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St. Paul and His Demon!

By Joe Christian     Feb 17, 2007 in World
St. Paul Had A Demon! And now it seems that everyone else wants one too?!
St. Paul Was Demon Possessed/Oppressed?
According to 2 Corinthians chapters 11, 12, 13, St. Paul the Apostle was very spiritual, having visions and revelations beyond measure!
And I think that I have met some people at least as spiritual as St. Paul himself?! Because they keep telling me that God won’t heal them and might not heal me either… no matter how much I believe and pray?! And not to expect Him to! They must think that I too am wonderfully spiritual as they are as well?!
So because St. Paul had a demon posted in his life to cause him a lot of real misery and keep him humble for all of his spirituality and visions and revelations, God is supposedly going to do all that to me, and has already done all of that to these people whereof I speak, simply because they are at least as spiritual as St. Paul the apostle, if not greater in their spirituality than he, and they somehow think that I at least measure up to St. Paul in all his spirituality, if not to them in all their great spirituality as well?!
So I am going to get my own demon too, along with all those others who are so spiritual that they all have their own demons already making their lives miserable and tormenting them as well?! And I am to expect no miracles or healings or answers to prayers, as well as they themselves who will most likely never be healed, or experience any miracles or answers to prayer either?! Because they are so spiritual, and so am I?!
And now some of St. Paul's 'demonic' Troubles from 2 Corinthians...
Chapter Eleven
“If only you would put up with a little foolishness from me! Please put up with me. For I am jealous of you with the jealously of God, since I betrothed you to one husband to present you as a chaste virgin to Christ. But I am afraid that, as the serpent deceived Eve by his cunning, you thoughts may be corrupted from a sincere [and pure] commitment to Christ.
For is someone comes and preaches another Jesus than the one we preached, or if you receive a different spirit from the one you received or a different gospel form the one you accepted, you put up with it well enough.
For I think that I am not in any way inferior to these “super apostles.” Even if I am untrained in speaking, I am not so in knowledge; in every way we have made this plain to you in all things.
Did I make a mistake when I humbled myself so that you might be exalted, because I preached the gospel to you without charge? I plundered other churches by accepting from them in order to minister to you.
And when I was with you and in need, I did not burden anyone, for the brothers who came from Macedonia supplied my needs. So I refrained and will refrain from burdening you in any way. By the truth of Christ in me, this boast of mine shall not be silenced in the regions of Achaia. And why? Because I do not love you? God knows I do!
And what I do I will continue to do, in order to end this pretext of those who seek pretext for being regarded as we are in the mission of which I boast. For such people are false apostles, deceitful workers, who masquerade as apostles of Christ. And no wonder, for even Satan masquerades as an angel of light. So it is not strange that his ministers also masquerade as ministers of righteousness. Their end will correspond to their deeds.
I repeat, no one should consider me foolish; but if you do, accept me as a fool, so that I to may boast a little. What I am saying I am not saying according to the Lord but as in foolishness, in this boastful state, since many boast according to the flesh, I too will boast. For you gladly put up with fools, since you are wise yourselves. For you put up with it if someone enslaves you, or devours you, or gets the better of you, or puts on airs, or slaps you in the face. To my shame I say that we were too weak!
But what anyone dares to boast of (I am speaking in foolishness) I also dare. Are they Hebrews? So am I. Are they Israelites? So am I. Are they descendents of Abraham? So am I. Are the ministers of Christ? (I am talking like an insane person.) I am still more, with far great labors, far more imprisonments, far worse beatings, and numerous brushes with death. Five times at the hands of the Jews I received forty lashes minus one. Three times I was beaten with rods, once I was stoned, three times I was shipwrecked, I passed a day and a night on the deep; on frequent journeys, in dangers from rivers, dangers from robbers, dangers from my own race, dangers from Gentiles, dangers in the city, dangers in the wilderness, dangers at sea, dangers among false brothers; in toil and hardship, through many sleepless nights, through hunger and thirst, through frequent fastings, through cold and exposure. And apart from these things, there is the daily pressure upon me of my anxiety for all the churches. Who is weak, and I am not weak? Who is led to sin, and I am not indignant?
