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October 3, 2015

Several weeks ago, I woke up in the middle of the night and was impressed in my spirit to turn on the Word Channel, which I did. At that particular time, a pastor with whom I am not familiar was preaching from 2 Corinthians 12, and he was talking about our attitude when things do not go our way. Though I only heard a short portion of his message, I was motivated to revisit this scripture and to see what God is saying to me.

The author of Corinthians is Paul, the apostle, and in chapter 12 he shared that rather than be boastful in the revelations and visions that he had experienced and which made people think of him as someone special, he would be humble and not divulge anything. He implied, God knowing him, helped him keep humble by giving him something that kept him grounded. Paul called this, “a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan.” Commentators have given their different theories on what this was, but Paul was not specific in his description of this thing. However, he did say he asked God several times to remove it, but God told him, “My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness.” In other words, God told Paul, “The answer is no.” Paul concluded that he would take pleasure in sicknesses, in insults, abuse, hardships, opposition, and bad breaks for during these difficult times when he must depend on God; God receives more glory.

In our life, we do not want pain or anything that is going to make us feel uncomfortable, and if we are to experience these hurtful things we want it to be quick and short-lived. We often blame Satan for our misfortunes, not realizing these misfortunes sometimes are from God and are present to make us better witnesses for Him. Therefore, it is important for us to find out the source and reason of our difficulties, and to accept the fact that our situation may not change, but with the help of God, we will survive.





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