2 Corinthians 9:12
I normally do not write from lessons learned from GOD the same day that I write. Everything that I have previously written was the lesson learned from years ago. However, today I am led to share this with all of you.
This is our example setter, most CHRISTians admire the apostle Paul for the ministry he had through CHRIST JESUS. We speak about who he once was in the character and sin of Saul. We speak about the chains of Paul, how he spoke and prayed, and people became healed in the power and authority of CHRIST JESUS. We speak about also, the thorn.
But today, I want us all to get the revelation knowledge of Saul’s education which means that he was the most educated of all the apostles and how that education was a tool that he was able to use once he was transformed into Paul, Acts 7:58, 8:1, 9:1, 22:3, 23:6, Phil. 3:5-6; Acts 9:1-9. This will help us all to understand what he meant when he wrote 2 Corinthians 12.
That through GOD’s Grace we have off the charts, mediocre, or limited IQs, that some have spiritual gifts, and are anointed, they are all because of GOD’s Grace. We can do absolutely nothing without GOD’s Grace.
Throughout the Bible, we can find and see GOD’s Grace but today I will only concentrate on few scriptures which I will consider jump-starts to reignite those of you who have not allowed your faith to grow, or you have lost your faith because you do not understand that GOD never says no but rather something else which is far greater than no. Many of us have read the answers to our prayers that we have either forgotten about or thought that GOD said no because we do not see the manifestations of those prayer requests.
Let me begin here before revealing to you those jump-start scriptures. I am telling you; this is going to blow your socks off and cause many of you to shout in praise to GOD.
- Understand that faith and trust work hand in hand
- Understand the definition of Faith, Grace, Trust and Unmerited
- Faith – Belief; of the mind to the truth of what is declared by another, Resting on the authority and veracity, Without other evidence; Judgment that what another states or testifies is the truth. The assent of the heart and mind, the understanding to the truth of what GOD has revealed. The Firm belief of GOD’s testimony, and of the truth of the Gospel, which influences the will, and leads to an entire Reliance on CHRIST for Salvation. Believe and obey.
- Grace – Agree: consistent, ready. Free: prompt, quick, willing. Favor: disposition to oblige others, goodwill, kindness.
- Trust – Confidence: reliance or resting of the mind on the character, friendship, integrity, justice, veracity, or others sound principles.
- Unmerited – we have done nothing, or we are nothing aside from the Grace of GOD; to be praised, deserving virtue, rewarded, honored, esteemed, or help.
What we deserve but some have already made the escape and others are making their escape and others will make their escape from cruel and unjust injuries and sufferings. HALLELUJAH, praise GOD Most-High for HIS unmerited Love and Blessings [favor] and that we have obtained, and we do obtain GOD’s unmerited help only through HIS precious SON, JESUS.
Our relationship with our FATHER gives us the access and the right to ask HIM for all that we need or want. Also, it gives our FATHER the right to make the best decisions for us, even if or when those decisions are not necessarily what we want. Uh-oh, I think that I either have lost or beginning to lose some right here. But stick with me, please.
Because of our relationship with the FATHER, we must not only have faith in knowing that HE can, but we must also trust that HE knows what is best for us [the me’s of individuality, personal, ourselves]. Just as we may not like the decisions that come from people, we choose to accept them or not. We do not like negative replies because they make us uncomfortable and sometimes can be hurtful.
But as for you and I, we are to…
“Trust in the LORD with all your heart. Lean not onto your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge HIM. And HE will direct your path”. Prov. 3:5-6
Okay, here it is, what you have been waiting for as to why I believe that GOD does not say no. First, I have not found a scripture in all my years of study that confirms that. Secondly, based on this scripture, 2 Corinthians 12:9 this is the answer for the thorns that we too carry in our flesh.
“MY grace is sufficient for you. MY strength is made perfect in your weakness”.
That is the answer to those prayers that you thought GOD had said no to. The apostle Paul prayed for many, and they were healed, yet he could not command the attack of the enemy to come off his person. It may be the same with some of you who are my siblings in the faith of CHRIST JESUS. I know that personally, it is this way for me, I want to stop walking with a limp and relying on the use of a cane/crutch in public so that if people bump into me, I will have the ability to better steady myself against falling onto the floor or ground. In so many areas of my life, I have experienced GOD’s healing virtue flowing throughout my being when needed and I have either laid hands and prayed or just prayed and people were healed in the name of JESUS. But for this one thing, because I feel that it holds me back somewhat, I keep praying that GOD causes my leg to operate as well if not better than the other. Today, I received revelation knowledge to a prayer that I have been praying for over a year and that is “MY Grace is sufficient for you. MY strength is made perfect in your weakness”. Now when my leg seems to remind me that I can do nothing without JESUS, [which is daily and all day] I will say the Grace of my FATHER GOD is sufficient for me. HIS strength is made perfect in my weakness. It has nothing to do with my spiritual anointing, education, or spiritual gifts.
Maybe some of you may not have a thorn in your flesh [whatever that may be] but you have prayed, and you have not seen the manifestation of that answer. Because of that you have said “God said no, or God said maybe later, or my faith or someone else’s faith was not strong enough, sin must still be present” or various other reasons. Remember these things:
JESUS the SON of the Living GOD our Gift who Gave
- 4:1 JESUS was led into the wilderness to be tempted by satan.
- 3:23 w/ref. Num. 4:3, 35, 39, 43, 47 JESUS was about thirty years of age before HIS public ministry began
- 14:32-36w/ref. Is. 53:3-4, Jhn. 12:27 in JESUS humanity HE did not want to go through what HE had to go through. But HE Submitted and Obeyed to the will of HIS FATHER.
- 20:28 w/ref. Gal. 1:4 JESUS came to serve and to give HIS life for you and me.
What am I trying to get you to see? Notice how in those scriptures JESUS experienced some sufferings, self-controlled urges until the appropriate time set by HIS FATHER, sorrows, and many other perceived by us as setbacks. They are perceived as setbacks because we do not take the time to listen to the voice of the Holy Spirit telling us the answers before we are shown GOD’s perfect will for us. In everything that JESUS had experienced as Man, HE knew that HIS FATHER’s Grace was sufficient for HIM. That HIS FATHER’s strength was made perfect in HIS humanity [weakness]. Come on somebody, this must be a shouting moment for you!
If that was not enough what about these scriptures here.
Job 13:15; Dan. 3:17; Jhn. 11:11, 14, 17, 23, 25-26, 34, 39-44.
FATHER in the name of JESUS call out of the grave those things that my siblings and myself have bound and placed into the grave to rise and return to us. Now, here is where you must call out those things, but I will get us started.
- Relationships with family
- Finances to pay off our debts and to be a help to others
I sincerely hope that this has been an abundantly and exceedingly helping to all of you and that you now know that GOD does not say no to us but rather HE said “MY Grace is sufficient for you. MY strength is made perfect in your weakness.