The Demoniac.

THE DEMONIAC.
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Fr. Nigel Mumford
“Jesus said, ‘Go ahead, but [and] get out of here!’ Crazed, the pigs stampeded over a cliff into the sea and drowned. Scared to death, the swineherds bolted. They told everyone back in town what had happened to the madman and the pigs. Those who heard about it were angry about the drowned pigs. A mob formed and demanded that Jesus get out and not come back.”
 Matthew 8:32-34
Dateline circa 32AD
Today is bad.
Very, very, very bad.
Every day is bad for me.
Days into weeks, months onto years,
Everything is bad for me.
I’ve lost my mind you see…
I scream. I shout. I rant. I rage.
They chain me up when I get wild.
What’s wrong with me?
Who am I?
Where am I?
I cut my body with sharp stones.
I cannot stop.
I don’t know why I cannot stop.
I bleed—- I bleed—–I bleed.
Voices come and scream at me.
I say, “NO! You are too loud!”
But still they scream; they scream at me.
Then somehow a stirring comes . . .
It is not bad; it is good.
This One called Jesus comes by me.
Somehow, He knows just where I am.
He can see me—– me alone,
right where I am.
I see His eyes . . .
I hear His voice . . .
He is enraged, but not at me.
He commands the bad to leave.
And It leaves.
It leaves with the pigs that go running downhill,
galloping, trampling, thundering blindly——
over the cliff, into the sea, the very deep sea.
They disappear, but I am left standing,
standing with Jesus, seeing them gone.
All of them gone. . .
all gone from me!
UNBOUND I AM!
Peace, at last!
I am set free!
I have my mind back!
My very own mind!
What joy comes to me!
Back in the town, men are upset.
“Not in my backyard!” they shout.
My joy they cannot accept.
Thank You, Jesus, for setting me free!
Free to be the man You made me to be!
Healed! Cured! Happy for the first time in years!
What an awesome God! Awesome God!
I didn’t leave with Jesus.
I stayed.
Now I am mayor of my village.
People are still talking about it today.
So be it. Amen.
Fr. Nigel W.D.Mumford+
© Copyright:  Nigel W.D. Mumford 2014 All rights reserved.

SOUL BYTES: a Bible blue print for healing memories.

