When I was diagnosed with prostate cancer my first response was shock. I thought: “Well, the Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away. I have lived a long life and now it was coming to an end, as it would eventually anyway. How could this happen to me? After all, I took care of myself. I exercised and took vitamins. I was serving God to the best of my ability!” Then the Lord spoke to Linda and me. He said that I had an enemy who wanted to kill me, but He had revealed the enemy’s plan and we were to be united as one in Him, put on the armor of God, and fight this battle with spiritual weapons. One of the first things God ministered to us was the necessity of forgiveness. Jesus said, “I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you received it, and it will be yours. And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive him, so that your Father in Heaven may forgive you your sins.” Over the years, we had built up resentments against one another and against others who had hurt us in various ways. The first weekend after diagnosis, we had a marriage encounter led by God himself. It was wonderful despite the cloud hanging over our heads and our relationship has truly been changed. We also were convicted by the Holy Spirit that we were to let go of anything we might be holding against anyone. Sometimes, we hide from ourselves the things we’ve shoved down inside, but the Holy Spirit is ready and waiting to bring them to light. The Lord also showed us the absolute necessity of speaking the Word against the circumstances. We made a set of cards with Scriptures on them and went over them together every day. If the Word is going to bear fruit it first has to be planted and watered. When the enemy attacks with fear and doubt (and believe me he will) it is critical to have on the armor of God, hold up the shield of faith and fight with the Word of God. We began to celebrate communion together, to remind ourselves of Christ’s sacrifice on our behalf and the price He had paid for our salvation and healing. According to Colossians 2:13-15, it was through his death on the cross that He disarmed the satanic powers and authorities and made a public spectacle of their defeat. In Galatians 3: 13 we read that Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us. All sickness is part of that curse. We also began to pray daily for the needs of others. Then…
My PSA’s didn’t go down. They kept going up! We were disappointed that surgery was necessary. So, Pastor Roger, our former pastor, and others prayed. The Lord revealed Himself and gave us peace. Plus–the doctors found that the cancer was completely contained. No cancer got outside the prostate (negative margin).
In the end, I had an excellent recovery, a closer relationship with the Lord and a new ministry to others!