What are you made of? I am not asking what is your physical composition – such as hair, skin, blood, skeletal frame etc. I am asking, what is the measure of your inner strength – your fight, your determination, your endurance. A cancer diagnosis will test what you are made of.It will test if you have the heart to follow through when the going gets tough.
The Bible says, “If thou faint in the day of adversity, thy strength is small.” Adversity reveals how strong we are. Every human being will have a test. Everyone will go through some sort of fire. That is just the process of life. Gold must go through the fire to prove it is pure gold. Precious metals must go through the refining fire to be purified. 1 Peter 1:7 says,“That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ”.
Arm yourself with the understanding that you are in a war against a formidable foe. Cancer is no joke. It is an intimidating enemy, but it can be defeated. You must train yourself like a soldier and prepare for war. Build up your faith.
I remember when I was in the hospital after just having surgery on my femur bone. The bone was so diseased from cancer, I had to have a rod placed in my leg to hold up the bone. When my good friend and brother came to visit me, he greeted me with, “What’s up, SOLDIER?”. That was his way of reminding me that I was in a battle and he was encouraging me to keep fighting and not to lay down my arms.
In 1941, Great Britain was at the brink of war with Nazi Germany. Great Britain was on her own in Europe as Poland, France, Czechoslovakia and the low countries had all fallen to Hitler’s encroaching world dominance. On October 29th, 1941, Winston Churchill, the Prime Minister, made a rousing speech to his country at his childhood school. His words have now become legendary as an anthem and call for courage.
‘…never give in, never, never, never, never—in nothing, great or small, large or petty—never give in except to convictions of honour and good sense…‘Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.’
Although cancer or whatever trial you are facing, may be or seem formidable, you can overcome it. With God all things are possible. Don’t be afraid of the fight. Embrace it. Fight with everything that is in you. Do not believe in or allow defeat. Do not cower to cancer. Another friend of mine once said, “If I ever got cancer, I would fight to the very end.”
If you observe athletes and competitors, they thrive on the competition. Winning and victory motivates them. They work hard andstrive to win and beat their opponents. They cannot imagine losing. Losing is not an option.
The Apostle Paul compared the Christian walk to that of an athlete. He said in 1 Cor. 9:24 – 27, “Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain.And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible.I therefore so run, not as uncertainly; so fight I, not as one that beateththe air:But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway.”
So, my word to you is keep fighting. Develop a competitor and winners’ mindset. Giving up is not an option. “… in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.”(Romans
So, what are you made of, SOLDIER?