Friday, April 24, 2015

Ambush the Enemy

It was ice cold in the operating room like a refrigerator.  Pat the head nurse, Larry the tech specialist and a few others were preparing for the surgery which was about to take place.

The doctor was scrubbing while the head nurse went through the mandatory checklist before he entered the operating area.  Everything seemed to be set at go, with the patient already on the surgical table with the IV port in place on his arm.

One last inquiry to the patient by Cardio Nurse Pat…
“Have you taken your meds this morning?”

“Yes, but not the Warfarin, I take that in the evening.” He responded.

“When did you take that last?”

“Seven o’clock last night. 

“You’re not supposed to take that five days before the surgery.”

“Nobody told me.”

Quickly she huddled with the other staff and scurried out of the room. Someone in another department had dropped the ball.  All of a sudden the room was silent; no one said a word.

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I Didn't Give You Fear
There are many, many times when I come across a passage in scripture during my daily Bible reading that a particular verse seems to stick in my head.  For some reason I can’t seem to move past it; and that’s what happened when I was reading from Proverbs on April 12th. 

On the eighth of April we learned that my husband would need another heart operation.  Each night when I retired to my bedroom I re-read this same verse and began applying it to my husband’s pending surgery.  

“In the way of righteousness is life; and in the pathway thereof there is no death.”  (Proverbs 12:28 KJV)

Now I know why God kept this before my eyes and in my prayers for almost two weeks.

The second heart surgery was first scheduled for the 14th of April, but was postponed until the following Tuesday the 21st.  For several days fear kept trying to overtake everything I did. All day and night I would fall back with the lessons I learned about fear in the Bible.  The Holy Spirit continually reminded me saying, “I did not give you fear, don’t receive it.”

By now you probably figured out that the patient in the opening paragraphs was my husband.  He was about to be operated on when the hand of the Lord stayed the enemy. 

Prayer Chain Reaction

We formed a prayer chain throughout the world, linking together before the Lord.  Tons of messages from around the globe conveyed that they were praying over this procedure.  Literally four corners of the earth, round the clock prayers were being sent to the gates of Heaven.  Some even told me they were up all night praying because they just couldn’t find peace over the situation.  I knew something wasn’t right and that *satan was forming an attack. 

It wasn’t until late Tuesday night that hubby shared his thoughts about what happened.  This is his story … 
Day of "Surgery"

I woke up this morning singing the song “I Believe” by the Newsboys, but didn’t feel in my spirit that this was the song I needed for what I was about to face.  
The Lord reminded me of another song (that my wife turns to and that she shares quite often in times of trouble).  It was “Every Praise is to Our God” by Hezekiah Walker.  I started singing and focusing on that praise song. 
“Every praise is to our God, every word of worship with one accord, every praise, every praise is to our God.
God my Savior, God my Healer, God my Deliverer, Yes He is …”
As I continued to sing praising God as my Savior, Healer and Deliverer, I knew it was the right one.
When we got to the hospital, nothing went right.  In short,

1 -   We were sent to the wrong wing of the hospital.

2 -   There was no paperwork for me, which was strange because the day before I signed papers and even had my meds bracelet for the surgery ready to go.

3 -   Once those things were sorted out, the staff had great difficulty in getting an IV port started.

4 -   They had the wrong list of medications that I have been taking.

Finally almost two hours later, everything got semi-squared away, and I was transported from ICU to the operating room.

Sitting on the operating table, I was given the last few papers to sign and answered a few more questions about allergies, etc.  I was then asked if I had taken my meds this morning and told them that I had, with the exception of the Warfarin (a blood thinner) which I take in the evening and had taken last night about 7 PM.

That is when everything changed.  The surgical team consisted of five staff members plus the doctor.  When the nurse questioning me heard my answer she responded, “You are not supposed to take Warfarin for five days prior to surgery.”  I was never told that and continued to take my meds as directed.  As a good soldier, I went by the last orders that I had received.

The room got really quiet as everything came to a screeching halt.  Misty quickly wrapped me in blankets taking me off the table.  At once they moved me to a recovery room that was much warmer to wait for the surgeon.

The doctor was disturbed that I had not been given directions concerning the Warfarin.  He ordered a blood INR test to be taken.  The result came back at 2.1.  It can’t be above a 1.7 for the surgery.  During surgery of this nature the blood thinners will cause extreme danger, however they actually need the blood to clot, but not to the point it develops clots.
The doctor told us that surgery at my present level was life threatening with the possibility of hemorrhaging into the brain and other organs.  The surgery was cancelled immediately and rescheduled.
(A side note here is that the previous day when I went to the hospital for pre-certification and lab work, I requested that an INR test be included.  I asked three times and was turned down all three times).

Later in the Day

I got to thinking about what I had read on Sunday (just two days before this happened) in 2 Chronicles 20:1-30.

Enemies were coming against King Jehoshaphat and the tribe of Judah.  Jehoshaphat called for prayer and fasting throughout the land, seeking God on this matter.  He got his answer.  They didn’t need to fight in this upcoming battle because God was with them.
Living the remarkable things of the Lord!
They went into battle with singers and praisers leading the way saying, “Praise the Lord, for His mercy endureth forever.” 
As they began to sing and praise, it was then that God set ambushments against the enemies of Judah and totally destroyed them along with their evil plans. (vs. 22)
"And when they began to sing and to praise, the LORD set ambushments against the children of Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir, which were come against Judah; and they were smitten." (2 Chronicles 20:22 KJV)
I saw in my experiences on surgery day that the devil had a plan to try and take me out.  However, I prayed (as well as others from around the world who were lifting me up in prayer) and sang praises to God as I did.  God set an ambush for the enemy and destroyed his evil plans against me like He did with Jehoshaphat. 
Praise the Lord that I received victory as the devil was once again defeated by Jesus the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
You Made A Difference
Every week you know that I include a song at the bottom of each post.  I do it for a specific reason.  Singing spiritual songs to God is the highest form of praise we can give to the Lord. 
If you haven’t gotten anything out of these posts over the years, please remember that, because it is a weapon only available to the Saints of God.
Prayer is another way to praise God, and when we do it in one accord, it literally halts the enemy setting an ambush against the devils devices.
That’s what we did this week my friends and family in Christ.  Our united praise in song and prayers was a vital weapon against the wiles of the devil.  You made a difference in the life of a believer, because you believed in God and the power of prayer.
This Week’s Challenge:
Setting An Ambush 

I take the privilege of writing for the Lord seriously.  Before doing so each week, I pray over the content that I am to share, and all who will view it.  That means you are faithfully covered in prayer.
I’d like you to take a step of faith in that direction as well, believing God will move on every situation you bring before His throne of grace. 

This week we are going to set an ambush against the enemy by praying over all those who follow our media sites. That means globally praying for your own followers on your websites, blogs, Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, etc.   

First pray that they will come to know the Lord as their Savior. Then pray for those who need healing, comfort, deliverance from addictions, financial needs, relationships to be mended, wisdom in decision making and anything else God places on your heart. 

Together we can set an ambush against satan as we uplift one another in prayer each day.  United let us declare: 

God is our Savior

God is our Healer

God is our Deliverer

Yes, He Is!

 Every praise is to our God!

Note: The words satan or devil are not capitalized deliberately, because we give him no place in our lives.

                                       Every Praise by Hezekiah Walker

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