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November 29,  2020                                            
 

“Our Sufficiency is of God”

 

2Corinthians 3:5 Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think any thing as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God;

 

2Corinthians 9:6-11 But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully. Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work:  (As it is written, He hath dispersed abroad; he hath given to the poor: his righteousness remaineth for ever. Now he that ministereth seed to the sower both minister bread for your food, and multiply your seed sown, and increase the fruits of your righteousness;) Being enriched in every thing to all bountifulness, which causeth through us thanksgiving to God.

 

I am convinced that knowing and sincerely believing that in Christ we always have all sufficiency in all things, is something we spend our entire lives learning.  What a blessing it is to realize that as a child of God, there is NEVER even a split-second in your life that your Heavenly Father doesn’t have every single need you have completely covered.

We can see from the scriptures quoted above that our God is always sufficient in supplying all grace for every need.

We see His grace is always sufficient in all of our giving and receiving.

 In times like these when things are in many ways so uncertain, we can be confident that God has not changed.  He does not need a booming economy in order to provide His beloved children with their daily bread. How many times in days gone by have we heard our former Pastor W. N. Otwell say, “You just can’t out give God.”

We see His grace is always sufficient in all of our sorrow and sickness.

 2Corinthians 12:9 And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

 Paul’s infirmity in the flesh caused him to call out to the Lord three different times for healing, but we see the Lord’s answer, that even when we are physically weak, the power of His strength working in us is always enough for us to be successful in fulfilling His perfect will for our lives.

We see His grace is always sufficient in all of our desperation and despair.

 2Corinthians 1:8-10 For we would not, brethren, have you ignorant of our trouble which came to us in Asia, that we were pressed out of measure, above strength, insomuch that we despaired even of life:

But we had the sentence of death in ourselves, that we should not trust in ourselves, but in God which raiseth the dead:

Who delivered us from so great a death, and doth deliver: in whom we trust that he will yet deliver us;

 The Apostle Paul again testifying of his great trials and persecutions he faced so often as he stood faithful to proclaim the gospel.  We see that even this great man of God came to the very end of himself and despaired of his own life, but ultimately was delivered by trusting once again in the all sufficient grace of His loving Father.

            We see His grace is always sufficient in all of our faults and failures.

 1Peter 5:10 But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you.

To him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.

             The Apostle Peter knew all about faults and failures, as we all know at one point he went so far as to deny the Lord three times.  Yet years later, the Lord used His all sufficient grace and strength to guide Peter’s inspired life and writings to encourage a countless multitude of struggling saints to remain true and faithful.

Brothers and Sisters, none of us know what tomorrow may bring.  This year has most definitely been a testimony to that fact.  But praise be to God, we do not have to live in doubt and fear.  We have been given a precious promise from God Himself.

Ephesians 3:20-21 Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,

Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.

 

            Lord help your light to shine through us as we trust not in the arm of the flesh, but as we rest in the all-sufficient grace of our God!

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