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What Do You Do When You Are Living in Pain And You Believe in Healing?

Currently, I am learning a few things about living in pain. I have been a relatively healthy person my whole life. Minor things would come and go but I enjoy a pretty sick and pain-free life. This changed about eight weeks ago.

I have a “stiff shoulder.” I woke up with it a few months ago. I have limited movement in my left arm and pain associated with the swollen ligaments and tendons. Any sudden extended movement in the wrong direction is like a knife being jammed into my shoulder. I really don’t know how else to explain it.

How do you navigate living in pain while believing in the power of God to heal?

My first order of business was to go to Jesus and receive healing prayer and then head to the doctor. After chiropractic work, x-rays, an MRI and shoulder exercises, I am still in the same spot as I was 8 weeks ago. I am seeking further treatment and will eventually get this thing behind me.

Lessons have surfaced from all of this and I want to pass them on to you. Again, this is coming from someone who has had a relatively pain-free life.

  1. Being in pain is an injustice and a nuisance. I cannot believe how much of a pain it is to live in pain. People live in pain continually. I have a whole new level of compassion and empathy for “pain-bearers”. It’s just not right.
  2. Being in pain is time-consuming and costly. Exercises up to 1.5 hours a day to work out this shoulder is needed. Also taking and buying medication can be costly. Repeat trips to the pharmacy is really not enjoyable. It’s consuming both time and money.
  3. Being in pain is annoying and distracting. Constant pain distracts me from thinking, planning and studying. Even writing this post is a chore. Though I press on it is flat-out distracting and bothersome.

I have lived a relatively pain-free life but this is a bit of an awakening. This condition will eventually work itself out. When? I really don’t know. Here are a few things I will keep doing.

  1. I will keep receiving prayer for healing. When I am around staff and my Convergence family, I grab their hand and place it on my shoulder and tell them to pray for healing. I lay hands on myself and pray for the release of the healing anointing.
  2. I will keep seeing the medical community. God brings healing through the medical field so I will move through the steps. I will do physical therapy and have things monitored regularly.
  3. I will ask questions seeking solutions. I ask God questions regarding healing. I have been a bit challenged these days so this forces me to learn more from the Lord regarding healing.
  4. I will fight to stay positive about my healing. I can only imagine how people must feel about continuing to get prayer for a condition they have had for years, even decades. It’s hard to not cave into the thought of just learning to live with it. Grace to anyone who is in this boat.
  5. Lastly, I sense the Lord just wants me to thank Him for my healing. I am doing this out of a place of obedience and gratitude.

Psalm 103:2-3 “Praise the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases,”

Jesus purchased our healing! It’s a “benefit” given to every believer. So I contend for what has been paid for. Though healing is still a mystery to me I trust Him as my Healer in spite of my pain.

Love to get your thoughts on this? If you have or are living in pain how are you dealing with it or have handled it? What have you struggled with and learned? Has this challenged your position on healing or God’s love for you? Add your comment below.

Greg Simas

• Pastor | Writer | Leader | Coach • Senior Leader of Convergence House of Prayer in SF Bay Area. "Building people whose lives change so they can change lives."

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33 thoughts on “What Do You Do When You Are Living in Pain And You Believe in Healing?”

  1. Yes. Pain can take a person, even a strong believer, to very dark places when it is all consuming. Like with severe back pain. It can be all consuming. It is so disturbing, distracting that all you can think about is the constant pain. I live with pain. Luckily my back pain is much better. The severe pain only lasted a couple of months but during those 2 months it was extreme. To the excruciating degree. Most of the time it is a constant bother. I have joint pain, stomach pain, hip pain, my arm goes dead in certain positions. At night although I want to be in The Prayer Room or playing my guitar worshipping or just reading my Bible, I flop on the recliner and turn on a major distract on TV. To tired to even move and then my restless legs (a real medical condition RLS) ‘kick’ in! I love Jesus. I pray throughout the day. I ask him for deliverance from the illegal aches and pains.I do not accept these diseases. But they continue. I believe the answer is on its way. That there will be a breakthrough. Angels and all of Gods armies are contending for all of us. At the appointed time there will be an outpouring of healing. Maybe we are not ready yet. Some healings are happening. But I am one who is contending for ‘all’ to be healed, like Jesus. The word says even greater things will we do! Let’s go after it! For those stuck in the pain cycle like my brother Mic. I am praying for you and for me. That you will be healed. The enemy comes to steal kill and destroy your faith your hope and ultimately your love (relationship) with the Father. Don’t let him win. Whether we are healed or not God is still good and he has not failed us. I believe my eyes will see the day soon when all who come will be healed. We have seen only in part so far. But Gods word is true. PG. Maybe God is allowing our desire for healing to grow our empathy for the sick so we can be forerunners in the healing movement to come. I want to see it and be a part of it. How about you!

