As most of you know, Sherrye had a return of cancer which had lain dormant for over 12 years. She had surgery to remove the tumor and cancerous lymph nodes. She is now receiving chemotherapy to kill any remaining cancer. This regimen will be every 3 weeks for 6 rounds and then radiation therapy will follow to kill any local cancer around the tumor site. These things are purposefully decided upon and require effort on her part to continue with them. Sherrye and I also walk every day to help her keep her strength up as the cancer battle is fought with the intent of winning. These are done to make sure that the cancer is gone, does not return, and she can live a healthful, productive life.

If you have sin (cancer) growing in your life and you realize that it is there, what would you do to remove it from your life? First you should seek the help of God through prayer for him to perform spiritual surgery on you. You need to have the sin (cancer) removed by seeking forgiveness either through obedience to the gospel and being baptized (if becoming a new Christian) or through prayer and resolve to turn and live a better life. Once you have the sin (cancer) removed you need God and the Spirit in your life. The work of God and the Spirit in your life is like chemo in that you need Their outside influence on your inside to rid your body of sin.

After ridding your self of sin and continually seeking God in your life, you need to exercise your spiritual body daily to become stronger in doing your part to overcome temptations. Walk daily with the Lord (study your Bible) and He will keep you pure and aid in your battle over sin with the intent of a heavenly home with Him for eternity. Seek fellowship with brethren as they can offer encouragement providing you with additional strength.

But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin. If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:7-9, ESV).

From your shepherds, Gregg Woodall