“You have to fight this.” “You can win this battle.” “Fight Like A Girl.” “You’re going to kick cancer’s butt.” Everyone that cares about you says you’re a fighter and a winner. Heck, you even tell yourself this several times a day. But what does it mean to fight cancer?
When I was first diagnosed, I decided I was stubborn, I was a fighter and I was going to win the battle against cancer. Looking back now, I’m not even sure what I thought that meant, but I sure was going to do it…whatever ‘it’ was.
As I moved along in this process, I began to think fighting would be a physical battle with the initial surgery; but, I did that and it didn’t feel like a battle. Then, I chose to complete my chemotherapy before breast surgery and I thought that, too, would be a physical battle. It has been challenging at times, but it doesn’t feel like war.
No, for me, it is about the battle in the mind and emotions; and THAT is a spiritual battle.
For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. (Ephesians 6:12 NKJV
For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, (2 Corinthians 10:3-5 NKJV)
If the enemy can get my thinking off the promises of God, then my emotions get stirred up. Once I become emotional, those emotions feed into my thoughts and then I find myself in a cycle of emotions vs. thoughts, which leads to fear. Once the enemy has me paralyzed by fear, I can find it hard to stand in faith.
The real battle of cancer is won in the mind. It’s about believing the Word of God and fighting all thoughts that try to come against what God says is true.
Casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, (2 Corinthians 10:5 NKJV)
Oh, it is not an easy battle. When the thoughts flood in, it is hard to remember that it is the enemy trying to attack. This is when the real battle begins. But, I do not fight this battle alone. God fights for me, his angels fight for me and I know that Adams’ Angels are fighting through prayer, too.
As you pray for me and my family, remember we are in a spiritual battle. Pray for God to give us the strength we need, to keep our mind and emotions focused on Him, to send His warring angels to fight & protect and to give us peace and rest.
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. Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy meditate on these things. (Philippians 4:6-8 NKJV)
Fighting and Believing!