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November 13 - Evening

"“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. 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.”

- Second Corinthians 12:8-10


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God’s Power in Our Weakness


While comparing himself to the Corinthian’s “super-apostles,” who were actually “false apostles,”
Paul intentionally lowered himself to self-promotion and boasting so the Corinthians could compare
a true apostle with the false apostles. Paul had boasted extensively in Second Corinthians 11:16-12:6, but did it as a self-proclaimed fool in order to prove a point.

In Second Corinthians 12:7-10 Paul uses an example to show that it is not human greatness or human strength that God needs in order to do his work (although, God can uses great humans
with great human strengths). God works through men, for men and because of men, but men are
not the source of God’s work.

Paul vaguely introduces a great personal weakness he is afflicted with that he merely identifies as
“a thorn in the flesh.” Paul pleaded with God to remove this “thorn in the flesh” on three different occasions. Paul must feel he could be more productive, more comfortable, more focused, and
more blessed if this “thorn in the flesh” were no longer part of his life. Paul might assume that he could be a greater apostle and the Corinthians might be less likely to be drawn towards the false “super-apostles” if only Paul did not have to deal with this “thorn in the flesh.”

Once again, Paul’s greatness and his effectiveness in ministry comes from God’s power, God’s grace, God’s spirit moving though Paul. A greater Paul would not mean a greater ministry.
Indeed, Paul did do great things, work extremely hard and exploited his natural abilities, time and opportunities for his ministry as we read in Second Corinthians 11:16-12:6, but it was God’s power flowing through both the strength and the weakness of the man. The key is God’s power, not the man.

Paul had spent time promoting his own greatness in order to show the Corinthians he was not impressed with the false “super-apostles. Paul now finishes with this point: Just because a man is strong, impressive, captivating, and has people’s attention, does not mean God’s power is there.
Even Paul had to learn this from God when Paul pleaded three times to ask God to remove
“the thorn in his flesh.” God told the Apostle Paul:

            “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”

  Christian Quote from Church History
""Heaven goes by favour.
If it went by merit,
you would stay out
and your dog would go in."

- Mark Twain
Something to Ponder??
The Ten Commandments
from Exodus 20:

Four commands
relating to God:

  1. No other gods
  2. No images
  3. Do not misuse
    God’s name.
  4. Remember the Sabbath Day.

Our first authority:

  1. Honor your parents

Five sins, from
worst to least:

  1. Do not murder.
  2. Do not commit adultery.
  3. Do not steal.
  4. Do not lie.
  5. Do not covet.
Hebrew and Greek Word Study   Facts and Information

Polupoikilos (Gr) - Manifold (Eng) - the Greek word polupoikilos means "manyi-colored,"
and "multi-faceted." Polupoikilos is a compound word made up by Paul in Ephesians 3:10 by using two Greek words. The first is the prefix poluso meanying "many" and poikilos meaning "various."

"His intent was that now, through the church, the manifold (or, polupoikilos) wisdom of God should be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly realms." - Ephesians 3:10

  The Tomb of Lazarus was in Bethany (today (al-Eizariya)
1.5 miles east of Jerusalem. The tomb has been identified since 325 AD. Archeologists say there are first century tombs in the area. The Bordeaux pilgrim mentions the tomb in 333 AD, as does Eusebius in 330 and Jerome in 390. Excavations have uncovered remains of the church from 325-390 AD.
(Photos and details here)
Confession to Action   Facts and Information

Do I feel God is limited by my weaknesses?
My strength in ministry is God's power, not my power.
I will move forward in the active ministry where God is supplying power.

  "A good man leaves an inheritance for his children's children, but a sinner's wealth is stored up for the righteous."
Proverbs 13:22
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(morning only) Romans 8 John 19
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Organization of you house and home management Discernment Congressional leaders Switzerland
Photo of Jerusalem; Pictures of Israel Bible Map and Diagram
Robinson's Arch, Jerusalem Nehemiah's Wall in Jerusalem 445 BC
Looking south at Jerusalem from the High Place of Gibeon (today called Nebi Samwil) where Samuel anointed Saul and God appeared to Solomon (1 Kings 3:3-15; 2 Chronicles 1:4-13) (click on image for larger size) King Agrippa II's palace at Banais (click on image for larger size)
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