Contend earnestly to become like Christ – Part 1
‘Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that
we ask or think, according to the power that works in us.’ – Ephesians 3:20
In 2 Corinthians 12:7-10 Paul writes about his ‘thorn in his flesh’. He asked God to remove it, but God said: ‘My grace is enough. My
strength is made perfect in weakness.’ When Paul heard that, he stopped focusing on his problem. He surrendered it to Jesus. The weaker he felt, the stronger he became. Paul learned how to turn his weakness into a weapon by allowing it to drive him closer to God. And that’s a lesson we must learn too. Johan Maasbach always said: ‘Are you at the end of your rope?
Don’t make a loop to hang yourself, but tie a knot and hold on.’
Now, you can’t just accept your character flaws and areas of defeat and say, ‘Well, I guess that’s just the way I am.’ No, you must confront each area of weakness, confess it, and ‘let Christ take over.’ You will always struggle with one thing or another. Paul recognized this: ‘We carry this precious Message around in the unadorned clay pots of our ordinary lives. That’s to prevent anyone from confusing God’s incomparable power with us’ (2 Cor. 4:7 TM). Like common pottery, fragile, flawed and easily broken, God will use you as you surrender and allow Him to work through you.
Father, I thank You that You are using everything for my good! That my areas of weakness were already brought to the cross when Jesus laid His life down for me. You know my struggles, You know my weaknesses and I pray that the life of Your Holy Spirit in me will overcome them all. That Your grace will empower me to live a life blameless before You. Thank You for using these circumstances to bring me closer to You. I know that You are faithful to complete the work You have started in me so that by grace, Your love and Holy Spirit can move through me and encourage those around me. I surrender my life to You now, in this moment. My life is no longer my own and the life that I now live I live by faith in Christ Jesus Who loves me and gave Himself for me. All of my sins are now forgiven and all of my shame has been washed clean by the precious blood of Jesus. Empower me today Lord and send Your Holy Spirit as my Helper and Comforter to bring me into the plans and purposes You have for my life. Thank You for Your love for me. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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