In earlier human history many people died prematurely of infectious diseases. However, the age of modern medicine has brought much of that under control. One only has to look at a graph of world population growth to appreciate the impact that vaccines, antibiotics and other medical advances have had on our survival rate during the past two centuries.
Now that many infectious diseases have been all but eliminated, the big killers (which always lurked in the background) have become dread diseases like heart attack, stroke and cancer. We can probably all think of someone who has been afflicted by one of these killer diseases.
Today I’d like to talk about cancer. Over the past twenty years I have had to face and fight three different cancers that could have caused my demise. So what is cancer anyway and how can we exercise our faith in fighting it?
Cancerous growths consume oxygen and nutrients and can even exert physical pressure within a given organ causing it to become dysfunctional.
“Cancer kills by invading key organs (like the intestines, lungs, brain, liver, and kidneys) and interfering with body functions that are necessary to live.” (American Cancer Society 2020)
Healthy cells are an asset to the body since they fulfill a certain function, whilst cancerous cells are a huge liability since they compromise the health and even have the potential of destroying the life of the body.
An event in the life of Jesus illustrates what I believe we can do to contend with cancer. It is the account of Jesus cursing the fig tree which bore no fruit.
The next day as they were leaving Bethany, Jesus was hungry. Seeing in the distance a fig tree in leaf, he went to find out if it had any fruit. When he reached it, he found nothing but leaves, because it was not the season for figs. Then he said to the tree, “May no one ever eat fruit from you again.” And his disciples heard him say it. —Mark 11:12-14
In the morning, as they went along, they saw the fig tree withered from the roots. Peter remembered and said to Jesus, “Rabbi, look! The fig tree you cursed has withered!” “Have faith in God,” Jesus answered. “I tell you the truth, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart but believes that what he says will happen, it will be done for him. Therefore, I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. —Mark 11:20-24
Cancerous growths in our bodies are like the branches of this fig tree which produced only leaves and bore no fruit. They deserve to be cursed since they have no function or purpose within the body. Jesus taught us that there is power in what we say; we can speak to the mountain of cancer and tell it to be removed. I believe one can and should literally curse cancer cells. I do so on a regular basis. I speak death on any cancer cell proliferating in my body and speak life over the healthy cells.
The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit. —Proverbs 18:21
Words kill, words give life; they’re either poison or fruit—you choose. —Proverbs 18:21 MSG
We have a traditional idea that prayer is asking for God to intervene, but in this instance the onus is on us to take a stand, speak to the mountain and curse the cancer cells.
If you have a friend or loved-one who is afflicted with cancer, why don’t you lay your hands on them and exercise your spiritual authority as you rebuke this sickness!?
If you yourself are a cancer sufferer, why don’t you boldly stand up to this bully called cancer and put him in his place!? I believe we can curse cancer and live!
This is an excerpt from the book “Going Against Goliath” (How to fight cancer and win) by Philip Robson.
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American Cancer Society 2020. Questions People Ask About Cancer. Online article at URL: https://www.cancer.org/cancer/cancer-basics/questions-people-ask-about-cancer.html Accessed 2020-06-06