Sermon "Skill in Your Hand & God in Your Heart"

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Strong Man Full of Weaknesses

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 about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ's sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong."

The story of Samson in the old testament is a fascinating one. He is probably best know for his strength. His feats of great strength included killing a young lion with his bare hands, single-handedly killing a thousand men with only the jawbone of a donkey, and carrying the city gates of Gaza about 38 miles. The strong man competition that is popular today would be a walk in the park for Samson.

Though he was known for his strength, his life was probably most ruled by his weakness. See Samson was a strong man full of weakness. His weakness was for women, and it was eventually a woman, Delilah, who literally brought him to his knees.

Weather we are man or woman, young or old, strapping and strong or frail and feeble, we all have an inner weakness. Maybe its not a weakness for the opposite sex like Samson, but its something. Maybe yours is money, gambling, pornography, or eating. Whatever its name, this secret sin haunts you in the night. And though you try and try, it gets stronger and stronger.

Let me encourage you because God said through Paul that His strength is made perfect in our weakness. It is the fact that we have this and other weaknesses that God can show His power through us. God knows our struggles and He cares. And just because He allows it to go on for while doesn't mean He won't help us. He is either waiting for us to do our part, or He is allowing it to bring out the good in us somehow...or both.

Are you a strong man or woman who is full of weakness? Don't give up. Turn to God. Paul said that His grace is all we need! His power can really show through when we are weak. Be strong in the Lord!

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3 comments:

  1. I have only read the first half of the scripture and I wanted to share with any and everyone that if you have not seen the movie "Fireproof", you do not need to rent it...but rather BUY it. I have not seen a movie with such a strong message as this one before. It will really make you look at things in a totally different lite.

    For any minister, this is a "must-have" in your toolbox.

    Jason R. Evans

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  2. Now that I've had a moment to go and fully read this interpretation, I find it ironic that I've been really wanting to share this movie with others. I remember sitting in the theater seeing the preview for a brief moment last year and knowing that this was a movie that would have me...a grown young man...in tears. I just wish this movie made a showing in North Carolina theaters.

    This movie is about "The Love Dare"; an actual 40-day process that leads people to live the life-style that was mentioned in a few comments posted earlier with other sermon snippets. Without ruining too much of the message of the movie...I will say that it does tie in very well with this scripture and so many others throughout the Bible.

    I guess the biggest thing for people to know of this scripture is that we ALL must be willing to be honest with God on the things we struggle with. Otherwise, we can never strive to be better...day in...day out!

    Jason R. Evans

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  3. Jason,

    You're right. Sometimes we are so busy trying to hide or at least dress up & justify the shortcomings in our life. We are afraid to admit our sins and failings because it makes us feel less than. But the bible says that if we humble ourselves, and it does take humility to confess and address our sins, then God will exalt us.

    God bless you Jason. Keep on striving brother.

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