Looks afresh at the availability of Power and Peace for ALL Nurses.
Expected Outcome That every Nurse will be in a more secure position To re evaluate his/her own personal resources for peace and power. To share with Nurse colleagues what he/she has found of value. To more effectively manage stress and minimize the unintended consequences of stress in Nursing.
NZ Nursing LOGO At the heart of Nursing in NZ Is the Cross
Head That I will constantly pursue the study of the arts and exercise my knowledge to benefit those suffering and to disseminate such knowledge… BreastThe safe and sacred repository of confidential knowledge entrusted or divulged during sickness… HandsExtended to help, comfort and relieve the sick and the suffering. KneesShall bow in supplication to the Almighty Creator for guidance and aid to succour and relieve the sick. FeetShall not falter, loiter or linger when journeying to alleviate the suffering of the sick. NZRN BADGE 5 pointed Star. A star shines with clear brightness
NZRN Badge Significance of Colours White Purity, glory, majesty, victory and completion Red Atonement for sinfulness. Abnegation of self in the interests of charity = love of God for man. Blue Royalty and wealth with loyalty and devotion to the sick Gold Redeemed with faith purified, offering of service with constancy and wisdom. The significance of each detail of the NZRN badge reflects the depth of thinking and commitment of our pioneer Nurses in making Nursing in NZ a profession of quality.
The Relevance of the Gospel of Jesus Christ to Nurses and Nursing and Where can this be found?
The Relevance of the Cross To Nurses and Nursing?
ASK ASK, and it will be given to you; SEEK, and you will find; KNOCK, and it will be opened to you. Mathew 7:7
Gospel Means Good News What then is this Good News of Jesus Christ? and Of what Relevance is it To Nurses and to Nursing?
Covenant by Man A Covenant is an agreement that is made between men for mutual protection, securing peace, friendship and promoting commerce. A pledge is a promise given for security of debt; an assurance of integrity. A Covenant is also a spiritual agreement between leader and people that is sealed by outward rites.
Covenant by God A Covenant made by God is a spiritual agreement for all peoples. The Old Covenant was ratified by a blood sacrifice and prefigured the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The New Covenant promised in Eden, was proclaimed to Abraham, dated in prophecy, fulfilled in Christ, ratified by His blood, remembered in the Lords Supper and called everlasting.
Pledge of Spiritual Things The Holy Spirit in the heart Now He who establishes us in Christ and has anointed us is God, who has also sealed us and given us the Spirit in our hearts as a deposit. 2 Corinthians 1:22 Now He who has prepared us for this very thing (Nursing) is God, who also has given us the Spirit as guarantee. 2 Corinthians 5:5
Relevance to Nurses Jesus said And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever, even the Spirit of Truth, whom the world cannot receive... But the Helper the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things... John 14:16, 26.
The Gospel of Jesus Christ to Nurses and Nursing For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. John 3:16,17.
Saved From? Saved To? Condemnation from disobedience to Gods laws written in mans heart. Salvation is personal deliverance from sin through the Gospel of Jesus Christ Professional deliverance from collective sin through personal and professional repentance National deliverance comes when the peoples of a nation choose to be obedient to Gods Word
Good News & Relevance Gods unconditional love for everyone Gods free gift to every Nurse is His one and only Son the LORD Jesus Christ. A personal gift that has to be received. Whoever means anyone who believes in Gods Son will not perish but have everlasting life. God respects each Nurses freedom to choose.
Relevance of Bible Blessings for Nurses Blessed is he who keeps the words of the prophecy of this book Revelation 20:6 Blessed are those who do His Commandments, that they may have the right to the tree of life and enter through the gates into the city (of God). Revelation 22:14
Good News & Relevance God does not condemn anyone Jesus Christ does not condemn Jesus Christ came that all Nurses could be saved through Him. Each Nurse has the freedom of choice.
