Tuesday, 13 September 2011

God's grace is sufficient for you

Child of God, you qualify for HIS favour...

The Bible says in II Corinthians 12:9a 'And He said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee'

Maybe you have a weakness like Paul and just need the strength to make it through, or you are asking for a blessing that you have no qualifications for, in fact that old fox keeps giving you 1001 reasons why such a blessing can not be yours. Well the jury's out and this is what God's word says about it, God's grace is enough for you, God's name is El-Shaddai meaning The All Sufficient God. He qualifies you, He strengthens you... His grace is simply enough... it is sufficient.

Matthew 20: 1-16 “For the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire laborers for his vineyard. Now when he had agreed with the laborers for a denarius a day, he sent them into his vineyard. And he went out about the third hour and saw others standing idle in the marketplace, and said to them, ‘You also go into the vineyard, and whatever is right I will give you.’ So they went. Again he went out about the sixth and the ninth hour, and did likewise. And about the eleventh hour he went out and found others standing idle, and said to them, ‘Why have you been standing here idle all day?’ They said to him, ‘Because no one hired us.’ He said to them, ‘You also go into the vineyard, and whatever is right you will receive.’

"So when evening had come, the owner of the vineyard said to his steward, ‘Call the laborers and give them their wages, beginning with the last to the first.’ And when those came who were hired about the eleventh hour, they each received a denarius. But when the first came, they supposed that they would receive more; and they likewise received each a denarius. And when they had received it, they complained against the landowner, saying, ‘These last men have worked only one hour, and you made them equal to us who have borne the burden and the heat of the day.’ But he answered one of them and said, ‘Friend, I am doing you no wrong. Did you not agree with me for a denarius? Take what is yours and go your way. I wish to give to this last man the same as to you. Is it not lawful for me to do what I wish with my own things? Or is your eye evil because I am good?’ So the last will be first, and the first last. For many are called, but few chosen.”

In the parable above the laborers called early were paid the same as those called late, when those called early complained, the landowner basically said "it is mine to give, I will give to whom I wish what I wish, I will be merciful and gracious to whomsover I wish, I will disperse my magnanimity which ever way I see fit and there ain't a thing you can do about it. Because you are unkind and will have another deprived of mercy and grace, will not keep me from being gracious."

When God chooses to be merciful & gracious to you and the enemy comes with a thousand and one reasons why you don't qualify for it, now you know what the word of God says about it, this is what you stand on. His grace is sufficient for you and it is His to give. For he saith to Moses, I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion. Romans 9:15

Many are called but few are chosen is written because of the pharisees and scribes who rejected Jesus - they were called but not chosen because they rejected the Father's will. But for those who embrace His will, your portion is grace and mercy with God, you will qualify for things you never worked for, positions you never applied for, first class mentors you never sought, children you never dreamt because Jesus favours you.
"Then you will say in your heart, ‘Who bore me these? I was bereaved and barren; I was exiled and rejected. Who brought these up? I was left all alone, but these—where have they come from?’” This is what the Sovereign Lord says: “See, I will beckon to the Gentiles, I will lift up my banner to the peoples; they will bring your sons in their arms and carry your daughters on their shoulders. Kings will be your foster fathers, and their queens your nursing mothers. They will bow down before you with their faces to the ground; they will lick the dust at your feet. Then you will know that I am the Lord; those who hope in me will not be disappointed.” 

Can plunder be taken from warriors, or captives rescued from the fierce? But this is what the Lord says: “Yes, captives will be taken from warriors, and plunder retrieved from the fierce; I will contend with those who contend with you, and your children I will save. I will make your oppressors eat their own flesh; they will be drunk on their own blood, as with wine. Then all mankind will know that I, the Lord, am your Savior, your Redeemer, the Mighty One of Jacob.” Isaiah 49 vs 21-26