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I Am Weak, But ...

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Weakness means we don’t have what it takes. It means we are neither sovereign nor omniscient, nor invincible. We are not in control, we don’t know everything, and we can be stopped. Weakness means that we desperately need God. And the plea for my own soul, and for yours, is that we would embrace weakness, not despise it.

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1 Peter 2:21 NIV84
To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps.
Mark
Mark 14:38 NIV84
Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the body is weak.”
Acts 20:35 NIV84
In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’ ”
1 Corinthians 1:26–27 NIV84
Brothers, 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.
Romans 5:8 NIV84
But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
1 Corinthians 1:26-27
Romans 8:26 NIV84
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 with groans that words cannot express.
2 Corinthians 12:10 NIV84
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 Corinthinas 12:10

Ephesians 4:7–13 NIV84
But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it. This is why it says: “When he ascended on high, he led captives in his train and gave gifts to men.” (What does “he ascended” mean except that he also descended to the lower, earthly regions? He who descended is the very one who ascended higher than all the heavens, in order to fill the whole universe.) It was he who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, to prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.

1. Embracing weakness emphasizes _spiritual gifts_

2. Embracing weakness bolsters _our relationship with God_

3. Embracing weakness maximizes _our value_

Ephesians 1:19–20 NIV84
and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is like the working of his mighty strength, which he exerted in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms,
Psalm 135:6 NIV84
The Lord does whatever pleases him, in the heavens and on the earth, in the seas and all their depths.
Romans 8:32 NIV84
He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?

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