Healed of Cancer

Category: Cancer, Uncategorized

healed of cancerA friend gave me a little booklet entitled, “Healed of Cancer.” It’s by the mother of TV Evangelist, Joel Osteen. In October of 1981 Dodie Osteen started experiencing symptoms and in December received the devastating news that she had metastatic cancer of the liver. The doctors told her that they could not find the primary tumor. She only had a few weeks to live! What a shock.

The booklet describes what her family went through, and with one son a doctor, he knew the seriousness of his mother’s diagnosis.

Dodie is careful not to advise everyone to go the route she chose. “Do whatever you feel peace about in your heart,” she says.

She and husband believed in miracles, believed what the Word of God has to say about healing. She knew that this would be a supreme test of her faith. She couldn’t rely on the faith of her husband or the great healers of the day that they knew personally. It would be up to her to exercise her faith.

She made choices about how to live. She only slept at night, never napped or succumbed to how she felt. Even at 89 pounds, she determined not to act sick. When she went home from the hospital after receiving her diagnosis, she said to her husband John: “Darling, you are the head of this house. You are going to have to take authority over this cancer in my body. We must agree that God is going to heal me and make me whole.” So they did. John anointed her with oil and together they prayed a prayer of agreement, taking authority over the cancer in her body.

“That is when my healing began,” she said.

In her journey back to health, even though it took a long time for her symptoms to go, she believed in her heart she was healed. She prayed and examined her heart. She wrote letters of forgiveness to those she might have offended and forgave others. She did everything she knew to do to have a positive, hopeful attitude.

She placed a picture of herself riding a horse, healthy and smiling by her bedside as a reminder.

She also went out and prayed for others. James 5:16 says, “Pray for one another, that you may be healed.”

When you are fighting a battle, if you will give out of your need, God will cause your answer to come to you quicker. Acts of service help to shift focus from yourself to others.

Believing that God’s Word could not lie, she had complete confidence in the words between the pages. Hebrews 10:23 “Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.”

Day by day she gained hope and encouragement from the promises in the Bible. The Word became her life. She read and confessed the scriptures daily.

Occasionally, she wavered and became weary. Her husband asked her if she stopped believing in her heart. “No,” she replied. Then, he said, “Your heart is established. Resist the thoughts from the devil and he will flee from you.”

Did she battle fear? Oh, how she battled fear! Satan would torment her with the doctor’s words, “You have only a few weeks to live ….” But she learned to replace those thoughts with God’s Word. “With long life will He satisfy me, and show me His salvation.” Psalm 91:16

She quoted scripture continually and the devil challenged every step of faith she took. He would whisper things like, “It hasn’t done you one bit of good to confess the Word of God, has it?”

These were just some of the things she went through in her battle over cancer. Today, she is healthy and is seen regularly on television. I recommend getting a copy of this booklet from Joel Osteen’s Ministry and read for yourself this incredible victory of faith and perseverance.




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