Power Through Weakness

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Because of the surpassing greatness and extraordinary nature of the revelations [which I received from God], for this reason, to keep me from thinking of myself as important, a thorn in the flesh was given to me, a messenger of Satan, to torment and harass me—to keep me from exalting myself! 8 Concerning this I pleaded with the Lord three times that it might leave me9 but He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you [My loving kindness and My mercy are more than enough—always available—regardless of the situation]; for [My] power is being perfected [and is completed and shows itself most effectively]in [your] weakness.” Therefore, I will all the more gladly boast in my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ [may completely enfold me and] may dwell in me10 So I am well pleased with weaknesses, with insults, with distresses, with persecutions, and with difficulties, for the sake of Christ; for when I am weak [in human strength], then I am strong [truly able, truly powerful, truly drawing from God’s strength]. 2 Corinthians 12: 7-10 (AMP) 

We seem to have become a community of complainers. It is natural for the unrepentant man to complain, his sinful nature causes him to despise everything that burdens lifestyle. 

Yet the Bible tells us for the redeemed this should not be our way. We are given two examples to follow, Christ of course being the first. His obedience in all situations to the Will of the Father was without complaint.  Then there is the Apostle Paul who in the above verses makes it clear how we should look at and respond to difficulties in our life. 

Paul was given a thorn in the flesh, while we are not told specifically what this “torn” is we do know it was very bothersome. Paul says, I pleaded with the Lord three times that it might leave me and each time apparently God said NO. Instead He informs Paul that My grace is sufficient for you. We are able to get past the thorns by relying on God’s Grace. The more we lean on God the more His power is being perfected…in [our] weakness.

So what is Paul reaction to this, does He complain and whine, no his example to believers is to boast in my weaknesses, so that the power of Christmay dwell in mePaul understood and relied on the fact that the weaker his natural man got the more powerful he lived a godly life; when I am weak [in human strength], then I am strong.

 

God’s Purpose in Our Pain; Sermon John MacArthur

The Grace of God

 

 

 

The Grace of God

 

The Grace of God

My

“My grace,” ’tis the God of all grace who hath spoken,
Whose word in the heavens forever is set;
Whose covenant promise hath never been broken;
Who never can fail or forget;
Who knoweth my needs and who seeth my sorrows,
However so many and great they may be;
Who heareth my prayers for the days and the morrows;
His grace is sufficient for me.

Grace

“My grace;” all His blessings this work is unfolding,
His love and His power in harmony blend;
‘Tis grace that hath saved me, and grace that is holding,
And grace that will keep to the end;
‘Tis grace that hath written redemption’s glad story,
And grace all the song of the ransomed shall be;
‘Tis grace that transforms me from glory to glory;
That grace is sufficient for me.

Is

“My grace is,” not “was,” and not “will be;” ’tis flowing
Each hour and each moment my need to supply,
The deeper I dip, still the deeper ’tis growing,
No drought can diminish or dry;
My heart from the future no trouble shall borrow;
Eternal this present provision shall be,
Assured for today and as sure for tomorrow,
Such grace is sufficient for me.

Sufficient

“My grace is sufficient.” Oh, help without measure!
An ocean of riches no plummet can sound,
A storehouse unfailing of infinite treasure,
A gift without limit or bound;
Exceeding abundant for all His creation,
Enough for the thorn that is buffeting me,
The fulness of God for earth’s brief tribulation –
“My grace is sufficient for thee.”

For Thee.

“Sufficient for thee,” for my utmost salvation,
As though ne’er another had owed Him a debt;
For my special grief and my special temptation,
My cares and my sins that beset;
He giveth more grace for my humble endeavour;
I am praising Him now, I shall praise Him forever;
His grace is sufficient for me.

Annie Johnson Flint

2Corinthians 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.

 

Note all of Annie Johnson Flint’s poems maybe found at: http://www.homemakerscorner.com/annie.htm