Paul's thorn : 'Satan's messenger not sickness' by John F. Avanzini

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And he said unto me. My grace is sufficient for thee; for my strength is made perfect in weakness . . What the Lord was saying to Paul was, "Paul, you are standing in grace and therefore, you're in the new creation man and I don't have to be taking care of Satan for you. You can do it — through My Name that I left you. (Jn. 16:23, Mk. } Now you handle him. " In Peter 2:24; Col. 2:15, we learn that Jesus gained dominion of the planet when He died on Calvary. There He took away the keys of death (oppression, sickness and fear) and Hell from Satan.

12:5-10 say that God made Paul sick so he would not be exalted above measure. Break free from man's doctrines. Friend, let me tell you, when Paul was on planet Earth preaching and teaching, every angel in heaven, every saint of God that was in heaven—God the Father and God the Son and God the Holy Spirit were cheering and saying, "Go Paul! Get 'em! Get 'em! Get 'em! Take every advantage you can get! " God most definitely wanted Paul exalted and He wants you exalted if you will move in His power with true humility.

Nowhere do we find the personal pronoun being given to sickness. " Or, "I'm having a small flare up from 'Mr. " Only the most desperate of men would so subvert God's Word to satisfy their own doctrinal position, thereby claiming that God gets glory from sickness and by that making the power of God of non-effect to the innocent who hear them. Let us see what the Scripture says. Notice 2 Cor. 12:8. For this thing I besought the Lord thrice that it might depart from me. Why would Paul who was familiar with healing, when he needed healing say, "Depart from me", rather than saying "Heal me"?

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