5 Ways How The Bible Helps Us Cope With Chronic Pain and Fibromyalgia

5 Ways How The Bible Helps Us Cope With Chronic Pain, Fibromyalgia And Other Chronic Invisible Illnesses

I am introducing a new thread on the Fibro Champions Blog that takes various verses from the scriptures and applies them to those of us who suffer trials and tribulations due to Anxiety, Chronic Fatigue, Chronic Pain, Depression, Fibromyalgia, Lupus, Lyme Disease, MS, POTS and any other chronic invisible illnesses. Really these little devotionals could apply to anyone who has been victimized. These are Biblical verses that provide teaching, hope, validation and faith in Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ is the foundation upon which all Christianity stands. His teachings can heal and help bear our burden better than any other medical solution, herbal solution or self help solution. But I advocate using the teachings of Jesus in cooperation with the proper use of the miracles of medical science.

1. Even to your old age and gray hairs I am he, I am he who will sustain you. I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you. Isaiah 46:4 (NIV) This verse is referring to Jesus Christ. It tells us that he will sustain us, will carry us and rescue us in the various times of our needs. Who needs the Savior more than the sinner or those who suffer from health trials, especially those of a chronic illnesses? He made us and he knows us better than we know ourselves. Who better to turn to than our Creator? To sustain us means To support, hold, bear up, bear the weight, bear a burden, and to endure without giving way or yielding. To keep a person from giving way to, as under trial or affliction.

2. He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not. Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. Isaiah 53:3-5 (KJV) This verse in Isaiah was a prophecy of what would happen to Jesus Christ when he came to earth to atone for our sins. He did atone for us but he did much more. He bore our griefs, carried our sorrows and through his suffering he can be healed of the consequences of our sins and we can be healed from our infirmities.

3. There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it. 1 Corinthians 10:13 (KJV) This popular verse means that we will not be tempted by sin or tried by tribulation more than what we are able to bear. The creator of us all, knows the limits of each and everyone of us. He knows us better than we know ourselves. The temptations or tribulations that we are called upon to bear may seem like we are being pushed beyond our personal breaking point. But we are not. We must trust God and have faith and hold on tight. With his help, we will make it.


4. Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, a whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. James 1:2-4 (NIV) To me, this passage of scripture tells me to have joy in my trials of chronic pain, fibro fog and all the other extreme symptoms of fibromyalgia, which is my chronic illness. This also says that the trials and tribulations we go through are designed four our personal growth wether it be in this life or the next.

5. If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. James 1:5 (KJV) This small little verse brings great joy to me in my personal afflictions. It tells me that I can approach God in prayer for anything and my prayers will be heard and answered. But as we know from other verses, the answer to prayers are based on the infinite and eternal wisdom of God.

                    Troy Wagstaff ©

What Do People Want From The Bible?

What Do People Want From The Bible?

There are people who have preconceived expectations when they read the Bible. They expect to find scriptural justification to their behavior. They want the way they live their life to be condoned by Holy Writ. They want to use the Bible to prove the decisions they have made are correct. These types of people are not looking for truth. They are looking for ways to justify their behavior.

When you read text like the Bible, you will find teachings presented in parables and symbolism. This makes it easy for people to twist the scriptures to suit their desires, whatever they may be.

The problem with this type of Christian is that if he or she can back up their bad choices with Bible verses, then they feel complete, and that makes them hard to reach and to see the error or their ways.

Since those types of people are hard to get through to, I’d like to try to help other Christian to avoid that mistake.

How to get the most out of your daily reading of the Bible?

what_do_people_want_from_the_bible1. Be Honest.

2. Be Humble.

3. Be Prayerful.

4. Ask “what does God want me to learn today?”

5. How can I apply this in my life?

If you use these ideas when your reading daily from the Holy Bible then you will see spiritual growth well beyond what you thought possible.

Let’s look at each of these points in detail.

1. Be Honest

Have an honest attitude. Don’t lie to yourself about what you want. Don’t have any preconceived positions when you read the scriptures. Don’t have the attitude that you already know what to do. Let the scriptures tell you what The Lord wants you to know. If you read the scriptures without honesty, no one will know except for you and The Lord. But that is all that matters. If you want to be like Jesus or know what would Jesus do then you need to be honest, otherwise you are just hurting yourself.

2. Be Humble

Being humble goes closely with honesty. Humility is, in part, being teachable. Being humble means you accept that you don’t know everything and are willing to learn from what the scriptures can teach you.

3. Be Prayerful

If your honest and humble and then add prayer to the mix you will be setting yourself up for some major revelation. You will learn things that only God can teach you. You will know the truth of the Bible, not what other people want you to know.

4. Ask “What does God want me to learn today?”

Have you ever read the same scripture over and over again for the tenth time and all of the sudden you feel like this is the first time you have read that verse before? It suddenly has new meaning. This very thing happened to me this week. I read Matthew 5:44, among other things it says to “Love your enemies.”

That verse is powerful with all that it teaches us. Let’s give it a glance: “But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you.”

I went to Sunday school with a question in mind, “how can this ‘love your enemy’ phrase be applied when talking about ISIS?” They have been killing Christians for a long time but they’re also killing Muslims as well. They are a slightly different type of radical Islamic terrorist group. They are trying to start an Armageddon type war by provoking the West to conflict.

They started by kidnaping for ransom, then turned to beheading people and then burned a living pilot to death. Seeing the response they got they burned more than forty people to death on a beach. This could be the most hard core enemy the world has faced. They are an enemy to the west and to Christianity. How does one love that type of enemy?

We talked at length about this issue and determined that probably the only way to love them is to ask God for the gift of love toward them. We were thinking that it might be impossible to love an enemy like that on our own.

5. How can I apply this in my life?

As was said in section four “have you ever read the same scripture over and over again for the tenth time and all of the sudden you feel like this is the first time you have read that verse before?”

Now my response to this question is different from in section four. The reason why I believe this question is valid is because we grow over time. We grow spiritually and emotionally. We have many more years of life experience tucked under our belt. So with all that, when we read Matthew 5:44 or some other verse or passage, we look at it differently. The doctrine is still the same but our world view is different.

This alone is a good reason to continue to read the scriptures over and over again until the day that we die.

When we are reading a section or a whole chapter of Holy Writ, we need to ask ourselves, how does this apply to me? Or ask how can I apply this teaching into my life right now? Asking these types of questions take that word phrase or verse off the paper and into your life. It takes on a different meaning when you desire to act upon it. Acting upon what you read may be the most important blessing of reading the scriptures daily for the rest of your life.

As you are anxiously involved in doing good? It will be harder to be deceived by the evil one and put you in a place to be taught deeper meanings of the Bible.

Hopefully, these five tips can help your spiritual growth when reading the scriptures and you will not be inclined to use the scriptures erroneously to justify your vain actions. Ideally, these five tips justify the good word by becoming a better Christian by diligently reading and applying the word of God in your daily life.

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