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Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Sufficient Grace

Sufficient Grace
2 Corinthians 12:9 ………….my grace is sufficient …
Do you ever wonder why God does not always deliver you from your bondage and problems immediately? The reason is because only the Lord knows everything that needs to be done in the lives of His children – and the perfect timing for it to be done.

You are not always delivered from your distress at the precise moment you call on the name of the Lord. Sometimes you must endure for a while, be patient, and continue in faith. Thank God, during those times in which the Lord decides or whatever reason not to deliver you right away, He always gives the grace and strength you need to press on toward eventual victory.

Great Expectations
Isaiah 30:18 the Lord waits for you, looking to be gracious and lifts himself up to you…
What a wonderful promise. God is earnestly looking for someone to be good to – but there is one requirement. You must be expecting, looking, and longing for God's goodness.

Hebrews 6:19 says, hope is the anchor of the soul. Hope is the force that keeps you steady in a time of trial. Do not ever stop hoping. Things may not always turn out the way you want them to, but even in disappointing times, there is still reason to hope. Expect a miracle in your life. Expect good things!

Peculiar Treasure
Exodus 19:5-6 …obey My voice…you shall be my peculiar possession and treasure – how beautiful
Self-rejection and self-hatred can almost seem pious in a sense. They can become a way of punishing yourself for your mistakes, failures, and inabilities. People cannot be perfect, so they sometimes reject and despise themselves.

Do you lack appreciation for your own worth and value? You may not feel treasured or even acceptable, but you are. In Ephesians 1:6, Paul says that all who believe in Christ have been "accepted in the beloved." What joyous and amazing affirmation! Surely you are valuable; otherwise your heavenly Father would not have paid such a heavy price for your redemption.


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