A Messenger of Satan you SHOULD accommodate; the Thorn in the Flesh you MUST keep.
This is a strong pile, but it’s an indispensable reality.
This is noteworthy; there is God’s permitted thorn in the flesh for your advantage; there is a messenger of Satan God will allow to buffet you for your profiting.
Now the question is:
How can you identify, and co-locate with this messenger of Satan and the thorn in your flesh until they fulfill their God’s permitted purpose in your life and destiny?
2 Corinthians 12:7-9
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.
It is natural and expected to pray against the manifestation of evil in our lives. And I am not by this suggesting that we should accommodate the works of darkness, and not stage a fight against every appearance of evil and wickedness. Paul besought God 3 times for the thorn to be taken away; so should you!
On the contrary, there are some God permitted situations and difficulties in our lives; instruments through which He breaks us, mounds us, builds us, refine us, and transforms us. Many a times, people are raised and positioned as tormentors, persecutors, and troublers around our lives, so that the purpose of God can be fulfilled, His agenda executed, and His Glory be reveal in us and through us.
For the Scripture says to the Pharaoh, “For this very purpose I have raised you up, that I may show My power in you, and that My name may be declared in all the earth.”
In like manner, situations and circumstances are orchestrated in our lives; many of which we don’t understand, and at that frustrating with excruciating pains. Yet, it is the will of God for us, and for which we must be thankful.
1 Thessalonians 5:18
Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
This a Salient Truth worth of attention. God’s PURPOSE is GREATER than our COMFORT. Yet, His purpose includes our comfort; an ultimate comfort beyond our understanding.
So, if the ultimate comfort God has destined for you necessitates a temporal discomfort through afflictions, He will not delay to bring them upon you for your good. And He will use a Messenger of Satan to fulfill this cause.
You see, When Jesus said:
“But I say to you who hear: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, and pray for those who spitefully use you.
He was speaking from an elevated perspective; knowing how instrumental the enemy can be in giving acceleration to your journey to destiny, and how they bring about God’s purpose in a life. So the only reasonable spiritual engagement is to pray for them, and the most important attitude towards them is to love them.
Therefore, don’t abort the enemy’s God permitted mandate and mission in your lives prematurely – through evil speaking, curses, bitterness, hate, and wickedness.
Verily, there are many Heights you cannon attain and many things you cannot accomplish without the presence of an enemy, and a messenger of Satan in your life.
Assuredly, Some table cannot be set before you until the enemy is present. There is a form of anointing that will not come upon your life and overflow until the enemies are present.
Every Jesus needs the company of a Judas, and around the Last Supper table to fulfil divine destiny.
Every Abraham needs a season of barrenness and famine to become a Father of many nation, and a vessel through which all the nations of the earth are blessed.
Every David needs a Saul to become king over God’s nation. It will take the force of an enemy to drive a David into the cave of Adullam ( a cave of destiny incubation), so that God can bake him, and build him into a suitable man for His glory.
Every Joseph needs a brother to push him into a divine encounter, and a Potiphar’s wife to position him for supernatural promotion.
Every Paul needs a thorn in the flesh to be kept from self conceit and highmindedness.
Every Peter needs Nero, Every Jephter needs wicked relatives; so also every Gideon, and all the heroes of faith.
Every HERO needs a VILLAIN to be prominent!
The enemy fulfills Gods purpose for your Life.
- They are positioned and permitted of God to buffet you into destiny.
- They are the negative elements that bring a balance of power and operations.
- They are often used of God to push you out of your comfort zone.
- They are the instrumental force needed to push you into a cause you won’t venture into because of perceived pain and difficulty involved.
- They provide the amount of affliction your life requires to produce character, sanctification, and transfiguration.
A vital lesson we all need to learn is how we can co-habit with this Messengers of Satan; the thorns in our flesh, until they fulfil their God’s permitted purposes in our lives.
We need to continue to seek God’s face in prayers to know what to endure, and what to resist, and what to cast away.
A thorn in the Flesh holds for you great virtues when you harness it to your advantage.
- It trains you to be strong
- It drives you to your knees until your birth God’s agenda.
- It’s incitement becomes a combustible catalyst for your progress.
- It hastens your development on all sides; pushing you into destiny faster than your natural pace.
- It breaks the nest of your comfort zone, and help you discover new climbs you wouldn’t go naturally.
- It’s pressure makes your birth treasures; of character, of wisdom, of experience, of prosperity.
Know who and what the thorn is. Seek God how to improvise, adapt, and overcome.
When you come to certain revelation of a messenger of Satan, or a thorn in your Flesh in the light of insight shared herein. It becomes a waste of time and energy praying against them. Don’t pray for them to die or be taken away anymore.
Rather, ask that God’s grace be unleash in sufficient measure upon you. Ask God for more wisdom; Jesus manifested the wisdom of patience with Judas; David manifested the virtue of faith and perseverance with Saul, same with Paul; Joseph manifested the wisdom of knowledge with his brothers. This list can go on and on.
Evil men may not perish before you, and terrible situations may not change. But you must KNOW, that God is GOOD, and working out GOOD for you in every circumstance.
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
See beyond Men and Situations.
Grace is yours.
Apostle Michael Toyin-Emmanuel.
February 21, 2023
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