    1. This kind of testimony amazes me. While in our pain we see healing in other area’s of our lives. There are lessons and truth to be learned as a result of our pain. Now, I am not advocating sickness to learn lessons but I cannot ignore the lessons I am learning in the midst of my pain. Susan, your comment ends with great encouragement and solid admonition. I pray for 100% breakthrough for you!

    2. Years ago I blindly followed whatever doctors said to my detriment. Although there are definitely good doctors who sincerely want to help their patients, it saddens me deeply that so many (not all) Christian doctors are still being led astray by the medical community. This community, for the most part, does not honor God in their healing – hence all the dispensing of pharmaceutical drugs that are chemicals which negatively affect the liver and body even when they appear to offer some relief. Doctors are treating symptoms and performing surgeries that are deemed “cures” (like when they removed my 10 year old grandchild’s colon and called it a cure even though many who have this horrible procedure have a recurrence of all their original symptoms). This health system is not an honest system; it is sick care (to quote a forgotten source), not health care. Unnecessary procedures are performed all the time. These things are totally illogical!

      Several years ago I realized that I could not point to one adult, as well as many children I knew, who were not on some sort of pharmaceutical or over the counter drug. This came as a shock to me because when I was young only my grandmother used prescribed pills and she suspected they were sugar pills. She used to kid that the doctor was already setting out her medication as she approached his office. Anyway, my rather long-winded point is that we are/have been looking for healing in the wrong places. God has placed everything we need on this beautiful planet, including all manner of natural things that heal most illnesses. I say “most” because there are true genetic conditions that we can’t reverse and God may choose not to. Let us continue to look to God for His truth and seek natural ways to heal as much as possible.

      God Bless!

      1. Hello Caren. I fully support the use of medicine under the right conditions. Yet, I believe that there is an onslaught of abuse around prescription medication. I agree with you around the points you have brought up. In many ways we have been duped into eating the wrong foods from both big business and even the FDA, which pushes us toward drug dependency. We have the responsibility to research and determine what we really should be eating. Information is out there. We need to strongly consider whether the drugs we are prescribed to take are right for us. A second and even third opinion is helpful in some cases. Believe me, pharmaceutical companies want us to become dependent on their drugs for $ sake.

  2. PG- Ironically I just picked up the late Wendell Smith’s book Faith for Healing Wisdom for Health. Awesome resource! The other side of healing is wisdom for health. I know you will get plenty of advice with this post, but I have been on a regiment of supplements that have renewed my health since November. I can talk to you offline because i don’t like to pollute other peoples blogs, but I specifically know of 3 products that will help you. I have a powerful testimony to share with you. Would love to share the wisdom that I’ve been so blessed to receive.

    1. Dean, looks like Wendell’s book is out of print. Maybe you there is a PDF of the book somewhere on the net. I fully believe that we need to be wise stewards in staying healthy, eating right and caring for the temple of God. Wendi and I have spent much of last year reassessing our eating habits — all for the good! Love to hear what is working for you.

  3. This is awesome PG…and so are you. We are so blessed to have a pastor with such honesty coupled with passion for the truth and determination to walk in it. Thank you so much PG! You ROCK.

  4. Pastor Greg – I can relate! I will be praying for your healing ~ I KNOW God heals because I’ve seen far too many healings throughout my life to doubt; however, WHEN He does the healing is the problem! ♥

    1. Timing is certainly another thing to consider in healing. Of course, our timetable can be much different then God’s. Something worth considering. Thanks for sharing and your prayers as well.

      1. It’s all about faith. Faith can feel manufactured sometimes. Or so the enemy would like us to believe. It just occurred to me that all believers have had a SUDDENLY! When we ge tsaved our faith sparks just long enough for the miracle of salvation. And truly it is a miracle. It’s cool to think…YES. I have had a miracle in my life. But again this miracle happened in Gods timing. I also loved the comment about God “escorting” us. That is truly incredible. That God in all his greatness and power wants to take the time to carry us through our rough patches. They are still hard but having him with us. I often wonder how the unsaved can live life without Jesus! -Bye for now- Sue

        1. Yeah. Those who don’t know Jesus, don’t know what they are missing (truely). That’s why the Gospel is GOOD NEWS! Let’s share our testimony frequently. Thanks, Susan.

