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How God Brought Hope and Healing to John Tesh in Moments of Despair

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How God Brought Hope and Healing to John Tesh in Moments of Despair

By Movieguide® Staff

In 2015, doctors told pianist and former ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT co-host John Tesh that he only had 18 months to live. However, six years later, the 67-year-old is healthy and championing God’s faithfulness.

In his memoir, “Relentless: Unleashing a Life of Purpose, Grit, and Faith,” Tesh offers insights into his doubts, pain, and ultimately his faith.

“Two things went through my mind. One was, well, I’m 63 years old, I’ve done a bunch of stuff. I guess this is it. Let’s make plans for somebody else to take over my job and let’s make sure everybody’s taken care of with insurance and all the rest of that,” he told Fox News in a recent interview. “In Proverbs 18:21, it says, ‘Death and life are in the power of the tongue,’ and I was speaking like a cancer patient…”

However, even after Tesh found doctors who could help save his life, he confessed that he was not prepared to face the suffering ahead of him.

“We got really smart and started finding doctors who could help save my life. But I was not prepared for the suffering,” he said. “I was pretty much ready to just take myself out, grab some weights from my backyard and strap them to my ankles and jump in the pool. I was a terrible, terrible patient and the only reason I was able to get out of that was my wife who not only was my advocate but also helped introduce me to some powerful scriptures that when I manifested those and when I got the revelation of those, I knew I could get healed.”

Tesh said that he and his wife studied scripture together and began to believe that healing was possible through faith in God.

“We had been studying scriptures in the Bible about the promise of healing that came from Jesus. And so, when it came to the last appointment where they wanted to radiate my pelvis with 62 different radiation treatments in a three-month period, at that moment, we realize that we’d caused so much damage to my body that we were done. And at the moment, Connie and I shared a look. Faith was born. And I knew that I was done with treatment and the cancer never came back,” he recalled, adding that it was a while before he adopted his heart of faith.

“[Initially] I was angry at God. I was angry at everybody. And for some reason, I was angry at my wife. I was drinking too much scotch whiskey. When you get a cancer diagnosis like this, you become very popular and people are whispering around you and you can get anything,” he said. “You can get Vicodin if you want. You can drink as much as you want and you can just feel sorry for yourself as much as you want.”

“When that happened, I almost lost my wife because I walked out. I walked out of the house and I went on a bicycle journey to try and figure myself out. Fortunately, she forgave me because that was nothing more than disrespect to her because she had been working so hard as an advocate. Feeling sorry for yourself will also get you killed,” he said.

Despite Tesh’s early feelings of despair, he eventually turned his focus onto God and His word.

“If I stood with Connie and we stood on faith and we stood on the scriptures that could get me healed, that that’s where God wanted me to be,” he said. “I was angry at God at the beginning because I thought that maybe God had put this sickness on me to either teach me a lesson or for me to have a ministry but there’s nowhere in the new covenant in the Bible that says that God wants you anything but well.”

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