Micah 6:8 (NLT)
“8 No, O people, the Lord has told you what is good, and this is what he requires of you: to do what is right, to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.”
At the exact time I was getting this revelation, and as I was reading my Bible ( In 2 Corinthians 12)the following came on my TV screen from Joseph Prince Ministries. The Lord wakes us up each morning to brand new mercies. He wants us to love mercy and to “humbly walk with Him”.
I believe just like to the Apostle Paul, God is releasing amazing revelation to His people and we must learn how to walk humbly in what we are receiving. Today, meditate on the following portion of scripture with a studious heart (2Tim. 2:15). Also, use the below word search links to understand the original contextual meaning.
2 Corinthians 12:1-10 (TPT)
Paul’s Visions and Revelations
“12 Although it may not accomplish a thing, I need to move on and boast about supernatural visions and revelations of the Lord.[a]2 Someone I’m acquainted with, who is in union with Christ, was swept away fourteen years ago in an ecstatic experience. He was taken into the third heaven,[b] but I’m not sure if he was in his body or out of his body—only God knows. 3 And I know that this man[c] (again, I’m not sure if he was still in his body or taken out of his body—God knows) 4 was caught up in an ecstatic experience and brought into paradise,[d] where he overheard many wondrous and inexpressible secrets[e] that were so sacred that no mortal is permitted to repeat them.[f] 5 I’m ready to boast of such an experience, but for my own good I refuse to boast unless it concerns my weaknesses.[g]6 However, if I were to boast, it wouldn’t be ridiculous at all, for I would be speaking the truth. Yet I will refrain, lest others think higher of me than what I demonstrate with my life and teaching.
7 The extraordinary level of the revelations I’ve received is no reason for anyone to exalt me.[h]For this is why a thorn in my flesh was given to me, the Adversary’s messenger sent to harass me,[i]keeping me from becoming arrogant. 8 Three times I pleaded with the Lord to relieve me of this. 9 But he answered me, “My grace is always more than enough for you,[j] and my power finds its full expression through your weakness.” So I will celebrate my weaknesses, for when I’m weak I sense more deeply the mighty power of Christ living in me.[k] 10 So I’m not defeated by my weakness, but delighted! For when I feel my weakness and endure mistreatment—when I’m surrounded with troubles on every side and face persecution because of my love for Christ—I am made yet stronger. For my weakness becomes a portal to God’s power. Read full chapter”
As we do this, we will discover that God’s Grace is only sufficiently applicable when we recognize our need. Also we will experience the power potential that is ready to be explosively released into every situation we are found weak in. Also, like Paul, our experiences in this way of walking, will help us minister to others from the heart of God, and not from a place of pride.
Lamentations 3:22-23 (ESV)
Praise the Lord, we can glory in our weakness, because it will ignite the all sufficient power of God in our lives. Notice that Paul would have to always rely on the grace and power of God to help him. He had to walk out His life every day this way, with God. Amen!
Go Deeper In Word Study (2 Corinthians 12)
“12:6 For 1063 though 1437 I would desire 2309 5661 to glory 2744 5664, I shall 2071 0 not 3756 be 20715704 a fool 878; for 1063 I will say 2046 5692 the truth 225: but 1161 [now] I forbear 5339 5736, lest 3361any man 5100 should think 3049 5667 of 1519 me 1691 above 5228 that which 3739 he seeth 991 5719 me 3165 [to be], or 2228 [that] he heareth 191 5719 of 5100 1537 me 1700.
12:7 And 2532 lest 3363 I should be exalted above measure 5229 5747 through the abundance 5236 of the revelations 602, there was given 1325 5681 to me 3427 a thorn 4647 in the flesh 4561, the messenger 32 of Satan 4566 to 2443 buffet 2852 5725 me 3165, lest 3363 I should be exalted above measure 5229 5747.
12:9 And 2532 he said 2046 5758 unto me 3427, My 3450 grace 5485 is sufficient 714 5719 for thee 4671: for 1063 my 3450 strength 1411 is made perfect 5048 5743 in 1722 weakness 769. Most gladly 2236 therefore 3767 will I 2744 0 rather 3123 glory 2744 5695 in 1722 my 3450 infirmities 769, that 2443 the power 1411 of Christ 5547 may rest 1981 5661 upon 1909 me 1691.
12:10 Therefore 1352 I take pleasure 2106 5719 in 1722 infirmities 769, in 1722 reproaches 5196, in 1722necessities 318, in 1722 persecutions 1375, in 1722 distresses 4730 for 5228 0 Christ’s 5547 sake 5228: for 1063 when 3752 I am weak 770 5725, then 5119 am 1510 5748 I strong 1415.” (http://www.godrules.net/library/kjvstrongs/kjvstrongs2cor12.htm)
Remember Beloved, it is out of God’s love that we are called to walk this way!
Father, In the precious and mighty name of Jesus we take a hold of this call. By your grace we surrender and receive all of your mercy and all of your sufficient strength for every area in our lives. Help us to walk this way each and every day. Amen!
Be Victorious In His Victory
Timothy S. Lewis