2 Corinthians 12:9 - Power in Weakness.

2 Corinthians 12:9 - Power in Weakness.

2 Corinthians 12:9 (NIV) My grace is sufficient for you, for my 
power is made perfect in weakness.  


Paul's Vision and His Thorn: 2 Corinthians 12:1-10.

Just as God permitted Satan to test Job (Job 1-2) and Peter 
(Luke 22:31-34), so He permitted Satan to attack Paul. God wanted to 
keep Paul humble after his exciting visit to heaven. In the loving 
will of God, suffering has a purpose that can be fulfilled in no 
other way. Accept it, and it will become a heavenly blessing; fight 
it, and it will become a heavy burden..... Like our Lord in Gethsemane 
(Matt. 26:44), Paul prayed three times for God to deliver him; but the 
Lord did not answer that prayer as Paul wanted. However, God did meet 
the need and gave His servant the grace he required. Paul did not 
simply make the best of it--he made the most of it. Grace can do that 
for you. [Chapter by Chapter Bible Commentary by Warren Wiersbe] 

   The first gunshot heard at many ten-kilometer races and 
marathons is not for runners but for wheelchair racers. These people have 
taken what many would consider a disadvantage and turned it into an 
asset. They have taken one of life's setbacks and have turned it into a 
major victory.  
   Like wheelchair racers, Paul, too, has a physical 
disadvantage. He never really explains what it is, but we can tell from what 
he says that it is painful and crippling. Paul does not let this 
condition overcome him, however. Instead, he counts it to his advantage. 
As you read, think of your "limitations" and how you can turn them 
into strengths for Christ's sake.  
   Today, it is not easy to find someone so willing to boast 
about a personal weakness as Paul was. That is because weaknesses are 
seen as liabilities, not assets. But God sees the situation exactly 
the opposite. When we are strong and confident in our abilities, we 
may never notice our need for God. However, when we are weak and 
incapable, we may realize our need for him.  
   Have you ever felt weak? Your human frailty  whether 
physical, emotional, mental, or spiritual  gives God an opportunity to 
display his power in your life. Admit your weaknesses, and rely on God's 
power to be effective in those areas. Thank him for your talent, but 
thank him also for your weaknesses (2 Corinthians 12:9). They will 
help you develop Christian character, accomplish God's work, and 
deepen your worship. [The One Year Through the Bible Devotional by Dave 
Veerman re vv. 12:6-10] 


Here is recorded one of the greatest spiritual truths in all of 
Scripture: God's strength is made perfect (complete, mature) in our 
weakness. Verse 10 expresses it again in summary fashion: "For when I am 
weak, then I [through Christ's power] am strong." [Believer's SB] 

Jesus had taught his disciples this principle years before: "I 
am the vine, you are the branches. Those who abide in me and I in 
them bear much fruit, because apart from me you can do nothing" (John 
15:5 NRSV). It is only when believers remain in Christ and rely on 
Christ's power that they become truly effective. (Life Application 

   He has been called "God of the gaps" by those who suggest 
humanity needs a deity only when we can't explain mysteries. The 
assumption is that as science increases our understanding, the need to 
believe in God decreases - and that one day we will have enough natural 
explanations not to need a deity at all. While that approach is superficial 
and that sort of "God of the gaps" is a completely unnecessary 
reduction of His role, we can certainly embrace another sense of the term. 
In the gaps of our lives, we need Him desperately.  
   We can believe in a God of our own gaps. In fact, that's 
where He shows up in power most often. Wherever we're needy, broken, 
and weak, that's where He rises up in strength to provide, repair, 
and defend. While we try to cover up our vulnerabilities and 
establish our strength, He waits for us to realize how incapable we are 
without Him. When we're finally at the end of our rope, that's when He 
is finally able to act without anyone mistaking His victories for 
our self-effort. He loves to fill feeble vessels with divine 
strength. His Presence attends our weakness.  
   Present your weakness to God. Do the same with your lack and 
your brokenness. Whatever gaps you have, let God fill them with His 
strength, His provision, and His healing. He is glorified far more in the 
deserts and valleys of our lives than in the gardens and peaks. That's 
good news for us because we have far more deserts and valleys to 
offer Him than gardens and peaks. He welcomes that - and promises to 
fill those places with Himself.  
   Lord, I have plenty of weakness to give You. You know the 
cracks and crevices of my life, the fault lines and frailties that keep 
me feeling insufficient. But You are my sufficiency and my 
strength. I depend on You. Please step into my gaps with Yourself and Your 
help. [The One Year Experiencing God's Presence Devotional by Chris 

