Bringing Charges

I let a sip of water touched my parched mouth as I waited anxiously for a phone call scheduled at 1:00 in the afternoon specifically. I reviewed a mountain of paper works in front of me over and over. The more anxious I got when I scanned every piece. I glanced at the clock on top of the mantel. I had a few seconds to go. It was not easy to refresh the memory as I re-lived all the events, all the lies spoken to me, all the accusations that had no basis, all the intimidation and all the plans that had no purpose but to worry me and forced me to resign.

“How could I relate the events that occurred in a span of 8 months to only a few minutes as that phone call would only take a few minutes to an hour?”

I searched for His advice in the midst of this chaos. He was always the only One Who knew how to calm my fears and worries. He was the only One Who knew the deepest part of my heart and knew it all.

The truth of the words cried out before God thousands of years ago were mimicked by mine:
pic may be blurry but not the truth in His Word

“No one can oppose You because You have the power to do what You want. You asked why I talk so much when I know so little. I have talked about things that are far beyond my understanding.”
– Job 42:2-3 (CEV)

The anticipated phone call came. I made the person on the other line confused at one time as it was difficult to relate the events that took for so long in such a restricted amount of time with him. He understood. He heard it all.

“Go ahead and send me all the papers from your work,” was his last statement.

I sought advice countless times with the Advocate Who knew everything that had transpired. Though my desire to pursue in bringing charges against some powerful people was not the ultimate desire, I had to. I did not want them to do what they had done and continue to do with those who seemed to be powerless in their sight.

They took my silence as ignorance and lack of knowledge. They were puzzled as I returned their harsh words and evil plots with kindness and respect. They did not know that during those times they wounded me severely, I was being cared for by His pierced hands. I was being comforted by His unconditional love. I was being strengthened by His power and might. My tears He wiped. The unseen motives, He gave me discernment.

They were quick to bring charges against me. They did so many things that gave me little room to decide and subtly, wanted to force me to quit my job. They said so many words that were unfounded. But their plans would not go that far. They change my job status that benefited me more. I have more control now with my schedule the way I want to, when I want to, not the way they forced me to move to another shift and gave me a hard time every time. But even in those perilous times, I never said anything. I did the expected work with the best of my strength. I did it because He helped me and sustained me with His power and grace. They did not know that.

They brought charges against me who had not done anything. I worked well with all of my co-workers. I never slept at the job. I never complained when work assignments were given to me even if they were not expected to be what I should be doing. I always arrived on time. I was never on discipline.

It will be a long process. But I am the one to turn the table now. I am bringing charges against them. I pray they have good reasons for everything they said and all the plans they created. In all of this, I pray their hearts will turn to God for help.

“31 So what should we say about this? If God is for us, no one can defeat us. 32 He did not spare his own Son but gave him for us all. So with Jesus, God will surely give us all things.33 Who can accuse the people God has chosen? No one, because God is the One who makes them right. 34 Who can say God's people are guilty? No one, because Christ Jesus died, but he was also raised from the dead, and now he is on God's right side, appealing to God for us. 35 Can anything separate us from the love Christ has for us? Can troubles or problems or sufferings or hunger or nakedness or danger or violent death? 36 As it is written in the Scriptures:
    "For you we are in danger of death all the time.
       People think we are worth no more than sheep to be killed." — Psalm 44:22
 37 But in all these things we are completely victorious through God who showed his love for us. 38 Yes, I am sure that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor ruling spirits, nothing now, nothing in the future, no powers,39 nothing above us, nothing below us, nor anything else in the whole world will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
- Romans 8:31-39 (NCV)

God can also bring a charge against disobedient people. When He does, are you ready for that?

 "1 The Lord has an accusation to bring against the people who live in this land. Listen, Israel, to what he says:
   There is no faithfulness or love in the land, and the people do not acknowledge me as God.2 They make promises and break them; they lie, murder, steal, and commit adultery. Crimes increase, and there is one murder after another.3 And so the land will dry up, and everything that lives on it will die. All the animals and birds, and even the fish, will die." - Hosea 4:1-3 (GNT)
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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].