“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
By: Abi Morton, Executive Director, Clothed by Faith
May 4, 2018
When I came into a relationship with The Lord, it wasn't through any big event, one individual person, or a moving worship service. It was in isolation living in an apartment in Washington DC that the Lord and I entered into a deep relationship together. I believe it happened at that time because my heart was ready to receive the Lord. I wanted to be free of my "old" ways and enjoy God's love and grace. I accepted that I didn't deserve any of the good things that our precious Lord has done or prepared for me. I took hold of the relationship the Lord was offering me, because He has let me understand that through His precious son our Lord Jesus and His amazing Grace, I am free to be loved by the Lord and to Love Him. What was going on in that apartment in D.C. was a revival of my heart and in turn, every aspect of my life changed. This revival went on for a season of months. The Lord romanced me and drew me closer to him. Lovingly convicting me of my sin and bringing to the forefront of my mind what I need to change and let go.
This personal revival and my new-found relationship with the Lord made me feel empowered and strong – ready to tackle anything! What I did not realize at the time was that God was preparing me for ministry and I still had a very important lesson to learn. He gave me the verse “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” 2 Corinthians 12:9
At first, I didn't ever really understand why He was giving that verse to me. As I was moving into ministry, I felt very "strong". I thought, maybe God is telling me that I am "perfect" for the job. How foolish was I. What I was failing to do was submit myself to The Lord and prayerfully understand that there would be more times than not that I would be too "weak" to complete the tasks given to me. Often, I rely on The Lord to do miracles in order for my relationship with Him and the function of the ministry to go well. I frequently would try and do things in my own strength and would end up wasting time and effort with no results. When I let go, The Lord steps in and completes the miracle so that "when I am weak... He is strong" and therefore glorified.
So often today, because of the increasingly narcissistic society and mind frame we live in, we try to do things in our own so that we can prove that we "did it.” God is clearly telling us not to do that. He wants us to do our part and work for Him, but we need to leave Him room to be glorified by allowing Him to release His power in our lives. It's not in our strength that revival will come it's through accepting that we are weak and need the power of Jesus at all times in every area of our lives.
Dear Lord Our Father, Lord Jesus and Holy Spirit,
Thank you and praise you that your Grace is sufficient for us. Thank you that we have done nothing to deserve the love you give us which is greater than any earthly father. Praise you Lord that you use our weakness so that you can be our strength and be glorified. We need revival Lord because we are too weak to correct our ways in our own strength, bring revival! Lord let us be a city and a people renewed and refreshed by your almighty and blood cleansing power. Thank you Lord that there will be a day when every tongue and tribe will confess that YOU ARE LORD! Amen.
“Every great revival in history had the grace of God at its core. An awakening to the grace of God will release the power of the Gospel, and revival will be the result. Revival isn’t the result of holiness. Holiness is the result of revival.” Andrew Wommack. www.awmi.net/reading/teaching-articles/romans/