35. God's Power in Your Weakness


God loves to use weak people. This is encouraging news for all of us. Usually we deny our weaknesses, defend them, excuse them, hide them, and resent them. This prevents God from using them the way He desires. Your weaknesses are not an accident. God deliberately allowed them in your life for the purpose of demonstrating His power through you.

God is never limited by our limitations. The real power comes from God and not from us." God will use us if we allow him to work through our weaknesses.

Admit  your  weaknesses. 
If you want God to use you, own up to your imperfections. Stop pretending to have it all together, and be honest about yourself. If it takes a crisis to get you to admit this, God won't hesitate to allow it.

Be content with your weaknesses.
Paul said, "I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may work through me.” Contentment is an expression of faith in the goodness of God. Paul gives us several reasons to be content with our inborn weaknesses:

  • They cause us to depend on God.
  • They prevent arrogance.
  • They show how much we need each other.
  • They increase our capacity for sympathy and empathy.


Honestly share your weaknesses.
Ministry begins with vulnerability. Vulnerability is emotionally liberating. Lower your defenses and open up your life to others. The more you let down your guard, take off your mask, and share your struggles, the more God will be able to use you in serving others.

Humility is not putting yourself down or denying your strengths; rather, it is being honest about your weaknesses. At some point in your life you must decide whether you want to impress people or influence people. The most essential quality for leadership is not perfection, but credibility. Authenticity attracts. Our strengths create competition, but our weaknesses create community.

Glory in your weaknesses.
When Satan points out your weaknesses, agree with him and praise Jesus, who "understands every weakness of ours," and for the Holy Spirit, who "helps us in our weakness."


Question to Consider:
Am I limiting God's power in my life by trying to hide my weaknesses? What do I need to be honest about in order to help others?


Verse to Remember:

My grace is sufficient for you, My power is made perfect  in weakness."

2 Corinthians 12:9a