Tuesday, October 15, 2013

What can we learn from the journeys and battles of those who have traveled this road? Part II

This month is Breast Cancer Awareness MonthDuring this month our fellowship recognizes a very special group of people on Sunday, October 27th ...our Cancer Survivors.  We continue our series on:

What can we learn from the journeys and battles of those who have traveled this road?

1.     Crisis Creates Confusion – A diagnosis can be a disturbing time.
2.     Caution Causes Carefulness – Don’t get ahead of God!
3.    Commitment Calls for Courage

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous! Do not tremble or be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.  Joshua 1:9 

For the one battling dangerous or even life-threatening cancer, the recommendation of treatment calls for a decision on their part to begin the battle for their life.  Such a decision requires a deep commitment and great courage.

Courage is defined as –
  • Mental or moral strength to venture, persevere, and withstand danger, fear, or difficulty
  • The quality of mind or spirit that enables a person to face difficulty, danger, pain, etc., without fear; bravery
Heroes come in all sizes and shapes.  Some are old, others young; some are physically strong, others weak; but there is one common denominator...they have the same heart.  The cancer survivor who has faced the pain and true agony of treatment knows what courage is when they show up for the second, third, fourth, or subsequent treatment knowing the cost.

Maybe you are dealing with a difficulty in your life that is calling for a commitment on your part which will cost you a great deal.  Possibly it is demanding a tenacity of both spirit and will which you are fearful of being able to attain.

Courage is not without fear.  Fear occurs when we measure the challenge against our strength.  Courage on our part is boldness in the face of fear.  Courage is not required where our strength and resource is equal to the challenge.  Being courageous is claiming more than your own power to conquer and walking against the fear and doubt that causes others to cease to fight.

May all who fight be imbued with courage wrought through FAITH IN GOD.  “If He brings you to it, then He will bring you through it.”  The problem develops when we forget Who brought us there and feel we are the ones in charge.  God has not called us to test our strength, but His.  Our cancer survivors remind us regularly to never question the power of our God to deliver!

Let’s learn the lessons of those who have walked this way before and keep our commitment with courage. 

Scripture to Claim:
For You are my hope; O Lord GOD, You are my confidence from my youth.  By You I have been sustained from my birth; You are He who took me from my mother's womb; My praise is continually of You.  I have become a marvel to many, for You are my strong refuge.  My mouth is filled with Your praise And with Your glory all day long.  Psalms 71:5-8

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