Likewise, we are weak in him, yet by God's power we will live with him in our dealing with you.
Thoughts for Today:This morning when I woke up, I have to admit I was a little cranky. All sorts of things were on my mind, and none of them were good. Yet, I still turned to the Lord in prayer and study of His Word. Transformation occurred within me. Nothing had changed on the outside; and none of the things that were irritating me were miraculously resolved; but my spirit was lifted and my joy returned. How? Why? Because of the miracle of the indwelling Spirit of Christ.
In our passage today, Paul reveals he had some of the same type of human limitations as we all do. I'm sure there were even times when he felt emotionally insecure and lacked confidence. And as far as his physical body was concerned, he certainly had his share of aches and pains. However, Paul wasn't living by his own power and the inadequacies of his mortal body. He allowed the indwelling Spirit of Christ to control his life. (Galatians 2:20: "I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.")
Paul was fully aware of his own human weaknesses, and as he turned more completely to Jesus, he became strong. It was the same thing I discovered this morning as my spirit was refreshed. Renewal is always the result when we seek, yield and allow ourselves to be strengthened by the indwelling Spirit of Christ.
Questions to Ponder:Are you feeling a little weak today? Perhaps even a bit too strong or confident? Will you go to Him now? Will you allow Him to minister to you? Will you seek Him in His Word? (Colossians 1:27: "To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.")