November 14, 2018 Verse Of The Day

 

2 Corinthians 12__9

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2 Corinthians 12:9 Weakness Can Be Good

 

Weak man

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. 2 Corinthians 12:9

Paul had a weakness that tormented him. He had pleaded with God to remove that weakness, but God would not remove it. God stated that His power was made perfect through that weakness.

Weakness is something that is often looked down upon most people as something that is bad or a negative in a person’s life. A weakness is often see as a sign of failure or incompetence.

People are never chosen for being weak. They are overlooked and rejected because of some weakness in their life. That weakness can be a physical weakness or even a moral weakness, either way it is looked as not good and worthless.

It is also common for the individual to see his own personal weaknesses and try to hide them or cover them up. Most people do not want someone else to even know about their weaknesses, it looks bad. They fear rejection or ridicule because of the weakness.

For the believer, his view should be different. Although the weakness does not appear to help directly, it should drive the believer towards God, to lean upon God for strength in that area he is weak. God wants every believer to lean upon Him and not upon their own strength. He will provide the needed strength.

God also has enough grace to lift a person up where they are weak. He is not standing there ready to knock the person over the head and kick him out because of some weakness.

Unlike the world, God is not a God of just judgement, but one of love and mercy. He wants the believer to succeed and will do what it takes to make it happen.

You are no different from any other person. You will have weaknesses in your life, just like everyone else does. Do not fear those weaknesses or be ashamed of them. Take them before God and allow Him to pick you up and use you in spite of those weaknesses.

Trust God in the way He made you and in the way He is forming you. He has all the strength and grace that you need to overcome every weakness in His time.

I pray today that you will know the grace of God; that God will show you His strength and power; that you will rely upon God for His strength; and that God will use you to reach this world for Jesus.

2 Corinthians 12:10 The Value Of Weakness

“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.” 2 Corinthians 12:10

Paul is talking about something that most people do not want to discuss at all. It is the things that he is weak in. He is willing to talk about his short-comings.

Most people are ashamed of anything that they are weak in. Unless they are complaining, most people won’t even discuss what difficulties that they are going through. People feel that they should be strong and be able to handle any and everything that comes their way.

The world does not like weakness at all. Children who are going to be born with a disease or deformity are often aborted, because they will be weak and a shameful burden to parents. Elderly people are often allowed to die, rather than keep them alive, because they are weak and difficult.

In the church people who have a weakness in a certain area of their lives are often shunned by others. Leaders who have a weakness in one area, are often cast out or ridiculed because of it.

Paul had a different look at weakness. He stated that when he is weak, he is strong. In the eyes of the world this looks like a contradiction and is crazy.

When a believer is weak in some area of his life, it gives God a chance to step in and do something. It allows the grace of Jesus to fill his life. Scriptures say that God chose the weak things of this world to confound the strong and wise.

The more you rely on the strength of Jesus, the stronger you will be. The world will often say that they do not need a crutch and that Jesus is just a crutch.

When you have a broken leg, you need a crutch to support you to walk. In the same way in your life, you are broken and need a crutch to support you. You need Jesus to hold you up.

Do not be ashamed of your weakness, but allow God to use that weakness to His glory. Allow God to be strong in you and through you. Whether that weakness is in hardship, persecution or difficulties, or just personal weakness, God is strong in you. Lean on God for your strength.

I pray today that you will know the power of God in your life; that you will lean on God for strength; that you will not boast in your own power; and that in Christ you will be strong.