Draw Near...Even Nearer....


I don’t know what this coming April 25, 2011 has for my current journey after I got that memo that those people in power desired for me to be placed on an “off-duty” status.

It is a “waiting game” but I choose not to worry about an outcome that is not known. Have you had those moments when you feel that you can’t hear God’s answers to your prayers or questions? I’m sure we all do. But never I doubt that He is here with me. Never I doubt that when He answers, He may reply with either a question right back for me. I never doubt that when He responds, it is not something surprising. Often, He responds with quiet or gentle whispers.
There are three lessons for me at this stage as I go through this huge battle from my workplace:

(1)It is helping me to develop and allow my faith and trust on God to even grow more, as I learn to be more patient and wait for His perfect timing on everything. I know I have the victory (literally speaking) even before this obstacle happened but despite having my own arsenal of weapons, His weapons matter more. This battle is not mine but His.

(2)God is reminding me through this battle that no matter how overwhelming the pressures are from the outside, those will never compare to the “power within me” that He gave.

(3)In His quiet whispers, I only have one option to do. That is to draw nearer to Him, so I can hear His answers clearly.

As you meet any bumps or other obstacles on the road you’re walking on, are you choosing to draw nearer to Him? The temptation to either run away from God seems an easier choice. The desire to quit and walk on another road seems to be easy, too. But becoming faithful and learning to believe in one, true God does not offer short-term benefits. Those are only gratifying our sinful nature.

Who knows? God intended to leave these obstacles on the road we’re walking on to allow us to develop faith and obedience after all. And that’s what’s going on with me…allowing our good God to continue working within me.

Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.” – James 4:8 (ESV)

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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].