PAUL’S THORN

PAUL’S THORN

Hello all;

A long time silence, from my viewpoint, on the banks of the River of No Return. The flow of writing that was coming out of me, of what the Lord was putting on my heart to share, came to an end, and I was told to stop and listen. All this was brought on by the multitude of crossing currents of worldly events and everything happening at once from in all directions! It was and is overwhelming! Too much war, destruction and distraction, and too many trumpets blasting all at once!! We are in a time when “Behold I come quickly” takes on a whole new meaning.

Whatever I have been doing by writing so much over the past several years it has mainly been about uncovering the lies of evil that has come into the earthly church and dividing Truth from man-made religion. I will, from now on, be more about our personal relationship with our Savior, and more about how we can overcome any event about to befall us with the power of Jesus guiding our lives and hearts. Out of exposing the world’s lies and into the Power of Christ.

What I have found most interesting about staying silent and listening to God and other godly people, is how much there is in common with what the Lord is showing me and how it is lining up with so many other notable True Believers. For a major example, take Rick Wiles of Trunews, who got a message from the Lord to take a new direction in his ministry, and is doing just that! Most on every front are seeing the lateness of the hour and reckon only one more year for this worldly system, and that is generous thinking, as it could be any second now. Spiritual preparations are the most dire of all.

With all that in mind, I would like to start this new turn of events, in what I have to share, with something I wrote a couple years ago about Paul’s thorn. The Lord kept saying the words “boots on the ground” to me for several days starting Sept.17th…and I took that to mean in my ministry… deal with those close to me once again, and pull in my focus, and put spiritual boots on the ground where I am, and walk in Him. But, I also saw how this statement then echoed throughout the world, out of the mouths of world leaders and newsmen! Boots ARE on the ground NOW on all fronts, on all sides; as the darkness advances so must His light inside His followers. It is time for Spiritual “boots on the ground” in our own lives, to keep standing for and with Jesus until He comes for us.

Gratitude and forgiveness must be the fruit of our spirits showing us approved, and we must always remember that those who are forgiven much loveth much! We, as Paul, each has a thorn in the flesh, that keeps us humble and reminds us how much we have been forgiven.

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PAUL’S THORN

I believe Paul’s thorn to be the remembrance of his past sins. Paul was unique among the apostles because of his past, which was one of persecuting and killing Christians. This would certainly make him the Chief of sinners, in regards to the other apostles. I think this is true of all sinners who find Christ and are born-again, we become a new creature, but we still remember our past sins. Christ tells us He will not remember them; but He does not tell us we won’t. In our weakness as humans, we will remember, and oft times feel unworthy to have been forgiven.

In effect, it is a valuable tool in evangelizing to others, because we can tell them how much we have been forgiven, thus giving that person hope, no matter how sinful they may be. I once heard it said; “You must stand as a sinner, with a sinner, to save him”.

We remember where we came from, and how much Christ has forgiven us…each of us has this thorn, and we can let it condemn us, or we can use it to bring others to the Lord. This does not mean that we keep on sinning; it means that by remembering where we came from, helps us always to remember what Christ did for us.

Saul, who became Paul, was a Pharisee and a murderer. A professor of the Law, the Ten Commandments, but not a keeper of the Law; “thou shalt not kill”. On top of that, he persecuted and murdered God’s own people!! Yes, he was chief among sinners, until Christ saved him. He was the perfect example of a new creature…a murderer turned apostle. He must have remembered where he came from, and what he had done before being saved, and so do we.

I find it to be my thorn, when I remember what a sinner I was before Christ saved me. I also find it to be the best tool to evangelize to the unsaved. It reminds us that no one is worthy of this gift, or in any way deserves it. Yet, when someone hears your honest testimony of how lost you were before you were found, it makes an impact that really speaks to the heart.

Roses have thorns; there is beauty and suffering mixed together, reminding us that with the beauty of being forgiven there is the pain of remembrance of what we were forgiven of. Yet, it is this remembrance that will help us to save others, and always keep us in a state of humility and Grace.

WHAT AN AWESOME LORD WE SERVE!!!

Patti C.

