Sufficient Grace

Someone has said, “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 I hope you have a wonderful day as you realize that His grace is sufficient for you and you remain in His presence.

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power 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;” no 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!

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You Should Pray!

Good morning everyone I was led to message for everyone to reflect on, As James writes in this passage below, from his heart, to the people of God, his entire letter is full of practical instruction and direct admonition.He is interested only in getting clear, candid counsel into the hands and hearts of believers. And when he comes to the matter of affliction—gut-wrenching, spirit-pounding, heart-crushing affliction—this practical pastor gives his guidance in only three words: You should pray! Have a wonderful as you remain in presence and continue to pray.

“Are any of you suffering hardships? You should pray.”James 5:13

“So that is it?” we might ask. What about formulating an exit strategy? What about checking all our options for circumventing the pain? What about gathering a support group to cheer us up and cheer us on? The greatest therapy, the surest solution, the sweetest healing that we will find, James says, is in fervent and honest and faith-full conversation with God.

James is not suggesting a momentary, fleeting mention of our trial—perhaps in the middle of blessing our breakfast food—as the answer to affliction. The verb he uses is in the present tense: let him, in other words, continually be praying.

Perhaps you know what it is like to be so pressed by a sorrow or pain or trial that you pray, not only as you breath, but in order to be able to keep on breathing. There are times when God’s people truly find Him their only source of strength, of life, of purpose, and of joy. They pray, not because they have to, but because they can’t not pray.

Whether your affliction is earth-shattering or hardly-worth-mentioning, take your trial to God in prayer. And out of the fountain of close communion with your Father, will flow the calming, refreshing, restoring waters of spiritual renewal.

Keep your focus on Jesus rather than your circumstances!

In this passage below Peter was the only one in the boat to react in faith. His impulsive request led him to experience a rather unusual demonstration of God’s power. Peter started to sink because he took his eyes off Jesus and focused on the high waves around him. His faith wavered when he realized what he was doing. We may not walk on water, but we do walk through tough situations.

“Yes, come,’ Jesus said. So Peter went over the side of the boat and walked on the water toward Jesus. But when he saw the strong wind and the waves, he was terrified and began to sink. ‘Save me, Lord!’ he shouted” Matthew 14:29-30.

We as believers fully intend to stay focused on Christ, but life’s distractions cause us to shift our focus, stumble in our faith and leave us feeling too beaten down to get backup. Matthew 14:29 shows us how Peter to ok a tumble of sorts when he lost his focus.

When waves of fear, insecurity, discouragement or stress crash around you, you stumble too. These quickly become your focus instead of fixing your eyes on Jesus. Without fail, you will sink under the weight of these circumstances and fall. Here is the amazing thing about Jesus. When Peter began sinking, he cried out for Jesus to save him. And Jesus did. Just as Jesus didn’t hesitate to pull Peter out of the rough waves, He will pull you and me back too as soon as we ask. The best place to fix our eyes is on Jesus. He’s our peace, source of hope, and the One person we can trust will always be there for us. And when we do fall, as soon as we call out to Him, He’ll pick us up.

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God Knows You Best!

The Bible reminds us over and over again of the comfort and peace that comes from being known and loved by God. We are truly known and perfectly loved, even more clearly and truly than we know and love ourselves! In fact, it is often quite difficult for us to know ourselves well, to discern clearly our longings, needs, and deepest desires. Simply put, what we think we need and actually need is not always one in the same. This is especially true in times of pain or suffering. We want to flag Jesus down and say, “Come over here! I’m hurting and need you to fix this right now!” And Jesus does want to heal us and comfort us, yet he desires to heal our deepest longings and truest needs, and does so even if we don’t know what that need is. Have a wonderful day as you remain in His loving presence.

 

“You have searched me, LORD, and you know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways. Before a word is on my tongue you, LORD, know it completely.” Psalm 139:1-4
Could it be that Jesus, the Great Physician, wants to free us from our sorrow and pain, yet does so by working His healing into the core of our very being? And in light of this, what does it mean for us to be calm in the midst of chaos, peaceful in the most unlikely of places?
Since God knows us better than we even know ourselves, we are free to take a deep breath, open our hands, and with humble hearts say to God, “Even in the midst of chaos and great pain, I trust that you know my deepest need. So I won’t try and run past you or tell you what’s best. I choose to instead acknowledge my limitations and weakness, trusting that you are always working for my good.”
In the mystery and beauty of God’s wisdom, instead of simply erasing pain and brokenness, he heals it by taking it upon himself and transforming it in the process. We see this perfectly and powerfully on the cross as Jesus takes death upon himself so that through it he can speak life and victory.
Take heart today and trust that the thing in your life that feels like it might be your undoing can instead be something you offer to God for healing and restoration. Though it may seem improbable or even impossible, nothing is too great for a God who knows you better than you know yourself!

God will see us through to the end!

Worrying about tomorrow is time wasted it consumes us with fear and we find it difficult to trust God How do you avoid this from happening? “I get down on my knees in the morning and ask God for strength to make it through the day. We can’t think about tomorrow, we all need His help today.” Have a wonderful day as you remain in His loving presence. Love you all.

“So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” Matthew 6:34

Through life’s journey there are many things that come that can be so overwhelming that we wonder how we are going to make it. Whether it’s raising children, financial difficulty, job loss, hurt from loved ones, sickness, death, or sometimes the busyness of life, the thought of the future can be very gloomy. Sometimes we are placed in situations where we can truly say that we are walking by faith and not by sight. Looking through our eyes, the road ahead seems very long and hard with no end in sight.

