Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
II Corinthians 12:10 (NKJV)
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2 Corinthians 12:10 (MSG) — Now I take limitations in stride, and with good cheer, these limitations that cut me down to size—abuse, accidents, opposition, bad breaks. I just let Christ take over! And so the weaker I get, the stronger I become.
2 Corinthians 12:10 (NLT) — That’s why I take pleasure in my weaknesses, and in the insults, hardships, persecutions, and troubles that I suffer for Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
2 Corinthians 12:10 (NIV) — 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.
This morning I wonder, what should we do with the weaknesses in our lives? What benefit can there be from them? In reading the life of the Apostle Paul, we discover that he was a man surrounded by numerous weaknesses. One was in the form of a “thorn in the flesh”, we read in 2 Corinthians 12:7, “for the abundance of the revelations keep me from exalting, I was given a thorn in my flesh.” This thorn was with the purpose of him not exalting himself. On the contrary, so that in the midst of his weakness, he would receive strength from the Lord.
The Apostle Paul came to understand that in his weakness he was strong. In 2 Corinthians 12:9, the Lord confirms to Paul that his power was being perfected in the midst of his weakness, “and said to me: My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in your weakness. Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that rest upon me the power of Christ”. Paul understood that in his human weakness and debility, the power of The Lord would be manifested. This did not happen when he was strong, but only in the midst of human frailty!
Today we can thank God that he can draw strength from our weaknesses. Today we can have a joyful attitude as we face our weaknesses! Because this morning his promise to us is that, “He gives strength to the weary and increases the power to them that have none” (Isaiah 40:29). When we feel weary, and have no strength to go on, that is where God gives us his power! He is made perfect in our human inability, in our situation of lowliness , he reveals his great power to lift us up.
2 Corinthians 13:4 (NKJV) — For though He was crucified in weakness, yet He lives by the power of God. For we also are weak in Him, but we shall live with Him by the power of God toward you.
2 Corinthians 12:9 (NKJV) — And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
Joel 3:10 (NKJV) — Beat your plowshares into swords And your pruning hooks into spears; Let the weak say, ‘I am strong.’ ”
Ephesians 6:10 (NKJV) — Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.
Hebrews 11:34 (NKJV) — quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, became valiant in battle, turned to flight the armies of the aliens.
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