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Thorn In The Flesh, God Why?

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One of Paul’s thorn experiences!

I usually have pictures on my blog but today many people are struggling with thorns so I’m going to past this info on to you straight up so you can just take it all in and let God’s word will do its work in you. If you are going through a thorny time…I got the same tee-shirt too. I feel for you! I’m here to tell you today that we can do this!!!! (With Jesus…I ain’t that crazy to do this alone!)
2 Corinthians 12: 1-10 I must go on boasting. Although there is nothing to be gained, I will go on to visions and revelations from the Lord. 2 I know a man in Christ who fourteen years ago was caught up to the third heaven. Whether it was in the body or out of the body I do not know—God knows. 3 And I know that this man—whether in the body or apart from the body I do not know, but God knows— 4 was caught up to paradise and heard inexpressible things, things that no one is permitted to tell. 5 I will boast about a man like that, but I will not boast about myself, except about my weaknesses.

6 Even if I should choose to boast, I would not be a fool, because I would be speaking the truth. But I refrain, so no one will think more of me than is warranted by what I do or say, 7 or because of these surpassingly great revelations. Therefore, in order to keep me from becoming conceited, I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me.

8 Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. 9 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. 10 That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

There is a purpose for the thorns….let’s explore this.

 

What is a thorn in the flesh? In doing my bible research from several scriptures that mentions thorns I came up with the following answer:

 

A thorn in the flesh is any difficulty that causes pain and torment to a person because of the work they are doing to build the kingdom of God. For Paul it was because of the obstacles he faced during his evangelistic work.

Some examples of thorns can be:
1. Being bullied, persecuted or harassed by people who treat you with contempt and insults.
2. Situations that cause you extreme weakness and severe hardships.
3. Beatings, abuse and torture almost to the point of death.
4. Unbelievable difficulties from excruciating physical pain or extreme mind blowing attacks.

 

I have a thorn in the flesh. It hurts a lot. It’s very painful everyday day. Some days are more painful than others. It’s been constantly tormenting me for a long time now. It doesn’t get to the point of killing me but it has been close a few times. I have asked God to take it away but so far it’s still a part of my life.

 
I use to think that it was really cruel what was happening to me. I use to get really angry about it. I didn’t understand how someone who said they loved me could let me suffer and be tormented like this.

 
Over the years I’ve figured out that it has its purpose that God has explained as much as He’s going to in my lifetime. This kind of torment and its complete purpose will eventually be revealed to me. Until then I accept God’s grace. Many people say it’s wrong to be tormented in this way. They have accused me of not having enough faith or that I must have unrepented sin in my life.

 
There are plenty of people in the bible who went through extremely painful situations and torment. Two that quickly come to mind is Job and Paul. I’m sure you know their story so I’m not going to retell it today. Many of Jesus disciples who were personally trained by Jesus were also subjected to torment and died a horrible death. Many famous evangelists and ministers had extreme difficulties in their lives.

 
This is Gods ways and He has offered grace to all those who suffer in this way. He has His reasons as to why He has allowed it all. This is His world, His rules and His way. It is what it is!

 
There have been many many times that God has relieved my pain and answered my prayers. My family and I have been healed hundreds of times. Yet there are many times that God just says… wait!

 
God has used me for His kingdom in unique ways over the years since I became a committed Christian. He’s given me many visions and some dreams. God has also given me hundreds of messages for people. I’m in constant communication with Him. He’s given me spiritual gifts which I use for His kingdom and most importantly I share the gospel with people almost every day. God does not want me to be conceited about how He uses me. I do humble myself but to make sure that I know that everything I do for Him in my life comes from His power the torment/thorn in the flesh keeps me in check. Let me tell you…these thorn are no joke!!! They are very painful and trying.

 
The concept of the thorn in the flesh is a very strange concept to me but again it’s God’s way. It’s in the bible. Paul made this explanation very clear. Many people don’t accept this point of view or principal. That’s ok. If you believe other than this…that is your right but I have my point of view on the matter and that is what I’m sharing on my blog today.

