Living Like It Is Finished
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Blessed is she who believed, for there will be a fulfillment of those things
which were told her from the Lord.
- Luke 1:45
“Your test results are elevated, which leans to you having scleroderma.”
As the doctor uttered the sentence, I became seemingly confused in disbelief, as this could not be what was going on. He continued on with the explanation of the disease: on the mild end of the spectrum, it would affect my hands, feet, and joints; however, on the severe end, it could affect my heart and lungs. Regarding the spread of the disease, he went on to explain, everyone is different. No comfort in those words. And to top it off, the doctor went into the treatment options, mentioning chemotherapy or radiation were unsuccessful at this time. Huh? What?
I honestly do not remember the remainder of the conversation, but my husband and I proceeded to the car, and when he asked me how I felt, I said, “I would rather have cancer, at least chemo is a possible cure.”
As I got into my car, alone, all I could do was ask God, “I thought You said I would be healed?”
Spring 2018, after experiencing a myriad of symptoms, I encountered a series of tests of what was thought to be lupus. In July of that same year, the Lord told me I would be healed, so to hear the doctor’s diagnosis was alarming. I mean not only was this not lupus, but something leaving me temporarily doubting, leaving me unsure, leaving me hopeless?
But here I was present tense, in my car, no music, tears streaming, confused. I drove to meet my husband to grab a bite to eat and during our conversation, I attempted to talk through how I was feeling, you know to help my brain process. As I was having my self-proclaimed pity party, my husband said to me, “Did God change His mind?”
This was truly the change of my trajectory of what I stand on today. I must ask myself, what do I believe?
Whatever resides in our heart, is what we will begin to see and hear. Whatever it is we believe, see, and hear is what we will walk in. And it is our choice. “No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other.” (Matthew 6:24)
Choosing to believe in the promises of God doesn’t mean you will not have bad days, as I still experience bad days. It doesn’t mean you will not get a bad diagnosis, or that trouble will not come your way. “In this world, you have tribulation and distress and suffering.” (John 16:33) God has assured as such; however, He did not leave us there. He followed up in the same verse saying, “but be courageous [be confident, be undaunted, be filled with joy]; I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33). We cannot just believe a portion of scripture, but all in its context. Stand on God’s word. Seek after Him and pray to Him asking Him what He says about the situation you face.
For me, I have not received healing, my numbers are still high. But I trust God for complete healing, because He told me through His word and revealed Himself to me through prayers and confirmation through others. Because God said it, I believe it and for that, I am living like it is finished!
1. What has God said to you regarding your situation?
2. What has been your response?
Father, we face challenging situations everyday. Please meet us where we are speaking Your word to us. Speak to us with Your promises and let us walk upright in Your way, in whatever You say. We love You, we trust You, we believe You, Lord...have Your way. In Jesus precious name I pray, Amen.
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