CAN WE REALLY BELIEVE THIS?
I. Grace Is Sufficient
II. Weakness Becomes Strength
2 Corinthians 12:7b-10 there was given me a thorn in my flesh, a
messenger of Satan, to torment me. 8 Three times I pleaded with the Lord to
take it away from me. 9 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. 10 That is
why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in
persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
In the name of Jesus Christ, who is sufficient enough and strong enough to save
us, dear Christian friends,
It sure is difficult to know whom or what to believe these days. One doctor says
that a certain medicine will work for a cure to what ails you; another doctor says that
one won’t, but another medicine will! One newscaster reports the nation thinks like
this; another newscaster reports the nation thinks like that. One televangelist says God
wants you to be happy no matter what; another says if you are not happy, it means your
faith is not strong enough.
Whom or what are we to believe these days? As definitions are uncovered
today, can we believe that blessings are cursed and curses are blessed? Can we believe
what Jesus told us in today’s Gospel: “blessed are you who are poor...who hunger
now...who weep now...when men hate you, exclude you, insult you and reject your
name as evil” and “woe to you who are rich...are well fed now...laugh now...when all
men speak well of you”?
CAN WE REALLY BELIEVE THIS? Can we really believe what is before us in this
lesson today? I. Grace is sufficient and II. Weakness becomes strength.
When doctors give conflicting answers about medicine, maybe it is based on