Cancer and I
Joy's Message of Hope
This is written for all those who are suffering from a terminal illness,
or facing death in some way, and it is a message of love and of hope.
Being a professing Christian, the Holy Bible is my life's reference and
God's Holy Spirit the Guide.
And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men,
apt to teach, patient, In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves;
if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the
(2 Timothy 2:24-25)
The following is the Truth and it's hoped that hope shall be given to those
who are without it due to the oppression of hopelessness and despair.
You know, it's easy for those who know and even trust God, to talk of His
greatness, omnipotence and love, but unless they have had personal experience
of a possible death sentence being imposed upon them, they cannot effectively
reach out to testify of God's lovingkindness to those in a similar state.
Make no mistake - God IS love; and it is hoped that this wonderful, supernatural,
overwhelming love can be illustrated to some extent in the following pages,
and should you be one of those as described above, it may be that God's
words - which you previously rejected - can now be a life saver for you.
The Lord, the Holy Spirit of God previously showed me the truth of the
phrase "God is Love" and this was converted into a series of articles1
and placed on this website2. Little was it realised that
these revelations were to be helpful to my wife Joy and I in our own time
of darkness before the dawn.
A month ago Joy discovered a lump in her breast, visited the doctor, visited
a specialist surgeon, had the breast and relevant glands removed because
of the presence of cancer - all in a period of one week.
The spectre of death hung over us, especially for Joy, and a time of searching
one's soul, of coming before the Lord in prayer and fasting ensued. After
this, but before the operation, Joy came to recognise that she had been
in willing sin in that she had been spiritually disobedient to the marriage
covenant from the time when we repeated the (then meaningless) vows before
the altar rails. When the Holy Spirit showed and convicted her of her sin
she repented and asked for forgiveness.
After the operation to remove her breast, all the follow-up tests showed
that Joy was free of cancer. Praise the Lord for His goodness and lovingkindness.
We believe that this was a spiritual wake-up call of a different sort for
both of us and shall be willing and available for whatever the Lord may
have planned for us.
Subsequently, the Lord the Holy Spirit revealed a truth from the oldest
book in the Bible and we shall see that Job was inherently righteous, knew
of God, was self-ish (filled with self) and only when God revealed Himself
to Job did he realise his sorry state, repented, and was subsequently rewarded.
You see, God knew his heart.
Initially Job knew that God existed, afterwards he met God and saw his
Here are the highlights of the message to you:
There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job; and that
man was perfect and upright, and one that feared God, and eschewed evil.
And there were born unto him seven sons and three daughters. His substance
also was seven thousand sheep, and three thousand camels, and five hundred
yoke of oxen, and five hundred she asses, and a very great household; so
that this man was the greatest of all the men of the east. And his sons
went and feasted in their houses, every one his day; and sent and
called for their three sisters to eat and to drink with them. And it was
so, when the days of their feasting were gone about, that Job sent
and sanctified them, and rose up early in the morning, and offered burnt
offerings according to the number of them all: for Job said, It
may be that my sons have sinned, and cursed God in their hearts. Thus did
Job continually. Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present
themselves before the LORD, and Satan came also among them. And the LORD
said unto Satan, Whence comest thou? Then Satan answered the LORD, and
said, From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down
in it. And the LORD said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job,
that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright
man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil? Then Satan answered the
LORD, and said, Doth Job fear God for nought? Hast not thou made an hedge
about him, and about his house, and about all that he hath on every side?
thou hast blessed the work of his hands, and his substance is increased
in the land. But put forth thine hand now, and touch all that he hath,
and he will curse thee to thy face. And the LORD said unto Satan, Behold,
all that he hath is in thy power; only upon himself put not forth
thine hand. So Satan went forth from the presence of the LORD. And there
was a day when his sons and his daughters were eating and drinking
wine in their eldest brother's house: And there came a messenger unto Job,
and said, The oxen were plowing, and the asses feeding beside them: And
the Sabeans fell upon them, and took them away; yea, they have slain
the servants with the edge of the sword; and I only am escaped alone to
tell thee. While he was yet speaking, there came also another, and
said, The fire of God is fallen from heaven, and hath burned up the sheep,
and the servants, and consumed them; and I only am escaped alone to tell
thee. While he was yet speaking, there came also another, and said,
The Chaldeans made out three bands, and fell upon the camels, and have
carried them away, yea, and slain the servants with the edge of the sword;
and I only am escaped alone to tell thee. While he was yet speaking,
there came also another, and said, Thy sons and thy daughters were
eating and drinking wine in their eldest brother's house: And, behold,
there came a great wind from the wilderness, and smote the four corners
of the house, and it fell upon the young men, and they are dead; and I
only am escaped alone to tell thee. Then Job arose, and rent his mantle,
and shaved his head, and fell down upon the ground, and worshipped, And
said, Naked came I out of my mother's womb, and naked shall I return thither:
the LORD gave, and the LORD hath taken away; blessed be the name of the
LORD. In all this Job sinned not, nor charged God foolishly.
