For Eternity

22 Wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands as you do to the Lord. 23 For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior. 24 Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything.

 25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her 26 to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, 27 and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless. 28 In this same way, husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. 29 After all, no one ever hated their own body, but they feed and care for their body, just as Christ does the church— 30 for we are members of his body. 31 “For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.” 32 This is a profound mystery—but I am talking about Christ and the church.” – Ephesians 5:22-32 (NIV)

“You’re not even worried at all?”my friend uttered as we were riding in my car, enjoying some quality time as friends do.

“Not at all!” I replied with firmness, as I got done spilling my heart’s contents to her regarding what I was going through at work.

“Well, you got support anyway…”she added.

She meant I have a great husband who is always there to lend me a hand, who is always there to support me in every rough seas I encounter when I sail, the one who readily offers his love, kindness, his shoulders when I need to cry, the one who has not changed from the time we had made those vows to be “together whether in sickness or in health, for richer or for poorer….” Instead, he did change not for the worse but to be better and in each day that passes by, we both learn from both the good and the bad that comes along our married life.

“How true!” I thought to myself.

“I wonder if it would be different with my mental attitude if I didn’t have the kind of support that comes from him? And along with that support, I also have reassurance from the product of our love (our child) who despite the young age, understands the bumps we encounter on this journey we’re all in, knowing the truth that it is unavoidable. Yet, he knows, as he observes from my husband’s and my steps as we walk, the many divine assistance we all get from those nail-scarred Hands Who promised that He will never leave us nor forsake us.”

And how grateful I am that the Lord provides this kind of relationship that only exists and lasts if there is Love in the middle. The above Scripture just describes how truly our marriage is a beautiful analogy of what Christ’s relationship is with the body, His church! That’s us!And no wonder that our spiritual enemy will of course, take notice and devise plans to make this relationship not work! He can try all he wants to do but if a Christian's spiritual walk is deeply rooted in His love, He is there protecting His bride! The moment we are united with Christ, He gave us His power and might and dressed us up with His Armor.

It is a beautiful, tender relationship that can weather any storm. It is a precious relationship that needs love, ready to compromise, understands that “submitting” is not a losing ground but winning and persevering in the midst of the worst of life’s storms. It is ready to mend. Ready to compromise. Ready to sacrifice. Because He did it first. And Jesus is LOVE. That’s what He offered to us. Love that is not like what this world knows. This is the kind of love that is shared not only with Him, nor with others, but especially with our enemies...The kind that lasts forever…

Let us worship the Lord together and say "We love Him back! Thank You Lord for Your love that lasts for eternity!"

Eternity (Misty Edwards)

Eternity's eternal song,
Is drawing me away, it's calling me away
It's calling me away

All flesh is grass, fading away.
Only You last, only You remain
All flesh is grass, fading away.
Only You last, only You remain same,
You never change.

Holy, holy, holy,
You are fairer than then sons of men

Eternity's eternal song,
Is drawing me away, it's calling me away
It's calling me away

Surely man is like the flower of the field,
And life is but a vapor, at best but a vapor.
Surely man is like a flower of the field,
And the fragrance but a vapor, at best but a vapor.

But you O God,
Are better than a thousand blooms.
Hallelujah, Amen! (x6)

Eternity's eternal song,
Is drawing me away, it's calling me away
It's calling me away

Eternity's eternal song
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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.

[Source: NLT 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].