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Tuesday, September 27, 2011

God is Great Through You

Scripture to reflect upon for Truth Tuesday: 2 Corinthians 12:9
“My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”

I’ve never considered myself to be a very strong person. Sure, I project that image to a lot of people, but deep down inside, I’m incredibly weak. So this scripture is great news knowing that Jesus’ power is made perfect in weakness.

I'm currently reading, “The Prayer of Jabez,” by Bruce Wilkinson, and he explains that at one point, when things in his ministry really started to pick up, he began to feel that he was being asked to do things beyond his limited knowledge and abilities. He began to feel doubtful and unsure of everything that was happening. After seeking the advice of a trusted friend, he discovered that all those feelings weren’t only natural, but they were a sign that he was faithfully dependent on Jesus. “We are expected to attempt something large enough that failure is guaranteed…unless God steps in,” Wilkinson explains.

Everyone tells me I’m a great writer, and they are often inspired by these devotionals, but when it comes to believing it and doing something about it, I get scared. I begin to feel weak and helpless, and believe failure is guaranteed. Apparently, that is exactly what I should be feeling. If I didn’t, then my strength and success would come from me and I could receive the glory. Wilkinson goes on: “Your surrendered needs turn into His unlimited opportunity. And He becomes great through you.”

Whoa! Wait a minute. God…becomes great…through…ME? Me!?

When we earnestly seek out God’s will, He is able to pour His blessings on us. He is able to use us in great ways. Through our weakness, He makes us strong. Through our weakness, He shows His power. Through our weakness, He receives glory. Through our weakness, He becomes great!

It was through my weakness when I surrendered my entire life to Christ and He transformed me and made me whole. It was through my weakness that I realized I couldn’t make good decisions about men, and when I surrendered, He sent Jared into my life.

What we need to understand, then, is that our weakness must accompany surrender in order for God to become great through us. When we finally admit, “God, this is just way too difficult for me. This is just too big for me to handle. God, I can’t do this!” then God can step in and take over and make things happen…amazing, transforming, miraculous things! Things that others will see and ponder. Things that will make people consider God. Things that make the world believe. Things that make Him great.

NOTE TO SELF: Truth is, our weakness is Jesus’ power to do great and mighty things in our lives and others. Surrender that weakness today and see where it takes you.

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