My Grace Is Sufficient For Thee
By Joe Keim
May 1, 2010
Are you an angry person? Do you hold grudges against your spouse, children, and others? Has bitterness wrapped itself around you like chains, to the point where you often times feel like a prisoner, living in a dungeon, and completely unable to come free? Maybe, you have even considered suicide, because in your mind, that may be the only way out. Ah friend, let me tell you, there is a way out.
I want to tell you something. Please hear me. Many have felt what you are feeling, but the good thing is, when they reached the bottom of their pit and could not go any lower, they lifted their eyes for help and found it; you can too.
The Lord gives us hope by telling us that His grace is sufficient
And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: 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. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ's sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong. (2 Cor 12:9-10)
The Lord also tells us in Luke 18:27: And He said, The things which are impossible with men are possible with God.
The Lord would not ask something of you that wasn't possible. But the key to remember; it is His grace that is sufficient. It is through Him that ALL things are possible. If you keep your eyes on yourself and your own efforts, you will fail 100% of the time. Have you forgotten, you cannot even so much as lift a finger without the Lord's help.
Sometimes after an outburst of anger we pray and ask God to free us from it, but then we are disappointed in God for not answering our prayer. Let me say something about this: if we only run to Him when are in need, we will never fully tap into the grace that is available to us. Let me explain even further:
Our God is a relational God, not a problem solver on call. We can only grow in His sufficient grace and strength by having an intimate relationship with Him. This is done by spending time with Him on a daily basis; reading and memorizing His Word and praying.
Jesus faced extreme abuse and yet He never lost His temper or spoke a word in His own defense. He was one with the Father and often slipped away for time alone with Him. Did you know, that same strength is also available to us today? Yes, it is!
If you, or someone you know, struggles with anger and bitterness, will you let us know and we will send you a 31-lesson Bible study that will take the person through a process of overcoming. The name of the study book is "Uprooting Anger - Destroying the Monster Within", and sells for $18.50, if you can afford it. Our address and contact info is on the front of this publication. Write or call us!
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