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When I am weak I am Strong

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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 2:1

What does Paul mean when he said “when I am weak, then I am strong”? Paul had a “thorn in the flesh,” and three times he pleaded with the Lord to take it away, but the Lord responded; “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” When Paul heard this from the Lord he took delight in his weakness.

How does our weakness reveal the Lord’s power? Therefore, in order to keep me from becoming conceited, I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me. (2 Corinthians 12:7) The thorn in Paul’s flesh was from Satan, however the Lord used it for his glory and to reveal his power in Paul. And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. (Romans 8:28) How is the Lord’s power revealed in our weakness?

From the above scriptures we can conclude that when we are weak we are not prideful. God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble. (James 4:6) Therefore we are humble, which implies we depend on the Lord through the Holy Spirit to guide our thoughts, words, and actions. I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. (John15:5) From this verse it implies that we are continually connected to the Lord letting him guide our life in this world. The power comes from God through the Spirit because when ministering to others the Spirit knows what that person needs and guides us to provide that need. It is the Spirit that that touches the other person’s heart for their understanding and to receive God’s love.

Therefore as we minister to others we listen intently and pray for Godly wisdom. The Lord hears our prayer and will reveal thoughts and scriptures to us. The more we are in the Word, the more we pray, the more we fellowship with other Christians, the more we minister to others, the more Christ-like we become and following the Spirit becomes normal and desirable.

Today glory in your weakness because it opens the door to God’s wisdom as you depend on the Lord. You are no longer trying to share the throne with God, but have relinquished everything to his hands as you walk as his servant displaying his love, strength, and wisdom. Thank the Lord for guiding you through life his love and wisdom. If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. (James 1:5)

Prayer: Lord keep me from being prideful, but to glory in my weakness as I reflect your love, wisdom, and strength. Keep me close to you through the Spirit so I can hear your words to bring to others. Forever keep molding me to be Christ-like so my thoughts and your thoughts are in agreement. In Jesus name, Amen