Glory to God in the Highest. Blessings and honour to Jesus Christ, my Lord and Saviour. Holy Spirit of God, thank you for living inside of me, being my every breath. Amen!
In a previous article, I wrote a letter to my mother. The loss of my mom going to heaven has left a vacuum and a great longing to be close to her again. However, we do have a lot of peace knowing that she is happy and with Jesus. It was not even 2 weeks after the funeral, when our 15 year old son started showing flu symptoms. After being treated for flu for 2 weeks, we insisted that he should be seen by an Internist. After many blood tests, X-rays and scans, it was identified that he was being attacked by a virus of which we could not identify a name or exact treatment. We did however know that illness is not from God, so the attack was from satan.
Due to nausea, headaches and double vision, it was finally discovered that there was swelling on the brain. He was admitted to hospital and they could mainly treat symptoms like the swelling on the brain. This in turn meant that his body was pumped with a great amount of very strong steroids, which from a medical perspective had negative effects, such as nausea, emotional instability, and lack of balance, heart palpitations, weight gain and severe acne. During this time, God alone knew what was going to happen to our son. Never have I cried so much and never has my faith been tested to this degree.
Our prayer group, family and friends declared a fast and prayed continually, trusting Jesus for complete healing. We reminded the Lord of His promises in His Word and stood on scripture such as Isa 53:5, Ps 103:3, 1 Pet 2:24. God send us messages through scripture and people and it was confirmed 3 times that he has plans for our son to have a prosperous future. Hence, we knew that he would not be taken to heaven. The challenge however, was putting faith into action. As much as we prayed, the virus kept kicking back. As parents, we also addressed through prayer, scripture and assistance from other children of God, any form of evil such as; games that he played, unforgiveness in his heart etc. We approached this thing from all possible angles and we knew that the real enemy was satan. After our son had to go through a lumber punch, improvement stepped in. He was released from hospital a day later, but was still booked off from school for 3 weeks to recover.
Now in all this, as parents we had to keep our son motivated that all was going to be fine and that he would recover 100%. We continued to fast and pray and the Lord revealed to us that when people ask how our son was doing, we should no longer indicate that there are challenges but we claim victory. He also said to us not to say that our son was getting better or that he was better. Better means that there are still challenges and if we believed that our son has been healed, we had to say it otherwise we do not speak by faith and we are going by what we see and not what we know. Please note that at this point in time he was still vomiting and experiencing a great amount of discomfort.
God then gave us Heb 11:1 that says “now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see”. Praise God! We then started proclaiming the words that our son has been healed and every time people asked how he was doing, we did not focus on what we saw, but in faith said that he has been completely healed. We told satan that we stand against any negative effects of the medicine and that the victory belongs to Jesus and therefore to us. We also declared that we will not be dictated by satan or any evil force, but only by the truth of God. We also changed the way we think and spoke. It has been almost 1 week since we have taken this stand in faith, and our son has been healed. He is going about his normal routine like always and is now catching up on schoolwork. Praise God!
I am sharing our testimony with you, because we all go through challenges and yes we know that God is in control and that he loves us. However, when our faith is put through such a great test, we do tend to ask God why it happens and why we do not see Him coming to the fore. I speak from experience when I say that even standing firm in my faith; I asked God questions and could not understand why the virus kept on kicking back, when I speak with authority. You see dear reader; God gave me the answer while we were in the middle of this storm in our lives. He gave me 1 word…..persevere. I knew that God was the answer, I knew all scriptures, I knew we had the victory through Christ, yet being in the storm; I lost focus for a while. He was there; he had already healed our son. All He asked was faith with perseverance.
You might be going through something very difficult in your life right now. I want to encourage you to never give up. If you don’t know Jesus as your personal Saviour, please go on your knees and ask Him to come and live in your heart and to heal every area of your life. Then, hand everything over to Him. Go to church and join a prayer group. You will need support from other Christians. If you already have a relationship with Jesus, know that whether you have been in Him for years or whether you have just given your life to Jesus, satan is not happy in leaving us alone. He will attack, but we have to stand on the Word of God and persevere in our faith. The deeper your relationship with Jesus, the fiercer the attacks. So, stand firm on your true identity, meditate on the Word of God and proclaim scripture in good and more challenging times. The battle has been won, so the battle is not ours to fight. Although it might seem that the Lord is not present, He is. God is true to His Word (Jos 1:5) and He is in control. So, stand back and enjoy life to the full. We have only today, so appreciate and celebrate life! Amen!
With lots of love in Jesus Name
PS: Dear reader, please remember that the scripture used are from the New International Version. If the scripture is read in another language and translation it might differ slightly. A verse in the NIV might be a different one in your bible, i.e. Ps 37:3 in the NIV might be Ps 37:4 in your bible. This does not always occur, but has happened in some instances.