I do not believe nor have I ever felt that God gave me this disease and I don’t believe our Father in Heaven wants his children to suffer. I believe that we are made in the image of GOD and our bodies are one of HIS greatest miracles. If we give our bodies every opportunity to heal by our faith, our minds, and our spirit, they will.
Jesus said (John 14:12) that “whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do”. Jesus healed the sick, but more importantly he’s given us the means to heal also. Through the grace of God, the power of the Holy Spirit, and the loving sacrifice of Jesus Christ we are healed in HIS name.
When I was diagnosed the one thing that went through my mind was that I knew God could heal me, but would He. I mean we’re all going back home one day and maybe this is just my time. I’ve seen a lot of really good, fervent believers whose time on this earth was over. It’s going to happen to all of us and why should I think I’m any different. However I still had both believers and nonbelievers telling me to fight and not give up hope. Hope? What hope?!? What is hope to a dying man? How can hope help me fight a disease with no known cause or cure? But I like so many others was basically told people live 3 to 5 years with ALS and that there was no hope. So what’s hope to a man on a scaffold?
I noticed that when I left the doctor’s office after my diagnosis I was devoid of all hope and I FELT LIKE I WAS GETTING WORSE. One week before my diagnosis and two weeks after I was in the deepest, darkest depression I had ever experienced. My onset had started in one leg and by diagnosis I could hardly walk without a cane. I felt as if I wasn’t going to make it the rest of the year. But I noticed that when I decided to fight I had hope. And with hope I felt better and stronger.
HOPE…that was the key!
I cried out to my God to spare me this illness, I begged for healing, and I asked for answers but still got ALS anyway. But just like every other trial in my life when I reached out to God, God reached back. Through the whispers of the Holy Spirit I was told to remember that the doctors had given me a ‘diagnosis’ and an ‘average’ but only God knows HOW and WHEN I’m coming home. I was reminded that I could go tonight or I could out live my doctors. It’s all up to God!
You have decided the length of our lives. You know how many months we will live, and we are not given a minute longer (Job 14:5)
You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed (Psalms 139:16)
When I was scared and cried out for God to remove this burden from me the Holy Spirit simply ask me one question “Do you believe your sins are forgiven?” And I said “yes Lord”. I was then reminded that there is healing in the forgiveness of Jesus, by his sacrifice and unwavering love.
Seeing their faith, Jesus said to the paralyzed man, “My child, your sins are forgiven.” And the man jumped up, grabbed his mat, and walked out through the stunned onlookers.(Mark 2:5,12)
I was also reminded that there’s healing in HOPE and that it’s as important as Faith and Love
Three things will last forever—faith, hope, and love—and the greatest of these is love (1 Corinthians 13:13)
But I was also shown through this experience that God is talking literally to us when he says without Hope we’ll get sick
Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a dream fulfilled is a tree of life. (Proverbs 13:12)
I started feeling better when I embraced God’s HOPE and put my energies into changing my attitude and being positive and not depressed, believing that I can beat this disease through my FAITH in Jesus and His sacrifice
By his stripes we are healed (1 Peter 2:24, Isaiah 53:5)
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me (Philippians 4:13)
By our FAITH we’re healed because we believe in HIS divinity and because he’s GOD. And because our faith is in Jesus, our hearts are with Jesus, and we seek His will for our lives, in Jesus we are given all the promises of God given to Jesus because of what He did on the cross and we are with HIM! When I started remembering that Jesus heals because of what He did and that are hearts are with Him, I was reminded of the woman who had faith in Jesus’ healing
For she thought to herself, “If I can just touch his robe, I will be healed.” Immediately the bleeding stopped, and she could feel in her body that she had been healed of her terrible condition… Then the frightened woman, trembling at the realization of what had happened to her, came and fell to her knees in front of him and told him what she had done. And he said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well. Go in peace. Your suffering is over.” (Mark 5:28-29, 33-34)
And He’s healing is for all of us now and forever
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. (Hebrews 13:8)
We are made in God’s image and our bodies are miracles by His design. If I believe by blind faith that Jesus will heal me He will! Not to mention give my body every opportunity to heal by giving it the food God had intended for me to eat in the first place or supplements to help replenish whatever I had taken out of it by my past actions in life, that my body can be restored.
Wendy Moore’s story is an incredible story of faith. She was diagnosed with ALS and through her faith in Jesus and her determination to stay positive in the Word she was healed of ALS. Or the incredible testimony of Dodie Osteen who was healed of stage four cancer simply by her blind faith in Jesus.
I believe the Lord loves us and doesn’t want His children to perish.
Seventy years are given to us! Some even live to eighty. But even the best years are filled with pain and trouble; soon they disappear, and we fly away (Psalms 90:10)