 
A thorn is a wood like and the hardened pointy sharp part of a plant or bush. These thorns can be 1/8 of an inch to 1.5 inches. Thorns protect the plants against anything that would try to destroy it. I believe our thorns also protects us in a spiritual way by keeping us humble. Paul had a thorn and Jesus Christ even had thorns that caused Him to suffer but for different reasons. The soldiers twisted together euphorbia milii which is a thorny plant and they made a crown of thorns and pressed it into Jesus head.

 
Everyone will suffer when they have an interaction with a thorny bush. How we respond to the thorns is up to us. How we view the thorns purpose in our lives is what we will respond to when the torment comes. We can either boast gladly about our weaknesses or we can fear them, curse them and have a fit about them.

 
I do know that we will be rewarded for our suffering and that God will wipe away our tears and we will never suffer like that again. I know that our eternal life will be more that we can ever imagine. This may seem like a Debbie downer blog today…but clarity about suffering can be a relief. I needed my own blog today. I needed clarity for my present thorns. I’ve been praying with for many people who love the Lord but are going through tremendous trials. Knowing that God has a mysterious perfect purpose for our trials should calm us down. God is a Holy, incredible, super, Holy and powerful being! He is our Father. He knows what’s best for us. He motives are at the highest level for us. He told us not to lean on our own understand and that His ways are much higher than ours.

 

Gods got this…Gods got you!!!

What should we do about these thorns?
1. Have a very close relationship with God!!! Know Him for real!!!
2. Pray as often as possible!!! Be a blabber mouth with God!!!
3. Stay calm, fear not and don’t remain anxious!!!
4. Keep your heart clean!!! Repent!!! Get rid of any sin!!!
5. Do your job for God!!! You know…kingdom building!!!
6. Put on the whole armor of God!!! You’re gonna need all of it too!!!!
7. Accept His grace!!!
8. Don’t get weary!!!
9. Encourage yourself in the Lord!!!
10. Read and believe the bible!!!
11. Encourage others with thorns!!! This really helps your own thorns!!
12. Trust God!!!

This scripture brings it home……….
1 Peter 4:12-13 Dear friends, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that has come on you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. 13 But rejoice inasmuch as you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed.

 

God is going to “whap” His glory on you when you see Him face to face!!! Hang in there!

 

 

 

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Morality is fading…Why?

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MORALITY... is what you know about what is right for you to do or wrong for you to do. It’s having an inner consciousness to do the correct thing which separates a human being from an animal.

James 1:21 Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you.

Even if you weren’t taught good morals as a child, I believe ones inner’s consciousness can eventually figure out that there is right in this world and there’s wrong from experiencing human nature from others. I believe that parents are the first teachers of this concept. Parents set up a system of moral conduct and hopefully a system of spiritually guided conduct. It’s the biblically based spiritual guidance that can really shape a child’s life to make good moral choices in life.
If a child doesn’t get this from the parents it’s harder for them to develop good basic moral behavior. As an adult one has to figure out how to be a good person by developing good conduct. But our society has been sending out some very immoral images that have been stumbling blocks in people’s lives. That along with the decline in spiritually and especially in Christianity is a major cause of concern.

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Morality is a system of principles and values concerning people’s behavior, which is accepted by the general population.
You can check your morality by asking yourself a few questions:
1. Do my ethics, principles, accountability, integrity, values, respect, consciousness, honesty, decent human behavior, law abiding virtues, and conduct express a high level of morality?
2. Do I follow The Ten commandments and principles Jesus has commanded?
3. Do my personal choices or behavior hurt others?
4. Do I live by good values all day every day?
5. Do I feel remorseful for my bad behavior and try to make things right?

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I see people doing a dance called the limbo. There’s a horizontal bar that dancers take turn bending backwards under without touching the floor. Whoever can bend back the lowest without touching the floor is the winner. Morality is that horizontal bar being lowered. People are bending lower as the bar is dropped. As the people are going lower and lower…some fell on the floor and were swooped down right into hell.