  5. I’ve been there. And I’ve seen the miraculous healing of God after months of pain. I am praying for your “suddenly”. I know that the Lord is able. I pray that during this season you will be strengthened as you wait for your healing. Psalm 27:14 “Wait for the LORD; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the LORD!”

    1. Your personal healing testimony declares that Jesus heals. Every testimony provides internal strength and hope. Praying that my “suddenly” will come quickly. Thanks for praying and sharing.

  6. ahhhh….i love how Papa opens peoples eyes …and hearts!!! sometimes in ways we really can’t appreciate , at least not at the moment…..i love your honesty….so refreshing….about the whole new level of compassion…..”break my heart Lord with the things that break Your heart!” “count it pure joy; every trial and suffering!” i KNOW Papa heals, i have been instantly healed several times….and He has been escorting me through a few long term healings (that i know may never been received until that most glorious healing of all!!!)

    1. Thanks, Kathy. I love how you put that God is “escorting me through a few long term healings”. An escort “accompanies another for protection and security.” So true. God never leaves us nor forsakes us, that’s His promise. He is with THROUGH the process and close to us in it. I choose to believe this because it’s His Word. Thanks so much for sharing!

  7. Hi Greg,
    I am so sorry to hear about this pain you are going through; my heart just aches for your suffering. I will be praying for our awesome God to heal you and remove this pain from your shoulder.

    I am a chronic pain suffer for over 7 years now. Rheumatoid arthritis has been the culprit of my pain. I know what it is like to go from pain free to 100% pain 24/7. Pain changes your personality as it eats away at your nerves and you become cranky and very snappy. Having said that, God is still very good and I am so happy to hear that you are praising Him through all of this. I too chose to praise Him even when the tears were flowing down my face because of the intensity of the pain and He was faithful to see me through. He gave me the grace to make it through and during the whole trial He taught me things I would never have learned if I wasn’t suffering. He opened my eyes and drew me into His arms and for this I am so thankful. I am who I am today because of the suffering I have gone through and I would never change it a bit.
    I am almost pain free now, because I continued to seek His face and in amongst the pain I praised Him. I learned how to do things differently to accommodate the pain and through all of it people, who watched me suffer, got to see God in action.

    Something I wish to pass on to you is when it hurts just praise Jesus. It is hard to do but as you just say it, eventually your heart will follow and you will totally mean it. What Satan has planed for harm, God will use for good if you hand it to Him in praise and worship. Satan cannot stand up against that.

    Lifting you up in prayer and intercession to our Mighty God, Healer of all.

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    1. How amazing! The endurance in the people of God is overwhelming. Reading these testimonies and the battle people like you have waged in the midst of pain is so encouraging. The good news is that there is breakthrough. There is healing! Thanks for sharing your life, candidly. It encourages me and other readers as well.

      1. good thoughts. i have had different times of choric pain in my life – one in particular when i was in my early 20’s after a car accident where neck pain lasted for several years. i did all the things you list and i was completely healed in an “and suddenly” moment after i had been prayed for and went to physical therapy, chiropractic, done the med thing for a long time without the results i was looking for. i am so thankful that even when i get short spans of pain now that God cares about my physical body. He deeply cares for it because He created it and called what He created good. i press through even more for healing now for others and have grown in compassion for those who live in constant pain or sickness. i also long for our resurrected bodies that will finally work completely the way He always intended for bodies to work and for sin, sickness, and death to be done away with forever. every healing i see now makes me more excited for then too. i pray with you for your complete healing. i love when God does what only He can do.

        1. One thing that keeps coming to the surface in our comments is that people have experienced long periods of time in pain, then they are healed through more of a natural process and/or when God steps in and does things His way. 😉 Nonetheless, I’m encouraged to read these testimonies and am believing for a full recovery myself. Thanks for sharing, Charis.

  8. Oh yea!! I forgot to mention…God led me into seeking prayer from a pastor and to have him anoint me with oil on the joints that were afflicted. James 5:14 Is any one of you sick? He should call the elders of the church to pray over him and anoint him with oil in the name of the Lord. This is the Bible verse I was directed to have prayed over me, so I claimed this as a healing verse for me. I am now 2 1/2 years in remission and only have a small amount of pain. Praise GOD!

    Blessings,

  9. I am doing all five things as well. I’ve had chronic pain since age 13, diagnosed as “Fibromyalgia” at age 22. Some natural remedies gave me several years of relief, but it’s been back for almost 1 year the worst it has been. I believe God could miraculously heal me, but in the process it has caused me to research and learn so much about health and God’s design of our body that as I seek natural pain management and heath my whole family has benefited by our lifestyle changes. Most people have no idea how bad my pain is, and that’s ok, I try to keep my eyes on Jesus and get as much out of the trial as I can 🙂 I know it will not last *forever* 🙂

    1. Gina, definitely you have discovered some real key things in the process of your pain. Eating healthy has been such a great discovery along the way for both you and the family. I’m glad you are feeling better and I pray this continues. Interesting thoughts and great takeaways. Thanks for sharing.

