2 Corinthians 12:7-9

God’s Grace is Sufficient to Set You Free

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2 Corinthians 12:7-9 and lest I should be exalted above measure by the abundance of the revelations a thorn in the flesh was given to me a messenger of satan to buffet me lest I be exalted above measure concerning this thing I pleaded with the LORD 3 times that it might depart from me 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 we want to continue on just looking at this messenger from satan again to review the thorn in the flesh did not come from God it was a messenger from satan God was exulting Paul satan was trying to oppress demean push Paul down satan sent a messenger of satan means, came from satan not from God and the next thing that we see here when Paul sought the LORD 3 times what Paul was doing is begging God to take this away oh God please take this away Oh LORD please deliver me what I’ve seen over and over and over again begging God to do something that is already been made available by the blood of Jesus that we are charged to do really accomplishes nothing our goal in life is not to try to get God to do something for us our goal is to find out what He has already done by the blood of Messiah grab hold of what was done and exercise the authority that He’s given to us on planet earth I believe Paul had authority all the time to dispatch this messenger of satan a messenger of satan never has authority over a believer the whole message here in this passage is that Paul had authority already by the shed blood of Jesus Messiah to dispatch this messenger of satan Paul didn’t know that so what he was doing is he was busy begging God God please take this away God please do something about this remember this is not from God this is a messenger of satan how do you deal with messengers of satan not by begging God to take them away by receiving what God has already said what has already been done by the blood of Messiah applying it submitting yourself to God resisting the enemy and he will flee that’s what James 4:7 says Paul says please let this go and the LORD’s answer to him is this my grace is sufficient for you what does that mean do you know how most people with their… I believe this is the most perverted thing that people think that God’s grace is sufficient for you to just stay destroyed stay with a messenger of satan in your life do you think God wants a messenger of satan to continue in your life of course not so what is He saying grace is the word charis it means this I just got a great definition from vines dictionary the Strong’s concordance is this God’s empowering presence exerting a divine influence upon your heart resulting in manifest change in your life so God’s grace is not just His unmerited favor it’s His empowering presence that comes upon your life and changes something so what is the LORD saying here to Paul He’s saying Paul don’t beg Me to take something away that’s a messenger from satan I’ve already released My grace when I died on the cross when My blood was shed My grace has already been released and made manifest to you already for My strength is made perfect in weakness that word weakness is a Greek word asthenia it means an inability to produce results what the LORD is saying to Paul is Paul you have no ability to cast that thing out you have no ability to get rid of this messenger from satan that is beating you that is buffeting you but you know what My grace which is My empowering presence does if you’ll submit yourself to Me resist the enemy use your authority command that thing to go it will go sufficient is the word arkeo I wrote some notes down about this arkeo, let me just get where I wrote that arkeo is the word it means more than enough to ward off or to remove not more than enough to retain in bondage more that enough to ward off or remove for example when Yeshua told the disciples remember when they fed the 5000 men and all their families and He said go feed them they said we couldn’t get enough food that would be sufficient for these masses sufficient to what? keep them in hunger, no sufficient to eliminate their hunger arkeo means to eliminate the problem so My empowering presence what the LORD is saying here My grace, My empowering presence is enough to eliminate the problem for you for My strength, My power is made perfect in weakness and that word power My strength that’s the Greek word dunamis it’s like dynamite where we get that word dynamite from that means God’s supernatural dynamite power to blast away the problem so here’s what the LORD said to Paul He said to me My empowering presence is enough to ward off, to eliminate to get rid of the problem for My dunamis supernatural power is made perfect when you have no strength when you have nothing to give you can’t get rid of it when you grab hold of my strength it blasts the problem out of there I think of David and Goliath David didn’t have any natural way to overcome Goliath, what did he do he accessed God’s covenant promise God’s dunamis supernatural power that’s how he defeated the giant and that’s exactly what God has for you today God has His dunamis power that’s already been released available to you if you’re a believer in Yeshua Ha Mashiach Jesus the Messiah if you’ve received Him as your savior you’re born again you’ve received Him as the master, the director the LORD of your life then that dunamis power is available to you to blast away every messenger of satan and the key is to recognize we’re not to beg God to do what He’s already done what we’re to do is to find out what was done by the blood of Jesus Messiah to access that the authority and to command that enemy to leave to break his stronghold over our family, over our lives over our marriage over our finances so I pray that for you today that you would grab hold of what God has already done by the blood of messiah and not be begging God to do something new or to do something that He’s already accomplished already done by His blood that has already been released Father I pray today for that dunamis power for the dunamis power of God to be released in your life today to blast away the thorn that is the messenger of satan that’s attacked you I pray that today for you a tremendous breakthrough in your finances today breakthrough in your physical health in your relationship today relationships with friends relationship at work relationship in your marriage breakthrough today I pray that for you in the mighty name of Jesus Messiah Amen

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