“My Grace Is Sufficient….”…..   Leave a comment

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“And He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you,
for power is perfected in weakness.”
Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weakness,
that the power of Christ may dwell in me.”
2 Corinthians 12 : 9

God works in unexpected and in different ways
to bring- and keep- His children close beside Him.

Paul’s description of his ‘thorn in his flesh’ is an unusual testimony.
Ellen G White tells us that he- “was ever to carry about with him in the body
the marks of Christ’s  glory, in his eyes,
which had been blinded by the heavenly light.”
Three times he pleaded for the Lord to remove his problem,
but the Lord always answered-“No.”
So Paul accepted his ‘thorn’ in the flesh as a way of understanding
the life and work of our Lord Jesus Christ.

The apostle states that his constant
problem kept him from exalting himself.
His revelation from the Lord could have easily made him
proud and independent of God’s guidance.

Ellen White – had a similar experience.
Her ‘thorn’ was not partial blindness, but recurrent sickness.
When she received her first vision- her fear was of self-exaltation.
Her angel told her, “Your prayers are heard, and answered.
If this evil threatens  you, the hand of God will be stretched out to you;
By affliction He will draw you to himself-
and preserve your humility.” {Life Sketches, p 72}

Difficult for us to accept such a concept?
When affliction comes, perhaps it may be for our own good.
Pain can be to the body what ‘thorny trials’
are to our spiritual life.
Look upon trials as a means God can use to turn your “scars into stars.”

I want to thank the Lord –
for both the good and bad things that are sent into my life.
I pray that He will help me- in transforming my ‘scars into stars’.

May we be accepting – and blessed by our trials-
and be strengthened  – as we put out faith and trust in God.

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HAPPY SABBATH

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Posted May 7, 2013 by ~ OPAL'S JOURNAL~ in Personal Thoughts.

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