Don God's Armor

A man in his early 20’s was naked, drunk and yelling profanities outside the bar’s door. The owner of the bar called the police who immediately showed up. The man became combative and was resisting arrest.

I was the Intake Nurse working that night, orientating a new nurse. It was hard to work in that place as the new arrestees were brought by police officers, loaded with alcohol or drug substances, combative or resisting arrest until they even get there in the jail. Their behavior could be unpredictable. Sometimes, it was difficult to get straight answers when medical questions were thrown at them.

It was my duty to assess them well and decide whether they would be medically fit to stay in the jail. If not, they get sent to the hospital to be evaluated first and only when the ER doctors release them back to jail, could they be processed and booked.

“Intake Nurse, can you meet us in the yard? Combative here,” requested by the Intake Deputy.

“Intake Nurse copy,” I answered over the radio, as I grabbed the blood pressure cuff and my stethoscope.

I heard the loud yelling coming from the Male Intake Yard. The same man was in no fear to resist his arrest despite seeing at least ten deputies, not including his arresting officers. He was yelling at the top of his lungs, being belligerent.

Before I showed up in the yard as I tried to finish asking another arrestee ahead of him, I heard the commotion inside, near the Nurse’s clinic. They brought the combative man in the “Search and Hold” area, still yelling, trying to kick, trying to bite, anything, to show that he was not afraid of the authorities. An Intake Deputy approached the door and asked me if I didn’t mind assessing him there. To which I obliged.

I was still about 3 yards away from him when he started covering his eyes as he saw me approached him. He looked so panic-stricken when he saw me approaching, the opposite of what he was doing with the deputies.

“Go away! Go away from me!” he screamed.

“Sir, I’m the nurse here and I just need to make sure you are not sick to stay here,” I calmly responded.

“No! Go away! I want my mother!” still crouching, his face filled with terror.

“Who’s your mother?” I asked [to assess his orientation, too at the same time].

“Devlin! Her name is Devlin” still screaming and the smell of alcohol filled that small space as he talked. He won’t allow me to approach him so I quickly examined him with my eyes to make sure that there were no wounds or no head traumas. I motioned for the deputy to bring him to a sobering cell so we could just monitor him. When he would sober up, that was when I would ask him the medical questionnaires.

I went back to my little clinic. I started praying softly, no one could hear me but I knew my Lord would. I prayed for discernment and protection and started praying for this man. The nurse I was orientating forced me to take my break at that time and told me she would cover for me. She knew we had a long night and that I looked tired. Refreshed after my short break, I headed back to the Intake Nurse’s Clinic. I could hear a man’s voice echoing even on the other side of the Female Intake, humming to what sounded like a chant but his voice sounded like there were 7 voices. I saw some officers looking at him as he did that through the big, glass window, obviously amused by what they were witnessing.

My orientee was so excited to see me back and said, “That was the combative guy! He’s humming like he’s praying or something but it sounds weird like he has many voices.”

“I know,” I replied. “I could hear him, too as I was walking back”.

I uttered more prayers silently - for deliverance. I knew there was something spiritual going on with this man. I knew there was a spiritual battle being waged over this man. By the power of the Lord Jesus, I prayed earnestly, softly, in whispers.

I heard him threw up. There was a short period of calmness. He wasn’t yelling anymore. He wasn’t humming anymore with that weird chants. All of a sudden, I saw him standing by the huge, glass window, all calm and like nothing happened. He was so calm that I was able to approach that window and was able to ask him the health screening I needed to do. The deputies were all amazed by how quick his demeanor changed. I wasn’t. I knew what happened and I was thanking God for His help.

The works of the devil is real but I am not glorifying the works of the enemies here. I am glorifying no one but God alone. I just know that God is there to help us win any spiritual battles we face. It’s important to don His Armor every day. We shouldn’t be afraid. God already provided us His help: we have the Holy Spirit in us. When we feel discouraged, weak, and vulnerable, just remember “Jesus”.



“Be strong in the Lord’s mighty power”. –Ephesians 6:10

“You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the One Who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.” – 1 John 4:4

18 comments:

  1. This is a powerful post. To always seek discernment and to be sensitive to the warfares at work and around us every day.

    ~Silver

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  2. Thanking GOD for HIS victory in the inmates heart and life. Thank you for sharing your story. Many times we do not pray as we should in these situations. The devil is alive and well and we must put on the armor of GOD and fight the good fight. You, my friend are a true warrior for our LORD. Thank you for being an example to each of us..thank you for your reminders to keep on keeping on...and thank you for your gentle loving spirit.
    Hope you are rested and ready for GOD's new day.
    Blessings and prayers, andrea

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  3. My Dear Friend Rosel,

    What a powerful post! It is so important to me to always leave the full armor of God on at all times. The enemy loves to strike in any way, shape or form that he can and that can be at any time.

    You are a faithful one. You interceded for this man with your prayers and as a result, he was calmed down quite quickly. Praise, honor and glory to our Almighty Father. Thank you Jesus for dying on the cross for all of us.

    God bless you dear friend. You lift me up in more ways than you know.

    Thank you Lord for this wonderful friend and powerful intercessor and prayer warrior for all.

    Love you,
    Alleluiabelle

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  4. Isn't it a privilege to be a part of what God is doing on the earth today? I love posts like this that call us into taking our authority, puting our armor on and fighting for others who can't fight for themselves. Paga!..remember?

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  5. Rosel.

