Posts in Jesus
The Atheist

It surprises me when an atheist tries to define God, Christianity, and explain to me verses in the bible and what Jesus came to teach. They sound like someone who has read from a text book but has not actually taken the time to do the work in order to attain firsthand knowledge. For example, it’s like someone who reads a book on math yet never picks up a pencil to actually solve a problem based on what he/she has read. The atheist shoots off general knowledge, talking points of others, yet has no Experience. To be able to intelligently talk about any subject you must experience it, practice it, live it or else you are of little use to others. The atheist will never do this with the subject of God and Jesus for fear he/she may become a believer. I say to the atheist, “Follow and practice the true teachings of Jesus then talk to me about him and teach me your experience. I will listen.”

Jesus Calls on You

Many Christians around the world are witnessing the demise of the Christian Churches. The Catholic Church, in particular, is being singled out, but I dare say that some of these atrocities, if not all, are happening within other denominations as well. 

Large numbers of us have left the church and worship in our homes on our own time while others have remained faithful to the church through these ordeals. Many of us are feeling angry, hopeless, helpless, discouraged, fearful and outraged.

What should we do? Prayer is always of paramount importance. Up until now, our prayers have actually been responsible for the upheaval that we are witnessing take place within the church. We have all known on some level that there was something amiss in our churches.

The hatred for the church runs so deep in some individuals that they strongly desire the collapse of the entire church, yet I do not believe this is what Jesus wants. Plenty of his followers still cling to the church even though they know it is in a shambles. If the church were to completely collapse Jesus knows his followers would fall into hopelessness, they would be scattered and that is not what he wants. The better solution is to rid the church of its “evils,” which is happening now, and have the people elect leaders who are more in tuned with his true teachings. In other words, give the church over to the congregation/parishioners (not boards, committees and the like) so they can elect the leaders and clergy with whom they believe Jesus can speak through to bring his modern day message to the masses.

How can we begin the enormous task of changing the church? Through the help of Jesus, of course. Jesus calls upon those who have chosen to stay with the church (and even those who have left) to call on him to inspire you to take action; action that will lead to a new church; a church that is the Living Word of Christ. A church that is constantly moving and growing in God.

Jesus says there are many of you who still believe in the true purpose and importance of the church, yet you know things need to change but do not know what to do, how to do it and where to begin. He says to call on him. Ask him. Open your heart and he will lead you.

Will it be easy? Jesus says no. It will indeed be a challenge that will shake you now and again. At times, it will be akin to what he faced while taking on the Scribes and Pharisees. Yet, he says, no matter what befalls you, you must always speak the truth that he gives you in order to begin the process of mending the church. Have no fear, for when you are anointed by Jesus you are safe.

It is up to us as Christians to rehabilitate the church and bring it back into alignment with the true teachings of Jesus. 

If you are inspired by this article then consider yourself one of his anointed ones, chosen to assist him in healing the church from within. Your journey is blessed.

(Article published on Medium 9/10/2018)

Happy Easter 2018

What a glorious day! Jesus has risen; a symbol of raising ourselves up into the Kingdom of Heaven. We are all to rise up and claim who we truly are in God. When celebrating today let us reflect on the importance of clearing our temple to receive the Holy Spirit who will raise us up into the Light of God.

St. Patrick's Day 2018

Happy St. Patrick's Day to you and your loved ones. St. Patrick was an extraordinary saint who, according to "Confessio," was kidnapped at the age of 16 and brought to Ireland as a slave. During captivity he developed and strengthened his relationship with God. After the six years of captivity he had a vision telling him to return to his home where he continued to immerse himself in the teachings of Christ. A few years later he received another vision to return to Ireland to help the people. Maybe, in the beginning, he did not know why such a horrific situation such as slavery should be brought upon him, but when we look deeper we see that it was a divine act, for St. Patrick brought to the people of Ireland the true teachings of Christ. He taught the Irish people that the Kingdom of God was within them and could not be found anywhere outside of themselves. He brought Jesus' true teachings to the people as we are all called to do. When we're celebrating today let's remember the true teachings of St. Patrick and reflect on the God within us. Let's remember who we truly are and why we have come.

