Regrets Or No Regrets

Proverbs 3:5-6
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart;
do not depend on your own understanding.
Seek his will in all you do,
and he will show you which path to take.” [NLT]


Thousands of pairs of feet had walked in day after day, weeks after weeks, months after months that turned to even many years, into this thick-walled prison. Crimes differed. From minor offenses to the heaviest sort. Driving under the influence. Rape. Battery. Robbery. Resisting arrest. Murder…

It was all one reason after all why these inmates ended up in this dark place. Wrong choices. They had made wrong decisions that ultimately put them behind these metal bars.

We all face an unseen war daily. And it starts from within ourselves. We all face that road where we have to make decisions. Sometimes, we know the consequences. Most of the time, we’re unsure and willingly take risks anyway. Until we succeed or lose. But the question is….”Did we make a wise choice?”

Wisdom that comes from God is truly much higher than what we know. Through His Word, by the Spirit, His providence and God’s people, we all can benefit when we choose to seek counsel from Him and His people. His way helps us avoid those roads that lead to destruction! It’s better to walk uncomfortably now in that narrow path than be walking on a wide one and ending up with so much regrets!

"Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path." ~Psalm 119:105

11 comments:

  1. Very cool video. We definitely need to remember how lucky we are to have our freedom, and that we wouldn't have it without the sacrifices of many other people. Hey, by the way, could you tell me how you actually put the video in the entry like that? I always have to just copy paste the link, cause I'm not high tech haha. If it's complicated to explain, no worries, I will figure it out. But if it's pretty simple, please let me know how!

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  2. Lord, God, lead us in the way you would have us go. Thank you for the truth and wisdom of your Word. Bless you, my sweet friend ~ and God bless our troops.

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  3. His way helps us avoid those roads that lead to destruction! It’s better to walk uncomfortably now in that narrow path than be walking on a wide one and ending up with so much regrets!

    amen amen amen..awesome!

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  4. well said...so true. last night my kids and I were watching this reality show about inmates. I thought of you. I thought of you working in the prison. You walk into darkness everytime you go to work Rosel....I'm praying for you...for protection...and for His Light to always shine through you...☺

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  5. you never fail me....every post is a great reminder. Have a great week my friend..

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  6. Thanks so much for your help on the video embedding, got it figured out thanks to you. Greatly appreciated! :]

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  7. A very powerful video! Making wrong choices brings consequences. How easy it can be for many to judge others but not look at themselves. None of us is perfect but how thankful I am that Jesus paid the penalty for my sins.

    I'm so grateful to the soldiers who risk their lives to keep our country free.

    And I'm thankful for nurses like you who have a heart for the hurting. I was recently reminded of Carol Kent's son who is in prison for life. I'm sure she would want a nurse like you to care for her son if he was sick.

    Blessings and love,
    Debbie

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  8. The videa brought tears to my eyes, Rosel.

    I always love coming to your blog, for you always have something good to say, something that has an eternal impact on my heart.

    I am proud of you, and what you do.

    The new look of your blog is beautiful, and so is your new profile pic.



    Love
    Lidj

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  9. Choices. Life choices come each day, whether we want them or not. Some are easy and minor, while others are harder with greater consequences. There are complicating factors that affect our decisions and this is where we find the sin nature of the flesh and the spirit nature battling (Galatians 5). Can you imagine a life void of the Holy Spirit? We are exhorted by the Apostle Paul to walk in the Spirit and we will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature and be blessed by the pure and true fruit of the Spirit that are the deepest desires of our soul. Where do we stand when we make the choices that we must make every day. There are real deceptions, lies, and temptations, but we have been given spiritual armor (Ephesians 6) to put on and must stand firm because the battle is ultimately the Lord's. Rejoice in the choice.

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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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