Send Deliverers, O Lord

Judges 3:15… “But when the children of Israel cried unto the LORD, the LORD raised them up a deliverer” (KJV).

There is a need for deliverers today. I had been praying for the prayer requests that came in the mail when the Holy Spirit said to me, “Pray that the Lord will send deliverers to heal them.” King David prayed in 2 Samuel 22:2, “And he said, The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer” (KJV). Acts 7:35 refers to Moses being sent by God as a deliverer. Romans 11:26 speaks about a deliverer coming from Mt. Zion.

The biblical concept of deliverance has a two-fold meaning. First, “to deliver over and into the possession and power of others.” Second, “deliverance as a redemptive act”; that is, saving people who are in trouble or in bondage and saving people who are in distress (2 Peter 2:9). Paul cried out for deliverance in Romans 7:24-25, “O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death? I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord” (KJV). Romans 4:25 teaches that Christ was delivered up for us that He might deliver us from everything that threatens us.

Mark 16:15-20 commissions us to take the gospel into every nation. This includes countries with oppressive regimes of all kinds. There is no nation that can keep God shut out for very long. Under communism, the USSR became a godless nation. They outlawed the Bible, killed Christians, burned down the churches, taught atheism… God responded and tore down the Iron Curtain, broke up the empire, and poured missionaries into it. Millions turned to Christ. God sent in deliverers.

Our own nation needs to learn what the USSR has learned: you cannot continue to push God out of society and hope to be successful. The Lord drew my attention to Ezekiel 37:1… “The hand of the LORD was upon me, and carried me out in the spirit of the LORD, and set me down in the midst of the valley which was full of bones” (KJV). Ezekiel saw the chaos, the divisions, the dryness. The world is full of lifeless people, hurting people, persecuted people, and sick people. Ezekiel saw people trapped in chaos, and by the word that God gave him, he saw them rise and healed by the power of God. God needs deliverers.

Pray that anointed and Holy-Spirit-gifted people will heed the call of God. War is increasing in many nations. Oppression of people is the devil’s idea. God’s idea and purpose is shown in Acts 10:38… “How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him.” Jesus was a deliverer, and often works through anointed men and women. Pray that God will raise up deliverers like the evangelists of old who were anointed and fearless, bringing the gospel to the unsaved, healing the sick, and setting the oppressed free.

Pastor George Belobaba

Copyright © 2012 by Scripture Nuggets Ministries
All rights reserved

The Christmas Season and the Kingdom of God

Habakkuk 3:17-18… “Although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be in the vines; the labor of the olive shall fail, and the fields shall yield no meat; the flock shall be cut off from the fold, and there shall be no herd in the stalls: Yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will joy in the God of my salvation” (KJV).

In our text, Babylon had invaded the land, and darkness was about to settle in. It seems that the Babylon spirit drops in during the Christmas season. Darkness settles in around many lives and families, the darkness of loneliness, the darkness of need, the darkness of poverty, the darkness of fear, and the darkness of sickness. Habakkuk was the prophet during this bleak period of time and he said, “YET I will rejoice in the LORD, I will joy in the God of my salvation.” The prophet is referring to the idea that in the time of the crisis, immediate action was needed despite the hopeless situation they found themselves in. That action is to be found in rejoicing in the Lord. It’s easy to rejoice when things are going well, but it’s being able to rejoice in the midst of hopelessness that marks out a healthy spiritual life. It’s easy to be faithful and loyal when God’s presence fills the land or the local church. But are you faithful when the presence of God seems absent? When a Babylon experience comes, many people have a hard time saying “YET.” The Lord wants you to see another world at work on your behalf, the kingdom of God. There is another world at work for you. It’s there waiting to serve you in your times of crisis. I sense that this is the right message for right now for hurting people.

Isaiah 9:1-7 tells of the darkness and vexation of heart that had settled in the land when an enemy nation had invaded the land. The prophet Isaiah looked beyond the historical event that was taking place to another event, the birth of the Lord Jesus Christ. Isaiah 9:6-7, “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even forever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this” (KJV). With prophetic vision and insight he says, “The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light” (v. 2). The prophet was aware of another world in existence, and that world surrounded their present circumstances. The other world that he saw was the kingdom of God, and Christ at the center of it. Isaiah is saying to all of us, “The light has broken through in Christ.” (See also 7:14.) Listen saints… in your hour of darkness, there is the kingdom of God at work releasing light. Get a hold of the attitude of “YET I will rejoice in the Lord.”

