AN APOLOGY TO THE APOSTLE PAUL
“ 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” (2 Corinthians 12:7).
I wish to apologize to the Apostle Paul. Lance thinks that the Apostle will be gracious to me over this misunderstanding. I hope so.
I had always thought that the Apostle Paul had a problem with pride over his abundance of revelations. This is how “lest I be exalted above measure” had been explained to me. I have heard sermons “go over the top” in explaining how the Apostle Paul had been puffed up with pride.
Therefore, in my mind, “lest I be exalted above measure” was synonymous with “lest I become prideful.” After listening to a DVD by Andrew Womack, I realized that I was wrong in my understanding. I immediately felt the need to apologize to the Apostle Paul for the misunderstanding of “exalted above measure” that I had portrayed in my book, I’m Killing My Sacred Cows. My way of apologizing to somebody in heaven is to clear up this misunderstanding within my sphere of influence. I wonder how many other people have misunderstood the same thing I did and won’t even recognize their error until they meet the Apostle Paul in heaven.
Andrew Womack explained that to be exalted is a good thing when God does the exalting. For example, we are told in 1 Peter 5:6 to humble ourselves under the mighty hand of God, and that He will exalt us in due time.
Certainly, to receive an abundance of revelation would have allowed the Apostle Paul to have humbled himself under the mighty hand of God and then to be exalted. To be exalted above measure is to be exalted to overflow and breakthrough. This is what most of us need today – the abundance of revelation of God and His love that brings a breakthrough into our lives.
The messenger of Satan gave the thorn in the flesh to keep the Apostle Paul from being “exalted above measure.” If “exalted above measure” is referring to being prideful, are we then to conclude that the devil will protect a person from becoming proud? Kenneth Copeland says it like this: “If you believe the devil tried to keep the Apostle Paul from pride then you’ll send your dog out to guard the meat.
Lance has told me that when I get to heaven (a very long time from now), that the Apostle Paul will thank me for letting it be known that the Scripture about his thorn was not written to be used to destroy faith for healing today. I only wish I had not accused the Apostle Paul of being prideful as I attempted to arrest the faith-destroying way in which this Scripture has been used against the sick.
I want to humble myself under God’s mighty hand in order that He may exalt me. I want revelation knowledge to flow into my life that will take me “over the top” into breakthrough. This happened to the Apostle Paul. It can happen to you, dearly beloved. If the messenger of Satan has put something in your way to stop “the above measure” from happening in your life, God’s grace is sufficient to help you remove whatever it is.
Abba Father: I open my heart to receive Your revelation knowledge from Your Word that will cause me to go “over the top” into manifestation.