Got Spirit?

05/27/09- This is an immediate prayer request for our dear sister Alleluiabelle. Please take a moment to visit her and pray for her and her husband and family. Thank you and God bless.

A methamphetamine-induced "high" artificially boosts self-confidence, many users are overcome by a so-called "superman syndrome." In this state, methamphetamine abusers ignore their physical limitations and try to do things which they are normally incapable of performing. Meth is highly addictive because people often continue using the drug to avoid an inevitable crash that comes when the drugs' positive effects begin to wear off. Even first-time users experience many of meth's negative effects. [Source: Clearhavencenter.com].


I didn’t see “self confidence”when the Highway Patrol Officer led this young man into the chair inside the Nurse’s Clinic at Intake [where arrestees first get searched and processed in prisons]. Bowing his head way low, his chin almost touching his upper chest, he wouldn’t dare look me in the eye. I saw some beads of tears fall as he constantly rubbed his eyes with the digits of his left hand.


“Sir, it’s okay. You can talk to me. I want to help you. What’s wrong?”

“I don’t know…I don’t know.”[as he kept hiding his face from me].

“Do you drink alcohol?”

“No.”

“Do you use street drugs?”

“Meth. I use 8-ball everyday, whatever maximum amount my hands could get,” he mumbled under his breath.

Vital signs were: Pulse: 110, Blood pressure: 109/69. So, the pulse was slightly racing.

“If there was nothing wrong, how come you couldn’t look me in the eye?”

“I’m seeing people. They are not even there. I don’t want to see them. And sometimes, I hear voices.”

“What are the voices telling you?”

“I don’t know.”

“Do you feel like hurting yourself because of that?”

A forced “Yes” was given. [I placed him on Suicide Watch].

How sad that there are so many young people hooked up on drugs at such an early age. They like the “sudden thrill” that the illegal substances give them, without thinking of the drugs’ adverse effects, specially on their health. The substances control their lives. Like a bug trapped in the spider’s web, their bodies are ensnared with the habitual use of drugs.

It is a scary world out there as peer pressure or just out of curiosity, children are prone to being tempted to use illegal substances. Instead of the “high” they get from these drugs, as parents, we can help our children avoid the use, as we start by building up their “self esteem”. If they have a positive image, children have a better way of standing up against peer pressure. We must remind them that they are God’s special creation [Psalm 139:13-16] and worth of dignity and respect. Kids might think that “using drugs are cool” but we must warn them that they are truly dangerous.

As parents, we can monitor the kind of friendships they have outside our homes. It helps to know the other friends’ families. Unsupervised, it is a temptation for drug experimentation. If we provide our children activities, their minds would be busy doing something productive instead.

Prayers and a closer walk with God will help them live by the Spirit. The Spirit is God’s gift to all who will believe in what Jesus had done. It indwells all believers permanently. [2 Corinthians 1:22 –“and who has also put His seal on us and given us His Spirit in our hearts as a guarantee.”]. When we allow the Spirit to freely occupy every part of our lives, then He will guide and control us.

So…"got Spirit?”



“Those who live according to the sinful nature have their minds set on what that nature desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires.”
–Romans 8:5

“For if you live according to the sinful nature, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live” – Romans 8:13

“Don't you know that you yourselves are God's temple and that God's Spirit lives in you?”
- 1 Corinthians 3:16

“So I say, live by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature.” –Galatians 5:16

“We know that we live in him and he in us, because he has given us of his Spirit.” -1 John 4:13

22 comments:

  1. Woo Hoo, you so inspire me my friend. I love you.

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  2. Amen! If people only knew how God's presence -- His touch felt -- no "high" could compare. Doesn't God's Word say to be DRUNK IN THE SPIRIT? There is nothing like the wonderful presence of our Lord.

    If I were in your job, I don't think I could contain myself from laying hands on those kids and praying. It must be such a hard place to be my friend.

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  3. Great Post! This is so true!! If we can teach our young ones to know who they are in Christ, to know that He has given them His righteousness as a free gift and to hear the Spirit of God, these lies and bondages would have no place!

    These kids are blessed to have you, in their paths.

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  4. Sister Denise: I rejoice with you in knowing what a Spirit-filled life means...Thanks for always coming. Love and blessings.

    Sister Beth: I wish we are working together. I know you're a great prayer intercessor. Work-wise physically, it's not hard. But my co-workers who are not Christians, and even the Christians who are not sensitive to the spiritual issues wouldn't think it's hard. I think it's a very hard place to be. But God sustains me with the wisdom and the strength I need. I'm not afraid anymore after He showed me what a true spiritual battle means. In my weakness, He is truly my Strength, my Shield, my Refuge, my Armor! Yes, I'd rather be drunk and high in His Spirit, which worldly things can't probably even describe. To Him be the glory!

    Daveda: Hi again. Thanks for the return. Sometimes, the best thing I can do is just pray for those lost and hurting souls I come across with. Deep in me, I know the real need for them to know Jesus. That's why I'm glad we have prison ministries in different churches. It's a great ministry to that dark place.

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  5. What a powerful sharing dear Sister!

    Nothing at all like living filled with the Holy Spirit and being on fire in His Spirit! I pray for each person that is lost in sin and living unaware and detached from the presence of our GOD and the indwelling of His Holy Spirit through our Lord Jesus Christ.

    I pray for you dear sister this day that the power of the HOLY SPIRIT will continue to increase in your life especially as you go into your job. May the LORD use your life continously for His glory.

    You are an Evangelist by heart. I can see that in your writing whenever I'm blessed to get over here to read. You have a heart to share JESUS and that's precious and powerful.

    May He give you many opportunities and may you walk into the doors He opens for you. May His blessings fill your home and loved ones and may you continue to walk by faith in Jesus Name.

