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A Letter to Christians Feeling Weak
Yes, it’s true. You are not enough.
Your strength is minimal. Your capacity is limited. Your ‘peak’ is not sufficient.
You may try again and again, however, left to your own devices, you are liable to fail just as many times. You can attempt to effect change, but self-reliance will ultimately leave you with an inferior result.
This news doesn’t sound especially cheerful or positive, does it? I know. I feel the weight of it, too.
The last couple days have reconfirmed the truth of these statements to me. They are not pleasant to hear, much less acknowledge.
In my prideful flesh, I do not enjoy being humbled. It can be rather disheartening to realize once again that I am not perfect, that I actually don’t have things all together, that my life is not yet in exemplary order.
Things likely appear miserably bleak at the moment and I assure you: they are. If we remain trusting in ourselves and placing our hope upon our own performances, we are going to be disappointed. That is what being cursed by sin entails.
Though, before you leave, before you click away from this thus–far–comfortless blog post, please hear this…
We are not enough, but Christ is. He is more than enough!
Our efforts alone will never be sufficient, never totally satisfactory. We have not been promised that we’ll never experience failure; quite the opposite is true actually.
Sin means falling short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23). It guarantees that we will fail, at the very least, to live up to God’s standards (which are perfect, good, and beneficial for us).
Since we inhabit sin-tainted bodies in a condemned world, we are imperfect, weak, inadequate, and incapable of attaining everlasting peace by our own meagre human power.
That is why we need our Saviour.
He is our all-powerful Lord, God Almighty, the One Who cannot be thwarted, defeated or humiliated by anyone. His strength is abundant, limitless, beyond comparison, and He has made it accessible to us!
When we experience regeneration through His Holy Spirit, God supplies us with super-natural strength — the power of Christ, Who is now dwelling within us.
As we take on His life as our own, dying to ourselves, crucifying our old sinful ways and walking in righteousness, He sustains, strengthens, and emboldens us by His awesome might. In fact, it is His power that even keeps us saved.
Whether we are feeling weak or not, He is strong.
His “weakness” is always stronger than our strongest (1 Corinthians 1:25b) and He is forever reliable. We can trust Him when all others forsake us, when we mess up (for the trillionth time), when life seems to be falling apart, when depression threatens to overcome us, when this world disappoints, etc.
Brothers & sisters, may I ask: Along with this weakness you’re feeling, are you lacking self-esteem?
Yes? Good! That is exactly as it should be.
Our confidence needs to be founded in Christ, not ourselves.
So, instead of making further desperate attempts to build up your self-confidence, hold Him in high esteem. In reality, He is the One — the only Sovereign One — Who deserves such praise and adoration. We are less than pitiful, puny little ants compared to the Lord, our mighty, wondrous King.
He must be the solid Rock upon which we stand.
He must be our living, Heavenly, eternal Hope when the temporary pleasures of this earth fade.
He must be the One Who inspires and motivates us to persist upon the road less-travelled.
He must be our All in All.
Please, let me leave you with some precious treasures from Scripture (relating to the issue at hand)…
…from the Old Testament:
2 Samuel 22:33
1 Chronicles 16:11
1 Chronicles 29:12
Psalm 34:1-5, 18
Psalm 68:19, 35
Isaiah 41:10, 13
…from the New Testament:
1 Thessalonians 3:13
2 Thessalonians 2:16-17
2 Thessalonians 3:3, 5
1 Peter 4:11
1 Peter 5:6-7, 10-11
2 Peter 1:3-7
Select a handful of these passages and look them up in your Bible. They were super encouraging for me to meditate on as I compiled this list. I hope you will benefit significantly from them as well.
And, if you have time, consider undertaking your own word study (via a website such as Bible Gateway, or by referring to the concordance in the back of your Bible). Read the verses you find within their greater context to properly understand the message that is being conveyed. Search the Scriptures; and be pointed to Christ.
Lastly, don’t forget to pray!
Go firstly, to the Lord with your weakness. (After all, He has the most authority to help you; He is the sovereign Ruler of the universe.) Acknowledge it before Him and ask for His redeeming power to be seen through your imperfections.
Talk with the One Who is your Strength, your Refuge, your Defender, your Stronghold, your Prince of Peace.
Draw from the deep, soul-satiating well of God’s Word to fortify your prayers and choose to rely upon His lovely, trustworthy promises.
Rest your life entirely upon those sure words because the LORD our God is the epitome of faithfulness.
As you live in Christ, be strengthened in Him also, dear Christian! He will not ever fail you.
Sincerely, your fellow recipient of grace upon grace (John 1:16),
“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.”
2 Corinthians 12:9-10 ESV
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