The Discipline of Weakness


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The Discipline of Weakness

  1. 2. <ul><li>“ To keep me from becoming conceited because of these surpassingly great revelations, there was given me a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me.8 Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me.9 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 about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me. 10 That is why, for Christ's sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” </li></ul>
  2. 3. God Loves to use Weak People <ul><li>God has a different perspective on your weaknesses. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” (Isaiah 55:9) </li></ul></ul>
  3. 4. God Loves to use Weak People <ul><li>God not only uses our strengths, he also wants to use our weaknesses for his glory. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong.” (1 Corinthians 1:27) </li></ul></ul>
  4. 5. God Loves to use Weak People <ul><li>A weakness is any limitation that you have no power to change. </li></ul><ul><li>God is never limited by our limitations! </li></ul><ul><li>God delights in putting his great power into ordinary containers. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all surpassing power is from God and not from us.” (2 Corinthians 4:7) </li></ul></ul>
  5. 6. Admit Your Weaknesses <ul><li>You must own up to your imperfections. </li></ul><ul><li>If you want God to use you, you must: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>First, Know who God is, and. . . </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Second, Know who you are. </li></ul></ul>
  6. 7. Be Content with Weaknesses <ul><li>Contentment is an expression of faith in the power of God. </li></ul><ul><li>All of God’s “giants” were weak people. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Moses (Numbers 12:3) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Gideon (Judges 6:12) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Abraham (Rom. 4:11) </li></ul></ul>
  7. 8. Honestly Share Weaknesses <ul><li>Paul showed his vulnerability in all his letters. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>His Failures “For what I do is not the good I want to do; no, the evil I do not want to do–this I keep on doing.” (Romans 7:19) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>His Frustrations “We were under great pressure, far beyond our ability to endure, so that we despaired even of life.” (2 Corinthians 1:8) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>His Fears “I came to you in weakness and fear, and with much trembling.” (1 Corinthians 2:3) </li></ul></ul>