Thursday, May 18, 2017.
Author: Bishop Julius Okarike
Verse Of The Day: And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for you: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 2 Corinthians 12 : 9
LISTEN: God’s grace for his troubled children is a sustaining grace. No matter how tired and exhausted we may be due to life’s challenges and afflictions, his grace is enough for all our situations. His grace is the balm that soothes our pains and weaknesses. Besides, for life to be sustained, we all depend on God’s goodness and grace. From the air we breath in and out daily, to the food we eat, all benefits could be traceable to God’s grace and mercy. Beloved, one of the mysteries of God’s grace is that it works well in our weaknesses. Does that sound surprising? I believe this might sound ridiculous and impracticable, right? However, I want you to know that God’s grace enables us to do or become what we do not have the strength to do, or become. This simply means that when you are confused in life and do not know what else to do, that is when his grace will speaks on your behalf. When you have decided to give up on life out of frustration, his grace will speak. When you do not have a choice but to commit suicide due to frustration, adversities, afflictions, sicknesses, diseases, tragedies, etc, that is when his grace often appears. Beloved, his grace will speak for you.
Apostle Paul was endowed with so much of divine revelations and insights, bravery and contentment, but he came to a point in his life where he was in a difficult and dangerous situation. He asked God for intervention and possibly end his afflictions. Guess what God replied him after he had prayed over and over again; “…My grace is sufficient for you: for my strength is made perfect in weakness.” (2 Corinthians 12 : 9). This seems ridiculous but it is the truth. God’s strength begins where humans’ strength ends. Beloved, like Apostle Paul, are you in any form of danger, affliction, trouble, etc; rather than complain, weep, groan, mourn and wish for death, rely on the sustaining grace of God. His grace is made complete in weakness. His grace works well in your inabilities. When Apostle Paul received this unlikely response from God, He said, ” Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities [weaknesses], that the power of Christ may rest upon me.”(2 Corinthians 12 : 9b). He determined to rely completely on God’s grace than struggle endlessly to change what God has given him the power to endure. Therefore beloved, any situation you find yourself, do not give up, remember that God’s grace is sufficient for you. Count on his sustaining grace and you will not be put to shame.
Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. Do not rely entirely on your own strength, etc, rather rely on the grace of God.
2. Do not lose hope in life, or panic when in trouble, instead, surrender your life to God.
3. Never think that your success is by your own making, instead, give all the glory to God.
4. Trust God’s judgment in your time of trouble, for he knows how to get you out of it.
Daily Task: Any situation you find yourself in, do not give up, rather, remember that God’s grace is sufficient for you. What your strength cannot do, his grace can do it.
Daily Reflection: When you are in any form of danger, affliction, trouble, etc, faith in the sustaining grace of God can handle your fears, complaints, weeping, groaning, mourning, etc, if you believe.
Daily Prayer: Blessed Father, today I acknowledge the power of your grace, in every difficult and challenging moment of my life, let your grace speak for me, in Jesus’ name, amen.
Daily Prophetic Declaration: Today, I prophesy over your life, for every difficult and dangerous situation you are currently going through, may God release divine intervention for you, in Jesus‘ name.
Daily Quote: Faith in God’s sustaining grace is the only force that can keep a tired soul going.
Today In History: May 18, 1860. Abraham Lincoln is nominated for president.