HEALING THOUGHTS: A Word Study &
Foundation Verse for Healing Trauma
Based on 2 Corinthians 10:5
– A Blueprint for Healing the Past –
2 Corinthians 10:5
New International Version (NIV)
“We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of
God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.”
When it comes to healing thoughts and memories, 2 Corinthians 10:5 is the blueprint from
which to work. This verse is the key verse, in fact, the very thesis for my book, After the
Trauma, the Battle Begins, Post Trauma Healing.
All of us have had some kind of issue that has set us on edge, however slightly. Many have
complex memories that haunt and plague the mind. They stop us from living a full life.
They allow the perpetrator to continue the crime in your mind, if you will.
Is it time to get that purp out of your mind? Are you allowing someone from your past to
ruin your present and future?
2 Corinthians 10:5 shows us how to take our thumb and forefinger and pluck that memory
out and lay it at the foot of the cross. Then, and only then, are we ready to start the
process of forgiveness.  So, let’s break this verse into two parts:
PART ONE
I found it fascinating to study what several versions of the Bible have to say on the subject
of taking a memory and placing it with Jesus. Notice the very powerful and descriptive words
that are presented. Collectively, we demolish arguments, every pretension, imaginations,
high things, exalted thought, refuted arguments and theories and reasonings, every proud
and lofty thing, smashing warped philosophies, tearing down barriers and ideas, every
high-and-mighty philosophy that pits itself against the knowledge of the one true God.
What is the Bible saying to you?
PART TWO
Then we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. We lead every thought
and purpose away, captive to the obedience of Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One),
fitting every loose thought and emotion and impulse into the structure of life shaped by
Christ. We are taking prisoners of every thought, every emotion, and subduing them to
the Anointed One.
The last part of verse 5 is so powerful, I am going to say it again: we are taking prisoners
of every thought, every emotion, and subduing them into the obedience of the Anointed
One. Remember the words of the Lord’s Prayer, “Forgive us out trespasses, as we forgive
those who trespass against us. . .”
Jesus said he would set the captives free. I put it to you —- are you captive to a memory?
(Oh, spell check, don’t you love it! The auto correct writes,”Are you captive to a monkey?”)
Well, there may be some truth to that. The monkey on your back? Jesus has come to
remove the monkey.
I put it to you this way.  Can you even imagine what your life would be like without having
to carry that burden with you everywhere?
So, what is the Bible saying here?
If you find yourself mulling over something that happened today or sixty years ago,
read 2 Corinthians 10:5 and take that thought captive. In other words, give the memory,
the issue, the haunting, to Jesus.
Now, this is important: Combat veterans, emergency workers, first responders, police,
ambulance, fire, Newtown/Sandy Hook School, mall shootings, school shootings, rape
victims, victims of abuse, SRA survivors, witnesses to violence, those left behind after
a suicide, etc., (The list is endless—-) take note of this verse!  Read, learn and inwardly
digest it. This is the key verse to set captive memories free. This is a core verse to help
you after any kind of trauma.
I encourage you to read the following verses from several Bible versions and find the
version that speaks to you in regard to setting those memories free:
2 Corinthians 10:5
New International Version (NIV)
“We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the
knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.”
2 Corinthians 10:5
King James Version (KJV)
“Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth  itself against the
knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of
Christ;”
2 Corinthians 10:5
Amplified Bible (AMP)
“[Inasmuch as we] refute arguments and theories and reasonings and every proud
and lofty thing that sets itself up against the [true] knowledge of God; and we lead
every thought and purpose away captive to the obedience of Christ (the Messiah,
the Anointed One),”
2 Corinthians 10:5
The Message
“We use our powerful God-tools for smashing warped philosophies, tearing down
barriers erected against the truth of God, fitting every loose thought and emotion
and impulse into the structure of life shaped by Christ.”
2 Corinthians 10:5
Living Bible (TLB)
“These weapons can break down every proud argument against God and every wall
that can be built to keep men from finding him. With these weapons I can capture
rebels and bring  them back to God and change them into men whose hearts’ desire
is obedience to Christ.”
2 Corinthians 10:5
New Life Version
“We break down every thought and proud thing that puts itself up against the
wisdom of God. We take hold of every thought and make it obey Christ.”
2 Corinthians 10:5
The Voice (VOICE)
“We are demolishing arguments and every high-and-mighty philosophy that
pits itself against the knowledge of the one true God. We are taking prisoners
of every thought, emotion, and subduing them into obedience to the
Anointed One.”
Lead every thought to Jesus.
I truly hope this might help you in the healing of your memories, that have
haunted your past. Be set free, let the purp go, give the memory to God.
Live your life free from the hauntings. Live in the now.
In conclusion, focus on this.
Philippians 4:8
NIV
“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever
is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable —–
if anything is excellent or praiseworthy —– think about such things.
God bless you dear soul.
The Lord is with you…
Fr. Nigel Mumford+
© Copyright:  Nigel W.D. Mumford 2013 All rights reserved.

THOUGHTS AND REFLECTIONS ON CONVALESCENCE.

Thoughts and Reflections on Convalescence
Fr. Nigel Mumford+
Oh God, it is my desire to read the hearts of people coming for prayer.
After surgery there is a time of convalescing. . . a time to get your body, mind, and spirit back together.
It’s a Humpty-Dumpty time, if you will. It’s a time to reflect, when you can, but also a time to press through the pain, the discomfort, and the side-effects of medications.
Nausea, dizziness, the sweats, and thoroughly nasty feelings of being totally out-of-whack — convalescing is a time to slowly move back-into-whack. You know that each movement will produce pain, anticipate that pain, thank God for the pain, and then, press through the pain. Slowly, day by day everything gets better, but sometimes having a full day of set-backs is all totally normal. Slowly, the days get better. Slowly, there is less pain.
Now, there comes a fulcrum point, a balance point, a moment of revelation when you know that the Lord is at work. This moment is a shift of thought, moving from the flesh, the physical and emotional issues of dis-ease, into the spiritual side of the healing process. Oh, what a feeling!
We move into a new season: a time of reflection, a time to think about God and His mysteries, a time to meet head-on the threshold of physical and emotional pain, and even the threshold of spiritual pain. It is as if we are being introduced to the pain of Good Friday, a minute glance of what the Lord suffered for us.
To be able to “bump” into the wall of the unknown, without fear is a real but tough blessing.
How did You, Jesus, endure it?
What did happen to all those people whom Jesus healed, anyway?
What did they do after they “bumped” into Jesus?
How did they conduct their lives, having had a glimpse of heaven?
How do you bring your heart into a new alignment with God after trauma and sickness?
Would you let God read your heart?
Can you let what is written here sink into your heart?
Lord, I desire to read people’s hearts so they may be healed.
Please read mine.
Be well, do good works, and for the sake of God, love one another.
Fr. Nigel Mumford+

