You know when God does something so unexpected in your life, you can’t help but fall down flat on your face thankful and overwhelmed by how much God loves you? That happened to me on Sunday and it involved an addiction, the death of my father and a jacket.
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“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 12:7-10 NLT
Paul’s experience itself then illustrates his message to the church. The true boast of an apostle, of one sent out by the Lord on a mission, is that in the course of such a mission, the Lord has faithfully provided power in moments of necessity so that the apostle may claim “when I am weak, then I am strong” (v. 10). (Davis, James A. “1-2 Corinthians.” Evangelical Commentary on the Bible. Vol. 3. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House, 1995. 995. Print. Baker Reference Library.)
The most famous thorn in history!
God’s power is the only answer
Psalm 35:10 (NLT) — 10 With every bone in my body I will praise him: “Lord, who can compare with you? Who else rescues the helpless from the strong? Who else protects the helpless and poor from those who rob them?”
1 Samuel 12:21 (NLT) — 21 Don’t go back to worshiping worthless idols that cannot help or rescue you—they are totally useless!
Romans 7:24 (NLT) — 24 Oh, what a miserable person I am! Who will free me from this life that is dominated by sin and death?
God has you
Isaiah 41:10 (NLT) — 10 Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.
Hebrews 13:6 (NLT) — 6 So we can say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper, so I will have no fear. What can mere people do to me?”
Your one job is to tell God you need him. Run to God and let him renew your soul.
1 Samuel 7:8 (NLT) — 8 “Don’t stop pleading with the Lord our God to save us from the Philistines!” they begged Samuel.
Psalm 22:11 (NLT) — 11 Do not stay so far from me, for trouble is near, and no one else can help me.
Recognize God’s power to renew you:
Exodus 18:10 (NLT) — 10 “Praise the Lord,” Jethro said, “for he has rescued you from the Egyptians and from Pharaoh. Yes, he has rescued Israel from the powerful hand of Egypt!
Don’t project your weakness on to God’s greatness!
God has you no matter what:
Daniel 6:27 (NLT) — 27 He rescues and saves his people; he performs miraculous signs and wonders in the heavens and on earth. He has rescued Daniel from the power of the lions.”
Psalm 72:12–14 (NLT) — 12 He will rescue the poor when they cry to him; he will help the oppressed, who have no one to defend them. 13 He feels pity for the weak and the needy, and he will rescue them. 14 He will redeem them from oppression and violence, for their lives are precious to him.
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