In HIS Presence


Read: 2 Corinthians 12:7-10
Meditation verse:
“And He said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness…” (2 Corinthians 12:9a).

The exact nature of Paul’s infirmity is unknown. But whatever it was, it must have been uncomfortable because he pleaded with God on three occasions to take it away. He seemed desperate to get rid of. When God in His infinite wisdom refused Paul’s appeal, he did not let the 'thorn in his flesh' prevent him from fulfilling his ministry. He recognized God as His true source of strength and knew he could depend on His power to remain effective and useful. By affirming God's strength, he accepted the reality of his weakness and refused to let it stop him.

There may be challenges or weaknesses in your life that have lingered on for years and you desperately need God’s intervention. If you have been waiting for a long time for it to change, has it occurred to you that God may decide to allow you to live with it? He would already have made His grace available to you. Grace is an enabler that propels you forward even in difficult situations.

You may need to appropriate God’s grace in certain situations. You appropriate God’s grace by repeatedly declaring it over that situation and walking in its consciousness. If for instance, you recognize that you have a temper and are prone to outbursts of anger, you need to live in the consciousness that God’s grace is available to help you exercise self-control. Rather than giving in to angry outbursts when faced with an upsetting situation, why not declare: “Lord, Your grace is sufficient for me, Your strength is here to help me stay calm. I depend on it over my weakness. I surrender my will to yours.

“Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God” (Rom 10:17). The change you desire may not happen instantly, but as you continue speaking God’s word over that situation, you will ultimately experience victory. This same principle will work for a recovering alcoholic or sex addict who has surrendered his will to God. If you are battling with fear, self-doubt or low self-esteem, the grace to forge ahead is in you. Tap into it and press forward. Make decisions and act, despite your struggles. Do not let them stop you, for when
you are weak, then you are strong in the power of Christ.

IN HIS PRESENCE is written by Oke Chinye

Have you asked Jesus Christ to come into your heart?

He says in Mathew 11:28, “come unto me all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” He longs to give you rest.

Would you like to do so now? Here’s a prayer you can say:

Dear Jesus, I believe that You died to save me from all my sins. Today, I invite you into my heart and I accept you as my Lord and Saviour. Please forgive all my sins and help me to live my life for You.


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