Words from the Heart for Saturday November 30th, 2019
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.
2 Corinthians 12:9 (NIV)
A lawyer knows that their case is weak if all they have is hearsay, or second hand, witnesses. In fact, that kind of witness is not allowed to be presented in a Canadian court. However, if you have heard the accused describe what he or she claims to have done (i.e., confess to a crime), or if you heard the accused talk about his or her intention to commit a crime, that may be accepted as direct evidence of the person’s beliefs or intentions and is not hearsay evidence about what he or she really did.
The world teaches us that when the going gets tough we are to pull ourselves up by the bootstraps, fight on courageously, be a man. That is drilled into everybody who serves in the military or with the Boy Scouts. The world is all about an ‘I Can’ attitude. But as usual, the principles of the Kingdom of God are the exact opposite. Paul writes this in 2 Corinthians 12:9: “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.” God knows that there are things that we cannot do, battles that we cannot win without His power and authority. The disciples discovered this when they tried to cast out demons without His presence and power. So the principle of God’s Kingdom is that we can only be assured of victory when we recognize our own powerlessness. At that point, God’s grace steps in and His power, which is always available and is never exhausted, flows into us and through us. So, believer, boast in your weakness and operate in His power.
These have been words from the heart.