And the Spirit and the bride say, Come...

And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. ...

          "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. 
          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."  (2 Co 12:9-10)
                    WHEN I AM WEAK--THEN I AM STRONG
                                     from "The Blessing of Weakness"
                                             by J. R. Miller (1894)
There is a blessing in weakness--because it nourishes dependence on God. When we are
strong, or deem ourselves strong--we are really weak, since then we trust in ourselves, and
do not seek Divine help.
But when we are consciously weak, knowing ourselves unequal to our duties and struggles--
we are strong, because then we turn to Christ, and get His strength.
Too many people think that their weakness is a barrier to their usefulness; or make it an
excuse for doing little with their life.  Instead of this, however, if we give it to Christ--He will
transform our weakness into strength.
He says that His power is made perfect in weakness; that is, what is lacking in human
strength--He fills and makes up with Divine strength.  
Paul had learned this, when he said that he now gloried in his weaknesses, because on
account of them--the strength of Christ rested upon him, so that, when he was weak--then
he was strong--strong with Divine strength.

We need only to make sure of one thing--that we do indeed bring our weakness to Christ,
and lean on Him in simple faith.  This is the vital link in getting the blessing.
Weakness itself is a burden; it is like chains upon our limbs. If we try to carry it alone--we
shall only fail.  But if we lay it on the strong Son of God--and let Him carry us and our burden,
going on quietly and firmly in the way of duty--He will make our very weakness--a secret
source of strength.
He will not take the weakness from us--that is not His promise--but He will so fill it with His own
power--that we shall be strong, more than conquerors, able to do all things through Christ, who
strengthens us!

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This is amazingly true. I ask for rest and He gives it. Not just physical but spiritual and mental weakness as well :)
Terri Katzenstein

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