“Christians Living With Cancer”. Living is the key word. Too many people think of “surviving”, “existing with”, “battling”, or my least favorite expression, “hanging in there”, with cancer. What I usually say to someone who says, “I’m hanging in there”, is, “Jesus already hung in there for you. Why aren’t you living?”
We all enjoy a good testimony of God’s healing power, provision in time of need, or God’s intervention in impossible circumstances. We should enjoy the blessings others share with us, but how often have you heard a testimony that starts like this? “I have cancer and I am so thankful for this opportunity to have my faith refined by God!” This is just as valid and glorifying a testimony as “God healed me from cancer.” Maybe even more so.
Let me share my testimony with you now, “I have cancer and I am so thankful for this opportunity to have my faith refined by God!”1 Peter 1:6-9 says;
6 In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials, 7 that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ, 8 whom having not seen you love. Though now you do not see Him, yet believing, you rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory, 9 receiving the end of your faith—the salvation of your souls. nkjv
I believe in God’s healing power, but that isn’t the point of this blog.
I believe in unwavering faith, but that isn’t the point of this blog.
The point of this blog is,
How do I LIVE with cancer and remain faithful in the meantime, as God works out His perfect will in my life?
A scripture that I do not take flippantly or use lightly is found in 1 Thessalonians 5:18 in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. I know that it was never God’s will for man to suffer cancer in his body, but sin ushered in death and decay. I also know many things about God’s wonderful provision for healing, but again………… that isn’t the main point of this blog.
Here is what I believe is the “Main Problem” for Christians with serious health issues,
“They didn’t tell me about this in Sunday School.”
Have you ever played that old word association game. You know the one where you say the first thing that comes into your mind when you hear a word. Carrot = Vegetable, Pet = Dog, Cold = Hot. What do you think of first when you hear the word “Cancer”? Most Christians would say Healing. That’s a good first reaction, but what do you do in the meantime?
We get lots of good advice from our Brothers and Sisters. Have faith, believe in your healing, confess what you don’t yet see, etc. All good advice, but……….. “What do I do in the meantime?”
How do I LIVE the abundant life while I still face surgery, chemo, radiation, pain, uncertainty and worst of all…… Brothers and Sisters in Christ that haven’t got a clue about what I’m dealing with 24/7? That is the point of this blog!
We who have cancer can and should “Comfort one another.”
2 Corinthians 1:3-5 3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, 4 who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. 5 For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also abounds through Christ.
With this comfort in mind I offer you a place to share your testimony of Living With Cancer and what God is doing for you. I will share as best that I can some of my experiences as I travel down this road. I’ll try not to be philosophical, self serving or too preachy. That might be difficult at times sense I am a preacher, but I’ll try. 😉 I hope to hear from many, but I’ll be satisfied with just one soul to comfort with the comfort that Christ has already given me.
I pray that my experience can help you. I pray that your experience can help me. I pray that our experience can be a powerful testimony to glorify God as He empowers us by His Spirit and the stripes Jesus bore for us, to Live Faithfully In The Meantime!