Grace in Your Sufferings

2 Corinthians 12:8-9

“Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from 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 weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.”

Abba Father,

So many people I know today are sick, feeling depressed and are lost. They do not know which way to go or what to do. They have tried to fix their situations or help themselves to become better and have failed. They simply can’t do it by themselves. So what can they do? Where or Who do they turn to for solutions to their problems? Many have even questioned, “Is there an answer to this problem or am I in a hopeless situation?

The apostle Paul tells us in Romans 8:28 that in all things God works for the good of those that love him and have been called according to his purpose. We are to have hope, turn to him in prayer and look to him for the solutions we need. Only he can reveal to us what his plans are in our sufferings. There is a purpose for everything he created and for everything that happens to us. Our life is not to be lived for ourselves but for him. He is our creator, helper, the rock on which we can stand, our Savior and he alone is the only Almighty one!

God sent his Holy Spirit to dwell in those that believe in His son Jesus Christ. As we believe in him, that he died on a cross, was raised from the grave on the third day into glory and sits on the right Hand of God, we will receive his gift of his Holy Spirit. Because of God’s graceful sacrifice of his only son, his spirit lives in us. We renew our faith in Him and call him our Lord.

Many times we say we don’t know how to pray or ask God to help us. This is when we can rely on his Holy Spirit within us.

Romans 8:26 tells us that the Holy Spirit will help us in our weakness. It will intercede (act on our behalf) for us and pray for us in wordless groans. Jesus lovingly reaches down to touch us, heal us, and fill us with the strength we need to trust in his faithfulness. We have nothing to fear, even our present sufferings, because he is in us helping us at all times. As we believe in him from the depths of our hearts, he becomes our true Shepherd and our Savior. What more do we need? We may have felt lost in this world we live in because our true home is eternal with him.

Thanks be to God for his continual calling to come to Him in whatever situations we find ourselves in. Your Grateful Daughter.

Romans 8:18

“I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.”

Copyright 2019, Kay Brightwell, All Rights Reserved.

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