Strength in Weakness

Text: 2 Corinthians 12:7-10; Hebrews 11:34

Prop: A barbell or weight or a poster of a weightlifter

Summary: When we are weak, Jesus can become strong in us and do more through us.

Have you ever tried to lift weights? Weights are heavy and hard to lift. The more we lift them, the stronger our muscles become. Then we get stronger. But what if I told you the weaker you were, the stronger it made you? Does that make sense? No, it doesn’t seem to at first, but that is what the Bible says. Let’s read it to understand.

(Read 2 Corinthians 12:7-10) Whenever I get a cold, it makes me physically weak. Yet, that is when I have lots of quiet time to spend with God, and that makes me stronger spiritually. When we realize we are weak, we rely more on God. God gives us a different kind of strength, a spiritual strength. It means we are stronger in the things that matter to God. He wants us to grow stronger spiritually just as much as he wants us to have healthy, strong bodies. The Bible says there were many saints of long ago that out of weakness were made strong. (Hebrews 11:34)

The apostle Paul said for when I am weak, then I am strong. When we let God take charge of our life, we willingly become weak to our own desires so God can do great things through us. If we think we are big shots and really important, our minds trick us into thinking we are more important than we really are. If we are humble and yield ourselves to God, He can use us to be a loving, caring person for Jesus. Let’s decide today that we will get ourselves in shape spiritually and be strong for God.

©1998 by Jim Kerlin. All rights reserved.

2 thoughts on “Strength in Weakness”

  1. If you’re still on the fence: grab your favorite earphones, head down to a Best Buy and ask to plug them into a Zune then an iPod and see which one sounds better to you, and which interface makes you smile more. Then you’ll know which is right for you.

  2. Apple now has Rhapsody as an app, which is a great start, but it is currently hampered by the inability to store locally on your iPod, and has a dismal 64kbps bit rate. If this changes, then it will somewhat negate this advantage for the Zune, but the 10 songs per month will still be a big plus in Zune Pass’ favor.

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