Faith...In His Word...



“The grass withers and the flowers fade, but the word of our God stands forever." – Isaiah 40:8 (NLT)

A little note…That was the difference. Note that if only was given could have paved the way for me to get out of this battle at work I had been in. But a note that never came…and kept me in a place that seemed enclosed.  A place deeper and darker in this valley I had walked on. 

The time frame I needed to fight back had been running out. In much quicker pace as anticipated. I gave up. Long ago. As soon as that lady who was supposed to help me didn’t want to hear my side and just closed my case. I knew this battle was not on my hands.

It had been difficult to look way ahead at this time. To not know where my steps should go. But I knew…it would be more foolish to stray away farther from that mountaintop ahead. The valley was not a fun place to be as we all knew. Too cold. Harsh weather. Dark. A scary place to be in.

The joy I had working in the prison was stolen by the enemy. I still would work. Whenever I chose to. But it was not the same. The fire burning was not the same intensity. I lacked passion. I lost interest.

Despite…I always will be grateful for one thing. It is only a shadow that never scares me knowing the protection God always give to those who seek refuge in Him. I don’t know the purpose of my battle at this time. I don’t know the road to take. But one thing is for sure…He gives me a deeper faith and allows me to trust more in Him knowing in His place, that’s where it’s secure. 

When I’m afraid of any danger, He surrounds me with His protection.

When it’s too dark, He shows me what His light can do.

When I feel all alone, He makes it known that He’s in this trial with me.

When I’m lost, He comforts me with His guidance and discernment to see the way He’s making.

Faith. I’m grateful for faith that sees and believes in the unseen. Faith that hopes. Trusts. Faith that knows His endless mercy and grace. 

Note? I felt a tear rolled down my right cheek and I wanted to cry so hard because of all injustices around me. But only to be wiped out right away and my composure remained as His Word came to my ears and whispered:

“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” – Isaiah 41:10

All these troubles…always drowned by His love. All life's woes...calmed by His faithful promises...

Note?…I don’t need that note. Anymore…As long as I have His Word…

Faith...Believe...


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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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