This Sickness is Not unto Death, but for the Glory of God
by Janie Fabre
My name is Janie Fabre, married to Kent Fabre. We reside in Tallulah, Louisiana. Here we raised 4 children and my husband has pastored a full Gospel church for over 30 years. In 2011, I was ordained into the ministry launched from a weekly prayer meeting where answered prayer broke forth into a move of the Holy Spirit. I presently head up Awake and Pray Ministries, and from leading that original prayer meeting, ended up conducting prayer conferences and then miracle services in various cities and towns in the US, mostly in the South. I, also, have conducted monthly meetings in various places where I teach and train in prayer, as well as teach on other subjects. My ministry is toward the body of Christ helping to bring believers to maturity.
I was born again in 1977 while a student at Louisiana State University, then baptized with the Holy Spirit in 1979 while still a student. During my senior year in high school, I remember a day when I cried out to the Lord for Him to reveal the truth to me concerning Jesus’ death on the cross. Although I was raised in a Protestant Church and believed in God, I didn’t understand the Gospel. I told God that I was willing to believe in Buddha if I knew that that was the truth. All I wanted was the truth, and I knew all of my answers were in God. And He faithfully answered all of my questions, used people to plant seeds, then, finally I heard the Gospel with a ready heart to receive and was born again. My pursuit has been truth ever since, and whenever God revealed His will to me, I would follow, sometimes more slowly and clumsily than I should.
In my pursuit of truth, I began to realize, that Truth was a person, Jesus Christ. As I matured in Him, the spirit of revelation and wisdom in the knowledge of Him became my Bread and butter. As Paul the apostle said, “Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,” for He began to show me through the Word and the Holy Spirit awesome things that would blow my mind. In 2013, while conducting a monthly class at our church, it seemed as if a door of knowledge from Heaven was opened to me and revelation began to increase and flow to and from me like a river. Revelation knowledge on the Glory of God, the Priesthood of Jesus, the Heavenly calling, the scripture opened up in a mighty way. My love for God began to exceed my love for life in this world, and I would say just that, “Lord, I love you more than life itself.” The surprise to even me was that I really meant it with all of my heart.
In 2015, while in a season of drawing nearer to God, I discovered a lump in my breast. In the days following, I began to feel extremely bad. One night after being awakened due to night sweats, I fully realized that this was cancer. I was in for a spiritual battle for my life.
I got out of bed that night and went into our living room and took communion. Then, I began to read the Scripture and preach to the devil!!! Romans chapter 6 was my text. I reaffirmed before all spirits that I was baptized into Christ and into His death, thus had risen with Him into Resurrection Life. I confessed that sin, sickness and death had no dominion over me.
There were 4 evil spirits in the room trying to bring me into a premature death, the spirit of death being the kingpin. I spoke to that spirit asking how he was going to kill someone who was already dead. I told him that the Lord was the length of my days and that I would not be going along with his evil plan to take me out before I finished my destiny. This became a major victory in my life and sustained me throughout the 7 year journey against this evil plot that the enemy launched against me.
After this battle, I went my way knowing that the spirit of death was under my feet. I began to feel better and seemed to get some shrinkage with the lump.
A few years later (in 2018), I began to experience back pain, then, woke up one morning with paralysis from my hips downward into both legs. I could only walk with the assistance of a walker.
Through the Holy Spirit’s leading to various Christians and professional people, I wound up at UMMC in Jackson, MS. This is where I was first diagnosed with stage 4 metastatic breast cancer and the first time I had seen a doctor concerning this issue. The doctors told me that a tumor had grown into one of my vertebrae, had cracked it, and was pressing against my spinal column causing the paralysis. They also said that I was 2 days away from never being able to walk again nor be able to control my bladder.
I had surgery to remove the cancer in my back and the affected vertebrae. The doctors gave me little hope of total restoration, only assuring that I would probably not get any worse. Well, to everyone’s surprise, I had full restoration of all of my body functions. In 7 days after the surgery, I went from using a wheelchair, to a walker, to a cane, and then, to no device at all. At the nursing home where I received physical therapy, the staff and all of those that worked with me rejoiced greatly at the miracle that they witnessed!
Prior to going to the nursing home, while I was in the second day of my stay at the hospital, I had an amazing encounter with the Lord which gave me strength and great hope. It started the night before I was to have the surgery. A minister friend called and said that he and his prayer group were praying for me, and the Lord revealed to them that I would have this encounter.
