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2 Corinthians 12

Thank You, Lord, that You love me like no other.

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“Because of the extravagance of those revelations [as Paul described in v 1-6], and so I wouldn’t get a big head, I was given the gift of a handicap to keep me in constant touch with my limitations.  Satan’s angel did his best to get me down; what he in fact did was push me to my knees.  No danger then of walking around high and mighty!  At first I didn’t think of it as a gift, and begged God to remove it.  Three times I did that, and then He told me, ‘My grace is enough; it’s all you need.  My strength comes into its own in your weakness.’

“Once I heard that, I was glad to let it happen.  I quit focusing on the handicap and began appreciating the gift.  It was a case of Christ’s strength moving in my weakness.  Now I take limitations in stride, and with good cheer, these limitations that cut me down to size — abuse, accidents, opposition, bad breaks.  I just let Christ take over!  And so the weaker I get, the stronger I become.'”  (v 7-10 MSG)

Considering a continual weakness something to be excited about, Lord, is a difficult thing to do.  It’s definitely not the natural choice of my nature; but rather an act of the will, a choice made through Your spirit within me.  You summed it up so well with “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness” (v 9 NIV)

Thank You for Your grace.  There are so many facets to this wondrous favor You bestow on me, even when I don’t deserve it.  You withhold justice through Your mercy and lavish Your love upon me by Your grace.

There’s a chorus from Women of Faith that says,

“But for Your grace I could not be saved
But for Your grace I would go my way
I’m forever grateful
That You have been faithful to me, Lord
And for Your amazing grace” *

Thank You for my weaknesses, Father.  Thanks for my limitations that make way for Your limitless power to be manifested in my life, as You keep making me just like Jesus.  Amen.

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