Faith, Fear or Pride?
May 10, 2020 (Post #39)
(From Journal #3: December 28, 2005)
Since the ER visit, things have been moving pretty fast. I had a colonoscopy and everything was perfect; thank You, Jesus! I also saw the oncologist and had yet another CT scan. But there’s still nothing showing as the cause for the pain in my side? My lymph nodes haven’t grown back any, but they haven’t shrunk further either. For this reason, the doctor suggests another round of Rituxan and he scheduled it for January. This afternoon I see the surgeon again because it appears I have developed a hernia at the surgery sight, so now I have this to deal with too.
I know I am healed. I always felt in my spirit that one round of immunotherapy is all that would be needed. What is Your will for me, Lord? I don’t want to refuse treatment to “prove that I have faith” to others that I believe I’m healed. That would be about me, my pride, and stubbornness. That would be foolish and dangerous and isn’t true faith. I don’t want to take treatments I don’t really need and risk side effects. But I also don’t want to refuse them out of fear of side effects. Help me make this decision based on faith and wisdom, not from fear, unbelief, or pride.
A few days ago, Pastor Rob emailed to wish us a Merry Christmas. That opened the door for me to seek his counsel about what to do. He helped me so much to put the confusion to rest. You are not the author of confusion. I feel peaceful and confident about treatments. I’ll take them with the same faith I did before. This is about my FAITH IN YOU, not faith in my faith…
1 Corinthians 14:33: For God is not the author of confusion but of peace…”
Philippians 4:6-7: Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
Psalm 32:8: I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will guide you with My eye.