Shake The Dust Off

“Eeewwww,” exclaimed one of the medical secretaries.

“What’s wrong?”

“Look Rcubes! Look how thick the dust is!”

Our supervisor had moved a huge copier machine that belonged to Psychiatry and had placed it in a spot where it used to house the diabetic charts inside the Clinic or Infirmary. In the prison, Psychiatry had their own agenda, separate from the medical staff. It just didn’t belong there. Everyone was surprised because it took up a huge space for something that was not often used by everyone.

The secretary shook her hands after touching the keypad that had the controls for this machine.

“Eewww…I don’t know why I even touched it!”

“That’s okay. We’re not used to having it here that’s why we’re all not happy about it. I hope that it would be moved to another spot if they can find any other place where it won’t take up this much space we need here inside the Infirmary.”

That was only an equipment. But the people working in the medical field is another thing. Our work is easy, so to speak. When problems arise, it’s not usually about work but more of the people and their attitudes or work habits. I discern many spirits here. Of pride….. Laziness…. Anger….. Rebellion….Lust…and many other. It’s hard to be working in an environment where bitterness and envy among people dwell and here you are trying to do the best for God’s glory as His child.

When God brought me here and had taken me out of comfort zone many years ago, this was the place that had brought me to a more intimate relationship with Him as I needed more of His guidance, wisdom, discernment, protection and other things. Here I learned how real it is that I can’t make it in anything apart from God. Here in this place, is where I know this is truly His battle, not mine. Here in this place, is where I learned that His power is truly amazing and that by the utterance of His Name "Jesus", how spiritual enemies cower.

As I go through a big battle against those in power, fueled by pride and self-interests, the dust reminded me of how I must respond to this trial. Reading His Word and knowing that He commands for believers to love Him first, then, love others, I, too must learn to forgive no matter how big of a wound these people are creating in my heart.

“If a village doesn’t welcome you or listen to you, shake off the dust of that place from your feet as you leave.” – Matthew 10:14

The prison is a place where unbelief resides and perhaps, having no faith and belief in God. This is where God’s gift of discernment is truly much needed by those who reflect His light. There is a perfect time to share and a perfect time when not to give things that are holy.  

Every time I welcome sunrise after  hard nights of work, that’s what I intend to do: “to shake off the dust of resentment or animosity towards these people who want me to fail.” I need to leave those if I want to be obedient to God Who deserves all my heart, all my soul, and all of my mind. I will not worry about the injustices done to me knowing that I can fully rely on Christ Who promised to bring justice in His perfect time.  I don’t need these dust to cling to me and hinder me from doing what He willed for me. So, why should I be afraid of them? Nothing can separate me from His love. But it is my duty to continue sharing His love, grace and mercy to those who need to know Him, the way He found me, too when I was lost. I will not be afraid of what these people intend to do with this work that the Lord has given me in the first place. I know I’m in Good Hands. “I know…” Because He wrote my name on the palm of His hands (Isaiah 49:16)
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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].