When I am Weak, Then I am Strong

Cathy Hurtado

"Therefore, in order to keep me from becoming conceited, I was given 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

I hate to admit it, but I can be headstrong.  My mind is always trying to figure out the best way to do things.  So, when I decide the direction to go and the way I think things should be done, I push forward.  Obstacles usually just cause me to try harder.  The problem is, when I try harder, I can cross the fine line between God-empowered effort and self-effort.  When I leave God behind, it’s not long before I blunder.  Sometimes it seems like I am forever apologizing.

I have come to accept my short-comings because they remind me why I need a Savior.  They remind me of my imperfect nature.  Most importantly, they remind me of my need to be utterly dependent on God and draw on God’s power for everything I do.

In what situations are you tempted to rely on your own strength rather than on the strength of God?

How do you react when your shortcomings surface?

What steps can you take to return to God-dependence?

"Brothers and sisters, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. 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. God chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before him. It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption. Therefore, as it is written: “Let the one who boasts boast in the Lord.” 1 Corinthians1:26-31


I Surrender All

(Verses 1-4)

All to Jesus I surrender, All to Him I freely give
I will ever love and trust Him, In His presence daily live

All to Jesus I surrender, Humbly at His feet I bow
Worldly pleasure all forsaken, Take me Jesus, Take me now

All to Jesus I surrender, Make me Savior wholly thine
Let me feel the Holy Spirit, Truly know that Thou are mine

All to Jesus I surrender, Lord I give myself to Thee
Fill me with thy love and power, Let thy blessing fall on me

Chorus

I surrender all, I surrender all
All to thee my blessed Savior, I surrender all

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