Saturday, 22 June 2019

Made Perfect in Weakness

We all have weaknesses and areas of our lives where our defences are sometimes a little lighter. Paul had his thorn in the flesh and the Lord told him that His grace was sufficient for the apostle. When it comes to burdens, weaknesses and our own thorns in the flesh, there are several ways in which the Lord will choose to lead us. Jesus told His disciples to take up their cross daily and a prime message of the New Testament is the need to be (continuously) dying to self but we should not forget that God still heals and that He also can give us strength to endure where before we were weak to submit to our flesh.

For sure, I can testify to the saving grace and strength of the Lord in that I have not been healed of or wholly delivered from my own thorn in the flesh but I am now aware of a heightened ability to deny self and overcome my stumbling block. It is true to say that the Lord has a plan for each of us specifically tailored to suit who we are, where we have been and where He wants us to go. It is true also to say that we should be of the mindset of denying ourselves and living Christ daily. Yes God does heal but He also strengthens and gives us His Power to overcome.

"But if you do not drive out the inhabitants of the land from before you, then it shall be that those whom you let remain shall be irritants in your eyes and thorns in your sides, and they shall harass you in the land where you dwell."
~ Numbers 33:55 ~

"And lest I should be exalted above measure by the abundance of the revelations, a thorn in the flesh was given to me, a messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I be exalted above measure. Concerning this thing I pleaded with the Lord three times that it might depart from me. And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong."
~ II Corinthians 12:7-10 ~

That's what's on my heart today. Be blessed.

Real Bereans (Acts 17:11) are truly needed, watchmen must WARN, evangelists must COMPEL, do not be DECEIVED and WATCH that PERIPHERY!

God bless you and God bless Israel ... KJS ... 22-June-2019

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