We Have The Mind of Christ

I was a new nurse at that time and was assigned to one of the prisons in this County I worked for. Not being familiar with most of the custody staff and lay out of that jail, I just trusted in the Lord that I wouldn’t be afraid because He would be my guide in that new place.

Feeling confident every night that I used to work, I heard the radio paging for the Facility Nurse to go to a “mandown” [medical emergency]. I answered promptly and had asked the deputy who called to keep clicking the electronic control that would open the cell. That way, I could follow the sound and be able to reach the fallen inmate.

The man was young. I had found him unconscious on the cold floor. He was diaphoretic but I felt the carotid pulse beating and he was still breathing. According to other cell mates, he spoke of Spanish only, which would make my assessment even harder if he was conscious due to language barrier. Fumbling for a tiny pen light I always carried in my lab coat’s pocket, I started flashing the non-blinding light to both of his pupils to check his neurovascular status.

I saw the deputies surrounding me started talking with their eyes as if I wasn’t doing anything to help out the downed inmate. They probably were anticipating for me to start an IV right away or whiff that ammonia by his nostrils to try to wake him up. They didn’t understand that what I was doing was vital in my over-all assessment prior to me calling the ambulance and the ER doctor. Without hearing any word, I could tell by their gestures that they were making fun of me. But that wasn’t important because I had a life I needed to save that moment that mattered the most!

The man’s pupils were so dilated. They were not constricting or reacting the way they were supposed to when I shone the light over each of his eyes. The cell mates denied him falling and hitting the head. They didn’t think he was on any medications.

I called for the ambulance and they came immediately to take this young man to a hospital. I was off for a few days and when I went back, the same deputies who was there with me that night were smiling as they said “hello”. I felt so much respect with their tone of voice. My co-worker who was an LVN was the one who told me that I was indeed the talk of the deputies on my days off because they didn’t understand why I kept shining the pen light over the eyes of that inmate when he was unconscious and it seemed like I wasn’t doing anything. To make it short, they were making fun of me! Not until they found out with what happened with the inmate when he got brought to the hospital…

The inmate ended up being hospitalized and never woke up. He was put on life support. Diagnostic x-rays revealed he had a big tumor in his brain. When I sent him out, I had written in the note for the ER doctor that his pupils were not responding to the light. Obviously, that meant there was something wrong with his neurovascular status. That was how they ordered whatever necessary scans that discovered this huge tumor and treated him accordingly.

Those who don’t know the love of God are acting in the same way as those deputies. How often have we heard this favorite verse from 1 Corinthians 2:9 –“No eye has seen. No ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love Him.”

If we open our Bibles, let us not stop in that verse alone. Let’s keep reading further…

Verse 10: But we know these things because God has revealed them to us by His Spirit, and His Spirit searches out everything and shows us even God’s deepest secrets.

Verse 11: No one can know what anyone else is really thinking except that person alone, and no one can know God’s thoughts except God’s own Spirit.

Verse 12: And God has actually given us His Spirit [not the world’s spirit] so we can know the wonderful things God has freely given us.

Verse 14: But people who aren’t Christians can’t understand these truths from God’s Spirit. It all sounds foolish to them because only those who have the Spirit can understand what the Spirit means.

Verse 15: We, who have the Spirit understand these things, but others can’t understand us at all.

Yes, we can’t imagine what God has in store for us. But for now, because we have His mind as the Holy Spirit works in us, He comforts and guides us. We know what we are hoping for: an eternal future that awaits us and encourages us to press on in this life and endure any hardships.

Even the wisest person would not be able to grasp God’s wisdom, unless they accept His message.
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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].