Only The Tip Of His Iceberg

“ 1 The Lord says, "All you who are thirsty,
       come and drink.
    Those of you who do not have money,
       come, buy and eat!
    Come buy wine and milk
       without money and without cost.
 2 Why spend your money on something that is not real food?
       Why work for something that doesn't really satisfy you?
    Listen closely to me, and you will eat what is good;
       your soul will enjoy the rich food that satisfies.
 3 Come to me and listen;
       listen to me so you may live.” – Isaiah 55:1-3 (NCV)

“Daddy, please turn up the volume more,” I requested as we played one of my favorite songs in our car, my son driving for us so we could go to our church’s earliest fellowship.

I looked through the tinted window  and saw the dark clouds ready to drop its carried weight of  precipitation.

Down below, I saw the dry ground, so dry that everything below that cloud was in grave need of being watered. I wondered how receptive the trees’ roots would be once those clouds release the much needed drops of water down below.

As my son carefully veered the car to the left, about to enter the parking lot in our church, there it was:  the big, white cross they had placed in front of the church.

It had remained unchanged despite the passing of seasons. The symbol of what Jesus had done to save all sinners like me. He died with open arms, always ready to receive anyone who is willing to acknowledge His sacrifice. The Living Water Who is able to quench anyone’s thirst.  The Living Water that is always available and is ready to be poured out to a thirsty heart.

And I wonder…how receptive is your heart to Jesus’ pouring of mercy and grace?
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Jesus is everything for me. He completely satisfies all of our needs. To think that I have only seen the tip of an iceberg about Him...To realize that I have only heard the faintest whispers about His great work...

“No eye has fully seen, how beautiful the cross
And we have only heard
The faintest whispers of how great You are…”
                - lyrics from “Wonderful Maker” by Chris Tomlin

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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].