Desensitized. Healing of Combat Trauma.

DESENSITIZED!
A Reflection for Combat Veterans
I have just read an email from a combat vet who has just read, “After the Trauma, the Battle Begins: Post Trauma Healing.”
His PTSD trigger is the sound of a helicopter, which would signify danger, the signs of trauma, a life threat in a fire-fight, plus casualties.
These noises would catapult him back forty years. . .noises that would shut him down! He lives near a helicopter port!
Now, he has managed to place Jesus between the helicopter, the threat, and himself.
He has been desensitized, set free by Christ!
Thank You, Jesus.
Personally, I have a neighbor who has all sorts of weapons: single-shot, rapid-fire, automatic, and Black-powder.
Every time he would spend a morning or afternoon firing, I would be triggered.
My mind catapulted to combat memories. . . most unpleasant thoughts.
Now, with Jesus standing between me, the noise, and my unseen neighbor, I am completely at peace.
A gift from God!
I have been desensitized!
Thank You, Jesus.
Let’s not limit God, even after all these years.
Two veterans set free!
Has the Lord set you free yet?
Soul Stirrings. . .
Fr. Nigel Mumford+

Life Plan Instructions. Godly Alignment.


                                           Life Plan Instructions ©

Seven steps to Godly alignment ©

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you. Plans to give you a hope and a future.”
Jeremiah 29:11

Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”
Thessalonians 5:16-18

Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s     will is – his good, pleasing and perfect will.
Romans 12:2

In these tough economic times, we have to really trust in the Lord. Just like a car that needs to have the front wheels aligned, we need to align our lives with God and with each other. If one wheel is pulling one way and the other, another way, we are going to rip the treads off the tires.  Here are seven steps I might suggest for Godly alignment   

1) Spend at least twenty minutes (or more) writing everything you would like to do in your life.  Do not let money, situation or geographical location be a block.  In fact there should be no blocks.  Just write everything you would like to do!  This list can be added to or taken away from and is totally malleable, flexible and pliable. If you are married, spend time with your spouse, writing but not telling each other what is on your list …yet.

2) Spend some time picking out the top five and put them in order of priority.

3) If you are married go over the list together. See where the threads connect; have fun.
4) Now elevate your lists and pray. “Lord, this is what I/we would like to do, what would you like to bless?  I align myself with you, knowing that you have given me the gift of free will. Into your hands I commend my life as “I try less and trust more” in you.  I stand on your word in Jeremiah 29:11-14 “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “Plans to prosper you and not to harm you. Plans to give you a hope and a future. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.  You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you.”
5) Fold your “Life Plan©” and place it in your bible. Leave it with the Lord.
6) Be proactive in your life journey and do not let others hinder you or put you down.  It is important to share your life plan with your spouse. I would not suggest sharing it with others.  Just with your spouse and with God.
7) Do not sit back and expect your top five to land in your lap. Live your life. Christ died that we might live and have life abundant.  LIVE YOUR LIFE to the fullest, be proactive.
God bless you,  Fr. Nigel+
The Rev. Nigel Mumford
www.Byhiswoundsministry.org
(757)716-7812

