Bruce Wells

About Bruce Wells:

Manna for Living is the Bible teaching ministry of Bruce Wells. A Bible teacher, and writer, Bruce lives in Virginia with his wife and family. He is currently accepting speaking engagements for the fall and would welcome an invitation to preach at your church, revival or conference.

Sufficient Grace

Bruce Wells
May 2009
Because of the surpassing greatness of the revelations, for this reason, to keep me from exalting myself, there was given me a thorn in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to torment me–to keep me from exalting myself! Concerning this I implored the Lord three times that it might leave me. And He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness ” Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me.

Has God given you a constant reminder of your weakness? Is there a problem that constantly bothers you? Our God gives us a daily supply of Grace. To seek this Grace, we need to spend time each day with our Lord. Time in prayer and bible study, to help us receive our daily portion of Grace.

I am reminded of the people of Israel wandering in the dessert. They were hungry for food and our God provided the manna for them.

“He humbled you and let you be hungry, and fed you with manna which you did not know, nor did your fathers know, that He might make you understand that man does not live by bread alone, but man lives by everything that proceeds out of the mouth of the LORD.”(Deuteronomy 8:3)

Each day the people had to gather their supply of manna. Each man, woman and child had to gather their own manna. The manna would spoil overnight and had to be gathered again the next day. In the same way, we must gather grace everyday from our Father in heaven, who readily gives us our daily portion.

Through the LORD’s mercies we are not consumed, Because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness. (Lamentations 3:22-23)

The Lord humbles us to prevent us from drawing away from Him. He wants his children at His side everyday. The Lord wants to show you how wonderful He is. Isn’t it an awesome thought that He cares this much about us? Isn’t it wonderful that when we are at our weakest, HE is at His strongest!

There don’t have to be losers on Christ’s side. From the richest to the poorest, from the oldest to the youngest, and from the educated to the uneducated, we all have the same source of victory. It’s not our material possessions, our natural wisdom, nor our credentials. Victory is available to each of us because of what Christ has already done for us. It’s His victory. He won the battle. Our victory comes as we enter into His victory, and that victory can only be apprehended through faith.

If we read about the great heroes of faith, both in Biblical times and in modern history, we discover that every one of their victories came through faith. Abel worshiped by faith. Noah worked by faith. Enoch walked by faith. Abraham traveled by faith. Moses delivered the nation by faith. David slew the giant by faith. Paul preached the gospel by faith. Luther inspired a Reformation by faith. Whitefield experienced a revival by faith. Moody shook a continent by faith. Faith always has been and always will be the way the victory is obtained. The sole issue regarding our personal victory is simply the faith issue.

So, then, it’s crucial that we understand the nature of faith. Is faith a funny feeling that we get when we hear an eloquent speaker, or is faith a psychological state of mind that we achieve by the power of positive thinking? Is faith a panacea for all of our problems? Can we name it and claim it? Is it possible to believe and never again be sick as some claim? What is faith and where does it come from? The answer to that question is the secret to victorious Christian living. However, I’m afraid that we’ve distorted the Biblical teaching about faith that we may need another Reformation that awakens our souls to victory and once again allows the church to be the light of the world.

Faith begins with God, not ourselves. Faith isn’t when we psyche ourselves into a state of belief. It’s not a funny feeling. The Bible says “faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ.” Faith doesn’t begin within us. It begins with God. It’s impossible to please God without faith, but it’s also impossible to have faith without God. Faith is objective. It begins with a source outside of us. It begins with God speaking. It begins with the Word of God. It’s an assurance in our hearts that’s produced by our hearing the Word of God.

Faith begins with God speaking to our hearts His Word. It’s then redirected towards God through Jesus, the Christ. Genuine Biblical faith is always directed towards Jesus. Hebrews 12:2 says, “Looking unto Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith.” Jesus is the initiator and maintainer of our faith. He is “the way, the truth and the life.” Jesus is referred to in the gospel of John as the Word of God. Therefore, any faith that doesn’t begin and continue with him isn’t true faith.

Many Christians find themselves defeated because they’ve trusted in themselves, their abilities, their financial holdings, or even their experience rather than in Christ alone. Often God has to allow disability within us in order to show us His ability. He may strip us of our financial wealth in order to supply every need of ours through His riches in glory by Christ Jesus (Phil. 4:19). Our experiences can even be deceiving, but Jesus is absolute truth. Victory comes only through trusting Jesus – and Jesus alone.

Faith begins with God speaking to our hearts through His Word and continues by our looking unto Jesus to meet every need we have. But, finally, faith works. Our works don’t produce faith, but rather the opposite is true. Faith produces works – the work of God in our lives. Therefore, we can’t brag or boast about any of our abilities, resources, or achievements. We can only boast in Christ. He has become our total source of victory and achievement. If we are truly trusting in Christ, then we will know His victory.

Occasionally I’m challenged on that assertion. People will say to me, “Bruce, I’ve trusted in Christ, but it just didn’t help.” As I probe them, however, I discover that their trust was more in their own efforts and expertise, rather than in sufficiency and power of Christ. I have been on this journey of walking with Jesus for more than 30 years now, and there’s one thing that I can say with absolute conviction – “I’ve failed Jesus many times, but He’s never once failed me.” I’ve discovered this great truth – victory in the Christian life comes only through faith. Faith begins by beholding God speaking to us through Jesus, the Word of God. It continues by looking unto Jesus, and it concludes with victory – not ours but His.

We simply enter into the victory that He’s already won. It was not that Noah, Abraham, Moses, David, Paul, Luther, and Whitefield were so great. It was simply that they trusted in a great and mighty God. They looked unto Jesus. It’s magnificent to ponder the thought that the God of Abraham, Moses, David, Paul, Luther, and Moody is our God.

It’s not our great abilities that will usher in the victory, but it’s simple faith in a mighty God that brings forth the victory.