What’s the best news you’ve ever received in your whole life? Maybe, “Congratulations – it’s a girl, or, it’s a boy!” Or, “Congratulations – the job is yours!” Maybe, “Way to go, you got the raise!” Or, “Congratulations – the loan went through, the house is yours!”
But what if you’ve been diagnosed with Stage 4 metastatic bladder cancer? The cancer has spread to your liver, your lungs, and your abdomen? They have already taken out a kidney plus nineteen lymph nodes . . . the doctor’s prognosis is “terminal.” And now – what if you receive news that the cancer is gone? Absolutely, 100% gone! Now that’s great news and that’s the best news I have ever received!!!
After going through chemo (which left the cancer ‘stable’) followed by three treatments on a Clinical Trial, my doctor called my husband and me one evening after a CT scan, and asked if we were sitting down. He wasted no time in telling us, “The results are in, there is no evidence of disease.” I almost screamed into the phone but didn’t want to blow out my doctor’s ear drums. We could hardly believe what we were hearing.
The following Sunday morning Bob and I had the incredible privilege of standing before our Dwelling Place congregation to share this amazing news. Our time was limited, but we journeyed back through the events that had transpired since last April when I underwent a ten hour surgery after being diagnosed with cancer.
So now the big question: how is it that I am , as the doctor says, disease free? People have asked me that and there is no simple answer to that question, but there are answers, so please allow me some space to share part of my journey with you.
The first and foremost thing that we did was pray. We got our prayer need out to our local churches, other churches across America, plus — our own wonderful congregation and immediate family took on the challenge and supported us 100% in ways too numerous to list here. Then we followed Psalm 3:6 which says, “In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.” We felt that no matter how great our doctor and hospital were, without the Divine intervention of the Lord, the cancer would prevail. So we prayed about every step we took, plus basically followed Biblical truths for healing, believing God’s highest and best for me was to be healed.
3 John 2 says, “I wish above all things that you would prosper and be in health as your soul prospers.” God wants us to be healthy and disease free. Taking time to study the ministry of Jesus, one will discover that Jesus healed all who came to Him for healing. All. He didn’t ask if they tithed, attended church on Sundays, or had prayed and fasted for a long period of time. Matter of fact, Luke 6:18 says this: “And the people all tried to touch Him (Jesus) because power was coming from Him and healing them all.”
Many people believe if they just attend church more often, give more money, pray harder, or read the Bible from Genesis to maps, they will be healed. Let me tell you what that is called: it’s called “works.” There is nothing a person can “do” to earn healing. You can’t read enough, pray enough, or give away enough money to purchase your healing! The “work” was accomplished when Jesus died on the cross.
It’s pretty clear in I Peter 2:24: “He personally carried our sins in His body on the cross so that we can be dead to sin and live for what is right. By His wounds you are healed.” The price has been paid for your healing – now it’s a matter of receiving. The Bible teaches us that Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and forever. That means if He healed people 2,000 years ago, He still heals people today.
Each morning before I got out of bed, before my cute little feet even hit the floor, I would pray. I thanked the Lord for healing me. I made declarations out loud declaring that my body was cancer free. I thanked God for giving me longevity in my ministry and thanked Him for His promises to me in the Bible. I even had a large, handwritten sign taped up on my bathroom mirror which read, “Thank you Jesus for healing me!”
If I could sum up all of my experience in five words it would be a phrase from Ephesians which says, “and having done all, stand.” We did “all” we could to come against the cancer that was challenging my life. We “stood” on the multitude of healing promises in the Word of God, we changed our diet, we prayed, and we sought direction from the Lord in every situation. We were led to a wonderful doctor and we followed his directions. (It may surprise you to hear that the Bible has plenty of good to say about doctors and medicine. Among them, Proverbs 17:22a: “A merry heart does good like a medicine…”) God has no problem using doctors and medicines!
There’s a terrific song that’s one of my favorites and the lines go like this: “Whose report will you believe? We shall believe the report of the Lord. His report says I am healed. His report says I am filled. His report says I am free. His report says victory!” Thank goodness, my first report was not my last report. So, the question begs, “Whose report will you believe?”
Pastors Bob & Susan Beckett
DP City Church