“Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. But He said to me, “My grade 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. 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 Corinthians 12:8-10
So many times, we look at where we’ve come from, what our personal problems are and what our spiritual weaknesses are. Some of us don’t have pure hearts, some of us don’t fully trust God or anyone else, and some of us question God and His existence all together… and then some! When those weaknesses are brought to the forefront, we immediately get intimidated and back down out of our kingdom assignments and back into our shells, not wanting to really deal with the issues we have, thinking that they will do nothing but break us down even further. It’s like chipping away at a painted wall that has a color underneath, the more you chip at it and pick at the wall, the color underneath will have no choice but to show itself, and as you keep picking at it, the underneath layer continues to be revealed. Do we want it to? Of course not! I don’t know anyone; saved or not, that actually wants their ugly side to be revealed. That’s why we paint those coats of fake smiles, makeup, and lies like “I’m okay” over the ugly underneath that we don’t want people to see. It’s a top coat of deception.
We get broken down mostly when the word goes forth.
“For the word of God is alive and active. Shaper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart”
When you look up the Greek word for sword its μαχηαιρα meaning 1). A large knife, used for killing animals and cutting up flesh 2). A small sword, as distinguished from a large sword 2a). curved sword, for a cutting stroke 2b). a straight sword, for thrusting. Definition 2a was the one that cut my eye when it came to a cutting stroke. When I looked up the term cutting stroke on Google, the term slash came up:
1.to cut with a violent sweeping stroke or
by striking violently and at random, as with a knife or sword.
2.to lash; whip.
3.to cut, reduce, or alter: Theeditorsslashedthestorytohalfitslength.
4.to make slits in (a garment) to show an underlying fabric.
5.to criticize, censure, or attack in a savage or cutting manner.
So looking at #4… a slash is to make slits in (a garment) to show an underlying fabric. So the point of the word, breaking it down to the Greek and then defining it, is to reveal the underlying fabric, the things underneath that aren’t seen. His word is meant to cut away at flesh to get to the foundation He built us on, Himself. So many times we cover Him up with ourselves, so none of Him is seen, or we place so many things before God, allow nonsense and foolishness in our lives which includes, people, things, places, jobs, etc. which causes there to be a layer of mess and flesh piled up upon what was meant to be a pure and holy body presented unto Him as a living sacrifice. The enemy’s main job to is to get us to the point where when we look in the mirror and we see ourselves, we see any and everything but God. We were made in His image and filled with His Spirit, which means that when I look in the mirror, I should see a reflection of Him looking back at me. I got the point I was tired of seeing other eyes looking back at me and me staring in the mirror wondering whose eyes am I staring in? Who’s smile am I seeing? I was tired of looking at myself and seeing guilt and shame and sadness covered up by a horrible makeover I thought was covering up the pain and the sadness.
I thought that my weaknesses that were being revealed to me when I got into the word was making me less and less qualified to do God’s work and walk on the path He had set up for me before I was in my mother’s womb. But reading 2 Corinthians 12:8-10, I realized that the weaknesses that were being revealed actually showed how strong God was working on the inside of me. I realized that my mess-ups were actually set-ups for God to work through me like never before. In exchange for my weaknesses, I receive His power, and not just normal power, but my weaknesses turn that power into perfection. He says that His power is made perfect in weakness. So when I say aloud one of my weak points, His power becomes perfected in me. No wonder Paul was okay with boasting about being weak! As he was admitting and discovering his weaknesses, He was discovering that the power of God was moving so strong on the inside of Him the more he boasted. The more the weaknesses we discussed, the more powerful in Christ Paul became and not only that, but Paul was defeating the enemy by boasting about his weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and difficulties!
“And they overcame Him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death”
A testimony, as defined by Dictionary.com is an open declaration or profession, as of faith. Paul talks about boasting in his weaknesses. In the Greek breakdown of this verse, when Paul says he will boast, it translates into the fact that he will “glory on account of a thing” or “to glory in a thing” which is defined as “to exult with triump; rejoice proudly”… TESTIFYING!!
So while the enemy wants you to think that your weaknesses make you WEAK… God tells us that in fact our weaknesses are what makes us powerful… not based on our own power, but based on the power of Jesus Christ… the man with ALL POWER in His hands, which means that the more weaknesses you have… the more power you have!!
So STOP moping about and letting your weaknesses separate you from God. If anything, let them bring you closer. You can’t overcome your weaknesses or the enemy without being close to God. His grace is sufficient!! And his power is perfected in weakness. So I’ll start it off by saying
MAN I LOVE BEING WEAK!!!