STRENGTH IN WEAKNESS

Sir Godfrey Gregg D.Div

And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly, therefore, will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

10 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong. (2 Corinthians 12:9–10).

How do people do it? How do they withstand the Hurricanes Irma and Maria–like blows that pummel their lives? The wind, the waves, the surges of heartbreak, crashing one after another, unrelenting in their destruction. How do these people survive . . . and still, lift their faces to the Lord? How can they be so strong when they are at their weakest?

IN THE MIDDLE OF EACH STORM, GOD’S VOICE REMINDS ME THAT HE PROVIDES SUFFICIENT GRACE FOR THIS TRIAL.”

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I know the answer. I know it because I’ve lived it. Over the course of my life, some violent storms have hit me. But somewhere in the middle of each storm, God’s voice reminds me that He provides sufficient grace for this trial. And when I am weak, He is always very strong. “Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” Note that connection between my weakness and Christ’s power. “For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” It’s the hard times and the unhealthy times and the hurting times that reveal my weaknesses. And it’s also during those times that God shows up strong.

We often treat suffering like a game of football. When anything hard comes at us, we jump out of the way. We duck, dive, and hide. We spend our whole lives trying to avoid anything painful or hard. But there’s a better kind of life—a deeper, more fulfilling kind of life—that isn’t about avoiding pain. It’s about finding God faithful and sufficient in the midst of whatever trials or thorns He allows. There’s something about our weakness that opens the flow of God’s strength. In the midst of a trial, there’s a power coming into your life that you’ve never experienced before because you never needed it so desperately before. Only when you’re personally weak can you experience this supernatural strength.

Brethren when you see a hard thing coming your way, try a different reaction: I may not want this, I certainly didn’t choose it, but I can accept it and be content even now. I know God’s grace is sufficient to get me through it. I’m going to see the power of Christ in my life in an incredible way. I’m weak, but He’s strong.

God never allows a thorn without providing sufficient grace and strength in our weaknesses. Sufficient grace is not just enough to survive, but enough so that we can have supernatural joy in the midst of anything He allows us to go through. That’s strength.

I have been in many natural storms of my life and survive. There were many spiritual storms and I survived, financial storms, work-related storms and even homeless storms and God has brought me out of them, because His grace is still sufficient for me today. We often sing trials may come and trials may go but we must keep trusting in the Lord.

Let this be your hope form this day forward

Let us Pray
Father God, by faith I believe that Your grace is sufficient for me. No matter what. I believe that each day You will provide the strength and grace I need for that day. Like the Apostle Paul, I admit that I’m weak. I need You. Only when I’m weak can I experience Your real strength. Please teach me not to avoid suffering but to be content. You are enough for me. In the Name of Jesus Christ, I pray, Amen.

WATCH OUT FOR GOD

Sir Godfrey Gregg D.Div

“I will stand upon my watch, and set me upon the tower, and will watch to see what he will say unto me, and what I shall answer when I am reproved.” (Habakkuk 2: 1).

There is no waiting on God for help, and there is no help from God, without watchful expectation on our part. If we ever fail to receive strength and defense from Him, it is because we are not on the outlook for it. Many a proffered succour from heaven goes past us because we are not standing on our watch-tower to catch the far-off indications of its approach, and to fling open the gates of our heart for its entrance. He whose expectation does not lead him to be on the alert for its coming will get but little. Watch for God in the events of your life.

The old African proverb says: “They that watch for Providence will never want a providence to watch for,” and you may turn it the other way and say, “They that do not watch for providences will never have a providence to watch for.” Unless you put out your water-jars when it rains you will catch no water.

We want to be more business-like and use common sense with God in pleading promises. If you were to go to one of the banks, and see a man go in and out and lay a piece of paper on the table, and take it up again and nothing more–if he did that several times a day, I think there would soon be orders to keep the man out.

Those men who come to the bank in earnest present their checks, they wait until they receive their gold, and then they go; but not without having transacted real business.

They do not put the paper down, speak about the excellent signature, and discuss the excellent document; but they want their money for it, and they are not content without it. These are the people who are always welcome at the bank and not triflers. Alas, a great many people play at praying. They do not expect God to give them an answer, and thus they are mere trifles. Our Heavenly Father would have us do real business with Him in our praying.

