Daily Devotion for June 20, 2017

'Becoming Proud'

2 Corinthians 12:7-10 NLT

So to keep me from becoming proud, I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger from Satan to torment me and keep me from becoming proud.

Three different times I begged the Lord to take it away. Each time He said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me. That’s why I take pleasure in my weaknesses, and in the insults, hardships, persecutions, and troubles that I suffer for Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

Confession: I struggle with “becoming proud.” That is, I tend to be a very self-sufficient person: I don't have to (and I don't like to) ask for help, I have abilities to get things done, I have energy to accomplish stuff, my brain can usually figure things out...

But the Lord doesn't want me “becoming proud”....

So sometimes the Lord allows me to experience situations or storms that remind me I am NOT self-sufficient; rather, I am to be GOD-sufficient. Specifically, He allows trials or hardships to come that CAN'T be handled my me. These difficulties bring my heart and mind back to where they need to be—

Reminded that I need constant contact with God...

Reminded that I need my God every second, every minute, every day...

Reminded that I only need His all-sufficient “grace” to get through anything...

Reminded that I need HIS wisdom—not mine—to figure things out...

Reminded that His power “works best in weakness,” in my weakness...

Reminded that Christ's power works through my inabilities and weaknesses...

Reminded that “when I am weak” (which is all the time!), “then I am strong”...

Hmm...

Heavenly Father, we thank You today because You love us enough to rightly humble us when we need it—through “weaknesses...insults, hardships, persecutions, and troubles.” We Believers ask that You do whatever You need to do so we increasingly cry out for Your “strength,” Your wisdom, Your “grace” and Your “power.” We ask this because Your “grace is all (we) need;” Your “power works best in weakness!” Help us increasingly “take pleasure in (our) weaknesses, and in the insults, hardships, persecutions, and troubles that (we) suffer for Christ. For when (we are) weak, then (we are) strong” and glorifying You!

AMEN!!!

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