Thoughts on Michael Wells’ teachings in My Weakness for His Strength - # 115
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In today’s writing Michael revisits one of those Old Testament stories that all Christians long to live…whipping the enemy when the odds look insurmountable. David defeating the Philistine giant with just a sling and a stone was humanly impossible…in steps God. Is God and His power “available” to us Christians today? This story is an epitome of Michael’s books’ title: My Weakness for His Strength.
Thus David prevailed over the Philistine with a sling and a stone, and he struck the Philistine and killed him; but there was no sword in David’s hand. --I Samuel 17:50
It is a wonderful story of David’s prevailing over Goliath without a sword. The power of God was revealed in David's weakness; David was weak in himself, yet strong in the Lord. “Then David said to the Philistine, 'You come to me with a sword, a spear, and a javelin, but I come to you in the name of the LORD of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have taunted,'” I Samuel 17:45. David’s confidence in the Lord gave strength to the others, for after watching him they defeated the enemy. Weakness is never to be feared but embraced, first for our benefit and second for the encouragement of all those around us. If a believer will only acknowledge his weakness, God will act. “I am too weak to witness.” Praise the Lord! I now know that when that person does witness, it will be Christ speaking through him. “I am too weak to love.” Happy to hear that! Now it will be Christ loving through him. “I am too weak to overcome my temptation.” Great news! When we say, “I cannot,” we are only stating why we qualify for God to move in and around us. Our weakness will cause us to prevail and inspire others. I love the way God works!
Yellow – VIP, Very Important Point Green – IT, Incredible Truth
Red – GP, Greatest Promises
Turquoise – UR, Unfathomable Riches Pink – PV, Priceless Victory
I always loved Michael’s trip reports (still have every one he sent!). In them, over and over he gave testimony of what he wrote about in this day’s writing. Michael saw God’s power in the lives of believing Believers all over the world who acknowledged their weakness, including so often his own testimony.
The Apostle Paul learned this (2 Corinthians 12:7-11) and lived & ministered in God’s Spirit wholly knowing it was when he was weak, then he was strong.
It is the flesh (that which is in opposition to God) that refuses to acknowledge weakness and desires to always be strong. It is our alertness to our flesh that will see what it is that is keeping us from God’s power.
Two things inspire me greatly in Michael’s writing this day:
1. If a believer will only acknowledge his weakness, God will act.
2. Our weakness will cause us to prevail and inspire others.
May I live both of those.
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