Pain is an inevitable part of life but the connection in our being can help us deal with it. Ultimately, our pain starts in a part of our physical body but the message goes to our brain which tells us something is hurting. Our brain works with our mind which is a part of our soul. Automatically, our mind is negatively effected by the pain we feel. Our automatic subconscious thoughts tend to go into self-pity and with on-going pain into depression and despair. But God has created our body, soul and spirit to not only negatively influence the other parts. God has created it so that our other parts can have a positive impact on the other.
The Body-Soul-Spirit Connection
Our spirit is the originally designed part of our being that was meant to be the ruler of the whole being. However, sin and the inherited sinful nature we are born with, brings us a new ruler. Because our spirit is dead at birth, it cannot rule. So, the soul steps in and rules the whole being. Our soul is made up of our mind, will and emotions. It is our thoughts and feelings that are driven by our beliefs that rule our being. The soul as ruler will lead to death and destruction while the born-again spirit with the Holy Spirit leads to life.
The born-again spirit with the Holy Spirit is now in a continual battle to keep the rule of the being. When a person’s light is not shining outward, they have a bowl over their light. That bowl is something or somethings within the soul that in religious terms we call a stronghold. It stems from unmet needs but results in no fruit or bad fruit.
James speaks of double-mindedness. James 4:8 This is the battle with your soul wanting to continue to be ruler instead of allowing Christ to rule. There is always an authority in place. It’s which authority you allow that makes all the difference.
but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. Isaiah 40:31
Soaring Above the Pain
When it comes to physical pain, our soul wants to take over which leads us into the self-pity and the woe is me mindset. If we believe God is our strength and comfort, we can with continual prayer and deep breathing meditation on scripture reduce the feeling of pain which helps us endure. It takes an absolute confidence in this belief that God’s strength and comfort will sustain you. It takes faith and even that small amount can make a mountain of a difference. We call out to our Lord with our cries and tears of pain and affirm again and again our belief and confess over and over of our lack of belief. Our mind is paving the way for our belief to become stronger when we affirm it. Our feelings are being affirmed and comforted just being able to take them to God without fear of rejection. He will never leave or forsake us not even when we are desperately crying out for relief.
I can do all this through him who gives me strength. Philippians 4:13
Our Weakness Can Shine God’s Glory
In the midst of a hurricane is the eye of the storm. It is the place where it is calm and it feels like you are no longer in a storm. This is where Jesus is. He waits for us to come out of the wayward winds of the storm and into the eye with him and rest. Be still and know that He is God.
Paul suffered some kind of chronic pain that he endured with God’s strength and through it all he could praise Him. Christ’s power is made perfect in our weakness. In our weakest state, we can still be a bright shinning light, shinning God’s glory.
My Own Praising in the Storm
I have recently experienced this dynamic of pain and the power and strength of God within me helping me get through it. I have had shingles for the last month with bouts of severe intense pain. And though it has been tempting to go into self-pity and depression over this, I have intentionally chosen to let my spirit rule. Instead of self-pity, I pray and focus my attention on affirming my trust in the Lord. Rather than depression, I praise and sing to the Lord. He has been with me. God has strengthened me. Jesus has comforted me. And He alone has helped me to see the blessings within the trial. As Paul said to the Romans, “I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.” Romans 8:18
Yes, pain is an inevitable part of life but you can choose how to deal with it. We can allow our spirit to rule and help us get the strength of God already within us, coming out and influencing our soul and our body for the better. Our attitude and mindset can shift to the mind of Christ who helps us endure. Seek and rest in His Word and let the joy of the Lord be your strength.
Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance. Romans 5:3
Don’t suffer without hope. Seek out a friend, pastor or Biblical counselor like myself.