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Sweet Tweet: Weakness

15 Mar

“God is never impressed with strength. He deliberately allows your weakness for the purpose of showing HIS strength THROUGH you.” -@RickWarren

In our society we are constantly encouraged to be strong women. We are taught to be independent and capable of taking care of ourselves. After all being a woman has been associated with being weak in the past, so we are told we have to over-compensate and show just how strong we are.

While I don’t think that this is necessarily an evil idea… Like most things, the Bible seems to say the opposite of what society tells us.

“Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me. That’s why I take pleasure in my weaknesses, and in the insults, hardships, persecutions, and troubles that I suffer for Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” – Corinthians 12:9-10

This is Paul talking. Paul had this weakness that he just could not conquer himself. He would pray and pray and pray, but he could not overcome it. God tells Paul that having this weakness is okay! In fact, it actually brings more glory to God.

Did you catch the end of the verse? It says that when we are weak… that is when we are actually strong! Doesn’t seem to make sense, but let’s take a look at it.

1 Corinthians 1:25 says, “For the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength.

Think of the strongest most powerful and independent woman you know. Maybe you think of Oprah, Hilary Clinton, or Michelle Obama. The Bible is says God’s weakness is stronger than her strength. His strength is unlimited and cannot even be compared to the strength of humans.

Just being human beings, we are weak. We can try to be tough and handle life on our own, but in the end we are all human beings. We all have failures, shortcomings, and weaknesses.

But the crazy thing is…God doesn’t! His strength never fails. When we try to be strong, we don’t allow his strength to enter our lives. When we accept our weakness and give them to Him, that is when we can gain HIS strength.

Just like God allowed Paul to have a weakness, He will allow us to have weaknesses. You may have something in your life that you just wish God would take away. Maybe you aren’t a good speaker, maybe you have a really dark past, maybe you have a physical or mental disability, or maybe you continue to struggle with the same sin. Whatever your weakness is, it starts with giving it to God. Realizing that you are not strong enough to conquer it on your own, and that is when God will show HIS strength THROUGH your weakness.

It is so comforting to know that our God is okay and even wants us to be weak! He knows we are and He wants to be our strength.

You don’t have to try and impress God with you strength… You can’t fool Him. After all, He created you- weaknesses and all. It’s okay to have weaknesses. It is when we accept our weaknesses that we accept God’s strength, which is stronger than any human strength.

 

Sweet Tweet: Got Haters?

23 Feb

Sweet Tweet: Got Haters?

“If you aren’t ready to face opposition for your obedience to God, you aren’t ready to be used by God.” -@craiggroeschel

3 quick thoughts from this tweet.

1. Opposition will come.

The man that we claim to follow and believe in came to earth, and was tortured and murdered because of the life he lived. The people of this world (ourselves included) hated him. If we are following Jesus, it would make sense that we would get the same treatment. In Luke 21:16-18 Jesus says, “You will be betrayed even by parents, brothers and sisters, relatives and friends, and they will put some of you to death. Everyone will hate you because of me. But not a hair of your head will perish.” Did you catch it? It doesn’t say, Some people might have a problem with you, or A few people will hate you. It says EVERYONE will HATE you. That’s a pretty bold statement. I don’t think we should make excuses for what Jesus meant by saying, oh he really didn’t mean that… that’s what he said and we need to seriously think about it.

2. When we face opposition we are blessed.

There is good news though! Although following Christ comes with a great price, it is not in vain. We are promised a reward.  “What blessings await you when people hate you and exclude you and mock you and curse you as evil because you follow the Son of Man. When that happens, be happy! Yes, leap for joy! For a great reward awaits you in heaven.” Luke 6:22-23. So, we should be happy when people don’t like us?  Probably not your natural reaction. I think sometimes as Christians our goal is to be liked by everyone, but nowhere does Jesus support that idea. We are to love everyone; however that doesn’t always mean we will get the same love in return. Once again, look to Jesus. He loved every person and he was still crucified by the masses.

3. If you aren’t facing opposition, there is a problem.

Countless people in the Bible were persecuted for their faith. All of Jesus’ closest disciples were willing to die for their faith. They believed so deeply that they couldn’t be quiet about it. Today we look at opposition as being maybe made fun of, when really, that is nothing compared to what countless people have suffered for our faith. So, if you’re not facing any opposition, you may need to take a closer look at your faith. Do you really believe what you say you believe? And if so are you willing to face opposition for it? The Bible says, “Everyone who acknowledges me publicly here on earth, I will also acknowledge before my Father in heaven. But everyone who denies me here on earth, I will also deny before my Father in heaven.” Matthew 10:32-33. I hope this verse is challenging, it is challenging to me. Basically, if we say we know Jesus, he says that he will say he knows us! That’s encouraging news. However, on the other hand, if you’re embarrassed to know Jesus, he is going to be embarrassed of you. Maybe the reason why you feel like you aren’t being used by Christ is because you aren’t willing to face opposition yet. It makes sense; God is not going to use somebody to advance His kingdom, who is ashamed of Him.

I know this sounds heavy. I’m not saying you need to get murdered tomorrow for your faith. It’s about your heart. When your heart truly believes in Jesus and you trust him with your life, you don’t need to fear. You will be willing to face opposition whether it be from family, friends, whoever, because Jesus was willing to give everything up for you. What others think about you becomes less and less important the closer you get to Jesus. Then when you reach the place where you are truly willing to obey God, no matter what people think, say, or do to you, that’s when Christ will use you. Got Haters? I hope you do!

 

 

Sweet Tweet: Plans

7 Feb

Sweet Tweet: Plans

“We are individuals before God and He’s got an individual plan for our lives. He doesn’t do everything the same way in everyone’s life” -@JoyceMeyer

This can be a tough concept to grasp, especially for women. We tend to constantly compare our lives to others and wonder why things haven’t worked out the exact same way for us.

Like when you are surrounded by friends who are getting married and you’re still single. You wonder why God hasn’t brought the guy for you yet. Don’t panic. God didn’t forget about you. His plan for your life is different.

Or when it seems like everything is going right for everyone else, and you continue to struggle. You look at their life and wonder why you don’t see the same blessings in your own. But that’s their plan, not yours.

God doesn’t use the same plan for everyone’s life.  Just as we are individuals, we have individual plans for our lives and they are all different.

God’s plan for your life is unique. But, not only is it custom made just for you, it is also good.

I know what I’m doing. I have it all planned out- plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for.  Jeremiah 29:11

God is creative. He never uses the same plan twice. Think of how boring it would be if we all had the same talents and passions! Or we all got married and had kids at the same time. Our stories would be so alike and boring.

God loves us enough to handwrite our stories and make them each special in their own way. That’s what makes your story so powerful… It is uniquely created by God and it’s yours and yours only!

So next time you compare your life to someone else’s, remember that’s THEIR plan, not yours.