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2 Corinthians 12 - NIRV

Paul's Vision and His Painful Problem

1 We can't gain anything by bragging. But I have to do it anyway. I am going to tell you what I've seen. I want to talk about what the Lord has shown me.

2 I know a believer in Christ who was taken up to the third heaven 14 years ago. I don't know if his body was taken up or not. Only God knows. 3 I don't know if that man was in his body or out of it. Only God knows. But I do know that 4 he was taken up to paradise. He heard things that couldn't be put into words. They were things that people aren't allowed to talk about.

5 I will brag about a man like that. But I won't brag about myself. I will brag only about how weak I am.

6 Suppose I decide to brag. That would not make me a fool, because I would be telling the truth. But I don't do it. Then no one will think more of me than he should because of what I do or say.

7 I could have become proud of myself because of the amazing and wonderful things God has shown me. So I was given a problem that caused pain in my body. It is a messenger from Satan to make me suffer. 8 Three times I begged the Lord to take it away from me. 9 But he said to me, "My grace is all you need. My power is strongest when you are weak."

So I am very happy to brag about how weak I am. Then Christ's power can rest on me. 10 Because of how I suffered for Christ, I'm glad that I am weak. I am glad in hard times. I am glad when people say mean things about me. I am glad when things are difficult. And I am glad when people make me suffer. When I am weak, I am strong.

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Paul's Concern for the People of Corinth

11 I have made a fool of myself. But you made me do it. You should have praised me. Even though I am nothing, I am in no way less important than the "super-apostles." 12 You can recognize apostles by the signs, wonders and miracles they do. Those things were faithfully done among you no matter what happened.

13 How were you less important than the other churches? The only difference was that I didn't cause you any expense. Forgive me for that wrong!

14 Now I am ready to visit you for the third time. I won't cause you any expense. I don't want what you have. What I really want is you. After all, children shouldn't have to save up for their parents. Parents should save up for their children. 15 So I will be very happy to spend everything I have for you. I will even spend myself. If I love you more, will you love me less?

16 In any case, I haven't caused you any expense. But I'm such a tricky fellow! I have caught you by tricking you!

17 Did I take advantage of you through any of the people I sent to you? 18 I asked Titus to go to you. And I sent our brother with him. Titus didn't take advantage of you, did he? Didn't I act in the same spirit? Didn't I follow the same path?

19 All this time, have you been thinking that I've been speaking up for myself? No, I've been speaking with God as my witness. I've been speaking like a believer in Christ. Dear friends, everything I do is to help you become stronger.

20 I'm afraid that when I come I won't find you as I want you to be. I'm afraid that you won't find me as you want me to be. I'm afraid there will be arguing, jealousy and fits of anger. I'm afraid you will separate into your own little groups. Then you will tell lies about each other. You will talk about each other. I'm afraid you will be proud and cause trouble.

21 I'm afraid that when I come again my God will put me to shame in front of you. Then I will be sad about many who sinned earlier and have not turned away from it. They have not turned away from uncleanness, sexual sins and wild living. They have done all those things.




