I can not do all things....

2 Cor. 12:9-10, "Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me.  Therefore I am well content with weaknesses, with insults, with distresses, with persecutions, with difficulties, for Christ's sake; for when I am weak, then I am strong."

We don't like to be weak.  No matter who you are or what your current situation is weakness is not an option.  We fight with every last breath we have to remain strong and independent only to fail to recognize that true strength comes from the very weakness we run from.  You see we can never be completely strong without Christ, and Christ strength only comes to those who are weak.  Weakness is therefore the recognition that we are nothing, to the realization that Christ is everything.

Christ himself makes this point in Mathew 5:3 when He says "Blessed are the poor (weak) in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.  In other words to possess something, we must lose something.  When I lose myself, my pride, my ego, my agenda, my expectations...I gain Christ and all that He has for me and my life.  Christ also makes the same point in Matt. 10:38-39, "And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me.  He who has found his life will lose it, and he who has lost his life for My sake will find it."

I have a shirt that I work out with that says "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me", but this is not necessarily a true statement.  In context Phil. 4:13 is about suffering, affliction and contentment.  But there are some things I can not do...and that is ok.  My strength comes from the things that I can not do, as it enables Christ to do them through me, if it be His will and desire to be glorified through them.  "You see can't do leads to can do in God", Dr. Tan.

Today I encourage you to embrace your weakness, the things you can not do, and rejoice in God's ability to be glorified through only what He can do!

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