His Grace Is Sufficient | INFEMI Sermon By Deaconess Jackie Wandia

His Grace Is Sufficient: Sermon By Deaconess Jackie Wandia

True, there is nothing to be gained by it, but [as I am obliged] to boast, I will go on to visions and revelations of the Lord. I know a man in Christ who fourteen years ago—whether in the body or out of the body I do not know, God knows—was caught up to the third heaven.

And I know that this man—whether in the body or away from the body I do not know, God knows— was caught up into paradise, and he heard utterances beyond the power of man to put into words, which man is not permitted to utter. Of this same [man’s experiences] I will boast, but of myself (personally) I will not boast, except as regards my infirmities (my weaknesses).

Should I desire to boast, I shall not be a witless braggart, for I shall be speaking the truth. But I abstain [from it] so that no one may form a higher estimate of me than [is justified by] what he sees in me or hears from me. And to keep me from being puffed up and too much elated by the exceeding greatness (preeminence) of these revelations, there was given me a thorn (a splinter) in the flesh, a messenger of Satan, to rack and buffet and harass me, to keep me from being excessively exalted.

Three times I called upon the Lord and besought [Him] about this and begged that it might depart from me. But He said to me, My grace (My favor and loving-kindness and mercy) is enough for you [sufficient against any danger and enables you to bear the trouble manfully]; for My strength and power are made perfect (fulfilled and completed) and [b]show themselves most effective in [your] weakness. Therefore, I will all the more gladly glory in my weaknesses and infirmities, that the strength and power of Christ (the Messiah) may rest (yes, may pitch a tent over and dwell) upon me!

So for the sake of Christ, I am well pleased and take pleasure in infirmities, insults, hardships, persecutions, perplexities and distresses; for when I am weak [[d]in human strength], then am I [truly] strong (able, powerful in divine strength). 

 2 Corinthians 12: 1-10 (AMPC)

Grace is not a created substance. It is love and mercy from God. It is favour and enablement of the Holy Spirit. It is a dynamic force that enables us to accomplish what He has for us.

When we say His grace is sufficient, we mean the power and grace of the Holy Spirit is enough.

In every season, God’s grace is sufficient for you.

Grace is given freely. It’s given to us even when we don’t recognise it. Even when things are going well, God has given us His grace.

God is enough is in our place of discomfort and weakness.

Grace shifts your dependence from yourself to God.

Grace reveals what is absent and equips you with what is required. 

Grace is what people crave when their guilt is revealed. And this is the same that is demanded of us when we are wronged.

Grace was also present in the Old Testament. God chasing Adam and Eve out of the Garden was an act of grace. He also slayed a lamb and made clothes for them. God was also gracious to Abraham and Sarah. He visited them to give them a son.

Christ is the embodiment of grace and truth.

Grace acknowledges the full implications of sin but will not condemn you.

Hope does not disappoint. It’s an assurance that despite your current situation, God is able.

God still chose Moses even after he killed the Egyptian.

Grace also works in the place of endurance and overcoming difficult situations.

Grace is not only proven in the doors that are opened but also in tough situations that are overcome.

Grace works as a function but it is also found in the place of relationship.

Difficult seasons expands us. They expose our hearts and reveal our potential. Every difficult season and situation in your life God will turn it for your good e.g. Joseph’s life.

There is grace to conquer. Our focus should be on God.

Every day in our Christian walk we experience grace.

God’s grace makes us effective in our service. It enables us to function in our gifts and talents.

You can never run out of grace. It’s abundant in supply.

God’s grace is sufficient in our salvation. We are saved by God’s grace. Grace empowers you to not stay stagnant in your walk with God. It’s grace that gives you victory over every temptation.

It has trained us to reject and renounce all ungodliness (irreligion) and worldly (passionate) desires, to live discreet (temperate, self-controlled), upright, devout (spiritually whole) lives in this present world, awaiting and looking for the [fulfillment, the realization of our] blessed hope, even the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Christ Jesus (the Messiah, the Anointed One), Who gave Himself on our behalf that He might redeem us (purchase our freedom) from all iniquity and purify for Himself a people [to be peculiarly His own, people who are] eager and enthusiastic about [living a life that is good and filled with] beneficial deeds.  

Titus 2:12-14 (AMPC)

You can’t outsin God’s grace. But let us not use grace as an excuse to sin. What you sow, you will reap.

God expects growth in our walk with Him. He has given us grace to be able to access Him.

God’s grace is sufficient in all seasons of difficulty.

Having grace means you will not crash under the pressures of life. It doesn’t mean that you won’t experience pain.

And God is able to make all grace (every favor and earthly blessing) come to you in abundance, so that you may always and under all circumstances and whatever the need be self-sufficient [possessing enough to require no aid or support and furnished in abundance for every good work and charitable donation].

 2 Corinthians 9:8 (AMPC)

Grace does not give us the right to be lazy. It gives us the capacity to become.

So by whatever [appeal to you there is in our mutual dwelling in Christ, by whatever] strengthening and consoling and encouraging [our relationship] in Him [affords], by whatever persuasive [incentive there is in love, by whatever participation in the [Holy] Spirit [we share], and by whatever depth of affection and compassionate sympathy,

Fill up and complete my joy by living in harmony and being of the same mind and one in purpose, having the same love, being in full accord and of one harmonious mind and intention. Do nothing from factional motives [through contentiousness, strife, selfishness, or for unworthy ends] or prompted by conceit and empty arrogance. Instead, in the true spirit of humility (lowliness of mind) let each regard the others as better than and superior to himself [thinking more highly of one another than you do of yourselves].   

Philippians 2:1-3 (AMPC)

Grace is very costly though it’s freely given. You can never earn it or work for it. Christ had to die for us to access it.

God has graced us for every season to become and to do what He asks. He has promised us that He will never leave us.

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