2 Corinthians 12:1-10
Just this past week, I was enjoying a moment, reading a book when I came across a statement that beautifully ministered to my heart. It involves a Pastor and a particular lady who came forward in one of his meetings. I’ll allow the Pastor to tell it in his own words: “She was somewhat timid and quiet, and she brought with her another lady for moral support. She said, “Brother...would you please pray that I will be bold and confident? I answered her request by saying “No. I will not.” Oh, I said it in a loving and gentle way, and then I explained why. I said, “Listen, God has given you a gift, and you don’t realize what that gift is. The gift is weakness, and as long as you recognize your weakness, it will drive you to God. But if I pray, and all of a sudden you have confidence and boldness in yourself, you will not need God’s help anymore.” Two days later she came to me in that conference, took me by the hand, and said, “Brother...thank you. Nobody has ever told me that my weakness is a gift, and now that I understand it, I can honestly say it’s driven me to God”.
May God speak to your heart through this sermon!
God’s ways are never discernable by sight! So many desire that God would speak while the conditions appear favourable. But this is not how it works. While Sarah was yet barren, God said to Abraham, “I will make of thee a great nation” (Gen. 12:2). While Elizabeth was yet barren and past the age of childbearing, the angel said to Zachariah, “Fear not, Zacharias: for thy prayer is heard; and thy wife Elisabeth shall bear thee a son, and thou shalt call his name John” (Lk. 1:13).
This sermon is an encouragement and a call for the Body of Christ to place their trust in the God who cannot fail. Delay is inevitable, but if God has spoken, He will surely bring it to pass. Let us not lose heart, we serve a God of the suddenly. Let us trust Him and as we trust Him, let us wait in hope for that which we do not yet see. As we hope, let us also pray and prepare ourselves for the day of God’s sudden visitation!
We live in a generation where a growing disregard for basic manners is fast becoming the norm. One can teach a youngster the practice of good etiquette — “Don’t speak with your mouth full”, “Don’t interrupt a conversation”, “Knock before you enter” — the P’s and Q’s — yes please, no thank you, excuse me. All of these we can and should teach our children; yet I find, for all our instructing regarding the letter of etiquette, we cannot impart the spirit of it.
The children of God ought to be the most grateful people on planet earth; yet, if I was to ask how much time is spent, in us thanking God for the gracious benefits bestowed upon us, the answer would be sorrowful. This sermon is a teaching and exhortation to thanksgiving. May you be challenged, changed, and edified.
This world that we presently call home; this fading temporary abode, is a world that stands fiercely divided. Now, of course, I don’t refer to the physical landmass we call planet earth, I speak of the people who populate it. On every hand as one beholds, one sees division and schism — person against person, tribe against tribe, kingdom against kingdom and, nation against nation. Despite the efforts of global diplomacy and political treaties, there’s one thing that man will never legislate, and that is true lasting peace.
While a world stands divided, the Church of Jesus Christ is called to be united!! For what did our Lord Jesus pray in that great high priestly prayer on the eve of His crucifixion? “That they all may be divided?” No!! “That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me” (Jn. 17:21).