Weakness and Power

Weakness and Power

“Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses,
so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.”
2 Corinthians 12:9

Paul clearly saw his weaknesses as necessary for the power of Christ to be revealed. Those who rely on their own inherent strength to serve the Lord will never know the joy of this hidden secret. Our human weakness is the platform from which His glory is revealed! Faith glories in our inabilities and in our willingness to be lead. The carnal man uses weakness as an excuse to not obey God’s leading. But those who live in Him find their weaknesses advantageous to stepping into God’s strength and resources.

“For when I am weak, then I am strong…”
2 Corinthians 12:10

There are graces and resources of God hidden in our weakness. The sling of a young child slew the Goliath of the enemies of God. The source of this victory was God’s grace and the willingness of a young man to obey despite the circumstances.

“He that observeth the wind shall not sow;
and he that regardeth the clouds shall not reap”
Ecclesiastes 11:4

Those who rely on their own strength observe the outward conditions with their own eyes; they see the obstacles rather than the divine strength of God. The eleven disciples beheld the storm yet Peter alone ventured into the storm because of the faith of God moving within. It was only when the priests stepped into the Jordan that the power of God parted its flooding banks. It was not until Paul and Barnabas worshipped God that the prison was shaken. Let us not consider our own meager resources in serving our God. Let us not be ones who behold the winds and the clouds – our God is able!

“He that observeth the wind shall not sow…”

As we feel the winds of adversity arising in our land may we still be faithful sowers.

“…he that regardeth the clouds shall not reap”

Let us not fear, let us not restrain our outreach into the world around us – He is able!

Once we recognize our weaknesses in the Spirit of faith we no longer ask God for deliverance from them but recognize that these are the very things through which HE has chosen to make Himself known. Many say “when God strengthens me – THEN I will go forth”. But years pass, weaknesses remain, and this short life ends in the poverty of unbelief. Faith moves. It trusts and knows that God uses the “weak things to confound the wise”!

“For the sake of Christ, then,
I am content with weaknesses…”
2 Corinthians 12:10

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“Be ye strong therefore, and let not your hands be weak:
for your work shall be rewarded.”
2 Chronicles 15:7

See: Moments of Faith

Brian Troxel

Seek the Lord

Seek the Lord

“Seek the LORD and His strength”
1 Chronicles 15:11

Our strength is in Him and in Him alone. The New Covenant life is available to those who find in Him the strength and grace to live beyond the resources of our-self. Many will call on His Name and many will speak of Him while our true need is to find in Him the ability to walk in the power of His Spirit.

We appeal to God in our weakness. There is within the Spirit of Christ a Holy desire to be fused to our inherent weakness, thereby clothing us in the wonder of His grace. Those who have truly recognized their own weakness will inevitably reveal the works of God through their weakness. To declare our weakness as an excuse is to deny the Covenant of Grace itself. It is impossible for true faith to be inactive or without fruit. The Covenant of Grace emphatically declares:

“…for when I am weak, then am I strong”
2 Corinthians 12:10

The true seeking of God will always culminate in our being strong in Him. The Law of Life within will ever enable His Own to rise and meet the challenge of their day. Every day is filled with opportunities to walk in the grace and power of our God. It is His delight to empower our weakness, in our darkness to be our Light. Our faith in Him brings the confidence to walk in Him who is our Boaz*.

God’s Word to us is “let the weak say I am strong” (Joel 3:10). Those who truly seek His Face will inexorably find His strength. To all those who languish in weakness, despair, and stagnation, God’s gracious Word is…

“Seek the LORD and His strength”
1 Chronicles 15:11

*Boaz – Jones’ Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names reads “In Him (i.e. the Lord) Is Strength”

Brian Troxel

Thought for Today – Immovable

Thought for Today

“But none of these things move me”
Acts 20:24

The unwavering walk of God’s own is a confidence born of true humility, for they who have ceased to rely upon themselves have found the everlasting arms of God Himself to be their hope, their strength and their very life…

“When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory. Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry…”
Colossians 3:4-5

It is in our undoing that we are made –

“for when I am weak, then am I strong”
2 Corinthians 12:10

Brian Troxel