Each one of us has probably heard the phrase “time heals all wounds” at some point in our lives. However, when your wounds remain unprocessed and unsealed, this very statement could not be further from the truth.

Unprocessed pain will prevent you from fulfilling your God given purpose. THAT, my friends, is what the enemy would love to take place!

Author Jimmy Evans in his book titled “When Life Hurts” makes the following statement:

“It’s no accident that the first recorded utterance from Satan in the Bible begins with Satan questioning the words of God, because that’s where the devil always begins. Satan can’t implant his own thoughts in our minds until he first causes us to question God’s thoughts. The two ideas CANNOT coexist.”

The same voice that spoke to Eve in the garden, twisting God’s words and confusing her mind, speaks to you and me in the midst of our pain. When you allow for pain to remain unprocessed, you not only can guarantee Satan will knock at your door, you might as well hand deliver him the invitation yourself.

When the enemy offers his whispers it is so easy to listen because we have not taken the necessary time to challenge the negative against the light of what God tells us is true.

Peter was an ultimate example of this. In Matthew 16:21-28 Peter had just been given the best news he would ever hear, yet he wasn’t able to receive it. He just couldn’t fathom that through the deepest pain Christ would ever endure, it could actually be a design of God’s even greater plan for all of humanity.

Why? Because Satan’s ultimate goal was to keep Peter from fulfilling his purpose and accepting the destiny that God had in store for him. Satan knew the fear in Peter’s heart and used it against him. Jesus’ very response in verse 23 was “Get away from me, Satan! You are a dangerous trap to me. You are seeing things merely from a human point of view, and not from God’s.” Jesus was not implying that Peter was in fact the enemy, but He knew the whispers upon Peter’s heart were not divine.

The enemy will continue to use your pain to disarm and defeat you until you decide to deal with it. You must fight this battle suited in the armor of the Holy Spirit. To know God is to first know Jesus.

Remember, even Elijah encountered God in a whisper as recorded in 1 Kings 19:11-12. The ultimate gift God gave us came from the deepest pain Christ was called to endure.

What makes you think God cannot accomplish victory through yours?

Stefanie Calens