Psalm 27:1-6… King David begins with a confession of faith. “The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?” (v. 1, KJV). In this chapter, the king was facing warfare and invading armies. Hosts were against him. The “YET,” or confidence, came during the meeting of his soul with God (v. 4). In the midst of his battlefield David saw another kingdom at work… the Kingdom of God. Light had broken through. Salvation (deliverance) was the outcome. David said in v. 13, “I had fainted, unless I had believed to see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living.” In other words, David said, “I could have lost hope, I could have quit, I could have thrown in the towel, but I believed in the goodness of God. I believed that the kingdom of God was at work during my crisis.” Yes, saints… in the midst of your battlefield, the kingdom of God is at work releasing light and deliverance. Take a hold of the word “yet” and begin to rejoice, and you will see the kingdom of God shining out toward you.

Matthew 4:12-16… Jesus had just returned from the wilderness where he had battled the devil, the slanderer, the accuser. Not only that, but during his absence, John the Baptist was put in prison. The people were sitting in great darkness. It seemed for a moment that the darkness was overpowering the light, and life was in a losing battle. Matthew, in his gospel, introduced Jesus’ ministry with great joy. He quotes from Isaiah 9:2“The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light: they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upon them hath the light shined” (KJV).

With the coming of Jesus, the kingdom of God was shining through the darkness. That other world was releasing light. Jesus came to Capernaum, the very region Isaiah talks about (Isaiah 9:1). Prophecy was being fulfilled right before their eyes. The people began to see for themselves that the light was breaking through. “Yet” confidence came into their soul and they began to rejoice in the Lord. Miracles were happening. Jesus was preaching the kingdom of God, and healing came to all that were listening. Are you sitting in darkness and despair? See that other world, the kingdom of God shining through. This is what I see the Lord saying right now. When your situation seems bleak and hopeless, see the kingdom of God at work on your behalf.

Habakkuk had the right spirit. He said earlier, “The just shall live by his faith” (Habakkuk 2:4, KJV). If you can master this, you will have no trouble with “Yet, I will rejoice in the Lord.” There is a kingdom that is working on your behalf. That kingdom releases light into the darkness. Nahum 1:7 reads, “The LORD is good, a strong hold in the day of trouble; and he knoweth them that trust in him.”

Pastor George Belobaba

Copyright © 2011 by Scripture Nuggets Ministries
All rights reserved

Moments Of Truth: The Anointing; It’s For Everyone

1 John 2:27… “But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him” (KJV).

Some years back I was looking into this verse and I asked the Lord about the anointing. Very clearly the answer came, “The anointing puts you in a position to know.” I have never forgotten those words. The anointing will never fail you. I want to talk to you in this lesson very briefly about some of the purposes for the anointing.

1. Anointed to know… 1 John 2:27… The anointing helps us to know truth from error. This anointing resides in the believer and it is permanent. The anointing is within you. If you are a true Christian, you are anointed. The word “Christian” means more than being a follower of Christ. It means “little anointed ones.” The apostle John, in this chapter, was talking about the antichrist spirit that was in the world (the spirit who spreads lies about the Lord Jesus Christ) and about the born-again experience. This same antichrist spirit fills our nation. The anointing puts you in a position to know truth from error.

2. Anointed to see… Revelation 3:18… “I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see” (KJV). The New Testament church was a prophetic people. Paul, in Ephesians 1:17-18, prays that the Lord may give to the believers the spirit of wisdom. The word wisdom, in one of its meanings, refers to “seeing as the seer”; in other words, to see prophetically as the prophets saw, heard, and spoke. The Lord Himself said that the Holy Spirit will show us things to come (John 16:13). We need this anointing today to discern between what is true and what is a lie. We need this anointing when we study the word of God and when we pray.

3. Anointed to preach… Luke 4:18… “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised” (KJV, see also Acts 1:8, 10:38). The anointing helps us to minister effectively. There are many people sitting in churches and in their homes, oppressed and harassed by the devil. Churches that are full today are full because of the anointing. Where the anointing is, you will find a church full of good works. Good works refer to the acts and doings of the Holy Spirit.

