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“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, “all things are become new.”
2 Corinthians 5:17
For the past 12 months I’ve been poked and pricked
My body operated on and then stitched
A variety of medicines I can’t even name
The infusion of chemo continuously running through my veins
Despite my ordeal, I have Him to claim
Jesus my Healer is who I maintain
I’m reboot, recharged, and feeling so alive
Born Again, Jesus’s blood is the reason I survived
In a recent conversation with my Survivorship doctor, she wanted me to share with her how I was doing from our last visit three months prior.
My heart poured out to her expressing my gratitude of what God has done for me. I expressed to her that I feel fantastic. I am living as though cancer was never apart of my life.
She went on to share with me about a seminar she attended that spoke of the importance of speaking positive affirmations and the difference they saw in people’s lives when practiced by patients who experienced cancer.
Her doctor’s orders were that she wanted me to verbalize aloud everyday that I’m healed from this cancer.
I felt so good to be able to tell her that I do that quite frequently. That I utter those words in my prayers, thanking God for healing me and that I also thank Him aloud.
“Thank You Jesus for healing me of this cancer” were my words to her.
Her face lit up!
Most importantly, God’s name lit up in that doctor’s office.
The emotion I expressed to her about feeling as though I never had this cancer is the J.O.Y. (Jesus Only You) I feel in knowing that only Jesus could have cleansed me with His blood. He removed the cancer cells from my body and revived me by His Spirit.
The more exciting news in all this is that I’m not just healed from this cancer, but that I have been BORN AGAIN!
It goes beyond being free of this cancer and having a second chance at life. It means the promise in knowing like Pastor Rick says, God is leading me to a whole new beginning.
The truth of it all as Pastor Rick said is that we will have to go through tribulations in this life, but we don’t have to live in the midst of our troubles as though it’s the end. We can live THROUGH it, being guided by God’s GPS, to a place where the old order of things will be no more.
And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.
God sent His Son Jesus, our WayMaker, as a revelation, to map out the road for us; not directing us to the end but to a new beginning.
People go through life feeling this persistent sense of emptiness, despite all the money, power, possessions, accolades, and fame, yet nothing seems to fill that void.
Can I say, nothing ever will, until one comes to the realization and truth that only Jesus can replace that momentary happiness or chronic sadness, suffering, and pain with eternal JOY.
Just like a device might require a reboot when the software is not functioning, so do our hearts. It’s simply making a change in our hearts in order to establish a new beginning.
This requires stepping out in faith to experience a spiritual awakening and transformation in the heart.
As a sinner, we are spiritually dead until we choose to reboot our hearts and receive spiritual life through faith in Jesus Christ.
And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins.
Many people’s hearts are still closed off to this truth and don’t seem to understand what it means to experience a rebirth. Take a look at the Bible story when Jesus tells Nicodemus that he must be born again or he will never see the Kingdom of God.
“Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him.
Jesus answered and said unto him, verily, verily, I say unto thee, except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.
Nicodemus saith unto him, how can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb, and be born?
Jesus answered, verily, verily, I say unto thee, except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.
That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.
Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be BORN AGAIN. “
The lyrics of Austin French’s song professes just that, the freedom that salvation brings in knowing that our lives may be broken and we may experience traumatic things such as disease, illness, financial loss, abuse, depression, divorce, death of a loved one, etc., but we don’t have to hold on to the bondage of our pain and sadness. Jesus has broken our chains, loosened our shackles, and given us a new lease on life.
Like Nicodemus said to Jesus, for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him. John 3:2
Nicodemus was a ruler of the Jews, so one could obviously assume he was an intelligent man.
Jesus answered and said unto him, Art thou a master of Israel, and knowest not these things?~John 3:10
Just like many people today who struggle with this truth of who Jesus is, Nicodemus was no different.
Nicodemus answered and said unto him, how can these things be? ~John 3:9
Nicodemus too struggled with comprehending that Jesus was the Son of God, the sacrificial Lamb, the King of Kings, and Lord of Lords. The One who came to save us; our rescuer.
