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2 Corinthians 12:9
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.
In the early part of this chapter, St. Paul spoke of how, early in his faith walk with Jesus, he had been taken up into the heavenly realms. This had happened by way of a vision. What he saw and experienced was so supernatural that he was not allowed to speak in specifics. His immediate temptation was to talk about it; however, the Lord sent what Paul referred to as a THORN in the flesh to trouble him. When he complained to God about it, the Lord said that HIS grace is sufficient to see us through any THORN. He told Paul that in his (Paul’s) weakness, God’s power is most experienced.
There have been times in my life when I have been extremely ELEVATED in the position I served for the Lord. Let me make it clear when I say this that my elevations are personal to me, and in no way can they be like St. Paul’s in any way. Yet, each time it’s happened to me, something annoying has been sent to me to keep me from boasting about my elevation in the Spirit. Like the Apostle, I’ve asked God to remove it, and each time I’m drawn to this verse as God’s answer to me. Since this has continually happened in my life, and somehow I’m still standing by the grace of God, and I’ve always eventually said, “I Needed That Thorn!”
This AM, I want to thank You for all the thorns along the way that have followed my promotions in the faith. Without the THORNS, I’m afraid the BIG HEAD may have followed, and who knows what would have happened. Well, of course, YOU DO! So thank You, “I Needed That Thorn!” Amen