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‚Äč“Walking In Sufficiency”

2nd Corinthians 3:4
 “And such trust have we through Christ to God-ward: Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think anything as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God; 6  Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life.”
2nd Corinthians 9:8
 “And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work: 9  (As it is written, He hath dispersed abroad; he hath given to the poor: his righteousness remaineth forever. 10  Now he that ministereth seed to the sower both minister bread for your food, and multiply your seed sown, and increase the fruits of your righteousness;) 11  Being enriched in everything to all bountifulness, which causeth through us thanksgiving to God. 12  For the administration of this service not only supplieth the want of the saints, but is abundant also by many thanksgivings unto God.”
 
Sufficiency: an adequate amount or adequate resources, ability, having enough. A lot of times in the believer’s life there are moments where you feel like you are not capable of defending, fighting, and pleasing the Lord. When the purpose in your life is challenged you have to know if you have confidence in your walk of faith. Feeling inadequate is a trick of the enemy to steal your confidence, trust, and faith in God.
First of all please allow me to state that we are without power when there is no relationship with Christ and the guidance of the Holy Ghost. Our physical strength and intellectual capacity cannot equal up the power of darkness. Ephesians 6:12  “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.”

 · Sufficiency can be miss-represented by arrogance and a “know-it-all” spirit

· Sufficiency can be miss-represented through false teaching one has been taught. (NOTICE UNDERLINED PORTION OF SCRIPTURE) Romans 10:2  For I bear them record that they have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge. 3  For they being ignorant of God's righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God.
· Sufficiency can be miss-represented by lack of knowledge. When the believer doesn’t study, never develop a deep relationship with the Holy Spirit.  Hosea 4:6  “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children. 7  As they were increased, so they sinned against me: therefore will I change their glory into shame.
 
{without power when there is no relationship with Christ and the guidance of the Holy Ghost. Without the strength of God, our image cannot be of God representing Kingdom work.
Ephesians 2:9  “Not of works, lest any man should boast. 10  For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them. 11  Wherefore remember, that ye being in time past Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that which is called the Circumcision in the flesh made by hands; 12  That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world.”
 
· For we are his workmanship: The bible says in Him we move and have our beings. Jesus said: abide in me and I in you. We become the very image of Christ when we allow Him to be first in our lives.
 
· created in Christ Jesus unto good works: We are created in Him, for His glory, we were called into the Kingdom of God. Created in Him doing the greater works (St. John 14:12). Called to a higher level (Romans 8:29  “For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. 30  Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.”)
 
· which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them: We were spoken of, made in, thought of, and love of God before satan could poison us with sin.  God had a plan for us (Jeremiah 29:11) 2nd Corinthians 4:4  “In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.” -------  Ephesians 1:4  According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: 5  Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will,

· That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world: Without Christ we were aliens from the salvation, redemption, and eternal life. We had no hope without the help of God.

The Apostle Paul says “Not that we are sufficient of ourselves” - This is evidently designed to guard against the appearance of boasting, or of self-confidence. He had spoken of his confidence; of his triumph; of his success; of his undoubted evidence that God had sent him. He here says, that he did not mean to be understood as affirming that any of his success came from himself, or that he was able by his own strength to accomplish the great things which had been affected by his ministry. He well knew that he had no such self-sufficiency; and he would not insinuate, in the slightest manner, that he believed himself to be invested with any such power, compare note on Joh_15:5.
 
“What Makes Us Feel Insufficient”
Sometimes the mind can play tricks on us, our flesh which desires more to rule and super-rule trying to have complete control your life. Secondly, the devil tries to convince you that you’re not good enough to be called a child of God. The devil will bring up your past and speak evil of you. {PLEASE NOTICE THE BOLD TYPED PORTIONS, AND UNDERLINED PORTIONS} Revelations 12:10  “And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night. 11  And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death. 12  Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhibiters of the earth and of the sea! For the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time.”
· Satan is bad news, he is the god of this world (2nd Corinthians 4:4)
· Satan has plans to accuse many and take as many to hell with him, it’s his way of trying to get back at God for kicking him out of heaven.)
· Satan uses things, worldly things, spirits…. God tells us be in the world but not of the world
2nd Corinthians 12:7  “And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure. 8  For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me. 9  And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 10  Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ's sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.”
 
· there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me: the word “buffet” means a beating, repeated blows, one who fights one way. Satan sends powers, principalities, rulers in darkness, and spiritual wickedness in high places. Satan will constantly beat us up with our past, lies, deception, false witnessing, and much more.
· My grace is sufficient for thee:  God’s grace which is His unmerited favor. Which is unlimited love, mercy, compassion, toward all mankind. Romans 5:13  (For until the law sin was in the world: but sin is not imputed when there is no law. 14  Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over them that had not sinned after the similitude of Adam's transgression, who is the figure of him that was to come. 15  But not as the offence, so also is the free gift. For if through the offence of one many be dead, much more the grace of God, and the gift by grace, which is by one man, Jesus Christ, hath abounded unto many.
1. St. John 15:5  I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.
2.  Philippians 4:13  I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.
3.  Ephesians 2:12  That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world:
 
You have just concluded Part I. Please note that you are not inadequate in this walk in life. Your power is not of yourself, your power comes from God the Father. You should not feel as though you cannot fulfill the mission that feel like you cannot please the Lord, nor over evil, nor overcome habits, nor change a generation, because greater is He that is in you that he that is in the world.