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Wednesday, November 1, 2017

No Matter What I’m Facing, He is Sufficient For My Needs

In review of 2 Corinthians 13:4 it says, “Though He was crucified in weakness, yet He lives by the power of God. For we also are weak in Him, but we shall live with Him by the power of God toward you.”

Bottom Line:
He was crucified in weakness, yet he lives by God’s power. Likewise we too are weak, yet by God’s power we live with him and his assistance.

What this means to me:
While He was weak, in a human body, and died on the cross. Not He lives by the mighty power of God. I am also weak in my body, but now I can live and be strong as he is. I have God’s power to guide me.

Today's verse comes from 2 Corinthians 13 and recaps Paul's final advice to the church in Corinth. This was Paul's third time to visit and was going to give some final warnings and correction. Paul tells us that Christ is not weak when he deals with us; he is powerful. Although he was crucified in weakness, he now lives by the power of God. I'm also weak, just as Christ was, but I can live with God's power guiding me.

I should examine myself to see if my faith is genuine. Surely I can know that Jesus Christ is among me; if not, I would have failed the test. Paul prays to God that I will not do wrong by and to keep from refusing any spiritual correction I may receive.

That I would be alive with him and will have God's power, should be a comfort to me and all believers. Christians are not to just play church. We are not in this angry ocean of a world in a rubber raft with a plastic paddle. We are passengers on his Majesty's finest vessel, driven by the indwelling power of the Holy Spirit. We may be tempted to underestimate our ability to accomplish what Christ desires. However, I should not forget that Christ is on the bridge, directing the ship safely through the rough seas and finally into its eternal port.

My day of trouble will show exactly what I’m made of. When I come face-to-face with opposition, will I run and hide, or will I turn and face it head-on, bold in the greatness and might of God?

No one enjoys trouble. No one wants to face difficult circumstances. But these are just the places where God shows up and shows off. These are the places where our faith is deepened and our spirits renewed.

My weakness puts His power on full display. Trouble strengthens me and gives me a spine of steel. It’s a reminder that my strength is not enough; I need Almighty God on my side.

God sees what I’m facing, and He is telling me today that He is sufficient for my every need.