Hands

“The rights of man come not from the generosity of the state but from the hand of God”

- John Fitzgerald Kennedy


I’ve seen those hands…Hands that killed…Hands that abused spouses and children…
Hands that stole…Hands upon the heart’s being bathed with grace, were folded and prayed often in darkness…Hands that were idle…

Hands that opened doors they were not supposed to…Hands begging for mercy…Hands that wove with pride…Hands that were rejected…Hands that were humiliated…
Hands that did not extend to forgive…Hands that were quick to accomplish evil intentions and thoughts…

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But I was also touched by those Hands…   

Hands that created everything…
Hands that turned water into wine…
Hands that delivered a man in the synagogue from demonic spirits…
Hands that cleansed a leper…Casted out a dumb and blind spirit…Fed 5,000 with only 5 loaves of bread and 2 fish…Made a blind man see in Bethsaida…Healed a woman with an 18 year infirmity…Calmed a storm…

Hands who served and willfully obeyed what His Father wanted…Who died and was raised up and now is sitting at the Right Hand of God…

Hands that were pierced and wounded by nails and because of that, we are healed…Hands that are faithful to complete the plans He promised…Hands that shield the poor from the storms…Hands that saves anyone willing to surrender…

The hands which choose to receive His gift of life and hope, will in turn raise their hands to heavens and with thankful hearts praise His Holy Name…

After all, one’s life rests on His hands…

“Humble yourselves, therefore, under God's mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time.”
- 1 Peter 5:6 (NIV)
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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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