God IS!!! Open your eyes and hearts.. What is true ‘Love’? Not want or desire; but actual Love; not a bastardization of what IS and will always be. The ORIGINAL!!!
God chose me, Love Loves me, protects me, provides for me. God said, “I am with you always, even to the end of the age” Matthew 28:20, and “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness” 2 Corinthians 12:9.
🤔 There is an end to this ‘age’?
🤔 Weak? What is weakness?
Paul’s claim is that God had given him a “thorn in his flesh” (2 Cor 12:7) in order to prevent him from becoming conceited because of his powerful experiences and revelations from God. He said that he had pleaded with God to remove this “messenger from Satan” (2 Cor 12:8) but God’s reply was our verse 9.
God will not have us stand on our own strength. He would have us rely on him alone. Just as Gideon was deprived of the troops for a human victory over Israel’s enemies (Ju 7), God would deprive us of anything in ourselves that would boast of our own might in the life God has called us to.
Rather than be upset with God, Paul used the opportunity to praise God and boast in Christ alone (1 Cor 1:31). He had come to love the fact that he had “died, and [his] life [was] now hidden with Christ in God (Col 3:3). He also valued the results that came about as a result of his surrender to God’s will for his life, even the hardship of this humbling thorn.
Breaking Down the Key Parts of 2 Corinthians 12:9
#1 “But he said to me,”
God’s Word to the Apostle Paul was authoritative and inspired Paul to write infallible Scripture. One of the things God spoke to Paul was this particular Word, spoken in response to “unanswered” prayer from Paul. Sometimes when God doesn’t answer, it is because his answer is, “No.”
#2 “My grace is sufficient for you,”
How wonderful to receive the grace of God. We need nothing else. In this case, God is explaining that even if he is not going to deliver Paul of this “weakness,” it does not mean that God has no grace for Paul. This grace was first manifested in his salvation of Paul on the road to Damascus. In this case, God is saying that his salvation was all that Paul truly needed, and also that God would give him the grace to weather this “weakness.”
#3 “for my power is made perfect in weakness.”
It is sometimes misunderstood as being a weakness in some sin. This is not probable. More likely it is some physical ailment, but there is no way to know for certain. If Paul were talking about sin then he would be guilty of what others are accusing him of saying, “What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase” (Ro 6:1)?
#4 “Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.”
Paul lists “insults, hardships, persecutions, and difficulties,” (2 Cor 12:10) as, and along with his weaknesses that he will boast in for the sake of glorifying God for the power of Christ to rest upon him. Paul has found the secret to the Christian life. He has died to himself and lives unto God for the sake of Christ. Any weakness in his flesh will serve to bring God more glory as Paul accepts what God has for him with great trust in his plan and his goodness.
I have life because of Him. But, is life worth the living just because He lives?
Is He sufficient? The question is valid for all who know Him. Jesus gave His all for us; He “fills all in all” (Ephesians 1:23), and He wants to be our all. The question is, “Is He enough?”