Serenity and Sunsets
How calming this picture of a beautiful sunset was and will always be! I wish I can say that about many things we encounter in this life's journey.
Few weeks ago, I had heard a devastating news from my brother-in-law. His child was critical and was very, very ill. As a nurse, I knew the dreadful outcome. But as a Christian, I know that there is always Someone Who knows everything and the things we don't know. Out of my own trials I had faced, I had no other means but to trust in the Lord. And during those times, He had shown His faithfulness and He did His promise of not leaving me nor forsaking me.
All of us will experience fear in different ways. There will be mountains of fear, of despair, of hopelessness and even of doubt. How can we be calm during stormy times of our lives? How can we feel safe when we are traveling on roads that leads to nowhere?
Yes, we can overcome all of these! Only in Jesus can we find serenity and the strength to overcome such fears! Thanks to the One Who answers prayers! Thanks be to the One Who unconditionally loves us all! My brother-in-law's child is doing very well now.
Next time you see a "sunset", may you remember that we can always claim Jesus' promise of "peace" when we are having turmoils in our lives. [John 16:33 - Jesus said,"I told you these things so that you can have peace in Me. In this world, you will have trouble, but be brave! I have defeated the world!"
His faithful promises [New Century Version]:
Proverbs 3:25, 26 -"You won't be afraid of sudden trouble; you won't fear the ruin that comes to the wicked because the Lord will keep you safe. He will keep you from being trapped."
Psalm 27:1 -"The Lord is my light and the One Who saves me. I fear no one."
Psalm 23:4 -"Even if I walk through a very dark valley, I will not be afraid because You are with me. Your rod and Your walking stick comforts me."
Psalm 91:10, 11 -"Nothing bad will happen to you; no disaster will come to your home. He has put His angels in charge of you to watch over you wherever you go."
Psalm 91:4 -"He will cover you with His feathers and under His wings you can hide. His truth will be your shield and protection."
The Attacker (5/15/09)
The sun was just peeking from the Eastern skies.
Out in the prison’s yard, some huge Sheriff’s buses were illuminated by the soft glow coming from the lights all over from the tall lamp posts. Their engines were turned on, warming up, before the buses would take the inmates to the different courts where they would have their trials.
Orange-uniformed men were lined up in pairs, joined together with handcuffs and chained, forming a long line. They already had their breakfast and had their morning medications prior to going to courts. Some were fidgeting, as they waited to board those buses.
All of a sudden, all hell broke loose! Two men were engaged in a fight, using weapons they made secretly for a while. Deputies called for help on the radio, both for custody back-up and medical staff, as well.
When the air was cleared and the other inmates were secured, one man was down on the floor. He sustained multiple gashes but two of them were deep. One cut was vertically etched from his left ear going down to the jaw line. The other dangerous cut was horizontal on his left neck, close to the jugular vein. Pool of blood dripped all over the floor. Holding his bleeding neck, he was pointing at the other inmate few feet away, being guarded by the other deputies.
The other man being accused was not hurt. There were no lacerations nor any other signs of trauma. He was obviously very agitated as he was being questioned by those deputies, while the medical staff started treating the other man on the floor. They cleaned the wounds and controlled the bleeding. That man was sent to the nearby hospital.
When the investigation was finalized, it turned out to be that the “downed man who was accusing the other inmate” was the attacker and the other one who didn’t have injury was the one attacked. The deputies found out that it was the second attempt to attack the unhurt man. Both attacks on him failed. He was well-prepared after the first attempt on him, that when the second attempt was done, he was able to defend himseld and ended up injuring his attacker severely.
[Source: Life Application Bible]:
We also have an “accuser of the brethren.” Satan and his army of demons are the enemies of God and of everything good.
“Because God’s children are human beings – made of flesh and blood – Jesus also became flesh and blood by being born in human form. For only as a human being could he die, and only by dying could he break the power of the Devil, who had the power of death.” –Hebrews 2:14
Because of what Jesus had done [dying on the cross], we, who live in constant fear of death shouldn’t be afraid anymore. Jesus had freed us from that fear so we can live for Him. When we belong to God, we know that death is only the portal that leads into “eternal life”. [“Thank You Lord!].
Paul warned us, too that we also battle against the evil forces of Satan, who is a vicious fighter. But to be able to withstand their attacks, we must depend on God’s strength and use every piece of His armor. We face an army whose goal is to defeat Christ’s church. When we believe in Christ, they become our enemies. They will try any device to turn us away from the Lord.
Fear not! For God has provided His supernatural power to defeat Satan and his army, through His Holy Spirit within us. So, arm yourselves with God’s armor.
Let us be strong in the Lord's mighty power. Let's put on His whole armor to resist the enemy's attacks: put on the sturdy belt of truth and the body armor of God's righteousness. For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News, so that we are well-prepared. We will need faith in every battle as our shield to stop the fiery arrows aimed by Satan and his army. Let us put on salvation as our helmet, not forgetting the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God. Let's pray at all times, on every occasion in the power of the Holy Spirit. We must stay alert and be persistent in our prayers for all Christians everywhere. [Ephesians 6:10-18].