CALVARY COVERS IT ALL

PRAISE HIM THROUGH THE THORNS

 

 

2 Corinthians 12:7-10-(KJV)

7 And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure.
 8 For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me.
 9 And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
 10 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ's sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.

 

The Thorn brings Struggles.

     The Thorn brings Fears.

          The Thorn brings Pain.

               The Thorn brings Poverty.

                    The Thorn brings Attitudes.

 

In 2 Corinthians chapter twelve and verses seven through ten, the Apostle Paul was talking about the thorn in the flesh; the one God allows.

This thorn is something that inhibits or hurts you.

 

I.  THE TRUTH ABOUT THE THORNS

 

Notice THREE important things about the Thorns...

A.  THE THORNS ARE ALLOWED BY GOD.

  • The Thorns are for good or bad
  • The Thorns are for His will to be perfected

B.  THE TORNS ARE USED BY SATAN.

  • The Thorns are sometimes a tool of Satan.
  • Satan wants to slow you down, discourage you, or destroy you.

C.  THE TORNS DO SERVE A PURPOSE.

  • His will to be accomplished
  • Our good to be accomplished.
  • His power to be perfected through us.

 

 

I.  THE REACTION T0 THE THORNS

 

A.  THE IMPROPER REACTION.

  • Rejection
  • Complaining

         When you spend your time complaining about the Thorns

         you loose your perspective on what God wants to do with the Thorns.

 

B.  THE PROPER REACTION

  • Gladly accept
  • Listen to God
  • Humble yourself before God
  • Admit to your faults

         When you let the Thorns get the victory there is going to be collateral damage.

         If you let the Thorns get to you, you will never know what the Thorns could have done..

         Just learn to Praise Him through the Thorns.