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How to Understand a Thorn

The Urban Alternative / Tony Evans, PhD
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October 13, 2021 8:00 am

How to Understand a Thorn

The Urban Alternative / Tony Evans, PhD

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October 13, 2021 8:00 am

Even if your life is coming up roses, you'll get your share of thorns to go along with them. Join Dr. Tony Evans as he explains that you get them for a reason and talk about the specific ways that we can deal with the discomfort they cause while they're doing their God-appointed work.

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Mike is going to be doing some Dr. Tony Evans is the thorns conscience or make us uncomfortable. They also make us grow. You keep pulling out the IV think you will like never see the medication celebrating 40 years of faithful. This is the alternative Dr. Tony Evans, author, speaker, senior pastor of Oakland Bible Fellowship Dallas, Texas, president of the alternative, even if your life is coming up roses. You'll get your share of thorns to go along with them today. Dr. Evans explains, you get them for a reason and talks about specific ways we can deal with their discomfort. Let's join them as he begins today's message in second Corinthians chapter 12 the reality of a fallen set the revelation.

For this reason the kid myself that was given to me at one of the flash messenger of Satan to buffet me that's not buffet me troubled me all met me to get on my last nerve on a needle of some kind that you we bought a needle full and want to get what so ever take us back – it's it's shake itself, not every making things worse: that take your life on a continuing basis.

All exacerbate your life all going. You can shake it around.

Paul says that was given to me in the flesh, something to irritate me now you can read commentary law. You have a lot of guesswork as to what Paul was. For example, Paul talks about how when he was trying to write the charges he had trouble seeing that you went since a recorder who would like for him and so some will say well it was his problem. Still others will say well always been told that this group called the Judaizers undermining his ministry, so they were irritation to him. Maybe it was that God will do whatever it takes to rid us about self-sufficiency, foreign parts won't go away had I have a new revelation this thing responsible for this to get to do what I do concerning this one entry to the Lord three times that it might depart from me, you did was pray about what is getting on the nerves that need irritating. You bring about praying about it and God said no. So how do you make in the meantime is the verse verse and God said to me, will gain the full and said to me, my grace is sufficient for you, for its one of the great Bible translator. God didn't grant his request, but God met his need. Moses prayed up one more case, God sent no man can see my face and live so Christian who tells you just pray and God's answer because you pray greatly and it might be no God is not yes all the time. What might be no not yet or not. Today when I could tell our children why, but why white with this needle jabbing you.

You will learn unless about the greatest word in the Christian vocabulary grace that is not right. Grace. Grace is giving you what you can give yourself is God's goodness all running. You going to and getting rid of the full. I'm not going get your job get you out of that no body's expected meat meat meat frustrating me okay Michael didn't want to request, give you what you need. You need grace you and to give you this now a second win a second wind is when you run it you just to try. You just can't go any further and and the transmission changes deviance and all of a sudden you get straight you didn't have energy you didn't have, and it was not grace which meant it had to be given great Bible so grace is given how much grace he told members not sufficient grace… Just give great he gives sufficient grace when does not give sufficient grace when you pray his. I pray Hansen one last four but the answer was sufficient to what I was going through the many things there is no current during that God says no I'm not going get rid of for which there is not sufficient grace until you change comes that not happen and you stick in your self with all thorns given to you, but with so that we miss grace, we show you the greatest personal grace in the Bible the greatest personal grace in the Bible the same book turn back a few pages on comeback what you think of it, but chapter 9 of second Corinthians verse eight here is memorize this one. Write it down, put it in your Bible. Think about it all day. This will get you through anything. Verse eight of chapter 9 and is a to make rights up to you that he's having all this and see everything you did not go but it never got so much grace that abound, and it happens all the way and everything so that not only grace you get bonus grains in abundance whenever good listen when you are gone and taken away on… Just some Google reps you go searching for grace and when you get grace when he prayed three times between the Christian and the victorious Christian with the same flawed is that one is experiencing grace and the other is not what Charlotte would grace the other is not because it's all Eric: thanks for all the other with the following rounds of the new revelation to waive the problem. One way is to get rid of it which is what we will get rid of the problem or another way, if they have something social. Happen you forget it you have a phone of depression or disparagement or not married to the best person in the world off whatever it is you go home today or tomorrow from work you open up your mail so I did you check for me, love 50 years. I love you I love you and told you that well but I love you today, headache what headache I will have a headache. You something unexpected that was so awesome salt grades so glorious that it made becoming significant. Some of you have spent your life running from you for the Mr. revelation you missed your illumination you missed the new thing God wants to show you in the humbling. He wants to give you by making you depend on him grace. Dr. Evans will come back with one famous person's example of facing up to one of life's storms when he continues this message from his powerful audio compilation Tony Evans top 40 contains 40 of the most hard-hitting life-changing lessons. He's taught in his ministry's 40 year history includes messages on loving God first slaying the Giants in your life, demonstrating grace when dealing with racial issues and much more. Right now we are offering you volumes three and four of this for volume collection is our gift to come alongside Tony's ministry and help see us through autumn with a generous contribution. Please visit Tony While the special offer is still available. Make your donation letter sent you all 20 lessons on CD or digital download from Tony Evans top 40 volumes three and four and if you missed out on the first two volumes of this collection. You can find out how to get those for your audio library as well.

