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GOD'S GRACE IS SUFFICIENT (1 of 2)
Jesse M. Hendley
II Corinthians 12:7-11
My subject today is "Strength in the Midst of Our
Human Weakness." God's Strength for our human
weakness! We have here Paul's great second letter to
Paul, you remember, had a thorn in the flesh. He said,
"Lest I should be exalted above measure through the
abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a
thorn in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to buffet me,
lest I should be exalted above measure. And for this
thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart
from me. And the Lord said unto me, 'My grace is
sufficient for thee. My strength is made perfect in
weakness.' Most gladly therefore will I rather glory
in mine infirmities that the power of Christ may rest
upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in
necessities, in persecutions, in distresses, for
Christ's sake. For when I am weak, then am I strong."
We have the wonderful fact here of GOD'S STRENGTH
coming to us in our human weakness. There are four
things the Apostle Paul presents to us here. He is
giving to us a tremendous experience he had in his
life with the Lord Jesus Christ and with a terrible
The Lord gave him a STAKE in the flesh - not a thorn,
but a stake. It was some tremendous sorrow or pain.
What it was, we do not know. Paul said that when God
gave it to him, he shrank from it. He withdrew from
it. He tried to get rid of it. Then he prayed about
it. He talked to Jesus about it. That is what real
Then he tells us the provision that the Lord made for
him. The Lord gave him an explanation of WHY He gave
him that thorn in the flesh. He gives us the purpose
of it, the purpose of this affliction that was not to
be taken away.
Let's look for a moment at the internal resistance of
Paul to this suffering the Lord sent. Paul was
tortured. Paul was in great agony. He realized he was
in a ...
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