Saturday, April 11, 2009

With God Nothing Is Impossible

Happy Easter everybody! Christ is risen and He's alive today and forever more. Let me tell you a story how Jesus Christ has healed me.

Thirteen years ago, I was diagnosed of that dreadful disease, the big C- Cancer. I had to undergo radiation and chemotherapy. I was so depressed. I felt like heaven and earth had closed on me. To have a cancer is like having a death sentence. I cried and cried until there were no more tears to shed. There was fear in my mind that I was going to die soon like my mom who died of cancer. I knew very well that cancer has no cure and the therapies I had did no good to me. They just worsened what I felt because of the side effects. Chemo is worst than the cancer itself. It made very weak and thin and I can't eat and I can't sleep. I can't even sit up for straight 5 minutes and when I lie down, I just can't breath. I really felt that I was going to die. My hair fell out and my nails were blackish due to chemo. My immune system was very weak that time. I asked forgiveness for my sins from my family and especially from the Lord because I felt that I would not live any longer. In case the Lord calls me home anytime, then I would be ready to face Him.

During those times, I had many prayer warriors. My church family was praying for me. During Sundays and also during prayer meetings, I was the subject of their prayers for one month. Some pastor friends had visited me and prayed for my healing. My family and I prayed very hard because we believe in miracles. Day and night I cried to the Lord for my healing. I believe in my heart that with God there is nothing impossible. That was the the time that I exercised my faith in the sovereign power of God. During those nights that I can't sleep, I went down on my knees for many hours, crying, praying and pleading to God for my healing. I said to the Lord that I know all people are going to die and if it's His will to call me home then I'm ready but if it's His will that I will live then He will heal me. With prayer, supplication and thanksgiving, I pleaded to the Lord to extend my life. I made a covenant with Him. I had also claimed His promises in the Bible like "Ask and it shall be given, seek and you shall find", "I am the Lord that healeth thee", "Whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you will receive it and it will be yours", "I will never leave you nor forsake you". These verses, I said it back to Him and the Lord honored His WORD. Slowly, I gained back my strength and my health. Jesus has healed me! He is really the God of miracles! He restored me physically. The good Lord had showed me that there is no problem too big for God's intervention and there is no person too small for God's attention. Satan wanted to defeat me and be angry with God and to give up my faith in Jesus but He did not succeed. JESUS CHRIST is my Healer.

Now I am a living testimony of how the good Lord has worked in my life and He really answers the prayers of His children. My prayer warriors and I were victorious. Cancer has a cure and it's faith in Jesus Christ. He is the greatest physician. What happened to me was a test of faith. When everything else failed, I turned to Jesus. I unloaded all my burdens to Him. Man's knowledge is limited, what is impossible to man is possible to God. I didn't get angry with God, instead I considered my affliction as a blessing in disguise because my faith in Jesus Christ became stronger. Maybe if my faith in Him was weak and wavering, cancer would have knocked me down 6 feet under the ground. I believed that God had allowed this thing to happen so I would be closer to Him more than ever and to depend on Him and trust in Him when things become confusing.

The trial in my life didn't end there. Satan tried to defeat me again in another area of my life and that was my love life. My boyfriend of 4 years had joined a cult religion. He was brainwashed just by watching it on TV everyday (Ang Dating Daan). Later he attended their church, studied their doctrines and was baptized. He then wanted me to join him there. I asked what are their doctrines and I got the shock of my life when he told me about it. It was the first time that I heard of a religion that don't believe in the doctrine of original or inherited sin and they don't believe in the Holy Spirit either. They are not allowed to eat during any occasion if the celebrant belongs to another religion. Also their false teacher was very arrogant, cursed on TV, had twisted the meaning of the verses in the Bible. His members were blind followers and that included my boyfriend. I said to myself there's no way that I will join that cult religion. My BF and I began having arguments regarding our opposing beliefs. He said he's the man and I should follow him. Our once smooth relationship became sour. I couldn't give up my faith and religion for a cult religion, neither one of us wanted to give up. I loved my BF but I can't accept his beliefs. I knew that was a ploy of the enemy. I was on spiritual warfare. My BF said he was praying for me so later on I would change my mind and join him in his cult religion (he didn't believe it was a cult, he even said his religion is the true religion founded by God an all other religions are not).