    This is so true. We need to remember to put on all the pieces because even if just one is missing it will leave that area open to be vulnerable to attack. God explained it all so well our areas that need daily protection.

    Love and Hugs ~ Kat

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  6. What an amazing story. I'm glad I came back here today to read it. Satan certainly is alive and well in our world today, but not for too much longer.
    Charlotte

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  7. Such a precious, and very powerful post. I love you my friend.

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  8. Rosel,

    You are a mighty warrior and the battle you fought for this man will be a crown for you in heaven! You are so precious, so very precious!

    Love you !!!

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  9. Oh Sister, I knew it! As I was reading about him not allowing you to come near him -- I knew those demons saw Jesus. That poor man was possessed. I pray that the Holy Spirit will fill every empty place. I pray God surrounds him with Christians.

    I love reading your posts!

    Love in Him,
    Beth

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  10. "Share in suffering as a good soldier of Christ Jesus." 2 Timothy 2:3

    Timothy was Paul's son in the Lord. Paul called him "my child" (2 Timothy 2:1). How did this spiritual father raise his fine young son? Not for ease, but for hardship. And Timothy was ready to face the future, come what may.

    Paul looked his beloved child right in the eyes and said, "This world is mobilized in total war against the Lord Jesus. Look around you. You see the brutality everywhere. This is why. But our Savior is committed to an all-out campaign of liberation, and we are in his army now. He will deploy you in battle. You will suffer. Don't run from it. Accept it. When this war is finally over and we all go home, we will live on with no regrets. We will live forever with the satisfaction of having fought in the greatest conflict in the universe, and we didn't turn tail and run. We followed orders and pleased our Commander (2 Timothy 2:4). He will be so pleased to pin those medals on your chest. He will be so pleased to toast you at his victory banquet. Think about it, son."

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  11. Bro.Ike: Loved that part of your comment - "But our Savior is committed to an al-out campaign of liberation and we are in his army now." Glory to God!
    As soldiers of Christ, we will persevere because we have the Best Commander Who will always be there to guide us and share His divine tactics.[Though He had already won this war!]. I appreciate your thought-provoking comments all the time and I thank you. God bless.

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  12. Thank you to all of my dear sisters in Christ for always coming here, encouraging me. God bless you all! Love you all in Christ!
    "Paga!!!" That video was in my mind actually when I was posting it, sis Mary!

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  13. Rosel,
    I was captivated by this post today! Thank God that you were understanding of what was really going on in that man's life! Thank God that you knew what to do! And Thank God that he has an opportunity for freedom! You amaze me! Or should I say Jesus in you amazes me!:)
    Christy

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  14. RCUBES

    This was such an unsual post...very powerful and a great reminder that there really are demonic forces at play in our world.

    I do not usually do this but you mentioned the armor of God. On my blog there is a commentor who goes by the name of Keystone. Three posts ago I wrote a piece called "Weary Knights" and over the course of the past 5 days Keystone has written a beautiful series on all the parts of the armor of God, all contained in the comment section of that one post. It is worth reading as the insights are fresh and bold!

    You are where God needs you. When I read this post there could be no doubt!

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  15. Alleluiabelle is correct. You put on ALL the Armor of God once, and NEVER take it off.

    Beth in NC is correct.
    Throughout the Bible, few recognised the Messiah, especially his family and hometown, and even Thomas the Apostle and disciples enroute to Emmaus.

    In all the Bible, there is one group that recognised the Son of God immediately and backed away fast.
    The demonic.
    Story after story, they begged: "What are you going to do with us? What do you want with us?

    Darkness cannot exist in light and Christ is the light of the World, nay, the Earth and all the universe.

    They retreat from him in order to preserve their darkness. Beth discerned that Christ was recognised in RCube by a demonic possessed guy.

    But the man must be sealed in Christ by the Holy Spirit. Intercessory prayer must continue until this man understands his new freedom in Christ. If not, look:

    "When an evil spirit comes out of a man, it goes through arid places seeking rest and does not find it. Then it says, 'I will return to the house I left.' When it arrives, it finds the house unoccupied, swept clean and put in order. Then it goes and takes with it seven other spirits more wicked than itself, and they go in and live there. And the final condition of that man is worse than the first"
    ~~~Matthew 12: 43-45

    This man has multiple possession.

    "I tell you the truth, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven."
    ~~~Matthew 18:18

    In the Name of Jesus, bind satan and all demonic powers of darkness from entering or nearing this man. Bind them from ever returning to this man, for the Light of the World guards him in all his ways henceforth.

    Loose the blessings of heaven to rain down on all aspects of this man's life to give glory to the Father.
    Restore his health, finances, testimony, and spirit in order that all may know the power of Christ through this man.

    He was a child of darkness, but now walks among the children of the light.

    Read all of Luke 10.
    Your authority is found in Luke 10:19

    "I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you."

    Well done, good and faithful servant.

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  16. Keystone: What a blessing to have you here as I truly enjoy your Spirit-filled comments at the "Glass House". That's my concern sometimes, that the enemies will leave and then come back with more and make a man's situation worse like what it says in the Bible. I always just ask the Lord to give me the discernment as many non-believers are also in that environment and knowing that they are also susceptible to being attacked by the enemies. I had read your comments [thanks to sister Cynthia mentioning it] at Glass House's post "Weary Knights" and I was truly blessed to know a lot of perspectives regarding us "putting on the Armor of God". Thanks for your visit.

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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 himseld and ended up injuring his attacker severely.


[Source: Life Application Bible]:


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].

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