…MY GRACE IS SUFFICIENT FOR YOU, FOR MY POWER IS MADE PERFECT IN WEAKNESS… 2 Cor 12:9
In this promise God is telling Paul, “I am the grace. I am all you need. I will give you what you need to face your trials and adversity.” As we learned in another promise of God, He doesn’t just give us strength, He becomes our strength. God is continually offering to give us more of Himself…He doesn’t just hear our prayer and say, “here is some grace, here is some strength” and then leave us to muddle through. He stays with us and is the answer to our needs.
God wants us to come to Him in our weakness…when we reach the end of ourselves…when we get to the place that we feel we can’t go on… or that we have nothing left…as a believer, we need not despair, or give up hope… our place of weakness, is where God’s power can become perfect in us. The word, “perfect” that is used here means fulfilled, accomplished, completed, finished. Many Biblical scholars say it is a form of the same word Jesus spoke as His last word on the cross, which means, “it is finished”. Christ’s presence in our lives equips us for all we face in life…the Bible tells us that the same power that raised Jesus from the dead, is the same power that is inside of us. There is no greater power than that my friends! He is our strength…He is our grace…He is our power…He alone is all we need…that should encourage us and fill you with hope that not only can we survive all that we face, but we can thrive in the midst of adversity, because He is with us, giving us more of Himself and His life changing and sustaining power.
©Daily Promises For The Broken Hearted by Debbie Kay
WE ARE AFFLICTED IN EVERY WAY, BUT NOT CRUSHED; PERPLEXED, BUT NOT DESPAIRING; PERSECUTED, BUT NOT FORSAKEN; STRUCK DOWN, BUT NOT DESTROYED.- 2 COR 4:8-9
The Apostle Paul wrote this verse from first hand experience. The Apostles knew what it was like to be abandoned by friends and persecuted by enemies, yet have God faithfully by their side. They experienced unjust persecution, illness, times of hunger, rejection, poverty, pain, grief, depression, weariness and times when things looked utterly hopeless…but they also knew the power of Christ resurrected….they knew what it was like to find Christ’s strength in their weakness. Christ’s joy allowed them to sing while imprisoned and to be as content in times of lack, as in times of plenty. They knew first hand that just because they were knocked down, didn’t mean they were knocked out…even though they endured tough times, they were not abandoned or forsaken by God. They knew there were options and resources for the believers that made possible what seemed impossible. They were not without hope no matter what they faced because of Christ. They knew the trials and tribulations of this life were temporary and couldn’t begin to compare with the joy that was coming.
Friends, we know as followers of Christ we will share in His sufferings, but we can take courage and have hope, because of Christ’s resurrection. We are not forsaken by our God. No one can take away our salvation, His peace, or His great love for us. No matter how big the problems we face, our God is bigger. Things aren’t over until the Lord says they’re over. If you’re struggling today, remember the cross. Things looked bleak the day Jesus was crucified, but then He rose again and the victory was won. That same power that raised Christ from the dead is in you. Greater is He that is in you, than anything that is in this world. That is hope…that is empowerment for all you face…that is God’s promise to you.
©Daily Promises For The Broken-Hearted by Debbie Kay
I CAN DO ALL THINGS THROUGH CHRIST WHO STRENGTHENS ME. Phil 4:13
In this verse we are given assurance that we can face anything in this life… not by our own strength, but by being infused with Christ’s strength in us. The Bible says in Romans 8:11 that the same power and strength that raised Christ from the dead, is the same power that is in us. As believers, we also have the indwelling of the Holy Spirit that empowers us and enables us.
When we say that we can’t do something because it is too hard, or we can’t take anymore …in our own strength that might be true… but we have this promise and assurance that what we can’t do on our own, we can do through Jesus. We can find peace and contentment in our circumstances because we are equipped by God Himself. What a comfort to know our sufficiency is in Him and not ourselves.
This verse should remove any sense of dread, anxiousness or hopelessness we might feel and we can feel empowered and confident in Christ. We can face each day, knowing that we can get through and cope with every trial, hurt, loss, temptation, or difficult situation with Christ’s help. It’s with His power that we can love as He loves and forgive as He forgives.
Be encouraged friend…you have the strength to overcome, because of who strengthens you!
©Debbie Kay, Hope For The Broken Hearted