PAIN SAYS YOU CAN’T-JESUS SAYS YOU CAN

by Tammy Phillips
November 27, 2021

“Surely, He has borne our griefs And carried our sorrows; Yet we esteemed Him stricken, Smitten by God, and afflicted.  But He [was] wounded for our transgressions, [He was] bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace [was] upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed.” (Isaiah 53:4-5 NKJV) 

Recently, I was watching a movie on television.  Holy Spirt decided to speak to me through a brief advertisement. The ad featured a large out-of-shape man doing the “battle rope” and “big tire flip” workout.  Usually, I tune out commercials, but this man looked familiar to me.  It looked like me when I did these workouts. The message of the commercial:  “Oh humans, listen to what every strain, every twist, and every backache is telling you, ‘Pain says can’t!’ Advil says, ‘You can!’”  Advil is not the answer.  Jesus is. 

I heard Holy Spirit say pain is a liar.  Pain says, “You can’t!” Jesus says, “You can!”  I have been chewing on this for a few days.

I found fourteen different words in the Bible that mean pain.  According to  the International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, “various forms of bodily or mental suffering are generally translated “pain”; 28 out of the 34 passages in which the word is used are in the poetical or prophetical books and refer to conditions of mental disquiet or dismay.”

My Bible tells me in Isaiah 53:4, “Surely, He has borne our griefs.” The Hebrew word for grief is holi.  It means sickness, disease, sadness, wounds, weakness, pain, tired, and  sore.  It is a derivative of the word hala which means to be rubbed or worn; polished smooth; to be pained; worn down; weary; made sick, weak, or afflicted; make oneself sick.

The Bible also tells me in Isaiah 53:4 that Jesus “carried our sorrows.”  Makob is the Hebrew word for sorrow  It means pain, physical pain, muscle pain, brain pain, soul pain, heart pain,  and head pain.  It means pain!   Jesus carried every pain, so we do not have to! He took it so we do not have to.  Isaiah 53:5 states that He was wounded for us. He was bruised for us.  He was chastised for us.  Glory to God!  “BY HIS STRIPS WE ARE HEALED.”  We are whole, healed, and complete.  We are cured, repaired, and restored.  We are mended by the stitching of the Great Physician.  We are sown back together again. Pain may come,  but just as fast it is gone through Jesus.

Pain is a liar.  Simply,  pain is worry and fear that we will hurt.  God made our bodies to be healed and restored.  “Advil” or any other medicine just helps speed up the process that God has always had in place.  

When people workout, little tears occur in the muscles. After working out, the muscle tears are repaired or replaced.  Muscle fibers are “fused” or mended to form new muscle strands which increase in number to create healing and growth.  However, this  does not happen while you actually workout. Instead, it occurs while you rest.  (https://www.builtlean.com/muscles-grow/)

PAIN SAYS, “YOU CAN’T!” JESUS SAYS, “YOU CAN!”

Pain says, “You can’t work out.”  Jesus says, “You can!” 1 Timothy 4:8
Pain says, “You can’t overcome.”  Jesus says, “You can!” Romans 8:37
Pain says, “You can’t be strong.”  Jesus says, “You can!” Psalm 28:7
Pain says, “You can’t be brave.”  Jesus says, “You can!” 1 Corinthians 16:13 
Pain says, “You can’t endure.”  Jesus says, “You can!”  1 Corinthians 10:13
Pain says, “You can’t be happy.”  Jesus says, “You can!” Nehemiah 8:10
Pain says, “You can’t be at peace.”  Jesus says, “You can!” John 14:27
Pain says, “You can’t be cured from sickness.”  Jesus says, “You can!” Luke 4:18
Pain says, “You can’t be healed of a broken heart .”  Jesus says, “You can!” Psalm 147:3
Pain says, “You can’t forgive.”  Jesus says, “You can!” Luke 6:37, Romans 12:21
Pain says, “You can’t escape.”  Jesus says, “You can!” Psalm 91
Pain says, “You can’t crucify your flesh daily.” Jesus says, “You can!” Matthew 16:24
Pain says, “You can’t stop worrying!”  Jesus says, “You can! Have faith in Me.” 1 Peter 5:7, Philippians 4:6-7

I enCOURAGE you to listen to Jesus, “You can!”  Repeat after me, well Paul, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” (Philippians 4:13 NKJV)  Pain is a liar.  The word of God says that you can do all in Him.  Don’t listen to the pain.  Listen to Jesus!

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