Meditation 101


II Corinthians, Chapter 12: 6-10

Message Version

I have had a very trying year and was questioning God about this.  With each trial that came my way, I would ask again, “what’s with this?”  With each trial this scripture came to mind, II Corinthians, Chapter 12: 6-10, Msg. Version:

“This is The Apostle Paul Speaking”

(6)  If I had a mind to brag a little, I could probably do it without looking ridiculous, and I’d still be speaking plain truth all the way.  But I’ll spare you.  I don’t want anyone imagining me as anything other than the fool you’d encounter if you saw me on the street or heard me talk.

(7-10) Because of the extravagance of those revelations, and so I wouldn’t get a big head, I was given a Handicap to keep me in constant touch with my limitations.  

Satan’s angel did his best to get me down; what he in fact did was push me to my knees.  No danger then of walking around high and mighty!  At first I didn’t think of it as a gift, and begged God to remove it.  Three times I did that, and then he told me, MY GRACE IS ENOUGH; IT’S ALL YOU NEED.  MY STRENGTH COMES INTO ITS OWN IN YOUR WEAKNESS.

Once I heard that, I was glad to let it happen.  I quit focusing on the Handicap and began appreciating the Gift.  It was a case of Christ’s strength moving in on my weakness.  Now I take limitations in stride, and with good cheer, these limitations that cut me down to size–abuse, accidents, opposition, bad breaks.  I just let Christ take over!  And so the Weaker I get, the Stronger I become.

“I’m Still Working On, “Quit Focusing  On The Handicap,

And Appreciating The Gift”

“I Need The Apostle Paul’s Perspective on Trials”

“Life Is Good”


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