Again there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before
the LORD, and Satan came also among them to present himself before the
LORD. And the LORD said unto Satan, From whence comest thou? And Satan
answered the LORD, and said, From going to and fro in the earth, and from
walking up and down in it. And the LORD said unto Satan, Hast thou considered
my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect
and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil? and still
he holdeth fast his integrity, although thou movedst me against him, to
destroy him without cause. And Satan answered the LORD, and said, Skin
for skin, yea, all that a man hath will he give for his life. But put forth
thine hand now, and touch his bone and his flesh, and he will curse thee
to thy face. And the LORD said unto Satan, Behold, he is in thine
hand; but save his life. So went Satan forth from the presence of the LORD,
and smote Job with sore boils from the sole of his foot unto his crown.
And he took him a potsherd to scrape himself withal; and he sat down among
the ashes. Then said his wife unto him, Dost thou still retain thine integrity?
curse God, and die. But he said unto her, Thou speakest as one of the foolish
women speaketh. What? shall we receive good at the hand of God, and shall
we not receive evil? In all this did not Job sin with his lips. Now when
Job's three friends heard of all this evil that was come upon him, they
came every one from his own place; Eliphaz the Temanite, and Bildad the
Shuhite, and Zophar the Naamathite: for they had made an appointment together
to come to mourn with him and to comfort him. And when they lifted up their
eyes afar off, and knew him not, they lifted up their voice, and wept;
and they rent every one his mantle, and sprinkled dust upon their heads
toward heaven. So they sat down with him upon the ground seven days and
seven nights, and none spake a word unto him: for they saw that his
grief was very great
After this opened Job his mouth, and cursed his day. And Job spake, and
said, Let the day perish wherein I was born, and the night in which
it was said, There is a man child conceived. Let that day be darkness;
let not God regard it from above, neither let the light shine upon it.
Let darkness and the shadow of death stain it; let a cloud dwell upon it;
let the blackness of the day terrify it. As for that night, let
darkness seize upon it; let it not be joined unto the days of the year,
let it not come into the number of the months. Lo, let that night be solitary,
let no joyful voice come therein. Let them curse it that curse the day,
who are ready to raise up their mourning. Let the stars of the twilight
thereof be dark; let it look for light, but have none; neither let
it see the dawning of the day: Because it shut not up the doors of my mother's
womb, nor hid sorrow from mine eyes. Why died I not from the womb? why
did I not give up the ghost when I came out of the belly? Why did
the knees prevent me? or why the breasts that I should suck? For now should
I have lain still and been quiet, I should have slept: then had I been
at rest, With kings and counsellors of the earth, which built desolate
places for themselves; Or with princes that had gold, who filled their
houses with silver: Or as an hidden untimely birth I had not been; as infants
which never saw light. There the wicked cease from troubling;
and there the weary be at rest. There the prisoners rest together;
they hear not the voice of the oppressor. The small and great are there;
and the servant is free from his master. Wherefore is light given
to him that is in misery, and life unto the bitter in soul; Which
long for death, but it cometh not; and dig for it more than for
hid treasures; Which rejoice exceedingly, and are glad, when they
can find the grave? Why is light given to a man whose way is hid,
and whom God hath hedged in? For my sighing cometh before I eat, and my
roarings are poured out like the waters. For the thing which I greatly
feared is come upon me, and that which I was afraid of is come unto me.