    Love you.

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  6. Thank you for the link to Alleluiabelle's prayer needs. Great message today!

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  7. Sister Lisa: I treasure your prayer and thank you so much because I need it! I truly want to be used by the Lord and do whatever He willed for me. Love and prayers to you.

    Brother Chris: Thank you for coming by and let's keep lifting up our brothers and sisters hurting at this time. God bless.

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  8. Love your post today! I think I am on fire!! Reminds me of the movie Castaway, where Tom Hanks is shouting about his ability to make fire!!!

    Woo Hoo! The spirit is alive and well! Keeping the joy of the spirit alive today!

    Love and Hugs ~ Kat

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  9. Amen....You bless me everytime I come to your blog. I, too join in prayer for our sister A-belle.

    Blessings, hugs, and prayers, andrea

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  10. Praying for our young people today. Also left a prayer with Abelle. God bless you my friend. I cherish your prayer warrior's heart. Thank you. Thank GOD!
    Your sister in Christ,
    Bren

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  11. I got Spirit! Yes I do! I got Spirit! How 'bout you?

    Sorry this just came to my mind as I was reading your post today.

    Isn't it wonderful that Jesus did not leave us without His Spirit to lead us and guide us in our life on this earth. And, not only that, but empower us to live as He did when He was here! WooHoo!

    I loved your post today Rosel!

    Christy

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  12. I forgot to mention that I loved your leaning of influence and teaching our children of this very Truth. I am always reminding my children to listen to the Spirit of God within them for Truth and direction!

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  13. Wow.

    What a powerful message you share here. God seems to have placed you as a doorkeeper for His work in a place where you come face-to-face with people thirsty for grace.

    You inspire.

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  14. Sister Kat: "Castaway" was a great movie! We represent that "Fire" now in dark places. May we continue to shine for the Lord!

    Hi sister Andrea: Thank you for always encouraging me and for your prayers, too. Love and blessings.

    Sister Bren: It's great that through this technology, we can lift up our needs as we pray altogether. To God be the glory!

    Sister Christy: We will have a long and joyous celebration if we let the Spirit truly rule our lives. Thanks be to God for His Help!

    Welcome sister Jennifer. Thanks for the visit. Sorry I didn't say anything when I signed in to follow you. But your blog awed me, too! So, I'll see you again :) God bless.

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  15. why is it that when i get here, it feels as if i'm being given a warm embrace.

    hugs in return,
    ~Silver

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  16. Hello! I come across your blog thru Silver's blog. I am a single mother myself raising two children on my own. There was a time that my girls and I rode on a high rough sea in our life. It was a hard struggle juggling my responsibilities as a working mother, a provider, a guidance counsellor and all. If there is anything I can attribute our life it is to our Providence above. I admit, I could not do the enormity of my job without His help. I grounded my girls with God's teachings and being grateful for His mercy and provisions in spite our struggles. My eldest especially was involved with questionable characters at school but only as their pillar because she was a no nonsense kid. She was persecuted as being a goody-goody girl and in turned she blamed me for it. In the long run, she gained respect from them the moment they met me in person. She openly confessed to me that she did try the demons via her school friends just to get herself IN the crowd, literally speaking. Then again, she said, "the trouble Mum is the demons that I tried did not like me." If she did not exercise self-control and did not know how to say NO, and if she was not grounded with Fear of the Lord, I don't know what I was going to do. The Angel of the Lord protects her. I was glad that my children can come to me and talk even there were times they did not feel like talking. It is very important for parents to establish trust and friendship with their children to boost their confidence. I made it sure to my girls that it was paramount to me to know their friends and family. As a parent I did not judge her friends instead I showed them my motherly compassion. Their parents in turn are very caring towards my children. Hope we can give our troubled teenagers a GO with patience and love. Love is the factor there.

    Insightful blog you have here.

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  17. Silver: I'm glad. I pray that people who will visit me will come to know His loving embrace. To Him be the glory!

    Sister Bonnie: Hi and thanks for coming by. I really appreciate it and it means a lot whenever I meet a new bro. or sis in Christ's Name. [Glory be to our God forever!]. Wow! That's a very powerful testimony you shared here and I'm blessed myself! Thank you for sharing that and yes, there will come a time that we have to let go of our children as we are only here to guide. But if rooted in God's love, we shouldn't worry. We'll let go and "let God"...God bless and hope you'll visit again.

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  18. I put this on the record so that I can keep track with you next time. I write various topics so I am not regular on my main blog.

    Please find it here:

    RCubes Got Spirit?>

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  19. Sister Bonnie: Thanks for the follow. I think that's great you're keeping a record of blogs you commented on. There are so many, many wonderful people blogging for Jesus!!! To God be the glory! God bless.

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  20. Rosel,
    Please come by my site today. i have an award for you.
    Christy

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  21. Wow! What a powerful post. It is sad how much of the drugs on the streets are becoming an every day event in so many people's lives. I know several that are abusers. They think it's their "constitutional right" but we know it's a crutch for many. I keep praying that some day they will see the light. It's awesome how you wrote this piece. God Bless You!
    I have a couple of awards for you at my blog. I really enjoy reading your posts, and and wish I would get my act together so I could read daily. Someday prayerfully hoping.

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  22. Sister Omah: There are so many arrestees, most of them are drug-related, it is sad! Even if incarcerated, I'm not sure if they are learning anything as they are back again even if released. I think it's only the Lord Who can truly set us free from any traps/bondages.

    Thank you for thinking of me with the blog blessings. I appreciate it. God bless. Love you in Christ.

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The Attacker (5/15/09)

The sun was just peeking from the Eastern skies. Ephesians 6:12 [37 kb]


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].

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