Summary: WHEN GOD ALLOWS OR CAUSES US TO GO THROUGH PAINFUL THINGS THAT ACTUALLY BENEFIT US MORE IN THE LONG RUN THAN THE GOOD THINGS.
THE MINISTRY OF THORNS VS.
THE MINISTRY OF THRONES
*** The Gospel and the gift of God are structured so wonderfully that the very enemies and forces that are marshaled to fight against us actually help pave our way to success.
*** Those forces can be used the same way an eagle uses the fierce winds of a storm to soar to the sky.
*** If you have ever seen a storm on a mountain, you know it to be an awesome experience. ( My first was Pikes Peak in Colorado).
*** At first he sits perfectly still, calmly watching the sky as it fills with darkness and as the lightning strikes all around him.
*** Yet he never moves until he feels the burst of the storm, and then with a screech he dives toward the winds, using them to carry him ever higher.
2 Cor 12:7-10
7 And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure.
8 For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me.
9 And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
10 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.
1325 didomi (did’-o-mee); Given…
a prolonged form of a primary verb (which is used as an altern. in most of the tenses); to give (used in a very wide application, properly, or by implication, literally or figuratively; greatly modified by the connection):
KJV-- adventure, bestow, bring forth, commit, deliver (up), give, grant, hinder, make, minister, number, offer, have power, put, receive, set, shew, smite (+with the hand), strike (+with the palm of the hand), suffer, take, utter, yield.
2852 kolaphizo (kol-af-id’-zo); Buffet…
from a derivative of the base of 2849; to rap with the fist:
5485 charis (khar’-ece); Grace…
from 5463; graciousness (as gratifying), of manner or act (abstract or concrete; literal, figurative or spiritual; especially the divine influence upon the heart, and its reflection in the life; including gratitude):
KJV-- acceptable, benefit, favour, gift, grace (-ious), joy, liberality, pleasure, thank (-s, -worthy).
714 arkeo (ar-keh’-o);Sufficient
apparently a primary verb [but probably akin to 142 through the idea of raising a barrier]; properly, to ward off, i.e. (by implication) to avail (figuratively, be satisfactory):
KJV-- be content, be enough, suffice, be sufficient.
1411 dunamis (doo’-nam-is);Power
from 1410; force (literally or figuratively); specially, miraculous power (usually by implication, a miracle itself):
KJV-- ability, abundance, meaning, might (-ily, -y, -y deed), (worker of) miracle (-s), power, strength, violence, mighty (wonderful) work.
5048 teleioo (tel-i-o’-o); Perfect…
from 5046; to complete, i.e. (literally) accomplish, or (figuratively) consummate (in character):