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Therefore, in order to keep me from becoming conceited, I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me. Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. 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.

2 Corinthians 12:7-11

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Here Paul indicates some form of struggle, commentators don’t know with what but think it was either sin/health/mentally, that he has asked God to take from him. But in his struggle with it, God reminds him of his frailty, his humility and his dependence of God. This should encourage the Christian to not give up the struggle against the things in us that are not of God, but to also in our frustration lean on God and look to his strength which is made perfect in our weakness.

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What are the things in your life that cause you to struggle and cry out to God for release/freedom? What would it look like for you to use these things as a humble reminder of your need for God’s strength, grace and forgiveness? What does it look like to continue to resist the devil and rely on God?


Jesus, you know there are parts of my life which do not accurately reflect you nor who you are. In my struggle God help me to rest on your strength not on my ability or understanding Jesus. I love you. Amen.