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Are you distressed with your thorn today? DON’T BE :))

Did you expect NOT to learn the hard way? As I look back over the past nine years since accepting Christ into my heart, I realize just how much I didn’t know when making my profession of faith. I understood and trusted that Christ died for my sins, forgave my sins once I repented, and my salvation was secure in Him. The Holy Spirit indwelled and filled me with a willingness and hunger that’s always been hard to explain, in fact, my family sometimes thought I may have been just a little over the top at times :))!!
I’ve recently begun to understand that it truly is trials in life that cause us to grow in our trust in Christ. I’m talking about situations that cause you to know what it means to say “I’m a sinner saved by GRACE.” IMG_7773It’s only after repeated attempts to get out of where we currently are trapped in our situations that we have no control over, That we are finally aware that He is entirely in control and will give us all that we stand in need of this day and every day.

2 CORINTHIANS 12:8-10
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 sakes: for when I am weak, then am I strong.
We don’t know what Paul’s “thorn in the flesh” was because he doesn’t tell us. Some have suggested that it was Malaria, epilepsy, or a disease of the eyes (Galatians 4:13-15). Whatever it was, it was a chronic and debilitating physical problem, which at times kept him from working.
This thorn was a hindrance to his ministry, and he prayed for its removal, but God refused. Paul was a very self-sufficient person, so this thorn was difficult for him. It kept Paul humble, reminded him of his need for constant contact with God and benefited those around him as they saw God at work in his life.IMG_7772

 

 

FRUITFUL OBSERVATION: Although God did not remove Paul’s affliction, He promised to demonstrate His power in Paul. God’s power shows up in weak people and should give us courage.

Let us recognize our limitations, admit our weaknesses and affirm God’s strength today and every day!

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UH OH…CAN’T LET THE WORRY GO???

I already know the answer to this question, but I will go on and ask it…
Do you find yourself worrying just a tiny bit over situations in your life?
I’m sure that most of us are aware that worry is a sin...

Matthew 6:19-34 is our Lord’s definitive teaching about the sin of worry.
Once you memorize it’s core verse, Matthew 6:33, you’ll be leaning on it again and again.
MATTHEW 6:33
33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

Here is an outline of the passage as it unfolds. Study it as you work on this excellent verse.

1. Worry indicates a defective value system (Matt. 6:19-25).
There are more important issues than food, clothing, houses, and entertainment.
2. Worry indicates a defective self-image (Matt. 6:26).                                                          We’re more valuable than anything God has made, including the birds of the air.

3. Worry indicates a defective way of thinking (Matt. 6:27).
Anxiety doesn’t add one hour to our lives or one cubit to our height. It’s a useless exercise and an inefficient way of thinking.
4. Worry indicates a defective trust in God (Matt. 6:28-30).
Faith is the ability to maintain inner strength by trusting in the promises of God amid the problems of life. We shouldn’t fall into the “you of little faith” camp.
5. Worry indicates a defective purpose in life (Matt. 6:31-35).
If we take care of things that are important to God. He’ll take care of things that are important to us.
6. Anxiety indicates a defective view of tomorrow (Matt. 6:34).                                              In this verse, Jesus specifically tells us to deal with today’s issues and don’t worry about tomorrow’s.

FRUITFUL OBSERVATION: Seek ye first the Lord, and then He will provide for you everything that is profitable for you in this life and He will crown it with everything that is glorious in the life to come.

Let’s lean upon the PROMISES OF GOD today and every day!

 

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