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Summary: Are you a born-again, Bible believing Christian? Are you suffering from a physical ailment? What’s wrong with you? Don’t you have any faith? If you really had faith, couldn’t you just "claim the victory " and rebuke the demons causing the disease or

Why Must I Go Through This?

II Corinthians 12:7-10 (quickview) 

Radio Message for May 2003

2 Corinthians 12:7-10 (quickview) 

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.

Introduction:

Are you a born-again, Bible believing Christian? Are you suffering from a physical ailment? What’s wrong with you? Don’t you have any faith? If you really had faith, couldn’t you just "claim the victory in the name of Jesus" and rebuke the demons causing the disease or physical problem? There must be something wrong with your faith.

This kind of teaching is both hurtful and unbiblical. There are many, especially TV evangelists, who preach this kind of health, wealth, and prosperity gospel, plunging many listeners into total despair. Understandably, many who pray, and pray, yet do not get healed encounter a serious crisis in their faith.

The Apostle Paul experienced something like this and it was recorded and preserved perfectly forever for us to read in scriptures. As we study this brief passage, we will find that it is not always God’s will to heal every disease, but it is God’s will to pour His grace upon His own children, with or without His healing.

I. Physical trials are allowed according to God’s perfect plan for your life.

2 Corinthians 12:7 (quickview) 

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.

A. Satan must have God’s permission to touch us.

Job 1:8-12 (quickview) 

8 And the LORD said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil? 9 Then Satan answered the LORD, and said, Doth Job fear God for nought? 10 Hast not thou made an hedge about him, and about his house, and about all that he hath on every side? thou hast blessed the work of his hands, and his substance is increased in the land. 11 But put forth thine hand now, and touch all that he hath, and he will curse thee to thy face. 12 And the LORD said unto Satan, Behold, all that he hath is in thy power; only upon himself put not forth thine hand. So Satan went forth from the presence of the LORD.

Job 2:3-7 (quickview) 

3 And the LORD said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil? and still he holdeth fast his integrity, although thou movedst me against him, to destroy him without cause. 4 And Satan answered the LORD, and said, Skin for skin, yea, all that a man hath will he give for his life. 5 But put forth thine hand now, and touch his bone and his flesh, and he will curse thee to thy face. 6 And the LORD said unto Satan, Behold, he is in thine hand; but save his life.


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