“Victorious warriors win first and then go to war, while defeated warriors go to war first and then seek to win” ― Sun Tzu, The Art of War
Sitting in front of me on this Wednesday afternoon was a Doctor, describing the tumor in my left breast. The report was not good. The tumor already had arms and legs. A few days later the biopsy results confirmed what my doctor had suspected. It was official. I was a breast cancer patient.
I was mad at the devil. Ferocious faith arose in me and I declared myself a No Fear Zone. The Word of God that I had studied for years became a volcanic eruption in me and I began to make Word based declarations over my life and my body.
“One of these days, the doctors are going to declare over my body what Jesus has already done.”
War had been declared but I was convinced that I would win. Healing for me was a finished work of Jesus Christ.
Strategy: a plan, method, or series of maneuvers for obtaining a specific goal or result.
As part of my war plan, I relied on two important strategies as I waited on God for healing to manifest in my body.
Physical Strategy: Whatever the Doctors told me to do I was going to do. This included being willing to stand on my head for 3 minutes each day, if that was necessary.
Faith Strategy: This strategy was based solely on what the Scriptures said about healing. I relied on the central teaching on healing found in 1 Peter 2:24.
“By His stripes, we were healed.”
This Scripture informed me that healing was already accomplished by Jesus Christ. It just needed to show up in my body. The fact that Jesus already did all the work to heal me, meant that before I even joined this great company of breast cancer patients, I was already healed. The outcome of this war had already been determined and I could engage from a winner’s vantage point.
My Faith Strategy
- My family took communion every day. This was how we reminded ourselves daily of what Jesus had already accomplished. No need to fear or to be anxious.
- I picked one healing Scripture which established a key relationship between the Word of God and the healing I was positioning myself to experience.
My son, pay attention to what I say; turn your ear to my words. Do not let them out of your sight, keep them within your heart; for they are life to those who find them and health to one’s whole body. –Proverbs 4:20-22 (NIV)
Every discussion about healing included this Scripture. The Word of God would be health and healing to my body was my confession.
- I created a Healing Playlist comprising Scriptures about healing and a few songs. I listened to this day and night, night and day as I allowed the Word of God to work in me.
- I choose Promise over Privacy. I invited hundreds of believers to pray with me, and they did. Many of those praying with me had sat in Bible Studies as I did the teaching. It was amazing and amusing to realize that without understanding all that God was accomplishing, I had raised up my own army of Intercessors. The amazing fellowship of believers that the church is, prayed for me while the power of God was working through me. Miracles increase faith in the church. I understood that when we keep all our battles private, we deny the church the weight that builds its faith muscles.
- I chose Prayer over Pride. I stood at the same altar to be prayed for, where I had so often prayed for others. Humility is truly the gateway for breakthrough.
- I chose to speak only Faith. I was very careful about what I said, avoiding pitfalls to say something that contradicted what God had said about healing. This is a ready pit and when I fell in, I was quick to confess and get back to Faith speaking. When surgery was delayed for one month, God gave me the grace to speak only words of faith.
The human experience provides the context for faith or fear to function, for prayer or pride to thrive and for victory or defeat to happen. Faith can change the course of a river, relocate mountains and cause the finished work of healing to show up in our bodies. When the human experience encounters Faith in God, the Power of God gives breakthrough. All this happens because we serve a God for whom nothing is impossible.
Just two months after that ugly tumor was found, I was told I was CANCER FREE!
I celebrate. I worship. I am living the confession I made by faith:
“I am living a healed life.”
I believe Jesus was standing there with the surgeon, as he worked. Jesus was watching over His Word to perform it in my body, and He did. This victory is His.
Still living the healed life.