2 Corinthians 12:9 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.
2 Corinthians 11:23 Are they ministers of Christ? (I speak as a fool) I am more; in labours more abundant, in stripes above measure, in prisons more frequent, in deaths oft. 24 Of the Jews five times received I forty stripes save one. 25 Thrice was I beaten with rods, once was I stoned, thrice I suffered shipwreck, a night and a day I have been in the deep; 26 In journeyings often, in perils of waters, in perils of robbers, in perils by mine own countrymen, in perils by the heathen, in perils in the city, in perils in the wilderness, in perils in the sea, in perils among false brethren; 27 In weariness and painfulness, in watchings often, in hunger and thirst, in fastings often, in cold and nakedness. 28 Beside those things that are without, that which cometh upon me daily, the care of all the churches. 29 Who is weak, and I am not weak? who is offended, and I burn not?
Every Christian at some time in their walk and pursuit of their ministry experiences opposition and resistance from our adversary the devil. An adversary is an opponent or one who opposes. There is opposition to us fulfilling our calling we face and can overcome. Second Corinthians 11:23-29 describes the Apostle Paul’s warfare of many perils, troubles and problems. Why so many? We all experience warfare that is not specifically targeted to us because we live in a fallen world and we are living godly. The rain falls on the just and unjust. There is also specific, strategic, targeted warfare and it is related to our assignment. For Paul it was due to the abundance of revelation 2 Corinthians 12:1, 7. Satan attacked to keep him from being exalted by the revelation which would increase his influence and ruin satan’s kingdom. Paul’s revelation completed a deficiency in the Word of God Colossians 1:25. To fulfill the Word meant to complete a deficiency; supply that which is lacking; and fill up what is not full.
The revelation God gave him gave inside information about what Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection did for us that the Old Testament and Gospels did not complete. The part of the Gospel he had an assignment to unveil was not taught to him by man but by the revelation of Jesus Christ (Galatians 1:11, 12). It was the assignment (calling) on his life and that is why his warfare was so intense Galatians 1:15-17. No other Apostle is said to have experienced an adversary direct from satan like this.
When satan sent a messenger to stop his assignment Paul sought the Lord three times for it to depart before the Lord revealed His grace was sufficient (enough) (2 Corinthians 12:7-10). Enough of what was needed to get through the warfare was within His grace to strengthen him and cause the power of Christ to come upon him. Be informed and aware that there is opposition to our assignment but also be encouraged today, for there is grace to help you and grace is stronger than the warfare!