The night after Kim went Code Blue from the infusion reaction, I declared war on cancer and so I ended a post entitled, "Dark Night of the Soul" with this:
We have a long road ahead but know that God is living and He is hearing the prayers of His beloved children. In the meantime I am giving Mr. Lymphoma a little warning: "Look out, brother! Because me, my God, and an army of prayer warriors are coming to KICK...YOUR...ASS!!!"Here's why. Cancer is a horrible disease and it's certainly worthy of having it's butt kicked but there's something more. I believe cancer is a product of sin. This world was not meant to have horrible things like cancer. Nothing opens your eyes to this more than walking around the cancer floor of a children's hospital. The Bible opens with God’s creation of the heavens and the earth and a proclamation that “it was good” (Gen 1:31). However, after the fall of man, what was once “good” becomes marred and distorted by sin and from that point on we see the pernicious effects of sin, which include disease, disasters, and death. But God doesn't sit still, He sends His Son, Jesus, who demonstrates a greater power...a divine power over demons, disease, disasters and death – a glimpse of the kingdom to come – and leaves with the promise of a new heaven and a new earth (Rev 21:1).
Make no mistake about it - God hates sin and the effects of sin (including cancer) and that's why He sent His son Jesus - quite frankly, to kick it's ass. Even from the very beginning, immediately after the Fall, God makes the prophetic promise that although Satan would strike Jesus via death on a cross, Jesus would eventually administer a crushing blow back through the victory found in His resurrection:
"...he [Jesus] will crush your head, and you [satan] will strike his heel" -Genesis 3:15bNow, this may be a liberal translation but "crushing someone's head" in my mind is akin to "kicking his ass". Paul even talks about this resounding victory that we will have in Christ when he says:
"..and he [God the Father] put all things under his feet [Jesus] and gave him as head over all things to the church... -Ephesians 1:22-23Now remember this was written to the Church in Rome - the birthplace of the largest empire this world has ever known - they knew all about butt-kicking. In the Roman world when you had soundly defeated your enemy you took the highest ranking officer and placed your foot on their throat - the most vulnerable position possible. This was a profound picture of absolute victory (aka: "ass-kicking"). The crazy thing is that Paul actually says God will do this through OUR feet.
"the God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet..." -Romans 16:20Amazing. The Church has the power through Christ to do some major damage to sin and the effects of sin, and we have seen this firsthand through the power of prayer in the last four months.
God hates cancer more than we hate cancer, because he hates what sin does to His children. But He didn't just sit there and complain, He did something about it - something drastic. He sent His son to deal with sin and all the effects of sin by dying on the cross. He sent him to earth to kick sin's ass. And when he returns, he will finish what he started...
And I looked, and behold, a white horse! And its rider had a bow, and a crown was given to him, and he came out conquering, and to conquer. -Revelation 6:2So if you find yourself beat up by sin or the effects of sin. Fret not. We know how it's all going to end. Someone's going to get their ass kicked and it ain't going to be pretty. I can't wait.
In His Grace,
Peter & Kim