**Originally Published 17 Nov, 2016**

Do you get excited about your weaknesses or do you constantly fret and try to hide them?

God designed you and me with weaknesses. Just the thought of that statement causes something within all of us to rise up and want to fight it – doesn’t it? The facts are: we inherently possess mental weaknesses, emotional weaknesses, physical weaknesses and spiritual weaknesses. But, why would God design us this way?
  
                              I believe the answer is found in Ephesians 2:7

                     “that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.”

God delights in displaying His powerful grace. Thus, a way we can experience His grace is to acknowledge our weakness and turn to Him for guidance. God’s desire and design is that we become dependent upon Him for life.

The apostle Paul tells the church in Corinth, “…in order to keep me from becoming conceited, I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me. Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. 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 about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
  
As believers, we have a tendency to hide or blame others for our weakness. We never confess them and surely won’t boast about them. – Geez, no way! – But when you realize God created you this way on purpose , you can seek Him and He meets all your needs. We experience freedom in life as we begin to grasp this principle. Let me show you in three areas.

                          God created us with a need for daily dependency – think about the relationships in life. A wife is dependent upon her husband for specific needs and the husband is to be dependent on his wife for specific needs. A child is dependent upon the mother or father to meet their needs. When the apostle Paul learned this truth, he expressed sincere adoration for his weakness. Why? Because he knew he didn’t have the capability to carry out God’s will in life within himself, without His supernatural grace. You see, God’s grace made Paul capable of doing mighty deeds. 2Corinthians 12:12 – “I persevered in demonstrating among you the marks of a true apostle, including signs, wonders and miracles.”

                         Every aspect of life is touched with this principle of weakness. Mentally , we don’t know all things, therefore we are dependent upon others to teach us and help us. Emotionally , we are damaged and need Pastors, Counselors, Psychologists, therapists and others to help bring healing to our hearts. Physically , we are inept. I recall a story in John chapter 9 telling of a man born blind. Our text tells us, God made him this way! Why?

So He could display His powerful grace. John 9:3 describes the disciples asking Jesus who sinned in this man’s life to cause him to be this way. Jesus said, “It was neither that this man sinned nor his parents, but it was in order that the works of God might be displayed in him.” (John 9:3) Spiritually, the Bible says we are dead in our trespasses and sins. (Eph. 2:5) Until we admit our lack of His Spirit and place our faith in Jesus Christ, we will never see the grace of God manifested in our lives.

                              God created us with a need for direction , but what do we do when we are lost? “I’ll never ask a soul. I’ll find it on my own.” Until we admit we are lost and ask for help, we don’t see grace. God made us for a purpose. Remember when God called Moses to deliver His people from bondage. Moses pointed out his own weaknesses: “who am I…, they won’t believe me…, I am not eloquent…, slow of speech and stutter.” What did God do? God gave him His supernatural grace to carry out His assignment. Admit your weakness and ask for God’s grace. I believe one of the greatest blessings of my life is to admit I am weak. Only then do I turn to the One who is strong and receive His daily grace to fulfill His will for my life.
  
Are you resting in God’s grace or are you running to something or someone else?

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