2 Timothy 3:1-4 …People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, 3 without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, 4 treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God…
How did we get here?
We were supposed to let our light shine brightly as to draw people to Jesus like a spiritual pied piper.  Jesus said that we were to be the following 2 things.
1. “You are the salt of the earth…” (Matthew 5:13)
2. “You are the light of the world…” (Matthew 5:14)
The result:

In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven…. (Matthew 5:16)
Jesus intended us to gospel the word and do this:
“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you…” (Matthew 28:19-20)
The churches effectiveness has dimmed. Christians have less anointing and passion to want to save the loss. On top of that it is said that only 39% of Christians believe that the bible is the literal word of God. Without the word of God Christians are not believable anymore and other religions have moved up the ladder. Lack of biblical knowledge equals no faith and no faith equals no power!
Acts 1:8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
Where is the power? …The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective. James 5:16 Where are the righteous people? Oh I know…Inside the place of worship/the building. Where are the sinners? Oh I know… they are in the field… Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field. Matthew 9:38

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As a result of the condition of the church… (Christians, not the building or place of worship) very low morality in human nature is the norm now. When morality is lowered it brings evil into a whole other realm. Satan isn’t doing more… Christians are doing less. Evil isn’t getting worse…it’s always been evil but more people are losing their morality because of the influence of sex, violence and mysticism on TV, in video games and in the movies. Also the bible teaching/preaching has been altered and biblical principles and spiritual laws have been changed by spiritual leaders. Even the government has overruled biblical principles the years. People’s hearts and minds have harden to truth.
Be warned… Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. Galatians 6:7!

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This is some very serious stuff here.
Matthew 24:37-39 As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. 38 For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark; 39 and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away. That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man.

(I’ve been doing a lot of warning lately. I’ve been feeling an urgency in my spirit. I can’t explain all that I’m feeling but I know what I know. To the church…we are the bride of Christ. Have we done all Jesus has commanded? Are we really ready to meet the Bridegroom? To the unsaved…Have you changed your mind? Are you ready? Judgment day is fast approaching!)

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Starbucks Makes Me Wanna Pray!!!

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The second title for this blog is….”Park and Pray”

Matthew 6:6 But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.

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Sometime a person just needs some real alone time with God. I love to go to my favorite Starbuck spot, get my coffee and park in their large parking lot and just drink my coffee and talk to God. I love when it’s a sunny day with big poufy clouds. I look up at the sky knowing God is way up there somewhere and I just talk to Father God about what I’m feeling, I pray for myself and others, but most of the time I spend just worshiping God.

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For those who don’t have a car find a quite spot in a safe park or some special place outside and just talk to God.
I have my special Starbucks time with God at least twice a week and sometimes more. I talk to God all day every day but my Starbucks time is a little different. There is something about praying in a car. It’s so quiet and intimate. Then you have the visual by way of looking up at the sky. Sometimes I play a song that moves me into deep worship.
When I get to heaven there won’t be a Starbucks. I’ll just have straight up GOD in all His glory!!!!!
P.S. – If you turn your car off…turn off your headlights. I have recently learned that lesson 2 months ago. LOL! I’ve got my newly purchased jumper cables to prove it.
Jeremiah 29:12 Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.

 

 

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A lot of people pray at Starbuck!

 

Free will-ers

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God gave all human beings a free will. The Holy Spirit who is God and the most powerful being in the universe cannot break into your free will and mind and make you do what’s right. He can influence you but He can’t make you do what you don’t want to do. This is what He the Holy Spirit does:

John 16:8 When he comes, he will prove the world to be in the wrong about sin and righteousness and judgment:

This free will is very powerful in us. We can choose to do right or we can choose to do wrong. We can follow Jesus or we can make a decision to never follow Jesus. We have a choice to sin or not to sin.

I don’t like it when I use my free will choices and it hurts myself. When I’m doing right I feel the presence of the Holy Spirit on me and in me. When I’m doing things that I have no business doing, it wrecks my relationship with God until the Holy Spirit taps me on the shoulder to let me know I messed up. Then I ask Jesus for forgiveness.

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I want to do what I want to do, it’s my human nature. Like when I want to eat too much of something or spend money on something I know I can’t afford. I stick my head in the sand hoping to block out the Holy Spirit trying from to correct me. Then I go ahead and do what I want to do. I’m just being real here folks. Free will is not always good. God has given this to us because He doesn’t want to control us like puppets.

