Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. (2 Cor. 12:8-9)
So Paul realized that he was spiritually attacked and started losing sight of God’s purpose for him through satan’s deceptions of feeling puffed up “Preeminence” because of his ministry, in the same way the “Elite” Pharisees and Sadducees lived, and satan convinced them to only focus on the knowledge of the Old Testament and perform outwards ceremonies, uphold an elite self-image and strictly enforcing the laws of Moses. To overcome this attack; Paul sought the Father Jesus’ ways of growing and maturing to be complete in more inward ways through deep and constant relationship -with God the Father- proved that he is a faithful follower.
You see after God opened Paul’s heart to know the difference -between being worldly strongly rooted in vs being heavenly strongly led- Paul had to face his boosting, pride and fought satan back; then made a point to warn the Church in Corinth and all of us regards the danger of self boasting about our knowledge of the Word without living it through thick and thin and actively pursuing His eternity.
Yes, we all face strong spiritual times and face weak and dry spiritual ones as well (full of doubts) Therefore, we must be ready to reload, daily equipped to fight the good fight and aim to Finish the race..always be alert for the schemes and deceptions and lies of the common enemy and stay focused on the “Big Prize” the heavenly one, none of us is immuned from facing these spiritual warfares schemes and attacks, let’s continually wear and use His Full Armor as the Father commands..
Paul last words to Timothy “7 I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course (race), I have kept the faith” 2 Timothy 4:7
But “True Faith” is revealed when it is seen in action. Before ascending Jesus announced that He gave one very simple and profound commandment “Love one another.” But we crave it, we believe that love is one of the main requirement of Jesus’ true followers.
Jesus explained, in John 13:34-36
34 A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another. 35 By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.” 36 Simon Peter said to Him, “Lord, where are You going?” Jesus answered, “Where I go, you cannot follow Me now; but you will follow later.”
Jesus kept it simple. He taught and demonstrated that love is an action Not just in words and body language. As John explains, “Let us not love in word or in tongue, but in deed and in truth” (1 John 3:18).