Paradise Calvary Chapel

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Knowing Our Weakness Is True Strength
Anonymous - Jan. 23, 2015
Devotional

Knowing Our Weakness Is True Strength "But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty; and the lowly things of the world and the things which are despised God has chosen, and the things which are not, to bring to nothing the things that are, that no flesh should glory in His presence." ~ 1 Corinthians 1:27-29 I used to think I was really something. I walked around for many years as a prideful, self-righteous Christian (how is that even possible?), acting as if God had noticed something special in me to have brought me into the Family. It was really pathetic. Then, nearly four years ago, He got my attention through painful circumstances that revealed the absolute truth. My reaction to this test opened my eyes to see that I am just as much of a sinner as anyone, and if I were to be left to myself, apart from Christ, I am capable of nothing. There could be no more looking down on anyone for the choices they had made. I now had an accurate picture of my utter depravity. Had it not been for God's grace and mercy, there would be no hope for me. Today, I thank Him for one of the most excruciating experiences of my life because of what He accomplished for His glory through it. I could better understand the meaning of John 15:4-5, "Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me. I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing." It is certain that I will battle the flesh and the pride that says "I can do it myself" until I'm Home, but recognizing my dependence on the Lord, knowing that there really is nothing good in me except for the Lord Himself, protects me from the delusion I walked in for so many years. When God humbles us, even though it hurts, it is such a beautiful and profitable thing. When we are unable to humble ourselves, He is willing and able to do whatever is necessary to teach us. "My son, do not despise the chastening of the LORD, nor detest His correction; For whom the LORD loves He corrects, just as a father the son in whom he delights." ~Proverbs 3:11-12 To God be the glory for His perfect love and faithfulness! He never gives up on us, and never stops His transforming work in our lives! When we think we are strong, we are really at our weakest, but when we recognize how weak we really are, His power is displayed for all to see. He receives ALL the glory, honor and praise for any good fruit that is produced in our lives. "And He said to me, 'My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.' Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ's sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong." ~2 Corinthians 12:9-10