How many of us feel as if Satan is tormenting us? How many of us have weaknesses in our life where we struggle with things? I have a couple of things I want to share with us. First off we are not alone! All of us have issues in our life. No one is above having issues. The Apostle John teaches that if we say we have no sin we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. So, here’s the deal all of us have sinned and come short of God’s glory. I am not advocating sin today but rather the opposite. We have to be honest with ourselves before God’s grace can truly work in our lives.
Paul is being honest in 2 Corinthians where he said that a messenger from Satan was buffeting him. Paul is also honest in Romans chapter 7 where he tells us that he has the desire to do what is right but cannot find the will to do it. The question that we must ask ourselves is how do we overcome our sin? We don’t God’s grace does.
Lastly, we have to understand that grace wins every time. Paul teaches us that where sin abounds grace does much more abound. Grace doesn’t abound for us to continue in sin but to be delivered from sin. Paul asks a question in Romans 7, who can deliver me from this body of death? I thank God for Jesus Christ our Lord. Christ can deliver us from our sins. Think about it! Jesus is God’s grace to us. Jesus overcame the world so that we can overcome the world. Jesus was tempted in every point as we are yet without sin. Jesus made a way for us to overcome our sins.
Paul is struggling with the messenger from Satan in 2 Corinthians chapter 12. He prays three times for God to remove the burden. God tells Paul in 2 Corinthians 12:9 that His grace was sufficient for him. The idea is that God’s grace would never fail. Today let us confess our sins and allow grace to forgive us and set us free. Who the Son sets free is free indeed. Grace wins every time.
Rev. Gary Wilson is pastor of Abundant Life Worship Center, 741 Stratton Street, Logan, and a member of the Logan Ministerial Association.