I was not in safety, neither had I rest, neither was I quiet; yet trouble
My soul is weary of my life; I will leave my complaint upon myself; I will
speak in the bitterness of my soul. I will say unto God, Do not condemn
me; shew me wherefore thou contendest with me. Is it good unto thee
that thou shouldest oppress, that thou shouldest despise the work of thine
hands, and shine upon the counsel of the wicked? Hast thou eyes of flesh?
or seest thou as man seeth? Are thy days as the days of man? are
thy years as man's days, That thou enquirest after mine iniquity, and searchest
after my sin? Thou knowest that I am not wicked; and there is none
that can deliver out of thine hand. Thine hands have made me and fashioned
me together round about; yet thou dost destroy me. Remember, I beseech
thee, that thou hast made me as the clay; and wilt thou bring me into dust
again? Hast thou not poured me out as milk, and curdled me like cheese?
Thou hast clothed me with skin and flesh, and hast fenced me with bones
and sinews. Thou hast granted me life and favour, and thy visitation hath
preserved my spirit. And these things hast thou hid in thine heart:
I know that this is with thee. If I sin, then thou markest me, and
thou wilt not acquit me from mine iniquity. If I be wicked, woe unto me;
and if I be righteous, yet will I not lift up my head. I
am full of confusion; therefore see thou mine affliction; For it increaseth.
Thou huntest me as a fierce lion: and again thou shewest thyself marvellous
upon me. Thou renewest thy witnesses against me, and increasest thine indignation
upon me; changes and war are against me. Wherefore then hast thou
brought me forth out of the womb? Oh that I had given up the ghost, and
no eye had seen me! I should have been as though I had not been; I should
have been carried from the womb to the grave. Are not my days few?
cease then, and let me alone, that I may take comfort a little,
Before I go whence I shall not return, even to the land of
darkness and the shadow of death; A land of darkness, as darkness itself;
and of the shadow of death, without any order, and where the
light is as darkness.
So these three men ceased to answer Job, because he was righteous
in his own eyes. Then was kindled the wrath of Elihu the son of Barachel
the Buzite, of the kindred of Ram: against Job was his wrath kindled, because
he justified himself rather than God.
Behold, in this thou art not just: I will answer thee, that God
is greater than man. Why dost thou strive against him? for he giveth not
account of any of his matters. For God speaketh once, yea twice, yet
man perceiveth it not. In a dream, in a vision of the night, when deep
sleep falleth upon men, in slumberings upon the bed; Then he openeth the
ears of men, and sealeth their instruction, That he may withdraw man from
his purpose, and hide pride from man. He keepeth back his soul from
the pit, and his life from perishing by the sword. He is chastened also
with pain upon his bed, and the multitude of his bones with strong pain:
So that his life abhorreth bread, and his soul dainty meat. His flesh is
consumed away, that it cannot be seen; and his bones that were not
seen stick out. Yea, his soul draweth near unto the grave, and his life
to the destroyers. If there be a messenger with him, an interpreter, one
among a thousand, to shew unto man his uprightness: Then he is gracious
unto him, and saith, Deliver him from going down to the pit: I have found
a ransom. His flesh shall be fresher than a child's: he shall return to
the days of his youth: He shall pray unto God, and he will be favourable
unto him: and he shall see his face with joy: for he will render unto man
his righteousness. He looketh upon men, and if any say, I have sinned,
and perverted that which was right, and it profited me not; He will
deliver his soul from going into the pit, and his life shall see the light.
Lo, all these things worketh God oftentimes with man, To bring back
his soul from the pit, to be enlightened with the light of the living.
Elihu spake moreover, and said, Thinkest thou this to be right, that
thou saidst, My righteousness is more than God's? For thou saidst,
What advantage will it be unto thee? and, What profit shall I have,
if I be cleansed from my sin? I will answer thee, and thy companions
with thee. Look unto the heavens, and see; and behold the clouds which
are higher than thou. If thou sinnest, what doest thou against him? or
if thy transgressions be multiplied, what doest thou unto him? If
thou be righteous, what givest thou him? or what receiveth he of thine
hand? Thy wickedness may hurt a man as thou art; and thy
righteousness may profit the son of man. By reason of the multitude
of oppressions they make the oppressed to cry: they cry out by reason
of the arm of the mighty. But none saith, Where is God my maker,
who giveth songs in the night; Who teacheth us more than the beasts of
the earth, and maketh us wiser than the fowls of heaven? There they cry,
but none giveth answer, because of the pride of evil men. Surely God will
not hear vanity, neither will the Almighty regard it. Although thou sayest
thou shalt not see him, yet judgment is before him; therefore
trust thou in him. But now, because it is not so, he hath
visited in his anger; yet he knoweth it not in great extremity:
Therefore doth Job open his mouth in vain; he multiplieth words without
For he will not lay upon man more than right; that he should enter
into judgment with God. He shall break in pieces mighty men without number,
and set others in their stead. Therefore he knoweth their works, and he
overturneth them in the night, so that they are destroyed. He striketh
them as wicked men in the open sight of others; Because they turned back
from him, and would not consider any of his ways: So that they cause the
cry of the poor to come unto him, and he heareth the cry of the afflicted.
