Have you found yourself in a place that you never thought you would be? Have you been told that there’s no hope of a future? Do you feel despair at the thought of how to even deal with this news? Are you fearful of what the following weeks and months will hold? Are you struggling with decisions that need to be made and don’t know where turn?
If you are truly desperate for real answers, please continue to read this post. Even if it begins to feel a little awkward, just keep reading. What I am about to share with you is something that changed my life, and my husband’s life, as well. There IS HOPE!
My husband and I have been married for 17 years. I am 38, he is 46. We have four beautiful children, ages 7, 8, 13, and 15. My husband is a software engineer, in a career that has been full-speed ahead our entire marriage.
In January of 2016, my husband had a stroke. It effected his balance and he had to take two months off work. One of the imaging tests he had done for the stroke came back showing my husband had a tumor on his thyroid. A few months later we learned it was cancer. He quickly had surgery and then the radioactive iodine treatment.
He was beginning to heal and by December was feeling much better. Except, he was starting to have bowl discomfort. He had a colonoscopy in December, right before Christmas. In January of 2017, it was revealed to us that he had colon cancer. After his surgery in February, we were told stage III rectal Cancer. My husband is in the beginning of his chemo treatments, and soon will be starting radiation. He is only able to work 25 hours a week from home, going in to the office one day a week.
Many people have asked my husband “how can you be so positive? How are you not afraid of your future?” My husband has a peace that no one really understands.
He tells those who ask, that it is because he knows that if the worst thing happens, and he dies, it still would be the best thing. He will spend eternity in Heaven with Jesus Christ.
You see, my husband believes the Bible to actually be God’s love letter to mankind. He believes that God created us so we could fellowship with Him.
“Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.” – Revelation 3:20
However, because of sin, we have built a barrier between us and God.
“But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.” – Isaiah 59:2
God never intended for us to be alone. No matter how hard He tried to make it possible for mankind to follow His laws and to make atonement for our sins, we kept failing.
“For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.” – James 2:10
“For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;” – Romans
Realizing there was only one final option to save us all from eternity in Hell, God made the ultimate sacrifice. He sacrificed His only Son, Jesus Christ. He allowed Jesus to become the only atonement ever again needed.
“Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law.” – Romans 3:24, 28
“Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.” – John
How do we recieved atonement for our sins? How do we know we can go to Heaven? It’s so simple. You just need to ask God.
“That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” – Romans 10:9-10
In your own words, ask God to use Jesus’ blood as an attonement your sins. Tell Him you believe Jesus died on the cross. Ask Jesus to come into your heart and life. Believe in Him!
No, doing this won’t change your diagnosis or life’s circumstances that has caused your desperate search for answers. However, you can have complete assurance of where you will go when you do die.
“For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” – Romans 8:38-39
You can claim Gods promise of peace, as you walk through this terrible journey. You have God’s promise to walk with you!
“Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.” – Psalms
Dear reader, if you have somehow stumbled upon this post and find you want more answers, please visit this website from my church (hopetoledo.org), or leave me a comment below!
You don’t have to be on this journey alone. There is a God and He loves you. He wants to walk with you and comfort you, give you peace.
“And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” – Philippians 4:7
He wants to recieved you into His arms once you have taken your final breath. He wants you to know that you are desperately loved!
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” – John 3:16