His Grace Is Sufficient
Many people post the best pictures of themselves on their social media accounts. Some will share the best things that they have accomplished, and most like to share how good they are at things. Here, we find the Apostle Paul sharing just the opposite about himself to those around him.
Paul tells us that he would boast in his weaknesses, and in his frailty, rather than his strength. The Lord’s strength could be shown through Paul’s weaknesses, if only Paul humbled himself. Even though Paul was doing his best, it was still failing. Even when we do our best, sometimes we fail.
We have to bring every ounce of ability we possess to the Lord. Every gift we have, we must give to Him. When we do that, then He can come in and use our gifts and abilities for His glory, in His way. Trying to do the job yourself, through your own strength alone, won’t allow much room for the Lord to work. The trials and tribulations we face in the process are just the growing pains of His grace.
Don’t feel inadequate when you fail. Don’t let the enemy tell you that you aren’t worth anything to God, because you can’t seem to get anything right. It is through your very weaknesses that the glory of God will be shown to the rest of the world. Growing pains can hurt; but they are still a sign that you are growing. Just keep growing in the Lord, one day at a time.
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!"
And then one night the Lord spoke to him, said Saul, or, "Paul, my grace is sufficient."
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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