I have always said that the Bible touches on every problem known to mankind. This morning I was reduced to humble adoration at the intense truth of that statement. I felt so touched by the Lord, I held my Bible up to my face and wept.
I accidentally left a huge tear mark on that page. I will dated the margin and will rejoice for years to come.
This morning I was astounded to find the word “cancer” in the NKJV Bible.
2 Timothy 2:16-17, “But shun profane and idle babblings, for they will increase to more ungodliness. And their message will spread like cancer. “
After years of reading “cankor” in the KJV, I switched to NKJV and discovered the word is translated “cancer.”
The Online Bible gives the definition of the Greek word gaggraina as “a gangrene, a disease by which any part of the body suffering from inflammation becomes so corrupted that, unless a remedy be seasonably applied, the evil continually spreads, attacks other parts, and at last eats away the bones.”
Yep, sounds like cancer to me.
But the Lord uses the physical is to remind us of the spiritual. We’re that kind of people. We just can’t take the Lord’s words for it, we have to see it to believe it. We need something physical we understand to teach us something spiritual we don’t understand.
How many of us would have said, as Thomas, “I won’t believe until I reach my hands into His side?”
So, the Lord uses physical illustrations to speak to our hearts.
My mind is kinda’ on cancer these days.
So when the Lord used this disease to illustrate putrid growth of doctrine that was irreverent, evil and useless, I took note.
Why should we be more concerned about doctrinal error than cancer? Today’s mantra, “doctrine divides” causes people to set aside doctrine for the sake of unity.
But, the Lord is going to divide sheep from the goats, wheat from the tares. Doctrine does divide. It divides darkness from light, truth from lies, and false teachers from true prophets.
Doctrine is crucial to teach us who Jesus is, what He did and what is coming. We must know what is Biblically correct, so we don’t allow the spiritual cancer to overtake our minds, our families, our churches.
Cancer can destroy only the body, but we get a new one at the resurrection from the dead if we are saved by the blood of Jesus.
Corrupt doctrine can destroy the soul, and there will not be another chance after death.
We’re rightly terrified of the “C” word, but it is a great reminder of the true cankor on earth, people NOT knowing the true doctrine about Jesus Christ and His saving grace.
I’ve been blessed to hear the amount of people praying for my healing from cancer.
But, today, I was impressed with a greater need – the healing of the Church’s spiritual cancer, the profane and idle babblings that lead to more ungodliness. Before the Church can be healed, individuals need to be healed.
We need the Great Physician to diagnose us with His Holy Word, and if we have spiritual cancer, it needs to be removed with the sword of the Word – it’s sharper than a scalpel.
Terrific depth of thought Mindy. Indeed, the modern church is suffering this cancerous sickness. What will a church built on sand do when trials and persecution come. We are so hood winked by easy believism.Again, your strong faith and insights are a blessing and encouragement. You are taking on your affliction by using the sword of the Lord. May he continue to bless you and lift you up.PS The thought of our resurrected bodies without blemish or pain is exhilarating isn't it?
Joan Husby says
I am so glad I dropped by your post today, Mindy. God bless you for being so real and for sharing your walk with your readers. He is using you to demonstrate His reality.
Mindy, Dropping by to let you know how much I appreciate you taking the time to come and visit my blog. Thanks for being so encouraging, even during this difficult time in your life. May the Lord continue to strengthen and encourage you daily…
Yes, we do need to be more concerned with false doctrine. Why do we focus so much on this world? This world is such a tiny part of our whole existence.Why does God work the way He does?I don't know.He gives and takes away.Blessed be the name of the Lord.Still praying for you.
Jaime Kubik says
I prayed for you this morning and for your daughter…is she still struggling with nightmares? The light of God truly shines through you, Mindy. I will continue to pray.
I thought of your last post again this morning as I heard, "mamma, mamma" waking me up to start another day. I'm going to a funeral of a friend who died of Cancer, today. And of course there is me. So, I'm praying God brings this post to mind along with the last one. Love you!