   I am a mighty God. Nothing is too difficult for Me. I have 
chosen to use weak ones like you to accomplish My purposes. Your 
weakness is designed to open you up to My Power. Therefore, do not fear 
your limitations or measure the day's demands against your strength. 
What I require of you is to stay connected to Me, living in trusting 
dependence on My limitless resources. When you face unexpected demands, 
there is no need to panic. Remember that I am with you. Talk with Me, 
and listen while I talk you through each challenging situation.  
   I am not a careless God. When I allow difficulties to come 
into your life, I equip you fully to handle them. Relax in My 
Presence, trusting in My Strength. (Luke 1:37; 2 Cor. 12:9) [Jesus Calling 
by Sarah Young] 

   Let Me fill you with my Love, Joy, and Peace. These are 
Glory-gifts, flowing from my living Presence. Though you are an earthen 
vessel, I designed you to be filled with heavenly contents. Your 
weakness is not a deterrent to being filled with My Spirit; on the 
contrary, it provides an opportunity for My Power to shine forth more 
   As you go through this day, trust Me to provide the strength 
that you need moment by moment. Don't waste energy wondering whether 
you are adequate for today's journey. My Spirit within you is more 
than sufficient to handle whatever this day may bring. That is the 
basis for your confidence! In quietness (spending time alone with Me) 
and confident trust (relying on My sufficiency) is your strength. (2 
Cor. 4:7; Isa. 30:15) [Jesus Calling by Sarah Young] 

   When some basic need is lacking - time, energy, money - 
consider yourself blessed. Your very lack is an opportunity to latch onto 
Me in unashamed dependence. When you begin a day with inadequate 
resources, you must concentrate your efforts on the present moment. This is 
where you are meant to live - in the present; it is the place where I 
always await you. Awareness of your inadequacy is a rich blessing, 
training you to rely wholeheartedly on Me.  
   The truth is that self-sufficiency is a myth perpetuated by 
pride and temporary success. Health and wealth can disappear 
instantly, as can life itself. Rejoice in your insufficiency, knowing that 
My Power is made perfect in weakness. (James 1:2; 2 Cor. 12:9) 
[Jesus Calling by Sarah Young] 

   Do not worry about tomorrow! This is not a suggestion, but a 
command. I divided time into days and nights, so that you would have 
manageable portions of life to handle. My grace is sufficient for you. but 
its sufficiency is for only one day at a time. When you worry about 
the future, you heap day upon day of troubles onto your flimsy 
frame. You stagger under this heavy load, which I never intended you to 
   Throw off this oppressive burden with one quick thrust of 
trust. Anxious thoughts meander about and crisscross in your brain, but 
trusting Me brings you directly into My Presence. As you thus affirm your 
faith, shackles of worry fall off instantly. Enjoy My Presence 
continually by trusting Me at all times. (Mat. 6:34; 2Co. 12:9; Psa. 62:8) 
[Jesus Calling by Sarah Young] 


   The verse "MY grace IS sufficient for YOU" was framed and 
hanging on the wall. The word "is" was highlighted in bright green, 
while the words "my" and "you" were painted in yet another color. In a 
moment, a message flashed straight to my soul, coming as a rebuke for 
having prayed such a prayer as, "Lord, make Your grace sufficient for 
me." His answer was almost an audible voice that said, "How dare you 
ask for something that is? I cannot make My grace any more 
sufficient than I have already made it. Get up and believe it, and you will 
find it to be true in your life." 
   The Lord says it in the simplest way: "My grace is [not will 
be or may be] sufficient for you." The words "my," "is," and "you" 
were from that moment indelibly written upon my heart. And 
thankfully, I have been trying to live in the reality of that truth from 
that day to the present time. 
   The underlying lesson that came to me through this 
experience, and that I seek to convey to others, is this: Never change God's 
facts into hopes or prayers but simply accept them as realities, and 
you will find them to be powerful as you believe them. H. W. Webb 
Peploe  [Streams In The Desert By Cowman] 

"God uses failure, sickness, breakdown, sin, personal tragedy, 
and sorrow to reduce His people to usefulness. Unless the servant of 
God learns to depend utterly on God and to forsake self-dependence 
of any kind, he or she remains too strong to be of much value." 
Robert C. Girard [The 365-Day Devotional Commentary] 

Saints bear up under every discouragement, believing that all 
things work together for their good, and that out of apparent evils a 
real blessing shall ultimately spring--that their God will either work 
a deliverance for them speedily, or most assuredly support them in 
the trouble, Charles H. Spurgeon 


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