God Knows Our Weaknesses

October 23, 2009 by  
Filed under Christian Articles

Have you ever put on a “false face” or airs to fool someone else into thinking you were something you were not? Before you get your dander up, you are not the only one who has done that. Just take a look at the news and you’ll see many people who have been busted for perpetrating a fraud.

It’s tiring isn’t it? There’s nothing wrong with wanting to put your best foot forward, just be sure that it is your foot you are using. When the people you want to impress leave, you breathe a sigh of relief because you can go back to being yourself. The truth is that living like that is not living at all.

When we hide who we really are, no one gets to know the real you. Society tells us to hide who we are if it contradicts what the world thinks is normal or acceptable. To God we are all lights just waiting to be illuminated in the world.

In one of Jesus’ parables, he talked about hiding lights under a basket. You can’t see that way so you put the light in an area where it can shine throughout the entire room. Putting on airs is like hiding your light – no one can benefit, not even you. Your true purpose is not being served.

The big question is why do we hide in the first place? Will friends leave us or family disown us because we are not acting or living a certain way? God speaks to that through Jesus in His word. When we are forsaken by others for His glory, He will always be there to stand up for us.

It is bad enough that we hide in society, but even worse is that the habit of hiding stays with us when we come to Christ. Here’s a news flash: God knows all about your weaknesses. He knew about them when you were in the world and He knows about them now that you have accepted Him into your life.

What the world sees as shortcomings are opportunities for God. Maybe you have a disability or have a family member with a disability that you don’t want others to know about. The weakness you possess could be a carryover from your days “in the world” that you can’t seem to drop. What would the elders in the church think if they knew you struggled with something “unmentionable”?

The Apostle Paul was given a “thorn” in his flesh. It is believed that this was a weakness or sin that he struggled with. Paul asked God to take it away so that he could be free, but God did not. Instead, He worked through Paul’s weakness to show His glory.

When your weakness is some type of bad habit, God doesn’t always take it away. Yes, He wants us all to be more Christ-like, but with His help. On our own, we can’t affect any lasting change in ourselves. Besides, society is okay with those types of habits.

The process of purging yourself of a weakness like that is where God transforms us. He uses our transformation as a way of showing others that He can change anyone. In the end, you are freed from your bad habit and someone else is blessed through your struggle. And, once you are free through Christ, you have truly conquered your weakness.

But, there is not only one type of weakness. The second type is the one we originally mentioned. Denying who you are because society doesn’t find it acceptable is disheartening to God. When you accept that He made you and that He doesn’t make mistakes, you can then embrace your difference (disability, weight, height, speech, etc.) and use it for His purposes. God uses the people society throws away to do great things for Him.

Throw away the “false face.” Whether you have a bad habit that is lingering or you are different in other ways, God already knows about it and can do great things with you. If He is not ashamed to own you, then who cares what the world thinks?

Additional Scriptures:

“So if the Son sets you free, you are truly free.”

-          John 8:36

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“Three different times I begged the Lord to take it away. 9 Each time he 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 12:8-9

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“The faithful love of the Lord never ends!
His mercies never cease.
23 Great is his faithfulness;
his mercies begin afresh each morning.”

-          Lamentations 3:22-23

Robert Moment is an innovative forward-thinking Christian business and marketing coach, speaker and author of God Will Always Be There For You. Robert is passionate about empowering individuals on how to experience God’s love, power, joy, peace and prosperity. Visit http://www.ChristianInspirational.org and sign-up for the FREE Christian Living e-course. Follow me on Twitter www.twitter.com/ChristiansFaith.

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God’s Grace is All You Need

June 10, 2009 by  
Filed under Christian Articles, Faith, God's Love

People talk a lot of about the Grace of God and being touched by God’s Grace, but it’s one of the most difficult concepts for most of us to understand.  After all, how can we grasp the concept of being the recipients of such an amazing and wonderful gift as the Grace that is God’s forgiveness of our sins when we are so undeserving?  And what does that Grace do to change the reality of our daily lives anyway?  The answers are amazing and truly reflect just how much God loves us and the great good He desires for us.

God’s Grace was given to us even before we were born, at the very beginning of time, so we know that it isn’t based on whether we’ve earned it or if we’ve done something to earn it:

“This grace was given to us in Christ Jesus before the ages began.”

- 2 Timothy 1:9

It’s so wonderful that God has always loved us and always will, and freely gave us this gracious, bountiful gift.  It’s an unearned blessing, a gift from our Lord and Savior that we received before we even looked for it.  God’s will for you is absolute good.  I know this is true for myself, and I also know it is true for every person on Earth.  God’s love is unconditional a Grace available to everyone, at all times and in all circumstances.  No matter who we are or what we’ve done!

That’s right – you’ve already “earned” God’s Grace simply by being a precious, individual creation of God.  Simply by existing as His creation, you are deserving of His Grace !  Nothing you do or do not do can remove that Grace from your life.  It is present here, now and always. Through God’s Grace, you are accepted and loved in every moment. Through God’s Grace you continually blessed – and our knowledge of this constant blessing is what can change the reality of our daily lives.  What could possibly bring us more joy and peace than knowing that nothing can separate us from God’s Grace?  No matter how low we fall or how high we climb, His Grace will surround us.

“Let us therefore approach the throne of Grace with boldness, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”

- Hebrews 4:16

When we need God’s Grace and loving kindness, we can rest assured that it will be there for us.  We will be enfolded in it and can rely on it to carry us through no matter how difficult our trials, because that Grace is sufficient for every need.  When we have God’s Grace, we don’t need the forgiveness of others or the understanding of men.

We have all that we need to carry us through the problems in our lives, and the realization that our God has showered us with His Grace all our lives and He will never withhold it should embolden us – it is our guarantee that we can do anything !  With the Grace of God shielding us, what amazing things we can do with our own lives and in the lives of others, what riches we can share !  That Grace gives meaning and glory to our lives as members of the body of Christ’s church on earth – we should share that Grace with others. It is all that we will ever need to find peace in our lives, and by sharing it with those around us, that joy and peace will be magnified to the Glory of God.

“Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.”

- 1 Corinthians 1:3

With an attitude of gratitude , we live our daily lives in the very atmosphere of God’s Grace. God’s will for us is absolute good. God’s love is unending, a grace that is for all , at all times and in all circumstances.

Robert Moment is a Christian business coach, speaker and author of  newly published book, God Will Always Be There for You.  Robert is passionate about empowering individuals on how to experience God’s love, power , joy, peace, and prosperity. Visit http://www.ChristianInspirational.org and sign-up for the FREE Christian Living e-course.  Follow me on Twitter http://www.twitter.com/christiansfaith