The Barrier of Weakness


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Week #2 of our “Barriers to Going Beyond” Series
 

The Barrier of Weakness

Most people can list a long list of weaknesses and not a long list of strengths. That’s because we tend to focus on our weaknesses. Sometimes the barrier of weakness shows up in us not completing our challenges.

2 Corinthians 12:10 – “For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”
Paul suffered through a lot but he looked to God to make him strong.
When we move forward, Christ helps us to push through the barrier of weakness.
When we recognize our weakness, we can begin to grow.  
 

Weakness reveals our need for Christ

When we look at our weaknesses, it’s okay to say: I don’t think that I can do that, but through Christ, I’m going to persevere and try. 2 Corinthians 4:7-12 – “But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us. We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our bodies. For we who live are always being given over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh. So death is at work in us, but life in you.”

1 Corinthians 2:1-5 – “And I, when I came to you, brothers, did not come proclaiming to you the testimony of God with lofty speech or wisdom. For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. And I was with you in weakness and in fear and much trembling, and my speech and my message were not in plausible words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, so that your faith might not rest in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.”
 
The glory goes to God, not to us.
We need to do things God’s way, not the world’s way.
What the world sees as a weakness, God sees as a strength.
What do you let in your life that convinces you that you are weak?
 

Weakness needs to be shared

Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 – “Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up! Again, if two lie together, they keep warm, but how can one keep warm alone? And though a man might prevail against one who is alone, two will withstand him—a threefold cord is not quickly broken.”
 
It’s important to have others around you to share your weakness with. We need to help others who are struggling with their weaknesses.
 

Romans 15:1-7 – “We who are strong have an obligation to bear with the failings of the weak, and not to please ourselves. Let each of us please his neighbor for his good, to build him up. For Christ did not please himself, but as it is written, “The reproaches of those who reproached you fell on me.” For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope. May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus, that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God.” Spiritual maturity is a path that we get to walk with other people.

Far too many people consider Christianity a “ticket to heaven”, but Jesus came to be the way, the truth and the life.
 

Weakness changes lives

2 Corinthians 10:10 – “For they say, “His letters are weighty and strong, but his bodily presence is weak, and his speech of no account.””
 
Sometimes our priorities are out of whack. There’s more important things to take care of.