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Monday, February 27, 2012

1 Corinthians 2:1 - 5 Thought/Prayer:Weak but not Hopeless.Topics: 2 at end.

“And I, brethren, when I came to you, came not with excellency of speech or of wisdom, declaring unto you the testimony of God.  For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.  And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power:  That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.  And I was with you in weakness, and in fear, and in much trembling.  And I, brethren, when I came to you, came not with excellency of speech or of wisdom, declaring unto you the testimony of God.  For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.  And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power:  That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.”  KJV (Read this scripture and more at http://prayerpivot.com)

Do you ever feel that your weaknesses are actually “weeknesses”?  Does it seem that some of your failings through your own weakness seem to go by weeks – you’ll struggle with something for a week – or even weeks! 

The apostle Paul tells the Christians at the church in Corinth that when he was with them, he experienced weakness.  Paul is not hesitant to admit that he as a person is not always on top of his game, not always doing what he knows he should do.  There is not one Christian on Earth who has not experienced this.  We know that we are so weak! 

Sometimes we should probably say we have not only weeknesses, but year-nesses!  There are some challenges in our attempts to be godly people that never seem to be conquered.  Perhaps this is what has come to be known as “besetting sin.”  These are sin situations in our lives that we never seem to get rid of.  Paul comments again about his sin, this type of sin, in Romans 7.  He doesn’t do what he wants to do; he does what he does not want to do.  Well, that’s me (I)!  That’s you!

When writing to the Corinthians, reflecting back on a visit he made to them, Paul is up front about his weakness.  But he speaks of his own weakness in light of its being a positive for the Lord.  His speech and preaching was “in demonstration of the Spirit and of power.” 

How beautifully these words should resound in our minds!  When we are weak, His power can shine through and be noticeable because you or I let it be seen—because it’s obvious that we in our own power are unable to do it.  When we are weak – and we want to be strong for Him – then it’s all about Him! 

In Romans 6, Paul has already explained that we are not to choose to go on sinning in a ploy for more grace in our lives.  That is definitely not what it is all about.  We can’t love our weakness so much that it becomes some part of a strategy to show Christ in us, more.  It would seem that weakness on our part is something that happens, but it doesn’t happen because we will it to.  It’s there often enough without that!  No, weakness is allowed in our lives as we attempt to allow Christ to be visible to others through us. 

But thank God that He doesn’t condemn us as worthless just because of weakness.  Our prayers should include a desire for strength.  But we should not give up because of “weeknesses.”

Lord, help us to recognize that, because we are human and you made us susceptible to frailty and failure, that You still love us and can use us in Your plans for Your accomplishments.  We thank you that You understand our weakness and can use it for Your glory, incredible as that may seem.

Topics:  Pray for strength in the Lord; but thank Him as He uses you in weakness also.
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Posted by Gail Richardson on 02/27 at 06:33 PM
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