I don’t want to freak you out if you’re a hypochondriac, but did you know that having cancer cells in your body is normal? Even healthy bodies produce thousands of cancer cells every day. However, since our body’s immune system is designed to manage and kill these cells, many people don’t actually get cancer even if they have cancer cells in their bloodstream. It’s basically when your body stops working properly that it allows cancer cells to grow and create problems. In that regard, cancer is a symptom of your body’s immune system not functioning properly.
Similarly, we all have a sinful nature running through our veins. Some of us choose to pray and trust God to help us overcome it. Others allow that sinful nature to chew at their soul until there is nothing left…like a cancer. You might then say that sinning is a symptom of a malfunction in our relationship with God… similar to our body’s immune system malfunctioning and not protecting us from cancer.
There is a song that we sing in church called Marvelous Light, by Charlie Hall that says, “Sin has lost its power, death has lost its sting…” Since we sang that song last week, those ten words have constantly been in my mind. Not being able to shake the thought, I figured I would write my blog about it this week and work it out on paper. Then maybe I could stop it from repeating in my mind all the time. It’s way cheaper than a counselor and much less inconvenient!
I’ve had a lot of people check-in on me to see how I am and how things are going. I have been happy to report that as a result of prayer and God’s protection, I feel great! I truly have peace that surpasses all understanding. I realize though that there might be some tough days ahead; I’m human. However, I am blessed by the way God is taking me through this and I am convinced that I have peace because God, my spiritual immune system, is at work in my life. I am overcoming my need to focus on woe is me as a victim and am being shown how God is taking me through as a victor.
We all have a choice. Do we allow the sin and dark thoughts to win or do we stay focused on God and trust Him when we face a challenge in life? The words, “Sin has lost its power” have come to life for me this past week. It is not worth it for me to fall into the darkness anymore and not trust God. To me, that would be sinful. I have tasted of the sweetness of my Lord and Savior and no matter how much I must suffer, I will continue to call on God to protect me. Sin has lost its appeal.
Whether I overcome my physical issues is irrelevant. God’s plan for me is unfolding and whatever the outcome, it is His will for my life. He is teaching me in an intimate way that I can trust Him through EVERYTHING that this life leads me through. I don’t have to succumb to my carnal ways and entertain fear and anger; rather, I just need to trust and believe. If I win the physical battle, I will praise Him for healing me. If I lose the physical battle, I will praise Him for seeing me through to the end. Either way, I see it as a win…death has lost its sting. When you know this life isn’t your home and there is something waiting for you on the other side far greater than you could ever imagine, it is easy to praise and thank God for whatever challenge you might be facing.
I’ve said having cancer is like wrestling an alligator. Some days you’re on top and others it whisks you to the bottom of the swamp before you know it. However, even the bottom of the swamp can be OK when you know the Savior Who created the universe and everything in it has your back. So today I choose to follow, trust and give Him my life whatever that may look like for the rest of my days on this earth.
If you don’t have a relationship with God that you know He will see you through anything you face, pray and ask Him to come into your life today. Ask Him for ways to overcome the sin and temptations that you may be experiencing and take away the fears that cripple you. Trust Him to see you through…all the way to the end. As His servant and witness, I can truly say, “He is faithful. You can put your trust in Him.”
1Corinthians 15:55-58 (NIV) “Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?” The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.
Psalm 56:3-4 (NKJV) Whenever I am afraid, I will trust in You. In God (I will praise His word), In God I have put my trust; I will not fear. What can flesh do to me?
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