Wednesday, May 7, 2014

When I Am Weak, 2 Corinthians 12:10

2 Corinthians 12:10

The Thorn in the Flesh

And lest I should be exalted above measure by the abundance of the revelations, a thorn in the flesh was given to me, a messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I be exalted above measure. Concerning this thing I pleaded with the Lord three times that it might depart from me. And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 10 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong. 
2 Corinthians 12:7-10 NKJV

Oh how easy it is when one is going through some difficulty to think; "I must solve this with my own strength." I know that I do this, even if I pray, I become tempted to just rush through the prayer and get on doing what I feel as I should do on my own. Even churches and various ministries will often times trust in self rather than God. For example, a church might get focused on growth and want to figure out ways to fill the building. Then political correctness sets in and the Gospel goes out the window. The problem is that Jesus is not in this. He is the one with all the power, and authority. He knows what is right. Why in the world would we want to solve a problem we face or perform some sort of ministry work without Him? It really makes no since to do that, now does it?


  1. Hi Ken,
    Ministry work without the presence of Jesus is only building Satan's kingdom.

    Beautiful photo, verse and thoughts!


  2. Great point. Thank you child of God.

  3. Hi Ken great post. I love the part about "when I am weak then I am strong." I'm not all that physically strong and wasn't raised in the Church. So when I came to this verse I got all excited. Even I can do this! Woohoo!!! He's not looking for great theologians just real people to serve Him. Great photo! God bless!

  4. Karen, thank you for visiting and leaving your comment. The cool thing is, God does not call anyone to do something for Him without giving us what we need to do it. God bless ypu

  5. Ah Ken, so much of what we do in our *humanness* makes no sense! We struggle when we don't need to, and we give in when we should fight. How the Lord must shake His head at our foolishness sometimes. Love the verses that you shared. When I am weak, I am strong - for in this broken and foolish clay vessel, God's strength shines through.


  6. Thank you Sharon. I appreciate your comment. I am so happy that His strength shines through. Have a blessed day. Ken

  7. I do the same thing...but I am learning :)

  8. Thank you Dee for your comment and God bless. Ken


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