Today has been a day of hope. But, before I tell you about our day, I want to tell you about what the mirror reflects when I stand in the light of hope.
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I feel like the following excerpt from a recent email I sent would best illustrate what I’ve been feeling this week as I’ve been seeking the Lord.
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… What I hope to see, and it’s something that I’m starting to see in my own life, is the body of Christ awakened and set apart for kingdom work.
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My reasoning is this. I’ve often told people that I’m almost more fearful of God actually healing Joel than Joel dying.
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What a ridiculous thing to say right? Well consider this. If Joel had been healed during treatment people would praise God but ultimately credit science and chemo and radiation.
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If Joel dies then folks will rightly say that God is good and in control and will give us the grace to get through it.
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But we’re at the end of science now. There is nothing man can do for Joel but try to give him a peaceful exit from this life to the next.
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What if God hears our prayers has mercy on us and gives Joel life, heals his cancer and fixes his eyes! Then what? Our body and the thousands that pray for Joel have a testimony that is beyond anecdotal. It is something we witness with our own eyes.
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In the face of that miracle are we prepared to give testimony of the hope that we have in Christ? Are we in a place of His presence that we will be able to hear His voice and know how to minister to those around us. Will we be walking in the gifts so that those we tell can receive the power of the Holy Spirit and healing through us?
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When given such a sign of the power of the living God, could you or I carry the weight of its Glory? I want to be able to say yes, emphatically, and then “more Lord!”

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Today after returning from the hospital, where Joel received chemo in his spinal fluid, and I received training on handling the IV chemo that we will be administering at home for the next three weeks, we received the following voicemail from our team of nurses and physicians.
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Clear hear to listen to Voicemail from Joel’s Nurse
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So what was my first reaction? To Praise God for answering the way we asked Him to? Nope. I Called our Nurse Practitioner to get the real story. And what I received was “reasoning.” See, Joel’s LP results were CLEAR OF CANCER CELLS this time. Joel HAS NOT received treatment since the results from the first LP 10 days earlier sent us into end-of-life planning and our doctor recommending we sign a “Do not resuscitate” order.
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The reasoning? The sample from the spine is small in volume and it’s possible to get a clear result even if there are still cancer cells in the spinal fluid.
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“But isn’t this just a little bit unusual?” I ask.
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“Yes, it is unusual, but not unheard of.”
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“How unheard of? every month? every year?”
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“I’d say every year”
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So there you have it. It’s unusual. And I find it funny that my first reaction in my head is “It might be God, but they do have a reason”. And then I thought of the Israelites being led out of Egypt. And God performing miracle after miracle, setting up memorials so that His people would remember those things He did for them. He did these things so that His people would know that He is the “Lord their God.”
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And yet, they still forgot. “Pharoah is going to kill us!” He parts the Seas. “We’ll die of thirst!” He turns bitter water sweet. “We’ll starve, at least in Egypt we had meat and bread.” He provides mana from heaven in the morning and quail during the day. “Moses has left us, build an alter and idols to the gods that led us out of Egypt.” Praise God that He didn’t just destroy them all then and there. Praise God that we have a “better covenant” in Christ.
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Church, are you ready for a miracle?
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“24 And the people complained against Moses, saying, “What shall we drink?” 25 So he cried out to the LORD, and the LORD showed him a tree. When he cast it into the waters, the waters were made sweet.
There He made a statute and an ordinance for them, and there He tested them, 26 and said, “If you diligently heed the voice of the LORD your God and do what is right in His sight, give ear to His commandments and keep all His statutes, I will put none of the diseases on you which I have brought on the Egyptians. For I am the LORD who heals you.” – Exodus 15

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“11 In Him you were also circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, by putting off the body of the sins[c] of the flesh, by the circumcision of Christ, 12 buried with Him in baptism, in which you also were raised with Him through faith in the working of God, who raised Him from the dead. 13 And you, being dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He has made alive together with Him, having forgiven you all trespasses, 14 having wiped out the handwriting of requirements that was against us, which was contrary to us. And He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross. 15 Having disarmed principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it. ” – Colossians 2

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Lord make a spectacle of Cancer. That is my prayer.

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There are 3 comments for this post.

  1. Megan Spine on November 23, 2010 5:49 am

    Um.. wow!

  2. Lacey on November 23, 2010 6:46 am

    Praising God, continuing prayers!

  3. lindsey on November 23, 2010 7:38 am

    Giving God all the glory! He is mighty to save! Continuing to pray…

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