If I must boast, I will boast of those things that show my weakness. The God and Father of the Lord Jesus knows, he who is blessed forever, that I do not lie. At Damascus, the governor under King Aretas guarded the city of Damascus, in order to seize me, but I was lowered in a basket through the window in the wall and escaped his hands.
Chapter Twelve
I must boast; not that it is profitable, but I will go onto visions and revelations of the Lord. I know someone in Christ who, fourteen years ago (whether in the body or out of the body I do not know, God knows), was caught up to the third Heaven. I know that this person (whether in the body or out of the body I do not know, God knows) was caught up into Paradise and heard ineffable things, which no one may utter. About this person I will boast, but about myself I will not boast, except about my weaknesses. Although if I should wish to boast, I would not be foolish, for I would be telling the truth. But I refrain, so that no may think more of me than what he sees in me or hears from me because of the abundance of revelations. Therefore, that I might not become too elated, a thorn in the flesh was given to me, and angel of Satan, to beat me, to keep me from being too elated. Three times I begged the Lord, that it might leave me, but he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is made perfect in weakness.” I will rather boast gladly of my weakness, in order that the power of Christ may dwell with me. Therefore, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and constraints, for the sake of Christ; for when I am weak, then I am strong.
I have been foolish. You compelled me, for I ought to have been commended by you. For I am in no way inferior to these “super apostles,” even though I am nothing. The signs of an apostle were performed among you with all endurance, signs and wonders, and mighty deeds.
In what way were you less privileged than the rest of the churches, except on my part I did not burden you? Forgive me this wrong!
Now I am ready to come to you this third time. And I will not be a burden, for I want not what is yours, but you. Children ought not to save up for their parents, but parents for their children. I will most gladly spend and be utterly spent for your sakes. If I love you more, am I to be loved less? But granted that I myself did not burden you, yet I was crafty and got the better of you by deceit. Did I take advantage of you through any of those I sent to you? I urged Titus to go and sent the brother with him. Did Titus take advantage of you? Did we not walk in the same spirit? And in the same steps?
Have you been thinking all along that we have been defending ourselves before you?
In the sight of God we are speaking in Christ, all for building you up, beloved. For I fear that when I come I may find you such as I do not wish; that there may be rivalry, jealousy, fury, selfishness, slander, gossip, conceit, and disorder. I fear that when I come again my God may humiliate me before you, and I may have to mourn over many who have sinned earlier and have not repented of the impurity, immorality, and licentiousness they practiced.
Chapter Thirteen
This third time I am coming to you. “On the testimony of two or three witnesses a fact shall be established.” I warned those who sinned earlier and all the others, and I warn them now while absent, as I did when present on my second visit, that if I come again I will not be lenient, since you are looking for proof of Christ speaking in me. He is not weak toward you but powerful in you. For indeed he was crucified out of weakness, but he lives by the power of God. So also we are weak in him, but toward you we shall live with him by the power of God.
Examine yourselves to see whether you are living in the faith. Test yourselves. Do you not realize that Jesus Christ is in you, --unless, of course, you fail the test? I hope you will discover that you have not failed. But we pray to God that you may not do evil, not that we may appear to have passed the test but that you may do what is right, even though we may seem to have failed. For we cannot do anything against the truth, but only for the truth. For we rejoice when we are weak but you are strong.
What we pray fro you is you improvement.
I am writing this while I am away, so that when I come I may not have to be severe in virtue of the authority that the Lord has given to me to build you up and not to tear down.
Finally, brothers, rejoice. Mend you ways, encourage one another, agree with one another, live in peace, and the God of love and peace will be with you. Greet one another with a holy kiss. All the holy ones greet you.
The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with all of you.”
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