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Boasting in Weakness and Receiving Strength
November 05, 2017      |     By: Jon Smith      |      Category: Sermons


Jon Smith brings a personal word in season regarding the recent incident with disks in his back.  He encourages us to bring praise as the Lord who understands what we're going through uses suffering to provide mercy and grace.

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Boasting in (asthenia) weakness and receiving (endunamoo) strength

2 Corinthians 12:8-10
8 Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me.
9 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.
10 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.

Asthenia - Feebleness of body or mind. Frailty. 24 times. Infirmities, diseases, sickness, weaknesses, disabilities, ailment, and natural limitations. Matthew, Luke, John, and Paul

Weakness - A quality or feature regarded as a disadvantage or fault. The state or condition of lacking strength.

Condition of man’s body –
2 Corinthians 4:16
16 Outwardly we are wasting away.

Condition of man’s soul –
Jeremiah 17:9
9 The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it.

Pre crucifixion –
Luke 5:15
15 Yet the news about him spread all the more, so that crowds of people came to hear him and to be healed of their sicknesses.

During crucifixion - Matthew 8:17 / Isaiah 53:4
Matthew 8:17
17 This was to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet Isaiah: "He took up our infirmities and bore our diseases." And by his wounds we are healed.

Post crucifixion –
Romans 8:26
26 In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans.

Hebrews 4:15-16
15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin.
16 Let us then approach God's throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.

Hebrews 5:2
2 He is able to deal gently with those who are ignorant and are going astray, since he himself is subject to weakness.

GOD UNDERSTANDS

2 Corinthians 12:8-10
8 Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me.
9 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.
10 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.

Hebrews 11:32-38
32 And what more shall I say? For time would fail me to tell of Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, of David and Samuel and the prophets—
33 who through faith conquered kingdoms, enforced justice, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions,
34 quenched the power of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, were made strong out of weakness, became mighty in war, put foreign armies to flight.
35 Women received back their dead by resurrection. Some were tortured, refusing to accept release, so that they might rise again to a better life.
36 Others suffered mocking and flogging, and even chains and imprisonment.
37 They were stoned, they were sawn in two, they were killed with the sword. They went about in skins of sheep and goats, destitute, afflicted, mistreated—
38 of whom the world was not worthy


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