The paradox of weakness (when I am weak then am I strong)

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)

Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities

for when I am weak, then am I strong

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.

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.

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)

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