Breast Cancer. These dreaded words are heard by 1 in 8 women at least once in their lifetime. It is not a disease that neatly fits in a box aiming its feeble attempts to claim the lives of old women that have lived full lives and are now too old, weak and sickly to fight off the attacks of the illness. No ma’am. Breast cancer doesn’t care if you are young or old, a new mother or a grandmother. It doesn’t care if you are the first person in your family to ever be touched by the disease or if every generation in your family has had a victim. It doesn’t care if you are running 10Ks and half marathons or sitting on the couch bingeing on the latest Netflix upload. It doesn’t care if you have a medical background with more degrees than a thermometer or if are a cashier at Target with a GED. It doesn’t care if you are a vegan drinking your weight in alkaline water or a meat and potatoes kind of girl that consumes soda pop and coffee morning, noon and night. This horrible disease is an enemy to everyone. It is an equal opportunity enemy that does not discriminate. But it is not all-powerful. We Are All-Powerful.

We were created in the image of God. An All Powerful, Mighty Creator gave us his authority and a blueprint to use it. Whether you have accepted this fact or not doesn’t change the truth that God himself has provided for us all of the resources that are necessary to be successful in life. This includes the destruction of illness and disease. It is God’s will that we prosper and be in good health even as our soul prospers. Our soul is the equivalent of our mind, our will and our emotions. Breast cancer and its other forms have nothing in common with Children of God. We must reject fear and past experiences that are contrary to this truth. The beginning of wisdom is standing in faith to produce a desired reaction. Wisdom refuses to allow your natural senses to betray what your spirit is guiding you to act on. Just as Faith gives birth to substance, contrarily, fear produces a substance.

Both fear and faith are made of the same hidden energy that is used to produce what our natural eyes see. Both are competing for a prime spot in your life and both are always present. You will bring into fruition whatever you have faith or fear for. Isn’t it interesting that people that have a fear of snakes seem to see more snakes than those that do not have a fear of snakes? They hate the thought of snakes. They can barely see photographs of snakes without their skin starting to crawl. Yet on occasion, this individual can be taking a stroll outside and have the creature slither across their path. It is that strong sense of fear that is producing the appearance of the snakes. The opposite rings true. Your faith will produce what you invest your time in.

Knowing who you are and your authority is essential to conquering a cancer diagnosis. After all, we are more than conquerors. As a child, I always wondered what that meant. A conqueror is an experienced warrior. They have seen war and have won and lost enough times to foresee an enemy’s tactics. How can someone be more than a conqueror?  It is this. That through Christ – who has already won the battle against sin and sickness – we are above conquerors because we never had to lift a finger to fight! He fought for us and delivered a beating that is still being celebrated and talked about 2,000 plus years later! We didn’t even have to show up to the fight! 

Cancer is that bully on the playground who picks a fight with the smallest kids in the class. He torments and taunts them to get them to lose sight of who they are and belittles them to the point of devaluing their significance. He singles out kids to get them all alone and afraid to yell for help. But the bully didn’t know that the little kid had a big brother that was a much stronger and skilled opponent. All it takes is someone with courage to look this bully in the eye and declare that he release his hold and no longer disrupt the lives of anyone. The truth is that we have a comrade in Christ who is a worthy opponent against illness and disease. Courage isn’t the absence of fear. It is to overcome fear in the face of the circumstance. You may have a detriment diagnosis that has caused you to question who you are or whether you have a future. With absolute certainty, I profess that you don’t have to face the bully alone. You have a brigade of warriors who have experience in this battle and who also shout that you too are more than a conqueror.

About the author: LaTonya Nyoka is the mother of a 2-year-old boy and a 7-year-old girl. She resides in Georgia and is a Breast Cancer Warrior. After receiving a Stage 4 breast cancer diagnosis, she was led by God on her treatment plan, which included chemotherapy, holistic care and prayer. Eight months later, she was cancer free. She proclaims that she is the healed protecting her health. She is launching a youtube channel called LiveOutLoud that discusses lifestyle spiritual information that empowers people to live their best life one word at a time. You can send her an email at latonyanyoka@gmail.com.

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