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Strong in Christ

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strong in ChristIt is quite a faith journey to learn to celebrate your weaknesses. Celebrating is not our first response to our weaknesses. But that’s what the saints who have gone before us have taught us. First, the apostle Paul and then many others. Watchman Nee summed it up this way “Outside of Christ, I am weak; in Christ, I am strong.” We truly are weak in ourselves but so strong in Christ. Hence, we don’t need to hide our weaknesses but we can openly celebrate them. Because exactly when we are weak, God’s power is made perfect in us. And we don’t want to hinder God’s power in our lives, do we?

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 10 That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong. (2 Cor. 12:9-10, NIV, emphasis added)

Strong in Christ

This might sound odd to you if you haven’t yet experienced Christ’s power in your life. God’s grace is such a powerful force that nothing compares to it. And it does make us strong in Christ. On our own, yes, we are weak. But when we lean on Christ, we are made strong in him. Hence, we are not afraid of anything. Not even the devil.

Because of God’s power in our lives, we are not afraid of anything. Not even the devil. With the words of A. W. Tozer, “I’m not afraid of the devil. The devil can handle me – he’s got judo I never heard of. But he can’t handle the One to whom I’m joined; he can’t handle the One to whom I’m united; he can’t handle the One whose nature dwells in my nature.” We can’t handle the devil. But God can. Outside of Christ, we are weak. But in Christ, we truly are strong.

How wonderful, liberating and encouraging! It’s time to be bold and follow Christ wherever he leads us. Let’s celebrate our weaknesses, that’s when God’s power is made perfect in us. That’s when Christ’s power rests on us.

 

Gracious God,
How perfectly you’ve arranged everything.
It’s not about us, it’s about you.
Thank you that your power is made perfect in our weaknesses.
Be praised for making us strong in Christ.
Your way of loving us as we are is a huge blessing.
May your power rest on us all the days of our lives.
In Jesus’ name,
Amen

Q4U: Do you dare to celebrate your weaknesses? Have you experienced Christ’s power in your life?

Be blessed, my fellow pilgrim, as you let God make you strong in Christ!

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