“My grace is sufficient for thee: “-The Fix-it Shop-Filling Station

All my Christian life I have heard of Pauls thorn in the flesh, “it is his eyes, or religious Jews “.

I see in the scriptures that he had problems with his sight, no denying that and with the religious, still a problem for those seeking God today.

Do I think he would seek the Lord for either of these things,?  No, he rebuked the religious and Satan alike.  No this thorn went much deeper.

1 Corinthians 12
“lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure.

For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me.   And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.”

“My grace is sufficient for thee: ”

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Grace first appeared in the story of Noah, He found grace in the eyes of the Lord,  because he walked with God.

What was this grace?  Salvation from the flood.

Grace is mentioned 159 times in the Bible, not once in connection with health, sickness, it is about finding favor  though.

Full Definition of Grace from Websters

1 a : unmerited divine assistance given humans for their regeneration or sanctification
b : a virtue coming from God
c : a state of sanctification enjoyed through divine grace

Grace is about the forgiveness of sin and Salvation, more often than not.

   ☆  But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound:
   ☆  as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life
   ☆  Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound?
   ☆  How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?
   ☆  Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)
   ☆  the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;
   ☆  shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace?
   ☆  whosoever of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace.
   ☆   (by grace ye are saved;)
   ☆  the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;
   ☆  Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled;Lest there be any fornicator, or profane person, as Esau, who for one morsel of meat sold his birthright.
   ☆  For by grace are ye saved through faith;
  
You might notice he also prayed to the Lord Jesus,  most prayers were made to the Father.

I believe Pauls thorn in the flesh was quite simply a sin he could not cast out or completely control.

From Romans 8: No repeats:

“For we know that the law is spiritual: but I am carnal, sold under sin.  For that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I.

If then I do that which I would not, I consent unto the law that it is good.  Now then it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me.

For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do.  Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me.

O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?  I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin.”

We hate to admit it but Paul was just like us,  we do not have his ministry because we have not walked his walk.

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Lord, draw us close to You, help us to walk with You.   May we never let our sin get before our repentance.

this is an example of prayer directed to Christ (others are in Acts 1:24; 7:59; 1 Cor. 16:22; Rev. 22:20).

Paul shortly ties the general principle to its source—the cross of Christ (13:4).

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