Our Weakness, His Strength
20 feb 2016 Service – Ho Yeow Sun
We hate to feel weak or be weak. We want to be that loving husband or supportive wife. We want to be strong for each other. But we forget one important thing.
God does not need you to be strong for Him. God wants to be strong for us!
We often want to be strong in a way that reflects well on us, but God wants us to be strong in a way that reflects His love.
In Exodus 14, the Israelites were released. But they were later chased and flanked by the Egyptian army. God on purpose, had led the Israelites to the Dead Sea. He wanted to humiliate Pharaoh in a dramatic way. But the Israelites didn’t understand that.
Exo 14:11 Then they said to Moses, “Because there were no graves in Egypt, have you taken us away to die in the wilderness? Why have you so dealt with us, to bring us up out of Egypt?
Exodus 14: 13-14 And Moses said to the people, “Do not be afraid. Stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord, which He will accomplish for you today. For the Egyptians whom you see today, you shall see again no more forever. 14The Lord will fight for you, and you shall hold your peace.
The Lord will fight for you!
Exodus 15:2 The Lord is my strength and song,
And He has become my salvation;
He is my God, and I will praise Him;
My father’s God, and I will exalt Him.
Judges 15:16 Then Samson said: “With the jawbone of a donkey, Heaps upon heaps, With the jawbone of a donkey I have slain a thousand men!”
We can see from the verse above that Samson proclaimed that he has slain a thousand men with his strength. We will never make God our strength, our song, until He is our only option.
This is why God let the Israelites suffer.
God uses the weak!
2 Corinthians 12:7-8 And lest I should be exalted above measure by the abundance of the revelations, a thorn in the flesh was given to me, a messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I be exalted above measure. Concerning this thing I pleaded with the Lord three times that it might depart from me.
Paul sought Jesus on 3 separate occasions! But Jesus explained why he didn’t and wouldn’t remove the affliction in verse 9 of the same verse.
2 Corinthians 12:9 (MSG) My grace is enough; it’s all you need.
My strength comes into its own in your weakness.
God’s strength comes into its own in your weakness.
How can Paul delight in weakness??
Because he had this revelation. “For when I am weak, then I am strong.”
(Part of) 2 Corinthians 12:10 “… I just let Christ take over! And so the weaker I get, the stronger I become.”
Weakness is an occasion for Jesus to take over! For His strength to kick in.
But we need to do this without a haunted heart.
We have to ask ourselves, what in our past is habitually gripping our mind and heart? What is it that is gripping us with guilt, shame and fear?
A haunted house always strikes fear. So when we have a haunted heart, that fear paralyzes our heart, preventing God from taking over. Don’t let your heart be haunted! When your heart is weak by a past trauma, the natural tendency is to be afraid.
But Weakness is not the same as fear.
Fear is from Satan the devil himself. When we are weak we must not give in to fear.
We can be weak but we don’t have to be fearful today. Focus on His strength and promises! Do not give in to Satan!
God has promised this in His word.
Isaiah 41:10 Fear not, for I am with you;
Be not dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you,
Yes, I will help you,
I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’
Love is the strongest conquering power over fear!
All fears have one thing in common – they cripple us.
Jesus loves us. He wants His strength to kick in… in our weaknesses.