Don't let pain define you

This was my "Cup of coffee with Pastor Deanna" weekly e-zine communication that I sent out to my Northside women yesterday (as I do every Wednesday) and I thought perhaps it would be encouragement to my blog readers as well. Be blessed.

Ephesians 6:13b & 14a “…stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then…

As I got up this morning I really didn’t feel my best physically. Because I am feeling some discomfort, does that call for me to give up and stay home? Absolutely not. I will be at church tonight and I believe the Lord is going to touch me in a powerful way, even as we begin praise and worship.

Many times in life Christians are ready to give up at the first little trial that makes them uncomfortable. Pain is a part of life. And believe it or not, pain can be your friend.

Pain says, “God I need you…”
Pain says, “I feel something…I’m still alive!”
Pain says, “perhaps I need to take better care of myself…”
Pain says, “maybe next time I’ll do things differently/make another choice.”
Pain says, “this is an opportunity to grow…”

But one thing pain does not say is, “GIVE UP!”

The Bible tells us in Ephesians 6 to stand after we’ve done all to stand. Victory goes to people who simply will not quit. Pain in our life should not be ignored, but neither should it define us. We have to persevere through the pains of life.