by Benjamin Munsell on January 21, 2019
It is not expedient for me doubtless to glory. I will come to VISIONS AND REVELATIONS OF THE LORD. I knew a man in Christ above fourteen years ago, (whether in the body, I cannot tell; or whether out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth;) such an one CAUGHT UP TO THE THIRD HEAVEN. And I knew such a man, (whether in the body, or out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth;) How that he was CAUGHT UP INTO PARADISE, AND HEARD UNSPEAKABLE WORDS, which it is not lawful for a man to utter. Of such an one will I glory: yet of myself I will not glory, but in mine infirmities. For though I would desire to glory, I shall not be a fool; for I will say the truth: but now I forbear, lest any man should think of me above that which he seeth me to be, or that he heareth of me. And lest I should be exalted above measure THROUGH THE ABUNDANCE OF THE REVELATIONS, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure. For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me. And he said unto me, MY GRACE IS SUFFICIENT FOR THEE: FOR MY STRENGTH IS MADE PERFECT IN (your) WEAKNESS. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ's sake: FOR WHEN I AM WEAK (in the flesh), THEN AM I STRONG (in Christ). 2 Corinthians 12:1-10. Whatever, however, and wherever the Apostle Paul saw and heard, is beyond his understanding, or ours. But it was BIG! So Big, he wasn't allowed to tell ANYONE about it. He had to keep his mouth SHUT. And no writing it down either. Why??? Because God chose to do this, that's why. Whatever it was, it was a driving force for Paul to even more, Preach and Teach The Gospel of Christ. Is Christ ALONE, enough of a Driving Force for you to share Him with others, that you, and they, may, Be Blessed?