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Shared by: T.J. Conwell on Nov, 2016
Summary: Paul’s life example ought to give us incredible encouragement to God’s power. We must submit under the GRACE of Christ before we can ever really live and must see ourselves for who we are before we can experience freedom.
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Shared by: Gordon Curley on Nov, 2016
Summary: Thorns and Grace – 2 Corinthians chapter 12 verses 1-21 – sermon by Gordon Curley. PowerPoint slides to accompany this talk are available on request – email: gcurley@gcurley.info
Denomination: Brethren
Views: 127
Wade M. Hughes, Sr avatar
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Shared by: Wade M. Hughes, Sr on Oct, 2016
Summary: THIS THORN HAS A PURPOSE. The real revelation of suffering. God has a plan and a purpose. Suffering can reveal the heart OF MAN, not just the heart of God. Suffering can be a door to Presence of God. Suffering can be fertilizer for love.
Dan Carroll avatar
The Life of Paul Part V
Shared by: Dan Carroll on Aug, 2016
Summary: Paul has many life struggles. He suffers many hardships, but in the end delights in his weakness because then he is strong.
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Shared by: Dr. Ronald Shultz on Aug, 2016
Summary: Crawling forward is still advancing.
based on 1 rating
Scripture: 2 Corinthians 12:9
Denomination: Assembly Of God
Views: 135
Brandon Vernoy avatar
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Shared by: Brandon Vernoy on Jun, 2016
Summary: The ability to be weak in the presence of God is an invitation for His Presence to be strong within us.
Series: Unqualified
based on 1 rating
Denomination: Assembly Of God
Views: 1,237
David Owens avatar
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Shared by: David Owens on May, 2016
Summary: This sermon is based on Chapter 7 in Charles Swindoll's book: Paul: A Man of Grace and Grit. The sermon addresses Paul's thorn in the flesh and the role of suffering in our lives.
Views: 309
Mike Dankson avatar
Thorns of Grace
Shared by: Mike Dankson on Apr, 2016
Summary: A sermon designed to encourage Christians to push through seasons of unanswered prayer
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Running On Empty
Shared by: Felicia Clayborne on Oct, 2015
Summary: Recognize that you are on empty.
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Lord, Hear My Cry
Shared by: Dr. Phillip Paschal on Jun, 2015
Summary: Responding to The Lord's Answer to our prayers
based on 1 rating
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 2,022
Dennis Davidson avatar
A JOURNEY TO PARADISE
Shared by: Dennis Davidson on Jun, 2015
Summary: In this vision Paul is caught up to heaven & received communications & revelations that he can not make known (CIT). This was to him, & to all who believed his word, a more reliable evidence of the favor of God upon an apostle than anything prior
based on 4 ratings
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 4,230
Christopher Holdsworth avatar
Grace Sufficient
Shared by: Christopher Holdsworth on Jun, 2015
Summary: Kept by the grace of God in the midst of afflictions.
Greg Gordon avatar
Slander and Accusation Destroy Others
Shared by: Greg Gordon on May, 2015
Summary: I fear that there may be discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, slander, gossip, arrogance and disorder. - 2 Corinthians 12:20 Church splits, divisions, gossiping and all kinds of fleshly problems is something we can think is normal in the ...
Scripture: 2 Corinthians 12:20
Views: 329
Jimmy Dillon avatar
A Mother's Selfless God-like Love
Shared by: Jimmy Dillon on May, 2015
Summary: Mother's day message for how mother's love is the closest to experiencing God's love. This message is trying to convey just how important mothers are to us as children and adults.
based on 4 ratings
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 5,008
Troy Borst avatar
Christian Atheist: Change
Shared by: Troy Borst on Feb, 2015
Summary: You see, sometimes we who believe in God live as though He doesn’t exist and as though He cannot change us.
Glynda Lomax avatar
Life Among the Thorns
Shared by: Glynda Lomax on Nov, 2014
Summary: God allows thorns in our lives to refine us, to keep us humble, and to be sure He gets the glory for all we do.
Scripture: 2 Corinthians 12:7
Denomination: Charismatic
Views: 628
Pastor Brad Henry avatar
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Shared by: Pastor Brad Henry on Aug, 2014
Summary: God is faithful to forgive us but we have a tough time forgiving ourselves. This lesson will set you free.
Series: Forgiveness
Scripture: 2 Corinthians 12:9
Denomination: Evangelical Free
Views: 494
Bruce Lee avatar
Three Biggest Blunders in the Bible
Shared by: Bruce Lee on Aug, 2014
Summary: Learn from the biggest blunders in the bible and don't make the same mistakes in your life.
based on 6 ratings
Scripture: 2 Corinthians 12:9
Denomination: United Methodist
Views: 10,675
Frank Jackson avatar
A Grace That Won't Let Go
Shared by: Frank Jackson on Nov, 2005
Summary: Any study of the life of the apostle Paul requires a serious look at the subject of pain. Suffering is not a pleasant subject to explore, especially in our western culture.
based on 2 ratings
Denomination: Methodist
Views: 4,603
John Gaston avatar
VALIDITY OF NEAR DEATH EXPERIENCES
Shared by: John Gaston on Apr, 2014
Summary: The movie "Heaven is for Real" has reopened the conversation of the validity of near death experiences (NDEs). This message looks at what NDEs are, the controversies about them, and the confirmation that they can be for God's Word.
Larry Turner avatar
A Splinter from Satan.
Shared by: Larry Turner on Apr, 2014
Summary: Like a splinter barely under our skin, circumstances can be painful. But how can we tell if it's just life or God?
based on 1 rating
Denomination: Foursquare
Views: 1,115
Michael Cotie avatar
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Shared by: Michael Cotie on Mar, 2014
Summary: We are told that when we are humble then God will exalt us we will have Power in Weakness
Scripture: 2 Corinthians 12:9
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 1,174
Bob Scudieri avatar
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Shared by: Bob Scudieri on Dec, 2013
Summary: The Lord is THE Cheerful Giver - ready to bless us to be a blessing
Scripture: 2 Corinthians 12:14
Denomination: Lutheran
Views: 537
John Shearhart avatar
Strength in Weakness
Shared by: John Shearhart on Dec, 2013
Summary: God perfects His strength in us through our weaknesses and reminds us to put no hope in our abilities.
John Sears avatar
The Crutch
Shared by: John Sears on Nov, 2013
Summary: Is Christianity a crutch for the weak minded and naive? How should Christians respond to the criticism?
based on 4 ratings
Denomination: Christian Church
Views: 3,395
Philip Beals avatar
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Shared by: Philip Beals on Sep, 2013
Summary: In our weakness we can always count on God to be our strength.
based on 4 ratings
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 2,532
Peter Baumgartle avatar
The Comparison Game
Shared by: Peter Baumgartle on Sep, 2013
Summary: Paul vs.super-apostles, the Corinthians vs other churches, and us vs. the Corinthians
Jody VanSickle avatar
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Shared by: Jody VanSickle on Aug, 2013
Summary: A sermon which helps explain just how God's grace is sufficient in all situations.
based on 1 rating
Denomination: United Methodist
Views: 876
Ron MacArthur avatar
The Thorn in Paul's Side
Shared by: Ron MacArthur on Jun, 2013
Summary: Points out clues from the scripture that point directly to the identity of the thorn in Paul's side
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 2,982
Chuck Booher avatar
Paul and His Final Days
Shared by: Chuck Booher on May, 2013
Summary: We need to be people who endure hard times by reading God’s Word, sharing Christ and being faithful to the end.
based on 2 ratings
Views: 1,473