His Grace is Sufficient
August 11, 2022
Have you ever felt that the world is out to get you? Have you ever thought that everything is against you and wants you to fail? Have you ever believed that God, in all His wisdom, has forgotten about you? So have I. In fact, I think that many of us experience seasons where we have these feelings, and maybe even have experiences to back up these feelings. I have been thinking a lot about these feelings and these experiences lately and it led me to some thoughts. I wonder if the problem in the life of Christians is that we are too busy and worried about the wrong things in the world. I want to just work through two verses from the Apostle Paul that might help us work through these thoughts and maybe even do some conquering.
In Ephesians 6 Paul talks about the Armor of God. Specifically Ephesians 6:10-24. Pretty close to the beginning of that passage Paul says something that is very helpful in the thoughts of the world being against you. Ephesians 6:12 says, “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” Paul tells us that the Armor of God is designed to fight the battle against the spiritual forces, not the physical forces of the world. These spiritual forces, which I believe are Satan’s, are designed to destroy the Christian walk. So, in that sense, the world is against and it does want to see you fail. But, the Armor of God helps you depend on His Strength and His Might. Therefore, the battle is not against politics, or institutional wrongdoings, but against satan. It is the full armor of God that will help us in that battle. We must depend on Him to provide the armor. This brings me to Grace. Paul talks about this in another verse in 2 Corinthians 12:7-10
2 Corinthians 12:7-10 states, “7 or because of these surpassingly great revelations. Therefore, in order to keep me from becoming conceited, I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me. 8 Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. 9 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 10 That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” Here Paul allows us to see that we are given Grace, which provides all the strength we need to fight the battle. I love this passage because Paul tells us that he delights in weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and all difficulties. Why? Because in His weakness, God makes him strong. Therefore, in the realm of spiritual battles, we will always win.
All of this leads me to believe that one of the biggest problems facing the Christian in the world today is how we face and tackle our challenges. It is true that we will have them. We must understand though, that our challenges are not caused by people or anything else on this world. They are caused by the one who wants to see us fail, so….. Strap on the full armor of God to cover up your weakness with His Grace and accept the strength He gives us through His Grace. Then, and only then, will we fully be able to fight the battles that lay before us.