The Rock in this Troubling Times

Psalm 18:30, 31 -"As for God, His way is perfect. All the Lord's promises prove true. He is a shield for all who look to Him for protection. For Who is God except the Lord? Who but our God is a solid rock?"

I'm so tired of hearing that the government will bail out this and that company or business, or the bailout money will go to some projects that do not really have significance for people who are suffering right now. I'm talking about the many who have lost their homes, their jobs, can't afford their medical expenses, nor even to buy food that they used to enjoy perhaps. People who are worried in making ends meet who don't have any other resources to recover.

Politicians keep promising that they will help these people. Only God knows that their self interest sometimes go first, than helping out others. They have hopeful words but their actions show something else otherwise. They had grown deaf and numb in listening to what the majority of people want. Yes, they might seem to get away with all these lack of irresponsibility and lack of regards with the needy ones. But we must remember that there is only One Who sees all of our actions and sees our hearts. [1Samuel 16:7 - "The Lord doesn't make decisions the way you do! People judge by outward appearance but the Lord looks at a person's thoughts and intentions."].

A lot of people still don't believe that there is only One God Who sees us all. I had read this somewhere: "what an unbeliever gets on earth may lasts a lifetime, but what you get from following God lasts forever." [1Kings 8:60 -"May people all over the earth know that the Lord is God and that there is no other God."

I thank God that despite this economic turmoil we're all going through, because of His grace, I have nothing to be afraid of. God is my all and all security. Why am I not worried? Because Jesus said, "So I tell you, don't worry about everyday life - whether you have enough food, drink, and clothes. Doesn't life consist of more than food and clothing? Look at the birds. They don't need to plant or harvest or put food in barns because your heavenly Father feeds them. And you are far more valuable to Him than they are. Can all your worries add a single moment to your life? Of course not." "So don't worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today's trouble is enough for today."[Matthew 6:25-27, 34].

We shouldn't be marveling with material things nor possessions. They don't give us the contentment that we need in this troubling times. Jesus alone is our security! Worrying only affects our health more which in turn makes us unproductive in some ways or perhaps make us negative towards others. When we trust in Jesus, we will learn to have contentment in all things that we have or don't have. We'll have that kind of concern instead to do things in a positive way. God will always be there for us, no matter what circumstances we are in. Thank You Lord!


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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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