“I shall not die, but live, and declare the works of the Lord.” — Psalm 118:17
This is the word the Lord gave me that day in August 2011, when I was diagnosed with stage 4, incurable breast cancer. I was numb, but I knew I could trust my All in All God Who has never failed me. I recall that moment when I stood alone in my living room wondering, “Now what?” The voice of the Lord cut through my thoughts and told me this was the beginning of my healing ministry. I’m still trying to grasp that concept, but I will trust in the Lord.
I shared this moment I experienced with many Christians. Only a couple came into agreement with the Word I received. Others immediately began to work against God’s word and convince me that I needed to face reality. They would even pray such anti-biblical sentiments such as: “Lord, heal her here on earth or after she is gone.” Those who attempted to slap me in the face with reality always used their human experience as “proof” that I would probably die and God will be glorified. This takes absolutely no faith at all, and without faith it is impossible to please God. I will get more into this in another message later on.
I had to make up my mind that I was going to listen to the Lord which also meant cutting off some well-intentioned, well-loved friends. This is a life or death situation, and if someone is not for me and refuses to recognize the Lord’s presence in my life, I have to limit time with them or completely disconnect. I agree that human experience includes many of our loved ones – even faithful Christians – dying of disease, but that does not mean it was God’s perfect will. He loved them the same and welcomed them home, but it is satan who has come to “steal, kill and destroy.” The Lord healed everyone who came to Him, and if someone He loved and knew well died, He raised them from death. I am highly esteemed by the Lord and I KNOW His perfect will is to heal me and I shall not die from this disease.
I have very little support, which has made this journey quite challenging. I cannot tell you how many times I have spoken to the Lord about just giving up and being with Him. Everyone I have heard or read testimony about overcoming cancer has given much credit to their spouse, friends, or family. I have had to walk away from my private pity party and realize I have the best support ever…..GOD. I’m not alone. And I will overcome with Him by my side.
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