Read 2 Corinthians 12:1-10

That’s why I take pleasure in my weaknesses, and in the insults, hardships, persecutions, and troubles that I suffer for Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong. 2 Corinthians 12:10 NLT

Observation
Paul begins the passage talking about how he had the honor and privilege caught up in the third Heaven, experiencing what the complete glory and pleasure of that realm was like. But then the passage takes an interesting turn when Paul begins to describe the thorn in the flesh in verse 7. What’s interesting is how God allowed this thorn in the flesh to reach Paul, which Satan meant to keep Paul down. Simultaneously God used that situation to keep Paul from becoming proud of himself. God wanted to keep Paul from becoming proud of himself so that He would still lean on God’s grace to use Him. In verse 9, God says, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.”

Application
What this says to me, is how much we need to become weak and humble so that God can continue to use us. When we abandon our own abilities, strengths, specialties, and ultimately ourselves, God is able to work in us and through us to accomplish HIS purpose. So many times, we default to what we always knew or did, when God wants us to leave that behind and trust him. With this series we’re currently in about living a Spirit Filled Life, I believe that God wants us to stop leaning on our own understanding, our own abilities, tendencies and even our own pride, and begin to count on His Holy Spirit to give us the wisdom, discernment, strength, the Spirit’s ability, and even the words to say in situations where we may not even know what to say. It’s not about what we can do ourselves, its about what the Holy Spirit can do THROUGH us!

Prayer
Father God, thank You for bringing Your Holy Spirit as You promised You would. I thank You that He is my Advocate, Comforter and Helper. Forgive me for the times I counted too much on my myself and not enough on Your Holy Spirit. I pray that I would surrender and abandon myself so that I can trust Your Holy Spirit to lead and guide my life, in the way I live and conduct myself. Thank You for Your grace being sufficient for me, and that when I become weak, Your power grows stronger. Thank You for how You will use me! Amen!

Joe Gardonis, Connect Students Leader
White Oak Campus

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