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. 1 Corinthians 12:9
Are you familiar with the term ‘covenant’? It’s an agreement or pact that is made between 2 or more parties to do or not to do something. Covenants have been taking place way back in history but the first one we see in the bible was the one God made with Abram in Genesis 12.
I’m not going to get into that today, but unless we have a basic understanding of covenant, these verses cannot be fully understood. So what I do want to say is this; Covenants were designed to eliminate weakness.
Let that sink in for just a moment. Whose strength is made perfect in our weakness? Gods! Why? Because it’s what covenant does. Where I am weak, He is strong. I rely on Him for my provision, protection, health, peace, etc.. I can only do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
When Jesus became our new covenant by shedding His own blood for us, the bible says He sits at the right hand of the Father making intercession for us. He is our advocate against all the accusations of the enemy. So where Satan focuses on our weakness, Jesus reminds Him that He is our strength. He fights for us so we don’t have to fight.
He sent His Holy Spirit to dwell inside of us so that we would have power over all the power of the enemy. To be our teacher, our counsel, our guide, to bring healing, peace and joy. Where we are weak, He is strong.
So let me just boast about all of my shortcomings, my weak points. There are so many things I’m not good at, but He is. I can honestly say that without the Holy Spirit being strong on the inside of me, I wouldn’t be able to a fraction of what I do. That’s why when people say, “Sandy, that was so good!” I can not take credit for it because it was ALL God!
But just like Paul, I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. I’ll never again say, “I can’t!” If God wants me to do it, He will do it through me because all He needs from me is my availability.