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February 13, 2014

#Truth from Second Corinthians

Who else knows the words to this song?

 "Jesus loves me, this I know. For the bible tells me so. Little ones to Him belong  They are weak, but He is strong. Yes, Jesus loves me! Yes, Jesus loves me. Yes, Jesus loves me! The bible tells me so."
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I can imagine you "singing" this children's song in your own heads right now! Such a sweet little tune.

I was reminded of this children's song this week as I was taking a closer look at 2 Corinthians 12:9.

(ESV) 2 Cor. 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 of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me."

I like to look at the verses around a verse I am studying. Look at what Paul is describing back in verse 7:

(ESV) 2 Cor. 12:7 "...a thorn was given me in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to harass me, to keep me from being conceited."



In verse 8, Paul says he asks the Lord THREE TIMES to remove this thorn from his flesh. And yet the Lord DID NOT remove it!

God instead has this to say to Paul in the next verse: 

(ESV) 2 Cor. 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 of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me."

Now look at verse 10:

(ESV) 2 Cor. 12:10 "For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong."

We all are confronted with thorns in our flesh. Whether it is issues with food, alcohol, fits of temper, depression over family issues, wandering spouses; whatever the issue, we turn to God and cry out for release from this thing, this issue, these people, which or who are harassing us. Pricking us in the heart just as a rosebush pricks at our flesh.

"Please Lord, take this away! Make me clean! Fix this about my character!"

And when God is silent, how devastated we feel. Or angry. Or further depressed.

But what is God expecting? "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." God is not willing that we deal with our thorns in our own power.
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Perhaps we should instead pray like this, as Paul suggests, boasting in our particular weaknesses:

"Lord, thank  you. Thank you for this addiction to cigarettes. I so want to crave  you MORE than I do tobacco."

"Lord, thank you. Thank you for wanting chocolate. I want to crave you more than I do chocolate."

"Lord, thank you. Thank you giving me this situation. I do want to find my comfort in your presence more than in that person's presence."

Paul says the "...power of Christ may rest upon me."

"rest upon me" - envelop me and become part of me.

Unleash the power of God by turning to Him! Until you do so, you will never experience what God can do for you.
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God can heal relationships, can take away cravings for substances and replace them with cravings for Him.

The bible contains #TRUTH. Trust the word of God!

Once we can think like a little child again, and maybe go around humming "Jesus Loves Me", thinking as a child, innocent and accepting, praying in our times of weakness, perhaps our relationship with God will become all that it should be.
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I have heard a phrase describing a snatch of music that runs around our brain, recycling again and again, as an "ear worm". 

Enjoy the ear worm I planted in your brain today! May it remind you of 2 Cor. 12:9 all day long.

3 comments:

  1. Thanks so much for sharing! I will be carrying this with me all day! May we lean on our Lord and crave him more and more! God Bless!
    Jamie Rogers (Group 50)

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  2. Thank you for this it is very helpful. I love the way you broke it down and prayed it through. God bless you !

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  3. What an inspired and grace-filled post. Thank you and God bless ~ Miriam of http://cravingsconfidential.blogspot.com

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