“Thine expectation shall not be cut off.” Pray without ceasing

SPIRITUAL FORCE

Sir Godfrey Gregg D.Div

“And Jacob their father said unto them, Me have ye bereaved of my children: Joseph is not, and Simeon is not, and ye will take Benjamin away: all these things are against me.” (Genesis 42:36). “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28).

Many people are wanting power. Now how is power produced? Every day we passed the power plants which supplied our electricity. We heard the hum and roar of the engines, and we asked, “How do they make the power?”

“Why,”  said my friend, “just by the revolution of those wheels and the friction they produce. The rubbing creates the electric current.”

And so, when God wants to bring more power into your life, He brings more pressure. He is generating spiritual force by hard rubbing. Some do not like it and try to run away from the pressure, instead of getting the power and using it to rise above the painful causes.

The opposition is essential to a true equilibrium of forces. The centripetal and centrifugal forces acting in opposition to each other keep our planet in her orbit. The one propelling, and the other repelling, so act and react, that instead of sweeping off into space in a pathway of desolation, she pursues her even orbit around her solar center.

So God guides our lives. It is not enough to have an impelling force–we need just as much a repelling force, and so He holds us back by the testing ordeals of life, by the pressure of temptation and trial, by the things that seem against us, but really are furthering our way and establishing our goings.

Let us thank Him for both, let us take the weights as well as the wings, and thus divinely impelled, let us press on with faith and patience in our high and heavenly calling.

RELYING ON GOD ALONE

Sir Godfrey Gregg D.Div

“Behold, all ye that kindle a fire, that compass yourselves about with sparks: walk in the light of your fire, and in the sparks that ye have kindled. This shall ye have of mine hand; ye shall lie down in sorrow” (Isaiah 50:11).

What a solemn warning to those who walk in darkness and yet who try to help themselves out into the light. They are represented as kindling a fire and compassing themselves with sparks. What does this mean?

Why it means that when we are in darkness the temptation is to find a way without trusting in the Lord and relying on Him. Instead of letting Him help us out, we try to help ourselves out. We seek the light of nature and get the advice of our friends. We try the conclusions of our reason, and might almost be tempted to accept a way of deliverance which would not be of God at all.

We may feel the pressure of darkness and like there is no way of escape, but God will make a way where there is no way. You just have to trust Him for that time. Our times are in His hands. Many will seek a different and quick way through some medium or obeah personnel, but they cannot interfere with the plan of God. Saul tried it and we know the results.

All these are fires of our own kindling; rushlights that will surely lead us onto the shoals. And God will let us walk in the light of those sparks, but the end will be sorrow.

Beloved, do not try to get out of a dark place, except, in God’s time and in God’s way. The time of trouble is meant to teach you lessons that you sorely need.

Premature deliverance may frustrate God’s work of grace in your life. Just commit the whole situation to Him. Be willing to abide in darkness so long as you have His presence. Remember that it is better to walk in the dark with God than to walk alone in the light.

Cease meddling with God’s plans and will. You touch anything of His, and you mar the work. You may move the hands of a clock to suit you, but you do not change the time; so you may hurry the unfolding of God’s will, but you harm and do not help the work. You can open a rosebud but you spoil the flower. Leave all to Him. Hands down. Thy will, not mine.

Beginning Without Finishing

Sir Godfrey Gregg D.Div

“He spoke a parable unto them…that men ought always to pray, and not to faint” (Luke 18:1).

No temptation in the life of intercession is more common than this of failure to persevere. We begin to pray for a certain thing; we put up our petitions for a day, a week, a month; and then, receiving as yet no definite answer, straightway we faint and cease altogether from prayer concerning it.

This is a deadly fault. It is simply the snare of many beginnings with no completions. It is ruinous in all spheres of life.

The man who forms the habit of beginning without finishing has simply formed the habit of failure. The man who begins to pray for a thing and does not pray it through to a successful issue of the answer has formed the same habit of prayer.

To faint is to fail; then defeat begets disheartenment, and unfaith in the reality of prayer, which is fatal to all success.