Before this thing happened, we had planned to get married on January 2000 but he wanted me to marry him right away at that time but it will be in their church and to be officiated by their false teacher. I prayed to God for direction and guidance. Then the Lord told me that I should give up my BF. It hurt me to do so. It was not easy for me because I love him. Satan had reminded me of how my BF stick with me during those trying moments in my life. He had accompanied me to the hospital during my treatments of the big C. We've been through good times and difficult times together and he said no sickness or problem could break us apart. It never came to my mind that it would be our opposing beliefs that would separate us. He was so kind, understanding, caring and sincere. I thought I would never find another man like him. When I broke up with, I felt like I died a thousand deaths. When I was alone in my room that was the time that I released all the heartaches that I felt by crying. I never forget his facial expression when I broke up with him. He was very, very sad, hurt and he went home right away. My heart told me to retract what I said but there was a small voice within me that said I should not. It's the voice of the Holy Spirit. With the help of God and with lots of prayers I was able to recover from that break up after a few months. A couple of years later, God gave me my life partner that He wanted me to have for the rest of my life. I won't trade him for anything else. He love me unconditionally and spoil me rotten. He is a Baptist preacher and now we're doing missionary works here in the Philippines. God is good all the time and I praise God for everything that He has done and He's going to do in my life and in our ministry.

Being a Christian doesn't guarantee that there will be no trials and tribulations in life but the bottom line is how should we respond to those trials. I have proven to myself that God will not give us trials beyond our endurance. I obtained strength to overcome those trials by acknowledging my weakness and relying on God. He gave me the strength to endure circumstances beyond my human capability.

Brokenness characterized my life, my health, my plans my heart and my mind. Yet there is no despair. I bring my broken body, broken dreams and broken heart to God. He is the source of wholeness in life. Whatever our condition, He can touch our mind, heart and soul and heal our inner being when we ask Him sincerely. By His power and His grace I now live with peace that previously seemed unattainable, a joy that is hard to understand and a hope that seems impossible. I am experiencing the best of life in God especially with my hubby in my life now. This relationship becomes meaningful because Jesus makes the difference. He gives purpose to all my endeavors. Everything that happens to me He transforms, making every situation an opportunity for growth.

With God I have found that life even in the midst of problems, turmoil, pain and loss can be satisfying and meaningful. Without Him, a life crowned with success, power, wealth and health would remain lonely and empty- a chasing after the wind.

12 comments:

Emily Cook said...

Can God lie?

Titus 1:2 - "In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began;"

Hebrews 6:18 - "That by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us:"

I'm so sorry if your god can lie. The God of the Bible cannot. He is not a liar. It is impossible for Him to lie, according to St. Paul.

There is, however, a god in the Bible who can lie.

John 8:44 - "Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it."

kris said...
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warriorkiddo said...

Ang Dating Daan have foreign brethren from Africa, Papua New Guinea, Korea, Japan, Australia, South America, Germany etc. They conduct Bible Expositions from different parts of the globe and it is being packed with foreign nationals. Almost every week there are people who are being baptized from all over the Philippines and abroad.

Is that what you call a cult?

You have moved on with your life because you have found someone else who loves you just the same. You can change your partner in life, but the TRUE GOD in the Bible remains. There is only one true Church in the Bible; all others are false. Those false religions are the vehicle of Satan. He is a liar from the beginning.

There is still enough time to think about it. God is true to His words.

Matthew 7:7 Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: 7:8 For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.

General Pops said...

Hi Lis,

You've been to rough roads I should say...

