My Weakness = His Strength


II Corinthians 13:4

For though he was crucified through weakness, yet he liveth by the power of God.  For we also are weak in him, but we shall live with him by the power of God towards you.

There are many times in the Christian life that it seems like I am so weak.  I know what I am supposed to do and how I am supposed to think, but it just doesn’t always work.  Living in a brand new culture and learning how to adapt in a completely different environment and still minister all the while has really brought out the reality of my own weakness.  There are days that are just filled with my weakness, but in reading this passage in II Corinthians, I was reminded that being weak is exactly what I need in order to recognize the great strength of my heavenly Father.  My weakness drives to me my knees and to the Word to find passages like this one.  This passage encouraged my heart that I don’t have to live in defeat due to my weakness.  The truth is this – My weakness only serves to magnify God’s strength in my life!  I get to live in the reality of my weakness so that I can have the power of God to sustain me.  So the next time you are struggling in your weakness, thank the Lord for that weakness and claim His strength to live by the power of God.

The words to “In My Weakness” by Mike Harland and Cary Schmidt summarize how we need to face our weakness and allow His strength to shine through us.

When living life for Jesus Christ becomes too hard a task,
When obedience means sacrifice that seems too much to ask;
That’s when I learn that my own strength isn’t really strength at all,
And I find rest in humbleness when I surrender all.

In my weakness He is strong;
In my need He leads me on.
When I come to the end of all I am,
And I place my trust in Him;
That’s when His strength begins –
In my weakness.

When failures in my human strength have weakened all my pride,
And ruined hopes in fallen dreams have crumbled me inside;
It’s then by grace I fin’lly see the strength of Jesus Christ,
His victory is real in me when weakness fills my life.

In my weakness He is strong;
In my need He leads me on.
When I come to the end of all I am,
And I place my trust in Him;
That’s when His strength begins –
In my weakness.

 

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