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My Weakness, His Strength

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As a Christian man, I live in a perpetual condition of weakness, imperfection, fragility and sinfulness. I am not pure or neat, but instead I am a sinner and messy, I am not strong, I am weak, and often feel my weaknesses daily. I am not hyper-spiritual, but instead I am extremely worldly – in other words, I still love and enjoy reading secular books, philosophy, psychology, secular music, movies, drinking wine or beer, dancing, bowling, bicycling, parks, museums and many other stuff. And, I do not have it all together (and I never will), instead I have thorns in my flesh, brokenness, insecurities, inconsistencies, disappointments, discontentment and sinful inclinations.

2 Corinthians 12:1-10 (Paul’s Visions and His Thorn)

I must go on boasting. Though there is nothing to be gained by it, I will go on to visions and revelations of the Lord. I know a man in Christ who fourteen years ago was caught up to the third heaven—whether in the body or out of the body I do not know, God knows. And I know that this man was caught up into paradise—whether in the body or out of the body I do not know, God knows— and he heard things that cannot be told, which man may not utter. On behalf of this man I will boast, but on my own behalf I will not boast, except of my weaknesses— though if I should wish to boast, I would not be a fool, for I would be speaking the truth; but I refrain from it, so that no one may think more of me than he sees in me or hears from me. So to keep me from becoming conceited because of the surpassing greatness of the revelations,a thorn was given me in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to harass me, to keep me from becoming conceited. Three times I pleaded with the Lord about this, that it should leave me. But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 10 For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

“Our justification does not depend on our piety and our spiritual performance 
but on Christ and His performance. We can therefore face up to our recurring failure 
to live as His holy people and people of prayer. In fact, our failure is meant to teach us to ask for what we lack and receive everything from Christ.” – (Grace Upon Grace, Kleinig, p. 39)

 

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