I've been listening to Ang Dating Daan for so many years now. Honestly, I am amazed with the basis that their church leader use.
He is very sensible though he use seemingly foul words... but the verses show that even good apostles before and even Christ speaks sharp words to strike on wrong doings of men.

I wish that you could still listen, test every religion (including their Ang Dating Daan)and weigh out who's who. Who among the rest has its basis. Who among the rest proves what was written. And who among the rest fulfills the law written in the scriptures. I felt your pain before. I'm not in the position to state all these, I'm still in the process of getting away with my vices and leisures in life, but God knows I'm seeking for Him up to now. After the years of my searching I found answers to my spiritual thirst watching ADD.


Giving up old belief is not that easy at first. But I pray that you may find time to examine still.

Warm regards online buddy,
Aie

Lisa said...

To Emily Cook:

My God don't lie and I don't know why you said that He can. Where in my post did I write that God can lie? You tell me. It's okay to leave a comment in my post but don't add anything that I didn't write. I wrote that with God nothing is impossible so why did you twist what I wrote? Or maybe you did not read my entire post and you just made your own conclusion. I WANT TO MAKE IT CLEAR, MY LORD JESUS CHRIST CAN'T LIE, maybe your god can.

warriorkiddo said...

For Emily's post & Lisa's reply:

I think I got what Emily means when she talked about "God cannot lie".

Your post was entitled "With God Nothing is Impossible". Emily simply wants to point out that there is something God cannot do and that is to Lie. That is biblical, she already cited the verses.

Lisa, no one tells you about that truth in the Bible not even your pastors or co-believers, only the members of a religious organization you perceived as cult. If you were only able to delve more deeply on the doctrines and teachings of Ang Dating Daan, you will never say it is a cult - everything is biblical and sensible.

Lisa said...

to warriorkiddo & Emily:

There is only one God, one Jesus and one Holy Spirit, one religion and it teaches Jesus. You people have blown this all out of proportion. All that is stated here is "Nothing Is Impossible with God", yes it is impossible for God to lie but that is not what is meant here. Nothing is impossible for God was meant that when it came to healing where man could not do, God the Almighty could do the healing. The so called god you say can lie is no god, he is satan, never was a god and never will be a god. He is satan the devil. Now if you have problems with this you need to get your heart right and open your eyes. No one said God could lie. the problem is you're trying to put your interpretation here instead of reading the verse for what is meant. You need the real Bible, the original King James Bible. All others are not the true BIBLE.......

Cacai M. said...

Belated Happy Easter Lis! Am glad all is well with the help of our ALMIGHTY GOD. I believe with your post title too that With God, Nothing is Impossible! Hail to HIM!

By the way, before I forgot I have an award for you, it's in here:

http://www.cacainadjourney.com/2009/04/queen-of-blogs-and-blogger-award.html

I hope you will grab it and post because you deserve of such!
muahhh! see yahh..

Arlene said...

Right! With God, nothing is impossible and God cannot lie also. But humans twist the scriptures by their hollow and deceptive philosophy.

True Path said...

Luke 1:37 For with God nothing shall be impossible. (KJV)

It's sad How Mr Eli Soriano and his followers are so full of pride that they twists scripture even to the point of insulting God.

What does the Bible teach us about how to determine if someone is a false preacher or profit?

Matt 7:16 Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? (KJV)

From my experience what are the fruits of the Church of Soriano? Hate, slander, stealing.

You can see a perfect example here, Lisa is sharing her life experiences and along comes the makapal Church of Soriano people to accuse her of following the devil.

peytazarcon said...

I'm on a same situation right now. My bf will be baptized on friday at an ADD church. Im still praying for him and hoping that God will change his heart. I love him so much and it is so heart breaking for me just to think that we might broke up after this. Thank you for posting your testimony.

Lisa said...

@Petazarcon, I feel you but no matter what, don't give up your faith in God and your beliefs. God will honor you for that. Maybe your bf is not God's will for you and He has something better in store for you. Keep praying and God will give you the desires of your heart.