VICTORY OVER HIV
You can fight the disease with God as your pillar
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.
GOD DOES NOT WANT TO HARM YOU
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.
TRUST IN GOD
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.
TRUST GOD TO BEIN CHARGE
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 email@example.com.