The Thorn

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Thorn

THE THORN

The thorn in my side
 daily reminds me of my weakness.                                               Is not His strength made strong in me for His glory?

The thorn in my side keeps me humble and dependent upon Christ
.                           Who better to lean on?

The thorn in my side causes me pain and sorrow.                                                             He was a man of sorrows, why not I?

The thorn in my side reminds me of Jesus and the spear in His side. 
                       Surely I can bear such a small wound as a thorn.

This thorn in my side allows me to share in the sufferings of Christ.  
                        Is it not by His Stripes that I am healed?

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“Therefore, in order to keep me from becoming conceited, I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of *satan, to torment me. Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.”                       2 CORINITHIANS 12:7-9  (NIV)                     

We all have thorns that we must bear and carry in this lifetime.  They are painful but beautiful too.  They bring out our godliness and magnify God’s provision and strength.  Refining will bring all the dross of our lives to the surface. Is your spiritual goal to be purified into the image of Christ?  Developing a Christ-like character takes a lifetime to accomplish but you can begin today.

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 How then does one manage the pain of a personal thorn? It can be achieved through a complete and utter submission to the will of God.  Keeping your eyes focused on Him will draw your attention away from your suffering and help ease your pain. When walking in His footsteps you will find rest in His care and provision. 

Contentment will seep into your heart as you willingly laying down your desires, asking Him to make His your own. By casting all of your cares upon Him, burdens will lift and a spiritual balm will find it’s way to your wounds.  Healing will come but suffering will become a new joy for you to bear as you share in the sufferings of Christ.

You have been given a free will.  You can choose the road that leads upward, keeping a righteous man from stumbling and going down to the grave.  Or you can choose to light your own lantern, attempting to be entirely self-sufficient.  This is not wise, as God wants us to be dependent upon His grace and mercy.  He did create us, so who are we to say that we don’t want or need Him. Do you really think you will be just fine on our own?  This is a pretty big planet and there is a mighty enemy looking to devour easy prey.

The Lord took up His cross and obeyed the will of His Father.  Surely we can bear our personal thorn and learn to obey God’s will as well.

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But He was wounded for our transgressions,
He was bruised for our iniquities;
The chastisement for our peace was upon Him,
And by His stripes we are healed.” ISAIAH 53:5 (NKJV

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