When he giveth quietness, who then can make trouble? and when he hideth
his face, who then can behold him? whether it be done against
a nation, or against a man only: That the hypocrite reign not, lest the
people be ensnared. Surely it is meet to be said unto God, I have borne
chastisement, I will not offend any more: That which
I see not teach thou me: if I have done iniquity, I will do no more.
Then the LORD answered Job out of the whirlwind, and said, Who is
this that darkeneth counsel by words without knowledge? Gird up now thy
loins like a man; for I will demand of thee, and answer thou me. Where
wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth? declare, if thou hast
understanding. Who hath laid the measures thereof, if thou knowest? or
who hath stretched the line upon it? Whereupon are the foundations thereof
fastened? or who laid the corner stone thereof; When the morning stars
sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy? Or who shut
up the sea with doors, when it brake forth, as if it had issued
out of the womb? When I made the cloud the garment thereof, and thick darkness
a swaddlingband for it, And brake up for it my decreed place, and
set bars and doors, And said, Hitherto shalt thou come, but no further:
and here shall thy proud waves be stayed? Hast thou commanded the morning
since thy days; and caused the dayspring to know his place; That
it might take hold of the ends of the earth, that the wicked might be shaken
out of it? It is turned as clay to the seal; and they stand as a
garment. And from the wicked their light is withholden, and the high arm
shall be broken. Hast thou entered into the springs of the sea? or hast
thou walked in the search of the depth? Have the gates of death been opened
unto thee? or hast thou seen the doors of the shadow of death? Hast thou
perceived the breadth of the earth? declare if thou knowest it all. Where
is the way where light dwelleth? and as for darkness,
where is the place thereof, That thou shouldest take it to the bound
thereof, and that thou shouldest know the paths to the house thereof?
Knowest thou it, because thou wast then born? or because
the number of thy days is great? Hast thou entered into the treasures
of the snow? or hast thou seen the treasures of the hail, Which I have
reserved against the time of trouble, against the day of battle and war?
By what way is the light parted, which scattereth the east wind
upon the earth? Who hath divided a watercourse for the overflowing of waters,
or a way for the lightning of thunder; To cause it to rain on the earth,
where no man is; on the wilderness, wherein there is
no man; To satisfy the desolate and waste ground; and to cause the
bud of the tender herb to spring forth? Hath the rain a father? or who
hath begotten the drops of dew? Out of whose womb came the ice? and the
hoary frost of heaven, who hath gendered it? The waters are hid as with
a stone, and the face of the deep is frozen. Canst thou bind the sweet
influences of Pleiades, or loose the bands of Orion? Canst thou bring forth
Mazzaroth in his season? or canst thou guide Arcturus with his sons? Knowest
thou the ordinances of heaven? canst thou set the dominion thereof in the
earth? Canst thou lift up thy voice to the clouds, that abundance of waters
may cover thee? Canst thou send lightnings, that they may go, and say unto
thee, Here we are? Who hath put wisdom in the inward parts? or who
hath given understanding to the heart? Who can number the clouds in wisdom?
or who can stay the bottles of heaven, When the dust groweth into hardness,
and the clods cleave fast together? Wilt thou hunt the prey for the lion?
or fill the appetite of the young lions, When they couch in their
dens, and abide in the covert to lie in wait? Who provideth for
the raven his food? when his young ones cry unto God, they wander for lack
Then Job answered the LORD, and said, I know that thou canst do every thing,
and that no thought can be withholden from thee. Who is he
that hideth counsel without knowledge? therefore have I uttered that I
understood not; things too wonderful for me, which I knew not. Hear, I
beseech thee, and I will speak: I will demand of thee, and declare thou
unto me. I have heard of thee by the hearing of the ear: but now mine eye
seeth thee. Wherefore I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes.
