My wife and I have been attending Grace Revolution Church (founded by Joseph Prince Ministries) in Dallas, Texas, since January 2014. It has truly been a year of greater glory in every area of our lives—our marriage, finances, career, and physical bodies. One of the many demonstrations of His amazing love came last December 2014.
One Saturday evening, as I was preparing for bed, I noticed that my left testicle was enlarged and hard. The next day, I made an appointment to see our family doctor first thing on Monday morning as I knew that something was not right. I began to be worried and fearful.
But at church the next morning, the Lord encouraged me through Pastor Prince’s broadcast message. I was also prayed over and anointed with oil. When Monday came, my wife and I went to the doctor in a state of peace as we rested in our Father’s love.
After I had an ultrasound and a consultation with a urologist, I was diagnosed with testicular cancer. But despite the doctor’s report, we chose to cling to the report from the Lord. We knew the Father would guide us in the decisions we needed to make and we sensed an overwhelming peace in the midst of the storm. We felt so at rest in the finished work of Jesus and were filled with an unexplainable joy.
We believed that just as Jesus is, so was I in my physical body.
The doctor wanted to move forward with surgery that Thursday to remove the mass in the left testicle. That would be followed up with a computerized tomography (CT) scan on Friday to assess what further treatment would be needed. During the consultation, we felt very restful about moving forward with the surgery and decided to schedule the procedure, believing that I was already healed because of Jesus’ finished work. We also continually reminded ourselves of our righteousness in Him as we partook of the Holy Communion daily.
On Thursday, the surgery went very well. However, after the surgery, the doctor spoke to my wife with much concern as the cancerous mass was very large and belonged to the mix germ cell tumor. Despite the doctor’s concern, my wife and I continued to believe that I was completely free of cancer in my body.
On Friday morning, I went in for another CT scan to see if the cancer had spread to the nearby areas. I went in believing that I was healed and that nothing would be found. When the doctor looked over the report, he was astounded.
The CT scan confirmed that I was completely cancer free and extremely healthy.
The doctor found the report very shocking because his experience had taught him that cancer cells of the size and type that I had would certainly have spread to the surrounding areas. He had actually made an appointment for me to see a specialist to discuss the options for chemotherapy and radiation therapy even before the CT scan. However, after looking at the report, he agreed that it was no longer necessary and canceled the appointment.
Over the next month, I had weekly follow-ups with the doctor so he could monitor my blood markers. He was looking out for any rise in the markers to indicate the presence of some residual cancer cells left in my body. However, with each successive appointment, my blood markers came down by more than half, and the final appointment showed that my blood markers had completely returned to normal.
The doctor was very pleased to see how quickly I had recovered and was able to return to my normal activities. The surgery took place right in the midst of my off season baseball training program which meant there were no setbacks in my training whatsoever. This was important to me as a professional baseball player.
My wife and I know that our heavenly Father had protected me and kept the cancer contained and subsequently removed. What the enemy tried to use as a setback, our heavenly Father used as a divine set-up. Now, as I share this story with people I cross paths with, I am able to use it as a glorious testimony of the health and wholeness that we have in Jesus. Through the whole experience, my wife and I were able to remain at rest because we knew that the Father sees us as righteous through His Son, Jesus, and we are completely loved by Him.
Glory to God!
Jonathan Edwards | Texas, United States