The Strength of Weakness

I’ve begged,
asked,
pleaded,
take it away –
the pain,
the hurt,
the suffering.

I want to be strong,
I want to be me.

But that’s just it,
when I am strong
I’m full of me,
what I can do,
how I’m going to do this,
where I’m going to go.

I am weak
and broken.
It’s all I am
and all have have.
I can do nothing,
so there is plenty of room
for you Lord.

There is nothing I can do.
Whatever needs to be done,
will have to be you.
Work in me Lord,
fill me
with what I need,
may my strength
be in you
alone.

Less of Me, More of You

2 Corinthians 12:2-10 (CEV)

I know about one of Christ’s followers who was taken up into the third heaven fourteen years ago. I don’t know if the man was still in his body when it happened, but God certainly knows.

As I said, only God really knows if this man was in his body at the time. But he was taken up into paradise, where he heard things that are too wonderful to tell. I will brag about that man, but not about myself, except to say how weak I am.

Yet even if I did brag, I would not be foolish. I would simply be speaking the truth. But I will try not to say too much. That way, none of you will think more highly of me than you should because of what you have seen me do and say.Of course, I am now referring to the wonderful things I saw. One of Satan’s angels was sent to make me suffer terribly, so that I would not feel too proud.

Three times I begged the Lord to make this suffering go away. But he replied, “My kindness is all you need. My power is strongest when you are weak.” So if Christ keeps giving me his power, I will gladly brag about how weak I am. 10 Yes, I am glad to be weak or insulted or mistreated or to have troubles and sufferings, if it is for Christ. Because when I am weak, I am strong.

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