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Weakness
January 24, 2016      |     By: Jonathan Brickley      |      Category: Sermons


Jonathan encourages the body that weakness is to be desired, as it makes us rely on God. 

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Weakness – word in season. 

II Cor 1:8-10

Often repeated fallacy (by well meaning but incorrect friends):     
“God doesn’t give us more than we can handle”   - In fact, He does! And often. 

V8 -  “We were so utterly burdened beyond our strength.  

- When you lose your strength, you lose your drive, your focus, your energy - EVEN your life. 
“We despaired of life itself.” 

V9 - “Indeed….” it can FEEL  (Paul felt) that you have been sentenced to die. 

“BUT”  - Praise GOD for this word!    Because he’s saying, “ Here’s the why “ 

THAT (what was previously mentioned) was to MAKE US  (help us get there, push us, coerce us) rely NOT on ourselves (Which we’ve been trained to do since birth, move from dependence to independence) BUT on God who raises the dead!  

Abraham, through being “utterly burdened beyond his strength” 
“Despairing of life itself”
“Feeling that he had received the sentence of death”   -   

Abraham was “MADE” to rely not on himself, but on God who raises the dead! 

Romans 4:20
No unbelief made him waver concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong in his faith as he gave glory to God, 21 fully convinced that God was able to do what he had promised.

Heb 11:19 He considered that God was able even to raise him from the dead, from which, figuratively speaking, he did receive him back.

What a glorious HOPE for us, Church!   No sorrow is wasted if we are MADE to rely on God!  

This is why verse 10 says “On HIM we have set our hope that He will deliver us again!”  

We set our hope squarely on HIM! 

HOW WE NEED to be ok with, and even pleased and even excited to EMBRACE our weaknesses! 

Paul goes on in chapter 4: 6-10


God said “Let light shine out of darkness”  - And this is the light of the gospel of Jesus!  The TRUE light has come into the world!  This is good news!

WE have this TREASURE in us!   —  In JARS of CLAY 

WHY?   -  To SHOW (proclaim, demonstrate) that the SURPASSING POWER belongs to God and NOT to us. 

THE LESS IMPRESSIVE THE JAR, THE MORE VALUABLE THE TREASURE INSIDE WILL LOOK. 

This is Gideon’s story!   (Judges 7)  Midianites

32,000  = too many for God to get the glory (“My own hand has saved me”) 
10,000  = too many
300       = just right

v 16 -  empty jars with torches inside jars

v 20 - When three companies of 100 each blew trumpets and BROKE the jars, the enemy was defeated. VICTORY!

So, Gideon and his WEAK army of men, and their WEAK jars, showed, proclaimed, demonstrated the STRENGTH of the Lord. 

IF GIDEON’S JARS HAD BEEN STRONG, THE VICTORY NEVER WOULD HAVE COME. 
THE WEAKER THE VESSEL, THE STRONGER THE POWER

II Cor 12: 9-10

“My power is made perfect (or completed, finished, fully realized) in weakness!”  

So Paul (and us?) - will boast in his OWN PERSONAL weakness - SO THAT the power of Christ may rest upon him.  

v10 - “For when I am weak, then I am strong. 

When the curtain is pulled back, and you see yourself for who you truly are, it is so much easier for us to get out of ourselves and into Christ’s life - to stop living by our own wits and wisdom and become childlike - dependent on Christ and His lead. 

IN a season of weakness?   REJOICE!   Golden opportunity! 

This is for your good!  That you would be “made to rely on God”   

Isaiah 40: 29 

He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might he increases strength.

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