Part 2

Last week we studied how Simon the Sorcerer tried to buy the Holy Spirit from the Apostles and was abruptly turned down and corrected because he equated his sorcery and the Holy Spirit to be one and the same.  Sorcery is not of God—the Holy Spirit is. (Isaiah 63:10) We also learned why the woman with the issue of blood was so compelled to press through the crowd for her blessing—she possessed faith determined.

When we observe people standing in all sorts of money lines for healing and such; my heart literally goes out to them for two reasons: They truly are seeking to be healed. But the one thing wrong with this equation— they are trying to purchase a gift from God. Of which He gives freely if you have the faith to believe. (Mark 11:24-25) Trust in Him. Instead of men, who will easily beguile you with their sleight of words and illusions. For wisdom is a defense, even as money is a defense; but the excellency of knowledge is that wisdom preserves the life of him who has it. (Ecclesiastes 7:12)

In 2008 I was diagnosed with one of the deadliest forms of Leukemia. My doctor only gave me a 20% chance of survival. Life expectancy thirty days without chemotherapy and unbeknown to me only three months after my chemotherapy. A bone marrow transplant was impossible since I was the only child of my parents’ union. The odds of their matching me were slim to none. The rest of my gene pool was entirely dried up.  And the National Bone Marrow Registry probably wouldn’t have a match. As not many African Americans donate to the cause for a lack of knowledge concerning the matter.

“This sickness is not unto death.”

While getting off the gurney in my hospital room, I received a word from the Lord saying “This sickness is not unto death.” Then He posed a question. “Whose report will you believe?” (Isaiah 53:1) One didn’t have to be a guest on American Bible Challenge to know the answer to that question. I will believe the report of the Lord! I knew what to say. Nevertheless, was it really etched on my heart and in my spirit? Yes, there were a lot of people praying for me from Florida to Illinois and beyond. But the thing really bothering me was if my heart was right before God.

There was no correlation with an epiphany. I wasn’t angry with God. Nor did I ask Him why me? I simply got on my knees and asked Him to forgive me for taking my life for granted. For years my husband would always tell me. “People talk about being blessed. Don’t they know good health is a blessing?” That statement rang so true in me like the bells at Westminster Abbey! Now the scripture has meaning which says…’though He is not far from each one of us; for in Him we live and move and have our being, as also some of your own poets have said, ‘For we are also His offspring.’ (Acts 17:27-28)

It is the spirit who gives life…

After praying, reading the word, watching, and listening to DVDs and CDs on healing, teaching Bible studies, and meditating on the Word. My revelation was I could be a billionaire, but if God did not heal me all the money in the world could not save me. The revelatory place of blessing is a place where God shows you what He is capable of doing and what He will do on your behalf. After the first round of chemo, they could no longer find the leukemia. However, decided to give me the standard treatment anyway. The day my hematologist told me he knew I was waiting for the other shoe to drop. But it wouldn’t because he believed I was healed—He told me he knew I was a woman of great faith. When he left the room I got down on my knees with tears in my eyes thanking God. “It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life.” (John 6:63)

May the Blessings of the LORD be with you today and always. Thank you for your continued readership and support. Until the conclusion next week….Blessings and Peace! 

Claudia is a thirteen-year leukemia survivor and ever so grateful and thankful to God who did the impossible in her life.

If you would like further information on donating bone marrow. Please contact the Gift of Live Bone Marrow Registry at +1.800.9MARROW or +1.561.264.8097. And giftoflife.org. Thank you so much.

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