2 Corinthians 12:7

Is Satan God’s Agent or Messenger?


2 Corinthians 12:7 and lest I should be exulted above measure by the abundance of the revelations a thorn in the flesh was given to me a messenger of Satan to buffet me lest I be exulted above measure this is a very famous passage talking about Paul’s thorn in the flesh most of the time people believe that God gave Paul the thorn in the flesh people believe that the reason God did that is to keep him from exulting himself and one of the reasons that is is in several translations of the Bible to keep me from being exulted is translated as a reflexive verb it says to keep me from exulting myself which I’ve discovered is not actually what is says in the Greek it says to keep me from being exulted and I think the truth of the matter is that many people have mixed up the players here who’s exulting, who’s demeaning who’s walking where we have three players here we have satan we have Paul and we have God so who is the one that’s exulting who is the one that is demeaning and trying to press down I believe we’ve got those exactly reversed Paul says and lest I should be exulted above measure by the abundance of revelations I believe this is the truth God gave Paul revelation He wants to give every one of us revelation what God does when He gives revelation God exults us God lifts us up that the revelation might be brought forth and bring light bring life to people so most people think Paul was trying to exult himself because he was proud he was conceited he was trying to exult himself so God came and oppressed him the first thing that lets me know that God is not the one that is trying to push Paul down is this it says very simply there was given to me a messenger of satan let me ask you a very simple question you could ask a 5 year old this and they get it right what does of satan mean does that mean it came from satan or it came from God and the answer would be of course obviously a messenger of satan is a messenger that came from satan God is not the one who sends the messenger from satan satan sends the messenger of satan so this thing that is coming to afflict Paul is not coming from God it’s coming from satan I believe that for so many years most people have gotten the players absolutely reversed Paul is getting incredible revelation from God God is wanting to exult Paul not in an arrogant way or prideful way to exult him to get the revelation out satan does not want Paul exulted he doesn’t want Paul lifted up and being visible so satan sends a messenger to do what a thorn in the flesh was given him not by God but rather by satan to do what, it says to buffet me lest I be exulted above measure so here comes the messenger of satan to suppress Paul to push him down to stop him and we’ll look at this a lot more in the next couple of days because I think people have gotten this exactly backwards from what God is actually saying here and what Paul is saying God is the one exulting Paul’s not the one exulting God is exulting Paul is attempting to walk in his revelation and satan has sent a messenger to beat Paul to buffet him to suppress him, to stop him from being exulted so let me just ask this in your life today is there a messenger of satan is there something that has been sent against you that’s oppressing you that’s beating you down that’s stopping you from walking in all that God has called you to walk in if so that needs to be defeated and resisted because we read in James 4:7 submit yourself to God resist the devil and he will flee if people believe the messenger from satan was coming from God they won’t resist it you’re not going to resist something that you believe is coming from God obviously this messenger from satan this thorn in the flesh is something that needs to be resisted not something that needs to be accepted as though it were from God and that is just a critical thing to understand I know you might have more questions now than answers but we’ll get to the rest of this passage in a couple of the following days but for today in what area are you being buffeted by a messenger of Satan in what area is there something you need to resist I want to just pray for you Father I pray for each person listening today to resist strength, encouragement and grace to resist what would be buffeting us any messenger from satan we don’t receive we resist it in the mighty name of Yeshua and Father I thank you for your grace which is empowering and is sufficient to break through I pray for a mighty breakthrough in your life today that this messenger of satan will be dispatched and gone in the mighty name of Yeshua Amen


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