Darrell Strong - 05/20/2009
In all that I am about to write, I want to give all the glory to God above because He is the One responsible for my healing. And since faith is a gift from God (Ephesians 2:8), then I can't even take credit for that.
About three months ago, I noticed a small lump underneath my right armpit. I have never had a cyst and thought very little of it. After a few weeks, I noticed it getting larger and sorer, so I went to a dermatologist. She thought it was quite large, but non-cancerous, and wanted me to consult with a general surgeon to have it removed. So I made an appointment with a surgeon to have it out, although the appointment was not for a month.
In the past year, I have received some awesome teachings on faith at UBM's website. And as this issue arose, I decided to test my faith to see if healing really is for today and whether God would act, if I acted in faith on His promises. I've been a very faithful 'hearer' of the Word but never have been a 'doer', as far as trusting God for healing. I could have it removed very simply and easily by a surgeon but I wanted to step out in faith. I wanted to step out of my little boat and onto the water, wanting to see the hand of God work in my life.
I asked David to pray for me on 4/26/2009 on the UBBS broadcast, as I took a step of faith and began to step out of my boat. After deciding to do this, I was quite surprised at the double-mindedness that was in me. My own doubts that said, "Who are you to think that God desires to heal you?" I took my doubts to the Word, "taking up the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the evil one". (Eph. 6:16)
I attempted to take my TON of doubt daily to the foot of the cross and leave it there. I did, (2Cor.10:5) casting down imaginations, and every high thing that is exalted against the knowledge of God, and bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ". This was very hard and I tried to do this as best as I knew how.
In confessing this in faith to others, a few well-meaning Christians whom I know told me that God only heals through doctors and medicine. (As if God desires to heal only if we have exhausted all the worldly methods.) I can't think of one biblical example of Jesus telling someone to seek out the help of a doctor before coming to Him.
Another reason that I heard that God won't heal is that we each need to have our own 'word' from God telling us that He desires this for us. If He hasn't given this to us, then we can't expect to be healed.
But Romans 10:9-11 says, because if thou shalt confess with thy mouth Jesus as Lord, and shalt believe in thy heart that God raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. "Saved" here is the Greek word "sozo" (sode'-zo). It is from a primary word σως sos (contraction for the obsolete σάος saos, "safe"), to save; that is, deliver or protect (literally or figuratively) -- heal, preserve, save (self), do well, be (make) whole. (G4982)
(Rom.10:10) for with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. "Salvation" here is from the Greek word "soteria" (so-tay-ree'-ah). It is the feminine of a derivative of G4990 as (properly abstract) noun, rescue or safety (physically or morally) -- deliver, health, salvation, save, saving. (G4991)
So, the words "saved" and "salvation" also include health, preserve, be (make) well and heal. Hmm... (Rom.10:11) For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be put to shame.
Also, the woman who had an issue of blood in Mark 5:25-34 didn't consult or ask Jesus before she touched His garment. She simply "...heard the things concerning Jesus, came in the crowd behind, and touched his garment". She thought, "If I touch but his garments, I shall be made whole". She acted on faith and was healed. (Mark 5:29) And straightway the fountain of her blood was dried up; and she felt in her body that she was healed of her plague.
Now if Heb.13:8 is true, "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and to-day, yea and forever". So don't we have a right to act in faith for healing in the same way this woman from Mark 5 did? I believe this is true. I believed that I was already healed and waited for the manifestation of it.
Anyhow, the cyst continued to get larger and sorer. I called the general surgeon and canceled my appointment and cast it all on His promises that He was showing me from the Word. On 5/08, I awoke, went to shower and noticed that the cyst had come to the surface and was draining. By the end of the day, it had drained completely. Slowly, the remains of it shrunk day by day, where today it is gone!
Praise God Who is faithful! Fighting the good fight of faith is hard and this trial sure was fiery. (1Pet. 4:12) Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial among you, which cometh upon you to prove you, as though a strange thing happened unto you". But if we "hold fast the confession of our hope that it waver not; for he is faithful that promised". (Heb.10:23)
And He did not let me be "put to shame".