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“Hardening of the heart ages people more quickly than hardening of the arteries.” ~ [think exist]

“I tell you now! You can’t have it your way!” yelled the deputy to a belligerent, young male inmate escorted by one deputy. More deputies were summoned over the radio as this inmate started fighting with one deputy who was escorting him from their unit to bring him to the Clinic and be evaluated.

“No, Ma’am! But these deputies will make me do it!” he blurted out to me when I asked him if he wanted to hurt himself.

“She’s just trying to help you! Answer her appropriately!” a cutting remark from one of the deputies wove in through our conversation.

“I’ll see if I can give you something to help you sleep like what you requested. But I’m sorry that I can’t give you any psych meds. Not until the psychiatrist has evaluated you and ordered something specific, the nurses cannot give you anything related to your mental health condition. I just want to request for you to be patient because I would try to have someone from Mental Health Services see you sooner!” my eyes trying to have a contact with his. His head remained looking down on the floor, only to look up when he wanted to say something in between or tried to free his wrists from the handcuff behind his back.

“You’re always patient. Thank you,” whispered one deputy.

“Because getting angry at him will not help in anyway. Thank you,” I replied.

How could I respond with anger? Knowing that he had a history of ingesting 2 bags of heroin and was treated at the hospital. He was fortunate to remain alive. He was one of those who was always in and out of jail for drug violations. Growing marijuana. Selling other drugs. Robbing places to sustain this ill habit. I could imagine the judge warning him many times to change. But trapped in this dangerous vice, he chose to not listen. His heart became callous to good advices.

Strong conviction for God’s Word lacks nowadays among many people. Many are doing things based on what is right on their own eyes. “Their closed minds are full of darkness; they are far away from the life of God because they have shut their minds and hardened their hearts against him.” - Ephesians 4:18-19. As believers, we can’t do anything to change a blind person and with a hardened heart. That is the work of the Spirit. “My job was to plant the seed in your hearts, and Apollos watered it, but it was God, not we, who made it grow. The ones who do the planting or watering aren‘t important, but God is important because he is the one who makes the seed grow.” - 1 Corinthians 3:6,7.

“Apollos watered…” It is allowing a person to see Christ through us. Through our actions. We are here to plant and water. But we must leave the “growing part” to God. It is frustrating to share the Good News to someone with a hardened heart. But we must persevere. Let’s start with examining where our own hearts are… [Matthew 6:21 - “Wherever your treasure is, there your heart and thoughts will also be.”]

Which pot are you when the seeds [Word of God] got planted in you?



13This is why I speak to them in parables: "Though seeing, they do not see; be ever hearing but never understanding; you will be ever seeing but never perceiving. 15For this people's heart has become calloused; they hardly hear with their ears, and they have closed their eyes. Otherwise they might see with their eyes, hear with their ears, understand with their hearts and turn, and I would heal them.' - Matthew 13: 13-15 [Parable of the Sower]

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15 comments:

  1. Wow, this is a powerful post...both your testimony of the patience we need from the body of Christ, and the video about the pots. It's true that we must be healthy in spirit to grow in Spirit. I appreciate and admire your work...God has planted you in a place that most of us would run from, but you are a gift that God is sharing with those in dire need of a Savior. Planting the seeds are all we can do..it is He that waters. There is much more in this post than is readily seen...I want to really ponder the scriptures you've shared...such good counsel and so needed in the world today, especially in the church.

    Thanks so much for your comment on my post and for your prayers. Sorry the link didn't work...I posted a video of the song that was on the link...hope you'll have a chance to go back and listen to it...I think it fits into your job as well as into my life...one day at a time.

    Blessings, dear sister in the Lord,
    Mary

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  2. So true about being convicted by the Word Wow, love that video. Yup, still gowing! Amen.

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  3. Thanks for sharing such truth sis, love you.

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  4. It is always so very important to remember that we are the ones who plant the seeds but we cannot make the seed grow. It is so much easier not to get frustrated with people if we know that. Otherwise we think that our labor is in vain because we do not see the fruit growing. And we feel like we are laboring for very little profit. But if we know that it is God's job to bring forth the growth and we know that He is not a slacker and always fulfills His part, then we know that growth will come and it will be in due season at just the perfect time. This was such a great reminder!! Thank you!

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  5. Thank you for what you are doing with the love of Christ.

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  6. Thank you for speaking the truth in love. In your face to face interaction with people daily, you are the light to the world that does not know the Lord. As you said: "planting seeds of faith watering, allowing a person to see Christ through us. Through our actions." The Lord is in the ministry of the saints and working in the lives of every heart prepared by the Holy Spirit for your Christian hands. Blessings, Brian

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  7. HE is faithful to water the broken vessels through all who are willing to do HIS will. I am thankful for all HE is doing in and through our lives!

    I have been praying for you and thinking about you. My allergies are terrible. It has been a tough weekend, physically. I pray you are much better and doing well.

    Blessings, hugs, and prayers,
    andrea

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  8. A great reminder that we can only plant the seeds and wait for God to provide the increase. That's where our patience MUST come in. His promises can be counted on!

    Great post Sis!

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  9. So TRUE friend!!! Great post!!! Have a blessed week!
    Wylie

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  10. I am so glad that God placed you where you are to minister to those inmates. I know it's a hard row to hoe, but I'm so thankful you are there in that prison. I pray that my heart will remain soft. Love and (((hugs)))

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  11. It takes a special kind of person to do the job that you are doing...God has placed you there for a purpose and He will provide you with everything you need to accomplish His will. I also loved that video. Your blog brings back old memories when I was still working with criminals and inmates. God's blessings. Lloyd

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  12. Wonderful words, Rosel! Great post and great video!!

    Have an abundantly blessed week!!

    He is Faithful!

    Sweet Blessings!
    Jackie

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  13. You are so precious Rosel. I know I often say this, but you are such a blessing to your coworkers and to the prisoners. What an example you are to all you meet.

    My friend and I were just discussing today how God brings conviction, but if we choose to ignore His conviction, we finally get to the place where we don't notice it anymore. Yes, our hearts get hardened and numb don't they?

    I pray that would never happen in my life.

    Bless you!
    Beth

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  14. Rosel,
    I loved the "pots" youtube video! Thanks for showing us this "parable!"


    ~Jean

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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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