However, the lesson which must be learned by everyone under the shadow
and reading this article is not "will I be healed?", but "where will I
go after I leave my body behind?, What will God, who made me, do with me?"
I pray that the reality of the above shall become revealed to you by God
and that one day we shall meet beyond the clouds and receive our rewards
Here is the reality of the now; some passages from God's Scriptures in
the order that they appear, that were manifested to us in our time of darkness
He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under
the shadow of the Almighty.
Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will
set him on high, because he hath known my name. He shall call upon me,
and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver
him, and honour him. With long life will I satisfy him, and shew him my
Wash you, make you clean; put away the evil of your doings from before
mine eyes; cease to do evil; Learn to do well; seek judgment, relieve the
oppressed, judge the fatherless, plead for the widow. Come now, and let
us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they
shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall
be as wool. If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the
Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily,
I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom
Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me,
he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto
him, and make our abode with him. He that loveth me not keepeth not my
sayings: and the word which ye hear is not mine, but the Father's which
Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants
ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto
righteousness? But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but
ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered
you. Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness.
I speak after the manner of men because of the infirmity of your flesh:
for as ye have yielded your members servants to uncleanness and to iniquity
unto iniquity; even so now yield your members servants to righteousness
unto holiness. For when ye were the servants of sin, ye were free from
righteousness. What fruit had ye then in those things whereof ye are now
ashamed? for the end of those things is death. But now being made
free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness,
and the end everlasting life. For the wages of sin is death; but
the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins;
But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us,
Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ,
(by grace ye are saved;) And hath raised us up together, and made
us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: That
in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in
his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus. For by grace are ye
saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift
of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. For we are his workmanship,
created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained
that we should walk in them. Wherefore remember, that ye being in
time past Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that
which is called the Circumcision in the flesh made by hands; That at that
time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel,
and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without
God in the world:
Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord. For
the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the
church: and he is the saviour of the body. Therefore as the church is subject
unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in
every thing. Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church,
and gave himself for it; That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the
washing of water by the word, That he might present it to himself a glorious
church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should
be holy and without blemish. So ought men to love their wives as their
own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself. For no man ever yet
hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord
the church: For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones.
For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined
unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh. This is a great mystery:
but I speak concerning Christ and the church. Nevertheless let every one
of you in particular so love his wife even as himself; and the wife see
that she reverence her husband.
Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things which we
have heard, lest at any time we should let them slip. For if the
word spoken by angels was stedfast, and every transgression and disobedience
received a just recompence of reward; How shall we escape, if we neglect
so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord,
and was confirmed unto us by them that heard him; God also bearing
them witness, both with signs and wonders, and with divers miracles,
and gifts of the Holy Ghost, according to his own will? For unto the angels
hath he not put in subjection the world to come, whereof we speak. But
one in a certain place testified, saying, What is man, that thou art mindful
of him? or the son of man, that thou visitest him?
For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God,
ye might receive the promise.
Concerning the fear of death, and the reality of the following:
The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death.
(1 Corinthians 15:26)
But is now made manifest by the appearing of our Saviour Jesus Christ,
who hath abolished death, and hath brought life and immortality to light
through the gospel:
(2 Timothy 1:10)
Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also
himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy
him that had the power of death, that is, the devil;
We are all sojourners, passing through to our everlasting and final destination.
These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen
them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them,
and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.
Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy. And if ye call on the
Father, who without respect of persons judgeth according to every man's
work, pass the time of your sojourning here in fear:
(1 Peter 1:16-17)
If you have been touched in your spirit by this writing, this is for you:
Therefore seeing we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we faint
not; But have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in
craftiness, nor handling the word of God deceitfully; but by manifestation
of the truth commending ourselves to every man's conscience in the sight
of God. But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: In whom
the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not,
lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God,
should shine unto them. For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the
Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus' sake. For God, who commanded
the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give
the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.
