The Sword And The Scalpel

Sword

For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. Hebrews 4:12 (NIV)

King David is one of my favorite men of the Bible. I have always desired to have the childlike faith young King David showed when he boldly rushed up to the enemy to defend the Lord’s army.  My time is now, and although I am no David, I will do my best to do just as David did. Trusting in ALL the Lord promises, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Phil. 4:13.

Our God does not give us cancer or disease. I do believe it is one small move of the enemy in every attempt to rock our faith. The Lord does not wait and sit idly by to see if we can do it on our own or in our own strength. He comes rushing in.  He shows up with an EPIC countermove to defend his sons and daughters, and reminds the enemy “Who” exactly is King and Ruler now and for all eternity.  Our King did it with so many of His children of the bible; Elizabeth, Abraham, Moses, Noah, Daniel, Ruth, Esther, and so on.  He shows up in miraculous ways for our friends, neighbors, family, co-workers, even strangers. They are everyday warriors whose names are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life. I’m sure thoughts are coming to your mind now with personal examples of God’s amazing and powerful “checkmate” moves.  “No way!” moves explained only by believing and praising the Creator of Heaven and Earth, the Great I Am.  My journey is no different.  He has already shown up in jaw dropping ways and He will not stop until it is finished. He always delivers His children from, by or through their trials. He is always the stranger who will be in our fire (Daniel 3:25). That’s a promise!

Indulge me to walk you through one story I draw great strength from, the story of David and Goliath.  In setting the scene you must understand, Goliath (huge in stature, champion soldier, and a veteran warrior) along with the Philistine army came to the battle line for forty days before David came into the frame.  Day after day they took their stand to fight the Israelites. And we get pumped up at a football huddle!  I can only imagine how very weary, hungry, fatigued, and tired the warriors were by this point.  Physically, emotionally, spiritually exhausted.  It may even sound like us after just one long, hard day.

Young David was a shepherd boy and the eighth son with seven older brothers.  Talk about pressure!  Then his dad Jesse calls for David to take food to his brothers in battle.  Well now, that’s way more exciting than tending the sheep today.  Coming closer to the battle lines he hears them shouting the war cry. Like a curious puppy David couldn’t wait to know what was going on.  Every morsel of this story is riveting to me.  Truly David’s humble childlike faith is an example to every warrior there that day from. “As the Philistine moved closer to attack him, David ran quickly toward the battle line to meet him.” – 1 Samuel 17:48  Just as David ran quickly toward Goliath, I too acted swiftly in seeking medical assistance with the lump I felt,  continuously moving forward until and even after I was told I have breast cancer.  There was an unexplainable feeling where my instinct was telling me to pursue quickly and do not hesitate.  And so I did. Thank You Jesus.

If you were to ask me to pick only one scripture that I love the most it would be verse 51.  Reading like a scene from the Hollywood movie 300, or something like that, verse 51 reads, “David ran and stood over him. He took hold of the Philistine’s sword and drew it from the sheath. After he killed him, he cut off his head with the sword.”  Read that scripture again.  I mean really? How cool is that!?  I draw tremendous courage and strength from this verse.  I can imagine myself in the crowd as a spectator, rooting for the underdog, shepherd boy David. He was the youngest with 7 older brothers, discounted by his family, discounted by King Saul, and was called to the scene only to take food to his brothers.

David exemplifies passionately, courageously, and without hesitation how we must all speak to the difficulties, fears and fiery trials in our lives.  He states the facts, claims the promises of God and follows through ALL the way to completion claiming victory and giving the glory to God.  His heart is unmistakable in the book of Psalms. Just listen in this passage of 1 Samuel. David said to the Philistine, “You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. 46 This day the Lord will deliver you into my hands, and I’ll strike you down and cut off your head. This very day I will give the carcasses of the Philistine army to the birds and the wild animals, and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel. 47 All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or spear that the Lord saves; for the battle is the Lord’s, and he will give all of you into our hands.” – 1 Samuel 17:45-47 POWERFUL testimony.  It is quite clearly one of my most favorite passages in the Bible.  It’s not a scripture for anyone who may have a weak stomach.  It’s not filled with fluffy unicorns, butterflies and glitter, but WOW!   Cool Note: Our God is always in the numbers.  You see, David picked up five smooth stones but he defeated Goliath with the first one. Theologians have speculated that Goliath had four brothers.  Perhaps, just perhaps, the remaining stones were in deed appointed for the brothers of Goliath.  Hmmm, now that’s something to consider but that is for another time.

Along with King David being one of my favorite men of the Bible, the sword is my favorite weapon.  The sword of the Spirit is the only defensive element of our armor of God. We have the helmet of salvation, shield of faith, breastplate of righteousness, belt of truth, feet fitted with readiness (Ephesians 6:14-17). To be fully equipped we must have each piece in place, and although David shucked off King Saul’s royal armor David was fully equipped with the Full Armor of God.  God gave him the wisdom to use what he had and what He equipped him for. David was skilled with a sling and a stone, with expert precision like that of a professional marksman.

So, how do the Sword and the scalpel tie in?  Thursday, February 12, 2015 around noon is my surgery date. Through much prayer, fasting and confirmation I have elected to have a bilateral mastectomy with reconstruction.

***Just as David used the sword of the Philistine to sever the head from the neck of Goliath and neutralized the threat, so will the physician use her scalpel, with great precision, to slice and extract the cancer from my body leaving only healthy tissue.

***Just as the sword of the Spirit slices through and seeks out to destroy the attacks of the enemy, the scalpel will eradicate any threat of cancer from the healthy tissue rendering me completely healed.

Note: Having a bilateral mastectomy does not provide a 100% guarantee of never getting breast cancer again, however, I serve a 100% guarantee God who sent His only Son Jesus to die for my sins and guarantee me an eternal life. Now that’s truth I stand on and so should you.

Hebrews 4:12 (NIV)

For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.

When you pursue the Word of God and apply it to your life it seeks out the darkness of the enemy and slays him, and finds your wounds and heals them. Just as the scalpel cuts away the disease from the healthy flesh, the Word of God slices through the darkness of the enemy in your life and provides restorative, lasting and eternal healing. The Word of God is a killer and a healer. It kills the bad and heals the good.

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