Flowing Faith

Strength in Weakness


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Where are you? Are you ashamed, addicted, alienated? Or are you trapped, anxious or defeated? Or powerless, hopeless or frustrated? I have good news for you. You don’t have to be stuck in the mud. You can be accepted, valued and loved. You can be healed, strengthened and empowered. You can overcome. Not on your own. But by God’s grace.

The only way of letting go of weaknesses is surrendering them to Jesus. Self-help does not work. Believe me, I have tried. In some ways trying to better myself on my own only make things worse. Jesus is the only way in overcoming our weaknesses. I still have long ways to go but I know where my help comes from.

And He went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and preaching the good news (Gospel) of the kingdom, and healing every disease and every weakness and infirmity among the people. (Matthew 4:23, AMP, emphasis added)

God knows we are weak. God knows we need his help. He planned everything from the beginning so we could be helped in our weaknesses through Jesus Christ.

Such hope never disappoints or deludes or shames us, for God’s love has been poured out in our hearts through the Holy Spirit Who has been given to us.While we were yet in weakness [powerless to help ourselves], at the fitting time Christ died for (in behalf of) the ungodly.Now it is an extraordinary thing for one to give his life even for an upright man, though perhaps for a noble and lovable and generous benefactor someone might even dare to die. (Romans 5: 5-7, AMP, emphasis added)

We are powerless to help ourselves. We would not like to admit it. But when we do…..we will experience grace upon grace. With the words of Joni Eareckson Tada “Deny your weakness, and you will never realize God’s strength in you.” Wouldn’t that be a shame? Experiencing God’s strength is what faith is all about. Why wouldn’t we trust his amazing grace in this too?

But if we hope for what is still unseen by us, we wait for it with patience and composure.So too the [Holy] Spirit comes to our aid and bears us up in our weakness; for we do not know what prayer to offer nor how to offer it worthily as we ought, but the Spirit Himself goes to meet our supplication and pleads in our behalf with unspeakable yearnings and groanings too deep for utterance. And He Who searches the hearts of men knows what is in the mind of the [Holy] Spirit [what His intent is], because the Spirit intercedes and pleads [before God] in behalf of the saints according to and in harmony with God’s will. (Romans 8:25-27, AMP, emphasis added)

Okay, you say. What should I do with my weaknesses? First of all, don’t  let your weaknesses come between you and God. Instead bring your weaknesses before God. Because he knows you intimately. He knows your weaknesses. He knows you are powerless to help yourself.

Let Jesus bear you up in your weakness.
Let Jesus be Lord of your life.
Let Jesus be your strength.

How? Name your weakness and give it to Jesus. (You can pick a stone and after your prayer you can cast it away) Pray that God will take care of your weakness and help you. Ask Jesus to come to be your strength in your weakness. Say a big Amen and rejoice! And then go and live your life in God’s grace. And whenever you are tempted, pray and let God show you how to overcome.

Lorica is a prayer recited for protection. The Latin word lorica originally meant “armor” or “breastplate.” Here’s a short version of the Lorica of Saint Patrick. Read it prayerfully. God will be your armor today. God is your strength in your weakness.

I arise today
Through a mighty strength, the invocation of the Trinity,
Through a belief in the Threeness,
Through confession of the Oneness
Of the Creator of creation.

I arise today
Through the strength of Christ’s birth and His baptism,
Through the strength of His crucifixion and His burial,
Through the strength of His resurrection and His ascension,
Through the strength of His descent for the judgment of doom.

….. I arise today
Through God’s strength to pilot me;
God’s might to uphold me,
God’s wisdom to guide me,
God’s eye to look before me,
God’s ear to hear me,
God’s word to speak for me,
God’s hand to guard me,
God’s way to lie before me,
God’s shield to protect me,
God’s hosts to save me
From snares of the devil,
From temptations of vices,
From every one who desires me ill,
Afar and anear,
Alone or in a multitude.

Q4U: How do you deal with your weaknesses?

Be blessed, my fellow pilgrim, as you allow God become your strength in your weaknesses!

Photo courtesy of David Bruggink. Linking up today with Sharing His Beauty & Hear it on Sunday, Use it on Monday and counting blessings with Ann Voskamp: #1021 God is our strength in weakness.

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  1. What about “free will”? How does that fit into all this?

    • Thanks for the great question!
      We need to want to get well. God does not force salvation/healing/strength on us. So we can refuse God’s help and use “free will” in that way. Does this make sense? Abundant blessings to you!

      • You wrote:”We are powerless to help ourselves.” Doesn’t that go against the idea of “free will”? So how can one be a participant in “free will” and yet be powerless to help ourselves?

        • Thank you for clarifying what bothered you. My experience is that we are powerless to make ourselves better WITHOUT Jesus. With Jesus anything is possible. The Holy Spirit calls us to respond with yes to Jesus. But we are free to do what

  2. Great quote- ” Joni Eareckson Tada “Deny your weakness, and you will never realize God’s strength in you.””

    I’m weak in trusting in God. But God is faithful and so patient. He’s been showing me big and small answered prayers. This helps me build my faith/trust in Him. I’m so thankful for His love and grace. I shouldn’t doubt Him but I do and He helps me with it, not criticizes me for doubting.

    • Thanks, TC, for sharing. You’re doing well when you place your doubt before God. Then God really can be changing you. We all doubt once in awhile. The important thing is not to let our doubts come between us & God.

      I love keeping prayer journal. That way I can document prayer answers too. Re-reading it helps when I can’t see as far as I would like to see. God really is faithful and blessedly patient.
      Faith-filled Blessings on your way!

  3. Let the WEAK say “I am STRONG.” Not a lie, but truth because God sees us as strong even in our human weakness.

  4. This hymn was used in worship Sunday and it includes st Patrick’s prayer. Thought you might enjoy it. The power of God’s spirit in our weakness is such a gift and our hope! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v9RzP02vD2I

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