The Holy Spirit in Christians

My co-worker and I found this inmate sitting on that chair next to the Nurse’s station in their unit. He was obviously trying to grasp for some air. With every inhalation, it was a struggle as his neck veins became distended and straining to try to get some air. He couldn’t talk. The wheezing was very audible and I didn’t need to listen to his lungs with my stethoscope.

Reviewing his chart prior to responding to the unit’s call over the radio, I read he had a history of asthma. He was already given an inhaler for his own use. Anticipating it was a severe kind of asthma attack, I grabbed the nebulizer and the gadgets that belonged to him that could be attached. I ran to our pharmacy stock and got a dose of liquid Albuterol encased in a plastic sort of vial. The nebulizer will turn the liquid medication into a fine mist that the inmate can inhale. It would quickly relax the tightness of the airways of the lungs, thus, would help him to breathe.


“Don’t talk,” as I calmly tried to reassure him.


“Just get the most of this medication and try to relax,” as the nebulizer got turned on and a fine smoke at the other end of the blue tube started coming out. The other end, which the inmate put into his mouth as he started breathing the fine mist that formed.


The other nurse started taking his vital signs while I continued to monitor and talked to him gently.


“We have a problem now, Sir,” I added as his eyes just grew bigger, trying to determine what the problem was. I heard my co-worker stopped and listened intently on what I was about to say next.


Keeping his silence as he continued to inhale the smoke coming from the nebulizer, I continued, “You see Sir, we have a policy here of no smoking. The problem is: I’m encouraging you to do it now. So I think I violated that.”


His big eyes wrinkled as he managed to laugh a little, until he was laughing harder. I could tell his breathing was starting to ease a bit now and he seemed to be more relaxed. My co-worker started laughing, too.


The inmate opened his mouth, “Ma’am, thank you for making me laugh. I really appreciate you guys coming here so fast and giving me my nebulizer treatment here. I feel more relaxed now and my breathing is a lot better.”


“I could tell and that’s what we want to accomplish. So, what happened?”


“My fault, Ma’am. I am sensitive to milk. It seems to make me have an asthma attack. This morning, prior to breakfast, I had eaten a chocolate bar. It must be the milk or the chocolate, I’m not sure if that triggered my asthma. I’m so sorry.”


“That’s okay, Sir. You didn’t know. But now you do, so I hope you won’t hurt yourself with another chocolate bar. I figured your inhaler must not be working by then so I thought of bringing the nebulizer here.”


“Thank you so much Ma’am. Oh, what a relief that I can breathe now. Thank you! Thank you!” he exclaimed to me and my co-worker.


“You’re welcome, Sir. We’re just doing our job and I’m glad to see you breathing a lot better. Take care of yourself now,” I motioned for him to go back to his cell as I started cleaning up the nebulizer.


Happily, he walked back toward the metal door that would lead him back to his cell. His gait was steady, he was smiling and he was not struggling for breaths anymore.



A Christian is anyone who has the Spirit of God living in him or her. If you have sincerely placed your trust in Jesus for your salvation and acknowledged Him as Lord, then the Holy Spirit lives within you.


You can be assured that you have the Holy Spirit because Jesus promised that He would send Him. He grants us eternal life through Him [“And the ones who win this battle against this world are the ones who believe that Jesus is the Son of God.”-1 John 5:5].


He finds help in our daily problems and in our praying [“And the Holy Spirit helps us in our distress. For we don’t even know what we should pray for, nor how we should pray. But the Holy Spirit prays for us with groaning that cannot be expressed in words. And the Father who knows all hearts knows what the Spirit is saying, for the Spirit pleads for us believers in harmony with God’s own will.” –Romans 8:26, 27].


We are empowered to serve God and do His will [“God has given each of us the ability to do certain things well”-Romans 12:6].


And we become part of God’s plan to build up His church [“Their responsibility is to equip God’s people to do his work and build up the church, the body of Christ; until we come to such unity in our faith and knowledge of God’s Son that we will mature and full grown in the Lord, measuring up to the full stature of Christ.” – Ephesians 4:12,13].


