Weakness and strength…

“Are you mourning over your own weakness?

Take courage, for there must be a consciousness of weakness before the Lord will give thee victory.

Your emptiness is but the preparation for your being filled…

God will empty out all that thou hast  

before He will put His own into thee;

He will first clean out thy granaries before He will fill them 

with the finest of wheat…”

You just can’t get away from the principle that weakness is good.  Why can’t we believe this?  Weakness means weakness.

“One of the reasons biblical Christianity has to be so drastically distorted in order to sell it to mass markets is that the market wants power to escape weakness in leisure, but Christianity offers power to endure weakness in love.

Verse 9 just doesn’t sell: “Jesus said [in response to Paul’s prayer], ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” IN weakness? What the market wants is escape from weakness, not power in weakness. But to meet that felt need in the market the message must be distorted—and often is…”    John Piper

O, that I would believe Him!  Well, he will have His way whether I embrace this or not…So thankful for His promise to be the Author and Perfecter of my faith…

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