Title: GOD WANTS YOU TO BE REAL WITH HIM (2)
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.2 Corinthians 12:7-9
I believe and will say it again, God’s help is available to those who call upon Him. But how will people call upon Him if they won’t agree that they need Him? No one calls for help until they need help. No one seeks an intervention unless they’re in need of one. Why do I say this? Because we need to be sincere about ourselves when we come to God.
Paul, in our opening text admits that there was a challenge before him for which he sought the Lord. He was trying to tell us that he also had something he had to deal with. He said he asked the Lord to help me, to take it away. This is where the shift comes in. God replies with a word (a revelation) which became the confession and faith of the man Paul. Paul didn’t just jump and shout nothing is wrong like most folks do. You see, this would have been denial. And denial is a destroyer. You can lie to others but you know you can’t lie to yourself. You know you’ll always come back to deal with what you’re saying alone. Many times, we do these things because we want to impress people and sound spiritual. But that’s not the way. The confession of our faith is not meant to stop us from seeking God for relieve from our pains.
If you’re having a limitation of a challenge, talk to God about it. He knows you the way you are. Then find His word over that thing and make it your confession (talk). Your faith says you have freedom from the very real sickness and so you choose to stand in that faith. Your declaration of your challenge to the Lord is not a denial of your faith but of your dependence upon His integrity to do what He has spoken.
One man declared his unbelief but asked the Lord to help that challenge, and Jesus did by answering his request – Mark 9:23-27
Another man asked the Lord to just speak the word of healing from where He was because he wasn’t worthy or good enough to have the Lord under his roof – Matt. 8:8
Paul, the great apostle, had a challenge he admitted to dealing with before the Lord until the Lord gave him the answer that brought joy and confidence in that area – 2Cor. 12:7-10
God wants you to be sincere with admitting yourself before Him. If you need grace, ask of Him. If you need wisdom, ask. If you need help, ask Him. Whatever it is, He says to come and ask, make it known, talk to Him about it if you don’t know what to do. He will tell you where to do this or do that. We are overcomers only through Him. – Matt. 7:7, Heb. 4:16, James 1:5-8
You’re mounting up this season upon the wings of your dependence on the Lord. You will not fail. You’ll not fall. The lines will fall for you in pleasant places.
Glorify the Lord for all He’s blessed you with, and make your requests, questions, pains known to Him. He has got you covered no matter the area of need. He will answer you with a word in your spirit. That will boost your faith equipping you to pull down doors and go over mountains. You’ve got the solution Provider on your side.
Thank you Jesus.