It has been a while since I wrote a blog for Obadiah’s Cave. We have been very busy revising books and working on new releases. Today I want to talk about pain and also power. Double P’s. One controls the other. It’s hard to have power when we are in pain and pain comes in many colors. It’s hard to heal from past hurts, regrets, loss, and failures, but in order to get power we must.
You will never hear a motivational speaker telling you how horrible life is or how you will never succeed at your dreams. You will also never hear them tell you there will be no pain, no mistakes, no let downs, and everyone you love and care for will support you. Most things that are worth something will cost us.
I want to start off this blog with a few people in the bible who had great pain and became powerful. They all had something in common. First, let’s talk about Jesus-Yeshua and his pain and power. His pain trumps all our pain and yet he had great power in the midst of his anguish. Often when we are reading about him opening the eyes of the blind and walking on the water, we forget his pain was so great he sweated drops of blood and asked his closest friends to pray with him but they were tired. Sleepy even. We often envision him as our Roman paintings depict him. We see a man in a bright flowing robe with perfect hair, a perfect smile, and crisp blue eyes. “Jesus.” The Bible actually shows someone different. I’ll start with Isaiah’s description.
“He was not well-formed or especially handsome;
we saw him, but his appearance did not attract us.
People despised and avoided him,
a man of pains, well acquainted with illness.
Like someone from whom people turn their faces,
he was despised; we did not value him.” Isaiah 53:2-3 CJB.
“We did not VALUE him.”
Do you feel valued by the ones you love? Jesus-Yeshua was dying for the very ones who did not value him as important.
The very next verse in Isaiah says that he was “stricken and afflicted by God.” Not by family, friends, a spouse, a business partner, a child…no, by the one we look to for comfort. The Word says that people avoided him and despised him. He had real pain. And yes, he had the pain of the world on the cross, but what about power? When did he get his power?
There was a season for it. All the men I want to mention in this blog had a season that was powerful. Jesus-Yeshua goes to the Jordan and after being baptized or given a Mikvah, he is led by the Holy Spirit. Let’s look at that.
“Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, left the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness, where for forty days he was tempted by the devil. He ate nothing during those days, and at the end of them, he was hungry.” Luke 4:1-2 NIV. Mark 1:12 says, “At once, the Spirit drove Jesus into the wilderness,…” Drove. . .
He went through pain and torment and was tempted in all areas but then something happened afterward. POWER. He came out of that place of temptation with the wild beast in the wilderness ALL ALONE with GREAT POWER.
“Then Jesus returned to Galilee, filled with the Holy Spirit’s power. Reports about him spread quickly through the whole region.” Luke 4:14 NLT.
Not, only do we see this happening with Jesus-Yeshua but with Moses as well. He said, “At the end of the forty days and forty nights, the LORD gave me the two stone tablets, the tablets of the covenant.” Deuteronomy 9:11 NIV. The marriage contract for the whole nation was given to Moses after a long fast. The covenant was given to a man who went through so much pain he killed a man. He spent 40 years tending another man’s sheep all alone. TRAINING. Guess who else had to be trained in pain?
Even though Jesus was God’s Son, he learned obedience from the things he suffered. Hebrews 5:8 NLT.
The mighty prophet Elijah slew 450 prophets of Baal. The fire came down from heaven and the man outran wicked king Ahab’s chariot! “Then the LORD gave special strength to Elijah. He tucked his cloak into his belt and ran ahead of Ahab’s chariot all the way to the entrance of Jezreel.” 1 kings 18:46 NLT. POWER.
This man hasn’t even fasted yet, no his fast comes after the Father used him in such a way.
Evil Jezebel gets word of how God had used him to slay the false prophets and she promises to kill him. He becomes suicidal and prays to die. That is when his 40 days fast began. How did it end? She died and the dogs licked her blood. Most these men and women I read about didn’t fast for prosperity but for something greater than themselves. For instance, Ezra was a man who fasted and prayed over the condition of his nation and his people who had been exiled. Afterward, the Bible tells us that when he began to prostrate himself and weep and mourn in PAIN over their condition, that men and women and even children fell down with him and repented for their disobedience.
“While Ezra was praying and confessing, weeping and throwing himself down before the house of God, a large crowd of Israelites—men, women, and children—gathered around him. They too wept bitterly.” Ezra 10:1 NIV.
Most of us would have stopped here. The people had humbled themselves and cried out, so the ordeal is finished. Right? Wrong. Afterward, is when he puts himself in a prayer closet and separates himself to fast food and water and pray so that the people wouldn’t just have lip service but would stop doing the things they were doing and take action. Afterward, the bible says that the whole assembly told him he was right and they turned from their sins. They turned in obedience and did what they did at first.
First, comes the pain and then comes the power.
It’s just like an athlete training for a race.
Anyone who has ever fasted before will tell you it’s not pleasant. It’s humbling. And when you are crying out for God to search your heart, deep down we all are afraid to look at what He might expose. The blackness of it that can build up due to pain, fear, pride, and unforgiveness even. Once we realize that the abundance of our heart spills out of our mouths, we can pay more attention to what we are saying around the people we feel we can let our guard down around. Rarely will anyone see or hear what your spouse or closest friends do? If people could read our minds most of us would be in trouble.
Esther fasted and saved a people. Daniel fasted to get an interpretation of the visions HaShem had given him. He wanted to know so badly what his vision meant that he withheld all the pleasant foods from his diet. I can think of many items I personally need to fast from that aren’t food but fasting food has always helped me with the other issues I struggle with.
Pain and Power… We can’t stay soiled in a dirty diaper wallowing in our condition and expect to get power. We must change both the diaper and our heart condition. I bet if all of us fasted a little more we would see more power in our lives and the lives of those we love. Anything worth anything will cost us something. I want to leave you with one verse that sums the whole matter up neatly.
…fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” Hebrews 12:2.
Right hand of Yah= Power