Be Thankful for the Thorns
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Delivered By
Pastor Ed Dinkins
Delivered On
November 25, 2013
Central Passage
2 Corinthians 12:6-10
Thanksgiving Message

As highlighted by the inspirational reading, "Thankful for the Thorns", Pastor Dinkins provided us with a powerful, intensely deep sermon that encourages us to remember that in our life, "thorns" will be come but instead of becoming depressed and knee-deep in self pity, we should rejoice and praise GOD for our thorns - that GOD is working on us and through us to allow our "thorns" to be used for the glory and edification of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  No amount of thorns will outweigh the power of our Lord and Savior, who said, "My grace is sufficient for thee".  

Let us not be short-sighted and take our eyes off Christ during our life's "thorns".  Let us keep our perspective and praise GOD, embracing the wonderful work  that He is doing for us in our lives by way of our "thorns".    Let us pray constantly and faithfully through the good and the bad times, remaining confident and holding tight that God has our best interest at ALL times.  To God be the Glory for the things He has done (is doing and will do).


Below is supporting commentary from Matthew Henry, a respected and well-known bible scholar.  (His commentaries can be found at:

Commentary on 2 Corinthians 12:7-10

(Read 2 Corinthians 12:7-10)

"The apostle (Paul) gives an account of the method God took to keep him humble, and to prevent his being lifted up above measure, on account of the visions and revelations he had. We are not told what this thorn in the flesh was, whether some great trouble, or some great temptation. But God often brings this good out of evil, that the reproaches of our enemies help to hide pride from us. If God loves us, he will keep us from being exalted above measure; and spiritual burdens are ordered to cure spiritual pride. This thorn in the flesh is said to be a messenger of Satan which he sent for evil; but God designed it, and overruled it for good. Prayer is a salve for every sore, a remedy for every malady; and when we are afflicted with thorns in the flesh, we should give ourselves to prayer. If an answer be not given to the first prayer, nor to the second, we are to continue praying. Troubles are sent to teach us to pray; and are continued, to teach us to continue instant in prayer. Though God accepts the prayer of faith, yet he does not always give what is asked for: as he sometimes grants in wrath, so he sometimes denies in love. When God does not take away our troubles and temptations, yet, if he gives grace enough for us, we have no reason to complain. Grace signifies the good-will of God towards us, and that is enough to enlighten and enliven us, sufficient to strengthen and comfort in all afflictions and distresses. His strength is made perfect in our weakness. Thus his grace is manifested and magnified. When we are weak in ourselves, then we are strong in the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ; when we feel that we are weak in ourselves, then we go to Christ, receive strength from him, and enjoy most the supplies of Divine strength and grace."

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