Rejecting The Counsel of Pain

Pain — especially chronic pain — can drive a person to seek temporary or even permanent relief that is just flat wrong. The pain counsels us to try this or that, even when this or that is completely illogical and morally wrong.

Pain tries to be both our torturer and our counselor as well. But pain’s counsel is not in our best interest nor in the best interest of bringing glory to God.

The counsel of chronic pain can lead a person to suicide, even though that really does not solve anything. The afterlife for suiciders is not pain-free.

The counsel of chronic pain can lead a person to do things or try things that they never would have imagined they would ever do. Nonetheless, they are counseled, they are tempted, and some sadly cave-in to the counsel.

As a person who lives in bed and in chronic pain I can testify to the “counsels” of the pain, the “advice” that might set me free from the pain, either temporarily or permanently.

If you too are in a minute-by-minute battle with chronic pain (physical and emotional), you too have heard the “counsel” of the pain.

Let’s agree to wholeheartedly reject the counsel of chronic pain, and hold firmly to the counsel of the scriptures and the Holy Spirit.

Yes, we are in a war… a war of life and death! Let’s choose life and those things that will result in our lives bringing glory to God. Our perseverance is a tremendous testimony!

“Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love Him.”

📖 James‬ ‭1:12‬

See you at the altar of prayer, my fellow pain warriors! Not only can we survive, we can thrive in our spirit even as we persevere!

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Press On Today!

Forget Yesterday’s Failures, Press On Today, Envision Tomorrow’s Victories!

“Not that I have… already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me… Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me…”

( Philippians 3:12-14 )

In the Athlete’s gym, disciplined body-training with perseverance turns today’s crushing weights into next year’s normal workout routine.

In the Christian’s life, disciplined spirit-training with perseverance turns today’s crushing trials into next year’s routine challenges.

Press on today, my friend. God allows trials into our lives to serve as instruments for our character development, and as environments in which we can practice and learn how to walk in step with the Holy Spirit.

“… whenever you face trials of many kinds… the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.”

‭( James‬ ‭1:2-4‬ )

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Flourish in Any Trial

What kind of environment do you find yourself living in? Is it overwhelming at times due to strained relationships with loved ones, or chronic health issues that induce pain and isolation, or a financial drought where expenses are increasing through no fault of your own, or your place of ministry has become a desert instead of the oasis it used to be for you?

Trials of these kinds are common, very common, but pointing that out doesn’t take the pain away, does it? No, but we can’t live life by allowing pain of some kind to be our navigator or captain. We must endure, persevere, and be sensitive to the leading of the Holy Spirit.

Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love Him.”

( James 1:12 )

The greatest fears during trials are not just related to pain (physical, emotional, mental), but include anxiety of losing the ability to flourish in life.

My friend, as a child of God who has committed your life to Him for all of eternity, He knows how to take care of you in this world. Your trials of today, though the enemy designed them for maximum destructive power in your life, will not result in your destruction.

God is active and present on the scene, and He will make use of these same trials to prune some branches in your heart and soul. Pruned trees make for fruitful trees… very fruitful trees!

Persevere. Endure. Collaborate with God in accordance with the scriptures, His Word. And, in the midst of the fiery trials always remember to cultivate the joy of your salvation.

“But as for me, I shall sing of Your strength; Yes, I shall joyfully sing of Your loving kindness in the morning, for You have been my stronghold and a refuge in the day of my distress.”‭‭

( Psalms‬ ‭59:16‬ )

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