Who Condemns What? He who believes in Him (Jesus Christ) is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. And this is the condemnation, that light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil John 3:18,19
Choice brings Responsibility Each person, condemns him or herself when exercising the right not to choose Gods gift of Salvation. The freedom not to choose salvation results in the automatic acceptance of the alternative option. Each Nurse has the freedom to accept or reject Gods gift of full and free salvation.
Nursing Challenge A Misconception is either: An uninformed decision or A deliberate lie A Standard is A measurement of quality control
Relevance for Nurses How can any Nurse appreciate the relevance of the Gospel of Jesus Christ if he/she has not read the Bible? How can any Nurse repent or believe in the Gospel of Jesus Christ if he/she has not heard the truth of the saving power of Jesus Christ that is freely available to all who come to Him?
Relevance in Practice Nurses are involved with people in every sphere of life and perishing Prior to conception From conception to birth Throughout each stage of life and death In grief and in suffering Midst wellness or brokenness - mental-physical-emotional-spiritual
Nurses Standards God Nurses set standards of practice According to the law and what seems best for Nurses and Nursing. The sermon on the Mount, Mathew Chapters 5,6 and 7 clearly contrasts man made stands and God ordained achievable standards for personal and professional accountability.
Validity of the Gospel of Jesus Christ How can Nurses be sure of the truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ? and How can he or she test the validity of this good news for Nurses?
Beginning: The Gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God Historical proof is clearly recorded by the Scribes and Prophets in the Old Testament of the Bible and is confirmed throughout the New Testament. Reputable Archaeological findings have verified Bible facts
Ask in Faith in God Jesus answered and said Have faith in God... Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive and you will have them. Mark 11: 22-24
Justice in Gods Covenants 1 st Covenant with man (Adam and Eve) gave absolute freedom with the request to respect and honour the need for one small restraint with knowledge of the consequences of spiritual and physical death. Mans choice to enter into temptation resulted in failure and spiritual death in life..
Covenants Cont. Gods next and subsequent Covenants with man proved His justice and His mercy for each person according to the choice he or she made or makes today. The birth of John who was to prepare the way and the birth Jesus Christ, are clearly documented revealing Gods faithfulness in fulfilling His Covenants. Luke 1:68-79
Authority of the Gospel of Jesus Christ The beginning of the Gospel of Jesus Christ the Son of God as it is written in the Prophets: Behold, I send My messenger before Your face, who will prepare Your way before You. The voice of one crying in the wilderness; Prepare the way of the LORD, Make His paths straight. Isaiah 40:3 Recorded by Mark 1:1
Disciple Johns words Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand!...Who has warned you to flee from the wrath to come?... He who is coming after me is mightier than I... Mathew 3:2, 7,11.
Relevance to Nurses REPENTANCE the Pre-requisite To entering Heaven, the Kingdom of God.
Conception of Jesus Christ Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favour with God. And behold you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name Jesus......And of His kingdom there will be no end. Luke 1:30-33
Birth of Jesus Christ Marys concern How can this be, since I do not know a man. Response of the Angel of the LORD The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Highest will overshadow you; therefore, also, that Holy One who is to be born will be called the Son of God. Luke 1:34-35
Confirmation of Holiness Joseph, betrothed to Mary and being a just man and not wanting to make her a public example, was minded to put her away secretly. The Angel of the LORD intervened Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take to you Mary your wife, for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit. And she will bring forth a Son, and shall call His name JESUS, for He will save His people from sin. Mathew 1:19-21
Covenant and Prophecy Fulfilled Behold, A virgin shall be with child and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Emmanuel which translated means God with us. Then Joseph...took to him his wife, and did not know her till she had brought forth her firstborn Son and he called His name Jesus. Mathew 1:23-25; Isaiah 7:15
Physician Luke Clarifies John and Jesus John was the result of the prayers of a righteous husband and wife Elizabeth who was filled with the Holy Spirit only after she heard the news of Marys conception thus John was filled with the Holy Spirit in his mothers womb. Whereas Jesus was the result of the Holy Spirit anointing Marys womb when the Power of the Highest overshadowed her. Luke Chapter 1
Genealogy of Jesus Mathew chapter 1 clearly documents Jesus maternal lineage from the book of genealogy to His birth. Luke chapter3 documents Josephs lineage only after Jesus commenced His ministry at 30 years of age when, as was supposed, he was the son of Joseph.
