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  • 1. GODS POWER IN YOUR WEAKNESS Section 35 Pages 272-278 Tuesday 16 November 2010
  • 2. 2 Cor 13:4 For to be sure, he was crucied in weakness, yet he lives by Gods power. Likewise, we are weak in him, yet by Gods power we will live with him in our dealing with you. 2 Cor 12:9 But he said to me, My grace is sufcient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christs power may rest on me. Tuesday 16 November 2010
  • 3. GOD LOVE TO USE WEAK PEOPLE Tuesday 16 November 2010
  • 4. Everybody has weaknesses - physical, emotional, intellectual, spiritual - added to circumstances which weaken you too. What do you do with them? Denial means God cannot use them. God often acts in ways that are opposite to the ones we expect - Isa 55:9 1 Cor 1:27 But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. Tuesday 16 November 2010
  • 5. God allowed weaknesses in your life - so he can demonstrate his power in them. Matt 5:3 Blessed are the poor in spirit... God loves using ordinary, imperfect, awed people - the Bible is full of them. They are not sin - they are limitations for us, but not for God. God puts his power in the ordinary - 2 Cor 12:7But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. Tuesday 16 November 2010
  • 6. ADMIT YOUR WEAKNESS Dont pretend - be honest about yourself, dont make excuses - identify them. Two secrets - know who God is, and know who you are. Tuesday 16 November 2010
  • 7. BE CONTENT WITH YOUR WEAKNESS 2 Cor 12:9-10 But he said to me, My grace is sufcient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christs power may rest on me.That is why, for Christs sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difculties. For when I am weak, then I am strong. Delight in weakness - expressing contentment with the way God has made you - he knows best Tuesday 16 November 2010
  • 8. Weaknesses: Cause us to depend on God - 2 Cor 12:10 TM I just let Christ take over! And so the weaker I get, the stronger I become. Prevent arrogance - 2 Cor 12:7 TM ...so I wouldn't get a big head, I was given the gift of a handicap to keep me in constant touch with my limitations. Tuesday 16 November 2010
  • 9. Gideon - had 30,000 which became 300 - to ght 135,000 Midianites - only Gods power can do this. Your weakness can encourage other believers - strengths tend to breed independence, when we are weak we need others. Christians, like snowakes, are frail, but when they stick together they can stop trafc Vance Havner Tuesday 16 November 2010
  • 10. Increase our capacity for sympathy and ministry - compassion and consideration of others often come out of weakness - other people nd healing in your wounds. All Gods giants are weak people Hudson Taylor Tuesday 16 November 2010
  • 11. Heb 11:32-34 And what more shall I say? I do not have time to tell about Gideon, Barak, Samson and Jephthah, about David and Samuel and the prophets, 33 who through faith conquered kingdoms, administered justice, and gained what was promised; who shut the mouths of lions, 34 quenched the fury of the ames, and escaped the edge of the sword; whose weakness was turned to strength; and who became powerful in battle and routed foreign armies. Tuesday 16 November 2010
  • 12. HONESTLY SHARE YOUR WEAKNESS Ministry begins with vulnerability - take off the mask and be real. Paul admitted: Failures Rom 7:19 Feelings 2 Cor 6:11 Frustrations 2 Cor 1:8 Fears 1 Cor 2:3 Tuesday 16 November 2010
  • 13. Beware though - vulnerability is risky and can lead to rejection or other problems - the good news is that God gives grace to the humble - and humble people tend to be more attractive to others. Impressing people can be done from a distance, inuencing them takes closeness (not perfection, but honesty) Tuesday 16 November 2010
  • 14. GLORY IN YOUR WEAKNESS There is no need for self condence - you are a trophy of Gods grace. 2 Cor 12:5 Heb 4:1 Rom 8:26 Tuesday 16 November 2010
  • 15. In Jacob, God turned his strength into a weakness - God touched Jacobs thigh and hip (strongest muscle in the body) and made it weak - never again could Jacob run, he leaned on a staff in weakness for the rest of his life - he then had to lean on God. Great men of God walk with a limp Tuesday 16 November 2010
  • 16. POINT TO PONDER God works best when I admit my weakness Tuesday 16 November 2010
  • 17. VERSE TO REMEMBER 2 Cor 12:9 But he said to me, My grace is sufcient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christs power may rest on me. Tuesday 16 November 2010
  • 18. QUESTION TO CONSIDER Am I limiting Gods power in my life by trying to hide my weakness? What do I need to be honest about in order to help others? Tuesday 16 November 2010