Thorns In The Flesh 2
2 Corinthians 12:7: 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.
Twice Paul gave the reason for his thorn in the flesh. Lest I should be exalted above measure. We all need humility more than we need perfect health and bodies. Satan meant it to destroy Paul*s life and ministry. But God meant it to keep him humble. God used it to bring glory to Himself and not to Paul. He did not want others to glorify Paul and He did not want Paul to glorify himself.
Isaiah 42:8a: I am the LORD: that is my name: and my glory will I not give to another, . . .
1 Corinthians 10:31: Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.
2 Corinthians 11:30: If I must needs glory, I will glory of the things which concern mine infirmities.
2 Corinthians 12:1: It is not expedient for me doubtless to glory. I will come to visions and revelations of the Lord.
2 Corinthians 12:5-11: Of such an one will I glory: yet of myself I will not glory, but in mine infirmities. 6 For though I would desire to glory, I shall not be a fool; for I will say the truth: but now I forbear, lest any man should think of me above that which he seeth me to be, or that he heareth of me. 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. 11 I am become a fool in glorying; ye have compelled me: for I ought to have been commended of you: for in nothing am I behind the very chiefest apostles, though I be nothing.
Dr. J. Vernon McGee said that the most dangerous place for a Christian is that place where other Christians admire him. I would suggest that an even more dangerous place is that place where he admires himself. Our flesh would always like to glory in itself. We need to battle against our flesh every day and many times every day. Paul had the attitude toward himself that we all need to have.
Romans 12:3: For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.
Philippians 2:3: Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.