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.
2 Corinthians 12:9 (NKJV)
Grace becomes empowerment when we realize that we in our own strength are never asked to carry the burdens of life, but that we are to cast these upon the Lord. This opens us to His power, His might, and His ability flowing through us. Now we are not limited by our own weaknesses because the supernatural power of Christ is resting upon us.
But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption:
1 Corinthians 1:30 (KJV)
Jesus has become our wisdom, our righteousness, our sanctification, and our redemption. And so let us remember to not look to ourselves, but to Him. Being in Christ means that He has become our sufficiency unto whatever need may arise. As we meditate daily on this truth, accepting it in our hearts by faith, we will see the fruits of it showing up in our lives.
Therefore, preparing your minds for action, and being sober-minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.
1 Peter 1:13 (ESV)
To be sober-minded is to be filled with what the Word declares over us. It is to keep our minds actively focused on the truth of God’s Word, and to be actively on guard against the lies and deceptions of the enemy that would seek to invade our thinking. Our confident expectation is set fully upon what the grace of God has made available to us in Christ Jesus.
Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.
Isaiah 26:3 (KJV)
Perfect peace is the kind of peace that cannot be shaken by circumstances. This is the kind of peace that comes from knowing whose we are and whom we have believed. Today, keep your mind stayed on Jesus. Trust Him, and let His perfect peace fill every fiber of your being.
My soul, wait thou only upon God; for my expectation is from him. He only is my rock and my salvation: he is my defence; I shall not be moved. In God is my salvation and my glory: the rock of my strength, and my refuge, is in God.
Psalm 62:5-7 (KJV)
When we place all our trust and expectation in the goodness and faithfulness of God, we will not be disappointed. While God often works through other people, let us remember always that He alone is the rock of our salvation and our strength.
Thou wilt show me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.
Psalm 16:11 (KJV)
When we look to Jesus and walk with Him, He will lead us up the path of life. We discover in His presence a joy that cannot be taken away, we will find the pleasures that come from knowing who we are in Him and what He has called us to do.