Whom Shall I Fear

Beloved of God,

My sister’s surgery is scheduled for Friday September 27, 2013! After discussing at length the cost of the battle against Cancer with her Commander and Chief, her Creator and Author of her faith, my sister has chosen to have a mastectomy of her breasts and allow her loving God (through the hands of a gifted plastic surgeon) to reconstruct a lovely breastplate of Righteousness…..His Righteousness to take their place. The new breastplate is an essential part of the spiritual tools required to complete the assignment her Lord is calling her to accept in this season of her life.

Ephesians 6:10 & 11 Be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power. Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. (Cancer, in my opinion, is one of those schemes of Satan designed to frighten God’s faithful servants and push them into a dark cloud of doubt that a loving God would allow His people to suffer from disease or misfortune of any kind). In my own reading of the Word, I have not found any promise made by God to remove ALL tribulation from my life. The promises I did find are 1) that my God is at work in ALL CIRCUMSTANCES……despite the human labels of “good or bad.” Psalm 139:11 & 12 If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me and the light become night around me,” even the darkness will not be dark to You; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to You. 2) My God has the power to transform ANY SITUATION into good for those who are CALLED according to His purpose. Romans 8:28 We know that IN ALL THINGS God works for the GOOD of those who have been CALLED according to His purpose.

Ephesians 6:12-18 Our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.

I wrote the first “Breath of God” August 8, 2013. August 7 was the beginning of this particular spiritual journey when my sister reported to me the findings from her mammogram that the tender lump she had discovered herself in the left breast was a tumor.  The following is what Sarah Young wrote for August 9 in Jesus Calling:

Wear my Robe of Righteousness with ease. I custom-made it for you, to cover you from head to toe. The price I paid for this covering was astronomical-My own blood. You could never purchase such a royal garment, no matter how hard you worked. Sometimes you forget that My righteousness is a gift, and you feel ill at ease in your regal robe. I weep when I see you squirming under the velvety fabric, as if it were made of scratchy sackcloth. I want you to trust Me enough to realize your privileged position in My Kingdom. Relax in the luxuriant folds of your magnificent robe. Keep your eyes on Me, as you practice walking in this garment of righteousness.

Sept. 7, 2012 I read the prayer from my mom based on Romans 12:1 & 2. That scripture reference is part of today’s meditation from Jesus Calling………the synchronicity today is powerful! My mom’s prayer seems to speak directly to me today: “Give your body to God as a living sacrifice (holy). Is it too much when you think of what He has done for you? Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but be a new and different person with a fresh newness in all you do and think! Yes Mom, I will do my best. I am now quoting Jesus Calling for September 14: Worship Me by living close to Me. This was My original design for man (you, Sherry), into whom I breathed My very Breath of Life (Genesis 2:7)This is My desire for you: that you stay near Me as you walk along your life-path. Each day is an important part of the journey. Although you may feel as if you are going nowhere in this world, your spiritual journey is another matter altogether, taking you along steep, treacherous paths of adventure. That is why walking in the Light of My Presence (Psalm 89:15) is essential to keep you from stumbling. By staying close to Me, you present yourself as a living sacrifice (Romans 12:1). Even the most routine part of your day can be a spiritual act of worship, holy and pleasing to Me
(Romans 12:1 continued).
 I will now prepare myself spiritually to accompany my sister into battle against the disease of cancer. I begin by sharpening my “sword.” Our “sword” is the Living Word of God, Jesus Christ. My constant acknowledgement of His Presence in my life pierces any darkness of fear Satan sends against me.

John Stetzer