by Ernest Easley

Learning More About Those Unplucked Thorns
2 Corinthians 12.7-11
June 6, 1999
Dr. Ernest L. Easley
Now again . . . join me tonight in 2 Corinthians
chapter 12. We’re going to take another look at
Paul’s unplucked thorn because we’re all thorn
bearers from time to time. And when they come . . .
there are not any easy answers.
Well ..that’s what I want to talk to you about
Learning More About Those Unplucked Thorns.
2 Corinthians 12.7-10
Now we saw last Sunday night that Paul’s thorn
in the flesh was physical. Verse 7, “a thorn in the
flesh was given to me ..” And the word translated
“thorn” was used to describe a stake used to crucify
It was also painful. Verse 7, “a messenger
of Satan to buffet me ..” And that word translated
“buffet” meant to strike with a fist.
So Paul’s thorn was physical and it was painful.
It was also permanent. Verse 8, “Concerning this
thing I pleaded with the Lord three times that it
might depart from me.” And God answered: No!
Paul needed that thorn in his flesh to keep him
humble and useable. It’s possible to be cursed with
blessings! You ask, “How can I be cursed with
blessings?” Well . . . it’s called spiritual pride!
That’s when God’s been so good to you that you get
to thinking that you’re the special one rather than
acknowledging that God is the special One! And
when pride sets in . . . you’re cursed with blessings!
God’s blessings then rob you from being useable!
So .. Paul’s thorn was physical .. painful . . .
permanent . . . but it was also permitted. Satan was
the immediate source but God was the ultimate
source. What Satan used to destroy Paul .. God used
to develop Paul. What Satan used to harass Paul ..
God used to humble Paul. What Satan used to make
Paul’s life miserable . . . God used to make Paul’s life
Do you hear the difference? That’s why God
permits unplucked thorns in your life! ...

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