2 Corinthians 12:9 (NET) But he said to me, “My grace is enough for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” So then, I will boast most gladly about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may reside in me.
Gbenga observed that some of the dry sermons he had preached were the ones he prepared for the most. While some of the most powerful sermons he preached were the ones he didn’t have the opportunity to prepare for, so he depended on the Lord totally. As he grew, he realized that the reason his most prepared sermons lacked great grace was that his elaborate preparation made him trust in his methods rather than depend on the grace of God. He now learned to trust totally in the Lord, despite his elaborate preparations.
Apostle Paul understood a mystery that we need to understand if we must walk in the power of God’s grace. Being vulnerable before the Lord is the key to walking in his strength.
There is something fundamentally wrong with the Adamic nature that makes us naturally repel the grace of God because of pride; the feeling that we are self-sufficient. But the way to receive God’s grace is to come to the end of yourself and depend totally on Him.
God resists the proud and gives grace to the humble. Adamic man is fundamentally proud and does not naturally walk in the grace of God. Christlike man is fundamentally humble and is full of grace. Many times, in order for us to walk in certain measures of God’s grace, He allows us to experience weakness that humbles us so that we can learn not to depend on our own ability but on his grace in those areas.
Acknowledging our weakness is the key to walking in the strength of God’s grace. Apostle Paul understood this mystery so much that he never shied away from speaking about his weaknesses. This is the same principle that kicks in when we confess our sins and thus acknowledge our weakness. The grace of God is released, and our victory is sure.
Go into today remembering that God’s grace flows when we come to the end of ourselves and depend totally on Him.
—Abraham Damilola Arigi
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