What Pain is …
If I’m in pain, does it mean I’m resisting? No! Just because I’m experiencing pain over a situation in life, doesn’t necessarily mean I’m in resistance. As I said in my previous posts, there’s a difference between pain and suffering. Suffering is the direct result of my resistance to God, where pain is actually proof of life. Pain is inevitable. If I’m living life, I will experience pain. Suffering, on the other hand, is torment and evidence that I’m in opposition to God.
If I’m avoiding pain, I inevitably will avoid life. Life is the full color palette of emotions—joy, sadness, love, hate, pain and ecstasy. Pain happens in growth, with change, while dying to something, and even in loving. Pain is part of our living experience. It may be seen as the plague but it’s just the reality of our existence on this earth.
So Is Pain Resistance?
No, pain is not the sign of resistance. And in actuality it may be proof that I’m not resisting but rather in my process with God. While writing this, Martha came to me and read from her booklet, “The Great Lie.” In it she quoted Madam Guyon who said, “Every problem in life is from resistance to God. There is no problem that is not resistance to God.” WOW, is this a confirmation? This is a statement spoken by a person who has embraced their cross and accepted the pain of their dying. People talk a lot about the cross, but this is a statement from one on their cross.
I’ll take this a step further with a quote by Martha, also from “The Great Lie.” “If our response is not surrender to His will, it is rebellion.” This is the explanation to why resistance produces suffering. It’s because resistance is rebellion and suffering is the due consequence of rebellion. The torrent of suffering is real and just. If we resist God, then we reap suffering. I know this has been the case every time in my life. When I’ve pushed back against God’s will, I’ve felt the fire of hell licking my back.
Pain is life, and resistance is avoiding Life, which produces suffering. The enemy would want to convince us that pain is evil. That pain is punishment. That pain IS suffering. But what life reveals is that pain is part of the cosmic quotient fashioned by God. Why else would hunger, desire, and passion hurt and cause pain? Pain is not the enemy but an awareness of living Life.
And Saul said, Who are You, Lord? And He said, I am Jesus, Whom you are persecuting. It is dangerous and it will turn out badly for you to keep kicking against the goad [to offer vain and perilous resistance].
Act 9:5 AMP