Grace sufficient to prepare

“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.” 2 Corinthians 12:9 NIV

God’s grace is so powerful. I pray you learn it with your heart – it is the gospel in one word, it is the love and mercy and forgiveness, it is the assistance to get through hard times, it is the vehicle we ride in fueled my God’s power to that takes us on the road we must travel to complete the plan he has for us.

Like I said in yesterday’s post. I do not know the specifics of God’s plan for me.  He hasn’t given me a vision or greater understanding.  I am obediently in the Grace vehicle doing as he tells me one day at a time.  I know if and when he wants more from me, after being faithful in little things, he will give me more.  (Luke 16:10)

I read a devotional saying to ask for Vision for God’s plan and a whole lesson on what that is, how and why we should ask. Good stuff! Yes ‘GOOD’ as in God given kind of good!  And it keeps going down the same line I am currently studying and sharing here.  

As we are going through such a time as this – it is important, all the more important, to draw close to God and be a willing servant.  He has a plan for us during this time.

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11 NIV

So we should seek him – truly seek him.
Every day while going through the social distancing I work on my friendships by calling, texting and reaching out to different friends and checking on them, just making small talk, and sending them things that make me think of them (and it isn’t easy for me, surprisingly).  God want more of a relationship than we have with our friend – he wants to be closer than your spouse and children. He wants us deep in his word to learn his plan and his ways. Get in there and learn how to pray and how to have a better relationship with him.

”But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” Matthew 6:33 KJV
Do not seek him for the “added unto you part” – seek him because he first loved us (1 John 4:19) and seek him for the guidance and wisdom.
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight” Proverbs 3:5-6

Although these blessings are bountiful and overflowing – be careful not to be hanging around our King for just the benefits – selfishness and greediness will not get you the rest of the way. 

“What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?” Romans 6:1-2 KJV

The vehicle I earlier called grace will break down if we have these priorities askew.
“As God’s co-workers we urge you not to receive God’s grace in vain. For he says, “In the time of my favor I heard you, and in the day of salvation I helped you.” I tell you, now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of salvation.” 2 Corinthians 6:1-2 NIV

Do not let grace abound – do not accept the grace in vain. 

11 And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed.
12 The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light.
13 Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying.
14 But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof.”

Romans 13:11-14 KJV

Sitting home, social distancing – no one can see if you are on course or taking advantage of the time when no one is looking.  But God is there with you and me – he sees, even our thoughts (as discussed in earlier posts).  What is his vision for me, for you – the fullness I do not know but RIGHT NOW, he wants us to repent of sin, and use this powerful grace to further his kingdom. RIGHT NOW he wants us to take this time to draw closer – to fall in love with him – to be blanketed in grace and love and grow strong.

Today’s pandemic is not yet the battle – that is on its way. Today’s pandemic is our peaceful time of growth and redemption.  Build on him, he is a firm foundation (Matthew 7:24). Vision will come. The battle cry will come.  Will your prayer life be strong enough? Will your faith be at least mustard seed size to cast out demons and heal the sick? Will you know how to walk in the spirit?  That time is a breath away – be ready.

“At that time the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish and five were wise. The foolish ones took their lamps but did not take any oil with them. The wise ones, however, took oil in jars along with their lamps. The bridegroom was a long time in coming, and they all became drowsy and fell asleep. “At midnight the cry rang out: ‘Here’s the bridegroom! Come out to meet him!’ “Then all the virgins woke up and trimmed their lamps. The foolish ones said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil; our lamps are going out.’ “‘No,’ they replied, ‘there may not be enough for both us and you. Instead, go to those who sell oil and buy some for yourselves.’ 10 “But while they were on their way to buy the oil, the bridegroom arrived. The virgins who were ready went in with him to the wedding banquet. And the door was shut. 11 “Later the others also came. ‘Lord, Lord,’ they said, ‘open the door for us!’ 12 “But he replied, ‘Truly I tell you, I don’t know you.’ 13 “Therefore keep watch, because you do not know the day or the hour.

Matthew 25:1-13 NIV

Make sure you have grown your LOVE for God so much that you desire Him like a bride for her husband – Make him the desire of your heart.  The urgency I feel in this is real. His vision will come and you need to be ready. The time is now.  Are you ready to say: “here am I. Send me!” (Isaiah 6:8)

I pray for you: “May he give you the desire of your heart and make all your plans succeed.” Psalm 20:4
And  that your heart’s desire is more of God.

Grace be with you ~Thank you for reading ~ be healthy and blessed ~ Pray for our nation and healthcare supplies ~ pray Psalm 91