New Book

Working on my new book titled, "Christmas," a delightful and thought-provoking book about a young boy named Dexter who discovers the true meaning of Christmas and, in the process, finds a new and unexpected friend. I'm looking to complete it sometime in mid-2018, God willing.

How Can I Love

Many ask, "How can I love those who do "wrong," those who hurt me and others, those who deliberately do harm etc.?" The answer is to love God first and foremost. When you love God you love yourself when you love yourself you are able to love others. God loves all equally no matter what they have done that we deem as wrong. When we learn to love God and ourselves and allow God to love us then we will understand fully how God loves all equally. It is only when we can say, as Jesus said, "I and my Father are One," that we can truly understand how and why God loves all without judgement. When we are able to say Jesus' words then all will be revealed to us.

Fear the Destroyer

Fear is the most paralyzing "fear" in existence. It will literally stop you in your tracks. Walking the path to Christhood means letting go of all fears. They must be confronted and dismissed as unreal. Does this mean we have to confront them in this physical reality? For ex., if we fear the dark or spiders does it mean we have to lock ourselves in a closet or have spiders crawl all over us? No, thank God! All fear originates in the mind, thus it can be confronted and dismissed in the mind. Everything is mind. How do we do this? We imagine ourselves experiencing what we fear. When we do this we realize that it wasn't so bad and we dismiss it. The degree to which it is released is all up to you and your willingness to see it as unreal and let it go. Remember you have free will. Will it come back? It might. Each person is different. If it does come back it will not be as strong in you and so you must dismiss it right away. If it keeps surfacing then you know you must go deeper. What is the real cause of the fear? What is the belief behind the fear? What is the illusion behind the belief? Once you figure out the underlying cause of the fear you will be able to dismiss it more easily. You are not alone in this. When you choose to confront your fears invoke the presence of Jesus and he will guide you through it. He will not let you do this alone nor should you have to.

(Of course, I am NOT a psychiatrist, so seek professional assistance if you feel you need to and this should not replace any counseling you may be receiving at this time.)

Return to the Days of Youth

Eternal Youth is what we all innately desire and CAN have. Does not God say, "His flesh shall be fresher than a child's; he shall return to the days of his youth?" So then what has gone wrong? WE have gone wrong. Even science tells us that our cells renew themselves. It's just a matter of what are they renewing into, decline or beauty? The answer is in our minds. What have you been thinking? There is no doubt that our thoughts affect our bodies. If we are thinking and believing that decline is inevitable with moving through time, which our society has taught us to believe, then the God within, the Universe, must give us what we believe. If we believe that we are Spiritual Beings in a human body and have control over our bodies then we remain eternally youthful because we are thinking from the mind of Spirit. We must take back control of our bodies. Our bodies do not own us, we own it. We are the ones, as Spiritual Beings, that say what happens to our bodies and we do it through our thoughts. If your thoughts are of anger, discontent, jealousy, hate and negative then your body will begin to decline. When you learn to take control of your thoughts and think only Godly thoughts then your body will recover. Jesus healed the sick. Decline of the body is sickness and if Jesus healed the body so can we. Let's choose to think Godly today so that we can be reborn.

The Cross of Christ

It is not for the faint of heart to take up the Cross of Christ. It is for those who have had enough of humanity and know that there is much more to life than what is being presented to us. Taking up the Cross of Christ is the journey we will all have to take, whether in this life or the next. It requires us to turn away from the things of this world, clean house and follow the true example of Jesus. It requires us to look at ourselves with a magnifying glass and clear out what is not of God. It requires us to go over our thoughts with a fine tooth comb and get rid of all that is unlike God. It requires us to leave all "mammon" behind and seek the God within incessantly. It is a journey for the brave, the strong willed, the meek, the humble, the pure in heart, the ones who hunger for more, the lovers of God and thus humanity. This journey is the ONLY journey in life that is worth pursuing because it will lead to the fulfillment of all of your desires. This I know for sure.

Happy Easter 2016

Wishing you and your loved ones a happy, healthy and fun Easter. Today, in remembrance of Christ, let's be happy, and speak only words that uplift and inspire ourselves, and others, to our greater good.

Jesus, JoyNicole RiveraEaster