - Youtube video Ravi Zacharias


Thank you for tuning in! We're moving through my book, A Field Guide to Advanced Spiritual Warfare. Hope you enjoyed Chapter 02 - Sin and the Soul. Next time we'll discuss Chapter 03 Spiritual Alignment, Salvation, and the Soul.

If you like the podcast, be sure and give us a thumbs up on your listening platform. Help get the message out on Tales of Glory! . WE've been surviving on God's provision through COVID, as other families and ministries. Please help us to keep the lights on in the M16 bunker as we minister and counsel to severe trauma and ritual abuse survivors. If God speaks to your heart on this, please bless and support the the ministry, by going to the donation button on the right hand side of this blog page

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Sunday, October 4, 2020

Saint Teresa of Avila - Interior Castle Fourth Mansions Chapter 03

 

Tales of Glory wraps up the Fourth Mansions of the Interior Castle as we explore Chapter 03. Supernatural Recollection, the mystical experience in prayer of the presence of God. In this chapter, Saint Teresa explains the infused prayer experience that nearly always occurs before the prayer of Quiet and divine consolations. The saint gives us some advice on what to do since in the Fourth Mansions we're new to the mystical experiences that God graces the soul that deeply seeks Him.







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Interior Castle Fourth Mansions Chapter 03 HTML

Discerning Hearts Fourth Mansions Chapter 3 Part 1 Anthony Lilles Podcast

Discerning Hearts Fourth Mansions Chapter 3 Part 2 Anthony Lilles Podcast

Fourth Mansions Chapter 03 Supernatural Recollection

Life XIV - The Second State of Prayer - It's Supernatural Character

1. Having spoken of the toilsome efforts and of the strength required for watering the garden when we have to draw the water out of the well, let us now speak of the second manner of drawing the water, which the Lord of the vineyard has ordained; of the machine of wheel and buckets whereby the gardener may draw more water with less labour, and be able to take some rest without being continually at work. This, then, is what I am now going to describe; and I apply it to the prayer called the prayer of quiet.

2. Herein the soul begins to be recollected; it is now touching on the supernatural—for it never could by any efforts of its own attain to this. True, it seems at times to have been wearied at the wheel, labouring with the understanding, and filling the buckets; but in this second degree the water is higher, and accordingly the labour is much less than it was when the water had to be drawn up out of the well; I mean, that the water is nearer to it, for grace reveals itself more distinctly to the soul.

3. This is a gathering together of the faculties of the soul within itself, in order that it may have the fruition of that contentment in greater sweetness; but the faculties are not lost, neither are they asleep: the will alone is occupied in such a way that, without knowing how it has become a captive, it gives a simple consent to become the prisoner of God; for it knows well what is to be the captive of Him it loves. O my Jesus and my Lord, how pressing now is Thy love! (2 Corinthians 5 v. 14: "Charitas enim Christi urget nos." - For Christ’s love compels us, since we have reached this conclusion: If One died for all, then all died.) It binds our love in bonds so straitly, that it is not in its power at this moment to love anything else but Thee.


On the experience of Supernatural Recollection

8. It seems absurd to say this, seeing that we know that God understands us always, and is present with us. It is so, and there can be no doubt of it; but our Emperor and Lord will have us now understand that He understands us; and also have us understand what His presence bringeth about, and that He means in a special way to begin a work in the soul, which is manifested in the great joy, inward and outward, which He communicates, and in the difference there is, as I said just now, between this joy and delight and all the joys 107of earth; for He seems to be filling up the void in our souls occasioned by our sins.


9. This satisfaction lies in the innermost part of the soul, and the soul knows not whence, nor how, it came, very often it knows not what to do, or wish, or pray for. It seems to find all this at once, and knoweth not what it hath found; nor do I know how to explain it, because learning is necessary for many things. Here, indeed, learning would be very much to the purpose, in order to explain the general and particular helps of grace; for there are many who know nothing about them. Learning would serve to show how our Lord now will have the soul to see, as it were, with the naked eye, as men speak, this particular help of grace, and be also useful in many other ways wherein I am likely to go astray. But as what I write is to be seen by those who have the learning to discover whether I make mistakes or not, I go on without anxiety; for I know I need have none whatever about either the letter or the spirit, because it is in their power to whom it is to be sent to do with it as they will: they will understand it, and blot out whatever may be amiss.


10. I should like them to explain this, because it is a principal point, and because a soul, when our Lord begins to bestow these graces upon it, does not understand them, and does not know what to do with itself; for if God leads it by the way of fear, as He led me, its trial will be heavy, if there be no one who understands the state it is in; and to see itself as in a picture is a great comfort; and then it sees clearly that it is travelling on that road. The knowledge of what it has to do is a great blessing for it, so that it may advance forwards in every one of these degrees of prayer; for I have suffered greatly, and lost much time, because I did not know what to do; and I am very sorry for those souls who find themselves alone when they come to this state; for though I read many spiritual books, wherein this very matter is discussed, they threw very little 108light upon it. And if it be not a soul much exercised in prayer, it will find it enough to understand its state, be the books ever so clear.


11. I wish much that our Lord would help me to describe the effects on the soul of these things, now that they begin to be supernatural, so that men might know by these effects whether they come from the Spirit of God. I mean, known as things are known here below—though it is always well to live in fear, and on our guard; for even if they do come from God, now and then the devil will be able to transform himself into an angel of light;204 and the soul, if not experienced herein, will not understand the matter; and it must have so much experience for the understanding thereof, that it is necessary it should have attained to the highest perfection of prayer.

A Golden Treatise of Mental Prayer by St. Peter of Alcantara, translated by Rev. G. F. Bullock M.A. and edited by Rev. George Seymour Hollings S.S.J.E. London, Mowbray, 1905, p. 117.


My Reference to the Vanguard University Night Strike Short Missions Trip and Recollection

Dilation of the Psalms 119:32

My caution and beware of the New Mystics mentioned in the podcast with paragraph 11.


'Til Next Time!

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Sunday, September 13, 2020

Saint Teresa of Avila - Interior Castle Fourth Mansions Chapter 02

 


Tales of Glory - We enter into the mystical mansions of the interior castle. In Saint Teresa's Fourth Mansions Chapter 02, she tells us about the infused prayer experience of the Prayer of Quiet. How God enters the superior part of the Soul and embraces it. The will is captivated as it goes towards God in the center mansions. 



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Hope you enjoyed Saint Teresa of Avila's Fourth Mansions Chapter 02. Next time we dive into Fourth Mansions Chapter 03.

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Mike