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Help In Weakness

Find out all about God's inexhaustible provision of help for you in your weaknesses. Your life will never remain the same again.

"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." (2 Corinthians 12:9). This is one of Paul's most moving and deeply encouraging letters to the believers of his day (and, by extension, to us today). In this letter, he described an encounter he had with Jesus. We can all relate to this one way or another.

As human beings, we are always striving toward perfection- to be excellent, spotless, and faultless in all we do. Sadly, we are often confronted with the reality of our limitations and weaknesses. We are often confronted with circumstances and situations that are way beyond our human capacity to handle. As often is the case, the natural tendency is usually to give up and resign to fate. 

However, we can't do that knowing that we've got strength, help, and capacity, even in our obvious weaknesses and limitations. As I write this, I'm reminded of God's promise in 1 Corinthians 10:13: No temptation has overtaken you that is unusual for human beings. But God is faithful, and He will not allow you to be tempted beyond your strength. Instead, along with the temptation, He will also provide a way out so that you may be able to endure it. 

(ISV). God has always provided a way out of every challenge, even before the challenge comes. He is always ahead, making the crooked places straight in order to bring us to absolute victory. The challenge is either that we don't patiently wait on God to discover His way out for us or are not sensitive to seeing it.

God's provision is HIS GRACE. He helps or strengthens us by making His grace available. His dealings with human beings, even before the fall, have always been from the platform of grace. His character hasn't changed- He's still God. So, He said to Paul, "My grace is sufficient for thee..." The reason is that "my strength is made perfect in weakness..." 'Grace' is the Greek 'Charis.' It is the divine influence or act of the Holy Spirit on and on behalf of a person. It is the sum of God's capacity and resources available for every need of people, which is independent of the person's actions. It is the active show or manifestation of God's love. It ministers received and appropriated through faith in the gospel.

When you get to the end of yourself- and you will someday (if you are not already there yet)- remember that you have strength even in your weakness. God hasn't promised us a little grace, but an abundant grace: "...how much more will those who receive God’s abundant (overflowing) provision of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man, Jesus Christ!" (Romans 5:17 ISV). Jesus didn't suggest to Paul to 'endure' or live with his weakness and try to give excuses for his shortcomings. 

On the contrary, He told him, "look! I've got sufficient grace for you. Take as much as you want and change the situation. Don't ask Me to take it away. Use My grace and do something about the situation". Beloved, God has got sufficient, superabundant, and more than enough grace available for every need and circumstance of our lives. All you need is to RECEIVE. This sufficient, superabundant, overflowing, and more than enough grace is in Jesus Christ, the Son of God. This is why Paul often declared in his epistles saying, "the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen!" (Romans 16:24). We can't have more of Jesus in our lives because the Bible already told us that "of His FULLNESS have all we received, and grace for grace" (John 1:16). 

Notwithstanding, we can grow in His grace or have it increased or multiplied in our lives as we grow in the progressive knowledge of Him. Grace and peace be MULTIPLIED unto you through the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord. According to as His divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him [Jesus] that hath called us to glory and virtue. (2 Peter 1:2-3)So, if you are weak and feel like giving up, remember that there's a divine provision of help for your weaknesses. Don't quit or give up. Look to Jesus and receive the help and supply of strength you need to carry on.

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