2 Corinthians 12:10 “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.”
This, to me, is one of those verses that confirm the fact that man was truly inspired by God when writing Scriptures. The natural man would not ever write such things. I have often wondered what caused the Lord to instill such qualities into those that follow Him. I am at the same reminded that God placed us here on earth to give Him glory. The greatest display of God’s strength is discovered in our greatest moments of weakness. The reason we can take pleasure in such difficult circumstances is because it gives God the opportunity to display His greatness. God wants to take us to the place of “I can’t” to the place of “He can”. It is at the moment where we say “I can’t” that God says “He can”. This verse teaches a great principle that when we are at weakest, God is at His strongest. The reason we can call are times of weakness our greatest moments of strength is because those are the moments that God gets to display His sovereign power. When we make statements like…
“I don’t know what else to do.”
“I have done everything I know to do.”
It is during the times of making these statements that we must realize that God has got us in the exact place He desires us to be. We must learn to quit operating in our own strength and start relying on God’s strength.
Today’s Challenge: Realize that your greatest moments of weakness, gives God His greatest opportunity to display His power and strength through you.
2 Corinthians 11:3 “But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.”
We have many tendencies to complicate things that God meant to be real simple. We call things hard, that were intended to be real easy and we get confused about things that are supposed to be real easy to understand. We are reminded that Satan’s intentions are to keep us from obeying the Lord. The Lord makes His directions real clear, but Satan is the one that tries to confuse us. When we give place to the Devil we are allowing ourselves to be pulled away from Christ. The intentions of Satan is basically to corrupt our minds from the simplicity of Christ. When give ear to Satan we are allowing corruption to enter our minds.
Satan will corrupt the mind in order to confuse the mind.
God did not intend for the Christ-life to be difficult or confusing. Sure there are difficulties and hard times, but God offers relief, rest, and revival for those that bring those difficulties to Him. Man has tried to complicate the Bible while God intended for it to be quite simple. We must remember the simplicity that is in Christ.
- Christ had a Simple Message – Believe on Christ and you will be Saved
- Christ had a Simple Command – Follow Me
If you think about it, everything about Christ and the Christ-life is real simple. Just do what He says and it will not get complicated. However; we question, we doubt, and we rebel against the very simplest of lifestyles.
Today’s Challenge: Quit complicated things through unbelief and start believing in the simplicity that is in Christ.
2 Corinthians 10:17 “But he that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.”
Bragging and boasting is a dangerous thing. God desires that if any glory is to be given then it needs to be given to the Lord. Many times we forget to give credit, where credit is due. My heart breaks over the amount of times I have failed to glorify God when He deserved all the credit. Many times we give ourselves credit when things go well, and give God all the credit when things go wrong. Even when we brag on others, it is usually with selfish intentions. We must come to the place in our lives where God deserves to get all the Glory. If we look inside the intentions of our heart we find selfishness at each corner. We forget that God can promote us just as much as we can promote ourselves. We must move the intentions of our hearts away from our selfish boastings. The Lord is the only one that needs to get the credit. We need to learn to brag on the Lord. Give God the Glory, He deserves it!
Today’s Challenge: Practice bragging on the Lord today!