Chocolate For Your Soul with Sheri Rose Shepherd - Monday, September 1, 2014
Embrace His Grace and Your Weaknesses by Sheri Rose Shepherd
[Jesus] said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me. - 2 Corinthians 12:9
I have dyslexia. I used to wonder why God would call me to write books but give me a learning disorder. I may be the only author who has written more books than I have ever read. I only type ten words a minute. There have been many moments I wanted to quit doing what I am called to do because of my weaknesses. But grace is the power to do something bigger than you could ever do on your own.
Today I see God trusted me with a learning disorder.
To be honest, I find great comfort in hearing about all the weaknesses of His chosen ones in the Word, especially in the apostle Paul’s writing in 2 Corinthians 12:9.
I love that Paul was highly educated, smart in every way, yet even Paul found his weaknesses and then talked about God working through his weaknesses, not his strengths.
I wasted most of my life trying to build my confidence with what I accomplished or how I looked. Although we may have good intentions, our goal is to feel good about ourselves. Eventually that confidence fades and we find ourselves needing something more to feel good again.
It’s a wonderful feeling to get a new job, a new haircut, or new outfit―these things can make us feel confident on the surface. But what we have accomplished if we build our own confidence and build nothing for Gods kingdom on earth?
The only way to conquer our insecurities is to allow God to become all we need to feel secure. Let’s embrace our weaknesses, knowing that He is strong where we are weak and that He shows His power through us when we learn to embrace His powerful grace and look at ourselves through heaven’s eyes.
Only then will we be given the key to unlock the door to our destiny and that that God--confidence will be passed on to your children and grandchildren.
Starting today, Lets STOP putting ourselves down for what we are not, and grab hold of who we are in Christ and get out of God’s way so He can do something great through us!
A Prayer to God
In the precious name of Jesus, I pray you will embrace your weaknesses and become confident in Christ alone. I pray that God alone will define your purpose. May the realities of heaven become your foremost motivator--not the things of earth. I pray that as you draw your confidence from Him that He will use you to accomplish effective and everlasting things for His Kingdom. In His name, Amen.
Treasure of Truth
Sometimes our God disables us to enable us. We can do more in His strength than we could ever do on our own.