4. Anointed to stand… 2 Corinthians 1:21… “Now he which establisheth us with you in Christ, and hath anointed us, is God” (KJV). Many people fall, are weak, and are tossed to and fro by every wind of doctrine. The anointing helps people to stand–to stand in victory, to stand in faith, to stand in love, and to stand against all the wiles of the devil.

5. Anointed to rule… 2 Samuel 5:3… “So all the elders of Israel came to the king to Hebron; and king David made a league with them in Hebron before the LORD: and they anointed David king over Israel” (KJV). The apostle Paul confirms this. God has anointed us to rule. Note Romans 5:17… “For if by one man’s offense death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.” Every believer is anointed to rule. We rule over sickness and disease, we rule over the devil, and we rule in life… this life. Many believers postpone ruling until after they arrive in eternity. Anointed to rule also refers to “called and chosen leadership.” A lot of folks are not in leadership because they are unable to make decisions.

6. Anointed to receive… Numbers 18:8… “And the LORD spake unto Aaron, Behold, I also have given thee the charge of mine heave offerings of all the hallowed things of the children of Israel; unto thee have I given them by reason of the anointing, and to thy sons, by an ordinance for ever” (KJV). The anointing allowed Aaron and his ministry team to eat a portion of the offerings that were brought to them. They received this blessing because of the anointing. The anointing brings many blessings into our lives. A good question to ask would be, “Are you receiving blessings by reason of the anointing or by means of your own efforts?” The New Testament teaches that those who preach the gospel should live by the gospel (1 Corinthians 9:14).

7. Anointed to deliver… Isaiah 10:27… “And it shall come to pass in that day, that his burden shall be taken away from off thy shoulder, and his yoke from off thy neck, and the yoke shall be destroyed because of the anointing” (KJV). The burden and the yoke referred to the Assyrian captivity. Israel was being oppressed. The word anointing, shemen, as used here means “oil from the olive that is used to anoint” (Strong’s 8081). Going back towards a root word shem (Strong’s 8061, 8034, 8045), we see “the name of renown for knowing.” It was this verse that the Holy Spirit led me to when I was researching 1 John 2:27. Both of these chapters deal with the oppressions of the antichrist systems against believers. People are full of burdens today. They perish because they lack the anointing. The name for “knowing” is the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. It’s Jesus that delivers us from burdens. Are you under a heavy burden? The anointing gives you knowledge of what to do when you are burdened.

Pastor George Belobaba

Copyright © 2011 by Scripture Nuggets Ministries
All rights reserved

The Blessings Of Righteousness, Pt. 2

(Part 2 of 2)

Ezekiel 14:12-21… “The word of the LORD came again to me, saying, Son of man, when the land sinneth against me by trespassing grievously, then will I stretch out mine hand upon it, and will break the staff of the bread thereof, and will send famine upon it, and will cut off man and beast from it: Though these three men, Noah, Daniel, and Job, were in it, they should deliver but their own souls by their righteousness, saith the Lord GOD” (vv. 12-14, KJV). Four times this is said by the Lord (vv. 14, 16, 18, 20). These three men overcame the world, the flesh, and the devil. They were delivered by their own righteousness. Israel was exhorted to repent for their sins. Because they did not, four types of problems hit them: famine (unfulfilled desires, v. 13), beasts (demons, v. 15), sword (v. 17), and pestilence (v. 19). These are end-time problems. The world is full of perplexities. Righteousness delivers people from these four things. We must look at the acts of these three men…

Genesis 6:8-9… Noah overcame the world He found grace in the eyes of the Lord. The world that he lived in was filled with violence, sin, demonic activity, and immorality. The imagination of man was inclined towards evil. “But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD. These are the generations of Noah: Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God” (KJV). The word “just” means “righteous.” He was declared righteous by God. He was perfect (i.e., there was no mixture of good and evil in him). He walked with God. Hebrews 11:7 teaches how Noah believed the word God gave him and that he prepared an ark to save his household. God has said to Noah that He was going to destroy the world by a flood. Noah and his family did not die when God destroyed the earth. He overcame the world. Noah was a righteous man and he became an overcomer. He was alive and well in an evil society. Righteousness saved him, covered him, and protected him. Righteousness will save you too.

