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The Secret of Your Power Is Your Weakness
What is the secret of power to you? If youíre Popeye, I guess the secret of power is a can of spinach. If youíre Superman, the secret of power is kryptonite. If youíre a Christian, the secret of your power is weakness.
The Word of God says, "In the same way [that is, by faith], the Spirit helps us in our weakness."
It is not in our supposed strength that the Spirit helps us.
It is not in our egotism.
It is not in our pride.
It is when we recognize our lack of power that we plug into His power.
When we understand how much we need Him, then thatís how much we have Him.
But God works in our weakness.
Just a casual reading of Godís Word would indicate that. God likes to hit big licks with little sticks. God likes to honor Himself with things that look weak and helpless.
The Bible tells us Moses was the meekest man who ever lived. Here was a man who was humble, who understood what the Word meant when it says, "Humble yourselves before the Lord, and He will lift you up." The implication is that Heíll lift you up much higher than you could ever make yourself go. Yet Mosesí meekness was not the kind of meekness that says, "Well, I canít do anything, so I wonít do anything. Iíll leave it to the people who can do things." His was a meekness that says, "I am not able to do the great and mighty thing that God would want me to, but He can. So I place my confidence not in myself, but in Him." The proper definition of humility is God-confidence as opposed to self-confidence.
For forty years, Moses was in the very best of positions in the worldly view. He was royalty in the mightiest of all the nations of his day. He was trained and schooled as well as anyone ever was in his day. He had all the tools.
At the age of forty, he sought to do a good thing. He was going to make his mark, and he failed miserably. In fact, he had to run for his life because of his failure. For the next forty years, he became the kind of man who could pull aside and see God burning in a bush. He became sensitive to the leading of God.
He became the kind of man that when God said, "I have for you the grandest assignment Iíll ever give anyone outside of my Son Jesus." Moses would say,
"Who am I that I should do this?" God said, "Youíre someone who is going to have Me with you."
And that became enough for Moses to do the greatest thing that had ever been done in his world at that time. When Joshua succeeded Moses, God said to him in Joshua 1:6, "Be strong and courageous." In verse 7, He said, "Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous...for the Lord your God will with you wherever you go." Joshua is not strong and of good courage. He was weak.
Yet, God used him in a fantastic way.
When God said to Gideon, "I want you to lead and become a military messiah,"
he said, "How can I save my people? Iím a member of the least important tribe in this land. My family is the least important family in that tribe.
I am the least important person in my family."
When God has someone in that position, He has someone He can use, and Gideon was used with a little army of three hundred people to defeat and rout the well-trained, powerful opposition
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