Throughout it all, we must remember that God is able to renew and restore. As He strengthens us daily, He is building our strength for the next day and the weeks and months ahead. We must remember that it is His strength that takes us through the trials and the adversities of life. All of our power and might may take us to a certain point, but it is God that sees us through to the end (Psalm73:26).

God will completely get us through any situation, we just have to have faith in Him. God will give us strength to get through the trials of today but He does not want us to worry about tomorrow. When tomorrow comes, He will give us strength to get through that day. God wants to instill in us a sense of HOPE for what He will bring us to tomorrow. Wouldn’t you prefer to HOPE instead of worry? We need to be reminded that every morning when I wake up I need to thank God for giving me strength to get through the day and be hopeful about what the next day will bring.

God promised that He would see up through-whatever the situation. It our responsibility to release it to Him. We forget that He already sees and knows the events that will take place in our life. In our weakness and through the struggles of life, God has the opportunity to really “show up” and prove Himself in our lives (2 Corinthians 12:9). It may be seemingly unbearable now, but pray, “Lord, give me strength for just one more day!”

Don’t ley anyone or anything steal your joy!

I realize that as many of you who read this message today, you have allowed people or the circumstances in your life to steal your joy. DON’T LET ANYONE OR ANYTHING STEAL YOUR JOY!!! If you know Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, you have the assurance that when this brief journey here is over you will be forever with the Lord. That fact alone is the reason you should always have joy. Have a wonderful day as you allow the joy of the Lord to be your strength. Love you all.

“You have showed me the way of life granting me the JOY of your presence and the pleasure of living with you forever.” Psalm 16:11

This is a simple yet very profound message for you today. Don’t let anyone or anything steal your joy. No matter how much someone you care about may hurt you, you can still have joy. No matter what someone you work with or go to school with does to you, you can still have joy. If you are fighting a health battle today, you can still have joy. If you are hurting financially, you can still have joy. If your marriage is in trouble, you can still have joy. If you need a job, you can still have joy. If you are battling an addiction, you can still have joy. DON’T LET ANY PERSON OR ANY CIRCUMSTANCE STEAL YOUR JOY!

I realize many of you are dealing with serious issues with people in your life today. I am fully aware that many of you are fighting great battles in your life today. The message that I want you to hear loud and clear is that no person or no circumstance can take away your joy. That joy comes from the promise Jesus gave His disciples and us just a few hours before His death. He said that in this world we would have trials and tribulations, but to be of good cheer, for HE HAS OVERCOME THIS WORLD.

That my friends is where our joy comes from. From that precious promise that no matter who or what may be going on in our life, because we know Jesus Christ by faith, we not only have the assurance of eternity with Him, but the promise of His strength, His peace, and HIS JOY during this brief journey!

What I believe every female needs!

As women, we know life can be rough. We need reassurance daily! With the pressure from society to “fit in”, the constant obsession over our looks, and just everyday struggles. One thing that I have learned is that through it all, God is there for us. He has advice for everything we are going through or will go through. I was reading my Bible today, and I figured out what my next blog was going to be about. Us. Girls. Women. I hope these 10 Bible verses help because I believe that God wants every girl to hear.

1. Proverbs 31: 20-21

“She opens her mouth with wisdom and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue.”

Just keep in mind that it’s better to think before you speak. Also, a little kindness can go a long way.

2. Proverbs 31:30

“Charm is deceitful and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord, she shall be praised.”

Beauty is fleeting, because with age it will go away. However, a woman who loves and fears her Lord is the best kind of woman, and her beauty will be seen through her acts of kindness.

3. Jeremiah 29:11

“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare, and not for evil, to give you future and a hope.”

God has a bright future in store for you!

4. Matthew 6:33-34

“But seek first His kingdom and all these things will be added to you. So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”

All that stress and worry over the future? Forget it. Though we don’t always remember it, God has a plan for each and every one of us. He knows what is going to happen to us. Don’t stress over the future, or stress over things you can’t change. Just pray to the Lord that He will guide you along your way.

5. 1 Timothy 2:9

“Likewise also that women should adorn themselves in respectable apparel, with modesty and self-control..”

God is not saying that you should wear a veil over your face, or clothing on every inch of your skin. He just wants us to dress modestly, and not show our “temple” to everybody. Because our body is His temple.

6. Proverbs 31:25

“Strength and dignity are her clothing and she laughs at the time to come.”

With God by your side, you are capable of anything! Stay strong in your faith and He will help you through life and all of its challenges.

7. Songs of Solomon 4:7

“You are altogether beautiful, my love, there is no flaw in you”

No commentary needed. Stay be-you-tiful.

8. Proverbs 31:20-21

“She opens her hand to the poor and reaches out her hands to the needy.”

It is better to give than to receive. The feeling you get after giving somebody a “gift” is one of the best feelings!

9. Philippians 4:6-7

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.”

Pray about all your worries, stressors, and troubles to God. He will help you, no matter the issue. Give Him time to answer your prayers.

10. 1 Timothy 4:12

“Let nobody despise you in your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity.”

Don’t let anybody put you down because of what you believe in. Stay strong and steadfast in your religion. The Lord rejoices over it!

Oh, and remember, Jesus loves you.


And I do too!