Archive | May, 2014

grace in weakness

19 May

For the past few weeks, our Pastors have been preaching a sermon series titled, “Grace Poured Out.”  These messages have touched me so deeply.  If you or someone you know struggles to believe that God’s grace covers ALL your sins, I would highly recommend listening to these sermons.  You can log on to http://www.fellowshipoftherockies.org/ click on “LISTEN TO THIS WEEK’S MESSAGE” and be brought to a page that will allow you to listen to the four messages that have been preached in this series so far.

It is no secret to those who have been reading since the beginning, that I struggle with accepting that God’s grace is for me.  I find myself forgetting to apply the truth about God’s grace to my life.  I have no trouble believing that it is for others, but struggle with accepting that it is for me as well.  So much of what has been preached in these messages has felt like it was being spoken directly to me by God.

Putting limits on God’s grace is what kept me in deep sin for so long.  Even though I grew up in church, in the Bible, surrounded by Christian family and friends, I had such a hard time believing that I could be forgiven when I stumbled.  I felt that my sins were too great and I had accepted that I would spend eternity in hell.  I don’t know how I got so confused about forgiveness and grace, but it has been a long process of me struggling to believe that I am a child of God.  One of the things my brother used to tell me was that I didn’t have to clean up to come to God.  I just needed to come to God and He would clean me up.  I didn’t believe that then, but looking back now, it is so evident that is what happened in my life.

Yesterday’s sermon was titled “God’s Grace in Weakness” and this message spoke to me more than any of the others have so far.  The sermon text was from 2 Corinthians 12:7-10.

7So to keep me from becoming conceited because of the surpassing greatness of the revelations, a thorn was given me in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to harass me, to keep me from becoming conceited. 8Three times I pleaded with the Lord about this, that it should leave me. 9But 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 of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 10For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.11 I have been a fool! You forced me to it, for I ought to have been commended by you. For I was not at all inferior to these super-apostles, even though I am nothing. 12The signs of a true apostle were performed among you with utmost patience, with signs and wonders and mighty works.

It struck me like a bat when our Pastor said, “God’s plan is not to make me stronger.  His plan is to make me weaker.”  He wants to strip me of self-sufficiency.  He wants to remind me that all strength comes from Him.  Something people say to someone who is hurting…say a grieving mother…”God will not give you more than you can handle.”  Well, for so long I have thought that was a pile of crap.  Yesterday, Pastor Duane said that very thing.  He said God will ABSOLUTELY give us more than we can handle so that He can be the strength we need.  Amen to that.

In losing Angel, I knew from the very beginning of the journey, that I would not survive it on my own strength.  I would have to lean on God’s strength more than I ever had in my life.  He would have to carry me through and be my everything.  It was not easy to trust Him and His will, but I knew that it was the only way.  Yesterday’s sermon reminded me of this and spoke to me about struggles I am currently going through.  I do not have to be strong.  I do not have to know all the answers.  I do not need to be afraid.  His power is made perfect in my weakness.  What an amazing promise from our Savior.  I pray this can be an encouragement for you as well.

 

 

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