Two years ago, my wife and I were confronted with the reality that one of us was about to confront the battle against the “Big C”.
Cancer is perhaps the single most powerful diagnosis anyone can confront in a lifetime. I’m not going to bore you with statistics. I think nowadays, anyone can google it and in a matter of seconds, that information is available.
The good news is that since 1975, the 5-year survival rate has been steadily increasing. However, in spite of how wonderful this may sound, the truth remains that when you are sitting in front of your physician, and he or she says to you, “I’m afraid I have some bad news to share with you.”; life comes to a complete violent halt and stands still. It doesn’t matter how strong of a person you are, you will never be prepared enough to receive the news of cancer.
I remember when my wife and I were faced with that unforgettable day. I will never forget it. It happened at Sloan Kettering Hospital in New York. My darling wife was being diagnosed with an aggressive kind of cancer and we were told her kidney had to be surgically removed right away! To say we were taken by surprise is an understatement.
Let me give you the three things I personally believe can make a difference when confronting such news.
- Having a daily personal relationship with God.
- Having a daily personal walk of faith with the Word of God.
- Having a personal daily walk with the Person of the Holy Spirit.
- Except for those who are agnostics or atheists, the majority of people believe in God. The problem is not whether or not you believe in God, but whether or not you have a daily personal relationship with Him through His Son Jesus Christ. The word “believe” is an action verb. It denotes an action from you. One just can’t believe today and not tomorrow. You have to believe daily.
- When filling out your admittance papers at any hospital, you will find a question about your faith. Pentecostal, Catholic, Jewish or none. The fact of the matter is that more often than not, faith is associated with the type of religion you profess. Let me state that faith has absolutely nothing to do with that. Faith is the evidence of things not seen. Faith, the Bible or the Word of God are the same thing! The only religious part of it is that you have to (religiously) apply it on a daily basis to your walk of life.
- The Holy Spirit is a person. He comes to live inside of you when you accept Jesus Christ as your personal Savior. If you don’t know what this is and haven’t done it, you can do it right now. Say with me, I confess the Lord Jesus Christ as my personal Savior. I believe Jesus has risen from the dead. Come into my heart. I ask for the forgiveness of my sins. If you do this, You are “born again.” The Holy Spirit now becomes a resident in your heart. He will always come to your rescue every time you don’t know what to do.
The confidence you will have when these three things are a reality in your life will make all the difference in the world when confronting life-threatening news in your life! As for my wife, she is cancer free today!!