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The Thorn

  • By reason of the exceeding greatness of the revelations, that I should not be exalted excessively, a thorn in the flesh was given to me: a messenger of Satan to torment me, that I should not be exalted excessively. Concerning this thing, I begged the Lord three times that it might depart from me. He has said to me, 'My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.' Most gladly therefore I will rather glory in my weaknesses, that the power of Christ may rest on me. 2 Corinthians 12:7 WEB

    Paul, the converted Christian hunter who wrote a lot of the New Testament, had a thorn in the flesh. He does not say what it was. It may have been lust, or a critical spirit, or headaches, or possibly bad eyes (Galatians 4:15). Whatever it was, it bothered him and he wanted to be free of it. Paul asked the Lord three times to take it away, but the Lord told him 'My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness.' Paul continued to minister while the thorn was still there.

    The grace of God is like oil that smooths the gears of life. It makes things fall into place, and it can make you be at the right place, at the right time, saying the right things, and knowing all the right answers. When the Lord herded me into my own computer repair business, it seemed like they almost fixed themselves. Often when I touched them, they suddenly started working correctly, or the problem revealed itself.

    Grace can make things seem easy, but when the grace lifts, things become difficult and that can be a sign to move on. Later, when the Lord decided to put me in the ministry, the computer business dried completely up and it became a living nightmare. It seemed like trivial things like burning a disk could take half a day, where it used to take a few minutes. The grace was gone, and it was time to move on.

    Having problems and thorns will not stop God from using you. If you are walking with something today that will not leave, and you cry out to the Lord repeatedly, but still it is there, don't give up. Know that His grace is sufficient to get you through this day, and He will still use the imperfect and weak to show His power, with all their flaws, just as He continued to use Paul.

    Prayer: Heavenly Father I thank You for Your grace. Please forgive me of my sins and help me to live a life that is pleasing to You. Lead me into all that You have for me here, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray.

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Joseph Adams, Jr.
Joseph Adams, Jr.

Amen to His Will.

 

 

January 22, 2018
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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer

 Yes Lord Jesus, amen. 

January 22, 2018
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Celeste Strenn
Celeste Strenn

Amen 

January 22, 2018
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Karen Robertson
Karen Robertson

Great message this morning! 

January 22, 2018
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David and Dianna Wyles
David and Dianna Wyles

Prayer: Heavenly Father I thank You for Your grace. Please forgive me of my sins and help me to live a life that is pleasing to You. Lead me into all that You have for me here, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray. Amen Thank you

January 22, 2018
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Mari Kaufmann
Mari Kaufmann

God open the doors and help us to move on. Amen

January 22, 2018
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Retta Morgan
Retta Morgan

 Thank you Lord for your grace & unconditional love for me

January 22, 2018
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Carol Policastro
Carol Policastro

Amen!

 

January 22, 2018
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Kay Collinsworth
Kay Collinsworth

Amen!

January 22, 2018
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Jim Jarrell
Jim Jarrell

Amen! We always have to remember that God looks at the heart. What that really means is He knows if you really have chosen to live His way. Nothing is too hard for God, but He is not Santa Clause!

January 22, 2018
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Vickie Hennington
Vickie Hennington

Amen!!

January 22, 2018
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David &amp; Dianna Earlywine
David & Dianna Earlywine

Thank You Jesus for Grace.I believe and trust you. I love and worship you. Thank you for all my blessings. Amen 

January 22, 2018
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Carol Pady
Carol Pady

Amen!

January 22, 2018
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Barbara Neahring
Barbara Neahring

Thank you!

January 22, 2018
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Lynn Brown
Lynn Brown

Thank You for Your grace Father!

January 22, 2018
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Jose Simo
Jose Simo

Heavenly Father, You know I'm a sinner. That Your grace keep holding me to do what You want me to do,in Jesus name I pray, Amen. 

January 22, 2018
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Pranoti  Kumar
Pranoti Kumar

Amen!

 

January 22, 2018
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Michelle  Muff
Michelle Muff

So true. I really despise part of my work and feel like I’m supposed to get a secretary,  a new EHR and a new building. That is so much change that I just keep things as they are. But the grace seems to not be where and when I want it. Could it be the grace is gone so that I am motivated to change? 

January 22, 2018
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd

Michelle, that is certainly something He can do - remove His grace to move you into something new, especially if you believe that you need to change, but just don't want to. Praying for greater clarity over these decisions, sister, and that He closes any doors that are not His, and protects you from errors, in the name of Jesus!

January 23, 2018
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Michelle  Muff
Michelle Muff

Thank you Sylvia!!!!!

January 25, 2018
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen!

January 22, 2018
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Ticardo Williams
Ticardo Williams

Amen.  Praise God!  Thanks Pastor Todd!  Heavenly Father I thank You for Your grace. Please forgive me of my sins and help me to live a life that is pleasing to You. Lead me into all that You have for me here, in the Name of Jesus Christ I pray.  Amen.

January 23, 2018
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Kimberly Dublin
Kimberly Dublin

Amen.  Thank God for thorns.  They keep me humble.  His grace is sufficient, it keeps me!

 

January 23, 2018
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Diane Symborski✝
Diane Symborski✝

 Heavenly Father I thank You for Your grace. Please forgive me of my sins and help me to live a life that is pleasing to You. Lead me into all that You have for me here, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray. Amen <3

 

Thank You Pastor Dion. :-)

January 24, 2018