I am continuing “Truth for Thursday” here at Being Refined As Silver. We are on the last chapter of “Lies Women Believe”, chapter 11: “The Truth That Sets Us Free”. It will take several weeks to review this chapter, so I hope you will continue to come back each week.
Nancy Leigh DeMoss encourages her readers to take time to savor these liberating, life-changing truths. She suggests saying each Truth aloud, again and again until your thinking becomes aligned with God’s way of thinking.
Here is the seventh truth:
God’s grace is sufficient for me.
“And He said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in my infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” 2 Corinthians 12:9-10
God’s grace is sufficient for whatever it is we are facing, whether past, present or future. Right before these verses Paul writes about the thorn in his flesh. We don’t know exactly what that thorn was, but he does write that it was “a messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I be exalted above measure” (verse 7). We also know that he pleaded with the Lord three times for it to be removed (verse 8). God answered him as recorded in verses 9 and 10.
God does answer prayer. He doesn’t always answer in the way that we would like, but rather in the best way. He didn’t remove the thorn in Paul’s flesh. He gave him strength and encouragement to endure. Sometimes we are in the midst of a trial and want so badly to be out of it that we miss the opportunities to learn and grow along the way. Instead of focusing so much on wanting the trial to go away we can learn how to be strong in the Lord. To rely on His grace and not our own strength to see us through. We can glorify God in the midst of our trials. We can determine that we are going to serve Him regardless of what is going on around us. His grace is sufficient!
What weakness are you struggling with today? Don’t try to endure it in your own strength. Trust God’s grace to perfect you.
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