“Sufficient Grace”

 

sufficient grace

 

In the scriptures (2 Corinthians 12:8-10)  Paul spoke of calling out to God to help him. Paul had enough of dealing with problems and he begged God that the whole issue would depart from him.  God’s response…”My grace which is my favor, my lovingkindness, and my mercy are all that you need.  My grace is sufficient against any danger and it enables you to bear this trouble manfully.  My strength and power are made perfect and show themselves MOST effective in your weakness.”

Paul’s heart was totally toward God and he realized that all he had to do was allow God’s grace to rest upon him.  One translation implies to allow God’s grace to rest as a tent pitched upon us.  What an awesome way of looking at dwelling and drawing upon His wonderful grace.

Paul then said, “when I am weak in my own human strength, then I am truly strong, able and powerful in God’s strength.” Paul saw that God’s grace was all that he needed.  He saw that it was sufficient.  God’s grace is adequate for any purpose and it is always more than enough.   God’s grace is sufficient for us as well.  May we draw upon it as we live this life.



“Allow Him To Mold You”

Allow Him to mold you

“We are just clay, and You are the potter.

 

We are the product of Your creative action, shaped and formed …”

Isaiah 68:8 (the Voice)

 

We are the clay that He has to work with.  Let us remain pliable that He is able to work and form us.    One of the very first things a potter will do with that clump of clay is center in on his wheel.  For us to be worked and formed for His purposes we could look at it this way…

 

Stay centered on His “wheel”

and you will be in the

center of His will.

 

As I pondered this devotional my heart began to think about four things that will position us that He can continue to mold us.  I already stated the first and that is to stay centered or focused on Him.  The other things would be

*stay humble before God.

*stay humble before others.

*see yourself humbly for this will guard you from self deception, which is the worst of all deceptions.

 

Let us humble ourselves in the sight of the Lord that He may continue to work and form us for His purposes.

 

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“We Are the Work of His Hands”

Potter A

If you believe that there is indeed a Creator and you know that He formed you within your mother’s womb, then this image should speak volumes to your heart.   Everyone of us are still under the molding and workmanship of the Master’s hands.  His hands are loving and they work with purpose.  Some days we might not feel all that great on the outside and things may be a bit stormy on the inside but know this…God’s loving hand is at work in your life.

 

Isaiah 64:8  (the Voice translation)

“Still, Eternal One, You are our Father.

    We are just clay, and You are the potter.

We are the product of Your creative action, shaped and formed into something of worth.”

 

Next time you feel  tempted to question your own worth I encourage you to refer to this scripture.  Next time you feel put down by others or you feel you do not measure up to the world’s “plastic” images of success, remember this…

YOU ARE the work of His hand!  God bless you.

 

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“The Lord Provides”

provides

Luke 12:27-27 (TLB)

“Look at the lilies! They don’t toil and spin, and yet Solomon in all his glory was not robed as well as they are.  And if God provides clothing for the flowers that are here today and gone tomorrow, don’t you suppose that he will provide clothing for you, you doubters?”

 

This scripture reminds us of God’s loving care and how He watches over us and is there to provide for us all that we need in that particular moment of need.

 

I heard one of my favorite news contributors being asked a question and it went something like this…The interviewer asked him “If you had to give words of advice relative to this situation what would you say?”    His humble face showed that he did not have the answer in that present moment that he was being interviewed but then he said, “The Lord would provide.”  Basically he was saying that if  he had  to have an answer to that question that he would know exactly what to say when that moment came.  He knew God would put the words in his mouth to speak.

 

This man’s words just refreshed my heart and reminded me that this is how life is to be lived.  Many times things can look so complicated.  Sometimes it seems we can fear making decisions.  We may be afraid that we are not going to have the answers that we need.  Yet if we trust Him to provide in the exact moment of need THE LORD WILL PROVIDE.

 

I felt challenged to just ponder this thought more.  When I need wisdom…The Lord will provide.   When I need strength…The Lord will provide.  When I need direction…The Lord will provide.  Think about all you may need and then begin to become strong in your faith that the Lord will provide!

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“Lean Not…”

trust and lean not

Sometimes the easiest thing to do is turn to your own thoughts and understanding in matters we face.   Many times we can overlook the fact that God may be seeing our situation in an entirely different way and it would do us good to throw everything into reverse, be quiet and consult with Him.  I think the most common mistake we can make is only taking difficult matters to Him because we think the easy ones we can figure out on our own.

 

I can not tell you how many times I thought a matter was a simple one to wake up and find it to be complicated.  Somewhere along the line I was leaning on my own understanding and not trusting to see His guidance for that matter.

 

There are different ways that one can lean relative to their understanding.   You may have a very strong opinion about something and that is okay but then again our opinions must always be based on truth or they can get us in trouble.  Sometimes leaning on your own understanding can become like a crutch or a comfy place.  You may be tending resist looking beyond your own ways unto God’s ways therefore it hinders you from trusting Him.

 

God has blessed us with intelligence, creativity  and know how but let us always be mindful to lean upon Him even in the smallest of matters that He is able to guide our paths.  Today I encourage you to learn of Him and lean on Him!

 

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6 Responses to “Devotional”

  1. Lisa Viands says:

    This is a good way of teaching the kids to forgive each other(Matt. 5:7). I like the power of this gentle scripture and lesson… Thanks!!

  2. Selena Neely says:

    Ralph &I are really enjoying your devotional together.

  3. Selena Neely says:

    Oh, what a wonderful reminder! I want to break the magnifing glass of worry and trust God for each step I take.

  4. Dona Hake says:

    It is interesting Selena how the more we worry the bigger and more magnified things get in our minds. Oh how important it is to trust our God for the smallest of things! Thank you for sharing!