But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the
power may be of God, and not of us. We are troubled on every side,
yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; Persecuted,
but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed; Always bearing about in
the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might
be made manifest in our body. For we which live are alway delivered unto
death for Jesus' sake, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest
in our mortal flesh. So then death worketh in us, but life in you. We having
the same spirit of faith, according as it is written, I believed, and therefore
have I spoken; we also believe, and therefore speak; Knowing that he which
raised up the Lord Jesus shall raise up us also by Jesus, and shall present
us with you. For all things are for your sakes, that the
abundant grace might through the thanksgiving of many redound to the glory
of God. For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish,
yet the inward man is renewed day by day. For our light affliction,
which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and
eternal weight of glory; While we look not at the things which are seen,
but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are
temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal. For we
know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved,
we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the
heavens. For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed upon with
our house which is from heaven: If so be that being clothed we shall not
be found naked. For we that are in this tabernacle do groan, being
burdened: not for that we would be unclothed, but clothed upon, that mortality
might be swallowed up of life. Now he that hath wrought us for the selfsame
thing is God, who also hath given unto us the earnest of the Spirit.
Therefore we are always confident, knowing that, whilst we are at
home in the body, we are absent from the Lord: (For we walk by faith, not
by sight:) We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent
from the body, and to be present with the Lord. Wherefore we labour, that,
whether present or absent, we may be accepted of him. For we must all appear
before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things
done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether
it be good or bad. Knowing therefore the terror of the Lord, we
persuade men; but we are made manifest unto God; and I trust also are made
manifest in your consciences. For we commend not ourselves again unto you,
but give you occasion to glory on our behalf, that ye may have somewhat
to answer them which glory in appearance, and not in heart. For
whether we be beside ourselves, it is to God: or whether we be sober,
it is for your cause. For the love of Christ constraineth us; because
we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead: And that
he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves,
but unto him which died for them, and rose again. Wherefore henceforth
know we no man after the flesh: yea, though we have known Christ after
the flesh, yet now henceforth know we him no more. Therefore if
any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are
passed away; behold, all things are become new. And all things are
of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given
to us the ministry of reconciliation;
(2 Corinthians 4:1 - 5:18)
We hope that these words have comforted you and encouraged you, that you
will stop dying and start living as you search for the Living God who is
there, just out of sight.
Oh that men would praise the LORD for his goodness, and for
his wonderful works to the children of men! For he satisfieth the longing
soul, and filleth the hungry soul with goodness. Such as sit in darkness
and in the shadow of death, being bound in affliction and iron;
Because they rebelled against the words of God, and contemned the counsel
of the most High: Therefore he brought down their heart with labour; they
fell down, and there was none to help. Then they cried unto the
LORD in their trouble, and he saved them out of their distresses.
He brought them out of darkness and the shadow of death, and brake their
bands in sunder. Oh that men would praise the LORD for his
goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!
May God bless you and cause His face to shine upon you.
Forasmuch then as Christ hath suffered for us in the flesh,
arm yourselves likewise with the same mind: for he that hath suffered in
the flesh hath ceased from sin; That he no longer should live the rest
of his time in the flesh to the lusts of men, but to the will of
God. For the time past of our life may suffice us to have wrought
the will of the Gentiles, when we walked in lasciviousness, lusts, excess
of wine, revellings, banquetings, and abominable idolatries: Wherein they
think it strange that ye run not with them to the same excess of
riot, speaking evil of you: Who shall give account to him that is
ready to judge the quick and the dead. For for this cause was the gospel
preached also to them that are dead, that they might be judged according
to men in the flesh, but live according to God in the spirit.
(1 Peter 4:1-6)
1 Six articles starting with "The Truth of the Spirit."
Since coming to a country town about ten months ago, I've known that
at some time we would need a doctor, so I had been listening to people
talking and trying to decide who I would choose.
I prayed on a number of occasions and asked the Lord to find us a doctor.
On the eleventh of October that prayer was answered when I suddenly felt
light-headed mid morning. After a while I felt so giddy that I lay down
and even then the ceiling and walls were tilting. My husband was in a neighbouring
town and I was alone. I realised after about one and a half hours that
I was getting worse and not better. I managed to phone my neighbour who
is a retired nurse and after taking my blood pressure her doctor was called,
who came at once. The Lord found us a doctor! To this day there is no logical
explanation for the sudden drop in blood pressure that caused this giddiness,
as subsequent blood tests and ECG showed no abnormality.
