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Grace, Not Deliverance

We can’t deny that painful circumstances invade our lives. But we must put them in their proper perspective.

Pres, my eldest, was going through a time of deep disillusionment, hurt, loneliness, confusion, and penetrating self-evaluation. He shared with me how the following thoughts brought clarity in his thinking, how they enveloped him in peace and promised endurance.

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“I know that the difficult circumstances in my life at this present moment are very real. But I also know that Christ has provided victory for me in these circumstances.

“As you and I well know, this victory is not deliverance but grace, as spoken of in Proverbs 3:34: ‘He gives grace to the afflicted.’

“Grace used here refers to the divine influence upon your heart brought about through the affliction, the difficulties–difficulties such as I am experiencing now, and how that divine influence is reflected in your life through the unexpected benefits of the suffering.”

Unexpected benefits? Like what? What might we learn from suffering? How does it change us, and what can we profit from it?

It might be . . .
the rebirth of compassion for others
a renewal of your covenant with Christ
an awareness of His amazing strength
through you
the thankfulness and joy that will emanate
from the depths of your inner being
coming to know–really know–how much He loves you
the tender knowledge of your complete
acceptability by God, yourMaker.

Pres again:
“Deliverance is the easy way out. Grace is a training ground run through tear-blurred eyes which, in the end, leaves your heart strong, your muscles toned, and your head clear and organized.”

He has said to me:

“I am with you; that is all you need. My power shows up best in weak people.”
2 Corinthians 12:9 tlb

Thank You, Lord, for in these–my WEAKEST moments–I will be strong beyond my ability to comprehend.

About the Author

Anabel spent decades teaching in many contexts through Lifetime Guarantee Ministries. She has taught countless others how to have a genuine intimate faith and a sound marriage. She shared from her heart about living from the heart. Lifetime’s beloved founder and mentor passed away November 7, 2010. Her legacy and influence are timeless and priceless.