Daniel 1:3-8… Daniel overcame the flesh Daniel lived in times of great pressure. The Babylonian system was running the then known nations. Daniel purposed in himself that he would not defile himself by eating the king’s meat. “But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king’s meat, nor with the wine which he drank: therefore he requested of the prince of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself” (v. 8, KJV). Daniel overcame the flesh. He was a man with no blemish (v. 4). He would not eat that which was offered to idols. He was not going to drink the liqueurs of Babylon or partake of its pleasures. He overcame Babylon’s temptations.

Job 29:14… Job exercised a priestly ministry in his household…I put on righteousness, and it clothed me” (KJV). The devil was after a man such as Job. He told God that he could take Job, and that Job would curse God after he got through with him. Job said that in the test and trial that the devil put him through, “My righteousness I hold fast, and will not let it go: my heart shall not reproach me so long as I live.” (Job 27:6). Believers will face increased demonic activity in the end times. Job trusted God in dark times, even though he couldn’t understand what was going on (Job 42:3). The devil had attacked God’s laws of preservation when he said that Job would give God up to save his life. The Christians in the early church suffered great persecution, and the devil used the same tactics that he had used on Job.

Ezekiel prophesied, “Though these three men, Noah, Daniel, and Job, were in it, they should deliver but their own souls by their righteousness” (Ezekiel 14:14, KJV). The New Testament teaches that the world, the flesh, and the devil are our enemies. The devil is in the spirit world, the unseen realm. 1 John 2:16-17… “For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.”

Proverbs 10:1-32 gives us 14 blessings of and advantages of following righteousness…

V. 2… Righteousness delivers from death. V. 3… The Lord will not allow the righteous to hunger. V. 6… Blessings are upon the head of the righteous. V. 7… The memory of the righteous is blessed. V. 11… The mouth of the righteous is a fountain of life. V. 16… The wages of the righteous is life. V. 20… The tongue of the righteous is as choice silver. V. 21… The lips of the righteous feed many. V. 24… The desire of the righteous shall be granted. V. 25… The righteous have an everlasting foundation. V. 28… The hope of the righteous is gladness. V. 30… The righteous shall never be shaken. V. 31… The mouth of the righteous flows with wisdom. V. 32… The lips of the righteous brings forth what is acceptable.

There are great blessings in righteousness. It starts with an acceptance of Jesus Christ in your life. In Genesis 15:6, Abraham believed God and it was counted to him for righteousness. Paul writes in Romans 5:1, that we are declared righteous (just) by faith, and it brings us peace with God through Jesus Christ. Renew your love for righteousness. Align yourself with heaven’s righteousness and you will not go wrong. Learn to love righteousness and see what it will do for you.

Pastor George Belobaba

Copyright © 2011 by Scripture Nuggets Ministries
All rights reserved

God Has Not Forgotten You

There are days in our lives when God seems to be silent, but be assured, God is never inactive. There is a difference between the two. Psalm 46:1 states that “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble” (KJV). This tells us that regardless of whether God is saying anything to me, at the time of my problem, He is still doing a lot. A simple illustration from the life of Daniel will help us to understand. Daniel was fasting and praying for his people’s return from captivity. Three weeks went by and not a word from God. After three weeks, the answer came. In Daniel 10:12-13, God was working while Daniel was waiting. God did care. God had not forgotten Daniel. Note verse 12, “Then he said unto me, “Fear not, Daniel: for from the first day that thou didst set thine heart to understand, and to chasten thyself before thy God, thy words were heard, and I am come for thy words” (KJV).

And what about your prayer? In the midst of your troubles, the Lord is already at work. Your words are heard. As in the case of Daniel, God may be taking care of a few “buts.” God is working while you are waiting. His deliverances never stop. Paul assures us in 2 Corinthians 1:10 that God has delivered us, shall deliver us, and will still deliver us (past, present, and future). We do not know what the rest of this year will bring, but we do know that God will shepherd us. “So he fed [shepherded] them according to the integrity of his heart; and guided them by the skillfulness of his hands” (Psalm 78:72, KJV).

The Lord will do this for you. Trust Him… He has not forgotten you.

