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Living by God's Sufficiency

The following is adapted from Living by God’s Sufficiency course, a free theology course taught by Pastor Bob Hoekstra available at the Blue Letter Bible Institute.

Not that we are sufficient in ourselves to claim anything as coming from us, but our sufficiency is from God
(2 Corinthians 3:5)

A prayer about our dependence on God

We who deserve the worst have, in Jesus Christ, been given the best. We thank You for Your great mercy and wonderful grace. Thank You for our new lives. We want to walk in the Spirit. We want to grow in Your way. We want to serve You. And we want to be conformed to the image of Christ, your Son. Please work this in us. We pray that, by Your Holy Spirit, You would open up the Scriptures to us. Give us ears to hear, eyes to see, and hearts to receive. And, Lord, we ask You to accomplish Your work in each of our lives right now. You know the position of our hearts and our minds. You know what we need. You know how to use Your word to work in our lives, and we pray that you would do just that. We pray You would touch us and that You would work in us to will and to do of Your good pleasure. In the name of Jesus we pray. Amen.

God’s grace is sufficient for all of life

With this prayer that God would affect our hearts and lives, we begin with God’s sufficiency for godly living. Every true Christian—every true believer—knows that he is birthed into the family of God by grace. He is born again by the grace of God through faith in Jesus Christ. In fact, the Scriptures teach us that we are not only birthed by grace, but we are to grow continually in our lives of faith by that same grace. His grace is not only sufficient for salvation but all of life.

May God grant us a high view of His supremacy and sufficiency!