New Day, Old Promises

Yesterday I wrote, “I’ve had a touch of Pneumonia this past week. I’m better now.
I’m told not to make declarations like that. Acknowledging an illness. But, the Lord reminded me of Paul’s asking for his thorn in the flesh to be removed.”

Scripture goes on to say in


But 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. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

Grace is such an awesome word. I believe it has been wrongly defined as “God’s unmerited favor.” Best I can determine this translation started in the 1600s. If you have a better etymology, I would appreciate you sharing it with me.

The meaning of Grace I use is “God’s enabling power to be all He has called you to be, and God’s enabling power to do all He has called you to do.” Think about that, God’s power to be and to do all He has called you to be and to do.

You will have trials. There will be valleys. You will have sickness. However, amid the storms of life, Psalm 23 reminds us, “I will fear no evil, for You are with me. Your rod and Your staff they comfort me. …You anoint my head with oil, my cup overflows.”

Old promises to be reminded of for this new day and new week.


Published by Spiritual Wanderings

Paul Potter is Author/Teacher for Eagles Rest Ministry. Tanya, his wife, and Paul live in Lufkin, Texas. He was the Founding Director, School of Ministry, Church Alive University, Albuquerque, New Mexico. He is an ordained minister. As a retired, tenured University Professor, he has served as faculty for the University of North Texas, Stephen F. Austin State University, Xavier University, University of Oklahoma, Angelo State University, and Hardin-Simmons University. He has preached in churches in Texas, Alaska, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Ohio, Kentucky, and pastor’s conferences in Ohio and Alaska. His first major job out of the Air Force was broadcasting as an announcer, journalist, director, and producer in radio and TV. He was producer and announcer of nationally syndicated The Baptist Hour, Master Control, and other radio programs.

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