Relevance for Nurses Nurses are now in a position to base their decision-making on proven historical facts as opposed to: A Philosophy which is a branch of knowledge or academic study, a particular system of thought or doctrine. Mythology that is based on a figment of the imagination>myths, legends, folklore, and tradition.
Jesus Obedience to Holiness Jesus came from Galilee to John at the Jordan to be baptized by him. John tried to prevent Him, saying I have need to be baptized by You... Jesus said Permit it to be so now, for thus it is fitting for us to fulfil all righteousness. Mathew 3:2,13-15.
Outcome of Obedience to Gods Will Then Jesus when He had been baptized, came up immediately from the water and behold the heavens were opened to Him, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting upon Him. And suddenly a voice came from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. Mathew 3 :16-17.
Relevance to Nurses No Nurse will have the confidence to believe in, and draw on the Grace of Gods Power, or the Power of Gods Grace in the practice of Nursing, unless convinced of its reality Nurses who do not have a convinced mind will not be able to edify and effect much needed change in nursing.
Relevance to Nursing Rather than being able to critically analyse Nursing Theories, situations or research, many Nurses listen to whoever and sadly, the more persuasive their talk, accepts it with little, or no thought or consideration, to the overall outcome. The mind of Nursing will always be as healthy and active as the collective mind of every Nurse, whether new graduate or retired or between, the two extremes.
Relevance to Nurses and Nursi ng What would the outcome of obedience to Gods Word by each Nurse be in her/his home? What impact would each Nurses obedience to Gods Word have on the Nursing Profession and the Health Services as a whole? Jesus said Seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things will be added unto you. Mathew 6:33
ComeCome to Me, all you who labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light. Mathew 11:28-30
A valid question by Nurses? How Would Nurses benefit If they chose to COME to Jesus in faith?
Jesus Christs Invitation and Promise If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of His heart will flow rivers of living water. John 7:37 I will give of the fountain of the water of life freely to him who thirsts. Revelation 21:6
Specific Assurance The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they might have life, and life abundantly John 10:10 I have come as a light into the world, that whoever believes in Me should not abide in darkness. John 12:46
Bread I am the bread of life. John 6:48 I am the living bread which came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever, and the bread that I shall give is My flesh, which I shall give for the life of the world. John 6: 51
Light I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness but have the light of life. John 8:12
Gods Intervention in Nursing I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. John 14:6 Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do because I go to the Father. John 14:12
Application in Practice Methods are essential elements in Nursing and yet they tend to make us less secure as people and as professional Nurses. Why? Because rigidity, like a creeping paralysis, tends to blunt the sensitivities and instead of an acute, comprehensive versatile approach narrow specialization takes over.
Culturally Sensitive Approaches Decision-making is a relatively easy process but implementation is a most taxing and sadly too often unrewarding exercise. Culture is imbedded in religion and religion is integral to Culture Decisions, approaches and methods are generally made more difficult due to the complexity of multiple cultural and religious overt and covert influences.
Fear Fear (of making a mistake) is perhaps the key, most well guarded and suppressed emotion that limits effective barrier crossing in every area of nursing from decision-making to implementation. The desired/expected outcome being effectively diverted by stress levels that culminate in burnout and less than optimum patient-staff ratios due to Nurse attrition for what-so-ever reason.
Relevance of Freedom and Liberty for Nurses Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage. Galatians 5:1 For you, Nurses have been called to liberty, only do not use liberty as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. Galatians 5:12
For this is the will of God, that by doing good you may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men – As free yet not using your liberty as a cloak for vice, but as servants of God. Honour all people. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honour the King. 1 Peter 2:15-17 Relevance of Freedom and Liberty for Nurses
Good News for Nurses Therefore, if the Son of God makes you free, you shall be free indeed. John 8:36
The Cross? Without the Garden and the Cross all of Jesus words would have been no different to those of any other prophet or great teacher who has lived and taught in this world. The purpose of Christs birth and life were to culminate on the Mount of Olives in the Garden of Gethsemane and on the Cross of Calvary(the place of the skull).
