God's Seal



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But the eyes of the LORD are on those who fear him, on those whose hope is in his unfailing love
– Psalm 33:18

But now, Lord, what do I look for? My hope is in you. – Psalm 39:7

My soul faints with longing for your salvation, but I have put my hope in your word. – Psalm 119:81


I didn’t want to waste the opportunity. Of sharing God’s grace as the newly-incarcerated middle-aged man rested on the exam table. The newly-started IV continuing to drip in that transparent chamber hanging up from the metal pole that went to his vein. I slowly removed the sticky EKG pads and kept helping the other nurse who saw him. Complaining of chest pains that never went away, the nurse determined he was having true chest pains as the EKG returned abnormal. 

“Is it helping?” I asked as I pointed at the oxygen prongs going through each of his nostrils. A yellow aspirin I just handed with very little water prior.

“Yes, Ma’am,” he replied. The words barely let out from his opened mouth as he took a deep breath and tears started welling from the corners of his eyes.

“What’s wrong? Still having chest pain?” I assessed. The other nurse got up, leaving just the two of us behind in the exam room as I reassured her that I wouldn’t leave her patient so she could finish her charting as we waited for the summoned ambulance.

“I’m just afraid…”he uttered, this time, with his words mixed with what I thought were soft sobs.

I let him talked…

“I needed a heart transplant, Ma’am….I might not make it…” he added as he let the withheld tears fall and wet his cheeks. His face etched with lines on his forehead, clearly showing a much older age for what was stated in his medical chart.

I felt a nudging. It wasn’t painful. Coming from my own heart… A nudge sometimes I had struggle with before. Despite what was told…as I believed…That I must share what I knew. After being saved from my own heart cries. 

As I remembered what Spurgeon wrote:

“Quick must be the hand if an impression is to be made upon the wax…”


He was talking about putting a seal while the wax was hot…Otherwise, if allowed to cool off, the seal would be in vain…

There in front of me, this man with a heart softened by his heart cries… I knew He was there watching us…Giving me this eagerness to quickly share anything that he could easily understand… Not because of my mere words but the Truth that needed to be stamped on this man’s life like a wax that just got dropped, able to receive His impression while he has remaining breaths.

Do you believe in God?” I asked. Surprised to the courage given at that moment. Not caring anymore even if another soul heard. Except…It remained…It was just plainly him and I in that tiny room. Surrounded with gauzes, antibacterial wipes, cotton balls and other medical supplies. As the cursor constantly blinked from the computer nestled on the wooden table.

“Yes, Ma’am…” he quickly acknowledged. 

I sensed I didn’t need to elaborate. His Word always never returned empty...It would accomplish what It desired at that time and would achieve its purpose…

He slowly raised his right arm, careful not to move the left one with the IV. Drying and wiping his tears, he took a deep breath as he continued to listen to what I would say next.

Then pray…For nothing is impossible with God…”

“Yes…” he replied. As a smile appeared from his haggard face. 

I knew right there…In that unexpected moment… There was hope. This man needed hope more than a heart transplant. 

That’s the Truth…There is always hope whenever the divine Hands set the seal of His sacred love upon a broken man’s heart…If a man’s heart is broken, may it seek the stamp of His grace…

While there’s time…


No acts of pardon are ever passed on the other side of the grave, but pardons are plentiful on earth. Jesus suffered for the sins of all who trust him; so suffered that they can never be condemned, since Jesus was punished in their stead. He that believeth on Jesus hath set to his seal that God is true, and he shall receive God's seal, setting him apart as a choice and chosen spirit. Oh that the seal would fall upon you now, and impress the image of Jesus upon your heart forever! – Charles Spurgeon
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Encouragers

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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