Made Perfect In Weakness

The Virtuous Life - Day 203 - 2 Corinthians 12-7-10 - Made Perfect In Weakness - Growing As Disciples

The Virtuous Life – Day 203 – 2 Corinthians 12-7-10 – Made Perfect In Weakness – Growing As Disciples

To keep me from becoming conceited because of these surpassingly great revelations, there was given me a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me.  Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me.  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.  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 12:7-10 (NIV)

Weaknesses

Are you discouraged or depressed that you have weaknesses within you? Do you grieve that you have weaknesses within you? Do you wish that you were strong in every way? Do you have any idea where you would be and what you would be doing if you had no weaknesses within you? Would you know me if you had no weaknesses in you? Would you be following and serving me if you had no weaknesses in you? Would you be proud and self-reliant and self-sufficient if you never needed my help? Would you be able to bear fruit for my kingdom and bring glory to my name, if you accomplished all you set out to do, without relying on me? You have asked me some very good questions that I need to deeply consider. I must not pass other these questions quickly or take them lightly. Yes, you will do well to think deeply about all the questions that I have asked you. 

What have you done because you are weak? What have you done because you need my help? What have you done when I have asked you to do something that was far beyond your own power and strength and abilities and talents? I have humbly come to you. I have asked you for your help. I have learned to rely on you. Would you rather have superhuman strength or the ability to place your faith in me and rely on my help? Would you rather be able to accomplish great things with or without my help? Well, those last two questions are hypothetical questions that will never be possible. How so? I will never have superhuman strength. Why is that? You created me to live in an intimate relationship with you. You won’t give me something that would cause me to live independently from you. It was an act of your love that caused you design me to want and need your help. It was your plan that I would place my faith in you and come to rely on you. So, me having superhuman strength was and is not ever going to part of your plan for me. That’s true. Your other hypothetical question is equally impossible. How so? Your word says, apart from you, I can do nothing. I have found that to be true. I can accomplish nothing of lasting and eternal value without your help. So, my accomplishing great things on my own, without your help is impossible. That is also true.

So, what to you think about your weaknesses now? My weaknesses have drawn me to you. My weaknesses have caused to cry out to you and ask for your help. My weaknesses have caused me to place my faith in you and rely on your help. You have worked in and through my weaknesses to bear fruit for your kingdom and bring glory to your name. Your power has been on display as you have done in and through me what I could have never done by myself. So, I can now rejoice in my weakness, as I rely on your power. That is very good. Thank you, Lord.

Lord, I have not liked having weaknesses in me. That is quite an understatement, isn’t it? OK, I have grieved having weaknesses in me. Now, I am finally understanding it is your plan to work through my weaknesses so your power and glory can be on display. Amen. 

Key Question…  What fruit is your life bearing because the Lord is powerfully working in and through your weaknesses?

Living It Out…  Welcome the Lord to work powerfully in and through your weaknesses.

Seeing It Happen…  Have faith that the Lord will work powerfully in and through your weaknesses.

Get Ready To Share…  Share with another person or your small group how the Lord has worked in and through your weaknesses.

Prayer To Bless Others…  May you allow God’s power to work in and through your weakness.

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My Power

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Freedom - 2 Corinthians 12:9-10 - My Power - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Freedom – 2 Corinthians 12:9-10 – My Power – Growing As Disciples

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. 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 12:9-10 (NIV) 

My Weakness 

I have so many weaknesses. I can’t imagine why I ever thought I could rely on my own strength. But, that’s exactly what I have done for many years. How many setbacks and failures has it taken for me to realize that I desperately need your help? At least you are learning lessons from your setbacks and failures. Some never come to realize that they need my help. They will live fruitless lives that will accomplish nothing of lasting, eternal value. Those who trust in themselves may look like they are accomplish a great deal. All that they will have done will amount to nothing without my power working through them. I don’t want to live that kind of life. I don’t want to walk down that path. I don’t want to go down that road. My life is in your hands. I want you to work in and through me. I want to bear fruit for your kingdom and bring glory to your name. That’s very good.

