Live Out Your Story of GRACE. December 28, 2015
“If I wanted to boast, I would be no fool in doing so, because I would be telling the truth. But I won’t do it, because I don’t want anyone to give me credit beyond what they can see in my life or hear in my message, even though I have received such wonderful revelations from God. So to keep me from becoming proud, I was given a thorn in my flesh, a message from Satan to torment me and keep me from becoming proud.
Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away form me. 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 weakness, so that Christ’s power may rest in me. That’s why I take pleasure in my weaknesses, and in the insults, hardships, persecutions, and troubles that I suffer for Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” 2 Corinthians 12:6-10
I am a drug addict. The slightest look at a pill bottle will cause me to instantly want to crawl back down that dark, ugly rabbit hole, which would ultimately kill me spiritually and physically. I often struggle with epic panic attacks to the point of not breathing, thoughts of suicide, and other crazy negative things that come from the pit of Hell.
I have a choice, dwell on those thoughts, become consumed, and ultimately give in. Or pray, speak up, and work through the temptation with the Lord, until it is gone. Option two has worked so amazingly for me for 11 plus years now.
These are my thorns.
More then once I have been asked how I can believe I am saved if I still struggle with these things at the magnitude in which I do. I have no doubts in my mind that I am saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ. My story of grace is a reminder that God can and will use anyone willing and eager to serve.
My thorns kept me from serving Him for many years. I doubted who I was in Him because I asked the same questions others ask, how is Jesus living inside of me when I am still battling these things?
The Lord answered,
“My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” (v9)
Like Paul in verse 6, “I don’t want anyone to give me credit beyond what they can see in my life or hear in my message.”
My message is that through Jesus Christ your life can be CHANGED. Through Jesus Christ you will have the power to overcome your greatest trials and temptations. ONLY through Jesus Christ.
This world is ready to devour you. Satan would like nothing more then to blanket you in shame because of the trials you face day in and day out. But those trials are apart of your story of grace. Each one shares that God is constantly doing a mighty work in and through you. There is no shame in that.
John 16:33 says, “These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”
Each trial, tear, attack, it is overcome already. Do not be ashamed of your story of grace, LIVE IT OUT!!
In His grace,
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