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The Grace of God Sustains Us (2 Corinthians 12:1-10)

Sermon on 11 June 2023 by Pastor Justin

1 Corinthians 1:8

who will sustain you to the end, guiltless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.

2 Corinthians 12:1-10

It is doubtless not profitable for me to boast. I will come to visions and revelations of the Lord: I know a man in Christ who fourteen years ago—whether in the body I do not know, or whether out of the body I do not know, God knows—such a one was caught up to the third heaven. And I know such a man—whether in the body or out of the body I do not know, God knows— how he was caught up into Paradise and heard inexpressible words, which it is not lawful for a man to utter. Of such a one I will boast; yet of myself I will not boast, except in my infirmities. For though I might desire to boast, I will not be a fool; for I will speak the truth. But I refrain, lest anyone should think of me above what he sees me to be or hears from me. And lest I should be exalted above measure by the abundance of the revelations, a thorn in the flesh was given to me, a messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I be exalted above measure. Concerning this thing I pleaded with the Lord three times that it might depart from me. And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

" God strength is made perfect in human weakness. His grace is always sufficient in any and every season or situation, for his grace will sustain you. God's sustaining grace is often felt in the midst of challenges, difficulties and trials. "

1 Peter 5:10

But may the God of all grace, who called us to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you

  • Power to keep you going

  • Power to help you endure

2 Corinthians 12:10

Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

" My grace is sufficient for you, for my strength is made perfect in weakness. "

1. His sustaining grace will bring us through and deepen our relationship with him through prayer.

2 Corinthians 12:8

Concerning this thing I pleaded with the Lord three times that it might depart from me.

Romans 12:12

rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer;

Gods sustaining power and grace will bring us through, through our earnest prayer, like paul

2. His sustaining grace will humble us.

Isaiah 30:15

For thus says the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel: “In returning and rest you shall be saved; In quietness and confidence shall be your strength.” But you would not,

V9. Paul will boast about his weakness gladly

3. Recognising our weeknesses will keep us humble

James 4:10

Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up.

Isaiah 40:29

He gives power to the weak, And to those who have no might He increases strength.

Jeremiah 17:5

Thus says the Lord: “Cursed is the man who trusts in man And makes flesh his strength, Whose heart departs from the Lord.

" In every trial and difficulty. It is not about your strength, but it is about your humility for god's sustaining grace and power to menisfest. "

  • Surrendering our heart to jesus

  • Trust, depend on god humbly to grow spiritually

God's grace is strong enough to not only meet us in our weeknesses, but also use us in spite of them.

V9. His sustaining grace will strengthen us

Greatest picture of sustaining grace - crucification and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

V10. When we are week then we are strong

Are you willing to make this decision?

" My grace is sufficient for you " My grace will sustain you, my grace is all you need.

  • God's sustaining grace will deepen our relationship with God

  • God's sustaining grace will humble us

  • God's sustaining grace will strengthen us

One secret I learn is...

When I am weak I am strong

Do we boast all the more gladly of our weekness ?

We are weak then we are strong

His grace is with us

His grace is for us

His grace sustains us

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