The Holy Spirit enforces Grace 2.
It’s impossible to write about God’s Grace without mentioning the experience of the Great Apostle Paul, on the road to Damascus, as this was the beginning of his journey with God and we know God changed his name from Saul to Paul. (we know the story)
Talking of name change, God did the same to me. God gave me the Grace to proceed with what he told me, and not focusing on the repercussions in the natural.
Then when He gave me instructions I simply obeyed, it was later I began to understand the reason. (full impact )
Now my name to me signifies Power and a person with a relationship with the creator of the Universe.
Some people still call me by the old name, which depicts culture and tradition, that person is a new man in Jesus Christ, but I leave those who call me by my old name to their disrespectful self. Old things have passed away, all things have become new. Amen
Before I get carried away, let’s look at the verse I promised to look at in the last blog. Many of us are aware of the thorn of the flesh – The Apostle Paul’s incident and there are a few interpretations of the Spiritual meaning of the verse My Grace is sufficient, some say it means God, saying sort it out yourself, which I totally disagree.
The reason is simply in as much as we could have strong faith we still pray to God in Jesus Name. Period!
To really understand this piece of scripture, we have to take it from the beginning of the Chapter, so let’s do that.
2 Corinthians 12:1-10 Amplified Bible (AMP)
It is necessary to boast, though nothing is gained by it; but I will go on to visions and revelations of the Lord. 2 I know a [a]man in Christ who fourteen years ago—whether in the body I do not know, or out of the body I do not know, [only] God knows—such a man was caught up to the [b]third heaven. 3 And I know that such a man—whether in the body or out of the body I do not know, [only] God knows— 4 was caught up into [c]Paradise and heard inexpressible words which man is not permitted to speak [words too scared to tell]. 5 On behalf of such a man [and his experiences], I will boast; but in my own behalf I will not boast, except in regard to my weaknesses. 6 If I wish to boast, I will not be foolish, because I will be speaking the truth. But I abstain [from it], so that no one will credit me with more than [is justified by what] he sees in me or hears from me.
A Thorn in the Flesh
7 Because of the surpassing greatness and extraordinary nature of the revelations [which I received from God], for this reason, to keep me from thinking of myself as important, a thorn in the flesh was given to me, a messenger of Satan, to torment and harass me—to keep me from exalting myself! 8 Concerning this I pleaded with the Lord three times that it might leave me; 9 but He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you [My lovingkindness and My mercy are more than enough—always available—regardless of the situation]; for [My] power is being perfected [and is completed and shows itself most effectively] in [your] weakness.” Therefore, I will all the more gladly boast in my weaknesses, so that the Power of Christ [may completely enfold me and] may dwell in me. 10 So I am well pleased with weaknesses, with insults, with distresses, with persecutions, and with difficulties, for the sake of Christ; for when I am weak [in human strength], then I am strong [truly able, truly powerful, truly drawing from God’s strength].
In other word’s God knows how to keep us balanced, I mentioned that walking with God and having the anointing and Power could make a person feel superior to others. Consequently, pride could kick in.
We also know that God resists the proud but gives Grace to the humble.
Apostle Paul Thorn in the flesh was to keep him humble, God has to keep us humble so that He can use us.
It’s not about us, but to God be the Glory, yes we are partakers in God’s divine nature, but we can do nothing without Him.
Some prayers haven’t been answered for the simple reason that God’s timetable is perfect, it’s not always a faith issue.
I conclude with this, when we are weak in human strength, we are strong in God’s strength.
We keep on being diligent in prayer and trust God’s timing. Amen.
Remember Jesus Christ is the Light & Saviour of the World.
Until Next time, keep Believing, Keep Hoping & Keep Loving.
Peace. Daniel – The Christian Activist.