2 Corinthians 12:9-10
And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 10 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
Where there is weakness God’s power is available…
Being proud of weakness? How many of us know that this goes counter to the culture in which we live? How easy is it for you, to be proud of your weakness? Is that the most difficult thing in the world to do? It is hard for me to even confess my weakness; much less be proud of my weakness. But Paul said, “I have cheerfully made up my mind to be proud of my weakness, because it means a deeper experience of Christ’s power, for my very weakness makes me strong in Him (2 Corinthians 12:9-13; J.B. Phillips New Testament (PHILLIPS).” The people at Corinth were saying Paul was not even a real apostle. Paul can’t preach like Apollos; he is not eloquent of speech; he is not a pleasant appearing man or a pleasant-sounding man; he is not powerful like Peter; he is very stern; he is not a very loving man and yet Paul had the power of God upon him. They had to acknowledge that. He said it is my very weakness that makes me strong.
To experience God’s power, believe the word…
“… Everything is possible for him who believes (Mark 9:23, PHILLIPS).” Jesus said, “…According to your faith, so be it unto you (Matthew 9:29).” It will be done to you, according to your faith. And nobody can have a corner on faith. We are all on level ground there, nobody can “out-faith” you. The promises of God are as much for you as they are for anybody else.
Study the word, believe the word, but speak the word. Paul said, “…In that same spirit of faith, we also speak because we believe (2 Corinthians 4:13, GNT).” We speak the word because we believe, it means confess the word.
God said, “we are always triumphant through Christ (2 Corinthians 2:14).” Then we should speak it! “I am triumphant through Christ!” “[We] can do all things through Christ who strengthens [us] (Philippians 4:13);” then we should say, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”
If God can “…do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think according to the [mighty] power that works in us (Ephesians 3:20).” Then we should say, “His mighty power is working in me right now!” First, we should believe it in our hearts and then we should speak it with our mouths continually.
Act on the word. Is there something to act on? Is there something God is telling you to do? Is there something to obey? To experience the power of God you have to obey His word. Now God may be telling you to do something different than He is telling me to do, but if He is telling you do a thing, act on the word and do it, because that is when the power of God comes to reality in your life.
“When the priests…put their feet in the water, the Jordan River will stop flowing… (Joshua 3:13, GNT).”
That is what Joshua promised the Israelites when they were going into the Promised Land. The priests were to lead the way; they had the Ark of the Covenant, which represented the name of Jesus out in front of them. The priests were carrying the Ark and they were the first ones to go into the river.
They were to lead the way and Joshua said when they put their feet in the water the Jordan River would stop flowing. Not that it will stop flowing and then they will put their feet it in. This was a move forward in faith, this was, act in faith.
We have to act first and then God will fulfill the promise. So, we believe, then speak it, and then we act on it and it comes to pass every time. God acts when we act. And if there is something God has told us to do, we need to do it and do it quickly, do it now!
This is the way God’s power works. This is how God’s power becomes real in our lives and we can see God at work in our lives. For when we act, God begins to act. When we do what God has told us to do, He will do what only He can do in our everyday lives