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What Cancer Cannot Do – Part 4

4. Cancer cannot cause my God (my Abba, Father) to ever leave me

5 Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”

Heb. 13:5

What more do I need to say?  God, Himself has said He will not leave me.

God is my Helper

Merry Christmas!

This has been a crazy year, filled with ups and downs and some scary moments.  The biggest event would be from the second half of the year when my wife was diagnosed with brain cancer, it is definitely a life changing event. It has however, shown us the love and care of all our friends and family and it has brought us all closer together.

We have been drifting away from God and this event has steered us back on course and to again rely on Him for all our needs.  Jesus is Provider and Comforter, He has given us all we need to deal with this, sometimes before we knew we needed it and sometimes right after we find out we needed it.

He has also given us a mind and the resources to combat this and to grow from it.  The biggest of these would be the change in the mindset of diet, from living to eat to eating to live.  Eating the natural, organic things that God has provided so that we can have a long health life, that we can live for Christ, that we can have an abundant life.

Even though cancer is very scary and a life threatening thing, I believe it has made us grow and when we are done, we will be better because of it.  God is awesome!

I pray you have a Merry Christmas and a joyful New Year!

God will provide

What Cancer Cannot Do – Part 3

3. Cancer cannot conquer my mind or my heart because I have the mind of Christ

16 For “who has known the mind of the LORD that he may instruct Him?” But we have the mind of Christ

1 Cor 2:16

(Cancer is in the world; Jesus is in me [Gal. 2:20]; Greater is He [1 Jn. 4:4])

God has given us His mind and His heart, He has filled us with His Spirit.  He is also greater than anything that is in this world including diseases and nothing can overcome what He has blessed us with.

I pray, Lord, that you will continue to fill us and refresh our minds and hearts with Your Spirit and help us to know You better.

God is All Powerful

What Cancer Cannot Do – Part 2

2. Cancer cannot cancel my being an heir of God through Christ

6 And because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying out, “Abba, Father!” 7 Therefore you are no longer a slave but a son, and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.

Gal 4:6, 7

Because we accepted Jesus into our hearts, He has filled us with His Spirit and He has made us into sons of God. Just as our earthly father would be with us through sicknesses, helping and supporting, it is even more true of our heavenly Father.

We will inherit the kingdom of God and nothing can prevent that, not cancer, and not any other kind of tribulation.  God is with us now and we will be with Him always.

God is Dad

What Cancer Cannot Do – Part 1

As you may or may not have known, my wife and I have been battling brain cancer for the past four months.  It has been a great struggle to balance work, care giving, and everything that we have to do in the home.  I don’t know why I have been trying to do it all by myself for so long, well, you can guess if you noticed the two year lapse in the posts, I have not been very diligent in my relationship with Jesus.

I finally remembered why I started this blog in the first place, that I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.  I am now trying to give it to God, allow Him to come in and lead us through all this.  It is a hard thing for me to do, to give up control, but I have to remember, He is the great Physician, not me, He is the great Comforter, not me.  It is all in His omniscient and omnipotent hands.

Recently, my mother-in-law forwarded me a pamphlet on 12 things cancer cannot do from the San Marcos Healing Rooms Ministry, and I thought I would share them here and to help me mediate on each one.

1. Cancer cannot separate me from the love of God.

35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? 36 As it is written:

“For Your sake we are killed all day long;
We are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.”

37 Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. 38 For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, 39 nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us (me) from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Rom 8:35-39

(With Christ in us, we are MORE than those things that would want to conquer us, [i.e. tribulation, distress, persecution, etc.])

He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.

1 John 4:4

This cancer may want to conquer my wife’s body or our love for one another or our relationship with Jesus, but it is not greater than God.  Through Jesus who has cleansed us with His blood and filled us with His Spirit we are more than conquers and greater than this cancer.  None of this will change the way God loves us or how much He loves us.  He is always there to help us through anything.

