If you're a woman you know the deep gut wrenching feeling of weakness.
Scratch that, if you're a HUMAN you know the feeling of weakness. It comes along with feeling Overworked. Sleep deprived. High demand. Lack of self-care. Sound familiar?
That's because that describes most of us. Even if you were not in the 99% of us that are overworked, sleep deprived, or in such high demand that we can't even manage to take care of ourselves sometimes, then you should be teaching a class or something because we could all use a little bit of your magic potion.
But even you, the ones to seem to really have it together. The one to get 8+ hours of sleep at night, with your full bank account, who don't have thoughts that keep you at night... Even you feel weak sometimes.
Well I am here to make an announcement. We feel weak, but we are NOT weak. We are strong through the surrender to our heavenly father.
We all view weakness as a bad thing. And how is it a gift from God?
I was listening to a podcast the other day and Steven Furtick was being interviewed. Steven is the founder and preacher of Elevation church, and one of the biggest points he made in that podcast stood out to me. He said, "..know your limitations and find creative ways of overcoming them." NOT: "know your limitations and then give up."
His example was that he planted Elevation Church in North Carolina and it became very successful and a very large church. But he knew that he could not be everything to everyone and still deliver a quality message every Sunday. The type of message that drew people to the church in the first place. So he knew he had limitations. Through prayer, soul-searching and creativity he created a way to reach larger audiences while still being able to personally connect, and deliver a rich lesson.
By recognizing the weakness, he allowed God to pour strong solutions in his heart. Solutions that are very successful today in growing the kingdom of God and his church.
I think that is such a valuable lesson for all of us. It doesn't matter where we are in our life. We all feel a little bit like we're on the verge of tapping out. Like we can't seem to take on anymore than we already have.
Weakness is a gift from God because it's a piece of us that encourages us to seek the Lord for our strength when our strength fails. When we fail to have all the answers, weakness is our key to finding them. Through our weakness we can seek the Lord's guidance and love to guide us through a life more beautiful than we can even imagine.
So yes, your weakness, and my weakness are a gift from God. And with every gift from God comes an opportunity for satan to creep in an destory.
Gifts from God are the perfect example of how satan turns a gift from God into something destructive. We've all heard the phrase, "Too much of a good thing is a bad thing." Well, today I'm changing that to "A lot of a good thing can remain good and pure if we seek the Lord first in every step we take. "
Money is a good. It helps you live and even helps you bless others. But money is a bad thing when you let the drive for more and more negatively affect the things that matter most.
Sex is good. It is a gift from God. But doing so in a way that does not glorify God can be destructive.
Falling in love is wonderful. But investing so much of your happiness into a relationship where you become more dependent on each other than on God, will end in heartbreak and disappointment every time.
Fame is a gift from God and opportunity to share the Gospel. But the minute you decide to use your platform to feed your need of acceptance, it becomes the home for your self righteousness.
See how easily that happens?
Satan easily turns our gifts into grievances.
Don't let that be you this week. Put on the armor of God and the Love of Jesus. Identify where you are weak so you can acknowledge where our Savior can fill you with strength. So as your day gets started, start by owning your weakness. Embrace it. Give your self permission to identify it. And then Thank God for it and find creative ways to overcome it that will glorify him and him say, "Child I am so proud of you. "
Isaiah 40:28-31 (The Voice Bible)
Don’t you know? Haven’t you heard? The Eternal, the Everlasting God,
The Creator of the whole world, never gets tired or weary. His wisdom is beyond understanding.
God strengthens the weary and gives vitality to those worn down by age and care. Young people will get tired; strapping young men will stumble and fall. But those who trust in the Eternal One will regain their strength. They will soar on wings as eagles. They will run—never winded, never weary. They will walk—never tired, never faint.
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