Hey, everyone! This is Montgomery. Today, I have the privilege of introducing a second author to the site! His name is Troy Nishizaki and he will be joining me in writing for this blog! His first post is below and there will be more to come in the future! Thanks, everyone!
2 Corinthians 12:8-9
Three times I pleaded with the Lord about this (thorn in the flesh), that it should leave me. But he said to me “My grace is sufficient for you; my power is made perfect in weakness.”
This short passage of scripture is one that describes something that is not understood well enough in our faith as Christians. Paul here is troubled by a spirit of temptation and sin that to him is his greatest weakness during his time of ministry. He pleaded with the Lord to take it away from him, but the Lord answered him with one simple but powerful statement: My grace is sufficient for you.
This word sufficient comes from the Greek word “arkei” which means to be enough or to assist. Paul in his trial received a statement that was not an answer to his pleading of taking away his weakness, but rather a beckoning to action. The Lord said Paul my grace is enough for you, and My power will be exalted in your weakness, so persevere! There is something amazing about this grace that the Lord was teaching Paul and it is the fact that it is too big for us to understand! God’s grace is incomprehensible as He is. So, therefore, we must trust the Lord to guide us in our misunderstanding.
When we are in the depths of despair and in the brokenness of our sin God didn’t say go fix yourself before you come to me, but rather said come to me all who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest. Grace is from God and therefore attains the attributes of God, meaning that grace is everlasting as our Father is also everlasting. We, believing in the grace that came after Jesus, must not look at our failings as setbacks but rather need to view them as the brokenness that will help us to press closer to God.
Change does not always happen immediately but rather takes time. And on that note change doesn’t happen on our time it happens on Gods time and in His will! Which is why our sanctification is such a beautiful thing.
As we place our faith in God’s grace he will always be faithful to give to us the sufficiency we need. My challenge is that in the pursuit of Jesus you will see your sin in light of the cross and instead of seeing pain and brokenness see what the Lord saw in Paul and that is Power! Let your ability to be content be driven by the fact that IN CHRIST we receive power, not in (insert name). Come to Jesus today and allow is everlasting grace to pour over you.
CHALLENGE: Read 2 Corinthians 12:1-10
DISCOVER: How do you view yourself in light of Christ’s grace? How are you seeking the Lord in these things in order to redeem them and pursue a walk with Christ?
DISPLAY: In your prayer time, ask the Lord to reveal the lies that you have accepted about yourself so that he may renew them in his Grace. Ask him to strengthen your faith and grow the things that are broken in your life.