How will you rely on me? How will you allow me to replace your weakness with my strength? I will come to you to ask you for your help. I will ask you to make me able to do what you have given me to do for you. I will listen attentively to your instructions. I will closely follow your guidance. I will follow you to wherever you lead me. I will not run ahead of you. I will not lag behind you. I will do whatever you ask of me. In every hardship and difficulty, I will ask for your help. If I experience insults or suffer persecution I will ask for your strength. I will place all my hope and trust in you. You are my strength. You are my deliverer. I know that you will be with me every step of my life. That’s right. 

What will happen as you rely on my power and strength? I will be able to do what I could not do by myself. I will know it. Others will know it. You will receive all the credit. You will receive all the praise and honor and glory for showing your power and strength in my weakness. So, now I know that I can be thankful for all my weaknesses that have caused me to come to rely on you. That is very good.

Lord, I have many weaknesses. I desperately need your power in my weakness. In my own strength, I am weak and can accomplish nothing. In my weakness with your power I can accomplish whatever you give me to do for you as I love, follow and serve you. Amen

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Freedom – 2 Corinthians 12-9-10 – My Power – 4 Page Discipleship Devotional Study Guide

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Christ’s Power

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Promises Day 198 – 2 Corinthians 12:9-10 – Christ’s Power – Growing As Disciples

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. 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 12:9-10 (NIV) 

Your Power

You feel weak quite often don’t you? I’m not exactly sure what you mean. You feel unable to do what I am calling you to do, isn’t that right? Yes, that is right. It’s not all bad that you feel weak. Why is that? What’s the alternative? The opposite of feeling weak is feeling strong. You would much rather feel strong than weak, isn’t that true? Yes, that’s true. Would you rather that I gave you easier assignments? Would that make you feel stronger? Would you only like to do tasks for me that were easy to accomplish? That sounds boring to me. That’s what I knew you would say.

What has happened to you when I have given you a difficult assignment? My first reaction has been to feel weak and unable to do what you have asked me to do. Sometimes, I have tried to duck the assignment by asking to do something else that was easier. How has that worked out for you? You have not usually let me off the hook. You have continued to give me the difficult assignment. What has been your second reaction? Once I have said yes to you, I then begin to pray and ask for your help. Yes, that’s very good. So, would you say that your weakness has caused you to rely on my strength? Yes, that’s exactly what I would say. Isn’t that a very good thing? Yes, it is. If I gave you only easy tasks to do for me, who would you rely on for your strength? I would rely on myself. That’s not good is it? No, it is not.

When my power works through your weakness what happens? I am then able to bear an abundance of fruit for you. Who gets the glory for the fruit that I bear in and through your life? All the fruit that I bear is for your kingdom and your glory. People know that only your power working in and through me has accomplished what you have given me to do. Yes, that’s right. Would people see me working in and through your life in the very easy and boring tasks that you have sometimes wanted to do for me? No, they would not.

What has happened to your faith as I have worked powerfully in and through your weakness? My faith in you has grown as I have seen you do in and through me what only you could have done. Would your faith in me grow if I gave you only easy tasks to do for me? No, it would not.

Can you see that your weakness provides an opportunity for me to work in and through your life? Your weakness makes you rely on me. Your weakness helps you to bear more fruit for me. Your weakness allows your life to be a clearer and brighter witness for me. What do you think about your weakness now? My weakness allows your power to be on display in and through my life. Yes, it does. So, I am thankful that I am weak and you are strong. That’s very good.

