[Calvary Chapel] 1998-06-07 - Weakness

Our weakness is known to God. After all, He made each one of us and knows everything there is to know about us - good and bad. Even in that knowledge, He loves each one of us beyond our knowing. He teaches us about our weakness and gently teaches us to depend on Him to take up the slack. The more we learn, the more we depend until the time we learn that we are completely weak and need Him totally.

Let's see what insights God has into weakness:

Lev 26:36 'As for those of you who may be left, I will also bring weakness into their hearts in the lands of their enemies. And the sound of a driven leaf will chase them and even when no one is pursuing, they will flee as though from the sword, and they will fall. (NAS)

Rom 6:19 I am speaking in human terms because of the weakness of your flesh. For just as you presented your members as slaves to impurity and to lawlessness, resulting in further lawlessness, so now present your members as slaves to righteousness, resulting in sanctification. (NAS)

Rom 8:26-27 And in the same way the Spirit also helps our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words; 27 and He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He intercedes for the saints according to the will of God. (NAS)

1 Cor 1:25 Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men. (NAS)

1 Cor 2:3-5 And I was with you in weakness and in fear and in much trembling. 4 And my message and my preaching were not in persuasive words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, 5 that your faith should not rest on the wisdom of men, but on the power of God. (NAS)

1 Cor 15:42-44 So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown a perishable body it is raised an imperishable body 43 it is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory; it is sown in weakness, it is raised in power; 44 it is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body. If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual body. (NAS)

2 Cor 11:30 If I have to boast, I will boast of what pertains to my weakness. (NAS)

2 Cor 12:9-10 And He has said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness." Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, that the power of Christ may dwell in me. 10 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. (NAS)

2 Cor 13:4 For indeed He was crucified because of weakness, yet He lives because of the power of God. For we also are weak in Him, yet we shall live with Him because of the power of God directed toward you. (NAS)

Heb 7:18-19 For, on the one hand, there is a setting aside of a former commandment because of its weakness and uselessness 19 (for the Law made nothing perfect), and on the other hand there is a bringing in of a better hope, through which we draw near to God. (NAS)

Peace,
Mike