My grace is sufficient for thee
As a child, I remember watching the 1958 movie, "The Inn of the Sixth Happiness" and really enjoying it but it wasn't until years later after becoming a Christian that I realized this story was based on Gladys Aylward's life.
Briefly, Gladys was a British parlor maid who wanted to go to China and tell them about the Lord Jesus Christ. However, the Missionary Society would not send her so she saved her money and went anyway, alone, to a remote northern province. There she was hated, then loved and finally led 100 children to safety across the mountains just ahead of a Japanese invasion.
Last night also I had a troubling dream I was living enslaved in some type of communal living and everyone was trying to figure out how to escape. I awoke and prayed wondering what this meant and was reminded of what Jesus told Paul in 2 Corinthians 12, "My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness."
When I was a missionary in Berlin, I had opportunity to talk with folks who lived behind the iron curtain before the wall came down in 1989 and the Christians told me it was better behind the wall because their faith was stronger.
God has not given us a spirit of fear but of love, power and a sound mind, so as we live our lives in obedience to Him, we need not worry about tomorrow because His grace is sufficient when we put our trust in the Lord Jesus Christ.
2 Corinthians 12
7 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.
8 For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me.
9 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.
10 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ's sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.
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