Three Strikes – part 3

The following is from Remembering the Covenant Vol. 2, by Denver Snuffer, pages 486-488:

“Alma 13:28

“But that ye would humble yourselves before the Lord, and call on his holy name, and watch and pray continually, that ye may not be tempted above that which ye can bear, and thus be led by the Holy Spirit, becoming humble, meek, submissive, patient, full of love and all long-suffering;”

Alma’s formula is quite direct and clear:

“Humble yourselves:” Without humility you are not teachable. Humility and the capacity to accept new truth are directly related. This is the character flaw that prevents the Lord from teaching the Nephites when He appeared to them. They THOUGHT they already knew things. Therefore nothing that contradicted their false notions would be accepted. Christ advised the Nephites who saw Him descend from heaven to go prepare themselves for His teaching. “Therefore, go ye unto your homes, and ponder upon the things which I have said, and ask of the Father, in my name, that ye may understand, and prepare your minds for the morrow, and I come unto you again.” (3 Nephi 17:3) This was the Lord telling these witnesses that they were not humble enough to be taught—even by Him! So the first requirement is no small matter. Are you really humble? Can you accept truth if it is taught to you? Even if it contradicts your traditions? Even if it alienates you from family, friends, comfortable social associations, your neighbors? See, humbling yourself is not just some droop-faced, hand-dog expression to wear on your countenance. Rather it is opening your heart up to higher things.

“Call upon God:” Not just prayer. Call upon Him. To call is to invite Him to come. How do you call Him? By devoting yourself, in humility, to living every principle He has taught to you through His messengers and in His scriptures. It’s not a laundry list of “to-do’s.” It is meekness and prayerful watching; humbling yourself and accepting what His spirit will advise you to do. When He testifies to you that you are hearing a true principle, accept it. No matter the effect it may have upon your life. Change your life, but never abandon His truths. Call, listen, and obey what you are told. Never close that line of communication. Don’t trust a message which does not come from Him.

“Watch and pray:” Answers may come in many ways. Be watchful so you don’t miss them when they are given to you. Pray that you might be seeking, preparing your mind to behold what He sends. Stay tuned, and stay attuned. Without such diligence you will miss His messages, that come sometimes frequently, but from unexpected sources.

“That you may not be tempted above that which ye can bear:” Implicit in this is that you may be tempted beyond what you can bear. So how do you avoid falling? Does humility and calling upon God and watching and praying insure that you can avoid an excess of temptation? How would they all go together? In particular, how would being “humble” be a protection against this kind of temptation?

Alma connects all this together with the word: “thus.” Meaning as a consequence of the foregoing. As a result of what he’s just told you. As a product of this approach, you will then “be led by the Holy Spirit.” You can’t do what comes next without being so led. It isn’t in you. Not without help from within through the Holy Spirit.

So, if you do all the above, and then acquire the Holy Spirit to be your guide, then it follows that you will “become humble, meek submissive, patient, full of love and all long-suffering.” You won’t be imitating humility, but you will be humble with the Holy Spirit’s assistance. You won’t feign meekness, but you will acquire the power to be meek (in the sense it is explained in Beloved Enos.) You won’t pretend to submission, patience, love and long suffering, but you will be these things as a result of the Spirit within you. This will be your character. Not as the world understands such things, but through the power of the Spirit to lay hold upon such things.

Formulas like this one are inspired statements, providing a road map to the Lord’s methods of changing lives. Alma is making such a declaration and invitation in this sermon. It is amazing, really. How succinctly he cuts to the core of the matter.” (Emphasis added)

There, you have your second witness of the process.

Some of the answers to questions we’ve had regarding “clearings:”

There have been more than a few times that a person has so much on them it can’t all be cleared in one session. We have shared examples of this on this blog. Some have taken days and even weeks to recover physically and spiritually from what was removed. After recovering they have come back to have the rest cleared.

There have been some instances where not all has been removed and we were told by the Spirit to remain silent about it. (That will give a few people some gas pains…..)

Some have requested a clearing and we have not been allowed to do it. The previous process is required to be started by them or the clearing will most likely not have much effect. Remember, habits must be changed. We must become a new woman or man in Christ Jesus.

Before we do generational healings a clearing is necessary.

After we do a portalcism, if requested, clearings will be done if the people are ready.

Some have been “cleared” and invited the entities back, yet there was not a “strike” against them. There are always other circumstances. One example is a woman that had splits (multiple personalities). She came back a second time and was loaded again with entities. But not all of her personalities were aware of her being cleared. She needs her personalities to become “one” again or her “splits” rejoined and then she can do what is necessary to keep herself clear. She is preparing herself for this right now. This will be discussed when I finally finish the generational healing posts in the near future.

The bottom line is we all need to strive to become like Him, our Lord Jesus Christ. Getting a clearing as people call it is great, but not so much if a person just returns to the same vomit. Some things are generational and were on the person at birth. Those issues can be taken care of by our Savior if we so desire. It takes work and it is hard work. We recently did five portalcisms and about 9 clearings in Arizona. It took Z and I about four days to feel like humans again. A long time ago when I was discussing with the above quoted dude the areas we’d been to doing portalcisms, he made it a point to tell me to make sure we didn’t overdo it because he understands the cost of doing work of a spiritual nature. “Get all the rest you need in between, don’t overdo it,” is how I recall he put it. We may discuss that in a future post, who knows.