“I am with you; that is all you need. My power shows up in weak people.” (2 Corin 12:9a LB)
There is something that we need to understand in the kingdom of God. Never think that only perfect people is what God is seeking for to use in His kingdom. That is not true at all! The fact of the matter however is that God loves to use weak people.
No matter who you are, the reality is that unfortunately everyone has weaknesses; emotional, intellectual or spiritual. That is how God has designed each one of us.
But you know what? The reason why God is not able to use a lot of people today is because we defeat ourselves by living in our own low self-esteem. We deny our weaknesses. We defend them! We excuse them! We hide them! And we resent them! The problem is we refuse to see how God sees us.
WE MISUNDERSTAND GOD WHEN WE TRY TO UNDERSTAND HIM AT OUR LEVEL
So often we have mistaken God’s ways by trying to intellectualize Him with our own wisdom by bringing Him down to our level of thinking. But God says: “My thoughts are not your thoughts and my ways are not your ways they are beyond and higher than yours.”(Isaiah 55:9)
THE VIEW OF SECULAR HUMANISM
The world looks for mathematical formulas to succeed. They rationalize a lot of things in life. They have a mind-set of understanding about how the world operates. They have a set kind of understanding about people for example the way you should look, the way you should behave, the way you should live.
As a result we are often made to be a target of their opinions. Often they have developed a misconception about Christians. They expect perfection from us. They think if we are in Christ we should be sailing on a bed of roses and nothing should happen to us. Most of the time you will notice that they will try to squeeze us into their mould. They will try to role you into their culture.
Little do they realize that we are humans and we too are not exempted from problems and weaknesses like everybody else. We are not exceptional in the sense that we don’t understand a lot of things as to why we go through certain problems.
Job was such a man; he knew that God was on the throne and in total control, though he had no way of knowing why so many terrible tragedies were occurring in his life. Job never lost his faith in God, even under the most heartbreaking circumstances that tested him to his core.
WHAT IS SO DIFFERENT ABOUT US
We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair (2 Cor.4:8)
But the only difference is that although we may not be exempted from the pressures of life and not perfect in many ways, the only thing that is different about us is that we have the grace of God available to us to overcome our problems and challenges in life.
“My grace is sufficient unto you for my power will perfect all your weaknesses.” (2 Cor. 12:9)
One of the things we need to be aware of is that we all have certain weaknesses. There is no such thing as a perfect human being. Even though we have surrendered our lives to the Lord. Even though we allow the Holy Spirit to mould us into the image of Christ. It is not something that occurs instantly. We must understand that we are still going through a process of transformation in this journey with the Lord. And this process will be an on-going process of changing us from glory to glory until the day we meet The Lord.
Meanwhile, in the eyes of the so-called wise world, you may look very silly when they see your weaknesses but God says: “I will take the foolish things of the world to shame the wise.” (1 Cor1:27).
Therefore always remember, some of your weaknesses! Some of your afflictions that you are going through! Some of the trials and tribulations that you are going through! Are sometimes deliberately allowed by God for the very purpose of demonstrating His power through you.
God is in control of your going through. God is in your troubles. God is right there in your storms. He knows what you are going through.
2 Corinthians 12:10
That is why, for the sake of Christ, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
The Bible says, we are like common pottery, fragile and flawed and breakable! But God will use us if we allow Him to do so. Remember, God is never limited by human limitations. When we stop pretending to be perfect and become honest to ourselves He will pour out His supernatural power into you to fulfill His purpose.
“I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may work through me……” (2 Cor 12:7)
Paul said “when I am weak then I am strong” In other words what he is actually trying to say here is that my weaknesses enables me to depend totally upon my God for the enabling strength and power.
Paul said, I have learned (during a life time of walking with God) the secret of being happy at any time in everything that happens. In good times and bad times.
“I can do all things through Christ, because he gives me the strength” (Php 4:12-13 NCV)
These verses cannot be separated because there is a definite co-relation between experiencing life’s lows and enjoying its highs. Paul is assured that his strength comes from Christ alone to handle every circumstance he encountered.
Never say despite what maybe that I can’t cope!
You have the ability to stand up to any test because Christ has made His strength available to you.
You know what? Your greatest miracle in your ministry will come out of your deepest weakness in your life, if you learn to totally depend upon God for your strength. All the great men in the Bible that God was able to use mightily were not only weak people yet honest and humble. What is God saying to you today !!?
You know what? Nothing that you are facing this moment takes God by surprise. He is indeed an omnipotent God who knows all things.
“He is before all things and in Him all things consist… and in all things He may have the preeminence.” (Col 1:17-18)
God is in absolute control of everything you are going through in your life.
WHEN GOD HAS SET A DESTINY FOR YOU, HE WILL DO WHATEVER IT TAKES TO GET YOU THERE.
Note: Rev Dr Jai Kumar is an ordained & licensed minister of Covenant Ministries International N.J. USA. He is a mission minded pastor who carries an apostolic anointing who preaches and teaches an uncompromising gospel with boldness. A member of ECCM (Malaysia) Spiritual Adviser & overseer to various ministries and churches. An itinerant speaker. He is also the author of a book entitled, ‘God’s Time Clock.’ Currently he worships at C3 Subang.
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