So Much...So Much More...(For The Graduates)

“This is my command--be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the LORD your God is with you wherever you go." – Joshua 1:9 (NLT)

“Don't let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity.” – 1 Timothy 4:12 (NIV)

“Your word is a lamp to guide my feet and a light for my path.” – Psalm 119:105 (NLT)

“You can make many plans, but the LORD's purpose will prevail.” – Proverbs 19:21 (NLT)

“For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” – Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)

This coming Friday will mark a milestone, not just for our son, but for us, his parents. It is their graduation day. I’m sure it’s just not my husband and I, but all parents anticipate this special day. We can humbly say, that each year, my son has shown how much courage he learned every time. Through each success or failure, he has shown nothing but perseverance and patience. Through each struggle, he has shown strength to not “go with the flow” and doesn’t care what peers or this world has to say. As long as he knows…he’s standing for what is right. By God’s grace, he remains:  Steadfast… True…

He labored many sleepless nights. To keep his good grades.Year after year… And to show his true love for Graphic Design. Most peers and teachers acknowledging his contribution of his art to his highschool. And to others who needed his help… But deep inside he knows, he can’t do it alone. Deep inside, he is sure…that it is only by trusting God that enables him to survive whatever storm of trial he has gone through. The more it settles in…that the coming days ahead are not a well-known place he is about to enter…As an adult. The more he needs to trust in Him…

And as parents, we can either fear the “unknown” or choose to trust His promise that He never forsakes us. We often forget… Fear is not bigger than God…So it is with worries. But thanks be to God! We know Who holds that “unknown”…The future…And it’s only by His hands, that we can all be secure…As long as we trust and believe…And have faith…

Growing up, I always quizzed my son…about His Word…the sWORD…the only weapon from God’s Armor we can use to attack. With His power, that’s what we use in this daily battle we face…That my son faces…

Because His Word, the sWORD, is sharper than any two-edged sword. It convicts, slashes and removes doubts, corrects errors, disciplines, forgives, heals, strengthens, protects, gives hope and a future, drives away the enemies, kills the enemies, frees… Loves…Is merciful…Full of grace…

His Word…God Himself… 

"Proverbs 3:5?," I suddenly asked my son yesterday as we were having breakfast together before him going to school…

A morsel of food fell on his plate as he replied quickly:

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding…”

So…this Friday…I pray…not only for my son…but for all of you who are graduating…Know God…before you venture into the “unknown…” Before you use more of those talents God has given to each of us…Because also in that “future”… it is not the 10% we give to God that matters…

God gives that 90% and also that 10% from us. Actually, it’s just not 100%. His love and grace overflows… He always gives so much… 

So much more…
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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].