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devotional: day 18

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REFLECT

This is one of my all-time, favorite promises from the Lord Jesus Christ. In it He declares that He is enough. No matter what you are going through, you must know that Jesus Christ is enough. Paul was facing a physical issue that was causing him great pain. Three times he cried out to Jesus to remove the cause of the pain and to heal him. Jesus’ response was this promise.

“Grace” is God’s “able-ness”—His sufficiency, empowerment, merciful kindness and perspective. His grace truly is amazing. “Grace” means everything you and I need to live in power, purpose and victory. Notice the source of this sufficiency— “My,” refers to Jesus Christ. The word “Is” means this present moment. In every moment, God’s grace is enough. Notice the word “sufficient,” which means “to be enough.” Jesus is saying what he gives you each day is enough grace to get through anything life or Satan throws at you.

“For power if perfected in weakness.” “Perfected” means “to carry you through to completeness.” Every trial, burden and difficulty in your life comes with great purpose. Jesus will supply everything you need to get through each of them and you will know it was done in God’s strength, not your own.

For me, the big take-away in this verse is, “Jesus is enough.” No matter what you are facing, no matter how difficult the situation, and no matter how adverse the circumstance, Jesus Christ is enough for you.


Daily Do It

What physical, emotional, relational, financial, or vocational need do you have right now? List them below. For me, I suffer with chronic back pain.

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God gives enough grace for today. So, it is a problem if you begin to worry about tomorrow when God gives grace only for today. Live in today’s grace, and when tomorrow comes, there will be a fresh, new supply of God’s “enough.”

Now, thank Jesus Christ that He will give you the grace to get through whatever you are facing. Tell Him, “Jesus, thank You for being enough for me.”


Quote of the Day

“Your worst days are never so bad that you are beyond the reach of God’s grace. And your best days are never so good that you are beyond the need of God’s grace.”

 –Jerry Bridges