Posts Tagged ‘2 Corinthians 12:9’

Reliance Upon the Spirit

March 6, 2015

1 Corinthians 2:1-5 NASB
Paul’s Reliance upon the Spirit

1 And when I came to you, brethren, I did not come with superiority of speech or of wisdom, proclaiming to you the testimony of God. 2 For I determined to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ, and Him crucified. 3 I was with you in weakness and in fear and in much trembling, 4 and my message and my preaching were not in persuasive words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, 5 so that your faith would not rest on the wisdom of men, but on the power of God.

Rely upon the Lord Jesus Christ
On His wisdom
On His strength
On His power
==> that faith rests not on the wisdom of men
==> but on the power of God in the demonstration of His Spirit!

 

ChosenWeak
Image from 365 Promises
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1 Corinthians 4:20 NASB
20 For the kingdom of God does not consist in words but in power.

Related:
God Chooses the Weak{blog}
Reliance Upon the Spirit{prayer}

Nothing is Wasted

April 22, 2013

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It’s from the deepest wounds
That beauty finds a place to bloom …

2 Corinthians 1:3-5Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God. For just as the sufferings of Christ flow over into our lives, so also through Christ our comfort overflows.

2 Corinthians 12:9 … My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.

The Lord Equips

March 22, 2013

The Lord equips those He calls!

For His divine power has bestowed upon us all things that [are requisite and suited] to life and godliness, through the [full, personal] knowledge of Him Who called us by and to His own glory and excellence (virtue). -2Pe1:3 AMP

When you are weak, His power and strength are shown most effective

But He said to me, My grace (My favor and loving-kindness and mercy) is enough for you [sufficient against any danger and enables you to bear the trouble manfully]; for My strength and power are made perfect (fulfilled and completed) and show themselves most effective in [your] weakness. Therefore, I will all the more gladly glory in my weaknesses and infirmities, that the strength and power of Christ (the Messiah) may rest (yes, may pitch a tent over and dwell) upon me! -2Co12:9 AMP

When you feel like you are losing your mind, His power and love provide calm self-control.

For God did not give us a spirit of timidity (of cowardice, of craven and cringing and fawning fear), but [He has given us a spirit] of power and of love and of calm and well-balanced mind and discipline and self-control. -2Ti1:7 AMP

The Lord wants to use you
Trust Him to equip you to do what you can do
AND He will do the rest!

Faithful is He Who is calling you [to Himself] and utterly trustworthy, and He will also do it [fulfill His call by hallowing and keeping you] -1Th5:24

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Lord remind me that whatever You have called me to do or face today, that You are faithful to give me Your power in my weakness. When I feel inadequate, help me to do what I can and rely on Your strength and power to do the rest. Open my eyes to see Your mighty hand keeping me as I trust in You. I pray in Your name, my Lord Jesus Christ.

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Blessed be the Lord my ROCK who equips me for battle–whom shall I fear? -Ps144:1,18:1-2,27:1
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What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who is against us?
-Ro8:31

Related:
Trust the Lord to Equip{prayer}

 

Be Strong in His Grace

November 19, 2011

2 Timothy 2:1 AMP … Be strong (strengthened inwardly) in the grace (spiritual blessing) that is [to be found only] in Christ Jesus.

Be strong

I have strength for all things in Christ Who empowers me [I am ready for anything and equal to anything through Him Who infuses inner strength into me; I am self-sufficient{content} in Christ’s sufficiency]. -Phil 4:13 AMP

in the grace

My grace (My favor and loving-kindness and mercy) is enough for you [sufficient against any danger and enables you to bear the trouble manfully]; for My strength and power are made perfect (fulfilled and completed) and show themselves most effective in [your] weakness. Therefore, I will all the more gladly glory in my weaknesses and infirmities, that the strength and power of Christ (the Messiah) may rest (yes, may pitch a tent over and dwell) upon me! -2Cor 12:9 AMP

found only in Christ Jesus!

My soul finds rest in God alone; my salvation comes from Him. He alone is my rock and my salvation; He is my fortress, I shall never be shaken. -Ps 62:1-2

Word Study

From NetBible 2 Tim 2:1

  • be strong[1743] = empowered
  • grace[5485] = loving-kindness, mercy
    *divine influence upon the heart affording joy

    • From [5463] = to rejoice exceedingly

From NetBible Phil 4:11
I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances

  • content[842] = strong enough sufficient for one’s self, independent of external circumstances, to be satisfied

From NetBible 1Sam 30:6
David strengthened himself in the LORD His God

  • strengthend[02388] = encouraged, secure

From NetBible 2Cor 12:9

  • grace[5485] = loving-kindness, mercy
    *divine influence upon the heart affording joy

    • From [5463] = to rejoice exceedingly
  • sufficient[714] = to be enough, to be satisfied, to be content
  • strength[1411] = full power, might
  • made perfect[5048] = made complete
    *add what is yet wanting in order to render a thing full
  • weakness[769] = want of strength, infirmity
  • may rest[1981] = dwell, abide
    *to fix a tent or habitation on

    • From [4637] = tabernacle, dwell
      *to reside (as God did in the Tabernacle of old, a symbol of protection and communion)

Be of Good Courage

October 21, 2011

Joshua 1:9Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.

Be strong
Be of good courage
For it is the Lion of Judah who goes with you
Wherever you go.

He goes before you
He makes a way
He will not fail you or forsake you. -Deut 31:6-8

Do not be afraid
It’s the King of Glory
Strong and mighty
Mighty in battle
-Ps 24:8
Who fights for you and
Gives you victory.
-Deut 20:4

It pleases the Lord to make
Those who fear{reverently worship}
Those who hope and expectantly wait for His mercy
Strong.
-Ps 147:11;Prov 14:26

Lean on Him
Be of good courage
For in your weakness
The Lion’s strength is revealed.
-2Cor 12:9

Be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart, All you who hope in the LORD! -Ps 31:24 NKJV