Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | July 21, 2020

“My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.”

Today’s devotion comes from 2 Corinthians 12:7-10.

“Because of the surpassing greatness of the revelations, for this reason, to keep me from exalting myself, there was given me a thorn in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to torment me—to keep me from exalting myself!  Concerning this I implored the Lord three times that it might leave me.  And He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.”  Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me.  Therefore I am well content with weaknesses, with insults, with distresses, with persecutions, with difficulties, for Christ’s sake;  for when I am weak, then I am strong.”  2 Corinthians 12:7-10.

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We may experience what may be apparently considered bad such as insults, distresses, persecutions, and difficulties, but God will give us grace sufficient for us to deal with them.

Or, we may experience what may be apparently considered good such as flattery, prosperity, pleasant visions, and ease, but we need and receive God’s grace to deal with them.  Paul recognized:  “Because of the surpassing greatness of the revelations (of Paradise – see 2 Corinthians 12:1-6), for this reason, to keep me from exalting myself, there was given me a thorn in the flesh …”  Verse 7.

God will give us sufficient grace to deal with whatever we face, the apparent bad or the apparent good.

God’s sufficient grace includes the comfort of God the Father, the God of all comfort, and all the fruit of God the Spirit to help us endure the experience. 

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction so that we will be able to comfort those who are in any affliction with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.”  2 Corinthians 1:3-4.

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control;  against such things there is no law.”  Galatians 5:22-23.

God’s sufficient grace does more than just help us endure the experience;  God causes all things to work together for our good.

“And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.”  Romans 8:28.

Specifically, as taught in today’s Scripture, God’s sufficient grace causes us to experience more of the power of Christ within us.

“And He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.”  Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me.”  Verse 9.

“Therefore in Christ Jesus I have found reason for boasting in things pertaining to God.  For I will not presume to speak of anything except what Christ has accomplished through me, resulting in the obedience of the Gentiles by word and deed, in the power of signs and wonders, in the power of the Spirit;  so that from Jerusalem and round about as far as Illyricum I have fully preached the gospel of Christ.”  Romans 15:17-19.

“And when I came to you, brethren, I did not come with superiority of speech or of wisdom, proclaiming to you the testimony of God.  For I determined to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ, and Him crucified.  I was with you in weakness and in fear and in much trembling, and my message and my preaching were not in persuasive words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, so that your faith would not rest on the wisdom of men, but on the power of God.”  1 Corinthians 2:1-5.

But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, so that the surpassing greatness of the power will be of God and not from ourselves;  we are afflicted in every way, but not crushed;  perplexed, but not despairing;  persecuted, but not forsaken;  struck down, but not destroyed;  always carrying about in the body the dying of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body.”  2 Corinthians 4:7-10.


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