Jesus loves us

Philippians 4:1-7

1 Therefore, my beloved and longed-for brethren, my joy and crown, so stand fast in the Lord, beloved. 2 I implore Euodia and I implore Syntyche to be of the same mind in the Lord. 3 And I urge you also, true companion, help these women who labored with me in the gospel, with Clement also, and the rest of my fellow workers, whose names are in the Book of Life.

Paul is reminding them of how he loves them and how he showed his love for them.  Now he is urging them and us to show love to one another and help our fellow Christian brothers and sisters.

4 Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice!

We should be very happy that we are in God’s hands and that our names are written in the Book of Life, that through Jesus, we have eternal life with Him.  Whatever hardships or difficulties we have in this world, we know that it will be over and we will have peace and abundant life with our Savior.  So, rejoice!

5 Let your gentleness be known to all men.

Not only do we help our fellow Christian brothers and sisters, we should show this love to all men and women.  The love and peace that God has freely given us, we can give to others and we would know a little of the joy that God has when He blesses us.

The Lord is at hand. 6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; 7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

Be thankful for the peace and love that Jesus has shown you, there is nothing to be worried about.  God is with us even though we can’t feel it sometimes, but we will soon be able to see and touch Him and bask in His glory, and His peace, and His love. I can’t wait!

God is Peace

Christmas Idea

I received this in an email and I thought it was a great idea, so I thought I’d post it here.

Christmas 2011 — Birth of a New Tradition

As the holidays approach, the giant Asian factories are kicking into high gear to provide Americans with monstrous piles of cheaply produced goods — merchandise that has been produced at the expense of American labor. This year will be different. This year Americans will give the gift of genuine concern for other Americans. There is no longer an excuse that, at gift giving time, nothing can be found that is produced by American hands. Yes there is!

It’s time to think outside the box, people. Who says a gift needs to fit in a shirt box, wrapped in Chinese produced wrapping paper?

Everyone — yes EVERYONE gets their hair cut. How about gift certificates from your local American hair salon or barber?

Gym membership? It’s appropriate for all ages who are thinking about some health improvement.

Who wouldn’t appreciate getting their car detailed? Small, American owned detail shops and car washes would love to sell you a gift certificate or a book of gift certificates.

Are you one of those extravagant givers who think nothing of plunking down the Benjamins on a Chinese made flat-screen? Perhaps that grateful gift receiver would like his driveway sealed, or lawn mowed for the summer, or driveway plowed all winter, or games at the local golf course.

There are a bazillion owner-run restaurants — all offering gift certificates. And, if your intended isn’t the fancy eatery sort, what about a half dozen breakfasts at the local breakfast joint. Remember, folks this isn’t about big National chains — this is about supporting your home town Americans with their financial lives on the line to keep their doors open.

How many people couldn’t use an oil change for their car, truck or motorcycle, done at a shop run by the American working guy?

Thinking about a heartfelt gift for mom? Mom would LOVE the services of a local cleaning lady for a day.

My computer could use a tune-up, and I KNOW I can find some young guy who is struggling to get his repair business up and running.

OK, you were looking for something more personal. Local crafts people spin their own wool and knit them into scarves. They make jewelry, and pottery and beautiful wooden boxes.

Plan your holiday outings at local, owner operated restaurants and leave your server a nice tip. And, how about going out to see a play or ballet at your hometown theatre.

Musicians need love too, so find a venue showcasing local bands.

Honestly, people, do you REALLY need to buy another ten thousand Chinese lights for the house? When you buy a five dollar string of light, about fifty cents stays in the community. If you have those kinds of bucks to burn, leave the mailman, trash guy or babysitter a nice BIG tip.

You see, Christmas is no longer about draining American pockets so that China can build another glittering city. Christmas is now about caring about US, encouraging American small businesses to keep plugging away to follow their dreams. And, when we care about other Americans, we care about our communities, and the benefits come back to us in ways we couldn’t imagine.

THIS could be the new American Christmas tradition.

Forward this to everyone on your mailing list — post it to discussion groups — throw up a post on Craigslist in the Rants and Raves section in your city — send it to the editor of your local paper and radio stations, and TV news departments.

This is a revolution of caring about each other, and isn’t that what Christmas is about?