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… – 2 Corinthians 9:8
Every Christian has the grace to excel in everything. God is able to direct all the grace you require for anything in this life towards you, such that you’re never behind in competence or ability. You’re qualified for any task; that’s what it means to have “all sufficiency in all things”; it means you have all the competencies and special skills required for excellence in every good work.
The word translated “sufficiency,” in this context, is the Greek “αὐτάρκεια (autarkeia),” which means competence. This indicates a state of self-sufficiency whereby you require no aid or support. God has given you a life that makes you so competent that you don’t require any help! This can work vitally in your life. You can be sufficient in all things; competent in all things. You can be competent in your job, family, academics and daily pursuits.
There’s another word translated sufficiency in 2 Corinthians 3:5, this time, the Greek word used is “ἱκανότης (hikanotēs),” and it means ability: “Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think anything as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God….” This means that the ability of God has been made available to you. No wonder Paul the Apostle crescendoes in Philippians 4:13: “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.”
You too have been specially enabled to live supernaturally to the glory of God, because it says your sufficiency, your ability, your ‘hikanotes’ is of God. Refuse to function with your human ability; rather, function with divine might. That’s what you’re going to do throughout this year: use supernatural ability. You can do all things through Christ! Make this your confession every day. Never say, “I can’t.” Change your vocabulary. Even now, begin to say, “I can walk,” “I can do the job.” “I can perfect it.” “I can do anything.” “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”
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Dear Father, I thank you for granting me the grace to excel in everything in life! As I meditate and appropriate this teaching to my life, I make progress by your Spirit, and move from one level of glory to an even higher realm of glory, and my success is apparent to all, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
Further Study: 2 Corinthians 3:5; Philippians 4:13