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God’s Grace Is Sufficient

2 Corinthians 12:9

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.

RayMcDWe worship a God of grace and mercy as well as a God of justice and truth. Today’s passage is one of my favorites – reminding us that God’s grace is sufficient to cover our sins and when we are weak – God will make us strong through HIs strength which has no limits. God’s grace is sufficient – God’s grace is all we need.

Think with me today about areas in our faith walk or in our life in general where we find ourselves weak. Do we have trouble with a sailor’s mouth – or fighting old habits as we strive to clean up our language – in a desire to reflect better on the Lord we represent? God’s grace can forgive us – so let’s not beat ourselves up – and don’t let Satan to it either. What we need to do is confess when we fail/sin – strive to do better/turn away from the sin – sincerely – and God’s grace will cover our failure and sin.

Do we struggle with lust – thinking thoughts we know are not worthy of a child of God? Looking at pictures in magazines or on the internet we know we shouldn’t? Don’t allow Satan or ourselves to hammer our failures into our head and heart. Confess – repent – turn from our sin and seek God’s grace to cover our sin. I’m not excusing our sin nor am I trying to rationalize that God has already covered them – rather that our sins are forgiven when we go to God with them. If He forgives them – we should not carry them anymore! We should forgive ourselves and move on to maturity in Christ.

God does not require or expect perfection from us – there is and will only ever be one who is perfect – Jesus Christ. He died for us – to take away our sins – the Lamb of God that takes away the sins of the world. The payment has been made to cover our sins. Now – don’t go on sinning so His payment covers more sin – but we shouldn’t live to punish ourselves either. Satan wants Christians to live in defeat and in anguish over our sin so that we will not impact others for Jesus. If we go around depressed because of our sin we will not witness well to others about the amazing grace our God offers. Think about it! Proverbs 4:23 says: Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life.

When we are weak – God shows off God’s power and strength – as Christ’s death paid for all sins – past – present and future – for those who confess and repent – who receive His grace offered to all who will receive.  That is Good News my friends! God’s grace is sufficient to cover all of our sins!

Just something for us to think about today as we go on our way.

August 27, 2018 - Posted by | Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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