My Grace is Sufficient for Thee

grace“My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness”. (2 Corinthians 12:9)

Grace – Sometimes and whenever sleep evades me until the light of dawn overcomes the darkness of night, I often lie in my bed pondering some of the things God says in his eternal Word. I do not say this lightly but it often seems to resemble a Jacobian wrestling with God when He told Israel, “thou [hast] power with God and with men, and hast prevailed.” (Genesis 32:28) The word for “prevail” is yâkôl” and literally means “to overcome.”

Does mortal man have the means to overcome God? Perish the thought. To prevail in wrestling with God relates to the overcoming of your own fears and the many questions that tend to nibble at your mind. Saints who do not have questions will never receive answers. Whenever the disciples failed to understand some of the things Jesus taught in parables, they privately went to Him and asked Him outright what He meant.

It is always best and more appropriate to receive and acknowledge what He says in his Word by faith, simply because He says it. However, when the rubber meets the road and you begin to experience first-hand what up to now you have seen others suffering, the questions begin to nibble a little deeper into your mind. Paul seems to have had the same problem when he thrice beseeched God to remove the thorn in his flesh and God succinctly told him “My grace is sufficient for thee.”

When saints who have been fairly healthy hear their doctor’s solemn and feared statement, “Sir/Madame you have cancer and immediately need treatment,” or the unbearable pains in your back begin to hamper your once youthful gait, or tinnitus (a form of deafness) slowly but surely silences the early morning birds’ songs, the thrice prayed prayer suddenly becomes a multi-prayed prayer, “Oh God, be merciful unto me and please remove this thorn in my flesh.” I suppose an often repeated prayer is not wrong. However, we will never find the peace and rest we so desperately need, and the victory in our circumstances until we enter into the holiest of holies in heaven (Hebrews 10:19-22). For, it is there in our wrestling bout with God where we are taken away from ourselves back to the cross.

What makes God grace sufficient? Apart from the infallible truth that He is Almighty God and capable of making “sufficient” to be really “sufficient,” it is only the cross of His Son, Jesus Christ, that is able to make his grace sufficient for whatever thorns we may have in our flesh.

For though he was crucified through weakness, yet he liveth by the power of God. For we also are weak in him, but we shall live with him by the power of God toward you. (2 Corinthians 13:4).

His magnanimously perfect finished work on the cross is what makes God’s grace sufficient and He will always gently take us back to that old rugged cross where He was made sin and a curse for us. “Therefore,” says Paul . . . (Please take careful note all you health, wealth and prosperity cultists).

I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong. (2 Corinthians 12:10).

Difficult? Let’s rather say it’s not so easy but by the grace of God and a continued crucified life in the Lord, we may and shall prevail so that his strength may be made perfect in our weaknesses.

Moreover, our weaknesses wrought by the thorns in our flesh teach us to pray with long sufferable supplications,

Even so, come [quickly], Lord Jesus. (Revelation 22:20).

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Tom Lessing (Discerning the World)

Tom Lessing is the author of the above article. Discerning the World is an internet Christian Ministry based in Johannesburg South Africa. Tom Lessing and Deborah Ellish both own Discerning the World. For more information see the About this Website page below the comments section.

6 Responses

  1. Mike Evans says:

    Very encouraging teaching. As a Word of Faith heretic, I used to misteach this scripture horribly. Even after repenting For those wasted years, I still feel bad regarding the false doctrines/spirits I introduced others to (some of whom I have been unable as yet to bring out of the charismatic scene) It is always a blessing to me to hear sound, biblical teaching from scriptures which I was bamboozled with by ministers of Satan who masquaraded as ministers of righteousness and misled me. Thanks, Tom

  2. Thank you, Mike, for your comment.

    Remember, when you confess and repent of things the Holy Spirit has convicted you of, God casts your sins behind his back and forgets them (Isaiah 38:17).

  3. RJ says:

    So, what is the proper way to respond to Charismatic friends who claim, “God does not WANT us sick”… or bedridden… or in a car accident, et al?? These types of things seem to happen all the time ~ to both Christians & non-believers. And when something then happens TO THEM, seems it’d be so much easier for them to lose their faith over this.

    RE: Mike Evans, though you’ve done your part in “trying” to bring others out of the Charismatic “nightmare”… remember Scripture says it’s BECAUSE they have “itching ears” that they SEEK OUT such teachers (who’ll tell them what they WANT to hear!!) 2 Tim 4:3 {and I looked at to see the various translations: Interesting that Berean Study Bible says people will NOT TOLERATE sound doctrine!

    I’ll be honest, if it were not for online sermons, I think it’s VERY RARE to find genuine Biblical teaching in today’s end-of-the-age world!! My experience anyway. Seems to be all fun & games. Let’s all have a group hug… And the pastor, after offering a few jokes from the pulpit, “might” make a 15 to 20″ sermon from ONE or maybe TWO sentences from Scripture. But LOTS of rock music, laser light shows, passing around popcorn DURING church! (I’m not making this up!!)

    I’m HOME SICK!! I just want to go “Home” and sit on a green, grassy hill & listen to JESUS teach!! We are merely sojouners & pilgrims “here” anyway. I’ve spent my entire life yearning for that day. As messed up as this world is, sure seems we’re on the verge. Amen, and even so COME Lord Jesus!!

  4. Hi RJ :hi:

    To answer your email…which I forgot to answer (me bad), yes we pray for people like John MacArthur to be saved. :nod:

  5. RJ says:

    Man, you’re “on it” this morning, aren’t you, Debs?! oops, “afternoon” your time!! I mean — wow, half a world apart & here we are on the computer communicating at the same time. (sorry, I’m nearly 60 — these things STILL amaze me!) :shocked:

    Yeah, I’ve been thinking about that (JM) — and also thinking we should also pray for the ones he’s already led astray? And perhaps put a stumbling block up so that he may fail to lead yet more astray??

  6. Hi RJ

    you said “and also thinking we should also pray for the ones he’s already led astray? ”

    Yes, totally. Of course we can’t name them by name so I just pray for all people who go to JMA churches that they listen to the Holy Spirit’s warning in their lives and turn from their diabolical prideful Election beliefs.

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