Therefore, in order to keep me from becoming conceited, I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me. Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” —II Corinthians 12:7-8

So think about this! Whatever the “thorn in my flesh” was it was there because of Satan and it was there because God allowed Satan to bring this thorn. Was God being mean for doing this? Some people would surely question God on this one. But, God has purpose in everything He does and so this “thorn” was allowed to keep Paul from being conceited. God’s power is sufficient for any of us going through anything. We just need to understand, as Paul did, that His “power is made perfect in weakness.” There is power in His Name AND He seeks to accomplish His will in our weaknesses.

Our life is in Jesus— “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me” (Galatians 2:20). Those who would be conceited think that they are doing things in their own strength. They think they can do things in their own power. They do not give glory to God.

Let us depend on the power of God and acknowledge that we are weak in ourselves. Yes, let us depend on His grace today and every day of our lives. May it be so!

Dear Father, I acknowledge that I do not have any power of my own. It is only by Your grace power in my life that I can honor Your Name. So may I allow that grace to flow in and through my life for Your glory. May this be so in the power of Your Holy Spirit and in the authority of Jesus. Yes, so be it.

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