II Corinthians 12:9-10 

And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in 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, then am I strong.

Growing pains are common after birth, in children and adolescents. They are located in the muscles and joints, usually around the leg and arm areas. They can appear and go at any time, and are obviously pretty painful experiences. The interesting thing about growing pains is that no actual damage is being done to the bone or muscle. It just feels painful. 

It is very similar to what happens in our spiritual lives on a daily basis. The infirmities, reproaches, necessities, persecutions, and distresses that we experience in life are simply the growing pains of God’s grace. It’s by grace that we grow. The devil that bothers me, the enemy that besets me, the carnal nature that attacks me; these are growing pains of His grace to bring us higher.

That is how the Apostle Paul could experience all that he experienced, and say that he took pleasure in those things; because he knew it was an opportunity for God’s glory to be shown. Just like a little child that experiences growing pain, it is tough. It is a painful thing to endure - though no damage is being done. It is simply a sign of growth.

Are you showing signs of growth? Are you experiencing the growing pains of God’s grace? His grace is sufficient for you. Rest assured, His grace will cover everything you go through. Take pleasure in the hard things of life, they are just growing pains.

64-0112 - “Shalom”

217 Like Paul said, hallelujah, he had an infirmity, something was bothering him. He'd... The Devil would--would buffet him, blow after blow. And he consulted the Lord, three times, to take it away from him, said, "I don't want this, Lord. Take it away from me!"

218 And then one night the Lord spoke to him, said Saul, or, "Paul, my grace is sufficient."

219 He said, "Then I'll glory in my infirmity. I'll glory in it. I know You're the Healer. I've seen You heal the sick, raise the dead, and cast out devils, open the eyes of the blind. But if I've consulted You, and You tell me it's Your grace is sufficient, then this devil that bothers me is-is the growing pains of Your grace. Then I'll glory in my infirmities. Why? If lest I get exalted above the abundance of the revelation." See?

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