Isaiah 53:1-6 – “Who has believed our message? And to whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed? 2 For He grew up before Him like a tender shoot, And like a root out of parched ground; He has no stately form or majesty That we should look upon Him, Nor appearance that we should be attracted to Him. 3 He was despised and forsaken of men, a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief; and like one from whom men hide their face He was despised, and we did not esteem Him. 4 Surely our griefs He Himself bore, and our sorrows He carried; yet we ourselves esteemed Him stricken, Smitten of God, and afflicted. 5 But He was pierced through for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; the chastening for our well-being fell upon Him, and by His scourging we are healed. 6 All of us like sheep have gone astray, Each of us has turned to his own way; But the LORD has caused the iniquity of us all to fall on Him.” NASB
Revelation 21:3-4 – “”Behold, the tabernacle of God is among men, and He will dwell among them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself will be among them, 4 and He will wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there will no longer be any death; there will no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain; the first things have passed away.” NASB
For the most part, PAIN can be grouped into four categories – – Physical, Emotional, Mental, and Spiritual. Each category can involve other categories and overlap but most of the time we can identify them in one of the four spectrums.
All of us know and maybe have experienced Physical Pain of the kind and quality that debilitates. I know, have known, and experience physical pain to the point that putting one foot in front of another was an excruciating experience and required all the will-power that could be mustered. A person in that kind of pain, long term is certainly a target for Pain’s Prison.
We are told by medical science and research that there are some sources or roots of physical pain that are directly connected to one’s mental, emotional, and/or spiritual state. There is an often-quoted but seldom heeded passage regarding emotional anger.
Ephesians 4:26 – “Be angry, and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger.” Assuredly this has to do with our spiritual relationship with God, but could there be another reason for this prohibition or warning? Modern discoveries say yes! We find that harboring the emotion of anger, fear, bitterness, and other distressful emotions will adversely affect one’s physical health. It has been estimated that two-thirds of the people who see General Practitioners are stress-related. We also find that 25% of people in the USA miss work 16 or more days per year due to stress and that over 50% acknowledged that they are stressed.
The human body releases chemicals into the bloodstream when either positive or negative emotions are experienced. The long-term result of negative emotions represses the immune system and makes a person far more susceptible to disease and/or pain.
Emotional Pain is a diabolical enemy of health and happiness. Virtually all dictionaries define emotion – – “a strong feeling or state such as excitement, happiness, sadness, love, hate, fear, or anger.” We call this a person’s mood. Emotional pain surfaces when a person is antagonized or traumatized by their emotions. It can come from a wound, a harsh word, or some form of embarrassment experienced. Emotional pain can come through the loss of a loved one or possession. It could be the result of a breakup, a business failure, a church split where you internalize the anger or the hurt and allow it to fester in your heart to the point that you are debilitated in your emotions.
Just as in physical pain those dastardly chemicals are released in your bloodstream as a result of the emotions and transported throughout the body affecting your heart, stomach, muscles, lungs, liver, brain, kidneys, and immune system. It is your daily dose of Poison and becomes a vicious cycle that literally imprisons a person. The pain never goes away, and the by-products continue to exist and become enlarged to the point that you could not only be an emotional prisoner but literally sick as a result.
God does not want you to live in a PRISON OF PAIN and has provided an escape for you through the Blood of Jesus Christ and the ministry of the Holy Spirit. I pray now that God so touch your heart that you can release any negative emotions and being to see the healing come.
God bless you as you go through your day!