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Prevailing Voice Daily 29th December

Dec 29, 2019

29th December
Text: 2nd Corinthians 12:9 KJV

9 He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.

In part five we discussed grace as passion, strength and empowerment. We said whatever you have passion to do in the house of God is simply that grace has been given to you to do so.

Confirming this from the scriptures Paul said he was given the grace to preach the gospel of uncircumcision to the Gentiles as Peter was given grace to preach the gospel of circumcision to the Jews. Paul wrote with passion about his ministry to the Gentiles that the grace was evident upon him to preach to the Gentiles as he stated in Galatians 2:9 saying

And when James, Cephas, and John, who seemed to be pillars, perceived the grace that was given unto me, they gave to me and Barnabas the right hands of fellowship; that we should go unto the heathen, and they unto the circumcision.

Paul’s passion for the gospel of uncircumcision made it easy for him to mingle with the heathen, to flow with them in order to win them to Christ, I mean because of the grace upon him, he was not ashamed to be identified with the Gentiles when other Apostles like Peter find it difficult to mingle with them. That was why Paul challenged and confront Peter to correction when he (Peter) who has been eating with the Gentiles in the church of Galatia suddenly withdrew himself when he sighted the presence of other Apostles. Let’s read the account in Galatians 2:11-14

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But when Peter was come to Antioch, I withstood him to the face, because he was to be blamed. For before that certain came from James, he did eat with the Gentiles: but when they were come, he withdrew and separated himself, fearing them which were of the circumcision. And the other Jews dissembled likewise with him; insomuch that Barnabas also was carried away with their dissimulation. But when I saw that they walked not uprightly according to the truth of the gospel, I said unto Peter before them all, If thou, being a Jew, livest after the manner of Gentiles, and not as do the Jews, why compellest thou the Gentiles to live as do the Jews?

It is clear that Paul did with ease (preached, ate and mingled with the Gentiles) what Peter (Head of the Apostles) found difficult to do. The point we are still trying to emphasize is that what you have passion to do in God’s service is what you have the grace to do and such you will do excellently with ease when others struggles to do same.

Beloved, take time to discover the area of grace God has given you to serve, such you will have passion for, it is for the edification of the body of Christ. God bless you

* Father, help me to discover your grace upon my life for your service in Jesus Name

Amos 9, John 6.
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