You can fight the dis­ease with God as your pil­lar

Move! - - CONTENTS - By Cle­ment Fana Ntuli

IN your jour­ney with HIV, it is im­por­tant to have a spir­i­tual con­nec­tion that is aligned with your well-be­ing. Hav­ing a spir­i­tual con­nec­tion will help you when doubt, lone­li­ness and fear creep in. It of­ten serves as mo­ti­va­tion and a pil­lar of strength as you sol­dier on. While I am not im­pos­ing my re­li­gious be­liefs in you, let us look at John 11 in the Bi­ble. Lazarus be­came sick and died. Christ res­ur­rected him after four days and in do­ing that, re­vealed God’s glory for which He had to be glo­ri­fied.


When I dis­cov­ered that I was HIV pos­i­tive in 1996, I lost hope and those around me as­sumed it was the end.

The sit­u­a­tion was wors­ened when I landed in prison in 1997. As I spent years in prison with my fate be­ing death, ev­ery­one thought it was over. In re­la­tion to the scrip­ture, I was dead and buried.

Lit­tle did I know, es­pe­cially since I was not born-again dur­ing that time, that God works in mys­te­ri­ous ways. In 2003, I had tu­ber­cu­lo­sis, di­ar­rhoea and was con­fined to a wheel­chair. I was mys­te­ri­ously given pa­role to go and die at home.

It oc­curred in the same man­ner that Jesus Christ re­turned to the home of Lazarus when ev­ery­body had as­sumed that he was gone.

In 2004, I started tak­ing ARVs and my health im­proved. I started my sprir­i­tual jour­ney in 2009 and that's when I came across this scrip­ture.


HIV is one of those dis­eases that im­ply death each time it is men­tioned. Ir­re­spec­tive of how much it is en­trenched in peo­ple's heads that it is not a death sen­tence, it is still as­so­ci­ated with death.

It was not a mis­take that Jesus used the words ‘sick­ness’, ‘end’ and ‘death in the scrip­ture. You may as­sume that HIV is here to kill you and that it is here to de­stroy you, but this is not true.

God does not in­tend to harm us but to pros­per us. The be­lief that you will live many years with HIV is al­ready in God’s con­trol. Fear not. Do not be anx­ious about any­thing.

God has al­ready sent doc­tors, nurses and coun­sel­lors to help you man­age HIV. He re­vealed ARVs as a means to sup­press the virus into its in­ac­tive state.


It is im­por­tant to fight your fears, doubts and un­cer­tainty with spir­i­tu­al­ity. Yes, ARVs will help man­age the virus phys­i­cally, but you need to be­lieve that they are going to work.

Do not be anx­ious about any­thing, trust that God is in charge of your des­tiny. Fo­cus on im­prov­ing your health and keep­ing your spir­i­tu­al­ity in­tact. This way, you will live many years with HIV.

Al­ways re­mem­ber that your men­tal, emo­tional, phys­i­cal and spir­i­tual as­pect must be aligned in a man­ner that will see you soar fur­ther than the ea­gles.


Cle­ment Fana Ntuli is a mo­ti­va­tional speaker and au­thor of the book Turn­ing Tri­als Into Tri­umph. Do you have any HIV-re­lated ques­tions? Email your ques­tion to Cle­ment at clem­n­tuli@ya­

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