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  • Staci Sweet

The Process of Pain…Lie

I was watching a certain Bible Study when the Pastor said that God uses pain to process us. As soon as I heard it, I didn’t come into agreement with it, only because I’ve tried that way and it doesn’t work. I can say unequivocally that the pain, lack, heartbreak, and poverty I experienced, did not lead me to prosperity. What it did lead to was, more of the same. Therefore, when I hear statements like that, I cringe. Though I must admit, my flesh did leap and here’s why.

The flesh likes pain. It enjoys painful experiences. The flesh is also prideful and thus, when the mention of pain occurs, it begins to brag and boast about how much pain it has endured. Therefore, when we hear something about pain, we immediately come into agreement with it because as humans; especially as human followers of Jesus Christ, we believe that’s what we do. Christians suffer. And though the Bible does say that we are to suffer, we haven’t been taught suffering properly. But that’s not the REAL ISSUE today.

The REAL ISSUE is that God does not process us through pain, and as a believer and not just a follower, you should know that. Followers simply follow what everyone says about the Lord and His Word whereas believers’ study and rightly divide it. Believers of Jesus know that…

"He [was] despised, and left of men…[and that He was] a man of pains, and acquainted with sickness, and as one hiding [His] face from us."

We know that…

“…He [was] despised, and we esteemed Him not [and that]. Surely our sicknesses He [has] borne, and our pains – He… [carried and that…we…esteemed Him plagued, smitten of God, and afflicted…"

We also know that…

“…He [was] pierced for our transgressions, bruised for our iniquities, the chastisement of our peace [was upon] Him, and by His bruise[s] there is healing to us.”

– Isaiah 53:4,5 Young’s Literal Translation

We know that all too well. We know that nowhere in those verses does it say that God uses pain to process us. In fact, it says that Jesus bore it. And though those types of statements sound deep, it is that deepness that often leads to Deep-Pression™.