Tuesday, April 03, 2012

When God says NO!

".... a thorn was given me in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to harass me, to keep me from becoming conceited.8 Three times I pleaded with the Lord about this, that it should leave me.9 But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness."" - 2 Corinthians 12 v 7 - 9

There has been much debate in church world about this passage. The main topic of conversation, What was Paul's thorn in the flesh? Many theories have been adavanced but at the end of the day God decided that we didn't need to know. That why he didn't put it in the Bible!

What we must not miss is the deep significant message God is driving home to us by revealing this story to us:

A prayer to which God says NO is always accompanied with His all sufficient grace and power to live. When a prayer is seemingly unanswered God's power is NOT ABSENT it is when it is most POWERFULLY PRESENT.

Paul grasped this when he went on to say:

Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.10 For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities.

To be CONTENT with weaknesses, insults, hardship, persecutions and calamities it takes something miraculous. It takes God's GRACE & POWER. Without it, it is impossible to reach that place.

If God says NO, never doubt that grace is on its way!


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