“Masters, do the same to them, and stop your threatening, knowing that he who is both their Master and yours is in heaven, and that there is no partiality with him.” – Ephesians 6:9 (ESV)

Enjoying some artwork through the glass case, I marveled at the beautiful sight with my family. All of a sudden, I saw some faces being reflected behind me. Faces of my co-workers who were trying to intimidate me!

“You’re under arrest!” exclaimed one of them, as he took out a pair of handcuffs and immediately applied them to both of my wrists in front of me.

“I’m sorry, you have to surrender your gun!” he added to my husband baffled at what was going on. Then to his side, came along my son with a confused look on why those metal cuffs were on my wrists.

“Daddy,” I softly whispered to my husband, “Just follow what he wants for now. Please don’t fight! Think about our son. We’ll just get a lawyer!”

Peering through a small window, I saw the same faces mocking us and I heard how they would give me a hard time once I got into our prison. Not as a nurse. But as a prisoner this time.

I tapped my husband’s shoulder and I asked him to hug me.

“I was having a nightmare,” I told him.

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There was no difference from that dream into what was going on in my reality. I felt they had been trying to bully me. Mentally… (A bully is a person who is habitually cruel or overbearing, especially to smaller or weaker people). The fight was real. As I saw those evil smiles in my dream, I saw them, too in reality. But I chose to remind myself that I was never weak. I was never small.

“The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds.  We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.  And we will be ready to punish every act of disobedience, once your obedience is complete.”
– 2 Corinthians 10:4-6 (NIV)

For now, it seemed I had no defense. But I trust in my Lord that in His perfect time, every evil act would be revealed. No one had dared to fight back before. Those being intimidated had left. One even died. But I was never afraid of them because I knew that I serve a mighty God Who knows it all and Who will fight for me.

For now I will wait…Wait for His perfect timing….As the lyrics of the song “Everlasting God” played at the back of my mind:

“Strength will rise as we wait upon the Lord…
We will wait upon the Lord…
We will wait upon the 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 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].