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Exchanging YOUR Weakness for HIS Strength

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Our strength is limited. God’s strength is unlimited. Our strength is finite.  God’s strength is infinite. Our strength is exhaustible, that’s why we get exhausted. God’s strength is inexhaustible. God never runs out of energy.  God never gets tired. So, we need to depend on God’s strength not our own.

You want God’s blessing in your life? We need to depend on God for our strength. What do we do when our strength evaporates? We’re at the end of the day and we go, “I’m just out of stream. I’m out of energy. I don’t have any energy to go into this next week. I’ve got too many things to do and not enough energy to do it.”  

Here’s a good promise:

Isaiah 40:31 But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.

In the darkest moments of your life you need God’s strength to get you through.

The reason why most people never get through it is they don’t have God’s strength. I’ve seen people go through a divorce, and they never recover.  I’ve seen people go through a breakup and they never recover.  I’ve seen people go through a major illness. I’ve seen them go through a bankruptcy or getting fired or getting laid off or getting arrested. I’ve seen people go through all kinds of different things – abuse – and they never recover. Why? Because they’re depending on their own strength. You’re not going to get through it on your own strength.

The only way you get through the darkest days of your life is on God’s strength. You’ve got to depend on him. When you get older you’re going to face the pains and the problems of aging. That gets pretty frightening.  Just talk to somebody who’s getting up in age and ask them that. Here’s a good verse.

Psalm 73:26 “My health may fail, and my spirit may grow weak, but God remains the strength of my heart.  He is mine forever!”  

That’s a great verse to remember. Sometimes in your life you’re going to be so weak you can’t even pray. What do you do in those moments? I rest in the strength of the Lord, in his arms like a little child, and I trust.

Weakness can actually be a good thing in our life if it causes us to depend on God. That’s the paradox of depending on God. The more we’re weak, the more we depend on God. The more we depend on God, the stronger we get.

Each time he said, "My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness." So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me. (2 Corinthians 12:9, NLT)

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