Bill_Yount_NEW_150px.jpgI felt I could no longer endure the painful trial going on in my life for so long. In frustration, I cried out to God. "What are You doing to me?" He said, "I'm making a man of God out of you!" He continued, "I did not cause your pain but I'm using it."

The orthopedic doctor calls it a frozen shoulderJesus calls it healed. It's a muscle beneath the shoulder that becomes locked up and is painful. The orthopedic doctor said, "You must stretch your arm to loosen that muscle. Here are six exercises twice a day for six weeks including hanging on a bar. You must stretch your arm until it hurts. Then lean into the hurt and count for twenty seconds with excruciating pain and then repeat." After a few exercises I thought about the doctor, "He's got to be kidding me! It feels like I'm tearing my muscle apart. Like I'm ripping it out of my arm."

Is It a Good Pain or a Bad Pain?

He also advised me to visit a massage therapist. As she was working on my arm muscle I had to let her know something. "It hurts! That's painful!" She asked me a question, "But is it a good pain or a bad pain?" I said, "I am a no pain person."

laughermedicine_250px.jpgI was told if you want to recover faster, you can have someone else stretch your arm because they will pull it farther than you would. I thought to myself, "How stupid is that?" But in desperation to end this ordeal, I chose a physical therapist to stretch my arm. The pain was so great, I laughed. I said to him, "Am I going crazy? Why did I laugh when I felt the worse pain of my life?" He said, "That's your release! That laughter is your release!"

I now believe pain can be an ingredient of laughter. I promise if you are now in pain that is beyond words, there will be a time when you will laugh again, and even drown in God's laughter. "Blessed are you who weep now, for you shall laugh." Luke 6:21

There was a time when my pain almost stopped my ministry. On a ministry trip I became powerless to the pain that justified me not going to the next meeting. My wife and I prayed, but no relief. I phoned home to our intercessors for prayer. One intercessor, after praying, said, "Bill, you are on a mission. God has sent you there. You can trust Him." Something clicked in my spirit. I dragged my body to that meeting. The moment I stood up to minister the pain left me.

After the meeting it returned with a vengeance. It fought me to the next meeting two days later. When I got up to minister it left again and then followed me home. As this took place with many of my meetings, something dawned on me. I am stretching my spiritual muscles! I want to encourage you. Sometimes you must walk through some stuff to get to where God is. But remember, you are on a mission and the great I AM has sent you!

Spiritual Frozen Muscles in the Body of Christ

Golden and silver trumpetsMany times what I experience in my physical body is what is going on in the Body of Christ. I sense the Lord showing there are some spiritual frozen muscles in His Body.

And I hear the Lord saying, "You need to stretch those muscles. Stretch until it hurts! Many of your healings will come while you are being stretched by others. I am stretching you this season out of your frozenness. I am stretching your arms farther than you would like, so they can reach around a world full of pain, sin and brokenness.Those frozen muscles will thaw from the fire of My Spirit as you allow Me to stretch you."

Being Stretched Against the Odds

A woman kept standing for the healing of her husband who suffered a stroke, leaving a third of his brain dead. The doctor said to her, "He will never fully recover and will be a vegetable the rest of his life." The woman said, "No, by the stripes of Jesus he is healed." The doctor got upset with her and said, "I don't think you are taking me seriously. I have been doctoring these cases for thirty years." The woman responded, "Jesus has been healing longer than that!" Nine days later he walked out of the hospital whole.

"And it shall come to pass in that day, that his burden (the enemy's burden)shall be taken away from off thy shoulder, and his yoke from off thy neck, and the yoke shall be destroyed because of the anointing." Isaiah 10:27

After several months of pain, prayers of many, stretching exercises and some laser treatment, my frozen shoulder is finally loosed. The pain is gone. God has intervened again in my life.

But I have noticed something. If I don't keep stretching, the muscle will freeze again. It's the same spiritually. Lord, help us to keep stretching and allowing You to stretch us beyond our pain.

Bill Yount
Blowing the Shofar Ministries

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  • My God: In our life-time there has been pain, unbearable pain; realizing there are various types of pain, as wells as various degrees of pain. physical pain: emotional pain, little, not too bad, and there is some severe too excruciating pain. Physical pain is in the body, whether it’s headache, toothache, back injuries, or legs all sorts of physical. Emotional pain, is from the heart, hurt too damage from a standpoint of emotional spiral downward circumstances.  As reading the article he said, “stretching beyond our pain.” And  “In frustration, I cried out to God. "What are You doing to me?" He said, "I'm making a man of God out of you!"  He continued, "I did not cause your pain but I'm using it." These statement here is so real, God will stretch you beyond of what you are feeling. He stretched Mosses from feel inadequate and was going through emotional stress that causes pain with fear. Exodus 4:10. “And Moses said unto the Lord, O my Lord, I am not eloquent, neither heretofore, nor since thou hast spoken unto thy servant: but I am slow of speech, and of a slow tongue.” God Stretch Him beyond his pain. My God. Our life, in an unbearable situation, ugly circumstance; I cried to God and ask, “Lord what is going on in our life?” What is This? And as God said to me; “I didn’t cause your pain but I’m going to use it. Right then we begin a close relationship with God, from the pain, our emotional pain, God turn it for our good. Stretched us right out of that pain. HalleluYAH.

  • It is a blessings to see how God can use anything that you go through and make it for your good and it's a good thing that God is always there through the pain and all through the Frozeness in your life. I just thank God that I am still being unfronzen.  I thank God that he is releasing me from my Frozeness I just thank God that he is showing me more ways of how I can be more active more involved in Ministry and everything. God is wrapping my arms currently around the world of brokennesss and seeing as well and I just thank God for this teaching in this reading on Frozen.  Beyond our pain beyond our understanding. God Can turn it all around for you and he also will make your burden light so don't take this as something you're being punished for your not being punished God is releasing your healing releasing you from being so Frozen together you know I just thank God for this reading it really spoke out to me Hallelujah

  • My God this was an great reading. I has taught me that I must fight the pain even when it seems really Bad. God is showing us that the pain we feeling nothing compare to what you are feeling in the spiritual realm. We have to press through our pain in the spiritual realm and fight back. It doesn't have the power over us we have the power over it. God want to stretch us daily and w have got to allow him so we can be free. My God I hear you speaking to me. Stretch me completely so I don't care how bad it hurts I'm in control of my path of my purpose.

  • This reading always make me stretch out my hand to God it's very powerful, does something on the inside of you

  • Ne'eman wow look at God it's awesome how when regardless of your circumstances when you speak life the word of God how it makes the difference in your life my God there is power in God's faithful word.

  • Ne'eman 

  • Amen... This reading was powerful, truly encouraging. I'm stretching to you Lord.

  • Amen:Encourage my brothers/sisters we are pregnant with purposes for God's earth/people.

  • amen
  • AMEN LIVING FOR GOD IS A LIFESTYLE. A VICTORIOUS ONE AT THAT BUT WE MUST ALLOW ROOM FOR STRETCHING AND ALLOWING THE HOLY SPIRIT TO LEAD US AND GUIDE IS SO THAT WE MAY CONTINUE TO BE OVERCOMERS.
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