Have you ever been at a spot in your life where you have nowhere to go… nowhere to turn… and you’re ready to just throw up your hands and quit?

If you have, you’re in good company. In 2 Corinthians 12:7–10, the apostle Paul gives us this insight:

And lest I should be exalted above measure by the abundance of the revelations, a thorn in the flesh was given to me, a messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I be exalted above measure. Concerning this thing I pleaded with the Lord three times that it might depart from me. And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

When the apostle Paul was being harassed by an evil spirit—“a messenger of Satan” that he also referred to as a thorn in the flesh—he was at the end of his rope and his strength. He besought God three times for deliverance. The Lord’s answer to Paul was quite revealing.

First, He said, “My grace is sufficient for you.” The Greek word translated “sufficient” literally means “to raise a barrier against.” In other words, “My grace will protect you—it’s all you need.”

Next, God said, “My strength is made perfect in weakness.” That means God’s strength comes to full maturity in our weaknesses. It blossoms and expresses itself fully when we get to zero.

Paul went on to say, “Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”

This is a secret that we need to learn, friend. God’s strength can be made perfect in weakness.

Listen, the end of yourself is not a bad place to be. Sometimes we have to get to the end of ourselves before we will fully look to God. But when we do, we find that He is there and that He is more than enough.

But let me tell you, the end of yourself is the worst place to be if you’re not trusting God!

If you find yourself there right now—or close to that point—lay hold of God’s strength, not your own. Trust the living God who has delivered, does deliver, and will yet deliver you. He will bring you to the place of your breakthrough, and you will find the direction you need.

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  • Johan Ayiter says:

    I am indeed just now in the deepest of the deepest point of my life, I am nearly 115 kg in weight, I have a very heavy sleep disorder and my nervous system is so much attacked and disturbed that all my body is trilling the whole day and furthermore due to an inflammation on my right shoulder I can not drive my car anymore and obliged to pay hundreds of Euros to Taxi’s each week, and being married since only 1 1/2 years with a very pessimistic Balinese woman all my life-pleasures drift away, but having said all that, I never give up ! And my faith in Jesus Christ gives me the necessary hoop to go on and to try to survive, knowing that on One day, all my life will come back to me as it was so two à three years ago if I believe in God, pray and be patient even everything seems lost, because I know that, as Apostle Paul indicated too, the helping hand of Christ Jesus is on it’s most strongest when I am the weakest. I thank to our God Jahwe for being such a good Father and such a Great Lover of us, his children so that He loves and forgives us even when we do not deserve it in our eyes, in His Holy Eyes nothing is impossible, because our God is Good ! Amen

    • Leonce M Anthony says:

      Johan, Goodmorning!
      It is encouraging to read your testimony here and how you stick to your faith regardless of the challenges you are facing.
      It it pleases you… can you watch this television station: http://www.emmanuel.tv.
      Also, if you can get hold of lemon fruits … every morning take hot water and two lemons and cut the lemons in small peaces and put them in the hot water… then after 5 minutes sip it, and re-do it three times. It may take sometimes to cut down the weight, but based on the testimony of many people, they lost weight naturally and some had thir skin even rejuvenated. You can watch this teaching also in https://i.emmanuel.tv/testimony/weight-loss-120kg-to-63kg-through-water-therapy/

    • Brenda says:

      Dear Johan, I feel with you. In a way I can empathize with you because I am now at my very deepest point in my life. It is not the first time and certainly not the last, unfortunately. There are things that we as humans have to go through and that can take time. Sometimes feel like back to square one. But our Faith always endures. Gives Hope, Strength and Peace. Thanks to a Loving Heavenly Father, Hallelujah.

      My nervous system also attacking my body and
      I have also by time a trilling body. Just like having a epileptic seizure !!
      I have Promethazine and Midazolam for that.

      It’s not the solution, but it gives you rest, your body stops trilling. And this medication works also for your sleeping disorder.

      But as I write; it’s not the solution.
      The reason you have this problem (and me to) is because of stress and other problems that gives you more stress !
      (If it is the same nervous system attacking)

      Psychogenic non-epileptic seizures.
      Look it up, maybe this information can help you ?

      Another tip that is very good for your body and health is to boil a little more than 2 liters of water and then add a piece of ginger, which is left for about half an hour.
      Bubbling, not boiling. (You actually get fresh ginger tea.)
      It is important that you drink it as hot as possible during the day. A thermos is handy and the 2 liters fits in there.
      Could work well against your inflammation.

      Second tip, can you not get the cost of the taxi from your health insurer? If you have one? The doctor can help with this, by saying or explaining that it is really necessary now because you cannot drive yourself.

      Well intentioned and try to think along.

      Strong together in Jesus Christ as brother and sister.
      God bless

  • Leonce M Anthony says:

    Goodmorning brethren in Christ!
    Greeting from Arush, Tanzania!
    With this devotion it is obvious that the Church of Christ is facing the same challenges all over around the world. But I also believe that these kind of challenges are to build our characters. I have read lots of devotional from Bayless Conley for more than two decades now and I believe through the inspirational of the Holy Ghost they have taken me each time a step closer to God.
    I recall those situation that sent me spiralling down to the lowest point in my life, especially when people I trusted didn’t live to what I expected (no wonder it is said you can only trust God, who is promise/covenant keeper, unchanging, and has no beginning and no end).
    But it was enlightened to me at some stage that, when the Spirit of God told us through 2Peter 1:3-11 that we should supplement our faith with goodness, then goodness with knowledge, then self control, then perseverance, then godliness, then brotherly love, then godly love, that you can not achieve any stage without tests/examination/challenges. To build Godly character you have to go through challenges/tests. That means, if you do not want test/challenges then you should remain where you are, which impliedly may result into going down instead.
    I also realised, as this devotion described, being sick/ill or with infirmities does not mean God is not with you… you can be sick/ in trouble / with infirmities but still a friend of God.
    Thank you again brother Bayless Conley for your dedication in helping the body of Christ.

  • Jackson says:

    Hi Johan,

    God’s strength is made perfect in our weakness.

    Continue to trust in God.

    For with God all things possible.

    Jesus never fails. He is our great advocate fighting our battles.

    Stay blessed,
    Durban, South Africa

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