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.~2 Corinthians 12:9 NIV
“My grace is sufficient for you,” is a phrase that, in the past, has felt somewhat discouraging to me. In our culture, the word “sufficient,” usually means “meager, adequate, barely enough.” Consequently, when coming before God requesting His “sufficient grace,” I pictured myself as a beggar, pleading for the crumbs and scraps from God’s table— half expecting Him to be stingy, because, perhaps, He wasn’t quite finished chewing on that bone.
It wasn’t until while enjoying an old movie, that I watched a servant come before a king, bow, and address the king as, “Your Sufficiency.” Something clicked. Certainly, the servant was not declaring the king barely adequate or lacking. On the contrary, he was declaring the king rich and the keeper of opulent abundance!
Beloved, His grace is sufficient for you! His grace is an overflowing, unending torrent that purifies, exceeds the brim and fills every nook and cranny.~Julie Souza Bradley Lilly, Contributing Author to Love Knots: Stories of Faith, Family, and Friendships
Beloved, are you in need of sufficient grace today? We are no longer beggars. For those who have been bought with a price, we are the King’s precious, adopted children — so dearly loved, He sacrificed His Son to make us His own. In response to your need, our Father does not offer a begrudging, skimpy poor man’s grace. He bids us come and feast upon lavish grace from His inexhaustible table.
Beloved, His grace is sufficient for you! His grace is an overflowing, unending torrent that purifies, exceeds the brim and fills every nook and cranny.
And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work.~2 Corinthians 9:8 ESV
Share your thoughts about the sufficiency of the God we serve.
Father, we come and bathe ourselves in Your grace that transforms paupers into princes, endlessly pours and always exceeds the need. Now, may we embrace our identity, and, in turn, carry the signet and hallmark of our Father— the generous pouring out of grace upon others.
In Jesus’ Name ❤️
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JULIE SOUZA BRADLEY LILLY
Julie Souza Bradley Lilly
Julie Souza Bradley Lilly is the writer of Prayers of a Ragamuffin Warrior, a self-professed chief-cook-and-bottle-washer at Gift of Thorns Facebook ministry.
She is a devotion writer for VineWords: Devotions and More, specializing in the area of prayer and a contributing author for Love Knots: Stories of Faith, Family, and Friendships (VineWords Publishing).
When asked about who she is, Julie is quick to tell you that she is a worshipper, a servant, blessed wife, step-mom of four adult children, caregiver, retired chiropractor, writer, and most-importantly, a forgiven daughter of God. With thirty-plus years in healthcare, Julie is passionate about seeing the broken come to receive healing and find wholeness in right-relationship with the Creator. Through her own multiple injuries and PTSD, a traumatic brain injury and other health concerns, she has found the generosity of God to be true to His Word in turning all things together for the good for those who love Him and are called according to His purpose.
For those entrusted with a thorn in the flesh, one of Julie’s greatest joys is to see the discovery of the treasure the Father hides, tucked in among the thorns. Julie shares that God is good and His mercies endure forever. It is Julie’s prayer that the body of believers will honor the Lord and encourage one another toward wholeness, spiritual growth, and mountain-moving faith.
For more encouragement, visit Julie’s websites. At Prayers of a Ragmuffin Warrior, Julie shares encouraging articles with prayers. At Gift of Thorns, Julie and her contributor team share powerful and life-changing input, inspiring readers to passionately pursue God.
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