Have you ever wondered, if Jesus was still on the throne?
This is October and has been designated breast cancer awareness month. I am a 2 year survivor and thankful. I think daily of my deliverance from cancer and the new eyes that it has given me. I have a new respect for life.
When I did a self-breast check in my shower in 2016, I felt a lump and was instantly alarmed. I did get checked and further test revealed that cancer was indeed present I my breast. During surgery it was discovered that not only was it in my breast but it had invaded the lymph nodes under my arm. I was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer. The surgeon was confident that he removed all of the tumor, but not that there weren’t active cancer cells floating about in my body, hence Chemotherapy was proposed to me, and after that, Radiation therapy. I was confused and scared. I had received a word that I would not die, that this wasn’t unto death, but that I had to go through with it. Did I want to? Oh no. I cried and I prayed to God, Please take this away. I don’t want cancer Lord. I don’t want this trial. It’s too hard. I’m scared. All of that and more was coming out of my mouth and on my heart. The Lord, being the good father He is, comforted me. He sent me words of comfort through others, and the presence of Himself which was and is amazing
Cancer kills people every day. It has not political affiliation, no gender or race target; It gets everyone. Your finances are not a factor. Millionaires die of cancer also. Cancer is a pestilence and the bible speaks in Matthew 24 of pestilences in various places. Even through cancer sickness and death, has Jesus stepped off the throne? No. We don’t understand the many trials and tribulations that we encounter, and knowing that others are going through the same doesn’t always make us feel better. We don’t want to go through anything life threatening. Who would choose if they had a choice? I wouldn’t. If I had a choice, my parents would still be alive, my friends, my cousin…my body wouldn’t have been attacked by the disease of cancer.
Everything that befalls us is not Gods will. God is good! We are in a fallen world, with a fallen nature. Sin is rampant. Food, water, and the air is polluted. We have a very real enemy that wants to take our lives by any means at his disposal.
We don’t know when our days are up, but we know our life is in God’s hands. We know that there are appointed times of everything as it says in Ecclesiastes.
Do we get angry with the Lord for the trials that befall us? Why me Lord? Then the infamous saying of “Why not you” comes behind it.
My mindset was most important during this time. I realized that I could let anger and depression set in. I was not a foreigner to these emotions. I suffered depression in the past, and was even medicated for it. The time of my cancer diagnosis, I lost my mother suddenly and my dad soon after. My finances were in disarray.
Now who would chose that? I made a decision to trust God. I could have stayed in my head, crying and wallowing in my misery being alive for all intent and purposes but dead inside. Dead because many days I would be moving through the days with no life. Just walking through making the appropriate responses, but having no joy or peace. The Lord didn’t say that we wouldn’t be without trials, in fact He specifically said that we would be. However, He also said that He would be with us and never leave us. (John 16:33| Deuteronomy 31:8)
Jesus is still on the throne; He hasn’t lost His power. We aren’t here for nothing. There is purpose in us all. He chose us before the foundation of the world. Our life is to bring Him glory; we are His witnesses. Even through trials we show that He is real. These last 2 years were difficult but they catapulted me in my faith and trust in my God. They took me to higher heights and deeper depths knowing that I could only depend on God.
I am encouraging you today that no matter what the situation is, look to the hills where your help comes from. We have seasons of quiet and peace, but there are also ones of turmoil and pain. What do we learn during those times? Do we self-reflect? Are we spending it saying why me Lord. Questions are ok, but move on to thought provoking self-reflection. Think on the Lord and His word. What does it say; what is He trying to accomplish through you.
We tend to think of ourselves as single entities apart from others but we are all intrinsically connected. I’ve learned that one person can affect many. We’ve seen it throughout history; one person can bring change. Our position of faith can encourage others. Even if our external situations aren’t changed right away, know that God is still there. Many things didn’t go bad overnight, nor will He always change them for the better overnight. Can you trust Him in the middle?
They’re lessons to be learned in the process. Whether it’s sickness, finances, unruly children, marital problems, etc. Allow God to be God, and stay in position of prayer, love, trust and complete dependency on Him. The enemy is counting on us walking by sight, and not faith and he makes sure we see and focus on the external. God is concerned about our internal. He changes people from the inside out. He’s concerned about our heart.
Jesus is still on the throne. He is in power regardless of what external situations may say. Let your heart not be troubled. The Lord says to believe in Him. True belief is a position. It’s a determined place; a mindset, a choice. Its faith, and it doesn’t waiver because of external circumstances. We will never know everything God is doing, and that is where the uncomfortable part comes in. Even in receiving a word, He reveals by and by, even prophets know in part.
Imagine yourself closing your eyes and falling backwards. You don’t know if someone will catch you or not. The thought is uncomfortable at the very least. But this is how we live every day. Every day we are falling backwards throwing caution to the wind, trusting and knowing that our God will catch us. With this reassurance in Him, we can stand the torrential rains and winds that befall us. We have each other to lean on, and our Lord who will never leave or forsake us. Don’t walk around sad because of external circumstances. The best thing we can do for anyone is to pray for them and trust that God will handle the situation. We aren’t God, and I remind myself of that regularly when I interfere too much in what He’s doing in my family’s life. It hurts to be a bystander and watch them go through, but it will be for their good, and ours.
Jesus is still on the throne, and we must never forget that. When we look at the world, and all that the enemy is doing we tend to glorify him instead of Jesus. We talk so much about what he is doing and he loves it. He isn’t bigger than Jesus. The word says darkness would rise, but our light, individually and collectively will shine even brighter. We shine when we don’t hide our lamps. Instead, we sit on the hilltop for all to see, and that isn’t based on circumstances. We shine despite circumstances to show who our God is and what He can do. We shine in a world of darkness, sickness, violence and turmoil. We shine because Jesus is real and He chose us.
We accepted his call. We belong to him and we trust the path that he has set for us. We shine being a living witness of the realness of our Lord and Savior as those we love, and some we don’t even know reject him in the world. The world is changing, many keep saying that, but understand that Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever. The world lowers it standards, but God hasn’t’.
Throughout biblical history there has always been a remnant of those in the world who take God at his word regardless of the changing times. Even still, our position is that of love and compassion, yet a firm foundation and holding on to truth.
Stay strong and be quick to give a response to what you believe. Hold fast to what you’ve learned and witnessed with your own experiences and those around you. Jesus is still on the throne!