© Copyright 2010 Nigel W.D. Mumford

The Case for God, Deductive Reasoning…

THE CASE FOR GOD:
Deductive reasoning,
Using evidence to reach a sound conclusion.
Struggling with God?
Approach God with an open mind.
Approach spirituality with an open mind.
You can put up many barriers and road blocks
to convince yourself that this is some cosmic joke. . .
OR. . .
you can apply deductive reasoning.
Observe the evidence.
It’s all around you.
Allow the Truth into your heart.
I ask you,
“Are you prewired to know the Lord?”
Observe.
Look at the details.
Have an open mind and put the puzzle together.
See the result. . .
The Truth:
God the Father,
God the Son,
and
God the Holy Spirit.
The Trinity has been around for a while, you know!
It was Sherlock Holmes
(actually Sir Arthur Conan Doyle)
who said,
“When the impossible is excluded,
what remains is what happened. . .”
Conversely,
the Bible writes,
“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for,
the evidence of things unseen.”
Hebrews 11:1 (Emphasis added.)
Forensic scientists say,
“Whenever two things come into contact, a trace is left. . .”
Has God touched you and have you missed it?
Is there a trace somewhere?
So, I speak to your soul, dear person.
Perhaps, you are “on the fence”
when it comes to allowing the Lord into your heart.
Do some deductive reasoning!
Then, allow Him in . . . your life will be so fulfilled!
No pressure, your choice.
If you are still not there,
ask Him into your life.
He’s waiting . . .
Fr. Nigel Mumford+

The Beggar…

Image
I took this photo in Jerusalem in 1998
I felt that I had been taken back in time about 2,000 years.
The Beggar…
I have been sitting at this same spot
For years.
It is my spot, everyone knows it.
I have my routine.
This is my domain.
I have survived but
I have not thrived
There have been lean days
Then sometimes a generous person
Comes along, to make my day.
People generally are kind
But sadly, some are just nasty to me.
I have taken a couple of kicks …
This one time
It was so unexpected
These two chaps
They came to me, so intent.
They definitely had something on their mind.
I am not really sure I understood what he said,
“Silver and gold have I none”
That’s all I need pal, nothing else!
Silver and gold will get me out of being a beggar!
He grabbed me by the hand
He pulled my up
He mentioned a man I had heard of
Jesus the Christ…
I tottered
I WALKED…
What?
I CAN WALK.
What happened?
All I know is, I can walk.
I haven’t walked in years
THANKS BE TO GOD.
I didn’t get a hand out
I got a hand up…
How do you know Jesus anyway?
Thanks do much gentlemen.
Thank you Jesus.
Now what do I do?
Fr.Nigel Mumford+
© Copyright:  Nigel W.D. Mumford 2013 All rights reserved.

Take a Quantum Leap…

Your Quantum Leap into the Nanotechnology of Faith.
By Rev. Nigel Mumford+
What is a Quantum leap? A jump over the Grand Canyon? A huge displacement, a leap of untold measure? A huge distance where the mind cannot even begin to fathom how to get from A to B? A distance of such magnitude that even the closest star cannot fit into our continuum of thought?
When it comes to faith many feel it takes a quantum leap of faith to know the love of The Lord. They are actually right. Many feel that there is a huge cost and distance in taking that leap when actually all it takes is a nanometer of faith. Indeed it does take a quantum leap. The thing is that a quantum leap is not a huge length of measure. The nanometer is often used to express dimensions on an atomic scale so small and minute it is not even visible to the naked eye! All it takes is a nanometer of measure to take that quantum leap.
“In physics, a quantum (plural: quanta) is the minimum amount of any physical entity involved in an interaction. Behind this, one finds the fundamental notion that a physical property may be “quantized,” referred to as “the hypothesis of quantization”. This means that the magnitude can take on only certain discrete values.” (Wiki). In fact a nanometer is a unit of length in the metric system, equal to one billionth of a meter. Unseen by the naked eye!
So, all it takes in that leap of faith is a very slight shift. A slight redirection in course. A nanometer of change. The quantum leap is a minute shift of faith to know the presence of God.
To add to this train of thought that I have been pondering for a year or two, is that a photon is a single quantum of light, and is referred to as a “light quantum”. The energy of an electron bound to an atom is quantized, which results in the stability of atoms, and hence of matter in general. Jesus said that He is the light of the world. Therefore every atom has light attached to it creating stability. All it takes is one photon of the light of truth to penetrate the soul and we know the love and presence of God.
“As incorporated into the theory of quantum mechanics, this is regarded by physicists as part of the fundamental framework for understanding and describing nature at the smallest length-scales.” (Wiki)
Perhaps this is the fundamental framework for understanding and describing our relationship with God at the smallest length-scales.
Perhaps we could allow our mind to take a nanometer shift or indeed a quantum leap of faith to invite The Lord into our very being. The Lord being the designer of all this unit of measure and this very universe.
So lets put this nano technology into biblical proportion as we look at Hebrews 11:1 (AMP)
“Now faith is the assurance (the confirmation, [a]the title deed) of the things [we] hope for, being the proof of things [we] do not see and the conviction of their reality [faith perceiving as real fact what is not revealed to the senses].”
Can we be quantum mechanics in this train of thought?
Have you made that quantum leap, a photon, and nanometer move to invite The Lord into your very being?
“A small step for man, a giant leap for mankind.”
~ Neil Armstrong July 21, 1969
Be well, do good works, and for the sake of God,
Love one another.
© Rev. Nigel Mumford+ all rights reserved.

