God bless you.
For this entry, I want to use a live medical emergency in progress, one that is squarely associated with my situation.
I am asking Donna Pittman, a fellow passenger on this "trust train", being engineered by Jesus as we ride the track of faith straight to His Healingville, to welcome aboard a sick aunt of her girlfriend. Let's all say "hello" to Auntie by praying "May the good Lord bless and heal you, Auntie, in Jesus' name. Amen."
Let's let Donna explain the situation.
"Bless You Rev.,
I am happy to hear that you have been out and about. I was speaking to my girlfriend on yesterday and she was talking about her Aunt who is suffering pancreatic cancer. She is undergoing treatment but she seems to have given up hope. This woman has always played a big part in her church and is a lead singer in the choir. But she has given up. She complains all of the time. She speaks as if she is in her last days. The doctors have not given her up but sometimes when she goes for her treatment they can't administer it because she is too weak. I know it is hard to stay encouraged when you are going through but part of our healing comes through our outlook. If we don't expect the best, we won't receive the best. Who is it who said 'much faith, much power, little faith, little power'? I believe that. Anyway, I told my girlfriend that I was going to send her the link to your blog. She needs to hear you speak on your situation. Perhaps it will encourage her. I know it has encouraged me. I continue to lift you and your family up in prayer. Talk to you soon!"
Well, I want to talk to her right now. But first, let me call headquarters: "Dear Heavenly Father, Lord, God Jehovah, creator of heaven and earth, please speak to this dear suffering handmaiden through me. Speak words of encouragement and enlightenment that will strength her faith and her body to receive Your healing. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen."
Auntie, the easiest thing to do and the first thing the devil and death want us to do is to give up hope when we get a grim diagnosis like the one you got, involving pancreatic cancer, and the ones I got, involving brain cancer, end-stage congestive heart failure and prostate cancer.
As a fellow veteran soldier in the army of the Lord, you know that our hope, first and foremost, is in Jesus, the hope of all glory. In fact, we have given that testimony in song many times:
"My hope is built on nothing less,
Than Jesus' blood and righteousness
I dare not trust the sweetest frame
But wholly lean on Jesus' name
On Christ the solid rock I stand
All other ground is sinking sand
All other ground is sinking sand"
Auntie, when we trust is Jesus, it's never, ever too late. Our greatest challenges after we pray for His
healing or His deliverance is to wait on Him and watch for Him. God does not always heal us instantly. I
believe that most of the times when He heals us of sicknesses before we know how sick we are, He does
so instantly. But we can't hurry God. We just have to wait. Just as His ways are not our ways, His thoughts
are not our thoughts. In other words, He may not always heal us when we want, the way we want, where
we want and how quickly we want.
But because you and I deal in time and Jesus deals in eternity, He's never out of time to heal us.
All the time that you and I ever get to live in this world is dispensed by Jesus off His spool of eternity.
Thus, when Dr. Jesus is the head of our medical staff, it's never too late and it's never impossible for
us to get healed.
The bible is filled with recorded incidents when it looked like it was too late for somebody to get
healed or saved.
When Jairus' daughter died while Jesus was on His way to her house, it looked like it
was too late. But when Jesus arrived, He ran all of the doubting weepers and wailers away, raised the
girl from the dead and had her family to give us something to eat because she was hungry. Death
never feeds its victims.
When the dead body of the son of a widow in Nain was being carried to the cemetery to be
buried, King Jesus went up to the boy's mama and in a manner most meek, mild and merciful, He
said, "Weep not." Then Jesus reached out and touched the casket of the dead son and said, "Young
man, I say unto thee, arise."
The righteous record reads saying, "He that was dead sat up and began to speak." No, no, Dear
Auntie, it's never too late for Jesus.
Still, on another occasion, Lazarus, who is said to have been Jesus' best buddy, took sick and as
his condition deteriorated, his sisters, Mary and Martha, sent word for Jesus to rush home to be
bedside with Lazarus to either heal him or to see him die.
But Jesus took His time coming because he knew that destiny had placed Lazarus on program to
die and then to be raised from the dead for the glory of God.
Indeed, Lazarus did not only die, but they had his funeral and they buried him in a stone-enclosed
tomb. Yes, it seemed to Mary and Martha and all others that it was too late for Lazarus to be saved.
By the time, Jesus reached Mary and Martha, Lazarus had been dead for four days. Rigor mortis had
already set in. The brain had been denied oxygen for four days. It seemed too late. Decomposition had
already started occurring and worms had already started eating the dead flesh. Yes, it seemed too late.
Too late for man? Yes. But too late for Jesus? No.
Mary and Martha cried something fierce because they felt that Jesus had let them down. How
could He have turned His back on His best friend, Lazarus? How could Jesus have caused Mary and
Martha so much sorrow and shame after all the good times they had had and the good dinners they
had cooked and served Him?
But our never-too-late Jesus simply told them, "Thy brother shall rise again."
Martha said, "Yes, we know he will rise in the resurrection at the last day."
Then Jesus set the record straight when He said, "I am the resurrection, and the life; he that
believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall He live."
Jesus then had them to take Him to the grave yard and then had them to remove the stone that
sealed the tomb despite their objections about the stench that would overwhelm them. But
apparently, they did not realize that for every stinky situation, Jesus can deoderize it with a floral
fragrance because he is both the Lilly of the Valley and the Rose of Sharon.
When they had removed the stone, Jesus prayed and then He said, "Lazarus, come forth."
Instantly, Jesus' voice revitalized, renovated, resuscitated and rejuvenated the dead body of Lazarus
back into a living soul. Sure, Lazarus again would eventually die again for good, as all recipients of
Jesus' miracles did. But this was not that day.
Auntie, I know that pancreatic cancer is one of the worst kinds of cancer to have. But Jesus is
the best doctor to handle it. And if your doctors haven't given up, you should not give up. Grab
back ahold to your hope and hold on to Jesus, hold on to God's unchanging hand. Hold on through
the pain and keep hoping for your healing. Fight the good fight. I pray that God eases your pain and
increases your faith, your peace and joy.
Dr. Clay Evans, founder and pastor emeritus of Fellowship Baptist Church, where I have been a
member for years, was diagnosed with that same pancreatic cancer in March of 2000. He went to the
best doctors he could find and they told him that he had only about six months to live unless he had
surgery. But I'm glad that Pastor Evans and the rest of us serve a never-too-late God. So Pastor Evans
Well, that was more than eight years ago when they gave him six months to live.
And guess who I just got off the phone talking and praying with?
Yes, Pastor Evans.
And this is what he has to say you: " Tell her, 'Honey, don't give up. Jesus is still in the healing
business. I'm still living and I'm still preaching. Not as much as I used to do because I'm 82 years old and
I'm still recovering from a stroke I had early this year. But I'm cancer-free , my mind and my speech are
clear and I'm not paralyzed in any way, shape or form. So don't give up. I'm a living witness that Jesus
is still able to heal and bless us with life more abundantly.'"
God bless you Auntie. And, Donna. please call me at 312-810-5027 and set something up where I
can go to Auntie in person, pray and have holy communion with her. For while God is healing me, I must
continue to work the works of Him that sent me while it is day. For the night cometh when no man can
God bless you.