(Sermon excerpt and unofficial sermon notes for reference
Joseph Prince sermon excerpt – Got a weakness? God can use you!
Milton Goh Blog – Boasting in our weakness attracts God )
The third reminder I got from the sermon is, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my strength is made perfect in weakness.”
9 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”2 Corinthians 12 : 9
In this part of the sermon, Pastor Prince talked about it is important to remember that regardless of the situation we may be in, His grace is sufficient for, His strength is made perfect in weakness. Pastor Prince talked about how grace is attracted to our weakness and that with God we should always put our worst foot forward not our best foot. He talked about how in Christ we can only boast of weakness and not our strength. Then He asked if we have ever gloried in our weaknesses.😱
9 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 10 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 Corinthians 12 : 9 -12
And the answer is…umm, no…before man…nop🙅🏾♀️
Maybe just before God, when it’s me and Him, but before man … I don’t know if I can do that.
Let me explain, I have had a fear of failure for the longest of times, the fear of rejection and have had a constant sense of disappointment in myself. I can barely admit my weaknesses to my own self without hating myself, let alone boasting about them. I mean, who does that? I know the world would think I am crazy, and rejection would for sure be my constant in life because no one would understand it. Yeah yeah, I know, it’s not about what people say about me or how they treat but this is how I have judged most of what I have done over the years.🤷🏾♀️
I don’t want to boast about my weaknesses, its not something that comes natural to me, or to most people I think. We are told all our lives to put our best foot forward, that’s just how the world works. But His ways are not our ways and His thoughts are not our thoughts…I mean, 🙄obviously, He is God, of course, His thoughts and ways are different. But somehow we forget that and try to live way by human standards 🤦🏾♀️. And that’s where the problem come in. Cause if you read the verse properly, it says that we should rather boast in our weakness that the power of Christ may rest upon us.
That power of Christ, Pastor Prince explained, is when the Holy Spirit comes upon us to do something for God. He talked about how though we have the Holy Spirit is always within us, there is a different kind of power that comes upon you to do something miraculous then it leaves when the tasks are complete. So I guess this power comes in your weakness to make you strong for something at that moment? Paul said that ‘for when I am weak I am strong,’ so in persecution, in insults and hardships, you are strong in Christ. That is when the power of Christ comes upon you and you are strong in Him.
Then Pastor Prince went on to say that growth is when you are aware of your weakness. I guess this is because then you are able to rest in Christ and His grace in that area if you so choose to? It’s in our negatives that God’s pluses can manifest because then we rest in Him instead of doing things in our own steam. However, while still on that, it’s important to be conscious of His supply coming towards you instead of getting stuck on your negatives.
That for me is very important to note because I think most of us get stuck on, ‘the oh I have a weakness😣,’ but we never get to the, ‘His is sufficient for me so when I am weak, then I am strong💪🏽.’ For that grace to manifest in our lives we have to believe right in it. Don’t just end in your failures, go beyond them to His abundant supply of grace for that situation, behavior or whatever it may be.
The opposite end of this is trying to work for the grace, to try to be perfect on our own and thereby frustrating the grace of God.
20 I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. 21 I do not set aside the grace of God, for if righteousness could be gained through the law, Christ died for nothing!”Galatians 2
We complete only in Christ, it is now Christ that lives through us and Pastor Prince explained that when we try to do the work for God, we frustrate His grace. And where His grace is frustrated there is no fruitfulness. He used the example of how in the bible when Jacob was fighting, God wanted to leave, but once He was helpless after God touched His hip, God could not leave and blessed Him instead.
I cannot but He can💃🏽💃🏽💃🏽
Pastor said that weaker we are before God, the more of His power we have. If we humble ourselves before Him, God will exalt us. The glory of God cannot be seen when we appear strong on our own. This is very true because the world is making money and making progress in different areas of their lives without resting in God. If you just follow the way of the world then you get the glory, not God as is man’s custom… remember the self-made man debate??? But when you do things while resting in Christ and letting Him lead you, He will take you to different heights for His glory. And you will be called oaks of righteousness.
3 and provide for those who grieve in Zion—Isaiah 61:3
to bestow on them a crown of beauty
instead of ashes,
the oil of joy
instead of mourning,
and a garment of praise
instead of a spirit of despair.
They will be called oaks of righteousness,
a planting of the Lord
for the display of his splendor.
I have proven over and over again that on my own I cannot, so any success that comes from me, best believe its God. Even when I try things the world’s way, I always fail to keep up🙄🤦🏾♀️.
So the reminder that His grace is sufficient for me is always welcome to me🙏🏾🙌🏽. Cause I need it, I have so many weaknesses and no capacity to get things going. I am one of those who needs that willingness and ability that He provides🙇🏽♀️. Like seriously, I need His willingness and His ability if I am ever going to get anywhere in life. And while I am yet at the boasting in my weakness level, as in before man, I can definitely come to God and tell Him all my weaknesses. But of course at the same time I don’t really think I am expected to boast before man…I mean, am I, cause again… Nah ah, I am not there yet. I can share like I am on the blog right now… but boast is a strong word guys, or to take joy in them.
13 for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure.Philippians 2 : 13
But that’s me, what about you? Do you have this figured out? Are maybe already at the level of Paul?😲 If so how did you get there? Or maybe you are like me and need this tattooed to you mind🤗? And that word boast…do you think maybe just admitting and talking to someone about it counts? Could you openly ‘boast?’ Or take joy? Comment down below or send me a message, let’s talk.