BUT = Believing Unfounded "Truths". What you believe is your truth, but that doesn't mean it's THE truth that lines up with God. Have you ever stopped to look at what you truly believe in your heart and determined if it agrees with God? Sometimes we find ourselves having faith in something that appears "right" or "good" but it isn't founded on God's principles. For example, after going to the chiropractor I stopped at the store. After wandering around with my purse on my shoulder, I started to get another headache. I then started to inwardly condemn myself because "I knew better." I should have gone home after the doctor and let the adjustment settle. In essence, I was disqualifying myself from receiving the healing that God provided through my chiropractor because I had DONE something wrong. RED FLAG! If my doing or not doing something affects whether I can receive my healing, then I'm expecting healing based on my performance. That's the old covenant. Healing was provided under the new covenant. We receive it by believing what Grace (Jesus) provided. I can't receive a benefit that is only found in the new covenant by following the principles of the old covenant. These are the little "BUT" beliefs that are deep seated in our hearts that can block us from receiving all that God has for us. I encourage you to see if you have any "BUT" beliefs that are standing in your way!
I heard Audrey Mack say something the other day that really jumped out at me. "Symptoms are to sickness what temptation is to sin." Just because we encounter a temptation, it doesn't mean we take the step into sin. Similarly, just because we encounter a symptom, it doesn't mean we take the step into sickness. The key is what we do when we see the symptom. It's a critical decision point. If we entertain it, dwell on it, and act on it, it will likely evolve into sickness because we have put our faith in it. But, if we reject it and stand firm in our belief that Jesus paid for our health and healing, then the symptom doesn't have to become anything more than a fleeting mosquito. Swat that "bug" away and rest in the finished work of Christ!
After suffering many months of extreme pain with no clear diagnosis, the root cause was finally determined. Cancer. My Mom had been diagnosed with stage 4 cancer. While in some regards it literally took my breath away, I also recall a very tunnel vision focus. All those years of listening to teachings began to rise up in me. I knew what we needed to do. We need to keep our eyes on what the Word says. The doctor's report doesn't have to be the final report.
This occurred in April/May of 2010. At that time, she had a cancerous mass in her abdomen which appeared to have spread to her liver and spine. She also had blood clots in her leg and lungs. I believe we were given 11 to 13 prescriptions to fill when she left the hospital and she began taking morphine about every 8 hours to make the pain bearable. It was so overwhelming that we had to create a spreadsheet to keep track of the dosages and times.
As the hospital doctors sent us on our way leaving very little hope, this was a pivotal moment in the battle. Are we going to let the fear and grief triggered by the diagnosis dictate the outcome or will we believe God’s Word which says He has provided healing and long life?
We went to U of M thinking they would be the experts, but found they could do nothing special. Instead through a series of divine connections, God led us to a wonderful oncologist near my parents’ house with a small, friendly practice. There my Mom was a name and not a number as may have happened at U of M. When my Mom asked “how long do I have to live” during our first meeting, the doctor said something like “Let’s not worry about that right now. I have several things we can try to get you some immediate relief and let’s focus on that.” Although she didn’t say it, it seemed that she felt this was so severe that they could only try to slow down the progression and ease the immediate discomfort. I don’t think she held much hope for actually getting rid of the cancer.
During that first year, my Mom underwent radiation on her spine and six months of chemo. When she had a serious reaction to the chemo meds, the doctor wanted to switch her to a drug that had not been FDA approved for this type of diagnosis. If the insurance company did not agree to cover it, the estimated cost of one treatment was around $8000. As the days passed God’s favor prevailed and the cost of treatment for this special drug gradually declined to only a few hundred dollars in the end. In addition, the insurance company agreed to approve the medicine so the entire cost was paid in full.
The last chemo treatment was in November 2010 and a follow up PET scan was scheduled for December. The results were good, but when asked if this meant remission the doctor said there was still a ways to go.
The PET scan results from April 2011 show that the bone cancer and pelvic mass are completely gone and there is only one, almost undetectable, spot on her liver that remains. When asked about remission this time, the doctor said it is really close. Even more exciting about the change between December and April is that my mom was not going through chemo treatments. This means that the reduction in cancer cells can only be attributed to God!
Although this journey has been more difficult than we could have ever imagined, it was so exciting to see God at work along the way. We have a fresh understanding of what our role is in the process. We are to draw near to God. We are to read and speak the Word to ensure a heart that is fully grounded in His promises. We then rest in the fact that it is through God’s grace and what Jesus did on the cross that brings forth the results. The Bible says He will never leave us or forsake us and that He is faithful to His Word.
In just under a year she went from stage 4 cancer with a diagnosis of 6 months to 2 years to live to almost in remission. Recently, my Mom asked the doctor if any other patients on the same anti-cancer meds were encountering similar side effects. The doctor said she doesn’t have any other patients that have been on the medicine that long. We take that to mean she has never had anyone on those meds survive this long. God’s grace is still carrying her through! It’s now been almost 8 years and she is still praising God with us!
Many years ago, I attended a healing series at our church taught by Dr. Don VerHulst. Below is a Word from God that he shared with the group. This is still so good and relevant that I wanted to share with you.
September 5, 2004
"I want you well says your Creator, but I cannot heal you unless you use the authority I have given you to deal with the root of the problem. My hands are tied by your fear, by your expectation of the same old thing. I AM LIMITED by the time you spend considering the problem. Quit trying to figure it out. I am directing your path. I've already met that need. The evidence that you truly believe it is what you allow to enter into your mind and what is coming out of your mouth. You will have great peace, nothing missing, nothing broken when YOU keep YOUR mind stayed on ME. Then and only then will you speak out of the abundance of what you have allowed in your mind and heart. Put my Word concerning healing in your heart by saying only what I have said, I sent my Word and healed you.
I cannot heal you without your permission. Why don't you give Me permission to heal instead of giving your enemy the power to continue to steal, kill and destroy?"
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