Pastor George Belobaba

Copyright © 2011 by Scripture Nuggets Ministries
All rights reserved

Seven “Thou Hasts” in Psalm 30

Have you been “out of victory” lately? “Out of sorts” perhaps? Well, maybe not totally, but just a little bit? Seven times in Psalm 30 the psalmist tells us of what the Lord has done for us. These are seen in the words “thou hast” from the King James Bible. Let’s go over them very briefly…

a) Verse 1 Thou hast lifted me up.” He has saved you from the depths of sin and darkness, and He made that salvation so great that no enemy can triumph over you. Your salvation is seen here. Have you thanked the Lord lately for saving you?

b) Verse 2… Thou hast healed me.” The Lord has restored your health. Your first healing was the restoration of your relationship with God. You have peace. Are you hurting? He can and will heal you. The word “cried” in this verse refers to your prayer for deliverance from trouble.

c) Verse 3… Thou hast brought up my soul from the grave.” When we accepted Christ as our Savior, we were saved from the wrath of God, from eternal darkness, and from hellfire. Have you thanked God for the resurrection power available to you? (See Ephesians 2:19-22.)

d) Verse 3… Thou hast kept me alive.” Preservation is seen here. God’s angels are watching over you, protecting you, and guiding you on the job, at home, and on the highways. You must believe this. The Lord is alert to the dangers you face, and He is there caring for and watching over you.

e) Verse 7… Thou hast made my mountain to stand strong.” The Lord has established you to be as strong and enduring as mountains. You are not moved when trials and temptations oppress you. You know that weeping does not endure forever. You know that joy will come. Even in the days that God seemed to hide His face, you were not shaken in your faith. You worshipped. You lose nothing when you are a worshipper… Think on that!

f) Verse 11… Thou hast turned for me my mourning into dancing.” The word “mourning” refers to heaviness, lamentings, wanting to tear out your hair, and so on. If you have been prone to these things, God can and will turn things around.

g) Verse 11…Thou hast put off my sackcloth, and girded me with gladness.” Gladness is joy… Many believers have lost their joy.

Pastor George Belobaba

Copyright © 2011 by Scripture Nuggets Ministries
All rights reserved

Christians Under Buffeting

“My people are under buffetings,” the Spirit said to me. “I will do exceedingly above all that they ask or think according to the power that works in them” (see Ephesians 3:20). Today, I want to bring a short message, teaching that Jesus wants to cover you like a tent when you are under buffeting. The word “buffet” means “to curtail your activity, to mark you out for affliction, to rap you with the fist; a continuous nonstop action of a gale force like wind coming against you to hinder your progress.” That’s the devil’s work. That’s the devil’s buffetings. Remember the old song “When Jesus Comes” by Rodeheaver and Smith? Let’s look at it…

Chorus:

“When Jesus comes the tempter’s pow’r is broken;
When Jesus comes the tears are wiped away.
He takes the gloom and fills the life with glory,
For all is changed when Jesus comes to stay.”

Verses…

“One sat alone beside the highway begging,
His eyes were blind, the light he could not see;
He clutched his rags and shivered in the shadows,
Then Jesus came and bade his darkness flee. (See Luke 18:35-42.)

“From home and friends the evil spirit drove him,
Among the tombs he dwelt in misery;
He cut himself as demon pow’rs possessed him,
Then Jesus came and set the captive free. (See Mark 5:1-20; Luke 8:26-39.)

“’Unclean, unclean!’ the leper cried in torment,
The deaf, the dumb, in helplessness stood near;
The fever raged, disease had gripped its victims,
Then Jesus came and cast out every fear. (See Luke 17:12-19.)

“Their hearts were sad as in the tomb they laid him,
For death had come and taken him away;
Their night was dark and bitter tears were falling,
Then Jesus came and night was turned to day. (See Mark 16:1-20.)

“So men today have found a Savior able,
They could not conquer passion, lust and sin;
Their broken hearts had left them sad and lonely,
Then Jesus came and dwelt, Himself, within.” (See Hebrews 7:25.)

Are some of these experiences “your buffetings?”

Psalm 91:1-16 teaches that when people dwell in the secret place of the Most High they come under His covering. That covering can withstand all the buffetings that can come against you. The word “secret place” refer to a Spirit-clothed covering, a tent-like canopy. In other words, the Holy Spirit covers you and protects you during buffetings.

