I'm sure that when you read the title of this post, you thought that I was going to talk about some sort of new exercise routine that we're gung ho about. But, I'm not. I was reminded today that exercising our faith is what develops it. Just as exercising our muscles develop them. Without exercise, we don't gain strength. But with exercise, we are able to accomplish more and more. I'm sure that you understand the correlation. :)
Anyway, I'm living a faith exercise today. Tomorrow afternoon (at 12:15pm), I will be having a PET scan. This is the head-to-toe imaging of my body that supposedly reports any irregular activity. For months, I've known that this scan was coming, but I've just sort of put it out of my mind. Well, mostly.
When the scan was scheduled last week, I realized that Satan began to worm his little way into my thoughts. I constantly heard things like, "I bet your worried about this, huh?" or "What are you going to do if the scan isn't clear?" The what-ifs and oh-my-goodnesses have a way of compounding until they force the very air out of a person's lungs.
Luckily, I've been down this road before, so I was quickly able to recognize these mental attacks as no more than what they are - attacks. They aren't truth, and they aren't valid. They have a way of making us doubt what the Lord has promised. Scripture is abundantly clear when it instructs us not to worry, but to be still before the Lord.
Certainly, I could choose worry in this instance. It's the easiest thing to choose. However, as these little lies pop into my mind, I quickly utter this prayer, "Lord, thank you for my health today. Thank you for being in control. Thank you for being trustworthy. And, thank you for my divine, supernatural healing. You are good, and I will proclaim your goodness all the days of my life."
The truth is, y'all, the Lord has declared to me over and over and over again, that this is His battle. I need not worry. He is healing me. He has shown me this through scripture. He has revealed this to me through His spirit, and He has used others to tell me of my healing over and again.
So, would you please pray that I don't lose sight of the Lord in this? Pray that He would allow me to withstand Satan's attacks on my mind. Pray that I am able to replace worry or doubt with His truth. Pray that they are able to start the IV with ease (this took almost an hour last time. Chemo is hard on the veins, and IVs are almost impossible for me these days.). And, most importantly, would you praise God for my divine, supernatural healing. Praise Him with me, that He, alone, is bigger than any cancer or any drug. I fully understand that He's responsible for healing me.
Psalm 34:8 says, "Taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the man who takes refuge in him."
Let's take refuge in Him today. Shut down Satan's lies with God's truth, and rest in the fact that He is good.