Hebrews 12v1 Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.2 LET US FIX OUR EYES ON JESUS, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame,and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.3 Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.
I strongly believe that God can heal as I’ve seen him do it first hand, starting at the age of 14: I prayed for my best friend who was having an asthma attack and God healed her of Asthma! At 19 God healed a girl I met who had sprained her ankle, and lets not take for granted all the healed head aches and period pain! I’ve been very fortunate to grow up in a Church where they weren’t scared of ministering in the power of the Holy Spirit and regularly saw God do things from tattoos disappearing to legs growing removing back pain. My husband Andrew was doing some youth work in a park and a lad who he knew (the sort of lad you don’t want to mess with) was limping because he had injured his leg so Andrew prayed for him. The next day Andrew was in the same park and a group of lads started hurling abuse at him for being a ‘Bible basher’. The bloke Andrew had prayed for the previous day started shouting back , defending Andrew, saying ‘He prayed for my leg yesterday, look it’s completely better!”. God is amazing!!!
After a series of doctor’s appointments and a biopsy I was convinced that God would heal me if there was anything wrong. Sadly I was diagnosed with Cancer and left with the extra shock of not understanding why God hadn’t come through for me in my time of need. I felt like I had let my family down, how can I be ill? My children were only 3 and a half yrs old and 11 months old and my husband had occasional Epileptic fits. I’m the one who’s supposed to look after them. I felt so disappointed; I was ready to cut God out of my life. However after everything that I had seen and experienced in my Christian life I couldn’t deny God’s existence. If God is who He says He is then I just have to accept that and realise that God is good and Life’s a female dog!
I’m normally really bad at finding time to pray and read the Bible with an endless list of jobs that need doing and feeling guilty about seeming anti social to my Andrew and my two girls but this time I managed to fit this in constantly. I found myself looking to God not just for healing but for Him. I needed more of God and the biggest miracle that I experienced was God’s peace. This could have been the worst, stressful, most fearful time of my life but instead I was calm and able to get on with normal life. I can’t stress what a miracle this was.
Since the surgery 2 years ago I’ve been left with a scar on my face that’s been a constant reminder of the cancer and even though it’s been removed I won’t be given the all clear until 8 years time. Unfortunately I’m currently awaiting more biopsy results so I’ve been reminding myself of these lessons God has taught me and really hope that you might find it helpful too. So now I’m grappling with various thoughts and feelings and I have to bring issues that are coming up to God and FIX MY EYES ON JESUS. Whatever you’re going through this week Keep your eyes fixed on Jesus, I pray that you will be able to ‘throw off eveything that hinders’ as you look to Him. Please share your experiences of God so that others can be encouraged to look to Him as well.
Finally, here are some song lyrics that a dear friend texted me last week that have really blessed me:
He is my peace when trouble blows,
Jehovah sees, Jehovah knows;
He is my peace, when sorrow nears,
Jehovah sees, Jehovah hears.