My Aunt Ginger was recently given some terrible news. After sensing something was not right for some time, doctors discovered a lemon sized tumor in her brain. The prognosis is that, according to what they know about the nature of the cancer, she has a 1% chance of survival. Her only option in the natural is to undergo chemotherapy and radiation because the tumor is inoperable. What struck me after returning from a visit with her at Barnes Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri (one of the best in the nation), is that for the percentage chance of survival to be correct, someone had to survive. We usually immediately begin to see ourselves in the group with the worst chance – we are part of the 50% that will not get there or the 99% that will not make it. But there must be one to go with the ninety-nine that do not recover. Well, since someone has to be the one, I’ve decided that Ginger should be the one. One might say that this is not realistic but I would counter by saying that unless we stand up and fight for our loved ones we are going to lose for sure. Our only chance for victory is to fight. Like a prize fighter in the boxing ring we can’t win unless we get in the ring and stay in the ring punching as well as taking punches. The champion’s belt ultimately belongs to the one that perseveres. No one ever wins by throwing in the white towel or climbing out of the ring!
Our family learned that the Word of the Lord is more sure than the word of even a world-class hospital filled with world-class physicians. John 12:38 says, “Lord, who hath believed our report and to whom hath the arm of the Lord been revealed?” Back in the early 1980’s my Dad was told that he was afflicted with a rare, incurable disease that up to this time had killed each and every victim diagnosed with it. Ignoring the zero percentage prognosis, people all over the country began to pray for his supernatural healing because there was little man could do for him in the natural. Over thirty years have come and gone and he is still very much alive. Yes, he had tremendous healthcare, a supportive family, and a strong can do attitude, but the praise and glory belongs to the Lord Jesus Christ who made my Dad the one that changed the statistics on this dreaded disease forever.
The Bible is filled with stories about the “one” that received when it seemed like no one else was getting a breakthrough. Jesus taught of leaving the ninety-nine sheep to pursue the “one.” Psalm 91:7 tells us that 11,000 comrades in arms can fall all around us while we stand. One thankful leper was made completely whole when, unlike the other nine, he returned to give Jesus thanks. One sick woman touched Jesus and was made whole. One woman was provided for in the midst of a famine in Elijah’s day. One leprous Syrian general received healing from leprosy in Elisha’s day. One criminal on the cross next to Jesus repented while the other criminal on the cross (and the crowd below) blasted him with insults. The Lord’s care, attention, and compassion for the “one” is well-documented in Scripture. Jesus cares about even one – so why not be the one?
I want to encourage you to be the one by spending time in the healing Scriptures. As you do your faith to fight will grow. It’s not easy to maintain the spirit of faith for healing when you are the one being punched, but the key is to keep the healing Words of Jesus going in your eyes, ears, and coming out of your mouth in abundance (See: Psalm 103:1-3; Exodus 15:26; Acts 10:38; Matthew 4:23; and Luke 5:13). I want you to be the one who confesses always, “I am the one.” Proverbs 18:21 tells us that the tongue has the power of life and death. In the same breath we can call ourselves the ninety-nine percent or the one percent that receives the miracle. Say it loud and say it repeatedly – “I am the one.” I want you to be the one who receives the prayer of faith. Mark 16:18 reminds us that, “they will lay hands on the sick and they will recover.” James 5 exhorts the believer to call for the elders of the church to anoint the sick with oil and pray the prayer of faith with the expectation that, “the prayer of faith shall save the sick.” Finally, I want you to be the one that thanks God now for the healing. We are told to give thanks in (not for) everything (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18). Philippians 4:6 says, “but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” Thankful people stand out from the crowd of ungrateful people in the world today and grant the Lord even greater access into their lives to make them the one. May you, too, be the one!