“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…
“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.”
“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
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