This boasting will do no good, but I must go on. I will reluctantly tell about visions and revelations from the Lord.
I was caught up to the third heaven fourteen years ago. Whether I was in my body or out of my body, I don’t know—only God knows.
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Yes, only God knows whether I was in my body or outside my body. But I do know
that I was caught up to paradise and heard things so astounding that they cannot be expressed in words, things no human is allowed to tell.
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That experience is worth boasting about, but I’m not going to do it. I will boast only about my weaknesses.
If I wanted to boast, I would be no fool in doing so, because I would be telling the truth. But I won’t do it, because I don’t want anyone to give me credit beyond what they can see in my life or hear in my message,
even though I have received such wonderful revelations from God. So to keep me from becoming proud, I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger from Satan to torment me and keep me from becoming proud.
Three different times I begged the Lord to take it away.
Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me.
That’s why I take pleasure in my weaknesses, and in the insults, hardships, persecutions, and troubles that I suffer for Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong.