February 6

TODAY IS…

the ideal day to make your weaknesses become your strengths.

“…for when I am weak, then am I strong.”  2 Corinthians 12:10 KJV

In much the same way that exercising our bodies can turn weak muscles into strong ones, exercising our faith can turn our human weaknesses into strengths. The more we worship, the more we read the Word of God and the more we pray, the more we build up the “muscles” of our faith, enabling God to then display His power through our weaknesses. As we recognize our human limitations, we are able to rely less on ourselves and more on God.

In his second letter to the church of Corinth, Paul refers to “…a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan to torment me.” (2 Corinthians 12:7 NIV). While it is not known conclusively what this “thorn” was, it is widely presumed to be a chronic illness that periodically kept Paul from working. Even though he prayed for the removal of this “thorn”, God refused to do so, stating that “My grace is sufficient for thee, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” (2 Corinthians 12:9 KJV).

God wants us to be confident in our faith and know that He will provide us with the courage and strength to tell others about His Word and how they can obtain salvation through Jesus Christ. That confidence must come from the strength God gives us when we recognize that without Him, we are nothing. In acknowledging our weaknesses and exercising our faith, we then strengthen ourselves as Christians.

Some of us may suffer from chronic illness, physical ailments or other disabilities. God wants us to understand that it is not necessary for Him to remove these obstacles to our physical perfection in order to be perfectly suited to doing His will and spreading His Word.

Rather than look at these illnesses and ailments as weaknesses, we can give them all to God and be strengthened spiritually.

As Christians, the “thorns in our flesh” should not act as a deterrent in our service to God. As Christians, our weaknesses can help us obtain God’s strength and, after all, “If God be for us, who can be against us?” (Romans 8:31b KJV).

So today, let God make you a stronger Christian despite any physical ailments or limitations you may have.

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Taken from “TODAY IS….A Gift From God”, (C) 2013 Tony Casson

About Tony Casson

" For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope." (Jeremiah 29:11 NLT)
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