Don't Cancel Jesus

The dying Jesus is the evidence of God's anger toward sin; but the living Jesus is the proof of God's love and forgiveness.  ~Lorenz Eifert

“The supervisor decided she wouldn’t need you on Friday (today) as she would have 2 other nurses working with her already,” the email read from the person doing our staff’s schedule.

Fridays are usually hectic in the prison. Bins are laden with mountain-high pile of charts where the doctors’ orders need to be transcribed. In between that, inmates come in requesting to be seen where some of them do not follow the process of sick call and just want immediate treatment right away. Even if it is just a minor cold. Sometimes, it’s hard as time is taken away from those who have true emergencies.

It was not the supervisor’s fault. I cancelled my scheduled availability today for PM shift. I just wanted to work from 8pm-12 midnight as they also allow 4 or even 6 hours of work to help out. For personal reason. I wanted some time away from another particular supervisor who got involved with my battle to remain working part time. She should not have a part but she had a history of intimidating other nurses who were either fired or resigned on their own long ago. I wasn’t surprised with the way she rushed to intimidate me also, frighten me and other actions to force me to quit. Except…I never did. Until they got exhausted with their evil plans. I don’t want to see her at this time. I know she might not value the help I give (and the other hard-working nurses, too she intimidated). But one doesn’t realize the value until it becomes lost.

We can’t right all the wrongs. I know I can’t change her. Nor anyone else not only at my workplace but those who surround me. I see people who are so vocal about changing the world. But what’s sad…they don’t see that the change needs to start within themselves. Like me. I used to be proud. Of my accomplishments that I thought I did on my own. Until Jesus found me. He is the One Who alone can transform anyone’s hard heart to be softened and be likened in His ways. Nothing or no one else can.

Only Jesus…

26 I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. 27 And I will put my Spirit in you and move you to follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws.” – Ezekiel 36:26, 27 (NIV)

And though it seems true that the supervisor who cancelled my offer of 4 hours of work won’t need my help because she has other nurses, if one of them calls in sick or the day turns out to be very busy, their number won’t be enough to tackle the work load, they usually end up calling me if I am able to go in.

Jesus had offered Himself to help us. To save us from our sins. How quickly we brush Him off and think that we don’t need Him. We get so caught up with the things of this world that we don’t even hear Him calling our hearts to change. We may all differ from our backgrounds: color, culture, beliefs… The truth is…Jesus doesn’t need us….

But we all need Jesus….

“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” – Romans 3:23 (ESV)

It’s not about what a man can do but it is about what was done for him that saves him. Don’t cancel Jesus in your life…

“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” – Romans 12:2 (ESV)

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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].