2 Corinthians 7:5-6… Paul says that when he came into Macedonia (the realm of power), “Our flesh had no rest, but we were troubled on every side; without were fightings, within were fears. Nevertheless God, that comforteth those that are cast down, comforted us by the coming of Titus” (KJV). The Spirit comforted him by sending Titus. The “flesh” refers to his physical body. Paul said, “We were not getting any physical rest. We are being crowded on every side with pressures, harassment and sufferings.” In other words, Paul was going through extreme buffeting. Titus came with a word by the Spirit and ministered life to Paul and his companions. Perhaps the Holy Spirit said, “Let all your anxieties fall upon him, for his great interest is in you” (1 Peter 5:7, Moffat). The word “buffeted” is referred to three times in the New Testament. We are not alone when it comes to being buffeted.

Matthew 26:67… “Then did they spit in his face, and buffeted him; and others smote him with the palms of their hands” (KJV). Jesus’ buffetings included spitting, and fists shoved into His face. Remember the word “buffeted” means “to curtail your activity, to rap you with the fist, to mark you for affliction.” Jesus did not complain.

1 Peter 2:20… “For what glory is it, if, when ye be buffeted for your faults, ye shall take it patiently? but if, when ye do well, and suffer for it, ye take it patiently, this is acceptable with God” (KJV). Or, “For what credit is there if, when you sin and are harshly treated, you endure it with patience? But if when you do what is right and suffer for it you patiently endure it, this finds favor with God” (NASB). When you serve God you can expect to be buffeted. How is your patience when you get buffeted for doing good things? Tribulations (pressures) work patience. Praise the Lord in your buffetings. We don’t have to like them, but we can like the covering the Lord gives us in our buffetings.

2 Corinthians 12:1-7… “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” (v. 7, KJV). Paul had received glorious visions and revelations, and the devil began to buffet Paul very severely. The “thorn in the flesh” was not given because Paul was big-headed, but because Christians were exalting him above measure. The devil didn’t like Paul or the revelations, so he tried to hinder his progress by curtailing his activity through an affliction. Let’s look at some of the meanings in this verse.

The words “thorn in the flesh” refer to a “bodily annoyance, a sharp and pointed and piercing like a thorn in your body.” The bodily annoyance was demonic and was from Satan. God does not go around giving His people annoyances. The purpose of Paul’s thorn was to buffet him (Note 1 Corinthians 4:11, 2 Corinthians 11:23-27; that’s a lot of buffetings). Paul prayed three times to the Lord and asked that the Lord would cause the thorn to depart from him. The word “depart” means “to stand away from in one decisive and complete act.” Paul did not want to go through a long, drawn-out process. In other words, “Lord, get rid of it once and for all.” We too have prayed this way.

The Lord said, “My grace is sufficient for thee: for My strength is made perfect in weakness” (2 Corinthians 12:9, KJV). When we notice the powerful word meanings we will get a good picture of what the Lord said. The word “grace” refers to God’s operational and favorable power. God was assuring Paul of His support. The word “sufficient” means “to ward off, to protect you by warding off.” In other words, Jesus was telling Paul that His grace is strong enough to ward off all demonic buffetings and give him (Paul) protection. The word “strength” is dunamis, the word for supernatural power or the full dimension of God’s power–all of it. The word “perfect” means “to bring to completion.” God is able to bring deliverance to completion. He doesn’t deliver halfway. The word “weakness” means “absence of strength.” Because of absence of strength, Paul was not able to ward off the demonic buffeting. Jesus recognized that Paul was weakened by the buffeting. This verse can read like this” “Paul, My grace with all its operational power can ward off the demonic buffeting. I can see that you have been weakened, but my strength is not weakened. My strength is complete and it works for you.” I’m sure Paul said “hallelujah” by the end of that!

This same promise is for us. The same power that took care of Paul’s buffetings takes care of ours. Are you experiencing a “bodily annoyance”? Perhaps that non-stop pain or that never-ending affliction that hinders your life? Then claim God’s grace. Paul did not glory in the buffetings. There is no blessing in buffetings. He gloried in God’s grace that delivered him. He (Paul) became a living demonstration of Christ’s saving power. When Paul was weak and without strength Christ gave him protection. The Spirit’s presence was like a tent covering over him. Paul gloried in the continual covering he was under. There is a lot of buffeting in society today. The same grace that helped Paul helps you. When you make the Lord your refuge, no evil  buffeting can hurt you. You are under God’s covering of protection. Believe it. Accept it.

Pastor George Belobaba

Copyright © 2011 by Scripture Nuggets Ministries
All rights reserved