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Thank God for Weaknesses

What are your weaknesses?

Sweets, Sleeping in, Lusts, Love of money..
Can almighty God really sympathize with your weaknesses?
How can a perfectly Holy God identify with my faults.

14Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took
part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is,
the devil; 15And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.
16For verily he took not on [him the nature of] angels; but he took on [him] the seed of Abraham.
17Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made like unto [his] brethren, that he might be a
merciful and faithful high priest in things [pertaining] to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of
the people. 18For in that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he is able to succour them that
are tempted.
— Hebrews 2: 14

For we have a high priest who is able to empathize with our weaknesses.
— Hebrews 4:15
1) Your weakneses can actually be a blessing in disguise.

We have a society that does not advise admitting your weaknesses. Yet putting our faith in God allows Him to work through our weaknesses.

Paul the apostle had his own troubles too, and he was willing to share his experience:
7And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was
given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted
above measure. 8For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me. 9And he
said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most
gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
10Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in
distresses for Christ's sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.
—2 Corinthians 12:7-10

Only God will never fail or forsake you.

Paul in his weakness, looked to the strength of the Father, and while sitting in a jail cell, he wrote to the Phillipians,
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

When you believe that you can handle a situation on your own, God steps back and allows you to give it your best shot.
When you look to your Father, and you cry out for his help, He acknowledges your need and pours out his strength, wisdom and blessing.
God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.

2 Cor. 12 ESV

Some thorns in you life are temporary, some are for the duration. Paul’s thorn may have been permanent for his lifetime.
The thorn keeps you dependent on God, so that you do not rely on just your own abilities. If you believe God will use you to do something great, expect a thorn.
I have had thorns of my own.
I had serious OCD hand washing, turning off electronics, and locking doors.
I hate being short.
I hate balding.
I hate having crones disease.

I loved going to Guatemala where people are shorter.
Remember, you are the ambassador of the King, the child of the King, you are a dime in a world of nickels — half as big and twice as valuable.

3) Having weaknesses will cause you to value other people.
Weaknesses remind you to rely on the help of others.
Aaron Wilson has been a help on so many things
Bill Layher discovered the scorch squirrel problem.
Bobby Mumford helped cut down a tree between the garage and another building.
Laurel Layher helps with counseling issues.
Pastor Sherry has been a blessing in administration

4) Having weaknesses is not all that bad. They open the door for you reach out to others.
They are the great tenderizers of your soul. You do not become a great lover of Christ without them.
Pastor Bob Fish recovered from prostate cancer and from a bad snow mobile accident.
Ron Hodges had a terribly disabling industrial accident.
It could be the thing that you are most ashamed of that helps you encourage others.

Admit your weakness and ask God to use it.

Hebrews 11 (Hall of Faith) tells us about many who were used by God despite their weaknesses

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