Comfort for those living with cancer

Archive for September, 2012

Do Your Desires Need A Tune Up?

Living with cancer causes us to have some desires that we never had before. Obviously we have a desire to be healed. We may have a desire to redeem wasted time and do the things we haven’t gotten around to yet. We may have a desire to overcome the fear associated with living with cancer.

One of the desires I developed was a desire to make sure my family was taken care of after I was gone. I also acquired a desire to mend broken relationships in my life. Of all the new desires I found myself with, one trumped all the rest. I desire to be faithful in the meantime! I want to please God with the way I live out whatever time I have left. I want to hear those words, “Well done My good and faithful servant.”

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One of my favorite Scriptures is Psalm 37:4 “Delight yourself in the Lord, He will give you the desires of your heart.”

This Scripture is often misused. Ask yourself this question and see if you have been using it correctly. Does this mean that God will give you what you desire, or that He will give you new desires?

This is an extremely important question when we are living under trials! We have faith to believe God’s Word and then get frustrated when He doesn’t seem to respond the way we think He should. Maybe it’s not God’s will that I be set free from cancer. Maybe He has a BETTER PLAN! All I can do is trust Him and be faithful in the meantime. I can also get my life on the right course to serve Him by asking Him to give me the desires of HIS heart!

When I have the desires of God within my heart I can’t go wrong! My goals will be His goals. My plans will conform to His plan. My desires MOTIVATE me and give me purpose!

Look with me for a moment at some areas of the desires we already know God has and we should also have.

In our Thinking – Isa 26:3 The steadfast of mind Thou wilt keep in perfect peace, Because he trusts in Thee. “Lord, give me the desire to think like You!”

In our Looking to God – Heb 12:2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. “Lord give me the desire to see You and all my circumstances!”

In our Hearing from God – Isa 55:3 Incline your ear and come to Me. Listen, that you may live; And I will make an everlasting covenant with you, According to the faithful mercies shown to David. “Lord give me the desire to hear You!”

In our Talking about the Lord – Ps. 105:2 Sing to Him, sing praises to Him; Speak of all His wonders.”Lord give me the desire to talk about You to everyone!”

In our Doing for God – Heb 13:20-21 Now the God of peace, who brought up from the dead the great Shepherd of the sheep through the blood of the eternal covenant, even Jesus our Lord, 21 equip you in every good thing to do His will, working in us that which is pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be the glory forever and ever. Amen. “Lord give me the desire to do Your will!”

In our Going with God – 2 Cor 5:7 for we walk by faith, not by sight. “Lord give me the desire to walk with You!”

What other desires can you think of to ask God for? The one I am praying for today is based on John 3:16 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. “Lord give me the desire that none should perish!” 

Is Wasting Time A Sin?

It seems impossible that it’s been a year since I heard, “You have liver cancer.” I can remember, as if were yesterday, the feeling in the pit of my stomach as I heard those words.

Time really does fly by as you get older! But more importantly I came under conviction today that wasting time is a sin!

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Eph. 5:16,17 Making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.

Pro. 6:9-11 How long will you lie there, O sluggard? When will you arise from your sleep? A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest, and poverty will come upon you like a robber, and want like an armed man.

Col. 3:23 Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men,

As I was waiting on the Lord this morning in prayer I was struck with the awful realization that I haven’t used this past year as well as I should have. There are so many things I haven’t done in this life.God has blessed me with all of this time, but I have not thanked Him.

I asked the Lord to forgive me for even one minute wasted. He was quick to remind me;

Luke 9:62 But Jesus said to him, “No one, having put his hand to the plow, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.”

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So, looking forward, I have purposed in my heart to not waste the time God has given me!

Please let me ask you two question,

“What are you doing with the time you have been given?”

“How do you find ways to spend your time profitably?”

I have a simple suggestion. It may not sound profound or quotable, but I think it is sound advice for us all. Whatever you are doing, whatever you are thinking of doing, whatever you would like to do….. ask yourself, “What eternal value does this thing have?”

Will it encourage a discouraged person?

Will it help someone find peace with God?

Will it reveal God’s Glory to someone?

Will it plant a seed of the Word of God?

Will it please God?

I think there is an endless list of questions that could motivate us to reclaim the time. God gives us encouragement in these words from Joel 2:25a

                            And I will restore to you the years that the locust hath eaten

Let God restore the time!