Risen Hope Ministries | What are you feeling? | Pain
"Father, Father,” he said, “everything is possible for you. Take away this cup from me. Yet I want your will, not mine.” Mark 14:36
"These troubles and sufferings of ours are, after all, quite small and won’t last very long. Yet this short time of distress will result in God’s richest blessing upon us forever and ever!" II Corinthians 4:17
I will say this: because these experiences I had were so tremendous, God was afraid I might be puffed up by them; so I was given a physical condition which has been a thorn in my flesh, a messenger from Satan to hurt and bother me and prick my pride. (8) Three different times I begged God to make me well again.(9) Each time he said, “No. But I am with you; that is all you need. My power shows up best in weak people.” Now I am glad to boast about how weak I am; I am glad to be a living demonstration of Christ’s power, instead of showing off my own power and abilities. (10) Since I know it is all for Christ’s good, I am quite happy about “the thorn,” and about insults and hardships, persecutions and difficulties; for when I am weak, then I am strong—the less I have, the more I depend on him. II Corinthians 12:7-10
I have to admit that this page is my favorite one...not because of all the pain I've had to endure throughout my lifetime but because my life verses (II Corinthians 12:7-10) are on this page.
Pain can definitely attempt to control the mind. After facing 21 knee operations and degenerative joint disease; I have come to know pain in a very real way. You won't believe this but I have found that since I have been serving God; that my pain levels have dropped. You know...God created our brains in such a way; that we can only think on one thing at a time. I find that when my thoughts are focused on God; then there is no room for those painful brain waves to pass through. If you remember Peter in the Bible...he was doing great, while walking on the water but once he got caught up in the surrounding storm; he began to sink within the stormy sea. This story should encourage us all today and help us to remain focused on God, during these trying times in our lives.
Sometimes it's difficult for us to understand, why a God of great power won't remove these moments of pain from us...when we would like Him to do so. We beg God and beg Him for some help but yet we continue to suffer with these awful moments of pain. I had to come to a place in my life, where I didn't view my pain, as a means of defeating me but rather, I had to see that sometimes these painful moments are meant, so God can work in a greater way. I remember a time, when I was going through an enormous amount of pain and as I sat alone...talking with God; He began to show me that this was a time to rejoice, rather than succumb to the moments I was facing. At first, I couldn't understand why God would suggest to me that I should rejoice, when I was feeling so much pain but as I learned to humble myself before Him; I came to see that He had plans to use these painful moments, so He could not only work in my life but use these moments, to bring honor and glory to His name. Just because God hasn't answered our prayers; doesn't mean that He has forgotten us. Maybe it's time for us to look for the purpose, behind these moments of pain and see what God may be up to in our lives.
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