Paul’s thorn in the flesh
By Mario Murillo. Our crusades focus on winning souls and healing the sick. We can never stop praising God for the abundance of miracles we have seen. However, in the depths of my infirmity, the enemy came and said, “look at you, God has not miraculously healed you. How can you ever pray for the sick again?”
Once again, Satan has made a critical mistake by lying to me. I received a miraculous touch that greatly reduced my pain. The rest will come through doctors—which is still a healing. But that isn’t the real news. I gained a revelation that will help me for the rest of my life.
Let me explain. This was an attack of the devil. I have no doubt it was tied to our crusade in Las Vegas. Something about our coming crusade has enraged hell. However, God seized the situation for His own ends by turning this into a crash course, jammed packed with one lesson after another.
Paul’s thorn in the flesh has been debated for thousands of years. Some say it was sickness, others say it was an oppressive spirit. I know better than to try and shed light on something I know nothing about. What I do know is the amazing attitude change that it brought in Paul.
Let me say something about attitude: It is everything! In military language attitude refers to the fighting will of an army. There are only 4 possible attitudes for an army: offense, defense, desertion, or détente (compromise with the enemy). Paul’s military attitude was most definitely to stay on the offensive.
Not everyone who reads this will be able to handle what I say next. Great power rested on Paul. Some of it was visions, and supernatural visits to heaven…however, a major part of it was the healing miracles that followed his ministry. He concluded that “in order for me not to get the big head, God allowed things to happen that made me weak.” (infirmities?) But why?
Couldn’t it look to people that Paul’s situation is a contradiction? He was giving out miracles abundantly, even on the occasions when he needed one himself. Instead of allowing that to be an insult, he wore it like a badge of honor. “If me being weak is what it takes to see a great flow of miracles so be it!” Here’s what 2 Corinthians 12: 9 says, “Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 10 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses…”
There needs to be a defiant attitude in us whenever we are attacked. We need to understand what Satan is trying to stop. We should resolve to increase the amount of whatever it was that made him mad.
I leave you with a final example: Peter was ordered to stop healing the sick in Acts 4. They threatened him with severe punishment. His reaction leaves no doubt by how he prayed right after they let him go. Acts 4: 29 “Now, Lord, look on their threats, and grant to Your servants that with all boldness they may speak Your word, 30 by stretching out Your hand to heal, and that signs and wonders may be done through the name of Your Holy Servant Jesus.”
After this is over I will pray for more healings, greater healings, constant healings—so many that the enemy will bitterly regret attacking this ministry.