FebRUary 12, 2020

Power is Perfected in Weakness

And He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.” Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me. Therefore I am well content with weaknesses, with insults, with distresses, with persecutions, with difficulties, for Christ’s sake; for when I am weak, then I am strong.

2 Corinthians 12: 9-10 NASB

All of us have something we could put into this statement: “If God would just change _________ about me I could serve Him so much more effectively.” Before reading further fill in the blank from your own life. What would it be?

As humans it is almost natural for us to dwell on things we feel we are incapable of. It is also so easy to get into the comparison game and say “That person is so much more qualified than me…” Sadly these thoughts often paralyze us from stepping out in faith to see how God can use that very weakness to do great things for the kingdom! Scripture is filled with examples of people saying “I can’t” but God responding “Trust me, I can.”

In Exodus chapter 3 God calls Moses to lead His people out of Egypt. And, in Exodus 4 Moses gives excuses why he shouldn’t be the one. Reluctantly, after some righteous anger from the Lord, Moses agrees. In verse 15 God says “…and I will teach you what you are to do.” There is a simple lesson that happens in the next ten chapters that is easy to miss because of the incredible events that unfold. At least twenty times, by my count (could be more!), we see the phrase “Then the Lord…” or “Now the Lord…” Despite the excuses, and despite Moses’ weakness (public speaking) God is guiding and moving every step of the way alongside of Moses. In Exodus 14:30 after the Red Sea closes in on the Egyptian soldiers we see a few words saturated in theological depth “Thus the Lord saved Israel that day from the hand of the Egyptians…” God was the one at work the entire time, He was just looking for someone to work through. In the next chapter we see Moses sing “The Lord is my strength and my song…” (Exodus 15:2)

So often we desire the removal of our weaknesses or trials, when it is those very things God wants to use to accomplish His purposes.

“In the Christian life, we get many of our blessings through transformation, not substitution. … Sometimes God does meet the need by substitution; but other times He meets the need by transformation. He does not remove the affliction, but He gives us His grace so that the affliction works for us and not against us.”  -Warren Wiersbe

In the video below you will hear the story of a Fellowship couple who is being used by God to minister to and bring the Gospel to one of the largest unreached people groups in the world. A people group over 70 million strong that still has yet to see one completed Bible translated into their language. Look closely into their story… at least three times you will hear of a perceived weakness or trial, but God is turning it into an opportunity for His glory to be made known.

Next Steps

 

Interpreted Service: Sundays at 11:00am, Rogers Campus

  • The Deaf Ministry is a community of Christian Deaf and hearing people who connect through Jesus and a shared language, striving to reach the 98% of the world’s Deaf who are unchurched. We offer fellowship and ASL interpreting.

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  • Everyone has a role to play in God’s plan to see the Gospel spread to all nations. We want to help you discover and direct your passion and gifts toward fulfilling the Great Commission. Help reach the unreached near and far by visiting go.fellowshipnwa.org.

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Leave a comment below. Let us know how you’ve seen God use your weakness to reveal His power.

1 Comment

  1. William & Cynthia Shifflett

    We have been praying for your family & God’s ministry here.
    Also, we pray for the outreach to our local deaf community so they come to Christ. We are grateful to the Lord for the support of Fellowship Bible Church.

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