The only way we can get stronger is to face head on our weaknesses. It’s not often that you hear people talk about there weaknesses. Even in an interview when you ask someone to list their greatest weakness they will say something like, “I just don’t know how to stop working hard…” Come on now! That’s a good way of disguising a strength as a weakness to be more attractive as a potential hire. All of us have flaws. Some flaws God gives us so that we will not become too conceited and forget from where all our power originates.
The Apostle Paul talked about all the reasons he could boast including his education, training, and divine revelation from God but ended it by saying, “but to keep me from becoming conceited God gave me some thorns in the flesh!” Paul asked three times for them to be removed and God said, “No! When you are weak that’s when I (God) am strong!”
When things come into our lives and seemingly “weaken” us they could really be things that God is using to strengthen us.
Paul said I delight in weaknesses. I had a preacher friend tell another preacher, “I heard that Stacy can’t preach,” this was when I was getting ready to stand before a group of pastors. It was kind of funny because as I look back over my ministry there is evidence that God used my “weakness” in strengthening so many. My close friend told me tongue in cheek, “I’m glad you don’t know how to preach…that way God can use you!”
- I thank God for insults. In one of his songs Drake said, “I had someone tell me I fell off, ooh I needed that and they want to see me pick back up, well where’d I leave it at?” Sometimes haters are just secret admirers that motivate you to greatness.
- I delight in hardships. Hardships produce character. Anybody worth their weight has been through some hardships that made them stronger. If I never had a problem I wouldn’t know that God could solve them.
- I delight in persecutions. If you aren’t doing anything nobody is going to bother you but whenever you have position you will have opposition. The early apostles rejoiced when they were considered worthy to be persecuted for Christ’s sake. Those whom God anoints he has to crush.
- I delight in difficulties. Anything worth having is not easy to come by. You appreciate more after you get it. Coming up the rough side of the mountain has given me the ability to keep going where other people would have quit. It made me stronger!
Today take survey of your weaknesses and start rejoicing! These are the areas that God can use to make you stronger. He is the only one that can turn your weakness into your greatest strength. It’s not by power nor by might but by God’s Spirit that you are stronger than anything that you might face.
Strengthen where I am weak. Give me the ability to succeed in spite of what the naysayers may think. Thank you for confounding the wise and the strong by using my weakness to give you Glory. You are an amazing God and I am in awe in how you choose to use me in spite of myself.
In Jesus Name,
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