humility vs. pride = thorn in flesh

I would really like to start a dialogue on this particular topic if anyone is interested. I could use some help. Here is my question…

Have you ever experienced the bufferments of the enemy’s messengers in order to not be puffed with pride in an ability or gifting you possess?

2 Corinthians 12:7-9
7 And 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.

8 For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me.

9 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. KJV

Here is my reason for asking. Lately it seems that I have been given a thorn to keep me humble…but I feel more shamed than humble. I ask the Lord on a sometimes moment by moment basis to remove it–yet it never subsides. I ask the Lord why this is happening for months now and finally the other day the Holy Spirit reminded me of the above scripture. I don’t want to be exalted above measure in my work or anything I do, think or say so I am grateful–yet at the same time this thing is plaguing me. I lose sleep because of it and fear seems to have taken precedence.

So anyone want to start a dialogue on this topic? If not, I could really use your prayers.



4 thoughts on “humility vs. pride = thorn in flesh

  1. The Spirit has had me write much on this issue of “thorn in my side.” You might want to read an article I posted here at Word Press, I believe, back in August: “Is Healing of a Christian’s Flesh a Given?” The title may vary slightly. 🙂 Just hold your mouse over the bold dates in the August or September calendar and it will show the title of what was posted on those days.

    I feel that when you read it, you will understand exactly what Paul meant and how it relates to Christ’s disciples and messengers. What led me to seek out God’s Word on this matter was a lot of persecution because I was not “healed” of certain maladies such as MS, Lupus and other health issues. Be certain of this, however, to continue in sin is NOT to be considered a thorn in one’s side.

    Much love in Christ,
    Truth Seekers and Speakers

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