So to keep me from becoming conceited because of the surpassing greatness of the revelations, a thorn was given me in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to harass me, to keep me from becoming conceited. Three times I pleaded with the Lord about this, that it should leave me. But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 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. – 2 Corinthians 12:7-10 ESV
We have three enemies, three forces working against us and the WILL OF GOD! We are continually under attack if we are serving the KING of KINGS and the LORD of LORDS! What are these three foes named? The world, the flesh and the devil, and all 3 have the same outcome: To keep us falling short, missing the mark, living to our own desires, means and machinations. That is where GRACE comes in, a new LAW, if you will! As a believer- HIS GRACE is supposed to be sufficient! In our weakness HIS strength is perfected! It allows us to be more than our FLESH, victorious despite the PRINCE OF THIS AIR and it brings a PEACE when there is little peace around us!
Leader, Pastor Tony Evans calls it the overriding ‘law of Grace’. He goes onto say, “Did you know that grace gives you the ability to either override or to work through adverse circumstances in your life? We all face things that seem difficult to overcome: problems, pain, frustrations, people. What grace does is it comes alongside of us either to override something or to take us through something that seems to be overwhelming. You take the law of gravity which holds us down, and you take the law of aerodynamics which lifts us up. It doesn’t cancel the law of gravity, but it does override it so that we can fly in an airplane even though the law of gravity is still working.”
Conduit, Tony tells us to think about GRACE, as being like WINGS. Grace- like wings- can lift us up and take us beyond what our experience is saying and what our flesh is feeling! Jesus prepared us when he said, “In this world, you will have tribulation, but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.” Grace is SPIRITUAL overcoming, it provides strength that comes in one of three ways, as Pastor Evan’s posits,” It is strength to be delivered from, strength to be moved through or it is strength to be changed in the midst of the trauma or drama. Strength you didn’t have initially until heaven joined you on earth to help you lift the weight that appeared too heavy. Grace gives you and me the power to overcome. We must remember in our weakness; HIS STRENGTH is perfected. For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. LIVE IN HIS GRACE and be lifted up, by the HOLY WINGS OF GRACE!