On Being a Weakling for the Lord – II Corinthians 12:9-10

“My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” The Apostle Paul told the Corinthians that because of revelations he received from God, God permitted Satan to afflict him with what he called a “thorn in the flesh” so that Paul would not become conceited. When Paul asked the Lord for deliverance from this affliction, God replied that His grace was all Paul needed because His power could best be expressed through Paul’s weakness. If you want God to empower you for His service, then  you need to be weak! You see, it’s really a control issue–who is in control of your life, you or the Holy Spirit? If you depend on your own abilities, then why do you need God’s power? But if you want God’s power operating through you, then you must be dependent on God for your enablement. The principle is quite simple but so hard for us to implement in our lives. God uses weaklings! If we want to be strong in the Lord, then we must be needful of His strength. “For when I am weak, then I am strong” (vs. 10).

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