This Shabbat

A thorn in the flesh

Shabbat Shalom, friends!

In 2 Corinthians 12:7-10, we read about “the thorn” (a messenger from the Adversary) in Sha’ul’s flesh:

 Therefore, to keep me from becoming overly proud, I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger from the Adversary to pound away at me, so that I wouldn’t grow conceited. 
8 Three times I begged the Lord to take this thing away from me; 
9but he told me, “My grace is enough for you, for my power is brought to perfection in weakness.” Therefore, I am very happy to boast about my weaknesses, in order that the Messiah’s power will rest upon me. 
10 Yes, I am well pleased with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions and difficulties endured on behalf of the Messiah; for it is when I am weak that I am strong. 

In verse 10, we read about Sha’ul being “well pleased” enduring his hardships and difficulties. I have been reflecting on this particular verse for a while as I’m have been experiencing issues in my life and I must admit it’s hasn’t been pleasant. I think to myself that, what I’d like to call : the “Entitled Me” is overly upset and this “Entitled Me” is really trying to dominate. The “Entitled me” wants me to ask whether it is really wrong to feel upset about the situation? Is it or isn’t it?

To ward off this “Entitled Me”, I was drawn to Psalm 19:12 -13:

12 Who can discern unintentional sins? Cleanse me from hidden faults. 
13 Also keep your servant from presumptuous sins, so that they won’t control me. Then I will be blameless and free of great offense. 

After “meditating” on these two verses for a while, I turned to Psalm 20:1 and these words: May ADONAI answer you in times of distress, may the name of the God of Ya’akov protect you”.

Thus, I pray:

ABBA (אבא), The Almighty Living God of Israel, in the name of Yeshua ha Mashiach (Yeshua the Messiah), please hear my prayer. Thank you, ABBA (אבא) for everything You do in my life – all Your grace You have given to me. May the words of my mouth and the thoughts of my heart be acceptable in Your presence. I have sinned. Please cleanse me. Please forgive my sins. Please protect me. I ask this in the name of Yeshua ha Mashiach (Yeshua the Messiah).

Amen!

 

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This Shabbat

EL SHADDAI – The heavens proclaim Your glory and the sky Your works

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Photo: the Shin ש Cloud 

 

EL SHADDAI (אֵל שַׁדַּי)

The God Almighty of Israel!

Our God!

The Shema (שְׁמַע) [Hear Israel – prayer] shows Your greatness – You are One 

The One and Only God

You are Almighty and Living 

No other gods are like You  [selah]

 

Your Word is alive and active 

Even in the beginning Your Word existed 

and Your Word was with You and is You

 

Your Esh (אֵשׁ) [Fire] shows Your power and gives light 

Your light shines bright in the darkness that tries to overpower the globe and 

the darkness has not and cannot suppressed Your light! 

You are Adonai Shamah (שָֽׁמָּה) [Adonai is there]; present – now, here and everywhere 

Before You, nothing created is hidden, but all things are naked and open to Your eyes by which we must render an account on the day of Judgement

 

You gave us Your only Son as atoning sacrifice  / kapparah for our sins

Your Son who has been given all authority [selah] 

Yeshua ha Mashiach (Yeshua / Jesus The Messiah), our King of Israel 

All Glory to Yeshua! 

 I, thank and praise You! 

In the name of Yeshua ha Mashiach

Amen 

 

Have a peaceful Shabbat and weekend! 

 

Tell me, which Bible verses are you reading this Shabbat (or this weekend)? 

 

Sources: 

John 1
Ezekiel 48 35
Hebrews 4 13
Proverbs 15:3
Psalm 2:7
Psalm 19
Matthew 28: 18
1 John 2:2
Deuteronomy 6:4
Malachi 2:10