Know what this world’s trouble is when it comes to weakness and strength? Pride! Shame! Twisted thinking! Everything all mixed up! The world teaches us we are supposed to be strong in and of ourselves. The world teaches us we are to trust in ourselves not in God. The world tells us not to let others see our weaknesses. The world teaches us to exalt and magnify and puff ourselves up. The world is missing the only true and right answer to weakness! The Lord Jesus Christ! And our humbling ourselves and confessing our weaknesses and looking not to ourselves nor to others but to the Lord God almighty to be our strength, to strengthen us, to glorify Himself in and through us by living in and through us and flooding us by His Spirit with love, power, strength, mercy, grace, kindness, and all we need to love, serve, obey, praise, honor, worship, adore, and glorify Him and love others as ourselves!
The Spirit of Christ lives inside Christ’s followers, and to Jesus we must turn with our weaknesses that He in and through us will show forth His almighty strength! HIS strength, friend. HIS! Not for our glory. For HIS GLORY!
I am so weak! I know nobody weaker than I am! If you saw me without Jesus living in and through me, you would be shocked and astounded and horrified I am quite sure at how very weak I am and what a broken purposeless mess of a human I really am without Jesus. Everything good you see in and through me, everything strong, everything beautiful, all of it, absolutely all of it is from Jesus who lives in and through me.
I confess to you, my friend, I am so very weak. But confessing to you my weakness is not the greatest step I must take. Nor your confessing your weakness to others is not the greatest step you must take. Certainly it is good and wise to let loving godly people in our lives know our weaknesses so they can offer their love, prayer, encouragement, and support.
But the most important confession we must make is to Christ Himself!
“I am so weak, Father!” we must tell Him. And if not with those words, fine. But surely we must HUMBLE OURSELVES and acknowledge to almighty God we are nothing without Him, we need Him desperately, so desperately. We must seek His strength, friend. Oh, we must. Please do!
Dear Lord, thank you for showing me the truth about this world when it comes to weakness and strength and for compelling me to share it with my dear readers. Lord, be our strength! We are so weak, Father! We need you, dear Lord! Be our strength! Be strong in us! Be strong through us! Forgive our pride! Humble those who will not humble themselves on their own.
Teach us your ways. Teach us the way of humility as one of your wonderful ways. And make us strong, oh Lord. But may we never ever take your glory regarding the strength you give us. May we be given opportunities, oh Lord, to tell people with whom we cross paths, “I am so weak! My Father in heaven, this strength you see is His. Glory be to His name!” Yes, Lord, glory be to your name. Oh Lord, thank you! AMEN!
“And lest I should be exalted above measure by the abundance of the revelations, a thorn in the flesh was given to me, a messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I be exalted above measure. Concerning this thing I pleaded with the Lord three times that it might depart from me. And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” 2 Corinthians 12:7-10
“I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.” Galatians 2:20