Fresh Hope – 10th January 2018

How often do you find yourself thinking, ‘This is too hard for me. I cant do this’?

Did you know that God is attracted to weakness? In fact the Apostle Paul actually DELIGHTED in his flaws because He knew that this was where God had to show up and deliever!

‘And He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.” Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me. Therefore I am well content with weaknesses, with insults, with distresses, with persecutions, with difficulties, for Christ’s sake; for when I am weak, then I am strong’ (2 Corinthians 12:9-10).

There is something about coming to the end of yourself and having to wait on God. Contrary to what the world often says, we can’t actually do anything we want, and we can’t actually be anything we want – in our own strength at least. Yes, Philippians 4:13 says that we can do ALL things, but only THROUGH Christ strengthening us. Where we are limited, we then add God to the equation and we then become LIMITLESS!

Grace is the ability to do what you need to do. When God says that His grace has been made sufficient to us, it means that we have what it takes to do what we have to do.

Imagine an iron. An iron is a fantastic and useful, household tool to get creases out of clothing. However, if the iron isn’t plugged into a power socket, it is totally weak and useless. The grace of God is the power that runs through us as His instruments when we plug into Him. Only by His grace running through us, and empowering us, are we able operate at the capacity he has called us to. Otherwise, we are honestly pretty useless.

I finish with this quote by Bill Johnson, ‘Live in such a way that unless God shows up, what you are attempting to do is bound to fail. This is the nature of the gospel’.

Stop speaking out of your emotions and speak out of the word of God. Start saying, ‘I can do this by the grace and strength of God in me’. If you are trusting in your own strength, begin to trust in God`s instead. Let His sufficentcey, be YOUR sufficiency!

Pastor Mark

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