“God, Don’t Move the Mountain”

“God, Don’t Move the Mountain”
January 13, 2012

God’s grace is not only the wonderful, magnificent, and amazing grace we only describe it to be.  This sermon allowed me to view God grace in a way that I never thought I could or imagine was possible.  Believe it or not God’s grace can also be described as awful.  The longer we live with the pains and pressure, the stronger we are and will become.  To get to where God wants us to be, we all must go through a process. In the midst of that process is where “awful” grace resides.  In the following scriptures, Paul describes the “awful” grace he experienced.

2 Corinthians 12:1-10 (NIV)

Paul’s Vision and His Thorn
1 I must go on boasting. Although there is nothing to be gained, I will go on to visions and revelations from the Lord. 2 I know a man in Christ who fourteen years ago was caught up to the third heaven. Whether it was in the body or out of the body I do not know—God knows. 3 And I know that this man—whether in the body or apart from the body I do not know, but God knows— 4 was caught up to paradise and heard inexpressible things, things that no one is permitted to tell. 5 I will boast about a man like that, but I will not boast about myself, except about my weaknesses. 6 Even if I should choose to boast, I would not be a fool, because I would be speaking the truth. But I refrain, so no one will think more of me than is warranted by what I do or say, 7 or because of these surpassingly great revelations. Therefore, in order to keep me from becoming conceited, I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me. 8 Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. 9 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 10 That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

In versus 7-10 Paul speaks pain (the thorn).  God tells Paul that it is His grace. God allowed that thorn in Paul to take place so that he would not become bigheaded or conceded.  Remember, to get to where God wants us to be, we must go through a process: Dislocation to Transformation.  Dislocation, the thorn Paul experienced, is the awful grace God allows us to go through. This grace is needed to bring us down and allow God to work (vs. 9) so that we can be transformed and experience amazing grace.

We often ask the questions, “Why do bad things happen to good people?” or “Why does it seem like only sinners have all the fun?”  Satan won’t attack someone who is already off track.  Is it not amazing the way God works!!!  God’s plan is way better than anything we could ever plan.

Something to think about: Instead of asking God to remove that mountain, be thankful for the mountain that is placed before you.  NO PAIN, NO POWER!!!  If you live through the pain (awful grace) you will make it to the power (amazing grace).  Be Blessed blog readers!!!

1 Comment

  1. Yes! Be thankful in all things and learn from everything that happens to you.

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