Monday, July 17, 2017

What To Remember When Confronted By Hardships

  • Scripture Passage Being Examined:
          -"but He said to me, 'My grace is sufficient for you, for power is made perfect in weakness.' I will rather boast more gladly of my weaknesses, in order that the power of Christ may dwell with me." (2 Corinthians 12:9)
  • Brief Elaboration On 2 Corinthians 12:9:
          -God's Word, the Bible, clearly says that His divine grace manifests itself and covers us more abundantly during our trials. His strength compliments the inherent weakness of mankind. His sufficiency fulfills what is lacking in us. In other words, the Lord will continually provide us with the spiritual strength necessary to endure and overcome any boundaries that may become hindrances to our spiritual growth. In the surrounding context of 2 Corinthians 12:9, the Apostle Paul was telling the Church of Corinth how God did not accept his petition to remove his distress, but rather assisted him when he was grieving about the devil irritating him after he had received personal revelation that he was not allowed to communicate to other men (v. 7). Thus we see that the Lord permits us to undergo temptations for the sake of building us up. We can build up our spiritual strength for times of infirmity through the persistent resistance of temptation and continued obedience to God. The Lord will enable us to succeed in defeating times of spiritual desolation by nourishing us with His sufficient grace. We, in the same manner as the inspired writer Paul, can confidently proclaim Jesus Christ as Lord because He is faithful and trustworthy. He is with us, even during times of hardship (v. 10).

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