“Ma’am, you have the right to refuse. But I want to make sure that you understand the possible consequences if you don’t get your insulin. Your blood sugar is okay at this time. Because the insulin is helping you. But if you refuse and then, eat your breakfast, your sugar level will go higher,” I informed her.
“No! It’s okay. I know myself. I know it will go down,” she insisted.
Pulling a refusal form of treatment, I wrote the necessary information on the “fill-in-the-blanks” part of it, as I continued to speak with her:
“If you think that you always crash by noon, how come you don’t tell the deputy in your unit? Because they’re good at sending you down here so we can always check your blood sugar or one of us can even go to your unit if you feel like your sugar level is low,” I sort of persuaded her knowing the risks are greater than her thinking that she was saving herself.
“Our doctor has this plan of giving you this amount of insulin. If your sugar level is way high or low, they do make adjustments as they review your records, time after time,” I added.
She just smiled. Taking the pen I offered, she marked that refusal form with her signature, the date and the time. I wrote the rest: of the reason why she refused and that she was informed and aware of the possible consequences.
Hobbling with her cane, she disappeared from my sight as she was led out to the Female side of the Clinic, back to their units. Together with other female diabetics. I would see her again. I wasn’t sure if she would ever change her mind.
Just wondering what the Lord is telling you in relation to this story, my friends?
This is what came to my mind: God has devised a plan, too for all humanity. He sent Jesus, His Son, to pay for our sins. His plan of salvation was accomplished when Jesus died on the cross for you and me. Yes, we’ve heard about His plan. Yet, He is giving us all the choice. We can either choose to accept His offer of salvation or we can choose to refuse and ignore it.
Knowing that Jesus died on the cross to save us from sins is not enough. We need to receive Jesus by faith, as an act of our will.
“For if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by confessing with your mouth that you are saved. As the Scripture tell us, “Anyone who believes in him will not be disappointed.” - Romans 10:9-11
And when we refuse, the destination is not a desirable place to be: apart from God. The place called “hell”. So, would you rather accept or refuse “Jesus Christ”? Hell is real.
“And all who believe in God’s Son have eternal life. Those who don’t obey the Son will never experience eternal life, but the wrath of God remains upon them.” -John 3:36
“That is the way it will be at the end of the world. The angels will come and separate the wicked people from the godly, throwing the wicked into the fire. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” - Matthew 13:49,50
“And death and the grave were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death - the lake of fire. And anyone whose name was not found recorded in the Book of Life was thrown into the lake of fire.” - Revelation 20:14,15
The Attacker (5/15/09)
The sun was just peeking from the Eastern skies.
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].