My Grace is Sufficient

June 5, 2008 — 10 Comments

In 2 Cor. 12:7-9 it says: “And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure. For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me. 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.”

So Paul had a thorn and we know it was brought forth by the devil. We also know it was to keep Paul humble. The interesting thing is what the Lord told Paul, “My grace is sufficient”. Have you ever been disappointed with that answer? Or have you ever heard people quote that when going through a hard time?

Well if what God said to Paul has ever disappointed you, then you probably don’t truly understand what grace is. Some might think its mercy, but the Lord didn’t say My mercy is sufficient, He said His grace was.

Grace is Not Mercy!

It?s important to understand that grace and mercy is not the same thing at all. If I’m standing before a judge and I know I’m in trouble, am I going to beg for grace or mercy? Mercy of course! Surprisingly even the Amplified Bible describes grace as God’s unmerited favor, but mercy is God’s unmerited favor. It’s something you don’t deserve, but God gives it to you anyway. Both are very important, for we are nothing without Jesus.

2 Peter 3:18 says, “But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.”

We are told to grow in grace, but if we don’t know what grace is, how are we supposed to grow in it? I would say most people think of it like mercy, they define grace as God’s unmerited favor. But if that’s true, can you grow in mercy?

We are to grow up, continue, and increase in God’s grace. Not knowing what grace is may have serious consequences in your life.

Grace is a divine influence upon our hearts and souls to cause us to walk in our inherited right that Jesus Christ purchased at Calvary.

In Romans 8:17 it says that we are “joint-heirs with Christ” if we are not walking and growing the God’s grace, we will never live as joint-heirs with Christ, you will live powerless lives always begging for mercy. Now remember, mercy is a good thing and we all need it, but grace in another thing that is a huge part of our lives. I encourage you to remember what grace is next time you run across a verse that talks about grace, or even do a study on it.

Being joint heirs and walking in our inheritance is a huge topic that would take pages to write about. I’ll try to work on something real soon that covers that topic.

Grace to you my friends.


Paul Cooley


10 responses to My Grace is Sufficient

  1. David Fischer July 18, 2008 at 1:20 am

    Hey I looked around at this website since I sent my first comment to you, and I have to tell you that it is cool… I can also see that Sandy has mentored you well. I want to encourage you to continue the good fight of faith. You have started well my prayer will be that you finish stong.

  2. Thank you David for your kind words. I’m glad you have enjoyed the site. Thank you for your prayers as well, we will keep moving forward in Christ alone.

  3. Thank you! That was exactly what I needed today! Blessings.

  4. Thanks for stopping by Andreas! God bless you as you move forward in Who He is! :)

  5. Hi Paul, Once again thank you for bring the Word. This verse is the one the Lord has laid upon my heart, and I confess out loud everyday. I was a high school drop out and so forth before I meet the Lord and drug addict. Today 8 years later I am clean, since I came to know the Lord its been a hard road but a better one. I went back to school and even gotten my BA in Criminal Justice and graduated with a 4.0 GPA. Once week after I graudated ( April 2009) I had a grandma seizure, my health took a turn for the worst over the summer, I then was digonase with MS and Epilsey and have to take much medication and shots three times a week. Today through the strength of the Lord I teach at two different Detention centers and go to many places to tell of the Lord goodness. What the see is not me, but the power of the Lord. As the apostal Paul stated, I will boast in my weakness that His strength will be made pefect in me, as well as, My Grace is sufficent for thee. It is hard to not lean on my own understand so I ask for your prayers. The adversary has been hard press on me, I am not saying this to have a pity party, but I know you could not write this article with out having experience and God giving you knowledge about it. So therfore my friend in Christ, I convent your prayers. I will still will give you that high five when we meet in heaven. Thank you, Karen

  6. Thank you for this word. God spoke directly to me and told me my grace is sufficient for you. Sometimes I would get angry when I change my depends I am 46 years of age my mom 72 and she say you want me go help you. I say no. I say let God do it he said his grace is sufficient for me. She has her own Medical problems. So I am in the process of learning what grace is

  7. You are are most Karen. :) I’m praying for you! keep up the great work!

    James, thanks for stopping by! Hang in there! It might take time to truly walk out, but it sure is worth it. The Lord is so good, and when we remember He is going through the same thing we are, it takes the focus off of us and turns it to Him… Where is should be. :)

    I’ll be praying for you! :)

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