Own Your Weakness

Text :And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. (2 Corinthians 12:9)

The Bible often talks in counter-intuitive statements. Different than the normal flow. An unexpected rub against the grain.

If you want to gain, you must give up.

If someone takes your jacket, give them your shoes too.

If we are weak, then we are strong.

Tough stuff.

Good stuff.

Stuff that can sometimes leave us scratching our heads in confusion.

Because who in their right mind wants to be weak?

I want  to  brag a little…

However, I’m hoping that as you  read  carefully,  you’d  come see that it’s  not  so much about  me  than it is about Someone else. I have always been  reserved.  I usually don’t  have  plenty to  say. Speaking  is often  tiring,  tasking and draining. It doesn’t  get  any different  with Prayer,  I  always  struggle to find the right  words to  say,  much less  a  sustained  conversation with  God.

Insane,  right?

Which is why it is astonishing  that today, I speak in Arabic,  Aramaic,  Greek,  Hebrew,  Spanish and some other languages  I’ve not  deciphered  yet.  ( Yes,  I sometimes,  painstakingly  do a research  on some  very  specific  words  I hear myself speak  via Google)

I do all of these in Tongues  by the  way.  While praying in the Spirit.  You see,  when  I  received the Holy Spirit,  I received him as a full package. See,  I’m humble  to know  that  what  I have is a gift.  A rare one.  The  gift of Diverse  tongues.  A tactical  approach  by a supremely  wise  God to fill the vacuum / weakness  in me.

So although in my  natural  strength,  I can  barely  speak for a sustained period,  but  by the Spirit,  I have access to  different  languages at once.!

Needless to  say,  I am a Talkative while praying! Glory!

Here’s What Apostle Paul  Had To Say  About That: 

And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. (2 Corinthians 12:9) 

.That’s a  profound  truth!

Of course, Paul didn’t start off celebrating his weakness. We find him pleading with God in 2 Corinthians 12:8 to remove his thorn in the flesh, this thing that has left him feeling weak.

But instead of removing his weakness, God speaks into Paul’s weakness. He reminds him, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness” (2 Corinthians 12:9).

God’s power is often found when we shift from begging Him to remove our struggle to listening to HIm speak into our struggle.

How this fills my heart with hope and sets me free.

God’s power is made perfect in my weakness. That means I don’t have to push or pretend or even try to be perfect. He is perfectly able to use less than perfect vessels.

The  Supply of the  Spirit  flows towards the  direction of  our weaknesses. There’s a commensurate supply of the Spirit  for our flaw.

Where our strengths  stops or where our weaknesses begins, His Strength takes over and goes beyond.

We all can  draw some comfort  in that.

God isn’t waiting for us to impress Him with our strength. And He isn’t shaming us because of our weaknesses. He’s simply inviting us to surrender every single inadequacy to Him so He can fill us with His grace and His strength.

Let’s allow God to speak into our weaknesses today. Let’s ask Him to fill us with His grace and His strength. And let’s grab hold of truth Paul wants every believer to understand – our ability is not based on what we can do. Our ability and strength come from the One who can do all things.

Prayer: Dear Lord, I am surrendering everything to You today. Every strength. Every weakness. All of me. And I’m asking You to fill me and use me like never before. You be my strength. You be my hope. You be my power. I know and confess that I can do nothing apart from You. I love You. I need You. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Shalom! 

 

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