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Power and Weakness

 9[Jesus] said to me, "My grace is all you need. My power is strongest when you are weak." So I am very happy to brag about how weak I am. Then Christ’s power can rest on me. 2 Corinthians 12:9, New International Reader's Version

Many believers always seem ashamed of their weakness and afraid of people who may think poorly of them. They spend a lot of their time and energy hiding their fear of being judged or rejected, of never being good enough or worthy enough for God.

Grace and Faith

It is good to understand the “grace part” and “faith part” in the Christian life. The “grace part” refers to your status. It’s about being sure of your identity. It’s about you standing right before God through Christ. It’s about who God has already made you in Christ and how God did it without your involvement.

Don’t Grow Weary of Doing Good

And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. Galatians 6:9 

The Apostle Paul encourages the Galatians not to become weary or tired of doing good works. The Greek word for "weary" is ekkakeo. It describes the feeling of discouragement in the face of doing something vital for God and for the benefit of His people.

Let Us Do Good

And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. 10 So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith. Galatians 6:9-10

There is a mistaken idea that the more you do, the more God loves you. As such, we can believe in the gospel of God's grace and still pursue a work-based, performance-driven relationship with God. This can be seen by our need to measure our acceptance and significance by how busy we appear to be and how many things we are involved in.

Be of Good Courage

So we are always of good courage. We know that while we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord, for we walk by faith, not by sight. Yes, we are of good courage, and we would rather be away from the body and at home with the Lord. So whether we are at home or away, we make it our aim to please him. 2 Corinthians 5:6-9

In 2 Corinthians 5, the Apostle Paul exhorts the Corinthians to be always of good courage even though physically they feel weak and drained. The Greek word for "courage" is tharrhounteswhich means "to be bold and confident". As such, to take courage literally means to cheer up and not be afraid no matter how bad it seems.

The Gift of Church

14 For the whole law is fulfilled in one word: “You shall love your neighbour as yourself.”15 But if you bite and devour one another, watch out that you are not consumed by one another. Galatians 5:14-15

God's gift of the church is good, healthy and wholesome. But because we are not always good, healthy and wholesome, it takes a continual attitude of submission and willingness on our side to trust and believe God why church matters. This means we are to extend this grace of community to one another with lots of love and patience. And I really mean with lots of love and patience.

God’s Power Working Within Us

20 Now to [God] who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us. Ephesians 3:20, New International Version

God is the God of all possibilities in the midst of impossibilities.

Talk Back to the Devil

The Bible calls the devil by many names. Jesus calls him a murderer, a liar and the father of lies (John 8:44). In the gospel of Matthew, the devil is described as the tempter when he appeared to Jesus in the wilderness.

3Now when the tempter came to Him, he said, “If You are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread.” Matthew 4:3

New Creation in Christ

Any prayer for God to change you is a prayer of unbelief. There are believers who assume that change happens little by little every day, and that they “always need more power” from God to change them. But this is not what the gospel says.

17Therefore if any person is [ingrafted] in Christ [the Messiah] he is a new creation [a new creature altogether]; the old [previous moral and spiritual condition] has passed away. Behold, the fresh and new has come! 2 Corinthians 5:17, Amplified Bible

Defining Your Life

5 "Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you." Jeremiah 1:5, English Standard Version

You are not defining your identity—your identity is defining you.