I always asked myself why I received a lot of criticism and attack when our ministry started. What was different about me, that made everybody practically restless and apprehensive?
Was I wrong to be a young man that loves God?
Was I wrong to love my denomination and believe in her future?
Was I wrong to sacrifice my professional career for the ministry?
Was I wrong to love excellence?
Was it wrong for a pastors kid to become a pastor?
Lots of question on my mind…
I came across this scripture, it blew my mind and answered a lot of questions.
2 Corinthians 12:7
And lest I should be exalted above measure by the abundance of the revelations, a thorn in the flesh was given to me, a messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I be exalted above measure.
The devil senses greatness when he sees one.
Wherever he sees an abundance of revelation, he knows this is exaltation above measure in-the-making. He can’t keep quiet and watch you have a smooth sail to the other side of your exploit.
When he predicts and senses the greatness you carry, he employs the services of thorns and devilish messengers to buffet you.
Suddenly it looks like all hell is let loose.
My dear, it is the heavy duty assignment and destiny that you carry, that the devil is responding to in advance.
Even the devil couldn’t allow Jesus rest, because the devil perceived his assignment. Attacks everywhere, children were killed just to eliminate the assignment. Temptations, rejections, attacks and betrayal were the thorns in His flesh.
The Devil had never attacked any man the way he attacked Jesus. Because the greater the assignment, the greater the attack.
In most families, those children that their lives come with lots of struggles and battles always grow up to have tremendous destinies. Most of them, their thorns even start from when they were in the womb. Some after their birth, struggle to survive. After the survival, they come up with many untold challenges.
You cry, pray and wonder why it looks as though your case is negatively different.
My dear, it is your destiny speaking.
You might have prayed for the attacks to stop. But they can’t stop, because you have abundant revelation.
The more you know, the more the attacks. Because the devil and his siblings knows that abundant revelation always brings exaltation above measures.
2 Corinthians 12:8-9
Concerning this thing I pleaded with the Lord three times that it might depart from me. And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.”
But this is the good news. The Grace of God is sufficient for you. It means you have the capacity to pull through it. The attacks are not meant to kill you. After-all, people attack what they don’t know or understand. Your abundant revelation is causing the panic.
Wherever there is an abundance of revelation, there must be exaltation above measures. But before the exaltation above measures, comes the panic attacks from the devil. You are bigger than the thorns.
When same people that attacked us begin say good things about us. I only conclude that the devil only used them as a thorn in our flesh. The thorn on your flesh is nothing but a phase and a process you must go through.
Soon you will be exalted above measures.
This message was written By Francis Udeh Jnr [AG Worship Center Onitsha]