Jury Duty

I got called to report for jury duty today. There was already a long line by the time I got to the court house before 8am. We were scanned prior to going downstairs where we were all kept in a big room. Down there, we were offered free hot drinks and there were lots of t.v. sets and reading materials to keep us awake? Everyone waited patiently on who would be called to go and see the judge presiding over a trial, either hoping or not to be selected to become a juror in a criminal trial. They called 65 names after a few hours of waiting. I wasn't called. Thrilled as I was not to be called, I knew I still have to endure few hours more in this waiting game. Jury duty is everyone's responsibility as citizens of United States of America. There's no excuse not to serve except if serving as a juror would cause financial hardship or there are health issues with potential jurors. I get called every year.

Death is inevitable. I can't imagine when each of us is called to face the Only Judge, Jesus Christ. Unlike in a jury service where jurors can serve once a year, when we die, once called by our Creator, there's no more turning back. From 2 Corinthians 5:10, "we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ." Revelation 20:12-15 - "I saw the dead [John's vision], both great & small, standing before God's throne. & the books were opened, including the Book of Life. & the dead were judged according to the things written in the books, according to what they had done. The sea gave up the dead in it & death & the grave gave up the dead in them. They were all judged according to their deeds. & death & the grave were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death- the lake of fire. And anyone, whose name was not found recorded in the Book of Life was thrown into the lake of fire."

We are not saved by our deeds but deeds are seen as clear evidence of a person's actual relationship with Christ, confessing Him as Lord. Have you placed your trust in Jesus Christ? If you are summoned to face the Judge, would your names be in the Book of Life? Would you be confident to say that you had completely placed your trust in Jesus Christ and that your life's deeds would reflect a life living God's way? Romans 10:9 - "If you confess wiht your mouth Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved."
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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 himself and ended up injuring his attacker severely.

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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].