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The Apostle Paul, who was at one point known as “Saul the Christian killer”, prayed & prayed & prayed again (three times or more specifically) that the thorn (difficulties/messenger of satan) would be removed from him in Jesus name & for Christ sake.
Then He heard God say to him,
MY GRACE IS ENOUGH!
(2 Corinthians 12:5-10)
That is how Paul, a reformed, re-difined, regenerated person humble before Christ was able to say,
“I can do all things through Christ, who gives me strength!”
So, i also say,
Rejoice, rejoice & again i say rejoice (Philippians 4:4).
2 Corinthians 12:5-10:
I will boast about a man like that, (see verse 1-5)
but I will not boast about myself, except about my weaknesses.
Even if I should choose to boast, I would not be a fool, because I would be speaking the truth.
But I refrain, so no one will think more of me than is warranted by what I do or say, or because of these surpassingly great revelations.
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 (enough) 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.
2 Corinthians 12:5-10 NIV
I rejoiced greatly in the Lord that at last you renewed your concern for me.
Indeed, you were concerned, but you had no opportunity to show it.
I am not saying this because I am in need, for
I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances.
I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty.
I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.
I can do all this through HIM who gives me strength.
Philippians 4:10-13 NIV