Lord, I have so many weaknesses. You have so many different ways that you can powerfully work in and through my life for your glory. I will rely on you and your strength to enable me to do whatever you call me to do for you. Amen

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Perfect In Weakness

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Becoming Like Christ – Day 91 – 2 Corinthians 12:9-10 – Perfect In Weakness – Growing As Disciples

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. 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 12:9-10 (NIV)

Power

Well, this is certainly good news. What is good news? It is good news that your power is made perfect in my weakness. I take that to mean that your power and glory are best seen when you are doing in and through me what I could never have done on my own. Everyone, including me, will know that you have done in and through me what only you could have done. That’s right. In that way you will receive all the praise and honor and glory. That’s true.

Let’s talk more about this. I’m listening. Knowing what you know, what can you expect from me? I can expect you to give me assignments that I cannot accomplish with my own efforts alone. Why is that? You want me to come to rely on you. You want me to live in an intimate relationship with you. You want me to ask you for your help. You want to work in and through my weakness. Yes, I do. 

What attitude must you have when I ask you to go and do something for me? I must have an attitude of faith to believe that you will make me able to do whatever you ask of me. What will happen to you as you go and do what I ask of you? I will come to know you more intimately as I rely on you. I will grow in my faith in you as I allow you to accomplish in and through me what I could have never done by myself. Yes, you will.

What will be the result of your allowing me to work in and through you? I will be an instrument in your hands. Your work will be accomplished. Your purposes and plans will be fulfilled. People will be drawn to you. Lives will be changed. Others will turn away from their life without you. Others will turn to follow you as their Savior and Lord. I will be able to bear fruit for your kingdom and bring glory to your name. I will store up treasure in heaven with you. One day I will hear you say, “Well done, good and faithful servant.” Yes, you will.

Will you do what I ask you? Will you take on the assignments I give you? Will you allow me to work in and through you? Yes, I will. That will be very good.

Lord, I have plenty of room for you to operate in my life. I have many weaknesses in which your power can be on display through my life. Thank you for being strong when I am weak. Thank you for making me able to bear much fruit for your kingdom and glory Amen

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When I Am Weak

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Prayer – 2 Corinthians 2:8-10 – When I Am Weak – Growing As Disciples

Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. 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. 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 (NIV)

Being Weak

Do I have to be weak? Isn’t there any other choice? Can’t I be strong? Can’t I be bold and courageous. Can’t I be steady and immoveable? Can’t I be a force to be reckoned with? Maybe, I’m going a little over the top. But, why can’t I have and be everything I need? Those are questions of the past that frequently occupied my heart and mind. I have never been a fan of being weak. I have never enjoyed not having or being everything, I need. I have wanted to be equal to every task. I have wanted to be bold and confident and strong. I have wanted every gift and talent and ability so I could accomplish every plan and fulfill every purpose. But, I have come to understand that it is a very good thing I have not had or been all I have needed. Why is that? As weak as I am, I have still struggled with being self-reliant and self-sufficient and self-centered. I could keep listing how I have depended on myself. There is no need, we both get the idea.

It has been good to come to realize that I don’t have and am not all I need. Why is that? I have come to rely on you. I have come to ask for your help. I have asked you to be strong in my weakness. My weakness has caused me to live in a more intimate relationship with you. That’s true. You have heard and answered my prayer. How so? You have worked in and through my weaknesses. You have given me your courage and strength. You have made me bold and steady. You have given me all I have needed to accomplish your plans and fulfill your purposes. It is only because I have relied on you that I have been able to bear fruit for your kingdom and bring glory to your name. Only in my weakness have I come to know that your power was resting on me. That is very good.

So, I give you thanks and praise for not making me strong. Thank you for causing me to come to rely on you. Thank you for working in and through my life. Thank you that I can live and walk in an intimate relationship with you. Nothing has been better than knowing that you are working in and through my life. Keep on relying on me. Yes Lord, I will.

Lord, I don’t like being weak. Being weak has been frustrating. Being weak has been scary. Being weak has been uncomfortable. I can give thanks for being weak. Being weak has caused me to rely on you. Being weak has allowed you to work in and through me. Amen

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