I am going to boast only about how weak I am and how great God is to use such weakness for His glory.
~II Corinthians 12:5, LNT
Give God your weakness and He will give you His strength.
One of the reasons I know that I am not a mature Christian is that I have a difficult time glorying in my weakness. I never ask God to make me weak; I don’t want to and don’t need to because I am naturally weak. When I did the gospel presentation to 18 children on Wednesday night in VBS, nothing came out right. I’ve been doing these things for almost 50 years and I think the one Wednesday night was probably the worst of them all. I felt bad immediately but I didn’t say anything to anyone. As I prayed before retiring, I said, “LORD, your word says You work best when we are weak so there is no telling what You did tonight because I was certainly weak.” I’ve seen the LORD work through my weakness more times than one, yet there is nothing in me that wants to be weak. I have, over the years, learned not to trust my feelings. It’s the sermons I felt bad about that God used most. The problem is: I don’t want to feel bad about any sermon or presentation.
Why is it that God uses our weakness? I don’t know that I can answer this question completely but I can give you a couple of stabs: First of all, weakness is all we have to offer; everything I have or am is weak compared to Jesus. But as Paul pointed out in 2 Corinthians 13:3, God the Father used Jesus the Son’s weakness on the cross. Jesus didn’t display supernatural strength during His trial or death. He put His supernatural stregth on hold and made Himself weak for our sakes and look at how the Father used this weakness. Can I get a triple WOW! There is a second reason for sure; when God uses our weakness, it leaves no doubt in our mind who is doing the work. If we could accomplish His purposes in our strength, we would glory in it ourselves. We would become proud and concieted. When God works through our weakness, we stand back and say, “WOW, look what the LORD has done!” David said it best, My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. ~ Psalm 73:26
- I got a great text from Michael yesterday. He said, “You teaching about sensitivity is like Wendy telling someone that shop too much.” I think the boy is right so I have put together an accountability team to help me be more sensitive: Michael Hembree, Jason Bowling and Willard Garnett. Text me if you think this is a good idea, not.
- The Infernal Revenue System has returned the tax return of a man in Kansas City after he apparently answered a question on the return to their dissatisfaction. On the line that says…HOW MAN DEPENDANTS? He put: “7.1 million illegal aliens, 1.1 million crack-heads, 4.4 million unemployable scroungers, 80,000 criminals in over 85 prisons, 450 idiots in Congress and everyone who works for the IRS.” They told him his answer was unacceptable and his reply was: “Who did I leave out?”
- Back to the issue of HYPERSENSITIVITY….The White House made a snowman at 7:45 am. At 8:00 a.m. the feminist staged a protest…demanding a “Snowwoman.” So the White House made a snowWoman. The feminazis staged another protest: The snow woman’s chest was too big and she might be viewed as a sex symbol, plus she has a broom in her hand and that could indicate domestic abuse. The gays got wind of what was going on and staged a protest because there were not two snowmen holding hands. Then the vegetarians showed up protesting the carrots being used for noses. Then Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson showed up and began a protest because the snow man and woman were both white. The the Muslims joined the protest because the snow woman’s head was not covered. Then CNN, ABC, CBS and NBC show up and report that Trump and the White House staff are racist, homophobic, narcissistic and sexist.
- We are coming to YOU from Jackson, Mississippi, the birth place of HANNAH JUNE BAILEY. We have already made our visit to Merit Health Center and delivered our package. We will be checking out at 11:00 and going to Forest, Mississippi for the COLS of Sarah Sessums Mills. LORD willing, we will head for Alabama around 3:30 or 4:00. God has blessed our mission so far.