Through Labor Pains He Will Come...Again...

“Now we ask you, brothers, to respect those who work hard among you, who are over you in the Lord and who admonish you. Hold them in the highest regard in love because of their work. Live in peace with each other. And we urge you, brothers, warn those who are idle, encourage the timid, help the weak, be patient with everyone. Make sure that nobody pays back wrong for wrong, but always try to be kind to each other and to everyone else.

Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

Do not put out the Spirit’s fire; do not treat prophecies with contempt. Test everything. Hold on to the good. Avoid every kind of evil.

May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. The one who calls you is faithful and he will do it.
Brothers, pray for us. Greet all the brothers with a holy kiss. I charge you before the Lord to have this letter read to all the brothers.
The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.” ~ 1 Thessalonians 5:12-28


Some of you had been touched, sad about the mother I described who was in active labor from my last post. Sad because of the imminent loss of her child who was about to be born, as the mother had to stay in the jail after the child's birth. Would your perspective change if I tell you now, that her crime was torture? It wasn’t clear to me if she starved just one or 3 of the total number of her children, prior to this 4th child to be delivered.

After we cleaned up everything and she was sent to the hospital, my co-workers and I were trying to find some sense out of all of this pregnancy. We had a big question brought up.

“Why conceive and bring another child if she was not capable of loving her previous children?”

I was not sure if she had drug habits that would make her mental reasoning affected. Perhaps, she had an underlying mental illness, not diagnosed yet. There could be a lot of reasons. But the bottom line is….it was her children who suffered the most. They were born yet despised.

Love….the basis of life…Without it, life seems to have no meaning. Love…Which is the greatest attribute of our One and Only God. Love…came down from heaven…Born of a woman. Who lived among us and suffered the most. Jesus…Who suffered through his trials and tortures and died by crucifixion. He had a horrible physical suffering. And spiritual suffering. [2 Corinthians 5:21 ~ “God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.”] The torture Jesus had to endure just depicted how hateful and full of rage sinful men were toward a holy God.

Jesus was born yet some of us still don’t believe what he had done. Jesus came to tell us about a Father's love. Yet, he was despised by men. Because of our sins, we are not fully capable of loving and believing in the Creator Who came and gave Himself to pay the ultimate price for our sins. So we may live…

Romans 5:8 ~ “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

By birth he came and like a “thief in the night”, Jesus will come again. Destruction will come suddenly like the labor pains of a pregnant woman. [1 Thessalonians 5:2-4 ~ “for you know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. While people are saying, “Peace and safety,” destruction will come on them suddenly, as labor pains on a pregnant woman, and they will not escape. But you, brothers and sisters, are not in darkness so that this day should surprise you like a thief.”]

We all adore that face on the manger. But there will come a time that there’s a side of Jesus that we will not like to see:

22 comments:

  1. Good Morning, I haven't been by for awhile but as always your words are so powerful! Yes I know I am saved and Jesus knows me. That is the only way I can make it day by day. All praise to our Lord. Thank you for all the beautiful and powerful words of our Lord that you share with us we know they will touch everyone that reads them. Each in the way He needs to speak to each of us.
    Thank you again for all the sharing of Christ you do with all of us and have a very blessed Christmas. I am looking forward to hearing from you through your beautiful and inspiring blog in 2011. Carol

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  2. Thank you for your beautiful words and for stopping by my blogs. This has been such a learning year for me since "knowing" you.
    Thank you and have a Merry Christmas.

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  3. What you shared Rosel causes me to PRAY even more...


    Came by to say Merry Christmas to you and your family dear friend. You have been a beacon of light for the LORD all year! May His Hand remain with you and yours. Much love!

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  4. Sometimes I just don't understand. As a woman who longed to have her own child, I see others who are able to bear children and yet not care about them. It's so sad. But as you say, there may be mental illness or other factors at work here too. But God ...I praise Him for his grace and mercy in our lives. So when I don't understand I continue to praise Him.

    Blessings and love,
    Debbie

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  5. That is a tought question: "Why conceive and bring another child if she was not capable of loving her previous children?” But I've seen this happen a couple of times, too.

    We know society needs a conversion when parents don't love and nurture their own offspring. Same thing was true of ancient Israel. Will we learn from them? I pray so.

    Good post for serious thinking.

    wb

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  6. I always love dropping by and reading your powerful posts.

    Love to you and Merry Christmas!
    Kelly
    I've Become My Mother

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  7. Thought provoking post sis, bless you.

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  8. I can't understand the ways of God. But I rejoice nonetheless. We celebrate His birthday and had He not been born to us, He wouldn't have died and saved us! Love to you, Rosel, at Christmas and I pray a very special 2011 ahead for you and your family.

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  9. May you and your family have a blessed Christmas!!!!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VyR0lwO-nXc&feature=player_embedded#!

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  10. I know about people who sound and even look like they deserver kindness and respect and yet.....sometimes there's a side to them...hidden and later exposed. There are often things we can't see about someone..or don't know. Your post as usual hits home....Merry Christmas Rosel..stay safe and strong out there.

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  11. In many ways this is an unsettling post, and certainly thought provoking. It makes me want to pray for all the lost souls.
    Blessings to you and wishing you a safe and happy Christmas,
    Lyn

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  12. Beautiful Sister...I love you!

    Merry Christmas...

    {{{Big Hugs}}}
    Alleluiabelle

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  13. I worked with parents of young children through a state agency for ten years. People would not believe some of the things a child's own parents are capable of doing. Yet, the other side of this is the people who give and love and take care of abandoned children. There is a God and HE iS LOVE.

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  14. We certainly hear of horrific things that parents do to their children these days. What I do know is that we have an enemy and he comes to kill, steal and destroy and uses people to accomplish this. Praise God that He gives us the tools to live victoriously..and places each of us in different places to be a witness for Him. To bring light to darkness..God Bless you..Rosel, as you shine for Him.

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  15. I haven't been out visiting blogs in a while, so I'm just now seeing that you've changed the picture at the top of your blog. It's Beautiful! Breathtaking!

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  16. Rosel something to ponder for today's young society. Thank you for sharing. Blessings.

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  17. As usual your perspective was amazing...you are indeed a God-Blessed blogger!

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  18. Hi! Just dropping by to wish you a Merry Christmas and a blessed New Year ahead! :)

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  19. Isaiah 49:15
    Can a woman forget her nursing child, And not have compassion on the son of her womb? Surely they may forget, Yet I will not forget you.

    Praise God for His faithfulness to His children!

    Rosel, I pray that you and your family have a Wonderful Christmas :-)

    God Bless You, ~Ron
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  20. Have a very merry and well deserved blessed Christmas. ♥ Dee

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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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