Most days we are vulnerable to the elements of the world. Yes, in this world we are exposed to evil. Evil people. Evil entertainment. Evil empires. Evil intentions. Evil spirits. Not surprisingly, those who embrace evil, call it good and call good—evil. Fortunately, even if engulfed by evil—As followers we are guarded by God. Like the Hebrew children (Daniel 3:25)—we are secure with Jesus. Have a wonderful day as you remain in His loving presence.
“My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one.” John 17:15
Christ knew His followers needed eternal energy to overcome the evil one. Satan would try to lure them off the Lord’s path to preach the gospel. Evil people would attempt to discredit their faith as foolish and far fetched. After all, the skeptics declared, did Jesus really rise from the dead? But God gave them courage to faithfully proclaim what they had witnessed. Christ’s death and resurrection was real, because they experienced His very real presence. Evil motivations melt away in the heat of a heart enflamed by Christ. God empowers His own to overcome evil.
Furthermore, we can face the evil one every day in the power of the Holy Spirit. Those of us who: believe in Jesus, love Jesus and obey Jesus can live our lives in Jesus’ name. In Christ we have already conquered the world. By God’s grace we can initiate righteous ways in place of the world’s ways. Be on the offensive for Jesus, not on the defensive against the devil. We live life from a position of strength in the Lord, not in the weakness of the world. As a child of God we have the right last name. Because we are guarded by God, we can be guardians of His grace.
I’ve heard this shared before that, “God always answers our prayers, either by giving us what we ask for or by giving us something even better.” In Paul’s case, God gave him something even better. Paul was afflicted with what he described as “a thorn in the flesh” — it was something that caused him constant pain. It was such a deep-felt difficulty that he took it fervently to God in prayer, three times pleading to have his suffering taken away. The verse below is God’s answer to Paul and us.
“My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” ~~~ 2 Corinthians 12:9
The verse above is God’s answer to Paul. But how was this an answer to prayer? God didn’t remove Paul’s painful burden. In fact, God told Paul that he wouldn’t remove it at all. But God’s answer to Paul’s prayer was even better: my grace is sufficient for you.
Notice God didn’t say, “My grace is sufficient for this difficulty;” God said “My grace is sufficient for you, Paul.” Paul asked for deliverance from one ordeal, but God guaranteed him grace for every trial, throughout his life.
And, although Paul would still experience much suffering, God reminded him that this simply gave him an even greater opportunity to exalt the name of Christ. My strength, God declared, is even more evident when you are helpless. Therefore, this struggle is an opportunity for you to fulfill your purpose as a Christian, more than you ever could in a pain-free life.
My friends, rest assured that God’s grace is still sufficient, and that his power is still being manifested through the difficulties you face in your life. What a marvelous answer to prayer this is!
Have a wonderful day and remember His grace is more than sufficient for you. Love you all!