The Attacker


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 was 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].

14 comments:

  1. Your posts never cease to amaze me!
    Always valuable, practical life lessons for us to take to heart!
    Thank you!
    ~ Heather ;)

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  2. @sister Beautiful Self:

    Thank You to the Lord! He is the One Who always inspires us...I'm amazed that when I give a scenario to Him, He would lead me right away to His Word that applies. My prayer is that by me writing about what goes on at work, I can turn them into spiritual lessons. I get encouraged first doing so because it's neat when I can taste the Lord's Word and be filled!

    Thank you for encouraging me as well. God bless.

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  3. We are so blessed to have the armor of God. He has given us more than ample provision! God bless you today!

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  4. You need prayer covering sister!

    This was a gripping post and right away I can think of a friend who needs to read it! I will send her a link to your blog.

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  5. @sister Mary:
    Yes, amen! Glory to God!

    @ sister Cynthia:
    Yes, I do. We all do. I hope that this will encourage many and even just to remind us to be always donning the Lord's Armor. Thank you for linking my site. To God be the glory!

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  6. Yes, Thank you Jesus for the armour of God you have provided for us to use against our enemy who desires to pulverize us.

    Great enlightening post!

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  7. Rosel,

    WOW again for this wonderful jaw dropping post. I pray for you everyday that God will continue to protect you and provide more opportunities for you to minister to many lost souls who would otherwise not have any hope.

    Thank you for what you do everyday! Congratulations on your recent blog award from Heather at *beautifulself* as well! It was well deserved.

    Love and Hugs ~ Kat

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  8. Leaving the first kind of fiery darts -- enticing and attractive temptations -- we now proceed to the second kind, those which fill the Christian with fear. It is only the power of faith that can quench these fiery darts.

    This is Satan's weapon held in reserve. When alluring temptations fail, he opens his quiver and shoots these arrows to set the soul on fire, if not with sin then with terror. When he cannot carry a soul laughing to hell through the deception of pleasurable temptations, he will try to make him go mourning to heaven by this different kind of attack. It is a sure sign that Satan is losing. . . .

    The arrows he shot at Job were of this kind. When God let the devil practice his skill, why did he not tempt Job with some golden apple of profit or pleasure? Surely the high testimony God gave about Job discouraged Satan from these methods. Satan had no tactic left but this.

    William Gurnall, The Christian in Complete Armour, II:91, paraphrased.

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  9. To be blessed beyond measure, all I have to do is visit your blog, thank you.

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  10. Sweet Rosel,

    It amazes me every time how God uses you for His glory in your every day experiences in work, living life, etc. Yes, thank you Lord for the Armor of God! I, too, will praying more protection over you as you continue to do the fine job you are doing where He has you right now.

    You are such a blessing to me dear sister.

    Love you,
    Alleluiabelle

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  11. @ sister Christy Rose: The enemies can try...that's all they can do, but they have been defeated long time ago! They know where they're heading to! Glory to God for giving us that protection against their flaming arrows and giving us the hope of "eternal life."

    @ sister Kat: Thank you for your prayers. I appreciate it! That's what me must all do for each of us. We all need prayers of protection because we're all doing an important ministry through this blogosphere. Congratulations right back at you because your posts are truly inspirational, too specially when you opened up about an important matter God is calling you for, to encourage others regarding that and have a clear understanding of possible consequences if they choose the wrong decision. I admire you for your honesty.

    @ Bro. Ike: What a surprise to see you here and thank you for your unexpected visit! I always enjoy your amazing comments and quotes at the "glass house". Despite Job's trials, God has been in total control and it's awesome to know that He always is...

    @ sister Denise: Thank you for always coming by. I truly enjoy your visits and comments. It encourages me more, knowing that I have a lot of friends blogging for the Lord, so I want to write along side with them ;)

    @ sister Nancy: You know it's always a pleasure to have you here. I appreciate the time you take to come by and always give me a "pat on the back". Thank you for your prayers. I keep you all in my prayers as well.

    Everything is for the Lord so to Him be the glory always. Thank you all and God bless. May the Lord cover us all with His protection and guide us with His divine wisdom.

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  12. Appreciate this message, thank you.

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  13. @ Just Be Real:
    Thanks for passing by. Thanks for "being real" with your posts. Your posts also encourage me. God bless and may He continue to give you strength and comfort.

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  14. Good story and good application to the spiritual battle we are in!

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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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