But someone says, “How long shall we pray? Do we not come to a place where we may cease from our petitions and rest the matter in God’s hands?”

There is but one answer. Pray until the thing you pray for has actually been granted, or until you have the assurance in your heart that it will be.

Only at one of these two places dare we stay our importunity, for prayer is not only a calling upon God but also a conflict with Satan. And inasmuch as God is using our intercession as a mighty factor of victory in that conflict, He alone, and not we, must decide when we dare cease from our petitioning. So we dare not stay our prayer until the answer itself has come, or until we receive the assurance that it will come.

In the first case, we stop because we see. In the other, we stop because we believe, and the faith of our heart is just as sure as the sight of our eyes; for it is faith from, yes, the faith of God, within us.

More and more, as we live the prayer life, shall we come to experience and recognize this God-given assurance, and know when to rest quietly in it, or when to continue our petitioning until we receive it.

Tarry at the promise till God meets you there. He always returns by way of His promises.

WALKING WITH GOD

Sir Godfrey Gregg D.Div

“Furthermore then we beseech you, brethren, and exhort you by the Lord Jesus, that as ye have received of us how ye ought to walk and to please God, so ye would abound more and more.” (I Thessalonians 4:1).

How many dear Christians are in the place that the Lord has appointed them, and yet the devil is harassing their lives with a vague sense of not quite pleasing the Lord. Could they just settle down in the place that God has assigned them and fill it sweetly and lovingly for Him there would be more joy in their hearts and more power in their lives.

God wants us all in various places, and the secret of accomplishing the most for Him is to recognize our places from Him and our service in it as pleasing Him. In the great factory and machine there is a place for the smallest screw and rivet as well as the great driving wheel and piston, and so God has His little screws whose business is simply to stay where He puts them and to believe that He wants them there and is making the most of their lives in the little spaces that they fill for Him.

Stay in your place and you will fulfill the promise of the Father, “In my Father’s house there are many mansions …. God bless and keep you. Amen

THE DEVIL IS ALWAYS WORKING!

Sir Godfrey Gregg D.Div
THE SAYING IS VERY TRUE, THE DEVIL IS ALWAYS WORKING!

He’s always working because he loves his job. He’s dedicated 24 hours and 7 days. That’s 365 days a year worldwide without a vacation. He finds gratification in unraveling your self-esteem, assassinating all your hopes and dreams, causing you to waste all those creative gifts and talents that you possess. Most importantly his ultimate objective is to turn you away from God.

Think about it!  It’s no coincidence every time you make a decision to trust God and step out on faith he always manages to show up to distract and discourage you from what God has called you to do in this season. He will use anything and everybody connected to you so you will shift your attention elsewhere.

Brethren, shouldn’t that tell you something? You are on his radar only because he got a glimpse of your future and he’s jealous. He despises knowing all the wonderful things that God has in store for those who love him and are obedient to his word. He will not stop short till he accomplishes his mission.

This is why you need to focus that much harder to beat him. Pray for discernment so you’ll be able to recognize his tricks and schemes. Remember, the devil’s “no” cannot compete with God’s “yes.” For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Lift your hands and say “Lord no matter what it looks like I’m going to trust you.” Jeremiah 29:11

You are a child of the Almighty and the devil cannot and will not stop your greatness.

James 4:7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. God bless and keep you in His service. Amen

MAKE YOUR CALLING SURE

“Wherefore the rather, brethren, give the diligence to make your calling and election sure; for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall.” 2 Peter 1:10

Have you any testimony to your effectual calling? Has grace indeed laid hold of your heart? O that you might know more fully–more powerfully–what a blessed hope of eternal life is laid up in the bosom of this heavenly calling, that it might cheer and encourage you to press on more and more to realise all that is given you in Christ, both for here and hereafter, in present grace and in future glory! In knowing what is the hope of their effectual calling, the saints of God learn that this hope embraces all things which are made theirs in Christ, whether life or death, or things present or things to come, that all are theirs; and for this blessed and all-sufficient reason, that they are Christ’s and Christ is God’s.

