The Only Treasure

I used to enjoy going to work in the prison. After my battle with some people in higher positions started, I dreaded the atmosphere, but not the work. I knew from the beginning that the Lord wanted me to learn so much by bringing me into this dark place after I injured my neck in 1997. The moment He found me, I knew that He started working in my heart. Despite being surrounded with evilness and darkness, He blessed me tremendously as soon as I started working here and got out of my comfort zone from the hospital.

And He continues to bless me by faithfully being there at this troubling time.

I looked around and observed the people I worked with.

Those who loved money had been killing themselves working extra, longer hours to earn more.

Those who were conscious with the way they looked, often, talked about undergoing cosmetic procedures to maintain their physical beauty.

Those who were seeking pleasures for themselves were seeking in wrong places to satisfy whatever hunger their bodies had.

Those who wanted power only acted to feed their interests and they often spoke only about their accomplishments.

My self-fulfillment and satisfaction only occurred when Christ found me. What this world programmed in my heart was being replaced with His work in me. The process was painful. And it is still on-going…But nothing in this world would ever equal the joy and peace that Christ gives to a surrendered heart.

Christ indeed is the only treasure that fulfills everything.

“For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” – Matthew 6:21 (NIV)

"For everything comes from him and exists by his power and is intended for his glory. All glory to him forever! Amen." - Romans 11:36 (NLT)

11 comments:

  1. "What this world programmed in my heart was being replaced with His work in me. The process was painful. And it is still on-going…But nothing in this world would ever equal the joy and peace that Christ gives to a surrendered heart. "

    So well spoken Rosel. Praise God for our sweet surrender.

    hugs,
    Patrina <")>><

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  2. A surrendered heart doesn't happen overnight. It happens in stages... and I believe that the process is still on going in your life, in mine, and in anyone who truly desires to make his or her life truly CHristlike.

    Even in blogging, this is true.

    You find blogs where self is on the throne by what the words that are written there day after day.

    But there is room to change, and room to grow.

    God is patient and doesn't jump to conclusions about us because He already knows the end and outcome of our choices.

    I praise God that I am a part of your journey, and can see how He is working out His purposes in your lives.

    Keep holding on to HIm, dear Rosel.

    Love
    Lidj

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  3. The devil isn't trying to discourage those who are busying themselves with things that will fade away, but he is surely going after those who are seeking to be a shining light in a dark place. God will give you the grace you need!

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  4. One of the things that has always struck me as I've read your accounts from work, is what a good nurse you are (and this is coming from an administrator who has worked with LOTS of different nurses over the years). I'm so blessed as I read your blog and get a glimpse into your sweet heart of devotion to our Savior. I'm looking forward to reading about all the good things that God is going to be doing through this situation that you're having to deal with right now.

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  5. It's the same thing in sales. I've seen way too much as well traveling with weak men and women..drinking, falling prey to people they meet in bars when their spouse is at home (with kids!) I'm so glad you are a bright light among the dark places, Rosel. I love you for that.

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  6. Its easy to get discouraged...but Jesus is always with you.YOU ARE never alone!
    Love the song, and the singer has a beautiful breathless voice of pure love. I wonder, is she singing in tonges?? Have a blessed and happy day.. much love Crystal xx

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  7. Praise GOD for learning early HE is the only thing that can meet ALL our needs.

    Praying for you,
    andrea

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  8. Christ indeed is the only treasure that fulfills everything. Amen and Amen!!!

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  9. Hi -

    You shall come forth as pure gold!

    Lamentations 3:37 - KJV
    Who is he that saith, and it cometh to pass, when the Lord commandeth it not?

    Psalm 33:9-11 - KJV
    For he spake, and it was done; he commanded, and it stood fast.

    The Lord bringeth the counsel of the heathen to nought: he maketh the devices of the people of none effect.

    The counsel of the Lord standeth for ever; the thoughts of his heart to all generations.

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  10. You are amazing...I love to see how you use scripture with what happens in your life. It is a gift.As Iread past posts it is so plain to see that your strength and wisdom does indeed come from the Lord.

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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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