What Or Who Holds You?

"No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money.” – Matthew 6:24 (NIV)

So if you have not been trustworthy in handling worldly wealth, who will trust you with true riches? 
- Luke 16:11 (NIV)

Obviously, I'm not trying to win the approval of people, but of God. If pleasing people were my goal, I would not be Christ's servant. - Galatians 1:10 (NLT)

Are you gonna’ apply to this job opening?” I texted my husband upon seeing some printed papers for a supervisory position.

I knew the answer might not come quick as he could be busy at work. After a few minutes, he did. He advised it was a little far from where we lived. I saw it, too.

Asking how I was doing at home in my solitude, he called me to reiterate what he already had told me regarding the distance. I told him I was okay. Half-way in my chores. Pausing to read the morning’s breaking news until I saw those papers.

As we both had gone through different storms in our lives, walked together in the deepest and darkest valleys, we had learned so much from those trials. As the Good Shepherd had found us many years ago, wandering aimlessly and living our lives, worried about the things of this life, through those unexpected storms, we learned…Nothing in this world last. Nothing is constant. The very things we had that we worked hard for could disappear. Could be taken away. Just like that. 

Remember… What’s important to us is not the money. What’s important to us is our health and peace of mind. We know He always supplies our needs.”

“It’s true,” he agreed.

The treasures we both found were not material things. Jobs. Money. House. Cars. None of those we had could ever give us complete and true happiness. None of those could ever make us feel contented. 

For if we are not careful…the things we own or possess are actually the ones who can have a hold on us. Through trials and God’s truth, we both know…we should remain holding on to that “hope.” Hope that rests on faith. Hope that never perishes. Hope of an eternal life promised by Jesus Who doesn’t lie. 

We both know…it is only God’s hold on anyone that never lets go…He Who is constant. True. Faithful.

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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].