Galatians 5:13 You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love.
Free will is difficult at times to manage. You can make really good decisions with it and then not so good decisions with it. I would like to address the not so good part:

Dear Free will…I’m concerned about who you have become. I’m concerned about your rejection of holiness! I’m concerned about how you don’t want to pay God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit any mind! I‘m concerned about how your blind to truth sometimes. Free will… you were created with such good intentions. You have the ability to make choices and to see you using your gift of choice to cut Jesus out of your life pains me greatly.
Some of you freewillers have never accepted Jesus as your Savior in the first place. You say “I don’t need God at all.” You say “there is no hell” also”. I pray for you guys all the time and I know that the Holy Spirit is trying to contact you all! I know He is trying to get into your heart and mind so you can know truth. But oh freewill is hanging around to say “let me alone and leave me to myself!” Freewillers also say “get away from me, I don’t believe in all that nonsense.” Some other freewillers say “I don’t have time for Jesus right now…maybe later”.

 

 
God gave you a choice for you to refuse to believe in Him. You don’t have to have Jesus in your life! You can believe in anything you want to. The reason for my concern is simply that I care what happens to your soul. A soul is who you are as a person. You might say “well who do you think you are to try to get me to believe all this stuff?” I want to tell you these amazing things. God saved my life from suicide attempts!!!!! God saved the life of 4 of my kids when they were in intensive care. All of the blessings in my life has been amazing so why would I not want other people to have these blessings too?

 

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I care about the freewillers and most of all God loves you all so much. You only get one shot at eternal life with God because the minute you die…that’s it!!!!!!!!! You will know whether you were right or wrong immediately. Freewillers please reconsider things and just look into the historical evidence of the Jesus story. Please reevaluate your decision to not accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior. You have nothing to lose! You can still say no because you have your…free will.

 

Hebrews 9:27 Just as people are destined to die once, and after that to face judgment,
God gave us all a free will. What WILL you do with your choices? If you are already a Christian, will you obey the bible and make good choices for yourself? If you are not a Christian, will you say no or yes today? Your choice!

 

 

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If You’re Invited to the devils Pity Party – Don’t Go!

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Let’s be wise to your enemy’s tricks. This is a heads up blog. Be alert! Be prayerful! Fear not!!!!

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James 4:7 Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

Do you know the devil is after you?Yeah…..He is really real and he wants your soul!!! I don’t like talking about the devil a lot because I don’t want to give him that time in my mind. I’d rather talk about Jesus all day everyday………BUT…..people need to know the facts about satan. Knowledge is power…..what you don’t know can hurt you in this case. You need to know about his tricks.

I know that the devil will use all kinds of tricks and deceptions in your mind. He will make things that are not true come as truth to you. If you Know God’s word and have hidden His word in your heart….If you have submitted your whole self (body, mind and spirit) you CAN resist the devil. This is a fact.
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Why does God love you?

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Meditate often in how much God loves you! You’ll get strengthened.

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1 John 4:9-10 This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.god-loves-you-2

Why should the most powerful, majestic and holy being in the entire universe love us lowly, sinful, little rugrats? (Rugrat is a small child who is learning to get around by crawling and eventually walking on their own. They are very short on social skills and are trying to grow and develop. They are rude, whinny and very temperamental and sometimes straight up bad. With time and good training they can mature and become a great asset to society.) I hope you’re not insulted that I called us rugrats but we are like young children to God and…

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The spirit world is real!

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We should be alert, prayerful and wise.

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Last week I felt that the Lord wanted me to share with you about spiritual warfare. This past Sunday in church my pastor spoke about spiritual warfare and he even used the same scripture I‘m going to use.

Ephesians 6:12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.

I posted a video on You Tube called…God is real, my testimony.  (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2_xOxbh9CuA) I went to other people’s post to post my video on their page. Many of the videos I tried to post on were atheist post. I listened to many of them as they told their testimonies on why God is not real. Some of them were very convincing. After doing this everyday last week….I felt the deceiving spirits trying to convince me…

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