God’s Strength in Your Weakness

Synopsis of God’s Strength in Your Weakness:

We’re about to slice a piece of the bread of life, the word of god. And today’s slice comes from:

KJV – Phi 4:13     I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.  OR  Phi 4:13  I am strong for all things in the one who constantly infuses strength in me.

Before we begin I’d like for you to list, at least mentally, some real-life situations that cause s you to feel vulnerable or weak.

Like maybe.   ● When I’m waiting for a phone call from the doctor or hospital.   ● When my child has a terrible attitude and I feel like giving it right back.   ● When I’m desperate to feel better, I do things that I know I should not.

Bro. Dick, how will we access god’s strength when we are in these life situations?   By doing four things…. Invite – Investigate – Interact – Integrate. First let us invite.   You are to do this by inviting god to speak to you through his word. Ask god to reveal himself to you as you study him. You might use your own prayer…. Or, here is one to use.

God I know you care about every detail of my life, no matter how large or small. Will you help me see how your character relates to  circumstances that trouble me? Please open my mind and heart to receive from your word what you want me to understand about you.

The first step, invite, is short. So therefore you might want to add any words of your choosing.  Just don’t make this a laundry list of healing aunt Susie’s  liver, or brother Robert’s injury. This is time for a specific prayer to keep your attention  on gaining God’s grace for your  problems.

Second, we’ll investigate.  Let’s investigate the attributes of god. Investigate?  Why that reminds me  ……

There is an old story about a woman who was vacationing in Florida where she discovered a very valuable piece of art that was being sold. She sent her husband a telegram describing the work and informing him of the price. Her husband wired her back immediately… “No price too high.” She went directly to the gallery and purchased the piece of art. Taking it home with her, she was greeted by her husband who was irate. “I wired you direct instructions,” he said, “that you were not to purchase that work.” she was flabbergasted. “I have your telegram right here,” she said. “read it for yourself.” he did and learned how important punctuation is, for the telegram read, “No price too high.” and not, “No, price too high.” 

Sounds like he might have spent more time investigating  his message. But now, let us investigate the attributes of God. For instance,  we might ask as ourselves…. “What does Jesus, the wonderful counselor promise His disciples.”Phi 4:6b   Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto god.  And the peace of god, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.  Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.  Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.

So we are to pray for peace of mind… how?  With supplication.  What’s that…… that is an appeal, a request, a petition.  And next, with thanksgiving.  Now that is not a curt, cute, polite “thank you.” Another word for thanksgiving is, according to Strong’s concordance….. 2169 eucharistia = Gratitude;  Grateful language to God, (as an act of worship) The thought picture I get with this word is….. Take your hat off, bow your head, look and sound truthfully thankful. I am not impressed with a courteous quickly spouted thanks, while tearing up the wrappings and ribbon when I give someone a gift. .  But a big hug around the neck and a kiss on the cheek swell my heart.  God should certainly expect no less.

Well, we’ve covered two of the four thus far, invite & investigate. Now lets examine Interact.  Yes, interact with god. This one takes a little of your time. That is… if you’re interested in obtaining god’s strength in your weakness. Ask  him, “God what would you particularly like me to notice about what I’ve seen in your word?”  Use your bible and underline what comes to mind…..  Are you generally aware that God is with you?  Tell  God how you feel about his being constantly with you. Perhaps this thought makes you intimidated. Be honest, it won’t shock or surprise him.

O.K., now it’s time for the fourth: to Integrate. This day, and hopefully for days to come, take moments to chat with God, in thought, about ordinary situations that occur during your normal day.  You’ll find you will begin to enjoy his presence. As you plan your day or week, anticipate what you will be facing and tell God you’d like his care and provision during those moments. Also, when you have a free moment, look around you and see, taste, and smell what God has for you and all humanity.

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