Remember Your WeaknessPsalms 71:16: I will go in the strength of the Lord GOD: I will make mention of thy righteousness, even of thine only.
The strength of the Lord is the ONLY strength that mortal men can depend upon. Have you ever shared exactly the right passage from the Bible that someone needed? Have you ever shared the gospel with someone and they received Jesus? Those things can feel good. It feels good to be an instrument of God.
But we need to understand the reason that we feel good. Our flesh wants to take credit for things God has accomplished. It wants to feel good about itself. It can believe that it deserves to feel good about itself. When someone is blessed through us we can get proud. We can believe that we must be wonderful and dependable Christians. But when someone is blessed through us it only and always proves that we are weak.2 Corinthians 12:9: And 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.
Our flesh wants to believe that our strength has been perfected. But we need to pay close attention to every word of God. When it says my strength, God is talking about His strength, not Paul*s and not ours. The passage is not talking about the power of Paul. It is talking about the power of Christ. When we believe that we are wonderful and dependable, we are really on shaky ground. We are going to fall on our faces. And we might even blame God for the fall. When we wonder why God isn*t using us, the reason is often that we are depending upon ourselves.Proverbs 3:5: Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
John 15:5: I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.Philippians 4:13: I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.
1 Corinthians 10:31: Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.
Eating and drinking are common little things. But even in those we need to glorify God and not ourselves.Romans 7:18: For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not.
2 Corinthians 12:9b: . . . Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
2 Corinthians 12:10: Therefore 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.
The Apostle Paul understood these truths better than any mortal man we have ever heard of. And because he did, he depended upon God in everything and God used him more than any other mortal man in the spread of the gospel. God used him to plant countless churches and to pen the books of the Bible that have brought multitudes to Christ. Whatever powerful Christian that you admire understood these truths too, and he used the scriptures that God gave us through the Apostle Paul.1 Corinthians 4:16: Wherefore I beseech you, be ye followers of me.
We can best be followers of Paul only when we know that we are weak and that God is strong. People who believe they are strong do not pray.