The Bible says: Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.That means if we diligently study the Word of God we can be sure that our souls are enriched and thus extend our earthly lives.(1Kings 3:14)
As we read the book o Genesis the first chapter we see how the Lord did His work of creating the world in 6 days, and on the seventh day He ended all His works and rest, and blessed that day to show that everything was completely done,
Also, if you read again the second chapter you will see how the Lord gives Adam the instructions of how to live in the garden, he also brought him all the animals to name them, and he did so, Therefore the life of Adam and all of his creatures went on that way for quite a while.Until one day God looked at Adam and said to himself ‘it is not good this man to live alone’
We read it from..
Genesis 2:18 (KJV)
18 And the Lord God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him.
Just imagine someone saying “It is not good“, what does it signify?, it is clear that he had noticed some shortcomings, and need to make some improvement so that to get things going well as he wants.
So it was with God, though he had already created a woman in his mind for a long time, Genesis 1: 27-28 confirms it, the woman was already created before the creation itself begun, but God allowed her not to be there as if he forgot her., So that he could pass this message titled “ IT IS NOT GOOD”, to us to teach us something.
Notice, A woman came to creation later,After Life has been going on for a space of time probably 1 or 10 or 100 years later.
Now Why did God do it? He did it because he was teaching us that he is much interested with improvements, Yes his improvements which are of great benefit to us today, try to imagine how this world would be without women, how would it be without the loving of sister, where would you taste the love of a wife today, what kind of man would you be?., No animal, no bird, no sea creature would give you a sweet confort as a woman could today?..Life would be boring as any other planet up there.
That is why we thank God for giving us this great gift, but that is all due to some improvements he made, if God said I had finished my creation, and on the 7th day I was relaxed, what we see today would not be into existance.
In the same way God expects us to make changes in our Christian lives, in our ministry of building the kingdom of heaven, not to be contented by saying everything is okay … If God who cannot be wrong improved his works, how much more are we supposed to be improve ourselves..Why be content with the same christian life that you had lived 10 years ago.?
The work of God is falling asleep, the church’s daily structures are collapsing, why not say this Is not right let me donate my money, or my energy to fix them, or my mental experience to the builders to accomplish that structure of the church … God wants us to think that way. Who knows by doing that act you would bring thousands of soul to Christ?
If you feel you have been saved and still you are living in the same situation for a long time without showing no signs of improving in your prayer line, or ability to share the gospel with others, you don’t fast, Know that you are out of the purpose of God which you were supposed to be., if we always see everything is just well around us, then we are deceiving ourselves.
It is my prayer that you and I,will begin to learn to say this word IT IS NOT GOOD, in almost every aspect of our Christian lives, Iam sure we will certainly make big changes not only in our lives but also in our ministries.
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QUESTION: What was the thorn in Paul’s flesh?
Ans: Let’s read,
2 Corinthians 12:7 “ 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”
There has been a lot of speculation about the thorn in Paul’s body, some still think it was a real thorn placed on his side, that every time he tries to brag then it pierces him.
others say it is a memory of the bad things he did in the past so God was bringing him thoughts that were stirring him up, and that turns out to be like a thorn to him and he stops bragging/boasting.
But, in all of this, if we look closely at verse 7, it says that God had a thorn in his body a “messenger of the devil”.
That Word, “messenger”, is a Word that means a person and not some idea or some thoughts or something. Even in the common sense what does the thorn bush have to do with bragging?
So Paul wasn’t talking about a thorn bush or some disease in his body, but he was talking about someone, who was like a thorn to him.
Now another question you will ask is why does it say it is in the body and not in the spirit?
The answer is that the word body can mean the life of a person or people…
Let’s read the following verses that the Lord was telling the children of Israel and we will understand more.
Numbers 33:55 “ But if ye will not drive out the inhabitants of the land from before you; then it shall come to pass, that those which ye let remain of them shall be pricks in your eyes, and thorns in your sides, and shall vex you in the land wherein ye dwell.
56 Moreover it shall come to pass, that I shall do unto you, as I thought to do unto them”.
Judges 2: 3 “Wherefore I also said, I will not drive them out from before you; but they shall be as thorns in your sides, and their gods shall be a snare unto you”
Have you seen that? .. one’s life can be compared to a body, and the person who is disturbing and torturing you in your life can be likened to a thorn in your body.
But if we return to the Apostle Paul, Who was this thorn?
When we read .. 2Timothy 4:14 says ..
“Alexander the coppersmith did me much evil: the Lord reward him according to his works:
15 Of whom be thou ware also; for he hath greatly withstood our words”
The Bible has not given much information about this Alexander, a coppersmith. But it tells us he was Paul’s greatest obstacle, in his life and ministry. He used not only the word “evil” but the word “much evil”, to show that many evil deeds this Alexander showed Paul.
Probably, he was just misrepresenting Paul all the time, he was only talking about his own shortcomings, how he had been a killer in the past (killing and persecuting Christians), witnessing false statements before people who believed in Paul.
And that made that Paul, who is famous for so many revelations, and many miracles, and great ministries, seemed to be nothing in the midst of some who believed in him.
It is not unusual to see it today, you can see it for many world leaders, God raises up opponents as a thorn for them, to speak only of their evil, or their shortcomings, no matter how many good things that leader has done. God permits this so that the leader does not boast too much.
Such was the case with Paul for the bronze-smithing Alexander. He was a great thorn, until he begged God to take him away, (to be killed)
Read, 1 Timothy 1:20 “Of whom is Hymenaeus and Alexander; whom I have delivered unto Satan, that they may learn not to blaspheme”
but God told him His grace was sufficient. So he remained with it until his time was over.
Likewise with us, if we are arrogant, we think we are something, we have done something better than others, or we have something bigger than others.
Let us remember that the Lord can lift up the thorns for us.
Shalom, Maran atha!
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