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The Thorn. The Thorn. 1 Peter 5:8 Be of sober spirit , be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. We all have something we are constantly tempted or struggling with.

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The thorn

The Thorn


The thorn1

The Thorn

1 Peter 5:8

Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.

We all have something we are constantly tempted or struggling with


2 corinthians 12 7 10

7 Because of the surpassing greatness of the revelations, for this reason, to keep me from exalting myself, there was given me a thorn in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to torment me—to keep me from exalting myself! 8 Concerning this I implored the Lord three times that it might leave me. 9 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 weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me. 10 Therefore I am well content with weaknesses, with insults, with distresses, with persecutions, with difficulties, for Christ’s sake; for when I am weak, then I am strong.

2 Corinthians 12:7-10


Lesson s from the thorn

Lesson’s From The Thorn

1. Why This Thorn

2. Paul’s Reaction to the Thorn

3. Paul’s Reaction to God’s

Response


Why this thorn

WhyThis Thorn

Vs. 7

Because of the surpassing greatness of the revelations, for this reason, to keep me from exalting myself, there was given me a thorn in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to torment me-to keep me from exalting myself.


Why this thorn1

Why This Thorn

Vs. 7

Because of the surpassing greatness of the revelations, for this reason, to keep me from exalting myself, there was given me a thorn in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to torment me-to keep me from exalting myself.


Paul had been blessed from many revelations from god

On the Road to Damascus—Acts 9:3-6

(Paul’s conversion)

In Jerusalem—Acts 22:17-21

(A Warning to Leave Jerusalem)

At Troas—Acts 16:8-10

(A Call for Help in Macedonia)

Paul had been blessed from many revelations from God:

In Corinth—Acts 18:9-11

(A Vision of Comfort)


Paul had been blessed from many revelations from god1

In Jerusalem (Again)—Acts 23:11

(A Call to Go to Rome)

On his way to Rome—Acts 27:22-25

(A Call to Visit Caesar)

Paul had been blessed from many revelations from God:

A Vision of Paradise—2 Corinthians 12:1-6


Why this thorn2

Why This Thorn

To Keep Paul Humble

-could have easily been filled with pride

-church could have easily exalted him


Paul s reaction

Paul’s Reaction

Vs. 8

Concerning this I implored the Lord three times that it might leave me.


Paul s reaction1

Paul’s Reaction

Vs. 8

Concerning this I implored the Lord three times that it might leave me.


Paul prayed prayed again and prayed again

PERSISTENCE

Luke 18:1-8 Luke 6:12

(“bothering widow”) (Jesus prayed all night)

Paul prayed, prayed again, and prayed again.

EARNEST

Matt. 7:7

Ask, and it will be given to you, seek, and you will find, knock, and the door will be opened to you.


Similarities with jesus and paul s circumstances

Luke 22:39-43

1. Prayed fervently

2. Did Not Receive the Answer they Wanted

3. Received Answers that Were Sufficient

Paul

(Grace is Sufficient)

Jesus

(Angel came to minister to Him)

Similarities with Jesus’ and Paul’s circumstances


Sometimes we don t receive the answer that we want but it s enough

Sometimes we don’t receive the answer that we want….but it’s enough.


Reaction to god s response

Reaction to God’s Response

Vs. 9-10

Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me. 10 Therefore I am well content with weaknesses, with insults, with distresses, with persecutions, with difficulties, for Christ’s sake; for when I am weak, then I am strong.


Reaction to god s response1

Reaction to God’s Response

Vs. 9-10

Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me. 10 Therefore I am well content with weaknesses, with insults, with distresses, with persecutions, with difficulties, for Christ’s sake; for when I am weak, then I am strong.


Paul is the epitome of positive thinking

Used his circumstances to GLORIFY GOD

Vs 9

(so that the power of Christ may dwell in me)

Paul is the epitome of POSITIVE THINKING

Turned his weaknesses into STRENGTH

Vs 10

(for when I am weak, then I am strong)


Paul was able to be made stronger because he put more emphasis on christ

Paul was able to be made stronger because he put more emphasis on Christ.


Jesus

Jesus….

Perfect Man

Betrayed By His Friends

Physically & Mentally Abused

Was killed

Forgave

Vs 9

(so that the power of Christ may dwell in me)


Our thorns

Our Thorns

Our Youth and College Age:

Peers (bad influence)

Media (TV, Music, Internet, Phone)

Bad Language

Lack of Self-Confidence

(feelings of being worthless)

Anger

Random Distractions from God

Alcohol

Selfishness

Materialism

Lust and Sex

Sleeping In


Our reaction

Our Reaction

Give Into Temptation and/or Pray

Pray

Give Into Temptation

Just Avoid It

Study the Bible

Ask Someone for Help


Blessing of the thorn

Blessing of the Thorn

Recognized His Weakness

Kept Paul Humble

God Was Exalted More

Prayer Life was Strengthened

Paul was Made Glad

Paul’s Faith Grew

Paul Leaned on God More

Paul Became More Content


All because

All Because…

God said,

“No.”


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