Right after the conversation ended, my husband had gone home, and I was by myself with the Lord, it started! This was a spiritual vision. I was praying before our heavenly Father, I could see His throne, I could see His countenance, I could see Jesus on a surgical table like the one I was going to be upon in the morning. I was feeling so one with the Father; I kept thinking of John the 17th Chapter where Jesus prayed for us concerning this oneness with God. I never felt so one with His plans and purposes in my life.
I saw the way the Father was looking at Jesus…. with unfailing love and unwavering favor. Suddenly the thought came that I was the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus, and there was no difference in the way that the Father was looking at Jesus on that surgical table than the way that He would be looking at me who would be on that table the next morning. He showed me that I was the seed for the Greater Glory and for signs, wonders, and miracles in the Jackson area and at UMMC, although I did not understand exactly what He meant. Oh what good things the Father has planned for those that love Him!
In the next part of the vision, I was with Jesus in the hallway of the hospital. We were sitting on stools next to the wall. I was sitting on a taller stool than was He; so, His position and His demeanor toward me was one of a servant. He was so approachable, so meek, so I began to ask Him about my current situation.
I had come to the place through this walk that all that I wanted out of this situation was for Him to be glorified. I wanted this more than I wanted my healing. I came to this through walking in the revelation that He gave me of the Glory of God and the Priesthood of Jesus.
He told me about some specific things concerning me with which He and the Father were pleased. He took His pointer finger and pressed it into my forehead. I was aware that His fingerprint marked me and sealed me. He said, “Now know this: Before a surgeon touches you, I have already touched you.” I knew that the surgery would be completely successful and would bring Him glory. I was not disappointed.
He also commended me on the way that I walked through this affliction and said that I had accelerated my destiny. He showed me that signs and wonders would happen more abundantly in my meetings from then onward. And they increased exponentially!!!
All the while at the hospital and the nursing home, I felt His Presence all around me and upon me. This was the Glory of the Lord! I got chances to pray for people and minister to them. Some miracles of healing happened at both places, some of the staff, various nurses and medical professionals commented on the Glory and His Presence that they could sense in me toward them.
In a few months, I went back to conducting monthly services in certain cities as well as one time meetings. Just as the Lord told me, everywhere I told my story and the revelation on the Glory of God, miracles would break out… more than I had ever seen in my prior meetings. One lady, who was in a wheelchair due to a stroke that had paralyzed her, became free in the meeting. She signaled to me that God was touching her. Faith arose and she got out of her wheelchair and stood up for the first time in many years. Cancer left, tumors left, pain left many in that meeting. There were other meetings where people testified of an ulcer that was healed, infertility was healed….that dear one conceived within that month, arthritis and inflammation healed!
By the end of that year, although conducting training services and still seeing miracles, I got worse. By early 2020, I was back at UMMC. I couldn’t walk and was completely bed ridden. After a battery of scans and images, the doctors told me that the cancer had spread throughout my skeletal system into my spine, rib cage, and into my skull. They gave me 2 months to live and offered to give me pain killers and radiation to relieve my pain and give me more movement. Then, after that, they recommended hospice care.
I agreed to the radiation, never had to have hospice care, and knew that I would not die from this (remember the spiritual warfare). So, here I am 2 years later, walking, going up and down steps, all my body functions are back on line, returning to doing meetings, leading worship and going to church. The tumors are now shrunk, some to 1/3rd of their former size, no new disease, and continuing to get stronger and stronger. The doctors say they cannot cure me, but knowing that I will not die until I finish my course, I continue to get better and better due to the Glory of God. Although this has not been an instant healing, I have acquired grace from God along the journey that has made me a better person and minister.
The Lord told me that there was a class of miracles in which the sickness or affliction was not there due to sin or fault of the afflicted person, but these miracles are for the Glory of God. He said that my miracle would fall into that category. In John 11:4, Jesus said, “For this sickness is not unto death but for the Glory of God.” Lazarus’ sickness and death was not due to fault on his part. The Lord further told me that these miracles carry much more in them than just a healing or deliverance for the one person, but for the many. They carry revelation of God and can ignite a move of God. Lazarus miracle’ revealed Jesus being the Resurrection and the Life and many, even priests, believed in Jesus from the miracle of the raising of Lazarus from the dead!
May my miracle reveal Him and heal many more than just myself. May God get all of the Glory and praise through my miracle that I have offered unto Him! I am so thankful for all that He’s done for me. I love You, Lord