EXCERPT Bible Study #8 Certainty Bigger Than Cancer

Seeing with New Eyes

Struggle Through the Eyes of the World Through the Eyes of Jesus
Sickness You see someone who is sick, and you feel their suffering. You also see their opportunity for healing, forgiveness and restoration.
Heart Broken You see someone neglected by a loved one, and you feel their rejection. You also see a window for them to find new strength, new courage and true belonging.
Loneliness You see someone who is overwhelmed with loneliness, and you feel their isolation. You also see the potential for them to reach out for God-blessed companionship.

 Let me be clear- God does not give you suffering, rejection, isolation or illness.  Some people think God makes bad things happen so he can “fix” people.  This is a Dark Lie.  God’s Truth is that Jesus already fixed you on the cross.  With Christ’s resurrection you were made new.  Done deal.  Yet, struggles can provide opportunities for you to see Christ, the world and yourself more clearly, and that can be a wonderful thing.  Wouldn’t it be a fine thing to improve your ability to see the world, your loved ones, and mostly yourself, through the eyes of Jesus?

Every day and every breath is an opportunity to see through the eyes of Jesus, but struggles like cancer can make these opportunities more obvious. Perhaps from God’s view, cancer is an opportunity for…

  • A restoration of things that were broken.
  • A renewal of things that were stale.
  • A rebirth of things that were lost.
  • A creation of paths that were unseen.
  • An appreciation of things that are rediscovered.

Let’s discover how Jesus can step into your life and offer you the opportunity to view the world through new eyes- His eyes.

  • What about you? Look at the list above again.  Circle any of these opportunities that Jesus might be seeing in your life.

Your cancer journey is about more than surviving… much more.

Think for a minute about your life since your cancer diagnosis, or the diagnosis of a loved one.  Odds are you have changed the way you look at things: things like your body, your relationships, your finances and your future, just to name of few.  As these thoughts change, can you feel Jesus pulling you closer to Him in the midst of these thoughts?  Has Jesus shown up in your cancer walk and seen opportunities to give you new eyes?  His eyes?

  • Referring to the Seeing with New Eyes chart and the list of Opportunities below it, take a moment to fill in your answer below.

“During my cancer journey, I could see and feel my __________________________________,

(Your hardest struggle with cancer)

 

but Jesus could clearly see the opportunity for ______________________________________.”

(How your struggle could be used for His good.)

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About Karen Tripp

Beyond being a Christian Counselor and the President of Cancer Companions, Karen loves to read (she's a great reader) and loves to sing (she's a bad singer) in her home near St Louis, MO. Cancer has personally touched Karen's personal life through her dad - a 23 year colon cancer survivor. Impacting lives for Christ through her speaking, writing and counseling fills Karen with a passion which infuses every task she approaches. (except matching socks. Karen hates matching socks.)
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