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Broken and Blessed - A reflection from Paul's life

Sunday, 8. July 2012

Most of us in life have had a some time or another done it tough. We have looked face to face with the stark realities of life and wondered just how am I going to get through this.

Today we are going to look at how the apostle Paul coped with own thorn in the flesh and how he managed to find blessings from God even in the middle of his brokenness.

Paul tells us that he found a purpose in his brokenness, " Therefore, in order to keep me from becoming conceited, I was given a thorn in my flesh" (2 Cor 12:7). For Paul on of the most import aspects of his brokenness was to help him to stop being full of religious pride. Many of us have issues with pride and for the apostle Paul this was no different, he struggled with pride, but his thorn in the flesh reminded him that he should not be full of self pride but rather attribute everything back to God.

As Christians we sometimes fail to understand that Satan will use good things to corrupt our lives. If we don’t stay alert, Satan will turn a blessing from God into boasting in the flesh.

Paul helps us to understand that even in the midst of  the brokenness we can be blessed. The blessings are:

The Provision Of God’s Grace
The Presence Of God’s Power
The Pleasure Of Spiritual Contentment

" But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. "  (2 Cor 12:9)

Just talking about God’s grace being available for every need, and His power being sufficient for every circumstance, is merely religion rhetoric until you are placed in a situation that forces you to draw upon that grace and power. When Paul spoke of these things, he was speaking from experience.

When we face hardships in our lives it may seem difficult to count it as a blessing at to see God's hand at work, but if we take from Paul a lesson, it is that during the hardships in his life he always placed Jesus Christ first and kept his focus upon him.

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