Personal Prayer Life.

PERSONAL PRAYER LIFE:
Rationalizing the Dry Spells and the Mountain Tops
I don’t know about you but my prayer life is all over the place.
What do I mean by that?
Sometimes, I am plodding onward like Eeyore from Winnie the Pooh. Sometimes, I am elated like the Road Runner, bouncing off the walls in total intimacy with The Lord.
Right now, my soul is totally “in the zone”. . . to coin a phrase.
I feel so deeply connected and when I go into prayer; all is very well with my soul. It is so peaceful, so connected, so blissful. I am totally in awe of God, deeply filled with the Holy Spirit and, this is rather tricky to put into words, for Shakespeare I am not!
I just close my eyes and there I am, my soul present with The Lord. Awesome. Words fail me.
I need to tell you that it is not like this all the time. In fact, it is rather rare that I feel so connected.
I just had to write about this in the moment, trying to capture the depth of prayer, as I feel totally immersed and joined with God. Actually, it is a knowing beyond words. I am completely one with His Presence!
My sense is that I want to stay in this place of prayer and in this state of mind
all the time, at all times, totally there. An all-knowing state.
I know in reality there are brief moments of time when one is so at peace with God. One catches glimpses of the perfection of God’s Kingdom for a while, and then, it’s back to asking, “Where are You God? Oh, there You are.”
It is, indeed, a rare mountain top experience to be so in tune.
A momentary glimpse, a true sense of God’s Holy Presence, that all is truly well.
My prayer would be for longer and more frequent times of pure intimacy with The Lord.
My prayer for you is that this experience, this knowing,
this being “in the zone” is difficult to explain, but entirely available to you.
So I just want to encourage you to keep praying, and to know that every prayer you offer is heard by God. Of this I have no doubt.
Is it the feeling I crave or actually the intimacy with God the Father in knowing His Almighty Presence? Clearly the latter.
I pray that as we all go through dry spells of prayer,
where there is aridity and loneliness for days or weeks or months, we would hear God saying, “Keep going, keep going.” The memory of literally crawling along The Valley of the Shadow of Death comes to mind. The sense of going deeper into the relationship is made manifest.
God says,”I will never leave you or forsake you.”
It seems that each one of us has to come to our own personal understanding of God, And what He is all about. I am writing about my experience with the Lord, hoping to encourage and uplift you to do the same. Ultimately, we, as individuals, make up our own mind if this is real or some cosmic joke. Well, as for me, I know my redeemer lives.
Keep praying, dear soul. Keep praying through and through the dry spells knowing that He is with you in every thought and deed. There will be glimpses of His Glory!
Dame Julian of Norwich said these words in the thirteen hundreds,
“All shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of things shall be well.” I would add,
Keep praying and all shall be well.
Persevere in prayer, dear souls.
Be well, do good works, and for the sake of God, love one another.
Fr. Nigel Mumford+