Hope in Today Ministries, Inc. ~ Daily Devotion to God’s Holy Word, by Karen Rowe
What a tough one to understand on many accounts.
I have always wandered what that thorn was in Paul’s side & why God would not remove it from Paul. We can be sure it had something to do with the power of humility & the dangers of pride, but WOW, I never realized Paul …”was caught up to the third heaven ___ years ago….”
2 Corinthians 12:2 NLT
And the thorn…he had reason to boast, but Ministries are a “NO-SELFIE” zone!
“If I wanted to boast, I would be no fool in doing so, because I would be telling the truth. But I won’t do it, BECAUSE I don’t want ANYONE to give me credit BEYOND what they can see in my life or hear in my message,
2 Corinthians 12:6 NLT
“even though I have received such wonderful revelations from God. SO TO KEEP ME FROM BECOMING PROUD, I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger from Satan to torment me & KEEP ME FROM BECOMING PROUD.
2 Corinthians 12:7 NLT
Derrick Prince once taught me a prayer he prayed; “Lord by any means necessary keep me from becoming proud.”
God will use as much pressure as necessary to get us to move in the right direction & keep us on the right path for our good & the Purposes of pointing to others to JESUS!
“This boasting will do no good, BUT I must go on. I will reluctantly tell about visions and revelations from the Lord. If I wanted to boast, I would be no fool in doing so, because I would be telling the truth. But I won’t do it, because I don’t want anyone to give me credit beyond what they can see in my life or hear in my message, even though I have received such wonderful revelations from God. So to keep me from becoming proud, I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger from Satan to torment me and keep me from becoming proud. Three different times I begged the Lord to take it away.
Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.”
So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me. That’s why I take pleasure in my weaknesses, and in the insults, hardships, persecutions, and troubles that I suffer for Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong (2 Corinthians 12:1, 6-10 NLT).”
I hope you read 2Co12 Today!
Love in Christ,
Hope in Today Ministries, Inc.
TILL NEXT TIME!
TILL NEXT TIME! “GRACE AND PEACE TO YOU FROM GOD OUR FATHER AND THE LORD JESUS CHRIST.”
The address in the Bible is found in 2 Corinthians 1:2, and this is the NIV today.
LOVE IN CHRIST,
Hope in Today Ministries, Inc.
The Train Whistle, Sounding the call of God’s Love, by Karen Rowe [2012 Published for you]
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Personal Motto: “I don’t have it all figured out, BUT GOD DOES … Follow JESUS!”
Thank you Jesus! Personal Revelation Life Verse: 1 John 4:16
16 And we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and the one who remains in love remains in God, and God remains in him.
This version Today is (HCSB)
Holy Spirit you are welcome here!