The word “weak” (in Greek, “asthenéō”) means lacking in strength; not able to sustain or exert much weight, pressure, or strain; not able to resist external force or withstand attack.
One of my many weaknesses is overcoming bad habits which I’ve held onto for years. Through my own confidence and my own strength, I’ve tried to get a good handle on them, but within a couple of hours, or a couple of days, I revert back to my old ways. Have you done the same? Perhaps you have anxieties or struggles that you thought you had a handle on, but later found that the weight is back on your shoulders? Do you feel discouraged or hopeless after tireless attempts to control your temper, selfish impulses, or bad thoughts? Maybe your struggles are caused by physical, emotional or spiritual exhaustion? Perhaps you feel that your resources have been drained?
Have you already given up on your New Year’s resolutions?
In the past, I’ve tried to build confidence in myself to overcome my issues, only to fail over and over again. It’s a viscous cycle. But I shouldn’t gain confidence in my flesh, but with the Lord!
Philippians 3:3,7-9, “for we are the true circumcision, who worship in the Spirit of God and glory in Christ Jesus and put no confidence in the flesh, 7 But whatever things were gain to me, those things I have counted as loss for the sake of Christ. 8 More than that, I count all things to be loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them but rubbish so that I may gain Christ, 9 and may be found in Him, not having a righteousness of my own derived from the Law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which comes from God on the basis of faith.”
God uses our failures to teach us lessons. The moment we fail, we are reminded that pride goes before destruction. God does not cause us to sin but He uses our sins to remind us of our weakness. God wants us to appreciate the wonder of His grace.
You can choose to trust in the strength of the Lord or you can choose to rely on yourself. If you trust in worldly power or your own understanding, you will be disappointed. The difference between worldliness and godliness is a renewed mind. Our thoughts not only shape our life, they are our life.
We are in a spiritual battle and must declare war! Fix your attention on God and you’ll be changed from the inside out by filling your mind with God’s thoughts. To diffuse the power of sin, you need to have your thought patterns replaced by the Word of God. Bring every temptation or selfish motive under the control of the Holy Spirit.
We must be disciplined and put every effort and sacrifice into the Christian life. Be careful not to become so adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. We must use our powerful tools (the Word of God) to get rid of warped thinking/philosophies, tearing down barriers erected against the truth of God, fitting every loose thought and emotion and impulse into the structure of life shaped by Christ.
2 Corinthians 12:7-9, “Because of the surpassing greatness of the revelations, for this reason, to keep me from exalting myself, there was given me a thorn in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to torment me—to keep me from exalting myself! 8 Concerning this I implored the Lord three times that it might leave me. 9 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.”
Paul tells us in 2 Corinthians 12:7 that it was important that he would know his weakness. He had a maintained knowledge of his weakness. There was nothing more important than you learning how weak you are. More importantly is looking deeper into yourself and knowing, without question, that you are so very weak. Paul tells us how weak we are and tells us that we are to be confronted with it. When Paul recognizes that you are emptied of any strength in yourself, when you are emptied of any resistance from God, then it is the power of God that begins to flow into you.
In verses 8-9, Paul wants us to know our weakness so that you will know that grace is sufficient in itself. Rest in Him, for His grace is sufficient for you because His power rests on us. When we fully know how weak we are, it is that time when His hand fills us to do His work in ways beyond our power. He said whatever you do, seek His strength. When you study for school, do you pray before you study? When you start a big project at work, do you pray before you start it? When you’re looking for a new job, do you pray before you start your search? Do you pray before the interview? There is nothing we can do apart from Him, except to recognize that He is sufficient and by pleading to Him and resting on His power then His power will begin to fill you.
Now is the time to confess your need for God. It’s important to be honest with Him. The Holy Spirit can bring hope and peace to your heart. In every aspect of your life, God’s grace is sufficient.
1 Corinthians 1:27-31, “but God has chosen the foolish things of the world to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to shame the things which are strong, 28 and the base things of the world and the despised God has chosen, the things that are not, so that He may nullify the things that are, 29 so that no man may boast before God. 30 But by His doing you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification, and redemption, 31 so that, just as it is written, “Let him who boasts, boast in the Lord.”
Until you see the extent of your weakness, you don’t know the value of the lesson of God’s strength that must come your way. Do you know how weak you are? Do you know how likely you are to fall? You are more vulnerable than you can possibly imagine. There is so much value to knowing our weakness.
The better you know God, the more you will turn to Him. Only God can meet our deepest needs. When you are struggling and when you are weak, God is strong in you.
Romans 12:2: “And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.”
Inspired by God, written by KG