Which Side Are You On?

Struggling to finish the remaining paper works as the charge nurse had left one nurse and myself last Thursday night, the radio call for a “mandown” filled the Clinic. I told the nurse to get the Accucheck machine so we can check the sugar as I heard the inmate just left the Clinic after doing his blood sugar check. I grabbed the emergency bag and we both ran towards the long hallway by the Clinic.

Down on the floor was an orange-clad uniformed huge man, not moving. Two deputies were watching over him as they were glancing from our direction.

I saw one of the deputies putting an ammonia inhaler to see if he would respond. I saw his eyelids twitching. Despite the lack of response, I knew it was intentional.

“C’mon Mr. W.! I know you can hear us. Give me your left arm and I want to get your blood pressure!” I commanded as I signaled for the other nurse to start checking his blood sugar.

With a slight movement, he raised his left arm. Cautious not to be so close, I tried to be in front of him so I had a full view of his face and would be able to observe his reactions.

His eyelids twitching still, he shook a little and softly uttered, “I see demons! I see demons!”

Being the one nearest him, no one else heard his soft whispers. I started praying for the Lord to cover us with His Holy Blood [Glory be to God!] and for His mighty angels to surround us. Praying softly, I saw the frantic look from the other nurse, “Rcubes, the machine keeps saying “error!” I had used two Accucheck machines already. Both of them are saying “errors”…”

“I see demons!” the inmate uttered in a louder tone, enough for all to hear. The deputies huddled closely, ready to tackle him down if he would become combative.At the same time, they had a smirk on their faces. I cautioned the other nurse to keep a good distance and to stop trying to get his blood sugar level.

“Deputies, let’s just bring him down to the Clinic. He is fine with his vitals. He needs to see someone though from Mental Health. I can’t send him to the unit until he’s evaluated.”

The inmate kept rubbing his face at that time, as if to erase a vision no one else saw but him. He just came back from the hospital the day prior for a fall he sustained. Reading his chart, I found out he had been saying that “he sees demons” many times even when he got back from the hospital. He was already seen by Mental Health. But I knew he needed to be re-evaluated. He was in for murder.

How could I explain to the deputies and the nurse that there really was an unseen war?

That there are only two sides. That of God’s and that of the spiritual enemies. A line was drawn. What kind of battle are you on? Facing cruel bosses? Intimidated by neighbors? Relationships being soured by loved ones, friends or others? Conflicts cannot be avoided.Think about the forces behind those…Behind them is an army that is highly organized, merciless, and determined to do one thing: “to dominate the world.”

“Are you seeing demons?”

If you had decided to be on God’s side, fear not! Jesus had already defeated the spiritual enemies on the cross! God made His weapons available for us to use to remain standing in victory!!! We do not belong to this world. We are here to make progress and prepare for what lies ahead…to live in an eternal Kingdom. But while down here, we must not be stagnant but rather grow in maturity. To know more about things of God. So…which side are you on?

“But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” (Matthew 6:33 NIV)

“Peace I leave with you, my peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” (John 14:27 NKJV)

“What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?.” (Romans 8:31 NKJV).

No weapon formed against you shall prosper, And every tongue which rises against you in judgment You shall condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, And their righteousness is from Me," Says the LORD.” (Isaiah 54:17 NKJV) -emphasis mine
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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].