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THE THORN IN THE FLESH

THE THORN IN THE FLESH

THE THORN IN THE FLESH

SOUL-LIFT DAILY DEVOTIONAL WITH DR D.M. TIKILI

DATE: SUNDAY, OCTOBER 17 2021.

TOPIC: THE THORN IN THE FLESH

DEVOTIONAL READING:
2 CORINTHIANS 12

KEY VERSE: … I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me. (2 Corinthians 12:7, NIV)

BIBLE CHARACTER: PAUL

Christians through the centuries have speculated as to the nature of Paul’s “thorn in the flesh”. Was it- as various commentators suggest – a disease of the eyes, malaria, epilepsy, a stomach disorder like dysentery or was it something else? We can’t say for sure. We do know, however, that it caused him great discomfort. It was painful enough that he repeatedly asked GOD to take it away.

Yet Paul’s prayers went unanswered. In time, Paul was able to recognize the hidden blessing of his debilitating condition. It kept him humble, forced him to depend on GOD, shaped his character, and turned Paul into a valuable role model for other Christians.

Do you suffer from unpleasant things that you wish GOD would remove? Perhaps you are struggling with a financial reversal, a lingering illness, a physical handicap, an unwarranted attack on your character, a relational breakdown that is beyond your control, a parenting dilemma, or a job crisis. If so, know that GOD understands your suffering. Depend on Him to turn your thorn in the flesh into an opportunity to trust Him more deeply and see His power more clearly in your life.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: God’s Grace Is More Than Enough For Whatever Problems You Face.

FURTHER READING: Paul’s life story is told in Acts 7:58-28:31. Other details about him are found throughout the New Testament Epistles.

PROPHETIC DECLARATIONS:

  1. I receive grace to fulfill my destiny in Jesus Name.
  2. O God, convert the thorns in my life to testimonies to your glory in Jesus Name.
  3. My stolen virtues, I recover you now in the Name of Jesus.
  4. Fire of the Holy Spirit, surround me and my family in Jesus Name.

Be Lifted!

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