2 Corinthians 12:7 (New King James Version)
“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 Apostle Paul realizes the necessity of being made weak. If God receives the Glory, we need to accept the weaknesses or pains in life to not become prideful.
Richard Owen Roberts in his book, Repentance, discusses the only two ways people handle life.
The first: Deny Self, Exalt Jesus
The second: Exalt Self, Deny Jesus.
Mr. Roberts expresses the two lifestyles in this statement: “Holiness cannot prevail in unrepentant persons who are still full of themselves…repentance is mandatory for all who would live in the power of true godliness.”
Prayer warrior, Andrew Murray, speaks of a true believer as one who accepts he cannot do anything in a pure worshipful manner unless he is being taught by Jesus, Jesus in his life, and through the spirit of Jesus accomplishes God’s glory and will.
In his book, When Your World Falls Apart, David Jeremiah tells his reader of how God allows tough times in the believer’s life so that they become totally dependent on God for their daily substance.
Pastor David expressed through his fight with cancer, it brought humbleness and God receiving the glory in Pastor David’s ministry. The ministry with his church and the Turning Point outreach still continued in the long absence of Pastor David. It was the Lord in control of the ministry which David realizes he is just an instrument in the Father’s hands.
When nonbelievers see disciple of the Lord bravely experiencing life struggles and overcoming the trials with the sustaining power of God operating in the disciple of Jesus life and ministry, the unbeliever cannot deny the fact of something greater is operating through the saint enduring suffering.
1 Peter 2:12 (New King James Version)
“…having your conduct honorable among the Gentiles, that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may, by your good works which they observe, glorify God in the day of visitation.”