If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land. 2 Chronicles 7:14
Before working for the Division of Parole, one of the screening questions involved the ability to provide nursing care for individuals who had committed heinous crimes. When I applied for the position, it was not the compensation or benefits that prompted me to send in my resume. I was confident that I could provide excellent care without bias or prejudice to a challenging population.
Perhaps my character trait of optimism prevented me from realizing that the bowl of beautiful cherries also contain pits. The job proved to test my patience and nursing skills to a degree of difficulty that I never anticipated. Exposure to the most skillful level of manipulation always kept me on a learning curve regarding human behavior. Despite the efforts to deceive the nursing staff with misleading information, the truth prevailed; the residents failed to realize that we were a team.
Our team consisted of myself, a co-worker who had a history of military and prison nursing experience, the Medical Director, who was a physician, and the Administrative staff including a very protective Deputy Director. When residents questioned our nursing judgment or when we needed additional guidance, we were able to contact our Medical Director at any time of the day or night. Because of the solidarity of the Medical team, we delivered superior care and remained incident-free.
As Believers of God, we are faced with the highest level of skillful deceit and manipulation by Satan every day of our lives. How did this diabolical plot and sin enter the perfect atmosphere of heaven? Because of jealousy and envy, the most beautiful angel, Lucifer, schemed to rise above his Creator. “I will ascend above the tops of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High.” Isaiah 14:14. To which God responded, Your heart grew proud of your beauty; you corrupted your wisdom because of your splendor; so I cast you to the earth; I made you a spectacle before kings. Ezekial 28:17.
For his rebellion, Lucifer was cast down to the earth, a fallen angel whose power will never supersede God’s Omnipotence. Even so, never forget that Satan does possess power in the form of sinful temptations, false predictions of the future, and his most deceptive method of using mediums to supposedly speak to the dead. For the living know that they will die, but the dead know nothing; they have no further reward, and even their name is forgotten. Ecclesiastes 9:5
Because human beings insist on challenging God’s majesty and glory, King David clarifies our status: What are mere mortals that you should think about them, human beings that you should care for them? Yet you made them only a little lower than the angels and crowned them with glory and honor. Psalm 8:4-5.
The fall of Lucifer, Adam and Eve, and the continuation of sin among humanity did not come as a surprise to the Trinity Godhead. If we hold any doubt, God proclaims His Omniscience to humankind: “Remember the former things, those of long ago; I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like me. I make known the end from the beginning, from ancient times, and what is still to come. I say: My purpose will stand, and I will do all that I please” (Isaiah 46:9-10).
Therefore, we must hold fast to our faith; despite the turmoil, and the increase in the wickedness on this earth, God has a plan to end all evil. Hold on and never give up, Satan is not in control of our hearts, our minds, nor our destiny.
Without a doubt, Jesus Christ made a promise: “Look, I am coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give to each person according to what they have done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.” Revelation 22:12,13
We have a spiritual team that consists of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit with angels that are commanded to protect us: For He will command His angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways. Psalm 91:11
Accepting salvation by giving our heart to God, and living a faith-based life is all that is required to receive the reward of Immortality and Eternal life in a New Heaven and New Earth. It is my choice, and your choice to accept God’s plans for us. Without a doubt, better days are coming. For yet a very little while he that comes will come, and will not delay. Hebrews 10:37
© Sonya Johnson Ruiz 2020