Are you choking from all this life’s troubles? Grasping for air that nothing in this world can satisfy your feeling of emptiness? Are you tired trying to stay afloat in this ocean of woes?
We all need the “Air” to breathe, to live, not just exist. Go to Jesus and open your heart and believe.

16 comments:

  1. Amen, He is the precious air I breathe. I love you my friend.

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  2. I love to breathe the air that Jesus gives me. It is much easier to breath when we are resting instead of striving.

    Everytime I come here, I think of what a blessing you must be to all those around you, who are in so much need of hope.

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  3. I love this post. The one thing that scares me is when I can't breath. I have been in that same place as your patient was and thought I was having a heart attack. Rather than face denial, I risked embarrassment and had hubby bring me to the emergency room. Turns out I was having a gall bladder attack and passing stones. Not fun!

    The ability to deal with situations like that are scare enough, but if you are facing them without God's love and provision, its much scarier than you can imagine.

    I am so glad you are where God has placed you at this time. God bless you and have a wonderful weekend.

    Love and Hugs ~ Kat

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  4. The empowerment of the Holy Spirit is such a wonderful gift from the Lord. I don't take it lightly and ask Him for an infilling of that power every day to walk close to Him so I can carry out His plans. He gives us everything we need to make it through!

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  5. Wow, I've just stumbled upon your blog and read this post. It's really powerful and I think that we're all like the man in your story at some point, choking on what this world sells us as happiness. 1 John 5:5 also happens to be one of my favorite verses. I'll be following this blog!
    Blessings,
    Mr. Woolf
    http://www.theologicallyeclectic.com/

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  6. Interesting ... he happily walked back to his cell once he had oxygen inside of him. The real prisons are not the external but the internal ones, aren't they? wb

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  7. Sister Denise: Amen! to the "Air" Who gives life!

    Sister Daveda: I pray that I am a blessing to these hurting people. That may God use me for His glory every time I'm there to minister to these broken souls, in need of grace.

    Sister Kat: I think it's ok to risk embarassment because you'll never know if what you're feeling is a true emergency and gallbladder attack hurts, too! I hope you don't have those anymore.

    Sister Mary: Amen! May the Lord fill us all! Love your visits! But you forgot the cyber cake :)

    Mr.Woolf: Nice to meet you and I briefly visited you before saying something here. Now I know why 1 John 5:5 is one of your fav.verses! Thank you for all that you do and the people in the military and aw enforcement who keeps us safe and who fight for the freedom we enjoy!

    I know it's not a coincidence when we stumble on people's sites and that's what's neat with the Lord, He brings us altogether so we can encourage each other and serve whatever purpose He has through our writing. Hope you'll come back.

    Brother Warren: You have a great observation. Because when I would write about an event, every detail has spiritual meaning and I thank the Lord for conveying that to me. He never fails when we ask Him for His wisdom!

    God bless you all.

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  8. You have such an amazing way of bring deeply important lessons fron the walls of a jail...may God bless you there!

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  9. I appreciate your visit to my blog, and I hope this relationship between our sites blossoms!
    Blessings,
    Mr. Woolf

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  10. Sister Cynthia: Thank you for the visit. Not me! The Lord inspires me. God bless.

    Bro.Woolf: I am already blessed by your site even on my 1st visit there. Thank you. God bless.

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  11. Thank you my sister in Christ for posting this today. I am pleading with God to show me what He needs me to do. Sometimes I get choked . . . then God reminds me HE is in control. There are things in this world that completely puzzle me . . . Please pray for me. Love you,
    Bren

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  12. Sister Bren: You're not alone. But through prayers, we are able to lift each other's burden. You're always in my prayers. Love you sister Bren.

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  13. Rosel,
    I am so thankful for the Holy Spirit living in me! And through your writing, I can see Him living in you.
    You're wonderful!
    Christy

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  14. Thank you sister Christy. Thanks be to our awesome Helper! God bless.

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  15. Brother Chris: Glory to God! Thanks for coming by.

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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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