Paul’s Testimony Part 1: Our Situation

Many times we start to think high and mighty about ourselves and what “we” have accomplished. We don’t think about how we got in our situation.

And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who hath enabled me, for that he counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry.–1 Timothy 1:12

Paul should have never been in the situation he was in to carry out the ministry that he had. When he was Saul, he was having Christians persecuted and killed. Then he was changed on his way to Damascus and became one of the greatest ministers of the Gospel.

In 2 Corinthians 12:9 it says, “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.”

Grace

Grace is the presence, favor and power of God. God’s grace and power are most clearly seen and profoundly revealed in the midst of our weakness. The greater our weakness and trials for Christ, the more grace God will give to accomplish His will. What He gives is always sufficient for us to live our daily lives, to work for Him, and to endure our suffering and thorns in the flesh. As long as we draw near to Christ, Christ will give us His heavenly strength and comfort.

Remembering

Our weakness allows for God to show his power. We should always remember that we are weak, no matter how much our pride tells us that we are mighty and have earned where we are. Paul had lead many to Christ, but he remembered that he was weak and that God was the one using him.

We have to remember that God puts or allows us to be in the situation that we are in. You might be a preacher of a large church, but within the blink of an eye God can cause something to happen that makes that all change. Many times we get arrogant about what we’ve done and forgot that it is God who is using us. The opposite of that is that sometimes we wonder how God would allow us to ever be in the situation we’re in. Now, yes sometimes it is our fault that we’re not in a good situation. But we have to remember that God can always use us no matter what situation we’re in. God is always in control.

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