1 John 4:18-19, 1 John 4:4, 1 Peter 5:6-9, 2 Corinthians 12:7-10, 2 Corinthians 3:5, Enduring Trials, Ephesians 6:10, Grace overcomes, Look up and press on, Overcoming Trials, Revelation 1:4-5, Trials, Trusting Jesus
Bible Ballistics: BBs #741 Living By Grace In Faith!!!
“And lest I should be exalted above measure
through the abundance
of the revelations,
there was given to me a thorn in the flesh,
the messenger of Satan to buffet me,
lest I should be exalted above measure.
8 For this thing I besought the Lord thrice,
that it might depart from me.
9 And he said unto me,
My grace is sufficient for thee:
for my strength is made perfect
Most gladly therefore will I rather glory
in my infirmities,
that the power of Christ
may rest upon me.
10 Therefore I take pleasure
for Christ’s sake:
for when I am weak,
then am I strong.” 2 Corinthians 12:7-10
Oh, how often I praise God for this amazing testimony of Paul’s. Here we have one of the most powerful men of God, one who was called to be Christ’s Apostle, and yet HE had this trial, this burden, this affliction allowed to come into HIS life that HE could remind us that GOD is sufficient to any situation that HE sends, permits, or allows to come into our lives as well. What reassurance this brings to my heart, for much like all of you we have trials at our house also; and I am reminded of what Paul told us in his passage on spiritual warfare; an amazing reminder that I count on daily, especially in our present station of life. You may have noticed that I haven’t posted recently, for we took some time to get away and be refreshed by some dear friends; yet even that turned into quite the encounter as we drove home, but I praise God that HE is always with us. My mind goes to Ephesians 6, even as I sit here writing to myself as well as for you.
“Finally, (God always has the last word)–
my brethren, (for all saints IN JESUS)–
be strong in the Lord, (IN HIM NOT me)–
and in the power (IN HIS power not mine)–
of his might.”(BY HIS total provision)– Ephesians 6:10
When my body is in pain, or weary to the bone; when I just feel like I can’t go one step farther; when I feel like I’m drowning in the demands I face, or that if one more request comes, I will crumble; when all these things, feelings and thoughts come pouring in, I must look up—and so can you! And we will find our precious LORD sufficient to restore, refresh and renew our hearts, minds, and souls—even though the body may still hurt—God is ever working for our good and HIS glory.
I’d simply like to share a few passages to encourage your heart and mine today in the sufficiency of our Lord in ALL things—ALL the time!
“There is no fear in love;
but perfect love
casteth out fear:
because fear hath torment.
He that feareth
is not made perfect
19 We love him,
because he first loved us.” 1 John 4:18-19
John also encourages us again in The Revelation:
“John to the seven churches which are in Asia:
Grace be unto you,
from him which is,
and which was,
and which is to come;
and from the seven Spirits
which are before his throne;
5 And from Jesus Christ,
who is the faithful witness,
and the first begotten of the dead,
and the prince of the kings
of the earth.
Unto him that loved us,
and washed us from our sins
in his own blood,” Revelation 1:4-5
And remember our hope and secure assurance is totally in our Lord Jesus Christ. We win!
“Ye are of God, little children,
and have overcome them:
because greater is he
that is in you,
that is in the world.” 1 John 4:4
In closing may these words resound in our hearts, that we may “stand fast in the evil day”!
“Humble yourselves therefore
under the mighty hand of God,
that he may exalt you
in due time:
7 Casting all your care
for he careth for you.
8 Be sober,
because your adversary the devil,
as a roaring lion,
seeking whom he may devour:
9 Whom resist
in the faith,
knowing that the same afflictions
are accomplished in your brethren
that are in the world.” 1 Peter 5:6-9
I pray The Lord Jesus lift, comfort and encourage your heart today, as we remember that our GOD IS sufficient in all!
“Not that we are sufficient
to think any thing
as of ourselves;
but our sufficiency
is of God;” 2 Corinthians 3:5
Amen and Amen!!!