Again, go to Tony or call our resource Center at 1-800-800-3222. Repeat our contact information after part two of today's lesson coming up right after this coming to theaters this November. The place where Lazarus was raised from the place where it's believed was from which will Tony Evans brings the New Testament Gospels to life as he visits the locations of Jesus earthly ministry connecting them to their significance in kind. Today I relationships I guess what Jesus is. You can take things November 16 and 17 traveled with Dr. Tony Evans, life-changing, eye-opening journey with Jesus buying showtimes and learn more Tony Billy Graham was being restored to grandpa's meeting got pulled over finding with the court paid 5 to 10 miles over the speed limit winning their judge says what I depleted guilty guilt recognizing the first caught when he heard the voice who he's talking on your pleading guilty's and yeah I was I was guilty, says Dr. Graham will cost you hundred dollars as I know, I was this guy just couldn't get over you sit in front of Billy Graham greatest commanders in all of human history and is going to find him $100 going 10 miles an hour speed limit generation his pocket, pull out $100 bill put it down and said hey grams paint and got a state having broken the law's she got to know we all you are you ready you but all he wants to show you grace. What he do the circumstances.

When God lets you see grace. What you don't deserve. He says that you that you got about now begin to work for you.

We've all been to the doctor we've all been stopped by a needle pricks irritates us to hate needles, but inside the prick's mess. The same thing is me the medication you write about not pray to God you pray.nothing you need to know that nothing that will walk like a person on the drip drip he's doing something you keep pulling out the because you like you'll never see the medication at work. He says and when you see grace, grace, not people. Grace, my grace, which came when he prayed my wings going to make you weak, don't show you how wiki you say things you ought not be saying you ways you ought not be looking you look in the mirror and you don't know you look in that one is getting on your nerves and your witnesses shall would stop you all the time. Got to be grace and weakness as I'm going to show you why because God loves weak things so that when it becomes strong.

There is no question how we got to work for you. The little boy like David told Gideon to make it because it was through the broken strap bad now you broken the brakes to see the data plan right now to get Ray any breaks. Show the makes one reduce to a level of absolute dependence.

Okay, so let's close when I got a phone won't go away him and trying to run from the fall and not myself just keep coming back and so when I haven't seen any great I don't have any power. Tell me what supporting with verse nine boast about my weaknesses of Christ may dwell in them with weaknesses. Then he said that the universe then for when I am weak I am strong. Guess what he said I'm going to brag about my phone boast about my weaknesses brag about my phone call late next major frustrated to pray God will probably thought you and I will be wouldn't stay right where you are and you shell with office building that didn't build enough elevators that did make an elevator for the building and so people have to wait a long time to wait for the elevator building like that you have some of the Messiah. What about this building what to do about this building because it was to ask another shaft in an elevator and cost too much money but they couldn't have their people waiting's like that being discontent they came up with a novel idea on every floor they put mirrors single mirrors all the elevators were so full spent time looking at themselves if they could mouse somebody not pray with me now on the wrong got a ship's while you wait when you change Dr. Tony Evans advice on understanding the purpose behind the pain we sometimes experience today's message is part of our four volume audio compilation Tony Evans top 40 volumes three and four of this collection are now available.

They can be yours with our thanks when you help support Tony's work with your contribution details before time runs out it Tony you can also find a huge selection of life-changing resources and sign up for his free weekly email devotional again that's Tony or call our 24 hour resource Center at 1-800-800-3222 that's 1-800-800-3222.

We are all comfortable with the idea of the Lord, getting us out of trouble, but tomorrow Dr. Evans will talk to us about what may be happening when God intentionally lets us get into it surely joins the alternative with Dr. Tony Evans celebrating 40 years of faithful thanks to the generous contributions listeners like you

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