Living Free - July 15, 2010

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Turning Weakness Into Strength

Today's Scripture

"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

Thoughts for Today

Being a self-made person is considered a good thing by many, especially in the United States. We tend to have an "I can do it myself" mentality. We somehow feel we haven't really succeeded if we've asked for help. However, godly heroes recognize that they have weaknesses and are willing to accept their dependence on God and allow him to turn weaknesses into strengths.

When God called Moses to lead the Hebrew people out of Egypt, Moses argued that he had never been eloquent and was slow of speech and tongue. But God wasn't concerned about these weaknesses. He wasn't depending on Moses' strength—he was looking for his obedience.

Moses did choose to obey God and to trust him. God made him a great leader of millions of people. Moses' slowness of speech became his strength because it helped him know that he couldn't begin to do what God was calling him to do on his own—he had to rely on God. And God's strength is unlimited. (Judges 6-7)

Godly heroes turn weaknesses into strengths.

Consider this…

Has God called you to do something that seems impossible because of your weaknesses? You feel as though you are not smart enough … or experienced enough … or strong enough? Good! Now you know that you will have to depend on God to get the job done.

Prayer

Lord, I feel so inadequate to do what you've led me to do. I thank you for helping me recognize that I can't do it on my own. I know that as I stop worrying about my inadequacies and start depending on your strengths … the job will get done. In Jesus' name …

These thoughts were drawn from…

Godly Heroes: A Small Group Study of Hebrews 11 by Jimmy Ray Lee, D.Min. This guide presents a step-by-step study of Hebrews 11. It also features the profile of the characteristics of Godly heroes, written in language that relates to today's living. In this guide you will find definitions, characteristics and examples of the heroes' faith life. Note: This curriculum was written especially for small groups, and we encourage people to use it that way. However, it can also be used effectively as a personal study for individuals or couples.

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