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Post  Admin on Tue 14 Sep 2010, 10:37 am

Seeing Thorns as Blessings
By Os Hillman

August 16

"To keep me from becoming conceited because of these surpassingly great
revelations, there was given me a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan,
to torment
me" (2 Cor. 12:7).

Have you ever had something in your life you wish was not there? If God gave
you one wish, perhaps it would be to change that one thing. Perhaps it is
the
source of pain or challenge in your life. You seek God continually for
relief from it, but He seems strangely silent.

Paul also experienced an ongoing burden that he called a "thorn in [his]
flesh." Bible scholars have speculated as to what this thorn might have
been, but
no one knows for sure. We do know that it was so hurtful to Paul that he
asked God on three different occasions to remove it from his life:

To keep me from becoming conceited because of these surpassingly great
revelations, there was given me a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan,
to torment
me. Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. 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 about my weaknesses, so that
Christ's power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ's sake, I delight in
weaknesses,
in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am
weak, then I am strong (2 Cor. 12:7-10).


Paul had a great calling on his life. The revelations and faith experiences
that God gave him would have been too much for any man's humility. So God,
in
order to insure His investment in Paul's life, gave this man a thorn in his
flesh to help him maintain a humble, godly perspective.
Perhaps God has given you such a thorn designed to allow you to place
greater trust and reliance upon Him. Ask God to reveal to you the blessing
of the
thorn He has placed in your life.

The bloom of a rose is beautiful, but the thorn of a rose produces only
pain. Thorns hurt us yet they humble us. That is the blessing of thorns.

Contact Os Hillman at
www.marketplacelead ers.org.

The Purposes of Money
When we don't have enough money, we may wonder what God is trying to teach
us. How do we know when we are in God's will as it relates to money? The
Purposes
of Money, by Os Hillman, looks at five common misbeliefs that many people
hold and the four main purposes God has established for money. After reading
this book, you may discover wrong priorities and erroneous views of money.
And you may reach a new level of freedom in your life by applying God's true
purposes for money.
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