Words from the Heart for Wednesday November 2nd, 2016
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 about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.
2 Corinthians 12:9 (NIV)
God loves to use weak people – because that’s the only kind of people that exist! His glory shines through those who know they are weak and depend upon His grace. Ask the Lord to shine through your weakness so that His power might be seen in and through you!
Skilled immigrants coming to Canada who do not have a job offer must show that they have sufficient money to support themselves and their family after they arrive in Canada. Each year the Canadian government updates the amount. This money cannot be borrowed from another person and the money has to be available to pay the costs of living upon their arrival in Canada. Proof of the availability of these funds must be presented to the Canadian visa office in the applicant’s home country when applying for the visa. The amount is set depending on the size of the family. Currently a single applicant needs a minimum of $12164. A married couple needs $15,143. A family of seven need $32,191. The Canadian government warns that applicant that Canada Customs regulations require that any amount over $10,000 be declared upon arrival in Canada.
When the people of Israel wandered in the wilderness for forty years God provided all they needed to survive and thrive. He provided manna and then added quail to their menu. He provided health and saw to it that their clothes, including the soles of their shoes, lasted the entire time they were in the wilderness. He proved to be Yahweh Yireh, the Lord who provides. God always knows exactly what we need and His provisions are always sufficient to meet that need. If that is the case in the physical sense, it is certainly true spiritually. In 2 Corinthians 12:9 we read “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 about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.” There are many times that we need the Lord’s power to say no to temptation and yes to righteousness. His grace is always sufficient for the task. When I allow sin into my life, it is never because God’s grace isn’t sufficient – it is because I have trusted in my own insufficient strength and power or have not availed myself of the sufficient grace that God has ready for me. Just so we don’t miss this vital point, He adds that His strength is made perfect in our weakness. His grace is sufficient for you today and His strength WILL be made perfect in your weakness.
These have been words from the heart.