When I Am Weak, He Makes Me Strong!
2 Corinthians 12
2 Corinthians 11:16-19
“I repeat, let no one think me foolish. But even if you do, accept me as a fool, so that I too may boast a little. What I am saying with this boastful confidence, I say not as the Lord would but as a fool. Since many boast according to the flesh, I too will boast. For you gladly bear with fools, being wise yourselves!”
2 Corinthians 11:30
“If I must boast, I will boast of the things that show my weakness.”
Paul’s Life Experience.
- A Heavenly Vision
- A Thorn in the Flesh
- A Prayer for Relief
- A Lesson in Strength
A Heavenly Vision
2 Corinthians 12:1-4
“I must go on boasting. Though there is nothing to be gained by it, I will go on to visions and revelations of the Lord. I know a man in Christ who fourteen years ago was caught up to the third heaven—whether in the body or out of the body I do not know, God knows. And I know that this man was caught up into paradise—whether in the body or out of the body I do not know, God knows— and he heard things that cannot be told, which man may not utter.”
A Thorn In The Flesh
2 Corinthians 12:5-7
“On behalf of this man I will boast, but on my own behalf I will not boast, except of my weaknesses— though if I should wish to boast, I would not be a fool, for I would be speaking the truth; but I refrain from it, so that no one may think more of me than he sees in me or hears from me. So to keep me from becoming conceited because of the surpassing greatness of the revelations, a thorn was given me in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to harass me, to keep me from becoming conceited.”
A Prayer for Relief
2 Corinthians 12:8
“Three times I pleaded with the Lord about this, that it should leave me.”
A Lesson in Strength
Why would God allow Paul to have this thorn in the flesh?
1. Pride is poisonous not powerful.
“When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with the humble is wisdom.”
“Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.”
“In the pride of his face the wicked does not seek him; all his thoughts are, ‘There is no God.’ ”
“There are six things that the Lord hates, seven that are an abomination to him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that make haste to run to evil, a false witness who breathes out lies, and one who sows discord among brothers.”
Lesson: Pride is so destructive and deadly to prevent it’s presence in the lives of believers God will use Satan’s power to achieve his purposes.
2. God’s power is made perfect in our weakness!
2 Corinthians 12:9-10
“But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”