A Different Kind Of Hearing

Then he added, "Pay close attention to what you hear. The closer you listen, the more understanding you will be given--and you will receive even more. - Mark 4:24 (NLT)

“Did you hear me, Ma’am?” her haggard face looking intently, awaiting for my response and actions to her demands. The thick, glass partition window separated us as I finalized her request to be evaluated by the Nursing staff.

“Of course, I heard you loud and clear. But it was disappointing to hear that you made your health concern an emergency when it’s not. You know that what you want from me could have waited until the regular sick call in your unit,” I responded as I met her stare with my piercing one.

“Why did you tell your unit that you were having chest pain then you came here complaining of minor ailments?” I probed.

She looked away as if she couldn’t stand my stare anymore, becoming uncomfortable yet, continuing to make excuses.

“That’s not what I told them,” she replied quickly, still looking at different corners of the Infirmary. Her glances showing that she was trying to come up with an excuse so she wouldn’t get in trouble.

“Here’s your yellow pass. You know the rules here. If it happens again, I can put you on discipline for faking your emergency.”

She finally rested her head, looking down, as she extended her right hand to accept the yellow pass she needed in order for her to be able to return to her unit. I popped the door open to make way for her to leave. I knew she was upset for not being able to get some medications she wanted. Medications that she did not really need because there was no true ailments. Medications I wouldn’t give because she was arrested for abusing illegal substances in the first place.

When God placed me in the Correctional setting to care for others, He surely gave me a different set of ears. While the inmates think that I ignore their demands and not seem to care and hear them, they are very wrong. I hear louder than my own set of ears. For circumstances in this place require more than hearing through the ears. I learn so much hearing through my mind and heart instead.

Then he said, "Anyone with ears to hear should listen and understand."
- Mark 4:9 (NLT)

He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. He who overcomes will not be hurt at all by the second death. - Revelation 2:11 (NIV)

and he began by saying to them, "Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing." - Luke 4:21 (NIV)

The wind blows wherever it wants. Just as you can hear the wind but can't tell where it comes from or where it is going, so you can't explain how people are born of the Spirit. - John 3:8 (NLT)
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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].