July 25 2017 – Click here to listen
Yesterday I called a friend that I haven’t spoken with in quite some time. One of his friends had sent me an e-mail and in part said:
“I want to ask for your prayer for Jimmy. A couple of months ago, he was diagnosed with melanoma cancer, which had metastasized throughout his body. Jimmy has always been the model of health & exercise, and he along with everyone who knows him has been stunned by the diagnosis.
He was accepted as viable for immunotherapy treatment at M.D. Anderson, and has gone through multiple treatments over the last few months. Yesterday was a big day, when they would review a new PET scan and MRI to determine if the treatments had been effective in causing the cancer to either regress or go into remission . . . The news was disappointing, and the treatments so far, have not had the desired effect.
Undaunted, the doctor stated that they would change the regimen, and begin anew this coming week. Jimmy is a giant among men in this community. He is a spiritual stalwart in our group. I look up to and revere him as the type of man that I wish I could be more like.
More importantly, his faith in our Father is strong . . . he walks the walk, talks the talk, and lives out the truth. I would be very grateful for your one more voice to join ours in praying for God’s will, (hoping that means miraculous healing for Jimmy.)
Jimmy told me the cancer had spread most everywhere in his body except his brain. He indicated that he did endure some pain with it and was exceedingly tired, but remained optimistic that the Lord had His hand on Him.
I prayed quite a long time for my friend yesterday and woke up this morning praying again. I ask you to join me. Jimmy is one of the good guys. The world needs more men like him, not less. I’m praying for complete restoration and that by the stripes of Jesus he will be wonderfully and miraculously healed.
I asked God to give him more time to continue accomplishing great things for Christ and his kingdom. Please stop whatever you’re doing and whisper a sweet prayer for Jimmy to our Lord in heaven who hears all prayers and they are pleasing to Him.
I am reminded about the sovereign will of God, and that we were created for Him and not vice versa. God desires to spend time with us too and I’m sure that he and Jimmy have much to catch up on; nonetheless when I petitioned God I reminded Him that He will have Jimmy for eternity and it seems only right that He would allow those of us who know him and love him to enjoy his presence for another relatively tiny season in comparison.
With that said I know that God makes all things work together for good to those who love Jesus and that it is His will and not mine that will be done on earth as it is in heaven. I trust God completely and have zero doubt my friend is being held in the hand of God and will remain so for all of eternity and absolutely nothing can ever separate God’s love for him.
If he is granted a long life on this earth I will rejoice; if he enters heaven I will rejoice. You see Jesus took the bitter sting out of death for all who love Him and Jimmy loves Him.
To some of you who know someone who has received a prognosis that spells doom or perhaps you received some bad news yourself, just be aware that Satan and sin brought disease, pain, grief, and death, to mankind, but Jesus overcame it and the Bible states in Cor. 15:55 “Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?” There is no sting and the victory has been won by Jesus – Believe it.!
There is an appointed time for everything. And there is a time for every event under heaven —
A time to give birth and a time to die;
A time to plant and a time to uproot what is planted.
A time to kill and a time to heal
A time to tear down and a time to build up.
A time to weep and a time to laugh;
A time to mourn and a time to dance.
A time to throw stones and a time to gather stones;
A time to embrace and a time to shun embracing.
A time to search and a time to give up as lost;
A time to keep and a time to throw away.
A time to tear apart and a time to sew together;
A time to be silent and a time to speak.
A time to love and a time to hate;
A time for war and a time for peace.
God Set Eternity in the Heart of Man
He has made everything appropriate in its time.