Back in year 2005, it snowed here where I live and it rarely happens. Everyone was excited to see the snow flakes raining down on everything, the roof tops, the ground, the roads..As I got off from work that morning, I had a message from my son who excitedly told me about that unexpected event. Sure enough, when I got to familiar roads, I couldn't even recognize since everything was covered with snow. It was like a dream. Despite the many constructions at that time, the dust and the ground were not even there to be seen as everything was just beautiful covered in white snow! This experience reminded me of how, spiritually speaking, we are all smudged with dirt called sins. Its penalty is death. But if we accept Jesus into our hearts and truly believe that He is Lord, that He came here as a man, died on the cross and rose again, our dirt [sins] would be like as white as snow. From Isaiah 1:18, "No matter how deep the stain of sins, I can remove it. I can make you as clean as freshly fallen snow. Even if you are stained as red as crimson, I can make you white as wool." Thanks be to God. That He is offering His gift of salvation to anyone who readily welcomes Him into their hearts. John 3:16 - "For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life...If you are feeling down and out, if you had reached the ends of your rope, if you had reached the ends of the road where you travel and there seemed to be no hope, no direction, God has been inviting all of us to accept and open His gift of salvation. "It is a gift from God."-Ephesians 2:8. It's as easy as saying this prayer. Just pray it out loud and mean it with all of your heart..."Dear Father, I admit that I am a sinner. I believe that the Lord Jesus Christ died for me. I trust Jesus Christ to forgive my sins right now. Let me start a new and meaningful life with You today. Amen." God bless and may you discover the Lord's love more and more...
Just now that I'm posting this blog, it's really neat that we all can communicate and share ideas with the use of computer. Go ahead...I challenge you to pay more attention whenever you step out of your houses and be more aware of what God had given us...Feel the warmth of the sun. Be breathless with the sight of the golden sun when it retires on the western skies, painted with its golden glow, only to be awed by the bright, full moon when darkness wraps everything. And the twinkling stars, scattered like diamonds?
"Since the creation of the world, His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse. For even though they knew God, they did not honor Him as God or give thanks, but they became futile in their speculations and their foolish heart was darkened." - Romans 1:20-21.
"All of our fret and worry is caused by calculating without God." - Oswald Chambers
The Attacker (5/15/09)
The sun was just peeking from the Eastern skies.
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].