Monday, 4 June 2012

What do you do about that thorn in your flesh?

I think God allows a "thorn in our flesh" to make sure we always lean on Him.  It prevents us from becoming prideful about our own abilities or deeds or circumstances.  And... God uses it to teach us to be content in all things.

Paul had a thorn in his flesh.  I don't know what it was but he says in 2 Corinth 12 v 7 that it kept him from thinking too highly of himself.  He prayed for God to remove it from him and God's response ...
2 Corinth 12 v 9:  And He said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is make perfect in weakness."
  
I have a "thorn in my flesh" but until God chooses to remove it I need to be content and KNOW that His grace is sufficient for me.

And I believe He will remove it.  I believe God is biding His time, working things together for the good of those who love Him and I need to find that place of contentment until then.  Whether its there or not His grace is sufficient for us and His strength shines through our weakness in coping with the hard stuff!

I choose to believe the WHOLE of God's word and God's word says:
  • He will give us vindication (Job 13v18)
  • He says that which someone means for our harm He will use for our good (Gen 50v20)
  • Joseph, Daniel, Jacob, Shadrac, Meeshac and Abednego, Mordechai, Noah, Jacob, Abraham - none of their faith was in vain even though for some moments there, it looked bad!  God came through for them all!  They got the victory and God got the glory!

My encouragement to you is have faith the "thorn in the flesh" serves a Godly purpose.  Trust God with the bigger picture and trust Him for the outcome!  His plans and purposes for you are for good (Jer 29v11)

God bless
Tracy

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30 comments:

  1. You are so right Tracy; God’s grace is sufficient during this painful time. I think that sometimes we are given these pains in our sides to keep us humble and remind us that we need Him daily so that it can develop us into everything that He has created us to be. :)

    I am praying that this thorn is removed soon my dear friend, and that you remain positive and don't allow this individual to take the smile and joy from you! You are a blessing! :)

    Hugs and prayers,
    Denise

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    1. Hi Denise - thank you sweet friend. Your words are like soothing honey
      God bless

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  2. In church yesterday, that thorn was mentioned too. The message was on 2 Corinthians 4:17-18 and the take away was "Life is short...eternity isn't" Sometimes hard to remember when we are in a season of painful waiting.

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    1. Hi Eileen - such a great truth that. I will try to keep that in mind when things feel really tough
      God bless

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  3. I love the list of people who had faith even though it seemed a little dodge for them at times. Sorry that your still being "pricked" but glad that you've got eternal perspective. Hugs my friend!

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    1. Hi Stefanie - thank you, yes eternal perspective, hmm... I'm trying :)
      God bless

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  4. This is so true Tracy. God uses 'thorns in our flesh' for our good and His glory. We need to keep this at the forefront of our thinking lest we become discouraged.

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    1. Hi Wendy - yes, so true! Its hard to remember in the moment though. need to make sure it becomes part of me.
      Thanks for the visit. I will be popping over to visit you shortly
      God bless

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  5. Only He knows what tools to use to bring us into a more perfect reflection of Himself.

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    1. Hi Wanda - yes, and only He knows us best, better even than we think we know ourselves.
      God bless
      Tracy

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  6. Oh, those thorns! We pray for them to be removed, and I think often realize later how incredibly important they were for our growth.

    My prayer for you is that you are able to find tremendous comfort in and gratitude for how your thorn grows you.

    I am always encouraged by all the wonderful women who write and share in this journey. Thanks for your post!

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    1. Hi Kim - yes, comfort in the end results. So hard, but so worth it. thank you
      God bless

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  7. Over the years I've thought I had many different thorns but mostly I thought it was my metabolism. I blamed God for giving me a slow metabolism and allowed myself to be jealous of those naturally skinny girls who can eat anything they want.

    Recently I've been on a spiritual journey with God to conquer this "thorn". Turns out God didn't have to remove it; I needed to surrender to a deeper level of obedience. Every area of my life - spiritual, physical, emotional and relational has improved as a result.

    So sometimes "thorns" are really just an excuse to sin (at least for me).

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    1. Hi Shannon - I agree with you. Some 'thorns' are definitely self-inflicted! I have a few dozen of those. This is a circumstance outside of my control but at the end of the day, God is in control. Great points
      God bless
      Tracy

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  8. Praying for you, sweet ((((Tracy)))).

    Sending hugs and thorn-removing blessings,
    Lisa

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    1. Hi Lisa - ahh, thank you. I receive those blessings in Jesus name.
      God bless

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  9. I totally agree! Our thorns keep us humble and keep us depending on the Lord! The difficulty lies in accepting that! lol However, when we do, God will strengthen us (with His strength) and guide us along the right path! Blessings!

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  10. Thanks for sharing inspirational post and yes, Everything works for good for us that loves God. Whatever we are going through, there is a lesson to learn. Dropping by from " Tell me a story"

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    1. Hi Joy, thank you, yes, there is a lesson to be learnt in every situation. I want to learn it already lol
      God bless
      Tracy

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  11. You are such an encourager Tracy, love it!

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    1. Hi Marja - thank you friend. As are you
      God bless

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  12. You have quoted some of my favorite Bible verses --- favorites because of how real God has made them (and the need for them!) in my life. Whether He removes the thorn now in this life or not, some day all those thorns and injustices and pains will be gone! Thanks for reminders of excellent Truth.

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    1. Hi Sylvia - yes, another reader above commented on how life is short-term and eternity is forever. This is only for a short time. Thank you for the encouragement
      God bless

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  13. Reading that verse about the thorn, I've often wondered what Paul's was. Regardless, he was able to press on, and glorify the Father in his work, service, teaching, and worship. I want to do the same.

    Thank you for linking to www.GettingDownWithJesus.com.

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    1. Hi Jennifer - I know! Sometimes I focus too much on the thorn and not enough on the Creator and giver of life, who, at the end of the day, is far more worthy of attention.
      God bless

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  14. What I have been doing lately is just laying the thorn or whatever else at the feet of Jesus. I know our time here is short, this is not our permanent home. Great post :) Amen!

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  15. My fairly recent thorny flesh situation is something I have to keep turning to the Lord. He can heal it... He can restore me. Nothing else counts. Thanks.

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  16. Thank you for sharing your story of trusting God to remove the thorn at "Tell me a Story." Sometimes our thorn is a rock in our shoe, and changing our shoe will bring us relief. Atother times it is a person, and it is not always easy to change situations to avoid the person. And then there is the affliction that nags at us and should not be there, but God is still faithful. My thorn is noticing that my recent birthday caused me to be a year older. Why do we feel it more some birthdays than at others?

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  17. As always, Tracy, I got a lot from this post in two areas of my life. Feeling like my injured knee is a bit of a temporary thorn to my life/ministry right now. But as I kept reading, I think you spoke more to a relationship problem that I have been praying about for years without relief or interest of the other party. Never really thought of it as a thorn before, but I think it fits. Thanks for helping me ponder the things of God in my life. And thanks for linking to Bible Love Notes B&BB. I pray God will soon remove your thorn. Gail

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  18. I posted this message on my blog... crossesbyrobin.blogspot.com...... I want to thank you so much for sharing your heart..... it has been a wonderful way for me to "feel" as if I am a part of a women's group even through I've had to file disability retirement from my first grade job and come home due to a compromised immune system from the Infusion Treatments I take for severe Rheumatoid. You have been a blessing!

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