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 (I trust this way of treatment after we had to undergo the Tyler Texas pediatric chiropractic service), 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.

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Susan
9 years ago

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.… Read more »

Caren
8 years ago
Reply to  Susan

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… Read more »

Dean Deguara
9 years ago

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… Read more »

Dean Deguara
9 years ago
Reply to  Greg Simas

Pastor Benny Perez still has copies. Call Church of South Las Vegas and have them send you one. Just bought it when I was there!

Carla
9 years ago

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.

Miranda
9 years ago

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! ♥

Susan
9 years ago
Reply to  Greg Simas

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… Read more »

9 years ago

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!”

kathy d
9 years ago

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!!!)

9 years ago

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… Read more »

9 years ago
Reply to  Greg Simas

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.… Read more »

9 years ago

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!… Read more »

Gail Rivera
9 years ago

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… Read more »

9 years ago

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,… Read more »

9 years ago
Reply to  Gina Hyatt

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.

Liam
7 years ago

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… Read more »

Rita
5 years ago

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… Read more »

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