A garden is a protected, cultivated place. Gethsemane means an Oil Press. Jesus began to be sorrowful and deeply distressed as He went out onto the Mount of Olives into the garden: My soul is exceedingly sorrowful and deeply distressed. O My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; never-the-less not as I will, but as you will.
WHY? We have glimpse into the depth of the mental, emotional and spiritual suffering as God the Son prepared to meet once for all time God the Fathers righteous demand for mans disobedience, my sin and yours. O My Father, if this cup cannot pass away from Me unless I drink it, Your will be done.
OIL Through prayer the LORD Jesus Christ wrestled with the reality of our, sin that would destroy us without mercy. Every atom of His life was being squeezed as the olive to give us the pure oil and fragrance that would enable each Nurse to grow in holiness in the midst of life in a world burdened with sin, suffering and sickness.
Forgiveness Forgiveness is costly. It cannot and has never been achieved through good works. Forgiveness requires a completely changed – transformed – heart. The price for our sin was paid on Calvary when the man Jesus and God the Son paid the ultimate by willingly offering His life blood for each person.
Cost Jesus Christ was Betrayed Mocked and Ridiculed Scourged and whipped Accused by false witnesses Judged by the educated, religious and political leaders of the day Found to be without fault Exchanged for a murderer & insurrectionist Crucified between two thieves.
Mercy on the Cross Father, forgive them for they do not know what they do. And they divided His garments and cast lots. Luke 23:34 Jesus care for His mother at the cross gave dignity to woman Woman, behold your son! and to the Disciple Behold your mother! and from that hour he took her to his own home. John 19:26-27
Repentance finds Mercy The repentant thief LORD remember me when you come into Your kingdom. Jesus reply Assuredly, I say to you, today you will be with Me in paradise. Luke 23:42-43
Christ Gave His Life Pilot: Do you not know that I have power to crucify You and power to release You? Jesus Christ You could have no power at all against Me unless it had been given you from above. Therefore the one who delivered me to you has the greater sin.
In Control to the end Darkness covered the land as Christ took the whole burden of mans sin alone. Mark 15:34 My God, My God why have you forsaken Me? Father, into Your hands I commend My spirit, and having said this He breathed His last. Luke23:46
Mystery and facts The Grave & Beyond The grave was carefully sealed and constantly guarded Yet Christ rose out of the grave clothes. The stone was rolled back Jesus was seen, recognized by voice and appearance, taught the disciples. His Assention to Heaven was witnessed. John chapter 24
Relevance for Nurses Nurses are now in a position to exercise his or her own faith to: Explore further the Bible to understand more the character of God, His plan for him/her Repent, ask Gods forgiveness and receive this in the LORD Jesus Christ, and also to receive the Helper the Holy Spirit who will teach all things. Know the sustaining and overcoming power of the Grace of God through Jesus Christ in his/her life.
Relevance for Nursing The light of Christ will shine when Christ is accepted as the advocate working through Nurses in the system. The Mind of Christ will bring new attitudes and approaches, deeper understanding of knowledge, The Helper, the Holy Spirit will enable Nurses to achieve higher levels of competence with peace.
Eternal Salvation Begins with new meaning and relevance as Nurses execute their professional ministry of Nursing with love and compassion. Will be strengthened within each Nurse through hope and assurance of Gods unfailing presence now and for ever. Fear will be overcome.
A New Song in Nursing Nurses will rejoice as more excellent ways of meeting the complex challenges of Nursing are realised. Patients and their families will experience a fragrance in Nursing that brings quietness, confidence and peaceful assurance. Co workers will find new meaning in the peace that prevails.
The Power of Gods Grace in Nursing Begins and ends at the Throne of Grace