Saturday, 9 January 2021
Topic: My grace is sufficient for you
Author: Pastor Johnson Chong
Translator: Lucy Ling

2 Corinthians 12:9 “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..”

Dear brothers and sisters, the Lord’s Word has always been reliable, and have been confirmed by thousands of believers throughout the ages. The Lord who has all the authority in heaven and on earth, the Lord who loves us and shed his blood for us, His grace is sufficient for us. So why do we sometimes feel that the grace of the Lord is not enough and the power of the Lord is incomplete?

Dear brothers and sisters, there is a basic question here. What do we take as the grace of the Lord, and where do we want to show the power of the Lord? When Paul was lifted into the third heaven, he felt that it was the grace of the Lord, but when a thorn was added to his body, he felt different. He begged the Lord three times for the thorn to be removed, but the Lord did not listen. Can I still see the Lord’s grace like this? Can the grace of the Lord be seen and sufficient when the prayer is not heard? We felt the grace of the Lord is to answer prayers and remove difficulties and pains. It is always uncomfortable if the thorn is not pulled. It always feels lacking. It seems that the Lord’s grace cannot be seen. However, the Lord here says that His grace is sufficient, not to remove the thorn, but to endure the thorn; It is not without difficulty, but the difficulty can be overcome. Dear brothers and sisters, the thorn is painful to the flesh, but it is good for the spirit. The thorn is planted by Satan, but it fulfills the will of God, lest he is proud. The consequence of self-exaltation is terrible. As the apostle Paul said in 1 Timothy chapter 3 verse 6, “A church leader must not be a new Christian. A new Christian might become proud and fall into sin which is brought on by the devil.”.

2 Corinthians 4:7 ” We have this light from God in our human bodies. This shows that the power is from God. It is not from ourselves.” God put the “treasure” in the humble “pottery”. The purpose is not to show the “pottery”, but to show the “great power” of this treasure. “Pottery” is quite common on the Mediterranean coast. Almost every family has them. They are cheap and fragile. Once broken, they can only be discarded. What Paul thought of at this time may be the cheapest and most common earthenware oil lamp at the time, and the “treasure” is the “light of the glory of Christ” (2 Corinthians 4:4) and “the light of the glory of God” ( 2 Corinthians 4:6).
Dear brothers and sisters, we see that the power of the gospel “is from God, not from us.” The effect of evangelism depends on the grace and power of God, not the strength, ability, knowledge, and eloquence of the evangelist. Only when people who preach the gospel truly realize that they are weak and incapable “humble pots” and that God has the “great power” can they neither boast about success nor complain about others because of setbacks.

Dear brothers and sisters, the Lord’s sufficient grace is to give us enough power, and this power is not to give us in advance to make it our own. It is manifested in the weakness of people. It is not that if there is no weakness, no hardship, no crisis, no persecution, then the grace and the power of the Lord cannot be seen. Dear brothers and sisters, you know that this is because when I am weak then the power of the Lord prevails, turn the weak into strong, victory from death, and so our life in Christ revealed.

Prayer:
2 Corinthians 12:9 “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.” Oh Lord, I want to thank and praise you, because your grace is really enough, even more than I thought and asked. Oh Lord, pray that you will give us a humble heart, to rely completely on you daily, and to regain strength when we serve. Thank you and pray in the holy name of our Lord Jesus Christ, Amen.

每日灵粮
星期六,2021年1月9日
题目:我的恩典夠你用的
作者:张胜牧师

哥林多後书 12:9 “他對我說、我的恩典夠你用的。因為我的能力、是在人的軟弱上顯得完全。所以我更喜歡誇自己的軟弱、好叫基督的能力覆庇我。”

亲爱的弟兄姊妹, 主的话从来是靠得住的,而且历代千万信徒是已经加以证实了的。那位有天上地上一切权柄的主,那位爱我们为我们舍己流血的主,祂的恩典是够我们用的。那麽为甚麽有时候我们却感觉到主的恩典不够用,主的能力不完全呢?
亲爱的弟兄姊妹,这里有一个基本的问题,就是我们究竟拿甚麽看作是主的恩典,我们想在那里显出主的能力?当保罗被提到三层天上去,觉得是主的恩典,但当有一根刺加在他肉体上,就感到不同了。他为这事三次求过主,叫这刺离开,可是主并没有听,这样还能看见主的恩典麽?不听祷告还能觉得主的恩典够用麽?我们以为主的恩典就是垂听祷告、除去难处和痛苦。刺不拔出去总是不舒服的,总感到有缺乏,似乎看不到主的恩典,然而主却在这里说祂的恩典是够用的,不是拔去刺,乃是能忍受刺;不是没有难处,乃是能胜过难处。亲爱的弟兄姊妹,刺对肉体是痛的,但对灵性是有好处的,刺是撒旦加的,但却成就神的旨意,免得他自高,自高的结果是可怕的。正如使徒保罗在提摩太前书3章6节所说的,初入教的不可作监督,恐怕他自高自大,就落在魔鬼所受的刑罚里。
哥林多後书 4:7 「我们有这宝贝放在瓦器里,要显明这莫大的能力是出于神,不是出于我们。」神将「宝贝」放在卑贱的「瓦器」里面,目的不是要显明「瓦器」,乃是要显明这宝贝「莫大的能力」。「瓦器」在地中海沿岸相当普遍,几乎每一个家庭都有,便宜、易碎,一旦破了,只有丢弃。保罗此时想到的可能是当时最便宜、最普遍的瓦器油灯,而「宝贝」就是其中「基督荣耀福音的光」(哥林多後书 4:4节)、「神荣耀的光」(哥林多後书 4:6节)。
亲爱的弟兄姊妹,所以我们看到福音的能力「是出于神,不是出于我们」,传福音的果效在乎神恩典和大能,不在乎传福音者的刚强、能力、知识、口才。传福音的人只有真正认识自己是软弱、不能的「卑微的瓦器」,又认识神有「莫大的能力」,才能既不为成功而骄傲自夸,也不因挫折而怨天尤人。
亲爱的弟兄姊妹,主的够用恩典,乃是加给我们够用的能力,而这能力不是预先就给我们,使我们看作是自己的。乃在人的软弱上才显明出来,不是没有软弱,没有困苦,不遇急难,不遇逼迫,那就看不见主的恩典,也显不出主的能力;亲爱的弟兄姊妹,你可知道,这乃是在自己软弱的时候,主的能力来了,使软弱变为刚强,打倒不至死亡,显出基督的生命。

祷告:
哥林多後书 12:9 “他對我說、我的恩典夠你用的。因為我的能力、是在人的軟弱上顯得完全。所以我更喜歡誇自己的軟弱、好叫基督的能力覆庇我。” 主啊,我要感谢和赞美你,因为你的恩典真的够用,甚至是超过我所求所想。求主赐给我们谦卑的心,在每天生活中全然的倚靠你,在侍奉中从你那里重新得力。
感谢、祷告是奉主耶稣基督的圣名,阿门。