There are 2 paradoxes of weakness: God’s strength in our weakness and God strengthens our weakness. The more we consider ourselves to be weak, the more we lean on Jesus Christ for our strength. And, the more we consider ourselves to be weak, the more we let him change us to be stronger. But, when we think we are strong enough by ourselves that we don’t need Jesus Christ — there is no paradox of self-deceived strength — that is the time we’re headed for a fall, crusin’ for a brusin’, going to crash and burn!
The paradox of weakness
For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong. (2 Corinthians 12:10)
We now have this light shining in our hearts, but we ourselves are like fragile clay jars containing this great treasure. This makes it clear that our great power is from God, not from ourselves. (2 Corinthians 4:7 NLT)
God’s strength in our weakness
God is omniscient, omnipotent, and omnipresent. It’s all about God. He doesn’t need our strength to do his will. But, when we trust him and allow him to lead in our lives, his strength will flow through us.
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- God has promised to strengthen the weary (Isaiah 40:28-31)
- God has promised to satisfy the thirsty heart (Isaiah 55:1-2)
- God has promised rest for the weary and burdened (Matthew 11:28)
- God has given us peace to keep us from being troubled or afraid (John 14:27)
- The same power, that raised Jesus from the dead, works in us (Romans 8:11)
- The peace of God will guard your hearts and minds (Philippians 4:7)
- I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength (Philippians 4:13)
- God has promised to deliver you
God strengthens our weakness
When we admit our weakness to God, he has promised to help us grow. He does this privately and individually with a program customized for our exact needs.
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- God has promised to fill those who hunger and thirst after righteousness (Matthew 5:6)
- God has promised to give wisdom to anyone who asks (James 1:5)
- God can transform you into a new person by changing the way you think (Romans 12:2)
- God can remove the heart of stone and give you a new heart of flesh (Ezekiel 36:26)
- God can fill you with knowledge, wisdom, and understanding (Colossians 1:9)
- God has given us everything we need for life and godliness (2 Peter 1:3)
- God has given the scriptures to make us completely equipped (2 Timothy 3:16-17)
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Treasure hunt for God’s blessings
Because of these paradoxes of weakness, we are on a treasure hunt for God’s blessing in our lives. Sometimes we have to go through the fire, but we are confident God will deliver us.
We know that all things work together for the good of those who love God-those whom he has called according to his plan. (Romans 8:28 GWT)
Blessed are those who endure when they are tested. When they pass the test, they will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him. (James 1:12 GWT)
for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate Me; and showing mercy unto the thousandth generation of them that love Me and keep My commandments. (Exodus 20:5b-6 JPS)