Today, I am taking another different approach and expand the theory of literary presentation regarding our Sunday spiritual message into another dimension. I pray the message gets across with the intended lessons to be learned and are clearly accomplished.
A Tragic Loss Could Be Avoided—Be Faithful: Why Jeopardize One’s Life?
This narration involves a legal meltdown with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), based on false prosecution regarding an unfounded allegation of hiding cash in a foreign bank account. During the emergency preliminary hearing requested by my defense counsel, the prosecution unconscionable argued flight risk and $1 million bond. My defense presented substantial rebuttable evidence, accepted by the judge, who ordered surrendering of my passport and release on personal recognizance, overruling the prosecution’s position.
During the pendency of the case, discovery was initiated and exculpatory evidence turned over to my legal team, raising a vehement defense. Based on further investigation, it was determined the evidence was false and willfully fabricated by an individual identified as “Jane Doe.” As a result, the table turned, and the case dismissed based on “Motions to Dismiss” filed by my defense team. Eventually, a counter law suit was filed against the IRS and the producer of the fabricated evidence, Jane Doe—now the respondents. The Pleadings raised various issues of malicious persecution under the color of law, filing a frivolous legal action, civil rights violations under the equal protection of law, and other constitutional infractions.
The judge issued a gag order to avoid the unreliable court of public opinion getting involved. Additionally, a subpoena for Jane Doe to appear in court, be confronted by the accused, testify under oath, and be subject to cross examination was served. On the day scheduled for testimony in court, Jane Doe committed suicide. My legal advocate team won the case. The proceeds from the court’s judgement was distributed to various charities needing revenue to continue their mission of supporting those not able to support themselves. Additionally, a note was discovered written by Jane Doe in her home, where she committed suicide instead of testifying on the witness stand in court and be subject to examination. At a subsequent proceeding, where the scheduled reading of the suicide note by the judge was to take place, and the identity of Jane Doe released, my alarm clock went off and I was suddenly awakened.
In analysis on the dream, let me state the moral of the story and lessons learned: First, walk lightly and make your words soft, in the event they come back and you have to swallow them. Next, don’t burn bridges behind you in the event you may have to re-cross them with a wide and deep chasm is in the middle. Be conciliatory instead of contradictory. Make friends instead of enemies. Straighten out crooked paths established for others to walk (Proverb 21:8). Don’t forget, “The words of the Lord are right; and all His works are done in truth” (Psalm 33:4); therefore, make your words right and do it truthfully. The truth shall set you free (John 8:32).
Many themes are also included in this story which I will not venture into. Jane Doe was never identified; however, a heavy fine was imposed by the judge for maliciousness, negligence, and other constitutional violations, paid jointly by the IRS and Jane Doe’s estate. Additionally, remember don’t hold grudges, and live righteously according to the law of loving your neighbor as yourself (Matthew 22:39). Life is too short and beautiful to be on the other side where there is darkness. Furthermore, light will always subdue darkness, and truth prevails over untruth. Likewise, goodness will eventually defeat evil (Roman 8:21). Be good to each other, and don’t consider oneself above or better than the next person.
The scripture has a great reference of this regarding Lazarus, who picked crumbs from under the rich man’s table. He eventually died and was taken to Abraham’s bosom. The rich man died and went to hell. Lazarus one day listened to his voice crying out from hell for a taste of water from Lazarus’ finger which was not possible (Luke 16:19-31). The morale of the story, “Don’t consider yourself mightier than others, and beneath you based on your position in life.”
Finally, strive for peace and make it right for the wolf to lay down beside the lamb. The Scriptures states, “The wolf shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid of the calf, and the young lion and the fatling together, and a little child shall lead them (Isaiah 11:6). Make great effort to see swords beaten into ploughshares. The Scriptures illustrates, “He shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into ploughshares, and their spears into pruning-hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war anymore” (Isaiah 2:4). Please bury the hatchet and save your soul. Be kind and not mean. Cherish the right attitude toward others, it will determine your altitude. When digging a ditch for others to fall into, that ditch is for you (Proverb 26:27). There is always a slippery slope in the path. Always be faithful unto God. Your faith in Him will deliver you from the grips of evil doers (2 Peter 2:9)!
Jane Doe was secretly cremated and burial at a place undisclosed by her family. Joseph relocated to a new jurisdiction. He is dwelling in the secret place of the highest, and abiding under the shadow of the Almighty, his refuge and fortress, his God in whom he trusts. Whom delivered him from the snare of the fowler’s and the deadly pestilence. He is covered under His wings, with the truth as his shield and buckler (Psalm 91)!
May God also bless and keep you, may his countenance always shine upon you, and give you His favor. Have an awesome day, don’t forget to pray, stay encouraged, be strong, inspired, ingenious, resilient, and blessed always!
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