About two weeks later, whilst drying myself after a bath, I felt a hard
ridge in my one breast which seemed to be as long and as thick as my little
finger. I knew that it needed investigation and on the first of November
I saw my God-given GP who confirmed the lump and sent me to a specialist
on the fourth. He told me that it needed to be removed and I was booked
for surgery on the eighth.
On the first of September "by chance" I had started to read devotional
pieces in my Bible every day and three weeks later Psalm ninety one was
studied. For some reason the words of that Psalm seemed to be imprinted
on my mind and I read it daily. By the time I had undergone surgery, these
words were beginning to have a great significance for me.
On the Saturday, two days before surgery, my husband and I felt the
need to come before the Lord in prayer and fasting and I especially felt
that I needed to find the stumbling block in my life. As we prayed early
that morning, I had a vision - an experience totally new to me - in which
I saw a dark brown mound with a purple button-like centre and waves seemed
to come up and cover it. As each wave broke, the button would sink lower
and lower until it was completely covered and a straight line drawn across
the top. Another grey mound appeared, but it had no purple button, but
was also covered with wave upon wave until it was sealed with a straight
line as well. I had no idea what this meant at the time, but it was revealed
to me later. As I came before the Lord, He showed me where I was in wilful
sin in that, although I have been married for over forty years and had
been faithful to my husband, I had not submitted to him being the head
of the home. Although I knew that the heavenly order was God first, Jesus
second, then the husband, having authority over the wife, I had not accepted
it and this was my stumbling block.
The Lord in His graciousness had given me a second chance and I had
a chance to choose.
During that day I also happened to find that well-known hymn:
Lord, I come before your throne of grace,
I find rest in your Presence and fullness of joy -
It became particularly meaningful to me as I humbled myself before His
throne and repented of my sin.
That night, I woke to the sound, seemingly of a camping chair being
thrown down on the floor; it hadn't happened, but I needed to be roused.
All of a sudden there was a great rumble of thunder right above our roof,
starting at one end, passing over and then rumbling back in the other direction.
I knew that was God letting me know that He had acknowledged my plea for
forgiveness, and assuring me that He was there. After that the heavens
opened and we had wonderful rain, the first in weeks. On the eighth after
the operation, I was sleepy after the anaesthetic but aware of heavy rain
beating on the window; once again much needed. I felt comforted knowing
that the Lord was still there. I knew also that cancer cells had been found
because of the major surgery, but was totally at peace and had no pain
Two days later, I was taken to the cancer department for a liver sonar
and that was where the Lord showed me the greatest lesson of all. As I
was wheeled into the department I had the feeling of going into a deep
cave where it was dark and gloomy and the people all had long faces and
looked so miserable. I called on the Lord and asked that He would spare
me this ordeal because it seemed so hopeless. As I was wheeled out, it
was as if a light was switched on and the Lord showed me that illness or
health are not important - it is the choice we make that is. Without God
we have no hope, but life with Christ living in His will, is what makes
the difference. By grace I was offered a second chance and I took it. God
knew that I had to have a crisis in my life to wake me up because of my
stubbornness and every time that I see my body, I'll be reminded of how
great God is.
On the eleventh I was discharged and once again that night we had rain
at home - what an assurance. That well known hymn came to mind:
Blessed assurance Jesus is mine,
Oh what a foretaste of glory divine.
And then also a more modern song:
The windows of heaven are open,
the blessings are falling tonight.
There's joy, joy, joy in my heart,
Since Jesus has made everything right.
I gave Him my old tattered garment,
He gave me a robe of pure white.
I'm feasting on manna from heaven,
And that's why I'm happy tonight.
I could have praised the Lord the whole night through!
The result of the sonar was negative, as well as that of the glands;
the cancer has been removed and I don't need chemotherapy. Praise the Lord.
Now the vision became clear - two "lumps" were removed from my body,
the one containing the cancer, the other clear. The healing has begun,
both spiritually and physically. Also Psalm 91 has become my personal Psalm,
as through it I can see God's hand on my life these last few weeks. He
has shown me His salvation and I can trust in His promises for the future
because He is always faithful and fulfils His promises. If only people,
ill or healthy, would take this offer of salvation so freely given, what
a difference it would make to their lives. This is my prayer for them all.
Remember, cancer is so limited;
It cannot invade the soul
It cannot shorten eternal life
It cannot quench the spirit
It cannot lessen the power of the resurrection.