The Famous One
You could just feel the adrenalin pumping, the heartbeats beating as if their hearts would come out of the chests. As one story after another evoked goose bumps, heightening fear, the reality of unseen entities…
I was fascinated, too. I had my own experience as well, as I was taking a break at 3:00 a.m. I closed one of the offices where I would normally eat my homemade sandwich really quick and then, tried to rest my neck to ease some of the soreness from a night’s heavy load. I heard some rustling of papers on top of one of the shelves. The fan was off. Whenever I looked, it stopped. Whenever I bent down my head, it felt as if something was teasing me and started playing with those piled up papers on top. I looked up. Nothing. I commanded in Jesus’ Name for “it” to leave and stop that. I bent my head down, feeling strength from Him, not fear. No more rustling of papers. I was able to finish my short break.
But I told them we were not to glorify anything about this evil work. There was no benefit from it but to simply instill more fear to everyone. [It was proven when one of them didn’t want to go to the bathroom despite the urgent need to go. Because of her fear, she wouldn’t dare to go to the hallway into the bathroom. Alone.]
That I’d rather talk about the Power in Jesus’ Name. Against all those evils. Going through my own spiritual battle, the Lord had indeed shown me the Power in His Word. Of how these unseen enemies cowered when I uttered His Precious Name…Jesus…[Proverbs 18:10 - “The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous runs into it and is safe.”]
I told them not to be afraid. And that, if they believed in those evil things, must we not believe much more in the One Who created everything?
For faith in God allows us to see the unseen. His Word tells us the truth in everything. And that is the only requirement for anyone who chooses to know Him. Faith. Through faith, one believes…”And faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen…” - Hebrews 11:1.…Glory belongs only to the Lord! Maker of heaven and earth! He deserves it all. Our praises. Our thanks. He is after all, the most Famous One!!!
This is what Jesus said to the father of a boy possessed by a spirit: “If you can?” All things are possible to him who believes.” - Mark 9:23
And the Lord said, “If you had faith like a mustard seed, you would say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and be planted in the sea’; and it would obey you.” - Luke 17:6
“That if you confess with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord," and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” ~ Romans 10:9
“Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses.” - 1 Timothy 6:12
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].