For many years one of my favorite bible verses has been Psalm 107:1 which says, "O give thanks unto the Lord, for He is good: for His mercy endureth for ever." The Lord has always been so very good to me and my family. I have known for most of my life that "He is good." Recently, however, I found out that the Lord is even more good than I had previously known. In Exodus chapter 15:26 the Lord reveals Himself as our healer when He says, "I am the Lord that healeth thee." I have received numerous healings from the Lord in my lifetime. Sometimes He has healed me through natural means that He placed in the earth for us. Sometimes He has healed me through the supernatural operation of the "gifts of healing" and the "working of miracles" as described in 1 Corinthians chapter 12. But this year the Lord did something completely new in my life … He provided healing for me when I didn't even know I was sick!
Let me explain; I took my mother to her dermatologist and he did a biopsy of a small sore she had on her nose. It tested positive as being a basil cell carcinoma, a form of skin cancer. He referred her to a specialist in that field. When I took her to the specialist he examined the spot and said it appeared to him that the sore had been so small, they actually removed all of the cancer when they did the biopsy. My mother asked how she could know for sure. He prescribed a cream for her to apply on her nose and said, "If there is no remaining cancer, nothing will happen. But if there are still cancer cells on your nose, this cream will cause it to erupt into a sore as it removes the remaining carcinoma." Well, we filled the prescription on the way home and my mother diligently used the cream on her nose for a few days. Nothing happened. Hallelujah! We rejoiced in the knowledge that she had no remaining cancer.
At the time I had a few small sores on the left side of my face. They were very small, not much larger than a pimple. (Over the years these little sores would come and go, sometimes one sore at a time, sometimes two or three. But as I would put salve or lotion on them they would always go away after a few days. I didn't think much about them, but there were these nagging thoughts deep within wondering, "Why do these sores keep coming back? And why are they always on the left side of my face?")
My mom said, "Well, this expensive cream the doctor prescribed isn't doing me any good. Try some it on those sores on your face." I put the cream on the sores and … dear Lord … you would not believe the reaction that took place. The next morning the whole left side of my face was beginning to erupt in sores that were no longer small like pimples. They joined together into a mass of dozens of basil cell carcinomas that covered the left side of my face from the cheek all the way up to my hairline. I read the instructions on the cream and found out that it was a six week treatment plan that was designed to permanently remove all basil cell carcinomas that it came in contact with.
As the days went by and I continued using the cream, the sores began developing these thick, black, crusty scabs that didn't even feel human. For the first three weeks every day it got worse and worse. Even the instructions on the cream warned that many people could not endure the treatment because of the "morbidity" of the symptoms. But then one blessed day, those black scabs began to fall away like ashes and beautiful pink skin appeared in their place. It still took three more weeks before all of the scabs were gone, but it was finally over. And the amazing thing is I applied that same cream to the new pink skin and … no reaction at all … the new skin is cancer free. Hallelujah!
It took a while for me to understand what had caused this skin cancer in the first place … and why only on the left side of my face. For many years I drove trucks from Oklahoma to California across the deserts of the great southwest. The left side of my face was constantly exposed to the glaring sun through the driver's side window. I can remember many times the burning sensation was so hot that I would hold my left hand up trying to shield the left side of my face from the sun's rays. Apparently that was not good enough. There was enough damage done that it resulted in those basil cell carcinomas, just below the surface of my skin. That's why every now and then through the years, one or two of them would erupt through my epidermis like little volcanoes.
I checked online and basil cell carcinomas are not normally deadly like melanoma cancer is. They don't normally spread to the lymph nodes or anything. But still, it is recommended that you not leave them untreated because they can eventually cause disfigurement and also weaken your immune system. I last drove trucks in 1994. The damage was done then. That means those basil cell carcinomas had been there just beneath the surface of my skin for eighteen years. The Lord knew they needed to be dealt with. I didn't even know I was sick, yet the Lord arranged for me to be healed completely. Even the timing was of the Lord. Sue and I both had this "knowing" not to schedule any meetings away from town during July and August. We didn't know why then. We know why now. Let us give thanks for the Lord is good, and His mercy endureth for ever!
Sue and I love you and appreciate you. We thank God for your generous and giving heart. God bless you!
Your friend and co-laborer,
Gary Carpenter Ministries|
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