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Author: kinz2all

Hello all! What a long strange trip it has been! I am amazed that through 40 years of Bible studies, Bible College, and attending a multitude of churches, of varying denominations, I have come full circle back to the day when I was “born again”. On that day (Sept 24th 1978) I found the Truth when Jesus found me. I knew in an instant that I could live in eternity by living in the moment with Christ. God is love and loves everyone and wants everyone to be set free in Christ. That the spiritual world trumps the material world and by focusing on Christ one can live spiritually every moment, and death to self brings abundant new life. This was massively life changing! I went from being broken to being whole! I could not contain the love and joy within me. I was a different person and all my relationships changed. And shortly after that earthshaking day, I did sell everything I owned and went on the road proclaiming the JOY of the Good News!! Yet, after three years, I settled down and starting going to church, realizing I had not truly studied the Word of God. I had attended church as a child and as a teen I sang in the choir and taught vacation Bible school, so I knew the major highlights of the Gospel, and pretty much believed what preachers were preaching about God’s Word. Still, I did not find the fire of the Spirit in many of the churches I attended. To me, all the different denominations were creating division not unity in the body of Christ, by chopping up the Word to suit the traditions of men. In 1997 I decided to start reading and studying the Bible for myself. I read books about the “rapture” and the Left Behind series of books and started to see how churches were so divided on these issues and nothing they were teaching really rang true in my heart. I attended Bible College in 2004 and got my Masters in Theology and really got into understanding the End Times as taught by the pre-trib and pre-wrath rapture groups and authors. I was completely sold on this interpretation of the Bible, so much so, that I started writing about it on a pre-trib web site called Five Doves. I got really into waiting for the rapture and trying to figure out the timing and all that, and wrote many many articles about how and when this would happen. It was exciting, I felt that I was learning so much. The more I studied on my own the more I started to see that I did not see in His Word the same things that others were seeing and started to write about what I was finding. As soon as I did this, and started to stray away from the herd of pre-tribbers, I was thrown off the web site. As soon as that happened, the Lord started giving me new revelations and I started asking questions and rely on Him to show me in His Word the answers I was looking for. The major turning point was when I started writing for another web site (Rapture Prophecy Bible Forum) and found out who Israel truly is. That is the foundation for all Bible study…once one knows whom Israel is, one can never go back to dispensational beliefs. That opened the flood gates of revelations from the Lord. He made sure that I would have the time to truly focus on what the Holy Spirit was showing me. I fell down some stairs and broke both of my feet and was not able to do anything but study the Bible. And Study I did!! I was consumed with it, day and night and felt on fire for the Truth. Things that I had believed in for so long just fell away, and everyday I was finding out more and more. Although I started to see that there is no end time rapture, I still believed in a future Second Coming and that we were in the Last Days and how the world was becoming a dark place full of evil. I wrote much about this…even on this blog. Yet, at the same time finding out about the Kingdom of God and how it has already come, and how the Jewish feasts have all been fulfilled in Christ. We are not waiting for the last three to be fulfilled as so many preach and teach. The plan of Salvation was FINISHED AT THE CROSS, and all that was left to be fulfilled was the sending of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost…the 7th and last feast not the 4th…and Christ’s Second Coming in Judgment and the resurrection of the saints. That brings me up to recent time, and my most recent revelations from the Lord and I am shocked at what I have found out! I never even conceived that the Bible was a finished work and that there was no longer anything left to be fulfilled. Yet, that is what I have found out and it is AMAZING how I feel totally set free!! The Truth truly does set one free from the searching and the divisions of the traditions of man!! It all makes so much sense and every verse has taken on a new and heartfelt meaning!! It is GOOD NEWS!! Jesus is our King we can live in His Kingdom RIGHT NOW!! He did ALL He said he would do, when He said He would do it, all we need to do is KNOW HIM. The only event left to happen will happen to each of His children when they pass from this world and into eternity. I was so overwhelmed by my discoveries that I did not know how to approach beginning to write about it. Also, it labels me (and I hate labels in reference to divisions in Christ) I find that I have become a full Preterist. I would never ever have thought this is where my studies would lead, but cannot deny it is where the Lord has brought me. I am now ready to start proving it and that is what I will be doing from here on out. Perhaps the most wonderful aspect of all this is that it has brought me full circle. When I was born again and shown the power of Jesus and relying on Him, I knew it was finished in Him…He was the answer to all. Love is the strongest power in the universe and God is love. Nothing else really mattered. It was not until I got caught up in the “traditions of men” that the path got crooked and the way confusing. Yet, it is so wonderful to find out that His Word tells us the Truth, and that Jesus is the Way, the TRUTH, and the life. That being said, I will be posting studies that helped me understand, and hope that anyone out there that is reading this may find what they may be looking for, as they take this journey OF FINDING OUT FOR YOURSELF. God bless all, and may you be in His love and Light today and always!! JESUS IS ALL AND EVERYTHING!!! Patti C.

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