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08/03/2011

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Our Weakness is God's Strength


"My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.....Therefore I will boast all the more in my weaknesses, so that Christ's power might rest upon me" (2 Cor.12:9).

The world views success in several ways. The actor Denzel Washington is successful because of his popularity. Marie Curie was viewed as successful for her brilliance. I could go on...Bill Gates for his wealth, Picasso for being artistically gifted and Billy Graham for being visibly religious come to mind. The late basketball coach John Wooden had a view about this subject that he preached to his highly successful teams at UCLA. "You must be a good human being first and then you can be good at basketball." The apostle Paul had his own inspired recipe. It might be good for us to meditate on the first 10 verses of 2 Corinthians 12 to find Paul's "credentials for success." Even though he had great successes as he traveled and spread the Word, he never took the credit. The credit always belonged to Jesus Christ. He had the, "its not about me but about Jesus" attitude in everything he did. It always thrills me when I try to give someone credit for doing some kind deed and find them deflecting the credit to the Lord. Today's verse is about that "thorn in the flesh" that Paul had.The verse preceding it says; "three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me." His answer from God was quick and succinct. "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Paul endured whatever the malady was because God said that it can be good to endure. The same power that was made perfect in Paul's weakness can be made in ours too. That same grace that was sufficient for Paul is sufficient for us also. When we are strong we have a tendency to think that we got there on our own, and do not turn to God. Sometimes we have to be weak so that we can depend on God. In our market-driven culture the premium is put on an appearance of strength, but God delights in the weaknesses that we all have. He wants us to cop to them and realize that He can give us true strength. True success in life is measured by God's standards and not ours or the world's.....Only when we realize our weaknesses will Christ's power come to rest on us...

Have a great day...Go about doing good and give Jesus the credit..... Love mark Phil.4:11

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