His promise is so powerful! “And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work” (2 Cor. 9:8).
The “universals” in this verse are mind boggling! Let’s commit the new year to allowing this verse to guide us every day God gives us in 2018.
1) “God is able”. “He is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us” (Eph. 3:20). God is able to work beyond all imagination. The only limitation to God’s power in our lives is unbelief! “According to your faith let it be to you” (Matt. 9:29). There is no question but that “God is able”! The only question is “Will I trust Him?” Faith is the umbilical cord that taps God’s power that it might flow into our lives. How much do we limit God’s ability to work in us by unbelief?
2) “To make all grace abound toward you”. God’s grace is His power made available in human weakness (2 Cor. 12:9). One cannot get any weaker than death. Those who are “crucified with Christ” fully depend upon Him to live. Salvation is “by grace through faith” — His “gift to us” (Eph. 2:8). God is able and is willing to give us all grace if we will trust Him for it!
3) “Always having all sufficiency in all things.” Fellow Christian, we will never encounter a bad circumstance more powerful than God! He is “always” on His throne; we just need to “seek those things which are above, where Christ is sitting at the right hand of God” (Col. 3:1). Let us never focus upon dark circumstances, but always upon Jesus as the Light! He is the source of our “sufficiency in all things”. He will see us through any and all the shadows of this life as we trust and walk with Him in His light!
4) “May have an abundance for every good work”. Christians are “His workmanship created in Christ Jesus for good works” (Eph. 2:10). He promises to provide the abundance of His grace for our every good work. Satan whispers “but you can’t do that!” Let God’s people say “away with you, Satan, for ‘I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me’” (Phil. 4:13). AD 2018 is the new year of our Lord! Memorize 2 Cor. 9:8 and let us claim its promises every hour of every day that God allows us to live! “And this is the victory that has overcome the world — our faith” (1 Jn. 5:4).