Jesus was NOT just a teacher like so many professed Him to be, but most importantly, He is God, the Beginning and the End, our Savior. The One who came to save us from our sins and to set us free.
For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. ~John 3:17
Jesus made it very clear to Nicodemus that ANYONE who believes in Him shall be saved.
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. ~John 3:16
Could Austin French have sang this truth any better in his song “Born Again”?
I was down on my luck, I was stuck
I was running ’round broken-hearted
I was sinking so fast
I couldn’t last falling apart
And You could’ve ran away
Leaving me there in my shame
Leaving me fighting my pain
But You made a better way
I’ve been saved
Goodbye to the sinner, I’m held by the Father above
No more shame, for
I’m out of the desert and drowned in the power of love
Amazing grace, my soul set free
Ain’t no grave, got a hold on me
I’m born again, born again
Washed by the water, I’m clean
My eyes have been open
You’re showing me all of my life in a new light
Every step, every breath
Like it’s the first time
You could’ve ran away
Leaving me there in my shame
Leaving me fighting my pain
But You made a better way….
Thank You Jesus! You made a better WAY. It’s called the cross.
When this cancer came upon my body, it caught me off guard. But it wasn’t a surprise for my God. He went to the cross for everything we would face in this temporal life. He made a better way through His blood.
God uses our pain and heartaches for His purpose and His glory. Nothing He allows us to go through in this life is ever in vain.
I’m thankful that He allowed me to go through this cancer because if that’s how He chose to use me, I will continue to praise Him because of it. He didn’t leave me to suffer alone, He carried me and saw it to completion…which was my REMISSION!
I’m glad having gone THROUGH it!
The irony in all this is that a month after returning to work, my partner who I worked closely with, shared with me that she was diagnosed with breast cancer. You can only imagine my shock to hear this devastating news, especially because it’s someone I worked so closely with.
What are the odds in all this I thought. I was reminded that nothing God allows us to experience is random, and it’s all part of His plan and purpose.
Once again, this might have caught me by surprise, because it definitely caught my partner by surprise. However, it’s so comforting in knowing that this did not come as a surprise to God. He knew she would have to experience it and would have to trust Him in order to get THROUGH it.
He granted her peace that surpassed all understanding, kept her in good spirits, and helped her to maintain a positive attitude.
There was a point when she questioned why she hadn’t shed a tear or felt moments of sadness. J.O.Y. is what I told her…Jesus Only You!
She recently underwent surgery and she’s doing well. Praises to our God!
What could have meant death, Jesus gave her life.
💕Dedicated to Michele Mazin 💕
Nicodemus struggled with the idea of what it meant to be born again, but it doesn’t have to be the same for us. I think anyone who has survived an illness that could have potentially led to death, by God’s mercy and grace is given another chance at life. I believe God spares our lives for different purposes.
The believer gets the opportunity to rejoice in God’s saving grace, being able to continue doing the work in furthering His Kingdom, and sharing the good news of His love and what He has done. For the unbeliever, God can use His healing power to open one’s eyes to a spiritual awakening of what He desires to do if only faith and trust is placed in His Son Jesus.
Are you born again? Are you washed by the spirit and cleansed by His blood?
I recently had my 3 month follow up CT scan and the results of the scan was all God. All I can tell you is that Jesus’s blood has cleansed and healed me. Dr. Diaz asked me how do I feel and I told him I felt awesome. He said, “And you’re still exercising?” He told me whatever I’m doing to keep it up because I’m doing great and my CT scan is looking really, really good. EVERYTHING WAS NEGATIVE!!!!
It’s now a little over a year since I was diagnosed with Ovarian Cancer and 8 months since Jesus has healed me. My decision of faith many, many years ago to accept Jesus Christ as my One and True Savior was the best decision I could have ever made.
No matter what I may go through in this life, I can maintain my smile and walk in the promise of knowing like Austin French says,
“I’m born again, born again
washed by the water, I’m clean!”
The Love of my Chemo Crew! ❤️