It is by making sure our calling that we make sure our election,–for the one is the sure evidence of the other; and thus if doubt and uncertainty hang over our calling, the same doubt and uncertainty must rest upon our election to eternal life. But as these doubts and fears are removed by the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Christ, and we can clearly see and fully believe that the grace of God effectually called us out of darkness into his marvellous light, then we see by faith what is laid up in the bosom of this calling, and what a glorious hope of eternal life is thereby afforded as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, and thus abound in hope through the power of the Holy Ghost.

LET THE DEW FALLS

“My doctrine shall drop as the rain, my speech shall distill as the dew, as the small rain upon the tender herb, and as the showers upon the grass.” Deuteronomy 32:2

In the falling of the natural dew, there is something soft, stilly, (in a calm manner) and gentle. We, therefore, read, “We will light upon him as the dew falleth on the ground” (2 Samuel 17:12), that is, stealthily and unseen. It does not rush down like the pelting hail, but falls still and often imperceptibly; so that we scarcely know it has fallen, till we go out in the morning and see every blade of grass tipped with the sparkling dew-drops; by these bright gems we know that dew has fallen during the still hours of the night.

So spiritually, the kingdom of God is not in noise, rant, or wild excitement. The Lord was not in the strong wind, nor in the earthquake, nor in the fire, but in the still small voice (1 Kings 19:11, 12). And thus there may be a great deal of religious fire, but no presence of God felt; fleshly passions worked up into a storm, but no “still small voice” speaking to the conscience; a very earthquake of natural convictions, but no inward “demonstration of the spirit and of power.” But when the spiritual dew falls, it drops gently, softly, and still into the heart, and it is only known by the sweet and blessed effects it produces.

Dew also has a softening effect, especially in warm climates, where it falls very copiously. We, therefore, read, “Thou makest it soft with showers” (Psalm 65:10). It does not tear up the ground as with thunderbolts, but by moistening and softening penetrates into the soil. And thus the dew of God’s grace moistens and softens the heart, humbles, dissolves, and fertilises it; not by tearing it up with the thunderbolts of wrath and condemnation, but by dropping gently and stilly (in a calm manner) into it, so as to melt it into contrition, meekness, and godly sorrow before the throne of mercy and grace.

And so brethren there is no room for condemnation when the dew is falling. Too, many people do not know what is spiritual dew and without a knowledge and understanding will swing a service on a carnal level because they have something to trash about someone. When the dew is falling there is only room to receive “like a piece of sponge” being saturated with water. It is time to open up and ask the Lord to have His way in your life to serve His purpose and will.

Sir Godfrey Gregg D.Div

GOING FORWARD

“O send out thy light and thy truth: let them lead me; let them bring me unto thy holy hill, and to thy tabernacles.” Psalm 43:3

A living man cannot, in his right mind, bear the idea of standing still, that is to say, standing still so as to have no spiritual work going on within; and still, less can he bear the idea of going backward. He wants to go forward.

He is often dissatisfied with his state; he feels how little he knows; he is well certified of the shallowness of his attainments in the divine life, as well as of the ignorance and the blindness that are in him; and therefore, labouring under the feeling of his own shortcomings for the past, his helplessness for the present, and his ignorance for the future, he wants to go forward wholly and solely in the strength of the Lord, to be led, guided, directed, kept, not by the wisdom and power of the creature, but by the supernatural entrance of light and truth into his soul.

The mercy-seat is continually covered with clouds; God hideth himself, and he cannot behold him; the truth seems obscured so that he cannot realize it. He often cannot find his way to Christ; he cannot perceive the path of life, nor whether his feet are in that path. He sees so few marks of grace in his soul, and feels so powerfully the workings of sin and corruption; he finds so few things for him and so many things against him, that he often staggers, and is perplexed in his mind, and seems almost to come to a feeling in his heart, that he is destitute of the grace of God altogether, that the secret of the Lord is not with him, but that he is a hypocrite in Zion, who has never had even the beginning of wisdom communicated to his soul.

Brethren we have it before us acknowledging that we are helpless and weary, we do not know the way forward. We are appealing for the understanding and help to make that move to the place where we will break the cloud and see for ourselves the Christ whom we adore.

Sir Godfrey Gregg D.Div