  10. I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia in 2008, and live with constant pain. In addition to your suggestions i would add three more things. First, look for the blessings in the midst of your trial. When it comes to pain the blessing usually comes in the form of charqcter development-empathy, humility, dependence on God, being able to see what’s really important. Second, seek God’s guidance and obey. This is very much an individual journey but God is all knowing and will lead you into the path of healing if you let Him. For instance, God revealed to me that my silver fillings had mercury in them through a random documentary about the Gershon Therapy that my daughter was watching. This led me to do more research and I eventually had my fillings replaced and have experienced about a 60% improvement in my condition. It’s taking me a little bit longer to eliminate caffeine and reduce sugar but I pay the price when I disobey. The last thing I would add is to be bold in your prayers for healing appealing to God about how much more affective you can be for His glory without the sickness. Thank you for your ministry and I pray for a complete healing so you can continue full force for God.

    1. Hi Gail. So glad you stopped by.

      I whole-heartedly agree with the additional suggestions mentioned. Allow me to comment on each.

      1. Here Romans 8:28 shines, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him…” Through the pain lessons are learned. My empathy level has gone up many notches for others in pain as a result of my own.
      2. I am discovering that many of our health related issues are caused by what goes in us, whether it’s resting on your teeth (in your case) or goes more internally ie the food we eat and the things we drink. Though I am not a conspiracy guy, I have certainly changed much of my eating habits based on what I have discovered. Much sickness and pain can be avoided.
      3. I pray for healing because I know it lines up with His will, Matthew 6:10. So let’s keep contending!

      Happy to say that I am in 0 pain and have been for about a month. So praise God! I don have some stiffness that I am trying to work out.

      Praying for you and thanks for taking time to share! Blessings.

  11. Hi Greg,
    Been following your blog for a while – thanks for what you write!
    I will get to the point. Suffering. 1) Paul pleaded with the Lord for healing and was refused – “my grace is sufficient for you” (2 Cor.12:9). Can our faith stand such an answer? 2) Elisha died of a terminal illness (2 Ki. 13:14) but lest we think he was God forsaken even his bare skeletal remains were used of God for healing (2 Ki. 13:21)! Can we cope with this?
    Is healing is our inheritance IN THIS WORLD? Note the emphasis. Elisha, and presumably Paul, received their healing in the next world, not this. Unquestionably the Lord heals in this world – and I pray that those who have written in this blog will experience that healing – but what if the Lord’s answer is “My grace is sufficient for you”? What if the Lord should choose to minister through us – even heal through us – while not healing us ourselves? Lord increase our faith!
    May the Lord bless you and keep you and make his face shine upon you and give you peace. Amen

    1. Hi Liam. I enjoyed reading your thoughts here. I still think healing is a mystery. We have the Word and we hold His Word up high as to “live up” to it’s promises. We know in part and see in part, these are our limitations while we are here on earth. Yet, I hold to the conviction that the atoning work of Jesus paid for our healing and from this reality I believe healing is surely our inheritance while on earth. Living within this tension is not that simple. Thanks again!

  12. I developed flu like symptoms in Feb. Neck went stiff then mind blowing pain in shoulder that spread down arm into hand. Then my hands and feet started burning and tingling. I have gone to chiropractor for 4 months. I was taking transform twice daily which worked wonders with the pain. However the Dr took me off of it because he wanted me to get an MRI. At the same time husbands business crashed, our one vehicle broke down and needs a new motor. We feel like we are in the battle of our life! Sometimes the pain is so severe it takes all concentration to keep sane. It has affected my ability to do anything. Standing on the Word and holding to Jesus. However doubts bombard my mind I cast them down but it is a constant battle. The hardest one to overcome is because doubt runs through my head then I’m not in faith. But believing God is not a feeling and I believe with my Spirit not my head so I keep speaking the Word. We need a miracle.

    1. Hi Rita. Wow. I have not been at this level but I’ve known those who have. You’re doing all the right things in a very very tough season. Doubt will certainly come but your choosing to stay in the Word and in prayer. Psalm 23 tells us that we are all go THROUGH THE VALLEY but the truth is we are going through and we will come out on the other side stronger and more confident in God than ever. I’ll keep you in prayer, Rita.

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