The Officer

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He was a respected Lieutenant, who just retired from law enforcement. But after that, he became the top official in a famous university’s security group. He must be the envy of other law enforcement officials. Then….

Not anymore….as my co-workers and I gasped at his booking photo. Booked for molesting a young person at the young age of 14. The teenager had grown to become an adult and turned around and squealed on what he had done. To her counselor, she spoke about the abuse he had done with her. To everyone’s shock!

Who would have thought? When the one who was supposed to protect someone was actually the perpetrator of this ugly crime?

Isn't it true for most of us, believers...that we still fall into sinning?

"But remember that the temptations that come into your life are no different than what others experience. And God is faithful. He will keep the temptation from becoming so strong that you can't stand up against it. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you will not give in to it." - 1 Corinthians 10:13

Yes, we can overcome falling in the traps of sins. By choosing to do what is right and praying for God's help. Running away from those tempting situation is our first step towards victory.

"Since you have been raised to new life with Christ, set your sights on the realities of heaven, where Christ sits at God's right hand in the place of honor and power. Let heaven fill your thoughts. Do not think only about things down here on earth. For you died when Christ died, and your real life is hidden with Christ in God. And when Christ, who is your real life, is revealed to the whole world, you will share in all his glory." ~ Colossians 3:1-4


"So put to death the sinful, earthly things lurking within you. Have nothing to do with sexual sin, impurity, lust, and shameful desires. Don't be greedy for the good things of this life, for that is idolatry. God's terrible anger will come upon those who do such things." ~ Colossians 3:5-6

Friends, sorry if I haven't been able to visit you all. I'm actually on a break but this came to my heart few minutes ago. May God bless all of you and protect you. Thank you for all of your prayers, loving thoughts and encouragements. "Be strong in the Lord's mighty power!"

12 comments:

  1. Rosel,
    This is soooo true and much needed so that we can all be reminded to be on guard against sin and the evil one!

    Thank you so much for your faithfulness to pray, encourage, and support me. Your friendship is "greatly" treasured.

    I pray your break will be filled with GODS presence, peace, love, and comfort!

    Hugs,
    andrea

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  2. Thanks for being a heart encourager sis, love you.

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  3. Thanks for your sharings, I've often found them so practical and rich. :) There are 2 ways to respond to others' sins, we can judge them or we can take them as reminders to watch our steps. Many a time we can really identify with the offenders for the Bible says that our heart is deceitfully evil. How often we, children of God have harboured thoughts of unrighteousness and transgressions in our hearts? Everyone falls, one time or another, many times indeed, some acts are found out, some aren't and never will. May God have mercy on us all and transform us that we may really become worthy of His glory.

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  4. This is something like what I had gone through in the last season. A wonderful post Rosel.

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  5. Rosel this is great, enjoyed the post. Thank you.

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  6. Your post is a grim but timely reminder.

    Praying for you as your continue to be God's ambassador in your workplace. You are a light shining in the darkness.

    You are a blessing to your blog readers.

    Love
    Lidj

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  7. Even as believers, we still fall short of his glory. Sin is within the nature of our flesh, we are all guilty of sin-- believers or not. Which is why we are all in need of His grace, unmerited and free. I think the difference is recognizing our sin and actively striving to turn against it. We'll slip up from time to time, but as believers we are called to repent of these sins and strive to turn away from them.

    This story reminds me of prominent leaders within the church who admit to disturbing crimes against children. It's a reminder that we must remain alert to our thoughts and our actions. Even the most faithful believer must remain alert to the desires of the flesh and recognize their potential to whittle away at our character, and who we are to be in Christ.

    OK, I'll stop preaching now. Sorry! Just such a good post and really speaks to my heart this morning!

    Have a great week!!!

    Lou

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  8. @ sister Lou: Preaching? Apologizing? No!!!! Your footprints are very much treasured here! Because of Him, we become blessings to each other. I thank no one but our Lord! To Him be the glory! God bless.

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  9. I can tell you as one who came close to falling back in 2003 ... none of us are too secure. God does always provide a door of escape and each of us must choose life.

    Bless you sweet Rosel.

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  10. As I read this I'm reminded of the way Galatians 6:2-3 reads in The Message paraphrase:

    "If someone falls into sin, forgivingly restore him, saving your critical comments for yourself. You might be needing forgiveness before the day's out. Stoop down and reach out to those who are oppressed. Share their burdens, and so complete Christ's law. If you think you are too good for that, you are badly deceived."

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  11. This is a great message, Rosel, as all of yours are. Scary to think this girl trusted him as an authority figure. I pray for you every day, my precious friend. May your break be filled with God's peace and love and serenity.

    Love you!
    Mary

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  12. A few weeks ago an officer...well respected....won medals and awards....was convicted of raping and killing three women close to where he lived. Others now have come forward. Scary. This is a good post...Stay strong Rosel....take gentle care of yourself ok.

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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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