Unto You



Psalm 123:1 -"I lift up my eyes to You, O God, enthroned in heaven."

Isaiah 55:8, 9 -"My thoughts are completely different from yours," says the Lord. "And My ways are far beyond anything you could imagine. For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts are higher than your thoughts."

Matthew 28:20 -"I am with you always, even to the end of the age."

Psalm 23:4 -"Even when I walk through the dark valley of death, I will not be afraid, for You are close beside me. Your rod and Your staff protect and comfort me." --Life Application Bible




A year ago, my child took this picture when we decided to explore what could be seen up on the hill. The view was great! We had seen places down below in the valley that we haven't known. I never knew that there was a big playing field and next to it, was a big reservoir of some sort of lake. It was busy that morning with lots of cars parked by the field and some kids playing football out there. Going up the hill was a long process as there was only one winding road that if we turn around, it would take us longer to where we came from. So, we decided to just keep driving forward until we were able to reach the other exit on the other side. After many, long, winding, narrow roads, it was a drive that my family and I knew in our hearts, was one that we would never forget. At times, we thought we got lost but seeing the many fruit trees down below and a new road that we didn't know even existed was exhilarating! How could we pass that opportunity of seeing the valley from up on top when we have lived here for many, many years?

From a spiritual point of view, God represents that big reservoir of water next to that huge playing field and the hill up above. We are the football players playing in this field of life. Whether we win or lose, God has been there watching us all along, always next to us as we play many, many games in our lives. He is like the "hill or mountain" on a higher level, seeing things down in the valley below. He sees everything that we, who are living down below, can't see. Going to that hill [God and His ways], has only one narrow, long road that we can take. But what better guidance in making life's decisions than to have it come from God by entrusting everything we care about to Him? Lord, thank You for making me see everything in Your light. Thank You for this song You have given me:

As I walk through the valley

I have no place to go

There are many roads to turn to

But I can't look back nor look ahead...but I know that...

Unto You I will lift up my eyes

To You Who dwell in the heavens

I will lift up my eyes to my Master, to my Lord, my God, my Redeemer

Joy replaced the fears in my heart

When I felt Your presence by my side

No matter how rough the roads in my way

My eyes will just look up to the skies far away....

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Encouragers

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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